The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 20, 1998 · Page 23
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 199& D3 T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Southeast edges Lyons for Class 3A state berth BRIEFLY Trojans score twice in last inning to capture suspended title game By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal GYPSUM — The dawn of a new day brought new life to Southeast of Saline's baseball team Tuesday, and the Trojans took full advantage. The Trojans, who trailed Lyons by a run Monday -^ ^^j^ > when their Class >^«w •**"*!• , 3A regional Lyons 10 championship SE-Saline 11 game was suspended because of darkness, scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Lions 11-10 at the Southeast diamond. The victory puts the Trojans, 157, in the 3A state tournament May 29-30 in Topeka. Lyons fell to 10-12. "These kids are a great bunch of kids and a lot of fun," said Southeast coach Dee Kolzow after Chance Ptacek's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Jeff Knopf from second base with the winning run. "They've hung in all year. Quit is not in their vocabulary." The game resumed with Lyons leading 10-9 and batting in the top T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL of the sixth inning. Knopf drove in Chris Tuzicka with the tying run, and after Lyons .pitcher Lance Stegman struck out Kevin Peterson and got Jason Myers on a fly ball to shallow right, Ptacek came up with runners at first and second. "The adrenaline was pumping and the first pitch was there, so I swung at it," Ptacek said. "I was pretty pumped going up to bat." Ptacek lined the ball to right and Kolzow waved Knopf home. Knopfs head-first slide barely beat the tag by catcher Kevin Archer following strong throws from right fielder Brett Leiker and relay man Andy Timberlake. "We're gambling and sending him all the way," Kolzow said. "That's the winning run and they've got to make a perfect throw. If we don't score, we go to extra innings." Knopf said he never hesitated when he got the signal from Kolzow. "I was just watching coach," he said. "I thought it would be pretty close because the catcher was getting ready. I knew I was under (the tag)." After failing to score in the bottom of the sixth, Southeast got an early break in the seventh when Tuzicka lined an opposite-field double down the line in left. The ball landed on the line, sending a puff of chalk into the air. "If I can, I try to hit the first pitch because that's usually the best one. It was a fastball down the middle on the outside corner and the only thing you can do is go to the opposite field." Knopf followed with a single to right and Tuzicka slid home with the tying run. The throw was off target and got by Archer for an error, allowing Knopf to reach second. Regan Ellertson, who had relieved Myers in the fifth inning Monday after Stegman's two-run homer had given Lyons the lead, picked right up where he left off. He allowed just one hit in the final two innings for the victory. "Regan's done that all year for us," Kolzow said. "He's good for three or four innings. He does a good job in relief." Kolzow said that the game being suspended Monday might have been a blessing for the Trojans, who had seen Lyons come back from an early 8-1 deficit to take the lead. "I think it was to our advantage," he said. "We had played two games in that 100-degree weather and our kids were exhausted." Lyons takes out Southeast for regional championship Trojans unable to find answers to Burton's pitch, Lyons' defense By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal GYPSUM — It was hardly the kind of pitchers' duel Southeast of Saline expected to lose. But the top-seeded Trojans, making a bid for their third •straight state tournament appearance, were liter- , . ally soft-tossed to 1 8* SflBML death Tuesday at Lyons 3 the Southeast dia- SE-Sallne softball mond. Employing a defensive shift to compensate for pitcher Holly Burton's lack of velocity, Lyons frustrated Southeast's batters and strung enough hits together to escape with a 3-0 victory in the Class 3A regional final. The Lions, who improved to 157, will play in the 3A state tournament May 29-30 at Topeka while Southeast saw its season end at 17-5. "They beat us with a slow-pitch pitcher and a shift," said Southeast pitcher Mike Garretson, whose Trojans had advanced to the championship game with an easy 9-1 victory over Marion. "I'm shocked that we couldn't score runs. They made some good plays, but we popped it up and popped it up. T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL "Nothing worked out. We've faced some slow, soft stuff, but nothing like this. I thought about telling our girls to hit to right field, but we never worked on it. When we hit the ball hard, they were there. Their shift was right on and their shortstop (Tracy Schmidt) played great." With her defense shading Southeast's right-handed hitters to the left, Burton tossed a complete-game five-hitter, walking just two with no strikeouts. "We learned about halfway through the season how to play with her pitching," Lyons coach Lonnie Morris said of Burton. "We have to do that (use the shift) because we have such inexperienced pitchers." Lyons, in just its second year of softball, picked up its ninth straight victory after reaching the championship with an earlier 8-3 semifinal triumph over Hillsboro. "We were sitting on a seven- game (winning) streak coming in, so we felt we had a chance. We were coming off a 2-19 season last year, but now the kids have a lot of confidence." Southeast's Amy Scanlan matched Burton with a five-hitter, striking out four and walking three, but Lyons pushed across one run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Mandi Whitehead, who reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth, scored the first Lyons run on Brandi January's sacrifice bunt after moving to third on Maggie Proffitt's single. Brooke Beagley singled to right and Schmidt slapped a double to left on a fake bunt to set up the other two Lion runs. Lindsay Folck drove in the first one on a grounder to second when Beagley beat Anne Johnson's throw to the plate. Whitehead's sacrifice fly to center made it 3-0. "We manufactured some runs," Morris said. "We need to do that sometimes. The slap (double by Schmidt) really came at a key time. Tracy's been in a little bit of a slump, but she's a .400 hitter and that seemed to get her going." Southeast's biggest threats came in the fourth inning, when Johnson was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a delayed double steal, and in the seventh, when the Trojans left the bases loaded. "I feel horrible for the girls because I had no idea we'd be facing that kind of slow stuff or we could have worked on it in practice," Garretson said. "We're a good hitting team." The Trojans had 11 hits in their semifinal victory over Marion to back the two-hit pitching of Chelsie Schwarz. Johnson went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, Janelle Lund 2 for 4 with a double and one run and Chrystal Giersch 2 for 4 with two runs. KU women set for NCAA tennis tourney SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Kansas women's tennis team will begin play in the 16-team NCAA Tournament on Thursday against fourth-seeded Georgia. The Jayhawks and Bulldogs will play at 9 a.m. at the University of Notre Dame's Courtney Courts. The Sweet 16 appearance is the third overall for the Jayhawks (21-5) and the first since 1994, the year they reached the quarterfinals. The winner of the Kansas-Georgia match meets the California- William & Mary winner Friday at 10 a.m. Kansas will also be represented by seniors Kylie Hunt and Christie Sim in the individual competition on May 25-29. The only other Big 12 Conference team competing is Texas, who meets UCLA at noon Thursday. South's Young signs track letter with Hutch Salina South track athlete Chris Young has signed a letter of intent at with Hutchinson Community College. Young is a member of the Cougars' 400-meter relay team. Fort Hays' Spicer finalist for UNK job KEARNEY, Neb. — Officials at Fort Hays State, the University of Florida and the Air Force Academy are finalists for athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Tom Spicer has been the director of athletics at Fort Hays State since 1989. Jon McBride has been the Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs at the University of Florida since 1990. Michael L. Sumpter has been the associate athletic director for business and revenue operations at the Air Force Academy since 1986. '. "We were very pleased with the quality of the applicant pool and have three excellent finalists very capable of leading our athletic program," said Bruce Elder, chairman of the Athletic Director Search Committee. "We expect an AD to be named within the next few weeks." Tickets for baseball regional on sale today WICHITA — Individual session tickets for the 1998 NCAA Midwest Regional baseball tournament go on sale this morning at the ticket office at Wichita State's Eck Stadium. The ticket office opens at 8:30 a.m., with reserved grandstand seating for individual sessions ($7.00), general admission ($6.00, college students and youth 2-18, $5.00). All-session tickets (reserved $50.00; general admission $30.00) are still available although over 2,500 have been sold so far. The ticket office is open today from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and opens Thursday at 9 a.m. The six-team tournament begins Thursday with three games — Arizona State (34-21) vs. Arkansas (37-19) at 11 a.m.; Georgia Tech (38-20) and Oklahoma State (38-19) at 3 p.m. and top- seeded Wichita State (55-5) and Southeast Missouri State (32-22) playing at 7 p.m. Another Eck signs with Fort Hays State HAYS — The Eck bloodline continues at Fort Hays State. Jarod Eck has signed a basketball letter of intent with the Tigers. The 6-foot-5 Eck follows older brother Geoff and Mark to FHSU after one season at Butler County Community College. Jarod Eck averaged five points, 2.4 rebounds and 15.4 minutes last season at Butler County. He will be a sophomore at Fort Hays. Eck played at Andale High School. Geoff and Mark were members of the Tigers' 1996 NCAA Division II national championship team that went 34-0. '• 3 Tigers named to all-West Regional team HAYS— Three Fort Hays State baseball players have been named to the NCAA Division II all-West Regional team. Shortstop/relief pitcher Nate Field and infielder Anthony Vasquez were first team selections. Pitcher Billy Scogin was a second-team choice. The Tigers (44-14) went 1-2 in the West Regional last weekend in Chico, Calif. Engle paces Bethany golfers at NAIA meet TULSA, Okla. — Travis Engle shot a 6-over-par 76 Tuesday to lead the Bethany Swedes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. The Swedes are tied for 24th in the team standings with a 325 total. Berry (Ga.) College leads the 33-team field with a 291 total, 10 strokes ahead of Huntingdon. (Ala.) College and Texas Wesleyan. The four-day, 72-hole tournament continues today with the field being cut to the low teams and ties, low 40 individuals and ties for the final two rounds. Engle is tied for 18th in the;; medalist chase. Teammate Sven Delin shot a 77 and tied for 39th. Kevin Hay shot an 85 and Vaughn Marshall and Jason Ingersoll 87s. Phil Schimidt of Texas Lutheran leads the individual list with a one-over 71. Four golfers — Mike Howren (Berry), Matt Evans (Berry) and Paul Johnson (Berry) and Mike Meade (Bluefield, Va.) are