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Page 31 text:
The Rocks are still great in ' 78, with the direction of Head Coach Whitey Verstraete. The Rock Is¬ land High School Basket¬ ball Team survived a troublesome season of de¬ feats and injuries. New stars were born and old stars shone bright; the team and fans possessed spirit, knowledge and dedication. The Rocks started the season slow, down and out, but after outstreaking United Township High School 65-62 in a pivotal Quad-City Metro Confer¬ ence game before a crowd of nearly 5,000, this put the Rocks up front in a first place position. The Regional wins con¬ sisted of the Mighty Rocks Concentration, speed and perfec¬ tion is what goes into Mark Staes dribbling ability. over-powering Moline 61- 49. Another win was achieved by the Rocks with a score of 71-55, defeat¬ ing East Moline. Finishing the season, the Rocks lost to Ottawa 80 to 71. Juniors and Seniors on the squad played important roles in making the 1977- 1978 season successful. Seniors who performed with skill and knowledge in each and every game were Michael Pass, Donnie McDuffie, Mark Staes, and Marion Strickler. " We hung in there when the going got tough, and displayed our best at all times " , are the words from Coach Verstraete that we will always re¬ member . Basketball 27
Page 30 text:
The Team Members are: ROW ONE: J. DeFauw Manager, T. Bland, T. Garrard, D. Pace, T. Ward, R. Wright, A. Thornton, M. Dupont, M. Moran Manager, ROW TWO: Asst. Coach P. Ny¬ man, M. Staes, R. McCorkle, M. Strickler, C. Williams, T. Dasso, D. McDuffie, B. Martin, B. Marshall, M. Pass, R. Muska- valley, and Head Coach W. Ver- straete. Rebound, Pivot, Pass Patiently waiting his turn to get back into the game is Greg Teague. Style and form is displayed here by Ray Muskavalley. 26 Basketball
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