The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 55
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 55

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
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Sunday, November 29,1961 IT* Sidina Journal Pag* B-4 — W V — • — - — ---—•—-— — y — —•»— . 0h*^W B»VBMM*W WVMBMVM A W| Lindsborg ranked No. 1 in 3A By ROD LAKE Spocte Writer Some of the top prep teams in the state last season had superstars. Wichita Kapaun had "The Enforcer' Greg Dreiling; Wichita Heights had silky-smooth Aubrey Sherrod and Kelley Gross and Leo Roesner made the Sacred Heart Knights click. But there was a team that didn't have any big-name players and yet they compiled a 19-3 record and were the only team to defeat Sacred Heart which went on to become the Class 4A champions. That team, Lindsborg, is The Salina Journal's preseason No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A this year. The Vikings, under 15-year coaching veteran Bill Engstrora, are in an unusual situation. Sacred Heart is usually the preseason favorite. But this season the Vikings were tabbed by the North Central Activities Association coaches as the team to beat. In the past, Engstrom's players were an unheralded bunch. But last year's banner season produced two Class 3A all-area second-team members. One of those players, Steve Malm, is back. But don't jump to the conclusion that the Vikings will be a one-man team — that's not Lindsborg's style. Engstrom said his team has average size, shooting ability, rebounding and speed. Yet when the Vikings' top five players hit the-floor — watch out — the result is anything but average. Malm is certainly the most notice- able Lindsborg player. He's a 64 senior forward who averaged almost 20 points and nine rebounds a game. He led the Vikings in both rebounding and scoring last season. Also back is the team's floor leader, John Bellah. The 5-9 guard seems to be in the right place at the right time. Last year he led the team in assists and steals. Need more? John Hawk, a 6-4 center who led the team in blocked shots, is also back along with guard Bill Nelson who shot 50 percent from the field last year. All four players have been starters for the past two seasons. One other letterman, Jay Tolle, will give the Vikings even more depth. Area fans won't see any big superstars, or anything too fancy from the Vikings, but they can be assured of seeing good team basketball. Other top-ranked teams in The Journal's preseason rankings include: Kansas City-Wyandotte in 6A; Washburn Rural in 5A; Pratt in 4A; BaileyviUe in 2A; and Mullinville in 1A. Wyandotte is coming off an 18-3 season and first-place finish in the Kansas City Kansas League. The Bulldogs will have a pair of returnees in 6-6 senior Calvin Thompson and Darren Roberson, who will try to guide coach Randy Springs' team to a state title. Now that Dreiling is playing for Wichita State, the door is open for the rest of the 5A teams. Washburn Rural seems to have the best shot at becoming the next 5A champ. Coach Larry Longhofer will have a veteran team as seven seniors return. The Junior Blues will have six players over 6-2 and will have two outstanding guards in John Hughes and Danny Piles. Pratt, which made it to the finals last season, will also be blessed with experience. Seven seniors are back, including 6-5 center-forward Eric Boldt who averaged 16 points a game. He'll be Joined by guard Jeff Henry who added 14 points a contest. Baileyville will have four starters back from last season's 24-2 team. Jim Havenkamp, a 6-3 senior who can play any position well, returns after scoring 18 points and hauling down eight rebounds a game. Dave Dressman and Russ Deters are also back for the Falcons after averaging in double figures a year ago. Mullinville is another heavy favorite. The Tigers return all five starters from last season's state championship team. Two Salina teams are ranked in the preseason poll. South, which dropped a division, is the No. 4 team in 5A, while Sacred Heart is ranked fifth in 4A. Preseason Boys 1 Rankings CUM (A 1. Kansas City-Wyandotte 18-3 2. Topeka-High 15-3 3. Wichita-Southeast 14-6 4. Wichita-West ' 7-13 S.Derby 10-9 Oa»5A 1. Topetca-Washburn Rural 10-10 2. Pittsburg 154 3. Paola 10-10 4. Salina-South 17-5 5. Stanley-Blue Valley 14-7 CUM4A 1. Pratt 19-5 2. Perry-Lecompton 21-2 3. Hays-Thomas More Prep 20-3 4. Baldwin 16-4 5. Salina-Sacred Heart 24-1 6. Abilene 17-5 7. Carbondale-Santa Fe Trail 10-12 8. Scott City 10-10 9. Kingman 13-7 10. Southeast-Cherokee 16-4 QaaiSA 1. Lindsborg 19-3 2. Silver Lake 24-1 3. Garden Plain 18-7 4.Well*vU10 U-l 5. Leoti-Wichita County 6. Neodesha 7. Hesston 8. Victoria 9. Yates Center 10. Hillsboro OuiZA 1. Baileyville 2. Holton-Jackson Heights 3. St. John 4. Cimarron 5. Oswego 6. Lincoln 7. Centrailia 8. Olpe 9. Syracuse 10. Moundridge CUuHlA 1. Mullinville 2. Oorrance 3. Waverly 4. Cunningham 5. Burrton 6. Midway-Denton 7. Almena-Northern Valley 8. Thayer 9. Brewster 10. Cedar Vale 19-2 16-5 17-4 8-9 13-8 23-2 17-5 17-4 19-3 194 14-6 12-10 19-3 134 144 22-2 20-1 214 214 244 17-4 17-5 15-7 104 17-7 ft N BA supports area high school and collegiate basketball teams Our youth are our Investment fn the $M|ji||f! NBA supports the youth of the $alNa siw';ijp their activities and encourages your support of our youth. NBA sponsors the Star-Spangled Student series and numerous other student activities throughout the year. For your future, compare NBA's investment program. Let us help tailor a savings/ investment program for you. We can help make you a winner. BVjct— == SO 'ational '•Bank ofAmenca Santa Fe & Iron / Salina / 025-051 1 Gold Star Facility, Ninth & Magnolia NBA's 24 hour investment foot line

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