Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 16, 1987 · Page 8
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 8

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, September 16, 1987
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B THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16,1987 The wide world of sports Giants like their Chili very hot Davis slams 2 HR's as S.F. romps, 13-3 Dive Curl calvert Clarke (left) was defending the goal, with defen- Ice, these hardy individuals (yes, there's bodychecklng sive help from^Anthony Burger (shirtless), as Tom and blood In this version of hockey, too) play almost Burke tried to get off a shot in a hockey game Tuesday, weekly wherever they can find room, a sport not seen too often In Uklah. Despite the lack of ^^_^__ Madill leads Wildcats past Fort Bragg _ . .".. »T««»'»_f_rf* 111 *i r» r\n fnnvt \to T^l o\/ tt/QO o By DAVE CURL Journal Sports Editor Ukiahi's fledgling varsity soccer squad got the 1987 season off to an impressive start Tuesday, scoring twice in each half en route to a 4-1 jvin over Fort Bragg at the Timber- wolves' home field. Matt Eifort started the goal barrage for the 'Cats, scoring off the first of three Troy Madill assists to give Ukiahi a 1-0 lead. Jeff Rhodes got his foot into the action later in the half, blasting his first of two goals into the net off a Cliff Lucido assist to up the bad to 2-0. Most of the game was played on the Fort Bragg end of the field, as first-half goalie Charlie Suthers can attest. Suthers was absolutely untested in his half of play, not handling a single shot on goal. Second-half goalie John Mirata wasn't as lonely. Fort Bragg did manage to slip a shot by him midway through the second half. But by that" time Ukiahi's Jeff Rhodes, set up by Madill, hammered in his second goal of the afternoon to make the score 3-1. Shawn Rothrock finished up the scoring for the 'Cats, with Madill picking up his third assist. Madill, according to teammate Cliff Lucido, (who picked up the other assist) was "able to get the ball out in front of the forwards the whole game" leading them towards the Timberwolves' goal. Sweeper Barrett Crook's hus- tling defensive play was a major reason the ball stayed out of Ukiahi's end of the field for most of the game, as he and his teammates on the defensive end worked hard throughout the contest. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants got sharp pitching from starter Atlee Hammaker, and the hitters turned the hot team's latest victory into a case of overkill. "Atlee didn't need too many runs. He had all his pitches going. It was just a matter of him getting his 'W and then giving some other guys a little work," said catcher Bob Melvin, who drove in four runs in Tuesday night's 13-3 pounding of the San Diego Padres. Melvin's three-run homer in the second inning opened the scoring, and he singled home a run in the fourth. Hammaker, IfMO, pitched four-hit ball through five innings, the distance needed to gualify for the victory, and left with a 10-0 lead, letting young pitchers John Burkett and Jon Perlman finish up. Manager Roger Craig used at least two players at every position during the runaway which increased the team's lead in the National League West to seven games over the Cincinnati Reds and 7'/a over the third-place Houston Astros, who meet the Giants today and Thursday at Candlestick Park. "Chili Davis tied a record. He played all three positions in the outfield," Craig said of the game's busiest player. Davis, with one home run nght- handed and another left-handed, also set a league record by accom- Ukiahi comes home to host Marin Academy in a pair of weekend contests, playing immediately after the 4 p.m. Ukiahi girls-El Molino game Friday, then hitting the field again for a 10 a.m. Saturday contest. plishing that feat in a game for the third time in his career. The all-time record for switch-hitting homer games is 10 by former New York Yankees star Mickey Mantle. Davis, who came into the game with a .235 batting average, went 4-for-4. Both his homers were two- run shots. Kevin Mitchell hit his 21sthomer—his 14th since joining the Giants in July — and Will Clark had three of the team's 17 hits. "It was a big win. We're getting closer and closer to clinching this thing," Craig said. Benito Santiago, the Padres' out-, standing rookie catcher, extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a fourth-inning double. THE GIANTS' MAGIC NUMBER The San Francisco Giants' "magic number", as listed on the front page of today's paper, has dwindled down to just 11 games. What the "magic number" means is any combination of Giant wins or Cincinnati losses equaling 11 would give San Francisco the N.L. West pennant. Example: If the Giants win tonight (Cincinnati is idle), the number would reduce to 10 because of the Giants' win. Humm baby. Ukiahi spikers split with host El Molino The Lace Treats V-Back™ Bra. Femininine and functional: soft stretch lace and the sensational V-back design. With straps that on't slip or bind. Comfortable support all day long and durability that lasts washing after washing. Perfect. From Vanity Fair. SIZES: B-32-36 D-32-38 ': '',,.' **-<••- tfs* ^mii^M *'""*. .