The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on November 4, 1979 · Page 19
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 19

Bloomington, Illinois
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Sunday, November 4, 1979
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Fenn carries Redbirds to 35-7 win It t r t : t - - - J ' ? ... J . . . C.OminCI fnrOUCin " y mivwyii Chenoa Four Pantagraph area football teams learned first-round opponents irt the state football playoffs Saturday night' when Illinois High School Association officials announced the pairings for the sixth-annual five-class event. Midstate Conference champion Chenoa will battle at Macon, the unbeaten Meridian Conference king, at 2 p.m. Wednesday while Vermilion Valley champion Forrest-Strawn-Wing will travel to Argenta for a contest with Argenta-Oreana, the Sangamon Valley champ, at 7 o'clock in Class 1A.' Paxton, the Wauseca Conference survivor, will trek to Yorkville for a 7 p.m. game in Class 2A while Com Belt king Metamora stays home for Mount Zion, one of two at-large selections in Class 3A. That contest also starts at 7 o'clock. Complete pairings for Classes 2A through SA were announced, but controversy in 1A left three brackets in the class blank. Officials are scheduled to announce the remaining games today after a determination of the Little Eight Conference representative. The controversy arose when the conference refused to announce a representative Saturday despite the fact Hampshire finished with a 9-0 league record, ' the apparent undisputed champion. Ve?4lW North Park has notices but no grants-in-aid By Jim Bamhart Pantagraph sports editor North Park College basketball coach Dan McCarrell finds himself in the same position as the fellow who started to meet more women at the dance hall but discovered that getting a date for afterwards was just as difficult as it had always been. Winning two consecutive NCAA Division III national championships has given the Vikings more exposure, admits McCarrell. "When we go to talk to a recruit, they know about us," said McCarrell. "The initial contact is much easier. But the followup is just as tough as ever." North Park, which returns five starters and its four top reserves from last year's College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship team, seems to have done reasonably well on the recruiting trail. "We think we've got a good group," said McCarrell. "But I don't think any of them will break into our first seven." McCarrell just hopes that the CCIW's history of cycles of three holds true. North Park has won two straight CCIW titles and is favored to do it again. Wesleyan won three undisputed titles before North Park began its reign. And Augustana won three undisputed crowns before Wesleyan took over. Wesleyan and Augustana tied for the 1970-71 crown. McCarrell believes he has six recruits capable of making, the varsity. They are Troy Claveran, a 6-3 guard tttl$$ttt$$S$$$tt$S$S$Sttll$$i$$SStStStttttttttttttttTTtttrt Illinois State University tailback Bill Fenn goes on his way to some of the 20S yardg in gaine(J Satlrdav , ,su.f 35.7 homecoming victory at Hancock Stadi- to play Macon Neither IHSA officials nor Little Eight conference contact Jim Root, of Hampshire, would comment on the situation. Teams whose games were not announced but are assured playoff spots in 1A include Milledgeville of the Northwest Eight Conference, Walnut of the Indian Valley East, Alexis of the Lincoln Trail, and Buda Western of the Indian Valley West. The other two berths will be filled by Playoff CLASS 1 Game I To be announced. Game 2 To be announced. Taole Grove (7-2) at Stronghurst Southern (9-0), 7 00 Game 4 To be announced. ForrestrStrewn-Wing. (7-2) at Argenta-Oreana (8-1), 7:00 Chenoa (I I) at Macon (1-0), 2 00 New Berlin (9-0) at Jacksonville Routt (9-0), 1:30 Catlin (7-1) at Atwood Hammond (9-0), 7:30 CLASS 3A Rockton Hononegah (7-2) at Stockton (9-0), 7:30 Amboy (M) at Forreston H I), 7 00 Cuba (l-l) at Prlncevllie (l-l), 7 30 Pan ton ((-1) at Yorkville (7 2), 7 00 Havana (9-0) at Decatur St. Teresa II I), 7,30 Knoxvilie (I-)) at Carthage Hancock (8-1), 7 30 East St. Louis Assumption (9-0) at Carllnville (9-0), 7:30 Marshall (9-0) at Christopher (9-0), 1:30 CLASS 3A Lisle Benet (l-l) at Aurora Central Catholic (5-4), 130 Lisle Senior il l) at Morris (9-0), 7 00 Herscher (100) at Geneseo Darnall (9 01, 3:00 Alton Marquette (l-l) at Macomb (6-3), 7:30 Mt Zion il l) at Metamora (7-2), 7:00 Mascoutah (9-0) at Taylorvilie (7-2). 