Dick Riedberger, Auustin Daily Herald, Mar 17, 1959
Hawley Plans to Clamp Kezar; Try Zone Defense lly JIM KLOGUCI1AK MINNEAPOLIS (A1M-A young basketball coach facing the game of hi.s life talked frwly and calmly about strategy today. Another with two decodes more of experience kept everyone guessing. Hawley's 23-year-old Lowell Bol- r, a state tournament coach Ui liis first season, hus no illusions about the size of the tusk confronting his underdog team iu the opening round ot tho state high school meet. "Austin is the No. 1 rated team in tho state," he said. "We know we'll be outieaehed by their overall height. Hut our big job is going to be stopping their Tommy Ke- iur. *w "We'll probably use a lone against them inside and put a man on Ketar all night," The man won't be Dick Ried- berger, Bolger said. Riedberger is Lhe 6-3 Hu\\ ley scoring star and -irobably its best defensive player. "We may keep moving iu fresh men from the bench to keep cbas- inu him," Bolger said. "They tell me he's a great shot aud a (iue floorman." Kezar is all of that Austin's top poinUnukcr with a 19-plus average, he is also its inspirational tyrcc, a ubyer who cuiruxl the load for Austin in its moments of greatest need in last year's tournament. Is Uavvluy also planning slowdown tactics In an effort to upset the big Packers' offensive rhythm? It could be. Bolger hinted this might be on his mind as one possible maneuver. But Hawley was at its best this year when it was fast-breakiag, aud that was often. A team that thrived on pressure situations aud late game challenges, Hawley won its first district aud regional titles in history to top off a perfect season of 23 victories. , Riedberger was the loudest gun in most of them with an 18-point scoring average. He, Ron Brickson and Lyndon Sonju, all of them over 6-1, carried the Hawley attack while Lee GUbertson aod tiny Whitey Halvorson in the backcourt kept their pipelines open. For Granite Falls' Leo Espeland. the tournament is the third state meet in his 17-year'career at the school. Perhaps it is his last. Espeland has announced his re- tkvment from coaching at the end of this season iu favor of teaching duties and the athletic direclor- "But I wouldn't bet on it," he said, "tliis game gets into your blood." Nor was Espeland ready to commit himself too far on strategy for his opening round game against North St. Paul. "We do a little bit of everything," he said. "A zone, press, man-to-mau on defense; a double post and a fast break on offense." North St. Paid can take its pick. Granite Falls is likely to use them all before the game is over. Only 11-7 during the regular season, the team got untracked in the tournaments and wrapped up the regional title with a 54 per cent shooting performance against Sanborn. The game matches two of the smaller teams in the tournament. Granite has Harold Anderson at 6-3 and Rolile Moe at 6-1 as its biggest while North St. Paul has no one taller than Don ArUcfa's Sri. Jerry Hegna, no relation to Granite Falls' star Dave of a decade ago, is the scoring ace with a 19-podut average. Mankato aud Wayzata lead <M iu Thursday's opening game at 2:30 p.m., Mowed by Austin vs. , Carttoo vs. Beou'dji aud Granite Falls vs. North St. Paul. out Eppy Joe for Logart the for contender He the to to stock and ings, hopes six Los canceled. canceled.