Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Thursday, March 17, 1988 Page 11 Sports Relaxed And Ready Boilers have nothing to prove Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune Columbia's gym was filled for-one last hurrah Wednesday evening Prizes, halftime show and three games entertain almost 500 fans Old Columbia Gym Columbia wins 2 of 3 finales Columbia Middle School ended an era of sorts Wednesday night, with the final organized basketball games in the school's old gymnasium. Columbia's girls 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams closed out their seasons, claiming two out of three wins. Columbia's 6th grade White Team defeated All Saints, 25-8, led by Emily Long with seven points" and Sarah Gallagher with six. Long also had eight steals. All Saints' Kelly Smith scored six of her team's points. Area Basketball Columbia White is now 2-4. In the 7th game, Columbia handed Winamac its first loss of the season, going into overtime for a 49-40 victory. Heidi Ruh) scored 17 points, had eight steals and 10 rebounds for Columbia. Amy Boonstra added 10 points and 16 rebounds, while Jessica Spitznogle scored eight and grabbed 11 boards. Winamac was led by Jodi Norrick's 15 points and got 12 from Lori Dills and 11 from Tiffany Crist. Columbia's 7th finished 11-1, while Winamac ended 9-1. Winamac's 8th grade prevented a Columbia sweep on the evening and kept its perfect season in tact, with a 32-17 win, Ann Torgerson led the 10-0 Warriors with 14 points. Kim McDonald led Columbia, 7-7, with six points and had the distinction of scoring the last points for a Columbia team in the gym on a field goal. Columbia's teams played before a full house of fans, estimated at 500. Several prizes were given away and the school band played at halflime. Amy Schroeder, a member of the 7th grade team, was awarded the game ball. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (API Some teams show up just happy to be here. Others come in feeling a great desire to prove something to the basketball world. Ironically, it's the third-ranked Purdue squad, the top seed in the Midwest regional of the NCAA basketball tournament and a team snake-bitten in recent tourney history, that entered today's first-round action feeling no need to prove its greatness. Or so says Coach Gene Keady. But 13th-seeded LaSalle, in the NCAA field for the first time in five years after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, saw a clear goal in its matchup against Kansas State, ranked 20th in the nation and seeded fourth in the regional. "I think we gained a lot of respect last year going to the NIT finals," said senior guard Tim Legler. "If we can beat a team of that caliber, it'll make people recognize where our program is headed." LaSalle, 24-9 and riding a 15- game winning streak, saw its season end last year with an 84-80 loss to Southern Mississippi in the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament. The Explorers depend this year on the 23.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game of sophomore forward Lionel Simmons, the MAAC player of the year, and Legler's 16.9 points. Kansas State, which lost to Nevada-Las Vegas in the second round last year, earned its high seed after a 22-8 season. Senior swing man Mitch Richmond leads the Wildcats with 22.7 points per game. Steve Sutnm ers/Pharos- Tribune Emily Long outrebounds 2 All Saints players CCY Men's B Tourney Big R won the championship game of the Men's B League Basketball Tournament at the Cass County Family Y Wednesday night, defeating Herd's Insurance/Wing Ding, 45-36. Bill D'Andrea led Big R with 16 points, while Mike Haynes added 12. Gary Lehman and Bob Rozzi each scored 11 to lead Herd's/Wing Ding. Winamac 7-6 Girls At Columbia 7th: Overtime: Columbia (49) — Spitznogle 8, Ruhl 17, fludd 7, Ogle 4, Price 2, Boonstra 10, Guess 1, Winamac (40) — NorricK 15, Crist 11, Ayo 2, Dilts 12 8th: Winamac (32) — Togerson 14, Heater 6, Heisen 1, Simpson 1, Conner 1, Gudas 6, Gobel 2. Columbia (17) — Long 2, Williams 2, Ulery 4, Roberts 2, McDonald 6, Cotnerl. All Saints 6th Girls Al Columbia 6th: Columbia White (25) — Long 7, Gallagher 6, Fiscil 4, Cox 4. Nickel! 