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The Salina Journal Friday, April 5,1985 Page 13 Mauch says Angels will contend for AL West title Second in a series on the 1985 Major League baseball season. By The Associated Press In the American League, the West is not best, but it had something last year the East Division didn't — a pennant race. While the Detroit Tigers were running .away with the East, six teams in the West finished within 10 games of each other. The last-place Texas Rangers were 15 games behind the first-glace Kansas City Royals — the same spread between Detroit and runner-up Toronto in the East. The Royals didn't get above .500 to stay until Sept. 5, but they went on to finish three games ahead of the California Angels and Minnesota Twins. "We finished the '84 season on a high note by playing excellent baseball over the last half of the season (they were 10 games under .500 at one point)," Royals manager Dick Bowser says. "I feel good about our chances again. We have some good reasons to be positive. "First of all, we are starting with a good, young pitching staff (Bud Black, Mark Gubicza, Bret Sa- berhagen). We also believe we are a stronger club defensively. The addition of (catcher) Jim Sundberg, Gene Mauch along with the emergence of Onix Concepcion (SS) to go with Willie Wilson (CF) and Frank White (2B), makes us as strong up the middle as any club. "It will be important for us to have George Brett (3B) and Wilson all season. Wilson makes things happen and Brett is our big bat. Steve Balboni (IB) got over the hurdle last year and gives us a legitimate power hitter." Brett suffered a series of injuries, while Wilson joined the club late after serving a jail sentence for drug abuse. And, of course, the Royals have Dan Quisenberry (124 saves in the last three years), the league's premier reliever. Bowser says he is "not much for predictions" but predicts that "it's going to take more wins this year (KC had 84) for the division title." After a two-year hiatus, Gene Mauch is back at the helm of the Angels and he believes they will be "solid contenders. What a lot of people seem to forget is this club came within three games of winning the division last year. That's not a lot of ground to make up." Mauch is looking for starters to join Geoff Zahn, Mike Witt and Ron Romanick in the rotation. Be says the bullpen of Donnie Moore, Doug Corbett, Luis Sanchez, Curt Kaufman and Jim Slaton "is certainly one to be reckoned with." Elsewhere, Mauch is counting on veterans such as Brian' Downing (LF), Doug DeCinces (3B), Bobby Grich (IF), Rod Carew (IB), Bob Boone (C), Rob Wilfong (2B), Reggie Jackson (OF-DH) and Juan Beniquez (OF) to provide leadership for youngsters such as Dick Schofield (SS), Gary Pettis (CF) and Mike Brown (OF). "Let me assure you my spirit hasn't dimmed in the slightest," adds Mauch, who holds a major- league record by having managed for 23 years without winning a pennant. Minnesota hasn't finished over .500 since 1979 but manager Billy Gardner says the Twins are "now Briefly '36 regional ticket steps announced Ticket-purchasing procedures were recently announced for the 1986 Midwest Regional Basketball Tournament which will be held in Kansas City at Kemper Arena on March 21 and 23. Ticket applications must arrive between March 27 and May 15, 1985. Applications received after May 15 will be returned to the sender. Each application must include the check or money order for the correct amount, payable to "1986 Midwest Regional". Applications must also include the name, correct mailing address and daytime telephone number of the applicant. Tickets for individual sessions are not available. Applications must be for the semifinal and final dates. No application will be accepted for more than four tickets. ' Cost of the combined ticket is $32. A additional handling charge of $2 per order must be included. Thus, applicants' request should include a check or money order of $34 for one ticket, $66 for two, $98 for three and $130 for four. Applications should be mailed to: Big Eight-NCAA Midwest Regional, 600 East Eighth Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64106. In late May, a drawing of qualified applicants will be held to determine the recipients of the available tickets. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by June 30. McDaniel honored by Senate TOPEKA (AP) — The House and Senate Thursday approved resolutions commending Xavier McDaniel of the Wichita State University basketball team for being the first player ever to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association in both scoring and rebound averages. £S': "In his senior year at Wichita State University, ??