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Click the Link Above! Sunday, January 25, 1998 Glendale tops Sumner in final, 62-56 By SCOTT CHASE The Capital-Journal Ben Garwitz connected on 4 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds Saturday to lift Springfield (Mo.) Glendale to a 62-56 victory over Kansas City-Sumner in the championship game of the Capital City Classic at Seaman.Garwitz hit two free throws with 7.5 seconds left to provide the winning margin for the Falcons after Sumner had closed the gap to 58-56 with 25 seconds remaining.It was the second straight night that Glendale was involved in close game. The Falcons advanced to the championship with a 70-68 overtime win over KC-Center on Friday."Sumner has a really nice club," Glendale coach Mike Keltner said. "It took a really good effort on our part because they are very well coached. We made some big baskets down the stretch and our kids kept attacking and we never backed up."After falling behind 17-11 at the end of one quarter, the Falcons went ahead 25-24 late in the second quarter. The Sabres were able to forge a 42-42 tie with 6:47 left, but Cory Nibert hit a shot from beyond the 3-point arc and Glendale had the lead the rest of the game.Wesley Pickering led the way for the Falcons with 17 points and seemed to hit a key basket every time the Sabres made a run. Nibert was the only other Falcon in double figures with 10."Wesley's a catalyst for us," Keltner said. "He does some good things for us, including guarding well and providing a spark offensively. We have to have him on the floor a lot to be successful."Jeffrey Hawkins was the leading scorer for Sumner with 16, including four treys. KC-Sumner 17 7 14 18 -- 56 Springfield-Glendale 11 16 15 20 -- 62 KC-Sumner (10-2) -- Hurst 2 0-0 4, Hawkins 6 0-0 16, K.Walker 3 5-6 11, Porter 4 1-1 9, Block 4 4-4 13, Giddings 1 0-0 3, Drake 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-11 56. Springfield-Glendale (13-4) -- Ross 3 0-0 7, Pickering 7 3-5 17, Nibert 4 0-1 10, Clark 3 0-0 6, Will 2 5-8 9, Garwitz 2 4-4 8, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Tinsley 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 12-18 62. 3-point goals -- KC-Sumner 6 (Hawkins 4, Block, Giddings), Glendale 4 (Nibert 2, Ross, Tinsley). Total fouls -- KC-Sumner 15, Glendale 12. Seaman 79, KC-Center 71 (OT) Matt Wiltz hit a shot under the basket at the buzzer to tie the game at 65 and send the Vikings to overtime against Kansas City-Center in the third-place game. Ryan Boden and Wiltz then dominated the extra period as Wiltz hit three baskets and Boden went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to close out the game."Prior to this tournament Ryan hadn't missed a free throw in about three games," Seaman coach Steve Darting said. "We wanted Ryan, Matt or Dan (Crusinberry) on the line and we wanted one of those three guys to have the ball late in the game. Ryan stepped up and hit 'em."The Vikings entered the fourth quarter down 44-35, but went on a 15-6 run in the first four minutes and tied the game at 50. They were unable to grab a lead, though, as the Yellowjackets kept the margin between two and four points by hitting 6 of 9 free throws in the last minute of regulation. The last one with 13 seconds left made the lead 65-63."The fourth quarter we just played great," Darting said. "It just took us three quarters to get our head in the game and go. When we finally decided we were going to play, we were pretty tough."The Vikings got their first lead of the game less than a minute into the overtime when Crusinberry hit a free throw and Wiltz grabbed the rebound on Crusinberry's second attempt and converted a short jumper. The Vikings controlled the rest of the overtime.Wiltz led the way for the Vikings with 23 points and Adam Palace added 19. Evan Cleaver scored 18 to lead the Yellowjackets.KC-Center 11 15 18 21 6 -- 71Seaman 9 10 16 30 14 -- 79 KC-Center (10-5) -- Cleaver 6 3-3 18, Robinson 3 8-10 15, McCrory 1 5-8 7, Curry 3 1-2 7, Reid 5 4-7 15, Eubank 3 0-0 6, Wells 0 4-6 4, Carter 0 0-0 0, Woodard 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 25-36 71.Seaman (5-6) -- Fink 0 1-2 1, Boden 4 6-8 15, Wiltz 9 5-10 23, Crusinberry 2 3-4 8, Palace 6 6-8 19, George 1 0-0 2, Johnson 3 0-0 7, Kramer 0 2-2 2, Blake 1 0-1 2, Meier 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 23-35 79.3-point goals -- KC-Center 4 (Cleaver 2, Robinson, Reid), Seaman 