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12 Sports ill i Rutter on Sports By DAVE , RUTrER . The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 4, 1987 ,||,l ,i Strolling through Evansville looking at high school teams The burning issue of the day in local sports is not who will emerge as best football team in town. Nab.. The real question is: Can the city find some- one to fix the scoreboard at Enlow Field so it doesn't go into cardiac arrest every other week? You'd figure a school corporation with a multimillion-dollar budget could get one lousy scoreboard to work. Oh well. While they're figuring out the in- tricacies of stadium timepieces, let's stroll through the city and see who's cutting the mustard, and who's merely skinny-dipping in the ketchup. BOSSE: It was only a matter of time before head coach Mike Madriaga got things turned around, and a solid group of seniors never hurts. This is the first time recently the Bulldogs have sported significant experience, and it showed in the opener against North. Running back Mike Waddell is one of my favorite players. A straight vanilla sort of ball car- rier, he bludgeoned North with 123 yards, 30 car- ries and one touchdown. If they paid overtime to running backs, this guy would be rich. Madriaga will give him the ball until someone proves he can be stopped. Nose guard Jason Kemper, one of the state's strongest wrestlers at 160 pounds, makes the in- side turf tough to acquire. Bosse runs a close second to Memorial and Central as the most improved teams in town from 1986. MATER DEI: After a disturbing jamboree per- formance, the Wildcats responded well last week against Central, although, alas, they fell short. There's nothing here that can't be fixed although one must assume that the class 2-A post- season playoffs will provide much more gratifica- tion than the regular season. If quarterback Chris Goedde returns to full speed (after an ankle problem), coach Frank Will will have a tough choice. What to do with junior Scott McDurmon? Or maybe the question is, what to do with Chris Goedde? NORTH: I'm rooting very hard for coach Charlie Uhde to make a go of it, but this doesn't seem to be the season. (Charlie's players probably don't know that his fellow UE Aces used to call him "Snake" because of the way he hid in the tall grass before springing at unsuspecting ball carriers. The Huskies need a few more players as good as he was. They have just enough talent to make it tough for everyone, but they are prone to attrition. The Huskies field about six players they can't lose without severe repercussions. That's way too thin for the city pressure cooker. REITZ: After a generally positive performance in the city jamboree, the Panthers had their defi- ciencies de-cloaked a week later by New Albany, a team they had beaten 51-0 a year earlier. Without graduated game-breaker John Brown, the Panthers slug it out these days on offense and hope they don't encounter a team as strong as they are. Coach Bill Hape still is waiting for his pro- gram to produce a more-than-adequate quarterback who can take control of difficult defenses. Until they do, the Panthers offense is thud-thud-thud. Marcos Mayes is a good running back (when he hangs onto the ball and hits the right hole} and the team has its usual coterie of large, hairy- knuckled sorts. Say, why is 230-pound Nick Coleman playing at Reitz instead of Mater Dei? CENTRAL: Despite a 3-6 record last year, the Bears came with two touchdowns of having a quality season. Close, but no cigar. Coach Mike Owen returns 15 solid seniors, and that has folks on the North Side feeling much better about life. To this point, the '80s had been bad news for the Bears. But there seems to be one glitch in the glad tidings. The Bears could be city contenders if tailback Floyd Malone performs well. He's a speed boat on a team mostly of river tugs. But Malone has an unfortunate tendency to fumble, especially when he's hit hard, and that is not a good sign. When the Bears went to a wishbone offense in a last-quarter drive that whip- ped Mater Dei, Malone wasn't around. The Bears will derive benefit from 220-pound fullback-linebacker David Koehler, (Hope.the Aces can get him to stay in town.) Quarterback Brian Gibson's arm is fine, but his once-injured knee re- mains a question. From a physical contact perspective, Central's coming dates with Memorial and Reitz should set the Richter scales jumping. MEMORIAL: Coach Ralph Weinzapfel prob- ably doesn't derive much satisfaction from it, but the Tigers' 12-6 loss last week at Henderson Coun- ty was informative. There's not another team in southern Indiana that could have held the Colonels to a pair of scores and shut them out in the second half. Henderson County is No. 1 in Kentucky's Class 4-A rankings and deserves it. So, what does that mean for the Tigers? Primarily, it means that Memorial's fate is largely in its own hands. There is no one the Tigers need fear as presumably superior. Former University of Evansville coach Randy Rogers -- a passing offense guru -- is helping with Memorial's reserves. Wonder if that will show in the varsity's offense? Junior Ken Mills, who gained 1,125 yards last year, looks more and more like his dad every day. That should tell longtime local football fans how good he is. HARRISON: Whence Tony Bass and wherefore. In other words, what the hey. Bass broke two long TDs last week against Jef- fersonville, but then suffered a "serious" injury. He was taken off the field on a stretcher, whisked away to the hospital by ambulance. Under family instructions, the hospital declined to release his condition. That same night, he was listed by the hospital as having been "treated and released." He played little in the jamboree a week earlier because, according to coach Mitch Marsh, he has been suffering from an ill-defined back injury. Say, gang, do you get the feeling something odd is going on here? The Warriors have backs Errol Butler, Robbie Fellows and Tim Moore (he's actually a better defensive player.) That makes them good. If Bass "recovers" that could make them better than good. He has the physical qualifications to be the best in town. Harrison's quarterback prognosis still must be considered as guarded and the line -- actually the biggest part of last year's 10-2 season -- looks eager, but very green. The knee injury to guard Ricky Stinson in the jamboree was very bad news. And, now, about that clock. ii SCHNEL L VlL L E FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE H.G. FISCHER RT. 1 ST. ANTHONY I VINCENNES American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities- Member F.D.I.C. 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