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Tuesday, April 29, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN ApriH». I-P SPORTS •Rebels cling to chance, 2-B •Little League roundup, 2-B •Oilers force deciding game, 3-B Ajuburn's Jackson first pick in NFL draft NEW YORK (AP) — Bo Jackson, Auburn's Heisman Trophy-winning running back, was the top selection in the National football League draft today but said he will wait until next month to choose between a career in baseball or football. "My heart" will make the decision, lie said. As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waited only a few minutes after the 8 a.m. EDT start of the draft to pick Jackson, considered by scouts one of the best NFL prospects ever. Then, as shouts of "Bo, Bo, Bo, Bo." rang from the gallery of about 1,000 fans, he posed for the traditional picture with Commissioner Pete Rozelle. But in what is not traditional, Jackson declined to swear his allegiance to the NFL and the Bucs. * "I'm sticking by my guns," Jackson said. "I won't decide until the baseball draft. If the baseball draft is today, the NFL people would want me to wait for their draft. "When everything is over with, there won't be people saying, 'Bo didn't give baseball a chance.'" Baseball's draft of college and high school players is June 2-4. The second pick also went as expected when Atlanta chose Tony Casillas of Oklahoma, a 277-pound nose tackle who won the Lombardi Award for top lineman in the country. "Casillas is dominating, and enough top football people around the NFL already have called him the best nose tackle ever," said Falcons President Rankin Smith Jr. The Houston Oilers surprised RSS golfers getting closer to state berth By ED CAMPBELL HOUSTON - Ross S. Sterling's girls golf team is only one step away from the state golf tournament. The Rangers fired a team total 378 Monday in the opening round of the Region 111 Tournament at Clear Lake Golf Club, placing them second behind Houston Eisenhower. The Eagles fired the low round of the day at 355, and there was a wide gap between the Rangers and the third- place team. West Orange-Stark had the No. I! spot after the first round with a 412 total. Houston Lee was in fourth place at -417. followed by Clear Lake with 418 and Robert E. Lee with 428. Second-round action was set to begin today at 9 a.m. today. Representatives of Eisenhower and Sterling also carted Sway the day's individual low scores. Eagle ace Michelle Baker nfired off the lowest first- round score, an 80, while Sterling's Kara Poling was five strokes behind at 85. Following Poling for the Rangers were Melissa Hullum at 95, Kelly McQueen X 98 and Tracy Brodine with arreyen 100. For -the Ganders, Andrea Taylor'fired the lowest round of the day at 97. Dee Dee Balcerak followed her into the clubhouse with 4 101. while Pam Doolin fired a.114. Kathy Tilton shot a 116. •; "We're really excited," said Sterling Coach Martha Marti. "Obviously, we're thrilled to be in second place but we'd like to catch Eisenhower, too. We're 23 strokes behind them, and if everyone does their part we can do it. Of course, it would help if Eisenhower slipped a little, too." Poling led the way for the Rangers by shooting a 44 on the fron nine and trimming three stroke^ off for a 41 on the back nine. Hullum fired a 48 on the back nine, then turned around to shoot a 48 on the front nine. McQueen also started on the 10th hole, and proceeded to fire a 48 on the back nine. She fired a 50 on the front nine. Brodine had a 49 and a 51. "Kelly shot really well considering she had a 10 on the 10th hole," said Marti. "Oddly enough, Melissa had a nine on that same hole. If we can beat that hole during the second round, that'll help us catch Eisenhower. "We were proud of all the girls. Melissa's score was the sixth best of the day, and we think Kara can catch the Baker girl from Eisenhower. Kara had 32 putts. Overall, we did about as well as we expected, but we know we can do better." For Lee, Andrea Taylor shot a consistent 48-49. Balcerak fired a 49 on the front nine and a 52 on the back nine. Doolin shot a 62 on the back nine then shot 52 on the front nine. Tilton was also a model of consistency, with a 5858. "We were really pleased that Kathy pulled her weight," said Lee Coach Mary Taylor. "Her score helped us tremendously. She was a very determined golfer today. We're all bundled up with some other teams, and if we play as well in the second round as we did today, we could slip past some of them." Taylor said she was especially pleased with the round turned in by Andrea Taylor. "She golfed better than I expected," said Taylor. "She's been in a bit of a slump, but she broke out of it at an excellent time. Dee Dee had a really good front nine, then had a little trouble on the back. But the way she is, the tougher the situation the better." The state tournament will be held in