The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 21
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THE SALlNA JOURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS / D2 FOOTBALL / D3 NBA ALL-TIME 50 /, D4 D TOUTDOORS TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks November is king for bowhunters November is the best time of the year for archery deer hunters. Nearly every bowhunter has visions of that huge buck, even if they are basically after meat for the freezer. And because outdoors in the cool autumn mornings is an adventure in itself. Mid to late November is the peak of the breeding season, called the rut, for deer. But even now in late October, signs of the rut are visible. If you have been in the woods lately, the bucks are tearing up the trees and scrapes on the ground are more numerous. During the rut, deer activity increases greatly and you are apt to find bucks running around most any time of day. Deer begin to show up even where you might not expect them — walking across a bare field or trotting down the side of the road. With this increased dear activity, deer-vehicle accidents also increase, so be 'careful when driving during twilight hours and at night. If you want to see a lot of deer, this is the time to be out. Our whitetail and mule deer breed in the late fall after the weather has cooled but before winter sets in. Since gestation in deer is 6Va to seven months, and the fawns are born in late May and early June, November is the breeding month. The peak of the rut, the time .when every trophy bow hunter .would like to be in a tree stand every day, is usually from mid- month to around Thanksgiving. With the rut, bupks become very active, moving almost constantly in search of a doe in heat. They eat . very little, sometimes losing 10 to 13 percent of their body weight and generally run themselves ragged. They move both day and night, making their chance of passing by an archer's stand much greater. Their nose is their dominant de. fense mechanism this time of year, so a bowhunter needs to keep wind ...direction in mind. . ' Does are also active, but generally not as much as bucks. Does in heat will wait by a scrape for the buck to come along or simply hang around until a boyfriend shows up. ; Often, when the two get together, " they want privacy and will head off .•by themselves. Sometimes, like opening weekend of pheasant sea,. son, hunters will see these pairs -but in the middle of a bare stubble field or holed up hi a patch of CRP. - With pheasant season arriving 4n a couple of weeks, many hunters 'have little on their minds but 'cackling roosters. But to the avid .. ;deer hunter, opening weekend may •' have an important place in his •C~- I know a few archers who plan to • .be perched quietly in their tree \>tand on opening morning, hoping ''-their big bucks get rousted around ;.- their tree stand. ; It is this situation where pheas- '/;ant hunters can be the deer > hunters' alley. - After a few shots are fired, or when a group of hunters walk a big ;/ field, the deer become nervous and >head for the nearest timber, shel- r ; terbelt or thick weedy draw. if the bowhunter chooses the ; right stand, that big buck of a lifetime might be right where you - T want him — with his attention fo- .pused on the other guys. ; "- If you are a bowhunter and p^haven't had time to get out yet, or -. the weather has been too warm, don't be too concerned. The rutting activity is just now starting and the hunting will get better these next few weeks. Another advantage from now on • is that the crops are being cut and that will reduce the hiding places. , It's about time to do some seri- '•jous scouting. .'•••; Deer hunting with a a bow is an exciting outdoor sport. Sure, there .are those slow days when you see : - nothing and all you can think i-'&bout is how cold your toes are. ' • Then there are the days when no ' matter how cold it is, your heart beats 500 times a minute when that big buck walks around just out of range. Those days when there's never a dull moment will certainly be increasing in number as the rut .begins. . . That's what really keeps the * fircher interested in the great sport ,' pf bowhunting and strengthens his ;;-iove for the great outdoors. T BASEBALL The Associated Press Thousands of New York Yankees fans give their team a ticker-tape parade Tuesday. Yankee fans celebrate Huge crowd cheers championship team in New York parade By The Associated Press NEW YORK — An overflow crowd of New York Yankees fans released 18 years worth of frustration Tuesday in a pinstriped party that stretched from the House that Ruth Built to the Canyon of Heroes. The crowd was a mix of Little Leaguers and Wall Streeters, die-hard fans and bandwagon- jumpers. Virtually all were decked out in Yankee blue or pinstripes, turning lower Manhattan into an enormous blue and white pep rally. