The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 10, 2001 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2001 D3 T SOCCER Second-half goals spark Central Gonzales accounts for both scores as 'Stangs climb to 3-3 By ARNE GREEN The Saliiia Journal It took well into the second half, but Salina Central might just have found the goal-scorer it was looking SOCCER for. Wichita Trinity 0 ^.fter more Salina Central 2 than an hour attacking the Wichita Trinity net, the Mustangs finally broke through with a pair of second-half goals from Martina Gonzales to pull out a 2-0 girls soccer victory at Bill Burke Park. "We lack confidence in finishing right now," said Central coach Brian Berner, whose Mustangs nevertheless recorded their second straight shutout to even their record at 3-3. "We were telling the girls that they've got to be patient and things will fall into place, but I was concerned that we were running out of good opportunities. "Martina stepped up, and that's what we were asking at halftime. We've been moving people around, trying to find the right combination." Gonzales, a freshman, started as an outside midfielder, moved to, the center, then to forward during the course of the game, which was played almost entirely in the Trinity end. After misfiring on several opportunities, she broke the scoring drought in the 63rd minute by being in the right place at the right time. Central midfielder Soni Rosales, who also took a turn at forward in the Mustangs' search for offense, collected the ball toward the top of the penalty area and slid it through a maze of players to the left side of the 6-yard box. She found an open Gonzales, who angled her shot on the ground inside the far post. "I needed a goal really bad," Gonzales said. "This is the longest period of time I've gone without scoring. "I was getting really frustrated when I missed, but I was trying to get back in a rhythm." Gonzales did most of the work herself on the second goal, with just over a minute left. Making a run down the left wing, she went around the only Trinity defender in her path and fired a 15-yarder to the near post that eluded Knight goalkeeper Lizzie Bankston. "1 was going straight to goal," Gonzales said. "It was going for the right corner, but it went to the left." The Mustangs had 21 shots, including 13 in the first half, to just five for Trinity (3-2). Central keeper Ashley Young made just two saves, but came up big on her only test in the first period. Trinity forward Lizzy Adams got behind the center of the Mustang defense and made a run at goal, but Young came off her line to stop the ball with her feet, then pounced on the rebound. "Defensively, I felt good," Berner said. "(Adams) is very quick, but for the most part I thought we did a pretty fair job on her. "They have a better team than the scouting report 1 got said. They played hard and packed things in (defensively), which made it hard to score." Central plays at home again at 4 p.m. Thursday against Hays. Woods / Six major wins in 17 tries FROM PAGE D1 from defining a Grand Slam to defining Woods. There appears to be no limit. Already, he has won as many majors as Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino. His next one will put him in the same group as Harry Vardon, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and Palmer (Jones also won seven professional majors, along with six amateur majors). Woods is a dynasty unto himself. In a career that began five years ago, he already has won 27 times in just 98 starts on the PGA Tour With three more victories, he will break Nicklaus' record for the most PGA Tour wins before turning 30. He won his sixth major in only his 17th try as a professional. Nicklaus had five majors in his 17th start. "I don't know what you would compare it to because I'm not so sure there's something you could compare with ... in modern golf," Duval said. Indeed, Woods has been beyond compare, especially when the pressure is the greatest. One of the most dangerous hole at Augusta is the par-411th, with a green that slopes toward a pond on the left. Woods Master of the game Tiger Woods completed his version of the Grand Slam Sunday, turning in a stunning performance to win the 65th l\/Iasters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Woods is now the only golfer in history to hold the four major championship titles at the same time. Last six m^or finishes '01 Masters, 1st ; '00 U.S. Open, 1st '00 PGA Championship, 1st ; '00 IVIasters, 5th '00 British Open, 1st i '99 PGA Championship, 1st I PGA Tour career IHost career PGA Events Topic 112 66 Grand Siam titles Jack Nicklaus i18 Victories 27 Ben Hogan Majors won 