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C4 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Norton, Smith Center match 7-0 marks Likely playoff spot in 3A on the line tonight in 1 vs. 2 matchup By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal They knew before the season started that it would be a meaningful game. But the Norton Bluejays and Smith Center couldn't have done any more to hype tonight's Class 3A district showdown at Smith Center if they had tried. . Norton brings a 7-0 record and No. 1 ranking into the 7:30 p.m. game against No. 2 Smith Center, Rivalry/ SHHS set for Cards FROM PAGE ci _. ! Sacred Heart earned its first Cottonwood Valley League outright in 10 tries, and now attempts to reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons under Canacari. ; "We're real pleased with the team's play up to this point in the sjeason," said Canacari, who owns a(n 18-7 (.720) record with the Knights. "The kids played hard and their expectations were to win the league. Now their next goal is to win district." I It's possible the winner of this game could clinch the 2-1A District 9 title tonight. If Sacred Heart wins and Canton-Galva defeats Inman, the Knights are district champions. If Ell-Saline tops the Knights and Inman downs Canton-Galva, the Cardinals are in the playoffs. 1 There are a number of similarities between the Saline County rivals. Both have high-octane offenses and the stingiest of defenses. Sacred Heart averages 36 points and 380 yards total offense per game. Junior running back Nathan Knipp is near ing the 1,000-yard rushing mark with 11 touchdowns; senior quarterback Ryan Ash has completed 56 percent of his passes for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns; while senior Mike Losik is the top receiver in the county with 30 catches for 768 yards and seven touchdowns. Craig Augustine has kept the Ell- Saline offense rolling this season. The senior quarterback comes into tonight's game with 1,100 yards rushing and nearly 600 passing. He has 18 rushing touchdowns, passed for eight more and has not thrown an interception in 53 attempts this season. The Cardinals also have the services of senior running back Jack O'Neal, who has averaged 9.3 yards a"carry since his return from an injury two weeks ago. The starting defense for both teams have been reluctant to give up points. Sacred Heart allows 10.1 points a game, but only three touchdowns have been scored against the Knights in the first three quarters. Ell-Saline has been equally tough, giving up only one touchdown this season before the fourth quarter and allowing 7.9 points a game. "I think the name of the game is playing good, hard-nosed defense and taking care of the ball on offense," Barkley said. "Both offenses can score in a hurry so defense is going to be the key. Which ever team controls the line of scrimmage best is going to win the football game." "Our key is not to give up the big plays and be patient on defense," Canacari said. "We need to force them to put together a drive. They are a big-play team and it hurts you and hurts your team morale when you give up those plays. "On offense we would sure like to use up as much clock as we can, but I'll also take the big plays, too." T PRO BOXING also 7-0. And for the loser, the season is effectively