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Sunday, November 29,1981 The Salina Journal Page B-15 Wichita State looks awesome WICHITA — Just how good is Wichita State? The Shockers are rated in just about everybody's preseason top 20, and one publication, Sport magazine, has listed WSU as the No. 1 team in the country. "We're very pleased with the publicity and exposure we're receiving, but we're realistic about it," said Shocker head coach Gene Smithson. "Our players know they have a lot to live up to. But when the ball goes up, the ratings are forgotten. You have to earn anything you want on the court." Wichita State returns three starters from last year's Missouri Valley Conference championship team which went 26-7 before losing to Louisiana State in the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regional. A total of eight returning lettermen and another bumper crop of freshmen give rise to high hopes in Wichita. Heading the group of returning players •re the junior bookend forward! — Cliff Levingiton and Antoine Carr. The pair, 1981-87 SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — Abilene Christian Dec. 4-5 — McDonalds Classic (Al Wichita) Dec. — B — At long Beach State Dec. 12 — Alabama-Birmingham Dec. 19 — Pan American Dec. 23 — At Detroit Dec. 27-30 — Rainbow Classic (At Hawaii) Jan. 2 — New Mexico State Jan. 4 — U.S. International Jan. 6 — At lona Jan. 9 — At Bradley Jan. 14 — Creighton Jon. 16 — At Tulsa Jan. 21 — At West Texas State Jan. 23 — At New Mexico State Jan. 28 — Drake Jan. 30 — Bradley Feb. 4 — At Illinois State Feb. 6 — Tulsa Feb. 11 — At Creighton Feb. 13 — At Drake Feb. 18 — Indiana State Feb. 20 — Southern Illinois Feb. 21 — At Louisiana State Feb. 23 — West Texas State Feb. 27 — At Indiana State March 2-4-6 — MVC Tournament along with 7-1 freahman center Greg DreQing, form one of the moat promising front lines in college basketball. Levingston (6-8, 220) has been WSU's leading scorer and rebounder each of his first two seasons. Last year the San Diego, Calif., native averaged 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Carr (6-9, 220) scored 15.8 points per game and pulled down 7.3 rebounds. The other returning starter is 6-3 guard Tony Martin, a senior who will run the club as the point guard. Gone from last year are guard Randy Smithson and center Ozell Jones, who transferred to California State-Fullerton. Jones was declared academically ineligible prior to the start of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last season and sat out post-season play. Two newcomers expected to make an immediate impact are Dreiling and Aubrey Sherrod, both hometown products who will probably be in the starting lineup. Dreiling dominates Dreiling, a 240-pounder from Kapaun- Mt. Carmel, is a dominating force in the middle. He averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds last season in leading K-MC to the Class 5A state title. Sherrod, a smooth 6-4 guard, should provide the Shockers the outside scoring threat they've been missing for several years. Sherrod, who propped at Heights High School, is the only player in Wichita City League history to be named first-team all-league for three consecutive years. The other two freshmen recruits are 67 Xavier McDaniel from Columbia, S.C., and 6-5 Cedric Phillips from Morse High in San Diego, the same school Levingston attended. One problem the Shockers have suffered recently is a lack of depth, but that does not appear to be the case this season. Seniors Jay Jackson (6-7) and Mike Jones (6-5) have been part-time starters the past two seasons and both can play either guard or forward. Also providing support on the frontline will be junior Zarko Durisic, a 6-10, 230- pounder from Yugoslavia. Coming off the bench at guard are 5-9 junior James Gibbs and 6-6 sophomore Karl Papke. Hillsboro believes in team concept Hillsboro coach Jerry Jones is a believer in the team concept of basketball. "Hillsboro will not have the best player, or second-best player or even the third-best player in the league," the Trojan coach said, "but as we'll be playing five-on-five instead of three-on-three, we should have a good shot at contending for the championship." The Mid-Kansas League coaches agree with Jones' assessment, as the Trojans are the preseason choice to win the league title. Hesston and Moundridge should provide the stiffest challenge for the top spot. Following the top three in the coaches' poll are Inman, Remington, Halstead, Peabody and Sedgwick. Brenneman gone The Trojans lost Larry Brenneman, a Salina Journal All-Area selection last year, but do return 11 lettermen, including three starters, from last year's 12-8 team which finished second in the league. Back from the starting lineup are 6-4 forward Jay Schroeder, 6-3 center Ken c Mid-Kansas Jost and 5-9 guard Terry Frantz, all seniors. "Our first 10 players all saw considerable varsity action last season," said Jones, who enters his seventh season at Hillsboro. "Experience and bench strength are our strong points. We don't have a proven scorer but we will have balanced scoring. We have good big people which could cause defensive problems for some opponents." Jones isn't exaggerating when he says he has the big people. Of his 11 returning lettermen, four