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By PAT EDMONDSON
;irl mustt! u perlative pitching perfor-
Iromthej [Ces by Clint Thomas, James
start the! ot” Gibson, and David Lockett
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issedandti h a s the Texas Aggies finished
its horse# ' erence play whipping Arkansas
the cowgirls 3.^ anc l 7.5.
Is; il the}] ^squad ended the 1976 season
aecause ot( , a pg.g Southwest Conference
le will also b runner-up to champion Texas.
Horns took two of three games
a 1 Texas Tech in nabbing their
hut the® SWC crown in 63 Years of com-
ted to then (jQ n
is tied tot] ^ Aggies set a new school
tiing or rilft | r dby winning their 33rd game of
year. The previous season total
We’ve had a great season,” said
Coach Tom Chandler. “Our team
has such tremendous leadership.”
A&M must now wait for a bid from
the NCAA to advance to post-season
“We are fairly certain to get an
NCAA bid, ” said Chandler. “It looks
like we will be playing in the Mid
west NCAA Finals or the Rocky
Mountain Finals,” he added.
Last year the Cadets played in the
Midwest NCAA Finals and narrowly
lost out to the University of Ok
The pitching trio of Thomas, Gib
son and Lockett has a combined
won-lost record of 30-6 this year.
“The pitching has just been out
standing the last two series,” said
The Ags went into the Arkansas
series needing a pair of wins to lock
up the second place spot.
“The boys really came through,”
said Chandler. “There has been
great pressure on them the last two
weeks,” he added, “and they came
through in flying colors.”
Chandler is planning to schedule
some practice games in preparation
for the May 27-29 playoffs. St.
Mary’s University, Lamar Univer
sity, and Pan American University
are listed as possible candidates.
Lamar and Pan American will play in
the NCAA Finals in Arlington later
The College World Series will be
held June 11 in Omaha, Neb.
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By DEBBIE KRENEK
llonfidence. . .and a little luck.
| 'hat’s what Charles Emley claims
him to the finals of the South-
tConference tennis tournament
lis luck came when the confer-
was rearranged so that players
:h about the same capabilities
ipeted against each other. Em-
the No. 1 player for the Texas
es, played tennis players of his
le standing from other colleges.
11 had to play people that had beat
earlier. Once you beat somebody
don’t have too much respect for
it person. I think the people I
lyed were looking ahead to the
it match because they figured
lycould beat me,” Emley said.
|Fhe confidence came when he was
on the court, Emley said.
You have to go back to practice
try to duplicate what you ac-
plished there. You have to keep
telling yourself to make the person
work and don’t give him any easy
points,” Emley said.
“I didn’t get nervous because usu
ally you don t unless you’ve been
winning all season. When you’ve
been losing, one more doesn’t make
that much difference so you’re rela
tively calm,” Emley said.
Emley comes from a family of ten
nis players and started playing when
he was 6 years old. His father, who
played tennis in high school, taught
him the basics of the sport and he
began lessons when he was 10.
“I took up tennis because I was too
small for football and I liked it so well
I stuck with it,” Emley said.
He began competing in the 12 and
under division of tournaments when
he was seven.
“The division was composed
mainly of 11 and 12-year-olds so at
first I got beat left and right because I
was so small. After a while I began to
win my games,” Emley said.
Emley was on the tennis team at
Robert E. Lee high school in San
Antonio. He won district four years
there and advanced to state in his
junior and senior years.
During the summer, Emley gives
tennis lessons at a San Antonio coun
try club. A junior P.E. major at
A&M, Emley plans to become a
teaching pro when he graduates.
Emley says he doesn t mind play
ing in front of an audience at tennis
“One of the most embarrassing
things that ever happened to me was
at the University of Texas tourna
ment. I walked over to the net to
pick up a ball and the cable on the
net broke. The fans sure gave me
trouble about that one especially
since I was an Aggie,” Emley said.
Emley practices two and a half
hours a day. However, he says he
stays away from the tennis courts on
1 the averaj
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mazing Dr. J. leads
.Y. Nets over Nuggets
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team won Associated Press
en’sdivisioi Second shots, rhythm and Julius
deo. The i ving, not necessarily in that order,
tthe New York Nets in command,
now at least, of the American
Southerns sketball Association champion-
Now you can add Nets’ momen-
m to that list of problems the
gular-season champion Denver
I (gets must solve Tuesday night in
second game of the series.
We must do a better job on
ius,” said Larry Brown, the
eo was Sin! uggets’ coach, as he tried to
undup Rd alvze what went wrong in Satur-
>n, Texas, ty night’s 120-118 Net victory that
team’s w New York a 1-0 lead in the
It was an understatement.
