The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 15, 1996 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 15, 1996
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1S, 1&96 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / B2 BIG 12 NOTEBOOK / B3 NFL / B4 B T BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Braves bash Cardinals A " anta Atlanta stays alive in NL championship with record-setting romp By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Back from the brink, the Atlanta Braves aren't about to go quietly. Spraying hits with a vengeance from the start, the defending World , Series champions . equaled the biggest rout in _ postseason histo- St. Louis 0, ry, overwhelming the St. Louis Cardinals 14-0 Monday night to close their deficit in the NL championship series to 3-2. The Braves silenced the Busch Stadium record crowd of 56,782 that came' to see a clincher with a five- run first inning, then kept attacking in a frightening display that set the LCS records for hits and most lopsided victory. "Our flares fell in, our line drives fell in," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "Everything fell in." By the tune Javy Lopez singled in the fourth, every Braves batter had gotten a hit. When he homered to dead center the next inning, Atlanta led 11-0 and already had set an NLCS record with 17 hits. The Braves, a team that began the game batting only .213 in this year's postseason, finished with 22 hits, four each by Mark Lemke and Lopez. "We got out early and took their crowd out of it," Lemke said. "I think you have to credit the whole offense. The team really came through." John Smoltz added two hits, and also pitched seven shutout innings T HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS for his second win hi a week, sending the best-of-7 series back to Atlanta. Atlanta's runaway victory, following two one-run defeats, ended St. Louis' nine-game home winning streak hi postseason play. And, it gave the Braves all the more reason to think these playoffs would still turn out OK. Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux will pitch Game 6 on Wednesday night against St. Louis' Donovan Osborne. If the Braves win, they'll start Tom Glavine, MVP of last year's World Series, in Game 7. "We think we can do it," Cox said. "We talked about it all day with the team." The Cardinals, meanwhile, will certainly continue to hear more about some of their past failures. Of the 47 teams to take 3-1 leads in postseason series, 40 have gone on to win — St. Louis is the only club ever to twice blow such an edge, hi the 1968 and 1985 World Series. "Before we could escape, they had put up a couple of crooked numbers," Cardinals manager Tony La Russ said. "It just wasn't any fun. That game got away from us." The Braves' 22 hits broke the LCS record of 19 set by the New York Yankees against Oakland in 1981. The Braves also surpassed the Chicago Cubs' 13-0 win over San Diego in 1984 for the largest margin of victory. The Braves matched the record for a postseason rout. The New York Yankees beat the New York Giants 18-4 in Game 2 of the 1936 World Series. The rout gave Cox a chance to relax. With his team far ahead early hi the game, he was passing time in V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Task gets tougher for Kensington No. 2-ranked Goldbugs play unbeaten Logan in first district game By ARNE GREEN The Sallna Journal The Associated Press Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz delivers a pitch Monday night during Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. the dugout by waving a bat. No doubt, the career .224 hitter would've liked a chance to swing in this game. Even the outs were hard — a line drive by Fred McGriff knocked over first baseman John Mabry. Atlanta never stopped being aggressive, either, with Marquis Grissom stealing third with two outs hi the third with a 7-0 lead. Smoltz, not that the Braves needed him on this night, was his usual, brilliant self hi October, improving to 8-1 lifetime hi the postseason and 3-0 this October. The major league leader hi wins and strikeouts this year, he passed Bob Gibson and Whitey Ford to become baseball's career leader hi postseason strikeouts with 98. McPherson nips Central for regional crown Mustangs qualify three entries for Saturday's 5A state tournament By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal GREAT BEND — The McPherson girls' tennis squad has Salina Central's number, and for four consecutive years that number has been one. McPherson won its fourth consecutive Class 5A regional team title Monday, thanks in large part to a runner-up finish for Jennifer Mason in singles play and a doubles championship for Kristin Bohnenblust and Heather Nippert. For the fourth straight year, Central finished a single point back of McPherson in the team race. This year that one-point T COLLEGE BASKETBALL margin was enough to push Central