Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 27, 1978 · Page 6
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6—Ukiah bally Journal, Ukiah, Calif. Friday, January 27, 1978 Lopez seeded fourth Key games tonight, Saturday Eagles mafmen in Eagles and Cats big Cuesia tourney host caae f oes Mendocino College's An-- strep throat which deprived ^ ^^^^y • ^^^^w r.j •• ,...1" y '• Mendocino College's An-- tonip Lopez today was seeded No. i among 15 118 -pound wrestlers from throughout California competing in the Cuesta SraalJ.Cofllege "State',; Championships in San ' iJuis Objspo." Lopez and Eagle Jess Ayer drew the biggest entry in their respective 118 &nd heavyweight brackets as the tourney began at 11 a.m. It will conclude late tonight and matmen°will return to Ukiah Saturday. Coach Keith Leland was forced to leave Mike Engebritson at home with a strep throat which deprived the hustling 177 pounder from Ukiah of competing in one of the biggest mat tourneys before the - Regional eliminations begin next week at Ohione for the large school- small school combined State Championships in Bakersfigld in two weeks. Also representing Mendocino College on the mats at Cuesta College today are Mike Scott, 142; Lee Johnson, 150; and Dennis Reynolds, 158. - Most brackets are pretty well filled — except for 190 where only eight made weight or chose to wrestle. , PROMOTE SPORTS SAFETY — Foir members of START, a nonprofit corporation organized to purchase protective athletic equipment for schools, presented Redwood Valley Middle School with needed equipment Wednesday.' Members of START, George Locatelli, left, of Lance Motors and Disb-ict Attorney JDuncan James participated in the Kingsburg rallies to save spring 1 • " • • i sports programs presentation to Redwood Valley Middle School principal Paul Messner, center, along with other START members Dean Billigmeier, of Stegemann Mo^rs and Hal Phillips of Lance Motors. Last year the group spent $800 on equipment arid in the last three years has purchased $8,000 in protective equipment. — Journal photo by MacLean The UWahi Wildcats and the Mendocino College Eagles will be embroiled in rugged league or conferj^nce basketball cohtests tonight and &turday. The fact that they are at home may serVe to give' the Ukikhi arid college teams a bit of a.homecourt advantage, jf they are able to take advantage of it. Each plays tonight — and the college comes back Saturday for another crucial Golden Valley Conference contest. Also today — at 3:30 p.m. — the Ukiahi Jayvee and Varsity girls are playing NBL competition at Rancho Cotate in Rohnert Park. And it is the Cougars of Rancho, losers by a few points to Montgomery Tuesday in .their NBL opener, who will be battling tooth and toenail with the Wildcats tonight in three games^ in Chessall Gym- nasiurrt. The Ukiahi Erosh start things off at 5;30 p.m.; the Jayvees take the court at 7 p.m. seeking their second NBL victory; and the Varsity follows at 8:30 p.m. as Mark Levy, Craig Ullrich, and Co. also go after win No. 2 in their first home NBL encounter. Also playing tonight at 7:30 will i^e the GVC co-leading Mendocino Eagles, who host: Lassen from Susanville at Carl Purdy Court, then come back at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to stave off the tough challenge of Sierra in an effort to make it wins 7 and 8 in a row in GVC play. New offer of \4.5 million may be _ ^ / 500-60Q Club bowling made for the A S tourney atVokayo Sunday Top fie W ready for famed indoormile By AURELIO ROJAS KINGSBURG, Calif. (UPI) — Sports minded residents have pledged nearly $11,000 in support of baseball, tennis, track, golf and swimming at Kingsburg High School because "the financially pressed district board of trustees had voted to excise spring sports from the school budget. , The town takes a serious interest in the athletic team^ at the only local high school, and shock waves ran through this community of 5,000 when the trustees voted earlier this week to eliminate all spring sports at the school because of a lack of money. Kingsburg alumni include Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson, his brother, Jimmy, a former all-pro connerback, and Detroit Lion Coach Monte Clark, The prospect ofe> spring without sports struck a responsive. chord in the community's burghers, 10 of whom pledged a total of $4,100 at a board of trustees meeting Wednesday night to revive the schqol's athletic program. By Thursday the figure had grown to nearly $11,000, enough for students at Kingsburg ,High, located 20 miles south(bf Fresno, to be able to participate in