Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 8, 1971 · Page 4
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

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STATE-RANKED TROJANS AVENGE LOSS ivea City Pr< Cold LuVern 4 - Kotsuth Counfy Advance Monday, March 8, 1971 If vs. Bison; ToNorthwood SwM * *** Trojans Now Have 2M Season Mark By TOM WALLER Gary Ristau looked more like a men's clothing model than a basketball coach last Thursday after his Swea City team beat Buffalo Center, 59-49, to avenge its only loss this season and to advance to Saturday's Class A District championship game. Smartly dressed in a striped, wide-lapel suit with a print tie, Ristau cooly told reporters how the Trojans settled the score with Buffalo Center. - SWEET REVENGE He explained that the Bison had beaten his teams in their two meetings since he took over as Swea City coach last season. In the game earlier this season, Swea City trailed at Buffalo Center by 10 points, caught up, and lost 54-52. "Buffalo Center (16-5andsec- ond-place team in North Iowa Conference) has been winning close games consistently this season," Ristau explained. "In fact, they hadn't lost a close one yet. I thought they were about due to lose one." However, Ristau said he wasn't sure his team was ready enough for the big rematch "until we went up the (Garrigan locker- room) stairs." Ristau noted that his team shot a little -better against the Bison this time, 41 percent from the field compared to "about 33 to JERRY RICHARDSON 36 percent" last time. He praised both his starters and reserves Chuck Johnson and Allen Weichmann. He also praised coach Bill Prochaska's Bison. "They're a real good team," he said. -TIED 12 TIMES The closeness of this first- round district tournament game is not reflected in the final score. Fans for both teams ran the emotional gauntlet which is inherent in do-or-die tournament basketball. The score was tied 12 times, and the lead changed seven' times. Swea City trailed 4-0 at the start, but never by more than three points after that. Chuck Larson's field goal on an assist from Jerry Richardson gave the: Trojans their first lead, 11-9, with 1 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. A pair of free throws by Mark O'Green helped to offset baskets by Steve Dontje, Myron Helmers and Jim Torkelson as the Bison finished the quarter ahead, 15-13. Two baskets by Jerry Richardson and two-pointers by O'Green and guard Chuck Larson quickly lifted the Trojans to a 21-16 lead. But a basket by Helmers and two more by Larry Torkelson put Buffalo Center back on top, 22-21. Swea led 26-23 and 28-25 before trailing 29-28 and 31-29. The half ended with Buffalo Center on top, 31-30. - FIVE LARSON POINTS Swea City played better ball the second half, starting with five quick points from Larson, a 5-11 senior who hit his season average of 13 points against Buffalo Center. Fielders by twin brothers Jerry and Terry Richardson put the northern Kossuth County team on top 39-35, but the Trojans led by only 41-39 at the end of the third period. - OUTCOME IN DOUBT The fourth quarter was like a moon landing in that the outcome was often in doubt. Helmers' free throws made it 41-41. Terry Richardson's rebounded basket made it 43-41. Dontje's 15-footer tied it up at 43-43. Jerry Richardson hit from 10 feet out ... 45-43. Dennis Rippentrop hit from the top of the key, tying it at 45-45. Terry R. got another rebound basket for a 47-45 Swea lead, butDontje beat the Trojans' zone defense again with a 15-footer from the baseline, tying it with four minutes left. O'Green bombed from the top of the key at 3:40, and Jerry R. scored from 14 feet out with two minutes left. The Bison didn't catch up this time. Jerry Richardson saw to that. He drove for 53-47 lead and passed nicely to Terry underneath for a 55-49 lead with 32 seconds left. The Swea City constituency went wild after that one! -WHO'S NO. 1?Trojan cheerleaders helped the fans express themselves collectively by leading a "We're No. 1" pronouncement. A few mom- CHUCK LARSON ents later they were No. 1 for, the evening ... and into the finals for a test of which team is No. 1 in the district. Coach Ristau, whose team was 22-1 going into the title game' against Northwood (10-10) at Garrigan Saturday, said he was considering wearing the same tie in case he needed luck winning one more. SWEA CITY (59) G T. Richardson 6 J. Richardson 8 M. O'Green 2 W. Langerman 3 C. Larson 5 C. Johnson 0 A. Weichmann 0 Totals 24 F T 3-6 15 0-2 16 3-5 1 2-6 8 3-6 13 0-0 0 0-0 0 11-25 59 BUFFALO CENTER (49) W. Venteicher S. Dontje M. Helmers L. Torkelson ' J. Torkelson M. Dudding D. Rippentrop Totals G 2 6 4 7 1 0 1 21 F T 0-3 4 1-1 13 4-7 12 2-3 16 0-1 2 0-0 0 0-2 2 7-17 49 LuVerne Ends Season With 13-11 Record LuVerne stayed even with Northwood-Kensett for most of the first half at Algona High before mistakes and poor shooting put the Lions out of the Class A District Tournament. The 70-46 loss gave LuVerne a 13-11 season record. Northwood has come on surprisingly strong in the tournaments, winning three games after finishing the regular season with a 7-10 record. The Vikings, members of the North Iowa Conference, beat Lake Mills in three overtimes, 68-65, and Rake, 4944, before meeting LuVerne. - LUVERNE COLD - LuVerne players seemed to have trouble adjusting to the large new Algona floor, or else tournament tension was causing tight shooting. The Lions trailed 5-1 before two baskets by Dave Hanselman and a free throw by Mark Barber brought LuVerne back to just a 7-6 deficit. It was as close as the Kossuth county team would get all night. LuVerne trailed 14-12 moments before the first quarter ended 16-12. The Lions stayed with Northwood despite poor shooting and still trailed by four points at 26-22 late in the second quarter. But Northwood got hot and finished the half with three fast baskets for a 32-22 lead. - HANSELMAN HIGH Hanselman, LuVerne 1 s high scorer with lOpointsinthegame, had eight of them in the first quarter. Dave Vaudt scored six of the 10 LuVerne points in the second quarter. The third quarter was crucial. Northwood outscored LuVerne 17-12 in the period as the Lions continued to shoot poorly and committed too many turnovers. Dennis Vaudt, LuVerne's season scoring leader, was held to a first-quarter free throw and two baskets late in the third period for a total of five points. Dave Vaudt followed Hanselman in the scoring with eight points, and Roger Pergande and Mark Barber each scored seven. LUVERNE (46) S. Wickett M. Barber C. Barber Dennis Vaudt Dave Vaudt R. Will D. Hanselman D. Coyle P. Bristow R. Pergande Totals Score by Quarters LuVerne 12 22 34 Northwood 16 32 49 G 1 3 0 2 3 1 4 0 0 3 17 F 0 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 1 12 T 2 7 2 5 8 3 10 0 2 7 46 46 70 AHS vs. GHS Score by Quarters Swea City 13 30 41 59 Buffalo Center 15 31 39 .49 PINE ROOM LOUN THE SHOWPIACE AND ENTERTAINMENT CAPIKH OF NORTHERN IOWA THE ONLY PLACE IN KOSSUTH CO. WITH ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY. ROBERT ANTHONY REVIEW FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MARCH 12 AND 13 SANDWICHES AND PIZZAS STOP IN FOR A SNACK OR ORDERS TO GO ! CALL? 295-7255 BAR, SEATING, DOWNSTAIRS FOR 60 PERSONS IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR PRIVATE PARTIES I OPEN EVERYDAY 10:00 COCKTAIL HOURS - 4 P.M. . I P M LADIES NIGHT EVERY WED, FROM 8 P-M. TO 2tOO A.M. REDUCED RATES

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