The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 15
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 15

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 6, 2001
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FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / C2 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL / C3 CHIEFS / C4 MASTERS Spotlight shines on unsung DiMarco Masters rookie capitalizes on Augusta's tame conditions with a 65; trees hinder Woods' quest CMASTERS By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga.— Tiger Woods' first stop on his road to a fourth straight major championship took a detour into the trees Thursday at the Masters. With the ball sitting on a patch of pine straw, Woods sized up his options — over, under or around the Georgia pines at Augusta National. He settled on a 2-iron to punch beneath the limbs, but the ball ran into a bunker in front of the green. Bogey. That didn't bother him. Neither did the 7-im- der 65 by Masters rookie Chris DiMarco, or the fact that Woods wasn't among the 14 players who broke 70. "This is a major championship. It's four days," Woods said after a 2-under 70 that left him five strokes out of the lead. "Everyone knows it's awfully hard to go out there and shoot in the mid-60s every day" He can only hope DiMarco figures that out soon. With Augusta playing soft and forgiving — some players dared say "easy" — DiMarco made seven birdies in his first 13 holes for the LEADBtBOARD best opening round by a Masters first-timer in 11 years and a one-stroke lead over Steve Strieker and Angel Cabrera. "You're not going to have things go your way all the time, and I had everything go my way today," DiMarco said. "I Chris DiMarco -7 just hope it Stays like Angel Cabrera -6 that." Steve Strieker -6 woods couldn't say the John Huston -5 LeeJanzen -5 Phil Mickelson -5 Other Notables MarkO'Meara -3 Vijay Singh -3 Tiger Woods -2 David Duval -1 Ernie Els -1 Jesper Pamevik -1 It was the seventh straight year, the last five as a professional, that he failed to break 70 in the first round of the Masters. "If you can just shoot Greg Norman -1 under par ... that was my Justin Leonard + 1 mindset going out there today," Woods said. "And I was able to do that." This was a day that offered something much better — barely a trace of wind and moisture still in the manicured grass from rain earlier in the week. So many others took advantage. Phil Mickelson, Woods' chief rival over the Jack Nicklaus + 1 Fred Couples + 2 Tom Watson + 6 Arnold Palmer +10 Today's TV 3 p.m.: USA past year, made four straight birdies on the back nine for a 67 and his best start in five years at Augusta. Right behind was a big surprise, 23-year-old amateur James Driscoll, who holed a bxmker shot for birdie on No. 16 for a 68, the lowest first round by an amateur since 1983. Defending champion Vijay Singh got off to a conservative start and still managed a 69, along with former champion Mark O'Meara. Others among the 32 players who broke par were Jose Maria Olazabal (70), while the group at 71 included David Duval, Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Davis Love III. AU of them will join Woods in pursuit of DiMarco, who is still learning his way around this course. DiMarco escaped trouble from the trees by punching out a 6-iron into 12 feet for a birdie on No. 5, and holed another birdie putt on the par- 3 sixth. Then, he showed he was a quick study by hitting wedge into 3 feet on No. 7 for his third straight birdie. "I've heard how hard the greens are, and they're a little softer this year," he said. "I had a good sand wedge yardage. I knew it would spin back, so I just chipped a wedge in there," he said. DiMarco is not the first player to wind up in the lead after his first trip around Augusta. A year ago, Dennis Paulson had a 68, but failed to See MASTERS, Page C3 The Associated Press Chris DiMarco pumps his fist as his bail begins to drop for a birdie on the 15th hole Thursday. • HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Cougars rout Highland Park to stay perfect South distributes scoring throughout its lineup in 8-0 win By ARNE GREEN TlwSalina Journal Salina South's second soccer season has seen a marked increase in scoring. But more impressive to South coach J.C. Walsh is the source of the Cougars' goals. With five different players finding the net in the first half and Erica SOCCER Highland Park 0 Salina South 8 D e c h a n t scoring twice in the last foiu- minutes hat trick, the to complete a Cougars remained unbeaten Thursday with an 8-0 victory over Highland Park and BiU Burke Park. "This was kind of like our other games, where we started out quick and got some goals up early," said Walsh, whose 40 Cougars spent almost the entire first half in the Highland Park's end, peppering the Scots' goal with 24 shots. "This year we've had a lot of different girls score, which is good. It makes us more unpredictable." Nobody has had a bigger scoring surge than Dechant, who has benefitted from a move to central midfield after spending last year almost exclusively on the wing. "I feel I get more shots off and a better choices in the middle than on the outside," said Dechant, who now leads the Cougars with eight goals. "We're a lot better this year because we can pass the ball a lot better and we have several good shooters." Dechant, a senior, got the Cougars on the board following a corner kick in the seventh minute. Vanessa Fiske, who also had a pair of assists on long throw-ins, trapped Katy Lorson's r ;orner kick and crossed it back to the left, where Dechant beat Highland Park goalkeeper Tramaine Sellars to the lower left corner. Katy Conway got the first of her two goals in the 12th minute off another Lorson corner, drilling the baU into the top right corner. Lorson got the second of her three assists six minutes later when she made a run down the left flank and shot off the crossbar. Abby Maxwell was there to clean up in front of an empty net, making it 3-0. Fiske's front flip throw from the right side set up the fourth goal, with Valerie Daniels