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WMW 6m roundup PageB3, TUESDAY, JUNE 20,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS larks tune up with win By NICK MCQUEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Monday's game against the Dodge City Desperadoes didn't have quite the same feel as the Hays Larks' season-opening 15-4 win at Dodge City. It wasn't quite the same Larks team either. Using the nonleague game as a warmup for some newcomers and getting a spot start from Fort Hays State University pitcher Scott Drobeck, Hays captured a 6-1 win heading into a three- game Jayhawk League series at El Dorado. The Larks were to play the Broncos at 7 tonight and have a 6 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday. "We had a good game plan tonight. We didn't have to use any of our guys so we can save them for El Dorado," Hays manager Frank Leo said. "Hat's off to Scott Drobeck for being able to get us that deep." Drobeck allowed just four hits and one unearned run to Dodge City (13-14), an RBI groundout in the third inning by Fort Hays product Tyler Konrade. Meanwhile, the Larks' of- . fense struggled to get things going early against Dodge City starter Jarod King, also from Fort Hays. "The guy throwing against us threw really well," Larks third baseman Eric Lawson said. "He was keeping everyone off balance, but we made the adjustments we needed." Lawson led off the fifth in•. i , hits. H,e.eyentually jscpre.d, on a ( Sacrifice fly 'by Dallas' Christi-' ' son, who had two RBIs. "We got some of the guys, particularly some of the new guys, some good at-bats," Leo said. "It's important to do that this early in the season." Lawson scored again in the seventh to give Hays (10-4) a 31 lead. He led off with a double and scored on Christison's triple to left-center against a stiff wind. "It's a little more laid back out here, but we still have to come in here and get our jobs done and win a baseball game," Lawson said of the nonleague game. "Fortunately, we were able to do enough to get that done here." King pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and six runs, three earned. "King did a good job of keeping them in the ball game, but what about our two guys (who pitched)," Leo said. Before being relieved by Dan Russell in the eighth inning, Drobeck gave up four hits to move to 1-1 on the season. Drobeck could be used as spot starter again now that the Larks have lost another pitcher. Toro TreVino, an Emporia State University graduate, has signed with an Independent League team in the Chicago area. He was scheduled to make one more start, tonight at El Dorado, but right-hander Jesus Hernandez (0-0) will start instead. Trevino will be used as a reliever to save his arm for his first action Friday with his new team. "We're an arm short anyway before Toro left," Leo said. "We're trying to get by We're not going to rush into things, but we need to go out and find a replacement." In two innings of relief, Russell allowed no hits and struck out three for the save. "(Drobeck) kept us right in this thing and Dan Russell, what a good job of throwing in the eighth and ninth and j l we,.clpn't l have to use anyone • ,, (else) put of ,the-builpen-"'L said: ' *.*w--- The Larks tacked on three runs in the eighth inning on just one hit. King hit three batters in the inning and Dodge City made an error. SEE LARKS, PAGE B3 STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News Hays Larks second baseman Ross Brezovsky avoids Dodge City baserunner Tyler Konrade while turning a double play during Monday night's game atlarks Park. Back at home, Mavs focus on Wade, Heat By BRIAN MAHONEY ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are done ranting and raving their way through the NBA finals. Gone are the complaints about the officials. No more blaming nerves, distractions, unfamiliar surroundings, or anything else that stands in their way. With their season on the line and the crowd in their favor, the Mavericks are ready to concentrate on nothing but basketball when they host the Heat tonight in Game 6 (8 p.m., ABC). And that's what it will take to slow down Dwyane Wade and keep Miami from winning its first NBA title. "Now we're back at home," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said Monday "No excuses, let's just go out and put our yellow hats on and just play the game." NBA Finals Johnson said the Mavs were "disappointed and frustrated and angered" by what happened Sunday night in Miami in a 101-100 overtime loss in Game 5. But all the bad feelings disappeared when they touched down in Dallas, where they seemed to have total control of the series before they departed a little over a week ago. "We're at home now, and I tell you, it was great landing here in Dallas, just even when we're looking at the plane entering Texas," Johnson said. "It was just good to be back in Texas and good to be back here in Dallas. It's a great feeling and I know we've got to be so excited to see our fans and get cheered tomorrow night and not booed." As great as the home fans will be, they're powerless to stop Wade. Then again, so were the guys wearing Mavericks uniforms down in Miami. Wade