The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 18
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 18

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 11, 1996
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C4 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BRIEFLY Wilson set for No. 1 Sylvan Twin Lakes League teams enter contest with unbeaten records By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal WEATHERMAN The Sylvan Mustangs are looking for a serious test heading into district play and the Wilson Dragons believe they can provide it. In a battle of unbeaten eight- man powers, Wilson will visit Sylvan at 7 tonight with a chance to wrap up the Twin Lakes League title. The Dragons, ranked No. 6 in Eight-Man I, are 5-0 overall and in the conference. Sylvan, the defending Eight-Man II champion, has been No. 1 in that class all season at 5-0 and is 2-0 in the league. "I'm confident," said first-year Wilson coach Tony Brokes, whose Dragons have improved steadily all season. "We've prepared well this week and I think we have some players who match up well with their key players. We're probably one of the first real tests they've had. We know we're the underdog, but I like being the underdog. This is our last league game and if we win, we win the league. It's'a good test for us because we start district next week. We'd like to win this game, but if we don't, it's not the end of the world." Sylvan coach Mike Weatherman, whose Mustangs have run over opponents all seasons, hopes Wilson will provide a serious challenge. "I thinlwve need that right now," Weatherman said. "I think our varsity kids need a challenge and I think they'll match up with us better than any other team we've T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Tonight's area high school football schedule Here is tonight's schedule of high school football games Involving teams In The Salina Journal's circulation area of north- central and northwest Kansas: TOP 10 GAMES 1. Wilson (5-0) at Sylvan (5-0). The Twin Lakes League title could be on the line In this battle of state-ranked eight-man teams. Wilson, under first-year coach Tony Brokes, is ranked No. 6 In Eight-Man I, while defending state champion Sylvan has been No. 1 in the Eight-Man II poll all season. 2. Manhattan (4-0) at Salina Central (50). Salina Central, ranked No. 2 In Class 5A, could clinch the I-70 League championship over Manhattan, the No. 2-ranked team In 6A. Manhattan came from behind to escape with a 21-14 double-overtime victory over Salina South last week. 3. Southeast of Saline (5-0) at Concor- dla (4-1). Southeast of Saline, No. 5 in Class 3A, will try to protect Its perfect pre- district record against an explosive Concordia team that has moved up to No. 9 in 4A. 4. Stockton (3-2) at Smith Center (5-0). Things do not get any easier this week for Stockton, which Is coming off back-to- back losses against Class 3A slate powers as the Tigers travel to Smith Center, ranked No. 3 In 3A. Stockton fell from No. 1 to 6 In Class 2A after a 33-14 loss to Trego. 5. Hlllcrest (3-2) at Linn (4-0). Hlllcrest, No. 8 in Eight-Man II, has lost twice to unbeaten teams and faces another this week at Linn, the No. 5 team in Eight-Man I. 6. Sharon Springs (3-1) at Trlplalns (50). Sharon Springs is coming off Its first loss, to Eight-Man II power Rolla, and faces another this week in No. 4-ranked Trlplalns. 7. Waconda East (5-0) at Lucas-Luray (3-2). Waconda East moved into the Eight- Man I rankings at No. 9 with an Impressive victory over Hlllcrest. Lucas-Luray's only losses have come against state-ranked Logan and Wilson. 8. Salina South (2-3) at Junction City (4-1). Salina South is looking to end a three-game losing streak while Junction City needs a victory to keep any hopes alive for an I-70 League title. 9. Balleyvllle (2-3) at Hanover (4-1). Baileyville was ranked In Eight-Man II but has dropped three straight games to state- ranked opponents. Hanover suffered Its first loss last week, 40-28 against Bern. 10. Atwood (2-3) at Oberlln (3-2). Both teams are jockeying for position In the competitive Northwest Kansas League after facing rugged early-season schedules. REMAINING SCHEDULE Arthur, Neb. at Hemdon Beloit at Russell Brewster at Ransom Centralla at Washington Chase County at Council Grove Chester-Hubbell-Byron, Neb. at Jewell Clay Center at Wamego Clifton-Clyde at Superior, Neb. Colby at Chapman Cunningham at Quivlra Heights Dodge City at Hays Downs at Chase Dundy County, Neb. at St. Francis Eastern Heights at Natoma Elllnwood at Smoky Valley Ellsworth at Belleville Golden Plains at Cheylin Grinnell at Bazine Herington at Sacred Heart Hildreth, Neb. at Jennings Hill City at Phlllipsburg Hlllsboro at Halstead Kensington at Morland Larned at Scott City Logan at Palco Mankato at Southern Cloud (Glasco) Marysville at Abilene Minneapolis at Lincoln Moundridge at Canton-Galva Newton at McPherson • Northern Valley at Lenora Norton at Plainville Oakley at Hoxie . Osbome at Ellis Pike Valley at North Central Qulnter at Meade Remington at Marlon Sedgwlck at Ell-Saline Sidney, Neb. at Goodland Solomon at SJ-Military Tescoft at Bennlngton TMP-Marian at Pratt. Topeka