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SPORTS/2 rages ATHLETIC SHORTS ' Area events BOYS BASKETBALL Class A Sub-State Final Saturday, March 4 At Denlson: 7:00 Elk Hom-Kimballton vs Hinton e . Class 1A Sub-State Final Saturday, March 4 At Harlan: 7:00 Coon Rapids-Bayard vs Maple Valley (lplon) Class 3A Sub-State Final Monday, March 6 At DM Hoover or WDM Valley: 7:00 Harlan Community vs WDM Valley or Ur- bandale GIRLS BASKETBALL State Tournament Pairings Six-Player Tue., March 7:1:00 South Tarna (20- 2) vs Coon Rapids-Bayard (230); 2:30 Td-Center (20-3) w Ankeny (22-1); 6:30 Spirit Lake (17-5) vs Colo-HESCO (22-3); 8:00 Elk Horn-Kimballtun (25- O) vs Hertley-Melvin-Sanborn (22-1} Wed., Maruch 8:1:00 St. /sgar (19-3) vs Boone (15-7); 2:30 Buffalo Cen- ter-Rake-Lakota (22-1) vs Atlantic (21-1); 6:30 Moravia (22-1) vs Ventura (25-0); 8:00 Midland (Wyoming) (21-2) vs West Central (Maynard) (24-0) Thu., March 9:1.'00 South Tama- CRB winner vs TC-Ankeny wlnner; 2:30 Spirit Lake-Colo vdnner vs EHK- HMS winner; 6:30 St. Anssaf-Boone winner vs BCRL-Atlantic winner; 8:00 Moravia-Ventura winner vs Midland-West Central winner Fd., Momch 10. 7:00 Thursday af- ternoon winners; 8:30 Thursday evening winners Sat., March 11:1:30 Consolation game; 8:00 Championship game S-T, Walnut athletic banquets to be March 6 SHELBY- Shelby-Tennant and Walnut will both have their annual athletic banquets honoring the winter sports' teams on Mon- day, March 6. S-T's will be in the S-T lunch- room at 6:30 p.m. Athletes in bas- ketball, wresting, track and cross country will be honored. A potluck supper will be held. Walnut will also have a potluck supper for their banquet which begins at 6:30 p.m. the same day. Lisa Kenkel scores 18 in win MARYVILLE, MO - Ear- ling's Lisa Kenkel scored a season- high 18 points her team, Northwest Missouri State, beat Lincoln Uni- versity 79-64 last Saturday. Kenkel was 10 of 14 from the free throw line and 4 of 9 from the field in the contest. She also had eight re- bounds. In a game earlier last week, Kenkel had 11 points and eight rebounds in a 74-50 loss to Rolia, Missouri. NWMSU has a 14-13 overall record and an 8-6 mark in their conference. Table tennis tourney slated The Harlan Parks and Recrea- tion Department will hold a table tennis tournament on Saturday, April 1, at Vet's Auditorium. The tournament is open to any inter- ested participants with a sign-up deadline of Wednesday, March 22. There will be competition in singles and doubles with dmes and divisions to be determined based on number of entries. There is an entry fee of $3 per person. For more information or to en- ter, contact the Harlan City Hall at 755-5137. Entrants need rot be members of the city league. Jensen leads Drake twice DES MOINES - In two recent Drake Women's victories, Jan Jensen of Kimballton was the lead- ing rebounder and scorer. In a 52- 51 win over Bradley Feb. 23, Jensen had 19 points and 11 re- bounds. A 97-73 victory over Western Illinois saw Jensen collect 22 points and nine rebounds. Drake is 16-9 overall and 11-5 in the Gateway Conference, good for third place. HCHS graduates help USD to record season VERMILLION, SD- Jeff Rau and Greg Lansing, both Harlan Community High School grads, are part of the University of South Dakota Coyote men's basketball team that has already set six season records. Ran is a sophomore starter for USD while Lansing is a junior reserve. The season records set already include points scored (2,481), as- sists (546), field goals made (906), shooting percentage (.493), 3-point field goals (171) and free throw percentage (.753). Sec. A Hadan IA, Sat. morn. Defense goes hand-in-hand with offense- Lady Danes favored to win state ti ELK HORN - How important is of- fense to the Elk Hom-Kimballton Lady Danes? It's easy to see that it's a big part of their style of basketball when you look at the statistics. They set a state record with an offensive average of 108.5 points per game, topping their own mark of 102 set last season. They are the only