Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 44
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49ers to Host Crucial Swim Championship By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer "For some, of the swimmers, this will he their most important meet of Ihe year." With that prologue from coach Don Gambril, Cal Stale Long Reach welcomes six rival Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. schools to the PCAA championships, which he- gin tonight at 8 in the Relmont Plaza pool. Although the PCAA is currently a paper league, full-scale c o m p e t i t i o n doesn't begin until the fall, the function tonight, Friday and Saturday, is the last legitimate opportunity mnay of Ihe en- · I rants will have to qualify for the NCAA championships at Indiana Univcrsi- Yo-Yo Foe for Rabbits By KEN PIVERNETZ Staff Writer If prep basketball fans think it was an up and down year in the Moore League this past, season, il.'s nothing compared to what happened in the Whitmont League. Champion Whitticr, who meets Lakewood in' a first-round CIF playoff game Friday night, won but three of 12 pre-league games. The Cardinals then did a complete turnabout, winning nine of their 10 league games to take the title. * · * * MANY fans in the Whittier-Montebello area feel runnerup Pioneer was the league's better team. The Titans are 17-7 overall compared to Whittier's 12-10 and play Moore champion Poly Friday at Long Beach City College. "We lost an early league game lo Sierra we had no business losing." says Pioneer coach Steve Kemp, "hut then we came back strong and bent Whittier by 17 points (6649) in our last game to get in the playoffs. "1 think we were the league's better club, but there's nothing we can do about that now." Kemp, coach at Pioneer three years, believes his Icam can give Poly a good game, "especially if we play the boards well. Our tallest starter is only fi- 4'/ 2 , hut the kids run well and are quick." Whittier coach Art. Zim- nicr laughs when l a l k i n g about his team's poor beginning. "I guess you could call it a slow start," says the 13-year mentor. "Winning nine, games in a row like we did was a great satisfaction." * * * * LOSING by 17 points in his last game doesn't bother Zimnier t h a t much. "Pioneer is a good team, hul. we had the title clinched before we played I hem and it didn't mean that much to us. We heat them by three points in Ihe first round when we had to." Tim Lakewood-Whittier game will be played on a neutral courl at California High in Whittier. The Cal- hi gym can seal 1,800 compared to Whitlicr's capacity of less than 1,000. D e f e n d i n g champion Complon is the top-seeded learn in the 1-A playoffs · followed by Mtiir, Hun' lington Beach and Ventura. St. Anthony begins 3-A playoff aclion at Corona del Mar. All games except the Complon-Norwalk con- lesl which will ho telecast Saturday, are Friday nighl. ty. "It is a little early for some of ihese kids to he swimming fast enough to qualify for the national. The qualifying times are very high." Fortunately, competition, a vital ingredient in good times, should be excellent in most events. "The field is very sound," Gambril reports, indicating that San Diego State, the University of Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State, Fresno State and Cal State L.A. all have good talent. "I feel that we should he favored for the team title," Gambril admits, "but we aren't going to walk away with every thing. The winners of each race will be strongly challenged." Because of the need to swim qualifying times for the NCAA meel, all races should be very interesling. "The pressure will be on everyone that hasn't qualified," Gambril reports. "It is really an important competition for us. We talk and hope of finishing in the top 10 in the university meet. If a lot. of our kids don't qualify this weekend, we are going to be in trouble. "It is unlikely that many will qualify next week in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. meet." Gambril adds. "The weather has been bad and the meet will be outdoors. The only other chance we'll have is in an SPAAAU meet at the City of Commerce a week before the NCAA meet. Frankly, 1 would prefer that the kids qualify this weekend." So would the kids. Tickets for the three- day meet, are $1 for adults and $.50 for students. Finals will be held tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Qualifying will he held Friday and Saturday afternoon. BY METRO COACHES Trapp Selected Player of Year I INnEPENDF-.NT (AM) ! PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--C-3 : Lww »K^ Ctlll.. Thgrl., Feb. B. !