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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1996 P3 T JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW Cloud, Colby gear for Jayhawk Former independents added to conference's Western Division By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal For years, Cloud County and Colby were content to sit on the outside looking in at the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. With Colby isolated in the northwestern corner of Kansas and Cloud County alone in the north central part of the state, travel expenses and the Jayhawk Conference's out-of-state scholarship restrictions made it advantageous for the two schools to remain independent. But when Labette joined the league last year, the Jayhawk extended an invitation to the other four Division I independents — Cloud, Colby, Highland and Brown Mackie-Salina — to sign up as well. All but Brown Mackie, which dropped to Division II, decided the timing was right and took the league up on its offer, placing all the state's public community colleges in the league for the first time and expanding the membership to 19 schools. Colby and Cloud were added to the Western Division while Highland joined the eight existing teams in the East. "I think it was the only time," Dennis Erkenbrack, men's basketball coach and athletic director at Cloud County, said of the decision to join the conference. "We have been discussing the distance and travel for ever and ever. But we "I think it's an outstanding conference and have always felt that. We just hope we can be a good part ofit" Dennis Erkenbrack Men's basketball coach, athletic director at Cloud County on joining the Jayhawk conference felt like when Highland was going to go in and Labette went in last year, we had no option. "I don't know athletically, top to bottom, if it has been in our best interest. But so far we've survived the travel we've had and there is the prestige of the Jayhawk Conference. We've been pleased with the commissioner's office, pleased with the statistics they provide and pleased with the communication. I think it's an outstanding conference and have always felt that. We just hope we can be a good part of it — be an asset and not a liability." At Colby, athletic director Darin Spence, who also doubles as men's basketball coach, is eager to see how his team fares in the league. "I think it's a good move from the standpoint that the fans will have more players they can relate to," Spence said, referring to the Jayhawk rules limiting basketball teams to five out-of-state players. "Last year we had five Kansas kids, which was the most for any Colby team in years. We have nine on the team this year. "Our program, town and school will go through some growing pains deciding what we have to do to compete (in the league) — everything from budgets to scholarships — but I think the situation will be for the better." While Colby and Cloud have joined the Jayhawk in all sports, they will in all probability be judged on their basketball success. Cloud County's men, coming off a 27-6 season, was picked sixth in the Jayhawk West preseason coaches poll while Colby —16-15 a year ago — was the No. 9 choice. Cloud's women were tabbed for fifth and Colby for ninth. In addition to additional travel that comes with league membership — the Jayhawk West has teams in Liberal, Garden City, Dodge City, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Pratt and El Dorado — Colby and Cloud must adjust to recruiting restrictions that limit basketball rosters to five out-of-state players. But neither Erkenbrack nor Spence expressed concern about adjusting to the rule. "There have been years when we haven't had over three (out-of- staters) and others when we've had seven," Erkenbrack said. "Losing southern Nebraska probably hurts us most. We've always had a five out-of-state limit other than Nebraska. "It has caused us to go out and spend more time looking at more Kansas kids and we feel like we had a real good year recruiting Kansas kids last year. "We feel that through the years there are only a few local kids we've wanted that we haven't gotten and hopefully the conference (affiliation) will give us the added prestige to get them." Spence said his most pressing concern is not the lack of out-of- staters but inexperience. The Trojans bring back just one part-time starter from his first season. "It will