Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Thursday, March 24, 1988 Page 9 Sports Ready, Kruger Admire Each Other's Tasks WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — There are a number of common bonds between Purdue's Gene Keady and Kansas State's Lon Kruger, whose basketball teams play Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals. Both are native Kansans, graduates of Kansas State and began their coaching careers in Kansas. And they have tremendous admiration for each other. "He's someone you like to see win except for this game," says Keady. This game at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., is the next to last hurdle to a trip to the Final Four. And those games, appropriately, will be in Kansas City. "Lonnie's team is a clone of what he was like as a player (at Kansas State)," said Keady. "They play hard. They play smart, and they can shoot it. And he coaches a lot like Coach (Jack) Hartman." Kruger was the Big Eight Conference player of the year in 1973 and 1974, leading the Wildcats to conference titles under Hartman, who Keady credits for much of his own basketball philosophy. By the time Kruger was in college, Keady was well into his coaching career at Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College. From there, Keady moved to Arkansas, Western Kentucky and Purdue. Kruger, meanwhile, became an assistant to Hartman at Kansas State, then head coach at Pan American and, two years ago, succeeded Hartman at his alma mater. "I've known Coach Keady ever since I was in college," Kruger says. "I've followed his teams wherever he's been. And I've always had a great deal of respect for how tough-minded and well-disciplined his teams are." Purdue beat Kansas State 101-72 last December in Mackey Arena. Next season, Purdue will open the Wildcats' new arena in Manhattan, Kan. But in between, there's Friday night's game. "I don't think playing them earlier will have an effect," Keady said. "Kansas State certainly is completely different. They're very talented in all areas." Keady said the main reasons for Purdue's lopsided victory were the early foul trouble of Wildcats' leading scorer Mitch Richmond and the fact Kruger used the early non-conference game to experiment with his lineup. Purdue's lineup was already set, he said. "One of the things I always admired about Hartman was he was always experimenting in December with lineups, substitutions, finding out who could play, who couldn't, trying different styles," Keady said. "That's what K-State was doing when they came here. They went home and changed some things that really helped." Kruger said that 29-point loss "ironically may have been the turning point of our season. We came out of there recognizing that, hey, if we want to play with the big boys, we can't do it that way." Purdue, ranked No.3 in the nation, is the Big Ten champion with a school-record 29-3 mark. Kansas State, ranked No. 20, was second in the Big Eight and has a 24-8 record. Friday night's other semifinal matches another Big Eight team, Kansas, against Vanderbilt. Winners will play Sunday for the Final Four berth. Purdue finds 'students' to play WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Academics are behind Purdue's success in the NCAA basketball tournament, the coach says. "Besides individual character, academic ability is the first priority we have when we are recruiting student-athletes," says Coach Gene Keady, who guided No. 3 Purdue to a 29-3 record, the Big Ten championship and No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the tournament this year. The Boilermakers play No. 20 Kansas State, 22-7, in Friday's second regional semifinal game at Pontiac, Mich. The winner meets either Kansas, 23-11, or Vanderbilt, 20-10, Sunday for the regional title and tickets to the Final Four in Kansas City April 4. Purdue players have to meet conference grade-point levels that are higher than the NCAA, and the school's academic requirements are even more stringent than the Big Ten's. "Sometimes the higher standards hurt us, but usually they help," Keady said. "We have to be pretty selective. Smarter players make for a smarter team. They respond to pressure and criticism better, and they are much more coachable." The Boilermakers have won more conference games, at 645, and more conference basketball championships, at 18, than any other Big Ten school. And 95 percent of the basketball players who completed their eligibility as Boilermakers in the last 27 years have graduated from Purdue, including 19 Academic All-Big Ten, five Academic Ail-Americas and one Rhodes Scholar. In that time Purdue has had only two losing seasons. This year's team, which has gone farther in the NCAA tournament than any club since