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C4 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1997 SPORTS BRIEFLY Prep Journal Young expected to sign with L.A. Clippers Mark Young, who bypassed his remaining year of eligibility at Kansas State to apply for the NBA draft, is expected to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. Young played for the Clippers in the L.A. Summer League and was invited back to veterans camp. Young averaged 12.9 points per game last season and led the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding and steals. He was an honorable mention All-Dig 12 Conference selection. Wesleyan volleyball prevails at McPherson McPHERSON — Kansas Wesleyan moved their Kansas Conference record to 5-1 with a 15-3,15-5 15-5 victory over McPherson at the Sportscenter. "We took control early and really never looked back, we were able to execute on all cylinders tonight," said Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes. "We were able to look at all of our kids in a varsity match, maybe we developed some depth tonight." Marsha Emmot led the Coyotes on the evening with team highs of 2) kills and 13 digs. Setter Lisa Tripp added 28 assists and Lori Raney served three aces. "We were able to rest Kary Taylor (team high three blocks) in the third game," Hughes said. The Coyotes (8-6 overall) will host Friends in a 2 p.m. KCAC match Saturday at Muir Gym. Central tennis shares first place at Collegiate WICHITA — Placing in the top two in three of the four divisions, the Salina Central girls tennis team earned a share of the team title at Thursday's Wichita Collegiate Invitational. The Mustangs received first- place performances from No. 2 singles entry Laura Seaton and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Sydney Moshier and Ashley Wilson, as well as a runner-up finish from the No. 2 doubles team of Suzanne Blakely and Morgan Mattison. Central scored 27 points and shared team honors with Wichita Northwest. "Some of the teams brought some different players, but we can't control who other teams bring," Central coach Jim LoVul- lo said. "Yet, we can still approach the game with the correct attitude, serve correctly and play our game." Seaton, a junior, lost just one game in three matches. "She is quietly doing what she did last year," LoVullo said. "I think she is 20-4 this year and this is the fifth time she has won her division, either singles or doubles." Just as dominating was the play of the Mustangs' top doubles team of Moshier and Wilson, who improved to 20-1. "Ashley and Sydney had to play some tough points," LoVullo said, "They both served and returned well." - Sophomores Blakely and Mattison nearly gave the Mustangs another first-place finish before losing 8-7 (9-7) in their No. 2 doubles finals against Wichita Northwest's Marcia Coates and Ann Johnson. "The other positions I filled in with some other kids (including junior Honesty Powell at No. 1 singles) to get some varsity experience and they did a nice job," LoVullo said, "Our No. 2 doubles are both sophomores and hopefully this experience will help them TGOLF for next year." Central now turns its attention toward Saturday's 12-team McPherson Invitational. South golfers fourth, Central sixth at meet CLAY CENTER — Manhattan swept the top five positions and cruised to the team title at Thursday's Clay Center Invitational girls golf meet. The Indians, led by individual medalist Lindsay Hammerschmidt's 5-over-par 39, topped the eight-team field with a score of 163. Tournament host Clay Center was second at 197. Salina South emerged fourth at 208, led by Sara Mitchell's 47 and Katie Graham's 50. "My team struggled," South coach Jim Scheffer said. "They're all better than (their scores). They have to work a little harder. Getting better doesn't come naturally, you have to work at. "I think the entire field was disappointed in their play. It was a great day, the golf course was in great condition .., that's just the nature of golf sometimes." Bekah Kickhaefer's 54 paced Salina Central, which finished sixth at 236. South girls win at Hays; Central boys second HAYS — The Salina Central boys cross country team hadn't had much success at the Hays Invitational, Until Thursday, The Mustangs finished second behind state power Great Bend, led by six top 20 finishers, "That's the highest placing we've had there since I've been here," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "I'm real proud of what they did. (Chris) Affholder and (freshman Noah) Moos were the difference." Moos, a freshman competing in his first varsity meet, placed 19th in 18:52. Affholder finished 18th in 18:50. Central was led by Adam Moos' fourth-place finish in 17:34. Sean Ryan was fifth in 17:37 and A.J. Young 13th in 18:19. Everett DeHaven finished 20th in 18:53. "It was good to see Adam come back after a bad week last week," Goodwin said. "We're closing in on Great Bend." Great Bend finished with 45 points and Central with 59. Salina South won the girls team title with 57 points, two points ahead of Great Bend. No individual results of the Cougars (boys or girls) were available at press time. The Central girls were fifth with 118 points. Jessica Williams led the Mustangs with a 13:39 time, good for eighth place. Jennifer Blomquist was next in 14:38, good for 22nd. "We're fighting some sickness there," Goodwin said. "Some of the girls were congested and having a hard time breathing." Ell-Saline competes at Berean Academy meet ELBING — Ell-Saline's Elisha Shriver placed 21st (18:59) and Allison Muchow 23rd (19:04) in the girls portion of the Berean Academy cross country meet Thursday. The Cardinal boys were paced by Aaron Weigel (38th, 21:34). "I felt Hayden (Schoshke), Lucas (Merrifield) and Elisha gave good efforts," Ell-Saline coach Tim Stephenson said. "Our teams will have to pick up the intensity in practice to reach the level of running I feel we are capable of." From Staff and Wire Reports Southeast section team leads KGA Seniors event By The Journal Staff The Southeast Section Team takes a slim six-stroke lead into today's final round of the Kansas Golf Association's Senior Series Team Championship at the Salina Qountry Club. ^The event, in its first year of existence, pits golfers on teams representing five geographic sections competing in four age divisions — 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65- and-older. The top two gross and top net scores are taken from each of the four age divisions and totaled to compile the team score. Golfers qualified by competing in four ojie-day tournaments across their respective sections during the summer. The Southeast finished Thurs- d,ay's first round with an 864 total, The Eastern Section is second at 870, followed by the Central Section (875), Northeast Section (895) and Western Section (954). The Central team compiled the low gross total (598) of the day and the Eastern the low net total (260). Three Salina golfers contributed to the Central team's ef- Concordia tests 4-0 Belleville Rivalry pits Panthers' potent offense against Buffs' attacking defense fort. Tom Dunn had the low net score (70) in the 55-59 age bracket and second low gross total (79). Bill Knox had the second-low score in the 60-64 age bracket (75) and Tom Knight the low net (68) and second low gross (75) in the 65- older division. The Central team had a 598 gross score and 277 net. Jim Archer of Leawood, playing for the Northeast, had the low net score of the day — 69. Charles Wallace of Newton, playing for the Central team, was second with a 70. Denny Payne oi'Topeka (Northeast) was third with a 71 and Russ Brown of Wichita (Southeast) fourth with a 72. The team champion will be determined during today's final 18 holes. The golfers with the top four net scores, along with the top players on the KGA's senior player of the year points list will form the Kansas team that will compete against Arkansas in the Kansas- Arkansas Senior Cup Challenge Oct. 16-17 at Wichita's Tallgrass Country Club. Thursday's scores and today's pairings are in today's Scoreboard on Page C2. By ARNE GREEN 77ie Salina Journal As a member of Belleville's 1995 Class 3A state championship team, Brad Couture knows something about winning and the confidence it can build in a football team. And as the unbeaten Buffaloes prepare for their biggest test of the season tonight when they travel to Concordia, the senior fullback-linebacker said that winning feeling is back. "I know we can get past the district and I really think we can go all the way if we keep from getting hurt," said Couture, a 5-foot-ll, 200-pounder who leads both the Buffaloes and the North Central Activities Association in tackles. "I think that's how everybody feels. Everybody on this team believes." The 4-0 Buffs, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A under first-year head coach Rick Templeman, have good reason to believe so far. Their 14-0 victory last week over Clifton-Clyde was their second straight shutout, following a 49-0 drubbing of Russell. But Concordia, perhaps their biggest rival, has one of the state's most potent offenses. The Panthers, 3-1 and coming off a 30-22 1. Belleville (4-0) at Concordla (3-1) — Belleville, ranked No. 8 In Class 3A, beat Clifton-Clyde 14-0 last week for Its second straight shutout. Concordia, which has been ranked in Class 4A this year, posted a big victory over previously-unbeaten Matysvllle last Friday i. Hill City (3-1) at Norton (3-1) — Norton moved Into the Class 3A poll with a big 12-6 victory over then-No. 3 Trego. The Bluejays have won three straight since a season-opening loss to Ellis. Hill City, the No. 4 team In 2-1A, has dominated Its three opponents since falling to top-ranked 3A Smith Center the first week. 3. Dlghton (4-0) at AtwoOd (4-0) — Atwood Is ranked No. 7 In Class 2-1A and Dlghton Is knocking on the door In this battle of unbeatens. Atwood's victories have come against Colby (Class 4A), Qulnter, Oakley (3A) and Qoodland (4A). 4. Haven (3-1) at Smoky Valley (4-0) — Smoky Valley moved Into the fop spot In Class 4A this week after a 22-0 shutout of Lyons. The only loss for Haven, which was ranked In 4A earlier this season, came against Lyons. 5. St. Francis (4-0) at Oakley (3-1) — St. Francis Is No. 3 In Class 2-1A while Class 3A Oakley's only loss came against state-ranked 2-1A power Atwood, which Is In the same district as St. Francis, victory over Marysville, feature the passing of senior quarterback Jacob Letourneau and a talented group of receivers. Plus Travis Esslinger, a state sprint champion in track, has run for more than 600 yards through four games. "Esslinger is an offensive threat if he gets outside and breaks contain," Templeman said. "It's a given that he's going to break a big play every game. And Lotourneau is probably the best quarterback I've seen in my six years coaching at the high school level. "So far they are by far the most feared offense our coaching staff has come up against. You have to stop the pass, stop the outside zone and stop the counter. All you can hope to do is minimize the big plays." Couture said his only concern