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SPORTS FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 20,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Eagle girls team up to win at home !By EDWARD CARIFIO HAYS DAILY NEWS ',: WaKEENEY — The WaKeeney•Trego prep girls' cross country team's numbers had worn pretty -thin. ^ Due to graduation, injuries •and inexperience, the team could not field the full five runners ^needed to qualify for a team placing at its first two meets of the year. It's tough for any group of run- -ners that is used to competing as ',a team to not be able to do so. It's 'even tougher for a group of run- "ners that have qualified for the Class 3A State Championships as a team the last two years. But Thursday at their home meet, the Eagles finally had the five runners needed to qualify. ,And they took first place. - The Trego girls, powered by two of the top three and three of jthe top five individual finishers, •finished with 31 points, ahead of ,runner-up Lakin's 40. On the boys' side, Lakin edged ;out Hill City, 61-62, with Trego in '.the mix with 66. Thomas More 'Prep-Marian was fourth with 89. Hill City junior Tanner Long .won the boys' 3-mile race in 17 minutes, 38 seconds, ahead of the 'runner-up, TMP-Marian fresh"man Tyler Ginther (17:45). I Trego junior Erin Locke won "the 2-mile girls' race in 12:38, ;ahead of Ness City junior Molly Kuhlman (12:57). Trego sophomore Bethany Littlechild was third in 13:41, with senior teammate Lindsay Pfannenstiel fifth (14:13). Locke said the attitude of the runners is much different when they are able to place in the team standings. "For the whole team, we have a saying, 'When it gets too hard for yourself, you think about your teammates and you start running for them.' " Locke said. "All of us keep that in mind every time we ,are on the line. It's not just one individual person." Trego coach Gayle Pfannenstiel said the runners perform better when team placing is on ihe line. - "It's because you're not just running for yourself, there are four other people out there you're wanting to do well for," Pfannenstiel said. "You know where you finish is going to affect the team and where it will finish at the end." The Golden Eagles graduated three seniors from the squad that reached state last year. This year, the team had five runners until freshman Amy Minz broke her leg. Freshman Kacey Armbruster then joined the team late. Thursday was her first race. She finished 31st in 18:09. "I was very pleased with the way they ran," Pfannenstiel said. "I was especially proud of my fifth runner, Kacey Armbruster. She just started two weeks ago, and I thought to go out there and run the 2-mile course was just exceptional." For Ness City's Kuhlman, it was her first race since last week at Quinter, where she broke her own school record, finishing the flat course in 12:32. "I was glad to break it," Kuhlman said. "I had the record last year, and I think it was 13:06. It was good to get the time down that much in only the second meet." Hill City's Long said he was happy to get first in the boys' individual standings. "Overall I'd say I did pretty well," Long said. "It was a goal of mine to improve my previous best time heading into this race." Long finished ahead of Ginther by a full seven seconds. But Ginther and the third-place finisher, Lakin sophomore Isaac Cardenas, were neck and neck for most of the final mile. Ginther sprinted the last 50 yards to finish second. TMP-Marian senior Matt Walker finished fourth (18:34), well behind the pace set by the top three. Senior Sarah Brown was 12th in 14:44, the top TMP-Marian girls' finisher. Monarch coach Kevin Splichal said his whole team did well. "Everybody is still, after the third race, improving their times," he said. "Everybody's doing a great job improving their times. They are consistently improving, and that is what I care most about." Rome, HHS boys finish first BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS BUHLER — Junior Scott Rome won the Buhler Invitational Thursday, leading the Hays High School boys' cross country team to a first-pace finish hi the team standings. In the girls' race, with less than 45 seconds separating their first runner from its last, the Indians grabbed a second-place finish. Freshman Hayley Charles led the way with a seventh-place finish in 12 minutes, 45 seconds. Four other Indians earned medals. Freshman Kaitlyn Coen finished in the top 10 as well, taking ninth in 12:58. Sophomore Lindsey Weber took llth in 13:06, while sophomore Mor-, gan Shoaff was 12th in 13:07. Sophomore Hayley Ranker finished 15th in 13:22 to round out the medalists. Sophomores Sammy Staab and Keslie Kandt finished 16th and 17th, respectively. The Indians had 54 points, while Buhler won with 34. Rome won the boys' race in 16:17. Senior Brady Miller took fifth in 16:40, while junior Nick Squier was seventh in 16:50. Hays finished with 52 points. Runner-up McPherson had 67. All in all, a good day said co- head coach Jerold Harris. "There were smiles everywhere," Harris said. "The people < who medaled were hanging on to* them, and those who missed out were saying things like 'I should have passed this girl here.' They are starting to think the way we want them to think. Any time you can bring home some medals, it's good." . HHS returns to action Thursday at Junction City. Home meet Saturday