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-kattooa (H) Journal Gazette miy,rebniaiyl,19eo imm crowd watches EIU i V Panther bosses State-ranked Railers at Green Wave gym . - BY JIM KIMBALL , &3ports Editor MATTOON - Mattooo's Green Wave will try to pull a major upset tonight over state-ranked Lincoln. The 19-1 Railsplitters were ranked 11th in this week's Associated Press V- (APVclass AA poll and 13th, oy uniiea rress lnierna-i UonaKUPI). V Coach Bob Avery's Wave dub will enter with a 7-9 season record. Among the setbacks Is a 50-47 overtime loss to the Railers In Lincoln on Dec. 21. Lincoln tops the Big 12 standings with a spotless 9-0 record. Mattoon Is fifth with a 3-6 showing, a half game out of fourth and one full-game behind third place Bloomington (4-5). "We're expecting a tough game," Lincoln coach Loren Wallace says. "When you're rated In state everybody gets up for you. "Even though we're 19-1 Cardinals sign ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Seven-time All Pro cornerback Roger Wehrli has signed a series of one-year contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team has announced. Terms of the three-year agreement, reached Thursday, were not disclosed. Wehrli, an 11-year NFL veteran, was the first of 10 Cardinals who became free agents Feb. 1 to sign with the club. "As has been the case in past Pound Altamont 71-37 Wavettes By CRAIG SANDERS JG Staff Writer MATTOON - Despite poor shooting, the Mattoon Wavettes overwhelmed Altamont Thursday 71-37. Mattoon coach Dwight Perry indicated poor shooting from the field was the only overall fault of his team throughout the game. From the field the Wavettes hit 31 of 84 shots and were just nine of 19 from the free throw line. "I still think we're In a . slump," Perry said. , . "For some reason for the last two or three games we haven't been able to hit," he lamented. Perry was referring to the Springfield game In which tha Wavettes shot 21 of 88 and the7 : Charleston game In which they hit just 22 of 68. , -; Mattoon had problems with " EIU basketball coach Don Eddy (left) and his assistant Randy Coonce (looking up) are shown Thursday during the Panthers' easy 87-58 win over Roosevelt University of Chicago 87-68 in Lantz Gym. The win Improved EIU's record to 17-4 to take into Its key Mid-Continent Conference meeting with Youngstown State Saturday In Lantz. Coonce formerly served two years (1976-77, 1977-78) as bead coach at Lake Land College in Mattoon. we don't have a bunch of superstars like many people would suspect," be continued. "We don't have a 6-8 center and or a 6-4 guard. "We simply rely on overall team play. These kids play well together. "We average 65 points offensively and 52 on defense so as you can see by that we haven't been going around blowing a lot of teams out of the gyni. " Lincoln relies heavily on a sticky ball press on defense and balanced scoring engineered beautifully by Junior guard Dan Duff for most of Its offensive success. "Dan Duff gives us everything," Wallace says. "He sees the court as well as anyone In the state, and he'll make some college a fine point guard." Forwards Paul Kendrick, 6-3 junior, and 6-1 senior Terry Biggs, each average 14 points a game to lead the Lincoln negotiations with Roger, we were able to reach an agreement very quickly," said Joe Sullivan, the Cardinals' director of operations. "We're extremely pleased to have a leader and player of his caliber as a member of the Cardinals for the next three years." Wehrli, a first-round draft choice by the Cardinals in 1969 from Missouri, is the defensive co-captain of the Cardinals and was voted to the Pro Bowl squad for the seventh time last execution in the early going of Thursday's game. Altamont's Penny Perkins and Mary Jesgarz hit a pair of field goals apiece as the Indians cruised out to a 19-6 lead. The Wavettes were missing numerous open shots and experienced problems in passing the ball. However, Perry elected to leave his starting five in the game rather than go to the bench as he has in prior games. "This was the kind of game where even if the starters played rotten they could have pulled it out," Perry said. "I wanted to see If they could pull out of it." Perry In the