is keeping Esslinger from beating the Buffaloes to the perimeter. "I think our secondary can match them stride-for-stride," Couture said. "Jeremy Weaver, Vernon Wiley and Kurt Childs have really done a good job. We just can't let them get outside." Belleville has relied on corner- backs Wiley and Weaver to shut down opposing receivers with man-to-man coverage. That has allowed free safety Childs to function much as a deep linebacker. "It allows us to be more of an attacking defense," Templeman said. "We have smart linebackers and quick linemen who are able to squirt through the holes." Because of Esslinger's success, plus a season-ending injury to leading receiver Peter Schmitt, Concordia has thrown the ball less than it did last year. But tight end Darrell Zimmerman had fpur big catches last week agatalt Marysville. Belleville's offense has thrived on balance. Jeff Sells and Clint Siemsen have split time at tailback, with Couture at fullbadh. Junior Josh Melton has stepped in at quarterback and added an 1 other dimension with his passing. "We're fortunate to have two good tailbacks," Templeman said. "Due to our (lack of) size on the line, we have to exploit (he perimeter more. We use our fullback primarily as a lead blockcr, but when they start watching the sweep, we're able to run the trap up the middle. And our quarterback has made good decisions." The Buffaloes also have outlasted opponents so far, Couturb said. "Our conditioning has been really good," he said. "We've been beating everybody in the fourth quarter. Coach Temp's got everybody in good condition." Against Concordia, conditioning could be a factor, Couture said. But emotion alone should carry both teams. "This will probably be our toughest game so far," he said. "(But) every year, with them and Clifton-Clyde, everybody gets up for the game. It's just the rivalry, It wouldn't matter what the records are, it would still be.;, a close game." Hays' upset of Garden City "huge" Indians knocked off 6A power after 0-3 start against rugged foes By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal The Hays High Indians, desperately searching for positives after an 0-3 football start, found a bunch last Friday against Garden City. With their 12-0 home-field victory over the Buffaloes, the Indians not only tasted victory for the first time this season, but did it against a recognized Class 6A powerhouse. "For our program, that was a huge win," said Hays coach Larry Mills, whose Indians play at Colby tonight and at Dodge City next week before opening Class 5A district play at home against Salina South. "We've been playing some pretty good ball, but we haven't been putting it together. We finally did this week. "Any time you beat Garden City it's huge, and shutting them out was especially pleasing," The Indians' poor start is understandable. They opened the season at Liberal, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A, staying close for a half before collapsing late in a 4013 loss. They then dropped a 28-14 decision to 6A Junction City before a disappointing 14-0 setback the third week against Maize. Any time you beat Garden City ifs huge, and shutting them out was especially pleasing. — Larry Mills Hays football coach referring to last week's 12-0 victory • • "I guess if it doesn't kill us it will make us better," Mills said about the rugged schedule. "But it's hard when you're 0-3 to look at yourself as a good team. "We knew Garden City played physical and was fundamentally sound, so we spent a lot of time talking about that. To come out and beat a team that physical is very rewarding." Hays' biggest problems so far have come at the offensive end, where it has taken time to implement a new triple option attack. In the past, the Indians were better known for their passing game. "One thing we looked at the last couple of years was that we had a lot of yards total offense and very little time of possession," Mills said. "We felt if we went with a three-back option offense it would let us control the ball more and maybe score more." That part has worked so far, but the Indians had six turnovers in the Junction City loss. And without the full complement of plays installed at the beginning, teams were able make adjustments. The option was installed by offensive coordinator Hal Rogers, a former college assistant at Colorado and Fort Hays State. Senior Nate Rogers, his son, is the Tiger quarterback. The team also has benefitted from the return of injured receiver Brad Jackson, who had four catches for 67 yards in the first half against Garden City. "We should have a chance to be in the ballgames from here on out," Mills said. "Year in and year out you look at Liberal and Garden City, and sometimes you look at not having much of a chance. "We know Salina South is very tough and Dodge City is tough. But what we're really trying to focus on is a certain style of play and not worrying about who we're playing." Sylvan nationally ranked The Sylvan Mustangs have done nothing to to jeopardize their No. 1 state ranking in Eight-Man II. That fact has not escaped 6 & 8- Man Illustrated, a magazine based in Ranger, TJexas, that has the Mustangs ranked No. 6 nationally among eight-man schools. No other Kansas team is ranked. • But Sylvan coach Mike Weatherman, who saw his Mustangs ranked No. 1 in the state muclvof last year before falling ; to Triplains in the semifinals, is taking it with a grain of salt. "You've got to question the accuracy, comparing us to othef states," he said. "I really don'i know what the strength of eight- man football