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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, January 3,1986 Page 9 Sooners end season as they began: No. 1 By The Associated Press The Oklahoma Sooners, who defeated No. 1 Penn State 25-10 in the Orange Bowl, were officially crowned college football's national champions Thursday, falling only two points short of perfection to finish the season the way they started it -No.l. Only six other teams in the 50-year history of The Associated Press poll won the championship after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason. Oklahoma received 55 of 57 first- place votes and 1,138 of a possible 1,140 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and sportscasters and won its sixth national championship. Only Notre Dame, with seven, has won more championships than the Sooners. Three voters failed to submit their ballots and couldn't be reached. Michigan finished a distant second after defeating Nebraska 27-23 in the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl. The Wolverines, fifth in the final regular-season poll, received one first-place vote and 1,032 points. Penn State's Orange Bowl loss cost the Nittany Lions what would have been their second national championship in four years. Instead, they slipped to third place with 990 points. "I'm satisfied and happy it turned out this way," Oklahoma coach AP Top Twenty The Top Twenty teams in the final Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, season record, total points based on 20-19.18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and lost week's ranking: Record Pti Pvi I.OKLAHOMA (55) 2. Michigan (1) 3. Penn State 4. Tennessee (1) S.Florida 6. Texas ASM 7. UCLA 8. Air Force 9. Miami, Fla. 10. Iowa 1 I.NEBRASKA 12. Arkansas 13. Alabama 14. Ohio State 15. Florida St. 16. Brigham Young 17. Baylor 18. Maryland 19. Georgia Tech 20.LSD Others receiving votes: Fresno State 85, Auburn 79, Army 37. Oklahoma State 6, Georgia 4, Minnesota 4, Arizona 3, West Virginia 1. Barry Switzer said. "I always thought we had a chance to be good because I thought we'd be favored in every game we played, and we were." Switzer said Penn State was "the best team we played this season, without a doubt; they're better than Nebraska." Oklahoma will receive The Associated Press-Paul W. "Bear" Bryant national championship trophy on a date to be announced. 11-1-0 10-1-1 11-1-0 9-1-2 9-1-1 10-2-0 9-2-1 12-1-0 10-2-0 10-2-0 9-3-0 10-2-0 9-2-1 9-3-0 9-3-0 11-3-0 9-3-0 9-3-0 9-2-1 9-2-1 1,138 1,032 990 957 929 792 767 755 699 621 500 495 484 409 359 228 184 158 128 126 3 5 1 8 6 11 13 10 2 4 7 14 15 17 18 9 T20 12 Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer celebrates following the Sooners' Orange Bowl victory. In the 36 years that the AP has conducted a preseason poll, the only other teams to win national championships after starting the season No. 1 were Tennessee in 1951; Michigan State in 1952; Oklahoma in 1956,1974 and 1975, and Alabama in 1978. The crowning of the Sooners, who were third going into the Orange Bowl, became a formality when second-ranked Miami lost to Tennessee 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl and No. 4 Iowa was beaten by UCLA 45-28 in the Rose Bowl. "I think it's evident we survived bowl day, and that gives us the mythical national championship," Switzer said. "You have to be lucky and have other people beat other people for you in this race for No. 1." Lucious Selmon, a star for Oklahoma's 1974 and 1975 national champions and an assistant coach with the school's latest No. 1 team, said it "means a great deal going through it again. It's just a great feeling. Saying that truly doesn't express what it means to me. I hope it will serve as motivation for these young kids to come back and work toward winning another one." Penn State coach Joe Paterno said, "We were beaten by a better team. We didn't play well enough to win. We just weren't poised. You've got to give Oklahoma credit." Despite the loss of the Orange Bowl and the national championship, Paterno tried to paint a positive end to the Nittany Lions' season. "I didn't expect any of us to be here at this stage," Paterno said. "I thought we were a year or two away." Tennessee jumped from eighth place to fourth. The Volunteers received the remaining first-place vote and 957 points. They were followed by Florida, which moved up from sixth in the final regular-season poll. The Gators were on probation and did not play in a bowl game. Texas A&M, a 36-16 winner over Auburn in the Cotton Bowl, vaulted from llth place to sixth with 792 points and cracked the Top Ten .for the first time since Oct. 9,1978. UCLA climbed from 13th to seventh with 767 points, followed by Air Force, up from 10th to eighth after defeating Texas 24-16 in the