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SPORTS THURSDAY • SEPTEMBER 19,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Diamondback hits for cycle -' SAN DIEGO (AP) — The chances of Greg Golbrunn hitting a triple to complete the cycle were so remote that some of his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates joked that he should have missed the plate after his second home run. ;' Colbrunn then shocked everyone when he tripled into the right-field corner in the ninth inning, completing his first career cycle and leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. - "What are the odds of me hitting a triple? I was up there trying to take advantage of another at- bat," Colbrunn said after his teammates gave him a shower of b'eer and ice water. Going into that last inning, Colbrunn had only 10 triples in 2,665 career at-bats. ' Colbrunn was the first player to hit for the cycle and hit two homers since Hall of Famer George Brett did it May 28, 1979, in a 16-inning game against Baltimore. • "I've seen a few cycles in my days, but when you have to get the triple your last time up, that's the least likely cycle, especially for a guy like Colby, who doesn't run particularly well," manager Bob Brenly said. "But he hit it in the right spot." HAYES: Last Season in 76 r 4 CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl Adding insult to that shun was tiiat Hayes wasn't even a member of the Cowboys Ring of Fame until owner Jerry Jones finally rectified things in September 2001, leaking him the llth member. "I'm thrilled, I'm grateful, I'm b'lessed," Hayes told the crowd at his induction. "I played for the world's greatest professional sports team in history Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy." Hayes retired in 1976 and lived in Dallas, before moving back to Jacksonville in the mid-1990s v^here he lived with his parents in relative obscurity. He continued to battle drug and alcohol problems and has been.to rehabilita- titin 'programs three times since His retirement. • "I won gold medals represent ing this country, but I've gotten more recognition around the tyorld than I have in my own back yard," he said. " Hayes kept close ties with his old college, going to as many Florida A&M games as he could. * "Even after he got very sick, he still made it to the football games up here," said Eddie Jackson, a retired university vice president for public affairs and a longtime fEiend. "We'd see he v/as not looking well, or feeling well, but if Florida A&M was playing, Bob Hayes would be there." Hayes is survived by his moth er, a brother and a sister, and five children. " Details of the funeral service were not immediately announced. SEATTLE: No femedy for losses • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl * In the middle of the season, he started taking St. John's wort a night to help relax and ge' through the anxiety he felt in his belly. Even after getting two hits ajid contributing to the winning rally Wednesday night, he's bat tfiig only .245. "It seems I've been fighting uphill all year. I'm tired," Cirillo said spftly a night earlier as he sagged in his chair in the locker room. "Right now, I'm confused. I hurts me. I've never struggled in this game. Last year I hit .313 and I went home and thought I wa terrible. But this season is a rea serious reality check." It's been a reality check for all the Mariners. ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher puts the pass rush on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in last Sunday's game in Atlanta. Vick claims he heard a Chicago coach scream 'take out his knees' during the Falcons' loss to the Bears. Yick claims Bears tried to hurt him FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday that a Chicago coach screamed "take his knees out" during a loss to the Bears last weekend. Vick made the allegations, which were backed up by teammate Willie Jackson, against Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache. "They were coming up to hit me," Vick said. "I heard one of their coaches scream, 'Take his knees out!' That was their goal, to knock me out of the game." Blache denied that he wanted to injure Vick, the best running quarterback in the NFL. The coordinator did say he told his players that the •best way to tackle Vick was by taking his legs out from under him. "Sure, if he's going to run, what are you going to do?" Blaqhe said. "If he's going to run, why not?" The coach was clearly perturbed by Vick's allegations. "He got his butt beat and now he wants to make somebody look bad," Blache said. "Unbelievable." The Bears were penalized three times for roughing the quarterback in their 14-13 victory Sunday. Vick led the Falcons (0-2) in rushing for the second week in a row, gaining 56 yards on 10 carries. Vick also was sacked four times and lost a critical fumble at the Chicago 21 early in the third quarter. Blache said he told his players, "Don't dance with him, cut him." The coach added, "The dude wants to run and he wants people to dance with him. It's unbelievable." Jackson, a Falcons receiver, said he heard Blache tell his players to take out Vick's knees after a scramble by the speedy quarterback. Jackson relayed what he heard to Vick. "The reason I brought it up was so Mike could take precau tions for himself," the receiver said. "I don't like to make big deals out of stuff, but he's my teammate." Jackson said he's never heard a similar comment during his nine years in the league. Vick said he confronted Blache after going out of bounds on the Bears sideline. "It was very inappropriate and uncalled for," Vick said. "It just shows guys are gunning for me and trying to knock me out of the game." Said Blache, "Yeah, he made a comment to me at the time. I said, 'Son, if you run, we're going to hit you.'" Vick, who had 128 yards rushing this season, realizes that teams