The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 1997 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
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WEDNESDAY A^ftlLSO, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL/C3 NBA PLAYOFFS / C5 CLASSIFIED/C5 c T HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS Coaches hail KSHSAA's latest move Lift of summer ban • on most coaches may save baseball in some small communities By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal T he Kansas State Activities Association's Board of Directors lifted the organization's summer coaching restrictions Saturday with the state's smaller towns in mind. By doing so, it may have saved American Legion baseball in Lincoln. The previous rule, set to take effect this summer, would have prevented Lincoln High School baseball coach Ernie Hager from working with the town's Legion program as he did last year. And for Lincoln, which has had trouble coming up with qualified summer coaches in the past, that rule could have had a far-reaching consequences. The Legion team also draws players from nearby Sylvan Grove and Tescott. "It's a situation where you don't have a lot of coaches in small communities and this gives them an opportunity to still have a team," said Hager. "I've been helping with the Legion, but I don't know what I'll do this summer because I had planned on not coaching. "I think this is a good deal. With baseball in small towns, you only have so many people who can do so much. If they can't coach, it can eliminate the sport altogether." Hager said that if asked he would be willing to continue his association with the Legion. "If they don't have enough interest as far as coaches go, yes," Hager said. "I don't feel I have to have complete control of it, but I'll make mv- self available." That's good news for Sylvan baseball coach Mike Weatherman, who also coaches football and girls basketball. "I think the ruling is good for Legion teams," he said. "A lot of my kids play Legion ball and I'd hate to see them not get a chance. Hopefully they'll get somebody now. "I'm familiar with it because my son (Bryan) coached the Legion team one year over there and they've had trouble every year finding coaches." Saturday's ruling allows high school coaches in all but football, basketball and volleyball to work with their teams and athletes during the summer. "We felt that it hurt smaller communities that did not have a good pool to draw from," said Salina Central principal Steve Williams, who represents the 1-70 League on the KSHSAA board. "It was not only a problem for Legion programs, but finding someone to help with golf, swimming and track programs, too. "That was mainly what we were hearing from people in small communities, that if you put those restrictions on us, we don't have anybody who can help us." The intent in restricting all summer coaching was to keep from discriminating against football, volleyball and basketball coaches, Williams said. "We tried to put equity into it and it didn't work," said Williams, who voted with the majority in Saturday's 62-6 decision. "We did agree that there needs to be an extensive See KSHSAA, Page C4 T PRO BASKETBALL Orlando still alive, tops Heat Hardaway's 42 points keep Magic alive in first-round series By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Penny Hardaway scored 42 points and the Orlando Magic overcame a 20-point fiirst-half deficit to stave off elimination from the playoffs Tuesday night with an 88-75 victory over the Miami Heat. The Magic, who lost the first two games of the best-of-5 series by an average of 26 points, looked on the verge of being swept from the postseason for the fourth straight year before Hardaway took over in the second quarter. Darrell Armstrong, Orlando's No. 3 point guard, was an unlikely catalyst for the comeback and had a career-high 21 points with eight assists and four steals. The injury-rid- -dled Magic played without forward Horace Grant and lost center Rony Seikaly to a foot sprain in the second quarter. Miami, which won Game 1 by 35 and Game 2 by 17, led 35-15 before stumbling. The Heat finished with 20 turnovers after having only 21 combined in the first two games. Pistons 99, Hawks 91 AUBURN HELLS, Mich. — Lindsey Hunter scored 26 points and again.kept Mookie Blaylock out of the flow as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 series. Game 4 in the series will be played Friday night at The Palace. This game came down to Atlanta's towering frontcourt against Detroit's perimeter shooting. And while the Hawks had a 41-21 edge in rebounding, the Pistons shot 53 percent from the field and 8-of-14 from 3-point range. Atlanta, by comparison, was 5-for-23 on 3-pointers. Grant Hill scored 24 for Detroit with eight assists and four rebounds. Hunter shot ll-of-17, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, Terry