over. "I think both of us are probably pretty decent football teams and it's too bad one of us will have to stay at home," said Smith Center coach Roger Barta, whose Redmen, like Norton are 1-0 in district play. "(But) everybody knows the rules going in. What's important to us is that it's Norton and an opportunity for our kids to play against good competition. "Our kids are really excited; the school is excited and the community is excited. It's a great rivalry with Norton and a traditional ^game. We've had some really good games in this series." Smith Center edged Norton 14-7 last year in a non-district season opener. This time a trip to the playoffs is at stake. "The reality is, if we lose, we know Norton's not going to lose to Phillipsburg next week," Barta said. "We still have to play Oberlin, so we're not out of the woods if we win, but if we lose, it's probably over." Norton coach Bruce Graber said he hopes three difficult tests against Trego, Stockton and Oberlin in last week's district opener have prepared his Bluejays for the challenge. "We've had several big games and I think our kids have handled that," Graber said. "(But) had we lost to Stockton or Trego either one, we'd still know we were going into districts starting a rtew season. Now we know if we get beat we probably have one more game and that's it. "They know what the ballgame means and there's a little added extra pressure. The thing I stressed to the kids is, don't let all the hype and that part of it get you tense and nervous. Soak it all in. You're going to come out of the locker room (tonight) and it's going to be like Notre Dame. There's going to be a huge crowd, so drink it in. You should enjoy it and turn it into a positive." DISTRICT FOOTBALL STANDINGS Class 6A District 1 KC Harmon ( + 8) 1 SM South ( + 13) 1 KCWyandotte(-13) 0 SM East (-8) 0 District 2 BV Northwest ( + 4) 1 SM North ( + 11) 1 SM Northwest (-4) 0 SM West (-11) 0 District 3 Olathe North ( + 13) 1 Olathe South ( + 12) 1 KC Washington (-12) 0 Olathe East (-13) 0 District 4 Lawrence ( + 13) 1 Leavenworth 0 Topeka High (-13) 0 District 5 Washbum Rural ( + 13) 1 Manhattan ( + 13) 1 Junction City (-13) 0 Topeka West (-13) 0 District 6 Emporia( + 13) 1 Wichita Heights ( + 13) 1 Wichita North (-13) 0 Wichita East (-13) 0 District 7 Wichita West ( + 13) 1 Derby ( + 7) 1 Wichita South (-7) 0 Wichita Southeast (-13) 0 District 8 Garden City ( + 10) 1 Wichita Northwest ( + 13) 1 Dodge City (-10) 0 Hutchlnsoh (-13) 0 Class 5A District 1 BVNorth( + 3) 1 BVStirwell( + 13) 1 SM Miege (-3) 0 KCSumner(-13) 0 District 2 KC Aquinas ( + 13) 1 KC Turner ( + 9) 1 Ottawa (-9) 0 KC Schlagle (-13) ' 0 District 3 Salina Central ( + 13) 1 Topeka Seaman ( + 7) 1 Shawnee Heights (-7) 0 Highland Park (-13) 0 District 4 Arkansas City ( + 13) 1 Pittsburg( + 13) 1 Cofteyville (-13) 0 Independence (-13) 0 District 5 McPherson( + 12) 1 Salina South ( + 13) 1 Hays (-13) 0 Great Bend (-12) 0 District 6 Valley Center ( + 13) t Newton ( + 13) 1 Buhler(-13) 0 Maize (-13) 0 District 7 Wintield ( + 12) 1 Wichita Kapaun( + 13) 1 Andover(-12) 0 El Dorado (-13) 0 District 8 Liberal ( + 13) 1 Goddard( + 13) 1 Wichita Carroll (-13) 0 Wichita Campus (-13) 0 Class 4A District 1 Hiawatha ( + 13) t MaurHill( + t1) 1 Jefferson West (-11) 0 Atchlson (-13) 0 District 2 