The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 2001 · Page 27
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THE SALINA JOURNAI SPORTS T STATE COLLEGE ATHLETICS SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2001 P3 Wesleyan gets 2-for-l deal , New women's basketball, . volleybalKcoach will bring husband along as assistant By ARNE GREEN TIte Salirm Journal When Jerry Jones was seeking two coaches for the price of one, he meant • one person with experience in both basketball and volleyball. What Jones, Kansas Wesieyan's athletic director, got Thursday with the hiring of Gary Wilson as women's basketball and volleyball coach exceeded even his own expectations. Wilson, who was introduced Friday afternoon at a campus press conference, announced that when she leaves her job at Bucklin High School for Salina this summer she will bring along her husband, Doug, as her assistant in both sports. Doug Wilson was the boys basketball coach at Bucklin for the past nine years and also assisted his wife in volleyball. "This year we made a deal that whoever had the first opportunity, we were going to support that one, and the opportunity that arose for them to take that job," • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL said Gary Wilson, a former basketball player at Sterling and the girls basketball and volleyball coach at Bucklin for the past eight years. "And it just happened to be that I had the first opportunity and he is very supportive of that." Doug Wilson, who also attended the press conference along with their 4-year- old daughter, Aubrey, said he had no qualms about the move, "I'm excited for her opportunity," he said. "She's been trying to get into college coaching for the last few years and it's very hard to get your foot in the door and get the opportunity, and Kansas Wesleyan has given her the opportunity "She is excited and grateful. I'm totally supporting her and I'm excited, myself. I don't have to be a head coach. I coach because I like to work with young people. Whether I'm the head coach or the assistant coach, I get that equal opportunity." Jones said that Wilson's experience coaching both sports, plus her enthusiasm for the job were things that stood out during the search process. He said 33 candidates expressed some interest in the position and that six were interviewed, with that list pared to three finalists. "She wanted to move into college ath­ letics," Jones said of Wilson. "She and her husband said they had made up their mind that they were going to do whatever necessary. "They're good, Christian people, and that makes a big difference in coming here. She was not interested in making this an athletic powerhouse. She was interested, very much so, in Kansas Wesleyan doing well in the (Kansas) Conference." Jones also said he was convinced Wilson would throw herself into the new job. "She was experienced in what it takes to win," he said. "We also feel that Gary is a person who will be here early and late. "She already is a person in charge, but she will want to be a person who is here for our teams." Wilson said that despite Wesieyan's recent struggles in both sports, she is convinced the Coyotes can again be competitive in the Kansas Conference. "It's going to take a lot of recruiting, first of all," she said. "I think that's going to be the biggest part of it, recruiting good people here that are quality students and quality athletes with the desire to be successful. "Everyone's been very supportive," Delgado, Jays rip Yanks Toronto first baseman hits three home runs In 13-4 shellacking By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Carlos Delga-. do homered twice and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays wrecked the major league debut of Christian Parker, beating the New • „ York Yankees Amencan 13-4 Friday night. D e 1 g a d 0 , who hit three home runs Wednesday night at Tampa Bay, helped send the World Series champions to their first loss of the season. Esteban Loaiza (2-0) made his second straight impressive start. After defeating Texas in the big league opener Sunday, he limited the Yankees to two runs in seven innings. RED SOX 11, DEVIL RAYS 4 BOSTON — Manny Ran:iirez lined a three-run honner on the first pitch to him at home with the Red Sox, and Boston won its fourth straight Fenway opener. Mil<e Lansing and Carl Everett hit solo homers In the fourth Inning off Ryan Rupe (0-1) as Boston overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit. Ramirez singled in a run In a three-run eighth as Boston had 11 hits. Tim Wal<efield (1-0) relieved Tomo Oh- The Associated