The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 2, 1996 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1996 D3 BRIEFLY V PRO FOOTBALL Central's Homecoming tailgater set for Friday The Salina Central High School Homecoming Tailgate Party is scheduled for 5:45-7 p.m. at Salina Stadium before the Central-Topeka West game. ' Cozy Inn Burgers, chips and drinks will be available. Prime Sports to televise Royals games KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals have awarded the rights for over-the-air and cable television to Prime Sports. The three-year agreement begins in 1997. Prime Sports will televise 80 Royals games each of the three years — 50 over the air and 30 on cable. It's estimated that Royals baseball on Prime Sports will be available to as many as 1.7 million homes throughout the midwest by Opening Day 1997. Prime Sports will become FOX Sports Rocky Mountain on Nov. 1 and will join the family of regional sports networks known as FOX Sports Net. KWCH to televise four WSU road games WICHITA — Wichita station KWCH-TV, Channel 12, will televise four Wichita State road basketball games this season, athletic director Bill Belknap said Tuesday. KWCH will televise the Mississippi (Dec. 14), Indiana State (Jan. 4), Northern Iowa (Feb. 1) and Creighton (Feb. 20) games. Sacred Heart spikers sweep Chase County COTTONWOOD FALLS — The Sacred Heart volleyball squad went on the road Tuesday and swept a pair of Cottonwood Valley League contests from Chase County. Sacred Heart dropped the first game of the opener before rallying for a 14-16,16-14,15-9 win, then dropped the Bulldogs in two games 15-13,15-10. The Knights improved to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in league play. Sacred Heart could win the league title outright with a sweep next Tuesday over Herington in the Knights' final CVL matches. Sacred Heart was coming off its first-place finish Saturday at the .Herington Invitational, where the Knights defeated Chase County in the championship match. "They were neck-and-neck with us the whole time and they were really hard-fought matches," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "Chase County was relentless and we held on. "It was probably the best defensive play we've had all year. The girls were picking up spikes and going after balls I didn't think they could get." Melissa Meares had 23 service points, 17 of those in the first match, arid 38 digs. Chrissy Blagg had 19 kills and eight stuff blocks, with Ginger Brown adding 18 assists. Jen Broberg had six service points and four assists in the second match. Sacred Heart Booster Club to meet tonight The Sacred Heart Booster Club will have a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club will meet at the school library. Southeast splits with Beloit in volleyball GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline coach Bill Gies saw both the good and bad from his Trojan volley. ball squad Tuesday night as Southeast split an NCAA twinbill with Beloit. Beloit won the opener 15-6,15-7 before Southeast responded with a 15-6,15-10 victory in the second match. 1 "We were as good in the second match as we were bad in the first," Gies said.-"We couldn't pass where we wanted to and we didn't block anything. It was pretty much tee it up and hit it at us and Beloit did a good job of doing that. "In match twowe came out from the very beginning and served the ball better. Everything we could do right in match two we did do right. The turning point came when Jozette Bowman stuffed a girl and everybody got jacked up after that." Annie Olsen and Jennie Kinsler had 15 assists apiece for Southeast. Megan Troutfetter had eight kills, five blocks and two stuffs, while Angie Riffel added nine kills. Kinsler topped her team with 12 service points and Sarah Chrisman added eight. Brady, Craig lead Southeast runners LYONS — Southeast of Saline sophomores Leslie Brady and Daniel Craig placed second in their respective races Tuesday at the Lyons Invitational cross country meet, leading the Trojan teams to strong finishes. Southeast won the girls team title with 39 points, topping Lyons in second at 76 and third-place Chapman at 77. Abilene took the boys team title with 63 points, edging Southeast in second with 71 points and Chapman in third at 72. Ellsworth's Cody Smith was the boys individual champion, covering the 3.1-mile course in 16:21. Craig followed Smith across the finish line with a time of 16:26. Southeast's Mike Willis was ninth in 16:53, with teammate Aaron Pavkov placing 10th in 17:09. The girls race winner was Claflin senior Jackie Stiles, whose time of 12:49 over the two- mile course was three seconds faster than Brady. Southeast also had top-10 finishes from Marci Keeler and Kelly Jackson. Keeler's time of 13:21 was good for fourth, while Jackson placed eighth in 13:35. Trojan junior Janelle Lund was llth in 13:45. Wesleyan spikers whip Tabor in KCAC match HILLSBORO — The Kansas Wesleyan volleyball squad kept pace with the league leaders in the Kansas Conference with a four-game victory over Tabor on Tuesday. The Lady Coyotes improved to 3-1 in the KCAC, starting strong and using a late rally to knock off the Bluejays 15-6,15-9, 