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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1998 03 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL White Sox win again at the K FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND HELD HONOR ROLL Boys Chicago runs winning streak at Kauffman Stadium to 10 straight By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press ••• KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seemed as though the Anaheim Angels took all the fight out of the Kansas City Royals. •• One night after their brawls with the Angels triggered 12 ejections and the wrath of AL president Gene Budig, the Royals Royals S were heaten by the Chicago White Sox 10-5 Wednesday night. Royals manager Tony Muser said his team "seemed to be a little out of gas" after the emotional 7-5 loss to Anaheim. Wil Cordero went 4-for-5 with three doubles and Magglio Ordonez had a career-high four RBIs as the White Sox beat the Royals in Kauffman Stadium for the 10th straight time. Unlike Tuesday's game, there were no beanballs, fights or threats. "I don't feel there was a lull," said Royals catcher Sal Fasano. "Just because we got in a big brawl T COLLEGE BASEBALL yesterday doesn't mean we can just throw out gloves on the field and win. We threw one of our best pitchers at them and the next thing you know it's 10-5." Robin Ventura had three of Chicago's 15 hits and Cordero drove in three runs and scored three times, making a winner of Carlos Castillo (2-4) in relief of Jason Bere. Castillo pitched 3% scoreless innings. The Royals, after winning four straight, have lost four of five. Their home record dropped to a major league-worst 8-22. Ray Durham's RBI single capped a three-run fifth inning for the White Sox after the Royals had scored three in the fourth to go ahead 5-4. Then with two on and one out in the sixth, Hipolito Pichardo relieved Pat Rapp (4-5) and gave up Cordero's third double, which brought in Albert Belle to put Chicago on top 8-5. Game notes The Royals acquired middle infielder Luis Rivera from the Houston Astros organization Wednesday in exchange for cash and recalled shortstop Mendy Lopez from Triple-A Omaha. Rivera, 34, was expected to join the club today. Arizona State earns berth in title game Sun Devils roll 14-4, reach championship for first time since 1988 By BARRY BEDLAM The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Willie Bloomquist went 5-for-6 and drove in four runs Wednesday night as Arizona State, scoring in all but one inning, beat Long Beach State 14-4 to advance to the championship game of the College World Series. Richy Leon (4-0) pitched six innings, striking out six, and Aaron Kramer got his second save of the series by closing the final three innings as the Sun Devils reached the title game for the first time since 1988. Two-time defending champion LSU would advance to the title ' game with a victory over Southern Cal today. A victory by USC would force a second game Friday, with the winner taking on Arizona State. Arizona State (41-22) had 18 hits, including solo homers by Bloomquist, Mikel Moreno and Andrew Beinbrink. The Sun Devils, who are 10-1 when Leon starts, also were helped by some sloppy play by Long Beach State (43-23-1). The 49ers threw a CWS-record six wild pitches and committed four errors. Shortstop Justin Hall had two of the errors, including a dropped infield pop fly that allowed two Arizona State runs in the second inning. Freshman Jeff Leuenberger (63) took the loss. Arizona State took control with three runs in the third. Andrew Beinbrink doubled, Bloomquist walked and Rudy Arguelles singled to make it 2-0. Arguelles and Bloomquist advanced on a wild pitch and both scored when Hall misplayed a pop fly. Bloomquist's bases-loaded single in the third made it 6-0 and finished Leuenberger. Bloomquist added a solo homer in the seventh and a run-scoring single in the ninth. 