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C4 FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 1, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T HIGH SCHOOL STATE VOLLEYBALL Smith Center faces tough road Redmen open pool play today against Nemaha Valley By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina journal Smith Center volleyball coach Nick Linn knows his team faces an uphill battle in this weekend's Class 3A state tournament. But it's a climb he and his players are eager to make. Smith Center (28-5) qualified for the tournament at the Bicentennial Center last Saturday by winning the Norton sub-state. The Redmen beat Norton 15-10, 14-16, 16-14 in a difficult match that last 1 hour, 40 minutes, then disposed of Oakley 15-3, 15-5. "It was intense the whole time," Linn said of the Norton match. "Oakley upset Oberlin, the number one seed, but didn't perform well in the finals. "Teams that have been to the state tournament have the upper hand. We're not going to go in there and get blown out. We're in there, we've done our deed. The girls have worked hard and hopefully we'll be a good representative." Smith Center opens pool play today against defending state champion Nemaha Valley (25-5) at 9:30 a.m. Top-seeded Hesston (31-1) plays eighth-seeded Erie (17-11) in the first match of the day at 8:30 a.m. "We haven't seen the kind of power Hesston has," Linn said, "but we're not going to bow out." Smith Center is led by senior hitters Sara Woods and Janice Fiene. Fiene has been true on 96 percent of 456 serves this season. Sophomore CI&8S 3M Christina Rush, at 4- foot-11, is the team's top setter. "Everybody covers the floor pretty decently," Linn said. "But we're not going to overpower anybody, that's for sure." Hesston returns to the state tournament after a year's absence. The Swathers feature an experienced and power-laden lineup. Hesston defeated Conway Springs 15-9, 15-3 in the finals of the Bluestem sub-state Saturday. The team's lone loss came two weeks ago to Haven, a Class 4A state qualifier. "We've got some kids who can hit the ball," Hesston coach Vickie Annable said. "They hit it as hard as any team we've seen. I'll be surprised if anybody hits it as hard as consistently as we do. "We're pretty well rounded. We have quite a few weapons." Annable said the Swathers are looking forward to playing Nemaha Valley in pool play. Nemaha Valley defeated Hesston in the championship match of the 1992 and '94 state tournaments. "We have a debt we owe them," Annable said. "The girls got pretty fired up when they saw that." Hesston's regular rotation features six seniors — setters She- lese Stucky and Staci Young; outside hitters Rachel Stuckey, Steph Annable and Jackie Peters; and middle hitter Stacie Gattis. Middle hitter Heather Nikkei is the lone junior. "We felt more pressure with the unbeaten streak than we do with being seeded number one," Annable said. "There was a big pressure release after that loss. There's more anxious excitement than pressure." Nemaha Valley returns to defend its title under first-year head coach Betty Peterson. Peterson replaced Kim Tennal last summer, but remains as a teacher at the school. Tennal led Nemaha Valley to eight state tournaments in eight years and six state titles. Peterson played for Tennal and was his assistant coach two years ago. She was an assistant basketball coach last year. "It's been a little difficult," Peterson said. "I knew his style and played for him. We do some of the same stuff." Nemaha defeated St. Marys Saturday in finals of the Horton sub-state 3-15,16-14,15-1. "It's called nerves," Peterson said. "They came out really nervous, but played better once we got them settled down. "I don't think they'll be as nervous this weekend. The pressure's off because they made it. There were people who said we wouldn't make it. "I feel some pressure. People say 'he's done all of this, now it's her turn.' " Only two players return from last year's team — senior hitter Shanna Glissman and senior setter Jessica Calderwood. Four other seniors round out the starting lineup — hitters Angie Rottinghaus, Sarah Lueger and Dana Heinen and setter Sarah Ronnebaum. The bottom half of the bracket features No. 2 seeded Lakin (353), No. 3 Riley County (28-4), No. 6 Silver Lake (25-5) and No. 7 Pomona (23-8). Pool play concludes today with the semifinals, consolation and championship finals Saturday. Goodland juggles lineup to success Seventh-seeded Cowgirls have had far from stable lineup By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Goodland volleyball coach Jerry McKee isn't afraid to shake up his lineup. In fact, he enjoys it. And his players expect it. Change for the sake of change? No. Change for the sake of success? Yes. "We're not a team built around six or seven players," McKee said of the Cowgirls, who enter this weekend's Class 4A state tournament at the Bicentennial Center with a 28-10 record and the No. 7 seed. "We started a different lineup in every game down at sub-state (at Hugoton)," he said. "We make changes according to what we need. "It's a big key when we've been