The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 30
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D4 SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2001 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL • HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Manhattan denies Cougars South threatens to end Tnbe's unbeaten run but falls short By ARNE GREEN Tlie Salina Journal A Steady drizzle rained on Salina South's hit parade for one game Friday, then comp 1 e t e 1 y BASEBALL Manhattan 9 Salina South washed out the second. The Cougars matched unbeaten Manhattan hit for hit, but could not close the door the last two innings as they fell 9-7 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at Dean Evans Stadium. After a 20-minute delay, with no end in sight, rain claimed the nightcap. Central / Keats solid in iiurdles FROM PAGE D1 hurdles and triple jump and taking fourth in the long jump. The rain forced meet officials to limit participants in the triple jump to only three attempts. Halderman still turned in a season-best 16-8Vi in the long jump and was a few inches shy of her best in the triple jump. "My jumps were just going awful at the beginning of the season," Halderman said. "I had a real breakthrough Monday (at the South Relays) and that was a boost to my confidence. I'm back where I was last year and ready to go into the three big meets." South and Central will compete in the 1-70 League meet next Friday at Topeka, with regional and state meets the following weeks, Keats turned in another strong performance for the Central girls as the sophomore won both the 300 hurdles (47.88) and javelin (124-3), and finished second in the 100 hurdles to Manhattan's Julie Curtis, the Class 6A state runner-up a year ago. Both the South boys and girls 3,200-meter relay squads finished second in their respective races, both with season-best times. The Cougar boys ran an 8:10.3, trailing Hays with an 8:09.0. The South girls' time of 10:16.0 trailed Manhattan by four seconds. The Central boys' top finish came from Donnie Anders in the long jump where his top effort of 20-10 'A was five inches out of first. The Hays girls got a first- place finish from Pam Weber in the 1,600 run. Her time of 5:35.2 was more than six seconds faster than Great Bend runner- up Jackie Dunn. JJ7' ... "We were so confident that we could manipulate some runs to tie or win it in the sixth and seventh innings," said South coach Kurt Wolf, whose Cougars scored once and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. "We put ourselves in position and just couldn't get it done. "We are peaking at the right time. It would have been nice to find a way to get more wins along the way, and it is disappointing to lose, but we are playing much better baseball." Manhattan improved to 15-0 with a 7-0 1-70 League record and could clinch the conference championship Friday with a split against Topeka West. South fell to 8-9 and 6-3 in the league. Manhattan erased a 6-4 third inning deficit with two runs in By the numbers LOUISVILLE, Ky, — The Kentucky Derby by the numbers: 0 — horses entered by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. 1 — favorite won over the past 21 years. 2 — former Lukas assistants with a horse in Saturday's race. 3 — fillies won. 4 — races for Congaree entering Derby 5 — Hall of Fame riders in field. 6 — winners born in Florida. 7 — first-time Derby trainers. 8 — U.S. presidents attended race. 9 — Florida Derby winners won. 10 — horses starting letter K nominated (Keats is in). 11 — Blue Grass winners won. 12 — winners from No. 1 post — the most from any post. 13 — Laffit Pincay Jr.'s finish with Valiant Nature in '94. 14 — post time temperatures of 80 degrees or higher. the fourth, then broke the tie with one in the sixth and two in the seventh to remain undefeated. Each team had 11 hits. "It was a case of several times we scored runs and they came right back," Manhattan coach Don Hess said. "Each team seemed like it was one hit away from breaking the game open. "Fortunately (Manhattan starter Luke) Sloan settled down in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and things improved." Sloan picked up the complete-game victory while Nick Miles took the loss. The Indians broke the tie in the sixth inning on Luke Snyder's bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Allan Tillman led off with a single, took second on a walk to Craig Olsen and moved to third when Kyle Ostrom reached safely on a sacrifice bunt. "We get a bunt situation where the pitcher doesn't know where to go," Wolf said. "He thinks one way and the catcher tells him another. We're talking about three of those mental errors in the game that could have put it in our favor." Manhattan added two runs on just one hit in the top of the seventh, scoring on a ground out and a wild pitch. Cord Charvat