The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1998 · Page 21
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Sports SCOREBOARD / D2 HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL / D3 AUTO RACING / D4 D T HIGH SCHOOL GOLF South unseats Manhattan Frazier wins medalist in playoff as Cougars capture first 1-70 title By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal S enior Cain Frazier certainly wasn't around the last time Salina South won a league golf title, considering this is his first year as a member of the Cougar squad. Senior teammates Kyle Jensen, Craig Kuder and Eric Adam were also celebrating their first 1-70 League title Wednesday at Salina Country Club, each in their final go- around at the meet. South's last league title came in the early 1970s, before the formation of the 1-70 League in 1979 and well before any of the four South seniors were born. Frazier won 1-70 medalist honors and the Cougars won the team title with a score of 310. South's two-shot victory over Manhattan ended the Indians' string of four consecutive league titles, all at Salina Country Club. South's victory comes after a difficult three-week stretch, during which the Cougars have struggled to play up to their preseason expectations. That time frame coincided with the suspension of longtime coach Jim Scheffer from his teaching and coaching duties for undisclosed reasons, and Scheffer's eventual resignation earlier this week. "I think that there wasn't much pressure on us because of how South has done here in the past and how bad we've been playing lately," Frazier said. "But we all wanted this for coach Scheffer. He has been a huge part of this program for so long and that's why we wanted it so bad." Frazier was playing in his first 1-70 meet after transferring from Sacred Heart a year ago. But Adam, Jensen and Kuder have been around awhile. All three played in the 1996 league tournament, when South finished last, 43 strokes behind Manhattan. "Some of these boys have been together since their freshman year," said South acting coach Dan Smith said. "They've played hard and competed against one another in practice for years, and in the end to come down with the 1-70 League title ... they were due." When all the scorecards had been turned in, Frazier was tied with Topeka West's Derek Dultmeier for first after both finished with rounds of 3-over par 74. The two went to a playoff at hole No. 1, where Frazier won with par on the 493-yard, par 5. Dultmeier hit his tee shot left, then scorched his second shot across the fairway and out of bounds on the right side. "I played pretty well all around," Frazier said. "The only time I messed up was when I completely shanked a chip on No. 16 and got a double bogey. Otherwise it was a pretty good round." DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Salina Central's Tyler Alt drives from the fourth tee at the Salina Country Club during Wednesday's 1-70 League meet. The Mustang sophomore finished tied for fifth. South sophomore David Dupy might have been a part of the medalist playoff, but took a double bogey on No. 18 and finished with a 39-37—76. That was good for fourth place, one shot behind 1997 medalist T. J. Vilkanskas of Manhattan. Jensen placed ninth with his 39-40—79, and the Cougars got a big lift from sophomore Ryan Shriver with a 43-38—81, good for llth. Central placed fourth in the 4 Salina Central, Salina South sweep home Softball doubleheaders / Page D3 team standings with a 321, one stroke better than the score the Mustangs posted a year ago when they tied for second. Sophomore Tyler Alt finished tied for fifth with a 41-36—77, while senior Ryan Rackley was eighth with a 38-40—78. Steve Wilson was the Mustangs' oth- er medalist, tying for 13th with a round of 40-42—82. "Tyler and Ryan finally had decent rounds, but we've got to find two more guys who can do that before (the regional tournament) Monday," Central coach Chris Crank said. "We're not consistent right now, but we've got one more shot at it. "Congratulations to South. Their boys really played well and hopefully they can keep it going." T HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS Scoreboard » « * * Royals .., Devil Rays .4 .0 • RAPP FIRES SHUTOUT — At St. Petersburg, Fla, Pat Rapp pitched a four-hitter and Johnny Damon drove in two runs with a single as the Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Coverage Page D3. T PRO BASKETBALL Bulls, Pacers reach East finals By The Associated Press CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls are back in the Eastern Conference finals. Michael Jordan scored 33 points and Dennis Rodman had 21 rebounds on his 37th birthday as the two-time defending champions sent the Charlotte Hornets out of the playoffs Wednesday night with an emotional 93-84 victory. Chicago will face Indiana beginning Sunday at the United Center. ^nni-t Jordan scored all -< J 11 of his fourth-quarter points after a run-in with Charlotte's Glen Rice. Rice, in a shooting slump most of the series, scored 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting for the Hornets but it wasn't enough. Frustration from a physical game, both underneath and on the perimeter, surfaced in the fourth quarter. Rice and Jordan went nose-to- nose with 10:09 left after they'd NBA playoffs Wednesday's Scores Indiana 99, New York 88 (Pacers win series, 4-1). Chicago 93, Charlotte 84 (Bulls win series, 4-1). Today's Schedule No games scheduled Saturday's Game LA. Lakers at Utah, (NBC) twice collided in front of the Bulls bench. Scottie Pippen had to restrain Jordan, Rice was charged with an offensive foul and then a double technical was called on the two stars. Jordan made two baskets and after a basket by Anthony Mason cut Chicago's led to 80-76, Rodman and Dell Curry went scrambling for a loose ball out of bounds. When possession was awarded to the Bulls, Curry became irate, screaming at the officials and picking up his second technical of the game for an automatic ejection. He left the court cursing, kicking two Bulls warmup suits that were on the floor as he passed Chicago's bench. Pacers 99, Knicks 88 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers are bringing the coach of the year, their bald heads and a deep and dangerous team to the Eastern Conference finals. Mark Jackson had the first triple-double in Pacers playoff history and Indiana finished off the New York Knicks 99-88 Wednesday night, taking an early lead and holding it for almost the entire game. The