Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on March 22, 1971 · Page 7
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Algona L At State Gam Ottum AndM Kossuth County Advance — 7 m Monday, March 22, 1971 City Garrigan Hires Sibley Football Coach BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES Algona High School lost its bid for a state basketball championship with 4:45 minutes left in the third quarter against Ottumwa Friday afternoon in the semi-finals of the meet at Des Moines. That's when high scorer Kent Espe picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench for a rest. Espe's forced departure came at the most inopportune time just when the Bulldogs had the momentum that appeared would carry them into the Saturday night finals. After a chilly first half when Algona hit just 33% of its shots but led 31-28 by virtue of some good shooting at the free throw line, Algona got in gear as the second half opened. Espe was held to just four first-half points but suddenly went wild despite close guarding. He twisted and jumped for three beautiful baskets to give the locals a 37-30, bulge. Rick Nielsen followed with a bulls-eye from far out and it was 39-32 when Espe picked up that crucial infraction. Algona led for another five minutes but they never were the same. Coach Howie Stephenson'sclub maintained a precarious 45-42 . lead after three quarters and to add fuel to Ottumwa'sfire, Randy Roeber picked up his fourth foul with 1:51 left in the third quarter . and joined Espe on the bench. BOTH RETURNED when the fourth quarter opened but Roeber lasted just eight seconds into the final period when he picked up his last foul and the Ottumwa cheering section went wild when he departed. Now, Algona had lost not only its momentum but its big rebounding threat under the basket. Joe Ferguson, who had gone on a personal rampage after afour- point first half, notched both free .. throws on the one-and-one '• attempt and then hit a jumper seconds later to give Ottumwa its first lead at 46-45 and the .winners never lost it. Without Roeber on the boards, Ottumwa began to clear the rebounds and its fast break was devastating. At the finish, the Bulldogs were visibly tired. Ottumwa outscored Algona 11-2 in the first four minutes of the fourth period and their 55-47 lead was just too much. Algona never gave up but the fagged Bulldogs could only cut the margin to 61-58 as the sands of time in a brilliant season ran out. ALGONA TRAILED most of the first quarter but ended with a 15-14 lead when Bruce Johnson fired home a long swisher just four seconds before the finish of the period. It was free throws that kept the 32-28 half-time lead. Out- shot from the field 13 to 10 at the half, Algona cashed in on 11 free throws to construct its lead. Algona finished the game with a very respectable 41% from the field but Ottumwa was at 52%, the healthy average coming mainly from a host of layups off its fast break in the final stages of the game. Espe finished as Algona'stop scorer with 14, while Gary Walker, the fast-improving sophomore who came into his own in the pressure-packed state tournament, hit 13 as did Nielsen. Walker had a big second half with five field goals. The Bulldog guards were well covered the entire game, particularly in the last half, and hit only six of 22 tries. Algona's turnover total of 23 for the game was far, far above their tournament average, although Ottumwa lost the ball 18 times as the Bulldogs continued their good defensive work. THE BULLDOGS lost to a good team, undoubtedly the best they've met all season. But the key to the loss was the foul trouble which Espe and Roeber got themselves into. It's only conjecture whether Algona would have won had this not happened but it's a good bet things would have been much closer at the finish. Ottumwa adjusted well to Algona's offense during the game. The winners came out of their man-to-man Defense midway in the second period and played tenacious defense the rest of the way, particularly against the Algona guards. Meanwhile, they Oh — How Those Fouls Hurt! FG-FGA 7-14 5-10 2-5 9-14 4-8 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-1 28-54 OTTUMWA (63) Steve Brandon Tom Johnson Larry Salz Joe Ferguson Mike Heckart Bob (Blue Boy) Blew Bob Hammersley Dennis Riley Greg Coffin TOTALS ALGONA (58) Kent Espe Gary Walker Randy Roeber Rick Nielsen Bruce Johnson Neal O'Brien Jim Harris Gordon Zeigler TOTALS better than any team this season. The loss left Algona's 1,000 adults and students at the game stunned. The confident Bulldogs had developed the same belief in their winning that they had all season and the letdown for players and fans alike was terrific. FT- FT A 3-7 1-6 1-5 0-1 2-2 REB. 5 9 6 4 PF 3 3 2 1 3 TP 17 11 5 18 10 0-0 0-0 7-21 31 2 15 2 63 FG-FGA 7-12 6-11 2-6 4-13 2-9 0-0 0-0 1-3 22-54 FT-FTA 0-0 1-3 5-9 5-6 2-2 1-3 14-23 '•!