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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1996 B3 BIG 12 NOTEBOOK DALLAS — Selected comments ;from Big 12 coaches during their weekly conference call Monday: North COLORADO (5-1; 3-0) . Next game: vs. Texas, Saturday ' Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel has read all the stories about linebacker Matt Russell being a wild man, and he's not impressed. 'They're all true, but (to me) he's not as wild as advertised," Neuheisel said. "He certainly likes to look the ''part — 47 different hair styles and so forth — but Brian Bosworth he's not." Neuheisel further demolished Rus, sell's growing legend by saying "he'd just as soon go home with a bowl of ice cream, sit on the couch and watch TV with his parents." That doesn't mean Neuheisel thinks any less of him on the football field. , "Matt is certainly a great player for l ' ; Us," Neuheisel said. "Not only bei' 'cause he's the anchor of our 4-3 defense. He's just a guy who plays so hard. That can't help but carry over to '.the entire defensive unit and the whole team." KANSAS STATE (6-1; 3-1) Next game: vs. Oklahoma, Saturday Kansas State coach Bill Snyder '•can't say enough nice things about • wide receiver Kevin Lockett. i' "He's a wonderful young man. He has tremendous character and he's a very fine student," Snyder said. "He , ;does what he's supposed to do, and he does things the right way. People .enjoy being around him." ^Quarterbacks obviously like him, 'tbo. He's third in the league with 34 ':' 'catches for 442 yards. He's on pace ; to match or beat last year's 56 catch- '""•es for 797 yards. '• :.<"He's a big-play receiver," Snyder said. "He has good hands. He makes difficult catches — that's certainly been his trademark over the years." NEBRASKA (5-1; 3-0) i' 'Next game: vs. Kansas, Saturday ... Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said he expects l-back Ahman Green to ,/eturn to practice early this week, and ^that Green likely will play Saturday. ^However, several linemen and full- '•Jback Brian Schuster are banged up. "chuster has a bad shoulder bruise may be out this weekend. ^Everyone will be needed in top form if the Comhuskers are to return to the level of offense Osborne would like to see. The offense has been good and bad," Osborne said. "I don't think we had a very good day against Arizona State or against Texas Tech. We had n ,problem both games with turnovers." KANSAS (3-3,1-2) Next game: at Nebraska, Saturday . A few weeks ago, Baylor coach ' Chuck Reedy gave a soliloquy on the virtues of Nebraska football after the l,Cornhuskers smashed the Bears. .On Monday, a few days before facing the Hyskers, Kansas coach Glen Mason joined the choir singing prais- ri es to the two-time defending national r '6hampions. ''"•"I really think that the University of Nebraska 1 has the finest commitment '4o the sport of football of any place," I/Mason said. 'The people up there become participants instead of spectators. They become very involved." IOWA STATE (2-4; 1-2) Next game: at Baylor, Saturday The Cyclones have had three close losses this season, but coach Dan McCarney isn't letting that get his . Jeam down. i _..McCarney reminds them they are ''moving in the right direction after go- Ing 3-8 last year. 'Those are things we point out to the ( kids," McCarney said. "We can't : - 'change the past, but we can learn "•from it. There's no quick fix ... It's go| ''-ing to take some time. We're taking a lot of small steps in the right direction." MISSOURI (2-4; 0-3) Next game: vs. Oklahoma State, 'Saturday .".'Missouri coach Larry Smith said his v .team really benefited by having last weekend off. ,,-. "We had some guys who wouldn't ,,'have played if we had a game and n -,some who could've played but would' ' n't have'been 100 percent," Smith said. •'That group of six or seven players were held out of practice all week. The other players worked on fundamentals during the week, then were given the weekend off. South TEXAS A&M (3-4,1-2) Next game: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday Aggies coach R.C. Slocum met with quarterback Branndon Stewart on Monday morning to discuss the controversial play at the end of the first half of Saturday's loss, when Stewart disobeyed the coach's call and unsuccessfully tried to score on a keeper from the 1-foot line. The faulty decision was only part of their discussion. More importantly, Slocum wanted to talk about why Stewart admitted the mistake publicly and set himself up as the fall guy. "I would not have volunteered that information following the game," Slocum said of Stewart's admission. "You win as team and lose as a team." Stewart blamed himself for making the bad call — coach's had sent in a sweep play — and said it cost the Ag- gies the game. "I don't want to put it all off on him," Slocum said. 