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8 Mar 1980

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8 Mar 1980

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Hillsdale Daily News (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Hillsdale, Michigan Battle Pittsford for District title redskins playing their Best basketball by Tom Mullaly sports editor Camden a a i think i was hoping for a .500 season and a higher finish in the league a Camden Frontier head coach Ken Vallieu said thursday afternoon As he summed up his teams season. Tile redskins did no to come close to breaking even in the regular season As they wrapped up the year with a 6-12 Mark losing twice As Many As they won. Heir final Landing spot in the Southern Central athletic association standings a fourth place tie with North Adams both at 4-6, is also unimpressive. But Camden Frontier has done one thing that a lot of schools with better records and higher rankings do it has reached the championship game of its District. The redskins will face the Pittsford wildcats at 7 30 . Tonight at Hillsdale High school in what promises to be a hard fought Battle Between two evenly matched squads for the class d District championship. Reading and Litchfield were both favored to meet in the title game. The two teams had a combined record of 28 wins and la losses while Camden frontiers and Pittsford won loss Mark was an unimpressive 14-24. The redskins got into the finals by knocking off the Litchfield terriers 57-45, wednesday evening while the wildcats stunned the Reading rangers 4m0, thursday night. The two teams split during the regular season with the redskins winning at Pittsford on Jan. La 54-53, while the wildcats evened things with a 42-10 win at Camden Frontier on feb. 15. What has happened to the redskins since these two teams clashed last Well according to Vallieu they have decided on a set starting lineup for the first time this season and their outside shooting has finally come around. As a result Camden Frontier is playing its Best basketball of the season. Vallieu is in his first season at the Helm of the redskins after nine years As the Junior varsity coach. He took Over after Don Eby retired from coaching after last season. Vallieu started the season with four players who started at least part of the time last season but it Wasny to until febuary that he found a starting lineup that clicked. A a everybody has started at least once a Vallieu added. Finding a starting lineup was the smallest of the redskins two problems. Their biggest problem was putting the Ball in the Basket. A a shooting has been our biggest problem All year a he said. A a we weren to putting them Vallieu said that in the last couple of months the redskins have really worked hard on their shooting and As he a Happy to report a a it finally paid a a we Are now More consistent perimeter shooters a he said. Camden frontiers leading scorer is 5-10, Junior guard Dana Driver who is averaging around 10.5 Points per game. Vallieu said that Driver is the Best outside shooter and Best passer on the team he is also very Quick. The other starting guard is also one of the redskins co captains. He is 5-7, senior Jeff Vanaken the smallest player on the squad but also a Fine All around player. Vanaken who is second in scoring at 9.5 a game is a Good Ball handler but his biggest attribute is his Hustle. A he Lias been the steadies player throughout the year a said Vallieu. Vallieu added that Vanaken is the redskins play maker and that he is a surprisingly Good rebounded for his size. The other co captin and starting Forward is 6-0, senior Russel Shaffer who Vallieu says is the second Best shooter on the team and a Good Ball handler. He has Start d most of the season but missed two games in january with an ankle injury. Erie Mann a 5-11 senior is Camen frontiers other starting Forward and that a is some accomplishment for someone who did no to play basketball last year. But Vallieu said that Mann has worked his Way into the starting lineup. A a he a a hard worker a Good passer a Good Ball handler and Good defensively a Vallieu said. The Man in the Middle for the redskins is 6-2, senior Center Mike Mills who is just getting Back to top form after being sidelined for five games before Christmas with an injured knee. Vallieu says that it has taken awhile but that Mills is finally regaining his form. According to Vallieu Mills asset is his strength. An asset he has used to to one of the redskins top two Rebo