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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 18, 1987, Alton, Illinois THt mtORAPH August 1907 v Sr Section B thletes are 9 to And theyre off and f they arent the horses at irmount Race Track in Theyve been running some Its the guys and gals getting dy for the fall sports scene in Telegraph Monday was ir first day in the so to It was It was sort of may have taken a great deal of illpower for some athletes to end leisurely summer vacation and let on with the rites of fall couldnt wait to It all began the first official day of supervised Some of the interscholastic competition will begin by the end of the but football the major attraction makes its debut the 45 Gridders wont get to strap on their full gear until so the first couple of days are devoted to conditioning and various flexibility Its twice a day practicing until school Whats ahead Brisk The areas four conferences Mississippi South Central and Western Illinois Valley figure to have heated And there will be plenty of teams jockeying for berths in the Illinois High School Assocations IHSA postseason Granite Greenfield and Calhoun all were playoff bound last So were East Louis Belleville East Louis OFallon and Althoff made it farther along than anyone The reached the semifinals of the Class 4A lll and the WIVC enjoyed a banner year by winning 11 straight games and advancing to the Class A The little Greene County community was on fire as it enjoyed its finest sports moment in This Alton High is hoping to put some sparkle back in its The plagued by a school employees strike in forfeited their first four games fourfifths of their They limped home with a 18 but couldnt do much about Secondyear head coach Collis James feels his players have something to prove this We want to be as aggressive as possible and run the ball from an optiontype he The accustomed to I formations and wingback are toying with a wide open Wishbone Altons schedule is a bit The Redbirds are at Althoff 5 and alwaystough Springfield Griffin 12 the first two come home for their next three but play the final i four games on the Defending SWC champ Granite City appears to be facing a vast rebuilding so perennial state power East Louis looms as the leagues top cautions to watch out for Belleville an just missed making the playoffs last but the Explorers wont settle fora nearmiss this Theyll showcase an experienced backfield with Craig Hentrich and running backs Dan Stephan and Bob among Were going to try and get some more offense going this It might be a makeorbreak season for our Wishbone said foijrlhyear head coach John Like the the Explorers will also come out of the chute with a pair of rugged opponents 4 at Jersey and 11 at which returns quarterback Tyler Gross and a couple of good running might make a change for the MVC But those other will have something to say about as will Triad and Carlinville are capable of winning the The Piasa Birds have a nice combination in bruising running back Vance Pena and nimble quarterback Mike Calhoun returns nearly everybody from last years 73 playoff squad and Greenfield wasnt wiped out by The mystery team in the WIVC could be which has a now coach in exHawk Greg Whoa I know its too early to separate the contenders from the but its time to open up the shop for The prep season is right around the SIUE kickers hope new league means playoffs College Soccer By PETE HAYES Of The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE Some of the best college soccer teams in the country are getting together this And they hope its a profitable The Cougars of SIUEdwards ville are joining Quincy Marquette Northern Illinois University and the Uni versity of WisconsinMilwaukee in forming the Big Central Six Soccer The Univer sity of Cincinnati will join in More increased fan intrest and additional recognition are among the reasons for form ing the but the main reason is what Central Big Six Conference officials hope is an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I National Tournament for the league Thats the feature which ap peals to the conference coaches and athletic Its going to be a great oppor tunity to get a chance at a berth in the NCAA said SIUE soccer coach Ed Basketball teams get automatic berths for winning their confer It ought to be the same in There are few conference champions which receive auto matic NCAA berths Only conference champions from five leagues the Pacific Coast Athletic Atlantic Coast Big East ern College Athletic Conference Metro and the Colonial Athletic Association now get automatic bids for winning their I think with the tradition and the strength of the teams in our new league that we should be considered for an automatic tour nament Huneke The earliest an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament could be granted would be since the Big Six will really only be the Big Five this A conference must have played a league sched ule for two years before it can qualify for an automatic The conference schedule this fall will be somewhat abbreviated because of previous commitments by the member In the Central Big Six Con ference will hit the ground run That first full season of league play will