Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on November 14, 1992 · Page 15
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Saturday Nov. 14, 1992 antaQjvzent'mti Area volleyball teams begin 0 Business, Page 5 0 Stocks, Pages 6 D Comics, Page 8 CCS playoffs today Page 3 tM Iboflt 1 Bw bags The New York Times LAS VEGAS - Riddick Bowe, looking more champion than challenger, outpunched, outpounded and outpointed Evander Holyfield on Friday night to dethrone the champion and become boxing's undisputed heavyweight champion. The 25-year-old challenger from Brooklyn was a unanimous winner on all three judges' cards at the Thomas & Mack Center, raising his record to 32-0 with 27 knockouts and handing Holyfield his first defeat in 29 bouts. The outcome ended Holyfield's reign after two years, 19 days. Bowe showed he had the punch, and the heart, as he battered Holy-field throughout the 12-round Cats upend Condors Watsonville puts the hurt on Condors By EDDIE SENTENO Sentinel correspondent WATSONVILLE Early Friday afternoon, the Watsonville High Wildcats attended a school football rally that turned into a verbal battle between team members. Later Friday evening, the Cats turned their emotions on the North Monterey County Condors Playoff race at a glance A look at how the race for the CCS playoffs shapes up for the SCCAL teams: North Monterey County: Has clinched automatic berth. San Lorenzo Valley: Has clinched automatic berth. Watsonville: Can only make playoffs as at-large team, and its 6-4 record puts it squarely on the bubble. It could come down to a coin flip. Aptos: Eliminated from playoff race. Can tie SLV for third with win over SLV, but loses tiebreaker to apply for at-large berth because SLV and Watsonville have better overall records. Santa Cruz: Eliminated from playoff race. Watsonville's win over North County means Santa Cruz cannot gain third-place tie, which it needed to do to make playoffs. and stunned the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League leaders with a 28-0 blowout at Geiser Field. The emotional evening may have landed the Cats a Central Coast Section playoff berth. The win improves the Cats to 5-2 in the SCCAL and 6-4 overall. Watsonville will apply for a CCS at-large berth on Sunday, but with 14 points (two for each win and one for each game against a league champion) they might need a little luck to make the playoffs. It's conceivable that the final three spots could come down to four teams with 14 points: Watsonville and Milpitas, and Leland and Pacific Grove if they both win today. A coin flip or blind draw would decide it. The Condors, who were trying to win the SCCAL title outright, had their six-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-1 in the SCCAL, 7-3 overall. Although I it,'- - . t ; I Dan CovroSentlnel In her first season at the helm, Christa Cook directs the Aptos High girls volleyball team to a league title. match, knocking him down in the 11th round. All three judges Chuck Giam-pa (115-112), Jerry Roth (117-110) and Dalby Shirley (117-110) - had it for Bowe. "Any more questions about the heart! Any more questions about the heart!" shouted Rock Newman, the new champion's manager after the bout, leaning over the ring ropes and directing it at boxing press that had wondered aloud about Bowe's intestinal fortitude. As for Bowe, he said, "I told you when this fight was over a lot of questions would be answered." Bowe then extended greetings to former champion Mike Tyson, currently in prison, who had wished fep 7 c? YYcT) 5 )) ' v. r-j VWV lX ' ' ' :;6 'A . J ,.vA rtfL - ..?..Jl-tlJii ....... J,... . 1...: a, ..,ir..i... i.iii.i i .1 1, ,., North County's Mike Anderson the Condors have a playoff spot locked, they will have to share the league championship with San Lorenzo Valley (5-1 in league) if SLV beats Aptos today. "I hate to go in the playoffs with a loss but it's a good lesson," said Souza, who believes his team cannot rest on winning even part of the league title because the playoffs lay ahead. "(My players) were so keyed up they were ready to play last night," said Watsonville Coach him luck before the bout. Bowe weighed 235 pounds. Holy-field came in at 205 pounds. Holyfield got off to a good start, scoring with the first effective punch of the bout, a left