Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 11, 1976 · Page 47
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Comics U.S. ASU grid aide at Boise State TEMPE (AP) -- Arizona State University offensive backfield coach Don Baker will meet with Boise Slate University o f f i c i a l s today about the school's vacant head football coaching job. "If I'm offered the job, the money's right and I feel the job is suited to me, I'll lake it," Baker said yesterday. Bakar has been in charge of ASU's backfield for the past nine years. ' 4 JDaittr ftiliztn Sports SDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1976 PAGE 49 Features INNSBRUCK (AP) -- The American rush for medals came to a temporary halt despite some impressive individual performances, West German ski ace Rosi MHter- maier collected her second gold medal and Norway and Finland picked up a gold apiece today at the 12th Winter Olympics. The U.S. team, not expected to do.well on today's Olympic program, saw its string of winning at least one medal a day all but ended. The Americans were blanked through Aztecs move up to third By ALLISON HOCK Citizen Sporlswriler Pima Community College has jumped one step closer to a berth in the upcoming conference playoffs after last night's come-from-behind victory over Centra! Arizona. The Aztec cagers are now tied for third with the Coolidge team at 5-5 and only a half game out of second place after their 63-58 win in the PCC Gym. For a long time last night, it looked like they would remain in the Southern Division cellar of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. Outrebounded 38-29, the smaller Aztecs trailed Central until 5:32 remaining when a Kenny Ball jumper put them ahead, 55-54. The Vaqueros had jumped out to an 8-2 lead and had their biggest lead, 15 points, with 3:51 left in the first half. Central was ahead at halftime, 39-34, largely through the hot shooting of sophomore forward Nate Stokes, who had 16 points^at the halfway point. He and Ball finished the game with 21 apiece. "I thought we played poorly without any question, except for 10 minutes," admitted Pima Coach Norm Patton. For a few of those other minutes, the usually calm Patton paced the sidelines yelling advice, his tie draped around his neck. Then, with 9:23 left and a seven-point Central lead, the lights went out in the gymnasium, the second such outage of the night. Five minutes passed before a fuse was replaced, and Central appeared to lose its momentum. That, together with Patten's shifting defensive strategy, caused an Aztec about face. His troops shifted from a man-to-man defense !o 2-1-2 and 2-3 zones and confused their opponents. "They lost their rhythm and tempo trying to shift because that takes time. The tempo -that was the key to the game," Patton said. Pima is now 14-9 on the year. Tomorrow night at 7:30 in the PCC Gym, Pima must win against Cochise College to remain in the battle for a No. 2 playoff spot. The Pima women cagers lost last night to Mesa Community College at PCC, 60-54. Aztecs, 63, Vaqueros 58 PIMA -- Ball 8 5-6 21. Moore 4 1-1 10, Saunders I [Ml 2, Johnson 5 00 10, rj\ Smilh 2 fro4. Looez 0 4-5 ·), Mendivil 5 2J 12. Total 25 tl-lt. CENTRAL -- Shelby 0 2-2 2. Elmore 4 L3 ». Stokes ID 1-2 21. Wilson 1 2-2 3, Padilla 1 CH 2, Dean 4 0-0 B, Enrioht 3 (Ml 6, VVInborn 3 00 6, Bowman o OO 0. Total 26 6-8. Halftlme score: Centra! y), Pima 34. Total loul: Pima 12, Cenfral 19. Fouled out: none. A: 500. T-Birds 60, Aztecas 54 MESA: ',. Rogers 6 4-7 16. Hoffman 4 0 0 8. Matteson 3 2-i B, K, Rogers 4 1-3 9, Geesev 4 00 8, Farnriam 4 3t II. Totals 2510-23 PIMi: Nlelo 6 02 \'i. Goodin 4 1-2 1. Crowe 1002, Valeniuela 2 0-0 4, McFaci- dln 0 2-4 2. Lewis 8 2-10 IB. WalKer I CM) 2, Nusiklewlcz 2 1-1 b. Totals 246-19. Halftln.c Score: Pima 31, Mesa 2ft. Total fouls: Mesa 18, Pima 23. Fouled out: Malteson, Farnha. the day's first three final events with only the men's figure skating yet to be- decided. The U.S. was not expected to win a medal in that competition which was scheduled for late this afternoon. There were some bright spots, however: Olympic results, Page 50 --The U.S. ski team placed three women -- Lindy Cochran, who was a remarkable sixth, Mary Sea ton who was 10th, and