Press Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski waves to the crowd moments before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park Friday. ka In the fifth and allowed one run In three innings, striking out five. TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 9 CHICAGO — Shane Halter singled in the go-ahead run off Keith Fouike (0-1) In the 10th. Detroit wasted a 5-1 lead, then overcame a 9-5 deficit. Tony Clark hit a grand siam for the Tigers, and Frank Thomas, Jose Valentin and Ray Durham homered for the V\/hite Sox off starter Dave Mllcki. Danny Patterson (1-0) pitched two hit- less Innings for the Tigers, who won for the first time In three games this season, Todd Jones pitched a perfect 10th for the save, INDIANS 4, ORIOLES 3 CLEVELAND — Juan Gonzalez and Jim Thome homered on consecutive pitches as the Cleveland Indians rallied shortly after a fog delay Friday night for a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, A dense, fast-moving fog swirled In off Lake Erie In the fifth Inning and stopped play for eight minutes before the Indians stormed back from a 3-0 deficit. They scored the go-ahead run in the seventh Inning without getting a hit as Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded, Ricardo RIncon (1-0) relieved starter Dave Burba and got the win, striking out the only batter he faced. MARINERS 9, RANGERS 7 ARLINGTON, Texas - Alex Rodriguez won't have a fond memory of his first game against Seattle — because of Ichiro Suzuki's 10th-inning home run. Suzuki, the seven-time Japanese batting champion, hit his first major league home run and was 4-for-6 Friday night to lead the Mariners over the Texas Rangers 9-7. Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and two runs scored, striking out twice and flying out. In his first five games since signing a record $252 million, 10- year contract, he is 5-for-20 (,250) with seven strikeouts and no RBIs, Suzuki, playing his first road game in the majors, hit a two-run homer off Jeff Zimmerman (0-1) with one out In the 10th following Tom Lampkln's leadoff walk. Biggie propels unbeaten Astros By The Associated Press ' HOUSTON— Craig Biggio , went 3-for-4 with a two-run . homer and three RBIs, and the Houston Astros beat the Pitts- V , burgh Pirates National ^^^^^ Friday LfiagUe Houston is 40 for only the third time in franchise history, joining the Astros of 1968 and 1987 — who set a team best by winning their first six, Biggio, back from major knee storgery, hit his first homer of the season in the first inning off , Omar Olivares (0-1). Biggio also had an RBI double in the fifth. After Biggie's homer, Jeff Bagwell reached second on a throwing error by third baseman Aramis Ramirez and scored on Richard Hidalgo's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. CUBS 3, PHILLIES 2 PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies failed to start the season 4-0 lor the first time since 1915, losing their home opener to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday. Julian Tavarez allowed one run In 5 1-3 Innings and Julio Zuleta homered as the Cubs handed Larry Bowa his first loss as Philadelphia manager. EXPOS 10, METS 6 MONTREAL — Orlando Cabrera hit a three-run double and one of three homers off New York reliever Brian Rose to lead Montreal to a 10-6 win over the Mets in the Expos' home opener. Tim Raines, 41, made his first start for the Expos since 1990. He was given an ovation. BRAVES 7, METS 5 MIAMI — Chipper Jones fiit a three- run homer and Greg Maddux pitched five shutout Innings as Atlanta waited out two rain delays before beating Florida. Mike Lowell hit a grand slam for the Marlins (0-4), who are off to the worst start In their nine-year history. The Braves broke a scoreless tie with three runs In the sixth on an RBI single by B.J. Surhoff and a two-run single by pinch-hitter Javy Lopez against Jason Grilli (0-1). Jones made it 6-1 In the seventh with a his first home run of the season. BREWERS 5, REDS 4 MILWAUKEE — After a one-year delay, Milwaukee celebrated the opening of Miller Park with their first win of the season. With the retractable fan-shaped roof and the outfield panels closed, Richie Sexson's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning gave the Brewers the win. DODGERS 10, GIANTS 1 LOS ANGELES — Luke Prokopec allowed four hits In 7% innings and Eric Karros moved past Roy Campanella Into third place on the Dodgers' career home run list as Los Angeles routed San Francisco. Prokopec, recalled from the minors last Sunday when Kevin Brown went on the disabled list with a strained right