Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Seward netters sweep Nikiski

The Seward volleyball team swept visiting Nikiski Tuesday in a clash between two teams that came into the match undefeated in Region III/3A.

The Seahawks are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the region after the 15-12, 15-2, 16-14 victory. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs fell to 4-1 in the region and 5-3 overall.

"It's always a big one when we beat Nikiski," Seward coach Angela Hammer said. "We've been so evenly matched over the years that they've become our big rivals."

Seward is known for its strong defensive teams, while Nikiski often pummels opponents with its offense. Tuesday night, Hammer was pleased with the way the Seahawks attack augmented their scrambling defense.

"We have a strong offense this year," Hammer said. "We have two really strong middle hitters and two strong outside hitters.

"While we still played really good defense tonight, we did just as well offensively."

Middle hitter Bethany Campbell paced the Seahawks with nine kills, while fellow middle hitter Tara DeRuwe pitched in with eight kills. Seward also received eight kills from outside hitter Erin Carr and six kills from outside hitter Paula Banic.

"It was really nice because all four were on," Hammer said. "They were hitting really strong, yet they were really smart about their hitting style.

"They weren't trying to use power every time. They were also changing up and hitting to open spots."

Romanowski makes court appearance in drug case

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski likely would not be tried on prescription-drug fraud charges until after the football season because of a busy court schedule.

A judge's decision to set a Nov. 6 hearing to rule on motions and possible arraignment all but ensures a trial would occur after the Broncos' season, said Michael Knight, spokesman for the Douglas County district attorney.

District Judge Thomas Curry scheduled the hearing during Romanowski's brief appearance Monday in Douglas County District Court.

Romanowski, 34, accused of using a prescription drug prescribed for someone else, stood silently as Curry addressed him and lawyers.

Slow recovery for Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews

LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Mathews has not made much progress as he tries to recover from a heart problem that put him in the intensive care unit more than two weeks ago, his wife said Tuesday.

''He hasn't gotten worse, but he hasn't improved,'' Judy Mathews said from the family home in Del Mar, Calif. ''He has a lung infection, he's still in intensive care, runs a fever on and off.

''It looks like it's going to be a long recovery.''

One of 16 players in major league history to hit 500 home runs, the Hall of Famer has been in the hospital since Sept. 3.

Judy Mathews took her 68-year-old husband to the emergency room at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla after he had trouble breathing. He was diagnosed with a heart problem.

A third baseman, Mathews played 17 big league seasons. He was the only person to play with the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta, and was a member of three World Series teams -- two with the Braves and one with the Tigers.

Mathews hit 512 homers -- tied for 13th on baseball's career list with Ernie Banks -- and batted .271 with 1,453 RBIs. He also played for Houston and Detroit before retiring in 1968, and later managed the Braves in part of the 1972 season, all of 1973 and part of 1974.

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