The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 31
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 31

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 21, 2001
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THE SAlllKlA'UOURNAL Sports PREP ROUNDUP / D3 NFL DRAFT / D4 BRIEFS ZDS T COMMENT T CHIEFS BERNIE LINCICOME Rocky Mountain News Speaking'Draft' can help laymen decipher mess Another NFL draft, that annual agent enricher and shameless flesh auction, is upon us. Not that provable deceit will be practiced, but no choice is worthless on draft day. Whoever is available will astonish his selectors, will have all the tools necessary to make a significant contribution and will be given every opportunity to challenge for a starting job. You just have to know how to speak Draft. • Grady Kingman, OG, 6-feet- 5, 288 pounds, Minnetonka Prairie School "Has everything: size, speed, skill and toughness." He also has an arrest record, a drug habit, a probation officer and an indecent collection of tattoos, one of which re' quires batteries. • Rex Golden, QB, 6-3,195, University of California at Santa Anita "Strong arm. Low percentage of interceptions." Overthrows every pass. Once completed 12 in a row to the drum major waiting with the band in the end zone. They are now dating. • Jumbo Bruno, DT, 6-4, 285, Texas AT&T "Quick feet. Fearless pursuer. Great desire." He jumps offsides every other play and once was able to catch a quarterback who was coming back to the huddle after a timeout. • Luther Matthews, DB, 5-11, 175, Delaware Poly Eurothane "Is familiar with zone defense. Will fit easily into our system." He never moves more than 5 yards in any direction, but he will be able to do an uncanny impression of Oprah Winfrey in the rookie show. • Carl Jackson, DE, 6-3, 270, Oklahoma Abnormal "Considered for the Lombard! Trophy, the Outland Trophy and the Heisman Trophy" But he won the Lipton Trophy for flow-through linemen. • Roger Dasher, WR, 5-10,171, University of Alabama at Niagara Falls "Strong potential. Played for a run-oriented school." He thinks a pass is a space between police cars. • Yancey Williams, FS or KR, 6-1,185, Lower Mississippi Delta "A college quarterback, he has the natural ability to play many positions." He is stiU on Page 1 of the college playbook he got as a freshman. Colors outside the lines. • Henry "the 5th" Mullinak, OT. 6-5, 290, Ohio State "From a long line of brothers who have played for the Buckeyes." With still two more sons at home, the mother was sent a note of thanks by the OSU coaching staff with the phone number of Michigan underlined. • Hunk Brickstone, C-LB, 6-2, 235, Holy Cow U. "One of the few two-way performers in college football. He is at home on either side of the line." Can do both macrame and small appliance repair. • Robert Johnson, DB, 5-10, 190, North Rampart St. "Has 4.5 speed and will put the hat on people." He'll chase a bald guy halfway across town to make sure he's covered but won't go out of his way for someone without galoshes. • Scott Foster, QB, 6-3,210, Pittsburgh Plate Glass "Great leadership ability. Went up in scouts' eyes with his superb Senior Bowl performance." Romanced the entire Dixie Darlings Drill Team in groups of three without missing bed check or much of the first half. • Dougie Duncan, WR, 6-1, 169, Colgate-Palmolive "Slight appearance is deceiving. Is not afraid to get into a crowd." He likes nothing better than exchanging recipes with his mother's bridge club. Received honorable mention for his mushroom roulade. Dossiers on free agents are being assembled. Green Day: KC gets its man Rams receive Kansas City's first-round pick; Chiefs will get Home, fifth-round pick By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dick Vermeil and the Kansas City Chiefs finally landed Trent Green, acquiring the quarterback from St. Louis on Friday night. Vermeil, who coached Green in St. Louis, had been trying to get the 29- NFL Draft WHERE: The Theater at Madison Square Garden. WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday (rounds 1-3), 10 a.m. Sunday (rounds 4-7). TV: ESPN will televise the draft Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ES- PN2 will televise the rest of the draft Saturday. ESPN will televise Sunday's selections from 10 a.m. to noon with ESPN2 carrying the rest of the selections. i 7 GREEN year-old veteran ever since Elvis Grbac unexpectedly became a free agent and threw the franchise into a quarterback crisis. The Chiefs sent their first-round draft pick, the 12th overall selection Saturday, to St. Louis. "Trent Green, when healthy, will make more contributions to the success of this organization than any first- round pick that's out there," Vermeil said. The Rams gave Kansas City their first fifth-round choice, and agreed not to match the Chiefs' offer sheet to wide receiver-kick returner Tony Horne. "I don't want Trent to leave this organization," Rams coach Mike Martz said. "It is hard to speak about this and not get very emotional. I do know that this is the best thing for the organization and ultimately it gives Trent a chance to start, and nobody deserves that opportunity more than Trent." Horne signed an offer sheet with the Chiefs this week. The Rams, who initially said they would match the offer, decided to use Horne as a deal-closer. "This deal probably could have been done a long time ago if we had been absolutely sure of Trent Green's health," Vermeil said. Green is rehabbing a knee injury and may not be ready until shortly before training camp in July He has two years left on his contract. "It's a risk but it's not reckless," Vermeil said. "If I didn't know Trent Green like I know him, we probably would not have done it. "But we know this kid. We know the doctors that worked on him. We feel that later we're going to have a sound, healthy football player" The Chiefs, who had already given the Rams their second-round pick as compensation for signing Vermeil, will have two choices in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. Green missed all of the 1999 season with a knee injury losing his starting job to Kurt Warner, who was the NFL and Super Bowl MVP that season. But he had become a favorite of Vermeil See CHIEFS, Page D5 Super stretch JUSTIN HAVWORTH / The Salina Journal Sacred Heart first baseman Sarah Weese looks for the umpire's call irj full stretch while doubling up Concordia's Lacy Hamilton during the first game of their doubleheader Friday afternoon at Bill Burl^e Park. The Knights captured both ends of the twinblli. Story, page D3. T KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL