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THE By Benny Rogers The fat lady has sung. The opera is OVer. The Fairfield Eagles blasted the Tigers 60-27 in Fairfield Friday night to capture the ISAAA crown and bring the Tigers' successful season to a dieap- pointing hMt. Despite a 1-3 second round mark going into the Fairfield tilt the Tigers still had an opportunity to force a mini- tem'nament to determine the district's winner. The Tigers and Eagles shared the first round title with 4-I ledgers and a Tiger win over the Eagles, coupled with a Crockett win over Rusk, would may have set a record for the most MHS campus, but not before this corner number of technical fouls during the has the opportunity to thank them for warm-up period. On several occasions their efforts and display of svortsman- they were fined for their dunking an- ship during this season. Often the group thtmlasm and hanging on the rim. Who could ever forget the stunning upsets of Canton and Browusboro or Richard Blair's career-high 38 points against Toague in the first round of loop play? These mark just a few of a book full of memories recorded by the Tigers during their 18 win season. While the season has reached its en- ding and plans are being made for the 1981-82 champaign, which shows all the had to play a supporting role to under- classmen Tarver and Blair, but their experience made the difference in some of the wins that could have been losses. Finally, let me plain and simply say thank you Curtis, Steve, Danny, Howard, Jerry and Sam for a job well donel 1 TRINIDAD TITLE TALK 1 had the privilege of covering the .Trinidad Trojans' battle with Mildred's 'Eagles for the District 43A title last Friday in Corsicans, which reminded me of what is sometimes lost in high school athletics at some of the bigger schools. Picture, if you will, Navarro College's Bulldog Gymnasium, which have made tl~mini-meet between the signs of being even more successful, it three clubs nec~mry, is time to say'bood-bye to senior Curtis With the loss the Tigers close the Ivey, Steve Wilson, Danny Driver, season with a 16-13 worimheet, which Howard Driver, Jerry Graves and Sam marl~ the most wins by a Tigers team Blair. since the championship season of 1969- In two short months the six will be 70, and an overall 5-5 18AAA standard, receiving diplomas and leaving the For Coach Willie Wilson and his crew the season put had two turning points. The first, and hrightest, occurred after the Christmas break as the Tigers issued a warning of things to come when they upset highly favored Brown. sboro in Tiger Gymnasium. ,, r,:~, The win over Brownsboro was followed by two Ioases~iteheuse and Big Sandy in the Va~ Tournament, which would be the last until the Tigers fell to Fairfield in their first round showdown. The winning streak, which would reach eight games before being snapped, began with a win over Mineola in the final game of the Van meet. 56-53 winning streak snapping loss to the Eagles in overtime was the second ~ point. The tough three point loss would later prove to be the decisive factor of the Tigers' season as the local cagers slipped to a 1-4 mark in the second round and fell from conten- tion with the recent defeat at the hands of the Eagles. The Tigers' lack of success in the second round should by no means over- shadow what was an overall successful and exciting year. It was a season of many highlights and unusual hap- penings. Looking back at a few of the memorable moments: Russell Tarver, in his junior year, established an all-time Tiger scoring mark with 927 career poin~,,'TT.ar,ver also notched another record, pom:(~'in 527 1960-81 points. Speaking of records, the Tigers just 1980-81 Tiger ~,~ ..... . TIGERS L.., Tigers ........... 47 C~nton ............... 65 W...Tillers ........... 57 Kemp ................ 54 W...Tigers ........... 55 Canton ............... 52 W...Tiprs ........... M Neehes .............. 51 L...T~ors ........... 45 W.,Tilu's ........... W,..Tilm ........... L... TiBer| ........... 46 L-. Tillers ........... 4O L... Tigers ........... 1 W..TiJe~ ........... N W..Tigm ........... 6O L..TIIers ........... 40 L,,.'rlsers ........... 40 W.,.Tigers ......... 00 W,. ,Tillers ......... 64 W,..Tlprs ......... u W...TIIers ......... 56 W..Tisers ......... ~m W. . Tiser~ ......... 40 W..,Tiprs ........... 81 W...TiJers ........... s3 L... Tigers ........... L.. T~m ........... 