The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 7, 1967 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 7, 1967
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12-Algona, (la.) Upper De$ Moine* Muller Hits As Bears Win Tuesday, March 7, 1967 The two photos above, snapped as Garrigan posted a thrilling 65-61 victory over Algona High in the finals of the Class AA District Tournament at Garrigan Fieldhouse Thursday night, clearly show how the win was achieved, under the boards. At the left, Jack Muller, who seldom if ever played better for the Bears, goes high to snare the ball during the first period as Bill Boldridge (34), Gregg Betts(32) and Brocke Laws (par- tially hidden behind Muller; of the Bulldogs and Bill Reding (43) of the Bears, who topped all re- bounders with 17, stand by waiting for further developments. In the background, Brian LaBarre, left, GHS, and Tom Claude, right, AHS, begin to head down court. In the photo at the right, Betts (32) and Rog Meyer (42) of the Bulldogs knock away a tip-in attempt by Dick Muller (hidden by Betts) of the Bears during the second period. At left are Boldridge and Reding, while Craig Espe (30) of the Bulldogs, who wound up with the ball, cruises in at the right. (UDM Graphic- Polaroid Photos by Don Smith) GARRIGAN NIPS AHS, 65 Down To Wire But Bears Win Sub-State Spot The over-abundance of basketball fans who flooded Garrigan Fieldhouse Thursday night got more than their money's worth in the way of thrills, suspense and down-right great basketball as the Golden Bears eked out a 65-61 verdict over the Algona Bulldogs in the finals of the District Class AA Tournament. Two major factors that pushed the Bears into the Sub-State Meet at Spencer two nights later were superiority under the boards, with size the major difference, and the last-half heroics of Dick Muller and Bill Reding, a pair of veterans who played like it. The victory was the 18th in 20 outings for Coach Steve McCall's club, while the Bulldogs suffered only their third loss in 20 starts. Before the opening tipoff, you just knew this had to be a great contest. And after the tipoff you were sure. And Garrigan's victory wasn't salted until about 30 seconds remained in the final stanza. It was that cozy I Tom Claude, the Bulldogs top scorer this season, conducted a personal scoring vendetta in the opening period to keep his team in the fray. The Bears, meanwhile, had balance, with all five starters scoring. Claude got eight points as the Bulldogs closed a 9-6 gap to 14-14 after eight minutes. Garrigan led by eight points three times during the second stanza, at 26-18, 28-20 and 3022 - but Claude fired in a group of long loopers and the Bears, who were topped by the fine shooting of Brian LaBarre with six fielders, found themselves S KOSSUTH COUNTY "1 PORTS] nursing a 32-30 lead at the intermission. If the first half was exciting what about the second? And it began before all of the overflow crowd managed to wiggle back to their seats. Dick Muller tossed in a free throw to make it 33-30, but Gregg Betts slammed in a rebound and Brocke Laws hit a short hook to give the Bulldogs a 34-33 edge. Then LaBarre and Reding canned fielders before Claude notched a free throw and it was 37-35. Reding hit again, Laws canned another hook, Jack Muller scored and Bill Boldridge drilled a long one, so GHS was on top, 41-39. Reding added a charity toss and Claude hit a longie before Dick Muller and Reding canned goals for a 46-41 bulge. AHS refused to play dead, however, and when Boldridge hit another long one and Betts followed with a shortie, it was 46-45. Then Dick Muller hit again, Craig Espe countered for the Bulldogs and Reding scored to make it 50-47 at the three- quarter mark. And not a fan left. More of the same came in the final round. Claude started it off with a three-point play to knot the score (the first of five ties in the period). He hit another fielder and AHS led, 52-50. Then Jack Muller and Reding bullseyed for the Bears for a 2-point edge before Betts tied it at 54 with a fielder. Dick Muller hit a short jumper, but Espe banged one home and it was 56-56. Reding made it 58-56, but not for long as Betts came through again. So, it was 58-58 with about four minutes left. Dick Muller, Garrigan's all-time individual career scoring leader, got a couple of opportunities to put two-pointers on the board and he did — and Garrigan led, 6258. Those two baskets were probably the most important of the fray. Espe closed it to two points with a jumper, but Dick Muller flipped in two free tosses and Reding added a single before Betts hit one near the end. Pandemonium - that's what followed I The rush of Garrigan fans onto the floor at the buzzer nearly swept all of the basketball players and Coaches McCall and Stephenson off their feet. Bulldogs fans were quietly suffering from the sting of the close defeat — and while Garrigan players more than rejoiced, the opposite" was true in the AHS locker room. The attitude among the players was emphasized right after the final buzzer when Craig Espe of the Bulldogs told Dick Muller of the Bears, "Go all the way." The Garrigan victory evened the tournament series between the two schools at 3-3 and pushed the Bears farther along the tournament trail than they have ever been. In the six meetings, Algona has scored 351 points for a 58.5 average and Garrigan has hit 335 for a 55.8 mark. They don't make games much better than Thursday's - but then all meetings between the two local schools have been something to see. Claude topped both clubs in scoring with 28 points, including 20 in the first 16 minutes of action. Betts added 13 and Espe 10 to the Bulldog total, while Reding got 20, Dick Muller 19 and LaBarre 14 for the Bears. Reding and Muller combined to count. 28 of Garrigan's 33points in the last half - and it was the difference. Box score: GARRIGAN (65) FG FT F Becker 3 0-0 5 J. Muller 3 0-1 3 D. Muller 7 5-8 3 Reding 8 4-6 1 LaBarre 7 0-11 Courtney 00-01 28 9-16 14 ALGONA (61) Boldridge Laws Betts Espe Claude FG FT F 20-02 2 1-2 4 3-5 3 0-2 3 4-4 4 9-15 16 5 5 12 26 The Bears nabbed 45 rebounds as the Bulldogs managed 24, with Reding getting 17, Jack Muller 12 and Dick Muller eight. Betts hauled in nine and Boldridge and Laws four each for Algona. Algona came up with seven steals, with Espe getting five. He also 1 blocked one shot attempt and LaBarre knocked down a pair. Cresco Boys 4-H Cresco Boys 4-H Club met Feb. 20 at the Extension office. The meeting was called to order by President Larry Rochleau. Eighteen members answered roll call. Basketball practice was discussed and we chose Greg Roethler as our King candidate for Fun Night. Talks were given by Chuck Bell and Chuck Frideres. This was family potluck. Dave Roethler was host. Irvington Ideals Irvington Ideals 4-H Club met Feb. 18, at St. Benedict School. The hostesses, Connie and Mari Rae Merriam, led the pledges. Roll call was a responsibility assumed at home. Mari Rae Merriam gave a talk on storage in the home, and Frances Jenkinson on "The Story of Sally." Demonstrations were given by Barbara Meyer and Lynn Klein. The leaders checked the progress of the girls' personality charts. Six guests were present. Mari Rae Merriam is queen for Fun Night. TUES. - WED. MARCH 7 - 8 RON HAYES PRODUCTION PRESENTS SAFARI IN ALASKA SOMETHING THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY STARTS THURSDAY, MARCH 9 SPY WITH MY FACE U.N.C.L.E. PLUS SON OF A GUNFI6HTER

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