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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken ^tanbark Sports Page 9A# Aiken, S.C. Thursday, May 6,1993 Outdoors Shawn Hackett Columnist Seeks Help With Outdoors News After a six-month hiatus, The Outdoors column here at the Aiken Standard is back. The reason behind its discontiuation is simple — without your help, the column is nothing. I don’t always have the time or resources to load up the truck and head to the woods, or lake, or wherever. In fact, those times are few and far between. Especially when you’re still trying to master the perfect golf swing, or follow your basketball team in the playoffs. I tried this once before, and for a short time, it worked. But, as the case with all things, it sometimes loses it appeal and you quickly discard it like a used shotgun shell. HACKETT    But if you’re an outdoorsman, whether it be a hunter, fisherman, biker or hiker, ecologist or environmentalist, let me hear from you. Nothing Like Free Publicity: If you’re a member of a fishing, hunting, biking or hiking club, let me know. Tell of your meetings, vour plans for the future and any upcoming events. If for nothing else, let me know because there’s nothing like free publicity. I get plenty of things in the mail about people doing this or that in all these wonderful, out far away places. I’m not concerned with people ice-fishing in Alaska, or trout fishing in the Snake River, or climbing Mount Rainer. That is unlesss it's someone from this area. I’ll try and keep you up to date with changing laws and the newest products on the market if I think they would interest you, but I won’t know that unless I hear from you. I know some fisherman are particular about their secrets about what bait they use, or where on the lake they fish. And I promise, I won t tell all of your secrets. Just let me know what you’re catching, or for that matter, what you’re shooting, or sighting. Ask me to do things with your organizations. Take me hunting and fishing, or backpacking, or whatever you do in the outdoors. I’m not the type of person that can easily rattle off tips of how to do this or that. I’d much rather write about you and the things you do. It s far more interesting than anything I can do. Here's What's Biting: LAKE THURMOND: Largemouth bass fishing has been good using artificial worms, crankbaits and shad wraps. Stripers and Hybrids are hitting minnows, cutbait, live herring, Rebel lures, Cleos and Mann O-Lures. Crappie have biting in shallow water, two to five feet, using small jigs and minnows, while Bream fishing has also been improving using worms and crickets. Catfish are also biting worms, especially nightcrawlers. LAKE MURRAY: Largemouth Bass fishing has been excellent in ii  I_____ nM:MHAMknUn    PwAAnif Pi*nurlAf*C 0***H ToVOC the early morning using spinnerbaits, Creepy Crawlers, and Texas-rigged worms in six to 15 feet or water on the edges of grass beds. In the late afternoon or sunset, try floating Rapalas, Bagley Bang-O-Lures, and floating pink and white worms in shallow water in backs of coves on spawning beds. Look for Hybrids in 12-18 feet of water, while there have also been good reports freelining and corking live herring. Striper are hitting Rattle Traps, Bayou Boogies and Ivie’s shad casting or trolling in the back of coves, along shorlines and shoal areas. Crappie fishing is excellent using minnows and jigs in four to 14 feet of water around brush and grassy areas.    ,    „ A . LAKE HARTWELL: Largemouth bass fishing is excellent when trolling with spinnerbaits, and vertical jigging with crankbaits in one to IO feet of water. Also hitting well are light-colored floating worms. Striped bass and Hybrids fishing has been fair free-lining with live herring from just below the surface to about 30 feet of on weighted line, and on the bottom using cut bait. Crappie have been biting small minnows and jigs around brush piles in two to five feet of water.    ... LAKE RUSSELL: Fair catches have been reported on just about every fish - bass, catfish, crappie and bream. Bass are striking top water plugs in late evenings and early mornings, while some catches have been reported using crankbaits ana spinnerbaits. Both crappie and striped bass are hitting medium sized minnows in two to IO feet of water. Worms and crickets work best for catfish and bream. Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TIGHT QUARTERS: Michelob’s Tom Biddle, Sr., (left) prepares to hit the ball while Ashwell’s Paul Rizzo defends during the NationsBank Cup of Aiken polo tournament. Ashwell upset Michelob 8-7 in overtime in one match, while Larkabit/Peninsula outlasted Upatoi / Lampton 11 -9 in the other of the 12-goal event. High SteppingPirates Figure Out Braves' Maddux By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates were momentarily baffled by Greg Maddux’s hurdling, but they finally figured out his hurling. ffe runs, and Bob Walk continued to frustrate the Atlanta Braves in Pittsburgh, pitching one-run ball over seven innings and adding an important double in the Pirates’ 4-1 win last night. Once again, the two-time NL champion Braves - now under .500 at 14-15 - had plenty of pitching and not much else. Maddux was nearly unhittable for five innings and scored the Braves’ only run with a bit of baserunning trickery, but Atlanta didn’t manage a hit over the final five innings. “That was a good lesson to a young team like ours not to get too down early in a game,” Walk said “We couid have just hung our heads and said, ‘We’re not going to get to this guy tonight’ because Maddux was outstanding.” The Pirates had been shut out for 14 consecutive innings by Maddux (2-3), the 1992 NL Cy Young Award winner for Chicago, until the sixth. Walk, batting .167, doubled down the left field line for his second extra base hit in two seasons. Jay Bell singled with one out and, after Andy Van Slyke struck out looking, Kino rlniihlnd to loft on a 2-2 Ditch. “I had two outs, I was one pitch away from getting out of the inning,” Maddux said. “I got the toughest out when I got Van Slyke. And I threw a bad pitch to King. That’s what irritates me. When the game’s on the line, you have to get those outs There’s no rule that says you can’t win 1-0.” King, who sat out the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday with the flu, was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth and now has two homers, a double and seven RBIs in his last two starts. “I couldn’t have felt much worse than I did,” King said. “I was weak and my head hurt and they finally sent me home. But I felt pretty good when I got here today and my name was on the lineup card. I’m been trying to get comfortable and carry something over from one game to the next and I hope this carries over.” The Braves’ only run came on an unusual play in the third. Maddux singled, advanced on a grounder and tried to score on Jeff Blauser’s single. The throw easily beat Maddux to the plate, but he hurdled catcher Don Slaught to avoid being tagged, then faked out Slaught to tag the plate after running well out of the baseline. “It looked like hockey, he’s on a breakaway and he’s trying to fake out the goaltender,” Walk said. “I had nowhere to go. I wasn’t ready to run him over and I wasn’t ready to slide,” Maddux said. “At first I thought I’ll just walk away (Please See PIRATES, Page 10A) Bulldogs Win 6-AA Golf Title End Warhorses’ Eight-Year Reign From Staff Reports BAMBERG - The Silver Bluff High School golf team put an end to the eight-year reign of Barnwell High School with an 18-stroke win in the Region 6 AA golf tournament Wednesday. With medalist Erie Ledford (76-75) leading the way, Silver Bluff increased its 18-hole lead by IO strokes with a 323 total in the second round which was played at the Paw Paw Country Club. The region title by the Bulldogs in the school’s first-ever in golf. The win also secures a state berth for Silver Bluff, along with Barnwell which finished second. The state tournament will be played May 20-21 at White Plains County Club in Pageland. In addition to Leaford, who is an eighth grader at Jackson Middle School. Wesley Brown (78-84-162) and Billy Blevins (82-83—165) made the all-region team. Other members of the all-region team were Matt Johnson of Barnwell, Bryan Walton of Wade Hampton and Trey Dixon of Bamberg-Ehrhardt. The other scores for the Bulldogs were Cliff McKinney (88-81—169) and Michael Ward (87-87-174). SILVER BLUFF (646) Erie Ledford 76-75-151. Wesley Brown 78 84— 162, Billy Blevins 82-83 165. Cliff McKinney 88 81 — 169, Michael Ward 87-87 -174 BARNWELL (664) Matt Johnson 79-77—156, Neat Packer 85-81 — 166, Travis Pack 87-85— 172 Blake Austin 8093-173, Kip Woods 89-90    179. Sports On TV Need A Score? Thursday, May 6 6 p.m. — Tour DuPont (Cycling).......................................ESPN 7:30 p.m. — Penguins at Islanders (Hockey)....................ESPN 8p.m. — Knicks at Pacers (Basketball)  ....................TNT 9 p.m. — Braves at Rockies (Baseball)................................TBS 11 p.m. - This Week in NASCAR (Auto Racing) SportSouth Friday, May 7 2 p.m. — German Open (Tennis).....................................ESPN 6:30 p.m. — Tour DuPont (Cycling)..................................ESPN 7 p.m. - Clemson at Florida State (Baseball) SportSouth 7:30 p.m. — (Baseball)....................................................ESPN 8 p.m. — (Basketball) ....................................................TNT g p m> _ Braves at Rockies (Baseball)................................TBS 10:30 p.m. — (Baseball)..................................................ESPN 