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April 4, 1975

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 42

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4-C—IUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL—Friday Evening, April East Crown Goes To Winner ONE, TWO, THREE —' Texas Tech's Ecomet Burtey, a. second-team all-America choice as a defensive tackle a year ago, leads a line of Red Raiders through a drill during a spring training exercise. Coach Romeo Crcnnel oversees the high-stepping session for defensive players. (Staff Photo t>y Gary Davis) Mustangs Entertain Herd; Westerners Tackle 'Dogs By CARTER CROMWELL Avalanchc-Jourual Sports Stall It's almost showdown time for Coronado, but first the Mustangs must fight a preliminary host Hereford bill at Connie •battle. Coronado will today Mack in a twin Field. In the other 4- AAAA encounter. Lubbock High will travel to Plainview for a doubleheader. Both began at 2 ; 30 p.m. The Mustangs lead the first- half race in 4-AAAA with a 4-0 record. Defending champion Monterey is in second place with a 5-1 mark. The teams will battle April 11 at Connie Muck Field in the concluding twin bill of the half. If Coronado takes two games from Hereford today, it would need only a split with the Plainsmen next Friday to win' Six Squads Gain LD Wins IDALOU (Special) — Denver City, Abernathy and Smyer advanced of junior to the second round division play in the state Little Dribblers tournament here Thursday night. Denver City, with Douglass Brown scoring 11, topped Boyi- half o u t r i g h -t. extended its win- tlie first Coronado ning streak to 1G games last Tuesday with 1-0 and 5-2 victories over Plainview, but neither game was one of the Mustangs' top efforts. "We weren't real mentally sharp against P I a i n v i e w," 3A\,, 'P! ES ASipiiQ uqof ipBoa made some mental mistakes and some baserunning errors. Plainview competed real well against us, too. "Still, I think we're improving overall," he continued. "We've been doing whatever is needed to win, and that's what The Mustangs, who have had trouble defensively most of the season, committed only three miscues in the two contests against Plainview. Dudley said he would pitch righthander Kenny Blackwell (3-0, 1.48) in Hie first game today and Travis Cherry (3-0, 0.75), also a righthander, in the; second game. Neither Blackwell nor Sams has pitched much lately. Blackwell, who missed last Friday's loop opener with Lubback High because of a throat infection, has not pitched since March 22. Cherry, who has started just one game this season, has hurled only IV,} innings since he went the distance to defeat Midland Lee March 15. He suf- was bit by a ball during pre- game drills March 18. Hereford is 6-9 for the season and has lost four games in a TOW. The Herd is 0-4 in loop action. Roy Martinez (2-4) will start the first game and either Mike Crim (2-3) or Lynn Tarr (1-2) will start the nightcap. After posting a 12-2 non-dis- triot record. 'Lubbock High has dropped three of its four league encounters, including a doubleheader loss to Coronado last Friday. But Coach Vincc Buffamonte isn't worried. "I'm not too concerned about being 1-3," he said. "I think we can bounce back. We've had real good workouts this week and the kids are ready to play. "I'm not happy with our overall play in the last four games, though," he continued. "I was disappointed that we didn't get tougher mentally against Coronado. Eady (Bill) pitched a fine game against us in the opener. ,-ia 35-28 as Richard Shepard, rered an cye inj - UTy whon he ORR WINS AWARD BOSTON (UPI) — Bobby Orr has begun annual award collection early.' The 27-year-old defense-man, his way second Ross Trophy as tl NHL's top scorer. Wednesday but we had them down 4-0 in the second game and let them off the hook." Buffamonte said that his team ; young and will make mistakes, but he feels the Westerners can bounce back. "We have shown people that we can score a lot of runs in a short period of time," he said. 'And this is to our advantage, of course." Buffamonte made a lineup change against Coronado, i sertin^ Greg Parham in left field in place of Jerry Duffy, and the move paid off. Parham was 3-7 in the twin bill against Coronado, including a three-run homer in the second game. He is hitting .429 in 21 at-bats. "Parham is hitting well and has pretty good speed," Buffamonte said. "He is an asset to us." Righthander Kenny Toney (72, 1.28) will start the first game for the Westerners today. He has dropped his last two decisions after winning his first seven. Kim Smith (.1-2, 4.3S), also a righthander, will start the second game. Plainview is 11-6 for the season and 2-4 in 4-AAAA pla The Bulldogs have' lost four received DuFresnc the Elizabeth Trophy as C. the Dale Gilbreath and Greg> McClaren all scored 6 for Bovina. Abernathy. led by Cletus Irlbeck with 36, tripped Crosbyton •17-36 as Earl Wiley tallied 15 for the losers. In the other game. Smycr whipped Idaiou 33-25. Jim Jef- ifries led the winners with 17 and Butch Lancaster scored 12 for Idaiou. Today, Abernathy battles Smye^ at 1 p.m. and Crosbyton takes on Idaiou at 3:30. Bovina meets the Abernathy-Smyer, loser at 7:15. In senior division action, Seagraves toppled Hart GS-29 as Scotty Middlcton poured Jn 18 points. Melvin Washington had 9 for Hart. Crowell, with John McGea getting 27, beat Silverton by a 38-35 count, as Jefl McCord had 20 for Silverton. In the final game, Ropes whipped Idaiou 35-25. Ronald Valentine's 17 points paced Ropes while Shane Harbert added 12 to the Idaiou cause. Today. Ropes plays Crowell at 2:15 p.m., Silverton and Idai- ou do battle at 4:45 and at 8:30, Hart meets the Crowell-Ropes loser. outstanding Boston Bruins player in home games. By Tb» Associated Press • After 84 regular season games, the New York Nets and the Kentucky Colonels will play winner-take-all game—the winner getting a chance to take on the Memphis Sounds in. the first round of the American Basketball Association Eastern Division playoffs. Both New York and Kentucky won their final regular season games Thursday night, finish- ling with identical records of 5826 and tying for first place in ,he East. So they'll play an ex tra game tonight at Kentucky to determine the East champion. The game will determine the layoff pairings. 'The team that "inishes first will open against he fourth-place Sounds in the best-of-seven < series while the 'unnerup meets the third-place Spirits of St. Louis. Because Kentucky won the eason series against the Nets, 6-5, the game will be played in rouisville where the Colonels lave defeated New York five .imes while, losing only once. The Nels came back from a 16-noint deficit with 4:18 remaining in regulation play to defeat the .Virginia Squires 116- Lll in overtime,, while Kentucky handed the Sounds a 103-93 de- cat Thursday night. In other games, Utah crushed St. Louis 128-98, , San Antonio defeated Indiana 137-122, and Denver outlasted San Diego 148-121. Colonels 103, Sounds 93 "It all boils down to one ame and I love it," said Kentucky coach Hubie Brown. 'This is what basketball is supposed to be all about. "We're playing for pride, prestige, money for the players and a home-court advantage in the playoff. Most of all, it's for pride." Brown, of course, would have preferred to have taken first games in a row, two ( to Monterey and two lo Coronado. Freddie Longoria (4-41 will start the first game for Plainview today and Morris Surley (4-1) will start the second. 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