*S::;:i*:i!*!*:*;* REB. 7 10 11 6 2 39 SSSSSitt!*;: PF ' 4 4 5 1 3 0 17 ;*:*!*:*!•;•& TP 14 13 9 13 6 3 58 SftSiis;*!* But they were beaten by a fine ball club, a team that took out Ames High School in the sub- state final and there were many that thought Ames was the class of the state at the end of the regular season. th quarter WITH TOM WALLER NORTH DES MOINES' coach, Dick Camp, wasn't very complimentary in defeat. After Algona outsmarted, outshot, outrebound- ed and outplayed his team, Camp said, "There are at least three or four teams down here that are better than Algona. Ottumwa will run Algona off the court." ACCORDING TO Dr. Don Kingfield of Algona, who played high school ball at Sac City when Camp coached there, Camp is well-liked by his players but not by officials. The former Drake quarterback got kicked out of a North football game after he defended one of his players who was kicked out seconds before he got the boot. The incident didn't set well with the Iowa High School Athletic Association, so Camp has beenmore reserved since then. AFTER A tremendous season, I would guess that Camp was so disappointed in his team's play that he underestimated Algona's contribution, especially defensively, to the North demise. - o ALGON HAD a few hundred coaches ii. :M<J halls of Vets Auditorium at the halftime of each Bulldog game, rehashing the first half and talking over what needed to be done the second half. . . It's a healthy kind of armchair enthusiasm, though, and part of the fun of being at the game. WE ENLISTED a special assignment commercial photographer from Des Moines for our picture coverage of the state tournament. Jim Carr has also worked for both wire services and a daily newspaper in the past 14 years, covering three World Series in baseball, several Indianapolis 500 auto races, and innumerable high school, college and pro sporting events. I hope you enjoyed his work. - o - THE PREDICAMENT, Iowa's wrestling newspaper, carried interviews with all of Iowa's state wrestling chai '.ons. Three Class AA state champs named Algona wrestlers as the toughest opponents they faced all season. Ankeny's Eric Norris (155) said Gene Hunt was his toughest opponent. They split in two matches this year. DAVE KLUEVER (167) of North Scott said Les Simpson, his 4-2 victim in the semifinals, was his toughest opponent. And Mike Morphew (185) of Eagle Grove, who escaped a fourth straight loss to Steve Fitzpatrick in the state championship match, named Fitz as his toughest. The paper's front page illustration was noteworthy. It's caption read, "Champions Don't Always Win." - o THE ISSUE ALSO pictured the seven inductees into Iowa's Wrestling Hall of Fame, including Algona's Champ Martin, Britt's Al DeLeon and Clarion's Andy Anderson. - o - BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES The Consolation Championship game Saturday afternoon was almost like running an instant replay of Algona's loss to Ottumwa 24 hours earlier as the Bulldogs went down to defeat to Mason City, 72-66. Before a small crowd, the Bulldogs raced away to a seven- point lead in the second quarter, then faltered. Against Ottumwa, it was in the third period when the Bulldogs began to tire. The talented Dennis Shaffer, one of the state's top scorers, poured in 29 points, but for much of the game, Algona's Kent Espe kept pace although he ended with 19. Bruce Johnson regained his scoring touch to pump home 17 points for Algona. Mason City was the shortest team Algona met in the three- game state meet, yet the Mohawks were the only club to out- rebound Algona in the tournament. The Mohawks had a 3830 rebound edge and went to the boards amazingly well. Each team had 19 turnovers in the game. Algona led the entire first half except for one point late in the first period when the uncanny Shaffer potted a long shot for a 10-9 lead. Four straight points by Johnson and a Roeber free throw wiped out that advantage for a 14-12 first period lead. After Shaffer tied the game at 14-14, Espe canned six points and Walker notched a field goal for a 22-16 Algona lead. The spread soared to 30-21 on a steal by Espe and Jim Harris' field goal. Gordie Zeigler's close in