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THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES, HARTFORD. KENTUCKY, MARCH 30, 1978. PAGE 3 Leach is far from being the baseball coach in this of the state. his team from the front several yards is not his idea of But that's where his doctor Wife say he will remain until bug leaves his system and name of that tune. baseball field, last year of all who gazed upon its excellence, now is only a shadow of what is tile was installed last winter did the rest. out over his troops from windshield, Leach is unable Gardner, Terry Flener, Ron Desper and Alan When you look for a "breather" on the Eagles schedule you had better start looking for an oxygen tank, too. A quick skan of the spring worksheet reveals such formidable foes as Owensboro, Daviess County, Apollo, Owensboro Catholic, Madisonville, Elizabethtown, Greenville, Bremen and on and on and on. David Willis, who decided against playing American Legion ball last summer, is back with the team and is expected to be the stopper. Other key moundsmen will be Chuck Martin, Dale Westerfield and Mike Westerfield. Mark Scobee, Richard Johnson and Timmy House are promising freshmen hurlers. Mike Welch, considered one of the best receivers in the region last year, will be back behind the plate. Backup catching will be provided by House and Jeff Black. Steve Autry, George Welch and David Willis will share duties at first base an Bryan Ross and Richie Johnson will take turns holding down second. Mike Westerfield will likely start at short, with Scobee and Andre Bard waiting in the wings. because he can't find those lost to graduation, he is to establish a new source for Ltely 20 home runs. lucky to break even," n oaned, "our pitching will be i but our hitting weaker." was a weak smile when his pitching but it when the conversation his schedule. play one of the toughest in the state," he said. will dare dispute his word. i P yesterday, today and tomorrow WORK CLOTHES SPECTACULAR Men's Denim Snap Front small-medium.large each Men's Heavy Weight irregular A pair Value to $14 for pair for or First Quality pair only pair T-SHIRTS Men's GOLF SHIRTS Values to $14.99 2 for "10 JOGGING SHORTS well known brands s44" pair Ladles' & Men's s4s" pair See Our Large Selection of Ladles' Dale Westerfield and Mike Westerfield will work at third base. Leach has several candidates for the outfield but is not sure where they will play. On a given day or time you will find either Jim Wilson, Barry Tichenor, Willis or Richard Mc- Crocklin roaming the pasture. Jim Jordan, Grog Tichenor and Randy Rock will see some outfield duty. This year's managers are Soretta Eskridge, Sara Johnson and Jackie Sharp. Weather permitting, the Eagles were scheduled to open their season Wednesday. The National Broadcasting Com- pany in general and the NBC sports department in particular should make public and pronounced apologies to the University of Ken- tucky, the Wildcat basketball team, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and all knowledgeable fans who ap- preciate but did not receive fairness in sports broadcasting. It all started with Curt Gowdy and Jerry Lucas back in March of 1975 and it probably will continue as long as the NBC network allows the Gowdys, the Dick Enbergs and the Billy Packers to continue their special brand of bias. Remember 1975, when Gowdy and Lucas all but said Kentucky had no business being on the floor with Bobby Knight's undefeated Indiana team? And remember how the two literally cried when the Wildcats snapped that unbeaten string and knocked the Hoosiers out of the NCAA tour- nament? Admittedly, Kentucky was the underdog in that 1975 tournament semi-final game but not in more years than most of us can remember has a Kentucky team not been qualified to be on the floor. And along comes Monday night and we have more of Mr. Gowdy. But this time, NBC sorta put Gowdy in the wings because of recent criticism and instead gave us another overdose of Enberg and Packer. The setting was different but the anti-Kentucky treatment was the same as it was in 1975 and the same as it has been throughout the NCAA playoffs. Throughout the championship game - which Kentucky won - Enberg, Packer, and AI McGuire, the tongueflicking color commentator, made no effort to hide their favoritism of Duke. Members of the Ohio County base- :ball team practice around efforts to get the field in"shape for 'the , season opener. Any semblance of fairness or im- partiality ended following the in- troduction of the players. Late in the game when Duke was cutting away at a big Kentucky lead, Enberg and Packer were calling their own fouls against the Wildcats . . . infractions they said could have "constituted possible three and four- point plays for Duke." Also late in the game, Mc' mire indicated he would like to strip Jack Givens of his "most valuable player" award and give it to a Duke player. We were constantly bombarded with statements about how great Duke was and how great the team is going to be. When Duke scored - ac- cording to the NBC audio team - it was perfection personified and excitement supreme. When Kentucky scored it was "ho- hum". Give us a break, NBC. Don't televise anymore Kentucky games. What we hoped would happen has happened. The long weeks of won- dering and worrying are behind us. There were professed doubts by this writer and many others about Kentucky's ability to win it all. Those doubts have been erased, another trophy is in the case and Kentucky - after 20 long years has another NCAA champion. With the e~ceptton of the LSU game which the Wildcats should have won, and the Alabama game which the Wildcats should have skipped, Kentucky, throughout the season, displayed a steady, but somewhat different, brand of basketball while methodically marching to the national title. Five months ago the Wildcats packed their bags and started on a long business trip. It was a pur- poseful, non-nonsense trip that would make Kentucky's return to national basketball prominence. The trip also served as the architect and builder of a massive pressure cooker. Jack Givens loosened the valve Monday night and the rest of the Cats released the steam. Duke was canned. Along the 197%78 basketball trail, UK coach Joe B. Hall fell victim to a media massacre. This column was included. We have no apology to offer but our congratulations flow freely not for the way he won, but, for winning. Highway 62 reenville, Ky. 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday Closed Soretta Eskridge, Sara Johnson and Jackie Sharp take time out from their busy duties as managers of the Ohio County High baseball team to pose Tuesday'during an Eagle practice session. Ohio County was scheduled to start the season Tuesday against Daviess County but the game was postponed because of unfavorable playing conditions. Butler County was scheduled Wednesday. Fishing on Kentucky's 15 major lakes continues to show slow im- provement, with unstable weather the primary reason the angling isn't better. The lake-by-lake rundown, according the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources: Rough River: Crappie slow around stick ups; in tailwaters, trout good; murky to muddy, falling, five feet below summer pool and 48 degrees. Kentucky: Crappie slow over submerged cover drop-offs; in tailwaters, catfish slow; murky to muddy, rising slowly, four feet below summer pool and 44 degrees. Barkley: Crappie slow over drop- offs; in tailwaters, no activity; murky to muddy, rising slowly, four feet below summer pool and 50 degrees. Fishtrap: No activity; in tailwaters, trout fair to good, crappie slow; murky to muddy, stable, 32 feet below summer pool and 53 degrem. Cave Run: No activity; clear to murky to muddy, stable, five feet above summer pool and 48 degrees. Dewey: No activity; muddy, stable, five feet below summer pool and 47 degrees. Grayson: No activity; murky to muddy, rising, four feet below summer pool and 45 degrees. Green: Crappie fair around stick ups on the upper section; murky to n ddy falling, 17 feet below summer pool and 40 dqF s.