6* Four in a row. Gary Player ^^^grazen Tiger Woods SOURCES: PGA TOUR; compiled from AP wire reports AP choked down on an 8-iron from 149 yards and his shot grazed the cup for a tap-in birdie and a lead he never surrendered. Clinging to a one-stroke lead over the final three holes, Woods refused to make the kind of mistake that haunted his challengers. Duval hit a 7-iron over the green on the par-3 16th and missed an 8-foot putt for par. Mickelson, playing in the final group with Woods, left his tee shot on the top shelf of the green and missed a par putt from about the same spot as Duval. "He simply does what is required," said Mickelson, who played Augusta's back nine in even par and finished three strokes behind. Exhausted from a pursuit that began in June, Woods returned to his home in Orlando, Fla., and will not play again until the Byron Nelson Classic next month. Inkster visits Hutcin HUTCHINSON — Seeing women's professional golf on television just isn't enough, says Juli Inkster, the LPGA Hall of Famer who was in Hutchinson Monday to promote next year's U.S. Women's Open. The event will be held at Hutchinson's Prairie Dunes Country Club, where in 1980 Inkster won the first of her three U.S. Amateur titles. She was back in town to help kick off ticket sales for the event, scheduled July 1-7 2002. "I'm looking forward to coming back here and playing the course," said Inkster, who is fourth on the LPGA's all-time career earnings list with $6,057,400. Women's golf "has come a long way. There are a lot of great players out there." "A lot of you haven't seen us play" she said. "You've seen us on TV, and that doesn't do us justice. When you see Karrie Webb drive the ball, you will be amazed." Stargell / Was key figure in clubhouse FROM PAGE D1 on the field and a fatherly yet forceful presence off it. The 1979 Pirates were nicknamed "the Family" from the Sister Sledge song, "We Are Family," and Stargell said years later that it wasn't a misnomer "We won, we lived and we enjoyed as one," StargeU said. "We molded together dozens of different individuals into one working force. We were products of different races, were raised in different income brackets, but in the clubhouse and on the field we were one." He distributed his coveted stars for extra effort to teammates who proudly attached them to their baUcaps. "We fought for those stars," former teammate Bill Robinson said Monday. "Those were precious. If he forgot to give you one, we'd be at his locker saying, 'Willie, I did this' or 'Willie, I did that.' To get those stars from your leader and captain, that was special." Tanner agreed that StargeU's personal magnetism was a key ingredient in the clubhouse. "When you had WiUie Stargell on your team, it was like having a diamond ring on your finger," Tanner said. Big and powerful at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, with a deep, commanding voice, Stargell intimidated pitchers even before they delivered the ball by pinwheel- ing the bat in rhythm with their delivery. Despite being overshadowed at times by more prolific home run hitters Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, and by the play of his pitchers, he tooK uwoy own Hall of their dignity." more than 600 homers. StargeU's first wife, Dolores, kept detailed statistics on every ball he hit and estimated he would have had 22 more homers in 1969 if the Pirates had played in Three Rivers Stadixmi, which opened a year later StargeU hit 29 homers in "He just didn't hit Fame teammate, Roberto Clemente, StargeU's sheer power was unrivaled. He hit seven of the 18 homers over the right-field roof at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field from 1909-70 and once held the record for the longest homer in nearly half of the National League parks. "He didn't just hit pitchers, he took away their dignity" former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton said. For nearly 30 years, StargeU was the only player to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium, and he did it twice. If he hadn't played his first 8 'A seasons at cavernous Forbes Field, then the majors' most spacious baUpark, he probably would have hit Don Sutton former Dodgers pitcher regarding Stargeii's power 1969. "Nobody could hit a baU as far as WUlie," Tanner said. "In 1979 in Montreal, he hit a ball so far there they painted the seat gold. I went up there the next day and sat in that seat, and everybody on field looked like puppets, that's how far it traveled." For his first 10 years in the majors, Stargell was content to play in Clemente's shadow, even after he passed Clemente in production. Stargell reluctantly became the Pirates' leader