The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 28, 1991, Image 3

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When will women play with men ? Why aren't there any professional women athletes? Oh sure, there is Jennifer Capriati, Gabriella Sabatini and all the rest of the women's tennis superstars, but there aren't really any well-known female athletes outside of Wimbledon. There's a few in golf and gymnastics, but the only other women athletes anyone is likely to recognize star on American Gladiators. Even so, it would stand to reason at least a few women would make it into the "high profile" sports. Football is not traditionally known as a women's sport, and it's easy to understand why. Steroid use aside, most women are not physically capable of competing at the same level as most men — their bodies just aren't designed to be linebackers or fullbacks. Many women are in excellent shape, and it stands to reason they could be successful at positions where sheer physical size isn't necessary, like at wide reciever or place kicker. Baseball's a bit harder to explain. Afterall, a person doesn't have to be seven feet tall and weigh 400 pounds to shag grounders. Baseball is a physical sport that demands a lot of stamina, but after watching all the pot-bellied pitchers and second stringers puffing around the diamond, one begins to wonder if the male body is that much better equipped to play the game. Basketball doesn't have that excuse. It seems incredible that in all the years of the NBA, not one woman has ever scored a basket. Nearly every university in America has a women's basketball program, and every year a women's national champion is crowned, but no one from the championship team is ever drafted. It can't be because women are too short. Spud Webb ruined that arguement. Female basketball players hustle as hard as men, and shoot with the same percentages. Just a few years ago, a woman by the name of Nancy Leabermann tried out for the Boston Celtics, and made the first cut. Imagine that, a woman making the first cut. The most disappointing aspect of Leaberman's tryout is the fact she was not the most talented of women basketball players at the time. Yes, she was good, but she wasn't the best. In any case, it probably wouldn't have made any difference how well she played. Professional sports are simply incapable at this point of integrating the sexes. Remember the New England Patriots' locker room scandal? Imagine all the problems that would stem from co-ed locker rooms across the nation. Even Jackie Sherrill, the man who never turned down a challenge, sent home women who showed up to try out for the 12th Man. After all, separate showers would be too expensive to install. Until men and women can learn to act like adults around one another, male-dominated sports will continue to dominate sports. Bellard: Still coaching after all the years Emory Bellard coached the Aggies to a 48 - 27 record from 1972 to 1978, including three con secutive bowl appearances. Bellard resigned under pressure midway through the 1978 season. By David Leahy The Battalion Former Texas A&M head football coach Emory Bellard is back doing what he has always had a desire and love for, and that's coaching football. Bellard has been the head football coach at Westfield High School in Spring (Tx.), since 1988. In his second year as coach, he brought the schdol its first ever district title. "It's really good to be coaching again," Bellard said. "I've got a great bunch of kids on this team that really give it their all." Success isn't new to Bellard. Besides being well-known in the collegiate ranks, he is also one of the most successful high school football coaches in the history of Texas. Prior to joining the collegiate ranks in 1966, Bellard won a total of 3 state titles and 12 district championships in his 15 years of high school coaching. His overall record is 139-34-4. In 1976, he was voted into the Hall of Honor of the Texas High School Coaches Association. At the age of 44, Emory Bellard was named Texas A&M head football coach and athletic director in December of 1971. In assembling his coaching staff, Bellard named a relatively unknown freshman coach from Kansas State as offensive ends coach, a man by the name of R.C. Slocum. Bellard took over a program that had won only 13 games the previous 4 sea sons, but it didn't take him long to turn the program around. After two tough seasons in which A&M went 3-8 and 5-6, Bellard led the Aggies to 4 straight win ning seasons that included two 10 win seasons and three straight bowl appear ances. The Aggies posted the nation's second best defensive team in 1974, and the na tion's best defensive team in 1975. That same year, Bellard was named The Sport ing News National College Coach of the Year, as