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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 14

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2-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, August 2V, 1987 Tekm sports key Americans INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The United States beat Cuba in the pool, on the field and on the court. Everywhere but in the ring. On an otherwise successful day against its chief rival, the United States lost two of three bouts against Cuban boxers who moved into the gold medal finals. America fared much better in team sports Wednesday with victories in women's basketball, men's volleyball and softball, and water polo. "This was one of the sweetest wins I remember in a long time," Coach Jody Conradt said after the U.S. women rallied for an 85-80 victory that put them in Sunday's gold medal game against Brazil. In water polo, it was a night of roughhousing at the natatorium. "For the Cubans, we expected a lot of aggressive play," said U.S. team captain Terry Schroeder following the 5-3 victory. And they got it in a game punctuated by foul whistles. Michael Carbajal of Phoenix, probably the most lightly regarded U.S. boxer left in competition, was the only one to beat a Cuban. He upset 106-pound world champion Juan Torres, scoring early and pounding Torres in the third round to gain the decision. In the other U.S.-Cuba bouts, U.S. light heavyweight Andrew Maynard lost to Pablo Romero, and Cuban super heavyweight Jorge Gonzales beat Riddick Bowe 3-2. Joining Carbajal in advancing to the finals were Americans Kelcie Banks and Kenneth Gould, world champions at 125 pounds and 147 pounds, respectively. Both won decisions against opponents from Puerto Rico. Cuba is 5-2 in head-to-head competition against the United States. The United States bettered its record medal total to 336, adding silvers in fencing arid women's field hockey and a bronze in men's field hockey. That gives Americans 156 gold, 107 silver and 73 bronze. Canada is second with 154 medals, including 29 gold, followed by Cuba with 151, 62 of them gold. BASKETBALL Cindy Cooper and Jennifer Gillom came off the bench to score 14 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the U.S. women to their come-from-behind victory. Cuba led 42-40 at. half time and 54-47 with 15:51 to play before the Americans rallied to improve to 3-0. Katrina McClain and Teresa Edwards scored 10 points apiece for the Americans. VOLLEYBALL U.S. men were inspired by the all-around play of Karch Kiraly in the 15-10,10-15,15-10, 15-6 victory over Cuba. "We didn't play our best," Kiraly said. "We played to win and I hope we can play our best when we meet for the gold medal. Our team simply doesn't play its best in games like this." The United States will oppose Argentina in one semifinal. Brazil plays Cuba in the other. BASEBALL The U.S. team clinched the top spot in the medal-round with its 4-0, llth inning victory over Puerto Rico. Ted Wood broke the scoreless tie with a home run to open the llth, and Scott Servais added a three-run shot. GYMNASTICS National champion Kristie Phillips gave the United States a solid lead in the compulsories. Stroke causes coach to re-evaluate life PORT ARTHUR (AP) — Life is ongoing and full of changes. But James Gamble would rather have lived without what happened to him on April 24. Almost four months ago, Gamble suffered a mild stroke while watching a high school Hall of Fame all-stars basketball workout in Waco. The Port Arthur Lincoln head basketball coach spent 11 days in a Waco hospital, and the entire incident made him more aware of the frailties of life. "A stroke will call your attention to what you need to do," says Gamble. "And what happened to me stemmed from being overworked, and not resting properly, more than from anything else. "It's not so much from being pressured all the time, which is what people would like to think." The life-threatening stroke forced Gam- ble to re-evaluate his perspectives. Today, his vision is still impaired to the point where he cannot drive a car, he cannot focus on small print for long periods of time, and he is unable to do any strenuous physical or mental work. These days, the 52-year-old Gamble is taking high blood pressure pills religiously. He also has gotten off salt, has restricted his diet, and is getting plenty of rest. Nevertheless, he insists he will be on the sidelines coaching the Bumblebees for the 26th season this fall. He was head coach ot the South all-stars at the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star basketball game this summer in Fort Worth. He became only the fourth black to be a head coach for a Coaches School all-star game. Gamble, who owns a career won-loss record of 612-211, has never approached basketball as tedious work. His philosophy is to go all-out, and the pluses would far outweigh the minuses in the end. Now. he has altered this system of checks and balances somewhat. The man who helped Lincoln bring home state basketball titles in 1984 and 1986 said he is the same person mentally, but not physically. "Everything else appears to be in shape, but my vision is not real sharp yet. I've seen some improvements, because 1 couldn't focus on anything at first. "But my vision is well enough to coach. 