The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 31, 1986 · Page 9
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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, January 31,1986 Page 9 Hartman resigns K-State position Veteran Wildcat coach to finish season By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN - Jack Hartman, who said he was more proud of running a clean program than winning conference championships, resigned Thursday as the the head basketball coach at Kansas State University. Hartman made the announcement at an evening press conference in the Kansas State men's locker room. The resignation will be effective at the completion of the current season. Hartman, the winningest coach in KSU basketball history, has compiled a 292-162 record during his 16- year tenure at Kansas State. That record includes a 13-7 record during the 1985-86 season, heading into Saturday afternoon's home game against arch-rival Kansas. During Hartman's coaching career at KSU, which began in 1970, K-State has won three regular-season Big Eight championships and two postseason titles. The Wildcats have had seven 20-win seasons under Hartman and the same number of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. But, records aside, Hartman wanted to talk about integrity and running a clean program as he addressed a packed room of sportswriters and broadcasters. "The integrity of this program has never been questioned and that's the thing I'm the most proud of," Hartman said. "I'm very proud — and I said this 16 years ago when I took this job — to be the basketball coach at Kansas State University. People here are the greatest in the world." Hartman said the decision to resign was not one made in haste. The seeds were planted a year ago. "I was sure going into this season that this would be my last," he said. "It was a decision I made last year.'' The 60-year-old native of Shidler, Okla., said he wrestled with the problem of deciding when to announce his resignation. "I finally came to the realization that there was really no good time to do it," Hartman said. "I told our "I'm very proud — and I said this 16 years ago when I took this job — to be the basketball coach at Kansas State University. People here are the greatest in the world." — Jack Hartman players I didn't want this to be a distraction for our game with the University of Kansas." Hartman, at first, said he had no particular reason for resigning. He said his health was not a factor, despite heart surgery last year, and also said a 1-4 start in the Big Eight Conference race wasn't either. But he did admit some of the spark had gone out of the coaching profession. "I had hoped to get through this without saying it, but I'm not happy with college athletics right now," Hartman said. "I see it deteriorating. A lot of the fun is gone. It's not what it used to be." What the Kansas State Wildcats used to be in the 1970s and early '80s was a well-drilled powerhouse which made annual trips to the NCAA Tournament. But since the 1981-82 season, the Wildcats haven't finished with a winning record, although this season KSU looked ready to snap that string. Despite the non-winning seasons, Hartman is still considered one of the top teaching basketball coaches at the collegiate level. "Jack Hartman is a man I admire greatly," said KSU athletic director Larry Travis, who was also present at the press conference. "The effect this man has had on young athletes' lives has been tremendous." Hartman told Travis of his plans to resign at 11 a.m.. Thursday. Travis said his day hasn't been the same since. "I was shocked," Travis said. "It was hard for me to sit there and realize he won't be coaching here next year. He's a legend ... he did it the right way." Hartman said Wednesday night's 86-70 loss at Oklahoma State had no bearing on Thursday's announcement. He did, however, mention that he spoke with his former coach, Henry Iba, about his plans to resign. "I .didn't do it to get his opinion," Hartman said of his meeting with Iba, a former Olympic and Oklahoma State coach. "I did it out of respect." Hartman said he'd been in contact with some of his coaching friends, notably Dean Smith of North Carolina and Bob Knight of Indiana, about his decision. "Coaching, that's all I've ever done," Hartman said. "I've never had a real job. "My wife asked me the other day when was I going to grow up. This has been playing ... I've been playing all my life." The press conference was not without some emotional moments — something almost foreign to Hartman-coached teams. When he was asked how tough it was to tell his players of his decision, Hartman's eyes began to water. "Very tough," Hartman said, his voice barely audible as he wiped tears from his eyes. "They were shocked." Ben Mitchell, the only player on the current KSU roster to spend four years