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I Squads with power-packed lineups from Tacoma and Tri-Cities will be the odds-on favorites to walk off with top honors when "major league" slow pitch softball competition comes to Othello in the 8th Annual Lions Slow Pitch Invitational this weekend. Thirty two of the top slow pitch teams in the Northwest will be competing in the big tournament which will open on Friday night and run through Sunday evening at the Lions park playing field complex. While the tournament has had its share of surprises through the years, Tacoma and Tri-Cities teams, which have pretty well dominated the event during the past few years since the change-over to the "small ball", look like the teams to beat in the event. The ability to hit the long ball has been the key to success in the local tourna- ment in recent years, and both the TriCities and Tacoma have strong squads capable of doing that. Tacoma almost com- pletely dominated the top spots in the tournament from 1970 through 1972, with the Tri-Cities "taking over" last year. Back to defend its 1973 title will be the Playboy Tavern of Kennewick with virtually its same lineup, including all- Page 16 - OTHELLO, WASHIIIGIOg stars Art Trabert, Jim Robin- son, Joe Gonzalez and Chuck Murphy. Another top entry appears to be Chinese Gardens of Pasco, which took second here last year as Tri-City Taverns. The squad includes Daryl Idler, tournament MVP last year, along with all-stars Gary Kuhn and Jerry Washburn. Also members of the Pasco team are Larry and Mike McCourite, the former Othello power-hitting brother combi- nation. Other Tri-City teams in the tournament are Cosmo Angus of Kennewick, which took third last year and returns with all-star Jerry Bishop; and a new entry, R.R. Adams-Tri- State of Kennewick. Lots of All-Stars The Tacoma entry is down to just five teams this year, but a pair of them, which will be playing under new names, are loaded with past Othello tournament stars. The Hi-Hat, a team com- posed basically of players from the Dean's Tavern squad which was second here in 1971, will come in with no less than six former all-stsrs in its lineup. They include Bill Bailey and Whit Hemmion with Tacoma Merchants in 1972; Carlos Canty and Dick Zierman with Dean's in 1971; THE OTHELLO OUTLOOK THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1974 The Useless Bay Colony, a Sunday action in the double strong club from Whidbey elmination play. Island, walked off with top AlI-StarsNamed honors in the Jack's Bargain The most valuable player Barn Third Annual Slow Pitch award for the tournament invitational here last Sunday went to Billy Fast of the Vet's evening, of Moses Lake. He was 14 for The Western Washington 17 in the tournament with four team rolled through the homers, including one grand 24-team tournament unde- slam. He also played errorless rented and breezed home with ball at second base. Butch Pasquale with Heidle- berg in 1970; and Chico Canty with Lucky Lager in 1970. Also "loaded" is Cloverleaf Tavern of Tacoma with a squad which includes four former all-stars. They are Mel Burrell, MVP with Wested Tire in 1972; Dave Roller with Dean's in 1971; and Doug Armstrong and Jerry Archer with Lucky in 1970. Other Tacoma teams are Len's Haven, third in 1972 and back with former all-star Jerry Brodigan; The Schoon- er, a participant here the last three years; and Waller Road Exxon, a new entry. Others Tough Too While the Tacoma and Tri-City entries look the toughest on paper, challenges could also come from Ellens- burg, Bremerton and North- ern Idaho. Ellensburg sends Kelleher Motors, a team which has won several tournaments already this year, and includes former "Ranch" allstars in speedy outfielder Bob Burke and pitcher Lee Day. Inseam Tavern also represents a tough squad from Ellensburg. Bremerton, which dominat- ed the tournament in the big ball days, sends two entries again. Scotty's Tavern, a spinoff from the Bremerton Oil team which was tough here in 1970 and 71, will be back with former all-star shortstop Jim Jessup. The other Bremerton entry will be Bernie's Smoke Shop. Four from Idaho Although Northern Idaho teams have never fared well in the local event despite the "small ball" histories, 1974 could be the