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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

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THE BAY TOWN Wednesday, August 26. 1987 1-B SPORTS Texas AAM quarterback Craig Slump says he doesn'l feel pressure concerning his job as quarterback for the Aggies, despite lalk that a freshman is ho( on his heels. See page 3-6. Scrimmage could lead to answers By MIKE SIMMONS When the Ross S. Sterling Rangers line up against La Porte in Thursday's scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, it will be their final tuneup before the 1987 season begins. It will also provide some final answers for RSS Head Coach Gaylard Fenley. ''I'll have some expectations going in and I'll see if we can meet them." Fenley said of the 7 p.rru event. "There are certain expectations I have about how we ought to play against La Porte and 1 want to see if they are correct." ; Those expectations aren't the only answers Fenley and his coaching staff will be seeking. Question marks still exist at several positions. Last Thursday's scrimmage against Beaumont West Brook lent some help in solving those puzzles, but the final solutions have not be found. "It helped a lot," Fenleyisaid of the West Brook scrimmage, "but I'm not sure it's given us all the answers we need. Hopefully, we'll learn even more this week," The Rangers will certainly be facing a quality team in their second scrimmage. La Porte, 6-4 a year ago. has been ranked in the preseason polls as one of the top 10 teams in the state. The Bulldogs return 18 lettermen, including eight offensive and seven defensive starters, with tailback Curvtn GARY ALLEN tutor* ROM S. Sterling defensive linemen during a recent workout. The Ranger coach will get to see how they respond in Thurs- day's scrimmage with La Porte. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Richards v2.678 yards and 24 touchdowns in two seasons) and quarterback Otis Taylor (1,615 yards and 15TDs in two seasons) leading the way. With that duo in La Porte's offensive backfield, Fenley expects the Sterling defense to have its hands full. It was impressive against West Brook, but this week's foe could provide more problems than it faced last week "I really think we'll have more of a test this week than we did against West Brook." he. said, "La Porte has an outstanding backfield and they've gone to the wishbone attack, and that's a formation which always seems to create problems for defensive teams." While expecting the defense to face a stern test. Fenley hopes the offense turns in a better performance than a week ago. The Rangers scored one touchdown in three 20-play possessions against West Brook and had trouble sustaining drives. Part of the problem, according to Fenley. was because of miss- ed . j assignments. That is especially troubling to him. "The thing that concerned me was we were.'biowing assignments and blocking the wrong guy." he said. "That defense was 'Something we had looked at for quite a while because West Brook uses basically the same defense we do. We. should have been able to recognize that and hit the right guy; '•'' :: ' : • ; "That's not to say you're going to block every guy every down. (See FENLEY, Page 3-B) Despite final scrimmage, Ganders eye opener By DAVID BERKOW1TZ Although they have a scrimmage to concern themselves with, the Robert E. Let- Ganders may have their minds on more important matters this week. For instance, how to defeat the La Marque Cougars. Granted, the 1987 season- opening game at La Marque is more than one week away But it's never too early to prepare for one of the top-ranked teams in the state, The Cougars, who are listed No. 8 in Class 5A in The Associated Press' preseason poll, have enough weapons returning from last year's state finalist team to send any opponent to the drawing board early. Scouting reports from last week's La Marque-Port, Arthur Jefferson scrimmage supported what REL Head Coach Jim Stroud already knew. When the Cougars (ace Beaumont West Brook this week, he should gain even more clues as to how to stop District 24-5A s pride and joy. "We've been working on some of it. a few minutes each day," Stroud said of the Ganders' preparation for the opener. "After looking at them this weele, we'll see what we need to do to make a gameplan for them." In the meantime, there's this matter of Thursday's scrimmage with Alvin. Set to begin at 7 p.m. at Alvin's Memorial Stadium, the approximate two- hour work session should give the Ganders a better idea of how far they have progressed after 2 K j weeks of practice. "We'll just try to do what we ROBERT E. Lee defenders attempt to stop an final •crimmage Mnkm. AnfJeton running back in last week's scrimmage. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) The Ganders will meet Alvin Thursday in their ____ can, just better." Stroud said. "The kids have worked hard. They keep getting better." ; Alvin is a familiar foe for the Ganders, since they also scrimmaged each other the first two years of Stroud's REL tenure. Of the 15 lettermen who return from last season's 4-6 Alvin team, seven are offensive starters and six start on defense. The Yellowjackets appear to be lacking in quality running backs, although several sizable offensive linemen are on hand. A pair of starting linebackers, ends and backs return to give the District 25-5A team solid experience on defense. Once again, the REL coaching staff will have a close eye on the performance of the team's linemen. Because of their youthful makeup, the play of the offensive and defensive lines will be a key to the Ganders' success this season. "They're