feature an AllConfer ence Most Vaulable Scholar Athlete and Coach of the Year Its said I think it will be a great thing for us and for the other conference SIUE and Quincy have the most postseason playoff experience among the six new league mem SIUE won NCAA National Championships twice in 1979 in Division I and in 1972 in Division The Cougars have made Divi sion I Final Four appearances three others times J975 1977 third and 1982 Quincy College won an unprece i dented 12 National Association Ofj Inercollegiate Athlteics nation achampionships before switching J to NCAA Division I play last j The other Central Big Six Con ference schools have playoff made NCAA Division I tourna ment apperances in 1979 and Marquette and Cincinnati have not made are among regional Hot Stuff Area prep football players brave heat for first practices By STEVE PORTER Of The Telegraph It wasnt typical football but most area high school coaches didnt mind the heat They were more concerned with getting their players into shape during the opening day of prep Even temperatures sur passing the 90degree mark werent a cause for The weather was Mar quette head coach John Waters It was but not that Roxanas Charlie Raich The weather wasnt too Civic Memorials Leroy Beck And so it Most of the coaches were glad to be going about their business again and set ting their sights on the upcoming Heres a quick look at firstday workouts for several of the local schools ALTON Collis the Red birds secondyear head is searching for a Joe Musgrove and Dave both of whom figured to compete for the starting QB didnt show up for the initial Junior Joe Vann may inherit the Its going to take some patience because we are going to be a pretty young James Our offensive and defensive lines will be really James will rely on eight or nine upperclassmen to provide the Red birds with leadership and experi The seniorsare really enthu siastic about the season and they want to do They are giving us exactly what we are looking for this he The stressing conditioning the first few days of are putting in a Wishbone De fensive end Earnest a 6foot is being converted to fullback to give the Birds some size in their JVIARQUETTE Look for the Ex plorers to pack some punch in their attack this Theyve relied mainly on defense during John Wa ters first three years as the schools head but the offense may blossom this Were looking for more quick Waters Quarterback Craig also one of the areas top ex pects to team with Bob Dan Stephan and either Dave Grop pel or Jim Vambakates in the Marquette Barnhart started every game last but Stephan was injured and sidelined the entire I think we have something to prove this year because not too many people are talking about us as a top Waters The Explorers had about 80 play ers on hand for their first It was a typical first day for The BADMAN Alton senior Larry Hall takes a break during Mondays first football practice he ROXANA The Shells graduated a flock of players from last years Class 4A quarterfinal round but dont Roxana will be Well be all said Roxana coach Charlie I guess were rebuilding a at least more than Its just as matter of getting things The the smallest Missis Continued on B2 Athletes stripped of medals Pan Am Games INDIANAPOLIS AP Once the Pan American Games are the scene of a drug Bill a silver medalist in the hammer and five other athletes were banned from the games Monday after failing drug Green tested positive for high levels of an anabolic according to officials of the Pan American Sports He said he would challenge the In the he and two others will lose their Four years ago in we made a very clear statement when someone uses something that is he makes a PASO president Mario Vazquez Rana Our rules are very The drug issue overshadowed the lightest day of competition so far at the 16day which wind up Cuban boxers swept three matches from Ameri including a firstround knockout of world cham pion Darin Allen by Angel In both the mens and womens teams Michele Granger pitcher her second The only medals awarded Monday were in where Cuba won the the United States took the silver and Canada got the Latest medal count United States 326 overall Cuba 147 and Canada Latest gold count United States 150 Cuba 60 and Canada In athletes from 10 countries were disci plined at the games after failing drug Eleven lost Besides athletes disqualified included Ber nardo Ocando of a silver and bronze medalist in shooting weightlifters Orlando Vasquez Mendose of winner of three bronze medals Javier Jimenez of Colombia and Pedro Torres of Venezuela and Elnes a basketball player from the Virgin Officials said Torres and Jimenez tested positive for they was found to be using beta drugs which slow the heart rate and can steady a shooters Boilings tested they for a stimulant found in cold and allergy Officials said Vazquez used a diuretic to make weight in a lower Vazquez Rana said two or three additional cases of what may be positive tests were being but he declined to give Green qualified for the World Outdoor Champion ships that start 29 in He returned to California last week and was quoted by Stephen vLe president of the Olympic Committee as My response is no comment to Bill Green Silver Medal