The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 2001 · Page 26
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I I _WEbNESDAY. MAY 2, 2001 sranTs THE SAUNA JOURNAL • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Royals' changes involve hurlers Team recalls Durbin, sends Wilson down; Stein now a reliever By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Right-hander Chad Durbin was recalled from Triple-A Omaha by the Kansas City Royals and started Tuesday night's game against Cleveland. Durbin was called up Monday and right-hander Kris Wilson was optioned to Omaha. Durbin was 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA for Omaha while Wilson had a 7.71 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Royals. "Chad had a very good spring and he's been pitching fairly consistently in Triple-A," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "We'll give him a chance to pitch at this AP file photo Royals pitcher Chad Durbin is back in the big ieagues after going 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA at Omaha. level because of his improvement." Blake Stein, 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA, was moved from the rotation to middle relief. T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL BRIEFLY KU volleyball signs two in-state players LAWRENCE — Two more Kansas high school players have signed to play volleyball at the University of Kansas. Joining the Jayhawks are 5- foot-8 defensive specialist Jill Dorsey of Wells ville and 5-11 outside hitter Lindsey Morris of Blue Valley Northwest. Dorsey is a three-time all- area pick and a four-time All- Frontier League selection. She helped lead WeUsviUe to a 37-5 record and third-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. Morris, an outside hitter, was recently named Kansas City Metro Player of the Year and led Blue Valley Northwest to a 38-5 record and the 6A state championship. Bethany athletes earn KCAC honors LINDSBORG — Two athletes from Bethany have been chosen the Kansas Conference softball players of the week. Center fielder Michelle Rogge was the position player of the week after hitting .500 (6 of 12). She scored six runs and drove in six. Tanna Richter was the pitcher of the week. She was 4-0 with a 4.26 earned run average. Ottawa outfielder Paul York and Ottawa pitcher Ryan HiU were KCAC baseball players of the week. York hit .636 (7 of 11) with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs last week. Hill was 1-0 with six strike outs and two walks in 9 % innings. Swedes land South catcher Gordon Salina South senior Mick Gordon has signed a letter of intent with the Bethany baseball program. The starting catcher for South this season, Gordon is a two-year starter for the Cougars. He was also a member of the 2000 Claritin Falcons, Salina's senior American Legion squad. Bethany tabs Taido specialty coordinator LINDSBORG — Tom Taldo has been named specialty coordinator for the Bethany football team. Taldo has coached wide receivers, called the offensive plays and was front-eight coordinator for the Swedes the past three seasons. He was graduated from Bethany in 1999 and is associate director of admissions. He also will serve as a residence hall director this fall. Swedes' Edwards receives recognition LINDSBORG — Bethany forward Jeff Edwards has been selected to the Lutheran Colleges All-America second team. The 6-foot-5 Edwards, a senior from Marysville, was the Kansas Conference player of the year this past season while averaging 19 points. Sophomore guard Dustin Hildebrand was an honorable mention selection. Sophomore forward Jodi Strathman was an honorable mention choice on the girls' team. Oakley native Carter stars for Colby CC COLBY — Cody Carter, a sophomore from Colby Community College, was chosen the NJCAA Region 6 track and field athlete of the meet last weekend in Overland Park. Carter, a native of Oakley, won the decathlon with 6,130 points, took second in the 400- meter hurdles and ran a leg on the men's 4x400 relay. He will compete in the NJ­ CAA nationals in the decathlon and the 400 hurdles. Carter's decathlon total broke the school record and he holds the school's 400-hurdle record. He set four school records in indoor track — 60- meter hurdles, 600-yard nm, 600-meter run and was on the record-setting distance medley relay team. Campion, Graber to play in KBCA game Salina Central's Kevin Campion and Salina South's Zack Graber have been selected to play in the annual Kansas Basketball Coaches Association AU-Star game. The game, which wiU also feature HiUsboro's Grant Brubacher and Brewster's Jay Reid, is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Topeka. Osborne's Brittany Dietz, Oakley's Jennifer Hake and McPherson's Stacey Becker have all been selected to play in the girls' aU-star game. State tournaments need volunteers The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help with the Class 5A state softball and baseball tournaments May 25-26 at BiU Burke Park and Dean Evans Stadium. Approximately 100 volunteers are needed. Tasks include gate keeping, announcing, shagging