Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 6, 1976 · Page 17
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 17

Nampa, Idaho
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Saturday, March 6, 1976
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Capital needs it all to beat Meridian in a classic title game The Uahu Free Prat. Saturday. Man* I, MW-A-1 ByCaulBukm .j Kree Press Spotls Editor · " ~ Kipp Bedard - as v Friday nights District championship v game look the wind out of Ihe whole aym . ll was a classic. t Capital boat Meridian's Warriors 71-fi? ;; in overtime, but Bedard. (he Eagles, and - just about everybody else who watched ,; figured it may have been just iho begin- '' fling ;j Wilh Slate just live days away, and in ·i both team's backyards, you figure ihe.v .; might he right there again. ;j Bedard paid Meridian a rich com- ;·; pliment after the frenetic slruggle at ,; Capital High the Eagles, in from 59-55 ·[ with 25 seconds left in regulation, watched !} Doug Kirk tie the score with one second ·i showing They didn't breath easy again 'j until six straight points were rattled off in ij the overtime - and even then, you won'l j convince Greg Kordemann a couple ·j whistles weren't his undoing J " T U K V WKUE RKAI.l.V Kl.YINT. ;-high." said Bedard. Capital's dangerous ;| forward. "They just played really well." ·j Perhaps that's what made defeat so ..'hard for ilordemann to swallow. Meridian jshot 5(1 per cent in the game, turned on Ihe *;Kag!es viitli 3 Capital trademark - a ' pressuring trap defense -- and kepi its .''mistakes to a minimum ·\ But Charley Henry's team is hungry for .ja second straight Stale championship, and Ijthi'y'vegol the poise ar.d polish to give that ^number a whirl. ·j The combination of Bedard's punishing lirffensive board work, and a combined 45 'ipoinls from Bill Uessing and 6-5 Brian ·ftvelch is proof. } Capital is now 3-0 against the Warriors «his year, but No. :i was something else. t After Ilcssing's nne-and-ones. with 25 ·Jsecimds showing in the fourth quarler, "^Meridian seemed firmly entombed once more. But Oukt! Jackson got a bucket with j:i seconds left J With nine seconds left. Brent Und iiiissed ;i one-and-one. and here came the JVarnors. down o9-57. ; Denny Rasmussen cleared the rebound. £ol Ihe ball to Rob Elaine, and Elaine found Kirk in the corner. There was a second left when his desperation jumper ^.erit through Overtime. 3 "%'e IhoughV abouVgoihg' to a four- garner offense, "said Henry, who walehed his Eagles Ime fits with Meridian's hands -every where second-half defense. "UIT WK S T A V E D WITH OCR .VOH.M.U. .STIFF." j This was some normal. Bedard hit right jff the bat from the top of Ihe key. 61-59. i Welch, firing like it was Ihe first quarter. hjl from 20 to make it 63-59 and when IJasmussen fouled on a rebound the next time down. Welch's one-and-ones made it 1^1-59 ; Buried again. Ihe Warriors came back lo life yp| again. '; Kirk and Lonnie Holloway replied for the Warriors to close things to W-63 and with 44 seconds left in the extra period, it was still on a tightrope -- Eagles leading. 66-65, \t-ilh the ball. · Thai's when every key call from there on out »x?n against Meridian. Thai's why llnrdemann closed the locker room tight for ii) minules after Ihe game and that's why even then, he half-jokingly said "you'd better censor this..." iiordemann ordered the Warriors to (rap the ballhandler and look for a good spot to foul in that las! -in seconds. With Ihe swarming house at Capital scn-amii! '. Hed.ird almost lost a pass oul of hounds hut he retrieved and Ihe ball wenl to forward Dale Zimmerman ZIMMERMAN KOl'M) WELCH AI.OSE inside and Meridian's Blaine wasn't aboul to let him get a free layup. He pushed him -- but Welch wenl up anyway, made the baskcl. and il counted. When Hordemann asked referee Sieve Kuharski about il. he was slapped wild a technical, and when Ihe imbroglio was over. Ihe Eagles were in front 6'J 65 "I didn't Ihink it should have counted," said Hordemann. still steamed. "He fouled him -- ! (old (hem to foul." "I didn't Ihink there was any question. This isn't pro ball. When I asked him i Kuharski i if il counted. I got the technical. Actually, he didn't let me get my mouth open before he called it." Was it over? Not quite. With 19 seconds left. Meridian stole an inbounds pass, lilaine converted, and it was 69-67. But with 12 seconds showing. Jackson was called for holding