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Boost Record to 10-2 ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, MON., JAN. 17, 1972 Page 7 Midgets Pound Spencer, Nip Algona Hold Roeber To 12 Points Estherville emerged a 53-48 winner over high trouted Algona Saturday night in what well might have been the first of two meetings between the schools this season. Should Estherville beat Emmetsburg and Algona down Algona Garrigaii in first round district tournament play on their home courts Feb. 28, the two teams will again play at Algona on Thursday, March 2, for a berth in the sub-state atSpencer. Saturday's game also marked the second consecutive weekend that Estherville rolled to a relative easy victory on Friday night and then wound up in a tough Saturday night affair but managed to emerge victors both times. The Midgets' next two-game weekend will be Feb. 11 and 12 when traveling to Sheldon on Friday and to Algona to meet Garrigan on Saturday. Saturday was another typical Midget game, keeping the pressure on and forcing Algona into numerous turnovers. The Midgets had 14 interceptions during the game and with the addition of bad passes and traveling violations, Algona turned the ball over in excess of 20 times. The Midget bench also added plenty of spark Saturday with Marty Groth coming in the game to hold Algona's 6-8 Randy Raber to a mere field goal a quarter for the final three periods and limit him to just 12 points inthe game. "Marty played a heck of a fine game and really made the difference," coach George Hess stated following the game. Groth tip- Sports ped away a couple of passes while playing in front of Raber and stymied that phase of Algona's attack. Bob Grems, although being held below his 20.4 average for the season, still contributed 17 points to be high point man for Estherville and Wayne Hess jumped in with another 10-point night. Rounding out Estherville's scoring were Doug Brandt coming off the bench for eight points, Joe Fitzgibbons hitting for seven, Marty Groth scoring five, Lee Fransdal four, and Scott Summa two. Lance Mueller was the only other Bulldog to reach double figures with 11. The start of the game looked like a long night for the Midgets except for fans who know the comeback traits of the team when behind. In the. first two minutes of play Algona had jumped in front 8 T 3 and had improved the lead to eight points, 15-7, at the quarter stop. Algona boosted the margin to ten, 19-9, in the opening min utes of the second quarter before Estherville's press started taking effect and the lead gradually cut to one, 21-20, with less than two minutes left in the half. Estherville took its first lead with one minute left, 24-23, on a goal by Wayne Hess and stayed in front, 26-25, at halftlme. Algona also faced a foul problem following the first half of play with both Raeber and Dick Hanske collecting three and two starters with two each. Both clubs netted 12 points in the third quarter and mostly just traded baskets during the eight- minute span. Algona, however, edged back in front momentarily in the fourth quarter, 45-44, with just over four minutes left before three buckets, one by Fitzgibbons and two by Grems, pushed the Midgets into their biggest lead of the night, 51-45 while under the three-minute mark. Then it was just a matter of starving Algona off which help came from the Bulldog offense with numerous shots missingand being forced to foul in order to gain possession of the ball. The Midgets, now 10-2 for the season, return to action Friday night in the Lakes Conference by tangling withSibley on the Generals' floor. NAME FG FT F Pts. ESTHERVILLE Grems 8 1-3 2 17 Fransdal 1 2-1 2 4 Summa 1 0-1 2 2 Fitzgibbons 2 3-4 2 7 Hess 4 2-1 3 10 Bown 0 0-0 0 0 Groth 0 5-5 2 5 Brandt 4 0-0 4 8 TOTALS 20 13-15 17 53 ALGONA Kain 2 1-1 2 5 Pittman 2 4-1 4 8 Roeber 5 2-1 5 12 Manske 2 2-1 5 6 Anderson 3 0-0 3 6 Mueller 2 7-0 2 11 Cubit 0 0-0 1 0 Mains 0 0-0 0 0 Voyles 0 0-0 0 0 TOTALS 16 16-4 22 48 Rout Tigers Here Friday BY CHUCK OSTHEIMER Defense again paid off for the Midgets, holding the Tigers of Spencer to the same point total as their first meeting but scoring 32 points higher, for an 8851 victory in what is likely the final meeting of the two schools this season. Three players which played a major role against the