The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 68
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 68

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
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Page B-18 The Salina Journal - Sunday, November 29,1961 Coyotes hoping for respectability By BRAD CATT Sparta Writer Patience and respectability. Those will be the key words surrounding the Kansas Wesleyan men's basketball program this year. The addition of the Muir Physical Education Center — the new home of the Coyotes — has given KW coach Bill Stevens a recruiting tool he has not had in his three previous years at Wesleyan. "We now have a place we can call our own and take some pride in," Stevens said. "It's got to be a boon to our basketball program." But Coyote fans will have to be patient. The Salina school will not contend for the Kansas Conference championship this-year. The 198142 Coyotes promise to be an and hard-working squad. 1981- 82 SCHEDULE Doc. 2 — At Southwestern Dec. 5 — Friends Dec. 8 — At Bethel Dec. 12 — At Marymount Dec. 29-30 — At Emporia State Classic Jan. 5 — At Sterling Jan. 9 — McPherson Jon. 13 — At St. Mary ot the Plains Jan. 16 — • Bethany Jan. 23 — Tabor Jan. 27 — Southwestern Jan. 30 — At Friends Feb. 3 — Bethel Feb. 6 — At Tabor Feb. 10 — Sterling Feb. 13 — At McPherson Feb. 17 — St. Mary a) the Plains Feb. 20 — At Bethany Feb. 22 — Kansas Newman But realistically, a first-division berth in the KCAC doei not aeem poaaihla. The top two scorers — Wayne Smith and Alan Brown — from last year's 6-17 team graduated. Stevens still thought his club could enjoy some success in the KCAC until injuries forced starter Chris Kesspn and letterman George Fassitt to miss pe season. Thus the Coyotes return only three lettermen — 6-7 center Jeff McCall, and guards Randy Williams and Jay Clark — from last year's team, which posted a 511 record in the conference. The trio averaged just 10.3 points per outing last season. McCall, a sophomore from Goodland, has lots of ability, according to Stevens. And Williams, a 6-3 senior, could become the team leader the Coyotes desperately need. Both are being counted on to have big years. "Jeff has got a lot of skills," Stevens said. "A lot is going to depend on what he can do for us inside. "Randy is going to be the key, though — a lot of our success will be riding on his shoulders. And I have all the confidence in the world in him." Clark, a 5-8 sophomore from Hill City, could also be a big factor. He was a starter on the KW football team this fall and will likely be on Stevens' first five by Christmas. He showed plenty of potential in the Coyotes' season-opening games at the Marymount Booster Club Tournament. But it was a pair of youngsters — freshman guard Brad Bingesser and sophomore forward Tim Campbell — who were Wesleyan's brightest spots in the Coyotes' 0-2 start this season. Bingesser, a former Salina South standout, appears to have a bright future in the KCAC. For the most part, he played with poise during the Marymount Tournament. Campbell is only 6-1 but is capable of jumping with the big boys in the middle. He displayed a good shooting touch while scoring 18 points in KW's season-opening loss to Hastings. Freshman guard Derek Brown, sophomore guard Pat Jeannin, junior forward Bill Evans and senior forward Jim Lambert also figure prominently in Stevens' plans. Evans, the Coyotes' starting quarterback on the gridiron this fall, could eventually break into the starting lineup. The Coyotes appeared overmatched during their losses to Hastings (77-60) and Tarkio (96-55) in the Marymount tourney. Wesleyan did not shoot well during its first two games (44 and 29 percent respectively) and was outrebounded by its opponents, 86-58. KANSAS WESIEYAN ROSTER Seniors (2) — Jim Lombert, 6-3, Salina; Randy Williams, 6-3. Lindsborg. Juniors (1) — Bill Evans, 6-2, Indianapolis, Ind. Sophomores (5) — Tim Campbell, 6-1, Youngstown, Ohio; Jay Clark, 5-8. Hill City; Pat Jeannin, 6-1, Tonganoxie; Jeff McCall, 6-7, Goodland; Brett Moubry, 6-2, Downs. Freshmen (7) — Ken Adams, 5-9, Council Grove; Doug Bachmon, 6-3, Bentonville, Ark.; Rod Baldridge, 6-1, Sabetha; Brad Bingesser, 6-0, Salina; Derek Brown, 6-0, Swink, Colo.; Tim Dodd, 6-4, Kansas City; Eric Lanker, 6-8, Maintou Springs, Colo. Huskies are experienced, talented Northern Valley will be happy to know that the Kansas State High School Activities Association didn't implement a district playoff system this season for basketball. Northern Valley lost just one football game this year, but that single district defeat during the regular season eliminated the Huskies from advancing to any post-season play. The Huskies could, of course, lose several games during the regular season in basketball and still advance to the state tournament — but that's not likely to happen. Opposing Cheyenne League coacnes agree — unanimously — that the Huskies are by far the best team in the eight- team conference. Third-year coach Doug Revsink was welcomed by a wealth of talent from a team that finished 17-5 a year ago. It's easy to see why Revsink listed experience and senior leadership as his team's major strengths. Back are four starters and one other letterman who have plenty of experience and know how to put points on the board. High-scoring guards Bobby