Sports The Salina Journal Thursday, January 9,1986 Page 11 Wesleyan buries St. Mary to grab top spot in KCAC ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor This business called the Kansas Conference basketball race is starting to look way too simple for Kansas Wesleyan. In fact, it's beginning to appear automatic. Throw up the ball in Muir Gymnasium and chalk up a victory for the Coyotes. Wesleyan, which had blistered its first three conference opponents before the holidays, ended a 24-day layoff Wednesday night at Muir by smoking St. Mary of the Plains, 88-67. "Excellent," KW coach Jerry Jones said of his club's play. "I thought we played real well." Jones had some glossy stats to back up his statement. The Coyotes shot 63 percent from the field, including a blistering 73 percent in the final half. Wesleyan also was hot at the free throw line where the Coyotes made 20 of 26 attempts. And the Coyotes dominated the boards, owning a 44-30 rebounding advantage. It was more than any coach could realistically expect following a 3Vfe- week layoff. 1 'Tonight, we just played like we've been practicing for the past week," Jones said. "Our practices have been excellent." The victory, coupled with Friends' loss to Tabor Tuesday night, gave the Coyotes sole possession of first place in the KCAC with a 4-0 record. KW's four conference wins — all of which have been recorded at home — have come by an average of 18 points. Wesleyan didn't have much difficulty disposing of the Cavaliers, who lost for the eighth time in 11 outings. After missing four of its first five shots, Wesleyan hit eight of its KW women still unbeaten ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor Kansas Wesleyan's women recorded one of the biggest victories in the program's history Wednesday night at Muir Gymnasium when the Lady Coyotes rallied to upset St. Mary of the Plains, 65-64. The victory was sweet in so many ways for Tracy Rietzke's Coyotes. St. Mary is the defending champion in NAIA District 10 and Tuesday was rated No. 1 in this season's initial poll of the state's 20 small college women's teams. In addition, Wednesday's triumph preserved Wesleyan's unbeaten re- ST. MARY OF THE PLAINS (64) Acosta 1-61-2 3, Gray 3-4 0-0 6, Stephens 713 0-0 14, Smiley 2-4 2-2 6, Flax 8-13 0-1 16, Kelly 8-12 1-2 17, Hogan 1-40-02, France0-00-0 0. TOTALS 30-56 4-7 64. KANSAS WESLEY AN (65) Brown 3-5 2-2 8, Vargocko 7-13 0-0 14, Rensberger 4-10 6-8 14, Marostica 3-9 3-3 9, Warren 6-12 0-2 12, Gaxiola I -3 2-24, Walker 01 0-0 0, Larson 2-5 0-0 4, Dowell 0-0 0-2 0. TOTALS 26-58 13-1965. HALFTIME — St. Mary 41, Kansas Wesleyan 31. TOTAL FOULS — St. Mary 19, Kansas Wesleyan 1'4. FOULED OUT — Kelly (SM). TECHNICAL FOULS — Kelly (SM). REBOUNDS — . St. Mary 40 (Kelly 9), Kansas Wesleyan 24 (Rensberger, Marostica 6). TURNOVERS — St. Mary 27, Kansas Wesleyan 14. cord in the 1985-86 season as the Coyotes now own a 7-0 record. But Wednesday's win was anything but easy. The Coyotes led only once in the contest before Renae Rensberger sank a free throw with 12 seconds remaining to give Wesleyan its victory. KW had overcome seemingly insurmountable deficits of 20-5 and 3519 in the first half as the hot-shooting Saints appeared close to blowing the Coyotes out of their own gym on several occasions in the first half. And the Coyotes still trailed, 51-39, with 12 minutes remaining. "We could have folded our tent a number of times but the kids didn't want to give it up," said KW coach Tracy Rietzke. "They just never did quit." St. Mary, which lost a three-point heartbreaker to Fort Hays State Monday night in Hays, still owned a 61-54 lead with just over four minutes remaining when the Coyotes put on their final surge. Buckets by Sandy Brown, Chanyta Warren and Rensberger cut St. Mary's lead to 62-60 with 2:47 remaining. Thirty-four seconds later, the Coyotes tied the game at 62 when Warren sank a short baseline juniper. Buckets by Brown and St. Mary's Annette Smiley left the game deadlocked at 64-64. After Saint forward Therese Stephens misfired on an 18- foot jumper with 40 seconds remaining, the Coyotes delayed until Rensberger was fouled while rebounding her own missed shot with: 12 left. The senior forward from Gypsum (See KW, Page 12) ST. MARY-PLAINS Williams Bailey Wilks Piper Shaw Byrnes Batman Brooks Horning Stein TOTALS KS. WESLEYAN Walters Frederick Phox Gray Pleiman Woods Deering Upshow B.Smith Brown Tillman Hutzler E.Smith White Porter TOTALS HALFTIME — Wesleyan 44, St. Mary 30. TEAM REBOUNDS — St. Mary 9, Wesleyan 8. TURNOVERS — St. Mary 16, Wesleyan 24. FG 5-13 3-7 2-11 5-11 2-5 1-2 5-14 2-3 6-2 0-0 26-70 FG 2-5 5-11 4-5 2-3 8-9 3-5 6-8 0-0 0-1 2-2 0-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-2 34-54 FT 2-4 0-0 3-4 3-3 3-4 2-2 2-5 0-1 0-0 0-0 15-23 FT 6-6 0-0 3-3 1-2 4-6 0-0 4-5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 20-26 R 3 3 1 3 2 0 6 1 2 0 30 R 1 5 0 3 10 4 6 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 44 F 4 5 2 2 3 2 0 3 1 0 24 F 3 3 4 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 22 TP 12 6 7 13 7 4 12 4 0 0 67 TP 10 10 11 5 20 6 16 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 2 