Page 10 (iardcn City 'IVIc^ruin Friday. Xox-mlx-r 25. 1977 Juco Socks Sooner Club; Faces Dodge At*innnn f\f 'PVio t«it**t«* Of\ 'TC n*i it \ . ,, _ , , * Glance By The Associated Press National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Divison .. W L Pet. GB Southern Cal a Spoiler? DODGE CITY — Coach Dave Lindsay and his Garden City Community College Broncbusters will square off with "probably the best junior college team in Kansas" tonight in the semi-finals of the 9th Annual Cowboy Capital Classic Basketball Tournament here. The Broncbusters won their second game of the season Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament when they whipped Northern Oklahoma of Tonka wa, 62-51. Tonight's opponent for GCCC, Dodge City, also won its first round game against Eastern Cowboy Capital Classic at Dodge City First Round Garden City 62, Northern Oklahoma 51 Dodge City 80, Eastern Arizona 75 (OT) Pratt 94, Levelland, Tex. 92 (2OT) Phillips (Okla.) 60, NE Colorado 59 Veteran Manager Dead at 62 DETROIT (AP) — "Auld Lang Syne" echoed from the Tiger Stadium organ that day in September 1970 following a Cleveland Indians-Detroit Tigers baseball game. Soon afterwards, Mayo Smith showered and dressed for the last time as manager of the Tigers. "It always will end this way," he said. "I said it before: you either get fired here or somewhere else." Smith, who guided Detroit to an American League pennant and World Series triumph over St. Louis in 1968, had just been fired by Tigers General Manager Jim Campbell. Billy Martin eventually was named Smith's successor. "That hour glass is filled with sand and time will take its course," Smith said as he left the press room for the last time. On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Edward Mayo Smith died at a hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla., two days after suffering a stroke while dining with his family in a Lake Worth restaurant. His daughter said he never regained consciousness. Smith, credited with engineering the short but brilliant career of Denny McLain, who won 31 games in 1968, spent the last seven years in retirement in Florida. He was 62. "I can't promise we'll win the pennant," he said just before the 1968 season. "I don't know how those things come out. But this team really grew up last year and I know we'll have a stronger team effort in 1968." Arizona of Thatcher, 80-75. "Dodge City is probably the best junior college team in Kansas," said first-year coach Dave Lindsay. "They've got an excellent crop of freshman players. They're big. They try to run a lot and they're very good shooters." The Conqs, under the direction of former Kansas University assistant coach Duncan Reid, stand 3-1 on the season. Tonight's game begins at 7 in the Civic Center. Following that will be a game between Thursday night's first round winners. In those games, Pratt Junior College slipped by South Plains Junior College of Loveland, Texas, 94-92, and Frank Phillips College of Borger, Texas, beat Northeastern Colorado of Sterling. Freshman forward Mike Darby, a 6-5 native of Brooklyn, New York, led Buster scorers with 19 points Wednesday night, 15 came in the first half. "It was light," Lindsay said. "In the last len minules, we broke il open." "Wednesday was probably the best ball game we've played. We seem lo gel beller wilh every game. We're still in the middle of two lough tournaments and we have to play these games on Ihe road." After opening the season with a win over McCook, Neb., Garden City dropped three straight lasl weekend at the Amarillo, Texas round robin tournamenl. The winners of tonight's games will square off in Ihe finals Salurday night. Garden City (62) — Hemmert 2-3-3, Darby 7-5-1, Brown 2-2-1, Dreiling 1-2-0, Beforl 3-25. Byles 2-2-3, Maxwell 6-0-4. Totals 23-16-17. No. Okla. (51) — Miller 3-04, Lee 3-0-2, Bodin 4-0-1, Graham 2-0-1, Thomas 1-0-1, Hellon 2-1-5, Hamillon 8-2-3, Regier 2-0-0, Rosier 1-0-0. Totals 25-1-17. North. Okla. 