Lansing ( + 13) 1 KCWard( + 7) 1 KC Piper (-7) 0 Basehor-LJnwood(-13) 0 District 3 Santa Fe Trail ( + 7) 1 Topeka Hayden( + 13) 1 Perry-Lecompton (-13) 0 Council Grove (-7) 0 District 4 Bonner Springs ( + 13) 1 Gardner-Edgerton ( + 1) 1 Tonganoxie (-1) 0 DeSoto (-13) 0 District 5 Paola( + 13) 1 Loulsburg( + 13) 1 Spring Hill (-13) 0 Baldwin (-13) 0 District 6 Osawatomle( + 13) 1 Garnet! ( + 12) 1 Prairie View ( + 12) 0 Burlington (-13) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 o 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 5 2 5 1 6 1 6 7 0 4 3 5 2 2 5 7 0 4 3 4 2 4 3 6 1 0 7 2 5 7 0 6 0 4 3 3 4 6 1 2 5 0 7 0 7 5 2 S 2 5 2 4 3 5 1 5 2 3 4 0 7 5 2 3 4 2 5 2 5 5 2 5 2 4 3 2 5 6 1 5 2 0 7 0 7 6 1 5 2 2 5 1 6 5 2 4 3 2 5 0 7 4 3 2 5 4 3 0 7 5 2 3 4 5 2 3 4 6 0 4 3 6 1 3 4 4 3 2 5 2 5 0 7 5 2 3 4 5 2 1 6 6 1 3 4 4 3 2 S 6 1 5 2 2 5 1 6 7 0 6 1 3 4 1 6 2 S 2 5 1 6 0 7 District 7 Fort Scott ( + 13) 1 Chanute ( + 13) 1 tola (-13) 0 Girard (-13) 0 District 8 Labette County ( + 13) 1 Parsons ( + 13) 1 Neodesha (-13) 0 Columbus (-13) 0 District 9 Sabelha ( + 7) 1 Wamego( + 13) 1 Marysville (-13) 0 HoDon (-7) 0 District 10 Abilene ( + 6) t Chapman ( + 8) t Concordia (-6) 0 Clay Center (-8) 0 District 11 Fredonla( + 13) t Augusta (+12) t Douglass (-12) 0 Circle (-13) 0 District 12 Wellington ( + 13) 1 Rose Hill ( + 6) 1 Mulvane(-13) 0 Clearwater (-6) 0 District 13 Smoky Valley ( + 13) 1 Nickerson ( + 13) 1 Ellsworth (-13) 0 Russell (-13) 0 District 14 Andale(+13) 1 Chaparral ( + 5) 1 Haven (-13) 0 Klngman (-5) 0 District 15 Goodland( + 13) 1 Scott City ( + 13) 1 TMP-Marian (-13) 0 Colby (-13) 0 District 16 Ulysses ( + 13) 1 Pratt ( + 13) 1 Lamed (-13) 0 Hugoton (-13) 0 Class 3A District 1 Efflngham( + 13) 1 Nemaha Valley (+13) 1 Wathena(-13) 0 Horton (-13) 0 District 2 McLouth( + 13) 1 lmmaculata( + 13) 1 Eudora(-13) 0 Pleasant Ridge (-13) 0 District 3 Silver Lake ( + 13) 1 Royal Valley ( + 13) 1 Oskahloosa (-13) 0 St. Marys (-13) 0 District 4 Riley County ( + 13) 1 Rock Creek ( + 13) 1 Wabaunsee (-13) 0 Mission Valley (-13) 0 District 5 Wellsville( + 13) 1 Northern Heights ( + 13) t Pomona (-13) 0 OsageCily(-13) 0 District 6 Central Heights ( + 13) 1 Jayhawk-Unn ( + 6) 1 Humboldt (-6) 0 Yates Center (-13) 0 District 7 Baxter Springs ( + 12) 1 Galena ( + 5) 1 Rlverton (-12) 0 NE Anna (-5) 0 District 8 Cherryvale( + 13) 1 Erie ( + 13) 1 SE Cherokee (-13) 0 Caney Valley (-13) 0 District 9 Marion (+13) 1 Hesston( + 13) 1 Herington(-13) 0 Hlllsboro(-13) 0 District 10 Southeast-Saline ( + 1) 1 Beloit ( + 13) 1 Belleville (-1) 0 Minneapolis (-13) 0 District 11 Wichita Collegiate ( + 13) 1 Halstead( + 13) 1 Eureka (-13) 0 Bluestem (-13) 0 District 12 Belle Plalne ( + 8) 1 Medicine Lodge ( + 7) 1 Conway Springs (-8) 0 Cheney (-7) 0 District 13 Lakin ( + 1) 1 SW Heights ( + 6) 1 Holcomb (-6) 0 Clmairon(-l) 0 District 14 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 • t 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 t 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 7 5 4 4 3 3 4 1 7 6 4 3 4 4 4 1 7 4 5 2 6 3 3 1 5 2 0 0 7 4 3 1 5 5 1 0 7 4 4 0 5 4 4 1 4 3 3 2 6 2 1 1 7 4 3 1 5 2 2 1 7 2 4 3 6 5 S 1 4 2 1 0 5 3 2 0 7 6 4 4 7 5 2 0 4 3 4 2 6 4 5 4 0 2 3 3 4 4 3 6 0 1 3 4 3 3 3 6 0 3 2 5 1 4 4 6 2 5 7 7 0 3 4 6 2 2 6 7 0 3 3 7 2 3 3 6 3 4 4 5 1 5 6 6 0 