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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas 10A New Braunfels November Cougars Seniors start winning tradition By DAVID KING Sports aditor Two years in a dusty West Texas crossroad called an amazing group of seniors led a Class A football program out of obscurity and into the state The next with practically no the Wildcats made it to the This Wink has been ranked either 1 or 2 in the state all Such is the value of a good senior Canyon Coach Troy whose Cougars posted the schools best football record ever this year at recognizes the value of a good senior class to a We think this year will be a springboard to bigger he Thats the way a program should be improving every year till you reach that The led by a group of seniors that had suffered through a 1 81 season in won their first four games this lost two in a then fought their way back into playoff Canyon did it with a potent leading the district in scoring with points per district The heart of that offense returns next season in quarterback Ronnie who passed for 835 yards on 36of93 passing Thats got to be the biggest plus for us he was our quarterback for 10 games and we won seven of Burch Weve got to feel good about Canyon also returns a good nucleus of linemen Scott Scott Gary John Mark Batey and Paul Preiss and Edwards were Canyons starting guards this while Here is a gameby game wrapup of the 1983 Canyon football season Cougars ColeO Canyon got revenge for last seasons upset loss by coming on strong for 21 secondhalf The Cougars did most of the damage on the rolling up 309 yards rushing on 47 carries by 13 different Canyons defense made the big plays when it stopping Cole after a turnover at the Cougars Antonian 0 The Cougars piled up 470 yards of total offense against the outmanned while the defense held Antonian to minus 12 yards including 59 yards in losses by quarterback David Canyon drove 97 yards for its first touchdown and the game was never in Fifteen different Canyon players carried the ball in the Cougars Bandera 7 Canyon turned a close ballgame into a rout with four secondhalf Canyon led only 86 at the but blew the game open in the fourth Fullback Bret Cappleman had his best night of the season with 94 yards on 21 carries as the Cougars gained 221 yards on the ground against the playoffbound Cougars Holy Cross 0 Canyon reached the first of its goals for the season by winning its fourth nondistrict game in another Canyon led 270 after one 400 at the Seven different players scored and the Cougars piled up 386 yards of the defense held the Knights to 72 total including Ofor10 New Braunfels 24 Cougars 15 The emotionfilled played before an overflow crowd at Cougar saw New Braunfels score more points in the first quarter 10 than the Cougars had given up all But Canyon battled scoring on an 88yard sweep by Billy Rudelitsch and a 103 yard kickoff return by Glenn The Cougars hurst themselves with throwing three interceptions and losing a Fredericksburg Cougars 18 Canyon just couldnt match the emotional intensity of the previous weeks but the Cougars did manage to score more points than any other Fredericksburg opponent this Once turnovers this time leading to 17 Canyon narrowed a 176 halftime deficit to 1712 in the third but a fumbled punt and a critical pass interference penalty put the Billies back in Cougars Hays 7 Canyon did what it had to against the stubborn coming back from a 76 halftime Quarterback Ronnie Rittimann led the scrambling away from pressure and hitting Kelly Covington with a scoring pass for the winning Canyons defense stopped the Rebels the rest of the including a fourthandfour play at the Cougars Cougars LockhartO Canyon won its first road game in three years to assure a winning season for the first lima since Canyons Scott Syamken blocked a field goal attempt to snuff Lockharts blggmt scoring and the Cougars methodically wore the Lions The Cougars had 319 total yards and 16 first downs In the Cougars Gonzales 6 In perhaps the biggest victory In the schools football the Cougars blew open a close game with 28 secondhalf Canyon had not beaten Gonzales since 1974 and the seniors had never beaten the Apaches at any Ronnie Rittimann threw two touchdown passes and Keith Smith returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the KerrvilleTivy21 Cougars 19 An inspired Tivy team kept the Cougars from finishing the season 82 with a pair of long