Austin on May 15-16. some people by drafting Jim Everett, the Purdue quarterback considered the best at his position. The Oilers had been ready to trade the pick and still might trade either Everett or Warren Moon, their $1 million-a- year starting quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts, who had wanted Everett but traded for Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom on Monday, went for Alabama defensive end Jon Hand. And St. Louis, which had wanted Hand, pulled the first shocker of the draft by taking Anthony Bell, a little-heralded 230-pound linebacker from Michigan State. But it was Jackson x the 6-foot- 1, 225-pounder, who got most of the attention. An outstanding baseball prospect, Jackson did not have a good year in that sport this spr- ing, striking out 30 times in 69 at- bats and hitting .259 before being ruled ineligible by the Southeastern Conference after he accepted a trip to Tampa from the Bucs to undergo a physical. Still, last week he traveled to California to visit with baseball star Reggie Jackson and said today he still is considering baseball. "I played baseball all my life, football for 8-9 years," he said. Like Everett, he will step into a position already well-manned — the Bucs used a one-back offense featuring James Wilder, who led the NFL in combined rushing-receiving yardage two years ago. In a two-back offense, one or both would be called on to block. "I love to run," Jackson said. "I like to block, too. But I don't want to block two-and-a-half to three quarters a game. "I think James Wilder's a great back," Jackson said. "He's done a hell of a lot for Tampa Bay. I hope he continues to." Linemen dominated the first half of the opening round, with four offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, two linebackers, two running backs and two quarterbacks going in the top 14. New Orleans, with the sixth pick, took 6-8, 296-pound offensive tackle Jim Dombrowski of Virginia, and Kansas City followed with 300-pound offensive tackle Brian Jozwiak of West Virginia. Then came San Diego, which traded for Minnesota's No. 8 selection and took Oklahoma State's Leslie O'Neal, a 248- GIANT COMPLAINT SAN FRANCISCO Giant Will Clark groans in the dirt at home plate after being called out by umpire Ed Montague Monday. St. Louis catcher Clint Hur- dle applied the tag. See Major League roundup on Page 2-B for details on the Cardinals' 5-4 victory. (AP photo) Goals to be met in last week By VINCE GOLLE It's over but there are still some goals to be met before the Robert E. Lee and Ross S. Sterling baseball teams end their District 23-5A baseball seasons Friday. Both are tied for third place, and are resting on the .500 plateau with 6-6 records. Lee will end its season with a pair of home games. The Ganders are coming off Friday's 5-2 loss to Pasadena Rayburn and going into a challenging situation against district leader Deer Park at 7 p.m. today. Friday will find Pasadena High at Lee for the season finale. Sterling will be on the road for its completion. The Rangers' first stop is at Pasadena Memorial Field at 7:30 p.m. today against Pasadena High. The final whistle will be blown at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Pasadena Dobie at Pasadena Memorial. Sterling Coach Al Hawthorne's club will be striving for a number of goals, individually and collectively. "We'll just try to meet our goals; to win the last two on the road and finish our individual goals," Hawthorne said. One of the Ranger goals was to lose no more than two games on the road. Mission accomplished, if Hawthorne's club holds steadfast this week. Sterling welcomed back David McNeely to practice Monday. He has been out with pneumonia since the start of the second half of district play. The senior was 50 before he was sidelined. "We might work him in Friday," Hawthorne said of McNee- ly, who has lost some weight. Sterling is not willing to take this week's games too lightly, considering what has happened in the past. "Pasadena led North Shore the other night, and they had to bring (Brian) Bohannon in," Hawthorne said. Consequently, Sterling will not make any adjustments to its line-up. It's synonymous for Lee Coach .Gary Herrington. "I'm going to keep playing the way we've been playing, and we're going to try to win these last two. We'll have the same pitching rotation, the same people in the same positions and we'll play as hard as we always have," Herrington said. The Ganders put on quite a (See BASEBALL, Page 2-B) pound defensive lineman and noted pass rusher. Pittsburgh chose 278-pound offensive guard John Rienstra of Temple, the national power lifting champion. Philadelphia, under new coach Buddy Ryan, gambled on Ohio State running back Keith Byars, who may be unable to play next season as he recovers from a twice-broken foot. Cincinnati took Washington linebacker Joe Kelly No. 11 before Detroit