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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 11

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, August 28, 1907 1-B SPORTS Stiii-area volleyball teams <ireall geared 141 and already in action. Sec how the area teams are doing and how they expect to do the rest of the way in Sunday's Sun Sports. RSS turns in solid performance in final tune-up V */ TAILBACK ELLIS Hubbard of ROM S. Sterling zips around a La Porte defender, with the aid of some blocking by two of his teammates, to gain some valuable yardage for the Rangers In a Thursday scrimmage. Hubbard went on to carry the ball nine times on the night for 44-yards. Hubbard was fining in tor Kerry Henderson, wno WM The Rangers turned in another solid performance as they prepare for their season-opening game against AJvin next week. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) By MIKE SIMMONS When Ross S. Sterling opened its preseason football workouts Aug. 10, Head Coach Gaylard Fenley was confident his Rangers would be a sound squad in 1987. Nothing he has seen the past two weeks has done anything to change his mind. A solid effort in last week's scrimmage against Beaumont West Brook was the first bit of evidence to back up Fenley's belief. Thursday's scrimmage against La Porte will serve as Exhibit B. The Bulldogs, ranked N'o. 9 in one Class 5A preseason poll, had its hands full when it visited Memorial Stadium. They managed two touchdowns on their final possession to end the night with a 2-1 edge over the Rangers, but nothing came easy. It was the kind of outing which only added to Fenley's optimism. "We've played two good football teams and I still think we're a good football team," he said. "1 think our best football is still ahead of us. A week's practice is supposed to make a difference and I do think we were a better football team tonight than we were a week ago." That was especially true on offense, where the Rangers had struggled to move the ball against West Brook. Despite the absence of tailback Kerry Henderson, who was out with an injured knee, Sterling was able to consistently generate yardage against the Bulldogs. "Our execution was better," Fenley said. "We didn't necessarily score any more than we did (last week), but we moved the ball better." Sterling did not formulate a game plan for La Porte, but Fenley said there were certain things he wanted to see the team work on. One was having the quarterbacks call plays at the line of scrimmage, and he felt the trio of Kelly Plato. Brian Gore and Pat Hendricks handled that task well. "That's one thing we wanted to work on. and it says something about our kids' ability to react mentally to what they see on the field," he said. "We asked them to go to the line of scrimmage and react, and they did a good job of it." The quarterbacks combined to throw for 123 yards, hitting 7-of- 16 without an interception. Plato, who started the opening series, was 3-of-7 for 48 yards, including a 36-yard strike to Lee Fowler. Gore relieved him and ended the night 2-of-6 for 23 yards. Hendricks, who was 2-of-3 for 52 yards, piloted the Rangers to their only score on their second possession, using 14 plays to cover 70 yards. Adrian Green capped the series with a 1-yard touchdown run. With Henderson in street clothes, Ellis Hubbard and Green moved into the tailback position and responded with good outings. Hubbard led the Rangers: with 44 yards on nine carries, while Green gained 19 yards on 10 tries. "I thought they ran well," Fenley said. "They're both young and neither have played varsity football before, but I thought they really did a good job tonight." Henderson suffered his knee injury Tuesday when another player fell on him while he was attempting to block on a running (See RSS, Page 2-B) Ganders 'air it out' in final scrimmage at Alvin By DAVID BERKOWITZ ALVIN — Fans at Memorial Stadium were treated to the Air Stroud show Thursday night, Anyone who wanted a sneak preview of what to expect from the Robert E. Lee football team this season was in for a surprise in the Ganders' scrimmage with the Alvin Yellowjackcts. Instead of their usual ground- oriented attack, the Ganders displayed a passing game that wouldn't quit It was Head Coach Jim Stroud's intention to do just that, although the results were less than satisfactory. "We came down here to throw it and that's all we did." he said "We didn't throw it as well as I'd like. You saw a lot of mistakes out there." Quarterbacks Donald Thompson and Paul Garner completed just six of 22 attempts for 43 yards in the team's final tuneup for the 1987 season. Thompson, who guided the No, 1 offensive Ranger spikers get first win in La Porte LA PORTE - Ross S. Sterling's volleyball team earned its "first vtcton,' of the 1987 seaton Thursday night with a l&n!, 15-10 decision over the La Porte Bulldogs. The Rangers, who fell to Liberty 15-5. 16-14 Tuesday, saw'their record move to 1-1. They were to return to action today and Saturday In the La Porte Tournament. ; Teresa Rollo led the Rangers with nine service points Thursday. Shari Don Herrington served for eight points and Sherry Bates chipped in seven. ; "Shelly Copeland and Shari Don Herrington played excellent in the back court," Coach Bev Bargainer said. 'MCietha Porter, Tracy Martier and Laurel Kind were very tough at the net. And Teresa Rollo also made her presence known with three ace spikes." Sterling's subvarsity teams made it a clean sweep Thursday. The junior varsity picked up a 15-12, ft-15, 15-12 victory and the freshmen beat La Porte 15-». 