The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 20, 1987 · Page 13
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, August 20, 1987
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THE BAYTOW1S SUN Thursday, August 20. 1987 1-B -THURSDAY Bates has eye on strong year Senior is RSS quarterback Barnett and Hanks enjoy Series trips By ALFRED VALDEZ On most teams, players usually look to one person or position to lead the way. In football it is the quarterback. In baseball, it is the pitcher. And in volleyball. the setter typically fills the role. Ross S. Sterling's Sherry Bates wants to be the person in that spot come opening day of volleyball season. The Rangers have been practicing for several weeks to get ready for their season-opening match Tuesday at Liberty. Bates is looking for the team to have a strong season and hopes she can contribute. "1 think we can go far," she said. ".Maybe all the way to district. We have all the skills." The team boasts eight seniors, including Bates. That is a far cry from the situation the team was in last season, when it was a youthful and inexperienced group. "We had only one senior on the team last year." Bates said. "We were young Everyone was looking out for themselves and not worried about the team This year it's different We are all a team and we are more confident." Bales said last reason was a disappointment for her. as the learn won about half of its mat- ches. That would normally represent a decent rebuilding season for some teams, but Bates is used to winning. "I think we broke about even last year. Yeah, it was disappointing," she said. "I've won en every other team I played on. We won district on the JV (junior varsity) and I expected we would do as well last year." Bates said that with a year's seasoning, the team is committed to playing good volleyball and returning to the winning ways she is used to. She said the team wants to go as far as it can, but plans to take it one step at a time. "Our first goal is to win district," she said. "I think we can do it. We have all the skills, its just a matter of coming together." Personally, Bates hopes she can excel and is ready to take charge on the floor. Her position as a setter dictates that she run the offense. In a recent scrimmage with Aldine. she appeared to fit the role of team sparkplug as she shouted encouraging words and set up shots for her teammates. She said she likes to take charge. "I'm sort of like the quarterback of the team." Bates said. (S« BATES, Page 2-B) SHERRY BATES of Ross S, Sterling hopes to lead by example on the volleyball court this season. (Sun staff photo by Alfred Valdez) REL's Gregersen set to make amends By MIKE SIMMONS Jackie Gregersen isn't proud of it, but she said her efforts for the Robert E. Lee volleyball team haven't been as good as they could have been the past two years. She plans to make amends this year "1 haven't really tried as hard as I probably .should have." Gregersen s.nd. "When I was younger 1 was scared I would mess up. so 1 didn't do as much as I should. "Since; this is rny senior year, I'm going to do the best 1 can " The Ganders are going to be counting heavily on contributions from Gregersen. who will be playing on the varsity for the third straight year She is one of five returning lettermen who helped Lee to a third-place finish in District 23-5A a year ago With those two years of experience behind her. Gregersen knows she will be expected to provide leadership this year She's ready to handle that task. "1 know some of the younger players look up to us and watch how we're playing." she said. "If it looks like we're not trying, they'll wonder "Why should we try If they're not?' " Since joining the Lee varsity for the 1985 season. Gregersen has gradually taken on more responsibility on Coach Mary Taylor's squads. Her role this year differs greatly from the one she filled as a sophomore. "When 1 was a sophomore I was pretty scared." she said. "It was a lot faster-paced game than what 1 was used to coming up to the varsity straight from the freshman team. That took some getting used to. "When I was a junior I thought I did pretty good. But I think 1 could have done better." Gregersen knows Taylor will be counting on her to use her experience this year to help the team on the court. "She expects me to expect what the other team will do." she said. "I should know whether they are going to spike it or not or whether they are going to shoot it over. That way we'll be able to cover it faster." Being a veteran this year doesn't mean Gregersen thinks she can stop improving. She feels she has gotten better in some areas, but she also can point to departments where she hopes to make strides this season. "I play the backcourt better than anything right now." she said. "My spiking could