The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 36
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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D4 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY South teams state bound Cougars' depth shows as no runner earns a medal in 5A regional By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal McPHERSON — One way or another, the Salina South cross country squads find a way to run at state. The Cougars went to the Class 5A regional Saturday at Rolling Acres Golf Course and failed to have a team member finish in the top 10 in either the boys or girls race. But South's depth was good enough that both Cougar teams finished fourth and earned qualifying spots for next week's state meet at Lawrence. "We didn't get an individual medal and we are still going to state," South coach Jay Edwards said. "I guess that shows how deep these teams are. Without a standout runner, they have to depend on each other." Salina Central wasn't nearly so fortunate. The Mustangs did have team members finish among the top 10 in both races but placed fifth in both the boys and girls team standings, one spot short of qualifying for state. Central's A.J. Young, Adam Moos and Jessica Williams will run at state as individuals. The top five individual finishers from non- qualifying teams also earn spots in next week's state meet. Moos was 10th in the boys race with a time of 17:37, while Young placed 21st in 18:12. Williams had the top finish by a Salina runner, placing seventh in the girls two- mile race with a time of 13:10. "It's frustrating, but this is probably one of the tougher regionals," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "There are a lot of state-ranked teams here. It was just some people's day and it wasn't others. "This is hard for the seniors on our girls team that have been with us for four years. This was our goal and we just missed it." South's girls qualify for state for an eighth consecutive year and were led by freshman Lesa McCumber's 14th-place finish. The Cougars' top five runners were all within 32 seconds of one another. McCumber (13:28) was followed by Jami Scoville (16th, 13:38) and Tina Baxa (20th, 13:46). "In the girls race I thought Lesa and Amanda Lampe (27th, 13:59) really came through for us," Edwards said. "Brian Lamia had a good race for the boys, as did Chad Wahlgren and Brandon Ebert who are always up there for us." The South boys also stayed close, with Wahlgren leading his team across the finish line with a 13th place finish (17:43). The Cougar senior was followed by Ebert (14th, 17:45) and Lamia (16th, 17:53). Wichita Carroll swept the team titles, with McPherson taking second in the girls competition. Liberal's Christy Lyddon won the girls race in 12:57, but had three McPherson runners directly on her heels. Shelly Heinen placed second in 13:02, with teammates Brook Smith (3rd, 13:04) and Amy Ferrell (4th, 13:06) close behind. Wells runs second to Stiles at 2-1A meet Sacred Heart boys qualify for next week's state meet at Wamego By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal McPHERSON — With one week remaining in her high school cross country career, Sacred Heart's Sara Wells had an opportunity to prove she could stay with one of the top runners in Class 2-1A. '. Claflin senior Jackie Stiles, runner-up at state a year ago, will go into next week's 2-1A state meet at Wamego as one of the favorites. Wells put herself in that category also, finishing a close second to Stiles in Saturday's wind-whipped regional meet at McPherson's Rolling Acres Golf Course. Wells found herself running with Stiles early in the race and stayed there, crossing the finish line four seconds behind Stiles' winning time of 13:01. "I didn't know if I would be able to stay with Stiles," Wells said. "I saw she was second at state last year and that was kind of intimidating. But at the beginning of the race I felt pretty good and I was right behind her, so I tried to stay with her." "I sure look for Jackie and Sara to be right in the top three or four next week at state," Sacred Heart coach Brad Fowles said. Ell-Saline senior Kristine Isaac- Southeast sweeps 3A regional titles By The Journal Staff ESKRIDGE — Southeast of Saline swept the team titles at Saturday's Class 3A Mission Val- Jey Regional. Placing four runners in the top seven, Southeast's girls scored 28 points to outdistance runner-up Northern Heights by 39 points, while Southeast's boys topped a tough regional field with 54 points. Eudora was second with 62 and Wabaunsee third with 83. "Their goal is to win and my goal is to qualify (for state)," Southeast coach Wayne