The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 17
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NO THE SAC 96 OURNAL Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C3 MONEY / C7 CLASSIFIED/C9 c T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Central, Seaman play for state berth Mustangs expecting usual tough district contest with Vikings tonight in Topeka By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal A free ride into the playoffs would be a rarity for the Salina Central football squad. Before the Mustangs earned their postseason berth each of the last three seasons, they had to turn back a determined opponent from Topeka Seaman to claim the district title. Heading into tonight's regular-season finale, Central (7-1) has barely been tested and certainly not threatened in its two district victories. The Mustangs have overpowered Highland Park and Shawnee Heights by a combined scored of 121-14. The 63 points scored last week against Heights DIENER were the most by a Central squad in Marvin Diener's 10 years as head coach. Topeka Seaman (6-2) is all that stands between Central and a fifth consecutive playoff appearance, but Seaman has given the Mustangs more trouble in recent years than any other district opponent. The two teams meet in a 7:00 contest tonight at Seaman Stadium. Central and Seaman were unbeaten a year ago when they met on the final Friday of the regular season, with the Mustangs coming away with a 10-3 victory at Salina. In 1993, Central ended Seaman's year with a 14-10 victory. The Vikings finished 7-2 while Diener's club went on to win a 5A state title. While the Mustangs will focus on advancing to next week's playoff opener, Seaman will work toward keeping its season alive and exacting some revenge in the process. "There is a different focus on both teams and to a certain degree, 1 think it's to their advantage," Diener said. "Our kids by no means are overlooking Seaman, but they still have great expectations of going on. I think Seaman may look at this as being their season, simply because their season has ended with this game the last three years." The Central and Seaman defenses come in with similar numbers, both having allowed slightly more than 240 yards total offense a game. The Mustangs are rolling up better than 400 yards on offense every Friday, while Seaman averages 236 yards a game. "They have one of the best defenses we are going to see all year and their defense has been the key for them in winning a number of close games," Diener said. "We are going to have to be very efficient on every play and we can't have dropped balls when we throw it." The Mustangs will be without the services of offensive lineman Billy McBride. The 5-foot-ll, 265-pound senior suffered a compression fracture of the tibia and may be able to return next week if Central makes the playoffs. Sophomore reserve Jeff Frank is also out with an injury, costing the Mustangs some depth on the offensive line. Salina South vs. Great Bend Salina South closes the regular season with a luxury many other teams would like to share. The Cougars (5-3) have already clinched a postseason berth as they play host to winless Great Bend (0-8) tonight at Salina Stadium. "We're pretty happy we have the playoffs already secured," South coach Ken Stonebraker said. "We tried to be a little cautious in preparations this week, but we'll try to treat this no different than any other game and hopefully the kids will respond." South will make its third postseason appearance in the history of the program, and two of those playoff berths have come hi Stonebraker's three seasons as head coach. "We felt like our league was as strong as it has been in awhile from top to bottom," Stonebraker said. "The games we did lose the kids played well and they were continuing to get better, and the strength of our schedule helped us. "South's only been in the playoffs three times and two of those have come in the last three years. It makes you feel like you are doing something right and the kids are pretty happy about it." T BASEBALL RODRIGUEZ Rodriguez voted AP's top player 21-year-old started season batting ninth, finished batting .358 By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez, who began the season batting ninth for Seattle and became the top hitter in the majors at age 21, was voted The Associated Press major league player of the year Thursday. Rodriguez hit .358 with 36 home runs and 123 RBI in his first full year in the big leagues. He set modern-day marks for shortstops in hits (215), extra- base hits (91) and runs scored (141). "It was a very humbling year," he said. "All they asked me to do was hit .240, hit 10 home runs and drive in 40. But I still need to improve." Rodriguez received 103 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. San Diego third baseman Ken