The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 11, 2001 · Page 23
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 23

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 11, 2001
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VyEDNESDAY APRIL 11,,2d01 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL / D3 BASKETBALL / D4 AUTO RACING / D5 • PRO BASKETBALL Cagerz take Kelly with first choice First-year coach Flax on six draft picl<s: 'I'm happy with what we got.' By BOB DAVIDSON TIte Salina Journal Francis Flax got the player he wanted, again. Then he got the player he wanted, for the first time. Flax selected former Brown Mackie standout Darren Kelly with the Kansas Cagerz's first pick in the United States Basketball League draft Tuesday. It marked the second time Flax,. the Cagerz's new head coach and general manager, has tabbed Kelly Kelly played for Flax at Brown Mackie during the 1998-99 season and helped the Lions win the Division II junior college title before moving on to Texas. Flax followed the Kelly selection by snagging Tory Walker, a rangy sharpshooter from the University of New Orleans. "I'm happy with what we got," Flax said after the draft. The Cagerz made their picks amidst considerable fanfare at Coaches Bar and Grill. Two Salina radio stations did live remote broad­ casts from the cite. Flax stuck to the midwest with his last four picks, starting with Craig Rodgers, a 6-11 center from the University of Toledo, in the third round. He then took powerful 6-9 center Tajudeen Soyoye of Missouri in the fourth round; 6-6 guard DeMarcus Minor of Baylor in the fifth and 6-9 forward Eric Carter of Washburn in the sixth. Flax said he has not talked with Soyoye or Minor and is unsure if they will play for the Cagerz this season, but is confident the other four will. Regardless, Flax was ecstatic with the selections of Kelly and Walker. "We pondered this for a while," Flax said. "I'm pleased. Now, if we can land four out of the six, or maybe even five out of six, I'll really be pleased." The 6-3 Kelly was a third-team all-Big 12 selection this season. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He was named the Longhorns' most valuable player "Kelly will be here every mintue he can," Flax said. "He's still trying to finish school and See CAGERZ, Page D4 T HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING Central takes invitational title IVIustangs win six of 11 events, including Klug's school backstroke record By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Keith Smith has been around long enough that he should have known better, but still the Salina high school swimming and diving coach never saw it coming. Smith was ambushed by his Salina Central athletes while walking along the deck of the Salina South pool Tuesday. And as is tradition following an invitational meet, the winning coach was unceremoniously tossed in the pool, soaking Smith all the way from the top of his head to the bottom of his New Balance running shoes. The Mustangs earned the right to dunk not only Smith, but his assistants as Central won its first ever Salina Invitational team title, topping the seven team field with 453 points. "This is the eighth year for this meet and no Salina team had ever won it," Smith said. "So it is pretty exciting to have a win for Central. And it was kind of capped off late in the meet by a new varsity record for Amber Klug." Klug had one of six first-place finishes for the Mustangs, breaking her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke. Klug's time of 1:04.84 was more than five seconds faster than the rest of the field, and topped her previous record of 1:05.22 set last season. "Breaking that record was my main goal coming into this meet," said Klug, whose time also qualified her for state in the event. "A 1:04 would break the record, but I had to think farther ahead than that. I was thinking 1:03, and if I think like that, then I have to drop time. "We had a lot of first-place finishes, but we won today because all of our second-seeded swimmers and our B relays ... everybody gave their all." The Mustangs finished first or second in 10 of 11 events, and swept the top spot in each of the three relays. Central also put its depth on TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Salina Central swimmer Amber Klug competes In the 200 medley relay Tuesday at the South pool. display, getting 66 points from its B relay squads. "The B relays were very important," Smith said. "We've had a series of disqualifications for bad starts all season long in the relays and from a coaching technical standpoint, that was one of the things both teams did real well today" Central's other individual titles went to Tori Smith in the 200 freestyle (2:17.69) and Sarah Donley in the 200 individual medley (2:27.12). The Mustangs had second- place finishes from Klug in the 100 freestyle, Donley in the 100 butterfly. Smith in the 500 freestyle and Danielle Boyer in the 50 freestyle. Donley's time of 1:05.27 in the butterfly was less than a tenth of a second off her school record in the event. Central picked up big points in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly Katie Donley followed Klug with a third-place finish in the backstroke, while Boyer took fourth in the but­ terfly behind Sarah Donley Three of the top seven finishes in the 500 freestyle went to Central athletes, where Kelli