The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 1, 1998 · Page 26
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Pfl WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1998 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V KANSAS STATE ATHLETICS Hickson gets medical hardship Running back given another year of eligibility for Wildcats By The Journal Staff MANHATTAN — Kansas State running back Eric Hickson has been granted a medical hardship by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats next season. Hickson was granted the additional year after the NCAA ruled he was unable to fulfill his colle- uirifttnM giate eligibility "ICKbON because of medical hardship in the 1993 and 1996 seasons. He missed the entire 1996 season with a broken leg suffered during workouts before the season. Hickson returned last season and led the Wildcats with 750 yards rushing and nine touchdowns as K- State finished with an 11-1 record, including a 35-18 victory over Syracuse in the Fiesta Bowl. Hickson enters the 1998 season sixth on the Kansas State career rushing chart with 1,635 yards. He needs 63.1 yards to pass Mike Lawrence (2,265) as K-State's leading career rusher. Kansas State opens spring drills April 8 and will play its annual spring game at 1:10 p.m., May 2 in KSU Stadium. Season ticket renewals ready Season ticket renewals for the 1998 football season will be mailed in the next few days, according to the school. General public season tickets will cost $197, K-State faculty and staff $158, and student tickets $98 for the seven-game home portion of the 1998 schedule. Renewal deadline is May 15. Single game tickets will go on sale July 1. Nonconference home games against Indiana State, Northern Illinois and Northeast Louisiana will cost $26, Big 12 Conference games against Oklahoma State and Iowa State $31, and Big 12 premium games against Texas and Nebraska $36. K-State also is offering a 5+2=7 Great Games Special package. These are reserved seats for five games (Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Northeast Louisiana, Ok-' lahoma State and Iowa State) and reserved section seats for two games (Texas and Nebraska) for the regular price of $197. Seat location will be in areas not sold by visiting teams for the five games, and in the north end zone chairs for the other two games. For more information, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-221-2287. Women's hoop banquet set The women's basketball team's annual awards banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday at the K- State Union Ballroom. Dinner will served at 6 p.m., with the ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. Several awards will be given out, including the Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Improved Player, Most Valuable Player and Ernie Barrett Loyalty Award. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased by calling Kathy Bettencourt at (785) 532-6970. Baseball game canceled The Wildcats' game against Wichita State, scheduled for Tuesday night at Frank Myers Field, was canceled because of wet field conditions. Legislature, Graves honor Kansas State football team By LEW FERGUSON Tlie Associated Press TOPEKA — Kansas State's remarkable turnaround in football during the past decade drew accolades Tuesday at the Statehouse. Gov. Bill Graves called the Wildcats "the finest college football team playing in America" today. Rep. Kent Glasscock of Manhattan, who with Rep. Jeff Peterson introduced the team to the House, called it "one of the truly outstanding sports stories in the nation." Sen. Lana Oleen, also of Manhattan, who presented the team to the Senate, said Kansas State has enlisted a legion of fans from border to border since Coach Bill Snyder brought re- spectability to the program. "When the Wildcats went to Tempe (Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Eve), a tempest of purple went with them," Oleen said, referring to the school's primary color. Kansas State had the losingest major college football program in the nation when Snyder arrived in 1989. In the past five years, the Cats have won 48 games and made five straight bowl appearances.. Glasscock said it took "truly yeoman's work" by Snyder to accomplish that. Graves and the lawmakers paid tribute specifically to Kansas State's 1997 football team, which won 10 of 11 regular-season games, swamped Syracuse 35-18 in the Fiesta Bowl and finished ranked No. 7. ¥ KANSAS WESLEYAN FOOTBALL Dallas announces signees, schedule Wesleyan head coach also adds Fort Hays assistant to his staff By BOB DAVIDSON Tlie Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan football coach Dave Dallas has announced the signings of 18 players, the hiring of an assistant coach and the Coyotes' 1998 schedule. The signees include 17 high school players and one junior college transfer. The group is headed by Salina Central defensive lineman Travis Swolensky. The 5-foot-ll, 260-pound Swolensky earned all-I-70 League honorable mention honors last fall when he had 25 tackles, 31 assists and five sacks. Also signing are running back Gavin Gorman and tight end Shannon Uglow of Mankato and wide re- V COLLEGE BASKETBALL DALLAS ceiver Brandon Lesovsky, who played at Hillcrest and was the most valuable player in the 1997 eight- man all-star game. Gorman was chosen to the Journal's All-Area third team and the All-Area Eight-Man I first team. He rushed for 1,135 yards. Uglow was an All-Area Eight-Man I honorable mention choice. He caught 19 passes for 401 yards. Both were all-Pike Trail choices. Lesovsky played at Hillcrest two years ago and was a second team All-Area