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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS FRIDAY, MAY 9, 199703 T COLLEGE SOFTBALL Wesleyan eliminated from regional Coyotes lose only two games; Bethany stays alive on home turf By BOB DAVIDSON The Salinn Journal LINDSBORG — Kansas Wesleyan never did get untracked. Bethany did, but waited until the last possible moment. As a result, Wesleyan's superb softball season came to a quick and surprising conclusion Thursday in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Great Plains Regional Tournament. Bethany, the tournament's No. 8 seed, lost its opener to Northwestern, Iowa, 7-1 and trailed Dordt, Iowa, 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Swedes rallied for two runs for a 3- T COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2 victory to remain alive. Bethany (19-19) plays Minot State, N.D., at 10 a.m., today in a losers' bracket game. "We're still playing," Bethany coach Steve Barrows said. "Two are done and six are left. The bottom line is, we're still alive. Our kids don't quit." Cindy Riley's single drove in Shannan Hall with the tying run and Jodi Lippert drove in Karen Dennis with winning run on a one- out single. Dordt (18-19) had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh. Salina South product Addie Boden allowed two hits in picking up the victory. Lippert had two of the Swedes' seven hits. "Lippert had been in a slump," Barrows said. "I'd even put in a (designated hitter) for her a couple of times recently. I let her hit be- cause there were runners on second and third, there was one out and (Kristen) Simoneau was on deck. She came through." Boden was the losing pitcher in Bethany's 7-1 loss to No. 18-ranked Northwestern Iowa. Wendy Rainboth drove in three runs with two hits. Becky Vugteveen had three hits for Northwestern. Wesleyan, the Kansas Conference's regular season and postseason tournament champion, suffered through a miserable day. The second-seeded Coyotes lost their first game to seventh-seeded Sioux Falls, S.D., 8-2 and were eliminated by sixth-seeded Concordia, Neb., 3-0. Concordia pitcher Mindy Evans handcuffed Wesleyan on two hits in the second game. The victory was her 20th of the season. Wesleyan didn't fare much bet- ter against Sioux Falls pitcher Jeane Ruesink, who gave up two runs on seven hits. Wesleyan, which finishes with a 30-12 record, committed five errors against Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls (13-8) lost half of its games this spring to the snow and rain that plagued the northern plains. "Our girls didn't want to win," Wesleyan coach Mike Smith said. "They didn't anything they did to get here. In a tournament like this you've got to do two things: You've got to hit the ball and you've got to field the ball. We did neither." Leslie Richey took the loss in the opener and Kary Taylor the loss in the second. Richey gave up five runs and three hits before being relieved by Taylor in the fourth. Taylor gave up eight hits in the second game. "Maybe they focused too much. Maybe they were nervous. I don't know. Whatever it was, it took them out of their game," Smith said. "Pitchers get stronger with good defense and defense gets stronger 'with good pitching. They've got to feed off each other. It just wasn't in the cards for us. It's very disappointing." Angele Pluegar had three hits and drove in three runs for Sioux Falls. Evans and Tracy Lambrecht had two hits and an RBI each for Concordia. Former Southeast of Saline and Cloud County Community College standout Cherish Ebert had one hit and drove in a run. No. 18-ranked Northwestern Iowa and third-seeded Mary, N.D., won both of their games Thursday in advancing to today's winners' bracket final at noon. NCAA punishes UMass, UConn programs By JEFF DONN Tlie Associated Press AMHERST, Mass. — The NCAA stripped Massachusetts of its 1996 Final Four finish — the school's best ever — on Thursday because former star Marcus Camby accepted gifts from a sports agent. The NCAA's executive committee, meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif., also determined that Massachusetts must return $151,000 in tournament money. Camby, a 6-foot-ll center now playing with the Toronto Raptors, led a team coached by John Calipari to a 35-2 season that ended with a loss to Kentucky in the national semifinals. That trophy must now be returned, and the ti- T PRO BASKETBALL tie will be stripped from the record books with an asterisk. This marks the sixth time a Final Four result has been vacated. The others involved St. Joseph's (1961), Villanova and Western Kentucky (1971), UCLA (1980) and Memphis (1985). UMass chancellor David Scott said he felt a "great sense of loss for the university and its supporters." Added athletic director Bob Marcum: "It's a shame so many people who were not involved in any wrongdoing have to share in CAMBY the loss." He said the university will not challenge the decision. The executive committee also stripped Connecticut of its run in the 1996 basketball tournament and ordered it to return $90,970 of its postseason money because players Kirk King and Ricky Moore accepted plane tickets from an agent. Both cases are reportedly at least partly linked to John Lounsbury, who became a certified agent in 1994 before getting out of the business earlier this year and filing