Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 8, 1976 · Page 28
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 28

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, March 8, 1976
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vmr,bijc.i IXIHO,; won., MarcBB, West beats Lobos for state berth, 75-69 By RANDY BANGERT Tribune Sports Writer FORT COLLINS - They say the first time for anything is always the hardest, and the Greeley West basketball team would probably agree. The Spartans had to fight for their basketball lives here Saturday night to beat Rocky Mountain by 75-69, and accomplish something which had never been done before by a Greeley West basketball team -- earn a spot in the Class AAA state tournament. Greeley West's win in the Northern Conference tournament finals was no easy matter -- Hocky Mountain saw to Inat -- as the Lobos presented West with numerous opportunities to fold under pressure in the fourth quarter. But the Spartans instead chose to keep their cool, as juniors Brad Reeves tnd Pat Wolach hit seven of eight free throws in the last 1V4 minutes of the contest to make the difference in a game which could have gone either way. The Spartans didn't have much practice at playing dose games this year, boasting an average victory margin of 13 points coming into the tournament. But Greeley West refused to fold under the pressures of an inspired Rocky Mountain rally which seemed it would stop nothing short of a victory. In a game which somewhat mirrored their entire season, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead ind held it until the late stages. But Rocky Mountain, facing the end of its season, pulled out all the stops and twice rallied to within one point late in the fourth quarter. But Reeves and Wolach, the only underclassmen on the floor for Greeley West, calmly scored seven points at the free throw line in the last 90 seconds to give the Spartans their third tournament victory in three days. Although the clutch free throw shooting of Reeves and Wolach stood out, it was a total team effort that put Greeley West into the state tournament. Guard Rick Dumler scored 12 points in the first half, and played the whole game without a rest. And when Dumler went cold in the second half, Wolach picked up the slick with 10 second half points. A. J. Lauer was effective at the beginning on the offensive txwrdi and defensively before Injuring a hip midway through the second period. Jack Coy never did find his normally deadly shooting touch, but still led West in scoring with 16 points. Coy also played the whole game without being substituted for. And Garden Schnable patrolled the boards to lead both teams with 10 rebounds. Greeley West coach John Birleffi, who one week ago saw his team lose two games and the league championship, was all smiles after the Spartans came back to play some of their best basketball of the year. "The kids just did a great job," he said. "The first quarter won the game for la. We hoped to pressure them early and get some easy baskets, which is exactly what we did." The Spartans' work in the first quarter was a thing of beauty as they crashed tht offensive boards, got some steals off the full-court press and ran the fast break at top speed. Control of the rebounds was instrumental as, West piled up 10-1 lead sarly, and stretched it to 21-9 after the first quarter. Six of Greeley West's first eight points and 10 of their first 17 came on offensive rebounds. Rocky Mountain adjusted and began to even up the rebounds, but then Greeley West went to work from outside. With guard Rick Dumler running the show, Tribune Sporfs pages Tired Spartans find solace with victory (he Spartans increased their lend to 13 points in the second quarter. Dumter finished the first half with 12 points on six of 10 from the floor, and three assists. The tempo of the game began to change near the end of the third quarter. West took iU biggest lead of the game at 5036, but Rocky Mountain called a time out and proceeded to outscored the Spartans by 14-7 over the remainder of the period. With Dumler suddenly going stone cold, and Reeves and Schnsble in foul trouble, Rocky Mountain cut the lead to six. points, 62-56, with 6:03 left in the fourth period. Greeley West then went into a stall which marked the beginning of a hectic final few minutes. The stall succeeded in knocking some precious