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LHS SENIOR JONES DIVING HEAD-FIRST INTO ANOTHER SPORT

March 31, 1992

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Having already gone out for volleyball, basketball and track, Casse Jones now is going off into the deep end.

Jones, a Lawrence High senior, is diving for the Lions' three-time defending Class 6A state champion swim team.

"I'm having fun," Jones said. "It's more fun than stressful. It's something I enjoy."

She enjoyed basketball until early January of 1991, when she tore an anterior cruciate ligament. The blown knee blew the rest of basketball season and her chance at spring sports.

"I was going to do this last year until I got hurt," she said. "Then I didn't go out for basketball this year because I didn't want to get hurt, and I was out of a sport."

JONES, WHO is headed to Fort Scott Community College next fall on a volleyball scholarship, won't make a career out of diving.

"It gives me something to do," she said. "I'm picking it up pretty quickly. I'm not afraid of trying anything. The hardest part is getting up there in front of people. It's so quiet."

Diving is this year's recreation. Next year's may be basketball again.

"They asked me to play basketball (at Fort Scott)," she said. "If I want to, I can. I might. If I do, it'll be for fun, too."

Garden City's Dave Meadows and Spring Hill's Rick Clark will be the head coaches for this summer's Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Among the East team assistant coaches are Ron Bowen of Washburn Rural representing Class 6A and Uncle Ken from Highland Park representing 5A. (I shouldn't perpetuate that fallacy. Hi Park coach Ken Caywood is no relation.)

As was earlier announced, Lawrence High running backs Michael Cosey and Adam Green will play in the Shrine Bowl, which is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Washburn's Moore Bowl.

In case you were wondering, Lawrence High's boys track team, which scored 128 points in winning the Topeka West Relays on Friday, scored 141 points to win the meet last year. In 1989, the Lions won with 189 points. Host Topeka West was the runnerup all three years.

How much will it help the Lion girls track team to have Kim Buchleitner back? As a freshman, Buchleitner finished the season tied for the fifth-best time in the state in the 100 at 12.3. She missed all of last season with a leg injury.

Rules are rules. . .

Volleyball has adopted the yellow- and red-card procedure similar to the system used in soccer for conduct violations. One violation will get a player a yellow card. The second will get her a red card and a point- or side-out for her team. The third violation disqualifies the player and the fourth means a forfeit. The cards carry over from game to game.

The National Federation's Football Rules committee pretty much left well enough alone. The biggest change adopted was that interior linemen can no longer lift out of their three- or four-point position to receive new signals.

Track and field is the state's No. 1 sport, according to figures just published by the Kansas State High School Activities Assn.

This year's survey shows a total of 19,360 students involved in boys and girls track. Basketball was second with 18,649 boys and girls out, and football was third with 11,164 boys participating. Volleyball involved 9,313 girls to rank fourth.

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