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4A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday. March 3. 1983 By Tom Jeasen fall into place in the first three The writing was on the wall minutes of the contest after early for Superior in their they held the Vikings to no field district championship bid goals and just a single free Tuesday night against Grand throw in six attempts. ISland Northwest at Hastings But even with holding the College. opposition to just one point in The Wildcats had everything that timespan, Superior still ® found themselves behind. From there things that could have gone wrong did, and things that could have gone right didn't as the Wildcats came up on the short end of a 60-37 decision. The less was one of the low C t Kevin Miller attempts shot as Bud Waddle (30) looks on during action against Grand Island Northwest in district basketoall finals. Nothing seemed to go r~ght for the Wildcats as the Vikings scored a decisive victory to advance to state competition next wee~ m Lincoln -Photo by Jim Miller season in : Superior's finest season in rebound--to cut the lead to two take a 43-34 lead into the final girls basketball came to an points, eight minutes. abrupt end last Thursday night Missy Striggow then tied the The Lady Wildcats tried when the Lady Wildcats game at 19-19. scoring on desperately to get hack in it in dropped a 54-47frustrating loss another offensive rebound, that last period with key to Aurora in Class B district capping the 8-0 scoring spurt by baskets from Diane Wyatt, semi.finals in Grand Island. Superior. Dianne Shuck and Stacey Way, : Superior finished with a A Shambaugh field goal but theLadyHuskies answered superb 12.4 record, momenta later gave the Lady those with pressure field goals Aurora got off to a quick start Wildcats a 23-22 lead, but that themselves to hold onto the lead re'they rattled off an ll.41aad in was the last time the Superior and the win. the first two minutes of the - ballgame enroute to a 17-11 first quarter advantage. =- That margin increased to 19- 11 in the opening seconds of the second quarter and what could ?" have turned into a rout was halted quickly by Superior. Monica Shambaugh canned a ?- pair of free throws while KrisU Eitzmann hit two baskets in a row--one on a two-on-one and -the other on an offensive girls were out in front as Aurora came hack to knot the score at the hag, 27-27. Superior trailed in the early stages of the third period by four, 31-27, but came back to tie it for the last time at 31-31 when Ettzmann drove the lane for a bucket. From there Aurora put it away with a 12-3 scoring binge the rest o/the third quarter to Laura IrWin led Aurora scoring with 13 points while Shambaugh and Eitzmann shared high honors for Superior with 12 points. Other Superior scoring totals: Shuck, 7; Wyatt, 7;' Way, 4; Mary Pat Mallam, 3; Striggow. 2. Superior Auras Keeping the spirit moving is the task assigned to the lively and energetic Wildcat #~ cheerleaders during a lull in the girls' district contest at Grand Island last week. ": --Photo by Jim Miller points in what was the rn~t productive season in years for Superior. The Wildcats finished with an excellent 16-6 record which included runner-up trophies in three tournaments, the Geneva Holiday, the Crossroads Classic and the Class B-5 Districts. The Wildcats did have the lead once in the game against Northwest. That came after Jim Schaaf canned a paw of free throws to finally put Superior on the seorebard with 4:52 left in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 score. But the Vikings managed to pot together a string of three straight field goals and al the end of the first period they found themselves on top, 9-6. In the second quarter Nor- thwest began to warm up from the outside enabling them to penetrate the middle. something Superior was never able to do the whole evening rhe Wildcats' shooting was as cold as ice--and maybe colder than that-which let the Vikings ~tay in a zone defense taking away Superior's inside game. With the Wildcats unable to generate any offensive con- sistency, Northwest built a 28-15 halftime lead and widened that t~) 43-26 with 6:56 left in the game on s~x straight Jeff Brand points. For a moment it looked like Superior might put together a late rally when Jim Schaaf hit from underneath off a Tom Sorensen feed and Jim Placke sank one free throw followed by a 17-foot jumper with 5:20 left to cut the leaddo 12 points. 