Tuea., March 2,1976 CREELEV (Colo.) TRIBUNE 17 Two Weld Central cagers named to all-tourney team NICKLAUS A WINNER - Jack Nicklaus driven from the latii tee durning the Tour- namenl Players Championship al Inverarry in ByTOMBARBOUR Tribune Sports Writtr Five players who played big parts in their teams finish in the Welco Assn. basketball tournament have been named to the Greeley Tribune All- Tournament team for 1076. League champion Weld Central led the selections of the Tribune sports staff with two players while University, Roosevelt and Highland had one each. High-scoring John Thurtell and strong post man Brian Wall played big roles in the Rebels championship and landed alt- tourney berths as a result. They are joined by University's Larry Sage, John Fallen of Roosevelt and Highland 1 ', Jerry Stevens. Thurtell, who paced the Welco in scoring with a 23-plus average during the regular season, averaged 15 points per contest during the tournament but the total isn't that important. The 5-11 senior recorded a 21-point performance in a 62-41 semifinal Lauderhill, Fla. Monday. Nicklaus won the victory over Highland and tournament and fcCiU.uuuwilh a launder par an.' c:i ~' c tac!: '' vilh i: in '-" c finals (AH Wirephoto) Nicklaus wins TPC with fourth-round 65 By BOB GKEEN AP Golf Writer LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) Jack's back. He's firmly entrenched in his customary spot atop the world of golf. He's a winner again, .against perhaps the best field of all time. And he's looking forward to even greater victories. Jack Nicklaus wiped out the nagging, em harassing memory of an 82 and a pair of uncharacteristic collapses with a brilliant, seven-under-par t5 that staked him to a three- stroke victory Monday in the .rain-delayed, $300,000 Tournament Players Golf Championship. "I felt in total control of my game," Nicklaus said. "I played pretty well. There were only maybe 10 shots all week I wasn't happy with. And I hit an . awful lot of good shots. "H was one of my better, tournament efforts." It was important to Nicklaus on several counts. It marked his first victory of the season and the 59th of his career, just three short of Ben Hogan's total of 62, second on the all-time winning list. It gave him a $60,000 first- place check, the biggest of his career. It put him in the new World Series of Golf. It primed him for Augusta, Ga. and the Masters, his first big goal of the year. And it answered the questions that were whispered around the locker rooms of (he world after his failures in his first two starts this season. "If you'd asked me a month ago if, at this time, I'd be playing this well, I'd have said 'no,'"Nicklaus said after posting his 269 total, 19 under par on the 7,128-yard Inverrary Country Club course. He won by three strokes over J.C. Snead, the man he beat in the inaugural championship of the touring players in 1974. Jim Masscrio and Roger Maltbie, tied for third in the field that included all the world's great players, were seven shots off the pace. Snoad, who started the delayed final round -- Saturday's play was washed out -- in a tie with .Nicklaus, shot a -very creditable tib, lour under par, but dropped two shots off the pace at .the turn and was locked out with Jack's eagle on the'15th, He finished with a 272 total. Maltbie, the 1975 Kookie of the Year, and Masscrio were at 276 and didn't get in the title chase in the last round. Masserio closed up with a final 67 and Maltbie shot a 70. Old pro Miller Barber shot a 75 and won $911 with a 288 total. It was enough to push him $12 past (he $1 million mark and made him only the loth player to reach that plateau. South African Gary Player shoi a 67-281. Lee Trevino was 73-283, Johnny Miller 72-287 and Arnold Palmer 76-289. as the Rebels upset University, 36-35. Thurtell's biggest contribution against the Bulldogs was eight points in the first quarter as Weld Central established an offense and built an early lead. Wall, the Rebels' 6-2 junior center, drew the most praise from coach Larry Hicks as the Rcbs won the right to host Yuma of the Northeastern League in an 8 p.m. contest Friday for the right to advance to the state tournament. .Wall paced Weld Central with 19 points in a close opening night victory over Estes Park and came back against Highland in the semifinal with a school record 24 rebounds while scoring 15 points. His nine points in the low-scoring finale against UHS left him with a 14.3 scoring average in the tournament. Sage was the big gun for UHS in finishing in the runnerup spot to earn the right to travel to Brush Friday night for a 7:30 tipoff against the Bectdiggers with a state tourney berth at stake. Sage turned in the tournament's high-scoring performance with 36 against Roosevelt. He ran into foul trouble against the lough defense Weld Central threw up in the finals and managed only two points before fouling out, 'but still closed the tourney with