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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1997 D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Osborne expects test from K-State By STEPHEN SOBEK The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — No. 17 Kansas State — with a rushing offense that has averaged 268 yards per game — poses the most efficient running threat No. 3 Nebraska has faced, Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne said Tuesday. "Looking at the remainder of .our schedule ... at this point, Kansas State is probably the most dangerous team that we have left," Osborne said at his weekly news conference. "I don't see anybody that (plays) as good as the way they are playing now." The Wildcats (3-0), ranked llth nationally in rushing offense, piled up a school-record 638 yards in total offense in a 58-0 drubbing of Bowling Green last weekend. The Huskers (3-0) had a week off after beating then-No. 2 Washington 27-14 at Seattle Sept. 20. Nebraska ranks seventh against the run, allowing an average of only 63 yards per game. But Nebraska's first two non- conference games were against unranked lightweights Central Florida and Akron, which have posted a combined record of 1-8 this season. "I just hope the fans understand that this a dogfight," Osborne said. "It will, I think, be a very close game and will probably go down to four quarters." The Wildcats also have quarterback Michael Bishop, who Nebraska rush end Grant Wistrom said is just as much a running threat as anybody else in Kansas State's backfield. Besides completing 19 of 39 passes for 407 yards and ranking first in the Big 12 conference in passing efficiency, Bishop has rushed 30 times for 117 yards in three games. Wistrom said Bishop's running ability makes him the kind of quarterback who could play for Nebraska — something new for the Wildcats. "The past quarterbacks for Kansas State have been kind of big targets back there that aren't real mobile. We tend to kind of tee off on quarterbacks like that," Wistrom said. "(Bishop) obviously presents us with a different challenge." The Wildcats haven't beaten Nebraska since 1968. But Kansas State is undaunted, coach Bill Snyder said. "My experience with young people is when yesterday's gone, it's gone," he said. "I don't think they give a hoot what happened last year or the year before." Snyder / Differences with Blackney settled FROM PAGE D1 ing about transferring to another school. "It crossed my mind. I called mom after my redshirt year and told her I wasn't going to play as much as I liked," Spiller said. "She told me to take it in stride and things would work out. She told me God puts you in situations for a reason and that it would work out for the best. I questioned that at times, but now in my senior year, I see what she was talking about." Frost alert Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was asked some strange questions at Tuesday's press conference and one of the strangest came from a TV type who asked the K-State coach if he hoped his team would be able to get the Nebraska fans to boo Scott Frost during Saturday's game. Frost was booed during the first half of Nebraska's game against Central Florida three weeks ago. The question was: "Have you talked with your defense about forcing (Frost) into some mistakes where the crowd may turn against him and the game may snowball on (the Cornhuskers)?" And, with a perplexed look on his face, and a chuckle, the K-State coach replied. "I certainly haven't talked to our players about that," Snyder said. "We respect Scott Frost. You may think he hasn't played well in the past, but I think he's a pretty good quarterback. I think he's played well in the past and I think he's playing well right now. "We'd like to force any quarterback, Scott Frost or anyone else, to make mistakes during the course of a ball game and hopefully be able to capitalize on them. But I don't think the fans will do that anyway, I think they realize they. were barking up the wrong tree, probably. I would imagine that's a very small minority of people who participated in that." The fun bunch? . And another doozy came from a reporter who asked Snyder if he had talked to his team about, more than anything else, having fun in Lincoln on Saturday. "I think we'll go up with the idea we'll play as hard as we can and if we win it, we'll be proud, it'll be fun and we'll have a smile on our face," Snyder said. "If we don't, it won't be any fun. That's the bottom line. "I'd get a little upset if we lost a ball game and had a great time doing it. As I've always said with our players, if we lose a ball game, I expect our players to be hurting. I expect our coaches to be hurt, I ex- pect our players to be hurt by it." Patching It up Snyder and Bowling Green coach Gary Blackney spoke over the phone Monday and ironed out their differences over K-State's 580 win on Saturday. Blackney refused to shake Snyder's hand after the game and accused the Wildcats of running