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/A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, March 10, 1983 In season opener By Benny Roge I ~T Opening Day: A flashback Baseball was the talk of the town this past week with special emphasis on Tigers 4-Canton 2. It may finally be sinking in that Malakoff has a baseball team. A pretty competitive team I might add. Opening day of the 1983 baseball season was perfect. Temperature around the 4 p.m. start was near 90 degrees with a slight wind out of the southwest. Canton, winners of their district last year, were in town and by the third inning an en- thusiastic crowd filled the stands. When Canton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first frame you could sense the crowd feeling, "Oh no, here we go." The crowd was the only ones feeling that way. The Tigers and their spirits remained high in the dugout. Remember, this is the same group of athletes that were predicted to only win a game or two in foot- ball, but at season's end were competing for a playoff berth. After the locals matched Canton's run in the bottom of the opening inning momentum cleary began to switch. And the crowd got into it. It was near bedlum when the Tigers paraded three runs across the plate in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The most significant factor for the Tigers was their ability to stop potential Canton rallies in the fifth and seventh innings. The Eagles scored a run in the fif- th frame and could have gotten more had the Tigers not played solid in the field. The seventh inning was a repeat. Canton's first two batters got aboard, but once again solid pitching and defense put a clamp on things. The most noticeable bright spot in the 4-2 upset win was the pitching of south- paw Warren Alexander. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior, 7-7 a year ago, went the distance in the win, striking out seven, yielding seven hits and not serving up a base on balls. Alexander's not the overpowering pitching-type, but his control and ability to work the corners more than compensates. The Tigers collected four hits against Canton pitchers, but they were in clutch situations. Another good.sign. John Tanner delivered the clutch hit, sending a shot to center field to score a run in the fourth frame and move the runners. Scott Clendenning, Mike Riddle and Todd Shelton also rapped singles during the outing. Another area the Tigers graded high in on opening day was baserunning. The Tigers were successful on two of three swipe attempts and also did a good job of rounding the bases on hits and wild pitches. Only once was the Tigers' baserun- ning questionable, but the run later scored. The prognosis for the remainder of the season? It looks good. And if the younger players come through like Coach Robert Duron thinks they will, it could be pretty exciting near season's end. A word of caution though, the Tigers are nowhere near where they need to be to contend for one of the district's two playoff spots. Duron knows that. The Tigers know that. There are still going to be some bad days ahead. But with the proper frame of mind, the Tigers will be able to cope and be a better team for it. The next two weeks are pivotal for the Tigers. During that span it will be determined what course the remainder of the season will take. A full agenda faces Duron and Company with two tournaments and several single games on tap. Youth will be tested and questions will be answered. It's those answers, not the number of wins versus losses, that are important. If the answers are favorable, and the bet here is they will be, and the younger players come through, by the time the District 17AAA opener rolls around April 5 the Tigers may be in a position to make a run at the playoffs. And by that time the Tigers will no longer be the best kept secret .... By BENNY ROGERS inning on a Craig Wood pop-up in the and tossing the first baseman out. Opening day of the 1983 baseball infield. With the infield fly rule in ef- Canton's frustrations were added to season produced a surprise here last fect, Corry gambled, trying to reach in the Tigers' half of the inning. Shelton Tuesday afternoon as the Malakoff third but was thrown out for a double reached base on a throwing error to Tigers pulled off a 4-2 upset over play withWoodalsobeingcalledout, start the Malakoff rally. The Tiger Canton's Eagles. Malakoff scored the tying run in their second baseman stole second and A three-run fourth inning coupled portion of the opening frame. After moved tothirdona fielder's choice. with a strong showing by WarrenMike Riddle struck out swinging, Scott Mattingly beat out the throw on the Alexander on the mound lifted the Clendenning rapped a screan lng shot fielder's choice, giving the Tigers Tigers over the Eagles, District 15AAA to shortstop and reached base on a bad runners at the corners. Mattingly went champions a year ago. hop to Payne. The Tiger left fielder to second on a McMawaway wild pitch. Alexander, a 6-foot-2 175-poundmoved to third on a throwing error and Wilson drew a base on balls, loading the