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Today's teloviston highlights: NBC 1:00 p.m. NFL football: Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay CBS 2:00 p.m. Lions football: Detroit at Minnesota CBC 3:30 p.m. CFL football: Calgary at Winnipeg NBC 4:00 p.m. NFL Football: Denver at San Diego Sunday, Hov. 9, IPSO COLLEGE SCORES 7 INSIDE OF SPORTS 8 OUTDOORS 12 CLASSIFIED ADS 13-15 scoreboard Complete sports rundown. Page 4. DETROIT FREE PRESS East Kentwood runs over Midland Lumen Christi defeated, 7-6 Special to the Free Press - FLINT East Kentwood High of suburban Grand Rapids, playing In its first state playoff ever, punched in 21 points in a blazing second quarter at Atwood Stadium Saturday and made them stand up for a 21-19 victory over Midland High. Chip Henry scored for the Falcons on an 1 1-yard pass from Todd Schievink, Percy Dykes on a five-yard run and Andy Shlpman on a 47-yard aerial bomb from Schjevink, the final TD coming with only three seconds left in the first half. Midland put 13 points of its own on the board in the wild second period, with Mark Sayad scoring on runs of three and one yards, but missed a vital extra point conversion after the second touchdown. Don Maday tallied Midland's final touchdown with 4:47 left In the third quarter on Don Maday 's 15-yard run following a fumble recovery. About 3,500 fans watched the game. The victory was the 10th straight for coach Bob Firberg and his East Kentwood squad and sends the Falcons into next week's semifinals against Dearborn Fordson. nnimuu. ju.amu . i.i 1 Vf Jim xiL HavIdns He certainly doesn't look like a prize fighter. No flattened nose, no scarred eye brows, no cauliflower ear. Outside the ring, in his basic dark suit, white shirt, necktie and wing-tips, he looks more like an eager, up- and-coming young black junior executive, than a man who makes his living by bashing in people's brains. He doesn't sound like a prize fighter. He doesn't say, "deese," or "dem," or "doose." He doesn't mutter or mumble in the manner of a man whose senses have been hopelessly scrambled by an endless succession of right hooks. Instead, he is both intelligent and articulate. He doesn't act like a prize fighter, either. He is not crude or cruel or lacking in couth. He is no Roberto Duran. Rather, he is polite and pleasant and personable. He doesn't attempt to intimidate people with a mean and menacing glare. He is no Sonny Liston. No Thomas Hearns. Instead, he reports to work grinning. And when he smiles, which he does easily and often, deep dimples show up on both cheeks. Even his name sounds soothing and gentle, not vicious or violent. Prize fighters are supposed to be named Rocky or Tiger or Killer. This young man's name is Hilmer Kenty.-. But don't let his looks or his language fool you. The kid can fight. Here is Exhibit A Kenty demonstrated that again Saturday afternoon as he defended his right to reign as lightweight champion of the world by outpointing Vilomar Fernandez in a surprisingly grueling 15-round ordeal at Cobo Arena. Kenty knows what the public thinks of prize fighters.."! think that stereotype kind of kills boxing," he said softly. And Kenty would like very much to change that image. He offers himself, all 5-foot-11 and 135 pounds as proof that not all prize fighters are primitive, brawling beasts. "I love to hear you talk like that," said Hilmer when I pointed out all the incongruities between him and his chosen profession. "I want people to think of me as a person," he said. "I know that's hard because the stereotype of fighters has been there for so long. But I'm human. I have feelings. I'm just like a regular person." Hilmer Kenty is by nature a friendly young man. He is devoted to his family, to his wife, Barbara and his six-year-old son, Hilmer Jr. Contrary to the stereotype, he does not have a stable of shapely ladies fawning over him. "Barbara was my high school sweatheart," he confessed with a sheepish little laugh. "We've