and Brent Lind was sent lo Ihe line. "A guard," shrugged Hordemarm. "Your guess is as good as mine as to what Duke did to hold him." Lind pushed through both foul shots and that was il. ll's a game (hey will remember not for the crucial calls lhal went againsl the Warriors so much, but for the way both sides went after the litle. "A great game. Both teams played a fine game." praised Hordemann. Capital shot 45 per cent and seemed confident from start lo finish. Winning will do lhal to you. Bui even Hessing. Ihe surest All-SIC pick around, admitted it took a good game lo dispose of the Warriors, who are putting Rommie on All-District llommie Lewis. Northwest Nazarene's leading scorer and rebounder in a 14-12 season that included a spot in Ihe NAIA district playoffs, had been named to the All-District team released today. Lewis was one of four sophs named lo the Id-man team from NAIA district 2. He's a 6-1. 185-pounder from Mountain Home High who finished ninth in district rebounding (8.6 average) and 13th in scoring (IG.Oi. [.infield center Mark Wickman was the lone unanimous choice. He's also a sophomore, along with district picks Paul Cozens iGcorgc Foxl. and Wall Reason 'Pacific!. Others named lo Ihe team were Herb McEachin from Oregon Tech, Craig Reingold from Willamette. Rob Torresdal from (.infield. Charlie McClure from Willamette. Cliff Marlin from Pacific, and Tim O'Connor from Southern Oregon State. Honorable mentions wenl to Tim Akers, Warner Pacific, and the district scoring leader at 21.4, Tom Beatty, Willamette Jon Hills, Western Baptist. Ed Nichenko Lewis and Clark, and Lenny Williams. Oregon Tech. All 10 of (he All-stars had scoring averages above 15 points per game. Wickman and Cozens were the only centers chosen. Lewis. McEachin, Reingold. Reason. Torresdal, McClure and Martin are forwards and the rest are guards. George Kox coach Lorin Miller was named coach of the year in the district. His Bruins were IM, hesl in school history, but ihey missed a playoff berth when the Crusaders, led by Lewis and his licl shooting down (he strelch, nosed them oul for Ihe aNAIA independent berth in the playoffs. ihings together quite nicely for (heir Slate drive. "THEY 1)111 A .Sl't'KI! JOB." said the Eagles' senior. "They're lough. It was easily one of Ihe best games we've played all year. I thought we played really well in the first half (Capita! led 17-8 after Ihe first quarter and 29-27 al intermission I but their defense gave us some problems in the second." Besides defense, Ihe Warriors hud several things going for them. For one, C-5 forward Matt Johnston was a sizzling seven-of-seven in Ihe second half. He was murder down Ihe strelch as Ihe Iwo teams traded pui'.ches in Ihe fourth quarter. for another, Ihe one-lwo combination off Ihe bench of Holloway and Larry Chapman is gelling more popular than Starsky and Hutch. "They both did a good job," con ceiled Ilordemann, who doesn't hesitate lo maneuver with his bench now. Obviously, adjuslmenls were in order with Capital ahead nine points after Ihe firsi period. Chapman was put in opposite Hessing. Rasmusscn moved over on Welch, and Holloway tried lo cover Bedard as best he could. The Warriors got righl back in Ihe game, and Chapman and Holloway combined for 11 points by the lime it was over Capital surprised Hordemann wilh a zone early, bul Ihe Warriors surprised Henry even more. "THKIR HAI.F-tlH.iUT TJIAJ" UKA1.LV gave us a lot of trouble," said Henry. "We have a prelty good half-court trap ourselves, and we know what it's about and practice against it a lot. But each team's is a little different." On Ihe olhcr end. the Duke had problems with Ihe mobile Welch again bul Ihe biggest chore of all seemed to be handling Bedard. He had II rebounds and six of those came oft the offensive board, where he could be the best in the league. If he isn'l, Rasmussen is. Denny had 20 points and led everybody wilh 12 boards. "He really came on (onight," praised Hessing. "Olher times, he just didn't seem to be on his game this year." Capital, 21-2. and Meridian 16-7, were playing for the "first" lime, according to Hessing. At least in part. "One of the big factors," said Hessing, "was that this was the first time we've played them Ihis jiear when they've had all their 'starters,!