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World Cup roundup PageH. TUESDAY, JUNE 27,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Leave it to Beavers V VmmCn INI I Hays can back 'Cats Bill Wilson was sitting among friends at an establishment outside the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita and in walked Ernie Barrett. He, much like Wilson, was there for the induction of the Class of 2006. Wilson is a charter member of the KSHOF and figured he ought to be there, having been the one to nominate former Fort Hays State University men's basketball coach Bill Morse. "I'm sitting out there watching the ceremonies and Bill Snyder is being inducted," Wilson said. "I'm wondering if he has some time." As president of the recently established Heartland Catback- ers, Wilson pretty much had everything set for the July 13 kickoff meeting In Hays. Having started so late in forming the Heartland Catbackers, Wilson was informed that active coaches — namely public relations darlings Ron Prince and Bob Huggins — were booked through the summer with prior commitments. He still needed a big-name speaker. As Wilson attended the induction ceremonies, he wanted a chance to meet Snyder and perhaps pitch the idea of being the guest speaker July 13. "Well I missed the autograph session, missed the cocktail hour and then he just got away," Wilson said. "So I went to the bar to meet a friend and Ernie Barrett comes in." Ernie Barrett is one of Kansas State University's most famous athletes. After catching up with his old friend, Wilson asked Barrett if he knew Snyder's schedule this summer and if he had any speaking engagements. "He said, well, have you talked to Bill?" Wilson said, "I sajjd,!^ v don't even Know. Bill" ,'.!', -,', .'',"/„',', It was; right about then that none other than Snyder walked in the bar. Barrett gave Wilson a tug and said, "come here and we'll get that taken care of." So Barrett introduced Bill, the president of the Heartland Cat- backers to Bill, the former coach of the 'Cats. "Bill and his friends at Hays are trying to round up some 'Cats for a Catbackers club," Barrett informed Snyder. Snyder's retort was quick — "Well, I've always been a pretty good roper." A few days later Wilson was informed that July 13 would work for Snyder. "It's a great, great deal to get Bill Snyder out here," Wilson said. "He's probably one of the most famous football coaches to coach college football. To have him at K- State is one thing, but to get him out to Hays Is fantastic." The Heartland Catbackers wijl have a hog roast July 13 at the American Legion and are prepared to serve about 200 people. Their goal is simply to run out of food, to get as many people as they possibly can. This is not the first Catbackers club in Hays, but it is the first in a while after the last one faded. "It kind of went by the wayside and fell apart," Wilson said. "There was too few people trying to do too much." The biggest confidence boost that Wilson and any member will have is the local Interest in the Wildcats now, with seven Hays High School or Thomas More Prep-Marian athletes on varsity squads right now, and a few more from northwest Kansas. "It's very important for the city of Hays and our community because we have so many athletes down there now," Wilson said. "There is a lot of interest right now, which doesn't mean we'll quit supporting Fort Hays at all." That Is one important thing Wilson wants all Catbackers to know, and much like many others in our area, he roots for Fort Hays and then one of the larger state schools, obviously dominated by KU and K-State. Invitations were scheduled to be gent out to all K-State alumni and season ticket holders but all Wildcat supporters are welcome. The cost will be $15 for dinner and $25 for Catbaqkers family dues. All.proceeds benefit every athilete in every Wildcat sport. "This whole thing, all the profits we'll be mustering up, it all goes back to the scholarship funds to help fund, athletes at Kansas State and we don't want to lose sight of that," Wilson said. Sports reporter Nabll Shalwen can to reached at (795) 628-1081 ext. 127 or by e-mail at By DENNIS WASZAK JR. ASSOCIATED PRESS OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin Gunderson carried the College World Series trophy into Oregon State's postgame news conference, smiling as his teammates followed him up to the podium.' The Beavers were unlikely national champions, and their star closer was having fun basking In the moment. "I think we came here and a lot of people out there picked us to lose every single game, so thank you for doing that," Gunderson said. "It gave us a lot of motivation to go out there and prove those people wrong." Bill Rowe scored the go-ahead run on second baseman Bryan Steed's throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Oregon State held on to beat North Carolina 3-2 on Monday night for its first College World Series title. "We're going to enjoy it, and nobody can take it away," Gunderson said. "We're the 2006 