7:30 Charleston (l-l) at Mt. Carmel (7-2), 7:30 Murphysboro (l-l) at Harrisburg (9-0), 7.00 Don McCarrell from Arnold, Calif., Tim Gustafson, a 6-7 center from New Brighton, Minn., Jeff Johnson, a 6-2 guard from Oswego; Jim Sabal, a 6-1 guard from Wheeling; Jim Schultz, a 6-6 center from Maine West; and George Touras, a 6-6 center from Chicago Lane Tech. . "Schultz is still growing. He'll be 6-8 or 6-9," said McCarren. "He has good physical ability; a nice spring; and good hands. "Gustafson has been a real surprise. He wears a size 15 shoe and has real good hands." McCarrell said Claveran, the Califor-nian, has good spring and shooting ability. What attracted someone from warm California to Chicago's winters? "Our exposure," said McCarrell. "Troy is from a small school near the border in the Reno area. He saw the article in Sports Illustrated about us. "Bob Bach, his superintendent of :. lj.. if -V urn. Western Illinois defenders trying to stop Fenn are Brian Spotts (57) and Mike orr (86). See additional photos on B-3. (Pantagraph photo by Marc Featherly). the Little Eight champion and an at-large selection. Another Little Eight team, Genoa-Kingston, is a leading candidate to fill the other spot after posting an 8-1 record. The playoffs begin Wednesday with second round action Saturday. The semifinals will be played Nov. 17 with the finals at Illinois State University's Hancock Stadium Nov. 23-24. pairings CLASS 4A Lake Forest (7-2) at Algonquin Jacobs (7-2), 1:30 Antioch (6-3) at Rocklord Boylan (l-l), 1:30 Norridge Ridgewood (11) at Chicago Sullivan (7-2), 7:30 Chicago Simeon (l-l) at Wheaton North (l-l), 7 30 Lockport (7-2) atOiympia Fieids'Rich Central (l-l). 1:30 Park Forest Rich E (7-2) at LeSeile-Peru (9-0), 7 30 Champaign Central (1-2) at Peoria Rich woods (9-0), 7:30 Belleville Althoff (6-3) at Springfield Griffin (1-2), 7:30 CLASS SA Palatine Fremd (6-3) at Deerfield (l-l), 130 Des Piaines Maine West II I) at Elk Grove Village (90), 2:00 Oak Park Fenwick (7-2) at Shurz (l-l), 1:30 Chicago Robeson (9-0) at Burbank St. Laurence (l-l), I 30 East Leyden (90) at Elgin Larkin 19-0), 7:30 Glen Ellyn Glenbard West II I) at Moline (1-1), 7:00 Oak Lawn Richards (1-0) at Chicago Marist (7-2), 1:30 East St. Louis Senior (8-0) at New Lenox Lincoln-Way III), 1:30 schools, was captain of the football team at North Park when I was captain of the basketball team. "He (Claveran) had a good junior and senior year and Bach recruited him for us. You know, they don't fly me out to places like, that." , Gustafson, the Minnesotan, went to North Park becasue of its religious affiliation (Evangelical Covenant) according to McCarrell. "We had leads on him," eaid McCarrell. "But most of my players come from the Chicago area because my budget is limited." Landing players like 6-10 Michael Harper and 6-7 Modzel Greer comes once in a lifetime for schools the size of North Park according to McCarrell. "If you can get two or three players out of one group to eventually be in your first eight, you've had a good class," said McCarrell. "I think we have about five or six in this group who could eventually end up in our top eight in another year. "But you have to be very fortunate to get players like Harper and Greer." Having so many veterans back makes practice more difficult according to McCarrell. "We have a veteran team and this is a long pre-season for them," explained McCarrell. "They're close to being ready to go right now. "Then you have the opposite extreme with so many freshmen. They need a lot of work on fundamentals. "Six weeks between the start of practice and the first game gets to be a long .........a........ By Bryan Blood worth Pantagraph iporti writer There had been, this friendly kidding between Illinois State University running backs Mike Doneff and Bill Fenn all week during practice as to who was carrying the ball more. "It seemed like Bill was getting the ball more than I was all week during practice," Joked Doneff, the ISU fullback. "I told Bill I would like to see the ball every once in a while." Doneff didn't see the ball much Saturday either as Fenn carried 42 times for 205 yards to carry ISU to a convincing 35-7 victory over Western Illinois before a near capacity homecoming crowd of 13,397 at Hancock Stadium. The crowd was the largest to witness a Redbird home game this season. "It didn't seem like I had 205 yards." . said Fenn, the ISU tailback. "I thought I had around 150 yards. I wanted the ball more but they took me out. I'll have to write this down in my history book." Fenn won't be the only one writing in his history book. His 205 yards marked only the fifth time in Illinois State history that a Redbird runner has rushed for over 200 yards in a single game. The 42 carries was two shy of the record set by Ronald Razz against Northern Illinois a year ago. "The line was blocking super today," Fenn continued. "We weren't running to one place either. Western was overplaying the sweep and I was able to cut back and pick my holes and go where I wanted." It was Doneff and the Redbird interior line of Jim Rio, Chris Bernish, Craig Seifferth, John Bavester and Rolf Duvick that cleared the path for Fenn. "The offensive line blocked extremely well and Bill ran well," said ISU coach Charlie Cowdrey. "Bill was getting a yard and a half past the line of scrimmage before he met any real resistance. We were making the yards so we just kept going to Bill. He didn't have a bad day's work. "Our defense really played a good football game too. Western only had one sustained drive. It helps when your defense can go out and get the ball back for the offense. We just put it all together tbday." ISU started the scoring in the first quarter after Bruce Kelsay picked off Southern Col drubs Arizona LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quarterback Paul McDonald threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead third-ranked Southern California to a 34-7 Pacific-10 college football victory over Arizona. McDonald, a left-handed senior, completed 25 of 35 passes and threw scoring strikes of 17 and 42 yards to flanker Kevin Williams and 5 yards to tight end Vic Rakhshani. 1 McDonald's performance eclipsed Southern Cal records for individual total yardage, passing yardage and completions in a single game. Craig Fertig had set the school passing yardage mark of 371 and total yardage record of 348 in 1964, and had shared the completion record of 21 with Jim Jones and Pat Haden. Stanford dumps Arizona State STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Turk Schonert completed two long passes to Ken Margerum, then ended a 90-yard, fourth-period drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dotterer to give Stanford a 28-21 Pacific-10 football vic- tory over Arizona State Saturday. time for the veterans. But we need it all for the freshmen." However, in getting back to discussing recsuiting, McCarrell said it's still difficult to get the real good player. "We're still on the financial need basis," said McCarrell. "So, you have all that paper work to go through. You just can't sit down and sign them like they do when they have a grant-in-aid." Laub Loren Laub's recent and untimely death brought to mind a lot of fond . memories about the local businessman. Laub was coaching basketball at Ellsworth High School when I joined the Pantagraph and we became good friends. I knew I was a friend when he began to needle me every chance he got. Like the New Year's Eve Loren got me out of bed at 2 a.m. to ask what I was doing. Then there was the year (while he was coaching at Octavia) we sent him a basketball information report to fill out. We had one line reserved for the team's previous year's record. We keep records of all our area teams in here so it was simply a double-check for us. When Loren came to the line, "How did you finish last year?", he penciled in, "Tired". Loren always