measure 6-3 and two others are 6-4. "Our team will be rough, tough and probably foul too much, but they just might be the best overall squad of players we've had," Jones said. "We won't shoot well but we should get a lot of second chances." Hesston won the MKL title last year with a 13-1 league mark, but the Swa- thers lost seven men off that team, which finished 17-4 overall. "We lost a lot of seniors off last year's squad, but I feel we have a good nucleus of people back as well as from the B- team which was 16-3 last year," said coach Bruce Krase. Just one starter returns for Hesston — junior Broc Fewin. The 6-1 guard was the Swathers' leading scorer last year as a sophomore, averaging 14 points per game. Two other lettermen also return in 5-9 guard Jeff Voth and 6-1 forward Dave Kauffman, both seniors. Moundridge features the best big man in the league in senior Royce Vogt. The 6-4, 190-pounder has been an all-league selection the past two years. Last season he averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game. The Wildcats tied for third last year with a 9-5 record and were 14-8 overall. Both starting guards also return for coach Dwight Goering — 5-11 senior Darrel Knoll and 5-9 junior Tyron Stucky. Remington was 16-7 overall last season and the MKL runner-up with a 10-4 mark, but coach Don Wedel has just two starters returning. Back for their senior seasons are 6-4 forward Pat Ryan and 5-8 guard Todd Wedel. Last season was a frustrating one for Peabody and coach BUI Ferguson. The Warriors finished 1-13 in the league and 4-15 overall, but their record is a bit deceiving. Eight of Peabody's losses were by less than five points and on the year the Warriors were outscored by their opponents by an average of two points per game. Four starters return for Peabody, including one all-league player and two big Wheatland is the team to beat Wheatland seems to have all the necessary ingredients to be the team to beat in the Western Kansas Education Association. The Shockers have good team quickness, depth, experience and excellent shooters, according to fifth-year coach Bryce Heinz. "Wheatland is loaded," said a WKEA coach. The best of the Shockers is guard Brad Heinz, one of the area's top Class 1A players. Heinz, a 6-0 senior, averaged 20.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last year. Six other senior lettermen — Keith Goetz, Stan Remington, Roger Ochs, Arnold Schmidtberger, Mark Heier and Stan Cooper — along with junior Bret Heinz are expected to form the nucleus for Wheatland, which compiled a 14-7 record last season. Jetmore, Ness City and Quinter are the teams expected to challenge the'Sho- C W.K.E.A. ckers for league honors. Ness City has three returning starters from last year's 8-13 team. Center Myron Seib, and guards Tim Beck and Monte Pfannenstiel will be the leaders for the Eagles this season. "We have good quickneat and ihoot- an," aafci Neat City coach Steve Mol- lach. Much of the Eagles' depth will come from last year's undefeated, freshman squad. Quinter, 8-11 a year ago, has three good front line players in forwards Mark Polifka and Tom Blackwill, along with center Paul Boone. The Bulldogs have no returnees in the backcourt, however. "We have lots of size but no proven guards," said Quinter coach Mark Meyer. The Basgall boys — Paul and Brian — return from last year's 5-15 LaCrosse team. Paul, a 6-0 senior, was the Leopards' leading scorer and an AU-WKEA selection last season. Brian, a 6-0 junior, along with returning lettermen Brian Seba and Chad Lynch will also start for LaCrosse. Otis-Bison has two starters back in juniors Joey Linn and Darren Renz, along with lettermen Darren Berschauer, Ken Urban and Jim Pool. Dighton went 20-3 and won the WKEA league title last year. But only two lettermen — senior guard Kent Hall and junior forward Mike Owen — return and the Hornets are picked near the bottom in the league's preseason poll. Jetmor,e and Ransom did not respond to the questionnaire. .'.... Scott Entz, a 6-1 senior, was all-MKL last year when he averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game. The Warriors should have a strong inside game with the return of 6-5, 195-pound forward Roger O'Neal (11 points, seven rebounds) and 6-4, 212-pound center Mike Harms. The other returning starter is Troy Arnold, a 6-1 junior guard. Just one starter is back at Sedgwick from a team which finished 6-14 last year. The lone returnee for coach Richard Ebel is Kirt Winter, a 6-«, 175-pound senior. Winter was the fifth-leading re- bounder in the MKL last year, averaging six per game, and also averaged 11.5 points per outing. Top rebounders back this season Only one of the top 10 rebounders in the NCAA last season was a senior. Darryl Watson of Mississippi Valley led the nation last year with 14 rebounds per game. Watson was the only senior among the top 10. Maryland's Buck Williams was eighth with 11.7, but he will not return because he declared hardship and is now in the NBA. The remaining players in the top 10 who return this year are Wayne Sapple- ton, Loyola (111.), 13.4; Michael Cage, San Diego State, 13.1; Kevin Magee, California-Irvine, 12.5; LaSalle Thompson, Texas, 12.3; Clark Kellogg, Ohio State, 12.0; Bruce Atkins, Duquesne, 11.7; Ralph Sampon, Virginia, H.5: '