New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, August 14,1985 8A
Local stars prepared
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
How the Senior Babe Ruth League all-stars will fare this weekend in the World Series is anybody’s guess, but the team will leave New Braunfels on Thursday in very solid shape.
Coach Charlie Gillis said his team has only a weak spot or two as it travels to Frederick, Md. for the start of the series on Saturday.
A list of the team’s strengths reads like an all-star team’s should — high batting average, a lot of muscle, good team speed and a solid defense.
The all-stars went through the South Texas and Southwest Regional tournaments undefeated, scoring 96 runs in the eight games.
The team batting average was well above .400 in the state tournamemt and “dropped” to the mid-.300’s in the regional.
“We are very strong in terms of hitting and very strong on defense,” Gillis said. “This is a very talented group of ballplayers.”
If the team has a weak spot, it is pitching, Gillis said. The squad has a good group of pitchers, but their level of consistency has not matched the rest of the team’s, he said.
The squad is made up of players from Seguin, San Marcos, Luling and New Braunfels, including members of the Canyon and New Braunfels high school teams.
Gillis said he was surprised at how easy the team was to coach, especially with players from the two rival schools.
“This team has the best attitude and more desire than any team I have coached in my 30 years of poaching. In terms of getting along together, they are great. I would never have believed Canyon and New Braunfels players could get along as well as they have with the rivalry they have, but they work together beautifully,” he said.
The team faces a tough challenge on the series’ opening night, playing
the host team, Frederick.
‘‘I know the first game will be tough. We’ll be lucky to have seven or eight fans out there and they (Frederick) will have a thousand or two thousand. We are going to need some deaf ears,” Gillis said.
One advantage the team might have over Frederick is in playoff experience. While New Braunfels worked its way up to the World Series, Frederick’s host-team status earned the team a bye.
Other matchups on the first day of the double-elimination tournament will see Syracuse, N.Y. facing Fern Creek, Ky., San Gabriel, Ca. against Redman, Wash, and Sarasota. Fla. against Mound, Minn.
The team from Stanford, Conn. will receice a first round bye and will play the winner of the New Braufels-Fredenck game at 4 p.m. Sunday.
If New Braunfels loses its first game, it will play at 6:30 p.m. Sunday against the Syracuse-Fern Creek loser.
The team ran through its final day of practice last night, and except for traveling to the northeast, will enjoy the next few days off.
“I figured if the kids didn’t know baseball by now, they weren’t going to learn in a few more practice sessions,” Gillis said. “I just want them to relax as much as possible before Saturday.”
Local players on the team are Ricky Gomez and David Caddell of New Braunfels High and Danny Hernandez, Bret Cappleman, Haul Chapa and Troy Moss of Canyon.
Cappleman, Moss and Hernandez all start in an infield which has only committed two errors in tournament competition. Moss plays first base, Hernandez third and Cappleman is the catcher.
Chapa and Caddell split playing time in center field while Gomez is one of the team’s three starting pitchers.
Gillis said he and the team is anxious to play and to see how it does
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Lefty Danny Hernandez (top) and Bret Cappleman work on their hitting during the all-stars' final practice Tuesday night
in a national tournament.
“I don’t know what they can do at this level of competition, but I told them that they’ve already gone further than I expected, so any more will just be icing,” he said.
A good showing will help put New Braunfels baseball on the map, Gillis
said, and will help the city’s chances of hosting a regional tournament in 1987.
"We d love to have the tournament here. I think it would be great for the town and great for us. We d have to be sure we could get enough foster parents to take all these ball players in for a week, but I think New
Braunfels would welcome the chance.” he said Gillis said the team is still accepting donations to help defray the cost of traveling to Maryland Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Roger Reimnger of Texas Commerce Bank at 625-7541NCAA to hear appeal
BOSTON (AP) — Southern Methodist, a frequent winner on the football field, tries today to avoid an off-field loss that threatens to spoil a promising season less than a month before it begins.
A hearing was scheduled before the NCAA Council on the university’s appeal of a decision that reportedly would cost it football scholarships and bowl and television appearances because of alleged recruiting violations.
