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January 16, 1976
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rooking Wildcat winning streak
By Jim Hunt
If UNL's basketball team can win its Big 8 Conference
season opener against Kansas State University (KSU) in
Manhattan Saturday, it will break the Wildcat's 18 home
game winning streak.
"Kansas State is excellent at home and we will have to
play pne of our best games to win," UNL head coach Joe
Cipriano scouted KSU at the Big 8 preseason tourna
ment, when the Wildcats took third, and each team
member shot over 50 per cent.
Guards Chuckie Williams and Mike Evans lead KSU.
Williams, a 6 ft. 3 in. All-Big 8 selection last year as a
junior, will enter the game with a 22.9 scoring average.
Evans, a 6 ft. 1 in. sophomore, is averaging 15 points a
Gym team expects
contest for second
By Susie Reitz
The UNL women's gymnastics team is expected to be
a close contender for second place with South Dakota
State University (SDSU) at the SDSU four-team meet
Saturday, UNL coach Karen Balke said.
Grandview College of Iowa, which scored 99 points in
its season opener, is expected to take first, she said, but
UNL's 10-member team could score close to the top.
Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S J), also will compete.
'This is the best team I've had-they work well under
pressure and compete well," she said.
Evidence of the team's ability is the school record of
87.31 points scored to win the Emporia (Kan.) State
College meet in December. In that meet, UNL beat
Central Missouri State University (CMSU) for the first
time, Balke said. CMSU had 77.42 points, Emporia
State 73.1 1 and Wichita State University 61 .41 .
UNL took the meet's top three places in vaulting and
the balance beam.
Barb Baker, a freshman criminal justice major from
Omaha, won both events and the all-around competition.
In the uneven parallel bars, Kathi Ruddick, a sophomore x
nursing major from Omaha, placed first. (
Other top Husker finishers include: Vaulting -Mary
Scott, Omaha freshman studying elementary education,
finished second and Cindy Anderson, an Omaha freshman
German major, third; balance beam-Carol Lundeen,
Holdrege junior studying nursing, finished second and
Sophomore athletic training major Sandy Czeplewski
of Grand Island injured an ankle in the meet, but will
be ready to compete Saturday, Balke said.
On the front line, the Wildcats have 6 ft. 10 in. center
Carl Gerlach, 6 ft. 5 in. forward Darryl Winston and
6 ft. 6 in. forward Bobby Noland.
Gerlach, a three-year letterman, is averaging 10.8
points a game and leads the team's rebounding with an 8.9
per game average. Winston is averaging 12 points a game.
Larry Dassie, a 6 ft. 5 in. junior college transfer from
Dodge City Community College, is averaging five points
per game as a substitute forward.
"Most of their shooting comes from their guards,"
Cipriano said. "They are a good jumping team with
Winston, and Gerlach is much improved over last year."
Cipriano said KSU plays a zone defense but occasional
ly presses man-to-man.
The Huskers enter the game with a 9-4 record, winning
their last four games and eight of their last nine. Not
since the 1965 record of 8-2, have the Huskers entered the
Big 8 season with such a good start.
Two-time All-Big 8 guard Jerry Fort and center Larry
Cox lead the Huskers. Fort, a 6 ft. 3 in. senior from
Chicago, is averaging 18.6 points a game. Cox, a 6 ft. 6 in.
senior from Denver, averages 14.1 points a game and ranks
among the nation's top shooters, hitting 70 per cent of his
shots. Cox also is UNL's leading rebounder, averaging 6 5
a game. , .
Other Husker starters are: Bob Siegel, a 6 ft. 7 in.
junior forward from Fairbury, who averages 9.8 points a
game; Allen Holder, a 6 ft. 3 in. forward from Las Vegas,
averaging 6.2 points; and Steve Willis, a 5 ft. 11 in. guard
from Indianapolis, averaging 62.
Impressive at tournament
"UNL, I thought, was very impressive at the Big 8
tournament," said Kansas State head coach Jack Hartman.
"They are playing outstanding defense and arc getting
good scoring from their front-line people."
The Wildcats lead the series between the two schools,
81-59. The teams met three times last year with Kansas
State winning two, 80-63 at the Big 8 tournament and
65-64 at Manhattan. The Huskers took a 74-61 win in
UNL had the last win over KSU in Manhattan in a
1974 58-54 victory. The Wildcats have compiled a 236
45 record in Aheam Fieldhouse since its opening in 1950.
