The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 3, 1997 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 3, 1997
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i«I& fHE SALlN&JOURNAL Sports PREP JOURNAL/C4 MONEY/ C5 CLASSIFIED / C6 c V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL South ready for No. 2 Manhattan Cougars play host to 6A power tonight, looking for first win over Tribe since 76 By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal Another Friday night, another test for the Salina South football program. Two weeks ago the Cougars faced state- ranked Salina Central and fell 28-18 at Salina Stadium. How South would respond to such a loss was answered last Friday when the Cougars overwhelmed Topeka High on the road, 36-12. The latest test comes in the form of Class 6A power Manhattan. The Indians arrive for today's 7 p.m. homecoming contest at Salina Stadium with a 4-0 record and No. 2 ranking in 6A. "I think our kids are really excited about the opportunity to play a good team like Manhattan," South coach Ken Stonebraker said. "They have been one of the powers in our league for a long time and they are Rest ol county games at-a-glance Ellsworth (2-2) at Southeast of Saline (2-2) the Trojans would like to keep things headed In the right direction after posting back-to-back victories the last two weeks over Chapman and Russell. Southeast has had the upper hand In this series In recent years. Ellsworth's last victory over the Trojans came In 1991. Salina Central (4-0) at Topeka West (2-2) The Mustangs go on the road for the first time this season after four consecutive games at Salina Stadium. After having Its string of 25 consecutive games with a running back gain more than 100 yards stopped In week 3, Central had three players top that figure last week. The Chargers started the season with back-to-back losses, but have won the past two weeks In tight games over Highland Park and Topeka Seaman. Senior running back Travis Johnson has 582 yards rushing this season and Is the all-time leading rusher In the city of Topeka. Peabody (1-3) at Ell-Saline (3-1) Cardinal senior Chris Kohart had a big game In last week's 53-12 victory over Moundridge. Kohart came Into the game with two touchdowns, both receiving, but scored three rushing touchdowns and added another score on a 30-yard interception return against the Wildcats. Peabody has struggled since a season-opening loss to Udall. The Warriors have been outscored 150-6 in the last three weeks, Including a 54-0 loss to Canton- Qalva last Friday. Hope (4-0) at St. John's (1-3) One of the top teams In Eight-Man Division II comes to Salina tonight when No. 3-ranked Hope faces St. John's Military. The Lions have outscored their first four opponents 194-30. The Mulesklnners are still looking for their first Eisenhower League victory, coming off last week's 50-28 win over Emmanuel Christian. very solid again. If we could knock off a team like that, obviously it would be a big win for us. We're approaching it from the standpoint that it's going to be a tough game, but a winnable game." South's last victory in this series came in 1976 when Manhattan was playing under first-year coach Lew Lane. Now in his 21st season, Lane's teams have never had a losing record. The Cougars came as close as they ever have to breaking that losing streak a year ago when they led 14-0 midway through the fourth quarter, but lost 20-14 in overtime. "I don't think there's a lot of pressure on our kids, but they will be very excited to play," Stonebraker said. "They lost a very tough ball game last year and there are a lot of kids playing for us this year that were on that team and that could help motivate us as well." Sacred Heart (1-3) at Marlon (4-0) Marion coach Grant Thierolf knows all about teams being tested. His Warriors have started the season with four consecutive victories, but three of those wins have come by margins of three points or less. Ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, Marion's list of close calls includes an 18-15 season- opening win over Southeast of Saline, a 2827 overtime victory over Canton-Galva, and a 15-12 league win last week against Chase County. "One thing we know is we have played three very good football teams in those three games," Thierolf said. "Southeast has proven they are a tough team, Canton- Galva has played very well and Chase County is a good team, so we are happy to be able to come out on top. "The good thing about it is our kids are used to playing all 48 minutes now, because they've had to do that three out of four games. It has also been good for our coaching staff, because each week we've had different areas and concerns exposed that we would not have if we were winning by big margins." • Tonight the Warriors play a Sacred Heart team that is a couple plays away from being 3-1. Mistakes have hurt the Knights (1-3) in an 8-6 loss to Clifton-Clyde