The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 13, 1968 · Page 11
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Big Lions Need Two Overtimes And Help To Get Past Bulldogs 70-67 Ken Grabinski, the best all- around performer in the loop, two fellows in striped shirts (yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he normally wears a red suit) and a very impolite home crowd proved to be more than Algona's Bulldogs could handle at Clear Lake Friday night - so the locals, who had an upset in mind, came home 70-67 losers in a hotly-contested double overtime North Central Conference game. The loss was the second straight for Coach Howie Stephenson's crew, third in the last four outings and put the season mark 11-5 and loop record at 8-4. The victory gave the Lions a 14-1 season record and 11-0 loop mark. Next up for Algona is Clarion here this Friday night. The Cowboys, who posted their first loop win of the season Friday, 56-41, over Hampton, fell to the Bulldogs, 63-56, there Jan. 5. Now into the Clear Lake loss, which will remain in the memories of Algona fans for many years - not because six extra minutes were played, but because most felt the locals got a royal shafting. Practically everyone, with the exception of the battling Bulldogs, had written this one off as a loss before play began. A standing room only crowd was on hand as the clubs found themselves in a 59-59 knot at the end of regulation time and 63-63 tie after the first overtime. That's when Grabinski, who wound up with 37 points, including 22 in the final quarter and two overtimes, put it away. The officials seemed to lean toward the home club during the first half and again late in the contest. In between those periods, breaks were about even, but the in-between time was too short. Before the end came, the clubs were tied 10 times. It was 2-2, 11-11 and finally 15-11, with Algona on top, as the first period went into the books. Tom Jones, whose great play was curbed by fouls, canned Algona's first nine points, while Wolfgang Meier, who beat Algona in an earlier fray here this season, led the home team. Clear Lake, with Grabinski and Meier doing most of the damage, slammed into 25-18 and 27-20 leads during the second stanza, but a quick flurry, with Craig Taylor, Smokey Barr, Dale Pederson and Rog Meyer turning in good jobs, closed the gap to 29-26 at halftime. . Algona quickly knotted it at 29-all at the start of the third round, then got a 31-29 lead before Clear Lake counted five straight points and a 34-31 edge. Later, it was 34-34 and 36-36 before the teams exchanged the lead a few times. Algona was on top, 43-41 at the three-quarter mark, thanks to some red hot shooting by Pederson. Practically everyone got into the scoring act during the fourth quarter as Algona held leads of 48-45, 52-49, 55-51, 57-53 and 59-55 - and the last four-point edge would have been more than sufficient, without a field goal by Steve Grabinski and two free tosses by Ken Grabinski, which knotted the score at the buzzer. It was during the final minute or so that the crowd noise resulted in missed Algona free throws that could have stitched tbe decision. Hardly anyone in the place could have hit from the 12-Algona, (la.) Upper Des Maine* Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1968 SPORTS AHS To Sectional; Win Final Dual Of Season Algona High's wrestling team fashioned one fall, five decisions and a pair of draws into a 24-16 dual meet win at Clear Lake Wednesday and wound up the regular season with a good 8-3 mark. Coach Champ Martin's team, winner of its last three duals, wound up in a second place tie in the North Central Conference with Humboldt - and will travel to that loop city for the Sectional Wrestling Tournament this Wednesday and Thursday. The Bulldogs and Wildcats each had 5-2 loop marks, while Eagle Grove wound up 6-0-1. Clarion, Hampton, Iowa Falls, Clear Lake and winless Webster City rounded out the standings in that order. Algona, Humboldt, Clarion, Spirit Lake, Gilmore City, Twin Rivers, Albert City, Marathon, Arnolds Park and Milford will make up the field in the Sectional, with first and second place finishers in each weight class getting the right to move into District competition. The District is slated to be held at North Polk (Alleman) Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. District first and second placers go to the State Meet. Records of the lads who have been doing most of the grappling for the Martinmen recently—and expected to carry the red and black colors in the Sectional—include: Gary Gade, iu-«; Kuss Bird, 4-10-1; Rob Claude, 8-3-2; Steve Claude, 17-4-1; Larry Taylor, 9-5-1; Con Camp, 19-3; Phil Bode, 12-5-1; Bruce Bennett, 15-7; Steve Fitzpatrick, 9-6-1; Ed Bennett, 2-4; and Lance Rutledge, 7-7-1. Algona-Clear Lake results: 95 - Gade decisioned Melhus, 6-0. 