Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on December 5, 1973 · 25
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Wednesday, December 5, 1973
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Scantlebury Eager for Ft. Calhoun Coaching Debut Saturday night's Oakland-Craig at Ft. Calhoun basketball game may not generate much state-wide significance. Neither is expected to be a Class C powerhouse. But the game is noteworthy. It marks the coaching debut of Ft. Calhoun's Tom Scantlebury, the ball-handling wizard who electrified Nebraska basketball fans for four years. Scantlebury, who scored 969-points in his 3-year Cornhusker varsity career, coaches Ft. Calhoun the same way he played " fast. "We hope to run a lot," he says. "We have five starters who Hastings in Favorite's Hole for MAC Tou By Dave Sittler State College Writer Basketball, Nebraska State, will be the feature attraction at Concordia College in Seward starting Thursday. Concordia will host' the fifth annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) preseason tournament with eight teams competing. In addition to the six NIAC team which, include Nebraska Wesleyan, Hastings, Dana, Concordia, Doane and Midland, guest schools Bellevue College and Texas Wesleyan will roun-clout the field. The three-day meet will be held Thursday through Saturday with four games all three days with action starting at 3.30 during all three sessions. Dana and Nebraska Wesleyan meet at 3; 30 p.m. Thursday in the opening round followed by Midland and Texas Lutheran at 5:15. Defending champion Hastings will meet Concordia at 7 p.m. followed by the Bellevue Doane contest at 8:45. Powerhouses Hastings and Doane, who return all five starters from last season, are considered the pre-meet favorite along with Nebraska Wesleyan Coach Irv Peterson's Wesleyan crew got their 1973-74 season off to an impressive start last week by rolling over Kansas Wesleyan and McPherson College, 93-74 and 86-75 respectively. "We're always pleased to win games on the road like we did OU, Creighton Rated Tourney Favorites ' Omaha Oklahoma and Creighton rate the favorites' tags in the Friday night opening games of the first Creighton Cage Classic, sponsored by Big Brothers Association of Omaha and Council Bluffs. Oklahoma, featuring Big Eight Conference Player of the Year . Alvan Adams, is selected over San Diego State, a club which apparently has found great support in new faces for super soph .Steve Copp. Creighton is given a slight edge against Air Force Academy, though the Rich Nickelson-led Falcons will be a stern test of whether Creighton 's rangy guards can handle tough defensive pressure. Count the Saturday night final a toss-up, whether the two favorites make it or not. Game time both Friday and Saturday is 7 and 9 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Arena. Cappelletti's Frustrations End NEW YORK (AP) - John Cappelletti, Penn State's stellar running back, had at least one moment of doubt Monday night, the day before he was named winner of the Heisman Trophy for 1973. "All the All-Americans were in New York to tape a television show," Cappelletti said Tuesday. "I saw John Hicks (Ohio State's mammoth offensive tackle) last night, and I thought someone that size might be big enough to scare some people into voting for him." Maybe some, but not enough. Cappelletti, a 6-foot-l, 215-pound senior, was an easy winner of the prestigious award given to "the outstanding college football player of the year," piling up 1,-057 points-including 229 first-place votes from the panel of 819 sports writers and broadcasters. The balloting was conducted by New York's Downtown Athletic Club. The 6-2, 258-pound Hicks finished second with 524 points, equalling the best showing ever by an interior lineman. Texas running back Roosevelt Leaks can play guard. We'll have to scrap to rebound, but we think we can press. "I'm pretty optimistic even though we return only two starters from a losing (7-10) season," adds Scantlebury. "I know Oakland-Craig qualified for the state Class C tournament last season, so we'll have our work cut out for us." ' Scantlebury, who earned all-Big Eight acclaim his senior season at Nebraska, almost made it as a free agent with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks after his Cornhusker careers. . ' 'I was like Al Nissen was this year with Kansas City-Omaha. I jnj fiitrato Jnurnal mm Wednesday, Dec, 5, 1973 