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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Captures First —UPI Telephotos Winner Thompson gets big hug from his caddy FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Lee Trevino’s bubbling little fuss with a national television network almost overshadowed leonard Thompson's victory and subsequent $10,000 charitable contribution-in the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Golf Classic. Trevino, tied for the lead until ho three-putted for bogeys on the last two holes Sunday, angrily charged television commentator Ray Scott with asking him to hold up a putt so the cameras could show it live on TV. Scott and Frank Chirkinian, producer-director for the CBS-TV crew that provided national coverage of the rich event, said it was all a misunderstood joke. While Trevino and the television people were involved in their contretemps, Thompson was rejoicing in his first professional victory, following a final round 68 and a 278 total, 10-under-par. Donates $10,000 He donated $10,000 of his total purse of $52,000 to the Boys Clubs of America — “Winning means a lot more than $10,000 to me,” he said—after beating Hale Irwin by one stroke. Irwin also had a closing 68. four-under-par, and a 279 total. “This is something I dreamed about as a kid,” said the slow-talking native of Lumberton. N C., a former assistant pro at the Possum Trot Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A half-dozen players either led or shared the lead in the last round—and Jack Nicklaus made a comeback bid that once got within two strokes of the O. J., Seagren in Controversy ROTONDA, Fla. (AP) - The question of whether running is an O. J. Simpson specialty—a point unargued in the national Football league—raised a sharp controversy Sunday among sports superstars preparing for their $123,000 finals. Twelve versatile athletes from the broad spectrum of. professional fun and games will begin a 10-sport, two-day grind Monday for the title of Super-star 1974 and $25,000 first prize.1 Pole Vaulter Bob Seagren is the defending champion, but the favorite, on the basis of elimination trials is Simpson, the ball-carrying thunderbolt of the Buffalo Bills who set a rushing record last season of 2.003 yards. After considerable deliberation, directors of this novel event decided to allow Simpson to compete in the 100-yard dash because he is a professional football player and not a track man. Having done this, they also stretched the rules a bit farther to permit Seagren, although a track and field man, also to run in the sprint. This is what caused the trouble. The rules provide that an athlete may take part in any one of seven sports, outside the one in which he specializes. Thus, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team can not do the baseball batting and Stan Smith is ineligible for tennis. “Our theory was that as a pole vaulter Seagren waft not basically a runner,” Barry Frank, who runs the show said. “One is vertical, the other horizontal.” Franco Harris, running back of the Pittsburgh Steclers football team, said, “I don’t mind so much about Simpson, but Seagren is a track and field man.” Seagren. who has been practicing six months for the super- Red Peppers tiff Huh Sehrutler * J* **- Allergy No Stopper —If you knew you were allergic to chlorine, chances are you wouldn’t pick swimming as your sport. Dave Crites, outstanding soph on Cedar Rapids Washington’s perennial state championship team, doesn’t let this handicap stop him from swimming. Coach Jim Voss probably couldn’t keep him off the Warrior squad with a shotgun. “Yes, my allergy to chlorine causes me to get congestion in my breathing passages.” ( rites said Saturday after helping Wash win the district meet with a pair of first places. “I take a medication for it now and it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to.” His opponents in the 100-yard backstroke were wondering what Crites could do without the affliction. He won that event in 58 493 seconds. Two events later he replaced ailing John Huston and anchored the Warriors to victory in the 4(H) free relay. Knowing about his allergy, we suggested this must be something like a bullfighter who faints at the sight of blood, a tighter pilot with motion sickness or a closet painter with claustrophobia “Well, I was out for