M_§UNDAY, OCTOBER 2O, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL V HIGH SCHOOL STATE TENNIS DAVIS TURNEFVThe Salina Journal Salina Central's Alison Smith attempts to get under a spike against Manhattan In the finals of the I-70 League tournament at South High. Central second in 1-70 tourney Manhattan takes 20th consecutive league title in comeback victory By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal The queen of 1-70 League volleyball refused to abdicate the throne. Manhattan turned away a determined Salina Central squad to collect its 20th consecutive league title dating back to the days when the Indians played in the Central Kansas League. And it took a come- from-behind effort against Central to do it. Both the Mustangs and Manhattan went into the final round of Saturday's 1-70 League Tournament at Salina South High School with 4-0 records. Central took the opener and led 11-6 in the second contest, only to see Manhattan rally for a 14-16,15-12,15-9 victory. , "The kids know we've had the league title for a long time and I don't think they wanted to lose it," Manhattan coach Mary Lou Morgan said. "I think the coaches feel the pressure of maintaining the streak a little more because we've been around so long, but winning league was one of this team's goals at the beginning of the season." It was Central's second straight runner-up finish at league, but Mustang coach Rose Wittman saw plenty of positives after watching her team improve to 23-7. Central posted wins over Junction City (156, 15-13), Topeka West (15-9, 15-1), Topeka High (15-0, 15-3) and South (9-15,15-5,15-5). "It was a great day and we played really good ball," Wittman said. "I'm happy with our overall effort and going into sub-state next week I'm confident in our level of play." After winning two of its first three matches, South fell to Central and Topeka West to finish fourth. It was a long day for the Cougars (1913), who played in three of the four matches that went the full three games Saturday. The Cougars opened with a 15-6, 15-12 loss to Manhattan; defeated Topeka High in three games 15-11, 5-15, 16-14; overpowered Junction City 15-1, 15-2; then won the opening game over Central and West before falling to the Mustangs and 815,15-13,15-12 to West. "Even though the Topeka High match went three games, the girls felt and I felt like they were talking and moving," South coach Stef Curchy said. "Against Junction City our goal was to go out and pound a team, which they did and I got to use all 12 players. "Against Central we win the first game and then the same stuff we've been doing lately starts happening again. If there was one positive thing it was moving two players up from the junior varsity and they played well. I told them we've got 12 people that can play and it would be nice if we were playing on the same note for once." . Central's victory over South was the Mustangs' third in as many games against the. Cougars this year. The two teams could meet again next Saturday in the finals of the Class 5A sub-state at South. Five ace serves from Jessica Watson and a Darcy Durfee kill sparked a 7-0 run and helped the Cougars take control in the opening game with Central. But South never led in the final two games, falling behind 7-2 and 9-2. The Mustangs had eight attempts at game point before finally putting Manhattan (27-9) away in their opener. Central then had leads of 51, 8-3 and 11-6 in the second game before the Indians scored nine of the game's final 10 points. Game three was all Manhattan, after it built leads of 7-1 and 13-4. "When we were up 8-3 in the second game I thought we had it," said Wittman, whose team went an entire rotation without scoring while holding that 8-3 lead. "We didn't put them away when we had our chances." BRIEFLY Wesleyan soccer team rallies past Bethany LINDSBORG — An improbable comeback in the last 15 minutes Saturday left Kansas Wesleyan's soccer team undefeated in Kansas Conference play. Wesleyan scored four unanswered goals to stun the Swedes, 4-3. Mike Dibbini's goal in the last three minutes of the contest broke a 3-3 tie and left the Coyotes 3-0 in the KCAC and 10-1-1. "I was already planning what I was going to say in practice when we got back home," said Wesleyan coach Brian Berner. "Bethany outplayed us, but we pushed up players late with nothing to lose and were able to score." The Coyotes got goals from reserve Jason Szyba and fullback Keith Stoner in their comeback. Dibbini scored KW's other goal. "As a coach, I'm always looking for games to build off of, and today, I saw the makings of a championship team," Berner said. "We were about to get beat but played our hearts out to win." Wesleyan has four conference games left, beginning with Tabor at home on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Salina YMCA fields. Wesleyan's women fell 3-2 to Bethany. Berner said he was pleased with the team's improvement since an earlier 6-1 loss to the Swedes. KU's LaFrentz, Pollard score in different ways LAWRENCE — Raef LaFrentz led all scorers with 21 points in Kansas' "Late Night with Roy Williams" scrimmage, but Scot Pollard got the night's biggest cheers with a move that had nothing to do with basketball. LaFrentz, a 6-11 junior forward, hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range in leading the Red squad past the Blue 52-36 in the 30-minute scrimmage Friday night. Jayhawks coach Williams called LaFrentz's long-range shooting "a late-night aberration." Pollard topped the Blue team with 14 points, perhaps