3, Imus 1. All Saints (8) - Smith 6, Muller 2. NIT Another Chance For Aces To Prove Themselves Worthy EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The Evansville Purple Aces, pushed out of contention by Detroit in ihe Midwestern Collegiate Conference, have a chance in the NIT to prove themselves worthy of a national title, guard Scott Haf fner says. "This just makes it a bigger game for us. We get the second opportunity to play in a tournament," Haffner, a C-foot-4 junior who has averaged 15.5 points and is the MCC's top three-point shooter, said Wednesday. "The NIT is a good tournament. It. has a lot of tradition, and if you win three games you get to play in Madison Square Garden." The Aces, who lost to Detroit 75-74 on a last-second shot in an MCC tourney semi-final game, face Utah at Roberts Stadium today. "We ran into a team that had jelled," Haffner said. "They believed in themselves, and I guess it came down to they just out-fought us for the ball game." It is Evansville's first appearance in the NIT and the team's first post-season play since 1982, when the Aces lost to Marquette in the first round of the NCAA. Evansville, led by versatile senior forward Marty Simmons, is trying to preserve a 19-game home court winning streak. The Aces have not gone unbeaten at home since Jerry Sloan led the team to a 29-0 season in 1964-65, Utah, which is 19-10 overall, tied Wyoming for second place in the Western Athletic Conference with an 11-5 record. Wyoming, Brigham Young and Texas-El Paso are all in the NCAA tourney from the WAC, while New Mexico and Colorado are playing in the NIT. Utah features 6-8 junior center Mitch Smith and WatkinsSingletary, a 6-7 junior forward. "We know their personnel, and Coach Jim Crews has been watching their tapes," said Haffner. "Smith is real tough in the post, and we're watching Singletary. We'll play our same game defensively. We'll play our man-to-man, but we'll make a few adjustments for their strong points." Haffner, a transfer who journeyed with Illinois to the NCAA tournament in 1985, joins Simmons, formerly of Indiana, and Veltra Dawson, who played with Villanova, as the only Aces with postseason tourney experience. "I think the tournament situation is what it's all about," said Haffner. "The adrenalin pumps up a little more and you're thinking, 'Hey, we lose, and that's it.' But ali the excitement is in the buildup. Once the game starts you have to settle down and execute the game plan." DePaul, one of only two independent squads to make the 64-team field (Notre Dame is the other), finished regular-season play 21-7 and led by the backcourt of Rod Strickland and Kevin Edwards, averaging 20.1 and 18.6 points. The Blue Demons are making their 10th NCAA appearance in 11 years and 20-9 Wichita State its third in four years. Shocker Coach Eddie Fogler says any team coming into the field will be playing at the top of its game, but the basketball sometimes takes funny bounces. "I can't believe anybody's going to self-destruct when you get this far," Fogler said, but he added: "Fairleigh Dickinson might beat Purdue. You never know. It's a crazy game." Keady, whose Purdue teams have experienced only bitter disappointment in the NCAA tourney the past five years, downplayed the pressure on the highly regarded Boilermakers. "It's not going to ruin my summer if we get beat," said Keady. "We want to win the national championship in the worst way, but if we get beat we're going to walk out with our heads high, knowing we tried our best." Purdue, which hasn't advanced past the second round under Keady, won Ihe Big Ten title behind powerful play led by seniors Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell and Everette Stephens. Lewis and Stephens averaged 17.7 and 13 points in the backcourt, while forward Mitchell scored 15.8. Fairleigh Dickinson Coach Tom Green didn't relish the prospect of facing Purdue in the opening game this afternoon, The 23-6 Knights won the ECAC Metro conference tournament for the automatic bid and were rewarded with the last seed in the 16-team regional field. "It's a heckuva lot better than 17th or 18th," Green said. "When it's all said and done, I'm just glad to be here." Memphis State Coach Larry Finch also is happy to be in South Bend after watching the Tigers, 19-11 and an at-large bid, lose top players Sylvester Gray and Marvin Alexander two weeks into the season because of improper dealings with a sports agent. Senior guard Dwight Boyd's 14,9 averaged paced the year. "We're delighted to be here. Of course if anyone had told us we would have been here in the middle of December. I think a lot of people would say you're crazy," Finch said. The Tigers' opponent, eighth-seeded Baylor, also earned an at-large bid and an NCAA appearance for the first time since 1950. Auto Racing JPioneer Killed BRADBURY, Calif. (AP) .