The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 25, 2001 · Page 23
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS / D3 NBA / D4 NFL / D5 T HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD South boys, Central girls place 2nd Cougar boys finish first or second in 10 events; Keats, Snyder lead IVIustang girls By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal The Salina South boys and Salina Central girls took home more than their share of medals Tuesday from the Salina South Invitational track and field meet. Both teams came up just short of taking home a team title as well. The boys and girls team champions were not determined until after the final event was run at Salina Stadium. South, despite winning the boys 1,600- meter relay, still ended up trailing Great Bend in the team standings by three points, 148 to 145. The McPherson girls got the points they needed to surpass Central by winning the 1,600 relay, finishing with 140 to top the second-place Mustangs with 135. "It was close again for the girls," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "That's two meets in a row now that we've finished second. "We're still looking and shifting people a little bit to see where we can score and place, but we've got some good quality kids." The Cougar boys had first- or second-place finishes in 10 events, including five field events. Marc Roberts won the high jump with a leap of 6-2, while Alex Jackson was runner-up in both the long jump (21-2 Vi) and triple jump (41-5). South also had second- place finishes from Clint Fredrickson in the shot put and Nolan Ahlvers in the discus. "We scored in a lot of events and had a lot of kids do well, especially in the field events," South coach Jay Edwards said. "We tried a few sophomores and freshmen out there and got them their first varsity experience tonight. "We were close even though we didn't have a lot of (first-place finishes). It's a team-type thing and we're getting a lot of our points from those kids who are fighting through for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishes." South's only other individual title came from Cory Russell with a time of 51.26 in the 400-meter dash. Russell joined Jackson, Zack Graber and Ryan Lange to win the 1,600 relay in 3:30.10. The Central boys had three first- place finishes, all from junior Donnie Anders. His winning jump of 22-1 in the long jump was followed by season best times in the 100 (10.90) and 200 (22.75). "It was probably the best day we've had to run all season," Anders said. "Not too much wind and not too cold. "My times are getting faster every week in both the 100 and 200, and in the long jump I'm getting more consistent on my jumps." Central's Ashleigh Keats and Bonnie Snyder combined for all five gold medals earned by the Mustang girls. Keats matched Anders as a triple winner, setting a meet record in the 100- meter hurdles (14.90), winning the javelin with a throw of 127-7, and turning in a season-best 35-5 Vi to win the triple jump. Snyder gave Central a sweep of the 100-meter dash races, winning that event in 12.64, and taking the long jump with an effort of 16-6%. The South girls had four second- place finishes, including two from Ashleigh Halderman in the triple jump and 300 hurdles. The Cougars also finished second in both the 3,200 and 1,600 relays. Other individual runner-up finishes for the South boys were Lange in the 800 run and Matt Foutch in the 110-meter hurdles. The Central boys finished fourth in the team standings with 92 points, and the South girls were fifth in the eight- team meet. Katie Stockstill, Erica Wentling and Jenna Balsick were each double winners for the McPherson girls. Stockstill was the top distance runner, winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. Balsick and Wentling joined Amber Wentling and Jennifer Lokay to win the 1,600 relay in 4:16.2. The Bullpups' lone first-place finish on the boys side came from Lantz Tolson in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.20. T BASEBALL Lopez, homers sink KC Vaughn, Williams belt two-run homers to back Lopez's outing By FRED GOODALL The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, — With Albie Lopez on the mound, the Tampa Bay "°y«'8 2 Devil Rays Devil Rays 4 knew they had a chance to win. Instead of buckling when they fell behind by two runs Tuesday night, the struggling last-place team battled back and beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 before a crowd of 11,056, smallest for a home game in the Devil Rays' four-year history "From this afternoon until we were down by two, I never felt we were going to lose the ballgame," manager Hal McRae said after Greg Vaughn and Gerald Williams hit two- run homers to back another strong pitching performance by Lopez. "From the chatter and enthusiasm on the bench, there was a good felling that we were going to come back. My thinking was we were going to have to run our way back into this thing. But we didn't run our way back into it. We swung our way back into it." Williams' homer off Brian Meadows (0-3) erased a 2-0 deficit in the third. Vaughn chased the Royals starter with his team-leading fifth homer after Williams, who went 3-for-4, singled with one out in the fifth. Meanwhile, Lopez (3-1) allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out four in seven innings. He has worked at least seven innings in each of his five starts and his three victories are half the team's total for the season. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings in a game the Devil Rays bullpen eventually lost 9-1 to Boston in their debut under McRae last Wednesday He wasn't as sharp this time, allowing two runs on four hits in the first two innings, but settled after working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. "I had to give the team a chance to come back," said Lopez, who improved to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three career starts against the Royals. Tampa Bay won for the second time in six games under McRae, who waited more than six years for his second chance to lead a club after serving as the Royals' manager from May 1991 through 1994. Tampa Bay wiped out a 2-0 deficit when Felix Martinez beat out a bunt for the first hit off Meadows and Williams followed with his second homer of the season. "Brian made a couple of mistakes. We lost a two-run lead and squandered some opportunities," Royals manager Tony Muser said. • SOCCER AP file photo American goalkeeper Kasey Keller has been frustrated with his role on the U.S. Men's National Team. Keller hopes to be In goal when the United States plays host to Costa Rica In Its World Cup soccer qualifier tonight at Arrowhead Stadium. Playing for Keeps A fixture as U.S. goalkeeper in recent years, Kasey Keller questions his snub to this point ByARNE GREEN TIte Salina Journal KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In all likelihood, Kasey Keller will be in goal tonight when the U.S. Men's National Team plays Costa Rica in its World Cup soccer qualifier at Arrowhead Stadium. But Keller, a fixture as the top American keeper for the past six years or so, didn't arrive in Kansas City from his Spanish club team Monday a happy camper. It seems he is still a bit miffed at being left out of the two previous U.S. qualifiers — victories at home against Mexico and on the road against Honduras. The snub, as he sees it, has called into question his status as the team's first choice in the net, and U.S. national What: U.S. World Cup qualifier. When: Tonight, 6:30. Where: An-owhead Stadium. V TV:ESPN2.:, Tickets: 31,000 have been sold. Tickets may be obtained-at the Arrowhead Stadium box office by caiiing (816) 920-9300 between 8;30a.m.and 5 p.m.Tic!<et'prices are $35. $22 and $15. coach Bruce Arena has said nothing to ease his mind. "I have no idea," Keller said Tuesday when asked if he thinks Brad Friedel has passed him as No. 1 keeper in Arena's eyes. "I wasn't called into a game (against Mexico). All I can do is what I've done in my last games with the national team. My last two qualifiers I played in, I didn't concede a goal. If I lose my position for not conceding a goal, then I really don't know how to answer that." Complicating matters is the fact that both Keller and Friedel play their club soccer in Europe — Keller for Rayo Vallecano in the top Spanish league and Friedel with Blackburn Rovers, who are close to advancing to England's Premier League — creating scheduling conflicts with the U.S. side. See ARENA Page D4 T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Sacred Heart handles Cards state-ranked Knights make it nine straiglit wins following sweep By PAUL K. IVIOGENSON The Salina Journal When the sun came up this morning, Ell-Saline coach Joe Roche discovered that the nightmare he had Tuesday night wasn't a dream. What HIGH SCHOOL Ell-Sallne 4 0 Sacred Heart 12 16 could go wrong for his Ell- Saline Cardinal baseball team did as they dropped a doubleheader to fifth-ranked (2-lA) Sacred Heart at Dean Evans Stadium Tuesday The Knights took advantage of 12 Ell-Saline errors, nine hit batsmen and six walks to rally by the Cardinals 12-4 in the opener, then dominated the nightcap 16-0 in 2 Va innings. "I take nothing away from Sacred Heart," Roche said of the Knights, who improved to 9-1 with their ninth straight win. "They are good and they are worthy of their state ranking, but we helped them out. . "We've got to do things right. We have to throw strikes and we have to field the baseball with two out. Two outs have been killing us all year and it was no different tonight." In game one, Ell-Saline got RBI from Russ Williams, Lee Johnson and Ryan Munninger for a 3-0 lead in the second, only to have Sacred Heart score three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to tie matters. Colby Bertrand's home run over the left-field wall pushed the Cardinals back on top 4-3 in the third, but it didn't last. Three more errors in the home half of the frame paved the way to three more unearned Knight •runs and their first lead, 6-4. "They were struggling to make plays," said Roger Mick, Sacred Heart coach. "If they make the plays, it's a different T PRO BASKETBALL "We've got to do things right. We have to throw strikes and we have to field the baseball with two outs." Joe Roche Ell-Saline coach ball game. "Early on, they were in it mentally, hanging tough the first couple of innings, but they started giving (up) some unearned runs and that really devastates you mentally. "To our credit, we were putting the ball in play" In the late innings, the Knights pulled away as they scored six more runs on nine hits. In the nightcap, Roche wasn't the only Cardinal to experience a nightmare. Jeff Hindman, ace of the Ell- Saline pitching staff with a 3-0 mark coming in, struggled with his control. He retired only one, hit a pair and walked two. To compound matters, the Cardinals botched a couple of potential double-play balls. By the time Hindman departed, the Knights led 12-0. "It was a tough night for him," Mick said. "I know he's better than that. "We did hit the ball the ball when he got it (in the strike zone). Justin Walters got a hold of one (RBI triple), Nick Sheahon got a hold of one (a two-run homer) and Chris Neihouse is still hitting the ball well." Sheahon had three hits in the opener, a homer in game two and four RBIs in the doubleheader Brian Bechard added three hits and three RBI to the Sacred Heart cause. Next up for Sacred Heart is a rain makeup Monday with the top-ranked team in Class 3A, Southeast of Saline, at Matson Field. Cagerz trim roster to 11 with two cuts By The Salina Joumal The Kansas Cagerz pared their roster to 11 after cutting Eddie Smith and Damian Spencer following Tuesday's practice. Spencer, a 6-foot-4 guard, played for Flax at Brown Mackie before signing with St. Peter's. He also was cut by the Salina Rattlers of the International Basketball Association in November. "He's a very nice kid and has a pretty nice game, but he can't shoot the basketball very well," Flax said. "That's what holding him back." Smith is a 6-foot guard who played his college ball for UMKC. "I thought he would come with a little more passion and a little more drive," Flax said. "Offensively, he's doing a pretty good job, but he didn't work as hard as I thought he would defensively" The Cagerz still have four guards on the team despite releasing Spencer and Smith. Expect the Cagerz to put a player on their taxi squad^as their final 10-player rostgr must be faxed to the United States Basketball League office by noon Sunday The Cagerz open their season Sunday night at defending champion Dodge City. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavld8on@salJoumal.com

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