The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 10
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MONDAY APRIL 23, 2001 THE SALir*ii»yoURNAL Sports AUTO RACING / B2 NBA / B3 CLASSIFIED / B4 the NFL Draft Chiefs' draft leaves Vermeil upbeat K-State defensive end Beisel among team's ^even picks Sunday By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Dick Vermeil wrapped up his first draft as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs with a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. "I've started out two rebuilding programs," said the man who took both Philadelphia and St. Louis to the Super Bowl. "And I've never been this far along as I am right now with the total acceptance of things and approach." iiEven though they had no If first- or second-round picks, the Chiefs had supplemental choices in every other round but the sixth, and came away with nine players altogether. Most familiar to Chiefs fans is Monty Beisel, an AU-Big 12 defensive end from Kansas State taken in round No. 4 on Saturday. But the big news, of course, was the trade with the Rams for Trent Green, a 30-year-old quar terback coming off knee surgery whom the Chiefs say was well worth giving up their first-round choice. The signing of free agent running back Priest Holmes might also have fiUed an urgent need. "We wiU not be limited to what we can do from a talent standpoint," Vermeil said. "We may not do it as well today as well do it two years from now. But I feel very good about it." Beisel, 6-foot-3, 270, was a two-year starter for the Wildcats and the first of two fourth-round picks. .With no choices in the first or second rounds, the Chiefs' only activity on Saturday was a pair of third-round picks which they used for defensive tackle Eric Downing of Syracuse and wide receiver Marvin Minnis of Florida State. Beisel finished his Wildcats career with 192 tackles, 22 sacks and 45 tackles for losses. "It's just exciting for me and my family to be able to go to a team that is so close," said Beisel, a native of Douglass. Beisel played in Arrowhead Stadium twice last year when Kansas State beat Iowa in the first game of the season and when the Wildcats lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. "I watched Kansas State play on two occasions," said Lynn StUes, vice president of football operations. "You couldn't help biit see this guy He just jumped out at you. I thought he was an outside linebacker the way he played the game." Beisel's liability may be his size. See CHIEFS, Page B3 Chiefs' 2001 Draft Picks ROUND-BY-ROUND RND. PLAYER POSITION TEAM 3. Eric Downinq Defensive tacl<le Syracuse 3. Marvin IVIinnis Wide receiver Florida 4. Monty Beisei Defensive end Kansas State 4. George Layne Running back TCU 5 Biilv Baber Tiqfit end Virginia 5. Derricl< Blayloci< Running bacl< Stephen F. Austin 6. Aiex Suifsted Offensive tacl<le Miami, Ohio 7. Stiaunard Harts Defensive bacl< Boise State 7. Terdeil Sands Defensive tackle Chattanooga TEAM-BV-TEAM SELECTIONS: 83 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Royals handle Jays Reichert pitches into tlie nintli, while Sweeney and Quinn deliver home runs By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY Mo. — Dan Reichert has shown the Kansas City Royals the stuff necessary to develop into a big winner. Reichert allowed two hits in eight-plus innings, the longest outing by a Royals starter this season, and Mark Quinn Sweeney hit two-run Blue Jays 1 The Associated Press r Dan Reichert went the longest of any Royals starter this season, yielding just two hits and an unearned run In eight-plus Innings to deny the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. Royals S and Mike homers as Kansas City beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Sunday "Reichert can be a potential AU-Star for me," Royals pitching coach Brent Strom said. "He has that kind of stuff, so sharp and so wicked. He's got to improve on his first pitch strike, so he doesn't fall behind hitters." Reichert (2-1) allowed one unearned run, struck out six and walked five, leaving after throwing eight straight balls to open the ninth. Reichert lowered his ERA to 2.73 and his only loss was 1-0 to the Yankees' Mike Mussina in the third game of the season. "Reichert to me could be a 20-game winner," said Roberto Hernandez, who got the final three outs for his fourth save in six opportunities. "Not only does he have a live arm, but he is very deceptive, where guys don't pick up the ball. "When he's on, he's almost unhit- table." Reichert, who did not allow a runner past second base, said his slider was working late in the game and his sinker in the early innings. "Them not getting the ball up in the air, which is important," Reichert said. "Keeping the ball down in the zone is a key for me." Quinn homered in the fourth inning off Esteban Loaiza (3-1) and Sweeney connected in the eighth off Kelvim Escobar, the club-record 15th straight game the Royals have homered in. The Blue Jays scored an unearned run in the fourth when Jose Cruz Jr. singled with two outs and scored when right fielder Jermaine Dye dropped Brad Fullmer's fly ball. Cruz extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest in the majors this season. "Reichert reaUy cruised in the seventh and eighth innings," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "He didn't really give up any runs. Jermaine kind of got turned around on that one ball." Reichert retired 13 straight batters after the error. Notes: Jose Santiago, who was struck in the forehead by a line drive from Brad Fullmer on Saturday said he was fine. Santiago said he had no headaches from the blow. GOLF: SALINE COUNTY TWO-IUIAN SCRAIUIBLE Riddle, Neuschafer rally for title Four-hole surge helps pair overcome deficit, iprevail by one stroke By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal \ The fortunes of Mark Riddle •and Daran Neuschafer began to turn shortly after they made ;the turn Sunday at Salina Municipal Golf Course. ; After 10 holes had been played in the final round of the Saline