improve some. I set. too. so hopefully that will improve." The strides in the backcourt are especially satisfying to her since that is one area she felt her efforts have been lacking in the past two years. (See GREGERSEN, Page2-B) Stroucl will check basics in scrimmage vs. Angleton ^ J>aytoWo sheltering arrps For the Homeless 422-0448 By DAVID BERKOWITZ There is nothing secretive about Robert K, Lee's plans for its first football scrimmage of the 1987 preseason. "We'll just line them up and hand it off." said Head Coach Jim Stroud, who will watch attentively as his Ganders face Angleton at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. Film of the scrimmage will also receive close examination, as Stroud and his assistants attempt to learn more about a team that faces a Sept. 4 starting date with the La Marque Cougars. Through nearly two weeks of two-a-day workouts, progress has been made in the Gander camp. Still, many questions must be answered. For instance, will the relatively inexperienced defensive and offensive linemen be able to pull their weight on the varsity? Most of the projected starters gained most of their experience on thp subvarsity levels. "We know we've got the receivers, running backs, quarterback and defensive backs," Stroud said. "We need to look at the offensive and defensive line. "You never know how you stand early, because you're just going against yourself. You (See OFFENSIVE, Page 2-B) SUMTEX LIQUOR ofl\OS i^S- V ' SKop Our Storp For Our Wpfkpnd UNADVERTISED SPECIALS BACARDI Professionally Installed CALL TODAY FOR NIEt ESTIMATES QUALITY ALUMINUM PMONl: 422-7072 S08 W MAIN ft* If fMlfff By DAVID BERKOWITZ Just when they thought they had played their final baseball games for 1987, Baytown's Lance Barnett and Dean Hanks received pleasant surprises. Following the elimination of their teams from postseason action at Jenkins Park-, the tournament champions extended them invitations that led to appearances in World Series competition. For Barnett, it turned into an experience of a lifetime. For Hanks, the ending wasn't as sweet. Barnett was the hitting and pitching star for the Houston Jays, who captured the championship of the National Collegiate Baseball Association World Series Monday at Cincinnati. While the South Belt Palomino team that Hanks played for didn't win it all, it placed second in the World Series Monday at Greensboro, N.C. His pitching was a key in helping South Belt qualify for the national event. When the Bay town team was eliminated from the Southwest Regional Tournament of the NCBA, Barnett's baseball career that spanned from high school days at Ross S. Sterling to the minor league Bend (Ore.) Phillies apparently had come to an end. With plans to attend Sam Houston State University this school year and complete his college degree requirements, Barnett had resigned himself to placing his bats and gloves on the shelf. But then the Jays came calling. "They asked if 1 wanted to play with them and the Fort Worth team wanted me, too," Barnett said of the team the Jays defeated in the regional final. "1 went up there w-ith the idea it might be the last time for me to play ball for awhile. 1 figured what ever happened happened. I never really thought it would turn out like it did.'' Barnett became somewhat of a media star upon the team's return from Cincinnati Monday night. He was greeted at Intercontinental Airport by a Houston television crew and his World Series exploits where chronicled in Houston newspapers. Their interest was understandable, considering his batting and pitching performance in the five-day tourney. He hit four home runs, drove in 19 runs and batted .545 in seven games. He also was the winning pitcher in two games. For his efforts, he carried home an armload of trophies as the most valuable hitter, pitcher and player in the tourney. In the process, Barnett gained the attention of professional scouts from the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs organizations. "I talked to guys from the Reds and Dodgers and the Cubs talked to the coach about me," he said. "They're supposed to have a scouting meeting for people in the Texas area, and they were going to get with me after that."; While he is optimistic about getting another shot at pro ball, Barnett has been in the situation of waiting for telephone calls before. After the Bend team disbanded following last season, he was told another avenue for displaying his talents would be found. But nothing of the sort came to pass, so he decided to spend the summer months playing for Baytown's NCBA team. 'Tm hoping to get to play (See HANKS, Page 3-B) LANCE BARNETT RODEO EXCITEMENT ACTION & FUN KICK-UP YOURHEELS IN NEW BOOTS FROM SpcMfin* Ms Beets ANDERSON Sho« & S*«Uk 4tl-tm

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