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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 18, 1987, Alton, Illinois Section B SIUE kickers hope new league means Athletes are Varin ’ to go # And they’re off and running. I No. they aren’t the horses at Fairmount Race Track in Collinsville. They’ve been running fir some time. J Ifs the guys and gajs getting ready for the fall sports scene in file Telegraph area. Monday was their first day in the sun, so to Steak. J It was hot. It was sort of muggy. It may have taken a great deal of willpower for some athletes to end 4 leisurely summer vacation and ■et on with the rites of fall sports. Others, however, couldn’t wait to get going, I Football. Soccer. Cross-Country. Golf. Volleyball. Tennis. It all began Monday, the first official day of supervised workouts. * Some of the interscholastic competition will begin by the end of the month, but football — the major attraction — makes its debut the Sept. 4-5 weekend. Gridders won’t get to strap on their full gear until Thursday, so the first couple of days are devoted to running, conditioning and various flexibility drills. Ifs twice a day practicing until school starts. What’s ahead? Brisk competition. The area’s four conferences — Southwestern, Mississippi Valley, South Central and Western Illinois Valley — figure to have heated races. And there will be plenty of teams jockeying for berths in the Illinois High School Assocation’s (IHSA) post-season playoffs. Roxana, Jerseyville, Granite City, Carlinville, Greenfield and Calhoun all were playoff bound last year. So were East St. Louis Sr., Belleville Althoff, East St. Louis Assumption, O’Fallon and Dupo. Althoff made it farther along than anyone else. The Crusaders, 12-1, reached the semi-finals of the Class 4A playoffs. Greenfield, 11-1 and the WI VC champ, enjoyed a banner year by winning ll straight games and advancing to the Class A I quarterfinals. The little Greene c County community was on fire as it enjoyed its finest sports moment in t years. t This year, Alton High is hoping to I put some sparkle back in its program. The Redbirds, plagued by a school employees’ strike in 1986, forfeited their first four games — four-fifths of their schedule. They limped home with a 1-8 record, but couldn’t do much about it. Second-year head coach Collis James feels his players have something to prove this year. “We want to be as aggressive as possible and run the ball from an option type offense,’’ he said. The Birds, accustomed to I-formations and wingback offenses, are toying with a wide open Wishbone set. Alton’s schedule is a bit unusual. The Redbirds are at Althoff (Sept. 5) and always-tough Springfield Griffin (Sept. 12) the first two weekends, come home for their next three games, but play the final four games on the road. Defending SWC champ Granite City appears to be facing a vast rebuilding job, so perennial state power East St. Louis looms as the league’s top team. James, however, cautions to watch out for Belleville West. Marquette, an independent, just missed making the playoffs last year, but the Explorers won’t settle for a near-miss this season. They’ll showcase an experienced backfield with quarterback/kicker Craig Hentrich and running backs Dan Stephan and Bob Barnhart, among others. “We’re going to try and get some more offense going this year. It might be a make-or-break season for our Wishbone offense,” said fourth-year head coach John Waters. Like the Redbirds, the Explorers will also come out of the chute with a pair of rugged opponents — Sept. 4 at Jersey and Sept. ll at Roxana. Jerseyville, which returns quarterback Tyler Gross and a couple of good running backs, might make a change for the MVC title. But those other Panthers, O’Fallon, will have something to say about it, as will Roxana. Southwestern, Gillespie, Triad and Carlinville are capable of winning the SCC. The Piasa Birds have a nice combination in bruising running back Vance Pena and nimble quarterback Mike Parmentier. Calhoun returns nearly everybody from last year’s 7-3 playoff squad and Greenfield whsn’t wiped out by graduation. The mystery team in the WIVC could be Carrollton, which has a new coach in ex-Hawk Greg Pohlman. Whoa! I know it’s too early to separate the contenders from the pretenders, but it’s time to open up the shop for business. The prep : season is right around the corner. College Soccer By PETE HAYES Of The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE — Some of the best college soccer teams in the country are getting together this fall. And they hope it’s a profitable arrangement The Cougars of SIU-Edwards-ville are joining Quincy College, Marquette University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in forming the Big Central Six Soccer Conference The University of Cincinnati will join in 1988. More rivalries, increased fan intrest and additional recognition are among the reasons for form ing the conference, 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 