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hters sending seven into regional boxing tournament / AND SHANNON Heavyweight Matt Belcher has dropped out, but the Marysville-based Firefighters of head coach Troy Summers are still ex- pected to have plenty of firepower for this weekend's regional championships at Tacoma. Former national champions Joey Belinc, Robert Shannon and Tim Curley will head a seven-member Firefighters contingent for the Amateur Boxing Federation Regionals at Tacoma's Bi- Centennial Pavilion Thursday and Friday nights. Normally, district and regional tour- naments are held strictly on the weekend, and this year's schedule perturbed Sum- mers to some extent. "They tell me I'm the lame duck of the gr~)up; that I'm always thinking about the kids and their schooling," said Summers referring to organizers of this year's tour- nament. "They just don't seem to care about the schooling. All they seem to be concerned about is making money." Action both nights commences at 7:30 p.m., but because of this year's scheduling and the distance of travel for some regional teams like those from Alaska, the list of contestants has been reduced. Only Ronnie Edwards at 125 pounds and Ken Smith at 139 pounds are expected to fight in Thursday night's preliminaries--with the balance of the Firefighters team not seeing action until Friday night. Curley at 106 pounds, Belinc fighting at 132 and Shannon at 119 won't see action un- til Friday night. It's a similar schedule for fellow Firefighters Jim Sharp at 178, and Ronnie Warren at 165. Coach Summers also took issue with the organizers' plan of having every fighter weigh in both days. "I don't know why a kid should have to go down their both days when he'll only be fighting one day. I though they would have had more consideration for the students." KEN SMITH JOEY BELINC TIM CURLEY Two ~tober 12, 1983 Sports Tommles come up short Christenson, Phils in series Blackburn looks at Sonics T-Birds run out of time ts romp to victory on Blythe' Q JUNIOR HALFBACK QUINTON BLYTHE WRIGGLES FREE OF HAWKS' PURSUIT says it will take time serious contender of 3-1 may head pa-. Tomahawi~ Oak WESCO new stuff. It they're fine. It to the from being enough in there--- said for the the had Blythe we let him r guys let points. this room it almost show it to of before; When hang in and his Quil Ceda , Daugher- team to here. We were after ball control and we got it. We just happened to be a better hall club tonight." Solberg agreed: "They took it to us," he said of the Wildcats' play. "They're ag- gressive and physical. We didn't handle it well. "The veer is tough to play against, and they ran it well. We worked against it all week, but it was something new for the kids. To win, we had to do a lot of things right, and we didn't." Ward Sayles, who resigned the head coaching position last summer to concen- trate on his responsibilities as the district's athletic director, agrees the Tomahawks are going through a "period of adjustment." "I did things differently," said Sayles comparing the two programs. "It's going to take awhile for them to catch on. It's a period of adjustment for all of ns.t' Sayles, neverthelss, said he can see some improvement in the team. "I was really enthused after we beat Mount Tahoma," he said. "I was even en- thused up to the time that guy took off on that 100-yard dash. "I really thought we were going to win the hall game--up to that point. I'm pleas- ed, though. He has a lot of kids out, and a lot of kids playing." Solberg said "the little things are hur- ting us. If we'd do more hitting during the game than in between plays, we'd do bet- ter. We've had four players kicked off the field in the last couple of games. "The discipline has been better. We had no one thrown out in the last two minutes tonight. "I want to see a team that's tough--dur- ing the game." Story in Detail Scoring Story Oak Harbor 3 12 13 0--28 Tomahawks 7 0 0 0--7 Oak Harbor--21-yard field goal by Owens. Tomahawks--Paul Curneft on a 67-yard run (Todd Cort kick). Oak Harbor--Schubert 1 run (kick fail- ed). Oak Harbor--West 8 pass from Schubert (kick failed). Oak Harbor--Blythe 991/2 run (kick blocked). Oak Harbor--Blythe 39 run (Owens kick). Statistics Wildcats T-Hawks First downs 13 4 Yards rushing 332 170 Yards passing 105 38 Passing 7-15-I 3-11-2 Fumbles/lost 1-0 2-1 Punting 2-21.5 5-23 Penalties 7-55 7-53 Individual Rushing--Paul Curnett 12 carries for 104 yards, Rich Magnussen 5-49, Kurt Leifer 5-12, John Booth 1-5. Passing--Todd Cort 2-8-2--20, Jim Frauenholtz @1-0--0, Keith Brashler 1-1-0---18. Recelving--Leifer 2-28, Steve Kuhnle 2-10. Interceptions--Joel Nations. Injury Report Quarterback Jim Frauenholtz, recover- ing from sore back, played sparingly, and is expected to play this Friday against Cascade. Quarterback Todd Cort has sore left wrist but will play. Tackle Charlle Soverns and tight end Vance Blue returned to action after early-season inlurles. quality of the up to the ~th coming in Bruins entertaM Tomahawks Oak Harbor head coach Duck Daugherty admitted Friday night that he and his coaching staff were "scared to death" of the new-look Tomahawks of coach Chuck Solberg. But speedy halfback Quinton Blythe put