4 (Boden, Crusinberry, Palace, Johnson). Total fouls -- KC-Center 26, Seaman 27. Fouled out -- Curry, Reid, Palace, Kramer. Technical fouls -- Curry, Seaman bench.Olathe North 60, Lawrence Free State 58 Jason Hinson hit a running shot at the buzzer to give Olathe North a hard-fought victory over Lawrence Free State in the fifth-place game.The Eagles had built a 15-point lead (48-33) late in the third quarter, but the Firebirds used an offensive charge to go ahead 53-52 with 3:30 remaining.The teams went back and forth in the final three minutes, tying the score at 54, 56 and 58. Free State's Dijon Dillon had seven of his game-high 23 points in the final minutes, while Olathe North's Josh Brewer contributed six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.Hinson led the Eagles with 14 points and was joined in double figures by Nate Pratt, who had 13. Jason Bott had 10 points for Free State.Lawrence-Free State 8 18 10 22 -- 58Olathe North 16 17 15 12 -- 60 Lawrence Free State (4-9) -- Criswell 1 2-3 4, Bott 4 0-0 10, P.Dillon 3 1-2 7, Heider 3 0-0 7, Miller 1 2-3 4, Ramirez 1 0-0 3, D.Dillon 10 3-5 23, Maigaard 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 8-13 58.Olathe North (6-6) -- Brewer 4 3-4 11, J.Hinson 6 0-1 14, Everette 1 2-2 5, R.Hinson 3 0-0 6, Kling 1 2-2 4, Miller 2 0-0 4, Josephson 1 1-1 3, Pratt 6 1-3 13, Ricketts 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-13 60.3-point goals -- Free State 4 (Bott 2, Heider, Ramirez), Olathe North 3 (J.Hinson 2, Everette). Total fouls -- Free State 14, Olathe North 12.Washburn Rural 45, Shawnee Heights 35 Washburn Rural connected on 9 of 12 free throws in the last minute-and-a-half to secure the victory over Shawnee Heights in the seventh-place game.Rural scored 11 points, all on free throws, in the fourth quarter and held Heights to only five points to turn the seesaw game into its advantage. The lead was tied six times and the 10-point winning margin was the largest of the game for Rural."It's great that the guys were able to step up and hit the free throws," Washburn Rural coach Steve Beason said. "It will give us confidence the rest of the season."The Junior Blues' Mike Manian was the game's high scorer with 13 points, including three treys. Teammate Sam Winter added 10 and was the only other player to score in double figures for either team.After dropping back-to-back games to Seaman and Free State on Thursday and Friday, Beason was happy with the way his team responded."It is human nature to let up and to say the heck with it, but the kids have shown up to play every night," Beason said. "They have been in just about every game we have played. Last night (Friday) was an up-and-down affair against Free State and then today was slowed down and a very deliberate game."The T-Birds got 6-foot-9 forward Brad Emme back in the lineup at 4:15 of the first quarter after he missed the first two games of the tournament because of injuries sustained in a car accident Thursday afternoon.Washburn Rural 10 12 12 11 -- 45Shawnee Heights 10 12 8 5 -- 35 Washburn Rural (5-6) -- Brown 0 2-2 2, Winter 4 2-5 10, Stafford 2 3-5 7, Patch 0 3-7 3, Manian 4 2-2 13, Devlin 0 2-2 2, Charay 1 3-4 5, Luce 0 3-4 3, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Rosel 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 20-31 45.Shawnee Heights (4-8) -- Krueger 1 2-2 4, Anderson 4 0-0 8, Cooper 2 2-2 6, Manning 0 0-2 0, Shafer 0 0-0 0, Emme 3 0-0 6, Betts 0 4-6 4, Davis 3 0-0 6, Yardley 0 1-2 1, Leach 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-14 35.3-point goals -- Washburn Rural 3 (Manian 3). Total fouls -- Washburn Rural 17, Shawnee Heights 24. Fouled out -- Patch, Emme. Saturday, January 24, 1998 Seaman tumbles to Sumner, 71-62 By SCOTT CHASE The Capital-Journal Seaman gave No. 1 seed Kansas City-Sumner all it could handle Friday night in the Capital City Classic at Seaman, but a personal foul and technical foul with .9 seconds left in the first half gave the Sabres the momentum they needed to pull out a 71-62 victory in the semifinal game.The victory moves the Sabres into the championship game at 4:45 p.m. today against Springfield (Mo.) Glendale, which defeated KC-Center 70-68 in overtime in the other semifinal game. The Vikings will play Center for third place at 3 p.m.The Vikings were looking to go into the locker room at halftime tied at 27 after battling back from a 7-point deficit (24-17) to tie