Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 17, 1977 · Page 8
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Thursday, November 17, 1977
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Page 8 Garden Cily Telegram Thursday, IMovember 17, 1977 Size, Balance Boost Buff Basketball Hopes By LEESTUART The opening of boys basketball drills at Garden City Hijh School came two weeks later than usual, but was greeted with no less enthusiasm. The Buffaloes, under the direction of third-year head coach Ivan Williams, opened their pre-season practice Monday, about 14 days late because of a Kansas State High School Activities Association ruling. Twenty-six upperclassmen and 20 sophomores donned their tennis shoes in search of a spot on the roster. Included in the turn-out were five returning lettermen: 6-4 senior Rege Craft, 5-9 senior Brad Taylor, 6-2 senior Rod Haney, 6-1 senior Lance Ringler and 6-4 senior Frank Schmale. Craft, Taylor and Ringler were full or part-time starters last year, but none scored in double figures. Craft, the third-leading rebounder, suffered a knee injury in practice on Tuesday. The extent of the injury is not known. Williams, who has posted a 17-22 record in two seasons, said this year's group is not as quick as last season's 13-7 squad. "We'll have six people over six-feet tall," Williams said. "I don't think we'll have as much team speed or quickness as we did last year, but we are more aware of what we need to do to become a good basketball team than any group I've had here." After employing off-season training programs, the players reported to the first day of practice in "pretty good physical shape," Williams said. "But they're never in as good a shape as they think they are." Telegram** Sports The Buffaloes open their season Nov. 29 here against Perryton, Texas. That test should be an arduous one, Williams said, because Perryton will have played three games by then. The annual Brown and White in- trasquad scrimmage is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We don't have as much time to gel ready for the first game as we've had in the past, but we'll be ready," he said. Graduated are last year's lop scorers and rebounders — Kirk Burrows, Darren Woodson and Ernie Livingston — but Williams hopes to combat their loss with balance. "I think one of the attributes of our team will be that it is fairly balanced," he said. "We're lacking a little experience at the post, but we have our best two defensive players back in Brad Taylor and Ringler." He's looking for help from relatively inexperienced upperclassmen Brad Eads, a 6-6 pivot, 6-4 Steve Dodd, Tim Rupp and Del Ray Mounts. It's doubtful that more than one sophomore will be promoted to the junior varsity, he said. "If we can solve some endurance problems with Eads, I think he will be a good 6-6 basketball player," Williams said. Eads suffered a collapsed lung some time back, and several small lung perforations had to be corrected. "We won't make a lot of changes from last year," he said. "We'll play man-to-man defense most of the time, and we should be able to rebound and score well. I would think team defense is a bit of a concern to us." Williams, assisted by Bob Krug and Lynn Darcey, believes the Central Kansas League West Division race will be a dogfight throughout the year. "The league is about as evenly balanced as it can be. Everybody lost a few people, but everybody has a few lettermen back and a few starters back." "I think we'll be in the thick of it (the race). We'll probably get better as the year goes along, especially if our big people develop like I think they can." After the season opener against Perryton, GCHS travels to Lamar Dec. 3. GCHS won at Perryton, 73-66, last year, at 64-45 over Lamar. K-State to Meet Buffs In The. Turmoil' Bowl KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Although Colorado will face Kansas State Saturday without No. 1 quarterback Jeff Knapple, Wildcat Coach Ellis Rainsberger isn't ready to jump for joy. "I think both teams have had their share of outside distractions and concerns," said Rainsberger, who has had his own problems, including an ongoing rape prosecution in connection with an incident at the K-Slate athletic dorm, a player walkout and a misrepresentation of players' identities that forced Rainsberger's resignation. As far as Colorado's problems go, Rainsberger said, "I don't know what effect it will have. I just know we