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Thursday, August 27, 1987
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, August 27, 1987 1-B -THURSDAY Griffin, REL hope to match '86 success 4 . V • By ALFRED VALDEZ Once you've tasted victory, there is always the desire to go back for more, and that is what Robert E. Lee's Johnny Griffin hopes to do i this year as part of the team tennis squad. The team .will play its first match against Pasadena next week i and Griffin and company will be looking to start its second successful campaign that took them to the regional finals last year. Griffin is one of three senior boys returning to a team that has 13 players back from last year's district runner-up. That second-place finish gave Lee a post-season berth. Griffin is not only hoping the team repeats its success of last year but goes further. "We got a lot of people coming back, so we should do better this year," Griffin said. "So far everybody has been playing pretty good." Griffin said most everyone, including himself, spent a lot of time in the offseason playing as much tennis as possible to stay in shape for the season, "I tried to play every day. But it turned out to be every other day with a few weeks off," quipped Griffin. Yet, Griffin said he is pleased with the way he has been playing early in the season but is working hard to improve, "I'm playing OK right now, but 1 am not as good as I can play," he said. "But I'm happy with it right now." Griffin said his serve and net play, his strengths, are coming along fine. He is not too happy with other aspects of his play, however. "I'm not returning and hitting my ground strokes as good as 1 can," he said "But as long as 1 have my serve, I'm all right.". As one of the few seniors on the experienced team. Griffin says the leadership role on the team is a shared thing. But he does try to help out with the younger players when they need help. Boys' Coach Jerry Schima says Griffin is a leader by example more than anything. "He's not your rah-rah type of guy. He leads more with his actions." Schima said. That leadership is best illustrated by Griffin's handling of the workouts while Schima has been sidelined. Schima has not been able to attend the REL workouts due to a heat stroke he suffered this summer, and Griffin has tried to keep the team on its proper workout procedure. "He's been a great help to me." Angela Perez, the girls coach, said. Perez has been running the workouts for the entire team in Schima's absence. Griffin says Schima has been missed, but the team Is trying to stay on schedule while he is gone. JOHNNY GRIFFIN has been helping conduct practices for the Robert E. Lee boys as they have prepared for the 1987 team tennis competition. Griffin, a senior, hopes the Ganders can return to the playoffs for a second straight year. (Sun staff photo by Alfred Valdez) "It makes us feel good that he has the confidence in us to let us do our own workouts," Griffin said. "We miss him. though, and we hope he comes back out here soon." Schima said he was given the OK to return to the workouts on Monday. The team continues to work in Schima's absence, as they are anticipating some rough district competition this year. Other than REL. Pasadena Dobie is going to be a force to contend with. Griffin said the team mav have some pressure on them as it is looked to be one of the toe in the district. However, Griffin says the team can cope with it. "We can't think about it and just go out there and play." he said, Perez and Schima say that Dobie will be a tough team to beat this year. ' ' T h e y a 1 w a y s have something,''Perez said. ; "•Those people making up the REL team this year, on the boy's side will be Griffin, junior James Thomas, junior Kevin Sharp, (See LEE, Page 3-B) Harris, RSS aiming higher Senior eyes berth in playoff s KIM HARRIS was sidelined by a broken foot during Utt fall's team tennis Mason, but she hopes she can help ROM S. Sterling gain a playoff berth in her senior year. The Rangers finished in third place • year ago, one match behind Robert E. Lee. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) By MIKE SIMMONS When Ross S. Sterling came within one match of making the playoffs in team tennis last fall. Kim Harris could only watch from the sidelines. A broken foot suffered in August ended her season before it began. This year. Harris is one of three senior girls on the Rangers' squad, and she plans on doing her part to get the team into postseason action. Five girls and seven boys with varsity experience will be on the Sterling team which hopes to close the small gap that prevented it from reaching the playoffs in 1986. Robert E. Lee edged out the Rangers for second place behind district champion Pasadena Dobie. Harris feels Sterling has the talent to snare that elusive playoff berth this year. "1 think we'll be good." she said. "I want us to be at least second this year. We can do it because we have a lot of good people coming up." Harris would have liked to have competed in the playoff chase last year, but her foot injury ended that possibility. "Another girl and I were joking around and she ran over my foot with her car." Harris said". "It happened in August, right about this time." Because of the injury. Harris didn't play the first semester a year ago. That was the course of action Sherry Younger, the Sterling girls tennis coach, felt was best. "1 didn't start playing again until the second semester," Harris said. "I could have probably played some in the fall, but Miss Younger wanted me to make sure it was well for the spring." (See HARRIS, Page 2-B) Cowboys' linebacker not typical Yale man THOUSAND OAKS. Calif. CAP) — He's a Yale man? Ho competed against Hah-vad ai ri Dot-math in the Ivy League? He graduated in four years with i business degree? You say Jeff Rohrer's from Yale, and he drives around in a coughing 1972 vintage model pickup. He has this rat-tail wisp of hair hanging < >vt •(• his shirt collar. And he once wore an earring? The only other player the Cowboys ever drafted from Yale was Calvin Hill. He wore three- piece suits. This guy dresses in Old Rummage Sale. While Hill belonged among ivy towers, Rohrer masks his intellect behind a mellow, beach- boy facade. The surf and sun is his natural environment. But Rohrer, the Cowboys' right linebacker, uses his head for more tb>»n a helmet hat rack. He's keenly aware of the world around him a:vj curious about it. Last summer, he viewed London courtesy of the Cowboys- Bears exhibition. He played golf at Wentworth. He saw Shakespeare in The Park. Toured the Tower of London. Chatted up natives in pubs. Next off-season, Rohrer wants to visit China or Spain. ''Some place that's completely new or different for a new experience, just to see what's happening," he said. i An intellectual disguised as No. 50? Rohrer snakes his rattail, "Hardly," he said. "I don't think I qualify. I'm t«o rough Around the edges." MTNMLIT Mmmttl IT T-WRT M MM UASW OTOM SALE AT MB* Mt fiM IMH VOTM (WMUMU 12.72) IMS NCS MT., SIWEffllMKErNnE ••t MMTMH MM * IV •.•.«. ftMT. NYMS«VAfiCI712U:riMt.M)0. FORM SMC m o main KST mm, mmm»\. mm.. ONLY'159 TRIANGLE GUN SUPPLY Age fails to halt Ziegler's drive for competition By DAVID BERKOWITZ When the Region 4 Baytown Masters Invitational is held Saturday at Wooster Baptist Church, Otto Ziegler will be more than just an interested spectator. Despite having turned 68 last month, he is an active competitor in :the sport of Olympic weightlifting. Although his work schedule has: taken away from his training recently, he intends to be part of thei fourth annual event. Ziegler has certainly made a name for himself in the sport. He set national records in the 181- pound division for the 65-69 age group, with a 148-pound effort ir the snatch and a 187-pound lift in the cleanrand-jerk. "I haven't been able to work out hard lately because I've been working too much around the house. Plus, it's been so hot this summer." Ziegler said. "I imagine that this fall or next year, I'll have time to be a little more selfish and do what I want to do." Ziegler operated the Baytown Athletic Club on N'orth Main before closing the building's doors in May. Too many eight- hour days and not enough interest among his clientele in Olympic lifting prompted him to make the move. "I was more interested in competitive Olympic lifters," he said. "Plus. I found myself with no time to do anything else." When he's not working around the house. Ziegler finds time to tutor promising Olympic lifters like Alan Daniels of Mont Belvieu and Kevin Pearce of Baytown. They work out in a special area he constructed at his home. OTTOZIEGLER Although he hasn't worked out as much as he would like, Ziegler's enthusiasm for the sport hasn't waned. He hopes to become more active in lifting, but will probably do what his body tells him. ; "Really, you go according to how you feel," he said. "If I keep feeling like I do now. I might not go much further. : "But an older person doesn't need to work too much because (See MEET, Page 3-B) DEER FEEDERS Kits, Tinws, Etc. tOO W.Tut* Aw, taytowH 427*9321 4278452 SUMTEX LIQUOR Shop Our Store For Our Weekend UNADVERTISED SPECIALS EZRA BROOKS BOURBON 508 W. MAIN 422-7318 Proft**Jonafly InstaNtd CALL TODAY rat mi ESTIMATES QUALITY ALUMINUM • u« i t vvv PNONE: 422-7072 r«mf

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