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23 PG North: Thursday, June 9, 1988 GET CREDIT THIS SUMMER Merigliano a surprise pick by White Sox Butler County Community College Of Cranberry 217 Executive Drive (Across from Hampton Inn DAY JUNE 1 5-JULY 27 (6-Week Session) English II 9-1 1:30 MW 3 Belfar Main Campus Library EVENING JUNE 1 3-AUGUST 8 (8 Weeks) By John Enright i The Chicago White Sox selected former Shaler High School pitcher Frank Merigliano in maior-league baseball's amateur draft last week, couch to the surprise of Merigliano. I feel pretty good," said Merigliano. "I was 1-7 this year at Pitt und I figured my chances were not that good. But talking to the scouts, they were worried about my ability, tot how well the team did. "I thought I would go much later, like the 30th round or so," he added.

Merigliano said he was picked in the, Mth. round. The White Sox, adhering to major league policy, would not say which round the Pitt turler was picked. He was drafted last Thursday and was informed by telegram the next day. He signed his contract Monday.

got the money I was looking for, and have guaranteed schooling. That was something that I definitely wanted," he said. "It seems like a Sod opportunity. The White Sox ven't done that well, and they don't have much pitching. The worse they do, the better it is for me." Merigliano, who has another year of eligibility at Pitt, can go back and finish his undergraduate work when- Playing in the northeast, you don't get a start every fourth or fifth day.

If it rained, we were off for a week. Frank didn't pitch in Ideal conditions." "The Big East is a tremendous hitting league. There'e no easy outs. There's nine hitters in the lineup because we use the DH designated hitter he added. While Merigliano is excited about' playing in minor-league baseball, Lewis has mixed emotions about it.

"I want what's best for Frank and best for his career. We wish him well, but it leaves a void in our ballclub. He was our number one starter," said Lewis. Merigliano said the Blue Jays, Mets, Reds and White Sox showed the most interest. Merigliano looks forward to seeing Dan Kite, his high school teammate who pitched at Louisiana State.

Kite was selected in the fourth round by the Boston Red Sox and will play for Elmira (N.Y.) in the New York-Penn League. "It should be fun," he said. But Merigliano knows the fun can last only so long. "I don't want to stay down there forever. If I'm moving up, I'll stay of course.

But If I'm in Single A for four years, I'm not going to hang around." Intro to Microcomputing Intro to Data Processing Philosophy Speech Life Science Intro to American Lit. S.S 'Course has prerequisite COST $45 per credit hour (Butler County Residents) REGISTRATION 1 0am-8pm, M-Th 1 0am-4pm, $rouNTv For more information, callus lrOMMumrr 772-5520 -f College Drive Oak CHUI Manesiotis does double I 'TiYfl 3:11 Hi: l't 1 STATE INSPECTIONS CARS. 4x4 By Dejan Kovacevic 1 Tor most American Legion or $igb school baseball coaches, the of running one team is jnore than enough to consume their spare time. Not so for Greg Manesio-lis, who coaches both the North. Allegheny American Legion squad and the North Allegheny High School team.

"I guess I'm just a little crazy," said Manesiotis. "I don't know of any ther coaches that are doing it, but I've never really given it much thought. I guess a lot of the fellows who coach at a high school are teachers and they go and get summer jobs, which would take up their time." Manesiotis is not a teacher. 5 "When you figure in the time spent on paperwork, contacts with clinics, dealing with college recruit- AIR CONDITIONER RECHARGE 22.95 INCL COOLANT TUNE UP 29.95 4 CYL PARTS Frank Merigliano Was 1-7 with 6. 12 ERA for Pitt ever time allows and the White Sox will pay for it.

All White Sox draft picks will report to Sarasota, for a week of instruction beginning today. Merigliano said he's been assigned to Utica (N.Y.) in the Class A New York-Penn League. LEGION BASED ALL ers, practices and that sort of thing, it's really a year-round thing," he said. "But I'm self-employed and my family's always been really supportive. "I love baseball.

I think it's the most unique and wonderful game anyone's ever played and I like to spend as much time with it as I can. At the level I'm coaching at, I get to deal with youngsters and show them the game and that makes it that much more special." Manesiotis, who just completed his first season as the high school's head coach, says his American Legion team is quite young. "There's a few older guys on the team, but the real strength of this team is going to be the younger However, the real turning point in his athletic career came when he was given a bicycle for his birthday when he was in college. Martin was also influenced by his parents, who are both cyclists. Fedako's story is different.

He is the only person in his family who is a cyclist. "Cycling sort of just grew on me," said Fedako, a 1982 graduate of Hampton High. "I never really wanted to be a cyclist; it just grew on me." If things go in Fedako's favor, he may not have to become a profes- sional cyclist Fedako is enrolled at Pitt, where he is expected to receive a degree in mathematics by the end of the summer. Fedako said his future as a cyclist "air depends upon how I do in Spokane at the Trials There isn't that much money in amateur cycling, anyway." When asked about Martin, Fedako TOYOTA EFI AIR FILTER $8.95 WITH COUPON EXP 6'3088 FREE BODY SHOP ESTIMATE WE KNOW YOUR TOYOTA BEST PITTSBURGH'S OLDEST SERVICE DEPT. Cyclists Martin, Fedako qualify for Olympic Trials PARTS DEPT.

OPEN SAT. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM TOYOTA QUALITY WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING A 6-foot-2, 180 pound righthander, Merigliano had less than impressive statistics at Pitt. In 1986, he was 2-1 in 26 innings with 28 strikeouts, two saves and a 4.15 ERA. In his sophomore season Merigliano started exclusively. He was 1-3 in 76 Mi innings.