bolstered by his success in another undertaking earlier in the evening. Pollard's girlfriend, Mindy Camp, was called down to the court by Williams. Pollard got down on one knee and proposed marriage, and Camp, a May graduate who now lives and works in Arizona, accepted. "I've been thinking about it for a long time, and I figured I'd do it now or at a game," said Pollard. "And I didn't want to wait for a game. "It says something about the basketball when a proposal gets the biggest cheer of the night," joked Williams. WiUiams called Pollard's proposal a "nice touch" for the program, which began earlier than the traditional "late night" events of recent years. In the past, it had been held right after midnight on the first day teams could practice, but this year the KU actually began practice earlier in the week. Brown Mackie spikers finish second INDEPENDENCE — Brown Mackie's volleyball team finished second Saturday at the Independence Invitational. After winning seven of their eight pool play games, the Lions defeated Cowley County 15-8,15-9 in the tournament's semifinals before losing to Seward County 15-4,15-8 in the championship. "We played pretty well in pool play," Brown Mackie coach Cheryl Ahrens said. "But we didn't compete well against Seward County. We played better in the second game, but we were not consistent enough to take over the match. This is something that we must work on." In pool play, Brown Mackie's attack was led by Jada Daniels (37 kills) and Jenny Green (35 kills), while Lisa Burrell had 98 assists. In bracketed play, Green and Daniels had 16 kills. Elks team holds slim lead in Salina Cup Elks Country Club takes a one- point lead into the final day of competition in the annual Salina Cup golf tournament. Playing on its home course, the Elks squad collected nine points Saturday to lead defending champion Salina Municipal with eight and Salina Country Club in third place with seven points. The event matches 16-man teams from each of Salina's three golf courses in a Ryder Cup-type format. The Municipal squad held a half-point lead over the Elks after the morning four ball competition. The Elks took the lead with four points in the afternoon foursomes, while the SCC team closed ground with 5 V* points in the afternoon. Today's competition will have 24 singles matches, starting at 8:28 a.m. at the Elks. From Staff and Wire Reports Southeast of Saline names athletic field after Fritz By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal GYPSUM — The same field where Steve Fritz started his athletic career now bears his name. Fritz, a Southeast of Saline High School graduate and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, was honored at halftime of the Trojans' Homecoming game Friday night as the school's athletic complex was officially named Steve Fritz Field. "It's not anything I ever would have imagined happening when I was in school here or since I left here," said Fritz, a state champion track and field athlete and all-state basketball player at Southeast in the mid-1980s. "It's just a weird feeling, having people go to that much trouble to recognize me. "I'll never be able to thank the people enough for believing in me and for all their support." Fritz represented the U.S. in the Atlanta Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the decathlon. Before that he was a track and field Ail- American both at Kansas State and Hutchinspn Community College. He still holds the Big Eight decathlon record and won a national decathlon title at Hutch, where he also helped the Blue Dragons capture a national basketball championship in 1988. "You never think about something like this growing up," said Fritz, who is now in his fifth year as an assistant track coach at K- State. "Even now I don't know if I've accomplished enough for this kind of honor. Hopefully, in the future, I can. This is a great thing." Fritz said he plans to keep competing in the decathlon at least through the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He trains while working with the K- State track team. • Central duo takes second in 5A tourney Moshier and Wilson lose to McPherson's Nippert, Bohnenblust By HAROLD BECHARD Tlie Salina Journal McPHERSON — The Cldss 5A Girls State Tennis Tournament proved to be another heartbreaker for Sydney Moshier and Ashley Wilson. The Salina Central juniors had the favored McPherson doubles team of Heather Nippert and Kristin Bohnenblust on the ropes in Saturday's championship match at the Safety Center Courts. But, like a year ago against Arkansas City, Moshier and Wilson couldn't quite finish the job. With Central ahead 6-5 in the second set and serving for the state title, McPherson broke Moshier's serve and then won a 7-3 tiebreaker. The third set was then all Bullpups as Nippert and Bohnenblust won a 3-6,7-6 (7-3), 6-1 decision on a blustery autumn afternoon. "Last year was the same type of thing ... it's just an awful feeling," Wilson said. "I've always wanted to be first. I guess there's always next year." But instead of going after what could have been their third straight state title next year, Wilson and Moshier will be attempting to win their first. "It's hard, and it's going to take a little bit of time to get over this one," Moshier said, "but you have to have the desire and will to win next year." Nippert said the match turned around when it reached the second- set tiebreaker. "I think when we tied it up at 6-6, we started playing our game," said the Bullpup senior. "When we were down 5-6, we really