Achilles tendon, lost a bid for a shutout in his fourth career start when Bobby Estalella hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth. T PRO BASKETBALL Kemp enters rehab By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — There were moments when Shawn Kemp made significant contributions to the Portland Trail Blazers' quest for an NBA title, and others when the former All-Star simply embarrassed himself on the court. But few expected the 31- year-old forward's first season in Portland to end so ignominiously, leaving the team to check himself into a drug rehabilitation program. Kemp win be treated for cocaine abuse and won't return this season. Since Kemp volunteered for the program he will continue on full salary Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt said before Friday night's game at Golden State. Portland put Kemp on injured reserve Friday night and activated Antonio Harvey Portland players were asked not to comment on the situation before the game. "The entire Blazer organization supports Shawn during this difficult time," Whitsitt said in a press release. "He's taking steps to put his personal life in order so that he can return to his professional career and Shawn should be commended for his actions." Track / Swanson leads SES FROM PAGE D1 Gassman finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. "I was pleased with the overall team effort," Minneapolis coach Kevin Williams said. "In order to do well in a meet like this you have to have a lot of kids score. The kids that helped win this are the kids that don't win medals." Stephanie Swanson had the best day among the Southeast of Saline athletes. Swanson won the girls discus with a throw of 129-10, and was second in the shot put with an effort of 37-0. Freshman Nichole Malito was second in the 400 (1:07.41) and fourth in the triple jump for Southeast. Senior Mark Troutfetter placed second in the boys triple jump and fourth in the javelin, while Adam Smith was fourth in the 110 hurdles in his first try at the event. "I'm real happy with all our efforts," Southeast coach Pat Haxton said. "We have so many freshmen and sophomores and they are all working hard." Olson, who has signed a volleyball and track letter of intent with Tabor, had one of the two meet records set Friday The other went to Marion's Shawna Hett, who won the girls pole vault by clearing 9-feet, 3-inches. Ell-Saline's Brian Morris placed third in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. T PRO FOOTBALL Broncos, Griese near new deal By The Associated Press DENVER — Quarterback Brian Griese and the Denver Broncos are close to signing a seven-year, $42 million contract. The Denver Post reported Friday that sources close to Griese said the deal could be completed in the next week. The contract would be the richest given to a Broncos quarterback, exceeding the five-year, $29.5 million agreement reached with longtime franchise standout John Elway before the 1996 season. The Kansas Gity Ghiefs have expressed interest in Griese, who is a restricted free agent. Denver has the right to match any offers. "The Broncos also announced the sigings of free agent defensive end Keith Washington, who had a hand in the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory, and free agent guard Phil Ostrowski. Start at your windows for a new lift of pleasure and beauty. Elizabeth Bryan By appointment • Salina 785-822-0912 Watchbands & Watch Repair Est. 1884 we L C RS Fine Credit Jewelers It's the little things that matter. 123 N. Santa Fe / 825-0531 COUNTY SPORTS Baseball Southeast of Saline sweeps Smoky Valley LINDSBORG — Southeast of Saline, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, improved its record to 6-1 on Friday with a doubleheader sweep of the Smoky Valley Vikings. The Trojans pounded out 24 hits in winning 163 and 14-4 decisions at Anderson Field as Jeremy Petty (3-0) and Justin Hartman (1-0) picked up the victories. Southeast overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first game with five runs in the second inning, two in the third and eight more in the fourth. Jordan Dupes had a pair of doubles for the Trojans. Southeast had 16 hits in the second game and broke things open with seven runs in the top of the second. Casey Noonan, Ghaid Schwarz and Tom Komp had doubles and Adam Ptacek a triple for the Trojans. Softball Offense propels SE of Saline to sweep LINDSBORG — Southeast of Saline slugged its way to another doubleheader softball sweep Friday, rolling past Smoky Valley 13-3 in the first game and holding off the Vikings 9-7 in the second to remain