The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 34
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SUNDAY MAY 4, 1997 THE SAUNA JOURNAL ^MF^NWMPH wh^MP BASEBALL / D4, D5 SCOREBOARD / D6 LIFESPORTS / D9 D T THE BOTTOM LINE 1 T COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOB DAVIDSON Sports Editor Wildcats have three capable quarterbacks MANHATTAN — Bill Snyder wasn't sure who the starting quarterback would be entering spring drills, Fourteen practices and the annual Spring Game later, the Kansas State coach still doesn't know who will draw opening duties Sept. 6 when the Wildcats open the 1997 season against Northern Illinois. It ( could be sophomore Jonathan Beasley. Beasley completed 11 of 16 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown Saturday in the Spring Game. He also rushed for 31 yards on three carries, and looked good doing so. It could be redshirt sophomore Adam Helm. Helm was 12 of 21 passing for 126 yards and rushed for 12 yards on three carries. Or, it could be Michael Bishop, who joins the Wildcats in the fall after leading Blinn (Texas) Junior College to a national championship lastseason. He is reputed to be a quality passer and runner. Could there be a quarterback controversy billowing on the Manhattan horizon? Snyder says no, at least not wh^n Sept. 6 arrives. Until then ... "A number one is going to emerge, but I can't tell you who it's going to be and whether it will be one:of the two youngsters out there (today)," Snyder said Saturday after watching Beasley and Helm turn in capable and nearly equal performances. "I wasn't unhappy with most of the things they did. Obviously, they made some mistakes. There were some times when accuracy was a little bit of a problem. But it was, vastly improved (from earlier in the week)." AndBishop? "He's an intelligent guy," Snyder said. "He has good football sense and savvy." "Whoever the number one quarterback is, Michael or one of the other two, we will pare our offense down and tailor it to their capabilities; We'll be solid there, whoever it is/', Hence, a vacancy sign will be flapping in the wind above the quarterback position entering fall practice for the first time since 1991, when Jason Smargiasso and Paul Watson battled for the job. Shyder's task won't be easy, judging by the Spring Game and Bishop's glowing reputation. Beasley, who hails from Glendale, Ariz., was sharp throwing the ball long and short Saturday. He also offers a running option the;Wildcats didn't have last season;with Brian Kavanagh. Beasely showed Saturday he isn't afraid to lower his head and plow forward for extra yardage. He appeared to be in command on the field and comfortable with the team's complicated offense. But the same attributes apply to Helm, a Shawnee Mission South product who made incredible progress this spring, enough to make the battle for the starting job a three-way tussle. Bishop might seem to have the uppjer hand, based on size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and the experience he gained in leading Blinn to the national juco title. Plus, it doesn't figure that Snyder .would spend so much time and energy pursuing a much-sought junior college quarterback to come in and carry a clipboard. But Beasely and Helm can't be counted out. Like Bishop, both have pood size (Beasley 6-0, 220; Helm 6-3,220) and they are light years ahead in terms of understanding and operating within Sny- der's'complex system. Beasley and Helm consider their duel a healthy rivalry. "There's nothing there now," Beasley said. "We're both out there doing what we need to do to get the number one job going into the fall. "We work with each other every day, - "Wo're friends off the field and we do stuff together," Helm said. "When he does, well it forces me to do well. When I play well, it forces him to play well." How things stack up with Bishop remains to be seen. The bad news for K-State fans is the quarterback position is unsettled, entering fall practice. TJie good news is, there are three to choose from, all seemingly capable bfgetting the job done. Stay tuned. K-State ends spring work The Associated Press Quarterback Casey Vldrlcksen is sacked by Darren Howard during Saturday's Spring Game. Quarterback Beasley leads many newcomers in annual Spring Game By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — It may not have been pretty, but for coach Bill Snyder the Kansas State Wildcats' Spring Game on Saturday was full of positive signs. "It was kind of ugly," Snyder said. "This will be a very critical summer for us, but we made some strides. We became more physical, more aggressive, and a tougher offensive