15-6. Nelda Guidry served 12 points and Kristi Campbell served 11 to lead the junior varsitv, which improved to 20. Guidry and Susan Fanestiel played well at the net, while Beverly Paul and Grace Ann McKay provide strong back court play. Tammy Ward and Jennifer Bcllomy both served for six points, and Jeanie Hart served for five to help Sterling's freshmen improve to 2-0. Both subvarsity teams will return to action Tuesday at Nederland. The freshmen are scheduled to play at 5 p.m., with the junior varsity match set for 6 p.m. Harris advances in amateur tournament Keith Harris of Baytown defeated Henry Cagig'al of Port Worth, 1 up in 20 holes, in match play competition Thursday to advance to the second round of the United States Amateur Championship .at Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, Fla. Harris qualified Wednesday tar natch play competition in the tournament. .. '. Harris, a student at NcNane State University, te scheduled to face Tom Cote of Cal. HI today's se> The format switched to match play Thursday, with 64 players remaining in the chase for the oldest golf title in the United States. Harris, a graduate of Ross S. Sterling, fared well at several other tournaments this summer. Most recently, he placed 10th at the Texas State Amateur Tournament. Earlier, he won the Lake Charles. La., City Amateur Tournament and the Young Heuetettian Tournament, and placed llth to the LaJet Na- Aroateur team, was -t-ot-14 with one interception. While some of his passes missed the mark, several balls fell in and out of receivers hands. With the Ganders' intention to step up the passing portion of their offense this fall. Stroud would have liked to have seen better results one week before the season-opening game at La Marque. "All we wanted to do was throw the ball and see where we stand." Stroud said. "We made some mistakes, but we knew that would happen. We just needed to look at it." During the 1986 season, the Ganders attempted few passes in predistrict play. But in their drive to a second-place finish in District 23-5A, the passing game played an important role in the team's success. Lee's ability to keep the defense honest with short-range passes helped open up a running game that began to gain more than its share of attention each week. It is Stroud's hope that the Ganders can continue that trend this season. In that respect, the key ingredients are there. Thompson returns as the starting quarterback, while Robert Semien and Alva Jones are experienced receivers. Five of the first six plays in Thursday's scrimmage were passes. In the 14-play series by Rice ready with offense Lee's No. 1 offensive unit, 10 were passes. The Ganders didn't come close to scoring in that possession and finished the evening with no touchdowns. The same held true for Alvin. although the Yellow- jackets came close on two occasions. The near-touchdowns came in rapid succession at the close of Alvin's first series. On a third- and-3 situation from Lee's 38(See STROtJD, Page 2-B) HOUSTON «,AP) - Rice football coach Jerry Berndt believes the Owls have cooked up a good offensive team for the 1987 season and he admits they may need every offensive weapon. That's because Rice must rebuild its defense after losing the team's top five linebackers and all but one of its starting defensive linemen. "1 feel our offense will have to control the games early in the year until the defense can jell." Berndt said. The Owls play non-conference games against Lamar, Indiana. Louisiana State and Southwest Texas State to start the season. Most of the Owls' weapons will be on offense as Berndt. starting his second season, tries to improve on last year's 4-7 record that was Rice's best since 1981. Eight offensive starters return this season, headed by quarterbacks Mark Comalander and Qucntis Roper and a group of talented receivers. "1 don't see a team in the conference with more depth at quarterback than we have," Berndt said. "Mark will be a four-year returning starter and he's much stronger at this time. "We plan to maintain our two- quarterback system at the present, although Quentis had an outstanding spring training." Comalander ranks second on the school's all-time completion list, hitting 53 percent of his passes. Last season, he completed lie of 219 passes for 1,430 yards and eight touchdowns. Roper was voted the team's most valuable offensive player last season. In addition to his quarterbacking duties. Roper returned 34 kickoffs for a Southwest Conference record 795 yards. Berndt also is pleased with quarterback prospect Donald Hollas, who will see duty at linebacker this season."! think he's our quarterback of the future," Berndt said. Berndt also has moved John Davis from fullback to tailback and will line him up in the starting backfield with Lorenzo Cyphers. "That puts our two best backs on the field at the same time." Berndt said. "Davis gives us a potential of the big play." Berndt has to temper his enthusiasm when analyzing his defense, which was gutted by graduation. Tackle Jeff Thomas is the lone returning lineman. Cornerbacks William McClay and Everett Coleman and safety Roy Thompson are the only other returning starters. "I think William McClay will be one of the best in the conference but aside from him. we're very young." Berndt said. Rice closed out last season with victories over Air Force and Houston and lost to Baylor when Comalander's last second dive was ruled short of the goalline. Berndt isn't ready to take any bows for last season's four victories. "We've got a long way to go from here." he said. "Last year we made some strides. Now we've got to make some more." 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