100-METER DASH Newman, Salina Central (5A) 10.40 Appelhans, Hill City (2A) 10.44 Moore, Hays (5A) 10.57 Esslinger, Concordla (4A) 10.60 Felver, Goodland (4A) 10.70 Wilson, Oakley (3A) 10.79 Dickson, Southeast-Saline (3A) 10.80 Pfeifer, Colby (4A) 10.87 Pruden, Smith Center (3A) 10.92 Carson, Clay Center (4A) 10.94 200-METER DASH Appelhans, Hill City (2A) 21.24 Newman, Salina Central (5A) 21.40 Moore, Hays (5A) 21.41 Felver, Goodland (4A) 21.77 Pfeifer, Colby (4A) 21.92 Esslinger, Concordia (4A) 22.00 Dickson, Southeast-Saline (3A) 22.25 Sheets, Colby (4A) 22.31 Young, Salina South (5A) 22.46 Bricker, Lucas-Luray (1A) 22.50 Carson, Clay Center (4A) 22.50 400-METER DASH Newman, Salina Central (5A) 48.78 Carter, Oakley (3A) 48.83 Dickson, Southeast-Saline (3A) 49.67 Felver, Goodland (4A) 50.07 Whitney, Russell (4A) 50.20 Chance, Bennington (1A) 50.40 Appelhans, Hill City (2A) 50.47 Wurtz, Clifton-Clyde (2A) 50.62 Bricker, Lucas-Luray (1A) 50.64 Carlson, Atwood (2A) 50.71 800-METER RUN Bishop, Smoky Valley (4A) 1:53.96 Ca.Smith, Ellsworth (4A) 1:55.81 Sanders, Smoky Valley (4A) 1:56.78 Bossert, Colby (4A) 1:58.48 Bohm, TMP-Marian (4A) 1:59.10 Moos, Salina Central (5A) 1:59.36 Schom, Salina Central (5A) 1:59.70 Heller, Chapman (4A) 2:00.27 Burgess, Smith Center (3A) 2:00.41 Ebert, Salina South (5A) 2:01.20 1,600-METER RUN Bishop, Smoky Valley (4A) 4:22.31 Ca.Smith, Ellsworth (4A) 4:29.17 Moos, Salina Central (5A) 4:30.52 Orozco, Ellsworth (4A) 4:30.64 Cole, Russell (4A) 4:34.38 Lamia, Salina South (5A) 4:34.90 Porter, Quinter (2A) 4:35.72 Bossert, Colby (4A) 4:36.10 Pingel, Beloit (4A) 4:36.17 Baker, North Central (1A) 4:36.50 3,200-METER RUN Orozco, Ellsworth (4A) 9:52.00 Co.Smith, Ellsworth (4A) 9:58.30 Tedford, Goodland (4A) 10:00.95 Cole, Russell (4A) 10:13.66 Kendall, Philllpsburg (3A) 10:13.90 Craig, Southeast-Saline (3A) 10:14.05 Mettlen, Lucas-Luray (1A) 10:14.60 Moos, Salina Central (5A) 10:16.96 Chatfleld, Belleville (3A) 10:17.81 Engelbert, Beloit (4A) 10:19.63 110-METER HURDLES Paul, Chapman (4A) 14.00 Carter, Oakley (3A) 14.23 Cullens, Sharon Springs (1A) 14.46 Penn, McPherson (5A) 14.60 Carlson, Atwood (2A) 14.62 Hein, TMP-Marian (4A) 14.70 Reitz, Goodland (4A) 14.78 Worcester, Hill City (2A) 15.02 Getting, Tescott (1 A) 15.05 McGinnls, Beloit (4A) 15.10 300-METER HURDLES Carter, Oakley (3A) 38.31 T PRO FOOTBALL BRIEFLY K-State catcher Ayres drafted by Royals Smith Center native Yancy Ayres is one of three Kansas State University players selected in this week's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. . Ayres, a senior catcher/first baseman, was selected in the 27th round Wednesday by the Kansas City Royals. He led the Wildcats With 19 doubles and tied for the team lead with three triples. Ayres also was second on the team in numerous offensive categories: batting average (.327), at bats (202), hits (66), home runs (8), runs batted in (43), total bases (115), slugging percentage (.569) and multi-hit games (22). His 15- game hitting streak was the longest by a Wildcat this season. Other K-State players selected were junior pitcher Mickey Blount in the fifth round by the Minnesota Twins, and senior pitcher Pat Hertzel in the 14th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. SE-Saline's Ade signs with Kansas State Southeast of Saline senior Jody Ade has signed a letter of intent with the Kansas State University track and field program. Ade was a four-year letterwin- her at Southeast and competed in three events at the Kansas High School Track and Field State Championships last week in Wichita. Ade was a state champion in the Class 3A girls discus competition as a senior, throwing a season-best 124 feet, 1 inch. She also placed seventh in both the shot put and javelin. Ade was the North Central Activities Association champion in the javelin this year, and as a junior was third in that event at the 3A state meet with a school record throw of 133-6. Her best Paul, Chapman (4A) 38.80 Riley, Hill City (2A) 39.58 SWes, McPherson (5A) 39.67 Kolman, Hillcrest (1 A) 40.50 McGinnis, Beloit (4A) 40.50 Bleker, TMP-Marian (4A) 40.70 Kohl, Ellis (2A) 40.90 Berts, Southeast-Saline (3A) 41.05 Young, Salina Central (5A) 41.11 400-METER RELAY Goodland (4A) 42.83 Hill City (2A) 43.21 Salina South (5A) 43.26 Hays (5A) 43.30 Concordia (4A) 43.31 Salina Central (5A) 43.68 McPherson (5A) 43.80 Oakley (3A) 43.82 Colby(4A) 43.88 Smith Center (3A) 44.00 1,600-METER RELAY Salina South (5A) 3:23.51 Oakley (3A) 3:25.32 Colby (4A) 3:25.74 Ellsworth (4A) 3:28.09 Hays (5A) 3:28.72 Salina Central (5A) 3:28.83 Chapman (4A) 3:29.60 Minneapolis (3A) 3:30.05 Hill City (2A) 3:30.10 Mankato (2A) 3:30.56 3,200-METER RELAY Salina Central (5A) 8:08.85 Chapman (4A) 8:10.58 Colby (4A) 8:11.43 Smoky Valley (4A) 8:13.12 Hoxie (2A) 8:20.90 Smith Center (3A) 8:24.60 Quivira Heights (1 A) 8:25.10 Sharon Springs (1A) 8:25.10 North Central (1A) 8:25.91 Ellsworth (4A) 8:28.91 DISCUS Thompson, Beloit (4A) 194-7 Jones, Logan (1A) 182-6 Herl, Hays (5A) 171-9 Fell, Lucas-Luray (1A) 168-2 Zimmerman, Concordia (4A) 162-7 Butler, Salina South (5A) 162-1 Philpot, Norton (3A) 161-3 Letoumeau, Concordia (4A) 159-6 Joy, Hillcrest (1A) 157-6 Danlelson, Lenora (1A) 154-9 HIGH JUMP Honas, Ellis (2A) 6-8'/4 Kruse, Washington (2A) 6-7 'A Dolton, Lucas-Luray (1A) 6-6% Barta, Smith Center (3A) 6-6 Hale, McPherson (5A) 6-6 Miller, Tescott (1A) 6-6 Zotti, Herington (3A) 6-6 Faylor, St. Francis (2A) 6-5 JAVELIN G.RIe, Beloit (4A) 216-8 Letoumeau, Concordia (4A) 209-11 Rohr, Hanover (1 A) 208-9 Joy, Hillcrest (1A) 202-5 Riedy, Hope(1A) 198-2 Herl, Victoria (2A) 195-6 Schwarz, Southeast-Saline (3A) 1874 Smith, Osborne (2A) 185-3 Slemsen, Belleville (3A) 184-6 Thompson, Beloit (4A) 181-5 LONG JUMP Newman, Salina Central (5A) 23-4 Gray, Beloit (4A) 22-4% Ziegler, Trego (3A) 22-2% Moore, Hays (5A) 22-2 O'Hara, Hill City (2A) 22-1 % Cullens, Sharon Springs (1A) 22-1 Wlson, Oakley (3A) 21-6 Randolph, Hoxie'(2A) 21-5% Barta, Smith Center (3A) 21-4% McGinnis, Beloit (4A) 21-4% POLE VAULT Milhon, Russell (4A) 14-6 Lewis, Concordia (4 A) 14-3 Young, SI. Francis (2A) 14-3 3reault, Concordia (4A) 14-0 Goseland, Chapman (4A) 13-9 Kindel, Concordia (4A) 13-8 Klima, Belleville (3A) 13-7 Baker, Washington (2A) 13-6 Hett, Marion (3A) 13-6 Stiles, McPherson (5A) 13-6 Turtle, Quinter (2A) 13-6 Welsh, Sharon Springs (1A) 13-6 Worth, Quinter (2A) 13-6 SHOT PUT Thompson, Beloit (4A) 64-6'/4 Letoumeau, Concordia (4A) 56-9 Butler, Salina South (5A) 56-2% Shaver, Hays (5A) 55-2 Philpot, Norton (3A) 54-5% G.File, Beloit (4A) 53-6'/4 Zimmerman, Concordia (4A) 53-4 Herl, Hays (5A) 52-6% Joy, Hillcrest (1A) 52-0 Bums, Clay Center (4A) 51-8% TRIPLE JUMP Gray, Beloit (4A) 45-4% Cullens, Sharon Springs (1A) 45-2% O'Hara, Hill City (2A) 44-4 