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced 3.5 million people at- TORRE tended the city's "biggest and grandest parade" ever, an unlikely estimate based more on civic pride than reality. Numbers aside, it was a second chance for fans, many shut out of scarce World Series seats, to celebrate with players who enjoyed a season of second chances — injured pitchers Jimmy Key and David Cone, recovering addicts Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, manager Joe Torre. "No way I would work today," shouted Pauline Frawley, a Queens nurse who played hooky. "I just wanted to experi- ence the excitement of it. The buzz. It's absolutely fantastic." When the parade left Battery Park shortly after 11:30 a.m. under sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s, a howl of triumph echoed for blocks uptown. As the procession rode up Broadway, thick clouds of paper floated down onto the route traveled by past heroes from Charles Lindbergh to Nelson Mandela. Cheers of "Let's go Yankees" boomed off concrete walls, and people scaled trees and hung from skyscraper windows for a glimpse of the players who ended the longest World Series drought in Yankees' history. The shower shredded phone books, computer printouts and toilet paper gave way to a City Hall celebration. McGwire heads AP all-stars By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Mark McGwire, who connected 52 times in baseball's Year of the Home Run, and slugging outfielders Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Belle and Juan Gonzalez highlighted The Associated Press major league all-star team Tuesday. Los Angeles catcher Mike Piazza, picked for the combined team for the fourth straight season, and Belle were the only players to repeat from 1995. Alex Rodriguez, who led the majors in hitting at .358 in his first full season, won selection by the widest margin. In voting by a nationwide panel of 175 sports writers and broadcasters, 151 chose the 21-year Seattle shortstop. "This whole year has been a learning experience," Rodriguez said. "There are still a lot of areas in which I think I can improve." The closest vote was at second base, where Chuck Knoblauch of Minnesota beat out Roberto Alomar of Baltimore, 76-75. Gonzalez of Texas finished ahead of Ellis Burks of Colorado 75-73 for the third outfield spot. The American League domi- nated the voting, which was completed before the playoffs began. Piazza, San Diego third baseman Ken Caminiti and right-handed starter John Smoltz of Atlanta were the only National League players selected. Left-handed starter Andy Pet- titte and reliever John Wetteland, who both wound up pitching the New York Yankees to the World Series championship, also made the team. Paul Molitor was chosen for the fourth time in 10 seasons as the designated hitter. The AP manager of the year will be announced today. T JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW Robinson to be center of BMC's attack Six-foot-8 transfer expected to play key role for Lions in '96-97 By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Francis Flax has no qualms about discussing the strategy he plans to use in coaching his Brown Mackie College basketball team this season. "We're building around Eddie and kids know that," Flax said. The "Eddie" Flax refers to is Eddie Robinson, a graceful yet powerful multi-talented 6-foot-8 swing- man. Robinson, a sophomore, is a transfer from Trinity Valley College in Athens, Texas. "Robinson helped Trinity Valley to a seventh-place finish in the 1994 National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in Hutchinson. He sat out last season at Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) before transferring to Brown Mackie in July. He is arguably the best player to FLAX play for Flax at Brown Mackie. "His strength is his versatility," Flax said. "He can play inside and out. He'll catch it outside for a while, then be inside. "He has complete skills for the game. He can dribble, shoot, pass and jump. He has the whole game." Robinson is a deadling perimeter shooter from 3-point range, but is also capable of thunderous slam dunks while leaping chest-high above the rim. 1 "His whole weakness is he's too thin and the wrap on him was he didn't want to play defense," Flax said. "But he's capable of playing good defense." ' Robinson, who hails from Flint, Mich., will lead the Lions into the uncharted waters of NJCAA Division II. The Lions played at the Division I level their first four years, See BMC, Page D3 BMC women start confident Last season's success has Godsey and team itching to begin By BOB DAVIDSON Tlie Salina Journal GODSEY What a difference a year makes. Coach Bob Godsey's Brown Mackie College women's basketball team enters the 1996-97 season with considerably more confidence and optimism than a year ago. Godsey took over a BMC team last year that was coming off a nightmarish 1-28 season. The former Tabor College women's coach quickly turned the program around, as evidenced by the Lions' 15-15 mark and berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region 