Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 22, 1978 · Page 16
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l^Uklah Dally Journal, Uklah. Calif. Sunday, January 22, 1978 Eagles' cagers set school record 121 points in win I CARL PURDY 'COURT' — The new Mendocino Community College basketball floor and glass baskets are dazzling to the eye and add a new dimension to Carl Purdy Hall, whether used eight hours a day for instruction, and competitive cage practice, by men and worhen; or as Mendocino College's first "home" court in five years. Crowds NBL openers Tuesday Cat cagers turnback Casa thrice! of upwards of 600 and 700 are following Eagles this season, where they were 12-3 overall and 5-0 in GVC play going into this weekend. Portable floor is like that of Warriors, and will be moved eventually to permianent college cam,pus, wherever and whenever that wUl' be. — Journal photo by Erickson. „ GVC wrestling action Lope^, Ayer, other MC matmen score Sports It was "Nibs Price basketball", straight out of the late '30's and early '40's, arid it drove Ukiah basketball fans bananas the first half, and caused some anxious moments the last four minutes, in Chessall Gymnasium Friday night. Casa Grande of Petaluma used a small but speedy front defensive line to steal the Cats blind, and then used a con- troled, three out, two in, of' fense with adroit, disciplined passing, to move into a six and eight point early lead, in the Vlarsity game Friday night, a game ultimately won by Ukiah, 64 to 59. Earlier, the Wildcat Frosh won their sixth straight victory, 65-49, but that score was deceptive. It was close for a time, too, but the Frsoh cut Casa to two points the second cpiarter to expand a once precarious lead. In fact the Frosh of Ukiah trailed at the first quarter, 18-15, after leading, 14-10.. Coach Bill Heath's Jayvees were tied at the half, 26-26, then broke inside with the spark supplied by Flip Fitch and Sid Maurer to take the Jayvee game away from a smaller but determined Casa team, 65 to 49. The three game sweep cleared the way for next Tuesday's opening North Bay • League struggles with Petaluma's talented Trojans at Petaluma. The Frosh game is at 4:30 p.m. at Petaluma high off Fair Avenue; the Jayy^e game at 6 p.m. and Varsity game at 7:30 Tuesday. Petaluma's Frosh are 5-1; their Jayvees are reasonbly strong at 9-6; and th^ Varsity, led by 6-3 .Jeff Weidig, . averaging 22 points per ganie, and playmaker-scorer Casey Gilroy, are 10-4. (Weidig was held to eight points Friday in a loss to tall Piner, however.) Casa Grande moved out in front early by six and eight points in the Varsity game, before Marty Murphy and then hard-working Mark Levy, twoice, scored three baskets in quick succession for Ukiah, to close the gap to 18-17. A few moments later Levy scored under the basket to give Ukiah its first lead, 1817, but Casa countered from the corner to lead, 19-18, at the quarter. Ukiah kept missing inside shots, Casa kept pecking away with adoit ball handling and passing and at the half Ukiah led by 30 to 2&12 of its first half points by Levy. In the ' third quarter, however. Levy, Doug Daut, *and Murphy and Craig Ullrich managed to break fast inside to beat the Casa defense, dominate - the. boards momeritarially and Ukiah led after three .periods, 51-40. Casa was having a terrible run of luck, perimeter shots going halfway in the ba^et, then spinning out. (In the first half under the same basket the C^ts also had trouble scoring.) In the fourth period, Casa made another charge and before many realized it a comfortable 55-42 lead dwindled to 57-54 with three minutes to gd. Arid it was 60-57, with 1:53 to go before a basket on a missed free shot rebound by Daut and an inside basket by Gulyas, and a wild scramble on the floor by Marty Murphy for a loose ball saved the night for Ukiah. Daut had 17 points, Levy and Ullrich, 14 each; John Gulyas, 10; Murphy, seven; and Joe Hurlbut two for Ukiah's Varsity, which had 28 field goals and eight of 14 f I'om the line to 24 field goals and 11 of 16 frdm the foul line by Casa. Casa's Adam Zivot had 17; speedsters Ghiringhelli and Carter, 11 each. That 21-11 third-period burst by Ukiah was sdrely needed in the end as Casa kept coming back to outscore Ukiah by six the last eight minutes. In the Jayvee game, after a 26-26 halftime deadlock, Casa scored on two quick steals, oijly to have Flip Fitch respond with a steal or two of his own, or Sid Maurer start going to the hoop. When it was oyer it was Ukiah's Jayvees who