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KANSAS CITY --Four Dlavers. including
Nebraska's Chuck Jura, split the four individual
statistical championships in Big Eight
Conference basketball this season. The
foursome included the only record-setter for
the year-Kansas' Bud Stall worth.
Stallworth, the most prolific outside scorer
in Big Eight history, locked up the league's
scoring title for conference games with his
record-setting 50-point outburst against
Missouri. He finished his final season with a
275 average for the 1 4 games.
Jura, the Huskers' 6-10 center, finished
second in the scoring race with a 21 & average.
In addition, he survived one cf two last minute
charges by Missouri's John Brown to take the
rebounding trtle with an 1 1 .4 average.
Brown, however, caught the Husker senior in
field-goal proficiency, finishing with a 54.5
percentage, compared with Jura's 54.3 per cent
average. Jura finished his career with a 53.4 per
cent field-goal average for all his conference
games, just under the league's mark.
Oklahoma's John Yule slipped past Missouri's
Greg Flaker for honors in free throw
shooting. Yule finished his last year with an
86.7 per cent average, compared with F laker's
Nebraska, won the team field-goal shooting
title by finishing with a 47.8 percentage, well
off its record 50.5 mark set last year.
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7 :00 JL, .
Sharpe sees prom isi ng
year for unique team
You can't compare the Nebraska baseball team with the
Pittsburgh Pirates or the Baltimore Orioles, but the Huskers
are still pretty unique. In fact, they might be in a class by
themselves. l . . .
For example, the Huskers can't play on their own baseball
field yet. Tony Sharpe, in his 26th year as Husker coach, has
his own son playing second base and is looking for his 300th
career win. The team's top hitter is a pitcher. Tne shortstop is
one of the team's power hitters. And the first baseman
resembles a basketball center with his height of 6-8.
Although the Huskers last season finished 10-20 overall and
wound up 7-13 in the Big Eight for seventh place, an
encouraging fact for 1972 is that Sharpe lost only two
lettermen off last season's squad. The coach predicts a good
year for the Huskers if everything goes right.
So far everything has gone right for the Huskers.
'The weather has really been kind to us for so early in the
season," Sharpe said. 'Thanks to the City of Lincoln and the
American Legion Club, we've been able to have five
intra-squad games out at Sherman Field this year. With the
good weather and the intra-squad games, we're ahead in all
phases of the game compared to last year. I'm very pleased
with the team's performance so far."
The Huskers' baseball diamond is being relocated because
of the site of the new outdoor track. Sharpe is hopeful that
the new field will be completed in time for Nebraska's first
home conference game against Kansas on April 7.
The Huskers' pitching duties this season will be performed
mostly by returning lettermen Ryan Kurosaki, Glen Gilmore,
Bruce Cramer and Gene Stohs. "Ryan (Kurosaki) was one of
the top conference pitchers last year as a freshman. I'm hoping
he will be even better this year." Sharpe said.
Kurosaki, a right-hander from Honolulu,, had the best earned
run average on the team (2.7) while posting a 4-3 record. Only
Cramer's 3-2 mark was better.
The Huskers' starting infield will be made up of Jim Smith
at third base, Steve Achelpohl at shortstop, Sam Sharpe (the
coach's 20-year old son) at second base and 6-8 Peter Bethell
at first base.
The elder Sharpe said he will use Bob Munson. Nick Oean,
Rich Sanger (the football player) and Stohs in the outfield.
"Stohs when he isnt pitching for us will be playing the
outfield," Sharpe said. "The last two summers, Stohs was one
of the outstanding players in the summer college league. Many
pro teams are scouting him." Stohs last season led the Huskers
in hitting with a .339 average.
"Over-all our batting is pretty good," Sharpe said. "At this
early stage, everybody is hitting pretty well. Defensively, the
fielding is coming along very well. We're pleased with the
progress, but there is still room for improvement."
The Huskers will start their 1972 season on the road in
Oklahoma with a four-game series starting Wednesday against
Oral Roberts University. Nebraska's first 13 games will be on
the road before returning home April 3 to free South Dakota
Sharpe predicts Iowa State (two-time defending Big Eight
champion) will be the team to beat in the conference race this
"But if this year is typical of past years in the Big Eight,
only one game can separate the first place team from four or
five other ball clubs," he noted. "Besides talent you need a lot
of luck to have a good season in the Big Eight.
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