champion. That’s the feature which appeals to the conference coaches and athletic directors. “It’s going to be a great oppor tunity to get a chance at a berth in the NCAA Tournament,” said SIUB2 soccer coach Ed Huneke. “Basketball teams get automatic berths for winning their conferences. It ought to be the same in soccer.” There are few conference champions which receive automatic NCAA berths currently. Only conference champions trom five leagues — the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro and the Colonial Athletic Association — now get automatic bids for winning their leagues. “I think with the tradition and the strength of the teams in our new league that we should be considered for an automatic tournament bid,” Huneke said. The earliest an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament could be granted would be 1989, since the Big Six will really only be the Big Five this fall. A conference must have played a league schedule for two years before it can qualify for an automatic berth The conference schedule this fall will be somewhat abbreviated because of previous commitments by the member schools. In 1988, however, the Central Big Six Conference will hit the ground running That first full season of league play will feature an All-Conference team. Most Vaulable Player, Scholar Athlete and Coach of the Year awards. “It s exciting,” said Huneke. “I think it will be a great thing for us and for the other conference schools. SIUE and Quincy have the most post-season playoff experience among the six new league mem hers. SIUE won NCAA National playoffs Championships twice — in 1979 in Division I and in 1972 in Division II. The Cougars have made Division I Final Four appearances ' three others times — in J975 (second), 1977 (third and 1982 (third). Quincy College won an unprece* * dented 12 National Association of Inercollegiate Athlteics nation achampionships before switching ' to NCAA Division I play last season. The other Central Big Six Conference schools have playoff experience. Wisconsin Milwaukee made NCAA Division I tournament apperances in 1979 and 1980 NIU, Marquette and Cincinnati have not made appearances, but are among regional sports. Hot Stuff Area prep football players brave heat for first practices By STEVE PORTER Of The Telegraph It wasn't typical football weather, but most area high school coaches didn’t mind the heat Monday. They were more concerned with getting their players into shape during the opening day of prep practice. Even temperatures surpassing the 90-degree mark weren’t a cause for alarm. “The weather was great,” Marquette head coach John Waters said. “It was hot, but not that hot,” Roxana’s Charlie Raich said. “The weather wasn’t too bad, Civic Memorial’s Leroy Beck added. And so it went. Most of the coaches were glad to be going about their business again and setting their sights on the upcoming campaign. Here’s a quick look at first-day workouts for several of the local schools: ALTON: Collis James, the Redbirds’ second-year head coach, is searching for a quarterback. Joe Musgrove and Dave Hamlin, both of whom figured to compete for the starting QB position, didn’t show up for the initial practice. Junior Joe Vann may inherit the job. “It’s going to take some patience because we are going to be a pretty young club,” James said. “Our offensive and defensive lines will be really young.” James will rely on eight or nine upperclassmen to provide the Redbirds with leadership and experience. “The seniors ^ire really enthusiastic about the season and they want to do well. They are giving us exactly what we are looking for this year,” he said. The Birds, stressing conditioning the first few days of practice, are putting in a Wishbone offense. Defensive end Earnest Smith, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, is being converted to fullback to give the Birds some size in their backfield. MARQUETTE: Look for the Explorers to pack some punch in their attack this season. They’ve relied mainly on defense during John Waters' first three years as the school’s head coach, but the offense may blossom this year. “We’re looking for more quickness,” Waters said. Quarterback Craig Hentrich, also one of the area’s top kickers, expects to team with Bob Barnhart, Dan Stephan and either Dave Grop-pel or Jim Vambakates in the Marquette backfield. Barnhart started every game last season, but Stephan was injured and sidelined the entire year. “I think we have something to prove this year because not too many people are talking about us as a top team,” Waters said. The Explorers had about 80 players on hand for their first workout. “It was a typical first day for us,” The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton senior Larry Hall takes a break during Monday's first football practice he said. ROXANA: The Shells graduated a flock of players from last year’s Class 4A quarterfinal round team, but don’t fret. Roxana will be back. “We’ll be