The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 28, 1998 · Page 17
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Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 28, 1998
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THE SALIN«KJOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / D2 TRACK AND FIELD / D3 TENNIS / D4 D GAMES Pacers 87 Bulls 106 V PRO BASKETBALL Bulls handle Pacers : Chicago rebounds from '. back-to-back losses with resounding victory By CHRIS SHERIDAN Tlie Associated Press CHICAGO — After being called whiners instead of winners and having their dynasty threatened, the Chicago Bulls responded swift; ly and decisively like the champi- . ons they are. With an attack both efficient and • ruthless, the Bulls ran roughshod - over the Indiana Pacers for a 106-87 . blowout victory Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals: These were not the cruise control Bulls of Games 1 and 2, nor were they the Up- setaBulls of Games 3 and 4. These were the serious Bulls, just like the 1996 and 1997 versions. And right from the get-go, it ; was clear they meant business. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pip'• pen led a first-half onslaught that left the Pacers reeling, and there was no let-up in the second half. "We haven't been in this position for a while," Jordan said of the 2-2 standoff heading into Wednesday night. "Everybody came out focused. We won this one in Chicago and now we have to win one in Indianapolis." Jordan scored 29 points with seven rebounds and four assists as he led the team in scoring for the 13th time in 13 playoff games. Pippen finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Toni Kukoc added 19 points as the Bulls avoided their first three-game losing streak with Jordan on the team since the fall of 1990. Jordan reached 35,000 career points, including regular season and playoffs, third behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. Game 6 is Friday night, and the Bulls will be looking to clinch their third straight trip to the NBA Finals and a possible repeat three- peat for their sixth championship this decade. Chicago opened a 29-16 lead after one quarter, held Indiana without a field goal for more than 14 minutes en route to a 25-point halftime lead and went ahead by as many as 32 for the most decisive win of the series. "We were just anxious to get back out on the court," Pippen said. "We felt we should have won at least one of the games there." The Bulls held the Pacers to 34 percent shooting and allowed Indiana to make only 23 field goals — two more than the playoff-record low of 21 on four occasions. Pippen, averaging 15 in the first four games of the series, surpassed that by halftime as he and Jordan had 17 points apiece. Indiana had only eight baskets in the first half. The Bulls took control midway through the first quarter with a 140 run, turning a 10-7 deficit into a 21-10 lead. " Gone were the smug smiles the Bulls wore through the first four '• games, replaced by the cold stares 'offierce competitors. T STATE COLLEGE: KANSAS WESLEYAN Major surprise The Associated Press Ranked 97th in the world, Ramon Delgado of Paraguay shocked top seed Pete Sampras in the second round of the French Open Wednesday. Delgado won 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. Coverage Page D4. Head fills coaching positions 'Passion for coaching 1 drives assistant to direct two sports at Wesleyan By BOB DAVIDSON The Sattna Journal DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Jennifer Head was introduced as Kansas Wesleyan's new women's basketball and volleyball coach at Wednesday's press conference. Head succeeds Tom Hughes. Jennifer Head wanted to be a college basketball coach for a long time. "Since I was very young," she said. So much so she was willing to take on the added duties of coaching a sport — volleyball — that she admits isn't her strong suit. Head, an assistant basketball coach at Kansas Wesleyan the past three seasons, accepted the dual role of head women's basketball and volleyball coach Wednesday. She was offered the job eight days ago, the same day Tom Hughes resigned both positions. "I think the word challenge is the best word for it," Head said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in the Wesleyan student union. "It's a definite challenge." Hughes, in his resignation letter, cited the physical and mental stress coaching the two sports had taken during his three-year tenure. Head admitted to having the same concerns, but said she couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach basketball. "Being young, being single, not having a family to go home to makes a big difference," she said. "Having worked in the (KWU) admissions office, I've learned you can put in 12- or 13-hour days and it takes a toll on your body physically and mentally. "But if it's