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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hwrald-Zeltanf Wednesday, September 21,1963 | SA Casper, Archie traded HOUSTON (AP) - Quarterback Archie Manning and tight end Dave Casper said they were surprised but happy about a whirlwind trade that sent both of them from the Houston Oilers to the Minnesota Vikings. “I’m shocked," Manning told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday night after both teams announced the deal. "I never expected something like this. I’ve been very dedicated to this job. "I've busted my butt to help the team get out of tbs slump, but I’m looking forward to going to Minnesota because they’re a winning team.” The Chronicle quoted a source close to the Vikings as saying Houston will receive choices in the second and fourth rounds of the 1984 draft. Oilers Coach Ed Biles refused to confirm that report. Biles said the deal came about in a single day. “They contacted us today,” he said. General Manager Ladd Herzeg negotiated with the Vikings “throughout the day, talking back and forth with them and keeping me informed of what was going on. It was finally finalized this evening.” Herzeg said the Oilers would pay a substantial portion of both players’ salaries through 1965. The Vikings’ starting quarterback, Tommy Kramer of San Antonio, is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury he suffered Sunday against Tampa Bay. Casper, a native of Bemidji, Minn., said he is delighted with the change. “I’ve always wanted to play for the Vikings,” he told the Chronicle. “I told Ed Biles that this would be my last year with the Oilers. I guess that had something to do with the trade.” He did not criticize the Oilers, who have lost all three of their games this year and have dropped IO games in a row. “I think this is a good deal for both teams,” Casper said. “The Oilers have improved as an organization. They’re growing.” Biles said the loss of Manning) 34, and Casper, 31, would not hurt the team this year. “The young tight ends, Chris Dreaael and Mike McCloakey, are doing a fine job for us,” he said. “We want to give them more playing time.” As for the quarterback job, Biles said, “We thought there was very little to choose from from day one between Archie and Gifford (Nielsen). Giff’s playing time — when he’s played, he’s done well for us.” Manning, who has never played for a winning team in his 13-year professional career, agreed he is happy with the opportunity the trade affords him. Manning started at quarterback in all three of the Oilers’ games this year, completing 44 of 88 passes for 755 yards. On the brink Americans can win Cup today NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Liberty skipper Dennis Conner, with a commanding 3-1 lead in the America’s Cup series, is on the brink of giving the United States its 25th consecutive successful defense of sailing's top prize. Conner won a hardbought 43-second victory against Australia ll skipper John Bertrand Tuesday by making the Aussies “play our game” and avoiding tacking duels with the more manueverable foreign boat on Rhode Island Sound. “It takes two boats to tango, I guess, and my guess is John would have liked to see the boats tacking more,” said Conner, who hoped to clinch the best-of-seven series today. “He tacks very well and we felt we would be better off tacking as little as possible. “We tried to make him play our game a little more. It’s all part of the strategy. Australia tacks awfully well. So unless there’s a real good reason to tack, we don’t,” he said. Tacking is a zig-zag manuever to change course by bringing the front of the boat through the wind so the sail moves from one side to another. Conner’s strategy paid off because Bertrand apparently had unlimited faith in the speed of his innovative winged-keel boat. The Aussie skipper chose not to take full advantage of his boat's ability to turn quickly during the tacking manuevers on the windward legs. Instead, he tacked only occasionally and tried to out-run Liberty after falling behind at the start by six seconds. “We were playing the wind shifts ... We were mixing it up. We obviously gained — at one stage Liberty had a two boat-length lead and we were able to get back to no lead at all,” Bertrand said. Midway through the first leg, Conner responded by guiding his ruby red boat to the windward side of the course, picking up a wind shift and surging ahead. Bertrand stuck to his strategy on the two final windward legs but trailed liberty by at least five boat lengths for the rest of the course. SV clobbers Prairie Lea, looks to district opener By DAVID KING Sports editor Celebtations after Smithson Valley's 15-2, 15-0 pasting of Prairie Lea Tuesday lasted about as long as the match — XI minutes or so. That’s because the Rangersttes open District 26-3A play Thursday against Southside, last year’s runner-up. And Coach Louise Davidson isn’t taking anything for granted. “We’re going