with Hartman, said the meeting, which took place after an afternoon practice, was an emotional one. "A pretty emotional thing happened in there," said the 6-8 senior from St. Louis. "There were tears on Jack Hartman fights back tears after announcing his resignation Thursday night. my part and tears on his part.'' Hartman's overall college record, including eight seasons at Southern Illinois, is 436-226. He ranks 14th in victories among active coaches. In 1981, Kansas State upset San Francisco, second-ranked Oregon State and Illinois in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the final eight before losing in the West Regional championship to North Carolina. In 1977, the Wildcats, with a lineup of starters all under 6-5, won the Big Eight title and post-season tournament. In the NCAA, they lost to eventual NCAA champion Marquette, 67-66, in the Midwest Regional. Hartman came to Kansas State from Southern Illinois, where he was 144-64 in eight seasons. Two times he took Southern Illinois to the National Invitation Tournament and his 1967 team, which finished 24-2, won the NIT championship. Hartman also spent seven seasons at Coffeyville Junior College. His teams there were 150-46 and made the national junior college tournament four times, winning the title in 1962 with a 32-0 record. His total record, including junior college, is 586-272. Hartman was a two-sport star at Oklahoma State, playing both basketball and football. After graduat- ing in 1950, he spent a season with Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League, winning all-league honors. Travis said replacing Hartman won't be easy, but expects to form a search committee soon. "What he has brought to Kansas State goes beyond winning and losing," Travis said. "He could have coached here as long as he wanted." Hartman said his future plans are still up in the air, but did say that he planned to continue to make his home in Manhattan and to "support Kansas State athletics as much as I can." Shockers fall into MVC cellar ByKENCORBITT Sports Writer WICHITA—A quick glance around Levitt Arena Thursday night told the sad times the Wichita State basketball program is experiencing: • Only 6,582 fans showed up for the game against Southern Illinois, about 4,000 shy of the normal near- capacity crowds the Shockers enjoy. • Midway through the second half, many of the fans began filtering toward the exits. • A few of the folks in attendance donned brown paper bags over their heads to hide their embarrassment. What those folks couldn't bear to watch was Wichita State's seventh consecutive loss, a 65-57 setback, leaving the Shockers dead last in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Shockers are now 1-6 in the MVC, 8-10 overall, while Southern Illinois crawled out of its pre-game share of the cellar, improving to 2-5 in the conference and 6-13 overall. "Our players have to do a lot of soul searching," Shocker head coach Gene Smithson said. "Division I players at a school like Wichita State, with this type of tradition, are not living up to those standards. They're SIU (65) Novsek House Dusharm Middleton Matta Martin Welch Ross Weiss MIN 36 28 15 37 20 13 27 17 7 FG 3-7 6-8 2-4 8-13 0-0 0-1 2-4 1-5 0-0 FT 2-2 4-4 2-2 7-8 2-2 0-0 2-2 0-0 2-2 R 7 3 1 6 2 3 0 1 0 F 2 4 3 3 2 5 3 2 0 TP 8 16 6 23 2 0 6 2 2 TOTALS 200 22-42 21-22 23 24 65 WSU(57) MIN Santos 29 Radunovlch 12 Williams 12 Hill 27 Normore 13 Coleman 7 Bailey 4 Grayer 23 Cundiff 18 Dwight Praylow 20 Dway Praylow 20 Carr 15 TOTALS 200 FG 1-6 1-5 0-4 4-9 3-5 0-1 0-1 0-1 3-5 6-9 1-1 3-5 22-52 FT 1-7 0-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 5-6 0-0 1-4 3-4 2-4 13-29 R 1 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 3 1 3 28 F 1 3 1 3 2 2 0 1 4 2 1 1 21 TP 3 2 1 8 6 0 0 5 6 13 5 8 57 HALFTIME — SIU 28, WSU 20. TEAM REBOUNDS — SIU 5, WSU 5. DEAD BALL REBOUNDS — SIU 0, WSU 6. ASSISTS — SIU 13 (Malta 4), WSU 13 (Cundiff 5). STEALS — SIU 6 (House 3), WSU 7 (Radunovlch 2). TURNOVERS — SIU 15, WSU 9. OFFICIALS — Bill Rlesing, Woody Mayfield. ATTENDANCE —6,582. not living up to my standards.'' The big difference in this game was at the free throw line. Wichita State has had trouble in that department all season, but Thursday was sorrier than normal. The Shockers made only 13 of 29 charities, including a 2- of-10 showing the first half. The Salukis, meanwhile, were deadly when given their freebies, missing only one of 22 chances at the stripe. Eight straight points gave the Shockers a 12-8 lead at the 11:40 mark of the first half. But the Shockers then began having their troubles at the line, and Southern Illinois moved out to a 28-20 halftime lead. Besides their troubles at the foul line, the Shockers shot only 31 percent (9 of 29) from the field in the first half. Smithson altered his lineup in the second half. Freshmen twins Dwight and Dwayne