Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 20, 1972 · Page 7
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Estherville, Iowa
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Thursday, January 20, 1972
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Mmt' : '^eeir-'~Momeiitum ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, THURS., JAN. 20,1972 Page 7 General Obligation for Midgets "It's going to be a lot tougher game than last time," Midget coach George Hess commented in looking ahead—if the next game is looking ahead—to the Midget's clash with Sibley on the Generals' home maples. Estherville, in the fourth outing of the season, rolled past the Orabs 79-53 to boost the Midget record to 3-0 in the Lakes and 4-0 on the season at the time. Losses to Storm Lake and Cherokee, however, dipped the Midgets to third place in the Lakes Conference with a 7-2 record but non-conference victories have run the record to 10-2 this season. Qualifying his statement, Hess said, "Sibley wasn't healthy the first time we played them with Dan Wessels only playing two or three minutes." Wessels is the Generals' third leading scor- LAKES CONFERENCE CONFERENCE ALL GAMES W L Pts. Def. W L Pts. Def. Storm Lake 9 0 666 404 9 0 666 404 Cherokee 8 1 713 563 10 2 932 776 Estherville 7 2 705 496 10 2 902 671 Spencer 4 5 520 548 4 7 602 666 Sibley 3 6 522 608 5 6 664 733 Sheldon 2 7 441 615 3 8 553 730 Spirit Lake 1 8 444 640 3 9 595 792 Emmetsburg 1 8 423 648 1 10 531 836 er and an excellent rebounder. Turning to the Midgets, Hess has a pleasant problem of picking starters for each game. The guard positions are fairly strong with Joe Fitzgibbons and Wayne Hess plus one forward slot is filled with Bob Grems. The other forward slot will either be manned by Lee Fransdal or Doug Brandt. Fransdal has held the starting assignment to date this season but Brandt has been playing excellent ball for the Midgets off the bench. Much the same situation is at hand in the post position with Scott Summa and Marty Groth fighting for the starting assignment. "All seven boys have been carrying a big lead and deserve to start," Hess added, "but regardless of the who starts Fve been pleased with the spark off the bench." Hess also cited John Bown, Bob Hartman, and Chris Rullestad as also being important down the stretch and ready to step in should one of the top seven be injured or let down on the job. With an outside shot at the Lakes title and nearing the district tournaments, Hess feels that, "the most important thing right now is that the Midgets have started building up momentum and must hold it right through the tourneys." Bob Grems continues to lead the Midgets offensively with 239 points in the 12 games to date, an average of 19.9. But balance also prevails in the Midget attack as Hess is hitting at a 12.3 clip with 147 points, Doug Brandt has 97 points in e i g h t games for a 12.1 average, Fitzgibbons 112 points for a 9.3, and Fransdal an 8.7 average by scoring 104 points. Grems is also the team's leading rebounder with 146 in the 12 games, over a 12 per game average, with 83 coming off the defensive boards. But again the entire team has been chipping in with the board work, Groth with 49 rebounds, Summa with 53, Fransdal with 62, Hess with 40, Fitzgibbons with 33, and Brandt with 22. The Midgets have hit on 354 of 785 attempts from the field, slightly below the .500 mark. In other Lakes Conference action Friday, Spirit Lake is at Emmetsburg, Sheldon at Cherokee, and Storm Lake at Spencer. Freshmen Won't Revise Big Eight KANSAS CITY (AP) - Big Eight Conference football coaches aren't expected to revise their recruiting practices if the league adopts the new freshman rule of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Most of them already get a majority of their players from their home base states and pick up a few players from surrounding areas. Top-ranked Nebraska's 1971 players came from 21 states, including three stars from Green Bay, Wis., but 31 Corn- huskers were from Nebraska. The Green Bay trio was quarterback Jerry Tagge, monster Dave Mason and cornerback Jim Anderson. The Cornhuskers had 10 from California, seven from Michigan, five from Illinois, four from South Dakota and three each from Colorado, Kansas and Wisconsin. Middle guard Rich Glover is from Jersey Cfty, N.J. Bom Oklahoma, the nation's No. 2 team, and Oklahoma State recruit heavily in neigh­ boring Texas. Four 1971 Sooner aces are Texas natives, quarterback Jack Mildren, tight end John Shelly and halfbacks Greg Pruitt and Joe Wylie. Texas Coach Darrell Royal has recently expressed concern over the Sooners' recruiting in the Lone Star state. He has White from Taipei, Taiwan, and lured players from as far away as California, Georgia and New Jersey. So far, Kansas has been winning the battle in Missouri and Kansas. Kansas State had only 29. Missouri has had astounding success in its own state, the Tigers' roster of last season showing 57 players from Missouri. The Tigers had only two from Kansas. Another Major Decision hunting ground but also re- reason for concern. Oklahoma's cruits extensively in California 1971 squad listed 33 Texans and because several Buff coaches Oklahoma State's 29. have California backgrounds. Oklahoma