Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Wanted: former Chieftains playing college athletics

August 29, 2001

Picture after picture of Tonganoxie athletes signing letters of intent to play sports in college after high school have been a regular occurrence in The Mirror for some time.

But what are these athletes doing in their collegiate careers? If anyone you know is competing in college, let us know. The Mirror hopes to have updates on former Tonganoxie athletes participating in college sports throughout the sports seasons.

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The Kansas volleyball team was scheduled for an alumni match against former players Saturday, but an NCAA rule made it illegal.

Any team that plays an official match before Sept. 1 can't play competitively a week before its season opener. The 'Hawks play Friday in a tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

An alumni game isn't that "official" of a game, but the NCAA disagrees.

Nonetheless, alumni games at Tonganoxie might put an interesting twist on the Red/White scrimmage. The current teams would be in a game-like atmosphere against another team instead of their own teammates.

Injury is usually a concern with such games, as it should be. But after playing in two college alumni football games, I've realized that the alumni are much more likely to get injured and really, really sore.

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The Little League World Series is finished, but not before no-hitters, missed calls and big finishes could be played out.

Roughly 45,000 attended the championship game on Sunday, a testament to people enjoying the simplicity and hard work of youth sports.

The younger athletes, though, are getting stronger now, too. Every home run I witnessed sailed far beyond the outfield wall. It might be time to move those fences back 10 to 15 feet.

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The Ballpark in Arlington could have a new name after naming rights are sold later this year at the home of the Texas Rangers. Another corporate name will probably be slapped on a stadium. Oh for the days of simple names such as Ebbets Field, Polo Grounds, Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

Maybe the ballpark, too, will be named after someone. The current president had some ownership at one time. Bush Stadium, not to be confused with St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Maybe it will be Alliance Park, named after the Perot family's airport. Or, in the tradition of selling naming rights for profit, Alliance Field at Bush Stadium near Whataburger Parking Lot.

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Although the college football season has started, there's still time for the expert writing this column to predict how this season will progress in the Big 12 Conference.

The following predicted order of finish is difficult because four schools have a shot at the national title.

We'll flip a coin on those and give Kansas one last shot at turning things around.

My crimson and blue mug has been half full for the last four years, but reality could set in soon. Nonetheless, it's probably best I don't possess an Associated Press vote.

North

Nebraska

Kansas State

Kansas

Iowa State

Colorado

Missouri

South

Oklahoma

Texas

Texas A&M

Texas Tech

Oklahoma State

Baylor

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