Bluebonnet Bowl. The Falcons received 755 points. Mitchell hits game-winner as K-State edges Marquette By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN — Despite being a senior and a three-year letterman, Kansas State's Ben Mitchell had been pushed to the side in the Wildcats' first 11 basketball games of the season. Mitchell entered Thursday night's game against Marquette averaging just 5.2 points a game as he took a back seat to point-producers Norris Coleman _,.. , „ and Joe Wright. Mitchell But, when Kansas State needed Mitchell the most Thursday night against Marquette, the 6-9 senior from St. Louis came through. It was Mitchell who drilled in an off-balance 12-foot baseline jumper with seven seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a wild 56-55 victory in front of 6,600 fans at Ahearn Field House. The one-point victory, the second in as many games for the Wildcats, boosted K-State to 9-3 overall while dropping Marquette to 6-4. It was also K-State's second straight one- point victory over Marquette in as many years. "I'm happy for all of us," said KSU head coach Jack Hartman. "Ben hit the shot. That wasn't the primary play. They defensed us well, they denied us a couple of tilings we do in last-second situations. They scouted us well. Ben's shot was the secondary play." Secondary or not, Mitchell's shot went through and Kansas State came away with a hard-earned victory over the physcial Warriors, who MU(55) MIN FG FT R F TP 14 Boone Trotter Downing Moore Sims Copa Johnson Harrison TOTALS K-STATE (56) Mitchell Coleman Meyer Green Wright Eddie Underwood Muff Smith TOTALS 36 28 20 31 11 28 21 11 200 MIN 38 30 34 33 37 5 9 13 1 200 7-18 2-12 1-2 4-10 1-7 6-11 1-5 0-6 22-71 FG 7-9 4-12 3-5 5-13 5-9 0-0 0-2 1-1 0-1 25-52 1-2 2-4 1-2 0-0 3-4 0-0 4-4 5 4 9 2 15 2 4 FT R 0-2 5 0-0 9 1-2 5 1-2 1 2-2 2 0-0 2 0-0 1 2-2 1 0-0 0 6-10 26 HALFTIME — Marquette 27, Kansas State 22. TEAM REBOUNDS — Marquette 4, Kansas State 6. ASSISTS — Marquette 10 (Sims 5), Kansas State 17 (Green 6). TURNOVERS — Marquette 10, Kansas State 10. OFFICIALS — Hightowe, Rosser, Weiler. A — 6,600. F 3 0 4 2 1 0 0 3 0 13 hammered K-State in the rebounding department. Marquette held a whopping 46-26 rebounding edge, but made just 31 percent of its shots for the game. "We played a great game," Marquette head coach Rick Majerus said. "We played our guts out. We can't play any better, we can't play any harder. I was happy with everything but the score." Majerus had to be happy with his team's defense in the final seconds as the Warriors held a 55-54 lead. Marquette first shut off Coleman inside and then Wright outside. But, after Wright passed back to point-guard Benny Green, Green swung the ball around to Mitchell, who hit the shot with 6-10 Tom Copa coining up fast to defend. "We were looking for a shot from Joe or Norris, but there wasn't much time left," said Mitchell, who finished with a team-high 14 points. "They swung it around to me and I didn't feel any defensive pressure. I saw Copa out of the corner of my eye and it (the shot) felt good when it left my hand." Mitchell said it was gratifying to hit the game-winning shot after attempting just four shots a game in the first 11 contests and losing his starting spot for several games. "It's a nice feeling to hit the game- winning shot," Mitchell said. "If that would have been my only basket, I wouldn't have cared as long as we won." Marquette still had some time left on the clock after Mitchell's basket, but when Kevin Johnson raced down court and was fouled with one second remaining, confusion reigned. Official Ed Hightower signaled that Marquette had called a time out, but when one second remained on the Scoreboard clock, Majerus rushed on the court to confront the officials. Four seconds were finally put on the clock, but it didn't matter as Johnson had the ball knocked out of his hands with a second remaining to give the victory to the Wildcats. The game was a nailbiter all the way as neither team held more than a five-point lead. The game was tied 10 times in the second half and the lead changed hands seven times. "I would have liked a a faster- paced game," Hartman said. "But Marquette played well and controlled the game." Hartman said the slow pace hindered his team's ability to rebound. "That has been a problem for us all year long, it was no different tonight," Hartman said. "It's not so much size and technique as it is a jumping contest. "They kept things to where their Marquette guard Michael Sims (left) gets a shot off over Kansas State's Joe Wright. size and strength was effective. When you play it under both baskets, those things are a bigger factor." Wright and Green followed Mitchell in the scoring department with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Coleman, who entered the game