up the score. Snyder phoned Blackney to clear the air and said the discussion between the two coaches was "very positive." "I certainly didn't mean to do anything that would be detrimental to his football team," Snyder said. "I was hoping (Blackney) would understood what my plight was, and he did. He was very understanding, he understood our situation and was very complimentary in fact. "I've always thought Gary was an excellent football coach and a good person as well," Snyder said. "As I said after the ball game, I knew it would probably take place and I truly understand it. I was never upset with Gary, at all with his reaction, but I did want an opportunity to express to him that I'm sorry what happened." Wyoming's near miss Snyder hasn't been able to beat Colorado in eight tries — the Wildcats are 0-7-1 against the Buffaloes — but former K-State assistant and current Wyoming head coach Dana Dimel nearly pulled off a win over CU in his first try. Dimel's Cowboys held a 19-17 lead Saturday in Boulder and had the ball near midfield when junior running back Marques Brigham fumbled the ball away with two minutes left. Colorado then drove for a last-second, game-winning field goal. "I think we all want the Big 12 Conference teams to do well, but you also have feelings for your former players and coaches," Snyder said. "I really felt bad for them particularly since I thought they had played so well. "I certainly felt bad for Dana and wrote him a note, but also felt bad for Marques Brigham and wrote him a note as well. That's unfortunate to be in that position and to have something like that to happen to him is a real tragedy. I just hope he responds and rebounds from that." Snyder believes defense has been the key to Wyoming's success. The Cowboys' two losses are to Ohio State (24-10) and Colorado (20-19). "Dana knew going in that if you could play defense in that conference and play it well, you always had a great chance," Snyder said. "He's doing well." WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY 6-9 PM _ 3 Piece Fried Chicken Dinner Includes tossed salad, soup or tomato juice, baked potato, trench bread, coffee or tea. MARS RESTAURANT 827-3351 Open 7 Days A Week 712 S. Broadway _j T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL White Sox fire manager Bevington Despite hefty payroll, addition of Belle, Chicago went 80-81 By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Terry Bevington had trouble communicating with his players, had strained relations with some of his coaches, alienated the media and turned off the fans. But his biggest problem was the Chicago White Sox's failure to make the playoffs, despite a huge 1 payroll and the addition of Albert Belle. For all of that, Bevington was fired as manager. The move was announced Tuesday, two days after the end of an 80-81 season and another second-place finish in the AL Central. "I'm not going to sit here and knock him," general manager Ron Schueler said. "I think a lot of managers would like to be over .500 and they aren't." Bevington had a 222-214 record after taking over in June 1995 for Gene Lament, fired two years after being named AL Manager of the Year. "Terry Bevington is a friend and I feel bad for him right now," White Sox slugger Frank Thomas said Tuesday. "There were some problems and it became obvious a change had to be made. Sometimes the manager takes the fall when players don't fulfill expectations. It is unfortunate but I look forward to a fresh start." Bevington couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. He was reportedly informed of the firing Monday. Umpires upset again NEW YORK — Baseball umpires, once again upset by what they say is a lack of support from owners and players, said Tuesday they would eject anyone arguing within "an arm's length" of them during the postseason. "The support for your umpires has been worse than woeful... it has been practically nonexis- tent," umpires union head Richie Phillips said in a letter to acting commissioner Bud Selig and the league presidents. "Players continue to assault umpires, spray tobacco in their faces, curse them and attempt to denigrate them without the slightest reprisal," Phillips said. Selig, NL president Len Coleman and AL president Gene Budig responded by saying "baseball is disturbed that the umpires have chosen this time to divert attention from the.field of play." "They do not have the authority to make their own rules," their statement said. "We expect them to honor the integrity of the game... and to continue their level of professionalism and tolerance in the postseason that they have exercised throughout baseball history." Gwynn to have knee surgery SAN DIEGO — Eight-time NL batting champion Tony Gwynn has been cleared to undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles from his left knee, the fourth procedure on that knee in seven seasons. Doctors recently checked out a small blood clot that developed in his lower right leg and determined that it