The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 77
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 77

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
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^•Jt • • '.f-Sf t*t V«*l£»J'> r . f • if&L'£ i#!»V< f >T. iM'J'jVJJk^) 1 V-'J rW^'* South returns talented front line Journal Photo SENIOR LEADER — Renee Commerford (dark uniform) should be Salina South's top player this season. Commerford was all-city and all-league last year. Marion ready to improve on last year's record I Coffonwood I way for the Warriors are 5-10 senior Marcia Nickel and 5-8 junior Pat Goering. Both were all-league selections last The Marion Warriors had a bittersweet season last year. They finished second in the Cottonwood Valley League race with a 6-4 record, but went 0-7 in non-conference games to end up with a 6-11 overall record. Fifth-year coach Leroy Burton welcomes five starters back from last year's team, so it's a good bet the Warriors will improve on last year's mark. Loading the way for Burton's team will be 5-6 senior Jamie Shirley, a Class 2-3A All-Area first-team selection last year. Shirley averaged 17 points, four steals and 3 assists a game as a junior. She has been selected to the All-CVL team two years in a row. Other starters returning for the Warriors are 5-6 senior guard Trudy Ratzlaff (3.2), « senior forward Mickey Costell (3.0), 5-6 senior forward Loraine Wiens (4.4) and 5-7 junior Cindy Heerey (1.4). The lettermen back are 5-7 sophomore Rochelle Mueller and 5-4 senior Margi Dyck. "We don't have much height and not • lot of good ihooting prapectB," Burton •aid, "but we have Mveral experienced pkyera and better than average quick- By KEN CORBITT Sporta Writer The key to a good basketball team, many people will say, is size. That is orte ingredient which Salina South possesses this year and coach Vern Laubhan hopes it is the key which opens the door to a winning season. The Cougars return three starters from last year's 10-12 team, all on the front line. Heading the group is two-time all-city and all-league forward Renee Commerford (5-9), along with 5-11 center Brenda Bushman and 5-7 forward Pam Dallas. "If we have a strength it would have to be our inside game," said Laubhan, who begins his seventh season at South. "The strength might not necessarily be in scoring, but rebounding and defense." Commerford was the Cougars' leading rebounder, 10 per game, and second leading scorer, 11.2, last season. Bushman averaged 5 points and 5 rebounds per game and Dallas 5 points and 3 rebounds. Need tough defense "We'll have to play tough defense and get the ball inside to Renee and 'Brenda," Laubhan said. "We need to get about 15 rebounds a game from both of them, especially some offensive rebounds they can score on. Pam is probably our best shooter. We'll depend on her against zone defenses." But there is one big hole to fill — Joedy Zimmerman's point guard position. Zimmerman was South's leading scorer last season, averaging over 15 points per game. But more importantly, she was the quarterback of the team. "That's our biggest weakness, replacing Joedy at point guard," Laubhan said. "She carried the load for us for two years. She was the best outside shooter I've ever coached and was a great ball handler." . Laubhan is counting on one of three juniors — Sandy Graber, Roxie McKee Berean Academy returns four starters for head coach Terry Tilspn. Leading the year. The other two starters back from last year's 8-11 team are juniors Carmen Schmidt (5-6 forward) and Sharon Kaufman (5-8 center). Herington returns four starters from last year's 7-11 team, including 5-10 senior Jaqua Kline, an all-league performer as a junior. Other starters back for second-year coach Roger Diekmann are seniors Gina Wendt (5-11 center), Kodie Lamb (5-9 forward) and junior Lynda Barnes (5-5 guard). "We will have a strong nucleus of returning lettermen," Diekmann said. "Last year's experience will be a definite plus for us." Other All-CVL players returning in the league this season are Christa Potter of Chase County and honorable mention choices Vicki Tajchman and Alice Pontious of Centre. Marion, Berean Academy and Herington were the only three CVL schools to respond to The Journal's pw&wn questionnaire. , , 1981 -W SCHEDULE Dec. 8 — Buhler Dec. 10 — At Junction City Dec. 15 —Cloy Center Dec. 17 — Topeka West Dec. 22 — At Great Bend Jon. 7 — At Manhattan Jan. 14 — Salina Central Jan. 18-20 — At Newton Tournament Jon. 28 — At Topeka High Feb. 2 - At Hoys Feb. 4 — Junction City Feb. 8 — Great Bend Feb. II — At Topeka West Feb. 15 — Hays Feb. 18 — Manhattan Feb. 23 — At Salina Central Feb. 25 — Topeka High or Traci Thorp — to fill the void left by Zimmerman's graduation. "One of them will have to step in and take over," Laubhan said. "They have the best quickness among the girls on our squad." Laubhan has about 40 girls to work with — including the freshmen — the most he has ever had at South. "We could have some pretty good depth if some of the girls come along," he saM. "We have less team speed than last jLar which will hurt a little because I like to play a pressure defense. "If Renee and Brenda hit the boards well and we find a leader at guard, we'll fast break whenever we get the chance." The Cougars have been picked by 1-70 League coaches to place third, one notch above last year's finish. "We have a very tough schedule. All the teams we play will be strong," Laubhan said. "Topeka High and Topeka ' West return all their people and were picked one-two. Junction City should be a contender, and I think Central could also be in the picture." Outside the league, South is now in Class 5A and will face some stiff compet- tion there as well. Buhler and Great Bend, two of the finer teams in the state, are on the schedule as well as the Newton Tournament. The Cougars open their season Dec. 8 at home against Buhler. "I think playing a tough schedule can be an advantage by the time you get to sub-state," Laubhan said. "We'll just have to play one game at a time and hope for the best." After the game... McDonald's i® 654 South Broadway 814 East Crawford Don't Miss The McDonald's — Marymount Invitational Basketball Tournament Jan. 29-31,

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