Percival, Randy Basketball 24 Feb 1972
TROJANS GO AFTER DISTRICT TITLE SATURDAY NIGHT Tri County knocks defending state champ Pawnee City from running By AL RIDDINGTON Sports Editor, Dally Sun HUMBOLDT — "Now you've got 'em, go and. get it". These words of encouragement were shouted at the Trojans by Coach Jim Edwards with 3:46 left in the game Wednesday night. And get it they did. The Trojans of Tri County High ousted defending state Class C champion Pawnee City, SMS, in second round action of the C-l District Tournament. Coach Edwards now sends his Trojans into the 7:30 championship game here Saturday night. In the bottom bracket semi finals tonight (Thursday), Johnson-Brock takes on Stella SE at 7:30. Tonight's winner, expected to be Johnson-Brock, wiil be Tri County's foe in the championship game. Last year about this time the Trojans were up a class, in 'B', and reached the tournament finals, just a win away from the state only to be tripped by Fairbury. The latter went on to win the state championship. Against Pawnee City last night, Tri County displayed all the tools of the roundball trade, especially hustle and ball handling, to say the least of being stingy on defense. Back in December when the season got underway, the Trojans journeyed to Pawnee City and dropped an overtime to die Indians, so last night they sought revenge. And, the revenge-seeking Trojans started early — with the help of Pawnee City mistakes. Before Larry Kibble's Indians made their first error of the night, Ralph Kath and Cal Weichel had Tri County on the board at 3-0, and the defending state champs never caught up. Bob Schwan, who later landed in foul trouble, moved the count 5-0. After Sean Mclntyre's charity toss put PC on the board, Tri County hustle, combined with . Pawnee City errors, was all the Trojans needed. Led .by hustling Paul Refan's 3 quick points and with Kath and Weichel chipping in, Iri County stunned PC by racing to a 12-1 advantage with 3:00 gone. Although junior Randy Per- cdval, along with Steve Glenn and Bruce Droge, pulled the Indians within four points, it was evident there would be very little tourney jitters on the part of the Trojans, and Tri County was out to stay on top. » Four PC turnovers helped the Tri County cause for a 15-10 margin to open the second quarter, and although Glenn quickly had the Citians lagging by only 3 points (15-12), Rehm, Kath and Weichel shot the Trojans into a 23-12 gap. By the end of the quarter Rehm had hits 4 of 5 at the liine and Tri County led at intermission, 31-25. The Trojans didn't go stale during the rest period, but came right back and opened a 10-point spread. While Mclntyre and Glenn did get PC within five points once, a couple of 30- footers from way out front by Daryl Strouf moved the Trojans back in command by 10 at the close of the third. Three times during the fourth the Trojans enjoyed 10-point gaps, and at the 2:16 mark nujrsed a sizable margin of 5039. pointer, and just as the dock dropped down to 58 seconds, he' hit again. This wasn't enough for the promising young Pawnee City sophomore. He came right back with another and wfth :40 remaining, Tri County led by 5. % And, Glenn wasn't through with his late effort. On a jump ballhe tipped to a teammate, but a lay-up was missed at the 25-second mark, and that was it, revenge for Tri County and the end of the line for the Indians. The big difference turned out to be toiling around the boards by 6-1 senior Katii, the club's only letterman from last season; just as equal a board sweeping .effort by Rehm, a 6-1 senior; the outside shooting of Strouf, 5-8 sender; and the playmaking of Weichel, Schwan, and John Drake. And — just for the heck of it since Tri County does involve several communities — here's where the foregoing Trojans hail from: Kath (DeWitt), Rehm Glenn pumped in a (DeWitt), Schwan (DeWitt), two- Weichel (Plymouth), Drake NEXT IS DISTRICT TOURNEY MARCH 1 Beatrice closes here Friday Beatrice entertains Norfolk Panthers in Senior High Friday night as Neil Nannen's Orangemen drop the curtain on the regular basketball campaign tor 1971-72. The main event Friday