43-31. But over the next 3:39 of playing time the Wildcats hit just once from the field--on another Placke bucket--while five points, Terry Cox and Bud Northwest was able to put 11 Waddle each added two and Jim points on the board giving them Scheaf completed the scoring a 19-point lead with 1:51 left. with one point. That was more than enough to Superior 13 6 17 14--50 put the Wildcats away and both Central City 6 11 10 16--43 benches were cleared. Superior opened the tour- Brand led Northwest with 17 nament with a 57-46 win over points while Jeff Baxter Aurora. followed with 14. Jim Placke led a fast-paced Placke was the only Wildcat offensive attack while Mark in double figures with 11 points. Stinson turned in an excellent Others scoring: School, 7; effort on the opposite end of the Ron Thayer,6; Mark Stinson, 4; court to lead an aggressive Sorensen, 3; Terry Cox, 2; Kris defense. Bruning, 2: Dave Brazil 2. Although Aurora stayed Superior 6 9 9 13-37 relatively close throughout the GINW 9 19 II 21-60 fast half, they never really In semifinal action Superior threatened as Superior con- put together an ll-point lead in sistenUy added to their lead. the fourth quarter and hung on Only once did the momentum for a 50-43 win over Central seem to begin to shift to Aurora. City. That came midway through the Tom Sorensen turned in an fourth quarter when the outstanding effort in the Huskies cut an 18-point Superior opening minutes of the game. lead to 12 at 50-38 as the Wild- scoring the first nine points for cats went without a point for Superior as the Wildcats built a 13-6 lead after one quarter and a 19-17 lead at the haft. From there Superior held leads from two to four points ~ntil field goals from Ran Thayer, Jim Placke and Sorensen midway through the second half gave the Wildcats a 38-27 advantage. The margin was still at 11 points with just under four minutes left, but Central City was able to cut the lead to two points late in the game at 45-43. A pressure basket from Thayer cooled the rally, though, and a pair of Mark Stinson free throws and one from Placke put the game on ice. Sorensen topped Superior scorers with 17 points while Placke added 13 and Thayer had 10. Stinson finished with nearly two minutes. But thanks to a crafty bit ef dribbling, Placke drew a foul and he sank both ends of a one- and-one with 3:28 left in the game to get Superior back in the scoring column. From there Jim Schaaf hit three of four free throws and a field goal to give the Wildcats a 57-40 lead with just over a minute left to let the varsity sit down and turn things over to the reserves. Placke ended the night with 20 points which included a couple of tremendous twisting drives for baskets, while Schaaf added 11 point . Others scoring: Stinson, 8; Sorensen, 8; Thayer, 6; Mneller, 2; Cox, 2. Superior 16 12 16 13-57 Aurora 8 10 9 19-46 .i # .... Kris Bruning gains altitude against his Aurora to score two points Saturday night in district Wildcats went down Central City Monday losing to Grand I~tand Northwest Tuesday in -- Photo i i. adv W t:l~..~t,'- control t~o but unfortunately not the game, against Aurora Thursday ;l~jt~! [dc~l~L,~D!t., L,/t(J, ~dca~s are Monica Shambaugn (21) w,th back to camera and Kr~st~ E~tzmar~n ~ 3} ~ other S~cle of circle --Photo by Jim Miller tournament e two ays For a few days, Superior was any event, the Wildcats lost in Hill anbd Blauvelt. No first 11 16 13-47 176 swept by state tournament8,thefirstgamet°Valparais°'21" names were given. - 17 10 11-54 fever as it was anticipated the Oh yes, in a day when college Wildcats might be the first team ' Squad members listed in the teams often use three official , since 1924 to travel to Lincoln to paper include the names of the games back then had only participate m the state meet. Oliver, Waller, Jones, Smith, one referee even for state But even though the Wildcats Anderson, Carpenter, Jacobs, tournament games. got tripped by Grand Island Northwest. it might be of in- terest to note a few things about that i924 team and tournament. ~:~::::~: . There does not appear to be a ~i~ ~ complete list of squad members Team three handed team five Marc Kuck and Donnla Lipker available but according to the their second loss of the seasonsix and Todd Gaston two. Jeff ~:~:~..~:~ ?..: ;:~:~:::.: ; ...... ~,~ .~ Express dated March 13, 1924, and team one won their second Placke had eight, Brat Wets six s:= :is :s s ' = ........ ~ ~....,:.~;:~..- ~ ,~ ~',.~-~.:z:~ ...... -~'~ '.%- • .. the following' information may game Saturday in fifth and sixth and Brian Everhart two for be. ascertained, grade action, team five. : The team was slated to play in Andy Meyer dumped in eight The final weekend Of :" the 152 team tournament onpoints, Bob Core and Jason basketball is this weel with ' " Stacey Way (23) goes up for bucket even Thursday so Coach Keester and Adams six and Jan Kilo two to team five going against team Aurora opponent tries to block the Shot but tse a Mr. Ross loaded up the lead team one past team four, one in the first game Saturday pla~, ors in their private cars 22-14 in the first game of the and team two tackling team could do was tO draw a foul. -Photo bY Wednesday to head for Lincoln, day. Scoring for team four was four following that contest and Team Standings leaving about noon. The trip. Scott Baird with 12 and Troy then Monday, team two will go W L there may have been almost as Covey with two, against team five at 7 pin.. and Team 2 5 1 challenging as the game since Iff the second game, team team one will be pitted against, Teams 4 2 the coach's car suffered nine three just barely edged past team three at S p.m. Medais wfll Team3 4 $ punctures enroute and the Ross team five, 17-16 with Joel be awarded following theTeaml 2 4 vehicle stripped its gears. In Ahrens tossing in eight points, Monday night games. Team 4 1 5 Every week, adults read at newspaper. "One kind word three winter