THE SALINA JOURNAI SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2001 C3 T SOFTBALL Abilene pins first defeat on Knights Sacred Heart rallies in opener, but unable to do so in game two By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal The Sacred Heart Knights dodged one bullet Friday in their effort to remain unbeaten, but Abilene scored a direct hit with the second. The Knights weathered Abilene's rally to win the opener 5-4, but MnaiKlBlfT ^M the Cow- •KuSl^iBlflSi girls took Abilene 4^ control Sacred Heart early in s 3 the nightcap to win 5-3 and gain a. split of the Softball doubleheader at Bill Burke Park. Sacred Heart, now 9-1, needed two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the opener after Abilene went in front 4-3 with three in the top half. Abilene then scored five times in the first three innings of the second game off Knights pitcher Dani Wittman and held on. "It's a game of opportunities," said Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz. "In the first game we jumped off to a lead and they made a run on us, but we were able to get back and get a couple of runners on and get the big hit. "In the second game, Dani was a little inconsistent and we didn't make the plays for her when we needed to. We got some baserunners, but we hit a lot of balls back to the pitcher and their shortstop (Danya Cole) made several nice plays." Abilene scored three times on four hits in the seventh inning of the opener against Sacred Heart pitcher Liz Wagoner (5-0), who had scattered five hits through the first six. • GOLF Bobbi Smith and Erin Lorson had back-to-back RBI singles to tie it and Smith scored the tie-breaking run on an error. But Sarah Weese beat out a ground ball to second to lead off the bottom of the seventh and took second when Wagoner's pop fly to short was dropped for an error. Lisa Broberg then laced a double to the gap in left center, scoring both runs for the victory. "Lisa got a big hit," Fritz said. "That was just huge." Abilene got off to a fast start in the second game as Courtney Lyngen led off with a double, Smith followed with a single and pitcher Lorson with an infield hit for an RBI. Smith then made it 2-0 when Andrea Biggs drew a bases-loaded walk. A Lyngen walk. Smith's RBI triple and Lorson's sacrifice fly put the Cowgirls up 4-1 in the second. "Up until now, our bats have been slow, but it seemed this last game we decided we could hit and did a nice job," said Abilene coach Shelly Crane, whose team improved to 8-4. "Defensively, all year we've been pretty strong. "It was like we weren't hungry to win (the first game) and decided in the second that we could play with them." Lorson threw an eight-hitter to push her record to 5-1. For Sacred Heart, Wittman had three hits and drove in a run while Weese got two hits and scored twice. "We're still 9-1, and Abilene's a very good Softball team," Fritz said. "They have nice pitchers and good hitters. "It's good to get a split. We just need to react a little better when we fall behind. Dani just struggled a little early, but then I thought she found it in the sixth and seventh innings and got in a groove." Sacred Heart wins Four-Man crown Knights' Knipp earns medalist honors; SJ- Mllitary wins Two-Man By PAUL MOGENSON The Salina Journal Sacred Heart's Mikeal Knipp parred the third hole of a playoff to edge teammate Andy Roemer for medalist honors and help the Knights win the Four-Man team title at their own invitational Friday at Salina Municipal Golf Course. Knipp and Roemer each carded 3-over par 73s and combined with Brian Eilert and Ryan Helmer, both top-10 finishers, to shoot 311 — 18 strokes better than Hillsboro. "On his third shot, he hit into the green-side bunker," Knipp said of the break he needed to win it. "He kind of chunked it out of the bunker and left himself about a 15-foot putt for par and he missed it. Then I made par." While the Knights were piling up the most team and individual honors, they weren't the only winners from Salina on the windy afternoon. Blake Walker and Scott Groenke of St. John's Military each recorded 78s for a combined 156 and earn the Two- Man championship. Those scores left them in a three-way tie for the fourth spot on the leaderboard with Marion's Blake Conyers. Ironically, Groenke had shot a 76 that would have been good for third medalist, but signed the T BASEBALL wrong scorecard and was officially given the 78 he signed for. "The kids have finished second in their last two tournaments and they really wanted to win one," Johnson said. "We had a good showing, but we're still not where we want to be." The playoff between his top two players didn't surprise Johnson one bit. "That's nothing new for those two. (Knipp and Roemer) have been battling from day one since they got on this team and they're going to continue to battle each other since they are going to college (Kansas Wesleyan) together," he said. With Walker and Groenke leading the way, St. John's finished third in the Four-Man race with a 337. Southeast of Saline and Marion tied for fourth with a 353 score. Phil Thiessen, the third medalist at 77, and Chuck Bina (82), enabled Hillsboro to place second in the Two-Man race with a 159. "We need to get three guys in the 70s if we want to accomplish the long-term goals that we want to accomplish," Johnson said. "This team wants to win a state title. They were'close last year and fell apart at the end. "Right now we've got two golfers playing really well, and we've got our three and four guys really close to playing well. If they can build some consistency, we're going to be OK." Ell-Saline sweeps Eagles By The Salina Journal CANTON — Ryan Muninger belted three home runs and'Ell- Saline rode an 11-run fifth-in- ing outburst for a 21-16, game- two