West at Topeka High Trego at Victoria Tribune at Satanta Ulysses at Holslngton Wakefleld at White City White Rock at SJ-Belolt Saturday's Game Hope at St. Mary's Academy seen. They have some speed and size. "(Joe) Soukup is a good running back and they've got a good end (J.L. Rasper) they throw to a lot. They throw about 50 percent and run 50 percent, which will be a challenge. Most teams we play do one or the other." Soukup, a 5-foot-ll, 185-pound senior fullback, leads Wilson in rushing with about 125 yards per game while senior Brandon Niehoff is the tailback. Sophomore quarterback Dustin. Pasek threw for 230 yards last-week in a 44-8 victory over Downs. His favorite target has been Kasper, a 6-6, 175- pound senior. "I think one of the keys for us is ball control," Brokes said. "If we can get some timed drives, we can be successful. We try to mix it up about 60-40 with the run and pass, but we use a control passing game and control running game. Our all- around goal is to control the ball and make our offense do the work. "Sylvan is going to throw three different defenses at us and on offense they'll run the tight option and throw out of the spread. They're going to do everything. They move the ball well on offense and are very explosive, but we have a solid defense." Weatherman said that the Mustangs expect to need both the option and the passing game against Wilson's defense. "We're running the option real well right now, but we haven't had the chance to get into our spread passing game as much as we'd like to," he said. "They realize they probably have to shut our option game down, so we look for them to play up pretty tight on us. But if we aren't as consistent as we want to be, we'll probably spread them. We've spent a lot of time working on it in practice this week." The Mustangs have no statistical standouts because their starters have seen limited playing time, but sophomore quarterback Clint Meitler arid junior running back John Wiese lead the team in rushing at just over 300 yards. Darris Meitler is the top receiver. Where there's a way, there's Nebraska Ranked No. 5, NU still has shot at winning third straight crown By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press Nebraska may have been shut down by Arizona State, but the Cornhuskers have not been shut out of a third national championship. Far from it. Even after a startling 19-0 loss to Arizona State dropped Nebraska from No. 1 to No. 8 last month, the Cornhuskers (3-1) have already crept back into the title chase at No. 5. "I think we're awfully lucky myself," coach Tom Osborne said this week. "To lose a game like that and to be ranked No. 5 ... it's kind of remarkable." In a way, it is. But when you're a dynasty like Nebraska — 87-14-1 since 1988 and back-to-back national titles to boot — you're never too far removed from greatness. This time, though, the Huskers need help. "When we only dropped to No. 8 after the Arizona State loss I think that showed that the rest of the country had some respect for us," quarterback Scott Frost said. "Enough other ranked teams play each other that I'd say we still have a chance." The week after their loss, the Huskers moved up to No. 7 when Ohio State beat then-No. 5 Notre Dame. Last week, the Buckeyes beat then-No. 4 Penn State and Northwestern upset then-No. 6 Michigan as Nebraska improved to No. 5. The Huskers, by the way, were back in top form with a 39-3 rout of Kansas State, a game in which they allowed just 86 total yards. There's room for poll improvement this week, too. No. 3 Florida State is at No. 6 Miami, while the Huskers are five-touchdown favorites against Baylor. For the Cornhuskers to set themselves up for an unprecedented third straight title, the following needs to occur: • Win out and play in the Sugar Bowl. • Fourth-ranked Arizona State loses. • Second-ranked Ohio State loses. Also, three of the last seven national champions had one loss — Miami (11-1) in '89, Colorado (11-11) in '90 and Florida State (12-1) in '93. "As I told the players," Osborne said, "if some way, somehow, we could really get ourselves going and get momentum and win the rest, you've got a good chance to be in the picture at the end. "Because if you're ranked as high as we are right now with seven games left to play, you've got a good chance." As for the teams ahead of them, Osborne says "we've got to take care of business and not worry about Florida and Florida State and Ohio State and those people right now." Nebraska's toughest games should come at home against Col- orado on Nov. 29 and in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 7 in St. Louis. The Sun Devils (5-0) are at UCLA on Saturday, with home games against USC (Oct. 19) and No. 21 California (Nov. 9) and a season- ending road game with Arizona (Nov. 23). Problems for Tech HOUSTON — Texas Tech officials let wide receiver Malcolm McKenzie play in last year's Copper Bowl even though he may have had a class grade he did not earn, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. The Chronicle said the grade in a junior college American history class allowed McKenzie to return to Texas Tech for the 1995 season after he had been placed on