'That was one play that could've make the difference, but there were several others that could've also." TEXAS (3-3; 2-1) Next game: at Colorado, Saturday One of the games-within-the-game Saturday will be Texas' solid secondary vs. Colorado's speedy wide receivers. The Longhorns rank third in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 872 yards and four touchdowns in six games. The Buffaloes have the top- ranked passing offense with 1,821 yards. "I think it will be an interesting matchup and people will watch for it," UT coach John Mackovic said. "I hope we matchup with their speed. They're faster and probably have more talent than anyone we've faced the last several years." Mackovic said speed is something that you can detect on film, but can't really appreciate until you see it. He expects the first-quarter to be a feeling-out period for his defensive backs. TEXAS TECH (4-3; 3-2) Next game: at Texas A&M, Saturday Most pundits say the Red Raiders have as good a chance as anyone — and better than most — .of representing the Big 12's South division in the league's first title game Dec. 7 in St. Louis. What does coach Spike Dykes think? "A&M is a big, big hurdle for us," he said. "It gives us a chance to control our own destiny. "If we win, it puts us a step closer to where we want to be." OKLAHOMA STATE (4-3; 1-3) Next game: at Missouri, Saturday Oklahoma State followed a 71-14 pasting by Texas with a 35-13 loss to Colorado. A 28-27 victory over Iowa State was a step back in the right direction, leaving Cowboys coach Bob Simmons pleased with his season so far. "I've liked some of the things we've been able .to accomplish here," the second-year coach said. "As a head coach you really stress the positive side of football." Simmons pointed out that OSU has won six of its last 10 games. Plus, he's used 10 freshman this year. "If we can stay on top of it, our future is really bright here," he said. OKLAHOMA (2-4; 2-1) Next game: at Kansas State, Saturday It's amazing what a two-game winning streak can do for a school that has won several national titles. Sooners coach John Blake said his team's recent success has proven to his players they're much better than their 0-4 start. 'The kids feel really good about it, and right now we're building off of it," Blake said. "But we've got a lot of work to do." The Sooners — who had lost eight straight before beating Texas and Baylor the last two Saturdays — could win the Big 12 South by winning out. "Right now we're making too many mistakes to have a shot at the Big 12 (title)," Blake said. "Our confidence is getting better that we can win a game." BAYLOR (3-3; 0-3) Next game: vs. Iowa State, Saturday Early last week, Bears coach Chuck Reedy said the winner of the Big 12 South would have at least two losses. He's widened his prognostication a bit to say the champ could even have three losses. That means the Bears are still alive — if they win the rest of their league games. WORLD SERIES T COLLEGE FOOTBALL UK's Curry asked to step down Bv The Associated Press pect the coaches to take on a "lame By The Associated Press '^'LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bill Curry, who has a 23-51 record in his sev- erim season at Kentucky, will be fired at the end of the season, Kentucky athletic director C.M. Newton announced Monday. Newton told a news conference tnli Curry was informed Sunday niW tha.t Kentucky would be making a coaching change at the end of the season. He said he wanted Kentucky football fans to "rally behind the'football team and finish"this season with dignity and class." Newton said the decision affects the entire coaching staff and there was no timetable to find a successor. Defensive coordinator Rick Smith said Curry told the players of his impending departure at a meeting following his regular weekly news