The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 14, 2001 · Page 26
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 26

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 14, 2001
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D4 SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Steele / NBA has lack of foresight FROM PAGE D1 self-destructively as The National Pastime. To many minds, anything that didn't exist in the game in 1920, like the DH, night World Series games and free agency, is utterly worthless and unnecessary (Apparently that includes players from Japan, which would explain the events at the Oakland Coliseum the past few days. Now that's nostalgia: 50 years ago, fans treated Jackie Robinson the same way Cool!) The NBA, on the other hand, was cutting-edge, state-of-the- art, innovative, progressive. It set trends instead of following them. The Jordan phenomenon, in fact, was largely a creation of that kind of thought and action. It respected its past, but didn't grovel to it, to the exclusion of the present and future; instead of saying of its stars, "He can't carry DiMaggio's jock," it said, "If you thought Elgin Baylor was great, get a load of this guy." That's changing now, though. The trends the NBA has set lately are bad ones — mainly, inviting in players too immature and wholly unprepared for their sport and then being unable to shut the barn door. Now it's changing rules every five minutes to compensate for that lack of foresight, with Thursday's decisions' about zone defense being the most drastic and desperate of all. In executive parlance, it's being reactive instead of proactive. The resulting product only makes its fans yearn for the olden, golden dayjs — the days of Michael. Michael might be all that can save them. Michael probably will save them, because he can. Good for him. Good for us. Too bad for the NBA. BRIEFLY Boschee to undergo surgery on thumb LAWRENCE — University of Kansas junior guard Jeff Boschee is scheduled to have surgery on his right thumb next Thursday The purpose of the procedure, which will be done by Dr. Neil Linte- BU&UMtt construct a ligament in Boschee's right thumb. The ligament became unstable after multiple minor injuries throughout his career. Boschee will wear a cast and be out of offseason playing action for six weeks after the surgery A 6-foot-l native of Valley City N.D., Boschee averaged 11.1 points and 3.5 assists for the 26-7 Jayhawks last season. Abilene's Dutt signs with Fort Hays State Abilene's Abby Dutt, a member of the Salina Journal's 2000 All-Area Volleyball Top Six, is one of four high school players to sign letters of intent this week with Fort Hays State. Dutt, a 5-foot-9 defensive specialist/setter, was a Class 4A all-state selection and was a four-year starter for the Cowgirls. She was named to four all-tournament teams as a senior in leading her team to 28 victories. The other three players to sign with the Tigers were Crystal Schauer, a 6-0 outside hitter from Aurora, Colo.; Jayme Eichner, a 5-6 setter from Ogallala, Neb.; and Amber Zoglman, a 6-1 hitter from Goddard. Campion named to KCBA All-State team After helping the Salina Central Mustangs to the Class 5A state championship game this season, Kevin Campion has been rewarded by being named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association's All- State Class 5A team. Campion, who averaged 12.4 points per garne for the Mustangs this season, is one of eight area players to be selected first team all-state in their respective classes. The Osborne girls dominated the girls' Class 2A selections, as the only team with multiple first-team selections with both Brooke Ubelaker and Brittany Dietz pulling in honors. Other boys' first-team selections around the area include Concordia's Matt Bartz in Class 4A, Hillsboro's Grant Brubacher in Class 3A and Brewster's Jay Reid in Class lA. Other girls' first-team selections include McPherson's Stacey Becker in Class 5A, Oakley's Jennifer Hake in Class 3A and Sylvan's Esther Dohl in Class lA. Listed on the second team were Salina South's Zack Graber and McPherson's Cody TfME TO ENROLL Get The Latest Stuff Ages 8- 17 Site: KWU, Salina 30TH ANNUAL Kansas Premier Boy's & Girl's Sports Camps 'Boy's Basketball 'Girl's Basketball 'Girl's Volleyball TheSkUlBmlders" llfllllTIII'UIEIlllltilVl^rillK I Par Info: Ask Your Coach Or CaU 827-6229 I Rierson in Class 5A and Brewster's Brett Arnberger and Beloit-St. John's Lance Bergman in Class lA. For a complete list of the all- state selections, along with honorable mentions picks, see scoreboard. Weishaar leads 'Cats past Oklahoma, 5-3 MANHATTAN — Kasey Weishaar went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as Kansas State beat Oklahoma 53 Friday afternoon. Kansas State (15-20, 5-14 Big 12) scored a run in the first and added two runs in the fourth and two in sixth to take a 5-0 lead. Luke Robertson (5-5) threw eight and 1/3 innings for the win. Kelvin Day pitched the final two outs of the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season. Oklahoma (14-24, 8-11) was held scoreless over the first eight innings but scored three runs in the ninth. Sergio Garcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Sooners. Rocky Cherry (6-4) gave up five runs on eight hits over 7 Vi innings for the loss. The victory was Kansas State's first over Oklahoma since March of 1999. It also snapped a five game losing streak for the Wildcats. 'Votes score 47 runs in sweep of Barclay PRATT — Kansas Wesleyan scored 47 runs on 41 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from Barclay College Friday The Coyotes won the opener 20-7 after falling behind 7-0 in the first inning. They used a 12-run sixth inning to pull away Wesleyan made it a sweep with a 27-12 victory in the nightcap. Barclay had just one hit in the game, but took advantage of 15 walks and a hit batsman. The Coyotes had 21 hits, including J.J. Reynado's third home run, and took advantage of seven Barclay errors. 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