had outscored Casa 18-9 the third period, and 29-16 the hectic fourth. Maurer had another superb all-around game. He scored 15 pbints, had 15 rebounds and five assists. Teanimate Bret Preston took game honors with 17, 11 of them the first half when he kept Ukiah in the game. Pat Fetzei- had 15 points; Flip Fitch, eight timely ones and several assists; while Jim Hurlbut, very strong on the boards, added six more key points. Joe Kulka, who also can rebound, added four points; Steve Christenson in the final minutes helped maintain ball control and defense, and broke for two points; Greg Shear and Brain Steams added two points each; and Hawkins and Griffin a point a piece. Coach Tom O'Connor's Ukiahi Frosh responded to any challenge Casa's willing Frosh issued and won going away, with 23 fourth period, points to win, 65-49. Casa led at the quarter, 18-15 but hit just two points the next quarter, to 12 by Ukiah, Art Lee scored 13 points, Mike Williams scored 13; T^vin Whittaker, 11; Brian Deering, eight; while 'llitchey added five, Rus 4 free shots; Chiapman and Freitas, two each; Smitham, one. "Tuesday the Ukiahi Frosh — and Jayvees. and Varsity — travel to Petaluma in hopes of a three-game sweep opening NBL play. - Coach Keith Ldand's Mendocino College grappling Eagles placed fifth in the Golden Valley Conference Wrestling Championships Friday at Eureka, just 1.25 points behind host College of the Redwoods, and just 3'^ points behind third plate Butte in the tourney won by Lassen by two points over hard-luck Shasta. Shasta's strong team was weakened by a touch of food poisoning and it^ strong 118- pounder fractured a collar bone the final workout at home before the championships. ., The missing 118 ^under might have been able to give Mendocino College's Antonio Lopez a real battle for the 118 pound title, which the top- seeded Lopez won with ease after a first-round bye. Lopez claimed the Olympic size and style GVC Conference Championship gold medal after disposing of his only opponent remaining at 118, by a whopping 19 to 0 score. Coach Leland reports Lopez looked strong and sharp in disposing of his only mat challenge. But a much bigger series of challenges lies ahead for Lopez and his point, pin, victory and medal hungry wrestling teammates. Friday, after Thursday weigh:ins, the team will be competing in the San Luis Obispo Cuesta College Small College State Invitational; and then on subsequent weekends will be wrestling in the State J.C. Tourney qualifying regionals at Ohlone, and the State C:hampionships, themselves, at Bakersfield, if the Eagles get that far. They can, with work and a bit of a break hfere and there. Doing a super job against some very rugged conlpetition all day Friday was Heavyweight Jess Ayer, the Eagle from Half Moon Bay. Ayer, at his quick, agressive, determined best, had his first opponent from Sier^•a on his back most of the time in a 10-2 first-round win Friday. Ayer then came back in the second round to apply a pinning combination to the second-seeded heavyweight and make it stick in 3:32, after leading Lee of Yuba, 13 to 2 before the finish! That second big win put Mendocino's Jess Ayer in the GVC Championship Finals against top-seeded Gileford of Siasta, a super strong, though not overly big heavyweight. Ayer was giving as good as he got through the first period and into the second. He wasn't backing off, but he did get caught in a headlock combination he could not break and had to settle for the second place medal r- still quite an accomplishment for the Young Eagle. The third rtiedal earned by Coach Leland's eager and imjjroving matmeh was claimed by hard-working Dennis Reynolds, former ma]t GI.KNN KHICKSON Sports Editor pupil of Ed Jacobsen at Clear Lake, and with Antonio Lopez one of the few holdover grapplers from last year's small group coached by Ray Kessler of Pomolita. Reynolds, at 158, pinned his first GVC foe from Lassen, in 3:10. Reynolds then lost a 12-3 decision to Davis of Shasta, buf came back to beat a Butte opponent, 18-6, in consolations; then won the battle with Sierra for third place by a well-eai'ned, 10-3 margin. He too claimed an Olympic style medal for third place. There should have been medals for fourth, but they weren't ordered. So two Mendocino College grapplers who placed fourth did not get any. Ukiah's Mike Engebritson wrestled a good, if losing, match against the eventual champion, bowing 6 to 4. He wasn't as sharp the second itme out, and lost, 8-2 to Shasta, but wound up foiurth. Mike Scott, 