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Ags host Longhorns for crucial SWC series this weekend
Freshman Harlan makes most of time, role
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TAr ouldn't this sound
Pat Summerall: "Troy Aikman
brings the Cowboys to the line in the
shot-gun formation, Emmit Smith
and Alonzo Highsmith stay with
him in the backfield as the Giants
show blitz. Alexander Wright goes
in motion as Aikman takes the snap.
Blitz is coming as Aikman delivers a
bomb toward he endzone. Ismail
slips in behind comerback Everson
Walls and Ismail makes the diving
A 65-yard touchdown grab for the
Rocket Ismail, the rookie from Notre
To steal a phrase from a
broadcaster with a certain Irish
accent (Keith Jackson) "Oh lordy,
lordy" what a steal the Cowboys
could make if they could draft
News from Foxboro, Mass., said
the New England Patriots were
listening to trade talk from the
Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons
for the rights to the Pats' first pick in
the draft on Sunday.
The Falcons own the No. 3 and 13
picks in the draft, while Dallas will
pick 11th, 12th and 14th if things
remain the same.
The approach of draft day
annually stirs up wild rumours and
outlandish trade talk that usually is
just a bunch of hype. However, this
time the Cowboys should think long
and hard about taking what the
See Cowboys/Page 7
By Anthony Andro
Redshirt freshman Billy Harlan has
learned to take things in stride.
Harlan, a part-time designated hitter
for the Texas
team, missed all of
last year because
of a shoulder in
"It was just a
bad shoulder and
there wasn't much
I could do about
it," he said. "I've
never been in that
kind of a position
"I was having to
sit on the bench and there was nothing
I could do about it."
This weekend, Harlan may get a
chance to wipe away the memories of
last year as A&M (34-17) hosts the
Texas Longhorns (37-12) for a sold-out
From Staff and Wire Reports
Texas A&M's Omar Smith Tennis
Center will play host to the Southwest
Conference tennis championships this
The is slated to begin this morning at
8:30 a.m. In men's competion, top-
seeded Texas Christian and No.8 seed
Baylor square off and No. 5 seed Rice
takes on No. 4 seed Arkansas. In the
women's tournament, top-seeded
Texas Christian faces No. 8 seed Texas
Tech while fifth-seeded A&M meets
Aggie freshman Jeff Granger (5-2,
3.51 ERA) will face 'Horn freshman
Brooks Kieschnick (4-0, 2.45) Friday in
the 7 p.m. opener.
Saturday, junior righthander Ronnie
Allen will take on Texas junior Scott
Harrison (10-0, 2.44) in the 1 p.m. con
test. Starters for Saturday's 7 p.m. fi
nale have not been determined.
Texas comes into the series on top of
the Southwest Conference with a 9-3
mark and is ranked third in the nation.
A&M, which swept Rice on the road
last weekend, is tied for fourth with a
6-6 mark, but is unranked in the na
Harlan has not looked back since the
"Everything has gone great since the
injury because now I'm getting a
chance to play," he said.
Harlan has split the designated hit
ting chores with junior Brett Wein
berger to provide the Aggies with
nearly identical stats from the desig
nated hitter spot.
Harlan is hitting .315 for the Aggies
with three homers and 14 RBI while
In the 1 p.m. first round matches,
the third-seeded Texas A&M men face
sixth-seeded SMU and No. 2 seed
Texas takes on No. 7 seed Tech. For the
women. No. 3 seed Arkansas meets
No. 6 seed Houston, while No. 2 seed
Texas squares off against No. 7 seed
The Lady Aggies lost to SMU 6-3
Thursday, setting up a rematch. A&M
won the first three singles matches, but
couldn't follow through for a win.
A&M's first player, Cindy Church-
well came back to defeat Claire Session
4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Tami Agassi, playing sec
ond, defeated SMU's Raquel Colvin 3-
Weinberger has hit .286, to go along
with three home runs and 14 RBI.
It has taken some time for Harlan to
adjust to not playing the field.
"If I had my choice. I'd be playing
somewhere in the field," said Harlan,
who is a first baseman-outfielder by
trade. "My shoulder is not ready
though so I'm just glad to be able to
Speed is an important asset in Har
"I'm one of the fastest guys on the
team," said Harlan, who ran a 4.64 in
fall practice, the best on the team. "I
hope it helps out the team."
The shoulder injury, which required
surgery last spring, is one of the rea
sons that Harlan came to A&M from
"It was't a real tough decision," he
said. "Not many schools were looking
at me becasue of my arm."
Harlan said he was impressed by the
baseball team when he visited the cam
pus in 1989.
Harlan knows the Aggies must be
impressive this weekend against Texas
in a crucial SWC series.
6, 6-0, 6-1. Lady Ag third player Janine
Burton-Durham whipped Jennifer
Brennan 6-3, 6-4.
A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke, who
has seen his team slump since losing
Lynn Staley — his best player — to in
jury, said his squad is eager for a re
"We are looking forward to playing
SMU tomorrow in the tournament,"
Kleinecke said. "It will be a brand new
day with, hopefully, a new outcome."
The winners from today's early
matches will play Saturday at 8:30
a.m., while the late winners play at 1
p.m. The championships will be held
Sunday at 1 p.m.
"If we could win two from them it
would be great," he said. "A sweep
would be the ultimate.
"Texas has to come here, which will
be tough, but it won't be easy for us ei
After A&M's sweep of Rice last
weekend, the Aggies vaulted into a
fourth place tie with TCU in the SWC.
A&M now owns a 6-6 league mark.
Harlan doesn't know what to expect
from the Aggies.
"Against Rice, we put it in our minds
that we had to sweep them, and we
did," he said. "In our losses, it just
seems like the hitting is good one day
and the pitching is good another and
we can't put it together."
The rest of the season seems pretty
cut and dry to Harlan.
"It's pretty obvious," he said. "We
just can't let anyone take two games
Facing a demanding conference
schedule, a series loss would be too
much for the Aggies to take in stride.
Both TCU teams breezed through
SWC play undefeated. It marked only
the second time that any school has
swept both men's and women's titles
in the same season.
Last year, Texas edged TCU 5-4 for
the men's crown. The Lady Longhorns
whipped Arkansas 7-0 for the women's
Texas' Susan Gilchrist is the top-
ranked woman competing, although
Staley was ranked 16th in the nation
before she was injured. For the men,
TCU junior Luis Ruette is ranked 6th in
the nation while A&M's doubles team
of Doug Brown and Steve Kennedy is
A&M plays host to SWC tennis championships
KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA
MARY ANN LEGG
PI BETA PHI
BILL VAN EMAN
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY APRIL 19,1991