A Texas A&M senior, Thurmond was named Most Valuable Pitcher at the World Amateur Baseball Championships, in Italy, in which the U.S. finished second to Cuba. The lefthander had a 3-0 record and allowed no earned runs in 25 innings.
A retired electrical worker, Dropinski, 67, shot his age in the first round, then added scores of 77 and 76 to force a tie for the Nebraska Senior Men's Golf Championship on a par-67 course in Omaha. He beat Don Bridge on the third playoff hole.
In his first start, the Dieruff High senior wingback averaged almost 35 yards the five times he touched the ball. He rushed twice for 63, caught two passes for 91, returned a kickoff for 20 and scored three TDs in a 24-0 win over Liberty High.
Dorothy, a sophomore wing for the Shippensburg State field hockey team, had two goals and an assist in a 4-0 defeat of Susquehanna, which extended State's unbeaten streak to 25. She leads the team with five goals and three assists.
October 15, 1978
Sylvia, 48, won his fifth straight national men's clay-court singles title for teaching professionals 45 and over. The University of South Florida coach is ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and is USPTA coach of the year.
Jones, 27, was named Most Valuable Player at the American Softball Association Major Slow-Pitch tournament in Elk Grove, Calif. In eight games he batted .829 with 18 home runs and 39 RBIs as he led Campbell's Carpets to the title.