The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1998 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 18, 1998
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SALINA JOURNAL MONDAY, MAY 18, 1998 T HIGH SCHOOL REGIONALS Knights seek return trip to state .Sacred Heart goes to St. Marys; Central, South at Great Bend By The Journal Staff ' There is little room for error today for the Sacred Heart golf . squad as the defending Class 2- 1A champions seek to make a return trip to the state tournament. 1 Sacred Heart will compete in a 10-team regional meet at St. Marys •'Public Course beginning at 8:30 'a.m. Because of an increase in participating schools, there are six Class 2-1A regionals this spring. Only the top two teams in each regional advance to next week's state meet at Salina Municipal Golf Course. The Knights will compete for one of those two spots with Valley Heights, Centralia, Hanover, Williamsburg, Linn, Centre, Onaga, Rossville and Washington. • Salina South and Salina Central are among eight teams competing at the Class 5A regional meet today at Great Bend's Golden Belt Country Club. The top three teams earn the right to play in next week's state meet at Winfield's Quail Ridge Country Club. South finished second at re- gionals a year ago, earning its first state tournament appearance in a decade. The Cougars are coming off their biggest tourney victory in many years after winning the school's first 1-70 League championship last week. Central won a tiebreaker with McPherson to earn the third and final state berth at last year's regional. South, Central and McPherson will join Great Bend, Buhler, Hays, Liberal and Newton at today's meet, starting at 9 a.m. • Clay Center Country Club and Colby Country Club will be host sites for Class 4A regionals today. Schools competing at Clay Center will be Abilene, Beloit, Santa Fe Trail, Chapman, Clay Center, Concordia, Council Grove, Marysville, Topeka Hayden and Wamego. The Colby regional will include teams from Ellsworth, Goodland, Thomas More Prep- Marian, Hugoton, Ulysses, Colby, Scott City, Russell and Larned. • Area schools will compete at three of the four Class 3A region- als being held today. Herington, Hillsboro, Marion and Minneapolis will travel to Lyons Town and Country Club; while Belleville is one of 12 teams participating in the regional meet at Seneca Golf Course. Norton, Oakley, Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Smith Center and Trego will be part of the 11-team field at Big Creek Country Club in WaKeeney. • Two teams each will advance from the 2-1A regionals today at Ellis Country Club and Rooks County Country Club. Area schools competing at the Ellis meet will be St. John's Beloit, Quivira Heights, Ellis, Grinnell, Osborne, Plainville and Quinter. Eastern Heights, Northern Valley, Atwood, Hill City, Hoxie, Kensington, Lenora, Morland, Golden Plains and Stockton will all participate at Rooks County Country Club. • Defending state sand greens champion Mankato will be at •Lincoln Golf Course for regional play today. The Cougars will compete with White Rock, Waconda East, Downs, Glasco, Lincoln, Miltonvale and Tipton for one of three state berths. Cheylin, Logan, Lucas-Luray and Wilson will participate in the sand greens regional at Dighton Golf Club; while Jewell will be in the eight-team field at Cottonwood Palls Country Club. Central among regional favorites Mustangs, South play at McPherson; Currie Competes at Neodesha By The Journal Staff Before adding to its string of consecutive top-three finishes at 'state, the Salina Central boys ' tennis squad must first find a way to get to the Class 5A championships later this week. The Mustangs are among the ' - favorites at the 5A regional tour- '^riament today at McPherson, "where semifinalists in both doubles and singles earn the right to participate in the state champi- 'bnships starting Friday at Wichita. Central and Salina South will be among seven teams competing at the McPherson regional, along with the host Bullpups, Buhler, Great Bend, Hays and Newton. McPherson is one of 16 tennis regional sites, as are Russell in Class 4A, and Hoisington and Neodesha in 3-2-1A. Central won its sixth consecutive 1-70 League title last week with a narrow victory over Topeka High. The Mustangs could win a sixth consecutive state tournament trophy this week if they can advance from today's regional with decent seedings. "I think the league tournament is going to help us when we reach regionals," Central coach Bob Warkentine said. "Our guys have a knowledge now of what it's going to take. "It's their time to rise to the occasion to do what they need to do to