D8 SUNDAY,OCTpBER 13, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL NFL MATCHUPS: WEEK 7 Cincinnati (1-4) at Pittsburgh (4-1), noon Just a little reminder: Last year at this time (Oct. 19, to be exact), the Steelers were whomped by the Bengals, 27-9, on a Thursday night to drop to 3-4. They rebounded from that to go to the Super Bowl. Point is, the season is still young. Do not get too carried away with the Steelers' 17-7 victory in Kansas City. The Chiefs have a retread QB, a running back who has been In the league since 1981, a tight end who was waived by the Steelers and receivers you've never heard of. That being said, know any good hotels in New Orleans? Miami (3-2) at Buffalo (4-1). noon ITEM: Dolphins safety Gene Atkins watched Seattle's Joey Galloway catch a deep pass over the middle, then didn't even try to dive at Galloway when he went into the end zone last week. This, despite being close enough to read the label tag on Galloway's jersey. Now I'm thinking, shoot, Jimmy Johnson once cut a Cowboys player because he fell asleep in a meeting. If betting were allowed on player moves, you could have taken this one to the bank: Johnson released Atkins on Monday. Speaking of the bank, Buffalo has won 14 of past 18 against Fish. Washington (4-1) at New England (3-2), noon This will be a good test for Washington, which has allowed an NFL- low 56 points. But, beware, the Redskins' division-leading record was built at the expense of the Bears, Giants, Jets and Rams, teams with a combined 5-17 record. If you're into streaks, though, the Redskins have never lost to the Patriots in four meetings. The Redskins will need that defense against New England, which has scored 105 of its 125 points in the last three games. New England's three-game winning streak has been fueled by the re-emergence of QB Drew Bledsoe. Arizona (2-3) at Dallas (2-3), noon The question here is not how Michael Irvin's return from suspension will boost Dallas. Nor is it how the Cowboys will respond after their big victory in Philadelphia put them back in the NFC East. It isn't even how Arizona will react in the throes of a two-game winning streak that has the Cardinals — don't laugh now — tied with the defending champs. Of pressing importance is, why the heck would Fox put Pat Summerall and John Madden, its No. 1 team, on this game? Is this the best the NFC has to offer? Minnesota (5-1) at Tampa Bay (0-5), noon The last time Minnesota opened with such a hot start was 1976, when the club began 5-0-1 and ended up in the Super Bowl. The Vikings have not looked so impressive since beating Green Bay, losing to the Giants in New York and holding on to barely beat Carolina at home. It might be time for their former defensive coordinator, Tony Dungy, to finally win a game as an NFL head coach. The Buccaneers had a week off to prepare for the Vikings. They might need another week to calm the celebration. The Upset Special. St. Louis (1-4) at Carolina (3-2), noon Surprisingly, St. Louis owns a two-game win streak on Carolina, even beating the Panthers last season in Carolina. But that was in the third week of the season, before the Panthers got hot and finished with seven wins in their final 11 games. After a 3-0 start this season, the Panthers have lost their past two games, which should be all. the impetus they need against the Rams. What's more, Carolina has won seven of its past eight games at home. The nojse at new Ericsson Stadium will be too unnerving for the Rams' all-rookie backfield. Houston (3-2) at Atlanta (0-5), noon The only crowd that could underdraw this one would be the one in the Astrodome. At least Houston will not have to worry about practicing for the crowd noise in the Georgia Dome. There won't be any — noise or crowd. There won't be any Jeff George, either, who remains a Falcons after nixing a trade to Seattle. But he also remains suspended, which is almost as bad as remaining a Falcon. The Oilers might develop a complex playing in front of small crowds. Look at their next three road games: Seattle, New Orleans, Jets. Chicago (2-4) at New Orleans (1-5), noon If New Orleans is good enough to beat Jacksonville at home, wouldn't you think the Saints are good enough to beat Chicago? The Bears are 3-1 against the NFC West since 1994, which would mean some,. thing if the four games were against the 49ers. The Saints finally won a game last week when Jim Everett threw a touchdown pass with ; 1:45 remaining to beat the Jaguars. The Bears, meantime, were getting spanked by the Packers on their home field. But what do you expect when Dave Krieg, who was finished three teams ago, is your starting QB? New York Jets (1-4) at Jacksonville (4-1), noon Points aren't everything, ya' know. Buffalo has scored 72, fewest in the AFC, yet the Bills are 4-1 and leading the AFC East. But, to the Jets, points are everything. They have scored 75, which would be fine if they allowed 74, like Buffalo. But, after six games, they have allowed a league-high 166, which is 14 more than anyone else. That's nearly 28 points a game. Jacksonville, which has the NFL's No. 1 passing attack (257.7 yards per game), could get at least that many at home. And the Jets have to play without Neil O'Donnell. Philadelphia (3-2) at New York Giants (4-1), 3 p.m. The bye week probably did nothing to appease Philadelphia, which is still reeling from its Monday night loss to the Cowboys. The Eagles could have put the defending Super Bowl champs away for good — three back of Philly and the Skins in the NFC East — but not now. The Eagles will attempt to go with quarterback Ty Detmer, who makes his first NFL start filling in for injured Rodney Peete, who is out for the season. The Eagles have won past two meetings with Giants, who haven't allowed an offensive touchdown in eight quarters. Detroit (4-2) at Oakland (2-4). 3 p.m. Not that you should get excited about Oakland's 34-13 victory against the Jets, but the Raiders may be showing signs of regrouping. WR Tim Brown is tied for the AFC lead in receptions (39), and the rushing attack is averaging 141.8 yards per game, which ranks third in the AFC. That would appear to strike a pretty good balance. But, let me askya, who the heck Is Joe Aska? Speaking of great balance, Detroit has never beaten the Raiders in three meetings, but the Lions have won four of their past six regular-season games on the road. Baltimore (2-3) at Indianapolis (4-1). 7 p.m. This is an intriguing matchup, only because it marks the return of Baltimore Coach Ted Marchibroda to Indianapolis, where he took the Colts to the AFC championship game last season. He was rewarded with a Thank you, see ya later, Ted," which is why he's with the Ravens now. Will that be enough to inspire the Ravens? Will the return of Bam Morris be enough to energize their offense? Speaking of Bam, those Ravens must be developing a conscience. They cut RB Earnest Hunter last week, nine days after he was charged with battery on his girlfriend. San Francisco (4-1) at Green Bay (5-1). Monday Never mind that San Francisco has won four of the past five meetings between the teams. Green Bay won the last one that counted — 27-17 in last year's NFC divisional playoff. Elvis Grbac is expected to start at QB again for the 49ers, but it probably wouldn't matter if Steve Young were in there. The Packers have scored an NFL-best 204 and are on pace to break the league's all-time record of 541 set by the 1983 Redskins. What's more, the Pack is 14-1 in its past 15 games at Lambeau Field. Now, the real West Coast offense is in the Midwest. BYE WEEK: Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Denver — Scrlpps Howard News Service T LIFESPORTS TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Salinan Janet Pahls (left) works with Rick Wagner, 1120 Qulncy, while learning to clear her facemask of water during the scuba diving class last week at the Salina Family YMCA. * Underwater Adventure Wichitan Jeff Wilson is teaching some Salinans the art of scuba diving By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal I f you want to learn how to scuba dive, Jeff Wilson of Wichita is your man. Wilson is