high school team to average more than 100 points in a season. In 25 games this year, they have topped the century mark 18 times and have been held below 90 just three times. They also set a single-game scoring mark with 150 points during the regular season. But even more telling is the way the EH-K girls play defense. The defensive scheme has a lot to do with the way Coach Rod Hoegh likes to play offense. "I'd prefer to play aggressive defense because it goes well with a free-wheeling type of offense," he said. "Of course, you have to have the material to do that with. I've never had a tall "lanky guard, other than LaJean (Fajen) this year. We've always had shorter, quicker guards." Two of the best in Southwest Iowa at playing an aggressive defense are senior Steph Farley and junior Michelle Jensen. They both play like whirlwinds on the basketball court. Jensen is among the lead- ers in the state in steals with 5.8 per game while Farley isn't far behind at 4.8. Guards Angie Hansen and Jennifer Nelson are cut in the same mold but fresh- man LaJean Fajen is a totally different defensive player. At 6'2", she's a formi- dable sight under the bucket and averages 3.5 blocked shots per game. One of the questions most posed to Hoegh about Fajen is her future as a Lady Dane. Will she be a guard or forward? "A lot depends on LaJean," said Hoegh. "It naturally takes a lot more work to be a forward. If she wants to play there she'll have to put a lot of time in. I have a feeling she'll probably be a forward some- time in the future." The Lady Dane defense gained a a lot of respect this season, something they didn't always have a year ago. Off-season work paid off on that end of the court as well. "We played in a lot more team camps last summer," said Hoegh. "That doesn't discriminate as much against the guard court." But as good as the guard court has become, it' s still the offense that carries the brunt of state and national publicity for the Lady Danes. Two of their forwards - Shan- non Kite and Stacey Ingerslev - have al- ready been featured in Sports Illustrated this winter. It won't be surprising if the third - Dawn Hoegh - finds herself garner- ing that kind of attention next season. She probably deserves it this year. There is no way a defense can cover all three Lady Danes constantly. Hoegh and Ingerslev roam almost exclusively outside the 3-point line while all-stater Shannon Kite patrols the baseline. If an opponent double teams one of the girls, that leaves another open and that's the opening the EH-K girls find better than any team in the state. If the opponent tries to go one-on- one with the trio.., well, that's an even bigger mistake. Making them even dead- lier is that all three are close friends arid Members of the Elk Hom-Ktmballton Lady Dane basketball team this winter included, front, from left: Stephanie Farley, Jennifer Nelson, Angie Hansen, Shan- non Kite, Stacey lngerslev, Stacy Doonan; Middle: Jodl Fabian, Alissa Johnson, Michelle densen, Dawn: Hoegh, Susan Sand, Danielle Hoegh; Back: Shandy Mikkelsen, Brooke Christofferson, Ladean Fajen, Coach Rod Hoegh, Chrlstiana Jensen, Mindy Christensen, Natasha Vlahovic; Missing: Bobbi Jo Niklasen. players that have little interest in individ- ualattention. Kite leads the team with a 59.0 average while Hoegh and Ingerslev are both around the 20-point mark. Although Kite plays with her back to the basket most of the time as a post player, she's capable of popping the outside shot, too. Her eight 3-point goals pale in comparison to Hoegh's 116 and Ingerslev's 109 though. Still, Coach Hoegh was surprised the way the team has scored points this year. "I knew that all three were a lot better players this year but none of them played as much as they did last year." Surprisingly, no team has used a delay game against the Lady Danes this season. It's doubtful it would have worked anyway the way EH-K plays defense. "I was a little surprised that no one did it on us," said Hoegh. "But it has to be a team like Treynor that does it