6 playoffs. "Making it to the playoffs at the end of the season showed our improvement and showed that we progressed the whole season," Godsey said. "We got better throughout the year." With seven returning letterwin- ners, including three starters, Godsey expects more improvement and more from the postseason, especially since the Lions have dropped down to Division II. "The freshmen had to step up and play," Godsey said. "They gained that experience and learned what it takes to win and play together on a team. "Sports demands that you play together, and they did that." Godsey will build his team around sophomore guard Nikki Hines, point guard Charmaine Hines and power forward Adrianne Cooper. The 5-foot-7 Hines led the team in scoring (14 ppg) last season. Cooper, a powerful 6-0 left-hander, averaged 4 BMC capsules / Page D3 > Independent teams / Page D3 12 points and eight rebounds. The lightning-quick Hance led the Lions from her point guard position. "Cooper and Hines scored a lot of points, but they were the end result of good play before that," Godsey said. "They were the most publicized players, but it was the others that made it go. Hance didn't show up in the scorebook, but she could end up at the top of the steals chart by the time she's done." Cynthia Johnston will likely start at small forward after averaging seven points per game last season. Shelby Alton, a 6-0 sophomore, will open at center. Alton was slated to .play last season, but was forced to miss the'season after contracting mononucleosis. "The more I see of Shelby, the more I like," Godsey said of the Calgary, Alberta native. "Shelby can be a good player." Sophomore letterwinner Trisha Mollenkamp averaged five points last season and will back up Hines and Hance. Dawn Albright averaged seven points last season and will work behind Johnston and Cooper. Andrika Jones, a 5-10 freshman, will back up Alton. Raelynn Redding, a 5-9 forward who averaged 10 points last season, also figures prominently in the mix. The Lions made up for shooting shortcomings with a tenacious and relentless defense that applied continual pressure. "We could be a good team based on balance, depth and teamwork," Godsey said. "We want to create pressure with our defense and keep that pressure on. "We've got some freshmen that will push for playing time. We can go pretty deep. Our sophomores got better last year because the freshmen pushed them. We expect that again this year." COLLEGE FOOTBALL Kansas lineman criticizes school's football fans By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — Football fans at the University of Kansas don't know when to cheer and when to be quiet, says a Jayhawks lineman who calls the throngs at Memorial Stadium "horrible." "We don't have good fans," senior Scott Whitaker said Monday. "We have horrible fans." He said Kansas football fans don't seem to understand the game, such as when the offensive line is trying to hear signals at a critical moment. "We have a fourth-and-1, and WHITAKER we're going for it, and the fans are cheering, and our band's playing," said Whitaker, speaking at a weekly news conference. "They just don't know when to cheer. They're basketball fans." The Jayhawks are averaging nearly 44,000 spectators per game. With home dates remaining against Kansas State and Texas, Kansas should easily sur- pass last year's average of 39,000 per game. Last year's Nebraska game still bothers Whitaker. Cornhuskers fans accounted for more than half the Memorial Stadium capacity crowd of 50,000, and the Kansas fans departed long before the game ended. Whitaker said he saw some real football fans at Nebraska on Saturday, when the Cornhuskers beat Kansas 63-7. "You break the huddle, and you walk to the line, and every step it gets louder," he said. "When you get to the line of scrimmage, it's just outrageous. "Fans play so much of a role in how a team does, and when you have them behind you, it pumps you up," he said. "I just don't think our fans have the fans' smarts. They're used to seeing, the basketball go through the hoop." Radio personality Bob Davis, who calls the Jayhawks games for KMBZ in Kansas City, Mo., said he hasn't noticed any problems with the Jayhawk crowds. "But sometimes I'm not very aware of the crowd or band. We're busy enough, and talking," he said. "I don't know when they're cheering or not." Phone calls to the Jayhawks' spirit squad coordinator were not immediately returned Tuesday to The Associated Press. Whitaker concedes that this year's team isn't matching last year's performance. Kansas went 10-2 last year and finished No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll. This year, the Jayhawks have lost three straight and stand 3-4. "I'll take part of that responsibility, as a senior," he said. "Lately our defense has been playing fine, and (the offense) has gone off the deep end." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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