H Huntsinger, Mankato (2A) 44-4 '/4 Koehn, Canton-Galva (2A) 44-3 Randolph, Hoxie (2A) 43-9% McGinnis, Beloit (4A) 43-8% Vogel, Hillsbora (3A) 43-5 Long, Quinter (2A) 43-1 % Ziegler, Trego (3A) 43-1 % Girls 100-METER DASH Kuhn, Smith Center (3A) 12.05 Milum, Minneapolis (3A) 12.45 Teeter, Grinnell (1A) 12.50 Schneider, Abilene (4A) 12.60 Stams, TMP-Marian (4A) 12.60 Degenhardt, Russell (4A) 12.70 Glaser, Quivira Heights (1A) 12.70 Stuart, St. Francis (2A) 12.74 Bradley, Downs (1A) 12.80 Courtney, Oakley (3A) 12.80 Wllcox, Marion (3A) 12.80 200-METER DASH Degenhardt, Russell (4A) 25.27 Kuhn, Smith Center (3A) 25.70 Frost, Salina Central (5A) 25.90 Eck, St. John's Beloit (1A) 25.98 Anderson, Concordia (4A) 26.00 Brockman, Clay Center (4A) 26.12 Milum, Minneapolis (3A) 26.39 Cook, Oberiin (3A) 26.45 Glaser, Quivira Heights (1A) 26.60 Wilcox, Marion (3A) 26.60 400-METER DASH Teeter, Grinnell (1A) 57.23 Milum, Minneapolis (3A) 59.33 Eck, St. John's Beloit (1A) 59.64 Crayton, Moriand (1A) 59.78 Huncovsky, Oakley (3A) 59.82 Grace, Beloit (4A) 59.96 Anderson, Concordia (4A) 1:00.00 J.Williams, Salina Central (5A) ... .1:00.00 Holzwarth, St. Francis (2A) 1:00.20 Stephenson, Colby (4A) 1:00.28 800-METER RUN Dubois, Russell (4A) 2:22.70 Pederson, McPherson (5A) 2:24.10 Stephens, Colby (4A) 2:24.69 Block, Clay Center (4A) 2:25.12 Rome, TMP-Marian (4A) 2:25.80 J.Williams, Salina Central (5A) ... .2:26.39 Ferguson, Clay Center (4A) 2:26.40 Nelson, Solomon (1A) 2:26.50 Pratt, Salina South (5A) 2:26.70 Huncovsky, Oakley (3A) 2:27.09 1,600-METER RUN Nelson, Solomon (1A) 5:25.20 Dubois, Russell (4A) 5:27.27 Pederson, McPherson (5A) 5:29.00 Ferguson, Clay Center (4A) 5:29.46 J.Williams, Salina Central (5A) ... .5:33.70 Stephens, Colby (4A) 5:35.00 McCumber, Salina South (5A) 5:36.82 Hodgson, Washington (2A) 5:37.30 Moore, Marion (3A) 5:38.10 Pratt, Salina South (5A) 5:38.80 3,200-METER RUN Cott, Clay Center (4A) 11:55.10 Ferguson, Clay Center (4A) 12:07.49 Taylor, Marion (3A) 12:22.71 Dielz, Osborne (2A) 12:27.52 Walter, Norton (3A) 12:29.60 Ross, Golden Plains (1A) 12:32.27 Brady, SE-Saline (3A) 12:36.65 Stever, McPherson (5A) 12:37.00 Smith, McPherson (5A) 12:37.20 Callln, Clay Center (4A) 12:38.54 100-METER HURDLES Eck, St. John's Beloit (1A) 14.66 Ruggiero, Smoky Valley (4A) 14.80 Cox, Norton (3A) 15.20 Baldwin, McPherson (5A) 15.30 Ferris, Abilene (4A) 15.60 Robinson, Hays (5A) 15.60 Charbonneau, Phlllipsburg (3A) 15.82 Beydler, Trego (3A) 15.84 Chatfee, Clay Center (4A) 15.89 Heinrich, Grinnell (1 A) 15.90 300-METER HURDLES Eck, St. John's Beloit (1A) 45.19 Ferris, Abilene (4A) 45.80 Ruggiero, Smoky Valley (4A) 46.29 Baldwin, McPherson (5A) 46.90 Latham, Triplains (1A) 47.26 Cox, Norton (3A) 47.50 Sowers, St. Francis (2A) 47.50 Ohlde, Clay Center (4A) 47.60 Wiley, TMP-Marian (4A) 47.60 Heinrich, Grinnell (1A) 47.74 400-METER RELAY TMP-Marian (4A) 50.10 Clay Center (4A) 50.41 Salina Central (5A) 50.81 McPherson (5A) 50.90 Smilh Center (3A) 51.00 Hillsboro (3A) 51.10 Beloit (4A) 51.20 Russell (4A) 51.30 Goodland (4A) 51.40 Hays(5A) 51.54 800-METER RELAY Plalnville(2A) 1:48.66 St. Francis (2A) 1:48.67 Clifton-Clyde (2A) 1:48.99 Pike Valley (1 A) 1:49.30 Wilson (1A) 1:50.80 Hoxie (2A) 1:50.89 Hillsboro (3A) 1:51.02 Washington (2A) 1:51.57 Kensington (1A) 1:51.87 Downs (1A) 1:52.20 1,600-METER RELAY Beloit (4A) 4:04.62 Colby (4A) 4:05.02 Hillsboro (3A) 4:06.90 Salina Central (5A) 4:07.00 Goodland (4A) 4:07.79 Russell (4A) 4:09.20 Oakley (3A) 4:09.27 Clay Center (4A) 4:09.79 McPherson (5A) 4:10.20 Concordia (4A) 4:11.98 3,200-METER