* ' ; In thejirst meeting, Hordemann wa's disciplining some of his regulars. In the second, there were Warriors on the injured list. "I think they were really ready for us because they'd lost the others and since they had everybody," nodded Hessing. "The pressure was on them." . "We oulscored them from Ihe field," said Hordemann. "Free throws were where it all was. We should have won it." C A P I T A L 7 1 , MERIDIAN «, OVERTIME CHAMPIONSHIP. BOTH TO STATE MERIDIAN JiCkson Johnjfan Slairw Kirk Chapman Hoirgway TOTALS CAPITAL Welch Zimmerman Bttiara Lind McCrackcn Carter Iron TOTALS Meridian CAME TIEI SHOOTING REBOUNDING Bedard 11, Rain Capital 10. FG FT PF TP 9-11 ?i II 33 3-7 0-0 i M 0-t 4 14 3* M J / 3.7 3.4 A ; 1-2 !-? ? 4 3-8 M l 7 l»-if t-IA IS ST FG FT PF TP T-15 11 IJ J IS *-!» 4-i 3 70 £·! !·* 1 1] S-I7 M 3 13 0-J |,; 3 | 0-0 9-0 1 o 0-1 0-0 ) 0 3-0 0 3 1 0 Ii i7 19-JI 1| 71 U 13 M It 13 -- 71 3 S9-S1 EKD OF REGULATION Meridian SO t per cent. Capital « 6 -- Capital ]s. MpnrJian J*. Leaders -- iu«en ir TURNOVERS - Meridian '6 DOUG KIRK LETS FIRE WITH THE JUMPER AT 0:01 THAT TIED IT UP FRIDAY Kipp Bedard has hand up, 6u[ Kir 's shol went in to send game into overtime TIE SAME KIRK'S IN ORBIT, AND LONNIE HOLLOWAY (12) EVEN HIGHER AS WARRIORS DO SOME CELEBRATING But from 59-59. Eagles scoied six slrsrghl in OT lo lake District championship game Crusaders tip regional foe TACOMA. Wash. - Clamping itnwn on Piijjel Sound's lop scorer, and holding the Loggers (o jusl Hi points in me second half. Northwest Na/arenc's women roared In a -lii- 37 victory Kriilay in (he AIAW Ki/gional Championships. Martha Hopkins team is U-ll iimv and in position In lake fifth place in the lournainnii if il can heal Lewis-Clark of Portland in ;i .1 p.m al Ihe Pacific Lutheran gjm But il won'l be easy. Star freshman Debbie Rutan. Ihe club's :V11 center and Friday nighl's leading scorer against PuRel Sound, will not be playing Uulan went down wilh 3:30 left in (he same wilh a badly sprained ankle. "I don'l think sho'll be able lo play al all." .said Hopkins. "Thai's (,'niiig lo hurl us because Debbie's been dninn a great jnb." Ruliin did plenty iif damage on Ihe Loggers before the injury, scoring 13 noinls and lakmg down 13 rebounds. turned the game around. Ihmigh, was a defensive move by Hnpkins and some outside shooting by Nancy Kollmer. Eve Goldberg bombed (he Crusaders for 17 of 1'ugi'l Sound's 21 noinls in (be firsi half ami Ihe Loggers ivcre up 21-17. NNC wenl In a box-and-one defense, with Ihe conccnlration on Goldberg, and lhal limited her in seven points Ihe rest of Ihe Maine Within three minutes afler the break. NNC wenl ahivid for pnod on Kcllmer's three onlside shots anil Ihe Crusaders were in fronl ln-2« wilh Inur minules Jefl. Judy Kornstad had II points and Kellmer enili'd ii]) wilh lOuhile M.iry l.nhn had six and in relxuiiids Kelhner's sudden oulside surge was pivolal \\'C managed only 26 per i-ent shoolini; in ilie (jame and generally had an o f f nifjhl from Ihe door KiKan. uiih her height, has heen Ihe major offensive weapon in the N'NC push lo the regional ;nop| Iml i:c« l.uiin and SheWah! will varry Ihe pressure inside. ll»)ikins. whn h.iil lo w.itch her mr. survive ;i plauilf \utli Wluluorih just in jjet into !!»· ri'tiinnals. is j-lad lo be where she is no matter wliai the luiU-ume todav. THIS WEEK Saturday COLLEGE BASEBALL N O R T H W C S T N A Z A H E N E open! ieaion COLLEGE B A S K E T B A L L BIG SKY PLAYOFFS WeWr »,r.ner play lor Big Sky Title, oertn 11 NCAA Western Regional! WOMEN-SCOLVEGE BASKETBALL REGIONAL! Pacil.c Lulh.rin I ..I day W E S T E R N ATHLETIC Arnona SlaTe at Arizona al Brirjham Young Colorado State at Utah P .if Ne«jvtaico NJCAA PLAYOFFS A T T W I N F A L L S Final rwnd. champion la National Tournament at llotrfcinion. K a n s a i NarllwtlN.l N N C J l . P U G E T S O U 11037 NNC - JuJy KornilaJ M, Pam Bekftedjhl J Katfu J«l«hl 7 rjest.r » U |», ,,. v,,, l U ta"E« f 'k,1,"';, PS - £,,[. GO'dt!^ II. P,, Boyl, ), Collctn JV-CKJy I 4l.ce iujjrdio 1. Char Oi.cnpirl I. Vtrj ic»u 7 Celia WtKay I. Minna Dtiv i " " REBOUNDING- NNC «. PS!. Individual, - Dv'an ,3 PI.AVKBSTANDSTH!AI,FI)H Ml'RDKII ABINfiTON. Pa. (IMM Howard McNeil], 1C, ,1 swr Icammale Vnllowiny ;i prrliminnry CAPITAL TAKES THE DISTRICT TROPHY ANO RAISES THE 'NO. 1' PROCLAMATION... haskclhall player at Aliinglnn ing Thiirbdny before Disirk-i HiHh School, has heen ordered lo Mailislrale Vrank IMummer. sland trial im a murder rhnriif Mi'Soill was allowed to remain in the shoolinp dealh of a free on SM.ihlfl hail. 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