balls, team hosts and ticket and T-shirt sales. Contact Tiffany Greene at the Chamber of Commerce at (785) 827-9301 or e-mail her at tiffany@informatics.net. Free Park Entrance set for this weekend PRATT — Free Park Entrance is scheduled for this weekend across the state. Boaters, fishermen and day campers wiU have free access to Kansas state parks (overnight camping fees not included) Saturday and Sunday Free Park Entrance applies to all 24 of the 24 state parks. From Staff and Wire Reports We Sell Peace of Mind. Midwest Security Systems, Inc. 1006 E. Iron / Salina, KS 785-825-8157 / 800-732-7863 Coaching box size expands Rules cominittee gives OK for associations to boost space from six feet to 14 feet By ANDY PROFFET The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — High school basketball coaches would have more room to communicate with their players under a rule change approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations basketball rules committee. State high school associations would have the opportunity to increase the space allotted for the coaching box from six feet to 14 feet, the committee ruled at its meeting earlier this month in Indianapolis. The committee also ruled that the in- bounding team can run the end line when a violation or foul is committed by the scoring team immediately following a made basket. The rules are not binding on each indi- vidiual state high school association but are intended as guidelines. A rule governing when a game is officially over was modified by the committee. The rule previously stated that the game was final "when the referee leaves the visual confines of the playing area." That rule was modified to show the game is over when the entire crew has left the floor. "If a mistake has been made and one member of the crew remains on the floor, why wouldn't we want the opportunity for the crew to return and correct the mistake?" Mary Struckhoff, assistant director of the NFHS and liaison to the basketball rules committee, said Tuesday. Commemorative or memorial patches may be worn on jerseys, the committee ruled, provided the patch is not a number and is worn above the neckline or in the side insert. The committee also recommended that home teams wear light-colored uniforms while visiting teams wear dark colors. In an effort to avoid confusion at the scorer's table, the committee ruled that an "x" be placed on the floor in front of the official scorer and that substitutes need only give their number when reporting, not that of the player they are replacing. Other rules changes approved by the committee include limiting music or sound effects to pre-game, timeouts, intermission and post-game, and ensuring that players remain standing during 30-second timeouts. The basketball rules committee includes one member from each of the eight NFHS sections, representatives of the National Federation Coaches Association and National Federation Officials Association, and committee chairman Richard Knox, deputy executive director of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. T AUTO RACING Earnhardt Jr. supports NASCAR in death probe Earnhardt's son: 'I will always believe' that the belt broke By The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes the seat belt in his father's car was broken during his fatal accident, brushing aside claims by a rescue worker that the belt was intact when emergency crews arrived at the car. "I believe that the belt broke and I wiU always believe that," Earnhardt Jr. said Tuesday "I'm not discarding anyone's statement as fiction, but there are always going to be two sides. I believe the belt broke." Dale Earnhardt was killed in an accident on the final turn of the Daytona 500. Five days after the Feb. 18 crash, NASCAR officials said they discovered a broken seat belt in Earnhardt's crumpled car After interviewing rescuers on the scene, NASCAR determined it had not been cut. Tommy Propst, an Orange County firefighter and emergency medical technician who was one of the first on the scene, told the Orlando Sentinel last weekend that the belt was in one piece when he got to the car and he struggled to puU open the buckle before finally releasing it. Propst also said no one from NASCAR has interviewed him. Earnhardt Jr said whether the seat belt broke is not an issue to him. "I don't think it matters, it's not a valid question," he said. "It's not an issue to me." He supports NASCAR as it continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Earnhardt's death. NASCAR is conducting an independent review into the accident, and one of the focuses is on the broken seat belt. NASCAR president Mike Helton has declined to discuss the investigation, saying he would address it when the review is completed in August. "I have total confidence in NASCAR and Mike Helton," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I know in my heart what happened and I feel comfortable with that. I'm not waiting for an answer — 1 s f g ig ty • The Associated Press Dale Earnhardt Jr. pauses as he answers questions during a news conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway. know