was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in South's seventh-inning run. Matt Butler had two hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning, to lead Manhattan. For South, Weston Moody was 2 for 4 with a two-run triple in the four-run third inning and Brian Sears 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI singles. First Tee Golf Course At Salina Municipal Hole Yardage No. 1 96 yards No. 2 165 yards No. 3 87 yards No. 4 169 yards No. 5 116 yards No, 6 160 yards First Tee Golf Course, a new six- hole course at Salina Municipal, opens today to the public. This Is the view from the No. 6 green back toward Its tee box. JUSTIN HAVWORTH / The Salina Journal Program serves youth First Tee course: From dream to reality By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal Steve Hardesty used to go mow circles in the pasture just west of the Salina Municipal Golf Course so the youth in the local junior golf program would have a place to play during the summer. Friday morning those raw cutouts he told the kids were greens were a mere memory. Not even gray skies could dampen the spirits of Hardesty and Bill Knox Friday morning. The Salinans watched a trio of junior golfers tee off on the newly opened six-hole First Tee Golf Course on the same plot of land Hardesty turned into a make-shift course. "This is way beyond my wildest dreams," said Hardesty, the Municipal's golf pro. "These six holes, this is just so much nicer than I ever imagined." The course, which opens to the public today, features six par-3 holes ranging from 100 to 170 yards with newly designed artificial tee boxes, several bunkers and 4,500 square-foot bent-grass greens. It was designed and built by Wildcat Golf, the same company which constructed Kansas State's Colbert Hills in Manhattan. It is the third course designated for the First Tee program in the state of Kansas, joining courses in Manhattan and Kansas City, and is one of approximately 40 First Tee courses in the nation. "Salina is very lucky," Hardesty said. "We are one of the few communities in the nation with one of these programs. We are well ahead of the game not only teaching kids about golf, but life lessons as well." While it is open to the general public, play will be reserved for youth during specified times. During the month of May the course will be reserved for youth or youth with adults from 3 to 6 p.m weekdays. During June, July and August it will be reserved for youth from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. It will also be reserved for youth from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Friday's ceremonial first round, played by Randi Ponton, Braxton Rogan and Justin Reick was the culmination of a three-year dream by Hardesty and Knox that was set into motion when Hardesty contacted the National First Tee program. "We thought it might be possible and the people from the First Tee program came up here and showed us," Knox said. "It looked like a workable dream," Knox said. From that point Knox, who is the chairman of the Salina Chapter of the First Tee program, spearheaded the project. He received $100,000 donations from the United States Golf Association and from the national First Tee foundation. He also had a "sizeable" donation from the Verla Jocely Nesbitt Foundation, and the City of Salina contributed $200,000. "Not only is this a beautiful course, but it is a great program for all kids," Knox said. "Our emphasis is that we make sure this is available for all kids of every gender ethnic background, regardless of financial ability. If kids can't afford to pay we are still going to make it available to them." "We are not trying to turn out the next Tiger Woods. We are teaching kids life skills in the game of golf. Golf is a game of honesty, integrity and respect. A certain portion of our program is devoted to these life skills." Now the kids will learn those lessons on a facility Hardesty once only dreamed. "Those holes (that he cut in pasture) were a little rough back then, we just mowed the existing grass and let the kids play," Hardesty said. "A lot of those kids never knew that was not golf We had this dream five or six years ago and the advent of the National First Tee program made it a reality" P Omaha Burgers "1 Old Country Store Purveyor of Gourmet Foods & Unique Gifts South of 1-70 on Ninth St. / 785-823-2670 in front of the Best Western Mid-America Inn www^oldcountrystore.ws Year Around Energy Smart Custom Blinds, Shades, Verticals . „ & Curtains Elizabeth Bryan By appointment • Salina • 785-822-0912 T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL Wittman throws gem for Knights HIGH SCHOOL Sophomore tosses five inning no-liitter to cap CVL sweep By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal Sophomore Dani Wittman went 2 for 3 in the opener and threw a five-inning no- hitter in the Chase County 1 1 night- Sacred