Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Chinstraps and Mouthpieces

Worse record, same finish for KSU against ‘Hawks

October 31, 2001

Last week's Sunflower Showdown involved two 2-4 teams.

Oh, if the programs were only that even. Any thoughts that the teams are somewhere in the same vicinity were dashed after Kansas State won, 40-6.

One more loss guarantees a sixth straight losing season for Kansas the fifth under Terry Allen.

The Jayhawk coach most likely will pack up his office in the next few months, but it would be a difficult way to go out, considering Kansas is rated as having the toughest schedule in the nation.

After starting the season with a strong defense, Kansas has struggled against Missouri and K-State.

The offense finally picked up against Missouri, but couldn't do much against K-State, accumulating three rushing yards in the third quarter.

Oh, well. There's always next year, or the year after that, or the year after that.

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The Oklahoma-Nebraska score was announced at KSU Stadium on Saturday. The announcement that No. 3 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Oklahoma drew loud cheers from the K-State contingency.

It's interesting that K-State's biggest rival Nebraska was appreciated by Wildcat faithful. When Oklahoma hasn't lost in about 20 games, fans don't care who beats the Sooners.

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Kansas placekicker Johnny Beck has been impressive overall, despite missing two short field goals Saturday. The freshman from Piper kicked a 58-yard field goal at Colorado and was nearly perfect until the last two weeks.

K-State's Joe Rheem, meanwhile, has had a more difficult time. The Wildcat placekicker doinked two extra points off the uprights Saturday.

Former Tonganoxie kicker Ryan Lowe, now at Hutchinson Community College, might make for an interesting showdown against Beck in two years.

A freshman with the Blue Dragons, Lowe has notched a 50-yard field goal and a 50-yard extra point. The PAT came after two penalties were called on HCC after a touchdown.

If Kansas State needs a kicker in another year, the Sunflower Showdown might also be a Kaw Valley League showdown.

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After faltering slightly at Regionals, Tonganoxie came back at State on Saturday and took second in the 4A boys cross country meet.

The team continues to run well each year, but will lose four seniors, most notably Alan Davis.

Any rebuilding should be minimal, though. The Chieftains return Kyle Norris, Tony Aligo and Tommy Powell, all of whom placed at Wamego.

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In the Nice Comeback Department, Tonganoxie soccer fans disagreed with a call at a 4A Regional game against Kansas City-Christian on Thursday in Kansas City. A KC-Christian student reached into the bag of common comebacks and said, "look at the scoreboard." Yes, the Chieftains were trailing, but the field wasn't equipped with a scoreboard.

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Although the soccer season has ended at THS, Chieftain opponents are still playing. Lansing (17-0) played De Soto (11-6-1) in the State quarterfinals Tuesday.

Tonganoxie accounted for two of the Wildcats' six losses.

The winner of that game will take on KC-Christian. The Panthers knocked Tonganoxie out of the playoffs last week.

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