-rV':"'"'' • ""to/jr/i^B "^.•//.•r^^.'-Ti 166 SOUTH MAIN WILLITS, CALIF. 85490 By GLENN ERrCKSON Journal Sport* Editor Ukiahi's volleyball girls opened their seasons on the road Tuesday with a typical struggle against El Molino at Forestville. The result was a split, the varsity Lady Wildcats bowing in their best- of-five match, 18-16, 15-8, 14-16 and 15-6; and the jayvecs winning their best-of-three contest, 8-15, 15-9, 15-4. Just a point or two away from losing in three straight, the varsity fought back to prolong the match by taking the third game. El Molino had come back in the first game to force an overtime thriller on the Wildcats and win. Coach Ken Franklin was pleased with the overall showing of his team, pointing out that they began work on offense Monday, just the day before the game, and that his girls showed the need for more conditioning. "We used the match to get acquainted and to look at people," Franklin said. "We were up 14-8 the first game but lacked the stamina to put it away, but we played consistently well for an opening match. "Cari Croghan was excellent as a blocker; Celestina Venturi and Tonya Myers gave us some super serves." Franklin liked the middle strength and hitting of Leah Larson and the work of Kelley Kesey, Amy Aikman and the great improvement of Erin Grant, who could join with Croghan as a key blocker. Paula Stcele, like Croghan coming in from soccer, also will contribute. "We'll work her (Stcele) as backup setter, and in the back row. She's quick and quick to learn," said Franklin, who likely will start Steele this Friday in a match at Aiifc- ly, which is 2-0 after winning won a five-game match from Santa Rosa. Jayvec coach Tonya Sparkes and Franklin also liked the debut of the jayvecs, who showed good strength and determination in putting away El Molino in three games. Vanessa Vagt, an incoming freshman, shows potential to be an all-around skilled volleyer, be it blocking, setting, passing or striking. Dorjon Jordon is "coming into her own" as hitter, blocker and leader, and Kcri Meyer also drew plaudits for her play. So did all the girls as a team. True, the Ukiahi volleyers are at least a game and probably a week or two behind other teams at the moment in development, because Franklin chose to start the 1987 volleyball program later this season so his teams wouldn't burn out late in the season. The coach feels they are right on schedule now and will continue to improve and be competitive. He is concerned about lack of experienced depth at the moment on the varsity, however. That may come when needed later in the year. Defense keys men's grid Ukiah's men's flag football league, which plays - Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Anton Stadium, started its season last Wednesday with defense surprisingly taking the upper hand in the early contests. With just four games played in the wide open, all-passing format, there have already been two shutouts, a rarity over the league's seven-year existence. In opening action, Kinney's jumped out to an 18-0 half time lead en route to a 24-12 win over The Pub. Jamie Alexander, Kinney's quarterback, used all his receivers in the win, tossing scoring passes to Sterling Long and Troy Furman in the first half, then finding Brad James for a second-half score. Long added a 65-yard interception return for a score. The Pub scored both its touchdowns in the second half, with Mike Lopez finding Fred Nickel and Mark Davies open for scores. Neither team converted their extra points. Also on Wednesday, The O-fers battled the 39ers evenly throughout their game, with the O-fers' ability to make a conversion the difference in the tight 19-18 win. Brian Barrett found Estel Cole for a pair of first half TD's for the winners, with Peter Thompson catching the conversion for a 13-12 halftime lead. The O-fers' Chris Milder caught the eventual game-winner in the second half from Barrett. The 39ers scored their touchdowns on a pair of Bill Wallers-to- Ken Zimmerman strikes, with Walters also finding Mike Brazil for their third score. On Sunday, Mill Creek, behind ihe passing of Kelvin Chapman, handled Masonite 20-0. The Creek led just 6-0 at the half, on a Chapman to Matt Howard hookup. The Creek added to the scoreboard in the second half on TD receptions from Chapman to Joel McCabe and Ron Pearson, the latter also adding a two-point conversion. In Sunday's other matchup, the 39ers pitched a shutout, defeating Kinney's 12-0 on a pair of Bill Walters-to-Bobby Miller touchdowns, one of them covering 70 yards. Play resumes tonight, with Mill Creek meeting the O-fers at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Masonke/Pub matchup at 7:45. THURSDAY SPORTS CALENDAR V VOLLEYBALL— T Willits and Potter Valley in Middletown tourney through Saturday. Ukiahi Boosters fundraising dinner and auction at Broiler Steak House, 6 p.m.

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