The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 33
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SUNDAY MAY 18, 1997 THE SAUNA JOURNAL ^MBF ^H^BBr ^BBI^ HI VHWHr BASEBALL/D3 SCOREBOARD / D6 LIFESPORTS / D8 D SPORTS JOURNAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Tigers thump Royals, again Beloit becomes track and field mecca of state What are they feeding the kids in Beloit these days? Eight events on the Journal's Area Track and Field Honor Roll are currently led by athletes from Beloit and St. John's High School. But, more than that, athletes like Lindsay Eck and Matt Brown of St. John's, and Casey Seyfert and Tony Thompson of Beloit High are putting up some of the top numbers in the state in any class. : Eck, the sensational freshman at St.'John's, is bidding to become the Jackie Stiles of prep track and field. She leads the area honor roll in five events. Eck ranks among the top five statewide in the 100- and 300-hurdles and may be the state's best female hurdle prospect since Shawnee Call of Ellsworth in 1982 and '83. Eck leads the area honor roll in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, both hurdles and the long jump. She's already ninth on the all-time area track honor roll (1977-97) in the 100-meter hurdles (14.78 seconds) and llth all-time in the long jump (18-2%). . Seyfert's monumental 65-1% effort in the shot put last week is No. 1 in Kansas this spring, in the top three nationally and No. 3 all-time in the state. Thompson's mark of 186-3 in the discus is 17 feet better than the No. 2 throw on the area honor roll and, like Seyfert in the shot put, is the best mark in the 21-year history of the area honor roll. Brown, the quarterback on St. John's football team that finished second in the Eight-Man II state playoffs last fall, ranks among the top five in the state in both the long jump and triple jump. Arid let's not forget Jeff Hake of St. John's, who has thrown 168-0 in the discus and 55-10 in the shot put. Both are currently No. 3 on the area honor roll. KU basketball . The Kansas Jayhawks played 36 basketball games last season, but that was just a warmup to the 19979£Season. 'The Jayhawks could play as mjpy as 34 games in the regular season alone next season. The 1997-98 schedule is filled with tournaments — the Preseason NJT,;The Great Eight, the Rainbow Classic and the Franklin National Bank Classic. The Preseason NIT features the likes! of Connecticut, Minnesota, UNLV, LSU and Cincinnati. The Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Jiawaii, will have Virginia, Vahiterbilt, Florida, New Mexico State and Nebraska, among others. >Uttiough. the Jayhawks didn't reach the regional finals, they've still been invited to The Great Eight where there has been talk of a rematch with Arizona. The Franklin National Bank Classic in Washington, D.C., has KU meeting Maryland and Penn playing George Washington in first-round games. The Jayhawks will have just one road game (the possible 10 tournament games are listed as neutral sites), that coming at Southern Cal. KU will play Santa Clara, Massachusetts, Pepperdine, Rice and Empbria State at home and the Billy Tubb-coached TCU Horned Frogs in Kemper Arena. ' If the Jayhawks reach the national championship game, they would play 43 games. The NCAA record is 40, held by Duke (1986) and UNLV (1990). Bondy Field It's a shame they're tearing down Bondy Field in southwest Salina. Although the field was lodged between a former plastics plant and an auto repair shop, it was a home for Babe Ruth baseball and a good practice field. More importantly, the field was named for Earl Bondy who, more than-ajnyone else, was responsible for the popularity of the Salina Babe Ruth program in the 1970s and '80s. With Bondy Field soon to be leveled, it's important that his name grace another baseball field or complex in Salina. Here's a suggestion: Name the mail), diamond at Sunset Park "Earl Bondy Field" or the three fields the "Earl Bondy Baseball Complex." Detroit's Pugh beats former teammates; Clark clubs two home runs in Tigers victory By DOUG TUCKER Tlie Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tim Pugh beat the team that gave up on him and Tony Clark hit two of Detroit's four home runs, leading the Tigers past the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday night. Pugh (1-0), making his first appearance since being called up Tuesday from Triple- A Toledo, gave up one run and three hits in eight innings. Pugh was 0-1 with a 5.45 ERA in one start and 18 relief appearances last season for the Royals, who released him on Aug. 14. His previous victory in the