for bankruptcy protection. The Boston Globe reported this week that Camby secretly repaid $28,000 to Lounsbury after Lounsbury claimed his life was in danger from loan sharks. Camby, in Los Angeles for an NBA playoff game between the Lakers and Utah Jazz, apologized for what he did during a telephone interview Thursday. He said he was worried that he might have hurt his former teammates, coach and the school. "I'm really sorry," he said. "I fully intend to pay back all the money — donate the money back to the school. "People make mistakes, and I made mistakes," he added. But he also said he was fundamentally "a good person" who had committed no crime. He said the NCAA should consider providing some form of payment to college athletes to help stem the temptation to take gifts. According to NCAA rules an athlete may not accept money, gifts or any other benefit for his services. Several weeks after the 1996 Final Four, Camby set off a scandal when he told The Hartford Courant of being wooed by sports agents with gifts. He was quoted as saying he took jewelry worth $5,300 from agent Wesley Spears. The player reportedly said Spears first provided him with money, women and other favors and then threatened to disclose all if Camby refused his services as an agent. Spears, a lawyer in Hartford, Conn., was later charged with extortion and promoting prostitution in his relationship with Camby. Hawks even series with Bulls NBA / Cariesimo fired; Kings make Jordan head By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Suddenly, the Chicago Bulls are in trouble. Once seemingly invincible, they have been exposed as vulnerable by Steve Smith, Mookie Blaylock and the Atlanta Hawks. Smith scored 27 points and Blaylock added 26, including eight backbreaking 3-pointers, as Atlanta won 103-95 Thursday night to become the first visiting team in two years to win a playoff game at the United Center. Having evened the Eastern Conference semifinals and stolen homecourt advantage from the defending NBA champions, the Hawks will play host to Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday before the best-of-7 series returns to Chicago next Tuesday. Michael Jordan scored 27 points and Scottie Pippen 24 but neither could rescue Chicago in the second half as they had in the team's four previous playoff games. Atlanta could have won Game 1 but lost 100-97 on Pippen's late 3-pointer and Jordan's 20 third-quarter points. The Bulls, who won 69 regular- M SECOND ROUND (BMt-Of-7) Wednesday's Results New York 88, Miami 79, (few Yoifc toads series 1-0 Seattle 106, Houston 101, series tied 1-1 Thursday's Result* •. •„ : Atlanta 103, Chicago 95, series tod 1-1 Utah at LA Lakers (late) . Today's Game* New York at Miami, 7p.m. Houston at Seattle, 9:30 p.m. ' season games but finished in a 1-3 slump, haven't looked at all like the team that went 72-10 last season and rolled through the playoffs to their fourth title in six years. Chicago went 39-2 at home each of the last two seasons and was 130 at the United Center in the playoffs over that span — a combined 81-4 — before losing to the young, aggressive Hawks. Atlanta trailed 68-67 with three minutes left in the third quarter before it used a 19-3 run to take the lead for good at 86-71. Christian Laettner opened the spurt with four of his 18 points and Mutombo followed with five of his 19. Blaylock then made his eighth 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, Smith and Mutombo scored, and Smith capped the run with a 3-pointer. The Bulls again tried to rally behind Jordan and Pippen. But after they made it 93-86, Laettner scored on a drive and Smith hit two free throws to put the Hawks comfortably in front with 1:26 left. Jordan had 16 rebounds but was only 12-of-29 from the field as the Bulls shot 41 percent. Atlanta hit 52 percent of its shots, led by Blaylock's 9-for-13 and Mutombo's 8-of- 11. The Hawks also got a late boost from seldom-used backup guard Eldridge Recasner, who made two jumpers as the Bulls were trying to rally in the fourth quarter and even blocked a shot by Jordan. Atlanta built a 51-43 lead late in the second quarter thanks largely to four 3-pointers in the quarter by Blaylock. FROM PAGE C1 eliminated in the first round all three years. "I think P.J. did a good job this year. This coaching change is not about wins and losses, as many today are," general manager Bob Whitsitt said. Whitsitt said the team needed a change, and that Portland wanted to utilize its younger players more. Cariesimo said he was disappointed and that he would prefer to stay in the NBA. He has been mentioned as a possible successor to Pitino at Kentucky, but reports said that job was going to Georgia coach Tubby Smith. Jordan, a former NBA player and assistant for five years, was given a two-year contract after just 15 games as interim coach last season. Jordan was just 6-9 as coach of the Kings in what amounted to a late-season audition, but the team showed signs of improvement, and more importantly in a time where NBA players can get coaches fired, he had his team's support. "The first thing I expect is to come back and play for Eddie Jordan as the. coach," forward Corliss Williamson said after the team's last game. "I think everyone has seen the difference in the team." One of the keys to the Kings' strong finish was Jordan's decision to give point guard Bobby Hurley some playing time. Hurley, the seventh overall pick in 1993, responded with four games of 10 assists or more. The Kings appreciate Jordan's NBA background and low-key coaching style. "I like his style. He played the game, and not to disrespect St. Jean or anything, but he lets you play," forward Michael Smith said. "I'd like to see the organization give a black man a chance and not just 15 games." Rhonda Fettle's Flowers 341 c* n teri Flowers For All Occasions. 