hook to the body, and then beating Bowe to the punch through the rest of the round. For his part, Bowe was limited to the occasional jab in the opening round. But Bowe came on in the second round. The action heated up when Bowe hit low, and Holyfield looked to referee Joe Cortez to warn Bowe. While Holyfield was looking, Bowe hit him with a shot, angering the champion and inciting a vigorous exchange. takes a tumble after tackling Mike Spitzer after the game. "Earlier today they were trying to blame each other for a lousy season and it got a little bit out of hand. But all that did was bring them together." "Everyone was frustrated and the confrontation was between the seniors and juniors," said running back Jason Solis, who rushed for 47 yards against the Condors. "We had a team meeting before the game and came together as a team." Cook brings fire to By ED VYEDA Sentinel sports editor ONE CONCERNED parent, whose daughter had been cut from the Aptos High volleyball team, tried to prevent the pain and disappointment he knew his favorite player in the world was about to experience. "Is there any way," new coach Christa Cook was asked, "she can be on the team? She's a senior. Volleyball is her entire life." Cook could see the passion and anxiety in that father's face. She sensed the pain in his plea. And she knew she could do something about that suffering. "No," Cook answered. So much for winning the Nobel Prize for compassion. At ringside, as both men whaled away, Holyfield's promoter, Dan Duva, was shouting, "He shouldn't be warring with him." But Holyfield was intent on taking it to Bowe. Through Rounds 3 and 4, both fighters traded punches, with Bowe appearing to get somewhat the better of it. Bowe was warned by Cortez at the end of the fourth round for hitting Holy-field with a low blow. Holyfield came out strong for the fifth, scoring with three left hooks and a right to the head. Bowe slackened in his pace, but who could blame him? The swelling beneath Holyfield's Please see BOWE WINS - B4 Bill Loveioy Sentinel Jason Solis of Watsonville. Going against Watsonville's newly found unity, the Condors added to the Cats' emotional tide with a key fumble in the third quarter. Trailing 7-0, Condor Adam Grossen fumbled a punt that Kenny Davis recovered at the North County 31. Eight plays later, quarterback Stacey Morimoto hit Chris Allen for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Cats a 13-0 lead with 6 minutes, 20 seconds Please see WILDCATS B2 'Anytime she wants to coach my guys, it's fine with me.' Aptos football coach Bill Garrison Cook didn't enjoy that meeting "It was the hardest thing I've hac to do," she said. But she did it. And if there was any doubt about who was in com plete, unshakable and unmistak ible control of the Mariner volleyball program, Cook answered it right there. It would be her way and her way only. And when Cook cut two seniors and three juniors in September, opting to keep four sophomores in - 4" -v -s- I J The Associated Press Riddick Bowe cradles his heavyweight championship belt. Cabrillo's season on the line today By ED VYEDA Sentinel sports editor APTOS If there is a championship-game tension hanging over Carl Conelly Stadium tonight, it's because for both Cabrillo and Gavi-lan colleges, the season is on the line. It's now or next year. "The players know. This is a war to them," Cabrillo Coach Steve Cox said. "This is where we are. This is our season. This is what we want." Cabrillo (6-2 overall) must win its final two games, against Gavi-lan (7-1) and Modesto (5-2-1), to gain a share of the Coast Conference North Division championship. Short of that, the Seahawks, 4-2 in the conference and 1-1 in the North, can forget about a return trip to the Santa Cruz County Lions Bowl. "There is no tomorrow as far as we are concerned," Cox said. Gavilan, too, has its eye on a bowl berth and a possible return to the Lions Bowl, where the Rams beat Shasta 21-12 in 1986. Gavilan is unbeaten in six conference games, 2-0 in the North, and with a victory over the Seahawks can wrap up the division crown and a likely Lions Bowl bid. But a loss to Cabrillo could hurt the Rams' postseason hopes. If they wind up tied for the division title with Cabrillo (at 3-1), it's likely the Lions Bowl committee would choose