The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, December 01, 1977, Page 9, Image 9

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jotball-- Cougar stars of the week
the season ending game against
hire Valley was center Wyatt Arm­
ton offense and defensively was
[Connell. He was named for his
inconsistency of play and for the
jlehe recovered.
uddy Patnode, the Cougar place
tr, punted for the first time this
mthe game. However, he was
id as the special teams player of
fek.
ithe game against Mt. Hood, Lucky
lardson was named the offensive
it of the week, Mark Leroy was
[isiveand Gary Hagen was named as
pecial teams player of the week.
iougar All-Stars-- Fullback Donny
if, defensive tackle Keith Perkins,
safety Mark Leroy and kickoff
m specialist Stu Gassoin have all
inamed to the Northwest Junior
ununity College Athletic Associa-
fiistteam all-star team for the 1977
H.
Kelly Britz left last Friday for Los
Angeles where he met the rest of the
Canadian team and will journey with
them to Australia. He will compete in
the
Australian-Canadian Games on
Dec. 2.
While in Australia the team will
train previous to the competition.
Britz will compete in the 800 meters
and has been preparing for the meet
for nearly two months.
The women's track team will start
their indoor season Jan. 28 at the Port­
land Invitational Indoor.
Practices
are held four days a week with dis­
tance runners also training on Saturday.
According to Coach Roger Smith
the women lift weights on three days
and run on two days with one day
overlap.
The gym will be open this Sunday
from 1 to 3 p.m. All equipment will
be checked out from the P.E. office.
For details contact Paul Fiskum at
Randall 291/237.
Basketball— Clackamas men's basket­
ball team started out their season win­
ing two games and dropping one.
The season opener was against Mult­
nomah School of The Bible on Nov.19
The Cougars won it 78—7$.
Clackamas beat Columbia Basin 92-
85 last Friday at home.
Their only loss was at the hands of
Walla Walla on Saturday who out-
scored them 102—73.
The Cougars play Concordia Friday
at 7:30 and Mt. Hood on Wednes­
day, also at 7:30. Both games will be
played at home.
The wrestling team lineup has not
been finalized but the team is practic­
ing and meets its first competition on
Dec. 3 at the Grays Harbor Invitational.
Depth on the team is good except
in the lower weights. Coach Rich Tay­
lor is hoping to build those weights by
recruiting people specifically for those
positions.
baches and players say season was better
[season started with both doubt and
Hl for the Col lege football team. They
iffflth a 3-5 record and the general
I is that if the season were to start
ley would improve their record consid-
ny changes took place this year. Prob-
hebiggest was a new head coach. Gery
L replaced Dale McGriff who re-
ta summer. The only person who
min from last year's coaching staff
w Fiskum.
returning lettermen included running
Don Miller and Lucky Richardson,
itak Rex Schade, defensive tackle
wk, and defensive backs Steve May-
mdMark Leroy.
■ng freshmen included AAA Shrine
in Don Fox and Marty Pinz at line­
end AA All-Star Kevin Scheehean at
pceiver.
Ehe outset of the season the problems
school board really hurt us because
tren't able to recruit as well as we
Jhave liked to," Gehrmann said,
elostperhaps 10 good football players
kultand most were linemen."
| Cougars lost to last year's league
fion Spokane Falls 21—0 and this year's
rup, Columbia Basin, 42—0 in their
»games.
ithe first of the year we were small,
W were really quick and strong."
[ird said. "We had high hopes and
M could do well."
hr our first two games, which we lost
badly to Spokane Falls and Colum-
isin, we were really down and dis­
hed, I know the defense was getting
on the offense because they had so
[opportunities to get us into the ball-
p but couldn't," he said.
p offense takes so long to get down at
Pt of the year," Maynard said. "Be-
jthey were a real young team and they
k’t ready."
R the first two ballgames the team
hs Community College
started playing with intensity and consistency edly denied Treasure Valley any real scoring
In the final minute of play, the
and the breaks started going our way," he drives.
Cougars put on a last ditch goal line stand
said. "We started winning ball games."
Indeed they did start to win. The fol­ to ensure the victory and to finish the season
lowing week the defense and the special with a 3—5 record.
The 1977 season also produced several
teams came through with some big plays as
record-breaking
performances. Among the
they defeated Olympic 21—12.
Stu Gassoin returned 75 yards for a leading performers were wide receiver Gas­
touchdown on the opening kickoff. Leroy soin ar J Miller.
Miller gained 266 yards rushing this
and Pinz both had clutch interceptions after
Olympic had battled back. Keith Perkins season (which led the team) and set a school
career rushing record with 694 yards on 218
had 12 tackles and three quarterback sacks.
Against Yakima Valley the following carries.
Gassoin set new records in just about
Saturday the Cougars played in one of the
every
kick return department.
many close games. They lost in two over­
Gassoin, a freshman from Lake Oswego,
time periods 24—17.
recorded the longest kickoff return (95
The score was somewhat misleading. The
Cougars had numerous chances to win, they yards),most kick off returns for a season
were within Yakima's 10 yardline on three (19), and the most yards returning kickoffs
(519) and punts (124) for a season in Cougar
different occasions, but failed to score.
The Cougars trailed against Wenatchee history.
Sophomore Leroy set a school record for
Valley 29—7 the following week but came
back to within 32—35. The game was not career interceptions with 13. He had six this
season and seven last year.
without its blessings as quarterback Brad
Roberts and his offensive unit finally gained
"We began the season slowly because of
yardage. They totaled 251 yards passing on the inexperienced offense, but I felt by the
22 of 42.
end of the year we could have beaten four
The Cougars got back on the winning side of the five losses," Perkins said.
the following week as they rolled over
"We were 100 percent better by the end
Walla Walla 23—3. The defensive unit held of the year," Schneider said. "I feel at the
their offense to just 41 yards on35 carries end of the year we had the best team in the
and their passing game to 70 yards on 9 for league, definitely better than Mt. Hood. We
22.
would have given Columbia Basin a great
This set the stage for the mini civil war game."
game against Mt. Hood. The contest has been
marked by competitiveness and fights.
"Overall it was a good season because the
"You play just a little harder when you team came together as a unit and played as
know that you are going to be playing a team. I felt everybody played just super,
against one of your former high school especially the frosh," said Wyatt Armstrong,
teammates," Perkins said.
Center.
The Cougars front line with Perkins lead­
ing and free safety Leroy helping out turned
"It was a good season considering the
over the ball to the Cougar offense for problems with the board.
The coaches
chances to score. Both players made 18 couldn't start recruiting until August. Also
tackles with Perkins recovering three fumbles. we had a lot of new coaches who weren't
The Cougars ended the season with a really able to help with the recruiting because
hard fought victory over Treasure Valley they were new," Miller said.
"I'm just super proud of the effort of the
14—6. They had to play most of the game
without Roberts and Richardson who were kids we had and it was frustrating for the kids
because of all those close losses," Fiskum
injured in the first half.
Defense was the key again as they repeat­ said.
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