those fears to rest with a pair of quick touchdowns as the visiting Wildcats snap- ped the Tomahawks' three-game winning streak with a 28-7 triumph. It marked the opening game of the WESCO league season for the Tomahawks who saw their over-all 1963 record fall to WESCO AAA League Season W L W L Snohomish 2 0 5 0 Mariner 2 0 5 0 Oak Harbor 1 1 3 2 Marysville 0 1 3 2 Cascade 0 1 3 2 Everett 0 2 1 4 3-2. Marysville resumes league play against the Cascade Bruins Friday at Everett Memorial Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Blythe, a 5-foot-11, 150-pound junior who runs the 100 yards in 9.8 seconds, escaped for touchdown runs of 99 yards and 39 yards to seal the victory for the Wildcats who evened their league mark to 1-I. They also have an over-all 3-2 record. While the Wildcats dominated most of the game--collecting 13 first downs to the Tomahawks' four and outgaining the Hawks 437 total yards to 208--the Tomahawks trailed only 15-7 entering the second half. The Tomahawks defense, running into problems all night trying to contain senior quarterback Robert Schubert and Blythe, appeared to be catching on to the Wildcats' offensive pattern midway through the third quarter. Trailing by only eight points, the Tomahawks had the Wildcats hemmed in deep in their own territory--and it ap- peared only a matter of time when the Tomahawks would hit the scoreboard again. The Tomahawks halted Brian Sweeney's punt at the Oak Harbor one-yard line, and Keith Brashler came within inches of smearing a safety on the Cats when he tackled halfback Morgan Taylor a half yard outside the goal line on the next play. The very next play is the one which both coaching staffs and the 1,500 fans in atten- dance at Quil Ceda Stadium won't easily forget. Blythe took the pitch from Schubert and took a couple of steps to his right before a wall of red jerseys joined him six yards deep in the end zone. With a quick twist, Blythe escaped their clutches and sudden- ly burst into the clear on his memorable gallop. Less than six minutes later, the fleet- footed Blythe capped the contest when he bolted thFough the left side of the Tomahawks line for a 38-yard gallop into the end zone. But, it was Blythe's first touchdown dash which knocked the air out of the Tomahawks' plans. "You better believe that changed the game around," said a disappointed Solberg of Blythe's key touchdown run. "We had him for a safety, butwe let up a little. Our guys have a tendency that when one makes a tackle, the others let up. You let up and you lose a step. You lose a step on him and you lose a whole bunch." While the Tomahawks' defense ap- peared ready to tag on a pair of points to their total with Blythe near to being pulled down in the end zone, Solberg admitted he, too, had been thinking ahead. "That would have put us within six points, and they would have had to kick to us," Solberg explained. "I saw what was happening, and I said 'whoopee." Then, all of a sudden he's gone. That upset me. You have to play hard every play." Blythe, who finished with 189 total yards 2 majors QUINTON BLYTHE DUSTS HIS CLEATS AFTER PERFORMANCE for the evening, said he also was surprised the Tomahawks hadn't dropped him in'the end zone. "They had me around the ankle, alright, but I managed to break free," he smiled in the happy Wildcats' locker room as he cleaned his cleats. Coach Daugherty agreed the play was the turning point of the game. "I think Quinton's run broke Marysville's heart," Daugherty said. "Had Marysville gotten the safety, they would have been back in the bah game. "This is like getting a double paycheck. Qulnton's 100-yard dash was the breaking point. It really gave us a lift, and we really needed the win." The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Kevin Owens capped a 44-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal. But 200-pound senior fullback Paul Curnett put the Tomahawks in front with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter when he left a team of would-be Wildcats' tacklers in his wake on a 67-yard touchdown scamper. Starting quarterback Todd Cort kicked the extra point and the T' b'MPSON 'S "Old Fashion Meat Market" Hawks had a lead they held for some eight minutes. Schubert, a tricky 5-foot-7, 140-pound quarterback, put the Wildcats back on top to stay when he skirted the right end on a two-yard boot-leg play that netted the 'Cats a 9-7 lead. Curt Halverson, Kurt Leifer. Curt Johnson, Ken Schueller, Don Dolquist and Loren Dean took turns harassing Schubert, but a "grabbing the face mask" penalty on the Hawks' defense put the Wildcats to within two yards of their first major score. Schubert sent the Wildcats to the halftime dressing room with a 15-7 advan- tage when he capped a 69-yard drive with a touchdown pass down the middle to senior flanker Jim West in the dying seconds. "Everything worked right--the way it's supposed to," coach Solberg said in reference to the 67-yard run by Curnett that gave the Tomahawks a momentary lead. "That's about the only time everything did." Curnett finished the evening with 104 yards on 12 carries--pushing his season's total to 489 yards in the first five games. 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