The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on August 24, 1987 · Page 9
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Monday, August 24, 1987
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THE BAYTOWN SUIN Monday, August 24. 1987 1-B SPORTS NSESEESKD Cincinnali Reds Manager Pete Rose wasn't happy with his team's effort in Sunday's 12-6 loss to St. Louis. See page 2-B for details Astro win means hot road start CHICAGO (AP) - It was a successful series by any standard, but for Houston, taking two victories from Chicago had an added sweetness. "We haven't been a good road team." said Manager Hal Lanier. "And to win two straight after losing the first game of a nine-game road I rip. it turns out to be a pretty big series for us." The Astros, who have a 38-24 home record against a 26-36 mark on the road, defeated the Cubs 4-2 Sunday. The deciding blow was a tie-breaking, two-run triple by Billy Hatcher with two outs in the seventh inning. The victory was the ninth in Ihe last 11 games for the Astros, keeping them in second place, a half game behind the San Francisco Giants, And they managed to win after the exit of Nolan Ryan, who had to leave the game in the sixth inning because of a blister on his right index finger. Ryan was sailing along with a 2-0 load on a two-hit shuiout and seven strikeouts when he broke the blister after walking Dave Marline/ Rookie Childress took over and one batter later, Leon Durham hit his I'uth home run to tie (he game The Astro*, who scored two runs HI the fourth inning with two outs, struck again with two out.s in tin- seventh. Pinch baiter Terry Puhl doubled. Gerald Young walked and Hatcher followed with his two- run triple off loser Rick Sutdiffc, whu wa.s making his fir^t start since having a callous cut off his right index finger on his pitching hand .Sutclilie, 15-fi, has not won since Julv 2S HOUSTON CHICAGO * b r h b < nbrhbl Scrimmages aid Ranger spikers Prep work leads into season SHARI DON Herrtngton Is among nine seniors on the Ross S. Sterling volleyball team this season. The Rangers will begin play Tuesday night at Liberty. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) By ALFRED VALDEZ Ross S. Sterling volleyball Coach Bev Bargainer took no chances during preseason practice. Realizing that the only way her team was going to improve was by playing in game situations, she scheduled scrimmages for every day during the second week of workouts. Bargainer said the scrimmages have paid off. "We started out slowly when we first started scrimmaging." she said. "We scrimmaged every day and we've been get- ting better with each game we played." Bargainer hopes the improvements carry over into the 1987 season, which begins Tuesday when RSS travels to Liberty for a 7 p.m. varsity match. "In our first few scrimmages, the other team did not give us very good games." she said. "However. Galena Park gave us a real tough match and I was encouraged by our play." The Rangers will boast a lineup that includes nine returning seniors. RSS turned in a (See RANGERS, Page 2-B) Ganders hope to be in hunt for volleyball crown in '87 i ruj [*•: -• 'M* !»Mv.:;!: i- •. •' I i ToUli Jl « : « Tol»U JJ I J 5 Hmnton . . . tv3 101 SB*-- 4 Onicano . «w uoj o;» 1 (..vnf »">-,:nc KHi 'Uurwr • K V>:r.r. ) i>)\ llou-,l,.n ; >•>><;»(,•••. I :» l'\if.. '.It •-.!';:!!< H..:,(-,.r ItK • !u.r!-...iv. >' Ml !>..•.,-:.• ;', !|;,'.'tn-: .»>, I'lMa-vwt II' H K KK BB SO .loutton K «! UV! :ti ! > .::: Chicago >j!;i>:ir I. : • V:-!i>v By MIKE SIMMONS When the 1986 District 23-5A volleyball season ended. Robert E. Lee had finished with a respectable showing. The Ganders were 19-9 on the season and y-5 in district play, which was good enough for third place in the league But it wasn't good enough for Coach Mary Taylor "We finished in third place last year and it was like 50 miles away from first place." she said. In 1987. she hopes her team can narrow that gap considerably Four returning leUermen will help with that task Knsta Bosse, a first team all-district .selection last year, will join Jackie Grepersen. Raquel Hart and Nelda Navar in giving the Ganders veteran leadership in their lineup The roster promises, to be a b1end of veterans a n d newcomers, as Taylor plans to carry four sophomores on the varsity Kristi Foreman. Jennifer McCormick. Michelle McCune and Kelly Mullms turned in solid preseason showings to earn spots on the team. "We're in the position where I'd like to keep them as long as they're playing." Taylor said of the sophomores. "They've done an excellent job and I'd hate to move (hem back down While they're developing. I'd hate to take my thumb off them " Also slated to play key roles for the varsitv are Desiree Thomas. Tammy .Moses. Audrey Malone and Tracy Bell. Taylor feels the squad made good progress during last week's scrimmages. "1 could see us really getting smooth out there." she said. "We madt? some mistakes that kept us from scoring, but that's normal. That's what scrimmages are for." REL's transition game is one area which Taylor said will be the key if the team is to enjoy success this year. "We need to see