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Fencers set for nationals
A&M’s fencing team has qualified
Be competitors for the national
“'"'^sBumament to be held June 22-29 in
fnvr .v w Cit y
^ESHihe national qualifiers are Chet
e lightBrewer, a sophomore from Dallas,
Jr own bjSkip Hammond, a junior from Hous-
^otking: Ijpn Fred Rodriquez, a junior from
Sun Antonio, Norine Harris, a
com p»r, sopliomore from Houston, and Tom
Shan, a sophomore from Houston.
8The meet is sponsored by the
comofcBnateiir Fencers League of
a distrii ’America. The tournament is one of
are * It.Tour used to select the U. S. teams for
, Iternational competition.
The A&M fencing team entered
17 tournaments this year earning six
first places, eight second places and
eight third places. The team had a
total of three finalist and 24
The coach of the team is Abe
Cyrus, who is also vice chairman of
the Gulf Coast Division of the
Amateur Fencers League.
Anyone interested in assisting the
qualifiers in finding transportation to
the national meet can contact Cyrus
at the A&M Health and Physical
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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974
There is always a first time and a last time for everything. I think
I will remember both those times when I think back on this job.
1 gave Aggie fans hell in my first column. Some students were
obnoxious at the A&M-UT baseball series last year. How I sweated over
that copy. But looking back, the fans are a major part of what makes
this University great.
I’ll miss this job. I’ve seen sights and met people that most
students will never meet.
Darrell Royal was one of the nicest. A sharp, intelligent man, he
fielded questions as well as anyone I ever interviewed.
TCU basketball coach Johnny Swaim ranks as the worst coach I
ever had to talk to. Unfriendly and looking for excuses other than his
team’s ineptness, Swaim was difficult to say the least.
I’ll miss Tom Chandler’s humming trombone, Norm Reuther’s
side line antics at basketball games, Shelby Metcalfs arguments with
referees, Emory Bellard’s “off the record” replies to questions,
Tuesday’s afternoon luncheons at Little Johns and Diane Powell asking
when she can get her name in the paper.
I won’t miss all night sessions putting out football specials, SWC
basketball referees incompetence and nasty phone calls from club
sports presidents wanting to know why their story wasn’t in the paper.
This job provided me with memories I’ll never forget.
After the 1972 basketball game with George Washington, I
thought Metcalf would have a heart attack. Shorty Lawson just blew a
call that cost the Aggies a game. Metcalf had Lawson and writers look
at the video tape right after the game. Lawson just admitted he made a
mistake. I really figured Shelby would throw him down the steps of his
second floor office. Lawson was glad to get out of the room alive.
Being a sports writer provides great opportunities. Where else
could a man spend four nights a week working till past 1 a.m., get
stranded eight hours in the Greenville, S.C. airport, win $200 worth of
golf clubs in a media tournament, get loaded in Baton Rouge and see
every football game and just about every basketball and baseball game
the last two years.
I’ve seen many writers get in their digs in their last column but
everyone in the athletic department has treated me and our staff just
great. I would hate to figure how much they’ve spent on me.
We tried to build up the minor sports without tearing down the
major ones. I really think we did a good job, I know some people put
out their best effort. I have a lot of people to thank for making this job
This job would be impossible without the assistance of A&M’s
Sports Information Department. Spec Gammon and Jim Butler do a
super job, the best in the conference.
I would like to thank my staff of Ted Boriskie, Tony Gallucci and
Mary Russo. They gave their jobs everything they had to offer.
Most of all I would like to thank the athletes of this University.
Without them this job would be nonexistent.
There is a first time and a last time for everything. This is my last
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About the only thing that Niall
O’Shaughnessy, Robert Primeaux
and John Berry have in common is an
excellent chance to win gold medals
at the Southwest Conference track
and field championships May 18 in
All three posted their best marks
of the season in their specialties last
week and it was an especially gratify
ing showing for Primeaux, the
NCAA 440 hurdles champion who
shaved almost four seconds off his
season’s best time.
O’Shaughnessy, a tiny freshman
from Adare, Ireland, sped to a 1:50.4
in the 880 Saturday in Baton Rouge.
It was 2.7 seconds under his best
earlier effort and led a gang of SWC
half-milers who turned in excep
tional showings over the weekend.
Six SWC athletes bettered their sea
sonal marks in three meets and now
seven have dipped under 1:51 flat to
set the stage for what could he the
most fiercely competitive race on the
Berry, a 6-0 senior from Dallas,
continued his consistent perfor
mances in the long jump with a 25-6
leap without aiding wind. It was
his fourth victory of the current out
door season and just 1% inches off
the SWC record established last year
by Baylor sDanny Brabham. Berry
has gone beyond 25 feet in four of his
last six meets and bettered 24-10 in
the other two.
The 6-4 Primeaux, a junior from
Mobile, Ala., defeated SWC record
holder Mike Cronholm of Rice in last
year’s conference meet and went on
to win the NCAA championship with
a 49.5. He was sidelined by an injury
most of this season, turning in a 55.9
ip his first effort on March 30.
The next week he failed to finish
and then failed to qualify at the Kan
sas Relays with a 55.6. But last
Thursday at Austin he sped to a 50.9
clocking and served notice that he 11
he a contender for the championship
he won last year.
A&M baseball coach Tom (’han
dler has announced the signing of
Robert Bonner, a standout
shortstop-pitcher from Corpus
Bonner played for former A&M
player and assistant coach Terry
Logan at King High School.
Going into the last week of the
season, Bonner was hitting above* the*
.500 level. “He has an excellent arm
and is very aggressive with the* hat.
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