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February 15, 1982 Page 15
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Sfarksaid, U.y-[ basketball team has had a
villeventirt|p[ uc k. on its side during the
if they doiljjt two we eks.
to havetolj(B| ter sharing first place in the
■thwest Conference with the
Kansas Razorbacks after a 95-
Kvictory over the Houston
feugars Feb. 1, the Aggies have
Kumbed to the pressures of
■tough road games, falling as
■ as two games behind the
? Horbacks.
■owever, they’ve rebounded
m Hi those road losses to Baylor
■ Texas Tech by coming
Hie to G. Rollie White Col-
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t programI vel SMU and Rice,
iption of eh® ibie Texas A&M has been
:rs. Hjnning its last two games, the
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Razorbacks have found road
pressure, namely that encoun
tered in Waco and Houston, tot
ally frustrating to their efforts.
They’ve watched what seemed a
safe two-game lead over the
Aggies dwindle into nothing,
creating the current first-place
tie between the two teams.
But any luck the Aggies have
had in creeping back into a first-
place deadlock will disappear
when they meet Arkansas in
Fayetteville tonight at 7:10. And
just when Texas A&M might
need a extra dose of luck, as does
any team meeting the Razor-
backs in Barnhill Arena, the
Aggies will have to rely solely on
themselves to achieve their two
goals — a victory and a quick
escape from Fayetteville.
Texas A&M coach Shelby
Metcalf kidded after Texas
A&M’s 82-71 victory over Rice
Saturday night that the Aggies
might need bullet-proof vests
for tonight’s game. During the
past five years, Barnhill Arena
has developed a reputation as
one of the most dangerous spots
in the nation to play.
“It’s a double-header,” Met
calf said. “The big game’s going
tb be getting in and out alive,
and the other’s going to be beat
ing Arkansas.”
Metcalf, with a 174-102
career SWC record, needs three
victories in the Aggies’ four re
maining regular-season games
to surpass former Arkansas
coach Glen Rose as the all-time
league leader in victories. Rose
finished a 23-year career with
174 victories.
The Aggies have not won at
Arkansas since 1971, when Met
calfs 9-17 squad defeated the
Razorbacks 87-83. Arkansas
finished with a 5-21 record that
Metcalf said the Aggies play
ed one of their best games of the
season in defeating the Owls to
raise their conference record to
8-4 and overall record to 15-7.
“I thought we played an out
standing game,” Metcalf said.
“Rice is very well-coached and
they’ve got a hunch of competi
tors. I’m glad Ricky Pierce (for
ward, who scored 34 points
against Aggies) is a senior — he’s
a machine.
“I don’t know whether we’re
on a roll, but if there’s a good
time to go to Arkansas, this is as
good a time as any.”
Center Rudy Woods, who had
a season-high 22 points and 14
rebounds against the Owls, said
the Aggies didn’t allow thoughts
about Arkansas to enter their
minds during the Rice game.
“We never looked past Rice
because of the caliber of players
they have,” Woods said. “Even if
Arkansas had won (Saturday
against Houston), it wouldn’t
have really made any difference
because we would have played
hard anyway — it was going to
be a showdown anyway.
“I’m the type of player who
plays them one at a time,”
Woods said. “Overall, as a team,
we’re very confident — we know
what we can do.”
Tyren Naulls followed Woods
with 21 points, while forward
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be guys were sitting around talking sports. Basketball
the subject of the day, and the talk centered on the
uoii an amt J 11 P' ons ^P ^°P es the 1981-82 Texas Aggies. On the
Ik i(intncrm' s ^ n se ^’ ^ le Houston Cougars were in the process of
ur[ luling Arkansas its second straight loss, and the guys
' in; excited.
■he Razorbacks seemed due for a slump, and if there
1 negotianoipever a time to slump, this had to be it. When the game
ere condutlfHed, the guys sang out in unison,
he past. Hlhis means if we beat Rice tonight, we’ll be tied for first
Forddocsspi Arkansas, and then we get to go up to Fayetteville on
ae said. Hiday to play the Razorbacks in a battle for first place,
dons were iriid if we win ..."
ationonWHall it ESP, or perhaps a case of reading the sports
’s two-yearIlion too much, but the living room became strangely
i it has lo'iient. A sudden fear spread among the guys, a dread so
on. FordbaiHre that it cut short their animated discussion of South-
force by JiestConference championships. It was the same fear that
rrently bpralyzes college basketball coaches, causes referees to
rourly worlHlhiw their whistles and forces mild-mannered ball play
off. Kto run for their lives. The guys were scared of Barnhill
of the corltBlayjng in Barnhill has become a survival test for the
up the imniBc. Opponents call it “Barnyard Arena. ” Opposing team
hat will b,! ( ;|| lil don’t dare get near the place. Coaches worry about
has said h lieir safety. Players worry that the game might be close,
whelming y heaven forbid if the contest goes into overtime.