for Tiger runners BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A total of five teams will compete in the North Central Pre-Regional cross country meet Saturday at the FHSU course. •',' Races will begin at 10 a.m., with the women running a 6-kilometer race and the men running a 10-kilometer race. Teams from Fort Hays State University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Denver's Regis University and Colorado Christian University will- compete. Minnesota State University- Mankato will bring only a men's squad. HHS finishes 5th •; » BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS ' DODGE CITY — Led by a trio of 2-2 finishes, the Hays High School girls' tennis team took fifth Thursday at the Dodge City Invitational. Each singles player — No. 1 senior Christa Tjeerdsma and No. 2 senior Nicole Ediger, finished 2-2 to finish fourth. They each went 21 in pool play, but dropped their third-place match. H The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Lindsay Miles and Abby Kruse also went 2-2, but took fifth. They went 1-2 in pool play and won the fifth-place match. HHS plays again Sept. 28'at Garden City. Junior Daryn Parker has paced the FHSU men at their first two meets this season, winning the KFC Alumni/Varsity Run and finishing third at the Kansas State University Invitational last weekend. .Senior Lisa Sullivan has been the women's top runner. Sullivan won the women's race at the alumni/varsity run before finishing 13th at KSU. By STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News FHSU freshman Kelly Skidmore keeps the ball in play in a recent match. TIGERS: Rule pleases player • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl She's tied for the team lead in digs with sophomore setter Jayme Eichner. Both have 123 total and average 3.15 per game. When Skidmore heard that the possible addition of a libero position may take place, she constantly checked the internet to keep up on the latest news. "I checked about every day for two weeks," she said. And when the new rule was added, Skidmore was pleased as punch. "There's so many more posi- tives with a libero," she said. "That's the main thing." A defensive specialist was a player that came in for three back-row positions before being substituted in the front row. A libero is similar, but can basically play for anyone on the floor. "I'm only out during the serving game," - Skidmore said. "It gives me a chance to dig and do some things. "The expectations are so much higher in passing and defense. I lead the team in digs, and I expect to do that the whole season." FHSU: Eagles' defense tough • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Bl O'Connor was the defensive coordinator at FHSU in 2000, when the Eagles grabbed a 17-14 win after trailing 14-7 at halftime. Chadron State's defense dominated against the run, holding FHSU to only 30 yards rushing on 32 attempts. Now the Eagles — who are the defending RMAC champs — are just as potent on defense, leading the RMAC by only giving up 201.5 yards per game — 98.5 on the ground and 103.0 through the air. "From the get-go, we felt our defense would be the strength of the ball club," Smith said. "They fly around arid'play hard each snap." Junior outside linebacker Amos Davis, a 6-foot-l, 215- pounder, anchors a linebacker group that returns three of its four starters from a year ago. Davis was this week's defensive player of the week in the RMAC. The Eagles' entire defensive front four is back from last season, and junior cornerback Marvin Jackson — the preseason defensive player of the year in the RMAC — steadies a solid secondary. "They're a very good defensive team," O'Connor said. "They've got almost everybody back, minus a few people. They're extremely talented." If the Tigers can get their offense rolling early, as it did in the second half of a 37-29 win last Saturday against Washburn University, it could help the team's chances of starting RMAC play on a good note. Senior quarterback Dustin Demel and senior tailback Jason Broom exploded offensively to lead the way. Demel, who is 17-for-26 passing for 197 yards and three touchdowns on the season, completed all eight attempts in the second half and threw for 100 yards. He hasn't thrown an interception this year. Broom, who leads the RMAC with 49 carries for 256 yards, scored three TDs in the second half last Saturday and rushed for 119 yards in the fourth quarter. He was named offensive player of the week in the RMAC. "It sounded like Demel went more to an option game in the second half," Smith said. "And it sounded like he threw the ball well. And Broom is always one that concerns us." Junior Austin Forster will start at tailback for Chadron State. Forster, who scored the eventual whining TD in the 2000 game in Hays on a cold, rainy, day, has rushed for 138 yards on 39 carries. Forster missed all but one game last year with a broken collarbone he suffered in the preseason. He returned against Mesa State (Colo.) College but reinjured the shoulder. Forster rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2000 and earned all-RMAC honors. "Austin runs well. A couple of years ago, he got a late touchdown to help us win and get into the playoffs in what we called the 'Ice Bowl Game,' " Smith said. Sophomore Shawn Eisenreich will take the snaps at quarterback for Chadron State. Eisenreich is 37-of-70 passing for 