The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 15
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SUNDAY APRIL 8, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports ALL-AREA BASKETBALL / C2-3 BASEBALL/C4 HEART OF AMERICA JAMBOREE / C5 c ALL-AREA BASKETBALL • GOLF Photo by JEFF COOPER /The Salina Journal The All-Area Boys Top Five Basketball Team (from left to right): Mark Toms, Chapman; Matt Bartz, Concordia; Coach of the Year Larry O'Connor, Brewster; Jeff Pruitt, Beloit; Jay Reld, Brewster; and Drew Wedel, Minneapolis. Youth the rule for boys' Top 5 Sport's future looks bright as team features pair of juniors and its first-ever sophomore By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal The future of boys basketball around north central and northwest Kansas is certainly bright. For the first time in the history of the Salina Journal All-Area boys basketball team sophomores and juniors outnumber seniors on the annual team and underclassmen dominated the lists from top to bottom. There are a pair of juniors on this year's Top 5 and the first sophomore to ever be selected top 5 in the 25 years the Journal has selected all-area teams. Among the top 15 players there are six sophomores and juniors and there are 17 listed among the 40 players listed on top teams by classification. Beloit's Jeff Pruitt, who averaged 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, headlines the youth movement as the team's sophomore. Minneapolis' Drew Wedel and Chapman's Mark Toms, who both led their teams to state tournaments this season, are the two juniors on the squad. Wedel was a 3-point marksman for the Lions averaging 15.6 points and four assists per game this year while Toms was an aU-around player averaging a double- double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Brewster's Jay Reid and Concordia's Matt Bartz are the lone seniors on the squad. Reid, who helped Brewster to the lA state title, averaged 21.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Bartz averaged 22.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Panthers. Brewster's Larry O'Connor, who guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back state Class lA state championships is this year's Coach of the Year. Two more juniors, Abilene's Shawn Herrman and Minneapolis' Ben Zuker land on the second five along with seniors Kevin Campion of Salina Central, Zack Graber of Salina South and Logan Robinson of the Eastern Heights. Belleville's Jeremy Thayer, another junior, is on the third team along with seniors Lance Bergman of St. John's Beloit, D'Andre McGrew of Salina South, Parker McKee of Colby and John Tietjens of Waconda East. Photo by JEFF COOPER /The Salina Journal The All-Area Girls Top Five Basketball Team (from left to right): Brittany Dietz, Osborne; Jennifer Hake, Oakley; Coach of the Year Brian Johnston, Grinnell; Brooke Ubelaker, Osborne; and Esther Dohl, Sylvan. Not pictured: Stacey Becker, McPherson. Osborne pair among girls' Top 5 Bulldogs' Dietz, Ubelaker mark only the fifth time two from same team on Top 5 By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Teammates on this particular team are fairly uncommon. This marks the 25th season the Salina Journal has been selecting a girls all- area basketball team, with players chosen from the nearly 80 schools in the Journal's circulation area. The selection of Osborne's Brittany Dietz and Brooke Ubelaker to the 2001 BECKER Top 5 marks only the fifth time in a quarter century that two players from one school have been chosen in the same year. Dietz and Ubelaker were part of an Osborne team that won 51 consecutive games before falling in the Class 2A state title contest last month. Only one Journal area girls team has had a longer winning streak, and McPherson's Stacey Becker was a large part of that. Becker, whose McPherson team won 56 consecutive games from 1998 to through 2000, also joins an elite all-area group with her selection to this year's squad. Becker becomes only the fourth player in 25 years to make three apper- ances on the Top 5. Becker joins Colby's Rachelle Roulier and former Salina South standouts Betsy Sloan and Alyssa Shriver as the only players to earn top all-area honors three times. Sylvan's Esther Dohl and Oakley's Jennifer Hake both led their teams to 20- and 21-win seasons, respectively, while Girls All-Area Coach of the Year Brian Johnston led Grinnell to 19 victories, one year after the Warriors went 020. All-Area coverage, C2-3 Woods closes in on history But showdown with Mickelson stands in way of major sweep By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — A sudden burst of birdies for Tiger Woods. A late charge from his nemesis, Phil Mickelson. Just like that, the stage was set for a thrilling conclusion to one of the most remarkable Masters ever A t stake for Woods is t h e CMMSTERS LEADERBOARD Tiger Woods -12 Phil Mickelson -11 Mark Calcavecchia . .