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Tuesday, March 31, 1998
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6C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 msl UNC player apologizes, says slur was never used NCAA notebook Hitless wonders Area high school pitchers have thrown 22 no-hitters this season: 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 11-1 over Okeechobee Feb. 26 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park 1 4-3 over Westwood Feb. 26 Ashley Toms Moore Haven 12-0 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 12-0 over Fort Lauderdale March 11 Theresa Holland Lincoln Park 13-0 over Glades Central March 11 Karin EdwardsonTeri Morgan Santaluces 1 2-0 over Pompano-Ely March 12 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 10-0 over Deerfield , Thursday Brooke Saxon King's Academy 1 1-0 over Forest Hill ; Perfect game The Associated Press . i 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. I 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 j(ist drops." L' 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." 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. jm mm n one air The rise of fast-pitch Softball can be attributed to '" .......111.1.1...., I J,.., I 0 Is'- V. W J w V P " -'HI 'U-N : . V - at . ' . ) 4 v '!, v , 3 .V ' - $ t ' ( ( V J i ' 1 I I f Kentucky was not going to be denied ST0DA From 1C That's exactly what they did Monday night in the Alamodome in 'a 78-69 victory over Utah to earn their seventh national title and second in 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. ;' f 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. v "We knew we would come back," said first-year Kentucky coach Tubby Smith. "We are the comeback kids. They've been un-. der 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 days 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 Hansen to transplanted Andre Miller to rotund comedianhead 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. NCAA Champions BOB SHANLEYStaff Photographer, Martin County's Jennifer Gladding, who pitched the Tigers to the state title last year, his thrown six no-hitters this season. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 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 its dominant pitchers. 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 in-: state." ; Locally, Palm Beach Atlantic' College has responded to the ar-. ea'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 pitch-; es. "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." 1-4 Records: ATL 11-3). OH i J-6). Pope John Paul 4, Suncaast 3 Singlet: Hora (P) del Kandel 14. Schmedes (S) def Lome 1-0: Sandon IS) del Rohwedder a.;, Ci-polla (P) def Eckas 15. Belcher (Pi del Fliek 1-3. Doubles: Hora Rohwedder (P) def KandetSandon 1-0. Schmedes Eckas (S def. Lome Cipoila 1-1. Re-cards: SUN (S-3). PJP (74) King's Academy 7, Reyal Palm Beach Singlet: Blackwood I ikai d Ciodtelter 4 4 Pelly (KA) d Miller M. Coftman IK A) d Massey 4-0. Jarvenen ikai d Doneoan 44. Moyle (KA) d Ma-iik 4-0 Doublet: Blackwood Peuy (KA) d Clod felter-Mossey 4-0 CoMmen-jaryenen (KA) d Milier-Addington 4-0. BOYS Olympic Heights 4, Atlantic 1 Singles: Katl lOHl d Brown 4-5, Strompf (OH) d Brohl 4-0. Vasouei (A) d Fnediand M (7-1): Zika (OH) d Mitchell 4-2. Hochman (OHl d Goldstein 4-4 Doubles: Kati-Strompf (OH) d. Brown-Broni 4-4. Zika Fnediand (OH) d Vasquei-Mitcheil 4-0. Re-cards: OH 114-01. ATL (4-31 Suncaast 4. Papa John Paul 1 Singles: Crone (P) def Brownstein 4-0, Caiabrese (Pi oet h Lee 4-4 Holt (Si det Leo 4-1. Teg ' S def Fioranti 4-4 D Lee iSi def Sporrer 4 1 Doubles: Croke Caiabrese (Pi def Brownstein Holt 4-0. H Lee Tang iS) won by default Recwrd: SUN -0) King's Academy 7, Reyal Palm Beach 4 Singles: HonfcO IK A I Fischer 4-0. Campere (K A I d Coie 4-0 Watson IK A d Money 4-0. Kwepmski (kAid Johns, default Geria"d KA d Jecson 4 0 Daubtes: Hankoampore (KA) d F.sOer-Ccie 4-0. Kwapmski-Ganand iKA) d Money-Jackson 4-0 Today's matches AH matches at 3-34 p m. unless aatea) Olympic Heights at Santaiuces Beniamm al Martm County K ing s Academy at Forest Hill Rcvei Paim Beach at Jupiter Spanish Ryer at Atlantic South