Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 161

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa KyWs ftaztltt: Dft. 8, 1174 Meet the Preps Jmrh Pick Waverly, Decoroh It isn't entirely reflected In the list of lettermcn, but coaches in the Northeast Iowa conference have tabbed Wav- erly-Shell Rock and Decorah as the teams to beat in the 1974-75 baskebtball race, which got underway last week. All league teams have now agreed to field girls basketball teams, but there will be no- conference girls race until the 1975-76 season. Decorah's Rick Raasch has only two veterans returning, but one' is 6-5 senior Al Teelshorn. The other is a six foot senior, Phil Finanger. The Vikings were 18-5 a year ago.and Rassch has a career 10-year coaching re- cord of 128 wins against only 79 defeats. Bid Bergmat, a It-year CMchlig veterai, has fiur re- tiralBg vets at Waverly, bit he diesi't have the size tt match.Dcctrah. His lettermei are Jay Daia, 5-10; Brad Jthistft, t-l; Mike Lynn, t-2, aid Steve Ctrsti, 5-11. Wayne Sawyer at Waukon- may; have trouble improving on his 13-6 record of last sea- son, although Waukon was 12- 9 on the season and Sawyer has an impressive 145-132 career mark. He has only three lettermen back -6-2 Jim Handke, 5-8 Bob'Snitker and 5-11 Scott Ryan. Jack Darland's Crestwood squad could pull a few sur- prises before the season is over. He has six returning lette'rmen.including 6-5 senior Arden Keune and 6-4 junior Zanc Blessum. The others are Pat Darland, 5-8; Bob 5-11; six foot Jeff Van Dyke, and 6-1 Dave Inns, a junior. New Hampton's Russ Barney and Pete Hill at Charles City may have their problems. Russ has no return- ing veterans and Hill has only two. One.howcver, is 6-4 Bill Schmarzo. New Face There is a new (ace in the Eastern Iowa basketball league lliis winter, with Gil- bertville Don Boscb replacing former Farley St.Joseph's in the 6-team race. But the switch in loams doesn't figure to be a factor in- the .title race where Ihc league's largest school. West Dubuque, is the title favorijc after getting by one of its strongest challengers, Inde- pendence Sl.John's, last Fri- day.' Veteran Bill Murphy has four lettermen back on his current club, bul he is sliorl on hcighth. The tallest re- turnees are 5-11 Larry O'Brien and Randy Miller. The other returnees arc 5-9 Paul Leon- ard' and 5-10 Tim Donnelly, and none of the squad's top 11 are over the six foot mark. Al Marshall hus problems at Aquin of Cascade. He had only two returning veterans. One is 6-2 Tom Gleason, who averaged 8.5 points a year ago. The other is (i-2 Jim Noonan, who had a 7.8 aver- age. Jim Squiers at Bellevue Marquette is shy experi- but one of his re- turnees is 6-1 Mike Budde, who was all-conference a year ago. The others are 5-11 Jeff Theisen and 5-9-Joel Sieverding. Nine Will Enter Grid Hair of Fame NEW YORK (AP) Form- er University of Michigan center Gerald R. Ford will be in attendance Tuesday night when the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame holds its 17th annual banquet. President Ford, the 1972 re- cipient of the: foundation's Gold Medal, will watch as businessman Gerald B. now, a star quarterback for the University of Rochester in the 1930s, receives the Gold Medal, and comedian Bob Hope is presented with, the Distinguished American Award. In addition, nine former players will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame electees are: the late Harry Agganis of Boston university; Marchy Schwartz, Notre Dame; Mai Kutncr, Texas; Barney Poolc, Mississippi, North Carolina Pre-Flighl and U.S. Military Academy, the laic Barton Koch of Baylor; John Ferraro, University of Southern Cali- fornia; Jim Parker, Ohio Stale; Elroy Hirsch, Michigan and Wisconsin, and Billy Vessels, Oklahoma. The Hall of Fame coach electee is Bill Murray of Dela- ware and Duke. Iowa Aide to Speak To Prairie Boosters Jay Robinson, assistant wrestling coach at Iowa and a member of the, 1972 U.S. Olympic team, will speak to the Prairie Booster club Mon- day at p.m. in the high school gym. Also on tap is an exhibition by the girls gymnastics