The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page 6 7 Pratt • f f*A*it4*iMA*1 twin* (Continued from Page 1) lower budget goal. Pratt's plan would reduce the school's commitment to the basketball program, but not as severely as the administration proposes. Instead of reducing the school's portion of the budget next season from $129,000 to $28,000, Pratt wants Marymount to provide $62,000. That budget would include $14,000 in operating money, $20,000 for Pratt's salary and $28,000 for scholarships. An additional $8,000 in private money would be raised for scholarships, bringing the total men's budget to $70,000. According to Pratt's plan, in 198788 the school would reduce its basketball scholarship funding to $20,000, reducing its share of the budget to $54,000. That would leave $16,000 to be raised privately. Although the level of private support is an issue, Johnson said further discussions between himself and Pratt about the makeup of future teams are necessary before the col- J Weather V (Continued from Page 1) normal during January — and most weather observation posts in the state received no measurable precipitation, the service said. The temperatures are nice for tennis, walking the dog or washing the car, but it may cause problems for farmers. Winter wheat is breaking out of its dormant stage and is beginning its spring growth, according to Kansas State University county extension agents. This could cause a problem with winter kill if cold weather returns, the officials said, and reduce yields come harvest. "Once it breaks dormancy, it loses its winter hardiness," according to Tom Maxwell, agriculture agent for the Saline County Extension Service. "The problem is if we do get some extremely cold weather without snow cover, we could be looking at some winter kill." He said a lot of wheat is already tillering, a stage that the plant usually doesn't reach until late February or early March. Wheat that is tiller- ing could suffer slight to moderate damage if temperatures drop into the teens for several hours, he said. Maxwell said the extent of damage is hard to estimate, but there is a "very good possibility" there will be some, Maxwell said. While the weather may be hard on fanners and some businesses, other businesses are reporting unequaled success. "This January has been the best January we've had in the history of the golf course," said Bob Hagmeier, an employee at the Salina Municipal Golf Course. Hagmeier said the golf course was full early Saturday afternoon. On a normal early February afternoon, there would be at most 30 or 40 on the links — if the course was not covered with snow. "I'm just floored by the amount of people out here," he said. Besides a slight chance of rain for today and Monday, the abnormal weather probably will stick around for a while, according to Keith Adams, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service at Concordia. And there's not even any drastically cold weather on the horizon, he said. "Nothing like November, that's for sure," he said. "But we're obviously living on borrowed time. Eventually, it's going to catch up with us." lege sets a goal for fund-raising. "I don't plan to receive large amounts of money unless I know what people's intentions are," Johnson said. "I think Dan and I need to get together on exactly what it is we're saying the team will be." Pratt's other suggestion is to "drop the program for a year (and) make all the athletes now on the squad eligible to transfer to another school." What would Pratt do? "Draw unemployment for nine months and fish," he said. "I'd come back and apply for the part-time (coaching) job at $5,000, get a better part-time job besides and make more money than I'm making now.'' Pratt blames previous college administrations for the growth of the basketball program. He said he feels the program has been unjustly chastised for following orders to bolster enrollment through athletic recruiting. "We were told to go out and find as many players as possible at that $2,400 (scholarship) average," Pratt said. "I never asked for 28 players — I never asked for a junior varsity squad." Pratt said Marymount spent $66,847 in scholarships this year for the 28 members of its men's basketball team. Those students generated $193,000 in tuition. Subtracting the education and housing costs associated with those additional students left $18,000 to $20,000 to be channeled back into the college, Pratt said. Marymount Athletic Director Todd Reynolds said last week the plan to trim the costs of the men's basketball program includes playing fewer games, traveling fewer miles, cutting back on supplies and adjusting Pratt's duties. Pratt said operating expenses already are austere. Culligan now in 91 countries Commercial- Industrial Water Treatment Softening, filtration, deionization, chemical treatment, reverse osmosis, waste water treatment. Complete local service. Call us for water analysis, engineering consultation. No cost or obligation. WE TREAT WATER SERIOUSLY QUALITY WATER Salina, Ks. 825-4912 Sales • Rentals • Service "We buy each player one pair of shoes, two pairs of socks and one supporter," he said. "That's not an excessive equipment budget." The college's $10,000 travel budget this season probably will be cut to $5,500 for 1986-87, Pratt said. That plan includes two out-of-state games in which each opponent has guaranteed to provide Marymount $5,500 for expenses. Reynolds said a three-day tournament out of state can cost $600 to $900, a figure that includes about $150 per night for four or five motel rooms and $100 to $150 for meals. Pratt said the nine home basketball games scheduled this year should generate about $18,000 in gate receipts. That only nine games of a 29-game season are played at home is unusual, he said. Pratt said he expects the number of home games to increase next year; a 28-game schedule is planned. Pratt confirmed he has been asked to coach soccer and baseball, neither in which he is experience. "That isn't feasible," he said. If he assumes the additional coaching duties, Pratt said officials have promised to increase his salary, minus benefits, to $24,000. He said he is not concerned that he might be asked to resign. "I feel pressure from three places — my wife, my child and myself," he said. "The only way they can fire me is if I've been incompetent in my job, which isn't true." Pratt said those who expected him to resign right away do not understand his motives. "My intent in competitive athletics is not going out beating people every night," he said. "It is seeing individuals excelling beyond their capabilities." Police officer killed as she writes report Send your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash weekly. BONNER SPRINGS (AP) — Law enforcement officers have recovered evidence at two Wyandotte County residences in connection with the death of a Bonner Springs policewoman who was fatally shot in the head Friday while sitting in her patrol car. The shooting occurred just hours after another Kansas law enforcement officer, Salina Police officer Glen Soldan, was wounded by four shots while investigating a hit-and- run accident in Salina. Evidence in the fatal shooting of Maureen Kelly Murphy, 28, was obtained after search warrants were served at the homes Friday night and Saturday, said Lt. Ron Miller of the Kansas City, Kan., police department. Officers determined that one bullet from a large-caliber weapon entered the policewoman's patrol car through a window on the passenger's side. It struck the six-year veteran in the head and exited through the driver's side window, Miller said. "We have a couple theories we're working on, but they're not hard theories," he said, adding that investigators were pursuing 60 leads in the case. The shooting occurred while Murphy was writing a report in her car at the intersection of Kansas 32 and Morse Street in Bonner Springs. She is survived by her husband, Randy, a police officer with the Kansas City, Kan., police department, and a 2-year-old daughter. It was the second time in just over a year that a woman police officer was killed while on duty in northeast Kansas. Overland Park, Kan., police officer Deanna Rose died in January 1985 after she was knocked down and run over after stopping a suspect for drunken driving. CUSTOM WELDING 1 day in-shop service or complete portable service. 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