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Wednosday January 17 1990U
By Jana Hunter
Assistant Sports Editor
The ACU women's basketball team
completed a sweep of the two Lone
Star Conference teams from
Oklahoma Monday night in Moody
Coliseum to stay within striking
distance of the conference leaders.
The Lady Wildcats 2-1 in league
play began the sweep by downing
Cameron University 84-68 Satur-
day then stopped Central State
University Monday 79-58.
The Cats jumped out to a 12-4
lead against Cameron and were up
54-30 at halftime with the help of
Suzanne Johnson's 16 first-half
The Wildcat football team has
signed two recruits from Cisco
Junior College linebacker Timothy
Bryant and offensive lineman Bud
Halfmann to play in 1990.
Bryant 6-4 245 played two
seasons at Cisco after earning all-
district all-region and all-South
Plains at Jayton. He played
quarterback in high school and was
the Lubbock area passing and
He also was district champion in
both hurdle events in track and all-
district all-area and all-region in
basketball with averages of 20
points and 14 rebounds per game.
"We think Timothy will
challenge for the starting line-up at
middle linebacker" defensive coor-
dinator Jerry Wilson said.
Halfmann 2-4 289 played two
years at Cisco after helping Ball-
inger to a three-year record of 28-5-1.
He received all-state honors at of-
fensive guard at Ballinger as a
senior in 1987. Halfmann also was
all-district and all-West Texas and
competed in basketball and golf.
"We are having to replace several
good senior offensive linemen" said
head coach John Payne. "Bud has
the size and ability to help us
replace those players we lost and
still be able to compete with the
best teams on our schedule."
for 1990 team
By Jana Hunter
Assistant Sports Editor
The ACU volleyball team will con-
duct open tryouts this weekend for
positions on the spring and fall
Coach Kent Wieb said Moody
Coliseum will be open Friday from
8-10 p.m. for a warm-up and prac-
tice session and tryouts are sched-
uled for 10 a.m.-12 noon Saturday.
Wieb said about 20 high school
recruits also will tryout this
The volleyball team will compete
in three or four tournaments this
named to world
U.S. Top 10 lists
Two ACU track and field per-
formers have been ranked among
the top 10 athletes in the world in
their event for the 1989 season and
another is ranked in the U.S. top
Pole vaulter Tim Bright was
ranked eighth in the world and sec-
ond in the U.S. for the 1989 season.
Bright a two-time member of the
U.S. Olympic team vaulted 19-0.75
in 19B9 for the highest vault in his-
tory by an American outside the
Sprinter Mark Witherspoon was
Johnson senior from Fort Worth
shot 100 percent in the first half
leading the team to a blistering 81
percent from the field in the period.
McCoy said Johnson was the key
to the game leading the Wildcats
with 20 points and four assists in
Heidi Chumley sophomore from
Clear Lake followed with 15
points and Stacy Bessire junior
from O'Donnell added 14 points
and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats played well
together in the first half McCoy
said playing good defense and ex-
ecuting the offense well. But Mc
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Lady Cat Linda Evans freshman from Anderson attempts to dodge Cameron University's Angela
Walker during play In ACU's 84-68 win over the Lady Aggies in Moody Coliseum Saturday night.
spring Wieb said although no
dates for the tournaments have been
Wieb said he hopes to have two
tournaments at ACU open for
other collegiate teams community
teams and teams put together by
The volleyball team finished the
1989 season sixth in the Lone Star
Conference with a 13-12 overall re-
cord and on 8-8 league record in-
cluding a victory over co-champion
Angelo State University.
See Wieb or assistant coach Rick
Fair for more information or to sign
up for tryouts.
ranked ninth in the world and fifth
in the U.S. in the 200 with a time
of 20.12 and 10th in the world and
seventh in the U.S. in the 100 with
a time of 10.14 for 1989.