didn't have anything to lose, and we started hitting winners." Bohnenblust, who combined with Nippert for McPherson's second- ever state doubles title, said her team didn't started playing aggressively until the tie-breaker. "We're still in kind of shock," said the McPherson junior. The Bullpups finished with a 34-1 record, while Moshier and Wilson were 27-7 in their third straight top- four finish at the state meet. "It's not like they lost to chopped liver ... they were 34-1," Central coach Jim LoVullo said. "We had our chances to beat them, and had them down. But, if we were going to get them, it had to be in the second set." After breaking McPherson's serving in the eighth game of the first set, Central came right back and led 3-1 and 4-3 in the second with a pair of breaks. But McPherson broke Central's serve three times in the second set to get to the tiebreaker and three more times in the third set. Central finished second in the team race behind Blue Valley North for its highest finish ever. "There's nothing wrong with being the second-best team in the state. No Central team has ever done that well," LoVullo said, ",1'm fortunate to be surrounded by good kids and great assistant coaches. It's too bad you take second here (in doubles) and have a rotten feeling." Moshier and Wilson stormed into the finals with an impressive 6-1, 62 victory over Great Bend's Melissa DeLong and Krista Price in a morning semifinal match. Nippert and Bohnenblust followed a short time later with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over the Blue Val-; ley North duo of Claire Berger and Amy Unell. • ' i "We're knocking on the doo'r,"! LoVullo said of the doubles team.; "We just didn't kick it in. For what-; ever reason, we can't seem to'get over the hump." The other Central doubles team, — Lindsay Warrington and Rochelle Hamman — finished eighth to wind up a 19-12 season. The Mustangs lost a 9-3 pro set decision to Betsy Regier and Shelly: Horst of Newton in the severith-; place match. v ; Meanwhile, Megan Russell of Wichita Kapaun made history with her victory in the singles division. The Kapaun senior wrapped up a 16-0 season and fourth consecutive state title with a 6-0, 6-0, whitewash of Shawnee Mission Miege's Laura Miller in the finals. Russell, 96-1 in her high school career, becomes the first Kansas girl 'ever to win four state high : school singles championships. Only 23 girls nation-wide have accomplished the feat and just eight in Kansas have won three. Russell, who will attend Ten-; nessee next year,' lost just four games in four matches. "Obviously, this championship is a little more exciting than the oth-, ers because it was the fourth," said Russell, whose only loss in high school came during the sixth match of her freshman year. "The pressure is there because everyone expects you to win, but I view that as an opportunity instead of a threat." Blue Valley North could relax on Saturday because the Mustangs had already wrapped up the team title. They finished fourth and sixth in doubles and third in singles to finish with 30 points. Smoky Valley wins 4A state tournament Strong doubles play fuels Vikings to first team title since 1988 By JIM MISUNAS Harris News Service HUTCHINSON — From a lucky flip of a coin to a strong doubles finish, everything went Smoky Valley's way as the Vikings dethroned Parsons to capture the Class 4A girls state tennis championship Saturday. Smoky Valley placed third and fifth in doubles and fourth in singles to capture its third team championship with 30 points at the Hutchinson Community College courts. It was the Vikings first team title since 1988. "I knew we'd have a good season, but to win state as a team is pretty exciting," Smoky Valley senior Beth Gusenius said. "We didn't have time to think about it. We were just excited to get here." Topeka Hayden finished second with 21 points when the Wildcats' doubles team beat Parsons in the ninth-place match. Parsons scored 20 points for third. Freshman Sheryl Posch of Parsons captured the singles title with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Scott City's Jill Grothusen. Labette County juniors Mendy McMunn and Ali Bussinger swept to their second consecutive doubles championship with a 6-1, 6-0 23 TIMES DAILY! victory over Marysville's Jennifer Kirkland and Erin Sawdy. Smoky Valley's Traci Talbott lost to Hayden's Libby Rooks 6-1, 6-3 in the third-place singles match. But Talbott played Rooks for third instead of the quarterfinal round because she won the coin flip for the third seed. "When we won the coin flip it gave us better position to help us get two qualifiers in the semifinals," Smoky Valley coach Doug Talbott said. "But we still had to go out and play hard today." -, In the semifinals, Marysyille beat Smoky Valley's Gusenius and Carmen Carlson 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 and. Grothusen rallied past Talbott:7-5, 6-2. Gusenius and Carlson beat Larned's Stacey Bailey and Raridi Hall 6-2,7-5 for third place. Angela Brock and Elizabeth Hodges of Smoky Valley beat Baldwin's Lauren Browne and Corey Dunn 6-l,'64 for fifth place. "We played well today, .but the semis was a really close match," Gusenius said. "That was a good team that beat us. But it was sure nice to come back with a win, especially since I'm a senior." '' Talbott, Carlson and Hodges return next season. Smoky Valley assistant coach Amanda (ChaW bers) Whitteker played singles/on the Vikings' last championship team.
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