have to rise to the occasion again as a football team." Colorado Coach Bill Mallory suspended Knapple, the Big Eight's leading passer, after he walked out of practice Tuesday following an argument with a coach. Iowa State Coach Earle Bruce hopes his team can stop Oklahoma State's Terry Miller, who has run for more than 100 yards in 18 straight games. At Oklahoma State, Miller was one of several players who finshed their last full dress Big Eight practice with what Coach Jim Stanley called "bristling enthusiasm." "I think a lot of our older players realize this is their last game," Stanley said. He announced that Randy Stephenson would start at quarterback despite the fact that Harold Bailey will probably be ready to play. At Kansas, starting quarterback Brian Bethke missed practice for the third day in a row and Coach Bud Moore said freshman Steve Smith would probably start against Missouri. At Missouri, Coach Al Onofrio said the Kansas game is special. "It doesn't matter what happens in the other 10 games, and it has been that way every year." After three days off, Nebraska started practice Wednesday for next Friday's game against Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners start light workouts today and begin full-scale drills Monday. Bowl-Bound Broncbusters Vic Ornelas Happy Garden City Community College football players leave the field Saturday night after wrapping up a share of the Jayhawk Juco Conference title with a 31-7 drubbing of Coffeyvtlle. The Broncbusters host Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday in the second annual Beef Empire Bowl. For details, see the bowl insert in today's Telegram. Mary/andHopes to Become King'of the Mountain Pacers Pop Portland, Player Disappears By The Associated Press The Indiana Pacers unexpectedly won a basketball game and unexpectedly lost a player Wednesday night. While Indiana, the last- place team in the Midwest Division of the National Basketball Association, was upsetting Portland's defending league champions, 111104, fiery guard John Williamson became upset and walked out on the Pacers. Williamson, eighth in the NBA in scoring this season with a 23.8. average, disappeared during halftime after collecting only four points in 17 minutes in the first two periods. "I have no comment on John Williamson," a stunned Indiana Coach Bob Leonard said after the game. "I'm going to keep it strictly a team matter and won't have any public comment about the situation now. After we practice Thursday, I'll have something to say." Asked if Williamson would be at practice, Leonard replied, "I don't know." While Williamson was vanishing into the night, the Pacers' offense and defense were shining brightly. Dan Roundfield came off the bench and led Indiana with a career-high 29 points. Adrian Dantley scored 26 and Ricky Sobers contributed 21. Meanwhile, the Pacers held Portland to nine points below its season's average in handing the Trail Blazers only their third loss in 13 games. "We beat the world champs," Leonard said on a more cheery note after Indiana's first victory ever over the Trail Blazers. "It gives us a thrill." Reserve Larry Steele paced Portland with 21 points and Bill Walton scored 20. In other NBA games, the Boston Celtics routed the At- lanta Hawks 131-105, the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Seattle SuperSonics 101-96, the Buffalo Braves topped the Houston Rockets 101-97, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Jersey Nets 116-106. Celtics 131, Hawks 105 The Celtics, after a shaky 18 start this season, won their third straight game and handed the slumping Hawks, 8-5, their fourth loss in a row. Rookie Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell and Tom Boswell each scored 20 points for Boston. Atlanta's John Drew, who tallied 25. 