Mills had 17 points and Otis Thorpe }6. > Dikembe Mutombo had 15 points and a playoff career-high 21 boards for the Hawks. Rockets 125, Tlmberwolves 120 : MINNEAPOLIS — The Houston Rockets swept Minnesota out of its first playoff appearance in franchise history, but the young Tim- berwolves didn't go down without showing plenty of promise Tuesday night. ' Rookie Matt Maloney hit six 3- ppinters and scored a career-high 26 points to lead a superb long- range shooting display that gave the Rockets a 125-120 victory and a sweep of the best-of-5 series. Houston shot 15 for 28 from 3- point range, and it needed all of them against a young Minnesota team energized by the first home playoff game in the franchise's eight-year history. Qjfeigo at W*iMn9«Qn J p-m Soft landing ' KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Salina Central junior Terence Newman kicks up sand during the preliminaries of the long jump Tuesday afternoon at the Salina South Invitational. Newman placed third with a best Jump of 21 feet, 7 inches. Newman also was a member of the Mustangs' 400- meter relay that set a school record of 42.66 later in the day. For the details, see Page C4. Results appear on C2. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Kansas State signs junior college player Six-foot-five Sims joins Dinkins, Lopez as new Wildcat signees From staff and wire reports MANHATTAN — Ty Sims, a 6- foot-5 power forward from North Dakota State College of Science, has signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas State, coach Tom Asbury announced Tuesday. Sims, from Minneapolis, was his team's most valuable player, cap- T COLLEGE BASEBALL tain and scoring leader in both his seasons at the community college. He averaged 18 points and eight rebounds a game as a freshman and 14 points and seven rebounds this past season. He is a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention All-America selection. "He has been an inside player for his entire career, but he can step out and shoot as well," Asbury said. "He will add strength and bulk inside at the power forward position. With the big bodies in the Big 12, he will be a welcomed addition to our lineup." Sims' coach at North Dakota State College of Science, Greg Stemen, said the 220-pound Sims "handles physical play real well" and that he thinks he is already physically capable of handling the Big 12. "When Ty gets himself in great physical condition, he will be a solid contributor at Kansas State," Stemen said. "He needs to tone himself a little." NDSCS was 32-20 the last two seasons Sims played, 15-12 last year. "He was the type of player who displayed leadership by example," Stemen said. "He was our team MVP twice and was elected team captain both years, even as a freshman." Sims is the second player to join the Wildcats this spring. Charles Dinkins, a 6-5 forward from Southwestern (Calif.) College signed last week. Adam Lopez, a 5-11 guard from Glendale, Ariz., signed last fall. Bethany, Wesleyan duel to a draw Swedes roll to victory in first game; Coyotes hold on to win nightcap By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal UMi •HriOftUff ODpPWf?, to* «l Kansas Wesleyan coach Tim Bellew wanted and needed two victories. So did his counterpart, Bethany coach Mike Waldie. Neither one left Evans Stadium happy Tuesday night after splitting their Kansas - t 'm*mmm*» t ;Conference • -P^*PWWIpf ,-/ doubleheader. Brthany 7 7 Bethany WMteywi 1 a won the open- ; er 7-1 behind Clay Witt's masterful four-hitter. Wesleyan won the second game 8-7 by fending off a fierce Bethany rally in the seventh inning. "Split. That's been the theme this year," Waldie said. "The second game was an all-out great game. You hate to see either team lose. We threw out everything we had. It was an all-out battle." Ottawa (12-6) continues to lead the KCAC after splitting with Tabor Tuesday. Friends (10-6) moved into second place by sweeping Sterling. Wesleyan (12-8) is third and Bethany (9-7) fourth. "We probably played ourselves out of the conference race by losing the first game," Bellew said. "We knew it would be difficult to get two wins against Bethany." Witt dominated the first game. The junior right-hander gave up four singles, struck out two and walked one. "Witt did a great job," Bellew said. "He kept the ball away from our hitters and then he'd jam us." "He's been dominating," Waldie said of Witt. "He'd given up two runs and four hits in his last 14 innings after that first game, If we had 25 Witts we wouldn't lose a ball- game." Matt Mickulecki, Mike Jackson and David Bard homered for the Swedes off Wesleyan starter and losing pitcher Guy Mclntire. Mcln- tire went the distance, giving up eight hits, three walks and striking out seven. Wesleyan's slumbering offense awakened in the second game, led by catcher Jason Atwood. Atwood