The council was not expected to announce a decision on today’s hearing before its three-day meeting ends here Friday. The penalties were assessed by the NCAA’s infractions committee, according to the Dallas Times Herald.
SMU, which was on probation five times since 1958. has been the object of a 26-month investigation that began about the time its previous two-year probation ended in June 1983
The infractions committee's decision would bar SMU from giving football scholarships next year and from appearing on television or in bowl games for two years, the Times Herald reported.
It also said SMU plans to bring a court challenge on grounds that it has been discriminated against “What the NUAA does has the potential to be a disruptive problem." said Mustang Coach Bobby Collins, whose team has been chosen by one magazine to win this year’s national championship. This is a cloud that has been hanging over us two or three years now .’’
The Mustangs, who open their season Sept 7 against Texas-El Paso, were the second winningest team in the nation the last three years w ith a 31-4-1 record They beat Notre Dame in last year’s Aloha Bowl and were ranked eighth in Hie nation w Uh a 10-2 mark The NCAA investigation centered on the role of the football team's boosters and allegations that recruits were offered cash, cars and jobs for their relatives if they went to SMU SMU had been on probation from June 1981 through June 1983Open gym at Bulverde, BrieflyCompany to reward scholars
DALLAS — Fina Oil and Chemical Company and Gov. Mark White have announced a program in which Fina will award $1,000 college scholarships to ll Texas student-athletes who combine football prowess with outstading schoolwork.
Winners will be named to the first Fina Texas Academic All-State Football Team.
Of the ll players, the one who best combines football skills with academic achievement, leadership qualities and participation in other school and community activities will be chosen by a blue-ribbon panel as the Fina Academic All-State Athlete of the Year.
The ll team members, along with their parents and coaches, will be announced in March and honored at a dinner in Dallas in June.
“The most important challenge facing Texas today is the improvement of public education,” said Paul Meek, chairman and chief executive officer of Fina. ‘‘The outstanding scholastic achievements of high school football players in Texas deserve recognition. Many high school football players are already leaders in school and community activities.
“Let’s recognize the positive achievements and quit emphasizing the lack of scholastic accomplishments among football players.”
Any senior playing high school football in Texas is eligible for nomination and will receive a certificate and letter of commendation. _
'Abused' Cougars aiming for Cotton
HOUSTON I AP) — The Houston Cougars made a Cinderella appearance in the 1985 Cotton Bowl as the Southwest Conference representative but they never got a chance to try on the glass slipper.
Instead, they were subjected to snide remarks that suggested their fans hung out at convenience stores instead of finer eating establishments. They felt like an afterthought as pre-game hype focused on Doug Flutie-Ied Boston College.
“I think it shocked our kids to be beat on like that,” Coach Bill Yeoman said. “Here they are representing the Southwest Conference and they didn’t expect people in the conference lashing out at you Uke that.”
With nine returning starters on offense and six on defense from that Cinderella team, the Cougars are hoping to give the SWC a chance to make amends by returning in January 1986
Junior quarterback Gerald I^andry, who set four school offensive records and ran and passed for almost 2,000 yards last season, will have much to say about Houston’s 1985 season.
He led the Cougars to the Cotton Bowl as a sophomore, which could make it hard to come up with an encore. But Yeoman believes he can.
Yeoman can’t understand the criticism leveled at I^indry last season.
‘‘When a sophomore without much experience in an option offense takes you to the Cotton Bowl, you’ve got be a UttleomzHSWC: Houston Cougars
careful about being hypercritical,” Yeoman said.
An experienced corps of running backs — including Raymond Tate, Mat Pierson and Sloan Hood — along with tight end Carl Hilton and wide receivers Larry Shepherd and Anthony Ket-cham will lend support to laundry.
“Hilton, now, I don’t want to go around saying he’s better than anybody, but nobody has got a better tight end in the country than we do,” Yeoman said of his senior tight end who caught 38 passes last season.
Defensive tackle T.J. Turner will anchor the Cougar defensive line and Kandy Thornton will direct traffic in the secondary.
“It appears that we may have more speed and experience in the secondary than we’ve had in quite a while, which is encouraging,” Yeoman said.