get to the next level." It would be an upset of major proportions if Central junior Pete Stroer did not make his way back to state. The 5A state singles champion from 1997 has not lost a high school match since his freshman year. Central will also be represented in singles by Andy Porter, while the doubles teams will match Jeff Lamb with Ben Hoffman, and Chris Wilson teaming with Lance Jones. South players hoping to advance through the first two rounds of regionals and earn a state berth are Kevin Buyse and Brad Livengood in singles, along with the doubles teams of Wes Burt-Eric Roth and Jamie Coleman-Adam Tripp. "I think we've got a good chance to qualify at least one of our doubles teams and possibly both," South coach Gary Dunlap said. "Kevin and Brad, if they' draw in at the right place and go in and play lights-out, might sneak up on somebody." • Southeast of Saline senior Thayne Currie dominated the competition on his way to the Class 3-2-1A state singles title a year ago. Currie will have the opportunity to defend that title if he finishes among the top four at today's regional in Neodesha. With only six teams at the Neodesha regional, Currie is likely to get a first-round bye and then would need only one victory in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in this weekend's 3-2-1A championships at Hillsboro. • Smoky Valley was the Class 4A team champion a year ago and the Vikings have another strong squad this season. They begin postseason play today at the Russell City Courts, where they'll compete with athletes from Abilene, Chapman, Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Ellsworth, Goodland, Russell and Scott City. Regional semifinalists will compete at the 4A state tournament starting Friday at Hutchinson Community College. Area schools Belleville, Norton and Trego will take part in a six-team 3-2-1A regional today at Hoisington. County teams look to extend seasons By The Journal Staff High school baseball and softball teams are faced with a must-win situation this .week as postseason competition begins. , Salina South and Salina Central are the top seeds at the Class 5A softball regional today at East Crawford Recre- ' ation Area. South (18-2) faces McPherson (3-17) in one first-round contest, while Central (612) meets Topeka West (4-14) in another. 'Both games begin at 4 p.m. The winners will play at 5:30 p.m. for the regional title and a berth in next week's 5A state tournament at Salina. The Ell-Saline and Sacred Heart baseball squads are in opposite sides of the bracket at today's Class 2-1A regional at Lincoln. The tourney opens with top-seeded Sylvan (9-5) playing Ell-Saline (4-14) at 3 p.m., followed by Sacred Heart (9-9) taking on Lincoln (8-12). Winners will meet for the regional championship at approximately 7 p.m., and the winner of that game advances to the 2-1A state tournament starting May 29 at Emporia. The Southeast of Saline baseball team will be home today for its Class 3A regional tournament. The Trojans (13-7) are the top seed and face Marion (1-15) in the opening round. That contest will be played after the tourney opener between Lyons (9-11) and Chase County (7-10), which gets under way at 1:30 p.m. The regional title game at Southeast is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the 3A state tourney next week at Topeka. Lincoln will also be the site of a Class 2-1A softball regional today, where No. 1 seed Ell- Saline (9-9) faces Inman (3-11) at 3 p.m. That game will be followed by Lincoln (6-8) taking on Sylvan (4-10), with the first-round winners playing for the regional title at 6:30. The 2-1A state softball tourney will also be held in Emporia next week. The South and Central baseball teams, along with the Southeast and Sacred Heart softball squads will all play in regional tournaments Tuesday. TGOLF Peterson / Cougars should stay competitive The Associated Press South Korean Se Rl Pak celebrates after winning the LPGA Championship Sunday at the DuPont Country Club in Rockland, Del. Pak wins first major Steady rookie finishes wire-to-wire run with 3-under-par final round By The Associated Press ROCKLAND, Del. — It's difficult to imagine just how good Se Ri Pak will be once she learns more about the game of golf and becomes comfortable with life on the LPGA tour. This much is certain: the 20- year-old South Korean will find it difficult to top her performance at the LPGA Championship. Pak completed her wire-to-wire run Sunday with a steady 3-under- par 68 that completely belied her stature as a rookie who took up the game just six years ago. "It feels great to win a major, my first win in the United States," she said. "Wow. This