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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports February 1983 5 Hoop playoffs Rangers to face talented Van Vleck in Gonzales gym AllDistrict Julie Cappel left and Darlene both members of the Smithson Valley Rangerettes girls basketball were named to the District 263A AllDistrict squad on the second Staff photo by Scott Haring no Rangerettes made the first team despite Smithson Valleys 73 district record and second place Cappel is a junior and Garrison is a By SCOTT HARING Wire editor When the Smithson Valley Rangers take the Gonzales High School gym floor against the Van Vleck Leopards Friday they will look in a direction they may not be accustomed to Theyve got a point guard whos sixtwo and 200 lamented Ranger coach Roger Kraft was not so worried about his inside forces of Rocky Pat Bruce and Steve Blankenship as he was about the matchups against his smaller outside Jamie Andy Butch Hegeman and Terry Matchups will be the asof had not yet decided who would be defend whom in his man toman defensive I think we should be able to get the ball he My biggest concern is controlling the With so much downtheline Kraft says he has to keep the rebound fight even in order to have a chance to Their Van Vlecks offense is shoot it up so we can get the rebound and The Leopards also use a tough press that the Rangers will have to break to be Kraft was undecided as to whether or not to use a press of his After ending the regular season Kraft gave the team a couple of days off while waiting for the SweenyVan Vleck mess to untangle After a couple of days of poor Kraft said the team was right back on track He said he felt that his players would be ready for the challenge Friday Just make sure you take care of business during the Kraft held out of the Boerne game on doctors has been cleared for Friday It gives us another Kraft in that Kyler has a better shooting range than most other The injuries to Booth and Bruce are still a Kraft though both will definitely see plenty of playing I think we should be able to get the ball Kraft My biggest concern is controlling the Their Van Vlecks of fense is shoot it up so we can get the rebound and The game will begin at 8 To get to take Hwy 46 from New Braunfels to then head east on HO to Hwy Turn south on 183 to Once in turn left at the first 4 way The high school is approximately two miles down on the The winner of the Smithson ValleyVan Vleck contest will meet the winner of the CueroMedina Valley game sometime next District 263A champion Boerne plays Sweeny Friday night at in La NB tennis team set for TSTA state meet The New Braunfels Unicorn tennis team ran its record to 121 with a dual match win over San Antonio Roosvelt Monday af and will now turn its at tention to this weekends Texas State Tennis Association Team Championship to be held here in New The Unicorns beat 11 on the strength of their boys The guys are solid all the way Unicorn tennis coach David Mueller The boys won seven of their nine matches six singles and three doubles against the while the girls went The Unicorns first loss of the season came last weekend at the regional tournament in Kerrville that served as a prelude to the upcoming state The Unicorns handled Uvalde but lost a tight match in the finals to Mer cedes is a good Theyre the best team weve faced so far this Mueller Mueller praised the play of his boys especially David Pfeuffer and Greg playing just hours after finishing the basketball played especially Mueller This weekends tournament is not sanctioned by the University Scholastic The UIL does not recognize team tennis only individual The TSTA stepped in and organized this tournament as an independent The four top finishers from last weekends four regional tournaments will The sixteen teams intend play out the weather per so as to rank all 16 teams in In addition to New Uvalde and Kerrville the four teams from Region IV top 4A teams like Taylor and Austin Westlake are The tournament will be held all day Saturday and Sunday at Newks Tennis SCOTT HARING Southwest Conference roundup Tech nips Rice in overtime By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas which lost three starters earlier this year and has been operating since with a thin came close to not having enough players to finish out against Rice but still beat the Owls in Reserve guard Tobin Doda scored his only two points of the game on a pair of free throws with two seconds left to give the Red Raiders a 6967 South west Conference basketball win over Rice on Wednesday night in Texas which moved into the winning column with a 76 SWC finished with three starters out of the game on a fourth player on the bench and no more reserves on the The win moved 1015 for the into a tie with Texas a 7666 loser to Southern place in the In another SWC sixthranked Arkansas ran up an easy 8467 win over Tech led for the entire first half and had a 3926 advantage at but Rice came roaring back in the second stanza behind the shooting of Ivan Petitt and gave Tech Coach Gerald Myers more than a few uneasy We played well in the first but we lost our momentum and Rice played a great second was just a case of them missing a free throw and us hitting Tobin was the He had a similar situation in Lubbock where he came in and did a good job for Myers Rice led 5551 late in the game on free throws by Mike but a foul call against Cun ningham in the final 30 seconds of regulation turned the game said Owl Coach Tommy I thought it was unfair for the official to call the foul for an illegal pick after they had been having them all night without being Suitts Both teams played very They might have won the game or we might but it should not have been on something like Rice dropped to 816 for the year and 212 in SWC SMUs win was its first over since the 1979 The Aggies had beaten the Mustangs their last seven We did a great job being Mustang Coach Dave Bliss This shows were maturing as a ball It really showed at the end