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J.J..-.' i i-iJirt,,, i f , y ,. , t t f t f i J i f i r r r - ; -6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 s r r y y ir Hitless wonders Area high school pitchers have thrown 22 no-hitters this season: UNC player apologizes, says slur was never used NCAA notebook DATE PITCHER SCHOOL RESULT Feb. 18 Katherine PressleyAshley Toms Moore Haven 20-0 over Pahokee Feb. 19 Courtney Carlton Glades Day 10-0 over Clewiston Feb. 20 Jinny Matthews Olympic Heights 1 -0 loss to Pope John Paul Feb. 23 Jenny Gladding Martin County 1 -0 over Lake Worth Feb. 24 Katherine PressleyAshley Toms Moore Haven 3-1 over Evangelical Feb. 26 Jenny Gladding Martin County 1 1-1 over Okeechobee Feb. 26 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park 1 4-3 over Westwood Feb. 26 Ashley Toms Moore Haven 1 2-0 over Clewiston March 2 Greta Statler Pope John Paul 10-0 over Glades Central March 3 Jenny Gladding Martin County 3-0 over Wellington March 5 Tracy Thomas Boca Raton 1 2-0 over Fort Lauderdale March 1 1 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park 13-0 over Glades Central March 11 Karin EdwardsonTeri Morgan Santaluces 12-0 over Pompano-Ely March 1 2 Jenny Gladding (4 inn.) Martin County 1 1 -0 over Okeechobee March 12 Nicole BadalaJinny Matthews Olympic Heights 10-0 over Pompano-Ely March 16 Teri Morgan Santaluces 5-0 over Olympic Heights March 16 Hagen Hastings Lincoln Park 29-0 win Glades Central March 16 Jenny Gladding Martin County 10-0 over Wellington March 17 Lauren Labounty Summit Christian 20-0 over Berean Christian March 23 Jenny Gladding Martin County 7-0 over Port St. Lucie March 23 Stephanie Cirrincione Atlantic 1 0-0 over Deerfield Thursday Brooke Saxon King's Academy 1 1-0 over Forest Hill Jfa Associated Press SAN ANTONIO Utah's Britton Johnsen never used a racial slur during the NCAA Tournament semifinals and he,, 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. ;t 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 Johnsen's face during the Utes' victory. Johnsen stood by his story, 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 he said to me? He has no right to use the N-word at me. He used it more than once, and I'm not sure that's the first time he's done it." Reporters from two other newspapers said they also heard Ndiaye accuse Johnsen of using the racial slur. In a statement released Monday by North Carolina, Ndiaye said: "I was very upset after our loss Saturday to Utah said some things I should not have said. During the game, Britt Johnsen and I were doing some trash talking face to face, which was not right, but I did not spit on him nor did he use the N-word to me. . . . "I have sent Britt a letter of apology and wish him and the Utah team well in the championship game." B Buyers market: North Carolina's upset loss to Utah on Saturday sent ticket prices tumbling for the championship game. Ticket brokers were getting up to $1,000 for an upper deck seat and $2,000 for a lower deck seat, but prices crashed when North Carolina fans flooded the market with their tickets. Regular upper deck tickets were $80 and lower deck tickets were $100. Perfect game Year of the psteSner The rise of fast-pitch softball can be attributed to its dominant pitchers. i i J... . ? -j " - ... i 'Ti ' ... r- v & f i Jx & ' Ii j . l f : f .. i I J I i ' I f I .if if I S i X - I , :i u li ...... - - -' -- - ----- 1 1 11 bj GREG LOVETTStafr Photographer Olympic Heights' Jinny Matthews no-hit Pope John Paul on Feb. 20, but the Lions lost 1-0. f Utah's Britton Johnsen (31) looks for an escape route against the tight defense of Kentucky's Jeff Sheppard and Heshimu Evans. Once again, Wildcats end Utah's season Kentucky was