The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on October 22, 1980 · Page 12
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 12

Bloomington, Illinois
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Wednesday, October 22, 1980
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B-4 The Daily Pantagraph, Wed., Oct. 22, 1980 FOR THE BHS safety Parker BEGINNER ikes anonymity i M ( W" LOWEST By Fred Kroner It Brian Parker is doing his job, he'll be one of the least noticed players on the football field each Friday. But if the 5-foot-9, 159-pound Bloom-. ington High School junior makes one mistake, every person in the stands will notice. That's because Parker is the Purple Raiders' strong safety. He won't make a lot of solo tackles, but the ones he does make often save a touchdown. What pleases BHS Coach Terry McCombs about Parker, and his cohorts in the secondary, is that they are involving themselves in the action. "Our secondary people are getting in on a lot of tackles," McCombs said. "They read the key, and if they see run, they're popping in and making the ball carrier pay." Parker, a non-letterman, has been a starter since the first days of practice. "He had the confidence that he could step in and play varsity football," said McCombs. "He's a Doug Plank-type player he comes to play and plays with reckless abandon." The BHS charts show that the four secondary performers are among the team-leaders in tackles. Rod James and Rick Wills are tied for fifth with 48 tackles (solos and assists) apiece while Parker is seventh with 45 tackles. Dennis Rasmus is next with 35. Wills has assisted on 28 tackles, second to Todd Traylor's 41. Traylor has been in on 99 tackles through seven games followed by Bob Borman (63); John Thomas (53) and Dan Gordon (50). Wierzgac brightens ISU volleyball scene Self-discipline is paying off for Illinois State University hitter-blocker Michele Wierzgac. It is a noticeable difference for the Redbird senior, who is anxious to make her performance on the volleyball court memorable this season. "Michele is making an effort to improve the mental aspects of her game," said Redbird coach Linda Herman, "and she is willing to make adjustments within her own play which are affecting the complexion of the total team effort." Wierzgac, who Herman considers the strongest defensive player on the ISU court, and one of the best all-around performers, can be equally good on offense. In fact, she can be awesome. The veteran hitter put her entire game into high gear at last week's Bearcat Invitational at Cincinnati. Wierzgac's efforts earned her the Most AAetamora, Lexington earn high rankings By Associated Press Central Catholic, Metamora, Morton, and Lexington are all rated in the latest Associated Press weekly high school football poll. Metamora, like Central Catholic a Alabama still tops in coaches' football poll NEW YORK (UPI) - While Alabama was reaffirming its position as the No. 1 team in the nation, Southern California plummeted from the No. 2 spot to No. 9 following Tuesday's Top 20 balloting by UPI's Board of Coaches. Southern California, which became Alabama's strongest challenger for the top ranking last week, had to settle for a 7-7 tie against Pacific-10 opponent Oregon on Saturday, resulting in a drop that moved each cf the next eight teams below the Trojans up one notch. NEW YORK (UPI) - The United Press International Board of Coaches Top 20 college football ratings after seven weeks, with first-place votes and records In parentheses. 1. Alabama (36) (6-0) 620 2. Texas (2) (5-0) 541 3. UCLA (3) (5-0) 532 4. Notre Oame (1) (5-0) 472 5. Georgia (6-0) 436 6. Florida State (6-1) 377 7. North Carolina (6-0) 352 8. Nebraska (5-1) 315 . Southern Cal (5-0-1) 293 10. Ohio State (5-1) 265 11. Pittsburgh (5-1) 190 12. Penn State (5-1) 172 13. Baylor (6-0) 159 14. Arkansas (4-1) 17 15. South Carolina (6-1) 74 16. Missouri (5-1) 44 17. Oklahoma (3-2) 43 IB. Brlgham Young (5-1) 26 19. Washington (5-1) 14 20 Southern Miss. (6-0) 13 Noft: By agreement with the American Football Ceachtl Association, teams on probation by the NCAA are Ineligible for the top 20 and national championship consideration by the UPI Board of Coaches. The only toam currently on proba- tlon Is Auburn. Brian Parker After a 108-yard rushing performance in Friday's 16-6 loss to Stephen Decatur, Wills remains the team's leading rusher with 597 yards. That places him second overall in the Big 12 Conference in yards gained, but first in average yards gained per game. The overall rushing leader is Springfield's Mike Buckley (654 yards) but the Senators have played two more games than all other Big 12 squads and Buckley is averaging just 72.7 yards per game. Wills' average is 85.3. BHS' Steve Bridges ranks behind Wills in the rushing totals, with 534 yards (76.3 yards per game). Already Bridges, the junior quarterback, can make a claim that his predecessor, David Hurst, never could during his three-year tenure as Bloomington's signal-caller. Bridges has completed 58.5 percent of his passes (38 of 65) this season. Hurst's best rate was 45 percent. And no other Big 12 quarterback this year Michele Wierzgac Valuable Player award, a rarity because the Redbirds succumbed to Purdue in the finals and finished second. It was the first such distinction for