Keady arrived in 1981, is typical. It includes reserve Tony Jones, an aviation technology major whose curriculum includes flying, physics, calculus and electronics. "I don't think the academic demands would be the same elsewhere," said Jones, a sophomore from Fort Wayne. "We're a very disciplined team, which reflects the discipline of our school." All-Big Ten guard Troy Lewis, a telecommunications major who is No. 4 on the Boilermakers' career-scoring list with 2,019 points, also ties classroom performance to success on the court. "Purdue had my respect before I came here," said Lewis, who shared the Indiana Mr. Basketball title after his senior year at Anderson High School. "You just know from living in Indiana what a good school it is. Coach Keady always says the type of degree you get here is good anywhere in the world, and I believe that." Morris 5 Goal: Be Tigers' Best Cubs, White Sox post easy exhibition wins Associated Press White Sox' Fred Manrique turns double play Associated Press Jack Morris' long-range goals are anything but modest as he looks ahead to the 1988 baseball season. All the Detroit right-hander wants is to be the dominating pitcher of the 1980s and the Tigers' all-time winner. "I'm just trying to be consistent," Morris said Wednesday after pitching six-hit ball over eight innings as the Tigers broke a five-game exhibition losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. So far, Morris is on track to achieve his first goal, because 141 of his 162 big league victories have come in this decade. No one else has as many. As for the other goal, Hooks Dauss won 221 from 1912 to 1926 for the Tigers. So Morris, who turns 33 on May 16, would seem to have a good shot at that record, as well. Manager Sparky Anderson likes his chances. "He works very hard," Anderson said. "I've been nine springs with Jack. He's always pitched the first day every spring and opening day. So that says something about the shape he comes here in. "Jack never comes here with a pound on him. You look at him stripped down and he looks lean, even though he's very strong. Everybody thinks Jack's lucky but it's not luck. Jack will be pitching five to seven years from now." Morris, 2-2 so far this spring, had a two-hitter through seven innings before giving up two runs in the eighth. He is the first Tiger to go eight innings this spring. David Martinez' three-run triple keyed a six-run fourth inning as the Cubs beat California. The Cubs began the fourth inning with five consecutive hits off Dan Petry. Singles by Jody Davis, Jerry Mumphrey, Vance Law and Shawon Dunston preceded Martinez' triple. Leon Durham doubled and scored on Rafael Palmeiro's single off Joe Johnson to complete the rally and give Chicago an 8-0 lead. _ __ White Sox 7, Rangers 3 Mark Salas hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago over Texas. Texas starter Edwin Correa, who gave up six runs in three innings, complained of soreness in his right shoulder. The pain was similar to one that forced him to miss the second half of last season. Yankees (ss) 3, Braves (ss) 2 Tommy John gave up two hits and struck out three in six innings as the Yankees beat Atlanta in a split-squad game. John, who raised his exhibition record to 2-2, did not allow a walk. The loser was Tom Glavine, whose failure to handle Roberto Kelly's bunt in the first inning led to two unearned runs. The Yankees got another unearned run in the sixth when Gary Ward doubled and scored on an error by shortstop Andres Thomas. Braves (ss) 6, Yankees (ss) 0 Terry Blocker had three hits, drove in a run and scored one as Atlanta a second split-squad game. Jim Acker started and worked three innings of two-hit ball. Charlie Puleo allowed four hits over the next three innings. Juan Eichelberger, Joe Boever, and Gary Eave then each pitched a scoreless inning, combining for an eight-hitter. Red'Sox A, Expos;3 Sam Horn's leadoff homer in the 13th inning gave Boston the victory. Horn ended the 3-hour, 39-minute mara- See Baseball, page 10 High School Final Four Teams 1988 Final Four Team Statistics Comparison of team stats among the Final Four In the 1988 Indiana high school boys basketball tournament: OFFENSE G Muncie Central 27 Bedford-N.Lawrence 27 Hammond Noll 26 Concord 27 Pts. 2,144 2,008 1,854 1,868 Av0, 79.4 74.4 71.3 69.2 DEFENSE G Concord 27 Hammond Noll 26 Bedford-N,Lawrence — 27 Muncie Central 27 Pts. 1,448 1,537 1,607 1,694 Avg. 53.6 59.1 59.5 62.7 SCORING MARGIN G Muncie Central 27 Concord 27 Bedford-N.Lawrence 27 Hammond Noll 26 Pts. 450 420 401 317 Avg. 16.7 15.6 14.9 12.2 REBOUNDS G Muncie Central 27 Concord 27 Hammond Noll 26 Bedford-N.Lawrence. 