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Page 10 The ThunderBird Monday, January 16, 1984 Outdoor U Birds top Western; host Mesa Schermerhom hopes hes found winning formula for Mavericks SUSC Coach Bob by Stewart Smith The SUSC basketball team may have found winning combination as the Thunderbirds a unlocked a scoring spree Thursday night against the Western State Mountaineers. All right! was the reaction of an elated Coach Bob Schermerhom after the Thunderbirds destroyed the Mountaineers If the combination is a winning one it will be put to the test tonight as the Thunderbirds face a streaking Mesa Maverick team. Its going to be a real barnburner, Schermerhom said. The Mavericks are undefeated in conference play. Schermerhorns cagers dismantled the Western State offense Thursday with the precision of a locksmith. One key is that we played a very, very, solid, consistent defense, Schermerhom said. Stealing balls and blocking shots, the did play consistently, unlocking the door for a dominating offensive game. Junior forward Shawn Daniels, as usual, played his part for the Thunderbirds as he burglarized the Mountaineers for 19 points to lead all scorers. Close behind him, though, was Bob Evans who dominated the inside game both offensively and defensively. Evans lived up to 94-5- Schermerhorns expectations by electrifying the crowd with 12 points and three slam dunks. Typical of the defensive cunning and offensive power during the game was the play of Evans and guard Maz Trakh with 13:45 left in the game. After a Mountaineer steal Trakh raced the length of the court to strip and steal the ball and loft it the length of the court to a Evans who slammed it home to put the on dunk-happ- y top Schermerhom is hoping for another good showing tonight in what he expects tog be a barnburner ? ' t V ss,: v:;kj x'' with Mesa College. 61-3- The ball is supposed to go inside, Schermerhom said. If we can go inside to Bob then he can shoot or kick it back out to the perimeter. Forward John Pierce, who scored 11 points, admitted that Evans does a lot for the inside game. Whether he shoots or not the size helps and it is going to help, the 8 junior said. Schermerhom praised the entire team and singled out Gary Glover, who came off the bench to score 12 points, and senior Brian Olsen, who blocked six shots to take the conference lead in that category. If the Thunderbirds can find the same winning combination tonight as they did against the Mountaineers then they just may be the safecrackers for the lock of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship. 6-- X'COuntry is option to glamorous downhill SUSC class highlights methods , philosophy for sport which by is less expensive, offers more accessible Orin Allen If downhill is starting to thin out your pocketbook a better way cross country may and you need to find be for you. Christopher Mason, better known as Topher to most who know him, is now instructing cross country skiing classes at SUSC. A California native, he graduated from SUSC in 1975. It was here that he first was involved in the skiing class. While he was taking the class in 1974 his professor left during the middle of the quarter and asked Mason to take over. Mason says cross country skiing is a great lifetime sport. You can put as much energy into it or as little as you want and still have a great time. It is something you can do your whole life. y The interest in skiing is definitely growing, he says, adding that a lot of people from the community have been involved in his classes. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are ski class days. When Mason is not teaching class, you probably wouldnt catch him on campus. He loves to go skiing as much as possible; he skis approximately five times a week. Rental rates are very reasonable, he notes. For boots, skis and poles the cost is $8.50 a weekend, or $6.00 a day. The equipment is available for rental at the physical education facilitys cage, as well as at Sunset Sports Center. Mason says he likes to instruct his classes on the golf course here in town, when the weather does not permit cross-countr- According to Mason it is much cheaper to ski cross country than downhill. The basic technique for cross country skiing, explains Cross country skiing areas is a less- - expensive alternative to alpine skiing. recreation up the canyons. He suggests some of the better places to go cross country skiing are the area up Cedar Canyon, around the College Cabin to Todds Junction and anywhere up Cedar Canyon, or up Parowan Canyon toward Brianhead. Mason says he likes to ski on various kinds of skis. He likes to ski on the waxless and the waxable skis. He recommends if you are a beginner, ski a couple of times before you try to buy some skis, and do some reading in Consumer Reports and ski magazines to find out the best kind of skis for you. The cost of cross country ski equipment is very reasonable, too, Mason adds. You can purchase a good set of equipment for under $100. However, they may cost up to $800 for an extravagant pair. Mason, is to combine walking, kicking and gliding all in to a rhythmic jog on skis. A benefit of cross country skiing is the proximity of sites. To downhill ski the closest area would be Brianhead where you would probably have to fight through the tourists to get on to the slopes. However, the cross country ski areas up Cedar and Parowan Canyons are virtually unlimited, and it is very inexpensive compared to downhill. Mason says, Southern Utah is the prime area of the state to cross country ski. Mason also feels it is a better challenge for him to cross country ski than it is to downhill. Among the tips he offers: Always expect and be prepared for the worst conditions. Wear easily removable clothes to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Wear a good pair of socks, gloves, hat and good Vuarnets not required. sunglasses Have a good knowledge of the terrain youre skiing in. Always ski in groups and stay together. Always ski within the abilities of all in the group. Know your own limits both physically and mentally. Most importantly, always use common sense. And, adds Mason, keep your ski tips up and a smile on your face.