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Friday, April 27, 1990 THE BENNETT BANNER PAGE THREE New spring spoil Inaugural softball season is a challenging venture by Monetta Brown The new kid on the block always gets some rough treat ment. So does a start-from- scratch softball team. Just ask Bennett coach Herb Jack son, whose team has lost its first seven games. “When you start any inter collegiate program, you’re going to suffer and take some hard knocks initially. It takes time to build a competitive program. I want people to know that and not get down on our young ladies when they don’t perform up to their best.” Bennett has never had a softball team, and it has been competing against some schools with scholarship athletes—a. fact which puts the Belles at a tremendous disadvantage. The team was the brainchild of President Gloria Randle Scott, who en visioned softball as part of a spring sports package and asked Athletic Director Leon J. McDougle to develop a team. McDougle hired Jackson because of his experience on the diamond. Jackson played second-base and shortstop for four years at North Carolina A&T State University and is now the baseball coach at his alma mater. Despite the rude initiation that the Belles have received, Jackson is proud of the re silience of his squad and ex cellent contributions by sev eral of its players. Junior shortstop Erica Salter gets high marks from the coach. “She’s a top-rate baseball player,” Jackson, the director of student activities at Bennett, says. “She can play with the best of them.” Freshman outfielder Crys tal Reynolds has also been a mainstay. “Reynolds has played very well,” the coach says. “She hit a home run at Noco Park that cleared the fence against A&T.” The coach also cites the versatile Jeaninne Thomas for meritorious s e r v ic e . Thomas, a sophomore, has pitched, played second base and centerfield. The team also includes in fielders Regina Artis, Karyn Weaver, Zandra Allen, Bro- netta Walker, Alfredia Moore and Cynthia Payne; catchers Jennifer Chollette and Candy Bentley; outfielders Kimyatta Vinson and Robin King- Hoard, and pitcher-infielder Inez TYiplin. One of Jackson’s most dif ficult tasks has been to main tain the team’s morale. “I wish that we had started with a club team first because it is really discouraging to the ladies to try to compete with teams that have been playing for years,” says Jackson. One of the season’s delights has been strong attendance at some home games. “Student support is very important,” Jackson says. “On warm days, it’s been pretty decent. I think it’s great, be ing that we don’t have our own field. The students walk down to see us perform.” The coach hopes that one day soon the field behind Goode Gymanasium will con tain a well-groomed softball diamond. “That will make a great difference to the program,” he says. A little more experience for his players and patience by the fans will help the new team in town get acclimated. Yaung tennis team shows spunk Basketball fortunes rebound during Raleigh tournament by Rosellen Durham The basketball team saved the best for last. Bennett enjoyed its most important victory of the year on the final weekend of the season, defeating Mary Bald win College in the first round of the North Carolina-Virginia Women’s College Basketball Tournament in Raleigh. The next day, the Belles nearly won a close encounter with tournament champion Mere dith College. “We ended the year on a good note,” said Coach Joyce Spruill. “We’re looking for ward to next season.” The Belles almost swept the tournament. They were losing by only three or four points with two minutes left in the Meredith game, according to Spruill. Bennett fouled in order to stop the clock and re gain the ball, “but when we put them on the free throw line, they hit every free throw,” the coach recalled. The squad, which finished 4-20, placed center Valencia Floyd on the all-tournament team, to which point-guard Hyler Jones received honor able mention. The upbeat ending had the team walking tall and the coach “rejoycing.” “We played good ball in the tournament,” Spruill said. “The whole team stood out. (Frontcourtplayer) Debra Dilworth had a good tournament, and Valencia Floyd did a fantastic job of fensively and defensively. (Forward) Yvette Williams played really well, but she got hurt against Mary Baldwin and couldn’t play in the cham pionship game.” Williams grabbed a rebound and aggravated a leg injury which she had suffered ear lier in the season against Winston-Salem State. Although the Belles finished quite a way below .500, the team doubled its number of victories over last season and gained momentum during a time when a more fragile club might have be come dispirited. “In spite of our losses, we improved our overall game,” said Spruill. A prime mover in the tour- around was Hyler Jones, who “did a fantastic job of handl ing the ball for us,” Spruill observed. What stands out the most in the coach’s mind from the season? “The potential that was on that team,” Spruill said. “During the course of the season, they showed what they were capable of doing, but they just didn’t execute consistently at all times.” Attendance at the games rose this year, the coach noted, but “we would like to have more support. But you know you get into a thing where if you win there’d be no problem with people com ing to see you play. But if you lose, you run into the thing of the typical fan ver sus the loyal fan. But we had much better support this year.” More wins inevitably mean more fans. Next season may very well bring more of each. by Monica Exum The tennis squad brought much more pride than pain to Coach Leon McDougle even though, as a team, the Belles didn’t win a match. This was the Bennett’s first full season after playing a limited schedule last year. The team was burdened by inexperience and the loss of some veterans who didn’t re turn to school. But there wasn’t a player who didn’t improve during the year, and the Belles held many of their opponents’ hands to the fire. “My goal was to make the team competitive, and in many matches we were com petitive,” McDougle says. “We had a very tough schedule for a school in its first full year of play.” Amazingly enough, several Belles had either never played competitively or never played tennis before this academic year. “Four of my kids came directly out of my beginning tennis class,” the coach ex plains. “Even so, in most in stances they were able to hold their own. We played schools that are well known for women’s tennis teams. Many of their