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% / I Wednesday, December 21, 1988 6 I Birds capture 5 pins in win by Keith Anderson It was clearly a case of one team being superior to the other. If you are a GFW fan, you were happy. If you were a Mankato Loyola fan, you were not. GFW used five pins to crush Loyola 57-15 in a nonconference clash last Tuesday in Winthrop, giving T-Bird fans an early Christmas present. GFW's Jesse Forst (125), Cory Schmidt (140), Jason Schiro (145), Cory Hanson (160) and Scott Hellendrung (171) all introduced their opponents to the mat--- backside down. The match didn't start out with GFW dominating. In the lower weigilts, Loyola put up a fight. "They're pretty tough at the bottom, but after that they didn't have much," said GFW coach Bill Sauter. Loyola gave the T-Birds a good workout in the first few matches. After GFW's Boyd Lind picked up 6 easy points off a forfeit, Loyola's Colin Rogness quickly put Joe Shaw to the mat and wasted no time picking up a pin in :54. That pin tied it up at 6-6. Chris Wallaert, Loyola, then surprised Jon Wenninger (5-2-1) with a 7-4 win. The two were close heading into the second period, with Wallaert having a 1 point lead. Then, Wcnninger got caught up in a cradle and was never able to recover. That gave Loyola a 9-6 edge. GFW's 125-pounder, Jesse Forst (6-3), took a bite out of that lead when he pinffed sophomore Jamie McCarty in 1:07, snapping a two- match losing streak. The Crusaders countered when eighth grader Mike Kennedy (130) used a second period pin to add 6 more to the Crusader score, tieing it at 15-15. But that was the end of the highlights for Loyola. GFW went on to take the rest of the matches. "I didn't think we would give up as many points as we did," said Sauter, "but I've got to give them (Loyola) credit for sticking with their wrestling program. They are improving each year. "I remember one year when we had a varsity match with them that was over in 10 minutes. I think we pinned their guys in about 30 seconds." The other wins for the Birds came at 135 when Duff Lind scored 2 points off a takedown and another 2 off a near fall in the first period against Jeremy Mouhn. Lind went on to win, 11-5. For the rest of the matches, the Birds either picked up pins or Loyola forfeited, which they did at 152 and 189. GFW heavyweight Dave Weldy (6-3) picked up the final points of the night when Trent Bottin, who was already suffering from a shoulder injury, could not finish the match. Weldy was ahead 4-0 in the first when Bottin's shoulder gave out, forcing him to default." The win puts the Birds above .500 with a 3-2 record. GFW won't have any matches of Christmas e Tigers shoot 61 percent from two-point range Keith Anderson Bing~'ba~a:g, 'fiO,,m! And' before they knew what happened they had lost another one. This time it was Springfield (3-1 in the Tomahawk Conference) that dealt the GFW boys' basketball team its fifth straight stinging loss. Unlike pro mus games, the first half of play was where the problems mounted. It was a devastating first quarter outburst by the Tigers that lead to the downfall for the Birds. GFW posted an embarrassing 14 points in the entire first half. "We were ahead 6 to 3 and then they scored 26 straight--26 straight," said GFW coach Lyle Muth in disbelief. "We scored 14 points in the first half-- not the first quarter, but the whole first halL" The Tigers, who shot 61 percent from the two-point range, used three 3-point baskets in the first quarter to pounce on the shell- shocked GFW bunch and used a fullcourt press to grab a convincing 19-6 lead in the first. According to Muth, nothing was going right at that point. "We had turnovers, missed shots and they (Springfield) were beating us back." When the Tigers were pounding home the 26 straight points, Muth said he knew it was over. "That was the game right there. Thee're a~ood team and ~'~hey will be a factor in the conference." And while it was a good night of shooting for Springfield, it was a terrible night for GFW. The hapless Thunderbirds " shot a miserable 36 percent from the field. With most of the missed shots coming