Midgets in the first meeting of the two clubs, Rick Stief, Jeff Rose, and Mark Kunath, scoring a collective total of 45 points were limited in Friday's game to 18 points. Meanwhile the Midgets sent four players into the double figures, against only two in the first meeting, with Bob Grems hitting 18, Joe Fitzgibbons 14, Wayne Hess 14, and Lee Fransdal 11. Only seven Midgets were able to score in the first meet- Three Teams Tie for State Line Lead The boys division of the State Line Conference got thrown up for grabs Friday night when Rake pounded Swea City, 56-28, sending Rake, Swea City, and Lincoln Central into a tie for first place, all with 6-1 records. Lincoln Central stayed in the race with a 66-59 win from Rings ted, Lakota and Armstrong moved into a tie for fourth place, Armstrong by pounding Ledyard 58 -31, and Lakota with a 71-50 win over Burt. In other games, Woden nipped Sentral 72-69, and Thompson edged Titonka 52-48. In the girls' division, both leaders went down to defeat in Friday's action but retain their spots in the standings regardless. Lakota suffered its first conference loss, 55-54 at the hands of Burt, and second place Sentral lost its second conference tilt, 58-55 to Woden, but the Eaglettes remain on top with a 4-1 mark and Sentral is in. second by one-half game with a 5-2 mark. Woden and Burt's victories, moved them into a tie for third with Titonka, 64-59 winner over Thompson, with 4-2 records. Lincoln Central dropped a 64-62 decision to Rlngsted and slipped to sixth place in the conference. In the other game, Armstrong had little trouble in gaining a 50-33 win over Ledyard. A rmstrong Clips Ledyard Twice LEDYARD — Armstrong rolled to a double win over Ledyard Friday, the boys rolling 5830 and the girls gaining a 50-33 victory, both games in State Line Conference action. In the boys' contest, Jeff Cronk hit 20 points, Paul Stevens 12, and Melvin McElwee scoring 10. Jerry Johnson was high for Ledyard with 14. Ledyard did lead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter but halftime saw Armstrong in front 24-19 and the Tigers led 36-24 at the three quarter mark. In girls' action, Armstrong edged in front 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and held a 23-8 lead at halftime. After three quarters Armstrong was in front 31-23. Mary Wagner topped the Armstrong scoring with 19 points^ Debbie Nelson finished with 17 and Debbie Brown scored 13. Julianne Bush led Ledyard with 20 points. L-C, Ringsted Split in League RINGSTED — Lincoln Central and Ringsted split a pair of State Line cage tilts Friday, the Lincoln Central boys collecting a 6659 win after the Ringsted girls nipped the Hawkettes 64-62. In the girls' game, Ringsted's Janet Geesman hit 26 points, Pam Preston 25 points, and Susan Johnson 13 to lead the Ringsted attack. Ann Harvey's 26 points and Kay Anderson's 22 points were tops for Lincoln Central. Ringsted led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, L-C was in front 29-24 at halftime and led 47-43 after three quarters., m the boys' game, John Krle- ger tied a Lincoln Central scoring record with 35 points to lead Hawks to victory. Krieger was the only player in the double figures for L-C. High for Ringsted were Kevin Hanson with 21, Bill Wikert and Steve Johnson with 10 points each. "ft was an excellent team effort for us," L-C ctJnch Terry Koebernick stated, "with the boys hitting Krieger under the basket real well." He also cited Paul Haywood, Jeff Felkey, and Jerry Heifner with excellent defensive efforts. *• •••,•••'••1 Lincoln Central trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter but was in front 33-25 at halftime and 56-38 following three quarters of action. Burt Girls Win LAKOTA - Lakota's Paul Peterson pumped In 20 points to lead the Eagles past Burt 7150, after Burt edged out a 55-54 win in the girls' contest behind the scoring of Patty Grubb. Also in double figures for La kota in the boys' contest were Dale Simons with 14 and Bob Johnson hitting 15. High for Burt were Steve Scott with 14 and Roger Sarget with 12. Collene Karels led Lakota in the girls' game with 34 points and Linda Ford finished with 13. Thompson Splits THOMPSON— Thompson's Dan Olhauser hit 16 points, Tim Nelson 10, and Mark Robinson 10 to lead Thompson to a 52-48 win over Titonka in boys' play. For