The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 35
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THE SALINA JOURNAI SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 21. 2001 P5 BRIEFLY ^ "^''''^^ ^'''^'^^^ BASKETBALL LEAGUE Shockers complete recruiting class WICHITA — Dion Sherrell, a 6-foot-3 guard from Detroit, has signed a basketball letter of intent with Wichita State. Sherrell averaged 26.7 points last season at Henry Ford High School. He was named third- team all-Metro by the Detroit News and honorable mention all-Metro by the Detroit Free Press. The signing of Sherrell completes coach Mark Turgeon's recruiting class, one that consists of seven high school players — five who will receive scholarships and two walk-ons. The five scholarships players are Sherrell, 6-foot-8 forward Rob Kampman of Forest City, Iowa; 6-10 forward Paul Miller of Jefferson City, Mo.; 511 guard Randy Burns of Houston; and 6-7 forward Jamie Sowers of Elizabeth, N.J. The two walk-ons are 6-5 forward Jamar Howard of Shawnee Mission Miege and 64 guard Brad Begnoche of Kapaun-Mt. Carmel. SE-Sallne to host Special Olympics The Special Olympics Kansas North Central Area will open its Spring Games today with a track and field competition at Southeast of Saline High School west of Gypsum. An estimated 250 athletes and 50 coaches will participate in today's event at the Southeast track, which begins with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Competition is expected to begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. The North Central Area includes nine local programs from a 22-county region. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. If weather becomes a concern, the event will be moved inside the high school. Future Spring Games competitions will include aquatics on April 28 at Wichita Swim Club; tennis and powerlifting on May 19 in McPherson; and on June 23 golf and bocce (lawn bowling) in Salina. KU scrimmage set for 7:15 tonight LAWRENCE — It's officially called the spring game, but to the Kansas coaching staff, it'll be treated as another practice. The Jayhawks conclude spring football drills tonight with a controlled scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. The scrimmage is set to begin around 7:15 p.m. following the conclusion of the Kansas Relays. Head coach Terry Allen indicated the scrimmage will involve KU's offense against the Jayhawk defense in a variety of situations. Two defensive starters — nose guard Nate Dwyer and cornerback Andrew Davison — won't play because of injuries. Although admission is free, Kansas athletic officials have asked people attending the spring scrimmage to bring a canned-food item, which can be left in containers at the entrance of Memorial Stadium. The items will be donated to the Salvation Army of Lawrence. Wecker wins first place in KU Relays LAWRENCE — Kendra Wecker is a high school student, but her throw in the javelin competition at the Kansas Relays Friday would have been good enough to win on the college level. Wecker, a senior at Marysville High School, won first place with a throw of 1667 — 32 feet farther than any other competitor and a new meet record by more than 10 feet. The throw also beat any competitor in the college javelin competition by 12 feet. "It's nice to be ahead this year," Wecker said. "Especially since its only my third meet." Wecker's personal best is 174-4 at a meet earlier this year in Monterrey, Mexico. "I want to throw 180 by the end of the year," she said. From Staff and Wire Reports TIME TO ENROLL Get The Latest Stuff Ages 8-17 Site; KWU, Salina 30TH ANNUAL Kansas Premier Boy's & Giri's Sports Camps •Boy's Basketball 'Girl's Basketball 'Girl's Volleyball The SkiU Builders" Flax to look for more than just talent Cagerz open preseason camp today; coach to make cuts after practice Monday By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Francis Flax wUl be looking for the "little things" today when the Kansas Cagerz open preseason camp at Muir Gymnasium. Flax knows the 15 or so players in camp today have the physical tools. All have played at the college level, while some have professional experience in the states and overseas. But according to Flax, playing basketball for the United States Basketball League's Cagerz wiU be more than just being able to score points. He'll be searching for those intangibles beginning today during a 10:30 a.m. workout that is open to the public. "The main thing I'm going to be looking for is whether or not they're going to play hard and go hard in all the drills," Flax said Friday "The other thing is I'm going to test a little character. I'm going to demand a few things from these guys just to check reactions and how they're going to react. "Some of that, to me, will porttay how they're going to react on the FLAX road and out in the community In other words I'm going to put them in some situations and get on them a little bit and just see how they handle it." Flax said he wUl make cuts after Monday morning's practice. That will give the players four practices and an in- trasquad scrimmage Sunday night to impress the Cagerz coaching staff. "First of all, they have to be a team player. It's the little things," Flax said. "Some of the guys will make the team not based on how many points they can put in the basket, but the little