-Mickey Thompson's friends and acquaintances couldn't believe that the first man to travel more than 400 mph on land would be shot dead in an ambush in his driveway. The bodies of Thompson, 59, an auto speed king and one of the most innovative men in motor sports, and his wife Trudy, 41, were found at dawn Wednesday by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies responding to reports of gunfire. "It was a double homicide, an assassination," said Deputy Richard Dinsmoor. The two gunmen who invaded the couple's hillside estate escaped on bicycles, deputies said. "This is probably the biggest shock I've ever had in my life," drag racer Don Garlits said Wednesday after hearing the news from a Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group employee. There were no leads late Wednesday, investigators said. Friends and associates mentioned that as recently as Sunday, Thompson expressed fear for his life after receiving numerous death threats. "He said that he'd gotten these threats, but that he could handle them," family friend Ernie Alvarado said. Alvarado said he talked to Thompson about the threats as recently as Sunday. Thompson's widowed mother, Geneva Thompson, 88, who lives in El Monte, collapsed when told her son and daughter-in-law- were dead, said Bob Russo, publicist for Mickey Thompson. Geneva Thompson was taken to an Alhambra hospital and treated for shock, Russo said. Neighbors heard six or eight shots and deputies found the bodies about 6 a.m. in the driveway of the couple's gated Spanish-style estate on Woodlyn Road in a community of $l-rnillion-plus homes 20 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Mike Difilippo, a building contractor who lives across the street from the Thompsons, said he was awakened by shots. "I heard yelling, 'Don't shoot.' That was Trudy," said Difilippo. "We heard a lot of gunshots and screaming," said his wife, Marilyn. "I didn't see anybody. I just heard Trudy screaming." "There had been threats," Defilippo said. "He told me around Christmas they had threatened to kill him." He said at one point Thompson hired a guard. "We don't know a motive." said Deputy Dan Cox, who wouldn't divulge the type of weapon used. Several bullets struck each of the Thompsons in the upper torso, he said. Thompson became famous as the "Speed King" in the 1950s when he set the first of his nearly 500 auto speed and endurance records. In 1960, Thompson became the first to travel over 400 mph on land when he drove a four-engine streamlined car lo a speed of 406.6 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He later turned to drag racing. Indy car racing, won a national economy championship and was a top competitor in road racing and off-road championships in the United States and Mexico. White Sox Rout Orioles MIAMI (AP) - Greg Walker paced Chicago's 15-hit attack with a home run and five RBIs to lead the White Sox to a 13-0 exhibition victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox, 6-7, scored eight runs in the first three innings Wednesday off Orioles starter Jay Tibbs, Mark Salas went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Chicago, while Jerry Hairston went 2-for-2 with and scored two runs. Walker's three-run homer off Jeff Ballard in the fourth increased Chicago's lead to 11-0. White Sox starter Ricky Morton pitched six scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 14 innings this spring. For the Orioles, 4-8, the lone bright spot was the first outing of the spring by Don Aase, who underwent arthroscopic .shoulder surgery last July 30. Aase threw 30 pitches in two innings, and allowed Salas' two-run homer in the eighth. "Physically, I feel fine." Aase said. "But I've go( to get everything back together. The more innings 1 get in, the better off I'm going to be." "When you haven't been out there, it's going to take some time," Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr. said. The Orioles managed just four hits in the game - three off Horton. but only one off relievers Carl Willis. Ken Patterson and Bobby Thigpen in the final three innings. Padres Blank Cubs MESA, Ari/.. (AP) - The San Diego Padres shut out (he Chicago Cubs 11-0 in exhibition baseball as Jimmy Jones, Greg Booker and Lance McCullers allowed only four hits and catcher Benito Santiago hit his first, home ran of the spring. Jones, 1-0, allowed three hits in six innings in Wednesday's game and was followed by Booker in the seventh and McCullers in the ninth as Padres pitching registered its second exhibition sliutout. Santiago homered, doubled and drove in three runs as part of San Diego's 15-hit attack. Randy Heady added a pair of doubles, while Carmelo Martinez, Chris Brown and Handy Byers collected two singles apiece. Cub starter Jamie Moyer, 0-1. yielded nine runs, six earned in a four-inning performance, Mike Cape) allowed two runs in Iwo innings before Jay Bailer finished with three scoreless innings. The Cubs committed four errors for the second time this week.
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