be tough this year because we have 11 new faces on the roster and four of our five out-of- staters are freshmen," he said. "I think one of the only things we have going for us is that a lot of teams have new players this year, "Every couple of years we have some very good players in this part of the state. As long as we keep them here, we'll be OK." Spence does have the advantage of a Jayhawk Conference background. He was head women's coach at Butler County for several years and a men's assistant at Cowley County before taking the Colby job last year. "I think that's been helpful," he said. "I think (joining the Jayhawk) is good because it gives us a little more of an identity. It gives us something to play for and it gives our players a chance to make an all-conference team and get some recognition. "I think it also gives us a chance to start some rivalries with some of the league schools." JAYHAWK CONFERENCE: WEST DIVISION Men BARTON COUNTY COUGARS • Head coach: Steve Forbes (2nd season, 15-16) • Last year's record: 15-16 (5-7 in league) • Coaches' prediction: Fourth • Top returnees: Jay Heidrick, 6-6, F. • • Top newcomers: Predrag Materic, 6-6, G; Rlckie McClanahan, 6-8, F; Michael Jackson, 6-6, F; Micah Gotten, 6-5, F; Dylan Fiedler, 61,G. • Outlook: Beloit's Jay Heidrick, who started as a freshman last year, Is the only player back for the Cougars. Freshman guard Predrag Ma- terlc, a redshlrt transfer from Connecticut, and 6-8 South Florida transfer Rlckie McClanahan are two key newcomers, along with 6-6 freshman forward Michael Jackson of Newark, N.J.. BUTLER COUNTY GRIZZLIES • Head coach: Steve Eck (1st season) • Last year's record: 32-6 (11-1) • Coaches' prediction: First (tie) • Top returnees: Delvin Washington, 6-3, G; Mao Tosi, 6-6, C; Cedric McGlnnis, 6-8, F; Matt Watts, 6-2, G; Jermaine McLeod, 6-0, G. • Top newcomers: Lee Nailon, 6-8, So., F; Tyrone Brown, 6-5, F. • Outlook: New coach Steve Eck inherits a team loaded with five key players that helped lead the Grizzlies to third place in the national tournament. Leading scorer Delvin Washington (14.8 ppg), a second-team preseason All- American, Is back, along with top rebounder Mao Tosi (6.8 rpg). Lee Nailon, a transfer from Southeastern, Iowa, Is a preseason Ail-American after averaging 23.7 points and 8.0 rebounds last year. CLOUD COUNTY THUNDERBIRDS • Head coach: Dennis Erkenbrack (22nd season, 467-190) • Last year's record: 27-6 (new to league) • Coaches' prediction: Sixth • Top returnees: Cassian Aguet, 6-2, G; Jimmy Keller, 6-6, F; Justyn Leon, 6-9, C; Bo Smith, 5-9, G. • Top newcomers: Justin Robinson, 6-4, G; Calvin Ruffin, 5-11, G; Jay Glbbs, 6-4 G-F;« Chris Martens, 6-5, F. • Outlook: The Thunderbirds enter the Jayhawk Conference West with no returning starters, but several key contributors from last year's 27-6 team. Forward Jimmy Keller averaged 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, post player Justyn Leon 6.4 points and 3.0 rebounds, and guard Cassian Aguet 9.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. Freshman Justin Robinson, an all- state guard from Hays, is a top newcomer for the T-Birds, who will be smaller but quicker than In recent years. COLBY TROJANS • Head coach: J3arln Spence (2nd season, 16-15) • Last year's record: 16-15 (new to league) • Coaches' prediction! Ninth • Top retu'.nees: Cameron Stubbs, 6-5, F; Tim Riemann, 6-4, F. • Top newcomers: Corey Barrow, 6-0, G; Lorenzo Herrison, 6-2, G; Kenji Houston, 6-1, G; Jason Pfeifer, 6-8, C; Rahchard Richardson, 6-6, F; Gabe Stanley, 6-1, G. • Outlook: Cameron Stubbs, averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds last year as a part- time starter for the Trojans, who join the Jayhawk Conference West from the independent ranks. Point guard Kenji Houston redshlrted last year and will be joined by freshman play- maker Corey Barrow from Chicago and explosive freshman guard Lorenzo Harrison of Fort Myers, Fla. Oakley freshman Jason Pfeifer, a 6-8 center, Is expected to start in the middle. DODGE CITY CONQUISTAPORS • Head coach: Chad Wintz 4th season, 4250) • Last year's record: 18-13 (6-6) • Couches' prediction: Third » Top returnees: Dwight Jones, 5-11, G; Clifford Gray, 6-5, F; Kenneth Stringer, 6-4, F; Randy Wopdard, 6-7, C; Josh Salmans, 6-0, G. • Top newcomers: Michael Stephany, 6-2, G; Nathan Leeper, 6-2, G-F; Tywan Meadows, 6-3, F; Kevin Gwaltney, 6-7, F. • Outlook: Chad Wlntz, the Jayhawk