things they do. Are they going to defend? Are they going to take charges? Are they going to dive on the floor after loose balls? That's what I'm looking for. "The thing is, they know if we cut them, they will make the transaction list with the hopes that somebody else may pick them up. They're looking for exposure right now." Flax said every player with the exception of Baylor's DeMarcus Minor will be able to stay in Salina for the duration of preseason camp. Minor may have to return to Waco to finish classes. Flax also said he may get former Kansas State player Tony Kitt earlier than he anticipated. Two other Cagerz from last year's team — BUly Thomas and Martin Lewis — could be available any time from May 3-15, depending on how the Cincinnati Stuff fares in the International Basketball League playoffs. Regardless of when some of the veterans are able to make it to Salina, the Cagerz will open the season April 29 with an untested team. "I guess the thing that's staring me in the face is the prospect of going on the road with an inexperienced team," Flax said. "Some of them have USBL and overseas experience, but the thing is, it's going to be a pretty makeshift outfit going in there at the beginning." Bicentennial Center officials said Friday that 476 season tickets have been sold, which is on pace with last year's total. During the Cagerz's first two ticket drives in Salina, fans were able to purchase two season tickets for the price of one. That plan is not in effect this year. TMLB Blue Jays pummel Royals By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. Carlos Delgado hit three home runs in a game for the second time this season, twice teaming with Raul Mondesi on 'back-to-back shots, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 12-4 Friday night. Delgado, who leads the American League with 10 home runs, has three multi-homer games this AL Blue Jays 12 Royals 4 season and 25 in his career. The 10 home runs tied a Blue Jays record for April. His third homer was a two- run shot in the ninth and gave him four RBls for the game. Delgado became the 14th player to have a pair of three- homer games in the same season. Jeff Bagwell did it in 1999 for Houston, while Geronimo Berroa was the last AL player to accomplish the feat, in 1996 for Oakland. Delgado joined Doug DeCinces (August 1982) as the only AL players to have two three-homer games in the same month. Willie Stargell and Johnny Mize did it in the NL. Mondesi, who drove in five runs, hit a grand slam in the six-run seventh off rookie reliever Kris Wilson, who failed to retire any of the five batters he faced. Delgado followed Mondesi's homers in the first and seventh innings. Royals put Febles on DL, out maybe eight weeks KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Second baseman Carlos Febles will miss at least eight weeks with a partially torn ligament in his right knee, the Kansas City Royals said Friday Febles experienced swelling on the knee after diving for a ball in Toronto this week. A collision with right fielder Jermaine Dye two weeks ago in New York may also have caused the tear. "We really don't know," said manager Tony Muser. "He dove for a ball the other day and he started to develop some swelling. Then they found the partial tear on the ligament on the outside of the knee." He will be replaced on the roster by righthander Cory Bailey, who was 0-0 with an 0-0 ERA and one save in five games at Triple-A Omaha. Taking over at second base will be Luis Alicea. Chiefs / ESPN: KG signs Holmes FROM PAGE D1 and offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who was on Vermeil's St. Louis staff. Green replaced an injured Warner last year in a loss to Kansas City and was 145-for- 240 for 2,063 yards until Warner returned late in the season. Green had 16 TD passes and five interceptions. Green is especially suited to the more wide-open offense Vermeil and Saunders are installing, perhaps even more suited than Grbac, who signed with Baltimore. "Within this offensive scheme, I'd like to think he can run it better because he's been in it longer," Vermeil said. "But I also believe Elvis would have been very good in it." Vermeil also said the Chiefs would probably sign free-agent running back Priest Holmes. Later, ESPN and Kansas City television stations reported the Chiefs signed the former Ravens player. Chiefs sign Brister to one-year deal KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs added much-needed quarterback depth Friday by signing 38- year-old Bubby Brister. Brister signed a one-year deal. He has spent 14 seasons with Minnesota, Denver, the New York Jets, Philadelphia and Pittsbiurgh. Brister is 37-38 in 75 starts, completing 1,207 of 2,212 passes for 14,445 yards and 81 TDs. He's thrown 78 interceptions. "We were extremely impressed with his workout and even more impressed with Bubby as a person," coach Dick Vermeil said. "We've brought Bubby here to back up Todd CoUins initially, and then to help Todd grow as a quarterback." Collins, who was No. 3 last year behind Elvis Grbac and Warren Moon, was aU the Chiefs had left after Moon retired and Grbac unexpectedly opted for free agency in February The Chiefs didn't even have a second quarterback for their minicamp coming up next week. Brister's most extensive, action came with Denver in the Broncos' 1998 Super Bowl championship