enjoyed getting on Ralph Sackett, who began coaching at Octavia a year after Loren left for the business world. Laub's offensive style was the com- 9fo intirag SPORTS Bloomington-Normal, III. B-l Sun., Nov. 4, 1979 Yardstick WIU ISU Total First Downs 13 It By rushing, 10 14 ' By passing 1 1 By penalty 0 1 Net yards gained from scrimmage 219 315 By Rushing 163 339 By passing 56 66 Passes attempted 16 2 Completed 6 I Intercepted by 0 4 Number of punts i 5 Average distance 31 4 43 0 Number of Fumbles I 0 Own fumbles recovered 1 0 Yards penauied 91 SI the first of four pass interceptions to set up an 11-play, 39-yard touchdown drive. Kelsay intercepted for ISU at the Western 39. Fenn carried nine out of 10 plays to get ISU to the Western three. Freshman quarterback Steve Gumble then found Doug McCrary open in the end zone for a three-yard scoring pass. Isaac Camargo added the first of five extra point kicks. ISU's defense held on the next Leatherneck series of downs and ISU got the ball back at its own 46 after a punt. Fenn and the ISU offense went right back to work and moved 54 yards in 10 plays with Fenn going through the center of the line for the final five yards to give the Redbirds a. 14-0 lead with 13:18 left in the first half. "We were able to zone block a lot today because of Western's defense and we were able to open the holes on the inside and Bill was able to cut back," said ISU guard and former Bloomington High School standout Bavester. "Everyone was holding their blocks well and giving Bill time to cut back on the sweeps." The Leathernecks scored their lone touchdown with 8:19 left in the second quarter to cut the ISU lead to 14-7 on a five-yard pass from Kevin Conolty to Mike Maher. Andy Quin added the conversion kick. After that it was all ISU as the Redbirds moved 80 yards in 11 plays with Gumble keeping the football and scoring from the one. The big play in the drive was a nifty 43-yard pass from Gumble to Willie Boyd that put the ball on the Western five. Boyd streaked down the sidelines and tipped the ball into the air. Western's Scott Mielke then tipped the ball but Boyd keep his concentration and caught the ball after the 10-yard juggling act. "Willie made the play," said Cowdrey. "He keep with the ball and brought it in. "Gumble sat in there and executed real well. We gave him a list of audibles he could use when he got to the line of scrimmage and he did a good job." ISU passed just twice during the contest for 46 yards. "There are those days when you don't have to pass and this was one of those." continued Cowdrey. "There aren't many times when you'll be able to do. We were moving on the ground so we stuck with it. Western is the type of team you can get in trouble throwing against. By staying on the ground we were able to eat up the clock." ISU ran 71 offensive plays, 18 more than the losers. The Redbirds took the opening kickoff of the second half and promptly marched 80 yards in eight plays. Gumble scampered 51 yards for a touchdown with 11:07 left in the quarter. It was Gumble that did the work on the touchdown play Second Guessing plete reverse of Sackett's. Ralph's teams played for the last shot from the opening tip. "Went to see Sackett's team play the other night and took along a book to read," said Laub. Loren didn't always act the humorist. When the Pantagraph gave its McLean County Basketball Traveling Trophy to retiring coach E. W. Towner of Lexington, we received a lot of heat from the Octavia community. Octavia was in possession of the old trophy, and wanted to keep it, not the new one. Laub was out of the community when the reaction began. But when Loren returned, he wrote a letter to the Pantagraph, praising Towner, and chastising the people in his community. The uproar died as quickly as it began. Loren Laub had class. tiffttt A 1 as he faked a quick pass to the tight end over the middle then took off on the scoring run. "It really wasn't a broken play," said Cowdrey. "We wanted to run a trap dump pass to the tight end but he was covered when Steve looked to him. He just started running and was quick enough to get downfield and out run the defenders. "It