players come from the country club set. They’ve had lessons since early childhood.” The Belles played some strong teams from Virginia, including Lonewood, Ferrum and Virginia Wesleyan. McDougle has special plau dits for Dorcas Matowe, a freshman international stu dent from Zimbabwe. “She had no experience at all prior to the season,” the coach says. “She was pro bably our most consistent player and the one who was most praised by opposing coaches. Dorcas was coach- able, intelligent and willing to improve.” McDougle was also appre ciative of the contributions of freshmen Jacqueline Drum monds from Brooklyn, N.Y. and Batsirai Mutasa from Corpus Christi, Tex.; sopho mores Khea Newby from Omaha, Neb., Janae Simmons from Somerset, N.J., Kim Somerville from Columbia, Md. and Sharon Turner from Royal Oaks, Md. and senior Tracey Lett from Winston- Salem. The coach is optimistic about next season. “I feel if we can hold this group together and get one or two experienced high school players, then next year we’ll be even more compe titive.” He would like to see greater participation on the part of inactive athletes on campus. “It’s quite disturbing to me as coordinator of athletic programs that we have too many athletes on our campus with playing experience in various sports who are not participating in anything.” Next spring, the right mix could bring even more pride to the courts behind the gym. Incompetents at vork Phony leaders shame nation (from page 2) rights and world peace. Young people never change. They are always the social and poli tical innovators of a society. We are the ones who strive to bring about change while politicians hide behind self- righteous and incomprehen sible political gibberish when all their campaign promises go up in smoke. I don’t know about every one else, but I’m fed up with shallow administrators like Dan Quayle, Oliver North, Gary Hart and a list of others whose unscrupulous ways have been sensationalized on the covers of the nation’s tabloids like spoofs about UFO’s or Hollywood gossip. What this country needs is real leaders who are concerned with the problems of this society. As conscientious citi zens of a democratic nation, we should exercise our consti tutional freedom and vote; not for the men and women who dish out the biggest pieces of apple pie or who shield themselves in the beau tiful American flag, but for people who stand up for the little man as well as the big, who will seek changes and policies that will support the common welfare of individuals here and abroad. Forget the peanuts, jelly beans, broccoli and fame- seeking bimbos. We deserve more out of our paid govern ment officials. We deserve true leadership. Eyewitness remembers Frisco earthquake a colunm by Morgan Johnson On Oct. 17, 1989, the World Series was being held in San Francisco in Candlestick Park. Not only were there x>eo'ple getting off work early to make it to the game, but there were people get ting off early to watch it on tele vision. It was a very hot day. My friends and I went to a park in Brisbane, Calif., 10 minutes away from San Francisco. Everything was calm, including the water which surrounded the park. We could see the stadium from where we were and there were heli copters circling above. At 5:04 P.M., the earthquake erupted. This was my first time being outside during an earth quake, and it seemed to be pretty safe since we were in the open. There was a building a few feet away from us, and it looked as if it was going to fold up, like when a deck of cards coUapses. It also appeared to be more dang erous inside. My friends and I didn’t think much of it, We just thought it was another minor shake. We had no idea of the extent of the disaster. As we continued to hang out on the grass, people who were inside the building oame running out, got in their cars and left. Later, my friends and I took a walk around the park and we passed a woman. We asked her if she felt the quake and she certainly did. But after we passed her, she yelled back, “Oh, by the way, the Bay Bridge collapsed.” We thought she was joking and yelled back, “Well, that’s good, less traffic.” We did not believe her because of her casual tone. As we headed back to the car, I noticed that the lights at Candle stick were off, which was odd. When we got in the car and turned on the radio, the stations had lost their airwaves. We turned on the sports station to hear the game and instead we heard that the bridge had indeed collapsed and there were fires in the Marina District. Later, there were reports that the Cypress Freeway had collapsed and the most damage had taken place in the South Bay in cities such as Santa Ctuz and Watsonville. The next day no one went to work and people were to stay indoors. Vice President Quayle toured the Marina District, which caused a bit of controversy, and there were scenes on television of the bridge, the freeway, shat tered parts of the city and the events that followed the quake during the World Series. My mom decided that she wanted to go to the mall and shop for imdergarments in the middle of the disaster. The streets were practically deserted and the atmosphere had an eerie feeling. By Friday things were back to normal but not quite the same. People everywhere were getting aftershocks that lasted for a month and a half. The traffic was vui- believable. The Bay Bridge was out of commission for a month, and commuters had to find other ways of getting into the city. And the biggest surprise to me was tliat most of the instructors at San Francisco State University had lost some of their edge. They had become sympathetic and as signments were either put off or done away with. And far those who think Bennett has some problems, SFSU would have most of you suing. Students who were in the dorms could not return, even to get a few belongings. The school gave everyone a $100 loan, and thait’s all, if I remember correctly. There were students sleeping in the Student Union; there were stu dents who hadn’t bathed for days. If students didn’t have a friend or a relative to stay with, they were homeless for about three and a half weeks. And when the dorms were safe to enter, people found that the workmen raided almost every room. One student was missing $600 dollars. Another thing that was really interesting was to see the national newscasters all rush out to bring the nation the story. Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings were chauffeured in white limos to the site of the Cypress Freeway (see page 4)

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