THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1996 03 T HIGH SCHOOL STATE TENNIS Central doubles team gunning for title Wilson, Moshier aiming for second straight finals berth in Class 5A state meet By LARRY MORITZ Tlte Salina Journal A best-case scenario for Salina Central doubles partners Ashley Wilson and Sydney Moshier would place the Mustangs in Saturday's championship match at the Class 5A state tennis tournament. If Central's top doubles team can make the finals for a second straight year, they could well find a familiar opponent waiting there for them. The 5A tournament begins at 1 p.m. today in McPherson with the opening round and quarterfinals to be held at the McPherson High School, Wall Park and City Courts. Play continues at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, with semifinals and championship matches. Wilson and Moshier were runners-up at state a year ago and are among the favorites to take the title this year. But their 24-6 record includes an 0-2 mark against McPherson's Heather Nippert and Kristin Bohnenblust. Nippert- Bohnenblust (31-1) are coming off a straight-set victory over Wilson-Moshier at last week's Great Bend regional. "There's a possibility we could see a rematch between these teams in the state final," Central coach Jim LoVullo said. "But we're not looking that far ahead. They'll have to take it one match at a time." "If we play well hopefully we should make it to the finals at state again," Moshier said. "But we will definitely have to play well to get there. "It would be neat to have a chance to play McPherson again and be able to say that our regional was that much tougher than the others." Central also will be represented at state by sophomore Laura Seaton in singles (19-11), and the doubles team of seniors Lindsay Warrington and Rochelle Hamman (18-9). Seaton and Warrington-Hamman will face a difficult road after fourth- place finishes at regional. They will face champions from another regional in the first round where a victory guarantees no worse than an eighth-place finish. "We're not going to worry about our seeding at state," Hamman said. "We'll worry about how we play and just do our best. Sometimes you think, 'Oh my gosh, they're a No. 1 seed' and then you get intimidated. You can't do that. You can't go in scared." In addition to Nippert-Bohnenblust, McPherson's state team will include sophomore Jennifer Mason in singles. Mason (21-11) was second at last week's regional meet. • Smoky Valley was an easy winner at last week's regional at Pratt and the Vikings will take three entries to this weekend's Class 4A championships at Hutchinson Community College. Smoky Valley's doubles team of Carmen Carlson and Beth Gusenius take a 27- 4 record and a regional championship into today's opening round. Junior Traci Talbott (27-4) also won a regional title in singles, while Angela Brock and Elizabeth Hodges (9-2) were second to Carlson- Gusenius in doubles. Russell senior Carrie Wendt will be among the 4A favorites in singles play, bringing a 26-1 record into state after winning the Russell regional last week. • Wichita Collegiate will be favored to make it 11 consecutive state titles when play begins today at the Class 3-2-1A championships at Collegiate High School. The Spartans won their regional with a perfect score of 18 points. Trego's Kerrie McCoy will be among the top seeds in singles after winning a regional title last week at WaKeeney. T HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Central wins City Triangular Mustangs down South in two games, Sacred , Heart in three games By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal Salina Central's first City Triangular title since 1992 did not come without some anxious moments. The Mustang volleyball squad defeated Sacred Heart and Salina South on Thursday night at the South High gym, needing three games to put away the stubborn Knights before topping South in two dissimilar games. Central played well when it had to in a 15-13, 7-15, 15-5 win 'Over Sacred Heart, then clinched their first city title under second-year coach Rose Wittman with a 16-14,15-2 victory over defending champion South. "We have our ups and downs," Central senior hitter Tara McDonald said. "We know if we're talking out there and get motivated, we definitely have the talent to win. That's what we did tonight." Central (19-6) battled through a seesaw affair in the opening game with South (17-10). The game was tied five times before a Jessica Watson ace serve and Darcy Durfee's kill put the Cougars up 14-12. The Mustangs came rallied with kills from Christina Frost and Lynsey Ginther, then got the game winning point when a tip attempt by South failed to clear the net. The second game wasn't nearly so intense. Central scored the final 13 points and South had only one sideout during that Mustang run. "South would probably tell you that they beat themselves," Wittman said. "But we talk a lot about making opponents make their mistakes. "It's always a dogfight when we play South. They are always good and always up for us. But I think they got the wind knocked out of their sails when they lost that first game." "When you play a rival like " that it's hard to come out and play well after you lose 16-14 in the first game," South