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A class system in high school tournaments makes for more equitable competition and results in more schools winning state titles. But it also eliminates the sort of stirring drama that occurred in Illinois in 1952, when little Hebron, with an enrollment of just 99 students, captured the imagination of the whole state by beating Quincy, which had more than 1,000 students, for the state title. Alas, Illinois realigned its tournament into two classes in 1972. In Indiana, however, hoops fans can still hope for a repetition of the 1982 tournament in which Plymouth, with an enrollment of 877, scored a 75-74 double overtime upset of Gary Roosevelt High, which had a student body nearly three times larger.
Let's hear it, all you Hoosier and Wildcat fans: Go David, beat Goliath.
OLYMPIC TRUCES, THEN AND NOW
By far the most important of the games took place every four years at Olympia, a shrine of Zeus in the western Peloponnesus, beginning, according to legend, in 776 B.C....Participants came from all over the Greek world, including the colonies; to enable them to travel safely, the warring city-states observed a truce long enough to cover the time required to journey to and from the festival....
Los ANGELES—Some rival street gangs are sitting down to plan a "cease-fire" for next year's Olympics, scheduled from July 28 to Aug. 12, so they can cross territorial boundaries and prey on the thousands of tourists expected, Lieut. Chuck Bradley of the sheriff's street-gang detail said in an interview published yesterday....
THE GREAT GAME FILM CAPER
In the days before the two teams played to a 14-14 tie on Sept. 24, Bob Cortese, the football coach at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., told reporters that Southern Colorado had the "best team speed" in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. But how could he know for sure? As a courtesy, the two schools had exchanged game films before their showdown, and Cortese was shocked to discover that the footage Southern Colorado sent him had been doctored. "It wasn't unviewable but you couldn't get a lot out of it," Cortese said later. "You couldn't see the formations and coverages. And the string got in the way of a bootleg play and you couldn't see who they were throwing to."
The string? After the game, word of the tampering reached Southern Colorado Athletic Director Robert Mullen, who ordered an investigation. He learned that his school's coach, Mike Friedman, and an assistant, John Boswell, had intentionally reshot a film of their team's action and placed a number of objects, including string, pieces of carpet and strips of celluloid, in front of the camera. Friedman admitted doctoring the film to "harass" Cortese, but tried to make light of the whole thing. "I've gotten worse game films," he said. Southern Colorado higher-ups took the matter more seriously. At the request of school officials, Friedman and Boswell submitted their resignations, effective at the end of the season.
THE TEAM THAT WASN'T THERE
Northwestern's 35-0 loss to Michigan on Saturday marked the third time the Wildcats have been shut out this season, and it left their record at 1-5. In those six games, Northwestern has scored 31 points and given up 173. But Coach Dennis Green's team may have suffered its greatest indignity when ABC-TV's college football halftime show inadvertently omitted the school's name in giving Saturday's results. The message on the screen read simply: