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http;//www.thepost.mindspring.com Cljarlottc ^osit 1B SPORTS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1997 Fists of fury Heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield solidified his place in history by beating Michael Moorer. Page 4B The second season starts for local teams Rice By Eric James Bozeman FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST The road to the state high school football championship starts Friday. Four Charlotte teams - West Charlotte, Independence, Providence, and West Mecklenburg - have hopes of winning the prize for the first time since West Charlotte’s championship in 1995. West Charlotte takes a 9-1 record into a first-round game with Greensboro Grimsley. The Lions may have the short road to a championship with the re- emergence of receivers Reggie Blackman and Aaron Alexander in the Lions’ 30-13 win over Independence last week. “Both Aaron and Reggie played well,” said head coach Tom Knotts. “They were rusty, but Keith (quarterback Matkins) was glad to see them back, and their timing with Keith was surpris ingly good.” With barely a full week of preparation, Knotts and his staff have worked hard to put more bite in the Lions offense. “I tend to bear down a little more than the players do, we all as coaches bear down more and hope the kids follow us,” he said. “We are going to try to throw to set up the run, and every week we try to add something new, but hopefully we’ll make it real sim ple for our kids and get back to basics.” Independence (8-3) travels to Greensboro to play Greensboro Page. “We are very happy,” Said Patriots head coach Rusty Jester. “It was one of our goals. We are excited to be playing Page. We would rather be playing at home, though.” Independence will tiy to ride PHOTO/CALVIN FERGUSON Dell Curr^' and Muggsy Bogues were the last of the original Hornets. Now there’s only Curry after Bogues’ trade last week. It’s hard to say good-bye By Karl Petraroja FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST The Charlotte Hornets will never be the same. The Hornets may be better this year without point guard Muggsy Bogues, whom they traded to Golden State last week, but they won’t be as exciting. Bogues and guard Tony Delk were shipped west to the Warriors for guard B.J. Armstrong. From starting point guard for 10 years to a reserved seat at the end of the Charlotte bench was too much for Bogues. He was unhappy with his limited role and loudly expressed a desire to be traded. The Hornets obliged and a huge piece of their history was gone. “We’ve got to realize that trades are going to happen in this business and Muggsy was definitely a leader here and a well-liked per son,” forward Glen Rice said. “I’ve never seen anyone with such a big heart that is so small and we’re going to miss him and wish him the ^est.” Though'the smallest player in NBA history at 5-3, Bogues’ accomplishments in Charlotte were giant. He played in 632 games, second only to Dell Curry, the last original Hornet. Bogues is the team’s all-time leader in assists (5,557), steals (1,066) and minutes played (19,768). He ranks 19th in NBA assists all-time and is the league’s all-time leader in assists-to-turnover ratio. “I’m sad to see Muggsy go,” center Vlade Divac said. “I’ll miss him, he was part of the family but that’s how it goes in our business, it’s sometimes very tough.” “The trade is unfortunate in a way,” said David Wesley, who inherited the point guard spot after signing a free agent con tract over the summer. “We all love Muggsy. We all got along, but that’s part of the business.” Wesley is younger, faster and has two healthy legs. He clear ly represents the immediate future of the Hornets. So does the 30-year old Armstrong, a nine-year pro who realizes he was traded for the most popular player in Hornets history. “I know Muggsy had some great years here,” Armstrong said. “I know he was one of the first Hornets here and was here from the beginning and he’s really contributed a lot. “He’s poured his heart and soul to this organization, to the city and I think what he’s done, speaks for itself so I respect See BOGUES on page 4B □ PHOTO/CALVIN FERGUSON UNC Charlotte guard-forward Tamika Mackey spent most of last season battling the effects of a tonsillectomy that sapped her strength. The former West Mecklenburg High standout is fully recovered and ready to help the 49ers improve on last season’s 7-20 mark. On the rebound By Karl Petraroja FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST UNC Charlotte hopes a Mac Attack can help turn its women’s basketball fortunes around. “Mac” is 5-11 junior forward Thmika Mackey, a former West Mecklenburg High standout. Mackey and the 49ers were off to a strong start last season, when an emergency tonsillec tomy sidelined Mackey for five games, then significantly sapped her strength the rest of the season, “I was kind of down because I was off to a good start and finally coming into my own,” Fully-recovered Mackey is a major cog for UNC Charlotte she said. “The team, we started pretty well...