FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 20,2002 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B1 Royals coach attacked during game ASSOCIATED PRESS Security officials remove one of two men who jumped from the stands and attacked Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa with their fists in the ninth inning of Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. CHICAGO (AP) — With his eyes on home plate and his back to the seats, Tom Gamboa never saw them coming. One second the Kansas City coach was standing near first base. The next he was slammed to the ground, a bare- chested father and his teenage son on top of him and pummeling him re- Gamboa peatedly. "It felt like a football team had hit me from behind. Next thing I knew, I'm on the ground trying to defend myself," Gamboa said. "It just happened so fast." In a scene athletes have feared for years, Gamboa was attacked without warning by two fans who came out of the seats. The Royals rushed to his aid and Gamboa escaped with only a few cuts and a bruised cheek. He walked off the field to a standing ovation from the crowd at Comiskey Park, where the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1. But what about next time? A folded-up pocket knife was found on the ground near the scene, and White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand said he saw it slip out of one of the fan's pockets. "I don't know what we can do to eliminate this," Gamboa said. "I'm grateful (the Royals) got there as quick as they could, especially when there was a knife involved. God forbid me or somebody else would get stabbed. "That could have been really tragic." The father, identified by police as 34-year-old William Ligue Jr. of Alsip, and his 15-year-old son were led off the field in hand- cuffs. Friday morning they were charged with aggravated battery. The son faces two juvenile charges of battery because he also struck a security guard. "It's sad and disturbing, very disturbing," said general manager Kenny Williams, who apologized to Gamboa and the Royals after the game. "Words don't express the sorrow when you look at a man and he's got blood on his face. All he was doing was coaching first base." Instances of on-field attacks by fans have been rare over the years, but athletes are increasingly worried for their safety as fans get more and more brazen. The most notorious incident was when tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan in April 1993 during a match in Hamburg, Germany. On Sept. 28,1995, Cubs reliever Randy Myers was charged by a 27- year-old bond trader who ran out of the stands at Wrigley Field. Myers saw the man coming, dropped his glove and knocked him down with his forearm. On Sept. 24, 1999, a 23-year-old fan attacked Houston right fielder Bill Spiers at Milwaukee. Spiers ended up with a welt under his left eye, a bloody nose and whiplash. "When I saw the two guys running to first base, I thought they were going to run the bases like they normally do," Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran said. But the two headed straight for Gamboa, 54, tackled him and began punching him. The entire Royals dugout cleared and their bullpen rushed in from right field to help Gamboa. Several players jumped on the fans and punches were exchanged. Beltran hit a two-run homer for the Royals and Paul Byrd won his career-high 17th game. Indians take 3-0 victory By RANDY GONZALES HAYS DAILY NEWS If you can't say anything good, then don't say anything at all. • HHS 3, St. John's Military 0 • Sallna-St. John's Military (3-3) ............ 0 0 — 0 Hays High (5-0-1) .................................. 