30-21 — 51 Garden City 31-31—62 Phila N York Buff Bsln N Jersey 12 9 9 5 2 Central Cleve Atlnla S Anton N Orlns Wash Houstn 11 10 11 10 8 6 5 7 9 10 14 .706 .563 .500 .333 .125 2 3 6 9 Division 5 5 8 8 7 10 .688 .667 .579 .556 .533 .375 V 2 2 4' WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division Denver Milw Chcgo Ind Dirt K.C. Port Phnix Gldn SI L.A. Seattle 12 7 .632 9 8 .529 8 8 .500 7 10 .412 6 10 .375 6 11 .353 Pacific Division 13 3 .813 9 6 .600 9 9 .500 7 10 .412 5 14 .263 2 2>A 4 4% 5 3'/2 5 6% 9'£ By The Associated Press They started it when Howard Jones was coaching al Southern Cal and Bill Spaulding at UCLA almost a half-century ago. After the Trojans won the first game 76-0 in 1929, and then the second 52-0 in 1930, they decided that the Bruins weren't quite ready for big- league competition. It wasn't until 1936 that the Southern Cal-UCLA series was resumed, and that year it resulted in a 7-7 tie, proving that the Bruins at last belonged in the same league with their redhot intracity rivals. It's been that way since, and one of the nation's most legendary college football rivalries continues tonight Telegram V Sports will be trying to knock UCLA out of it and at the same time, make a dash for the Bluebonnet Bowl. A victory over the nth- ranked Bruins will get Southern Cal that consolation prize and allow 14th-ranked Washington to sneak into the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 for the first lime since 1962. Before the Trojans and Bruins meet tonight, two other bowl pictures will be cleared up. The winner of the Oklahoma-Nebraska game earlier in the day claims the Big ...-,.. .—», v —......_ vu VV ... D .._ ,„ i*«i uajr ^iciliiio ll 1C OIK wilh the usual clash of cym- Eight championship and a rip bals and Ihe normally-presenl lo the Orange Bowl against Arkansas Jan. 2. The loser's Wednesday's Results Boston 109, Houston 100 Indiana 126, Golden Stale 116 Philadelphia 106, Delroil 105 Atlanta 105, Denver 104 San Antonio 132, New Jersey 119 Milwaukee 122, Kansas Cily 116 Portland 116, Chicago ill Seat lie 113, Los Angeles 89 high slakes. This lime, however, me roles will be reversed: Soulhern Cal is casl in Ihe parl of spoiler, for a change. The Trojans, who in pasl years have made Ihe Rose Bowl almost a permanenl home, 2. consolalion prize will be a Dec. 19 dale al Ihe Liberly Bowl lo play Norlh Carolina. Third-ranked Oklahoma needs a viclory or a lie in the big game while No. ll Nebraska musl win lo get a shot at Ihe Razorbacks in Ihe Orange Bowl. The Razorbacks enhanced Iheir Orange Bowl role with a comeback 17-14 victorv over scrappy Texas Tech Thursday. The Red Raiders, a Tangerine Bowl entrant, held a 14-3 lead al halflime of Ihe Thanksgiving Day game before Ihe sixth-ranked Razorbacks scored Iwice on louchdown passes by Ron Calgani. In other Thanksgiving Day games, Larry Fortner's 10- yard louchdown pass lo Paul Warth in the final period sparked Miami of Ohio over Cincinnati 12-7 and Ricky Pallon ran 85 yards for a TD in Ihe fourlh period, leading Jackson Stale over Alcorn State 23-16. Meanwhile, several olher Iradilional rivals will be wailing in Ihe wings for Salurday's compelilion. Among them will be Pill and Penn State, both bowl-bound. The Niltany Lions are heading for Ihe Dec. 25 Fiesla Bowl and Arizona State hopes lo be wailing for them. The Sun Devils need a victory over Arizona tonighl lo clinch a piece of Ihe Weslern Alhlelic Conference crown. Pill will play Clemson Dec. 30 in Ihe Gator Bowl. Second-ranked Alabama, prepping for a Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl dale againsl Ohio State, plays Auburn. Louisiana State, which plays Stanford in the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl, goes against Wyoming. Georgia faces Georgia Tech, Florida plays al Miami, Fla., Vanderbilt meels Tennessee, Texas Chrislian faces Baylor, Houston lakes on Rice and Utah plays New Mexico in some of the major ones. The besl known of Ihe rivalries will be Ihe