The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 2, 1998 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, June 2, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1998 B3 i TBASEBALL LSU still perfect in CWS Tigers hit six homers in 10-8 victory over Mississippi State By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Brad Cresse's two-run homer was the first of three straight by LSU in the second inning, and the Tigers went on to a 10-8 victory over Mississippi State in the College World Series on Monday. The two-time defending champion Tigers (48-17) hit six home runs Monday after setting a World Series record with eight in an opening-round victory over Southern California on Saturday. The 14 homers tied a World Series record for the most by a team, and the Tigers still have at least two games left. Eighth-seeded Mississippi State (42-22) will play Southern Califor- nia today. The winner of that game meets No. 5 LSU on Thursday. LSU's long ball display never discouraged the Bulldogs, who kept the game close with a stream of singles that helped them threaten in the late innings. Trailing 10-7 in the top of the ninth, Mississippi State got a leadoff double by Richard Lee. After Brooks Bryan struck out and Travis Chapman filed out, Lee scored on a single up the middle by Barry Patton. Another single by Dustin Dabbs gave the sense that a rally was imminent, but Chris Lotterhos hit a deep fly to left to end the game. It was a special day for Cresse. His father, Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Cresse, was in the stands — the first time Mark had seen Brad play as a collegian. Brad Cresse, wearing a batting glove he had been given by former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza and shoelaces he received from Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi, hit his third homer of the series into the right field light tower. USC 12, Florida 10 Jeremy Freitas' two-run single through a drawn-in infield started a four-run llth inning and Southern California held on to beat Florida. The Gators (46-18) became the second team, after Florida State, to be eliminated from the CWS. Munson and Ticehurst pumped their arms in the air as they dashed across the plate into a cluster of teammates. Today, fourth-seeded USC meets No. 8 Mississippi State, which lost 10-8 to LSU earlier Monday. The winner of that game will play fifth-seeded Louisiana State on Thursday. Phils pick first in today's draft By The Associated Press J.D. Drew is a thing of the past for the Philadelphia Phillies. Now the question is which team will take the outfielder in this year's amateur draft. Last year, the Phillies selected Drew with the No. 2 pick overall. Today, they have the top pick for the first time and Miami third baseman Pat Burrell is their likely choice. "He's a big strong power guy," Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle said. Arizona State left-hander Ryan Mills and Michigan State left-han- der Mark Mulder also were considered by the Phillies, but Burrell got most of the attention. Burrell, 21, has a .426 average, 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 115 at- bats going into today's game against Long Beach State at the College World Series. While a sore back sidelined him for part of the season, the Phillies say he's healthy now. "He's been examined by an orthopedic specialist with the Florida Marlins and a back specialist in Miami," Arbuckle said, adding Phillies team physician Dr. Phillip Marone "is very comfortable this is not a problem." Knowing NL Rookie of the Year Scott Rolen is established at third, Burrell said he wouldn't mind moving to first. "He's a very down-to-earth kid, confident in a positive way," Arbuckle said. Mills, who pitched six strong innings Sunday in Arizona State's 92 victory over Miami, is 6-foot-5. He is 8-3 with a 4.32 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 108 1-3 innings. Mulder, an inch taller, was 6-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 113 in 84 2-3 innings for the Spartans. Philadelphia will be followed in the draft by Oakland, the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Toronto, San Diego and Texas. Drew, seeking a $10 million contract, turned down a deal from the Phillies that would have guaranteed him $3 million and given him a chance to earn $3 million more. The former Florida State outfielder played in the independent Northern League last season rather than sign. St. Louis (with the No. 5 pick) and Cincinnati (with the seventh selection) were thought to be the most likely teams to draft Drew. Dodgers act again, cut loose Nomo By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — "Nomoma- nia" came to a shocking, abrupt end in Los Angeles. Hideo Nomo, who brought thousands of Japanese fans to major league baseball after joining the Dodgers in 1995, was cut loose by the team Monday. The Dodgers designated Nomo for assignment, removing him from the team's 40- man roster immediately. They NOMO have 10 days to either trade or assign the 29-year-old right-hander, or seven days to place him on unconditional release waivers. The decision marked another major move since the Fox Group purchased the Dodgers from the O'Malley family 2Vi months ago. Catcher Mike Piazza and third baseman Todd Zeile were traded to the Florida Marlins on May 15 for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich, third baseman Bobby Bonilla, catcher Charles Johnson and a minor league pitcher. And