The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 24, 1969 · Page 10
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 10

Baytown, Texas
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Friday, January 24, 1969
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10 Friday, January 24. 1969 Sterling Visits Rayburn$ REL Hosts Deer Park Sports Aplenty Odds And Ends By GARY SHERER During his campaign, President Nixon said that he preferred the sports column that didn't ramble on with just one subject. We kind of agree, so here is a try at the odds and ends column. The Houston Astros pulled off a big trade Wednesday and many observers feel that it will move the Astros up the National League ladder. They gave up one of the NL's top hitters. Rusty Staub for two journeymen ballplayers in Donn Clendenon and Jesus Alou. The trade balances out the left and right-handed hitting in the Astros' lineup and also helps their speed. Age-wise, they broke even. Alou is young, 25, but Clendennon is 33, so it balanced out. Top pitchers Mike Cuellar and Dave Giusti are gone but Don Wilson, Denny Lemaster and Larry Dierker still remain, and with the addition of sage catcher John Edwards the Dome-men are looking for a few of the young pitchers to come along. A potential lineup of Edwards' catching, Clendennon at first, Joe Morgan at second, Denis Menke at short, Doug Rader at third, Curt Blefary in left field, Jim Wynn in centerfield and Alou in right doesn't sound like another tenth place club . . . Speaking of the Dome, more than 40 Baytown youngsters representing REL and Sterling will compete in the Astrodome Federation Relays scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Coaches Drew Dunlap and Beverly Rockhold, the track experts at the Baytown high schools, have picked out some of their track team members for the event It's a shame that Houston's Mark Tessman can't get a title fight yet. Possibly his manager. Perry Payne, doesn't want his man in there for the title but anything has to be better than what light heavyweight king Bob Foster faced Wednesday night. Foster dropped Jersey City's Frankie De Paula three times in the first round and came away with a TKO victory. We remember one other fighter from Jersey City who was more impressive than De Paula just walking into the ring — Jersey Joe Walcott We're wondering if the new commissioner of pro golf, Joe Dey, will be a figurehead like baseball's commissioner or a mogul-type like Pete Rozetle in pro football Our old buddy, Coach-Shelby Metcalf at Texas A&M, must be giving a lot of business to the College Station tranquilizer Tian. His Aggie basketball team is currently in the top spot in the SWC race and have won their last six games by a total of 12 points We were checking the National Basketball Association standings recently and see that San Diego and Elvin Hayes are in fifth place in the Western Division. San Diego is learning the same Sesson that San Francisco learned back when Wilt Chamberlain did all their scoring. You need more than one scorer. So Hayes continues to lead the NBA scorers and San Diego continues to lose. The Phoenix Suns fans must be kind of frustrated. Their new NBA club has won nine out of 49 games played .... In 1969, the SWC football teams will stick closer to home with a few trips however . . . the Aggies will be at Nebraska and West Point on successive Saturdays . . . Rice and Texas will both visit California at Berkeley and TCU will go to the "football capital of the world," Columbus, Ohio, to meet Rose Bowl champion Ohio State . . . Baseball is not far away, the pitchers, catchers and rookies report to Florida and Arizona camps next month . . . Speaking of Columbus, Ohio, little Ashland College which is just a few miles from Columbus has a unique basketball team and coach. Their coach. Bill Musselman talks about holding another team scoreless in a basketball game. His charges have a gooc start this season — the opposition has averaged 31.8 points a game in 15 played for Ashland. One team this season just hat one point at halftime. However, Ashland just averages a little over 50 points a game themselves because they concentrate so much on defense. But holding a team score I ess I Come on ... Finally, Friday night's Sterling-Rayburn basketball clash offers an interesting match. All of Sterling's district games with the exception of the Pasadena game have been not too close, and Sterling has won them all. However, the one close game with Pasadena, was a loss for Sterling. On the other hand, all of Rayburn's wins, with the exception of the Dobie game, have been close games. We hope this doesn't mean that Raybum wins the close ones anc Sterling can't win the nip-and-tuckers . . . Pocfcog* Store 2111 M«rb»St. Sport Short ROME (AP) — Giorgio di Ste fani announced today he woulc give up the presidency of the Italian Tennis federation nex month for private reasons. A STRENUOUS GAME of handball occupies the time of YMCA members Fred Bednuski, left and Tillman O'Brien. The Y has several handball courts available to its members. Rebels To Face 1967-68 JUCO Champion San Jac The Lee College Rebels face probably their toughest foe of the season Friday night when they visit the awesome San Jacinto Havens for a South Zone TJCAC game. Coach John McCormick's Rebels would like to keep their winning streak of two weeks alive but