The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on December 4, 1977 · 57
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 57

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SI DECEMBER 4. 1977 I BUSINESS! Page C-22 Obituaries C-20 Racing C-18 'Sunday Rscora Cliff side Group 3-champ Indian Hills beaten, 37-6 By Michael Farber Staff Writer ' EAST RUTHERFORD - Sophomore fullback Tom Chakonis scored five touchdowns last night to finish what Cliffside Park started early this season, the quest for the New Jersey State In-terscholastic Athletic Association Group 3 North Jersey Section 1 football championship. The Red Raiders routed previously unbeaten Indian Hills, 37-6, dominating the playing field more noticeably than the scoreboard. North Tops Snyder in Group 4 By Marty Noble Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD - Being deprived of a Team of the Week award two weeks ago helped the North Bergen football team gain a more significant honor yesterday. The Bruins considered themselves slighted when they weren't named Hudson County Team of the Week two weeks ago. They had upset Clifton in the semifinals of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 4, North Jersey Section 1 playoffs. But Snyder had defeated Bayonne w7 -'-m. ,.. - vim , , fWrtfililii iir i it inniiinimiiMniMin i nutm 1"" ' B N ff ,. , . . Staff Photo by Peter Monsees With less than a minute remaining, North Bergen tackle Tom Siramarco figured the victory over Snyder was secure and he let the fans know it. Providence tap Knicks turn over tops Seton Hall game to Bucks By Ron Drogo Stiff Writer NEW YORK Bob Misevicius had no trouble finding a word to sum up his performance yesterday. "Abominable," the Providence center said. "But at least the ending made up for It." In the end, Misevicius had scored just six points on three of 12 shooting. He had grabbed 10 rebounds, but played only 28 minutes because he committed his fourth personal foul with 14:05 to play. But he was In the game at the end, and the 6 foot-9 senior Is the reason Providence edged Seton Hall, 60-58. Misevicius tapped In Dwlght Wil- i 1 I i "We made up our minds early in the year that we were the best team in the group and this bears it out," said Cliff-side Park coach Bucky Kempton. "We knew we could win if we just took it to them and played them straight up." Indian Hills played the Red Raiders straight up for IVi periods, tying the game on Joe Alderisio's three-yard run after a Cliffside fumble. But the Raiders scored two touchdowns within 1:28 of the first half's final two minutes to break the game open. The Raiders' run for the title was simply that a bone-jarring ground attack that ate up yardage with machinelike regularity and efficiency. Cliffside outgained Indian Hills, 413-70, rushing as Jim Mullen gained 193 yards on 17 carries, Chakonis 135 yards on 17 car-See CLIFFSIDE, Page C-7 Bergen wins title in the other semifinal game, and consequently received the award from the Fifth Quarter Club of the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association. So yesterday, before his team was to face Snyder in the playoff final at Giants Stadium, North Bergen coach Vince Ascolese reminded his team of the snub as a means of motivation. And when the Bruins' 6-0 victory was complete, Ascolese was certain the motivation had played a meaningful role in the victory and was almost certain of one other thing. "I guess now we have a pretty good chance to be Team of the Year. Right?" he said. "And that's better than being Team of the Week." The difference in the second meeting this season between these teams was a See NORTH, Page C-7 J- liams miss with one second left to give the undefeated Friars their third win. It gave the Power Memorial graduate some feeling of satisfaction after a bad performance in front of friends and family at Madison Square Garden. "The first time I tapped it straight up, then I just tapped it in the general direction of the basket," Misevicius said. "When I saw it going In, I just wanted to run off the court before anything bad could happen. I just wanted to know the game was over and we had the win." The Frlnrs had the win despite another valiant Seton Halt effort, despite a ScelWISEVICIUS, Page C-13 Tenafly loses in Group 2 By Paul Schwartz Correspondent STANHOPE Lenape Valley coach Don Smolyn asked for just two things from his team before it played Tenafly yesterday. "Don't let them the Tigers have the ball very much, and, when they get it, don't let them get outside," said Smolyn. His Patriots followed instructions to the letter, limiting Tenafly to just 164 minutes of possession and eight running plays outside the tackles in beating the BC blanked in Parochial A By John Rowe Staff Writer SOUTH ORANGE - It's no coincidence that the names of Seton Hall's starting defensive players are announced before every Pony Pirates' football game. At Seton Hall success is spelled: D-E-F-E-N-S-E. Seton Hall made New Jersey high school football history yesterday as it blanked Bergen Catholic, 15-0, to win the Parochial A, North Jersey Section 1 title. The winners allowed only six points in going 10-0-1 to become the first By John Rowe Staff Writer NEW YORK - The statistics sheet was handed to each Knick after the game and the number was circled in black, on orders of coach Willis Reed. He wanted to make sure that every Knick knew what had happened. New York committed an almost unbelievable 40 turnovers last night and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-108. There