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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas April Sports New Braunfels Page 6 Valvano loses battle against bone cancer Almost every recol lection of Jim Valvano contained a moment which left an impression hard to Prom the political circles of Washington to basketball courts people were touched by the former North Caroli na State Colleagues spoke of a funloving guy from New York who never stopped talking hoops and then dedicated the final months of his life to fighting what was cutting it who showed the same flair and wit on the way to a national championship as he did when he gave up his job amid a lost a 10month fight with cancer Valvano was and while most acknowledged they would miss others talked about his contributions to the and He fought the good the gallant fight against bone but I submit that he established himself as a profile in said Jesse who took time on the Senate floor to tell the story of the 1983 national championship team that couldnt get to Washington to vis it President Reagan after its improbable victory over a bigger and moretalented NCAA rules at the time prevented a championship team from traveling more than 100 miles from its home meaning the Wolfpack wouldnt enjoy the privilege of others before Helms said Valvano knew of the rule and had a They can rule against the team going down to Washington and sitting down with the President of the United but there is no NCAA or that says Jim Valvano has to stay in said recalling a conversation with the Valvano said he would not only visit the but would arrange a satellite link back to Raleigh as the team sat in a television The link was but Reagan had to take care of lastminute protocol before the ceremony The President said Is it Valvanoh or Valvonoh I want to pronounce your name Helms It is the coach And by the is it Re gan or Raygan Six years after he became basketball coach at Valvano took on the additional role of athletic He held both jobs until when his program was the focus of allegations of wrongdo ing based on the book Personal In Atlantic Coast Conference com missioner Gene Corrigan had let Valvano know how he felt about the dual I want you to know something from the very I do not believe you should have been both the athletic director and the basketball Corrigan said of his con versation with Thats just a per sonal bias that I For the next he regaled me on why he should have both When I I wasnt sure of my There was one thing that Corrigan was sure He was the most unique person I think Ive ever he Hes certainly one of the Hes one of the most com pelling personalities Ive ever Georgia Tech coach and fellow New Yorker Bobby Cremins recalled seeing Val vano back on the job as a basketball ana lyst for ESPN this As the season drew Valvanos illness kept him from making I remember he spoke to our team before we played down at Florida State and all he talked about was his Cremins He told our You have an opportunity to You dont have You should give it your The current coaching staff at Colorado has formed an State alumni associa tion of Former Valvano assistants Tom Abatemarco and Dereck Whittenburg are now assistants to Joe Harrington with the he would be going through his speech and I would get so fired Id forget that I was one of the Whit tenburg said in a radio I was thinking I was a I was getting ready to go out there and North Carolina coach Dean Smith said the rivalry with Valvano and State stayed on the Not only did Jim have a great coaching speaking family and but in this last year he was a role model of courage to the countless thousands afflict ed with lifethreatening Smith who lived in is survived by his and daughters Nicole and Lee A wake is scheduled for this and funeral services will be held Friday at 11 EDT at Andrews Church in Drexler should play Hamstring to be tested against Spurs Clyde Drexler seems a likely partici pant in tonights NBA playoff opener between the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio even if he wont say Drexler scrimmaged with the Blazers on Wednesday as coach Rick Adelman led his players through practice less than 24 hours after the sudden death of his Leonard Adelman suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday at his home in suburban not far from his sons The elder Adelman was who missed all but sev en minutes of the final 12 games of the regular season because of a strained left said he felt good after the workout but stopped short of confirming that he would play in the opener of the bestof5 I dont want to get too far ahead of he Im going to wait and see what every one thinks and the doctor will NBA Playoff Glance First Round Bestof5 April 29 New Jersey at Charlotte at 8 LA Clippers at San Antonio at April 30 Indiana at New 8 Atlanta at 8 Utah at LA Lakers at May 1 Charlotte at 1 San Antonio at New Jersey at 7 LA Clippers at May 2 Indiana at New LA Lakers at 3 Atlanta at Utah at 9 make the ultimate he Things have gone very positive and we hope that it If Drexler does hell prob ably start at small leav ing Rod Strickland and Terry Porter in the J y Smrthson Valley sprinter Corey here crossing the finish line first in the 100 meters at the District 284A meet two weeks is one of 24 Comar athletes competing in the Region IV track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Northside Stadium in San Field events and pre liminaries will be run on Friday and the finals will begin with the 