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April 30, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 20

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2-C THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, April SO, 19§6 Phillies humble Astros 12-4 PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The game shaped up as a pitchers' duel between the immortal Nolan Ryan and a hot Shane Rawley, but Mike Schmidt and Luis Aguayo made short work of that idea. Schmidt hit a three-run homer, his fifth, in the first inning Tuesday night and Aguayo homered after that for two more runs as the Phillies set out toward.a 12-4 victory over the Houston Astros. "I think ,the reason for the good start is the result of good mechanics," said Schmidt, who is batting .328 and leads the league with 19 RBI. "I've been trying to hit down through the ball. The fly balls I hit tonight were from not concentrating." Schmidt's homer in the first inning off Nolan Ryan was his fifth career hit off the Houston pitcher. All have been home runs. "He was struggling with his control and was behind me at 20. He gave me a fast ball down the middle and that's what I was looking for," Schmidt said. Stroud views practice in bed By DAVID BERKOWITZ With spring training just around the corner, a hospital bed is the last place Robert E. Lee football coach Jim Stroud wants to be. But because of nagging gallbladder problems, he has little choice in the matter. "You don't want to be here with spring training going on," Stroud said Tuesday from his room at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. "I tried to put it off as long as I could." With surgery possibly staring Stroud in the face later this week, veteran Lee assistant coach Bill Groberg is running . the day-to-day football opera' tions at the school. But Stroud ' isn't about to remain inactive, as the 21-day spring training ritual • arrives on Monday. Following Tuesday's off- season workout, Stroud's assistants convened in his hospital room for a skull session. If he must miss spring training time, he plans to view video replays of the action. From whatever vantage point, Stroud will have plenty to say about what direction the program takes this spring. Starting with Monday's 4 p.m. session at Lee's practice field, two hours will be^ spent daily for the next three 'weeks on laying the groundwork for the 1986 season. Training camp will culminate with the annual spring game, set for 7 p.m. on May 23 at Memorial Stadium. Since the end of Stroud's first season on the job, in which the Ganders fashioned a 6-4 record, there has been little time for rest. He termed the off-season program a success. "We wanted them to be stronger and quicker, and they are," Stroud said of his returning players. "They have more endurance and agility, and they are mentally tougher than they've ever been. I'd say the of- fseason went right on schedule." There will be more athletes involved in spring training than was the case last year. Stroud reported an increase of 25-30 players in the program. "That's really about all you can expect in a year. We just need to keep adding to that," he said. "I don't think we'll have any problem in fielding three teams next year." Because of a numbers problem the past few seasons, Lee has been forced to combine its sophomore and junior varsity teams in the fall schedule. Although the roster size is up, there are some questions to be answered. What with players being shifted to new positions, and holes to fill at other spots, the next three weeks will be put to good use. "We have a lot of kids in different positions. There are some question marks." Stroud said. Defensively, Chris Grooms and Thomas Mayo return to the secondary. Crooms will play both ways, as he is also the top candidate at quarterback. The only problem there is that the junior is still involved in track and field. He will compete in the Region III meet Friday and Saturday at San Jacinto College Central. Joe White is the lone starting linebacker returning, while Mark Burns and Roland Johnson are back to solidify the line. Johnson is being shifted from end to tackle. Billy Kilgore will move from center to defensive tackle. "We have a defensive end and defensive tackle to find," Stroud said. "We have two or three who could play end. We're looking for them to come through. "At linebacker, we also have some good young kids who we hope will play for us." Varsity holdovers on the offensive line are Todd Cauley, Mike Ward, John Farris, Harold Cross and Isreal Gonzales. They will be blocking for the likes of running back Lee Langelier, who showed signs of brilliance last season as a sophomore. "We've got a lot of good young kids out there," Stroud "said. "But we have to find out how they react on the field. We need to find out who can help us." Stroud intends to do just that. Even if it means doing so from a hospital bed. PHILADELPHIA CATCHER Darren Daulton waits to put the tag on Houston Astro Tony Walker Tuesday night. Walker got in under the tag in the second Inning Philadelphia. play at Veterans Stadium in (AP photo) Deer now 12-1, beat Ganders A seventh-inning Robert E. Lee rally fell short of the mark as Deer Park nipped the Ganders 3-2 at Memorial Field Tuesday night. The Ganders dropped to 6-7 in the District 23-5A standings with the district wrap-up against Pasadena Friday at Memorial Field. The Deer remain on top of the scales with a 12-1 district record. John Moak handled the duties on the Gander mound striking out seven and giving up five hits in six innings while reliever Charlie Busby fanned three in the final inning. Second baseman Ted Johnson led the Ganders at the plate going 2-for-3. John Reddell went l- for-2 with a run and an RBI. Moak had the other REL hit (a double). 