been going together since I was in the ninth grade." According to the stereotype, prize fighters are supposed to be former dead-end kids, funneling teir fury and their frustration through their fists in pursuit of that elusive fame and fortune . But not Kenty. Nobody wanted the runt He first wanted to be a football player because his three older brothers were all football players and they would bring home their plaques and their trophies and they would boast. So little Hilmer tried out for his neighborhood team in Columbus, Ohio, when he was 10 years old. He didn't make it. "My brothers were all excellent athletes," he recalled. "I was the runt. I was always tagging along." Young Hilmer tried basketball. After all, his brothers all excelled at basketball, too. "Get lost, kid," the coach said. Kenty tried tennis. Same treatment. Finally, he turned to boxing. Anything to be able to bring home a trophy or two of his own. When he was 13, he won his first tournament. But he never intended to make boxing his life's work. In fact, he quit for two years because he was disappointed in the sport and in the progress he had made. He planned to enroll at Ohio State Univerrsity, to become a teacher or a coach. Then he decided to give the ring one more chance. Now, when Kenty returns to Columbus, he is recognized and hailed as the champ. But he shuns the crowd of glad-handing hangers-on that traditionally envelops and eventually drains most successful prize fighters. "When I first won the title, they gloated over me," said Kenty. "But I didn't go for that stuff. I kept telling them, 'I'm just the same old human being.' " Saturday afternoon he proved he is also quite a prize fighter. Ken Norton had more success than Muhammad Alt in his effort to drop some pounds and pick up his heavyweight career. Norton beat Tex Cobb Friday night on a split decision. The story is on Page 10G. Munttlng 31, Houghton Lake 7: The Mustangs won their 10th straight before 3,500 fans at Munisjng in a game that featured long scoring runs and ended in a snowstorm. Blaine Barabas raced 93 yards with a fumble recovery for one Munlslng touchdown and Mike Stimac scored twice, once on a 91-yard dash and again on a six-yard run. Rich Purnick hit Chuck Seacreast with a 31 -yard scoring pass and Steve Robblns booted a 29-yard field goal and four extra points. By JON PEPPER Free Press Special Writer - The Jackson Lumen Christi Titans appeared to have the advantage before a 7-6 loss to Farmington Harrison In the Class B quarterfinal game at Rlverview High School Saturday. The Titans, defending state champions in their class, were undefeated and ranked No. 1. They brought busloads and carloads of followers, their own cable television coverage, a pair of Jackson radio announcers who covered the team all year long, a la Marty Moon in the comic strip, "Gil Thorp." . And, as they've done all season long, they carried in their hearts the Inspiration of their former coach, Jim Crowley, who was slain In a robbery attempt after last season. "He is still a big part of our program," said present head coach Herb Brogan. "We have the same offense, the same defense. We've talked about him a lot, and we remember him at our masses." So Harrison seemed overshadowed in name and support. See PREP PLAYOFFS, Page 6G Class A East Kentwood 21, Midland 19. Dearborn Fordson 21, Trenton 0. Brother Rice 25, Sterling Heights Stevenson 13. Detroit Central 34, Detroit Cooley 26. Class B Muskegon Catholic Central 17, St. Joseph 7. Chesanlng 22, Saginaw MacArthur 14. Okemos 17, Flint Beecher 16. Farmington Harrison 7, Jackson Lumen Christi 6. Class C White Pigeon 20, Galesburg-Augusta 0. Detroit Lutheran West 20, Harbor Beach 6. Mlddlevllle 6, North Muskegon 0. ' Munlslng 31, Houghton Lake 7. Class D Reading 41, Lawton 12. Beat City 23, Atlanta 0. Fowler 16, Dansvllle 6. Norway 42, Powers North Central 6. Stories, pairings on Page 6G .Kenty wins 3rd title defense AP Photo Georgia Tech kicker Johnny Smith