The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 4, 1976 · Page 6
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p$-iw ··-.··' · ife^iv-'. ' . ' · . June 4. 1»7« Th» Petty Inttr Uk«. MonMM defending NCAA champs take it easy Thursday PHILADELPHIA AP) - Vil- lioova's Etraooo Coghlan, defending champion in the 1,500 meter run, voiced the sentiment of most of the stars In qualifying trials at the 55U» annual National Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. "I caught up when I was supposed to," said Coghlan Thursday after winning a lackluster 1,500 heat in the ordinary time -- for him -- of 3:43.16. John Ngeno, Washington State's defending double winner, said somewhat the same thing after Dierker perseveres, finally beats Reds By ASSOCIATED PRESS The Cincinnati Reds were about to count "10" over Larry Dierker when the Houston pitcher suddenly came up with a knockout of his own, as the Astros won 5-3. Back in April, Dierker started against the Reds in Cincinnati and failed to retire any of the six batters he faced, allowing four hits and two walks before he was lifted. In Houston Thursday night, Dierker hit Pete Rose with a pitch, Dan Driessen singled, Joe Morgan homered, the Reds had a 3-0 lead and Dierker had faced nine Cincinnati batters without getting anyone out. "I started out exactly like I did in Cincinnati, but I knew I'd have to get an cut sooner or later," Dierker said, "I wasn't extremely sharp, but after the first inning I made up my mind to be uncompromising on most of my pitches." qualify ing for the 5,000-meter run with a third place finish. "I was taking it easy," admitted Ngeno, who has .won four NCAA titles at 5,000 meters. "I wasn't pushing myself because I have to run the 10,000 ( f i n a l ) tomorrow (Friday)." That was .the scene, everybody \ running, jumping or throwing just good enough to qualify for Friday semifinals or Saturday finals. There wasn't anyone even close to a record on a beautiful, sunlit day with the temperature in the low 70s and a refreshing wind blowing out of the northeast. Only one defending champion was eliminated, Louisiana State's Larry Shipp in the 110-meter hurdles in which he finished sixth in his heat, UCLA's James Owens had the best time in the event -- 13.88. Other qualifiers included San Jose State's Dedy Cooper (13.92), Arizona State's Gary Burl (14.10), and Auburn's James Walker (14.04). They'll be in the semifinals today. Grizzly cage recruiting demonstrating low profile All quiet on the western front. That title aptly describes the apparent level of activity in the recruiting portion of the University of Montana's basketball program this spring. To date, just two high school seniors -- Libby's Rick Nelson and Missoula Hellgate's Blaine Taylor -- have announced their intention to play ball with the Grizzlies. However, new head coach Jim Brandenberg assured me last week that before June 10, there should be plenty to talk about. Brandenberg, former Grizzly assistant to departed coach Jud Heathcote, was in town to meet with Kalispell members of the Montana Century Club, an active Booster group whose primary function is to raise funds for the UM athletic program. Prior to a. luncheon at the Outlaw Inn, I had my first opportunity to chat with Brandenberg, who made many friends in the Flathead Valley during his one-year stint as coach of the only FVCC men's basketball team ever. Much of our conversation was "off the record," since he didn't wish to discuss specific names until they had either accepted or declined Montana's offer. However, Brandenberg made it clear that if the Griz: dies get a couple'of the recruits they are seeking, it I couW spell trooWe for the, rest of the Big Sky ~' ""' ..... man in motion by george geise sports editor e . ^ A ,. Jim spoke enthusiastically about both Taylor and Nelson, whom he called the "best high school seniors in Montana;" "My philosophy is that if the player can help us in two years, then we can take a chance on him," Brandenberg said of Taylor and Nelson. "I'm not so sure that Taylor csn't step in and play our lead guard as a freshman. Nelson has all the tools and within a couple years he could help us on the boards," said the Montana mentor. The "lead guard" and the center spot were Uie specific areas which Brandenberg recruited. He feels the Grizzlies have good shooting guards in Benny DeMers and Kirk Rocheteau, promising forwards and wing personnel in Libby's Craig Henkel and sophomores Alan Nielsen and Charlie Yankus. There is also forward-center Michael J. Richardson, plus the talented Michael R. Richardson who can play "anywhere he wants," according to Brandenberg. An as yet unnamed center prospect from a Midwestern junior college could "step right in and turn the program around by himself," Brandenberg said. He also mentioned at least three other players in the 6-9 to 7-foot range who could eventually fill the center gap. Brandenberg coached