The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 31, Ed. 1, Friday, January 20, 1989 Page: 4 of 6
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Volume 77 Number 31 Pago 4
Friday January 20 1989
Cagers to meet LSC newcomers
By MARY BANKS
The Lady Cats rebounded from
their first conference loss by swam-
ping Texas Woman's University
71-54 Tuesday night in Denton.
ACU will return to conference ac-
tion Saturday in Oklahoma against
Lone Star Conference newcomers
Cameron University and Central
Coach Burl McCoy said the vic-
tory over TWU was important for
"I was pleased" McCoy said.
"To come off an emotional loss like
we had with West Texas I felt like
we did a good job coming back and
The Cats found the Pioneers to
be less competitive than WTSU's
Lady Buffs. No one played excep-
tionally well for ACU.
"The first half we didn't play
well and we let them have a lot of
easy baskets" McCoy said. "The
second half we played much better
defense. In fact we virtually shut
them down the first 10 minutes. We
just did a few things to kind of rat-
tle their cage some and they didn't
have any response at all."
ACU led 33-28 at the half.
The Pioneers will join the LSC
next season. McCoy said they will
be a good addition to the con-
ference but they will need time to
build their program.
This weekend ACU will take to
the road again as it confronts
Cameron University in Lawton
Okla. Saturday. The Lady Cats
will face CentralState Monday in
McCoy said Cameron was
stronger than CSU last year but he
has heard that Central has improved
The Lady Aggies lost two starters
from last season but recruited well
McCoy said. However some
plovers have been declared academ-
"I heard that they lost their 6-3
girl with grades and then I heard
that they have got some kind of of-
ficial protest and got her back"
McCoy said. "So whatever; we're
just going to have to wait and see."
Cameron was picked fourth in the
LSC preseason poll.
The Lady Bronchos only had
eight scholarships last season but
have 12 this year. McCoy said they
have recruited well and strengthen-
ed their program.
CSU posted a 3-11 record against
LSC competition last season and
was picked to finish eighth in the
Track team to continue indoor season
By JANA HUNTER
The men's track team is scheduled
to compete at Lubbock Christian
University Saturday. The field
events begin at 9:30 a.m. and the
running events at 10 a.m.
Coach Jerry Dyes said about 16
or 17 Wildcats will travel to the
"We're still not committing
everyone particularly in the better
events" Dyes said. "We're still
treating this like a progressive
Women to compete
in first meet of season
By DAWN ELIZABETH TREAT
Associate Sports Editor
The women's track team will gear
up for the season with a low-key
meet at Lubbock Christian Univer-
sity this weekend said women's
track coach Wes Kittley.
j "I'm anxious to get started and
'see just what kind of shape we're
in" he said. "This is not one of the
toughest meets we'll go to but it's a
Kittley said he hopes to take 14
team members to compete but in-
juries could cut that number down.
Debra Tinnell freshman from
Lubbock will not compete on her
home turf this weekend because of a
back injury that has troubled her
since the end of cross country
season Kittley said.
Her absence will be sorely felt
Kittley said because the women's
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Wildcat Jeff Wood freshman gaurd from Abilene loses control of
Rodrigo Melio during Monday night's game against West Texas State
Drennan Merrell attend
By MARY BANKS
ACU Athletic Director Don Dren-
nan and Dr. David Merrell faculty
representative to the Lone Star
Conference attended the NCAA
convention in San Francisco last
week to represent ACU in the
association's annual meeting.
"It was very interesting" Dren-
workout type situation. But of
course our guys are competitive so
they will compete hard."
The Wildcats have entries in all
but three of the 14 events. Dyes
said the high jumpers would not
compete because of the flat surface
at the high jump pit.
"It's a different sort of meet in
that they have two relays-the 3200
mile relay and the distance medley
relay" Dyes said. "Instead of enter-
ing some guys like Mike Moloto
Aaron Phillips and Mike Garcia in
individual events we're just going
team has only one other distance
runner in good health. Tinnell
holds the state championship in the
The short-handedness in distance
running only begins to reflect the
overall skimpiness of the women's
"We've got pretty good quality
but not much depth" Kittley said.
He said he is very concerned this
season about fielding the required
number of runners. NCAA re-
quirements say a team must field at
least 14 runners at 10 of its meets.
Kittley said he may have to run
all indoor meets understaffed and
wait until athletes currently com-
peting in basketball are ofl-season
and can fill in some events.
"We'll get a few more bodies
eventually" he said. "But right
now we're really struggling"
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who arc lobbying and politicking
for certain rules and regulations."
Several issues were on the agenda
during the convention.
One of the key issues voted on
was Proposition 42 which tightens
the eligibility requirements for
athletes. The NCAA voted for the
proposal which states an athlete
to run a couple of relays."
In the 3200 mile relay each run-
ner will run one mile before passing
the baton to the next runner. Ed-
ward Daily sophomore from Lyn-
wood Calif.; Garcia senior from
Anson; Phillips freshman from La
Hacienda Coricuao Venezuela; and
Mark Young freshman from
Haskell will run the 3200 mile
The distance medley relay con-
sists of four teammates running a
different distancc-800 meters 400
meters 1200 meters and 1600
walk-on athletes who have decided
to walk off Kittley said. Quite a
few cross country athletes who were
non-scholarship have decided not to
run in the spring season.
"It's hard when we're dependent
on those kids and then they quit on
us" Kittley said. "They really need
to stay in an all-around program to
Injuries have sidelined a few other
Pam Pomeroy freshman distance
runner from Soldatna Alaska will
be out for most of the season with
mononucleosis Kittley said.