how smoothly we can make the transition from defense to offense and back to defense." she said. "You ha"ve to do that as smoothly as possible." Aggressive play on offense and solid defensive work will also be needed, according to Taylor "We have to make .sure we're not just hitting it over the net to keep it alive." she said. "If we have an opportunity to score, we have to put the ball away We've got to have points at critical times. "We're working on digging a lot of balls that are hit at us. and 1 think our blocking is also becoming stronger. Our setters still need to work hard." Bosse, Grcgersen and Navar will be the power hitters the Ganders' starting lineup, while Thomas will be more of an outside hitter from the left front. McCune, Foreman and Moses will also provide outside hitting. Hart is the veteran setter. while Mullins and McCormick will divide time at that position. Malone will be called on to provide strong defense. It is. Taylor said, a group that can call on strength and a good attitude to help it this season. "They will definitely be competitive." she said. "The kids want to play. They are physically strong and they're learning how to use that strength. They're getting along great: they're just a great bunch of girls." To be successful this season, the Ganders will have to keep mistakes to a minimum, according to Taylor. Worrying about errors that are mad'e is something else they must guard against. "There's not any room for mistakes, but if they make one they have to pick it up and go." she said. "They won't have time to worry about mistakes they've just made." Lee will also have to make its own breaks, since Taylor doesn't expect any team they face, especially in district competition, to hand over points without a fight. "We won't be able to coast at all because nobody is going to give us anything." she said. "We have to play every match as if it's critical. 1 don't want them thinking we have an easy match." Judging from the schedule, easy matches appear at a minimum. Galena Park kicks off (See TAYLOR, Page 2-B) NELDA NAVAR (16) is one of four returning letter-men for the Robert E. Lee volleyball team. The Ganders will open the 1967 season Tuesday at Galena Park. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryor) vHX! H-iihor. --(uril KiH'-r Schmidt guides Brazil past U.S. cagers 120-115 in Pan Am finale INDIANAPOLIS < AP) - In the end. the one gold medal the United States counted on was not theirs. The Pan American Games, which shut down Sunday, were punctuated throughout the 16-day run by American winners in practically everything from archery to yachting. But on the last day, the" U.S. men's basketball team ended things on an exclamation point. They lost! Right there in Market Square Arena, 12.000 people — mostly startled Hoosiers — watched Brazil chew away at a 14-point halftime deficit and beat the Americans 120-115. Oscar Schmidt took the biggest bites, scoring-46 points, 21 of them from long range. The U.S. women fared better, beating Brazil lll- 87 Sunday for the gold, But for the U.S. men. the loss was not only devastating, it was historic. The Americans haven't lost at the games since 1971. when Brazil won, They owned eight of nine Pan Am golds and a 34-game winning streak. If U.S. Coach Denny Crum didn't exactly put the loss into perspective in terms of international basketball, Latin Americans didn't waste time doing so. "In all the history of world basketball, no one has done anything like this to beat the Americans in their 6wn house," said Jose Medalha, a Brazilian assistant coach. "Americans will never forget it." In the medal race, the United States never trailed anyone. The final count: 369 medals — more than double the medals of nmncr-up Cuba, which finished with 175, or Canada, which had 162. The United States had 168 gold, 118 silver and 83 bronze; Cuba had 75 gold. 52 silver and 48 bronze; Canada had 30 gold, 57 silver and 75 bronze. The Pan American Games" torch was passed to Cuba Sunday night as the hemisphere's largest athletic event of the year ended on a festive note to the Latin rhythms of the Miami Sound Machine. Unlike some of the athletic events during the 16- day competition, there were no demonstrations and no incidents as Jose Ramon Fernandez, Cuban minister of education and sport, raised the Cuban flag. Cuba will play host to the 1991 games in Havana. The Cubans remained seated while other athletes danced and rushed the stage during the Miami Sound Machine's performance. Cuba had complained about organizers hiring a band featuring two Cuban exiles. Though it didn't win its cherished basketball gold, the United States' haul on the final day wasn't bad. In women's basketball. Kalrina McCIain of Georgia scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, giving the United States its sixth gold medal in nine Pan Am Games. In gymnastics, Kristie Phillips, Kelly Garrison- Steves and Melissa Marlowe took individual apparatus golds.. Earlier, Sabrina Mar had won the all-around and led the United States to the team title. Total haul: 10 of 14 golds. 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