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After delay, Fort's 'touch'
arrives at near-perfection
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Husker senior guard Jerry Fort
By Jim Hunt
Editor's note: Each Wednesday this column will
cite a Husker athlete for his or her performance the pre
vious week. The sports editors will select each athlete of
the week from coaches' nominations.
Sometimes Husker guard Jerry Fort takes awhile to
perfect his shooting touch. But after his 28oint per
formance in UNL's 69-68 win over South Carolina last
Tuesday, it appears that touch is here to stay.
In the game against the Gamecocks, Fort hit 10 of 14
shots from the field while converting eight of 11 free
"The South Carolina game was probably Jerry's best
shooting game of the year," said Husker head basket
ball coach Joe Cipriano. "He was more selective in the
shots he took, and I think the team, as a whole, was able
to find the open man better."
Fort, a senior from Chicago, also collected five re
bounds and four assists against the Gamecocks.
He said he thought the South Carolina game and the
games in the Roadrunner Invitational at Las Cruces, N.M.,
were his best this season. The Huskers won the Roadrun
ner, and Fort was named the tournament's Most Valuable
Fort's 28 points against South Carolina tied his season
high, which he set against Oklahoma State in the Big 8
Conference pre-season tournament.
Still, Fort has been plagued with shooting problems
this year, hitting 94 of 214 shots for a .439 percentage.
"I can't put my finger on any one thing," said the two
time All-Big 8 selection. "I might be thinking about my
shooting a little too much, and it is getting me down a
little. I have to just take my time and be patient." -
Fort is UNL's all-time leading scorer with 1,61 1 points
and holds every school freshman, sophomore and junior
"I start to get hotter around the start of the Big 8
season," Fort said. "I think it's because I have played
more games and am in better condition.
"I have a feeling it's going to happen again this year,"
Fort said he thinks the victory over South Carolina will
give the team some momentum going into the Big 8
The Huskers, 9-4 on the season including eight victories
in their last nine games, open their Big 8 season Saturday
at Kansas State.
The other athlete-of-the-week nomination was
women's basketball player Darcy Williamson. The fresh
man from Arapahoe scored a season-high 27 points as
UNL beat Southwest Missouri State, 74-63, to take third
place in the Northwest Missouri State Invitational.
Olympic's telecasts cursed
with Curt Gawdy's banter
By Jim Zalewski
This weekly column will be slightly different than
previous Daily Nebraskan sports columns. I will examine
issues affecting UNL athletics, along with, sometimes
lightheartedly, national sporting events and issues.
The forthcoming Olympic Games encompass more
than national interest. Millions will tune in to ABC's
Olympic telecasts. The trouble is, viewers have been curs
ed with a fate worse than death. Curt Gowdy has been
"borrowed" from NBC Sports to assist in the Olympic
And now Roone Arledge, apparently suffering from ex-
Intramural cagers expecting 'fowls'
By Scott Jones
Cockfights may be illegal in most places, but not in
UNL men's intramural basketball games where the Early
birds appear destined to scrap with the Thunderchickens.
Hay began Tuesday with 278 teams competing in the
fraternity, dormitory and independent divisions.
The Earlybirds are really the 1641 intramural team.
They earned their nickname and established themselves
as favorites by winning the basketball marathon or
Earlybiid tournament, a preseason intramural meet,
The 1641 co-recreational basketball team also won the
preseason marathon tournament.
Five intramural titles went to 1641 last year in
addition to the win over the Thunderchickens in the
marathon finals. This year, 1641 may be better, said team
captain Bob Matthews, a law student from Omaha.
Three of five 1641 starters return including the top
two scorers, Matthews and Steve Lefier, another Omaha
law student, Senior Stu Nelson, an all-state high school
player from Garden City, Kan., scored 25 points in the
marathon finals and has been added to make 1641 even
stronger, Matthews said.
Although 1641 was the leading men's intramural team
last year, its chief competition often came from the rival
'They beat us this year and won flag football,"
Matthews said. "Last year we beat them by one point (for
the football title), so we've had quite a rivalry going on,"
Matthews, a member of Creighton Prep's state
championship basketball team in 1969, said the Thunder
chickens also were 1641's toughest basketball opponent
Men's intramural teams will play Monday and
Thursday at the Men's P.E. Bldg. and Sundays at the
Women's P.E. Bldg. Games will be from 5:40 p.m. to
Intramural coordinator Gale Wiedow said he needs
more game officials. They are paid $2.20 per game.
He also said entries for men's paddleball doubles are
due Jan. 21 and entries for women's basketball and co
recreational volleyball are due Jan. 28.
haust fume inhalation at Ontario Motor Speedway, has
hired the master of the cliche'. It's like letting the Hinden
burg pilot test-drive the Goodyear blimp.
For those not familiar with the wit of Curt Gowdy, the
following quiz will lend insight.
Scoring: 9-10. ..the Cincinnati Reds sexually ex
cite you, too. Eight right . . . you know that Curt 1st from
Wyoming. Seven or less. . . you dont even know what a
trout is, much less enjoy fishing for them, as Curt fre
1. What is George Scott's nickname for his 14-year-old
2. Curt calls him "the best player in baseball today."
3. About every third tackle he makes, Goody reminds
you that the lineman is a former NCAA wrestling champ.
Who is he?
4. What trade "worked out well for both teams," in
volving the Chicago Cubs and the Okland A's?
5. Any Detroit baseball game calls for a mandatory
camera shot of a center field lighttower on the roof. Why?
6. Tabbed by Gowdy as "the strongest man in football
from the waist up," who was considering retirement?
7. In Detroit again. A Tiger comes to the plate, follow
ed by the inevitable camera close-up of his neck. Who is
8. Who . "plays the shallowest center field because he
can go back on the ball so well?"
9. Curt calls him "probably the best athlete on the
Miami Dolphins squad." Name him.
' 10. A baseball pitcher who was bom in Montana "and
he doesn't even go fishing and hunting. I can't believe it."
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