0 3 — 3 Second half Hays High — Ames (Miles), 61st minute. Hays High — Hibbs (Zimmerman), 68th minute. Hays High — Mlchaelis (Zimmerman), 69th minute. Goalies — Palacios, St. John Military; Patzner, Hays High. Hays High School boys' soccer coach Chris" Michaelis was so displeased with the first-half performance of his team in Thursday's at ^llferfof halftime,' while his players huddled together by one goal.' ; > Finally, halfway through intermission, Michaelis joined the huddle. Whatever he finally said, worked, as Hays High broke a scoreless tie with three second- half goals in a 3-0 win at the HHS field. Hays High had won the first meeting between the schools this year, 7-1. "We haven't been playing well in the first half the last couple games," said Michaelis, who wasn't sure what the problem was. "I wish I knew — I'd fix it." Hays High improved to 5-0-1 with the victory. In a sign the sixth-year program is perhaps moving to the next level — being able to compete with stronger schools in the playoffs — just winning isn't enough. Playing well every game also is important. That's all new to this team, Michaelis said. "We're in some uncharted territory," he said. "... I told the kids we have a bull's-eye on our backs." After a listless first half in which St. John's Military (3-3) controlled the action, Hays High kicked it up a notch in the final 40 minutes. HHS finally broke through when senior Robert Ames scored ZACH LONG / Hays Dally News Hays High senior Fernando Guzman, left, challenges St. John's Military junior Nicholas Romero in Thursday's match at the HHS field. in the 61st minute off a centering pass from sophomore Casey Miles. "That's Robbie's second goal of the year," Michaelis said. "He's done a good job, comes to practice, works hard every day." Sophomore Silas Hibbs scored in the 68th minute off a pass from senior Jesse Zimmerman. Hibbs was unlucky on the day, just missing on several other scoring op- portunities, including two shots which hit the crossbar. "We need to get Silas in there, get some opportunities to play," Michaelis said. In the 69th minute, senior Zach Michaelis beat Muleskinner junior goalkeeper Nicolas Palacios from 20 yards out, off a pass from Zimmerman. "The second half was a. little bit better," coach Michaelis said. "We're glad we got the win, I know we can do better than that. "I know our kids expected to play better than they did today." Junior goalie Tyler Patzner got the shutout for HHS, the Indians' third of the season. Hays High will play host to Western Athletic Conference rival Great Bend on Tuesday New position suits Tiger freshman just fine By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Not a normal freshmen. Not a lot of headlines. Not a lot of glamour. But don't think Kelly Skidmore doesn't enjoy her role. The Fort Hays State University freshman doesn't appear in a lot of statistical categories. Unless it's digs. That's something Skidmore has come to expect while playing as a libero, a new position for teams this year. But Skidmore isn't worried about the lack of attention she has drawn from playing the position. "That's, something I'm used to," she said. "It's not the most glamorous, but probably the most unappealing position for some. But I'm used to that." In fact, Skidmore is quite happy with her role and wouldn't trade it for anything. "I love my position," she said. "Sometimes I wish it got more attention, but that's not why I play volleyball. It's my passion in life. I don't need the recognition and don't need the attention other positions come with." It's hard to overlook the 5-foot-8 Skidmore on the court. She's always the one player for FHSU dressed in an opposite colored uniform, exactly the'way a libero is supposed to dress. But she's part of the team, just the same. . "What she does doesn't show' up all the time on the stats, except in digs," said FHSU coach Jesse Mahoney. "But that doesn't tell the whole story She understands out defensive scheme. She can have the greatest match, but no one knows, except her teammates and me. She's a big reason we got off to the good start we did." The libero is a designated .back- row player that is allowed to replace any player in the back row at any time, without counting as a substitution. If a team chooses to use one, the libero is designated on the lineup sheet prior to each game. While playing time can .be abundant, it doesn't come without its restrictions. The libero must play in the back row, may not serve, may not block or attempt to block and may not attack the ball if contact is made while the ball is completely above the height of the net. Also, a teammate may not attack a ball that is completely above the height of the net if the libero set the ball to her from the attack zone using an overhand finger pass. "I'm in charge of the whole back row, have to control the passing lanes and defense," Skidmore said. "You have to get into the mentajity that nothing is