The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 17
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SUNDAY MAY 6, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL / C2 HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL PAIRINGS / C3 PREP SUNDAY / C8 KENTUCKY DERBY . 0 • jss^;rir;;'-':!;^:^^-.: -i^ Marvelous Monarchos Only Secretariat faster as colt blitzes field, survives inquiry The Associated Press Monarchos (front), with Jorge Chavez aboard, drives to the finish to win the 127th running of the Kentucl<y Derby Saturday. Monarchos crossed the finish line in 1:59 4-5, only two-fifths of a second off the tracit record set in Secretariat in 1973. By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Monarchos doesn't look a bit like the great Secretariat, but he sure ran like Big Red in the Kentucky Derby on a sunny Saturday at Churchill Downs. In fact, only Secretariat has run the testing 1 Vi miles of America's race faster than the gray Monarchos. He carried Jorge Chavez across the finish in 1:59 4-5, only two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Secre­ tariat in 1973. Secretariat went on to win the Triple Crown and Monar­ chos will try to follow that road on May 19 when he runs in the Preakness at Pimlico. "Today I had more horse than I did at the Florida Derby," Chavez said. It was after Monarchos won that race March 10 at Gulfstream Park that Chavez said: "He has everything he needs to win the Kentucky Derby I've never been on this kind of horse." Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat, was the only jockey who's been on a horse like Monarchos was in the Derby While Monarchos was earning the roars and plaudits of a crowd of 154,210, second largest ever to watch a Derby, favored Point Given was struggling home fifth in a field of 17 3-year-olds. Monarches' victory was a dominating 4% lengths. But Chavez, trainer John Ward and owner John C. Oxley had to sweat out a foul claim by John Velazquez, who finished, second on Invisible Ink. Velazquez claimed Monarchos interfered with him just passing the quarter pole. "We interviewed both riders and did a critical review of the videos, both head on and pan, for any foul," chief steward Bernard Hettel said. "We could find no evidence of interference and we made the race official." No winner of any Derby Preakness or Belmont Stakes has ever been disqualified for a race infraction. Dancer's Image was disqualified after finishing first in the 1968 Derby when he tested positive for butazolidin, which is now legal in Kentucky. Ward, a native of Lexington, Ky., is proud to call himself "a hardboot." See DERBY, Page C4 T STATE COLLEGE BASEBALL Early defeats propel KWU to KCAC title Hard-fought losses to NCAA II teams key to Coyotes' success By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Tim Bellew remembers the game that turned Kansas Wesleyan's baseball season around. The Coyotes, who figured to have a good team before the season started, had lost their first six games, several by lopsided margins. They were scheduled to play Metropolitan State of Denver, Colo., another NCAA Division II school, in their final game of a tournament in Grand Junction, Colo. "We'd lost our first three games of the tournament and were out of pitching," Bellew said. "That was the only time this season I felt we didn't have a chance to win. "It snowed an inch and half before the game, and it was cold. We told the kids to go out and try to get something positive out it. We lost 12-7, but it was close and they competed." The Coyotes were never the same after that. Wesleyan came home and promptly swept a doubleheader from KCAC preseason favorite Bethany in Lindsborg. The Coyotes won the first game 4-2 by scoring three runs in the eighth inning, the tying run coming home on Ricardo Garcia's solo home run leading off the inning "Those two wins were huge,".Bellew said. Wesleyan won 12 consecutive KCAC games after that and were never challenged en route to winning the conference title — the school's first in 26 years — by five games with a dazzling 21-3 record. The Coyotes' prize is an automatic berth in this week's NAIA Midwest Regional in Bellevue, Neb. Wesleyan's first game is Wednesday against a yet- to-be-determined opponent. Pairings and game times will be announced Monday. The regional berth is a long-awaited and much-appreciated reward for the Coyotes, one, they say, should have come a year ago. Bethany edged out Wesleyan in last year's KCAC race, relegating the Coyotes to spectators at the regional tournament played at Dean Evans Stadium. "We thought we were good enough to play in it last year," senior catcher/pitcher Max Bethge said. "It wasn't much fun watching them play in our place. That was tough to swallow." But with Bethge and classmates Cody Brassfield, Sammy Mendoza and J.J. Reynado leading the way, the Coyotes produced the kind of season many expected. Wesleyan has an .800 winning percentage "Most of our early losses were to Division 11 schools. It showed us where we needed to he." Max Bethge Kansas Wesleyan catcher/pitcher JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Kansas Wesleyan coach Tim Bellew (left) congratulates Max Bethge after his home run against Bethany last Wednesday. The Coyotes captured their first Kansas Conference title in 26 years with a 21-3 mark and earned an automatic berth in the NAIA Midwest Regional. T BASEBALL Ortiz to miss 6 to 8 weeks Twins' designated hitter breaks wrist after diving into home By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minnesota Twins designated hitter David Ortiz was placed on the disabled list Saturday, a day after breaking his right wrist diving in- Note to readers The Royals- Twins game was still in progress at press time. The game was tied 10-10 after 10 innings. (28-7) since its 0-7 start. "We knew we could win, even when we got down early" said Bethge, a native of Phoenix who leads the team in home runs (11), runs batted in (64) and hits (54). "Most of our early losses were to Division II schools. It showed us where we needed to be. "They're a league above us and we didn't expect to have a winning record. See KWU, Page C5 t o home plate. Ortiz was in- j u r e d in the fourth inning of Minn e s o ta's 6-2 w i n over Kansas City on Friday night. One inning later, he homered into the right-field bullpen but rounding the bases he knew the pain was more than discomfort. He then went to a hospital for X-rays. Ortiz is expected to miss six to eight weeks. "I tried to go on the outside and touch home plate with my left hand," Ortiz said, "but I forgot about this (right) side. I hit the ground kind of hard and jammed the bone. It wasn't hurting too much until I went to hit again. "I was feeling the pain, but not too much. When I was running the bases and 1 thought, 'Wow, something is hurting bad.' I thought it was sprained. 1 never thought it was broken. The doctors say it's cracked, but it's not out of place." Kelly seemed to take the injury in stride. "We don't cry about injuries," he said. "We never have and we're not going to start now. I had a man go blind one day, a Hall of Fame player (Kirby Puckett). We just move along" Minnesota entered Saturday 20-7, the best start in Twins' history • PRO BASKETBALL Duncan, Spurs overwhelm Mavericks San Antonio forward pours in 31 points, collects 13 rebounds; Anderson hurt By MICHELLE KOIDIN r /ie Associated Press m Mavericks 78 SAN ANTONIO — Tlie Battle of Texas got off to a bruising start. Tim Duncan had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame the loss of Derek Anderson to beat Dallas 94-78 on Saturday night in the Western Conference semifinal opener. Dallas' Juwan Howard was ejected late in the first half for a flagrant foul Spurs 94 Spurs lead, 1-0 • Today's schedule / Page C6 on Anderson, who separated his right shoulder and could miss the rest of the playoffs. As Anderson drove and jumped for the basket, Howard swung his arm into Anderson's side. Anderson landed on his shoulder and hobbled off the court grimacing and cradling his arm. Howard said it was not intentional and that he apologized to Anderson. "Let's not get this twisted, because I am very hurt by what has happened," Howard said, adding that the two have been friends since college. "Derek was driving to the basket and I went for the basketball." He said he later found out that Anderson was badly hurt. "I went over and asked if I could see him, and he wanted to see me, too," Howard said. "With Derek and I being good friends, I saw him and apologized to him. ... One thing he asked me to do was pray for him, which is the least I can do." Howard said he didn't know if he would be suspended. "It is in David Stern's and Russ Granik's hands," Howard said. "If they check my history and background, they will see that I'm not capable of doing anything to hurt opponents on the floor." The Spurs, meanwhile, are holding out hope that Anderson will be back. "We lose a big part of our team on a stupid foul that happened with two seconds left on the clock," Duncan said. "Of course it angers us. But what can you do? "Hopefully, it will be a speedy recovery Hopefully it's not as bad as they think it is." Both Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said they thought it was unintentional. "Juwan Howard is not the type of kid that would do that on purpose," Popovich said. "It was nothing personal, it just happened." Duncan scored 20 points in the first half to help the Spurs take a 47-34 lead. In the last three minutes of the half, Duncan made two layups, a tip- in, and two free throws. Dallas' 11 points in the first quarter and 23 points in the second were playoff lows for the franchise, as was the 34-point first half. Steve Nash was O-for-4 in the first half and never got off a shot in the second. Dirk Nowitzki was O-for-5 in the first half and finished with nine points. The Associated Press Dallas' Juwan Howard fouls San Antonio's Derek Anderson Saturday. Anderson was injured and could be out three to four weeks. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saljournal.com

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