3 4 6 2 5 5 6 0 5 3 4 1 2 2 6 3 5 6 7 2 4 5 7 0 1 3 3 0 2 5 7 3 4 3 e 1 3 2 3 Storting ( + 13) 1 Ellinwood ( + 5) 1 Lyons (-5) 0 St. John (-13) 0 District 15 Norton ( + 13) 1 Smith Center ( + 13) 2 Oberlin (-13) 0 Phillipsburg (-13) 0 District 16 Holslngton( + 13) 1 Trego ( + 13) 1 Oakley (-13) 0 Leotl (-13) 0 Class 2-1 A District 1 Frankfort ( + 13) 1 Clifton-Clyde ( + 13) 1 Washington (-13) 0 Valley Heights (-13) 0 District 2 Jackson Heights ( + 13) 1 Rossville ( + 13) 1 Onaga (-13) 0 Centralla (-13) 0 District 3 Troy (+13) 1 Jefferson North ( + 13) 1 Highland (-13) 0 Valley Falls (-13) 0 District 4 Lyndon ( + 13) 1 Waveriy ( + 6) 1 Marals des Cygnes (-6) 0 Burlingame (-13) 0 District 5 Chase County ( + 13) 1 Olpe( + 13) 1 Lebo(-13) 0 Madison (-13) 0 District 6 Pittsburg Colgan ( + 20) 2 Marmalon Valley ( + 13) 2 Unlontown (0) 1 Frontenac ( + 6) 1 Pleasanton (-39) 0 District 7 Sedan ( + 13) 1 West Elk ( + 13) t Central Burden (-13) 0 Attoona Midway (-13) 0 District 8 Moundrldge( + 13) 1 Peabody( + 12) 1 Sedgwlck (-12) 0 Remington (-13) 0 District 9 Ell-Saline ( + 13) 1 Sacred Heart ( + 13) 1 Inman (-13) 0 Canton-Galva (-13) 0 District 10 Garden Plain ( + 13) 1 Oxford ( + 13) 1 Caldwell(-13) 0 Udall (-13) 0 District 11 Stockton ( + 13) 1 Plalnville( + 13) 1 Lincoln (-13) 0 Osbome (-13) 0 District 12 Claflin( + 13) 1 LaCrosse ( + 13) 1 Otis-Bison (-13) 0 Victoria (-13) 0 District 13 Bukclln( + 13) 1 Greensburg ( + 8) 1 Falrtield (-8) 0 Kinsley (-13)' 0 District 14 Stanton County ( + 13) 1 Syracuse ( + 13) 1 Elkhart(-13) 0 Sublette (-13) 0 District 15 St. Francis ( + 13) 1 Hoxie( + 2) 1 Hill City (-13) 0 Atwood (-2) 0 District 16 Ness City ( + 13) 1 Dighlon( + 13) 1 Ellis (-13) 0 Ouinter (-13) 0 Eight-Man I District 1 Colony Crest ( + 13) 1 Wllliamsburg 0 Hartford (-13) 0 District 2 Chetopa( + 13) 1 St. Paul 0 Oswego(-13) 0 District 3 Burrton( + 13) 1 Pretty Prairie 0 Hutch Trinity 0 District 4 South Haven ( + 1) 1 Fllnthills 0 Elk Valley (-1) 0 District 5 BV Randolph ( + 13) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 3 3 4 5 2 3 4 7 0 7 0 4 3 1 6 6 1 5 2 4 3 1 6 7 0 3 4 2 4 1 6 6 1 5 2 5 2 4 3 6 1 5 2 3 4 1 6 7 0 5 2 4 3 0 7 5 2 4 3 4 3 2 5 7 0 5 2 5 2 4 3 0 7 6 1 3 4 1 6 0 7 3 4 2 5 2 5 0 7 7 0 7 0 5 2 3 4 7 0 6 0 3 3 0 7 '4 3 3 4 1 6 0 7 6 1 5 2 4 3 2 5 6 1 1 6 0 7 0 7 5 2 3 4 4 3 0 7 6 1 3 4 3 4 2 5 7 0 5 2 3 4 0 7 5 2 3 4 4 3 5 1 5 2 0 7 5 2 0 7 0 7 3 4 4 3 3 4 7 0 Midway Denton( + 13) 1 0 Linn (-13) 0 1 Hanover (-13) 0 1 District 6 Waconda East ( + 13) 1 0 Mankato 0 0 Pike Valley (-13) 0 1 District 7 Bennlngton ( + 13) 1 0 Wakefield 0 0 Southern Cloud (-13) 0 1 District 8 Centre ( + 13) 1 0 Goessel 0 0 Solomon (-13) 0 1 District 9 Oulvira Heights ( + 13) 1 0 Little River 0 0 Wilson (-13) 0 1 District 10 Cunningham ( + 13) 1 0 Skyline 0 0 Stafford (-13) 0 1 District 11 Ashland ( + 13) 1 0 Coldwater 0 0 South Barber (-13) 0 1 District 12 Argonia( + 1) 1 0 Attica 0 0 Norwich (-1) 0 1 District 13 Spearville( + 13) 1 0 Macksville 0 0 Jetmore(-13) 0 0 District 14 Meade ( + 4) 10 Minneola 0 0 South Gray (-4) 0 1 District 15 lngalls(+13) 1 0 Deerfield 0 0 Satanta(-13) • 0 1 District 16 Grinnell( + 13) 1 0 Sharon Springs ( + 13) 1 0 Cheylin (-13) 0 1 Tribune (-13) 0 1 Eight-Man II District 1 Elwood 0 0 Olathe KSD 0 0 District 2 Bern ( + 13) 1 0 Balleyville 0 