The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 2, 1996 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, November 2, 1996
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C3 HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL / C4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C5 c T HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SE-Saline girls look to extend string Five-time defending 3A state champions in title contention again; Trojan boys factor also By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Tradition alone should make the Southeast of Saline girls cross country squad the favorite at today's Class 3A Kansas State Championships. Five-time defending state champions, the Trojans appear capable of making it six straight with the talent they have re- turning from the 1995 squad. Southeast's top five runners from last year's state meet will all run again today at Wamego Country Club, and add to that lineup a freshman who finished fourth at last week's regional meet. That still may not be enough, according to Southeast coach Wayne Sager, who has led the Trojan boys and girls teams to a combined eight state team titles in the '90s. "When we've compared our times to those of a year ago," Sager said, "some meets we've ran quicker and there's been some where we've run slower. So I don't think we are tremendously improved over last year. If we run a good race we will be in contention again. "I think the favorite is Riley County. They have a very strong team that has beaten us once already this year, but if there is anyone who can get them, it is our girls." The seven varsity members of the Southeast girls squad have a combined 12 state gold medals between them. Seniors Marci Keeler and Jami Davis have been members of three state championship teams. "Sometimes I think I look past what we've accomplished because it seems like T COLLEGE FOOTBALL KUgoes against Cyclones Jayhawks face Iowa State defense that ranks 106th against the run By CHUCK SCHOFFNER Tlie Associated Press AMES, Iowa — Whether June Henley has a big day or hardly runs at all, it hasn't made much difference when Kansas plays Iowa State. Kansas has been tough on the Cyclones regardless, and Iowa State coach Dan McCarney expects another difficult time when the Jayhawks (4-3 overall, 1-3 Big 12) visit this afternoon. Henley, Kansas' leading rusher, is back on the team after serving a one>game suspension following his arrest last week on suspicion of drunken driving. He won't start against Iowa. State (2-5,1-3), coach Glen Mason said, but is expected to play. "However many snaps Henley plays or doesn't play, they've got good backs in the backfield," McCarney said. "Obviously, he's their best and he's one of the best in college football. But we're prepared for their offensive attack regardless of how many snaps June Henley plays." Iowa State's problem is that its defense turns even ordinary backs into stars. The Cyclones rank 106th out of 111 Division I-A teams in rushing defense and 107th in total defense. Last week, Baylor's Elijah Burkins rushed for 142 yards against Iowa State after entering the game with only 56 yards for the season. Now comes Henley, who as a freshman in 1993 ran for 237 yards in the Jayhawks' 35-20 victory over Iowa State. "You have to respect him," Iowa State defensjve tackle Antonio Mays said. "He's a very good back. But every back we played against is good. We have to come in and be fundamentally sound and swarm him. You can't let him get a crease because he definitely can take it all the way." Henley carried just three times for 15 yards against Iowa State as a sophomore, yet Kansas won 4123. Last year, Kansas whipped the Cyclones 34-7 even though Henley had only 44 yards in 11 carries. "They have good skill, good ability," McCarney said. "When you're in a program for nine years and have a chance to recruit that many years, you're going to have a lot of good players and Glen has that." With Henley back, the game will showcase two of the nation's premier runners. Iowa State's Troy Davis leads the nation in rushing, scoring and all-purpose running. Henley is second in scoring and eighth in rushing. Davis is on track for an unprecedented second 2,000-yard season. He has rushed for 1,423 yards and needs to average 144.3 in the last four games to reach 2,000. The junior from Miami has 13 straight 100-yard games dating back to last season and is averaging 203.3 yards a game this year. "Whew, he is good," Mason said. "I've been saying all along that he is the real deal. When you rush week in and week out for over 100 yards, he is good. I am amazed at how durable he is." Mason's defense won't have starting strong safety Maurice Caddie, who has been suspended for breaking team rules. * K-State's Joe Gordon appears lost for season / Page C3 Net action KELLY PRESNELLSThe Salina Journal Smith Center's Janice Fiene tips the ball over Hesston's Jodl Rempel and another Swather defender during their match Friday at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament at the Bicentennial Center. State volleyball coverage appears on C4. HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL South goes 0-3 in pool play Surprise state-entry Cougars fail to reach today's 5A semifinals