improving each day. although we've got some beat up still." Stroud said, i "Really, though, you never know what you've got until you put the saddle on and ride the horse." , Film from last week's scrimmage with Angleton didn't shed much new light on how the Ganders stand. "We knew the downmen and linebackers were out of position some. The defensive backs were all right, but they've all been there before," Stroud said. "Offensively, I thought the backs ran hard. But we didn't throw the ball like I wanted. We've got to do better there." Following Thursday's scrimmage, the Ganders will work out In shorts Friday and center on (See McGAUGHEY, Page 3-B) Molitor's streak reaches 39 MILWAUKEE (AP) - Paul Molitor has been thankful for many things during his 39-game hitting streak — including good health, good luck and no borderline hits. "They've been clean hits but they haven't all been pretty," Milwaukee's designated hitter said Tuesday after lining a sixth- inning single off Cleveland's Don Gordon to keep the streak alive in a 10-9 Brewer victory. "I've had a couple off the handles and some Infield singles just between the fielders At least it hasn't come down to a hit that's been questionable or a defensive play that was possibly an error," Molitor said. "That eliminates controversy or putting pressure on anybody out there, official scorers or anybody." Molitor didn't get his hit Tuesday until his fourth at-bat and tonight can tie Ty Cobb for fourth place on the modern-day list when he faces the Indians' JohnFarrell. Molitor is aware he is one game away from tying Cobb and only five behind Pete Rose's 44- game streak in 1979. L^ MICNII •M, mOT' B FULLER Till HPT •• MtMMW • <B4in 427-f)21 fit* ^a^M WVWVHV 427.9452 it ftl Ml • HAT m MMR M. M a»mnu»f«c«(«B.- In&oducing 5? thenew w Remington* Preferred Customer ChaigeCart For openers REL spikers hang on, top Yellowjackets in 3 games By MIKE SIMMONS GALENA PARK —. If volleyball matches ended when one team scored 12 points, the Robert E. Lee girls would have swept the Galena Park Yellowjackets in their season opener Tuesday night. The Ganders received a rude reminder, however, that 15 points are needed. After winning the first game 15-9, Lee saw a 12-6 advantage in the second game fade into a 15-13 defeat as Galena Park scored nine of the final 10 points; That forced a third game, and Lee put the Yellowjackets away 15-3 to win the season lidlifter. Coach Mary Taylor hopes her squad learned a lesson in that second game. "We definitely need to stay in control," she said. "When you get out in front, you can't let up. They seemed to think a five-point lead was enough to hold them up. ' "After that-second game they learned they can't relax. Sometimes when you get up to 12 points it can really be difficult to keep pushing. But you have to play those last three points as strong, forceful and intelligent as you did the first three or four. You can't slack off. You've got to keep doing the things that got you there." Lee found that out the hard way in the second game. With Raquel Hart serving, the Ganders scored the ifirst five points of the game and eventually boosted the lead to six points when a Galena Park mishit ran the count to 12-6. From there, the only point Lee would put on the Scoreboard came on Nelda Navar's serve to make it 13.11. Confusion on two straight sets by the Ganders allowed Galena Park to take its first lead at 14-13 and a spike by (See GALENA, Page 3-B) Rangers start on wrong foot in loss to Panthers By ALFRED VALDEZ LIBERTY — If Ross S. Sterling volleyball Coach Bev Bargainer had it to do all over again, she might:just want to forget about playing Liberty in a season-opening match. Sterling, besieged by mistakes, dropped its season- opening match as Liberty swept two games 15-5 and 1614 Tuesday night at Liberty High School gymnasium. "There is really nothing much I can say good about our play tonight." Bargainer said. "We started out slow and stayed slow. I think a lot of it was in our heads. If your head is not in the game, then your skills vacate." Sterling was able to rebound to an extent in the second game, after it was overwhelmed by the Panthers in the first game. The Rangers had an im advantage at one point in the second game. With Shari Don Herrington serving and the score 4-3 in Liberty's favor, Sterlingireeled off six straight points. Herrington was the top server in the game. Liberty got its serve back but failed to score a point. With Michele Bird serving, Sterling ; tallied two more times. At that point, it looked like the momentum was turning in Sterling's favor. "It looked like we were starting to get the momentum there but then we lost; it." Bargainer said. "But you have to make your own momentum and we never really got it from the beginning." Liberty rallied to tie the score 13-13 as it scored five points with Christie Wiebelhaus serving. The teams battled to another tie at 14-14 and with Barbara Stevenson serving, the Rangers apparently went up 15-14 on a powerful spike by Kietha Porter. That would have set up Stevenson to serve for game (See LIBERTY, P«fe 3-B) Let there be light. The lights go out and there you are. rummaging through the kitchen drawer for candles in the dark. Now what? If you're prepared it means going out and firing up your portable Honda generator. With a powerful Honda generator you have standby power for everything from lights to appliances. And that's support you can count on. EM2200X HONDA Powrr Equipment aw. ion 422-02 IK a Honda IAHIX UHmrom prrfornwmv and «ahiy w Tw-nmmerd yrai rrad the nwnrrV mnniml h f

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