Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 17, 1966 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, March 17, 1966
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We only hope for an upset says Duvall By Julian ChritchillM Ames high school coach George Duvall was in town for less than two hours Tuesday morning. During that short period he coffeed with friends, visited with his old coaching buddy Howie Stephenson and principal Elgin Allen, returned an Algona movie and was out of town *> gain. Duvall was head basketball coach hara for two yoars, 1957-51 and 1958-59. Stephenion cam* to Algona from Mallard in 1957 alto. During Duvall'a first yaar as haad coach, Ho> wio WM junior high basketball coach and during tha tacond campaign, ho sorvod at froth- soph and assistant to Duvall. After 1959, Duvall left the school system and spent a year in the investment business here In 1960 he took over the head coaching job at Independence and in 1964, he joined the Ames school system as head basketball coach. HE HASN'T changed. The first statement he made when reached by telephone Monday night after it was certain Ames and Algona would play in the first round of the state tournament was: "We only hope we can have a chance of 'upsetting' Algona." Duvall was referring to the fact that Algona was ranked No. 12 in the final Des Moines Register prep poll while his team was unranked in the top 16. He whimsically remarked that since Algona was the favorite, Ames would probably have the backing of all the big schools. He was even more talkative during a short visit Tuesday morning. Accompanying him was Ames head football coach Cecil Spatcher. "I wanted to come to Algona to return a movie Howie had loaned to me of the first Algona' Webster City game," he said. Duvall reported he had a scout at the Algona-Mason City game at Spencer Monday night. Because of the uncertainty of who Algona would play, the Bulldogs did not scout the Ames vs. Fort Dodge game. ACTUALLY though; there is little need for either to scout each other. Both play the same type'of game. Stephensbn and Duvall have worked closely, even in the off seasons, developing their basketball strategy and exchanging ideas. Duvall has been using several of Stephenson's offensive patterns during the year, including the "stall" offense near the end when his team is leading. Duvall in return, has helped Stephenson with the "pressure defense," along with Garrigan Coach Steve Me- Call. Duvall talked about his team. "We are very happy to be in the state meet. You could even call it lucky. But we're there," he told this writer. "We're not big. We have two boys about 6'2" and two others "Sy far th« largait paid circulation of any county paper." State Historical Society Iowa City, * Entered M second class moU»t, .Bet. I, I90«, at Aloona, Iowa, oostofflcp under Act of Conors March 8 1879 VOL. 66-NO. 22 THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1966 - AL60NA, IOWA 24 PAGES IN 4 SECTIONS unty < •* Algona-Ames game a tossup A THRONG OF over 500 students and fans sent Algona high school on its way to the state basketball tournament at Des Moines Wednesday morning with a pep rally east of the school. These two pictures, taken by photographer Glenn Graham, show the cheerleaders at left whipping up enthusiasm and the team at right shortly before departure. Phil Taylor served as master of ceremonies and Mayor Bill Finn of Algona and Bill Fandel of Wliit- temore gave a few remarks, as did Ted Chrischilles, president of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. One of the biggest cheers was for a sign carried up on a flat-top fuck which read "The.Bears say Good Luck," a fine tribute of sportsmanship from Garrigan high school. The Cadettes presented, the team with a floral 4-leaf clover for good luck on their St. Patrick's Day game and Sue Moulton presented the team a huge letter and envelope, about 2-i'eet by 2-t'eet, signed by most of the students from the school. The police car and fire truck escorted the team to the city limits. Play Ames Thursday in first round game Basketball fever swept over Algona and Whittempre for the second time in three years this week as Algona high' school prepares to play in its second state tournament at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. Foe for the Bulldogs is Ames high school (18-5) coached by former Algorta mentor George Duvall. The teams will open the 1966 state tournament in Veteran's Auditorium. The Bulldogs left for Des Moines at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after a rousing pep rally outside the school. They'll stay at the Hotel Savery during the entire tournament. Should they win the first round game, they'll return Sunday afternoon. If they lose, they'll still also remain for the entire tournament but will come home Great guard play features Mason