majors came April 10, 1996, with Cincinnati. Brian Hunter and Bobby Higginson each had solo home runs and two RBI for the Tigers, who routed the Royals 10-2 the night before. a Pugh gave up dou- bleg to Craig p aqu ette T| fl* fg 9 in the second and Jay 2 Bell in the fourth. Bell came around to score RoyaM on a pair of infield outs. Pugh walked two and struck out four. Clark, who ranks in the AL's top 10 in eight offensive categories, has 16 home runs and 45 RBI. He hit a two-run, 405-foot drive over the fence in straightaway center in the third inning and added a solo shot in the eighth. Jim Pittsley (0-4) had another poor start. He went five innings, gave up six hits and five runs with two walks as his ERA rose from 7.08 to 7.46. Higginson gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with his sixth homer of the year in the first. Then Hunter made it 2-0 with a one-out shot in the fourth. The Tigers added a run off Allen McDill in the ev:th on Raul Casanova's RBI single. Detroit loaded the bases in the seventh and got infield RBI singles off Jeff Montgomery by Deivi Cruz and Hunter. Baseball notes With 14 days left in the month, the Tigers already have won three more games this May than the four they won all last May.... Pugh was called up to take the roster spot of Willie Blair, who's expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured jaw.... Pittsley fared no better against the Tigers in his previous start, giving up five hits and six runs in just IVa innings on May 7 in Detroit. ... Eleven of McDill's first 13 pitches were balls. The Texas Rangers, scheduled to play baseball's first interleague game on June 12 when San Francisco visits, are looking ahead. In anticipation of playing at NL parks, Rangers pitchers will start taking batting practice on Monday, and will begin baserunning and sliding drills later in the month. Texas' first game at an NL park is June 17 at Coors Field against the Rockies. ... One of the biggest surprises this season has been Rick Reed, whose 1.27 ERA for the Mets is the second-best in the majors. His hitting has been equally eye-opening: Reed is 4 for 17 with three doubles and two walks. T PRO BASKETBALL Rockets finally oust Sonics • Knicks, Heat play Game 7 today / Page D7 Game 7 victory gives Houston first success over Seattle in playoffs By MICHAEL A. LUTZ Tlie Associated Press HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets found their comfort zone — facing playoff elimination. And it meant they finally beat the Seattle SuperSonics. Houston improved to 11-2 in playoff elimination games under coach Rudy Tomjanovich with a 96-91 victory over Seattle on Saturday in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals. It was the Rockets' first playoff success against the Super- Sonics in six series. "We played well today but we tried to give it away at the end," Rockets forward Charles Barkley said. "But we held on. It was an emotional game. I don't look at Seattle as a physical team, I look at them as a finesse team." The Rockets, who were led by Clyde Drexler's 24 points, including two free throws in the final 20 seconds, will open the conference finals against Utah on Monday night in Salt Lake City. Seattle was trying to become the sixth team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 deficit in a playoff series. "That was as cool as it gets," said Barkley, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds. "We didn't blow a 3-1 lead, they're just a good team. You always want the last game at home." And Utah? "I told our guys to enjoy this day," Barkley said. "It's going to be a war." The Rockets, 17-0 when they win the first game of a series, led 88-74 with 3:58 to play as the Sonics missed 12 straight shots and went 6:14 without a field goal. The Sonics' only points during that span that started with 3:02 to play in the third quarter, was a free throw by Shawn Kemp with 9:11 left in the game. "We just got our guys to pick them up in the backcourt," Tomjanovich said. "We made it a war. We didn't let them get in their comfort zone. Defense is always the key, right from the first jump ball we were very focused." The Sonics, the defending Western Conference champions and the team that swept the two-time defending NBA champion Rockets in this same round last season, weren't ready for vacation. The Associated Press Seattle's Terry Cummlngs goes for two over Houston's Mario Elle In the first quarter. T HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING Coellner reigns at state Salina South senior wins fifth and sixth golds of her career By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Salina's