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KOKOMO TRIBUNE ^INSIDETODAY MS:..UJS?[s.win again, B2 """! B3 ..?D over M Kokomo, Ind. FOOTBALL Broncos' Elway will return DENVER (AP) — John Elway will have at least one more more shot at being "king of the hill." The 37-year-old Elway, who quarterbacked the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl title last month, plans to return for the 1998 NFL season, his agent, Marvin Demoff, said Thursday. "My expectation always was that John would tell (owner) Pat Bowlen and (coach) Mike Shanahan a year in advance that I'm taking it one year at a time," Demoff told The Denver Post. "Well, John's giving them a year's notice on his locker starting now. He might end up renewing that lease after next season ... "It fulfills his obligation to Pat to help him get a new stadium. It fulfills his obligation to Mike to get someone in place. And it allows John to tour the NFL at least one more season as king of the hill, which is exactly what he is." Elway has shown no sign that his skills are waning, He threw a career-high 27 touchdowns in 1997, and he needs only 1,331 yards to reach 50,000 career passing yards. Elway ^SOCCER ISCA nominates Tipton players INDIANAPOLIS — Eleven members of Tipton's girls soccer team were nominated to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the 199798 season. Emily Beck, Jennifer Dane, Kristen Dane, Jennifer Davis, Lindsey Lambert, Mary Ley, Kiley McQuinn, Jennifer Powell, Jessica Reed, Pooja Thakrar and Tabitha Tragesser have been selected for their performance in the classroom as well on the field. V BASEBALL Walton league sets tryout date WALTON, Ind. — The Walton Youth Baseball League recently set tryouts for next Saturday at the Thompson Elementary School gym. The boys' tryout is set for 10 a.m., with the girls to follow at noon. Boys must be age 9 on or after Aug. 1, 1997, and no older than 12 on July 31, 1998, for major league. Girls must be age 9 on or after Sept. 1, 1997, and no older than 12 on Aug. 31, 1998. Children already on a major league team need not attend this tryout. Children unable to attend the tryout should contact Tim Bruner, Scott Marschand or Jack Shadday. Registration forms are available at the Thompson Elementary School and must be turned back in to the school by Wednesday. Children who plan to play minor league or T-ball are not required to attend the tryout session if their registration form is turned in by Wednesday. If you have an Item for the Sports updates please send It to: Dave Kitchell c/o Kokomo Tribune, P.O. Box 9014; Kokomo, IN 46904-9014. Or E-mail: tribune@ktonline.com SPORTS call us Dave Kitchell Sports editor, 454-8574 or (800) 382-0696 Monday-Friday between 4p.m. and 10 p.m. B Saturday Feb. 7. 1998 Kats finish strong at MC • 'Borrowed' offense sparks Kats to 62-56 NCC victory. By MIKE GEISELMAN Tribune sportswriter MUNCIE, Ind. — Smart basketball coaches know who to steal their best ideas from and when to give the proper credit. For Kokomo High School boys basketball coach Basil Mawbey, it was former Muncie Central coach Bill Harrell whose idea he lifted and it was after Kokomo bounced the host Bearcats 62-56 here Friday night that Mawbey 'fessed up. "The back-door series we went to in the fourth quarter was originally Bill HarreH's," Mawbey explained. "We just installed it this week and I thought here (at Muncie Fieldhouse) would be a good place to debut it." Harrell, who was in attendance, would have appreciated the irony. The Kats improved to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the North Central Conference while Central fell to 9-6, 3-2. Kokomo finishes NCC play hosting New Castle on Feb. 21. Kokomo led 40-34 after three quarters when Mawbey decided to trim a little clock and shorten the game. The Wildkats were patient enough to work the ball and wait for the easy lay-in — within minutes it changed the tone of the game. First, Joe Sanders got loose in the middle and laid in a beautiful bounce pass from Joey Bennett. Less than a minute later, the Kats repeated the feat, this time Bennett finding Luke Cummings for two after Kokomo took Sanders over a minute off the clock. Kokomo's Herman Fowler scored the next two baskets — the last on a long outlet pass from Eric Ferrell — and the lead was at 12 (48-36). "It was just a matter of us being patient," Mawbey said. "All we wanted were easy lay- ins. After we got a few of those, (Central) had to come out of the trap zone and play more man-to-man." Muncie got as close as six once (48-42) and trailed by seven (56-49) with :48 left but was forced to send the Kats to the line where Kokomo went 6 for 6 in the final 40 seconds. Craig Zeigler's three-pointer with 26 seconds left accounted for the final margin but the Bearcats had only one possession after that, missing a three