The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 27
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SATURDAY MAY 5,2001 THE SALIN^aOURNAL Sports PRO BASEBALL / D3 PREP BASEBALL / D4 PREP SOFTBALL / D4 HIGH SCHOOL TRACK Mustang soars despite rain Central's Burns hits 10-foot mark but falls short of record By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal There was no celebratory leap or victory lap from Melissa Burns after the completion of the pole vault competition Friday at the Salina Central Invitational. Burns, a Central junior, was only looking for a place to lie down after her first- place finish. Although she fell short of breaking the school and stadium records of lO-foot-3 she set earlier in the week at the Salina South Relays, Burns was the only meet participant to clear the bar at 10-0. She reached that height despite adding to a growing list of body pains. "Something happened to my foot on my last attempt," Burns said. "My shoulder is giving out and my wrist is giving out, but other than that..." Burns wasn't completely satisfied with her winning height, but admitted the occasional sprinkles at Salina Stadium made the approach to the pit a bit slippery. "I'm hoping to go, I'd like to say 12 feet, but at least 11 feet," Burns said of her ultimate goal in the pole vault. "I've cleared 12 feet in practice but haven't carried it over to a meet yet. There's good competition here, and it was difficult for everybody with the : JUSTIN HAYWORTH /The Salina Journal Salina Central's Ashleigh Keats runs away from the field during a preliminary race of the 100 meter hurdles Friday afternoon at the Central Invitational. rain and wet conditions." The girls pole vault competition was held before the steady rains began falling, which eventually forced the cancelation of the boys pole vault and the final three track events. Burns and teammate Ashleigh Keats were the only Salina athletes to win gold medals Friday. Central finished second to Manhattan in the girls' team race as the Indians scored 84 points and edged the Mustangs by three. The cancelation of the pole vault didn't help Hays in its run for the boys' team title. The Indians, who are strong and deep in the event, finished second to Hutchinson in the team race. Hutchinson finished with Bl'/a points, fol­ lowed by Hays at 70 V4 and Wichita Southeast with 70. Salina South's Ashleigh Halderman accounted for 20 of her team's 34 points, placing second in both the 300 See CENTRAL, Page D4 T HORSE RACING Kentucky Derby: A race unlike any other In and out of favor In Kentucky Derby history, 39 percent of the post-time favorites have won the race, the most recent being last year's winner, Fusaichl'Pegasus. l-lere's how the Derby favorites have fared. Seventeen 3-year-olds ready to compete for first leg of sport's coveted Triple Crown By ED SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press KENTUCKY SOURCE: Churchill Dowrts LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Owner Mike Pegram got a big kick and a big check out of Captain Steve's victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup in March, but it didn't match the thrill he got when his Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby in 1998. "If you guaranteed me another win in the World Cup or gave me a good chance to win the Derby, I'd go for the Derby," said Pegram, who does not have a horse in the race Saturday "If you asked people who've won the Derby what race they'd most like to win again, you 'know what the answer would be." Trainer Nick Zito knows exactly what Pegram means. "The Derby is the Derby," said Zito, who twice has won the race. After a year's absence he's back for the 10th time with A P Valentine, co-owned by Rick Pitino, the new basketball coach at Louisville. "It's what our sport is all about. Nothing else is close." The owners and trainers of 17 3-year-olds are set to experience the rush of running a horse in the Derby, some for the first time. Some have a realistic chance of winning, others much less so, but hope in racing doesn't fade like the Derby winner's roses. "You can't take the gamble out of the gambler," said Niall O'Callaghan, who will When: Saturday, 5:04 p.m. Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. Television: NBC (Salina Cable 3). have his first Derby starter in Keats, owned by 79-year-old Henry Pabst. Owning and training horses, indeed, are gambles. Just starting a horse in the Derby can be a reward. Pegram, who's had two Derby starters — Captain Steve finished eighth last year — will be at Churchill Downs as a fan and friend of Bob Baffert, who trains the two favorites — Point Given, winner of thfe Santa Anita Derby, and Congaree, winner of the Wood Memorial. Baffert trains Captain Steve and he got his second Derby win with Real Quiet. Another spectator will be trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won four Derbys with a record 38 starters, but who will not have a horse in the race for the first time since 1980. Lukas, who will saddle starters in a couple of races on the Derby card, said he See DERBY, Page D5 Bird watching David Duval watches his birdie chip run toward the hole on the third green during the second round of the Compaq Classic on Friday In New Orleans. Duval shot a 68 and stands five strokes back of co-leaders Brian Gay and Phil MIckelson. Story, page D5. The Associated Press T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Royals lose fourth straight Central-leading Twins improve to 20-7 with victory at Kauffman By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mark Redman pitched just well enough to win. Redman managed to wiggle his way out of. trouble long