The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 23, 1987 · Page 17
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 17

Baytown, Texas
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Sunday, August 23, 1987
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, August 23, 19*7 3-C MacArthiir tops Class 5A poll By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Aldine MacArthur Generals, whose defense shut out seven opponents last season, including three teams in the playoffs, will start the 1987 season as the top-ranked team in Class 5A of the Texas Associated Press Preseason Schoolboy Football Poll. The Generals, who lost to finalist La Marque in the 1986 quarterfinals, are joined by Jasper in 4A, Cuero in 3A, Refugio in 2A and Bremond in A atop the preseason rankings. '.'We haven't won a game yet, but if we can stay healthy we are capable of beating anybody on our schedule," MacArthur Coach Bob Alpert said. "But if we don't stay hungry, anybody can beat us." The Generals defense returns eight starters from last year's stingy group, including highly rega'rded defensive end Joe Green and linebacker Anthony Curl. "They are the two best players I've coached at those positions but we're not a team of two superstars," Alpert said.' 'Our defense is effective because of our team concept." Running back Donny Ford will add punch to the offense. "Our defense gets a lot of talk but I think we'll be able to move the ball this season," Alpert said. Fort Bend Willowridge, sidetracked in the second round of last year's playoffs, is ranked No. 2 in 5A and Piano, the defending ' champion, is third. Jasper, which lost to eventual 4A champion West Orange-Stark, got 14 first-place votes for a commanding 187 points over runner-up Gregory Portland with 117. Hereford, Wilmer Hutchins and Corsicana round out the top five on the 4A list. Pittsburg. Cameron, Port Arthur Austin as and Littlefield will start the season Cuero's primary challengers in 3A. Jefferson, which completed a 16-0 season by beating Cuero in last season's final, is ranked No. 9 this year. Class 2A's Refugio beat Marion 64-0 in the first round of last year's playoffs, then was defeated by San Antonio Cole in the second round. The Bobcats are led by Willie Mack Garza, who has 4,499 yards and 43 touchdowns in his schoolboy career. No. 2 Reagan County and third-ranked Shiner, the defending champion, are Refugio's primary challengers. Bremond received 17 of the 20 first place votes cast to take command of Class A, followed by Munday, Burkeville, Paducah and Wheeler. Burkeville is the defending A champion. Dawson homers twice, reaches 40 From Page 1-C Smith said. Dawson, the free-agent bargain who signed with the Cubs for 5500,000 plus bonuses last spring so that he could play day bail and on a grass field, hasn't given up yet. "1 never gave 40 home runs a thought." said. Dawson. "I'm just trying to bear down and finish as strong as I can. This team can still open some eyes and be a contender if we can put together a 9- or 10-garne winning streak. Dawson, who has hit four home runs in t.svo games after being rested last Wednesday, became the first Cub to hit 40 home runs since Dave Kingman hit 48 in 1979. Ernie Banks hit 40 or more in a season five times with 47 his highest, Billy Williams hit 42 in 1970 and Hank Sauer hit 41 in 1954. But the club and National League record of 56 was set by Hack Wilson in 1930. "1 feel the statistics will even themselves out," said Dawson, whose previous high was 32 with Montreal in 1983 and who has an excellent chance of reaching 50. Dawson's first homer Friday, a two-run shot, came off starter Jim Deshaies. 10-5, and capped a four-run third. He led off the fifth with his'40th off reliever Jeff Heathcock"1 thought it was just a fly ball that would be caught," said Deshaies. "Sometimes it's just not vourdav." There was no doubt about the second one which went over the left-field wall. It was the seventh time this season and the 25th in his career that Dawson had hit two or more home runs in a game. The victory snapped Houston's seven-game winning streak and was the Cubs' sixth in seven meetings with the Astros. Although the Cubs took a 5-0 lead, the Astros came back with three in the fifth capped by Bill Doran's 16th homer. Doran also forced in a run in the sixth when he drew a bases-loaded walk off wjnner Frank DiPino. 3-2. But DiPino got Alan Ashby to bounce into an inning-ending double piay. "We had our chances for more runs in the sixth and again in the eighth and ninth," said Houston Manager Hal Lanier. "They just hit more fly balls than we did. We swung the bats good but came up a little short." Jose Cruz led off the Houston eighth with a pinch triple and Smith took over for Dickie Noles. Billy Hatcher singled in a run before Smith got the side out. Davis hit his homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Smith and the Cubs a two-run cushion: Smith gave up singles to Ken Caminiti and Cruz before retiring Gerald Young to lock it up. "My toughest moment was in the ninth with Cruz up," said Smith. "1 threw him sliders so he wouldn't take me deep. 1 was glad to get away by giving him only a single." High drama added to Pan Am Games INDIANAPOLIS <AP» - The Pan American Games kicked into high gear with high drama just as they started to gear up for the final weekend. Not only is there a dream baseball fmale ; Cuba vs. the United States, there's a special guest en route to Hoosierland. Jose Ramon Fernandez, a Bay of Pigs hero, will represent Cuban President Ftdel Castro at Sunday's closing ceremonies wrapping up these 16-day games Mis visit marks the first time a top government official has traveled to the United States for an appearance outside the United Nations , since shortly after Castro look power in 1959 If he arrives in time, he might want to catch the action at Bush Stadium, where Cuba will no doubt try to avenge its G-4 loss to the United Slates one week ago today. By beating Canada 7-6 Friday night, the Americans not only gol to go for gold against Cuba but assured themselves of a berlh in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. t Only one gold medal was awarded Friday, in soccer, where Brazil defeated Chile 2-0 in overtime. To dale, the United Stales has a record 339 medals — 158 gold. 108 silver. 