The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 1, 1986 · Page 13
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Sports The Salina Journal Saturday, February 1,1986 Page 13 Today's KU-KSU game extra special By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN - Basketball games between the Kansas Jay- hawks and Kansas State Wildcats have always been special to Kansans, but today's matchup in Ahearn Field House has suddenly taken on even greater importance. When the two arch-rivals square off at 1:10 p.m. before a sell-out crowd of 11,200 and a regionally- televised audience, several things will be at stake. For the fourth-ranked Jayhawks, they will be trying to bounce back from Tuesday night's loss at Iowa Fellow coaches react to Hartman's resignation, Page 16 State which dropped them into a tie with Oklahoma for the Big Eight Conference lead. For Kansas State, much more than win or loss is on the line. Yes, the WQdcats would like to win their first conference game at home this season and it would be even sweeter if it was against KU. But most of the attention in today's game will be focused on Kansas State head coach Jack Hartman, who announced his resignation Thursday night, effective at the end of the current season. Hartman, however, hopes his decision two days ago won't have an effect on the game, which is the 206th in the series (KU leads 123-82). The game will be broadcast by KSNW and KMBC-TV (Salina channels 3 and 9). "I hope it isn't a distraction for our players," Hartman said Friday. "But I think that once they ring the KANSAS (19-3) Morning (6-11, So.) Kellogg (6-5, Sr.) Drolling (7-1, Sr.) Hunter (6-0, Jr.) Thompson {6-6, Sr.) STARTING LINEUPS Poi. (13-7) KANSAS STATE F (6-8, Fr.) Coleman F (6-9, Sr.) Mitchell C (6-9, So.) Meyer G (6-4, Sr.) Wright G (6-3, Fr.) Green TIpoH — I :IO p.m., Ahearn Field House. bell, the players' instincts will take over and they'll forget about all the other stuff." Kansas State enters today's game with a liW record overall and a disappointing 14 mark in the Big Eight. The Wildcats have lost three straight and Hartman says his team's confidence has been shaken. "We've got a very young team," Hartman said. "We started off the season with a good non-conference record (12-3) against some pretty good teams, but we started off the conference season on the wrong foot. The players might have taken Iowa State (KSU's first conference opponent) lightly and it cost us. We dug ourselves a hole and, ever since that game, we've been somewhat inconsistent." Hartman will be coaching his final game against the Jayhawks in Ahearn as his team attempts to snap a five-game losing streak against Kansas. The veteran KSU coach is 21-18 against KU, 11-5 at home. The Jayhawks, 19-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big Eight, are still smarting from Tuesday night's 77-74 loss at Iowa State. "They have an outstanding team with no apparent weaknesses," Hartman said of the Jayhawks. "They have outstanding talent, and the thing that hasn't been mentioned often is they have awesome experience." KU's experience comes in the form of three seniors — Ron Kellogg, Calvin Thompson and Greg Dreiling — and junior point-guard Cedric Hunter. And in 6-11 sophomore Danny Manning, KU "has a two-year starter who plays well beyond his years," according to Hartman. "I really think Kansas is one of the top five basketball teams in the country," Hartman said. When asked what it will take for his team to defeat the Jayhawks, the 16-year KSU coach said, "a near-perfect performance on our part." KU head coach Larry Brown said Friday he wasn't sure how Hartman's resignation will affect today's game. The Jayhawk boss was more distressed with Hartman leaving the coaching profession. "When you coach in the same state with a coach who is a straight, upstanding type of person, it hurts to lose him," Brown said. "I haven't even thought about it (the effect on the game) because I'm more concerned with him leaving." But the third-year KU coach did say he expects K-State to have something to prove against his club. "I don't know what to expect, especially emotionally," Brown said. "But I imagine their players are tired of hearing about KU all season long. This gives them a chance to show everyone that we're not the only team in the state." Brown said the K-State scoring duo of 6-8 freshman Norris Coleman and 64 senior Joe Wright is as good as any in the conference. He also mentioned Ben Mitchell, Ron Meyer and Benny Green as players his team will have to contend with. The KU coach said Manning probably will guard Coleman in the early going, with Hunter getting the nod against Wright. Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Jack Hartman wfll be coaching his final game in Ahearn Field House against the Kansas Jayhawks this afternoon. West pins 45-38 loss on Mustangs CralfClMiribr Salina South's Loren Zook (10) tries to regain control of the ball after slipping on the court while Manhattan's Eric Barton (20) piles on top of him for a foul. Manhattan dumps Cougars By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Sometimes the difference between a 17-point loss and a 14-point loss can be deceiving. Take Sauna South's last two setbacks — a 6046 loss Tuesday at Great Bend and a 6548 loss Friday at home against Manhattan. Contrary to what those scores might indicate (that the 17-point loss at home was worse than the road loss), Cougar coach Mark O'Dell had a smile on his face Friday night. No coach is happy with losing, but O'Dell was pleased with the manner in which his Cougars battled the highly regarded Indians. For three quarters, the outmanned Cougars outrebounded 6-11 Howard Bonser and the Indians — and by a decided margin, 19-13. The Cougars outhustled the Indians on defense, forcing 17 Manhattan turnovers to South's 13. And the Cougars made a MANHATTAN (65) Kondt 7-13 2-2 16, Mugler 5-8 1-1 11, Bonser 4-6 2-2 10, Barton 1-41-2 3, Marshall 6-104-5 10, Weigel 1 -3 7-7 9, Wels 0-1 0-0 0, Leahy 0-0 00 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-45 17-19 65. SALINA SOUTH (41) Kennedy 2-8 4-5 8, Kadel 3-9 4-6 10, Kickhaefer 3-4 0-0 6, Zook 4-123-411, Marlng 3-11 2-28, Fox 0-4 1-21, Davis 0-00-00, Baxter 1 -2 00 2, Everhart 0-2 0-0 0, Sorensen 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 17-5314-1948. Manhattan 12 13 16 24 — 65 Salina South 3 13 17 15 — 48 TOTAL FOULS — Manhattan 18, South 18. FOULED OUT — Mugler (M). REBOUNDS — Manhattan 32 (Bonser 14), South 29 (Kennedy 6). TURNOVERS — Manhattan 17, South 13. much closer game of it than the final score indicates, trailing by just eight points entering the final quarter. But in that final quarter, Bonser made himself a factor. The towering Indian center altered two successive South shots at the outset, blocked another and scored six of his 10 points. As a result, South, which had scratched and clawed its way back from a 25-11 second-quarter deficit, missed its first eight shots of the quarter and the Indians took a commanding 48-33 lead into the final six minutes. "I really didn't feel like we played that badly. We didn't stink the place up," said O'Dell, in contrast to his postgame comments at Great Bend. "Our kids really played hard tonight. Manhattan's got a really good ball club. We were outmanned at a lot of positions; their height was definity a factor. But I'm proud of my kids in that I thought our full-court man defense was effective at times. "Our kids fought hard, and our defense almost got us back in the game." But it was Manhattan's defense — Bonser and his six blocked shots in particular—that settled the issue. "Bonser is such a factor blocking shots in the lane. You could see a lot of our kids adjusting their shots because of him," O'Dell said. Ever mindful of Bonser's pres- (See Cougars, Page 15) By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer TOPEKA — Sauna Central's 45-38 loss to Topeka West Friday night was one of anticipation. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the anticipation was never fulfilled. Throughout the 1-70 League contest in West's gym, the Mustangs appeared to gain enough momentum to overtake the Chargers. But each time, a missed shot or an untimely turnover would pull Central back. "Our kids did a very commendable job of maintaining their poise and hanging in there," said Central head coach Dennis Wahlgren. "Several times we had good momentum to make a run at them, but we just couldn't get over the hump. Either we missed a shot, had a turnover or didn't get a call." The defeat dropped Central to 14 in the 1-70 and 4-10 overall. Topeka West moved to 3-2 in league play and 7-6 overall. Central trailed by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but fought back to within five — 33-28 — at the end of the period. A follow shot inside by Shawn Deegan with 6:18 left in the game pulled the Mustangs to within three at 33-30. Central's full-court pressure defense immediately forced a West turnover. But the Mustangs couldn't get the shot down on their trip back. Topeka West redeemed itself on its return trip when 6-6 Tom Hopkins hit a basket inside. Central again failed to score and the Chargers' Kyle Turner popped in a 20-footer from the circle to give West a 37-30 lead with five minutes remaining. "Even when we trailed by five and seven points in the fourth quarter, I felt we still had a good chance," Wahlgren said. "We didn't do a very good job of penetrating the seams of their zone. It pushed our offense too far outside. I can't say that we were intimidated by their height, but their size did cause us to adjust some shots that shouldn't be adjusted. You have to go right on through with the shot." Tim Deines hit two free throws to SALINA CENTRAL (31) Veal 5-13 0-0 10, Darrln Brummett 1-2 0-0 2, Deines 2-9 4-4 8, Deegan 3-5 0-0 6, Jett 1-2 0-0 2, Crammer 0-3 0-0 0, Fink 2-5 0-0 4, Jones 2-4 0-04, MuH 1-4 0-02. TOTALS 17-474-438. TOPEKA WEST (45) Sullivan 4-5 2-2 10, Turner 4-8 3-4 11, Litt- le|ohn 5-5 2-2 12, Blaser 0-5 0-0 0, Hopkins 5-11 0-0 10, Nicholson 0-2 2-2 2, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 18-37 9-1045. SallnaCentral 10 6 12 10-38 Top.kaW.st 8 13 12 12 — 45 TOTAL FOULS — Salina Central 12, Topeka West B. FOULED OUT — Jett ( SC). REBOUNDS — Salln Central 27 (Veal 7), Topeka West 23 (Llttlelohn 5). TURNOVERS — Salina Central 15, Topeka West 13. make the score 37-32 with 3:06 left. West then gave the Mustangs another chance when it turned the ball over again. But Central followed with its own turnover. Hopkins then put the Chargers up, 39-32, with a nifty inside move and bucket with 2:20 left. Central killed any further comeback chances by missing a shot and turning the ball over on its next two possessions. Central played most of the game without 6-6 center Tom Jett. Jett picked up his fourth foul in the opening minute of the second half, then fouled out with 5:46 left in the game. He finished with two points. "We like to think that we can get opposing teams' big people in foul trouble because of our height," West head coach John Oestreich said. "That obviously hurt Central having him out of the game." The Mustangs still outrebounded West, 27-23. But the Chargers shot 49 percent (18 of 37) from the field compared to Central's 17 of 47 ( 36 percent). James Veal led Central with 10 points and seven rebounds. West had four players in double-figures. J.B. Littlejohn led with 12 points. Turner added 11 and Chris Sullivan and Hopkins had 10 each. From the outset, the game was marked by slow tempo. Central led 10-8 after the first period but West charged back to take a 21-16 halftime lead. "We prefer the slower tempo because of our size (four players over 64)," said Oestreich. "It was a tough kind, just the kind you expect from Central. You always earn everything you get." Bennington thumps Cadets Bennington remained unbeaten in Post Rock League play with a 71-30 victory Friday night over St. John's Military School. The win boosts Bennington to 5-0 in league play and 9-2 overall. The Bulldogs won last year's PRL title without a loss. St. John's fell to 0-5 in the league and 0-7 overall. Travis Zamecnik led the way for Bennington with 12 points as 13 Bulldogs cracked the scoring column. Kyle Garst was the only other player to hit double-figures with 10 points. Eric Eisenman was the leading scorer for St. John's with eight points. MNNINGTON(71) Allen 1 1-23, T.Scheibler 31-27, Zamecnik 6 0-012, Garst 4 2-7 10, Mick 1 0-02, Boss 3 0-0 6, S.Swagerty 1 2-2 4, Hensley 2 0-2 4, Breden 1 