349 yards. He's thrown two TDs and been intercepted once. Eisenreich took over for graduated Matt Strand, a three-year starter at QB for the Eagles. "We were spoiled by a three- year starting quarterback last year in Matt Strand," Smith said. "Eisenreich is just as talented, he just doesn't have a lot of experience yet. We have more and more confidence in Shawn each and every week. As Shawn goes, our offense goes." * O'Connor said he doesn't expect to blitz Eisenreich more but just take advantage of his miscues. "That's the whole thing. We don't want to put ourselves in a bad situation," he said. "We want to let him make his own mistakes and then take advantage of them." A victory would put either team on the right track toward a run at the conference title. "It's very important," Smith said about winning the RMAC opener. "... Fort Hays is a big concern for us. They got a big win against Washburn to set them up for the conference season." O'Connor knows a win over Chadron State — the preseason favorite in the RMAC — would be a big shot in the arm. "I think it will be very important if you want to make a run at the conference title," he said. Fort Hays to induct 3 into Hall of Fame BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Two former student-athletes and one former coach/administa- tor will be inducted into the Fort Hays State University Sports Hall of Fame Saturday. Ceremonies will take place during the Tigers' Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football game against Chadron State (Neb.) College at Lewis Field Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. R.J X Smiley, Tom Stromgren and Fred Torneden will all be inducted into the hall of fame. • Smiley played golf from 1962-65 and was also a member on the school's basketball team. The former Hays High School product earned first-team AI|-American and all-district honors his senior year in golf. He was also a three-time conference champion. Smiley, who graduated from FHSU In 1965 with a bachelor's degree In business administration, Is the owner and general manager of the Me Lacs Golf Resort In Garrison, Minn. He has authored several publications and hosted a television show called 'Golf Talk with R.J. Smiley." The former Tiger played in Smiley three USGA Publlnks Championships and was the 1987 Minnesota Senior Pub- llnks Champion and 1998 Minnesota Senior Amateur champion. Smiley was recently selected to compete on the U,S. team for the Trans-Atlantic Challenge, a tournament featuring the top 24 amateur golfers from the U.S. against the top 24 amateur golfers from the British Isles. • Stromgren was the head football coach at FHSU from 1969-72 before becoming the athletic director from 1982-85. He guided the Tigers to a 7-21-1 record In his tenure as the football coach. During his tenure as athletic director, FHSU won two national titles In men's basketball at the NAIA level. The 1983-85 teams won 103 games while losing only nine. During those seasons, the average attendance at FHSU home games was 5,600. The Foster Parent program, which Included over 100 Hays families, was also established during his time as athletic *» ft Torneden Stromgren director. Stromgren Is retired after selling his business, Stromgren's Supports, Inc. He patented six sports- medicine Items as a businessman.,. • Torneden competed In cross country and track (or FHSU from 1977-79. He earned four All-American awards and four conference titles. Torneden, a native of Dover, was the NAIA Indoor 3-mile champ and Is the school record holder In the event. He also finished second In hiss debut marathon at the NAIA Championships. Tome- den won the 1984 Twin Cities Marathon and broke the U.S. record In the 20-mile run. He also qualified for the Olympic trials In the marathon In 1980 and 1884. Torneden also was selected to compete In the 1985 World Cup Marathon In Hiroshima, Japan. Since leaving FHSU, Torneden.has coached at the University of Texas, Coffeyvllje Community College and Butler County Community College, At Butler, he coached the Grizzly men to a cross country title In 1995 arid was named NJ- CAA Coach of the Year. He coached eight top- three'national finishes, three athletes to NJCAA records and three athletes to national MVP awards. A total of 16 Individual national champions, seven relay champions and 3?'academic All- Americans have come under his coaching days. Torneden Is currently the lead Instructor of health and physical education at Butler. Trego has another mountain to climb Bluejays next for Eagles after win over Redmen By RANDY GONZALES HAYS DAILY NEWS It was a big win last Friday. Another win this Friday would be almost as big, perhaps. The WaKeeney-Trego prep football team snapped state power Smith Center's 55-game regular- season winning streak a week ago. Now, the Golden Eagles will try to make it back-to-back wins against two of the best teams in the Mid-Continent League when Trego (2-0) travels to Norton tonight to play the unbeaten Blue- jays (2-0), who are tied for third in this week's consensus poll by The Associated Press. "It's one of those things you can't enjoy too long," Trego coach Myron Flax said of his team's 286 win over Smith Center. "You've got to focus." The Golden Eagles' sights are set squarely on Norton, which has outscored its two opponents 78-0. "Norton's talented, big up front," Flax said. "The quarterback does a good