Pole vaulter Billy Olson was
ranked seventh in the U.S. for 1989
with a jump 18-8.25. It marked the
12th straight year for Olson to be
ranked in the U.S. top 10 starting
with his freshman Season at ACU in
1978. Olson a former Abilene High
vaulter who was a member of the
1988 U.S. Olympic team was rank-
ed first in the world in 1982
Coy said his team suffers a letdown
after it builds a lead.
"Overall I enjoyed the game"
McCoy said. "Anytime we get a
good lead we feel like we've got it
made. But we played well enough
early to offset playing badly late."
After the Wildcats missed only
five field goals the first half they
made only five the second half. But
Cameron was whistled for 21 fouls
and the Lady Cats converted 19-of-30
free throws to keep the lead.
McCoy said the team's reliance
on great shooting concerned him.
"When our shooting went bad
everything went bad" McCoy said.
"When you have a poor offensive
By Lucas W. Hendrlckoon
Welcome back to Moody Col-
iseum. The once-feared Wildcat con-
fines roared again as the men's
basketball team notched its first
Lone Star Conference win of the
season Monday night against
Central State 88-80;
The Cats moved their record
to 3-12 on (he season and 1-2 in
conference play losing to
Cameron University Saturday
The Moody crowd diminutive
at first but increasing as the
game went on cheered the team
to an early 20-8 lead over CSU
and stayed with the Cats as the
score fluctuated and the
Wildcats went into the locker
room at halftime with a 43-34
"I think we owed them this
one" head coach Dee Nutt said.
"I'm disappointed we haven't
given them that opportunity
earlier because I felt like we had
a couple of ball games that we
should have given them some-
thing to cheer about and we
didn't play that well."
Nutt said the team effort for
the Central State game exceeded
any other game this season.
"This was a night and day dif-
ference between anything we've
done to this point Nutt said.
"This was the best game we've
played all year especially against
a team with Central's athletic
The Wildcats jumped out to
the halftime lead with seven
players scoring and increase ac-
tivity on the offensive and defen-
"The difference in thc game
was that we got on the boards
early and we kept them out of
what they wanted to do"Wutt
night you have to make up for it
with a good defensive night."
McCoy said the Lady Aggies
now 3-8 on the season and 0-1 in
conference played poorly missing
several opportunities to come back
against the Wildcats.
The Wildcats put together a team
effort against Central State
throughout the entire game holding
the Lady Bronchos to 14 points
below their scoring average.
"We really played a great ball
game" McCoy s&id. "Central State
is a good team with lots of seniors
and good quickness. But we worked
hard and played a good game."
Johnson finished the game with
end home stand
said. "We would give them one
shot and it wouldn't drop which
gave us the opportunity for the
One change in the Cats' line-
up was the start of Johnny
Cromling freshman from
Oklahoma City in the place of
Anthony Portley senior from
"We just felt like we needed a
stronger person coming off the
bench so we started Cromling"
Nutt said. "We felt like he
would reach down and give
everything he had as a starter
and that would give us a good
player coming off the bench in
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Wildcat Rick Rigsboe sophomoro from Littleton Colo. fights
Cameron University's Carlos Mayes during play In ACU's 86-74 loss
20 points leading a pack of
Wildcats who scored in double fig-
ures. Michelle McDaniel freshman
from Clayton N.M. had 13 and
three more Cats added 10 each:
Tiffany Bryant freshman from
Jayton; Chumlcy; and Cathc Crow
sophomore from Lovington N.M.
The Lady Cats outrebounded
Central State 55-44. LaConya
Pierre freshman from Houston
had a game-high 13 boards.
McCoy said the press and match-up
defense the Wildcats played
in the second half took the Lady
Bronchos out of their offense.
After making five three-pointers
in the first half Central made only
Fall honor roll
Eighty-five 6f ACU's 228
student-athletes have been named to
the Athletic Honor Roll for the Fall
The Honor Roll was im-
plemented by the Athletic Depart-
ment to recognize student-athletes
who excel in the classroom.