40 W..T~ ........... L... Tilers ........... L... Tigers ........... S9 L_.Tigm-s ........... ~7 Kerens .............. Westwood ............ 44 Mal~nk ............. 56 L~Poynor ............ 66 arownsboro .......... Frankston ........... 49 Mabank ............. 45 Brow~boro .......... 54 Whitehouse .......... 6o Big Sandy ............ Mtheok .............. 54 ClyUGI .............. 48 T.K Gorman ........ Cayup .............. sl Crockett ............ 32 Rusk ............... 32 Teague ............. 67 Wutwood ........... 44 .Fairfield ............ 56 Crockett ............ 57 Rusk ............... 45 'rusue ............. Wmtwond ........... 50 Fairfield ............ 60 a baby. seats around 2000. Then place two Class A schools battling for all the marbles and their fans inside and you have all the makings of a dull and uneventful evening. Right? Wrong l l I Even though the towns of Trinidad and Mildred are not very large their citizens turned out in full force to sup- port their teams. Despite being made to look sparse by the spacious confines of the Navarro gym both team's fans were loud and supportive of their players. I guess what I'm reaUE ~ettlng at is the overall unity displh~etf by, L fl~. Trojan fans, which carries over to th# team on the floor. I wish everyone of you could have been there when the Trojan cheerleaders did the anicent yell "two bits." When it came time for the final line, "all for the Trojans stand up and hollar," everyone did. That's really what it's all about. With thefr district title the Trojans earn the'right ~o 'meet District MA champion LaPoynor in bi-district ac- tion. The date, location and time of that } meeting was unavailable at the time of this writing. An interesting side-note to the LaPoynor.Trinidad match-up is that Trojan mentor Larry Cumby is a LaPoynor High School graduate. Things could get even more interesting should the bi-district match be played at Cardinal Gymnasium on the HCJC campus, where in all likelihood it will be played. Cumby also attended HCJC and played for Coach Leon Spencer in the famed gym. And who said that you can't go home again? Little Dribblers Players of the Week Each week, during the course of me current season, this corner will select the top performers in beth the boys and girls divisions of the Little Dribblers program. While there are no specific qualifications to grab the top spot, let me, for my own protection, state that the top scorers will not necessarily be the players of the week. The top players this past weekend were Grog Ashlock and Marci Ferroll. Grog, son of Coach and Mrs. Gary Ashiock, assaulted the nylons for 26 points in his team's season opening win. Marci, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ferrell, scored 19 of her team's 22 poin- tsina loss. Gaining honorable mention status for their efforts during the first week of play were: Grady Baker, Donnie Hedge, Willie Smith, Marcus Hor- nbuckle, Eric Clendenning, Bart Boasley, Rodney Slaton and Kim Mat- tingly. Little Dribbler action continues Saturday at Tiger Symnasium with an abbrieviated schedule, due to a conflict with the YMCA program. All games have ]~een rescheduled for a la[er,d~rt~, with the exception of Athens Muffler Shop vs. Athens "HUSSELL TARVER leaped high above the floor for this layup attempt. Tarver Cleaners& Laundry at 10:00, Citizens missed the shot and the Tigers missed their shot at a playoff spot as the Eagles State Bank vs. Mattingly Ranch at dropped Coach Willie Wilson's cagers 60-37. The win gave the Eagles the outright 11:00 and Lakeside Beauty vs. Old West 18AAA crown. (Staff photo by Chip Souza ) Stoakhouse at noon. open .|na two freebies from the charity stripe to put the Lady Birds up by 20, 47-27. But Daughtrey and Co. weren't By MIKE GUNSTANSON It was almost like taking candy from shot, giving the Lady Cards a 31-point lead at 87-56. The Lady Bucs' hit one more free s*a.m s~o~,t,~ The Henderson County Junior College through yet. Melton pulled down a throw and the game was over. The v~tr~etae~e~s Lady Cardinals could do no wrong and rebound and sent it back up and Lady Cards had captured an easy win '[ they sent the Blinn Lady Buccaneers through the nylons for two more points, and more importantly had gone one-up 19@1 . I LITTLE DRIBBLER STANDINGS! back to the Pirate ship with an 87-57 Then, with II seconds left on the clock, on the Lady Bucs in the best of three I 9-10 Girls thrashing in the first game of a three- Kaye Kiecke made a reverse layup to series. TEAM W game series that will decide who goes to give the Lady Cardinals a 51-29 half- The Lady Cardinals are now just 40 0 Overland Park, Ken. to compete in the time advantage, minutes away from a repeat trip to Mattlngly Ranch ............... I Citizens State Bank 0 1 National Junior College Athletic ............ Association National Tournament. 9-10 Boys Sunny GlennResort ........ ~ .... 1 0 The Lady Cards were lead by Athens Cleaners & Laundry .... 1 0 sophomore forward Lisa Daughtrey, Athens Muffler Shop ........... 0 1 who hammered in 14 points in each half T-Shirt Hut .................... 0 1 to become the game's high scorer with ll-12Glrls 28. This marks the. second time this Old West Steakhouse ........... 1 0 season that Daughtrey has done so. Jennifer Hollins opened the scoring Lakeside Beauty ............... 0 1 for the Lady Cards and put them out in 11-12 Boys front 6-1 after Daughtrey hit two free Gregory Tire Co ................ 1 o McKean Marine ................ 1 0 throws. The Malakoff News ............ 0 1 The Lady Redbirds breezed to a 22-11 TexasClay ..................... 0 1 lead with 11:28 left in the opening half Last Week's Results following Diane Stringer's only bucket Mattingly Ranch 26-Citizens State Bank of the night. Stringer re-injured a damaged ankle 22; Sunny Glenn Resort 33-Athens Muffler and had to be taken from the game Shop 22; following her bucket. Athens Cleaners & Laundry 32-T-Shirt Lola Reescano also ran the Lady Hut24; Bucs aground as she pumped in 12 of Old West Steakhouse 11.Lakeside her 14 points in the first half. Beauty 9; The Lady Cards never trailed Gregory Tire Co. 38-The Malakoff News throughout the game and at many 31; times led by as many as 20 points. With McKean Marine 26-Texas Clay7. 1:55 left ~ ~e half Melissa Melton hit For All Your 24 Hours A Day Needs Co, 676-6771 Athens 7 Days A Week 312 Underwood Street Athens, Texas We install and service complete gas systems Sell or Lease Propane Tanks * When the second half tipped off the Overland Park and that 40 minutes will Lady Cards picked up right where they be played Wednesday night at Blinn had left off and once again Daughtrey Junior College in Brenham at 7 : 30. led the floor show. Once more Hollins opened the scoring for the Henderson THE BOX County as she hit from the top of the key HCJC LADY CARDINALS with 19:46 left in the game. The Lady N~s~ w i~r PF TP Darlene Primeaux 2 0 0 4 Cards rattled off 12 points to the Lady Jennifer HolUns 3 0 1 6 BUCS' Six to dash the Lady Blinn's hopes ~da Seaman 2 0 0 4 of catching the runaway Redbirds. rata Bass 3 I 2 ? Debbie Sapp 2 0 5 4 Hollins finished the night with six Diane Stringler I 0 0 2 points, but she was instrumental in Lo~eee~cano s 2 2 14 getting the ball to Daughtrey and EmmerLott 3 0 4. 6 Mellssa Melton 3 2 1 8 Reescano so they could hit the easy KayeKiecke I 2 3 4 bucket. Daughtrey found an uncanny Lisa Daughtrey 11 6 ! ability to not miss the basket. She hit TOTALS 37 13 19 67 BMNN almost everything she put up and when NAS~ rG ~ PF TIP Coach Gary Ashlock pulled her with a Shelly Scale ] 1 4 3 little over two minutes remaining she Shor~ Goodman I 0 1 2 Lois Miles 4 2 5 I0 recieved an uproar of applause from Jaek/eSohrt 3 1 3 7 the fans. UsaSides ~ 3 o 5 Cindy Jones I 0 0 2 With 1:44 left in the game the Lady Yolanda~rlscoe S 0 ~ o Birds reached their biggest lead of the Debble Holland 2 0 0 4 contest when Darien Primeaux hit a Kay Schwartz 2 0 0 4 Derdse Fritz 8 0 I 12 short jump shot to put the Lady Cards DaniseNecker 1 0 ) 2 out in front, 81-55. Just 10 short seconds TOTAt~ ~ 7 ]7 s7 later the Lady Cards increased that margin by two more when Rite Bass hit a jump shot. With 47 seconds left the Penn State has twice had unbeaten HCJC Cardinals increased that lead streaks of 30 games or more in football. again as Primeaux dribbled behind her The Nittany Lions went 31 games back to elude the defender and then without losing from 1987 to 1970, and 30 passed off the Bass who sank an easy from 1919 to 1922. 102 E. Family Entertainment Play Area for Toddlers Video Games -- Pinball -- Pool Mitcham, Malakoff(in old Prescription Shoppe bldg.) Hours: Closed Sundays Mon..Thurs. 