Wavettes' last game had benched his starting five when they began lagging. ; Sure enough, the starters settled down and paced by Julie Morgan's and Angle Allee's six field goals apiece, ran up a 17-10 tonight scoring. Kendrick scored 23 points in Lincoln's most recent win, a 65-39 cakewalk past Springfield last Saturday. It was Wallace's 104th win in less than five seasons at Lincoln. Mattoon plays at Mount Zlon (16-2) Saturday , against the Apollo Conference-leading Braves. "Mount Zlon is an excellent scoring team," MHS coach Avery says. "They're a team who can roll up 80 points without blinking an eye. "They don't appear to be a strong rebounding team. We should be able to enjoy enough advantage there to maybe keep their offense slowed a little," Avery sald.Mount Zton's starters include Jon Hodge, 6-4 senior; Jeff Seoul tz, 6-4 junior; Jack Martin, 6-0 senior; Joe Duckworth, 6-1 senior and John Cook, 6-3 junior. Wehrli season. He holds the team record for fumble recoveries with 19 and is second in career interceptions Other Cardinals who have not signed new contracts and became free agents are quarterback Jim Hart, center Tom Banks, defensive lineman Charlie Davis, linebackers Tim Kearney and Kurt Allerman, defensive end John Zook, kick return specialist Willard Har- rell, tight end Richard Osborne Perry Smith. 88$ comeroacK y erry amun. ai uruana. failed to score for eight and Lantz r leidnouse. post easy win despite cold shooting lead. Allee Ml A free throw to put Mattoon ahead for good, as it turned out.' In the second period, the Wavettes simply outclassed the Indians. Altamont 'didn't help their own cause by turning the ball over a whopping 16 times in the first quarter. The Indians lost the ball 10 times in the second quarter and 45 times for the game. ' Despite having a size advantage over the Wavettes, including 6-2 Pam Berg, Altamont could not get a shooting game going underneath. Altamont did control the boards 25-18 in the first half, but Berg wasn't able to hit a field goal in seven attempts in the flrsthalf. "This was the kind of game -and I'm not putting Altamont down - where we played with pound Roosevelt 87 - CHARLESTON, 111. - Most of Eastern Illinois University's basketball players and fans took the night off Thursday. Fortunately for Panther coach Don Eddy, just enough players and fans on hand at Lantz Gym for Eastern's 87-58 win over Roosevelt University of Chicago. Just 1.300 fans turned out to see the Panthers romp to their 17th win against 4 defeats. Perhaps most people were looking past Thursday's game to Saturday's Important Mid-Continent Conference encounter with Youngstown State. Roosevelt played the Panthers even for the game's first 10 minutes. Then reserves Lance Jones, Jim Williams, Rico Ellis and Warren Patten, plus starting forward Ricky Robinson at center; sparked Eastern to a 37-27 halftlme lead. . DennlsMumford led the Pan ther scoring on the night with 18 points while four other players also scored in double figures. Mike Pickens continued his fine play with 14, Williams and Craig DeWitt each had 11 and Patten scored 10. Williams' total marked the first time all season the 6-6 sophomore has been in double figures. For Patten it was the first time he had scored at least Wildcats advance to title game MATTOON - Mattoon out-scored Champaign Central 17-10 in the second quarter here Thursday en route to a 58-43 freshman basketball victory. The two clubs were tied 10-10 after the first quarter of play. The victory improved 'Mat-toon's season record to 13-2. - Doug Thompson led the way with 21 points. Coach Fred Myers' team hosts Urbana Monday in its next game. Score by quarters of Thursday's game and Mattoon's individual point totals:, ,- p MHS 10 17 14 17-58 Cham.Ctr. 10 10 8 1543 MHS SCORING: Mike Stemming 6; Doug Lucas 1; Doug Thompson 21; Randy Steele 11; Kurt Hartke 10; Add Owen 5; TomBariether4. I Local i sports meni TODAY r.-MHS varsity cagers host In in Green Wave gym. Sophomore game at 6 : 15. 7 p.m.-Mattoon Wildcats vs. Marshall In title game of IESA Class B (lightweight) District basketball tournament at MJHS gym. 1 SATURDAY 6:30 p.m.-Mattoon Wildcats vs. Shelbyville in opening game of IESA Class AA (eighth grade) District Basketball Tournament at Sullivan. 