run when he played in seven games, with four starts, in place of an injured John Elway In that stretch, he completed 78 of 131 passes for 986 yards, with 10 TDs. Brister was recommended by defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, who was on the Denver staff during his time with the Broncos. T WNBA DRAFT Aussie chosen first; Stiles taken fourth K-State / Roberson still ahead of transfer Dunn FROM PAGE D1 maybe six or seven young guys that we feel are definitely going to be in the mix and maybe three or four young guys that are still going to have to make some improvement, have to develop along the way" The spring game also should provide an opportunity for several prospective defensive linemen to make a statement. The Wildcats lost three starters on the line, with only tackle senior DeVane Robinson returning, though senior Jerry Togiai finished last season as part of the rotation in the middle. Other defensive tackle prospects are sophomore Justin Montgomery from Smith Center and senior Eric Everley Junior Melvin Williams, a valuable backup last year, appears set at one end. Thomas Houchin and Andrew ShuU, plus red- shirt freshman Alax Carrier, are vying for the other spot. Sophomore Ell Roberson, last year's backup, and junior college transfer Marc Dunn will continue their quarterback duel in the spring game and probably into the faU, though Roberson has the edge now because of experience in the Wildcat system. Both should play some with the No. 1 offense. "For me, this is a practice," Snyder said. "It's just an attempt to do all we can in the last practice to answer questions, solve problems and get ourselves better." Claflin native picked in fourth overall spot by Portland Storm By MELISSA MURPHY The Associated Press SECAUCUS, N.J. — It took 20 hours to get here, but Australian basketball star Lauren Jackson knew it would be worth the trip. The Seattle Storm selected the 19-year-old STILES Olympic silver medalist as the top pick in the WNBA draft Friday "The next three months will be a big test for me," Jackson said, after signing a one-year contract. "The Americans are the best team in the world. It's exciting playing against them and with them." The 6-foot-5 center should provide immediate help for the Storm, who finished last in the WNBA as an expansion team last season. Seattle coach Lin Dunn likes Jackson's versatility "She has size, mobility is an inside-outside player," Dunn said. "She can post up with her back to the basket like a center, then step outside and shoot the 3." With the second pick, Charlotte chose point guard Kelly Miller, a two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year from Georgia. Indiana then selected two-time national player of the year Tamika Catchings of Tennessee, who is recovering from a knee injury Jackie Stiles, the women's NCAA scoring leader with 3,393 points, went to Portland with the No. 4 choice. Stiles led Southwest Missouri State to the NCAA Final Four. "My life has changed dramatically in the last two weeks," Stiles said. Stiles had a parade in her hometown of Claflin on April 14 and the town fathers put her image on a stamp. The 5-8 Stiles understands she might have a harder time getting her shot off in the WN- Top Ten I.Seattle, Lauren Jackson, F-C, Australia 2. Charlotte, Kelly Miller, G, Georgia 3. Indiana, Tamika Catchings, F.Tennessee 4. Portland, Jackie Stiles, G,SW Missouri St. 5. Miami, Ruth Riley, C, Notre Dame 6. Detroit, Deanna Nolan, G-'. F, Georgia ; 7. Minnesota, Svetlana Abrosimova.F, Connecticut 8. Utah, Marie Ferdinand, G, LSU 9. Washington, Coco Miller, Q, Georgia ,10. Oriando, Katie Douglas, G-F, Purdue BA. "It will be a tough adjustment for me," Stiles said. "The athleticism and size is incredible. There are high expectations on me, but hopefully my mom is right. She says I per^ form better under pressure.": Ruth Riley, the national player of the year who helped Notre Dame win the NCAA title, went to Miami as the No. 5 pick in the four-round, 64-player draft. Riley the Naismith Award winner, led the nation in field-goal percentage (.683). Detroit took Deanna Nolan of Georgia and Minnesota chose Connecticut's Svetlana Ambrosimova, who is recovering from a foot injury but expects to play in June. At No. 8, Utah picked Marie Ferdinand of LSU and Washington selected Coco Miller of Georgia, Kelly's twin sister. Orlando chose Katie Douglas of runner-up Purdue at No. 10. AU-American Shea Ralph, who injured a knee late in the season at Connecticut, went in the third round to Utah. Jaclyn Johnson of Kansas was selected as the 10th pick in the third round and 42nd overall by the Orlando Miracle, Johnson, a 6-foot-l center, averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game for the Jay- hawks. She will join four other former KU players in the league — Tamecka Dixon, Lynn Pride, Charisse Sampson and Angela Aycock. Catering For All Occasions. Area High School AH Stars VS For Info. Ask YnnrCoarh Or Call 827-6229 I PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL Sunday, April 22 al 6 p-m Salina Soutti High School $2 Admission Admission will be donated back to area booster clubs. 5:00 p.m. AM^^T Autograph session with the QiGEtS. 5:15 p.m. ^ > 3 Point Contest Sponsored by the Salllia JOUmal Connecting cmmmities mth ivformtim

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