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Ottawa Herald (Newspaper) - July 3, 2015, Ottawa, Kansas Local Sports Weekender, July 3-5,2015 Herald WAV TO TAÍCÍ COMICS ¿ Check out your favorite strips. See Page 6.Arrows look forward to tourney challenge By GREG MAST Herald Sports Editor Photo by CImtoft Dick/The Ottawa MeraW Ottawa Arrows infietder Clayton Evans kicks up dust getting back to first base in Tuesday's sweep over the Garnett Muddogs in Garnett. The Arrows play this weekend in the Kansas Grand Slam Tournament in Salina. The Ottawa Arrows used last year’s Kansas Grand Slam Tournament in Salina to turn around their season. The Ottawa American I„egion base bail squad went 2 2, but gained a lot of confidence from playing top-notch teams. Ottawa went on to finish as the Legion A.A state runner-up. “That momentum carried over into the high school season." .Xrrows coach Brian Long said. “We have done noth ing but continue that. We can win ball games at a high level. Wo have a solid feeling about ourselve.s as a team. 1 am excited to gel there and .showcase that." The Arrows (19 4), winners of nine of their past 11 game.s, play this weekend in the Salina lourne>. Ottawa plays two pool games today against Kansas Assault (2 30p.m ) and Wichita Heds (7 p.m.) Ottawa clo.ses pool play 10 a m Sunday against five time tourney champs Millard North < Nebraska». Bracketed play is set for Sunday “We are going into the weekend with the mindset we want to create some noise.” Long said We want to be play ing in meaningful games on Sunday. "That is why we eo thero. We will have our work cut out for us." The .Arrows are looking forward to the matchup with Millard North, which heat Ottawa 12 4 last year. “.Any competitor wants to be in a situation where they are tested and survive the lest," Long said. “We had a test a couple of weeks ago with the team out of Wichita. We stood up and said not today.' That is the mentality you have to have. “Not everyday do you get a chance to play a team like that. We want to put our best out there and see how we stack up You can't win that tournament five times in a row and not have a bull's-eye on their back. We want to play the best. We want to measure ourselves against tho.se teams. It is going to he a big test. Our guys are ready. “Not many times we get to play teams outside of Kansas. It should be a good matchup." Long reiterated that the competition is top-notch across the hoard. “I am not looking past the first two games of the tournament," he said. “They are good teams. The Salina teams are always good. They are a tough matchup for anybody." KA6A Standings (Juiy 1) 1. Ottawa. 10-2. 19-4; 2. Iota, 8-3. 16-4; 3, Chanute. 12-5, 15-10: 4, Burlington. 6-4, 10-6; 5. Osawaiomte, 4-10.8-14,6, Gametl, 3-9.3-9; 7. Fort Scott. 3-12,3-12. USA rips China, ready for opener By Ttig Herald Staff ___________ GWANGJU, Korea --The University of Kan .as menV basketball, representing the USA National Team at the 2015 World University Games, ran past China 93-56 in a scrimmage game Thursday at the Seolwol Girls School Gymnasium in (íwangju, Korea. it 'A'iis the final exhibition game for the Jay hawks, who went 3 0 in pre-tourney games after two w ins over Canada in Kansa: t ity. .Missouri. Opening ceremonies are set for 5 p.m. today and the USA delegation said it is sold out and more than 40,000 people an' expected inside Gwangju Universiade .Mam Stadium The opening ceremo nies can be seen live online at http://w'w w.live fisu.tv/honu* The USA squad begins World University Game Pool D competition 10 p.m. today when it plays Turkey. The game will be played at Dongkang Gymnasium and tele vised on KSPNU. The next pool game is 6:30 a.m. Sunday again.st Brazil. USA plays 8 p.m. Tuesday vs. Brazil and closes pool play 12:30 a.m. Wednesday against Switzerland. In all three exhibition games, Kansas got off to slow starts. China led the Jay-hawks 11-7 midway through the first quarter. Kansas then went on an 11-2 run, which was started by guard Tyler Selfs basket, Perrv Ellis followed with an alley-oop from guard Evan Manning to put the .Americans up 18 13. USA took a 20 16 advantage into the «econd quarter. Kansas took control midway through the second quarter with a lO-O run to extend a 26 22 lead to a 14 point cu.sh ion. Forward Landen I.u cas scored eight of the 10 points, including three dunks. China cut the lead back to single digits by scoring the final five points of the half giving the Americans a 36 27 lead at intermission. “We played fast, so we looked pretty athletic." US.A coach Bill Self said following the victory. “The biggest thing is everybody got to play. We still make the game harder for us than it actually is at certain times. “If we could just get to where we guard the ball and become a better re bounding team, I think we could be pretty good "We don’t have the full complement of our guys but the guys who are playing are doing a really nice job. I’m happy to be around them and happy to coach them." Carlton Bragg Jr. missed the game with a broken nose. The USA had another big second half to blow out China The    Americans opened the third quarter with a 12 3 spurt that included .six points from forward Hunter Mickel-son and four from guard Julian DeBose to give the USA a 48-31 lead. USA outscored China 36-18 in the fourth quarter. Golf Friday Couplas First - John WatertHiry, Launa Kuachtar, Tad Zambruski, Kim Sippla, Philhp Pearson, Teresa Pearson, 27 Second — Calvm Pearscxi, MaryAnn Pearson , Pete Er-facher, Deedee Ertacher, 27. t r- ^-- Photo by Clinton Dick/The Ottawa Herald Ottawa Track Club members Logan Hubbard, 10. {left}, and Lawson Hubbard. 7, (right), take off out of the blocks under the watchful eye of coach Aaron Miller, a former Ottawa High School and current Allen County Community College middle distance runner. The track club ts coached by Miller and Kord Ferguson. It has nine participants in its first year. Miller: Club was needed By GREG MAST Herald Sports Editor The simple goal of the Ottawa Track Club is to make track fun and get participants excited about the sport. That is the idea behind the formation of the club, w hich i.s in its first year this summer. The team is coached by former Ottawa High School stars Aar on .Miller and Kord Ferguson. “I felt like it is something Ottawa needed," Miller, who w ill be a sophomore at Allen County Community College, “i ran with two different Kansas (’ity team.s in the past three years. “I had to drive 45 minutes for practice. It was costing me gas money. I felt like Ottawa could benefit from having a track team here and at less than half the cost as welt. “I talked to Kord about it Uast year). Kord said he was up for it. This is the way to get start- I I ed We have nine guys and girl.s combined. It is a good start for us " The club gives an opportunity for the elementary age kids to learn about track in a fun way and for the high schoolers to extend thetr spring .season into the summer months “It is really awesome working with them.' Miller said. “Every thing turned out really well. They are really excited to come to practice. “They bring energy to practice. They listen really good. It i.s time to have fun One of the main rea.sons we have the club is for fun." Ferguson, a high school All-American shot put and discu.s thrower for the Cyclones, will compete for .Alabama next season after transferring from Wichita State University. He will have four years of eligibility remaining. ) “Kord IS one ofthe best throw er.s in the nation," Miller, who was a high school teammate of Ferguson, said. "It is great to have somebody here with a lot of knowledge and experience to help out tho kids. He IS good with everybody “1 had parents come up to me and say ’all the .stuff Kord goe.s over, it surprises me how much in depth it is. My daughter is so e.xcited.’ We had a girl FU two feet in practice." Miller said €wen with just nine on the team, everybody has a training partner. “We just want to help them and make them heller," Miller said. “It is has been an aw^e-sonie experience. “It is fun running up and down the track with them. I have never had a coach young enough to do that. “Being able to work with the.se guys is the highlight of my summer."

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