Heart Tl ^ap as Sacred Heart swept a soggy doubleheader from Chase County Friday afternoon. Intermittent showers hampered things in the first game as Sacred Heart scored a 5-1 victory But the intermittent showers gave way to a steady rain in the finale and forced umpires to call the game midway through the fifth inning and awarding the Knights a 3-1 victory "We really wanted to get this ball game in," Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz said after his team improved to 12-2 on the season. "We want to keep our record up so that we can get a good seed for regional and, if we are lucky enough to make it, at the state tournament." The showers never threatened the the Completion of the first game as the Knights took advantage of seven hits and received four-hit pitching from Liz Wagoner. Chase County went in front 1-0 early when the Knights committed a pair of second-inning errors, but that was only run the Bulldogs could scratch out. "We had one inning where he had a couple of errors, but after that I thought we showed a lot of poise," Fritz said. "Liz did a heck of a job on the mound and (after the second inning) the defense played well behind her." The Knights got the game tied when Chelsea Hadorn led off the third with a single and scored on Monica Neuman's one-out single. They took the lead in the fourth, scoring twice on a pair of Chase County errors and proceeded to put the game away in the fifth on a two-run single by Sarah Weese. "We hit the ball well today and that is something that we haven't been doing," Fritz said. "We don't have a power-hitting team. We just need to put the ball in play and run the bases well. We did that today." Once the second game began, so did the steady rain as the Knights jumped in front 3-0 after the first two innings and then outlasted the rain just long enough to make it an official game. Wittman put the Knights in front in the first with a two-out RBI single and Lisa Broberg gave Sacred Heart insurance with a two-out, two-run triple in the second inning. Chase County scored one run on three Sacred Heart errors in the top of the fourth, but that was the only time Wittman allowed a Bulldog to advance past second. She retired eight straight Chase County batters at one point, struck out two and walked two. "Once we got up 3-0 it was just a matter of holding on until the fifth Inning," Fritz said. "I thought Dani did a great job of pitching considering the circumstances." COUNTY ROUNDUP Weather causes havoc with spring schedule Friday rains forced the postponement or cancelation of several Saline County athletic events. The Salina South Softball team had its Friday doubleheader at Hays canceled and the games will not be rescheduled. The Salina Central softball doubleheader against Topeka West postponed Friday will be played. The Mustangs' varsity will play at Topeka on Monday starting at 4 p.m. The Sacred Heart baseball team postponed its doubleheader with Chase County and will now play those games on Monday starting at 4:30 p.m. The Sacred Heart softball team will also play at 4:30 p.m. Mon-. day at EU-Saline. Those teams were scheduled to play Thursday but had their games postponed by rain that day. The high school baseball tournament at Hays has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Salina Central will now face Hays in a doubleheader at Hays starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Ellinwood track and field meet, which included teams from Sacred Heart and Southeast of Saline, has also been rescheduled for Monday starting at 4 p.m. Soccer Top-ranked Topeka West tops South, 7-2 TOPEKA —- Christy Moorman and Amber Hearrell each scored two goals Friday to lead Topeka West to a 7-2 soccer victory over Salina South. The Chargers, 11-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, improved to 4-0 in the 1-70 League. South fell to 7-6-1 with a 1-3 league mark. "They're a gi:eat team," South coach J.C. Walsh said of Topeka West, which has an all-senior starting lineup. "They pass the ball well, they moved well and do everything great. "I thought we played really well. Their coach told us it was the first time in over 20 games that they had given up more than one goal." West led 2-0 on goals by Moorman in the 17th minute and Hearrell in the 19th. South got one back from Vanessa Fiske on an Erica Dechant assist in the 35th minute, but West's Alyson Woodruff made it 3-1 just seconds before the half. Moorman and Hearrell struck again in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with Nikki Robinson adding a goal in the 60th minute and Susan Myers in the 64th. Katy Conway completed the scoring for South in the 75th minute with another assist from Dechant. West outshot South 33-4. Candy Water Treatment Specialists 65S North • .Siilina S25-49I2 Dine In or Carry Out. I^ICKEN 649 S. 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