bucket made it 3223 and then Mason City came on strong. Algona Leads At Half Again — Then PFFT! ALGONA (66) Kent Espe Gary Walker Randy Roeber Rick Nielsen Bruce Johnson Danny Smith Neal O'Brien Jim Harris Gordon Zeigler TOTALS Team Rebounds- FG-FGA 8-13 3-9 3-4 3-10 6-16 0-0 0-2 2-3 2-4 25-61 FT- FT A 5-5 1-1 1-2 0-1 5-5 0-0 0-0 2-4 14-18 REB. 5 4 9 2 0 2 3 2 30 PF 4 4 4 4 2 2 0 2 22 TP 19 7 7 6 17 0 4 6 66 19 MASON CITY (72) Dennis Shaffer Craig Spiegel John Cookman Bob Lemon Allan Goetsch Allan Foster TOTALS ' Team Rebounds- 19 ;i;ii;;;^ FG-FGA 9-19 5-11 4-6 2-5 6-11 0-2 26-54 FT-FTA 11-13 2-4 2-5 0-0 4-6 1-1 20-29 REB. 11 8 9 3 2 0 38 PF 2 2 3 1 3 2 13 TP 29 12 10 4 16 1 72 Father Cecil H. Friedmann, Superintendent of Garrigan High School, announced today that Dick Krambeck has accepted the head football coaching positiort of Garrigan High School. Krambeck, a native of Atlantic, Iowa, is a 1962 graduate of Northwest Missouri State College at Maryville, Mo. He previously coached at Nevada and Malvern, la., and has been the football coach at Sibley, la., for the last four years. While at Sibley, he not only was head football coach, but he also was head track, physical education instructor and athletic director. In making the announcement, Father Friedmann noted: "We look forward to working with Coach Krambeck. We know that both parents and students will be enthused with his planning, organization, and knowledge of the game. Coach Krambeck and his wife, along with their three children will be moving to Algona sometime in June. A Tribute To Algona Seniors WHAT WAS forecast as a banner year for Iowa's freshman basketball team never developed. The young Hawks had an 8-4 record. Four of the five boys 'on scholarships had the five best scoring averages: Harold Sullinger, 22.6; Jim Collins (from Ft. Dodge), 19.0; Neil Fegebank (from Paullina), 17.4; andReggie . Vaughan, 13.6. THE FIFTH ONE, Ted Raed- eke, had a 7.7 average, about half that of walk-on player Tom Hum, 13.4 average. Collins had the top free throw and field goal percentages. He and Fegebank led the rebounding. Art Show 17-year-old Ken Hylbak is having a "One Young Man's Art Show" at a bank in Perry, where his grandfather, Russ Hylbak lives. It was developed from the many sketches and drawings Ken has sent to his grandfather from time to time since he began drawing seriously and the residents of Perry were given an opportunity to see what one young teen-ager is doing. WHO ... READ THE ALGONA NEWSPAPERS AND YOUfLL KNOW! ZEIGLER'S REBOUND bucket just before the half-time buzzer kept Algona in front 36-33 (the Bulldogs led at the half in all three of their games). Algona's last second half lead came witli 40-38 on a short shot by Roebei. The Bulldogs were within one at 57-56 on a Walker jump shot with six minutes left in the game. Walker and Johnson cut a six- point deficit to 62-60 with four minutes left but Mason City looked to have too much stamina at the end as it pulled into a 69-60 lead with seven straight points. Still this was not a bad Algona effort by any means and far and above anything the Bulldogs showed during the regular season. The improvement in the Algona team from the start of the tournament on was amazing, particularly in the work of Roeber and Walker who came on strong as they gained maturity. The other three, seniors Espe, Nielsen and Johnson, had carried the load most of the time before that. Algona shot well, 42.6% compared to 44.6% by Mason City and the field goals were even. Surprisingly, it was at the free throw line the game was de-. cided and this was even more shocking because Algona held a 10-7 advantage at half-time. But the Mohawks shut off their fouling in the second half and Algona cashed in on just four three tosses in the final 16 minutes. Lambs Two farm families have quadruplet lambs to help care for this month. The Clair Maguircs of Danbury and the Ed Gassmans of rural Bernard own the ewes who had the multiple births. DES MOINES —It's hard for a basketball team that wins 22 of its first 23 games to end its season with two more losses, and it's especially hard for the seniors on the team. There were no tears in the boys' locker room Saturday afternoon. The emphasis was on past accomplishment and future goals. Coach Howie Stephenson had the floor: "You had a great season. We're proud of you. Get a shower and come out with smiles back on those faces." -'COMING BACK?A little later, there were a few smiles, mostly when Stephenson handed out. fourth-place medals. The seniors