The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 15, 2001 · Page 19
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY. APRIL 15, 2001 Miller / Coach's experience vast FROM PAGE CI Miller said. "It wasn't a bad environment, but I needed to participate. I didn't particularly adjust to the situation. I started sneaking away to play town-team basketball and baseball. And I could run fast." After graduating from high school in 1953, MiUer went to Sterling College, where he played for Clair Gleason, who had been the physical education teacher at Miltonvale Wesleyan when Miller was a student. Gleason was the head coach in football, basketball and track at Sterling before the school joined the Kansas Conference. Miller, who also found time for baseball, felt it was his obligation to play every sport that Gleason coached. "I played all four sports at Sterling, but never found time to find a classroom," Miller said with a smile. MiUer, along with Dale Neville, became the first freshman at Sterling College to letter in four sports. He later set school records in the 100- and 220-yard dashes. Miller was named an NAIA honorable mention All-American as a wide receiver while catching passes from quarterback Milt Tenopir, who would go on to become the offensive line coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers — a title he's held for 27 years. Another teammate was Curt Bennett, who recently retired as Sterling's football coach. Bennett remains one of Miller's best friends. After college, Miller joined Bennett at Pawnee Rock High School, where he helped Bennett coach football, basketball and track. It was the first of nine coaching jobs that have taken him across the country and overseas. "I decided I was going to get everything out of the experience as a coach and a player," MiUer said. "1 wanted to make progress. I had this thought that maybe I could coach at the highest level and wanted to see what it was like." While at Pawnee Rock, Miller was approached by a freshman boy who said his goal was to some day play in the National Football League and be Don Shula's assistant coach. The teenager was Steve Crosby. "1 told Steve that he might want to take a different route," Miller said. "I mean, he weighed about 110 pounds at the time." Several years later in Seattle, Crosby introduced him to Shula, who was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins at the time. Crosby had joined the Dolphins as an assistant after a career in the NFL. "I guess I was wrong about that one, huh?" Miller said. Miller spent five years at Pawnee Rock before heading to the Pacific Northwest, where he became the head baseball and assistant basketball coach at Seattle Pacific University. After five years at Seattle Pacific, Miller accepted a coaching position at George Fox "My Strength, I feel, is that I'm a player's coach. I do understand the game because I've been around people who have been great scholars. When you're around people like that, there's a tendency for it to rub off on you." Lorin Miller Cagerz's assistant coach he get there. The boy's name was Detief Schrempf. "He knocked on my door and said he wanted to play in America and asked what he needed to do," MUler said. "1 told him he needed to speak better English and to play every chance he could get." Miller attempted to get Schrempf to EUinwood as a foreign exchange student, but it never worked out. Schrempf eventually played high school ball in Washington state and later for the University of Washington. Miller returned to Kansas from Europe and spent the 1982-83 season coaching at Sterling College before getting a caU from good friend Les Habiger, who was the general manager for the Seattle Su- perSonics. Miller worked for the Sonics from 1983-86 — two years as a assistant coach for Lenny Wilkens and one season for Bernie University in Newberg, Ore., as the head basketball coach. He led the team to the NAIA National Tournament in 1973, the same year Marymount College of Salina qualified for the first time. "We had the best independent team in Oregon every year," said Miller, who was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1973. Miller then returned home to Kansas as the head coach at Barton County for three seasons (1976-79) before heading to Europe to coach in West Germany in 1980-81. He was named to West German Coach of the Year and guided his team into the European Cup. While in West Germany, a teenage boy knocked on his door one day and said he wanted to play basketball in America and asked how could Bickerstaff — and was also involved in the organization's rookie camps and scouting service. In 1985, the Sonics drafted Xavier McDaniel of Wichita State. The eighth overall pick was Schrempf, the former teenager from West Germany, who was taken by Dallas. Schrempf eventually played for the Sonics and is now on the Portland Trailblazers' roster. Miller and Bickerstaff parted ways in 1986 and Miller returned to Kansas and, "decided to rest awhile." He didn't rest long. After selling real estate for a few years, MiUer coached at Inman and EUinwood before caUing Cloud County men's basketball coach Dennis Erkenbrack, looking