football team." The Wildcats are coming off a 93 season, which ended in a 19-15 Cotton Bowl loss to Brigham Young. On Saturday, Jonathan Beasley led the first-team White offense to a 28-5 victory, completing 11 for 16 passes for 156 yards and rushing for 31 yards on three carries. Adam Helm shared time with Beasley, going 12 for 21 for 126 yards. Snyder lists both Beasley and Helm as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, indicating the level of competition that exists at the position. With the loss of Big 8 career receptions leader Kevin Lockett, Kansas State needs players to step up in the receiver position. Wide receiver Everett Burnett, a junior transfer from Kemper Military in Mehlville, Mo., looks to do just that, wearing Lockett's No. 83. Burnett had five receptions for 61 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown from Beasley in the second quarter. "Everett made some nice plays SNYDER quarterback V MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Royals pull even with Yanks Belcher goes distance as Kansas City takes second game of series By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tim Belcher ground out a win over the New York Yankees on Saturday night. Belcher pitched an eight-hitter for his second straight complete game as the Kansas City Royals handed Andy Pettitte his first loss this season with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Belcher (3-3) walked two and struck out three in his 38th career complete game. The 35-year- old retired 16 hitters on ground- ball outs. "I had the good sinker and threw the two-seam fastball away from their left-handed hitters," he said. Royals manager Bob Boone said Belcher did "a fantastic job." "Every outing this year has been outstanding," Boone said. "I have said before that he is the most prepared pitcher I have ever been around." Pettitte (5-1) allowed six hits Yank * > * 1 The left-han- l der had won "* six straight regular-season decisions, last losing to Toronto on Sept. 8 last season. "This was one of those classic pitching duels," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Unfortunately, they scored one more than we did." Despite the loss, Torre was pleased with Pettitte's performance. Royal* t h ,*. rf**iW < "He was great, and it's great to see him throwing so free and easy," Torre said. Kansas City scored the tie- breaking run in the sixth on Joe VitieUo's RBI double. The run was set up by shortstop Derek Jeter's error. With the score tied 1-1, Jeff King reached when Jeter couldn't handle his grounder. After Chili Davis singled, Vitiello followed with his run-scoring double. Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the third on Jay Bell's RBI double. Tom Goodwin beat out a ball off Pettitte's glove for an infield single with two outs and took third on Jose Offerman's single to right. Bell then doubled down the left-field line. The Yankees tied it in the sixth, loading the bases on con- secutive singles by Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Cecil Fielder. After Paul O'Neill was called out on strikes, Jeter got the run across by grounding into a fielder's choice. "Anytime you can dance around the bases loaded with just one run it is big," Belcher said. "I'm sure they thought they would get more." NOTES: The Royals activated right-handed pitcher Jeff Montgomery and outfielder Jermaine Dye from the disabled list before the game. Kansas City also optioned infielder Shane Halter to Triple-A Omaha and catcher Mike Macfarlane was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right shoulder. ... New York's Wade Boggs singled in the third inning to tie Lou Gehrig for 43rd place on the career hits list with 2,721. V HORSE RACING Silver Charm wins Kentucky Derby Last year's close loss a distant memory for winning trainer Baffert By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For trainer Bob Baffert, the second time was the charm in the Kentucky Derby. Silver Charm put the white- haired Baffert into the Derby win_ ner's circle — one year after a disheartening half-length loss by Cavonnier to Grindstone. Silver Charm withstood Captain Bodgit in a furious stretch drive to win the Derby before the fourth-largest crowd in its 123- year history, and on a 50-degree day, the second-coldest since 1940. "When they came down the stretch, I thought 'Here it comes again. It can't happen again.' I thought I'd have to do the low crawl out of here," Baffert said. The Associated Press Captain Bodgit (5), ridden by Alex Soils (left), battles Silver Charm, ridden by Gary Stevens, toward the finish of the Kentucky Derby. In losing to Silver Charm, Captain Bodgit