*· ,--'69 Electric-ADDING MACHINE TALLYMASTER MARK V U VICtM JOHN GABA1.L Littlest Guard JIM PERRY Dedicated Worker MIKE KING Mini-Forward 49ers' Trio Has Talent, Not Height Pa-'adcna City College's Cicorgo 'i'rapp has been selected Metropolitan Conference pluyer of the year by a vote of the coaches. Trap. G-foot-9 comer for ilie conference cliampion Lancers, was joined on the learn by four forwards-- (lomploil Slill \o.l i n C I K P o l C'ompion and Garden (irovo high schools, both in-seeded in thoir respec- livc Oil-' division playoffs which begin l-'riday, cap- lured the lop spois on ilie. final prep basketball w r i t - ers Top 10 poll of the season. By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer In the world of basketball, there are innumerable athletes whose only limitation is a lack of height. Cal State Long Beach has three of them ·-- Mike King, John Gaball, and Jim Perry. "I have tremendous respect for the ability of all three," 49er coach Jerry Tarkanian will say, "The only reason they don't play more is because we have to have height in our zone defense. I have to watch who I have in the game, we have to compliment each other in height as well as ability." The talents of all three are well chronicled. King was a first-team all-City selection at Bell High School and started at guard as a sophomore two years ago al Cal Stale. Perry was a starter hist year at Cal State as a sophomore. Gaball went to Brigham Young University as a freshman but returned to Cal State and was a redshirt last year. King is the tallest of the trio, standing 6-foot-l. Perty is six-foot and Gaball 5-11. Pern,' and Gaball are guards, Tarkanian has switched King to forward. "[ know it is a difficult position for Mike to play," Tarkanian admits. "But he does a heck of a job for us. In fact, if he was three inches taller, he would be as good as any forward on the coast." When he has had a chance to play, King has done an outstanding job. Used as a starter in Cal Slate's 10.'{-84 decision over Hiram Scou, King scored nine points, collected seven rebounds and added six assists. King is presently hilling 54 per cent of his floor shots, second best on. the Cal State team. Gaball has also shown the ability to come off the bench and do a job. "John is an outstanding guard," Tarkanian lauds. "He could play anywhere. His only problem is that I can't have two short guards in the lineup at the same time. Still, every- time he gets a chance, he does a job." Gaball's biggest contributions to a Cal State triumph was in the 87-70 decision over Cal Poly, Pomona. Gaball played over 20 minutes for Ray Grittoa, who was in foul trouble, and ran the 49er offense beautifully while contributing five points. Of the three, Perry impresses Tarkanian the most. "He is our No. .3 short guard," Tarkanian reports. "So he doesn't gel to play very much. Still, he is al- ways in the game. 1 have two athletes who have never loafed in practice this year -- Perry and Gritton. "That really has to impress a coach when a kid like Perry, who is a very good player, works that hard to improve himself. 1 really like his dedication. "He has to be unhappy about not playing much, but be always works. I have never heard him complain about anything. I'll tell you one thing, he is the type of kid who is going to make a great coach. And I'll tell you something else, I'm going to do all I can to get him his first job." All three of Tarkanian's "little men" will be on the bench Friday night waiting to do their t h i n g when Cal Stale Long Beach concludes its regular season, hosting Nevada-Las Vegas. .'J-0 NYiii to Manchester! MANCHESTER, England j I/P)-- George Best scored [ two goals for Manchester · Uniie.d Wednesday night I and sparked his learn to a ,'i-O victory over Rapid of Vienna in the first leg of their European Cup of national soccer champions quarter-finals match. "AAAft 1 1. ComDLin (171 (?50I 2. Ventura (2-H) .1 Pas.ldo^a (?4-l) ·: Muir (26 3) ' - - : I K - 3 ) .... teammate Willie Flowers, Valley's one - two scoring punch of Maurice Thomas and Al Shumate and hy 6-7 John Van Vliet of Cerritos. 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