By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal TOPEKA — Salina South coach Stef Curchy had to admit her team's 0-3 finish at the Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament on Friday could have been worse. South could have spent the day at home where most people expected them to be. "This was obviously not the way we wanted to end the season," Curchy said after her team came up winless in pool play. "You hate to end with a loss, but we could have ended it with a loss last week (at sub-state). "Nobody, and I can say nobody, expected us to be here with the team we had this season." South's second consecutive trip to state included losses to Shawnee Mission Miege (158,15-3), Great Bend (15-10, 158) and Seaman (11-15,15-4,159). The Cougars (21-16) knew they had no chance of advanc- ing to today's semifinals before they took the Kansas Ex- pocentre court for their final match with Seaman. But South played its best game of the day when they jumped out to an 11-6 lead and held off the Vikings late rally attempt. "The only game we didn't fall behind at the start was the game we won," Curchy said. "We came out tough in the first game against Miege, but all day long we struggled with serve receiving and passing. "When we got the ball up we could set it and hit it and they couldn't defend us. But we'd start out behind 4-0 every game and you can't do that here." Seaman took control early in the second game and never let up, then jumped to an 8-4 lead in the final game. South came back with two ace serves from Tai Kerbs and Jessica Watson's block to take its final lead at 9-8, but the Vikings scored the game's final seven points. "Even though we lost the third game I got everybody in," Curchy said. "They got some good experience and we this is the most important year," said Keeler, who has finished in the top 20 in each of her three previous appearances. "It says a lot that we've won three years in a row, but this is the biggest because it is our senior year. "I think it will probably the most difficult to win, too, because of the competition. I'm sure teams like Riley County are sick of seeing us ahead of them. It would be the best thing in the world for them if they beat us, and I'm sure they've been thinking about us the past year as much as we've been thinking about them." Southeast edged Riley County by two T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL points at last year's meet, but the Falcons are ranked No. 1 in the final state rankings this week. Southeast and Riley County have combined to win the last five boys state team titles, with Sager's club ranked No. 1 and attempting to break Riley's two- year winning streak. "The majority of these kids on the boys side were at state as sophomores," Sager said. "There are four or five, maybe even six teams that have a shot at getting a state trophy. I don't think there's a clear- cut favorite on the boys side. See COUNTY, Page C5 had some good things happen individually. "I hope we can carry over this feeling of being here at state into next year. We lose four good seniors but we've got a lot of good kids back." Poor starts put South in a hole in both games with Great Bend. The Panthers led 9-1 and 12-3 in the first game before the Cougars came back with seven unanswered point, including scoring kills from Darcy Durfee and Watson. But the hole was too much to dig out of. Game two started much the same with the Panthers jumping out to an 8-1 advantage. South never got closer than five points the rest of the way. Watson had a strong tournament, leading the Cougars with 22 kills and 15 blocks in the three matches. Kerbs was the leading setter with 24 assists. Kelsey Snavely had five assists in both the Miege and Seaman matches, while Kayla Eilrich added five assists against Great Bend. Durfee had five blocks against Seaman and Curstin Baker matched that number against Miege. Central tops Seaman, advances to playoffs Mustangs earn postseason berth with 44-0 road victory, play at Arkansas City Friday By LARRY MORITZ Tlie Salina Journal TOPEKA - In the first half of Friday night's football game, Salina Central was a model of efficiency. In the second half of their district showdown with Topeka Seaman, the Mustangs were simply overpowering. Central rolled into the Class 5A state playoffs for a fifth consecutive year, closing the regular season with a 44-0 victory over the Vikings at Seaman Stadium. Central will open postseason play next Friday on the road at Arkansas City, a 2926 winner over Pittsburg on Friday night. The Mustangs scored on each of their possessions in the first half with three well-executed drives, each covering 50-plus yards and taking eight Salina Central 44 or more plays. Central seaman 0 then put the game away with three quick scores in a span of 4:14 in the third quarter. "We really have not, until tonight, stepped it up to that level," Central coach Marvin Diener said. "This was our first truly complete game on both sides of the ball and special teams. I'm so proud of how they played and how mature they played." Since suffering their only loss of the year in the 1-70 League title game with Manhattan, the Mustangs (8-1) have overwhelmed their three district opponents by a combined score of 165-14. Friday's