the game with 5 seconds left in the second quarter. The Sabres took the inbounds pass and rushed up the court. As the Sabres' Kelyn Block crossed half court, the Vikings' Ryan Boden was called for a reach-in foul with .9 seconds left and was assessed a technical foul when he questioned the call.The Sabres' Chris Drake hit one of the technical free throws and Block hit both of his charity tosses to give the Sabres a 30-27 halftime lead."Basically the game turned when under a second to go in the first half there was the foul called and then the technical foul," Seaman coach Steve Darting said. "The kids have to learn to keep their composure and not commit a foul at that point in the half. I'm not putting the blame on the kid (Boden) for the play, but that sequence of events decided the whole game. We were tied and we go in at halftime down three. We were within three or four points the whole second half."The Vikings faced foul trouble most of the game with Boden picking up his fourth foul and missing the whole third quarter, while Adam Palace picked up his third foul with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter. Palace returned early in the second quarter, but was forced to the bench again with 6:59 left in the third quarter with his fourth foul."The bad thing about the technical is that was Ryan's fourth foul," Darting said. "(Ryan) had to go to the bench after getting 17 points last night (Thursday versus Washburn Rural). Sumner was playing zone and Ryan's a big outside threat for us. Ryan got taken out of the game (with the fouls) and not by Sumner."Boden led the Vikings at halftime with 9 points, but was held scoreless the rest of the game. Matt Wiltz led the Vikings with 21 points, including 15 in the second half. Dan Crusinberry added 17."The fourth quarter Matt stepped forward a little bit," Darting said. "We have to have him big in there and he's been big in the middle all year. I'm confident that he will be there night after night."Block led the Sabres with 30 points, including 11 of 16 from the free throw line. Chris Giddings and Drake added 14 and 11 points, respectively."Sumner's good," Darting said. "They are not 10-1 without being good. We took away the inside and they drilled five or six threes. Then we take the threes away and they go inside and dunk. That makes it pretty tough because you want to match up some way. They also stepped forward and shot their free throws well, which we didn't." Springfield (Mo.) Glendale 70, Kansas City-Center 68 (OT) Cory Nibert hit a short jumper in the lane with no time remaining to give the Falcons an overtime victory over KC-Center.Center had tied the game at 63 in regulation on two free throws by L.C. Reid with no time left.Reid went to the free throw line when he was fouled by the Falcons' Ben Garwitz on a 3-point attempt as time ran out in regulation. Reid made the first two shots, but the third attempt rattled off the rim sending the game into overtime."It was good to see the kids come back like that," Springfield (Mo.) Glendale coach MikeKeltner said. "Although we had a 12-point lead and you are supposed to build from that. We'repretty young and I don't think we understand killer instinct yet, but maybe after tonight we might understand that."The overtime only held more drama than regulation for both teams as Nibert gave the team from Missouri a 65-63 lead on their first trip down the floor with a short jumper. After the Yellowjackets took a 68-65 lead on two free throws by Mike McCrory, Blake Will brought the Falcons with one point (68-67) with a basket inside.On the Yellowjackets' ensuing trip down the floor, they were called for over-and-back with 26 seconds remaining, thanks to the Falcons' full-court pressure. The Falcons' Wesley Pickering then was fouled with 15.6 seconds on a drive to the basket. After making the first free throw, Pickering had his second bounce out. The Falcons were able to get the rebound and retain possession for Nibert last-second shot."We shouldn't have been in the spot we were in at the end," Keltner said. "You have to give Reid credit. He had to make two out of three. If he makes three we are done, but he made two to keep them playing."The Falcons held a 51-41 lead after three quarters and looked well on their way to an easy victory when Garwitz hit a basket early in the fourth to increase the lead to 55-41. The Yellowjackets fought back though, outscoring the Falcons 22-12 in the