selection after rushing for 1,513 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. The other signees from Kansas are outside linebacker John Borger of Cimarron and wide receiver Derrick Leggett of Greensburg. Completing the list is: • Joe Robert Ballard, QB, Luther, Okla. • Ty Winter, DL, Trinidad, Colo. • Mark Cresman, WR, Erie, Colo. • Andy Benezette, QB/DB, Ormond Beach, Fla. • Josh Kurd, OL, Littleton, Colo. • Cory Beech, OL, Midlothian, Texas • Jeff Dalton, OL, Manford, Okla. • Jordan Steigerwald, TE, La Pryor, Texas • Josh Foster, OL, Childress, Texas • Spencer Hines, DL, Dilley, Texas • Harold Burley, PK, Canton Junior College, Canton, N.Y. • Cory White, OL/DL, Powderly, Ky. Ballard was a Class 2A all-state selection in Oklahoma. He will compete with redshirt freshmen Kevin Frederick and Shawn Tate for the starting job. "This is a good, solid class," Dallas said. "It meets our needs in the offensive and defensive lines by creating more depth and competition. "We plan to add 20 more. We need to address our depth at the skill positions." Dallas said 53 prospective players are participating in offseason workouts, compared to 21 a year ago. Dallas, who is entering his second season, also announced the hiring of Joe Kilby as quarterback and wide receiver coach. Kilby coached wide receivers at Fort Hays State the last two years and previously coached at Princeton and Terrell Watkins headed to Texas A&M By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Charlotte coach Melvin Watkins resigned Tuesday to become basketball coach at Texas A&M. Athletic director Judy Rose an- n o u n c e d Watkins' departure at a news conference, saying he had accepted the A&M job. Rose and Watkins met Tuesday morning, then Watkins huddled with his players. He did not attend the news conference. Rose said assistant basketball coach Bobby Lutz will be interim coach at UNC Charlotte pending a national search for a new head coach. Rose said she hoped to have a new coach in place in a month. Watkins, 43, who rebuilt the UNC-Charlotte program during his two years as head coach, is expected to be introduced as the Ag- gies' new coach Wednesday. Quoting unidentified sources, The Dallas Morning News reported in its on-line edition Monday that Watkins had agreed to a five- year guaranteed contract at $550,000 per year. The Charlotte Observer, citing sources close to Watkins, said Texas A&M offered him a guaranteed six-year deal that would pay him almost $800,000 annually. Watkins will replace Tony Barone, who resigned after seven seasons at A&M. Texas A&M was 7-20 last season. In his two seasons as UNCC's coach, Watkins' teams went 22-9 and 20-11, winning first-round NCAA Tournament games each year. In a prepared statement issued Tuesday, Watkins said: "This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life ... but one I feel that I must make for my family at this particular time in my career. "The toughest part is saying goodbye to my players, and so many players I have come to know over so many years of service to this great university." UNCC forced No. 1-ranked North Carolina into overtime in the second round of the NCAA East Regional before losing, 93-83. Watkins, in his second year at the school, played at UNCC from 1973-1977, helping the. 49ers to the' school's only Final Four berth. He was an assistant at UNCC for 18 years, serving under three coaches, before taking over as head coach. SHOOT For The BEST OF AMERICA K II Premier . orti Cinpi i Boyi BuUtball * Glili B«ktlb«ll * Glrli Volleyball "The Skill Bulldtri" Team & Early Bird Discounts Info: Ask your coach or call 785-827-6229 We Deliver Community News the Salina Journal Of Sunflower Bank Stop by, I'm here to serve your tanking needs! SUNFLOWER BANK Thursday April 2nd Salinas Classic Rock 92.7 and Randy's Club proudly present Live in Concert JIMMIE VAN ZANT BAND A Tribute to the Song and Spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd with Special Guests, Salina's own: Show Starts promptly at 8:30pm KILBY high schools in Texas. Kilby replaces Shannon Smith, who was hired late last year by Doane (Neb.) College. But Smith resigned earlier this year to accept a position as offensive coordinator at Concordia (111.) College. Dallas unveiled a nine-game schedule for next season, which includes five games at Martin Stadium. Wesleyan has an open date Oct. 10, but Dallas said he hopes to fill it with a game against Southwest Assemblies of God. But the school, located in Waxahachie, Texas, isn't sure if it will field a team next fall, Dallas said. The 1998 schedules is: Sept. 12 — Graceland, Iowa; 19 — Southwestern; 26 — at Sterling; Oct. 3 — at Tabor; 10 — Open; 17 — Ottawa; 24 — McPherson; 31 — Bethel; Nov. 7 — at Bethany; 14 — at Friends. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY 6-9 PM 3 Piece Fried Chicken Dinner $375 Includes tossed salad, soup or tomato juice, baked potato, french bread, coffee or tea. MARS RESTAURANT 827-3351 Open 7 Days A Week 712 S. Broadway Emmanuel Foursquare 1 Church 1325 E. Cloud, Salina Kansas invites you to the annual / Easter drama with original music and a cast of more than 60 people. April 3 5 April 9 11 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday April 12 10:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. NO CHARGE For more information call 785 825 1943 Available now! 1998 SALINECOUNTY PROPERTY VALUES tax Included A guide to residential property values set by the Saline County appraiser's office Available at: The Salina Journal, 333 S. Fourth Both Green Lantern locations All Salina Dillons stores

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