Archive for Monday, July 29, 1996


July 29, 1996


Surely the Effingham Splash wouldn't have an answer for 6-foot-9 Paul Shirley.

Shirley, a Jefferson West product who is headed to Iowa State, gave Topeka Shriver a huge height advantage in the championship game of the over 19 three-on-three Sunflower Games basketball tournament.

Tell it to Bruce Jost.

Jost, who gave away five inches to Shirley, accounted for nine points to Shirley's seven as the Splash won, 20-17, on Sunday afternoon at the Tanger Outlet Mall parking lot.

Jost, a Topeka West product who will be a senior at Tabor College this fall, was anxious for a crack at Shirley.

"Some of the guys had played against him and they said he was pretty tough," Jost said. "I just tried to do the best I could against him."

Normally, the Splash throws a double dose of Jost at foes. Not Sunday. Bruce Jost's identical twin, Travis, had to work.

Meanwhile, Kevin Gracey played Mr. Outside to Jost's Mr. Inside, also scoring nine points. Gracey, who hails from Effingham and will be a junior at Doane College in Crete, Neb., this fall, nailed three long-range goals good for two points each.

"We started playing together about two years ago," said Gracey, who also serves as team coach. "We don't practice. We just play in tournaments."

Effingham Splash won the Omaha Hoop-It-Up earlier this summer, and was in a position to make some noise at a tournament in Kansas City when the 6-foot-1 Gracey had to pull out with a groin injury.

Brothers Troy Montgomery and Jeremy Montgomery, both Effingham natives, completed the Splash roster. Troy spent the last two seasons at Ottawa U., but is tranferring to Southwestern College. Jeremy Montgomery goes to Kansas Wesleyan.

Shirley's seven points led runner-up Topeka Shriver. Steven Schneider, an Ottawa U. player out of Jefferson North, added five. Also on the team were Aaron Shriver and Brett Watson, both Washburn U. students.

Also on Sunday, Oskaloosa defeated the Topeka Pretty Boys for the under-16 male three-on-three championship. Oskaloosa's players were Kris Cannon, Curtis Kitchen, Mike Cowgill and Chris Avalos.

On Saturday, Garnett stopped Salina Outlaw Immortals for the 18-and-under male title. Garnett's players were Derek McDonald, Dennis Hermreck, Rob Kellerman and Mike Kellerman.

Also Saturday, Topeka Bauersfeld won the 16-and-under girls championship over the Harveyville Vikings. Bauersfeld's players were Jeneta Joyce, Kari Ulrich, Kristen Rethman and Emily Peterson.

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