unders despite being out of action for Atule Camden frontiers sixth Man is Matt Reamer a 5-11 Junior who Lias started much of this season and can play either guard or Sowani. He gives tin redskins an added lift coming off tin Bench with his exceptional quickness and Good defense. When Mills was out of the lineup the starting duties fell on the shoulder of 6-0, senior Brant Headley who Vallieu says is a very physical Ball player. A when he goes into the game he makes things Perry Vanaken who is not Jeff a brother is a 6-2, senior who can play Center Forward or guard Vallieu says he is a very versatile player who is not a bad Ball handler for his size. Vallieu also Calls Vanaken an excellent defensive player. Jeff Miller a 5-11 Junior can play eith guard or Forward and is a Good outside shooter. A i think in will do a lot of scoring for us next said Vallieu. A a he a going to going into tonight a game Vallieu feels that his team is confident. But Pittsford must feel tile same Way after upending Reading. It promises to bt1 one exciting Basket Ball game tonight for two teams that most people thought would t be Hie re saturday sports special the Hillsdale daily news vol. 70�?no. 304 Hillsdale Michigan 49242, saturday March 8,1980 16 pages 2 sections Price 20 cent Vikings rally to capture District championship will it be the wildcats or the redskins. By David Saunders in a few More hours a District Champion from Hillsdale will be crowned and it wont be Litchfield High after a two year reign. The laurels will rest on either Pittsford or Camden Frontier two dark horse candidates before the tournament got underway. These two teams which have a similar style will Square off tonight at 7 30p.m. For Camden Frontier it is the first time it has made it to the District finals in two years when the redskins lost to Litchfield badly. The redskins last won the title in 1975. The drought has been even longer for Pittsford winning its last title in 1965. And that was the last time the wildcats made it to the finals. Although both teams wound up with losing records both teams have shown dramatic improvement from the beginning of the season. Pittsford coach will Cramer expected High things from his group composed of mostly seniors at the beginning of the year but his Hopes were quickly dashed As they wildcats plunged. Redskins coach Ken Vallieu also believes his team is just starting to Gell and realize their capabilities which should make this an even More interesting matchup. If the wildcats had been playing like they Are now they would be battling for the league championship. When they met league champs Tekonsha on feb. 22, Pittsford lost by three Points 52-49 despite being called for a whopping 28 fouls to Tekonsha a 12. Cramer said a a other than fouling we played the same can hold True for the redskins. Cramers team plays aggressively and it has been paying off. Against Reading in the slim 41-40 Victory Pittsford was called for 17 f Juls. Cramer said the game is going to be close. He remarked Camden Frontier played a Good game in its 57-45 Victory Over Litchfield wednesday. A they boarded Well and played a sound game a Cramer said. A i done to see anyone running away with this game. Id like to get out front and relax but i done to see that to if past scores Are any indication to prove it will be a close game the two teams regular season meetings both teams split. On Jan. La the redskins walked off Pittsford court with a 54-53 Victory in overtime. But at Camden Frontier the wildcats escaped with a 42-40 Victory on feb. 15. The Home court advantage did no to work for either team so what will a Neutral court bring. A a the team that makes the fewest mistakes and controls the Tempo will win a said the third year Pittsford head coach. Cramer said his team will play some Type of matchup zone against the redskins and a a we re going to have to shut off their outside shooting a he said meaning Dana Driver and Jeff Vanaken. A they have some Good outside Pittsford has improved dramatically from its loss on Jan. La but so has the redskins. It will be anyone a guess who will be crowned the league champs. First year coach for Camden Ken Vallieu said that Pittsford has a aggressive Rebo unders. We can to stand around and watch them. We re going to have to be aggressive and keep them from rebounding will definitely be a Factor but watch for foul shooting to become a Factor in the outcome of the game. Vallieu after scouting the Reading Pittsford clash said a each team kept giving