The student-athletes must earn a
grade point average of 3.00 or better
The overall grade point average
for all ACU student-athletes was
2.74 as compared to the regular
student body's GPA of 2.68. The
student-athletes have had a higher
GPA that the regular student body
for the past two semesters.
The male student-athletes' GPA
was 2.60 and the female student-
athletes' GPA was 2.89.
Women's tennis led the individu-
al sports GPA's with at 3.23
followed by volleyball with 3.05
women's basketball with 3.04
men's track with 2.99 men's tennis
with 2.88 golf with 2.57 men's
"batttball with "2:53 women's track
with 2.48 trainers with 2.33 and
football with 2.28.
Members of the Athletic Honor
Roll from the men's basketball team
included Hunter Coolcy Johnny
Cromling Rich Farina Eric Johns
Rick Rigsbee and Jeff Wood.
From the women's basketball
team Angela Birchfield Heidi
Chumley Cathe Crow Amy
Franklin Suzanne Johnson
Michelle McDaniel LaConya
Pierre Cristi Tutt and Michelle
Wyatt made the list.
Student-athletes from the football
team included Nils Almgren David
Bean Clark Bonvillian Jon Bos
The Wildcats had six players
score in double figures led by
forward Rick Rigsbee sopho-
more from Littleton Colo. with
21 points followed by Hunter
Coolcy junior from Hawley
with 19 points and Joffery Jones
senior from Houston with 14.
Jones also pulled in 14 re-
bounds and had seven assists on
the night both of which Nutt
said were keys to tht victory.
"Joffery Jones probably played
the best basketball game of his
career" Nutt said. "He was just
awesome on the boards and pac-
ed himself well."
one during the remainder of the
Central came back early in the
second half closing the lead to one
at 56-55 with 9:05 left in the game.
But the Lady Wildcats held their
opponents scoreless for the next
5:19 to stretch their lead to 14
"We kept our poise and came
back after looking dead at the
beginning of the second half" Mc-
Coy said. "That's what we've been
hoping we can do. We were a little
late coming along and maybe that's
my fault. But if we can keep inw
proving and maturing we may;
make a run for it." !
Jay Burcham Bill Clayton Steve
Crockett Jaf Fielder Jim Gash
Sean Grady and Keith Gunn.
Also on the list from the football
team were Jody Harrison Chris
Jones Lance Landry Rob McKin-
non Russell Moore John Phillips
Brad Powell Paul Ragle Shayne
Robertson Stan Stephens and
Larry Bryan Mike Campbell
Clint Johnson Don Morris and
Matt Welch represented the golf
team on the honor roll and Chris
Collins Patrick Marrie Matthias
Poth and John Tallent were named
from the men's tennis team.
Women's tennis players Karmen
Hill Anne Howell Michelle King
and Carla Martin were honored
and Pam Brown Linda Owens
Amy Sargent Cory Stcngler
Lourdes Velazquez Teresa Wallf
and Krista Wright made the list
from the volleyball team.
Men's track honorees were Brent
Allen Mark Bawcom David Bed-
ford John 'Bragg James Brown
Charles Childre Craig Comolli and
Other men's track team members
were Charles Freeman Michael
Garcia Tim Key Michael Moloto
Todd Overman Ralph Roberts and
Student-athletes from the
women's track team included Jana
Bailey Paige Conley Kelly Dixson
Candi Evans Racheal Honea Jen-
nifer Johnson Denise Lewis Misti
Taylor and Michelle White.
Trainers and managers named to
the honor roll were Mimi Hawkins
Shana Wilson Lynnet Fikes and
Rich Farina sophomore guard
from Houston led the team in
assists with 15 and scored 10
points on the night.
"Farina was just fabulous; he
scored but he more importantly
called the sets on offense and
defense well" Nutt said.
"This is the kind of play I've
been looking for for a long
time" he said. "I can't identify
just one thing but what we did
"We were just not in sync for
the Cameron game" Nutt said.
"Had we played this well against
Angelo and Cameron we would
have had three victories."
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