the hometown Seahawks. SJS faces critical game with Pacific From Sentinel staff reports STOCKTON - After righting their ship with a critical win over Nevada last week, San Jose State will have to chart a careful course when it faces an unpredictable University of Pacific team today. The Spartans nearly wrecked themselves on the rocks two weeks ago against Nevada-Las Vegas with a 35-31 loss, but recovered to knock off first-place Nevada-Reno, 39-35, and put itself in the pole position for the Silver Bowl. The Spartans, 3-1 in the Big West, still trail Nevada by a half game and are tied with Utah State. However, since SJS has beaten both, the Spartans can assure a bowl berth with wins over UOP and New Mexico State. Still the Spartans have to be on guard. UOP, nicknamed Unlimited Offensive Potential by some, has the ability to put up bushels of points if allowed to get into sync. Ryan Benjamin is one of the best all-purpose backs in the country and leads the team with 1,025 yards rushing. Quarterback Troy Kopp Aptos volleyball stead, she also put her neck on the line. So far, there are no rope burns on Christa Cook's neck, and the only thing hanging from the Aptos gymnasium is going to be a Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League volleyball championship pennant. Tough, demanding and vocal, Cook has produced a breakthrough season for the Mariners, who tonight open play in the Central Coast Section Division III volleyball tourna "We've made a point that we haven't won anything yet," Gavilan Coach Bill Perkins said. "This is our championship game. We expect it to be collision game. "We feel like they are in must-win situation," Perkins said of the Seahawks, "and we expect them to go really berserk. Anything short of that, I'd be amazed. "We're checking out extra mouthpieces and chinstraps, and getting ready to buckle it up." Gavilan has won seven straight games since its season-opening loss to City College of San Francisco. The Rams' 7-1 record has earned them the No. 7 spot in the state community college rankings, and No. 3 in Northern California. The Rams have the top defense in the conference, which is No. 10 in the state, giving up 245.3 yards a game. Cabrillo comes in with an offense that's been racking up 359.1 yards a game, and has played the key role in the Seahawks being ranked No. 20 in the state, and No. 10 in the NorCal poll. Perkins said his defense is quicker overall than in past seasons. John Rolsma, a freshman rover-back, has played a couple outstanding games the past few weeks, coming back after being hurt. And the Rams have two big defensive linemen in Clint Colon (6-3, Please see CABRILLO B2 and receiver Aaron Turner are a dangerous combination. The Spartans have certainly been vulnerable to big-play offenses, allowing more than 27 points ;a game, "UOP has some real weapons," San Jose Coach Ron Turner said. "We need 11 people swarming to the ball. We can't assume one person is going to make a tackle." For all the potential, Pacific oniy has a 3-6 overall record, 2-2 in the Big West. The last time UOP and San Jose played, the Spartans prevailed in a 64-47 shootout. ; The Spartans bring an impressive arsenal of their own against UOP. Tailback Nathan DuPree has turned up his game a notch with 577 rushing yards in his last three games and 972 yards overall. Quarterback Jeff Garcia is 15th in the nation in total offense with 2049 yards. , "We are running the ball consistently well," Turner said. "Our pass protection has been especially we're making some big plays offensively." ; ment at North Salinas High. The top-seeded Mariners take on Sa-cred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco at 7 p.m. ! "They were ready to be taken to , a higher level," says Cook, whose team beat perennial SCCAL power ! Harbor on successive nights to ; earn the league's No. 1 berth in the ' playoffs. "Everyone wanted it." The Aptos administration knew ; it wanted Cook once they interviewed candidates for the job, which includes a teaching position in the English department. "She knows an incredible amount of volleyball, and how to teach it," says Aptos Athletic Director Mark Dorfman. "She has incredible enthusiasm and excitement for the game." Please see COOK B3

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