year. Moen Con- crete and Horace Mann Educators are entered from Coeur d'Alene with Lewiston sending Rogers Pontiac and the Lewiston Merchants. tournament as the Othello No. 1 entry on the strength of its win over Brunswick Tavern in league play here Monday night, and has a lineup that includes first baseman Mike Lampe, who was an all-star with Eddie's Tavern last year. Brunswick is entered as No. 2 with the squad including Gary Snyder, three-time all- star, and Scott Stickel, two- time honoree, in the outfield. Ochoa Farms will be the third Othello entry. FRIDAY 7 p.m. - Chinese Gardens of Pasco vs. Inseam Tavern of Ellensburg; R.R. AdamsTri State of Kennewick vs. Kelleher Motors of Ellensburg; Pegram Concrete Ditches of Othello vs. Sunnyside Mercants; Ochoa Farms vs. Playboy Tavern of Kennewick. 8:20 p.m. Brunswick of Othello vs. Rogers Pontiac of Lewiston, Ida. 9:40 p.m. Casino Angus of Kenne~ick vs. Internatiomd House of Pancakes of Spokane. SATURDAY 8::]0 a.m. - Scotty's Tavern of Bremerton vs. Meet Me Here Tavern of Seattie; Red Baron of Kent vs. Sit 'n Bull Tavern of Kirkland; Ruth Realty of Kent vs. Schooner Tavern of Tacoma; Hi-Hat of Taroma vs. Lewiston Merchants; Jerry's Tom Boy Market of Puyallup vs. Bernie's Smoke Shop of Bremerton. 9:50 a.m.- tea's Tavern of Tacoma vs. Prowler of Pendleton, Ore.; Waller Road Exxon of Tacoma vs. Holiday Inn of Everett; Herb's (Nm~truction of Everett vs. Horace Mann Educators of Coeur d'Alene, Ida.; Federal Way Merchants vs. Fred Ward Trophy of Spokane; M(~,n Concrete of Coeur d'Alene, hta., vs.Cloverleaf Tavern of Tacoma. an easy 9-0 victory over Max Warner Insurance of Ephrata in the championship game on Sunday evening. The Useless Bay team had to share the spotlight in the tournament with a pair of local Squads who made strong runs at the title, before being dropped in the finals play on Sunday. A youngEarrs A&W squad, composed mostly of high school youths, came through with a surprising fourth in the tournament, while local league leader Pegram Construction was fifth. Finishing third behind Useless Bay and Warner Insurance was Dean's Steak House of the Tri-Cities. Locals Challenge Useless Bay got its toughest challenges in the tournament from a pair of Othello teams. The champions had to come through with big final inning GETS BASEBALL HONORS - Senior Joe Cerrillo was named winner of both the MVP and captain awards for the 1974 Othello Huskie baseball team daring the spring sports awards night held on Monday. Cerrillo finished a three-year varsity career with a .333 batting average. A T A WARDS EVENT Senior third baseman Joe Cerrillo walked off with a pair The Federal Way Mer- of awards as the Othello chants, a strong competitor Huskie conference champion here the past couple of years, baseball team drew top honors will be back, along with during the Spring Sports several other Seattle areaAwards event held Monday The Useless Bay champions teams. They include tourney night at Othello High School. landed four spots on the veterans, Ruth Realty andMore than 200 persons were all-star team with Steve Red Baron of Kent, and new in attendance at the event held Anderson at third base, Rob entries, Sit'N Bull Tavern and at the OHS corridor and Wanamaker in left field, Meet Me Here Tavern. sponsored by the Activities Danny Schlieffer in centerHoliday Inn and Herb's Booster Club. field and John Wanamaker as Construction of Everett will Feature speaker during the honorable mention pitcher. Warner Insurance led the squad with Randy Boruff as catcher; Bill Warner, pitcher, Sparky DaM, first base; and Mike Heath, honorable men- tion shortstop. Second baseman Wayne Schutte, rover Mark Tucker and rightfielder Linn Capps were picked, from Pegrams, with Paul Stephens winning the lone A&W spot at shortstop. both be back with Spokane, program, which included re- another area that has never cognition for all five spring sports, was Don Kallen, golf coach and assistant football coach at Eastern Washington State College. Getting special honors dur- ing the evening were the baseball and golf teams, both of which were conference champions the past season. Two Awards Cerrillo, who has been a regular at third base for most of the last three seasons for fared well in the tournament, sending