in the first half of play. Second quarter action saw the Birds put 8 more on the board, but Springfield posted another 17, to take a 36-14 lead into the locker room. At the halftime talk, Muth must have explained a few things about being aggressive and attacking the hoop because when the third quarter rolled around, GFW had some life-- especially defensively. The T-Birds slammed the door on scoring opportunities for Springfield. The end result was only a 10 point output for the Tigers. Meanwhile, GFW popped in 12, to outscore the Tigers by 2. In the fourth, the defense lost some of its zip, but the offense finally responded by canning 18, including a 3-point bucket by sophomore Shane Zellmann who finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds. This was Zellmann's second straight start. "He didn't have a real good first half, but in the second half he really started to look good; he's a real smart pl4yer" Muth ~said. Th~ Tigers put in 19 in the final quarter to ice the game, 65-44. The sub-par offensive output by the Birds has been one of the many stumbling blocks all year. So far, GFW has been out-scored--on average--by 20 points per game. GFW has been averaging 47.6 points per game, while it s opponents have averaged 67.4 against the Birds. The Thunderbirds did cut down on their turnovers, 20, which is much better than the 30+ they have had in past games. Springfield collected 12 of its 65 points at the free throw line, where they stepped up to the line 18 times. GFW only got 5 chances and capitalized on 1 of those. Greg Gilles, Brian Lamka and Jeff Haas were the high point men for GFW with 8 each. Springfield was led by Andy Schmitz with 18. Two other Tigers also made it into double figures.* The' T-Birds w er e outrebounded 32 to 31. "I look for us to start winning a few games now," said Muth. "We've had to play some tough tennis." Prior to this game, the combined records of the four conference teams the Birds have tangled with was 14-2. The next two conference games ~Jl be against Cedar Mountain, January 6 and Wabasso, January 13. The combined records of these two teams is 3-8. This may be the best chance, so far this season, for the Birds to pick up some wins. Next up for the Birds will be Belle Plaine in the opening round of the Run & Shoot Tournament on December 27 at 8:30 p.m. in Winthrop. Some of the eight teams in the tourney will be playing in Fairfax. Look for chart elsewhere on the sports page for the lineup. Springfield 19 17 10 19 60~ GFW 6 8 12 18 44 Springfield (65) Pautzke 7; Schmitz 18; Tauer 5; Cowman 10; Lipetzky 11; Hoffmann 2; Altenhoffen 3; Walton g. GFW (44) Haas g; Zellmann 7; Grog Gillas 6; Weitzenkamp 2; Else 1; Van Maasdam ?; Lamka 8: Mattes 2; Fide 8. Tomahawk Conference Boys' Basketball Conf Over Sleepy Eye 4-0 6-0 Gaylord 3-1 4-1 NU Cathedral 3-1 3-2 Springfield 3-1 4-1 SE St Mary's 2-2 3-2 Cedar Mr. 1-3 3-3 GFW 0-4 0-S Wabasso 0-4 0-5 I I break, but will pick it up on January 5 when they travel to St. Clair to battle the St. Clair/Waldorf- Pemberton squad. Coach Sauter said this year's team has a good shot at having a winning record at year's end. "The Heavyweight Dave Weldy (GFW) won Loyola's Trent Bottln last Tuesday in biggest difference between this. year's team and last year's is the attitude. This year there's no complaining. They're all serious about wrestling." GFW 57, Loyola 15 103-Boyd Lind (GFW) forfeit; 112-Colin Rogness (k) pinned Joe Shaw, :54; 11g- Chris Waltaert (L) dec. over Jan Wenninger; 125-Jesse Forst (GFW) pinned Jami McCarty, 1:07; 130-Mike Kennedy (L) p~nned Chad Soy'errs, 3:54; 135-Duff Lind (GFW) dee. over Jeremy Mouhn; 140-Cory Schmidt Schrnidt (GFW) pinned John Haack, 1:05: 145-Jason Schiro (GFW) pinned Todd Schneider, :22; 152-Matt Miller (GFW) forfeit; 150 Cory Hansen (GFW) pinned Ryan Kirby :34; 171-Scott Hellendrun0 (GFW) pinned Eric Lang, :20; 189-Tim Krohn (GFW) forfeit; Hwt-Dave Weldy (GFW) won by default over Trent Botlin. by default over Winthrop. The Thunderbirds defeated the Crusaders, Photo by Keith Anderson 57-15. Complied by Kelth Anderson January--The GFW girls' basketball team remained