The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
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TUESDAY MAY 1,2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports NBA PLAYOFFS / D3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL / D3 BRIEFS / D3 T COMMENT HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL DICK ROSETTA Salt Lake Tribune Ostertag too soft to be effective GOOD NIGHT, KNIGHTS Trojans' bats come alive as they take out Sacred Heart By LARRY MORITZ The Salim Journal DALLAS — Shawn Bradley should have been kicked out. Greg Ostertag should be kicked off. Better, yet, get Bradley, the scrappy Castle Dale farmer, back in Utah and banish Ostertag,. the soft-as-mush Texas farmhand, back home to Duncanville. This NBA first-round Dallas Mavericks- Utah Jazz series has come down to who OSTERTAG the men are and who the boys are. Suffice it to say, above and beyond the cheap-as-dirt flagrant 2 foul he committed on Karl.Malone tha!t was downgraded to flagrant 1 by gutless officiating, Bradley is the man and Ostertag is the seldom- used boy • Jazz fans have seen this all too often from the 7-foot-2 Ostertag, enough to make them nauseous and pine for the days when 7-4 Jazz center Mark Eaton used to eat up opponents like Bradley and spit them but as so many sunflower seeds. When the Mavericks needed a goon-man to extract them from a sweep swoon Saturday, Coach Don Nelson assigned Bradley to mete out the punishment against Malone. "Just being aggressive," said Bradley of the first-quarter assault on Malone viewed by NBC's analysts as a flagrant 2 foul subject to ejection from the game. Instead, the flagrant 1 penalty enabled Bradley to survive for a six-point, 10-rebound second-half contribution that, as much as any Mav, fueled a 94-91 Dallas victory OK, that being said, all the Jazz centers had to do was reciprocate. All Ostertag — or Olden Polynice — had to do was bludgeon the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki or Juwan Howard, or Bradley, in the same manner as Bradley attacked Malone. It ain't pretty or legal, but it is part of the nightly NBA code. Sometimes, it's pre-meditated, as was the case with Sacramento thug Chris Webber against John Stockton in the 1999 playoffs. But what retaliatory action did the Jazz centers take in the 42 minutes after Bradley raked both elbows across Malone's face? Three rebounds, no points and one foul combined from both 7-footers. One ticky- tack foul — on Polynice. One blasted, nothing foul. Ostertag didn't bother to use one of his six fouls as a payback. Never did. Never has. Nor ever will. He is nothing more than a big ol' cuddly bear — a good husband and a good father. But he is either incapable or uninterested in whacking an NBA opponent to send a bully-boy message such as Bradley did to Malone. The eyes of Texas were upon Ostertag on Saturday They must have loved what they saw — all six minutes of nothing. That's the essence of Ostertag's six-year tenure at Utah. Nothing. Ostertag has had some 500 games to appease his critics. He has offered up the sound of silence. It is pathetic. Here's a string- bean like Bradley flexing his skin-and-bones at the Jazz with Ostertag — and Polynice — blinking, cowering and seeking safe haven on the bench. Neither played a second in the decisive fourth quarter Saturday Ostertag may have had an ulterior motive to,stay longer in Texas. Family members came in from Duncanville for a reunion. Here's a suggestion. Take him back to Duncanville. Permanently. Heaven knows he won't cause anybody any harm. When a team scores 10 or more runs in 13 consecutive games, it's a safe bet more than one or two players are hitting the ball well. Such is the case with the Southeast of Saline baseball team, as the Trojans continue to blister HIGH SCHOOL SE-Saline 10 Sacred Heart> almost every pitcher an opponent sends to the mound. Southeast reached double figures for the 13th consecutive game when it defeated Sacred Heart 10-6 in the opener of a scheduled doubleheader Monday at James Matson Field. The intracounty matchup, twice postponed by inclement weather earlier in: the month of April, was cut threatening weather conditions again. Southeast led 20-1 with one out in the bottom of the second when tornado sirens sent both teams scrambling for cover No official decision has been made if or when the game will resume. The Knights have eight games in the next 11 days, and if it is rescheduled, state high school rules indicate it would start from the point when it was suspended. Southeast (12-3) had 12 hits in the opener and another 19 in the first two innings of the second contest. Eight Trojans had at least one extra-base hit. "We can hit the ball, one through nine in our lineup," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said. "We've been hitting it all year. I keep thinking somebody is going to shut us down, but let's hope it doesn't happen." Sacred Heart (9-2) had its school' T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 0»» JJ record nine-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The Eoiights had 13 hits in the opener and led 3-0 in the first inning when Chris Neihouse had a two-run double, and Jeff Jaquay followed with an RBI single. Southeast took the lead for good with a seven-run third when the first eight Trojans to bat reached safely Jordan Dupes' two-run double preceded Justin Hartman's three-run homer to right- center to make it 5-3. Southeast of Saline right­ hander Jeremy Petty delivers a pitch against Sacred Heart Monday afternoon at Matson Field. Petty went the distance for the victory as the Trojans improved to 12-3 on the season. TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Sacred Heart closed within one in the fifth when Jeremy Phetteplace's first home run of the season, a three-run shot, made it 7-6. Back-to-back doubles See TROJANS, Page D3 Sweeney feasts on Jays' pitching First baseman picks up sixth home run, all against Toronto By The Associated Press TORONTO — Mike Sweeney wouldn't mind hitting against the Toronto Blue Jays all the time. Sweeney hit his sixth homer of the year, all of them against Toronto, and the Kansas City Royals