all right,” said Roxana coach Charlie Raich. “I guess we’re rebuilding a little, at least more than usual. It s just as matter of getting things together.” The Shells, the smallest Missis-continued on B-2) Athletes stripped of medals ■ Pan Am Games INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Once again, the Pan American Games are the scene of a drug scandal. Bill Green, a U.S. silver medalist in the hammer throw, and five other athletes were banned from the games Monday after failing drug tests. Green tested positive for high levels of testosterone, an anabolic steroid, according to officials of the Pan American Sports Organization. He said he would challenge the result. In the meantime, he and two others will lose their medals. “Four years ago in Caracas, we made a very, very clear statement — when someone uses something that is forbidden, he makes a mistake,” PASO president Mario Vazquez Rana said. “Our rules are very strict.” The drug issue overshadowed the lightest day of competition so far at the 16-day games, which wind up Sunday. Cuban boxers swept three matches from Americans, including a first-round knockout of world champion Darin Allen by Angel Espinosa. In softball, both the men’s and women’s teams won. Michele Granger pitcher her second one-hitter. The only medals awarded Monday were in fencing, where Cuba won the gold, the United States took the silver and Canada got the bronze. Latest medal count: United States 326 overall; Cuba 147; and Canada 146. Latest gold count: United States 150, Cuba 60: and Canada 26. In 1983, 19 athletes from IO countries were disciplined at the games after failing drug tests. Eleven lost medals. Besides Green, athletes disqualified included Bernardo Ocando of Venezuela, a silver and bronze medalist in shooting; weightlifters Orlando Vasquez-Mendose of Nicaragua, winner of three bronze medals; Javier Jimenez of Colombia; and Pedro Torres of Venezuela; and Elnes Bollings, a basketball player from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Officials said Torres and Jimenez tested positive for steroids. Ocando, they said, was found to be using beta-blockers, drugs which slow the heart rate and can steady a shooter’s hand. Bollings tested positive, they said, for a stimulant found in cold and allergy medications. Officials said Vazquez used a diuretic to make weight in a lower class. Vazquez Rana said two or three additional cases of what may be positive tests were being investigated, but he declined to give details. Green qualified for the World Outdoor Championships that start Aug. 29 in Rome. He returned to California last week and was quoted by Stephen Sobel, vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee as saying, “My response is no comment to everything.” AP Bill Green Silver Medal Taken Away Molitor’s streak hits 32 ■ Major Leagues By The Associated Press The records show Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor has hit in 32 straight games, the longest streak of the 1980s and the longest in the American League in 38 years. How he got there doesn’t matter. Molitor’s third-inning bunt single was his only hit in three official at-bats Monday night in the Brewers’ 5-3 victory over host Cleveland. The streak broke a tie with Ken Lan-dreaux for the longest of the ’80s. In 1980, Landreaux hit in 31 straight for Minnesota. “I take a look down there every at-bat. Some third basemen completely take that away from you,” Molitor said of his single, the first bunt hit during his streak. Molitor’s streak is the longest in the major leagues since Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games for Cincinnati in 1978. It’s the longest in the AL since Dom DiMaggio hit in 34 straight for the Boston Red Sox in 1949. Joe DiMaggio set the major-league record with a 56-game hitting streak for the New York Yankees in 1941. “People have mentioned that Landreaux’s streak was the longest of the ’80s,” Molitor said. “Maybe when I look back on my career, if this holds up another three years, it’ll be that much more important to me.” Elsewhere in the AL, Chicago edged Boston 2-1, Minnesota defeated Seattle 4-2, Kansas City nipped Texas 7-6 and California tripped Oakland 6-4. Molitor dropped a perfect bunt toward third base and easily beat pitcher Scott Bailes’ throw to first. In the only National League game Monday, the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 11-2. WHITE SOX 2, RED SOX I — Dave LaPoint pitched six-hit ball for seven innings and Greg Walker and Ron Hassey drove in the runs for Chicago at Comiskey Park. LaPoint, 2-0 since being acquired from St. Louis on July 30, took a four-hit shutout into the seventh when Dwight Evans singled, went to second on a double by Mike Greenwell, and scored on groundnut. Bobby Thigpen pitched the final two innings for his sixth save. ROYALS 7, RANGERS 6 — Pinch-hitter Thad Bosley’s run-scoring single with two outs in the ninth inning rallied Kansas City past Texas at Arlington. Trailing 