Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 20, 1975 · Page 16
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 16

Nampa, Idaho
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Tim Idaho Krev Press. Thursday. February 20. l»7» - ,\-C Fairy tales? Nampa will find out soon By I'aul linker l-'ree Press Sports Kdilor NA.MPA-If you've go! a firm reservation (or Slate (his year you're probably the same guy who believes in lite Tooth Fairy and llie value uf the American dollar. Nampa's Bulldogs, after inching their way to a 7-13 seasun, have shown nothing to indicate a sudden reversal of fortune once the District A-l Tournament gels underway tonight in Boise. But Merrill Anderson has put a lot of faith in the psychologic,?! angle. He thinks the 'Dogs will go after it, and the capriciousness of a tournament makes even the Toolh Fairy look real. "We've been h a v i n g real good practices," he offered on the eve of Nampa's lonrney opener at Boise Slate University against (he Boise Braves. Ttic game begins at B:30. "1 t h i n k the kids really want to go to State. We've been there two years in a row and I still think second place is up for grabs in this tournament." He's r i g h t . Nobody has been able to touch Capital in the Southern Idaho Conference but (lie rest of the interplay ;has been largely rooster fighting. No knockouts have been delivered to Nampa, ' for sure. Anderson can lay a strong case ' t h a t Nampa lost about five games it . shouldn't have. Take those away, the · 'Dogs arc closer to 8-8 in the SIC instead of 4-12. Mountain Home told Anderson il wanted no part of Capital's bracket lasl weekend when the Tigers won a (lip (or the No. 5 seed in District. So MI! look No. 6, Nampa got the Eagles. Boise, and Emmett, but Anderson isn't so sure it's murder. Not yet, anyway. . "We have to meet Capital some lime," he points out. "And this way we get them at Boise Slate and off their home floor. Maybe it's more of an advantage than a disadvantage." Capital (20-0) met Emmolt in the 7 p.m. opener at BSD with the Bulldogs and Braves going after each olher as soon as Sean UcKenna is through with the Huskies. In games at Capital tonight, Meridian met Caldwell at 7 p.m. and Mountain Home took on Borah at 8:30. Conceding Capital the No. 1 berth to the A-l Tourney at Pocatelloisn'lall that risky but predicting who'll go as No. 2, and who'll slip through the back door and go into a playoff with Region 4's third placer is something else. That was Nampa's route of escape last year and this lime the feeling in the Bulldog camp is whoever's hottest will be in Poky. "Thai's been our problem all year," joked Anderson. "We haven'l been able to gel hot. If we could just put it all together in this tournament, we could cause a lot of problems." Boise and Nampa have staged two of Ihe belter games in the SIC this year. The Braves haven't been able to handle 6-9 Gary Simon and the Bulldogs can't figure ouf how to completely shut off thai Boise fast break. Game one went the Braves way in Boise 71-C8. with Simon hilling 37 points. Jeff 'Silky' Swanson had 20 and Jell Smuda had 16 for Ihe winners but the next meeting, in Nampa, was different. Anderson slapped defensive ace Brent Clark on 'Silky 1 and Brent held him lo seven points. The 'Dogs slowed the break lo a crawl, Simon had 21, and Nampa won in overtime. "As records go, il will probably be close," says Ihe Nampa coach. "These two schools have played some prelly good games against each other." Something Boise didn't see earlier will District A-l Toorncy Tonight at Capital 7 p.m. -- Meridian (1010) vs. Caldwell (317} 8:30 -- M-Home (U- 9) vs. Borah (9-11) Tonight at Boise St. 7 p.m. -- Capital (200)vs. Emmett (10-10) 8 : 30-- Boise (9-11) vs. Nampa (7-13) Second round Friday with same teams playing at same sites. be Anderson's switch tonight of B r i a n Slanton, Ihe 6-foot-l sophomore, to forward. Stanton has been a big help in the back- court but in Ihe Borah game lasl week he wenl to forward and little Russ Dimick started with Andy Vasquez at guard. Anderson was pleased with the results even though Borah had a hot night at Ihe Lions' Den. "We feel Brian can rebound as well as anyone we've got and we hoped for more