Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1988, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 1988INSIDE
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Reds make it to 'Promised Land’
Gazette photo by John Mclvor
Springfield catcher Ed Fulton tags Cedar Rapids baserunner Steve Davis at the plate on close fifth-inning play at Memorial Stadium Thursday. The Reds had already scored twice and went on to win, 4-3.
Reds show pride is minor motivator
Iowa 12-0? Absolutely!
port magazine, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune have picked Iowa No. I in college football this season.
Those aren’t preseason ratings, they’re where the publications say the Hawkeyes will finish.
The two papers didn’t say Iowa has the best team. They gave the Hawks the nod because of their preseason schedule. It has been arranged to give them an excellent chance to enter the Big Ten Conference part of their season unbeaten.
Of all the teams with conference affiliations drawing attention as a national championship contender, Iowa has the lightest nonconference slate. Period. Games at Hawaii and Kansas State, and at home against Colorado and Iowa State, are not the stuff of which nightmares are caused.
So, many sideline observers feel Iowa can use the bounce of its four nonconference games to go into the Big Ten season and roll through its eight league games. Neither Sport, the Daily News or the Tribune is willing to say just how Iowa is going to win at Michigan State, Indiana and Minnesota, as well as hold off Michigan and Ohio State at home.
To say the Hawkeyes will take a 12-0 record and the nation’s No. I ranking to the Rose Bowl is sheer folly considering the unpredictability of college football and the always-present potential for key injuries.
WITH THAT IN mind, I offer no outlandish predictions of a national title for Iowa. There are too many other legitimate powerhouses across the United States with the talent and coaching that can take them to a No. I finish.
However, the Hawkeyes will take a 12-0 record and a No. I ranking to the Rose Bowl. But let’s back up a bit.
The season starts Saturday night in Honolulu. On the surface, this does not seem to have been a rational move on Iowa’s part. Why add one more opportunity to lose, one more opportunity for injuries? Why start the year with a game several thousand miles from home?
The answer is this: Hayden Fry has plotted a national championship path. Fry has said he wouldn’t have scheduled Hawaii to start the year had the next Iowa opponent been what he calls a "preparation.” Kansas State is not a preparation.
If the Hawks flatten Hawaii Saturday night, it starts them on their way up from their current No. 9 Associated Press ranking. Either Florida State or Miami, two viable national title threats, will be 0-1 late Saturday night, since the two meet. Others in the top eight don’t play Saturday.
So, a convincing Hawkeye win Saturday gets the wheels in motion for a run at No. I.
NEXT SATURDAY, Nebraska is at UCLA. One of those two will take a slide in the polls. Sept. 17, Florida State is at Clemson and Miami visits Michigan. More slippage. Oklahoma is at USG Sept. 24. Another loser from the Top Ten. Up go the Hawkeyes.
After Iowa has crushed three Big 8 clubs and compiled massive offensive and defensive statistics, the Hawks will go to Michigan State. Then it gets serious.
Michigan State, for those who might have forgotten, breezed through the Big Ten unbeaten last year and won the Rose Bowl. They’re capable of such a thing again this year, but it won’t happen. Iowa will edge the Spartans, 19-18, and then the juggernaut takes off.
Michigan will be a scary game for the Hawks Oct. 15, and Iowa’s trip to Indiana Oct. 29 might be even hairier. Ohio State, Purdue and Minnesota might all turn out to be romps, but they could also be white-knucklers.
Still, the Hawks will win them all, and go to the Rose Bowl to play for the national championship. And then, well, let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.
By the way, Fry will be national Coach of the Year, Chuck Hartlieb will bag the Heisman, and Dave Haight will claim the Outland Trophy?
Moscrey, Hill team on 7-hitter; Reds win, 4-3
By Mike Koolbeck
It’s been a long time coming, but the Cedar Rapids Reds have finally reached the Baseball Promised Land.
Mike Moscrey and Milt Hill combined to scatter seven hits and they were backed by the Reds’ 12-hit attack as Cedar Rapids beat Springfield, 4-3, for the Midwest League’s Southern Division title Thursday night before 3,616 Memorial Stadium fans.