Canyon trailed 217 at the but shut down the Tivy attack most of the second half and closed to within two Tivy shut down Canyons running game the first time that had happened all Final statistics TEAM First downs Rushesyards Passing yards Passes Punts Fumbleslost Penaltiesyards Points INDIVIDUAL Rushing Player Billy Rudelitsch CHS 144 118 3732145 3421242 856 718 39999 54127 27847 531557 1810 2711 85677 69569 278 95 110 Yds 713 Bret Cepplemin Glenn Nemec Ronnie Rittimann Tom Haymaker Dirk Davidek Dean Taylor Kevin Eyres Keith Smith WadeJankowskl Thomas Haeussler Randy Schurig Brian Barganier Chet Hadlock Steve Brown Ben LaGueuex Marcelino Gonzales Passing Player Rittimann Steve Brown Gonzales Receiving Player Kelly Covington Bill Rudelitsch Glenn Nemec Chuck Bell Gonzales Thomas Haeussler Bret Cappleman Tom Haymaker Keith Smith Scoring Players Billy Rudelitsch Ronnie Rittimann Eric Wall Kelly Covington Glen Nemec Bret Cappleman Marcelino Gonzales Chuck Bell Randy Schurig Kevin Eyres Haeussler Dean Taylor Steve Brown Dirk Davidek Haymaker Keith Smith John Wymer 87 391 46 3M 43 170 21 116 7 12 10 11 6 1 5 4 1 3 2 1 60 67 48 47 34 26 25 16 12 10 B Comp Alt Int Yds TD 36 93 9 835 10 3 4 0 16 0 02000 TD 10 261 4 9 220 3 152 103 61 21 14 12 1 5 TD FG XP 12 0 0 72 6 0 0 36 0 1 4 0 4 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 24 27 0 24 0 24 0 18 14 0 12 8 Fleener and Batey started at Syamken backed up Matt Kyle at Syamken and Preiss also started on In the Canyon will lose its 1 and 3 running backs in Billy Rudelitsch and Glenn Rudelitsch led the team with 713 yards on 110 while Nemec picked up 366 on 466 Fullback Bret the teams 2 is He had 391 yards on 87 carries and gave the Cougars a threat from the fullback We wont have people like Billy and Glenn in the but well have six kids at halfback who can carry the ball pretty Burch Were going to have pretty good depth in the Tight end Chuck another two way will also be Junior varsity quarterback Danny Hernandez will take over the He made all his extra and all of his kickoffs were down near the goal line and red Burch He had four or five field with two in the last The which was fifth in the district this isnt quite so Burch will have to rebuild the secondary and find a tackle to replace Charlie We have some kids with real good quickness to go in the secondary theyll just have to jell as a Burch That quickness comes from a junior varsity team that went averaged close to 35 points a game and allowed only two teams more than one That junior varsity group has so much Burch The size isnt that by my heavens they can Burch said the Cougars would try to compensate for the lack of size with hard work in the offseason body buidling I told the kids that were not going to have much so were going to have to be he Burch said last years offseason program had a lot to do with the Cougars going through this season without a serious That and a little he Canyons schedule in 1984 will be beefed up considerably from this The Cougars open next season in then face Del Smithson Westlake and Alamo With that tougher I think well be much more ready for district Burch District 134A competition opens with Kerrville Tivy at then has New Braunfels Hays at Lockhart away and Fredericksburg I really have a good feeling for everything ahead of Burch So did Teeing off Members of the Smithson Valley golf team get in a little practice at the Woodlands Golf and Country At Dorenda Kelly putts and Bart Moore checks her from left Brian Mike Kurt Warner and Curt Raye work on their An areawide high school golf tournament will be held in the near Staff photos by Cindy Richardson Celtics outrun 140124 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Boston who averaged 117 points in winning eight games in a proved in capturing their ninth straight that they can run and gun with the best of Boston outscored the Denver highestscoring team in the National Basketball 140 124 Tuesday giving the Celtics a leaguebest 91 record after a season opening Larry Bird scored 28 points and Kevin McHale 24 to lead seven Celtics in double Robert Parrish had 13 of his 18 points and Bird got 12 as the Celtics hit 67 percent of their field goal at tempts in the racehorse first which ended with Boston ahead Lakers 126 Bucks 97 Earvin Magic Johnson padded his leagueleading assist total with 17 as Los Angeles easily won at home against Jamaal Wilkes led seven players in double figures with 17 for the who