each other the Opportunity. A i thought Reading played similar to its game against North Adams. They were taking the 20 footers and trying to penetrate but Pittsford let the first year coach who has guided his redskins to a 7-12 record said he plans on keeping with his same offence. This offence has shown a lot of patience recently but he said a a we re going to have to be More patient against their zone. We can to put up the outside shot so fast and pass the Ball in and maybe the tigers by Tom Mullaly sports editor Hudson a while the main game of interest to Hillsdale county residents tonight will be the Pittsford Camden Frontier clash at Hillsdale High school for the class d District title there is another area team that will be shooting for a District title of its own a the Hudson tigers. The tigers will Square off against the Onsted wildcats at Addison High school at 7 . In the class c District championship game. In Many respects this game is similar to the Wildcat Redskin title tilt. Both teams compete in the same conference both teams split during the regular season and neither team won its game on its Home court. On dec. 14, Hudson travelled to Onsted and came away with a 60-53 Victory to raise its record to 2-1 at the time. Randy Chilcote pumped in 20 Points and pulled Down to rebounds for the tigers while the wildcats who were picked to win the Lenawee county athletic association got 18 Points from Mark Hubbard. District High school basketball scores on feb. I Onsted invaded the tigers Den and left with a 56-46 win As it used a balanced scoring attack to put Hudson a losing Streak at three. Dave Mckenzie tossed in 13 Points followed by Hubbard with la and Tim Vancamp with to. The tigers were paced by Mark Johnson and Matt Shaffer with to followed by Mark Hoffman with seven and Chilcote with six. In that game Hudson shot a terrible 24 percent from the floor As it hit on Only 17 of 71 shots while the wildcats connected on 23 of 56 for 42 percent. Hudson finished regular season play with a 8-10 Mark Overall and a second place 7-5 Iuka Mark while Onsted which suffered through a terrible first half of the season ended up 10-8 Overall and 6-6 in the league for a third place tied with Morenci. The Blissfield royals walked away with the i pc a with All-1 conference Mark and 14-4 Overall. The tigers got into the championship game by defeating Napoleon 45-44, while Onsted had to win two games to reach the finals. Nie wildcats stopped Manchester 56-47, on monday and then they came Back to trounce Clinton 70-44, on wednesday. Hudson is coached by Phil Eberhard while Steve Prange is at the Helm of Onsted. By the associated pre class a brother Rice 49. Bloomfield Hill Birmingham Andover 43 Detroit Catholic Central 73, Livonia Bently 55 Detroit Denby 54, East Detroit 52 Detroit Mackenzie 55, Detroit Chadsey 52 Detroit Murray Wright 80. Detroit k my 70 Harper Wood notre Dame 53, Harper Wood Bishop Gallagher 52 Oti Jackson Parkside 64, Battle Creek Lakeview is Livonia Stevenson 59, Livonia Franklin 57 Oti Madison Heights Bishop Foley 57, Warren Woods 53 it Milford Lakeland 58, walled Lake Central 42 port Huron 5, Romeo 54 District championship schedule saturday March 8 class b basketball District at Marshall Ilion plays Marshall 7 30p.m. Class d basketball District at Hillsdale Sunden Frontier plays Pittsford for strict title. Class c basketball District at Addison Hudson plays Onsted for District title 7 . Class d basketball District at Morenci Madison plays Britton for District title 7 . Portage Northern 63, k Alama of Central 47 Saginaw 50. Midland 48 Southfield 73, Detroit Redford Union 63 Utica 44, Rochester 43 Ypsilanti 69, Monroe 55 class b Allegan 70, Comstock 64 Corunna 45, Montrose 40 Detroit Servile 65, Hamtramck St Florian 43 Frankenmuth 56. Mohnton 43 Gaylord 60. Sault Ste Marie so Holland Christian 71, Hudsonville unify Christian i Linden 56. Lake Fenton 46 Ludington 64 Cadillac 49 mount pleasant 74, Saginaw Swan Valley 65 class c Bangor 70. Eau Claire 54 Bronson 66. Quincy 59 Capac 66. New Haven ii East Jackson 55, Hanover Horton 54 Edwardsburg 72, Constantine 51 Ishpeming Westwood 84. Ishpeming 71 l Anse 48, Ontonagon 46 Reed City 103. Scottville Mason county Central 73 Quincy a in a pressure packed game at Quincy High school the Bronson Vikings wore Down the Quincy orioles in the fourth Quarter to capture the class c District title 66-59. It was a real dogfight from Start to finish with the orioles pushing the Vikings to the limit before