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Sunday, June 25, 1972
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e Gossamer Glory Of All Championship Seasons NEW YORK-(NEAi-ftn job on a garbage truck. PAMI'A. TEXAS PAMPA DAIIY NIWS 1» 66th YEAR Sunday. June i>. l»«* Sports NEW YORK-(NEA)-On stage, in the hit off-Broadway play, "That Championship Season," the old basketball coach has just put a record on his phonograph, still spinning his web around the four members of his championship team. The ex- players at this 20-year reunion in the coach's house would be enticed to relive their gossamer glory, despite their paunchy, gloomy lives now. "You were once rare and beautiful things, boys," the coach says. "Don't ever grow old on me." Then the record comes on: hoarse, hysterical crowd; frenetic announcer: "Ten seconds to go, one point down, the ball is passed in. The title is riding on this final play . . . And they score! They score!" In the dark audience, Dave Golden sat and grew goose- pimply cold. It brought back teal-life memories for him. The play is based on a fictional Pennsylvania high school state championship basketball team of 1952. Golden was the star of the nonficticn P e k i n High School team Which won the Illinois state basketball championship eight years ago, in 1964. Golden was curious about the play. He wondered if he might catch a glimpse of himself — past, present or future—somewhere in it. "I don't think I did," said Golden. "But the play scared me anyway. I've still got 12 years to go." Unlike the now middle- aged men in the play, who stayed their dreary lives in their small home town, Golden left Pekin. A high school All-American, Golden received a basketball scholarship to Duke University. He became co-captain of the team his senior year. He is married now and lives and Works in New York City. "My folks would like me to come back home," said Golden, "but I know I can't. Visits are all right. Pekin's a nice town. But I couldn't live there again. I don't think I'd ever be allowed to Gable Confident He'll Get Berth ANOKA. Minn. (API — Dan Gable says he feels "very confident" he can win a berth at 1494 pounds on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team. Gable, at Waterloo. Iowa, defeated Larry Owings of the University of Washington 7-1 Friday night for his fourth straight victory in the Olympic trials. Iowa State's 400-pound heavyweight Big Chris Taylor also continued to overwhelm opponents, pinning Larry Lathrop of Manteca, Calif., at 2:38. Serhio Gonzalez of UCLA won his fourth straight bout, at 105'*, with an 8-2 decision over Mike Perusky of Waukegan, III. At 1144. John Morley of the New York Athletic Club won by default when David Brusky of Rosemount. 111., suffered a shoulder injury in the second period of their match. In the 12.V-2 pound class, Rick Sanders of Portland, Ore., grabbed a third straight pin. defeating Mark Sanderson of Pleasant Grove, Utah, at 4:48. grow up, to grow past my senior year in high school. "We won the state championship in my junior year. We lost in the quarterfinals in my senior year. You walk down the street, or you go into any bar in town, and the talk is still—'Dave, you remember that game when . . .' and 'We should have won the championship in '65, too Golden, still trim, is 24 years old but appears older. He is round-shouldered like many fine athletes, and seems a bit stooped and shorter than his full 6-1. His hair is thinning. He also seems articulate beyond his years and his eyes behind glasses are mature and thoughtful. He has had time to think, these last eight years since the championship. He was a swift, precocious success in small-town American terms, since the local high-school basketball team is often the highest and most important form of serious entertainment there. Golden and his teammates prepared for their future, like concert pianist prodigies, as long ago as the fifth grade when organized drill- were instituted. "Basketball was my whole life in my younger days, starting at age 10," said Golden. "Now I realize that it is just a part of life. And what you do on the court is often separate—despite what some coaches say — from what you do in life. "In high school I remember that I was kind of the so-called moral fiber of the team. I used to make speeches before church groups telling them how faith in God helped me play the big game despite the bursitis in my knees. "Now, I think I'd tell them that maybe the pain-killers that were shot into me with needles before the game also had something to do with my being able to play. I think I'd also tell them that it was ludicrous to be playing all shot up like that. It felt like I was running around on a stump. I could have really gotten hurt. But everybody then said it was so important that I play in the eame." " Golden said that the title team gave him an inflated and distorted view of himself, and of the world. "I thought that things would always come easy for me, as easy as success in basketball did," he says. "I went to college and let my academics slide. And I didn't prepare well for the future. I was always the basketball player." After Duke, Golden tried out for the Indiana Pacers. He was cut. And he was rocked. He knew his basketball career was over. What now? He went back home that summer of 1969, got a job on a garbage truck, played some semi-pro ball, then decided to return to Duke to complete work for his degree. "He then came to New York, where he thought opportunities would be greatest. He spent one year as a physical education instructor at the Grand Central YMCA. No future there, he thought. He looked around. Nothing much came to him. Finally, he caught on in the sales training program of the Hartford Insurance Co. And he wonders if he will ever reach the heights he attained as a 17-year-old school boy. "I'd hate to think that that was the crowning point of my life." he said. "I'd like to get really good at insurance, if I stay in insurance." About the old glory days of high school, Golden says he still has memories. He will visit his old coach whenever he returns home. But he has lost contact with most of his former teammates. And his trophies, and his scrapbook? "There was one moment in the play," said Golden, "when one of the former players said, 'I don't believe in trophies any more, coach.' Well, I don't either. I still have my trophies. And they're nice. But they're in a trunk. And I never open the trunk anymore." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) SOMEBODY CARES COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Tackle John LeHeup and all other University of South Carolina athletes will spend nine weeks this summer demonstrating to underpriviledged youngsters in the Columbia area that "somebody cares about them." The program will be sponsored by the Presbyterian churches in Columbia and the city recreation department. Le- Heup is from Tampa, Fla., where he worked in such a program the past two summers. Enroll Kids In Safety Program AUSTIN—What's your son or daughter doing this summer? Camping, fishing or loafing will take up a good deal of time for Texas youngsters. But have you given any thought to enrolling the kids in the Parks and Wildlife Hunter Safety Program? The program is open to youths who have passed their 12th birthday and the charge is minimal. Since January. 1.200 volunteer instructors have been certified by this department. Approximately 30 instructors are responsible for certifying the majority of the more than 300 students trained under the program. The department estimates that 1.000 students will be certified this summer and from 30.000 to 50,000 by the end of 1972. August and September should be the peak months before the fall hunting season. The objectives of the program are to reduce hunting casualties and perpetuate and expand a quality recreational opportunity for youngsters. It's too early to gauge the success of the hunter safety program but statistics for last year indicate a need for such instruction. Of the 122 people involved in hunting accidents last year. 25 per cent were 16 years or younger. For information contact local Game Management Officers of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or write to Hunter Safely Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. John H. Reagan Building. Austin. Jockey Eddie Arcaro won the Delaware Oaks four times at Delaware Park between 1940 and 1955. Teaff Places Emphasis On Remaining Realistic WACO. Tex.. (APt - You can say one thing about Grant Teaff — he isn't going to get carried off in a dream world. "We're trying to build a sound offense and a sound defense and not depend on the new coach and a rah-rah attitude." Teaff says. "We know we've got tough sledding ahead. We have to be realistic. The biggest problem we have is that we're trying to build a winning tradition and winning attitude." The former Angelo State coach, who replaced Bill Beall. recently completed his first football spring training camp at Baylor where Southwest Conference victories have been rare in the last several seasons. "We developed a sense of West Texas Turkey Crop Looking Good SAN ANGELO-It takes rain to grow turkeys in West Texas' Permian Basin. The resident fowls have slaked their thirst and are working overtime to make up for last season's poor hatch, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist George Litton ofSweetwater. Officials are optimistic about this year because, like most other wildlife in the Permian Basin, the turkey flocks thrive in direct proportion to the amount of rain and vegetation. Observers driving census lines in the area report large numbers of nesting hens and some birds that have already hatched their young. Schaefer Qualifying Shut Down By Rains MOUNTPOCONO, Pa. (APl — Heavy rains and serious flooding conditions in the area have washed out this weekend's qualifying runs for the $400.000 Schaefer 500-mile auto race at Pocono International Raceway. Race officials announced Friday that the 33 fastest cars for the July 2 championship event will be selected in time trials next Thursday and Friday. The 2.5-mile raceway, unique because it features two long straights and one short one and only three corners, was closed today. Officials were to decide Saturday whether any activity would be allowed today. Rains associated with tropical storm Agnes had shut the track down five of the six scheduled practice days. The race. No. 2 event in USAC's "triple crown" series that includes Indianapolis and Ontario, Calif., drew 45 driver-car entries. However, only 29 drivers had been able to get on the track. 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We've made a good first step, but we've got a long way to go." Teaff has seen some good things which give him optimism for the autumn. "I believe we're going to have quality and depth at running back." Teaff says. "We're going to have some ability and depth at quarterback. And. we're going to have a good first- team defense. Sophomore quarterbacks- to be Neat Jeffrey of Overland strong of Houston looked good in the final Bear spring game. -I think Jeffrey could be an unusual sophomore and you can't count Armstrong out of it. either." Teaff says. "At tailback Godfrey White gives us quality and speed. Marcus Rogers and Billy Wilson have been two of our most pleasant surprises at running back." Defensively. Teaff says the Bears could "be real good.'' He cites defensive ends Roger Goree and Mike Black, tackles Coy Zunker. Richard Mason, and soph Joe Johnson as winners. -If Millard Neely (All-America noseguard from Tyler JC) comes in here and plays like we think he can, we'll move someone to the offensive line to add strength there," Teaff says. Overall depth is one of Teaf f's biggest problems—that and an experienced offensive line. ••We have less size and experience than any other confer- ence school," Teaff says "The people we have in the interior offensive line made vast improvements but there is still a long way to go." Teaff says "Gary Dorman has been a pleasant surprise at center, but he stil lacks quickness Harold Rodgers has ability at guard, but he's handicapped by his size In his case, you're sending a boy of about 205 against defensive linemen who are 265 pounders." Teaff adds "We hope, of course, that the junior college people who are coming in this fall can help us. But. looking at it realistically, our offensive line is likely to be only average. 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