scoring there from the outside. I! didn't materialize, but we hope it does this lime." "Dimick had been scoring well in Ihe JV games," said Anderson, "And his quickness helps us." Boise has been potent in the stretch drive and part of that may have been coach Ron McNeley's decision lo switch 61 Jeff Molt from guard lo forward and pull Jim Klumpp off the bench to join Ihe quick Zmuda in the backcourt. The running game worked belter and Moll's outside punch look a little of the pressure off Swanson, who has been averaging around 20 points per game in late going Ihis year. The matchups will be interesting. Swanson draws Clark again, Stanlon will check Motl, Simon either 6-5 Mike Whyte or 6-4 1 .';. Kurt Kuyper, and Dimick and Vasquez are lefl with Zmuda and Klumpp. Boise's defense is a far cry from that octopus Capital called a man-lo-man. The Braves may zone until the 'Dogs prove they can score a litlle from oulside. That, folks, has been the problem. "That along with turnovers and mistakes," admits Anderson. "Vie just aren't gelling the scoring we should from the outside, and you sure can'l afford turnovers if you don't come back the next time and put Ihe ball in Ihe hole." "I really thought we'd have some outside shooting al Ihe beginning of the year. Andy's of course was right around 20 points a game the first three or four, but he's only been there once since then, and that was against Idaho Falls." Dimick could help. He's giving up just four inches to Klumpp at 5-6 and when he's on, he can hit the 15-foot jumper. When you split the SIC into East and West Divisions, Boise was second in Ihe West at 8 8 and Nampa fifth. Boise was 9-11 overall this year and seeded fourth in Region II with a 6-6 record. The winners and losers at both sites tonight will play on Friday before the tourney breaks until Tuesday. Rasmusen fops gymnasts · N A M P A -- J a n i e Rasmusen had the highesl score of Ihe night and took intermediate all- around honors Tuesday in the Nampn High women's gymnastics t e a m ' s dual with Meridian. ! had a G.5 in in- iiiii;'. 1 floor exercise, her best event, and took two olher events in the completion. Meridian's Joie Summerfeld won the advanced vault and tied Rasmusen in the u n e v e n parallel bars in addition to w i n n i n g t h e beginner floor exercise. Carmen Pooley (intermediate p a r a l l e l b a r s ) . Jonie Durr (Balance beam and beginning floor ex) and Patlie Forsgren I intermediate beam) all had first places for Nampa while Kellie Nelson was best all- around beginner. Nampa's next competition is with Capital High Wednesday night at Bulldog Gym beginning al G:30 p.m. The District championships will be March 11-13 and State is slated for the 2Ist of March in Boise. The Results: ·ADVANCED VAULT--1, Joie Sommerfeld, Mer. 2, Sue Raehak. INTERMEDIATE VALUT-- 1, Janie Rasmussen. Nam. 2, Joy Weaver, Mer. 3, Rhontia Weaver, Mer. OPTIONAL VALUT-Kelly Rose, Mer. U N E V E N P A R A L L E L BARS--1, Janie Rasmusen, Nam. 2, and Joie Sommerfeld, Mer.2, Kelly Campbell, Nam. 3, Rhonda Weaver, Mer. INTERMEDIATE PARALLEL BARS--(Beginning)--1, Carmen Pooley, Nam. 2, Kelly Nelson, Nam. 3, Kelly Rose, Mer. BALANCE BEAM--1, Jonie Durr, Nam. 2, (tie) Kellie Nelson, Nam. and Janel Morrison, Nam. 3, Julie Lakey, Nam. INTERMEDIATE BEAM--1, Pattie Forsgren, Nam. 2, Sue Barnes, Nam. 3, Debbie Hein, Mer. OPTIONAL BEAM- Leslie Huey, Cambridge. FLOOR EXERC1SF.-1, Joie Sommerfeld, Mer. 2, Sue Raehak, Mer. INTERMEDIATE FLOOR-1, Janie Rasmusen, Nam. 2, Holli Hanson, Nam. 3, Kris Clements, N a m . BEGINNING FLOOR EX--1, Jonie Durr, Nam. 2, Becky Horlon, Nam. 3, Carmen Pooley, Nam. OPTIONAL- Leslie Huey, Cambridge. A I . L - A K O U M D -- . J a n i e Rasmusen, Nam. intermediate, a n d K e l l i e Nelson, N a m . beginner. Tiny a giant as Kings glide past the Lakers By L'nited Press International The guy they call "Tiny" has the Kansas Cily-Omaha Kings suddenly thinking big. Nate "Tiny" Archibald, one of the best offensive players in the National Basketball Association despite his rather diminutive 6- foot-1, is the man most responsible for the Kings' recenl surge that has catapulted them into second place in the Midwest Division and within earshot of a playoff berth. Archibald scored 27 point* Wednesday night, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter and paced Kansas City-Omaha lo a 115-92 victory over the I.os Angeles Lakers, the Kings' f i f t h slraighl triumph and lllh in Iheir last 12 games The victory was Ihe Kings' 34lh this season, one more than ABA standings By uniled P r e s s Internal Eail W. I. PLl York " U ·» N e w St. Louil Memphis Virginia i) o .11 II ) II 1] II .11 W t. PC 1! V7 .» 