The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 14, 1986 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 14, 1986
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Sports The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 14,1986 Page 9 MC might slash basketball budget ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor Dan Johnson does not want to be considered a modern-day Mr. Scrooge where Marymount College athletics is concerned. Since being named Marymount's president this past summer, Johnson maintains "if anything, my commitment to athletics has increased." "As I've gotten to know Marymount College better, I've come to understand how important athletics are to the fabric of the institution," Johnson said Monday afternoon in his office. But if the first-year Marymount president has his way, the makeup of Marymount's athletic department soon will have a new look. The Journal has learned that among Johnson's recommendations in a 25-page report to Marymount's Board of Trustees are the folio wing proposals: • Every current sport at Marymount will have its budget reduced. And three programs — men's track, women's track and women's softball — will be eliminated. Two other sports — men's baseball and men's golf — will have their fall seasons eliminated. • The operational budget involving six other sports will be reduced $46,300 for the 1986-87 school year. • The school plans to save approximately $82,300 in 1986-87 by recruiting athletes at lower scholarship amounts than those currently given. • If Johnson's proposals are approved, he expects the school's annual scholarship budget of $175,000 to be reduced to $50,000 for the 198889 school year. • A soccer program with an operating budget of approximately $15,000 would be started next fall. In the report, Johnson made it clear sports was not being singled out but merely being asked to bite the bullet along with every other program at Marymount. "There is no doubt that intercollegiate athletics has played a key role in Marymount's past and that these programs are very important to significant numbers of our students today," the report said. "It is also true, however, that the college is in a troublesome financial position at this time, and the funding of the athletic program has to be carefully reviewed," the report continued. "Given that all of the other programs at the college are being asked to undergo budget reductions, the same must be asked of the athletic programs." No current Marymount athletes on scholarship will be affected if Johnson's proposals become reality. "The matter of reducing student scholarships is a matter which must be handled with fairness and equity," Johnson said in the report. "I recommend that the athletic scholarship program be gradually reduced over a three-year period. Current student-athletes at Marymount who return next year, remain eligible to play and play will maintain their athletic scholarship at this year's level." The program hit hardest, by Johnson's recommendations is men's basketball, which has had a tradition of excellence since its inception in the 1970-71 season. Johnson's proposals include cutting the operational budget $40,000 and having a maximum annual award of $750 for new student athletes. If Johnson's proposals are approved as recommended at Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, the program that has posted a record of 383-93 and captured five NAIA District 10 championships in 15-plus seasons will be severely hampered, in the view of some. "What you're going to find out is the men's basketball program has died," said a Marymount staff member who asked not to be identified. But Johnson maintains the program — Marymount's only revenue-producing sport — can and will survive and play an integral role in Marymount's athletic future. "We certainly do not plan to scrap the program," Johnson said. "In fact, I hope it will be realized in a sense as a new beginning. I see men's basketball as playing an important role in Marymount's program, although there will be some changes in the program." But just how the program will survive remains a mystery. Marymount head coach Dan Pratt said Monday night his department's operating budget does not total $40,000, which is the amount Johnson would like to cut from the 1986-87 budget. "There's not forty thousand in the budget unless you're counting salaries," said Pratt, who was in Chickasha, Okla., where his Spartans were to meet the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma later in the evening. Pratt, in his fourth year at Marymount, said his main concern is preparing his Spartan team for the remainder of the season — not budgets for 1986-87 and beyond. "We still have a schedule to finish and if we get everybody back we're going to be awfully tough in February," Pratt said. "Right now, this basketball team is the only