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12 Sports The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 4, 1987 Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUTTER The guys in Illinois had great football playoffs Every time a Catholic high school wins a state athletic title--especially in football--someone in the crowd stands up, gives a loud harumph and stalks off muttering about "those cheaters." We had a round of that this fall, even though local athletics must be so feeble that even "cheaters" can't salvage a state title out of it. I haven't noticed Memorial or Mater Dei playing at the Hoosier Dome for many football crowns recently. (Do those folks in Huntingburg and Rockport really think that Mater Dei "recruits" 150-pound offensive guards and 160-pound linebackers? Seems to me that "recruiting" 250 pounders would make more sense if one was of a less-than- ethical frame of reference). The Catholic schools in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne have done all right by themselves over the years, but nothing to be outraged about. But now I must tell you that the fans of con- spiracy theories probably are ready to launch a Congressional probe right across the Wabash River in Illinois. In Indiana, Mater Dei, Indianapolis Ritter and Fort Wayne Luers all missed the boat, but the faithful legions in Illinois more than made up for the failures of their brethren. Indiana has given football classes based on male enrollment and the state's parochial schools are spread across the middle three divisions. In Il- linois, there are six divisions and Catholic schools apparently are diverse enough to have members in each division. Over the last weekend, Catholic schools played for state titles in five of the six division and won all five. One of the state's biggest shockers occurred in a class 3-A battle where the top-ranked team -- Rockridge -- barely opened the door before a truck ran over it. It was being driven by Kankakee Bishop McNamara High School. The final there was 45-14. With little to root about in Indiana last weekend, I adopted the guys from Illinois, as much for their nicknames as their ecclesiastical bent. You can cheer for the Tigers, Wildcats, Car- dinals and Patriots (the four diocese namesakes) without hesitation, but who can resist teams with names such as Celtics, Fightin' Irish, Saints, Hilltoppers and Hurricanes? For those who want completeness, the Illinois champs were Bloomington Central Catholic (Class l-A), Woodstock Marian (Class 2-A), McNamara (Class 3-A), New Lenox Providence (Class 4-A) and Joliet Catholic (Class 5-A). If you like to keep track of future college stars, this quintet had a full load, but there's one name fans will recognize. Woodstock Marian's quarterback Jim Hartlieb broke his finger early in the title game, but still directed a 35-6 win over Mackinaw.for the Hur- ricanes' third title in five years. He ran for two scores and passed for another. His older brother, Chuck, was on hand to see the game. He quarterbacks the Iowa Hawkeyes. The current Hartlieb is the fourth to play for Marian. Across the river in Kentucky, the big playoff football news was supplied by Covington Catholic which knocked off top-rated Paducah Tilghman, 16-6, for the Commonwealth's Class 3-A championship. I guess Illinois and Kentucky just have a better grade of "cheaters" than our guys in Indiana. Until quarterback Jay Schroeder rallied the Washington Redskins past the defending Super Bowl champ Giants last weekend, I was beginning to doubt the value of a time-tested sports motiva- tion -- revenge. This game had been billed as a score-settler for the Redskins who had judged the Giants quilty of some transgressions from last season. The Skins were down 16, but eventually cranked it up. The revenge motivation -- widely heralded by the media -- was taking a beating up to then, at " least based on two recent examples. Notre Dame's Irish were supposed to be breathing fire for their date with Miami last weekend after the Hurricanes ended Gerry Faust's coaching tenure with a 50-point drubbing two years ago. So, Miami goes out and drubs Notre Dame again. Only 27 points this time, but Lou Holtz's reputation for big-game motivation wasn't enhanced much. Then, of course, there's the three-year hex Tell City holds over Mater Dei in football. After two losses to Tell City in the playoffs, Mater Dei had the revenge angle in its favor for date No. 3. Sorry, guys. Tell City's defense does an ax job on the Wildcats' passing game. Similarly, even the wrestling program in southern Indiana presumably has a "revenge" motive against Mater Dei -- not that it does them much good. What all this may mean is that revenge is vast- ly overrated, particularly when the other dude has some horses. The better team with better talent generally prevails. Miami bishop brings 'moment of peace' By STEPHENIE OVERMAN NC News Service WASHINGTON (NC) -- For Auxiliary Bishop Agustin A. Roman of Miami, settling the siege of the detention center at Oakdale, La., was a "moment of peace." Cuban detainees took hostages at the center and in the Atlanta federal prison after hearing that the United States and Cuba had resumed an agreement that could have meant their deportation. But after a videotaped message from Bishop Roman, who was forced into exile from Cuba in 1961, the Oakdale de- tainees reached an agreement with the government Nov. 29 and released the 26 hostages they had been holding for eight days. According to a translation of his message Bishop Roman said, "This is a moment of peace. It is a day which must be a beginning for you. This is what I desire. I want you to release the prisoners who are in your custody and I want you to demonstrate to the world the good will that every Christian should hgve in: his,htrt v .......... He said he had reviewed the agreement with the government "and I can tell you there is nothing missing in it." "Sign the document," the bishop said. "You can be sure that what you will have done is good." In its agreement with the ? Cubans the government said it will not rescind parole deci- sions it had already made for Cuban detainees with families or sponsors in the United States. It also agreed to give in- dividual hearings to the de- tainees. The Oakdale agreement had no immediate effect on Cuban detainees in Atlanta but Jesuit Father Edward Salazar, who has conducted prayer .vigils outside the prison, said Nov. 30 that the Cubans there had been asking for Bishop Roman. "I've heard from the Cubans themselves that they wanted Bishop Roman," he said. "The situation at Oakdale should not be misread -- there's still a long way to go --. but there's hope (in Atlanta) because of what the church has been able to do." "The mood now is they want to know there will be a follow- through on the promises" made in Oakdale that were "signed before a representative of the church and a Cuban," he said. Father Salazar said Masses were celebrated outside the prison Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and the following Sunday, Nov. 29. The Mass Nov. 29 was moved IMPORTANT! BEFORE YOU PRE-PLAN A FUNERAL CALL: 424-9274 If you can't bear to think about your funeral, think tbout yoOr family. With Forethousht$ Funeral PlanntnR;you can take care el it all and complete your funeralplam today.., so your family won t have all those deci,ion$. Phone 424-9274. 'FAMILY" ILLg so that family members could see the detainees inside the prison and some were able to talk to them through loudspeakers, according to Father Salazar. "Some children came to me and said, 'I saw my daddy,'" he said, adding that he was wor- ried about the detainees' families. "I'm worried about it dragging on. They're so tired. I try to give them hope." 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