were times when the young Bucks, by using a trapping zone press, made the Knicks look like the Inexperienced team. "We had talked about what Milwau Tigers, 6-2, for the North Jersey Section 1 Group 2 title. The Patriots had some help from a wet, spongy home field that had Tiger coach Buzz Firkser upset before the game and even more upset afterwards. "Lenape played a helluva game and they were better than us on that field," said Firkser. "But we never should have played on that field, and I told the State that from Tuesday on. Our kids aren't pros. How could we let them play under those conditions." The muddy, slippery surface was a factor throughout the game, and especially in the final hectic seven minutes. With the. Tigers trailing 6-0, Jeff Say-dah gave them their first reasonable field position of the second half when he recovered a fumble at the Tenafly 30 with 7:12 to go. See TENAFLY, Page C-8 State team to record 10 shutouts in a season. Bergen Catholic was the only team to score on the Hall in a 22-6 regular-season loss on Oct. 1. And Kennedy of Pat-erson held Seton Hall to a scoreless tie on Oct. 29. The superlative defensive effort was a must. Bergen's defense, for the first three quarters, played just as well as the Pony Pirates' unit. "We deserved better," said Bergen Catholic coach Tony Karcich. "I'm not trying to take anything away from them, but they didn't stop us, we stopped ourselves. That was our problem all season." The opening kickoff set the tone for the game for BC. Mike Marchesani, running up to catch a short kick, fum- See ANOTHER, Page C-8 kee was going to do the press, and we had veteran players out there who should know how to handle it," said Reed. "But they didn't. "We didn't have much respect for basketball all night long," admitted Reed. The Knicks' third loss in a row was an emotional roller coaster for 15,103 Madison Square Garden fans. Down by as many as 16 points early In the third quarter, New York came back to lead In the fourth period. But In the end, the first-half collapse came back to haunt them. See BUCKS, Page C-6 Jean-Guy Talbot Talbot's still a competitor Keeps things inside himself By Larry Schwartz Staff Writer NEW YORK - The two close friends graduated from the same first-rate educational institution, the Toe Blake School of Hockey. The system they honor is based on defense, not offense. They run the same type of practices, and both stress the importance of conditioning. While the philosophy is the same, Rangers general manager John Ferguson and coach Jean-Guy Talbot take different approaches in trying to get their ideas across. "It's their temperament," says defenseman Carol Vadnais. "Behind the bench one is calmer than the other. Fergy would get a little more excited. Sometimes he would be unreal." Their teaching methods are consistent with the way they performed Ferguson fiery, Talbot calmly. Ferguson, who gave up his coaching job to Talbot in August, has a short fuse, and it doesn't take much to light it. Perhaps a bad call by the referee or a mistake by a Ranger. His face will get red, and an explosion often will follow. Even now, after bad games, Ferguson can be seen and heard in the locker room forcefully lecturing the team. "He's such a competitor," says defenseman Dave Maloney. But Talbot is no less a competitor. Unlike Ferguson, though, he doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, and his competitiveness is not in sight for all to see. Losses tear up Talbot's insides. He takes his hockey seriously, so seriously that when coaching the St. Louis Blues in 1974 he came close to having a nervous breakdown. "Real damn close," says Rangers goalie John Davidson, who played (or St. Louis then. Lynn Patrick, then the Blues' general manager, says Talbot had some problem with Sid Salomon III, then the team's president, "and it got under Guy's skin." Pierrette Talbot, Jean-Guy's wife, recalls: Staff photos by Peter Monsees "He was second-guessed by the big boss Salomon." But Talbot says it was more than Salomon's actions which had him close to the breakdown. "There were too many guys I played with, and that made it kind of tough," says the 45-year-old coach. "And there were quite a few second-gues-sers, even among the players. "I also had trouble telling players to go to the minors. I would feel so bad. Now I still feel bad, but I know it's my job. I was new in the business, and there were just too many things. I was getting sick, and before it went too far, 1 quit." One problem Talbot had in St. Louis that doesn't exist in New York is the support he has from his boss. While Salomon would fre- ". . . after we would lose a game. I would hide myself in a room. I wouldn't even talk to my wife." Jean-Guy Talbot quently back his players against their coach, Ferguson stands behind Talbot. But one problem that still exists is Talbot's taking a losing game home with him, even though he says he has improved in this area. Talbot, a defenseman, always took defeats hard, even though he didn't experience as many as most players because the first 12 years of his long career (1955-71) were spent with the Montreal Canadicns. "But after we would lose a game," Talbot says. "I would hide myself In a room. I wouldn't even talk to my wife." Conditions were much worse at St. Iouis, where Talbot replaced Al Arbour during the 1972-73 season. "He did not have a good humor there," says Pierrette. "He was bringing everything home." See TALBOT, Page C-1S I I

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