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1 K- F.' F t ? f ? r < Page B-22 The Salina Journal Sunday, November», ance the key for Southeast GYPSUM — Balance may be the key word for Southeast of Saline this season. Four starters return from last year's Trojan team which went 8-14 in somewhat of a rebuilding season. "I guess you could say we were rebuilding last year," said Southeast coach Jim Campion. "We started two sophomores and really didn't have too much experience." That shouldn't be the case this season, however, as Campion said he has eight or nine girls who are capable of starting. The returning starters are seniors Steph Petracek and Renae Renberger and juniors Connie Sprout and Becky Thiel. Two other lettermen also return in Logan eyes Cheyenne title Logan had to settle for the bridesmaid's role to Lenora last season in the Cheyenne Conference, but this year, the Trojans should make it all the way to the altar as the bride. Logan is a solid pick by the league coaches to win the championship in 198182. Three senior starters return off last year's 14-5 team as coach Brad Dahler begins his fifth season. Pam Sanson, a 5-8 center-forward, was an all-conference selection last year when she averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game. The other returning f Chey enne starters are Karen Simoneau and Pam Stark, both second-team all-conference players. Simoneau, a 5-7 guard-forward, averaged almost 12 points per game while Stark, a 5-5 guard, added nine points per game. The Trojans should also have good depth with five other lettermen back. New Lenora coach Lenora has a new coach this season — Daniel Eyestone — and he has just one starter back from last year's 21-3 team which won the league championship. Gwen Georgeson, a 5-8 senior forward, is the lone returning starter, but the Wildcats also have four other lettermen back in senior Rosalie Hachneister (5-8 forward), juniors Sharon Georgeson (5-4 guard) and Teresa Van Diest (5-6 guard) and sophomore Stacie Sproul (5-7 guard). Kensington coach Jeff Yoxall has three starters back from his 5-12 team of a year ago. Guards Vicki Rader, 5-8, and Geri Sweat, 5-0, return for their senior seasons while the other returning starter is just a sophomore — 5-9 Ann Stockton. The Goldbugs also have two other lettermen back — senior forwards Mary Schalansky and Charlene Fink. Palco also has a new coach in Victor Graham and will try to turn things around after the Roosters were winless in 14 games last season. Graham has an experienced group to work with — a total of nine lettermen, including all five starters. The returning starters are guards Kelly Deseir and Gail flaroel, forwards Mary Marcott and Kay* Schontbeler and center Kim La Berge. 196142 SCHEDULE Dec. 8 — Al Ellsworth Dec. It — Beloit Dec. IS — At Solomon Dec. 17 — Herington Dec. 21 — At Morion Jon. 5 — Lindsborg Jan. 8 — At Minneapolis Jan. 12 — Sacred Heart Jan. 14 — Council Grove Jan. 19 — Ellsworth Jan. 27-30 — SE-Soline Tournament Feb. 5 — At Beloit Feb. 9 — At Haven Feb. 12 — Solomon Feb. 19 — At Lindsborg Feb. 23 — Minneapolis Feb. 26 — At Sacred Heart juniors Karlene Neber and Sherry Everhart. Last season Petracek (5-8) and Rensberger (5-9) both averaged nine points per game while Sprout (5-10) had a seven-point scoring average and Thiel (5-8) chipped in with six per game. , "Those four gave us good, balanced scoring, and I expect the same this year," Campion said, "but I hope we can get more points out of them. "I guess our weakness will be lack of overall height," Campion said. "We lost Angie Martin (6-0 center). Sprout played guard last year but I think she'll be playing inside this year. I think she can do a good job in there." Campion said he is counting on Petracek,'Thiel and Neber for outside scoring punch. Defense is key His main concern entering the season, his fourth at Southeast, is defense. "Defense will be the key if we are to improve," Campion said. "That was our main problem last year — our offense was okay but we had some letdowns defensively. Dee Kolzow (head football coach) is helping us out this year, and I think he'll do a good job with our defensive play." Campion said the NCAA race should be a tough one this year. "I think any one of four teams (Solomon, Sacred Heart, Ellsworth and Southeast) could win it," he said. "If I had to pick just one I'd probably go with Solomon. They played tough defense last year and have Just about everyone back. "I think we can be right up there, though. We have four good starters back and good bench strength." The Trojans open their season Dec. 8 at Ellsworth. Pirates, Glasco favored in PRL Showdown time for the Post Rock League girls' title will probably take place Jan. 26. That's when the conference's two favorites, Glasco and Miltonvale, will meet for the second time during the regular season. Co-champions Miltonvale and Glasco each received two first-place votes from the PRL coaches. So when the two meet for the second time late in January, the conference crown could be on the line. And who does Miltonvale coach