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"We play a good (game), and then our attitude is almost like it's going to happen (lose). We can only do that one more time or our season is over." Senior left-hander Chad Gordine improved to 4-2 over by throwing a four-hitter in the first game. Gordine struck out six and walked just one. "He looked really good... he pitched real well," Canacari said. The Knights put the game away early by scoring four runs in each of the first two innings. Mike Losik was the hitting leader with three hits and five runs batted in. The senior catcher started things with a three-run homer (his fourth of the season) in the top of the first. Matt Neuman and Jeremy Ryan each had two hits in the first game. Ryan also drove in two runs. In the second game, Clay Center jumped on Sacred Heart freshman Steve Bechard (2-3) for four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Tyler Anderson had a no-hitter until the fifth inning for the Tigers. Jamie Koster and Travis Hayworth had home runs for the Tigers, who improved 8-5. South golfers take 11th at Junction City JUNCTION CITY — Salina South shot a 367 team total and finished llth Thursday in the Junction City Invitational. Anthony Wittecar led the Cougars with an 87. Jake Stein shot 92 and Tim Blake and Joel Beets 94s. "I expected them to do a little better," South coach Jim Scheffer said. "They were certainly able to compete, but I thought they would shoot 15 or 20 shots better." Washburn Rural won the team title with a 314. Shawnee Heights was second with a 320. Sacred Heart golfers win Halstead meet HALSTEAD — Sacred Heart's golf team won its fourth straight meet of the season Thursday afternoon and also claimed its fourth medalist award as well. The Knights won the team title at the Halstead Invitational by eight strokes over Herington. The Knights fired a team score of 314 on the Wedgewood Golf Club course. Sacred Heart juiiior Cain Fra- zier earned medalist honors with a 4-over-par 74 — two shots better than teammate Kevin Evel. Frazier and Evel have each won two tournaments this season. Chris Mergen of Sacred Heart was the No. 6 medalist with a 79. "The day started wet and damp, but we've played in those situations all year," Sacred Heart coach Tim Orth said. "Everyone shot a good front nine score, but we knew Herington was shooting well so we had to turn it up a notch." The Knights return to the links today at Claflin for a 3 p.m. meet. "Right now, our goal is to win every meet we go to," Orth said. Chiefs sign Barnes to three-year contract KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quarterback Pat Barnes, the Kansas City Chiefs' fourth-round pick in this year's draft, signed a 3-year contract Thursday. Barnes threw for 7,047 yards, with 51 touchdowns and 26 interceptions at California. His signing leaves the Chiefs with only two unsigned draftees: Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, their top pick, and Kansas State wide receiver Kevin Lockett. Lesovsky signs with Wesleyan basketball Nate Lesovsky of Hillcrest High School has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Kansas Wesleyan men's program. Lesovsky, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 21.4 points a game during his senior year and finished as the No. 3 scorer in Class 1A and No. 12 overall. Lesovsky's 91.4 percent free throw percentage was the best in 1A. His 210 3-pointers rank him among the top 10 in Kansas high school history according to the Kansas Sports Magazine. "We're pleased to have a talented shooter like Nate coming to KWU," Wesleyan head coach Jerry Jones said. NCAA to name site of headquarters May 31 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NCAA confirmed Thursday that it will announce its headquarters decision May 31 — a date that could bode well for Kansas City. While Kansas City's bid to keep the NCAA offices appears to be stable, its rival, Indianapolis, is trying to hold its offer together in the midst of legislative chaos and questions about its site. So Kansas City officials were hardly displeased to hear that the NCAA will keep its pledge to decide soon by scheduling a May 3031 meeting in Chicago with a news conference at the end. "I thought it was clear that the NCAA had committed to that date, and I never doubted they would live up to their commitment," said Fred Logan, a Prairie Village attorney and co-chair of the Kansas City retention committee. "But it's still too early for excitement." The NCAA identified Kansas City and Indianapolis as finalists , in its headquarters sweepstakes on April 8. From Staff and Wira Reports .». .». * .*. .*. .*. LAWN-BOY In Stock Units Only! Power Mulch™ Push Mower Trades At These Prices Regular SILVER PUSH $289 SILVER SELF-PROPELLED $319.95 GOLD PUSH $399.95 GOLD SELF-PROPELLED $499,95 GOLD S.P. 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