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ing a few profitable days. These are also the best of times for scalpers. Tickets, which ordinarily sell for $30 a pair, are going for more than $250 in some cases. In the opener, Penn the most unlikely entry of this gang of four will have its hands full with Michi- Who's better Bird or Magic? See page 3B gan State. The Quakers are 25-5 going into the semifinals and have looked as strong as any team in the country the past few weeks.

After taking the Ivy League crowjn, Penn unexpectedly rolled through the East Regional, defeating Iona, North Carolina, Syracuse, and St. John's. With the Ivy League regarded as a kind of stepchild of college basketball, Penn has more than its own reputation at stake. "Normally, there's a tendency to be so excited and so elated over winning the regionals that you can heave a sigh of relief and say, Finally, I've made it to the Final Four," says Penn Coach Bob Weinhauer. "But we got up to this point and I don't want to be satisfied with the Final Four.

The next step is the Final Two." With four seniors in its starting five, the Quakers will need to rely on this experience. Tony Price, the club's top gun with a future in the NBA, is averaging 19.5 points a game and will carry most of the offense. If Penn confused all the experts this season, Michigan State, 24-6, is right where everyone expected the Spartans to be. Although the fourth-ranked Spartans are without center Jay Vincent (injured foot), they have more than enough to compensate. At 6-7, Greg Kelser is the guts of Michigan State's frontline.

If All-American Earvin Johnson is the club's quater-back, Kelser is its fullback and split end banging bodies underneath and gathering Johnson's passes on the run for rim-shaking slam dunks. Mike Brkovich, who began the season as the sixth man, will be at the other forward and is perhaps the best outside shooter on the team. Terry Donnelly, a tough defensive player, is a fine complement to the dazzling Johnson. Coach Jud Heathcote, whose team Please turn to page 3B: Cage NCAA cage fever peaks Holmes, Shavers on collision course: See page 3B SECTION SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) This is the place. On the last stop of college basketball's traveling show for 1979, the Fintll Four began their finishing drive Friday night toward an NCAA championship and a conclusion to one of the most baffling seasons in a good long time.

Pennsylvania meets Michigan State and Indiana State takes on De-Paul in today's semifinals at the Utah Special Events Center with the winners playing in Monday night's title game. As the nation's basketball capitol for the weekend, Salt Lake is feeling the effects that go along with this extravaganza. Hotels are packed from Provo to Ogden, the airport is jammed and taxi cab drivers are enjoy SPORTS Pages 1-3B COMICS Page 4B LEGALS Page 6B FINANCIAL Page5B WANT ADS Pages 6-1 5B LOCAL Page 5B SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1979 Denise gets chance after a long' wait By Don Doxsie Gazette Sportswriter They had to sit through the better part of two basketball games to see it but basketball fans at the Five Seasons Center caught a glimpse of a living legend Friday night. Even though she really didn't look too legendary. Denise Long Sturdy, who ranks as the No.

1 all-time scorer in girls prep basketball history, played the final 2:45 and scored just one point Friday as the Iowa Cornets breezed past the Milwaukee Does 105-89 in a Women's Professional Basketball game. Sturdy, who dominated Iowa basketball at Union-Whitten High School about a decade ago, rode the bench most of the night as the Cornets took control of the contest late in the first half and stepped out to a 20-point lead in the third quarter. With about five minutes remaining in the game, a chant of "We want Denise" went up amongst the crowd of 5,114. Cornet Coach Dan Moulton answered the call with 2:45 remaining and Sturdy finished out the game, totaling one point and two rebounds. "I'm not really in shape," admitted Sturdy.

"I'm about 10 pounds overweight. That's why I was stumbling around so much out there. Please turn to page 2B: Cornets Iowa-Fry transition set to begin IOWA have our hands full in trying to make a smooth transition," commented new Iowa Coach Hayden Fry as he prepared to open spring football practice Tuesday. "It is very important that we have a productive spring," says the man who was head coach for a total of 17 years at Southern Methodist and North Texas State. "We must find out who can play, then get them in the correct positions.

