The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 24, 1996 · Page 17
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Salina, Kansas
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS / D2 PRO FOOTBALL / D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / D4 D T COMMENT WORLD SERIES KENT PULLIAM Tlie Kansas City Star Yanks rally, sink Braves in 10 Chiefs looking forward to Broncos game KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Safety Brian Washington was a little sheepish about it. Then he admitted it. He is really looking forward to the Chiefs' trip to Mile High Stadium on Sunday and the game with the division-leading Broncos. "I probably shouldn't say this," Washington said, "because every game is important. But I do look forward to playing in games that mean something. It seems like when something is at stake everyone digs a little deeper." Something is at stake this ..•^weekend at Mile High Stadium. • First place in the AFC West. The Broncos are 6-1, the Chiefs 5-2. • Tie-breaker edge. A Chiefs victory would mean a sweep of their . season series with the Broncos and the edge in a two-team tie breaker. A Chiefs victory would put them in position to win a three-team tie breaker between the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers. • "I try not to look at the game that way," safety Mark Collins .said. "To me, Denver is just a team in the way of where we want to go. But players play to be competitive. When something is on the line you usually rise up to the game." Collins was one of the many Chiefs who couldn't wait to get started Monday morning — their final day off of a three-day week. end. About half the team tramped through the weight room getting ready for the resumption of practice today. "Who wouldn't be looking forward to a game like this?" linebacker Tracy Simien asked. He spent Sunday as a fan, watching "about eight different games on my dish." The Broncos have won three straight, just as they had when they came into Arrowhead Stadium last month. The Chiefs defeated them 17-14 on Sept. 22 with a fourth-quarter drive. The Broncos are one of the hottest teams in the league. Quarterback John Elway has passed for more than 300 yards in : each of the last three games, a first in his career. He has passed for 984 yards and nine touchdowns in the last three weeks. Running back Terrell Davis, who ripped the Chiefs for 141 yards at Arrowhead, gained 194 Sunday against Baltimore. His 71- yard touchdown run was eerily similar to a 65-yarder against the Chiefs. Tight end Shannon Sharpe caught 13 passes against San Diego two games ago. Sunday he caught nine passes and gained 161 yards. "This is a big weekend coming up," defensive end Neil Smith said. "I am sure they feel good about what they are doing. They should. "This is the kind of game that "' "Tets you know who is supposed to be on top. They are a comfortable game ahead of us. We'll see what happens when we play." The Broncos are the only team in the AFC West to have played nearly even-up with the Chiefs in > ;the 1990s. The teams have played : 13 times. The Chiefs have won 1 seven. In the 1990s the Chiefs ; have averaged 22.5 points per game, the Broncos 19.0. "It's not going to be a blowout," I Smith said. "The game never has been, never will. It will come down to a particular play at some point in the,game — on special teams, a field goal, something like that to decide the game." The Chiefs have their work cut out for them. They have yet to put together a complete game against a good team. Their defense has had some alignment problems — witness Chris Warren's 50-yard touchdown run against them last Thursday. "We have a very aggressive defense and a great scheme," Washington said. "We have to work at getting in position to make plays. The touchdown Davis made against us, he made a great run. But we didn't get anybody in position to make the play." That will have to be a priority Sunday. The Chiefs are on the road, playing in front of a hostile crowd in a stadium where the Broncos have built one of the best home records in the NFL since 1985. New York erases 6-run deficit, stays unbeaten on road in postseason By BEN WALKER Tlie Associated Press ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves took one of the biggest gambles in baseball history. The New York Yankees turned it into one of the biggest comebacks in World Series hjstory. Pinch-hitter Wade Boggs drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning following a questionable intentional walk, and the Yankees beat Atlanta 8-6 Wednesday night to even the Series at two games each. A three-run homer by Jim Leyritz in the eighth inning tied the game as the Yankees rallied from a 6-0 deficit. Two innings later, they matched the second- biggest comeback in Series play with a win that made them 7-0 on the road in this postseason. With two outs in the 10th, Tim Raines drew a walk from loser Steve Avery and moved to second on a single by Derek Jeter. When Braves manager Bobby Cox went to the mound and elected to intentionally walk Bernie Williams, the MVP of the AL championship series and a hero in the Yankees' victory the previous night, rookie Andy Fox was on deck, but Cox clearly knew that Boggs was still left on the bench. Boggs, a future Hall of Famer with already 