Kalispell frosh Rick Zanon and Greg Bauska last winter, and he obviously feels the former Flathead stars could contribute significantly to the Montana program. Both reportedly nave worked hard on improving their skills this spring, although they'll have to oust some outstanding young talent to play regularly next season. Another of Brandenberg's primary chores is selecting an assistant coach, but he apparently is close to solving thai problem. He mentioned a young coach -- under 30 -- who has several years of college coaching experience behind him. Once again, he couldn't divulge the person's name until he has the coach's signature on the dotted line. Football coach Jack Swarthout and several of his top aides also attended the luncheon, and optimism about next fall was the consensus. Quarterback Mike Roban, former Great Falls Bison All-Stater, was described by Swarthout as "as good as any rollout quarterback in the country," at least until be injured his leg during spring drills. The Montana coaches believe his recovery is most likely and they obviously feel he could lead the Grizzlies to the Big Sky title. The Century Club has enjoyed its most successful year of recruiting new members, but Flathead Valley boosters of Montana athletics who have not as yet joined can contact either Bill Redmond or Colin Andrews in Kalispeli. JON AND PEGGY AUSTIN - cinder victors Austins duplicated feats by winning championships Idaho State Sports News Bureau POCATELLO, Idaho -- Jon Austin of Kalispell and his wife Peggy, formerly of Great Falls, accomplished a rare feat this past spring when both won conference track championships. It is possibly the first time that a husband-wife running duo has each won individual conference track titles. Peggy won the 100-meter hurdles at the women's Intermountain Conference meet in Provo, Utah, r u n n i n g a 15.3 second time ( e l e c t r o n i c a l l y t i m e d . ) I f stopwatches had been used, her time would have been .02 seconds faster. She also placed in the high jump at 410, but she has jumped 5-0 in dual meet competition. "That really put the pressure on me," Jon said. "My wife wins a championship, and I had to run against John Roys of Montana who won the Big Sky championship last year (in the 440)." Jon was obviously equal to the pressure. The indoor All-Ameriean from Idaho State University's 1975 mile relay team equalled the Big Sky's fastest time in the 440 of 47.7 going into the meet, and was the second fastest qualifier for the finals in 47.5. But in the finals he came out fast and continued bis surge through the final 220, running away from a star- studded field in the Big Sky record time of 47.1. He also placed in the 220. Making the fast times even more impressive was the 7,000-foot altitude at Flagstaff, which caused many runners to suffer oxygen starvation and slowed down many times. NBA may admit four teams from ABA for 1977 season INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Four American Basketball Association teams apparently have a shot -- and some say a good one -- at entering the National Basketball Association next season. Indiana Pacers President Jim Hilliard confirmed Thursday that the ABA had talked with the older Sprints top prep event GREAT FALLS (AP) - The sprints are expected to be a feature event in Friday night's annual Meet of Champions track-and-field meet. The meet, staged every year the weekend following the state championships, is designed to bring together the top schoolboy thinclads in Montana for an all-classes runoff. league about some ABA teams joining the NBA next year, the number arrived at was four -- Indiana, New York, Denver and San Antonio. ' 'Yes, it is all true, and yes, I know it to be fact," said Hilliard. A recommendation by the NBA expansion committee would put a $4.5 million price tag on each new NBA franchise from the ABA. Excluded from the plans were Kentucky and Utah, which was moved from St. Louis after last season. It was not known how the NBA arrived at the decision to exclude the two franchises. However, Kentucky Colonels' owners John Y. and Ellie Brown have offered the team for syndication, claiming that they can no longer handle the team's expenses alone. Acting as their agent, Jefferson County Attorney J. Bruce Miller was to have least half the purchase price of $1.5 million covered by June 1, with the remainder covered by June 15. Miller informed the Browns earlier this week that be had raised half the money -- 1750,000. A final decision whether tc incorporate the ABA teams into the NBA would have to be made June 13-17 during the NBA Board of Governors meeting at Hyannis, Mass. Some owners are known to oppose a merger of any sort. But the deal now has a new twist. The CBS television network has offered the NBA an incentive, in the form of extra cash in its package for rights to televising NBA games, for each new team up to four the NBA adds. "We have something we've