a 19.3 scoring average. Stevens was the m a i n catalyst in a Highland attack that propelled the Huskies to a third place finish in the tournament. The Huskies looked to Stevens right from the start as he scored 10 of the qlub's first 12 points in an opening win over Valley to move into the semifinals. In the semis, Stevens and Jeff Hoffner shared scoring honors for the Huskies with 10 as they dropped the game to Weld Central, but the 6-foot senior fired home 12 more as the Huskies topped Eaton, 65-61, for third place. Finally, Fallon wowed tournament crowds with a 26.3 scoring average in leading Roosevelt to fifth place. A 63-60 loss to University in the opener dropped the Rough Riders into the consolation bracket on the second day and they responded with a 91-58 trouncing of Erie and a 73-57 win over Estes Park for the consolation title. Fallon, one of three juniors on the all-tournament team, paced the near-upset of University with 18 points on opening night and drove Erie crazy with 29 in the first consolation game. The 6-2 guard finished up the tourney with a bang, scoring 32 against Estes Park Saturday night. In addition to Fallon. Sage and Wall are juniors wilh Thurtell and Stevens the seniors on the team. WFLCO TOURNAMENT Scoring Leaden PliyÂ«r,TÂ«m G FG FT A TP Av. John Fallon, R 3 J3 IS 19 79 16 3 Larry Sage. UH 3 19 70-!! M iÂ»3 J.Thurlell.WC 3 Â« 1 - 7 Â« 15.0 Brian Wall, WC 3 IB 7-1! 43 H.3 C.Colllnj, Ea 3 15 1213 Â« HO Mike Arnold, EP 3 IP 3 6 41 13.7 Jim Terry, R 3 16 HI *0 13.3 Tom Heard*, Ea 3 irt 7 13 39 13.0 Jerry Stevens. H 3 IS 9-11 39 130 Tourney -*t-a-glince Thursday Duarlerlinals -- University 63, RoOievell 60: Eaton Â«, Erie 61: Wrld Cen. tral 55. EitÂ« Park Â«; Highland 48, Valley V, Friday Championship Semifinals -- University 7S, Ealon 59; WÂ«ld Central 62. Highland 41 Consolation Semifinal* -- RooÂ«velt 91. Erie H:FstÂ«Park4l, Valley 34 Silurdiy Championship Finals - Weld Cenlral 36, Unlverslly 35. Third Place - Highland 65, Eaton 61 Consolation Finals -- Roowvelt 73. Estes Park 57. Tribune Sporfs pages District pairings set in Class AA playoffs District matchups are set for this weekend in Colorado Class AA basketball with trips to the state tournament waiting for the eight winners. Two Welco Assn. teams, champion Weld Central and runnerup University, are still alive for berths in the state meet, March 11-13 in Denver. Weld' Central entertains Northeastern League runnerup Yum a Friday in an 8 p.m. contest while University must travel to Brush to meet the Northeastern champions at 7:30. It marks the second meeting between Brush and UHS this year with Brush posting a 59-52 victory when the pair opened the season in December. Tickets for the district playoff games involving University and Weld Central can be obtained at the schools this week. Tickets for' the Weld Central-Yuma contest go on sale at G p.m. the night of the game while UHS- Brush tickets sold al University can be obtained during the week. A spokesman at UHS said that tickets don't insure seats at the Brush gym, it's first come, first served. Six other games throughout the state wind up the. district slate. Walsenburg travels to Sanford while Del Norte is at Canon City Abbey. Holy Family visits Florence with Salida visiting top-ranked Denver Christian and Palisade at Rangely. Moffat County, the club that bumped off defending slate champion Glenwood Springs in the sub-district competition last week; rounds out the schedule visiting Gunnison. Baseball still waiting for agreement By The Associated Press Spring training began officially Monday ... for owner George Steinbrcnner of the New York Yankees and a couple of dozen Chicago White Sox minor leaguers. The rest of the baseball world, however, was waiting for some agreement between players and owners that would open the camps, while the fate of the San Francisco-Toronto Giants remained up in the air. Another in the lengthy series of labor meetings between the ciu'u owners and the Major League Baseball Players'Asso- ciation -- the 23rd and longest session to dale -- had MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Mil- ler resorting lo football talk. "Hopefully, we moved the ball a little," he said, adding, "I don't think it was the kind of meeting we could say we almost bridged the gap, because it's not true." American League president Lee MacPhail called the session "a progressive meeting -but that doesn't mean an agreement will happen in the next few days." Further developments seemed to hinge on a decision expected sometime this week by a three-judge federal court on baseball's appeal of arbitrator Peter Seitz 1 recent ruling .that made pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents for playing the 1975 season without signing contracts, thus playing out the option year of their contracts. "Our feeling all along is you can't litigate and negotiate at the same time," Miller said. As far as the