punching it in from close range in the 23rd minute. Lorson finished the first-half scoring in the 25th on a penalty kick. "I thought we played well," said Walsh, whose Cougars outshot Highland Park 36-4 in the game. "I wish we could have finished a little bit better, but we didn't shoot too bad. We just scored in bunches. "I think we lost some of our focus after we got those early goals and coasted for a while, but they did have a lot of people in the box, which made it difficult to shoot." The Cougars came up empty for most of the second half, but used another Lorson corner kick from the right side to break through in the 76th JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal Salina South's Valerie Daniels (right) and Highland Park's Ashley Chapman battle for possession in Thursday's non-ieague game at Bill Burke Park. minute. Sader received Lorson's pass on the right side and hit the crossbar from about 15 yards, leaving Conway to pounce on the rebound and put it in the left side of the net. Dechant scored a minute later off a Fiske throw, then completed the scoring with a long, bending free kick that dropped tuider the bar The Cougars play again at 4 p.m. today at Wichita North, then entertain Great Bend at 4 p.m. Tuesday at BiU Btu-ke. T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL i I Mussina-led Yankees cap sweep of Royals When: Today, 1:05 p.m. What: Twins at Royals. Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. Pitching probables: Twins' Joe Mays vs. Royals' Brian Meadows. Television: Fox Sports Net (Salina Cable 55). Coverage: C4. Newly acquired pitcher sparl<les in debut as Yankees shut out Royals By JOSH DUBOW The Associated Press NEW YORK — Mike Mussina fit right in to the New York Yankees' star-studded Royals 0 pitching staff. Yankees T Mussina fol- -^•..:"--"^^^-:~:i*.*.V".^. lowed up strong starts by Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte by pitching 7% scoreless innings in a sparkling debut for New York in a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. "There were a lot of places I could have gone where they would have sent me out as the opening- day starter and expected me to win 22 games," Mussina said. "That's not the case here. Pitching behind Roger and especially Pettitte, being left-handed, really helps me. I hope it keeps up aU year." Mussina, who signed an $88.5 million, six-year contract in November as a free agent, was cool and efficient, using a lively fastball, an effective changeup and his knuckle ciu-ve to shut down the Royals on five hits. "He can throw any pitch for a strike and that makes it very hard for a batter to sit on a pitch," catcher Jorge Posada said. "He's good and he knows it. He's fun to catch." Paul O'Neill hit a solo homer in the first inning for the only run the Yankees needed off Dan Reichert (0-1). The three-time World Series champions have opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 1995. Predictably, starting pitching has been the biggest reason why. Clemens, Pettitte and Mussina have allowed four runs and 18 hits in 23 innings for a 3-0 record and a 1.57 ERA, with Clemens giving up three runs and Pettitte one. "Mussina was picture perfect," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "We saw three pretty good pitchers with three pretty good starts. If they keep pitching like that, they'll be tough to beat." Kansas City, which scored just five runs in the three-game series, started the season 0-3 for the sixth time in 10 years. "I've been coming here for 10 years, but it was different being in the other dugout knowing these very knowledgeable fans were on my side instead of against me," Mussina said. T COLLEGE ATHLETICS Coyotes select Wilson Buckiin coach to fill volleyball; women's basketball openings By The Salina Journal Cary Wilson, girls basketball and volleyball coach at Buckiin High School, will coach the two sports at Kansas Wesleyan. .The school announced Wilson's hiring Thursday in a press release. Wilson will be introduced today during a 3:30 p.m. meeting in room 250 at Pioneer Hall on the KWU campus. Wilson replaces Jennifer Head, who was fired after the Coyotes' volleyball team failed to qualify for the Kansas Conference tournament and the basketball team compiled a 3-24 overall record, 1-17 in the KCAC. . Head, a KWU graduate, coached both sports for three seasons. Wilson has spent the last nine years as an instructor .and coach at.Bucklin High. The Red Aces posted a 6-13 record in basketball this past season. Her 1998 team finished fourth in the Class 2A state tournament. Phone messages left at' Wilson's home Thursday night were not immediately returned. "1 would lil^e to thank KWU for giving me the opportunity to • coach and work with student athletes at the next level," Wilson said in a statement released by the school, "I am very excited about facing the challenges of . building a competitive volleyball and basketball program in • the KCAC. "I plan to bring in athletes who play with a lot of-heart, enthusiasm and love for the game of volleyball and basketball. I want players who will strive for success in the classroom as well as the court, thus leading to improvement in the KCAC stand-- ings and preparing the athlete for life." Wilson was an all-state basketball player at Vici (Okla.) High School. She played for two seasons at Dodge City Commu-" nity College before transferring to Sterling College, where she earned two letters in basketball. • Wilson will finish her master's in education this summer. Wilson was chosen from a field of more than 30 applicants. "Her enthusiasm was apparent to everyone on the (search) committee," Wesleyan athletic director Jerry Jones said in a prepared statement. "She really • wanted the job and is excited about the opportunity to raise KWU volleyball and basketball from the lower' depths of the KCAC. Both the teams and I look forward to having a hardworking coach who is eager to put in the hours it takes to build winning teams." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 8Jbdavid8on@8al|

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