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Page 6, The News Argus, April, 1982
By C. “Sport” Page
In his fifth year as head coach, Virgil
G. Simpson is looking to improve last
year’s track teams’ third place finish
for the women and seventh place finish
for the men. Simpson, who has coach
ed 23 years on the high school level,
has set several goals as a coach and for
his athletes this season. “To do well
and show good in the ClAA meets are
my main goals this season,” said Simp
Simpson, as well as any coach, wants
to do well in his own conference. “See,
we don’t run in that many dual meets
against other schools in the conference,
we run mostly in open meets where
they give awards to the winners instead
of points,” said Simpson. Simpson
wants to qualify more athletes for the
NCAA meet this season.
“Last year Stanley King and Ronnie
Johnson qualified for the 100 and 200
meter dash in the NCAA Division II.
Johnson placed eighth in Division 11,”
The men should be strong in track this
season in many events. In the sprints.
King and Johnson are returning for the
100 and 200 meter dash and are com
bining with Jack Cameron and Dan
Hayes in the 400 meter relay.
“We should have good showings in
the mile with Ken Dowdle, in the field
at shot put with Thennis Myers, at the
high jump with Charles Mack, and tri
ple and long jump with Mack and
Cameron,” said Simpson.
The girls hope to improve last year’s
third place finish with a good group of
“In the field we should be strong at
the shot put with Rita Lee and Faye
Shurothers, in the high jump with
Venesa Smith, and in the 100 and 400
meter hurdles with Cassandra Fobers
and Janice Gaddy.
“On the track with Bonita Reed,
Wanda Brown, Aletha Smith, and
Venesa Smith doubling in both the 400
meter relay and sprint medley,” said
At the beginning of another track
season, Simpson is ready for the
“It’s hard at this point to really tell
the potential of all my athletes, but
with hard work we should show good
in the conference and place more peo
ple in the NCAA meet,” said Simpson.
Sports Writing; An Intriguing Art
By Ralph McKnight
Sports pages have became so popular that on many newspapers they have
developed into sports sections. Many readers turn to the sports section before
reading the headlines of the paper. With the leaning toward more leisure time,
sports will undoubtedly command a greater amount of newspaper space.
Let’s look at the sports writer. He must know how to gather information, write a
correct sentence and follow a stylebook.
Covering games is an important part of a sports w'riter. One must have the time,
patience and great dedication for the job.
I would like to emphasize that one does not need to have played a sport in order
to write about it. Men do not dominate the field of sports writing. The only bar
rier women sports writers have not yet overcome is the (MEN) sign on the locker
Black writers are greatly needed not only as sports writers bu also as reporters in
general. A journalist receives great benefits from his job. The benefits range from
free admission to games to all-expense-paid round trips. Most of all the writer
must love his or her work.
If you feel that you would like to become a reporter or improve your writing
abilities, look into the field of journalism.
Being a ;ports writer is indeed a great experience. It’s like getting away with
murder, (by using slang words, that is). The News Argus Journalism Lab is the
course to take to receive the experience.
“Give it a try. I, myself, find it intriguing.”
Track Team Seeks Improvement
By Ralph McKnight
Five-foot-four and dedicated to his
sport, Scott Darden a junior stated,
“My advice to all wrestlers: If you
want to be good you must be
dedicated, 100 percent willing to work
hard and sacrifice your free time.
Scott has been wrestling since junior
high school. He felt his size would not
play a major role for he had watched
other wrestlers smaller than himself
Scott, a 21-year-old Greensboro
native, enjoys wrestling because he
feels he can really excel in the sport.
“Coach Edwards has helped me out a
lot and what he tells me really helps.
He helps me mainly on my take downs
and reverses, but 1 still have a lot to
Scott will not seek a career in profes
sional wrestling, he stated, because in
order to be a professional, one must at
tend acting school and “1 really don’t
have time for that. One must attend
this school in order to learn how to fall
correctly (like a stunt man). And
besides. I’m a married man with a child
on the way. My wife helps me out a lot
and it doesn’t bother me staying on
campus because it gives me something
to look forward to on the weekends.”
Scott is an Urban Affairs major. He
hopes to find a job after graduation in
housing management. Scott’s ultimate
goal at this time is to become an All-
American in the NCAA Division 11
tournament. His wrestling record con
sists of a 52-13-1 high school season,
and for his college record thus far a
Scott Darden has won the ClAA twice
and the NAIA District tournament
wrestling in the 188-pound division.
Scott plans to continue his wrestling
abilities at WSSU throughout his
Two year ClAA champion, Scott Darden was this year’s National Wrestling
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1981 Los Anoeles Times Syndicate