coach Stef Curchy said. "But we couldn't pass the ball and our serve receiving just killed us." It was a frustrating evening for Sacred Heart (21-8), as the Knights also went three games with South before falling 14-16, 15-6,16-14. "We're disappointed in the losses because we had a number of opportunities to win both ball games, especially against South," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "But I'm pleased with the way we played. We were competitive and didn't give up. I think we played pretty well." The Knights led 10-4 in the third game with South before the Cougars came back with eight unanswered points. Sacred Heart regained the lead and was up 1413 when a potential match-winning kill attempt went wide. That DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Salina South's Darcy Durfee (front) watches a spiked ball go over her reach in the first game against Sacred Heart in Thursday's City Triangular at the South gym. was enough for South, as it scored the final three points, ending the match on a Jessica Watson ace serve. "We came back and won two tough games against Sacred Heart so I know these girls can play well when they need to," Curchy said. "The Sacred Heart game was won at the net. Chrissy Blagg was blocking Watson at the net and we knew we had to cover better, and that's what the girls did." "It was really hard to play the Central game after a loss like that to South," Weese said. "I really wish we had played with the same spirit in the Central game that we had against South, because the outcome might have been different." Central allowed leads of 6-0 and 12-7 to slip away in the opening game against Sacred Heart, but got back-to-back scoring kills from McDonald while scoring the last three points of the game. Game two was all Sacred Heart after'the Knights bolted to a 10-1 lead, with Nicole Knipp at the service line on half of those points. The final game was tied a 5-all before the Mustangs went on a 10- point scoring run, including ace serves from Heather Herrman and Lexi Fellers. "I told the girls before we started that I respect South but I was sure worried about Sacred Heart," Wittman said, "They played a great game and nothing was safe until it was on the ground." T COLLEGE FOOTBALL This year's race for Heisman is wide open T HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY South sweeps 1-70 team titles By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press For those with a passing fancy, maybe Danny Wuerffel's your man. Or Peyton Manning. Or even Jake "The Snake" Plummer. Prefer the running game? There's always the Big Two from the Big 12 — Troy Davis and Byron Hanspard. And don't forget Northwestern's Darnell Autry. Looking for a novel approach? Try Mr. Pancake himself, left tackle Orlando Pace. Fling in a longshot or two, such as Brigham Young's Steve Sark- isian and Wyoming's Marcus Harris, and that's one hefty haul of Heisman Trophy contenders. It's only mid-October, and there's still six weeks left in the college football season, but Heisman hunting is always in season. Some players, like Wuerffel of Florida, Davis of Iowa State and Hanspard of Texas Tech have remarkable numbers. Others, like Plummer, Sarkisian, Autry and Pace, may not have the stats but certainly are show-stoppers. And then there's Manning, Tennessee's quarterback who has done everything right except throw four first-half interceptions in a nationally televised loss to Wuerffel's Gators on Sept. 21. "A guy like Wuerffel would have to be the favorite, just based on the name and what he's done," BYU coach La Veil Edwards said. "But there are really some good players, like Hanspard and Davis. If they keep that pace, it would be tough to keep them out of it. It's really a wide-open race." So wide open that even a 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman has drawn considerable attention for the Dec. 14 award at New York's Downtown Athletic Club. "Right now, he's my leader," said Heisman voter Mark Blaud- shun of The Boston Globe. "He's the most dominating offensive lineman I've seen in a decade. "I don't think Page ean win," Chris Fowler of ESPN countered. "As good a left tackle as he is, I don't think a left tackle should win the Heisman Trophy." This is what makes the Heisman Trophy one of the most debated awards in sports. Does it really go, as advertised, to the nation's top player? Or does it simply end up in the hands of the player with the best numbers, on the best team. Williams, Moos lead Central to impressive finishes at Burke Park By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Teamwork was as good as gold Thursday for the Salina South Cougars. The Cougars reached a milestone in the 1-70 League cross country championships at Bill Burke Park as they swept the boys and girls titles. The team victories were South's 99th and 100th in school history. Host Salina Central, meanwhile, turned in its best performances in recent memory, taking second in the girls division behind Jessica Williams' second-place finish, and third in the boys race as Adam Moos placed third. South's girls won their team title with three top-10 finishes as all five of their scoring runners were among the top 12. Tina Baxa was fourth, covering the 2-mile course in 13 minutes, 11 