We have a new man-made lake in North Dakota, Lake Sakajawla, backed up on the Missouri River behind the Garrison Dam, with a 1,200-mile coastline. Great for a sailboat.
New Rockford, N. Dak.
?The best source for Mr. Arntson is Miss Margaret Teske, Executive Secretary of the Lightning Class Association, 308 Center St., South Haven, Mich.—ED.
Babe McCarthy, the oil-salesman-basketball-coach of Mississippi State (Bouquets for Babe and his Bailey, SI, Feb. 23), is a brave man indeed. He has to be to dare to try a zone defense on his home court where the opposition some night may just decide to play catch at mid-court while the home fans give it all up as a bum rap and flock to the box offices to "get their money back.
Those who follow the game closely have come to realize all too clearly over the past several seasons that the rulemakers and referees are favoring the zone even more than they have in the past.
Somehow officials constantly fail to detect the jumping-in fouls the zone front and corner defenders make on flinching outside shooters, even when they turn their backs on the process. Zone players also can pinch all they want near the hoop, even though the driver's path to the bucket is clearly defined.
On the other hand, officials are quick to detect the slap and brush fouls man-to-man play is sure to cause.
In Minnesota, which prides itself as a basketball hotbed, the majority of schools play zones. Officials call it close in the tournaments. This helps the zones. In general, the state champion is the team playing a zone. They generally win because they have five boys 6 feet 5 inches.
Yet there is in Brainerd (pop. 13,000) a man named Fred Kellett who has taken first, second and third in the state tournament since 1951 and has enjoyed a winning record of 80% in his 10-year coaching career here, including tournaments.
In 1949 he appeared on the scene and promptly led his first club to the state tourney, ending a 15-year drought and starting to arouse the fans' interest once more. Brainerd is now recognized as a basketball stronghold. Its gym nearly always is packed (2,500 capacity), and its fans follow the team well and give every other neighboring school a packed house.
The zone nearly killed the sport here. Kellett's man-to-man has brought it back to the point where it pays the freight in this school for many sports, including football, wrestling, baseball and track.