The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1996 · Page 17
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY. OCTOBER 4, 1996 C3 V CROSS COUNTRY South boys narrowly win at Hays Cougars slip past Great Bend by one point; Central is third By The Journal Staff HAYS — The Salina South boys cross country squad continues to find ways to win by the narrowest of margins. 'The Cougars slipped past Great Bend to take the team title Thursday at the Hays Invitational, after winning the Buhler Invitational last month in a tiebreaker. The Cougars' 58 points were one better than Great Bend, while Salina Central had one of its best finishes of the season in placing third with 76 points. The girls team title went to Dodge City as the Red Demons' 46 points topped South in second with 61. Great Bend's 73 points edged Central in fourth with 76, as the Mustangs had the minimum five runners finish the race. "We ran real well as a team and we're keeping our No. 1 to No. 5- man split real low," South coach Jay Edwards said. "It was less than a minute for both the boys and girls." "I was really pleased with today's meet, especially the number of kids we had that medalled," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "They competed and ran well and did what they were supposed to do." South's Brandon Ebert was fourth in the 3.1-mile boys race with a time of 17:04. Chad Wahlgren also broke the top 10, finishing eighth in 17:17, while Brian Lamia was llth at 17:21. , Jami Scoville's fifth-place finish topped the South girls. Scoville's time of 13:44 was one second better than teammate Tina Baxa in sixth, while Amanda Prattcrossed the finish line in 13:49 to place 10th. Sophomore Jessica Williams had the^top individual finish for Central, finishing third with a time of 13:16. Williams was followed by Faith Gowin In 12th (13:54) and Jennifer Blomquist in 16th (14:03). • The Mustang boys had three runners finish in the top 10, led by sophomore Adam Moos in fifth at 17:08. Teammate A.J. Young was immediately behind Moos in sixth (17:09) and Sean Ryan placed 10th at 17:20. •{Jouth returns to action on Monday at the McPherson Invitational. The meet was rained out last month. Central is off until it plays host to its meet on Oct. 12. T HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL I South splits with Newton, Great Bend Cougars now 16-6, but coach not satisfied with team's play By The Journal Staff After a split in two matches Thursday, Salina South volleyball coach Stef Curchy was looking for a way to shake her club from its midseason doldrums. The Cougars (16-6) had a lackluster performance in a 15-12,15-7 loss to Great Bend, but came back to defeat Newton 15-12, 15-11 at the South High gym. "We're at a point in our season where we need to get focused," Curchy said. "We are kind of in one of those hitter slumps and we have to get back to where we need to be for this time of year. "There are a lot of inner-team things going on and we need to decide where we want this season to end up. The girls need to look within themselves and see what they can do as a team and not as individuals." Newton is one of three teams that will participate with South in a Class 5A regional later this month on the Cougars' home flopr, but^Curchy said her team could play even better than it did in Thursday's win over the Railers. "We went through the motions in that match," Curchy said. "We had spurts of good play, but it wasn't like we are capable of playing. The intensity and aggressive play wasn't there." Senior Darcy Durfee led South hitters with 14 kills and Jessica Watson added nine. Michelle Stein had four kill against Great Bend and Abby Snavely three in the Newton match. Watson also had two solo blocks, three assisted and eight service aces against Great Bend. Tai Kerbs had 23 assists and Kayla Eilrich added 11. Hustling dig KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan's Marsha Emmot slides across the floor after making a defensive dig in the first game of the Coyotes' Kansas Conference match against Southwestern Thursday night at Muir Gymnasium. Wesleyan lost in four games. For details, see story below. T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BRIEFLY Wesleyan drops match to Southwestern Kansas Wesleyan fell to Southwestern Thursday night in a Kansas Conference volleyball match at Muir Gymnasium. The visiting Moundbuilders prevailed 15-11, 7-15,15-9 and 15-11. "We had some kids that came out fiat and we didn't do the things necessary to win the game," said Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes, whose team stands 4-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference. "Furthermore, we didn't adjust what we needed to adjust. "We went after them with a full- fledge attack and they were covering the attack pretty well. We knew some things were open from game one and told the kids it was up to them to react and make the changes out on the floor." Compounding matters, Hughes said his team became frustrated by the officiating. Those frustrations surfaced at match point when a Wesleyan player received a yellow card and consequently Hughes a red card. "The individual went to say something to the official (only a team's captain is permitted to do so) and I went tp hold her back and I got an immediate red card out of frustration trying t tP save her from trouble," Hughes said. "I apologize on that. I don't want us to be