103 - Bird decisioned by Schuler, 4-1. 112 - Ed Bennett decisioned Schwichtenberg, 6-0. 120 - Rob Claude and Cooper drew, 2-2. 127 - Steve Claude decisioned Tibbitts, 2-0. 133 - Rutledge decisioned by DenHartog, 4-0. 138 - Ferris Fett decisioned by Hill, 7-4. 145 - Taylor decisioned Kennedy, 4-0. 154 - Camp threw James, 4:39. 165 - Duane Hunt decisioned by Lincicum, 8-6. 180 - Bruce Bennett deci- sioned Stork, 10-0. Hwt. - Fitzpatrick and Rupp drew, 1-1. Algona's strong Junior Varsity downed Clear Lake, 26-16, in the curtain-raiser as Jerry Simpson won by fall and Mike Putney, Wayne Taylor, Tom Laing, Darrell Miller, Steve Willrett, Eldon Meyer and Al Aldrich got decisions. line with all the hooting, whistling and howling that went on. And the officials made no attempt to quiet the place. So, the teams went into the first overtime. A steal and lay-up by Rich Black and a rebound shot by Meyer quickly put Algona on top, 63-59, but the older Grabinski got a pair of free throws and a fielder to knot it again at 63-63- so it was into the second overtime. Again, the home crowd set up such a din that Algona free throws missed the mark. Grabinski then hit a pair of free throws and two field goals and Pike hit a free toss to put Clear Lake on top, 70-63, a comfortable margin despite field goals by Mike Betts and Barr, which closed it to three points at the end. Algona counted 24 field goals to 23 for the Lions, but 23 fouls gave the winners a chance to hit 24 of 38 free throws while Algona managed 19 out of 30- with the one-pointers making tbe difference. Every lad that Stephenson sent into the contest performed his job admirably. Meyer was guarded by big Grabinski and it took him a while to out-fox the Clear Lake stalwart, but few will forget his determined play and great rebounding. The same can be said for Jones (while he was in action), Black, Pederson, Denny Richter (who turned in bis best job before fouling out on a questionable call), Taylor, Barr, Dean Lowman and Steve Voyles, No Algona club ever displayed more guts. Pederson led the scoring for the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Meyer got 15 and Jones 13, Probably the most surprising play of the Bulldogs was under the boards where they wound up with a 37-36 deficit. And that was against one of the toughest rebounding clubs in this entire part of the state. Meyer glommed 10, Jones eight, Taylor five and Pederson and Richter four apiece as the going was real rugged. Grabinski nabbed 15 for the winners. Steals found Algona on top, 14-4. Box score: ALGONA (67) Meyer Betts Jones Black Pederson Richter Taylor Barr ' C. LAKE (70) FG FT F K. Grabinski 10 17-.24 2 S. Grabinski 40-03 Meier 54-94 Budolfson 10-15 Hankenson 32-25 Westberg 0 0-0 1 Pike 01-20 23 24-38 20 Algona's Junior Varsity recovered from a poor first half performance (down 31-22 at the intermission) and posted a 52-50 verdict in the curtain-raiser as Paul Christiansen canned 18 points, Steve Chrlschilles 12, Greg Allen eight, Tim Black and Dave Lowman six each and Dale Briggs two. Christiansen, Chris- chUles and Allen were also rugged under the boards as the club won its seventh straight and ran tbe season mark to 13-2 FG 4 1 5 2 6 2 2 2 24 FT F 7-10 4 0-0 1 3-3 5 3-10 2 4-5 4 0-0 5 2-2 1 0-0 1 19-30 23 Conference standings NORTH CENTRAL Clear Lak« ..... 11 0 1-000 Iowa Falli ...... 8 3 - nl Algona .......... « * -** 7 Humboldt ....... * 5 •*« Webtter City .... 7 6 .538 Eagle Grovt . . . . 4 7 .364 Clarion ......... 1 10 -091 Hampton ..... 1 H -083 STATE LINE BOYS (Final) Ledyard ........ 10 1 .W Thompson ...... 10 1 Sontral ........ 