Keith White see as the PRL favorite? His team, of course. And how about Glasco coach Craig McClellan? Naturally, he picks the Bulldogs over Miltonvale. Both coaches have good reason to be optimistic as each team will have three returning starters. For the Pirates, who finished 9-1 in the conference and 14-4 overall, starters Lori Shannon, Tammy Bradley and Janet Ensign are back. Ensign, a junior, has been a starter since her freshman year and last season averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds a game. f Posf Rock 1 "Janet should be an all-state player," White said. "She's an outstanding player and has excellent jumping ability." Shannon, the only returning senior, led the Pirates in assists last season. White's team will be young but talented as the Miltonvale junior varsity team was undefeated last season. At Glasco, McClellan will count on senior Marilyn Adkins plus junior Jenny Linton and Paula Dillon. "We should have excellent team speed and one of the best defenses in the area," McClellan said. Downs could also be a viable contender since it returns six letter winners — although none of those players were starters last year. First-year coach Gary Williams may also find that lack of size could also be a problem since no returning player is over 5-9. Seniors Deanna Caffell, Trina Zinn and Gia Garey, along with juniors Annette Reinert, Chris Mick and Belinda Otte, are back from a team that finished 5-13 a year ago. "I feel that we have the ability to beat just about anybody," Williams said. "But for us to get first in this league we would have to beat two established teams in Glasco and Miltonvale." Tescott will try to break a 12-game losing streak as five starters and three other lettermen return. Senior starters Melanie Bell and Linda Brumbaugh, junior Jennifer Keim and sophomores Kelli Young and Lisa Haines are back after starting last season. Other returning letter winners for the Trojans are Kellie Lee, Sharon Rahe and Anita Sutton. "Our strengths are that we are a hustling team always after the ball and going 100 percent," said second-year coach Stephen Stewart. "Our weakness is that we are still a young team." A separate story on Ell-Saline is included elsewhere in the edition. Bennington did not respond to The Journal's questionnaire. Blue Valley unanimous Ike choice There isn't much doubt about the team to beat in the Eisenhower League this season. Randolph-Blue Valley was a unanimous selection by league coaches in the preseason poll to repeat as champions. The Rams went undefeated in league games last season and didn't lose until the championship game of the Class 1A state tournament. Four starters return from that 25-1 state runner-up squad, which makes the Rams the solid favorite. Webster ia back The top returnee for coach Ernestine Nibarger is Shelly Webster. The 5-10 junior averaged 10 points per game, led the team in assists and was named to the all-tournament team at the state tourney. Another key returnee is Barb Downing, a 5-fl junior, who was the team's leading rebounder last season with nine per game. Other returning starters are 5-6 guard Bridgett Sump and 5-10 forward Nat Maginness, both seniors. Hope was the coaches' unanimous pick as the league runner-up. The Lions of Eisenhower coach Craig Schneider were 14-5 last season and return all-area honorable mention player Mary Jane Schlesener. The 59 senior averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game last season. One other starter returns for the Lions in Joyce Rufener, a 5-9 junior guard. Four starters return at Manhattan- Luckey, led by Bonnie Winkler. The 5-10 senior did it all last season, leading the Cardinals scoring (10 point average), rebounding (14.3) and steals. Other returning starters include guards Mary Lynn Gatschet (5-2 senior) and Mary Morgan (5-5 junior) and forward Sharon Crubel (5-7 junior). The Cardinals should have a strong bench this season, with four other lettermen returning off last year's 8-10 team. Westmoreland, 13-7 last year and third in the league, finds itself in a rebuilding year, after losing its top three scorers , and top two reboundera. The Wildcats return just one starter in Kim Springer, a 5-6 senior forward, but coach Paul Donnelly is expecting big things from sophomore Tina Decker, a 510 center-forward. Five starters back St. George coach Tony Butel hopes struggling through a 3-15 rebuilding year will pay off. The Trojans return all five starters in center Kim Kidd, forwards Shelly Rose and Diane Shaneyfelt and guards Kara Haase and Kenda Rose. Just one starter — senior guard Tracy Fiest — returns at White City but coach Kent Gant is expecting a deep squad, saying his top 10 players are fairly even in ability. Coach Jim Phelps begins his second year at Wakefield in search of his first victory. The Bombers were 0-18 last year when they shot a lowly 18 percent from the field. Four junior lettermen return in forwards Gwen Visser and Sheila Wendelken and guards Mae Sherbert and Becky Hardy. St. Xavier's of Junction City did not rf- spond to the questionnaire.