conference. Smith also said the coaches were asked to stay until end of the season. But Newton said he didn't ex- McGriff's bat returns to life pect the coaches to take on a "lame duck status" and that Curry remained in full cqntrol of the program. Curry's best season was 1993 when the Wildcats finished 6-6 after losing to Clemson in the Peach Bowl. Curry declined to comment on his impending dismissal during his news conference Monday morning. "Anything in that area will come from the athletic director or the (UK athletic) board," Curry said. "And that's the way it should be." Newton said football, along with basketball, must succeed in order to draw enough fans to support the other sports at the school. "Football must succeed at the University of Kentucky," Newton said. "It just has to succeed." Kentucky, in the throes of a four- game losing streak, assured itself of another losing season with it lost 41-14 to LSU on Saturday. Kentucky is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Veteran Brave drives in three runs for Atlanta in Game 2 victory By HAL BOCK Tlie Associated Press NEW YORK — Search for a soft spot in the barely voting-age Atlanta Braves' lineup and maybe you pick out Fred McGriff, a senior citizen in this group. McGriff will be 33 at the end of this month, elderly in a lineup that has a teen-ager in left field and a bunch of 20-somethings at the other positions. Chipper Jones is 24. Ryan Klesko and Javy Lopez are 25. Marquis Grissom is 29. Jermaine Dye is 22. Andruw Jones is 19. What's more, McGriff struggled in the second half of the season, hitting just eight home runs in a year where the ball jumped off the bat for most other players. Even though he had a career- high 107 runs batted in, there were signs that his bat might be slowing down. In the pennant playoffs against St. Louis, he was l-for-13 in the first four games as the Braves fell behind 3-1. The whispers started. With kids like Dye and Jones pushing their way into the lineup in the outfield and right fielder David Justice set to return from his shoul'der surgery, the Braves would have to find someplace else to put left fielder Klesko next season. First base seemed sensible, especially with McGriff.s bat speed in question. Forget about it. Maybe McGriff heard the talk. Maybe he just got rejuvenated by all the kids around him. Whatever, he's gone on a tear in the last week that could force the Braves to find TNFL another solution for the crowded roster. "The first two games against the Cardinals, I felt I wasn't swinging bad. Everybody else did," McGriff said. "I go up there aggressive and take my hacks." He went 6 for 15 in the last three games of the playoffs against the Cardinals, scoring four runs and driving in seven. Then he drove in two runs with a single and a home run in the World Series opener against New York, and three more with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly in a 4-0 Atlanta victory in Game 2 Monday night. That gave McGriff a postseason- record 15 RBI, three in the division playoffs, seven in the league championship series and five in the World Series. And he still has at least two more games to play. "I definitely wasn't thinking of RBI records or anything like that," McGriff said. "I just want a few more wins and another ring. When I'm retired and out of the game, I'll think about records." McGriff did his damage Monday night against lefty Jimmy Key, another indication that the lefty swinging McGriff s bat may not be slowing down after all. "He's tough but he got some pitches up," McGriff said, "I thought he threw the ball well. He keeps the ball away. I laid off the the bad ones." Some people thought McGriff looked a little gimpy running the bases. He laughed that suggestion off. "I've got a few nagging injuries," he said. "I was just stretching out to stay loose, in case I had to steal third." McGriff s renaissance at the plate has been encouraging to Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. "He's a battler," Cox said. "He gets the runners in. That's why he's batting fourth." CLASS 6A 1. Olathe North (1) 7-0 2. Manhattan (2) 6-0 3. Lawrence (3) 6-1 4. Blue Valley Northwest (4) 7-0 5. Washburn Rural (5) 7-0 This week — KG Washington at Olathe North (Thursday); Washburn Rural at Manhattan; Bear Creek, Colo, at Lawrence; SM North at Blue Valley