The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 53
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 53

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
Page 53
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AAustcm The SalfaM Journal Page W By KEN CORBITT Sports Writer Dennis Wahlgren has a big problem entering the 1981-82 season — the Salina Central coach needs some guards. . The backcourt was strong for the Mustangs last season as four players — John Knox, Donn Parr, Barry Cairns and Kelly Hall — provided steady floor play and leadership. But all four were seniors, which leaves Wahlgren a huge void to fill. "A lot of times a coach will have a pretty good idea who can fill a position, but realistically there are no clear-cut favorites," Wahlgren said of his back- court dilemma. "We're looking at a number of combinations. Last year any one of those four could bring the ball up court against pressure and organize the team. "And what complicates the problem is that there wasn't much consistency at the guard spots on the junior varsity level last year." Wahlgren is hoping a leader can emerge from a group of three seniors and three juniors. The seniors are Doug Tickel (6-0), Scott Gardner (5-11) and Kendall Nelson (6-2) and the juniors are T.D. Townsend (6-2), Greg White (5-11), and Tyrone Clincy (5-9). Tickel played on the junior varsity last year but neither Gardner nor Nelson went out for basketball. Front line solid Despite all the questions in the back- court, there are seemingly none on the front line with the return of seniors Kevin Muff, Sean Myers and Mike Clark. That trio was a big factor in the Mustangs' late-season surge which led them to the runner-up spot in the Class 5A state tournament. Central finished with a 16-8 overall record and won seven games in a row before losing to Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the state championship game. Muff, a 6-6, 200-pounder, should be one of the top players in the state. Last season he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game, was named all-city and was the third-leading vote-getter for the 1-70 All-League team. Muff scored 20 or more points in six games last season. "The progress Kevin has made in the last three years is excellent," said Wahlgren, who waa selected as The Salina Journal's Area Coach of the Year last season. "His best asset is that his future in basketball is still ahead of him; he 1981-83 SCHEDULE Dec. 11 — At Topeko West Dec. 15 — At Great Bend Dec. 18 — Manhattan Jon. 5 — At Hays Jan. 8 — Solina South Jon. 15 — At Topeka High Jan. 20-23 — Salina Invitational Jan. 26 — Junction City Jan. 29 — Dodge City Feb. 2 - Hoys Feb. 5 — Topeka West Feb. 9 — Great Bend Feb. 12 — At Manhattan Feb. 16 — At Salina South Feb. 19 — Topeko High Feb. 20 — At Dodge City Feb. 25 — At Junction City hasn't reached his peak. A lot of people are going to be surprised when Kevin comes into his own. "Kevin played inside most of the time last year, but he'll be working outside along the perimeter more this season. Kevin is very versatile. He's strong inside when he needs to be, and he's also effective from outside. He doesn't need to be three feet from the basket." But by no means, Wahlgren said, will Central be "The Kevin Muff Show." There's alao Myers and Clark, both 6-2 and strong inside players. "Sean didn't start playing regularly until late in the season, but once he did, he made big contributions toward our success," Wahlgren said. "Sean does a better job posting up^jnside than anyone we have because he's so strong. Once he gets set he's hard to move out." Myers averaged almost five points per game with a high of 16 against Hays. His best rebounding game was nine against Great Bend. Clark is the only other Mustang with extensive varsity experience. His best performance of the year was 11 points against Russell. With only seven seniors on the squad, depth is another concern for Wahlgreri. "We'll have to develop some depth. Hopefully we'll be able to stay injury- free and out of foul trouble," said Wahlgren, who begins his fifth season as the Mustangs' coach. "If our guards don't develop, and with a lack of depth, we may have to go at a slower pace. Try to run "Since a high school coach can't recruit his type of players, you have to utilize the material you have as best you can. We'll try to continue to run unless we find we can't get strong enough play from the guards, but we should know that from practice before we play our first game." Journal Photo MUSTANG MUSCLE — Kevin Muff (42) will be the big man for Salina Central this season. The 6-6, 200-pound senior was an all-city and all-league selection last year. Crown Distributors, Inc P.O. Box 292 'K»iM 87401 827-0321 Basketball Tank Tops AS LOW $700 NUMBERS & | LETTERING! 7 Check Us Out. We Think You'll Like What We Offer Mid State Mall Ph. 823-3339 Downtown 113 S. Santa Ft (Across From The Lott) Ph. 827-1011 &

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