Sager said. "Any time they step on the course they want to win and that's good." The five-time defending state champion Trojan girls were led by the second-place finish of Leslie Brady. The sophomore covered the 2-mile course in 12:53, five seconds in back of Northern Heights' Kristi Sheeley. "Leslie had fallen 70 to 80 meters behind Kristi Sheeley and came back and ran a good last mile," Sager said, "but couldn't close all the gap (Sheeley) had built." Southeast also received top 15 performances from Stacie Justice (4th, 13:30), Kelly Jackson (6th, 13:37), Marci Keeler (7th, 13:41) and Janelle Lund (13th, 14:11). Southeast also had a second- place finisher in the boys race in Daniel Craig. The Southeast sophomore ran the 3.1-mile dis- tance in 17:37, finishing five seconds behind Northern Heights' Jeremy Wilson. "Daniel was in the lead pack at the mile mark, took the lead a quarter-mile later and had it until there was about 50 meters left," Sager said. "He just got out- sprinted at the,end. He ran a good race." Also figuring into the Trojans' scoring were Aaron Pavkov (8th, 18:04), Mike Willis (10th, 18:06), Jason Evans (15th, 18:34) and Ben Owen (19th, 18:48). Southeast now prepares for Saturday's state championship meet at Wamego. "Next week will be a fun week," Sager said. "We'll line up and see what happens." son will make her fourth trip to state. Isaacson finished third behind Stiles and Wells, running the two-mile course in 13:42. Although still short of breath several minutes after the race, Isaacson said she felt the windy conditions may have been to her advantage. "I really don't change my technique that much when it's like this," Isaacson said. "Everyone else is running in the same conditions, so you shouldn't let it psyche you out. With my weight lifting and conditioning, I feel like I can run better in poor conditions than most people." While the Sacred Heart girls finished fifth and fell 10 points shy of qualifying for state, the Knight boys will run as a team at Wamego next week after finishing third behind favorites Burrton and Goessel. Junior Ryan Prickett, the only holdover from the 1994 Sacred Heart team that qualified for state, was the Knights top finisher. Prickett placed sixth with a time of 19:17, only seconds ahead of teammate Frankie Millazo in seventh place at 19:19. "Sixth is a decent finish for me because it was tough out there," Prickett said. "At first I had the lead for about a quarter of a mile and then I was wondering where were Goessel and Burrton's top runners. I don't usually get out to a lead like that. "But Frankie also ran a heck of a race. He's only a freshman and coach had to pull him out here because we needed more runners to make it this far." T HIGH SCHOOL SUB-STATE VOLLEYBALL South beats Central for state trip Cougars topple Mac in semifinals, then take Mustangs in final By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal The Jamaican bobsled team has nothing on Salina South's volleyball squad. The Cougars, drawing inspiration from the movie "Cool Runnings," battled back from a 12-2 first-game deficit against Saline Central Saturday in their Class 5A regional final and went on to post a 15-13,15-13 victory over the Mustangs at the South gymnasium. "We felt the rhythm," said South coach Steph Curchy, who watched the "Cool Runnings" video with her team Friday night in preparation for the regional. "We had the pride and the power. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet, but I don't have a bad feeling, so I know it must be good. We worked all week for this and it was a total team effort." The victory over Central was South's first in four tries this sea- son and earned the Cougars, 2111, a trip to next week's 5A state tournament at Topeka's Expocen- tre. Central finished at 24-7, including a 15-7, 15-3 semifinal victory over Newton. South, which opened with a hard-fought 17-15, 8-15, 15-3 semifinal decision against McPherson, dug a early hole in the championship match. Central scored the first eight .points and led 12-2 before the Cougars turned the momentum. "You always get the feeling of whether it's going to happen or not," said South hitter Darcy Durfee, who put together two key service runs for the Cougars in the first-game comeback. "But we played as a team and believed in ourselves. We had a lot of confidence. "The intensity was so high, it was great. We came in after beating McPherson and felt so good." With South trailing by 10, Durfee served five straight points, including one ace, and Jessica Watson added three kills as the Cougars closed it to 12-7. Durfee later added a string of six consecutive service points, tying it at 13 