The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 06, 1992, Image 3

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:h 6,1992 Friday, March 6, 1992 The Battalion Page 3 are event tegies > what we r the 'non- :ampaign, than a ma- g effort," like we are c with the e officially ■"going au- aate which ed to con- t of funds these pro ingoing ef- irly stages, nting gifts 'ity/Page6 ty ce cancer vic- / in 1988. d Bill Jen- zer of the ?r. diagnosed it, and he mdo said, it we send wers when y thought r Society g, and Bill ?gan three died, and pants than e said. d many -K/Page 6 Like Father, Like Son Hardships bring Barones closer By Chris Whitley The Battalion I n a season of dismay for Texas A&M basketball, the unique dimension of having a coach and player double as father and son has also brought its share of troubles. Tony Barone and son, Tony Jr., have had to deal with a flur ry of criticism from the media and from the fans. They have dealt with carbon monoxide poisoning that sent both of them to the hospital. They have dealt with the death of a close family member. To some consolation, this season's adversity has strength ened the relationship between the two. "I have a great deal of respect for my son," said the elder Barone. "Tony has always been the type of kid that a parent would want to be your son. He's gone through my job, which is a job that's always been in the public eye, and handled it ex tremely well." Barone Jr. also said that the trials and tribulations of the sea son have brought him and his father closer together. "I haven't really been this close with him since I was little," the younger Barone said. "I'm around him every day, and you re bound to get close to somebody whether you like it or not." The scrutiny from the fans stems from the belief that Barone Sr. gives preferential playing time to his son, a freshman walk- on shooting guard. Barone Jr. has played 22 of 26 games this season and has averaged 1.3 points a game. Barone Sr. said that the criticism toward his son is unwar ranted. "Tony's been treated really unfairly all year," Barone Sr. said. "He's been treated unfairly by opposing players. He's been treated unfairly by fans all over simply because he's my son. And to my disappointment, he's been treated real unfairly here." The coach admires his son for his ability to shrug off the at tacks on his play. The younger Barone views the problem mere ly as a part of life. "I just see it as part of what I have to go through," Barone Jr. said. "I would probably be the same way if I was in the crowd, being skeptical about it. I don't have any bad words to say to anybody because it's understandable." See Barones/Page 4 HUY NGUYEN/The Battalion Texas A&M coach Tony Barone and his son Tony Jr. have developed a new reliance on each other after a season of change and tragedies in Aggieland. No special favors in Penders' family By Steve O'Brien The Battalion U niversity of Texas guard Tommy Penders found out last January what it means to be the coach's son - not much. The Longhorns basketball team was in New Orleans to play Louisiana State University when Tommy and some of his teammates decided to go to Bourbon St. Their game with the Tigers was two days away, and they planned on being back by the 2 a.m. curfew anyway. But the 21-year old freshman and his teammates didn't make it back to the hotel by the designated time, and they paid for it the next day in prac tice. Texas coach Tom Penders disci- lined all those involved, including is son. "He broke curfew and got his ass in trouble," the coach said. "He al most died the next day in practice. "I'm the same with him as I am with all the others. I'm not a yeller and a screamer anyway. I've always told my players, T treat you like I treat my own kids.' Now that Tommy is on the team, they can see it." Tommy remembers that day well. "We ran for 55 minutes straight," Tommy said. "We did sprints and drills and there was no stopping. "We all made it, and no one got sick." E! Texas coach Tom Penders (above) and his son Tommy Coach Penders knew from the beginning that Tommy be longed on the UT squad. In early season practices. Tommy impressed his father so much that coach Penders decided he would play this season. Coach Penders thought Tommy was ready to contribute to the Longhorns. See Son/Page 4 place- 3228. Injured Affffies jfnce Bnvlor Softball team ready for Aggie Invitational J A Inner wifVi 1 DfL-rpinLnH ^ in r>1 ^a rnnnln nf 1 By Anthony Andro The Battalion The Texas A&M baseball team will get a feel for what life is going to be like for the next month when they host the Baylor Bears for three games this week end at Olsen Field.. It certainly will be different from the first month of the season. The Aggies will be without the services