9 Rake ... .......... 8 Lakota .. ...... 7 Ringsted ..* Swea City ........ 5 6 Lincoln Central .4 7 Burt ............. 4 7 Titonka ........ 2 9 Armstrong ... .1 10 Woden-Cry. Lake .0 11 .909 .818 .727 •«* .545 .455 .364 .364 .182 .091 .000 Swea City Is 90*41 Loser At Thompson THOMPgoN-John Har'son scored 37 points for Thompson as the Cobs rolled to a 90-41 victory over Swea City Instate-, line Conference basketball action Friday night. Thompson is 10-1 In the conference. The Cubs led 44-25 at the end of tbe first half. Doug Peterson added 16 points for Thompson while Randy Newlln scored 11 points: for the Trojans with Mike Johnson adding 10. SWEA CITY (41) FG FT PF TP STATE LINE GIRLS i Filial) Woden-Cry. Lake 9 0 1.000 Sentral . ....... 8 1 .889 Armstrong ...... 6 3 .667 Titonka ....... ; 6 3 .667 Lincoln Central . 5 4 .555 Lakota .... 5 4 .555 Ringsted ........ 3 6 .333 Thompson ....... 2 7 .222 Ledyard ........ 1 8 .111 Burt ............. .0 9 .000 Cans 6 Points Former Algona High great, Craig Espe, who has been starting at guard fcr the University of Iowa freshmen this winter, managed to score six points as his team dropped an 85-75 decision to Iowa State at Ames Friday night. Espe is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Espe of Whittemore, and is attending Iowa on a baseball scholarship. Johnson B«rg Newlln, R. Thoreson Lofstrom Reynolds Larson Davidson TOTAL 4 2 1 2 4 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 17 7 1 ID 3 4, 1 11 4 2 3 8 3 0 2 & 0 4 17 41 THOMPSON (90) Hamlin Anderson Peterson H arisen Norstrud Sill Fisher Senne Nelson Hovland TOTAL FG FT 3 1 2 1 8 0 17 3 2 2 4 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 19 12 PF TP 2 4, 2 £ 2 16 4 3,7 0 6 1 1& 2 5 1 fc- 1 2 0 2 15 90\ THOMPSON 21 23 19 27 SWEA CITY 16 9 6 10 41 J-C Valentine Party Algona JayCees plan a Valentine party with wives as guests, Wednesday evening, Feb. 14. Les Foxhoven, president, said there would be a special door prize drawing for wives. KOSSUTH COUNTY'S FAVORITE NEWSPAPER! Burt Cagers Split Pair Of Games With Titonka TITONKA-In Stateline Conference basketball action, the Titonka girls netted a 78-33 victory over the Burt girls with the Burt boys scoring a 66-63 win over the Tttonka boys. A stingy defense by the Titonka girls in the second quarter gained them a 34-14 lead at the end of the first half. Leading scorer for Titonka was Judy Akkerman with 37 points. Gay) e Rickless added 24. Leading the way for Burt was Sandy Ortman with 17 points. Bancroft wins, 99-61 BANCROFT-WUh Dick Welp scoring 28 points, Bancroft downed Woden - Crystal Lake 99-61 in nonconference basketball action Friday night. The Johnnies led 54-14 at the end of the first half. Terry Carpenter scored 20 points for Bancroft with Bill Wold adding 19. Anderson scored 18 points for Woden- Crystal Lake. WODEN-CRYSTAL LAKE (61) FG FT PF TP Janoon 1143 Hanna 2054 Anderson 7 4 0 18 Harrington 0141 Barrttt .1119 Kluver 1214 Peck 3 8 2 14 Larson, J. 8 4 1 14 TOTAL 20 21 18 61 BANOROFT (99) FG FT PF TP Carpenter 7 6 2 20 Klssner 3258 Wolf 10 3 3 19 Hatten « 0 5 12 Welp 12 4 4 28 MesQber 2 0 .4 4 Accurso 3026 Wollmer 0. 0 1 0 Murray 1012 TOTAL 44 15 26 99 Burt led 30-28 at the end of the first half, but Titonka tied the score at the end of the third quarter 40-40. Top scorer for Burt was Howard Batt with 22 points Kim Ruhnke added 18. Pacing Titonka was John Klley with 26 points. BURT (BOYS) (66) FG FT PF TP Batt 7 8 4 22 Ruhnke 9 0 3 18 Lavrenz 4 5 3 13 Lichter 0040 Lawdsley 5 3 2 13 TOTAL 25 16 16 66 TITONKA (63) FG FT PF TP Harms 0151 Kiley 10 6 1 26 Isebrand, R. 5 3 3 13 Heyer 2034 Ludwlg 9 0 2 18 Thacker 0111 TOTAL 26 11 15 63 BURT 11 19 40 26 66 TITONKA 15 13 12 23 63 BURT (GIRLS) (33) FG FT PF TP Ortman 6 5 1 17 Sbelrbon 3248 Kruae, B. 2216 Kruse, C. 0050 Lapp* 0030 H«y*s 0030 Patterson 0060 Larson 1002 B«ck*r. J. 0050 Wattman 0020 Long 0010 TOTAL 12 9 31 33 TITONKA (78) FG FT PF TP Akkerman 10 17 3 37 C nnnflMffru m S 0 0 6 Hoover 1 204 RickteM 10 4 2 24 Engelbarte 0308 MlckMlMU 1002 Harms 0040 Steper 0 0 i 0 Zwiefel 0020 BonnegieskinK 1008 Eden 0010 Sexton 0010 TOTAL 26 26 14 78 TITONKA 21 13 19 25 78 BURT 11 3 9 tO 93

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