Army-Navy game before a usual selloul crowd of 100,000 al JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Hipp Factor Faces Oklahoma Today KT/^'DH*' A M *"\1_1_ f * *-n *« >.. . _.. . .... NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — If it's Irue lhal exprience is Ihe besl leacher, Ihe Nebraska Cornhuskers should have slayed in Lincoln today. After all, the Oklahoma Sooners hold a 30-23 edge in the Iradilional Big Eight foolball rivalry, and have won for Ihe last five years. But then who had really heard of I.M. Hipp before the season slarted? The sell-out crowd of 71,184 fans were sure lo see and hear a lot about Hipp before the day was over. The running of the outstanding walk-on was expected to be a big faclor in deciding whether Nebraska or Oklahoma won the Big Eighl lille and a Irip lo Ihe Orange Bowl. But though Nebraska builds its allack around Ihe speedy Hipp, Ihe Sooners have speed al every posilion, especially in the offensive backfield led by junior quarterback Thomas Loll and including Elvis Peacock, Kenny King and Billy Sims. Oklahoma Coach Barry Swilzer says Hipp is "Ihe dimension lhal makes Nebraska what Ihey are loday. He can score from anywhere." Bui here Oklahoma he was up againsl whal could be Ihe conference's besl defense. On lop of lhal, Oklahoma has Ihe conference's lop rushing offense — Nebraska is second. All in all, Ihe game was in the traditional mold — the final shootout for the conference championship. Since Oklahoma switched lo Ihe wishbone in 1970, Ihe Cornhuskers haven'l been able lo do much wilh Ihe Sooner offense. In facl, in Ihose seven years Ihe Sooners have racked up an average of 400 yards in lolal offense per game againsl Ihe Cornhuskers. There are a lot of new faces in Ihe Cornhusker defense Ihis year and it was expected thai Loll and Company would be as successful as in Ihe pasl despile the facl that Nebraska is No. 3 in Big Eighl rankings in defense and Ihe predictions by Switzer that, next to Texas, il will be Ihe best defense Oklahoma has had to conlend wilh. Switzer adds that Nebraska "has the best offensive team we will play Ihis year." Hipp's running has given Nebraska the league's second-besl rushing al- tack, behind Oklahoma. The Corn- huskers are averaging 313 yards per game while Oklahoma is averaging 320. But il should be remembered that the Huskers have allowed their opponenls only 186 yards per game coming inlo today's contest and are tops in pass defense with a 100-yard yield. The winner of the game gets the Orange Bowl bid to play Arkansas, while the loser will journey to Memphis to play North Carolina in the Liberty Bowl. Oklahoma will make the trip to Miami with a win or a tie because Nebraska has lost one conference game while Oklahoma has a clean slate in Ihe league. The Sooners are 9-1 over-all, losing only lo top-ranked Texas, while Nebraska is 8-2. Not Just Another Guy Named Joe Mike Torrez, a native of Topeka, Kan., displays his form during the third game of the 1977 World Series. Topekan to BoSox The Yankee hurler was signed as a free agent this week by the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo). Indy Smashed in Wool Bowl ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - bombs, while the Ihird wenl lo New Mexico Mililary Joey Smilh. Institule's Paul Haskell Ihrew three louchdowns — passes Thursday as the Broncos upset llth-raled Independence, Kan., Community College 38-28 in the 12th annual Wool Bowl. Haskell's favorite receiver was Alvin Odom, who hauled in Iwo of his louchdown The Independence Pirales scored firsl when Bill Fenn dashed 51 yards in Ihe firsl quarter. The Broncos took Ihe lead in Ihe second quarter as the trio of Haskell, Odom and Smith produced a 21-point scoring spree. Haskell hit Smilh on a 41- yard TD bomb, Ihen Smilh dashed 49 yards on Ihe nexl possession. Haskell Ihen lossed a 56-yard touchdown aerial into Odom's hands. Independence closed the 217 halftime deficil on scores of 1-yard by Wardell Wrighl and