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Vugars windup with winning season
By Randy Frank
Clackamas Community College football
ch Dale McGriff said yesterday that he
s that his Cougars have had a fine season.
'With a few more breaks and a few less
iries, I honestly feel that we could have
i every game except possibly the Mt.
od Jgame," said McGriff. "That would
lfe put us at eight or nine and one and
lostlcertain state competition."
^.Insfead the Cougars finished with a 5-4
guelecord and a somewhat disappointing
rd place finish.
,Tha year began with high hopes of an
cellent season. Back was Rick Schade, the
(:ugais' fine signal caller of the year before,
io Had helped Clackamas to be one of
j best passing teams in the nation among
pior [colleges. However, Schade was lost
forelthe season even got off the ground.
‘ As a result, the Cougars lost three close
mes at the very outset of the season that
ey probably would have won had they had
■hade at quarterback.
However, the Olympia game showed a
jw Clackamas team. Backed by an excel-
°nt defense the Cougars defeated the Wash-
' gton school 15-0 and went on from there
J) record four straight wins.
f Then, however, came the Mt. Hood battle
id the No. 1 junior college in the nation
Jas an entirely different story.
1 Seeking the Junior Rose Bowl bid, the
MHCC Saints took advantage of every Clack
amas error (four interceptions, one fumble,
and numerous penalties) and were simply too
much for the Cougar defense, as they won
going away 56-12. Many thought that the
season was over after that - everyone except
Bouncing back in fine fashion, the Cou
gars defeated Grays Harbor in CCC's annual
homecoming game. The victory brought
added importance to the traditional season
end clash with Treasure Valley Community
College, a team whose only claim to fame is
their 4-2 series edge over Clackamas in their
annual grudge match.
Not only did it mean the difference bet
ween a winning or losing season, it meant
the difference between a second or third
place finish in the same league as Mt. Hood.
However, the favored Cougars were simply
not up for the game and were upset 20-10.
back in 1975, who was forced to miss the
entire 1976 season with an injury.
Also returning will be a couple of the
reasons that the Cougars had such a fine
season, Don Miller and "Lucky" Richard
Miller, Clackamas' fine fullback, was one
of the top groundgainers on the Cougar
offense that relied heavily on their ground
"Lucky" Richardson, the Cougars' fine
tailback, was one of the major reasons for
Clackamas' victory over Wenatchee Valley,
as he became the first Cougar to ever rush
for more than 100 yards in a single game.
He rushed 29 times for 118 yards.
As Clackamas Coach Dale McGriff put
it, "We should have a very strong team
next year" - a sure sign that the Cougars
should be making the six o'clock news a bit
more often next year.
They bounced back beautifully from
three heartbreaking losses at the start of the
season - a fact that would have sent a lesser
team to the showers without even trying to
make a comeback. They also proved that
they could compete with any Washington
school and come out on top.
"Besides, we did have a pretty tough
schedule considering this was our first year,"
The signs point to an excellent season for
the Cougars next year. Returning will be
Rick Schade, the Cougars' excellent quarter-
........... runs in nationals
Sullivan was the only Clackamas
ommunity College runner to compete in
¡st Saturday's national cross country meet
t Farmingdale, N.Y.
Sullivan qualified for the trip to New
^'orkwith his 12th place finish in the Region
8 cross country meet held Saturday, Nov.
r at Central Oregon Community College in
1 Ricks College (Idaho) took first place at
he regional meet with 34 points. Ricks'
unners captured first, second, seventh, 11th,
jnd 13th places over the flat, five-mile
Five-time and previous winner Lane Com
munity College finished second to Ricks in
:he meet. Lane placed runners in the third,
fifth, sixth, ninth, and 14th positions.
Clackamas ended up with 112 points to
grab fourth place behind third place Central
Oregon (98 points).
I Pat Curl took 22nd position for the
Cougars with a time of 26:45. Jeff Ponsness
placed 23rd (26:47); Ken Wanvig 26th
(26:55); and Don Jones 30th (27:08). Other
Cougar finishers were Garth Elliason (44th)
and Damian Ranger (48th).
CCC Bowlers lose
The Clackamas Community College bowl-
*ing learn lost seven out of eight games to
¡Portland State on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The
J CCC women took one game but lost the
’ The Clackamas men lost 0-4 to PSU
despite a season high series of 587 (highest
on the team) for Sheldon Thingvoid. Thing
void also scored CCC men's high game of
203 for the match.
The high series and game of 447 and
1641 respectively, for the women were bowl
ed by Harriet Kitchen in the 1-3 effort.
The season record for the men, previously
6-8,' is now 6-10, and the women's overall
game record is 7-9.
, Clackamas Community College
Buck Monroe, CCC cross country coach,
didn't feel the cold weather was a good
excuse for his team's poor showing.
"I'm disappointed," said Monroe. "I felt
we could take third, and maybe even sec
ond with an inspired performance. We just
didn't get the extra effort needed in a big
meet like this."
At the national meet Sullivan raced to a
finish of 77th against a field of 280. His
time of 24:59 was one of the best ever
recorded by a CCC runner.
Many fast times were recorded at the
meet despite a pile-up near the beginning of
the race. The pile-up resulted in a broken
leg for one of the competitors.
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