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Page 12 Garden City Telegram Monday, November 28, 1977 Sharon Stalls Monte For Eight-Man Crown By LEESTUART SHARON — Its once-mighty offense stalled by injuries and a ferocious Sharon defense, Monlezuma's eight- man football squad was helpless. And as the Indians' confidence and composure slipped away Saturday afternoon on a chilly Sharon field, so did I he Kansas title. Sharon became the new king wilh a 52-12 drubbing of Montezuma before nearly 4,000 howling fans. Montezuma, which finished 11-2, was forced lo settle for the runner-up spot for ihe second straight year. Bogue defeated Ihe Indians in the 1976 championship game. Sharon, meanwhile, climaxed a 12-0 campaign and obviously maintained its No. 1 consensus ranking. Coach Steve Seirer's Indians entered ihe coniesl averaging 52.5 points per game, including (wo outbursts of more than 80 points. Bui Saturday, the offense didn't go. And when a team depends on its offense to win football games, thai means trouble. Sharon assumed early command, scoring a pair of first-period touchdowns while shutting off Montezuma's iniiial thrusts. After a short punt into a strong south wind gave Sharon the ball ai Ihe Monlezuma 26, the Cardinals clicked off 'four plays for a TD. Scott Harbaugh, a 161-pound senior — one of 12 upperclassmen on the team — goi the six points on a four-yard run. The Iwo-poinl PAT attempt failed at the 4:25 mark. The Cards regained possession about a minute later and marched 56 yards in eight plays for a 12-0 lead. Lance Vandeveer covered the final 25 yards, and Ihe PAT attempt again failed. Then early in the second stanza, Monlezuma's offense exhibited some life. The Indians set up shop on their 15 following a Sharon kickoff. A clipping penalty moved the ball back to the 10, bui quarterback Troy Hawk didn't flinch — he hit Rick Thomas for 26 yards and Dick Friesen for 17 to move ihe ball inlo Sharon territory. Four plays later, junior halfback Brent McCune gathered in a 10-yard strike for a touchdown at the 9:04 mark. The PAT attempt failed, leaving the score al 12-6. McCune, a 1,000-yard rusher the past i wo years, was smarting from bruised ribs sustained in Monlezuma's 44-40 sub-stale victory over Waconda East. Sharon retaliated immediately, however, George Spencer hitting Steve Inslee wilh a 20-yard scoring pass for an 18-6 advantage. That's the way il remained unlil inlermission. It appeared Monlezuma was going to get back in Ihe game when Sharon fumbled on its second play of Ihe second half ai Ihe 23. But Montezuma couldn't move, McCune falling short on a fourth and two situation at the 15. Vandeveer scored on the nexl play, scampering around his left end for 65 yards and a TD at the 9:20 mark. The PAT was unsuccessful. Montezuma turned its biggest play of ihe day moments later when Hawk piiched lo Friesen who threw lo Thomas for 57 yards and a TD. But that was the end of the Indians' offense. Sharon upped the count to 32-12 by Ihe end of Ihe third period: Spencer connected wilh Paul Tolly for a 26-yard TD and a Iwo-poinl conversion. The fourth quarter was academic, and painful for Montezuma. Sharon increased its lead to 40-12 when Vandeveer ran 17 yards for a TD al the 11:02 mark, and to 46-12 on a three-yard plunge by Greg Rowe. Spencer capped ihe scoring with a 48-yard interception return. With about nine minutes left, Hawk was injured when sandwiched by two Sharon defenders. He was helped from the field, but returned moments later despite a painful back. McCune also was the recipient of a few punishing blows. Sharon, a member of the Great Golden Plains League, rolled up 11 first downs, 304 yards rushing and hit 2-8 passes for 41 yards. Monlezuma, runner-up lo Moscow in the Santa Fe Trail League, accumulated 11 first downs, but only 36 yards rushing. Hawk hit 12-28 aerials for 188 yards. Sharon was penalized nine limes for 65 yards, punted once for 20 yards and lost ihree of five fumbles. Monlezuma suffered 40 yards in infractions, punted i hree i imes for a 28.6-yard average, and losi two of three bobbles. Since ihe Kansas high school playoffs began nine years ago, a Santa Fe Trail or Great Golden Plains league member has participated in the championship game. "» Montezuma Sharon 066 0—12 12 6 14 20—52 DICK FRIESEN, a Montezuma senior, puts his head down in anticipation of being hit by Sharon's Dave Schmidt (42) Saturday during the SmoneCroilln eight-man finals in Sharon. Friesen and his teammates were forced to settle for second place for the second straight year, losing 52-12. Can I Go to the Library? By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent Take a scene in a typical American home, vintage 1977: Mother (to son, closeted in his room): "Egbert, what are you doing?" Son: "Hitting the books, mom. Got a heavy lesl coming up lomorrow." Mother, provoked: "I thought I told you to quit messing around with your lessons. Get your bat and glove and go over lo the park and play baseball." Son, sullenly: "Yes, ma'am." Another scene, another home, same year, 1977: Father (lo son, breaking for the front door): "Where do you think you're going, Archibald?" Son: "Gotta run down to the library, pop. Golla finish this research paper." Father: "Forget it. You've been hanging around the library too much lately. Your tennis is gelling lousy. Gel "-your racquet and go over and hit for an hour or so against the backboard." Son: "Okay, pop." Contrast these with-similar scenes a couple of decades ago when parents were berating ' their offspring: "No, you can't go oul and play until your lessons are. all done — that is final." There's been an abrupt AP Sports Analysis lurnaround in the mores of normal family life, a shift in the priorities, a new set of rules for pointing Junior loward a financially secure future. It's no longer the so-called "brain" — slraight A's, president of the Latin Society and valedictorian — whose bespectacled visage in the high school yearbook carries the notation "Most Likely to Succeed." Instead, this goes to Ihe ne'er-dp-well, Ihe guy who played hooky lo shoot baskets on Ihe school grounds, sneaked off from his studies lo play baseball, shoot pool or practice his tennis and golf shots. America's new symbol of success and affluence isn't the Rhodes Scholar. II is the guy who can thread a 40-yard pass wilh four linemen yanking at his hip bones, lob home runs into the upper tiers, sink 25- fool pulls over a dinosaur grave or hit a tennis service at 125 miles per hour. V: t The price tags on the latest lot" of baseball free agents are enough lo blow the mind. Ron Blomberg, a New York Yankees first baseman who played only one game the last two seasons, signed a four- year contract wilh Ihe Chicago While Sox for $600,000. The Yankees paid $2.7 million for a relief pil- cher, Rich Gossage. Package deals made instant millionaires of Lyman Bostock ($3 million), Larry Hisle ($3 million), Richie Zisk ($3 million) and Mike Torrez ($2 million). Latest pro tennis figures show Jimmy Connors has earned $822,636 in prize money alone this year and Chris Evert $603,134. Guillermo Vilas, wilh $300,000 for clinching the Grand Prix standings, is going for $800,000. Olympic figure skating queen Dorothy Hamill made a quick million as a pro, $300,000 for a single TV commercial. Final PGA golf tour statistics show Tom Watson the leading money winner with $310,653. Twenlyfive golfers earned more lhan $100,000, 106 more than $20,000. Four women golfers won more lhan $100,000, 27 above $25,000. Pro basketball players average $110,000 a year, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar heading the list al $600,000. Football's top stars draw between $200,000 and $450,000 a season. It's a weird, almost unfathomable spiral. The country, as an antidote to Vietnam and Watergate, is on a sports "high." Makers of tires, loolh- pasle and panly hose have capitalized on Ihis heady phenomenon lo push their products through TV and other sponsorships. The result: Dollars cascade into athletes' pockets like a waterfall. And who is king of them all? Heavyweight- champion Muhammad Ali, a high school dropout who couldn't pass the Army lest of putting round pegs in round holes. His take to dale: $40 million-plus. 15 Racers Pile Up CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Fifteen speeding stock cars piled up in Ihe 33rd lap of the Turkey 100 Sunday, killing one driver and injuring two others. The accident was at Metro- Una Speedway north of Charlotte. Preston Humphries, 37, of Shelby, suffered fatal head injuries when his Chevy II racer was hit on Ihe driver's side by anolher car and then struck by al least two more. Rescuers had lo remove the roof of his car to reach him. William Meacham, 17, of Charlotte, and Charles Middlelon, 35, of Kings Mountain, were reported in satisfactory condition at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. BRAD MCCUNE exults as Montezuma scores a second-half touchdown Saturday during the Indians' 52-12 loss to Sharon in the state eight- man football finals. Brad's little brother, Brent, scored a TD, but failed to break the Sharon defense as he had broken others during a 1,000- yard rUShing SeaSOn. SusoneCrwUn Kentucky 'Flunks'Opener By The Associated Press After watching his lop- ranked North Carolina Tar Heels beat Oregon Stale 94-63 in their first game of the college basketball season, Dean Smith gave them passing grades in offense and rebounding and an A-plus in defense. Joe Hall's marks were not so high for his reserves al Kentucky. "They forgot everyihing they've been laughi," he said after the second-ranked Wildcats scored a 110-86 victory over Souihern Methodist Saturday night. Hall was particularly disturbed lhal his substitutes let a 42-point lead dwindle to 24 in Ihe last three minutes. Smith, meanwhile, was less critical in assessing his team's opening-game performance Saturday. "Of Ihe three phases of the game, offense; defense and rebounding, our defense was besi," he said. "Il