The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 14
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SATURDAY. MAY 23, 1998 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL Regional / Buhler girls take team title FROM PAGE D1 boys title with 103 points, followed by South with 92 and Central with 86. South moved past Central in the point standings when the Cougars' foursome of Rob 'Rominger, Brandon Ebert, Jeff Haas and Chris Young combined to win the 1,600 relay. Central was disqualified for a handoff violation. "We are very suprised and hap- :py," South coach Jay Edwards said of the Cougars' second-place finish. "Our field events scored most of our points as they have all season and that got the ball rolling. It came down to the last event and we knew we had to win it, and we came home with a tro- :phy." The girls team title was decided 'by the final event when Buhler finished one spot ahead of McPherson in the 1,600 relay. The Crusaders won the team title 'with 103 points- and McPherson had 102. Central placed fourth and South took eighth. It was another exceptional day for Central senior Terence Newman, who will compete in the maximum four events at state next week after winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, plus ;th,e long jump (21-9 1/4). f "I was just concentrating on qualifying for state in the long jump," said Newman, who won the three sprint events but finished third in the long jump at last week's 1-70 League meet.. "I've ;been working on my step all week •and I wanted to get some solid jumps in and get my confidence back." Newman's confidence will not be lacking on the track. He ran a season best 10.37 in the 100 and broke the school record in the 200 for the third consecutive week with a 21.4. Running into the wind on the backstretch slowed him some in the 400, but he still ran a strong 50.4. "I'm real pleased with the 100 and the 200," Newman said. "Especially the 100. I've been kind of upset with myself because I thought I was due for a 10.3 a long time ago." Central junior Christina Frost won the 200 dash and ran an outstanding anchor leg in the 1,600 relay to help the Mustangs to a first-place finish in that event. Frost, Corina Tieking, Jennifer Fox and Jessica Williams ran a season-best 4:07.0. The South boys had three additional first-place finishes, two of those from Michael Butler. The Cougar junior won the discus with a throw of 152-3, and had a season-best toss of 56-2 1/2 to win the shot put. South's other gold came from Ronnie Jackson in the triple jump (42-2 3/4). "We had a great surprise out of Chris Young, who qualified in four events," Edwards said. "Ronnie Jackson won the triple jump and will go to state in three events, and Rob Rominger also- qualified in three events. They just did very well today." Hays High won only one event on its way to the team title, edging South by a fraction of a second in the 400 relay with a time of 43.3. John Moore was part of that T PRO BASKETBALL DAVIS TURNEfVThe Salina Journal Salina Central's Tammy Williams qualified for state after winning the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 5 3 /4 inches Friday in the 5A regional at Salina Stadium. winning relay team and finished second to Newman in the 100, 200 and long jump. Hays also had two second-place finishes from Kyle Herl in the discus and shot put. McPherson's Travis Stites had two first-place finishes, winning the 300 hurdles (40.5) and pole vault (12-9). The Bullpup girls had a pair of gold medal performances from senior Haley Baldwin in the hurdle events, as she won the 100 hurdles in 15.30, then completed the sweep with a time of 47.9 in the 300. V COLLEGE BASEBALL O-State shoots down Arizona State Cowboys jump to 12-run lead after six innings en route to victory, await WSU or ASU By The Journal Staff WICHITA — The top of the Oklahoma State batting order ripped Arizona State's pitching Friday night as the Cowboys stayed unbeaten in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Cowboys jumped out to a 12-run lead after six innings and coasted to a 13-8 victory at Eck Stadium. Oklahoma State (40-19), now 2-0 in the tournament, will await the winner of the Wichita State'Arizona State tonight in a 7:00 game. The first five batters in the OSU lineup did the majority