something you love and are confident in and have a passion for, it's another thing. I have a passion for coaching." The 25-year-old Head, who will resign from the admissions office, is a native of Liberal and played two seasons at Seward County Community College before transferring to Wesleyan where she played for two seasons for coaches Kevin Blaskowski and Bob Murray. She joined Hughes' staff as a student assistant three years ago. Head said she received considerable support from the 13 returning basketball players and from the community. "When they said, 'coach, we want you,' that made me feel very confident," she said. "I've had a lot of support from the campus community and the outside community. I've had a lot of phone calls and a lot of visits. My office has been very busy." Head said'Murray will remain as an I've had a lot of support from the campus community and the outside community. - Jennifer Head named women's basketball and volleyball coach at Kansas Wesleyan _ — assistant coach and that she plans to ' ' hire another assistant to work with the junior varsity. j Volleyball is a different story. "I do have some concerns with ' that," Head admitted. "I was recruited, out of high school to play college vol- \ leyball, but I thought it was too much to play volleyball and basketball in ju-v nior college. "My plans are to find (an assistant ; coach) who has a strong background in volleyball and utilize that person's , skills. I'm going to spend most of this • summer in clinics and coaches' offices talking to them and finding out what I need to do. Just getting basic offenses and defenses, fundamentals, different- drills." Her approach is pragmatic. "Any time you take a new job '. there's going to be things you have to j study up on, especially in coaching. ... I'm going to have to do that on volleyball," she said. Athletic director Jerry Jones was impressed with Head's recruiting abilities. : "She has proven herself to be an outstanding recruiter in Kansas," he.,,, said. "Since she has been working in . admissions, our better players from outside the state have come largely as a result of Miss Head." Wesleyan president Marshall Stan-. / ton was pleased that the school was able to promote from within its own ranks. "There's always a kind of pride, almost a parental pride, that comes when one of our students attains this level of knowledge, competency, confidence and trust," Stanton said. "Jennifer is a person who has grown up among us, so to speak, and , has matured into a professional person and professional coach." T HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS Central in trophy hunt Led by a healthy Newman, Central boys have aspirations of top-three finish in Class 5A By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal County WICHITA — The Salina Central boys squad is back for more, and this time with a healthy Terence Newman. The Mustangs made an impressive turnaround a year ago, climbing from the bottom of the Class 5A ranks in 1996 to a runner-up trophy 12 months later at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships. Central coach Gary Goodwin figures his team has a chance at a repeat performance, with the Mustangs taking the necessary qualifiers to put them in contention for a trophy this weekend at Cessna Stadium. Goodwin certainly isn't predicting any team titles, as loaded Liberal squads are expected to continue their state championship string. The Redskin boys are going for an eighth consecutive title and the girls a fifth straight. "I think everybody in 5A is pretty much shooting for second and third," Goodwin said. "But I think that's a legitimate goal, to shoot for a trophy. We don't have a tremendous amount of kids going, but we have a high quality bunch." That bunch includes Newman, who competed at state a year ago while nursing an injured hip. That injury forced him to pull out of the 200-meter dash, but he still finished second in the 100 and helped the Mustangs' 400 relay team to a second-place finish. This year there will be no relays. Newman is competing in four individual events and his schedule includes the 5A long jump and preliminary heats in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes, all before 1:15 p.m. on Friday. "Competing in four individual events is tough mentally," Newman said. "It does a lot on your mental preparation. You run a 400 and you don't think you have anything left for the 200, so you start playing mind games with yourself. "But I feel real comfortable doing four events, and we are all looking at state to see if we can repeat as runnner-up or maybe even compete for the championship." If the Mustangs are going to contend for a File photo by DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Salina Central's state contingent Is led by Terence Newman, who won four events at last week's regional meet. • State baseball and