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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1996 B3 BIG 12 NOTEBOOK LUBBOCK, Texas — Selected comments from Big 12 North Division coaches during their weekly conference call Monday: North KANSAS (3-1, 1-0) Next game: Saturday, Texas Tech Coach Glen Mason said he was happy with his special teams performance in the Jayhawks' 52-24 romp at Oklahoma last Saturday, though he believes Kansas fell short of playing a complete game. "I was not very pleased with the way we played offensively or defensively. We made far too many mistakes from the standpoint of the number of penalties in the game by both Kansas and Oklahoma." The special teams play that keyed Kansas' victory is no accident, said Mason, who always has stressed the kick- Ing game In his tenure. "I know how big a part of football the kicking game is. Obviously, you can spend a lot of time on offense and a lot time on defense, and If you don't watch It, the part we all talk a good game about can come back and get you." Mason said Kansas must improve this week to prepare for Texas Tech this Saturday. The Red Raiders beat Baylor 4524 last week. "We're going to work on a lot of things. They play a very aggressive defense that gives you a lot of problems. I think us playing Oklahoma, who had hired their coordinator (Dick Winder), was a pretty good prerequisite to this game." KANSAS STATE (4-1,1-1) Next game: Saturday, at Missouri Coach Bill Snyder said Nebraska showed everyone it's still among the cream of the crop in college football after beating the Wildcats 39-3 last Saturday. 'They have rebounded quite well since their (losing) trip to Arizona State. I thought we really were Inept In a number of different ways." Snyder pointed to the kicking game and a 'Virtually non-existent" offense as being among the culprits for the loss. The Cornhuskers blocked one punt and rushed another one so quickly they tackled the kicker. Snyder admits Nebraska's special teams success might spur others to concentrate on that aspect of the Wildcats' game. "I think in the kicking game we probably invite people to block punts now. I think we probably will get tested to find out whether or not we've gotten things shored up." MISSOURI (2-3, 0-2) Next game: Kansas State Coach Larry Smith said the Tigers' 2726 victory at Southern Methodist was a major relief for a program that has had its struggles recently. "I think our program deserved it. We've had a lot of bad breaks over the years, and I think if we lost that game, it probably would have torn our heart out. I don't think we played our best football for 60 minutes, but we played hard football." The Tigers blocked two SMU extra points, running one back 97 yards for a two-point score that proved decisive. Kansas State, meanwhile, lost largely because of an inability to protect its kicking game, though Smith said It's not something Missouri necessarily will emphasize. "I don't think we'll prepare (special teams) any more than usual. The special teams will be very, very important. I think one of the real keys of the game is special teams; it's going to be a real important factor in the game." IOWA StATE (2-2,1-0) Next game: Saturday, Texas A&M Coach Dan McCamey said having the weekend off will mean "fresh minds and fresh bodies" for the Cyclones as they prepare to host Texas A&M this Saturday. 'They have some outstanding athletes, talent and players all over the place. We're expecting our third sellout In our .first four games, so people are coming back and supporting this program." Iowa State will "have its hands full" blocking A&M's front seven, McCarney said, and the Cyclones can't expect A&M, a 63-13 victor over Louisiana Tech last week, to turn the ball over like it did in three losses. Turnovers really seemed to be the problem on the team, but they seemed to get that solved In the last game against Tech, in which there were no turnovers. Louisiana Tech's been a pretty darn good football team in the first month of the season." There's no surprise that Iowa State plans to aim workhorse tailback Troy Davis, averaging 229 yards per game to lead the nation, directly at the Aggies. COLORADO (3-1,1-0) Next game: Saturday, Oklahoma State Coach Rick Neuheisel said his Buffaloes are coming off a week off "fairly