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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30. 1996 D3 T PRO FOOTBALL T JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW Schottenheimer angry about dirty allegations INDEPENDENTS: MEN Chiefs coach denies charges by Denver that KG blocks unethically By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An angry Marty Schottenheimer denied charges by Denver coach Mike Shanahan Tuesday that the Kansas City Chiefs are guilty of unethical blocking techniques. The charges were raised anew Sunday after Kansas City's Dale Carter injured Denver cornerback Lionel Washington while blocking him low on a running play late in the Broncos' 34-7 victory. "We've got a lot of people in the AFC implying that we are coaching things that are on the edge, that are on the brink, that are unethical," said Schottenheimer, his voice rising. "And they're not. We have football players who play hard. They play 'til the whistle blows. I make no apologies for that. "I resent the statement that what we do is unethical," the Chiefs coach said, pounding his finger on a table top. "Our players are not, I repeat, they are not doing anything illegal or unethical." Washington sustained a partial tear of ligaments in his left knee and is expected to be out 2 to 4 SCHOTTENHEIMER weeks, the first Denver defensive player to miss a start this year. "It's a legal play," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday. "There's nothing the league can do about it. It's something we have to do as coaches to protect players. Obviously, it's something I believe is unethical." It is legal for a receiver to block down at the defensive back's legs if the defensive back is in front of the receiver. Schottenheimer showed reporters films of Denver wide receivers using similar techniques. "That man is looking at Dale Carter as Dale gets closer to him, or I think should be," he said. "And he has the ability to defend himself. The Denver Broncos do it just like we do it." Carter fueled the controversy by taunting Washington as he lay in pain on the turf. Said Denver defensive end Alfred Williams, "I've never seen anybody intentionally try to hurt somebody and in the process try to downgrade that person. I've never seen that in my years of football." Schottenheimer said he did not condone Carter's taunting. "It was inappropriate and unnecessary. I discussed it with him as it occurred," he said. "There is no need in my view for a player on any team to get in post-play discussion, it's a waste of energy." During the Chiefs' 34-16 win over Seattle on Oct. 17, the Sea- hawks' Winston Moss angrily wrestled wide receiver Chris Penn to the ground and accused Penn of hitting him low and late. "I looked very closely at the Chris Penn play, and I can understand what happened," Schotten- heimer said. "Winston Moss slowed down and Chris dived at his side." Schottenheimer said he had not heard from the NFL office about the charges and does not expect to. "What (Carter) did was not illegal. Nor was it unethical. That's the'part that really fries me," he said. "I have always had as an individual, as a former player and as a member of the National Football League a very, very high regard for player safety. I have never at any time in my coaching career suggested to any player to go get somebody or try to hurt somebody. I know the sacrifices that you've got to make to play in this league. "I resent the fact that people are suggesting that what players on this team are doing are illegal and unethical because they're not." Central College Tigers • Coach: Mike Beard (6th season, 108-34) • Last year's record: 22-10 • Top returnees: Gabe Isaac, ,6-0, G (6.1 ppg, 3.9 apg); James Nelson, 6-8, F (13.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg); Dusty Walker, 6-10, C (9.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg); Landon Rowe, 6-6, F (3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg); Steven Brewer, 6-3, F, (2.1 ppg); Jeff Rudd, 6-6, F (3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg) • Top newcomers: Cornell Brown, 6-0, G; Richard Williams, 60, G; Brandon Moore, 6-4, F • Outlook: Beard likes his team's quickness. The Tigers feature two quality big men in Nelson and Walker, but there's a lack of size after them. Beard also question's the team's depth and ability to score. Isaac, Nelson and Walker are returning starters. Beard will be counting heavily on the three newcomers for backcouif and perimeter scoring. Moore is a highly-tout- Cox facing thumb surgery Bears' defensive leader broke thumb against Vikings on Monday By The Associated Press LAKE FOREST, 111. — Bryan Cox, the Chicago Bears' defensive leader, will have surgery to repair the broken bone at the base of his' left thumb, but hopes to miss only one game. "I'm having surgery Friday as it stands right now," Cox said Tuesday night. "I'm ; ; v! 