Rutherford and Kyle Sides top the list of returnees. Both Rutherford and Sides were first- team all-league performers last year. The 6-1 Rutherford averaged 15 points and seven rebounds a game while the 5-8 Sides contributed an additional 12 points and three assists per outing. Sides will do most of the ball handling, and he'll be joined in the backcourt by either J.B. Covington or Toby Kinderknecht. The strongest contenders to challenge Northern Valley appears to be Logan, Palco and Kensington. Like Northern Valley, the Trojans, under coach Bob Jackson, will also have a veteran ball club. Six lettermen, all of whom saw some starting action, are back from a team that finished second in the Cheyenne League with a 10-8 overall record/ f Cheyenne j "We have 10 seniors and most of them are proven leaders. Six of them have started in a varsity game before," Jackson said. "We don't really have anyone who is outstanding. We have a couple who have the potential, but they haven't proven themselves yet." Steve Stutterheim, however, apparently caught the attention of opposing coaches. The 6-5,175-pound center was a second-team all-leaguer a year ago. Logan may not have as glossy a record as the Huskies by tournament time as five of the Trojans' 13 regular season games are against Class 3A schools. But Jackson said he thinks playing a strong schedule should help his team when the tournaments start. The reason Jack Foster's Palco team is considered to have a shot at the title is the return of seven lettermen and five players who started in varsity games. Although the Roosters will not have a tall team, the first-year coach said his team will have exceptional speed. The Roosters will build their team around senior Jeff Ernmert and junior David Brin. The 6-2 Emmert scored almost 16 points and hauled down 10 rebounds a game to earn second-team all-league honors from his guard position. Brin is also a 6-2 guard who will add extra scoring punch with his 13-point average. Other returning starters include Galen Thyfault, Chris Stahl and Mark Keller. Talent at Kensington Two of the league's most talented players will both play for Mike Goll's Kensington Goldbugs. Goll will count on unanimous all-league selection Roger Ratliff and second-team pick John Struckhoff to help defend Kensington's Cheyenne League title. "Roger and John compliment each other well," Goll said. "Roger is an excellent floor leader, and even though John is a guard, he plays well inside." Ratliff tossed in 20 points a game to lead the Goldbugs. Still another all-league player returns for his senior year. He's Jeff Rose of Eastern Heights. The 5-11,165-pound senior will top the list of seven returning lettermen for coach Everett Gouldie. But despite the large number of returners, the fifth-year coach said his team will still be young. "Our whole squad is back but we're actually still green and young," Gouldie said. "We shoot fairly well but we are short. We need to improve a great deal on defense but we could compete fairly well if our defense can improve about 25 percent." Neil Lutgen, a 5-6 guard, is the only other returning senior. Juniors Doug Mooney, Brent Ehm, and Kent Gordon all saw some starting duty last season. The Lenora Bulldogs will have five lettermen and a new coach. The new coach is Harold Terpening. The Lenora mentor will have returning starters Max Wagoner, Mitch Griffey and Jim Wagoner to build his team around. Jim Wagoner, a 6-3 junior, will man the r.nddle. Hill be joined on the front line by junior lettermen Greg Spourl and Jim Wolf. Colby Juco eyes winning season COLBY - Colby Community College has set its sights on posting the school's first winning team in three years. And it appears second-year coach Don Jones has the players who can get the job done. The Trojans, who were 14-16 last season, return two bona fide all-region candidates in sophomores LeVance Madden and Kirk Spriggs. The 6-5 Madden and the 6-7 Spriggs should give CCC a strong inside game as they averaged 15.3 and 12.2 points per game respectively last season. "LeVance and Kirk are great inside threats, both offensively and defensively," Jones said. Sophomore guard Gary Stephens and Highland Juco transfer Troy Gillespie give the Trojans needed experience. "We've got a good group of sophomores to provide us with leadership," Jones Mid. "They can take us a long way." Spriggs and Madden will get help underneath from a pair of 6-5 freshmen — Vincent Moore and Richard Sanders. WaKeeney freshman Bill Schaben, an All-Mid-Continent League pick last season, is vying for playing time. Moore is also expected to battle for a wing position, along with Gillespie, Colby freshman Rory Dumler and St. Louis native O'Neal Stafford. Freshmen J.B. James and Dale Harris will attempt to oust Stephens from his point guard position"We have the talent and depth to be a. contender for the Region (VI) title," Jones said. CCC faces one of its toughest schedules in recent years. The Trojans battle Jayhawk Juco powers Dodge City, Seward County and Barton County, and meet national-caliber competition in Trinidad State, Casper, Wyo., and College of Southern Idaho. "We have a competitive schedule and that's the way I wanted it," Jones said "You improve only when you play against top teams." COLBY ROSTER

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