New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 15, 1985, Page 9

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February 15, 1985

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas NB-CHS showdown to be real showDavid King Canyon and New Braunfels are staging their semiannual boys basketball wingding tonight, and the words to the wise are from an old country favorite: “Ya’Ucome.” OK, OK, New Braunfels has already clinched the district championship. The Unicorns don’t have a lot of motivation, right? What good is it going to do the Unicorns to win a game that against any other team in any other year would be no more than a leftover? And then there’s Canyon, with all chance to play for a playoff berth. It’s a way to salvage a season in which the Cougars were picked to win the district, a season that is going down the drain with a flood of fouls and more than a trickle of bad luck. The Cougars have everything to play for, the Unicorns little, if anything, right? Well, think again. This is New Braunfels vs. Canyon, wintertime rivals way back before either team about blue brings out the ornery in Canyon: the Unicorns see red when the Cougars come out on the court. The close-comers gyms are always full of vein-busting, vocal supporters. No matter the records, there are no lackadasical NB-Canyon games. But what other motivations do the Unicorns have? Ask Cliff Wilkins, who has suffered through his share of Canyon-NB screamers. “We’ve got to go in with the idea to win the game; there’s going to be a lot of people in the stands watching us pretty close,’’ he said. “Like people we might have to play down the road.’’ Speaking of that playoff road, it sure wouldn’t hurt the Unicorns’ chances to win a playoff-intensity game just before heading into postseason play. Playing Canyon will test New Braunfels to the limit — the Cougars are a talented team, with size, quickness and good shooting. Canyon, when out of foul trouble, is as good a team as any of this region’s playoff contenders. The Unicorns need to play well for nothing else than to prove to themselves that they can play with the top level of competition. Canyon’s motivations are not so esoteric. The Cougars must win the game to keep playing. A Canyon loss gives the runner-up spot to the winner of the Kerrville Tivy-Fredericksburg game. The Cougars also have the motivation, odd as it may sound, of having lost twice to the Unicorns already. It's tougher to beat a team three times in a basketball season than it is to beat a team, for example, twice in a football season or both ends of a double-header. They players get to know you too well. If Canyon’s players have any pride — and Lord knows they showed a lot of it during football season — then Tuesday’s loss to Tivy should also be a motivation. It had to be galling to have a game in a headlock — an 15-point lead in the fourth quarter — and see it getaway. So both teams have something to play for. The fans will get their money’s worth, even if they sneak in. SAN ANTONIOKfms k Harald-Zeitung Friday, February 15,1986 SARangerettes rally, fall short in playoff By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer    ------------ SAN ANTONIO — Smithson Valley’s storybook comeback fell just a field goal short Thursday night, as the Rangerettes fell to Devine, 49-47, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Smithson Valley trailed almost the whole game and was behind by eight points at 49-40 with with 2:33 to play in South San West High School Gym. The Rangerettes used a full court press in the waning minutes and came up with four steals and scored seven straight points to close within one point with 17 seconds to play. But the Arabians hit a free throw to go up by two, and Smithson Valley gave up the ball after stepping out of bounds with seven seconds to go. Devine dribbled off the closing seconds to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Devine used its height advantage throughout the game, with post Melissa Haglund scoring 22 points, most of them within six feet of the basket. But the real difference in the game was in the rebounding, said Rangerette Coach Phyllis Fowler. “The rebounds just killed us, especially in the first half,” she said. “We just couldn’t get any offensive rebounds. I think Shalynn (McCoy) was hampered, and that hurt us. She just wasn’t jumping.’’ McCoy suffered a twisted ankle on Monday against Cole in a game that advanced the Rangerettes to the playoffs. Fowler said Smithson Valley may have suffered from a case of the butterflies in the first half, since the Rangerettes fell behind 32-19 in the first 16 minutes. “I think we had a case of the jitters in the first half. We just never seemed able to let loose until the third quarter,” she said. In the first quarter, it was point guard Judy Yanta who did most of the damage for Devine. Yanta scored ten of her 13 points in the opening period as the Arabians took an 18-11 lead going into the second quarter. Yanta scored two of Devine’s 14 second-quarter points. The rest were divided up by the Haglund twins, Melissa and Theresa. The two dominated underneath the basket and scored six points each for a 13-point halftime lead. “Their zone press caused us a lot of turnovers in the first half,” Fowler said. “But at halftime I told the girls that they were just not hustling and that they could be Statistics SMITHSON VALLEY (47) Tiffany