national champions." That appeared Improbable when Oregon State arrived hi Omaha and lost its first game 111 to Miami. The Beavers (50-16) bounced back and fought off elimination six tunes, becoming the first team in CWS history to lose twice in Omaha and win the national championship. "It's just a dream come true the way it happened," said Jonah Nickerson, who was a big part of it all with three gutty starts in eight days. Oregon State also had geography working against it — and the perception that a team from the Pacific Northwest could never hang with traditional college baseball powerhouses from warm-weather climates. "This team is made up of guys mostly from the Northwest, and I think we proved a lot of people wrong," Gunderson said. Oregon State became the first truly Northern-based school to win the series since Ohio State in 1966. SEE CWS, PAGE B3 TED KIRK /Associated Press Oregon State players celebrate their win over North Carolina In Monday night's'deciding game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Oregon State beat North Carolina, 3-2, to win Its first College World Series baseball title. STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News Hays Legion shortstop Kameron Parker forces out Larned baserunner Casey Hatfield and throws to first to complete a double play in Monday night's first game of a doubleheader at Larks Park. Hays Legion takes 6th straight By NICK MCQUEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Since going 1-5 at the Tony Andenucio Tournament in Pueblo, Colo., the Hays Legion baseball team has been on a roll. Hays coach Lyle Befort knows that his team is starting to peak at the right time and is starting to show "bits and pieces" of what it is really made of. Pounding out a combined 21 hits in a rescheduled doubleheader with Larned on Monday night at Larks Park, the Eagles extended their whining streak to six games with a 9-4,14-9 sweep. "We can score this every game," said Befort, whose team moved to 11-14 on the year. "We can hit, run, but when we get up we don't get excited and get pumped up. This team has a lot of power, it's just not out yet." The Eagles play a doubleheader in Dodge City on Wednesday night in preparation for the Wild West Tournament this weekend in Hays, "We're scoring a lot more runs. We should start doing that now. That kicker was the second game against Great Bend. It's starting," Befort said. "You can always tell when something starts to go. We have a ways to go yet. We could have scored a lot more runs here." In Monday night's first game, that glimpse of power hitting was on display in the second inning as Cam Stremel led off with a first-pitch double. Kameron Parker followed with a first-pitch home run over the left-field wall, giving Hays a 4-0 lead. Parker's home run paved the way for Game 1 Hays 9, Larned 4 Lamed 000 210 1—494 Hays (10-14) 230 301 x —9 9 2 Graham and Chism; Schlppers and Sanders. W — Schlp- pers (2-3). L — Graham. 26 — Callahan, Parker, Larned; Lewton 2, Schlppers, Stremel, Hays. HR — Parker, Hays. Game 2 Hays 14, Larned 9 Larmd 302 202 0— 9 72 Hay* (11-14) 240 170 x —14 12 3 Chlsm, Miller (5) and Parker; Mattlson, Parker (6) and Wlndholz. W — Matlison (1-1). L — Chlsm.2B — Brown, Lamed; Lewton, Slremel, Hays. 3B — Bllllnger, Parker, Hays. HR — Chism, Lamed; Wlndholz, Hays. Hays to eventually take a 9-3 lead heading into the seventh, where Hays starter Chase Schippers finished with a strikeout to end the game. "He came in complaining that his ball was up, but you can get away with more things here than we could in Colorado," Befort said. Schippers (2-3) gave up nine hits, with one walk, eight'strikeouts and three hit batters. Parker had two RBIs, while Andy Lewton doubled twice and scored three runs out of the leadoff spot. The momentum of the opener carried over into the nightcap, but the 14-9 score seemed a bit on the low side for Befort. "When we get up on someone, we start getting a little quiet," Befort said. "But, I'm a coach, I'm never going to be completely satisfied." Behind starter Brady Mattison, Hays took a 6-3 lead in the second inning. Ryan Windholz led off with a home run. and Clayton Karst and Schippers added RBIs in the inning. Mattison (1-1) picked up the win, going 5M innings before being relieved by Parker, who pitched the final 1% innings. "(Mattison is) a reliever and he wanted to throw," Befort said of his starter. "Karst is still working on the bullpen and we needed to get him a week off and (Mattison) gave us some good innings and so did Parker. "We've got a great defense, though, and we need to learn to trust that," Befort added. The Eagles came alive in the fifth inning, lighting up Larned starter Joe Chism for seven runs before he was relieved by Brock Miller. Michael Billinger hit a two-run triple in the inning, while Schippers had a two- run single. Hays had seven runs on five hits in the inning with three walks from Chism, a former Great Bend High School player, who just finished up his freshman season with Dodge City Community