received congratulations from their coaches. The coaches asked the under-classmen if they were coming back next year. The responses indicated a unanimous goal. Stephenson was urged to talk about the careers of his seniors who had just played their final game for Algona High. "Success is 10 deep," Stephenson began. "We had 10 pretty fair ball players. Every one worked as hard as the others during the season." - SENIORS- About Kent Espe, a 6-2 all- tournament forward, brother of Brian and Craig Espe, who also represented Algona in state tournament competition: "Too bad he's the last of the line," Stephenson said. "Kent overcame a shooting problem he had as a freshman. He was shooting his jumpshot with the ball right here (gesture to forehead). He couldn't hit anything for a couple of weeks after he switched styles." About Bruce Johnson, a 6-0 guard with more than one kind of shot to thrill a crowd; "You know, he was run over by a car when he was a kid," Stephenson explained. "The doctors said he wouldn't walk again," assistant coach Bill Simpson added. The head - coach continued: "Now he can do it all ... ball handling (such as eye-catching behind the back dribbles) and shoot . . ." Bruce confirmed that he was "near death" after that accident when he was in second grade in school. I didn't ask what basketball means to him." That was answered by the fact that he plans to play college basketball, perhaps at a junior college." About Rick Nielsen, a 5-10 guard with quick hands and a good eyes for a pass and a shot: "Rick is a tremendous competitor," Stephenson said. "He's a fine scrapper, and he worked his tail off in every practice this season." The coach added that Johnson and Nielsen made good on their state tournament goal which they set when they were in eighth grade. JIM HARRIS, a 5-10 forward who specialized in momentum building through his shooting and passing: "Jim is one of the best scrappers on the team. He's got heart, hussle and a good shot. The lack of height kept him from being an outstanding player. Remember he started about half the season." About Gordie Zeigler, a 6-6 center who also started often early in the season: "Gordie really came a long way since his freshman year. A lesser kid would have been discouraged. He really helped us." About Neal O'Brien and Dan Smith, the two seniors who didn't see as much action in games as their senior teammates: "They were the spark we needed during time outs, in the locker room and in practice. They're both good, hustling players." -WELCOME HOME- The Bulldog seniors weren't close enough to hear their coaches assessing their basketball careers, and their performance this season. Buth they found out what Algona fans thought Sunday afternoon at a "welcome home" reception in the Algona High School gymnasium. TROPHY TIME--- Coach Howie Stephenson (left) stands with 4th place trophy. STATE TOURNAMENT NOTES ... Ledyard, Swea City Both In State Boys' Meets Twice BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES Only two other Kossuth county schools, 'Ledyard and Swea City high schools, have appeared in state boy's basketball tournaments in the 48 years of meets held in Iowa. Ledyard 1 s boys made it two years in a row, 1934 and 1935, and won one of three games they played. In 1934, Coach Abe Lauritzen, later Kossuth County Superintendent of Schools, took Ledyard to the state meet at Cedar Falls but they i t their first round game to M^ *elle, 34-17. Team members that year were Thompson, Warner, lloyd, Moulton and Brandt with Lloyd the big scorer. In those days, first names were not often used in newspapers in athletics so exact identification is not possible. The following year, the club returned with many of the same players and Ledyard defeated Luana 23-18 in a first round game before losing to Grinnell, which finished as tournament runnerup, 32-15. Members of that team were returnees Brandt, Lloyd and Warner. Other team members were Barnes, Weaver, Smith, Green and Dyer. SWEA CITY made its two appearances in 1930 and 1947. The squad in 1930 includedDeim, McCreery, Larson, Poole, Krumm and Jensen with Karl Deemer as the coach. Wonder if any of these form.- er state tournament players from the two North Kossuth schools are still around? * * * LIVERMORE HAS taken four trips to the state meet, i» 1932, IWi, 1946 ami 194H. THIS ONE GOT AWAY Algoim guard Hick Nielsen (10) misses reach for ball In .Saturday aJ'ttrnooii consolation loss to Maton city, (Photo by Jim CUT)

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