scholastic suspension. The professor in the class told Tech officials more than a week before the Dec. 27 game that he had been "conned" into giving McKenzie an A in the class, the newspaper said, citing documents it said it had obtained. Bethany, Sterling ranked in women's poll TULSA — Bethany is ranked 10th and Sterling 16th in the NAIA Division II preseason women's basketball poll, released Thursday. Bethany and Sterling both qualified for last year's NAIA National Tournament. Sterling (28-1) won the Kansas Conference regular-season and tournament titles last year, but lost in the first round to eventual champion Tri-State, Ind., its only loss of the season. Bethany (26-5) finished second in the KCAC and tournament and went 1-1 in the national tournament. Western Oregon is the No. 1- ranked team. Doane, Neb., is second and Evangel, Mo., third. Bechard named a head coach for Shrine Bowl The Kansas Shrine Bowl board of directors have selected Belleville coach Monty Bechard as a head coach for the 1997 Kansas Shrine Bowl football contest. Bechard will coach the West squad in the annual all-star game matching high school seniors from across Kansas. The 1997 contest will be played on July 29th at Lewis Stadium in Hays. Bechard has a 31-7 record in his fourth year as Belleville head coach. Next year's Shrine Bowl will be held at the same stadium where Bechard's Belleville club won the Class 3A state football championship in 1995. Bechard will become the first Shrine Bowl West head coach who also played in the game. He was selected after his senior year at Clifton-Clyde High School as a West player in the 1981 game. Independence coach Don Simmons has been selected to coach the East squad. Both Simmons and Bechard were assistant coaches at the 1996 Shrine Bowl. The board of directors approved Emporia and Hays as the training camp sites for next year's game. They will also accept proposals from western cities for hosting the 1999 game, after the 1998 contest is played at Emporia. Salina South spikers drop three matches MANHATTAN — Salina South dropped three volleyball games Thursday night in a quadrangular. The Cougars (16-9) lost to Man- hattan 15-6,16-14, Hays 15-10,15-6, and Wamego 16-14,15-12. "We've been struggling the past few weeks so I started a different lineup," Coach Steph Curcy said. "I saw some things. We played more as a team and did more talking. We have to get a no-mercy attitude." Jessica Watson had three kills, Curstin Baker three solo blocks and Tai Kerbys and Kelsey Snavely five assists against Manhattan. Darcy Durfee had five kills,' Watson and Mchelle Stein two solo blocks, and Kerbs 12 assists against Hays. Watson had seven kills, Watson and Stein seven solo and assist blocks and Kerbs nine assists against Wamego. Wesleyan soccer teams whip McPherson MCPHERSON — Kansas Wesleyan's men got off on the right foot in their Kansas Conference soccer schedule Thursday while the Coyote women made history with their first victory. The men scored three times in each half to bury McPherson 6-0 in the league opener, running their overall record to 8-1. Mike Dibbini scored the first two goals, in the 27th and 31st minutes, and added a second-half assist. Harold Calvo also scored in the first half for the Coyotes with Brad Carne, : Mark Chancy and Tony Ranieri converting after intermission. For the Wesleyan women, Crystal Robinson scored an unassisted goal in the 15th minute and added one with an assist from Jennifer Mancino in the 40th minute as the Coyotes made a 2-0 halftime lead stand up. Goalkeeper Toby - v ,.;• Harbin had six saves to record the shutout. ' The Coyote women are now-.l;71 overall and 1-1 in the KCAC., Wesleyan's men and women; return to action Saturday against. St. Mary's College in Leaver^ - . worth. Girls youth basketball team to hold tryouts The Salina Bullets girls basketball team will be holding an open tryout for girls in the sixth grade. The Bullets are a traveling team that plays approximately 30 games and practices twice weekly from Oct. 22 through March 7, . 1997. The tryout will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Salina YWCA. For more information contact Chuck Vogan at (913)-827-1087., From Staff Reports FLUSH COOLING SYSTEM Recycle M Antifreeze Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. Recycled fluid provides superior corrosion protection for today's aluminum engines. • Pressure tests entire cooling system. • Eliminates disposal and pollution problems. • Drains cooling system to facilitate repairs. We Now Accept The NAPACARD 2259-A Centennial Road / Sallna / (913) 823-9732 Wesleyan spikers blow leads in losing to Bethany By The Associated Press LINDSBORG — Kansas Wesleyan wasted a two-game lead and dropped a Kansas Conference match to Bethany Thursday night. Wesleyan won the first two games 15-8,15-13, but lost the next three 15-11,15-13,16-14. "We started out really well," Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes said. "We were up 8-1 in the third game and quit playing aggressively. We were up 13-12 in the fourth game and made a mistake that caused a side out and we never regained the serve. 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