the Oak Lawn senior. And its impact is sure to carry on throughout the season. "I set a personal goal before the member of the strong Corn Belt Conference, heads the Class 3-A ratings. Central Catholic is seventh in the Class 2-A poll. Lexington is fourth in Class 1-A and Morton is 10th in Class 4-A. The ratings: Here are the top-ranked teams In The Associated Press Illinois high school football polls: CLASS 6-A 1. Buffalo Grove 2. New Trier Eeast 3. Reavis 4. Conant 5. Evanston 6. Belleville East 7. Willowbrook 6. Gordon Tech 9. Aurora East 10. St. Rita CLASS S-A 1. Springfield Griffin 1. Rockford Boylan 3. Chicago-Mt. Carmet 4. Glenbard West 5. Hinsdale South 6. Oak Lawn Richards 7. Decatur MacArthur 8. Elgin Larkin 9. Thornton Fr North 10. Granite City North CLASS 4-A 1. Wheaton North 7-0 5- 1 7-0 7-0 6- 1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6- 1 7- 0 7-0 7-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6- 1 5- 1 7- 0 7-0 6- 1 7- 0 7-0 7-0 7-0 7-0 6- 0 7- 0 7-0 6- 1 7- 0 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 6- 1 7- 0 6- 1 7- 0 7-0 7-0 7- 0 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 8- 0 6- 1 7- 0 7-0 7-0 6-1 70 6- 1 7- 0 7-0 7-0 6-0 . Marian Catholic . Chicago Sullivan . De Kalb Belleville Althoff . Woodstock Benet Academy Rich South Mascoutah 10. Morton CLASS 3-A 1. Metamora 2. Morris Harrisburg Wauconda Kankakee McNamara Geneva Breese Mater Dei Peoria Spaldln; Rockridge 10. Mount Carmel CLSS 2-A 1. Danville Schlarman 2. Amboy 3. Havana 4. Galena 5. East St. Louis Assumption 6. Genoa Kingston 7. Bloomlngton Central Catholic 8. Ottawa Marquette 9. Piano 10. Carlyle CLASS 1-A 1. Stronghurst Southern 2. Alexis 3. Areola 4. Lexington 5. Mllledgevllle 6. Freeport Aquln 7. Annawan 8. Martinsville 9. Jacksonville Routt 10 Roseville 1 x has a better accuracy mark than 45 percent. "We like to average at least 10 yards per reception," said McCombs, whose receivers have gained 12.1 yards per catch. "Statistically, we have done better than all of our opponents, except Danville. "Our offensive production has not been what it has the past couple years because we don't have the breakaway speed." The Purple Raiders have scored 80 points this season but just three second-half touchdowns while McCombs' teams in 1978 and 1979 finished with 180 and 185 points respectively. BHS is 3-4 overall and 3-2 in conference games. While the possibility is remote, the team could still tie for the league title and earn a playoff berth. "Three 'if s need to happen in the next two weeks," said McCombs. "But we're more concerned about going out with a winning record. "I told the kids that we will have 11 people on the field Friday (at Urbana) that want to go out 5-4." In order for the Purple Raiders to share the conference title, they must beat Urbana Friday while Springfield needs to win at Danville (both teams are 4-1 in the league). Then on the season's final Friday, BHS must wins its home game with Springfield and Urbana must beat Champaign Central. If Danville also wins at Mattoon, then four teams BHS, Danville, Springfield and Champaign Central would finish in a four-way tie for first. invitational to be consistent in every aspect of the game throughout the entire tournament," Wierzgac explained. "It was a terrific feeling, playing well and knowing that I was contributing to the team effort. "It gave me confidence in myself, and my playing ability, and made me realize that even though I am a senior, there's always room to become better. Words can't express the feeling inside." Herman concurs. "It is difficult for a mature player to stay competitive in all situations," she said. "You must be able to understand the game tempo and momentum. Michele is making changes and still improving even as a senior. It is a good example of not stagnating and always feeling like you can be a better player." Wierzgac's performance last weekend was a turning point not only for herself, but for the team as well. "I feel like we're on an upward swing, and that we are peaking," Herman continued. "Michele's performance is a sign of peaking." The crest is coming at a crucial time for Illinois State, which has put the rigorous invitational schedule behind it, and is returning home for the first time in a month. The Redbird Classic this Friday and Saturday at Horton Field House is a welcome change for ISU. The five-team round-robin tournament will feature competition that Herman considers challenging. The Redbirds are scheduled to meet Central Michigan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and will play Cleveland State at 11 a.m. Saturday. Morning competition is followed by a 2 p.m. contest against Drake with ISU's final match against DePaul at 5 p.m. It will be the fifth meeting between ISU and DePaul this season, and the Redbirds own a decisive 4-0 record against the Lady Blue Demons. Central Michigan has already defeated Michigan State this season. Herman feels the Chippewas and De-Paul will be two key matches. "It may be the fifth time we've met DePaul," she explained, "but DePaul is playing much stronger now. The last time we played, we went five games before winning the match. " Women's college volleyball results AT DECATUR Mllllkln del. Eureka College, 15-10, 15-9, 16-14. 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