currently spending his Thursday evenings in Salina, teaching a scuba diving class at the Salina Family YMCA. The seven classes (Oct. 3 to Nov. 14) are four hours long, with two hours in the classroom and two hours in the water. Wilson, 40, has been scuba diving for 27 years and instructing for the last 17. Originally from Pennsylvania, Wilson spent many a day exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. He learned the craft from his father, who has been a scuba instructor for 45 years. "We cover everything from physics and first aid safety to marine life environment,", Wilson said of the YMCA class. "We give a written test and the students must pass the test in the classroom and in the pool. "The majority of the people take'to it right away, but a few have a little paranoia with the equipment," Wilson said. "We put them in the shallow end of the pool and, after a few minutes, they realize, 'hey, this is easier than I thought.' It's really easier than breathing with a snorkel." Before students become certified, they must also make four 'check-out' dives (usually at Wilson Lake) with an instructor and assistant present. Those who pass the course are given a certification card that allows them to scuba dive to a depth of 100 feet without an instructor. However, Wilson believes a person should not dive past 60 feet for the first year or two. "I don't recommend anything deeper than 60 feet," Wilson said, "but the important thing is knowing your limitations." The certification card also allows persons to purchase equipment, refill air tanks and to go on chartered dives. Wilson said there are those who shouldn't consider scuba diving as a hobby, such as people with heart problems, epilepsy and ear problems. People with asthma or diabetes should first seek the advice of a doctor. Scuba diving is not a cheap sport. A per-, son who purchases all the equipment — wet suit, tanks, mask, fins, snorkel, buoyancy compensator, dive knife, weighted belt and regulator with gauges — can spend anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. The YMCA course, which currently has six students, is $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. Wilson said the majority of Kansans.who learn to scuba are interested in traveling. There is a club in Salina called the Salina Scuba Club (913-825-1808), which has 30-35 members. Janet Pahls of Salina is one of the students in Wilson's class. The 36-year government employee is interested in rescue work and hopes some day to explore coral reefs and shipwrecks. "Personally, I find it very interesting," .' Pahls said. "Last Thursday (the first class), I went under water in the shallow end (of j the YMCA pool) for an extended period of time. Something I've always been interest-: ed in is spending time under water and see*"; ing the beauty of the reefs." '•,' "Pahls, 36, says she hopes to visit the Can-'J cun and Cozumel areas some day to do "; * some scuba diving. ;; "I've never been close up to the equip- • ment before, so this is a new experience for • me," Pahls said. "I'm really excited to learn • about all this." ; Rick Wagner of Salina, also in the YMCA,; class, plans to take a trip to the Jamaica ';•> during the winter and wants to scuba dive,^; "I did some snorkeling last year at Key , £ West (Florida) and saw some divers going' -ft deeper," said Wagner, a sheet metal assem-"« bier for Beech. "I decided that's what I 2 wanted to do." ' The 29-year-old Wagner admits he's "not ; that much of a swimmer" but felt comfort- J able with the equipment on. j "It was easier to breathe than it was < when I was snorkeling," Wagner said. "I , t thought it came pretty natural. ' - -" 5 "This is something I've been planning . -^ on," he said of the YMCA class. "I wanted^! to get certified before going on our trip tot-j Jamaica." ' • Colder weather means it's time for trout Trout fishing is just another cold-weather sport in Kansas Mid-winter usually brings to mind hunting seasons, cold, north winds and winter just around the corner. This time of year is also when water temperatures