The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on December 6, 1996 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, December 6, 1996
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FRIDAY , 1&96 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD/ C2 BASEBALL/C3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C4 c T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Cornhuskers dominate Big 12 team CANTY Three Kansas State players on first team; Davis headlines offense By DENNE H. FREEMAN Tlie Associated Press DALLAS — The first Associated Press media Big 12 all-conference team released Thursday was, as expected, dominated by two-time defending national champion Nebraska and its "black shirt" defenders. There was enough talent from the new league to stock an NFL franchise, including the nation's top two running backs, Iowa State's Troy Davis and Texas Tech's Byron Hanspard, both members of the first team. The Corn- huskers, northern division champions, landed seven players on the first team, two on offense and five on defense. "It's a great honor," said Chris Dishman, who was picked an the offensive line. "I'm just glad that we played well." Nebraska center Aaron Taylor said, "I feel very fortunate to be given the award. Moving positions (from guard to center) was difficult. I feel good about our offense." Five of Nebraska's "black shirts" made the first team defense including Jared Tomich, Grant Wistrom, and Jason Peter in the line, Jon Hesse at linebacker, and Mike Minter at defensive back, although he recently moved to linebacker. Wistrom was named The AP's Big 12 defensive player of the year. "I'm happiest for Jared because LOCKETT WIREN The Associated Press Iowa State running back Troy Davis has been named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year after gaining over 2,000 yards rushing this season. he was third team or something on BIG 12 OFFENSE NCE ALL-CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM Players of the year: Offense: TROY DAVIS, Iowa State - Running back Defense: GRANT WISTROM, Nebraska - Lineman Wide Receivers: Rae Carruth, Colorado - senior Kevin Lockett, Kansas State - senior Linemen: Chris Naeole, Colorado - senior Chris Dishman, Nebraska - junior Aaron Taylor, Nebraska - junior Dan Neil, Texas - senior Ben Kaufman, Texas Tech - senior Tight end: Alonzo Mayes, Oklahoma State - junior Quarterback: Koy Detmer, Colorado - senior Running backs: Troy Davis, Iowa State - junior Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech - junior Place kicker: Phil Dawson, Texas - junior Kick returner: Dante Hall, Texas A&M - freshman DEFENSE Linemen: Jared Tomich, Nebraska - senior Grant Wistrom, Nebraska - junior (tie) Nyle Wiren, Kansas State - senior Jason Peter, Nebraska - junior Linebackers: Matt Russell, Colorado - senior Tyrell Peters, Oklahoma - senior Keith Mitchell, Texas A&M - senior Jon Hesse, Nebraska - senior Defensive backs: Steve Rosga, Colorado - senior Chirs Canty, Kansas State - junior Mike Minter, Nebraska - senior Bryant Westbrook, Texas - senior Punter: Ty Atteberry, Baylor - senior the coaches' team and he is a great football player," Wistrom said. "I don't know how anyone can pick one player and say I'm the player of the year or whatever. I'm as grateful as anyone for the honor but it really says more about pur team than about me." Peter said, "The honors are nice, but it still comes down to playing football and we have some football to play this year." Tomich tried to describe how it felt to be a black shirt for Nebraska. • Big 12 title game / Page C4 "Some people say it's chemistry or magic," he said. "You don't want to let down people you care about. And we care about each other." Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said the defense is his best. "I don't know that I've ever seen a defense, as a team, that could be so disruptive," Osborne said. The running backs are special. Not many 2,000-yard rushers come along and the Big 12 had two of V BASEBALL Players ratify contract Approval brings end to 4-year feud between players and owners By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball players made it official Thursday: the sport will have labor peace through 2000. By a unanimous vote, players approved a contract that ends a bitter four-year feud — one that prompted a strike, cost millions of dollars, and worse, cost the game the devotion of millions of fans. "It's sad that it took us four years to come to this," Minnesota's Paul Molitor said. "Now that it's done and no one is doing cartwheels, that's what tells you what agreements are all about—finding middle ground." After several days of near round- the-clock work by lawyers for both sides, players ratified the deal at their annual executive board meeting in Dorado, Puerto Rico. "With this unfortunate period behind us, my fellow players and I can once again focus on the game on the