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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 15

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, August 30, 1-B SPORTS GlennYarbrpugh o/ Crosby is among the returning leaders in statistics this ; high school football season. For details on his numbers and other stars, see page 2-B. Bednarski sees something special in role at UT By MIKE SIMMONS For some football players, playing on special teams is worse than everything except sitting on the bench. Even then, it could be seen as a toss-up. Fred Bednarski isn't numb'e red 'among the malcontents, though. Since walking on at the University of Texas as a freshman and earning a spot on the roster, the Robert E. Lee graduate has devoted much of his time on the field to special teams. He has seen action at linebacker as well the past two years, but his work on the kick and punt teams has brought him the most playing time. Now a junior at UT. Bednarski hopes to see more action at linebacker, but he isn't going to cause a fuss if it doesn't come. He'll be glad to serve as a special teamer again this season. "It's really fun," Bednarski said of special-teams work. "Some guys look at it as not being that great a job. but for some guys that's how they see the field. A lot of walk-ons don't get to play at all, so at least I'm playing some." Two-a-day workouts ended Friday at Texas and Bednarski. a 5-foot-9, 201-pounder, said he has been working as a third- team linebacker. He holds out hope that could change for the better in coming weeks. "I'll have to see how that goes," he said. "It's still kind of early to tell. (The coaches) are still trying to get everybody situated, so they're still looking at everybody. They're still making decisions, so you never know." In the past two seasons, Bednarski has gotten into 11 games as a linebacker and made four solo tackles. It's not a lot of playing time, but it's enough to let him know his efforts have not been in vain. "When I was a freshman I didn't get to play, but I've played some every year since then," he said. "At least I've gotten something in return for all the hard effort and work I've put in." Had Bednarski chosen a smaller college to attend, he may have had much more playing time under his belt. But his desire to attend Texas runs deep in him. "My dad is a big University of Texas guy," Bednarski said. "He has had a big influence on me, and I've grown up loving UT and its tradition. One of the reasons I came here was because Texas' academics is pretty prestigious. If you get a degree from here, it means something." When he decided to attend Texas, he also decided he wasn't readv to call an end to his foot- ball career. "I wasn't finished playing ball after my senior year in high school," he said. "I wanted to keep playing." That determination has paid off with the Longhorns and it has helped him excel on the special teams. "You've got to like to hit," Bednarski said of special-teams work. "It takes a lot of determination, a lot of hustle and you've got to be pretty quick. A lot of it is how much you want it and how much desire you have." Punt and kickoff coverage are the two areas he said he most enjoys. "You get to run down the field and hit people on punts and kickoffs." he said. "That's fun." (See BEDNARSKI, Page 2-B) AROUND THE CORNER JIM STRQUD (toft) of Rotert E. Gaylard Feoky (abov*) <* ROM S. Starting have durloc tbt p*at taw ««*a. Now, they will turn their attaotfeoa to tte opening wMk ot Utt 1M7 TtefUnftrt will baftfi the Friday against the Alvtn Y«tkw- > a* SUHwortb Stadium Tha Oaadan will tra««l to La Marque Friday to meet the Oougan. (Suo staff pfaotoB) Area volleyball coaches are optimistic in the early going By ALFRED VALDEZ Although the 1987-88 school year is just beginnng. many Sun area gymnasiums have been put to good use by high school volleyball teams. Six area schools field teams, and all of the coaches involved are fillet! uith anticipation and high hopes as the season heads into its second week. 'Following is a look at each team: LIBERTY Optimism is evident at Liberty, where the Panthers recorded a two-game victory over Ross S. Sterling Tuesday in the first match for both teams, Panthers Coach Becky Darce said her team should have a iiood season after making the playoffs last year. The squad that went to post-season play has returned nearly intact. "We ought lo have a good year." she said. "We made the playoffs last year with pretty much the same team." Top returning players are juniors Caroline Bankhcad, Sandra Haley, Brenda Wiebelhous and Kendra Blackmon Top seniors on the team are Velva Jones and Christie Wiebelhous. Darce said the team has the experience necessary to enjoy a solid season and possibly reach the playoffs again. "We've had our ups and downs in the scrimmages." Darce said, although she was pleased with the team's win over Sterling. "I'll know a little more about how we are coming along next week after we play in a tournament this weekend. We won't be awesome in the preseason because we are working toward district. We want to be starting to put it all together by then." Darce said top opponents in District 10- 4A East Zone should be C.E. King and Dayton. DAYTON Dayton Coach Jan Smith agrees with Darce's prediction, as her