'going to have ;NOt08 } to have pins •' put in and I'll be out Sunday (against Tampa Bay). But personally, I think that's the only game I'm going to miss. "I was looking for any kind of way that I could get a wrap or protection that would allow me to play, but that's not realistic. It's painful. Doctors say on the safe side, two-to-four or four-to-six (weeks), but I feel like I'll be ready to play" Nov. 10 at Denver. Earlier Tuesday, Bears trainer Fred Caito said the normal healing T COLLEGE FOOTBALL time for any fracture is four to six weeks. Over the .years, however, players have taken the field with broken bones protected by casts or splints. Cox suffered- the injury early in the fourth quarter of Monday's 1513 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Nevertheless, the linebacker remained in the game and made a crucial play, sacking Brad Johnson to force a fumble and then recovering the football at the Bears' 35-yard line with 1:47 to go. Vikings fans like Johnson EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The people have spoken. They want Brad Johnson to be the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback, not Warren Moon. For one week, at least, it looks like the fans will get their wish. Coach Dennis Green, burdened with a sputtering offense and a season in danger of slipping away, said it is likely that Moon's injured right ankle will keep him out of Sunday's game against Kansas City. Although that will please Minnesota's disgruntled following, Green said it doesn't mean he has lost faith in Moon. "Warren Moon is our starting quarterback," Green said. "I'm not a great believer in making a lot of changes, particularly at quarterback. Personally, I think it's a copout. "I think everybody else has to carry their load. We've got so many things that we're not doing well on offense that we're going to get to those before we worry about a guy that's had the kind of career and still plays for us the way Warren has played for us." Ravens release two BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens released wide receiver Calvin Williams and tight end Harold Bishop on Tuesday and added cornerback Dorian Brew to the active roster. Ravens vice president Ozzie Newsome said the return to good health of Floyd Turner and the development of James Roe and Ray Ethridge allowed the team to let . Williams go. The Ravens let Bishop go after the signing Eric Green and Frank Hartley. Bowl alliance picture starting to clear, but questions remain Nebraska needs some teams to lose in order to win third straight title By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press As the college football season swings into its final month, the bowl alliance is slowly sorting itself out. While it looks like a true national title game in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 is a longshot, there are still matchups — and upsets — capable of shaking up the bowl scene. A likely bowl lineup: SUGAR: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 5 Nebraska. FIESTA: No. 3 Florida State vs. Big Ten runner-up (Northwestern, Michigan or Penn State). ORANGE: No. 6 Tennessee vs. Big East champ (Miami, Syracuse or West Virginia) ROSE (non-alliance): No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Arizona State. If the matchups unfold this way, and Florida, Ohio State and Arizona State are undefeated, it's improbable the Cornhuskers could win ah unprecedented third straight title. Also, if Florida wins the rest of its games and is voted national champion, Ohio State — even if it wins out — could end up like Penn State did two years ago — undefeated and uncrowned. The prospects of the top six teams: No. 1 FLORIDA The top-ranked Gators (7-0) should win their next three games — against Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina (combined 9-13) — before the Nov. 30 showdown against the Seminoles. If Florida wins, there's still an SEC title game, most likely against the winner of the LSU-Alabama game on Nov. 9. No. 2 OHIO STATE If the Buckeyes win out, they're off