State's sophomore Twenty Californians were on fullback, Cleveland Vann, is last year's roster, from Seguin, Tex. The Buffs, ranked No. 3, got Colorado also likes the Texas their super sophomore, tailback doaCn Daly S Charlie Davis, from West Co- J lumbia, Tex., and speedster ^tronh ITns/e Cliff Branch is a native of VireUK CJTIUS ATLANTA (AP) - Iowa State Coach Johnny Majors will be offered the head football coaching job at Georgia Tech within a week and will accept, The Atlanta Constitution said in today's editions. The newspaper said Majors has notifed Iowa State President W. Robert Parks he intends to visit Techr 'ahd Tech officials have contacted Athletic Director Lou McCullough for permission to talk to Majors. The paper said Parks confirmed Majors was planning to visit Tech. "He told me he was going down for a visit," Parks was quoted as saying. "What I am disappointed with is that Georgia Tech and Mr. Majors let this go on so far without notifying us. However, he has my standing permission to talk with anyone." -Majors, a member of, Ten-; nessee's famous football clan,' guided Iowa State to an 8-4 season including a trip to the Sun Bowl. His Cyclones finished fourth in the Big 8 behind Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado, the nation's one, two and Sentral, Titonka Vie For Title at Armstrong Sentral of Fenton, with a 6156 : win over Ringsted, and Titonka, after dumping Thompson 84-70, rolled to the finals in the girls' division of the State Line Conference tournament. The teams square off for the title 7:30 p.m. Friday at Armstrong to determine the new champ. Boys' semi - final action resumes tonight with Swea City playing Burt at Swea City and Rake meeting Lakota at Rake. Both games will get underway at 7:30 p.m. and tonight's winners will vie for the title Saturday night, also at Armstrong. Sentral and Ringsted battled to a 10-10 tie at the end of the first quarter but Ringsted edged out in front 29-26 at halftime and led 40-39 after three quarters be­ fore falling 61-56 in the final quarter. Maria Waite led the Sentral attack with 31 points while Diane Uthof finished with 25. Leading Ringsted were Susan Johnson with 24, Janet Geesman 21, and Pam Preston hitting 11. Sentral now has an 8-4 record while Ringsted has a 11-6 mark. Gale Struthers poured in 36 points, Rhonda Boekelman 29, and Jolene Giesking 19 points to lead Titonka to its 84-70 win. Judy Wirth's 25 points were high for Thompson with teammates Barb Smith scoring 23 and Diane Skogan hitting 22. Titonka will take a 10-2 record into the finals while Thompson will turn to regular season play with a 6-9 mark. three teams. Majors has been mentioned for every major coaching job that has opened up this winter. ^ McCullough indicated little concern about the chances of losing Majors, but did reveal that Tech had contacted him, The, .Constitution said. "They "(Tech) told me they would probably get in touch with him but I haven't seen John in five or 10 days and am not up on the situation," said the former Ohio State aide. "I'm not too worried, however, for Majors has just signed a new five-year contract and we are looking forward to a long relationship with him here at Iowa State," McCullough said. However, Parks said the contract was not binding if Majors wanted out. "My belief is that you cannot force a man to stay in a position if he wants to leave," Parks was quoted as saying. "I will abide by that stand." Tech Athletic Director Bobby Dodd did not confirm that Majors was scheduled for a visit. He said only that Majors was high on the list of candidates. Dodd was given the task of finding a new football coach for Tech when Bud Carson was fired recently after five years as only the fourth football coach in the school's history. Sources said Majors will visit Tech within a week. He was not available for comment Wednesday. Houston. Coach Eddie Crowder lured tailback Gary Campbell, who broke all Colorado freshman rushing records, from Honolulu. Varsity offensive tackle Scott Mahone also is from Hawaii. Iowa State, a team that has come on strong the last couple of years, recruits all over the country but still tries to land the top Iowa prospects. Cyclone Coach Johnny Majors got one of his best finds in Iowa when hre recruited tailback Jerry Moses, who was redshirted (held out of competition) last season after an early Injury. The consensus is that Iowa State outrecruited the University of Iowa in Iowa last year. "In 17 years of basketball coaching," said Perm's Chuck Daly, "I never gave a player a game ball." Daly's streak ended Wednesday night. He presented his first "game ball" to Corky Calhoun, one of the stars of lOth-ranked Perm's 74-64 revenge victory over 15th- rated Villanova. End Result Two Points Estherville's Bob Grems completes fast break in the first quarter against Spencer Friday night. The Midgets went on to pound Spencer 88-51 Friday and edge Algona 53-48 Saturday to boost their season record to 10-2 going into Friday's game at Sibley. (Daily News Bhoto by Chuck 0«th»tm«r> Wynn Happy, Not Thrilled By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Election The Cyclones also captured two to Baseball's Hall of Fame sur- Sioux City gems, quarterback Kevin Sigler and linebacker Greg