3200meter run Saturday at NFL draft fulfills Texans childhood dream Associated Press MOUNT PLEASANT If Barry Minter sat down and wrote a script of his own life he couldnt have done a better job than the one that played out Monday morn Minter always dreamed when he was growing up that he would wear a Dallas Cowboys he is going to get that The Cowboys selected a native of Mount in the sixth round of the National Football League The 235pound University of Tulsa linebacker was definitely happy with the way things turned I get to go Im real excited right said who would be just two hours away from Mount Pleasant if he makes the Cowboys Its a child hood dream come It couldnt end bet ter if it was a fairy I just want to thank God for giving me this ability and to thank the Cowboys for giving me an opportunity to play in the I was very blessed not to go to just any but the defending Super Bowl Cham pions and Americas Its a place I can call I feel just as blessed as Drew Bledsoe or Rick Bledsoe and Mirer were the first two selections in Sundays NFL They were taken by the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks a 1988 Mount Pleasant High School knew that he would be drafted by the Cowboys after attending the NFL combine in They told me earlier at the combine that they needed backers and they would probably draft said who was also selected along with linebacker Dar rin Smith of the University of tak en in the second They held true to what they They were the two lone linebackers cho sen by the which are looking to shore up that Cowboys linebacker Godfrey Myles is expected to miss this upcoming season after suffering a knee injury in the teams 5217 Super Bowl vic tory over the Buffalo COWBOYS 1993 SCHEDULE PRESEASON GAMES 1Minnesota at Texas 7 BDetrolt at London CBS 14Los Angeles Raiders at Texas Stadium 7 ESPN 21Houston at San 27at Chicago 8 REGULAR SEASON at 8 3 NBC 19 at Sunday 28 Open Green CBS at CBS San 3 Open at CBS New York CBS CBS at CBS 3 NBC 8 at 3 CBS at New York Jets 3 CBS 3 CBS at New York CMS Youth Fishing Tourney The top finishers This month 40 sixthgrade stu who completed Coach Ron Hixona fishing unit at Canyon Middle participated in the Third Annual CMS Youth Fishing Tournament on Lake Sixteen area bass fishermen donated their time and their boats to take students Trophies and rods and reels were awared to the top three fin ishers in the following categories biggest heaviest stringer and most Greg Bowersvest fin ished first in the biggest fish cat while Brian Behrend was The contestants second and Eric Warm was Nick Nash won the heaviest stringer while Jason Thornton and Joey Hendrus were second arid Aaron Parker caught the most fish and he was followed by Cory Michelson and Mark sodas and hot dogs were provided by the follow ing sponsors Coca Bairds Rivercrest Drive Canyon Athletic Boost er Oldham Wai San Antonio Towne Country Optimist and The guides McQueeney Marina for providing the use of his grounds and launch ramp for the Hixon also thanked bass fishermen Woody Woodruff and Steve whose efforts made the tourney possi Hixon Douglas Pils 284As unwanted playoff position I didnt mean to put a jinx on anyone when I said nobody seems to want Dis trict 284As second base ball playoff But it does seem that I was Canyon and Clemens each have had two shots to take a decisive hold on the spot and New Braunfels let one slip away in a 41 loss to Kerrville Tivy Tuesday even Alamo Heights has played its way into the pic which plays Tivy tomorrow and the Unicorns in the is tied for third with the Cougars at New Braunfels and Uvalde are a game back at but both are on the verge of elim The Unicornsonly chance rests in Clemens los ing to both Canyon and Ker something that could but they also need Smithson Valley to beat the upanddown Cougars in the season Thats not likely to but then nothing likely has happened Canyons job is simple win the next two against the Buffaloes and the Rangers and it is at least tied for sec ond with It would be a shame for a team with as much talent as the Cougars to sit at home because their heads arent screwed on Remembering Jimmy V Today Im think ing and crying about Jim Val vanos loss to fight The enigmatic former North Carolina State basketball coach and basketball analyst is now doing his work on a higher The coach who carried his emotions on his sleeve will always be an inspiration to me and to His speech at the American Sports where he was awarded the first Arthur Ashe Award for was moving and heart breaking all at the same That was Jimmy able to string out your emo tions to a He did it as a as an analyst and in He lived every day of the last 10 months like it was his last and I think he knew it He said he wanted to give out next years Arthur Ashe Award for but as I watched him say it for the third time in I could tell he didnt really believe It wouldve taken a miracle and Valvano was just plain out of Soccer excitement From the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles Although the start of World Cup soccer action is more than a year away and no one knows what teams will be playing at which of nine venues throughout the United World Cup USA94 has already sold tick ets to members of the soccer community in this Another million tickets for the general public will go on sale on a first first served basis in Sales procedures are still being worked but tickets will be available through an 800
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