27 Reb. 937 906 864 761 Avg. 34.7 33.6 33.2 28.2 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE FG-FGA Pet. Bedford-N.Lawrence 735-1332 .552 Concord 752-1395 .539 Muncie Central 834-1571 .531 Hammond Noll 672-1412 .476 —- FREE THROWPERCENTAGE ; . • FT-FTA Pet Bedford-N. Lawrence 474-679 .598 MuncieCentral 418^10 .882 Hammond Noll 402-825 .643 Concord 333-525 ,634 All-Time Final Four Team Records INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Season .records of teams going into the Final Four of the Indiana high school boys' basketball tournament since 1969, when Indianapolis Washington, Marion and Vlncennes were unbeaten and Gary Tolleston had only one loss — a record combined .991 winning percentage: 1988—Concord 27-0, Muncie Central 26-1, Bedford-N.Lawrence 26-1, Hammond Noll 21-5, Total 100-7, winning percentage .935. 1987 —Marion 26-1, Gary Roosevelt 24-2, Bedford-N.Lawrence 23-3, Richmond, 23-4. Total 96-10, .906. 1988—Marlon 24-3, Shelbyville 23-3, Southridge 24-4, Anderson 18-9, Total 89-19, .824. 1985—Marion 27-0, E.C.Washington 24-1, Southridge 23-4, Richmond 21-€. Total 95-11, .896. 1984—Warsaw 24-2, Lake Central 24-3, Vincennes 23-3, New Castle 21-6, Total 92-14, .868. 1983—Connersville 24-2, Anderson 23-4, Marion 22-5, Princeton 22-5. Total 91-16, .850. 1982—Evansville Bosse 27-0, Plymouth ,26-1, Indpla Cathedral 27-2, Gary Roosevelt 21-5. Total 101-8, .927. 1981—Shenandoah 25-2, Vincennes 24-2, Warsaw 22-4, Anderson 17-10. Tottal 88-18, .830. 1980—New Albany 26-0, Andrean 25-1, Indpls Broad Ripple 27-2, Marion 25-2. Total 103-5, .954. 1979—Argos 28-0, Muncie Central 22-5, Anderson 21-6, Terre Haute South 13-14 (including 12 forfeits). Total 84-26,.771. 1978—Muncie Central 25-3, Elkhart Central 25-3, Merrillville 25-3, Terre Haute South 22-6. Total 97-15, .866. 1977-Terre Haute South 25-2, EC Washington 23-3, Columbus East 23-4, Carmel 20-7. Total 91-16, .850, 1976-EC Washington 26-1, Rushville 25-1, Jeffersonville 21-5, Marion 21-5. Total 93-12, .886. 1975—Marlon 26-1, Loogootee 26-1, Lebanon 24-2, Columbus North 23-4. Total 99-8, .925. 1974-FW Northrop 26-1, Jeffersonvllfe 25-1, Lafayette Jeff 22-4, Franklin 21-4. Total 94-10. .904. 1973—Anderson 25-2, Franklin 24-3, S.Bend Adams 21-5, New Albany 19-7. Total 89-17, .840. 1972—Gary West 25-2, Anderson Madison Hts. 24-3, Connersville 24-3, Jeffersonville 22-4. Total 95-12, 888. 1971-EC Washington 27-0, Floyd Central 24-3, New Caatle 21-6, Elkhart Central 21-6. Total 93-15, .861. 1970—EC Roosevelt 26-0, Carmel 24-3, Loogootee 24-3, Muncie Central 24-3. Total 9B-0, .916. 1969—tndpfs Washington 29-0, Marion 27-0, Vincennes 27-0, Gary ToMeston 27-1. Total 110-1. .991 Fouts' Retirement Expected Today SAN DIEGO (AP) - Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts, who has set seven NFL passing records during a 15-year career, is expected to announce his retirement. Team officials declined to elaborate on a statement released Wednesday that said Fouts, 36, called the news conference for today at his home "to make an announcement about his future plans." Fouts is the National Football League's second-most-prolil'ic passer. His total of 43,040 passing yards is exceeded only by former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton's 47,003 career yards. Widely considered one of the league's most durable quarterbacks, Fouts was forced by injuries to miss games each of the past five seasons, including the finale of last year's season-ending six-game losing streak. The skid knocked the 8-7 Chargers out of the playoffs and started speculation whether Fouts would be their starting quarterback next year after a five-year absence from the playoffs. Published reports citing unnamed sources said Fouts is retiring. Neither club officials nor Fouts have commented on reports earlier this week that his six-year contract, which expires next year, was paid off in November. Fouts, who led the NFL in passing seven times and total offense four times, reportedly gave up all contractual guarantees beyond 1987 in return for an undisclosed bonus, last year's Dan Touts $750,000 salary and $375,000 for next season. Six 400-yard passing games, including two straight in 1982, are among the league records owned by Fouts, who also established 34 team records, since joining the Chargers in 1973 as a third-round draft pick. Fouts joined Tarkenton and John Unitas as the only quarterbacks to throw for more than 40,000 career yards while leading pro football's most feared offense in the early 1980s. Tarkenton also is the only player with more career passing attempts and completions than Fouts, who heads the all-time NFL list of most 300-yard passing games with 51 as well. Fouts led the Chargers to four straight playoff appearances from 1979 through 1982, the first three as division : champs.
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