last week, the Dodgers were reportedly close to acquiring left- hander Randy Johnson from Seattle. Nomo's name was mentioned prominently, and agent Don Nomura said at a Dodger Stadium news conference Monday those rumors caused his client to want to leave Los Angeles. Nomo's popularity among Asian fans was similar to the kind of fan support — "Fernandomania" — received in the Mexican community after the emergence of left-hander Fernando Valenzuela, who pitched for the Dodgers from 1980-90. Nomura met with Dodgers general manager Fred Claire on Sunday and requested a move be made. A day earlier, Nomo was booed during a 7-3 loss to Cincinnati in which he allowed seven hits and six runs in 3% innings. T PRO FOOTBALL Raiders mourn loss of tackle Bender By The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — There was a sense of disbelief when Oakland Raiders receiver Tim Brown first heard that promising young teammate Leon Bender had died. "That's a guy we were patting on the back three weeks ago (in mini-camp) when he broke up a pass play," Brown said. "Now we're looking at going to his funeral." On Friday, Brown said, he discussed Bender with quarterback Ryan Leaf — who played with Bender last season at Washington State — during a golf tournament. On Saturday, Brown learned the 22-year-old defensive tackle had died in Georgia. "It's just one of those things that make you step back and take a hard look at your life and see if there's anything you can improve on," Brown said. Bender, the 31st overall pick in the NFL draft in April, was found dead in the bathroom of his agent's home in Marietta, Ga. He suffered from epilepsy, but the cause of his death was not known. Youth / Holthus delivers advice FROM PAGE B1 parents and coaches should give young athletes a chance to sample several sports, Holthus said. "I think they need to forget making young athletes choose a specific sport too soon," he said. "Youth coaches get too intense about (athletes) participating in one sport. A lot of college coaches I talk to like to see them involved in more than one sport. "As they get older, that changes. If parents want to focus on preparing their kids, it should be for the high school years. Most of them have a chance to participate at that level." On the remember side, Holthus stresses teaching, making sports fun and keeping athletics in perspective: • Fun is first and foremost, Holthus said. "The most fun for a youngster is in a positive teaching environment," he said. "I liken it to the piano. You don't want them to sit down and just bang on the keyes. They need to learn skills in a positive teaching environment." • Holthus also encourages his youth teams to learn from older athletes. "One way is to adopt a team older than them," he said. "A young baseball or softball team might want to adopt a (Salina) South team or Brown Mackie. "One of the little league teams I coached, we were the Padres. We pulled names out of a hat and each one of our players was a different (San Diego) Padre. Then I had them give written reports to the rest of the team on their players." "I also encourage youth teams to work out with older teams," he added. • Winning is fine, but winning all the time could be counterproductive. "You should remember the less- son of competition," Holthus said. "The real value of youth sports is learning what competition is all about. I remind parents who always have to have their child on the best team that you can learn from winning and losing. "You see it at the high school level where (athletes have) always been on winning teams. When they get on a team that has not been handpicked, they don't know how to handle it. I don't advocate losing or wanting to lose, but you can learn from both." • The responsibilities of coaching extend beyond the playing field. "Remember the total person," Holthus said. "As a youth coach, I really feel I'm a bit of a youth engineer. I try to build them up spiritually, physically and emo- T JUNIOR COLLEGE BASEBALL Cowley County repeats as national juco champ By The Associated Press GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Jeff Spitler and Sam Scott hit two-run doubles to key a six-run fifth inning as Cowley County, Kan., defeated San Jacinto, Texas, 15-11 Saturday night to keep its National Junior College Baseball World Series title. The Tigers (54-9) became the first team to successfully defend the title since San Jacinto did it in 1990, when the Gators won for the fifth time in six years. Cowley County sent 11 batters to the plate during its fifth-inning outburst, scoring three of the runs after two outs. San Jacinto scored three runs in the first on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Wagner and a two-run single by Domonique Lewis. The Gators then took a 4-0 lead in the secondd on Matt Trenck's sacrifice fly. Cowley County cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the second on a run-scoring triple by Steve Goodson, who then scored on a double by Roy York. Jason Gray's leadoff homer in the third put San Jacinto ahead 5-2 before Cowley County tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by Brad Smith and York's second RBI double of the game. Cowley County went ahead 65 in the fourth, but San Jacinto rallied with a three-run fifth on run-scoring hits by Todd Ferraro, Lewis and Mike Busby to take the lead 8-6. Cowley came back with its six runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 12-8. San Jacinto countered with