made our offense. And on Ihe offensive boards, I thought we played very aggressively for ihe second and third shots." Elsewhere in Ihe Top Ten, No. 4 Notre Dame crushed Mississippi 111-62; fifth- ranked San Francisco trimmed San Francisco Stale 10067; sixth-ranked UCLA defeated Brigham Young 75-73 Saturday nighi and Seattle 106-73 Sunday; No. 7 Arkansas hammered Southwest Missouri Slate 65-47, and ninth-ranked Cincinnati beat Akron 91-81. Among the olher ranked teams, No. 11 Syracuse crushed Cornell 88^61; No. 12 Purdue slopped Xavier (Ohio) 90-82; No. 13 Michigan beat Western Kentucky 87-81; No. 14 Maryland beat American University 78-65 Sunday in the first round of the Maryland Tipoff Tournameni; No. 16 Minnesota lost lo South Carolina 62-55; No. 17 Wake Forest defeaied UNC-Wil- minglon 83-79, and No. 20 SI. John's oulscored Old Dominion 81-75 in winning Ihe Joe Lapchick Tournameni in New York. In other action, Clemson won its IPTAY Tournameni wiih an 82-75 victory over Rhode Island; Si. Joseph's, Pa., beal William & Mary 6960 for the championship of the Spider Classic at Richmond, Va.; Virginia walloped VMI 90-70 and capiured ihe Virginia Tip-Off Tournameni at Chariot iesville, Va., and Ihe University of New Orleans won its New Orleans Classic with a 90-66 I humping of Tennessee-Chat t anooga. Oregon Slate had litlle chance against North Carolina. The Beavers asserted themselves only once in ihe game, taking a Ihree- poini lead in the first half. But ihe Tar Heels ran off 18 siraighi points and virtually wrapped up the game wilh a 44-29 half lime lead. Mike O'Koren led ihe winners wilh 21 points and Phil Ford had 20. Jack Givens had 30 points and Rick Robey 23, leading Kentucky over SMU. The Wildcats had a 104-62 lead wilh 3:29 lefl before ihe reserves came in and lost almost half of the 42-point advantage. While Hall was critical of his team, Digger Phelps couldn't find anything wrong wilh his Notre Dame squad after the Fighting Irish subdued Mississippi. Don Williams and Kelly Tripucka combined for 32 poinls, sparking Notre Dame's balanced offense. Winford Boynes scored 25 poinls and James Hardy 23,, pacing San Francisco's rout of San Francisco Stale. Hardy, ihe 6-foot-8 forward playing center while Bill Carl wighi recovers from a broken arm, scored 17 poinls in Ihe second half, when the Dons broke open ihe game with a 53-29 margin. Forward James Wilkes' tip- in al the buzzer gave UCLA ils Saturday nighi victory over stubborn Brigham Young, marking Gary Cunningham's debut as head coach with Ihe Bruins. Cunningham, who replaced Gene Barlow this season, made it a two-game weekend sweep, beating Seattle Sunday as David Greenwood scored 21 poinls. Arkansas whipped South- wesi Missouri Slate behind Marvin Delph's 20 poinls. The Razorbacks led only 29-25 ai the half, but quickly built a 3925 lead in the first five minutes afier intermission. Pal Cummings' 25 points paced Cincinnati over Akron. The victory was le Bearcats' 61st consecutive home couri victory — the longest among major college teams. Marly Byrnes and Dan Schayes each scored 14 points,, leading Syracuse over Cornell. Jerry Sichiing sank Buff Boosters Seek Members The Garden City High School Buffalo Booster Club will launch a membership drive Tuesday night at Ihe GCHS-Perryton basketball game. The boosters will set up a booth in the gymnasium lobby at about 6 p.m. and keep it open throughout the evening. Information about the club will be available, along with membership registration forms. four free throws in the final minute, helping Purdue hold off a lale rally by Xavier. Dave Baxter's 28 points and 11 assists led Michigan over Wesiern Kentucky. Freshman Greg Hawkins and senior Lawrence Boston past American University. The Terps meel Georgetown, a 71-56 winner over Navy, for the tournament title tonight. Jim Graziano scored six of his 21 poinls in the last six minutes, leading South Carolina's upsel of Minnesota. Wake Forest whipped UNC- Wilminglon behind Rod Griffin's 22 points and St. John's beat Old Dominion as George Johnson scored 24. Hockey Players, Fans Clash DALLAS (AP) —The Dallas Black Hawks downed Ihe Kansas City Red Wings 8-6 Sunday night in a Central Hockey League contesl lhat was marred by a posl-game fight between several Red Wings and some Dallas fans. The fight erupted as the Kansas City players were headed lo their dressing room and passed about 100 fans yelling al Ihe players. "They threw beer on us and kept taunting and pushing us," said Red Wing player Don Martineau. "I was just protecting myself. They were asking for it. There weren't any cops around to protect us." One fan was taken to a local hospital for Irealmenl of face, shoulder and chest injuries received when he was struck wilh a hockey stick. One Dallas policemen was treated for a fivestitch cut in his leg. MONTEZUMA fans had little to cheer about as their Indians failed to score In the final 20 minutes of play. SUUMCTO.III.

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