healthy" entering a six-week stretch of consecutive games, including this Saturday's home game against Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State, a 71-14 loser to Texas last weekend, is led by former Colorado assistant coach Bob Simmons, who was passed over for the Buffs' job when Neuheisel was hired. Neuheisel said he anticipates a little more fire than the normal OSU-CU game. "Certainly they are disappointed about their loss this past weekend. We know they will be more than excited to play this game, and we know we're going to have to Improve." Neuheisel and Simmons both have said there are no hard feelings between the two, though each admits he rarely speaks to the other. "I've talked to him when we go to Big 12 meetings. Have we sat down and actually talked about the situation that occurred here? No, that's water under the bridge." NEBRASKA (3-1,1-0) Next game: Saturday, Baylor Coach Tom Osborne said his Corn- huskers "played one of the finer defensive games we've played here In many years" in last weekend's victory at Kansas State. Despite the 39 points, Osborne still has reservations when the Cornhuskers gain "Offensively, we've had our work cut out for us. As the game went along we got some things generated, but a few times we didn't score (touchdowns), and we had to settle for field goals. "I think overall it was competitive and a nice game to win." Visiting Lincoln Saturday are the Baylor Bears, who fell 45-24 in their first Big 12 game last week in Lubbock. The Bears' speed at the offensive skill positions worries Osborne, he said. "Baylor's throwing the ball quite well, and they're throwing more than they traditionally have in the past. They seem to be a balanced football team." Nebraska running back Ahman Green could miss the game Saturday with a toe injury, Osborne said. South OKLAHOMA (0-4, 0-2) Next game: Saturday, Texas (at Dallas) Coach John Blake, a former player at Oklahoma, said there's nothing quite like the Sooners' rivalry with Texas at the Cotton Bowl, where the schools will meet Saturday. "It seems like there's a lot of weight on your shoulders. It's a personal rivalry that's always been exciting. It's something the players get fired up to go do. We take it more than just a game. There are a lot of young kids out there, and I hope they don't get big-eyed and not know what to do on the football field." Blake says that special teams lapses doomed Oklahoma in last week's 52-24 loss to Kansas, but he added that he's not as concerned about the barrage of penalties his team incurred. "Most of the time you're just anxious to get going. They're youthful mistakes, things that can get corrected. Some are trying to go beyond the call of duty, and maybe some are not as gifted to complete the task and doing things that might cause penalties." OKLAHOMA STATE (3-2, 0-2) Next game: Saturday, at Colorado Coach Bob Simmons said OSU's five turnovers meant the difference between OSU having a chance against Texas last Saturday and their 71-14 loss. "Offensively I really thought we could move the ball and control it. We can't turn the ball over as many times as we did. We didn't get ourselves off the field defensively and, therefore, I think that's why the score was the way it was." Simmons, a former Colorado assistant passed over in favor of Rick Neuheisel for the Buffaloes' -coaching job, said he feels no special rivalry with his old team. "My goal is to make sure I get this program focused and moving in the right direction. Colorado is part of that scenario." TEXAS TECH (3-2, 2-1) Next game: Saturday, at Kansas Coach Spike Dykes called last Saturday's 45-24 victory against Baylor a "nice win against a traditional rival," in which the Red Raiders showed more offensive consistency than in their prior games. "We have really Improved a lot as far as productivity is concerned. I thought Byron Hanspard (287 yards rushing) ran extremely well, and Sammy Morris is a freshman fullback who's really given us a shot In the arm." Morris had two touchdowns and nearly broke the 100-yard rushing barrier as Tech defeated Baylor on a homecoming night in front of the first 50,000-plus crowd ever to see a Bears-Raiders game In Lubbock. "It was an important win for us. The setting was such that it was really a good win." The Red Raiders have to practice