The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 19, Ed. 1, Friday, October 28, 1988 Page: 3 of 14
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Friday October 20 1988
Cats to take on nationally
By MARY BANKS
Associate Sport Editor
The Wildcats will have to contend
with a balanced East Texas State of-
fense in Saturday's Homecoming
ACU has won its last five
Despite being picked to finish last
in the Lone Star Conference the
Lions are ranked number two in the
NCAA Division II national poll.
ETSU is 4-0 in LSC play.
Wildcat head coach John Payne
said the Lions' well-balanced of-
fense may cause some problems for
ACU's patched-up defense.
"Anytime you've got to defend
the run and the pass it means
you've got to be doubly alert and
that takes a little bit out of the ag-
gressiveness out of the play of the
defense" Payne said.
The men's and women's cross
country teams will compete for the
Lone Star Conference titles Satur-
day as they serve as hosts to the
LSC meet this weekend at Nelson
Coach Wes Kittley said he thinks
the men's team is favored to win the
meet this weekend with the help of
standout Mike Moloto junior from
Prakstecr South Africa.
"The guys are front-runners" he
said. "The women will have to run
out of their minds to win."
Cross country coach Rodney
Smith agreed with this assessment.
"Angelo State is going to be the
team to beat" he said of the
women's team. "They'll probably
Adding to the Lady Cats' disad-
vantage against the Rambclles is the
loss of Rashida Asname senior from
Casablanca Morocco who has been
out for all competition this season
from a knee injury.
Smith said all other harriers will
compete without any injuries.
Five teams from the conference
will field teams this weekend.
Teams coming are Angelo State
Cameron University Central State
of Oklahoma and East Texas.
Smith said Central State could be
threatening as far as the men's
teams are concerned.
"They're kind of the big question
mark" he said. The Wildcats have
not competed against either of the
Oklahoma schools yet this season
The men's race will begin at 11
a.m. Smith said and the women
will race immediately afterward.
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during tennis practice Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Cats are
with Cameron University.
Starting middle linebacker Keith
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not play because he has a pinched
nerve in his neck. Freshman Jay
Burcham second-team tackle from
Big Spring has been out since
the first game of the season with a
To give the defense some depth
punter Kevin Kaufman freshman
from Rockwall and Freddie
Powers junior halfback from
Kingwood have been moved to the
secondary in the last two weeks.
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there" Payne said of Powers. "He's
actually more aggressive on that
side of the ball than he was on the
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offense is ranked
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LSC. The Lions
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The Wildcat offense has had pro-
blems capitalizing on scoring oppor-
tunities particularly in last
weekend's game with Cameron
Payne said. ACU generates 302
yards per game with 188 yards on
the pass and 113 yards on the rush.
"We had problems the other day
moving the ball on the ground"
Payne said. "We just weren't doing
anything consistent. I'd like to think
we'll be able to move the ball on the
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need to run and pass when we need
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going to do" Payne said.
Quarterback Stan Stephens
junior from Fort Worth probably
will start the game Payne said. The
coach hadn't made the final decision
on the starter at press time.
The other possible starter for the
Homecoming game is John Paul
Webber junior from Jackson Mo.
Payne said he hopes the fact that
Saturday is Homecoming will give
the players some incentive.
"You'd like to think that alumni
and more parents and people here
would motivate the players quite a
bit" Payne said. "We need maybe
more importantly to do it for us do
it for each other.
"We're going to try to do
whatever it takes to win" Payne
said. "Wc need a win."
The coaching staff has calculated
the possibility of ACU tying for the
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over the Air Force Academy in
After an impressive 18 holes the
Wildcat golf team struggled for the
next 36 holes to drop to sixth place
in the D.D. Bounds Invitational in
The tournament was sponsored
by Texas Wcslcyan College. The
Lone Star Conference Fall Classic
was conducted in conjunction with
"We did not play well at all the
last two days" vincc Jarrett ACU
golf coach said.
Despite playing poorly Tuesday
and Wednesday the Wildcats cap-
tured the LSC title.
