Sunday, Norambef », iMl Tte Sdta* Journal Pt& B-ll Cadets look for successful year By KEN CORB1TT Spocta Writer Victories have been a scarce commodity at St. John's Military School. The Cadets were 1-13 last season and the year before were winless in 18 games. But if St. John's is ever going to have a successful season this may be the one, according to new coach Lee Tarrant. The Cadets return three starters and have good size. The biggest problem, Tarrant says, is a lack of practice time. "We have one week of practice before we go on Thanksgiving break," he said. "Then we come back on a Monday and play our first game the next day against mi-tj SCHEDULE Dec. 1 — A* Ell-Saline Dec. 4 — Downs Dec. 5 — Sacred Heart JV Dec. 8 — At Bennlngton Dec. 11 — St. John's-Belolt Dec. 14 — At Glasco Dec. 15 — A! Millonvole Jan. 15— Ell-Saline Jan. 18-23 — Post Rock League Tournament Jan. 27 — At Sacred Heart JV Jan. 29 — At Downs Feb. 2 — Tescott Feb. 5 — Dennington Feb. 9 — At St. John's-Belolt Feb. 12 — Mlltonvale Feb. 16 — At Tescott Feb. 19 — Glasco Ell-Saline. The same thing will happen when we go on Christmas vaction for 27 days and come back with one day of practice before we play." Tarrant MM a good mixture of size and experience on thii year's squad. Depth could atoo be a plus M 37 boy* •bowed up for practice before the first cute. The three returning starters are 6-3 center C.W. Vest, 6-2 forward Mike Hill and 5-9 guard Mark Mausolf. Vest and Hill are seniors and Mausolf a junior. "Hill is a very good outside shooter and Mausolf a good ball handler," Tarrant said. "Vest came on strong toward the end of last season and played pretty well." Tarrant is counting on 6-1 David Price at the other forward spot. Price transferred to the school at mid-term last year but was not eligible. The other guard spot should be filled by either 6-1 Gary Cline or 5-10 Junior Chris Colburn. "I'm very optimistic that we can win some games," Tarrant said. "It seems like there has always been talent here, it's just a matter of putting it together and getting them to play as a team. We'll have to make full use of that one week of practice we have." The Cadets open the season Dec. 1 at Ell-Saline. Mustangs solid choice in BVL Valley Heights tied with Clifton- Clyde for the top spot in the Blue Valley League last season, but it looks like the Mustangs will have the No. 1 rung to themselves this year. Three starters, including a pair of all- league performers, and four more lettermen return from last year's 12-6 team. f Blue Valley J Third-year coach Larry Nolle is looking forward to a,fine season for the Blue Rapids school. "Our number one strength, no doubt, is our experience," Nolte said. "We also have a solid defensive unit (held opponents to 46.5 points per game last year) and good shooters (49 percent as a team)." Leading the Mustang returnees is 6-2 senior forward Judd Botkin, a first- team All-BVL selection last year. Botkin averaged 15 points per game and shot 55 percent from the field. Tracey Mann, a 6-3 junior center, and Westy wants Eisenhower title The Eisenhower League will have a different look this season with new coaches at Westmoreland, Hope and Randolph-Blue Valley, but one thing will remain the same — a tough battle for first place The league should come down to a three-way battle for the top spot, but the league coaches give a narrow edge to Westmoreland in the preseason poll with White City and Wakefield right behind. George Cryer begins his first season at Westmoreland in the hot seat as the league favorite. The Wildcats return three starters from last year's squad which finished 9-9 overall and fourth in the league with an 3-6 mark. Heading the trio of returning starters is senior Allan Ebert. The 5-11 guard averaged 17 points per game last season. The other returnees are both Juniors — 5-10 guard Darren Campbell and 6-3 forward Dan Suther. White City coach John Bergkamp has the same situation — good experience ( Eisenhower but not much size. The Huskies return four starters but do not have a player on the roster over 6-2. Gene Bidwell, a 6-1 senior guard, was an honorable mention all-league player for WCHS last year when he averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds per game. Bergkamp calls Bidwell an "outstanding defensive player." Also back from last year's 11-8 Huskie team are Bruce Nittler and Darren Allen, both 6-0 seniors, and 64) junior Richard Albrecht. Nittler averaged 11.5 points per game last year. Defending champion Wakefield has two starters and three other lettermen back from last year's state tournament qualifier, but they are the only five players with varsity experience for coach Jeff Laha. The Bombers have two solid players in seniors Jim Henson and Mark Schreefer, both two-year starters. Henson, a 6-0 forward, was a second-team