West coach of the year for 1995-96, starts his fourth season with an experienced team that features four returning starters. All-conference forward Clfford Gray and point guard Dwight Jones lead the returnees. The Conqs also added transfer forward Tywan Meadows, a starter last year at Seward County. Michael Stephany, Nathan Leeper and Kevin Gwaltney head a strong in-state recruiting class. GARDEN CITY BRONCBUSTERS • Head coach: Kent Davlson (5th season, 64-63) . Last year'* record: 12-18 (2-10) • Coaches' prediction: Fifth « Top returnees: Nathan Strandmark, 6-4, F- Juan Kennedy, 6-0, G; Chuck Johnson, 6-4, F; Vashon Murphy, 6-5, F; Davle Gill, 6-9, C. Coffeyville men favored in East Seven players return from 26-7 team; KCK women projected first By The Journal Staff It took Coffeyville men's basketball coach Jay Herkelman no time to make his presence felt in the Jayhawk Conference East last year. As a rookie coach, he led the Red Ravens from a worst-to-first finish in the East and brought them to within one game of the national tournament. The Ravens will not catch anybody napping this year as evidence by their favorite's status in the Eastern Division preseason coaches poll, but they do return seven players, including six of the top eight from a 26-7 team. "Last year I think turned out better than expected," said Herkelman, whose Ravens were picked ahead of Independence, Cowley County and Neosho County. "It's nice to be picked first, but I think the conference is very balanced." Coffeyville's top returnees are guard Shaddrick Jenkins and forwards Gerald Smith and Rock Winston. A key will be finding a point guard to replace Halim Abdullah, who signed with Illinois. The top candidates are freshmen Jameel Anderson from Topeka (Highland Park) and Greg Stevens of Pensacola, Fla. In the East women's race, Kansas City won the division title last year but Independence was the Region 6 champion, going on to finish third at the national tournament. Kansas City is again the choice of the league coaches, followed by Independence, Coffeyville and Neosho County. Kansas City returns All- America candidate Jurgita Kausaite from Lithuania, a versatile 6-footer who led the nation in field goal percentage last year and was the league's top scorer. Kausaite is one of four Lithuanians on the Blue Devil roster. At Independence, assistant coach Keitha Green replaces Jeff Ta.dtman, who took the women's head coaching job at Missouri-Kansas City. The top returning player is 6-2 forward Ewa Laskowska from Poland. V HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL • Top newcomers: Emll Mulic, 6-8, F; Igor Nikollc, 7-1, C. • Outlook: The Broncbusters could have the league's tallest team with the addition of Yugoslavians Igor Nikolik (7-1) and Emil Mulic (68) to go with returning center Davle Gill (6-9). Fifth-year coach Kent Davlson's biggest chore will be trimming the roster of nine out-of-staters to the league limit of five. HUTCHINSON BLUE DRAGONS • Head coach: Randy Stange (3rd season, 56-10) • Last year's record: 27-5 (10-2) • Coaches' prediction: First (tie) • Top returnees: Kab Kazadl, 6-0, G; Derrick Drummond, 6-3, G; Demetrius Van Syckle, 67, so.; Johnny Cobb, 6-8, so. • Top newcomers: Josh Alexander, 6-2, G; Brent Peintner, 6-7, F; John Krafels, 6-5, F; Maurice Simmons, 6-5, F; Ryan Moss, 6-7, F. • Outlook; The Blue Dragons have experience at guard with the return of Kab Kazadl (6.1 ppg), Derrick Drummond (11.1 ppg) and Larry Bateman to go with all-state recruit Josh Alexander of McPherson. Demetrius Van Syckle (10.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) started most of the season at forward, but third-year coach Randy Stange will need help from 6-8 backup Johnny Cobb, plus newcomers Maurice Simmons, a freshman from Albany, Ga., and Ryan Moss, a transfer from South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Forward Brent Peintner, who played at Leoti High School, transferred in from Western Illinois. PRATT BEAVERS • Head coach: Greg Morris (3rd season, 2635) • Last year's record: 17-13 (3-9) • Coaches' predictIpn: Eighth • Top returnees: Marquis Brown, 6-5, F; Clayton Dye, 6-4, F; Srdjan Lallc, 6-9, C. • Top newcomers: Lelton Brown, 6-0, G; Alvln Mendez, 6-6, F; Marco Sassella, 6-5, F. • Outlook: The Beavers should be strong on the perimeter again, led by forwards Marquis Brown (13 ppg) and Clayton Dye (11 ppg). Newcomer Lelton Brown will be the