going to drop. The No. 1 priority is to cover their hitter and not let the ball drop." It sounds like a daunting task for a true freshman. But Skidmore, a native of Aurora,. Cola, has plenty of experience for, such a thing. She played a libero for two years on a summer team that went on to win a title at the Junior Olympics. So don't think Skidmore is a fistt out of water, even'at 1 the NCAA Division II level. "I'm not very intimidated or scared," she said. "I don't feel the things typical freshman feel." • That's one of the reasons she was recruited as a libero out of high school. "I got recruited as a libero. I hit a little in high school, but I really was better at a libero or defensive specialist," Skidmore said. "She's given us what we've expected out of her," Mahbney said "We felt the libero position would help us out a lot. We felt she was the best one in the region, and we went out and went after her hard." Skidmore has had an impact thus far for the Tigers, She's one of three players that has played in all 39 games this year as Fort Hays has started the season 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference entering a 7 p.m. conference game against Denver's Regis University Saturday at Gross Memorial Coll seum. • TIGERS / SEE PAGE B3 Tigers in RMAC opener vs. Eagles By NICK SCHWIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Brad Smith was anxiously waiting for game film. "It should be here in about another 30 minutes," the Chadron State (Neb.) College football coach said just before noon Tuesday. Smith had reason to be a little anxious. The 16th-year coach of the No. 25-ranked Eagles was coming off a 28-15 loss to South Dakota State University, and the Eagles were gearing up for Fort Hays State University — a team Chadron State had faced near the end of the season the last several years. Smith's team grabbed a 44-0 win over FHSU last year in Nebraska and has won the last five meetings. Only he expects this Saturday's 2 p.m. kickoff for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Confer- snce cla^J&aM^ewjs Field .Stadium . iple of, years, we caughirtfif gfti fthe end of the season when they- were beat up," Smith said. "They were scattered a little thin in spots. "This year, it's at the beginning of the season when they're healthy and going well after a big win. We have to pick it up and get after them because they'll be ready." While Chadron State (1-1 over- TIGERSPORTS Z O N E . C O M Probable starters • OFFENSE • Chadron (1-1, 0-0) Pos. (1-1, 0-0) FHSU Trepka (180, So.) WR (Jr., 175) Rebel Lederhos (285, Sr.) T (Sr., 300) D. Garcia Randolph (260, Sr.) G (So., 275) Slrausberg Dempcy (270, Jr.) C (Jr., 260) Stelner Beguin (280, Sr.) G (Jr., 270) Strong Sievers (280, So.) T (Jr., 245) May Wahlstrom (200, So.)SL-TE (Fr., 206) Flnke Hughes (160, Jr.) WR (Jr., 190) Freeman Eisenrlech (210, So.) QB (Sr., 190) Demel Jones (210, Sr.) SL-FB (Sr., 220) Smllh Forster(175, Jr.) TB (Sr., 210) Broom • DEFENSE• Chadron (1-1, 0-0) Pos. (1-1, 0-0) FHSU Rosas (240, Jr.) DE (Jr., 280) Grifteth Evans (250, Jr.) DT-NG (Jr., 270) Ramsey Hegwer (275, Sr.) DT (Fr., 260) Ubben Halderman (250, So.) DE (Jr., 220) Roberson Teerllnok (185, Sr.) LB (Jr., 235) Crough Rusher (225, So.) MLB (Sr., 225) Ohlde Lopez (195, Sr.) LB (Jr., 217) Hutchlnson Davis (215, Jr.) LB-CB (So., 175) Marshall Jackson (180, Jr.) CB-SS(Fr., 185) L. Johnson Sterkel (205, Sr.) FS (Jr.-, 195) Rledy Barry (170, So.) CB (Sr., 180) Lopez • SPECIAL TEAMS • Lee (169, Fr.) PK (Fr., 235) Moore Corlell (205, Fr.) P (Jr., 230) Qlynn Kickoff — 2 p.m., Lewis Field Stadium. Series — Fort Hays leads, 10-6-0. Last meeting — Chadron State won, 44-0 (Nov. 10, 2001). ' Broadcast — 1 p.m., KJLS Radio (103.3 all, 0-0 RMAC) has dominated the . Tigers the last five years, Fort Hays (1-1, 0-0) has played the Eagles close at Lewis Field Stadium. The last two times the two teams have met in Hays, Chadron State claimed two victories by a total of seven points. "That's the whole thing," said FHSU coach Tim O'Connor. "We played them tough. Now we've talked about not just playing them tough, but beating them." • FHSU / SEE PAGE B3 • RMAC standings, leaders are In Scoreboard, page B2. EAGLES-TIGERS GAME AT A GLANCE . THE SERIES — Fort Hays leads the overall series 10-6-0. But the Eagles took