drafted All- American quarterback Chuck Long of Iowa, runner-up to Jackson in the Heisman Trophy voting. San Diego made Southern Cal's 6-7M>, 280-pound offensive tackle James Fitzpatrick No. 13, and Minnesota took 253-pound offensive tackle Gerald Robinson, Jackson's teammate at Auburn, Oilers take QB Everett HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Oilers, with $5.5 million quarterback Warren Moon already under contract, made Purdue quarterback Jim Everett their first-round selection in the NFL draft today. "With the quarterbacks there now, they have a lot of experience and I could learn from them," Everett said. "I was going crazy seeing myself with a different team every day. "But the Oilers had an interest in me and I'm excited about it. I wanted to go south or west." Everett said he'd worked out for 20 NFL teams before today's draft, including nearby Indianapolis. "The Colts would have been a good move but realistically, I'm just happy to be selected," he said. Everett could find himself in a quarterback controversy with the Oilers, who are hoping for a better season from Moon and backup Oliver Luck. "If that's what it comes to, I've lived through one quarterback controversy at Purdue with Scott Campbell," Everett said. "I'll just have to wait and see what happens." The Oilers, picking third in the first round based on their 5-11 record last season, moved to bolster the quarterback position despite needs at wide receiver, linebacker and linebacker. "Did you ever know a team that had too many quarterbacks," Oiler personnel director Mike Holovak said. "You just never find yourself in that position." The Indianapolis Colts reportedly were interested in drafting Everett. But the Colts acquired quarterback Gary Hogeboom from the Dallas Cowboys Monday, apparently satisfying their need at that position. Moon, starting his third season with the Oilers, has yet to live up to the promise that preceded him, although he was hampered by porous pass protection last season. . Moon, 29, endured 46 of the team's 58 quarterback sacks last season. Nuggets must find way to slow down Akeem HOUSTON (AP) — Denver Nuggets Coach Doug Moe Has figured out a defense that will stop Houston's Akeem Olajuwon but he can't use it. "If j^e. stopped him we'd lose by 20 points because it would take five guys to do it and their other fpur would kill us," Moe said. The Dilemma of what to do about Olajuwon resumes tonight when the Nuggets and Rockets resume their best-of-seven NBA Western Con- ference'semifinal series in The Summit. Olajuivon scored 38 points in Saturday's opening game to lead the Rockets to a 126-119 victory but Moe doesn't have any special plans for Olajuwon tonight.! "You;can't worry about those thfngs," Moe said. "We just have to do a better job of the things we did Saturday. We've got to box him out better. He's tough enough when you box him out and when you don't, iVs a joke." Houston guard Robert Reid recognizes the problem ariy team faces against Olajuwon. "Thdbne place you can't get him is in his mind," Reid slid of his teammate. "There's nothing in his mind that he doesn't think he can do. As long as he. feels that way, Denver has got its hands full." The Nuggets have lost seven consecutive games in The Summit, including four this season but they are coming into the second game with confidence. "Last year we'd lost 13 straight in San Antonio and we went in there and won in the playoffs," Moe said. "This year we split at home with Portland and go up there and win two." The Nuggets were encouraged by playing the Rockets closely with a patchwork lineup forced by a series of injuries. Danny Schayes and rookie Blain Rasmussen have subbed for injured Wayne Cooper, who is recovering from an ankle injury. Rasmussen scored 16 points in 16 minutes of playing time and Mike Evans hit three straight three-pointers that pulled the Nuggets within two points at 119-117 with less than two minutes to play. "As many times as they go to Akeem, he's going to get his 20 points," said Schayes, who'll be dogging Olajuwon once again tonight. "I'll just do the best I can to keep him from exploding like he did in Game One." Hall is selected Ricky Hall, a student at Gentry Junior School, has been chosen to receive a scholarship to attend Ralph Sampson's summer basketball camp in Harrisburg. Hall, a little brother in Baytown's Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, was to meet Sampson prior to tonight's National Basketball Association playoff game at The Summit. ELECT JEAN M. FISHER COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 4 W. CkMtan CMty taHcnlk PriM>T Saturday, May 3,1986 • Create a "Purchase Order" System • Improve Drainage and Roads • Update Porks and Boat Ramp Facilities • Support Youth Activities and Assist the Ekterty • Support Strong LaW Enforcement .T». mi* J

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