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' ' ' ' ' " " M.rflm mrfMrrri y ,-, , , 6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 c r UNC player apologizes, Hitless wonders Area high school pitchers have thrown 22 no-hitters this season: RESULT says slur was never used The Associated Press NCAA notebook Johnsen 's face during the Utes' victory. Johnsen siuuu uy ins siory, saying Ndiaye did spit on him. Sunday's San Antonio Express-News had quoted Ndiaye as saying: "Why don't you ask him about what u. - j. i ti t - . . . 20-0 over Pahokee 1 0-0 over Clewiston 1-0 loss to Pope John Paul 1 -0 over Lake Worth 3-1 over Evangelical 11-1 over Okeechobee 14-3 over Westwood 12-0 over Clewiston 10-0 over Glades Central 3-0 over Wellington 12- 0 over Fort Lauderdale 13- 0 over Glades Central 1 2-0 over Pompano-Ely 1 1-0 over Okeechobee 1 0-0 over Pompano-Ely 5-0 over Olympic Heights 29-0 win Glades Central nc sdiu iu mer ne nas no right to use the N-word at me. ne usea it more than once, and I'm not sure DATE PITCHER SCHOOL Feb. 18 Katherine PressleyAshley Toms Moore Haven Feb. 19 Courtney Carlton Glades Day Feb. 20 Jinny Matthews Olympic Heights Feb. 23 Jenny Gladding Martin County Feb. 24 Katherine PressleyAshley Toms Moore Haven Feb. 26 Jenny Gladding Martin County Feb. 26 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park Feb. 26 Ashley Toms Moore Haven March 2 Greta Statler Pope John Paul March 3 Jenny Gladding Martin County March 5 Tracy Thomas Boca Raton March 1 1 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park March 1 1 Karin EdwardsonTeri Morgan Santaluces March 12 Jenny Gladding (4 inn.) Martin County March 12 Nicole BadalaJinny Matthews Olympic Heights March 16 Teri Morgan Santaluces March 16 Hagen Hastings Lincoln Park March 16 Jenny Gladding Martin County March 17 Lauren Labounty Summit Christian March 23 Jenny Gladding Martin County March 23 Stephanie Cirrincione Atlantic Thursday Brooke Saxon King's Academy Perfect game mat s tne nrst time he s done it. Reporters from two other newspapers said they uu ncdiu iNuiaye accuse jonnsen ot using the racial In a statement released Monday by North Caroli na, Ndiave said: SAN ANTONIO Utah's Britton Johnsen never used a racial slur during the NCAA Tournament semifinals and ha, accepted an apology from his accuser, just hours before Monday's national title game with Kentucky. Johnsen said North Carolina's Makhtar Ndiaye spit on him, and Ndiaye initially accused Johnsen of calling him a "nigger" following Utah's 65-59 victory over the No. 1 Tar Heels on Saturday night. " Utah coach Rick Majerus was so sure Johnsen didn't use the slur he had pledged to resign if it turned out to be true. On Monday, North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge and Ndiaye (pronounced Jeye) met for about 15 minutes in Chapel Hill, N.C., then issued an apology to Johnsen, Majerus and the Utah team. "It's unfortunate this whole thing happened," Johnsen said. "In a way, I feel bad for the kid. He's a senior and it was his last game. Some people don't think before they do things. "It's really nice that he apologized it helps out a lot. I wouldn't in a million years ever use that word." ; Johnsen said the controversy had become an issue with the Utes the past 24 hours. "The sad thing is it has kind of taken away from all the guys on the team," he said. "They have been dreaming about this. It shouldn't be a factor. I hope it just drops." Ndiaye, who at times has had difficulty controlling his temper on court, still maintained he did not spit in "I was very upset after our loss Saturday to Utah oom ouuic mings i snouia not nave said. During the game, Britt Johnsen and I were doing some trash talking face to face, which was not right, but I did not 10- 0 over Wellington 20-0 over Berean Christian 7-0 over Port St. Lucie 10-0 over Deerfield 1 1- 0 over Forest Hill spu on mm nor aia ne use the N-word to me "I have sent Britt a letter of apology and wish him uiu me uian team wen in the championship game." Gourmet critic: Majerus, who is just a tad on the beefy side, has been following half of his doctors ."He told me to get plenty of rest and lose some weight, Majerus said. "Guess which one I'm not doing? He