Titonka, Greg Heyer was high with 11 and Allan Zwiefel finished with 10. In the girls' contest Gale Struthers tallied 24 points as Titonka picked up a 64-59 win. Also in the double figures for Titonka were Rhonda Boekelman with 19 and Jolene Geisking hitting 15. Barb Smith had 29 and Diane Skogen hit 20 for Thompson. Swea City Upset RAKE — Rake completely dominated Swea City in a meeting of top State Line teams, gaining a 56-28 win to move into a three- way tie for the conference lead. Three players reached the double figures for Rake with Rich Anderson- hitting 18, Rick Hagedorn scoring 17 and Rick Bromes with 10 points. Doug Johnson was the only player to hit the double figures for Swea City with 12. Rake led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, 23-10 at halftime, and 36-22 after three quarters of play. Rake also gained a 37-24 win in the junior varsity tilt. Woden Rolls CRYSTAL LAKE - Woden- Crystal Lake rolled past Sentral of Fenton in both ends of a double header Friday, the girls gaining a 58-55 victory and the boys winning 72-69, In the boys' game, Shane Hobbs led Woden with 20 points, Bill Harrington hit 18, and Brad Buns finished with 16. Leading Sentral were Wayne Gerhart with 20, and Dan Boetcher with 19. Paula Kirschman collected 32 points and Julie Gerdeman had 19 to lead Woden in the girls' contest while Maria Waite hit 29 and Darlene Uthof tallied 17 for Sentral. ing while 11 reached the scoring column Friday. The score stayed even for the first 90 seconds of action with each team netting four points, Estherville's coming on three free throws by Joe Fitzgibbons and one by Scott Summa while Jeff Rose hit two of his five field goals for the evening. Then the Midgets broke the game wide open with the use of man-to-man defense and a full court press, typical of the Estherville style of play, to surge into a 16-4 lead with 3:20 left in the quarter. Estherville continued on to gain a 28-8 advantage by the end of the first eight minutes of action. Spencer used a three-quarter court press in the early minutes of the second quarter to temporarily stymie the Midgets in the early stages of the second half but could only match points with the potent Estherville offense, behind by 19, 36-17 with 3:34 left. Another Estherville rally, however, allowed Spencer just one field goal while the Midgets registered 14 points in the final three SPENCER minutes as intermission saw Es- Rose therville in front 50-19. Stief The only change in the third Kunath quarter of play was the Midgets opening the lead from 31 points to 39 points during the eight minutes of action, leading 73-34 at the quarter stop. Hess went to the bench in the fourth quarter and it was the only period the Tigers were able to gain an advantage on the scoreboard, but then mainly on the charity line, 19-15 while being limited to four field goals. Spencer was able to connect on only 19 of 49 shots from the field for a mere 38.7 per cent and had a maximum of seven goals in one quarter, the third. Estherville, meanwhile, hit nine of 13 attempts the first quarter and 10 of 17 the third to boost their shooting average to 49.2 per cent for the night with 32 of 65 shots successful. Bob Grems again controlled the boards for Estherville with 12 rebounds and he also netted nine interceptions during the game. VARSITY BOXSCORE NAME FG FT F Pts. ESTHERVILLE Grems 9 0-1 2 18 Fransdal 2 7-2 0 11 Summa 3 2-2 3 8 Fitzgibbons 5 4-1 4 14 Hess 5 3-4 3 13 Bown 0 0-0 4 0 Groth 2 1-1 0 5 Brandt, D. 2 5-2 19 Rullestad 0 0-0 2 0 Brandt, C. 0 0-0 0 0 Hartman 2 0-0 0 4 Bothwell 10-0 12 Hal stead 0 2-0 0 2 Kinsella 10-0 0 2 TOTALS 32 24-13 20 88 5 0-2 3 10 10-112 14-2 4 6 Thomas 0 2-1 3 2 Sopeland 4 4-0 4 12 Pickering 2 1-0 1 5 Thomas 3 0-2 2 6 Stevenson 0 0-0 0 0 Strautz 10-0 2 2 Strack 0 1-2 4 1 Nelson 0 0-0 10 Wedel 10-0 12 Otis 0 1-1 1 1 Larson 10-0 0 2 TOTALS 19 13-11 27 51 SCORE BY QUARTERS Estherville 28 22 23 15—88 Spencer 8 11 13 19-51 Little Change in Lakes LAKES CONFERENCE All Conf. Games W L W L Storm Lake 9 0 9 0 Cherokee 8 1 9 2 Estherville 7 2 10 2 Spencer 4 5 .4 7 Sibley 3 6 5 6 Sheldon 2 7 3 8 Spirit Lake 1 8 3 9 Emmetsburg 1 8 1 10 Pomeroy, Higgins LeMars Champs Glenn Higgins and Randy Pomeroy rolled to individual victories and led the Midgets to a fourth place finish in the Le Mars