most decorated female swimmer began her final high school meet the same way she started her first — with that nervous energy that has accompanied her into the starting blocks for four years. Salina South senior Kelly Coellner once again turned the Kansas State University natatorium into her personal gold foundry, collecting the fifth and sixth gold medals of her high school career during Saturday's Kansas high school championships. Coellner became only the fifth swimmer in the 23-year history of the girls state championships to win six or more individual golds. She joined that elite company with victories in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 freestyle events Saturday. "I've always felt there was something special about each race I competed in," Coellner said. "But this year was really special because it was my last time to swim high school and most of my family was here today to watch me." "When you have a 6-foot-2 girl who is a great swimmer in the pool every day like Kelly, she could be an imposing, intimidating figure," Salina coach Keith Smith said. "But all of her teammates looked up to her as a role model and a friend, because Kelly was fun to be around." Fun to be around, unless you were an opponent with thoughts of beating her to the pool wall. Coellner never lost an individual race in three appearances at the state championships — she did not swim at 'the high school level her sophomore season — and Saturday's 100 freestyle was the closest of her six wins. Coellner was the top seed in the 200 IM and showed why, leading from start to finish while recording a school record time of 2 minutes, 8.83 seconds. That was well See SWIMMING, Page D4 V HORSE RACING Triple crown one win away for Silver Charm Horse is first in eight years to win first two legs of big three races By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Bob Lewis, the 72-year-old owner of Silver Charm, hopes the gray colt will help him rewrite his epitaph. Silver Charm is now one win away from the Triple Crown after a gut-wrenching stretch battle with Free House and Captain Bodgit on Saturday in the Preakness. After Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby, Lewis said he wanted his epitaph to read: "An adoring father, a loving husband and the winner of the 123rd Kentucky Derby." "I am hoping I'll be able to amend it to also: 'Winner of the 1997 Triple Crown,'" Lewis said Saturday. "We need a Triple Crown now," said winning jockey Gary Stevens. "We need it, and the sport needs it. It couldn't happen to a better guy than Bob Lewis." "I hope I don't let the racing fans down for the Triple Crown," said Bob Baffert, Silver Charm's trainer. "Maybe Captain Bodgit and Free House will stay away and let me win." Two heads separated Silver Charm, Free House and Captain Bodgit at the end of the 1 3-16th miles. The Associated Press Jockey Gary Stevens (6) rides Silver Charm to a photo-finish victory In the Preakness. It looked like Free House was going to win until the final strides, when Silver Charm got his head in front. The gray 3-year- old needs a victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 7 to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The last horse to win the first two legs was Sunday Silence in 1989. He scored two close victories over Easy Goer in the Derby and Preakness, then finished eight lengths behind that rival in the Belmont. Silver Charm is the fifth 3-year- old to take a shot at the Triple Crown in the Belmont since Affirmed. The other four were Spectacular Bid in 1979, Pleasant Colony in 1981, Alysheba in 1987 and Sunday Silence two years later. Silver Charm's victory in the 1 % mile Derby also was by a head, over Captain Bodgit, who became the beaten favorite in both the Derby and the Preakness. The 122nd Preakness certainly matched the 123rd Derby for ex- citement. Four horses were in serious contention for the victory at the top of the stretch: Touch Gold on the rail, Free House next to him, then Silver Charm and Captain Bodgit on the outside. Free House was first. Silver Charm second, Touch Gold third and Captain Bodgit fourth. Captain Bodgit, ridden by Alex Solis, moved into third past Touch Gold with about one-eighth mile to go, but then couldn't quite catch the two horses in front of him. Stevens, however, gave Captain Bodgit credit for helping him win. "Thank goodness for Captain Bodgit coming up on my hip, because when he did, Silver Charm gave me another burst of energy," he said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT slnewsesaljournal.com

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