also grades restaurants where he dines. He gave an Italian restaurant and a German delicatessen in San Antonio his highest A double plus award. wiwr Year of the pi SVS- The rise of fast-pitch softball can be attributed to its dominant pitchers. Kentucky was not going to be denied By Dam Davies Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' r ! The embarrassment 1 1 .war. old Jenny Gladding felt on the mound was so acute, so pointed, it still resides in her mind, inspiring her to be the area's best high ;') Vir ) scnooi pitcher. V ... ' ) - I She was 11 STODA From 1C history and finally snuffing out the Utes 78-69. But snuff out memories? Not a chance. "We had a wonderful team and a wonderful experience," said rotund head coachcomedian Rick Majerus, who always found the right touch of emotion to fit any . moment . . . even serious ones. He SDOke Of "fondness" frr and her coach put mo I her on the mound against one of her fast- pitch all-star team's toughest opponents. His i , i oudicgy inai FXTlffl Padding's pitch Is- L i mm mwww was g0 sow it r sWv , ; II would confuse batters. , ' rXZ III . one another. He made no excuses for a quest stopped one victory short of the ultimate satisfaction. A 30-4 record and a runner-up finish documented his team's ex- cellence. And what of the other Utes from riverman and doctor-to-be . Micheal Doleac to Scandanavian Hanno Mottola to brainy Drew It worked for thp mnet nart but Gladding wasn't comfortable !' I aoinp n wrontr. "I was so embarrassed by that, I 1 i decided to learn how to do it ... Is right, said Gladding, a Martin County sophomore who has used ner Diazing tastDall to throw six no- nitters tnis season. i I . Ml Most of South Florida 1 l-s . Switched from slow- tn hst.nitrh in 1994, but only now are pitchers UKe uiadding, who have had years ro penect tneir styles, starting to emerge. Coaches say we're seeing the results or tnose middle school pro I -.. m grams, recreation leagues and Hansen to transplanted Andre Miller. Doleac scored 15 points in the title game, but only three in the second half as Kentucky pinched him with any available body. "They outplayed us down the stretch and deserved to win," he said. "They are a class bunch of guys." Mottola, a sophomore, said the same thing. In fact, he used the same word "class" in description of Kentucky. Hansen, a senior, will forever recall that Utah was "within four minutes" of a national championship. And then there was Miller, who was perhaps the tournament's best player over the three-week grind of his team's six games. There was Miller, removed from the team in a strange place as a freshman when he was a casualty of the Prop 48 grading system, wiped out from a 16-point, travel teams that implemented iasi-pir.cn soon alter the high scnoois did. When Palm Beach County im plemented lasr-Diten. arpa hioh ' 1 J LANNIS WATERSSiatf Phn,.K. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Utah's Britton Johnsen (3 1 ) looks for an escape route against the tight defense of Kentucky's Jeff Sheppard and Heshimu Evans. In the end, Wildcats too much for Utah , -'vwgraijiicf Santaluces junior right-hander Teri Morgan has thrown the area:s only perfect game - March 1 6 against Olympic Heights . ing to learn to hit the pitches," Gladding said. "It's going to open up scholarships opportunities fo schools in California and Arizona those skills. She devotes more attention at practice, often works with a pitching coach, attends clinics and throws year-round in leagues and travel teams. schools lagged behind the rest of the state because most players simply had yet to learn the game. No Palm Beach County team and only two Treasure Coast teams (John Carroll and Martin County) have made it to the state tournament since then. Martin County, behind Gladding's 17 strikeouts in the title game, won the state tournament last season. "We're still a little behind the West Coast (of Florida) and teams like Naples and Barron Collier, but strong pitchers will lead us into a time when we can compete at the state level," Martin County coach Lori Miller said. When the game changed to fast-pitch, it became more of a pitcher's game. tnat have always recruited instate." : Locally, Palm Beach Atlantic College