the task at hand presents somewhat of a problem. The Ravens have been the scourge of this area and last year for the entire nation in junior college basketball circles. San Jac won the 1967-68 National Junior College Championships al Hutchinson, Kans. after sweep- ing to the South Zone Region 14 title. By all reports, this year's team is possibly better than last season so LC has a big hurdle. San Jac is coached by Ron Rucker, a native of Baytown. Rucker has quite a record already in only his second year of head coaching. Three reasons I'or Rucker's continued success lliis season are his three top players, Jeff Halliburton, Jeff Lake and Bob Nash. All three are from the East with Nash from Connecticut, Halliburton out of New York and Lake from Pennsylvania. Lake Highlands, BJ Cagers Take Junior Cage Wins Highlands' eighth graders lopped Cedar Bayou's eighth grade squad, 49-18. The eighth grade win came after Coach Ron O'Neal's Highlands seventh graders had whipped CB, 45-19. Over at Baytown Junior, eighth grade Coach Roy Foerster and seventh grade Mentor Walter Norton were stopping Horace Mann's seventh and eighth graders also. In the seventh grade game, the Baytown cagers won their first game trimming HM, 35-36, while the eighth grade result was 54-40, Baytown. High man in the Highlands-CB eighth grade contest was Highlands' Kenneth Battle with 15. Lionel Destin added 12. Jimmy Stroud led CB with six. In the seventh grade game Archie Lawrence led Highlands with 13 and Joseph Wheatfall led the losers with 11. Baytown's top scorers were Krancis Elmore at 13, Clifford Blake and Gary Hanson with 12 and Johnny Urban scored 10 to give the eighth grade winners a balanced attack. Richard Dodgen was high for HM with 19. In the seventh grade match, Jim York, Elliott Grant, Lawrence Cooper and Charles Barley led Baytown while Steve Powell topped HM with 13. Monday night Highlands hosts Horace Mann and Baytown visits Cedar Bayou. and Halliburton do the scoring and Nash grabs "everything" off the boards. Every coach that has watched the 6-7 Nash compare him to a funnel in that he controls the boards. The Ravens are currently 21-1 on the season and are unbeaten in South Zone play. The Rebels are 13-10 on the season with a 5-3 district mark. With second semester registration next week, it is not known whether Charlie McKinney or Charlie Geller will be able to suit up for the game. Both Geller, from Baton Rouge, La. and Houston product McKinney were not eligible to play the first semester. This game starts an extended road series for the Rebels as they will not be home again until Feb. 4 when their competition will be these same San Jacinto Ravens. In between will be a game with tough Wharton JC Saturday night at Wharton. The following Thursday, Jan. 30, the Rebs visit Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. Then, Jan. 31 at San Antonio JC followed by a Feb. 1 match with St. Phillip's JC with both games in San Antonio. aty* lagfcmm mxxt ^—^» CpppTS ^^^^^^^ f^ADV CUCOCD o *„ TTj:t — GARY SHERER, Sports Editor Will Staub Trade Help The Astros? By FRED HARTMAN HOUSTON (Sp) — How are baseball fans taking the swap of Rusty Staub? The answer to this question depends upon whether you look for a baseball answer or a sentimental answer. Houston, a lOtli place finisher in 1968, had to shake up the Astros to prove to the fans that every possible effort is being made to strengthen the team. With Donn Clendennon from the Pirates and Expos (Montreal) and Jesus Alou of the Giants - Expos in the lineup along with John Edwards and Curt Blefary and the return of Joe Morgan, the Astros are bound to be better. They had to give up Dave Giusti, Mike Cueilar and Staub to jain this strength, but it is worth it, the baseball men believe. And that's everybody from Manager Harry Walker on down. The Astros front office worried for weeks about Staub as a ticket seller and not as a bail player. Would Louisiana quit supporting the Astros? The final decision was that Houston had to add strength to bring back Houston fans and not the area fans who come more for novelty and weekend tourism reasons. They figure that more victories will bring back former Houston support and not chase off the Louisiana fans. Staub is a great ball player, but the easiest way to defeat Houston in the past was to pitch to the weak swinging Astros and pitch around Staub. He was slow on the bases and not too dangerous a threat as a runner. Houston now has more strength through the lineup as a result of adding Clendennon and Alou. The loss of Giusti and Cuellar off their best years would be a big loss to the Astros. Last year, however, there was evidence that Cuellar was past his prime. He won only six games and nursed a sore arm nearly all summer. Giusti is and should be a fine hurler for many years. Walker hopes that the veteran Edwards, a fine catcher, can help some of the younger Astros pitchers come through to be the fourth starter along with Denny Le Master, Larry Dierker and Don Wilson. Wade Blasingame will be around for spot starting and relief as will John Buzhardt and Bill Monbouquelte, picked up from San Francisco after a long and brilliant American League career. The Astros believe they have improved themselves in the bull pen too. If the team goes better, the trade was good. If not, then there will be many reasons for the failure. You have to