team. Swim Clinic Set At Ellis Y Dec. 18 The Ellis YMCA has slated a swimming clinic Wednes- day, Dec. 18, from 4 p.m. to 5: 30. Specific instruction will involve Hie YMCA levels Tadpole lliroiigh Fish. Contact Cindy Winkleman at 362-3176 (or further instruclion. Tight Money, Inflation Hurt Racing, Too By Blcyt Britt CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Having weathered an energy- plagued 1974 season with rea- sonably good results, auto rac- ing is gearing up for another year with even more formid- able road hazards ahead. The problem is economics, and the outlook is less than good. One professional series, the once rich and prestigious Can- Am circuit for high-powered sports-racing cars, has been cancelled. Its demise had its roots in the economics of the day. Another once popular se- ries, the Trans-Am for Detroit muscle cars of the Corvette, Mustang and Camaro ilk, but recently dominated by Ger- man Porsche imports, has been downgraded lo the point it will become the preliminary race in weekend twin bills. Again, economics played a major role. The United States Auto promoters solvent In the face of continually rising costs of doing France said, Unlike most major sports, auto racing still to a large extent on ticket sales to cover Its purses. There is no big jackpot of television mon- ey going into the sport, and the small amount that does come in is shared alike by drivers and promoters. Commercial sponsors help everybody individual race teams, individual races and, in the case of lions of promotional dollars. And promotion, regardless of who pays the bills, sells tick- ets. NASCAR tracks, backed by a tobacco company, did well at the gate this year-consider- ing that the season started in January, square in the middle of the gasoline shortage. But aside from NASCAR, the only other sanctioning body blessed with big promo- tionai help was the fast-rising dogged by shortages of- International Motor Spurts Association (IMSA) and it, too, shared in the tobacco company largesse. With continued help already promised for next year, IMSA has announced a 15 race schedule for its Grand Tour- ing and Baby Grand cars. More races will be added. The IMSA group also will continue cars in many of its champion- ship events for Indianapolis- type machinery this year, finds itself in a wrangle over economics how best to cut the costs of racing. Nit Entugh Car owners in ail circuits complain that purses haven't kept pace with the upward spiral of building cars, main- taining them, and on-the-road expenses. In other words, inflation. "We are faced with the same problems that affecl other sports, tight money and said Bill France Jr., president of the financial- ly-solvent National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing "But you have to look ahead in this he said. "We already have put to- .gether a 30-racc schedule for our Grand National series, and if we had the dates we could have gone much strong- er." The 1975 scries guarantees a minimum of million in prize money, exclusive-of any accessory or championship point fund monies. The latter amounted this year lo more than "Like everybody else in tht sport, our main problem is finding a way lo keep our peo- ple drivers, car owners ami QUESTIONS ABOUT LOANS? WE'LL ANSWER THEM, (No names. No sales Before you borrow, there may questions weighing on your mind payments, rates, anything. For quick, courteous answers, call us today. We won't ask your name or talk shop unless you want us to. 