The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 31, 1975 · Page 22
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 22

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r SECTION C DES M01NES SUNDAY REGISTER! August31,1975 CENTRAL ADVERTISING IN THIS SECTION- DtiMtmn KHIttir *n« Tribun*Corrwny "^^"^JIBI ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^MHIi^BBBBHBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBJ !She eyes state Me all year long By BONNIE WITTENBURO ; >« pwptft < Photos by FRANK S. FOLWELt It'i lot til pfcyflctl: KeHy PrescotV16, of Rockwell City scores mental points while taking a basketball test. J SBBfe seven months before the final« of the 1976 high school girls' state basketball tournament in Des Moines, 16-year-old Kelly Prescott of Rockwell City was shooting baskets. She was pumping in free throws and jump shots a few months earlier, too. In fact, Prescott almost always is practicing her favorite sport. She and dozen* of high school-age basketball players across Iowa attended basketball, camp somewhere 'this summer •.— Usually in the tingle-directed hope of taking home the; state championship trophy. Vf'- Players will agree that the winter season sport of basketball hardly seems to mix with Iowa's hot, humid days. But to Prescott and others bent on winning the Number One position, year-round drilling makes the difference. At least that's the kind of wisdom head coach Vern (Bud) McLearn of Mediapolis tried to teach Prescott and 116 other (mostly Iowa) girls at the Camp of the Champs basketball camp held in Macomb, 111., recently. It was the last of five weeklong camps held there this summer and boasted a 10- member coaching staff, in- eluding Debbie Coates of Mediapolis and Glenda Poock of Maynard. Coates, you may recall, wound up her career last spring with 5,103 points — a total topped only by Union- Whitten's Denise Long. Poock led the state in scoring the last two years, scoring 55.4 per cent as a junior and 56 per cent during the 1974-75 season. It was the presence of Coates that most enticed Prescott to the Macomb camp, said Prescott, a post forward for Rockwell City. Advioi fr«m Ciatis And sometimes during the sessions it was superstar Coates who yelled advice. "Put it up. Put it up," called Coates to Prescott. "When she (guard) lays off ya, put it up." The players drilled during the five days — beginning with the basics one would teach a person who never had handled a basketball before, Said Prescott: "We came i here to learn about little * things that you wouldn't think would matter, but I guess they do. "They told us about a shooting foot. I'd never really heard of a shooting foot before ... and then there are 1 things like keeping your elbow pointed toward the basket." Prescott practiced free throws — shooting 25 at a time — and was timed bouncing a basketball through a maze of five chairs that represented players. Her time: -21 seconds. Again came praise for "Coates ran that yesterday in 17.2," said Prescott. "We all just stood there .. ." They worked on defense and passing, too. "Sometimes you think you're picking something up/' reflected Prescotty-and then the coaches say no and tell you to start over. I guess that is the name of the game - to pick it up the fastest you can." Wiak points / - Prescott, a six-foot, 135- pound junior, was one of her team's starting forwards last year. She averaged about 41 points per game, but she said she remains weak on defense and driving. The Rockwell City team won its conference during last season's play, but was beaten by Pocahontas in district competition. Prescott, who was named to first team all-conference last year, usually shoots baskets at her home or with two or three friends at the school grounds. Much support for her practice comes from her family. Her dad, Elmer, superit tendent of her school, coached basketball when the family lived in Colfax. Now he referees about 25 boys' and girls' basketball games during a season, Her mother once played basketball for Odebolt. "I can't help it if she's interested in basketball," shrugged Elmer Prescott. "It kind of gets in your blood." Brothers Kent, 14, and Jay, 11, have shown an interest in the sport, too, and the family goes to the girls' tournament each year. Hir sorapbook Basketball remains the top priority to Prescott, a softball player, 4-H'er, trombone player and baton twirler for the high school band. And it's newspaper clip- pings and paraphernalia from her girls' basketball team that grace pages of a carefully kept scrapbook. Why practice? "I just want to get to the state tournament," she said. "If you don't get it, it's part of your life you just didn't get to live." Kelly (above, left) and Although she is hwlly Ksthy DcWitt, also of guarded by mother player, Rockwell City, display dis- Kelly starts to "put it up," belief at a call. above. : Kelly practices shooting smooth, accurate free throws, 25 at a time. '.. Kelly (top bunk) and Kathy take a break from'basketball practice and indulge in a little roughhousing. 1935 Labor Day: Parades and 10-cent bread Labor Day parades were a big thing 40 years ago when these members of Des 'Moines' Bakers Union Local No. 34 braved the rain to carry their banner through downtown Des r The picture'shown at right looks east on Locust Street toward Seventh. The year was 1935. A loaf of bread cost about 10 cents then; bakers earned $12 to $16 dollars a week; the local had about 600 members. There'll be no bakers in this year's parade, says their business representative Gerald Ralston. There probably will be no parade, period. So far, no one has asked the mayor's office for a parade permit. The last big- splash came in the late 1950s when the bakers borrowed a huge stuffed lion from a toy store, baked a 50-pound loaf of bread, affixed some pretty girls in shorts and bakers' hats to their Labor Day float and titled all of it "Fit for a King." Most bread today is machine shop made, says Ralston, hardly touched by human hands. If you buy a loaf that's hand kneaded, you'll pay more. Will the staff of life go to $1 a loaf? Ralston says not for a while, but bread prices, like everything else, keep going up. Small bakeries have gone the way of the mom and pop grocery stores and the number of bakers is decreasing with Local 34 listing about 160 members, Ralson says. — Dix HoUobaugh

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