quarter. Reid led the way with 12 points in the quarter and finished as the Yellowjackets' leading scorer with 21.Nibert finished as the game's high-scorer with 25 points. Free State 65, Washburn Rural 62 Jess Criswell's jumper from the arc just before the buzzer provided the game-winning points in a fiercely contested losers bracket semifinal.Rural, which hadn't led since the 6:30 mark of the third quarter and trailed by as many as 10 in that period, trailed 62-57 when Jerrod Miller hit a running jumper from the baseline with 1:09 left.But the Junior Blues fought back to tie the game after Sam Winter nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing at 0:57 and Ian Devlin hit a pair of free throws at 0:24.Free State, which had a timeout remaining, decided not to take it. With the clock nearing the end and no open shot inside materializing, Criswell dribbled out of traffic to an open spot behind the arc and hurriedly put up the game-winning 3-pointer.The Firebirds, who trailed by seven in the first half, hit 51 percent from the field (26 of 51) while its swarming pressure defense held Rural to 43 percent accuracy and 19 turnovers.Jerrod Miller hit 7 of 12 shots and paced Free State with 16 points. Winter and Eric Stafford had 12 for Rural while Devlin, who hit three 3-pointers, added 11. Olathe North 49, Shawnee Heights 48 Jason Hinson's free throw with eight seconds remaining gave Olathe North a three-point cushion and made Shawnee Heights attempt a 3-point shot it couldn't convert in the final seconds of a game that was close from start to finish.Down 49-46 with the clock ticking down, Heights' Dan Cooper -- who'd hit 5 of his first 10 shot, and 2 of 3 3-point tries -- had to force a 23-footer that missed. Isaac Anderson got the rebound but had only enough time to hit a two-point follow shot at the buzzer, leaving the T-Birds a point short.A key stretch of the game came in the final 30 seconds with Heights trailing 46-44. Cooper missed a tough driving shot and Patrick Davis missed a tip before Olathe's Brian Everette was fouled. He hit the double bonus with 28 seconds left to give the Eagles a 48-44 lead.Cooper hit a floating jumper from 10 feet at 0:15, but Tim Krueger missed the front end of a one-and-one at 0:10. Hinson was fouled immediately and hit the second of two chances to establish the three-point lead.Cooper had 16 to lead Heights in a game in which no team ever led by more than five points. Anderson added 14 on 6-of-8 shooting. Everette led North with 12 and Nate Pratt added 10 on 5-of-6 shooting, all in the second half. Seaman trips Rural, 72-63 By KEVIN HASKIN The Capital-Journal Seaman used its role as host of the Capital Classic to deliver something coach Steve Darting said has been lacking all season.Intensity.The Vikings never trailed Washburn Rural Thursday night, closing the first half with a 13-4 run to establish command before handing the Junior Blues a 72-63 defeat in the first round."We had eight real frustrated seniors who were tired of being 3-5 when they thought they were capable of after having some pretty high expectations going into the year," Darting said. "We haven't been playing with a lot of intensity all year, but we played with a lot of intensity tonight."The victory moved Seaman into the semifinals at 6 tonight against top-seeded KC-Sumner, which defeated Lawrence Free State 54-37. A pair of Missouri teams, Springfield Glendale and KC-Center, advanced into the other semifinal at 7:45.Darting may not have figured on launching a run with the personnel he had to finish the first half. A pair of starters, Matt Wiltz and Adam Palace, were sitting with three fouls, yet the Vikings scored on six straight possessions which produced 12 unanswered points."We had everybody contribute, including there at the end of the first half," Darting said. "We had Brad Fink make two big free throws late and Garin Johnson had some nice offensive rebounds and stickbacks."The Vikings padded their margin to as many as 12 before Rural (4-5) pulled within five on three successive trips inside the final 1:35. Seaman always had an answer, however, responding with two charities from Dan Crusinberry at 1:12, Fink at :44 and Ryan Boden at :15.Boden finished with 17 points to lead four Vikes in double figures. Wiltz added 14, Palace 11 and Crusinberry 10.Winter had 17 points to pace Rural, which played its first game without Kye Smith, a 6-foot-1 senior