The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1996 · Page 15
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FRIDAY QBlWV THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / C2 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / C3 CLASSIFIED / C6 c TCOMMENT T BASEBALL PLAYOFFS ARNE GREEN The Sallna Journal Upset gives Clifton-Clyde emotional lift : Eric Steele could talk until he was blue in the face, trying to get His young Clifton-Clyde football team to believe in itself. '' But nothing spoke louder for the Eagles last Friday than a 30-22 upset of previously unbeaten Belleville, the defending Class 3A state champion. "We're very inexperienced and it's obvious we're gaining," said Steele, whose Eagles faced their third state-ranked opponent in four weeks and have another one Friday when they play host to Ril«iy County. "I think last Friday helped our confidence a bunch. '"We performed OK. We made sdme mistakes, but we came out on top. We told them all week they could do it and I think they accepted the fact that they could." ' The Class 2-1A Eagles are now 2V2 with the losses coming to un- • bfiatens Sacred Heart and Onaga. They beat Centralia for their first victory. 'Against Belleville, a team known for its unyielding defense, CJifton-Clyde didn't do anything fancy. """We just ran the ball," Steele said. "Things kind of clicked for us and we stayed with it. The kids worked hard for it during the week. "I thought our offensive line did a good job as a whole. They came off the ball and created quite a few seams." :That was enough for senior fullback Curtis LeClair, who rushed for 139 yards, including touchdown runs of 30, 20 and 33 yards. LeClair and senior quarterback Justin Steinbrock give the Eagles some experience at -key positions. ji Defensively, Steele praised defensive end Kevin Hartman for h'is performance. • "I'm a little concerned now that we have to guard against overconfidence," Steele said. "But I don't feel it's gone to their heads. I don't think in any way we can feel overconfident, but I think it's go;0d to feel good and satisfied witji what we did." f !fhe rugged early season schedule}^- this week's opponent, Riley County, is ranked No. 6 in 3A — should help prepare Clifton-Clyde for an equally tough district slate. Thg-Eagles open district play with Valley Heights, then take on No72-ranked Frankfort and finish With a solid Washington team. Running wild ^Hillcrest's Brandon Lesovsky is used to putting up big numbers. 'But the senior running back may have turned in the most impressive performance of his career Friday in the Mustangs' 68-40 victory over Baileyville. Not only did he rush for 351 yfirds on 26 carries, his eight touchdowns and 52 points placed him second on the all-time state scoring list. Lesovsky, a 5-foot-7, 140-pounder, scored on runs of 25, 2§, 69,1, 36, 56 and 40 yards, caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and added a pair of two-point conversion runs. , "He's had big games before, but often those were against lesser opponents," Hillcrest coach John Richards said of Lesovsky, who as a sophomore two years ago ran for 483 yards in a game against North Central. "But this was against a very good team." > Baileyville had been ranked all season in Eight-Man II and the victory pushed Hillcrest to 3-1 and No. 8 in the state poll. f The big game moved Lesovsky's rushing total to 920 yards for the season. iHe has 15 touchdowns and seven two-point conversions. '. "(Baileyville) sent about six guys, and our offensive line gave Braiidon enough to get past the line bf scrimmage," Richards said. "Our other kids have been real unselfish. We've got a pretty young line, with two juniors and a sophomore starting and our quarterback (Klint Henke) is a sophomore. '."We try to get Brandon outsiQe a lot and Nate (Lesovsky, Bran- do.n's twin brother) also has good speed. All three of our backs have exceptional speed and we're kind of playing with a catch-me-if-you- can offense." The Associated Press San Diego's Rickey Henderson slides safely Into home as St. Louis catcher Tom Pagnozzl waits for the throw in the sixth Inning. Cards put Padres in 2-0 hole Pagnozzi delivers key blow for St. Louis; series moves west By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Score one for the St. Louis Cardinals' 1987 leftovers. Before this season, new ownership re-stocked the Cardinals with playoff-tested veterans and the team made a 26-victory improvement to win the NL Central. But it was Tom Pagnozzi, one of three players from the 1987 World Series team, who got the big hit Thursday. Pagnozzi ended nine years of frustration by driving in the game- winner as the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead in their NL playoff series. Pagnozzi hit a shot off reliever Trevor Hoffman's glove to put the Cardinals, play- IUTNNM. IBBII ing only their sec- San Diego 4 ond playoff game c. Loula T since '87, a game away from sweep- GAME 3: Saturday ing the Padres. "Put the ball in play, plain and simple," Pagnozzi said. "I knew I could not strike out in that situation. Obviously, that's not where I wanted to put it in play, but it worked." After an off-day, the teams re- • Braves nip Dodgers / Page C4 sume the best-of-5 series Saturday. Donovan Osborne will start for St. Louis against Andy Ashby. The Padres swept three games from Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium last weekend to win the NL West, and now they need another sweep. Tony Gwynn said there was no comparison. "In LA, there was no pressure. We knew we were in," Gwynn