The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 15, 1986 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, January 15, 1986
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Sports The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 15,1986 Page 16 Marymount faces restructuring of cage program ByBRADCATT Assistant Sports Editor Dan Johnson's quest for a "new beginning" at Marymount College most likely will spell the end of the Spartan-style basketball program which has been so successful the past 16 years. That cold, hard fact was learned Monday when the MC president's 25-page report to the school's Board of Trustees was acquired by The Journal. Nothing which was said before, during and after Johnson's on-campus press conference Tuesday afternoon changed that notion. The program, which has posted a glossy 383-93 record and won five NAIA District 10 championships since its inception in the 197071 season, is being dramatically restructured. "I am also encouraging the college to refocus its emphasis on men's basketball," Johnson said in part of Tuesday's prepared statement. "In times of declining resources, every economic entity has to decide what is its most important business. Marymount is an Institution of higher learning, first and foremost. To continue playing men's basketball at our present level or better would mean the erosion of our primary enterprise, higher education." Yes, there will still be a men's basketball program at Marymount. And because Marymount plans to honor the scholarships of aU current athletes until their eligibility expires, the Spartans, an extremely young team (only one senior) this season, could still be a District 10 contender the next two years. But barring unforeseen circumstances at this time, when the athletes on the 1985-86 team leave the program, the level at which Marymount will be able to compete will dip dramatically. "It's stating the obvious, but the general consequence, assuming the recommendations go through, is the athletic department in general and the men's basketball program in particular will be different," said MC athletic director Todd Reynolds. "The (men's basketball) program will seek its own level... but it would be fair to say we would not be competing at the District 10 level we've been at in the past." Marymount's men's basketball program had a $135,000 budget this year, Reynolds said. That figure will be chopped dramatically in the future. If Johnson has his way, $40,000 will be slashed from the program's operational budget next year. In addition, the school plans to save another $51,000 in scholarships currently being awarded to men's basketball players through defections and academic casualties. While the program spent an average of $2,400 per player on scholarships this year, future Marymount players will receive a maximum of $750. There's no hiding the fact the bottom line in Johnson's proposals is dollars and cents. The price tag for operating the program (a $135,000 budget this year, minus $25-30,000 in revenue produced, according to Reynolds) has simply become too high in Johnson's estimation. "It's safe to say Marymount has had a highly-visible, highly-successful (basketball) program," Reynolds said. "But Marymount has had a high price tag to maintain it. Evidently, the president feels it's something Marymount College can no longer afford—at least at those levels." Though Johnson's proposals will not become official until the Board of Trustees approves them at a Monday afternoon meeting, it's generally assumed most, if not all, of his ideas for "a better Marymount" will be passed. "These are proposals that in my judgment the college needs to implement to have hopes for growth in the next four to five years," Johnson said. "Where I need to go back to the drawing board for some proposals, I will be happy to do that." Dan Pratt, the Spartan head coach the past four years, took a philosophical approach to Johnson's recommendations. "I'm not happy with the decisions being made because it duns the light at the end of the tunnel," Pratt said. "But happiness doesn't balance budgets." Pratt said Johnson's proposals and the expected implementation of those proposals leave him with three alternatives. "You can accept their decision and do the best you can with it or you can not accept their decision and leave ... pursue other interests," he said. "And there might be a third option." That alternative includes raising funds from outside the college to finance the program. Pratt, though, said he wasn't particularly comfortable with "going against the institution's wishes" concerning his third alternative. "I work for the institution and the institution has stated it's their desire to lower the competitive level by lowering the budget and scholarship dollars," Pratt said. "My question is, if the institution chooses to lower the competitive level, then is it our position to go against the wishes of the president and the Board of Trustees? " Southeast of Saline notches win over cold-shooting SHHS By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer Sacred Heart basketball coach Bob Mannebach has made it clear that his team's success will hinge on its outside shooting ability. Through its first six games, the Knights had shot 50 percent from the field and played well. All three of the Knights' losses were to bigger schools and two of the three defeats were by a total of of three points. The 3-3 record was a bit deceiving. Tuesday night, however, when the Knights needed their 50-percent shooting touch the most against unbeaten Southeast of Saline, it failed them. After a horrible l-of-13 shooting start, Sacred Heart never could find a consistent hot hand and fell to the Trojans, 57-52. Sacred Heart hit just 34 percent from the field (21 of 62) for the game, far below par for the best shooting team in the North Central Activities Association. "I thought their slow start was a big key in the game," said Southeast of Saline coach Stan Vaughn. "In fact, I was kind of concerned after the first quarter