The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 7,1986 Page 13 Quintet has sights set on another state appearance By TIM HOSTETTER — but want to do some big things there. What Finch likes about this year's Arma-Northeast, 49-34. ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer Think back to last year's boys' Class 1A state basketball tournament. The most vivid recollections for most fans who followed that event are probably the semifinals and championship game. In one semifinal, No. 2-ranked Golden Plains defeated No. 1-ranked Ingalls (59-54) then the following night edged Pretty Prairie (44-42) to win the championship and conclude an undefeated season. It's hard to top the excitement those two games generated in Hays' Gross Memorial Coliseum, but there was a first-round game that set the stage for that kind of climaxing action. The game matched Ingalls against Quinter and the outcome could have easily gone in Quinter's favor. Quinter, behind the dynamic play of guards Doug and Kevin Jamison (38 points between them),.built a six- point lead and obvious momentum late in the third quarter. However, when Doug Jamison had to leave the game in the last couple of minutes of the third quarter and first two minutes of the fourth period with a cut above his eye, Ingalls was able to get the score tied and regain enough momentum to capture a 55-51 win. Two weeks earlier, Quinter had The Salina Journal's basketball rankings BOYS CLASS 6A School Record l.KonsosCityWyandotte(l) 5-0 2. Kansas City Schlagle (2) 4-1 3.TopekaHigh(4) 5-0 4. Lawrence (5) 4-0 5. Manhattan (3) 3-1 CLASS SA 1. Parsons (1) 4-0 2.WashburnRurol(2) 4-2 3. Liberal (3) 5-1 4.McPherson(NR) 3-1 5. Wichita Kopaun-Mt. Carmel (3) 3-2 CLASS 4A l.Atchison(l) 5-0 2.Nickerson(2) 4-0 3. Haven (3) 5-0 4. Colby (5) 5-0 S.Beloit(NR) 5-0 CLASS 3A l.Hesston(l) 5-0 2. Gypsum-Southeast of Saline (2) 4-0 3. Alma-Wabaunsee(3) 6-0 4. Richmond-Central Heights (4) 6-0 5. Silver Lake (5) 5-1 CLASS 2A 1. Burden-Central (1) 6-0 2. PittsburgColgan(2) 5-0 3.Holcomb(4) 6-0 4.Centralia(5) 4-0 5. Kinsley (3) 5-2 CLASS! A l.Claflin(l) 4-0 2. Quinter (2) 5-0 3.Mankato(3) 5-0 4. Almena-Northern Valley (4) .'....4-1 5. Madison (5) 2-1 (Last week's ranking in parentheses) GIRLS CLASS 6A School Record l.TopekoWest(2) 6-0 2. Wichita Southeast (4) 5-0 3.TopekaHigh(5) 3-1 4. Wichita North (1) 3-1 5. Kansas City Wyandotte (5) 3-2 CLASS SA l.Buhler(l) 5-0 2. Tecumeseh-Shawnee Heights (2) 4-0 3. Kansas City Ward (3) 4-0 4.ShawneeMissionMiege(4) 3-1 5. Liberal (NR) 6-1 CLASS 4 A l.Concordio(l) 5-0 2. Baxter Springs (2) 5-0 3, Colby (3) 6-0 4.Womego(4) 6-0 5.lola(5) 5-0 CLASS 3A 1. Cottonwood Falls-Chase County (1) 5-0 2. Whitewater-Remington (2) 4-1 3.Seneca-NemahaVolley(3) 5-0 4. Ellsworth (5) 5-1 5.Alma-Wabaunsee(5) 6-1 CLASS 2A l.Canton-Galva(l) 5-0 2. Dighton(2) 3-0 3.Oswego(3) 5-0 4. Linn (4) 4-0 5. Winchester-Jefferson County North (5).... 3-1 CLASS! A l.Grinnell(l) 3-0 2.Burrton(2) 7-0 3. Ashland (3) 6-0 4. Ingalls (4) 6-0 5. Rexford-Golden Plains (5) 4-0 (Last week's ranking in parentheses) , lost to Golden Plains in overtime in the regional tournament finals. Another confrontation in the state tourney semifinals would've been interesting. The past is normally irrelevant to the present, but in Quinter's case, that loss to Ingalls is playing a major Briefly Gansz joins Chiefs' coaching staff KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frank Gansz, a veteran National Football League assistant coach, has been named assistant head coach and special teams coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs head coach John Mackovic announced Monday that Gansz would return to Kansas City, where he served from 1981 to 1982 as special teams coach under then-head coach Marv Levy. The past three years, Gansz has been special teams and tight ends coach or the Philadelphia Eagles. ."Frank not only has great experience in the NFL but also tremendous performance in the areas he has coached," said Mackovic. "His special teams are consistently among the best in the league year in and year out. He will be a great help to me in many of our on-field planning areas and in the development of our team." "I am pleased to be coming back to Kansas City and the Chiefs," Gansz said. "I have some strong feelings about so many people there, including many of the players. Those feelings are among the main reasons I am returning to the