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ick to the biff
The arena has become a jungle, a place where rabid
Razorbacks in red hats do everything they can to help
Coach Eddie Sutton’s troops get the job done. If it helps to
throw ice, so be it. If it helps to intimidate officials, so be
that. If it helps to spit and curse at players, so he that, too.
At Barnhill, anything goes, and usually does.
What a difference 500 miles makes. Here in Aggieland,
we worry about whether the newspapers we hold up dur
ing the introduction of the enemy are “rude”. Our student
leaders stay up at night, wondering about the extra work
our new tradition has forced on the folks who clean up G.
Rollie White Coliseum. The yell leaders go crazy if any
poor soul loses control and boos, and if our “pep” band
plays a new song, coliseum officials stop play to commem-
erate the occasion.
Other coaches love to play here. LSU coach Dale Brown
couldn’t say enough about G. Rollie White. Rice coach
Tommy Suitts said his team gets fired up playing in the
“This is my favorite arena in the league. Td rather play
here than in anywhere,” Suitts said after the Owls lost to
the Aggies by 11 points Saturday night. Even after losing
by 11, Coach?
“The fans here really help us. We played really well. The
Aggies just played better,” Suitts said.
Great. The last thing the Aggies need is for their fans to
help the other team.
On the other hand, coaches hate playing in Barnhill.
Texas Abe Lemons says the best thing about playing
Arkansas in the lulls is that you get to leave after the game.
The Razorbacks have to stay. Other coaches complain ab
out the lack of fair calls from the referees. Is it a justified
complaint? Shelby Metcalf thinks so.
Metcalf said Saturday that getting a fair break from the
officials is tough in Barnhill, but that isn’t the hard part.
'In Barnhill, the big game is getting in and out alive,”
Metcalf said.
He laughed, but don’t think he was joking. Barnhill
Arena is a tough place. Just ask the guys. They know, and
they’re scared.
photo by C. Michel Chang
Texas A&M’s Shelby Metcalf, whose worries will be two
fold tonight when his Aggie basketball team faces the
Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, keeps a watchful eye
on the G. Rollie White Coliseum scoreboard. The Aggies,
tied with the Razorbacks for first place in the Southwest
Conference, hope to leave Fayetteville with a victory and
as little trouble as possible from the Arkansas spectators.
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TENNIS ENTRIES OPEN: Today is the first day of regis
tration for the 1982 Tennis Doubles tournament. Classes A and
B will play single elimination, while Class C will play round
robin. The fee is $1 per person. Entries close next Tuesday,
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WRESTLING ENTRIES OPEN: Today and close at
weigh-in on Monday, March 1. The entry fee is $1 per person,
for this single-elimination tournament. Practice times have
been scheduled in Room 260 GRW from 8 to 10 p.m. on
February 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 28, and March 1.
Matches will begin on Tuesday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
ruary 16 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for entering the Class A and
B single elimination Table Tennis Singles tournament or the
Class C round robin tourney. The entry fee is $1 per person.
Matches will begin Monday, February 22.
EXTRAMURAL MEETING: The bi-monthly meeting will
iversityPwj be Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. in 164 East Kyle. Each
dub is expected to send a representative.
TABLE TENNIS SCHEDULES: Will be ready in the IM
office after 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 18. Participants must
check schedules personally (do not call).
Free Throw Winners
team hand
ball club
practices re
gularly. Here
Karen Laber-
man takes a
diving shot
and is our
“Be Our
Guest” win
ner this
week. Karen
can pick up
her free meal
coupon in the
G. Rollie White Coliseum was
the sight of the Annual Intramu
ral Free Throw Contest Tuesday
night and 77 Aggies gave it their
best shot.
Each contestant took 20 shots
from the free throw line, and
when it was over, the winners
were announced. Bill Reed sank
19 out of20 and walked away
with the men’s division awards
for Highest Total and Most Free
Throws in a Row. Denise Pearce
made 17 buckets to win the
women’s division for Highest To
tal, but Cindy Berry took the
Longest Streak award with eight
buckets in a row.