drop into the 60s and 50s and some anglers begin to think about trout. Today, trout fishing is just another cold- weather sport in Kansas. Recently, thei'e have been several inquiries about the yearly trout stockings in central Kansas. Stocking schedules have now been arranged and trout stockings will begin this week. Most of the trout being stocked in Kansas this fall are coming from commercial dealers in Colorado and Missouri. These commercial trout are being paid for with your trout permit dollars. There are still a few trout coming from Utah as a result of trades for other things, The rainbows bought on contract must average two fish per pound, with 5 percent to be more than 14 inches. Trout season in Kansas begins Oct. 15 and runs through April 15, A 1997. Trout stockings in Lakewood in Salina and the Kanopolis reservoir seep stream and State Park Pond will occur this Wednesday afternoon. Since trout season will have already opened, fishing can begin immediately after the stocking. Lakewood is "*" scheduled to be stocked with 1,500 fish, the seep stream at Kanopolis with 1,500 and 500 in the State Park Pond. Additional stockings will occur in December and March at all three locations. TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks There may be a supplemental stocking made in early November from the trout scheduled to arrive from Utah. A trout permit is required of everyone who fishes for or possess trout, regardless of age. If you purchased a permit last winter or spring of 1996, it is good for the calendar year. Otherwise, you will need to buy a permit to fish until the end of the year. Permits are $8.50 and can be purchased any where regular fishing licenses are sold. In addition, all residents 16 to 65 years old and nonresidents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. The daily creel limit is five trout per day. The possession limit is 15. Trout can be caught on small spinners, corn, salmon eggs, cheese and worms. Of course, if you're a traditionalist, you can get out your fly rod and dry flies and pretend you're in the mountains. The seep stream below Kanopolis is as close to mountain stream as you can get. We plan to stock trout for a good distance up the stream for those who are willing to walk for some quality fishing. Trout will also be stocked in ... other areas throughout the state this week. The stilling basins at Cedar Bluff, Webster and Glen Elder will be stocked as in the past along ; with Scott State Lake, Smokey * Gardens near Goodland, Veter- ' an's Memorial Park Lake in Great Bend, and other locations in ! southwest Kansas. Other locations statewide include Wichita, the Tuttle Creek' Seep Stream, the Walnut River at El Dorado, the Mined Land : Wildlife Area, and Dillon Nature Pond in Hutchinson. Trout help extend our fishing" season in Kansas and have be- . come popular with anglers. So get out and give them a try. J They can put a bend in a fly rod or an ultralight and taste pretty [ darn good when cooked fresh outj of the water. i RECREATION CALENDAR Basketball • NOVEMBER 9-10 AT LINDSBORQ — Llndsborg Quarterback Club-sponsored tournament lor 7th, 8th grade boys and girls ... entry lee $100 ... call Dwlght Swlsher (913-227-2750, day; 913-227-3576, evening). • NOVEMBER 16-17 AT McPHERSON — McPherson Basketball Club Tlpotf Classic ... entry lee $125 ... 5th, 6th, 7th grade divisions, boys and girls ... entry deadline Oct. 27... call Todd Whltehlll (316-241-2745). • NOVEMBER 18-17 AT SALINA — Girls tournament at Salina YWCA for grades 5,6 and 7... entry lee $75 ... eight-team limit... entry deadline Nov. 8 ... call Chuck Vogan (913-827-1087). Running • OCTOBER 19 AT LINDSBORQ — Coronado Heights Run... 5K, 15K runs, 2-mlle walk... 6 a.m start (Main & Grant)... entry lee $10... late lee $12 alter Oct. 16 ... call 913-227-3308 or 913-227-2911 or Steve Me- Gaughey (913-227-3394). • OCTOBER 19 AT MANHATTAN — "Run For the Heath of If Road Race 1996 ... 1-mlle youth run (6:45 a.m.), 2-mlle fun run/walk (9:10 a.m.), 5K run (9:45 a.m.)