victory and complete its baseball sweep of Canton-Galva late Friday Ell-Saline used a quick start to win the opener, 11-8. In game two, the Cardinals trailed 11-10 before taking the lead for good in the pivotal fifth inning. The Cardinals hammered out 19 hits in the slugfest to offset three errors. Ell-Saline built a 9-4 lead after three innings in game one then made it stand up. Canton- Galva made things interesting, scoring three times in the sixth to pull within 11-8, but the Cardinals responded by holding the Eagles scoreless in the seventh. Now 7-8 on the season, Ell- Saline resumes play Monday at Beloit. Salina Journal Connecting communities with ittformation HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: BELOIT RELAYS Adam captures three events Tipton senior places first in 300 hurdles, long jump, triple jump By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal BELOIT — There is something about the Beloit Relays that brings the best in Kala Adam. Whether it is the big-time meet atmos- GlPiS phere, the stiff competition or the crowd, the senior from Tipton has had some of her better jneets at the annual event and this year was no different. Adam recorded season- highs in a pair of events and came away with three gold medals Friday afternoon in the 61st annual meet and helped her squad to a second- place team finish in the Class 1-2A division. "The big meets, I think they just bring the most out in me," said Adam, who claimed gold in the triple jump, long jump and 300-meter hurdles. "These big meets make me want to do my best." With Adam leading the way, the Cardinals rolled off 85 points and made a bid to unseat Osborne at the top of the girls' division. Osborne, the two-time defending state champion, scored 10 points in the pole vault competition — the final event to be completed — and scored 97 points to earn the win. Meet-host Beloit captured the 3-4A division with 86 points, while Abilene finished second with 74 points. "This is a real good meet," Adam said. "I am very happy with what I have done here. "The coaching is the key. We work hard in practices and that is what gets it done in the meets." Friday, Adam reached her season best in the triple jump (34-6%) and 300-meter hurdles (48.53) and won the long jump with a leap of 16-2 y4. "I am ahead of schedule for what I am usually running right now," she said. "I just need to keep getting stronger." Before the season ends, Adam is hoping to lower her time in the 300 hurdles to the low 46s, the high 18s in the long jump and around 36-feet in the triple jump. If she can achieve those marks she believes her first state title could follow as well. "I have gone (to state) since I was a freshman and I have been getting better every year," Adam said. "Winning state would definitely be a good ..finish to this season. That is what we are working for" Other multiple winners in girls' competition included Belleville's Bethany Hurley, Abilene's Christina McKee and Logan's Sonya Triplett. Hurley claimed gold in the 300-meter hurdles (48.57) and 100-meter dash (13.19). McKee won the long jump (15-11%) and triple jump (34-8%). Triplett won the discus (11910) and shot put (40-9'/a). Osborne's team victory was highlighted by a pair of meet records as Lacey Sechtem went 9-4 in the pole vault and Jolene Mick set a new mark in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:39.37. The only new meet record in the girls 3-4A division was recorded by Concordia's Destiny Breault, who cleared 9-2 in the pole vault. JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Tipton's Kala Adam won the 1-2A triple jump with a dis-' tance of 34-63/4 Friday at the annual Beloit Relays. Adam also won two other events to help Tipton place second. .r COUNTY SPORTS Soccer South, Hays play to scoreless tie in 2 OTs HAYS — Salina South and Hays played to a 0-0, double-overtime tie in a girls soccer match Friday South outshot the hosts 26-8 and had the potential winning goal by Lisa Sader disallowed because of an offsides penalty "We had a lot of good shots," South coach J.C. Walsh said of the 100-minute match. "The wind was a killer. It was a 30 mile-per-hour crosswind and neither team could control anything. Walsh praised the play of Cougar keeper Alyson Adams, who repeatedly denied Hays. "Alyson played great today," Walsh said. "One (save) was a one-hander and another shot she deflected over the crossbar." South, now 6-5-1, plays host to Junction City Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Bill Burke Park. Baseball South gains split of twinbill atTopeka High TOPEKA — The Salina South Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the second game and held on for a 6-4 victory over Topeka High on Friday to gain a split of their 1-70 league baseball doubleheader. Topeka used a four-run fifth inning to win the opener 4-3. South led 2-0 in the first game before Topeka High broke loose in the fifth against Cougar starter Ryan Brin. The Cougars outhit Topeka 11-8 with Brandon Smith and Weston Moody both doubling. In the second game, Brian Sears and Mick Gordon each had doubles to lead South's 10-hit attack while Nick Miles pitched a complete game for the victory "The kids did a nice job getting on and getting runners in scoring position, but we weren't able to come up with the timely hit in the first game and they were able to," South assistant coach Chris Boettcher said. "We did a nice job on defense in the second game, which pretty much saved us." Smith was 5 for 8, Sears 3 for 6 and Eric Puvogel 4 for 8 in the two games to lead South's offense. The Cougars, now 6-8 overall and 4-2 in the 1-70 League, play host to Topeka West on Tuesday Golf South, Central compete at rugged Hutch meet HUTCHINSON — Salina South placed 13th and Salina Central 