to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1985. Ohio State, (7-0) plays Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana (combined 7-15) before its Nov. 23 game against Michigan. Under John Cooper, the Buckeyes are 1-61 against the Wolverines. A note on the Big Ten champion: If Ohio State and Northwestern tie for the league title, the Buckeyes go to Pasadena based on the best-overall record tie-breaker. No. 3 FLORIDA STATE For the Seminoles (6-0), it's simple: Win out and play for the national title in New Orleans. Lose to Florida and it's the Fiesta Bowl as the ACC champion. Before the Gators, though, FSU has games against dangerous Georgia Tech (5-2), Wake Forest, No. 23 Southern Mississippi (7-1) and Maryland. No. 4 ARIZONA STATE Jake Plummer & Co. should have no problems beating Oregon State and California. But bitter rival Arizona is waiting to spoil the Sun Devils' perfect season. On Nov. 23, the teams end the regular season in Tucson, where Arizona State (8-0) has just one victory since 1982. ASU is 1-6 at Arizona Stadium during that span, the lone win a 7-6 decision in 1992. No. 5 NEBRASKA The two-time defending champs have been on the outside lopking in since their loss to Arizona State on Sept. 21. The only way the Huskers (6-1) could win it all is to beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl and hope Ohio State and Arizona State both lose. Nebraska also plays Colorado on Nov. 29. No. 6 TENNESSEE Once again, the Volunteers knocked themselves out of the title ed freshman from Paducah, Ky. Haskell Indians • Coach: At Gipp (1st season) • Last year's record: 3-19 • Top returnees: Jason Geer, 6-0, G; Ruben Littlehead, 6-2, G; Ryan Grinnell, 6-6, C • Top newcomers: Eldridge Grinnell, 6-7, C; Clayton Dawes, 6-6, F • Outlook: Gipp takes over as basketball coach after coaching cross country at Haskell since 1989. Geer and Littlehead are returning starters and averaged 10 points each last season. Gipp likes his team's depth and says nine or 10 could play. He expects the Indians' scoring to be more balanced than in past seasons and says perimeter shooting could be a strength. Hesston Larks • Coach: Luke Hartman (1st season) • Last year's record: 10-18 • Top returnee: Aaron Springer, 6-3, F (16 ppg, 6 rpg) • Top newcomers: Carl Barry, 64, F; Igor Mihjatovlch, 6-3, G; Scott Baker, 6-4, G-F; Mark Fliesher, 60, G; Grant Siemans, 6-6, C • Outlook: Hartman comes to Hesston after three years as varsi-' ty coach Broadway High School in Broadway, Va. He replaces Dennis Wyse, who coached the Larks for three seasons. Hartman, who played at Hesston during the 198788 and 88-89 seasons, has only one returning player in Springer, but he was the Larks' leading scorer last season. Hartman has 10 freshman and walk-ons, so experience is sorely lacking. So is height. Siemans, who played at Hesston High last season, is the team's tallest f player at 6-6. But Hartman his team's desire and work ethic. He terms it a "blue collar team that's not going to back down." INDEPENDENTS: WOMEN Central College Tigers • Head coach: Gary Turner (11th season, 134-133) • Last year's record: 18-8 • Top returnees: Cortina Holmes, 5-4, G (12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 spg); Kerri Clark, 5-9, G-F (8 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Karen Stansberry, 5-7, G (5.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg) • Top newcomers: Tracey Mantegna, 5-9, G; Rachel Danner, 511, F; Amelia Settles, 5-7, G; Lacy Houston, 5-4, G; Tricia Nicholson, 6-1, C; Windy Roberts, 5-7, F. • Outlook: Central's strength is its backcourt where Holmes and Clark return to the starting lineup. Holmes was first-team all-Region 6 Division II choice last season. Clark can play all five positions. Outside shooting shouldn't be a problem, but a lack of size could be. The Tigers have only one player taller than 6-feet (Nicholson). Keeping their post players out of foul trouble is imperative. The team also lacks quickness. chase with an early-season 35-29 loss to Florida. Last year, the Vols lost one game — 62-37 to Florida. This season could end up the same way, but the Orange Bowl loves Peyton Manning, and the Vols will bring tons of fans. A few other notes on the howl alliance selection process: FIESTA BOWL: After the Sugar takes its top two teams, the Fiesta Bowl has the third choiqe. The Fiesta folks have made it clear the Big Ten runner-up is a top priority — executive director John Junker has been attending Big Ten games all season. A10-1 Northwestern is the likely choice, although a 10-1 Michigan or 10-2 Penn State isn't out of the question. 