undefeated in conference play (4-0) with a 42-39 win over Stewart in Winthrop. Missy Young led the cagers with 24 points. However, two days later, Gaylord ripped the Thunderbirds 60-38 at Gaylord. The game may be better remembered fox the ~1 teml~ that met pla~eam when they ~ on , the floor. It was 48 degrees at game time due to a malfunctioning boiler at the school. Brrrrr! The GFW wrestling squad picked up its first win of the season in January with a 46-15 drubbing of Sanborn-Lamberton. The T-Bird boys' basketball team evened its record to 3-3 with a 66- 55 win over Springfield. Scott Springer and Robert Micke combined for 39 points to pace the Birds. The boys were on the way up after dropping the first three games of the season. February--The boys' basketball team upset No. 10 ranked Minnesota Valley Lutheran 80-69 in Winthrop. The win lifted the Thunderbirds' overall record to 8-4. The wrestling team finished third in the conference. The boys' basketball team had a 12 game winning streak snapped when Gaylord dumped the Thunderbirds, 67-51. The loss dropped GFW to 14-5 and gave them a second place finish in the conference. Missy Young scored her 1,000th point in a losing effort against Gaylord. The senior caller scored 23 points in the 62-48 loss. March--The wrestlin| team's season came to an end when no wrestlers advanced to the state tournament. It was the first year in Coach Bill Santer's eight years that he hadn't sent at least one grappler on to state. The GFW girls' basketball team captured its first two games of district play, but lost to---Gaylord in the championship game, 44-43. The boys' basketball team made it to the semi-final round of play at districts before Minnesota Valley Lutheran got revenge from a loss earlier in the year at the hands of GFW by dropping the Birds 63-58. The cagers went on to nip Arlington-Green Isle for third place, 66-64. Robert Micke mad Scott Springer were voted all-conference. Micke finished his senior year with 240 points mad 170 rebounds. Springer had 258 points and 152 rebounds. The GFW boys' B-team basketball squad ended the year with a perfect 16-0 campaign. Scott Springer was named to the second team AP All-State basketball team. Sports Review/pg/7 razy pain a lpo ntinued kke his Sports Talk by Keith Anderson He's back! He's like s bothersome Box-Elder bug that just won't disappear. Every time I think I've seen the last of him, he resurfaces. Drat! Krazy George, the drum-bangin$ maniac who hires himself out to sports organizations to inspire crowds, is back on the scene Minnesota. At least he was for the Chicago, Vikings game 1 ast Monday night and against L.A. Seeing him brought back a~ant to g( wealth of forgettable memories for~_the YI me. But the one that remains~l'tmes, no unshakable, leaped from m y~gurt tha memory banks and banged m9d hot dt along side the head as if George,, But ev~ himself was playing"Drummerv having Boy" on my skull. If we h It was painful, to.need .My first encounter with tholing che Krazy in question occurred five~ho foll, years ago while I was still~therever attending college. Like mo st i y in Mi freshmen students, I was a member The be, of the dormitory crowd. For that ~r sports reason I ate my meals in the dorrn 10p screa cafeteria. ~en be a It was Winter quarter and I had ~ already just finished loading up on that k Sunday. wonderful, grease laden stuff they disguised as food. Actually iti wasn't that bad. t,,,==,_._ picked out a tablel~ Anyway, I somewhere in the center of the4k~ w~ f room. I was eating early because I[~ t~ had to get to a night class. For i_ I-- that same reason I was all alone at ~ontinued my table. I sat in the middle of s i room, roughly the size of two~ril--Thc basketball courts, surrounded by ~tys Run .tllners fr other students who were busY Lmpetin~ eating their food. had just taken a bite out of si.