J.P. Woodward's RBI single in the sixth and Trenck's two-run homer in the eighth to cut the deficit to 12-11. Cowley County added insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out, RBI double from Casey Eckstein and Josh McMillen's two-run homer. McMillen was named the tournament MVP. Yoder quits as Bethel basketball coach NORTH NEWTON — Bethel College is looking for a new men's basketball coach following Mark Yoder's resignation last Friday. Yoder is leaving to become head coach at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific College in Fresno, Calif. Yoder compiled a 68-71 record in five seasons at Bethel, including a 19-11 mark last season. The Threshers finished second in the Kansas Conference regular season standings (11-5) behind Tabor and took second in the KCAC postseason tournament behind Southwestern. Yoder coached at Hesston College for seven years before going to Bethel. Butler's Dreiiing named associate AD at WSU WICHITA — Rick Dreiiing, athletics director at Butler County Community College the past nine years, has been named associate athletics director at Wichita State. Dreiiing replaces Casey Scott, who resigned in May to become assistant assistant athletics director at Colorado State. Dreiiing will work with fund raising, marketing, promotions, ticketing, facilities and events at Wichita State. Dreiiing went to Butler County in 1983 as baseball coach and financial aid counselor and moved into athletic administration as assistant athletics director in 1987. He was named athletics director in 1989. Dreiiing, a 1975 graduate of Bender had been in Georgia for two weeks to work out with agent Terry Bolar and a few other players. He was scheduled to join the Raiders this week for another mini-camp. "He was a guy that we figured on being a big part of this season and seasons beyond," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "It's a tragic loss for us. I think you all know that." Gruden said the NFL and the Raiders were aware of Bender's epilepsy, but it was apparent he had it under control at Washington State. Kansas State, also served as director and assistant director for the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region 6 (Kansas). Before going to Butler County, Dreiiing coached at Concordia, Douglass and Augusta high schools. 8-Man All-Star game to be played Saturday BELOIT — The 13th annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Game will be Saturday at Beloit High School's Trojan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Curt Christians, head coach at St. John's-Beloit, will lead the East squad. Spearville coach Joe Hoover will guide the West team. Two players from 8-man II state champion Sylvan will play for the West — John Wiese and Josh Boor. Two players from 8-man I champion Centre will play for the East — Kevin Steiner and David Rzi- ha. Complete rosters for both teams are in today's Scoreboard, Page B2. Hutch searching for new football coach HUTCHINSON — Hutchinson Community College has formed a search committee to hire a new football coach following the resignation of Martin Harrell last Friday. Harrell cited a desire to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family as reasons for stepping down after two seasons as the Blue Dragons' head coach. Harrell and his wife Leigh are expecting the birth of their first child in July. Harrell was promoted to head coach two years ago after Andy Hill resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Missouri. Harrell's two teams went 7-3 and 7-4 and twice advanced to the semifinals of the Jayhawk Conference postseason playoffs. Harrell was an assistant coach at HCC for three seasons before being named head coach. Goodland native Jones joins KU volleyball staff LAWRENCE — New Kansas volleyball coach Ray Bechard has . announced the addition of Jill Jones to his coaching staff. . Jones, a native of Goodland and 1996 graduate of Wyoming, had been serving as interim coach Barton County Community College since Bechard's resignation in February. She served as an assistant to Bechard during the 1997 season. From Staff Reports We Deliver the Salina Journal tionally. "The teams I coach, I try to make them accountable academically and socially, and to value written and verbal communication." Growing up in Smith Center, Holthus said he was greatly influenced by one of his youth coaches, Kelly Rudolph, who now teaches and coaches at St. John's Military School. Coaches and parents need to realize that they can have a big impact on young athletes, he said. "The last thing to remember is to ask the question: Is it for the child or for the parent," he said. "What I see abused is when (coaching) becomes an identity thing for the parent — becomes a hobby or a favorite pastime. "You need to be careful not to make the child's self-worth come from athletic endeavors." • This was the third year for the youth sports festiva 1, an unofficial kick-off to the summer season. Randi Clifford, recreation superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department, said he estimated attendance at about 500, a similar number to last year. In addition to Holthus' address, the festival featured information booths on youth activities in Salina, free refreshments and a number of activities. Lawnboy 10227 Push Mower Reg. $289.95 Toro 8-25 Compact Recycler Rider Reg. $1,529 Stihl 029 with 16 bar Troybilt 5 hp E S T Reg. $1,699 Scotts Grubex 5,000 sq. ft. 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