is a really awesome feeling. I'm really, really happy." Pak became the first rookie whose first victory on tour was a major tournament since Liselotte Neumann won the U.S. Open 10 years ago. She opened with a birdie, then made 13 straight pars before pulling away. Pak finished at 11-under 273 to win $195,000. Lisa Hackney, last year's rookie of the year and third-round co-leader, finished tied for second with Donna Andrews. Hackney closed with a 71, while Andrews had a 69. Andrews, the second-leading money winner on the tour this year, indicated that Pak has the tools to make winning a habit. "I don't know a lot about her, but I played with her once and I know she has a good all-around game," Andrews said. "She doesn't let a lot bother her." Karie Webb shot a 66 to close at seven under, tied with Wendy Ward, who had a 70. Defending champion Chris Johnson, Emilee Klein and Meg Mallon tied for sixth at 278. PGA IRVING, Texas — John Cook came from four strokes behind on the back nine, helped by a water ball by Fred Couples on No. 17, and won the GTE Byron Nelson Classic on Sunday with a closing- FROM PAGE B1 about." ,,-Of course, he will still have plenty of contact with the stu- .derits in his role as assistant cqach, teacher and athletic director. "I have two grandchildren now and I want to spend more time with them" Peterson said. "It always seems the head coach has to be up front and make all the decision. Now I'll be doing what I enjoy most and that is coaching. I'll be a little more relaxed. "If you go at it 100 percent, it takes a lot of time and effort. I don't want to let up a lot, or the program will go downhill. I feel Justin is an enthusiastic young man." Centre loses a number of outstanding players from a senior- dominated team that went 19-2 over the past two seasons. But Peterson said the Cougars should remain competitive. "We're losing a very special senior class," he said. "These indi- T BIG 12 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT Big second inning sends Tech to title By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas Tech scored eight unearned runs in the second inning Sunday night and went on to beat Texas A&M 147 to win the Big 12 conference tournament. The victory gives Tech (43-18) an automatic berth in an NCAA regional. Texas A&M (43-18) was already assured of a spot since it is one of the eight regional hosts. The NCAA tournament field will be announced today. . Texas Tech had started the day with a 4-3 victory over Oklahoma, which beat the Red Raiders in the title game a year ago. Sunday night's game was never close after the second inning, when Tech put together seven straight two-out hits. Losing pitcher Chance Caple (71) went just 1% innings and allowed nine runs, but only one was earned. The Aggies scored three times in the fourth inning to make the score 9-3, but Tech answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by Jason Landreth and a two-run shot by Mark Austry. The Red Raiders had 18 hits off four A&M pitchers. Brandon Buckley went 4-for-5, while Austry, Ryan Ruiz and Kevin Jordan had three hits each. Tech catcher Josh Bard was named the tournament's outstanding player. Zach Stewart (2-0) got the final out of the fifth inning in relief of Eric Cooper, then went the rest of the way for the victory. Tournament notes There were 123,108 tickets sold for the 11 games, an NCAA record for any baseball conference tournament ever. Last year, there were 56,742 sold for 11 games at the inaugural Big 12 tournament.... The last time a team other than Oklahoma State or Oklahoma won the Big 12/Big Eight tournament was Missouri in 1980. OSU then won 16 straight Big Eight titles and Oklahoma won last year's Big 12 title. 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Larry Ziegler, with baseball great George Brett toting his clubs and keeping him loose, survived a shaky finish Sunday to win the Saint Luke's Classic, his first Senior PGA Tour victory since 1991. Ziegler bogeyed the last three holes, and saw Tom Shaw pull even with him at three under for the tournament on the par-4 17th. But Shaw and defending champion Bruce Summerhays both hit their tee shots into a creek on 18, and Ziegler wound up having only to two-putt for a bogey to take the first prize of $150,000, more than five times as much as he had all year. "It took the guys collapsing at the end for me to win," said Ziegler, who shot a 72 and finished at 2-under-par 208 for the 54 holes, one stroke ahead of Shaw. i'"I was very fortunate. A lot of people probably deserved it more, but nobody appreciates it more," he said. 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