He gave up 33 walks, had 31 strikeouts and a 7.20 ERA. Pitt went 9-20 this past season, and Merigliano, admittedly, didn't have a very good year. Besides his 1-7 won-loss record, be had a 6.12 ERA and walked 52 batters in 50 innings. "I have to throw strikes," Merigliano said. "I was very wild this season.

I have a few mechanical problems to work on. I never had a pitching coach at Pitt. I threw as hard as I could. I tended to overthrow a lot of times." Pitt coach Bobby Lewis thinks the day-to-day instruction in the minor leagues is what Merigliano needs most "He has to work on his control, and with the coaches working with Frank every day, that will come around. He'll get his starts and not have to worry about school.

It's tough to play college baseball with school going on." Lewis cited the inclement weather for Merigliano's poor statistics at Pitt "He had some inconsistencies. duty for N. players. If they can come in and do the job like I think they can, it'll be a big boost for this team." The coach's son, Greg Manesiotis is one of six players on the team who just completed their sophomore year in high school and will be counted upon to play a pivotal role in the Legion team's fortunes. Others include catcher Augie Leon, left fielder Sean McKnight, right-handed pitcher Tony Giannelli, and left-handed pitchers Scott Stipetich and Alex Delvechio.

Third baseman Bryan Schroeffel, a graduating senior, led the high school team with a .324 batting average and helped the team to a second-place finish in WPIAL Section 6 with a 10-5 record, 12-9 overall. The team was eliminated in the WPIAL playoff quarterfinals. "Bryan is one of those older players that we're counting on to lead sees him "as my coach; he was the one that got me into cycling." However, when it comes to competing against each other, friendship has to be put aside. "There is no such thing as 'friendly said Fedako. "Doesn't matter who it is when the race is on the line." Fedako, the pupil, has competed for only a short time, whereas Martin, the teacher, has been in it for the long haul.

It is somewhat amazing that Martin continues to battle despite suffering numerous injuries from what he calls "fluke" accidents. "Some are motivated by money, and some are motivated by the cheering of the crowd; I'm motivated by frustration," said Martin, a computer consultant. "At the end of every year, I analyze my performance and figure I can always do better. "I am an endurance athlete, and all of these other athletes football and basketball players are skilled MODELS AVAILABLE: HUNG SLIDERS CASEMENTS BAY GARDEN WINDOWS INSTALLATION BY OUR OWN TRAINED MECHANICS WARRANTIES (UNINSTALLED) 95 UP (INSTALLED) AND DOOR EXPERIENCE TTh MW MW MW TTh TTh Robinson Bailey Good Belfar Slamecka Belfar )OT 0711 Hills, Butler w' SLAM SERVICE! WAS NOW 14.00 16.00 11.95 13.95 TOYOTA I OIL FILTER I BUY 2 1 CET1 FREE 1 3 FOR $10.5 WITH COUPON XP 6 30 88 Lawn 1150 Gas String Trim Lawn Tractor 1152142 11 HP Briggs Stratton Sychro-Balanced engine l2volt electric start 4-quart fuel tank Twin sealed-beam headlights 4-speed trans-axle with in-line shift 38 side-discharge, twin-blade, axle-mounted mower with five cut-height positions 15x6.00 pneumatic Multi-trac front tires 50 pneumatic Multi-trac rear tires Two-year limited warranty Retail s2099.95 SALE PRICE $179995 ALSO AVAILABLE Relail LAWN TRACTOR sale price LT12 199995 F4SY START ICCDDUff' 8243 Also Available with Electric Start Model 8243 AE Retail $599.95 .21" self-propelled mower .4 HP Com mercial grade engine aluminum deck start grass bag limited warranty Retail $51 9.95 10 cu. ft.

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"Jim used to be a swimmer on a ieam I used to coach," said Martin, at 33 the "elder statesman" of the two. Martin taught swimming at the Sewickley YMCA when Fedako, 24, was a teen-ager. "Mac was my inspiration; he was the one who encouraged me to go into cycling," said Fedako. Martin, in his 12th year of racing, is competing in his fourth consecutive Olympic Trials, dating back to 1976. The Bradford Woods native made the cycling team as an alternate in .1480 but never had the chance to fulfill his dream of a medal because pf the United States' boycott that -ear.

Fedako, however, is a newcomer -4x the scene. A five-year veteran of ibe amateur circuit, he will be competing in his first Olympic Trials vent and to the Hampton resilient, it is a big event. "Last summer I raced in Switzerland and all throughout Europe; to this (qualifying for the Olympic -Trials is better than that," said Cycling, however, is not the only tsport Martin and Fedako specialize tin. Martin is an outstanding triath- Jete, so he is proficient in swimming and running as well as cycling. In 1987, Martin competed in 10 triathlons, winning five of them and finishing in the top three in three others.

So, in essence, he is a "jack of all -trades" and a master of all of them, iht? Maybe. Martin attributes all of this to his former cross country coach at North Allegheny, Russ Cerny. "He would -teach the mental aspects of sports laud not just the physical aspects," he recalled. "Any sport that deals with pain is purely mental; you have to deal with Ube mental aspects of the sport." Martin's cycling career started iwhen of all things he was a delivery boy for the Post-Gazette for iiour years. 'After graduating from North Alle- gheny in 1972, Martin then went on to Pitt where he received all-East honors in swimming.

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