“When the rhythm got going, I
st kept it up,” said Dr. J, who
ored 45 points, including 1 of the
ets’ last 11 ancl the last two on a
15-foot baseline jumper at the buz
He tried 36 shots from the field
and the free-throw line, scoring on
28. He had 12 rebounds and four
assists. And as important as anything
else, he forced Bobby Jones, the
Denver forward who’s acknow
ledged among the best defensive
players in the ABA, into six fouls.
Jones’ substitute, Gus Gerard, and
center Dan Issel, who helped in
guarding Erving, each had five fouls.
In addition, he was almost un
stoppable under the Nets’ offensive
boards. In a span of four minutes of
the final quarter, he rebounded four
shots into the basket.
“I started out trying to play an in
side game, posting up with my back
to the basket, 15 feet and in,” Erving
said. “I had some success with it, and
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Bakersfield — Funeral ser-
are pending here today for Ed
ay, a tackle for the University of
ilahoma football team in 1956,
10 was killed late Wednesday in a
-truck crash near here. He was
Gray was driving east on U.S.
BO when a truck jack-knifed, cros-
p) _ The He dthe median and the two vehicles
leader inti unmed together head-on, au-
moveinenlsi ®ties said.
Gray was an All-Big Seven player
... old Eirf 1955-56, the years Oklahoma won
at the Uni'* Uonal football championships. He
irted every game his sophomore
rough senior years and after
aduation played in the Canadian
Survivors include his widow,
iggyjason, Greg, a freshman at the
| riversity of Texas at El Paso; a son,
ivin, and a daughter, Teresa.
They come like scientists to
view the creation that Melvin
Robertson hath wrought.
Some go away not totally under
standing or agreeing with his defen
sive philosophies at Texas A&M
Others — such as three profes
sional teams which Robertson asks to
go unnamed — have tried to hire
him away from the school which
owned the finest defense in the
country last year.
“The money offers have been at
tractive and it’s flattering but I still
like working with the kids,” says
Robertson. “I like the enthusiasm in
The 48-year-old Robertson, a
former quarterback at West Texas
State University, has been swamped
by college and pro coaches during
Texas A&M’s spring football prac
Some of the colleges visiting have
included Stanford, Southern
California, Tennessee, Arizona, Ok
lahoma State, Wyoming, Lamar
University, Ventura College Calif.,
Augusta College N.D., and Utah
The Aggies, who led the nation in
total defense and were No. 1 against
the rush, field a basic 4-3 alignment
which Robertson says “I believe will
be the upcoming trend in collegiate
football. A lot of people believe that
is the best defense against option
football rather than having a
noseguard over the center.’’
It’s hard to argue with Texas
A&M’s 1975 statistics. The Aggies
allowed only three runs over 17
yards. On 166 possessions, the op
position failed to make a first down
115 times. A&M opponents aver
aged punting nine times a game and
the Aggies defense averaged captur
ing two turnovers per contest.
“We play a calculated, gambling
type of defense,” says Robertson.
“The key is our linebackers. Our
linebackers made as many sacks as
our linemen last year.”
Texas A&M had two All-American
linebackers, Ed Simonini and Garth
Ten Napel, last year but Robertson
says he has a middle linebacker,
Robert Jackson, who “is the best I’ve
coached in 25 years. Just wait until
you see him go.”
Robertson coached seven years as
an assistant under Bill Yeoman at the
University of Houston.
“We were 2-8, 2-8, during the
those first two years but our defense
still averaged 12th nationally over
the seven year period I was there,”
The Aggies were second nation
ally on defense in 1974.
Robertson is one of the few defen
sive coaches in the country who has
his own television show.
“I think Larry Lace well at Ok
lahoma and Jimmy Johnson at Ar
kansas are the only other ones who
have shows,” says Robertson. “We
had the Southern Cal coaches on the
other night. I think it helps show the
fans that defense is just as big a
cheese game as offense. ”
Why do coaches make the pil-
grimmage to A&M to put
Robertson’s defense under the mic
“They are amazed the way our
kids crowd the football,” says
Robertson. “Our theory is to make
the big play. That takes enthusiasm,
and of course, calculated gambles.”
Robertson studies film until his
eyeballs roll so he can trigger the
proper gamble at the right time.
His idea of a vacation “Oh, I take
some time off in June and just putter
around the house and watch film,”
he says. “I take Jimmie (his wife) out
to eat every now and then to keep
And Robertson is happy with the
defense he has coming back in 1976.
“We could be absolutely super,”
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After the game he had played,
Erving said he was concerned about
a possible overtime when 7-foot-l
Nugget rookie Marvin Webster stuf
fed a rebound with four seconds to go
to tie the score. “I thought about it
for a split second, and obviously they
were negative thoughts,” Erving
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Kevin Loughery, the Nets coach,
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nal series victory over San Antonio.
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