known as a team that gets yellow cards. We're not going to get that reputation." Wesleyan's attack was led by Marsha Emmot (24 kills, 6 solo blocks, 2 assisted blocks), Tabetha Gillespie (15 kills, 2 solo blocks, 6 assisted blocks), Holly Morris (11 kills) and Kary Taylor (6 solo blocks, 1 assisted). Salina sophomore Lisa Tripp was the top setter with 60 assists. Southeast to name facilities after Fritz . The board of education for the Southeast of Saline school district has approved a recommendation to name the athletic facilities east of the high school in honor of United States Olympian Steve Fritz. Fritz, a Gypsum native, will be at Southeast's football contest on Friday, Oct. 18, when dedication ceremonies for Fritz Field will take place at halftime of the Trojans' game with Belleville. Fritz will also attend a reception in his honor in the high school commons area following the game. Central netters play even with Collegiate WICHITA — Sweeping the doubles titles and placing both its singles entries in the top four, Salina Central tied tradition-rich Wichita Collegiate for team honors Thursday at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational tennis meet. Central and Collegiate, which has won 10 consecutive Class 3-2- 1A state titles, both compiled 26 points among the eight-team field. ''It was our first year going to this tournament and I really didn't know what to expect," Central coach Jim LoVullo said. "But to get three kids to the finals, you've got to feel good about that." Sydney Moshier and Ashley Wilson reigned in No. 1 doubles after posting an 8-6 victory in the finals against Collegiate's Clare O'Shaughnessy and Caroline Concordia, Belleville look to bounce back Teams collide tonight after losing first games of season last week By ARNE GREEN Tlie Salina Journal Concordia and Belleville will test their resilience when the rivals meet tonight in Belleville. For the host Belleville Buffaloes, a 30-22 loss to Clifton-Clyde last Friday was their first in more than' a year. The defending Class 3A state champions dropped to 3-1 afte/ going 13-0 last year. Concordia lost 36-18 to Class 4A- ranked Marysville, interrupting what has been a turnaround season. The Panthers, 3-1, were on an early roll after going 1-8 least season. "It's kind of tough," Belleville coach Monty Bechard said. "We won 13 games (last year) and we've won three more to go 16-0, so people kind of expect things. But sometimes the kids get a little complacent and think they can just go out there and win. "Right after the game was over last Friday, a lot of the kids kind of woke up and realized that we have to go out and play hard on every down." The Buffaloes' formula for success so far has been to rely on a stingy defense. Clifton-Clyde scored 30 points, but one of the touchdowns came on an interception return and the defense allowed just 207 total yards. The defense will be tested again by a potent Concordia attack that amassed 422 yards total offense in its loss, last week. "They've come on strong," Bechard said of Concordia. "They're a very good offensive team and they run and pass pretty much 50-50, so it's hard to stop one thing. We have to be on our toes at all time because they have some big-play people. "Our defense has hung in pretty tough, but we'll have to play a Walling. "The good news is we won and we're still capable of playing better," LoVullo said. "They did some nice things, but they still would like to string a solid day together." The two schools also met to determine the champions in No. 2 doubles with similar results. Central's tandem of Jennifer Mize and Shusten Turnquist dispatched Collegiate's Laurel Walsh and Meagan Hawley, 8-3. "I was happy with they way they were serving and returning," LoVullo said of Mize and Turnquist. "They've been real good team and role players." Central freshman Amanda Garlow reached the finals in No. 2 singles before falling to Collegiate's Jane Gillespie, 8-5, while sophomore Laura Seaton placed fourth in No. 1 singles. Central, South golfers play at Clay Center CLAY CENTER— Salina South junior Sara Mitchell placed third at Thursday's Clay Center Invitational golf meet. Mitchell's nine-hole round of 42 was just three strokes behind the meet's individual medalist. "Sara played a little more to her potential today," South coach Jim Scheffer said. "She has been concerned with the other girls (on her team) and is finally getting her game in line." South finished with a score of 229 and placed fifth, while Salina Central, led by Brandy Reddig and Jordanne LaRue's 53s, was sixth with 237. From Staff Reports very good ballgame." Concordia's strength has been the offense, led by junior quarterback Jacob Letourneau, who has thrown for 900 yards in the first four games with eight touchdowns and only four interceptions. Sophomore running back Travis Esslinger, a Class 4A state sprint champion last year, heads the running attack with 482 yards and an average of 5.6 yards per carry. "I think we have to be able to run the ball some," said Concordia coach Ron Culwell said. "Last week we threw 39 times. But if we don't have some balance, people will start to key on the pass." Culwell said he expects his team: to bounce back well from the loss. "I think they realize that it was a game that could have gone either way," he said. "We were inside the 20 several times and couldn't score, then we gave up an interception at the