'The Nittany Lions play the Wildcats on Saturday and Michigan on Nov. 16. A Big Ten team last played in the Fiesta in 1986, when Michigan beat Nebraska 27-23. With the fifth pick, the Fiesta chooses either the ACC or Big East champion. ORANGE BOWL: With the No. 4 choice, the Orange would go with a 10-1 Tennessee. They love Peyton Manning and the tons of fans the Volunteers would bring to the first Orange Bowl at Pro Player Park. ROSE FEVER: The Rose Bowl is looking at its first matchup of undefeated, untied teams in 66 years if Ohio State and Arizona State win the rest of their games. Entering the 1931 Rose Bowl, Alabama and Washington State were 9-0. Alabama won 24-0. There also we're undefeated, untied matchups in 1921, '22 and '27. On nine occasions, the Rose Bowl had matchups where teams were unbeaten, but one or both had a tie. The most recent was in 1980, when a 10-0-1 USC played a 10-0 Ohio State. USC won 17-16. In the 1945 Rose Bowl, USC was 7-0-2 and Tennessee 7-0-1. USC won 25-0. Haskell Indians • Head coach: Paul Homeratha (3rd season) • Last years' record: 6-19 • Top returnees: Dixie Turquoise, 5-8, G; Emily Mason, 6-0, F; Jyme Ferguson, 6-1, C; Simona Forman, 5-10, F • Top newcomers: April Smith, 511, C; Marzha Fitzler, 5-5, G; Angela Hammer, 5-6, G; Regina Young Bear, 5-4, G; Agnes Thompson, 5-5, G; Jeannetta Glory, 5-8, G • Outlook: Turquoise, Mason and Ferguson earned second-team NJ- CAA Division II all-Region 6 honors last season and Homeratha expects them to pick up where they left off. Forman will step in a starting forward and Smith at center, giving Haskell a solid inside presence that has been missing in recent seasons. Homeratha also likes the team's depth and ability to score. He expects the freshman signees to contribute immediately. Hesston Larks • Head coach: Joel Kauffman (10th season, 93-156) • Last year's record: 15-17 • Top returnees: Shanna Roth, 61, F (5.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Lisa Schmidt, 6-0, F (14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg);.. Janelle Yutzie, 5-9, G-F (10 ppg, 3.4 rpg); Natasha Propps, 5-8, F. (3.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Carla Hathaway, 5-7, G-F (2.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg); Janel Jantz, 5-9, G (1.1 ppg, 3.2 • Top newcomers: Angie Smeltzer, 6-2, C; Tara Froese, 5-6, G • Outlook: The Larks feature a veteran team and plenty of size. The addition of Smeltzer, a transfer from Butler County, along with Schmidt, a first-team all-Region 6 Division II selection, and Roth give Hesston a formidable frontcourt. There's also good defensive quickness. Yutzie is the top guard candidate. Kauffman's biggest concern is perimeter shooting. BROWN MACKIE Men • Head coach: Francis Flax (5th year) • Last year's record: 16-16 ROSTER • Sophomores: Jarod Brown; 6-0, G; Diondra Rivers, 6-4, G-F; Jeremie McCurdy, 6-4, G-F; Eddie Robinson, 6-8, G-F; Nino Smith, 6-7, F-C; Jason Sharkey, 6-1, G; William Matheny, 6-5, C; Jon Daniels, 6-5, C • Freshmen: Andy Williams, 6-0, G; Quincy Tarpley, 6-0, G; Slobodan Brezak, 6-5, G-F; Dashawn Glenn, 6-4, G-F; Damien Spencer, 6-4, GF; Adrian Taylor, 6-2, G SCHEDULE November 1-2 — at Barton County Classic, TBA; 6 — BUTLER COUNTY, 7:30 p.m.; 9 — COLBY, 7:30 p.m.; 11 — BARTON COUNTY, 7:30 p.m.; 13 — Pratt, 7:30 p.m.; 15-16— at Colby Classic, TBA; 20 — at Butler County, 8 p.m.; 25 — FORT SCOTT, 7:30 p.m. December 6-7 — at Southeast Nebraska Classic, TBA; 11 — at Cloud County, 7:30 p.m.; 14 — at Pratt, 8 p.m. January 4 — SALINA SHOOTOUT (Colby vs. Highland, 5:30 p.m.; Cloud County vs. Brown Mackie, 7:30 p.m.); 6 — at Fort Scott, 7:30 p.m.; 11 — SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA, 7:30 p.m.; 15 — HESSTON, 7:30 p.m.; 18 — at Kemper Military, 5 p.m.; 22 — at Haskell, 7:30 p.m.; 25 — KEMPER MILITARY, 5 p.m.; 28 — at Central-McPherson, 7:30 p.m.; 30 — at Air Force JV, 5 p.m.; 31 — at Air Force Prep, 3 p.m. February 8 — at Wentworth Military, 2 p.m.; 11 — at Southeast Nebraska, 8 p.m.; 12 — HASKELL, 7:30 p.m.; 18 — at Hesston, 8 p.m.; 20 — CENTRAL-MCPHERSON, 7 p.m.; 22 — WENTWORTH MILITARY, 2 p.m.; 28 — NJCAA Division II Region 6 Tournament at Johnson County March 1 — NJCAA Division II Region 6 Tournament at Johnson County Women • Head coach: Bob Godsey (2nd season, 15-15) • Last year's record: 15-15 ROSTER • Sophomores: Charmaine Hance, 5-5, G; LaTrisha Mollenkamp, 