It was the Reds’ second straight win in the best-of-three series and sends them into the league finals against Northern Division titlist and defending champion Kenosha. The best-of-five series begins tonight at 7 at Kenosha.
"It doesn’t give us a lot of time to celebrate, but that’s what the minor leagues are all about,” said Cedar Rapids Manager Marc Bombard.
The game will be broadcast by radio station KTOF-FM (104.5).
It is the first appearance in the league finals for a Cedar Rapids team since 1966 and only the second in the franchise’s 26 years in the Midwest League.
Cedar Rapids broke a 2-2 tie in its fifth, scoring two runs after
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By Mike Hlas
Gazette sports columnist Some people think minor-league baseball players could care less about championships.
Some people don’t know the Cedar Rapids Reds.
Reds relief pitcher Milt Hill jumped for joy after inducing Springfield batter Chuck Johnson to ground out for the final out in
Cedar Rapids’ 4-3 win over the Cardinals Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
The victory gave the Reds a 2-0 sweep of Springfield for the Midwest League’s Southern Division title, and sent them into the ML championships against Kenosha.
"Sure, you strive for personal goals,” Reds Manager Marc Bom
bard said, "but you’ve got to draw a fine line. It’s got to be a team game.”
For the Reds and other minor-league playoff teams, little extra money is involved. Corny as it may sound, pride is at stake.
"It’s a big deal to me because I want that (championship) ring,” said Cedar Rapids first baseman
Reggie Jefferson. "I figure I'm here to win.”
Reds catcher Pete Beeler played in the Class AA Eastern League championship series last year with Vermont, which lost to Harrisburg.
"I can still remember the feeling I had as I saw their guys piling up on each other on the field after • Please turn to page 2B: Players
10 minutes late, Lynn ineligible for postseason
DETROIT (AP) — Outfielder Fred Lynn, obtained by the Detroit Tigers as pennant insurance, cannot qualify for postseason play because he missed a deadline for reporting to the club by IO minutes, team officials said Thursday.
"It’s not even a question of 'may not’ ” be eligible, Tigers spokesman Greg Shea said. "He is not.”
Major league rules specify that a player must report to his new club by midnight local time Aug. 31 to qualify for postseason play.
If the player is traveling by airplane to join his new team, the pilot at least must make contact by midnight Aug. 31 with the airport to which he is flying, Shea said.
The Tigers obtained Lynn from the Baltimore Orioles for three minor league players to be named later in a deal closed between 7 and 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday. The club chartered a plane to fly Lynn from Ontario (Calif.) International Airport to O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where the Tigers were playing the White Sox.
"We tried as best we could,” Lynn said Thursday night at Tiger Stadium before Detroit’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers. "Unfortunately, I was in Anaheim and the plane was at Ontario” about 25 miles away.
"But Southern California traffic at that time of the afternoon is pretty tough going,” he said. "It was rush hour, and you can’t get anywhere at that time without a helicopter.”
The plane left the California airport on a flight expected to reach Chicago by 12 a.m., Iowa time, Thursday, Shea said. But the pilot could not contact the O’Hare tower until 12:10 a.m. and did not land the plane until 12:30 a.m., he said — meaning Lynn missed the deadline for postseason eligibility by IO minutes.
Lynn said the pilot began trying to make contact with the O’Hare tower about 11:40 p.m. but was too far away.
Coe has high hopes, tough slate
By Bob Hilton
Asked how he views the approaching football season, Coe senior Craig Johnston responds like a coach: Expectations are high, the schedule tough.
Kohawk tri-captain Johnson was an all-Mississippi Valley Conference linebacker at Cedar Rapids Kennedy. He’s 30 pounds heavier now — at 230 — and has spent his entire Coe career at defensive tackle.
While his 92 teammates took their turns before the cameras during Kohawk media day Thursday, Johnston set forth the goals he hopes to attain this fall — all-Midwest Conference honors for himself, the conference championship and an NCAA Division III playoff berth for the team.
"We’re sharpening things up, I think we’re jelling,” he said.'The offense has improved a lot since practice began. And people can expect the kind of hard-nosed defense Coe is noted for.”
But, Johnston cautioned, "every week we’ll be facing a tough game. I’ve been here five years (a back injury sidelined him for one season), and the conference has gotten tougher each year.”