City win around 6'. We have no one to match Teeter in height." DUVALL continued about his club. "Our Rich Agard is a fine boy. He's averaged 24 points this season (the same as Teeter) and although he has not played too well in recent games, he was the take-charge guy in the final quarter against Fort Dodge." When told all the things he had heard about Algona's two speedy guards were untrue and that actually, Algona boasted a couple of big, clumsy guards, he laughed: "I've heard all about your guards. They'll givo us trouble I'm sure." And then his coffee cup was dry and less than two hours after arriving in town, he and Spatcher were gone. Where to? "Well, let's see, we've got to stop off at Eagle Grove, Clarion, Webster City Pleads guilty to OMVI chirp Roy E. King, Carroll, pleaded guilty in writing before Judge G. W. Stillman in district court to a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was fined $300 and costs. Mr. King was driver of a car which collided with one driven by Amey Cherland, Lone Rock, Nov. 13 on 169 about four miles north of Algona at 6:30 p.m. Mr. King ha4 % mashed face, Mr. Cherland a broken shoulder, and Mrs. Cherland facial injuries. Mr. King has been unable to appear. It took Algona 52 years to get to its first state tournament but just two years more to reach its second. Algona's "Cinderella" Bulldogs reached the "Elite Eight" Monday night with another clutch performance as it riddled Mason City's Mohawks at Spencer 73-67 before 3,000 fans. Playing brilliantly in probably their finest performance of the season, Algona dominated the first half, fell behind in the opening seconds in the fourth quarter and then came surging home to win. Great performances were commonplace rather than unusual for the Bulldogs. Coach Howie Stephenson used only six men and all shared in the victory glory, making their contribution felt at crucial points in the game. BUT CERTAINLY the turning point of,the game came in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Algona had dominated the game after going into the lead on a layup by Dale Teeter midway in the second period. They had led 36-27 at the hal but the Mohawks had come to life and knotted the game at 51 51 after three periods. Big John Oertel put home layup to give Mason City a 53-5 lead as the fourth period start ed. The Mohawks now had th momentum after a 24-poin third period. Algona missed its shot coming bttck and then suddenly I Craig Espe stole a pass under the Mason City basket. He flipped to Teeter who got the tying points. Seconds later, and that's all it was, Tom Claude zipped in to grab the inbounds pass. He and Espe played a fantas- ic game of cat-and-mouse with he ball under the basket before ^lauo>*gQt~open to break the ie. The Mohawk surge had been Broken. DWAYNE Prohaski tied the game moments later with two ree throws but the Bulldogs ,vere on their way. Espe got a 'ree throw and Claude added two more. Teeter hit a layup to nake it 60-55. With 5:47 left, Algona went nto its stall offense. They held the ball without interruption for he next 1:58 until Mason City's fine guard. Clarence Turner, fouled out. Espe got a free throw on the foul, missed his second but Algona got the rebound and Espe drove in for a layup. He made it and was fouled. The three-point play moved Algona ahead, 64-55 with 3:47 left and Algona had its state tournament trip all sewed up. Free throws kept the bulge near 10 the rest of the way. BOTH TEAMS started slowly and the first quarter ended 1111. As usual, Teeter started out slow and as usual, Merryman hit two early buckets. Claude connected at the end of the quarter The lead changed hands four times before Algona went in front at 18-17 on the aforementioned Teeter layup. Right at this point, Espe; went sprawling on an attemp-- ted steal and went to the dressing room with a painful but minor injury. He didn't return until the start of the second half. But Bill Boldridge came off the bench and took overEspa : ^ shoes in remarkable fashion. He lounded Turner just as closely and got a steal shortly after. Teeter hit two straight to make it 28-21 and Algona's biggest lead. Turner, Oertel and Vlike Garden pared the margin :o 30-27 but two Dave Walker free throws and another long umper by Claude put Algona n front by seven. Teeter ended ;he half with a drive shot with ;hree seconds left, on the board on two beautiful moves. BUT WITH Algona enjoying 42-33 third period lead and fans already making plans for the trip south this weekend, Mason City came to life. Oertel stuffed in a rebound and hit on a drive. He got a hook shortly later and another drive. Garden connected and Algona's lead dwindled to four. Merryman's long one got it back to 51-46 but free throws by Proha- ske and Ron Spiegel's layup tied it at 51-51 as the third quarter ended: You always seem to have to start with Teeter