southpaw, went the distance, giving up scored on a wild pitch, bases. seven hits and striking out seven. The Todd Shelton followed with a Malakoff scored the go-ahead run Tiger pitching ace, 7-7 last year in strikeout for the second MHS out and when pinch-hitter Jeff Prentice walked, Malakoff's first year back on the Tim Mattingly reached base on balls, scoring Shelton. Danny Wilson diamond after an ll-year absence, did Shortstop David Wilson grouned out 6-3 grounded out 4-3 before John Tanner not yieldawalk, to end the first inning with a 1-1 socked a 2-1 pitch to center field, Alexander and Company got off to a deadlock, scoring David Wilson and moving shaky start against the Eagles, who Alexander mowed down the Eagles in Prentice to third. Mattingly had scored destroyod MHSlastyear, 104). Eagle order in the second with three on Danny Wilson's ground out. shortstop Donnie Payne led off with a strikeouts. McMawaway matched Randy Lee and Riddle struck out to sharp single up-the-middle and moved Alexander's fete, retiring the Tigers 1- end the inning, but the Tigers had to second on Steve Corry's fielder's 2-3 on strikes, posted three big runs to take a 4-1 ad- choice. Corry also was safe on a The Eagles flirted with breaking the vantage. Malakoff error at the second base bag. I-1 deadlock in the top of the fourth on a Canton paraded another run across Payne scored when Eagle pitcherMcMawaway lead-off single. CHS'the plate in the top of the fifth on a Jim McMawaway slapped a I-2 pitch to threat cooled when Alexander got Payne single up-the-middle. Mike left field. Blake Boroughs flied to right Boroughs to pop-out to MatUngly and McMahan, who bad reached on a for the first Eagle out with runners at Wood flied to center. Alexander ended single, scored on the Payne shot. first and second, the inning, knocking down Gary Alexander got the next two Eagles on The Eagles ran themselves out of the Cockerham's line drive up-the-middle strikes to end the inning. i~ ::, : Both teams remained in the closing frames as Payne, who relieved the fifth. Alexander nets, keeping the Payne challenged Tiger right down-the-middle. TEXAS ASSOC 1982 Judged No. 1 in among newspaper P :iI !: :/i t,] ALL DISTRICT HONOREES--These six MHS basketball players were selected to the All-District 17AAA teams Monday afternoon. Pictured are: Front Row (I- to-r) Brenda Hoyt, honorable mention; Jackie Coleman, second team; and Man- dy Rogers, honorable mention. Back Row (I-to-r) Jerryl Jackson, second team; Carey Jackson, honorable mention; and Homer Turner, honorable mention. (Staff photo by Benny Rogers) Local YMCA team wins division title Malakoff's entry in the 9-10 year old Vanoid Dawson, Stephen Crawford, division of the Henderson County YM- Jason Clendenning and Trey Wendell. CA basketball program recently corn- The team is coached by Ronnie Gar- pleted the season with an unblemished trell. 7-0 division record. Leading scorer for the Tigers during The undefeated team also went un- the tournament was Gartrell with 42 scathed through the annual Henderson points. Dowell finished with 21 and County-Palestine "Shoot-Off" Tour- Dawson had 19. nament held in Athens February 26 at the Henderson County Junior College : Gym. The Tigers defeated Palestine ........... 36-19, Cross Roads, 40-15, and Palestine, 35-18, to capture first place honors. Team members include Mark Gar- trail, Marcus Dowell, Russell Caldwell, Malakoff Longhorns defeat Canton, 9-1 The Malakoff Longhorns captured their first win of the season with a 9-1 decision over.Canton's Diggers in soc- cer action played at Steen Field Satur- day afternoon. The Longhorns, who compete in the Under-6 Division, dominated the entire game. Scoring goals for the 'Horns were Chad Blotner, Josh Bomberger and Josh Monroe. Coaches Bruce Blotner and Joe Haney credited the entire team with turning in a solid performance. The Longhorns will be in action against the Little Spines in Gun Barrel City Saturday. Action starts at I p.m. Children require ,more calories to grow A child requires about 36 calories per pound of body weight to build the new muscle, bone and skin which make the body grow. That's about twice as many calories per pound of body weight than an adult needs. 1983 MHS BASEBALL TEAM--The Malakoff Tigers opened the 1983 baseball Wilson, Tracy Edwards, Brant Stenovltch, and Todd Shelton. Back Bo season with a 4-2 upset over Canton's Eagles. Team members pictured are: Coach Robert Durosn, Warren Alexander, Randy Lee, Tim Front Row (I-to-r) Mike Riddle, Kelth Stenovitch, Scott Clendenning, Ty King Wilson, Jeff Prentice and John Tanner. The Tigers will play in the and Kelth BoyklL Middle Row (i,to-r) David Wilson, Phil Dulaney, Danny vitaflonal Tournament this weekend. (Staff pboto by Benny Rogers ) from page one * * LITTLE DRIBBLER ROUND-UP paced the boys' first team, capturing two spots. Troy BoRon and Ronald Mask, both 6-foot-3 seniors, were named to the first team along with Teague's Wayne Williams, Westwood's Grayln Crawford and Fairfield's Derek Hartis. Along with Jackson, named to the second team were: Jay Griffin Crockett; Jeff Wilson, Westwood Trojan Relays slated for March 12 Walter Sumuel; Reggie Williams, RUsk; and Willie McElroy, Fairfield. Standings Leading Stolen Honorable mention status went to: 6-S Boys (One Game Totals) Gary McKnight and Zebedee hamilton, Team W t Girls both of Crockett; Roger Hall, Teague; TasasCisy .................... 