The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 77, No. 33, Ed. 1, Friday, January 27, 1989 Page: 4 of 6
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Volume 77 Number 33 Pago 4
Friday January 27 1989
Dy DAWN ELIZABETH TREAT
Associate Sports Editor
The men's basketball team goes up
against two of the Lone Star Con-
ference's toughest teams this
weekend including Big Country
rival Angclo State and Coach Dee
Nutt sounds worried.
"We played them while they were
dormant still sleeping" Nutt said
of the Rams. "And they still killed
But the Cats can't worry about
the Ram rivalry until they get
through with Texas A&I.
Hardly a Saturday picnic. A&I
Women to battle
By MARY BANKS
One of trie teams in the Lone Star
Conference's three-way tie for first
place may stand alone after Monday
night's battle between the Lady
Cats and the Rambelles of Angelo
ACU the Rambelles and West
Texas State are tied at the league's
top spot going into this weekend's
But before the Lady Cats will
have a shot at ASU they will con-
front Texas A&I Saturday in
Coach Burl McCoy said ACU
will have to shut down A&I centers
Kelly Armbrustcr and Sheryl
Leake. Armbrustcr currently stands
at fourth in scoring in the con-
ference averaging 16.3 points per
game. She is also the leading re-
bounder in the league.
Leake is 11th in scoring and sixth
"They'll both do a pretty good
job unless we can shut them
down" McCoy said. "They've got
a pretty good team. They should be
winning more than they are."
The Javelinas have a 2-2 LSC re-
cord 6-9 overall.
ACU will counter A&I's inside
game with a balanced attack from
its starting five. McCoy's starters all
average in double digits and are
among the LSC's top 20 scorers.
Guard Anita Vigil and forward
Pat Bidwell lead the Lady Cats in
scoring. They stand in second and
third respectively in LSC scoring.
Bidwell senior from Missouri Ci-
ty was last week's LSC Player of
the Week and has scored 106 points
Lady Cats to attempt to qualify for nationals
By DAWN ELIZABETH TREAT
Associate Sports Editor
The women's track team will try to
build on its core of qualifiers for the
NCAA Division II nationals at the
Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational
Coach Wcs Kittley said he
thought several women could quali-
fy this weekend adding to the four
athletes who garnered places last
weekend at Lubbock Christian
Mass o' muscle
Joey Nanus junior from Austin
optional off-season practice.
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will come into Moody Saturday
night with an 2-2 LSC record and
an offensive strategy the Cats have
had trouble dealing with the 3-
"The 3-point shot is changing the
whole thinking about how you play
defense" Nutt said. Teams' ability
to shoot from outside has meant the
demise of helping man-to-man he
said because leaving a man open on
the outside to help with rebounding
under the basket can cost a team a
game in 3-pointers.
This translates to more emphasis
on individual players being strong
Nutt said because a breakdown in
in the last five games. She's averag-
ing 17.6 points per game.
Vigil sophomore from Mora
N.M. averages 17.7 points per
game but has been in a scoring
slump the last few games.
"She's hitting her 3-pointers pret-
ty good but she's not hitting from
the floor" McCoy said.
Center Angie Dill senior from
Houston had one of her better
games earlier in the week bringing
her out of a scoring slump. "She
came back in and was aggressive
took it to the basket and scored well
late" McCoy said.
The Lady Cats should be able to
generate their offensive game
against the Javclinas but ACU will
have to play tough defense.
Angelo State defeated West Texas
State earlier this season by six
points. ACU lost to the Lady Buffs
by one but McCoy said he thinks
his team will play well against the
"I think we'll probably play bet-
ter against Angelo than we did
against West Texas" McCoy said.
Two starters from last season
returned to ASU this year.
The Lady Cats beat the
Rambelles 70-67 in Moody last
Angelo freshman Kim Tharpe
ranks sixth in league scoring
averaging 15.5 points per game.
Tharpe is the No. 2 rebounder in
the LSC with 10.2 per game.
"We look for a tougher game
from Angelo" McCoy said. "It
would be a must game for
whocver's going to lead conference.
Whoever gets beat is out of the race.
"Figuring we're at home we've
got to win it" he said.
Tracksters gain eligibility for the
national competitions in track by
meeting standards set by the
If athletes match or exceed the
NCAA standard at any meet during
the year they qualify to compete
regardless of overall team perfor-
mance. The four athletes who have quali-
fied so far are Yolande Straughn
senior from St. Philip Barbados
works on keeping his muscles
any position can cost points.
"You've got to control the
boards" Nutt said. "If you don't
and they can get second and third
elTorts on you you're dead."
Nutt said the Wildcats have
chosen not to make a commitment
to 3-point strategy mainly because
not enough players have the ability
to hit consistent shots.
"It's got to be a vital part of your
ofTcnsc" he said. "We just haven't
developed the right personnel for
depending on the 3-pointcr."
The Javclinas top the LSC in 3-
pointers hitting 47 percent. ACU is
at the bottom of the league making
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Eye on the ball
Tennis player Chris Chlnchiola sophomore from Stockton Calif. concentrates as she returns a
ball during Monday afternoon's practice. The Lady Cats will open their spring season in the mid-
dle of next month.
400 meters; DeDc Harvey junior
from Portland shot put; Mazel
Thomas junior from Clarendon
Jamaica long jump; and Sylvia
Dyer senior from Kingston
Jamaica 55-meter hurdles.
Kittley said he hopes 10-12
athletes will qualify in 20 events so
the Cats will be able to defend their
first NCAA Division II Indoor
Track Championship garnered last
Injuries still have some members
toned during the football team's
only 32 percent.