what the answer is and' I'm fine with it. I sleep good at night." Earnhardt Jr refused to discuss what he thinks happened. He did say his conclusions have not come from NASCAR because he has not been kept informed on the progress of the investigation. Earnhardt was in third place, one spot behind his son, leading a second pack of cars when his Chevrolet slid down the track and made contact with Sterling Martin's car. The hit sent Earnhardt's car shooting up the banking and into the waU at 190 mph. An independent medical examiner who studied the autopsy photos said Earnhardt likely died when his head whipped violently forward during the collision. That theory contradicted that of the speedway physician, who said he thought Earnhardt was killed when his chin hit the steering wheel — which would not have happened had the seat belt not been broken. Meanwhile, Earnhardt Jr. has started to come to terms with his father's death and his recent success on the track has helped. After finishing second at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr. struggled until the past four weeks. He's finished 11th or higher in the last four races, and his third-place finish last weekend lifted him to 10th place in the standings. "Finishing poorly added to the stress in the early stages," he said. "But it has gotten easier to deal with. I get sad less often when I think about him. I think about more pleasant memories when I think about him then when I did a few weeks ago." One of those memories is of his father joining him in Victory Lane after Earnhardt Jr. won The Winston last May "My father coming to Victory Lane and not having an airplane to rush and get on, so he stuck around and we threw beer on each other and jumped around and hollered and just made fools of ourselves," he said. "I don't think I'll ever get that close to that feeling I had that night again." Stocks drop after postponement By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Speedway Motorsports Inc. shares rebounded slightly Tuesday, af- CART ter falling more than 11 percent following concerns over the postponement of an Indy-style race at its Texas track. Analysts said it's unlikely the problems with the Championship Auto Racing Team event will hurt the Concord- based race track owner financially over the long haul. The postponement, though, could lead to a small hit on Speedway's second-quarter earnings. CART called off the inaugural Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway before its start Sunday because the speed of the cars on the track's high banking subjected drivers to G forces strong enough to cause racers to pass out while competing. In a conference call Mon­ day, CART president Joe Heitzler said officials were still discussing whether to reschedule the race. Investors punished Speedway on Monday by selling shares. The owner of Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord and five other tracks lost $3.37, or 11.4 percent, to $26.20. They were up $1.43 Tuesday afternoon to $27.63. Michigan-based CART's shares suffered less, dropping $1.05, or 6 percent, to $16.45. • PRO FOOTBALL Bishop delivers abroad Former K-State star has top quarterback ranking in NFL Europe By NICK CAFARDO The Boston Globe Michael Bishop has started another quarterback controversy — in Frankfurt. This one, he'll win. Bishop has been so exciting the past two weeks in NFL Europe play that fans and media have demanded the Galaxy coaching staff stop platooning Bishop with former Penn State quarterback Kevin Thompson, who is property of the Cleveland Browns. Bishop, who has played parts of six quarters through two games, has been told he'll play all of Saturday's game at Amsterdam. Bishop has produced three touchdown passes, one of them an 80-yard bomb, and a 30- yard touchdown run. He owns a 107.5 quarterback rating, tops, in the league, and he's run for 94 yards on 11 carries. The touchdown run was quite exciting. "Basically, there was a free safety blitz and we didn't have him covered, so I made him miss and I took off around the end and made it into the end zone," said Bishop. Bishop thinks the talents he showed at Kansas State that made him a Heisman Trophy runner-up have come back better than ever after two seasons of virtual inactivity in New England. "It's just fun to compete again and be a leader on the field again," said Bishop. "It's, fun to be back out there with a: team and developing a chemistry with the other players. It's nice to have other players depending on you." The Galaxy are 0-2, having lost close games to Scotland (2421) and Berlin (28-20). Bishop started both games, came out in the second quarter, and resurfaced later. In last weekend's loss to Berlin, Bishop hurt his ribs at the end of the first quarter, but it was Thompson's turn to play anyway Bishop returned midway through the third quarter. Bishop said the playbook hasn't been difficult to learn, as the offense is similar to what the Patriots do, except "the terminology is different and there are more bootlegs and getting to the edge and throwing it downfield." 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