The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 57
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 57

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
Page 57
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SvMtay,No«enalNf»,ltti 1WS*ltt*J< Cards fo fly high In Quivira Tto Sifts. JoneJ Pi* B-7 By ROD LAKE Sports Writer Dorrance won't have much time to savor its banner football season as the Cardinals will try to defend their Quivira League basketball title. Most of the coaches agreed the Cardinals are the team to beat in the nine- team conference. The Cardinals advanced to the eight- man regionals in football this season before being ousted by Argonia, and it looks like coach Richard Whitmer's club has the talent to go even further in basketball. The Cardinals return three starters who received all-league honors last season, and one player who was named to The Saline Journal's All-Area Third Team. Back to lead the Cardinals is the coach's son, Dennis Whitmer, who earned the all-area honors, along with second team all-leaguer Kevin Shaffer and honorable-mention all-leaguer Terry Barton. The 6-3 Whitmer averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds a game last season while leading the Cardinals to the second round of the state tournament. He was also on the Class 1A all-area first team. "We have good speed and some players who can shoot and Jump pretty well," the 14-year coaching veteran said. The younger Whitmer suffered a knee injury during regular football season which sidelined him for the playoffs. But the senior forward is expected to be healthy by the opening tip-off. "Dennis is Jogging some now and getting some more flexibility in his knee," Cardinals' coach said. "He should be back for the first game." Whitmer will be joined on the front line by forward Troy Frimmel, a 6-0 junior, and Bill Seifers, a 6-1 senior center. Shaffer and Barton will give the Cardinals solid guard play. Juniors Jerry Brown, and Steve Fritschen will give Dorrance good depth and could break into the starting lineup. Dorrance went undefeated in the Quivira League last season went unbeaten against conference foes in football this year. The Cardinals had to beat Sylvan Grove in a district football contest to advance to state playoffs. It looks like a Dorrance-Sylvan Grove matchup might deckle the conference basketball title as welL The Mustangs, under the direction of eighth-year coach Mike Weatherman, have four starters back, including all- leaguer Jamie Meeks. The 5-11 Meeks tossed in 19 points a game and pulled down 10 rebounds each outing from his guard position. Meeks will be joined in the starting lineup by guard Matt Pounds, forwards Todd Falcon, part-time starter Jerry Meeks and center Mike Feldkamp. The 6-3 Feldkamp tossed in 13 points and brought down 12 rebounds a game last season. The Tigers from Pawnee Heights should also be able to challenge the league favorites. Jay Artaz's team will have three starters returning from an 183 team that finished second in the league with an 8-1 record. Heading the list of returners is first team all-leaguer Barry Steffen, a 6-3 junior forward. Quivira Steffen will be joined on the front line by Craig Jennings, a 6-3, 180-pound senior. The Tigers will be without starting guard Mike Wade for the first part of the season. Wade has a broken foot but is expected to return within a couple of weeks. Quivira Heights, which finished third in the league last year with a 6-2 mark, will have three returning lettermen. Honorable-mention pick Kevin Willt is back after scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds a game last year. Steve Sprick, a 5-10 guard will add experience for the Thunderbirds after starting last year. "We should be real tough defensively," coach Steve Season said. "We won't have any big weaknesses although we may be a little short of experience since we lost all but four members of the varsity." Lucas-Luray will build its team around three returning lettermen who were all starters last season. Seniors Doug Fits- morris and Scott Fed, along with sophomore Todd Dougherty, return for the Cougars. Dougherty led Lucas-Luray from his guard position last year by scoring 16 points a game as a freshman. Feil has a football injury to his hand that may slow him early in the season. Fitzmorris, a two-year letterman, is expected to have an outstanding year after missing most of the season with a knee injury. Troy Leach, David Siemiller and Paul McAllister should round out the top six for the Cougars. Chase, McCracken, Wilson and Gorham are expected to fight for second-division places. First-year Chase coach Kerry Denison has four returning starters back from a 4-14 team — but only one player is even 6-0. Guards Mark Popp and Monte Doll plus forwards Cameron Gillespie and Shannon Brady return after starting a year ago. McCracken will have the largest number of returning lettermen with seven including four starters. Two of those starters — Shawn McKinney and Jeff Scheuerman — are Just sophomores who can play either guard or forward. Junior Doug Elias and lone senior Neal Jacobs are also back after seeing starting action. In contrast to the Mustangs, Wilson coach Don Bristow was greeted by Just one returning starter and two lettermen. The Dragons should have good guard play as part-time starter Monty Ehrlich and Ken Jaunda return. Starter Melvin Patcek, a 6-3,190-pound senior, also returns to man the post position. Patcek was the teams' second leading rebounder, pulling down nine caroms a game while averaging 10 points. At Gorham, the Oilers will try to break a 34-game losing streak. Five lettermen are back to try and end the two-year nightmare. The Oilers' top returner is senior Joel Brown, who first-year coach Carl Harvey calls an outstanding leaper. \ Blue Denim EVERYDAY LOW PRICES! 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