successful. We're so close in ability that it has pushed us to get better. We adjust the lineup according to the opponent." Regardless of the situation or its importance. "Often times we make changes after we get started into a match. Our girls understand changes will be made. ClaSS 4A We had two people play the final match against Hugoton who were basically in their first match. It gave us quite a lift," he said. Goodland opens pool play at 3:30 p.m., today against an old nemesis, No. 2-seeded Santa Fe Trail (31-2). "It's the same team we opened with the last two years," McKee said. "They've become a regular on our schedule. It's neat that we get to play them again. "Playing them last year we have an understanding what they will be. You get to be fairly familiar." Goodland will also tangle with No. 3-seed Haven (27-3) and No. 6 Lansing (29-6) in pool play. McKee uses all 12 players on his roster. His first line of players includes two senior outside hitters — Sarah Melia and Chrystal Shields. Junior Brooke Bohme is also an outside hitter. Junior Jessica King and sophomore Kiley Randolph are middle hitters. Setters are juniors Sandi Duell and Christi Fairbanks. The top bracket is led by top- seeded Perry-Lecompton (33-2). The Kaws are one of three Kaw Valley League teams in the tournament, joining Santa Fe Trail and Lansing. One of Perry-Lecompton's losses was to Santa Fe Trail. The other is to Osawatomie. Joining the Kaws in pool play is No. 4 Labette County (27-3), No. 5 Ottawa (34-5) and No. 8 Augusta (22-10). "We're a tough pool," Perry- Lecompton coach Lori Kukuk said. "You have to play well all the time. All the teams are tough. I am glad Santa Fe is on the other side. "If we avoid a slow start and take care of the ball on our side of the court we'll be OK." Perry-Lecompton defeated Tonganoxie, another KVL foe, 1512, 15-10 in the sub-state final at Hiawatha last Saturday. Perry-Lecompton returns to the state tournament for the first time since 1980, Kukuk's senior year at the school. "I don't think the pressure's any factor," Kukuk said. "Team records don't mean anything right now. Some teams might rise to the occasion when they play the number one team. They figure they don't have anything to lose." Pool play concludes today. Semifinals, consolation and championship finals are scheduled for Saturday. V STATE CROSS COUNTRY: AREA PREVIEW Barnes leads Redmen runners Sophomore among favorites in 3A girls for Saturday's state meet By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal When Smith Center's Lindsey Barnes puts her undefeated season on the line Saturday in the Class 3A girls cross country championships at Wamego, she will have plenty of support. Barnes, a sophomore who finished fifth at state last year, was a favorite to get back to the meet. But the Redmen got a bonus when their whole team qualified third at last Saturday's Hays regional. "I think they probably performed above expectations," said Smith Center coach Jim Muck, whose Redmen are tied for eighth in the latest 3A state girls rankings. "I thought maybe we would get fifth in our regional. We might have been lucky, but we feel real good about getting both teams in." The Redmen boys had two runners in the top five at regionals and qualified second as a team behind Leoti. For the girls, Barnes was the regional champion with a two-mile time of 12 minutes, 28 seconds, outdistancing runner-up Ashley Whitman of Leoti by 39 seconds. And she will be one of the fa- State cross country CLASS 6A, 5A At Lawrence, Rim Rock Farm 10a.m. — 5A Boys 10:30 a.m. — 6A Girls 11 a.m. — 5A Girls 11:30 —6A Boys CLASS 4A, 3A, 2-1A At Wamego Country Club 9 a.m. — 4A Boys 9:30 a.m.—2-1A Girls 10a.m. — 4A Girls 10:30 a,m. —3A Girls 11 a.m. —-2-1A Boys 11:30a.m.— 3ABoys vorites in today's 3A race, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at Wamego Country Club. "Lindsey has had a very successful season so far," Muck said. "She hasn't been beaten and she's an outstanding runner, but she will have to run very, very well to win the thing. "She's a good competitor and a very good cross country runner. I think she's got a legitimate chance to win the race." The top five finishers at last year's meet all return, led by defending champion Amy Mortimer of Riley County. Jeanette Mott of St. Marys was second, Northern Heights' Kristi Sheeley third and Southeast of Saline's Leslie Brady fourth. Riley County is the top- 4 County preview / Saturday ranked team with defending champion Southeast of Saline second. Smith Center's boys finished second at regionals despite a sub- par performance by top runner Eric Conrad, who has been plagued by allergies. Conrad was the Redmen's fifth runner in the regional. The Redmen were led by Dale Herredsberg, who ran the 3.1-mile course in 17:35, just one second ahead of teammate Nicholas Beckmann. The 3A boys meet is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and Southeast of Saline, last year's runner-up, is ranked No. 1, followed by Leoti, Eudora and Smith Center. Eudora's Eric Bloom returns after finishing fourth last year. Riley County's Ben Sigle was