concern I have. The other concerns are institutional concerns." The 1985-86 season has been a difficult one for Pratt and his Spartans. In addition to a mediocre record (11-10), the team has been hard-hit by academic problems and injuries. Two of Marymount's top players — Lonnie Sanders and Doug Butler — are currently ineligible to compete. And MC's leading scorer and re- bounder — sophomore Rich Hamilton — has missed nine games this season because of academic problems. But Johnson said the academic woes the program has encountered this year had no effect on his proposals to the Board of Trustees. "I realize you have good years and bad years," Johnson said of this year's sub-par season. "In fact, I think Coach Pratt has done an outstanding job of dealing with the events that have happened. I have nothing but the highest regard for him." Explaining the plan to begin a soccer program, Johnson's report said, "Soccer is an inexpensive sport and does not have a competitive market for the recruitment of student athletes. As this sport is becoming more prevalent in the larger metropolitan areas, where Marymount does not have a strong recruitment base, its introduction offers Marymount important opportunities."' Johnson said none of his proposals are set in stone. He said he welcomes community involvement in the decisions that will be considered Monday. "Part of the purpose of making the recom- (See Budget, Page 11) Tim Hostetter JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER Sterling deals KW first KCAC defeat By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer STERLING -- Kansas Wesleyan's six-game winning streak had just come to an end Monday night at the hands of an unlikely opponent, Sterling, and by an even more unlikely score, 80-65. And interim head basketball coach Al Tiller was not happy. But neither was he overly upset. "This just means nobody's going to win the conference without a loss, since we were the only team that hadn't lost going into tonight," Tiller said. Wesleyan's first loss in six Kansas Conference outings dropped the Coyotes to 9-2 overall. And it gave a host of teams, one of which is Sterling, a feeling of rebirth in the KCAC race. Sterling coach Dave Landis was among those who feared Wesleyan had thrust itself into the driver's seat with an impressive 73-67 road victory Saturday night at Friends. But Landis' troops brought the Coyotes down from the clouds, and they did it with a tremendous all- around effort, shooting 59.6 percent while holding the KCAC's highest- scoring team 15 points below its norm. "They took away everything we were trying to do," Tiller said. "A lot of the problems we were having were KS. WESLEY AN (65) Gray Deering Pleiman Phox Frederick Woods Brown Walters Crockett Hutzler Tillman Smith White TOTALS STERLING (80) Elman Riggs Dalton Brandt Payne Parker Deighton Hollembeck Landis Walsh London TOTALS FG 5-14 3-6 7-10 1-6 8-14 3-9 0-1 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 29-65 FG 4-5 10-15 5-7 5-7 0-2 3-8 0-2 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 28-47 FT 2-4 0-0 1-3 . 2-2 0-0 0-0 1-4 0-0 2-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 7-15 FT 4-5 4-6 1-2 5-7 8-9 0-1 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 24-34 R 5 5 8 1 7 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 R 1 8 6 5 0 5 3 1 1 0 0 30 F 2 2 4 4 2 5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 29 F 4 2 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 14 TP 12 6 IS 4 16 6 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 65 TP 12 24 11 IS 8 6 2 0 2 0 0 85 HALFTIME — Sterling 37, KW 30. TECHNICAL FOUL — KW cooch Tiller. TEAM REBOUNDS — KW 1, Sterling 3. TURNOVERS — KW 16, Sterling 18. OFFICIALS — Don Ward, Garlan Old. ATTENDANCE — BOO. because the kids from Sterling play so hard. "They don't have a bona fide star, a big man. But somebody forgot to tell them they weren't supposed to be good." Landis, whose Warriors improved to 4-2 in the KCAC after wearing the conference's doormat last season, agreed with Tiller's assessment. "I don't want to be too dramatic (See KW, Page 10) USAO trims MC in overtime, 68-66 • CHICKASHA, Okla. — Marymount's season of frustration continued here Monday night when the Spartans dropped a heart-breaking 68-66 overtime decision to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The defeat was the third straight for the Spartans, who fell to 11-10 on the season. This latest Marymount loss was decided with :02 remaining in overtime when Drover guard Tim Kirby hit both ends of a one-and- one free throw situation. Marymount had one lastchance to send the game into the second overtime but Rich Hamilton misfired on a 35-footer at the buzzer. Despite the loss, Spartan coach Dan Pratt had only praise for his club, which was playing without starters Lonnie Sanders (for the sixth straight game