THE SAUNA JOlJRMAi SPORTS WEDNESDAY. APRIL 25, 2001 D3 BRIEFLY ^ ^'^'^^^ LEAGUE BASEBALL Schneider will stay at Emporia State EMPORIA — Emporia State women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Bowling Green State. "At this point in my career, I feel a tremendous loyalty to Emporia State University, the Emporia community and espe- 'cially to our players," Schneider said. "It was an honor to be contacted by Bowling Green and have an opportunity to be interviewed. They have a lot of potential." A two-time MIAA Coach of the Year, Schneider just completed his third year as Emporia State head coach after spending three years as an assistant. His career record if 879 and 48-4 in the MIAA. Snyder picks captains for 2001 squad MANHATTAN — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has announced five players who will be the captains for the 2001 football team. Senior linebacker Ben Leber, Vermillion, S.D., and senior wide receiver Aaron Lockett (Tulsa, Okla.) will be serving in their second season as team captains. Joining them will be senior defensive back Jon McGraw (Manhattan), senior running back Josh Scobey, Oklahoma City, and sophomore linebacker Terry Pierce, Fort Worth, Texas. The captains were named based on a vote of their teammates. Salina's Butler shines at national meet Salinan Michael Butler continues to move up among the top-ranked weightlifters in the nation after his performance this past weekend at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Shreveport, La. Butler won one gold and two silver medals in the national 'event and finished second overall among 16 competitors in the 94 kilo weight class. Butler's performance has qualified the Salina South graduate for the World Team Trials to be held this June in Dallas. He has also qualified for the World Student Games in Slovakia and will also compete at the 23 & Under Championships in Mexico City this summer The 20-year-old Butler is now ranked No. 8 among all lifters representing the United States. Vikings' Bengtson signs with Bethany Brad Bengtson, a member of the 2000 Salina Journal Top 11 football team, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball and football for Bethany next season. Bengtson was a quarterback and safety for the Smoky Valley football team and helped lead Vikings to the playoffs two of the last three years. He was all-league three times and last year he was all-league and all-state in baseball. "Brad Bengtson is an example of the total person who can fit into our program," said Bethany football coach Ted Kessinger "It is our philosophy to recruit young men who have the hearts of champions and we secondarily look at current physical abilities." Three athletes to sign letters of intent Three Saline County high school athletes will sign letters of intent Thursday during brief ceremonies to be held at Sacred Heart and Salina Central. Two members of the Sacred Heart volleyball squad will continue their careers at separate schools. Lisa Broberg will sign with Southwestern College, and Sarah Weese has committed to Johnson County Community College. Broberg and Weese will sign at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sacred .Heart library ' Central senior Adam Lebahn will join the Rockhurst College golf program next season. He will sign his letter of intent at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Central library conference room. Both Broberg and Weese have been first-team all-county the past two years and were starters for Sacred Heart's Class 2A state championship squad that went 35-4 in 2000. Lebahn was the top returning player from a Salina Central golf team that finished third in Class 5A a year ago. He placed sixth in the state 5A medalist standings as a junior. From Staff Reports Extra games vs. West give fading Ns hope Last year's darlings have fallen on rough times so far this year By GREGG BELL Sacramento Bee CHICAGO — Maybe the A's are right. Maybe the sky isn't exactly falling on their gaudy, postseason expectations just yet. But it sure is weighted with ominous, black clouds. There are no panicked Chicken Littles among last year's roosters of the American League West, despite the A's matching the worst 19-game start in Oakland history. Despite already being nine games behind the streaking, 15-4 Seattle Mariners — the A's largest division deficit since Oct. 2,1999. The A's, however, are banking on other numbers. They are looking to their dark skies and praying to the God of the Unbalanced Schedule. "The good thing is, the way the unbalanced schedule works, we can make up games really fast head-to-head," first baseman Jason Giambi said. "That's why this is going to be an interesting year," manager Art Howe said, flashing an it's-a-long-season smile. "A lot of ground can be picked up quickly" For the first time since 1978, baseball is using an unbalanced schedule. The A's will play West rivals Seattle and Texas 19 times each. They play 20 games against Anaheim. That's two more series — one home, one away — than they had against each last season. That means the A's have 12 cracks remaining at the Mariners, the next being June 18-21 in Oakland. Those are four of 39 more A's games within the division. So, yes, in the A's minds, it still is early "Obviously, Seattle has gotten off to a hot start," Howe said. "But eventually, they'll hit a slump. And we can creep Up on them." Then again, if the A's 6-13 start against the West is any indication, they can also fall out of the race before the Fourth of July The only remaining intrigue to the season would then be watching free- agent-to-be Giambi sort out AP file photo The Athletics' Jason Giambi watches his two-run home run off of the Rangers' Rick Helling leave the ballpark Suhday in Arlington, Texas. Giambi, last year's American League MVP, will become a free agent after this