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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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2-C THE BAYTOWN SUN Thuwday, December 2, 1982 Former Rebel Returns As Odem Coach The Lee College Classic is history now, but there is still one untold story. You might remember reading about one team in the high school bracket and wondering "who are they?" I'm talking about the Odem-Enroy Owls. Odem is a snv '.1 town near Corpus Christi, and the school is in Class 3A. How did they ever get invited to a tournament that featured some powerful Class 5A schools? Odem's coach is Ricky Chapa, and if that name sounds' familiar, it should. Chapa played for Lee College and Coach Mike Hefley during the 1974-75 and 75-76 seasons. Chapa and Hefley have remained friends since Chapa left, and the relationship resulted in an invitation to this year's tournament. To refresh your memory, Chapa came to the Rebels from Pettus, a town Chapa said "is even smaller than Odem." Pettus also happens to be the school where Hefley started his coaching career in 1954-55. "I had never even heard of Lee College until I got some mail from either Coach Hefley or Coach (Ron) Ummel," Chapa continued. "I had gotten some other offers," Chapa explained, listing Texas A&I and. Southwest Texas State as schools that contacted him. "But they were only partial scholarship of- .fers. At the bigger schools they told me I 'would probably be red-shirted, and I wanted itd play. So I came to visit Hefley, and I liked .the situation. Hefley said I would see some action." Chapa's first season in a Rebel uniform, ..1974-75, was the leanest year for LC since .Hefley came to Baytown in 1969. The Rebels -^finished 15-16 that year, but came back to •record a 20-10 slate in 75-76. That season 'featured a victory over archrival San Jacinto, :a game Chapa says is the highlight of his basketball career. "I was guarding Ray Williams," Chapa .recalled, referring to the former Raven who •went on to stardom with the University of Min- Garvey Might Be Next DAVE SORTER- Sorting Out Sports nesota, the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets and now the Kansas City Kings. "I can tell my kids that the guy they're seeing on TV was someone I used to guard." After leaving Lee College, Chapa accepted a partial scholarship at Rice University, but had to forego playing for the Owls because of personal problems. He ended up going to Southwest Texas and went out for the team his first year. "But the coach said I had to prove I could play for him," Chapa said. "I thought my studies were too important and would take all my time. I wanted to get out in two years." He did, getting his degree in physical education and landing a job in the Odem school system, where he has remained since. He started as the junior high basketball coach in 1978-79, when he coached the same kids he is coaching now on the varsity. After that first year in junior high, he was promoted to the high school, where for two years he was head baseball coach and assistant basketall coach. As freshman coach two years ago, Chapa led the group that now makes up the varsity to a 23-1 record. Last year was his first as varsity coach at Odem, and now he has brought his team to Baytown. "I talked to Mike," Chapa said. "I know him real well. He asked.if I wanted to bring the boys here. "The school didn't sponsor this trip," he explained. "It was too much money with the hotel and meals. The kids raised all the money themselves through various fund-raising activities." Chapa, who said he "has wanted to be a coach since I was in high school, has been Influenced somewhat by Hefley. "I like his running game," Chapa explained. "I really like to run the ball, and I like to press and run a man- to-man defense." Odem got blown out twice in the tournament — first by La Porte then by Aldine Eisenhower — but impressed opposing coaches and fans with its scrappiness. While Chapa feels his team will benefit by playing Class 5A competition "when we play people of our own calibre," he did not feel that the specific competition in the LC Classic is the precise cause. "We could play 5A teams from Corpus and get beat," he said. "The primary advantage of the tournament will be psychological." Names and notes: Two former Ross S. Sterling baseball stars, Ronnie Bradshaw and Rusty Addison, are now playing baseball at Alvin Community College. Bradshaw said that the Dolphin coach saw them play for the Baytown Thoroughbred summer league team at the regional tournament in Pearland in August, and was suitably impressed. "They needed a pitcher and an outfielder," Bradshaw said, "so Rusty's starting and I'm in the rotation." Bradshaw pitched for Florida Junior College last year, and was going to walk on at San Jacinto. Addison, the lone returning starter for the Rangers last year, was planning to join brother Phil Addison at Blinn College before the Alvin offer came. Blinn still does have a Baytown pitcher. James Hillin, the Robert E. Lee grad who played basketball for the Rebels last year, reported that fall workouts went well for him, and he is enjoying the Brenham campus . . . Former RSS and San Jac hurler Wes Walker has assumed the No. 3 pitching slot at the University of Houston. Baylor, Tenace,, Forster Sign Contracts JOSEPH MAYHEW, 11, has won two first-place, one second-olace and three third-place trophies in only four months of bicycle motocross racing. Mayhew, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carle C. Mayhew, is a sixth- grader at St. Joseph School. NFL Contract Vote Is Delayed Once Again ; By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS .- Three more free agents, in- .cluding designated hitter Don Baylor, have joined new teams, and the next could well be first baseman Steve Garvey. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that they had come to terms with Baylor, free- 'agent refugee from the California .Angels who was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1979. In addition to Baylor, catcher Gene Tenace signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed relief pitcher Terry Forster signed with the Atlanta Braves. Today, the free-agent courtship was scheduled to continue with Garvey's agent, Jerry Kapstein, traveling to San Diego to speak with the cluo that appears to be No. 1 on the former Los Angeles first baseman's list. Padres President Ballard Smith said he was prepared to make an offer for the services of Garvey, who has asked for $1.5 million a year for five years. Baylor, unable to come to terms with the Angels, signed a contract with the Yankees that reportedly would pay him $900,000 per year plus bonuses for five years, with an option for a fifth year. The 33-year old slugger who was picked by six teams in the reentry draft said Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was a "very aggressive person when it comes to talent. I really had no choice when a guy like that comes to me with a winning tradition." Baylor won the AL MVP in 1979 when he batted in 139 runs while hitting 36 homers. This past season, he hit .263 with 24 homers and 93 RBI to help the Angels win the American League Western Division title, then set an AL playoff record by driving in 10 runs in California's five-game loss to Milwaukee. Tenace, 36, who played on his fourth World Series champion this year at St. Louis, signed a multiyear contract with the Pirates. He will be backup to Tony Pena. Tenace batted .258 with seven homers and 18 RBI In 70 games for the Cardinals last season. Tenace also^layed for three championship Oakland teams from 1972-74. Forster, who will be 31 next month, was acquired by the Braves, who badly needed left- handed pitching. He was 5-6 last season with a 3.04 earned run average in 56 appearances with the Dodgers. Late Surges Lift Arkansas, Baylor, Ponies By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS '. Arkansas, Baylor and Southern Methodist came out victorious in the latest round of play against non-conference basketball rivals, ;but only after last-minute heroics in two cases and a strong second- half blitz in the third. ". Jay Shakir snared the rebound on his own missed basket and scored with less than two minutes .to play Wednesday night as Baylor edged Alabama- Birmingham 56-55 in Waco. '.'. Freshman Carl Wright hit the first end of a one-and-one free throw to push the Mustangs to a 76-75 win over Centenary in Dallas. Razorback Guard Darrell Walker scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as Arkansas came back to defeat Texas-San Antonio 78-59 in a game played at Fayetteville. Walker, who led all scorers, keyed the Razorback surge as Arkansas, 2-0, outscored the Roadrunners 33-12 in the first 15 ' minutes of the second half. He got help from Robert Brannon, who came off the bench to score 10 of his 12 points in the second half. Texas-San Antonio led 31-29 at the half. John Stiver scored 12 to lead the Roadrunners, who fell to 1-3. Baylor, 3-0, trailed 10-1 early in the game and 28-25 at the half. The lead changed hands 17 times in the second half before Shakir, who led Baylor with 16 points, put the Bears ahead to stay. Alabama-Birmingham, 1-2 for the season, was led by Luellen Foster's 15 points and Anthony Gordon's 11. Wright's winning free throw for the Mustangs, now 2-0, was set up when he drew a blocking foul from Willie Jackson. Jackson led all scorers with 30 points. Larry Davis pulled down 12 rebounds and scored 16 for the Mustangs. Centenary fell to 1-2 for the season. NEW YORK (AP) — National Football League player representatives may get their second chance today to offer opinions on the proposed collective bargaining agreement, but the rest of the players won't vote on it until next week. The Associated Press learned Wednesday that the union also is hoping to cement the agreement with a "non- admissions clause" a memorandum of understanding which the union, the owners' Management Council and the National Labor Relations Board would sign as a means of settling unfair labor practice charges filed by each side against the other. It is understood that William J. Lubbers, the NLRB's general counsel, is prepared to approve such a memoradum of understanding, which would not be a part of the collective bargaining agreement. On Wednesday, Daniel J. SiJverman, the NLRB's New York regional director, postponed until Jan. 5 at the Management Council's request a hearing before an administrative law judge on the union's unfair labor practice charges. Garvey said the union and Management Council are still discussing the "settlement of pending issues before the NLRB and before (U.S. District) Juc'ge (John Garrett) Penn," the latter a union suit seeking to invalidate the NFL's standard player contract. ''There is no possibility that the players will vote en Friday," union chii;f Ed Garvey said Wednesday. "The contract will not be ready until sometime early next week." But he said the 28 player representatives ''could possibly vote as early as tomorrow." When the five-year, $1.6-billion agreement was reached Nov. 16, the player reps voted to send it along, without recommendation, to the 1,500 players who had been on strike since Sept. 21. 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