all-league performer last season when he averaged 16.2 points per game. Pint-year Hope coach Dave DuBois uid be is "cautiously optimistic" about the 1961-82 season. The only returning starter from last year's 9-11 team is junior Monte Kohman. The 6-0 forward averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game. The only other returning letterman is 5-10 senior guard Tim Strode. Four starters return for Blue Valley and first-year coach Gary Schwandt. The Rams were 11-10 last year and return seniors John Downing and Jeff Rohde and juniors Terry Francis and Matt Richter to the starting lineup. Manhattan-Luckey, St. George and Junction City-St. Xavier's did not respond to the questionnaire. Bulldogs to growl in Ark Valley - McPherson will attempt to bounce back from last year's disappointing 8-13 record and sixth-place finish in the Ark Valley League. And with senior forward Brad Underwood returning, the Bullpups figure to do just that. Underwood, a 6-3 forward, averaged 22 points per game to lead the AVL in scoring last year. He was also the loop's second-leading rebounder and earned second-team honors on The Jour- M/'S All-Area team. "He's a good shooter, a great offensive rebounder and a good jumper," said veteran Bullpup coach Jay Frazier. Because of Underwood, McPherson is given a good shot to capture its first-ever AVL boys' basketball title. The Bullpups have two other starters back in 5-7 guard Darrin Smith and 6-3 f Ark Valley \ forward Kenny Jones. Four senior lettermen - Kyle Miller, Ron Ediger, Rick Schroeder and Gary Spencer - will also contribute to McPherson's success this year. ItoM teams - Derby, Campui and ffifHrtf*"" — are also expected to chal- Unge for the AVL title. Derby, which won the AVL championship two years ago, is expected to improve on last year's 10-9 record and fourth-place AVL finish. The Panthers return all five starters, including team MVP Kevin Bennett. Campus, which finished third in the AVL race last year, also expects to improve upon its 13-8 overall record. The Colts have three starters back, including 6-8, 210-pound sophomore center Ron Meyer. Campus coach Paul Schuler is also high on senior guards Daryn Stroud and Pat Hall. Campus, however, may lack depth. Schuler said junior forward Mike Dargatz must recover from recent knee surgery if the Colts are to reach some lofty goals. Forwards Rod Landon and Lyle West are also being counted on this season. As usual, Newton will be short and quick. The Railroaders have three solid starters back in 6-1 forward Alan Denno, and guards Bernie Pearson and Kent Richards. 5-11 senior guard Roy Yungeberg are the other two returning starters. Following Valley Heights in the coaches preseason poll were Linn, Riley County, Clifton-Clyde, Hanover and Washington. Linn's Bulldogs return three starters and three other lettermen from an 8-10 team which finished third in the BVL race. Don Reith, a 6-0 senior forward, leads the returnees. Reith led the team in assists, steals and free throws last year. Randy Oehmke, a 6-0 junior guard, also returns after finishing second in steals and assists last year. Riley County had an excellent football season (8-1) and the same is expected from the Falcons in basketball. Veteran coach Hal Prichard welcomes seven lettermen back from last year's 4-14 team, including all five starters. The top returnee is 5-11 forward Jeff Reed, a senior with extraordinary jumping ability. Reed was an all-league pick last year as he averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds a game. He can dunk the ball with two hands. One starter returns Clifton-Clyde finished fourth in the Class 2A state tournament last year with an 18-5 mark, but gone from that team are all-league performers Monty Bechard, Greg Begnoche and Kevin LeBlanc. Just one starter — 5-11 senior D. Jay Blackwood — returns for head coach Bill Bechard, who is starting his 21st year at the school. "D. Jay is our only starter back, but he's a good one," Bechard said. "He has been our leading rebounder and scores about ten points per game." Bechard said the rest of his starters will have to come from a 12-2 Junior varsity team. The key player from that JV team is 6-4 senior Jeff Knox. "If Jeff can come through for us, we should be decent," Bechard said. "We don't have the speed or shooters we had last year, but we will be bigger. By mid- season, we will be competitive." Hanover, 1645 a year ago, lost two all- league players via graduation, but returns two starters and another letterman. Senior Chuck Nieman (6-0 forward) and junior Ken Rettig (6-1 center) are the returning starters for seventh-year coach Jim Giesbrecht. Washington is picked for the BVL cellar after an 0-16 season last year. The Tigers need to replace all-league performer Bob Wells.
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