a 44-0 win over FHSU last, season and have Won the last five meetings. THE COACHES — Tim O'Connor is In his second season with Fort Hays and Is 4-9 overall. The Tigers are 1-1 this year under O'Connor after splitting their first two games of the season, at Emporta state and against Washbum. Brad Smith Is In Ms 16lh year With Chadron State and Is 111-50-1 at the school Hs has guided the Eagles to a 1-1 record this year after winning the opener and dropping the second game. TIME TO TURN TIDE — Fort Hays has lost the last five games between the two schools, Including last year's 44-0 rout at Chadron, Neb. That victory gave the Eagles an undefeated regular season and the RMAC championship. Chadron has won two straight at Lewis Field Stadium, In 2000 (1714) and in 199B (14-10), But Fort Hays dominated the series early. The Tigers won 10 of the first 11 games, Including the first eight of the series. LESS IS MORE — It's no secret turnovers have plagued the Tigers In recent seasons. But so far this year, FHSU has taken care of the ball — for the most part. Senior Quarterback Pustin Demel hasn't thrown an interception this year, the first time In the last five years that the Tigers haven't thrown at least one Interception In 'the first two games. Fort Hays has only fumbled the ball twice In two games. Last season In the first two games, the Tigers had two fumbles and five Interceptions. DOMINATING 'D' — Chadron State once again boasts one of the best defensive squads In the'RMAC. The Eagles, the, coaches' preseason pick to win the RMAC, dorft have a lot of depth, but do.haye, a tat-' erited cast, The entire detenslw line returns ' every 1 ,atarter J r— |un|or en 1 d<Vonn ? R,psas, sophomore end Casey Halderman, senior tackle Cory Hegwet and junior tackje-Rob • Evans. Tfiejlnebacklng.corps also has three 4 of, four returning' starters, Jndu*dlng':'lunlbr' * Arhos C-a'vlsfthe RMAC Defensive Pjayer of i the Week. 4 Wpr cornerbacK Ma!rv|n*'Jack- -son give;.the Eagles experience and talent In the secondary. Chadron State Is giving up only 8Q1'B yards per game,'tons'In the'con- ference, That Includes 98.5 yards per game on'the ground and "103 yards per game 'through S|eV'<'' .'*,' ,„' consecutive passes FHSU senior quarterback Dustln Demel completed in the second half; 11 — average tackles per game for FHSU freshman strong safety Landon Johnson, second In the RMAC; 20 — number of rushing yards the Eagles allowed in their 2815 loss to South Dakota State last weekend; • 25 — ranking of Chadron State in this week's D2football com poll; 45 — average number of penalty yards per game for FHSU; '. the lowest average In the conference; 71.4, — red-zone scoring percentage by FHSU ' this year; 103 — number of receiving yards, for FHSU junior Andre Freeman against Washbum; 188 5 — average yards rushing per game by the Tigers, best In the.RMAC; 266 — total rushing yards for FHSU senior' fallback Jason Broom this year, (ops In the • conference; 419 — total offense Chadron State amassed against FHSU last year In the i Eagles'44-0 win. •> ^ ' QUOTABLE — "It's huge," said Fh)8U '' senior quarterback Dustln Demel of'the' 1 -'' team's 37-29 win over Washbum last S,atur/ l day. "It was an MIAA team, and the MIAA la,'',! a strong conference. Our backs were against the wall, and we came out fighting jn the second half, It wasn't lip service and talking, about it. It was going out and doing It."' , TIQEPS ON THE RADIO — Tiger fans ' not at Saturday's game can listen' on the'»'. Tiger Sports Network on KJLS-pM (103*4,-, Qerard Wallbrpck will provide play-by-play, , .Pregame—the Countdown to Klckpff Show f . -r will start at 1 p,m. '', *> >p ' >\ ' ' " if; TIGERS ON THE WEB — The ; Hay> . ' Dally News and Fort Hays have'comblnwj* efforts to Jaunty a web site for f-ort HayVpJh- C "'"• letlcs, Visit www.tl8ereportKOM.com'(or ' the latest information on Tiger athled&fV'" '<?<• -' ' '• ;,:> -vv<y- .'i « STATISTICAL LEADERS '•>'", '• ,'i '«' ' Rushing "• *£*<«-, '"^'' Chadron State'-.'Austlh'/Fo 138, 0 TPs; Nathan, UessI ,10.34/ Shawn Elsenreich, 19-33, OjTDsjc > Hughes, a-20,9 TDs. '' F , ., ,„ ^..SWTJW i ' > s PftSSlnflrV 1 ^y, Chadrpn State.,— Shawn 37-70-4,34,9 yards,VrDs} " 1-3-02 ywds, QTO»r - Fprt Hay»«2VtW!ln 197yard»>3TD8.
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