The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 59, Ed. 1, Friday, June 24, 1983 Page: 9 of 11
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N(d6h)BA inl 2th fear s? teachers' recreation
BY DOUQ FERGUSON
Moody Coliseum means more to IS men
than the location of chapel Sing Song and
In fact some of the most electrifying
moments of Moody Coliseum happen
every day nt noon. It's the NBA at ACU.
The Noon Basketball Association Is In Its
12th year In Moody. It features such
faculty greats as Dr. David Merrell
chairman of the English department
a.k.a. John Havlicck's left-handed cousin;
Assistant basketball coach Dave "Magic"
Merrill; Dr. Ed "Rough Rider" Brokaw
chairman of the agriculture department;
and President William J Teague whose
plillosophy of basketball is "Why play
defense when you can shoot as well as I
The amazing "faculty of .finesse" has
developed a program that extends far
beyond reverse lay ups and casual 25-foot
Jumpers."I like the cxccrcise fellowship
and competition" said football coach Jim
Brcckenridge. "Anytime you're with
people you will grow I wouldn't have a
chance to know people outside my
department without the NBA."
Merrell said the NBA has existed since
1960. Many faculty members played
racquctball at noon said Merrell and a
Bmall group played basketball at nights.
With the addition of racquctball classes at
noon more faculty members started
switching to basketball. Since 1071
basketball at noon has been an everyday
affair he said.
To help slow the fast transition game
the ball cannot be passed across the mid-
court line; It must be dribbled. In case of
extra players substitutions are made with
every five points scored by cither team.
"It improves your health end your
cardiovascular fitness" said Merrell.
"And it's more fun than riding your bike."
The NBA is not all fun and laughter
however. Frustrations exist and temper
flare. "Coaches arc geared for team-
work" said Brcckenridge "Basketball is
teamwork and when it's not there it gets
frustrating. But it never lasts off $c
Coach Merrill who scored 500 points in
his first season at ACU said he still gets a
physical work out. "I don't sec myself as
the varsity player I once was" said
Merrill. ''People who watch think I have it
easy; but I work just as hard.'1
Lynn Luttrell intramural director and
instructor in the physical education
department said the convenience is a
major factor In the participation! "It gives
them a chance to do something they
normally wouldn't have the chance to do"
said Luttrell. "And the interdepartmental
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vironment." The environment of the NBA is a world
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they're playing for exercise fellowship or
the thrill of competition the NBA Is
bringing new tradition to Moody Cdllseum.
Who knows? A star could emerge.
"If Houston has trouble signing Samp-
son I could be gone next year" said
Not so fast
Dr. Gary Thompson government professor and Ga3ton Tarbot of the missions
department clown around during a recent Noon Basketball Association
otherwise known a3 the NBA in Moody Coliseum. The association of faculty and
staff members meet every weekday at noon for fivo-on-fivo play.(Photo by Joy
Marsh victorious in prep decathlon
The experience of Mike Marsh of Dallas
Lake Highlands proved too much for Glen
Parham of Snyder as he pulled out a 361-
polnt victory June 10-11 In the third annual
Texas State High School Decathlon at
Elmer Gray Stadium.
Marsh has competed in 11 decathlons
over the last six years. He has won five
finished second three times third twice
and sixth once.
After the first day of competition Marsh
had a one-point lead over Parham 3618-
3617 breaking the meet record of 3546 for
first-day points set in 1963 by Thornton
Hultt of Breckenridge.
Marsh retained Ms one-point lead after
the first two events Saturday but pulled
away from Parham in the pole vault
javelin and 1500 mcters.Marsh won with a
record 6704 points. Parham was second
with 6343. Botlt broke the meet record of
6039 set by Dale Dixon of Breckcnridge
two years ago.
Craig Wallace of Lubbock Monterrey
competing witlt a broken left arm finished
third with 5338 ponts. Don Hood meet
official and ACU track coach said Wallace
was one of the top vaultcrs in the state but
broke his arm and had to miss the state
Although Uiis was Parham's first
decathlon he' set stadium records in three
of the five events he won: the long jump
22-5 V; the 400-meter dash 498; and the
1500 meters 4:40.3.
Both Parham and Marsh qualified for
the Junior TAC championships at Penn-
sylvania State University In University
Park Pa. later In June.
Hood said he was almost certain Marsh
would attend ACU in the fall.
Eight seniors particpated in the
decathalon but Hood said he was pleased
with the turnout. "It was by far the best
quality of entries In the three-year history
of the meet" he said.
Although several states have a
decathlon state championship along with
the high school meet Hood said high
school decathletcs in Texas do not have
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