The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 70
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 70

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
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P*gaB401te Salina Journal Sunday. Nmmber * un WOMEN'S SECTION All-Area trio paces Top 20 Three of the top 15 players on last year's All-Area girls' team selected by The Salina Journal return for the 1981-82 prep season. The top returnees are second-team pick Cheryl Baker of Grinnell and third- team selections Sherry Holloway of Russell and Sherri Stoecker of Lindsborg. Baker, a 6-2 senior, averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds a game last year. The Warrior center was a Top 20 choice as a junior and a Class 1A All-Area pick. Grinnell, which is listed fourth in the preseason 1A rankings, and Baker are expected to have banner seasons. Holloway, a 6-0 senior, has dominated the Mid-State AA for the Broncos for the past three years. She'll be starting for Russell for the fourth straight year after averaging 19 points and 16 rebounds per game last year. She is on the Top 20 list for the third straight year. Stoecker is one of just three juniors on The Journal's Top 20 list. The 5-6 guard has been a playmaker deluxe for the past two years at Lindsborg. But she still has found time to average 14 points per game for the Vikings. Other players on the Top 20 list for the second straight year are Renee Commerford of Salina South, Cathy Younger of Victoria, Stacey Zavesky of Ellsworth and Linda Zeigler of Natoma. Commerford averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds a game last season for the Cougars and is a two-time All-City selection. Younger helped Victoria to a 20-2 mark a year ago and the Mid-Continent League championship. Zavesky, although just 56, averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game as a junior and was the leading scorer in the 4A state tournament two years ago. Zeigler is a four-year starter for the tradition-rich Tigers. The Top 20 list is a tall and experienced one this season with 17 of the 20 players being seniors and nine of them 510 or taller. McPherson ranked No. 1 in Class 5A Fourteen area teams are listed in The Salina Journal's preseason high school girls' basketball rankings. The McPherson Bullpups top the list of area teams. Coach. John Hoffman's club won the Class 5A state title last year and is ranked No. 1 this season. But the Bullpups will have plenty of tough competition to contend with, including a pair of teams from its own Ark Valley League — third-ranked Campus and fourth-ranked Newton. The North Central Activities Association, always one of the strongest girls' leagues in the state in basketball, is expected to be tougher than ever in 1981-62. Three teams from the league are ranked — Ellsworth, sixth in 4A; Lindsborg, eighth in 3A; and Solomon, fourth in 2A. The only other area leagues with more than one team ranked are the Quivira and Post Rock. Quivira League members Dorrance and Lucas-Luray are listed fifth and seventh, respectively, in 1A. PRL teams Glaaco and Miltonvale are ranked eighth and ninth. Three other area team* are ranked in 1A - Grinnell (fourth), North Central (sixth) and Golden Plaiai (10th). The remaining area teama lilted in the preseason poll are Norton, sixth in 3A, and Clifton-Clyde, eighth in 2A. Wichita-East (6A), McPherson (5A), Nemaha Valley (4A), St. Marys (3A), Frontenac (2A) and Blue Valley (1A) are the six No. 1 ranked teams. Preseason Girls' Rankings Class 6A 1. Wichita-East 2. Wichita-Heights 3. Topeka-High 4. Shawnee Mission-East 5. Lawrence OanSA 1. McPherson 2. Shawnee Misiion-Miege 3. HaysvUfeCuyxis 4. Newton 5. Emporia Class 4A 1. Seneca-Nemaha Valley 2. Lyons 3. Gamett 4. Shawnee-Aquinas 5. Eureka 6. Ellsworth 7. Carbondale-Santa Fe Trail 8. Clearwater 9. Goodland 10. Chaparral Cb»3A 1. St. Marys t Richmond-Central Heights 3. Remington 4. Garden Plain 5. Medicine Lodge 20-1 6. Norton 19-5 7. Easton-Pleasant Ridge 23-1 8. Lindsborg 144 9. Neodesba 15-6 10. Alma-Wabaunsee Class 2A 23-1 1. Frontenac 21-3 2. Ashland 17-5 3. Centralia 20-4 4. Solomon 21-3 5. Kismet-Southwestern Heights 6. Holton-Jackson Heights 23-1 7. Olpe 17-7 8. Clifton-Clyde 2M 9. Wathena 20-1 10. Oxford 20-2 CUsslA 20-2 1- Randolph-Blue Valley 21-4 2. Madison 15-10 3. Cunningham 18-3 4. Grinnell 24-1 5. Dorrance 6. Morrowville-North Central 22-3 7. Lucas-Luray 23-1 8. Glasco 19-3 9. Miltonvale 20-2 10. Rexford-Golden Plains 18-5 17-4 16-5 