RELAY Oakley (3A) 10:01.00 TMP-Marian (4A) 10:03.60 Clay Center (4A) 10M0.40 Salina South (5A) 10:10.68 Marion (3A) 10:33.30 Goodland (4A) 10:34.86 Smith Center (3A) 10:35.50 Beloit (4A) 10:37.44 Ellsworth (4A) 10:40.33 Obertin(3A) 10:41.60 DISCUS Holloway, Russell (4A) 149-9 Brosius, Concordia (4A) 146-0 Dutt, Abilene (4A) 134-11 Powell, Salina Central (5A) 131-5 C.Triplett, Logan (1A) 129-8 Patterson, Smoky Valley (4A) 125-9 Ritfel, Abilene (4A) 125-9 Ade, Southeast-Saline (3A) 124-1 McCarren, Clifton-Clyde (2A) 123-8 Nech, Kensington (1A) 121-11 HIGH JUMP Robinson, Weskan (1A) '.5-7'/4 Manning, White Rock (1 A) ,. .5-7 Robinson, Hays (5A) ', .'.5-6 Abrams, Tescott (1A) 5-4 Barrett, Jewell (1A) 5-4 Ohlde, Clay Center (4A) 5-4 Nelson, Lenora (1A) .5-3 Bennett, Marion (3A) 5-2 Cox, Norton (3A) 5-2 Schieke, St. Francis (2A) 5-2 Welsh, Sharon Springs (1A) 5-2 JAVELIN Parks, Moriand (1A) 137-4 St.Clair, Ellsworth (4A) 134-4 Oetinger, Clay Center (4A) 132-10 Corwin, Osbome (2A) 131-11 Barrow, McPherson (5A) 131-6 James, McPherson (5A) 131-5 Ade, Southeast ol Saline (3A) 131-3 Hagedorn, Hanover (1A) 130-4 Robinson, Hays (5A) 129-7 Williams, Norton (3A) .128-7 LONG JUMP Teeter, Grinnell (1A) .18-4 Eck, St. John's Beloit (1A) 18-3% Chartier, McPherson (5A) 18-1 Adam, Tipton (1A) 18-0% Frost, Salina Central (5A) 17-9 Vanek, TMP-Marian (4A) 17-5Y. T.Williams, Salina Central (5A) 17-5% Bowman, Clifton-Clyde (2A) 17-1 % Hotfman, Hays (5A) 16-10% Anderson, Phillipsburg (3A) 16-10 SHOT PUT C.Triplett, Logan (1A) 48-5'/4 Holloway, Russell (4A) 46-1 Raney, Pike Valley (1A) 41-4% S.Triplett, Logan (1A) 40-10 Stadel, Salina South (5A) 39-8'/< Comeau, Plainville (2A) 38-7% Brosius, Concordia (4A) 38-3 '/4 Bruna, Hanover (1A) 37-8 Vi Barrow, McPherson (5A) 37-7% C.File, Beloit (4A) 37-4% TRIPLE JUMP Teeter, Grinnell (1A) 37-3% Ferris, Abilene (4A) 37-3% Adam, Tipton (1A) 36-1 '/4 Lichty, Quinter (2A) 36-0% T.Williams, Salina Central (5A) 36-0 VanScoyoo, Clay Center (4A) 35-9V< Anderson, Phillipsburg (3A) 35-5% Bennett, Marion (3A) 35-2% Robinson, Hays (5A) 35-1 % Bowman, Clifton-Clyde (2A) 34-11 Vt Chiefs strive to develop chemistry Super Bowl hopeful begins minicamp with 'excellent* concentration By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press throw in the javelin this year was 131-3. Girls golf tournament June 8-10 at Stagg Hill MANHATTAN — The 38th Annual Kansas Girls' Golf Tournament will be held on June 8-10 at Stagg HiU Golf Club in Manhattan. The tournament is open to all female amateur golfers in the state of Kansas who will not reach their 19th birthday by midnight June 10,1998 and have not graduated from high school prior to 1998. The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play competition with the first round of 18 holes to be played on Tuesday, June 9 and followed by 18 holes on Wednesday, June 10. Tee time is 8 a.m. There will also be a 9-hole competition for girls 12 and under both days. In addition to an overall champion, trophies and medals will be given for flight winners and age group winners. There will also be a team competition with three members on a team. Legion's Little League Night set for Sunday The annual Little League Night at Dean Evans Stadium will take place Sunday when the Salina MarketAide Falcons face Hutchinson in an American Legion doubleheader. All youth baseball players in this area who wear their uniform to Sunday's games will be admitted free, receive a ticket for free popcorn and soda, and we be entered in a drawing for one of several prizes to be given away