73 bronze. Canada is next with 157. four more than Cuba. BASEBALL Fraser was elated that the team had clinched a spot in the Olympics. "In June, they asked me to try and get a club good enough to go to Seoul. Korea, and tonight, we accomplished that," he said. "We had to finish first or second to do it. and now we're assured of thai." The Cuba game included a near-brawl between the teams afler Ihe eighlh inning after Cuba's Luis Ulacia spiked Puerto Rican first baseman Efrain Garcia. Both benches emptied and several players had to be restrained by the umpires. Later, three Cuban players had to be restrained from going into the stands to get a heckler. There were no arresls. FERNANDEZ Police promised extra tighl security at Sunday's closing ceremonies after it was announced thai Fernandez would aitend. Cuba plays a big part in the closing ceremonies because Havana will be the site of the next Pan Am Games, in 1991. The Pan Am torch will be passed to Cuban officials and the Cuban flag will be raised. Robert Helmick. president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said his organization did not pressure the State Department to grant Fernandez a visa. VOLLEYBALL Another U.S.-Cuba showdown looms — this one in volleyball on Sunday. The United States lost the first two games to Argentina before coming back to win 12-15. 13-15. 15-9. 15-6, 15-8. The match lasted nearlv three hours and ended on a kill by Karch Kiraly. his 25th of the night. Joel Despaigne had 35 kills and six block assists to lead Cuba over Brazil 14-16. 15-2.15-6. 14-16.15-8. SOCCER In leading Brazil to the medal, Washington — yes, just one name like Pele — scored what proved to be the winning goa] on a perfect setup from Careca — that's right, too — in the final seconds of the first overtime. The Brazilians added an insurance goal in the second overtime as Chile pressed for the tie. Hurricane in Gulf could provide relief for Lake Guerrero By ED HOLDER LAKE GUERRERO, Mexico — Folks along the Texas Gulf Coast pray that hurricanes find other places to go ashore. But many of the folks around this popular fishing lake in Northern Mexico are praying a hurricane will center-punch this area. They're the owners of fishing camps and the workers in those camps, which host thousands of U.S. fishermen that venture down this way every year. Things have been tough lately for many of them. They don't have any water. The lake is far below its full level. Just how far, no one seems to know. I heard estimates of anywhere from 15 feet to 25 feet. I'm inclined. to believe 25. , Many fishing camps and marinas are sitting high and dry, miles from water. The camp where we got our boats and guides on the south end of the lake was a makeshift affair with a thatch hut and a tent along a creek channel far out in the lake bed. We drove across about two miles of dry lake bed to reach it. It's folks like that camp owner, and those who work for him, who would like to see a hurricane rip out of the Gulf and drop rain in the nearby- bills and mountains and refill this lake. It will fill again, some day. That's for sure. When it does, Guerrero will be like a new lake. Those rising waters will Hood thousands of acres where grass and brush have grown, and the decaying vegetation will make the waters fertile. All that bodes well for the future of this popular lake, if rumors about the dam leaking and threatening to break aren't true. But there is another reason to think this lake has a bright future. It now has a good OUTDOORS population of Florida bass. , ' The (Florida fish were introduced here about four years ago. They already have had a major impact on the bass population. Despite the low water which has reduced this lake to a fraction of its usual size, more big bass are being caught here now than have been caught for years. Prior to their introduction, Guerrero had the typical old- lake syndrome. It was producing lots of bass, but few of them would weigh more than two pounds. Now it's common to see a four- or five-pound bass on a stringer. Every now and then, someone brings in a stringer with several such fish, and occasionally a seven- to 10- pound bass is caught. The fishing is still far from what it was back in this lake's heyday of the early 1970s, when catches of more than,100 bass per day were the rule instead of the exception. „ ! But it has rebounded to the point where a fisherman has hopes of putting a decent- sized bass or two on a stringer along with the usual small fish that are so numerous here. Two anglers in our party did even better than that. They culled about 15 fish on a morning run, and five of those fish weighed from four to 5Vz pounds. They caught nearly all of those fish from one small spot off a point in the south end of the lake, dragging plastic worms on bottom. A catch like that four years ago would have been the. talk of the lake. But now it's just another good fishing report. There's no doubt in the minds of the camp owners here that the Florida bass should get credit for that improvement. Nor is there any doubt in their minds that things will get even better. NOW AVAILABLE DISCOUNTED flttl •MTIWIU MfttU » jut mu «*mm tut* mm mmwiui IMM «u wMMMm ma WML wmNui m mm mm «u w»*n M.n nmn... w.« MM FJHfcfl,,. NLH *»M RJM1I... MM PISCPUflTED ITItL MtM IMMLt 44.M* M.I WlMlMm .M.H 1t... W/7WU. 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