2,697 career hits, had not started two games because of a back injury and .171 average in the postseason. Avery, now with no margin for error, got ahead of Boggs 1-2, but World Series GAME 4 R H 12 E 0 SERIES TIED AT 2-2 GAME 5:7:15 TONIGHT + World Series notes/ Page D3 Boggs, with one of the best eyes in the game, then took three straight balls for a walk that put New York ahead. Charlie Hayes followed with a pop that first baseman Ryan Klesko dropped for an error, allowing another run to score. Graeme Lloyd escaped a jam in the ninth and was the winner and John Wetteland got two outs for a save. The win in the longest game in World Series history — 4 hours, 17 minutes — ensured New York would return to Yankee Stadium this weekend. Tonight, in what will be the last game ever at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Braves ace John Smoltz will start against New York's Andy Pettitte in Game 5. The biggest comeback in World Series history was the Philadelphia Athletics' rally from an 8-0 deficit in a 10-8 win in Game 4 in 1929. There were two other comebacks from six-run deficits, The Associated Press Atlanta Brave Fred McGrlff drives a solo home run In the second Inning off New York Yankee Kenny Rogers Wednesday. Yankees catcher Joe Glrardi and plate umpire Steve Rippley look on. Brooklyn in 1956 against the Yankees and Toronto in 1993 against Philadelphia. Needing just six outs for a win, Cox made the rare move of bringing in closer Mark Wohlers to start the eighth. Moments later, Atlanta's 6-3 lead was gone. Hayes led off with a dribbler down the third-base line that the Braves let roll, but it stayed fair for a single. Darryl Strawberry followed with a single and Mariano Duncan grounded into a force play that could have been a double play except for a bobble by defen- sive replacement Rafael Belliard at shortstop. ; Up stepped Leyritz, in the game only because starting catcher Joe Girardi had left earlier for a pinch hitter. Leyritz lofted a high fly that carried over the left field wall. T JUNIOR COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL Ahrens has BMC rolling in her last season Plans indefinite for third-year Lions coach who has guided her team to a 30-win season "This team plays with more heart than any team I've ever coached." By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Cheryl Ahrens has made sure her last season as head coach of the Brown Mackie College volleyball team is the school's best. Brown Mackie notched its 30th victory Wednesday by defeating the Tabor junior varsity. The Lions are 30-7 this season, a far cry from the 5-31 mark they produced four years ago in the year before Ahrens took over. "This team plays with more heart than any team I've ever coached," Ahrens said. Ahrens has submitted her resignation effective at the end of the current season although her plans are indefinite. She, her husband Ron — who is employed by the post office — and two small children had initially planned to move to Alaska. Her husband was stationed in Alaska for five years while in the Army and wanted to live there since. Ron Ahrens had arranged for another postal job in Alaska, having worked out a trade with another postal employee there who wants to return to the midwest. Cheryl Ahrens Brown Mackie volleyball coach The family made plans to move, Ahrens submitted her resignation and her assistant, Ronda Kenkel, was named as her successor. But that was before this season took shape. "We're not sure what we're going to do," Ahrens said. "My husband's afraid we'll move up there and I'll miss coaching. He's afraid we'd be divorced in two years," she joked. Ahrens said she now plans to seek another college coaching position. "We were throwing around thoughts of me being a mom," she said. "I've got two very young children and they don't know what it's like to have mom around all the time. "After the end of the season we're going to take a look around and see what available and make a decision by the first of the year." Finding a collegiate volleyball job in Alaska will be nearly impossible. The only college volleyball team in the state is at the University of Anchorage. There are no junior colleges or small colleges who play the sport. In the meantime, Ahrens' attention will be on the Lions, who keep winning thanks to a new scheme implemented this season. Ahrens went to a speed game, a strategy employed because of an overall lack of team size. "It's spectator oriented and it creates more excitement," Ahrens said. "The primary person who's had to adjust is our setter Lisa Burrell. "Last year we ran a 6-2 (formation) but changed to a 5-1. It's taken her out of her position as an attacker and its been an adjustment. Everyone likes to hit the ball. "Now she has to make the call for three attackers. She's become more studious of the game," she said. With a roster of only 10 players, seven who play regularly, the Lions have played with the best and beaten some. They are 13-6 against Jayhawk Conference teams, placed second in the Independence Tournament last weekend, and took third in the Barton County Tournament last month. Despite their lofty record, the Lions aren't mentioned in the latest NJCAA poll. Burrell and Michelle Audi are the team's only sophomores. The other five regulars are freshmen — Jenny Green, Jada Daniels, Barb Boydston, Stacey Budke and Beth Overman. Rena Kammerer filled in earlier this season when injuries hit. "We've been plagued with injuries, and that's unusual because my teams have usually been healthy," Ahrens said. "But our players have played through it. "They're not individualistic. They don't point fingers and they don't blame. They go out and do the job." Brown Mackie's next big test is Nov. 8-9 at the Region 6 Tournament at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. Barton County has one loss this season, to Cloud County. Brown Mackie has a victory over Cloud County. "We're looking forward to it," Ahrens said. T PRO FOOTBALL NFL fines Chiefs, Seahawks Fines totalling $73,000 leveled against players after fight-marred game By CRAIG HORST The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL Wednesday fined 10 members of the Seattle Seahawks and seven Kansas City Chiefs a total of $73,000 for fighting during their game last Thursday night. "We can sit here and talk about it, and say it's fair or unfair, (but) that's just how it is," Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson said after the two teams combined for the second largest fine this season. The NFL fined 35 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Oilers $145,500 a month ago after two fights broke out in their game. "It's a very physical, very competitive, non-violent game," Chiefs coach Marty Schotten- heimer said Wednesday. "It's (fighting) an unfortunate thing. No one likes it. But this is the real world. We don't advocate it. We have a job to do and we're going to do it within the rules." The Chiefs players were fined for two separate incidents. Chris Penn was given a $5,000 fine for what the NFL determined was an illegal block on Seahawks linebacker Winston Moss. Five players were fined $4,000 each for joining a fight started by Marcus Allen, who was given a $5,000 fine. The five were Kimble Anders, Danan Hughes, Dave Szott, Tim ' Grunhard and Keith Cash — all fined for entering a fight area. Chiefs coach Marty Schotten- heimer said the fine on Penn, which the Chiefs most dispute, was explained to him as unnecessary roughness-sticking. Schottenheimer said the rule means a player cannot block a player who has eased up or is not involved in the play. Penn blocked Moss below the knee far away from a tackle being made on the sideline. "Are those guys going to stop and not hit you?" Penn said. "We have to play our game. We're going to stick to our game. If the play isn't over and he's still on his feet, I'm still going to block him." Seattle players fined were Corey Harris and Dean Wells, $5,000 each for unnecessary roughness. Moss was fined $4,000 for fighting. Moss and Wells were each ejected in the fourth quarter of the game, which the Chiefs won 34-16. Seahawks given $4,000 fines for entering the area of a fight were Mike Barber, Carlton Gray, Selwyn Jones, Cortez Kennedy, Darryl Williams, Ronnie Williams and Terry Wooden. Wooden was inactive for the game and was not dressed. Marcus Allen initiated the fight by punching Troy Blackmon and he was pushed roughly out of bounds. Allen had said after the game that he punched Blackmon because he was standing closest to him. The other Chiefs said they would do the same thing to protect a fellow player. "You defend him, you have to defend the team," Hughes said. "I just find it real difficult mentally to believe I wouldn't do the same thing again. Maybe not go in their punching, but at least helping my guy off the ground. If I have to move a couple of their guys to do it, then I'm going to do it." Szott said he would appeal. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Jayhawks looking for consistency on offense After early-season success, KU has had difficulty producing By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal The defense hasn't been the problem during the last two weeks for the Kansas football team. Two weeks ago, the Jay- hawks allowed Texas Tech only seven points in tjie first half before getting no help from the KU offense in the second. Last week, Kansas allowed Colorado only 20 points, but managed only one touchdown of its own and lost a 20-7 decision. "I'm pleased with the way our defense has performed," KU head coach Glen Mason said earlier this week at his weekly press conference. "(Against Colorado), our secondary did a fine job covering their great receivers. We came really close to playing a spectacular game defensively." But, offensively, the Kansas coach wasn't happy. His team has scored just 24 points in its last two games and has had trouble scoring after driving deep inside its opponent's territory. "I'm not pleased with our offense," Mason said. "What's most disheartening is that we once again got the ball inside the five-yard line and we didn't come away with any points. So, we're lacking consistency with our offense. We need to play better down the stretch." That's asking a lot considering the Jayhawks face the fifth- ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday night (6 p.m., Fox Sports Network) in Lincoln, Neb. See OFFENSE, Page D4 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORT? EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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