as .time expired. Zeigler, who was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc, finished with a game- high 28 points but didn't get a chance to beat the Kats in the end. "(Zeigler) shoots the ball, awfully good, and (Demarco) Mason is also capable of playing really well," Mawbey said. "I felt all along that Muncie would be one of the better teams we faced. They had (Class 4A No. 1) Anderson down by eight in the first half and end up missing the game-winner at the buzzer. So, they were only one basket away from beating a very good Anderson team." "Lucky" may be too strong of a *>Turn to KATS/B5 Titan victory is 5th in row • Grant registers second career-high in as many weeks. By JOHN YOUNG Tribune sportswriter Good things are happening at Center Court. The Taylor Titans equalled the boys basketball record winning streak by picking up their fifth straight win with a 69-51 Mid-Indiana Conference victory over Western here Friday night. Part of the recent success of the Red and Black lies at the emergence of sophomore Josh Grant. The 6-6 pivot man racked up his second double-double of his career by netting a career-high for the second straight week with 27 points and clearing a game-high 10 rebounds. Along with 6-4 Blane Secrease, Taylor owned the glass and the battle inside the paint. "Taylor is a much more physical team than we are at this point," said Western coach Andy Weaver. "Grant had a great game tonight. Those tall inside players give us a whole bunch of trouble." Western battled the Titans on even terms for 16 minutes trailing 36-33 at intermission. But, the Panthers' effective play dissipated like a light mist in the desert in the third quarter. Ben Isaac was the only cog in the Panther artillery for the first 11 min- utes of the second half. "It makes it tough when you only get one player to score for such a long stretch," said Weaver. While Isaac netted three baskets in the third quarter, it couldn't counter Taylor's scoring pace. "When Jerome (Williams) hit that 3-pointer to start the second half, we were in trouble. Add Connolly's (trey) and we had to put a hand in their face outside," said Weaver. While the Titans warmed up offensively in the second half, it was the defense that turned things around, according to Taylor coach Jeff Fisher. "I worried about Western hanging around all week long," said Fisher, referring to a 70-52 Panther victory in the consolation of the Howard County tourney Jan. 17. That was Taylor's last defeat. "(Adam) Foust burnt us for six treys last time, so we weren't too effective in the zone that night. That's why we utilized the man-to- man in the first half," said Fisher. The veteran coach tossed the man-tO- man on the scrap heap in the second half. "We got out on their shooters better in the second half. We also tightened up the defense down low. That was the difference," he said. Plus, the Titan starting front line attacked the backboard. Grant hauled in six caroms while Williams and Secrease added four each in the third ^-TurntoTITAN/BS From left, Walter Vaughn, Troy Parton, Adam Foust (20) and Matt Cook (23) scrap for a loose ball Friday night during Taylor's 69-51 victory over Western. (KT photo by Kevin Seifert) Past 1,000, Bailey looking for more • Tri-Central junior moves to No. 3 on school's scoring list. By BRYAN GASKINS Tribune sportswriter When you first see Tri-Central junior swingman Bret Bailey trot onto the basketball court, you probably don't envision him as one of the most prolific scorers to ever play in this area. Bailey, who's listed at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, looks more like a football fullback or heavyweight wrestler than a 1,000-point scorer. Of course, looks are deceiving. If opponents expect Bailey to plod up and down the court, they quickly learn that this is not the stereotypical big man. He possesses a wide array of offensive skills, and he's a ferocious rebounder. One week ago today, he etched his name among the greats to play in this area when he bumped his career scoring total to 1,002 with a 15-point effort at Delphi. His 12 points Friday night against Clinton Central pushed him to 1,014 and if he remains healthy, that total figures to be considerably higher by the end of his senior year. It's Bailey's work ethic that has 1;000 point career scorers Bret Bailey Jeff Martin : 1.P92 1,014 1,011 1987 1984 1998 1975 taken him to his present plateau. His talents have been honed over the summer months ever since he began playing in fourth grade when his dad, Kevin, took him to the Sharpsville gym to play with the older guys. "Bret works very hard," said Tri- Central coach Dave Driggs, who's in his 14th season at the Trojans' helm. "He's a leader by example. Even as a freshman, his work ethic and enthusiasm spread to the seniors. "Bret's work in the weight room