SPORTS WEDNESDAY • SEPTEMBER 18,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B3 Woman golfer qualifies for PGA event HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Suzy Whaley has a chance to become the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event. Whether she does so is another matter. , ,' h Whaley, the head pro at a Connecticut golf club, earned an exemption to next year's Greater Hartford Open. She won a PGA Section Championship on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to qualify for a tournament on the PGA Tour. The 35-year-old former LPGA player said she hasn't decided if she'll play at the GHO, a tournament close to home in several respects. -•" Her husband, Bill, is the gener- al'manager at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, where the GHO is held each summer. "It's ironic," said Whaley, who lives in the Hartford suburb of Farmington. "My household has a lot of discussing to do on that. That is truly up in the air." The GHO is more than happy to welcome her. .„ "We'd be thrilled to have her," 0HO chairman Dan Baker said. \ Youth Sports """ Note.- The following information was obtained from representatives of local yauth teams or organizations. To turn in information about youth sports, contact the sports department at (785) 628-1081 01' 1-800-657-6017, ext. 130. football • WKFL • The Western Kansas Football League Is a self-funded, volunteer-governed youth sports organization started in Hays more than 15 years ago. It has since expanded to 17 cities and covers 12 counties in central and western Kansas. Following a six-week regular-season schedule, the top eight teams in each of the 4th/5th-grade and 6th-grade divisions atlvance to tournament play. The winners of those tournaments then qualify for the state tournament Nov. 1-3 in Topeka. The regular-season champion of the seventh-grade division also advances to state. Following are the WKFL results for the first two weeks of the 2002 season. (Weekl) • 7th-Grade Division • •"'Hays Tilans 15, Buhler Crusaders 12; Pratt Pffanhas 18, Manhattan Jaguars 6; Hays En- lorcers 21, Manhattan Panthers 20 • Sth-Grade Division • Phillipsburg Panthers 27, Ellls/WaKeeney Stallions 0; Medicine Lodge Indians 6, Pratt'Pira- nhas 0; Colby EagliteTS'.-Hfcys Outlaws 0; Oberlin Demons 18, McC66k"(Ne'b.) Bison 12 (OT); Hays Gamblers 38, Ness County 0; Larned Indians 12, Hays Generals 6; Victoria Huskers 12, Ellsworth Gladiators 7; Lyons 7, Ntekerson Panthers 0; Great Bend Panthers 18, Holsington 13 • 4th/5th-Grade Division • Hays Gamblers 12, Norton Two 6 (OT); Hays • Warriors 14, Pratt Piranhas Lightning 8; Pratt Piranhas Thunder 13, Medicine Lodge 0; Hays Outlaws 31, Colby Eagles 20; Norton One 12, Oberlin Demons 0; Victoria Huskers 12, Ellsworth Gladiators 0; Lyons 27, Nickerson 0; Ellls/WaKeeney Stallions 1?,-Phillipsbjurg Panthers 6 (OT); Hoisington Cardinals 37, Llndsborg 0. (Week 2) • 7th-Grade Division • , ,Hays Titans 28, Manhattan Jaguars 6; Man- hffltan Panthers 13, Pratt Piranhas 0; Hays Enforcers 44, Buhler Crusaders 0. ", • 6th-Grade Division • '"'Phillipsburg Panthers 41, McCook (Neb.) Bl- s'ori 0; Pratt Piranhas 32, Nickerson 0; Hays Outlaws 47, Ness County 7; Oberlln Demons 7, Colb/Eagles 6; Hays Gamblers 18, Hays Generals Hoisington Cardinals 14, Medicine Lodge 0; Victoria Huskers 25, Ellls/WaKeeney Stallions 0; Ellsworth Gladiators 53, Lyons 0; Great Bend Panthers 38, Larned 6. ,-.• . 4th-5th Grade Division • Hays Gamblers 27, Hays Warriors 8; Hays Gffilaws 6, Norton One 0; Pratt Piranhas Thunder 27, Nickerson 0; Pratt Piranhas Lightning 6, Smoky Valley 0; Norton One 13, Phillipsburg Panthers 12; Oberlin Demons 13, Colby Eagles 12; Lyons 1.4. Ellsworth Gladiator's 0; Ellis/WaKeeney Stallions 25, Victoria Huskers 0; Hoisington Cardinals 42,' Medicine Lodge 0. Soccer v.-' . Hays Soccer Club • The local youth soccer club started its 2002 fall season on a strong note Sunday, going 6-3-1 overall in Wildcat League play in Manhattan. ,»• The Under-8 Sparks boys' team was impressive in its debut with a pair of one- goal victories. Also winning both their games in the season opener were the U- 14 Tornadoes and U-10 Blaze. Also representing the HSC were the U-12 Tornadoes, who went 0-1-1, and the U-8 Sparks girts (0-2-0). This marks the first year for U-8 teams for the HSC. Next action for the local club will be this weekend when the U-14 Tornadoes aijd the U-10 Blaze represent the HSC in th,e, Tide American Cup Tournament in Shawnee. TVack & Field i • Honors • ' 'Spring Blackwell of Hays has been v'dted as one of the USA Track and Field Association's rising stars. Blackwell earned the award based on her performance July 27th at the national championships in Omaha, Neb. The 13-year-old tied for fifth in the javelin with a toss of 89 feet, 11 inches. fT! Stomgren cards ace HY;THE HAYS DAILY NEWS _ T _ _ —— .^Former Fort Hays State Unt, varsity athletic director Tom Stromgren carded a hole in one at Sinoky Hill Country Club Tuesday. qStromgren used a 9-iron to ace the 147-yard 18th hole. •j,Witnesses were Chad Jury, Dpnnie Roberts and Gary Dean. ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, right, shoots over Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning in a 1996 game. Ewing retired from the NBA on Tuesday, ending a 17-year career. Ewing retires from NBA NEW YORK (AP) — This retirement business won't be easy, Patrick Ewing said, not easy at all for one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. "I'll miss the camaraderie, the rivalries with other teams," Ewing said Tuesday after ending his 17-year career. "I'll miss everything." The next stop for the 40-year- old center will be a seat on the Washington Wizards bench as an assistant coach for Michael Jordan's franchise. "What more could you ask than to have a future Hall of Fame player on your staff, working with your players every day," Washing- "It wll be a real privilege for our players to work with Patrick. His firsthand experience in this league, the ability to prepare yourself as a professional, and knowing what it takes to win, will be absolutely priceless lessons for our players to learn from Patrick." The NBA championship was the missing piece of the puzzle for the 7-footer who led Georgetown to three NCAA finals, including the 1984 title, before becoming the No. 1 pick in the first NBA lottery draft. "I'm disappointed I never won a championship — in the pros,' Ewing said. "We did the best we could to help the franchise win one. It didn't happen. That's life You've got to move on." Ewing finishes his NBA career with 24,815 points and 11,606 re bounds. He was an 11-time All Star and holds a number o Knicks records, including l^cfti^g scorer (22.8 points) and leading rebounder (10.4). "He came to work every day, longtime sidekick Charles Oakle> said. White Sox ace wins 18th CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Buehrle is about as laid back as a pitcher can get. Walk into the clubhouse on a day he's pitching, and he's usually playing cards with teammates —just like any other day. He doesn't get caught up in personal stats, worrying more about the Chicago White Sox's record than his own. But with 20 wins tantalizingly close, even Buehrle admits that's one mark that would be something special. He got No. 18 on Tuesday night, scattering six hits over seven innings to lead the White Sox to a 61 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I'd like to get it," he said. "Twenty wins is a good goal to reach. Not many pitchers get to 20 wins in a season." The White Sox haven't had a 20- game winner since Jack McDowell in 1993. "It would be a tremendous feather in the organization's cap, for the people that developed him and also for us, because he is the ultimate team player," manager Jerry Manuel said. "He does all the right things, so it would be a big positive for us." But Buehrle (18-11) has only two starts left. He'll have to pitch like he did Tuesday night — and get the same kind of run support. Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez hit back-to-back solo home runs, and Ordonez drove in another run. Mark Johnson also homered as the White Sox pulled within one game of .500. Mike Sweeney's solo homer was the only offense for the Royals, who have lost 15 of their last 20 games. Miguel Asencio (3-7) gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in five innings. He walked four while striking out only one. "Those guys, sometimes they are going to be off, but when they are on, they are tough to beat," Royals manager Tony Pena said of the White Sox. "And this kid is showing everybody that he is a good pitcher." Good enough to be a 38th-round draft pick in 1998. In just his second full season in the majors, Buehrle has developed into one of the AL's best pitchers. He won 12 games before the break and made his first All- Star team. But he's slowed down in the second half. After getting victory No. 17 on Sept. 1, he lost his last two starts. "Some pitches weren't working for me the last couple of starts. Today, everything was working," he said. "I'm not trying to change anything knowing 20 is right around the corner." Longtime Royals' fan dies at 82 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — White-bearded Joe Hess Jr., a Kansas City Royals fan who was a fixture in the right field stands for more than two decades, is dead at the age of 82. Hess, whose bushy beard gave him a remarkable likeness to Santa Claus, retired in 1976 after 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In retirement he enjoyed playing Santa for children — and going without fail to Royals games. Until slowed by illness, Hess had attended every home game for 22 years. He'd arrive at the ballpark at 3 p.m. to get in line for his favorite front-row seat in what until this year used to be the general admission area. Even after the change to a reserved seating policy, the Royals "awarded" Hess his position — Section 144, Row J, Seat 1. "That meant a lot to him," said his wife, Dorothy. Hess was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who served with the Marines on Guadalcanal in World War II. His health began to fail this spring, and an infection led to the amputation .of, 4 his ,left foot on Aug. 2. His physician; Dr. Walter Bender, thought