and last week's 6-0 defeat at the hands of Council Grove. "Mistakes and penalties are hard to overcome, especially with a young team like Sacred Heart has," Thierolf said. "But we've noticed they play awfully hard and they do have some good kids at the skill positions." . , TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Senior Thane Douglas (left) and junior Tyson Douglas are two of six siblings of Steve and Debbie Douglas who have competed In athletics at Southeast of Saline Junior and Senior High School. Double trouble Brothers Tyson and Thane Douglas give Southeast of Saline a strong 1-2 punch By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal T yson Douglas hasn't gone so far as to send thank you notes to his older siblings fo^ the beatings they administered before he was old enough and big enough to call it a fair fight. The youngest of six children (five of them boys) in the Douglas family, Tyson took his thumps and lumps as he was growing up. Years later, the Southeast of Saline junior admits, those good-natured battles have made him a fiercer competitor and a better athlete. "They beat up on me a lot and they used to gang up on me," Tyson said, "but that made me a lot tougher. Those guys used to make me mad and I used to blow up when I was little, but I've learned to control that temper more as I've gotten older." "We did pick on him when he was younger," said Thane Douglas, Tyson's older brother and a senior at Southeast. "He always retaliated and never backed down, and I guess that's what has made him tougher and have more of a temper than the rest of us. But now he won't back down from anybody." Backing down has never been a trait of the Douglas family. All six children of Steve and Debbie Douglas, Assaria, have been letterwinners on Southeast athletic teams, starting with Timothy (a 1991 Southeast graduate), Tristin (93), Thomas (95) and Trenton (96). Thane and Tyson haye been a part of Trojan football together each of the last three seasons. Southeast has a 23-8 record since Thane stepped into the starting lineup his freshman year. Both players are two-way starters on this year's squad — Thane at quarterback-free safety, Tyson at linebacker-fullback. "There are a lot of.similarities between the two," Southeast coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "When one has come into lift weights, the other one was almost always with him. They have followed in some pretty big footprints left by their brothers, but have always put in the time necessary to get themselves ready to play." Katzenmeier has coached at Southeast for nine years, and there has always been a Douglas somewhere in his program. That could still be the case two years from now, after the last of the Douglas kids receives his diploma. Timothy Douglas, once a 1,000-yard rusher at Southeast, is now an assistant coach with the Trojans. See DOUGLAS, Page C4 T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Frost vs. Bishop: running QBs set for showdown Both defenses focused on stopping other's quarterback Saturday By STEPHEN SOBEK The Associated Press LINCOLN — Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop leads the Big 12 in passing efficiency. He also can take the ball and run. In the No. 17 Wildcats' season- opening victory over Northern Illinois he rushed eight times for 98 yards — including a 43-yard touchdown dash. He also completed 8 of 13 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns. No. 3 Nebraska's rush end Grant Wistrom said stopping Bishop will be the focus of the Cornhusker defensive attack Saturday when the Wildcats visit Memorial Stadium. "(Bishop is) a great quarterback, who can just by himself definitely hurt you," Wistrom said. "He reminds me a lot of the quarterbacks that we've had here who are just as lethal running the football as they are throwing it." A big part of Kansas State's game plan will be to shut down Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost, who rushed eight times for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the Huskers' 27-14 win at Washington Sept. 20. Nebraska's option offense doesn't pass much, but Frost is still a threat in the air, having completed 24 of 42 passes this season for 275 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. "He leads his football team," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. said of Frost. "He runs well and makes good choices on options." The Washington win was a vindication for Frost, who had suffered criticism in following Tommie Frazier and boos from the hometown crowd the week before. The senior took over as coach Tom Osborne's starter in 1996 and in his first season presided over losses to Arizona State and Texas in the Big 12 Championship — dashing Nebraska's hopes of a third consecutive national championship. Snyder hoped Frost's performance in Seattle would silence his BISHOP FROST critics in the Cornhusker State. Snyder