field," said New York Yankees pitcher David Cone, the American League player representative. "We are confident that baseball's best days lie ahead." FEHR Owners approved the proposal on Nov. 26, three weeks after they initially rejected it. In between, acting commissioner Bud Selig realized he couldn't obtain additional concessions, and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf signed Albert Belle to a record $55 million, five-year deal, angering some owners who were seeking greater salary restraints. "We have some work ahead of us to turn these understandings, hopefully, into a written agree- ment fairly quickly," union head Donald Fehr said. Twelve players, including Alex Fernandez, Moises Alou and Jimmy Key, gained free agent rights with the deal, and they probably will be allowed to start negotiating with all teams a 1 p.m. CST Saturday. The union agreed to permit in- terleague play on an experimental basis in 1997 and 1998. Originally, the deal gave permission for inter- league play in 1997 only. However, approval of inter- league play in 1998 was contingent on retaining the limit of up to 16 interleague games per team. If owners want to expand the amount in 1998, they would have to allow the designated hitter in all interleague games, not just the ones in A.L. ballparks. Interleague play, the first during the regular season since major leagues began forming in 1871, will start June 12, when the four NL West teams visit the four AL West teams. them. Davis went over 2,000 yards for the second straight season. He had 402 carries for 2,185 yards, and 21 touchdowns and was the national all-purpose running yards' leader with 2,364 yards. Hanspard had 339 carries for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns. Davis was selected as offensive player of the year in close balloting with Hanspard, the Doak Walker award winner. Both are juniors. The quarterback is Koy Detmer of Colorado, who threw 30 touch- T COLLEGE BASKETBALL down passes and was in the top 10 nationally in efficiency. He was responsible for almost 300 yards per game. The first-team receivers included two sticky-fingered pass catchers, Kevin Lockett of Kansas State and Colorado's Rae Carruth. Others on offense include Chris Naeole of Colorado, Dan Neil of Texas, and Ben Kaufman of Texas Tech in the offensive line and Alonzo Mayes of Oklahoma State at tight end. The placekicker is steady Phil Dawson of Texas and freshman Dante Hall of Texas A&M is the kick return specialist. Besides the Nebraska players on defense, the other first teamers include lineman Nyle Wiren of Kansas State, linebackers Matt Russell of Colorado, Tyrell Peters of Oklahoma, and Keith Mitchell of Texas A&M. Other defensive backs are Steve Rosga of Colorado, Chris Canty of Kansas State, runnerup in the defensive MVP voting, and Bryant Westbrook of Texas. The punter is Ty Atteberry of Baylor. Second half was all Jayhawks Pierce fueled furious rally Wednesday in KU's Great Eight win By RICK GANO The Associated Press CHICAGO — The first half was Cincinnati basketball. Rough and down on the floor. Hands and arms were pushing and shoving. Strong defense created a gauntlet to the basket. The second 20 minutes was a time for top-ranked Kansas to respond. The Jayhawks parlayed crisp passing, tougher rebounding, better ball-handling and the athleticism and scoring of Paul Pierce into a comeback victory. "We came out tentative — we were intimidated," Kansas' Scot Pollard admitted. "We needed to do the things we need to do. We needed to play our game and that's what we did." The Jayhawks, trailing by 16, rallied for an 72-65 victory Wednesday night in the final game of the Great Eight tournament at the United Center. And Kansas' biggest spark, one that led to an 18-2 run, arrived when Cincinnati star Danny Fortson went to the bench with three fouls early in the second half. "It was terrible, it was sickening to watch," said Fortson, who had 25 points, only nine in the second half. "That's the No. 1 team in the country and if we had played the second half as hard as we played the first, we would have won the game." Cincinnati was the No, 1 team before a loss to Xavier. Now the fourth-ranked Bearcats are a .500 team at 2-2. "We are losing because some guys aren't stepping up. We will be all right," Fortson said. "We can't expect Fortson to score on every possession. We can't rebound the ball when he's not on the floor. When Darnell Burton shoots 2-for-17, how are we going to win?" asked Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins. "Kansas is No. 1. They deserve to be No. 1. But, I'm concerned about us, not Kansas," he said. Pierce, just a sophomore, scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. He scored from outside and several times knifed through the previously tough Bearcats defense for graceful dunks. With star guard Jacque Vaughn still out with a broken wrist, Pierce is the