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September 24, 1992

SENECA, S.C. (AP) _ Seneca High’s football team is unbeaten and ranked second in the state, and coach Tom Bass is taking steps to make sure his squad isn’t outmanned - or outwomanned - in Friday night’s game.

When Seneca meets Chamblee (Ga.) High School, April Smith will be among the athletes taking the field.

Bass recruited Smith to enter the game whenever Chamblee’s Sarah Price, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound sophomore, comes in to play wide receiver or defensive back. She has played in Chamblee’s first three games.

″I’ve always wanted to play football, but I’ve never had the nerve to come out and ask,″ said Smith, who also plays volleyball, basketball and softball. ″I’ve never seen a girl play, so I never thought I’d have a chance.″

It is believed that Smith, a 5-5, 125-pound senior, would be the first girl to play in a varsity game in South Carolina.

Price is a reserve on both offense and defense, and is used at receiver to bring plays in from the bench. She has caught a pass in each of the last two games.

Smith’s assignment will be to keep Price from extending the string to three.

″When Chamblee puts in their girl, we’re going to a nickel (five back) defense with April as the nickel (fifth) back,″ Bass said.

Bass said Seneca’s male players haven’t indicated any problems with their newest teammate.

″I think they’ve really adopted her and gone out of their way to help her. I think it’s pulled us closer together than anything else. They know she’s a part of the team this week,″ he said.

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Tom Clements, the quarterback coach at Notre Dame, was added to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Clements was a quarterback for the Canadian Football League team, joining the Bombers in 1983, after playing for Ottawa, Saskatchewan and Hamilton.

He played for five years with Winnipeg, was twice the CFL’s all-star quarterback and took the Bombers to the playoffs every year.

In 1984 he led the Bombers to their first Grey Cup in 22 years.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A cushy court helped Shepherd College temporarily lure the Washington Bullets to eastern West Virginia.

The Bullets will hold their training camp at Shepherd’s 3-year-old James Butcher Facility Oct. 5-Oct. 16. The $9 million facility has an NBA-length floor designed to provide soft landings.

″They just love that floor to pieces,″ said Shepherd athletic director Mike Jacobs. ″The first time (Bullets coach) Wes Unseld stepped on it, he said, ‘This is nice. This is what our people need because they take enough of a beating during the regular season.’

″There’s lots of give to it and a lot of those guys weighing in excess of 220 pounds. It sure feels nice to land on it,″ Jacobs said.

Other factors were involved in the Bullets’ decision. Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., the team’s most recent camp, also had a good practice facility. But team spokesman Matt Williams said the nearest lodging was in Gettysburg, Pa., about 30 minutes away.

Shepherd College, located in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is a 10-minute drive from a motel.

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NEW YORK (AP) - John McEnroe is shy, according to his wife.

″John is really much more temperamental in his work than at home,″ wife Tatum O’Neal says in this Sunday’s Parade magazine. ″Privately, he’s shy. It’s endearing to me that he keeps something to himself.″

And how is the 33-year-old tennis star as a dad? ″He’s a devoted husband and father with an old-fashioned sense of morals,″ said O’Neal, who looks forward to Mac’s retirement and her return to making movies.

The 28-year-old actress, who won an Oscar at the age of 10, has this dream for the future: ″He takes care of the kids while I make two pictures a year and get to pick my scripts and work with whomever I want, and that our kids go to great schools and live happily ever after.″

The couple, married six years, has three children: Kevin, 6, Sean, 5, and Emily, 1.

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