are going to punish him when he leaves the pocket. "rkrtdw my style'of football," he said. "I'm going to take a lot ol shots. I'm prepared for it. That's why I lift weights so hard." Blache said any quarterback who runs from the pocket increases his risk of .injury. "We teach tough, clean football," he said. "We understand the rules of the pocket. We try to stay off people's knees and try to stay off their heads in the pock' et." Blache is in his fourth year as the Bears defensive coordinator Last season, his team allowed few er points (12.7 per game) than any team in the league. Chicago defensive back Larry Whigham described the 22-year old Vick as "just a young kid who got beat up pretty well Sunday, guess he's looking for some type of excuse." "We don't try to injure people,' Whigham added. "We just try to inflict as much pain as we possi bly can within the rules." Royals' Suppan loses again CHICAGO (AP) — Even when he pitches well, Jeff Suppan can't win. Suppan lost his ninth straight decision Wednesday night as the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 3-1. Frank Thomas homered for a second straight game and the Royals managed only four hits. "He got us deep," said Michael Tucker, who scored the Royals' only run. "It's not like they were scoring in bunches—just one at a time. But right now, it doesn't seem like we can get a break .at the plate." It was Kansas City's 53rd road loss, tying the club record set in 1970 and matched in 1992. The Royals need to go 8-2 in their last 10 games to avoid matching thi club's record for total losses in a season (97). Suppan (8-16) has lost plenty o games before, but never like this His 16 losses are the se'cond-wors in the AL. He hasn't won since July 17, a span of 11 starts. His nine straight losing deci sions leaves him one shy of th club record set by Tom Gordon — and Gordon needed parts of twi seasons to do that. "It's been a tough year with al these losses," said Suppan; Kansas City's pitcher of the year last season. "All I can do, bottom line, is keep trying out there." Jon Garland (12-11) scattered a run and three hits as he picked up his fourth win in five starts. Triplains airs it out on offense For Subscribing to The Hays Daily News CHARGE IT! You may use your Visa, Mastercard or University Card to pay for your subscription to The Hays Daily News. J C U A! TL 628-1081 OUT OF TOWN CALL 1-800-657-6017 By RANDY GONZALES HAYS DAILY NEWS Travis Betz had a string of successful seasons using a power running attack with his eight- man teams. But Betz, who is in his ninth season as the football coach at Winona-Triplains High School, has had to adapt in order to survive. The Vikings went to a passing attack the last couple seasons to fit their personnel. After winning just two games in the last three years, the new offense is starting to bear fruit this season. Triplains (2-0) already has as many wins this year as in the last three combined heading into tonight's home game Western Kansas Liberty League rival Tribune-Greeley Co. The Vikings' spread offense has put up eye-popping numbers this year, especially in last week's 66-22 victory over Bird City- Cheylin. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Barrett accumulated 502 yards in total offense — 229 on the ground and 273 through the air. Barrett ran for two TDs and threw for six more. In the mid to late 1990s, Triplains made the playoffs behind the bruising running attack featuring tailback Derek Wright. Back then, going to the air was just a passing thought; now, fancy passing is a passing fancy. '"From '95-98, we threw the ball only 30-40 times a year," Betz said. "Now, we throw 40 a game." Through two games, Barrett has completed 36-of-78 passes for 514 yards, with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Barrett also is the leading rusher for the Vikings, who often go with an open backfield. The QB has rushed for 467 yards on 56 carries (8.3 average) and five touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Preston Mackley has 13 catches for 193 yards and five touchdowns. "Mackley is probably the one they're trying to take away from us," Betz said. "He's probably the fastest kid in the league — him or Barrett, it's a tossup." Another wideout, junior Jake Harper, also has 13 receptions, for 231 yards and two TDs. "Harper has really played well the first two games," Betz said. The Vikings' slot receiver is junior Rene Rodriguez. Rodriguez had to sit out last football season after transferring from Oakley. Rodriguez, who hasn't played football since junior high, has made up for lost time. He has eight catches for 85 yards and two TDs. "He has stepped in, been our third wide receiver on offense," Betz said. A 60-30 win over Rexford-Golden Plains in the season opener gave the Vikings a boost in confidence. "That was something we needed," Betz said. "Half the battle is the mental part, learning how to win." The Vikings also are learning how to adjust to opposing defenses. The blitz comes often in an effort to shut down the passing attack. In the no-back set, one of the receivers usually looks for blitzing linebackers. "It looks like four wide receivers, but we keep one in to block," Betz said. "People are starting to rush four, send the blitz." In the win over Golden Plains, Triplains broke open a close game by outscoring the Bulldogs 20-8 in the fourth quarter. "We pride ourselves on our conditioning," Betz said. "Our goal is to beat people in the fourth quarter." USC to test Kansas State secondary MANHATTAN (AP) — Kansas State's defense looked confused against a quarterback in its last game. Without some adjustments, USC's Carson Palmer could make the Wildcats' heads spin on Saturday. It wasn't Texas' Chris Simms or Miami's Ken Dorsey that caused the confusion. It wasn't any hyped signal-caller for that matter. It was Tony Romo of Division I-AA Eastern Illinois. Romo is no