25 last week," Peterson said. "Our veterans and new Dlavers were able to blend in well together and got our offense rolling.' The Plainsmen veterans include senior center John Strain, senior forward Dean DeBoer and junior guard Steve Joekel. Joekel, a 6-2 Lincoln East grad, scored a career high 34 points against McPherson and added 22 in the win over Kansas Wesleyan. Sophomore guard Bob Knollenberg and junior college transfer Gene Parks are the two newcomers that pleased the veteran Peterson. Parks, a 6-6 transfer from Nebraska Southern,' poured in a 1 i I John Magsamen . . . Pius Cager . was third, quarterback David Jaynes of Kansas fourth and running back Archie Griffin of Ohio State fifth. "I'm pretty excited about winning," said Cappelletti, "although there are a lot of great athletes and I wouldn't have been too disappointed it I didn't get it. But my teammates had a lot to do with my winning it, and I'd like somehow for everyone to be able to share in it." "He's the best player I've ever been around," declared Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, who's had such stars as Franco Harris, Lenny Moore, Lydell Mitchell, Jack Ham, Mike Reid, Ted Kwalick and John Hufnagel in past years. "He's a great athlete who worked hard all year and had a great season," Paterno added. "He has great poise, an innate confidence, and the ability to get people to do things with him. The Heisman Trophy is a just reward for a very worthy young man." He is the 37th offensive back and the 35th senior but the first from Peno State to win the was about .the hs) guy cut," relates Scantlebury. The Oakland, Calif., native then spent two years, competing in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), a semipro league with teams in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. "I finished school at Nebraska and flew to Chicago on the weekends to play for Rockford (111.)," relates Scantlebury. "After I graduated, I saw this job at Ft. Calhoun listed in the teacher's placement last spring," he adds. "I still have a real love for basketball and have always wanted to stay in it, so I applied and was accepted." rney game-high 26 points against Kansas Wesleyan and hit double figures with 20 counters against McPherson. "Bob has obviously been a valuable addition to our squad," Peterson said. "We were counting on him for rebound strength, so the scoring he's Providi has been a happy sur- Pnse- Peterson, who would rather not even play in this week's NIAC event, says he considers Hastings the tourney favorite. "I'll admit that I don't really care for this early season tournament," he said. "The bad thing about it is the fact each conference team ends-up playing some of the other NIAC teams three times in a season." "It's a lot of games in a short time which really jams-up each team's schedule." "Hastings should easily be considered the favorite along with Doane," he continued, "but we're not about to throw in the towel without a good fight." Learned From Playing City Teams Pius Thrived on Competition By Randy York Prep Sports Writer One of a Series The experience of playing Lincoln basketball teams is all but over. But Lincoln Pius X coach Don Kelley hopes the experience isn't forgotten. "I think we were able to learn some great things playing in this city," says Kelley. "Sometimes we were competitive. Sometimes we weren't. But we always seemed to have profitted from the experience." , The Thunderbolts no longer play city rivals Northeast and East, which have combined for five state Class A championships and one runnerup finish in the last seven years. Southeast also dropped the 'Bolts from its schedule to start fulfilling committments to the new 1-80 Conference, which will begin next fall. "We may not play a Lincoln team (Lincoln High) until March. But we tried to get a representative schedule. And I think it's as good as any Class B schedule in the state," says Kelley. "We play Omaha teams; Southern teams, Southwest teams, Northeast teams." Pius X returns four lettermen from last March's Class B state semifinalist club, edged out by eventual champion Fairbury. But one of those lettermen, Artie Aksarait, won't be Heisman Trophy in the 39-year history of the award. He also is the first player from an Eastern school' to win since Roger Staubach of Navy in 1963. Last year's winner was flanker Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska. It has not been all glory for