Beene 8 2-6 18, Shalynn McCoy 6 6-8 18, Kim Wagner 2 0-0 4, Suaan Davit OMI, Karen Albright 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 9 15 47 DEVINE (49) Judy Yanta 5 £6 13. Esther Carter 11-4 3, Isabel Anarando 2 0-0 4, Monica Trollinger 0 0-0 0, Melissa Haglund 11 0-0 22. Theresa Haglund 3 1-2 7, Tara Dubose 00-0 0. Totals 22 512 49. ©•vine..................................is    14    6    11-49 Smithson Valley ..........................11    8    13    18-47 Fouled out - T. Haglund. Total fouls - Devine 14. Smithson Valley 12. winning if they were.” The Rangerettes must have been listening, because Smithson Valley outscored the Arabians 13-7 in the third quarter to trail 39-32 going into the final quarter. “We did a good job on defense in the whole second half, but in the third quarter especially. We just matched up with them and kept them away from the basket,’’ Fowler said. The Arabians built their lead back up to eight points with 2:33 to play and were in the stall before the Rangerettes made their move. Tiffany Beene, who along with McCoy scored 18 points for Smithson Valley, opened the rally by sinking one of two free throws. After a steal by Beene with 1:17 to play, McCoy hit a shot, cutting the margin to 48-43. Devine missed a shot and Beene brought the ball back and hit a short jumper to make the score 48-45. Susan Davis made a steal with 34 seconds remaining, leading to a basket by McCoy with 17 ticks to go. Yanta was fouled by the Rangerettes six seconds later, and made the front end of a one-and-one to make the score 49-47. Yanta’s second free throw was off. In the ensuing scramble for the rebound, Rim Wagner fought to control the ball, but stepped out of bounds, giving the Arabians the ball. Yanta scrambled with the ball for the final seven seconds. Fowler said she was proud of her team’s last-minute comeback. “I’m just glad they ended the season fighting and not by giving up,” she said. “They were down by eight with two minutes to play and they still didn't give up. “Next year they can talk about tonight and realize that they can come back,” she said. DERYL CLARK HERALD ZEITUNG Smithson Valley pitching prospect Abel Uballe delivers a pitch Rangers return solid basis from 1984 playoff squad By DAVID KING Sports editor Smithson Valley’s biggest baseball concern this season might not be pitching, hitting or fielding. It might be academics. “The grades are the key for us,” Rangers Coach Bobby Granger said. “They could all get by the first six weeks OK, but then the second six weeks starts in the middle of district. It would be tough on us then.” Consequently, the second-year coach will be experimenting to find depth to go with a small group of experienced players back from last year’s 13-11-1 team that made the playoffs. “I’ve got to look a little bit ahead in case some of the kids have problems in the classroom,” Granger said. “We’ve got to have other kids playing.” Smithson Valley has a good start on the season with the return of pitchers Chris Simons and Ray Reyes. Simons started last season well, but hurt his arm early in district play and finished the year at shortstop. Reyes carried the team through most of the district schedule. “Ray has got to be throwing a lot better and with a lot more confidence Spring of 85 SV baseball after the way he finished last year," Granger said. Reyes and Simons can also play in the middle of the infield. Smithson Valley also returns alldistrict third baseman Wes Copenhaver, a 300 hitter a year ago, and Wayne Wagner, who was the catcher for the second half of the season. Wagner may wind up in the outfield this season, Granger said. The Rangers have several candidates at catcher, including transfer Joey McCullough and Abel Uballe, a part-time starter in the infield last season who may also pitch in 1985. Also back from last year’s varsity are outfielders Aaron Smith and Steve Gottardy, both of whom started at one time or another in 1984. Smith was one of the team’s hottest hitters at the end of the season Granger also has a collection of players with little or no varsity experience, players who may have to fill the lineup. That group includes freshmen [arnee Jonas and I^arry Maywald, sophomore Taylor Heydman and seniors Jerry Delp and Andrew I^add “The district is using a new ‘speed rule’ this year, where you have designated runners for the pitcher and catcher," Granger said. “We’ve got a couple of boys who can help us take advantage of that." Delp and Ladd both have good speed, the coach noted. Smithson Valley’s biggest problems will be filling holes at first base and center field as well as generating a little more offense than they did last season. Granger said he thought the team had become adjusted to him and his style of coaching after last season, and that would help the Rangers in the long run. “I spent most of the first season introducing ityself to the kids — to my terminology, my way of doing things,’ he skid “I think they’re more comfortable with me now and they can understand me better.” Smithson Valley opens its season Feb. 26 at Antonian, and then the ;ravel to the tournament. They Rangers ft i Fredericksburg See |RANGERS, Page MASpurs put out Suns, Page 10A LESHE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG Smithson Valley's Tiffany Beene goes up for a shot in the middle of Devine defenders ;

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