The team competition was
equally exciting. Brett and Scott
Kendall and Glen McNeil called
themselves the “Jets” and cap
tured the Men’s team title with a
total of 47 out of 60 baskets.
“Cool and the Gang” — Ann
House, Lynette Ginn, and Cin
dy Berry — sank 41 off the back-
boards to win the women’s team
But the corec team, “Wreck
ing Crew”, won overall with 50
out of 60 made free throws. Brett
Kendall, Lynette Ginn, and Jim
Fischer combined their indi
vidual totals to win that team
Congratulations to all the win
ners and to all who competed
this year! See you at the Slam
Dunk Contest!
Attention: Faculty & Staff
That’s Handball??
he still
The Intramural Office is now
accepting reservations to see the
Houston Rockets play the San
Antonio Spurs on March 2, 1982
at the Summit in Houston.
Anyone interested in par
ticipating in this special event
may sign up at the Intramural-
Recreational Sports Office, 159
East Kyle through February
19th. The trip package costs
00 and will include:
1) All-U-Can eat and drink at
Mama’s Pizza from 3:30 to
5:30 p.m.
2) Roundtrip bus transporta
tion in Arrow Coach Lines
(refreshmfcnts provided).
3) Your ticket to the game.
This will be an excellent op
portunity to see high-scoring
Moses Malone, meet other facul
ty and staff from across campus,
and see quality NBA basketball!
Sports Club Action
MEN’S LACROSSE: Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 on the Drill
Field, the TAMU Lacrosse team will take on the team from Sam
Houston State. The match-up is sure to he a good one. On Sunday they
play Rice here at 1:00. Both are conference opponents.
RUGBY: The women’s team will travel to New Orleans for the Mardi
Gras Tourney this weekend, while the men’s team takes on the
“Heathens” in College Station, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on the Drill
VOLLEYBALL: The men’s A and AA teams are away this weekend.
They will be competing against a variety of teams from all over Texas at
the College of the Mainlands in Houston.
WRESTLING: The TAMU Club travels to Denton and North Texas
State University for the Texas State Meet Friday and Saturday.
It’s TEAM Handball. It’s playing soccer with the
hands, ice hockey without ice, water polo without
Essentially a simple game, team handball com
bines the skills of running, jumping and throwing
into a fast moving, exciting sport. Not to be con
fused with another “handball” played with a small
ball and four walls. Team Handball is played on a
court similar to a basketball court. The basic objec
tive is to out-manuever your opponent by dribbling
and passing and then throw the ball to score a goal.
Since it combines the basic skills of other, more
popular games, Team Handball can be easily played
and enjoyed at first atempt by players of any age.
The TAMU Team Handball Club encourages any
one with an interest in trying the sport or seeing
how it’s played to come to their practices which are
held Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from
10 a.m. to 12 noon in DeWare Fieldhouse. Mem
bers are more than willing to teach newcomers how
to play.
The TAMU Club currently has about 10 practic
ing members and will go to the National Team
Handball Tournament in New' York in April. Karen
Laberman, the club’s president, reported that there
are very' few teams for A&M to compete with. The
problem, she says, stems from the fact that Team
Handball is a relatively new sport.
Women in the United States did not begin play
ing Team Handball until 1974 when it was learned
that it would be included in the 1976 Olympics.
Naturally, one of the goals of the U.S. Team Hand
ball Federation is to develop the game in the
United States. The TAMU Club is working toward
that goal and struggles to generate interest in a
number of ways.
In the past, club members have conducted clinics
to teach area junior high school and high school
teachers how to teach the game to their students.
Laberman says she would like to see Team Hand
ball included as an intramural sport, so more people
would try it.
Anyone interested in learning about Team Hand
ball is encouraged to go to one of the team’s pract-
tices on Tuesdays or Saturdays or to contact the
Intramural Office for more information.
The 1982
Free Throw
Contest was
held last
Tuesday in
G. Rollie
White Col
iseum. De
nise Pearce,
women’s win
ner, attempts
one of her 20
free throws
at University Drive, Manor East
Acknowledgements Highlights is sponsored each Mall, and Texas Avenue. Pic-
Monday in the Battalion by your
local McDonald’s.® Restaurants
tures by Michel Chang, Steven
Ward, and Tom Davies.