Bernie Burk and his Golden Aces of Dale, will travel to Paradise on Friday nigtht, to open their 1970-71 basketball season against the Castle Knights. This will be the season opener for both teams, and a good opportunity from each.
Although Dale has lost the services of their two op gunners, Rick Graman and Nick Hart, the Aces have seniors Rick Rosbottom 5-9, Bob Hagedorn 5-9, and Tom Lubbeheusen 6-2 returning from last season’s varsity, plus Wayne Hobbs 5-7, Gardner Painter 5-9, both seniors; Rick Hufnagel 6-2, Jay Guth 5-10, both juniors who saw limited action with the varsity last year… PLUS… four of the best sophomore prospects to be found in the area: Larry Wilmes 6-4, Roger Southwood 6-3, Ken Guth 5-10, and Steve Kendall 5-5. These have been standouts in grade school and the freshman teams, and coach Burk will be casting more than a passing glance at them!
Castle also lost their strongest scoring punch from last season. Lindenschmidt, Smith, Newcom and White have all gone by way of graduation, but they also have some bright rays on the horizon Chris Reinbrecht, a 6-5 senior; Greg Kaiser 6-3, both Seniors returning form last season’s varsity. Along with them are seniors Mark Swisher 6-1, Mark Last 5-9; and juniors Jerry Grandson 6-1, Terry Baum 5-11, Bill Farmer 6-7, David Lutrell 6-2, Rick Lynn 5-11, Bob Jackson 5-7 and Gary Kroeger 5-11.
In last season’s action, Dale downed Castle twice: In the season opener it was 93-70 and in the Boonville holiday tourney they took them again 65-55. Dale finished the season with a 15-8 record including two high-flyers 107-56 lost to South Spencer and 119-66 loss to Memorial.