Kempton was sixth and Clair Miller seventh, while Miller also took fifth in the 200 freestyle. "We had some individuals that were not swimming in their best events," Smith said. "They were swimming for the team and were all focused toward the team's success and it paid off. See SOUTH, Page D5 T COLLEGE BASKETBALL: SPRING SIGNING PERIOD 'Cats address needs with latest recruits Of the three players KSU is expected to sign, two are big men By The Salina Journal ' Kansas State expects to sign three players — two big men and a guard — to letters of intent in the NCAA's spring signing period, which begins today and continues through May 15. ; Pervis Pasco, a 6-foot-9 power pDrward from Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College who committed to the Wildcats last week, appears to be the prize recruit of the late period. He will be joined by 6-10 freshman center Travis Canby of Fork Union Military Academy, a Virginia prep school, and 6-4 combo guard Marcus Hayes of Oviedo (Fla.) High School. Hayes is expected to walk on and receive a scholarship at a later date, when one becomes iavailable. The Wildcats signed three players during the fall and added another — 6-7 forward Marcello DaBarrosa, who will count against last year's total — in the spring. Pasco, from Clearwater, Fla., did not graduate from high school, but received his GED and enrolled at Pensacola for the second semester last year This season he averaged 20 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Canby, originally from Atlanta, averaged 12 points a game at Fork Union. Hayes is known for his outside shooting. But he also can play point guard. K-State signed two junior college wing players — 6-5 Gilson DeJesus of Trinidad, Colo., and 6-6 Janerio Spurlock of Chipola, Fla. — and 6-4 high school guard Nick Williams of Mansfield, Texas, in the fall. The three early signees alone gave the Wildcats a class ranked nationally by several See KU, Page D4 T COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP file photo Kansas' 6-foot-10 sophomore Drew Gooden not only averaged a team-best 15.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, but also shot 52 percent from the floor and led the Jay- hawks with 10 double-doubles. KU's Gooden opts to return KU leading scorer, rebounder will be back after considering leaving early to go to the NBA By The Associated Press LAWRENCE— A few weeks after reports circulated that Kansas' Drew Gooden was considering leaving early for the NBA draft, the star forward has decided to return for his junior season with the Jayhawks. Gooden made the announcement Tuesday night at the Jayhawk's annual postseason banquet. The 6-foot-lO, 230-pound Gooden was Kansas' leading scorer with 15.8 points per game and leading rebounder at 8.4 per game despite missing five games with an injured right wrist. He shot 52 percent from the field and led the Jayhawks with 10 double-doubles. According to coach Roy Williams, he and Gooden had discussed the possibility several times since the end of the season. Draft Picks FIRSTROUND Darren Kelly 6-3 G SECOND ROUND Tory Walker 6-8 F New Orleans THIRD ROUND Craig Rodgers 6-11 C FOURTH ROUND T.J. Soyoye 6-9 F-C FIFTH ROUND DeMarcus Minor 6-6 G SIXTH ROUND Eric Carter 6-9 F Texas Toledo Missouri Baylor Washburn • COLLEGE FOOTBALL Newman proving himself Salina product taking advantage of spring opportunity with 'Cats By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — There were times last season when Terence Newman grew weary of his role in Kansas State's talent-rich sec^ ondary. '^tf ^j! Especially ^1 when friends and acquaintances told him he should be playing more. But while Newman was relegat-~ ed to a backup role behind veteran cornerbacks Dyshod Carter and Jerametrius Butler for two years, he knew his time would come. "It was really tough," said Newman, the former Salina Central standout who this spring has moved to the top of the Wildcat depth chart. "But I knew those guys were better than me at the time, so it didn't really bother me much." With Carter completing his senior season and Butler declaring a year early for the National Football League draft, both corner- back jobs are open. But Newman, a junior, has plenty of competition from seniors DeRon Tyler and DeMarcus Faggins. Then there are junior college transfers James Dunnigan — in camp this spring — and Bobby Walker. "I'm getting really excited," Newman said. "Everybody's asking, Are you going to start, are you going to start?' "Finally I can say I have a real good chance." See NEWMAN, Page D5 T BASEBALL Yankees sink KG By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Michael Coleman took over for Bernie Williams and hit just like the ab- ^^t^^m sent All-Stan H^Q^^I The rookie hit his ygnl 'ss' ^ first major league Royals 5 homer, triggering a five-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 9-5 Tuesday night. Coleman, subbing for Williams while the center fielder tends to his ailing father in Puerto Rico, had three hits and drove in three runs. In his first game Monday night, Coleman had two hits and drove in one run as the Yankees won 134. "This is an opportunity" Coleman said. "I'm keeping it warm for Bernie until he gets back. We've got people here to fill in." The Yankees, who have beaten See KC, Page D3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 8Jbdavldson

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