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Husker gymnast wins golden victory
By Mitch Sherman
Staff Reporter __
At 5-foot, 125-pounds, Nebraska
gymnast Richard Grace has been
the butt of many jokes about his
height over the years.
As a freshman, Grace dressed
up as a Kccblerclf when he went to
cat at the training table on Hallow
“It was my first year here, and
school was going kind ofbum,” he
said. “So I said,' Mom, make me a
costume for Halloween.’”
Grace’s mom, Lucille, who is a
seamstress; whipped up a costume
of an elf.
“It was excellent,” Richard said
Saturday, as he showed off the tat
too of a Keebler elf on his ankle.
“The guys dared me to wear i t to
go cat,” Grace said. “They said that
I wasn’t going to wear it. So I said,
OK, I’ll wear it.’
“Everyone at the training table
loved it. I was the only one dressed
On Saturday night, the ell was
Grace, a junior from Omaha,
was the only Huskcr to win an event
during the individual finals Satur
day. Grace, who was the defending
national champion in the floor ex
ercise, took home the crown in the
“It’s incredible,” Grace said. “I
didn’t even come into this meet
thinking l could win the parallel
bars. I got what I wanted — the
The individual title came after
scoring a 57.25 in the all-around
Saturday afternoon to help lead the
Huskers to their first national cham
pionship in four years.
“I didn’t have the attitude going
into the p-bars that I would win,”
Grace said. “I didn’t even want the
individual championship, but I got
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technique will be a major factor (in
the pros), but 1 was getting much
better every game.
“That’s the great thing about Ne
braska. They arc going to teach you
Nebraska’s Richard Grace performs his national title
winning routine on the parallel bars Saturday night.
the fundamentals and technique you
need to know to make it.”
And Wright is not about to forget
“I wish I would have been there for
four or five years, instead of two ” he
said. “The people they have, from
coaches to trainers, were just incred
ible. That’s why people (in the NFL;
value Nebraska’s word so much. The)
know football players and people un
Wright said he will leave Thursday
for a rookie camp in Los Angeles.
Huskers rally past Jays
to complete season sweep
By Derek Samson
The Nebraska softball team com
pleted a six-game sweep of intrastate
rival Creighton by winning a double
header over the Lady Jays 1 -0 and 7
3 Monday. —
said Nebraska had
a mental advantage
over Creighton this
“I just feel like
our kids feel they
have the edge,” she
said. “They didn’t
panic at anytime
tonight. I really en
joyed being out here. It’s always good
to beat a team six times, but it’s always
special when you can beat Creighton
In the opener, Nebraska ruined a
perfect game for Creighton pitcher
Stephanie Byrge in the sixth inning.
Byrge had ret ired the first 16 Huskcr
batters of the game until Rachel
Dunham singled in the sixth inning.
Alycia Ticmann followed with a
single and Sherry Allcorn reached
base on an error to load the bases.
Amy Erlenbusch’s sacrifice fly to
left field scored Sarah Sinclair, who
was running for Dunham, to give
Nebraska the 1 -0 lead.
“If you go six innings and it’s 0-0,
the tendency is to feel nervous,”
Revellesaid. “But we stayed real calm
and just executed. We weren’t swing
ing the bat with real authority. We
started attacking and good th ings hap
Melanie Raimondi pitched a com
plete game, giving up only three hits
to earn the victory.
There was a night-and-day differ
ence between the first and second
game. Nebraska and Creighton com
bined for 19 hits in the nightcap,
compared to five in the first game.
After scoring two runs in the sec
ond inning, Nebraska went ahead in
the third when Amy Offcnbacker’s
double and Denise McMillan’s triple
each knocked in runs to give the Husk
ers a 4-3 lead.
Nebraska added three insurance
runs in the sixth inning, two coming
off of an Offcnbacker triple.
“That pitcher (Creighton’s Dede
Pendleton) was a little more our style,”
Revclle said. “Our pitch selection was
very good. We attacked really good
and it seemed like we really came
Olfcnbackcr went 2-for-3 with
three RBI sand Tobin Echo-Hawk went
3-for-4. while scoring twice in the
Cody Duscnbcrry pitched 4 2/3
innings for the win as Nebraska im
proved its record to 21-29.
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a lot of attention on me.”
Erstad also said that being on the
same field with some of the other
Huskcr players added to his tension.
“After watching guys like Tommie
Frazier and other stars on TV,” Erstad
said, “it hit me that 1 was on the field
with some great players whoare among
the best in the nation.”
Along with the stress created by
fans and players, a camera crew fol
lowed Erslad’s every move on and off
both playing fields.
But Erstad wasn’t slowed by the
“I actually got over here early
enough to take more swings than
usual," Erstad said.
Despite the extra swings, Erstad
had an off day at the plate. The sopho
more from Jamestown, N.D., has
struggled during the past few weeks.
After his 2-for-15 hitting perfor
mance in the scries with the Jayhawks,
Erstad’s batting average fell to .316.
But with football practice over,
Erstad said things should begin to
“I am kind of glad it’s over, be
cause it has been tough to switch
pages both physically and mentally
from baseball to football and back to
baseball," Erstad said. “Mentally, it’s
going to be a lot easier for me to
prepare for every game, and I’ll be
able to get back into my routine.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to turn it up
over the next couple of weeks and be
hot for the Big Eight tournament.”
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“The people, the fans and the val
ues that I have learned at Nebraska
will always be a part of me and will
travel with me,” he said.
Adjusting to the level of play in the
National Football League might take
some time, Jones said.
Sol ich believes the 5-fool-111-back
has what it lakes to play in the NFL.
“I’m sure he’ll fare very well,”
Solich said. “They’re getting a com
Jones will leave for the Raiders’
minicamp on May 6-8 and also will
participate in another training camp
at the end of May.
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