where we worked the ball around and got some Jon Koncak led 1510 for the year and 77 in conference with 24 The 1413 and were paced by Claude Riley and Steve who scored 14 Texas Coach Bob Weltlich compared his teams loss to Arkansas with a horse The only said was we were looking like a bunch of Clydesdales chasing a bunch of Arkansas got 22 points from Darrell Walker and 20 points from Alvin Robertson and the two lightning quick guards also helped harass Texas into 33 tur The win raised Arkansas overall record to including a 121 mark in conference Texas dropped to 618 overall and 112 in the the worst record in the Arkansas Coach Eddie Sutton said he was generally pleased with the Our defense was We had some breakdowns and gave up some easy but we forced a lot of turnovers and many of those turned into easy baskets for Sutton Walker SV baseball loaded with youth Georgia star got burned Dpoley AP Coach Vince Dooley says Herschel Walker got too close to the fire and got leaving his star tailback little choice other than to sign the richest contract in professional football foregoing a senior eeason University of Georgia that probably would have made him college footballs alltime rushing signed Wednesday with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League only hours after the university declared him The threeyear contract was estimated to be worth Hes a millionaire right said Jack the Heisman Trophy winners He received a check today that contained seven endorsed then gave it to his mother and told her to put it in the Its the highest contract ever in pro highest by Manton Manton said the check included a bonus and his entire firsfcyear and added that the contract was guaranteed personally Walter the Oklahoma oil tycoon who owns the Manton broke the news of the signing to a handful of reporters gathered in a hallway outside Walkers offcampus Walker was whisked away from the apartment about 45 minutes later when Manton conducted a news conference with about 75 media members on the lawn in front of the apartment The attorney said Walker did not wish to speak to the but that he had a prepared statement from the threetime AilAmerican The Atlanta Constitution reported in its late editions that Walker spent Wednesday evening in his apartment with a few friends when asked if he regretted the way things turned but thats behind me and I just look to the The newspaper said Walker would return to his home in today and depart for the Generals training camp in the first of next In the prepared Walker said I wish to clarify my signing of a contract with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football In denying I signed a con I made a No one realizes more than I that I am a human I wish to apologize to Coach the University of Georgia and all the people that have been my loyal I ask for your forgiveness and ask God for his The signing ended five days of controversy in which Walker denied reports that he had signed a contract with the Generals last Thursday but exercised an oral agreement with Duncan two hours later to get out of the Walker had declared repeatedly that he had signed nothing and Dooley said he was convinced his star remained eligible because Her schels never lied to Sports editors note This is the first in a series of three stories on the local high school baseball By SCOTT HARING Wire editor Ive got a prediction for Smithson Valley baseball coach Stan Irvine as he sidled up to the thirdbase line fence during Ranger batting You watch that and in the next five hell hit the first ball out of here this Irvine was referring to Steve a firstbase candidate with blacksmith Bunchs swing was full of prcseason but ap proximately four minutes The rest of the players watched in admiration as the ball sailed through the Hill Country blue skies and nestled somewhere on the other side of the leftcenter field It was one of the first things to go Irvines way this The Rangers problems are numerous theres very little pitching the defense is the team is and hes not sure how many people can hit the said were going to dress good and pose a The 83 Rangers will be a very young There are only four returning starters and two returning and three of those are still in Theres a serious possibility of freshmen on the varsity squad if the basektball team goes far enough in the those fresh men could even Pat Bruce and Joey Freeman lead the pitching staff they may be the pitching Of Bruce is still playing basketball and has an injury to his pitching But Irvine figures that with district ballgames scheduled for Tuesdays and he could use the twoand threeday rest intervals to recycle Bruce and Freeman all over Of if it rains or either of those two get theres Other players with strong arms Irvine is looking at for mound help include Jeff Sean Chris Ray Reyes and Kevin After Irvines second main concern is the Bunch is the leading candidate for and he mentioned Chris Thompson at third and Kurt Walker at Second he is open to anybody who can reach out and grab Of Walker is still playing basketball and is also coming off a hurt a was mentioned as a possible starting in especially if the basketball playoffs The only position thats Irvine is James Rust will perform behind the and Irvine said he has a chance to be the best in the Randall Rigdon appears to have nailed down a center field and Terry Freeman and Bruce are expected to share the other two As for the Irvine said Bunch looks like the Mickey Mantle lots of power but lots of Pat Bruce is the closest thing well have to average and he Can anybody else hit Irvine can only Were going to be but I dont know what our competition is One advantage the Rangers may have on other teams is Irvine So watch for lots of base stealing and bunting from the who will scrape out their runs rather than collect them in Were going to have a he i Tifct dBr V Staff photo by Scott Haring SV baseball coach Stan Irvine makes a point to Ray Reyes during batting
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