Northwest. CLASS 5A 1. Liberal (1) 6-0 2. Salina Central (3) 6-1 3. Arkansas City (5) 6-1 4. Pittsburg (NR) 5-2 5. Winfield (NR) 5-2. This week — Wichita Carroll at Liberal; Shawnee Heights at Salina Central; Arkansas City at Independence; Coffeyville at Pittsburg; Winfield at El Dorado. CLASS 4A 1. Ulysses (1) 7-0 2. Paola (2) 7-0 3. Andale (3) 7-0 4. Fort Scott (4) 7-0 5. Sabetha (5) 7-0 6. Wellington (6) 6-1 7. Fredonia (7) 7-0 8. Goodland (9) 5-2 9. Wamego (NR) 6-1 10. Scott City (10) 5-2 This week — Pratt at Ulysses; Paola at Louisburg; Andale at Chaparral; Fort Scott at lola; Sabetha at Wamego; Clearwater at Wellington; Douglass at Fredonia; Goodland at Colby; Scon City at Colby. CLASS 3A 1. Norton (1) 7-0 2. Smith Center (2) 7-0 3. Riley County (4) 7-0 4. Southeast of Saline (3) 7-0 5. Wichita Collegiate (5) 7-0 6. Silver Lake (6) 6-1 7. Trego (7) 5-2 8. Hoisington (8) 6-1 9. Beloit (9) 6-1 10. Central Heights (10) 7-0 This week — Oberlin at Norton; Smith Center at Phillipsburg; Belleville at Southeast of Saline; Wabaunsee at Riley County; Wichita Collegiate at Bluestem; Oskaloosa at Silver Lake; Trego at Leoti; Hoisington at Oakley; Beloit at Minneapolis; Yates Center at Central Heights. CLASS 2-1A 1. F-rankfort (1) 7-0 2. Ell-Saline (2) 7-0 3. Garden Plain (3) 7-0 4. Ness City (4) 7-0 5. Pittsburg Colgan (5) 7-0 6. Sacred Heart (6) 7-0 7. Stockton (7) 4-3 8. St. Francis (8) 6-1 . 9. Troy (9) 6-1 10. Lyndon (NR) 7-0 This week — Washington at Frankfort; Inman at Ell-Saline; Caldwell at Garden Plain; Ness City at Quinter; Pittsburg Colgan at Pleasanton; Sacred Heart at Canton-Galva; Lincoln at Stockton; St. Francis at Hill City; Valley Falls at Troy; Frontenac at Shiloh Christ., Ark. •; EIGHT-MAN I 1. Centre (1) 7-0 2. Little River (2) 7-0 3. Mankato (3) 7-0 4. Blue Valley-Randolph (4) 7-0 " 5. Coldwater (6) 6-1 6. Goessel (7) 6-1 7. Waconda East (8) 7-0 , 8. Grinnell (10) 5-1 9. Quivira Heights (NR) 5-2 10. Linn (5) 5-1 ' This week — Centre at Goessel; Little River at Quivira Heights; Mankato at Waconda East; Blue Valley-Randolph at Mid- • way-Denton; Ashland at Coldwater; Sharon Springs at Grinnell; Hanover at Linn. EIGHT-MAN II 1. Sylvan (1) 7-0 • 2. Kensington (2) 7-0 ' 3. Rolla (3) 7-0 4. Triplains (4) 7-0 5. LeRoy (7) 7-0 , 6. Haviland (8) 5-1 7. Hanston (9) 6-1 8. Northern Valley (10) 5-2 9. Logan (6) 6-1 10. Protection (NR) 5-2 This week — Sylvan at Lucas-Luray; Northern Valley at Kensington; Rolla at Ingalls; Triplains at Weskan; Gridley at LeRoy; Haviland at Lewis; Hanston at Bazine; Protection at Stafford. Rankings / Balanced attack fueling Centre Raiders down San Diego, 23-14 FROM PAGE B1 By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Big plays, big hits and big penalties. The Oakland Raiders, it appears, are back to normal. The Raiders knocked out San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries in the first quarter, then beat the Chargers 23-14 in a wild game Monday night, their third straight victory that evened their record at 4-4. Cole Ford kicked three field goals for Oakland, which won three straight last November, just before going on an 0-6 nosedive that left it 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Jeff Hostetler once again was precise, completing 20 of 33 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Oakland converted 53 percent of its third downs and also committed 11 penalties for 97 yards. It wasn't a good night for the Chargers (4-3), who saw Humphries sustain a minor dislocation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder with 3:49 left in the first quarter. The injury is similar to the one Humphries sustained in the last game of 1992. He was able to play the following week in a 17-0 wild-card playoff win over Kansas City. else at quarterback. We've learned from our mistakes." The Cougar offense also has received steady play from the offensive line of center Fred Silhan, guards David Rziha and Mike Webb, and tight end Lucas Carlson. Josh Plett (10 catches for 246 yards) and Alex Utting (three for 78 yards) are the top receivers. On defense, Byron Bina joins Castillo and Rziha on a strong defensive line and senior linebacker Andre Ebaben is the leading tackier. Centre will need everything to come together against Goessel, which has won six straight games since falling to No. 2 Little River in the season opener. "At