And we must establish confidence." All that will be a tall order for a new coaching staff taking over a squad that won only 2 of 11 games last season. Fry is aware of that and he has already identified his trans-tional problems. "First-year staffs have unique problems," he points out. Ours will be converting young men who were recruited to run the wing-T offense to a multiple attack that emphasizes the passing game. We have to revamp a defense that used an even man line to one that uses an odd-man line, and change the pass coverage from man-to-man to Zone.

The Hawkeyes can look forward to lots of contact. Scrimmages will be held every Wednesday and Saturday until drills conclude with a squad game May 5. Tuesdays and Fridays will be routine practice days. Spring drills will be open to the public, but Fry will close the practice gates next fall. Although the offense was not very productive last season-the Hawk-eyes scored more than one touchdown in only four games-10 starters return from that unit.

Split end Brad Reid, who scored six TDs and averaged 20.4 yards every time he touched the ball, leads the returning players. Center Jay Hilgenberg and tight end Jim Swift will anchor a veteran line. Eight defensive starters are missing, but the No. 2 unit returns intact. Gazette photo bv Paul Jensen Denise (Long) Sturdy (second from left), the all-time leading couragement to her teammates Friday night at the Five Seasons Center.

Sturdy played little but her team, the Cornets, won. scorer in national girls high school basketball history, shouts en- Evert suffers 2nd loss By Gus Schrader I and was unable to sustain any kind of drive. Typical was the final game when Evert double faulted twice, the second time at deuce. Fromholtz then ended the match on the next point when Evert drove the ball beyond the baseline. Another unusual aspect of the evening was that Evert, not accustomed to being the crowd favorite since her days as a rising teen-ager, received loud cheers from the crowd, which attempted to rally her.

Evert held her serve to start the match but then quickly fell out of it as Fromholtz won the next five games. NEW YORK (UPI) Chris Evert, her game suddenly shot to pieces under the pressure of her impending marriage, suffered her second setback in as many days when she barely put up a fight Friday night in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Dianne Fromholtz in a $275,000 women's tennis championship. Evert, who rarely lost more than two or three matches a year during her five-year reign as queen of tennis, thus was eliminated from this world's richest women's tennis tournament which she so desperately wanted too win. In the opening match, Sue Barker, the last woman to qualify for the tournament, wore down her former mentor to register a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Virginia Wade. Fromholtz and Barker thus gained the last two spots in the semifinals and Saturday afternoon it will be top-seed Martina Navratilova against Barker and Tracy Austin against Fromholtz.

Just as in Thursday's loss to Austin, Evert was guilty of numerous unforced errors, a rarity for the woman once known as the "ice queen" because of her cool, controlled steadiness. It simply wasn't the same Chris Evert in this tournament, although she managed to beat Barker in her opening match. She rarely put much pace on the ball, couldn't get depth on her volleys Ah, yes, nothing like a small town. Someone once said, "You can get rich in a small town, too, but it's tougher because everybody is watching you." Pass the hash An admirer of Lon Olejniczak (pronounced OHL-nih-zack), Decorah High's versatile athlete, called to ask if anyone has ever made the Iowa all-state first team in three sports. Lon, who has signed a football scholarship at Iowa, was the Iowa Daily Press Association's all-state first-team QB last fall.

He also was a standout on the Decorah cage squad, and made the IDPA all-state second team. Some observers say his best sport of all is baseball. He is a pitcher. It would take considerable research to be sure of the all-state first-team thing. We thought of some possibilities, like Bill Barbour and PeeWee and Fats Day, all of Mason City, and Emory Sample of C.R.