season. love letters with postmarks from New York, Los Angeles and Boston. "The way we've been playing against our division, you'd think we wouldn't want any part of it," ace pitcher Tim Hudson said. The AU-Star speaks from personal experience, having been shelled by the Mariners and Rangers in a span of 10 days. "But I think we'll be a different ballclub next time around." When you've spent the bulk of the month running around with your collective heads cut off, it's nice to have something to hang your hat on. "It's frustrating to get off to the start we have. On the other hand, it's very encouraging that we've got two more shots at (division rivals)," right fielder Jeremy Giambi said. "We can easily turn it around. We can easily do what Seattle did to the rest of us." The downside to this thinking is that June doesn't begin tomorrow. Baseball's preseason darlings have become the game's biggest disappointment so far Turn on ESPN, open the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, and you will find that the same national analysts who predicted the A's to challenge the Yankees' supremacy are now lumping the defending division champs with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. What in the name of Ben Grieve is going on here? "You look at the papers and there we are, at the bottom," Hudson said. "We're not pressing. But we don't want it to get out of hand. We don't want (the deficit) to hit double digits." Blue Jays dump Rangers, 7-5 By The Associated Press TORONTO — Raul Mondesi homered and hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh «OUHD„P ir 'thf Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers. Mondesi, who drove in three runs, gave Toronto a 4-3 lead in the fifth with a two-run homer off Doug Davis. John Frascatore (1-0) pitched 1 % innings for the win. Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Ivan Rodriguez homered for the fourth straight game, tying a team record, when he connected off Koch. Mariners 7, Yankees 5 NEW YORK — Tom Lampkin hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners scored the first two runs off New York reliever Mike Stanton this season to beat the Yankees 7-5 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory Freddy Garcia (3-0), who beat New York twice in the ALCS and now is 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA against the Yankees in the regular season, gave up five runs on seven hits over seven innings. Athletics 6, White Sox 4 CHICAGO — Jason Giambi hit the eighth grand slam of his career and Terrence Long drove in two runs as the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Chicago White Sox. Barry Zito (3-1) retired 13 straight batters at one stretch. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Mark Buehrle (1-3) took the loss. Angels 7, Indians 2 CLEVELAND — Wally Joyner homered and Scott Schoeneweis pitched eight strong innings as the Anaheim Angels stopped the Cleveland Indians' six-game winning streak. Schoeneweis (2-1) allowed eight hits in the first three innings, then pitched 4% hitless innings until Ellis Burks and Wil Cordero got two-out singles in the eighth. Red Sox 9, Twins 4 BOSTON — Carl Everett hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Boston Red Sox cooled off the surprising Minnesota Twins. Paxton Crawford (2-0) settled down after the first and left after five innings with a 6-3 lead. Tim Wakefield pitched four innings for his second save. Mark Redman (1-2) allowed five runs, seven hits and two wild pitches in 1 2-3 innings. Orioles 8, Tigers 3 DETROIT — Jay Gibbons hit two doubles and two singles as the Baltimore Orioles won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Detroit Tigers. Pat Hentgen (1-2), a former high school star in Michigan, pitched seven solid innings and sent the Tigers to their sixth straight loss. Detroit has dropped 11 of 13. Reynolds, Astros top Braves, 11-6 By Tlie Associated Press HOUSTON — Moises Alou homered and drove in four runs, leading Shane Braves since then, Reynolds pitched 5% ningsns and seven hits. in- ROUNDUP Reynolds and the Houston Astros over the Atlanta Braves 116 Tuesday night. Chipper Jones hit two home runs for Atlanta on his 29th birthday Alou tied his career high with four hits. He had his 17th multihomer game in the majors. Reynolds (1-1) beat Atlanta for the first time since Aug. 20, 1997. He had gone 0-4 with a 6.48 ERA in six starts against the Cardinals 7, Expos 2 ST. LOUIS — Darryl Kile (3-2) allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked none. Albert Pujols had two doubles and three RBIs for the Cardinals, who have won only four of their last 11. The Expos are 3-10 following a 6-1 start. Javier Vasquez (2-2) allowed six runs — four earned — and nine hits in four innings and struck out seven. Brewers 6, Mets 4 MILWAUKEE — Pinch-hitter Tyler Houston broke a 4-all tie with a two-run homer in the sixth off Donne Wall (0-2), and Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz hit consecutive homers off Glendon Rusch. Mike DeJean (2-0) pitched one-third of an inning, and Curtis Leskanic got three outs for his second save. Rockies 14, Cubs 1 DENVER — Larry Walker homered twice and had five RBIs as the Colorado Rockies overwhelmed Chicago starter Kevin Tapani in a 14-1 victory over the Cubs. Todd Helton added two hits, including a three-run homer, to help the Rockies beat Tapani (31) for the first time in seven tries. They also sent the right hander's ERA skyrocketing from 0.96 to 4.91. COUNTY SPORTS Mustangs dump SE-Sallne in makeup game GYPSUM — Picking up right where it left off, the Salina Central baseball team scored two runs in the fourth and eight runs in the fifth on the way to taking out Southeast of Saline, 23-13, Tuesday on the Trojans' home field. The game was originally suspended March 29 due to darkness. Daniel Romans