•' Xavier, commonly known as X, compiled a record of which most basketball players can only dream," Sen. Norma Daniels, D-Valley Center, said as she read the resolution. "It's a great honor for me," McDaniel said as he accepted the commendation. "I'd like to thank all i the people of Kansas for standing behind us when things were down." McDaniel The resolutions congratulated McDaniel, a 6-7 forward senior from Columbia, S.C., on both his athletic and scholarly talents. Oklahoma City dropping to NAIA OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City University President Dr. Jerald Walker announced Wednesday that the school was dropping its affiliation with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Walker said there were two major reasons for the decision. One was the NCAA's requirement that its members participate in 12 sports — six for men, six for women. The other was the Midwestern City Conference's requirement that its basketball teams play in arenas which seat at least 7,500. Oklahoma City will eliminate volleyball, cross-country, track and fencing as a result of the decision, Walker said. Walker said moving to the NAIA will save the school about $1 million during the next four years — the amount the school lost during the past four years. FHSU student in driving finals HAYS — Brent Nelson, a Fort Hays State University junior from Statesboro, Ga., will be one of 80 collegiate driving champions competing April 14-15 in Daytona Beach, Fla., in the finals of the 1985 National Collegiate Driving Championships. The finals in this Solo n-type competition will be held at the Daytona International Speedway. The winning drivers from 80 colleges and universities will be trying to turn the fastest times over serpentine courses prepared and monitored by the Sports Car Club of America. The quickest driver will earn first prize of a $5,000 scholarship and a year's use of a Dodge Daytona Turbo, provided by the program's sponsor, the Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation. Second place will receive a $3,000 scholarship and third gets a $2,000 scholarship. Top seeds win at Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Top-seeded Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia and No. 2 seed Mats Wilander of Sweden easily moved intq the quarterfinal round of the $325,000 Jacomo Monte Carlo Open tennis tournament .Thursday. Lendl defeated Sweden's Jan Gunnarsson, 6-3, 7-5, while Wilander dispatched Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-3. In a third-round upset, Francesco Cancellotti of Italy beat Joakim Nystrom of Sweden, the No. 5 seed, 6-2, 7-5. Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia, seeded sixth, knocked out clay court veteran Jose Higueras of Spain 6-3, 6-3, at the point where a winning record and being a contender is expected." Gardner expects starters Frank Viola, Mike Smithson and John Butcher to keep the Twins in most games. Relief ace Ron Davis must rebound from a 7-11, 4.55 season; he saved 29 games but let almost that many slip away. Scoring runs should be no problem, with Kent Hrbek (IB), Tom Brunansky (RF), Mickey Hatcher (LF), Gary Gaetti (3B) and Kirby Puckett (CF). Newly acquired Mike Stenhouse (DH) provides even punch and Tim Teufel (2B) had a fine rookie campaign, but the key for the Twins could be whether Roy Smalley, back after a three-year trip to New York and Chicago, can still play shortstop. The Yankees and White Sox didn't think he could. Jackie Moore begins his first full season as manager of the Oakland A's, who traded base-stealing king Rickey Henderson to the Yankees for a quartet of young pitchers. One of them, Jay Howell, had the best strikeout-to-innings-pitched ratio in the league and will replace Bill Caudill as the short-relief specialist. The two players who came from Toronto for Caudill — Alfredo Griffin (SS) and Dave Collins (LF) - will be regulars. Although Tony Phillips (2B) will be out for a while with an ankle injury, Bruce Bochte (IB) came on strong in the second half of 1984 and Carney Lansford (3B) hit .300 for the fourth year in a row. Dwayne Murphy (CF) socked 33 homers and won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove. The A's other power hitter is DH Dave Kingman (35-118). Oakland was dead last in the league with'a 4.48 ERA. Don Sutton, Curt Young and Chris Codiroli are the top three starters. The White Sox plummeted from a division title in 1983 to a sorry fifth- place finish in '84, 25 games off their '83 pace. Manager Tony LaRussa promises they will field a much faster team this season thanks to the arrival of Luis Salazar (3B-OF) and Ozzie Guillen (SS), who came from San Diego along with pitcher Tim Lollar in the LaMarr Hoyt trade. Salazar and Guillen join speedsters Daryl Boston (CF), Rudy Law (CF) and Julio Cruz (2B). Boston and Guillen have been touted as Rookie of the Year candidates. Harold Baines (RF), Ron Kittle (DH), Carlton Fisk (C) and Greg Walker (IB) provide the punch. Despite the trade of Hoyt, LaRussa expects the pitching to be strong with Tom Seaver (288 victories), Richard Dotson, Floyd Bannister, Britt Burns and Lollar. Bob James joins 42-year-old Ron Reed in the bullpen. Chuck Cottier starts his first season as manager of the Seattle Mariners, who have been under .500 each of their eight years in the league. The Mariners' prospects Royals trade Brewer to Indians, demote six to minor leagues FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals traded promising -rookie outfielder Mike Brewer and sent six players — including veterans Pat Putnam and Renie Martin — to the minor leagues Thursday. Brewer, 25, was leading the Royals with a .370 spring training batting average when he was sent to the Cleveland Indians Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. He was assigned to the Indians' Class AAA roster. "Hopefully, I'll get in and out of Triple A (Maine Guides) and to the big leagues. I think I'll be in the big leagues this year. I've had a good spring and I should be able to keep it going," said Brewer, who has had trouble the past two seasons at the Royals' Triple A club in Omaha. He batted .252 at Omaha in 1983 and fell to .203 last season before he was shipped to Double A Memphis. The Royals had no options left on Brewer, meaning they could not have recalled him from the minor leagues without the 25 other major league teams having the opportu- nity to purchase his contract for $25,000. Brewer, rookie outfielder Dave Leeper and veteran first baseman Putnam had been battling for the final spot on the Kansas City roster, but manager Dick Howser said he had decided instead to go with a 10- member pitching staff because of inconsistency among middle-relief pitchers. Putnam, the American League Rookie of the Year in 1979 with Texas, was sent to Omaha along with Leeper and rookie infielder Jim Scranton. Non-roster catcher Tom Niemann was sent to the Royals' minor league camp for reassignment along with pitchers Mark Huismann and Renie Martin. "We knocked it around the last three or four days," Bowser said. "I know I said earlier I didn't want to go with a 10-man staff, but our middle-line pitching is still a question mark. We haven't had the consistency you look for. "So what we're doing is taking a bat away from us. We're counting on the extra pitcher helping us more than the extra bat." OUTDOOR DECKS LEND AHEALTHY GLOW TO B\LE COMPLEXDN& For less than the cost of an Hawaiian vacation, you can have your own place in the sun, at home. Sun decks are easy do-it-yourself projects. So they're a great way to add space and value to a home without getting burned. For regular or treated lumber, supplies, and plenty of how-to information, see us first—your one- stop decking supply center. We're a lot closer than Hawaii. And your tan is guaranteed to last the entire season. See One On Display At Our Yard Today! Larson South 9th & Saturn Ave. in Salina \ ^^*"^r MW center 027-4467 knniv For Your Convenience Kansas Toll Free Wats Line 1-800-332-0152 start with first baseman Alvin Davis (27 homers, 116 RBIs), the 1984 Rookie of the Year, and Mark Langston, who led the league in strikeouts while winning Rookie Pitcher of the Year honors. Seattle's offensive strength other than Davis lies in the outfield, which includes Dave Henderson, Phil Bradley and Al Cowens. The return of DH Gorman Thomas from shoulder surgery would be a big help. Cottier calls the rotation of Langston, Jim Beattie, Mike Moore and Matt Young "the best starting foursome in the American League." Edwin Nunez may be ready to join Ed Vande Berg in the bullpen. Despite a last-place finish, Texas manager Doug Rader is "very optimistic when I assess our chances" because "we received outstanding performances from a number of individuals." They include starting pitchers Frank Tanana, Charlie Hough and Mike Mason, Pete O'Brien (IB) and Buddy Bell (3B).- Rader says the outfield of Gary Ward, George Wright and Larry Parrish is one of the best in the league. The Rangers acquired a full-time DH in Cliff Johnson and a new catcher in Don Slaught, but Dave Schmidt and Dave Stewart must come through in the bullpen. Prediction: Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Seattle, California, Oakland, Texas. Central duo places first ABILENE — Chris Marshall and Brett Beasley of Salina Central teammed up to the win the No. 2 doubles championship at the Abilene tennis invitational Thursday. The title by the Mustang duo helped Central finish third in the meet with 25 points. Junction Results in Scoreboard, Page 12 City and Abilene finished 1-2 with 42 and 28 points, respectively. Sacred Heart was sixth with 17 points. Marshall and Beasley opened the meet with an 8-4 victory over Jeff Lantz and Dave Keener of Chapman, then defeated Brent Marquart and Vince Bellin of Belleville, 8-2, in the semifinals. They won the title match with a 9-8 (9-7) thriller over Ross Brinker and Mike Skidmore of Abilene. Other Central finishers included Eli Muhl, fifth in No. 1 singles; Troy Phinney, third in No. 2 singles and Tom Jett and Bret Johnson, fourth in No. 1 doubles. Sacred Heart was paced by the second-place performance of Craig Berkley in No. 1 singles. Berkley lost to Junction City's Jeff Babb, 8-4, in the finals after defeating Mike Holsten of Chapman (8-1) and Jay Cailteux of Concordia (8-5). Other SBHS finishers included Brad Dix, fourth in No. 2 singles and Rick Schumacher and Mike Siebert, sixth in No. 2 doubles. 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