that getting him back to the stadium was an important part of his rehabilitation, and he took him to see the Royals play the New York Yankees on Aug. 14. "That was such a morale-booster," said Mrs. Hess. "He was in rehab and trying to get better. To be able to get to a game meant everything. He got so much attention that night...he was just very, very happy." Hess, in a wheelchair, was misty-eyed after watching the game from Section 106 behind home plate. "To be there, and to see all the magical things about the game," he said. "Things like seeing a shortstop go out to left field to get a ball. That's what the game is all about." Hess, who lived in suburban Leawood, Kan., died Saturday at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City. Freshman runner pushes improving senior By EDWARD CARIFIO HAYS DAILY NEWS Matt Walker was a force last year for the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys' cross country team. He was regularly a top-5 finisher at meets last season, but missed qualifying for the Class 3A State Championships at Wamego, nor did he finish first in a race. But to start his senior season, Walker took first at the team's opener at Lincoln in 20 minutes, 29 seconds. He was runner-up there a year ago. Walker followed that up with a 19th-place showing at Wamego Saturday. The meet had 111 boys running in it from 28 schools in the Class 3-2-1A division. In the stat that mattered, Walker shaved over a minute off his first-place time from Lincoln, finishing in 19:03.14. Monarch coach Kevin Splichal said that improvement is due in part to increased competition from within — namely, the arrival of freshman Ty Ginther. Ginther was 45 seconds behind Walker at Lincoln, and finished ahead of him Saturday, in 17th at 18:36.53. "Tyler is good for him," Splichal said. "There's a little competition there, and they keep each other up at a high pace. It's good for both their improvement as individuals, plus it's good because it rubs off on the whole team." The Monarchs did not field enough runners to qualify at Lincoln, and took llth at the Wamego meet. Ginther, who holds the school record at Kennedy 'Middle School in the 3,200-meter run, has created high expectations in his coach. "He's had a good fresh start," Splichal said. "As a freshman, he's already got me excited about the future. Hopefully, we can qualify some guys for the state championships this year. He is really good to have created such anticipation already." The Monarch girls' team has had its fair share of success as well. With a much younger team, success means improvement more than placement, Splichal said. • "The two new girls have made great improvements," Splichal said of juniors Carly Herman and Sara Gottschalk. "They were a little discouraged by their places, but I told them to focus on improving their times." TMP-Marian goes from competing at the big Wamego meet to the much smaller WaKeeney-Trego Invitational on Thursday. Splichal said that while individual tune improvements is No. 1 on the to-do list, high individual and team placing is more of a possibility than it was at Wamego. "There is anticipation of doing well and a good team placing," Splichal said. "They'll be focusing on individual improvement, but (high placing) will be on the back of their minds." BIG HIT OF THE GAME TOP OFF HIT OF THE GAWE Scott Haynes Brett Alstatt PRACTICE MAYER OF THE WEEK SPECIAl TEAMS PIAYER OF THE WEEK' ••=••=•••=** CLINIC.P.A. 2818 Vine-Hays, KS Justin Townley "I'm not sure what really happened," said Mrs 1 . Hess. "They can't say it was complications from the amputation, but they can't really say it wasn't. It could have been heart failure, too." The funeral service will be Thursday at Longview United Methodist Church in Kansas City. The Royals plan a moment of silence in honor of Hess before Friday night's game against Cleveland, with flowers placed in his favorite seat, said Kim Hillix, the team's director of promotions. They also plan to install a memorial plaque bearing his picture. "In our minds there was no better Royals fan," said Herk Robinson, vice president of the team. "We will miss him very much." FHSU: Rebel just scores TDs • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl rusher in back-to-back years since Donald Gregory did it in 1997 and 1998. He's a formidable runner that can be punishing and guarantee almost three yards every carry. . Forget Keyshawn Johnson. Just give Broom the damn, ball — and a banner at Lewis Field Stadium. • Beau Rebel — The junior receiver is the Tigers' version of Cris Carter — all he does is catch touchdown passes. Rebel, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, has only five catches this year, but he can find the end zone. Two of those catches have been for touchdowns, a 25-yarder at Emporia State and a 12-yarder against Washburn. Rebel and junior receiver Andre Freeman, who had eight catches for 103 yards against Washburn, are a talented one-two punch that are sometimes overlooked. RMAC Notes Fort Hays was the only conference team to win a game last weekend. Six other teams in action lost. 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