averaging 20.6 points a game, didn't score until the 8:38 mark of the second half and ended with eight. "You have to remember that he's only a freshman (academically)," said Hartman of the 6-8 Coleman. "He's going to have to learn to adjust when the defense is stacked against him." Copa paced Marquette with 15 points, while David Boone, a 6-6 junior, had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Next up for the Wildcats is a Saturday night game at North Texas State. Strong second half carries Spartans past Azusa Pacific AZUSA, Calif. — Like it did against Bakersfield on Monday, Marymount's basketball team led at halftime against Azusa Pacific College Thursday night. The big difference Thursday, however, was that the Spartans didn't lose their lead and the game in the second half like they did against Bakersfield. Using a 10-0 spurt to start the second half, Marymount raced to a 14-point lead it would never relinquish and went on to post an 84-68 victory over Azusa Pacific. The win improved Marymount's record to 10-7 entering tonight's game against Claremont College in the first round of the Tom Byron Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif., beginning at 8 p.m. CST. "We shot the ball well in the first half and played great pressure defense to start the game," said Marymount head coach Dan Pratt. "They (Azusa) areslmiliar to us in that they have two good inside players and a great per- MARYMOUNT(84) Mansfield 02-22, Carter 30-06, Rhine 0 0-0 0, Ward 31-37, Smith 5 0-010, Stephens 2 0-0 4, Belew 1 2-2 4, Robinson 1 0-1 2, Butler 101-221, Hamilton 4 4-4 12, Guitroz 00-10, Dugan 80-2 16. TOTALS37 10-17 84. AZUSA PACIFIC (68) Fletcher 102-5 22, Long 4 0-0 8, Dangleis 3 0-0 6, McCain 1 0-0 2, Bellamy 1 2-4 4, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Gutierrez 1 2-2 4, Ges- rochers82-3 18. TOTALS 30 8 1468. HALFTIME — Marymount 32, Azusa Pacific 28. TOTAL FOULS — Marymount 15, Azusa Pacific 19. FOULED OUT — None. TECHNICAL FOULS — Gesrochers (AP). imeter player (DarnellFletcher). They didn't like the transition game as much as we do, however." Azusa tried to slow the tempo at the start of the second half by holding the ball as long as it could before it was forced to work for a shot. But the Spartans didn't let the slow play bother them. The defense again started the second half in swarming fashion and the offense scored the first five times it had the ball to turn a 32-28 halftime advantage into a 42-28 (See Spartans, Page 10) Shockers whip Abilene Christian ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor WICHITA—If the Fat Lady was in attendance at Levitt Arena Thursday night, she undoubtedly began clearing her throat shortly after the national anthem was sung. Yes, it didn't take Wichita State long to put tiny Abilene Christian in its place. The NCAA Division II Wildcats, who lost to Emporia State in their last appearance, were simply no match for the Shockers on this or any other night. Final score: WSU 78, Abilene Christian 50. "We figured we could beat them," said WSU guard Lew Hill. "But you know the saying, 'Any team has a chance on any given night.'" Wichita State made sure it didn't give Abilene Christian any such opportunity. The Shocks, pounding the offensive boards at will, never trailed. They built an 11-6 lead in the game's first 3:09. Then WSU administered a haymaker to the Wildcats in the form of a 16-0 run. It was at the 10:36 mark, with the score 27-6, that the Fat Lady was undoubtedly singing loud and clear. "I'm really searching for more ACU(50) MIN FG FT R F TP Scales Johnson Greene Enzor Shearmrie Williams Portley Townsend Hoverson TOTALS 40 8-19 0-0 12 23 28 40 12 11 15 6 25 1-6 3-9 5-17 0-2 2-7 1-4 0-1 1-5 3-4 3-4 2-2 0-0 0-0 o-o 0-0 0-0 16 5 9 12 0 4 2 0 2 200 21-70 8-10 37 15 50 R 4 5 4 5 3 5 1 1 1 8 4 2 11 60 HALFTIME — Wichita State 49. Christian 21. TEAM REBOUNDS — Christian 6, Wichita State 6. ASSISTS Christian 15 (Greene 4), Wichita (Normore 5). TURNOVERS — Abilene 17. Wichita State 21. OFFICIALS Murphy, Terry Anderson. A — 8.152. WSU (78) Santos Radunovich Grayer Hill Normore Carr Coleman Bailey Cundiff Dwi.Praylow Dwa.Praylow Askew Williams TOTALS MIN 28 18 7 24 22 15 8 11 10 21 13 3 20 200 FG 7-12 3-6 0-3 7-12 2-8 2-5 1-3 1-2 1-4 5-9 1-3 1-1 3-7 34-74 FT 6-7 1-3 2-4 0-0 0-0 1-5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 10-22 TP 20 7 2 14 4 5 2 2 2 10 2 2 6 78 Abilene Abilene Abilene State 22 Christian — James offense and better movement of the ball," said WSU coach Gene Smithson. "And I thought we saw some good individual performances." Hill's effort was as good as anybody's. He scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half on some pretty outside shooting to help the Shockers build a commanding 49-21 lead at intermission. "That's my shot," said Hill of the 