has responded to the area's increased proficiency and will field its first varsity softball team next year. Scott Bass, an assistant coacih on that team, said he'll recruit pitchers who can vary their pitches. "I think the girls coming up throw harder than in th Mx-reDouna, nve-assist effort. He's a junior, but the NBA might beckon him early. ; "My mom wanted me to come to Utah," he said. "I didn't have ' much choice." Now? "I love it," he said. Utah's magnificent run took many different forms. If you didn't believe in the Utes through their many triumphs, believe in them after their most heartbreaking defeat. "They have control, velocity and a command of different pitches, and when this happens they become pitchers and not throwers," said Reimsnyder. "It's becoming a mental game." Olympic Heights coach Jim Matthews said batters aren't far behind the pitchers in adjusting to fast-pitch. "To offset the dominant pitching, you have to have a prototype hitter," Matthews said. "The batters are responding and learning to use a faster, more compact swing." So eventually, as all aspects of the game improves, South Florida players will be able to compete with the rest of the nation on the Utah center Michael Doleac, and allowed him only three second-half points after he dominated the opening half with 12. "We doubled-down on him," Smith said. Utah coach Rick Majerus counted a triple team when he factored in fatigue. Doleac admitted as much, though hesitantly. "I'm not sure we were worn out," he said. "But maybe that was it. I though maybe we could push through it." The Utes (30-4) couldn't. Not even with Andre Miller's 16 points leading four players in double figures. There was too much Kentucky. There was too much Sheppard (16 points) and full-court pressure. One team's heaven. Another team's hell. KENTUCKY From 1C That was enough. But only barely. Kentucky, which had led early for a time, caught up again when Mills, a reserve guard, pumped in a three-pointer from the left corner to make it 58-58. At the time, Smith in his first season as head coach after taking over for Rick Pitino was screaming: "Where is he going? Where is he going?" as the play unfolded. Jeff Sheppard's steal and dunk then gave Kentucky a 60-58 lead, but Utah responded with the next six points. Kentucky came back with the next seven, and never again trailed. Utah made only one field goal and it was cosmetic over the final 5'2 minutes. The Wildcats collapsed on The strategy is to get a runner on base," said Santaluces coach Rudy Reimsnyder, who has one of the area's only pitching staffs that includes two freshmen "Before, teams were built around defense. Now you have pitchers out there who can throw a rise, a drop, a curveball or a change-up . . . then you have power and velocity like Jenny Gladding." Today, the typical high school pitcher is dedicated to refining Wildcats 78, Utes 69 they're throwing harder at an earlier age," Bass said. "The travel leagues are important. They're playing as early as T-ball age." Fast-pitch is becoming ingrained in every level of artja softball, and those hard-throwing girls are knocking on the door cf area high schools. Countless Jenny Gladdings loom on the horizon. Said Reimsnyder: "I'd like to think this will be the future." FG FT Rep Min M-A MA O-T A PF Pts UTAH neid and tor scholarships. "It's going to bring the game to a totally new level, and not just with the pitchers. Batters are go Motto) Jensen Doleac Milter Hansen Johnsen McTavish Jackson Caton 2t 4-10 35 S-t 34 VI 37 V1S 32 U M 3-4 1 0-4 10 0-1 5 0-1 3- 3 0-J 44 5-10 4- 7 2-e M 15 04 0-4 OKI OO 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 TMaM 300 24-55 17 2212 35 12 11 Percentages: FG 43. FT 773 Three-Faint (uli: 4-14, 7M (Jensen 1-1, Doleac I-I, Jonnsen 1-2, Mottola 1-3, Jackson e-l, Caton 0-1, Hansen 0-t Miller 03) Team re-beunds: 4. Blacked (hats: (Doleac It Turnovers: II (Muler i, Mottola 3, Jonnsen X Hansen 2, Jensen, Doleac) Steals: I (Hansen X Doleac 1 Miller 2). Technical fault: None M Racerds: ATL (H); OH (1-4). Pepe John Paul 4, Suncaast 1 Si. ,P.V'cSr.VSJ " """wwaer a-7; Ci-lohi. EZk" 'S; B"chr P) ' Fliek a-3 Tw""er IP' K"iaeKSendon K Infl Academy 7, .rl Pahn Beach IKATfr " Clodlelter 14 Petly Record comebacks Kentucky's comeback from a 10-point half-time deficit was the largest overcome in a title game. 10, Kentucky vs. Utah, H: 31-41, F: 78-69. 