Vondrak. The Cyclones got junior tailback George Amundson out of Aberdeen, S.D. Majors recruited him, and Amundson set a prised Sandy Koufax, excited Yogi Berra and interrupted Earl Wynn's tomato - picking.' Wynn, a 300 game winner who had failed three times previously to be elected to the shrine that houses the sport's one-season Iowa State rushing heroes, was notified of his elec- record of 1,313 scored 90 points. Iowa State's roster lists players from such states as New Jersey, Mississippi, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and New York as well as Canada. yards and u on while picking tomatoes at his home in Nokomis, Fla., near Sarasota. Wynn was gratefuL "I'd been hoping for it," he said, "but I didn't want to build Kansas, Kansas State and up my hopes too high. It's like Missouri wage a hot recruiting being placed up there on a pe- war in Missouri and Kansas for dastal, not like getting a gold cream of talent from those watch for your longtime efforts. It's recognition I was waiting for for a long time." But, said Wynn, he would have been happier if the honor had been bestowed when he first became eligible. "I don't think I'm as thrilled as I would have been if I had made it the the two states but, likewise, fan out into other areas. Kansas' 1971 squad had 59 players from the two-state area, including sophomore quarterback David Jaynes and linebacker Kenny Page. The Jayhawks got flanker Xerk first time," he said. "Naturally, I'm happy. So is my wife. We have had a long wait. I was disappointed the first year and disappointed the second year. The third year I just shrugged it off. "I would have liked to have joined Stan Musial, Ted Williams and Walter Johnson as players who gained the honor the first year they were eligible." Koufax did exactly that, becoming the ninth player to make it his first year of eligibility. Others who did it were Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson. Koufax was surprised by the honor, embellished by a record vote total. "I'm a little surprised I got as many votes as I did," Koufax explained. "I didn't have as many good years as some others in the Hall and I thought that might count against me." Koufax pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 years before an arthritic elbow ended his career. But it's the last four that made him a Hall of Famer. From 1963 to 1966 he had records of 25-5, 19-5, 26-8 and 27-9 with earned run averages of 1.88, 1.71, 2.04 and 1.73. He also pitched a non-hitter each year, including a perfect game in 1965. And that made him, at 36, the youngest player ever to be elected. "This is the biggest honor I've ever been given, not just in baseball, but in my life," said Koufax. Berra was even more excited. "My fans and friends were really pulling for me," said Berra, who missed out by just 28 votes last year when he was eligible for the first time. "My kids are happy about it, and I feel great." Koufax led the balloting with 344 votes while Berra received 339 and Wynn 301. A record 396 votes were cast with the players needing to be named on three-quarters of the ballots, or 297, to be elected. Only one other player besides Koufax, Berra and Wynn ever has received more than 300 votes—Stan Musial who collected 317 in 1969. Berra and Wynn, like Koufax, had considerable credentials. Berra hit 358 homers while batting .285 for the New York Yankees while Wynn was one of only 14 pitchers in history to win 300 games in a 23-year career with Washington, Cleveland and Chicago. All three have kept some connection with baseball following their playing days, Berra as a coach for the New York Mets, Wynn as a scout for the Minnesota Twins and Koufax as a broadcaster for NBC. Rounding out the top 10 in the voting were Ralph Kiner, 235; Gil Hodges, 161; John Mize, 157; Enos Slaughter, 149; Peewee Reese, 129; Marty Marion, 120, and Bob Lemon, 117. IHSAA Releases 'Dummy Run' for Prep Playoffs Football playoffs are scheduled to begin in Iowa next fall, determining actual prep football champions in four classes through actual game competition, but had they been held this year neither Storm Lake in class 'AAA' or Terril in class 'A' would have been eligible. In an effort to eliminate ahead of time any forseeable problems that may arise from the system adopted, the Iowa High School staff was instructed by the committee of school board members, superintendents, athletic directors, and coaches plus IHSAA Board of Control and Representative Council Members, to conduct a 'dummy run' this fall. Had the plan been in effect in 1971, representatives from class 'AAAA' schools would have been Waterloo East, Sioux City Heelan, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, and Dubuque Senior; class 'AAA' schools would have been Iowa Falls, Harlan, New Hampton, and Marion; class 'AA' schools Boyden - Hull, Corning, Monona, M-F-L, and Wapello; and Class 'A'schools Alta, Anita, Hudson, and Clinton St. Marys. Under the system, schools are divided by enrollment into four classes, class 'AAAA' consisting of schools with an enrollment of 700 or over, class 'AAA' with 300-699 students, class 'AA' 175-299 and Class 'A' with an enrollment under 175. This fall there were 41 schools in the top class, 82 in 'AAA', 107 in 'AA' and 202 