The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 2001 · Page 25
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 7, 2001
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SATURDAY APRIL 7,^001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / D3 NASCAR QUALIFYING / D4 ALL-AREA WRESTLING / D5 MASTERS DiMarco hangs on; Woods surges Woods leaps into second with second-round 66, but trails rookie by 2 strokes By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press : AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods' score midway through the Masters is exactly the same as it was four years ago when he romped through Augusta National and into golf history i Yet despite a 6-under 66 on Friday that thrust him into position for an un- ChriB DlMaroo 134 Phil Mickolson .,..136 TIgor Woods 136 Angel Cabrera 137 David Duval 137 Toshilzawa 137 Lee Janzen 137 Steve Strieker 137 Mark Calcaveoohia .138 Jose M. Olazabal ..138 Kirk Triplett 138 precedented fourth straight major, Woods was quick to point out a few discrepancies. "I didn't start off 4- over par," he said, alluding to his first nine holes in 1997. There were a few other differences, too. Woods had a three- stroke lead four years ago. Now, he is chasing Chris DiMarco, who carved his own niche in the record books with a 69. That gave him the lowest 36-hole score by a Masters rookie (134) and a two-stroke lead over Woods and Phil Mickelson. And while Woods said his 70-66 start was easier this time around, the rest of the weekend figures to be anything but that. "I'm right there in the ball game, and with a great chance on the weekend," he said. Woods isn't alone. Mickelson recovered from a disas­ trous stretch for a 69 and has never looked more poised to win his first major championship. "I don't think there's ever been a better opportunity for me to break through and win a major as this tournament now," he said. Right behind was David Duval, showing no signs of rust or a bad right wrist, back for his fourth straight run at a green jacket after a 66 left him only three strokes out of the lead. "I came in here with every intention of winning the golf tournament, and I stUl have that," he said. "I'm excited about my prospects." For all the hype over Woods' quest for his unique version of a Grand Slam — holding the trophies of all four professional majors — this Masters is living up to expectations in more ways than one. It all unfolds Saturday on a course expected to turn firm, fast and cruel, a drastic change from soft conditions that yielded 73 rounds under par over the first two days, the most in nine years. See MASTERS, Page D4 THIGH SCHOOL TRACK wreaks havoc at SE meet Olson captures four firsts, Worcester two despite strong gusts By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Whether it is sprinters or distance runners, the wind does not discriminate. The strong, gusty winds that blew across Southeast of Saline Stadium late Friday afternoon and early evening made things difficult for most of the participants at the Southeast Invitational track and field meet. That included Smoky Valley's Malinda Olson and Todd Worcester. Olson had the maximum four first-place finishes in helping the Viking girls to the team title, while Worcester had a sweep of the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the boys. Running directly into the wind in the 100 and 200 dashes posed obvious problems, but even the wind at her back gave Olson something to think about when she set a meet record of 17-4 V* in winning the long jump. "It wasn't my best jump," Olson said. "Having the wind at my back helped, but it also jhade my marks completely off. , "But it was better than running into the wind. That hurts. You try to get down lower but I can't see that it helps much." ; While the wind also made things difficult for Worcester, he could remember meets when it was worse, including last year's Southeast Invitational. ; "It was a little windy, but not pearly as bad as it was last year here," Worcester said. I 'Then it was blowing 50 miles an hour from the north, so this wasn't bad compared to that. Put it definitely had an effect. You want to run behind somebody if you can, going into the wind, and try to make your Inove with the wind." ; Neither the boys nor girls team titles were decided until the final event. Smoky Valley's Olson, Nancy Christiansen, Ashley Blomberg and Cara MacDonald combined for a 4:28.03 to win the 1,600 relay That enabled the Vikings to slip past Belleville for the team title by a half point, 89.5 to 89, while Beloit was third with 85.5. The boys race was just as close, as Minneapolis and Beloit tied for first with 105 points. It was a matchup of Beloit's strength against Minneapolis' speed. ; The Trojans scored big points in the field events. Sophomore Lance Eck won both the shot put and discus and finished' second in the javelin. Beloit had a sweep of the top three spots in the shot put with Brad Pruitt second and Justin Waggoner third, while Jeff Pruitt was second and Brad Pruitt fourth in the discus. Minneapolis countered on the track. Jake Nelson won both the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles, while teammates Drew Wedel and Tanner " See TRACK, Page D3 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal The 2000-01 Salina Journal All-Area wrestling team consists of: front row (left to right) Dusty Greenmeyer, Herlngton; Jake Krelgbaum, Abilene; Christian Alt, Abilene; second row (left to right) Eric Johnson, Norton; Bryce Abbey, Goodiand; Mat Gilliland, Hoxie; third row (left to right) Sheldon Pfizenmaler, Clay Center; coach Mitch Belms, Colby; Chris Fienthrope, Salina Central; fourth row (left to right) T.J. Staab, Plalnvilie; Jake Strait, Concordia; Dylan Campbell, Oakley; back row (left to right) Matt Murray, Colby; Marcus Rothchild, Abilene; Andrew Ubben, Philllpsburg. Colby coach Beims leads All-^ea vvrestling squad Eleven state champs on first team; second team equally talented