Archive for Thursday, February 14, 1991

February 14, 1991


Sports notes. . .

Nazareth High School in Chicago is Illinois' only remaining unbeaten team in the state's large classification. The 20-0 Roadrunners are led by 25-point a game man Sean Pearson, the 6-4 guard-forward headed for Kansas.

Nazareth has an enrollment of just 670, making it the second smallest school in Class AA. Hence the team was voted a No. 7 seed at its upcoming sectional state tournament. In all, 17 teams will be playing at the sectional.

The seeding, voted on by the coaches, was a slap in the face to Pearson's club.

"Obviously, the coaches didn't respect us," said Nazareth coach Tom Richardson. "We're ranked (No. 12 in Illinois) ahead of all the teams in the regional except Proviso East. We're not complaining, though. That's where people thought we belonged. Now it's up to us to prove them wrong." . . .

RECRUITING EXPERT Bob Gibbons says Kentucky now leads for the No. 1 player in the Class of 1992, Jason Kidd, a 6-4 guard from Alameda, Calif. Also Kentucky reportedly is leading for 6-9 Othello Harrington of Jackson, Miss.

Reports out of California, however, indicate Kidd is still considering up to 14 schools, including Kansas. The Jayhawks reportedly are also after Harrington. . .

Lawrence Funderburke, who attended Indiana his freshman year only to leave after six games, has since transferred to Ohio State. However, he cannot receive an athletic scholarship since he transferred from one conference school to another. He is a native of Columbus, and can pay in-state tuition. He is expected to be eligible next Jan. 1. . .

Nebraska has received a commitment from 6-4 Jason Glock of Wahoo, Neb. He is expected to play football at NU, also. . .

KANSAS SENIOR Chip Budde is looking forward to the NFL draft in April.

"I've talked to a couple scouts. I have no idea what will happen," said Budde, a 6-2, 265 pounder out of Lawrence High. "I've been playing since third grade. I'd just as soon keep on playing if I could. I really love the game. I realize even if I made it to that level, your career is only a couple years.

"They may think I'm too short. I've heard they're impressed by my strength and quickness. If I was a couple inches taller, I might look better. I'm pursuing grad school, too," added Budde, an English and journalism major.

Budde, who had surgery on his left shoulder Monday in Kansas City to correct a muscle tear, showcased his football talents on Christmas Day. He played center and guard for the Blue team in the Blue-Gray game, won by Budde's squad, 17-14, in Montgomery, Ala.

"JIM WALDEN of Iowa State was the coach. He was great. We practiced an hour a day. The longest meeting we had was seven minutes. The first day he said, `I will not ruin your week, and I do not want you to ruin mine. My goal is to beat the Gray out of practice every day.' We didn't hit hard. The Gray coaches were yelling at them. They were miserable. They'd go two-three hours. They had the run and shoot offense. We had four plays and we won it."

Budde was on the field for all 17 points.

"We had seven offensive linemen. It was a lot of fun playing guard. I've always wanted to pull. The thing that impressed me was the speed of the players. It's definitely a faster game." . . .

KANSAS FOOTBALL signee Ron Morgan of Olathe North didn't enjoy the recruiting process.

"I didn't like it at all," said the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker-tight end. "It was just stress, such a big decision. Once I decided and knew I wanted to go to KU, I was happy."

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