Cappelletti. A star, quarterback in high school, he found himself playing defensive back as a sophomore. Was he discouraged? "No, not really. We had some pretty good running backs in Lydell Mitchell, Franco Harris and Tom Donchez, so I couldn't really complain. And Coach Paterno told me I'd be going back to offense my junior year." But that didn't end his frustrations. He even thought about quitting early in his junior year, after failing to gain 100 yards in any of his first three games of 1972. "After the Iowa game I was really confused," he said. "I felt I just didn't have It any more. I felt maybe tailback wasn't my position. It was the lowest point I ever bad in college." ( Scantlebury claims he couldn't be happier with his new setup as a history and social studies teacher and Class C basketball coach. ' . "Ft. Calhoun is only nine miles north of Omaha and growing rapidly," he points out. "They have excellent facilities a 2-year-old schdbl with a great gym. It won't take long for it to South Dakota available until January at the earliest. Last season's leading 'Bolt rebounder and defensive ace and second leading scorer underwent knee surgery for a football injury in September and still can't practice. Kelley, however, believes he has in his other three returning lettermen "solid players who can score, play the good defense and have a good knowledge of the game." All-state football end John Magsamen, who led Pius X with a 13 scoring average last season, and guards Pat Anderson and Jim. Hamersky are other returning lettermen. "This group represents the most returning experience we've had for a while," notes Kelley, "We don't have anyone exceptionally big. We're not real quick and we're not the best bunch of shooters. But this group has a Coaches' Pay raises for head football coach Tom Osborne and his 10 assistants will be on the agenda when the University of Nebraska Board of Regents meet Thursday afternoon. NU athletic director Bob Devaney says he is pleased with the results of the regular season. Osborne's first Cornhusker squad compiled an 8-2-1 record, identical to the mark made by But he persevered, and the next week gained 124 yards against Illinois'. He went on to gain 1,117 yards last season, and increased it to 1,522 yards on 286 carries in 1973, when he led Penn State to an 11-0 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl. I learned a lesson if you stick with something longer' than you think you can, things will work out for you." A modest young man, Cappelletti described himself as "a consistent type of runner, not the kind who burns holes in the turf. Majoring in law enforcement and corrections at Penn State, Cappelletti spent eight weeks last winter working with, the police department in his home town of Upper Darby, Pa. I, John Cappelletti, Penn State, (229), 1,057. 2, John Hicks, Ohio State, (114), 524. 3, Roosevelt Leaks, Texas, (74), 482. 4, David Jaynes, Kansas, (66), 3M. S, Archie Griffin, Onto State, (45), 326. 6, Randy Gradilhar, Ohio State, (47), 282. 7, Luciout Selmon, Oklahama, (39), 250. 1, Woody Green, Arizona State, (31), 247. 9, Danny White, Arliona State, (32), 166. 10, Kermlt Johnson, UCLA, (24), 122. 11, Tony Doriett, Pittsburgh, (15), 115. 12, Lynn Swann, Southern California, (16), 108. 13, Anthony Davis, Southern California, (5), 104;. Conredge Holloway, Ten-nessee, (16), 93. become Class B. ' "I live in West Omaha, so I can still enjoy a big city," says Scantlebury, , who admits the experience of coaching in a smaller community is decidedly different than his own playing experience at large Oakland Skyline High School. "Everyone knows everyone here. For me, that's different, but I like it. It's better," says Scantlebury. "You know all the local yokels down the street. It's really informal." The competition probably won't remind him of a Bill Cain, a Cliff Meely or a Dave Robisch. But it's competition. And State's Dale Nickelson great desire to win and certainly expects to win despite a rugged schedule." That desire is almost too intense, according to Kelley, who believes "we're trying too bard at this point. I like to play loose and experiment in December." With Aksamit at least temporarily out of the picture, Kelley maintains "we'll have to hitch up our belt and all do a better job of rebounding. And that means our guards are going to have to help." Anderson and Hamersky inherit that task. The two who will join Magsamen in the front