6 p.m.-Lake Land Lady Lakers at Kankakee Community College. 8 p.m.-Lake Land Lakers at Kankakee Community College. 8 p.m.-MHS varsity cagers at Mt.Zlon. Sophomore game at 6:15. 10 a.m.-MHS varsity wrestlers at Big 12 Conference meet hi Bloomington. 10 a.m.-MHS Wavette cagers at Urbana. the competition," Perry said. "For what they (Altamont) had, they did a good job," Perry said. ' , "The ball game was going their way in the first half. It seemed like we were a half-step off. They were In the right place and we weren't," Perry said. State runnersup want to , MATTOON - The Mattoon Wavettes might get a sneak preview soon of what lies down the tournament trail. Wavette coach Dwight Perry revealed Thursday East St. Louis Lincoln had contacted Mattoon and expressed interest in playing the Wavettes in a regular season game. 10 points since the Northern Iowa contest back on Jan. 17 covering nine games. Len Harkabus, a 6-3 forward, paced Roosevelt with 14 points. Roosevelt's Lakers, an NCAA Division HI team, now is 9-13. "Our practices the last couple days have been oriented toward getting ready for Youngstown," Panther coach Don Eddy said afterwards. "We worked on Four guilty of burglary BY JIM KIMBALL. JG Sports Editor MATTOON - Lake Land Lakers may face Kankakee Community College in a key Central Illinois Athletic Conference basketball clash Saturday without four of their players, including two full-time starters. It was revealed this morning that Gregory Clay, sophomore from Calumet, and Derrick Armstrong, freshman from Zlon, both starters, along with reserve players Scott Rushton, freshman from Schiller Park, and Mike Glover, freshman from Chicago, pleaded guilty Thursday to mobile home burglary charges. A fifth Lake Land College student, 21-year-old Thomas E. Schreiner, also was charged along with the four. He is a former member of the Laker basketball team who dropped off the squad a few weeks ago. All five were sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay restitution and court costs. . . . Clay, 20, of Suburban Trallways Park, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to the Nov. 25 burglary of a trailer In the park occupied by Julie Daugberty . . . . Rushton, 18, of the Red Roof Motel and Glover, 19, of Suburban Trallways Park, pleaded guilty to the Nov. 22 burglary of the Kerry Johnston trailer in the park. . . . Armstrong, 19, of Suburban Trallways Park, pleaded Whip Wisconsin 67-50 lllini cop 'must' win CHAMPAIGN, 111. (UPI) -As they all are in the-Big Ten, Illinois won a "must" game over Wisconsin Thursday night. The lllini and Badgers entered the contest tied for eighth place in the Big Ten, both with 4-6 records. Illinois emerged with a 67-50 victory over a cold-shooting Wisconsin and the story was the difference between the two halves. "I felt in the first half we weren't moving very smoothly, then in the second half we came out and played about as good a defense as we played all year," said Illinois Coach Lou Henson, whose team is now 15-8 overall. Wisconsin, now 12-10 for the season, never trailed in the first half, building leads of 10 points on two occasions. 'But Illinois whittled away at the margin and tied it 30-all at halftime on two freethrows by Perry Range. After intermission, the Badgers went ice cold and to Perry expressed pleasure that Allee played one of her better games. "Angle was more relaxed out there. She played a lot better. To me it seems that If one girl, and I don't care who it is, isn't clicking right, it messes up the whole bunch," Perry said. East St. Louis Lincoln finished second in the girls' state tournament last year to Nile West and is expected to be the supersec-tional foe of the regional-sectional route Mattoon Is aligned with. The Tigerettes returned all five starters from last year's state tournament team including Jackie Youngstown but we talked about Roosevelt." And Eddy thought Roosevelt played well early. "They were patient. They moved the ball around. It was good for us and finally our guys got going," he said. Actually, Eddy said, he saw several positive signs in Thursday's contest, "I thought our passing was Laker cagers guilty to the Dec. 4 burglary of a trailer