when posies are tossed out. He finished with 24 points and that's just a fraction under his season's average ALGONA Teeter _.. Merryman Walker ..._ Espe Claude ... (73) fg-a 9—19 7—15 1—6 3—6 7—12 Boldridge __ 0—0 TOTALS 27—58 MASON CITY (67) fg—a Turner 3—5 Cardon 1 __ _ 4—8 ' Fox 2—7 Prohaski 1—2 Schultz 1—1 Spiegel 5—9 Oertel 11—17 Roberts __ 0—3 TOTALS 27—52 ft— a 6—7 1 _ 2 2—2 6—8 4 __ j 0—0 19—26 ft— a 0—1 0—1 10—12 o—o o—o 1—2 2—4 13—21 4 3 4 4 1 0 16 Pf 5 -4- 2 3 0 3 2 1 20 tp 24 15 4 12 18 0 73 tp 6 8 4 12 2 10 23 2 67 reb. 7 5 5 7 1 0 25 reb. 4 2 0 5 0 6 9 8 34 Friends yesterday - foes today He pulled down seven rebounds and operated with four fouls during most of the final quarter and a half. Espe also had four fouls in the stretch and Stephenson went into a stall offense with just under four minutes left in the third period to try to hold both in the game until the finish. The stall didn't work but his theory did as both weathered the crucial minutes. And Espe — there just can't be any quicker guard in the state. He cracked Mason City's confidence from the start by stealing the ball from the fancy Mr. Turner, A UNANIMOUS BIG SIX SELECTION AT GUARD THIS YEAR. He stole the ball again and before the first quarter was out, Algona had licked the Mohawks at their strongest point. They beat their best and the rest came comparatively easy. Espe hit only two points the first half but finished with 12 and those final 10 were big ones Let's just say he's the greatest AND THEN there was Tom Claude, another junior, who has played in the shadows of hi, mates all season — in fact foi two seasons. On this night, he came of age. Claude was second high scorer with 18 and his 7-for-12 accuracy from the field is even more remarkable because his buckets came from far out. His ball- hawking was terrific, too. It was the Bulldog guards that just about blew the Mohawks off the court the first half. Oh yes, Claude bagged five rebounds and Espe had seven, to ;ie his much larger Whittemore teammate. Dan Merryman got 15 points and also contributed greatly to the victory. This wasn't one of Dave Walker's best nights but he's been carrying the load on the boards many times in the tournament stretch. Don't forget Boldridge, either. He came off the bench for four minutes at the end of the second quarter and it was when he was in the game that Algona opened its nine-point breach. Lastly, don't overlook Mr. Stephenson, who has welded to- gather a remarkable team. THEY'VE BEEN OUTREBOUN- DED FIVE STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT GAMES AND THEY HAVE WON THEM ALL. Saturday night after the championship game. THE BULLDOGS had their practice session in the sprawling auditorium at 3 p.m. yester : day. Only Dale Teeter has ever played on the floor, he as a sophomore "6th man" with the 1963-64 tournament team whicii won third place in the meet. The team traveled to Des Moines in three cars with coaches Howie Stephenson, Keith hristie and Jim Hershberger. Boys who made the trip were raig Espe, Dale Teeter, Dave Walker, Dan Merryman, Tom laude, Bill Boldridge, Steve Waller, Brad Kraft, Dennis Brie- clert, Bob Farnham, Brocke Laws and Tom Jones. Also accompanying the team will be managers Dave Cowan and Doug Jones. Complete pairings for the state tournament are as follows: , Thursday 1:30 p.m. — Algona (21-2) vs Ames (18-5). 3 p.m. — Cedar Rapids (Wash ington (16-7) vs. Dubuque Wah lert) (17-6). 7:30 p.m. — Marshalltown (22-1) vs. Shenandoah (20-3). 9 p.m. — Sioux City Heelan (20-3) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (21-2). Algona Community School buses will transport students on Thursday for tlie opening round games. They will leave about 9 a.m. and will return late in the afternoon. All classes in Algona public- schools were cancelled for Thursday. Should Algona win, classes will adjourn at noon Friday WITH NO SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM THAT DAY. If Algona loses, classes will be held as usual on Friday. A total of 500 tickets for adults and students were purchased for sale here and another 300 were ordered Wednesday after the initial allotment was sold out. * * # There aren't many coaches in the state with a better record than Howie Stephenson as head man of Algona's basketball fortunes the past seven years. His mark — 105 wins and 47 loss tral), Swea City (State Line), Spencer (Lakes), Buiialo Center North Iowa) and Ida Grove (Maple Valley). * _ * ..*...,.. , Algona and Amos both finish* ed second in their respective conferences . . .the Bulldogs were 12-2 in the conference and had a win over Clear Lake . . . Ames, "however, lost twice to conference champion Marshall* town and finished second in the rugged Central Iowa loop . . . other Ames losses during the year were to Des Moines Roosevelt (2) and to Des Moines North. ' But the Cyclones boast wins over Waverly-Shell Rock, another state contender, by a 69-51 count and Mason City, 62-55 ... the Cyclones barely escaped Webster City, 59-58, a team Algona handled quite easily in two contests. 