5-5, G; Dawn Albright, 5-10, F; Nikki Hines, 5-7, G; Adrianne Cooper, 60, F; Cynthia Johnston, 5-8, G-F; Shelby Alton, 6-0, C; Raelynn Redding, 5-9, G-F; Latrice Farmer, 6-0, F-C ' • Freshmen: Ann Murray, 5-4, G; Toshia Dixon, 5-3, G; Halle Schoen- hbff, 5-3, G; Misty McDaniel, 5-3, G; Johnnetta Brackman, 5-6, G; Demetra Wilkerson, 5-7, F; Natasha Braxton, 5-7, G-F; Andrika Jonnes, 5-10, C; Robin Polk, 6-0, C; Dena Anderson, 5-9, F; Mandy Johnson, 5-10, F; Cheletha Isom, 5-6, G; Stacey Budke, 6-0, C SCHEDULE November 1— at Barton County Classic (Jef- ferson, Mo.), 2 p.m.; 2 — at Barton; County Classic (Northeast Cok orado), 2 p.m. 6 — BUTLER COUNTY, 5:30 p.m.; 9 — COLBY, 5:30 p.m.; 13 — Pratt, 5:30 p.m.; 15 — at Colby Classic (Dodge City), 2 p.m.; 16 — at Colby Classic (Colby), 6 p.m.; 20 — at Butler County, 6 p.m.; 22 — at Hutch Classic (Moberly, Mo.), 6 p.m.; 23 — at Hutch Classic (Air Force Prep), 3 p.m.; 25 — FORT SCOTT, 5:30 p.m.; 26 — HASKELL, 7 p.m. December 4 — at Sterling JV, 7 p.m.; 6 — at Southeast Nebraska Classic (Midland, Neb.) 2 p.m.; 7 — at Southeast Nebraska Classic (Southwest Iowa), 2 p.m.; 11 — at Cloud County, 5:30 p.m.; 14 — at Pratt, 6 p.m. January 4 — HIGHLAND, 2 p.m.; 6 — at Fort Scott, 5:30 p.m.; 11 — SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA, 5:30 p.m.; 15 — HESSTON, 5:30 p.m.; 18 — CENTRAL-MCPHERSON, 2 p.m.; 22 — at Haskell, 5:30 p.m.; 28 — STERLING JV, 7 p.m.; 30 — MCCOOK, NEB., 7 p.m. February 11 — at Southeast Nebraska, 6 p.m.; 12 — at McCook, Neb., 5:30 p.m.; 18 — at Hesston, 6 p.m.; 20 — at Central-McPherson, 7 p.m.; 28 — NJCAA Division II Region 6 Tournament at Johnson County March 1 — NJCAA Division II Region 6 Tournament at Johnson County BMC / Lions now in Division II FROM PAGE D1 but were forced to drop to Division II after the remaining Division I Independent schools — Cloud County, Highland, Colby and Labette — opted to join the restrictive Jayhawk Community College Conference this season. Brown Mackie now joins Central College of McPherson, Hesston and Haskell in the state's Division II ranks. Robinson will have to be as good as advertised for the Lions to succeed. All five starters from last year's 16-16 team graduated, leaving sixth-man Nino Smith as the only player returning with significant experience. The 6-7 Smith moves to center despite his slender build. He averaged five points and four rebounds last season. "Nino's the one we have to count on to be our leading re- bounder," Flax said. "He has to decide to get physical, but he hasn't adjusted. He's too nice of a kid. He doesn't want to push back. He's got to be more aggressive and lean back." Deshawn Glenn, a 6-4 freshman and transfer from Jacksonville, "We'll look to run, double-team on defense and hope we can put the ball in the hole." Francis Flax Brown Mackie men's basketball coach Texas, will be counted on to ease some of the scoring burflen that will fall on Robinson. "He has to score in the mid- teens for us to do any good," Flax said. "He can score, but he's used to taking it off the dribble. We've moved him inside where he has to catch it, turn and go to the basket. "He can also help us defensively. He's deceptive in the post. He has long arms." Clint Robinson, a 6-4 freshman from Ardmore, Okla., will be counted on to score from the perimeter. "Clint is skinny and doesn't have a lot of stamina, but he has a nice stroke and can hit the long- range shots," Flax said. "With him and Eddie outside they may open up things inside." The battle for point guard is between sophomore Jason Sharkey, a transfer from Bethany, and 5-8 freshman Quincy Tarpley from Washington, D.C. "Jason handles.the ball better and Quincy's a better penetrator," Flax said. "We won't be as flamboyant at the point as we were last year (with Gary Johnson)." Returning sophomore Diondra Rivers and Jeremie McCurdy will provide backup. Damien Spencer, a 6-4 freshman from Irvington, N. J., is a key player, Flax said. "He's a left-hander who has the tools, but he hasn't prepared himself to play yet," Flax said. "He's a good shot blocker." Flax likes his team's depth, but worries the lack of size. "We're small inside. Real small. Offensive rebounding and rebounding in general is a big concern," he said. "But we're very athletic and we have better depth one through 10 than we've had. We have good quickness and good jumpers. "We'll look to run, double-team on defense and hope we can put the ball in the hole."

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