-10 Chris DiMarco -10 Angel Cabrera -9 David Duval -9 Ernie Els -9 Rocco Mediate -8 grandest ' " achieve- Kirk Triplett -8 Lee Janzen -7 Jose Maria Olazabal . .-7 Brad Faxon -7 Steve Strieker -7 Today's TV 3 p.m., CBS ment yet in golf — the first clean sweep of the four professional majors. "Just to have the opportunity to do it is going to be a lot of fun," Woods said. What better person to try to stop him than Mickelson, who already has halted two of Woods' amazing streaks and is poised to shed the burden as the best player in the world without a major championship? The Associated Press Eye of the Tiger: Tiger Woods has a one-shot lead following Saturday's play at the Masters. "1 desperately want this," Mickelson said. "I've been dreaming of this day" With three straight birdies down the back stretch Saturday, Woods emerged from a pack with a 4-under 68 and a one- stroke lead at 204, not a bad position for a guy who is 24-4 worldwide when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Mickelson bogeyed with a three-putt from 6 feet and took a double bogey by trying a flop shot from the razor-thin grass on the 14th green. Still, he showed no quit, birdieing the last two holes for a 69 and a spot in the final pairing. "1 wanted to be playing with him," Mickelson said. See MASTERS, Page C8 Royals pitcher Roberto Hernandez celebrates his save and the Royals' first victory of the season Saturday against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Winless no more: Royals stop Twins Hernandez gets final three outs to secure win; Randa breaks out By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An excitement that Kansas City hasn't experienced in many years rippled through Kauffman Stadium. Roberto Hernandez was making his Royals' debut. Then the veteran right-han­ der, who's being asked to repair the most wretched bullpen in the league, brought a roar from the crowd by getting the last three outs in Saturday's 5-3 victory over Minnesota. The Royals are hoping Hernandez will do nothing less than herald a whole new era. "I hope this will be the beginning of something good here," said Hernandez. "It's a good sensation to finish it for them. And it was very, very satisfying for me." The crowd of 16,687 which had seen its bullpen blow a staggering 56 save chances the past two seasons, was on its feet applauding when Hernandez fanned Doug Mientkiewicz for his first save as a Royal. "1 was so pumped to get the last guy out, the first two pitches sailed out of the strike zone," he said. How many times has a crowd come to its feet for him like that? "Never Never, ever," said the nine-year veteran. The players who've seen two fine offensive seasons laid waste by a horrid relief corps seemed almost as pumped as the crowd. "I could feel the energy," said third baseman Joe Randa. "It was pretty exciting." Hernandez, obtained over the winter in a three-way trade that sent outfielder Johnny Damon to Oakland, caught a bad break when second baseman Carlos Febles booted a grounder by Cory Koskie leading off. When Jacque Jones singled him to second, you could almost hear the fans mutter, "Here we go again." But then Randa made a nice pickup at third to start a rally- , killing double play and Her- I nandez blew a game-ending fastball past Mientkiewicz. ' "1 knew I was one pitch away from getting a ground ball double-play and that's exactly what happened," Hernandez said. "The good thing is I'm mature enough to put (the error) away" Randa's home run broke an O-for-15 skid and Carlos Beltran delivered a two-run single as the Royals finally broke into the win column and kept the Twins from their first 4-0 start since 1987. The Twins were the last unbeaten team in the AL while Kansas City was the last winless club. Jeff Suppan (1-1) went 6M) innings for the victory, giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked none. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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