Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 27, 1976 · Page 30
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30 GREEI.EY (Cote.) TRIBUNE Fit, Feb. Z7,1»76 UH, Eaton, Weld Central, Highland cagers win Rebels get close win By STKVE BADEK andTOMBARBOUR Tribune Sports Wriltrs Three North Division teams moved inlo tonight's semifinal with Thursday v dories at the minded foes to move to result of the Reds, C6-G1 win In the .nightcap Highland Umvers, t y of Northern tonight's action while Eaton over Erie, the second-pla- ' became ihf third North Colorado s Gunter Hall. came from behind to stay in the finisher in the South. Division club to move into the The two clubs expected to championship bracket w i t h a semis wi(n a 48 . 3C vict over '» ve lhe «"»'«' l ' me ° f ''. win over Erie and Highland ho- Weld Central found out that Highland round of the We co Assn. sub- however, University and Weld hummed its way past Valley. Estes Park's new-found victory Action district basketball tournament Central, had to fight off upset- Roosevelt, the number-four formula wasn't that much of a ternoon A funny thing happened to Weld Central on the way to a rout. Nobody told Estes Park it Weld Central managed to leading point producer, John resumes this at- Weld Central on the way to a scratch back to take the lead for Thurtell, but center Brian Will _ at G u n t e r w i t h rout. Nobody told Estes Park it good on Eisenbarth's score, picked up the slack with a finisher in the South Division, fluke. The Bobcats had won Koosevelt and Erie squaring off was suppose to roll over and however, and go into a stall game-high 19 points. Thurtell led late in the fourth quarter three straight to battle their at 4 p.m., followed by Estes play dead for the South Division .forcing Esles Park fouls while did add 12 as the Rebels' only way into the tourney and almost Park and Valley at 5:30. champions. ' running out the clock. other double figure scorer, pulled off what would have been In the championship bracket, It wasn't until the 2:!!7 mark Weld Central didn't get its Arnold and Mark Gavell were the upset of the year in the Weld Central and Highland Welco in falling to the Rebels; tangle at 7 p.m. with University 55-53, in the final seconds. and Eaton tipping off at 8:30. before the t h i r d - r a n k e d Bulldogs pulled out a G3-GO verdict. UHS meets Eaton for a third time this season tonight as a Tribune Sports pages · Bulldogs extend string BIO REBOUND -- Tom Heardt of Eaton grabs a rebound in the final seconds of the Reds game with Erie, allowing Erie to maintain control of the ball and beat the Tigers, 66-61. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) Eaton scores upset Erie normally has one of the best run-and-gun games in the Welco Assn., but Eaton's Fighting Reds beat Erie at its own game, 66-G1, in the only upset of the first round tournament action. Eaton, in fact, pulled away to a 10-point lead in the second quarter at 2G-1G. Erie came back to make it 28-22 then finally came within one at 30-29 on two free throws by Rich Weigang. Ted Bickler gave-lhe Tigers a 31-30 lead on a running layup. But Eaton came back again and led at halftime, 34-33. It was a seesaw game through most of (he second half. Eric pulled ahead by six points, with Bickler doing a good Job on offense and defense. But he drew his fourth foul with 2:15 left in the third quarter. Bickler came back in the early minutes' of the fourth quarter with Erie up by five, then the Tiger guard fouled out. Eaton called time out with G:15 left in the game and Erie leading by 55-50. The Reds then came back on scoring by Bret Holcomb r.nd Craig Collins to make it 57-54. An outside shot by Dan Knight made it 57-56 and Erie called time out. But a rash of fouls and turnovers kept Erie from ^.