job throwing, running the option." Norton junior QB Dan Roeder has a target in junior Jordan Haussermann, or he can hand the ball off to speedy senior tailback Terry Petrie. "He's a tremendous threat, too," Flax said of Petrie, a 1,000- yard rusher a year ago. Trego will counter with senior tailback Travis Armbruster, who became a starter on offense late last season. "He just kept getting better and better as the season progressed," Flax said of Armbruster's promotion. Armbruster, also a starter at safety on defense, had a big game against Smith Center. The 185- pounder finished with 190 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns against the Redmen. For the season, Armbruster has 300 yards on 28 carries (10.7 average) with four touchdowns. "He's got a lot of speed, just goes north and south," Flax said of his star tailback. Armbruster is getting his yards behind an offensive line which returned just one starter from last year's 5-4 team. Brandon Hickel, a 185-pound senior guard, anchors the line with his experience. Trego as a team is averaging 8.2 yards per carry. "Our line has done a pretty good job," Flax said. Armbruster also has a lead blocker in 168-pound senior fullback Brett Hille, who also has 144 yards rushing (8.5 average). "He just opens holes for Travis," Flax said. "He's an unsung hero." Senior William Wynn provides a steadying influence at quarterback. Wynn has gained 129 yards on the ground, averaging 5.9 yards per carry "He does a good job," Flax said of Wynn, who started at QB last year. "The kids feel confident with him there." The defense has been tough, too, giving up just six points in two games. Hickel has 32 tackles (11 solo) and Hille has 24 stops, six unassisted. Thanks to stopping the Redmen on drives early in last week's game, Trego jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back. "Our defense just played well," Flax said. "We got stops early in the game, scored after getting stops." Hays High must stop Liberal's ground attack By RANDY GONZALES , - v HAYS DAILY NEWS •' ' Rich Anderson, the former longtime prep football coach at Pratt, is in his first year coaching at Liberal. As he did at Pratt, Anderson likes to run several formations on offense to disguise his intentions. But there's been no disguising what Liberal has liked to do in the past — or tonight when the Redskins come to town. The Redskins will try to run past the Indians with a fleet-footed backfield. "He does that to confuse things," Hays High coach Kent Teeter said of Anderson's myriad of formations. "We're not concerned about it too much. We don't flip-fop our defensive front like some people do." What does concern Teeter is. Liberal's ability to get outside with junior tailback Ken Wilson. "They have one of the fastest backs in the state in Kenny Wilson," Teeter said. "They're going to try to get to the perimeter with Wilson." "•Kickoff for 'the matchupi of Western Athletic Conference'ri- vals is 7:30 tonight at Lewis Field Stadium. HHS is 0-2 while Liberal — ranked first in the state in Class 5A in this week's consensus poll by The Associated Press — is 2-0. Last week, Junction City had 412 yards in total offense, with 366 of that coming on the ground in a 39-6 thrashing of the Indians. Hays High's defensive ends and outside linebackers will need to contain Wilson. If the Indians can win the battle in the trenches, that could free up the linebackers. "We just have to do a better job to control the line of scrimmage," Teeter said. "If we do that, the linebackers can run to the ball." Teeter was pleased with the Indians' defensive effort in a one- point loss to Scott City,in the season opener. But the Indians had no answer for Junction City's running attack last week. "The first time, our rush defense was awesome," Teeter said. "The second game, our rush defense suffered." Triplains suffers first defeat BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS WINONA—The Tribune-Greeley County prep football team rallied from an 18-14 halftime deficit to claim a 34-18 win over Winona- Triplains Thursday night in Western Kansas Liberty League action. Greeley Co. (3-0) got four touchdown runs from Heath Brown (4, 9, 1, 5). The Jackrabbits were ranked fourth in this week's Eight-Man I consensus poll by The Associated Press. Triplains (2-1) scored all 18 of its points in the second quarter to take the lead. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Barrett had TD runs of 10 and 7 yards, and junior Rene Rodriguez added a 1-yard scoring run. Barrett finished with 24 carries for 83 yards while completing 10-of-30 passes for 131 yards. He was intercepted once. Auburn rolls past Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Daniel Cobb threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter and Carnell Williams rushed for two TDs in the fourth 'as Auburn beat Mississippi State 4214 Thursday night. Cobb was l-of-9 in the first quarter for the Tigers (34, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who have won three straight. But Cobb settled down and finished I0-of-21 for a season-high 183 yards with no interceptions. Kevin Fant passed well when he had time to throw for Mississippi State (1-2, 0-1). He was 19^of-3l for 215 yards with an interception. TJie online home flelUfor FHSU Tiger sports fans. TIGERSPORTS Z Q ME .COM *_*

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