a 43-yard TD pass from Rod Froebe lo Chuck Lee bul NMMI counlered wilh a 43- yard field goal by Charles Caulfield and a 21-yard scoring pass from Haskell lo Odoms. Independence added one more louchdown in Ihe fourlh quarter when Froebe scampered inlo Ihe end zone from 8 yards oul, bul NMMI malched that when Scan Weeks ran 23 yards for a TD. By The Associated Press He wasn't just another guy named Joe. "He laughl me a lol aboul life," SI. John's Coach Lou Carnesecca says of Joe Lapchick. "The mosl important thing I learned from him was humility. He once gave me a card lhal said, 'Peacock Today — Fealher Dusler Tomorrow.' "I remember lhal — and I slill carry lhal card in my wallet after all these years." To St. John's Sports Information Director Bill Esposilo, Lapchick was Ihe ullimale humanisl and the all- time No. l public relations man. "He was the fellow who put us on the map nationally," says Esposlo. "Joe WAS SI. John's when he was here. He was always selling Ihe producl, selling Ihe school. He nol only made a lol of friends for himself, bul for St. John's as well." The revered "Big Indian," most successful of all St. John's coaches before his dealh in 1970, has been remembered by a lol of people for a lol of differenl reasons — bul never officially unlil the Joe Lapchick Memorial Tournament was slarled in 1975. Now in ils Ihird year, il's become a filling leslimonial to a powerful legend. The lournamenl opening tonighl al SI. John's Alumni Hall, one of several around Ihe country starting the 1977-78 college basketball season wilh a bang, includes a four-learn field of 20lh-ranked St. John's, Old Dominion, Niagara and Lafayette. Along with Ihe Lapchick tourney, four olhers will be slarted tonight and another on Sunday. The Spider Classic in Richmond, Va., features St. Joseph's, Pa., William & Mary, Virginia Com- monweallh and Richmond. VMI, Virginia, Roanoke and Madison will be compeling in the Virginia Tipoff al Charlottesville, Va. The IPTAY Tournamenl (short for "I pay Ihirly a year" — an alumni fundraising bailie cry al Clemson) fealures Clemson, Texas Chrislian, Ohio and Rhode Island. At Ihe New Orleans Classic in Ihe Crescenl Cily, il's Easlern Michigan, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee- Challanooga and New Orleans. The Maryland Tipoff al Landover, Md., will begin Sunday with 14th-ranked Maryland, Georgelown, Navy and American U. The Terrapins will be busy Ihis weekend, opening Ihe season wulh a game tonight againsl Bucknell. North Carolina, the nalion's No. l-ranked leam in Ihe preseason poll, will wail unlil Sal- urday night to open its season, playing Oregon State al Charlotte in one of the more significant inlerseclional games. In olher games involving ranked learns lhal day, No. 2 Kenlucky hosls SMU; No. 4 Notre Dame meets Francisco entertains San Francisco Stale; Brigham Young visils No. 6 UCLA;; Akron plays No. 9 Cincinnali; No. 11 Syracuse lakes on Cornell; No. 12 Purdue en- lerlains Xavier (Ohio);; No. 13 Michigan plays Western Kenlucky; No. 16 Minnesota meets South Carolina and No. 17 Wake Forest tackles Norlh Carolina-Wilminglon. UCLA's busy Bruins will be in aclion __. ««WJ *JL U4110 VY111 UC 111 CtUUUl Mississippi; No. 5 San again Sunday, playing Seallle Brown-White Mat Match Saturday Garden Cily wreslling fans will have an opportunily lo see Garden Cily High School grapplers in aclion Salurdav al Ihe GCHS gymnasium. The Iradilional Brown and White malch is slaled lo begin al 1:30 p.m. No admission will be charged Saturday's compelilion will sel Ihe varsity for the first meet against Colby Tuesday. Probable wrestlers Saturday will be: 98 pounds — Joe Arellano, Jon Bigler. 105 — Kurt Brungardl, Brian Tabor. 112 — Dave Coen, Phil Herrerra. 119 — John Ruller, Ryan Russell. 126 — Kevin Miller, Randy Waddel. 132 — Lewayne Tresner, Jim Wagner. 138 — Carolos Ibarra, Bryon Holmes. 145 — Marly Nelson, Casey Huelskamp. 