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12 Sports The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana November. 11, 1988 Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUTrER Some years you get the bear; some years the bear gets you Despite what coaches express publicly, most know when a pending season mostly resembles hunting very large bears with a very small slingshot. Move quietly, take your best shot and run like the wind. Ken Schultheis, who has loaded up Washington Catholic's basketball arsenal for three years, doesn't have many illusions about his fourth season. "What would I be happy with this year?" he repeats. "That's a question I've been asking myself. I think I want this team to progress and be strong for tournament time. I know all coaches say that, but some years you know you're gonna win. But frankly, I don't know how many we'll win this year. I just want the kids to grow as a unit and build some belief in themselves." Whatever happens won't be for lack of hard work. Schultheis will make sure of that. "It's really going to be an experiment the first half of the season to see what we have and what we can do," he says. "The kids are working hard, but you can work hard and still not get the wins." Although Schultheis is not the sort to look backward, that perspective clearly shows the most immediate and pressing difficulty, For virtually a decade, the Cardinals have succeeded with close- knit, scrappy teams built around one player capable of blowing large holes in enemy defenses. Last year was the last season in the Ty Madison era. Before that, guard Kevin Stallman produced the big numbers. Whatever else occurred in a game, Cardinal fans knew there were 18-25 points a game "in the bank." But that bank account has been overdrawn. How much firepower does Washington Catholic have returning? "Very little, to be honest," con- cedes Schultheis. The Cards have gone 11-10, 19-3 and 16-6 over Schultheis' tenure and reality suggest the lower end of that spectrum would be a reasonable target for this season. The schedule also complicates the issue. The Cards open tonight at the Hatchet House against traditional rival Barr-Reeve, and then play Har- rison, Jasper and Memorial within a brief span. "Our first 8-9 games are really going to be a learn- ing experience," says Schultheis with clear understatement. "It's really hard to put a handle on the first half of the year. We've got kids with a good team orientation, good quickness and we've got some good shooters. We just don't have much size or ex- perience. You never want to build around just one guy but we've had someone to give us 15 or 20 points a night and then we could work in other areas. We don't have that this year. But, of course, that's the challenge in a small school. You work hard and hope something comes out of it." The Cardinals are hoping that Bret Smith and Chris Dayton, both part-time starters from last season's campaign, keep the team above water ear- ly. "After that we have jayvee players from last year and some good sophomores," adds Schultheis. Senior Andy Weber {6-2}, senior Scott McDonald (6-1} and sophomore Brian McAtee {6-1} St. James team wins volleyball tournament The girls; volleyball team at record. Coaches were Tammy St. James School, St. James, Rexing and Tammy Elpers. beat Good Shepherd School, Good Shepherd finished its Evansville, 15-9, 15-13 on Nov. regular season with a 6-4 5 to win the girls' volleyball record. Coaches were Bob tournament. Titzer, Rick Hahn and Becky Other teams participating in Titzer. the tournament included St. John School, Newburgh; St. John finished the season Evansville i,utheran School, with a 1-9record. Judy Neff was Trinity Lutheran School and the coach. Evansville Day School. 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The public is cordially invited to attend. should get the call tonight with the 5-8 Steimel twins -- sophomores Shano, and Blane -- off the bench early. "They're {the twins} both quick and smart and they just need to learn," says Schultheis. That holds true for much of the team. The Cardinals are the beneficiary of a 17-0 freshman crop and appear to have talent in the feeder pipe line. "That freshman team didn't have any big guns but had five or six different players who could get 10-12 points a game," the coach says. "I don't really see any 20-point scorers in that group although we didn't see that in Ty Madison either when we started him as a sophomore. We didn't know how good he would become. ' ' Thus, the problem does not lie next year or beyond -- only now. "We're gonna be young and scrappy, but then we've always sort of been that way," says Schultheis. "But I don't want to give the impres- sion we're giving up on this year. 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