7-15,16-14. "We started out the match really well," KWU coach Tom Hughes said. "We were blocking everything thrown our way and were really playing aggressive at the net. Midway through the second game we started to let down and allowed Tabor to get back in the game." Tabor made the second game interesting after trailing 10-1, then attempted to rally with a win in the third game. Wesleyan avoided a fifth game by coming back from a 14-11 deficit in the fourth to close it out. "We really gave them some momentum and that carried over into the third game and half of the fourth game," Hughes said. "I honestly believe if we had gone five games all the momentum would have swung their way, so it was really a key for us to pull that out." Wesleyan's Kary Taylor finished with nine kills, 12 solo blocks and four assisted blocks, along with four service aces. Marsha Emott had 17 kills, 13 digs and nine solo blocks; Lisa Tripp added 30 assists and 12 digs; Holly Morris had 13 kills and Tabetha Gillespie five solo blocks. Stoyanovich pleads no contest to charge FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Kansas City Chiefs kicker Pete Stoyanovich pleaded no contest to a drunken-driving charge stemming from a July 1994 run-in with the Florida Highway Patrol. Stoyanovich, who was with the Miami Dolphins when he was arrested, returned Monday to South Florida to enter his plea in Broward County Court. The plea carries a six-month driver's license suspension, 50 hours of community service and a $250 fine. But Haddad, who said his client's traffic stop and arrest were illegal, said the punishment won't begin until an appeal to Broward Circuit Court is settled. From Staff and Wire Reports Chiefs' takeaways down in '96 Kansas City ranks 13th in category it has ruled over in the 1990s By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to turnovers, the Kansas City Chiefs may be victims of their own success. Heading into their home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Monday night, the defending AFC West champions stand an uncharacteristic plus-1 in the giveaway-takeaway ratio — coach Marty Schottenheimer's favorite stat. That ties them for 13th in the NFL, far behind league-leader Green Bay's plus-13. If things stay this way, it'll be quite a change for the team that tops the league in the '90s with a plus-90 turnover margin. So dominant have the Chiefs been in this regard that the No. 2 team of the '90s — the Steelers — are hardly within shouting distance at plus-53. "We're not getting the ball taken away enough is what it boils downs to," Schottenheimer said Tuesday. "Every time you pick up a paper or read what our opponents are saying, they all talk SCHOTTENHEIMER about you'd better take care of the football against the Chiefs." It isn't that the Chiefs have become sloppy ball-handlers themselves. Steve Bono threw 94 passes this year before his first interception, and still has only three in 172 passes. They've lost four fumbles, significantly fewer than Green Bay, Philadelphia and St. Louis, who have each lost a league-leading seven. But, in an unusual twist, the team that prides itself on takeaways has not been getting many. While winning their first four games and losing last week at San Diego, the Chiefs had recovered just three fumbles. Only six teams have fewer. Fourteen have more interceptions than Kansas City's five. "It's not much to get only five fumbles in five games," said Schot- tenheimer, who still walks around during practice and pregame drills swatting the ball out of players' hands. Practically daily, he and his assistants preach taking care of the ball and seeing to it that other teams don't. But he suspects the Chiefs' turnover speciality has become a focus of preparation by every team on their schedule. "They all know that's what we thrive on. They know that if they're not going to take care of the football against Kansas City, they're going to compromise their ability to succeed," he said. "It's a challenge for us." Eagles go hunting for a quarterback Randall Cunningham's name has come up in search for replacement for injured Peete By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Calling aU quarterbacks: The Philadelphia Eagles need help. Coach Ray Rhodes says he'll consider all legitimate prospects, including retired Randall Cunningham, in his effort to replace injured Rodney Peete. "I've got a lot of candidates," Rhodes said Tuesday after Peete was sidelined for the season in Monday night's 23-19 loss to Dallas. "I got a guy from Valdosta State who called who hadn't played in five years." Rhodes didn't say who that was, but there were other names tossed around the day after it was revealed that Peete, who tore the patella tendon in his right knee on a non-contact play, will be out six months to a year. The mere mention of Cunningham's name was particularly interesting. The relationship between Rhodes and Cunningham deteriorated after the longtime Eagle quarterback was demoted to backup four games into the 1995 season. Asked if he is seriously considering Cunningham, now a television commentator, Rhodes gave conflicting signals. "I'm not going to discount anything at this point," he said. "I think we have to