Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 15, 1971 · Page 3
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(Tournament Notes BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES In the weekly newspaper business, it used to take us days to take a picture, make an engraving, get it returned and put it in the paper. As I recall, back in the USD's, we'd have the pictures taken before the weekend, send them to Mason city Monday and hopefully they'd be returned in time for the Thursday paper. Offset printing changed all that and it's also speeded up the process of getting stories in print, which many of our readers might have noted when they read complete summaries of the Swea City-Alta and Algona-East Sioux City games Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the games were played. The service at one of our newstands, Tall Paul's, was even faster. The two games ended at about 9 p.m. and by ll : 30 p.m. the same night, papers with the stories were on sale there. The press facilities, as well as the field house itself, was strictly first class in the new Buena vista College plant at Storm Lake where Algona won its way to the state by beating Sioux city East, 54-49. The place seats over 4,000, the largest capacity in the area, and the press section, is even equipped with private telephones and ashtrays.. Thus the sequence of printing' went something like this - game over at 8:45 p.m. Statistics, box score and highlights compiled and telephoned in collect to our newspaper plant here at 9 p.m. story taken over the telephone and written for Justo-Writer operator, who had it set and ready for the waiting front page shortly after 10 p.m. Page put together with other waiting 11 pages, photographed, plated and on the press and running by 11 : 15 p.m. or so- just over two hours after the games were completed. We had two reasons for holding up our Thursday paper for these two important sports stories; (1) Services such as this we owe to our readers; (2) If coverage of Algona and Swea City sports was left up to the Register, we KNEW nothing would appear! We were right on both counts. * * * COACH HOWIE STEPHENSON did a brilliant coaching job to pull his club through two tough foes but I'm sure he would be the first to admit that a couple of fine scouting reports by coaches whose names we'll omit helped immeasurably. The first report, submitted by a coach on Storm Lake, reportedly ran four full pages while another report on Sioux city must have helped also. Howie made a hurried trip to Ames Thursday to visit with George Duvall, Ames basketball coach, and learn a few things about the North team. Ames lost to North in an overtime during the season. * * * DISCIPLINE INSIDE the Buena Vista fieldhouse was far better than outside. High school and college students policed things beautifully inside thegym, roping off the floor after the game to prevent the normal mob scene, providing many services for the press and radio and generally the crowd was well behaved. Outside was something else. Some Algona fans returned to their cars to find windshields coated with grease and eggs. Students report the buses were snowballed after the game and for as far as five miles out of town. One snowball broke a window in a bus and a couple of students suffered minor injuries when hit by snowballs with rocks inside as they shouted out of open bus windows. Nothing real serious though but the question is, were the culprits disgruntled Storm Lake youths from Monday night or unhappy Sioux city youngsters of Wednesday?Makes little difference really because WE are going to the state I * * * U. It- Flfl C t ^" W« •• Ml* • ALGONA'S TWO sub state wins were impressive and quite honestly, i felt we played just as •• well against East Sioux City as Storm Lake - with one important difference - the ball wouldn't go in the hole for much of the Sioux City game. But actual execution was brilliant. The Bulldogs caused 19 Sioux City turnovers compared to just six by Algona. Against a team that had no starter less than 6'2" and four at 6'3" and 6'4", Algona was out- rebounded by just a 37 to 34 margin. The Bulldogs got lots and lots of good first half shots. Kent Espe kept the locals in the game with six of eight for a fancy 75% average. His teammates hit on just three of 27 for about 14%. It was really a one-man offensive show at the half as Espe canned six of Algona's nine field goals. Algona fans were restless at halftime. The locals trailed'29- 23 but every one of the roughly 1500 Algonans at the game KNEW we had a better team. The shots were just not falling. Bruce Johnson hit only one of nine chances, then came charging back to can six of 10 in the second half and duplicated his third quarter performance against Storm Lake with five straight buckets in one stretch in the second half. Rick Nielsen canned two of four and made several fantastic plays. The big guys, Roeber, Zeigler and Walker, were all the East high kids wanted. Walker and Roeber were absolutely frigid from the field, they hit a combined two of 18 for the game and many were close-in shots, but underneath they made their presence felt. Algona's best hope of victory against North is to get better scoring from these two big lads. They'll just have to get points and we've got the feeling the percentages are going to catch up with them. Both had shot after shot roll around and drop out - this week they might drop the other way! Seldom will you see one team get many more shots and trail like Algona did against Sioux city in the first half. The Soos hit 13 of 24 shots, Algona canned just nine of 35. The Bulldogs had 11 more shots, good ones too, and canned four less. Things changed happily in the second half. FOUR PEP BUSES took the many students to the game but there were other problems too. First of all, only four buses were available rather than five but all students had seats, although in some cases three sat in the double seats. To make matters worse, one of the buses almost lost a wheel about 18 miles out of storm Lake on the way down. An Algona car noticed a wobbly wheel and signaled the bus driver, who pulled off the road. It was found only a couple of bolts were holding the wheel in place and it was thought that the bolts were not tightened sufficiently when a flat tire had been fixed sometime before at a garage, So the students piled into the other buses for the rest of the trip to Storm Lake. A phone call back to Algona brought Arnold Meyer, in charge ; of the buses, down to storm Lake about 8 p.m. with an extra bus and all arrived home safely, happy but tired. The abandoned bus was picked up Friday and brought back to Algona from a Storm Lake garage. * * * RATED TEAMS fared about equally well in the Class AA and Class A divisions. Of the 20 teams rated in the final polls in Class AA, only two of the top teams, North Des Moines (No. 1) and Algona (No. 3), survived district and sub-state play. Two others from the second ten, Mason City (No. 11) and Ottumwa (No. 13) got into the state. Unranked teams appearing are West Waterloo, Carroll Kuemper, Davenport West and Kennedy of Cedar Rapids. In the Class A, the top two teams, unbeaten Montezuma and Grundy Center, both survived as the NO. 1 and 2 rated teams as did unbeaten Rockwell-Swaledale (No. 6) and No. 9 Treynor. Also surviving was No. 19 Camanche ... the three unranked teams that got to the big show were Carroll high school, Alta, winner over No. . 