The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 13, 2001 · Page 20
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 13, 2001
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^C4 FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Arenas latest Wildcat to jump Guard averaged 16.2 points per game to lead Arizona last year By The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — Gilbert Arenas declared for the NBA draft Thursday, the fourth player from Arizona's NCAA tournament run- UnillUnilP ner-up team to nuuiwlur ^^^^^ ^^^^^^^ early Earlier, sophomore point guard Jason Gardner said he would enter the draft, and forwards Michael Wright and Richard Jefferson said they will forgo their senior seasons. "When I came here two years ago without much recognition, I always thought I'd play here for four years," Arenas said. "But after two great years in Tucson, I feel like I'm ready to take the next step and play in the NBA." Arenas, a 6-foot-3 sophomore shooting guard, led the Wildcats with an average of 16.2 points per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the floor in 36 games this season. Luke Walton will be the only player returning with significant playing time last season. Also back will be Rick Anderson, who started seven games two seasons ago and was a red- shirt last season, and Travis Hanour, who appeared in 19 games as a freshman last season. Andrew Zahn, 6-9, sat out last season as a redshirt freshman. He will be joined by incoming freshmen Channing Frye, a 6-11 center, 6-10 Isiah Fox, 6-8 forward Dennis Latimore, and guards Salim Stoudamire and :Wiil Bynum. DePaul's Simmons leaving CHICAGO — Bobby Sim- The Associated Press Sliooting guard Gilbert Arenas, the Wildcats' leading scorer last season, announced Thursday his intention to apply for the NBA Draft, joining teammates Jason Gardner, Richard Jefferson and IVIichael Wright. mons, DePaul's leading scorer and rebounder last season, may be going to the NBA. Simmons, a 6-foot-7 swing man, announced Thursday he's putting his name in for the NBA draft, but isn't giving up his college eligibility The junior hasn't signed with an agent, and will stay enrolled at DePaul. "The reason I am making this move now is that I feel I've earned a chance to try and play in the NBA," Simmons said in a statement issued by the university "I've competed against the best players in the college game and now I want to see how I stack up against the best at the next level." Several other players also have exercised the option to pull out of the draft, most notably Notre Dame AU-American Troy Murphy, a junior. If Simmons does turn pro, he'll be the third player DePaul loses to the NBA this year. Sophomore center Steven Hunter announced earlier this month that he would skip his last two years at DePaul. Hunter has already hired an agent making him ineligible to stay in school. Eddy Curry, one of the country's top prep prospects who had committed to DePaiol last fall, said Monday he was entering the draft. Illinois State lands forward NORMAL, 111. — Baboucarr Bojang, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward from West Plains Community College in Missouri has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Illinois State University next season, ISU announced Thursday Bojang, a native of Gambia, averaged 15.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season. He also blocked 122 shots and made 61 steals. "Boo is a long, sleek athlete who runs the floor very weU and plays with tremendous energy," ISU coach Tom Richardson said. "We like his versatility" Bojang attended high school in Greenville, S.C. He is the first player to sign with ISU during the spring signing period that began Wednesday Some of these guys aren't ready Irdagine, for just a minute, that you are a Michigan State basketball fan. If you are, the past two years have been wonderful for you. A national title. A Final Four run. Countless hours of cheap enjoyment. It's all coming to an end. The Spartans are about to lose six of their top nine scorers from last season, and their perch among college basketball's elite seems as solid as a sandcastle atop the San Andreas Fault. Whose fault is this? Blame the egos. Jason Richardson and Zach Randolph, the Spartans' two early-entry candidates, are fine players. They will make fine professionals - someday. . Just not yet. They are the most obvious cases of "Gotta have it now" syndrome, which is sweeping Smoky/ Troutfetter captures iejump FROM PAGE CI • ning of the season that I am go: ing to go to state and I am going to come out with three golds," said Barnes, who has four top- six finishes at the state meet, but no golds. "I think that I can do it this ye^r" Smoky Valley's girls title was due in large part to Malinda Olson, Ashley Blomberg and Cara MacDonald, who all won multiple gold medals. • Olson took first in the long jump (16-472), 100-meters (13.06) . and 200 meters (27.78).Blomberg won the triple jump (21-8 Vi) and 300 hurdles (50.56). MacDonald won the 400 dash (69.75) and the .'SOO run (2:33.63). ; The only other area athletes •to win multiple golds were Can- -tpn-Galva's Amy Becker in the .girls and Smoky Valley's Todd •Worcester in the boys. Becker won the pole vault (8-6) and 100 Jiurdles (17.43) while Worcester captured the 1,600 run (4:40.41) and 3,200 run (10:16.05). Mark Troutfetter and Steph Swanson led the way for Southeast of Saline. Troutfetter won the boys' triple jump with a leap of 41-8 while Swanson won the girls' discus with a throw of -122-8 and was second in the shot put with a throw of 35-11. The •Trojan girls also won the 3,200 'relay with a time of 11:10.58. college athletics. Too many players with marginal talent are saying it's their time, dang it, and screw what the scouts ^ are telling me. . GREG Uncle Remus WALLACE says they're Birmmgl,an,(Alc.