00 2, Stanley 2 2-4 6, Lobbe 11-33. TOTALS 3011 2471. ST. JOHN'S MILITARY (30) Wall 2 3-4 7, Eisenman 4 C-2 8, Baker 20-24, Mike Swisher 2 0-0 4, Simms 1 0-0 2, Lossmann 2 1-3 5. TOTALS 13 4-9 30. Bennington IS 14 23 19 — 71 SJ-Mllltary 4 2 13 11-30 TOTAL FOULS — Bennington 8, St. John's 19. FOULED OUT —None. Media, coaches ... even presidents will miss Jack After returning from Jack Hartman's press conference Thursday night in Manhattan, I decided to stay up late and catch the final sports broadcasts on ESPN and CNN early Friday morning. I was curious to see how the two national cable sports networks would broadcast the news of Hartman's resignation. We here in the Midwest have known about Hartman's coaching expertise for years, but I was wondering if the story would even get limited mention on the late news in New York (ESPN) and Atlanta (CNN). I wasn't disappointed. Both networks carried the story and, in each case, the commentators spent some time talking of the loss to college basketball when Hartman finally calls it quits at the end of the 1985-86 season. In both broadcasts, praise was lavished on Hartman. "A credit to the game," "a true gentleman" and "we'll miss him" were just a few comments I jotted down. Those kind of plaudits have been the norm since the press conference. Not only has Jack Hartman been a fine basketball coach, as evidenced with his record of over 400 victories at the major college level, but he's also a fine human being who cares deeply for his players. Ben Mitchell is one player Hartman feels a special closeness to. Mitchell is the lone player remaining from the recruiting class of 1983 to stay at Kansas State for four years. A 6-8 forward from St. Louis, Mitchell has been the target of several of Hartman's vocal blasts throughout his career but remains a Hartman loyalist. "I can say he's always been on us to be a total person and a total student," Mitchell said. "He's run a clean program in the midst of other people who aren't running a clean program." That last statement in itself should be enough for Hartman's canonization. In this era of illegal recmi^ ing, drugs and other sordid tales, Hartman's squeaky-clean approach to college athletics is a breath of fresh ah*. It has been to several people. Hartman said Friday afternoon that he'd spent most of the morning on the phone, taking calls from coaches, athletic directors and even presidents of rival universities. "It's pleasing to know your work has been appreciated," said Hartman in his usual modest manner. Hartman's unquestioned honesty and integrity also have been lauded. Despite not having a winning season since the 1981-62 campaign (although the Wildcats look to be a shoo-in this year), Hartman has never misplaced his high ideals. "I was most proud of him when he said (at his press conference) his best memories of Kansas State were of running a clean program," said Salina businessman Jim Knight, who also is one of Hartman's closest friends. "He damn sure never cheated and I think that's great." Sauna banker Dick Renfro, another close friend of Hartman's, remembers the day KSU athletic director Ernie Barrett hired Hartman to coach at Kansas State in 1970. "I can't remember when I've been so elated," Renfro said. "I've been a Jack Hartman fan ever since he won the national junior college championship in 1962 at CoffeyvUle." Hartman said the current state of college athletics was one of the main reasons he resigned. The age factor (Hartman is 60) was another. Because of that, both Knight and Renfro believed Hartman did the right thing, despite them being "saddened" by the resignation. "I think it's good for Jack," Knight said. "I think, all things considered, it was the right move." "I still think he's one of the best basketball coaches in America," Renfro said. "I'll always think that." And one of the finest gentlemen as well. Hartman mentioned Thursday night of the fine relationship he's had with the media over the years. "Every coach should be as lucky," he said. The feeling by all of us in the media is mutual. Jack Hartman, the coach and the human being, will be missed by all of us.

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