11:30-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30-1 p.m. and 3 p.m..12 Sat. 12 p.m..12 a.m. ......... r ~('i RICHARD BLAIR battled Fairfield's Bruce Bonner for the Tigers' season finale in Fairfield Friday. Fairfield blasted the local ca to eliminate the Tigers from playoff contention and give the Eagles crown. The Tigers closed the season with a 16-13 worksheet. (Staff S0uza) By CHIP SOUZA the close of the first FAIRFIELI)--The Malakoff Tigers' Griffin, who tossed in 23 Cinderella season came to a frnstrtKlng contest to lead all scorers close here Friday night as the Fairfield the streak. Eagles dashed off with the glass slipper Erasing any doubt about as well as the 18AAA District crown by endangered spemes, defeating the Tigers 60-37. literally and for all With the lash, the Tigers end their flew off with the contest at season with a record of 16-13, while The closest the Tigers would sporting a 5-5 18AAA mark. The Tigers the Eagles the rest of the and Eagles tied for the first round title points, 20-10 with 6:01 left in with 4-1 marks, but the Eagles came half. hack to sweep round two witha perfect Phenominal floor 5-0 reading and the right to advance ' Eagles point guard, Dave into the state playoffs for the second an awsome inside game consecutive year. and Bruce Banner led to The 16 wins the Tigers collected this destruction. Davlin season were the most by a Malakoff points, a majority team since the championship year in and beyond, while Griffin 1969-70. Included in the 16 wins was an combined for 34. eight game winning streak, which was The contest became a ultimately snapped by these same as the score began to mount Eagles in the round one flit. did bring some life hack Eagles sharp-shooter were at their counter with 5:51 left in finest in this contest. The Tigers opened period. Burning the Tigers up a quick 6-2 lead on field goals from zone press, Griffin took a Russell Tarver, Richard Blair and pass from Davlin and Carey Jackson at the 5:09 mark in the slam dunk over Blair for first period, cushion. The Eagles came hack in a flash, : Although the Tigers' tossing in 12 unanswered points to take history, the old cliche' a 16-6 lead they never relinquished at year could be true. The three top scorers in Tarver, A GIVEAWAY GAME Jackson. All in all, three PUEBLO, Colo. (AP)- Talk about a two lettermen will return in fast start, here is how Southern making next season what Colorado came out of the blocks against almost was. Western New Mexico. Southern kicked off and Western THE BOX fumbled after one play. Southern MALAKOFF scored. Southern kicked off and PLAYER FG FT Howard Driver ............ 0 I Western fumbled on the first play. R ussellTarver............ 3 1 Southern kicked a field goal. Danny Driver ............. I 0 Southern kicked off and Western Richard Blair............. 8 0 fumbled on the opening play. Southern Carey Jackson ............ 2 0 Curtis lvey ................ 1 0 went in for a touchdown. Western Sam Blair................. 0 1 fumbled on the next kickoff and JeryiJackson ............. 2 o Southern quickly socred another TOTALS ................. ~7 touchdown. FAIRFIELD Finally, Western had two plays AndrewVriffin............ 8 7 Bruce Bonner ............. 5 1 before it had a pass intercepted.Deve Daviin.............. 3 4 Southern scored again. At the end of 1O RonGabrlel............... 3 0 minutes, the score was 30-0. The final StoreWide ................ 4 0 was 39-7. Tom Whitson .............. 0 0 Willie McElroy ............ I 0 TOTALS ................. 24 12 Dan Pohl Was the 1980 PGA driving Score by Qoarters champion, averaging 274.3 yards off the Malakoff.............. 6 11 tee. Fairfield .............. 16 12 Final Tiger Statistics (After 29 Games) Total Season Field Free player Pelnts Average Goals Throws R. Tarver (29) ...... 527 18.1 225 77 R. Blair (29) ........ 388 13.3 176 36 D. Driver (29) ....... 115 3.9 52 I1 C. Jackson (29) ..... 103 3.5 45 13 S. Blair (27) .......... 96 3.5 37 21 J. Graves (25) ........ 76 3.0 30 16 H. Driver (29) ........ 70 2.4 30 10 C. lvey (29)..... ...... 51 1.7 29 9 S. Wilson (26) ........ 27 1.0 12 3 J. Jackson (20) ....... 11 0.5 4 3 Je. Jackson (3) ....... I0 3.3 4 2 T. Thomas (13) ....... I0 0.7 4 2 TOTALS ........... 1484 51.1 639 206 OPPS. TOTALS .... 1523 52.5 627 268 *Games played in parenthesis & STORAGi alent fm MAYFLOW[II Estim~ 214-1 Highway 31 ............................................................................................................................................................................................. //