enough to gain his second victory of the ••KHBH season as |m ^^Bfl^^H the Min- |Si ° n e s 0 t a Royals 2 Twins beat """^ " Kansas City 6-2 Friday night, the Royals' fourth straight loss. "About all you can say is that he battled," Twins manager Tom Kelly said. "He kept battling. That's it. He got through it and got into the sixth inning, which is good. But, it was a battle." Redman was pleased with his effort, especially the adjustments he made to avoid trouble in the early innings. "I had to make adjustments and make them start swinging the bats," Redman said. "I felt like I did a good job of that, dodging those early-inning bullets and getting out of the jams. I let my team get back in the dugout so we could score some runs and get out with a win." Redman (2-3) allowed one run and seven hits in 5% innings. "I battled everything out there," he said. "The situations I was in, the tight strike zone, trying not give up those early runs. If a pitcher tells you he's not out there battling every time out, he's lying." David Ortiz was 3-for-4 for the AL Central-leading Twins, who at 20-7 are off to their best start. Ortiz left early with a strained right wrist he injured while trying to score from second on Jacque Jones' two-out single in the fourth. Ortiz homered in the fifth, then went to a hospital for X-rays. "The doctor doesn't believe it's broken," Kelly said. "The doctor was going to get the results and then take him to the hotel." Kansas City stranded two runners in each of the first three innings and left a total of 12, including eight in scoring position. "It seems that when we do get something going, we get second and third with two outs. Two- out RBIs are real tough," Kansas City manager Tony Muser said. "We're trying hard, but we're just not getting anything accomplished." Brian Meadows (0-4), winless Sea Dragons 100 T PRO BASKETBALL Florida downs Cagerz Salina team finishes 0-2 on trek through Sunshine State By The Salina Journal FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Sunshine State was a pretty dreary place for the Kansas Cagerz. Jerry Reynolds scored 20 points and Billy Keys 17 as the Florida Sea Dragons remained unbeaten by downing the Cagerz 100-90 Friday night in a United States Basketball League game at TECO Arena. The loss was the Cagerz's second in Florida Cagerz in three days after a 92-89 loss at Lakeland on Wednesday The loss drops the Cagerz to 1-2 on the season. Florida is 5-0. All five Cagerz starters scored in double figures. Jermaine Jackson continued his torrid scoring pace with a game-high 25 points. He also had nine assists. Gary Johnson added 23 points, six rebounds and had four steals. Johnny Jackson, Tory Walker scored 12 apiece. Walker had 10 rebounds, Jackson nine and Rodgers eights. "We had a valiant, yeoman's effort," Cagerz coach Francis Flax said. "We don't have the depth necessary to get it done on the road. If we'd have played like this in Lakeland (Wednesday) we would have won easily It was exhilarating to watch these guy perform. "Jermaine Jackson had a great game, Gary Johnson had a great game. Craig Rodgers had his best game of the year and Tory Walker grew up a little bit." The Cagerz shot 44 percent from the field (39 of 89) and Florida 51 percent (39 of 76). Florida won the rebounding ' battle 47-45. The Cagerz stayed close throughout. They trailed 89-86 with three minutes left, but a Keys basket and ensuing technical foul on Jermaine Jackson resulted in a three-point play with 2:32 left. The play came after time expired on the 24-second shot clock, but game officials failed to make a call. Jackson hit two free throws to make it 92-88, but the Sea Dragons scored the next four points and eight of the next 10 to pull away the final two minutes. The Cagerz have a week off before their home opener Friday against Lakeland at 7 p.m. in the Bicentennial Center. Florida comes to town the following night for a 7 p.m. game. since beating Texas last Sept. 16, gave up five runs and 11 hits in 4% innings. The Royals have allowed 24 homers in 13 home games. "Any mistake I make right now is getting hit," Meadows said. "I was coming in with it and left it out over the plate and he hit it. I can't leave it over the plate to a guy like Ortiz, because that's what is going to happen to it." Minnesota went ahead in the third when Cristian Guzman singled with two outs, stole second and came around on a double down the right-field line by Luis Rivas, a ball just out of the reach of first baseman Dave McCarty. Jacque Jones' run-scoring single made it 2-0 in the fourth, with Ortiz getting thrown out by right fielder Jermaine Dye on the hit. It was Jones' first RBI since April 7, his sixth overall. Matt Lawton hit an RBI double in the fifth and Ortiz hit a two-run homer. Joe Randa drove in a run in the fifth with his second double of the game. Pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan homered off Doug Henry in the seventh after replacing Ortiz. Mike Sweeney homered against Bob Wells in the bottom half. On The Inside (Li PLAYOFFS RAPTORS 93, KNICKS 89 •NEW YORK —The Raptors took control in the third quarter and held off the mistake-prone Knicks down the stretch Friday night for a 93-89 victory in the fifth and deciding game of their first-round series. Story, page D5. GATES RESIGNS AS RANGERS MANAGER • ARLINGTON, Texas — Johnny Gates, whose Texas Rangers were off to their worst start since 1985 despite the addition of Alex Rodriguez and his $252 million, 10-year contract, resigns as manager and is replaced by Jerry Narron. Story, page D3. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@8aljournal.com

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