Dr. Robert Thumess, who’s beginning his seventh season as Kohawk head coach, subsequently echoed and elaborated upon Johnston’s assessment.
"WE AGAIN HAVE an exceptional group of young men,” Thumess said. "They’re a fun group to coach. They like to play, they like to practice. They get excited about football.”
Thumess is 40-15-2 at Coe, including a 25-7-1 mark and two co-championships in the Midwest Conference. Last year’s 6-3 finish, with losses at Wartburg (35-17), Monmouth (14-7 in a South Division title showdown) and Cornell (26-21), was disappointing.
"You don’t always accomplish your goals,” Thumess observed. "But we don’t dwell on history.
"This is a football team that may be a little deceiving in the number (I I) of starters returning. Many of the other young men got a lot of playing time, started some games, had an opportunity to get solid game experience.
"We had an outstanding freshman class last year. A lot of those players will make a significant contribution this season.
"The development of the interior line is • Please turn to page 4B: Coe
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Gazette photo by John Mclvor
Eleven returning starters will lead Coe’s highly-regarded football squad this fall. They are, front from left, wide receiver Tony Callahan, offensive tackle Monte Brown (Marion), defensive end Brian Tuttle and defensive tackles Craig Johnston (Kennedy) and Wayne Hormann (Mount Vernon); and back, running back Mark Pate (Western Dubuque), quarterback Larry Brennecke, strong safety Steve Parsons, cornerback Brent Thumess (Marion), linebacker Mark Weber (Jefferson) and punter Mark Havertape (West Delaware). Johnston, Callahan and Parsons are Kohawk tri-captains.
Wahlert runs past Kennedy in football opener
By Bob Denney
Gazette sportswriter Cedar Rapids Kennedy grounded Dubuque Wahlert’s aerial attack, but the Golden Eagles taxied their way to a 20-0 season-opening prep football victory Thursday night at Kingston Stadium.
Wahlert junior quarterback Mike Walsh, who had thrown for over 1,100 yards last year in guiding a Mississippi Valley Conference co-championship, went 0-for-6 against the Cougars.
But, the Golden Eagles’ were fast birds on the ground to escape Kennedy.
Senior tailback Jeff McGrath carried 21 times for a game-high 129 yards and one touchdown, while fullback Doug Hoefer
added 81 and scored twice to propel Wahlert.
The Golden Eagles had 55 rushing plays for 302 yards, and limited Kennedy to 43 total plays and 146 yards.
The win was Wahlert Coach Tom Kopatich’s 14th straight in Kingston Stadium — a streak dating back to 1982 when he coached at Cedar Rapids LaSalle.
"THEY’RE A LOT better this year, and people are going to hear things from Kennedy,” said Kopatich. "I was just happy our line, came to play.
"The penalties did a lot to put us back in throwing positions, but I feel we’ll be a lot better. It’s too tough in this league every
week. Unless you’re Oklahoma, you are going to have it tough.”
The Cougars, who lost 19-0 decision to Wahlert last season, were inspired after trailing 7-0 in a penalty-filled first half. Kennedy tackle Tony Booth and linebacker Jamie Van Berkum added fire to the cause by sacking Walsh once apiece.
"I just hope the Kennedy community doesn’t get down on these kids because of a 20-0 score,” said Cougar Coach Don Knock. "This game doesn’t mean a thing in the long run. lf anyone doubts we’ve made progress, I’ll haul out the videotapes of last year’s game. The best thing about tonight was we came out healthy.
"I thought our coaches Jim Lewis, Jerry
Mauren and Roger Britson did a great job getting the kids ready. The kids played fantastic considering we lost our starting tight end Kyle Crispin Tuesday (by a broken ankle).”
Cougar cornerback Erie Daywitt and free safety Louis Ervin frustrated Walsh and blanketed the Wahlert receiving corps.
"I HAD NO ARC ON the ball tonight,” said Walsh, also a standout baseball pitcher. "Kennedy did a good job, because we have good receivers. Coach (Tom Kopatich) said this is a good omen, though. If we started out like this last year and ended up like we did (in the playoffs), • Please turn to page 4B: Kennedy