fourth. Nito Blochlinger of Minneapolis, who was injured last year, finished a close second to Sigle at re- gionals. Class 4A Abilene's boys, who finished a disappointing fourth at the North Central Kansas League meet the week before, came back strong Saturday to win their regional. The Abilene boys, who are ranked fifth in Class 4A, had four runners in the top 15 at regionals. Jed Douglas was fourth in 17:40, followed by Kyle Reynolds in sixth at 17:53. Kurt Lawrence took 13th (18:25) and Brett Foltz 14th (18:34). Ellsworth's Cody Smith (17:22) was first and teammate Ben Orozco second (17:25). Prairie View's Bradley Wade, last year's individual runner-up, is back as is fifth-place finisher Jerrod Hottman of Augusta. Reynolds was sixth last year. Wamego is ranked No. 1 and defending champ Topeka Hayden second. Wamego is the top-ranked girls team, followed by Ottawa and defending champion Clay Center. Circle's Sara Major is the defending medalist. Jessica Michaels was sixth last year and leads Wamego while Clay Center returns Stacy Kahrs, who took 31st. Class 2-1A The Class 2-1A meet also is in Wamego with defending champion Stanton County the favorite in both boys and girls races. The top two girls —- Stanton County's Dodie Martin and Claflin's Jackie Stiles — are back from last year's meet. So is Sacred Heart' % s Sara Wells, who was eighth.' Hillcrest's Waylon Lawson, who was ninth last year, is one of the boys favorites. Others include Jared Sims of Meade and Junior Vasques of Rolla and Stanton County's Joe Warner. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Four Texas players declared ineligible Meeting with agent to cost starting players at least one game By The Associated Press AUSTIN — The University of Texas on Thursday declared four star football players ineligible after learning that an agent paid for their lunch during a weekend meeting. Receiver Mike Adams, corner- back Bryant Westbrook and safeties Tre Thomas and Chris Carter will be held out of practices and Saturday's game against Baylor unless the NCAA rules otherwise, Texas coach John Mackovic said. "We will hold them out until we find out from the NCAA," Mackovic said. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said he hoped to hear something from the NCAA by midday today. Bill Saum, an NCAA enforcement representative, said he hadn't received Texas' letter late Thursday. "We will review their investigation and the results of their investigation," he said. University officials concluded on Wednesday that the four players did nothing wrong when they met with agent Mike George at a lunch Sunday arranged by former Longhorns linebacker Winfred Tubbs, now with the New Orleans Saints. But school officials received records from the luxury hotel where the meeting took place indicating that while Tubbs signed for the meal to be charged to his hotel room, George paid for Tubbs' room, according to Leroy Sutherland, UT compliance coordinator. "They (the players) said they knew they could not receive anything from George but didn't think it was an NCAA problem to visit with him or receive the meal from Tubbs," Sutherland wrote in a letter submitted to the NCAA late Thursday. The players each paid the total value of his lunch — $30.31 — to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program, a community service program that provides benefits for at- risk youth, Sutherland said in the letter. "Many times in cases like this, the NCAA expects restitution, which the players have made," Mackovic said. "In cases like this, many times the players are suspended for a one-game basis. "I don't know if they (the NCAA) will do that, or more, or whether or not they will feel the argument is in favor of the players from the standpoint of having every reason to believe a former teammate was in fact buying them the meal," Mackovic said. Tubbs, who has an unlisted phone number in New Orleans, said through Saints spokesman Rusty Kasmiersky late Thursday that he paid for the players' meals. Tubbs, who starred at linebacker for Texas from 1989-93 with a redshirt year in 1991, declined further comment. Struggling Indiana fires Mallory By The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bill Mallory, who briefly lifted Indiana from the depths of Big Ten football mediocrity, was fired on Thursday, ironically a victim of his own success. The Hoosiers, who had only five winning seasons in almost 40 years before Mallory arrived, went to six bowl games and raised the hopes of their long-suffering fans. Since 1993, however, Indiana has won only four games and cur- rently has a 13-game losing streak in the Big Ten. "The last two years we've encountered some tough times. These guys have worked hard, paid the price. We just haven't done what we set out to do. I accept the responsibility," said Mallory, who had to fight back tears as he spoke at a news conference in Assembly Hall. He will remain coach through the end of the season. A search already has begun for his replacement. BRIEFLY Stires signs 30-day contract with pro team Former Salina Central and Kansas State University standout Shanele Stires