say they were trying when they traded off a player of Staub's stature. Rangers Drown Deer In Dnal Swim Meet Ross Sterling evened their varsity swimming record at 1-1 Thursday night as they sunk the Deer swimmers 58-28 at the Deer Park Junior School pool, in a dual meet. Gaining individual firsts for Sterling were Jimmy Kubik in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:29.2, Pat Proctor in the 50-yard freestyle with a reading of 28.1, Chris Litras in the 200- yard individual medley at 2:52.7, and Proctor again in the 100-yard freestyle at 1:01.8. Sterling took both relay events with Mike Hoskins, Jeff Ward, Litras and Mike Aylor teaming up for a first in the 200-yard medley at 2:10.1. And in the 400- yard medley, Aylor, Glenn SUM-TEX DISCOUNT STORES Specials Good Fri., Sat., Jan. 24-25 TOM MOORE 100° 5fh 379 OLD CHARTER 86° 5th WILDCATTER 90° 5th 449 CALYERT 86° 5th OLDE BOURBON 86° 5th 3 29 BALLANTINE SCOTCH 58 , 6h8 569 WALKERS VODKA 80° 5th 309 86° 5th EVAN WILLIAMS 3 Party Pack HAMMS 12 cans Hot Only |98 JAX BEER 6 Pack Hot Only 99 Other Specials Not Listed Here. 3309 MARKET—4C15 BAYWAY DR.—508 W. 2 N. MAIN—12749 MARKET MAIN »— 5 -W &ni Jriedrich SAVE! 95 JANUARY SALE SAVE! SAVE '40.95 SAVE'10.00 Over Current Model! Over Curr«nl Modeli InnUlljtfon Charg« TOTAL SAVINGS '50.95 MAKE THESE SAYINGS ONLY IN JANUARY-HURRY! APPELT ELECTRIC CO. • FACTORY AUTHORIZED SERVICE • RADIO DISPATCHED TRUCKS • SELLING ft SERVICING FRIEDRICH SINCE 1957 7507 Bayway Drive "Serving B*ytown Since 1*M" Phone 424-5121 Morris, Kubik and Lee Johnson :ame in first at 4:26.1. Coach Al Dennis' Sterling wimmers will host South iouslon Jan. 30 at the Carver ones pool in their next action. By ', ^V SHERER Both Robert E. Lee and Ross Sterling must win their 23-4A basketball games Friday night. This is not a surprising thought as both REL Coach Jay Bellinger and Sterling Head Man Woody Walker want this result from every game. But both teams want the victories for different reasons as the 23-4A scramble approaches the halfway mark. The Rangers will face lough Sam Rayburn on the latter's court and Rayburn just happens to be setting the early pace in the district race. The Ganders of REL will be at their own stomping grounds and they host Coach Homer Powell's Deer Park quintet. For the Blue and Silver five, it means a shot at the district lead as they are currently sporting a 4-1 district mark as compared with front - running Rayburn's 50. The Maroon and White cagers on the other hand must beat Deer Park to keep alive in the district race. The Deer also cannot afford to lose but are in a littJe better shape than REL. At present, the Ganders are 2-3 in district play while the Deer are 3-2. Top guns for the Deer are 5-10 David Walkins on the outside and 6-2 Bob Boruk, a lef- thanded senior inside man. Powell nas a veteran starting unit but like Bellinger's team lacks good overall team height. However, none of the 23-4A learns are blessed with a lot of team height so this disadvantage is not a big drawback. The Ganders had their worst rebounding time in the Tuesday night 76-68 loss to South Houston. The Ganders collected just 19 caroms, generally lacked agressiveness and went down to their fourth district defeat. The SterJing-Kayburn battle should pull a big crowd to the Texan gym. It will be the first meeting of the year for the two quintals and the winning team will probably be stamped favorite tor the home stretch part of the season. In their last game, the Rangers shot well from the floor but they could not keep away from the referee's whistle and the Clear Creek Wildcats were the benefactors of the foul calls and won Ihe game from the charity stripe. Rayburn, that same night, was disposing of Pasadena, 33-29, and had to hold on to win. The Eagles put on a late rally that fell short when time ran out. Pasadena holds the one victory over Sterling while the Rangers have swept over four other teams." Sterling Splits; REL Loses In Fresh Cage Ross Sterling broke even and Robert E. Lee dropped two in 23- 4A district freshmen basketball Thursday night. The Ranger youngsters of Coach Leo Hechler hosted Sam Rayburn and the B squad started things off with a 51-28 victory but the Texan A team came back in the nightcap and just beat the Sterling A cagcrs, 46-44. In the REL contest, the Gander freshmen visited Deer Park and dropped both ends of the double header. In the B game opener, Coach Gene Bosse's cagers lost, 50-39, and the A game saw Coach Bobby Wright's team fall, 61-37. High in the REL game was Jimmy French with 12 and Keith Sanders at nine for the B squad and Gary Emerson's 10 points paced the A team. Sterling's high point men were Mike Campbell, Tony Barnett and Kenny Deans all with 12 in the B game. The A game highs were Greg Cummings, Melvin DuBose and Larry Arnold with 13, 12 and 10 respectively. REL won't be in action again until Jan. 3D at Pasadena while the next opposition for Sterling wilt be Monday when they will visit J. Frank Dobie. RENT A-CAR SYSTEM National Franchise System Of Ford Deaten COURTESY FORD «tt-SUi CA S-47S1 ( ^77* MEN'S SUITS • WORSTED TEX • RATNER • ROSE • CLOTHCRAFT Handaomely tailored suit* from our regular stock of year round fabrics. The smartest styles in stripes, mutedtones and Hhadow plaida. Shop early (or the color and sices you need. 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