County Men's Golf Association Two-Man Scramble, Riddle and Neuschafer found themselves three strokes back of tourney leaders Don Vandegrift and Steve Brown. That was hardly the position they had hoped to be in after starting the day only a single shot off the lead. "It's all prophetic nowj but we pulled up to the tee box at No. 11 and said we've got to start making a charge here," Neuschafer said. "We had four pretty tough holes coming up, and we thought if we played those in even-par or 1-under, we might get back into it." Over those next four holes, Riddle and Neuschafer turned their three-shot deficit into a two-stroke lead, then held off a late charge by Vandegrift and Brown for the title. Riddle- Neuschafer's round of 4-under par 66 gave them a two-day total of 127, one shot ahead of Vandegrift-Brown. Defending champions Jerry Ryan and John Norton finished third at 133. The winners' rally included back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13. Playing into a strong southerly wind on No. 12, Neuschafer's 2-iron from 165 yards got his team on the green, and he finished the hole with a birdie putt of more than 20 feet. Brown and Vandegrift, after making only one bogey in the tournament's first 28 holes, had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch starting at No. 11. They got back within one with a birdie on No. 16, but both teams made birdie on No. 18, the 529-yard par 5 playing with the wind. "When we were 1-up going into No. 18, we felt like all we had to do was birdie," Riddle said. "Then we thought we might be going to extra holes, but Vandegrift's eagle putt barely rolled over the edge and Steve just missed his, too." The strong wind, blowing steady at more than 20 miles per hour with gusts near 40, affected not only drives and approach shots, but short putts also became a challenge. "On the first hole we had to hit driver-driver just to get it home," Riddle said. "Putting was tough as well, just trying to keep your posture standing over putts." "I think the toughest shot all day was the four- or five-foot putts," Neuschafer said. "You couldn't keep yourself steady and the ball would be moving a little. Mark was solid with the short putts and made a lot of those four- and five-footers. He was putting first and that took a lot of pressure off me." Other flight winners included Dan Smith and Jason Hooper, whose 3-under 67 was the second lowest round of the day and earned them the first flight title with a two-day total of 135. Jim Enderby and Bob Hedge (141) won the second flight title; Ryan Lunnin and Cory Johnson (146) took the third flight; and Chris Gruber and Steve Williams (147) topped the fourth flight. T PRO BASKETBALL: CAGERZ Cagerz get work against seniors By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal The community got their first look at the Kansas Cagerz and a final look at some of the area's top prep seniors Sunday night in a scrimmage at the Salina South gymnasium. The Cagerz, just one week from their season opener in Dodge City suited against a high school all-star team for their first action of the season. They followed with a pair of 12-minute intra- squad scrimmages. The high schoolers came out with a 46-32 victory in their scrimmage with the Cagerz. However the Cagerz were credited with just one point for each basket scored regardless of whether it was a 3-pointer, field goal or free throw. "That was a lot of fun," said Salina South product D'Andre McGrew, who led the all-stars with 10 points. "They are a great team. We just wanted to show that we could play with them a little bit." The Cagerz, who trailed by as many as six points in the first 12 minutes, came back to take a 26-25 lead midway through the final period before the high schoolers ran off 10-straight See CAGERZ, Page B3 T COLLEGE FOOTBALL 4\h : 5t •.^^^f^ JUSTIN HAVWORTH /The Salina Journal Kansas State linebacker Terry Pierce (56) tackles running back Travis Wilson during Saturday's spring game. Snyder: Some progress comes from game By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN—As Bill Snyder went through his obligatory laundry list of highlights and lowlights Saturday following his Kansas State Wildcats' annual Purple-White scrimmage, he might as weU have been discussing any of the other 14 practice sessions this spring. Giving the Wildcats a chance in a game situation, in front of 18,421 fans at KSU Stadium, certainly served its purpose. But not at the expense of the big picture. "I think it's pretty hard to get me to get off dead center after 14 (practices)," Snyder said after the Purple team, featuring the No. 1 offense and defense, handled the White reserves 446. "I favor 14»days over one. "It's pretty hard to change directions in one day I wanted us to be able to make some progress, and I honestly believe that there were some things that happened today that allowed me to think that some progress was made." The fans, most of whom longed for a look at quarter­ back candidates Ell Roberson and junior college transfer Marc Dunn, saw enough to remain optimistic about the position but with no sense that the battle for the starting job will be resolved any time soon. The Purple offense managed just one touchdown — a 33-yard completion from Dunn to Brandon Clark — in the first half, but tacked on five after intermission. "I think we were awfully sluggish offensively both with the supposedly good group and the second group," Snyder said. "I thought it took them quite some time to get going. "I thought there was an absence of big plays, which has been paramount in our offense for some time." Roberson, playing entirely with the Purple team, completed 11 of 21 passes for 176 yards, showed his explosive running skills with 65 yards on five carries, and led engineered two scoring drives. More importantly the Wildcats did not turn the ball over on his watch. "I tried not to run as much this spring game as I did last See 'CATS, Page B3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@salJournal.com

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