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Limit Eights The sanctioning Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) an- nounced at mid-year that 1975 Can-Am cars would be limited to engines of 5 liters (305 cu- bic inches) for stock blocks and 3 liters for purely racing powerplants. The thinking was that the smaller the engine, the cheaper the cost. Many car owners, particu- larly Porsche boosters Peter Gregg and Roger Penske, wanted full blown engines the horsepower turbochargcd Porsches that won the championship for Penske in 1972 and 1973. After much wrangling, the SCCA admitted its track pro- moters showed little confi- dence that the 5-liter and 3 li- ter formula would draw at the gate or attract enough car builders to assure competitive fields. Insiders say the SCCA had been able to sell only three firm dates, with at least six needed for the series to sur- vive. With the Can-Am gone and the Trans-Am downgraded, SCCA plans to concentrate on its Formula 5000 series for open cockpit, open wheel cars that utilize the 305 cubic inch Detroit stock engines. .Seven races for the Formula 5000 series already have been booked, and more should come from tracks shut out by demise of the Can-Am. Clib Raciig The amateur-oriented SCCA also plans to concentrate more on its club racing activities, which had a banner 1974, and on rallies and other less ex- pensive activities. USAC is another agency in which there also is a heated division of minds over engine sizes and the economics in- volving them. Big sponsor teams like those of Penske, Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones, the 1983 Indianapolis winner, have been pushing for rules that would make stock block en- gines competitive with the standard turbo-charged Of- fcnhausers now in vogue at In- dianapolis. Penske maintains that a race ready stock block engine of about 350 cubic inches could be built for Indianapolis and the other championship trail races for about to The present Offys carry a price tag of close to Penske already is in the stock block business because he operates cars on NASCAR's Grand National circuit with driver Bobby Allison. Jones also has had experience with stock blocks his car won big in the Formula 5000 series this year with Mario Andretti. Uurney also is a stock block pioneer. But backers of the Offy forcmat contend that they have enough 'engine and car inventory on hand to carry on and that retooling for slock blocks would be financially burdensome. Nonetheless, USAC had trouble most of 1974 getting enough cars to fill designated lineup spots at its races and the lack of entries showed in sizeable drops in gate attend- ance late in the season. In the scheme of things, NASCAR and IMSA thus ap- peared to be in better position to weather the economic road blocks ahead. The fledgling ISSA, which has been cutting steadily into the SCCA's road-racing terri- tory, landed both of next year's big endurance events the 24 Hours of Daytona Feb. 1-2 and the 12 Hours of Sebr- ing March 22. As for NASCAR, prize mon- ey will be increased all along the line and all of its showcase events are set to go, with the Grand National opener set for Riverside, Calif., Jan. 19. A purse of has been set for the Daytona 500 Feb. 16 and its two 125-mile qualifying races Feb. 13. But the economic problem remains. Only a very few teams anywhere in racing will have major commercial sponsors, and most of them, for the moment, are in NASCAR. Iowa basketball. coach Lute Olson will be the featured 'speaker at the Linn County I (dub's noon luncheon Friday, Dec. 13 at the Montrose hotel. The Hawkcyes host Iowa State Dec. 12! An election of I club officers for 1975 will also take place. Invited guests will include head coaches of the eight high school boys' basketball teams in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. Women are welcome at the luncheon. Sports Slate MONDAY BB: LaSulle at TUESDAY BB: Regis at LoSalle. BB: Anamosa at BB: Wash al Jeff, girls. Wr.: Marlon at Montlcello, at Regis. Wr.: Linn Mar a! Anamosa. BB: Keokyk at Kirk wood. 8, Prairie junior high. THURSDAY B8: LaSolle at Linn Mar at Regls.glrls. Independence of JV at Kirk wood, B.Pralrie. nton al LaSalle. Colmar of Mt. Mcrcv. FRIDAY 88: L nn Mar at LaSalle. Prolrle ot Beckmon. Kennedy at Pralrlc.olrls. Kennedy at I.C. West. 8B Memostecd at Jell. BB Indeocndcnce at Marion. Wr 5w Si Sw p.m. Wr lional Jeff at Hemostcad. Wr I.C. West ot Kennedy. Wash at Clinton. Regis at Wahlert. SATURDAY B nton at Linn Mar.glrls. Norway at LaSalle.glrls. Marlon at Anamosa .girls. Wllllamsburg at I.C. West ot Jeff, 1-.30. Wash at Ames Invitational. 2 Jcff.Kennedy at S.E. 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