followed games of 42 and 36 points by scoring 43 points Sunday night, including the winning free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime. And while the third-year guard is new to the NBA finals, that type of performance has been seen before this time of year. "He took over all facets of the game, kind of how like Michael Jordan did it back in '91 and '92, when he really dominated the finals," Heat forward Antoine Walker said. "It's a real treat to watch him and to be a part of it. Hopefully, he's got one more in him." He hasn't had one yet in Dallas, where the Heat absorbed a pair of double-digit losses in the first two games. Still recovering from an illness then, he now looks capable of doing anything on the court — maybe even helping Miami win in Dallas for the first time since 2002. "We knew we didn't play any good games in Dallas," Wade said. "When you go on the road and you don't play good games, then you turn the ball over, it's hard to win.... It's going to be very tough, but that's why we play this game — for these moments." Wade had a number of them in Miami, from his 15-point fourth quarter in the Heat's rally to win Game 3 to his series of clutch plays in the fourth and overtime of Game 5. Jerry Stackhouse watched Sunday's game from the Mavs' hotel while serving a one-game suspension for his flagrant foul against Shaquille O'Neal. And when it comes to Wade, Stackhouse isn't the only Dallas player who has been a spectator lately. "He's a great player and we just have to continue to force other guys to beat us," Stackhouse said. "I think that's the key. He's had the ball in his hands entirely too much, especially in the deciding fourth quarter." Stackhouse will return tonight, giving the Mavs their top reserve back, The Mavs hope that his energy, plus the obvious boost from their vocal crowd, will be enough to make sure this series remains all about the home-court advantage. For the first time in 30 years, the home teams are unbeaten in the first five games. If Dallas still hopes to win its first championship, the Mavs must make it the first finals with seven home- team winners since 1955 — or they'll watch Wade and O'Neal celebrate the Heat's first title in Dallas. A Dallas win tonight would force a decisive Game 7 on Thursday KSU loses 2 players MANHATTAN (AP) — Center JoAnn Hamlin and guard Twiggy Mclntyre, two of Kansas State's leading women's basketball players last season, will transfer from the school, the university said Monday. The two led Kansas State to a 24-10 record last season and a WNIT championship, the team's first postseason title in school history. School officials said they did not know what schools the women would attend. Hamlin averaged 10 points and 4.6 rebounds in her freshman year, started in 31 games and shot a team-best 52.5 percent from the floor. Mclntyre averaged 9.9 points as a junior. Nobody finer than Carolina ANN HEI8ENFEU/Aisoclattd PrtM Memberi of the Carolina Hurricane- ROM together after defeating the Edmonton Oiler! In Mond*y night'i Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals In Raleigh, N.C. Hurricanes beat Oilers, capture Stanley Cup By PAUL NEWBERRY ASSOCIATED PRESS • """"""' -'-- ji - - . RALEIGH, N.C. — Thanks to the kid, all those Carolina old- timers finally got to hoist the Stanley Cup. Rod Brind'Amour cried. Bret Hedican jumped for joy. Even Doug Weight — bad shoulder and all — lifted hockey's most revered trophy above his head. It tilted slightly to his right, but he held/on. No way the Hurricanes were going to let this one slip away. Cam Ward made sure of that. The rookie goalie stopped nearly everything that came his way, finishing off a brilliant playoffs with a rock-solid performance in Game 7. The Hurri- Stanley Cup canes skated away with their first Stanley Cup title, beating Edmonton 3-1 in the winner-take- all finale Monday night. Ward, only 22, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the postseason. "Goaltending wins you championships, make no mistake about it." said Brind 1 Amour, the 35-year- old captain, his eyes still red after he left the ice. "I got to raise the cup because of that kid." Brind'Amour wasn't the only member of the 30-something club who finally broke through. There was Hedican, 35, who lost in his first two trips to the finals. And Weight, 35, who finally made it for the first time in his 15th season. And Whitney, 34, who didn't reach the finals until Year H. And the most patient one of all, 37-year-old Glen Wesley, who had played in the eighth- most regular-season games (1,311) in NHL history without winning a championship. • All of them will be getting their names on the cup. Finally. "That was probably the greatest feeling of my life," coach Peter Laviolette said. "To watch those guys hold the cup over their head — that is what I will remember." A couple of defensemen, Aaron Ward and Frantisek Kaberle, staked Carolina to a 2-0 lead through two periods. Justin Williams finished off the Oilers, scoring an empty-net goal with 1:01 remaining after Edmonton playoff star Fernando Pisani broke up Cam Ward's shutout early in the third. \

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