The Cats had to wait out a two
hour rain delay Wednesday and
then play on a muddy Fossil Creek
"That's no excuse" Jarrett said.
"They didn't play up to their
After breaking the Fossil Creek
course record Monday senior Bill
Steen from Dallas shot 81 Tuesday
and Wednesday. Steen's course re-
cord was 66.
Donnie Darville sophomore from
Corpus Christithad the most con-
sistent performance for the Cats
carding 71 77 and 79 in the three-
"We just didn't play good on the
second day" Jarrett said. "They all
still played good but they didn't
putt and chip well. The putts that
were going in just didn't go in the
last two days."
Steve Johnson junior from
Houston shot 74 77 and 79 while
Steve Miller junior from Dallas
slated 78 78 and 74.
Don Morris junior from Abilene
shot 76 85 and 81.
The two Oklahoma schools in
the LSC finished behind ACU in
the Fall Classic.
Central State University and
Cameron University placed second
and third respectively.
Eastern New Mexico and East
Texas State rounded out the LSC
LSC championship Payne said.
"It is there" he said. "We're go-
ing to have to have a little of help
from some other teams. But if we
do what we have to do and that's
win the next three games there is
that mathematical possibility."
If the Wildcats can pull oil a vic-
tory ETSU would have one loss in
Payne said if another team could
beat the Lions again and the other
teams that have one loss are beaten
again ACU would be in a deadlock
for the title.
"It's interesting talk" Payne said.
"Until it gets down to the wire I
don't ever feel like we're out of it."
The game will start at 2 p.m. at
The football team will sponsor a
special devotional conducted by
Gerald Todd at Elmer Gray
Stadium Monday at 10 p.m.
By DAWN ELIZABETH TREAT
Confusion killed the Cats Tuesday
night as the women's volleyball
team fell to the Cowgirls of Har-din-Simmons
night by scores of 14-6 15-4 8-15
Coach Wes Kittley said a call that
took two points away from the Lady
Cats for being out of rotation set off
a chain reaction of chaos that cost
the spikers the fifth and final game.
"Our disorganization did us in"
Kittley said. "We got a little
The spikers played without the
help of starting middle hitter
Margaret Chong sophomore from
Hong Kong who rollcdJicr-ankle
during practice Monday.
I don't mind get-
ting beat by a better
team. I just hated to
see us lose the way
"It was a real big blow losing
Margaret" Kittley said. "I knew
we were improved over last time
and we played them really well."
But Chong's absence confused the
players and left them unsure of who
should play which positions Kittley
For the First four games of the
match Kittley started Pam Brown
freshman from Abilene Cooper in
Chong's position. He decided to
change this for game five because
the 5-4 Brown was being worn
down by the HSU hitting attack.
He then put Dana Stright
freshman from Evergreen Colo.
into the middle hitter position. This
move left a vacancy in Stright's out-
side hitter spot so Kittley put in
Teresa Wall freshman from Leon
Jcwett in Stright's position.
The confusion came to a head
when back-row specialist Betty Bat-
tros was supposed to substitute in
but the referee and ACU bench
couldn't agree on which player she
was eligible to go in for.
"The kids were just out there go-
ing 'Man I don't know where I'm
supposed to be" Kittley said. "It
was indecision time on the court."
Kittley said he still is unsure
about how the players got out of
order or even if the out-of-rotation
call was correct.
"I don't mind getting beat bv a
better team" Kittley said. "I just
hated to see us lose the way we did.
The girls know how to play
volleyball they just didn't know
how to line up."
The Lady Cats now have to re-
bound from the loss and travel to
Oklahoma to take on Cameron Uni-
versity and Central State. Kittley
said he thinks if the team regroups
and rcfocuses the Cats will come
away from the weekend with two
Chong may be able to play by
Friday Kittley said.
Kittley said he still is concerned f
about the Cameron and Central '
"I'm always worried when we (
travel" he said. "Our conference is I
stronger and there aren't any weak t
teams. We can't go up there just
blowing them off." '
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