The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal Friday, May 19, 1995 C3 i> FROM PAGE C1 Orlando ousts Chicago to reach Eastern final series because of Jordan's ability to dominate in the clutch. But for the third time this series, the NBA's career leader in playoff scoring average faded down the stretch and the Magic gladly accepted Chicago's generosity to claim the biggest victory since joining the league in 1989. "We didn't finish the game," said Jordan, who also made crucial late mistakes in Games 1 and 3. "In the past, we were able to capitalize and control the game down the stretch and not lose leads. "It's very disappointing. My intention coming back here was to have a chance to win it all. It's disappointing we didn't >• FROM PAGE C1 Houston forces seventh game in West with Suns the Rockets' hopes of defending their NBA title. "We get sick and tired of hearing how much heart they have," Charles Barkley said. "They don't have any more heart than we do. We will be ready Saturday." Sam Cassell also hit two 3-pointers and Robert Horry got one. "Sam Cassell, Mario Elie and Chucky Brown, the way they continued to carry the team was fantastic," Olajuwon said. "In the fourth quarter, the concentration level was there. "I think the confidence was there all achieve the dream I had." Horace Grant, the steady but underappre- ciated power forward who left the Bulls as a free agent after last season, dislocated a finger during the game. He was lifted onto his teammates shoulders after the buzzer. "I felt 10 feet tall," Grant said. "When I was here with the Bulls, we had to ge over the hump with the Pistons. Now, with the Magic, we had to get over Chicago and that's what we did." Grant became the quiet leader of the Magic, which was playing in only its third postseason series. The Bulls could have used him. Pippen and B.J, Armstrong, Chicago's two championship-era holdovers besides Jordan, also made crucial mistakes in the closing minutes. The Bulls could have gone ahead by 11 points with about three minutes left, but Armstrong missed a wide-open 3-pointer. Orlando's rally began when O'Neal rebounded Dennis Scott's missed 3-pointer and made a short hook shot. Scott stole the ball from Toni Kukoc and Anderson made a 3- pointer from the right side. After Pippen missed a lay up and tip, he fouled Brian Shaw, who made two free throws. Jordan, contested closely by Anderson, shot an airball on a jumper from just inside the foul line. With 42.8 seconds left, Anderson's 18-footer from the right side put the Magic ahead to stay, 103-102. Anderson then forced Jordan to pass to Luc Longley, who missed a layup. He appeared to have been fouled by Hardaway, but there was no call. Scott made one free throw before Jordan, again pressured by Anderson, tried a difficult bounce pass for Longley that was tipped by Shaw to Hardaway. iv FROM PAGE C1 Knights earn trip to state sofftball tournament along. Our record is really deceiving in the regular season (47-35). In the playoffs we have a championship team. You have to respect this team." Only four teams in NBA history have recovered to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1. Boston did it in 1968 and 1981, both times against Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers overcame Phoenix in 1970 and Washington in 1979 against San Antonio. "We've been in these do-or-die situations so often, it's like another day at the office for us," Cassell said. Barkley, with sub-par performances in Games 3 and 5, hit his first 10 shots and finished the half with 27 points as the Suns led 58-55. But Barkley took only two shots in the fourth quarter and finished with 34 points. "The fourth quarter was the difference when they started raining 3s," Barkley said. "They took me out of the game in the second half. They changed their defense. I was just trying to make something happen. I think we're going to win Saturday. We're fine." Wesley Persons added 15 points for Phoenix. Clyde Drexler, still recovering from the flu, scored 20 for the Rockets. The third quarter went back and forth until the Rockets started their charge, pulling to an 87-84 advantage on four points by Drexler in the final 23 seconds. Drexler had a three-point play with 23 seconds left and hit l-of-2 free throws following a loose-ball foul on Kevin Johnson with two seconds showing. game Friday, May 26. Southeast, ranked one spot behind the Knights, ends its season at 12-6. Sacred Heart trailed 3-1 before appearing to take command with three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. But down by four runs, the Trojans made things interesting in the seventh. "They say its sweeter the second time around," Fritz said. "But this was awfully nerve wracking. My stomach was churning and it seems to go with the emotions of this team." Beckie Gorrell's two-run double to left with no outs cut the lead in half, and Gorrell later scored on a groundout to make it a one-run game. But the Trojans never got the potential tying run on base, as Sacred Heart starter Teri Bonilla got Southeast's Amy Andrew to roll a ground ball to second baseman Trina Sahlfeld, who threw over to first baseman Angie Gordine for the final out. "It felt good beating a team like Southeast because it was good competition for us," said Sahlfeld, one of four seniors on the team and Wally's caretaker. "Southeast could have just as easily won this game and gone as far as we will at state." "I had a feeling we would win," Gordine said. "And as soon as we got the second out (in the seventh) with nobody on, I knew we would do it." Sahlfeld had Sacred Heart's only hit through the first four innings off of Southeast's Mary Vernon, and the Trojans scored three unearned runs when the Knights committed two errors in both the fourth and fifth innings. Sacred Heart took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth, with Sahlfeld driving in a run with a single to left. Gordine then fouled off back-to-back 0-2 pitches before her grounder to third was misplayed for a two-base, two-run error to score Brandi Bohm and Sahlfeld. The bottom of the order helped produce the three insurance runs in the sixth, as the Knights picked up singles from Erin Weese, Bonilla and Sara Wells, and a sacrifice bunt from Nicole Knipp. "The girls came through all the way through' the order," Fritz said. "The top of the order set the table and the bottom of the order came through when they had to." "They just got some hits and we stopped making the plays," Baird said. "I am so pleased