throughout the doubleheader. The First game is scheduled for 6p.m. From Staff Reports KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 1998 Kansas City Chiefs, picked to go to the Super Bowl by many, officially came together on Wednesday with the start of minicamp. "It's the beginning of our entire football team," said coach Marty Schottenheimer, a trace of excitement tingeing his normally low- key voice. "It's our entire football team beginning for the first day together." The only regulars missing were punter Louie Aguiar, whose wife is expecting, and disgruntled defensive lineman Dan Williams, who is unhappy with his contract offer. Everybody else was on board for the start of the three-day camp, including defensive linemen Chester McGlockton and Leslie O'Neal, former Pro Bowlers who signed free agent contracts and could add significant punch to a defense already good enough to lead the NFL in fewest points allowed. "We didn't have a single false start (in the morning practice). The concentration was excellent," said Schottenheimer, beginning his 10th season as the Chiefs head coach. "But when you have the benefit of an offseason program like we do, you expect to be at that point." "There will be at least 15 new players who will be on this football team. This is a business of change." Marty Schottenheimer Chiefs football coach at the start of his team's three-day minicamp Among the goals for the three days is to set the chemistry of a team that, despite the presence of several established stars, will still have more than a dozen newcomers. "Probably the most important thing we're trying to do is the development of the chemistry, or the personal dynamics of the group," he said. "There is change every year. I think we had from 1995 to '96 seven new players. In 1997 we had 22 new players. As we move into 1998, there will be at least 15 new players who will be on this football team. This is a business of Chargers deal receiver Martin By BERNIE WILSON The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — In yet another surprising move by Bobby Beathard, the San Diego Chargers traded wide receiver Tony Martin to the Atlanta Falcons for a 1999 second-round draft pick Wednesday night. It was Martin's 43-yard, over- the-shoulder catch that gave the Chargers the winning margin in their 17-13 AFC championship game shocker at Pittsburgh on Jan. 15,1995, and put the Chargers in their only Super Bowl. Martin went on to break the Chargers' single-season reception record held by Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow by catching 90 passes in 1995, and the next year he matched Hall of Famer Lance Alworth's club record with 14 touchdown catches. Martin also was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time that year. Beathard, the general manager, said the reason for dealing Martin was the offseason development of receivers Bryan Still, Charlie Jones and Latario Rachal. "There's some element of risk, but we felt it was something we would do if their (Falcons') offer was as good as what their interest showed," Beathard told The Associated Press. change." One big change will be at running back, where Greg Hill has been released and Marcus Allen has retired. Tamarick Vanover, one of the league's top kick return- ers, has asked to be given a try at tailback. "It's a great opportunity for me to show my talents at another position," said Vanover, who was also a backup wide receiver. "I wouldn't call it an experiment. Basically, I went to coach after the season and told him I wanted to play running