the beginning of the season we were always thinking about the playoffs and now it comes down to this week," Steiner said. "We realize if we lose, we're done for. "It will be a challenge. They're a good team, but hopefully as the game wears on, our depth will win over." The Cougars' depth and balance have paid dividends so far. The philosophy may'not be conducive to garish individual numbers, but then that's the whole point, Steiner said. "To me, the more enjoyable thing is winning the game," he said. "I could have as many yards as I would want and it wouldnlt matter if we lose. I think it's that way with everybody on our team.; "Individual stats don't matter to us — until we're old and got our beer bellies." BRIEFLY KW, BMC basketball teams to scrimmage The Kansas Wesleyan and Brown Mackie men's basketball teams will conduct a preseason scrimmage starting at 5 o'clock tonight at Muir Gymnasium. St. Mary's College of Leavenworth will also scrimmage. Kansas Wesleyan will play St. Mary's at 5:00. Brown Mackie and St. Mary's will follow at 6 p.m. Kansas Wesleyan and Brown Mackie will scrimmage starting at 7:00. FHS's McReynolds earns RMAC honor COLORADO SPRINGS - Joel McReynolds of Fort Hays State, a junior quarterback from Stockton, is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference co-offensive player of the week with Trevor Moon of Chadron State. McReynolds rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and completed 15 of 26 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Fort Hays State defeated Western State at Gunnison, Colo., 26-23. McReynolds has been the RMAC player of the week on two occasions. Jason Browning of Fort Hays State, a senior kicker from LaCygne, is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference special teams player of the week. Browning kicked a game-winning 43-yard field goal with one second remaining to give the Tigers a 26-23 win over Western State. Stewart signs contract extension with Mizzou COLUMBIA, Mo. —Norm Stewart will be coaching Missouri's basketball team into the next century under a contract extension with the university. Stewart, 61, is in the fourth year of a five-year contract and in his 30th season at Missouri. The new agreement secures his position as head coach until 2001, athletic director Joe Castiglione said Monday. "Norm Stewart is the heart and soul of Missouri basketball," Castiglione said. "He and his players have elevated our program to a level of national prominence that Tigers fans had never seen previously." Stewart's record is 581-292 at Missouri and 678-334 overall. He is hoping to record both his 600th win at Missouri and 700th career victory this season. Castiglione and Stewart confirmed last month that they were discussing adding to Stewart's contact. Sterling to induct 8 into Athletic Hall STERLING — The third class of the Sterling College Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted October 26 at halftime during Homecoming activities at the college. The new inductees are: • Bill Dill, '38; football & track; Tucson, Ariz. • Bob Frisbee, '54; basketball, Littlerock, Calif. • Steve Hicks, '83; football & baseball, Caracas, Venezuela • Angela Holmes, '85; volleyball & basketball, Cleveland, Ohio • Stacey Zavesky Noordhoek, '86; volleyball, basketball & softball; Valley Center. • William Seigle, '29; football (posthumous); Topeka. • Jerry D. Smith, '66; baseball, • Glendale, Ariz. • Sam Wilkey, '60; footbaU, has-, ketball & track; Wichita. : Kickoff for the Sterling College Homecoming game is 2 p.m. as the Warriors play Concordia College ' of Seward, Neb. at Smisor Stadium/McCracken Field in Sterling. From Staff Reports COMPLETE ENGINE MACHINE SHOP Including: • Head and Block Resurfacing • Flywheel Resurfacing •Valve Grinding and Cylinder Reboring V« I 9 729 N. Santa Fe • • n l> C Salina, KS • llll\ 9 913-827-6204 AUTO REPAIR & 4 WHEEL DRIVE SHOP T Elks Country Club \ I Special Year End Golf Promotion i For A Limited Time Only! FLUSH COOLING SYSTEM Recycle Antifreeze Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. Recycled fluid provides superior corrosion protection tor today's aluminum engines. • Pressure tests entire cooling system. • Eliminates disposal and pollution problems. » Drains cooling system to facilitate repairs. 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