baseball, tennis, track, golf and swini- ming competition. About 150 people showed up at the board of trustees meeting after learning spring sports had been cut. Board meetings normally draw about 25 persons. "I can't help but think these people have their priorities mixed up," said Brian Hamada, theschodl's student body president, "it took this to round up coniiniunity support, when academic departments have been losing financial support for the past few years." Principal Don Witzanski said many of the persons who contributed to the athletic fund-raising drive voted against a school financing measure last November. Football Coach Jerry Scheldt said what brought the community together was the {HTOspect that an entire program would be eliminated. "We've had athletic budget cuts along with all the other cuts the past few years," he said. "But when you threaten the extinction of an entire p-ogram—not just sports— you catch parents' attention." The news that there would be spring sports after all raised the spirits of the school's athletes. "Without sports a lot students would have stopped coming to school," said Mike Jackson, a/member of the tennis team. Scott Linquist, a pitcher on the baseball team, said: "For some guys sports is 50 percent of what school's all about." NEW YORK (UPI) — A matchup of record-setting Dick Buerkle, record-holding Filbert Bayi and Kenya's Wilson Waigwa in the famed Wanamaker Mile figures to be the focal point tortight of the 71st Millrose Games. Alwaysthe featured event of the nation's oldest indoor meet, the Wanamaker Mile takes on an added impact this year because of the presence of Buerkle, who sped away from Bayi two weeks ago to set an all-time indoor best mile time-of 3:54.9. Bayi, of course, is, sUll the world record holder^E^r the 1,500 meters. "Actually," said Schmertz, "I think we could have world records in three events — the mile, high jump and pole vault and that would be a first. We have extremely strong, fields in all three events." Besides Bayi and Buerkle, the mile field also includes Waigwa, the Kenyan from the Texas-El Paso who, because of his stropg finishing kick, was the original favorite prior to Buerkle's emergence. Also entered is Mark Belgervthe half miler par excellence |vho, with a 5-for-5 winning streak in that event at Madison Square Garden, has decided to move up in class. The high jump should also be hotly contested with Greg Joy, the record-holder for the event at 7-7, Dwight Stones, still looking for his first 1978 victory, Olympic champion Jacek WSzola and local favorite Franklin Jacobs of Fairleigh-Dickinson University al} entered. In the pole vault, Mike Tully, the year's other indoor sensation besides Buerkle, would please Schmertz no end if he couuld improve on his world indoor best of 18-4 set earlier this month. Tully will go up against Poland's Wladyslaw Kosakiewicz, rated No. 1 in the world last year, Earl Bell, the MillroSe defender' and' former indoor world record holder Dan Ripley. "I think it will take a world record to beat this field," said Tully, "and I hope to do just that," Other outstanding Millrose entries include the loaded 60- yard dash, which features Houston McTear, Steve Riddick, Steve Williams and Harvey Glance, and another chapter in the longtime duel between women's mile ^specialists Fraticie Larrieu Lutz a;id, Jan Merrill. NEW ORLEANS (UPI) - A group of financial backers could be ready within a week to present a $14.5 million offer to Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley in a renewed attempt to bring major league basieball to the Louisiana Superdome, officials said today. Denzil Skinner, head of the firm that manages the Super- dome, said new talks began this week when Denver oilman Marvin Davis announced he had withdrawn a deal he made with Finley to move the A's to Colorado. bavis was upset because his deal, was predicated on Finley's ability to free the team from a 20-year lease at the Oakland Coliseum. Finley so far has been unable to bbtain a release from the contract, but said last week he thought there had been a possibility of compromise before Davis withdrew. The compromise reportedly would involve the San Francisco Giants playing half their gaines in Oakland, but San Francisco Mayor George Moscone has opposed the idea. "I'm sure (baseball) Commissioner (Bowie) Kuhn is taking an active role, and maybe trying to point out to the San Francisco people that half of their schedule being played there is better than the chance of losing their tea,m altogether," SkinAer said. , New Orleans? investors worked several months after