Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 29, 1990, Bluefield, West Virginia
Qlucfidb Qailg 2'plrgrapbSport ranks WVU 23rd in early poll
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has been ranked among college football's Top 25 by another national publication.
The September issue of Sport magazine has the Mountaineers 23rd on its list.
That certainly seems more realistic than the No. 11 ranking accorded them by The Sporting News College Football Yearbook.
You won’t find WVU anywhere in the Top 25 of any other preseason publication now on the newsstands.
Mountaineer fans hope that this year’s team finishes closer to 1 1 th than to 23rd. With just five returning starters, however, that appears highly unlikely.
Just two WVU opponents are listed among Sport’s Top 25. Those also are projected in the bottom fifth: Penn State No. 21 and Pitt No. 25.
Mike Francesa, college football and basketball studio analyst for CBS Sports, authored the national preview for this magazine.
He has this to say about West Virginia: “Expecting a ‘Major’ decline for the Mountaineers this season? Check again.
“There’s no denying the departed Major Harris will be remembered as the most proficient player in school history. There’s also no debating about the loss of the exciting quarterback, wide receiver Reggie Rembert, defensive leader Renaldo TurnbulLplus 14 other starters, leaves a large void.
“Still, there’s more here than meets the eye. Strong-armed Greg Jones, who began his career at Miami, has been waiting for his opportunity at QB, and TB Garrett Ford (two 100-yard games in three starts) will be a good one.
‘The schedule (seven home games, and favorable early on) will allow Don Nehlen and his staff to refurbish the defense. The Mountaineers won’t be a force this season, but they won’t fall off the map, either.”
Sport magazine’s Top 10 shows, in order, Notre Dame, Miami, Auburn, Nebraska, Clem son, Ohio State, Florida State, Colorado, Mid it gan and Houston.
■In case you’re wondering, all three WVU football recruits who sat out the 1989 season under Proposition 48 now are academically ell gible.
One of those, wide receiver Michael Baker of Waverly, Ga., achieved high enough grades to earn a spot on the athletic director’s academic honor roll.
“And he took some very difficult courses,” a member of the coaching staff noted.
Linebacker Michael Booth of Pittsburgh and running back Adrian Murrell of Wahiawa, Hawaii, were the other Prop 48 players who fulfilled academic requirements while sitting out as freshmen.
They didn’t pass SAT or ACT tests coming out of high school, but they have proved they’re capable of doing “C” work or better in their college studies.
■No one has written off possible formation of an Eastern Seaboard conference as a viable option for West Virginia and other major independents.
That’s the word making the rounds hereabouts, anyway.
“It’s still a possibility,” one man close to the situation said. “It all depends on how things work out in the various expansion talks.”
The Metro, Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conference are considering adding schools to their memberships.
But the Eastern Seaboard proponents remain as active as ever in their discussions, or so we hear.
Any key moves within the next couple of months could decide its fate.
■The WVU Coliseum’s floor is sparkling like new.
Workmen have completed sanding and refin-ishing the basketball court at a cost of about $30,000.
‘This should last us another 5-8 years,” athletic director Ed Pastilong said. ‘Then we’ll have to install a new floor. This one can’t withstand another sanding.”Mickey Furfari is a sports columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
Sunday, July 29, 1990Turn three trouble
ARCA drivers Tracie Leslie (72) and Jimmy Horton (80) collide in a four-car incident in turn three Saturday at the Tal-
ladega Superspeedway. Avoiding the crash is Jeff Purvis. The wreck took place during the ARCA 500K. Story B-4Glenwood Park hosts fifth USTA tournament
By DALE MULLINS
of the Daily Telegraph staff
GLENWOOD — Young tennis players from a two-state region, and the District of Columbia, have gathered at Glenwood Park this weekend for the fifth annual United State Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Tennis Tournament.
The event, sponsored by the First National Bank of Bluefield, has attracted 80 players. Most of the participants in the three-day event are from West Virginia, according to tournament director Mark Sarver.
“We have local kids in this, mainly from the Bluefield, Princeton and Beckley areas,” Sarver said. “But we’ve attracted a few from outside the area. The farthest away is from Roanoke and Woodbridge, Va.
“I’m very happy with the number of kids we have in this event.”
Twenty players from the Beckley area are participating in the USTA-sanctioned event. Fifteen players are from Bluefield,
10 from Lewisburg and three from Princeton.
‘There are probably 40 kids from the surrounding area,” Sarver said.