11:30 p.m. — Clemson at Florida State (Baseball).... SportSouth Calendar Thursday, May 6 4.30 p.m. — Buford at Ridge Spring-Monetta (baseball) 6 p.m. _ Aiken vs. South Aiken at Citizen’s Field (baseball) 7 p.m. - Silver Bluff at Edisto (baseball) Friday, May 7 3 p m _ NationsBank Cup of Aiken (polo) Celtics In Mourning After Alonzo’s Shot Charlotte Eliminates Boston By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE - Alonzo Mourning says he is just grateful for the chance to play basketball — and Charlotte is even more grateful that he got his chance with the Hornets. Mourning, Charlotte’s No. I draft pick last June, returned the biggest dividend in Hornet history Wednesday night when his jumper from the top of the key with 0.4 seconds left ruined a fourth-quarter Boston comeback and gave the Charlotte Hornets a 104-103 win over the Celtics. It moved the Hornets into the second round of the playoffs. “I don’t think anything can compare to this,” said Mourning when asked if he could remember a bigger moment in his career. “The only thing that compares to this is me getting the chance just to play the game of basketball. Me being blessed with this body, this mind and these talents.” After losing the first game of the best-of-5 series, the Hornets came back to win the next three in their first-ever playoff appearance. The dramatic loss marked the end of Kevin McHale’s 13-year career. One of three remaining players from the Celtics’ championship teams of the 1980s, McHale was reduced to a reserve role in his 71 games this year. MeHale finished with 19 points and six rebounds. Mourning and several Hornet players hugged him once the game ended, and it was some ending. Mourning, who scored 33 points and made 15 of 18 free throws, took an inbounds pass from Dell Curry, dribbled once, squared up and swished a shot from behind the college 3-point line, setting off a midcourt celebration. “The play was designed to go to Dell, but we couldn’t get it inbounds,” Mourning said. “So I just spread it out, took one dribble, squared up and took the shot. Fortunately, the ball fell through the hole. I call it a lucky shot.” But not the last shot. There was just enough time remained on the clock to give Boston one last chance. From midcourt, McHale tossed an alley-oop pass toward Dee Brown, but Brown’s shot glanced off the side of the rim. “It was definitely there,” Boston Boxscore Hornets 104-103 BOSTON (103) Abdelnaby 1 -4 0-0 2, Gamble 6-6 0-0 14, Parish 11-16 2-2 24, Brown 2-7 1-1 5, Douglas 4-12 3-6 11. McHale 8-14 3-4 19, McDaniel 8-13 2-4 18, Fox 4-10 2-2 10, Kleine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-82 13-19 103. CHARLOTTE (104) Johnson 9-15 2-2 20, Newman 3-4 O O 6, Mourning 9-13 15-18 33, Bogues 3-10 0-0 6. GIII 7-19 4-5 18, Gattlson 4-6 0-2 8. Curry 3-8 0-1 7, Green 0-2 O O 0, Bennett 1-4 O O 3, Wingate 1-1 1-2 3,Totals 40-82 22-30 104. Boston    23 23 24 33-103 Charlotte    31 28 29 16-104 3-Point goals—Boston 2-3 (Gamble 2-2, Brown 0-1), Charlotte 2-3 (Curry 1-1, Bennett 1-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds— Boston 52 (Parish 9), Charlotte 42 (Mourning 7). Assists—Boston 22 (Douglas 9), Charlotte 26 (Bogues 9). Total fouls- Boston 22, Charlotte 18. Technicals Fox, Johnson, Charlotte illegal defense Flagrant fouls -Douglas, Johnson. A — 23,698. coach Chris Ford said. “We ran that lob three times during the game and it was there all three times. We had great execution on the play. “The inbounds pass was perfect and Dee was in the right position. It just didn’t go. End of story.” It was the end, except for a vehement protest from Ford and the Celtics, who claimed that Kendall Gill should have been called for goal-tending. Television replays seemed to support their claim. The Celtics took a 103-102 lead when Sherman Douglas stripped Mourning and raced in for a layup with 42.7 seconds to play. Johnson scored 20 points and Gill 18 for Charlotte. Webber To Leave Michigan By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chris Webber, an All American who led Michigan to the NCAA championship game for two consecutive years, said Wednesday he will skip his final two years of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. “Not winning a college championship makes leaving hard to do, but that’s not going to make or break me,” Webber said at a news conference, where he was joined by his family and WEBBER Michigan coach Steve Fisher. “It’s a decision I felt was necessary for me to keep moving and move on. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m ready for the next level.” Webber, whose illegal timeout call with ll seconds to play cost Michigan a last chance to win the NCAA title, was a part of the Fab Five recruiting class considered one of the best in college basketball histoiy. ;