night has an, 8 o'clock tipoff, while the curtain raiser of the twin bill starts at 6:15 p.m. Neither team is state-rated, but both 'are members of the Apollo Conference. During the conference tournament at P a p i 11 i o n, Norfolk whipped Beatrice, 67-46. But, since then, the Orangemen have shown great improvement, which includes an 8-9 record. At one time Beatrice put together a string of five victories. For the season finals Friday night, visiting Norfolk will hold a slight height advantage, but this isn't anything new for the start five seniors — Dick Johnson (6-4), Jim Mangels (63), and the 'following, each at 64: RoMie Gentzler, Randy Benish, and Randy Gallu. For the Orangemen, Coach Nannen is expected to go with: forwards Bill Armstrong (6-1), and Mark Wodta (5-11); guards, Bill Roach (5-7), and Paul Cramer (5-10); and center Tom Moore (6-3). Moore and Roach are juniors, the fcther three possible starters seniors. When he goes to his bench, Coach Nannen will ).-r'o'b ably first call on Jophomore Paul Fox (6-0), or etterman Doug Johnson (5-10), a senior. Last , week when Hastings rallied late to halt the Orangemen. The 'Panthers, will'probably Orangemen, 74-67, Roach accounted for his 100th field goal of the season, and now has 109 two-pointers. Combined with 104 charity tosses he tons the RHS scoring chart with 323 points. Woita hit the 200-paint mark in the Hastings game with a night's output of 12. Moore counted 13 to push his total on the campaign to 131. Cramer, who tossed in 7, now stands at 124. Armstrong, who is barely heading Moore in the rebound department, has but 101 points on the season, but the big senior has o"nly taken 78 tries from the floor in 17 games. Fox follows Cramer in scoring with 26, and has turned into a dandy board sweeper. Jeff Loperj 6-3 senior; 6-0 the Johnson; Cliff Casey, seniors; have figured in team's total points which is 951. Opponents have tossed in 1,032. Following Friday night, the Orangemen start preparing for the A-7 District Tournament at Hastings College. Beatrice will meet Hastings High at 8:45 p.m., March 1. In the opener, Columbus meets Grand Island at 7 p.m. March 1 winners move into the finals the night of March 3 at 8 p.m., and the winner of this game goes on to the state. In addition to having met Hastings twice, the Orangemen have also played the other two A-7 teams. On the road, BHS lost to Grand Island, 65-57; and tumbled before Columbus, 77-47. MTT 84-74 VICTIM (Western), and Strouf (Swanton). Despite constant work around the boards, Kath and Rehm came away with honors at 14 and 13 respectively. From ; the field, Rehm had the hot hand, hitting at a 62.5 clip followed by Weichel (57.1), and then Kath (54.5). Teamwise, Tri County shot from the field at an even 40 per cent. Although. Tri County, while using baill control in the last quarter took only six shots from tile field, for the night the Trojans got off 12 more shots than PC. Teamwise, PC had a 34.9 percentage figure from the floor. Glenn took the most shots, but came away with an even 50.0 figure. Glenn also led the Pawnee City attack with a night's total of 22, the only Indian in the double figures. Mclntyre, who Monday night tossed in 23, only got 5 against the Trojans. Pawnee City advanced Monday night by knocking off host Humboldt, 66-46. Meanwhile, Tri County advanced after breezing past Wymore. louthem, 74-54. Winner of Saturday night's championship game here, will meet the C-2 champ of the Doarie College District, in a playoff. The playoff winner will jo to the state. Time, place, and date of the playoff will not >e known unti Sunday. "SWEET REVENGE" Tri County (50) fg ft tp Kath 6-11 2-2 14 Rehm 5-8 3-4 13 Weichel 4-7 1-1 9 Schwan 2-11 0-1 4 Strouf 4-14 0-0 8 Drake 1-4 00 2 Totals 22-55 6-8 50 Pawnee City (45) fg ft tp Glenn 8-16 6-7 22 Droge 2-6 3-5 7 Mclntyre 2-9 1-3 5 Percival 2-6 5-7 9 Kosneke 1-60-0 2 Totals 15-43 15-22 45 Via Quarters Trojans 15 1612 7—50 Indians 10 15 8 12—45 Personals Tri County: Kath (2), Rehm (3), Schwan (4), Weichel (2), Strouf (3), Drake (1)—15. Pawnee City: Percival (4), Mclnityre (2), Koeneke (3), Droge (2)—11.