^ ^ ^ regaining the momentum. The · Jerry Steyens stgrted ^ Holcomb added two more free throws in the final 30seconds to Rive the Ileds tlieir final margin of victory. Herzberg, who announced his retirement as basketball coach after this season, said Lcdall had been averaging 20 points per game on Vie junior varsity squad so he was confident in, his ability to come off the bench and perform. Eaton faces top-ranked University High in a semifinal game tonight to decide a district playoff spot. "Playing against University is a matter of consistency with us. We can be disciplined. We have played two half swell against them, but tlieir zone press really hurt us and we have to be ready for that." Holcomb had 15 points for Eaton. Collins had 14, Knight had 12 and Heardt had 10. For Erie, Bickler had 16, Jay Stevens had 14, Kevin Carlson has 12 and Weigang had 11. s h o o t i n g , gave the Bulldog defense fits in the third quarter, and the Riders maintained the lead going into !hu final period. Roosevelt, which successfully used the stall in the regular season, started its delay tactics with a five-point lead at 55-50 w i t h about six minutes left in the game. The teams exchanged baskets and Roosevelt four-corner stall Highland beats Viks B minutes of the game and never looked back in sending Valley to the con- Tigers went up by 61-56, but a |ijg n ] anc i onslaught with 10 of goals for the night compared to h a l f - g a m e of Kearney am free throw on a technical and a hjs gaiT)e . njgn fi points in th£ 2 i for the Huskies. Emporia going inlo Thursday 1 ! University High's string of wins remained intact, but just barely, after the third-ranked Bulldogs edged a fired-up Roosevelt team, 03-00, in the Welco Assn. tournament opener Thursday. Coach Jim Smith said after the game, "I've been worrying about t h i s one all week. Roosevelt does a heck of a job and I expected a good game. They have been playing well and you have to give them a lot of credit." That may be little consolation for Jim Altergot's Rough Riders, who had a taste of the sweet fruit of upset, only to have it snatched from their hands by the d e t e r m i n e d Bulldogs. Altergot said, "We wanted it and really went after it. But a wen t to four-point lead is not really again. enough to stall and we went to j e |d e ,i fj na || y t j ppc( i a p^ the delay too early, I guess. We loose and UH got the ball out of had some turnovers and their bounds in its own territory with rebounding strength f i n a l l y 3:34 left, trailing, 57-54. showed." Then the extra Bulldog height Coming through u n d e r finally payed off as UH players pressure for University High (/ O l several shots as they were Dennis Jelden, Steve dominated the hoards. Finken and Larry Sage, as the Shullzfouled out with 3:01 left Bulldogs won their 18th straight and things went down hill for game of the season. Jelden got a steal and an assist then a rebound and a basket in the final 29 seconds of the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a slim 20-17 lead. 'Jelden got a steal and an assist, thenanotlierassisl in the HAYS Kan _ w i ( h onc early seconds of the second |( , f| m (()e sla(c quarter as University pulled to tl|d G r c a l p , a j n s A , hlcli( , a 29-22 lead. Conference race is over for the 1975-7li season. Kearney Stale and Kmporia State ended up co-champions with 9-:i records with 8-4 Fort Hays Slate third, good enough for second-high Tilings were decided Thur- honors among the Ault con- sday when the Kansas Slate tingent. Guard Jody Barfoot College -- Pittsburg stopped also chipped in six. Hays. C7-5C. The Tigers had won Valley had its troubles from two conference games earlier the field, scoring only 12 field in the week to close to within a id of the final period when the Kebs finally took the lead for good on a Gene Eisenbarth jumper from the corner. Before that, Weld Central had to weather several Estes Park comeback attempts before finally posting lhe 55-53 victory. Each time Central seemed poised for the knockout punch, a rash of turnovers or a Bobcat hot streak would put Estes Park back in it. The Cats served notice right from the start that it could be a tough night for Weld Central, running to an 8-2 lead with 3:23' left in the opening quarter. the game, using good position Roosevelt. Brennan Heincrl got From there, the Rebels came under the baskets to take away a key defensive rebound and back to take an 11-10 advantage University's height advantage. Sage scored to tie the game at into