not : going to be denied STODA From 1C ; three years. Kentucky, which has appeared in the championship game each of the last three years, is afraid of nothing. '. The Wildcats were nothing if not comfortable in a setting that has become its own version of an Old Kentucky Home. Never before had a champion-; ship-game winner wiped out as large a halftime deficit (41-31). But the Wildcats had survived to this point of the season by constantly fighting for air where there seemed to be none. "We knew we would come back," said first-year Kentucky coach Tubby Smith. "We are the comeback kids. They've been under duress all season." Once from the duress of a 17-point deficit in the late stages of the South Regional finale. And then again after trailing most of the game against Saturday before winning in overtime in Saturday night's national semifinal. Kentucky's belief? It was rooted in Smith, who succeeded as successor to Rick , Pitino. And in senior guard Jeff Sheppard, who was redshirted last season. And in junior forward Scott Padgett, who had flunked :out of the university as a freshman. How sweet the serenade of '"Tubby, Tubby, Tubby" from the Wildcats faithful. How sweet Sheppard's dance on the Kentucky bench in wild celebration for the "opportunity to be with my teammates." How sweet Padgett's personal redemption from recent 7days as a landscape laborer or a telecommunications salesman and his joy "getting a second chance and taking advantage of it." And what of the Utes from riverman and doctor-to-be Mi-cheal Doleac to Scandanavian Hanno Mottola to brainy Drew . I Iansen to transplanted Andre Miller to rotund comediaiVhead coach Rick Majerus and beyond? What to think of their trek? Think of it as they do. Think of it as what Majerus called "a chance of a lifetime" that got away. Think of it as March's madness and sadness. Think of what Usaw in Utah, but underline it with memories of Kentucky's excellence. Wildcats 78, Utes 69 FO FT b Milt M- M-A O-T A t UTAH 4-10 44 4-1 0 IS Jeoten Doleac Miller Hansen Jorinsen McTavish Jack son Calon IS H M 1 I I II M S-II 44 S-10 I 2 IS 37 a-IS -7 Hill 1-4 15 I 4 ao 4 I M M M J 0-10-0 0-0 1 0-1 M 0-0 0 Toun 200 24 SS 17 22 12 3i 12 II Prcilaet: FG 434. FT 773 Thrt-pm1fl: 4-14. 26 (Jenien I I. Doleac I-1, Johnjen 1-2. Mottola l-J, Jecson 0-1, Caton 0-1, Hansen 0-2 M.ner 0-3) Team r-bwintft: 4 Blacked Men: I (Doleac 21 Tufn4erv II Miller I Mottola 1 JoKnsen i Hansen I Jensen, Doleac). Steal: I (Hansen X Doleac J. Miller 2). Technical favtt: None. F6 FT ek Mtn M A M-A O-T AfFF KENT Edwards Paosett Mohammed Torner Sneppard Ma9'oire Evans Mills Smitfi 24 2 7 33 a-W m i s 0 44 2S 4 17 13 y9 02 4 10 17 2-S 1-t 1-2 4 0 I 34 7 14 22 2-4 J I H 22 2 3 3-1 0-1 I 3 4 2 2 l-l 0 24 22 I 0-0 04 0 B'eoiey o-o o o 0-1 0 Tot an 2O0 19 S7 II 17 123 Ii Ii 71 Percentages: F& W FT mi Tnree-pxnl eaM: i-17. 2M lEans 2 1 M ils 2-4 Peogett I S. Tomer 0-1. Sneoperd 2 Ed a'ttt )' Team tinwH: I acted stiats: 4 iMagioire 3, Monammed 2. Ef-asi Tarmtvers: 11 (Turner S, Eens 2, Sneppard 2 Monemmedt Steatt: 7 (Tufr 3 Sneppard I Edwards, trans) TectMHcal tawtt none Utt 41 - II 47-71 A -4fc V OHKah-J : Bvrr, Oonnee &ray Mifee Sanzere By Dani Davies Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The embarrassment 11-year-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 school pitcher. She was 11 tnno mmm. and her coach put her on the mound against one of her fast-pitch all-star team's toughest opponents. His stratpuv that PYTFIA Gladding's pitch I A I it it was so siow it would confuse batters. It worked for the most part, but Gladding wasn't comfortable doing it wrong. "I was so embarrassed by that, I decided to learn how to do it right," said Gladding, a Martin County sophomore