because of an injury and academic problems) and Doug Butler (who has missed three straight outings with grade trouble). "The effort was great — we played as hard as we can play," Pratt said. It was Hamilton who kept Marymount in this contest until the bitter end. Despite foul trouble, the 6-8 sophomore scored a game-high 26 points, inclutling the Spartans' final eight points. MARYMOUNT (66) Rhine 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 7-17 1-1 15, Stephens 3-9 2-4 8, Belew 4-6 0-0 8, Hamilton 9-15 8-10 26, Robinson 1-6 3-4 5, Mansfield 0-3 2-2 2, Dugan 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 25-6316-21 66. USAO (68) Hook 1-1 0-02, Clare 1-1 0-02, Bowers 351-27, Carson 12-28 1-3 25, Kirby 5-103-3 13, Blunt 7-17 3-4 17, Musgrove 0-1 0-0 0, Battle 0-3 0-0 0, Wilkinson 1-3 0-2 2. TOTALS 30-69 8-14 68. HALFTIME — Marymount 36, USAO 32. REGULATION — Marymount 60, USAO 60. TOTAL FOULS — Marymount 16, USAO 18. FOULED OUT — None. TECHNICAL FOULS — Hamilton, MC, hanging on rim. REBOUNDS — Marymount 41, USAO 40. TURNOVERS —Marymount 18, USAO 17. Marymount, which led 36-32 at halftime and by as many as six points in the second half, found itself down 59-56 with 3:30 remaining in regulation. But buckets by Anthony Stephens and Hamilton in the next 55 seconds gave the Spartans a 60-59. Marymount didn't score again in regulation as the Spartans missed three shots and had two turnovers in the final 1:25. USAO finally got the game tied with 51 seconds remaining when Oscar Bowers hit one of two free throws. Following a Marymount turnover, the Drovers had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but Odell Carson's shot with 0:04 remaining missed the (See MC, Page 10) TomDoiwy Marymount's Andre Schmidt (12) grabs a rebound away from Baker's Mary Waliczek Monday night. Spartan women blast Baker By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer Marymount women's basketball coach Daryl Hoelting was pleased — and with good cause — with the way his team played defense against the Baker Lady Cats Monday night. "Our defense took them right out of the ball game," Hoelting said. Sparked by its defense, Marymount took a 74-39 victory from the Lady Cats at Smoot Gym, an even more impressive victory than the 7644 victory for Marymount at Baldwin City six days ago. Every time a Baker player picked up the ball off the dribble, the Spartans put an overcoat on the other four players, denying the outlet pass. The result was five Baker turnovers before the Lady Cats were able to take their first shot. The Spartan defense eventually forced 32 Baker mistakes. As a result the Spartans, now 13-5, opened up a 12-0 lead and, by the time Baker's Marsha Hickman was able score at the 15:55 mark in the first half, the only question was how large the Spartan victory margin would be. Midway in the first half, the Spartans were ahead 26-7 and Marymount's bench made the margin 3713 before Baker narrowed the score to37-18athalftime. All 13 Spartan players who suited up had plenty of playing time and 12 of them scored points before the game was over. "Our bench has played extremely well all year," Hoelting said."Maybe not tonight..." But the stats still showed the bench scoring 34 points against 40 for the starters. The reserves also managed to increase the margin in the second half until the Spartans had their biggest lead of the game, 72-31, with 1:25 to play. Hickman, Baker's 6-4 postman, scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the last 76 seconds of the game as the Lady Cats dropped to 311. Andre Schmidt led Marymount with 15 points despite limited playing time and starter Angela Hyde added 10 more. Kristy Bradley led the Spartan subs with 10 points and Michele Rupp added eight points and four rebounds in her limited time on the court. Baker was held to 11 field goals on 49 shots from the field prompting Hoelting to remark, "holding a team to 11 field goals is about good defense as a team can do." Hoelting was also pleased about his team's attitude for the game. 1 'When you beat a team by 30 points the week before a team may not play very hard but I was pleased with how hard we played to night," Hoelting said. "We still have some things to improve on, though." Marymount travels to Phillips (Okla.) University Wednesday night. BAKER (39) Phillips 1 -6 0-0 2, Rowe 1 -3 2-2 4, Coleman 1 -3 3-4 5, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Woliczek 2-5 0-04, Orel 28 2-2 6, Dovenport 0-6 3-4 3, Hickman 4-15 7-9 15. TOTALS 11-49 17-21 39. MARYMOUNT (74) Watholl 2-6 0-0 4, Schmidt 6-11 3-4 15, Stallbaumer 2-8 1-2 5, Sanders 3-4 0-1 6, Hyde 4-8 2-2 10. Bradley 5-8 0-0 10, Anderson 2-4 0-1 4, Fillingim 1-21-1 3, Kobia 2-2 0-0 4, Graham 1-3 1-2 3, Poltevint 1-1 0-2 2, Nelson 0-6 0-0 0, Rupp4-50-l 8. TOTALS33-688-1674. HALFTIME — Marymount 37, Baker 18. TEAM FOULS — Baker 19, Marymount 22. FOULED