to have to be mentally prepared for every game,” Davidson said. “The kids know they’re going to have to work for everything they get. Nobody is going to roll over and say ’Here, Smithson Valley, Uke it.’” Prairie Lea, a Class A school, all but did that Tuesday night, though. The Indians managed only one ace and one kill the entire match. They basically fell to pieces against Smithson Valley’s Laurie Kneupper in the second game, as she served 15 straight points — including eight aces. “I knew they wouldn’t be that strong, but I expected a little more than that,” Davidson said. “Their coach told me they needed somebody who would spike against them because they hadn’t seen many teams that (bd.” The Rangerettes obliged when they could, as Julie Cappel had six kills, Tricia Munsell two and Christine Lehmann one. But the Indians had so much trouble picking up the serve that they often could not put the ball into play. Smithson Valley did what it needed to do in winning its 12 game in 22 tries. “In the first game, they at least spiked a little, and we did a good job of picking it up,” Davidson said. Every pUyer on the Smithson Valley roster got into the game, although none at them got to route very often. Traci Fetch led the Rangerettes in the first game, picking up four aces. “I think we had a real good pre-season,” Davidson SMITHSON VALLIY PS AIR IE LIA ACM. block* kiM*. points SMyn Moll I 00-1 Julio Coppoi 0-OS4. Aim Wogno* 0-00-0. Sondi BoP 0000 Rftondo Plot! 000-0 If ct* MunooK OO 2 2. Troci Potch *-004. Robm Doiovon 0-000, Lout* Knouppo> SOOS Ton Moonoy 0 OOO Chnotmo Lohmonn OOM Toto* 130-01* CANYON RO UNO ROCK Aco«. block* k«*. toto* Ida Alvofodo 3003. Stophomo Burch 7 2-8-15. Monico Knag 21-2 5 Laona Souchong 07 8 13, Sui* Cuddy 0038. Corol Fnodoi 111-3 Nancy Twfcon 2 5 2 9. Kim Rittimon 1034 Totals 16 19 23 58 noted. “They did a good job coming around, although we’ve got a way to go yet. Overall I'm optimistic about ’em.” Smithson Valley’s junior varsity team also fared well, defeating Burnet's varsity 15-6, 15-7. The Rangerette freshmen defeated Burnet's junior varsity 15-6,15-9.Canyon The Canyon Cigarettes played one of the closest 15-1 games ever Tuesday night in falling to Round Rock 156.11-15,15-1. “We pUyed much better than a 15-1 game that last one,” Cigarettes Coach Dohna Boe hie said. “We just did all the good things on side out. It looked like a good ballgame.” Round Rock “got wound up” in the third game, Boehle said, dropping the Cigarettes to 13-8 on the season in their last non-district match. Stephanie Burch had an “ouUtanding” night Tuesday, recording seven aces, two blocks and six kills, while Leona Soechting had seven blocks and six kills. Canyon’s junior varsity won iU match with Round Rock 15-8,16-14 and the freshmen won 15-9,13-15,15 9, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Refugio High School’s Art Green is learning a new position at tight end this season in hopes of helping the Bobcats repeat as the Class 3A state football champions. But Hallettsville players will agree he’s still devastating at his old linebacking position where last week Green accounted for 16 unassisted and four assisted tackles, batted down three passes and one punt and intercepted a pass in a 55-0 victory. Green, 6-5, 205, remained on the field as a tight end and caught three passes, including an 18-yard touchdown reception for his first score at the position. The dual performance earned mention in The Associated Press Schoolboy Honor Roll. Senior tailback Stacy Rusk also earned Honor Roll mention after scoring all the points for Class 2A top ranked Panhandle in a 30-7 victory over Canadian. Rusk, 6-1, 190, ran for touchdown of seven, 14,13 and two yards, kicked a 22-yard field goal and three extra points. Rusk, who anchored Panhandle’s 1600-meter state championship team last season, gained 136 yards on 17 carries. In other outstanding performs ces last week: — Anahuac’s Hedrick Williams rushed for 230 yards on 33 carries and had touchdown runs of 23, one, five and eight yards in an offense-oriented 33-24 victory over Bridge City. The two teams combined for 846 total yards. — Temple halfback Melvin Collins, 6-0, 205, collected his third straight 100-yard performance with 104 yards on 13 carries in a 45-20 victory over Abilene Cooper. Collins is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and is the team's leading receiver with five catches for 88 yards. — Laredo Nixon punter-receiver Baldemar Sanchez, a former soccer player, averaged 42 yards on five punts in his first game as a punter and caught a 36-yard pass that set up the winning touchdown in a 14-13 victory over Laredo United. Sanches also kicked both extra points. — Gerald Wilkerson was a scoring machine for unbeaten Cameron in a 41-6 victory over Hillsboro. Wilkerson, had touchdown catches of ll and 34 yards, returned a punt 75 yards for another touchdown, returned a kickoff 68 yards to set up another score slid