College. Hays had five extra-base hits, with Parker and Billinger each hitting a triple and the home run by Windholz. "You see bits and pieces of it. It needs to be more consistent," Befort said. "We're down to 12 guys and we need 12 to go to zone. We have to start putting people where they need to be." Karst was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Schippers went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Windholz was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Billinger tripled, with a run scored and two RBIs. Sports reporter Nick McQueen can be reached at (785) 628-1081, ext. 128 or by e- mall at nmcquwnedailynews.not. Better late than never for Curtis at PGA tournament POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — In a sloppy finish to a sweet victory, Ben Curtis made two harmless bogeys this morning for a 1-under 70 to complete a five-shot victory in the rain-delayed BOOS Allen Classic. It was the first Tuesday finish on the PGA Tour in 26 years, but it was worth the wait for Curtis. He won for the first time since he captured the 2003 British Open at Royal St. George's, one of the biggest upsets in golf history, and found validation on the TPC at AveneJ with a wire-to-wire victory stretched over six days. Curtis had a seven-shot lead and was on the 17th hole facing a 28- foot par putt when play was suspended Monday evening because of heavy rain. He returned this morning to make bogey, then finished with another bogey on the 18th— in front of about 40 people — to wind up at 20-under 264, one short of the tournament record. He finished five shots ahead of Billy Andrade (64), Padraig Harrington (66), Nick O'Hern (67) and Steve Strieker (68). "It was just a big relief to get it done and finally get this win. I've been waiting three years for it and it finally came," Curtis said. Federer wins again on grass WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer won his record 42nd straight grass-court match today, beating Richard Gasquet 63,6-2, 6-2 to open his bid for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship. The top-ranked Federer broke the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, the five-time Wimbledon champion who won 41 straight matches on grass from 1976-1981. Federer led Gasquet 6-3,1-2 on Monday when the match was suspended by rain. The pair returned to Centre Court under cloudy skies, and Federer needed only 37 minutes to finish off the 20-year-old Frenchman. Federer closed out the match with an overhead smash, then smacked a ball into the stands and basked In a huge ovation. He left the court the sajme w£y he arj ^Mved —aonningfa specially de- i signed cream-colored sports jack* et emblazoned with his name and three Wimbledon-style trophies on the breast pocket. Gasquet was coming off a victory at the grass-court warmup at Nottingham, England, but proved no match for the player who is an overwhelming favorite to become the second man in the Open era to win four straight Wimbledons. Borg and Pete Sam- pras (1997-2000) are the others. Federer smacked 35 winners, to go with only 13 unforced errors. Gasquet had only seven winners and 11 errors. Federer converted five of seven break points, and faced only one break point — which he saved in Tuesday's first game with a big forehand. Federer's last loss on grass came in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002, when he fell to Mario Ancic in straight sets. His win streak includes three titles at Wimbledon and four at the warmup tournament in Halle, Germany. Earlier, Martina Hingis and Justine Henin-Hardenne took advantage of the dry weather to move into the second round with routine straight-set victories. Hingis, back at Wimbledon for the first time since 2001, finished off a 6-2,6-2 win over Ukraine's Olgo Savchuk. The match had been suspended by rain after the first set Monday. Hingis won the last four games, mixing up volleys and drop shots with her all-court groundstrokes. She used a drop shot to set up a volley winner on match point. Hingis, who won Wimbledon in 1997 at age 16, is continuing a comeback after three years off the tour because of a series of foot and ankle injuries and operations. Seeded No. 12, Hingis is one of only three women's champions in the field, along with three-time winner Venus Williams and 2004 champ Maria Sharapova. Henin-Hardenne, who is seeking to add the Wimbledon title to complete a collection of all four Grand Slams, played the first match on Centre Court and needed only 56 minutes to dispatch Yuan Meng of China, 6-0,6-1, The third-seeded Belgian, com/ ing off her third French Open <•• victory and a win last week aj Birmingham on grass, was up 60,4-0 before Yuan won a game. Henin-Hardenne had 28.winners, compared to just three/for Yuan. • The first player to/advance to the second round was fifth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, the for* mer U.S. Open champion, wjip, beat Italy's RQrotoa Oprandl fca, 6-2. ^

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