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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports January New Texas PageS Houston looking to repeat in 1987 ByTIMWAITS Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO okay so baseball season is still four months It doesnt hurt to do a little daydreaming about the boys of sum mer In the dead of The Houston Astros Caravan came through the Alamo City Tues day to promote the 1987 with I high When the winners of the National League West Division in were last they lost arguably the greatest playoff cham pionship in major league history a heartstopping 16inning affair with the eventual World Champion New York Now the hard part for Houston is to defend its West Division title and gain a National League Everybody had a great year last said Hal named the 4986 Manager of the Year In the Na tional To will have to have a great year So many things have to go right to said We have to get stronger on the little One of the little things that readily comes to mind is sacrifice a department In which the Astros tied for last place in the Our pitchers have got to move the runners said Astro Coach Yogi You always feel there is something you can Improve Improve is what Houston did last after a bevy of predictions of doom and gloom most notably from Sports which ex pected the Astros to lose 100 There Is still room for more Im besides The Astros need to beef up their But for the time they will have to make do with the best starting rotation in This year will see the return of Cy Young Award winner Mike ageless flamethrower Nolan lefthanders Bob and rookie 12game winner Jim who came along on the Ryans persistent arm troubles could thrust caravanmember Danny Darwin even more into the Darwin was acquired as a fifth starter last August in a deal with Juniors in action The Junior Basketball league kicked off on Saturday with more than 100 fifth and sixth graders par The nineteam league plays on Saturdays at the New Braunfels Middle School The season will continue through March with a postseason tournament the following weekend and an allstar game the next UIL may ease up on workout limits AUSTIN AP The director of the University Interscholastic League says there are good arguments for eliminating restric tions on offseason and summer workouts for athletes but a special committee agrees the UIL should maintain Director Bailey Marshall told the OffSeason Committee on Wednesday some other states have just given up in this Is there anybody here who does not agree to controls Marshall ask ed the There were no The committee approved a state Scoreboard On the air THU8SPAY BASfcetbaU at 7 Basketball LSU at 8 Basketball Wake Forest at Horft CawWaa W Americas Cvp Challengers at fioxlns Fraokie fiaotdail to y IjfliEifttftfjtM iMBifc ESPTjt 19 Track Swkisjt ln ment to develop policies that would allow Texas high school athletes to compete in a sport without in terference from an offseason condi tioning program in another In some areas I hope we can take the pressure off coaches to be involv ed with kids in the off to the extent they dont have any free said UIL Athletic Director The basic principles approved by the committee also would eliminate pressure and coercion by coaches toward team members during the of fseason and Local sports Friday 5 Basketball Canyon at New Brauntels 5 Boys Basketball JUockbArt at GWs Basketball Valley at 8 Boys Basketball Canyon at Milwaukee and posted a 52 record in his brief term in The 30 yearold righthander quipped of the I went to sleep in last place and woke up in first As far as Ryans status Is concern Lanier said that the veteran will wait a month longer than usual before he begins to Last year Lanier promised to turn a plodding Astro team into a pack of greyhounds on the base Caravanmember Bill Doran and speedy outfielder Billy Hatcher were the biggest beneficiaries of the new offensive Doran nearly doubled his stolenbase output from the previous with despite a lateseason leg injury that prevented him from getting Hatcher stole 38 sacks in a only 127 When asked which team will pro vide the stiffest challenge in the Lanier said the entire division will be Cincinnati will probably be pick ed as the team to but all of them will be he And everybody will be out to beat The Astros have rarely been the Williams reach Hall of Fame LANIER team to beat in their 26year but it is a position they are happy to be who is accustomed to hav