basketball last year,” grinned the tall, well-proportioned sophomore, “but I guess I like swimming more.” So he will bt* one of the reasons the Warriors are favored to take their lith .straight state title this weekend Patched-up Divers —This is the era of great swimming performances by youngsters barely in their teens, of course, but you still marvel at how ninth-graders of 14 or 15 can compete .successfully with those up to 18 CK Wash has two ninth graders on its varsity: Jeff Henry, who won the district 50 free and was fifth in the IOO fly, and Randy A bloman, who was fifth in the diving. Both are students at McKinley junior high Officials at the state swimming and diving meet at Ames this weekend may chase Able-man right tint of the contestants* area, thinking he is a team mascot or a Mousekctcer. You see, Randy claims he is 5 2 (on tiptoe, maybe I and weighs KHI pounds, but they’d better weigh hail quick before he dries off after a dive. Making him look something like a street urchin, he was competing Saturday with one hand heavily taped. We figured maybe he had accidentally struck his hand on the diving board, but he calmly admitted, “I broke it playing dodge-ball.” Both of Wash’s divers looked as if they had barely survived Valley Forge. Doug Ruch-heister, who set a district record (and his all-time high) of 452.70 points, wore a bandage on oik* ear and a white bathing cap. “I’ve been having an earache,” he explained. That must bt* something of a handicap in a graceful sport that requires perfect balance, and no problems with the inner ear. You’d never know it to see Doug go off that springboard. star competition, argued that the rules were inconsistent. “Brian Oldfield who is a shot putter can not do weight lifting,” the former Olympic vaulter said. “I'm glad because this may help me get points in weight lifting. But if you’re going to let Simpson run the IOO, you might as well throw the whole thing open to everybody, even let competitors take part in their own sport.” Simpson shrugged his shoulders over the hullabaloo. “I really don’t care either way,” he said. “This is a fun thing.” Completing the field will be young Kyle Rote, jr., of the[ Dallas Tornados soccer team. rated a dark-horse threat: two basketball players, John Havli-cek of the Boston Celtics and Jim MacMillian of the Buffalo Braves; Pete Rose, the National League’s Most Valuable Player; Ard Schenk, Olympic [speed .skating gold medalist from Holland; Karl Schram,; Austria's former world cham-! pion skier, and tennis’ Stan Smith. The ten sports are tennis,; I golf, swimming, weight lighting, J bowling, 100-yard dash, half-mile dash, one-mile bike race. | obstacle course, and baseball hitting—the first five events ! Monday, the last five Tuesday. | The finals will be* televised for showing Sunday March 3 on ABC-TV network between 2 4 p.m. EDT. | top spot-before Thompson flinched it with long, crucial lag putts for pars on the last two holes. “Each one looked like it was about four miles long,” he said. Julius Boros, 53, who made a bid to become the tour’s oldest winner in history, finished third with a final 67 and 280 total. Lanny Wadkins, Trevino, I Nicklaus and Andy North were 'grouped at 281. Wadkins and Nicklaus each had seven-under-par 65s in the last round, North shot a 68 and Trevino, the defending champion, took a 69. Johnny Miller, winner of three titles and more than $100,000 this season, managed a 68 but was well back at 288 He said he was taking three weeks away from the tour to seek relief from a respiratory problem that has bothered him since last fall. Snead 15th Sam Snead, the 6!-year-old marvel who had been in the thick of the scramble for the first three days of the tournament, could do no better than par 72 in the near-perfect weather of the last round and tied for 15th at 285. It was to Nicklaus. in the docker room after his round was over, that Trevino voiced his loud, angry complaint about Scott “Can you imagine.” he said, “that guy asked me to held up my putt for 20 seconds? He [leaned over and said, ‘Frank wants you to hold up for 20 sec-, 'onds f,o we can get it on nation-! a1 television.’ ” 1 He cursed the announcer at: some length, then stormed from the course and declined an invitation to talk to news-, men. He was not available for further comment. He lipped out a 15-foot birdie; ; putt on the 17th hole, then missed from IO or 12 inches on: a second putt. knocking him out of contention. Trevinos in agony after mazing shat putt on No. 17 Drake Coach Quits To Enter Business Commercial “We were in a commercial ! position when Trevino came to 'the 17th green,” Chirkinian ‘ said. “He had not approached the putt. I told Ray, ‘Tell Lee to hold up 20 seconds so we can .see him make the putt live on TV.’ Ray called down and Lee istarted clowning around with j him.” Scott said that he thought, “I was relaying a message from one good friend to another good friend.” After he leaned down from the announcer’s booth and spoke to Trevino, he said, “he laughed and said something to the gallery and they laughed. Then he turned around and stuck out his tongue at me. which. I think, is one cf hifc friendlier gesturos. “I am aware that a guy in the booth should in no way instigate a conversation with a player. But lx*e is. well, a kind of special sort of guy.” Both Scott and Chirkinian said the message “absolutely was not a request” for Trevino to delay his putt. Final leaders By Dan Even DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)-Drake Athletic Director Bob Karnes says he would like to find a new* basketball coach I “as quickly as possible.” Howard Stacey, head coach for the last three seasons, announced his resignation Sunday, effective at the end of the year. "I’m going to try to put together some kind of criteria and set up the mechanism for selecting a new coach this week, probably by Wednesday,” Karnes said. Stacey, 35. said he stepped dawn to accent “an attractive opoortuni y in the investment business” with a Des Moines brokerage firm. The resignation was not entirely unexpected. There had been speculation that Stacey would resign or be dismissed. He was on the final year of a three-year contract. Karnes, however, said Stacey was not pressured to leave. Schultz Shakes Off Resigning Question Leonard Thompson, $52,000 TI <9 69 t8 Hale Irwin, $.*9 640 Pass the Hash —Now they’re clocking free throws! No, it’s not anything official, but the basketball buffs at North Carolina State .started putting the stopwatch on their players when they shoot free throws. Monte Towe, a 5-7 guard, may Im* the fastest free throw gun in the East as he used only 0.9 seconds from the time the ref handed him the ball until he let it fly. By contrast, Furman’s Clyde Mayes took 9 7 .seconds As in golf putting, we favor the “miss ’em quick” system OOO —The Linn County I club asks us to stress the annual stag is at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the IREW hall in C R The club's tickets were incorrectly printed for Fob 22 instead of Feb. Header wants to know what happened to the National Basketball Assn “One-on-Onc” competition that ABC-TV used to show between halves when it carried the games. Not sure. When CBS got the NBA contract away from ABC this season, it announced it was not going to carry the One on-Onc Then ABC said it was going to pick it un, but we can't remember seeing any of the match-ups on TV. Maybe this is just as well Frankly, we thought the One-on One thing was a mono mental yawn lf they held the NBA One ancile championship iii our back yard, we probably wouldn’t pull the draperies to wateh it Maidrite Rallies In AAU. 93-83 MARSHALLTOWN - Eastside Maidrite of Cedar Rapids I opened defense of its State AAC basketball crown by whin ping Krantman's of Marshalltown 93 83 in the tourney’s first round Sunday. Virgil Erickson pumped in 24 points for Eastside and Al Albers added 20. Eastside trailed by 12 points at halftime, but outscored Krantman’s 60-38 , in the final stanza Henry Wes j ter field led the Marshalltown team with 26 points. Julius Boros, $18,460 Let* Trevino SIO,140 Andv Nor Th $10,140 Jack Nicklaus, SIO 140 Lannv Wadkins SIO,140 Roy Pace $7,345 Gene Linier, $7,345 Chi Chi Rodrigue/, $5,960 Tom Kite, $5,9go Jim Dent $5 980 Bud Allin. $4,810 Tom Watson, $4 810 Tommy Aaron, $3,900 Sam Snead, $3,900 Homero Blancas, $3,900 Tom Jenkins, $3,900 Mike Hill. $3.VOO Mitier Barber $2,765 Jim Simons, $2,756 Tom Shaw $2 754 Jerry Heard, $2,756 GII Morgan, 12 090 Ralph Johnston. $2,090 Kermit barley, $2,090 Jim Wishers. $2.09o larry Ziegler, $?,Ovo Jim Jamieson, $t,S83 Bobby Cole, $t,5t)3 Bruce Crampion, $2,583 John Schle*, $1,583 Keo Still, $l,S83 Forrest Fe/'er, $1,583 Job i Mahaffey, $1,583 