and the work he's put in on his game, especially his shot, have really paid off for him." To be specific, it's the three-point shot that has paid off. During his freshman campaign, during which he averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds on a senior-laden squad, he hit just one three-pointer. He used the following summer to work on his perimeter game. Bailey, who's the only freshman to ever play major varsity minutes Bailey for DrlggS) hit 34 of 94 three- point attempts last season, and has connected on 22 of 66 through 14 to BAILEV/B2 NAGANO 1 9 9 • It's time for Games to begin NAGANO, Japan (AP) — With Japan's imposing Alps lining the horizon, strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" reverberated across Nagano and the world Saturday, naugurating the century's final Winter Olympics with choreographed wishes for peace and a flourish of tradition and technology. From a windswept Japanese valley, a souped-up satellite link carried to millions of people a sight unimaginable when the first Winter Games convened in 1924 — citizens on five, continents making music together, a cultural blend that represents the pinnacle of the Olympic ideal. "The Olympics are finally here," said Yukio Nakamura, 57, of Nagano, who rode his bicycle to the opening ceremonies in the hazy sun of a 34-degree morning. "We've waited so long for this." Appropriately, the opening of these 18th Winter Games blended the Asian classical with the global modern. A 17th-century bell tolled at Nagano's Zenkoji Temple. Traditional Japanese music melted into an Andrew Lloyd Webber composition. And most striking of all: children from the schools of Nagano, using dance and sbng to carry their homeland's ancierit customs into a worldwide arena for a clarion call to end human war. "I sincerely hope that these games from the heart will achieve such splendid heights that they will ... be talked of for generations to come," said Eishiro Saito, president of the Nagano Olympic Organizing Committee. More than 2,400 athletes from 72 nations and regions — the most ever for a Winter Olympics — are competing during the next two weeks in 14 sports in Nagano and the sprawling mountain range that encircles it. Some nations are fielding dozens of athletes; others, like Iran and Belgium, have only one. They marched into the Minami Nagano Sports Park triumphantly, each group led by an athlete carrying its national flag, each nation escorted by a Japanese sumo-wrestling champion clad only in a loincloth. Greece, the font of the games, marched first; host country Japan entered last. The Olympic flame, contained in a cauldron designed to resemble a traditional Japanese bonfire, was to be kindled by Japanese figure skater Midori Ito. Just how she would do so was one of the ceremony's most closely guarded secrets. Emperor Akihito, the son of a man who for many symbolized Japan's 20th-century war machine, joined the call for an end to global conflict and pronounced the games open. Yet if the Olympics are an insulated bubble, a reflection of how the world sees itself as the century wanes, events elsewhere hinted at a harsher reality. Amid Saturday's spectacle of celebration and unity lurked trepidation — about terrorism at home and the threat of war a continent away. Security was tightened around Nagano earlier this week after a terrorist attack on Tokyo's international airport. WTHIS DATE IN SPORTS i 1970 *— Pete Maravich scores 69 points, including 47 in the second half,, to set a NCAA record, but LSU loses to 'Alabama • i P6-104. i 1979 ->- Parryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs sets an NHL record for points in a game with six goals and four assists in an 11-4 victory over the Boston Bruins. • 1990 — Lisa Leslie of Momlngside High School in Inglevyood, Calif., scores 101 points in the first half against South Torrance High School. The final score is 102-24 as the coach of South Torrance decides not to bring his team out for the second half. To subscribe call; 456-3821 or 459-3121 YES BUY A NEW 2,296 FURNACE FOR ONLY S 879! YOU CAN! Service Experts We're not crazy., you can actually replace your old (and probably very inefficient) furnace and air conditioner as a package for at least $1,300 LESS than you would have to pay at any other time. 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TSPORTS NOTE BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A confident Daniel Koroen of JCeny$ set a world indoor record of 7 minutes, 24.90 seconds in the 3,000 meters at the Samsung Cup track and field meet Friday, He broke the 7:26.14 mark set j>y Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie at Stuttgart, Germany on Sunday. Advertising: (765) 459-3121 or (800) 382-0696 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri, fi d,m. to 7p.m, / Sat, & Sun 8 am, to Noon