iin AAannebach takes over SHHS reigns NEW COACH — Diane Mannebach begins her first season as head coach at Sacred Heart. A Journal Photo former St. Mary of the Plains star, Mannebach was ar issist- ant for the Knights last season. By KEN CORBITT SporU Writer Diane Mannebach faces a situation many first-year coaches step into — a rebuilding year. The new Sacred Heart coach has five lettermen returning this season, but only one — Maureen Martin — started last year. But Martin is a good one to start a team around. The 5-S senior was an all- city selection last season and is a three- year letter-man. Last season she averaged nine points and six rebounds per game. Martin has a good shooting touch and is also a strong rebounder. The biggest loss is that of Cathy O'Connor, a four-year starter at point guard and two-time all-city player. Also gone is another all-city player, 6-0 center Rita Gasper. Although the 1981-82 season is classified as a rebuilding campaign because of the loss of the four starters, some good experience does return for the Knights. And among the returning players is good overall height. Solid lineup Joining Martin as returning letter winners from last year's 10-10 team are 5-10 Jay Jones, 5-9 Andrea Martin, 5-4 Katie Burgardt and 5-5 Cindy Boor. They should form a solid starting lineup for Mannebach to build around. All five are seniors and saw quite a bit of action last year except for Burgardt, who was ill during the majority of season. Joining Maureen Martin at a forward spot will be Andrea Martin. Andrea will also be counted on for rebounding strength. Jones will be the Knights' center. A strong rebounder, she'll combine with the two Martins to give SHHS a tall, strong front line. IMI-n SCHfOWE Dec. 4 — Solomon Dec. 8 — At Minneopolli Dec. 15 — At Beloit Jon. 5 _ At Ellsworth Jon. 8 — Undsborg Jan. 12 — At SE-Saline Jan. 15 — At Solomon Jon. 19 — Minneapolis Jon. 28-30 — At Clallin Tournament Feb. 5 — Cloy Center Feb. 9 — At Holsington Feb. 12 — Beloit Feb. IS — At Abilene Feb. 19 — Ellsworth Feb. 23 — At lindsborg Feb. 26 — SE-Saline :«*X<W:««-X*:*X-HW«-X*:^^ Boor and Burgardt will team up in the backcourt. Boor will direct the team from her point guard spot. Mannebach describes her as "a good hustler who handles the ball well and plays tough defense." Burgardt may be the Knights' best shooter. She'll be relied upon for outside scoring punch but is also a good pene- trator, driving inside the lane. Depth problem One problem that faces Mannebach, who was an assistant coach under Bill Sullivan last season, is depth. The five girls previously mentioned are the only seniors on the squad and there is just one junior — Joyce Forristal. "Depth could be a problem," said Mannebach, a former Ail-American at St. Mary of the Plains. "We do have some pretty good talent in the sophomore class, so hopefully they will be able to help us after they get a little experience." Mannebach said the first thing she will concentrate on is defense. "I want to stress defense. I think that can be one of our strengths," she said. "Last year we played a zone most of the time, but this year we'll be playing primarily a man-to-man. "We'll be doing a few things differently this year. Offensively, we'll keep things pretty simple and basic." Dorrance favored in Quivira race Two returning Salina Journal Class 1A All-Area selections make the Dorrance Cardinals the favorite in the Quivira League girls' race this season. Second-team all-area member Denise Whitmer and third-team pick Lori Reeves are back from a team that was 20-1 a year ago. The Cardinals finished 80 in the conference, and most coaches feel that's where coach Richard Whitmer's team will end up this season. Lucas-Luray was a solid choice by the coaches to finish second. The reason is that four starters and three other lettermen are back from a 15-6 team that was third in the league with a 6-2 record. Kristy Hower is the the Cougars' top prospect. The 5-7 senior was named to the all-area third team on the basis of her 15.3 scoring average. Hower also pulled down 11 rebounds, made four •teals and dished out four assists per game last yar. can do everything well and is • good team player," coach Gregory She'll be joined by starters Lesa Ward, Katby Wallace and Valerie Naylor, plus letter winners Shelly Zweifel, Sherry Zweifel and Kelly Fitzmorris. I Quivira I Wilson, picked to finish third, will have three starters, two part-time starters and one other letter winner returning. Honorable-mention all-area pick Dawn Claussen and second-team all-league selection Rosemary Mattas are the Dragons' top players. Claussen scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds a game while Mattas added nine points and 11 rebounds per outing last season. Also returning is starter Jackie Vopat, part-time starters Joni Herbel and Dawn Vopat, along with letter winner Mary Soukup. First-year McCracken coach Guy Conner's team will have seven lettermen back from last season's 6-0 team. The Mustangs will be a young team as only two seniors, Alaura Sohuereman and Annetta Davis, are back. Juniors Janet Conner, Sandy Taylor, Kayla Higgins, Brenda Barnes and Kim Brackney will fight for starting spots. Pawnee Heights will also be young since they will have just one senior starter returning. Dianne Couchman, a 54 center, will be back for coach Debbie Schrock. The Tigers were 8-fi a year ago and finished fourth in the league with a 4-4 record. Junior Desi Thompson and sophomore Tammy Patterson will probably also start after being in the top five last season. Sophomore letter-man Tammy Patterson, a 5-7 forward, will also add much needed experience. Thunderbirda young "We lost four seniors from last season, so experience will hurt us," said Quivira Heights' coach Pam Schreurs. That's the forecast for a young Thunderbird team. Only two letter winners, Carolyn Dohrman and Tammy Carr return. However, both players were starters last'season at guard and forward positions respectively. Sylvan Grove will try to better last season's 10-9 mark as four senior lettermen return. Starters Heidi Eller and Joni Gier will lead coach K.C. Jackson's team. Also back are letter winners Sharon Wenthe and Jenny Dohl. Chase may be hard pressed to improve on its 1-14 record. "I guess you could say I was hurt by graduation — I didn't lose anybody," said Kats' coach Neil DePew. "We're still nowhere near contention. We just don't have the athletes who care enough to put out." Those returning are all seniors. Robin Brady, Dartyle Kelso, Roberta Fiedler, Sheri Shultz and Rena Adams are back for the Kats. Gorham and Dorrance did not respond to The Journal's questionnaire. Tulsa going for 3rd tournament title University of Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson and four of his players will be trying for their third consecutive national tournament title this season. Two years ago Richardson guided his Western Texas team to the National Junior College Tournament title. Last season Richardson took over the Golden Hurricane program and brought four of his juco players — Paul Preisey, David Brown, Greg Stewart and Phil Spradling — with him and Tulsa won the National Invitation Tournament. This year Richardson and his squad would like to make it three in a row with an NCAA title.
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