Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 9, 1976 · Page 6
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SPORTS Will Big Teams Dominate? DESMOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark down 1976 as a landmark year in Iowa girls basketball. That's what some observers are saying surveying the 16- team field for 51st annual tournament that opened its five-day run Tuesday afternoon. The reason: the presence of Fort Dodge and Cedar Rapids Washington. And immediately looms the questions — will big schools come to dominate the sport? "I think it's really too early to tell but it's logical that it could happen." speculated Fort Dodge Coach Ed McNeil, who has coached and both large and small schools. Girls basketball in Iowa has been dominated by the small schools — Ida Grove, West Bend, Wiota, Garnavillo, Gladbrook, Montezuma and Mediapolois own two state championshops — since its inception back in the 1920s. But about five years ago the state's largest high school — which had been on the sidelines watching for decades — got into the act and now almost every Iowa high school has a girls team. Last year. Cedar Rapids Washington, a school with an enrollment of about 1,500, earned a state tournament berth. That was a first for the big schools. The Warriors are back this time — and some forecasters say they could take home the title. And it might be the start of a new era. Mike Henderson, publicity director of the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union, thinks there is no question about it. "The day will come when big schools dominate, how quick is conjecture," he said. "Some say they are taking over right now, others say it'll be three years or maybe five." Coaches Frank Huston at Ottumwa and Dale Fogel at Davenport West, who like McNeil are now in large schools but once coached in small schools aren't as sure. "I think eventually there will be a leveling off," said Fogel. who had a state championship team in 1961 at Valley of Elgin and coached 19 years in small schools before taking over at West. "The schools with well-established programs — no matter what the size — are going to continue to be the dominant teams in the sport," he said. Huston, who coached four years at Gladbrook and three at Pekin-Packwood before coming to Ottumwa three years ago, doubts whether the big schools will ever dominate. "Obviously, we have the numbers to draw talent from," he said, "but in the long run, I think our 'drawbacks cancel out our advantages. Henderson and all three coaches agree on one thing: there is more talent available for the large school to draw from. "I think it will get down to the fact that the large schools will eventually have more superior athletes in the guard court," predicted Henderson. "Small schools have been able to have fine teams in the past with maybe three or four exceptional athletes — and three of those would be in the forward court. "But the large schools will have a number of 5-foot-9 and 5-10 players with good mobility to choose from. It's going to be just a matter of numbers." Dominance hasn't come yet, Henderson believes, because of some initial errors made by the large schools.' "It was a new, learning situ- tation for the big schools," he added. "Many schools didn't seek out experienced coaches at first, but instead got some guy who was already in the system and made him the coach." The advent of girls basketball came at a bad time for some school systems. Henderson added. Because of the financial woes some schools couldn't put as much backing into the infant programs as was needed. McNeil, who has Fort Dodge in the tournament only three years after the school fielded a varsity team, adds some credence to Henderson's argument. "When the program was started here it wasn't a shirttail affair," he said. "We have equality with the boys program. We travel, eat and have uniform equal to the boys program — and that's important. "Some of the bigger schools tried to go into the program piecemeal and it hasn't work out well for.them." The size of the school — and the community — can be a drawback too, Fogel noted. "There are so many other good activities in a large school, girls have a lot to chose from. And the larger communities haven't — yet anyway — beome involved as Ttmet Herald, Carroll, la. f Tijeiday, March 9, 1976 O much and in a. small town. Girls basketball is a way of life in some smaller towns." Most large high school have only grades 10 through 12 and a lack'of control over the junior high program can also be a problem, Huston noted. "When we get kids in our program as sophomores that's the same as them being freshman at a little school," he said. "S,o they're already a year behind. And look at all the freshman and sophomores you see on state tournament rosters." If large school dominance comes, the question arises — will there be classes in the state tournament. "Wayne (Cooley, the head of the girls union) is against that." said Henderson. "What might be done is have classes for the teams to get to the tournament and then throw them all together. "You know, that's still the best drawing format the boys ever had in the days when you had the likes of Roland going up against Davenport." Surprising Virginia Gains 13th Spot in Ratings By The Associated Press North Carolina. Maryland and North Carolina State felt Virginia's sting again Monday. The surprising Cavaliers knocked off those three coll.ege basketball powerhouses in capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference playoffs last week and vaulted into (a) the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament and (b) The Associated Press Top Twenty, where they gained the No. 13 spot in this week's nationwide poll of sports PRE-SEASON SALE Long Range Forecast... HOT-DRY SUMMER!! Let DREES CO. Install ® ana CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONG At PRE-SEASON SALE PRICES! 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Maryland fell from ninth to 12th and North Carolina State, ranked 17th, tumbled out of the ratings. Indiana. Marquette and Rutgers held onto the top three spots. The Hoosiers. 