B7 next 10 attempts from the field to open up a 20-11 lead at the 12:30 mark of the first half. St. Mary was still down only 28-20 with 6:46 left before intermission when KW scored 10 unanswered points to break the game open. Jones cited Wesleyan's man-to- man defense as the key ingredient for his club's 44-30 halftime advantage. "Defensively, I thought we did a real fine job, especially in the first half," Jones said. "We knew we were playing against a team that plays hard. But I thought our guys played pretty hard, too." St. Mary was still within striking distance (55-42) with 15 minutes remaining when Jones put KW into a spread offense and turned the show over to junior guard Terrence Phox. Despite playing with four fouls, Phox ran the four-corner attack in superb fashion as the Coyotes scored layup after layup. Ten of Wesleyan's final 12 buckets were point-blank layups or dunks. "He (Phox) can make a lot of people look good with his ability to pass the basketball," Jones said. The biggest beneficiary of Phox's passing wizardry was 6-8 center Russ Pleiman, who scored 20 points. Pleiman also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots in easily his best performance since KW's season- opener against Peru State when he scored 10 points and grabbed 17 boards. "I wanted to get the ball inside and try to force them to try and stop Pleiman," Jones said of his second- half strategy of going to the spread offense. Wesleyan built its lead to 69-52 with 6:55 remaining then lengthened its advantage to as many as 25 points (88-63) down the stretch. Four Coyotes joined Pleiman in double figures as Gus Deering scored 16 points, Phox had 11, and David Frederick and Paul Walters added 10 apiece. St. Mary was led by Troy Piper's 13 points. Larry Williams and Darren Batman scored 12 points each for the Cavs, who fell to 1-4 against KCAC opponents. Wesleyan, now 7-1 overall, continues its busy schedule (seven games in 14 days) when the Coyotes entertain Baker University Friday night at Muir. Saturday, the Coyotes make their first conference road trip of the season when they meet Friends in Wichita. Craig Chandler Kansas Wesleyan's Barney Gray (20) looks for an open teammate when double-teamed by Jeff Bailey (15) and Robert Wilks (23) of St. Mary of the Plains. Beloit's dual streak snapped by Lincoln after 101 victories Rams quarterback Dieter Brock tries his grip on the football with a glove on his left hand in preparation for cold weather expected in Chicago Sunday for the NFC championship game. McCovey enters shrine on first vote NEW YORK (AP) — Willie McCovey, the top left- handed home run hitter in National League history, became the 16th player to be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in the first year of eligibility, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Wednesday. McCovey, who hit 521 homers in al 22-year career spent primarily with* the San Francisco Giants, was named on 346 of 425 ballots returned •„ to the BBWAA. In order to be elected, a player must be named on H^ST* *% Id 75 percent of the ballots, or 319 this ^TJZ^aff V vear - : ,;<ialR» ; /. Billy Williams, who spent the first 16 seasons of his 18-year career McCovey with the Chicago Cubs, missed being elected by four votes. He was named on 315 ballots for a percentage of 74.1. Williams, who hit 426 career homers, was on the ballot for the fifth year and has 10 years of eligibility .remaining. He also narrowly missed election last year, falling 45 votes shy of 75 percent with 252. Pitchers Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Jim Sunning were third and fourth, respectively. Hunter had 289 votes and Banning 279. Roger Marts, a sentimental outsider to make the Hall after his death last month, was fifth with 177 votes. The other players elected in their first year of eligibility were Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Warren Spahn, Al Kaline, Bob Gibson, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Stan Musial and Lou Brock. Brock and relief specialist Hoyt Wilhelm were elected last year by the BBWAA. McCovey, a first baseman, will be officially inducted into the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine in August. He was one of 14 players on the ballot for the first time. Forty-one players were listed on the ballot. McCovey's 521 homers places him ninth on the all- time list and tops among NL left-handed hitters. He had a career batting average of .270 and drove in 100 or more runs four times, in 1963, '68, '69 and '70. He broke into the majors in 1959, going 4-for-4 against Philadelphia Phillies ace Robin Roberts in his debut. He was traded along with Bernie Williams to the San Diego Padres on Oct. 25, 1973, for Mike Caldwell. In August of '76, the Padres sold his contract to Oakland, and he rejoined the Giants the following season as a free-agent, playing four more seasons. In his most productive season, McCovey hit .320 with 45 homers and 126 RBI to win the 1969 Most Valuable Player award in the National League. He followed that season up with another 126 RBI in 1970. In 1977, the year he rejoined the Giants, McCovey hit two home runs in the same inning