Sports The Salina Journal Saturday, January 18,1986 Page 13 Stein to continue coaching at Central By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Ted Stein, who 10 weeks ago resigned as Salina Central High School football coach, stating "the environment to build a strong winning tradition does not exist here," rescinded his resignation Thursday. After withdrawing his resignation, Stein said a "surprising amount of concern over what was wrong and what needed to be done to improve the (football) program" led to some curriculum changes and that, after administrators asked him to reconsider his resignation, he decided to withdraw it. "What I was after, when it became apparent that the administration was concerned, (was) I wanted to get the very best possible situation for our student-athletes, irregardless of who was going to be coaching football next year," Stein said. "The interest has got to be the kids... and whether I was here or not, those kids were still going to be here, and some of them have worked very hard. "It's really not any great structural changes — a few minor things, and I just feel that we've made the situation much better." two curriculum changes Stein pushed for and got involved his weight-lifting program. One change was the adoption of a zero-hour (before school) weightlifting class for credit. Previously, students could not receive credit for the zero-hour class. Ted Stein The other change made freshmen and sophomores eligible to take weight-lifting for credit both semesters each year. Previously, freshmen could receive no credit and sophomores only one semester's credit for weight-lifting. Additionally, Stein said, up to two hours of weight-lifting can now be applied toward a student's physical education requirement for graduation. "The problem up until now," Stein said of the non-credit zero-hour structure, "has been so many teachers require their students to come in before school starts, which left zero- hour totally ineffective, because the Chargers stop South in OT By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Salina South had ample opportunity to win Friday night, either leading or staying even with Topeka West throughout the final five minutes of regulation. And even when the Chargers pulled even for the fourth time in the final quarter, South was in position to take the final shot — two shots, even, as it turned out. But the Cougars were not in the favor of Lady Luck Friday night, just as they have been scorned by her throughout this season. Cougar zone-buster Loren Zook, wide open behind a double-pick, missed from the comer on his game- winning attempt with two seconds left. The rebound caromed right to teammate Kelly Davis, but his five- foot bank shot missed the mark as the buzzer sounded. The Cougars weren't to receive any such opportunities in overtime as the Chargers darted to a four-point lead and held on to topple the Cougars, 5248, in their 1-70 League basketball contest at South. "What a struggle," said West coach John Oestreich, whose Chargers scaled the .500 mark for the first time this season. In winning four of their five games since the holiday break, the Chargers have climbed to 5-4 and are 2-2 in the 1-70. The loss dropped South to 1-5,1-3 in the league heading into its first-round date 7:45 p.m. Thursday against second-seeded Concordia in the seventh annual Salina Invitational. "We've lost our share of close ones," said Cougar coach Mark O'Dell, whose team last week lost by 1 and 5 points to Hays and Salina Central. "I think a lot can be said for experience — and our inexperience shows. We didn't handle the ball well at the end. We made two bad passes in overtime that really hurt us. ' 'Our kids fight hard and play hard. We just made some crucial mistakes and lost the game. This is not all that surprising as inexperienced as we TOPEKA WEST (52) Littlejohn 8-13 0-3 16, Blaser 3-4 3-7 9, Hopkins 3-6 1-27, Turner 5-141-21, Sullivan 0-1 0-1 0, Nicholson 2-3 3-4 7, Johnson 1-3 0-1 2, Holmes 0-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-45 8-20 52. SALINA SOUTH (48) Kennedy 5-9 1 -3 11, Olsson 0-4 0-0 0, Kadel 1 2 5-7 7, Maring 5-10 4-4 14, Zook 4-13 1-2 9, Davis 0-1 3-5 3, Sorensen 0-1 0-0 0, Kickhaefer 0-2 0-1 0, Baxter 2-2 0-04. Totals 17-44 14-22 48. Topeka We»l 8 14 13 11 6 —SZ Salina South 14 7 11 14 2 — 41 TOTAL FOULS —West 15, South 16. FOULED OUT. — Olsson, Maring (SS). REBOUNDS — West 29 (Littleiohn 13), South 34 (Kennedy 11). TURNOVERS —West 14, South 16. last thing we ever wanted to do was stand in the way of some student who needed additional academic help." Stein said the zero-hour weightlifting class for credit should not hamper students who presently use the zero hour to make up academic work, but promote better time management by those students. "There's psychology involved there," he said. "No longer is there that crutch hanging there if they don't get it (the school work) done. It's not that they're not capable, they just haven't done it. This will help them become better managers of their time." Furthermore, the zero-hour weight-lif ting class will eliminate the conflicts many students faced formerly when weight-lifting was offered opposite an advanced class which was only offered one hour of the day. "There's going to be no conflict now for the person who wants to take the advanced academic course which is only offered one hour a day," Stein said. "It doesn't have to come at the expense of the student-athlete also better preparing himself for athletic endeavors. "What that does is it opens it up for the student-athletes to take more credits in high school They can take this (weight-lifting) class during zero hour for credit and still take six academic classes during the day for credit." BUI Mercer, UD 305's assistant are. We're playing a lot of juniors." Junior