the 1977 baseball season to lure Finley's A's to the Superdome, but the deal apparently fell through when DaVis made his offer. Skinner said he felt baseball could be worked into the Superdome schedule this summer if Finley reached an agreement with the New Orleans investors and arrangements were rhade to end the lease in Oakland. "We have (scheduling) conflicts, sure, but we just have to go to work resolving those conflicts," Skinner said. "That would be a welcomed problem. "But rdy personal opinion is I don't believe they will resolve their Bay area problem in time for any shift of franchises to happen this year. It's tied up in court and courts don't move that quickly." In additon to the lease problems, New Orleans investors also would have to win approval of the American League .owners to move the A's to the Superdome. There will be a Sunday "fun" bowling toiimament for all paid-up 500 and 600 Club Ukiah ' wohien bowlers, starting at 1 p.m. at Yokayo Ppwl. l^ose who have contacted President Connie Garzini, Treasurer Opal Rosen or director Roberta Harmes to' pay their $4.25 new membership or $3 annual renewal of 500-600 Club dues by mid- 'night tonight will be eligible to roll in Sunday's tournament. Other officers in the Women's 500-600 Club for those who have rblled series of that magnitude include Jan Lindsey, vice-president; Jan Nicolay, secretary; Nyota Wiles, secretary-treasurer; and directors JoAnne Gandee, Sandi Arifoni, Ruth Collar, Peggy Disney, Shirley (irubaugh and Sharon Can- trail, in addition ' to Roberta Harmes. Feb. 4, in Berkeley LSU, Japanese test Cal's best gymnasts South African girl upsets Virginia Wade S/ew fate still uhdecided Knicks, Bullets both could be worse off UPI Sports The Washington Bullets and , New York Knicks are alike in at least one respect: They ' could be a lot worse off than; they actually are in the National Basketball Association's standings. The Bullets have only a 25-20. record and have just come off a five-game losing streak but are only two games behind San Antonio in the NBA's Central Division while the Knicks are 25-21, recently,lost five straight and yet are Vilotti, Cal at Stanford tomorrow Ukiah's Doug Vilotti, who apparently has W0n back a starting job with the University of California basketball team, and his mates head for Stanford Saturday and their first "Big Game" of the season at 8:05 p.iV In Stanford Pavilion. Vilbtti is averaging almost 10 points a game, many of them clutch game-tying or winning .points, and. six rebounds a game, and is the field goal percentage leader amoiig regulars in 17 games for the Bears. solidly entrenched in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Bullets snapped their five-game losing streak when (they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 135-107, Thursday night while the Knicks ran their winning streak to four games with a 112-105 triumph over the Kansas City Kings. Bob Dandridge scored a season-high 37 points and Kevin Grevey had 26 to lead the Bullets to their triumph over the Bulls at Landover, Md. Dandridge scored 21 of his points in the first half when the Bullets soared to a 68-49 lead. Elvin Hayes added 19 points and 10 rebounds to the Washington total and combined with Wes Unseld to hold Artis Gilmore to 11 points. Mickey .Johnson scored 25 points for the Bulls, who had Won six of their previous seven games. " "We needed a big win," said Dandridge. "With the injuries we've had and the losing streak, this is just what we needed." HIALEAH, Fla. (UPI) — Seattle Slew's owners say they are not yet ready to decide what they will do with their Triple Crown champion, who will be honored at the Eclipse Awards banquet tonight as 1977's Horse of the Year and 3- year-old champion. "We're not trying to be cute," said Dr. Jim Hill, one of the colt's four owners. "We've got to make the best decision for the horse ... we've got to make the best decision for all the people involved. "It's tough; and there's not a chance that we're going to do anything immediately." The seal-brown son of Bold Reasbning appears to bfe in normal health again in his jStall al Hialeah Race Track, but he's a long way from returning to the races. The mysterious illness which attacked the colt Jan. 12 and cut short his comeback still has not been diagnosed. The infection, which forced his owners to scratch him from two stakes races at Hialeah. caused widespread reports Seattle Slew would never race again and instead would be sent to stud. The Miami News reported Thursday a half interest in the horse had been syndicated for $5 milli6tfaitf^ he would