1 0 Player Don Garner and Shawn Walker, both of Sha~'s roam .................. 0 1 Tars Johnson ................. Rusk; Chris Rutledge, Westwood; and $10 Girls gem Crawford ..................... Tracy Garrett, Fairfield. Team W L Sharonda Sparks .................. i Crockett coach Bo Townley was ~henel.aundr/ ................. 1 0 Marci Ferrell ..................... named by his counterparts as 17AAA's Stalker Co ..................... 0 1 Dqmnna Williams .............. Coach of the Year. 9-10 Me,m Gannon .................. Regional finalist Westwood and Team W t Boys 17AAA runner-up Fairfield both placedFashion Shop .................. 1 0 Pislmr two players on the girls' first team. LekeakleBuuty ................ 0 1 MarcusHombuckle .............. Westwood's Donna Wilson and Marilyn II.12 Girls Chris I~/ ....................... Wilson earned that honor along with Gould Insurance ................ 1 0 Bart Baasley ..................... ' Fairfield's Wanda Larkin and Aline T-ShirtHut .................... 0 1 J ashFsrrell ...................... Ransom. All are juniors except Ran- ll-12B~p JoeyGieane ...................... sore. Team W t Jnon Clendonning ................ ' Also named to the first team were AtOm Mufllor ................. 1 0 Teague sophomore Bridgette Busby Gregoq Tire Co ................. 0 1 This Week's Games and Crockett senior Beatrice Denman. Last Week's Results 9:00- Texas Clay vs. Shane's Team Westwood's Lady Panthers also Athons's Muffler 26-GraiPr/ Tire Co. 20 lO:O0.Athene~sndryvs. StalkorCo. produced the loop's Most Valuable Gould InsurJnce 12-T-Shirt Hut 4 I h00. Fashion Shop vs. I.akaside 8NutJ Player in 5-foot-10 junior Renay FashionShoplG-LekesideBaaulylO 12:30 . T-Shirt Hut vs. Gould lnsurance Daughtery. Athem Laundry 15-Stalker Co. 4 1:30- Athens Muffler vs. Gregory Tire Co. Named to the second team along with Texas Clay &Shane's Team 7 Coleman were: Minnie Mires, Fair- field; Delois Johnson, Crockett; Jolan- flrstWnek Honor Roll da Simmons, Westwood; and Michelle Girls .SUPPORT LITTLE DRIBBLERS~ Christopher, Rusk. , Merci Ferrell. Angela Smith, Devanna Selected to the honorable mention list Williams, Amy White* Melimm Gannon* Kim were: Pollett Jones, Teague; Virginia Mattingly.Sharond Sparks,Jody Hyde.Fran Craig, Teague; and Cynthia Riley, Andrm.KimCrawtord.TaraJohneon Crockett. Chris Isey*Bart BeasleytFrank Pat- risen*Eric Clandenning*Marcus Her- nbuckle * Mark Gartrell * Staven Grei~* Jason Clondenning* Jerff Cotton. Grel[ Smith * Josh Farrell*Bobby O'Malley*Rufus McGuf- fey* James Tanner, Clyde Bailey. Jney Givens Area parents create new soccer league The annual Trojan Relays will get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Trojan Stadium in Trinidad. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with the finals set to begin at 2:30p.m. Teams entered in the boys' division include Trinidad, Mildred, Kerens JV, Eustace, Cross Roads, Cayuga and St. John's of Ennis. Girls' teams scheduled to com- pete are Trinidad, Wortham, Mildred, Kerens, Eustace, Cross Reads, Cayuga, Palmer and St. John's of Ennis. Kereus' Bobcats and Lady Bob- cats' were runaway winners of the meet last year. In a move made necessary by the withdrawal of soccer from the Malakoff Youth Sports Association, a group of 40 concerned parents met on March I to create the Malakoff Soccer Association. The new organization will serve as the governing body for the local soccer leagues in the spring and fall. Howard Hardy was elected to head the new association. Also elected as of- ficers were: Roger Owens, vice- president; Jan Speak, secretary; Sharon Loath, treasurer; and Sandy Coker, reporter. The new association reports that over 70 youngsters are participating on the five teams the association has this spring. The MSA has teams competing in the Under-6 Division, Under-10 Division and the Under 12-Division. Teams in the MSA are associated with the North Texas SoCcer Association and compete with teams from Kemp, Mabank, Canton, Wills Point, and Eustace. Use plenty of soap Have you been unhappy with recent DIVISION CHAMPS--The Mslakoff 9.1o entry in the Henderson County YMCA washing results? swept through their divlslon with a perfect 7-0 record. The division champs also Clothes not turning out as white or as took first place In the annual post-season shoot-out tourney. Team members plc- clean as they might be? If so, you might tured are: Front Row (l.to-r) Trey Wendell, Vanold Dawson, Jason Clendenning be surprised to learn that these and Russell Caldwell. Back Row (I.to-r) Stephen Crawford, Mark Gartrell, Mar- problems may be the resmt of not using cus Dowell and Coach Ronnie Gartrell. (Staff pboto by Benny Rogers) enough detergent. Game of the Week Tiros ~ bShNe's Team 7 The dawning of a new season