. The Manhattan clash will be the Big 8 Game of the
Week. The telecast starts at 1 pjn. with tipoff at 1:10
pjn. on KM TV, Channel 3. Radio broadcast of the game
may be heard on KFOR, KLIN and KFAB.
Other Big 8 games Saturday send Kansas to Missouri
Iowa State to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to Colorado
Wrestlers face Missouri Saturday
By Pete Wegman
Although the Big 8 Conference wrestling champion
ships are more than a month away, UNL's wrestling squad
may determine Saturday night how it finishes in the six
Iowa State University (ISU), Oklahoma State Univer
sity (OSU) and Oklahoma University (OU) appear to have
clinched the top three positions-(all three are rated in the
nation's top ten)-with Missouri and Nebraska battling for '
the fourth position.
Missouri University's (MU) Tigers, honorable mention
in the Amateur Wrestling News ratings, will face UNL in
the Coliseum at 7:30 pjn. Saturday.
"It's a toss-up right now between us and them," said
UNL coach Orval Borgialli.
"Missouri might have a little better athletes, but our
kids have a tremendous mental attitude. Psyche is about
80 per cent of wrestling, and I think we're psychologically
The Huskers have not wrestled since a loss to second
ranked ISU Dec. 13 in Ames. The month layoff should
help the Huskers, Borgialli said.
"Mark Borer, Tony Jennings and Bruce Conger all
healed up a little bit and the biggest share of the team got
in two-a-day practices last week," Borgialli said.
Borer is a 167-lb. senior from Albion majoring in
business administration. Jennings, a 142-lb. senior, is
business administration and physical education' major
from Corning, Iowa. Heavyweight Conger is a Teacher's
College junior from Law Vegas.
Nebraska, with a win over Drake and losses to Iowa
State and Air Force, has a 1-2 dual meet record. MlTs
record is 5-1 , after losing to ISU.
The big match in Saturday's contest pits Jennings
against MU's Tim Vogel in the 142-lb. weight class.
Jennings, undefeated in dual meets last season, has con
tinued his string this year. Vogel has a season mark of
1 8-4, tops on the Tiger squad.
"Jennings beat him a couple of times. Hell do it again
Saturday," Borgialli said. "Tough Tony (a. nickname
given Jennings by his teammates) isn't going to let Vogel
get to him."
Last year the Huskers, fourth in the Big 8 ahead of
fifth-place Missouri, beat the Tigers 21-16 in Columbia.
Faulty flooring delays use
of the new basketball court
By Larry Stunkel
Don't hold your breath waiting for the UNL basket
ball team to play its first game in the new sports complex.
It may be a while.
The basketball area isn't that far from completion. In
fact, it had been hoped the Huskers would play their first
game in the new building Jan. 21. The seating, wiring,
plumbing and entrances in the building now are near
completion. But the basketball court is not ready.
It seems that last November when the floor was about
to be laid, the sub-flooring (the series of boards and other
materials that provide the main foundation for the actual
playing surface) failed inspection and had to be returned.
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By the time the new materials arrived, the man who
was supposed to lay the floor had another job.
Once the man arrives, it still will take four to six weeks
to lay the court. Then the floor will have to be marked,
sealed and polished before play can begin.
More optimistic UNL officials set the coliseum comple
tion date in time for the State High School Basketball
Tournament in March.
The remaining parts of the structure (indoor track,
swimming pool, wrestling room and locker rooms) are
expected to be completed by January 1977-two years
behind the original completion date of January 1975.
Hvtksr foctbi'J CO?.ch Tow O'bor" 'nd snma nice
guy points when he said he would not accept a $3,000
spius salary increase recommended by UNL Athletic
Director Bob Dcvaney, prompting the NU Board of
Regents at its last meeting to vote down the extraordinary
merit salary raises for the coaching staff.
A story in the Jan. 10 Omaha World-Herald indicated
Osborne made the decision with respect to the salary
situation of the rest of the UNL faculty. However,
Osborne and his staff did receive the five per cent plus
$480 approved by the regents last fall.
Despite the raise, Osborne still ranks fifth compared
with salaries of other Big 8 Conference football coaches.
Before the raise he ranked seventh, even though his teams
have been first and second in the Big 8 standings.
It's tough to feel sorry for someone who makes more
than $30,000 annually as Osborne does, but remember
that he is recognized by his fellow coaches as one of the
nation s best.
Each of his teams has finished in the nation's top ten,
and all have made bowl appearances.
However, the new football couch
versity (a team that has only won two games in two years), 1
will be paid about $37,000. A quick check of the average
salaries anions the nation.
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