76ers 101, Sonics 96 Julius Erving's 28 points helped the surging 76ers win their sixth game in seven outings since Billy Cunningham replaced Gene Shue as coach. The victory gave the 76ers an overall record of 8-5 and moved them into a first-place lie with the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division. Braves 101, Rockets 97 Billy Knight's 38 points and Randy Smith's 29 enabled Buffalo to overcome a brilliant performance by Houston's Moses Malone, who had a career-high 36 points and 29 rebounds. "He (Malone) can be better than he was tonight," said Rockets Coach Tom Nissalke. "It's hard to believe, isn't it, especially when you realize he should be a senior in college." Bucks 116, Nets 106 Dave Meyers' 29 points and 12 rebounds keyed Milwaukee's victory over the Nets, who were led by Kevin Porter's 26 points and 14 assists. New Jersey Coach Kevin Loughery, after being ejected with 41 seconds remaining following his second technical foul, angrily drop-kicked the ball toward I he basket. COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Lefty Driesell was regarded as a kingmaker when he reversed Maryland's sagging basketball fortunes, Now, after a slight slump by the Terps, he has a real King on hand to lead a revival. Albert King of Brooklyn, one of the most highly recruited high school stars in years, should be just what Maryland needs to slay afloat in what shapes up as a dogfight in the Atlantic Coast Conference race. "I don't want to put pressure on Albert," Driesell said. "If we don't have a good year, it won't be his fault. And if we do, it won't be just because of him." Still, it's no secret that the 6- foot-6 King, from his small forward position, must be the catalyst for Maryland. The Terps are coming off a 19-8 season, their worst record Later Deadline May Solve Dispute Cagei rs Face Rugged Weekend "One of the toughest junior college basketball tournaments in the country" awaits Garden City Community College's Broncbusters tonight in Amarillo, Texas. The Broncbusters stand 1-0 following their 68-67 season- opening win Monday night over McCook, Neb. They will collide with host Amarillo tonighl. "The Amarillo tournament is one of Ihe toughest around," GCCC head coach Dave Lindsey said as his team prepared to embark Thursday morning. "Coffeyville (the Busters' second opponent in the round-robin affair) is picked lo win the Jayhawk Juco East. And Hill, Texas and Amarillo are both loaded." The Busters are hoping to maintain the balance which led to their victory over McCook. In that game, 6-4 freshman John Dreihling, a native of Oakley, who did play basketball anywhere last year, came off the bench to fire in 16 points. He received ample support from 6-5 forward Mike Darby, who popped in 12 poinls, Kirk Hemmert with 11 and Tony Byles with nine. GCCC outrebounded McCook, 37-31, with 6-6 freshman Gilbert Maxwell hauling down 11 boards and 6-7 sophomore Doug Befort eight. The Busters didn't exactly burn the nets, hitting 31-71 from the floor for 44 per cent and a miserable 6-21 from the free throw stripe. "It was a great game because we won," Lindsey said. "We still made a lot of mistakes, but we played hard and the kids were happy to win before the home crowd." Lindsey said he expects to start tonight the same five players who took the floor against McCook: Maxwell, Darby, Byles, Hemmert and Befort. GCCC will participate next week in the annual Cowboy Capital Classic in Dodge City. "We're going to have to get tough early," Lindsey said. "I think we'll be a better team in January than we will be early, but that's not to say we won't win some games in November and December." By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent For years, while head coach at Notre Dame, Ara Parseghian advocated a formula for deciding an official national champion in college football but saw his efforts end in frustration and stagnation. The bowls were too deeply entrenched. They were too jealous of their vasl civic and commercial enlerprises lo permit any infringement on Iheir domain. With no definitive plan for the bowl lineups, the year-end galas often proved useless in determining an undisputed No. l team. Thus the job was left lo Ihe polls, which frequenlly only compounded the controversy over superiority. Now Ihe college season is heading loward its climax with a veritable stampede of contenders storming toward Ihe wire and a jam-up almosl cerlain lo fire regional passions and dissent. Parseghian, now in private business but retaining a feel for the game as ace ABC com- menlalor, has a suggeslion for avoiding such chaos. "Why not extend the bowl deadline another week, to Nov. 26?" he said from his office in South Bend, Ind. "It wouldn't be as good as having a championship playoff bul al leasl il would add a little respectability to the rankings." Noire Dame, No. 6 in The Associated Press poll and a prime bowl prospect, happens lo be of Ihe same mind. The Fighting Irish apparently will have the choice of playing No. l Texas in the Cotlon Bowl or No. 2 Alabama AP Sports Analysis in Ihe Sugar Bowl with a viclory