slouch. He has completed 60 percent of his passes for 488 yards and five touchdowns in two games. But his dominance of the Wildcats in the first half of Kansas State's 63-13 win against the Panthers does cause some concern for a secondary that now has to face Palmer, who has received Heisman buzz and has the numbers to back it up. "Our zones were open and they got a lot of yards that way," Kansas State linebacker Josh Buhl said. "USC will be licking their chops if they see that." Romo completed 13 of his first 14 passes and threw touchdown passes on .his first two drives. Romo had Kansas State cornerbacks missing assignments on his way to 169 yards in the first half. Eventually, the Wildcats settled down and Romo didn't have much success after the first half. Kansas S,tate.forced.three interceptions and hel^.R.dhioyS'fJ.IT yards in the second half. , > ; "We were on our heels, but we kept swinging," cornerback Terence Newman said. "They caused us some problems. We weren't getting lined up and we missed tackles. That can kill you against anyone. We'll have to eliminate the big plays this week. "They will throw short and then they'll get us deep when we're relaxed." On Saturday, the Wildcats face a quarterback with far more acclaim than Romo. Palmer hi addition to recognition from the media is on pace to break USC's all-time passing record, hi his first two games, he's completed 72.6 percent of his passes and has averaged 273 passing yards a game. "He has an awful lot of experience," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "He's an extremely talented young guy and poses a lot of threats." Kansas State held Palmer in check hi the Wildcats' 10-6 win over the Trojans last season. This year, though, Palmer and the rest of the USC offense is familiar with offensive coordinator Norm Chow's system. It's that balance hi the system that makes Palmer dangerous, Kansas State defensive coordinator Bobby Elliott said. "We better not let them run the football," Bobby Elliott said. "Then Carson has easy pickin's." Against Romo, Elliott played lots of zone and let the cornerbacks sit back and wait for him to make , .decision^ EUJRtt says the Wildcats will haveitocbe more flexible and unpredictable against Palmer. "You can put pressure on him, but I don't think' anybody has had success blitzing them," Elliott said. "We'll have to mix it up and be sound." HHS: Indians must stop Liberal's Wilson • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl Hays High, meanwhile, dropped its season opener by one point to Scott City, then got run over in its first road test last week, a 39-6 loss to Junction City. "We didn't play with as much intensity and focus as the week before," Teeter said of last week's loss. While the Redskins want to atone for last year's defeat, the Indians want to prove it was no fluke. "We talked about beating them two years in a row," Teeter said. "We've got to play with a lot of excitement, energy." That energy likely needs to be funneled into a defensive unit that gave up 412 yards in total offense last week — 366 of that on the ground. And, it's the ground game which Liberal likes best. The Redskins have a first-year coach hi Rich Anderson. But the former longtime Pratt coach still has the Redskins running the ball. Liberal junior tailback Ken Wilson will be the feature back. "They're going to give him the ball 30-35 times," Teeter said. "We can't give up a lot of big runs, like Junction City." Hays High needs to click on offense. The Indians sputtered offensively in the season opener, then last week they were ineffective after putting together a good opening drive to score six points. "We've got to sustain some drives," Teeter said. "Instead of one (scoring drive), we've got to have one each quarter." • HHS NOTES: Junior Brett Alstatt leads HHS in rushing with 86 yards on 19 carries. ... Junior quarterback Kyle Parker has completed 16-of-40 passes for 167 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions.... Senior wide- out Jude Fox is the top receiver, with seven catches for 84 yards and two TDs. Finley's wife agrees to plea bargain LAQUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Actress Tawny Kitaen agreed Wednesday to a plea bargain on spousal abuse and battery charges alleging she attacked her husband, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chuck Finley Under the deal, Kitaen did not admit guilt but agreed to enter a spousal battery counseling program. If she completes the program and other conditions of the deal, the case could eventually be dropped. The bargain also requires Kitaen, 41, to avoid contact with her husband, stay away from their Newport Beach home and return to court in December for a progress report. "She's not admitting any guilt," said Kitaen's attorney, Blah* Berk. Orange County Superior Court Judge Pamela lies* made the agreement with Kitaen over the objection of Deputy District Attorney Debbie Johnson. lies also ordered Kitaen to make a $500 donation to a battered-women's shelter, pay $400 in court costs, see only one doctor and not to change doctors without approval and take only medications prescribed by a doctor. If convicted of the two misdemeanor counts, she faced up to a year in jail. MANIA! rday, September II • 8: Special appearances by: Miss Rodeo Kansas - Valerie Wurtz Miss Rodeo Kansas Princess - Adra Cox Miss Pawnee County Rodeo - Shawna Charteir Miss Pawnee County Rodeo Princess - lenea Skellon Miss Triangle Rodeo - Jo Charteir Miss Rodeo McCracken/EUis County - Carlee Parke Ellis County Rodeo Princess - Tianna Sanderson Ellis County Fairgrounds • Hays, Kansas EVENTS: 30 Bull Riders (Top 10 to the Finals) Mutton Bustin' • Calf Scramble With Special Guest Clown & Funny Man Greg Herell! $10 General Admission Kids 5 & Under FREE Brought to you by ••II FUN •!!••! and many local sponsors

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