their tackling to contend with Kansas' bruising tailback June Henley, said Dykes, who compared the Jayhawk star to his own Doak Walker award-winner, Bam Morris. "You've got to wrap him up, or else this guy will run smooth over you." BAYLOR (3-1, 0-1) Next game: Saturday, at Nebraska Coach Chuck Reedy said his Bears, who must travel to Nebraska a week after the Tech blowout, have gone "from the frying pan right into the fire." "We knew going out there it was going to be a tremendous challenge for us '(against Tech). We felt like we had pretty good preparation and were ready to play." Baylor's 3-0 start against lightly regarded non-conference foes wasn't a telling record for the Bears, Reedy said, and the blowout loss to the Red Raiders should show his players what they need to do to Improve. 'We're under no Illusions we're a great football team. This team found a way to win our first three, and we'll have to fight and scratch to win every game we play." That certainly includes the upcoming challenge of facing the two-time defending national champion Cornhuskers In Lincoln. "We are well aware of the challenge In front of us." TEXAS (3-2, 2-0) Next game: Saturday, Oklahoma (at Dallas) Coach John Mackovic said he didn't anticipate the Longhorns' game against Oklahoma State getting out of hand on the Scoreboard, going as far to say that "I hate it when scores get that high." He did say that it was important for Texas to return to its Big 12 schedule with a bang. "It was an Important game for us in which to play well. We need to play like that from here on out. Every team knows that beating us will be important to winning the South Division." Calling the Texas-OU clash "one of the great rivalries in college football," Mackovic stressed that it doesn't matter than the 25th ranked Longhorns are heavily favored over the wlnless Sooners. The thing about this game Is both sides can point to big victories over the years when they were big underdogs. In 1992, we weren't ranked and they were highly ranked, and we won." TEXAS A&M (2-3, 0-1) Next game: Saturday, at Iowa State Coach R.C. Slocum said focus has returned to an Aggie team that had struggled early this season until a 63-13 blowout of Louisiana Tech last Saturday. "I think that's what we needed at this point In the season prior to us getting into the Big 12 this week." Iowa State, A&M's opponent this Saturday, features the nation's top rusher in Troy Davis. "In terms of really big-time players, the kid at Iowa State is fun to watch, except when you know you have to play him this week." —The Associated Press V COLLEGE SOCCER Wesleyan men win in overtime Coyotes answer Sterling's goal at start of extra period with three of their own for 5-3 victory By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan's wake-up call came in the first minute of the first overtime period. Fortunately for the Coyotes, Kansas Conference soccer rules don't mandate sudden death and Sterling's goal gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead with 29 minutes left to play. Wesleyan heeded the call, scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 victory on a chilly, rainy Monday afternoon at the Salina Family YMCA Field. The victory puts the Coyotes (7-1) back on the winning track after suffering the first loss in the first-year program's history Saturday at Bethel. A goal by Harold Calvo and two by Mike Dibbini on assists from Jim Ranieri allowed Wesleyan to push past a determined Sterling team. "When they scored that goal in overtime it woke us up," said Dibbini, who had three goals in the game. Calvo accounted for the other two. "If we'd played like that the whole game, it would have been a whole different story," Dibbini said. "This was a good team effort." Calvo scored on a breakaway to tie the game 3-3 in overtime after Sterling had taken its first lead on Chuck Haspels' goal on an assist from Jaren Wilbanks. Dibbini gave Wesleyan a 4-3 led in the 107th minute on a header on a corner kick from Ranieri. His game-clinching goal came in the 110th minute. "I'd been stopping the ball before," Dibbini said. "I felt (Haspels) behind me and let it go through my legs. I spun around him and kicked it in. It surprised him and caught him off balance." The game was tied 1-1 at halftime and 2-2 at the end of