point guard. The key will be developing an Inside game. SEWARD COUNTY SAINTS Head coach: Dave Brown (1st season,.00) • Last year's record: 17-14 (5-7) • Coaches' prediction: Seventh • Top returnees: Kevin Day, 5-10, G; Rashon Mickens, 6-2, G; Benny Mars, 6-5, F, • Top newcomers: Tyrese Griffin, 5-11, G; Kevin Houston, 6-4, F; Terrance Smith, 6-10, C; Travis Swinson, 6-7, F; Bobby Willis, 6-1, G. • Outlook: Assistant Dave Brown replaces Dale Reed as head coach and has three part- time starters back in guards Kevin Day and Rashon Mickens, plus wide-body forward Benny Mars. Guard Tyrese Griffin and 6-10 center Terrance Smith continue the Saints' New Jersey connection that also produced Mickens and Mars. Women BARTON COUNTY COgQARS • Head coach: Charles Mancll (2nd season, 22-10) • Last year'* record: 22-10 (7-5 In league) • Coaches/ prediction: Fourth • Top returnees: Katashia Wltcher, 5-6, G; Shirlence Archer, 6-101!^ Anne Chartler, 5-8, G; Amanda Duncan, 5-9, G • Top newcomers: Stacey Brlnkley, 5-10, F; Carrie Koehler, 5-5, G; Kristen Crosby, 6-0, F; Jodi Ward, 5-8, G • Outlook: The Cougars return two all-conference players In Witcher and Archer and have better depth than a year ago in Mancll's first season. He expects the Cougars to be two-deep at each position. Newcomers Brinkley and Koehler are sophomore transfers. Mancll's biggest concern Is a lack of experience at the post.' BUTLER COUNTY GRIZZLIES • Head coach: Toby McCammon (4th season, 61-38) • Last year's record: 22-12 (6-6) • Coaches' prediction: Second • Top returnees: Meila Leigh, 5-7, G; Crystal Ketterl, 5-11, F; Jessica Meyers, 5-6, G; Leza Narducci, 5-5, G; Trisha Raber, 5-8, F • Top newcomers: Maria Camacho, 6-2, C; Stephlne Hammond, 5-9, F; Lisa Hoeltlng, 5-6, G; Chanda Triplett, 5-7, G • Outlook: McCammon likes the Grizzlies' depth, size and athletic ability. Five players return, led by Leigh, who averaged 12.3 points, and Ketterl, who averaged 10.8. Camacho comes In from Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and is expected to be a major contributor in the post. CLOUD COUNTY THUNDERBIRDS • Head coach: Brett Erkenbrack (8th year, 154-67) • Last year's record: 25-8 • . • Coaches' prediction: Fifth • Top returnees: Heather Allen, 5-7, G; Debra Gronewoller, 5-11, F; Deana Wilson, 6-0, C • Top newcomers: Karl Kron, 6-2, C; Roberta Aragon, 5-10, G; Marlssa O'Dell, 5-5, G; Lynelle Smith, 5-4, G • Outlook: The Thunderbirds expect to have a solid inside game and good depth. Better size gives Erkenbrack hope this will be one of the Thunderbirds' better rebounding teams. Wilson Is the top returnee, having averaged 15.5 points and 10 rebounds last season. The big concern is developing consistent guard play, a problem last season. COLBY TROJANS • Head coach: Joel Washington (1st season) • Last year's record: 16-15 • Coaches' prediction: Ninth • Top returnees: Candl Cook, 5-9, F • Top newcomers: Jenifer Rogers, 5-9, F; Erica Berry, 6-0, C; Trlxle Keck, 5-5, G; Amber Zelfer, 5-9, F • Outlook: Washington replaces Jason Nuss as the Trojans' coach. Washington Is hoping an Intense conditioning program and good perimeter and free throw shooting will help make up for a lack of size, experience and depth. Berry is the lone post player. Rogers, a transfer from Cloud County, will start at point guard. Cook averaged eight rebounds last season. DODGE CITY CONQUISTADORS • Head coach: Tom Burkhart (4th season, 39-49) • Laet year's record: 19-11 (5-7) • Coaches' prediction: Seventh • Top returnees: Melaney McDaniel, 5-7, G; Karen Harden, 5-7, G; Jodl Mader, 5-11, F-C • Top newcomers: Jenny Logll, 5-8, G; Erin Cunningham, 6-1, C • Outlook: Inexperience and a lack of depth, especially Inside, are Burkhart's primary concerns. The Conqs will rely on their veteran backcourt of point guard McDaniel and off guard Harden. GARDEN CITY BRONCBUSTERS • Head coach: Ed Kozol (2nd season, 15-14) • Last year's record: 15-14 (5-7) • Coaches' prediction: Sixth • Top returnee: Monlque McRae, 5-10, F • Top newcomers: Jennifer Salmans, 6-0, F; Ashley Rlekeman, 6-0, F; Sherry Dockery, 6-2, C; Jessica Flores, 6-2, C; Melissa Jacobs, 5-7, F • Outlook: McRae is the only player returning from last year's team. McRae, who halls from Naugatuck, Conn., will be expected to shoulder much of the scoring and rebounding chores early on. Inexperience will hound the Broncbusters. HUTCHINSON BLUE DRAGONS • Head coach: Rob Edmisson (4th season, 