in the park occupied by Melinda Garrison and Teresa Sidwell. . . . Schreiner pleaded guilty to similar trailer burglary last week. Coles County State's Attorney Paul Komada said all five were first-time offenders. All five were arrested at 9 a.m. Thursday at Mattoon City Hall In the wake of an investigation into the thefts by the Mattoon Police Department. Lake Land athletic director Gene Creek, contacted at his home this morning, said the four players' future with the Laker basketball team would be decided today. Lake Land's bead coach Doug Ferguson Is in Arizona with his ailing wife and won't return to Mattoon until Saturday. Assistant coach Wagne Lockett has been in charge of the team the last two games. "I will meet with coach Lockett .and Larry Larblck, Dean of Student Development, to determine what disciplinary action, If any, will be taken against the four players as far as their future with the team," Creek said. Creek suggested a couple of penalties which may be administered. "We may either suspend them from the team for a certain number of games or terminate them completely , from the team for the rest of the 'season." one-half minutes. A basket by Range gave Illinois a 32-30 lead they never relinquished. The lllini expanded it to 40-30 before Joe Chrnelich hit a freethrow for Wisconsin to end the scoring drought. "You just cannot win like that on the road," said Wisconsin Coach Bill. Cofield. "And we missed some really good shots. Even though we had the drought we stayed only eight or 10 points behind, but we still didn't shoot well." That was an understatement. The Badgers shot only 19 percent from the field in the second half and 34 percent for the Eastern tracksters host SIU tonight CHARLESTON, 111. - It's be Eastern Illinois strength in the distances matched against SlU-Carbondale's strong field events in an indoor dual track meet between the Panthers and Salukis at 7 p.m. today in the "It was also one of Maxey's better games. She rebounded well and got the fast-break going," Perry said. Maxey led the scoring for the Wavettes with 15. Allee had 11 and Anne Lawrence 10. Another notable performance was put on by freshman Cheryl play MHS Joyner, better known as a national record-setter in the long jump. Perry said he hasn't heard from East. St. Louis , Lincoln officials recently about a firm date for the game, but planned to contact them today about the possibility of . setting a game date. good against tne zone. Dennis (Mumford) moved nice and went to the basket. Jim Williams had one of his better games and Pick (Mike Pickens) was consistent again. "Pick started slow on defense but after the early going, he played well." Pickens again stood out. The junior guard made seven of 11 shots, grabbed four rebounds Lake Land, presently 17-8, has five regularly-scheduled games remaining before entered NJCAA Section VII Tourney play in Danville in which the Lakers are seeded No.l. "We may decide the penalties they have already received from the courts Is enough," Creek added. "There's a chance we won't do anything to them since they are being prosecuted In other ways. "Personally, my first response to it all Is strong disappointment. If I was to react on my first impulse they (the four players) would be booted off the ball club right now. " "But, no action will be taken until after I meet with Lockett and Larblck," Creek said. Creek did say a decision would be made today on their future. The Lakers are in a must-win situation in their bid to capture the CIAC title. They presently are in second place with a 4-2 record, a half game behind league-leading Parkland Allege. 