6-5, the Royals tied the score off reliever Jeff Russell after there were two outs and nobody on. Consecutive doubles by Danny Tar-tabull and Frank White, who went 4-for-4, tied the score. Bosley, batting for Bo Jackson, who struck out four times, singled on reliever Steve Howe’s first pitch to score White with the winning run. Major League Standings NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division .W. I. . Pct. 70    47    .598 66    SI    .564 66    52    .559 61    56    .521 60    58    .508 51    67    .432 West Division ,W. L.. Pct. 62    57    .521 62    57    .521 59    59    .500 52    65    .444 50    68    .424 48    70    .407 Monday's Game Houston ll, Atlanta 2 Only game scheduled ST. LOUIS Montreal New York Philadelphia Chicago Pittsburgh Cincinnati San Francisco Houston Los Angeles Atlanta San Diego GD 4 4% 9 10V. 19% GB IV* 9 11% 13% Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, (n) Los Angeles at Montreal, (n) San Francisco at New York, (n) San Diego at Philadelphia, (n) Chicago at Atlanta, (n) St. Louis at Houston, (n) Wednesday's Games Chicago (Sanderson 6-6) at Atlanta (Puleo 5-5) Los Angeles (Hillegos 2-0) at Montreal (Smith 7-6). (n) Pittsburgh (Drabek 4-10) at Cincinnati (Browning 5*9), (n) San Francisco (Krakow 3-6) at New York (Mitchell 3-5), (nj San Diego (Grant 3-6) at Philadelphia (Ruffin 9-9), (n) St. Louis (Magrane 6-4) at Houston (Knapper 5-13), (n) ,    Thursday's    Games San Francisco at New York St. Louis at Houston Chicago at Atlanta Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, (n) Los Angeles at Montreal, (n) San Diego at Philadelphia, (n) AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W. L.. Pct.. .GB Toronto    70    48    .593    - Detroit    68    47    .591    % New York    67    SI    .568    3 Milwaukee    62    56    .525    8 Boston    56    62    .475    14 Baltimore    53    65    .449    17 Cleveland    45    73    .381    25 West Division .W L.. Pct.. .GB Minnesota    66    54    .550    — Oakland    60    58    .SOS    5 California    60    59    .504    5% Kansas City    59    59    .500    6 Seattle    56    62    .475    9 Texas    55    62    .470    9% Chicago    48    69    .410    16% Monday's Games Milwaukee 5, Cleveland 3 Chicago 2, Boston I Minnesota 4, Seattle 2 Kansas City 7, Texas 6 California 6, Oakland 4 Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Milwaukee (Basto 7-5) at Cleveland (Akerfelds 1-3), (n) Minnesota (Carlton 6-11) at Detroit (Morris 13-6), (n) Boston (Nipper 7-10) at Chicago (Bannister 8-9). (n) Kansas City (Gublcxa 9-12) at Texas (Hough* 12-8), (n) Baltimore (Dixon 5-8) at California (Mc-Casklll 3-4), (n) Toronto (Stieb 12-5) at Oakland (Nelson 3-3). (n) New York (Rhoden 14-8) at Seattle (Powell 0-1), (n) Wednesday's Games Toronto at Oakland Milwaukee at Cleveland, (n) Minnesota at Detroit, (n) Boston at Chicago, (n) Kansas City at Texas, (n) Baltimore at California, (n) New York at SeaHla, (n) West new AD for Salukis CARBONDALE (AP) — Charlotte West was named interim athletic director of Southern Illinois Univer-sity-Carbondale, succeeding Jim Livengood who is resigning to become athletic director at Washington State University. Southern Illinois President John . Guyon announced West’s appointment Monday, but said school officials wouldn’t decide for several months whether to make her the permanent athletic director. “My expectation is, after a period of internal assessment, there will be a national search,” Guyon said. West will serve as the interim “for a few months,” he said. “We do have to do some assessment. There’s been substantial turnover in athletic directors. We need goals and objectives for the ... program,” Guyon said. Livengood will work at Southern Illinois until Sept. I. Last week, he accepted the Washington State job. West has been at Southern Illinois since 1957. Broken thumb won’t stop Earl Ferrell CHARLESTON (AP) — Earl Ferrell says he won’t let a broken thumb stop him. Ferrell, the St. Louis Cardinals’ second-leading rusher and pass receiver last season, broke his right thumb during a blocking drill Monday morning, but he doesn't expect to miss any regular season action. “I can’t let this get me down,” Ferrell said. "It might keep me from doing some of the things like catching or running certain plays. “But I guess ITI just block more and Stump (Mitchell) will like that.” Team physician Dr. Jordan Gins-burg said the thumb would be in a cast for six weeks. Ginsburg said Ferrell, a six-year veteran, could switch to a soft cast and play in the regular-season opener Sept. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys. Ginsburg said returning to action that soon would be a matter of Ferrell’s pain threshold, and his ability to carry and catch the bull. Ferrell rushed for 548 yard? on 124 carries, a 4.4-yard average, and caught 56 passes for 434 yards last season.    ■ . The Cardinals also released 12 players, including veteran, defensive end Stafford May^, ftff Monday ;