Chiefs coaching staff." South, SHHS in action tonight SaLina South and Sacred Heart swing back into basketball again tonight as the Cougars of South travel to Hays and the Knights travel to Beloit. South's boys, coming off their first victory, will take a 1-2 mark into their non-league date with the Indians while South's girls will be seeking to crack the win column for the first time in four games. Sacred Heart's boys are 3-2 overall but are undefeated in two NCAA contests heading into their date with undefeated Beloit, the preseason coaches' pick to win the North Central Activities Association title. Sacred Heart's girls are 1-4 and are coming off their first victory, as are Beloit's girls, who are 1-3. Salina Central will be back in action Thursday and Friday for the South-Central girls' and boys' city showdowns, respectively. Davis to be released from clinic PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Walter Davis is scheduled to be released Friday from a California clinic for drug and alcohol abuse and should be able to play by next week, club officials said Monday. Suns coach John MacLeod said the 6-foot-6 Davis could see some action in next Monday night's National Basketball Association game here against the San Antonio Spurs. Davis, 31, entered the clinic in Pasadena, Calif., on Dec. 12 after asking club officials for help with a "personal problem." The night before, he had tied his career high with a 43-point effort against the Golden State Warriors in Phoenix's 123-113 win at Oakland. Suns General Manager Jerry Colangelo said Davis has "a substance abuse problem... drugs and-or alcohol. That's as specific as I can be." At the time the problem became public, Davis was leading the Suns in scoring at 24.2 points per game. Felker returns to Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Rockey Felker, standout quarterback during Mississippi State's glory season of 1974, was named the Southeastern Conference school's new football coach Monday night. At 32, Felker becomes the youngest coach among the 105 Division I-A schools. Felker was introduced at a news conference on campus here. State has been seeking a replacement for Emory Bellard, who was fired after a 5-6 season. "Mississippi State has always been my team," Felker said. "When I left here in 1978,1 thought that I might come back some day ... and it has turned out that way." A former assistant at Mississippi State, Felker had been running back coach at the University of Alabama the last three seasons. He also was an assistant at Memphis State after leaving Mississippi State. "I'm excited about how good we can be," Felker said at a news conference after his appointment was announced by Athletic Director Director Charlie Carr. A former all-Southeastern Conference quarterback, Felker led State to a 9-3 mark as a senior. The Bulldogs defeated North Carolina 26-24 in the Sun Bowl and were ranked 17th in the final poll — their first postseason bowl appearance and national ranking in 11 years. Niekro, Yankees reach agreement NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Phil Niekro, who notched his 300th career victory on the final day of the 1985 season, came to terms Monday night with the New York Yankees, for whom the 46-year-old right-hander posted a 16-12 record last year. The New York Times quoted Niekro's agent, Barry Church, as saying his client had reached a one-year agreement with the Yankees. Church would not say if the contract, yet to be signed, would be guaranteed, but .hinted that it wouldn't. "It's important for Phil to be making a contribution," Church said from his office in Atlanta. "If he has to contribute to earn his salary, ; ;hat's OK. New York has extended an opportunity for him to play there ind that's what he wants." motivation gear to its drive to the 1986 state tournament. The Bulldogs — 21-4 last year — are off to a 5-0 start this season and are ranked No. 2 in this week's Salina Journal state basketball rankings. "The boys are very hungry to go back to the state tournament this season," said fourth-year Quinter head coach Doug Finch. "We've set some good goals. The boys just don't want to get to the state tournament, but want to do some big things there. Class 1A is very competitive, but anything can happen." Quinter's five wins have been earned. After opening with a victory over Jetmore, the Bulldogs defeated Utica, fourth-ranked Northern Valley and