back. He came back and said, 'You know what, that would be a great idea.'" Although he admits his blocking is rusty, Vanover said the experiment so far is going well. "I wouldn't even call it an experiment," he said. "I'm still learning, but that goes along with the switch. It's very difficult. At. receiver, you just had to know your routes, what coverage the defense was in. At running back, you've got to know what the linemen are doing, what the quarterback is telling you to do. It's totally different." Schottenheimer said he's been pleased with Vanover's progress. Falcons / Biggest strength could be hitting FROM PAGE D1 ups and test several players at different positions. Hill and Ascher are expected to be strictly pitchers, but eight other players (and possibly as many as 10) will work some innings on the mound for the Falcons. "We certainly have the quantity of arms, and when all is said and done, we will have the quality as well," Meis said. "It's hard to nail down who will be starters, relievers or closers. We will see them throw in a lot of situations before we set the rotation. "Early in the season we'll throw a lot of different arms. We don't want anybody working too many innings early in the season. We're going to use almost all of those arms in our first six games." Hill is the top returning pitcher from a year ago, when he with 9-6 with a 3.11 earned run average, de- Salina Falcons at-a-glance 1998 SALINA MARKETAIDE FALCONS Head coach — Kris Meis (2nd year). Assistant coaches — Dee Kolzow; Ryan Kolzow. Roster (High school in parenthesis) Jason Anderson (Central) P-IF; Mike Ascher (South) P; Bobby Bartow (Central) OF; Doug Hill (South) P; Todd Just (Central), P-IF; Brian Lamone (Central) P-IF; Jason Lantz (Ell-Saline) OF-P; Jason Meysenburg (South) OF: Matt Moody (South) OF-P; Jason Myers (Southeast of Saline) OF-C; Chance Ptacek (Southeast of Saline) IF; Shaun Puvogel (South) IF; Troy St. Clair (South) C-IF-P; Justin Stein (South) OF; Jimmy White (Southeast of Saline) IF-P; Clete Wilson (Central) C. 1998 SCHEDULE Games At 6-8 p.m. Unless Otherwise Noted JUNE 4 - NEWTON; 6 - GREAT BEND; 7 - HUTCHINSON; 9 - HAYS; 11 - MCPHERSON; 14 - TOPEKA POST 400,1 p.m.; 16 - At Manhattan; 17 - At El Dorado; 20 - KC POST 199, 4 p.m.; 21 - At McPherson, 2 p.m.; 23 - At Hays; 26-28 - At Great Bend Tournament, TBA; 30 - RUSSELL. JULY — 2-5 - GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, TBA; 8-12 - At Blue Springs, Mo., Tournament, TBA; 15 - At Great Bend; 16 - MANHATTAN; 18 - EL DORADO; 22 - At Pratt; 26 - PRATT, 2 p.m. 30-31 - CLASS AAA STATE TOURNAMENT AT SALINA. AUGUST — 1-3 - CLASS AAA STATE TOURNAMENT, AT SALINA. spite a 1-4 start in the first three weeks of the season. He was also the team's go-to guy late in the year, picking up three wins in postseason. If the high school season completed last month is any indication, Meis does not believe offense will be an area of concern for this team. "Hitting I think will be our biggest strength," Meis said. "When you went to high school games in Saline County this year, it was fun to sit back and watch these guys hit. We don't have as much team speed as I would like, but we should be able to drive the ball and be a gap team that hits a lot of doubles." The Falcons return their two leading hitters for average last year in Puvogel (.397) and Stein (.375), while Wilson also hit .324. Puvogel led the team in several offensive categories, including slugging percentage, runs batted in, doubles and home runs.

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