a lot so they can handle the situation. I also think that not many teams are willing to play that kind of basketball. It doesn't make it much fun for anybody." The EH-K girls won't have a breather in their first game next week. Hartley- Melvin-Sanborn may be the best Class 1A team the Lady Danes could face in the opening round. H-M-S wilt bringa 22-1 mark into the game and one of the best athletes in the state is their leading forward - Alissa Nonneman. Hoegh commented, "I don't think I'm looking past that first game. We've done that pretty much all season. We never look past anybody. "It's amazing the way kept up their intensity sidering the scores of some I was a little worried group of girls just This is the Lady Dane team. In 1967 Pocahontas in their second tri I a 59-57 decision to Farragut. q the Lady of the 1978 tournament. came in 1987 and the sc 64 and lost to Denison Now the pressure Lady Danes. The] 'experts' to EH-K'S ROAD TO STATE W - at Urbandale .,y) W- OrientJVbcksburg (RHC Tourney) W- at Orient-Macksburg W- at Shelby-Tennant .. W- Boone (Urbandale Tourney) W- Cumberland-Massena W- Woodward-Granger (Urbandale W - Manning W-at Anita .............. W- Exira W - at Bridgewater-Fontanelle W- Walnu W- Orient-Macksburg W- Shelby-Tennant ....... W - at Cumberiand-Massena W-at Anita ................. W- at Exira ............. W. Bridgewater-Fontanelle Sectiorml Tourney W - Walnut W- Manning Regional Tourney W- AvoHa ............................................ W- Ar-We-Va (Westside) W- Nishna Valley (Hastings] State Tourney ?- Halrtley-MeMn-Sanborn ....................... Field Goals :: Free Th M Nt:: Pct: :M .....:...173 312 :554 ..... 40 fr] fr).;...:...: 37 62 .597 12 Aiissa Johnson(5-9, So).. .......... 6 13 .462 0 0:000 112 ,.., ...... ,,.,.,.2 Team Total= ... .................. 1085 3-Point Goals: Dawn Hoegh 116 of 219 (.530); Stacey Ingerslev ( Jensen 14 of 31 (.452); Shannon Kite B of i6 (.500); Daelle HghOOf 2:(.); 456 (,54!) ...... ::: ......... 126 ::5 33 1. JenniferNelson (55; sr) Mindy ChriStensen (5-L SO)... 2. :.. ................................... Brooke Christofferson (5-9, fr) ......................................... 5:0.8 Jodi Fabian (5-8. fr]; ...........................  ............................ 6 L2 1 0:2 Alissa Johnson (5-9. so) .................................................. 4 :0.7 2 0.3 Stacy Doonan (5-7, sr) .............................. Team Total=. ...... Trojanettes are in 5th straight state tourney - Tri-Center girls get tough draw- in the regular season. "I really wanted to keep those forwards (Karen Jennings, Lisa Casson, Candy Barrier) together because they play so well together," said Coach White. "But we plain couldn't stop LC from scoring. Right after the LC game I def'mitel3/decided to change." The switch was obviously greeted with mixed emotions. Barrier and Casson were happy to do anything for the good of the team while the other guards were unsurpr- isingly hesitant about losing their spots in the lineup. But the results were certainly positive. "It's made a big difference," said White. "The other guards now see how much easier our defense works with Candy and Lisa. We still haven'tplayed a full four quarters of basketball. If we do we can beat anybody." Barrier and Casson have made an aver- age defense into a good one. They are the leading rebounders in the guard court now and Barrier also tops the team in steals. Getting most of the playing time at the third guard spot are Mindy Schafer and Natalie Hitchcock. Schafer is more of a rebounding guard and Hitchcock a pres- sure guard. The Trojanettes have won 10 consecu- tive games since the big switch, including four in post-season tournament play. There was a time during the regular season when there were a lot of doubters about T-C's chances of gaining a fifth straight state tournament berth. The Trojanettes were not among those people. Although no team can win with one person, there is likely no team that relies on one person as much as the Trojanettes. That person