21st at the 34-team Hutchinson Invitational golf tournament at Carey Park Golf Club. Placing two golfers among the top 11, including runner-up Monte Hertach, Hutchinson captured its own meet with a score of 301. Runner-up Blue Valley Northwest was just two strokes back at 303, while Buhler finished third at 304. South had three golfers break 80 — Billy Stewart (78), Luke Sims (79) and Matt McGinley (79) — and finished with a 320. Jamie Barnett turned in Central's top performance, firing a 77 as the Mustangs totalled 327. Shawnee Mission East's Simon Thompson captured medalist honors, carding a 1-under 70 and defeating Hertach in a playoff Sonball Ell-Saiine's sweep features no-hitter BROOKVILLE — A no-hitter highlighted Ell-Saline's softbaU sweep of Canton-Galva Friday afternoon. Danielle White and Staci Breeden combined for the gem in game one as Ell-Saline rolled to a 21-4, five-inning victory, its first win of the season. The pitching tandem received all the run support it would need as Ell-Saline erupted for 14 first-inning runs. The Cardinals proceeded to carry that momentum into game two and won in similar fashion, 15-4. Ell-Saline's Monica Balthazor — who had three doubles on the day — allowed just one hit and was backed by an offense that scored two or more runs in four of its six at bats. Ell-Saline pounded out a total of 25 hits in the sweep and improved to 2-14 on the season. The Cardinals resume play Tuesday at Belleville. Sweep eludes Southeast of Saline CONCORDIA — The Southeast of Saline Softball team scored five runs in a two-inning span to knock off Concordia 6-3 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. But the Trojans weren't as fortunate in game two, stranding the potential game-tying and winning runners in scoring position in the final inning of a 6-5 loss. "It was a pretty tight doubleheader," said Southeast coach Mike Garretson. "We could have won them both or we could have lost them both. We got good pitching in both games. Concordia kind of had the timely hitting in the second game and we just couldn't seem to find that one big hit." The first game was knotted at 1-1 going into the fourth inning before the Trojans scored twice and then added three more insurance runs in the fifth to build a 6-1 lead. That was all the help Jamie Schropp needed as she went the distance.for the Trojans striking out five and allowing just seven hits. Concordia came up with the big inning in the second ganie as it scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to break open a 2-2 contest. The Trojans scored two runs in the top of the sixth and then one more in the seventh to pull within one, but saw the game end with runners standing on second and third. "If we could have just got 60 more feet out of them we could have at least tied the game," Garretson said. Laura Reed paced the offense in the opener for the Trojans with three hits, while Schropp contributed two. Southeast, which stands 9-3 with the split, managed just four hits in game two. Track and field Central girls fourth at Hutch Invitational HUTCHINSON ~ The Salina Central girls had four different individuals medal in multiple events Friday at the Hutchinson Invitational as the Mustangs compiled 71 team points and captured fourth place. Central boys scored 20 points and finished ninth. Liberal cruised to the boys title with 162 points while Hutchinson was second with 90. The Redskins also captured the girls crown with 119 points, while Wichita Southeast was the runner- up with 108 points. "This is the toughest meet we have been to all year," said Central coach Gary Goodwin. "We had some kids improve on their performances, but we are starting to battle some injuries and sickness that always seem to come around this time of year." Ashley Keats led the way for the Central girls with first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (15.14) and javelin (133-3). Keats was also fourth in the triple jump (34-3%) and fourth in the long jump (16-5%). Other girls earning multiple medals included Bonnie Snyder, who was fifth in the long jump (16-2) and fifth in" the 100-meter dash (12.55); Jessica Jones, who was fourth in the high jump (5-0) and sixth in the triple jump (33-9 %); and Mellisa Burns, who was third in the pole vault (9-6) and fifth in the javelin (105-0). Central boys' only two individual medalists came from Donnie Anders and Matt Smith. Anders finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22-6 %, while Smith was fifth in' the javelin with a throw of 151-6. Swimming Central's 200 freestyle relay sets record GREAT BEND — Salina Central's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sarah Donley, Danielle Boyer, Emily Allred and Tori Smith • broke the school record with a time of 2:07.89 Friday to help, lead the Mustangs to a fourth-place finish at the Great Bend Invitational swim meet. All three Central relay teams finished third in the 13-team meet that was won by Manhattan with 448 points. Wichita Trinity was second with 438 points, Garden City third with 167 and Central fourth with 166. Salina South finished .11th with.44 points. V For Central, Sarah Donley was the top individual finisher, taking second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:27..21. Other individual medalists for Central were Katie Donley with a third-place time of 1:08,91 in the 100 backstroke and DanieUe Boyer with a fourth-place finish (2:15.15) in the 200 free. The Mustangs' 200 medley relay of Katie Donley, Sarah Donley, Smith and Boyer took third in 2:07.89. Sarah Donley, Boyer, Katie Donley and Smith were third in the 400 free relay Jennifer Lampe was South's top individual finisher with a 13th-place time of 1:18.31 in the 100 backstroke.
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