Sophomores Robert Harper and Gary McGuire will start in
the Cougars' two-linebacker defense.
Harper and McGuire are two outstanding physical specimens,” Yeoman said “You’ve got to stay upright I healthy » but it looks like w e’ll be in pretty good shape* there ."
Harper, a freshman standout last season, needs to learn more discipline, Yeoman said.
Robert lias to discipline himself to make sure he makes the tackle as opposed to unraveling the guy with a big hit," Yeoman said. "The big hit is fine, just make sure you make the tackle "
Turner, a senior three-year letterman, had 23 tackles for 98 yards in losses last season, including ll quarterback sacks
“We’re not as deep there as we’d like to be but if Turner stays upright, we’ll liave, I think, as good a tackle as anyone in the country will.”
Noseguard Eddie Gilmore, who regularly balloons over 300 pounds in the off season, lias a weight problem once again
“If Eddie can lose the weight he’s as good as there is,” Yeoman said. “Someone said he’s down to 290 something. That sounds kind of ridiculous, but that would be a 25 or 30-pound reduction, which is at least a start in the right direction.”
The Cougars, 7-5 last season including the Cotton Bow l loss to Boston College, will have a non-conference schedule of Tulsa, Washington and louisville before jumping into league play against Baylor.
Moon: Holdouts a distraction to Oilers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The holdout game being played by the Houston Oilers’ two first round draft picks and starting fullback I^arry Moriarty is starting to bother quarterback Warren Moon.
“Everytime this team takes a step forward, say, in getting a Mike Rozier or Butch Woolf oik, it seems we also take a couple of steps backward and we end up staying in the same place,” Moon told Houston Radio Station KIKE Tuesday night.
“What we need to do is to build this thing and keep everything on a positive move forward and have all our guns ready come Sept. 8.”
The Oilers need first round draft picks Ray Childress and Richard Johnson and Moriarty to continue the team’s rebuilding program, Moon said.
“If I start thinking about it too much it
bothers me but I don’t want to let it affect my play,” Moon said.
The Oilers open their season against 1985 Super Bowl finalist Miami in the Astrodome Sept. 8 but it appears likely they’ll start without Childress, a defensive end from Texas AAM, and Johnson, a cornerback from Wisconsin.
Childress’ agent Joe Courrage currently is negotiating with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League. Johnson’s agent, Ed Sewell, said his client had enrolled in graduate school.
Moriarty, the Oilers’ leading rusher last season, has retainedoa new agent, Larry Muno, but talks remained deadlocked.
“When I first came here this team had a plan in mind which I was told to rebuild the club and one way we wanted to do it was with younger players,” Moon said.
“We’ve got in a position to have two good No.
I draft picks and both of those guys would really help our football team this year and they’re both not here.”
“That really hurts our team depth wise and for the future,” Moon said. “But that’s out of my business because it has to do with money and I don’t negotiate for either one of them.” Elsewhere in NFL training camps, two of the league’s top running backs appear to Re headed in opposite directions. *
John Riggins of the Washington Redskins, owner of new $850,000 one-year contract, said he is looking forward to a banner season But Dallas Cowboys speedster Tony Dorsett is talking about a trade.
Riggins joked that he has been “a bad boy,” but insists he will be able to control his off-the-field conduct and will cause no further embarrassment for the team.
The 13-year veteran, who signed a one-year,
$850,000 contract on Monday, spoke Tuesday at a news conference at the Redskins’ Carlise, Pa., camp. He said he is in good shape, excited about the coming season and eager to battle for playing time against George Rogers, acquired during the off-season from New Orleans.
Dorsett said there has been no progress in his contract negotiations with Cowboys, and added that he would welcome a trade. But Cowboys’ President Tex Schramm, who met briefly with Dorsett last weekend, isn’t so sure a change of teams would solve Dorsett’s problems with the Internal Revenue Service.
Dorsett has been seeking a new contract with the Cowboys and has been involved in a dispute with the IRS over more than $400,000 in back taxes the government says the player owes.
Meanwhile Tuesday, NFL teams continued to trim their rosters, and a notable victim was San Diego Chargers defensive back Tim Fox.