Nutt said the A&I team looked
very impressive at the LSC
preseason tournament in Amarillo
and are poised to take factor high in
the conference race.
"Anybody right now can beat
anybody else" Nutt said of the
tight conference race.
He said his young team has not
become discouraged with the rocky
start in conference play but still arc
working hard and aiming at victory.
"They're going to put in 100 per-
cent every time they get on the
court" he said.
The Cats will need a full effort in
of the team performing below par.
Laticia Christopher freshman from
Dallas is running at about 80 per-
cent of potential on her way to re-
covering from knee surgery Kittley
"We're hoping to have her im-
prove about five percent each
week" Kittley said. "So she can be
about on track for nationals."
He said Christopher is running in
straight races but turns still put her
in a lot of pain. She began the
New code governs etiquette
for Moody basketball games
The change in behavioral stan-
dards for ACU fans in Moody has
confused multitudes of well-intentioned
supporters none of whom
actually wrote in with questions for
sports etiquette expert Emily
Center-Post. We made these up as a
Just what constitutes proper
attire for Section F nowadays?
Is purple and white face paint
Basketball attire has not yet prog-
ressed to the level of formality re-
quired of Homecoming football
games which dictates sequinned
formals with carnivorous mums for
women and tuxedos with rufily
shirts for men. A male fan who
wants to present the proper image
in Moody must wear coat and tie
after 6 p.m. Ladies need to wear
tasteful street-length dresses in
satin-finish materials. Taffeta will
Monday night's game against the
ASU Rams the only undefeated
team in the LSC to date. The Rams
started the year out slowly
floundering some in preseason
games but have started to gel.
Nutt said he thought the LSC
scheduling which gave ASU the
home-court advantage in its first
two conference games against East-
ern New Mexico and West Texas
boosted the team's chances at the
"That scheduling was critical to
their year" he said. "They have the
personnel and they ought to win
Ktnny Jon VOplimut
500-meter race in Lubbock but
pulled out after the first turn.
"We hope to have her in the mile
relay by nationals" Kittley said.
Christopher was slated to compete
in several hurdle events but Kittley
said she will avoid those this season.
Debra Tinncll freshman from
Lubbock still is having trouble
with a back injury that has plagued
her since the end of cross country
season. Kittley said she too is re-
covering on schedule.
As for face paint please keep in
mind that none of us want you to
embarrass your parents who are
paying a lot of money to send you
How does one express
displeasure for a referee's call?
Lead Moody Coliseum in a gentle
chorus of "We Love You with the
Love of the Lord." In extreme situ-
ations a quiet "We beg to differ "
The Wildcats' second-hair
shooting percentage against
the Cameron Aggies set an
NCAA collegiate record for
The Cats hit 19 of 20 from
the field last Saturday to kivc
them a 95 percent .second-half
average in their 83-76 victory
over the Aggies.
The University of North
Carolina held the previous re-
cord which the Division I
school set in an Atlantic Coast
Conference game against
University of Virginia on Jan.
By JANA HUNTER
The men's track team will travel to
Lubbock for the third time in as
many weeks to compete in the Red
Raider Invitational Friday and
The pole vault and high jump
will be Friday at 6 p.m. with the
rest of the meet beginning Saturday
at 9 a.m.
Coach Jerry Dyes said almost the
entire team will make the trip to
"We'll have a more involved situ-
ation this weekend than we did last
weekend" Dyes said.
Scheduled to compete in the pole
vault will be Mike Thornton senior
from Colton Ore.; Charles Childre
junior from Lubbock; and Mark
Baucom sophomore from Palestine.
However the vaulters are proba-
bly the most vulnerable people on
the team Dyes said.
Thornton reported that his leg is
bothering him and Childre has a
strained leg Dyes said. Also Kris
Grimes senior from Holts Summit
Mo. probably will be out the entire
indoor season because of a shoulder
Russell Taylor senior from
Bakcrsfield Calif. will be ACU's
only competitor in the high jump
and Joe Williamson senior from
Corona N.Y. will put the shot.
Long jumping for the Wildcats
will be Michael McCoy senior
from Merkel; James Browne senior
from Whittier Calif.; and William-
son. Competing in the 55-mctcr hur-
dles will be Wendell Edwards
freshman from Tennessee Colony;
Donald Burke junior from Rex-
burg Ind.; and Williamson;
Entering in the 55-meter dash
will be Ralph Roberts sophomore
from San Juan Trinidad; Dexter
Steele freshman from Moruga
Trinidad; and Julien Drayton
freshman from Couva Trinidad.
Steele and Drayton are the latest
members of the Wildcat team. Dyes
said he hopes they fill some of the
missing pieces of the team. Their
participation in the meet Saturday
is not yet certain Dyes said.
"Unfortunately they came in not
very well conditioned. If they have
any kind of soreness in their legs I
probably won't run them" Dves
The Cats will not compete in the
indoor national meet Dyes said.
may be uttered once or twice. Of
course the current trend is to agree
Why Is Willie the Wildcat
costumed In what appear to be
ACU boxer shorts?
Willie needs prayers. Send him a
copy of the previous dress sugges-
tions for basketball games. But be
nice to him Willie the Wildcat is a
What about the chanting of
derogatory nlchnamcs at op-
Definitely out. As President Bush
himself has said "We want a
kinder gentler nation." This ap-
plies to ACU too.
Which of these rules apply
when the Wildcats face Angelo
None of the above.
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