By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal Like many other years, the 2001 Salina Journal All- Area wrestling team is headlined by state champions. But to gain a true respect of the Journal's 23rd class, all you need is to look at the quality of wrestlers on the second team. While the first team features 11 state champions and another wrestler who was a champion a year ago, the second team includes 12 wrestlers who wrestled for state championships this season, including four who won titles and one two-time champion. So it is apparent that while you don't have to be a state champion to make the all-area team, winning a title doesn't guarantee it, either. This year's team includes a pair of freshmen who have the opportunity to become four-time state champions — Abilene's Jake Kreigbaum (103 pounds) and Hoxie's Mat Gilliland (119). There are three two-time State ALL-AREA WRESTLING 2001 FIRST TEAM wt. Wrestler, School Yr. Record State 103 Jake Kreigbaum,-Abi!ene Fr. 29-2 1st 112 Dusty Greenmeyer, Herlngton Sr. 33-2 1st 119 Mat Gilliland, Hoxie Fr. 30-S 1st 125 Bryce Abbey, Goodiand Sr. 28-2 1st 130 Eric Johnson, Norton So. 28-2 1st 135 Matt Murray, Colby Sr. 36-0 1st 140 Christian Alt, Abilene sr. 34-1 3rd 145 Dylan Campbell, Oakley Sr. 32-1 1st 152 Sheldon Pfizenmaier^ Clay Centef Sr. 30-6 1st 160 Marcus Rothchild, Abilene Sr. 29-7 2nd 171 Jacob Strait, Concordia So. 25-4 1st 189 Chris Fienthrope, Salina Central Jr 25-1 1st 215 T.J.Staab^PlairivlI|e • Jr. 28-2 2nd 275 Andrew Ubben, Philllpsburg Jr. 31-1 1st Coach: Mitch Belms, Colby , champions — Colby's Matt Murray (135), Oakley's Dylan Campbell (145) and Phillipsburg's Andrew Ubben (275). Murray and Ubben are joined by Abilene's Christian Alt (140) and Plainville's T.J. Staab (215) as the only repeat selections. Other underclassmen — all state champions — are Norton's Eric Johnson (130) and Concordia's Jacob Strait (171), both sophomores, and junior Chris Fienthrope (189) of Salina Central. Rounding out the squad are Herington's Dusty Greenmeyer (112), Goodland's Bryce Abbey (125), Clay Center's Sheldon Pfizenmaler (152) and Abilene's Marcus Rothchild (160). The team is led Colby's Mitch Beims, the first person to be named to an all- Area wrestling team and later coach of the year. Beims was a member of the 1991 all-Area team after posting a 27-0 record in the 152-pound division. Ten years later he is Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to their first team state title since 1958. Twins pound Royals, spoil home opener Red-hot Minnesota remains unbeaten; Royals still winless By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Talking to Corey Koskie about the terrible things people are saying about the Minnesota Twins is not smart. "Don't get me started on all that. I take it personally," said Koskie, whose two-run homer got the unbeaten Twins rolling to a 6-2 victory over Kansas City in the Royals' home opener Friday —^— Tom Prince al,; ^ so homered and Maxwell added a two- Twins Royals. Jason run double for the Twins, who opened with a two-game sweep at Detroit and are off to their first 3-0 start on the road since 1979. Minnesota hadn't won the first three games anywhere since 1997. "Kansas City and Detroit are supposed to be teams we can compete with. Every other team is supposed to beat us," said Koskie, who also made one of several fine defensive plays on the cloudy, windy afternoon before a sellout crowd. "We don't feel we have anything to prove. We're just going out and playing our game." After being swept three games in New York, the Royals are 0-4 for the first time since the 1992 club started 0-7 amid a 1-16 beginning. As a team, they're hitting .191. As frustrated as anyone is Mike Sweeney, who hit .333 last year and drove in a club-record 144 runs but is just l-for-15 this season with no RBIs. "For us to win, we need good at-bats from the No. 1 hitter to the No. 9 hitter," Sweeney said. "You make your own breaks. Our pitching has done really well but our offense is scuffling. We're not doing our job." Joe Mays (1-0), 7-15 with a 5.55 ERA last season, allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings of his 2001 debut. "If I continue throwing the way I did today, everything's The Associated Press Royals outfielder Mark Quinn fails to catcli a fly ball hit by lUlinnesota's Denny Hocking during the first inning of their game Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. going to be all right," Mays said. "The idea is to throw the ball over the plate and not walk anybody" The Twins were leading 6-0 in the fifth when Mark Quinn led off with a home run and Rey Sanchez added an RBI single. Brian Meadows (0-1) went four innings and gave up five runs and eight hits. Koskie's two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Twins on top 30. Prince, who had just two home runs last season and 11 in his eight-year career, hit an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left for a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The game was delayed 16 minutes in the top of the eighth when a spectator was injured after jumping about 12 feet onto the warning track from the leftfield bleachers. Nathan Michalski, 22, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was placed in a neck brace and taken from the field on a cart and hurried to a hospital. A Royals spokesman said Michalski had a broken foot, a compression fracture of the spin and abdominal pain. Coyote couple JUSTIN HAYWORTH/The Salina Journal Gary Wilson answers a question Friday afternoon as her husband Doug looks on following a press conference where she was introduced as the new women's basketball and volleyball coach at Kansas Wesleyan. Wilson comes to KWU from Bucklln High School. Doug Wilson will assist his wife in coaching both sports. See story, page D3. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BO^ DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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