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For one, new head coach Gaylard Fenley, who will be closing his fourth week at the helm of the Rangers, will make sure there is plenty of hitting; he's out to find the movers and the shakers on the roster. And two, Fenley will have more than enough coaches. He has enlisted the help of more than a dozen of the junior high coaches, as well as his present staff, to provide a blanket of teachers for the three-week stretch of the annual spring festivities. But first and foremost in Fenley's mind is to find the hitters. ; "I'm just anxious to see them in pads," he said Tuesday. "1 want to see how aggressive some of them are. As far as the X's and O's, they can learn that. I'm more interested in how they move. "We'll have 15 to 20 coaches out there, two or three coaches at each position." The Rangers are expected to be soiid in two areas — defensive linemen and running backs. But the rest of the positions, thanks to graduation, will be wide open and available for any takers. "As far as the football 'team' is concerned, we have some questions. We have just one starter (Norman Adams) on the offensive line. But as I told the kids in the dressing room, everybody's got an even shot because I haven't seen any of them," Fenley said. "I've looked at the films, but only last year's starters are on film. I'm really encouraged about some of the young kids. I'm anxious to see some of them." Fenley said there will be no grace period when drills begin. The hitting will commence on Day One. "We've been in shorts the whole off-season. Friday we'li be in pads," he said. Fenley added he and the staff have not ironed out the finer details of each workout, as to how many segments will be devoted to this area and that. "There will be some teaching situations. But we're going to do some things to see how aggressive they are," said Fenley. "The coaches can tell me this, but I want to see it for myself." But Fenley. like all head coaches, has one worry that can't be overlooked. "A freak injury. It's a catch-22 situation. But you have to know (who is aggressive), you have to go out there and see," said Fenley, who added he'll be looking for a passing combination to go with his offense. "I'm anxious to see if we can find someone who can throw and catch the ball," he continued. "When you spend time working at something, you get better at it. I know our kids will spend time on it (passing and catching)." Of the 180 players in the program, a small number will be part of the House Bill 72 roster and ineligible for participation in after-school practice sessions. Fenley said he knows of four juniors, 13 sophomores and 18 freshmen that will not work out with the team after school. Those players will be part of the sixth-period physical education class. "Rather than blow those kids off, we're going to give them something at sixth period, as much as time allows. We will abide by the rules, but we'll try to keep them in the program." Fenley said. "We don't want to ostracize them. We want to try and show them that it's important to make the grade and stay eligible." Fenley is presently interviewing candidates for the offensive line coaching position. Brian Connolly has put in his resignation and will move on to San Angelo Central to take a similar position. Connolly was also the team's offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Fenley said he is looking for a line coach first, a coordinator second. "We're still in the process of interviewing. 1 interviewed two already, and have one tonight (Tuesday). 