The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 27
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001 P5 BRIEFLY Wet grounds force postponement Kansas Wesleyan 's baseball dffiubleheader at Ottawa \Yednesday was postponed until today because of wet grounds. Today 's first game will start at 1 p.m. The Coyotes, who lead the Kansas Conference with a 12-0 record, entertain Barclay College at 1 p.m. at Dean Evans Stadium on Friday They play Bethany at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matson Field. Shockers edge out Nicholls State, 9-8 WICHITA — Brian Burgamy had three hits and Randy Walter drove in three runs as Wichita State downed Nicholls State (La.) 9-8 Wednesday night at Eck Stadium. The victory is the 11th in a row for the Shockers (27-11), who scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Nicholls State (21-19) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Shocker starter John Tetuan and scored two runs in the top of the ninth against WSU closer Steve Haines to tie the score 8-8. Haines (2-1) picked up the victory after the Shockers rallied in the bottom of the ninth. WSU outhit the Generals 149. Brad Wright, Joe Strada, Eric Absher and Shawn Smarsh had two hits apiece for Wichita State. Fort Hays St. women sign four players HAYS — Fort Hays State women's basketball coach Annette Wiles has announced the signings of four high school players for next season. The list includes guard Jennifer Hake of Oakley and forward Megan Williams of Clay Center. The 5-foot-8 Hake was named to the Journal's All-Area Top Five this season after she averaged 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds this past season. She scored more than 20 points in is of the Plainsmen's 22 games, including two games of more than 30 points. The 5-11 Williams averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals this season. She was a second-team selection on the Journal's AH-Area team and was a two-time all-North Central Kansas League selection. The other signees are 5-6 guard Heather Nittler of Medicine Lodge and 6-0 forward Tracy Kinyon of Omaha, Neb. Nittler averaged 16 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 6.2 assists at MLHS this season. Kinyon averaged 7.1 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while playing for Burke High School. Wesleyan tracksters finish in top spot ,. NORTH NEWTON — Sprinter Jason Peugh and thrower Jay Morton won three events each in leading the Kansas Wesleyan men's track team to the team title in the ACCK track and field meet Wednesday Peugh won the 100 meters in 11.13 seconds, the 200 in 23.7 and the 400 in 51.72. Morton captured the hammer with a throw of 125 feet, 7 inches; the shot put at 51-1; and the discus at 173-0. D'Ambrose Finch won the triple jump with a leap of 46-10 and finished second in the long jump (20-9 Vi) and high jump (62). "Wesleyan had 144 points. Tabor was second with 125, Bethel third at 123.5 and Bethany fourth with 93. Tabor won the women's meet with 159 points. Bethel was second with 125, Bethany third with 87 and Wesleyan fourth with 54. Wesleyan's Darcy Tobert won the 200 meters in 29.83 seconds and Jennifer Henderson captured the long jump with a distance of 16-1. From Staff and Wire Reports • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Mac under attack by his own body Nagging injuries slow slugger's quest for . career homer record By TRACY RINGOLSBY Scripps Howard News Service ST. LOUIS — History is calling. St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire can hear it. •p^jl^Hi^M But age 37, with VjL^j^^rm a body that ^KKKKKm mm is showing the wear and tear of the demands he has placed on it during a 14-year big-league career, McGwire isn't sure he can answer — at least not completely McGwire, the most prodigious home run hitter of his era, has a chance to,become the game's most prolific home run hitter. And he recently signed a two-year contract extension. But the questions surrounding his quest aren't about money or desire. They are about durability They have become nagging questions for McGwire, whose 554 home runs are 201 short of Hank Aaron's career record and include a single-season- record 70 home runs in 1998 and 65 in 1999. "My career has never been easy," McGwire said. "I've always been tested." It is no different this season. He has gone 0-for-lO at the plate this season and has played in only three of the Cardinals' seven games. An achy right knee, still not fully recovered from major surgery in October, has become McGwire's latest limitation. It forced manager Tony La Russa to remove McGwire from Monday's game in the seventh inning, with the score tied 2-2, in what became a 3-2 Cardinals victory over the Rockies. And it led La Russa to already decide McGwire will be limited to pinch-hit duties in Thursday's series finale. "I'll take three at-bats (a game by McGwire) the rest of the year," La Russa said. "That's better than four and then lose him (for a month or even the rest of the season). We have to be smart about this. We can't force things to happen." Even on a limited basis, McGwire is vital to the Cardinals' success. He is a legitimate threat in the middle of their lineup, and he has grown into a leadership force in their clubhouse, though he is uncomfortable with the spotlight that so often shines on him. When the Cardinals were planning their media guide for this season, McGwire was supposed to be a key element on the cover, an enticement for public sales. But McGwire balked at the idea because he didn't feel deserving after a 2000 season cut short by injuries. Because of the knee problems, McGwire started only 70 games at first base last season, none after July 6. He still hit 32 home runs in only 236 at-bats. In the postseason, he was limited to pinch hitting, though he responded with a home run in Game 2 of the National T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Huskers wrap up spring practice Annual Red-White scrimmage set for Saturday afternoon By The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's spring practices wrapped up with a lot of cheering Wednesday afternoon. Whether the Cornhuskers were more pleased to be getting out of a cold and steady rain or just glad the formal workouts are over until August wasn't immediately clean "I think they're all happy to see spring ball come to a close as far as practices are concerned and looking forward to playing a game," coach Frank Solich said. The Huskers play their annual Red-White spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Solich said the goal Satur­ day will be to keep the mistakes to a minimum and get a good look at everyone they can in the simulated game. Solich also wants to see some balance between the offense and defense. "There's been years when the defense just plain dominated. A lot of times you like those years because it tells you've got the kind of defense you're looking for," Solich said. "You kind of almost would like to see that continue, but at the same time you want your offense move the ball, too." Solich said he was pleased with the 14 spring practices overall and the progress the Huskers made, especially on defense, where Nebraska has to replace five starters. After Saturday the players will go back to working out on their own, but the coaches will be right back in the office on Monday reviewing tapes from the spring game. Then they have to work out the depth chart and go on the road for recruiting. Buffs simplify schemes By The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — For Colorado this season, less will be more. The _^ pTjB^ coaching jBj 3 n staff has decided • ^ the team was overloaded with plays last season, which ended 3-8. "We've reduced our defensive package by at least half," said defensive coordinator Vince Okruch. "In football vernacular, there was too much thinking going on and not enough reacting." Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said the focus of plays has been narrowed. "We're a drastically different offense. We're executing at a fairly consistent rate now because we're all more comfortable in it," Watson said. The change from the so- called West Coast offense should not diminish the team's versatility he said. "We took a lot out that we knew was just window dressing and kept the meat- and-potatoes stuff," Watson said. On defense, Okruch said it was apparent during end- of-season meetings that communication was a problem'. "They needed to know we were just as frustrated as they were," he said. AP file photo Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire needs 201 home runs to tie Hank Aaron on the career list, but at age 37, time is running out for the superstar. Nagging injuries last season and early this year have hampered his effort. League division series against Atlanta. He ultimately underwent surgery to have a diseased portion of his right patellar tendon removed. The recovery hasn't gone as quickly as McGwire hoped, however. He tried to play through the aches during the spring and opened the season without making any concessions to the injuries. After St. Louis' first two games, however, he gave in to the continuing pain. He missed the Cardinals' finale at Coors Field last Thursday and all three games at Arizona during the weekend. "I wasn't satisfied with the spring I had, but I didn't say much," McGwire admitted. "1 was just hoping it would go away. I can play with discomfort ... "I love to play and sometimes you get a little hardheaded and play through things you shouldn't." Nobody wants to keep McG­ wire out of the lineup. But La Russa, who managed McGwire when he came up with Oakland, knows he must be cautious. "I'm going to play it by ear," La Russa said. "I'm thinking (in terms of McGwire playing) two out of three (games a series). I never thought about him playing six or seven innings (and coming out) before, but we have to be careful." Which is difficult, given the temptation to ride McGwire hard. He is a fan favorite, having drawn bigger crowds to watch him take batting practice than some teams draw for games. And he is a definite offensive force, given he is only 46 home runs from joining Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays in the 600-home-run club. "The only worry is health," La Russa said. "If you can't stay healthy you can't play He has the desire and the ability There's no question about that." Twins / Attendance still down FROM PAGE D1 But with an unbalanced schedule that affords them 19 games each against the Tigers and Royals and a pitching staff led by Brad Radke (2-0, 2.35 ERA), Eric Milton (1-0, 3.75) and Joe Mays (1-0, 2.57), it's not a stretch to suggest the Twins could play .500. And maybe, the Twins will keep up what's been an incredible power surge. After hitting the fewest homers in the majors last season, pretty much the same group has 10 in seven games this year. "We've been saying all along that if we pitch the ball well, T PRO FOOTBALL we've got a chance to win the game," right fielder Matt Lawton said. "We've had five good outings from our pitchers, and those are the five games that we've won. That's our strength. We've been finding ways to score runs, and it makes our pitchers' jobs easier, just like they make our jobs easier" The Twins' success comes at a time when their long-term future I 'emains uncertain. The franchise is among a few mentioned in conversations about franchise contraction as baseball attempts to sort out its financial troubles. Twins management has ar­ gued for years that it can't afford better players without a new revenue-rich ballpark. The Legislature appears to have turned its back again this year on proposals to help build a new stadium, and attendance plummeted from Monday's opening day crowd of 46,101 — biggest for a home opener since 1993 — to 9,130 for Tuesday's game. But as long as they're in first, the outlook is bright. "Hopefully we'll continue to do well," Guardado said. "We're going to take our lumps. But it's how we handle those lumps that will determine our success." Raiders' Janikowski found innocent By BILL KACZOR The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Oakland Raiders placekicker Seb a s t i a n Janikowski was found innocent Wednesday on charges of possessing the designer drug GHB. The iurv of JANIKOWSKI three men and three women deliberated for only 80 minutes before clearing Janikowski on the charges of drug possession and evidence tampering. Janikowski hugged his agent, Paul Healy and his divorced parents. His father, Henryk, lives in Panama City while his mother, Halina, traveled from Poland to be with her son during the trial. Home mm Health #1 at Salina Regional Health Center Police said Janikowski, a former Florida State All-American, poured the clear liquid from a water bottle onto a floor mat in the front seat of his car when an officer approached in a fraternity house parking lot in the early morning of June 21. Janikowski faced up to five years in prison and possible deportation to his native Poland. He is a resident alien and has'a green card that permits him to work in the United States. Janikowski testified Wednesday he did not know GHB was present when police arrested hiin, and that he wasn't even sure what GHB was. 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The radio was described as a Hand Held Ericsson Panther 500 P and it was sitting in a back room. Total loss is estimated at $700. If you have any Information concerning who committed this crime, call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS. You may receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00, and you are not required to give your name. Salina Journal Sponsored by: Connecting communities with infornmtim Ford Certified Mechanics UMGHAinHUi^ SERVICE CENTER 340 N. Santa Fe, Salina • 823-2237 • 800-874-6316

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