won their third straight, 6-3 over the Blue Jays on Monday "It just happens to be that on the days I'm facing them I'm getting pitches to hit," Sweeney said. "The guys gave me a hard time, but I'm just happy we won." Royals 6 Blue Jays 3 tried every ap- Sweeney went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Royals, who won the season series 4-3. "Good riddance to Mike Sweeney," Toronto manager Buck Martinez said. "We just can't figure out Sweeney We proach." In seven games against the Jays, Sweeney went 13-for-27, a .481 pace, with 10 extra-base hits and eight RBIs. For the season, he is batting .292. The game was originally scheduled for April 12, but it was postponed when chunks of SkyDome's roof fell to the ground in left field. Monday was supposed to be a T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Jayhawks defend distribution plan Seating will likely be determined by donation amount By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — A plan to distribute University of Kansas men's basketball tickets based at least partly on how much people donate to the athletics department will help keep it from running a deficit, athletics officials say. Some fans are unhappy about the athletics department's plan, saying it amounts to auctioning off tickets to the highest bidder. "I wish they would just drop the whole idea, but I know that is not going to happen," said Harold Riehm, a season ticket holder since 1965. Under the proposal, donations and the size of those donations to the athletic fund would at least partially affect who gets tickets and where they will be seated in Allen Fieldhouse. The plan would involve about 8,500 seats in the 16,300-seat facility The other seats are allotted to faculty, staff and students, and would be left alone. "Everyone will have the opportunity to remain in their seats that they have right now. But it's possible they will be asked to give more," said Pat Warren, the associate athletics director who is overseeing development of the seating plan. Warren said factors such as ticket-purchasing history in other sports and university programs also would be considered when determining who gets what seats. The plan would not be carried out imtU the 2003-2004 season, he said. Athletics Director Bob Frederick, who announced last week that he will retire Jime 30 in part because of the department's financial problems, said the Kansas University Athletics Corp. needs the money. Similar type seating plans have become common for college athletic corporations to raise revenue, he said. Under the corporation's agreement with the university, the business side of athletics is not allowed to run a deficit. Warren said. Without the plan, "we're looking at a $1 million deficit in two years," he said. day off for both teams. "I'd much rather be at home listening to tunes and laying on my hammock in the backyard," Sweeney said. "But if we had to play a game today, and come to a different country, and travel 2000 miles to do it, I'm glad we came here and got a win. If would be really disappointing to come all this way, lose an off day, and get beat." Kansas City starter Jeff Suppan (2-3), winless in his previous three starts, allowed three runs on eight hits in 7% innings. He struck out six and walked two. Tony Cogan finished the eighth, and Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth to get his sixth save. "Suppan had real good com- • HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL mand," Martinez said. "He was able to do just about anything he wanted to do." Tony Batista hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have scored just five runs since Martinez revamped the lineup two games ago. The Blue Jays had been averaging more than six runs before the change. "You expect this team to score more than two runs," Martinez said. Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the second off Toronto starter Joey Hamilton (1-1) on consecutive doubles by Jermaine Dye and Sweeney, and Hector Ortiz's run-scoring grounder. Hamilton gave up six runs on 10 hits in 6 % innings. "Sweeney has worn us out all year," Hamilton said. The Associated Press The Royals' Luis Alicea (left) congratulates teammate Mike Sweeney after his sixth inning home run Monday in Toronto. Sweeney went 3 for 4 in the Royals' victory. Trojans, Knights divide two Sacred Heart takes advantage of error to split with SE-Saline By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal As much as the Sacred Heart Knights kicked the ball around in the first game of their softball doubleheader Monday, they gladly accepted a little help from Southeast of Saline in the second. An error and stolen base opened the door, and Michelle Gonzales did the rest with a line-drive RBI single to give the HIGH SCHOOL Knights a 5-4 victory and a split against Southeast at Bill Burke Park. Southeast used a nine-^hit attack, supplemented by seven Sacred Heart errors, to win the opener, 10-3. "It couldn't have gone any worse in the first game," SE-Sallne said Sa- sacred He cred Heart coach Barry Fritz, whose Knights pushed their record to 10-2 with the victory in the nightcap. "But we kept our heads up, and Michelle got a big hit and drove in the winning run." 10 4 3 5 Sacred Heart got the opening it needed with one out in the seventh when the throw on Lisa Broberg's grounder to third pulled the first baseman off the bag. Broberg then stole second and scored when Gonzales' shot to left just eluded a diving Rachel Flax. After Sacred Heart tied the second game at 4'on back-to- back, two-out doubles by Dani Wittman and Chelsea Hadorn in the bottom of the third inning, neither team scored again until the seventh. Southeast twice tried to steal runs See SPLIT, Page D3 Bear-ly under control An emotional Mark Hatley announces that he will leave the Chicago Bears as their personnel chief during a news conference Monday in Lake Forest, III. Hatley and team president and CEO Ted Phillips called the departure a "mutual termination." "We're graded by our won- loss record, and it hasn't been good enough," Hatley said. The Associated Press SUGGESTIONS? 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