The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin on March 2, 1985 · 11
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The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin · 11

Racine, Wisconsin
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Saturday, March 2, 1985
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Sondes Dim WOSDwadak By Mika Emory Associated Prtu , MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks were sold Friday to former supermarket-chain owner Herbert H. Kohl, who said he will not move, the NBA team. At a news conference, the Bucks announced that team president James Fitzgerald and Kohl had reached an agreement Friday after two weeks of intense negotiations. "I am extremely happy to be able to keep this exciting team in my hometown and look forward 'to continuing its winning tradition," Kohl, said. "I am pleased, happy and delighted. The Milwaukee Bucks are , in Milwaukee and they are going to stay in Milwaukee." The purchase is subject to approval of the NBA Board of Governors. Spokesmen said approval could be expected as early as the April 16 meeting of the board. The purchase price has not been disclosed, but it was believed to be in the l-20 million range.", i tlie'IournalTlniesi SATURDAY. MAR. 2. Park set for city showdown Rebels By Pater Jacket Journal Timet RACINE Their record says so, their former long-time coach says so and the rankings say so: Horlick has the premier boys' high school basketball, team in Wisconsin. Everybody says so. Everybody, that is, except the Rebels themselves. Judging from their performance in Friday night's WIAA Class A regional semifinal game against Kenosha Tremper, the Rebels may have a hard time taking stock in their enviable ranking. Horlick, playing perhaps its' poorest overall game of the season, held off stubborn Kenosha Tremper 6643 before a restless near-capacity crowd of about 3,000 in the John R. Belden Fieldhouse. This was the same Tremper. team which the Rebels routed 90-63 Nov. 24. As Horlick Coach Dave Kraiise so aptly remarked after the game, "We almost could have washed our uniforms." And to think this lackluster performance came just after Jack Belden, who coached Horlick from 1957 . through 1982 proclaimed, "This is the best team Horlick has ever had." Nevertheless, the dream iotracity matchup has materialized. Horlick will play Park for the fourth time this season at 7:15 tonight in the John R. Belden Fieldhouse for the regional championship. Park advanced by beating Oak Creek 71-51 in the other semifinal game Friday night. You could see the Horlick team that compiled a 19-0 record during the regular season only in brief flashes Friday night. The Rebels were awesome for the first five minutes, building a 15-6 lead with 3:25 left in the first quarter behind good shot selection and-an imposing defense. " But the Rebels, in what is not an oversimplification, suddenly lost their drive and began to struggle. At halftime, their lead was only 31-30 against a Tremper team which compiled an 8-10 record during the regular season. "I don't know what happened," Krause said. "I would say it's one of our poorer games of the season. We came out really well and I Waterford's season comes By Dick Oberbruner Journal Times UNION GROVE - The Water-. ford Wolverines took a turn for the worst in the third quarter of their-WIAA Class B regional semifinal basketball game Friday night at Union Grove High School. After leading the Elkhorn Elks Jl-25 at halftime, the Wolverines hit a dry spell for the first five minutes of the third quarter. And the Elkhorn Elks took advantage' of that cold spell, scoring 11 unanswered points en route to their 6048 victory. Ite loss ends the Wolverines season. Waterford finished with a 13-8 record. Elkhorn, meanwhile, ad-vanad to tonight's regional championship game at Clinton against Clintn. . "At the beginning of the third quarter we started standing around," Waterford Coach Jerry Christiansen said. 1 "We 'were very aggressive for a half. We played solid D'. "1 mast have gave them a great halftime speech." he said sarcastically. Whatever Christiansen told his players, junior guard Dodd Davey Fitzgerald, reached at his home at Palm Springs, Calif., said, "Well, we took a discount of considerable amount to leave the team in Milwaukee, which we are happy to do. Milwaukee's been having its troubles. They don't need to lose one of their teams right now. "It would be an awful kick in the face to them." Kohl called it a "fair negotiation." "It's not extraordinarily high or low," he said. "It's healthy for a franchise in middle America." Kohl, 50, said Don Nelson would remain as head coach and director of player personnel and that Nelson had signed a two-year contract. He also said there would be no changes