Cindy Nelson, 13th -- in the top 13 in the slalom. --Bill Koch, the 20-year-old Vermonter who won a surprise silver last Thursday in cross country skiing, led the U.S. to a sixth-place finish -its best ever -- in the 40-kilometer (24.8 miles) ski relay. --Dan Carroll, the veteran speed skater from St. Louis, came in sixth in the 5,000- meter race, not one of the otherwise strong U.S. skating team's better events. Later in the day, Dorothy -a-day pace ended Hamill of Riverside, Conn., was in first place, a f t e r the short program of the women's figure skating. She is now the solid favorite for the gold medal Friday. With just the men's figure skating to be decided, the Soviet Union maintained first place in the medal standings with 10 golds and a total of 21 medals out of 24 events. East Germany was second with six golds and 13 total. The U.S., with its eight medals, was third over-all, but dropped to fifth in the standings on the basis of golds. West Germany and Finland have two golds apiece while the U.S,. has one -- courtesy of speed skater Sheila Young. Miss Mittermaier, the personable veteran of the European ski wars, clocked 1:30.54 minutes for her two runs down the icy Patscherkofel slope. Miss Mittermaier, the current leader in World Cup standings, was timed in 46.77 seconds for her first run and 43.77 for her second. Miss Cochran, the 22-year- old from Richmond, V t . , whose sister, Barbara, won a gold in this event four years ago at Sapporo, surprised the experts with her stunning sixth-place finish. She flashed down the course in runs of 47.96 and 45.28 seconds for a combined 1:33.24. Miss Seaton, 19, from Hancock, Mich., got the 10th spot with runs of 49.04 and 46.83 for 1:35.87. And Miss Nelson, 20, from Lutsen, Minn., was 13th in 1:37.33 after runs of 49.52 and 47.81. Miss Nelson, bronze medalist in the downhill, almost fell on her first run. "I made a mistake in the first part of the course and I tried to push hard to make it up," she said. "But 1 was coming down too fast and I nearly fell out on the icy slope." . The quartet of Matti Pitkae- nen, Juha Mieto, Pertti Teura- jaervi and Arto Koivisto gave Finland its second gold medal of the Games, touring the 40- k i l o m e t e r cross country course in two hours, seven minutes, 59.72 seconds. The other way, Bob --Citizen Pholos by Lew Elliott While Tucson Mavericks coach Bob Barlow has his attention cei- tered at one end of the ice, his players, linesman Ron Sutherland (left), trainer Don Andrews (right) and the fans all are watching the play go the other way. Whether anyone is listening at this point to the non-stop chatter from Barlow (also below) is doubtful, too. For the results of the Mavs' game in Tulsa last night, see Page 52. Mavs 9 Barlow--he never stops talking By BRUCE JOHNSTON Clllien Sportswriter Who's that guy behind the Tucson Mavericks' bench, jumping and pointing and talking all the time? Must be the owner, you say? Nobody could get that worked up over a hockey game, you say? Did they hire a cheerleader, you ask? Naw, that's "Blah!" The coach, that's his nickname. Yeah, Bob Barlow, coach of the Mavericks. Why does he do that? Well, he's sort of a rah-rah type of . . . that's an understatement, you say? Yeah, well he does have a lot of energy . . . he must take some sort of pills, you say? Nawww, that's just his way of coaching. You still don't believe that anybody can talk that fast? Doesn't the man ever stop to take a breath, you ask? Come on, let's go down behind the bench and listen to him. That'll showya: --"Come on Norman, get us going Mike, come on Titter, way to go Hoby; Good start. Way to go Neil, way to go Blair. That's ail there is lo doing it, shooting it and buzzing it, send it in. That's the way to fight behind the net, knock 'em off the puck, that's it, outwork 'em. Who the hell .are they?" Get the point? --"Do the job Bert, come on Rick, come on Bert, come on George, come on Brian, way to go Normy. Had trouble with your long shot Normy, had trouble with your long shot. Keep shooting, good work out there gang, good shift. Who wants the first one? Come on, got to want it. Who wants it? Come on, talk it up in here!" --"Fight for thai puck, don't let them tie you up. Kick it, do