Pacers will enter the next round knowing they have enough experience and depth to be a serious threat to beat the Bulls. It was all on display against the Knicks as the Pacers got 22 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists from Jackson, 24 points from Reggie Miller, 22 from Rik Smits and plenty of contributions from others. Central claims league for sixth straight season First-place finishes from Jacob Wilson, Stroer help Central reign again By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Pete Stroer dominated in his usual fashion, but it took a victory from No. 3 singles player Jacob Wilson to deliver Salina Central's sixth straight 1-70 League tennis title Wednesday at Oakdale Park. With Central and Topeka High battling it out for first place, Wilson needed two tiebreakers to edge High's Reese McKay in the No. 3 singles final and provide the margin of victory in the team race. Central won with 40 points, followed by Topeka High with 38 and Topeka West with 30. Manhattan was fourth with 27 points, Salina South fifth with 26 and Junction City sixth with 21. Wilson, who beat McKay 7-6 (74), 7-6 (7-5), said winning the first- set tiebreaker took some of the pressure off in the second set. It also helped that he didn't know how close the team race was. "I had no idea (of the team score)," said Wilson, a sophomore, who came back from a 3-0 deficit in the second-set tiebreaker. "I felt he'd be more nervous. I just tried to get to the net and put the shots away. "We'd talked about (the league championship) and it was pretty important to the team to keep the trophy." The Mustangs kept the trophy with first-place finishes from Wilson and Stroer in No. 1 singles. Jeff Lamb and Ben Hoffman teamed for second in No. 1 doubles, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Chris Wilson and Lance Jones, while freshman Andy Porter took third in No. 2 singles. T HORSE RACING: PREAKNESS "I guess number six came pretty hard," said Central coach Bob Warkentine. "I really believe Topeka High deserved to win the league. Any time you come in and play with the guts they played with, you deserve to win. It just happens that we have the talent and talent won it for us. "I'm very proud of the way Pete Stroer is playing. He's just playing lights-out tennis and playing lights-out at the right time. And Jacob Wilson played gutty. He didn't necessarily play well, but he played gutty. Winning two tiebreakers showed his heart. And I thought Andy Porter at two singles did a nice job coming back after losing in the semis. "My doubles teams have come through all year and had a great season," Warkentine added. "It just happened that today wasn't their day and we needed somebody else to pick us up." Stroer, who ran his season record to 21-0, dropped only one game in two matches, which included a dominating 6-0, 6-1 finals victory against Topeka West's Martin Zovic. It was Stroer's third victory this season over Zovic, a foreign exchange student from Slovakia. "The score was zero and one, but you're always going to have good games and great points," Stroer said. "I come out here pretty ready to play and I'm not going to give him any confidence because I'll see him later (at state). "If I would have lost, I'd still probably be the number one seed (at state), but I didn't want to give him the idea that he could beat me. I want to keep sticking his face in the dirt as long as I can." Stroer followed his big first serve to the net whenever possible and also kept Zovic off balance by See COUGARS, Page D3 Real Quiet to start from outside post Derby winner 'peaking at right time'; favorite is Coronado's Quest By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Trainer Bob Baffert is happy about how Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet is doing. He's just not happy about where the colt will be doing it from at the start of the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico. Real Quiet ended up in the outside 1 post in the field of 11 3-year- olds. "This guy is peaking at the right time. That's the whole deal," Baffert said Wednesday after the colt's arrival from Churchill Downs. "All we need now is racing luck." Real Quiet, however, didn't get the luck of the draw. Baffert was the last to pick and the No. 11 post was all that was left. Real Quiet started from the No. 3 post in the Derby. The only Preakness winner from the No. 11 post was Display, who won in 13-horse field in 1926. "The horse is doing great, but the post sucks," Baffert said. "The best horse in the race had to give a few lengths." Elliott Walden, trainer of Victory Gallop, got the 10th pick, and the Arkansas Derby winner and run- nerup in the Kentucky Derby, got the 10th post. He started from No. 13 in the Kentucky Derby. "It's something we can't control," Walden said. "We're just going to have to make the best of it." Real Quiet wasn't cast in the favorite's role, either. That went to Coronado's Quest, who was made the 2-1 choice, with Real Quiet at 52 and Victory Gallop at 3-1. Coronado's Quest, winner of the Wood Memorial April 11 at Aqueduct, got the first pick and owner Stuart Janney took the No. 4 post because, he said, trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Mike Smith both wanted No. 1. There are two other Derby starters in the field — fifth-place Cape Town and last-place Basic Trainee. Cape Town will start from • 5 Cape Town Bailey 5-1 : 7 Baquero Day 20-1 9 Silver's Prospect Douglas 99-1 11 Real Quiet Desormeaux 5-2 AP/Ed De Gasero the No. 5 post and is the 4-1 fourth early favorite Six other colts are joining Coronado's Quest in making their debuts in Triple Crown competition, but they are not considered strong contenders. The draw followed the same format as the Derby draw. After a horse's name was drawn, a numbered pill was drawn signifying the order in which the horse's connection selected his post position. A misreading of a pill caused a redraw at the Derby. "I think the Derby winner should get No. 1 (pick)," joked Baffert, who won the 1997 Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm and finished second in the Belmont Stakes with Touch Gold. Real Quiet worked five-eighths of a mile in 59 1-5 seconds Tuesday at Churchill Downs. "I haven't seen any falloff from the Derby," Baffert said. "He's tough. Baffert said the Derby took too much out of Indian Charlie and he is being kept out of the Preakness. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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