} goin'in the lot- Pou-Hemld tery for sure, and that's good enough. Well, it's time someone stepped up and said no mas. That someone is Back Row Central. • WHY, EDDIE, WHY? — First on the docket is Seton Hall freshman forward Eddie Griffin, last seen falling at the hands of the mighty Alabama basketball team in the NIT. Eddie led the Hall in scoring and rebounding, but also showed lack of range and punched out one of his teammates. This is what says about Griffin: "Questions about attitude, anger management and whether or not he's a winner" Yet he's likely coming to a lottery near you. With attributes like that, he'll be coming to a bench — or rehab center — near you in three years. • WHERE'S RUDI RUNNING? — Rudi Johnson's learning the hard way that maybe, just maybe, he should have thought about his decision to go pro a little harder The way things look for the Southeastern Conference player of the year, Notre Dame's Rudy has a better shot at getting picked in the first round than Rudi. He's slotted as the No. 8 back available by, behind such notables as Pitt's Kevan Barlow. Another year on the Plains appears a better choice now that he's left classes and eligibility behind. • EVEN STEVEN — Our favorite early entry candidate is DePaul center Steven Hunter He's a 7-foot, 215-pound stringbean who averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 boards in two seasons at DePaul. Yet, he wants to try his luck. Who's calling his shots? Hunter's clearly not ready. We've seen the big-man talent in Conference USA, and it's seriously lacking. Most of the BRC crew was last seen begging out of a pickup game to suck down water and cheer on their friends. But put them in a 7-footer's body, and any one of them could average 15 points a night in C-USA. The only person who profits from this call is Hunter's agent. Stevie's wrist muscles are going to get bulked up real quick; a seven-foot guy with long arms can carry a lot of veterans' suitcases. • PRO FOOTBALL Vick visits with Chargers Virginia Tech quarterback is the only player San Diego will invite in for a private workout By BERNIE WILSON The Associated Press VICK SAN DIEGO — Fullback Fred McCrary was the first San Diego Chargers player to catch a pass from Michael Vick. He wasn't supposed to — sticky little NFL rules, you know — but McCrary was caught up in the excitement of having Vick, probably the first pick in next weekend's draft, in town and watching a voluntary offseason workout at team headquarters on Thursday As Vick walked onto the field with coach Mike Riley McCrary, one of the Chargers' most outgoing players, tossed Vick a ball, Vick threw it back, an easy 20-yarder "I wanted to see how it feels to catch a ball from him," McCrary said. "It was pretty cool. Just a regular little throw. Hopefully we'll get him on draft day and in minicamp I can catch a whole lot more from him." McCrary threw the baU back to Vick, but Riley interceded. Because Vick isn't Chargers property he wasn't supposed to get involved. But that didn't stop players, including new quarterback Doug Flutie, from going up to Vick for a handshake and few words. Team president Dean Spanos and general manager John Butler watched from a second-story balcony "Cool dude," McCrary said. "I like him a lot. Really down to earth. I'm going to take him out tonight and show him a good time." The Chargers own the draft's No. 1 overall pick but haven't said whether they'll take the electrifying former Virginia Tech quarterback or trade the selection to stockpile play­ ers as they try to emerge from the rubble of a 1-15 season. The Chargers have seen Vick both in a private workout and in another workout open to other teams. They wanted Vick, who never had been to California, to come out for a quick tour, a chance to meet some players and to meet again with the coaching staff. Citing NFL rules, the Chargers refused to make Vick available to reporters. As he was hustled off the field, Vick — who was wearing a Chargers jacket — just nodded when asked how the visit was going. "He's been studying some of the stuff that we went through with him before," Riley said. "He was able to call a few of the things without any prompting, really "He said, 'This really makes you want to be out there and makes you love football.' He was, I think, very excited to be out there today I shouldn't speak for him but that's the sense I got from him." Under NFL rules, the Chargers can bring in 20 draft-eligible players for a visit. Vick was the only player they brought in. The Chargers say they got enough information from other top prospects during the scouting combine earlier this year Flutie spoke with Vick before the workout. "I told him that I love watching him play," Flutie said. "I love his aggressiveness and the way he can run with the ball. He's got some phenomenal skills. He's exciting to watch. From a team standpoint, I would love to see him here." So would Vick. When asked at the airport Wednesday night if he thought the Chargers will pick him, Vick said: "I hope so." "I'm sure we will, unless some unbelievable offer comes," McCrary said. "How can you pass on the guy? It's like taking (Sam) Bowie over Michael Jordan. It's not going to happen," he said, referring to the Portland Trail Blazers passing up Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. • KANSAS STATE NOTEBOOK Newman among strongest 'Cats NEWMAN football on the team track Ex-Mustang one of four honored with a strength award By The Sallna Journal MANHATTAN — Salina's Terence Newman was one of four Kansas State athletes honored recently for their success in the Power- cat strength and conditioning programs. Newman, ^^ junior-to- be corner- back on the and sprinter team, received Olympic sports lifter of the year honors along with women's basketball player Marshela Webb. Also, linebacker Terry Pierce was named football lifter of the year and receiver Drew Thalmann received the football program's Paul Coffman Award. Pierce, a Fort Worth, Texas, sophomore and starting middle linebacker for the Wildcats, set K-State records this spring in the bench press (470 pounds), incline press (414) and safe squat (924). He was the Big 12 defensive freshman of the year and named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll for the fall semester "Terry is a big, strong young man who has been impressive not only in lifting heavy weights, but in his effort to improve his speed and quickness," said Rod Cole, K-State's strength and conditioning coordinator. Thalmann, a senior from Cheney and a special teams standout for the Wildcats had a personal-best 319- pound effort in the hang clean this spring. The Paul Coffman Award goes to the football player for "hard work in all phases of life to reach his fullest potential," and is named after the for­ mer K-State tight end who went from collegiate walk- on to become an AU-Pro with the Green Bay Packers. Webb, who recently completed her senior season with the basketball team had personal bests of 492 poimds in the safe squat and 172 pounds in the hang clean. Newman was a reserve cornerback last year for the Wildcats and also set school track records in the 60- and 200-meter dashes indoors, plus the 100-meter outdoor mark. The strength and conditioning staff also instituted a new award this year in honor of Anthony Bates, a defensive lineman who died before the 2000 season. The Anthony Bates Award, given to the football player with the best hang clean in the spring, went to senior fullback Rock Cartwright with a lift of 373 pounds. Rethman honored Kristin Rethman, a junior for the Kansas State women's basketball team, has received honorable mention on WomensCoUege- AU-American Underrated Team. Rethman, a 5-foot-9 guard from Centralia High School, was the Wildcats' second- leading scorer, rebounder and playmaker, averaging 11.9 points, 4.7 reboimds and 2.6 assists per game. She also led K-State in 3-point and free-throw shooting by hitting 45.2 percent (71 of 157) of her shots from beyond the arc and 84.1 percent (69 of 82) from the foul line. To be a member of the AU-American Underrated team a player must not have been on WomensCoUege- AU-American team (or honorable mention), on any of the five Women's BasketbaU Journal AU-American Teams or on the Kodak AU-American Team. The pool was also limited to juniors and seniors. TGOLF Dunakey tied with Singh, Mayfair Former regular on the Nike Tour shoots 6-under-par 65 By The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Doug Dunakey, best known for his 59 on the Nike Tour, shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead with Vijay Singh and Bil- nnillUnilD Mayfair in nUUIWUr the WorldCom Classic. Dunakey the 37-year-old player in his third full tour season, had seven birdies and one bogey on the touched-up Harbour Town Golf Links after averaging 74 in his eight first rounds this season, "It was a long ways from a 59, but it was a pretty solid round," said Dunakey, who lived every pro's dream by breaking 60 three years ago in the Miami Valley Open. Mayfair started with a bogey but caught Dunakey with a 10- foot birdie putt on his next-to- last hole, the eighth. Singh, whose third-round 73 at the Masters last week was his only one over par this year, joined the leaders with a final- hole birdie after hitting within 4 feet with his approach on No. 9. Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Lehman led a group of nine players at 66. Scott Hoch and former WorldCom winner Loren Roberts headed an eight- man group at 67. Davis Love III, the only four-time WorldCom champion, bogeyed the ninth hole — his last — to finish in a nine-man pack three strokes behind at 68. No, Tiger Woods was not in the field on the sticky, spring day The Masters champion who completed his consecutive slam last week was beginning some time off. But of the 19 past tournament champions, only Senior PGA Tour star Hale Irwin and the late Payne Stewart aren't competing. "There's a lot more excitement in the air and a lot more hoopla when Tiger's playing," said Lehman, who birdied on two of his final three holes. "But on the other hand, you do what you can do." The Office Depot LOS ANGELES — Pat Hurst birdied four of the first nine holes en route to a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead after the first round of The Office Depot. Swedish star Annika Soren­ stam, going for a record-tying fourth consecutive victory, opened the 54-hole event with a 71. She is trying to join HaU of Famers Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth as the only LPGA players to win four consecutively scheduled events. Wright did it in 1962 and '63, and Whitworth in '69. The LP­ GA record for consecutive victories is five by Nancy Lopez, although she took a week off after three straight wins. The Tradition SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Doug Tewell, a three-time winner on the senior tour after winning four times on the regular tour, shot a 6-under 66 to take a one- stroke lead in The Tradition. Mike McCuUough and Tom Wargo were second, and Bob Gilder, Jim Holtgrieve and Terry Dill opened with 68s in the first major championship of the senior season. Two-time former champion GU Morgan bogeyed the last two holes to join John Jacobs, Jim Ahern, Jim Thorpe and Jose Maria Canizares at 69. Defending champion Tom Kite shot a 72. IVIoroccan Open DAR-ES-SALAM, Morocco — Ireland's Paul McGinley eagled the first hole en route to a 6-under 67 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Moroccan Open. Craig Hainline of the United States, Michael Jonzon of Sweden, and English rookie Neil Cheetham shot 68s. McGinley hit a 5-wood within 20 feet to set up his eagle on the par-5 10th — his opening hole — and added five birdies and a bogey on the Dar-es-Salam Red Course. I

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