seconds off the clock and also allowed the Spartans to go ahead by 66-57, with 3:30 left. But in the next two minutes, Kocky Mountain took advantage of West mistakes and scored eight straight points, making the score 66-65. Birleffi called time out with 1:4? left, instructing his Mm tn settle down. "We Just got too emotional and let the crowd make us nervous," Birleffi said. With possession of the ball and a one-point lead. West again went into its stall, forcing Rocky Mountain to foul. Reeves and Wolach then took over. Reeves was fouled on two separate occasions down the floor, and hit a total of four free throws to make the score 70-65. However, Rocky Mountain again pulled to within one, 7069, with 39 seconds left. Wolach was then fouled, and hit one of two free throws to put the Spartans ahead by 71-69. Rocky Mountain's Pete McCaffrey was called for charging, -and Wolach came back with 18 seconds left in the game to apply the clincher, hitting both ends of a one-and- one for a four-point lead. McCaffrey made another turnover at the other end of the floor, and the Spartans were in the state tournament. Balance was again evident in the Spartans' scoring with four players in double figures, led by Coy's 16. Wolach added 15 (including 10 in the first half), and Dumler had 14 (including h 0 fircl h p l f 12, with exactly half of those coming at the free throw line. Schnable led all rebounders with 10, followed by Coy with eight. Rocky Mountain ended up leading on the boards with 40 rebounds to Ureeley West's 35. Junior Bob Brown paced the Lobos with 21 points. Coy was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and joined Dumler on the all-tournament team. Others on the all-tourney team were Loveland's Bob Bergslrom, Rocky Mountain's Bob Brown, and Fort Collins' Dave Sisson. Greeley West lakes an 18-4 season record into this Wednesday's 8 p.m. Game against Arvada West to open state tournament action. Rocky Mlfl. (it) Hobbs Lambert Stoll McCallrev Johnson Dcrmlson ' TOTALS Or. Wen (75) Coy Dumlpr S Imablc Wolach Uuer. A.J. FREE RIDE -- Gret.ey West basketball coach is carried around the court by his team after the Spartans clinched a state tournament berth Saturday night. (Tribune photo by Randy Bangcrt) , I By RANDY BANUEHT Tribune Sports Writer FORT COLLINS -- It was a physically tired and beat up Grecley West basketball team that celebrated in the locker room after beating Rocky Mountain here Saturday night, 75-69. A. J. Lauer limped around on a bad hip which has been a problem all year and was reinjured. Rick Dumler and Jack Coy had played the whole game without a rest. Brad Reeves had five stitches over one eye. Garden Schiiable, the first one dressed, said "I'm going home and go to bed." But despite their variety of Coffins beats Poudre FORT COLLINS - The Fort Collins basketball team shot 57 per cent from the floor to trounce rival Poudre by 76-52 and capture third place in the Northern Conference basketball tournament here Saturday night. Fort Collins, which beat Longmont and lost to Greeley West to make it to the consolation chapionship, outscored Poudre by 19 points in the second half to turn a close game into a rout. In other tournament action, Loveland beat Longmont by 6659 for fifth place, and Centaurus beat Sterling by 71-54 for seventh place. Brent Penfold held the Fort Collins Lambkins as he missed only three shots all night (seven of 10 from the field and seven of seven from the line). Penfold's 21 points and 11 rebounds led both teams. Jeff Armstrong also added 18 points and nine rebounds for Fort Collins as the Lambkins built up a 48-32 edge on the boards. Poudre led early in the game, 17-14, but Fort Collins came back to take a 32-29 halftime hiilgp Rut then Ppnfnld and Armstrong each hit 12 points In (he second half as the Lam kins outscored Poudre, 44-25. Fort Collins finished in sixth place during the regular season, but came on strong in the tournament to capture third. Robin Ray led Poudre with 13 points, but he was one of only two Impalas in double figures. In the game for fifth place, Loveland's Bob Bergstrom and Dave Fellows combined for 51 points and 25 rebounds to lead the Indians over Longmont, 6659. Bergstrom had 35 points, while the 6*7 Fellows added 16 points and 19 rebounds. Fellows' rebound total matched the entire team total of Longmont as Loveland held a 40-19 edge on the boards. rnvelanrl. althnugh it finished fifth in the tournament, will participate in the Class AAA state tournament this week since it won the league regular season championship. Longmont was led offensively by Tony and Dom DiGial- lonardo. LovHandCU) Fg F1 Rb 3-11 2 - 2 2 3 UNC JV gymnasts win regional title Soils Watson Fellows Masslleh TOTALS I Longmonmt} Engle Burgat Roogc DiGiallonardo, D. DiGiailonarrJo.T. Gclbcl PUEBLO--!