abetting a bid for Ihe nalional crown. The Irouble is, under Ihe Nalional Collegiate Athletic Associalion guidelines, Ihe various bowls are allowed to slarl dipping inlo Ihe pol of goodies afler Salurday's contests, leaving both top- ranked Texas and No. 2 Alabama with lough rivals lo play Nov. 26. Texas plays Texas A&M and Alabama faces formidable Auburn. "Look al Ihe circumslances thai can arise," Parseghian said. "When Noire Dame ended ils boycoll of the bowls eight years ago it did so wilh the understanding that it would accept a posl-season bid only if il could enhance ils position nationally. "Suppose Notre Dame chooses to play Texas in Dallas. Should Texas lose to A&M — a possibility — the Longhorns would drop to fifth or sixth place in Ihe polls, rendering Ihe game of little nalional significance. "On Ihe olher hand, suppose Noire Dame chooses lo lake on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Texas then probably would play the loser of the Ohio StateMichigan game. If Texas should lose, then there mighl well be four learns wilh 9-1 records, all wilh a claim lo Ihe national championship. "This mighl be avoided with a week's delay of the picking date." Here's how the bowl picture stacks up al the moment: Rose — Ohio Stale 9-1 or Michigan 9-1 vs. UCLA 7-3 or Washinglon 6-4; Collon — Texas 9-0 vs. Noire Dame (91); Sugar — Alabama 9-1 vs. OSU-Michigan loser; Orange — Oklahoma 9-1 or Nebraska 8-2 vs. Penn Slale 9-1 or Pills- burgh 8-1-1. "Conceivably," commenled Parseghian, "Ohio State, Texas, Notre Dame and Alabama could end up with equivalent won-loss records. Now who is nalional champion? "The piclure could be simplified somewhal wilh a week's delay in the bowl deadline. All it needs is for somebody to lake Ihe bull by Ihe horns." Parseghian and his contemporary commenlator, former Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles, led a coaches' move a few years ago to devise a playoff syslem which would utilize all of Ihe major bowls. Plans were worked oul for 16, eight and even four teams. None ever got past the drawing board. In 1970, when Penn Slale challenged Texas' No. 1 ranking, Ara suggesled the formation of a Challenge Bowl involving two lop teams chosen by a panel of athlelic directors, coaches and writers. It died a'bornin". The NCAA provides championship playoffs for every sport except football, which has become a gigantic guessing game. "It makes sense to hold up selection until the end of the season," Parseghian said. "But I don'l expecl il. The bowls gel panicky. The learns gel anlsy. They're like a girl wailing for the junior prom." in six years, and they were barely above .500 in Ihe ACC wilh a 7-5 mark. Two of the leaders from that squad, Olympian Steve Sheppard and Brad Davis, are now in the pro ranks. Sheppard was graduated, while Davis skipped his senior year and turned pro under the hardship rule. "I have nine players who are doing well," Driesell said on the eve of the season opener againsl Bucknell, "and I'm not positive who will start. But I won't hestitate to take out whoever does slarl because we're Iwo deep at every position." Lawrence Boston, a 6-7 forward, and 6-8 center Mike Davis are the only seniors on the squad. Boston, with a 13- poinl average, was the scoring runner-up to Sheppard last season. Davis, a junior college transfer last year, averaged 5.2 points and Driesell would be salisfied if he shot even less while concentrating on rebounding. Larry Gibson, a 6-9 junior and Ihe leam's leading rebounder, will play either cenler or forward, while 6-4 sophomore Bill Bryant and 6-7 freshman Ernest Graham can operate at either guurd or forward. Bryant, an excellent leaper, can play in the front court, but he also will share with 6-1 freshman Greg Manning the point guard position vacated by Brad Davis. Jo Jo Hunter, a 6-2 sophomore, was tried at the spot for Iwo weeks of fall praclice, bul Driesell figured he was pressing too much to establish himself. . "Jo Jo is not outgoing and vocal," Driesell said, "and he was a little uncomfortable at that position. He should do better as a second guard." North Carolina is favored to repeat as champions of the ACC, but a heavy influx of highly touted freshmen throughout the league has the so-called experts in a quandry over how they will affect Ihe race. Maryland, somewhat of a mystery team, drew votes for all seven ACC positions in a preseason ballot of ACC reporters and broadcasters. "The