had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by a penalty. — Eddie Bolden of Hamlin scored on runs of 76,49, IO and one yard and rushed 301 yards on 12 carries in a 49-0 rout of Albany. Bolden has 527 yards in helping Hamlin to a 3-0 record while outscoring the opposition 139-0. Record-tying Aggie honored By ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas AAM’s Alan Smith came within inches of owning a cherished NCAA record by himself. But he didn’t know it until he read the Bryarh College Station Eagle the next day. Smith kicked six field goals Saturday night of 44, 45,42,33, 50 and 57 yards in a 36-0 victory over Arkansas State. He also hit the croassbar on a 36-yard attempt. He broke the Southwest Conference record of five held by AltM’s Tony Franklin and tied the NCAA mark owned by four other placekickers. The performance earned him The Associated Press SWC Offensive Player of the Week award. “I knew it was a Southwest Conference record but I didn’t know about the NCAA until the next day when I ready it in the paper,” Smith said. “Then I started thinking about the one that hit the crossbar.” How far can the junior from Texas City kick one? “Well, I hit a 75yarder in practice with the wind,” Smith said. “Maybe Coach (Jackie) Sherrill will let me try one that far someday. I think I could make it if the conditions were right.” Smith is a barefoot kicker like Aggie greats Franklin and David Hardy. Smith redshirted last year because Hardy was such a consistent producer. “I learned a lot from David,” Smith said. Ironically, Smith had to beat out a little brother of Franklin, Erie. “We had a lot of competition this spring but once I got the starting job I didn’t have much trouble holding it down,” Smith said. Smith was an extremely accurate kicker at Texas City. He hit 14 of 19 tries Na senior year including boots of 52 and 50 yards against Galveston Ball in a 6-2 victory . Smith is also noted for his booming kicks into the end zone, wNch have brought a certain amount of dismay from the 12th Man kickoff suicide squad. Smithson Valley's Christine Lehmann bumps Staff photo by John N Sen** Dual-purpose player excelsMorgan, Phillies maintain lead in NL East By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Joe Morgan is finding life at 40 to his liking, to the benefit of the Philadelphia Phillies’ pennant hopes. Morgan, who celebrated his 40th birthday Monday with four hits, in-duffing two homers and four RBI, went tfor-6 again and knocked in three runs Tuesday night as the PMlliea defeated the Chicago Cuba 64 to maintain a two-game lead over Montreal and Pittsburgh in the National League East. AU three teams hove ll games to play. “I’ve always had succeaa in clutch Btua ti ems, a good bmb8i down the •Welch,” said Morgan, who ie Ntting .327 with 14 RBI in September. “I concentrate harder.” “We’re all tickled for him,” Phillies Manager Paul Owens said. “Ifs satisfying to see a guy battle that long and hard, through injuries and now carrying the club.” Elsewhere in tiw NL, Pittsburgh blanked New York 44, Montreal bombed St. Louis 16-1, San Francisco ripped San Diego 6-1, Houston dubbed Los Angeles 164 and Cincinnati at Atlanta was rained out Morgan’s 8-for-lO performance the last two days is in sharp contrast to the first five months of tho season, when he hit under .388 moot af the finis. But he declines to discuss those dark days. “I only look ahead,” he said. “When I was 0 for 35,1 didn’t hit the ball any harder than I’m Ntting it now. The difference is that then the ball went inches into the gloves, and now they’re just indies out of reach.”Astros 16, Dodgers 2 Jose Cruz led a 15-Nt Houston attack with a grand-slam homer and a two-run single as Los Angeles loot for tho fourth ttmo in five games and had its NL West lead trimmed to 3 VV games over Atlanta. Nolan Ryan, 144, gave up tour hits and struck out seven in six innings to earn the victory. One of the dis was Pedro Guerrero’s 30th home run, two less than last year’s total, as he became the first LA Dodger with consecutive 36-home run seasons.Pirates 4, MstsO Pittsburgh kept pace with Philadelphia in the East behind the sparkling pitching performance of left-hander Larry McWilliams, who hurled a two-Ntter, struck out ll and walked none at New York. McWilliams, 154, who has not lost since Aug. 7 and is 7-1 since the All-Star break, allowed singles to George Foster in the second and Hubie Brooks in the sixth. He retired the last ll Mats he faced to finish his fourth shutout of the season.Expos 10, Cardinals 1 Montreal also stayed two games behind the Phillies as Bill Gullickson tossed a six-Ntter and drove in two runs, one of them with his first career home run, to hand St. Louis its seventh straight leas.Giants 8, Padres 1 Darrell Evans knocked in two runs with a first-inning single, giving him 15 game-winning HBI this season, and righthander Mark Calvert made the runs stand up with six innings of five-Nt pitching. JOE MORGAN .. life begins et 40 ;