155 — Chuck Nelson, Vincenl Bull. 167 — Jeff Collins, Jay Ham. 185 — Kevin Mehringer, Kevin Bascue. Heavyweight — Rod Montney, Tim Ingalls. Wi New Generation Has Fallen in Love with Game By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) — Everything in baseball is not euphoric, but America's favorite paslime is floaling on the wave of what Commissioner Bowie Kuhn calls "Ihe Fidrych Syndrome." "We have a new generation lhat has fallen in love wilh the game," Ihe tall, low-key execulive said, his oplimism reflecting the rosy color of his shirt. "In the pasl few years we have seen our young people move more loward Ihe arts and cultural things, and I think you can say that baseball, with its nonviolent nature, has benefitted from this trend. "I don't consider it presumptuous when I say baseball is attracting more young people than any other major sport. More and more, these fans relate to the game's personalities. "Mark Fidrych is a manifestation of it — a unique individual that has brought new stimulation to the sport. How long has it been since you saw a crowd call a player out of the dugout to take a bow after the game was over?" The barons of baseball go into their winter meetings in Honolulu in less than Iwo weeks facing a slate of headaches — some new, some old. Topping the agenda probably will be the economic problem, rising out of the unrealistic multi-million dollar price tags on free agents, Ihreatening to throw the com- pelilive scales off balance. Old scorched acorns include the crunch in the Bay Area (where Oakland and San Francisco provide one loo many teams for the population); the prospect of getting a franchise in Washington, D.C., where a watchdog Congress resides plus the collective bargaining agreement and television contract, each of which has two more years' remaining. But Ihe baseball brass can go to the peaceful islands Dec. 5-9 with buttons popping over an attendance boom which keeps breaking records every year. Crowds in 1977 were up 22 per cent over 1976 and 26 per cent over 1975. The 54,244,382 fans in 1977 represented a total increase of 20 million over the previous two seasons. Spectator interest carried over to the playoffs and World Series, with total attendance for 15 games — 813,005 — exceeding thai of the 17 games played in 1976. The World Series alone drew 337,708. "A baseball game is not just a contest — it is a happening," said Kuhn, an imposing 6- fool-5 figure who maintains a pokerstraight physique and low profile. "It may sound corny but I think it best reflects the personality of the country. It involves conflict, hot emotions, partisan feelings. "It also involves personalities — especially personalities." The commissioner cited the World Series as the besl example. "I don'l recall a Series — not even the exciting Boston-Cincinnati Series in 1975 — that generated as much talk," he added. "Two old rivals, the contrast in the two teams and the exciting players. "The volatile Reggie Jackson ... the young, attractive Steve Garvey ... Sparky Lyle ... and the two contrasting managers, Billy Martin and Tom Lasorda." Kuhn acknowledged lhat Ihe princely salaries, automatically turning players inlo superstars, may have contributed lo the surge of new interest, but he gave much of the credit for the game's attendance spiral to Ihe emergence of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. Fidrych is Ihe Highly Delroil pitcher who bursl on the scene like a thunderclap as a raw, uninhibiled rookie in 1976 and mesmerized fans wilh his mound antics and winning ways. He talked to the ball, did gardening around the mound and won baseball games. It was on a nationally televised game in Detroit June 28,1976 that "The Bird" dazzled the Yankees 5-1. Thousands remained in the stands, cheering wildly until Fidrych came out to take a bow. Fidrych continued to fill ball parks until suffering an arm injury lasl season. "Fidrych popularized the curtain call in baseball," said Kuhn. "Now it's become a baseball tradition."
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