softball previews will appear in Friday's Salina Journal runner-up trophy, they'll have to put up similar numbers to last year when they finished with 51 team points. Central has two athletes who could score points in the 800 run with Adam Moos and Andy Schorn. Moos and Schorn are part of a 3,200 relay team with A.J. Young and Chris Affholder that should also be in medal contention. While Central is hoping to maintain its position from a year ago, the Salina South boys are looking to move up from an eighth-place finish in 1997. South coach Jay Edwards is taking a hands off approach after the Cougars placed second the past two weeks at both the 1-70 League and regional meets. See STATE, Page D3 Beloit looks to repeat Friday's performance could determine whether Trojans retain their 4A state crown By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Area boys WICHITA — For the Beloit High School boys to successfully defend their Class 4A state track championship this weekend, they will have to strike quickly. As was the case last year, when they all but wrapped up the title on the first day, the Trojans will rack up as many field event points as possible, then hope their lead holds up. The state meet for all six classes starts Friday morning and concludes Saturday at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium. More than half the field events and all the track preliminaries are scheduled for the first day, with all track finals set for Saturday. "I look at it as being between Concordia, us and Kansas City Sumner," said Beloit coach Carle Kuhn. "We'll know when we walk out of the stadium on Friday whether we can win it or not. After that we'll only have one field event left and that's the javelin. "Sumner is pretty much a track team and Concordia is a lot like us, with some track and a lot of field events. Last year we scored 36 points on the first day and it only took 35 to win it. This year there's no dominant team, so 45 could win it." Beloit is especially strong in the throwing events, where senior Tony Thompson has the state's best marks in both the shot put (64 feet, 6'/4 inches) and discus (194-7), plus qualified in the javelin. Gary File has the best 4A mark in the javelin, a 216-8 at Friday's Abilene regional. Pat Gray is the defending 4A triple jump champ and also qualified in the long jump. Randy McGinnis also qualified in the two jumps, plus the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. The only other track entrant for the Trojans is Johnathan Pingel in the 1,600 meters, Concordia's Jacob Letourneau, who finished second to File at regionals, has thrown over 200 feet in the javelin and 56-9 in the shot put. Letourneau and Darrell Zimmerman both qualified in the discus. The Panthers also have a strong sprinter in * Area girls preview; schedule / Page D3 Travis Esslinger. Sumner, which dropped from 5A to'4A this year, handily won its regional meet at Sabetha. Other top area competitors in 4A included Smoky Valley's Tim Bishop, who will tie- fend his 800-meter title but did not qualify to repeat in the 1,600. Bishop, who was slowed during the season by an injury, also runs on the Vikings' 3,200 relay. Goodland's Rich Felver won regional titles in both the 100 and 200 and placed second in the 400. Chapman's Tyler Paul is strong in the hurdles. ; Hill City to challenge in 2A Hill City will have a difficult time "defending the 2A title after coming up empty in three key events at regionals. Geoff'^i- ley, who would have contended in both ,the long jump and triple jump, skipped those events because of a hamstring injury and will only compete in the 300 hurdles, which he won last year. A bad handoff at regionals also cost the Ringnecks a state berth in the 400 relay. "Everything is going to have to fall really well for us and St. John is going to have to stumble in several areas," Hill City cpaqbV Keith Riley said. "They've got that much depth. Berean Academy scored quite a few points in their regional, and out of our regional Quinter could score quite a few."' Hill City still has one of the state's ,tpp sprinters in Mike Appelhans and should contend in the shot and discus with Justin Zohner. For Quinter, Landon Porter won the 3,200-meter run last year. Washington won its regional, led by Landon Kruse, who took first in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles. Etc. Cody Carter led Oakley to a 3A regional title at Smith Center by winning both Hurdles events, plus the 400-meter dash. He is among the state leaders in all three events ... Nick Rohr of Hanover and Jay Joy of Hillcrest have both thrown over 200 feet in the javelin and will be among the favorites in Class 1A. Logan's Nathan Jones is the favorite to repeat as 1A champion in the discus. SUGGESTIONS? G^LL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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