Fred Ward Trophy and International House of Pancakes. Other entries will be the Sunnyside Merchants and Prowler of Pendleton, Ore. Local Entries Hometown favorites in the tournament will be the three local entrants. Pegram Con- crete Ditches will enter the Kemp Takes Men's Night Golf Honors Ii rally to beat Brunswick A three-under par net round Tavern in opening play on Eleven Othello athletes will long jump and pole vault, of32 was good for top honors Saturday, and then barely be competing in the 1974Peter Lopez posted a first in for Ed Kemp in Men's Night edged Pegram 9-8 in a Junior Olympics later this his division of the shot and a competition last Wednesday winners' bracket semi-final on month after qualifying with second in the discus, while at the Othello Golf and Sunday. Pegrem was elimin- either first or second place Ruben Martinez qualified with Country Club. ated 7-6 by Warner Insurance individual places in the recent a first in the discus and also Bill Tucker was second with later Sunday. district meet at Eastmont. placed third in the 440.34, followed by Bob Roloff at The A&W team opened with Four local boys will be a victory over Columbia Basin ,',)mpetingintheboys' division Joanna Norton led the 35. College on Friday night, but on June 22 at Spokane Falls Othello girls' showing with then was dropped into the Community College, with first places in the high jump, loser bracket Saturday morn- seven girls to be entered in shot put and javelin, with ing in a 12-2 loss to JJ Tavern. their competition in the same Mary Pecka getting first in the squad came back to hwation on June 15. high jump and discus. #M Thet liminate the host Jack's team Best effort from the Othello Other included Shannon e J ULIE HOLLAND the outstanding track team member by Coach Glenn Weitz. Other track award winners were freshman Craig Herbert as most improved, and junior hurdler Jim Hol- land as most inspirational. Conference Champs Junior Mitch Buck, who is being counted on by Coach Gene Boyd to anchor a strong returning golf squad, won the medalist trophy for the con- ference champions. Senior Mike Roth was named most improved and Bruce Trescott, another senior, got the cap- tain's award. Senior Randy Fukukai was presented the tennis team captain's,award by Coach Ray Burke. Other honors went to the Huskies, was named members of the junior girls' winner of both the most doubles team which repre- valuable and captain awards seated Othello in district. for the baseball team. The Carol Yenney got the MVP senior was a strong fielder and award with Chris Bos named posted a career batting most inspirational. average of .333 with the Double Honors Huskies. Senior Julie Holland joined Other baseball award win- Cerrillo as the only other nets were Ariel Vela, most double winner of the evening inspirational, and Chuck when girls' track awards were Chields, most improved. Vela presented by Coach Betty was the Huskie regular at Logan. second base the past two Miss Holland, who was an seasons, with Shields winning outstanding spinter this sea- the first base spot this spring son and placed at state for the as a "first-year' senior. The local squad, got both the MVP awards were presented by and captain awards. Coach Daryl Preuninger. Freshman ShannonDavis Senior Kurt Garner, who was named most inspirational, won his way into state the last with Canadian exchange stu- two years in the horizontal dent Francine Trepanier jumping events, was named ham)red as most improved. GOING OUT OF BUSINESS 4-2 and then rolled on to three club, which is coached byDavis, first in discus; Terri more victories on Sunday JaniceCapps, camefrom Doug Georgeson, second in shot put SUMMER MIXED LEAGUE before finally being eliminated Dickson, who posted a per- and javelin; Mitzi Trader, 5~274 w 1, $50,000 6-2 bv Warner Insurance. One sonal best of 24.5 in winning second in long jump; and Kim Th,,F,.'gel Its 7 I B 5 3 INVENTORY of tl~ose victories along the the 220. Dickson also had a Mihelitch. first in shot put. "I'h,'Kavm'e~ 5 3 way included a 6-3 reversal fourth in the 100-yard dash in The Othello 440-yard relay The ~I['~ 1 4 against JJ Tavern, the district action, team of Kim Mihelitch, Mitzi *fheSata'brushers 2 6 N,)Name 1 7 None of the other Othello Craig