who has used her blazing fastball to throw six no-hitters this season. Most of South Florida switched from slow- to fast-pitch in 1994, but only now are pitchers like Gladding, who have had years to perfect their styles, starting to emerge. Coaches say we're seeing the results of those middle school programs, recreation leagues and travel teams that implemented fast-pitch soon after the high schools did. When Palm Beach County implemented fast-pitch, area high 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 Ghn 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. "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 Resultsschedule Baseball Monday's rttwlti Poet St Loce 7, Vero Beach 4 Martin County X John Leonard 1 Fort Pierre irVestwood t RoyaiPalm4 PKt St Luci , Vero Beach 4 WeUtngton Patm Beach Lakes 0 Gad Central I, C tew. ton Voce Haven it Fort Wvers-Canterbury O'vmptc Height Atlantic 4 fsemamm 12, Lafce trVorth Christian 3 Tartar's 9a mat Boca Rton a' Sfranahan 3 30 p m Sw"Ttt Christian at 2' on Lutheran, 4pm H-ohiands Chnsta at Andrew's, 4pm Fot-esi h.m t Phoee pm Gtades Da a K ig"s Acaoemy. 4pm Suncoast a ffora Pair" Beach 4 30 p m Pope John Pau a Cfdi' hewmw. 7 pm, Saita'txet a Deer'eid Beach 7pm 0ymcc He on a' Pwnpao Beach-Ely, 7pm L e Aorth ai Vero Beach 7pm Pair Beach Lefces a Spanish River, 7pm Softball Aandart rewrtn Crrt).. 73 S Fdwa--ds Be. am- II L ae Worm C hrijtitn J ova' Patm Beac 35 Paoee e Pope Jr Forest Hiii $ Boca 72 S"-aaa I &iHMtii &ioes Ce'a' I jon 1 Lete'S 1 Lae Worth J Oiymp.c Me'grttt W Pompn Beach iy 7 Tadayl fames fte"-'" Giadrs Oa. e m Foe H .. a Wrost a p m Pop John Pam a Paoee 4pm 43 SO H THE ASSOCIATED PRESS be the athletic director at Kentucky and the man who picked Smith to succeed Pitino, the crowd chanted "Tubby, Tubby." It seemed implausible that any coach could be more popular in Kentucky than Pitino had been in leading the program back from one of its lowest points following probation. But Smith may have topped him in the one year since Pitino left to coach the Boston Celtics. Kentucky is 7-3 in NCAA championship games, but its record against Utah in the past three seasons is 3-0 with a second-round win two years ago and a regional semifinal victory last season. Utah had beaten defending national champion Arizona in the West Regional final in a 25-point laugher. The Utes had to hang on to beat North Carolina in the Final Pour, but they couldn't do it against Kentucky as the Wildcats wore down the nation's top rebounding team. Utah finished with a 39-24 advantage on the boards, but in the later possessions Kentucky didn't miss many shots. In the first half, Utah went on a 10-0 run that Jensen started and ended with layups off long passes to take a 34-23 lead. Kentucky did get within 37-31, but the Utes scored the final four points of the half for the 10-point lead. KENTUCKY From 1C chipped away at the lead by scoring on 7-of-10 possessions. The Wildcats took the lead for the first time since early in the first half at 60-58 with 7:16 to play on a breakaway dunk by Jeff Sheppard after he stole the ball from Hanno Mottola. Utah got the lead back at 62-60 on a driving layup by Andre Miller with 6:16 left and extended it to 64-60 when Miller fed Alex Jensen for a layup 23 seconds later. But a three-pointer by Cameron Mills, Kentucky's fifth of the game all in the second half and a driving jumper by Sheppard with 4:53 left gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Sheppard's jumper was Kentucky's last field goal until the a dunk by Wayne Turner with 12 seconds to play. The Wildcats went 11 -of-12 from the foul line down the stretch and Utah's solid offensive game went to pieces as it scored on just two of its last 10 possessions. Scott