The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 25, 1996 · Page 17
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FfclDAY THE SALINA JOURNAL V MORITZ ON SPORTS LARRY MORITZ TlieSalina Journal Intense rivalry fans the flame of emotions The Sacred Heart and Ell-Saline football rivalry, where you can always count on cheap shots, trash- talking, name-calling and the questioning of one's family bloodlines. ; And that's just between the fans in the bleachers. n Maybe that's an exaggeration, but when thesfc two schools have met in the athletic arena in recent years, Rule 52 (Citizenship/Sportsmanship) has generally taken the night off. None of that will be a problem tonight at Martin Stadium, thanks to former president Ronald Reagan. Back in 1983, the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed a joint resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National High School Activities Week, and Friday of that week is National Fan Appreciation Day. President Reagan signed that resolution into public law. • .That's right. For one day each year, good sportsmanship is the law. It's purely coincidence that it happens to fall on the same day as the Sacred Heart and Ell-Saline football game. , Amidst the propaganda distributed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association in connection with National Fan Appreciation Day is the following quote from coaching great Knute Rockne: "One person practicing good sportsmanship is far better than fifty others preaching about it." In essence, let's just shut up and enjoy the game. • This may border on blasphemy to some, but Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari and his counterpart at Ell-Saline, coach Chris Barkley, are a lot alike. Both have worked hard to get their programs to this point, and it goes back not only to the first day of practice in mid-August, but for the past several years. Both have been instrumental in developing the weight program at their respective schools, and stress those programs all the way down to the junior high level. Sacred Heart recently held dedication ceremonies at its new weight room, an excellent facility on display every time you walk into the Knights' gym. Ell-Saline is consistently among the top teams in its class at the annual state weightlifting competition. Both men look as if they didn't mind receiving and administering a few lickings during their playing days, and would still be strapping on the pads if it weren't for those ridiculous eligibility requirements established by the activities association. Both men are young enough that the 1996 season is likely only a precursor, with the prime of their coaching careers still to come. Both men coach high school baseball in the spring, meaning they take a break from the regular routine and only think about football between innings. , Both have similar thoughts about what makes this relatively new rivalry so intense: i, "We really haven't even been playing each other very long," Barkley said. "But they are both small schools and a lot of our kids work with the kids from Sacred Heart and a lot of the parents are the same way." "I think the key factor is a lot of these parents and kids work together," Canacari said. "Some of these kids are friends and some of them play on the same teams in the summer. The other 364 days of the year they are friends, but for one day tgey are not." Most importantly, each man believes when his team qualifies for the Class 2-1A playoffs, it has an opportunity to go a long way in November. Only one can be right. • Tonight's game is the fourth meeting between these two teams on the football field. Sacred Heart won 6-0 in a non-district game back in 1991. Ell-Saline won in 1994 and 1995, with both games played for the district title and both times on the final night of the regular season. Another potential matchup between the two schools could take place Saturday. The Knights and Cardinals are in the same half of the bracket at the Lincoln volleyball sub-state and would play for the only time this season if both get pjast their first-round opponents. Sports WESLEYAN SOCCER / C3 MONEY/ C5 CLASSIFIED / C8 c V WORLD SERIES Yankees take 3-2 lead Pettitte outduels Smoltz as New York completes sweep in Atlanta By The Associated Press ATLANTA — The New York Yankees might miss this ballpark more than the Atlanta Braves. Andy Pettitte outpitched John Smoltz in a classic duel, and the Yankees moved within one win of the World Series championship by hanging on for a 1-0 victory over Atlanta in Game 5 Thursday night. In the last game ever to be played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Yankees finished this postseason 8-0 on the road. They did it by working around a leadoff double in the ninth inning by Chipper Jones. Pettitte got one out and John Wetteland got the last two, the final one a fly ball that gimpy right fielder Paul O'Neill caught on the move with runners at first and third. Now, they'll return to Yankee