of a 14-9 victory over Cincinnati, becoming the only player to do so twice in his career. One of the homers was his 17th career grand slam, making him the all-time NL leader in that category. He ended his career with 2,211 lifetime hits. Williams played his final two major league seasons in 1975 and '76 with the Oakland A's. He had a career batting average of .290 and 2,711 lifetime hits. By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer Beloit wrestling coach Chris Sones should have called on the A-Team Tuesday night in Lincoln. Instead, Beloit's powerful dual winning streak ended with a wimper after 101 straight victories. With only two varsity wrestlers (Kevin Kadel and Mark McGaughey) competing, the Trojans lost to Lincoln, 32-30, after whipping Stafford, 48-15, in their first match of the double-dual. It was only last Dec. 21 that Beloit joined Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel and Emporia as the only Kansas high schools to have won at least 100 consecutive dual wrestling meets. Beloit's streak began in 1978. Beloit still might have defeated Lincoln if it wouldn't have had to forfeit four weight classes. Sones knew that he would have two weights open, but he didn't count on one wrestler missing weight by one pound and another getting injured against Stafford. Beloit always has wrestled a predominantly junior varsity squad against Lincoln. During the winning streak, even the Trojans' JV was too strong for the Leopards. Only once during the streak — 1984 — did Lincoln threaten Beloit. The Trojans won that encounter, 37-30. "It was a varsity match and it did break the streak," Sones said Wednesday of the streak-breaker. "It was just like a varsity football game where the coach decides who he's going to play. For the most part, the kids we took did a good job. There were just a lot of circumstances that led to the loss." Lincoln head coach Darrell Schmeidler understood those circumstances and kept his team's win in perspective. "It would've been nice if we had defeated their varsity," Schmeidler said. "I never thought about the string until Chris told me that we had broken their streak. I didn't think they counted it." When Sones came to Beloit three years ago, he questioned whether the varsity matches wrestled by the team's JV should count on the streak. "Because they counted the previous matches on the streak, the losses have to count, also," Sones said. "It's funny that out of all the teams hungry to beat us, little Lincoln ended the string.'' Sones doesn't say that deg- radingly. Beloit and Lincoln have had a good wrestling relationship since Lincoln started its program 10 years ago. "Beloit has always been good to us," said Schmeidler, who has been Lincoln's only wrestling coach. "They started wrestling us when Ken Piazza (Beloit's head coach prior to Sones) was there. They could've brought their full varsity squad up here every year and beat us bad, but they didn't." That's the kind of image Sones wants Beloit's wrestling program to have, not that of a big, bad bully. "I'm sure the varsity kids are frustrated about the streak ending," Sones said. "You hate to see a streak like that end under the circumstances it did, but I'm somewhat glad it's over. It's an excellent chance for us to start showing our style instead of worrying about wins and losses. The kids can now start concentrating on performance and not worry about wins and losses." Briar Cliff clips Fort Hays SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Fort Hays State battled back in the second half but didn't have quite enough as the Tigers dropped a 78-73 decision to Briar Cliff College. The win was the second of the season for Briar Cliff over Fort Hays, which defeated the Tigers 75-73 last November in Hays. The Chargers, 113, are ranked 13th in the NAIA and Fort Hays, 9-3, is No. 16. The Tigers were down by 11 points at halftime and fell behind by 20 five minutes into the second half. But Fort Hays reeled off a 17-4 spurt to pull within seven points, 64-57. The Tigers got as close as three points, 6764 with 2Ms minutes left, but could get no closer. Mario Galvez, a 6-6 senior forward, poured in 32 points for iBriar Cliff. Fred Campbell had 17 points for Fort Hays, while senior point-guard Raymond Lee had 15 points and 12 assists. The Tigers return to action Friday at home in the AugustLno's Invitational,-facing Missouri Valley at 8:30p.m. FORT HAYS STATE (73) Lee 5-9 5-515. Johnson 1 -3 0-0 2, Morse 1 -4 00 2, Anderson 4-6 1-3 9, Williams 3-8 0-0 6, Campbell 7-143-4 17, Miller 2-4 2-2 6, Allen 4-5 0-0 8, Hardnett 3-8 2-4 8. TOTALS 30-61 13-18 73, BRIAR CLIFF (7B) Golvez 13-28 6-8 32, Brynac 2-4 2-2 6, Donaldson 3-8 4-4 10, Paulson 4-5 2-3 10, Garcia 1-4 2-24, Neubrand 1-1 0-02, Pinillo5-104-4 14. TOTALS 29-61 20-23 78. HALFTIME — Briar Cliff 36, Ft. Hays 25. TOTAL FOULS — Ft. Hays 18, Briar Cliff 18. FOULED OUT — Lee (FHS); Brynac, Garcia (BC). REBOUNDS — Ft. Hoys 40 (Campbell 9), Briar Cliff 37 (Pinillo 8). ASSISTS — Ft. Hays 16 (Lee 12), Briar Cliff 8 (Brynac 3). TURNOVERS — Ft. Hays 20, Briar Cliff 17. TECHNICAL FOULS — Ft. Hays bench 2.
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