63-27) • Last year's record: 22-9 (8-4) • Coaches' prediction: Third • Top returnees: Rlkka Downey, 5-7, G; Jennea Falen, 5-10, F; Jennlfei Ward, 6-0, F; Amber Radcliffe, 6-1, C • Top newcomers: Tesha Ratzlaff, 5-7, G; Kristl Rlnehart, 5-11, F; Haley Rumford, 5-4, G; Candlce Robersori, 5-4, G; Glna Turk, 5-11, F; Jaime Maurer, 6-1, C; Taya Allen, 5-10, F • Outlook: Edmisson likes his team's depth, speed and athletic ability. Four returning players will be joined by a solid recruiting class, led by Ratzlaff, Allen, Roberson, a transfer from Kansas, and Maurer, a transfer from North Carolina-Wilmington. Ward returns after sitting out last season with a knee Injury. PRATT BEAVERS • Head coachiJimmy Lee (4th season, 1867) • Last year's record: 6-23 (0-12) • Coaches' prediction: Eighth • Top returnees: Courtney Roe, 5-2, G; Misty Miller, 5-10, F; Jayne Reltcheck, 5-9, F; Andrea Hlldenbrand, 5-9, F • Top newcomers: Anlssa Magee, 6-0, C; Kameka Applewhite, 6-0, C; Lori Fogerty, 6-2, C • Outlook: Roe Is the only full-time starter returning for Pratt. Miller Was a part-time starter. The Beavers will be young and inexperienced. Lee has high hopes for freshmen Magee and Applewhite, both from Indiana. , SEWARD COUNTY SAINTS • Head coach: Jim Llttell (6th season, 12436) • Last year's record: 28-4 (11-1) • Coaches' prediction: First • Top returnees: Megan Gregg, 6-1, C; Christina Amerln, 5-4, G; Cheri Gaskill, 5-9, F; Kechla Mason, 5-8, G • Top newcomers: Andrea Crooks, 6-1, F; Mendy Cross, 5-11, F; Alyson Uppendahl, 5-6, G; Sarah Hurt, 5-6, G • Outlook: The Saints return four starters from last year's Western Division championship team. This year's team has considerable depth at guard with the additions of freshmen Uppendahl, from Cheney, and Hurt, from Kingman. Llttell Is concerned about the team's lack of depth in the post and perimeter shoot- Weskan takes No. 1 seed, 36-0 mark into state Coyotes making fourth straight Class 1A state tourney appearance By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal The question at Weskan is no longer whether or not the Coyotes will reach the Class 1A state volleyball tournament, but rather how they will fare once they get there. "This is our fourth year in a row being at state," said Weskan coach David Hale, whose defending champion Coyotes are seeded No. 1 and bring a perfect 36-0 record into the tournament at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. "Our seniors have ended their season at state every year and they're just to the point now where they feel they belong there. We feel very comfortable now going into Gross Coliseum." The two-day tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday with pool play. The top two teams in each of the two four-team pools advance, with the semifinals and finals played on Saturday. Pool A features top-seeded Weskan, No. 4 Deerfield (31-3), No. 5 Little River (28-5) and No. 8 Argonia (24-6). No. 2 seed Centralia (34-0), last year's runner- up, heads Pool B, which also includes No. 3 Waverly (34-0), No. 6 St. Paul (29-6) and No. 7 Jewell (29-7). Weskan, which beat Wheatland in its sub-state final last weekend, enters the state tourney on a roll. "We've played a tough schedule and we had a little bit of a slump during our league tournament," Hale said. "But we're back on track and playing very well right now. "The key for us right now is just consistency. We have very few weaknesses. "We feel if we show up and play our game, we're going to be successful. I guess we're less concerned with what everybody else does than with that we're doing." The Coyotes are led by all- stater Wendy Okeson, a 5-foot-7 junior middle hitter, but also have strong outside hitters in 56 senior Brynne Cox and 5-7 junior Pamela Welsh. Sophomore Stacey Welsh and junior Michele Smith share setting duties. What the Coyotes lack in height, they make up for in quickness and athletic ability. Jewell, the No. 7 seed for the second straight year, does have good size up front and tries to exploit it. Kirsten Barrett a 5-11 junior all-stater and 5-10 senior Sarah Griffeth give the Wildcats a strong presence at the net at all times while senior setter Megan Coco is back after earning all-league honors last year. "We're right where we were at this time last year so we're pretty confident," said Jewell coach Jennifer Adolph, whose Wildcats finished fourth last year. "We've played a few more games this year and went to