ing people try to beat has par ticipated in 21 World The Hall of Famer said he stuck around Houston again to pick up his 22nd ring from the Fall We got a smell of it last said the legendary as only he Hopefully this year we can smell it a little NEW YORK AP The waiting finally ended for Billy while Jim Catfish Hunter won another close Williams and Hunter were elected to baseballs Hall of Fame Wednes day culminating careers marked by consistency but separated by their teams with a 224166 lifetime record in 15 seasons for the Kansas City and Oakland As and the New York played on five World Series who hit with 426 home runs during 16 years in the Chicago Cubs outfield and two more seasons with never played in a World Williams frustration continued as he was bypassed by the Baseball Writers Association of America in Hall of Fame voting the last five missing by just four votes in But that ended Wednesday I guess the smile on my face tells it Wait til next year is now a phrase of the 20th on the alltime home run said from Glen I can truly say its one of the most exciting moments of my Williams was named on 354 of 413 votes for well above the required 75 Hunter got 315 five over the ana reached the Hall in his third try after missing by 30 votes last Jim the recently elected Congressman from came up 21 votes short of He miss ed by 40 votes last None of the other 25 players on the ballot got as much as 50 percent of the Orlando Cepeda was fourth with followed by Roger Mans with 176 and Tony Oliva with While Williams was cautiously op timistic this would be his partly because there were no new big names on the ballot to splinter sup Hunter said he was surprised that he was elected on his third I dont know if I deserved said who spent Wednesday boar hunting near his I was a control pitcher who hit I had players behind me to back me If I didnt play on those I wouldnt have won as many as I did and I wouldnt have been in the World Series six Hunter won 20 or more games from 1971 through 1975 and finished with a career earned run average of His reputation as a biggame pitcher may have helped him as much as Williams lack of postseason play hurt Lucky Frogs down SMU By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Texas Christian Horned Frogs proved for the second time in five days that its more blessed to play bad and win lucky than to play well and which dodged a threepoint shot at the buzzer to defeat Texas 5554 on edged Southern Methodist 5753 Wednesday night to stay atop the SWC basketball I just feel lucky to said TCU Coach Jim who earn ed his 250th senior college In other SWC Arkansas junior Andrew Lang came off the bench to score nine block eight shots and grab 10 rebounds to ignite the Razorbacks 22 past Rice 04 6254 and Texas Tech 31 whip ped the Baylor Bears 22 5650 in Waco behind Sean Gays 19 Carl Lott scored all 12 of his points in the second half to pace TCUs Frogs to their fourth SWC victory without a TCU is 133 Killingsworth praised Lott for shaking off a scoreless first half to rally TCU in the second Lott is a good shooter and I knew he would come back and he said who compiled his 250 victories at Idaho Oklahoma State and He also had 487 vic tories in high junior college and as a college freshman Lott wasnt happy with his per I had a terrible Lott At halftime I was mainly thinking about penetrating and taking the short But the coaches told me to go ahead and take the outside There was a controversial moment late in the game on a shot by Scott Johnson that SMU thought was a threepointer to tie the game at Official Jim Harvey said it was a but he was overruled by Mike Tanco and Paul Stern leading then iced the game on two free throws by Jamie Dixon and one charity toss by SMU Coach Dave who en dured his fourth consecutive close said Johnsons threepoint shot appeared to be good after looking at a television Thats Bliss If its a that changes the whole way we play at the end We just havent been too lucky Johnson said I couldnt tell if it was a threepoint shot or It was definitely a close It just seems like weve gotten a lot of bad breaks at the end of games Our luck is bound to SMU has lost its last four games by close margins in the final The Mustangs 03 are off the their worst start in SWC play in five Texas Tech beat Baylor for the 10th straight time dating back to The Red Raiders led by as much as eight points in the first but Baylor gained a 2424 halftime tie on Mark Buchanans 