the second quarter only to Led by 6-3 center Steve Shultz 57-57 with 2:15 left. see Estes Park walk off with a and 6-2 guard John Fallon, Roosevelt missed some free 24-23 halftime lead when Tom Roosevelt took control for the throw chances but held a 58-57 Atkins fired in a jumper with rest of the second, the third and lead with 1:43 left. six seconds left in the half, most of the fourtli quarters. Sage then scored on his own In the third quarter, Central Kuusevelt led al h a l f , 3S-35 on rebound to put UH up by 5y-5B. let the Cats up their lead to six, a basket by Fallon. Fallon's Jelden then got a steal but was 29-23, before dealing the hot quick drives to the basket, called for traveling. Roosevelt hand Brian Wall doing most of coupled with his good outside then turned the ball over on a the damage to take a 41-35 lead three-second violation. at Hie end of three. Then, with Finken directing The Bobcats had come to the the floor play. University took a tourney with a 3-13 mark, good t u r n at the stall. Rooseveil was for a fourth place lie in the forced to foul and Finken sank a North Division. After a special pair of free throws with 15 74-41 victory over Berthoud to seconds left to give UH a Cl-58 win the berth Tuesday -- Estes' lead. Iliird straight win -- the Cin- Jclden got a defensive derella story looked to be over rebound nnd then cashed in on at the end of the third period, (wo more free throws to add But, the Cats struggled back icing to the cake. Roosevelt from the six point disadvantage scored on a final layup. But to take the lead, 45-44, with 4:58 University ended up outscoring left on a Mike Arnold bucket the Riders, six to one, in the and led by three, 49-46, with 3:48 usual high-scoring per- the leaders of the Estes Park formance from the Welco's attack with 14 each. crucial final two minutes. Sage finished with 20 points to take game honors in scoring. Hrian McDivitl, who had a good first q u a r t e r , had 12 and Rcincrt had 11. Fallon had 18 points and Shullz had 11 for Roosevelt. left. REACHING FINGERS -- Brian McDivitt of University High and Jim Terry (35) of Roosevelt have their fingertips on the ball as both players try to pull in a rebound. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) Welco box scores Emporia, Kearney tie for last GPAC title But then Roosevelt took over i basket by Knight mad, it 61-59. ^ ^ Then Eaton coach Dennis i the first J ,, half as the Huskies look a 27-22 Herzberg inserted Grant Ledall ^ IQ ^ locker room into the game as Collins fouled ^ ^^ rjgured ^ ^ one out. The junior forward really o f t n e b e s , o f t h e n i g h t i n vi ewof came through. He lied it up on a short jump shot and got a key rebound. the Vikings' 53-52 victory Jan. · 10. B u t , Thursday it was Highland's turn with eight Kevin Huwa, the third-ranked action, scorer in the league during the Emporia ended its league season with a 17.4 average, season with a 80-76 overtime managed only 10 points for an win over Southern Colorado off-night with teammate Jim Monday while Kearney was Roybal getting 11. dropping a 100-87 verdict to The closest the Vikes got all Hays, night was five on several oc- The curtain comes down on for the final spot in the four- team playoff. Ironically, Hays finished the year with a belter record than the Hornets, I8-B, but not horning in on the conference honors h u r l . Benedictine is the club being considered a l o n g w i t h the Tigers for the final berth. Despite having only a 13-12 m a r k for the season, Benedictine might edge Hays for the spot as Hie result oi a victory over the Tigers earlier in the year. Kearney, also 18-B for the year, was shut out of postseason competition in NAIA District I I . Gave" AlKlrti Arnold Weld Central (S» Mnrquci Thurtell Lirmpbur Keen Wall Total! 