142, Ukiah, came within a point or two of winning third place, as he lost a tough, 6-5 battle for third place with a foe from Champion Lassen. Scott blanked an opening foe, 7-0, then lost a match to a skilled Sierra grappler, 17-1. He came back to almost tak^ home a third place medal, however. Ukiah's Lee Johnson lost a tough first match to Butte, 9-3 at 150; pinned his COR opponent in 4:35, and then lost to Sierra, 7-0 in his second consolation bout. Ukiah's Art Reid, without doubt, has made the most sacrifice and probably come close to making as much improvement as anyone in the GVC. He made the 190 pound weight limit after coming down from the start of the season when he weighed 223 pounds for football! Only if you understand the gruelling sport of wrestling and the sacrifices it takes, and that thQonly way to learn the game is by taking your lumps, correcting, improving bit by bit, can you appreciate the job Reid has done and the price he has had to pay. But Coach Leland felt that he looked good even in his losses ^riday. Each bout he learns a little more and Leland feel?,,that little by litUe he isstoring-up experience that will stand him in good stead next season, should he wresUe. Steve Scott, at 134, was not at his sharpest Friday, though, he, too, has improved over the course of the season. By luck of the draw Thursday night he drew the No. 2 134 pounder int h€^ touney, and then had to wrlestle the third-place winner, Kinser from COR in the busy 134 pound division. By GLENN ERICKSON Mendocino College's soaring basketball Eagles Smashed their school teiam scoring record on Carl Purdy Court Friday night as everyone , contributed and scored four points or more in a 121 to 77 romp over outgunned and gunned down American River of piacerville. Don't let that 77 point total by American River fool you. When the Eagles applied some defensive tactics the Eagles of American River were dead ducks! At half-time it was 6330. Coach Ed Boyle by the half had used every one of his 11 players and he rested his Varsity the last 14V2 minutes s& they would be ready for Saturday night's big encounter with Shasta's Knights in a real Carl Purdy Court joust as the Eagles went for win number six in as many GVC gapes. ' Everyone was so swept up with the joy of rebounding, passing and scoring; rebounding, passing and scoring that defense was relaxed a bit, thoiigh not entirely missing the last 30 minutes or so. It was a shot in the arm offensively for the defense- minded Eagles of Mendocino, and a shock to the Eagles of American River, the Piacerville extension of big school American River of Sacramento. Their coach must have wished he had the main line American River team, too! By rough count, reserves, or reserve starters, accounted for 54 Mendocino College points — and many of the rebounds snared by Mendocino. And it was a reserve, Jim Feeney, who scored points 114, U5, 116 and 117, in quick succession, which broke the former team scoring record.of 113 set very early this season, against Cal Maritime Academy in Carl Purdy Hall. As a team, the Mendocino Eagles shot about 64 percent from the floor, connecting on 55 field goals in 86 attempts. As a team they held American River to a high school halftime total of 30 points on defense; and as a team they climbed the boards for 44 rebounds, most of which led to a team record, or near record of 40 assists! Bravo! AR-P had the leading individual scorer of the game in 6-6 Glenn Gabrielson, who grabbed his share of rebounds, particularly on offensive follows as he'scored 27 points, mostly on follows or inside moves. But where American River Piacerville had one 27-point scorer ove the entire game, Mendocino College had two 25- point scorers playing less than half the Tgame; another player, a reservie, score 18 points; and two other reserves account for 10 and 11 more points each! In short, Mendocino College had too much fire power. Alas it was not a GVC game, but hopefully it did let the reserves scrape the rust off, get their shooting eye and feeding touches and rebound muscles toned up for the long stretch drive ahead in GVC play. It would be nice to go over' 100 a time or two in GVC play, but the Eagles still are realistic. Take them one at a. time — by one point or four points or 44 points — but take them! Kenny Newkirk contributed 11 field goals, three free shots for 25 points, and his back- court feeder Peter Garrett, added 12 field goals and a free throw for another 25 points, to, pace the Eagles'of Mendocino. Jack Claunch had fiye points