never had before," said Pacers board chairman Bill Eason, "and that's an offer from the NBA. And unless it changes drastically, it is one which we can live with." sports shorts Merchants stay unbeaten Twins host Bufte fonighf The Glacier.Twins will pitch Tim Bissel, Mike Heis and Dave Draeger tonight at 7:30 when they host Butte in an American Legion baseball game. The Twins were rained out Thursday night against Libby but hope to make the game up Sunday at Libby. Floyd two out of goli lead PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ray Floyd sun-eyed the Scoreboard, allowed a sly little smile to cross his face and observed: "I've been there before. I know how to handle it. I know how to prepare for it." The tough, tour-tested Floyd, a former PGA champion, holder of a half-dozen titles, a record-setting, runaway winner of the Masters a couple of months back, was two strokes off the pace -- but quite possibly in command -- after the first round of the 5200,000 Bicentennial Golf Tournament. Of the other leaders, only Frank Beard has been there before. And Beard, once one of the game's greatest, has been mired in a deep, dismal slump for three years. He hasn't won in five. On top after Thursday's opening round over the tight, tidy, little 6,687-yard Whitemarsh Valley Country Club course was longshot rookie Tom Purtzer, who parlayed some phenomenal putting into a six- under-par 65. The veteran Floyd and third year-man Randy Erskine, who hasn't even come close to winning, were at 67, two shots back. Erhard, Temp/eman falter PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dean Erhard and Hans Templeman, Montana's two entries in the 55th NCAA Track and Field Championships, failed to qualify Thursday for the finals of their races, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 1500-meter run. Erhard, the Big Sky Conference steeplechase champion with a lifetime best of 8:52.5, couldn't match a furious first-lap pace and finished sixth in a nine-man heat. The top four placers qualified for the finals. Templeman, competing against the two pre-meet favorites in his heat of the metric mile, placed seventh out of 12 runners. The top three advanced to the finals. Sponsors blasted Trapper, 24-2 and Merchants had no trouble with Rainier, 10-3 as both teams won their second men's slow pitch Softball games of the season Thursday. Kevin Fagerland hurled the win for sponsors and Eric Miller, Don Ottenbright and Mick Diede supported him with three hits apiece. Four Merchants had two hits each and Lester had a triple for Rainier. In the only other men's game Thursday, Casey's Bar of Whitefish beat Moose's Saloon but no score was reported. Olympia Beer downed Flathead Bank of Bigfork, 19-11 in the lone women's Softball contest Thursday. Janice Aragon was the winning pitcher and belted four hits to support herself. Chara Tennant had three hits including a Home run for Olympia. Darla Hall led Bigfork with three hits. In women's games Wednesday Olympia nipped Moose's Saloon, 12-7 behind eight runs in the first two innings. Moose's made it close with five runs in the fifth stanza. In another contest Wednesday but reported late, Outlaw Inn outlasted Reed's, 19-17. Bea McBurney was the winning pitcher and she also belted a double. Pat Howe added a triple for the winners and Becky Hampton and Kathy Lawrence had extra base hits for Reed's. Outlaw trims Conrad, 11-5 Outlaw Inn posted six runs in the first inning and it proved to be the margin of victory Thursday as the team outlasted Conrad Bank, 11-5 in Babe Ruth baseball action. Mike Broulette was the winning pitcher and he aided his cause with three base hits. Mike Seaman added two safeties. Losing hurler Brent Pfrimmer bad two base hits as did teammate Don Elgin. KATS sfarf summer program The Kalispell Aquatic Team (KATS) is looking for swimmers for their summer program. The program begins Monday, June 7 and the club invites interested swimmers to meet at Bruckhauser Pool in Woodland Park from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost for the entire program at Bruckhauser is $15 per swimmer, and the coach will be Wayne Erocline. All young swimmers regardless of competitive experience are welcome to join the club. Also available is an additional practice session at the Rec Center from 6:30-8 a.m. Information about this portion of the program or any other questions regarding KATS can be received by calling Mrs. Gail Boveng at 755-7447 or Mrs. Bobbi Schultz at 755-3324. A pre-competitive swim program is also being scheduled at Bruckhauser from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The coach will be Holly Weeks. There will be a 10-week program at the cost of $15 per child, and the group will be called KITTENS. Participants must be able to swim the length of the pool by any manner, as the KITTENS program won't involve beginner's swim lessons. 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