in front-office personnel. Nelson, reached in Denver by WTMJ-TV, said, "I talked to Herb Kohl this afternoon and I just told him how excited I was, and how thrilled. I was that the team was going to stay in Milwaukee and he was going to be the new owner. .. "I think we're going to have a 1985 wheeze thought we had a chance to break it open early. Then we just went cold. "We jumped out to that nice lead - and, I don't know if it was psychological or what, but we just let up." Players in the locker room were just as perplexed as their coach. But forward Robert Berryhill, who led the Rebels with 23 points and nine rebounds, was at least able to be philosophical about the mysterious performance. "This is our one bad game," Berryhill said. "You go 19-0 and you're bound to have one bad night sooner ' or later. But we pulled it through." Tony Baumgardt, the Rebels' 6-foot-10 center who contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds, suggested the team simply overlooked their lightweight opponent. "At the beginning of the game, we were all fired up and we just let down,", he said. "We might have been looking ahead because we all saw the first game and we knew, what Tremper had." While Horlick struggled for most of the game, the final score was not indicative of how close the game actually was. The Rebels had , a 65-55 lead with about two minutes to play before Tremper went on an 8-1 run. Still, Horlick partisans never had the luxury Of sitting back and enjoying the game. Tremper overcame ' an overwhelming height disadvantage their tallest player was 6-4, Chad Englund with strong outside shooting to always stay within striking distance. Led by guard Mark Gascoigne, who scored 18 points mostly from the outside, the Trojans were 27 of ' 57 from the floor. "Truthfully, I don't think they ' played like the No. 1 team in the state," Tremper Coach Saint Jimenez said. "And we just came to play. We scrapped for 32 minutes." Like Horlick, Park played a distinctly inferior team. Also like Horlick, the Panthers struggled, leading just 25-21 at halftime. But unlike Horlick, the Panthers were able to assert their superiority in the second half, outscoring Oak Creek 18-8 in the third quarter behind a swarming press. (Turn to HORLICK Page 2B) -;.- c . w. must have been listening through the walls. Davey almost single-handedly took control of the game for Elkhorn in the third quarter, scoring nine of his game-high IS points in the period. Elkhorn outscored Waterford 204 in the period to take a 45-39 lead into the fourth quarter. Gary Halbach had 15 to (ead Waterford. Rich Winker came off the bench to contribute 12. "We came back well," Christiansen said. "I was proud of them. They didn't quit." Greg Blair broke the scoring drought for Waterford at the 3:15 mark of the third quarter. Waterford's patient offense hung in there and closed the gap to 47-45 with 5:30 left in the game. But the Wolverines' defense was not as patient. ' wonderful relationship." V- . Kohl believes that a new arena 'needs to be constructed since the Bucks play In the smallest facility: in the NBA. The Mecca Arena seats 11,052. ' . "I think a new arena has to happen if the Bucks are going to pros-' per," he said. "The whole transaction is premised on the fact that there is going to be a new facility here," Fitzgerald said. "If there isn't, Herb would be totally justified moving the Cubs get a Golf: Honda all iiiiti a B' j f j ip . - i ; I . - ( fin hn Horlick 's Andrew Thompson (2$) goes for two Tremper's Chad Englund puts up a hand in defense ,J f 5 ,-r C.T Ss 1 C--C. Wolverines' guard Steve Inman picked op a technical foul after being called for a reaching foul. Davey made the free throw and" then scored on a pull-up jumper to put Elkhorn back up by Ave. Again, Waterford fought back, tying the game at 52 with 1:49 left. Another foul this one by Rich Winker put Davey back on the free-throw line and he converted twa more penalty shots. Waterford failed to answer with a basket, but fooled Kirtry Peterson on the rebound. Peterson converted both shots for a 56-52 Elkhorn lead with 1:15 left. . After a Waterford timeout. Hal-bach and Dick Reesman scored two consecutive baskets to tie the game at 56 with 42 seconds left. u r t . Kohl was Involved Itr an unsuc cessful, attempt to bring aa Amen- . cm Basketball Association team to- Milwaukee to' 1967-J'--; ' ' i ' . He also tried to get an NBA fran- : . chise for the city but withdrew his . application before a group beaded V by two other Milwaukee business-( , men. Wcs. Pavalon and Marvin ( Fikhrnan. wa awarded a franchise . In '1964.. ' -f ; '.' '. i-Kohl warotie ol the 10 original in- vestors la the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League in 1969. ; is close friend of Brewers' owner 1 Allari "Bud" Seiig.: : - V ..' Fltzgerald.Va amWJ.W$:f' , businessman involved In cable tel-. ! evision operations,' gained, a control- 1 ling interest in' the BurJks. in 1976 and, futt served as board chairman r and president since ' ' Id recent years,;, the' Bucks and . Milwaukee Brewer worked to de-- velop a Cable, TV network to feature ' .', Wisconsin' sports teams,, with Fitz- ' gerald saying the project would be the t'bestay; for . (the Bucks) to : 3 Warnlrig. 