Fork at Wiinam T Dwver 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 BSD wvtwpR and her coach put her on the mound against one of her fast-pitch all-star team's toughest opponents. His stratecrv that CVTRA Gladding's pitch lift was so slow 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 (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. "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 Port St Luce 1, Vero Bch 4 Martin County 3l John I Leonard Fort p.erce Westwood Roval Palm 4 Port St Lucie 7, Vero Beach 4 Wellington f Palm fteach Lakes 0 Giadet Centra' . Ctewuton 7 Moore Haven W Fort Myers-Canterbury I Olympic Height) a, Atlantic 4 Bemamm M Law Worth Christian 3 T day's amt Boca Raton at Strananan, J 30 p m. Summit Christian at Zion Lutheran, 4 pm. Highlands Cnriihan at St Andrew fc 4 p.m. Forest Milt at Pahokee. 4pm Glades Day at K mg s Academy 4pm Suncoast at Royal Palm Beach 4 30 p m. Pope John Paul at Card-na Newman, 7 p.m. Santaluces at Beach 7 pm. OiympK Heights at Pompano Beach-Ely, 7 p.m. Lae Worth at Vero Beach 7pm Paim Beach Lakes at Spanish River, 7 p m. Softball JWaftd'ar't rwm John Carroll 73 $ Eawa'd's 0 Mii'H II La ortti Chrnttan 3 ovai Palm Baacn 35 Pahofce 0 Ptx John Paul Forl Hill S Boca ao 77 Straaa" I Suncoai 4. Ciadet Central I John I Laonero 3 Lae Worth ? Oivmp HT9ht 14. Pompano Baach E'y 1 Tadairt tamaa Ben.a-m at Gtaa Day lti ForYt' Mil' a Vuf oa.t 4 o m Pop Jonn Paul at Pahokee. 4pm 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 Four, 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 Mot-tola. Utah got the lead back at 62-60 on a driving lay up 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 ll-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 Doleac each had 15 and Jensen 14. As the trophy was presented by Selection Committee Chairman CM. Newton, who also happens to 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- Westmlnster Academy at K ing's Academy, 4 p.m. Summit Christian at Zion Lutheran, 4 p.m. South Fork at Palm Beach Gardens, f 3D p.m. Martin County at Palm Beach Lakes, 6:30 p.m. William T. Dwyer at Okeechobee, 7 p.m. Track Today's mett Pahokee. Glades Central. Suncoast and Port St. Lucie at William T. Dwyer, 3 30 p m. Olympic Heights, Suncoast at PB Gardens, 3 30 p.m. Lake Worth, Forest Hill, Martin County at Jupiter, 3 30 p.m. Golf Monday's results BOYS St. Edward's 1S7, King's Academy 171, Lake Wertk Christian 171 ST EDWARD'S (3-1) - Arnette J7. Cerian 37, Hinson 3, Puttick 44. KING S ACADEMY (e-t) - Kuruu 41, Genu 41, 2ei47 Aitrey LAKE WORTH CHRISTIAN (3-4-1) - Wierenoa 43 Bortmak 43. Gill 45. Powell 47 At Maycoo Lakes. GIRLS Jupiter sat, Reyal Palm Beach 377 JUPITER 17-41 - Harkness S3, Linnan S4. Pers-son 5. Audm I? ROYAL PALM BEACH (3-71 Hamilton 71. Car-ley 71. Cook 17. Chou n At Village Club, par J Tennis Monday's results GIRLS Atlantic 4. Otympic Heights 3 Singles: Martoreno lOHl d Freeman Dun-berg AI d Marcus e-7 Wilson (Al d Shach 1-4. Otero iOHl d Vesaiio H. Rubin (A) d Btumstem t 3 Doublet: Mertorano-Me-xus (OH) d Frne.en-Berrrtudei 14 Dun berg-Wilson (Al d Shach-Otero nje Oregon 16 UCLA 140 Indian l70 UCLA 1941 Wisconsin N71 UCLA IW1 Stanford l7J UCLA l43 Wyoming l'73 UCLA 1944 Utah W74 North Carolina St. 145 . . Oklahoma A4.M W75 UCLA Itat . . Oklahoma AIM 176 Indiana 147 Holy Cross 177 Marquette lat Kentucky l7 Kentucky 14 Kentucky 17 . . .Michigan State 150 CCNY l0 Louisville 151 Kentucky 141 Indiana lV Kansas t47 .. North Carolina 153 Indiana 143 North Carolina St. 154 .. La Salic It Georgetown 155 ... San Francisco N5 V.llanova 15 ... San Francisco ! Louisville lS .. North Carolina Ht7 Indiana 158 Kentucky Kansas 15 California IW Michigan 190 Ohio State r0 UNLV Ktl Cincinnati Wl Ouk mi Cincinnati ! Duke l3 Loyola, III r3 .. North Carolina ma UCLA t4 Arkansas mj UCLA 1W UCLA 14 ... TeeS Western W Kentucky M7 UCLA l Anion MM . ...UCLA lw) Kentucky Final Four cumulative records Throw. ) Tevrnament Mast Appearances 14 - North Carolina. UCLA 13-- Kentucky II - Dune W k antes - Oio State 7 - Indiana Louisville 4 Arkansas. Cincinnati. Michigan 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. 1

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