bowing out. With the score deadlocked at 47-47 going into the final Quarter of action Quincy and Bronson exchanged buckets before the Vikings pulled out to a 53-49 Lead with 2 34 remaining. Bronson made it 57-49 on a Basket by Joe Beck after he picked up a lease Ball and connected on an off balanced jumper. Quincy Cut the margin to seven 59-52, with under a minute left to play but the Vikings put the Lead Back at eight 60-52, with a free throw. With 0 32 remaining Oriole i Iran fickle Cut the margin to five 60-55, As he connected on both ends of tile one and one situation. Bronson Smarty Moffett Sank two free throws with 24 seconds left for a 62-55 Lead but Phil Cutler put Buck in a rebound following a missed shot by him with 0 11 seconds showing on tin clock to make it 62-57. We photo by Terry o Neal Quincy a Miller gets shot off a Oriole Greg Miller gets off a shot against an unidentified Bronson player during Friday nights class c District championship game at Quincy High school. Quincy was ready to play hut in the end it was the Vikings who finished on top 68-59. Inside the news future is now a tax Hillsdale daily news trip takers spent a Day in tax future without leaving pah when they visited the spectacular Renaissance Center in Detroit a Page 4 a. Obituaries. For the record briefs. Senior events. School menus. news digest.3a a photo feature.4a a . A classifieds.7fi a More . A to log. Sect. B Snow the orioles were forced to Call a time out following cutlers bucket and when they Carne out they quickly fouled Moffett who went to the line and Sank both shots to Seal Quincy a Fate 64 57. Die orioles Carne Down the floor and scored on a Greg Miller Layup arid then they called at time out with two seconds remaining. There was no Way Quincy could overcome a five Point deficit 64-59, and As Fate would have it Kevin Bucklin connected at Hie Buzzer for the final 66-59 score. The Victory advances Bronson now 21-1, on tax season into the Ltd lass regional at Jackson Parkside. The Vikings will face the Winner of tonight s Hudson Onsted game a lass c District game at Addison High school on wednesday at Parkside from the opening tip on the orioles were ready to play and the Vikings had a real struggle on their hands. Quincy controlled tin Tom Xiii the first half As it used its Fuji court press to Force Bronson into 17 turnovers. The orioles held a 23-28 first Quarter Lead that indeed a Cutler tip in at Ute Buzzer in the second Quarter Quincy jumped out to a 31-25 Lead and a eight foot jumper by Cutler Jyh Ute orioles up 33-25, Bronson s Todd German tipped Iii a rebound at die 3 of Mark to Cut the margin to six 33-27, and Ute Vikings were Able to pull within five 38-33, As the first half came to a close unofficially both teams connected on 50 percent of its shots Iii the first Quill the orioles Sank 15 of 30 to Bronson s 12 of 24. The Vikings out rebounded Quincy by toll but they Aslo committed six More turnovers 17 toll. Fickle paced the orioles Iii the half with la joints followed by Cutler with to i Lier Eig fit and Jim Keeslar is veil German supplied most of by Vikings offence As he tossed Iii 16 of their 33 paints. The one dark spot for Quincy in tax first half was foul trouble. Cutler picked up his Burd foul at the 2 40 Mark of Ute second Quarter. In the third Quarter Bronson outscored tax orioles 14 to nine to pull into a tie gang into the final period Quincy was Hurt by the loss of Cutler to his fourth foul with 6 40 remaining Iii tis third Quarter when he left the game the orioles led by four Cutler did t return to action until tfx re was 4 47 left in tis game arid by that time quix y trailed by two 51 49 Bronson was led by German with 19 Points All in the first three quarters and Moffett added 15, ii luding some crucial tree throws Down Hie stretch. Fickle paced Quincy with 18 Points while Cutler despite missing id minutes of action in the second half finished with 14 and Miller added la. For the game the Vikings hit on 23 of 49 shots for 46 percent to Quincy a 22 of 48 for 46 percent. Bronson won the game at the foul line As it Sank 20 of 23 tosses for 87 percent compared to the orioles 15 of 29 for 52 percent the Vikings out rebounded Quincy 33 to 26, but turned the Bali Over 28 to 27. The orioles finish their season with a Tux 14-6 record. Bronson Quincy Bronson jut Mott 15, lotto Lief f German 5. Oui dint i Quin y rim Sean 5, Chil cure 14, Loran Ioia l 5 to. 15 79. 59 19 Mer 9 Odis Ier 6. Maili

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