Invitational Wrestling tournament Saturday. West Sioux of Hawarden captured the tournament with 88 points, host LeMars wound up second with 78, Fort Dodge St. Edmunds replaced Sibley in the competition and took third with 49%, Estherville had 47, Sheldon was fifth with 43, Vermillion, S.D., sixth with 34, Sioux City Heelan seventh with 30, and South Sioux City, Neb., eighth withfour points. Higgins boosted his season record to 13-0 in individual and dual competition with the three victories at LeMars in the 155 pound competition and added a pair of pins on the way Saturday. In the first round of action, the top seeded Higgins pinned Stan Anderson of West Sioux in 3:42 after building up a 10-0 lead then rolled past DanHarskampaf Sheldon with a pin in 1:15 inthe second round to reach the finals, finals. Higgins again started to get cautious in the championships after getting in front 3-0 in the first two periods, a takedown in the first and an escape in the second, before edging Tom Susemihl of LeMars 3-2 for the title. Pomeroy also opened with a first round pin, over Vermillion's Tony Solback, in the first round of action, gaining the fall at 1:53 of the first period. Randy had built up a 6-2 lead prior to the pin. In the second round, Pomeroy rolled to a high scoring 12-7 decision over West Sioux's Denny Hook, rolling up a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and an 8-2 lead in the second period before being outscored 5-4 in the final two minutes. Finally It's Dallas NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, who have been in the National Football League playoffs six consecutive years, finally have proved they can win the Big One. Now the question is, can anyone stop them? Tex Schramm, president and general manager of the 12-year- old club which has so long sought a championship, said Sunday after Dallas' 24-3 victory over Miami: "We'll be back. This was just a start. We'll be even stronger in the next six years." "They can't say we don't win the big one anymore. I don't know which big one is left. I am looking forward to a dynasty like the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics." Dallas' immediate problems include an aging set of linebackers, injury-prone running back Calvin Hill and mysterious Duane Thomas, who kept management in a quandry much of the season. Thomas, who reported to the team in the fourth game of the regular season after an abortive trade, came out of his self- imposed shell a little bit after the game. "I didn't want you (reporters) to interefere with my concentration," Thomas said in explanation of his season-long silence. Jimmy Brown, former all-pro great with Cleveland and Thomas' agent, said Thomas "wants money .. . and when he wants to talk, he will talk." LeMar's Tom McDougall was Pomeroy*s opponent in the finals but Randy had little trouble in gaining a 4-0 decision,. scoring on a takedown in the first period, a reverse inthe second and riding McDougall the entire third round. Bob Moyer again was denied a title by LeMars Tom Popma, being pinned by the 185 pounder in 2:49 in the finals. Moyer rolled to the finals with a 12-4 win over Marvin Wetger, Sheldon, in the first round, after scoring two first period takedowns and near fall, a near fall and predicament in the second and in the third round. In the semi-finals, Moyer edged Vermillion's Bill Fuchs 5-0 scoring on a second round predicament, gaining an escape and takedown in the final period. Estherville's Dennis St. Lawrence and Frank Boever rolled to third place finishes. St. Lawrence, wrestling at 105 pounds, defeated Terry Feekes of Sheldon 4-2 in the first round, was pinned by class champion Mike Brown of St. Edmonds, in 1:40 of the second round then nipped Bruce Ahrendsen of Le Mars 2-1 in the battle for third. Boever racked up a 14-7 victory over Denny Kallasen of Le Mars in the first round, dropped a 9-1 decision to Harry O'Connor of Vermillion in the second round but came back to pin Sheldon's Lyle Torgerson in four minutes in the competition for third. Estherville, had at least a third place finish from every grappler getting through the first round and with no losers bracket at LeMars, the remainder of the Midgets were eliminated following the first match. "I felt we wrestled good considering we had two regulars, Mike Ryan and