Torch, Summer 1980

Sports Update Track Team Finishes Strong The Cedarville College Track Team had good showings in the Cedarville Relays, the National Christian College meet, the MOC meet and District 22 competition, finishing runner-up in each meet except a close third in the NCCAA which was hosted by Cedarville. Strong individual performances by Yellow Jacket track men this season included a record pole vault leap by senior Mark Peters going 15'6". Senior Tom Yater covered the 3000- meter steeplechase course in 9: 41. Transfer student Gary Yeager high jumped to a record height of 6'7". Quarter-milers, sophomore Mark Bubel and freshman Craig Herl, turned in splits of 49.4 and 50.2 respectively, finishing 1-2 in the MOC meet. Winners of the NCCAA All-American honors were 1st place finishers Bubel and Yeager. Mark Peters' vault qualified him to compete in the NAIA Nationals in Texas. Baseball Finishing 16-16, the Yellow Jacket baseball team had a lot of things to be happy about. For first-year coach Keith Clark, the season was a good introduction to the type of competitive ball played by the Jackets. " Definitely things will be done differently next year," commented the coach . "For one thing, I have seen the players and know their abilities. Next year, people will have to break into the lineup, whereas this year I had to get a look at everyone to determine a lineup." This year's lineup was one of the youngest that Cedarville has ever fielded . "The emphasis on youth will have its effects in the years to come," according to the coach. Two of Clark's key evidences of this fact can be seen in his infield, where sophomores Ed Stewart and Ron Hobar were honored as NAI A All-District and MOC All-Conference players as shortstop and first base, respectively . Cedarville's lone senior in the starting lineup, Marty Devine, took All-District honors for his play in right field and for his bat. Greg Greve, a junior first baseman , pitcher, and designated hitter, was chosen as the MOC's DH on the All– Conference team this year. Coach Clark is already working on his schedule for next year, which includes plans for the spring training Florida trip. PHONOTHON (continued from Page 1) The Phonothon goal was set at $20,000, a $6,000 increase over the total amount pledged last year. It was exciting to see phoners ring pledge bells and hear them say, "Praise the Lord," as pledges were received . As far west as California and as far east as the Jersey shore, alumni were surprised to hear, "Hello, I'm calling from Cedarville College." The enthusiasm and sacrifice of many volunteer phoners contributed to this year's Phonothon success. Mr. Kuhn announced that a total of $20,261 was pledged-the result of over 523 alumni par– ticipating. "This type of fund raising is very efficient," remarked Mr. Kuhn. "The total expense for this year's Phonothon was approximately $2,000, only ten percent of the total a.mount pledged ." Women's Softball - Sixth The Women's Softball Team ended the 1980 season with a 15-11 record, placing sixth in the OAISW Division 3 State Tour– nament. Senior Vicki Butler was named to the All-Tournament Team on the basis of outstanding performance at first base. Coach June Kearney commented that she was very pleased with the season, especially their performance at State Tournament as compared with other years. A big plus was the fact that this was the first year for three divisions, and competi– tion was much more even . Deb Fakan ended the season with the highest batting average, .483. Vicki Butler hit the most home runs, 4, and was named as most valuable defensive player for her "stretching" ability at first base. Tennis Captures Title again NAIA District 22 tennis championships have come quite frequently and in succession over the past fourteen years at Cedarville College. After successively winning their twelfth Mid-Ohio Conference championship and placing six men on the MOC all tourney team , the Yellow Jackets promptly went into action in the NAIA dictrict 22 tournament. The Jackets' depth became apparent in the first two rounds of action as Cedarville compiled 17 of 18 possible points and secured the team victory quite early in the tournament. The 1980 team also secured an 18-2 win I loss record over the entire regular season. During his fifteen years of coaching at Cedarville, Coach Murdoch has compiled a 242-26 record. In accordance with his tremendous record and leadership of this year's championship team, Coach Murdoch was recognized as the NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year for the 1980 season. In reflecting on the success of the team in 1980, Murdoch said he "never had coached a team which developed its potential so quickly." The 1980 tennis squad is a young team and Murdoch hopes that its young , driving spirit of team play will carry it to success in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. The Women's Tennis Team completed what Coach Pamela Diehl considers to be a successful season. The women won 4 while losing 7 matches. Individual performances in two singles and two doubles competition earned the right to appear at the State Tournament. Golf - 3rd in District The Cedarville College Golf Team ended the 1980 season with a 3-8 record, but with individual accomplishments more indicative of the team's actual strength, according to Coach Al Monroe. In the Mid-Ohio Conference and NAIA District 22 Tournaments, Cedarville faced rivals Malone, Tiffin, and Walsh. Coach Monroe asserts that competition in the MOC is toughest of any conference. In the NCCAA National Meet, Cedarville placed second of six teams-one stroke away from Marion's winning total. Sophomore Mark Womach was cited as ALL-NA IA for the second consecutive year.