1 may interview seven to 10." said Fenley. "I think it's a very important position, and I want to get the right guy. We're not in a hurry, but we want to get him in as soon as possible. "I'm looking for an offensive line coach. As far as a coordinator, we'll have to see who he is." Fenley added he'd like to find a coach versed in the I- formation. But that's not a strict prerequisite. "I think a coach can adapt. If you stay in coaching long enough,you can coach just about any of.ense or defense. We're an I-formation team." said Fenley. "To h,'-ve an I-formation coach would oe a plus." Former aide Connolly to depart for San Angelo By MICHAEL KEARNS Brian Connolly, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Ross S. Sterling the past three years, has handed in his resignation and will assume similar duties at San Angelo Central. Connolly said Tuesday a number of factors entered into his decision to leave Sterling. But foremost to him was the idea that a new head coach should have the chance to bring in his own top people when he takes over a program. Gaylard Fenley assumed the head coaching job at Sterling, succeeding Bill Bundy, who stepped down in February. Fenley has not named a new offensive coordinator, but he interviewed three candidates Tuesday. "Most of this comes from the idea that he (Fenley) should have a fresh start and I should seek my own opportunities elsewhere," said Connolly. "The differences in the offense didn't play that big a factor." Connolly favors the vvinged-T offense, while Fenley likes to run the I-formation. Connolly added that he could well have stayed on at Sterling, and worked with Fenley in the new offense. When Bundy resigned, Connolly was one of the candidates from inside the program who applied for the head coaching job. After Fenley was hired to replace Bundy, the chain of events started that ended with Connolly taking the job at San Angelo Central. Connolly will be working under Central Head Coach Jimmy Keeling, who he's known for a number of years. Keeling coached Andrews to a state championship with Bundy as an Pearson excited about new No. 88 IRVING, Texas (AP)-It was former old pro Drew Pearson's enthusiasm for wide receiver Mike Sherrard that led to the Dallas Cowboys into making him their No. 1 draft pick. Guess which number they gave him? Sherrard, a speedy, tough all- time career receiver at UCLA, will wear Pearson's No. 88 this fall for the Cowboys. ^ "I thought they would have retired that number. I always envied him as a kid. He and • :Lynn Swann (another 88) were my two favorite receivers," Sherrard said. "Drew.was extremely excited about Sherrard's potential when he worked him out ," said Gil Brandt, Cowboys'player personnel director, during Tuesday's NFL draft. "He really thinks he will be able to help us right jaway.'" "Drew came out twice to see me work out," said Sherrard, who averaged almost 16 yards per catch for the Bruins. He missed several games last year with a broken collarbone, but still set a school record of 124 career receptions. The Cowboys outmaneuvered a division rival in a last-minute first round trade to land the coveted wide receiver. They jumped from 20th to 18th over the New York Giants by giving the San Francisco 49ers a fifth- round choice. The Cowboys also got another "impact" offensive player in the ELECT...ROY 0. MEASE JUDGE COUNTY CIVU COURT 2 second round off their Gary Hogeboom trade pick with In- dianpolis, taking fleet tailback Darryl Clack of Arizona State. "Both of them are fast and can score from anywhere on the field and that's the kind of impact players we wanted this year," said Dallas Coach Tom Landry. assistant. Over the past few years. Keeling had been in touch with Connolly concerning a number of position openings. But Connolly said, "I was never in a position where I wanted to explore it." "When I didn't get the head job here, I figured I'd be leaving," added Connolly. "We've enjoyed it here. It wasn't an easy decision. It affects the family. We're a coaching family. "I didn't have to leave. I just feel that a new coach should be able to bring in his top people. I'd rather be the head coach at Baytown Sterling. That's just a fact of life. "The biggest tradeoff right now is, I've got a daughter (Chris) that will be a senior. I get guilty feelings about that. She plays volleyball and is in a lot of other things at school. She's making a sacrifice, but it's a family move." On the other side of the tradeoff is the fact that Connolly will be coaching in what is considered probably one of the top high school football areas in the state, District 4-5A. "It's probably one of the three or four places in the state of Texas where I'd like to go. I'm not knocking anyone. But when I was coaching in east New Mexico, I always thought that district was one of the best in the state. I felt I always wanted to coach there," said Connolly. "The attitude is pro-football. San Angelo has built their program to where they're one step away. "From a football standpoint, it's an area I thought about coaching in fora longtime." Connolly's interview with Keeling went very well. "When 1 interviewed with him. it was uncanny, the things he knows in coaching are the things I know," said Connolly. Connolly said the preparations are set for his departure. "There's a procedural hang- up up there. But the people here have been very cooperative. I'm waiting for the phone call to give me the date. Spring football starts Monday (May 5)," Connolly said. MICHELIN FULLER TIRE CO, 1M«N. Atoxwifer 421-1171 PROGRAM YOU'LL introductory consultation. 1 Year Anniversary Sale 20% Off Entire Stock May 1 through 1O Thank you, Bay town, for a winning year. Riggle 4300 Garth Rd. 428-1111

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