Roosevelt, but we'll welcome help. Can anyone recall an athlete who made the all-state first team in three sports? 000 Everyone knows, of course, that wrestling is a major sport at Iowa and Iowa State. But did you realize each school has a student-wrestler on the board that shapes its athletic policy? John Bowl-sby is on Iowa's Board in Control of Athletics, and Mike Land is on ISU's Athletic Council. Slo-pitch "My hat's off to you!" SID LEIBS0HN 364-5341 TOMMY TUCKER REALTY The Cherry Hill Slo-Pitch Softball League will have an organizational meeting Sunday at 4 p.m. at May City Lanes.

For further information, call Bob Hunter, Realtors Dennis is a TURNTABLE OPEN DAILY Frosty's background magic Ever talk to a gold mine? We enjoyed a chat with one the other day. A gold mine of informa tion. The mother lode of data on Iowa high school state tournament basketball players. We always thought Frosty Mitchell, the sports broadcaster-station owner of KGRN-radio in Grinnell, was kidding when he told us his wife, Joan, provided him with the rich vein of info he dispenses on TV about each player on the 24 teams that play in the state boys tournament each March. Now we've covered a few state tourneys in our time, and we used to think we had pretty good background material on some of the teams, especially those in The Gazette area.

But we're frank to say Frosty dishes out more facts during his Iowa Broadcasting Association telecasts than we ever hoped to collect. Mark Zellich, sportscaster from Wausau, has been doing the state tourney play-by-play for seven years. Frosty has been his "color" man the last five years. The two have to endure occasional catty comments about "cliches" from some of the other newsmen, whose complexions might be just a bit green and we don't mean on St. Patrick's Day.

Candidly, we think the description of both men is both informative and colorful. Show me a sports writer or caster who claims he hasn't used at least a few cliches and we'll show you a guy who hasn't read or listened to his own produce. Push-button facts At any rate, when a eager makes an outstanding play, Frosty moves in with information about his other athletic, academic or outside achievements, what his parents do and anything interesting about brothers, sisters or other relatives. One year Joan even armed Frosty with how each town in the tourney derived its name and when it was founded. This angle caused Gov.

Robert Ray, who used to help Frosty broadcast Iowa football games, to make this comment: "In flying around this state, I'm amazed at how many towns are named after their water towers." Well, we digress. While talking with Joan the other day we asked two questions: 1. Does she really do all that research for Frosty? 2. How in the world can she get it all done in such a short time? "Yes, I'm the research bureau, although our three daughters used to help before they went away to college," Joan replied. "Actually, I do some of it during the season on the teams that seem certain to go to state.

The others I work on after they qualify. "The small-town teams are easy. Usually I can make one call to the coach or school and get all the information I need on the whole squad. In the smaller schools, most pf the athletes are out for the other sports, too, so everyone knows their activities. In the big schools, though, many of the athletes just take part in one sport, so it's hard to run down all the Information." Frosty adds that Joan encountered another stumbling block this year for the first time: When she called Davenport Central for such information, school administrators politely told her government regulations forbade releasing it without written consent of he students.

P.S. she got ome facts from other sources not quite so G.I. II II tf Golf FAMILY RECREATION CENTER Swing Into Spring GOLFSALE Ray Cook Potter Etonics Men'sWomen's Golf Shoes Many Style $21.50 $12.95 Solectod Styles 50 OFF Iowa places in swimming CLEVELAND Iowa's 800-yard freestyle relay team set a school record and earned ail-American status with a ninth-place finish in the NCAA swimming and diving championships at Cleveland State University Friday night. The Hawkeyes quartet Ian Bullock, Charlie Roberts, Brett Naylor and Bent Brask was clocked in 6: 37.56, cutting more than three seconds off the Iowa record it set in its qualifying heat. It was the first time since 1959 Iowa had earned all-American ranking.

In accomplishing that feat, the Hawk quartet beat Big Ten rivals Michigan and Indiana the first time since 1960 Iowa has beaten the Hoosiers in any swimming event. Brask led off with an Iowa record 1:38.30. MEN'S Reg. SALE Let Dennis explain why your records will sound better on the NEW SONY direct-drive turntables. Dennis will explain how the BSL direct-drive motor with X-tal lock gives you dead-on speed for musical tone purity.

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