Chenoa relying on four senior lettermen, promising juniors w- CHENOA REDBIRDS -- Members of the 1977-78 Chenoa High School varsity basketball team are, first row, from left: Bill Schopp, Dave Sipe, Tom Schopp, Rusty Schopp, Karl Gramm and Doug Poole. Second row, from left: head coach George Kridner, Ron Fields, Greg Kcescr, Jeff Reeser and Mike Zubeck. By KIM WILLIAMS CHENOA -- The Redbirds posted their first winning record in nine seasons last year. With the help of strong leadership from four seniors and the blossoming of a flock of juniors, new head coach George Kridner hopes to keep that good thing going in 1977-78. Chenoa finished with a 10-4 record in the Midstate Conference, good for second place behind Gridley and Lexington, who tied for first place. The Redbirds' overall record was 13-10. Kridner was assistant coach under Fred Stadsholt last season, but was promoted to the head position when Stadsholt left coaching to sell insurance and farm near Havana. The Redbirds have plenty of experience returning to the guard positions with lettermen Jeff Reeser, Tom Schopp, and Rusty Schopp. But the front court is a question mark due to the loss of two first-team all- conference players, David Roach and Steve Peters. The Redbirds also lost their third starting front court man, Tim Lubkeman. "We lost a lot of strength on the boards with those three graduating. Roach and Peters both averaged in double figures in scoring," Kridner said. "We have some juniors with size who have to come of age," he continued. Those untested juniors are Greg Reeser, Ron Fields, and Gregg Brown. Reeser's main attribute is board strength. "Once he gets the ball underneath, it's hard to get it away from him. But he needs more finesse, "Kridner said. The 5-11 Fields also has good inside strength, and will see a lot of action at the low post. Brown, at 6-3, has a knack for blocking shots,, but "he has to learn that basketball inside is a physical game," There will be a good deal of rotating at the forward and center positions, Kridner said. Senior Mike Zubeck, a starter last year at forward, is probably the best defensive player on the team Kridner said. "He's short at 5-10, but he's a good leaper. He's the man that will set the pick and also play good defense. He's got quick hands and feet." K r i d n e r h o p e s t h a t newcomers Bill Schopp, a 5-10 forward, and Pat Boles, a 6-3 center, can provide some help in the front coun. "They both will have to work hard to progress, but I'm glad they're out, "Kridner said. Last year's playmaking guard, Jeff Reeser, will bring IVz seasons of experience as a Tom Schopp, along with Jeff Reeser, will play the wings. "Both are good shooters and s t r o n g o n o n e - o n - o n e situations," Kridner said. T h e f o u r s e n i o r l e t t e r m e n -- Z u b e c k , J e f f Reeser, Tom Schopp, and Rusty Schopp--have "attributes that make up for their lack of size. T h e y ' r e all i n t e l l i g e n t ballplayers and have shown good leadership qualities," Kridner said. Kridner plans a lot of rotating at all five positions this year. "We'll try to go with as many people as possible. We want to be able to keep up a full-court pressure defense, so this r o t a t i o n i s n e c e s s a r y , especially at the guards." Juniors David Sipe, Karl Gramm, and Doug Poole will see a good deal of action at guard for that reason. "They all have good speed and defensive ability," Kridner said. Kridner said he has been working on his team's "court attitude" this season. He said he was bothered by a fighting incident after a Chenoa- Flanagan game last year. "That kind of thing just cheapens a basketball program. The discipline will be there this season." The fact that the community is "really enthused about the basketball program this year" will be a positive influence on that court attitude, he said. In the Midstate Conference, Gridley appears to be "awfully strong, and maybe even as good as two years ago." (Gridley was undefeated in 1975-76 before dropping the sectional championship to Bloomington Central Catholic.) El Paso and Flanagan may also challenge for the title. The rest of the pack, excluding Deer Creek- Mackinaw is pretty even. "We'll be probably fighting it out for the middle of the conference," Kridner said. ROSTER LETTERMEN Player Jeff Reeser Tom Schopp Rusty Schopp Mike Zubeck Pos. Yr. Ht. G Sr. 6-0 G Sr. 5-10 G Sr. 5-10 F Sr. 5-10 OTHER SQUADMEN Bill Schopp F Sr. 5-10 Gregg Brown C-F Jr. 6-3 Karl Gramm G Jr. 5-10 Ron Fields F-C Jr. 5-11 Greg Reeser F Jr. 6-2 Dave Sipe G Jr. 5-9 Doug Poole G Jr. 5-8 Pat Boles C Jr. 6-3 SCHEDULE Nov. 29 -- Octavia Dec. 2 --At Woodland* Dec. 3--At Cornell Dec.6-Tri-Valley Dec. 10--At Forrest Dec. 13 --Flanagan* Dec. 16 --At El Paso* . Dec. 20 -- Minonk-Dana- Rutland* Dec. 26-29 -- Chatsworth Holiday Tournament Jan. 6 -- Lexington* Jan. 13 --At Gridley* Jan. 16-21 -- McLean County Tournament Jan. 24 -- Deer Creek- Mackinaw* Jan. 27 --Woodland* Jan. 31--At Flanagan* Feb. 3 --El Paso* Feb. 7 -- At Minonk-Dana- Rutland* - Feb. 10 -- A t Lexington* Feb. 14 -- Gridley* Feb. 17 -- At Deer Creek- Mackinaw* Feb. 20-24 -- Class A Regionals * -- Midstate Conference games REDBIRD CHEERLEADERS -- Leading the cheers for Chenoa this season will be, from left: Jana Schrag, Pama Roda, Susan Schuler, Lisa Rhoda and DiAnn Fogal. -- (Leader Photos by K.Williams.) CHENOA LETTERMEN -- Four lettermen return from last season's Chenoa team. They are, from left: Tom Schopp, Rusty Schopp, Mike Zubeck and Jeff Reeser.
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