10-11 1* 44 Pwlng HlghlindHD Ho liner Barfoot Rich Hunger Hlfhlind JJ Glenn Hulse of Rockville, Md., will captain Army's indoor track team next season. WE DELIVER PIZZA Spaghetti Ravioli .CABLES END Erie continued to turn the ball p) a y ers g e tt in g into ^e scoring casions including halftime. The the league season Saturday over and Holcomb put Eaton Mt m a ^^^ attack t h a t , ast time Valley got t h a t dose when Northern Colorado ·featured Stevens as the only double figure scorer. Jeff Hoffner, usually the other high-scorer in the Husky ahead for good on a 10-foot jumper with 1:20 left in the game. Erie failed to score in the final minute and Eaton padded its lead with Tom Heardt sinking a free throw after he grabbed a key defensive rebound and was fouled. first three spots in the standings. was with 6:05 left in the third travels to Southern Colorado for quarter before Highland pulled a contest with no bearing on the away for the win. SKIING attack, ran into early foul COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. trouble and finished with only -- Olympians Greg Jones and six points before sitting down Susie Patterson swept to down- for good with five personals in hill victories in the U.S. Nation- the fourth period. But that was al Alpine Ski Championships. DENVER (UPI) - This week's at and Colorado Sidelines Magazine w:th llrsl place votes In parenttie^ps: CliMAA 1. Denver Chrlslinr (13) 180 15S ?. Ranqlcv (3) 3. University (I) 4. Holy Family 5. Glenwood Springs A. Brush 7 Florence 8. Canon City Abbey 9. Yuma 10. Sanford Oltiers rcceiv j. cherry Creek (6) 7. Manual (41 3. Wheat Ridge (3) 1801H 4. Mullen 15-1 12? 5 Pueblo East 17-1 100 6. GrrHey WesI 14-3 89 7. Boulder H2 BS 8. Fi lson; 18, Roaring Fork. l*n AAA W-L Pli 14-0 1M 14-0 115 142 75 r East 14.1 17 0 70 II 1 U 15 2 42 14.2 37 14-2 » 9.5 31 14-3 II /ot«, in order: 11, 15-3 43 10. Pomona IS-? 39 Others rcc 13-1 3i Arvada West, 12, Green Mountj 15-1 27 Pueblo Soulh; U, Fountain Ft. Cwson; ler: 11, 15, Gateway; li, Fruita-Monumont; 17, EtllDOria With its Conference Dffl Norlc; l3 - Weld Central; 13. Bocna Grand Junction, IS, Washlngt, , K . . . . v 'S'a; »· Eric; IS, Palisade; 14, co-championship and a 16-10 overall record, won a berth in the NAIA District 10 playoffs while Hays is waiting out a bid i, Mitral Canon City. Kish, Baldwin top-seeded in NCAA mat tournament The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team landed two number-one seeds at Thursday night's coaches meeting for this weekend's XCAA Western Regional Qualifying Tournament. The tournament opened this afternoon At Butler-Hancock Mall and continues through the semifinal round, slated for tonight at 7:30. Consolation matches go tomorrow afternoon starting at 1 with the consolation and championship finals set for 7:30. Heavyweight Jim Kish and 190-pounder Bill Baldwin landed at the top of their respective brackets while three other Bear grapplers drew seeded spots at their weights. Kish brought a 15-4-1 record with seven p'ns to his first match, a battle with Cal-Poly's Charles Harmon. There were no preliminary matches for the heavyweight because only six were entered in the tourney. Action started with the quarterfinal round this afternoon. Despite his number-one seed. Baldwin drew a preliminary match at 190. He met Tom Vizzi of Southern Illinois this afternoon for the right to move into the semis against Greg Bush of Air Force. Baldwin came to the tournament as UNC's wfciningcst wrestler with a 20 7 mark that includes six pins. Jeff Vap drew a fifth seeding in the 177-pound bracket, meeting Portland State's Kurt Bledsoe in the quarterfinals. Again, no preliminarys were necessary with only seven wrestlers entered at the weight. Finally, UNC drew a pair of sixth seeds with Gene Wilder and Will Trump at 158 and 167, respectively. Wilder took a 14-8 record'othe fray at 158 and drew llorvath of Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals. UNC finished the dual mec-t season at (1-8 and entered an entire 10-man lineup in the tourney. Matt Boyle leads off for the Bears at 118 with Bill Brovsky following at 126. Tom Winbcrry draws the starling assignment at 134 with Jerry la Donde al 142. Cliff Laughlin, like \A Bonde a freshman, mans the 150- pound spot in the lineup. J NORTHERN COLORADO Commercial REFRIGERATION and AIR CONDITIONING Call 356-7140 Sales -- Installation -- Service i.'i Yt'ttrx ExiH'ririH'1' in the W'flil '(inniv Ar-u. 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