of two of their starters, second baseman Mike Hickey and rightfielder Scott Smith, who are both out four to six weeks with injuries. A&M coach Mark Johnson has made adjustments with his lineup. "First of all, we have a lot of alternatives," John son said. "Rob Harris will start for us at second base. He's been a guy that has really improved. He's a guy Where it hurts the most Mike Hickey and Scott Smith will be out 4-6 weeks because of injury. Mike Hickey, 2nd base Avg.: .292 RBIs: 12 On base %: .423 "Hickey had 19 double plays in 17 games as A&M's second baseman Scott Smith, rightfield Avg.: .368 RBIs: 5 On base %: .536 "Smith's 15-game hitting streak was snapped last Sunday against Minnesota By Doug Foster The Battalion who's worked very hard and is very capable. "In the outfield, we have some options. We have some people who can fill that hole." Johnson mentioned Jay Estes, Billy Harlan and See A&M/Page 5 This weekend, Texas A&M softball coach Bob Brock will get a chance to test the ability of his team before traveling to California for a crucial road trip. Brock's squad, 8-4 on the sea son, will host the 10th annual Ag gie Invitational I today through Sunday. The Invitational is a ten- team round robin competition consisting of three teams ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Tournament games will be played at three fields. Bee Creek, Parks 1 and 2, and Lady Aggie Softball Field. The Battalion USPS 045-360 The Battalion is published daily except Saturday, Sunday, holidays, exam periods, and when school is not in session during tall and spring semesters; publication is Tuesday through Friday during the summer session. Second class postage paid at College Station, TX 77840. POSTMASTER; Send address changes to The Battalion, 230 Reed McDonald Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-1111. News: The Battalion news department is managed by students at Texas A&M University in the Division of Student Publications, a unit of the Department of Journalism. Editorial offices are in 013 Reed McDonald Building. The newsroom phone number is 845-3316. Fax: 845-2647. Opinions expressed in The Battalion are those of the editorial board or the contributor, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Texas A&M student body, adminis trators, faculty or the A&M Board of Regents. Advertising: For campus, local and national display advertising, call 845-2696. For classified advertising, call 845 0569. Advertising offices are in 015 Reed McDonald and office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fax: 845-5408. Subscriptions: Mail subscriptions are $20 per semester, $40 per school year and $50 per full year. To charge by VISA or MasterCard, call 845-2611. 4r MSC VISUAL ARTS CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A RECEPTION IN HONOR OF DR. GLEIMIU COCHRAN THE COWBOYS' FRIENDS MARCH 9, 1992 8:00 PM IN THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY AAH Playday 1992 Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Friday, March 6, 1992 7 p.m. All Greek Party at The Tap featuring the 2nd Annual PI-GUY CONTEST! Saturday, March 7, 1992 PLAY DAY GAMES Bryan Utilities Lake Park 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. We’re Still Here! ! $2o 00 Bungee Jump $ Afraid to Jump? Try Slingshot! 10 00 Slingshot with this ad ‘T* 7T Located at Hwy. 21 & Waco St. ^ 7T Bryan, Tx. • (800) 572-5999 UjI (HUrhoJtiOhal (hternatfaud Along with the lOth-ranked Aggies, Missouri and Minnesota enter the tournament ranked among the top teams in the nation. The Tigers, 4-0 on the season, are the sixth ranked team in America. The Golden Gophers are No. 17 with an 8-6 record. Other teams competing in the tournament are Illinois State, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, North ern Illinois, Northeast Louisiana, Ohio State and South Carolina. Brock said the Aggies need to take some of the teams in the Invi tational seriously if they hope to have a w'inning season. "Any of the top-ranked teams are who we need to look out for," Brock said. "We're going to have a chance to play a couple of high ly-ranked teams this weekend, and then we'll play some when we go to California." Brock also said the Lady Ag gies were looking forward to final ly getting to play in front of their home crowd. "I'm real excited about this team," Brock said. "I'm glad our home crowd is going to be able to come out and watch us play. We've got some new players who are going to excite them, and we've got some returners who did well last year that I think our crowd will enjoy watching." • I See Softball/Page 5 mmmmwt They’re on sale now! $1199 | CO.MPAC I s good thru March14th Webb Wilder "Doo Dad" Hastings We’re Entertainment!^^ College Station • Culpepper Plaxa Bryan • Manor East