Cats' depth top concern for Snyder, staff Quarterback quandary will not be resolved at today's spring ganne in Manhattan By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — The Kansas State Wildcats aren't looking to resolve their quarterback dilemma in one afternoon, and it is unlikely that any roster spots will definitively be won or lost in the annual Purple-White spring football game. But that doesn't mean the coaches won't keep a keen eye on today's exhibition, scheduled for 1:10 p.m. at KSU Stadium. Head coach Bill Snyder said the decision to match his No. 1 offensive unit against defensive reserves, while the starting defense will face primarily offensive backups, is to learn which sec- T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Knights take two from Concordia ond-teamers are ready to contribute in the fall. "We need to have a few more in the mix, so it's important to see how they .will perform against our No. Is," Snyder said. "We've had the entire spring to do that, but it's important that we do it in this environment." Nowhere is that more evident than on the offensive line, where three starters return, but the other two positions — plus several backup roles — are up for grabs. "We're just presently putting our players in a position where they feel they can compete for a starting position and challenging some of the players K-8TATE 8PRJN6MME When: Today, 1:10 p.m. Where: KSU Stadium. Tickets: Available at gate. $5 adults, $2 students, seniors, children. that are starters right now with some of the backups," offensive coordinator Ron Hudson said. "So we're shuffling some people around, just trying to find the right combination in the offensive line." Senior Andy Eby, the starting left guard last year, also has worked at left tackle and center Right guard John Robertson, another senior, has taken snaps at right tackle as well because senior starter Thomas Barnett has been slowed by a foot injury that could keep him out of today's game. "We've made a lot of progress," Eby said. "We're just working in a to of guys,m seeing which five players are going to be the best for us. "We've still got a ways to go. Some guys have still got to step up and secure a spot. It's really a good environment, I think. Because it's getting real competitive and guys are really wanting the job." At center, where three-year starter Randall Cummins graduated, sophomore Nick Leckey is battling junior Steve Washington for the starting job. Leckey last year became the first true freshman to play on the offensive line in Snyder's 12-year tenure, starting two games at left guard for an injured Eby Seniors Matt Martin and Oshin Honarchian are the candidates to replace Milford Stephenson at left tackle. At right tackle, with Barnett out, red- shirt junior college transfer Billy Miller and sophomore Ben Rettele have been getting most of the work. "We had hoped we could have developed maybe eight or nine youngsters that would be able to fit into the mix," Snyder said, "I don't think we're quite there yet. "I think right now we're looking at See K-STATE, Page D5 Pitching starting to come along for last year's 2-1A champs By LARRY MORITZ By The Salina Journal Offense was never a huge area of concern for the Sacred Heart basebaU squad. So if the Knights HIGH SCHOOL can con- Concordla 40 tinue to Sacred Heart 9 9 get solid V V.., i outings from its young pitchers, as they did again Friday night against Concordia, the defending Class 2-lA state champions could be very difficult to beat. Satred Heart swept the non- league doubleheader at Dean Evans Stadium, using five different pitchers in the 9-4 and 9- 0 victories. Those five pitchers included three sophomores and a freshman, Adam Dechant, making his first varsity start of his career. "I was real pleased with the pitching performances we got from everybody," Sacred Heart coach Roger Mick said. "Adam Dechant did a real nice job for his first start, and (sophomore) Justin Walters made his first trip to the mound and did a nice job. "Everybody we brought in did an effective job." The sweep extended Sacred Heart's winning streak to seven consecutive games since a season-opening loss to state- ranked Russell. The Knights, who are now averaging 12 runs a game, have allowed a total of See KNIGHTS, Page D3 • HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TMP player sings happy tune Tip from coach helps Reynolds win South Invitational By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal With a tune echoing through his head, Bryan Reynolds found a cure to his golf game. Thomas More Prep's No. 3 golfer, using a tip from his coach, had a tune in his head as he played in the Salina South Invitational Friday afternoon. He didn't elaborate on what it was, but he won't likely forget it after it helped him post a 37-36—73 and top medalist honors at the Salina Municipal Golf Course. "My coach made a couple of adjustments with my swing," Reynolds said. "He changed some things with my tempo. He had me slow things down a little bit. He hummed a tune for me to keep in my head and it definitely paid off." Reynolds' 73 helped TMP to a third-place team showing with a 324. Emporia captured the team title with a 304 while Salina Central, on the strength of Jamie Barnett's 37-37—74, shot 309 to finish second. Salina South was fourth with a 329. "I was not expecting to win this," Reynolds said. "I didn't get to warm up very much before I played. I only warmed up for about five minutes, which kind of frustrated me. But maybe I should try not warming up so much in the future." Reynolds began his round on the 16th hole and quickly got in the red with a birdie. After a bogey at 17 he ripped a 400-yard drive on the par-5 IBth hole. After reaching the green in two, he two-putted for his second birdie. Bogeys at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 pushed him to 2-over before another 400-yard drive, this time on the par-5 seventh hole, set up a tap-in eagle. He played the final eight holes three-oven "My drives were big today," he said. "I had two drives over 400 yards and one that was about 390 yards. On No. 7 I almost had a double-eagle. I ran it up there pretty close. "I had been in kind of a slump. The only problem I had today was the wind and I was able to play around that." Like Reynolds, Barnett opened his round with a birdie. It came on No. l and., proved to be his only one of; See CENTRAL, Page D3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON. SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sJbdavldson @8alIournal .com

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