line will be chosen from among Eric Siepker, Mike Peters, Doug Charko and Rick Zitek. Kelley also has been impressed with the outside shooting and hustle of what he Salaries Weighed Devaney's final team last fall. Devaney said he was sure the current team was disappointed not to win the Big Eight championship, as was the cast? last season. But, he added, the Orange Bowl victory over Notre Dame last year helped to make the year a better one, and he hopes a good showing against Texas in the Cotton Bowl will do the John Cappelletti . it will be equally intense. In season-opening games involving Lincoln teams, here's a first crack at forecasting: Lincoln Southeast v. Lincoln East, Friday night, Pershing Auditorium The teams should be evenly matched. But the Spartans deserve an edge, based on more experienced guard play. Lincoln High at Hastings, Friday night The Tigers are favored only because they're at home. Kearney v. Lincoln Northeast, Saturday night, East Gym -Kearney lost most of its (55) drives past Creighton's calls his midgets Joe Millard (5-9) and Bob McCloskey (5-8). Senior Mike Creal "has shown good early shooting form, too," according to Kelley. Pius X Roster PM Name, School Ht. Wt. Yr. x-G-Pat Anderson 6-2 170 12 G-Mike Creal 6-0 155 12 X-G-Jim Hamersky 6-2 170 12 G-Bob McCloskey 5-8 150. 12 G-Joe Millard 5-9 140 12 F Doug Charko 6-2 165 12 F-Leo Jablonsky 6-1 165 12 K-F-John Magsamen 6-2 175 12 F-Eric Siepker 6-3 170 12 F-Rick Zitek -.6-0 180 12 F-Mitch Ohnoutka 6-0 165 11 x-C-Arlie Aksamit 6-3 175 12 C-Mike Peters 6-4 170 II x denotes lotternwn. Schedule December: 8 at Council Bluffs (la.) St. Albert's; 15 - at Fairbury; 21 - at Minden; 26-29 - at Wayne State College Holiday Tournament. January: 11 - Lexington; 12 Omaha Holy Name; 18 - at Waverly; 19 - at Gothenburg; 25 Omaha Gross; 26 David City Aquinas. February: 1 at Beatrice; 2 at Syracuse; 8 - Omaha Paul VI; 15 -Norris; 22, - Cozad; 23 - Omaha Cathedral. . March: I - Lincoln High (Pershing). same for this year's club. The Nebraska coaches and their present salaries are: Osborne, $24,000; Warren Powers and Monte Kiffin, $19,-000; Mike Corgan, Cletus Fischer, John Melton and James Ross (who also is assistant athletic director), $19,500; Rick Duval and Gerald Moore, $17, 500; George Darlington, $16,000; William Myles, $15,000. . Heisman Winner Scantlebury hopes firepower from last March's state semifinalist team. Northeast returns Terry Novak. And that's enough to make an easy choice. Omaha Westside at Lincoln High, Saturday night The Warriors return two starters and are blessed with a 6-7 Creighton Prep transfer from the 1973 state runnerup. They should coast. Lincoln Pius X at Council Bluffs (la). St. Albert's, Saturday night - St. Albert's already will have played three games. But the 'Bolts are bracing for an excellent season. Prep Picks... Page 26 UPI TELEPHOTO Mike Heck (54). SoOlieFS' Switzer Honored KANSAS CITY (AP) - Coach Barry Switzer of Oklahoma started the football season with several apparent handicaps. The Sooners were placed on probation by the Big Eight Conference last August for recruiting violations. Because of that probation, they also lost their only experienced quarterback, Kerry Jackson. Switzer was just beginning his first season as a head coach, having succeeded Chuck Fairbanks. He was minus 15 starters from the previous year, and the Sooners were figured to finish fourth in the Big Eight race. Oklahoma went through the campaign with a 10-0-1 record, won the conference championship and is ranked second nationally. As a result, Switzer, at 35, was named conference coach of the year today by a 20-member board. Switzer just did edge out Coach Don Fambrough of Kansas, who guided the Jayhawks to a 7-3-1 season and into the Liberty Bowl to play North Carolina State Dec, 17. The Jayhawks finished the league race tied with Nebraska for second place. The Sooners also came up with the defensive player of the year in Lucious Selmon, their All-America nose guard. Selmon won the honor in a runaway. The only other players who received votes Were teammate Rod Shoate, Cleveland Vann of Oklahoma State and John Dut-ton of Nebraska. Shoate also made the All-America team. Quarterback Dave Jaynes of Kansas, another All-American who established six Big Eight passing records, was selected the offensive player of the year, eding Oklahoma's runner Joe Washington. Sooner quarterback Steve Davis was the only other