(but the surgery) set us back a httle bit and me back a bit.” Mackey’s iUness and other injuries forced the 49ers to struggle through a disappoint ing 7-20 season. Now Mackey’s healthy, except for a minor groin strain, and the 49ers’ prospects appear bright. “No negativity at all, right fi-om the coaching staff down to the players,” she said. ‘We’re a stronger basketball team,” head coach Ed Baldwin said. ‘We worked hard in the off-season to get stronger and the kids were really committed to get stronger.” Last season was marked by late-game mistakes which turned promising starts into nightmarish finishes. Mackey says that must change if UNCC is to compete in Conference USA. ‘We had a lot of mental laps es,” she said. “I think that was due to fatigue. Qur bodies were physically run down, we weren’t in basketball-basket- ball shape and it started to show towards the end of the season. “Now we have a new strength coach, Jeff (Watkinson) and he’s helped us a lot. You can just teU the dif ference in our practices from last year. TheYre a lot more fun because we can complete them.” Despite last season’s illness, Mackey was still the 49ers fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 See MACKEY on page 3B the arm of quarterback C.J. Leal^ and the legs of running backs} Juan Gamer and Antwain Thompson to a first round victory. Jester doesn’t plan many adjust ments. “There are no wholesale changes, but we haven’t added much all year,” Jester said. “If you can stay consistent on offense you tend to do well. When things don’t go well, we tend to over- See PLAYOFFS on page 3B Lacy named to Hall By Moses J. Newson NATINAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION ' BALTIMORE - It’s historicallyi significant that Sam Lacy’s selec tion as a sportswriter to the Baseball HaU of Fame came as baseball is observing the bOth anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the racial barrier that virtually had kept black players out of the major leagues. Lacy, ■ sports editor of the Baltimore Afro-American news paper for more than five decades, did as much, or more, as any ■, sportswriter in America to pave the way for the integration of the majors. Adding together his stints with the Washington Tribune, Washington Afro-American and Chicago Defender, he’s been writ ing professionally more than 63 years. Two days after the Baseball Writers Association of America named him winner of this year’s J. G. Taylor Spink Award on a 23- 21 vote, Lacy celebrated his 94th birthday on Oct. 23. Lacy is being honored for meri torious contributions to baseball writing. His shining hours in the national spotlight comes next August when he will be formally inducted into the HaU of Fame in ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY. Lacy will be the 49th sports writer and fhe second of his race to have his picture placed in the Scribes and Mikemen exhibit. He’ll be the first African American to achieve the honor who did all his writing for black newspapers. The other black writer there is the late WendeU Smith. He and Lacy often toUed together on the baseball beat but in addition to writing for the black-owned! Pittsburgh Courier, Smith also wrote for the Chicago American. Lacy became the first African! American member of the Baseball^ Writers Association of America ini 1948. At that time the Afro pub-i Ushed 13 editions. His sponsors,’ Kenny Smith of the New York Mirror and Joe King of the New" See LEGENDARY on page 4B JCSU in need of major overhaul By Herbert L. White THE CHARLOTTE POST No size. No depth. No offense. That was Johnson C. Smith football in 1997, a season that coach BiU Davis would just as soon forget. The Golden Bulls, who finished 2-8 after a 19-11 overtime loss to Virginia Union Saturday, have nine months to remake the pro gram. Among the concerns: No offense. Simply put, -the BuUs couldn’t get the ball into the end zone often enough to win. Especially over the last three games. Smith’s offense accounted for no touchdowns. The defense, on the other hand, had two. “You gotta score. We can’t win like that,” Davis said. “We gotta go to the drawing board over the offseason, we’ve got to get in the weight room - we’ve got to Uve in the weight room - and get stronger.’ End of the (offensive) line. Smith’s interior block ers got pushed around too much. From the start of the season, Davis was concerned about a lack of depth, but by the end, he wanted to run the entire emit off campus. ‘We’re just not strong enough,” he said. “We’ve got some holes we need to plug. We need some peo ple with some size up front, some strength. Who’ll caU the plays? Three underclassmen took turns at Davis quarterback - junior Keith Mack, sophomore Bruce Harrison and freshman Desmond Brown. They have potential, but who knows given the state of the o-line? Mack was the best athlete, but went down with a knee injury in the second week. Brown lacked experience, and at 5-7, isn’t very tall. Harrison, who got his first collegiate start against Union, was 15-of-31 for 115 yards. Mack should be the favorite should his knee be recovered, but Davis stiU might tiy to recruit a new quar terback. Calling all linebackers; They were undersized and under manned, but sophomore Jeny Manigault was 14th in CIAA tackles with 72. New faces and bigger bodies are badly needed here. Secondary is primary. Three See BULLS on page 3B PHOTO/CALVIN FERGUSON J.C. Smith safety Angel Rivera (4) and the Golden Bulls defense faced the difficult taskof trying to keep games close when the offense failed to score points.