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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 1-C Robinson, Motion, Garcia Top Prospects JOHN ROBINSON JR. By JEFF SNOOK Wednesday was the first day of action for college football recruiters and according to the area's high school coaches, several area players are being sought after. The recruiters are searching for talent that may someday bolster their respective programs, and it appears 20-25 area players have a chance to advance to collegiate football. Ross S. Sterling's John Robinson Jr. and La Forte's Henry Garcia lead the list as the area's only top-notch prospects. Offensive tackles Robinson 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, and Garcia, 6-3 and 260, will probably wind up in the Southwest Conference. "Other possibilities for Divsion I football according to the coaches are: Robert E. Lee's Lawrence Motton, a 6-1 225-pound defensive tackle. Sterling's John Tomjack, a 5-11 175-pound quarterback, who will probably play for the U.S. Air Force Academy. Liberty's Monroe Mitchell, a 6-4 265-pound offensive tackle. Anahuac's Walter Raymond, a 5-11175-pound tailback. If the remaining prospects do go on to play college football, they will most likely be headed to small colleges and universities, as well as junior colleges. Among these players are: Sterling: Bennie May, a 6-2 165- pound punter; Wayne Tubbs, a 510 and 170-pound running back; May and Tubbs might play for McNeese State. Lee: Greg Sutphin, a 6-1 176- pound linebacker; Mike Welch, a 6-3175-pound punter. La Porte: Keith Lewis, a 6-1 175-pound split end; Clayton Hall, a 6-1180-pound cornerback; Mark Singleton, a 6-0 230-pound offensive guard; Rob Sherron, a 6-1 200-pound linebacker. Deer Park: Rucker Davis, a 6-1 230-pound center; Wade Conner, a 6-1 226-pound offensive lineman and linebacker; Wade Polk, a 5-10 160-pound cornerback and split end. Crosby: Keith Sweazie, a 6-3 22?-pound offensive tackle, possibly headed to UTEP or Sam Houston State; Dale Carter, a 6-0 160-pound cornerback; Cottre Howard, a 6-0 160-pound tight end, who is possibly headed to a junior college; Tracy W. Johnson, a 5-8 160 pound tailback. Liberty: Mark Wiggins, a 6-0 180-pound linebacker; Phillip Cook, a linebacker. Channelview: Frank Billman, a 6-5 220-pound tackle, who might (See ROBINSON, Page 3-C) LAWRENCE MOTION Rivers Feels Hill Girls % Have Shot At 2nd Crown CRTS McAdoo Leads Lakers Past Rockets, 106-95 HOUSTON (APO — Los Angeles forward Bob McAdoo thinks the defending National Basketball Association champions, who have won 14 of their first 17 games this season, have not hit their stride yet. McAdoo scored 15 of his 19 points in the final quarter Wednesday night as the the Lakers downed the Houston Rockets 10695 at the Summit, staying one game behind Seattle in the Pacific Division race. The SuperSonics defeated San Diego, 131-110, Wednesday night. Earvin Johnson had 19 points and 10 assists for the Lakers and James Worthy, a rookie from NCAA champion North Carolina, added 16. "With the addition of James, we are a lot better than we were last year," McAdoo said. "We may not be better at this point, but we can be before it's all over." McAdoo's fourth- period comeback overcame a season- high effort by Rockets guard Calvin Murphy, who netted 32 points. "I'm disappointed that we didn't win, because we had a big chance to turn it around," Murphy said. The final stanza represented a turnaround for McAdoo, who was frustrated by three fouls in three minutes of first half action. "The fouls took me right out of the i ballgame, so when I came back, I concentrated on moving without the ball, and playing good defense," McAdoo said. Houston led almost the entire first three quarters, and held a 75-69 margin after a pair of Murphy free throws with 1:29 left in the third period. But Los Angeles scored eight unanswered points the rest of the quarter, taking a 7775 lead into the final frame on Michael Cooper's steal and layup with one second left. Two Murphy foul shots with 11:03 to play in the game gave Houston a 79-77 edge, but McAdoo took over from there. Despite the loss, Houston coach Del Harris said he was encouraged by Wednesday night's game. "I'll take the first 34 minutes," Harris said. "I really like all of it. That's close enough to my image, to what 1 visualize a new club should be in its fifteenth game." Murphy compared the effort to a mat- chup earlier this Freshmen Lose season, when the Lakers routed the Rockets 127-96 at the Forum. "We're making great strides," Murphy said." LOS ANGELES (108) Landsbergor 2-2 0-0 4, Wilkes 5-13 0-0 10. Abdul-Jabbar 5-10 2-2 12. E. Johnson 7-11 5-6 19. Nixon 6-13 (M> 12. Cooper 3-1 0-0 6. Wor- Ihy 7-18 2-2 16. McAdoo 8-14 3-4 19. C. Johnson 2-14-48 Totals 458916-18106. HOUSTON (95) Bryant 5-10 1-1 11. Hayes 5-12 0-2 10. C.Jones 4-8 4-1 12. Leave! I 4-10 1-2 11, Teogle 3-7 0-0 6. Murphy 13-20 6-6 32. Bailey 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor 0-2 2-2 2. M. Jones 1-5 1-2 3. Walker 3-5 0-2 6. Paullz o-O 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 15-21 95. Los Angeles 23 26 28 29—106 Houston 28 27 20 20— 95 Three-point goals—Leave) 1 2. Fouled out —None. Rebounds—Los Angeles 41 (Wilkes 8. Abdul-Jabbar 8), Houston 39 (Hayes 151. Assists —Los Angeles 25 [E. Johnson 10), Houston 22 (Leavell 81. Total fouls—Los Angeles 25, Houston 18. Technicals—none. A—8,786. By VALERIE ROBERTSON MONT BELVIEU (Sp) — Just three games into the 1982-83 season, the Barbers Hill girls' basketball team has proved that they are capable of defending their 1981-1982 Class 3A state title. The Hill boasts a 3-0 record after defeating Class 5A Conroe McCullough, 78-45, Class 4A Liberty, 77-43, and Beaumont South Park, 11057, and Coach Dennis Rivers attributes their success to a competitive pre-season schedule and a strong ground-level program. "When you play quality teams you end up with a quality team," said Rivers, whose Eagles ended the 1981-1982 season with a 14-0 District 20-3A record and a 34-4 overall mark. "Before the season started last year, I felt that we had a chance to be one of the best, but I felt like this year was the year that we could really get down there (to the state tournament). "But we developed early. We had six seniors and only one started. There was a Sot of leadership involved and the seniors accepted their role. "Our district was weak and we averaged near 100 points a game," Rivers continued. "I was concerned because it was easy, but we played 4A and 5A teams in a tough pre-season schedule." The Eagles' losses all came in non-district bouts with Corpus Christi Calallen, Class 5A Robert E. Lee and Class 2A state champion Hardin. "We lost to four good teams," said Rivers. "We lost to Hardin twice — in the finals of our tournament, 56-49, and once at their place, 54-51. We played them again on January second and beat them 58-47. That was the only game they lost. We lost to Lee by one point and Calallen beat us in the Corpus Christi tournament." REL Sophs Top Texas City The Robert E. Lee sophomore baketball team edged Texas City 62-61 Tuesday night at the REL gym. The young Ganders played excellent defense and offense in this well matched game. Kevin Jones paced the Maroon with 19 points. Teammates Louis Garcia and Derek Kempt followed with 14 and 12 points each, respectively. Kemp led the team in rebounds with six. The sophomores are 1-1 on the season and will face Galveston Ball on the road Friday. The Robert E. Lee freshman "A" team felt the LaMarque height advantage Tuesday night as it fell, 61-47. La Marque had two olavers taller than 6- foot-3. They 19 and 12 points on the evening and most of the rebounds. Winston Jones led the REL effort with 11 points, followed by John Hildrith with 10 and Teddy Neptune with eight. The REL freshman "B" team looked as if they were going to come back, down 3313 at one point, the young Ganders pulled within four points, but lost, however, to LaMarque, 53-47. A deciding factor in the game was that REL shot 3-23 at the foul line. Cornell Simpson paced REL with 19 points. Austin Little helped out with 15 points. The REL freshmen will play in the LaPorte tournament Friday. The Hill had but two close games in the playoffs, defeating Hempstead, 64-40, in bi- district; Waco Robinson, 59-55, in the first round of the regional tournament and Lufkin Hudson, 49-42, in the finals; Commanche, 7049, in the semifinals of the state tournament and Seweeny, 68-53, in the finals. The Hill returns four starters, one letterman, and has a strong group up from last year's 20-1 junior varsity squad. "We've got good athletes and we build our program from the ground up. We've got good coaches on all levels," Rivers feels that senior point-guard Pennee Hall, an all-state and all-state tournament selection and four-year starter, is the "driving force" of the team. In the past three years, Hall has scored 2,390 points and averaged 25 points a game. Last year, she averaged '29.8 points a game. "She is an all-around ballplayer and she has been our leading scorer for the past three years," said Rivers. "She has been invaluable on fast breaks. If she doesn't score, she can get it to someone who can." Hall has been contacted by over 100 schools, including top-ranked teams like the University of Texas and Louisiana Tech, but she has no preference at the present time according to Rivers. "I feel like she can play with anyone in the nation. Louisiana Tech has been after her hard." Joining Hall is sophomore Tami Rogers, who madethe all-state tournament team as a freshman and three-year starters Shelley Marcontell and Robin Laurie, who both won honorable mention all-district honors. Senior Michelle Smith is the returning letterman. Players up from the junior varsity include: Trina Ford, LaDean Farmer, Teri Irby, Kim Dunlap and Lisa Holmes. "I feel like we have a better team than we had at this time last year," said Rivers. "I think this comes from the kids working on their own during the summer. If you can get your kids to do that, it makes things a lot easier. "This group plays well together, we have the ability to shoot the ball better than in the past and we have a lot of team speed," Rivers continued. "One of our weaknesses will be our inside scoring game and we've got to rebound better. "I think we have an excellent chance marring injuries to defend to defend the title," Rivers added. 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