with an ace. Following a sideout by each team, junior setter Julie Downing served out the game, punctuating it with an ace. "We should never have allowed them back in the first game," said Central coach Rose Wittman, whose Mustangs fell just short on a comeback of their own in the second game. "South got the momentum and we just weren't able to get our momentum back. "We started to play too tentatively and you can't do that. When you start to do that in volleyball, you're in trouble." Central did grab a 6-3 lead early in the second game following five straight points on Tara McDonald's serve, but at 4-7, Durfee got on another roll. The Cougars put together a string of six points to take the lead for good, 10-7 with Watson putting away two kills and Abby Snavely scoring one with a block. Watson, using a powerful jump serve, got South to match point at 14-10. Central got a sideout and battled back to 14-13, but Leah Wahlgren finished it up with a service winner. For South, Watson had 14 kills and seven blocks against Central, while Durfee managed seven kills and Michelle Stein four blocks. Kelsey Snavely had nine assists and Tai Kerbs seven. Christina Frost had eight kills and Heather Herrman six for Central in the match. Lynsey Ginther finished with 11 assists and Lexi Fellars with six. Against Newton, which finished 2-21, McDonald led the Mustangs with eight kills and Herrman had seven. Ginther was credited with 10 assists and Fellars with niile. South was pushed to the limit early in its semifinal match against McPherson, saving one game point before winning the "opener 17-15. After McPherson evened the match, the Cougars rolled in the deciding game, scoring the last 10 points on Watson's serve. Salina South used its entire bench in the first game after running out of substitutions, getting some key sets from Downing and Kayla Eilrich. Watson had 16 kills in the match and Kerbs 16 assists. Sacred Heart falls in semifinals to Peabody Knights come within one point of reaching finals of 2A sub-state By LARRY MORITZ Tfie Salina Journal LINCOLN — If it's possible for one match to epitomize an entire season, it was Sacred Heart's semifinal contest Saturday night at the Class 2A sub-state tournament. '< The Knights came within one point of advancing to the sub-state championship contest, only to fall short in an 11-15,16-14,15-13 loss to Peabody. "Just when we needed to win important points, we seemed to clutch," Sacred Heart coach Mary Pat Weese said. "We seemed to back off and play not to lose. We should have been dominating the other team and playing to win but we couldn't seem to do that." Results from the tournament's championship match between top- seeded Goessel and Peabody were not available at press time. The semifinal loss was a frustrating finish to a sometimes frustrating year for the Knights, who closed with a 22-9 record. More than half of their losses came in matches that went the full three games. After holding off a late Peabody charge to win the first game, the Knights made an impressive rally of their own in game two. Sacred Heart trailed 13-6 but took the lead with eight unanswered points. That string included a scoring dink from Jenny Allen, a well- placed tip by Anne Weese and an ace serve from Chrissy Blagg. The Knights actually served for match point, but the Warriors held, got a side out and scored the game's final three points. "We couldn't get our offense going and we were always playing catch up," Weese said. "I think we might have looked past Peabody and were thinking about the championship game and playing Goessel, instead of having our heads where they should have been." The Knights jumped ahead 10-4 and 12-8 in the final game, only to have Peabody rally with six straight points and take the lead for good. Sacred Heart held off a match point and cut the lead to one on Anne Weese's scoring block, but was unable to get the game tied. "It's pretty frustrating right now but we did have a good season," said Weese, whose team won the Cottonwood Valley League title this fall. "It was a good bunch of girls who made coaching easy. We had six seniors out there and I'm hurting for them." Sacred Heart reached the semifinals with a 15-12, 15-4 victory in the opening round over tourney host Lincoln. Ell-Saline (19-10) came in as the tournament's No. 3 seed but the Cardinals made an early exit with a 15-10,16-14 loss to Peabody. H Events of the Day | tllc Salina Journal j ««-*-* The SPORTS SECTION is very nice with YOUR morning cup of coffee. HALLOWEEN TIPS FROM G A R F I E L 9 Do not dart out from between parked cars. Always use the sidewalk. 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