said. "Now, you've got to win one just to get to the next one." Before this year, Pagnozzi's only postseason experience was as the backup catcher behind Tony Pena. "I was here in 1987, but I played such a minor role a lot of people probably don't know I was on that club," he said. "But we're 25 guys in here, playing for one purpose." St. Louis had blown a 4-1 lead, allowing San Diego to tie it in the eighth. Brian Jordan drew a leadoff walk in the eighth off Doug Bochtler and advanced on a groundout before John Mabry, who hadn't hit the ball out of the infield in six playoff at-bats, was intentionally walked. Bochtler's wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position, and Pagnozzi lined a 1-1 pitch just to the left of Hoffman. Umpires threatening to walk out today By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball umpires, insisting "there's no room for compromise," said they will strike today because of Roberto Alomar's continued presence in the playoffs. "We are walking out after the last game tonight," umpires union head Richie Phillips said Thursday by telephone from his Philadelphia office. Lawyers for the umpires and baseball owners are to appear today in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, where the American and National Leagues have asked for an injunction that would prevent yet another baseball walkout. U.S. District Judge Edmund Ludwig, who was assigned the case Tuesday, was attempting to work out a deal by telephone Thursday, Phillips said. Another person involved in the case said there were negotiations among owners, umpires and the players' association. "We're not making any progress toward a settlement, any progress ALOMAR whatsoever," Phillips said. "There's no room for compromise. They could offer us everything in the world, and they've offered us a lot, and there's nothing that would change our stance." Two games are scheduled for today, with Baltimore playing Cleveland in the late afternoon and the New York Yankees at Texas in the evening. Replacement umpires will be on standby in case the regulars refuse to work. Acting commissioner Bud Selig and American League president Gene Budig planned to join baseball's lawyers in court today. Selig did not return a call for comment. Sallna ump may work tonight Salinan Robert Homolka, an instructor at KSU-Salina, will work as a replacement umpire at tonight's American League Division Series contest between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers if major league umpires go through with their threatened strike. Homolka served as a National League replacement umpire during the strike at the start of the 1995 season. He was notified earlier this week he would be used during this year's postseason if the dispute went unresolved. Homolka left Thursday afternoon for Dallas. V COLLEGE FOOTBALL Attitude different for 'Cats Past KSU players didn't have same confidence as current Wildcats By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — There seems to be something new hi this year's Nebraska-Kansas State game — an element that was missing the 27 consecutive times the Huskers have beaten the Wildcats since 1968. "The attitude of the players in the past was we CAN beat Nebraska," said cor- nerback Joe Gordon. "All week long, everyone had to tell themselves that. "This year, it's more of a settled feeling, a calm nature about us playing Nebraska. We feel like they have a great program. But so do we." The 7th-ranked Huskers (2-1), who dropped from No. 1 and ^ lost much of their aura by losing to Arizona State on Sept. 21, are 12-point favorites to victimize No. 16 Kansas State for a 28th straight year. For the fourth year in a row, Kansas State (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) brings an unbeaten record into their Nebraska clash. Despite a 10-2 record last season, theur best in 85 years, the Wildcats still fell 49-25 to the national champions. Two years ago injuries had taken out quarterbacks Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer, so walk-on Matt Turman led the Huskers to a 17-6 victory. But even the most sober Wildcat, backers believe this could be their best shot yet at dethroning the two-time defending national champions and finally convincing everyone their gridiron turnaround of the past six years is real. "We feel like they have a great program," said Gordon. "But so do we. If we play our game, we WELL beat Nebraska. Not that we CAN beat Nebraska." More than breaking a 28-year losing streak to a team, a victory on Saturday might also give K- State the national respect it longs for. Many believe the fact the See KSU, Page C3 GORDON "If we play our game, we will beat Nebraska." Joe Gordon Kansas State defensive back SALINE COUNTY GAME DAY Ell-Saline (4-0) at Peabody (1-3) Halfway through the regular season and the Ell-Saline football squad has yet to be tested by an opponent. The Cardinals will be a heavy favorite again tonight when they go on the road to face a struggling Peabody squad. The Cardinals have led by 26 points or more at halftime of each of their first four games. Their average margin of victory has been 43.5 points a game. The Warriors have lost three consecutive games since a season-opening 34-0 victory over Udall. Peabody has been outscored 14618 in its last three games, including a 64-0 thumping last week against Canton-Galva. Ell-Saline opened league play with last week's 53-7 victory over Moundridge. Tonight's game also counts toward the Heart of America league standings. Peabody made the switch to 11-man football this