Kansas player who can best create offense by himself. After having 12 first-half turnovers, Kansas had only four in the second half. The Jayhawks shot 27 percent in the first half and 48 percent in the second. "I knew we'd come out strong in the second half. We're a veteran club and we're not going to give up on anybody," Pierce said. "I don't think I was being aggressive enough like I should have been in the first half. I was losing the ball, I wasn't going to the boards like I should have." Billy Thomas and Pierce made consecutive 3-pointers to cap the 18-2 run, a spurt that also included a spectacular stuff by Pierce, as Kansas (6-0) took its first lead at 41-39. Cincinnati had its last lead at 43-42 with 11:43 remaining, before Kansas went on another scoring binge. T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AP honors Central standout Wallace Record-setting back second Mustang player chosen in two years By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Salina Central running back Parker Wallace, who eclipsed the great DeAngelo Evans as the all- time single-season rushing leader in Kansas prep history, has been selected as the 1996 Associated Press 11-man Player of the Year. Wallace was an overwhelming choice for player of the year honors in balloting sponsored by the Kansas Sports Editors and Sports Writers Association. Wallace received first-place votes on 13 of 26 ballots returned by members of the state's media to easily outdistance Monty Beisel, a running back/defensive end from Douglass. Wallace becomes the second consecutive Mustang to earn player of the year honors. Running back Tanner Hancock won the honor last season. Wallace is joined on the awards stand by Randolph-Blue Valley's Jason Peter, the Eight-Man Player of the Year, and coaches of the year Gene Wier of Olathe North (11- man) and Shane Cordell of Little River (Eight-Man). Wallace, a 5-9,165-pound senior, rushed for 3,064 yards on 451 carries — both single-season state WALLACE • Complete lists / Page C4 records — and scored 43 touchdowns in leading Central to an 111 record and the Class 5A state championship. Wallace broke the all-time record of 3,060 yards by Evans (1993) in the final minutes of a 28-21 victory over Liberal in the Class 5A state title game. Wier led Olathe North to a 12-0 record and the school's first-ever Class 6A state championship, and the first state football title for the city of Olathe. He completed his 15th season at North with a 122-32 record. Wier edged Salina Central's Marvin Diener for the 11- man award. Peter, a rugged 6-0, 210-pound senior, was Blue Valley's top defensive player from his linebacker position. On offense, he rushed for 1,983 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Eight-Man I state runners-up. Cordell has been a part of all four of Little River's state football championships — two as a player in 1970 and '71 and two as a coach in 1981 and '96. The first three titles came in the 11-man division. Cordell has posted a 111-57 record in 17 years at Little River. Wallace is joined on the 11-man first team by four other players from north central and northwest Kansas — offensive lineman Dan Divilbiss of Salina Central, linebackers Jefff Boyle of Norton and Ryan Isbell of Beloit and return specialist J. T. Burk of Goodland. Divilbiss paved the way for Wallace's record-setting performance See ALL-STATE, Page C3 V HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL County teams open tonight By The Journal Staff Most Saline County basketball teams will tip off the 1996-97 season tonight, including home contests for the Salina Central and Southeast of Saline squads. Central opens with Dodge City for the fifth consecutive year, with the Red Demons and Mustang girls meeting at 6 p.m., followed by the boys contest at approximately 7:45. Southeast meets Herington tonight in a pair of non-league contests, starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. and the boys contest to follow. When the Salina South boys won two games last season, one of those was against Chapman. The teams split their two regular season games a year ago, and meet today at Chapman in an 8 p.m. contest. The South-Chapman girls game matches two of the top players in north central Kansas — South's Alyssa Shriver and Chapman's Kami Albers. Starting time is set for 6:15 p.m. Sacred Heart faces Sylvan in its opener for the second consecutive year. The Knight boys will be taking on the top-ranked team in Class 1A and the defending state champions in the Sylvan boys. The girls contest is scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. start, followed by the boys game at approximately 8 p.m. Ell-Saline will wait until next week to begin its season. The Cardinals play host to a four- team round-robin tournament starting Tuesday. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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