the Aggies went 10-2 and tied for the SWC Championship with Texas and Arkansas. However, not reaching the Cotton Bowl and two successive disappointing losses to Houston and Baylor drove Bel lard to suddenly resigning halfway through the 1978 season. "There was a misrepresentation of facts to me, and at that point I made the decision I didn't want to operate anymo re," Bellard said. "It wasn't the players or students, but strictly administration." Before being named head coach at A&M in 1971, Bellard served as offensive backfield coach under Darrell Royal for 5 years at the University of Texas. It was during his years at Texas when Bellard designed what was to become the Long horn trademark: the famous Wishbone T formation. In May of 1975, he received the Aca demy of American Football's gold cup award for his role as the originator of the formation. After leaving A&M in 1978, Bellard was named head coach at Mississippi State in 1979. In his second year as coach, he achieved one of his greatest victories ever, when his Bulldogs defeated the de fending national champions Alabama, 6- 3. The victory snapped the Crimson Tide's 28-game winning streak. Bellard retired in 1985 after 7 years at Mississippi State, but discovered retire ment didn't fit well. "I was retired for three years, and it was yery boring," he said. "I was so bored that I decided to get a bunch of kids together and have fun." What Bellard will do after coaching at Westfield is anyone's guess, including Bellard's. "I don't know what I'll do (after West- field). I'll coach until I no longer enjoy it," he said. "I won't go into any other business. Everything is relative. Coach ing is a hard job. I've never known an easy coaching job." Bellard's intense love for the game and love for each individual member of his A&M teams was what distinguished him as an outstanding football coach. He has very fond memories of A&M. "A&M was a great place to coach. It had good people and great support," Bel lard said. "We took a program that was down and built it into a national power. "We changed a lot of things: atten dance dramatically increased, resulting in the expansion of Kyle Field," he saicL "I believe in all the traditions there, but I really do miss the people." A&M's Trap and Sheet team shooting for the stars By John R. Martin The Battalion According to Texas A&M Trap and Skeet team member Tom Marrs, skeet shooting, like all target sports, is 98 per cent mental, one percent skill and one percent luck. "Skeet shooting requires one to be very focused, because snooting sports are very mental," Marrs said. "Hitting the target is easy. It's hitting the target con- sistantly that makes it a sport." The sports of trap and skeet are ver sions of the earlier sports Box-bird shoot ing and Around-the-Clock. The sports evolved from live targets to the clay tar gets, which are refered to as birds or pi geons. The differences in the two sports lie in the way the contest are run. Trap shoot ing is a single station with a wide open shooting range. It requires quicker re flexes than skeet, and has more room for error. On the other hand, skeet is known as the more as a social sport. It involves eight firing stations and a controlled tar get area. Team member Ty Pendergrass said many people are involved in trap and skeet before they come to A&M. "I became involved in skeet while I was working at a gun club in Amarillo," Pendergrass said. "I am facinated with shotguns and I really enjoy the sport. I love to destroy targets. M.J. Schult, another member, said the variety of competition makes trap and skeet challenging."! enjoy shooting In ternational (Olympic style contest) skeet because it is faster," Schult said. "I like ,the speed and the action and it is harder RICHARD S. JAMESAThe Battalion Ty Pendegrass demonstrates the skill which helped him and the Texas A&M Trap and Skeet team place at last year’s national collegiate competition. Other than the team tournaments, there are many solo tournaments at va rious clubs, said Vincent May. 1 "I like trap because of the thrill of com petition," May said. "Trap shooters have an attitude they seem to be more cocky and self-centrered. "I also enjoy seeing the target smo ked," he said. "I like shooting trap tour- to be consistant." The team is made up of six to eleven members that earn a spot by participat ing in the club tryout. The team then rep resents the University in various tourna ments. The Texas A&M Trap and Skeet team placed fifth this past April at the colle giate Nationals in Peoria, Illinois. naments more than skeet because there is more money to be made." The team practices at the Arrowhead Gun Club on Hwy. 6, south of College Station. The club is open to anyone who wishes to join. 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