and Mike Edwards and Art Larvie scored six .,points iea9h; in addition to triggering many of those fast breaks off rebounds. ,or outlet relays. That accounts for 67 of the 121 record pftints from starters, Then Bobby Pedroni, who had seven field goasl, 18 points and nine rebounds chipped in his balanced full share toward th6 record and the victory. Robert Haskin added another nipq rebounds .and five fi^ld. goals for 10 points; and John Gastineau scored five field goals and 11 points. • Steve Santos' added four points; Bob Stuart contributed five more, and Jim Feeney added six big ones, 'foiir of which put the Eagles past the previous record of 113 points. Mendocino hit 55 field goals and 11 of 17^from the hne — if you can't catch,'em you can't foul 'em! Aft-P had 32.field goals and made 13 of 25 from ,th«! line for 77 points. It was quite a night! Babashoff relaxing at last By JIM COUR LOS ANGELES (UPI) — In the period she's been out of the water, Shirley Babashoff, perhaps the greatest female athlete in U.S. swimming history, is a changed person. Even she admits it. After she was dominated by East Germany's Kornelia Ender at the Montreal Olympics, the U.S. press described hep assUrly, a snob, apopoff and a poor sport. Not exactly terms of endearment. But Babashoff wasn't exactly a gracious loser to Ender. Nearly 21, she has been retired from competition — after rolling up eight medals in two Olympics — for exactly one year this month. It's been a fulfilling year, she says. It's also been a , year of maturation. ^"I guess," she replied when asked for a cursory self analysis, "my personality has changed a lot since I gave up swimming. "I'm, more relaxed than I ever have been. There's a lot of tension connected with swimming meets and workouts and it can get to you. You have to remember,, too, that I swam competitively for 11 years. "It was time for a change. It was time t,o get out of the pool and get into something else." Babashoff doesn't want to, go back and discuss the past. She doesn't want to talk about how she handled herself at the Montreal Olympics. She'd rather expound on the present. Since her retirement, she's been travehng all over the world doing promotional work for Arena Swimwear. Swimming suits, she emphasizes, have come almost a millennium since the days of Esther Williams. In fact, there has even been a major change since Babashoff swam her last race. Arena is just out with ^ competition suit it calls the ''ilyback.!', Designed in France, the "flyback," according to Babashoff, is lighter, tighter and better fitting than any suit she ever woce. The suit was tested at,the European Swimming Championships in Jonkoping, Sweden, last fall and girls wearing it set 16 national records. It made its U.S. debut at the linen's World Cup meet at Brown University two weeks ago and girls wearing it set five American records. "It's really fun working on. the other side of swimming from the competition side," she said. "Well, ithat's not entirely true. There's still plenty of competition from other swimming companies." At the present ' time, Babashoff is too busy working for Arena for her senior year of college. She attended two years at Golden West Junior (Allege in Huntington Beach, Calif., and went to UCLA for one. She says she definitely wants to graduate. When she's not'on the road, she still lives with her parents at Fountain Valley, Cahf. There are no thoughts of marriage. If there's a certain young man iii her life, she doesn't mention him. In Babashoff's illustrious 11- year career, she broke 15 world records and nearly 40 U.S. records. Although Ender was the star woman swimmer at the Montreal Olympics, Babashoff did earn five medals there — one gold aftd four silvers — tb go along with her gold, a silver and a bronze she collected at the Munich Olynipics in 1972. Babashoff is not a small woman. She stands 5-10 and weighs 150 pounds. But she's an attractive wdhian and she's been able to keep from putting any more weight on. "I've weighed the same the last two years," she explained. ';when you're swimming a lot, you want to eat a lot. When you're not swimming, you dpn't want to eat. "It's funny. Right after I quit, I felt tired for a long , time. I'd go home and sleep and sleep. Now that tired feeling has gone away. "It'is quite aq adjustment to your body, I guess. Some of the Communist countries make their swimmers phase out gradually. They make them swim so much every day on a decreasing scale. 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