that we hadn't built a big enough lead." Southeast, ranked second in Class 3A with an 8-0 record, jumped to a 102 lead five minutes into the game. Reserve Matt Starnm scored Sacred Heart's first basket with 2:40 left in the quarter. Five free throws in the first quarter helped pull the Knights to within seven, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter. "The slow start in the first quarter killed us," Mannebach said. "It was by far our worst shooting night of the season." The big road win for Southeast gave it a 3-0 NCAA record heading into Friday's league showdown at unbeaten Beloit. Steve Fritz, a 6-2 senior jumping- jack, recovered from a slow start — six points in the first half — to lead the Trojans with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. Fritz, the NCAA's second-leading scorer behind Sacred Heart's Darren Knipp, gave Southeast the cushion it needed by scoring seven straight points for the TrojansTn a three- minute stretch of the fourth quarter. Southeast had taken a 37-35 lead into the fourth period and still led, 4138, following a bucket by Jerol Skinner with 5:55 left when Fritz took charge. He started his seven-point scoring run with a free throw. Fritz then countered a Sacred Heart turnover with a three-point play, which gave the Trojans a 45-38 advantage with 5:29 to play. Seconds later, Fritz tipped in a missed Kevin Miller shot to give Southeast its biggest lead of the night at nine points, 47-38. Knipp, who was held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting, canned two free throws and T. J. Bransf ield's baseline shot drew Sacred Heart back to within five with three minutes left. But Fritz countered Bransfield's bucket with one of his own inside to give Southeast a 49-12 lead with 2:47 to go. "Fritz can really shoot the ball well," Mannebach said. "He and Stutterheim have started since they were sophomores and I remember saying they were great players then." Fritz would score four more points in the final two minutes to help hold off the Knights. Sacred Heart never got closer than the final score. Pat Meares led the Knights with 20 points. SOUTHEAST OF SALINE (57) Fritz 10-21 6-7 26, Stutterheim 5-16 5-6 15, K. Miller 2-9 0-1 4, Rogge 2-2 0-2 4, J. Skinner 2-5 3-5 7. D. Miller 0-41-21. TOTALS 21-57 15-23 57. SACRED HEART (52) P.Meares 8-14 6-7 20, Knipp 6-19 2-2 14, Bransfield 2-14 1-3 5, Rosener 1-4 1-3 3, Prendergast 2-4 0-0 4, Stamm 2-4 0-04, Maes 03 0-0 0. TOTALS 21 -62 10-15 52. SE-Sallne 12 15 10 20 — 57 Sacred Heart 7 17 II 17—42 TOTAL FOULS — SE-Saline 13, Sacred Heart 18. FOULED OUT — Knipp (SH). REBOUNDS — SE-Soline 43 (Fritz 13), Sacred Heart 37 (Rosener 13). TURNOVERS — 9, Sacred Heart 9. FrHr Mendel! Sacred Heart's Steve Roesner (24) and Pat Prendergast (30) converge on Southeast of Saline's Dan Stutterheim as Stutterheim drives the lane in third-quarter action Tuesday night. Lasorda dodges blues with bubbly optimism By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer On the cover of his autobiography, Tommy Lasorda refers to himself as "The Artful Dodger." He may be the most optimistic person on the face of the Earth. He certainly is among the happiest. And Tuesday night, the 58-year- old manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was in Salina for the Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet, shared why. "I believe I'm the happiest guy in the world because I really and truly love what I'm doing," said Lasorda, set to begin his 10th season at the Dodger helm. "I don't think there's anybody who's any happier than I am." Lasorda, ever the comedian, added, "There may be somebody in China somewhere who may tie me, but nobody who can beat me (in terms of happiness)." And there you have Tommy Lasorda in a nutshell: always positive, always energetic and.always ready with the one-liner. "The only way you're going to get me to talk is if you give me a plate of linguini... They've got Italians here, don't they?" "I always look at everything in an optimistic way," he said. "I think — and the philosophy that I use on my team is the same thing — enthusiasm and desire and love are contagious, as are their opposites, hate and ridicule. I try to spread as much positive, as "I didn't have all the good things you want, but I had a good family, I was happy and I loved what I was doing. I had piece of mind." —Tommy Lasorda much enthusiasm and love as I can. "I never go around telling my problems to people because I've discovered one thing: eighty percent of the people you tell your problems to don't care — and the other 20 percent are happy that you've got those problems." As manager of the Dodgers, Lasorda's problems have been far outweighed by his success: five division champions in nine years, three National League pennants and one World Series crown (1981). But Lasorda can remember a less successful period of his life, the memories of which are a constant reminder to him. "I struggled in the minor leagues as a pitcher. I struggled in the minor leagues as a manager, and never made any money," he said, "and I was the happiest guy in the world because I loved what I was doing—taking the kids out of high school and college and molding them into winners. "I didn't have all the good things you want, but I had a good family, I was happy and I loved what I was doing. I had piece of mind." Even the second-guessing Lasorda suffers as a major league manager can't disturb that inner peace, he said. Take last year's NL championship series, when Lasorda opted to pitch to St. Louis slugger Jack Clark, whose ensuing two-run home run beat the Dodgers in the ninth inning of the final game of the series. "A lot of people second-guess in baseball, and that's good. That's what makes baseball a great game," he said. "Everybody has played baseball, and they're all experts on the game. And the easiest thing in the world is to second-guess." Second-guessers, Lasorda said, have to be taken with a grain of salt. "I have a definition of second-guessers. To me, a second guesser is somebody who doesn't know