Praylow started the second half after spending the entire first half on the bench. Both responded well, with Dwight scoring a team-high 13 points. "We got some kids out there who went after it," Smithson said of his changes. "They played hard and gave us some offense. They hustled and worked hard." It wasn't enough, though. Saluki sophomore guard Steve Middleton had an answer each time the Shockers tried to crawl back into contention. Middleton tossed in 23 points, while Randy House added 16. WSU pulled within six points, 4943, with five minutes to play when Gary Cundiff popped in a 20-footer from the wing. But that was as close as the Shockers could get. Smithson said he is "perplexed" by his teams troubles. "You can't afford peaks and valleys at this time of the season," he said. "If I knew the problem, we'd correct it." Smithson's teams play under the motto of "MTXE" — Mental Toughness, Xtra Effort. The Shocker coach said his team needs to leam those qualities. "It's up to (the players). You can't go out and play for them. We're looking for people to go out and play. I don't care if he's 5-foot-9 or 7-feet. We need court production, not mouth production." But Smithson said he's not down on his players or himself. "I've handled adversity before and I'm capable of handling it as many times as it meets me in the face. "Losing is contagious. You've got to be able to handle adversity, not only in athletics, but in life. We have to bounce off the turf and perform.'' Next up for the Shockers are the West Texas State Buffaloes on Saturday night at Amarillo, Texas. Virginia rips No. 1 North Carolina CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia coach Terry Holland knew top-ranked and undefeated North Carolina, down by 13 points at halftime, would make a run at his team in the second half Thursday night. What he didn't know was whether his Cavaliers could stand up to the pressure. "If you're ahead like that, it's easy to lose your aggressiveness," Holland said. "But we went hard to the ball, turned and looked for the open man and attacked their pressure.'' Virginia withheld a surge by the Tar Heels early in the second half, then went on to cruise to an 86-73 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball victory. The Cavaliers broke a seven- game losing streak against the Tar Heels dating to 1982, Ralph Sampson's junior season. "It was a great team effort and we're deliriously happy," said Holland, whose team moved to 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. "We played hard the full 40 minutes. But I'd like to think we didn't put our whole season out on the floor tonight." Olden Polynice scored 19 points to lead six Virginia players in double figures. John Johnson added 13, Mel Kennedy and Richard Morgan 12 apiece and Tom Sheehey and Tom Galloway 11 for the Cavaliers. North Carolina coach Dean Smith said the difference was not scoring, but rebounding. Virginia held a 44-31 advantage on the boards, including 21 offensive rebounds. "I know they had 14 points on offensive rebounds in the first half, and they went hard to the boards the whole game," Smith said. "Terry had them well prepared and they were waiting for us. Maybe we weren't ready for them. Or maybe we were prepared and they just beat us." North Carolina, losing for the first time after 21 straight wins and falling to 5-1 in ACC play, was led by Brad Daugherty's 21 points. Kenny Smith added 20 and Stevf, Hale 14 for the Tar Heels. Smith had a quick response when asked if he was disappointed the Tar Heels' chance for a perfect season had been spoiled. "Lose one? I'm surprised we got this far without losing one, and I'm surprised at Memphis State going this far," Smith said. "We had a chance to lose up at Maryland, against Duke and against Marquette. I thought Georgia Tech was a close game and Notre Dame, too. They all seemed close. Maybe they will all be close from here on out." The Cavaliers used an 114 run midway through the first half to open up a 10-point advantage. North Carolina closed the gap to 2720 on a Daugherty free throw before an 8-2 Virginia spurt, capped by a Tom Calloway tipin, provided the Cavaliers a 35-22 spread with 5:47 remaining in the half. The Cavaliers led 45-32 at intermission. A six-minute Virginia drought that saw the Cavaliers miss nine straight shots from the floor enabled North Carolina to run off 12 unanswered points early in the second half and cut the lead to 4944 on a Joe Wolf baseline jumper with 15:06 to play. After Virginia pushed its advantage to 5848 on a Morgan jumper with 11:18 remaining, North Carolina used a Smith jumper and a pair of Hale free throws to close to 58-52 at the 10:02 mark. But that was as close as the Tar Heels would get. Virginia outscored North Carolina 124 over the next 6Vfe minutes to open up a 70-56 bulge on a Calloway free throw with 3:34 remaining. NORTH CAROLINA (73) Wolf 4-8 0-0 8, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Daugherty 9133-521, K. Smith 9-14 2-2 20, Hale 6-11 2-314 Popson 3-4 0-0 6. Lebo 0-8 2-2 2, Madden 1-30-1 2, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0, R. Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Dave 0-0 0-OO.Totals32-659-1373. VIRGINIA (86) A. Kennedy 1-3 2-2 4, Sheehey 5-12 1-2 11, Polynice 6-15 7-8 19, Callowoy 4-7 3-6 11, M. Kennedy 6-16 0-0 12, Johnson 3-5 7-8 13, Morgan 6-10 0-0 12, Dyslin 1 -1 0-0 2, Daniel 0-0 0-0 0, Blanks 0-0 0-1 0, Simms 0-0 0-0 0, Solomon 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 32-69 22-29 86. Halftime—Virginia 45, N. Carolina 32. Fouled out—Daugherty. Rebounds—N. Carolina 31 (Daugherty 10), Virginia 44 (Sheehey, Polynice 10). Assists—N. Carolina 19 (K. Smith 6), Virginia 14 (Johnson 5). Total fouls—N Carolina 26, Virginia 17. A—9,000. Marymount women trip Hastings, 63-53 By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer Defense, defined as the sticky man-to-man that is played by the Marymount women, was too much for the Hastings Lady Broncos in a basketball game at Smoot gymnasium Thursday night. The Lady Spartans avenged an early-season loss by whipping Hastings, 63-53, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates. The Lady Broncos took a 66-64 decision Dec. 4 at Hastings and entered Thursday's game with a seven-game winning streak and a 9-6 record. That all ended when the Lady Broncos took the floor at Smoot, where Marymount now has won eight straight games after a season-opening loss. Thursday's decision, which improved the Spartans' record to 16-16, was all but settled by the time the game was six minutes old. By that time the Lady Spartans had a 154 lead. Later, they stretched the margin to 18 points, 23-5, with 9:37 to play in the first half. Why were the Hastings' women having such a tough time scoring points? "We played great defense tonight," said Marymount coach Daryl Hoelting, who praised his team, which is fighting a heavy attack by the flu bug. "The first 30 minutes we played exceptionally well," Hoelting said. "Our kids came to play despite battling the flu and I'm really proud of the way they played against a good basketball team. They've been averaging 74 points a game. Andre Schmidt, Marymount's standout junior center, made only token appearances during the game and scored only four points. Ironically, the Lady Spartans have been hardest hit by the flu at this one position as backups Peggy Graham and Joyce Poitevint also have the bug. Graham did see quite a bit of action and scored seven points. HASTINGS (53) Kulwicke 6-14 8-10 20, Cook 4-8 2-2 10, Life 1 -5 0-0 2, Duensing 1 -5 0-02, Highes 3-8 0-06, Charmosta 1-7 2-2 4, Thompson 1-201 2, Yeager 0-0 0-0 0, Savage 1-2 1-2 3, Mulder 0-2 0-0 0, Cudaback 0-3 0-0 0, Graham 2-9 0-04. TOTALS 20-65 13-17 53. MARYMOUNT (63) Walthall 5-10 0-0 10, Schmidt 1-6 2-2 4, Stallbaumer 0-6 0-1 0, Sanders 4-9 1-3 9, Hyde 4-9 0-0 8, Graham 1 -8 5-6 7, Bradley 7130-014, Kobza 1-51-23, Anderson 1 -3 0-0 2, Fillinglm 0-1 0-0 0, Rupp 3-6 0-1 6, Poitevint 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 27-77 9-15 63. HALFTIME — Marymount 34, Hastings 19. TOTAL FOULS — Hastings 15, Marymount 19. FOULED OUT — Stallbaumer (M). REBOUNDS — Hastings 50 (Kulwicke 14), Marymount 50 (Walthall, Kobza 7). TURNOVERS — Hastings 26, Marymount 19. But the Marymount man-to- man defense was the game's dominant factor. The Spartans' defense helped force Hastings into 26 turnovers for the night and ,kept the Lady Broncos from their usual inside-the-paint scoring threats. During the first half, the Lady Broncos shot 25 percent (8 of 32) although Marymount wasn't much better on 15 of 48. For the game, Marymount made 27 of 77 for 35 percent and Hastings 20 of 65 for 31 percent. All those missed shot made for a higher-than-usual number of rebounds. As a result, both teams captured 50. Marymount's offense didn't really get untracked until freshman Kristy Bradley entered the game and "shot out the lights." The Spartans were ahead 11-4 when Bradley took charge and scored five straight buckets, around a Hastings free throw, and Marymount was on its way. "She's (Bradley) a freshman but here of late has been playing really well," Hoelting said. Bradley scored 12 points the first half and had a team-high 14 for the game as Lisa Walthall, with 10, was the only other Lady Spartan in double figures. Piloted by Walthall and Tracy Anderson, Marymount had a 34-19 lead at halftime and had 21-point leads during the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Spartans still had a 61-41 lead with 5:09 to play before Hastings, finally getting a chance to play its inside game, gradually narrowed the gap to the final 10- point margin.

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