This is one of the first teams in awhile that
didnít have a winning record. We went 10-10 in the regular season and
then lost both games in district to end our season. But we did beat
west twice and that counts for something! We only had one player back
from the previous year with any real experience and that was Greg
Farrar. We gave up over 100 points twice. The other coaches didnít
seem to have any problems with a 100 and this year our defense didnít
either. We averaged 67 points/game but we gave up 71.5 points/game.
This is the first year since the early 60ís that our opponents outscored
This was a very difficult team to coach but on the
same hand they were a fun team to coach. Okay you get beat but they
played as good as they could play and I appreciated that. They tried
hard and that is all you can ask.
The starters were Don Dickens, Jim Thornburgh,
Rick Seggar, Greg Farrar and Tom Deichert. All of them but Tom Deichert
averaged in double figures. The rest of the team included juniors Jerry
Belinski, Scott Brittain, Ian Gilyeat, Todd Mass, Ken Plowman, Joe
Walthall and senior Fred Walker.
It is surprising that I donít ever remember Seggar
making that many points but he did. He probably put up enough shots.
He liked to shoot but he didnít like to rebound.
Farrar could hit the basket, I mean he was a good
shooter and he would get his points.
One of the real good guys was Fred Walker. I
really liked him. He was not real well coordinated but he was tall and
he worked harder than hard.
Don Dickens was a great guy and was no problem to
coach. He could jump and he could run but he was not real strong. He
loved the game and he was always in the gym.
Jim Thornburgh was the leading scorer on this
team. He was a good shooter but not a lot of foot speed. He was our
center, but we really didnít play a typical post man; we would just
break a guy across from the forward position.
Walthall was a good player but not well all the
time. We brought Renzo up from the junior varsity when Joe couldnít
play. Renzo was more of a football player than basketball player and
boy he could knock somebody down.
One game that stands out this year was the game at
South. One of their kids went up for a dunk and one of our kids ran
underneath and the south kid grabbed the rim, slipped over backwards and
came right down on his head and boy we thought he was dead. I mean I
thought Oh God!. So they shortened the half and we went into the locker
room and my kids were just thunderstruck. We went back out for the
second half and we got whopped; there was no doubt about it. At the end
of the game I looked over at their bench and there was this kid; he had
come back into the gym not too long after halftime. The ambulance had
got him somewhere out towards Burley and he was fine and so they brought
him back and heís sitting on the bench. Our kids didnít know it. They
thought this kid had been injured real bad. We might as well have gone
home at halftime; we didnít have a chance. Final score was 105-70.