-ed by all-around performer Glenda Anderson, the University of Northern Colorado women's junior varsity gymnastics team scored 86.00 team points to win the TAIAW Regional Division -- Gymnastics Championships here Saturday. Miss Anderson scored 28.77 total points (o place third in (he all-around competition, and she also placed among the top six on the balance beam, uneven parrallel bars and vault. The meet, which was for small colleges or junior varsity teams, was attended by 10 schools. UNC's team was that only junior varsity squad as the rest fielded varsity teams. Final team scores were UNC 86.00, New Mexico 8165, Western Stale 80.35, GlemJale College BO.03, Southern Colorado 76.54, and Mesa College of Arizona 74.45. Miss Anderson's top performances were on the balance beam and uneven parallel bars. She scored 7.5 on the balance beam for second place, and a 7.17 on the uneven bars for place. p Holly Summerlot of UNC tied for second place in the vault wilh a score of 7.73. UNC also had two third placers -- Susie Suttie on the floor exerciste and Kyle Hester on the balance beam. Miss Sultie scored 8.1C, while Miss Hester scored 7.47. Gretchen Groves, a former Greeley West gymnast, was the individual star nf the meet as she won the all-around competition wilh 251.59 total points. She was first on the floor exercise, sernnd in the vault, and third on II uneven parallel hars. f-.nal Team Scores UNC fiA 00, New Mp.lro S 65 WcMrrn State W 35, Glen dale College BO 01. Soulhrrn Co lor ado Indivldiiil Results Floor rxM-crte Grr-tchen Groves, W5, B 7: Knochel CC, fl 2. SirtiC Suttic, UNC, fl 16; Jutil, CG, 8 n, laylor UNM, 8 13; Stehwien, UNM. 8 '3 Uneven parallel bars - Rhcinhwt, Ada-Til Slate, 7 S. r-"-"M Anderson. UNC. 7.17; Gretchen Grtvev WS, 7.03; Slch- wien, UNM. 4.87, weaver, MC. 4«; nravo, Soitsdaie. /.« Balance W«m ia/ior. uNM.763, Gimda Anderson, uur, 15. Kyle Hester. UNC. 1M. Cham" inr. UNM, 7 3 . Stfti w,i?n, UNM, 7 77 Thomnson. Phoefii*, 7 II Vau't · SavH N'J. 8 tl, G'ettfim urtm-i. AS, ? 73 i Summer !o;, UNC, 773, Juhl, GC, 7.4, Lheinhart. Ads mi Slate. 7 Si. Gluidfl Anderson, UNC, 7.3 All around -- Grdchen Groves. WS, W S f ; Rhpinnart, Adam» State, 2900: Gfrnda Anderson. U'-'C, JI.77. TOTALS Loveland Longmont Ft.Cellint(7 Sisson Johnww Armstrong Penfold Anders Soukup Milt Noonan Oitemnn TOTALS Poudrt(tt) Beery Relier Dpvlln TOTALS Ft. Collins Povdrc Cenl*urus(71) P.per Cfllvo Hill Warcnlaurq Ray TOTALS Sterling (54) Edwards Roth*, I. Cone; Sonr.mb*")'Si Kner Roche, T. TOTALS Ccotiurut Sterling aches and pains, the Spartans somewhere found the determination to hold off a late Rocky Mountain rally and win the Northern Conference tournament. "They say it takes a hell of a fighter to come back up off the canvas, and that's exactly what we did,'' said coach John Birleffi, who only moment earlier was carried around the floor on the shouldtrs -of his team. "We had a lot of pressure on us this week after so-called 'blowing it' last week," Bifleffi said. "But the kids did a great job. When we play right, we can ptay with anybody." The SparUns managed to overcome Rocky Mountain's rally with some clutch free throw shooting. They hit seven of eight free throws in the last minute and a half of (he game. "We've had trouble with free throws this year, but two juniors came through for us," Birleffi said. The two juniors were Brad Reeves, who hit four of four, and Pat Wolach, who hit three of four. Rocky Mountain twice cut the margin to one point in the fourth quarter, but first Reeves and then Wolach hit the free throws which kept the Lobos from taking the lead. "I just tried to concentrate," Reeves said. "I tried to shut the crowd out of my mind, and just concentrate on making the points." Reeves was injured in the first half when he collided with a Rocky Mountain player, cutting a gash above one eye which required five stitches at halftime. Birleffi said "We just threw the ball away," when the Spartans almost lost a 