Decatur Herald 3-4-75
Small School 'Big Six' Storms to 150-5 Record By ob Fallstrom Herald Sports Editor Ten of the dozen teams in the Decatur Herald small school basketball rankings advanced to sectional tournament competition. The rankings thus wer right-on. The losers Effingham St. Anthony, No. 6, and Fairfield, No. 12 bowed to ranked teams in the regional tournament final. St Anthony was whipped by Teutopolis. Fairfield lost to Carmi. Leading the sectional charge were undefeated Nokomis, ranked No. 1; Teutopolis, No. 2; Mount Pulaski, No. 3; Carmi, No. 4; Blue Mound, No. 5. Also moving on were Stewardson-Strasburg, No. 7; Bethany, No. 8; Monticello, No. 9;. Bridgeport, No. 10, and Morrisonville, No. 11. It is surely a vintage season. When have we had a group of winners like Nokomis, Teutopolis, Mount Pulaski, Blue Mound, Bethany, Monticello? The "Big Six" has piled up 150 victories against merely 5 defeats. Blue Mound lost once to Bethany. Bethany lost once to Blue Mound. Teutopolis and Monticello lost once to large school teams. Mount Pulaski lost once by two points. Monticello has won 25 in a row. What a premier group. Too bad each can't attain "Sweet 16" prestige. Once Over Lightly 0. . ."V: and Bethany are in the Tuscola sectional and Blue Mound and Mount Pulaski are in the Shelbyville sectional. And Nokomis is the underdog to Venice in the Vandalia sectional. Teutopolis, No. 3 in The Associated Press final' rankings, rates as the most solid choice for advancement among the "Big Six." THIS IS the fifth regional tournament championship team for Teutopolis High School basketball Coach Lawrence Carie. The only Teutopolis loss in 26 games was to Mount Zion in overtime in the Effingham Heartland Classic in December. 2 There are going to be disappointments because Monticello This is the most successful Teutopolis team since the 1949 outfit led by John Nieman and Gene Runde rolled to a 28-0 regular season record, then was riddled by Effingham 65-40 in the Flora regional tournament semifinals. It is about time for Teutopolis to shed its sectional tournament jitters. This is the eighth regional championship. But in the past Teutopolis has come up empty-handed each time in the sectional. A year ago Teutopolis bowed out to Lawrenceville, the eventual state champion, 53-51 in the Bridgeport sectional final. Other agonizing misses were in 1971 and in 1960. The 1971 team, featuring Leon Gobczynski, was bombed by Paris 95-78 in the Paris sectional after winning 25 games. The 1960 team, also a 25-game winner, fell to Windsor 80-69 in the Mattoon sectional. Yes, Teutopolis is overdue. I'm sure Mark Kreke, Bart Funneman, Bill Zerrusen, Dennis Deters and Mike Worman the Teutopplis starters will agree. Effingham and Effingham St. Anthony, the main Teutopolis rivals, have had teams in the "Sweet 16." Teutopolis, despite a heritage of success nurtured by former Coach J.H. Griffin and enhanced by present Coach Lawrence Carie, is still yearning.