~.nkato I hamburger, when all of a sudden I :47. Th~ ~enig in was startled by the banging of s hers wooa'en'~ hammer aga~ngt " the't~es COl backside of a tray. ruru~ There he was----Krazy George. ,~inthrop He ran through the cafeteris iTM G'. screaming fake. rehearsed chants of ~ted out ~anding o victory for a big gameithat was ~Ex-Min about to take place on campus. ~,ymeslt st It was humorous for about the]~ first 30 seconds, but it didn't stop. It perilst o stu( He continued to dash through the,,_ , the scattered maze of tables, banging on the tray with his mallet, shaking guse. he Gl: his almost shoulder-length,|~ded H~ scraggly grey hair. It was an ugly ~gest wi~ scene. ~rds. Students tried to ignore him, but he was persistent in his attempts to get us riled. It's bad enough seeing George on the sidelines trying to provoke the crowd into some type of cheering frenzy, but this was too much. Let's face it--when a team has to go out and hire some court jester who has no loyalty to any one team, you know they're scraping. For all of us students who were trying to eat, it was a strange situation. What did he want us to do: Leave our seats and follow him around the cafeteria, howling non- decipherable chants that didn't make any sense to begin with? Or, was he trying to start a riot or a food fight? It's still a mystery to me what school official's were thinking when they allowed him to Sports Talk/pg. 7 by Keith Anderson When GFW girls' basketball coach Bill Alexander thinks back to last Tuesday's 63-43 loss at Springfield, dropping the Birds to fifth in the conference, he gets mad---real mad. "There isn't much to say about that game. Turnovers killed us," he said with disgust. Turnovers indeed. The Birds would have done well to coat their hands with Krazy Glue before the game. Maybe then they wouldn't have turned it over 34 times. Springfield forward Kendra Isaksen paced the Tigers with 10 of the team's 17 points in the first quarter, while GFW's Sherise Kruggel led the Birds with 5 in the first. The Tigers left the quarter enjoying a 17-9 advantage. The Thunderbirds then clamped down on the Tiger offensive machine in the second, allowing only 7. The Birds managed to outscore Springfield by 4 in the second frame and only trailed by 4 at the half, 24-20. "It wasn't that they were that much better than us," said Alexander, "it's just that we were terrible." :: And the Tigers weren't that much better in the third, either, as they posted in 18, while GFW netted 14. Still, they held an 8 point lead heading into the final period of the game. Then everything that could go wrong for GFW (2-5 in conference play) did. Springfield (3-2 in the Tomahawk) pumped in 21 points, while The Birds were slowed to 9. That was the quarter that did in the T-Birds. Turnovers, sloppy passing and poor shooting kept the Birds from gaining any ground on the consistent Tigers. "I can see getting a few turnovers by being too aggressiye, but our's were just because of sloppiness," Alexander noted. Finding the range was also a problem for GFW. The T-Birds were only shooting 29 percent from the field, while their opponents were 48 percent. Reserve center Denise Youngerberg came in off the bench in the fourth and led the Tigers in the fourth with 7 points. GFW was led by Kamggel with 15 points, followed by center Ann Petersen with 10. Linda Buche led the team with 12 rebounds, but GFW was outrebounded on both ends of the floor. The next conference game for GFW will be on January 6 against Cedar Mountain. in Fairfax. The team will also participate in the Loyola Crusader Classic December 26, 27 and 29. Springfield 17 7 18 21 63 GFW 9 11 14 9 43 Spr ofi (s3) hmksen 17; Stiffer 14; Kelly Woodman 7; Korea Woodmen 3; ~ 15; Youngerberg Z GFW (43) Ktuggel 15; Bu,he 4; Frank 2; Petetsen 10; Henderson 4; Ahlers 8. Tomahawk Conference Gifts' Basketball Conf Over Sleepy eye 5-0 7-0 Cedar Mt 4-1 5-1 Gaylord 4-1 5-2 Springfield 3-2 5-2 G~/ 2-3 3-4 Wabasso 2-3 3-4 SE St. Mary's 0-5 0-7 NU Cathedral 0-5 0-8 Deadline for the Golden Galaxy for the issues of Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 will be at 12 noon on Thursday, Dec. 22 and on Thursday, Dec. 29 Deadline for the Winthrop News issues will be at 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and on Friday, Dec. 30. The Winthrop News will be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 Thank you for your cooperation.