Jerry Sundall, out with the flu." Midget coach Dee Brainard stated. He went on to cite excellent efforts by Higgins and Pomeroy with Glenn remaining undefeated and Randy boosting his record to 10-2-1 for the season, tops on the Midgets this season. Brainard also said that Moyer wrestled real well but again was unable to match Popma, a just like at Carroll. The Midgets return to dual action Tuesday night by traveling to Spirit Lake for competition against the Indians, definitely a threat to give Estherville problems in remaining undefeated in Lakes Conference competition. RESULTS FRIDAY NIGHT Storm Lake 84, Emmetsburg 43 Cherokee 75, Sibley 62 Estherville 88, Spencer 51 Sheldon 73, Spirit Lake 47 RESULTS SATURDAY NIGHT Estherville 53, Algona 48 Everly 62, Spirit Lake 43 Sheldon 70, Sutherland 49 GAMES FRIDAY NIGHT Estherville at Sibley Spirit Lake at Emmetsburg Sheldon at Cherokee Storm Lake at Spencer The Lakes Conference wound up with no real tests in cage, action Friday with the three, leaders rolling to relative easy victories while the only change in the standings was Sheldon pulling out of the cellar with a victory over Spirit Lake. Estherville again proved to be the highest scoring team in the Lakes with an 88-51 win from Spencer, Storm Lake continued to roll by pounding Emmetsburg 84-43, Cherokee had only minor problems with improving Sibley before winning 75-62, and Sheldon dominated Spirit Lake 71-49. Cherokee continues to hold the Lakes scoring lead with 713 points in nine games, a 79.2 average, but Estherville is narrowing the gap weekly and has pulled within eight points, 705 points in the nine games for a 78.3 average..-: . •>.-, n. '» Storm Lake continues to lead defensively, giving up just 404 points in conference play, a 44.9 average, while Estherville's 496 points again rates as second best. When league action resumes Friday night, Estherville is at Sibley, Spirit Lake at Emmetsburg, Sheldon at Cherokee and Storm Lake at Spencer. Linebaugh Paces Cherokee Victory CHEROKEE — Jim Linebaugh hit 27 points to lead Cherokee to a 75-62 victory over Sibley in Lakes Conference action Friday. Dan Hartzel was high for Sibley with 15 points. Cherokee built up its advantage in the first quarter of action, pulling in front 25-11, then held on for a 35-27 lead at halftime and a 59-44 lead after three! quarters. Sibley edged out a 47-45 win in the junior varsity contest. Tornadoes Rout E-Hawks, 84-43 STORM LAKE - Eleven players reached the scoring column Friday night for Storm Lake as the Tornadoes pounded Emmetsburg, 84-43, in Lakes Con ference play to retain the league lead. Only two players, RlchNickels with 19 and Ed Larsen hitting 13, were able to reach the double figures for Storm Lake, however. Steve Sedlockwas high point man for Emmetsburg with 14. "We ran the fast break well and completely dominated the boards," Storm Lake coach Arnold Zedicker stated following the game. Storm Lake outre- bounded the E-Hawks 51-24. By quarter, Storm Lake led 26-11 at the end of the first, 5120 at halftime, and 71-32 after three. Sheldon Gains Double Victories Sheldon and Spirit Lake took exactly opposite roads during the Bees Split Basketball weekend, Sheldon pounding the Indians 73-47 in Lakes Conference action Friday night and then going on Saturday night to down Sutherland 70-49 while Spirit Lake was falling to Everly, 6243, in non-conference games. Friday, night Sheldon was led by Mel Wallinga with 17 points, Pat Kappes hit for 14, and Dan Caesel wound up with 12. Minus Jerry Inbody, currently hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer, Spirit Lake saw Bill Jaquith hit for 14 and Gale Gilbert score 10. In Saturday's game, DarylKru- ger paced the Sheldon attack with 28 points, Wallinga had 12, Cae sel 12, and Duane Feekes 10. Ron Negus led Sutherland with 18. Dennis Seltzer hit 15 points and Randy Blrchard 13 to lead Everly while Gale Gilbert collected 14 for Spirit Lake. Weekend Action Wolves at Home Tuesday Iowa Lakes Community College saw a three-point lead evaporate in the final three minutes of play as the Wolves were unable to hit on six opportunities from the free throw line and Northwestern Junior Varsity edged out a 73-71 victory. But the Wolves don't have to wait long for a return match as Northwestern reverses the trip and will be at