player to receive a vote. Jaynes led the conference in passing and total offense. He connected on 172 of 330 passes for 2,131 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had only nine interceptions. Jaynes was regarded as the big reason the Jayhawks, who lost two games by only one point, came back from two consecutive 4-7 campaigns to register their first winning season and receive their first bowl bid since 1968. Both Switzer and Fambrough attributed part of the success of their teams to the fact that some of their young, untested players performed better than had been anticipated. Santo Stands Pat HOUSTON (UPI) - Having tried to change the home of Ron Santo and failed, baseball's officialdom today gets down to the business of settling the addresses of a couple of managers and one entire team. Santo, the 33-year-old Chicago Cubs' third baseman, Tuesday became the first player to take advantage of a recently implemented contract clause which allows a veteran player to approve any trade that would shuffle him off to another city. The Cubs tried to deal Santo to the California Angels. Such a "trade could conceivably still take place, but while the Cubs are trying to coax Santo around to their way of thinking, baseball's winter meetings will reach the stage where high powered decisions must be made. Discussions begin today at baseball's highest levels in Oakland owner Charles O. Finley's attempt to obtain compensation from the New York Yankees for Finley's former manager Dick Williams -moving to the New York Yankees. Finley, who delayed his arrival at the meeting until the eve of his confrontation, has threatened legal action if he is not compensated for Williams' departure. And if Finley is compensated the Yankees will probably want something from Detroit in return for Ralph Houk going off to manage the Tigers. While Finley is arguing his case with American League officials, National League owners take up the question of who will own the San Diego franchise next season and where the club will play. Two five-man trades took place Tuesday, making six deals involving 20 players transacted in two days. Pittsburgh gave up righthand-"ed hurler Nelson Briles and in-fielder Fernando Gonzalez to pitcher-hungry Kansas City in return for utility man Ed Kirkpatrick, i n f i e 1 d e r Kurt Bevacqua and young first baseman Winston Cole. The other swap saw Cincinnati send lefthanded pitcher Ross Grimsly and catcher Wally Williams to Baltimore for veteran outfielder Merv Retten-mund and two minor leaguers-shortstop Junior Kennedy and catcher Bill Wood. But it was Santo and his reluctance to leave the Cubs that highlighted the day. The Cubs, having acquired a youngster from the Texas Rangers they think can play third base for them Bill Madlock were known to be trying to peddle Santo. One trade was worked out with the California Angels, but Santo balked. That caused the Cubs to officially report Santo's feelings. "Ron Santo has elected ' to exercise his rights under the new rules," a Cub spokesman said, "which gives a player with 10 years experience in the major leagues and five years with the same club (Santo has 14 years with Chicago) the right to decide whether he would report to another club in the event of a trade. "John Holland (the club's executive vice president) said he had talked to Ron and Ron said his decision at this time is to remain with the Cubs' organization. Frosty Among Finalists Mission, Kans. Nine finalists in the 1973 College Athletics Top Ten Student-Athlete Awards have been announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The finalists from the fall nominations will compete with the six finalists from the winter-spring nominations for the Today's Top Five Student-Athletes Awards. The Today's Top Five is part of the College athletics Top Ten, which also honors five distinguished former student-athletes on their Silver Anniversary as college graduates. The fall finalists are: Forrest P. (Frosty) Anderson, Jr., Nebraska, end; David A. Blandino, Pittsburgh, offensive tackle; Monte R. Doris, Southern California, defensive lineman; David D. Gallagher, Michigan, defensive tackle; Charles M. Getty, Penn State, offensive tackle; Richard A. Haynie, Air Force Academy, quarterback; Randall P. Poltl, Stanford, safety; Frank T Tusinski, U. Millsouri-St. Louis, soccer; and Norris L. Weese, Mississippi, quarterback.

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