Padgett led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Sheppard had 16. Miller led the Utes with 16 points, while Mottola and Michael I)oleac each had 15 and Jensen 14. As the trophy was presented by Selection Committee Chairman CM. Newton, who also happens to Record comebacks ing to learn to hit the pitches," Gladding said. "It's going to open up scholarships opportunities to schools in California and Arizona that 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 coach on that team, said he'll recruit pitchers who can vary their pitches. "I think the girls coming up throw harder than in the past, and 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 area softball, and those hard-throwing girls are knocking on the door of area high schools. Countless Jenny Gladdings loom on the horizon. Said Reimsnyder: "I'd like to think this will be the future." M Retards: ATL -3). OH (M). Paoe John Pawl 4. Suncaast 3 Smglas: Hora (Pi det Kandel M; Schmedes (S) det Lome 9-0: Sandon (S) del Rphwedder ci-poiia iP) det Echas 5 Belcher iP) del Fi.efc 13 Daubles: Hora Rohwedder (P) det Kandel Sandon y Schmeoes Eckss i St det. Lome Opona 1-1 Ra-cardl; SUN (S-3). PJP (7-41 King's Academy f, Rayal Palm Beach Singles: Backwood I IK a ) d Ciodteiter 4 PeMy (KA) d Milter I, Cotfman (K A ) d Massey tO, Jarvenen (KA) d Doneoan 10 Moyie (RA) d Ma i.k -0 Dewbtes: Biackwood Pety (HA) d Ood-e'er-Massev i-0 Coftman-jwenen (KA) 4. Milter Addmgton 1-0 boys Olympic Heights 4, Atlenhc 1 Smgles: Kafj 'Ohi d B'owt V Strompt (OH d B-oh' -0 Vasouer (A) d Fredan4 a ? 2ia lOHt 0 M'hrhei" 12 Hochman (OH) tf Godten 4 Dewbtes- ati S'ompt ( o ) d B'pw B'Ct f -4 Z-ka Frted'and (Oh) 9 Vasquei-Mitcneti $ Ra-Crd;OH ( U-Ol. ATL a 3) Svncaast 4, Pep Jehe, Ravi 3 Smgtev Croke iFi oet &'cwr o Caaorese (P' Oet H Lee 1-4 Hott (S de LeC II Tang (&i hh Fiorant! I D Lee (5i de Sfer II Dew-bes Croe Caabese (Pi de Brcw"tem ho I d. H tee Tang iS) won bv deteutt Recard: SUN to Kng s Academy 7, Rayat Patm Bec Sniet Hoko (a f scer a-fi Cape-e 't1 d Cce 9-0 Watson K A 1 d Monf Id Kwaonski i: Jo"s deau't Gartag k. a ; d Jacksc 9 Oaae: ak o-i empore , a i d FicHeroe 1 tvwap'nfct-Garian ,fc.i Moner Jackson 14 Tadarn maces AH matcties Mill nae4l C'vmP Me-ghi a Se"teutes Ben,amn a i'Ovnty s Ac atfe'T. a F,rres " H fic Pa'm aac jm3er SM.'sh R.ve a - iovth For t WiH-am T Dwyer 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. "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 field and for scholarships. "It's going to bring the game to a totally new level, and not just with the pitchers. Batters are go Westminster Academy at King's Academy, 4 p r Summit Christian at Zion Lutheran, 4pm South Fork at Palm Beach Gardens, i X p m. Martin County at Palm Beach Lakes, 30 p.m. WiiiiamT Dwyer at Okeechobee, 7 p.m. Track Today's meets Pahottee Gades Central, Suncoast and Port St. Lucie at William T. Dwyer, 3 30 p m. Olympic He-ghts. Suncoast at PB Gardens, 330 p m Lake worth, Forest Hill, Martin County at Jupiter, 3 30 p m Golf Monday's rtswftt BOrS St Edward's 17, Kinfl Academy 173, Late War Christian 171 ST EOWap.D'5 (3-1) - Arnette 37, Cenan 37. Hmion 3 Pu,Cfc 44 K'NG S ACADEMY (-4 - KunSl 41, GantT 41, Zei 42 Alfrev LAtvE WORTH CHRISTIAN (3-.Hl Wereno &ortn.aii 43. GtUJS Powell 47 At Maycoo Lakes GIRLS Jupiter ?. ftayai Plm Beat 377 JUPITER (7 , - Harness U Linnan s. Per- 5 Aud-n t? Oval P-iM BCH tyi) Ham.rton ri tar-ley 7 Coo 17 Chou M At V'Hige Out par Jft Tennis ftedayi resvtts frlLS Anfttc a. 0rmc Hevhn 3 Sees: Veiw-ano Oh 0 Freeman 14 CV-D'tj iA d Mctis 97 W-'en i) d Sa O'f'C 0"! fl vva-c 1 Si'txf d 8"net Dew M'1o-o Marc u Oh a Fws-v Bermuoei Dwnfterg W 'son (A) d ShachOhpro 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.