in 'A'. m classes 'AAA', 'AA' and 'A', the state is divided into four sections and the teams in each class determined to be number one in a particular section via the point system becomes one of the four finalists. The geographical dividing lines per class are different since every effort was made to have the same number of schools from a certain class in each section. The 'AAAA' class is an 'at- large' class with no sectional dividing lines. In that category only, the four top-rated teams, according to the point system, are determined finalists regardless of their location. Much of the discussion has centered around the point system. There were 16 undefeated class 'A' teams in the state this fall, seven undefeated class 'AA' and seven undefeated class 'AAA.' With just four spots available per class, it was realized in advance that there would be some five teams ineligible for the playoffs. A point of concern, however, was the fact that in two cases, teams that had been tied made the finals while unbeaten teams in the same class section did not. In the Class 'AAAA' category, two teams with two losses each were proclaimed finalists while some once-beaten teams were eliminated. Waterloo East topped the •AAAA' with a 9-0 record and accumulating 420 points for a 46.7 average, Sioux City Heelan was second with a 9-0 mark, 395 points, and a 43.9 average, next came Cedar Rapids Jefferson with a 7-2 mark and 380 points for a 42.2 average, and Dubuque Senior with a 7-2 mark and 375 points for a 41.7 aver­ age. Eliminated would have been Sioux City Central, 8-1, Des Moines Dowling, 8-1, and Davenport Central, 7-2, each with 370 points and a 41.1 average. In 'AAA' competition, Iowa Falls, a member of the North Central Conference would have outpointed Storm Lake in section L although both teams went 8-0. Iowa Falls will only play one underclass school in Clarion while Storm Lake had to play both Sibley and Spirit Lake, automatically pits Lakes teams against two underclass schools, automatically deducting five points from the total for each game. Much the same thing happened in section IV in 'AAA' competition although Marion with a 9-0 record was tops, Cedar Rapids Regis ended up second by 1.1 points over Tama with a 9-0 mark. Back to section I but in class 'A', both unbeaten and untied Terril and Crestland of Early, which posted 9-0 marks, would have been eliminated by .5 points by Alta, playing in a conference with larger schools and gaining five points for just playing the game. Alta finished with a 8-01 mark. "The Lakes Conference will face this situation each year that a North Central school goes undefeated," Midget coach Dick Clark stated. He quickly added, however, that he feels the IHS­ AA is trying to be as fair as possible with the playoff, however, but states, "regardless there will still be some assumption that the better team failed to make it regardless with the limited number of teams eligible." Two Lakes Conference teams, Spirit Lake and Sibley will gain an advantage, however, under the present system. Spirit Lake, finishing this season with a 5-21 record accumulated 335 points while playing against teams of a higher class and wound up third in section L Spirit Lake's record would have far out distanced Aurelia with a 7-0-1 mark and Maurice- Orange City with a 7-2 record. The same situation would arise for Sibley should the Generals have a good year. Under the point system, the regular season games only are considered. A team that has won 50 per cent of its games is called a first-division team and all others are called second division teams. A win over a first division team is worth 50 points, a tie with a first division team is worth 42V2 and a loss to a first division nets 35. A win over a second division team is worth 40 points, a tie with a second division team is worth 35 and a loss to a second division team nets 30. Five additional points are added to those totals if the opponent is a team in a classification one step higher but five points are substracted from those totals if the foe is a team in a classification one step lower. If the opponent is a team in a classification two steps higher or lower the total added or subtracted is ten points rather than five. Teams who have undefeated, untied season receive twenty bonus points and teams who are unbeaten but tied once receive ten bonus points. A team's final rating is determined by dividing that team's total number of points by the number of games it played. If teams in the same class and district finish with identical point ratings, there are four available steps for breaking the tie and determining the qualifier. There will be no ties in playoff games. Overtime periods will determine a winner. Each team will be given the ball at their opponents ten-yard line and will be given four plays to score a maximum of one touchdown and the extra points to break the tie. This system will be continued until a winner is determined. The playoffs will extend the prep season by two weeks. In 1972, semifinal games are slated for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11, with the finals on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18 in each of the four classes. 1 1

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