who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Friday in the Junior Blues' loss to Highland Park. Rural coach Steve Beason didn't detect any significant problems with the new combinations he tried without Smith."We're going to miss Kye because he's a good player, but I don't think that was the case," Beason said. "Seaman just outplayed us. It's one of the oldest cliches in coaching, but they simply wanted it more. They got to all the loose balls and got on the boards harder." Springfield (Mo.) Glendale 49, Shawnee Heights 44 Shawnee Heights learned how to play without Brad Emme early in the season when the 6-9 center missed some games with an ankle injury, but it didn't make the T-Birds' predicament any easier against Glendale.Emme was out again after being involved in a car wreck earlier Thursday in which he hit his head on the windshield. Heights tried to cope, but eventually fell to 4-6."When we went inside it worked for us," said Heights coach Craig Cox, "but it's obviously easier to get it into Brad than our smaller guys."Isaac Anderson scored 14 points to lead the T-Birds, who fell to 4-6. KC-Sumner 54, Lawrence Free State 37 Top-seeded Sumner used an eight-point sizz to open the fourth quarter and break open a close game with Free State.The quick Sabres prevented the Firebirds from scoring on their first seven trips of the final period, forcing turnovers on six of the possessions. Kelyn Block, who scored 9 of his game-high 17 points in the first period, canned a pair of runners to help Sumner on its breakaway."It seemed like we were standing in mud the first three quarters and they were getting every rebound," Sumner coach Randy Springs said. "But I felt like they were slowing down and our guards got some steals and we played real well in the fourth quarter when we were able to get some transition going."Before improving to 9-1, however, the Sabres had to withstand a third-quarter run by the Firebirds (3-8), who allowed Sumner nine straight points to end the first half and dig a 30-22 hole. They rallied within two in the third quarter before collapsing against the Sumner zone and finishing with 23 turnovers.One of the key defensive specialists for Sumner was Chris Giddings, a 5-8 guard who came off the bench and had 5 steals and 6 points. Matt Heider scored 9 points to lead Free State, which went just 15 of 56 from the field. KC-Center 67, Olathe North 64 KC-Center raced to a 14-point halftime lead but almost permitted Olathe North a successful rally.With 13 seconds remaining Center called a timeout it didn't have and was assessed a technical foul. Not only did Olathe North hit both free throws, but got the ball. The Eagles turned it over, however, and Center improved to 11-3.Jason Harris scored 20 points, including a 10-of-11 effort from the foul line, to pace Center. Teammate Randy Robinson added 14. Springs again makes history By KEVIN HASKIN The Capital-Journal History lessons fail to grab the attention of most basketball players these days.Even at KC-Sumner Academy, where athletes must tend to school work or else turn in their uniforms.When addressing the Sabres, Randy Springs occasionally tried to reconstruct some of the glorious moments of his past state champions.But his players at KC-Sumner never seemed too riveted by the exploits of Highland Park, which won the only Grand State tournament ever contested in addition to the Class 4A crowns in 1976 and '77. They even yawned when Springs mentioned the great Wyandotte champions of 1984 and '85, which included one of his assistants, former Oklahoma Sooner David Johnson."I keep telling them about the ones we won in the past, but these kids really can't get into that very much," Springs said. "When they finally do win one it makes it easier to convince them what you're doing is right."After 11 seasons at Sumner, Springs brought a state title to a third Kansas school by guiding the Sabres to the 4A boys championship and a 23-3 finish this season.Sumner featured All-State senior Kelyn Block, who averaged 18.7 points at state and netted 25 in a 64-60 overtime win over Wamego in the finals. He was one of four seniors the Sabres lost, though they will return an array of talent, including a freshman team that went 15-2."I hate to be on top and have people coming after you because you lost everybody," said Springs, the Capital-Journal's state boys coach of the year. "What makes this championship so special was that we really didn't have great