Stadium — where they're just 2-4 this October — with a chance to clinch their record 23rd title. Game 6 will be Saturday night, with Jimmy Key starting for New York against Greg Maddux. The final game at this park turned out to be anything except the' kind of slugfest that earned this place its reputation as The Launching Pad. 4 More coverage / Page C3 World Series GAMES R H 0 NEW YORK LEADS SERIES, 3-2 GAME 6:7:01 P.M. SATURDAY The Associated Press New York pitcher Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch early In Game 5 Thursday night In the final game In Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium. Pettitte pitched eight Innings of shutout ball. V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL County rivals to collide Unbeatens Ell-Saline, Sacred Heart set for district clash tonight By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal The wait is over. Some participants in tonight's Sacred Heart and Ell-Saline football game have had a circle around Oct. 25 since the 1996 calendars rolled off the presses. Of the approximately 175 high school football games being played in Kansas tonight, only four games match teams with unbeaten records. That alone makes the Ell- Saline and Sacred Heart matchup one of the most intriguing in the state. Two state-ranked teams with identical 7-0 records going at it, with the winner possibly earning a postseason berth and the loser looking forward to the arrival of the 1997 calendars. "I'm sure you could say both teams have been waiting 364 days for this game," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said. "It's one of those great rivalries and a fun thing to be a part of." Canacari and the Knights will be right in the middle of things tonight when Ell-Saline coach Chris Barkley and the Cardinals come to Martin Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Ell-Saline, ranked No. 2 in Class 2-1A, has been here before. The Cardinals are going for a fourth consecutive postseason berth and are 32-2 in regular season games under Barkley. "I think we're at a point year-in and year-out where our expectations are going to be the same," Barkley said. "We've got a real competitive and determined group that is ready to take it to the next level, and we feel like this could be the year." The feeling on the Sacred Heart sideline is much the same as the sixth-ranked Knights arrive at this point of the season with a perfect record for the first time since 1981. See RIVALRY, Page C4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL KlTs Henley suspended in wake of Thursday arrest By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — June Henley, whose production as Kansas' leading rusher has tapered off hi recent weeks, was suspended from the team Thursday after a drunken driving arrest. "There was no resisting arrest, he was cooperative throughout," said Lt. Kevin Harmon, a police spokesman, of Henley's arrest around 2 a.m. Thursday. Henley, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, is the Big 12's fourth-leading rusher with 131.6 yards per game. HENLEY Harmon said Henley was cited for suspicion of operating under the influence, a municipal equivalent of driving under the influence; driving on an expired driver's license; and failure to have proof of insurance. Henley was held in the jail and later released on bond of $850. A first appearance in court was set for Nov. 6. Coach Glen Mason suspended Henley and said he would not travel with the Jayhawks this weekend to play No. 5 Nebraska, according to a team news release. Mason declined to comment beyond what was in the news release about Henley, whom the team had previously touted for the Heisman Trophy. The team held a closed practice on Thursday as is its common practice. A police officer pulled Henley over Thursday morning after clocking him driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone near the campus and close to Henley's home, Harmon said. The officer brought Henley to the police station after Henley failed a field sobriety test. Harmon said a Breathalyzer test indicated Henley's blood-alcohol level registered above .08, the legal limit in Kansas, but Harmon would not say what Henley's level was. Henley gained 187, 201 and 216 yards in the first three games of 1996. In scoring four touchdowns in the second game, a 52-17 romp over TCU, he broke the team's career touchdowns record of 28. On Oct. 19 he gained 111 all-pur- pose yards to set the team's career all-purpose yardage record at 4,409 yards. But his rushing yardage has been down in the second three games of the season. He rushed for 63 yards in a 52-24 victory over Oklahoma, 43 yards in a 17-30 loss to Texas Tech and 80 yards on 26 carries Saturday against Colorado. During the 20-7 loss to the Buffaloes, he was ineffective in the first half, and most of his yards and a 1- yard touchdown came in the second half when the game had already been decided. SALINE COUNTY GAME DAY Southeast of Saline (7-0) at Belolt (6-1) This is as close as you can get to a winner-take-all matchup in Week 8 of the high school season. The team that comes away with victory tonight at Beloit guarantees itself at least a share of the North Central Activities Association title. More importantly, the winner could sew up the Class 3A District 10 championship or at least control its own destiny in next week's regular season finale. Southeast locks up a playoff spot with a win tonight and a Belleville victory over Minneapolis. Beloit is facing a similar situation, having an opportunity to win the district title with a win over Southeast and a Minneapolis victory over Belleville. Beloit has looked good on both sides of the ball this season. The Trojans have scored 27 points or more in every game and are averaging 39.4 points a game. The defense has not given up more than one touchdown in any of its last four games. Southeast's defense has been equally tough, allowing only 11 points and 183 yards total offense per game. The Trojans will try to slow down the league's leading rusher in Beloit's Levi Lange, who has 885 yards on 158 carries. This game has been extremely close the last two years, with Southeast winning 9-6 last season and 20-18 in overtime in 1994. Salina South (4-3) at McPherson (5-2) The representative for Class 5A's District 5 could be determined tonight in TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE Shawnee Heights vs. Salina Central at Salina Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Salina South vs. McPherson at McPherson, 7:30 p.m. Ell-Saline vs. Sacred Heart at Martin Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (KSAL, 1150-AM) Southeast of Saline vs. Beloit at Beloit, 7:30 p.m. Bennlngton vs. St. John's Military at Perkins Field, 7 p.m. McPherson. Salina South and McPherson won their district openers last week, meaning tonight's winner could lock up a playoff berth. The Cougars could clinch the district title with a win over McPherson, but only if Hays also defeats Great Bend tonight. McPherson would assure itself a postseason berth with a victory over South and a Great Bend win over Hays. The Bullpups' five wins this season are the most by a McPherson squad since the 1988 team qualified for postseason and finished 7-3. Last week's 32-20 victory over Great Bend was another step in the right direction for the Bullpups, who had lost 14 of their previous 1,5 district games going into last week. McPherson junior Danny Metheney made his first start at running back last week and carried for 284 yards. Metheney had 214 yards the previous week in a backup role. The Bullpups come in with a four-game winning streak. Qne of their two losses came to state-ranked Arkansas City (17-7). Shawnee Heights (0-7) at Salina Central (6-1) Win or lose tonight, Salina Central postseason fate will not be determined until next week's contest at Topeka Seaman. The Mustangs cannot clinch a playoff spot with a win, nor can they be eliminated with a loss. Central opened play in Class 5A's District 3 with a 58-7 victory over Highland Park, its 13th consecutive district victory. Shawnee Heights came as close as it has all year to winning a game, falling to Seaman 10-3. The Thunderbirds have been outscored 204-30 this season, and have not scored 10 points or more in any of their first seven games. Central place-kicker Andy Schorn was a perfect 8 for 8 on extra-point attempts last week against Highland Park. His eight successful kicks ties him for third place on the Kansas high school single-game record chart. Before his season is complete, senior running back Parker Wallace will likely put his name at the top of several Central offensive records. With his six touchdowns a week ago, Wallace now has 41 touchdowns (37 rushing, four receiving) and 252 points scored in his career. He needs only one touchdown to tie former Central back Tanner Hancock in both categories. With 1,623 yards in seven games this season, Wallace is also nearing the 3,000-yard career mark. He needs 150 yards to top that figure. Bennlngton (4-3) at St. John's Military (5-2) Will St. John's Military share or stand alone. The Muleskinners play their final Eisenhower League game this season and a victory would enable St. John's to match it best league finish in the program's history. First-year coach Travis Shaw and his squad will finish alone in second place with a win over Bennington. Even with a loss, the Muleskinners have already clinched no less than a share of second in the league, and cannot catch Eisenhower champion Centre. Bennington has won three of its last four games, with that one loss a double-overtime contest with Tescott. The Bulldogs played a brutal early season schedule that included losses to a pair of No. 1 ranked teams — Sylvan in Eight-Man II and Centre in Eight-Man I. i*— Larry Morlt*: .SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913)823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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