was clearing up enough to allow the surgery. Gwynn will undergo the surgery in late October, after he returns from a postseason trip. This procedure will be to clean out the knee. Thomas agrees to new pact CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox star Frank Thomas agreed Tuesday to a new four-year contract worth nearly $32 million with five conditional years that could make the entire deal worth about $85 million. Thomas, who just captured his first AL batting title and was the league MVP in 1993 and 1994, will receive $7.15 million in each of the 1998 and 1999 seasons, $7.25 million in 2,000 and $10,375,000 in 2,001. His average salary over the four guaranteed years will be $7,981,250, llth highest in baseball, and the total amount will be $31,925,000. Royals boost ticket prices $1 for 1998 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ticket prices for Kansas City Royals games will increase by $1 for the 1998 season, the club announced Tuesday. It's the first increase in five 'years. Prices will range from $3 for youth general admission to $15 for club box seats. "Even after the modest increase, our prices are very competitive among other baseball teams and among other professional sports franchises in Kansas City," said Mike Levy, vice president, marketing and communication. Wesleyan spikers defeat Southwestern After a couple of tough outings, the Kansas Wesleyan volleyball squad put everything together in a one-sided victory over Southwestern on Tuesday night, 15-6, 15-2,15-9, at Muir Gymnasium. The Coyotes improved to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in Kansas Conference play. "We struggled a little bit the last two times out," Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes said. "I think the kids decided if we put everything together, they could get after it and play ball from the get-go instea'd of waiting until they got behind. "We've been trying to get them focused on what they need to do and what they are capable of doing. Tonight instead of having two or three ready to play and two or three not, we had everybody ready to play." Marsha Emmot had 13 kills, five blocks, five ace serves and eight digs. Lori Raney had seven kills, Tabetha Gillespie added seven blocks, Lisa Tripp was the leading setter with 20 assists, Holly Morris had eight digs and Kary Taylor had six kills. Wesleyan will be at McPherson on Thursday in a KCAC match starting at 7 p.m. Fort Hays State golfers place fifth at Baker LAWRENCE — Fort Hays State placed fifth, Bethany seventh and Kansas Wesleyan 15th Tuesday at the Baker Invitational. Fort Hays two-day event with a 615 team total. Bethany finished at 631 and Kansas Wesleyan 702. Butler County won the team title with a 588 score, three shots ahead of runner-up Kansas Newman's 591 total. Nebraska-Kearney was third at 597. Smoky Valley tops AP's 4A consensus rankings TOPEKA — Smoky Valley climbed to the top in Class 4A in this week's Associated Press consensus high school football rankings, after former leader Scott City suffered its first loss of the season and fell out of the ratings. Three other leaders in recent weeks, Garden City in 6A, Trego in 3A and Stanton County in 2-1A, also lost and tumbled out of the rankings. Olathe North in 6A, Liberal in 5A and Smith Center in 3A all retained their No. 1 ratings. Scott City fell to Ulysses, 21-6, to surrender its season-long hold on the top spot in 4A. The victory boosted Ulysses into a tie with Topeka Hayden at No. 3, with both behind Smoky Valley and Augusta. Garden City gave up the No. 3 spot in Class 6A after losing, 12-0, to Hays. That cleared the way for Shawnee Mission West to move into the 6A rankings at No. 4. Trego bowed to Norton, 12-6, while Stanton County lost to Southwestern Heights, 23-6. Liberal, Smoky Valley, Smith Center and Garden Plain in Class 2-1A are all unanimous choices as No. 1 in their classes, while Olathe North misses by just one vote in 6A. The AP consensus rankings are an average of ratings by the Hutchinson News, Salina Journal, Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. The rankings appear in today's Scoreboard, Page D2. South, Central sweep all four divisions at JC JUNCTION CITY — The finals of the Junction City Invitational Tennis Tournament turned out to be an all-Salina affair, when athletes from Salina South and Salina Central swept the top two spots in all four divisions. South won three divisions and the tournament team title with 44 points, while Central was second with 40 points. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 20 but postponed by rain. "It's nice to win and we realize Central didn't have it's full team, but we're still pretty happy with the way it turned out," South coach Gary Dunlap said. "I thought all the gals played up to their potential and it was nice to win one for a change instead of finishing second. We've got three tough meets coming up and this is a positive step going into those three meets." "It was nice to see two Salina schools in the finals," Central coach Jim LoVullo said. "It was good promotion for tennis in Salina. "I was glad our players made it to the finals, but we have to find a way to win the all-important match. South deserves credit for playing well in the finals, but we have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot." South's Julie Mueting had back-to-back 8-0 victories in pool play before downing Central's Amanda Garlow in the championship match, 8-4. The No. 2 singles title went to South's Anna Feyerherm as she defeated Central's Honesty Powell in the finals, 8-2. Rebecca Dunlap and Becky Day 'PUT IT ATTHE TOP OF YOUR'MUST SEE'LIST. Jcllle, liuns WHUt PEACEMAKER went 3-0, including an 8-4 victory over Central's Jennifer Mize and Shusten Turnquist for first place. The Mustangs did get a victory at No. 2 doubles, where Laura Seaton and Jennie Collins topped South's Mandi Chase and Hannah Kelly, 8-3 in the finals. South also had a second team at the tournament, with the best finish by the Cougars No. 2 doubles team of Megan Peterson and Angela Newcomer. Peterson-Newcomer went 2-1 and finished third. SHHS spikers clinch at least tie for league title The Sacred Heart volleyball squad clinched no less than a share of the Cottonwood Valley League title Tuesday night with a sweep of Chase County on the Knights' home court. Sacred Heart, now 14-4 overall, kept its league record perfect with the 15-10,15-5 and 15-5,15-6 victories over Chase County. With an 8-0 league mark, the Knights need to win only one of two matches next Tuesday at Herington to win the league title outright and repeat as CVL champions. "That's comforting to know we don't have to count on anybody else to win it," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "But we definitely want to be playing our best volleyball next week against Herington. They played us really tough Saturday (at the Herington Invitational) and they will know the situation we'll be in and that could give Herington a little edge." Chrissy Blagg had 19 kills and Jen Broberg finished with 18 assists in the two matches. Anne Weese had eight kills and nine digs, with Courtney Ash adding 10 service points in the opener. Jen Broberg had 13 service points, Lisa Broberg had eight assists and Jenna Leiker had five digs in the second match. "We did not play together well in the first match, but we played well enough to win," coach Weese said. "We played a lot harder and stronger in the second match." Brady, Craig lead SE-Saline runners LYONS — Southeast of Saline junior Leslie Brady raced to a first-place finish while Trojan teammate Daniel Craig was sec- ond in the boys race Tuesday at the Lyo .s Invitational cross country meet. Brady's time of 13:01 topped Ellsworth's Beth Karak (13:21) in second and Southeast's Stacie Justice (13:24) in third. Hoising- , ton won the girls team title with 46 points, followed by Chapman with 75 and both Ellsworth and Southeast with 88. Ellsworth sophomore Ben Orozco won the boys race with a tune of 16:17, topping Craig by nine seconds. Craig kept the Bearcats from making it a clean sweep of the top three places, as he was followed across the finish line by Ellsworth's Cassidy Smith and Cody Smith. Ellsworth also won the boys team title with 59 points, topping second place Chapman with 72 points and Southeast in third with 73. The Trojan boys also had a fifth-place finish from Mike Willis (17:18) and sixth from ' Aaron Pavkov (17:19). Southeast's Kelly Jackson was slightly short of a top 10 finish, placing 12th in 13:57. Central golfers sixth, South eighth at meet EMPORIA — The Salina Central girls golf squad placed sixth and Salina South eighth at the Emporia Invitational Tuesday at Emporia Municipal. Manhattan and Washburn Rural both finished with the low team score of 359. Tournament medalist honors went to Washburn Rural's Sara Payne and Emporia's Becky Wiley with 12-over par 83s. The low score among Salina athletes came from Central's Jor- danne Larue with a 112, followed by teammate Bekah Kickhaefer with a 116. Amanda Lampe was the low finisher for South with a 121. Senior golfers' weekly outing 8 a.m. Thursday Senior golfers will have their weekly outing starting at 8 a.m., this Thursday instead of the usual 9 a.m. at Salina Municipal Golf Course. * Call Jim Armes at 8254872 for more information. From Staff and Wire Reports PLAY-N-STAY GETAWAY $69 I NOW PLAYING SOW, NO PASSES ACCEPTED FOR TUB ENOWEU6HT pKKUMONmiATMt wMio»| SaVSun: 1:50 4:35 CENTRAL MALL *»..wo 'SSiiSS^tmmmiimSSft M ' Th: 5:2 ° 7:4 ° Per Person ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS THE INN, GOO? A® COUNTRY CUJ3, • A PGA CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE Round of Golf, including Cart, \ for HWQ Persons , 7 \ AtaQ includes a Complimentary / Free Cable with HBO GOLF TEE TIMES WILL BE ARRANGED FOR YOU, UPON AVAILABILITY, BY THE GENERAL MANAGER. SOME RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. 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