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Sports The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 8,1986 Page 18 Weber's tip-in pushes Beloit past Knights By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer BELOIT — A state ranking is often the kiss of death for high school basketball teams. And so it was — almost — for the Beloit Trojans Tuesday night. But a remarkable turn of events in the final nine seconds against Sacred Heart saved the Trojans from the dreadful fate that so often accompanies a state ranking. Staring defeat in the face, Beloit — which cracked the Class 4A state rankings at No. 5 just one day earlier — dealt destiny (and Sacred Heart) a setback in the form of a wild and controversial 60-59 victory. Troy Weber seized the hero's accolades as the 6-3 senior All-Area football star took on the role of basketball star. Nipping the buzzer by a fraction of a second, Weber pulled in teammate Kevin Marozas' errant 17-foot jumper and laid the ball in to steal victory from the clutches of Sacred Heart. "A lot of people came up to me after the game and said that's just the way they like it," said emotionally-exhausted Beloit coach Pat Blackburn. "But that's not the coaches' preference at all." "You just hate to see anybody lose a game played like that," said Sacred Heart coach Bob Mannebach, whose Knights rallied from a pair of 14-point second-half deficits to all but pull this one out. Pat Meares, a 5-10 junior, climaxed the Knights' furious comeback with a 20-foot jumper from the corner to give SHHS the lead, 54-53, with 4:19 remaining. Shannon Snedden, the game's high- scorer with 17 points, returned the lead to Beloit with a pair of free throws. But Meares quickly regained the lead for Sacred Heart, darting in front of Roger Pierce for his third steal and going in for a layup with 1:45 left. Beloit senior Tim Caldwell guarded high-scoring guard Darren Knipp man-to-man all night and held the 5-10 offensive magician well below his 25-point average. But two of Knipp's 16 points came with 0:49 remaining as Knipp dribbled his way through all five Trojans in a half- court press to extend SHHS's lead to 59-56 with a layup. A feed to Weber for a layup trimmed the margin back to a point, but Sacred Heart ran the clock down to nine seconds before Weber was whistled for an intential foul against T. J. Bransfield, who had sank his last seven field goal attempts. Bransfield missed both free throws. But Sacred Heart got yet another chance to wrap things up when Meares stepped to the line for a one- and-one with 0:05 remaining. Meares missed. Beloit grabbed the rebound, then passed and dribbled the ball upcourt before calling a timeout. The clock showed 0:01 remaining, but the referee put two more seconds back on, giving the Trojans three-plus seconds to work their in-bounds play from in front of their own bench. After a timeout, Marozas took the in-bounds pass, dribbled and shot. "We had the out-of-bounds play defensed quite well. And when the shot left his hand, I knew it wasn't going to make it. I thought we'd won it," Mannebach said." But the Trojans thought otherwise. "We'd talked about that possibility during the timeout," Blackburn said. "We told Troy and Shannon to set screens (on the in-bounds play), then roll and look for it." Weber found it, and the Trojans found themselves sitting atop the NCAA undefeated after six games, including three NCAA battles. Sacred Heart tumbled to 2-1 in the league, 3-3 overall. "I'm really proud of the way we came back," Mannebach said. "They hung in there, our kids are fighters. "We should have won it. We had our chances to put it away. It shouldn't have come down to that last split-second shot." Bransfield matched Knipp's 16 points for Sacred Heart. Weber's heroics left him with 16 points and 11 rebounds. SACRED HEART (59) Roesner 3-5 0-0 6, Prendergast 4-9 0-0 8, Meares 3-13 5-9 11, Knipp 7-13 2-2 16, Bransfield 8-11 0-2 16. Stamm 1 -4 0-0 2. TOTALS 26-55 7-1359. BELOIT(60) Snedden 7-14 3-4 17, Caldwell 2-7 0-1 4, Lindblod 0-2 0-0 0, Marozos 6-131-313, Pierce 4-6 0-0 8, Weber 6-9 4-8 16. Wldrig 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 1 -2 0-0 2. TOTALS 26-53 8-1660. Sacred Heart 13 16 15 IS —59 Beloit 13 20 16 11—60 TOTAL FOULS — Sacred Heart 13, Beloit 16. FOULED OUT — none. TECHNICAL FOULS — Knipp. REBOUNDS — Sacred Heart 29 (Meares 9), Beloit 35 (Weber 11). TURNOVERS — Sacred Heart 18, Beloit 20. Hays storms back to trim Cougars ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer HAYS — If bonus points were given to a basketball team for holding a lead the longest time, Salina South's boys would've beaten Hays High Tuesday night. Hays' only lead came off its last basket — a five-foot follow shot by sophomore Tom Pickering off a