12-8 124 13-9 22-2 14-7 17-4 13-10 22-3 15-7 26-0 16-3 15-8 23-1 25-1 18-4 17-3 17-3 20-2 20-2 154 17-4 14-4 15-5 TOP 20 GIRLS Hgl s-n 6-2 5-10 Player — School Amy Anderson — Clifton-Clyde Cheryl Baker — Grinnell , Karla Brokesh — Belleville Renee Commerford — Salina South 5-9 LaNell Cox — Norton 5-7 Sandy Funk — Hillsboro 5-9 Carolyn Hendriksen — Pike Valley 5-7 Sherry Holloway — Russell 6-0 Megin Kinen — St. Francis 6-1 Deana Knapp — Cheylin 5-7 Sheryl Pfalzgraft — McPherson 6-1 Barb Phillips — Golden Plains 5-8 Jane Ryan — Solomon 5-9 Jam! Shirley — Marion 5-6 Sherri Stoecker — Lindsborg 5-6 Molly Veal — Abilene 5-11 Denise Whitmer — Dorrance 5-10 Cathy Younger — Victoria 5-6 Stacey Zavesky — Ellsworth 5-6 Yr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Position Center Center Forward Forward Guard Guard Center Center Center Guard Center Guard Guard Guard Guard Center Center Forward Guard Ten To Watch Janet Ensign, Miltonvale; Debbie Flood, McPherson; Gail Gruber, Solomon; Kristy Hower, Lucas-Luroy; Condi Kinzie, Washington; Jaqua Kline, Herington; Pam Ransom, Logan; Mary Jane Schlesener, Hope; Bev Welsh, Weskan; Linda Zeigler, Natoma. Coach hopes hard work will make KW a winner By BRAD CATT SporU Writer Sheldon Woolery is counting on hard work to make the Kansas Wesleyan women's basketball team a "cut above the crowd." The Coyotes, who went 0-16 in Kansas Conference play last year and finished 322 overall, must first catch the "crowd." "Winning — that's our main goal," said Woolery, KW's first-year coach. "We can do nothing but improve in that department." The Coyotes, however, will be a bit short-handed until after Christmas when guard Julie Guynes and junior college transfer Carol Martens join the KW squad. Guynes, a 5-5 sophomore, suffered a stress fracture in her leg at the end of the cross country season, but is expected to assume an important role for the Coyotes when she returns. "I expect Julie to be a leader on our teem," Woolery Mid of hi« point guard. Until Guynes is healthy, freshman Joedy Zimmerman and sophomore Sandy Otto are manning the backcourt positions. Zimmerman, a 5-5 freshman, was an All-City performer at Salina South last year. It appears the former Cougar has a bright future with the Coyotes. She led KW in scoring in each of the Coyotes' first two games and in time may become one of the KCAC's top players. "She's a super ballplayer," Woolery said. "She can run, shoot and pass." Otto, a 5-6 sophomore from Wakefield, also had her bright moments during the November games. Senior Beverly Bezdek, sophomore Tammy Kranz and freshman Shirley Gardenhire provide depth in the backcourt. The Coyotes were hurt up front when three-year starter Tana Mullen decided to skip her senior season. Alice Watkins, a 5-10 junior, has carried the biggest load for Wesleyan's 1981-87 SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — At Southwestern Dec. 8 — At Bethel Dec. 12 — Friends Jon. 5 — At Sterling Jon. 9 — McPherson Jon. 13 — At St. Mory of the Ploins Jon. 16 — Bethany Jon. 20 — Marymount Jan. 23 — Tabor Jan. 27 — Southwestern Jan. 30 — At Friends Feb. 3 — Bethel Feb. 6 — At Tobor Feb. 10 — Sterling Feb. 13 — At McPherson Feb. 17 — St. Mary of the Plains Feb. 20 — At Bethany Feb. 22 — At Kansas Newman inexperienced front line in the early going. She scored 13 points in an early loss to Hastings and seems set for a big year.p "Alice la really aggressive — she's going to help ua a lot," Woolery said. Watkins is currently getting help on the front line from Donna Galmbacher, a 6-2 junior; Ann Hoyle, a 5-11 senior, and 5-11 freshman Karmel Spencer. Carol Martens, a 5-11 juco transfer from Fort Scott, will likely earn a starting spot once she becomes eligible Jan. 2. "We're going to be depending on Carol to help us," Woolery said. Wesleyan struggled in early losses to Marymount and Hastings, but that did not dim Woolery's enthusiasm. "They haven't learned our system yet," the KW coach said. "It's going to take us a while to get adjusted. But we're going to keep working hard." Woolery would like Wesleyan to play a fast-paced game but that may depend on the development of the Coyotes' reserves. "We'd like to play a pressure type of offense and a hard, tough defense," he said. "But to do that, we'll need everybody to contribute." Win or lose, the Coyotes will do it as a team. "We believe very strongly in the team concept - we've stressed that over and over in practice," Woolery said.

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