Johnny Miller $1 $83 Gibby Gilbert $1,170 Hubert Green $l,t‘o J C. Snead $l,l7n Dale Douglass, $832 Jim Ferried. S1,170 Dave I ii helberger, $1,170 Dewitt Weaver, $986 Ed Sneed, $988 Bob E. Smith, $650 278 ■I;3-69 68 279 73 71 69 67- 280 70 70-72-69 281 73-70 70-68 - 281 74 73 69 65 261 71 72-73 65 72-71 6/ 72 67 75-74 66 73 68-70 72 72 69 73 69 71 70-76 66 71 70-/0 73 71 71 71 71 211 282 282 >83 283 283 284 284 71-71-68 75-285 72-68-73-72 265 72 71 70 72 285 68 74-70-7* 285 74 68 71-72-285 71 71 /0 74 286 71 72-72 71 266 73-72-70-71 786 75-72-72-67-286 73 70-73 71 287 73-TO-71-73287 69 70-73 75 287 69 7 5 68 75- 287 70 76 71 70 -26 7 73 69 72 74 788 , 7 67 72-72 288 69 74-73 72- 288 76 71-71-70 266 72-77 71 73 788 TI 73 69 74 73 69-72 74 73 74 73 68 74 70 71-74 71 75 71-72 72-69 77.71 75-72 71-73 73-71 69 76 77-89-72-71 75-71 77 72 75 70-75 70-- 290 74 69 75 74 297 IOWA CITY (AP) - The Iowa basketball team has only one more chance to avoid an imperfect road season. The Hawkeyes ran their road record to 0-11 Saturday in losing to Illinois 91-81 in a regionally-televised disaster. Afterwards, Iowa Coach Dick Schultz had to slap down a report that he was on the verge of resigning. “I don’t know anything about that, and I have made no such statements,” said the fourth-year coach. “I do the best I can. “If I can’t have a good program at Iowa, I don’t want to coach basketball. And I don’t think we’re that far away from having a good program.” He said the program will be evaluated at the end of the season. “But if you start fiddli lg around with that during the season resignation talk, you come up with nothing,” he said. “You lose the positive attitude of your players and mess up your recruiting.” Two losing streaks were matched in tho bat!Ie of conference also-rans, but the Blini ended a record li-game winless string. “We played a good second half,” said Schultz, “but we didn’t play 40 minutes of intense basketball, and lhat’s what you need to win on the road.” Tile Blini. 2-9 in the conference and 5-15 over-all, were playing their first game since the forced resignation last week of veteran coach Harv Schmidt. “It was a bad time to be play-iag Riino's with their losing streak and the coach situation,” said Schultz. “But the good teams overcome things like ’h st, c iii I SL-m ta get that done.” iowa is idle until it entertains Northwestern Saturday night, The ' law ss lr st Wisconsin Monday. March 4 and conclude the season March 9 at Minnesota. “If is with great regret that I accept Howard’s resignation,” Karnes said. “I wish him every success in this new venture, an opportunity that is understandably hard for him to refuse.” Stacey's three-year record at Drake, including 13-11 this season with two games left, is 34-42. He succeeded Maury John in the spring of 1971. Stacey’s first Drake squad finished 7-19 and last season the Bulldogs were 14-12. Drake .stands at 3-7 and last in the Missouri Valley this season. “This has not been a losing season, and with the exception of a couple of games, the team has played well,” Stacey said in a letter of resignation. “This young team we have recruited is beginning to jell and is on the threshold of a high standing in next year's Missouri Valley Conference race.” He said the business offer, “in the interest of my family and my future.” was one he could not decline. Some Drake supporters reportedly are backing Bob Orte-gel, Stacey’s chief assistant, for the job. The other Drake assistant, Mel Green, said the position was “one that would interest any assistant,” but declined to say if he would go after it. Karnes said both assistants “absolutely” will be interviewed. “That’s the first thing we will do,” he said. Select Rose CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America unanimously picked Pete Rose as the Cincinnati Reds Most Valuable Player for 1973. rn VI ki.i;<; vs r sth  ........... 288 288 269 269 289 291 289 289' 290 STAR ECOLOGY *i BRAKE-SYSTEM ! “The Safest Brakes 1 ft W. I yporlls Slafle I * Available * [FREE BRAKE INSPECTION Gym: BB I BB BB BB: BB MONDAY linn Mar al I ipton,yirly,7:30 TUESDAY Linn Mar al Beckiron Independent® at Marion Cop al Balei! Regis at Welder 1. Girl* district Ona! at Ken i nadv.4 30,8 I Gym Wash al Jell,girls, 7 30 THURSDAY BB I aSalla al Indepandanca Gym. 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