ACC race always looks good on paper," Drisell said, "but somebody has to finish first and somebody has to finish last. And I want to be first." Stolle Honored LOS ANGELES (AP) Fred Stolle has been honored for the second straight year as the outstanding coach in World Team Tennis. The Australian coach of Ihe New York Apples led his learn lo a successful defense of its WTT title Ihis pasl season. Bowling Results Sports in Brief By The Associated Press BASEBALL BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Rod Carew of Ihe Minnesola Twins, who spent much of Ihe 1977 season flirting with the .400 mark, was named Ihe American League's Mosl Valuable Player. Carew batted .388 and won his sixth balling title and fifth in the pasl six seasons. He led the majors with 128 runs and 239 hils. He also drove in 100 runs. Carew received 12 first- place votes and had 223 poinls in balloting by a 28-man committeeof the Baseball Writers Association of America. Outfielder Al Cowens of Ihe Kansas Cily Royals was run- nenip wilh four firsl-place voles and 217 poinls. Ken Singleton of the Ballimore Orioles was Ihird wilh Ihree firsl-place voles and 200 poinls. TENNIS SANTIAGO, Chile - Argen line Guillermo Vilas defeated Australian Paul MacNamee 75,6-1 in a first-round match at the Chilean International tournament SOCCER WEMBLEY, England — England downed Italy 2-0 in a World Cup soccer qualifyinng game at Wembley Stadium and moved temporarily to the top of Group 2 in the European Zone. Morning Glory The Bad Habits def. Saints, 3-t, 15461489; Motor Mouths def. Misfits, 4-0, 1544-1468; X Rated def. Green Thumbs, 3-1,1478-1453; Mix Ups def. Rolling Pins, 3-1,1619-1566. 111-10 Game Ind. Women — La Retha Fritzwather, Bad Habits, 187. 111-30.Series Ind. Women — Joy Howe, 461. Team 111-10 Game — Bad Habits, 568. Team HI-30 Series — Mix Ups, 1619. Tumbleweed Mickel Shoe Serv. def. Flip Flops, 3-1, 1650-1645; Late Starters def. Humdingers, 3-1, 1681-1628; Hell Cats def. Pindowners, 3-1, 1683-1613; Foreman Trucking def. Tornados, 3-1,1679-1570. HI-10 Game Ind. Women — Lila Earl, Hell Cats, 190. 111-30 Stria Ind. Women — Lila Earl, Hell Cats, 502. Team HI-10 Game — Foreman Trucking and Hell Cats, both 599. Team 111-30 Series — Hell Cats, 1683. 2229-2227; Kan Rain def. R&J Electronics, 4-0, -2365-2315; A&M's def. Rollers Not Bowlers, 3-1, 2359-2309; B&M's split A&W's, 2-2,2205-2204. HI-10 Game Ind. Women — Janis Mastin, A&M's, 182. Men — Ed Haller, Rollers Not Bowlers, 221. HI-30 Series Ind. Women — Glenda Thomas, R&J Electronics and Joan Livingston, Lucky Strikers, both 474. Men — Ed Haller, Rollers Not Bowlers, 555. Team 111-10 Game — Kan Rain, 818. Team HI-30 Series — Kan Rain, 2365. Yankee D.V. Douglas Roofing split Hinkle Tree Service, 2-2, 2783-2878; 5 Points Motor def. Lumberland, 3-1, 3004-2798; D4H Mobile Homes def. Bob's 83, 4-0, 2901-2753; Smith Sand def. ACRA-Plant, 3-1, 2883-2775; Ladd Service split Spikes Hay, 2-2, 2927-2963; Pappas Concrete def. Appliance Mart, 3-1, 2981-2918; V.F.W. def. Simpson Bros., 3-1, 30012849; Horizon Seed def. Lakln-Kendall, 31,2852-2783. HI-10 Game Ind. Men — Gene Knoll, Spikes Hay, 253. HI-30 Series Ind. Men — Larry Ulrich, 5 Points Motor, 599. Team HI-10 Game — Lumberland, 1068. Team HI-30 Serin — 5 Points Motor, 3004. King*Queen Mixed R&W split Ponderou Turf, 2-2, 22072203; Yankees def. Lucky Strikers, 3-1, Coyote Spencers Carryout def. Kwik Kar Wash, 3-1, 2892-2785; Smith Sand def. National Guard, 4-0, 2782-2686; Jays Photo def. Peoples Nat. Gas, 4-0, 29262750; NACO def. Fanslers Over 70's, 4-0, 2863-2759; Farmland Foods split Pepsi Cola, 2-2,2858-2775. HI-10 Game Ind. Men — Chinto Martinez, Farmland Foods, 234. 111-30 Series Ind. Men — Chinto Martinez, Farmland Foods, 594. Team Ili-io Game — Farmland Foods, 1022. Team 111-30 Series—Jays Photo, 2926. Duilbowl Kerr Impl. def. Blake Constr., 3-1, 2590-2511; Plaza Beauty Salon def. Rainbow Tours, 3-1, 2689-2592; Baler Auto Glass def. Coca Cola, 3-1,2660-2536; Norma's Beauty Shop def. Johnston Auction, 4-0, 2654-2535; Fidelity Bank def. Highways, 4-0, 2645-2391; Santa Fe Ettes def. Becker Bros., 2^-1*4, 28292575; G.I. Forum def. Kearny Co. Bank, 44,2564-2345. HI-10 Game Ind. Women - Robin Herrman, Farr Better Feeds, 226. HI-30 Series Ind. Women - Robin Herrman, Farr Better Feeds, 565. Team HI-10 Game — Plaza Beauty Shop, 974. Team HI-N Serlei - Plaza Beauty Shop, 2689.

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