'But seemingly, the Lynx played their 'best ball of the season .against the 'bigger: schools this winter. # .,'„*::'!,•*. ; V: •; ;:V; ''•' Comparative scores and averages over the season put Algona' and Ames almost at a standoff . . . Algona outscored opponents by an even 12 points per game while the Cyclones were 6.5 points better than their foes . tougher competition could be the six-point difference though . . . Ames won its last three ournament games, the district finals and two sub-state con- ests, BY A TOTAL OF JUST SIX POINTS!! # * # Ann Clark, who takes care of he Algona high school bulldog nascot, coined this poem to pass on to the Bulldogs . . . "Grind ,hem up to hamburger, but save the bones for me" — Signed, your lovable mascot, Rex! # # # QUOTES — Mason City high school coach Dan Callahan: 'This is the first time our guards were outplayed all year. They (Claude and Espe) were the best set of guards the Mohawks faced all year." Mason City Sports Editor Jim Van Heel: "Better shooting and superior rebounding most often goes with winners. Coach Howie Stephenson had something else. It was some speedball action defensively which gave the Mohawks fits. The Bulldogs were 48 j 57 51J52 159 A COUPLE OF old coaching buddies, George Duvall and Howie Stephenson, got together for a few minutes here Tuesday morning after it was learned Algona will play Ames at 1:30 p.m. today. Stephenson was an assistant under Duvall when the latter coached here in 1957-59. But they'll be on opposite sides of the court when action in the big state meet opens this afternoon. Shown left to right, Keith Christie, Algona assistant; Duvall, Ames head coach; Stephenson; and Cecil Spatcher, Ames football coach, who accompanied Duvall to Algona for his brief visit. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. ALGONA (21-2) Off Ave. 67.0 Def. Ave. 55.0 Emmetsburg 57 Kwea City 415 Eagle Grove 65 Humboldt 41 Webster City 56 Clear Lake 58 Clarion Iowa Falls Spencer Eagle Grose Humboldt Webster City Hampton Estherville Clear Lake 68 | Clarion 68 Iowa Falls 68 Hampton 48 DISTRICT Garrigan 48 Swea City 62 Buffalo Center 46 SUB-STATE Ida Grove 49 Mason City 67 AMES (18-5) Off Ave. 65.0 Def. Ave. 58.5 51 i 54; 62 48 65 ! 56 43 i 85 34 59 198 50 73 69 76 73 62 Mason City 55 77 Des Moines North 85 58 Waterloo West 51 79 Boone 73 40 Des Moines Roosevelt 83 71 Newton 58 Marshalltown 65 Des Moines Roosevelt 53 Waverly-Shell Rock 51 Oskaloosa 43 Webster City 58 Grinnell 71 Des Moines Dowling 54 Boone 52 69 Newton 65 47 Marshalltown 70 60 Oskaloosa 48 61 Grinnell 49 DISTRICT 89 Eldora 51 70 Huxley-Ballard 46 71 Nevada 69 SUB-STATE 60 Jefferson 59 48 Fort Dodge 45 es. That's an average of 15 wins and just six losses during hi span. •X- -X- -X- Algona will be the smalies school in the state tournament] — just as it was two years ago. Enrollment figures for the eight finalists are as follows: Cedar Rapids Washington 2338; Dubuque Wahlert 2200; Sioux City Heelan 1402; Marshalltown 1181; Ames 1065; Waverly-Shell Rock 530; Shenandoah 498; and Algona 450. But despite their size, each school plays only five men at a time! •x- -x- -x- Duvall made his prediction on the state champion. Cedar Rapids Washington. "They're a quicker getting loose balls. In thefts of the ball, Algona picked off 14 to only five for the Mohawks." Algona Coach Howie Stephenson speaking of his guards; "I wouldn't say they are faster than any other guards but they are quicker. When this Espe gets started, he really goes." * # * Dale Tetter vowed two years ago at the "Welcome Home" pep assembly here that the Bulldogs would return to the state tournament in a year or two . . . but when asked if he really expected to play in another state tournament this week, he hedged a bit: "No, I guess not really." But the Bulldogs are in the state a- sound ballclub which has lost! gain and for Teeter, it will be enough games to really want to his fourth state meet — two in prove themselves. They have played tough Mississippi River! competition and will be a rug-1 ged team." Incidentally, the! winner of the Algona-Ames i game plays Cedar Rapids in the semifinals at 7:30 night, if CR wins. p.m., Friday Enroute to the state tournament, Algona high school has beaten five conference champions in the tournaments and regular season play . . . victories include Clear Lake (North Cen- basketball and two in track! New officer! for Rotary club New officers of Rotary Club were announced by President Schoby Monday. President, Gordon Schmidt; vice, John, secy., Dean Kinsman; treas., Wally J. Hill. New directors are Bud Anderson and Robert Diekmann.

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