of the damage. Billy Gasparino, Kevin Lucas, Josh Holliday, Jay McCullough and Tony Lucca combined for 11 runs, nine hits and eight runs batted in. Arizona State (35-22) didn't score until " putting five runs on the board in the top of the seventh. By that time, the Cowboys of the Big 12 Conference owned a 12-0 lead. Frank Bludau pitched the first seven innings for his fourth victory in seven decisions. Gasparino had four hits and scored 'three times. Mikel Moreno was 3 for 4 with three runs scored for the Sun Devils. Georgia Tech 14, SE Missouri St. 5 Stephen Donaghey hit two home runs to lead Georgia Tech to a 14-5 win over Southeast Missouri State on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional. Georgia Tech (39-21) takes on the loser of Friday's Oklahoma State-Arizona State game Saturday. Friday's loss eliminated Southeast Missouri, which finished its season at 32-24. With one out and Georgia Tech ahead 2-1 in the top of the third inning, Yellow Jacket outfieleder Scott Prather started the inning with a walk. Catcher Bryan Prince followed with a sin- Friday's Scores Georgia Tech 14 SE Missouri St. 5 Arkansas 3 Wichita State 2 (11 innings) Oklahoma State 13 Arizona State 8 Wichita State's Jeff Ryan slides safely into second ahead of the tag applied by Arkansas shortstop Joe Jester. Arkansas upset the Shockers 3-2 in 11 innings. — The Associated Press gle before Ryan Brooks homered into the leftfield stands. Shortstop Jay Hood then singled, before Donaghey hit his first home run of the game to make the score 7-1. Hood then followed with a three-run shot in the seventh inning. Georgia Tech Pitcher L.J. Yankosky (11-1) claimed the win. Jason Swearingen (7-6) gave up seven earned runs in two and one-third inn to take the loss. Bird: 'Biggest game 1 is today BIRD Pacers intend to turn Game 3 luck; Bulls banned from Indy 500 By CHRIS SHERIDAN Tlie Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Chicago Bulls are in town to play basketball, not to watch race cars. Therefore, the players will be banned from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on their day off between Games 3 and 4. "I thought it would take too much out of us on an off day," said coach Phil Jackson, who handed down the Indy 500 ban as the Bulls, holding a 2-0 lead, prepared to play the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 today. Some of the Bulls reportedly were trying to secure a luxury suite at the racetrack for Sunday's Indy 500, which begins at 11 a.m. local time — about the same time the team will be scheduled to hold practice. "I didn't want guys to come here in 100 degree temperatures and stand out there in the infield," Jackson said. "They'd end up losing their game on Sunday instead of playing it on Monday." By the time the gentlemen start their engines, the tone of this series will have changed. Either the Pacers will have closed their deficit to 2-1, or the Bulls will be ahead 3-0 — a lead no NBA team has ever blown. "Tomorrow is the biggest game," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. Many of the players and coaches sounded anxious Friday to resume the series, which went through its third straight off day. Both teams practiced at Market Square Arena, and the tenor of the comments cooled down after two days of referee-baiting and Rodman-bashing. "I don't know how many times we've played on Saturday at the end of May — Memorial Day weekend with an afternoon start — and everything up for grabs," Jackson said. "It's always a game V HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS CHICAGO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) Game 3, Today Chicago at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (NBC) where you see a lot of strange things happen. We're looking forward to this game. It can't come soon enough. During this season's playoffs, the Bulls have had some of their best efforts in Game 3. Against the Nets in the first round, Michael Jordan made 10 of his first 11 shots, 15 of his first 18 and finished 16-of-22 for 38 points as Chicago completed a sweep of New Jersey. Against the Hornets in the second round, the Bulls went into, the Charlotte Coliseum and quickly took the crowd out of it as they opened a big lead and coasted through the fourth quarter. The Pacers, meanwhile, have not met with any success in Game 3s. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round and lost to the"New York Knicks in the second round — their only postseason defeats before the start of this series. "We're definitely facing an uphill battle, but I think this team is up to the challenge understanding there's no looking back and tomorrow is a pivotal game," Reggie Miller said. "Anytime you're down, you should always have some measure of desperation." The Pacers, who earlier this week complained about the physical defense Scottie Pippen played on Mark Jackson, emphasized Friday that they must cut down on turnovers. Indiana had 46 miscues in the first two games. The Bulls, after again finding themselves explaining Dennis Rodman's behavior — Jackson explained how The Worm is late for every game and 80 percent of practices — were wavering Friday ; on whether to start him or stick with Toni Kukoc, who started the first two games. Currie reaches singles semifinals in 3-2-1A Southeast senior two wins from successfully defending singles title By The Journal Staff HILLSBORO — Southeast of Saline's Thayne Currie advanced to the semifinals of the Class 3A state tennis tournament Friday by winning his first two matches. Currie, a senior, is the defending 3A state champion. Currie opened with a 6-1,6-1 victory over Seth Cantrall of Haviland. He followed with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Scott Watkins of Ellinwood. "I don't feel I played that well," Currie said. "I played kind of tight. It took me a while to get going. The second set of both matches I started to play better." Currie's semifinal match will begin at 10 a.m. He will play Meade's Mark Thomas, the Cimarron regional champion who is 29-9 on the season. The other semifinal matches Clafllin's Clint Musgrove against Wichita Collegiate's Gautum Agarwal. "I feel a little bit of pressure, ".he said. "I feel people are out to get me since I'm the defending state champion. I'm sure Pete (Salina Central's Stroer) feels the same way." Currie, who will attend Wichita State next fall, raised his record this season to 23-3 with the two victories. "I look forward to tomorrow," he said. "It's the last day I'm going to play high school tennis. I'm just going to enjoy the moment." BRIEFLY Five county players named AII-l-70 Softball " Four players from league champion Salina South and one from : Salina Central have been named to the all-I-70 League softball team. Pitcher Sara Mitchell, infielders Jessica Watson and Leah Wahlgren and outfielder Andrea Heinrich of South were named to the first team. Central catcher Ashley Wilson also was named to the first team. Outfielder Tai Kerbs and utility player Katie Graham of South were second team selections as were Andrea Willey and Alison Smith of Central. Salina South softball top seed at 5A state "TOPEKA — Salina South is the .top seed and will play eighth-seeded Independence at 5 p.m., May 29 on Field A in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state softball tournament at the East Crawford Recreation Area. ; South is 20-2 on the season and Independence 8-12. The South-Independence winner plays the winner of the Shawnee Heights (18-4)-Wichita Carroll (184) game in the semifinals at 11 a.m., May 30. Heights and Carroll play at 7 p.m., May 29. The bottom brackets pits second- seeded Maize (20-2) against No. 7 St. Thomas-Aquinas (15-7) at 5 p.m., and third-seeded Arkansas City (18-4) against No. 6 Great Bend (17-5) at 7 p.m. The consolation game will be played at 1 p.m., and the championship at 2 p.m., May 30. Sacred Heart softball to open with Oswego TOPEKA — Sacred Heart plays Oswego at 5 p.m., May 29 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2-1A state softball tournament at Emporia State. e The fifth-seeded Knights take a 14-5 record into the state tournament. Oswego (15-4) is seeded fourth. A victory would send Sacred Heart into the semifinals at 11 a.m., May 30 against the winner of the Inman-Elkhart game. Inman (511) is seeded eighth and Elkhart (14-1) first. The bottom bracket pits seventh- seeded Rossville (10-9) against No. 2 Elk Valley (19-2) and sixth-seeded Frontenac (15-7) against Udall (174), the No. 3 seed. The consolation game will be played at 1 p.m., and the championship game