17 Swea City and Boyden-Hull, which knocked off Paullina. * * * CARROLL MUST be basketball crazy, even more so than Algona. For that central Iowa town has not one but two teams in the state meets this week, by far the smallest town ever to be represented in two boys state tournaments the same year. Kuemper made it in Class AA and Carroll high school won the trip in Class A. College Finalist th quarter WITH TOM WALLER SWEA CITY fans got the best of the people across the floor from them in the Spencer field- house. Alta fans bagan swaying back and forth chanting "Sweaaaa City." Alert Trojan cheerleaders turned the opponent's cheer to Swea City advantage by getting Trojan fans to stand and applaud the Alta cheer. - o DAVE POTRATZ, sports director of KICD radio in Spencer, has more than a business interest in covering Algona at the state tourney. He's from Whittemore and can tell you about all the Whittemore boys who have played' for Algona high in the tourney . . .Dale Teeter, Brian Espe, Craig Espe, Kent Espe, Randy Roeber .... -o- FROM OUT OF the past Tournament basketball never fails to stir memories . . . We received a note from Mrs. Lester Baas of West Bend, who recalls when the 1931 Whittemore girls basketball team went to the state tournament. "We lost our first game by one point in an over-time period and went on to win the consolation." SHE ENCLOSED a clipping and team photo. The story said Coach F. J. Rothford's team included "regulars R. Carlisle and Behnke, forwards; G. Longerman and J. Langerman, centers; and Meyer and Roeber, guards. During their 26 games the Whittemore girls have scored 994 points for an average of more Kosjuth County Advance - 3 Monday, March 15, 1971 than 38 points per game. Their opponents have scored 136points, averaging less than 15 points per game." MRS. BAAS said, "Note how we beat St. Cecelia's, 40 to 6 and 79 to 0." They also beat Bode 64-6, Wesley, 64-8, Fenton 50-6 and Ledyard 48-8. TODAY, 40 YEARS later, a Langerman (Wayne) and a Roeber (Randy) led Swea City and Algona to respective sub-state finals. -o- THE SEASON may not be over for the Algona high wrestlers after all. They've been invited to participate in the second annual Dan Rowray Junior Olympic Wrestling Tournament in Chariton, la., next Friday and Saturday. Dan Rowray, a former state champion from Charitonwho was injured in a wrestling meet last March, will act as honorary chairman for the tourney. IOWA STATE University coach Harold Nichols will present the silver, gold and bronze medals to the winners in the 10 weight divisions. The tourney is sanctioned by the Iowa A. A. U., Humboldt, Iowa Falls and Eagle' Grove of the North Central Conference also were invited, as was Britt and several other top teams in the state, -o- DUANE HUNT of Algona was leading 6-0 in his first-round National junior College Wrestling Tournament match with just one minute left to go when he was pinned. Duane wrestles 177 for North Iowa Area Community College at Mason City. North Iowa placed second in the meet. Duane should have another chance next year. He won in regional competition this year, entitling him to advance to the national meet. CHANNEL 21 KVFD-TV (OR ALGONA CABLE CHANNEL 7) will broadcast live from Des Moines the ALGONA HIGH VS. NO. DES MOINES State Tournament Basketball Game Starting At 3:15 P.M. BUENA VISTA GIVES UP NETS, PEACEFULLY wxmmmw^mwm Algona Smallest School In State Tournament THE TOTAL PERFORMANCE MOTORCYCLE KAWASAKI James Harris, Algona High School senior, is a finalist in Wartburg College's scholarship program. Winners will be announced March 27, After 40 to 50 years without a basketball team in the state tournament, Algona finds itself in the "Big Show" for the third time in the past seven years, a record unmatched by any other Class AA town of Algona's size in the state. Again, the Bulldogs will be the smallest school in enrollment in the meet. Carroll Kuemper is the closest school to Algona's size. Algona's four-grade enrollment figure is 550 while Kuemper has 1145 students. Enrollment figures for the other state contenders: North Des Moines 1200, Mason City 1750, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1400, Davenport West 2000, Waterloo West 2000 and Ottumwa 1700. Most of the enrollments for the larger schools are for three classes only (sophomore through senior) while Algona's includes the freshmen class also. The two previous trips to the state tournament came in 1964 and again two years later, in 1966. Win or lose, this year's club will have the best record in school history. The 1964 team ended 23-3, with a win over Fort Dodge 77-61 in the first round and a loss to Thomas Jefferson of cedar Rapids in the semifinals, 54-44. The club came back to win third place by whipping Dubuque Wali- lert, 78-62 in the Consolation finals. Two years later, the club compiled a 21-3 mark ajjd lost to Ames in the first round, 65-53. Gary Walker's older brother Dave, was a starting center on that 1966 team just as was Kent Espe's older brother Craig and Brian on the teams of 1966 and 1964 respectively. The 19.64 team had four of the squad of 12 from Whittemore and the paper" back then reported Whittemore was a "ghost" town on the night the Bulldogs played Fort Dodge. This year's club has two boys from Whittemore, Espe and Roeber, both key starters on this year's team. n Mia-oli TTT SOO $1,125 Full Delivered Price In Algona, Iowa YOU CAN PAY MORE FOR A BIKE, BUT YOU WONT BUY THIS KIND OF PERFORMANCE AT ANY PRICE I NOW! AT YOUR KAWASAKI DEALER! 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