tied for second with 72. None of the 172 golfers broke par on the 6,835-yard course. From Staff and Wire Reports High School Federation leaving Kansas City By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following the lead of the NCAA, the National Federation of State High School Associations is leaving Kansas City and moving to Indianapolis, The Associated Press has learned. The federation, which has a staff of about 40 and has been in Kansas City since 1979, was expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday. Bob Kanaby, the executive director of the federation, confirmed in a telephone interview that employees were told on Tuesday they were moving. The NCAA, headquartered in the Kansas City area since 1951, sold its headquarters to Indianapolis last May and expects to occupy its new building by August 1999. "Right now our plans are to make the move some time early in 2000," said Kanaby. The federation, which serves the state high school federations around the nation and establishes playing rules for 14 sports, will at first occupy space in the NCAA's new building in Indianapolis. "We don't believe there will be any rent involved. We'll just pay our fair share of costs," said Kana- by, who has been the federation's executive director for five years. Indianapolis enticed the NCAA move in part with money raised from taxpayers in Indiana, but Kanaby declined to say if his group had been given a similar deal. "I'm not free to discuss that at this point," he said. Asked if the federation had been promised its own building like the NCAA, Kanaby said, "Our intent is to have our own building. We're going to work on that cooperatively." The NCAA staff has been in tur- moil since the move to Indianapolis was announced, with most of the roughly 250 fulltime workers being opposed. On Tuesday, another major staff executive, Steve Morgan, announced he was quitting and would stay in Kansas City. Kanaby said he had not surveyed his staff. While the NCAA has mentioned $50 million as the financial incentive for its move, Kanaby said the high school federation's decision "was not about finances." OPIES Only 8 I/* X II" on wile The Latest Canon* Laser Quality, Don't Pay More for Inferior Quality! NO CONSTRUCTION IONE DELAYS! Visit the Elmore Center 627 E. Crawford Across from Central High Willey coming home to coach at Abilene High We Deliver News You Can Use Former Cowboy will coach girls basketball, boys golf at alma mater By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal It was an offer Mark Willey couldn't reject. After four years as boys basketball coach at St. Francis High School, Willey is coming home to Abilene to coach girls basketball and boys golf at Abilene High School. He replaces Bryant McKee as girls basketball coach. Abilene was 7-35 during McKee's two seasons, including a 1-20 mark last season. He replaces Bruce Hardy as golf coach. Abilene qualified for next week's 4A state golf tournament at Hesston by winning the Clay Center regional on Tuesday. "It's a good opportunity to get back into central Kansas and more towards home," Willey said Tuesday during a telephone interview from St. Francis. "The fact that it's girls didn't enter into it. It's what they had open and is an opportunity to get back to Abilene." Willey led St. Francis to a 16-7 record last season. The Indians lost to eventual Class 2A state champion Hill City in the finals of their sub-state tournament. St. Francis was 47-40 during Willey's his four years. "I have not coached girls basketball," Willey said. "I coached girls tennis while I did my student teaching at Hays High. "My philosophy has been to have good fundamentals and a positive attitude. We might not win a lot early, but hopefully we'll build a program and get things going in the right direction, like we did here in St. Francis. It's a new challenge." Willey graduated from Abilene High in 1988 after a superb high school career. He played at Fort Hays State from 1988-92, his first three seasons under Coach Bill Morse and his senior year under Coach Gary Garner. "It's really been tough the last couple of days telling people we're leaving St. Franics," Willey said. "We've really enjoyed it here. But we felt it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up." SHOOT for The BEST HEART OF AMERICA Kansas Premier Sports Camps * Boys Basketball * Girls Baskotball * Girls Volleyball "The Skill Builders" Team ft Early Bird Discounts Info: Ask your coach.or call 785 827 6228 moky Hill River Festival Thousands of festival-goers will eagerly snap up the 1998 guide to The Smoky Hill River Festival. This handy guide will feature pertinent information that festival goers will find useful. Your ad should be included in this high-interest section that will reach over 87,000 potential attendees. Reserve your space in the section that will be read and used by your porential customers over and over. For more information, please contact your Salina Journal marketing consultant at 823-6363 or 1-800-827-6363. Deadline: Thursday, May 21 Publishes: Sunday, June 7th th ; Salina Journal 333 S. 4th • Salina, Kansas • 67401 Deadlines Retail & Bordered Classified Ads Publication Date Monday, 5/25 Tuesday, 5/26 Wednesday, 5/27 Deadline Thursday, 5/21 @ 4:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 11:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 1:00 Classified Line Ads (No Borders or Artwork) Friday, 5/22 Saturday, 5/23 Sunday, 5/24 Monday, 5/25 Tuesday, 5/26 Thursday, 5/21 @ 10:00 Thursday, 5/21 @ 1:30 Friday, 5/22 @ 10:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 3:00 Friday, 5/22 @ 5:00 The Salina Journal business office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Salina Journal

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