Caminiti was second with 12 votes, and Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz third with nine in balloting completed before the playoffs. The overall No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft, Rodriguez made his major league debut the next year at 18. During the 1995 season, he was sent down to the minors four times by the Mariners, hit .232 in 48 games and backed up Luis Sojo in the playoffs. "I came to spring training this year and had to win a job," Rodriguez said. He earned it, and Seattle manager Lou Piniella said Rodriguez would stay in the lineup as long as he made the routine plays at shortstop. On March 31, in the earliest major league opener, Rodriguez was 0 for 5 before hitting a game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th inning against Chicago at the King- dome. Soon, he blossomed into a leading candidate for AL MVP. Slowed by a hamstring injury that put him on the disabled list for 13 games in April, Rodriguez was moved up from ninth to second in the batting order on May 8. He quickly became a key part of a potent lineup that included Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner. V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Ell-Saline's Matt Jester (77) and J.R. Augustine (hidden) tackle Canton-Galva running back Jace Pavlovlch in the first half. Ell-Saline wins district title Cardinals sluggish but earn fourth straight trip to state playoffs By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal BROOKVILLE — On its way to a perfect regular-season record, one thing the Ell-Saline Cardinals have not always been is perfect. Ell-Saline (9-0) completed its unbeaten regular season Thursday night with a 27-18 victory over Canton-Galva, capturing the Class 2-1A District 9 title and a fourth consecutive postseason berth. But Cardinal coach Chris Barkley saw areas where improvement will be a must if his team expects to stay perfect in the playoffs. Four Ell-Saline turnovers, all on fumbles, were high on Berkley's list of things to correct before his team opens postseason play Tues- day at Garden Plain, a 54-6 winner over Oxford Thursday. "You get rolling and get rolling and turn the ball over," Barkley said. "No matter how you look at this football game, that is what you are going to keep coming back to. It will be a short-lived playoff season if that keeps up. "We've got some frustrated kids milflm right now but 1 »P"HW"*! we should be Canton-Galva 18 thankful we are Ell-Saline 27 in the playoffs. You only have to win by one point and I think we'll get some things straightened out before next week." A victory for Canton-Galva, along with Inman's 20-17 victory over Sacred Heart, would have given the Eagles the district title. But a poor start kept Canton-Galva (4-5) playing from behind the entire game. "Our kids came out and played hard," Canton-Galva coach Mike • Sacred Heart falls/ Page C3 Paramore said. "We talked about leaving everything on the field and coming out and playing with them for 48 minutes. "We gave Ell-Saline a couple of chances when we put it on the ground early, but our kids weren't going to go away. They kept fighting and that says a lot for our kids." Ell-Saline led 27-6 after Kevin Mannel's second touchdown of the game with 10:06 remaining hi the game. But Eagle quarterback Zac Hoppes, held to only 2 yards passing and an interception in the first half, brought his team back with an impressive air attack. Hoppes threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Craig Cuthbertson with 7:06 to play, and after a Cardinal turnover, hit Jace Pavlovich on a 17-yard strike to make it 27-18 with 5:32 remaining. But the Eagles missed on all three of their extra point attempts in this game — one kick wide right and two runs stopped short — to keep Paramore's club two scores behind. Ell-Saline put together a 12-play drive that again ended with a fumble, but took enough time off the clock to end the Eagles' upset bid. Ell-Saline scored on its first two possessions, but turned the ball over on its next two, keeping the Eagles close at halftime. Hoppes finished with 157 yards passing while Pavlovich had 83 yards rushing and another 54 receiving. Senior running back Jack O'Neal, who finished the night with 209 yards on 22 carries, got 60 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage to set up the Cardinals' first score. Mannel went the final 5 yards for the touchdown. V COLLEGE BASKETBALL Cyclones battling eligibility Three starters facing suspensions; Pratt out for academic reasons By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal KANSAS CITY — It didn't take long for the glow of last year's 24-9 season to wear off at Iowa State. Several players found their way into coach Tim Floyd's doghouse. Four of them were starters last year. Senior center Kevin Cato has been suspended for