3B; tiediup. 3B, fetiGY Mfk,Mnibr8, JourniTTimM to end But then Hatbach fouled out with 17 seconds left and Dayey made two more free throws for a four-point lead that Wihkei cut in half Ss time ran out . : ' . , "After that f)ve-minute span we got going' agaitC! Christiansen said. Said Elkhorn Coach Al'Larsen, "Basically in the first half, we had no hands in fheic face. Our rebounding was unaggressive. ' "I thought in second half we were much more, aggressive on the boards. And, of Course, free throws always count. 1 ' Elkhorn madt lO-of-27 free throws, while WabirfoH was 14-for-21. The Wolverines did beat Elkhorn on the boards, 36-31 After an early 64 Elkhorn lead, Waterford scored nine straight points en route tea 17-10 first-quarter lead. ' The Wolverines took advantage of Elkhorn fouls by scoring nine points on bonus free throw situations in the first half But the letdown at a crucial time left Chrisuansen hard-pressed tor in answer. "I have no'ideaiirny." he said. "We've bad that problem at different points Bi the games all year. And if I knew te answer we wouldn't have therTij'- b ' H maintain our edge in competing with the larger market teams." But the network, SportsVue, discontinued operations Feb. 2, less than one year after it first went on the air April 3, 1984. Officials said the network failed to reach a high enough level of subscriptions to survive. The subscrib-1 r level was reported to have exceeded 18,000 in early summer of 1984, but dropped off to about 16,000 by the time it stopped operations. At the time, Bucks vice president John Steinmiller said the club would have to take a hard look at the future. On Feb. 5, Fitzgerald made his announcement that the team was for sale. Daniel Finnane, a member of the ' team's Board of Directors,' said about 20 offers from outside Milwaukee to buy the Bucks had been received in the -past three weeks. "One of the reasons we had to move fast was because there was a lot of interest," he said. mlnuRfaniikeeaims mact ' MILWAUKEE (AP) - The reaction was one of joy and relief. The Milwaukee Bucks will be staying in Milwaukee and just about everyone, including the mayor, had something good to say about that. Mayor Henry Maier reacted to the sale of the Bucks Friday with praise for tbir new owner, Milwaukee businessman Herbert H. Kohl. "I think his purchase is magnificent," Maier said. "The entire state should be grateful to Mr. Kohl for his gesture." Maier said the Feb. 5 announcement that the NBA team was for sale was a source of great concern that a new owner would move the franchise elsewhere. "We can now rest assured the team will remain in the city," Maier said. He said Kohl would be able to use bis business skills to move forward, and he noted that Kohl had requested no concessions from local governments in connection with the deal. "He is indeed a civic-minded leader," Maier said of Kohl. - The purchase price was not disclosed, but Kohl told a news conference late Friday that it was less than $20 million. The amount -was believed to be in the $18 million range. Across the street from the Milwaukee Arena, home of the Bucks, the announcement of the sale triggered a celebration among customers at a tavern frequented by fans of the team. . Michael Britton, one of the em-, ployees at Major Goolsby's, said free beer was being offered "until two half barrels are empty." "It was a happy occasion around here," Britton said. "People were celebrating, cheering." Kohl, himself, was a rather happy man Friday. The former head of a supermarket chain and a former chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, the 50-year-old Kohl said he is "extremely happy" with the chance to keep the Bucks in his hometown and he is certain the community will now go ahead with construction of a new, bigger arena. "I just have faith that this community ... both its people and its officials, will feel the necessity to 'make a quick decision" on building Case finds solace in strong effort Journal Times sports staff SOUTH MILWAUKEE - Cudahy High School's boys' basketball team may have beaten Case Friday night in the semifinals of the WIAA Class A South Milwaukee Regional, but as far as Eagles Coach Don Schutt is concerned, Case had nothing to be ashamed of. "That' was a good ballclub," Schutt said after Case's season ended with a 73-70 loss