regulation. Wesleyan missed an opportunity to score early in the first half when TGOLF KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Wesieyan forward Mike Dibbini (left) and Sterling defender Chuck Haspels sandwich the ball between their heads in the first half of Monday's game. The Coyotes won in overtime. Ranieri's penalty kick sailed wide left. Dibbini scored Wesleyan's first goal of the day on a rebound shot off goalie Lucas Readman left of the net. The assist went to Ranieri. Calvo gave Wesleyan a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick. The ball hit Readman in the chest and bounced back toward Calvo, who sent it back into the net. The goal was initially disallowed by game officials, but put back on the board after consultation. "Give the ref credit. He was man enough to get help on the ruling," Wesleyan coach Brian Berner said. "If the ball bounces off the pole, it can't be played. But this bounced off the goalie and was still alive. "Sterling has a great club. It will be a battle down there. We were getting a lot of opportu- nities in the second hah". I figured it was just a matter of time before we scored. "We were getting beat in overtime, but came back and won. We can still play better. But I think we're ready for conference play." Berner had high praise for freshman goalie Craig Stranathan. "Our keeper had a solid game," Berner said. "He's got my vote for all-conference." Wesleyan plays at McPherson Thursday in its next action. Sterling women 3, Kansas Wesleyan 1 Michelle Berry scored two goals for Sterling, one in each half. Miranda Fugate scored Wesleyan's goal in the second half. Wesleyan falls to 0-7-1 on the season. Tiger's eye on getting selected to Ryder Cup Poised 20-year-old wins in only his fifth tournament as a pro By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Tiger Woods and Davis Love III were playing a nine-hole practice round in Georgia a few weeks ago when the subject first came up. Barely a month into his pro career, Woods was already trying to figure out a way to play in the Ryder Cup. "He said to me, 'Do you think if I won two or three times before the Ryder Cup team is picked that I would make it?'" Love recalled. "I told him if somebody could not pick you after you won two or three times, it would be amazing." The way Woods won his first pro tournament Sunday, it might be amazing if he doesn't win several more in the next year before the Ryder Cup team is selected. Playing with the poise of someone whose game is far past his 'years, the 20-year-old Woods stormed from four shots off the lead to beat Love in sudden death and Tiger's tale Tiger Woods earned a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour by virtue of his victory in the Las Vegas Invitational His earnings: Tournament Place Winnings Total Rank Milwaukee Open T60 $2,544 Canadian Open 11 $37,500 Quad Cities Classic . T5 $42,150 B.C. Open T3 $58,000 Bulck Challenge DNP -'" Las Vegas Invitational 1 $297,000 Upcoming tournaments: , LaCanteraTexas Open 'Oct.*. 10-13 Disney/Oldsmobile Classic pot, 17-20 , $2,544 > T346 $40,044 204 $82,194 166 $140,194 $.140,194 $437,194 Note: DNP-did not play win the Las Vegas Invitational. Not since a 22-year-old named Jack Nicklaus beat Arnold Palmer in a playoff to win the 1962 U.S. Open has a golfer burst on the scene with the game and the confidence Woods has shown in only five tournaments as a pro. "All he thinks about is winning," Love said. "I don't think CLASS 6A LOIathe North (1) 5-0 2. Manhattan (2) 4-0 3. Lawrence (3) 4-1 4. Blue Valley Northwest (NR) 5-0 5. Wichita West (5) 4-1 This week — Olathe North at SM East; Manhattan at Salina Central; Lawrence at SM North (Thursday); Blue Valley Northwest at SM Miege; Wichita Northwest at Wichita West. CLASS SA 1. Liberal (1) 4-0 2. Salina Central (2) 5-0 3. Wichita Carroll (3) 5-0 4. Pittsburg (4) 4-1 5. Andover 4-1 This week — Great Bend at Liberal; Manhattan at Salina Central; Wichita Kapaun at Wichita Carroll; Pittsburg at Fort Scott; Andover at Maize. CLASS 4A 1. Ulysses (1) 5-0 2. Paola (2) 5-0 3. Andale (3) 5-0 4. Fort Scott (4) 5-0 5. Sabetha (5) 5-0 6. Marysville (6) 4-1 7. Wellington (7) 4-1 8. Fredonla(10) 5-0 9. Concbrdia (NR) 4-1 10. Bonner Springs (NR) 5-0 This week — Ulysses at Hoisington; Eudora at Paola; Rose Hill at Andale; Pittsburg at Fort Scott; Hiawatha at Sabetha; Marysville at Abilene; Wellington at Augusta; Fredonla at Eureka; Southeast of Saline at Concordla; Ottawa at Bonner Springs. CLASS 3A 1. Silver Lake (1) 5-0 2. Norton (2) 5-0 3. Smith Center (3) 5-0 4. Wichita Collegiate (4) 5-0 5. Southeast of Saline (5) .., 5-0 6. Rlley County (6) 5-0 7. Hoisington (7) 5-0 8. Trego (8) 3-2 9. Baxter Springs (10) 5-0 10. Beloit (NR)... 