OUT — Waliczek (B). TECHNICAL FOULS — None. REBOUNDS — Baker 34 (Hickman 9), Marymount 41 (Hyde 9). TURNOVERS — Baker 32, Marymount 20. BYU upsets Notre Dame PROVO, Utah (AP) — Tom Gneiting scored seven of his 18 points in overtime to lead Brigham Young to an 80-76 upset of 16th-ranked Notre Dame Monday night in non- conference basketball action. Gneiting scored on a layup and added a free throw with 1:33 left in the overtime to give the Cougars a 7369 lead. Brigham Young then hit seven free throws in the final 1% minutes to seal the victory. BYU used a 13-2 spurt midway through the first half to go from a 1916 deficit to a 29-21 lead and the Irish did not regain the lead until Mark Stevenson connected on a 10-foot jumper with 2:58 left in the overtime. But Gneiting countered that with a layin at the 2:30 mark and the Cougars never trailed thereafter. KBCA games to be moved to Topeka After showcasing its first two high school all-star basketball games in Salina's Bicentennial Center, the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association will move its games to Washburn University's Petro Center in Topeka. The 1986 games will be played Friday, Aug. 8 in Lee Arena. Many of you are probably disappointed because you enjoyed the summer diversion inside to watch some of the state's best senior boys' and girls' basketball players. Others of you don't care because you hate basketball in the summer or didn't even know such games existed. The latter reason isn't unusual because the all-star games are just two years old. The KBCA—with a membership of approximately 500 junior high, high school and college coaches — took a gamble when it organized the games in 1984. Prospective players for the game must be nominated by member coaches of the KBCA. Once selected, the players must raise their own financial support (usually from town). The KBCA made modest profits of $400 and $1,000 the first two years in Salina, but that's not the reason the KBCA is again gambling and moving the games to Topeka. The main reason for the move to the capital city is "coverage." Past KBCA president Mike Leahy of Manhattan wants it clear that Salina's media did an excellent job of covering the event and all Salina businesses and people associated with the all-star games were very cooperative in assisting. But the possibility of getting more television coverage and the convenience of the Petro Center outweighed the central location Salina offered to the games and state. "Moving to Topeka still doesn't guarantee us greater success, but there's a better chance of getting the game televised," Leahy said. "Even if it doesn't get televised, we should be able to get TV coverage on the nightly sports and maybe two or three days before." Leahy wasn't specific in figures but did indicate that one Wichita TV station said that setting up a broadcast in the Bicentennial Center would cost it around $10,000. It just wasn't practical. The fact that there are four television stations (one public station) in Topeka and that Topeka offers more than twice Salina's population, should give the game more coverage. The Kansas High School Activities Association also did the KBCA a favor by moving its annual coaches clinic to Aug. 7-8-9 in Topeka. Leahy expects many of the over 1,000 coaches who normally attend the clinic to attend the game and, hopefully, get a better idea about what the KBCA is doing. Nebraska and Oklahoma have held their clinics and all-star games at the same times for years. What the KBCA envisions is wrestling and volleyball possibility getting into the act and conducting all-star competitions in the same time period. The advantage of the Petro Center is its versatility. Unlike Salina's facilities, the Center can house all the players, provide enough practice courts and offer a dining hall for the awards banquet held the day of the all-star games. "It's just a shame that all those same things aren't offered in Salina because its location is so ideal," Leahy said. Originally, the KBCA tried to convince the Shrine Bowl officials to moved its football game to the same weekend. The Shriners elected to keep their game on Aug. 2 in Lawrence. Through more coverage, Leahy and the rest of the KBCA members hope to better promote the KBCA all- star games. What they want is a "true" state all-star basketball game for boys and girls. Currently, since many coaches aren't members of the KBCA, and many members don't bother nominating players, it has been difficult to call the KBCA games "true" state all-star events because many of the state's best players haven't participated. I wish the KBCA well and hope that coaches who don't like some of the things the organization does (and I have talked to such coaches) will join and make their opinions known. That way, the KBCA can only better itself.

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