17-20-footers he was canning. "I made a couple and Coach (Smithson) said, 'just keep shootin.'" Junior forward Gus Santos also had a good night, scoring 20 points and grabbing four rebounds. "I thought Gus and Lew Hill played hard," Smithson said. The Shocker coach also liked what he saw from freshmen Dwight Pray- low and Ted Williams. Praylow had career-high totals of 10 points and eight rebounds, while Williams had an impressive 11 rebounds and six points in 20 minutes. "That's quite a performance," Smithson said of Williams, a 6-10 center. "Obviously, he's earning some playing time.'' The Shockers could be excused a bit if they went through the motions during the game's final half. And for most of 20 minutes, it looked like WSU did just that. The Shocks committed 16 of their 21 turnovers after intermission and (See WSU, Page 10) Miami, which blew a possible shot at the national championship by losing to Tennessee, skidded from second place to ninth with 699 points. Iowa, which also had dreams of finishing No. 1, wound up 10th with 621 points. The Second Ten consists of Nebraska, Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Brigham Young, Baylor, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Louisiana State. The final regular-season Second Ten consisted of Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida State and Oklahoma State, with Bowling Green and Maryland tied for 20th. Nebraska and Brigham Young, a 10-7 loser to Ohio State in the Florida Citrus Bowl, dropped from the Top Ten to the Second Ten. Auburn, Oklahoma State and Bowling Green fell out of the rankings by losing their bowl games. Auburn lost to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma State bowed to Florida State 34-23 in the Gator Bowl and Bowling Green was wal- lopped 51-7 by Fresno State in the California Bowl. They were replaced by Baylor, a 21-7 victor over LSU in the Liberty Bowl; Maryland, which defeated Syracuse 35-18 in the Cherry Bowl; and Georgia Tech, which beat Michigan State 17-14 in the All-American Bowl. Seven schools form new prep league ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer Beginning the fall of 1987, there will again be a Central Kansas League in high school competition. The reformed CKL will have all new faces compared to the original CKL — which included Salina South and Salina Central — that was in existence from 1922 through 1978. Charter members of the new CKL will be Smoky Valley, Ellsworth and Southeast of Saline, current members of the North Central Activities Association; Haven, Hesston and Lyons of the Mid-Kansas League, and Ellinwood of the Central Prairie League. The new league isn't expected to hurt the Mid-Kansas or the Central Prairie leagues because each will still have seven members. The NCAA — in competition since 1976 — will dissolve, however. The breakup has left remaining NCAA members Beloit, Belleville, Minneapolis and Sacred Heart without a league. "Travel was the number one reason why the new league was formed," said Smoky Valley superintendent Irvin Myers. "Our longest trip will be 65 miles to Ellinwood. Now, we're traveling 95 miles to Belleville and 85 to Beloit." Ellinwood will have the two longest trips — 78 miles each to Southeast of Saline and Hesston. While the other six teams will have shorter travel distances for extracurricular activities, Ellinwood will have a few more total miles to log. "It will still be better for us because of the competition will be better," said Ellinwood head football and girls' basketball coach Craig Schneider. It appeared the CKL would have eight members, but Halstead's school board voted not to move over from the Mid-Kansas. Eight teams would seem to be an ideal number, but new league president Bert Hitchcock of Ellsworth likes seven because of football scheduling. "Because Haven is the only 4A school in the new league (the rest are 3A), it couldn't have played a complete league schedule because of the district schedule," Hitchcock said. "With seven teams, we will be able to play a complete league football schedule." Depending on what bylaws the league's appointed executive committee formulates in the next two weeks, the league may be open to accepting new members. It's apparent, however, that travel distance would be one of the top priorities in accepting new members. The league's philosophy toward new members could change if some of the teams joined Haven in 4A. Hesston, Smoky Valley and Ellsworth are very close to 4A. While Belleville stands little chance of being accepted into the CKL, Minneapolis and Sacred Heart do have outside chances. Minneapolis has asked to join the CKL, but, according to Hitchcock, will have to wait for the league's bylaws to be written for its answer. (See League, Page 11)

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