seconds, while Amanda Pratt took fifth in 13:17 and Jami Scoville seventh in 13:24. "It was awesome," Baxa said. "We all came together. We've been working well together all season and our girls are really close this year. "This was a sweet victory. We finished 12 points behind (defending league champion) Manhattan in Central's meet last week, so we hoped we could come back and win here. I think we just all pulled together more." South won the race with 39 points, followed by Central with 55 and Manhattan with 66. Manhattan's Bree Hedman was the top medalist with a 12:49 clocking while Central's Williams finished second in 12:54 and Topeka High's Liesel Kirk third in 12:59. Headman led most of the way and steadily pulled away for the victory. Williams, who finished 10th in the league race as a freshman last year, made a run near the finish line but said she made her move too late. "I try to keep a steady pace the whole way," she said. "I'm always afraid I'll die at the end so I usually keep my pace until I see the finish line. "I wanted to be first so bad and I think I could have gotten her, but I feel pretty good. At the meet here last Saturday I ran 13:06, so my time was better." Williams was one of two top-10 finishers for Central. Jennifer Bloomquist took eighth in 13:24. In the 3.1-mile boys race, South won with 48 points, Manhattan had 71, Central 80 and Topeka West 81. Medalist Stephen Perchellet of Manhattan made his move with about a mile left after running in a lead pack with Topeka West's Matt Davis, Moos and Wahlgren. He held on to finish in 16:48, with Davis second at 16:49. Moos was third in 16:59 and Wahlgren fourth with a 17:03 time. "I pushed when I got to the back stretch with the wind at my back," Perchellet said. "I'm not much of a sprinter, but the last mile I made a pretty good push." Central's Moos, a sophomore running cross country for the first time this year, stayed right with Perchellet until the final mile. "I'm extremely happy," Moos said. "I'm ecstatic. That was probably one of the best races I ever ran. I felt great the whole race. They just pulled away a little at the end." South's Wahlgren was not as pleased with his individual performance, but said winning the team title more than made up for it. "I was really happy with the team," he said. "We really ran together well. Winning the 1-70 League championship at home is a big thrill. "(Individually) I was a little disappointed. To be honest, I was running to win, but I fell asleep for a second and they (the leaders) got a gap on me. I relaxed a little and the gap opened pretty quickly." For South, which placed five runners in the top 16, Brandon Ebert was fifth in 17:05 and Matt Perry eighth in 17:19. Central's second-best finisher was Sean Ryan, llth in 17:24. Southeast of Saline girls run first in NCAA meet Trojan boys finish second to Ellsworth in league meet at Downs By The Journal Staff Southeast of Saline's girls successfully defended their North Central Activities Association title Thursday at Downs. The league meet was run as part of the Downs Invitational, which Southeast's girls also won. Southeast's boys came up just short in their bid to repeat as league champs, finishing second with 34 points — two points behind Ellsworth. Southeast finished third in the invitational part of the meet. "I'd have like to have been league champions," Southeast coach Wayne Sager said of the closely-contested boys race. "But (Ellsworth) coach (Roger) Perkins had his kids running extremely well today. I'm happy for them. Southeast's girls, the five-time defending Class 3A state champions, were paced by sophomore Leslie Brady, whose time of 13:06 was good for first place in the league portion of the meet and second to Smith Center's Lindsey Barnes in the invitational part. The Trojans' Stacie Justice (3rd, 13:18), Marci Keeler (4th, 13:22), Kelly Jackson (5th, 13:27) and Janelle Lund (6th, 13:48) combined with Brady to account for Southeast's winning league score of 19. Minneapolis' Nito Blochlinger was the league and invitational boys' champion, covering the 3.1- mile distance in 17:05. Ellsworth's Ben Orozco (17:34) and Cody Smith (17:36) led the way for the Bearcats, finishing second and third, respectively, while Southeast's Daniel Craig was fourth in 17:41. Other top 10 league finishers for Southeast were Aaron Pavkov (7th, 18:18), Mike Willis (8th, 18:24) and Jason Evans (9th, 18:30). Led by Eric Conrad's fifth-place finish, Smith Center won a tight battle for the boys' invitational team title. The Redmen topped the nine- team field with 48 points, while Ellsworth was second with 49 and Southeast third with 51. Emmanuel Christian, led by Chris Houltberg's 19th-place finish, placed eighth. Isaacson runs first Ell-Saline's Kristine Isaacson placed first at Thursday's Washington Invitational. Isaacson covered the 2-mile course in 12:39, finishing 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Misty Cole of Washington. Hanover, ranked No. 5 in Class 2- 1A, won the girls' team title with 23 , points. Aaron Weigel was Ell-Saline's top boys finisher, placing 13th in 18:59. Hillcrest's Waylon Lawson was the top individual medalist (17:20), while Linn topped the boys' field with 42 points.
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