fall after several seasons in the eight-man ranks. The Cardinals started 4-0 a year ago before losing their fifth game o'f the season at Clifton-Clyde. Ell-Saline is 29-2 in regular season games under coach Chris Barkley. SE-Saline (4-0) at Ellsworth (0-4) Southeast of Saline will take the same approach into tonight's game as the Trojans did a week ago in their league opener against Russell: Don't look past a winless team. Southeast posted its second shutout of the season when it turned back the Broncos 37-0 last Friday night. Now the Trojans face an Ellsworth team that has had some close games but is still looking for its first victory of 1996. Ellsworth's lone one-sided loss came last week against Beloit, 30-6. Their previous defeats came against Thomas More Prep-Marian (8-0), Minneapolis (34-22) and Clay Center (14-0). TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE Topeka Wast vs. Sallna Central at Sallna Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Sallna South vs. Manhattan at Manhattan's Bishop Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Marlon vs. Sacred Heart at Kansas Wesleyan's Martin Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Southeast of Saline vs. Ellsworth at Ellsworth (KSAL. 1150-AM), 7:30 p.m. Ell-Saline vs. Peabody at Peabody, 7:30 p.m. St. John's Military vs. Hope at Hope, 7 p.m. A win tonight would guarantee the Trojans their third consecutive winning season, a first for Southeast since 1983-85. Coach Phil Katzenmeier's teams are 17-5 since the start of the 1994 season. Marlon (3-1) at Sacred Heart (4-0) Tonight's game at Martin Stadium will go a long way in determining which team will emerge as Cottonwood Valley League champion this fall. Sacred Heart and Marion are the only two remaining teams with unbeaten records in CVL play, the Knights at 3-0 and the Warriors 2-0. Marion is the two-time defending league champion, while Sacred Heart shared the title in 1993, the last time the Warriors did not win the league. A win for the Knights would clinch at least a tie for this year's title. Sacred Heart is attempting to start a season with five consecutive wins for the first time since 1981, when the Knights won their first 10 games. This is the fourth time a Sacred Heart team has started 4-0 since 1981, but the 1983,84 and 93 teams all lost in week No. 5. Marion has won three consecutive games since opening the season with a 29-0 loss to state-ranked Southeast of Saline. The Knights and Warriors have two common opponents with similar results. Marion defeated Chase County (12-6) and Council Grove (19-7), while Sacred Heart has wins over the same two teams, defeating Chase County (21-12) and Council Grove (28-6). Topeka West (2-2) at Sallna Central (4-0) For the first time this year Salina Central will face a team that is not unbeaten. The Mustangs first four opponents each picked up their first loss of the season when they faced Central. This series has been one of streaks. West defeated Central 11 consecutive years from 1981 to 1991, but the Mustangs have won every year since and are going for their fifth straight win over the Chargers. Junior tailback Travis Johnson is the top rusher in Topeka this year with 666 yards, averaging 8.1 yards a carry. Central running back Parker Wallace needs less than 80 yards to top the 1,000-yard mark this season. Central's offense has averaged 332 yards rushing a game, while the Charger defense is allowing only 154 yards on the ground. Topeka West opened the season with a 5433 victory over Hayden, but has scored only 32 points in its last three games. The Chargers are coming off an 18-0 victory over Highland Park last week. Central and West's one common opponent so far this season has been Salina South. Central topped the Cougars 34-19, while the Chargers fell to South 21-7 in their only 1-70 League contest prior to tonight's game. Sallna South (2-2) at Manhattan (3-0) It's the midway point of the regular season and Salina South will make its first venture outside of Salina. It's going to be a tough road trip as the Cougars face a Manhattan team ranked No. 2 in Class 6A. Turnovers proved to be South's downfall in last week's 1-70 League loss to Topeka High. The Cougars gave the ball up only five times in their first three games, but equalled that number in their game against the Trojans. Defense has been the Indians strong suit, giving up only 382 yards of total offense in three games this year. Offensively the Indians have been led by running backs Micheal Nash and J. White, with Nash running for 341 yards and White to- talling 331. Manhattan has won 19 consecutive games against South, with the Cougars last victory in this series coming in 1976. St. John's Military (3-1) at Hope (2-2) Things are going so well for the St. John's Military football squad that the Muleskinners haven't played a complete game in three weeks. St. John's last two contests ended in the third quarter by the 45-point rule, as coach Travis Shaw's club rolled over White City (54-6) and Wakefield (46-0). Tonight's game is expected to be a tougher test for the Muleskinners as they attempt to hold on to their share of the Eisenhower League lead, particularly for the St. John's defense. Hope has scored 50 points or more in three of four games and averages 44.5 points a game. St. John's would also like an opportunity to avenge last year's loss when Hope scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 36-30 victory. — Larry Morltz SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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