0 Axtell (-13) 0 1 District 3 Thayer( + 13) 1 0 Dexter 0 0 Cedar Vale (-13) 0 1 District 4 Hamilton ( + 13) 1 0 LeRoy 0 0 Gridley (-13) 0 1 District 5 Hope 0 0 White City 0 0 District 6 Central Christla ( + 2) 1 0 Chase 0 0 Tescott (-2) 0 1 District 7 St. John's Beloit ( + 4) 1 0 Downs 0 0 Tipton (-4) 0 1 District 8 Hlllcresl( + 10) 1 0 White Rock ( + 13) 1 0 Jewell (-10) 0 1 North Central (-13) 0 1 District 9 Kensington ( + 13) 1 0 Northern Valley ( + 13) 1 0 Logan (-13) 0 1 Eastern Heights (-13) 0 t District 10 Lucas-Luray (+13) 1 0 Sylvan 0 0 Natoma (-13) 0 1 District 11 Triplalns 1 0 Brewster 0 1 District 12 Moriand( + 13) 1 0 Golden Plains 0 0 Lenora (-13) 0 1 District 13 Healy-Utlca( + 13) 1 0 Ransom 0 0 Palco (-13) 0 1 District 14 Pawnee Heights ( + 13) 1 0 Hanston 0 0 Ba2lne(-13) 0 1 District 15 Rolla(+13) 1 0 Moscow 0 0 • Fowler (-13) 0 1 District 16 Protection (+13) 1 0 Haviland 0 0 Lewis (-13) 0 1 5 2 5 1 4 3 7 0 7 0 5 2 4 3 0 7 0 7 7 0 6 1 1 5 5 2 7 0 5 2 5 2 2 5 3 4 5 2 6 1 5 2 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 1 6 4 3 2 5 3 4 5 2 4 3 2 5 5 0 4 2 3 4 2 4 0 7 2 4 4 3 4 3 1 6 4 3 1 5 1 6 2 5 7 0 2 5 3 4 2 5 4 3 1 6 3 4 5 2 2 5 1 5 4 3 2 5 2 5 0 7 7 0 5 2 6 1 5 2 4 3 7 0 0 6 7 0 1 6 3 4 0 7 1 6 3 3 3 3 1 8 2 5 6 1 1 6 7 0 0 7 0 7 5 2 5 1 6 1 NOTE: Points in parentheses are lor tiebreaker purposes. Teams can earn up to (with a win) 13 or lose (with a loss) as many as 13 points In district play. The tiebreaker Is used to break 3- way ties Both teams bring impressive credentials into the game. As usual, Smith Center has built its team on a rugged, stingy defense and the wishbone running attack. Norton's defense, led by middle linebacker Jeff Boyle and end Roger Philpot, also is solid, allowing just 130 yards per game. And the Bluejay offense is multi-faceted. "Our concern is we have to be able to move the ball a little and control it," Barta said. "I think we have more balance than we've had for a lot of years. We can attack the whole football field with the running game — inside-outside, left- right. We've been fortunate that whatever people have given us, Leonard to make comeback at age 40 $ugar Ray believes he can win again despite being out for five years By The Associated Press • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Cert iin he can return to champi- c nship form, Sugar Ray Leonard is making another comeback. And t lie time, as an inspiration to j oungsters, he says he'll be "fight- iftg for the kids." Leonard, more than five years removed from his last bout, said Tfhursday he will fight Hector Camacho in February, the site and ejxact date still to be decided. [ "I'm pretty good at boxing, even aft age 40," Leonard said during a r ews conference. "I'm a young 40.1 j ist happen to be a grandfather. I m very excited about my venture back into the ring. "Yeah, I could (win a championship). When I'm motivated, when there's a reason to do something, nothing stands in my way. It's only been five years." The bout will be promoted by Bernie Dillon, who recently listed possible sites as New York; Las Vegas; Atlantic City, N.J., and San Antonio. Leonard hasn't fought since losing a 12-round decision to Terry Norris in New York on Feb. 9,1991, a fight in .which he took a terrific pounding. Leonard, who has a 36-2-1 record with 25 