three games and senior forward Shawn Bankhead and senior guard Dedric Willoughby were suspended for a game each. In addition, senior swingman FLOYD Kenny Pratt is academically ineligible for at least the first six games of the season. "It sounds like we have a bunch of bad guys, but that's not the case," Floyd said at Thursday's Big 12 Conference Media Day. "Some of it just had to do with missing 20 minutes of class time, but it's better to have it happen in April than June." Floyd said he'll wait until the first exhibition game (Nov. 13) before deciding which games the players will miss. "I don't know who'll play the first couple of games," Floyd said. "In fact, a couple of guys (the media) look pretty good right now." Floyd said Pratt must "fulfill his academic requirements and raise his grade point average." If he does, he'll be eligible for the Dec. 16 game at Wyoming. Familiar name The name "Robisch" is prominent in Kansas basketball history. Dave Robisch is the school's fourth-leading career scorer and averaged 21 points a game for his career. Two more players named Robisch will be playing in the Big 12 Conference this season, but not with Kansas. Brett and Scott Robisch are currently on the Oklahoma State roster. Brett is a 6-11, junior transfer See BIG 12, Page C5 Abilene takes out county rival Chapman for district crown Pokes use long drive, defensive stand in third quarter to secure win By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal ABILENE — Racing to a 21-0 lead didn't hurt the Abilene Cowboys in their Class 4A, District 10 showdown with Chapman. But it was the third quarter that provided the defining moments for the Cowboys. Abilene started the quarter with an eight-minute scoring drive and ended it with a defensive stand inside its 10-yard line Thursday to preserve a 28-12 victory over the Fighting Irish. The victory gave the Cowboys, 6-3, the district title and a home playoff game Tuesday against Wamego. They also clinched a share of the North Central Kansas League title. Chapman's season —-"-- •- - ended at 5-4. •,,i: ; JPMMBHft •. ,';.i "We're not a Chapman 12 real pretty team ~£jj~ and we can't seem to ever win Abilene easy," said Abilene coach Greg Wade, whose Cowboys have won four straight. "(But) we're in the playoffs and we won the league." The Cowboys, who led 21-6 at intermission, but allowed a touchdown just 25 seconds before halftime, reclaimed control of the * Thursday's scores / Page C3 game to start the second half. After returning the opening kickoff to their 35-yard line, they marched 65 yards in 17 plays, taking 8 minutes, 5 seconds off the clock in the process. Quarterback Kip Racy ran 1 yard for the touchdown on fourth down and Dusty Miller kicked the extra point for a 28-6 advantage. "What a great drive," Wade said. "I knew it ate up a lot of time. We were concerned at halftime because we felt we let them out of the bag a little before the half. "We wanted to establish ourselves a little bit and it was just a super drive." But Chapman answered quickly, moving 60 yards in just two plays for a score as Josh Krinhop hit Dustin Small with a 55-yard touchdown pass. Three plays later the Irish got the ball back at the Abilene 20- yard line on Matt Hoffman's interception. Juan Longoria ran 14 yards for a first down at the 6 and Aaron Hanney carried 4 more yards to the 2. On second down, Krinhop was stopped just short of the goal line, and on the next play Chapman was called for a delay of game penalty. The Irish were stopped for no gain on third down and threw incomplete on fourth down from the 6. "That was a big stand after the turnover to stop them on fourth down," said Wade, whose Cowboys only lost the ball once and forced three Chapman turnovers. "The game was kind of hanging there a little bit. "I thought we did a lot of good things defensively. We didn't give up a lot of big plays." The Cowboys did rack up 304 yards offensively with 208 coming on the ground. Matt Carver had 70 yards and one touchdown rushing on 16 carries, Ben Faulkner added 54 yards and Britt Desbien 62 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts. Racy completed five of 11 passes for 96 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown strike to Matt Needham in the second quarter. He completed four of six passes for 90 yards in the first half. "They pass the ball very, very well," Chapman coach Ben Star- burg said. "We had too many turnovers and gave up too many big plays. "The bottom line is they won." Chapman had 277 yards total offense, gaining 210 on the ground. Hanney rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries and Longoria for 86 on nine tries. Krinhop completed five of 13 passes for 67 yards but was picked off twice by Racy. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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