went 3 for 4 with a run-scoring single in the third, a two-run homer in KCAC leaders KANSAS CONFERENCE W U Ottawa , 12 6 Friends 10 6 Kansas Wesleyan 12 8 Bethany 97 the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth. Wesleyan tied the game 3-3 in the third and took a 5-3 lead in the fifth when Kevin Newell doubled and Atwood followed with his homer off reliever Toby Munz. The Coyotes scored three more in the sixth, the final run coming off Witt, who relieved with one out in the inning. Witt gave up two hits and a run on Newell's RBI single before retiring the side. But Bethany wouldn't quit. Jackson drilled a two-run triple and Jason Schmeiser scored Jackson with a sacrifice fly off tiring Wesleyan starter Mark Edmonds. Bard then reached on error, but Edmonds caught Mickulecki's weak pop up and got Corey Emley to ground into a game-ending force play at second. "Mark was getting tired, but I didn't have enough guts to pull him," Bellew said. "It was the last home game for him and fortunately he was able to get out of it. He and Guy and Rusty (Swingle, the team's three seniors) helped us get to a level of respectability. "We got some big hits in key situations in the second game. Atwood hit the ball hard and so did Newell. His first two at-bats were ugly, but the next two times he stepped up and got the job done." The Coyotes left Salina after the game for this weekend's Little College World Series in Parkersburg, W. Va. They traveled to Cincinnati Tuesday night and will watch tonight's Braves-Reds game in Riverfront Stadium before going on to West Virginia. The Coyotes open against National Christian of San Antonio Thursday. The team is coached by Mike Easier, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. The 10-team tournament was reduced to four teams because of this spring's rain and snow in the northern states that prohibited six other participants from playing enough games. T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Royals turn back Blue Jays Davis' 10th-inning home run lifts Kansas City past Blue Jays By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chili Davis hit his 300th career home run leading off the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Davis connected on a 3-2 pitch from Paul Quantrill (3-2) for his second homer of the season. Quantrill got two outs in the ninth. Hipolito Pichardo (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. He has not al- ..y m^^m lowed a run in pi HHBmSI 11% innings JSI BlueJ«y« 8 in 11 games ft&fe .ftoyate r ,™*i this season. ^^ Ed Sprague homered twice for the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Pat Hentgen pitched eight innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. He walked five and struck out five. Sprague homered hi the second and Orlando Merced hit a two-run homer in the third for a 3-0 lead. Kansas City tied it in the third. After singles by Mike Macfarlane and Johnny Damon, Jose Offerman, just activated after missing 16 games with a strained groin, then hit his first homer of the season, a liner into the right-field bullpen. Toronto took the lead again in the fourth. With two outs, Jacob Brumfield doubled to left and scored on Charlie O'Brien's single. The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the fourth on Johnny Damon's two- run single. Damon finished the game 3 for 4 and played all three outfield positions during the game. Sprague's second homer of the game in the sixth tied it at 5 against Glendon Rusch. Offerman returns Kansas City Royals second base-, man Jose Offerman was activated for Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Royals said. Offerman was hitting .294 with three runs scored in five games, but was sidelined April 6 with a strained groin muscle. A switch-hitter, Offerman led the Royals in a number of categories in 1996, including batting average (.303), games played (151), at-bats (561), runs (85), hits (170), total bases (234), doubles (33), triples (eight) and walks (74). In other moves, the Royals purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jim Converse, optioned right-handed pitcher Brian Bevil to the AA Wichita Wranglers and designated Jason Jacome for assignment. The moves were an attempt to strengthen the club's bullpen. Normally one of Kansas City's stronger points, the bullpen has blown several leads for the Royals already this season. Converse, 25, was 2-0 with a 3.95 ERA with the Triple A Omaha Royals this season. Converse pitched in the major leagues from 1993 to 1996, including two seasons with the Royals. Bevil was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in eight relief attempts for Kansas City this season. Jacome was 0-0 with a 9.45 ERA in seven relief appearances. • Boxscore/ Page C3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s)

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