4-1. Kankakee, presently ranked No.2 in this week's national Junior College poll with its 22-2 season record, Is third in the five-team standings with a 3-2 record. Danville is fourth at 3-3 followed by Lincoln Land College of Springfield, 0-6. game. Eddie Johnson, continuing his pattern of scoring well in the second half, paced the lllini with 19 points, 14 in the final 20 minutes, and Mark Smith added 14. Wes Matthews led all scorers for Wisconsin with 24 points. Henson gave credit to the defense a weakness he had harped on all week and the bench. "We fought hard; It wasn't a classic, but overall, I thought it was a good ballgame. We played hard, fought the boards. We did a good job," Henson said. "Our bench came through and won the ballgame." he added, ILLINOIS (67) Johnson 9 1-4 19, Smith 5 4-4 14, Griffin 2 1-2 5, Judson 1 0-0 2, Gray 4 0-0 8, Bresnahan 2 0-0 4, Holcomb 2 3-6 7, Range 2 2-2 6, Cobb 1 0-0 2, Westervelt 0 0-1 0, Bontemps 0 0-1 0. Totals 28 11-ki 67. Arnholt who scored' seven points. Jesgarz led Altamont with 12 points. Berg had eight, six on freethrows. The Wavettes are now 12-1 on the season and travel to Urbana Saturday. . Thursday's win was the fourth consecutive and last win which Mattoon will achieve over Altamont. The Big 12 conference is going to a home and away schedule for girls basketball next season and Altamont is one of six non-conference games which Mat- toon is dropping. Also being dropped are Bethany, Tolono-Unity, Ran-toul, Champaign Centennial andChatsworth. . In jayvee action, Mattoon coasted to a 57-34 win. Cheryl Arnholt had 15 points and Susan Schmidt 10. 5 and handed out five assists for' baskets. Pick was five for five from the floor in the second half. Eddy also said reserves Jones and Patten "played well. I liked what Lance did at both ends of the floor. Warren was back in things tonight. He's had a couple good practices in a row." After the sluggish start, Eastern dominated the game. The 87 points is a new season high for Eastern. Eastern (17) Ig a !ta r 1 tp LeTourneau, g H H I O I Patten, g 4- 7 2- 2 2 1 10 Oldham, ( D- 5 0- 0 0 0 0 Williams, f 5-6 1 I 1 S 11 Ellis, g HUlt 3 Robinson,! 2- 6 0- 0 7 2 4 Turk, g 2-5 0- 0 0 0 4 Pickens, g 7-11 0- 1 4 2 14 DeWitt, I H H i ! II Jones,! 3- 5 0- 0 2 1 6 Jacob.c 110-010 2 Mumford, c 7-12 4- 5 5 3 II Clark, I 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Schmersahl.c 0- 0 0- 0 0 0 0 Sachse,! 0-0 0-0 0 AO- TOTALS M-70 15-IS JO IS 17 - Score by Halve Roosevelt 27 31-51 , Eastern Illinois 37 50-17 Mattoon freshman cagers win MATTOON. - Mattoon's Wildcats advanced to the title game of their own Class B (lightweight) District Basketball Tournament Thursday. Coach Dick Considine's club rolled over Casey 56-25 and will meet Marshall at 7 p.m. today in the championship game. Marshall disposed of Cumberland 44-36 In Thursday's second game. The Wildcats roared to an uncatchable 18-4 first quarter lead and were up 33-11 by halftime. 1 "We simply blew them 'tout early," Considine remarked. "We had every kid in the game by halftime." Eleven Wildcats contributed to the winning point total. Bryan Smith was the leader with 16. L.R. DeBow was next with nine. Considine is expected a tough game tonight against Marshall. "Marshall has a good, big ball club which could give us considerable trouble," he commented this morning. The winner of the game will advance to Sectional Tourney play next week at a site to be determined a Monday meeting in Neoga. A cold third quarter cost Cumberland a chance for victory against Marshall. The two clubs played to a 20-20 halftime deadlock before Marshall outscored Cumberland 15-2 to gain the upper hand. Following is the score by quarters of the two games: MJHS Casey 16 15 12 11-56 4 7 7 7-2S MJHS SCORING: Jerry Lindley 4; Bryan Smith 16; L.R. DeBow 0; Danny McDowell 2; Jell Wagner 8; Shawn Sowers 2; Tom Etchason 6; Rick Berg 3; Brad Smith 4; Mark Thompson 1 ; Lee DilU 1 . Marshall Cumberland 7 13 15 0-44 7 13 2 14-36 CUMBERLAND SCORING: Curt Buescher 2; Zack Ellelbrick ; Brad Hornbeck 6; Brian Oakley 13: Bruce Tucker 3; Allen Matteson 2; Shane Robinson 4. PRO HOCKEY Thursday's Results N Y. Islanders 4, Los Angeles 1 Vancouver 4, Philadelphia 1 Montreal 4, Colorado 3 Buffalo 9, Pittsburgh 0 Boston!, Toronto 6 PRO BASKETBALL Thursday's Results Seattle Hi, Detroit 102 Indiana 134, Washington 104 Atlanta 92, Utah 90 mmmm. v.v: Mattoon (71) FG FT TP Maxey 6 3 15 Morgan 4 0 8 Lawrence 5 0 10 Allee 4 3 11 J.Mullen 3 0 6 S.Mullen 1 2 4 Dlltz 1 0 2 Newman 2 0 4 Arnholt 3 1 7 Brunswick 10 2 Oliver 1 0 2 Webster 0 0 0 Schmidt 0 0 0 TOTALS . SI . 9 71 Altamont (37) FG FT TP Kr. Goers 12 4 Ka. Goers 0 5 5 Goeckner 10 ' 2 Perkins J O 4 Culvers 0 0 0 Berg 1 6 8 Kesterson 10 , 2 Jesgarz 6 0 12 TOTALS - - 13 13 37

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