for a job in the Concordia area. He wanted to be closer to his parents, who were still living in Miltonvale. "He told me if he couldn't find a job for me, he'd create something," Miller said. "So, I was named the head softbaU coach and assistant women's and assistant men's basket- baU coach." Miller has been at Cloud County since 1993. His 90- year-old mother and 89-year- old father reside in a nursing home in Concordia. The elder Miller never did see his son compete in athletics and saw him just a couple times as a coach. "Obviously, he had strong feelings about the road I took," MiUer said. "I respect his views, and my respect for his faith and for him is unbending. One of the reasons, in fact, the reason for being here, was to affirm my care for my mom and dad." Miller has been at Cloud County longer than any place since he started coaching four decades ago. Five years after his softball team finished third in the 1996 NJ- CAA tournament. Miller was on the bench when the Thunderbirds won the national title in women's basketbaU last month in Salina. "1 must have some roots trying to grow," he said. "I've had many opportunities to get back at different levels, but this has been a great experience at Cloud County It's been a lot of fun to be with Brett (Erkenbrack) and watch him mature and grow as a coach." MiUer maintains a cool and calm persona on the bench, but said the image can be misleading. "It may look that way, but there's some pretty good internal anxiety going on in there," he said. "One thing Lenny (Wilkens) talked about was that if you lose on a last- second shot one night and you're stUl thinking about it the next, it'll eat you up." Miller's vast coaching experience should be a boon to the Cagerz's franchise. "My strength, I feel, is that I'm a player's coach. I do understand the game because I've been around people who have been great scholars. When you're around people like that, there's a tendency for it to rub off on you." T GOLF Sorenstam rallies from record deficit Swede comes from 10 shots back to win fourth straight title By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Annika Sorenstam moved into Tiger Woods territory with the unlikeliest of comebacks. The Swede overcame an LP­ GA record 10-stroke deficit Saturday and won a playoff in The Office Depot for her record-tying fourth consecutive tour title. "I asked for a miracle and it came," she said. "I'm very thankful." Sorenstam took advantage of Pat Hurst's back-nine collapse and then parred the 155-yard 18th on the first playoff hole with South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim. "Wow! It's unbelievable," said Sorenstam, who became the first woman to shoot 59 in a victory last month. "I don't know what I've done to deserve aU this. It's got to be destiny" Sorenstam's comeback was the biggest in LPGA history, bettering the eight shots Muffin Spencer-Devlin erased to win the 1985 MasterCard International Pro-Am. The Swede earned $120,000, and overtook Betsy King as the LPGA's career money leader with $6,957,044. King, who tied for 25th and earned $7,205, is second with $6,847,284. Sorenstam shot a 6-under 66 and Kim had a course-record 65 playing five groups in front of Hurst, who led the first two rounds. Sorenstam and Kim finished regulation at 6-under 210. In the playoff, Kim's tee shot sailed over a back bunker and had played three shots when Sorenstam won with a par. PGA HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Vijay Singh might need a victory more to ease his mind than anything else. "I am putting a lot of pressure on myself finishing well in quite a few events and not winning. It kind of a takes a toU after a while," said Singh, who birdied the final two holes Saturday for a 4-under 67 and the lead at the WorldCom Classic. Singh was at 13-under 200, two shots in front of Jose Co- ceres and Billy Mayfair after three rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. Coceres had the day's best round — a 64 — while Mayfair shot 69. Singh, who did win consecutive European tour events in Malaysia and Singapore two months ago, has been close nearly every week on the PGA Tour. But he's yet to break through in 2001. "The longer it takes, the harder it is to win," said Singh, third on the money list. "I'd like to go out there and just finish the job tomorrow." Singh, who won last year's Masters, knows it won't be easy with 21 golfers within seven shots of his lead. "There are a lot of guys behind me," he said, "and it is a golf course where guys can get hot and shoot low numbers." Seniors SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sand traps finaUy proved to be a problem for Doug Tewell in the third round of The Tradition. Tewell, who holed out frojn two bunkers earlier Saturday, shanked his shot out of a trap on the final hole, bogeyed and backed into a 2-under-par 70 that cut his lead over Mike Mc- CuUough and Larry Nelson to two shots. V a V IV T It V SAVE $300 JOIN OUR FAMILY FUN AT THE ELKS! • 18 Hole Championship. Course • Summer Junior Golf Program • Restaurant & Banquet Facilities • Swimming Pool Call For Details 785-827-8585 T HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS Central captures Mac meet Mustangs top i 5-team field behind Taylor's winning performance By The Journal Staff MCPHERSON — Sallna central's Brett Taylor won the singles' competition in leading the Mustangs to the team title of the McPherson Invitational tennis tournament Saturday. Central won the 15-team event with 83 points. Hutchin­ son was second with 79 points, Winfield third with 76 and McPherson fourth with 71. Salina South finished seventh with 62 points. Taylor won all four of his matches in winning the title. Teammate Nathan Martin placed seventh in singles, posting a 3-2 record on the day The Mustangs' doubles team of Cole Graham and Aaron Martin placed tenth with a 3-2 record. The Mustangs' second doubles team of Leighton BRIEFLY LaPierre and Jeremy Zimmer was 13th with a 1-2 mark. David Price led South with a fourth-place finish in singles play, finishing with a 3-2 mark. Teammate Kevin Pelzel was 0-2 and placed 21st. South's two doubles teams of Ben Wilson and Matt Dupy and Jon Feyerherm and Pete Robl tied for 13th with 1-2 records. Jimmy McKee of Sacred Heart also competed in singles and placed 25th with a 2-2 record. Sycamores post sweep of Shockers WICHITA — Jason Frome had two home runs and a school-record nine RBI in leading Indiana State to a 23-7 victory over Wichita State on Saturday at Eck Stadium. The Sycamores completed the doubleheader sweep by winning game two, 5-3. Frome was 3 for 3 and scored two runs before being lifted for a pinch hitter after Indiana State had the opener in hand. The Sycamores led 10-2 after two innings and scored five more runs in both the third and fourth innings to go up 20-4. Three Shocker pitchers combined to give up 19 hits in the seven-inning contest, including eight for extra bases. Although Wichita State committed six errors in the game, 22 of the 23 runs were earned. Frome also had three hits in the second game, as the Sycamores scored three in the first and never traUed. Wichita State had lost only one Missouri VaUey Conference game going into Saturday's doubleheader, but the Shockers faU to 28-13 overaU, 12-3 in conference play Indiana State improved to 18-17, 8-10. FHSU wins twice against Neb.-Kearney HAYS — Fort Hays State won a pair of games in contrasting style Saturday in doubleheader sweep of Nebraska-Kearney at Larks Park. The Tigers jumped out early and continued to roll in a 15-3 victory in the opener, then needed a single run in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Lopers 7-6 in the nightcap. The sweep improved Fort Hays to 29-10 overaU and 12-2 against RMAC opponents, whUe Nebraska-Kearney fell to 15-16, 6-8. First baseman David Hurtado was 3 for 3 with five RBI and two home runs for the Tigers in the opener, while Dustin Dreher, Josh Gilstrap and Collin Yoachim had two hits apiece. Clint Floyd aUowed four hits over six innings and raised his record to 8-1 this season. Fort Hays got a big lift from Matt DiU in the second contest, as DiU threw 4 % innings of relief and gave up only two hits. The Tigers traUed 5-2 before scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Fort Hays center fielder Wayne Burton was his team's offensive hero, going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBI whUe hitting at the bottom of the order KWU softball swept at Emporia State EMPORIA — Emporia State used a five-run fifth inning to puU away in the first game, then got a four-hit shutout from pitcher Kara Elsasser in the second Saturday to complete a doubleheader softbaU sweep of Kansas Wesleyan. The Hornets, 15-16, won the opener 8-2 on Stephanie MiUer's two-hitter and took the nightcap 8-0. In the first game, MUler took a 6-0 lead into the sixth inning before giving up a two-run triple to Wesleyan's Tenae Gallegos. Jan FarweU had a double and Katrina Walters her first home rxm of the season to lead Emporia State's eight hit attack. Temple Stevenson was 2 for 4 with two RBI. In the second game, which ended in the fifth inning on the eight-run rule, Megan Beattie was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI to lead Emporia State. Walters also had a double. Elsasser (6-3) limited Wesleyan, 4-18, to four singles. Nebraska's Red team defeats White, 16-7 LINCOLN, Neb. — The top offense and Sandro DeAngelis' three field goals led the Red team to a 16-7 win over the White at Nebraska's annual spring game. Dahrran Diedrick, the likely choice for No. 11-back next faU, led the Red with 52 yards and scored the team's only TD. Defense dominates CU's spring game BOULDER, Colo. — Defense was dominant as Colorado concluded spring drills on Saturday with an 80-play Spring Game that featured only three scores by the offense, all on field goals. From Staff and Wire Reports OIL CHANGE SPEOAL 5 Quarts of O'Reilly lOlAfSO or 10W40 Motor Oil and Your Choice of Filters Micro Edge Excel Wiper Blades * Various sizes. STARTING AT BOSCH Buy 2 Wiper Blades^ & Receive A Gallon Of Windshield Washer Solvent FREE! GAL,GAL-TX SuperSfaif> Lawn & Garden Battery * For a variety (rf lawn and ganlen apptcatfons. UU,UtR Marine Starting Batteiy

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