Taken Away Molitors streak hits 32 Major Leagues By The Associated Press The records show Milwaukees Paul Molitor has hit in 32 straight the longest streak of the 1980s and the longest in the Ameri can League in 38 How he got there doesnt Molitors thirdinning bunt single was his only hit in three official at bats Monday night in the Brewers 53 victory over host The streak broke a tie with Ken Lan dreaux for the longest of the In Landreaux hit in 31 straight for a look down there every Some third basemen com pletely take that away from Molitor said of his the first bunt hit during his Molitors streak is the longest in the major leagues since Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games for Cincin nati in Its the longest in the AL since Dom DiMaggio hit in 34 straight for the Boston Red Sox in Joe DiMaggio set the major league record with a 56game hit ting streak for the New York Yan kees in People have mentioned that Landreauxs streak was the longest of the Molitor Maybe when I look back on my if this holds up another three itll be that much more important to Elsewhere in the Chicago edged Boston Minnesota de feated Seattle Kansas City nipped Texas 76 and California tripped Oakland Molitor dropped a perfect bunt toward third base and easily beat pitcher Scott Bailes throw to In the only National League game the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves WIIITK SOX RED SOX 1 Dave LaPoint pitched sixhit ball for seven innings and Greg Walker and Ron Hassey drove in the runs for Chicago at Comiskey 20 since being acquired from Louis on July took a fourhit shutout into the seventh when Dwight Evans went to second on a double by Mike and scored on groun Bobby Thigpen pitched the final two innings for his sixth ROYALS KANGKKS 0 Pinchhitter Thad Bosleys run scoring single with two outs in the ninth inning rallied Kansas City past Texas at Trailing the Royals tied the score off reliever Jeff Russell after there were two outs and nobody Consecutive doubles by Danny Tar tabull and Frank who went tied the bat ting for Bo who struck out four singled on reliever Sieve Howes firsl pilch lo score While wilh the winning Major League Standings NATIONAL UAOUI lest LOUIS TO 47 44 SI New York 44 SI 41 M t M M Pittsburgh SI 47 West Division Cincinnati 41 S7 Son Francisco 41 S7 Houston It Sf Lot Angeles M 45 t SO M tan Mate 44 70 Mondays Houston Only gome scheduled Tuesdays Pittsburgh at n Loi Angelet at n Frenclwo at New n tan Diego at n Chicago n touit n Wednesdays Chicago Sanderson Puleo 55 Lot Angeles Hillegas 10 Smith Pittsburgh Drobek 410 at Clnclnnett Browning n tan Francisco Krukow at New York Mltdwll n tan Diego Grant 34 at Philadelphia n Lguli 44 at HotMton Kneoper n Thursdays Garnet tan Francisco New Vork at Houtten Chicago at Atlanta Pittsburgh at n Lot at n at n AMIIICAN LIAOUf fast Division Toronto 70 Detroit M 47 Now York 47 SI 3 Milwaukee 41 54 54 41 14 Baltimore SI 45 17 Cleveland 45 IS Wait Division 44 54 Oakland 40 California 40 City St 4 Seattle M 41 t 55 41 Chicago U 4t 14 Mondays Milwaukee Cleveland 3 Boston 1 Minnesota Seattle 1 Kansas City California Oakland 4 Only games scheduled Tuesdays Games Soslo 75 at Cleveland Akerfelds n Minoesote Carlton 411 at Detroit Morris n Boston Nipper 710 at Chicago Ban nister n Kansas City 911 at Texas n Baltimore 54 at California Me Casklll n Toronto Stleh 125 at Oakland Nelson n New York Rhoden 144 at Seattle Powell n Wednesdays Games Toronto at Oakland Milwaukee at n Minnesota n Boston at n Kansas City at n Baltimore at n New York at n West new AD for S a hi Ids CARBONDALE AP Charlotte West was named interim athletic director of Southern Illinois Univer succeeding Jim Livengood who is resigning to be come athletic director at Washing ton State Southern Illinois President John Guyon announced Wests appoint ment but said school offi cials wouldnt decide for several months whether to make her the permanent athletic My expectation after a period of internal there will be a national Guyon West will serve as the interim for a few he We do have to do some assess Theres been substantial turnover in athletic We need goals and objectives for the Guyon Livengood will work at Southern Illinois until Last he accepted the Washington State West has been at Southern Illinois since Broken thumb wont stop Earl Ferrell CHARLESTON AP Earl Fer rell says he wont let a broken thumb stop the Louis Cardinals secondleading rusher and pass re ceiver last broke his right thumb during a blocking drill Mon day but he doesnt expect to miss any regular season I cant let this get me Ferrell It might keep me from doing some of the things like catching or running certain But I guess Ill just block more and Stump Mitchell Jike Team physician Jordan Gins burg said the thumb would be in a cast for six Ginsburg said a sixyear could switch to a soft cast and play in the regularseason opener 13 against the Dallas Cowboys Ginsburg said returning to action that soon would be a matter of Ferrells pain his ability to carry and catch the Ferrell rushed for 548 yard on 124 a and caught 56 passes for 434 yards last The Cardinals also released 12 including defen sive end Stafford 1
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