research every available option we have out there and he's definitely an option." Later, Rhodes indicated he was merely kidding. "I know this will be a big front-page blowout tomorrow," he said, adding, "Don't get too carried away writing that. You might find that paper in the men's room more than somebody reading it." Cunningham, a flamboyant passer-runner, made 107 starts for the Eagles between 198595. A call to his Las Vegas business office was not returned. Two other names mentioned in the quarterback hunt were Jeff George and Mark Rypien. George is on the trading block after being suspended by the Atlanta Falcons following a sideline shouting match he had with coach June Jones after Jones benched him during Philadelphia's 33-18 victory over the Falcons two weeks ago. "There's some things I have to take a look at further before I comment on Jeff George," Rhodes said. In particular, George's ability to make the transition from Atlanta's run-and-shoot offense to the Eagles' West Coast-style offense, and his reputation for being difficult. "I really feel like I can work with anybody," T BASEBALL The Associated Press Members of the Philadelphia Eagles' medical staff lift quarterback Rodney Peete off the turf during Monday night's game with Dallas. Peete had knee surgery Tuesday. Rhodes said. George comes with a $3.5 million contract, but Eagles vice president Joe Banner said the Eagles are far enough under the salary cap to afford it. Rypien, who turns 34 Wednesday, hasn't taken a snap since last December, when he started the final three games of the season for the St. Louis Rams. The MVP of the Super Bowl following the 1991 season, when he led the Washington Redskins to a 17-2 record, Rypien made $750,000 last year, but refused to re-sign when the Rams offered $500,000 for this season. Despite his stated intention of signing a veteran, Rhodes said Ty Detmer, Peete's backup, would remain the starting quarterback. "This team can win with Ty Detmer," Rhodes said. "We're going to win with him." Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to make the first start of his five- year NFL career when the Eagles (3-2) resume play after their bye week with a game against the New York Giants Oct. 13. Detmer said he was still a little woozy Tuesday after being hit in the head on a blitz by Dallas' Darren Woodson. The hit came in the third quarter and left Detmer less than coherent the rest of the game. "There were a few plays I didn't remember running at all," he said. "I was having trouble with the formations, and they (his teammates) IRVIN were giving them to me." He said Eagles fans will see a different quarterback from the one who was sacked three times, fumbled twice and threw an interception. "That wasn't me out there playing," he said. "There were three or four plays where we could have had big plays if I had been coherent and seeing things." Irvln set to return IRVING, Texas — When the Dallas Cowboys return to the practice field on Thursday, Michael Irvin will be there. The wide receiver's five-game suspension by the NFL over his involvement in a drug and sex scandal ended with the Cowboys' 23-19 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night. Dallas is off this week so the first practice is set for Thursday. Asked Tuesday if Irvin will be an immediate starter against Arizona on Oct. 13, coach Barry Switzer laughed and said "the minute he walks out there we're going to throw to him." Irvin, who has been working out with Switzer's son, Doug, owes 800 hours' community service as part of his suspended sentence. "My son tells me that Michael is in great shape," Switzer said. "They've been working out in a cow pasture over in Farmer's Branch. "We get an emotional lift when he's around," Switzer said. "He's a great competitor. The fear of losing is deep in Michael." Switzer said the win over Philadelphia and the return of Irvin "could be the turning point of the season. I think we can win some games now. We're a pretty good team. You don't look at the record (2-3). You look at the long season we still have ahead." Switzer said he had hoped the defending Super Bowl champions could be 3-2 in the stretch without Irvin. "We came up a little short," Switzer said. "But we've got it turned around now. We won a hard game on the road." The Cowboys were feeling double relief that they had escaped with a win at Veteran's Stadium and were finally getting Irvin back. "I'm so happy Michael's back," wide receiv- er-cornerback Deion Sanders said. "He can take some of this pressure now that we've all had." Switzer gave the Cowboys Tuesday and Wednesday off and scheduled workouts for Thursday and Friday. He then plans to give the Cowboys the weekend off. Dallas came out of the Eagles game battered and bruised but with no major injuries. Leyland pondering offers from four teams Angels, White Sox, Marlins, Red Sox want former Pirates' skipper By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If the Florida Marlins" deal with manager Jim Leyland is done, the White Sox, Angels and Red Sox tried their hardest Tuesday to undo it. Leyland, the hottest commodity on baseball's managerial market, received lucrative offers from the Angels and White Sox that The Associated Press learned dwarf the Marlins' estimated $1.1 million a year proposal. Leyland refused to comment on any contract specifics. But, according to baseball sources, the Angels' offer is believed to be worth nearly LEYLAND $8 million over four years, plus Walt Disney Co. stock options and other incentives. The Angels' proposal, made in an evening phone call, would likely make Leyland the highest- paid manager in major-league his tory. "The offer is unbelievable. Jimmy's head is reeling," said a Leyland friend who did not want to be identified. "He had no idea the offers would be so good. He really is confused right now." The Angels finished the season with interim manager John McNamara. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, a longtime Leyland friend, made his pitch to Leyland in person Monday night in Pittsburgh. Chicago's offer is also believed to be far higher than Florida's proposal, which was only slightly better than Leyland's $1 million salary in Pittsburgh. Reinsdorf met with Leyland even though the White Sox have yet to fire manager Terry Bevington. Reinsdorf and Leyland also talked last weekend in Chicago during the Pirates' season-ending series against the Cubs. Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, reeling from internal dissent following manager Kevin Kennedy's unpopular firing Monday, will make his pitch to Leyland on Wednesday. The Marlins and White Sox both offered either 3- or 5-year con- tracts, whichever Leyland prefers. California is offering four years, or as many years as Leyland had left on his Pittsburgh contract. Leyland said "money is a factor" in the decision but not the deciding one, and he is more concerned with taking over a team committed to winning. The White Sox, Angels and Marlins all promised Leyland to aggressively pursue free agents, with Florida reportedly guaranteeing it would sign at least two big-ticket free agents this winter. "The financial packages are flattering, but I'm not interested in negotiating," Leyland said. "I'm not going to go to one team and say, 'This team is offering X amount of money.' This isn't going to a cattle auction. But there have been some very, very impressive offers." K-State / Greenwood suspended for first half of Nebraska game PROM PAGE D1 Greenwood suspended Kansas State offensive lineman Ross Greenwood has been suspended for the first half of the Nebraska game after being ejected for fighting against Rice. Greenwood, a 6-foot-4, 300- pound senior, has started the first four games at left guard for the Wildcats. K-State coach Bill Snyder said he received a memo from the supervisor of officials for the Western Athletic Conference telling hiin of Greenwood's suspension. Offlpials from the WAC worked the KSU-Rice game. Snyder believes the suspension was unwarranted, feeling Greenwood should have been penalized for grabbing a Rice player's facemask, but not suspended. When asked why Greenwood received the unusual suspension for half a game, Snyder replied, "Maybe (tlje WAC officials) felt they were half right." Jeremy Martin, a 6-3, 300 red- shirt sophomore, will start in Greenwood's place. ASU blueprint? It's a good bet the tape of Arizona State's 19-OA'Actory over Ne- braska will be duplicated several times over this season as the Cornhuskers take their first swing through the Big 12 Conference. When asked if his team would use the ASU victory as a blueprint for K-State's game plan against Nebraska, coach Bill Snyder put the question in perspective. "If those two teams played again last Saturday, I don't think that would have been the proper blueprint," Snyder said. "Nebraska was a much better football team last week than they were two weeks ago. Thfere was a ton of difference. They had a ball game (against Arizona State) that was out of character for them, and I'm not sure they're going to let that happen again." Numbers game . Snyder said numbers have played an important role in Nebraska's dominance in college football. "We'll go out and practice today (Tuesday) with 87 players, and Nebraska will go out and practice with 187," Snyder said. "You look at our depth chart and we have some players at two positions, and their depth chart runs off the page. "Significant numbers have made Nebraska's program what it is today." Husker barrier Kansas State is off to a 4-0 start for the fourth consecutive season under Snyder, but if history repeats itself, the Wildcats are in for a rough time Saturday against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have handed the Wildcats their first defeat of the season three years in a row — 45-28 in the sixth game of the 1993 season, 17-6 during the fifth game in 1994 and 43-28 last year during Kansas State's sixth game. Olympians on hand Four former and current Kansas State athletes who competed in the 1996 Olympics will be present for Saturday's game. Steve Fritz (decathlon), Ed Broxterman (high jump), Connie Teaberry (high jump) and Kenny Harrison (triple jump) will be available for autographs during pregame festivities in a tent set up north of the baseball field. The four Olympians will also be honored at halftime of the football game. j

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