be retired fromj'racing immediately. ^T >dpn't mind a newspaper selUn^he horse for us, but I don't like their price," Hill said. "If Slew's not worth more than $10 million, we're in deep, deep trouble," said Mickey Taylor, who also owns a share in the horse with his wife, Karen, and Hill's wife, Sally. Part of the problem for the owners is that Seattle Slew is costing them money and the 1978 breedihg season begins in February. The colt, who became racing's 10th Triple Crown winner, has not raced since July 3 when he was defeated by J.O. Tobin in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park. the owners — all newcomers to Thoroughbred racing — must pay a reported premium of $400,000 on his $6 million insurance policy for racing in 1978. Al} have indicated they would prefer to race the colt, byt the potential drop of the colt's worth if he does not regain his top form at the races may prove to be too costly. LOS ANGELES (UPI) •South Africa's Greer Stevens, 20, scored the biggest upset of the $100,000 Virginia Slims- LfiS , Angeles ,,,tennis tour- namerit Thursday night when she ousted Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade, the No. 3 seed; 6-4, 7-5. Tiny Tracy Austin, the baby of the circuit at 15, was also a casualty, losing to second- seeded Martina Navratilova, 6;3, 6-4, in another quarterfinals match. ' Billie Jean King, seeded No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and who defaulted to South Africa's Marise Kruger Wednesday night after suffering a leg injury, also withdraw from doubles competition. She said she will take three weeks off to recover fi-om a hamstring pull and ah injury to her left heel. Austin, ,5 ft. 3 in. and 98 pounds, started fast and won the first. two games of her match with Navratilova' who is 5-8 and 145 pounds. The Czech expatriate did not take the lead until the fifth game when she scored a break to go ahead, 3-2. Austin matched Navratilova from the baseline,'but the bigger player overpowered the teen-ager by rushing the net. "The key was to overpower her," said Navratilova. "There was a lot of pressure on me. Tracy's age and the reaction of the crowd pulling for her put pressure on me. I had nothng to gain but everything to lose. Tracy .makes us look like old women." Stevens and Wade held service through the first seven games of their first set. Stevens scored a break at that point to go ahead 5-3. She held on to win the first set, 6-4. Stevens grabbed a quick 4-1 lead in the secofid set but Wade rallied to win four of the next five gamesand tie the set at 5-all. Stevens was at match point six times before nailing down the<^in. In third-round singles Thursday, Kruger defeated Regina Marsikova of Czechsolovakia, 6-2, 6-3; Yvonne Vermaak, South Africa; won by default from seventh-seeded Diane Fromholtz of Australia. Gymnastics fans who enjoy watching the. international sport on television, or will be watching tonight's Baechtel Grove Gymnastics Club at Willits high school, at 7:30, may want also to reserve the night of Saturday, Feb. 4. On that date the University of California will host an appearance of the outstanding Japanese national team against the top gymnasts from Cal and Louisiana State University. For the price of $4 for adults and $3 for high school students and children, you will be able to s°ee a Cal-LSU intersectional collegiate dual gymnastics meet; and the Japanese national men's team competing against both in optional routines — those spectacular, free-choice, free-wheeling gymnastics stunts that can send chills down your spine when done superbly, and strike terror when they aren't and someone could be hurt in a fall. In addition, Sakiko Noxawa, Olympic standout, and national Ayako Akaba will put on an exhibition. For information on' tickets phone 415-642-5150, or send your name, address, zip-code and daytime phone number with your order for $4 adult or $3 high school-children's tickets to Athletic Ticket Office, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. 94720. Tickets may be picked , up at the Cal Athletic Ticket Ctffice in Harmon Gym or at the Will-Call booth before the meet. The University of California, Berkeley, gymnastics team has won numerous Pac-8 and national gymnastics titles under Coach Hal Frey. Saturday Feb. 4 is ah excellent opportunity to see a young, developing Cal team against always gymnastics-strong LSU — and also see the reigning and future national champions and Olympians of Japan, the country which wrote the book on men's optional a,nd compulsory gymnsatics. 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