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1 The Malakoff News, Thursday, Ma~' 7, 1981--7A THE tS By Benny Rogers close look at the 6' rattle snake her father, Henry, killed the snake while camping out at the cut-off near Trinidad. s head off. (Staff photo by Ann RounsavaIl) a a Lt race :RS first boat race, Scan old son of Mr. and EAN Mrs. Jim McKean, captured a first place finish last weekend in Beaumont in the Western Divisional Champion- ships of the Formula 350 Hydroplane boat class. The first place finish qualifies Sean for the national tour- nament in August at Lak$1and, Florida. During the award winning race, Scan jetted his Formula 350 Hydroplane racer, which sports a 20 cubic inch out- door motor, to speeds of 55 to 65 miles per hour. Sean competed in the novice division, a category ordinarily for 12-21 year olds, however, older drivers in their fir- st set of races are allowed to compete. Sean's spectacular finish ahead of more experienced and older drivers astonished longtime boat racers and enthusiasts. The McKean family is no stranger to award winning boat racers as the eldest KcKean set a world speed record for 500cc Hydroplanes this past January. McKean's record breaking 116 miles per hour bettered the previous record by eight miles per hour. If the younger McKean improves with age, he just may be the one to break his father's mark. a a By CHARLIE FREEMAN the stz and [rig in the Girls Tidmore will along with their Louise is the only to the state level of the 1980-81 corn- twelve area men's teams will be corn- tournament. Kerens, Blue Eustace, TUGCO, Rebels, and Crandall. awarded to the in- and second place will be awarded eYone needs shing license for the first three places. There will also be an MVP trophy awarded to an outstanding player in the tournament. The tournament will be sponsored by the Trinidad Little League Association. The money made will be used to spon- sor the Trinidad baseball teams during the 1981 season. Volunteers are needed to help call bases and help in the concession stand. People interested shouls call Mondo Renteria at 778-2836. All help will be greatly appreciated. gives rise to must have a legally in Texas. must either fishing or corn- and fishing license. those under 17 All nonresiden. must purchase a the resident license )roper- family own, you need no in your county throwline with no reel or EIBWARDS Service ~FFORD) (Dallas) Coil: Scott 214-286-0149 Area softball enthusiasts are in for a mid-May treat within the next 10 days as two, men's slow-pitch, tournaments are on the agenda. The Second Annual Trinidad Little League Association tourney begins a three day run tonight (Thursday) at the baseball field near the high school and the Sixth Rebel Invitational is set for May 14-15-16 at the softball field on the Malakoff Elementary school campus. After a two week hiatus, Malakoff's three entries-the Rebels, Jays and All Stars-wiU get back into action at the Trinidad meet. The All Stars are scheduled to get their feet wet first, playing Corsicana tonight at g p.m. Tomorrow night the Jays face off against Eustace at 7 p.m. and the Rebels take on the Shields Tel-Comm team immediately after. Second round action continues Satur- day morning as the field of 12 teams turn their thoughts toward "bringing home the gold." Individual trophies will be presented to first and second place finishers and team trophies given to fir- st, second and third places. A Most Valuable Player award will also be presented. Proceeds from the double elimination event will go toward the funding of the upcoming Trinidad Little Leagqe season. Tournament Director Armando Renteria encourages the public to at- tend the worthwhile project and remin- ds area fans that concessions, restroom facilities will be available. When the Rebel Invitational rolls around next week it will signify a special anniversary for me and five fellow Rebels. Saturday, May 16, will mark the fourth year anniversary of our first successful tournament ven- ture. It hardly seems possible that it has been four years since that "original" Rebel unit defied the odds and garnered third place honors in the 16-team Cedar Creek Invitational. That surprising finish, more than anything else, served as our springboard to the past four seasons, To say the least, our inaugural season was an experience and a half. Slow- pitch softball was just beginning to develop into the force it is today that year, 1977. And for the most part the teams were composed of men six to seven years older than this bunch of juniors and seniors, who were still wet behind the ears. The Cedar Creek All Stars, whether they'll admit it or not, were our team- forming inspiration. At that time the All Stars owned the area slow-pitch scene. After several Sunday afternoon games against the All Stars, which were designed to give the talented team game-like conditions, and supportive encouragement from the black and gold clad team, we decided to plunge into the softball pool. During the course of that first season we locked horns with the All Stars 12 times and came out on the long end of the score 12 times. One time we did manage to come within four runs. Despite the continuous setbacks, we competed in our first tournament in Murchison in late April. After dropping a 7-2 decision to Chandler in our first tourney contest, we belted a Curtis Mathes team 23-12 for our first taste of the thrill of victory. Another loss followed our first win, but that did not dampen our spirits and we shocked many a team the remain- der of the season. The "shocking sei'ies" began during that Cedar Creek tourney and after the third place finish we had established ourselves as a legitimate contender, and ceased being a pretender. After that initial campaign, the forth- coming years for the most part proved to be very fruitful. While the wins were more numerous, they were alot harder FREDDIE ALLEN of Cross Reads High School will compete in the State Tennis Meet in Austin Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. Alien advances to state following his first place win in regional. (Staff photo by Lori Callaway) C LASSIFIEDS SELL CALL 489-0531 New & Used Saddles & Tack Chaps -made to order Custom Made Belts 8, Holsters Malakoff Hwy. 31 E. % mile from High School 48%1824 _' ~k--~R - ~:_:-- im "% - - = -- "~ ~----~ - '~- r Enjoy any" scrumptious Dairy Queen sundae, regular size, in your choic of-flavors for just 59! to come by as we were no longer able to sneak up on teams. Since that inaugural season, the Rehs and All Stars have clashed numerous times and the overall series is probably as even as it possibly could be. I', for the record, will go ahead and mention that fact that we did down the All Stars in all four of our encounters last season. It should also be written that this bat- fling duo no longer are the only local teams. The Jays are now very com- petitive on the local scene. As for the Rebels and Jays' ongoing battle - well thats another story. Next weekend's tournament, for most of the players and fans, will mark just another softball meet. But for Robert Gaston, Dana Wilson, Barry Carson, Wes Holt, Bill Mullins and myself, who are the last of the original 17 Rebels, it will be more, much more, than just a softball tournament. THE NBA CHAMP IS... It began way back in October and will end sometime within the next two weeks. Mter five long months the National Basketball Association has reached its best of seven championship series, with IUL In|nil .. I .... ~n ' the surprising Houston Rockets taking on 13-time World Champion Boston Celtics. The series was set to begin in Boston on Tuesday and as usual let's take a look at the final series and make a guess. The Rockets, led by Mr. Rebound - Moses Malone, knocked off powerhouses Los Angeles and Kansas City on their way to the series, while the Celtics took care of Chicago and everybody's team, or so it seems, the Philadelphia 76ers. Houston eliminated Kansas City in five games, while the Celtics rallied from a three games to one deficit to capture their spot in the championship series. In assessing the Houston-Boston match-up one important factor has to be considered. Did the Celtics, drain themselves both mentally and physically in their miraculous comeback against Philly? The guess here is, the emotional uplifting the Celts received after suc- cessfully overtaking the 76ers will be more than enough to refuel them. Bostom being my favorite team aside, look for the Celtics to capture the title in six games. 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