that we were able to come back, knowing we were down by four to start the seventh. These girls never gave up and it showed they gave it all they had." Southeast advanced to the title game by pulling away late from Ell-Saline for an 8-1 win in Thursday's semifinals. The Trojans scored one run in the sixth and six more in the seventh to break open what had been a pitchers' duel between Southeast's Megan Troutfetter and Ell- Saline's Marcy Atkinson. Sacred Heart never trailed in its 6-2 semifinal win over Lincoln, scoring four runs in the third and single runs in the sixth and seventh to put it away. I South's Charvat earns scholar-athlete award Salina South senior Trevor Charvat has been selected by the Jayhawk Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as one of the area's top scholar-athletes in the sport of football this school year. Charvat, a 4.0 student at South, was among 11 high school seniors selected for the annual award and was honored at a banquet earlier this month in Lawrence. According to South coach Ken Stonebraker, who nominated Charvat for the award, judging was based on football ability, academic ability and citizenship. Division II Outdoor coming to ESU EMPORIA — Emporia State will play host to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 25-27 at Zola Witten Track in Welch Stadium. It is the first national championship hosted by Emporia State. This year will mark the 33rd year the NCAA has sponsored a men's championship and the 14th year that women will compete for the national crown. The men will participate in 21 events while the women's competition includes 19 events. Alabama A&M is the defending women's champion and St. Augustine's (N.C) the defending men's champion. A button for admittance on all three days of the championships BRIEFLY is available for $10. Single day tickets will be available for $5 (Friday and Saturday) and $4 (Thursday). The championships schedule appears in today's Scoreboard. Griffey named boys coach at Southeast Southeast of Saline High School officials have named Marty Griffey as the Trojan boys basketball coach for the 1995-96 season. A native of Norton and a member of the 1985 Salina Journal All- Area team, Griffey will take over the position vacated by Dave Morris, who resigned after six seasons as head of the Southeast program. According to Southeast athletic director Wayne Sager, Griffey will not teach at Southeast and will be considered a Rule 10 coach. Any coach who is not employed full-time by the district must be supervised by an on-staff person — in this instance assistant coach Wade Caselman. "We feel we had some pretty good applicants look at the position," Sager said. "Marty seems to be very energetic and is very positive about what he can bring to the program." Fort Hays State signs two juco forwards Addressing voids left inside, Fort Hays State men's basketball coach Gary Garner has signed two junior college forwards to letters- of-intent. The Tigers, who graduated standout forward Dennis Edwards from last season's 24-7 team, landed 6-foot-7, 215-pound Matt Starkey of Dodge City Community College and 6-foot-6, 200-pound Sherick Simpson of Elgin (111.) Community College. Starkey averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds this past season for the Conquistadors. The Colby product also shot 46.3 percent from the floor during his two-year career at Dodge City. Simpson averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals during his two seasons at Elgin. He was named the Skyway Conference's Most Valuable Player as a freshman after averaging 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and shooting 57.7 percent against conference opponents. Simpson also has range, converting 40 percent of his 3- point attempts. Rain postpones fishing clinic until June 3 Because of the recent heavy rains, a fishing clinic which was scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for June 3 at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registered participants are to meet at Lakewood Discovery Center (lodge) to sign-in and then will travel to an area fishing lake. Participants will return to Lakewood by 12:30 p.m. No additional sign-ups will be taken. For more information, contact Pam VanHorn at 826-6645. • From Staff Reports Colby, Meramec to settle district crown Three-game series gets started today By The Journal Staff COLBY — This weekend's NJ- CAA Central District Baseball Championship Series matching Colby Community College against Meramec (Mo.) features both power and pitching. The series opens today with a doubleheader beginning at noon, while Game Three, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. All games will be played at the CCC ^P^^^^HB Campus Diamond. JlICO The best-of- baSeball winner will advance to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., May 27-June 3. Colby rode the long ball again last weekend to win the Region Series against Cowley County. The Trojans (32-13) belted six home runs in the three-game series. Batting a collective .343, Colby's attack is spearheaded by sophomore outfielder Adam Pearce (.441, 11 HR). Other top producers include first baseman Craig Leisge (.348, 10 HR, 58 RBI) and sophomore Jason Holmes (.410, 9 HR, 47 RBI) along with .300-plus hitters Chad Belding (.382), Brady Gentry (.362), John Sullivan (.339), Matt Bryan (.328), Walker Rheem (.315) and Justin McKinney (.309). First-year Colby coach Reed Peters has named sophomore Lloyd Swift (6-1, 2.47 ERA) as his starting pitcher for Game One, while Ron Sereno (2-3, 3.61 ERA), will start Game Two. If the series goes three games, Peters expects to start V sophomore Norm Hancock (5-2, 4.91 ERA). Chad Thomas, Colby's closer, is expected to play a key role in the series. Thomas was the winning pitcher in Game One of the Region Series and picked up a save in the deciding game. He is 7-0 with a school-record nine saves and an ERA of 2.83. Meramec's strength appears to be its pitching. The Warriors (35-15) have a team ERA of 2.99 led by staff ace David Siboda (10-1, 1.47 ERA). He has completed nine of his 11 starts and has 50 strikeouts in 72 innings. Meramec's staff also features sophomore left-hander Jim Goforth (11-5, 2.81 ERA) and sophomore Mike Hanneman (3-1, 1.85 ERA). Sophomore shortstop Matt Ciuffa tops the Warriors offensively, batting .372 with four home runs and 36 RBI, while Jason Scheper (.336, 7 HR, 40 RBI) and Mark Peer (.321, 7 HR, 39 RBI) lend additional punch. 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