The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 33
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 33

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 11, 1997
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SUNDAY MAY 11, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL / D4, D5 FISHING REPORT / D7 LIFESPORTS / D8 D T THE BOTTOM LINE T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BOB DAVIDSON The Snlina fonninl Yankees turn back Royals Mpm's advice wduld help at Kansas State With today's focus on the greatest people in the world — mothers — I h&rken back to my childhood and two pieces of advice my mom frequently gave me and my sister: '"I Treat other people the same way you'd want them to treat you. 2. TpJ&o wrongs don't make a right. •' Old and worn, perhaps, but it's still sound and practical advice that td&ay is too frequently ignored;: Mom's words came to me last week as I pondered how the mess atKansas State, involving basketball players Manny Dies and Pero Vasiljfevic and maverick campus newspaper columnist Todd Stewart, got started and festered to the point of Tuesday night's events when'the players allegedly broke into Sfewart's apartment intent on doing^vho knows what once they found-him. v .Fortunately, they never connected, " < ..Stewart, who seems to feed his enornfiJDus need for attention through self-promotion, claims to have escaped by bailing out a window, his hide still intact. This-latest episode in the Dies- Stewaii Chronicles supposedly was inspired by Stewart's latest journalist failure in the Kansas State .Collegian, the school's student newspaper. In Ijifct Monday's Collegian, Stewart penjied a mock eulogy of his death} a parody in which Dies, K- State coach Tom Asbury and other KSU athletes and the react to his fictitious passing. The x column concludes with the sentence, "People will remember Todd Stewart." This comes on the heals of Stewart's polumn last January in which he called Dies "the worst player in the history of college basketball" and challenged Dies to a one-on- one game against a "skinny white kid from Overland Park." Stewart's first effort backfired. Dies played inspired basketball after the column was published and received considerable support from K-State fans. The column was little more than a personal attack and an abuse of journalistic privilege. How Stewart got that privilege, and why he has retained it, is another matter. Opinion is an essential part of journalism, but must be used responsibly. Stewart was irresponsible" and allowed to go too far. He embarrassed himself and his newspaper. Far worse, he did a disservice to all journalists who strive daily to be fair and ethical in their work. Until Tuesday, Stewart had traveled alone in his quest of notoriety. Today, he has company in Dies and Vasiljevic. No charges have been filed to date and the incident is under investigation by Manhattan police. Neither player is talking and Asbury has assured everyone Stewart faces no danger from the players. Stewart's front door might not be $o assured. Stewart sought a confrontation with Dies, even asking for one in print. Tuesday night, he wanted nothing to do with the 6-foot-9, 235- pound forward. If the allegations are proven correct, Dies and Vasiljevic could face something much worse than the public scorn heaped on Stewart. Their problems could be of a felonious nature. ! Dies' lingering angst is understandable, but in no way justifies Tuesday's alleged Elliot Ness-type instrusion. It's Vasiljevic's alleged participation that is baffling, considering he had njJi been targeted by Stewart. If true; Vasiljevic actions were a bold and foolish move for a fresh- who appeared in only four es before bowing out for the season with a foot injury. The consequences could be severe and costly for Dies, Vasiljevic and K-State's struggling basketball program. No doubt, mom would tell Stew- aft-be needs to start treating people better. I doubt he would listen. She also would tell Dies and Vasiljevic that getting even is doubly wrong, if indeed they did wrphg. I would hope they listen. ;fhey would be best served to forget Todd Stewart. All things con, I can think of no better get even. Mendoza shakes off rocky start to earn first victory since April 18 By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — The way Ramiro Mendoza pitched Saturday, the Yankees may have a difficult decision when Dwight Gooden comes off the disabled list. After allowing two runs and six hits in the first two innings against Kansas City, Mendoza gave up just two more hits and no more runs in New York's 5-2 victory, the Van- T HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL kees' 15th win in 21 games. "I really got loose by then," Mendoza said through a translator. Mendoza (2-1) won for the first time since April 18, although it was only his third start since then. The eight innings were a career high, and he struck out four and walked one. "He got a lot of ground balls," said Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, starting while Joe Girardi was given a day off. "He spotted the ball well. His offspeed stuff was there." Gooden, recovering from hernia surgery, is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start Monday for Triple-A Columbus in an exhibi- tion against the Yankees. When Gooden is activated, he'll probably become the No. 5 starter and the 24-year-old Mendoza likely will be sent to the bullpen. "It doesn't make a difference as , , t far as I'm con*"* cerned," Men- R °y Bll> 2 doza o U id. "I Y«nk*M s can start. I can go to the bullpen. Or I can fill the role that Mariano (Rivera) had last year." Kevin Appier (4-2), seeking his 100th career victory, lost for the first time in six career starts at Yankee Stadium. Coming off consecutive complete games, he al- lowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one. New York's go-ahead run was unearned because of an error by shortstop Jay Bell. "The offspeed stuff that was so good the last time left me today," Appier said. "It just wasn't there." With the score 2-2, Bernie Williams reached with one out in the sixth when Bell booted his grounder, the shortstop's fourth error this season. Williams stole second and Fielder singled up the middle with two outs. Fielder said it was tough to fight off Appier's sinker. "You see the ball in the strike zone, and then it gets to you and it's not in the strike zone," Fielder said. Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Mitch Williams, the second homer Wild Thing has allowed in 6 2-3 innings this season. Rivera finished for his 12th save in 15 chances, converting his ninth consecutive opportunity. Pitching in the manner that John Wetteland did when he was the closer last year, Rivera allowed three singles that loaded the bases in the ninth, then got Jose Offerman on a grounder for the final out. KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Sallna South seniors Karmen Hannebaum (left), Nlchole Hamel (center) and Kelll Deuth share the same passion for perfection on the field and in the classroom. THREE SMART COUGARS Salina South's all-4.0 team of Hannebaum, Hamel and Deuth has been longtime friends By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal I t isn't uncommon for teenage friends to share classes, interests and experiences. But Salina South's Kelli Deuth, Nichole Hamel and Karmen Hannebaum have taken a step beyond your typical friendship, sharing a pursuit for perfection. The South High seniors are members of the Cougar softball team that recently completed its 1-70 League schedule with an unbeaten 10-0 record. That assured the team its sixth straight league title and extended South's string of con- T PRO BASKETBALL secutive league victories to 28. Even more impressive is the girls academic record, where each is working on a four-year run of report cards with nothing less than straight A's. Deuth, Hamel and Hannebaum were recently named South's recipients of the Governor's Scholars Award, presented to the top one percent of high school seniors in the state of Kansas. The three carry identical 4.0 grade point averages and are all National Honor Society members. South softball coach Daryl Hoelting has worked with the three scholar-athletes since their freshman year, and said their approach to sports is similar to all other activities they pursue. "In my opinion, they are perfectionists," Hoelting said. "They put a lot of pressure on themselves — more than they need to — to do everything right or perfect. Everything they do, they want to do first class." "We're very, very good friends who have a lot of the same interests and we're together a lot," Deuth said. "But when we get together, we talk more about social things than classes or grade point averages. "But all of us having the same grade point average, that doesn't seem unusual to me. At other schools, kids may be in competition with each other to keep their 4.0, but we're just happy for each other." Friends since fourth grade at Stewart Elementary School, Hamel and Deuth actually met a year earlier, but were not immediately destined to be best of friends. "I switched schools in third grade and Kelli and I were in opposite classes," Hamel said. "We hated each other at first because she said that I stole her boyfriend. In fourth grade we were in the same classroom, and then we got to be good friends." See SMART, Page D3 Reports of Bulls demise apparently not true Chicago regains edge on Hawks with decisive victory on the road By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Move over, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Take a seat, Dennis Rodman. This time, the Chicago Bulls used Brian Williams and Toni Kukoc to get back on track in the NBA playoffs. The Bulls regained the upper hand in the Eastern Conference semifinal with a superb effort from their bench Saturday, routing the Atlanta Hawks 100-80 for a 2-1 lead in the series. Williams , bouncing back from a knee injury in Game 2, and Kukoc each scored 10 points in the decisive final period, helping the Bulls break open a close game and cruise to their most decisive victory of the playoffs. "We can't just rely on Michael and Scottie every game," Kukoc said. "It's hard for them if they don't have good support. Today, we did a good job." Williams thought his playoffs RODMAN • Utah beats Lakers / Page D2 were over when he injured his right knee during the first half of Game 2. But an MRI showed no serious damage, and the late-season acquisition was a force on Saturday. "My reaction when I had the injury was, 'Damn, 1 just ruined my season,'" Williams said. "When I found out it wasn't as bad and I would just have to deal with the pain, frankly, it gave me some confidence to go out and play harder." Atlanta led 52-46 at halftime but scored only 28 points in the second half, a franchise low for a playoff game. Jordan and Pippen both went 8- of-20 from the field. Jordan finished with a game-high 21 points and Pippen had 17. Rodman didn't start after reportedly suffering a stomach virus, giving up his spot in the lineup to Jason Caffey. Rodman wound up playing just six minutes, long enough for him to pick up his eighth technical in the playoffs. Rodman was called for a foul and then received a "T" when he slapped the ball away from Mu- tombo. Rodman didn't play at all in the second half, even donning a pair of sunglasses late in the game. Friday Results Miami 88, New York 84, series tied 1-1 Houston 97, Seattle 93 Saturday's Rmutta Chicago 100, Atlanta 80, Chicago leads series 2-1 Utah 110, LA. Lakers 95, Utah leads series 3-1 Today'* Games Miami at New York, 11:30 a.m. Houston at Seattle, 2 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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