1 can see well enough to coach, I can see well enough to get around, and my doctors feel like 1 can handle it. But, if this was a mild stroke. I'd sure hate to have a severe one." he said. Offensive, defensive lines will get looks in scrimmage From Page 1-B can't tell a whole lot from that. When you go against someone else is when you can start to tell something." In Angleton. the Ganders will square off against 15 returnees from a team that suffered through an 0-10 season in 1986. There will be seven offensive and six defensive starters on hand, however, to help the Wildcats forget what happened. Among players to keep an eye on are tailback Calvin Dudley and defensive tackle Kevin Tucker. Dudley, who is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, rushed 'for 900 yards last year. Tucker, at 6-5 and 230 pounds, is expected to be one of the top linemen in District 25-5A. Stroud is familiar with the philosophy of Angleton Head IMPORT AUTO PARTS 191 2 N.Main 428-1628 WE HAVE HARD TO GET PARTS FOREIGN & DOMESTIC -::.- 10 % DISCOUNT »n .11 fem«tit pern. ~?V (ters: Mnriir-M. I MM n IMPORT AUTO PARTS Coach Elwood Kettlcr, since they once coached together. Because of that relationship, no exact play or time limits have been set for the scrimmage. "Both of us just want to line it up and hand it off, and see who hits who." Stroud said. "Neither of us want the kids to get too tired or get anybody hurt." Action will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, when the subvarsity players scrimmage. Ross S. Sterling was scheduled to scrimmage at Beaumont West Brook today on the same time schedule. Gander notes: Numerous bumps and bruises forced Lee to RENT-A-CAR U-SAVE 422-0535 Ziebart Deluxe Auto Window Tinting Zlebart Standard i Ziebart Custom Auto Window i Auto Window Auto Window Tinting • So QIC M Swvuant • UC to 95V Su"i Sc<*en • U%fime Warranty * postpone its intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at Memorial Stadium . . . Senior running back Lee Langelier is the most injured. A swollen knee has kept him on the sideline for several days . . . Senior Thomas Mayo probably won't be able to play this season because of an injury sustained last year. He suffered torn knee cartilage in a game with South Houston. Oilers acquire Popp SAX ANGELO iAFi The Houston Oilers acquired on waivers tight end Jim Popp from the Chicago Bears, the team announced. Popp. 23. of Vanderbilt. was the eighth-round draft pick of San Francisco in 198fi. He was acquired by the Bears during the past offseason and then waived, In addition. Oilers starting tight end Jamie Williams sprained his ankle during practice at training camp Tuesday and will be out for about two weeks. Starting safety Bo Kason was scheduled to undergo a knee examination by a specialist in California. JACKIE GREGERSEN plans to help Robert E. Lee's volleyball team with her setting this season. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) Gregersen important part of Gander volleyball team From Page 1-B "1 haven't done as well as I should have in the backcourt playing defense." she said. "I've been too worried about making mistakes." A year ago, Lee posted a 19-9 season mark and finished 9-5 in the district. With a good nucleus back from that squad. Gregersen is expecting good things from the Ganders. "I think we'll be good." she said. "We've played together a lot before, so we know each other and what to expect from one another. We all get along well and work well together ' The team got in two scrimmages this week, playing three matches each on Monday and Tuesday. Despite a rusty start. Gregersen liked what she saw. •'At first we weren't communicating as much as we should," she said. "When you're talking you do better because everyone knows what's going on. Once we started communicating better. 1 thought we did well." Lee will have three weeks of predistrict matches to prepare for the district season, which kicks off Sept. 15. Gregersen already has an idea of what to expect in the 23-5A race. "It think it's going to be pretty tough." she said. "Deer Park is always real good and i Pasadena i Dobie is good. And. of course, we want to beat i Ross S.> Sterling." Gregersen hopes her %'ollevball career doesn't end days of W|ll > ht -' r senior year at Lee hopes to land a spot on a college roster next year and is willing to put in the work required "I'd like to go (play collegiate- lyi." she said. "1 know I've got to work harder on different parts of my game " Bates seeks winning ways From Page 1-B team "I'm supposed to g« going " As a senior, Bates s^id she will have no problem assuming a leadership role However, she admits Unit having seven other experienced players on the team will make the task o[ leading easier. "We all get along and are good friends." she said "We play together as a team That has been the prevailing attitude during p r e s i* a s o n workouts, according to Bates. She said the team has a positive attitude and players are working hard. Coach Bev Bargainer can'i be accused'Of taking it easy on the team, either, as she scheduled scrimmages every day this week. Bales said those sessions have been helpful to the team and to Bargainer. "It has given us a chance to look at how we play and who will fill the positions," she said While Bates hopes to be an important player for the Rangers this season, she isn't taking anything for granted "All the spots on the team are open right now." Bates said "1 have to play well and work hard during practice so I can start," Being in the starting lineup on opening day is a goal Bates has set for herself "I wan! to be a starter, for sure." she said "I want to start and play my best because 1 wan! to play college ball." Bates is not a one-sport athlete at Sterling Sin- has also lettered for the girls basketball team and plans to return this season Vet. her personal favorite is volleyball That is the reason she is determined to make her final high school .season a success Ziebart Paint Protection A lifetime shine without waxing! $ ONLY 12 l?eg S189 New or Used Car Rust Protection $199 FROM Peg rom $279 WFO. tUQQ rnict f*o* ZIEBART SUN-ROOFS ?229 • FO. suoa. 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