built a 30point lead in the third quarterMarques Johnson led all scorers with 21 points for Nets 104 Rockets 86 At Otis Birdsong scored 34 points and got more than enough help from his New Jersey teammates to offset the seasons best performance by Ralph who had 32 points and 20 Sampson had 13 points and eight rebounds in the second period to help Houston take a 5453 halftime The Nets didnt pull away until the fourth when a 101 spurt ex panded their lead to Kings 101 Bullets 100 Eddie Johnsons two free throws with seven seconds to go gave Kansas City a road triumph over Bulls 112 Pistons 110 At Orlando Woolridge hit a 15footer with no time showing on the clock to lift the Bulls over Knicks 94 Pacers 87 New York extended Indianas road losing streak to 18 since last 15 as backup forward Louis Orr led a fourthquarter Knicks Warriors touch AP Mickey Johnson was the worst of the Golden State Warrriors bad bunch of shooters through the first nine games of the National Basketball Association We cant look he said Tuesday Johnson started in place of forward Purvis out with a sprained and missed the first shot of the But he kept finishing with 29 points in a 115112 victory over the San Antonio Sleepy Floyds 13foot jump shot with 20 seconds left sent the Warriors and Johnson made two free throws after stealing a pass with four seconds George Gervin had 39 for San An breaking a slump in which he had been under 20 three straight Tuesday nights game got out of control at with six technical fouls called by the referees filling in for NBA Spurs Coach Mo who drew two technicals and was claimed he merely pointed out that Warriors players had taken phony falls that resulted in charging fouls on San Antonio If theyre going to toss me for something like I might get tossed a whole bunch of McHone I never cussed the officials until Id been kicked While the Spurs steamed over the the Warriors were able to forget it quickly and talk about I think our shooting problems were somewhat alleviated Johnson The Warriors had a field goal lowest in the through nine but were Tuesday night when they made their record 6 who was at hit on 10 of 19 shots from the floor after that openingminute Im glad the guys on the team believed in If it was not for this wouldnt have the nineyear pro said of the starring role he was able to play Tuesday Johnson made nine straight free throws in the last Hes an old I love to see him on the foul and I love him on the foul line at the end of the Warriors Coach John Bach NBA names Stern new commissioner NEW YORK AP David who as a boy walked more than a mile up Eighth Avenue to watch National Basketball Association double headers at Madison Square is about to become the NBAs fourth In a show of quickness and unanimity rare for sports the NBAs Board of Governors took less than half an hour Tuesday to name Stern to succeed Larry Richard president of the Phoenix Suns and chairman of the said there was no dissenting voice to Sterns ap who has been OBriens right hand man for the past five years and the leagues executive vice president for the past was the outgoing commissioners handpicked choice for the OBrien announced last Thursday that he will would step down when his contract expires although he said Tuesday he will stay on to help the OBrien actually orchestrated the quick choice he con vinced the owners to amend the agenda to add discussion of the cpmmiswoners job to Tuesdays called originally to discuss the labor dispute with NBA Then he made the strongest possible pitch for Stern to the citing the need for a commissioner from inside the I couldnt be more OBrien said after his recom mendation was quickly has been associated with the NBA since first as a member of a law firm which handled the leagues legal After joining the he devoted much of his time to television and labor negotiations with players and A graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law among the cases he handled for the law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz was the settlement of the lawsuit with Oscar which paved the way for the merger with the old American Basketball In he joined the league as general counsel and in 1980 he became the executive vice Stern was chosen primarily for his marketing skills and his part in putting together television particularly in the expanding area of Among his longrange projects a package of cable games to sell
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