became the 18th consecutive beaten favorite. The last betting choice to win was Spectacular Bid, also a gray, in 1979. Captain Bodgit finished ahead of Free House, who had beaten Silver Charm in their two previous meetings, including the Santa Anita Derby. For Baffert, it was a day of redemption. Last year, he thought Cavonnier had won but the photo showed Grindstone a nose in front. Baffert had called it "the toughest loss I'll ever have in my life. It was like losing a national title at the • More coverage / Page D2 buzzer." The 44-year-old trainer will never have a bigger win than he had on this windy, cloudy day in front of 141,981 roaring fans. Silver Charm, ridden by Gary Stevens and owned by Robert and Beverly Lewis of Newport Beach, Calif., raced the IVi miles on a fast track in 2:02 2-5 under scale weight of 126 pounds. The winning margin was a head. Captain Bodgit finished 3% lengths in front of Free House, who was 3 lengths ahead of the fading Pulpit. Pulpit was bidding to become only the second Derby winner to not have raced as a 2-year-old. The only one who did it was Apollo in 1882. Silver Charm, the Lewises' third starter in their second Derby, paid $10, $4.80 and $4.20. Captain Bodgit, ridden by Alex Soils, paid $4.80 and $3.80, while Free House, ridden by David Flores was $5.80 to show. * Game statistics / Page D6 out there," Snyder said. "I like the way he's caught on to what we do. "Not only did he make some great plays, but he didn't have a lot of assignment errors, and that shows me how well he's adapting to our system." Running backs Mike Lawrence and Marlon Charles split time carrying the ball, much like last season. Lawrence ran for 78 yards on 15 carries, while Charles had 71 yards on 23 carries. "I wanted to spend a good segment of the game running the ball," Snyder said. "I don't think we ran it as well as we'd have like to, but Mike Lawrence ran extremely well today, awfully well and extremely hard early in the game." Defensively, the Wildcats have been working to replenish the secondary, with the losses of Mario Smith and Joe Gordon to graduation and Chris Canty to the NFL draft. Defensive back Keith Black and free safety Monty Spiller both did their bests to ensure Wildcat fans there would be no drop off in the secondary. Black showed impressive speed in the defensive backfield, making seven tackles and breaking up two passes. On the defensive line, Joe Bob Clements stepped up to make five tackles and two tackles for a loss. Linebackers Mark Simoneau and Travis Ochs continued to lead the defense. Simoneau had eight tackles for the day, while Ochs had four and one interception. Before the game, Snyder announced the 1997 team captains: linebackers Ochs and Simoneau, running back Eric Hickson and of- ; fensive linemen Todd Weiner and • Ryan Young. i The Wildcats' 1997 season begins at Northern Illinois on Sept. 6. T PRO BASKETBALL Sonics oust Suns By The Associated Press SEATTLE — The Seattle Super- Sonics' dream of getting back to the NBA Finals is still alive. The Sonics survived a torrid third-quarter rally from the Phoenix Suns for a 116-92 victory on Saturday to win their first- round playoff series 3-2. The Sonics, who trailed 2-1 in the series after losing in Phoenix on Tuesday night, won't have long to celebrate. They'll play Monday and Wednesday nights in Houston against a Rockets team that handed them a 40-point loss in their final regular-season meeting last month. Detlef Schrempf led the Sonics with 24 points, while Shawn Kemp had 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gary Payton had 19 and reserve guard David Wingate added 19 off the bench. Wesley Person led the Suns with 26 points, while Kevin Johnson had 20 and Jason Kidd 17. Phoenix, which overcame an 0-13 start to make the playoffs, threw a major scare into the Sonics, who led by 22 points at halftime. The Suns fought back to trail by six points twice in the third quarter and Person's 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter cut Seattle's seemingly secure lead to five points at 81-76. But the Sonics got consecutive 3- pointers from Wingate and Schrempf and a 5-footer by Wingate for an 89-76 lead with 1:56 gone in the final period. They outscored Phoenix 19-7 in the first 6:13 of the fourth quarter for a 100-80 lead. The smaller Suns finally ran out of steam. • NBA playoffs / Page D3 Friday's RMUNS Atlanta 94, Pain* 02 L.A. Uk«r« 96, Portland 91 Saturday's QejM 6, Pho«nix»2 Orlando at Miami, 1 1 :30 a,m. (NBC) Detroit at Atlanta, 2 p.m. (NBC) SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnewsdsaljournal.com

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