at 2 p.m. Neodesha state foe for SE-Saline baseball TOPEKA — Southeast of Saline plays Neodesha at 1:30 p.m., May 29 in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Washburn University's Falley Field. The Trojans (15-7) are seeded sixth and Neodesha (12-2) third. Southeast would play the winner of the Silver Lake-Galena quarterfinal game at 10 a.m., May 30 in the semifinals. Silver Lake (17-1) is the second seed and Galena (14-8) the seventh seed. They play at 11 a.m., May 29. Oxford (19-1) is the top seed and opens against No. 8 Hoisington (911) at 6:30 p.m., May 29. Central Heights (16-3) is seeded fourth and takes on fifth-seeded Jefferson West (13-6) at 4 p.m., May 29. The consolation game is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the championship 5:30 p.m. May 30. Sylvan, Canton-Galva qualify for 2-1A state TOPEKA — Sylvan plays Thayer at 4 p.m., and Canton-Galvan takes on Pittsburg Colgan at 1:30 p.m., in the quarterfinals of the Class 2-1A state baseball tournament May 29 at Soden's Grove in Emporia. Sylvan (11-5) is seeded fourth and Thayer (14-6) fifth. The Sylvan-Thayer winner plays the winner of the Elkhart-Minneola game at 10 a.m., May 30 in the semifinals. Canton-Galva (15-7) is the sixth seed and Pittsburg-Colgan (17-5) the third seed. The winner plays the winner of the Rossville and Central-Burden game at 12:30 p.m., May 30. Elkhart (20-2) is the No. 1'seed and Rossville (19-3) the second seed. The consolation game is slated for 3 p.m., and the championship at 5:30 p.m., May 30. Ell-Saline's White qualifies for state ONAGA — Ell-Saline's Bridget White qualified for next week's Class 2A state track meet with a third-place finish regional finish Friday in the 400-meter dash. White, who finished in 1 minute, 4.8 seconds, was the only Cardinal girl to qualify for state. The top three finishers in each event, plus the two best fourth-place results from the four regionals, advance. Ell-Saline's boys must await results from the other regionals to learn their fate after recording a pair of fourth-place finishes. The Cardinals' Chris Windholz was fourth in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, while Paul Muchow was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.9. Dickson leads Trojans at regional track meet SMITH CENTER — Jon Dickson won two events and took second in another at Friday's Class 3A regional to lead Southeast of Saline's qualifiers for the state track meet next week in Wichita. Dickson won the 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds, the 200 in 22.3 and was runner-up in the 400 with a time of 51.5 seconds. Daniel Craig was a double-qualifier in the distance events, taking second in the 3,200-meter run (10:31.0) and third in the 1,600 (4:52.9). The Trojans also got a second-place finish from Jameon Schwarz in the javelin (177-1). Josh Betts qualified third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.9) and took fourth in the 300 hurdles (41.4) meaning he will advance to state if his time is better than two of the other three regional fourth-place finishers. Aaron Pavkov rounded out the Southeast state boys qualifiers with a third in the 800-meter run (2:08.6). Jody Ade.qualified in three events to lead the Southeast girls. She won the discus (114-8), took second in the javelin (124-11) and third in the shot put (35-2%). Kelly Jackson was third in the 1,600-meter run (5:48.0) and fourth in the 800 (2:37.6), while Leslie Brady qualified with a third-place time of 12:40.8 in the 3,200. SHHS's Ryan wins long jump at regional EMPORIA — Sophomore Jeremy Ryan's victory in the boys long jump was the top performance by the Sacred Heart track and field squads at Friday's Class 1A regional meet at Emporia State University. Ryan's winning leap of 20 feet, 9 inches edged Centre's Nolan Brunner by one inch. The Knights also qualified their 400-meter relay team, placing second with a time of 46.3. Heather Ryan qualified for state in two events for the Sacred Heart girls. She placed third in both the 400-meter dash (1:02.5) and the 800 run (2:36.8). The Knights will also be represented at state by freshman Sarah Suelter in the 1,600 run, after she placed third with a time of 5:58.0. From Staff and Wire Reports

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