27-0, collected 51 of 54 first-place votes and 1,012 points. Marquette, 241 as of Sunday, when the voting period ended, got one first- place vote and 898 points. And Rutgers. 28-0, picked up one first-place ballot and 767 points. Nevada-Las Vegas, 28-1, slipped past North Carolina into the No. 4 spot with 574 points, including the other first-place ballot. The fifth-place Tar Heels. 25-3, got 530 points. UCLA, 23-4. moved up one Baseball Owners, Players Wide Apart as Spring Nears NEW YORK (AP)-Spring is the time of optimism in the baseball world, when there are no losses and everybody has a chance to have some fun in the sun. This season there has been no spring, only a continuation of winter, and the prospects for an immediate thaw in the situation appears about as likely as Commissioner Bowie Kuhn inviting Marvin Miller to toss out the first ball of the regular season. If there is a first ball. The owners and players are so wide apart as they head into their 26th negotiating session today that a group of some 25 veteran players has made its own pitch to Miller, executive director of the Players Association. The players' meeting in St. Petersburg. Fla.'; called atthe request of Cincinnati Reds slugger Johnny-Bench, was for the purpose of gaining Clemens soybeans. Quality you When you open a bag of Clemens soybeans, you'll see the quality in the clean, uniform, distinctively- colored seed. t Clemens soybeans are precisely screened... uniformly sized... and pre-inoculated. And then the seed is .tagged and sealed in specially designed 50-pound bags. 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At the conclusion of the session, held at Tom Seaver's unofficial practice camp, the players asked Seaver and Joe Torre of the New York Mets to ask Miller if he could set up a meeting between the 24 player representatives and the club owners. <• "They are concerned that the owners are not getting accurate reports," Miller said. "It (the request) was in the vein of 'Let's see if we can make sure there's communication."' Miller promptly.invited the 24 owners to meet with the association's executive board Thursday in Tampa, Fla. John J. Gaherin, the owners' representative, said the invitation would be discussed at today's session. Miller said the players getting involved in the actual negotiations was "a fine idea," but when asked if it would stimulate a solution to the unproductive negotiations, he said, "probably not, but when you're stuck, you try everything." place to sixth with 489 points. Notre Dame, 22-5, was up one to seventh with 418 points. Alabama, 21-4 after being upset by Kentucky, dropped two places to eighth with 353 points and Southeast Conference rivtal Tennessee, 21-5. advanced from 12th to ninth with 252 points. Big Eight champion Missouri, 24-4, jumped from 15th to 10th .with 190 points. Washington, 22-5, was down from 10th to llth, followed by Maryland, 22-6; Virginia, 18-11; Michigan, 21-6, arid Cincinnati, 23-5; Western Michigan. 24-2; St. John's, N.Y., 23-5; Arizona, 22-8; Texas. Tech, 24-5, and Centenary. 23-5. Virginia. Arizona and Texas Tech were not ranked last week. Florida State and Texas A&M joined North Carolina State aSpTopTw^ty drqpouts this time around. Eighteen of the AP's Top 20 will be competing in the NCAA championships. The only two not to make the post-season tournament are Maryland, knocked out in the ACC playoffs, and Centenary, which is on probation. . The final AP poll will come next week after the first round of the NCAA regionals. By The Associated Press The Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, season records through Sunday. March 7. and total points: I.Indiana (51)27-0 1.012 2. Marquette (1)24-1 898 S.Rutgers (1)28-0 767 4.Nev-LV (1)28-1 574 5.N. Carolina 25-3 530 6.UCLA23-4 489 7.Notre Dame 22-5 418 S.Alabama 21-4 353 9.Tennessee 21-5 252 10. Mis-souri 24-4 190 11.Washington 22-5 184 12.Maryland 22-6 166 13.Virginia 18-11 160 H.Michigan 21-6 158 IS'.Cincin.nati 23-5 146 16.W. Michigan 24-2 130 17.St. John's, 23-5 69 18. Arizona 22-8 32 19.' Texas Tech 24-5 30 20. Centenary 23-5 29 FIRESTONE FARMER DAYS ATTENTION FARMERS! * FREE 8 TON M & W RUNNING GEAR * Just Register for a FREE 8 Ton M & W Running Gear during our Farmer Days. 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"We're glad to get Dirk (Lloyd) on the first team after being on the second team a year ago," commented Carroll Head Coach Denny Lokken. "We felt we got as many all-conference players as we could," Lokken added. ALL CONFERENCE Player Pat Sullivan Kent Jahn Dave Hall Mark Einck Dirk Lloyd Jim Conrad Doug Wiebers Dirk Christensen Don Lapp Ken Wright' GregBartlett Brian Johnson Pat Millea Bret Monson Jim Obermeier Brad Edwards 1st Team School Denison Manning Jefferson Perry Carroll Lake City Denison :AUdubon , 2nd Team Perry Jefferson Sac City Lake City Denison Manning Audubon Carroll Height 5'10" 6'5" 6'4" 6'4" 6'2" 6'1" 5'10" 5'10" ' 5'9" 5'11" 6'2" 5'9" S 6'0" 5'9" 5'10" Class Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr.- Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Irwin Interested in Taking Masters ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Hale Irwin has scored two victories in the space of three weeks. He's rapidly gaining stature as one of the world's finest players and has nailed down a spot in the elite field of champions who will play in the new World Series of Golf. He's the year's leading money-winner with $113.612. "I think I'll retire," the fiercely competitive 30-year-old golfer said facetiously Monday, after his deJayed, tow-day, six-hole sudden death playoff victory over Kermit Zarley for the title in the Citrus Open Golf Tournament. He will take the next two weeks off, but retirement is far from his mind. "Actually," Irwin said, tilting back in his chair, "there's a little tournament down the road that holds some considerable interest for me." "The Masters?" someone asked. < "The Masters," confirmed Irwin. "I'm rather interested in that one. That's'a goal." He won one title in 1971, one in 1973, one in 1974; He won three, including an important British crown, last season. 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