Giants arc concerned, National League owners were to decide today whether to grant Robert Lurie and Bob Short more time -- "two or three days," according to NL president Chub Feeney -to complete their purchase of the financially-troubled San Francisco club from Horace Stoneham. The deadline expired Monday. Lurie said he was optimistic that "we're going to get it squared away. We're not going to let this thing slip away from us." Steinbrenner, suspended from baseball for two years in September 1974 for making illegal contributions to the re-election campaign of President Richard Nixon, had his ban lifted by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn with six months to go. And since this is the lime of year when sports pages ordinarily are filled with news from the training camps: --The Chicago White Sox opened their Honda base for i5 nonroster players, including former major leaguers Clcon Jones and Bob Oliver. --The Atlanta Braves will al- low nine nonroster farmhands to begin training Thursday. --The Chicago Cubs signed second baseman Manny Trillo, shortstop Dave Rosello and pitcher Willie Prall while the Los Angeles Dodgers asked waivers on reserve inficlder Ken McMullen, a 13-year major league veteran. Finally, East Lansing, Mich., hardly is an ideal spring training site but Los Angeles Dodger relief ace Mike Marshall was arrested there for the second Liliii: ill a *rck ful pi'adiciug without a permit at Michigan Stale University, where he is working toward a doctorate in physiology. Nuggets post second | straight road victory HAMPTON, Va. (AP) What happens when a first- place team meets a cellar- dwelling team? Well, for one thing, the losers tend to think of things that might have been. The Virginia Squires must have been pondering for the umpteenth time Monday night what might have been had they not traded away their American Basketball Association draft rights of 1974 college su- perstar David Thompson to Denver. Although the Squires, who lost to the Nuggets 115-109 Monday night, may have improved their competitiveness by inserting Thompson's firepower into the line-up, they'll never know for sure. What probably has the team more upset is that they continue to lose despite fielding for the first time this season a fair- Bowlorado No. 1 leads city bowling tournament KASY DOES IT - A C-10 Mike Grec.i, of the Va. Squires catches Denver NuggM Bobhy Jones (24) flatfooted. Nuggets defeated the Squires, 115-109. (AP Wirephoto) The Bowlorado No. 1 team took the second-week lead in the 49th Annual City Tournament last weekend with a 3147 total. Tree House Cafe moved up to second with a 3145, followed by Evans VFW 3112, Northern Armored Service 3108, and Flint Engineering and Construction 3089. .lake Eslrick and Ron Harker maintained ttieir lead in the doubles with a total of 1391. Rod Barden and Larry Barden are second at 1373, followed by Thomas Shcrk and Mike Truradell 136R; Carl Heimhuck and W a l t Hcimbuck 1362; Robert Ley and Ronald Eckhardt, 1341. Chuck Miller leads the singles competition by one stroke with a 723, followed closely by Jim Mclntyre at 722. Louis Fabmio is in third with a 704, followed by Bill Sameshima at 703 and Don Caines at 700. In the all events Category, Eddie Hikida leads with a 2045, followed by Ken Foos 1991, Jay Hasbrouck 19C3, Jim Conlin 1959, and Jcck Fisher 1955. The seniors doubles leaders arc Phil Hunter and Rudy Carlson with a 1245, and the senior singles leader is Josef Otoupalik with a 679. ly healthy team -- one that includes Mike Green and Mack Calvin, the two ABA all-stars Virginia acquired in the off-season last year for the negotiating rights to Thompson. Green has been playing steady ball of late at the pivot, and continued the healthy habit Monday night by scoring 26 points. But it was Thompson, the jumping-jack superstar out of nearby Shelby, N. C., who helped do in Virginia, and drop its season's record to 12-52. Thompson's two free throws and Chuck Williams' field goal in the waning seconds took the wind out of a Squire rally, propelling the Nuggets to their victory and a 35-game lead over Virginia in the standings. The Squires, down by 14 points going into the final quarter, cut ihe Nuggets' margin to four at 111 107 with 38 seconds left before Thompson and Williams scored four straight points. Dan Issel led the Nuggets with 23 points while Thompson and Ralph Simpson each scored 20. Ticky Burden tied Green for the Virginia scoring honors by tallying 26 in a reserve role. The game was UK* only pro basketball action scheduled Monday night. sale! Get When Work Starts Use our Layaway--Now! I COMBAT BOOT This boot is a favorite of ex-GI's and guard and reserve units. Black leather uppers, durable vulcan soles. REG. 26.50 $ 19 FARM LOGGER Full grain oiltan leather with sweat resistant bond- tex insole. Extra heavy logger heels and durable vulcan soles. 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