guard Kyle Turner kept West in contention in regulation, burying a pair of long jumpers to knot the score at 42-42 and 44-44. And after junior Bryan Maring put South ahead again, 46-44, by sinking both ends of a one-and-one with 0:43 remaining, Turner fed 6-5 junior Wolf Blazer underneath, who, in turn, handed the ball to teammate J.B. Littejohn for a game-tying layup with 0:30 remaining. Zook and Davis missed, forcing the overtime, and Turner thrust West to a 50-46 lead with a pair of knifing passes underneath for layups. Maring, who led South with 14 points, closed the gap to 50-48 with a baseline jumper at the 0:26 mark, and South's all-out pressure came within a whisker of forcing a back- court Charger turnover. But, after the ball was swatted around by four or five players, a jump resulted and possession went to West with 0:08 remaining. Maring quickly fouled Chris Sullivan on the in-bounds play, and Sullivan missed the front end of his bonus. But Blaser came down with the offensive rebound, went up for a layup and West went home a winner. Littlejohn, a 6-4 junior making his first start in four games, paced the Chargers with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kennedy tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for South. "We dug ourselves a hole early," Oestreich said. "If we'd hit free throws early, we'd have had a decent (See South, Page 15) superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the administration also told Stein a stronger effort would be made to coordinate the junior high football program with the senior high program so that the transition from junior to senior high would be as easy as possible. "I'm really happy that he's staying," Mercer said. "I think he's an excellent football coach." Mercer said he, superintendent Terry Terril and Central principal Clay Thompson met with Stein after his resignation was announced Nov. 5 and "asked him if he'd reconsider. "A few weeks later, in December, we asked him specifically what he had in mind," Mercer said. "Right after the resignation went in," Stein said, "there was a surprising amount of concern over what was wrong and what we needed to do. Well, that was beside the point at the tune, but they were rather persistent and wanted to know what my viewpoints were. "I told them what's done is done — but if you're interested in my points of view on what is necessary, given the environment we have here, in making the program as successful as it possibly can be, 'Yeah, I'd be glad to sit down and let you know what my thoughts are.' "So we sat down and they began to push, 'If these types of changes were made, would you consider the possibility of taking back the resignation.' "I said, 'Well, it gives us something to talk about.' It really wasn't what I had in mind. At that time, I was just looking to stay and teach. And they persisted somewhat, so I told them, 'Yeah, I would take some tune over Christmas break and think about it.'" Stein said he had not used his resignation as leverage in his requests. "Absolutely not," Stein said. "I would never do that, and in fact I was really surprised, to be very honest, that there was that much concern over the resignation. "No, we didn't use this as a lever. In fact, I've been contacted by at least three other school systems that felt I could coach at least a little apparently. I would have to say that, yeah, I was interested because I enjoy working with youngsters in an emotional situation that athletics involves. "It's hard to pull away from something you've done for over 20 years, particularly if you've enjoyed it." Stein said the changes would not guarantee more success in the program, which has posted just six winning seasons in the 16 years since Salina High split into Salina Central and Salina South. "At least we've created the environment for our student-athletes to take advantage of some things so that they can be all that they possibly can be," Stein said. "Now it'll be up them. They haven't always had that opportunity." Big men boost Knights by Ellsworth, 71-53 ByKENCORBITT Sports Writer ELLSWORTH — Through the first seven games of the season, the Sacred Heart boys' basketball team has lived and died with its guards. Outside shooting has been the mainstay of the Knights' offense. And, like the majority of outside shooters, the Knights have been a bit inconsistent. Coach Bob Mannebach has waited and waited for his two big men to show some signs of life. Finally, they did. Steve Roesner, a 64 senior, and Pat Prendergast, a 6-3 senior, broke loose Friday night to lead Sacred Heart to a 71-53 victory over Ellsworth. Roesner bulled his way around the middle for 18 points and 10 rebounds, SACRED HEART (71) Meares 6-12 0-0 12, Knipp 5-11 2-4 12, Bransileld 1-7 0-0 2, Roesner 9-13 0-1 18, Prendergost 5-8 3-7 13, Maes 4-6 0-0 8, Stamm 2-70-04, Mann 1-30-02. TOTALS33-67 5-1271. ELLSWORTH (53) Erbert 7-18 2-2 16, Davis 1 -5 0-0 2, Wheeler 26 0-0 4, Rolfs 0-2 0 -0 0, Radcliff 5-13 0-0 10, Blgham 6-11 3-6 15, Snyder 2-7 2-2 6. TOTALS 23-627-1053. Sacred rUart 20 IS IS IS —71 Ellsworth 10 16 12 15 — 53 TOTAL FOULS — Sacred Heart 14, Ellsworth 11. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Sacred Heart 44 (Prendergast 11), Ellsworth 34 (Bighorn 10). TURNOVERS — Sacred Heart 12, Ellsworth 18. while Prendergast chipped in with 13 points and 11 rebounds. "I was real pleased with our inside game tonight," Mannebach said. "That's what we've been looking for all year. Pat Prendergast and Steve Roesner played more like Pat Pren- dergast and Steve Roesner can play. They started performing like they did last year, and we've been waiting for that production. "If we get that type of inside play to go along with our perimeter play, it will make us a lot stronger ballclub." Granted, the Knights were facing an inexperienced Ellsworth team. Only two players returned who saw much action last year on the Bearcats' NCAA championship team. But going against youngsters or veterans, Roesner and Prendergast owned the lanes on both ends of the court in this game. "Their big guys really hurt us," said first-year Ellsworth coach Bill Huntzinger. "We didn't think they'd do that much." The win evened the Knights' record at 4-4 on the season, with a 3-2 mark in the NCAA. Ellsworth fell to 2-7 and 0-5. Sacred Heart earned a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks mainly to its pressure defense. The Knights came out in a f ullcourt press and a quick-moving 1-3-1 zone defense. The press resulted in three steals for SHHS as Ellsworth committed eight of its 18 total turnovers in the first quarter. Sacred Heart maintained a 10- point lead, 26-16, by the 5:34 mark of the second quarter. But Ellsworth, behind the deadly outside shooting of senior guard Doug Erbert, stayed close for awhile. Erbert knocked down 5 of 7 long- range jumpers in the second quarter and had 12 of his team's 16 points in the period. The Bearcats pulled within four points, 26-22, on a pair of free throws by Paul Snyder with 3:29 left before halftime. But the Knights regained control, running off eight straight points. Pat Meares had a couple of jumpers in the spurt to go along with a bucket by Prendergast off an offensive rebound and a Jeff Maes basket. That run helped the Knights to a 3826 halftime advantage. A Meares bucket from along the baseline gave SHHS a 43-28 bulge three minutes into the third quarter. The Bearcats got seven straight points, including a three-point play (See Knights, Page 15) ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Scott Williams Although Topeka West's J.B. Littlejohn appears to be mugging for the camera, he is actually looking for a teammate to pass to Friday night as Salina South's Rich Olsson defends on the play. Johnson not only 'villain' in Spartan saga It would be so simple to say Dan Johnson is solely responsible for the black cloud that hovers over the Marymount College men's basketball program. After all, it was the first-year Marymount president who recommended that the school's board of trustees slash the program's budget to a point where it would be difficult for the Spartans to remain competitive at almost any level in NAIA District 10. And although Johnson has been the guy wearing the black hat on our sports pages this week, it's probably a bit unfair to characterize him as the only villain in this saga. It's apparent that when Johnson was hired by the board of trustees last summer he was directed to get the school on the move again. "Growth" is the word we've heard time and again from the Marymount president. Even the day before he announced his proposed sweeping changes, he was talking about his "commitment to growth." "I'm here to help Marymount grow," Johnson said Monday. "As I understand it, that's why I was selected as the president." Of course, there are those who fail to see how the words "commitment to growth" can be used one day and "budget cuts are necessary" the next. But I seriously doubt the board hired Johnson solely as a hatchet man to kill the Spartan basketball program. The sad fact, however, is there are some administrators, faculty and staff members at Marymount who resent the success the basketball program has had and the notoriety the Spartans have received during the past 16 years. Unfortunately, some of these people no doubt influenced the decision to drastically cut the budget and caliber of the basketball program. No doubt these people are enjoying the misery those close to the basketball program are going through today. But petty jealousies of this type are commonplace in varying degrees at all colleges and universities — from the NCAA Division I level to the smallest NAIA schools in the country. On the surface, this simply appears to be a dollars and cents issue. And if Marymount's glorious basketball program is one for the history books, it's because the program didn't receive the proper support from Salina and the surrounding area. "It's an expensive program (a $135,000 budget this year) that is not generating enough or adequate revenue in terms of ticket sales, gate receipts, et cetera" said Spartan athletic director Todd Reynolds. If Dan Johnson had walked into a jammed-packed Smoot Gymnasium and saw the type of enthusiasm the program once generated, I doubt you would've been reading stories this week about the demise of Marymount's basketball program. But the fact is for too long this program simply hasn't been given the respect and support it deserves. And that's not Dan Johnson's fault. All he had to do to gauge the current interest in Spartan basketball was look at the enormous amount of empty seats at Marymount's first seven home games. It's hard to believe a program that has been victorious in 80 percent of its games and provided an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball at a cheap entertainment price can average less than 1,000 fans per home game. The easy way out for everybody concerned would be to let the program die without a fight. Turn off the respirator and cherish the memories. In fact, that's exactly what I would expect from Salinans. The slogans "Salina Works" and "City on the Move" hardly reflect the true state of this city. If Marymount officials and Salina civic leaders really want to save the Spartans' program, it could be done. But it would require some imagination, some hard work and some fundraising drives. Although some of Johnson's proposals regarding the basketball budget simply don't make sense, it's time to stop talking and complaining about them. What's needed is positive action by those who truly care.
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