said he had always considered Frost a threat. "We respect .Scott Frost and I think he's a pretty good quarterback," Snyder said. "I would think the fans at Nebraska should appreciate Scott Frost a great deal." Bishop hails from a small town in Texas and Frost is from a small town in Nebraska. Both wear the number seven. But Frost has one thing that Bishop doesn't — he knows what it's like to lose. A junior transfer from Blinn Community College in Blinn, Texas, Bishop was 24-0 there with two junior national championships. The last time a team led by Bishop lost more than one game in a season, he was a high school junior. That ability to win has impressed Osborne, even though Saturday's game will be just the fourth Division I-A start for Bishop. "Normally, (Kansas State's) quarterbacks are more throwers than runners," Osborne said. "But (Saturday) they'll probably run a few more options than they did in past years and quarterback scrambles and draws are now threats." It was 1968 when Kansas State last beat Nebraska, 12-0 in Lincoln. But with a solid running game (the Wildcats' average of 268 yards per game is llth in the country) and Bishop's scrambling ability, Kansas State could have its best chance yet, Wistrom said. The key to stopping Bishop will be simple, Wistrom said. Keep him in the pocket. "When you're facing a more mobile quarterback, you really have to focus on just getting up field and not letting him get outside of you," Wistrom said. "That's where this guy is most lethal, when he breaks containment and is able to buy himself time." T COLLEGE ATHLETICS Audit discovers 76 Texas Tech athletes in eight sports ineligible By MARK BABINECK Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK, Texas — Six years of academic certification errors came to a head Thursday for Texas Tech, which released an audit that found 76 athletes in eight sports competed ineligibly over that time. It will be up to the NCAA, which this month is expected to reveal results of a 1 '/a -year investigation into allegations of improprieties in the athletic program, whether teams must forfeit any victories or return postseason tournament money. Athletic certification troubles have caused six athletes to miss playing time or be declared ineligible in recent months. The men's basketball team requested it not be considered for the NCAA Tournament last season when two players were deemed ineligible during the Big 12 tournament. "If nothing else, this audit indicates a clear pattern of unsatisfactory work, lack of attention to detail and a lack of a general understanding of NCAA satisfactory progress legislation," Chancellor John T. Montford said in a written statement. Directed by an Overland Park, Kan., law firm that specializes in NCAA compliance matters, the audit investigated records of 683 current and former athletes. The athletes' names were deleted from the report. It found that since the 1991-92 school year, athletes competed ineligibly at one time or another in football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, women's soccer, men's tennis, men's track and women's volleyball. All current athletes have been properly certified and are fully eligible, administrators said. New compliance director Robert Burton said it wasn't clear whether the school would have to forfeit past games or return the $120,000 received for the men's basketball team's two NCAA Tournament victories in 1996. Four players on that team were deemed ineligible. The women's basketball program carried ineligible players in three seasons. However, the 1993 NCAA national championship squad checked out clean. Additionally, ineligible players participated in four football bowl games and NCAA tournaments in baseball and men's tennis. The women's basketball team reached the regionals all three years it had ineligible athletes. The audit also said 25 football players were ineligible to compete in 1993-94. Sixteen were found ineligible for the next season, the year the Raiders finished in a five- way tie atop the now-defunct Southwest Conference. "The travesty of this situation is that neither the student-athletes nor the coaches had anything to do with the errors in certification or eligibility," Montford said. Misapplication of revised NCAA regulations passed in 1992 were at the heart of most violations, auditors concluded. The two main problem areas were rules governing the minimum number of hours taken and minimum progress toward a degree. Auditors determined a handful of administrators weren't aware of or didn't fully understand the complex rules. Montford restructured the athletic department's certification and academic services divisions over the summer, hiring two high-level administrators, including Burton, and adding staff members. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-600-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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