led the Mustangs' attack with four hits. Tim Bowen, Frankie Hutchinson and Jeff Norris chipped in with three hits apiece. "They were hitting the ball on us before and they hit the ball well today," said SE-Saline coach Dee Kolzow. "You have to give them credit." Kadem Tharp earned the victory for the Mustangs (3-9). Jordan Dupes took the loss for the Trojans (10-2). Both teams return to action Friday with Central hosting Great Bend and SE-Saline at Concordia. Qolf Knights take second in Minneapolis Invite Sacred Heart's Mikeal Knipp shot a 7-over-par 78 to take medal ist honors as the Knights finished second overall Tuesday at the Minneapolis Invitational at the Salina Elks Country Club. Belleville won the team title with 330 strokes. The Knights totaled 338 strokes while Minneapolis finished third with 355. Clay Center (362), St. John's Military (369), Beloit (375) Ellsworth (429), Abilene (446), and SE-Saline (464) rounded out the tournament. Belleville's Carson Carver shot a 79 to take second place. Beloit's Logan Larson shot an 81 to finish third. Other Sacred Heart players in the tourney included Andy Roemer (84), Mark Newell (86), Brian Eilert (90), Ryan Helmer (93) and Ross Stottman (95). The Knights play host to their own invitational at 3 p.m. Friday at Salina Municipal Golf Course. Softball SE-Saline takes two from Beloit GYPSUM — Taking advantage of a stellar pitching performance from Charly Bloom, the Southeast of Saline softball team scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning and captured a 2-1 victory in the opener against Beloit on Thursday The Trojans won the second game 4-3 to sweep the doubleheader. "Offensively, we were pretty anemic but our pitching was outstanding," said SE-Saline coach Mike Garretson. "I was pretty happy with our defense. We made a few tough plays that averted disaster. In game one. Bloom (4-1) was the star of the show, going the distance for the victory while striking out nine and walking none. She took a perfect game into the fourth be- , • fore hitting a batter. ' In the nightcap, the Trojans trailed 3-2 until the fifth when they scored twice to pull ahead for good. Alicia Pavkov doubled in Lindsey Shirack for the game-winner. SE-Saline returns to action Friday at Concordia. South suffers first loss of season After spotting Manhattan four runs in the first inning, the Salina South softball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Indians 4-3 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday at South High School. The Cougars (9-1 overall, 5-11-70) won the first game 2-0. In game two, Manhattan scored its four runs with the help of three Cougar errors. Betsy Wilson (4-1) was the hard-luck loser, giving up just three hits in the contest. "We just lost our composure a bit in the first inning," said South coach Daryl Hoelting. "It's unfortunate because Betsy Wilson pitched a tremendous game." Kelsey Nordstrom (5-0) earned the victory for South in game one, as the Cougars scored single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. The Cougars play again Thursday at Junction City Soccer Topeka High blanks Mustangs, 3-0 TOPEKA — The Salina Central soccer team allowed a goal in the early stages of its game Tuesday with Topeka High and never quite recovered, falling to the Trojans 3-0. High's Carol Anne Abbot slipped the ball past Mustang goalie Ashley J. Young for an unassisted goal in the second minute of the contest. It would be all the scoring the Trojans would need. "It was a situation we have run into during all five of our losses — mental breakdowns," said Central coach Brian Bernen "We didn't finish the plays like we should have. Good teams take advantage of other teams' miscues." With the loss, the Mustangs fell to 5-5 on the season. Leading 1-0, the Trojans' Sarah Edwards scored an unassisted goal in the 39th minute of the first half as High took a 2-0 lead at half. Amanda Stamm scored the final goal of the game in the 72nd minute on an assist from Emily Einspahr. The Trojans outshot the Mustangs for the game 17-6. Central returns to action Tuesday at home against Manhattan. Manhattan edge out Cougars, 1-0 MANHATTAN — Going against one of the top teams in the state, the Salina South soccer team put forth a strong effort but fell just short, losing to Manhattan 1-0 on Tuesday. The Indians' Brianna Burner scored the only goal of the game in the 6th minute on an assist from Molly Moritz. Manhattan outshot the Cougars by a count of 24-6. "To play one of the top four teams in the state to 1-0 is good for us," said South coach J.C. Walsh. "We played very physical for 80 minutes. The Cougars fell to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the 1-70 League with the loss. They return to action with a 4 p.m. contest Friday at Hays. T JUCO SOFTBALL Lions split with Butler Co. By The Associated Press The Brown Mackie softball squad split a junior college doubleheader with Butler County on Tuesday at Bill Burke Park. Butler County scored six runs in the final three innings to win the opener 8-4, before Brown Mackie scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh to take game two, 11-10. "The first game we made some mental errors from a pitching standpoint," Brown Mackie coach Francis Flax said. "We walked a couple girls and they ended up with a couple of key hits." With the second game tied at 10, the Lions scored the winning run without making an out. Anita Singleterry singled to lead off the inning before Veronica Noone beat out • a bunt down the first base line. Karen Warther then hit;; a single up the middle to driT"*- ve in the game winner. Brown Mackie's Megan Birchfield and Angelica Lopez were both 3-for-4 in the doubleheader. Birchfield added two walks and four RBI, while Lopez drove in five runs and scored three.
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