Herbert qualified in Strader, Mary Pecka and Lisa High team series, The Kaygees, Machine Shop entries in the tournament three events as he had a first in PiLLs also qualified with a 2195:hi~hteamganu, TheKtygees, were able to survive for the the shot put and seconds in the second place finish, a52: hi'gh individual series: Ran Equipment & Tools llauh'v, 604 and Gall Graver, 448: high individual game, Ran Hawley, 223 and Cathy tlammer, 184. .......... pnch Wq on On Grounds SUMMER YOUTH ADULT Toppenish couples domi- nated action in the 5th Annual Royal Tees tournament at the Othello Golf and Country Club here last weekend as they walked off with eight of the 18 places in the event. Club officials called the 1974 event highly successful with a full field of 70 couples competing in the two-day best ball field. Top honors went to Wendy and Lee Oliver of Toppenish who won low net with a 139 total. Low gross of the field were Bernie and None Rowe of Coeur d'Alene, Ida., with a 147. In the A Division another Toppenish twosome, Zee Pat- node and John Chafin were net winners with a 143. Following in a four-way tie were Jim and Doris Moore of Othello, Del and Louise Holmes of Othello, Paul and Dorothy-Ortolf of Toppenish and Will and Gloria Wright of Toppenish. Winners in the B Division were Liz Jenkins and Bill Br,)wn of the with a 141 total. Mari,m Weiss of were second with Ken and Micky Ellensburg and Ed Fh)ry of Toppenish inn third at 148. C Division honors Phil and Mary S.' Spokane at 143. followed by John Thalheim( Jim and Jean Ellensburg, 148; Gail and Howard Moses In the D Division were Carrel of Spokane at 151. Norton Bates of were second one followed by Jack and Neal of Coeur d'Alene Fourth were Elmer Ch and Marge Bailey ish with 155. The Chafin-Patnode was winner of the on Saturday with the , secon(t of Toppenish third. The last of the unbeatens in Othello Little League play fell Monday night as the Peoples Bank Pirates came through with a 2-0 victory over the Copeland Lumber Cats and claimed a share of first place in the Major Division. The Pirates, who have only one loss on their record, got strong shutout pitching from Scott t'reuninger as they handed the Cats their first loss of the season. The two teams are presently deadlocked with 6-1 records. The Pirates came into the ~ame after taking a close 6-4 victory over the Jack's Bar- gain Barn Tigers on Thursday and beating the Full ircle dodgers, 5-3, on last Tuesday. The Cats, meanwhile, were getting a 13-1 win over the Western Cold Storage Indians Wednesday and posting a makeup win against Dari- Land Cowboys. In other games the Tigers beat the Ramm's 66 Rams 21-5 last Tuesday, the Broadway Lumber Giants downed the Cowboys 15-8 on Wednesday; and the Rams upset the Giants 17-7 on Monday. League standings based on Huskie Stars Go 'Hitless' Hits were hard to find for a pair of Othello Huskies in North Central All-Star com- petition held in Wenatehee Sunday. Both Joe Cerrillo and Tater Bustamante went hitless in the first game of the double- header "feeder" game for state all-star play scheduled in Tacoma later this month. Huskie Coach Daryl Preun- lager reported that Cerrillo played at third base for one of the all-star teams, with Bustamante in center field for the opposing squad. The local athletes were among more than three dozen selected from district high schools for the doubleheader. games reported dab" follow: Copeland I,umher Cats t'e-ples Bank Pirates Br-adwav lmmber Giants Bargain [':tar n Tigers Western Cold Indians Ila ram's 66 Rams Full (?ircle I)odgers l)ari I,and Cowboys Share of The Auto Parts helping hand I,eba('ken Rams dur past week, enabling move into a first the Othello Little Minor Division wi Magotdaux Men's S gers. The Rams Tigers their first season in action last dropping into a tie with the Tigers bounced 16-2 victory over the Rexall Drug Thurday, however. The Giants had a victories as they boU~ Pot ter Drug Cowboys Wednesday and t] the fast-improving on Monday. In other games past week, the ttardware Cats place with a pair They beat the 219 last Wednesday had a 17-5 decision l'irates on Monday' The Soil and Corp had a 20-14 win Pirates last Tuesday League standings games reported day of this week Magoteaux Tigers Auto Parts Giants M