14-point lead in the second half. "We got emotional and let the crowd make us nervous. And we weren't patient with our shots." "We also got a little tired," Birleffi said. "Coy and Dumler played their hearts out. I didn't substitute for them the whole game, and they just gnt a little tired near the end." Greeley West nearly made the game a runaway in the first half, taking a 10-1 lead and holding a 13-point bulge for most of the second quarter. "The first quarter won it for us," Birleffi said. "They had to play catch up the rest of the night. Our game plan was to press them and hopefully get loose for some easy baske' early, which is exactly what i did. And our defense was excellent." The Spartans outscored Hocky Mountain 2L-9 in the first period. Jack Coy, the Greeley West captain who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, thought losing the two games and league cham pionship the previous weekend may have been a blessing in disguise. "They say the Lo works in mysterious ways, at.u I guess it's right. Something happened to us after losing 11 it i n-M those two games." 34-S3 7-13 19 30 1 14 JO 30-14 14 14 17- Fg Ft Rb PI T 5-13 0 - 0 3 0 31-S4 14. Fg F ( 1. 7 0 0 ! 7. 5 8 · 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 1 - 2 0 0 I 6-30 31 It ! 14 II II 11--. 17 12 ID 1*-- 10 t t ·) 3 1 1 7 7 7 8 3 1 J. i 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 ) ] i if 14-11 33 If 54 J2 t IS 3J-71 Birleffi agreed. "Now that you look back it was a blessing in disguise. I can go home now and everybody will like me. Last week my son was mad at me and the dog kept wanting to bite me." Lo vela rid, which won the regular season league title, ended up fifth in the tournament and will get the league's number two seed in the state tournament. West gets the number one seed in the state tourney since it won the league tournament, and faces Arvada West Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in McNichols Arena. A host of visitors stopped by (he West locker room to congratulate the Spartans, including UNC basketball coach Thurm Wright, West principal Bill Kelley, West football coach John Christensen, a number of students, and Rocky Mountain coach Dave Danielson. "You guys go get 'em in stale," Danielson said. "We'll be down there supporting you. don't have much confidence in that other team," he added, referring to Loveland. Greeley West defeated Rocky Mountain on three different occassions this year, including a 65-56 conquest late during the regular season on Rocky Mountain's home floor. After that victory, it appeared the Spartans would be a shoo-in for the league crown. "Only three more wins and we'll be playing at the same place David Thompson plays," said West assistant coach Larry Brunz at the time. Greeley West didn't get those three wins, and in fact lost two of its next four games. But they "came back up off the canvas," as Birleffi said, to win three tournament games CRASHING THE BOARDS -- A.J. Lauer and now will be playing on O f Greeley West goes over the top of Rocky David Thompson's home court Mountain's Bob Brown for this offensive in the state tournament. rebound and two points. The Spartans beat the Lobos by 75-69 for the Northern Conference tournament championship. (Tribune photo by Randy Bangert) Nancy Steffy gets honors Hot-sHooting guard Nancy Sleffy of the Unverslty of Northern Colorado women's basketball team has been named as an all-conference selection by the Intermountain League. Miss Sleffy, a sophomore, finished the year with an 18.0 scoring average, hitting 44 per cent of her shots from the field and 70 per cent of her free throws. Other all-league picks were Kathy Miller of Weber State, Soni Adams of Utah, .Ian Peterson of Brigham Young and Ann McReynolds of New Mexico Slate. Miss Miller and Miss Adams were the league's nominations for the Kodak All- America squad. In the league's district olayoffs over the weekend, Utah clinched a spot in the national tournament with a 7747 win over Weber State. Brigham Young won third place with a 62-56 victory over Utah State. UNC finished in fifth place in the league standings with a 9-4 record. SALE Short Stuff OFF Colorado The Greeley Central Booster Club will meet in the school's cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night. mtn sports At The Greeley Mall and Estes Park

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