is in other states. "To get recognized is pretty rilc£ and the kids are pretty excited, but I don't know how you compar$ us to Colorado or Georgia or Calh fornia. Kansas has a lot of eigh£ man teams and is probably as strong as any state." > \ Pioneer, Okla., was ranked No. i. •'•; Sylvan, which plays Tipton tonight, has yet to be threatened in its first four games. Thbs6 games have included impressive victories over Quivira Heights (6822), which was ranked much of the early season in Eight-Man I, and Attica (44-6), which last week beat No. 2-ranked Burrton. ', "We've been playing real well so far," said Weatherman. "The kids are pretty hungry after last year." ', The Mustangs won state twp years ago and still have several of the starters back from that teain, South, Sacred Heart volleyball on a roll Cougars 18-4, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A; Knights 14-4, assured of at least tie for league title By LARRY MORITZ The Kdllnn Journal A pair of Salina volleyball teams reached the midpoint of the 1997 season with the kind of success they hope can carry through the season's second half, Salina South won all five of its matches at the Newton Invitational last Saturday to win that tournament for the first time in coach Stefani Curchy's four years as Cougar head coach, Sacred Heart successfully defended its title at the Herington Invitational, going 5-0 while never losing a game during its tournament run. South, 18-4, received some state recognition when the Cougars were No. 2 in Class 5A in this week's Kansas Volleyball Association rankings. Three of their losses have come against state-ranked Concordia and Washburn Rural. "Our players are constantly stepping up and pushing themselves, and I'm really not doing a lot right now," Curchy said. "They find different things to drive them and I think that's real important. When you are playing 10 girls on a regular basis like we are, they are working together but what motivates them may be different. But the most important thing is they are having fun." Sacred Heart has also been playing well of late, reeling off 11 consecutive victories to improve to 14-4. Of those four losses, two have come against No. 1 ranked (2A) Moundridge, and another to No. 1 (4A) Concordia, "We won the Herington tournament last year but we struggled a little more last year, so it's nice to win like we did," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "When you play in tournaments like that, it's fun to see some dif- ferent teams and see what's out there. But it was also nice to play Chase County and Herington to see what we were up against (in regular season play)." The Knights followed their tournament vicr tory with a sweep of Chase County on Tuesday night, running their league record to 8-0 with two games to play. Already assured at least a share of the Cotton wood Valley League crown, one victory next week against Herington would clinch the league title outright. "I think we are playing well at times," Weese said. "But there are other times, like the first match (Tuesday) where we started off slow and weren't playing real well together. We got them together and told them they ought to be taking charge and they've got to make their own things happen. I just don't think we're always playing up to the potential that we could." ; ; South and Sacred Heart both play in Salina once more in the regular season, Oct. 16 at Salina Central in the City Triangular. • , Douglas / Parents supportive of children FROM PAGE C1 •_ That may guarantee two of the school's biggest fans — Thane and Tyson's parents -- will continue to find a way to get to games when a Southeast team is on the field. "Their family operates a dairy and that involves milking twice a day, seven days a week," Katzenmeier said. "They've adjusted their schedule to milk early in the morning and then in the afternoon so they can make all the games their family has been involved in. "I don't think their parents have missed a game their kids have played — junior varsity, varsity or freshman — in the nine years I've been here, and if I ever wanted an assessment of what we've done here at Southeast over those nine years, their parents are the people I would ask." "Dad always talks with us about the games and mom always tells us we've done a good job," Tyson said. "They have all the Southeast games since 1988 on tape. That's important as you are growing up to have parents you know are behind you, because it sure makes things a lot easier." Watching his older brothers made Thane ready to play Southeast football long before ho ever enrolled for his freshman year. He also considers himself fortunate to have always had at least one brother, and sometimes two, playing on the team at the same time. "When we were young we went out and played football together all the time, and then when my brothers were in high school, we went to every game," Thane said. "Almost every day we had some where to go and watch football. "When I was in grade school 1 always looked forward to playing football. In junior high I got to '( play with Tyson, then in high ; • school 1 got to play with both •• " Thomas and Trenton, and now *. have been on the same team witlj Tyson again for three years. It's always been nice to be able to go j , home and talk about games, and'] whenever somebody makes a < mistake, we make fun of each other all the time." "We always talk about what went wrong after games," Tyson said, "and now with Timothy as , a coach, ho knows what its like • because he's been through this before and that's helpful."