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Wednesday, March 12, 1980- THE GRIDLEY HERALD - Section 1, page 5 I if it had only been the .. Gridley would have de- overwhelming odds and to win the NSCIF basket- p last weekend in what Is, is and what might 1, have been. reality was the Wolves clinging to six-point lead before the Bulldogs off the court bounds and four assists for the tourney. Kris King played perhaps .the best game of his life against Shasta, scoring 12 points and de- fending well. He was also forced to help out inside on the tall Shasta frontline. Mike Sanford, playing with that injured foot, came off the bench to score eight points against Shasta to keep Gridley close. He also hauled shoulders of King, who responded well. But the Bulldogs could only get one shot as Shasta controlled the boards. Crockett was the big re- bounder, hauling down 18. Meanwhile, Itarp was neutral- izing Bellamy, but Franklin, just a sophomore, countered that with 19 tallies, including a skying, crowd pleasing slam dunk later in the game. The game continued in the same vein until 3:57 to go when Bird fouled out with Shasta ahead, 48- 42. That seemed to completely take the spirit out of Gridley, who quickly fell behind even farther. The frustration showed at 2:12 left flace. girls' contests, Enterprise off Winters for the title, while Red' Bluff took third by defeating Lassen 54-47. two squads will now play tourney in Davis Fri- the right to go to the Tour- of Champions in Oakland. final four minutes to win,in six rebounds. Hurting more in ,n opening round play. the Chico game, the 6-3 forward eventually lost to Ander- scored seven points and grabbed the title, 66-54, in the six rebounds in seeing limited ac .......... tship game, while Gridley tion. .......... themselves with a 4 -36 SHASTA 70, GRIDLEY 47 ........ ....... : a depleted Chico squad The Bulldogs tailed to take ad- .......... two weeks ago, the Grid- squad was expected to be place. They sported record and had an awe- But, disaster struck. scorer Andy Rodgers ineligible for playing City League contest; forward Mike Sanford a stress fracture of the and two reserves quit the absence of Rodgers of fen- on the boards was evi- hour the two-games. were some bright spots despite the third place Richard Harp, recently League's MVP, the all-tourney team in to his all around scoring. Harp 13 points, seven re- vantage of poor Shasta play early by playing equally bad the first five: minutes of the game. On their first six possessions, Gridley threw the ...... -r ball away five times and scored only one bucket. Guard Ken Bird hit Gridley's first basket at 4:15 left in the first quarter to tie the score at 2-2. Shasta was employing a good man-to-man fullcourt press, whichi apparently bothered the Bulldogs. What hurt Gridley more was Bird picking up his third foul with a little under a minute left in the quarter. Bird got nailed for an- other foul in the second quarter and he ended up sitting out most of the second and third frames, i Despite the turnovers and four straight missed free throws, Grid- ley was only down i3-9 going into the second quarter. In the second quarter, Sanford hit from the outside for his first bucket after coming in at 0:11 in the first quarter. That made the score 19-15. Gridley's strategy to get the ball ..... inside to Harp was not working well as Bill Bellamy, Doug Crockett and Andy Franklin swarm- ed over him on defense. And, with Bird out, the shooting fell on the when Gridley missed a two-footer, a three footer and a layup all in a row. "Bird fouling out really hurt us," said coach Darcy Wingo. "We did what we had to do, but the better team won. Shasta's got a good team." GRIDLEY 47, CHICO 36 Maybe it was a game that should- n't have been played as both teams had such player problems that they were only a mere resemblance of their former championship form. Eventual loser Chico was in worse shape than Gridley, losing ~tarting 6-7 center Mike Davis and point guard Curtis Crane because of disciplinary action. That action was also taken against four of their cheerleaders. To top all of that off, Chico's high-scoring forward Medro John- son had to sit out the Gridley game because of a twisted knee. Gridley built a 16-4 lead going into the middle of the second quar- ter, but could never really pull away from the gutsy Panthers, who rallied back to within seven. That was the story all night, Gridley would pull ahead by 10 or 12 and Chico would rally, but never came closer than three field goals. GRIDLEY SCORING AGAINST SHASTA - Harp, 13; King, 10; Sanford, 8; Bird, 4; and Scott and Forren, 2 each. -. AGAINST CHICO - Harp, 13; Sanford, 7; Bird and King, 6 each; Dougl ts, 5; and Scott and Dalton, 2 each. Harp is MVP second year in a row, Richard Harp has been Westside League's Most Player. a 6-5 senior, was named as a center. This year he ard most of the time. Joining him on the AII-WSL team was teammate Ken Bird, a 6-2 senior guard. Junior foward Andy Rodgers, Gridley's leading scorer, was an honorable mention. ABOVE THE CROWD. Bulldog center Richard Harp was named to the All-Tourney team. He was also recently honored as the Westside League's MVP for the second year in a row. REBOUND - Forward Mike Santom, mlureo oo[ ann mr, snuck udder- neath 6-6 Shasta Wolf Doug Crockett for this rebound. ~i:iiiii!i - Guard Kris King played perhaps his best game of the Shasta. GHS Bulldogs (20-3) iii Games Rebounds Points Harp 23 11.3 13.0 22 6.3 9.7 rd 23 4.2 9.4 23 1.1 3.1 22 3.6 4.9 Scott 21 2.6 1.7 14 2.1 3.5 17 * 2.5 14 1.6 1.3 '** 16 8.7 16.8 ** 9 1.1 1.1 ** 12 1.3 1.4 than one rebound per game. ineligible. , team. ALL-TOURNEY - Named to the All-Tourney team this weekend during the NSCIF playoffs were: (L-R) And.v Franklin and Dou Crockett of Shasta; Richard 14arp of Grldley; and Anderson's Steve Jacobsen, Dave Garrison and Eric Parent. Parent was named the tourney's MVP. Myron Stenzel The Gridley boys' tennis team fell to host Paradise Friday after- noon, 8-1, in their opening match of the year. Mark Nakata's three-set-singles victory was the only win" for coach Earl Souza's squad in the non- league match. Gridley played Marysviile here yesterday and will travel to Las Plumas Friday. SINGLES Pat McMahon (P) def. Jeff Souza (G), 6-3, 6-2. Stu Murray (P) def. Roger Mc- Clung (G), 6-1, 6-2. Glen Rank (P) def. Kevin Tip- pets (G), 6-3, 6-3. Mark Baston (P) def. Marty CuUen (G), 6-2, 6-1. Tim Werner (P) def. Myron Stenzel (G), 6-1, 6-1. Mark Nakata (G) def. Trevin Pick (P), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. DOUBLES McMahon-Murray (P) def. Souza- Tippets (G), 2-6, 3-6. Rank-Baston (P) def. McClung. Cullen, 3-6, 2-6. EXHIBITION SINGLES John Rank (P) def. Russell Nelson (G), 6-4, 6-3. N/A Jellema (P) def. Bruce Mc- Connell (G), 6-1, 7-5. N/A Smith (P) def. Kevin Mc- Kibben (G), 6-4, 6-2. EXHIBITION 'DOUBLES Stenzel-Nakata ((3) de.f. Werner- J. Rank (P), 8-4. Pick-Jellema (P) def. Nelson- McConnell (G), 8-4.