to the Packers. "I'm very pleased with the way the boys played." Cudahy (18-1) led 18-12 after one quarter and stretched its advantage to 34-21 by halftime. "We were down by 18 or 20 at one point," said Schutt. "We hit a few shots and just kept coming back. I was real pleased with the effort the kids put forth. We just kept plugging away." Case cut the margin to 52-40 by the end of the third quarter, and outscored Cudahy 30-21 in the fourth period to close the final lead to three points. Case undoubtedly was hurt by the loss of starting senior forward Eric Bob in ski, who had been suspended by the school and was not allowed to play. The Eagles were without the services of starting senior forward Eric Bobinski, who had been suspended by the school and was not allowed to play. Bobinski was the Eagles' leading scorer. Sophomore center Jerry Over-street led the Eagles with 16 points. Keith Martin and Greg Sipla added 13 apiece, and Darren Gentry scor-" ed 10. 1 Herbert Kohl jjoy a new arena, Kohl said. Kohl said he viewed the purchase as a way of paying the city and state back for the benefits his fam-, ily has enjoyed over the years. The Kohls' supermarket and department store chain started with the South Side grocery store that his father,, Max, opened in 1928. It had grown into one of the largest retail chains in the area by. the time it was sold in the 1970s. Herbert and . other family members bowed out of management in 1979. "Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin have been very good to me and my family for many, many ' years," said Kohl, who now heads his own firm, Herbert Kohl Investment Co. He traced his interest in pro basketball back to the late 1950s, when he lived in Boston while doing graduate studies in business at Harvard. "I never missed a Celtics game," said Kohl, who received his master's degree in business administra-' tion from Harvard in 1958. He had earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin. Kohl said he is a lifelong friend of Allan "Bud" Selig, the president of Milwaukee's other major professional sports team, the Milwaukee Brewers. "We grew up together, we used to play ball together," Kohl 'said, . adding that the two later attended the same college, were in the same fraternity and were roommates in their senior year. Kohl said his negotiations for the Bucks began within days after team I president Jim Fitzgerald's an-" nouncement that the team was for -' sale. ' Daniel Finnane, a member of the-Bucks' board of directors, said ne-'. gotiations had been intense for; about the past week and a half, and -that talks continued most of Thurs-'. day night and into Friday. ; Kohl said he had not yet looked ' into the possibility of trying to de-; velop a able TV outlet for the Bucks. The Bucks and Brewers worked together to start a cable TV network, SportsVue, last year, but it' discontinued operations Feb. 2 because of a lack of subscribers. Kohl said he felt any kind of cable venture would have to wait until installation of cable TV service in Milwaukee is completed. Cudahy was led by Dan Schilz' 24 points. John Drana and Joe Sadler added 13 points each. LAKE GENEVA BADGER 79 BURLINGTON 56 LAKE GENEVA This may have been a WIAA Class A regional semifinal basketball game, but Burlington Coach Jerry Hill and his Demons apparently learned a baseball lesson Friday night. Strike three and you're out. Burlington, which had lost twice to Badger during the regular season, saw its season come to an end with the third loss. But unlike the previous two games, the Demons weren't really in this one at the end. "This was the first time all year I felt we really didn't play as hard as we should have or could have,'' said Hill, whose team finish ed its season with a 6-14 record. "Those other games, we stayed with them down to the wire." Friday night was a different story Leading 57-47 with 6: 22 left in the game. Badger outscored Burlington 14-1 over the next three minutes to take a 71-48 lead with three minutes left. "They stole the ball, we had turnovers, they scored on fast breaks," Htll said. "They just completely outhustled us from that point on in every aspect of the game " Badger, which will play Salem Central tonight tor the regional championship, led 32-26 at the half, then rtscored the Demons 23 15 in the thud qu.- er to take a 55-41 lead into the final periij. John Miller led the Badgers in scoring with 16 points. Nate Turner led Burlington with 12 points. Lance Granholm added 10. Hill said he is looking forward to improvement next season, since the Demons will lost lust'one player Kelly Kahl to graduation " "We have to improve our rebounding and our defense." Hill said. "But we are looking for improvement next year. " WDftfo

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