missed free throw with 37 seconds left in the game — which gave the Indians a 57-56 victory over South in the Hays High gym. The Cougars once held a 14-point lead (50-36) a minute into the fourth quarter, but foul trouble and missed free throws enabled the Indians to catch up in the final minutes. "It's a tough loss," said Salina South coach Mark O'Dell. "We were in control most of the game, but foul trouble really hurt us. We also stood around on offense at the end of the game. It was like we were wishing the time on the clock away, and you can't do that. We scored only two field goals in the fourth quarter.'' Bill Kennedy, who led South with 15 points, and Kevin Fox, who sparked the Cougars on the boards with nine rebounds, both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Darren Kickhaefer, a 6-5 senior, also fouled out for the Cougars. Seniors Brian Lacy and Brian Wood ignited the Indians' rally. Lacy scored nine of his game-high 26 points and Wood had eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as Hays outscored South, 21-8. Wood, who later fouled out, tied the game at 54-54 with a three-point play inside with 2:31 left in the game. South's Loren Zook gave the Cougars their last lead with two free throws with 2:07 to go. With 48 seconds left, Hays fouled South sophomore Mike Bingesser. Bingesser had entered the game in the fourth quarter because of South's foul problems. "We wanted to foul him because he was a sophomore and hadn't been in the game long," said Hays head coach Rick Keltner. "He could've easily made them. Next time he probably will, but I know he'll be a better player because of it." Bingesser's free throw bounced off the front of the rim. Lacy got the rebound and was fouled by an overanxious Bingesser. Lacy, who did have some problems from the line throughout the night (8 of 16 for the game), hit the first free throw but missed the second. Todd Unrein got the rebound and missed the follow shot, but Pickering, a reserve, got the follow shot down to give the Indians the win. South's Barry Kadel got a five-foot baseline shot off with six seconds left but it was too strong. Lacy again got the rebound to assure Hays the win. "We were trying to get a timeout before we shot,"O'Dell said. "We got a pretty good shot but didn't have any backside rebounding. We could've set our backside rebounding up if the kids would've remembered to call timeout." Keltner admitted he almost lost hope of his team's chances to win. "It's a crazy game," Keltner said. "We got quality kids that really work hard. South outplayed us the first three quarters. We didn't rebound well and stood around too much, but the kids didn't give up and came up with some big rebounds and shots late. Our bench did a great job for us. I thought senior Jeff Meyer did a good job after Wood fouled out." South led 15-8 after the first quarter and 30-25 at halftone. The Cougers looked to have things in control with a 48-36 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Zook scored 11 points behind Kennedy. Kevin Fox added 10. South hit 22 of 46 shots from the field. Hays, 4-3, shot 19 of 44 from the field. The Indians were 19 of 32 from the line compared to South's 12 of 20. SALINA SOUTH (56) Zook 3-7 5-711, Fox 5-9 0-0 10, Maring 3-8 2-3 8, Kennedy 7-8 1-215, Davis 2-4 0-2 4, Olsson 03 0-0 0. Kickhaefer 0-0 0-10, Sorensen 2-6 4-5 8, Bingesser 0-0 0-00, Kadel 0-1 0-00. TOTALS 224612-2056. HAYS (57) Wood 3-6 6-9 12, Unrein 4-11 2-2 10, PfeiferO- 0 2-2 2, Wilson 2-5 1-2 5, Lacy 9-15 8-16 26, Pickering 1 -4 0-0 2, Meyer 0-3 0-0 0, Coup 0-0 0- 10.TOTALS19-4419-3257. Salina South 15 15 18 8 — 56 Hoy. 8 17 11 21—57 TOTAL FOULS — Salina South 24. Hays 23. FOULED OUT — Kennedy, Fox ( SS), Wilson, Wood (H). REBOUNDS — Salina South 36 (Fox 9), Hays 34 ( Lacy B). TURNOVERS — Salina South 20, Hays 16. Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Fort Hays State has top spot in first Dunkel basketball pott EMPORIA — Two-time defending national champion Fort Hays State holds downs the No. 1 position in the first NAIA District 10 Dunkel Rankings, which were released Monday. The Tigers, ranked 16th in the latest NAIA poll and owners of a 9-2 record, have a power index of 56.0 — 6.1 points in front of Emporia State and 7.5 ahead of Washburn. Marymount is fifth in the first Dunkel list with a power rating of 41.3. The Spartans, 11-8, trail unbeaten Pittsburg State (42.6) by 1.3 points. Kansas Wesleyan, which is off to a 6-1 start, is ranked seventh in the men's list with a power rating of 33.7. The Coyotes are 4.5 points behind No. 6 Kansas Newman. In the women's District 10 rankings, defending champion St. Mary of the Plains is No. 1 with a 2.40 rating. The Lady Saints are followed by Friends (3.00) and Marymount (3.15). Marymount trails