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Sitting: Buck Cargr, Greg Bryant, Dale Ruschel, Terry Tharpe. Joe English. McGill, George Griffith. Kenny Joiner, Albert Ward. Keith Hughes. Barry
Kneeling: Clay Williamson, Ricky Wells, David McCartney, Robert Salter, Lassiter. Bob Gay. Head Coach Fred Waters,
David Manderson, Mike Easley. Jay Etherton. Standing: Coach Wilbur
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Slump Ends '76 -AAAA Baseball 'Dream'
A late season slump ended any hope for a
berth in the District I-AAAA Tournament for the
'76 Varsity Baseball Team. An anticlimactic I9-6
season was highlighted by the pitching of a perfect
game. and in the capturing of the News Journal
Dropping 2 of its last 3 conference games, 8-4
against Tate and 3-2 to Washington. Escambia
finished with an 8-3 conference record. This 8-3
record was good only for second place.
The high point of the season was in capturing
the third annual News .lournal Invitational
Baseball Tournament which included an 8-3 win
over arch-rival Tate. Junior outfielder Craig
McGowan and senior pitcher Mike Gaal were
named to the All-Tournament team.
Senior pitcher-first baseman Greg Eason was
named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player,
and awarded the first annual John Watson
Memorial Trophy. Eason Q5-3jset a tournament
record of I8 strikeouts in the opening round
against Fort Walton.
ln the season finale, junior pitcher Albert
Ward pitched a perfect game against Pine Forest.
and earned a 5-O win. The perfect game was the
first ever recorded in Class-AAAA baseball in
Prospects for the current season's team look
good with four starters as well as three pitchers
returning. Ward feels, "The key for Escambia will
be the ability of the senior players to provide team
Among those returning are outfielders Da vid
Manderson and Craig McGowan. and infielders
Willie Carter and Mike Easley. Joining Ward Q6-OD
on the mound will be David McCartney Q4-35
whose record includes victories over Tate and
Page 188 text:
f Senior trackster Chuck Bell rounds curve on the first leg of the 440-yard relay.
For First Year
Escambia track and field begins this year
with the Western Gate Relays at Tate under the
direction of first-year Head Coach Don Coleman.
The track teams of the entire Western Gate
Conference will be participating.
Escambia hosted the News Journal Invita-
tional Meet and also the District I-AAAA meet
April 28. The track squad also participated in
approximately I2 other local meets.
At the end of last year's track and field
season, EHS, under the supervision of Coach
Herman Graller, had placed third in the Catholic
relays. the Woodham relays and the county meet.
ln triangualars, EHS captured first and second
places. while having a record of 3-2 in dual meets.
Prospects for this track and field season are
shot-putters Nick Yonke and Mike Yonke, miler
Kent Stewart. and sprinters Monnie Stallworth
and Chuck Bell. Other prospects include high
jumper Wendell Harris and pole vaulters Richard
Haines. Mike Welter and Vincent Lamolinara.
Coaches Jim Patterson and Jeff Pomeroy will
be assisting Coach Coleman with several events.
"'l look forward to working with the team and
being associated with the dedicated young men,"
comments Coach Coleman.
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