unbeaten. The Trojans, 6-0, had 17 hits in the opener to back the complete-game pitching of Charly Bloom (3-0). Jamie Schropp was 4 for 4 with a double and triple, Laura Reed had two triples and Emily Eilders and Alicia Pavkov each homered to lead the I Southeast onslaught. • In the second game, the Trojans jumped out to a 9-0 lead with a seven-run fourth inning, then withstood a Smoky Valley rally Schropp pitched the first six innings to run her record to 3-0, with Bloom working the final inning for the save. Offensively, Reed had two more triples and three runs batted in, with Bloom adding a triple and Rachael Flax two hits. "We swung the bats pretty well all night long," Southeast coach Mike Garretson said. "It was good to see us come out and really hit the ball hard. "Our pitchers threw strikes. In the second game we got up right away, 9-0, and we probably didn't maintain our concentration quite as well as we should have." Postponements Weather concerns halt numerous events Concerns about inclement weather forced the postponement of several athletic events involving Saline County teams Friday Salina Central had four events postponed, including a track and field meet at Junction City That event has been rescheduled for Monday starting at 3 p.m. Also postponed Friday were Central baseball at Manhattan, Central softball at Great Bend and Central tennis at the Newton Invitational. The baseball games have been rescheduled for Friday April 13. The softball games will take place Monday April 23, and the tennis meet will now be held on Friday April 20. Salina South's soccer match at Wichita North has been postponed until Friday April 13, with a 4:30 p.m. start at Wichita. Ell-Saline announced it has reset a baseball doubleheader that was originally scheduled for Monday at Plainville. The games will now be played on Friday April 20 starting at 4 p.m. in Plainville. BRIEFLY Juco softball teams converge on Salina The Jayhawk Challenge Softball Tournament begins today, with 20 Kansas junior college teams competing in the two-day event at Bill Burke Park. The tournament will take place on four fields with 26 games today and 24 on Sunday Brown Mackie is scheduled for two games today and three Sunday The Lions face Kansas City Kansas at 1:45 p.m. today and Fort Scott at 5 p.m., with both games on Field 6. Brown Mackie's schedule for Sunday starts with a 9 a.m. game against Allen County before the Lions face Johnson County at 12:15 p.m. and wrap up with a 5 p.m. game against Highland. Cloud County will play twice today against Kansas City Kansas at 10:30 a.m. and Allen County at 3:30 p.m. Colby Community College is scheduled for three games today meeting Johnson County at 9 a.m.. Fort Scott at 12:15 p.m. and Highland at 3:30 p.m. Bethany, KWU golfers dominate tournament LINCOLN, Neb. — Mike Morgan took home medalist honors and also led Bethany to the team championship Friday in the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invitational at Mahoney Golf Course. Morgan fired a one-under par 69 on Friday to finish the 36- hole tournament with a score of two-under 139, one stroke in front of Kansas Wesieyan's Justin Gosa, who also had a 69. The Swedes shot a six-over 286 to finish the team competition at 577, seven shots ahead of Kansas Wesleyan, who had a 289 on Friday Nebraska Wesleyan finished third at 589. In addition to Morgan and Gosa, Sven Delin of Bethany and Adrian Lamb of KWU also finished in the Top 10. Delin was fourth at 144 and Lamb was eighth at 146. Kansas, Kansas St. baseball teams lose Matt Farnum threw his second shutout of the season Friday night, leading Texas A&M to a 8-0 victory over Kansas at College Station, Texas. The Aggies exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and added two more in the eighth to make it 8-0. Seven different A&M players drove in runs, including Matt Alexander who had a two-run single in the seventh. At Stillwater, Okla., Josh Merrigan gave up five hits in 7% innings and Oklahoma State got three hits from Paul Powell and Jose Virgil in an 115 victory over Kansas State. Merrigan (5-4) struck out eight, walked three and allowed just two earned runs. Powell hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, when the Cowboys (25-10, 9-7 Big 12) scored four times to secure the victory From Staff Reports V n I! ^ T It V «• I. II le SAVE $300 JOIN OUR FAMILY Fm AT THE ELKS! 18 Hole Championship Course Summer Junior Golf Program Restaurant & Banquet Facilities Swimming Pool Call For Details 785-827-8585 meet meat '-' 321 North Ninlh 823-6109

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