players, but the mesh was good."The mix included players who primarily excelled in other sports. Even Block, who is entertaining a basketball offer from Texas-San Antonio, drew his first looks from football scouts. Block and 6-5 junior center Tony Porter were the only Sabres who returned with much varsity experience.Next year's returnees will include 5-8 Jeff Hawkins, a freshman point guard who nailed 3-pointers at the end of four different periods in the state tournament. He is part of a promising class, which includes a player the 55-year-old Springs would love to coach before he retires -- his own son.Of Hawkins, Springs said, "I can't think of one time since I've been coaching that I'd ever set up a play to run for a ninth grader and yet he could hit the crucial treys. Against Atchison this year he hit five treys in a row. He made me want to put on a skirt and cheerlead."There were other times Springs wasn't so tickled. The Sabres were on a roll late in the season before they were handed their third defeat by 6A state qualifier Schlagle. The only other teams to beat Sumner were 5A champion Wyandotte and Springfield (Mo.) Glendale."It was easier to coach them (after the Schlagle loss)," Springs said, "because, like high school kids do, they were starting to think that everything they were doing was because of them. They were starting to think the coach just fills out the lineup card."But to their credit they got right back at it after that loss and they didn't let it affect them." Springs back with top seed By RICK PETERSON The Capital-Journal Randy Springs is coming back to Topeka, and he believes he's bringing the best team he's coached at KC-Sumner with him.Sumner is 8-1 after a 68-41 win over Bonner Springs last Friday and is the top seed for the Capital Classic, which begins tonight at Seaman."This is my best team (at Sumner) because we've got depth," said Springs, who coached back-to-back state champions at both Highland Park and KC-Wyandotte. "We've got a few more people. We can go about eight players deep."Springs returned some talented players from last year's 12-11 team, but he still is mildly surprised by his team's start. The Sabres are ranked second in Class 4A."I thought it would take a little while for these guys to jell because they really didn't get to play together that much last year," Springs said. "They've jelled pretty well. We're up and down like everybody, but we're playing pretty decent."Senior Kelyn Block, also a standout in football, is the team leader."He's probably our best player. He's been real steady," Springs said. "He can play every position. He jumps real well so we use him inside, but when he gets a rebound he can lead the break."Sumner opens tournament play at 6 tonight in the main gym against Lawrence-Free State.Free State, in its first year, is just 3-7, but Springs said the Sabres won't look past the Firebirds."They've got a pretty good team," Springs said. "Free State's got a few players and they can stick in there with you. We're not a good enough team that we can overlook anybody."Regardless of what happens this weekend, Springs said he always looks forward to returning to Topeka."It's always fun to see my friends. I've been here a little longer now, but that's where my roots are," Springs said.All three local teams in the field -- Washburn Rural, Seaman and Shawnee Heights -- will make their tourney debuts at 7:45 tonight.Washburn Rural (4-4) is the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Seaman (3-5) in the main gym.Shawnee Heights (4-5) is the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 3 seed Springfield (Mo.) Glendale (10-4) in the auxiliary gym.Washburn Rural and Seaman played on Jan. 9, with the Junior Blues earning a 62-61 victory.Rural is coming off a 48-33 loss last Friday night, ending a three-game winning streak, while Seaman dropped a 51-49 decision to Shawnee Heights.Seaman senior Matt Wiltz leads the city in scoring with a 21.7 average, while junior Sam Winter is Washburn Rural's leading scorer at 14.1 points a game.Shawnee Heights' win over Seaman snapped a four-game losing streak. Senior Brad Emme is Heights' leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points a game.The Rural-Seaman winner will meet the Sumner-Free State winner at 6 p.m. Friday, while the Heights-Glendale winner will face the KC-Center-Olathe North winner at 7:45 Friday.


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