Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/18
3 Bombers sent stuff:
Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
Bruce STRAND ('69)

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>>From: Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64)

Re: March 19th

My last divorce was final on this day in 1982. Thirty-six years.
No wonder I like 1982 so much!!

Re: Iditarod question
Someone asked the difference between scratch and withdraw.

When a musher scratches from the race, he or she makes the
decision themselves. The most common reason a musher scratches
is for the "best interest of the team." This means a lot of
things. Sometimes, a musher is hurt or ill and they feel they
cannot take care of their team properly. The team may be ill or
not performing to the level needed to finish the race and the
musher scratches. The sled may have been damaged to the point
that it is not useable and an extra sled is not available.
There's just so many reasons a musher may have for not
continuing the race. 

Withdrawn means the decision was made for the musher. The
decision is made by a 3 judge panel. At least 2 of the judges
must agree to the withdrawal. This decision does not mean that
the musher did anything wrong. This year two were withdrawn from
the race due to their teams no longer being competitive. They
were in last place(es) and far enough behind the others that
they would not be able to catch up. 

There is one more way that a team would leave the trail and that
is by disqualification. This is more serious and rarely happens.
All 3 judges must agree that a musher should be disqualified.
The chief Veterinarian may be consulted also if cruel or
inhumane treatment of the dogs is suspected. Mushers can be
disqualified for deliberately breaking the rules, cheating, or
abuse of the dogs. The musher is given the chance to present his
case to the judges before a decision is made. 

Bomber cheers,
-Maren SMYTH ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA  
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Gonzaga beats Ohio Sate~ Tri-City Herald


	By John Marshall AP Basketball Writer

	BOISE, Idaho

	"Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove
	fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the
	trees to snare rebounds.

	A spectator during Gonzaga's Final Four run a year
	ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be
	the ticket for a return trip.

	Norvell had 28 points, hit six 3-pointers and
	grabbed 12 rebounds, leading Gonzaga back into the
	Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in
	the West Region on Saturday night.

	'I call him our spiritual leader; he gets us going
	every practice, even the ones they don't want to
	be at,' said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who brought
	back his celebratory headstand in the locker room.
	'He's just a fiery guy with some swag from Chicago
	and we need that.'

	A redshirt last season, Norvell averaged 12.3
	points to help Gonzaga sweep the WCC regular-
	season and tournament titles.

	The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has elevated his game
	on the sport's biggest stage, hitting a late
	tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro in
	the opening round to help the Zags advance.

	The player known as 'Snacks' - all he wanted was
	candy and chocolate as a kid - made 6 of 11 from
	the arc against Ohio State to lead Gonzaga (32-4)
	into the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season -
	two wins from a second straight Final Four.

	'I always have confidence on the offensive end,
	but helping the guys on the boards was big,' said
	Norvell, who shot 8 of 18 overall.

	The Bulldogs jumped out to a big early lead,
	withstood a second-half Ohio State charge and made
	the big plays down the stretch to earn a spot in
	the West Region semifinals against the Xavier-
	Florida State winner in Los Angeles.

	Rui Hachimura added 25 for Gonzaga.

	The resilient-all-season Buckeyes (25-9) rallied
	from an abysmal start and an 11-point halftime
	deficit to take a brief second-half lead before
	Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to snatch it back.

	Keita Bates-Diop had 28 points and Kam Williams 19
	for Ohio State.

	'They are really good and could make another Final
	Four run,' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.

	Ohio State and Gonzaga met four months ago in the
	PK80 Invitational.

	It did not go well for the Buckeyes.

	The Zags shredded Ohio State's defense while
	shooting 59 percent and held the Buckeyes to 35
	percent in an 86-59 thrashing.

	The Buckeyes said they are a better team now.
	Their record reflects it, too: 25 wins, a second-
	place finish in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten
	Conference and a return to the NCAA Tournament for
	the first time since 2015.

	The Zags looked a little rusty in their opening
	68-64 win over UNC-Greensboro. They looked more
	like the team that blew out BYU in the WCC title
	game early against the Buckeyes.

	Gonzaga scored the game's first 15 points while
	hitting six of nine shots and blocking two of Ohio
	State's. The Buckeyes had three of their first
	seven shots roll off the rim early and didn't
	score until Jae'Sean Tate hit a 3-pointer at 14:18

	Ohio State righted itself on offense, but
	struggled to slow the zigging Zags, who made 18 of
	31 shots to lead 44-33 at halftime.

	'We weren't locked in on defense and just tried to
	stay calm,' Bates-Diop said. 'I'm proud of how we
	fought back.'

	The Buckeyes got even more shots to fall coming
	out of halftime and forced a rash of Gonzaga
	turnovers during a 12-2 run to go up 58-54.

	Gonzaga answered with an 11-0 run, going up 73-67
	on Hachimura's 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer
	- a run that propelled them back to the Sweet 16.


	Ohio State came up short of its first Sweet 16
	since 2013, but the season could hardly be
	considered a failure. The Buckeyes were picked to
	finish 11th in the Big Ten in Holtmann's first
	season, but ended up second and won a game in the
	NCAA Tournament.

	'Obviously, you'd like to see it end differently,
	but we've evolved as a program,' Holtmann said.
	'This group really turned a corner and flipped a

	Gonzaga did not play particularly well in its
	opening NCAA Tournament game, but looks like it
	could make another Final Four run after getting
	past the Buckeyes.


	While Norvell and Hachimura were handling most of
	the scoring duties, junior guard Josh Perkins was
	aptly running the offense. He had 10 points and
	eight assists, helping the Zags shoot 53 percent
	and make nine 3-pointers.

	'Josh Perkins has put together two really, really
	solid games, kind of managing the throttle of our
	offense,' Few said.


	Gonzaga will face the Xavier-Florida State winner
	at the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles on

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ from a very pleasant Richland  
>>From: Bruce STRAND ('69)

Re: Iditarod Reporting

Maren, Thanks much for the Iditarod reporting that you do in the
Sandstorm. There is not much local coverage of "The Last Great
Race" down here in the Valley of the Sun.

With all your interest in the Iditarod have you had the
opportunity to go up to the frozen North and participate in the
Race's festivities? If you have not - you should; it would be a
great experience... 

	[Nope. Too cold. Spent 15 years in Alaska: Kodiak,
	Annette Island, Sitka, and Juneau. Never been in
	Anchorage for Iditarod nor have I ever been to
	Nome. And I remember at Iditarod time, there were
	almost hourly reports on the local radio stations.
	Not down here. -Maren]
-Bruce STRAND ('69) ~ having "survived" 17 winters in AK.
	Tempe, AZ - where we have already seen highs in the 80s... 
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