4-1 This week — Silver Lake at Riley County; Norton at Plalnvllle; Stockton at Smith Center; Sterling at Wichita Collegiate; Southeast of Saline at Con- cordla; Ulysses at Hoisington; Trego at Victoria; Glrard at Baxter Springs; Beloit at Russell. CUSS 2-1A I.Frankfort (2) 5-0 2. Ell-Saline (3) 5-0 3. Garden Plain (4) 5-0 4. Ness City (5) 5-0 5. Pittsburg-Colgan (6) 5-0 6. Stockton (1) 3-2 7. Sacred Heart (7) 5-0 8. St. Francis (9) 4-1 9. Troy (NR) 4-1 10. Frontenac (NR) 4-1 This week — Frankfort at Waverly; Sedgwick at Ell-Saline; Garden Plain at Belle Plaine; Ness City at LaCrosse; Frontenac at Pittsburg Colgan; Stockton at Smith Center; Herington at Sacred Heart; Dundy Co., Neb. at St. Francis; Troy at Wathena. EIGHT-MAN I 1. Centre (1) 5-0 2. Little River (2) 5-0 3. Mankato (3) 5-0 4. Blue Valley-Randolph (4) 5-0 5. Linn (6) 4-0 6. Wilson (7) 5-0 7. Coldwater (8) 4-1 8. Goessel (9) 4-1 9. Waconda East (NR) 5-0 10. Grinnell (5) 3-1 • This week—Amoret, Mo. at Centre; Burrton at Little River; Mankato at Southern Cloud; Axtell at Blue Valley-Randolph; Hillcrest at Linn; Wilson at Sylvan; Fowler at Coldwater; Goessel at Pretty Prairie; Waconda East at Lucas-Luray; Grinnell at Bazlne. EIGHT-MAN II 1. Sylvan (1) 5-0 2. Kensington (2) - 5-0 3. Rolla(3) } 5-0 4. Triplalns (4) 5-0 5. Lewis (5) 5-0 6. Logan 6) 5-0 7. LeRoy (7) 5-0 8. Hillcrest (8) 3-2 9. Haviland (9) 3-1 10. Mansion (10) 4-1 This week — Wilson at Sylvan; Kensington at Morland; Oeerfield at Rolla; Sharon Springs at Triplains; Pawnee Heights at Lewis; Logan at Palco; LeRoy at St. Paul; Hillcrest at Linn; Jetmore at Haviland; Hanston at South Gray. Last week's ranking In parentheses AP/Ed De Gasero Jack Nicklaus ever went into a major trying to make the top 10. Obviously, someone taught him that from a young age. He understands it quite well." Woods is not the youngest golfer to win on the PGA Tour. But he served notice that he has something far more important than the length he uses to overpower the golf course: the winning fire Nicklaus used to win 70 tournaments, including 18 majors. He's already fielding questions on his place in the game, and on how good he thinks he might be over the years. His answers are short and to the point. "I really don't know," Woods said. His fellow players do, though. "He's obviously the next great player and we're going to have to work to beat him," Love said. What may have been even more impressive than the win was the way Woods did it, in front of thousands screaming "Tiger, Tiger," and "Bring it home, Mr. Woods." Woods blew past a leaderboard that included names like Love and Fred Couples, then calmly laced a 9- iron within 20 feet of the cup on the- first playoff hole to seal the victory. "Knowing that I hit the shots when I had to down the stretch and coming from behind to win is very satisfying," Woods said. "What really makes it great is how many players were between me and the lead at the start of the day. I knew I had to post a low score and I did." The win not only earned Woods $297,000, but it also gave him a two-year tour exemption and a spot in next year's Masters. The only surprise to Woods, though, was that he thought this should have been his second win. "It should of come at Quad City," Woods said of the tournament he led last month only to falter in the final round. "I learned a lot from that blunder. Coming down the stretch, I applied it here." THEATRES For MOVIE Selections and SHOWTIMES Call: 825-91O5 We've gone world wide web! www.dickinsontheatres.com Steel Lawn Rake Servistar 18-Tine Boster Lumber 1210 W.Crawford Salina 827-3618 CONNECTION Divisional USA, Inc. Shoes Clothing ' Equipment 1915 S.Ohio 825-6247 Shop & Compare Price & Quality Real Sporting Equipment FLUSH COOLING SYSTEM , Recycle Antifreeze • Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. 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