Laticia Christopher crucial
sprinter and hurdler will remain
sidelined for this meet as she recu-
perates from knee surgery Kittley
Christopher freshman from
Dallas hit some hurdles in practice
earlier in the season
the ball as he trios to clear
must make at least a 15 on the ACT
test or 700 on the SAT and main-
tain a 2.0 grade point average in
order to receive a scholarship or
participate more than three years.
Two proposals were introduced
concerning the amount of football
scholarships at NCAA Division II
schools. One proposal was to reduce
the number of scholarships to 35
while another proposed an increase
meters. Running that relav for
ACU will be Young Phillips Gar-
cia and Moloto senior from
Praksteer South Africa.
Neal Brooks sophomore from In-
gleside and Tim Key freshman
from San Antonio will run the
Competing in the 55-meter dash
will be Ralph Roberts sophomore
from San Juan Trinidad; Donald
Burke junior from Rexburg Ind.;
and James Browne senior from
Whitticr Calif. Roberts and Burke
placed first and fifth respectively
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stroke during Wednesday afternoon's tennis team practice.
By DAWN ELIZABETH TREAT
Associate Sports Editor
Coach Dee Nutt said he has packed
well for the young basketball team's
first conference road trip to take on
Cameron and Central State Satur-
day and Monday.
"We're really looking forward to
the trip" Nutt said. "We're much
better prepared to face these
The Cats met Cameron in the
preseason Lone Star Conference
tournament losing 80-75 and have
watched game films of the Aggies to
prepare for the Monday game Nutt
Central State is less familiar to
the Cats but Nutt said the coaches
also have digested tapes of the
Bronchos and feel confident in their
readiness for Saturday's game.
Central has gotten off to a some-
what slow start this season made
worse by the loss of their leading
scorer point guard Reggie Evans
because of academic ineligibility.
"They've been hurt" Nutt said.
"He was their whole difference."
Evans spent the last four games of
last semester out and the Bronchos
have fallen to 3-9 overall and 0-2 in
Nutt said he expects the Cats to
be able to match up well on man-to-man
against the Bronchos who
have played a fairly slow-paced
game so far this season.
"We do much better playing
man-to-man" Nutt said. "We get
too comfortable in a zone and we
stand around too much."
Central and Cameron both have
beefed up their squads this season
with junior college transfers and
Nutt said the personnel changes
could work for or against the Cats.
"You can get a bunch of good in-
dividuals and not get anywhere as a
team" he said. "It's a case of too
many chiefs and not enough In-
dians." The coach pointed to Eastern
New Mexico as a team that had
done well with the junior college
strategy explaining that transfers
come in with more maturity and
experience and can turn a team
to 45 scholarships. Both proposals
were defeated however and Divi-
sion II schools will continue to have
40 scholarships for football.
Another proposal concerning
football was presented and passed
by the NCAA. Division II football
coaches now will be able to attend
high school football games to
observe potential recruits. Formerly
coaches have had to wait until No
warm up at LCU
at the Texas Tech meet last
weekend in the 55-meter dash.
In the 55-meter hurdles Burke;
Wendell Edwards freshman from
Tennessee Colony; and Joseph
Williamson senior from Corona
N.Y. are entered. All three placed
in the event last weekend.
Roberts and Edwards will com-
fictc in the 400-meter dash for the
irst time this season.
In the 1000 meters Marty Cobar-
rurias freshman from Corpus
Christi is the Wildcats' lone entry
as is Daily in the 500-meter dash.
around if the team gels soon enough
in the season.
Cameron has done fairly well
with its transfer squad. The Aggies
are off to a 6-8 start and split their
conference games. Nutt said they
may be the tougher of the two
He said he still thinks the Cats
will be able to effectively use their
man-to-man style however.
Cameron The Aggies split
their first two conference games
this season losing to East Texas
in overtime and beating Texas
Three starters return from the
team that went 12-2 against its
LSC competition last season and
the Aggies have added six junior
The Aggies arc 6-8 so far this
Central State The Bron-
chos have struggled to a 3-9
start dropping their first two
conference games to East Texas
and Texas A&I.
CSU went 5-9 against LSC
opponents last season and was
picked seventh in the preseason
poll. They averaged 88.3 points
per game last season but have
yet to near that level this season.
"We're getting better" he said.
"If we can keep our mental com-
petitiveness we'll do OK."
Nutt said he thinks the experience
of playing Eastern New Mexico and
West Texas State has helped key up
the Wildcats for LSC competition.
"We're pretty well indoc-
trinated" he said. "We've played
the toughest teams in the league and
we played pretty well a gains.;
He said the difficult schedule the
Cats have faced so far may finally
start to work for the team.
"We're getting to the part of the
schedule where we can benefit from
the hard work we've been going
through" Nutt said. "We're star-
ting to really pull things together."
vember to begin recruiting Dren
"Although they won't be able to
contact the individuals they'll be
able to go to football games and
evaluate the prospects during the
game" Drennan explained.
The NCAA also voted to allow
athletes to take the ACT exam at
any time before enrolling at a uni-
versity. Other teams scheduled to com-
pete arc Texas Tech South Plains
College New Mexico Junior Col-
lege Odessa College Angclo State
and host Lubbock Christian.'
No team point totals will be kept.
"With a lot of point meets we
tend to wear our guys out" Dyes
said. "If you start in January and go
to point meets and continue to go to
point meets you tend to over-use
"All I'm asking is for these guys
to compete hard and do their very
best" Dyes said.
Carrollton practices his ground
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