anything, but get the puck. Work with your stick and your skates, use your body." --"Nice pass! Go Neil! Go, go! Go Neil! Geeezzz! He makes the pass, he's there. Hoby makes that inside pass, Neil's got a breakaway. Nice try Hoby." --Come on, body, body! Spread out, spread out. Go, gn Blair. Come over here, deke, deke, good play, go, get on 'em, stay away from 'em Blair. Gel over to this side, you got 'em in trouble. Point! Save! Come on, get a goal! OHHHHHH! . . . Almost had one there. Way to shoot that puck, way to go gang, way to go Duane, way to go Blair, way to shoot that puck Duane. Who wants that next goal? Coming close, closer. Who wants it?" --"What are you calling a penalty on that for? Can you believe that? That was an accident on his stick. An accident. He hit his stick, it hit his face! Geeezzz!!" --Come on, let's hear it you guys. You're dead in here, you're dead oul on the ice. Come on, damn il! I wanl to win this game!" Sports Calendar Retiring from tennis Fred Snowden's recruiting shortcomings were showcased Saturday night in Tempe. The head basketball coach at the University of Arizona was brutally honest about it: "Things have caught up to us," he said, "especially at the guard positions. We haven't filled in the voids. Recruiting just didn't go the way 1 wanted." The Wildcats were obviously crippled without flu- stricken sophomore guard Gilbert Myles, left in Tucson. And when senior Jim Rappis fouled out with almost five minutes remaining, the final 67-63 score in favor of Arizona State was merely a formality. Arizona State was ripe to be beaten. When a visiting team can hold a player like ASU's Gary Jackson to three points and see 6-foot-10 Scott Lloyd, the Western Athletic Conference's leading scorer, sit down with five fouls and only eight points to show for 17 minutes worth of playing time, it figures to beat the Sun Devils. But when ASU coach Ned Wulk looked for help from his bench, he got it. When Snowden looked for it, he didn't. It was as simple as that. The unexpected Snowden got little scoring from anyone but his big men, Bob Elliott (23) and Al Fleming (14). Through the entire second half, the rest of the team contributed but 10 points. UA had virtually no outside scoring. Snowden hasn't lost many players since he began here in the 1972-73 season, but the few he has, like Eric Money (Detroit Pistons), Coniel Norman (Philadelphia 76ers), John Irving (transferred to Hofstra) and Ron. Allen (graduated) haven't been replaced. Snowden isn't landing a lot of the prized players in the country. They're still going to places like UCLA and Notre Dame. You might call his won-lost record (73 wins, 31 losses) remarkable in light of his self-admitted recruiting shortcomings, but his detractors continue to insist he loses games only because he's a bad coach. That's a hazard of the occupation. If Arizona is to win the WAC title this season, it will take a strong stretch effort by the Wildcats. I doubt it can be done. If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on Utah's nose. Now 6-1 with four road wins, the Utes are at home for five of the remaining seven games. Only the two Arizona schools can stop the Utes from finishing 11-3, barring a major upset. Arizona is the realistic choice to make a run at the Utes. But with four of seven games left lo be played on the road, UA's job is tough. Even giving UA a split on this weekend's swing to Utah and Brigham Young -- where a win over Utah could change things in a hurry -- it'd still be a climb. The Cats would face a "must" proposition when New Mexico and Texas-El Paso come to McKale Center, again when they'visit Colorado State and Wyoming, and still again when they wind up at home on Mar. 6 against ASU. Maybe the war is already lost because of recruiting failures in the past. It's too late to "fill in the voids" for this year. OnThelnetd* Q nimby 50 Cage scores . . . . 5 2 A real fisherman's laic. UA slats 53 Prep cage 51 Flowing Wells upsets Canyon del Oro with a solid defensive performance. Arizona's big men are going to need some help P r o hockey . . . . 5 4 TODAY IN TUCSON Horse Racing: 1:30 p.m., Rillito Race Track. Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. RADIO, TV TODAY , Winter Olympics: 7 p.m., Channel 9, and 3:30 p.m KOPO. Basketball: College, Notre Dame vs. V i l l a n o v a , 8 p.m., Channel II. NBA, Detroit vs. Phoenix, 7:15 p.m., KTUC(1400). Hockey: CHL, Tucson vs. Dallas, 6:20 p.m., KFMM- FM (99.5). TOMORROW IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park Basketball: Junior College, Cochise College vs. Pima CC, 7:30 p.m., PCC Gym. RADIO, TV TOMORROW Winter Olympics: 8 p.m., Channel 9. Comebacks are over for Margaret Court Margaret Court has made so many comebacks in competitive tennis that when she talks of retirement, there's a tendency not to believe her. But Ihis gracious lady from Perth, Australia, is nearing her 34th birthday and she is pregnant with her third child (due in September). Age, it seems, may finally catch up with Mrs. Court, winner of more major titles in tennis (62) than any other woman -- or man -- in history. Family life has perhaps dulled her competitive edge; more likely is lhal success has killed her ambition. Wha! is there for her to accomplish in the game? She admits lhat she has fulfilled her three goals: --To be the first Ausiralian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title. --To complete the Grand Slam (singles titles at Wimbledon, Forest Hills, ihe French and Australian Opens). --To re.turn to being No. 1 in Ihe world afier.having her first, child, Danny. That really sums up why she has announced her retirement from competitive tennis -- at least from singles competition. She leaves the door open to the less strenuous and still enjoyable doubles compelition. "With three children, it would be too difficult to get back to the top," Mrs. Court said yesterday, explaining that she was losing interest competitively and that after three "comebacks" she has found no new challenges for her in the game. Mostly, it's that gradually slipping from the top echelon of women's tennis jusi doesn't seem to suit her. Mrs. Court is in Tucson this week teaching at the Tucson Racquet and Swim Club, part of a five-year contract she has there. And she says she'll continue those and other business ties despite the retirement. She will be spending most of her time, though, at home in Australia. Her Tucson plans include spending about a month here at the end of each year, she said. Although sofispoken and reserved, it's not Margaret Court Retired again hard lo sense the ambition and the drive that carried her to the pinnacle of the tennis world and kept her there for a decade. She's proud of her career, perhaps most proud of that comeback after having her first child. She had been away from the game for more than a year and she kept hearing that' she could never return to being the best. It was a challenge she couldn't refuse. She won 24 of 28 tournaments lhat next year (12 in a row) and captured three of the four major titles. "It was so incredible, I feli at a peak," she says now of her triumphant return. "I remember that year so well. The child was around all the time . .. there wasn't time to worry about my game or a match. It was very relaxing." To do it, though, she adds quickly, you need a- "great husband." Her reference .to husband Barry Court came with an exceedingly warm smile. But the success that Mrs. Court and Billie v ^an King and Chns Even have brought women's tennis can have its bad points, too. "Too me, it's sad. Billie Jean, Chrissie and myself, we had the drive to be No. 1, to win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills. Now with the young players, they seem to feel that 'if I make the quarterfinals, I'll still make $2,000 or $4,000,' " Mrs. Court says, explaining that today's players perhaps are too easily satisfied, and not ambitious enough. "The money, that's the difference," she sums up. This has helped contribute to a lack of depth in women's tennis to the point that there are only five major drawing cards left in the game, she says. And despite the surging overall popularity of tennis within the United States, she says American players are not making great strides and are advancing only "to a certain stage and no further." "With all the money in the game today, it'll be interesting to see what happens," Mrs. Court says. -- BRUCE JOHNSTON

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