was really a big play because the first team to score in the third quarter was going to be tough to handle. Western showed it could move the ball on its touchdown drive. The score helped us keep going." The Redbirds added their final touchdown with 12:32 left in the contest on a two-yard run by Fenn. "Everybody for Illinois State had a good day," said Western Illinois coach Pete Rodriguez. "The way our defense was playing I can see how Fenn was able to pick up those yards. He ran well. "The touchdown in the third quarter was a big one because wt? had shown we could move the .ball in the second quarter. ISU has found a quarterback that can execute. Gumble showed he can play. It hurt us a little when we lost (Jerry) Bey." Bey, who was the Leatherneck's leading rusher, reinjuried an ankle midway through the first quarter and was unable to return. ISU's defense played one of its better games, according to ISU linebacker Kevin Murphy, who hails from Pontiac. "The offense was able to control the ball and that made our job a lot easier," said Murphy. "We scored on two straight drives and Western only had one good drive on us. It was one of our better performances." The victory moved ISU's record to 3-6 and broke a five-game tailspin. Western Illinois lost its fourth straight and fell to 3-7. Fenn, who needed just 14 yards Saturday to move into sixth place on the all-time ISU career rushing chart, went one step higher and moved to fifth on the chart with his 205 yards. Fenn has rushed for 1.629 career yards and 948 of those have come this season. Fenn moved ahead df Bruce Cullen in career rushing yards. Western Illinois Illinois State 0 7 0 0 -7 7 14 7 7 -35 SCORING SUMMARY: Western Illinois Maher (5-yd. pass from Conolty). Point After Touchdown Quin (kick). Illinois State Fenn 2 (5 and 2-yd. runs); Gumble 2 (1 and 51-yd. runs); McCrary (3-yd. pass from Gumble). Points After Touchdowns Camargo 5 (kicks). Individual statistics ILLINOIS STATE RUSHING Name Atf. Gain Less Net Bill Fenn 4 2 205 " 0 205 Mike Doneff 9 45 0 45 Steve Gumble 11 13 5 71 Eric Tapley 3 4 1 3 Bill Heliman 2 2 0 2 Steve Carstens 1 4 0 4 Jeff Rataictak I 2 0 2 PASSING Name Camp. An. Int. Yds. Steve Gumble 2 2 0 46 PASS RECEIVING Name Rec. Yds. T.O. Willie Boyd 1 43 0 Doug McCrary I 3 ' 1 PUNTING Name No. Avg. Bill Manley 5 43.0 WESTERN ILLINOIS RUSHING Name An. Gain Less Net Kevin Conolty 9 64 10 54 Mike Hembrough II 50 0 50 Dace Richardson 6 29 4 25 Scott Leavey 2 16 0 16 John Staback 6 15 3 12 Jerry Bey 2 3 0 3 Fred Brent 1 3 0 3 PASSING Name Comp. An. Int. Yds. Kevin Conolty 5 10 3 47 John Staback 1 6 1 PASS RECEIVING Name Ret. Yds. T.D. Mark jehn 3 32 0 Mike Maher 2 II 1 Herb Simpson 1 6 0 PUNTING Name Ne. Avg. Mark Jehn 5 31.4 Survey Football leads other high school sports in participation according to the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Participation Survey. Of course, you need more people to play football. Figures from the 1979 survey indicate more than 3.7 million male and 1.85 million female athletes are participating in athletics on the high school level. A participant is counted once for each sport in which he or she participates. More than 86 percent of the nation's high schools took part in the survey. Basketball remained the most popular girls sport in sponsoring schools and participants. More than 15,000 schools sponsored the sport in 1978-79 with slightly fewer than 450,000 participants. Track and field and volleyball followed in both categories. More than 985.000 boys played high school football. Basketball (619.601) and track and field (562.567) remained the next most popular. In terms of sponsorship, basketball was the most popular male sport with almost 17,000 schools. Track and field, football, and baseball followed. In terms of participants, other boys sports ranked: 5. wrestling; 6. cross country; 7. tennis; 8. soccer; 9. golf; 10, swimming and diving. In terms of participants, other girls sports ranked: 4. Softball (fast pitch); 5. tennis; 6. swimming and diving; 7. gymnastics; 8. field hockey; 9. cross country; 10, drill team.

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