1998 8, Loyola (III.) vs. Cincinnati, H: 21-29, F: 60-58 (OT), 1963. 6, Indiana vs. Michigan, H: 29-35, F: 86-68, 1976. Resultsschedule Baseball Mentfart retain Porl St Lucie 7, Vero Beach 4 Mertlh County X John I Leonard I Fort Pierce westwood . Rorai Palm 4 Port St Lucie 7, Vero Beecti 4 Wellington . Palm Beecn Lakes 0 Gieoes Central I. Clewiston 7 Moore Haven II Fori Mrers-Canterlwry I Olympic Heignts a, Atlantic 4 Beniamia 12, Lane Wortti Christian Teaarl fames Boca ftaton at Strartehan. ) n p m Summit Christian at 7ion I .fKrH m . F6 FT Ret Mm M-A M A O-T A FF PH KENT Edwards Padgett Mohammad Turner Sheooard 2 7 HO 5- 2-5 7-14 2- 3 3- 4 34 01 25 0-2 0- 2 2-4 02 1- 4 00 Magioire 2- 4 22 3- 1 22 22 Westminster Academy at King's Academy, 4 p m Summit Christian at Zion Lutheran 4pm South Ford at Palm Beach Gardens, a 30 p m Martin County al Palm Beach Lakes, . 30 p m William T. Dwyer at Okeechobee, 7 p.m. Track Tedart meets Pahokee. Glades Central, Suncoast and Port St Lucie al William T Dwyer, 3 30 pm Olympic Heights, Suncoast al PB Gardens. 130 Lake Worth, Forest HiH, Martin County at Jupl-wr, j.jv p.m. Golf Manday-s results BOrs HinlTpXk'ai" " z.VZT'' - ' n LAKE WOPTH CHPISTIAN (J-4-1) - Wierena. 43((ortn. tt Gil) Pw), I A, lZl'ZZ JTTJ"- '" 172 J'Aud'n' " - i.Sy?! BECH - Hmllton 72. Car-ley 7 Cook 7. Chou Al VMmgt CiuB, par i Tennis Mendav nutti tvans Mills Smith Bradley 04 0-0 04 04 04 I 0-1 0 Watkins to lead Texas A&M Totete 200 7 57 Hit 2111 IS 70 boys Olympic Heights a. Atlantic 1 .VmlQutl Friediand (7-21; Zika FSLUZfiy ll ""V" ,0H Oildstefn ; 7,.V?r ! V?mp' ,OHI rwh Brol M tuncaast Papa jm Paul 1 "ULT""".' '". f-d, Caiaorese (PI del H Lee 1-4. Holt (SI det Leto H, Tana (Si Croke Cjlaorese (PI det Brownstein Holt Id h Lee Tang (Si won py delauit lecard: SUN (-i Hint's Academy 1. Keyal Pahn Beack r 'ITr"0 "'' Fischer 1-0. Campere (KAI PercaatMM- c r. it vk The AsstKuited Press pattrt teals: S-IT, ieni 2 2. M.lls 2 4, Paooett I S. T,,ru hi o- - . Aggies went 7-20 this season. HOUSTON Melvin Wat- kins, who led North Carolina-Charlotte into the second round of " r"m raoais: I tweke; : t (Magioire J, Monammed I S-ansl Taraantv- II I Turner 5. Ean X Sneopard 2. Mohammed I Steals: 7 (Tlirnr 1 HmnnrM 4 - the NCAA tournament, will be Highlands Christian at St Andre t, 4pm Forest hiii at Pahoaee. 4pm ' Giades Oar at K mg t Academy. 4pm Svncoast at oei Palm Beach. 30 p m Pope John Paul at Caramel Newman, 7pm Santaluces at Oeertieid Beach 7pm Olympic Heights al Pompano Beach-Ely, 7pm L ae Worth at Vera Beach. 7 p m Pa m Beach Laes al Spanish River, 7pm Softball Mender's results JohnCerroH 21 St Fdwerd'tp Beniemtn 1 1, t ae Worth Christian J ovai Palm Beach X Pahokee t Pope John Paul a Forest h.h 5 Boca Paton 72, Strenehan I Suncoest 4. Giades Central I John i Leonard 1 Lae Worth j Olympic Heignts 14. Pemoane Beachf ly 7 Teders femes ,rr, - t Giades Dev. 4pm Forest HiH at Suhroatt 4pm Pope John Paul at Pahokee. 4pm - - - - - u 4, ciivrn, cvans) Tecktucal faaft: tort Two sources close to Texas A&M, who spoke on the condition they not be identified, said Watkins will meet with 49ers athletic director Judy Rose and then his come the new coach at Tpa Utah 41 a-44 II 47-70 Kentwcfer A&M on Wednesday. Watkins. whose 49crs won ?u players today before attending a Gray Mike Seniere games in each of his two srason a rtilJ. V Jackson t- a seos:HankoamBore(lAld Fischer-Cole I a. Kwep.nski-Gerland !RA d Money-Jac.soa H Taday matches Ad matches at J p m . .km neted Oivmp He gnts at Santaluces Ben.amm at Martin County ? '"' Acaoemy at Forest Hill Povai Peim Beach at Jupiter Spanish Piver et Atlantic South Far, at William T Dwyer news conference Wednesday at at the school, will rrnlare Tonv an- Gian Atlantic . Oltn.pU Heights 1 Berg IA I Marcus 7 Wilson (Al d Sharh 1-4 tTSSSSJLT" -" ' 1 PHSW: Martorane Marcus (OH) d Freeman-Bermuoei . Dun Per, w,, ,A, a) StujchJr, Barone, who resigned after the uin.:v oidiion to officially nounce his hiring. kaVadWleXakaelswa-4s 4aadaV4djMrfa)MaaM

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