... entry lees $5, $7 and $12 before Oct. 16... call Mike Burgess (913-539-3561). Softball • OCTOBER 19 AT McPHERSON — Coed tourna- ment ... entry fee $85 ... four-game guarantee ... call 316-241-7366. • OCTOBER 19-20 AT SALINA — Roam Dog 4 Coed Softball/Pumpkin Tournament... entry fee $70 and one pumpkin ... entry deadline Oct. 16 ... call Abble Worth (913-823-5581). • OCTOBER 26-27 AT SAUNA — Monster Mash men's slow-pitch tournament at East Crawford Area ... entry lee $85... Sunday homerun contest, $5 lee... entry deadline Oct. 21 ... call Brian White (913-626-7434). Volleyball league • AT SALINA YWCA — Play begins Oct. 21 on Mondays and Tuesdays ... entry fee $125 per team plus membership to YWCA ... entry deadline Oct. 14 ... call Amy Rledel (913-825-4626). Notices • Hunter Education clatiss — Oct, 26-28-30 at Southeast ol Saline ... Nov. 4-6-6 at KSRTC Class- room/KQOT classroom (double da^s)....' Dec. 2-3-4 at KSRTC classroom... Feb. 23-26 AMBUCS ... ell classes free except for live fire classes ...call 913-827-0027 or 913-823-7669. • Hunter Education classes — Nov. 2-3 at Kanopo- lls State Park ... pre?reg!s(erlng required ... call 913546-2565. • Children's cross country—Thursday youth cross country meets for grades 2 through Junior high at Schilling School... 4 p.m. starts... Oct. 17 and 24... ribbons awarded ... call Dwlght Under (913-826-5171). • Drop-In basketball — At Roosevelt-Uncoln Junior High ... Oct. 8-May 21 ... Tuesday and Wednesdays, Oct. 8-23,6:30-10:00 p.m.... after Oct. 23, Monday and Wednesdays, 6:30-10:00 p.m.... call 913-626-7434. • Basketball referees needed — The Salina Parks & Recreation Department Is now taking applications lor the 1996-97 season... men's league begins Nov. 25... must be able to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings ... call Tim Kerbs (913-826-7434). • Trout fishing permits — Fishermen must purchase an $8 permit during the trout season of Oct. 15 to April 15... the dally creel limit Is live trout... possession limit 16 ... all residents 16-65 and non-residents 16-older must have valid fishing license. Salina Raceway FINAL POINTS STANDINGS TOP 20 DRIVERS IMCA MODIFIED 1. Dave Hardesty, 616; 2. Mel Potts, 584; 3. Jerry Phillips, 676; 4. Darwin Ferguson, 554; 6. Brian Knoell, 549; 6. Joe Cleveland, 632; 7. Larry Button. 580; 6. Tim Echevarria, 517; 9. Chris Vogan, 608; 10. Kenny Cross, 496; 11. John Rawson. 469; 11. Steve Burch, 464:13. Sam Brlttendall, 437; 14. Darrlck Kllma, 411:16. James Murphy, 400; 16. Q.W. Fuller, 366; 17. Rodger Peck. 343; 18. Gary Bradford, 331; 19. John Cragg, 298; 20. Tom Yocqrjn, 293. STRICTLY STOCK 1. Scott Phillips, 615; 2. Troy Davis, 606; 3. Wayne* Crowder, 678; 4. Greg Mlchels, 551 ; 5. Jergone • Thomas, 639; 6. John Kohler, 529; 7. Jon Slnnard, 415; ' 6. Jeff Welsh, 359; 9. Scott Robins, 317; 10. Rpnnv" Robins, 268; 11. Ronald Griffin, 271; 12. Brian ,nyfl," 266; 13. BUI Woody, 239; 14. Dobb Morton, 236Q«,.< Gary Rohloff, 233; 16. Mike Dungey, 136; 17. Tracy • Harr, 118; 18. Tyson Young, 115; 19. Rodney Schmutz, ' 114:20. Terry Eldel, 100. '• T " PRO STOCK ^ i 1 . Jamie Bogart, 733; 2. Bob Arnold, 71 9; 3. Steve Aj- brechl, 695; 4. Gary Clements, 666; 6. Dwlght HoUski, 626; 6. Jim Stolzenburg, 624; 7. John Begnoche, |)4; 6, Jim Jackson, 371; 9. Ron Lamastus, 356; 10. John Hutchinson, 314: 11. Jerry Welsh, 204; 12. Jerry Bresden, St., 163; 13. Dusty Kuntt, 182: 14. Brian Rytt, 111; 19, Qrady Fielder, 97; 16.. Bob Rauer, 76; 17. HJok Dunsworth. 73; 16. Mark Crough, 40; 19. Rick Blacls- bum 38; 20. (tie) Mike Hamilton, 36 » Scott Phillips, 36. MINI STOCK 1. Jerry Hedberg, 740: 2, Q.W. Fuller, 657; 3. Johnnie Brown, 655; 4. Mark Abell, 646; 6. Danny Morrl«on, 643; 6. B.J. Halpain, 635; 7. Jason Baceus, 679r8. Squirt Bettner, 633; 9, Rpn Rouse, 497; 10. Phjto Qrubbs, 446; 11. Brian Sellers, 443; 12. John Laekowajg, 432; 13. Corey Lagrooa 420; 14. «oy Rogers, 406; 16. Larry Qarrtone, 89.6; 16. Jeremy HeJ berg, 31 6j 17. Bruce Lagroon, 264; 18. Arthur W Jr., 239; 19. Steva Wl|hee, 219; 20, Ernest Staley. ii '
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