The tournament is divided into three age groups; 10-12, 14-16 and 17-18. Each age group contains boys and girls divisions and singles and doubles categories.
Competition began Friday morning and Saturday’s action started at 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Most of the finals are slated for Sunday.
Sarver said the tournament has run smoothly.
“We’ve had good quality players who have provided us with some good tennis,” he said. ‘The weather has been real nice and has cooperated all weekend. It has been a lot of fun.
"Buzzy Wilkinson, as always, has done a good job with sponsorship. We appreciate his help in staging this.”
Results from the torunament will be published in Monday’s sports section.
AP LaserphotoTalladega preparationsNASCAR driver Davey Allison helps his tional Garage Saturday. Allison was prac-crew manuver his car into the Grand Na- ticing for today’s Diehard 500.
Orioles edge Pulaski, 5-4
By MIKE JUDGEof the Daily Telegraph staff
For the second straight night, Bluefield manager Gus Gil visited the mound in the ninth with the tying run on base and a guy warm in the bullpen. Both times he stayed with his pitcher, and again Saturday the Orioles came through.
Mike Hebb got Juan Williams to ground out with the tying run on third, lifting the Baby Birds to a 5-4 win over Pulaski at Bowen Field and into a tie for fourth place in the Appalachian League standings.
Bluefield, 20-16 and winners of six straight, head to Huntington today for a four-game set with the Cubs. John O’Donoghue (1-0, 2.08 ERA) will start for Bluefield against Adrian Sanchez in the 2 p.m. contest.
Hebb retired 11 straight in the middle innings and cruised into the ninth inning with a six-hitter. With two outs, the Braves put together three singles to load the bases and bring Gil to the mound.
"He’s been pitching his heart out. That’s one reason why I didn’t take him out,” Gil said. ‘The hits in the ninth inning were not hit that hard. He had command of his pitches.”
A balk call brought in one run to make it 5-4 and put runners on second and third. Juan Williams followed with a grounder up the middle that second baseman Estaur Ruiz stabbed and
fired to first for the bang-bang final out of the game.
Hebb, the team’s first four-game winner, chalked up his second complete game of the season. Like last Monday’s win over Burlington, Hebb’s fastball carried him to his third straight win.
‘The infield made two great double plays to get me out of innings. The defense played well,” Hebb said.
The offensive show belonged to designated hitter Gordon Graham. who cracked a two-run game tying single in the fourth and a three-run go-ahead homer to center in the sixth.
“He threw a fastball on the inside,” said Graham, who improved his batting average to .400 (14-35) and increased his RBI total from three to eight. "It surprised me and I jumped on it.”
Huntington nails PatriotsBy DALE MULLINS
of the Daily Telegraph staff
PRINCETON — A brief shower came, and then left, Hunnicutt Field on Saturday, but the Huntington Cubs continued to rain runs on the Princeton Patriots.
Huntington used a three-run outburst in the top of the fifth and added three in the final three frames to post a 9-5 win.
The Cubs (20-14) will host the Bluefield Orioles today at 2 p.m. at St. Cloud Commons. The Patriots (16-17) entertain the Pulaski Braves toddy at 7:30 p.m. in the start of a two-game set. Today’s game is sponsored by the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
David Steven struck out 10 in six innings to earn the win. Joel Adamson suffered the loss for the Pats and saw his record drop to 1-1.
The Cubs made a bid to snap their four-game losing skid with three runs off Adamson in the top of the first.
Jose Viera slapped an RBI single to plate Jim Postiff. Postiff led off the contest by reching base after being hit by the Patriots’ southpaw’s two-strike offering. Humberto Saa scored on a balk and Viera dashed home on Willie Gardner’s infield single.
Adamson managed to elude further damage by picking off Gardner. The Princeton lefthander also picked off Cesar Montero in the fifth. Adamson retired nine straight Cubs before Jason Sehom reached on an error to lead off the fifth.
The Patriots closed to within a run in the bottom of the first. Steve Hollins roped stnd-up triple to the right-centerfield gap, scoring Jesus Garces. Hollns scambled home when catcher Mike Gabbani’s pick-off attempt struck Hollins’ back and ricocheted towrd Huntington’s dug-out.
The contest ws delyed 38 minutes by rain in the top of the fourth. Following the shower, Princeton scored twice in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 4-3.
Troy Rusk led off the stanza by rawing a full-count walk, then moved to second on Julio Vargas’ wet-grass infield hit. urelio Linos moved Rusk to third on fielder’s choice, pssed bll scored Rusk and advanced Llanos to third.