down to third. McPherson and Liberal both finished with 10 points, Central with nine, and the Bullpups took the title over Liberal in the tiebreaker. "We won some big matches but we would have liked to have won one more," said Central coach Jim LoVullo, whose team would have won the tiebreaker if it had matched Liberal and McPherson's 10 points. "That's four years in a row we've missed it by one point." The top four regional finishers in both singles and doubles qualified for the 5A state tournament starting Friday at McPherson. The Mustangs were the only team at the wind-whipped Great Bend regional to qualify three entries for state. Mustang juniors Ashley Wilson and Sydney Moshier, state runners-up a year ago, finished sec- 4 More regional results / Page B2 oijd to Bohnenblust-Nippert in Monday's title match. Wilson- Moshier (24-6) had to rally for a 36, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory over No. 2 seed Krista Price and Melissa DeLong of Great Bend in the semifinals, before falling to the top-seeded Bohnenblust-Nippert (31-1) in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. "I thought we played really well in our first three matches," Moshier said. "We had to work really hard to win that semifinal and we seemed to be tired in the finals. But that's not to take anything away from McPherson because they did play very well." "Our doubles team did a good job adjusting to the wind," McPherson coach Doug Gayer said. "They like to play precision tennis and get to the net, but they had to stay back and be patient today." Bohnenblust and Nippert also survived a test in the semifinals, winning a three-set decision over Central's Lindsay Warrihgton and Rochelle Hamman, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Warrington-Hamman upset the tourney's No. 4 and No. 5 seeds to reach the semifinals and qualify for state, but fell in the third-place match to Price-DeLong, 6-0, 6-2. "(Bohnenblust-Nippert) beat us big time the last time we played them," Warrington said. "We got them out of their groove for a while but then lost our momentum." Central sophomore Laura Seaton also qualified for state, finishing fourth in the singles competition. Seaton won matches over Lindsey Fischer of Hays and Buhler's Laurie Banz, before falling in the semifinals to Mason. Salina South entries won only one match and failed to have any team members qualify for state. Anna Feyerherm and Mandi Chace won their opening match over Sarah Meckenstock and Erin Henning of Hays, but were eliminated with a quarterfinal loss to Bohnenblust-Nippert,' 6-1, 6-2. Central senior Sarah Stroer also reached the quarterfinals before she had her season ended by Mason, 6-3, 6-2. South's Rebecca Dunlap lost a three-set match in the opening round to eventual singles champion Amy Ranker of Liberal. Dunlap suffered an ankle injury after winning the first set 7-5, dropping the next two sets, 6-1, 6-1. • The Sacred Heart tennis squad had its season end at the Class 3-2- 1A regional Monday at Sterling. None of the Knights four entries advanced beyond the first round. V COLLEGE FOOTBALL So far, the 1996 football season has been a breeze for the Kensington Goldbugs. Not only have five of their six games ended early on the 45-point rule, their average margin of victory is 50-5. But things figure to get more difficult this week for the 6-0 Goldbugs as they delve into what is arguably the state's strongest Eight-Man It district schedule. Kensington, ranked No. 2 in Eight-Man n, opens district play Friday night at No. 6 Logan, also 60. Next up for the Goldbugs is; 4-2 Northern Valley, which returned to the rankings this week at No. ; 10. Unranked Eastern Heights, the fourth team, is on the verge of breaking in at 5-1. "At this point, I think you have to be undefeated to make the playoffs, but I'm not sure 2-1 won't do it," Kensington coach Mike Lecher said. "I think everybody has a chance to beat each other. ! "People have talked about this (Kensington at Logan) being the game for the district, but the week after that we play Northern Valley and after that we have Agra (Eastern Heights). Northern Valley has really come together." j Still, Kensington goes into district play as the team to beat. The Goldbugs returned six offensive and seven defensive starters from last year's 10-2 playoff team and so far have more than lived up to Lecher's expectations. "I think offensively we're scoring more points and getting more total yards per game than I thought we would be," he said. "We knew we would have a good defensive team, but we were a little skeptical on the offensive line." Todd Slavik, a 210-pound senior, has anchored a solid offensive line, but the key is having last year's backfield return intact, Lecher said. Senior tailback Trevor Engelke has missed two games but is averaging 140 yards rushing hi the four games he has played. Junior fullback Jason Yoxall is averaging 90 yards and junior quarterback Justin Bearley has thrown for about 80 yards per game. Junior receiver Nick Beckman is averaging 16 yards per catch. On defense, senior end Scott Colby and linebackers Slavik and Yoxall lead the way. Because Kensington's games have been so lopsided, Lecher said it is important for his team to go to Logan with realistic expectations. "We've talked about it and told the kids that we might not score 35 or 40 points hi a half," he said. "But that's nothing to be concerned about as long as we play good football." 