New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Fine tuning off, Benoit will not run
By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer
Olympic marathon champion Joan Benoit is running like a race car with a ping or a speedboat with a sputter —not quite right.
“It’s a feeling, a sensation when I run and train,” she said. “It’s like a missing link. Usually, I can win and feel strong and fluid. Right now, I haven’t been able to put all three together.”
Her Ane tuning is off. That’s why she will make her indoor season debut at the Vitalis-U.S. Olympic Invitational Saturday night in a new role — as the starter for the 3,000-meter race.
Meet officials would rather see her running in the race Instead of starting it. She has finished second at the Invitational in each of the last two years, losing by one hundredth of a second to PattiSue Plumer in 1983, and by 33 hundredths to Suzanne Girard in 1984.
That’s part of the reason she was reluctant about turning down the Olympic Invitational. “It is a special race for me, an important race that helped my career,” she said. ‘‘The 3,000 tells me how my speed is, how strong I am. I’m sorry I’m not in it.”
But Benoit is too proud to run when she is sub-par. And that's her condition right now.
“I’m a month or so behind in my training,” she said. “I’ve only been on the track twice since the Olympics. I’m not going to run a race I’m not prepared to run. I’d be be disappointed. The crowd would be disappointed.”
So she will wait until March 30 and the Crescent City Classic at New Orleans before returning to competition. By then, she figures the pings and sputters will be cured.
Benoit’s drive and intensity demands more than just winning from her races. How she wins is important, too. After the Olympics, she ran a half-marathon in September and a 10-kilometer in November, winning both, but in dramatically different fashion.
“The half-marathon was an excellent race for me,” she said. “It was a record, a month after the Olympics, right before my wedding. I was running on adrenaline.”
The 10K was quite another story.
“It was disappointing. T won, but I should have won by lots more. I should have run faster and felt better. It was a real effort for me.”
Benoit is trying to work out the problem. She runs about 15 miles a day, mostly alone, along rugged roads in Maine. “I’m a little frustrated, but I haven’t lost hope,” she said. “I have to tough it out.”Hvrald-Zeitung
Friday, February 8,1985 BA
SV topples Southside
SAN ANTONIO - Smithson Valley started the game with a flurry and cruised past Southside 62-42 Thursday night.
It was the last District 27-3A game for the Rangerettes, who finished the season with a 7-3 record.
Smithson Valley now must await the outcome of Saturday’s Boeme-Cole game to determine if the Rangerettes will have a chance to advance to the playoffs.
If Boerne wins, Smithson Valley and Cole would be tied with 7-3 records, and the two teams would meet to determine which one would advance to the playoffs.
Boerne defeated Cole 84-39 in the first half of the district schedule. A Cole victory would knock the Rangerettes out of the playoffs.
Against the Cardinals, the Rangerettes used a full-court press for the first half of the first quarter, long enough for Smithson Valley to take a big lead.
“We pressed the first four minutes of the game, and it worked very well,” said Smithson Valley Coach Phyllis Fowler. “We got a lot of turnovers in that time and led by 12 points when we decided to call it off.”
By halftime, the Rangerette lead had grown to 34-17.
Shalynn McCoy and Tiffany Beene led Smithson Valley with 16 points each.
Smithson Valley 62. Southold* 42 Tiffany Bmo« 16, Shalynn McCoy IS. Karan Allbright 11, Kim Wagner 10, Backy Dally 4, Susan Davis 2, Mary Bruce 2, Annetta Ferguson 0, Michelle Hennigar 0.
Girls’ standings District games only
Team W I Pct
Boerne..................... 9 0 1.000
Cole....................... 7 2 .778
Smithson Valley.............. 7 3 .700
Banders.................... 2 « .260
Floresville................... 1 8 .111
Southside................... 1 8 .111
Thursday’s games - Smithson Valley 62. Southside 42; Cole 46. Freeville 31; Boerne 62. Bandera 22.
Saturday’s gams - Boerne vs. Cole.
Karen Allbright added ll points and Kim Wagner chipped in IO.
Fowler said the team’s offense worked well against Southside.
“We worked the fast break a lot and we moved the ball around well.
When you have four players in double figures, things are usually going well,” she Mid.
Smithson Valley also dominated in rebounding, Fowler said, enabling the team to keep Southside from mounting a serious threat.
“SuMn Davis did a good job under the boards. We were just all over the place,” she Mid.
The Cardinals finished the district season with a 1-8 record. Shalynn McCoy puts up a shot In an earlier gameTwenty years later, Estes is still remembered
EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty years ago, Wayne Estes played the best game of his basketball career. Three hours later, he died, under circumstances so bizMre that friends and family are still haunted by the memory..
By MIKE CLARK AP Sports Writer
Maybe if Wayne Estes had been an inch or two shorter, he wouldn’t have been an All-American. Maybe he wouldn’t have been a scoring machine. But, then, maybe he would be alive today.
“As far as I’m concerned, if Wayne Estes hadn't been killed, he'd be almost forgotten today, even though he was one of the greatest players ever to play basketball,” Del Lyons said. “I feel bad that a person has to die to be remembered.”
Lyons and Estes were classmates, roommates and teammates on Utah State’s strong basketball teams of the mid-1960s. They spent practically every waking hour together.
“I did the cooking and Wayne did the cleaning up,” said Lyons, now an insurance agent in Logan, Utah.