is 6'3" senior Karen Jennings. S he may be the best basketball player in the state of Iowa this season. NEOLA - Mark January 21 on your calendar as the day the season was made for the Tri-Center Trojanettes. It's ironic that the Trojanettes may not have been a state tournament qualifier had it not been for a game played and lost that night on their home court. The opponent was CB Lewis Central and the final score was 79-72 in favor of the visiting Ti- tanettes. The loss, and more importantly, the way the T-C girls lost was enough to prompt Coach Gary White to make a dra- matic change in his lineup. Thatchange involved taking two senior forwards that had played for more than 1- 1/2 seasons and putting them in the guard court to beef up the defense. At the same time, a quartet of youngsters - three sopho- mores and a junior - would take over the open spots in the forward court. It's a restructuring that few coaches would have considered with just six games remaining Jennings, headed for the University of Nebraska next fall to play basketball, leads the state with a 59.6 scoring average. And she's doing it with two and sometimes three guards hounding her. White commented, "She's the best I've coached. I've had some good ones but Karen's height makes her that much better. It's great the way she's handled the pres- sure." Jennings is far from a post forward. Although she can and does post up often, she's more comfortable moving about the court. The 15-foot jump shot comes as easily as the spinning layup. She shoots 70% from the field and 76% from the free throw line. Jennings' partners in the offense are varied. Junior Tonya Matthews is very adept at shooting the 15-foot shot. Katie Leaders is a strong rebounder and good baseline player. Sarah Brich and Angie Corrin are top notch passers. Those four give Coach White a lot of options and he uses all of them. The road to the state tournament wasn't easy for T-C this season. They struggled four times against the Treynor 'delay' game and split in those four games. The tournament trail was no breather as they had to battle in all four post-season games. But that's behind them. Now they are hoping to remedy a situation that has plagued them the past four seasons - losing their opener at the state tournament. "The only chance we have of correcting our record down there (state tourney) is to roj, get there," said White. "we're doing well at state if we play four quarters. We didn't get a pairings. We never have face the best when you're Ankeny poses a tou janettes. They play a an average just over 40 They are also patient on very good size. Ankeny sports t ord. Tri-Center at 2:30 p.m. in Vet's Moines on Tuesday to the quarterfinal game p.m. against the winner Tama and Coon TRI-CENTER'S W - at AvoHa ....... . ...... L- Treynor ............................... W - Logan-Magnolia W- at Missouri Valley W- Griswold W- at Malvern ......... W - Oakland .............................................. W - at Underwood W- AvoHa 0HIC Tourney) ........................... W- Treynor 0NIC Tourney] W-AvoHa .............. L- at Treynor ........................... L- CB Lewis Central W- Missoun Valley ................................ ,e W- at Griswold ...... W- at Oakland W- at Carroll Kuemper .............................. W- Underwood W- Woodbine ............. kctioMI Tourney W. Treynor ............................... Regional Tourney W- Dow City-Arion W- Maple Valley (Mapleton) State Tourney ?- Ankeny L jr)::.i:i::29 64:453 : : 5: so),,.:....;:.i!43 1 161 .705 l &Point Goal=: Tonya Matthews 2 of 6 (.33); Angle Corrin 2of11 The Tri-Center Trojanettes this winter include, front, from left: Sarah Bflch, Mellssa Matthews, Terri Schuett, Natalie Hltchcock, Brenda Green, Mindy Schafer, Candy Barrier; Back: Asst. Coach Pat Dalton, Diana Rieber, Angle Con'in, Katie l.eaclet:s, Karen Jennlngs, Lisa Casson, doanne Ring, Tonya Matthews, Coach Gary White. The T-C girls areln the fifth straight state tournament. i MadaO!son (5-6, sr).,. ,. ,,.,, .l I : : ::i :