upon Clemente's death in a Dec. 31, 1972, plane crash, saying, "There's a time in a man's life when he has to decide if he's going to be a man." StargeU wore the mantle of leadership as weU as he did an outfielder's glove or a first base­ man's mitt as an unappreciated defensive player. StargeU enjoyed his best season in 1971, with 48 homers and 125 RBIs. However, he was 0-for- 14 in the NL playoffs against the Giants and had only one RBI in the Pirates' seven-game World Series victory over favored Baltimore. He left center stage to the 38-year-old Clemente, who, fearful he would never play in another Series, turned the postseason into a personal showcase of his grace, talent and determination. Only 14 months later, Clemente was dead. In 1979, it was StargeU's turn to transform the World Series into a one-man act for an aging star At 39, seemingly several years past his prime, and after knee injuries had robbed him of his mobility and some of his strength, StargeU's postseason performance was every bit as haunting and as driven as Clemente's. After hitting 32 homers during a memorable regular season, Stargell had two more during an NL playoffs sweep of Cincinnati. Stargell also had three homers, including the decisive shot in Game 7 in Baltimore, as the Pirates rallied from a 3-1 deficit to wrest the World Series title from the favored Orioles. Aikman / Likely to get into broadcasting FROM PAGE 01 "I'm not going to miss being in that locker room explaining to the press how it was that we lost that game." Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Aikman "restored or embellished our belief ... that our athletes can be heroes." Next season, Aikman will probably be an NFL analyst on television. He is close to finalizing a deal with Fox to replace Matt Millen as the partner for play- by-play announcer Dick Stockton, an industry source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, the source said. Without mentioning any specific networks, Aikman said a new job in television "looks like something that will take place," with an announcement in the next few days. Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell confirmed there was interest in Aikman. "We will look to have discussions with him about our analyst role," Bell said. The 34-year-old Aikman's future has been in limbo since he was waived by the Cowboys on March 7, a day before he was due a $7 miUion bonus and seven-year contract extension. Aikman set nearly every team passing record and was among the best postseason quarterbacks in NFL history But he missed five games last season because of injuries and was knocked out of three more, all in the first quarter When he played, Aikman lacked his trademark arm strength and accuracy sinking him to the worst QB rating among NFC starters. Aikman said last week that his back was his greatest concern. Some fans have wanted Aikman to walk away since his concussions began adding up. While they feared the long- term implications of the head injuries, Aikman never flinched. He went out believing he could remain healthy and productive. After a few weeks of looking around the NFL for openings, Aikman told agent Leigh Steinberg he was finally ready to listen to job offers from the broadcast networks that had been after him for years. Aikman did color commentary on NFL Europe games for Fox two years ago. He enjoyed the experience more than he expected and received rave reviews. Aikman is a natural for television because of his good looks and high profile. Aikman also is articulate and knows the game extremely well, traits Pox executives said came through in his NFL Europe work. Aikman has been a marquee name since the Cowboys made him the No. 1 pick in the 1989 draft. After losing his first 11 games, he led Dallas to Super Bowl titles after the 1992, '93 and '95 seasons. Only Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw have won as many Super Bowls. Cardinals win The Associated Press Home plate umpire Robert Dral<es signals safe as St. Louis Cardinals baserunner Ray Lankford slides across the plate with the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning of Monday's home opener against the Colorado Rockies. The Cardinals won 3-2. COUNTY SPORTS GoK Central's Lebahn places third at Manhattan MANHATTAN — Adam Lebahn claimed third medalist honors with a round of 74 Monday to lead Salina Central to a sixth- place finish in the Manhattan Invitational golf tournament at , Manhattan Country Club. Washburn Rural edged Hutchinson for the team title with a better fifth score after both teams shot four-man totals of 316. Central shot a 327 and Salina South 338 to finish 10th in the 13- team