has signed a 30-day contract with the Columbus Quest, a franchise in the new American Basketball League. Stires, a former All-Big Eight performer with the Wildcats, replaces La'Shawn Brown on the Quest active roster. Brown is recovering from an appendectomy and will be out of action 2-4 weeks. The 5-foot-11 Stires is familiar with the Colum- STIRES bus system, having played under Quest head coach and former K- State coach Brian Agler. "Shanele fits exactly with what we need right now to fill the void of La'Shawn Brown," Agler said. "We needed someone that could step in right away. Shanele is obviously familiar with our system and can help us out right away. "On top of that, anyone that has ever been around Shanele knows about the quality of person she is. I'm happy for her that she has this opportunity." Stires ranks fifth on the KSU all-time scoring list (1,344 points) and sixth all-time in rebounds (701). She was a first-team all-Big Eight selection her senior year (1994-95) when she finished second in the conference in scoring, third in rebounding and seventh in steals. Stires was a Salina Journal Top Five All-Area selection after the 1989-90 season, when she averaged 16.4 ppints and 8.8 rebounds a game during her senior year at Salina Central. NCAA reprimands Fort Hays State for fight OVERLAND PARK — Fort Hays State, which won the NCAA Division II championship in March by finishing a 34-0 season, was reprimanded Thursday along with California University of Pennsylvania for fighting in a semifinal game. The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee said it was unable to determine the exact circumstances of the fight at the semifinals in Louisville, but issued a public reprimand to both schools because the fight had taken place after the victory by Fort Hays State. Fort Hays State went on to defeat Northern "Kentucky in the finals for the title and an undefeated season. From Staff and Wire Reports TONIGHT'S GAMES Brown Mackie men vs. Trinidad, Colo. WHEN — 4 p.m. WHERE — Barton County Community College, Great Bend RECORDS — Brown Mackie 0-0; Trinidad 0-0 Brown Mackfe women vs. Jefferson, Mo. WHEN —2p.m. WHERE — Barton County Community College, Great Bend RECORDS —Brown Mackie 0-0; Jefferson 0-0 T COLLEGE SOCCER Wesleyan moves closer to KCAC tide with 4-3 win over Bethel By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Mark Chaney figured the Kansas Wesleyan soccer team needed just one more chance to beat Bethel. Chaney got that chance and didn't disappoint. The freshman midfielder banged home the winning goal in the 75th minute Thursday as Wesleyan clinched home-field advantage for the Kansas Conference playoffs with a 4-3 victory at the Salina Family YMCA Fields. Wesleyan (12-2-1 overall, 5-1-0 in the KCAC) can clinch the KCAC title in its first season of existence Saturday with a victory at Sterling. A loss at Sterling and a Tabor victory over Bethany on Saturday would give the title to Tabor by virtue of the tiebreaker. Wesleyan's victory avenges an early loss at Bethel. The Threshers fall to 10-6-1 overall, 3-2-1 in the KCAC. Bethel won the women's game 4-0. Wesleyan jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half on a gray, frigid I afternoon. The second half was punctuated by sleet that fell most of the period. The Coyotes led 3-1 at halftime but Bethel rallied to tie the game 3-3, setting the stage for Chaney's heroics. "Mike (Dibbini) had the ball and I was standing behind him," said Chaney, who hit the shot with his left foot. "I called for the drop shot and he gave it to me. "I saw the goalie was playing near the pole. I took it around the guy by Mike and hit the shot where it needed to be. I knew it was in when 1 kicked it." Chaney, who is right-handed, said his left foot is equally effective. "People underestimate my left foot," he said. "I've worked on it a lot." Wesleyan wasted no time jumping on the Threshers. Harold Calvo, who shares the KCAC scoring lead with Dibbini, made it 1-0 with a goal just 30 seconds into the game. Calvo's second goal at the 15- minute mark made it 2-0. Dibbini made it 3-0 with a goal at the 20- minute mark. Bethel answered with three consecutive goals. Juan Sotelo's goal in the 63rd minute tied the game 3-3. "We came out flat in the second half," Wesleyan coach Brian Berner said. "(Bethel) is explosive. They've got speed and skill up front. There's no such thing as a safe lead. We know. We scored four goals in 13 minutes at Bethany. "I wasn't worried. These guys feel they can score when they need to." Berner had special praise for Chaney, who leads the KCAC in assists. r "Mark stepped forward. We've slowed down his game by putting him at midfield. He put up big number as a forward in high school. He has sacrificed his personal self for the team. He has tremendous knowledge of the game." Berner said the KCAC title will come if the Coyotes take care of business. "We proved today we could play a good team and win," he said. "Now it's up to us. Our destiny is in our hands. We didn't want anybody else controlling our destiny."

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