team is coming off a season-opening victory over Huffman Hargrave. The Broncos feature several returning players. They are Michelle Austin, Cynthia Chapman, Joan Ehlert. Pam Ethridge and Tanya Gaines. Gaines and first-year varsity player Stacy Pike are the only seniors on the team. Others making their varsity debuts are Laurie Myers. Angie Taylor and Christie Huntly! "We are experienced if nothing else," Smith said. "We have as good a shot at winning district as anybody. This is the best group Dayton has had in a long time." "Whoever wants it bad enough will win this district." Smith said. ANAHUAC Anahuac is looking to its experienced group of players to turn in a winning season. Coach Diana Miller said. "We have a lot of seniors on the team," she said. "We've been looking pretty good in scrimmages. I think having an experienced team will help." The team consists of seniors Leine Monta. Hadie Hopkins, Velda Hutchinson. Gena Ortego. Sonya Walker. Annette Jordon, Jennifer Fountain. Hollie Abshire. Brandy Thomasee and Alex Ricks. The only non-seniors on the squad are junior Lynna Abernathy and sophomore Tisch Hopkins. Anahuac. a member of District 20-3A, will compete this weekend in a tourna- (See CROSBY, Page 3-B) FRED BEDNARSKI Glanville will study roster in Colt game INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Coach Ron Meyer is starting to think in terms of a final roster; Houston's Jerry Glanville still wants to take a look at a lot of players. "We've made a pattern of playing a lot of people the last couple weeks, and we'll continue that against Indianapolis," said Glanville, who brings the Oilers into the Hoosier Dome tonight for the third of four preseason NFL games. Both the Colts and Oilers are 11 so far. "We've put in more of our of ; fense. so (quarterback Warren) Moon will probably play a little more this week." Moon has started both of the Oilers' exhibition games so far. but he has played barely more than a quarter in each of them. Rookie Cody Carlson, a third- round draft pick, has seen the bulk of the quarterbacking duty and has hit 15 of 30 attempts for 121 yards. "Indianapolis is a very talented team, and I know Ron Meyer really put a spark in the at the end of last season." said Glanville. "They have a lot of talent, and like anyone in this league, you have to be ready to play." Meyer, who succeeded the fired Rod Dowhower after the Colts lost their first 13 games last year, guided the learn to victories in their final three games. "We're really walking a tightrope, wanting to protect our best players (from preseason injury), yet wanting to win because the community wants a victory." said Meyer, who indicated the most playing time will go to the players he thinks will survive the final cuts before the regular season begins. Neither Houston nor Indianapolis will have its top draft pick. The Colts' Cornelius Ben(See COLTS, Page 2-B) Walk continues hot streak, helps Pirates beat Astros PITTSBURGH <APi Bob Walk said he wasn't pitching just for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but also for the San Francisco Giants. And he wasn't pitching just to keep his job this season, but lo win a job next year. "I'm the first guy to admit it. 1 made a mistake by not pitching him iWalk) more earlier in the season." Pittsburgh Manager Jim Leyland said after Walk checked Houston on seven hits over 7 1 :i innings in the Pirates' 42 victory Friday night. Walk, used almost exclusively in long relief until a month ago, is 4-1 since moving into the Pirates' starting rotation. He hopes it's the start of good things to come. "I don't have awesome stuff. I don't strike a lot of guys out. Maybe I'm just maturing a little bit. Maybe turning 30 docs that to you." Walk said. "But I've been able to make good pitches in the situations I've had to. I've always thought I could win 15 games or so if I got the chance to pitch. "Every time out there. T feel like I'm pitching for my job. There was some talk 1 might be traded and they were showcasing me by letting me pitch, but I feel like I'm showcasing myself to them. I'd like to stay here and I'm trying to show the Pirates I can pitch." Walk used his head and his bat as well as his right arm to beat the Astros and improve the Pirates' winning streak to four games. With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh and Mike LaValliero and Al Pedrique on base after singling. Walk was ordered to bunt the runners up. But when he saw the first and third basemen charging and shortstop Craig Reynolds racing to cover third, Walk bounced an RBI single up the middle. "For a pitcher, I'm about an average hitter," said Walk, who is batting an unpitcher-like .333. "In that situation you just try to put the ball in play and hopefully hit it up the middle because there's nobody there to field it." The Pirates may be out of the (SMlCOTr,P«0i«-B) sheltering Open Urns t Htlpitg Hals far Ike Homlfss 422-0441 BAY AREA YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE Agef:8-12yr$.(50-120lb*.) Sign Sundays 1-4:30pm 101*, AT THE OPTIMIST HOC. 1724MARKH$T.,IAYTOWN co spQMiottD IT m OfnUHmANOTMIATtOWNTMCA The Lawn-Boy with i M|iM ** a l*|t-apKity . It'll to* JUT liwn lufciif put. 427-9661 1001 E.Foy* (Bthmd Mod** Shop)

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