anything about the first guess, and a second-guesser is someone who needs two guesses to get it right. "After he (Clark) hit the home run, my wife knows I should have walked him, and my wife doesn't know that much about baseball." "I walked (Tom) Herr the time before that to get to Clark, and nobody second-guessed that, and Clark hit a line drive that our center fielder jumped up and caught over the wall for the third out. But nobody second-guessed me about that. So there's your answer." Drug abusers are another clan Lasorda has no use for, especially when they're major leaguers. ' "The thing that irks me is these guys should be role models," he said. "And I hear these guys say they don't have to be role models for anybody. I say they're really wrong. They have to be role models, and I'll tell you why. Because major league baseball players have more of an impact on the youth of our country than anybody. You take a 10- or 12-year-old youngster. He doesn't want to be a city attorney or the mayor or the attorney general. He wants to be a major league player. He emulates them. "If these players would only realize that and spend more time telling them how important it is to get an education and telling them to stay away from illegal drugs, and that it will destroy them, they would do more good than the parents. "These major league players, no matter where they go, they represent something very, very important." T But Reynolds said the idea of gaining outside support for the athletic program is something school officials will look into. "Those are realistic options Dan (Johnson) is looking at," Reynolds said. "What the president has said is if additional money can be-raised from outside sources to supplement the program, we would all look favorably on it." Tom Collins, who has been an assistant men's coach at Marymount 11 of the past 12 years, said if Johnson's proposals are given approval, the Spartans will likely be looking for a new basketball coach. "As a coach, you have to nave incentive to have a chance to win," Collins said. "I'm not sure with the structure they've got set up, he (Pratt) can compete at the KCAC (Kansas Conference) level. "I'm certain Danny can do much better... keeping him will be difficult." Men's basketball isn't the only athletic program affected by Johnson's recommendations. Three programs—men's track, women's track and women's softball — will be eliminated from the 1986-87 budget. All other sports — volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's cross country and golf — will have their budgets sliced to varying degrees. Central girls tire against West's depth By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer Melanie Harkin, Kelly May and the rest of the Salina Central girls' basketball team probably played their best game of the year Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough against the powerful Topeka West Chargers. The Chargers, top-ranked in Class 6A, had all the competition they wanted well into the fourth quarter but finally came away with a 5543 decision in an 1-70 League game at Central's gym. Topeka West is 9-0 for the season and 4-0 in the league while Central fell to 5-4 and 2-2. Both Topeka West coach Mike Goehring and Central coach Sam Siegrist had high praise for the Mustangs' effort. "They are quick and know how to play the game," Goehring said. "Sam always has them up to play well against us." Siegrist said, "This was probably our best game of the year, at least since the season-opening tournament But we got tired." And that was the key to the Charg- ers'victory. The Mustangs took a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 3025 at halftime but wore out in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, West's depth showed. The Chargers, running 10 girls in and out of the lineup while Central mainly stayed with its starting five, held a 37-35 lead heading into the final period. "Our bench helped us and we depend on them," Goehring said. "That (our bench) took some of their legs and they can't shoot as well then." Central's shooting fell off dramatically in the second half after making 11 of 19 field goal attempts and 8 of 11 free throws in the first half. Led by the guard duo of Harkin and May "who worked hard, especially May on defense and Harkin on offense and defense," according to Siegrist, Central stunned West early in the game. The Mustangs took a 11-2 lead with 2:57 to play in the first quarter while forcing 10 Charger first-quarter turnovers. At this point Goehring had seen enough and inserted five new players. Even though the West starters returned in the second quarter, Harkin continued to lead Central through an impressive first half by scoring 11 of her game-high 17 points. Things were different opening the second half as West held Central scoreless for more than five minutes to open the third quarter and then put the game out of reach when the Mustangs hit another dry spell to open the fourth quarter. Central made only one free throw in its first five attempts before finishing 7 for 15 in the second half and connected on only 3 of 17 shots from the field in the last 16 minutes. Harkin was the only Central player in double figures while Diana Gaither had 13 and Nadira Hazim 12 for West. Central is home against Junction City in a 1-70 league game Thursday. TOPEKA WEST (88) Hunnlnghoke 3-6 1-3 7. Hozlm 5-8 2-2 12, Bybee 4-6 1-2 9, Dowion 0-3 3-5 3, Gaither 4-10 5-6 13, Cairns 0 0-0 0, Straub 0-2 0-0 0, Janet 1 -4 1-3 3, Sleffert 3-3 0-0 6, Gwaltney 1-20-02 Schloeunlng 1-20-02. TOTALS 21 -45 13-21 55 SAUNA CENTRAL (43) Harkin 5-107-11 17, May 2-7 1 -4 5, Cherry 3-9 0-0 6, Taggart 2-6 5-6 9, Brkhacek 2-3 1-3 5, Fears 0-0 0-0 0, Simmoni 0-1 1-21. TOTALS 1436 15-26 43. Topeka West I 17 12 It — 85 Salina Central 17 13 8 • — 41 TOTAL FOULS — Topeka W<nt 24, Salina Central 19. FOULED OUT — Hoilm. Dow.on (TW). REBOUNDS — Topeka Wett 29 (Caliber 6), Saline Central 28 (Cherry 10). TURNOVERS — Topeka Wett 27, Salina Central 32.

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