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12 Sports I i i Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUTTER The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I I I I The Munchkins: a case when heart makes all the difference If ever there was a year that Mater Dei's volleyball Wildcats could be excused for a lousy season, this was it. The sport is physical and intense, and even Wildcats coach Darla Edwards admits her team wouldn't scare anyone in a street gang faceoff. "Munchkins," she says. "They kind of look like Munchkins." And then there are other things. Although volleyball is technically a non-contact sport, that term is misleading. The players may not crash into opponents, but they do crash into almost everything else -- most notably the floor. This is not the Sunday afternoon-in-the-park variety of volleyball. If anyone can be held responsible for bringing that style of volleyball to the area, Edwards is the one. But diving at Mach 2 for every loose ball can be risky. EVEN CONSIDERING the talent-laden team of two years which reached the state finals, Edwards' sixth team at Mater Dei may well be her most remarkable. She has kept it together with baling wire, guaze and splints for most of the season. At one time or another, four of her top six players have been bent and bruised enough to sit on the sidelines. How then does one explain a 20-7 record, plus the city and SIAC championship? "The girls came in with high goals and that's the way it should be," she says. "I have very high respect for these girls. They've achieved a few lull i slaps in the face, they've kept their heads. They kept on achieving for their goals. There have been times this year when they could have given up, but they haven't. They've continued working hard." The injuries started virtually from the first serve of the campaign. Kim Anslinger, one of two three-year regulars, came down hard on her ankle and suffered a slight cartilage tear. Out three weeks. When she returned, Cindy Bradley injured her ankle. And then, in succession, Paula Kiesel and Melanie Seib bit the dust. "It's been here and there," says Edwards. "Last year we didn't have one turned knee. As of last Monday, we really didn't have our top six working together much." But when the pieces came finally together last weekend, the wait was worth it. Competing in the Jennings County Invitational the Volleycats swept through three straight victories for the title, thus surprising almost everyone except Edwards and her team. October 23, 1987 ii TIlE HIGHLIGHT was a 15-9, 15-5 walloping of the hosts who were ranked in the state's top 10. "It was a fantastic tournament," says Edwards. "New Albany had five girls who were six feet or taller -- including one who was 6-4 and another who was 6-2. "We really looked like Munchkins in that game. We beat them in three games -- very neat -- and then we turned around and beat Jennings County. They had beaten us earlier in the year and they expected to do the same thing. We kind of nipped that in the bud. The score of that one ii i i Play continues in K of C football league place and force then into a playoff on November I with the game starting at 1 p.m. Christ the King/Holy Spirit (1-4) will play St. Benedict (0-5) in the se- cond game on Oct. 25 with the game scheduled at start at 2:30 p.m. Play continued in the Knights of Columbus Council 565 grade school football league Oct. 18 at Memorial Tier field. The first game of the after- noon saw St. Benedict playing Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. The first score of the quarter was a six-yard quarterback keeper play by Steve Markwell of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. The PAT attempt failed. The se- cond score of the quarter was a five-yard touchdown run by Matt Swanson of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. Andy Zirkelbach added the PAT. The first score in the second quarter was an eight-yard run for a touchdown by Shawn Merkel of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. The PAT attempt failed. Jeremy Sickman scored again for Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd with a 34-yard run. 1oey Merkel added the PAT. The second half began with Shawn Merkel taking the kick- off' on the Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd 40-yard line and run- ning 60 yards for the touchdown. The PAT attempt failed. The only scoring in the fourth quarter was a 51-yard run for the touchdown by Steve Markwell. The PAT attempt failed. Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd shut out St. Benedict by a score of 38-0. The second contest of the day had Christ the King/Holy Spirit going against St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer. Jim Bockting of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer scored the first touchdown of the quarter with a 31-yard run. Matt Vollman kicked the PAT. The second score of the quarter came on a 46-yard run for the touchdown by Jim Bockting of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer. The PAT attempt failed. There was no score in the second quarter. Ryan Brownlee got Christ the King/Holy Spirit on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run. The PAT attempt failed. In the fourth quarter, Jim Bockting of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer repeated his first quarter effort with a 15-yard run for the touchdown. The PAT attempt failed. St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer defeated Christ the King/Holy Spirit by a score of 20-6. October 25 will be the final game of the league season with undefeated Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd (5-0} going against St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer (4-1) for the championship at 1 p.m. Should St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer defeat Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd, it will make the teams tied for first KNIGHTS O COLUMBUS COUNCIL 1584 811 MAIN STREET JASPER, IN 47546 FRIDAY NI(HT SOUP AND SALAD BAR $3,75 COMPLETE MENU AVAILABLE ALL YOU CAN F.AT FISH SPECIAL ALSO SAT. NIGHT SPECIALS 5-10 P.M. EST' 3.50 5-10 P.M. EST FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION, CALL (812)482-4292 DOROTHY KREILEIN MANAGER sounds like a blowout, but it wasn't. It was very intense and we fought for every point. There were some great rallies." If their reputation for a tough-as-nails attitude needed enhancement, that tournament was clear validation. "Tough? Yeah, they are," says Edwards with more than a glint of pride. "A couple may not be the best raw athletes we've ever had, but they work so hard to give whatever they've got. They are a great bunch of girls. A coach couldn't ask for more. Just a great bunch of girls." Mater Dei fans clearly recall the Lisa John-Julie Goedde powerhouse of 1985, and this obviously is not that sort of team. "We don't have a lot of height, so we're not considered a power-hitting, dominating team," says Edwards. "But I think this is a smart team. We take what we've got, and put the ball down where we see the holes. We're scrappy." And to this point, they've been plenty good. -k W "A- "k "A" W W The local volleyball sectional opened last night and the key game may already have been 'played when you read this. Mater Dei dealt with Memorial, a quality team in its own right. Mater Dei had won the regular-season match, but Ed- wards thought those games have little bearing once the tournament begins. "It doesn't matter if you feel you're more talented," she says. "In volleyball, it's who's up on that night, and who's willing to sacrifice to be on top." i i FAMOUS BRANDS FOR LESS. FURNITURE - CARPET - APPLIANCES HOME OUTFITTERS: _ JASPER - LOOGOOTEE - W,=,SHINGTuN WE DELIVER ALL OVER SOUTHERN INDIANA ill i i Holy Cross Church Ft. Branch, Indiana TURKEY SHOOT! 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