victory was the team's first shutout since the season opener against Dodge City. "District play has been very good for us," Diener said. "We've had great practices and it feels great to be in the playoffs again. "Tonight was our second championship game we've played this season and this time we made the championship plays." The Mustangs' opening possession covered 62 yards and was capped by senior running back Parker Wallace's 21-yard touchdown carry on a fourth-and-4 play. Seaman came back with a 16-play drive of its own, eating nearly seven-and-a-half minutes off the clock, but came up empty when a fake punt on fourth-and-12 came up a yard short. "When we get it in those situations we've got to make it count," Seaman coach Bill Lowe said. "I'm proud of the way we moved the ball tonight, but we did a couple of things that shot ourselves in the foot." Central made it 10-0 on Andy Schorn's 40-yard field goal with 9:19 to play in the second quarter. Again Seaman responded with a lengthy drive against the Mustangs, only to get stuffed on a fourth- down play at the 30-yard line. "The thing about it is they were earning their yards," Diener said of the Viking offense. "We were not giving them anything easy. "We gave them a new defensive look altogether where we used four big people up front. We had to make some adjust- me.nts where we used the tackles." Wallace's second touchdown came with inside of two minutes to play hi the second quarter and" Schorn's extra-point kick made it 17-0 at halftime. ; Quarterback John Huseman scored on Central's opening possession of the second half, and after a Clayton Jenkins interception to the 8-yard line, Wallace quickly scored the third of his four touchdowns. Todd Just's 26-yard punt return set up Central's third touchdown of the quarter, a 36-yard Wallace carry with 4:40 remaining in the third. Wallace went into the game needing 98 yards to top the 2,000-yard mark this season, and reached that figure with a 10- yard carry with 3:05 remaining in the second quarter. Wallace joins former Central teammate Tanner Hancock as the only Class 5A running backs ever to top that figure. Central finished with 387 yards rushing on 54 carries, including 271 yards for Wallace. Huseman and Just added 49 yards each. "We really executed things on pages of the playbook we don't use a whole lot of," Diener said. "John and Todd made nice plays when we gave them the opportunity and Andy's field goal was really a key because we needed to get points on that possession." Playoff-bound South rolls past Great Bend Cougars generate 392 yards rushing, force six turnovers in final tuneup before playoffs By ERIC BROWN The Salina Journal Salina South didn't have a lot on the line in its final regular season game and was matched against a winless team. It was the perfect recipe for a flat performance. South was anything but flat. The Cougars shined in their final tune- up before the state playoffs by downing Great Bend, 47-14. South, 6-3, rolled up 392 yards of rushing •MM onumu offense and intercepted mm BUIWUI. j-j ve p asses an( j re cov- Great Bend 14 ered a fumb le. The Salina South 47 Cougars scored three second quarter touchdowns and jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead. "We got the job done tonight and did what we had to do," said South coach Ken Stonebraker, whose team plays at Valley Center Friday in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. "We need to execute more when we get into the playoffs. We probably lacked some luster tonight and we didn't have as much emotion as we'll need to have, but we're in the position we need to be in." The Cougar defense was tested as the Panthers put the ball in the air 27 times, throwing for 154 yards on 15 completions, but withstood and held Great Bend's offense out of the end zone until the final minute of the game. Great Bend got a special teams score when Brian Schriner blocked a punt and Gerry Cope recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown with 6:27 left to play. The Cougars' Troy St. Clair and Mike Bittinger each had two interceptions. St. Clair ended the first two Panther drives and Bittinger returned a pick 58 yards to lift South to a 20-0 lead with 2:23 left to play in the half. "Defensively, we played fairly well," Stonebraker said. "We improved a lot against the pass. We've had some problems with our pass defense but we did some decent things tonight. The defense made a big difference and set us up with great field position. We had five interceptions so we played well against the pass." The biggest offensive star on the night was Charles Ross, who ran for 208 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns (23, 73 and 82 yards). Quarterback Brian Kee got in on the scoring. Midway through the third quarter, the senior faked a pitch and scooted around the left side and outraced the defense for a 50-yard touchdown. Kee had 88 yards on eight carries. Kee also threw for a touchdown, finding Wade Porter for a 16 yard strike to opening the scoring. Porter would find the end zone again, scoring on a 45-yarder with just under a minute to play in the first half, giving the Cougars a 27-0 lead. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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