knockouts, won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and has been a champion as a pro in five weight classes. Camacho, 34, is 62-3-1 following a sixth-round knockout of Heath Todd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 1. Camacho is a former three- time champion. Leonard's comeback has been rumored for several months and something he said he's contemplated since early in the year. Morrison to fight TULSA, Okla. — A bloody gash could stop Tommy Morrison's comeback fight, but the HlV-in- fected heavyweight appeared confident Thursday as he announced his return to the ring for a bout in Japan. Morrison will test his powerful left hook on the undercard of the George Foreman-Crawford Grimsley bout Nov. 3. His opponent is expected to be Anthony Cooks, a little-known boxer from Oklahoma. A contract provision calls for the fight to end if Morrison suffers any uncontrollable bleeding. The I we've been able to take advantage.' 1 " The Redmen are led in rushing by halfback Kade Depperschmid£ with more than 800 yards and an average of 18 yards per carry. Fallback Clint Merritt is close to 700 yards and halfback Andy Stewart has run for 650. For Norton, quarterback Joe Cox has thrown for 750 yards and 12. touchdowns with no interceptions: Tailback Jesse Williams leads the n team in rushing with 940 yards. "We just try to mix it up and have them defend the whole field," , Graber said. "But the whole game , comes down to up front. If we can, play as physical as them, we have a; chance." : ' Tonight's area high school football Here is tonight's schedule of high school football games Involving teams in The Salina Journal's circulation area of north-central and northwest Kansas: TOP 10 GAMES 1. Norton (7-0) at Smith Center (7-0). The battle between Class 3A's No. 1-ranked Norton and No. 2 Smith Center also should decide the District 15 representative in the playoffs while the other team stays home. 2. Ell-Saline (7-0) at Sacred Heart (7-0). Ell-Saline is ranked No. 2 in Class 2-1A and Sacred Heart No. 6, yet only one of the two can advance to the playoffs. Ell-Saline beat Sacred Heart in district play and advanced to the playoffs the past two years. 3. Mankato (7-0) at Waconda East (7-0). Mankato is ranked No. 3 in Eight-Man I and Waconda East No. 7. Waconda East can clinch the District 6 title tonight while a Mankato win would still leave the Cougars a tough test next week against Pike Valley. . 4. Southeast of Saline (7-0) at Belolt (61). Southeast, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, had to rally for a 28-27 overtime victory at home last week against Belleville while No. 9 Beloit rolled against Minneapolis in its District 10 opener. Both teams are 1-0 in district play with the winner gaining the inside track for a playoff spot. First place in the North Central Activities Association also is at stake. 5. Centre (7-0) at Goessel (6-1).Centre has been No. 1 In the Eight-Man I rankings all season and can clinch the District 8 title with a victory over No. 6 Goessel. Goessel's only loss came in the season opener against No. 2-ranked Little River. 6. Northern Valley (5-2) at Kensington (70). No. 2-ranked Kensington cleared one big hurdle in its run for the Eight-Man II, District 9 title by knocking off previously unbeaten Logan. Now the Goldbugs must get by No. 8 Northern Valley. 