10 II .SI 11 1) * H 17 Denver S,n Ant«nl» Indiana Utah Sin DIM. Wtdritldar'l Reii/lfi indiani HO Virginia 107 Ktnlucky 1U Si. L««l« ioi Ntw York II) San Ant»»lo Utah M CXnver K San Diitc I!' M"»P»" '·' ThurKav'i Oamti onar I! 0. all of last year, and the club seems destined to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 19C5-66 season when the franchise was based in Cincinnati. The Kings led all Ihe way in Wednesday night's contest. Simpson knee hurts Nuggets D E N V E R ( U P I ) - Denver Nugget coach Larry Brown Thursday said a decision on whether Ralph Simpson would play in Sunday's home game against ihe Kentucky Colonels depending on how well the alls l a r g u a r d ' s i n j u r e d knee healed. Simpson, the Nuggets' leading scorer wilh a 21.1 average, developed a cysl on the lateral cartilage of his left knee and was lefl in Denver Wednesday when his teammates traveled to Salt Lake for an American Basketball Association match wilh the Utah Stars. The Nuggets, throttled 99-80 by (he Stars, were held (o their second lowest point total in the franchise's history, eight points shy of the mark sel last season at San Antonio. Denver remains in firsl place in Ihe ABA West, with an II- game lead over second-place San Antonio jumping to a quick 10-2 lead and taking a commanding 62-44 lead at halflime. Jimmy Walker chipped in with 18 points for the Kings while Brian Winters led Los Angeles with 18. In other games, New York routed Detroit, 109-94, Washing- Ion whipped Phoenix, 120-97, and Seattle upsel Boston, 121-95. Knicks 109, Pistons W-. Wall Frazier scored 35 points (o lead New York to its second victory in a row after five straight losses. Detroit now has lost 10 of 11 games and has slumped from first to within t'-i games of last place in .the Midwest Division. Bob Lanier led the Pistons wilh 20 points. Bullets 120, Suns 97: Elvin Hayes scored 32 points -his fourth game in a row over 30 poinls-to lead Washington to its fourth win in a row and 17th straight al Capital Center. Dick Van Arsdale had 20 points for Phoenix. Scales 121, Celtics K: Rookie guard Rod Derline scored a career-high 20 points and sparked a second-quarter rally to put the Seattle ahead to stay as the Sonics downed Boston. It was only Ihe fifth loss in 29 games on Ihe road for the Celtics this season. Two other Sonics hit for career highs. Tommy Burleson had 28 points and Slick Walls 23. Boston got 18 points from Jo Jo While. 'Dome' still not set NEW ORLEANS (UPI) - The anticipated completion date of the $163 million Louisiana Superdome has been pushed back to Aug. 1--uncomfortably close to the New Orleans Sainls' football season. Contractors on Ihe massive project told Superdome commissioners Wednesday they would not be able to meet a previously announced May 1 target date set late last year. "This commission and the slate have suffered unbelievable embarrassmenl by the dates your company has set," Mayor Moon Landrieu told Paul Muhlenbein, vice president of Huber, Hunt and Nicholls General Contractors. "Now we have a crilical problem with respect to the upcoming football season." Dick Gordon, vice president of Ihe Saints, Ihe dome's prime tenant, said the delayed opening may wipe out the possibility of holding any games in Ihe Superdome this year. "The Saints have no intention and will nol accept the responsibility and expense of playing our football season in Iwo stadiums," Gordon said. "We will be playing in one or Ihe other." If the Superdome Is nol ready, Ihe Saints will continue to use Tulane Stadium, Ihe substitute site of last month's Super Bowl. PHIL SCHAFBR -- He's one of Nampa Coach Merrill Anderson's top reserves as District A-l Tourney opens tonight for the Bulldogs at Boise State's Gym against the Boise Braves. Piiolo bv Hank Cougars are