a bigger tournament, so we feel we've played some good competition." Class 2A The Class 2A tournament, also at Hays, features top seed Pittsburg-Colgan (32-0), No. 4 Goessel (26-5), No. 5 Garden Plain (25-7) and No. 8 St. Francis (11-14) in Pool A. No. 2 Spearville (33-3), No. 3 Greensburg (32-3), No. 6 Valley Heights (28-8) and No. 7 Rossville (20-11) are in Pool B. Greensburg finished third last year. The most improbable entry is St. Francis, which advanced with a sub-state victory over Atwood and has improved steadily as the season wore on. The Indians were 5-20 last year. "We've been playing well the last month of the se'ason," said St. Francis coach Kent Kechter. "By midseason I started thinking that this team could really do something if they just would believe in themselves." The Indians used all 12 of their players in the sub-state tournament and have relied on depth late in the season. Senior setter Kristen Lindsten has been a steadying influence while 5-7 junior Leann Schielke has developed into a dominating hitter at times. Another strong hitter is Christie Holzwarth. Freshman Michelle Young, sophomore Rebecca Montoya and seniors Amanda Milne and Teresa Dankenbring also are key contributors. BRIEFLY FHSU's Goldston has suspension lifted HAYS — Fort Hays State basketball coach Gary Garner has lifted the suspension of All-American Alonzo Goldston. Goldston, the Tigers' 6-foot-9 center, was suspended Oct. 23 for violating unspecified team rules. He missed a week of practice and will not play in Sunday's exhibition against the Dream Builders, a team from Iowa. Three other Fort Hays State players arrested Oct. 19 and charged with disorderly conduct after a fight in downtown Hays have been disciplined, Garner said. Garner but did not say what the penalties were but said none of the three will miss any games. Arrested after the altercation were forward Sherick Simpson, swingman Donnie Collins and guard Tim Nunnery. The three players entered not guilty pleas last week and will go to court on Dec. 3. KWU volleyball falls at Southwestern WINFIELD — Kansas Wesleyan dropped a Kansas Conference volleyball match to Southwestern Wednesday night, losing 15-7,1510,15-11. The Coyotes (10-14 overall, 7-6 KCAC) were hampered by the loss of middle hitter Kary Taylor, who suffered a back injury in practice Tuesday. "We had three freshmen on the court at one time, and that's not good," Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes said. "We went through the motions in the first game. "Amy Koenig came in the second game and did a fantastic job. Everything she touched was a positive. Holly Morris played well the entire match. Marsha Emmott moved to the middle and did a nice job blocking. "But we were out of sync without Taylor." Wesleyan entertains McPherson at 1 p.m., Saturday in its next match. <P / BMC spikers defeat Sterling's junior varsity STERLING — Brown Mackie's volleyball team rallied from a first-game loss Wednesday night and defeated the Sterling junior varsity 6-15,15-4, 15-10, 15-6. "It took us a while to wake up or respect them or whatever the case was, we didn't play well," BMC coach Cheryl Ahrens said. "Our serve receiving wasn't good throughout the night, which isn't a good sign. "We had a pretty good night serving. We had 12 aces, which is above normal for our team." Jenny Green had 17 kills and Jada Daniels 11 kills and 14 digs for Brown Mackie, which improved to 32-7 on the season. Barb Boydston had eight blocks and 11 digs. The Lions go to Concordia next Monday to play Cloud County and Hastings (Neb.) junior varsity. Washburn men, SW Baptist women favored KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Washburn men and Southwest Baptist women are favored to capture Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association basketball championships this season. The Ichabod men received seven of 11 first-place votes in polling of the league's coaches. Missouri- Rolla was second and Northwest Missouri third. Missouri Western was fourth, followed by Central Missouri, Pittsburg State, Missouri Southern, Emporia State, Lincoln and Truman State. Washburn was second in the women's poll. Missouri Southern was third, followed by Missouri-Rolla, Emporia State, Pittsburg State, Central Missouri, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri, Truman State and Lincoln. From Staff Rtyorts

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