7. Salina South (4-3) at McPherson (5-2). South and McPherson are tied for the Class 5A, District 5 lead at 1-0 and both teams are hot. South has won its last two games and nearly knocked off Class 6A power Manhattan the week before that. McPherson is riding a four-game winning streak. 8. Sharon Springs (4-2) at Grlnnell (5-1). Both teams are 1-0 in Eight-Man I, District 16 and also battling for the Western Kansas Liberty League title. Grinnell is ranked No. 8 in Eight-Man I. 9. Little River (7-0) at Qulvlra Heights (52). No. 9-ranked Quivlra Heights scored a big victory in Eight-Man I, District 9 last week over Wilson and could clinch the district title by knocking off unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Little River. 10. Sylvan (7-0) at Lucas-Luray (4-3). It, will be the Eight-Man II, District 10 opener for ,' No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Sylvan. Lucas-Luray opened district play by • beating Natoma last week and could clinch a . playoff berth with the upset victory tonight. ' • REMAINING SCHEDULE * Bennington at St. John's Military Brewster at Healy-Utica Canton-Galva at Inman ., Chase at Central Christian Chase County at Olpe Cheylin at Tribune Clay Center at Abilene Concordia at Chapman Council Grove at Topeka Hayden Downs at St. John's Beloit Ellis at Ness City Emmanuel Christian at Hope Frankfort at Clifton-Clyde Golden Plains at Lenora Goodland at Colby Great Bend at Hays Hanover at Linn „ Herington at Hesston Hill City at Atwood Hillcrest at North Central Hillsboro at Marion Holton at Marysville Jennings at Lenora Jewell at White Rock Junction City at Topeka West Larned at Hugoton Leoti at Hoisington ., Lincoln at Osborne Logan at Eastern Heights '; Minneapolis at Belleville Morland at Golden Plains Natoma at Tipton Oakley at Trego Otis-Bison at Victoria Phillipsburg at Oberlin Plainville at Lincoln Pratt at Ulysses Quinter at Ellis Ransom at Palco Remington at Segwick Russell at Ellsworth Sabetha at Wamego St. Francis at Hoxie Shawnee Heights at Salina Centra ., Smoky Valley at Nickerson Solomon at St. Mary's Academy ' - ' Southern Cloud at Wakefield Stockton at Osborne TMP-Marion at Scott City . Topeka High at Leavenworth Washburn Rural at Manhattan Washington at Valley Heights White City at Tescott Wilson at Pike Valley BRIEFLY chances are slim, he said, "I've been cut four times in 50 professional fights. I'm not exactly a bleeder," he said. As far as stopping the fight, "it has to be a decision by the referee." Morrison's lawyer said the outcome will be determined by the scorecards if MORRISON a referee halts the match because of bleeding by either fighter. The 27-year-old boxer, whose voice brimmed with emotion eight months ago when he told reporters he had tested positive for HIV, did not waiver Thursday in saying his comeback is solely to raise money for children with AIDS. KU, Texas Tech women picked at top of poll DALLAS — Kansas and Texas Tech, who reached the Sweet 16 of the Women's NCAA Tournament last year, tied for first place in the inaugural Big 12 women's preseason media basketball poll for the 1996-97 season. Kansas returns four starters from last year's 22-10 team that won the final Big Eight regular_ season championship, while ' Texas Tech return three