4 State rankings / Page B3 Kansas must adjust without Vaughn Robertson, McGrath will battle for starting point guard duties By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal LAWRENCE — The college basketball season is here for the Kansas Jayhawks and senior point guard Jacque Vaughn is on the sideline. It's not exactly the scenario Roy Williams envisioned heading into his ninth season as the KU head coach. But it's something Williams and the Jayhawks must live with. Vaughn could miss anywhere from 10 to 15 games because of ligament damage to his right wrist. Vaughn suffered the injury during a Sept. 10 pick-up basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse when he collided with teammate Billy Thomas and landed hard on his wrist. With Vaughn in the lineup, the Jayhawks were expected to be the consensus No. 1 pick in the preseason polls. Without him... • "As I've said before, I'm trying to be very positive about this," Williams said Monday at KU's annual basketball media day. "(Vaughn) should be well rested, that's for sure. And I think the other guys will be very determined to play as well as they can play. "We know it's going to be a loss for us, but as much as I think of Jacque Vaughn, it doesn't say 'Jacque Vaughn' on the jerseys, it says 'Kansas.' " Vaughn is expected to wear a cast on his right wrist and forearm another three weeks and four days before having a new one put on for two weeks. He then faces two to four weeks of rehabilitation as he attempts to get the range of motion in the wrist to return to normal. Vaughn's replacement will be either sophomore Ryan Robertson or junior C.B. McGrath. "We'll put one on the Blue team and one on the White team, and then switch each day," Williams said. "Ryan and C.B. have different abilities than Jacque has, and there will be some things we'll emphasize more when they are in there as opposed to when Jacque conies back." See KU, Page B3 Big 12's North division leaves South in its wake The Associated Press Kansas Jayhawk point guard Jacque Vaughn discusses his Injured right wrist during media day Monday In Lawrence. Three North teams are ranked in this week's poll; none from South By The Associated Press DALLAS — The Big 12's first- ever championship game is shaping up like the Super Bowl, and that's not a favorable comparison. Halfway through the league's inaugural season, the North division appears to be comfortably ahead of the South — sort of like the way the NFC has dominated the AFC for the last decade in the NFL. For the Big 12, the result could be a lopsided title game Dec. 7 at the Trans World Dome hi St. Louis. "I bet those people hi St. Louis are getting ready for that banner showdown," Kansas coach Glen Mason said Monday, laughing. The unbalance is illustrated best by the national rankings. Representing the North are No. 5 Nebraska, No. 8 Colorado and No. 21 Kansas State. No South teams appear in the top 25. Texas and Texas A&M used to be ranked, but both are now 3-3. The Longhorns are 2-1 in Big 12 play, leaving them second to Texas Tech (4-2,3-1). The Red Raiders have so far provided the South with its biggest highlight, a 30-17 comeback victory over Kansas on Saturday. Otherwise, the North is 5-3 in head-to- head games against the South. "I think Texas Tech is probably playing better than everyone else in the South," Baylor coach Chuck Reedy said. "But they still have Nebraska, Texas, A&M and Oklahoma. A lot is going to happen between now and December." The current parity of the South is reminiscent of the second-to-last Southwest Conference season, when five schools tied for the league crown with 4-3 records. The North race, meanwhile, looks like another Big Eight tussle under the guise of the Big 12. So far, Colorado and Nebraska are the only teams undefeated in league play. Each has several big tests left, but if each keeps winning, their Nov. 29 matchup in Lincoln will likely be the game that truly determines the league's best team. During their weekly conference call Monday, several coaches begrudgingly admitted the North's edge. However, they were quick to point out that things can change quickly, and won't last forever. Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes boils it down to a simple point. "Whatever division you put Nebraska in," he said, "that makes them the strength." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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