Llanos used the element of surprise by stealing home, his third pilfered sack of the evening.
NASCAR charged up for Diehard
By LARRY HYPESMotorsports writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. - If Darlington is too tough to tame then Talladega Superspeedway could be “ too big to handle.” NASCAR’s giant 2.66-mile showcase has overcome manya driver in the past two decades and some haven’t survived its great banked turns and seemeingly endless straightaways.
Dale Earnhardt, maybe the toughest man on wheels, will try to beat back the legends surrounding this track and manhandle his way to victory over 41 other men intent on proving they can overcome the fuatcst track on the Winston
It may well be a surprise winner. In 21 previous races, 19 different drivers have made it to victory lane.
This year’s winner will take a little longer to get there. Earnhardt’s top time of 192.513 was the slowest at Big T since 1976. Restrictor plates cutting the air flow to a one-inch opening on the big Holley Fours may mean lots of “freight trains” with drivers unable or unwilling to pass.
Bill Eliott’s world-record speed of 186.288 miles per hour set in 1985 is absolutely safe.
NASCAR inspectors have also worked to make sure rear spoilers are around 30 degrees and no less, if possible. The terrific pile-up at Daytona has been blamed partly on some cars having spoilers too laid back, causing higher speeds but increasing handling problems.
“I'm looking forward to a good race,” notes Winston Cup points leader Mark Martin, who holds a narrow, 48-point edge over Earnhardt. Martin qualified fourth, behind Earnhardt, Davey Allison and Kyle Petty. He won the pole here in 1989 and finished third in the race.
“I think we may be able to go all the way with almost no caution. With these 30 degree spoilers, we shouldn’t get caught in somebody else’s problem and be running around under the yellow flag. Everybody will have a chance to do his thing. I’d sure like the whole race to be run under green.”
Alan Kulwicki, starting fifth, would also like a clear track. Kulwicki has suffered through terrible luck this year, and needs a good run.
Rob Moroso starts sixth.■NASCAR B-4Bauer leads Fincastle tourney
By BILL FLIPPENof the Daily Telegraph staff
BLUEFIELD. Va. - Hobe Bauer of Bluefield fired a 70 in the first round of the Fincastle Country Club Championship Saturday to claim the first-round lead in the two-day club tournament.
Joyce Compton shot an 84 to lead the ladies division.
Bauer, who was a leading contender in the West Virginia
State Amatuer Tournament, holds a five-shot lead over Don Taylor.
Taylor’s 75 was Just one shot better than Carl Martin and Dave Kovach’s first-day round.
Jim Godsey, John Powers and Charlie Green each shot a round of 78. Frank Wilkerson and Steve Stephenson each fired a 79, Harry Tyree and Exl Plagata each shot an 80 and Russ Chandler shot an 81 to round out the men’s low scores of the day. Compton owns a three-shot
lead over the ladies’ field after the first round. Judy Honaker shot a second-place 87, and is followed by Jane Booth with an 88. Charlotte Perdue finished with a 91 and Jane Koh and Jennifer Pascal rounded out the ladies’ field with scores of 92.
Godsey and Powers lead the Seniors division with their scores of a 78. Harry Tyree shot an 80 and Asie Hylton shot an 82 to round out the division.
The final round will begin today at 1:30 p.m.
Ace recorded at Elks tournament
By DALE MULLINSof the Daily Telegraph staff
GLENWOOD - Gene Watkins’ hole-in-one helped push his team into a tie for second place, one shot off the lead, in the first round of the Miller Lite Open on Saturday at the Princeton Elks Country Club.
Watkins, playing in a foursome with Harry Sutherland, Jim Harman and Dorsey Parrish, carded his ace on the No. 3,
par-3, 140 yard hole.
Watkins’ shot pulled his team Into a tie with the team of Mitch Robertson, Larry Graham, Bill Carper and Bob Blackwell at 62.
The team of Roger Cooper, Calvin Linkous, Bernard Charles and Moon Mullins lead the captain’s choice event with 61. The final round is set to start at 1 p.m. today.
Fifteen teams, composed of 60 golfers who are Princeton Elks members, teed off early Satuiuay
morning in the tournament sponsored by Miller Lite in conjunction with Blue-Prince Beverage Company.
Golfers are competing for gift certificates, umbrellas and gift sets to be awarded at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round.
‘This is going to be an annual event," said Willie Beljian, Princeton Elks course superintendent. “We had quite a bit of participation and eveiybody seemed to have a lot of fun.”