lowly, but Hoidemann is cautious II) John II. Killen BOISE - Caldwcll's Cougars may have been f the rlnormjil of the Souiliern Idaho Conference all season but Meridian's Greg H u r d e m a n n is approaching them more like a trap door. The Cougars are Meridian's first round opponent in the A-] Dislrict 3 playoffs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Capital and despite Caldnell's 3-17 season record, Ilordemann is wary. "I haven't even thought about Ihe possibility of being overconfident. Caldwell is a much belter team than iheir season record shows. They played a damn good ball game last weekend against Capital. The score, even though Capital went way out in t h e last quarter. w;is slil) about the same as our score with Capital. "I'm not looking by them. I don't know if the kids are. but I sure hope nut." l l n r d e m a n n j u s t i f i e s h i s cautious approach, citing the Cougars' oulside shooting and their team speed. "When we played t h e m , they shot really well and they really moved Ihe ball on us. Another thing about them, t h e y ' r e patient. They seldom force a shoi. "And they can be a real problem defensively." Nobody would argue t h e Cougars' defensive scrap. Despite Iheir small size tlhe lallesl man on Ihe club, Mike Munns. is 6-0), Caldwell has learned Ihe advantage of collapsing on other teams' star individuals and harrassing them nil night. "Tint collapse can be a problem," admits Hordemann, "depending on how things are poing. Il can hurt a team with, say. one real big kid lhal they go l o a lot. or a team thai depends mi ihe inside much of the time. "But we can usually have at lens! two prelly big people in al mice and we have pretty good niiisidc shooting as well." The "big kids" and the oulside shooters bear Ihe same names on the Warriors. D e n n i s Uasmussen (6--1) and Hob lilaine (6-3) play the two forward positions for Ihe Warriors and are ihe two best scorers on the club, with Ras hilling a 14.0 average and Elaine counting off 12.8. Anolher thing Hordemann is worrying about is the Cougar press. "They used it against us the first lime we played them and il bothered us quite a bit through the firsl half, ljul then we started breaking on them and they had lo get out of it. The second time, I was expecting it and ihey never used it at all. Bin I'm prelly sure we'll see il in tournament. "They use the cherry pick well, loo. They almost beat Rural] w i t h il. They'd gel a rebound and just turn and fire il downcourl to a kid on Ihe run. The only reason they didn't win ihat one ivas lhal they missed several lay-ins towards Ihe end «f the game. The people lhal Hordemann has to watch the closest are guard-forward Munns and Scott Larsen. a hot-hand from Ihe corner on occasion. Both are capable of a lol of points. If the two hit a good shooting nigh! logeiher, I h e y could be devastating. "The real key to the game, though." says Hordemann, "will be whether or not we can control Ihe boards, both offensively and defensively. If we do lhal. they can't run very well and t h a t ' s an important part of their offense." As lo who to look for in Ihe tournament, Ilordemann points to Capital pul stops naming names right there. Ust year Meridian froze up in the firsl round of the tour- nameni and blew Iheir game to Mountain Home. That was wilh a crew inexperienced in iour- namcnt play. This year's team is green to post-season play as well. ".Voneof Ibese kids have ever played in any kind of tournament before. 1 really don't know what will happen. "Ynu have (o look at Capital firsl but I'm not saying anything from there on down. It could be anyone. I hupt it's us, bul it could be anyone." . FIRE DESTROYS BAUN VINTON, La. t U P I ) - A fire caused by an overloaded electrical circuit deslroyed a barn housing 60 horses on the grounds of Delta Downs race track. From the driver's seat Neal Stuart, Meridian's senior playmaker, motors around Capital while Greg Ho d mann scans the floor during a Warriors' game at the Opera House. Hordemann's club" perhaps the team of the future in the SIC west division, finds out just how soon b ' ginning tonight at Capital High in the A-l District playoffs ' 6 " PW

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