starters from a 27-5 club. Following the Jayhawks and Red Raiders in the preseason poll were Texas — 21-9 last year and the SWC Tournament champs — Colorado (26-9 a year ago), Texas A&M (20-12 last season), Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma. In addition to the team poll, a preseason All-Big 12 team was selected, along with a player of the year, newcomer of the year and freshman of the year. Kansas guard Tamecka Dixon, who received the most votes for,, preseason player of the year honors, was joined on the all-conference first team by Texas guard Danielle Viglione, Colorado forward Erin Scholz, Texas Tech center Alisha Thompson and Iowa State forward Jayme Olson. Lynn Pride of Kansas was named the preseason freshman of the year and Damietta Velicica of Colorado the newcomer of the year. Fort Hays State harriers ranked No. 13 HAYS — The Fort Hays State men's cross country team is ranked 13th in this week's NCAA Division II poll. The Tigers, winners of their first five meets of the season, will compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at Alamosa, Colo. T.J. Trout of Minneapolis led the Tigers to a first-place finish last Saturday in the Tiger Invitational at Hays. Trout placed third with a time of 25 minutes, 38 seconds. Jason Shanahan took fifth (25:51); former Southeast of Saline runner A.J. Lee was ninth (26:14); Jason McCullough 12th (26:25); and Brian Wichael of Hays 16th .:' (26:40). •••' :l Abilene's Jennifer West led the;-! Fort Hays women to a second- - ^ place finish by placing sixth '»° (18:55). McPherson's Chandra """ Russell was 10th (19:11); Summer .' Green 13th (19:21); and Stacy . ;! Weatherman of Sylvan Grove 15th (19:24). KW spikers down Bethel in four games In what Kansas Wesleyan coacliiu Tom Hughes regarded as one of" " i: his team's "best efforts of the ^ year," the Coyotes defeated Bethel " 13-15,15-12,15-12,15-6 in a Kansas Conference volleyball match Thursday at Muir Gymnasium. The match victory was Wesleyan's first at home this season, and hiked its record to 6-5 in the", ^ conference and 7-11 overall. .->" "We are finally doing some- ;,.'"'..j thing that I asked for five or six ^ matches ago," Hughes said. "A lot;; of our kills tonight were on ,;£ dumps. We were able to mix up '•->»? the attack and our bench did a "'",. ,'; good job." Marsha Emmot, the conference's co-player of the week last week, led Wesleyan's attack. The 5-foot-10 junior hitter recorded 29 kills, 24 digs and nine blocks and . was supported at the net by Holly Morris (13 kills) and Kary Taylor ; (four blocks). Sophomore setter'". Lisa Tripp produced 44 assists ;£, and 25 digs. ' ^ Wesleyan will compete in the -"•! Missouri Valley Invitational this ~ weekend and opens against con-, ference foe Friends today at 6 p.m. SHHS boosters to hold tailgate party tonight The Sacred Heart Booster Club'-" will hold a tailgate party starting '" at 5:45 p.m. today in the St. Mary's parking lot south of Martin Stadl-,; um. ,v".. The booster club will provide !^ " grills and ask that participants ; ' bring their own items for cooking, and side dishes. There is no • charge. '. • , Eagle Radio 99.9 KSKG will be, ; on hand, providing sub sandwich-" es and All-Sport drinks. -^ .'•!.'"•" From Staff Reportt

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