and holder Matt Rank have no doubt about Smith's field goal against Notre Dame. No. 1 Irish tied by loivly Georgia Tech ATLANTA (AP) Top-ranked and ' unbeaten Notre Dame, plagued by five turnovers, needed a fourth-quarter, 47-yard field goal by Harry Oliver to salvage a 3-3 tie Saturday against three-touchdown underdog Georgia Tech, winner of only one game this season. i Tech took a 3-0 lead on Johnny Smith's second-quarter, 39-yard field goal and the swarming Yellow Jacket defense bottled up Notre Dame's potent offense throughout the contest until the Irish tied the score and threatened to win it in the closing minutes. Notre Dame, which next week plays at No. 6 Alabama, tied the game with 4:44 remaining. Oliver booted his three-pointer after the Irish drove 60 yards in seven plays before stalling at the Georgia Tech 29. The tying drive was set up when Tracey Toran intercepted a Ted Peeples pass on the Notre Dame 1 and returned it to his 11. Toran's theft came only seconds after Phil Carter's second fumble was recovered See NOTRE DAME, Page 7G I ,i 1 4 rriirmsiw Hoxt Notre Dame coach? G erry Faust (left), head football coach at Moeller High in Ohio, wants just one college job: Notre Dame. And he may get it. The story is on Page 3G. The controversial Dan Devine: Although coach Dan Devine's Notre Dame Irish were tied Saturday, they will be No. 1 until the new college football polls are released. But Devine can 't escape controversy. A profile appears on the Inside of Sports, Page 8G. By GEORGE PUSCAS Free Press Sports Writer Lightweight champion Hilmer Kenty survived a sudden leg cramp and then a furious assault by rugged Vilomar Fernandez Saturday to win unanimous 15-round decision and retain his World Boxing Association title at Cobo Arena. The cramp struck Kenty in his right calf midway through the 1 3th round, and it almost cost him his championship. Hobbling about the ring, the Detroiter quickly was open to a heavy attack, and Fernandez, sensing the champion's difficulty, charged after him, pummeling Kenty with heavy lefts and rights, finally driving him through the ring ropes and to the floor. No knockdown was ruled, but Kenty was In desperate trouble, attempting to survive the closing seconds of the round. He just managed to do that. Between rounds, manager Emanuel Steward worked frantically on Kenty's calf, and seemed to have cured the ailment. Kenty came back in the 14th and 1 5th rounds to fight off the No. 2 ranked Fernandez and scored his 20th straight victory. A national TV audience and a crowd of 7,335 at Cobo watched the action. KENTY WAS IN CHARGE of the fight most of the way, but he had great difficulty reaching the scurrying Fernadez. He had the challenger in trouble in the second, seventh and eighth rounds, and in the ninth opened a cut high on the left forehead of Fernandez. See KENTY, Page 10G K& v f '! r 9 a - UPI Photo MSU's Steve Smith (20) runs wide for an eight-yard gain against Northwestern. Smith scored three Spartan touchdowns in the first half. Wolverines win, 24-0; now it's title time By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. The Michigan Wolverines cleared the final small hurdle before what is becoming a late November tradition Saturday. After a slow and ineffective start, the Wolver ines methodically rolled over Wisconsin, 24-0, setting the stage for the final two weekends, against Purdue and Ohio State. And Bo Schembechler wasn't a bit embarrassed about admitting he was happy to have this one behind him. "I was afraid of this one," he conceded. "After playing well at Indiana, then having to go right back out on the road again ... I don't like a performance like this, but we won it, we're out of it. "Now we're ready for the next two." THE WOLVERINES, overpowering for five Saturdays in a row, had their hands full with Wisconsin's defense in the first half. They could not pick up so much as one first down in their first six possessions and had Bo muttering to himself on the