3point goal at the Tech took the lead for good seven minutes into the second Michael Williams scored 17 points to lead Shawn Baker led all Arkansas scorers with 15 Greg Hines scored 21 points for Andy who had a gamehigh 17 added 16 for the Iowa rallies to win in overtime By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa Is 160 and looking for the Comeback of the Year The secondranked Hawkeyes rallied from a 22 point secondhalf deficit Wednesday night for a 91 88 overtime victory over 8 I was just literally speechless in the locker room Iowa Coach Tom Davis said after his team ran its Big Ten Conference record to The effort was The Hawkeyes trailed 6139 with 16 minutes to play and were able to make up the deficit as the Fighting 123 and had trouble with Iowas fullcourt defense and fell apart at the free throw Illinois led 5235 at 3 Carolina Virginia 80 Kenny Smith scored 19 points as the Tar Heels cruised to their 12th straight victory and avenged last years defeat at Virginia when North Carolina was topranked and 6 Purdue Minnesota 59 Purdue forced 27 turnovers in coasting to its sixth consecutive victory and a 131 the best start for the Boilermakers since Purdue is 50 in the Big 10 Auburn Tennessee 56 Auburn was able to overcome hot firsthalf shooting by the visiting Volunteers to win the Southeastern Conference The 102 and used a 120 run in the final minutes to put the victory 12 Clemson Furman 77 Horace Grant scored a seasonhigh 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Tigers remained The 6foot10 Grant made 15 of 19 shots from the field as used a 120 run for a 195 lead with six minutes gone and the closest the visiting could get was 11 points late in the 13 Johns Blyn 48 Shelton Jones 18 points and 13 the to their 29th consecutive 14 Duke Maryland 61 Sophomore Danny Ferry was a oneman gang for the Blue scoring 20 grabbing 19 handing out seven assists and blocking three shots in the ACC 18 Pitt Seton Halt 85 Demetreus Gores 18 points included six free throws in the final minutes as the Panthers managed the road victory 19 Navy Lafayette 71 David Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the visiting Midshipmen held off the Ainges 3point shots ignite Sonics pummel San 130104 BOSTON AP Shortly before he limped off to work Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics received a phone call from his family on the West They asked if I would play they were going to watch the game via sattelite or go to the Ainge I guess they went to the Ainge didnt think hed be able to play against the Pallas Mavericks Wednesday night because of a twisted alter treatment from trainer Ray Ainge felt better and played a major role in the Celtics NBA victory over the Larry Bird and Kevin McHale led Boston potats while Ainge bad including a on our 3potot rocket along with NBA By The Associated 9 26 San Antonio 9 28 Pacific EASTERN Lakers 27 8 Atlantic 24 14 State 21 16 19 16 14 22 New Clippers 5 31 New Cantral Dallas Atlanta Detroit 10 23 New Jersey 100 Detroit Cleveland Clippers Denver San Antonio wi at at at at State at at 19 wo Swcsr New BraunWii Sssesr WcCoWijm at Valley I cant explato why I had the kind game I Aiage Maybe whan your body buns vou concen TFWnpWP KV trate Im Just glad we dont have 9 game 104 Dale EWs scored 25 of his garae Wgh 3 points in the first half and Xavter McDaniel added 20 for host The who lost their third con secutive were ted by rookie Waiter who bud 24 Pistons Cavaliers 87 Detroit swept its bAmeandhome series with Cleveland behind 26 points by Adrian a season high 22 from Sidney Green and 20 by Isiah Detroit also won 103 101 on the road the previous otgJW Clippers Nuggets 105 The Los Angeles Clippers havent proven much except for how bad they are this The team with the NBAs worst record has gotten tired of that and they finally did something about The Clippers snapped a 16game losing streak with a 123105 rout of Denver Wednesday The 531 Clippers got 22 points from Michael Cage and Mike Woodson added 20 for their first victory since beating Seat tle Bullets 11 Nets 100 Moses Malone led seven Bullets in double figures with 21 points as he moved into 12th place on the NBAs alltime scoring ahead of Dolph Schayes and Bob He also kept the Bullets in hot pursuit of the Jeff Rulaod bad missed 31 games with the knee His per formance in returning to the Uaeup Wednesday was a key to host PhMadelpiuas
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