On Feb. 8, 1965, Estes, a 8-foot-6, 225-pound forward, was averaging almost 34 points a game. He had just scored a field house-record 48 points to boost his career total to 2,001.
Three hours later, he died.
“I can My without fear of contradiction that he was the greatest variety shooter who ever lived,” Mid his coach, Ladell Anderson, now head coach at Brigham Young. “Maybe Bird is as good, I don’t know.
“There's guys who get a million dollars for being able to dunk and maybe hit a few jumpers, but there's never
been anybody who had such a command of all the shots that he did.”
Estes, Lyons and Mike Murray went for a post-game pizza after Wayne’s record-Mtting show against the University of Denver. Tile players felt like celebrating. Estes took a break to call his folks in Anaconda, Mont.
On their way home, they noticed the remains of a car wreck.
Two cars loaded with students had raced along a snow-slick street near the Utah State campus. One went out of control and smashed into a power pole, killing a passenger and splaying high-voltage lines across the roadway.
Richard Wright, now a lieutenant with the Logan Police Dept, and one of the officers at the accident scene, recalls being concerned about those downed wires. He called a power company workman to turn off the juice.
“The guy came and Mid there wasn’t any problem, that as soon as the wire hit the street, a relay switched and the power was off,” Wright said. “And then he Just rolled up that wire and went away.”
Wright didn’t realize that another wire, also knocked loose by the wreck, was dangling nearby.
“There’d been hundreds of people walking under it all night long,” Wright said. “Of course, nobody else was 6-6.”
Lyons, a 6-2 guard, saw the wire. Estes didn’t.
“I told Wayne to duck,” Lyons said. “But the wire brushed his head, and he swatted at it. If I’d been an inch taller, I’d probably have gotten it, not him.”
The electricity shot through Estes’ massive frame, his hand locking around the wire as he fell to the ground.
See ESTES, Page 9A
San Antonio's Marc lavaroni drives to the basket
San Antonio rolls over LA as Clippers' rally falls short
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Gippers 120-108, but Los Angeles center James Donaldson said the score was “not reflective of how bad the game was.”
“We just didn’t have our heads in the game in the third quarter. We couldn’t pass, shoot or play defense. After you’re 30 points down it turns into garbage time. We made it respectable but still lost,” Donaldson Mid after Thursday night’s National Basketball Association game.
George Garvin scored 23 points and Mark lavaroni grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds to lead the Spurs, while Donaldson tied his season high with 23 points.
The Spurs, 25-25 heading into the All-Star break, took control during the first six minutes of the second quarter, pushing their lead to 17 points. They extended that lead to 36 late in the third quarter.
“Our downfall tonight was just that we couldn’t make a shot,” Mid Los Angeles Coach Jim Lynam, whose team dropped to 20-30. “We were shooting 35 percent at the half, and that’s not going to beat anyone.
“We made a little bit of a run in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the margin. We are still gearing ourselves to making the playoffs. We will try to come back strong next week,” Lynam Mid.
Bullets 128 Pistons 126 20T
The Detroit Pistons, leading by three points as the final seconds ticked away, didn’t want to give up a three-point play — and they didn’t.
Would you believe a four-point play? The Pistons didn’t. They tried to foul Gus Williams before he could get off the pass, but it was not called
San Antonio 25 25 Utah 23 27 Kansas City 16 33 Pacific Division
By Th* Associated Press
L A. Lakers 35 16
Phoenix 26 25
Portland 22 28
Seattle 21 30
L A Clippers 20 30
Golden State ll 38
Ne* Jersey .....
Cleveland 108 Chicago 99
Washington 128. Detroit 126 2 OT
San Antonio 120, L A Clippers 108
Utah 114, Kansas City 96
Houston 112, Golden State 105
Atlanta 94 Milwaukee 91, OT
Phoenix 105 Indiana 97
Portland 133 New York 122
No games scheduled
Saturday s Gamas
No games scheduled
Sunday s Gam*
All Star Game at Indianapolis
by the officials.
“I couldn’t believe they didn’t call it,” Mid Detroit’s Brook Steppe, who tried to foul Washington’s Williams before he could get a pass off. “I had one hand wrapped around him and my knee in his back. Gus was screaming foul and I wanted it Just as much, but I didn’t My anything.”
Neither did the officials — until Frank Johnson took Williams’ pass and launched a three-point shot with seven seconds remaining in the second overtime Thursday night. Johnson was fouled, and when the long-range shot was good, the free throw made it a four-point play and put the Bullets ahead.
Larry Nance scored six of his 22 points in the fourth period to lead a Phoenix rally.The lead see-Mwed throughout the final quarter until Nance put Phoenix ahead to stay 97-
95 on a jumper with 5:06 remaining.
Jazz 114 Kings 96
Adrian Dantley scored 34 points and Darrell Griffith 27 for Utah. The Jazz held a 12-point lead opening the final period when Kings’ guard Mike Woodson scored eight consecutive points to narrow the gap to 88-84 with 9:18 remaining. But Griffith, Dantley and Thurl Bailey, who finished with 19 points, triggered a 14-2 run.
Rockets 112 Warriors 106
Ralph Sampson scored 42 poll and grabbed 15 rebounds wl Rodney McCray hit a season-high points for Houston. Jeroi Whitehead led the Warriors with points.