sidelines. Then Michigan got the break it needed when Rich Strenger recovered a fumbled punt at Wisconsin's 24. The Wolverines were able to pick up just one first down, but All Haji-Sheikh saved the drive with a 23-yard field goal and Michigan was finally on the scoreboard with just 2:33 left in the half. "That was a big play," Michigan quarterback John Wangler said of the fumble recovery afterwards. "When the offense isn't moving the ball, it helps to get a break like that." Punting against the wind, Wisconsin's David Greenwood got off a kick of only 16 yards, setting Michigan up at the Badger 42. Suddenly Wangler was able to generate some offense. He threw a 24-yard pass to Alan Mitchell, hit Stan Edwards with a nine-yard pass and, after Wisconsin was penalized for having too many men on the field, he threw a four-yard scoring pass to Anthony Carter deep in the end zone. See U-M, Page11G top 20 toazns 32-10 CMU win sets up showdown By TERRY FOSTER Free Press Special Writer MT. PLEASANT Hold on to your hat. There's going to be an electrifying showdown for the Mid-American Conference championship Saturday in Kalamazoo. Central Michigan's 32-10 victory over Bowling Green, coupled with Miami's 34-24 upset over Western Michigan, leaves the Chlppewas and Broncos tied with 6-2 conference slates. CMU and WMU knock heads next week for the championship. "We ve got a showdown in Kalamazoo," CMU head coach Herb Deromedi said after the Chippewa win. CMU's offense seemed a little camera-shy in Saturday's game, televised regionally. A fumble by tailback Reggie Mitchell, and a mishandled snap by senior quarterback Kevin Northup on the Chippewas' second and third possession set up See CENTRAL, Page 9G -'4f4i f VI r tun Western Michigan loses and will meet Central Michi gan for the MAC title next Saturday. Details on 9G. AP Photo Wisconsin defender Ed Senn upends Michigan's Lawrence Ricks after a short gain Saturday. Spartans trounce Wildcats, 42-10 By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer EAST LANSING Northwestern University was the unfortunate recipient of the frustrations the Spartans' Steve Smith has built up all season. Smith rushed for 232 yards and scored four touchdowns Saturday as Michigan State routed the Wildcats, 42-10, for only their second win of the season and their first in the Big Ten. This has been a frustrating season for the senior tailback, who entered the game with only 386 yards. But he went a long way Saturday toward becoming MSU's all-time leading ground gainer. Smith now needs only 31 yards to break Eric Allen's career rushing record. "This will make up for a few things, but nothing will make up for my season," Smith said. "This has not been the season I prepared for this summer. But I'm happy we won. I enjoyed myself today. Something I always wanted was a long run. When I got into the open I just said 'Keep punching.' I didn't want nobody to walk me down." See MSU, Page11G How the top 20 teams In the Associated Press college football poll fared Saturday (records In parentheses): 1 Notre Dame (7-0-1) tied Georgia Tech, 3-3. 2 Georgia ' (9-0-0) beat Florida, 26-21. 3 Florida Slate (8-1-0) vs. Virginia Tech, night. 4 Southern Cal . (8-0-1) at Stanford, inc. , 5 Nebraska (8-1-0) beat Kansas St., 65-8. 6 Alabama (8-1-0) beat Louisiana St., 28-7. 7 Ohio State (8-1-0) beat Illinois, 49-42. 8 UCLA (6-1-0) vs. Oregon, inc. 9 Pittsburgh (8-1-0) beat Louisville, 41-23. 10 Penn State (8-1-0) beat No. Carolina St., 21-13. 11 Oklahoma (6-2-0) beat Kansas, 21-19. 12 Michigan (7-2-0) beat Wisconsin, 24-0. 13 Brlgham Young (7-1-0) vs. North Texas St., inc. 14 North Carolina (7-1-0) beat Clemson, 24-19.. 15 South Carolina (7-2-0) beat The Citadel. 45-24. 16 Baylor (8-1-0) beat Arkansas, 42-15. 17 Purdue (7-2-0) beat Iowa. 58-13. 18 8. Methodist (8-2-0) at Rice, inc. 19 Mississippi St. (7-2-0) did not play, inc- 20 Florida (8-2-0) lost to Georgia, 26-21. !-! j.i

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