Wheatland to win the Castle Rock Classic. Last Friday, Quinter rallied to defeat Wheatland again, 57-54. "We're very pleased with our start because we have played some outstanding teams," Finch said. "I hate to compare my teams because of different schedules and competition, but this team has the potential to be better than last year's team by the end of the season." Finch did lose Doug Jamison, but has senior guard Kevin Jamison (511) and senior forward John Polifka (6-1) back in the starting lineup. Four other lettermen — senior twins Robert and Rick Burris, senior guard Darin Jamison (cousin of Kevin) and junior guard Steven Crist — give Finch plenty of experience to work with. Jamison averaged 19.5 points a game last season while setting a Quinter single-season scoring record. He earned MVP honors in the Heart of America shooting camp last summer and was the leading scorer in both the Hays and Dighton summer basketball leagues. "That kid can do it all," Finch said. "Against zones, we play nun at an off-guard where he can get more shots. But against man-to-man defenses, Kevin handles the ball for us." What Finch likes about this year's team is that it doesn't totally rely on Jamison. With the Burris twins (both 6-3) giving Polifka vital help inside, Jamison is the team's fourth-leading rebounder instead of second (last year). Crist and Darin Jamison have also provided support at guard. Finch says this year's Quinter team is the best he's had at breaking the press — essential in beating a pressing team like Wheatland. Quinter's biggest obstacle to the state tournament could be Wheatland. The two rivals could meet three more times — on Jan. 17, in the league tournament a week later and again in the regional tournament. Finch just hopes that the possible regional encounter is in the finals where both teams could still advance to sub-state. With Golden Plains in the same regional, the two teams could get put in the same bracket. Quinter's advantage is that the regional tourney is on its home court. * * * Claflin remains No. 1 in boys' 1A following a big 70-60 victory over 2A power Kinsley. Mankato remains third after whipping Pike Valley, 6543. Fourth-ranked Northern Valley pulled off an impressive 68-35 victory over previously unbeaten Smith Center, the Mid-Continent League leader. Central of Burden and Pittsburg Colgan continue to run 1-2 in 2A. Central of Burden defeated Caldwell, 49-35, last Friday and Colgan downed Arma-Northeast, 49-34. There's no change in 3A. Top- ranked Hesston crushed Inman, 9029. No. 2 Southeast of Saline was idle last week and will entertain Smoky Valley tonight. Beloit replaced Girard in the 4A rankings. The No. 5 Trojans are 5-0" heading into tonight's North Central Activities Association showdown with red-hot Sacred Heart at Beloit. Atchison is still No. 1 in 4A. McPherson, fresh off a 71-45 whipping of Salina Central, has jumped into the fourth spot in the ever- changing 5A rankings. Manhattan slipped from third to fifth in the 6A rankings after losing a 55-54 heartbreaker to Highland Park in the final 10 seconds. * * * Topeka West is the only new No. 1 team in this week's girls' rankings. The 6-0 Chargers moved into 6A's top spot after previous No. 1 Wichita North was upset by Wichita Kapaun (56-52). Liberal, 6-1, is a newcomer to the 5A top five replacing Bonner Springs. BuhlerisstillNo. 1. In 4A, top-ranked Concordia will enter Friday night's North Central Kansas League showdown with unbeaten and fourth-ranked Wamego. Wamego does play at Clay Center tonight. Third-ranked Colby starts its' January schedule Friday against Goodland. Classes 3A, 2A and 1A show no; changes in this week's poll. Chase County is No. 1 in 3A, Canton-Galva is atop 2A and Grinnell is still top- ranked in 1A. No time outs There are no time outs in business. When an advertising opportunity pops up, you have to act quickly... or somebody else will. Newspapers are the medium of choice when you have to move fast. You can prepare newspaper advertising quickly. There's rarely any problem with space availability because newspapers are expandable. Finally, timing of message delivery is precise, so you reach your targets when you want to. Next time there's no time to lose, remember the timely medium. TM ^©Hite T 1 1 he Journal Newspapers. Our time has come. Now's the time to call Mac Morris about all this. 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