meet. Hutchinson's Monte Hertach was the top medalist with a 1-over-par 71, followed by Charlie Santalauria of Lawrence Free State with a 73. Lebahn won a playoff for third against Shawnee Heights' Gary Woodland and Washburn Rural's Ryan Deutch. For Central, Lee Post shot 83, Jamie Barnett 84 and Anton Bengston 86 to complete the four-man total "We're coming along," Central coach Chris Crank said. "We're going to have a pretty good team. We've got a good horse in Adam Lebahn, who is one of the better players in the state. He's had a pair of 74s now and finished third in a tough, tough field." For South, Matt McGinley led the way with an 81, followed by Craig Tingen with 84, Billy Stewart with 85 and Scott Oliphant with an 88. Tracic and f ieid Central girls second, boys third at JC meet JUNCTION CITY — Salina Central's girls finished second and the Mustang boys third Monday in the Junction City Invitational track meet. Central's girls, who scored 114 points to trail only team champion Manhattan's 190, won four events. Mellisa Burns broke a school record in capturing the pole vault with a clearance of 9 feet and Ashleigh Keats captured the javelin with a throw of 135-2. Bonnie Snyder won the long jump at 16-5, and went 34-6% in the triple jump to take second behind teammate Jackie Jones (34-8). Keats also had a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a tme of 15.38 seconds. Junction City won the boys meet with 164 points, followed by Topeka Seaman at 116 and Central with 97. For Central, Donnie Anders won the 100-meter dash in 11.23 seconds and the long jump at 22-9 %. Noah Moos captured the 3,200-meter run with a 10:24.0 clocking and the team of John Yockey, Jason Boyer, Matt Smith and Titus Lane won the 400-meter weight relay. "The whole key today was lots of people in lots of event and everybody placed," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "That's one of our highest finishes in a long time at Junction City. It's a good way to start the season." Cagerz / Players with state ties on wish list FROM PAGE 01 tryout camp) in Phoenix," Flax said. "Nobody from KU has told me that and I haven't heard that from him. But that's the word." Flax said his draft list also includes former Baylor guard De- Marcus Minor, who also played at Barton County; Tory Walker, a 6-9 guard from New Orleans, who was the runner-up for player of the year honors in the Sun Belt Conference; Washburn forward Eric Carter; Tate Decker, a 6-11 center from Oklahoma City University; and Iowa State forward Paul Shirley Whoever the Cagerz draft. Flax said it will be with the intention of the signing them to a contract. "We're going to try to get kids who we feel we have a legitimate chance of bringing in here," he said. Whatever happens. Flax said T PRO FOOTBALL he is excited about getting started. "It's getting time that we make a move," he said. "The draft is the first part of putting this thing together I feel confident with the players that are going to return and the veterans who have said they will come." Tickets on sale Flax said this is the final week fans who had reserved seats last season can renew them for this season. All tickets will be open to the general public next Monday Single game tickets are on sale at $5 per person. Children ages 5 and under get in free. Flax said there will be no two- for-one ticket offers this yean "We have to rely on ticket sales to get us over the hump," he said. "We think we're going to offer as good a product as people have seen." Lockett signs with Redskins By The Associated Press ASHBURN, Va.— The Washington Redskins, down to one receiver who had caught a pass in the NFL, signed free agent Kevin Lockett to a two-year, $2 million contract Monday Lockett spent his first four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, who drafted him in the second round in 1997. He has 87 career catches for 1,164 yards, including 33 catches for 422 yards last season. He joins Michael Westbrook as the only two Redskins receivers with pass-catching experience, and Westbrook is still rehabilitating a knee injury Lockett's contract includes a $500,000 signing bonus, and he can earn an extra $1.8 million in incentives over the two years, according to agent Jim Steinen Steiner said Lockett, who played for new Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer in Kansas City felt signing with the Redskins would offer the best chance to become a starter. Washington needed help at receiver after free agents Albert Connell and James Thrash signed with other teams. The Redskins also cut Irving Fryar to help get under the salary cap.

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