Friends even though the Spartans won an 8171 decision over the Falcons last Saturday. The unbeaten Kansas Wesleyan women are ranked sixth with a rating of 5.95. The Coyotes are just .07 of a point behind No. 5 Pittsburg State and .22 behind No. 4 Fort Hays State. The women's rankings are based on 60 percent Dunkel, 20 percent overall record and 20 percent district record. The ratings for both the men and women are for games played through last Saturday. MEN DUNKEL RANKINGS School Rating 1. Fort Hays Stale (9-2) 56.0 2. Emporia State (8-1) 49.9 3. Washburn (10-1) 48.5 4. Pittsburg State (7-0) 42.6 5. Marymount (11-8) 41.3 6. Kansas Newman (5-12) 38.2 7. Kansas Wesleyan (6-1) 33.7 8. Friends (5-3) 31.7 9. Tabor (5-8) 30.2 10. Bethany (5-6) 29.7 11. Mid-America Nazarene (3-9) 27.2 12. Southwestern (4-6) 27.0 13. Sterling (5-4) 26.6 14. St. Mary of the Plains (4-8) 26.5 15. Benedictine (1-11) 25.4 16. Baker(4-8) 24.3 17. Ottawa (2-7) 23.8 18.McPherson(4-5) 22.2 19. Bethel (4-7) 18.7 20. SI. John's-Winfield(l-ll) 5.7 WOMEN DISTRICT 10 RANKINGS School Rating 1. St. Mary of the Plains (7-2) 2.40 2. Friends (6-3) 3.00 3. Marymounl (11-3) :3.15 4. Fort Hays Slate (4-5) 5.73 5. Pitlsburg Slate (5-5) 5.88 6. Kansas Wesleyan (6-0) 5.95 7. Washburn (5-7) 6.35 8. Sterling (5-2) 7.40 9. Emporia Stale (4-5) 8.83 10. Benedictine (5-5] 9.53 11. Bethany (4-5) 10.53 12.McPherson(4-4) 10.93 13. Southwestern (4-6) 11.60 14. Bethel (3-7) 14.20 15. Mid-America Nazarene (5-8) 15.00 16. Tabor (2-5) 16.20 17. Ottawa (2-4) 17.00 18. Baker (2-9) 17.40 19. Kansas Newman (1-9) 17.60 20. St. JohnVWinfielcM0.9) 19.90 Monty IMVII Southeast of Saline's Jerol Skinner (42) plays tight defense against Smoky Valley's Steve Nelson. Trojans edge Smoky Valley By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline has one of the top-ranked boys' basketball teams in Class 3A this year and at times looked like it here Tuesday night in its NCAA game with Smoky Valley. At other times the Trojans didn't make coach Stan Vaughn very happy as Southeast had to work hard to earn a 56-53 victory over the Vikings. "We were very streaky tonight," Vaughn said. "We were real inconsistent. At times we would play well and then not very well. Then we stood around on offense in the fourth quarter." The victory keeps Southeast's record perfect for the season as the Trojans are 5-0 for the year and 2-0 in the league while Smoky Valley is 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the league. It's no secret that Southeast has a team of competent players but the team, with the emphasis on team, revolves around the standout senior duo of Steve Fritz and Dan Stut- terheim. The pair again led Southeast to victory Tuesday night by scoring 46 of the Trojans' 56 points despite the coaching efforts of Smoky Valley's Jay Myers. \ "We're going to try and shut off Stutterheim and trade off on Fritz' scoring," Myers said before the game. "If we can force their offense- further out and pressure the guards, I think we can match up with them." The strategy worked in the second half but by that time Southeast had a lead that the Vikings couldn't quite overcome despite a furious fourth- quarter rally. After leading 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, the Trojans broke the game open in the second quarter to lead 32-23 with 2:20 to play in the first half before taking a 36-30 lead at half time. Fritz scored 16 of his game-high 29 points and Stutterheim 14 in the first half. Southeast continued to play its best basketball of the game to open the third quarter and had a 43-30 lead early in the quarter. The Trojans still had a 10-point lead, 48-38, late in the third quarter, and had a 50-41 lead early in the fourth period before things fell apart for the Trojans. The Vikings scored six unanswered points in the next two minutes, all on long junipers by Matt Farley, to cut Southeast's lead to 50-47. Stutterheim countered with a free throw before AJ.Ahlstedt connected on two free throws and Southeast had a 51-49 lead with 4:07 to play. Fritz answered with three points in the next two minutes before Steve Nelson scored a bucket to make the score 54-51 with 1:55 to play. Fritz scored again at the 1:15 mark before Nelson scored the last two points of the game with 50 seconds to play. The Vikings weren't quick enough to capture the ball from Southeast's delay offense in the last minutes of the game, a fact that had coach Myers moaning about Bret Loder not being able to play Tuesday night. "Loder (a senior guard) is our quickest player and started our first four games but he's sick tonight and didn't even come," Myers said. Ahlstedt led the Viking scoring with 19 points and Nelson added 11. SMOKY VALLEY (53) Ahlstedt 4-8 11-14 19, Farley 4-11 0-0 B, Nelson 5-71-211, Malm 2-4 3-3 7, Jader 0-4 0-0 0, Torgerson 4-8 0-0 8, Tarnstrom 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 19-44 15-2053. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE (56) Fritz 11-20 7-10 29, Stutterheim 8-14 1-2 17, Rogge 0-2 0-0 0, Skinner 4-6 0-1 8, K.Miller 0-3 0-1 0, D.Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Casselman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-488-1456. Smoky Vall.y 16 14 9 14 —53 Southeast of Saline 17 19 12 1 — 56 TOTAL FOULS — Smoky Valley 13, Southeast of Saline 15. FOULED OUT — Ahlstedt (SV), REBOUNDS — Smoky Valley 26 (Ahlitedl, Torgerson 6), Southeast of Saline 27 (Stutterheim 9), TURNOVERS — Smoky Valley 13. Southeast of Saline 14. Wildcats want 20 wins, bid to NCAA tourney Norris Coleman speaks to the media like he plays basketball—free and easy and without fear. Monday night, after his team has just clubbed Wichita State by 17 points, Coleman was asked if he was surprised by K-State's 11-3 record through the first 14 games of the season. "No, 11-3 is where we needed to be at this point," Coleman said. "But it could have been better if not for that tragic loss against St. Joseph's (an overtime loss after KSU led by four points with seven seconds to go in regulation)." What, a Kansas State player getting greedy? You'd think that after three consecutive non-winning seasons, the Wildcats would be tickled pink with 11 wins already. But this Kansas State team isn't like the three previous Wildcat clubs which played more like they were trying not to lose than to win. These 'Cats want more than just a respectable season. "Our goal is to get an NCAA bid," Coleman said matter-of-factly. "You need to win 20 or 21 games to get there. The conference is going to be tough, especially on the road, so this . is where we needed to be at this point." With Abilene Christian on Thursday the final non-conference . game before the Jan. 15 Big Eight opener against Iowa State, the Wildcats seem a cinch for a 12-3 record heading into conference play. And that, folks, is the third-best record in the Big Eight. Only Top 10 teams Oklahoma (13-0) and Kansas (13-2) boast better records. Wildcat head coach Jack Hartman is another who is not surprised by Kansas State's quick start. Before the season started, Hartman told anyone who would listen that this KSU team was much better than a seventh-place club. That's where the media voted the Wildcats in the preseason poll. "I'm not surprised by our 11-3 start," Hartman said. "But tomorrow is another day. There are a lot of good teams in the conference. We'll take them one at a time." Yes, the talk of a 20-win season is still premature (it would take an 8-6 conference record to get 20 victories), but this Wildcat club seems more equipped to challenge that lofty goal than any Kansas State team since 1982. Sure, Coleman and Joe Wright have been the only legitimate scoring threats this season. But when the two combine for 40 of the team's points, that's an awful good start. And forward Ben Mitchell and freshman guard Benny Green have showed promising signs that they'll be taking up some of the scoring slack during the second half of the season. What the Wildcats need is more scoring from center Ron Meyer and reserves Percy Eddie, Kevin Muff and Brad Underwood. If they get that, and remain tough at home in Ahearn Field House, 20 victories may not be just a pipe dream. Now, if they can only get the fans back in Ahearn Field House. The 9,500 figure Monday night was not what you'd expect with Wichita State and Kansas State playing each other. Kansas State is 11-3, but how many people in the state of Kansas know anything about the Wildcats? Sure, K-State fans can read about their Wildcats in the newspaper and listen to Mitch Holthus and Kenny Mossman on the radio, but what about television? Well, what about television? While Kansas and Wichita State games have flooded the TV market this season, the Wildcats haven't been on television once. That could have changed Monday night, but KSU athletic director Larry Travis opted not to have Wichita station KAKE-TV broadcast the game. KAKE sports director Mark Allan told me Monday that he had been working on the KSU-WSU broadcast since August. But two weeks before the game, Kansas State vetoed the deal, which is its prerogative. Travis said Tuesday that he would have allowed KAKE to televise the game if it had been a sellout. "We can't afford to have a thousand people stay home and watch it on TV," Travis said. "That's $8,000 out of our pocket." Travis said that television exposure is overrated anyway and that the Wildcats will appear on television five times in the next six weeks as part of the $3 million Raycom Television package with the Big Eight).

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