end. "Our confidence is still there. We know we're a good football team and we have to understand that there are times we won't convert. Our goal is to convert 75 percent (from inside the opponent's; 20-yard line) and we were three of six inside the red zone against Marysville. If we had gotten two more scores, we might not have, thrown that interception at the end." While Concordia has put up big. offensive numbers, Belleville is still searching. They lost leading rusher Clark Siemsen to an injury in preseason, leaving quarterback Corbin Navis as the lone senior in the backfield. Sophomore Clint Siemsen has stepped in at tailback while junior Brad Couture starts at fullback. "Basically we're a Wing-T offense, but we're trying to use a couple of different formations and blocking schemes," Bechard said. "We're trying to get our running game to go more north and south, rather than east and west, and to mix up the pass and run." Tonight's area high school football Here is tonight's schedule of high school football games involving teams in The Salina Journal's circulation area of north-central and northwest Kansas; TOP 10 GAMES 1. Concordia (3-1) at Belleville (31). Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses last week in a rivalry that has intensified with Concordia's sudden turnaround from a year ago. 2. Grlnnell (3-0) at Triplains (4-0). Grinnell leads Division I in the Western Kansas Liberty League and is ranked No. 5 in the Eight-Man I state rankings. Triplains tops the WKL Division II standings and is fourth in the Eight-Man II poll. 3. Waconda East (4-0) at Hillcrest (3-1). Waconda East is unbeaten and shares the Pike Trail League lead with Mankato and could break into the Eight-Man I rankings with a victory. Hillcrest, led by running back Brandon Lesovsky's 351 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, beat state-ranked Baileyville last week. 4. Rolla (4-0) at Sharon Springs (30). Sharon Springs faces its first big test against Rolla, the No. 3 team in Eight-Man II. 5. Stockton (3-1) at Trego (2-2). Stockton will try to hold onto its No. 1 ranking in Class 2-1A while Trego plays the last of its three-week Mid- Continent League murderer's row that has included tough losses on the road at Smith Center and Norton. 6. Marlon (3-1) at Sacred Heart (40). Marion could take a big step toward its third straight Cottonwood Valley League title after a 2-0 start while Sacred Heart leads with a 3-0 conference mark. 7. St. John's Military (3-1) at .Hope (2-2). St. John's is off to its best start since 1991 and faces a Hope team that has been on the verge of being ranked in Eight-Man II all season. 8. Oakley (3-1) at St. Francis (3-1). St. Francis, coming off its first loss last week against Holyoke, Colo., will try to protect its Northwest Kansas League lead against an Oakley team that already has knocked off perennial league power Atwood. 9. Oberlln (3-1) at Goodland (2-2). Goodland will try to remain unbeaten in the Northwest Kansas League after a brutal early-season schedule against four state-ranked opponents. Oberlin has won three straight since opening the season with a loss to St. Francis. 10. Atwood (2-2) at Dighton (3-1). Atwood is clinging to the No. 10 spot in the Class 2-1A rankings and faces another difficult test against Dighton. REMAINING SCHEDULE Axtell at Pike Valley Beloit at Abilene Bennington at Solomon Bern at Hanover Blue Valley-Randolph at White City Canton-Galva at Sedgwick Chase County at Remington Cheylin at Healy-Utica Clay Center at Marysville Colby at Hays Council Grove at Herington Ell-Saline at Peabody Ellis at Victoria Golden Plains at Brewster Herndon at Jennings Hillsboro at Sterling Hoisington at Scott City Hoxie at Quinter Jewell at Mankato Junction City at Topeka High Kingman at Pratt Lenora at Eastern Heights Lincoln at LaCrosse Linn at Baileyville Lucas-Luray at Chase McPherson at Campus Morland at Logan North Central at SJ-Beloit Norton at Hill City Palco at Kensington Phillipsburg at Osborne Plainville at Smith Center Quivira Heights at Tescott Ransom at Northern Valley Riley County at Clifton-Clyde Russell at Minneapolis Salina South at Manhattan Smoky Valley at Haven SE-Saline at Ellsworth Southern Cloud at White Rock TMP-Marian at Ulysses Tipton at Sylvan Topeka West at Salina Central Wakefield at Centre Wamego at Chapman Wilson at Downs Saturday's games Chanute at Larned Tennessee wallops Mississippi, 41-3 By The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee defensive lineman Leonard Little blindsided two Ole Miss quarterbacks the same way Peyton Manning did Mississippi fans three years ago. Little forced quarterbacks Paul Head and Stewart Patridge to fumble, leading to two Tennessee touchdowns, as the No. 9 Volunteers (3-1,1-1 Southeastern Conference) beat Ole Miss 41-3 Thursday night. Manning threw for 242 yards and a touchdown in his first game against Ole Miss, where his father; was a standout quarterback and his mother a homecoming queen. He played just three quarters/ completing 18-of-22 passes before leaving the game with his team ahead 38-3. Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2) was driving; with a chance to tie late in the; first half when Little crushed' Head, knocking the ball loose for. Nick Jester to recover. That set up Jay Graham's 1- yard TD six plays later that made' it 17-3 at halftime. ... :

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