Estherville Tuesday night for.a 7:30 p.m. tilt Wolf coach Ben Hix said after the game, "I felt that we didn't play as a team Saturday," and also pointed out that hitting only on seven of 26 attempts from the charity line as "really beating us." In referring to the final minutes of play, Hix said, "they got several shots in those last three minutes as we weren't able to get the rebounds on defense." The Wolves, after trailing 3932 at halftime, used the full court press to tie the game in the final half and finally take the lead with three minutes left to play. Another problem faced by Iowa Lakes in the game was Joe Schacherer setting out much on the final half on fouls. Joe had produced 15 points for ILCC on six field goals and three free throws before leaving the game. Bill Kramme again led the Wolves offensively with 21 points, hitting nine field goals and three free throws, Mel Berryhill finished with 12 points, and Steve Keyes hit 10. Rounding out the scoring for Estherville were Joe Pohlman with five points, John Hanna and Jim Buckingham with four each. Kramme, however, was limited to a mere seven points in the first quarter of action. Four players also hit the double figures for Northwestern with Sihma scoring 20, Verneer netting 17, Johnson 12, and Vander Pol with 10. The Wolves, now 3-6 for the season, continue to have a busy schedule this week, hosting Northwestern J.V. Tuesday night, traveling to Sioux Center for a meeting with Dordt on Friday, and then back home Saturday night for a meeting with one of the state's top teams, Creston, Saturday. Clarinda also will be in Estherville next Monday. BOXSCORE NAME FG F FT Pts. IOWA LAKES Schacherer 6 3-2 5 15 Kramme 9 3-4 2 21 Buckingham 2 0-4 0 4 Hanna 2 0-3 3 4 Pohlman 2 1-3 1 5 Berryhill 6 0-3 1 12 Coleman 0 0-0 1 0 Keyes 5 0-0 2 10 TOTALS 32 7-19 15 71 NORTHWESTERN Vander Pol 5 0-0 4 10 Johnson 6 0-0 3 12 Sihma 9 2-2 4 20 Verneer 5 7-1 3 17 Keyser 3 3-1 1 9 Boeve 1 0-0 1 2 Bengard 1 1-1 2 3 TOTALS 30 13-5 18 73 Halftime— Northwestern 39, Iowa Lakes 32 NAME FG FT F Pts. ESTHERVILLE Guge 3 6-0 3 12 Anderson 2 2-1 1 6 Buell 0 1-1 0 1 Fenton 0 1-1 2 1 Willey 1 3-0 2 5 Bothwell 1 2-1 1 4 Brashear 1 0-0 4 2 Hall 1 0-0 0 2 Merrill 0 0-0 1 0 TOTALS 9 15-4 14 33 SPENCER Johnson 4 0-0 5 8 Roberts 4 1-2 1 9 Sitef 8 2-0 2 18 Roberts 3 0-0 2 4 Stienstra 1 2-4 3 4 Jensen 1 0-1 1 2 Mullenberg 0 0-0 1 0 Warren 0 0-1 0 0 Chambers 1 2-0 0 4 Duitsman 0 0-2 0 0 TOTALS 22 7-10 15 51 ESTHERVILLE Guge 5 4-1 3 14 Anderson 5 3-4 1 13 Buell 0 0-5 1 0 Fenton 1 • 3-1 3 5 WUley 4 3-2 2 11 Bothwell 0 0-2 0 0 Brashear 1 0-1 1 2 TOTALS 16 13-16 12 45 ALGONA Kinseth 6 2-2 2 14 Bucttner 4 0-0 5 8 Kirkland 1 2-1 4 4 Helmers 0 0-3 5 0 Russow 1 2-0 3 4 Caughey 1 0-0 2 2 Bernardo 0 1-1 1 1 Groen 0 0-0 3 0 TOTALS 13 7-7 22 33 After being manhandled by a tall Spencer junior varsity, 51-33, Friday night, the Estherville Jun ior Varsity bounced back Saturday to roll past Algona, 45-33. After battling the junior Bulldogs to a 10-10 tie during the first quarter, Estherville jumped in front by three points, 2017, at halftime on a rally in the final minute of play in the period. The game, however, remained tight through the third quarter with the Midgets retaining a three point lead, 30-27, at the quarter stop but Estherville widened the gap to four points in the opening minute of the final period and moved in front 39-33 with three minutes remaining, shutting off the Algona offense for the remainder of the game. Brian Guge hit 14 points, Mark Anderson 13, and Jim Willey added 11 points to pace the Estherville offense while the only player to reach double figures for Algona was Tom Kinseth with 14 points. In Friday's game, Spencer jumped in front of the junior varsity 15-5 in the first quarter of play and gradually pulled ahead to a 29-12 halftime advantage. The Bees came back to play improved ball in the second half but were unable to overcome the lead built up by Spencer, trailing 21-43 at the end of three quarters, then cutting the margin to 18, 51-33, by the end of the game. Brian Guge was the only player to hit in double figures for the Midgets with 12 points. Brian Stief was high for Spencer with 18. The next action for the Junior Varsity will be Friday nightat Sibley, a team which they edged out a 43-41 victory over the first time they met.