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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas 8A HeraldZettung Friday Dec Boys9 girls brackets draw tops in field By RICHARD TIJERINA Spoilt Editor Both defending champions from last years River City Classic return for this years tournament but their paths to repeat performances look anything but easy New Braurifels 75 opens defense of its 1992 championship tonight when the Unicorns take on Elgin 18 at Unicom Gym at 6 But the Uni corns may be somewhat hobbled start ing point guard Shae Wilkins has not practiced mis week since straining his back in Tuesdays win over Austin Travis New Braunfels coach Cliff Wilkins said the point guard probably will start against the Wildcats If Wilkins cant go then Tony Can tu or Jesse Morales will assume the point guard spot Canyon 74 is coming off its third win of the season over Qonzales the Class 3A state tournament team who also is in the boys field for the Classic The Cougars open with Taft tonight at at Cougar Den It may be a bittersweet affair for Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler he is a 1975 graduate of Taft but he said enough time has passed that beating his alma mater would not be hard to take We should be ready to said Rotzler whose Cougars bowed out of the Classic last year after two rounds The Classic WHAT 1993 River City Classic WHO Canyon New Braunfels dan Marcos Southslde Taft Qonzales Elgin Randolph Qlrls Canyon Canyon New Braunfels Bandera Lockhart Del WHEN Friday and Saturday WHERE Canyon High School Cougar New Braunfels High School Unicorn adults students for each session of three games but look much improved from last years 421 season Aside from some sickness problems were all excited Everyone seems to be a little sick including myself The energy level is a bit low but we sent the team home early ITnitsday to get some rest Well be San Marcos enters the tournament as the boys hottest team The Rattlers have ranted off 13 straight wins to open the season and square off against Southside tonight at 6 at Cougar Den I felt we had a good ballclub when the season said San Marcos coach Snuffy Smith whose Rattlers defeated both New Braunfels and Southside earlier this year But 130 surprises Elgin coach Walter Key said he just wants his Wildcats to come together the team already has lost three starters from last years Elgins best returning player accidentally killed another student with a gun and has left the high school Their tallest return ing player was caught for theft and their best point guard was released for disciplinary reasons Weve got a bunch of juniors who dont understand what it takes to be a varsity Key said Hopefully well come around New Braunfels may look a lot better after On the girls side defending cham pion Bandera faces a stiff firstround challenge from Lockhart today at at Cougar Den The game will be closely watched by Canyon coach Tina Duncan whose Cougarettes 75 play the winner on Saturday at Boeme is usually a pretty compet itive team and Lockhart used to be in our said Duncan who had three Cougarettes miss Thursdays prac tice with the flu That game should be New Braunfels 75 plays the win ner of the Canyon Junior Varsity Del Valle game on Saturday at at Unicorn Gym Del Valle beat New Braunfels in the first game of the sea son but the Unicorns roster has changed dramatically since then We just want to go out and enjoy the Unicorn coach Maria Pustejovsky said Theres no pressure on us to do anything The main thing is always to go out and look good WeVe been getting better each Classic Continued from 6A New Braunfels and Canyon again this year will last through Saturday evening For Canyon and New Braunfels the Classic offers a chance to show off Comal County basketball as well as see different kinds of teams before the tough district season begins For others the Classic offers a chance to compete against topnotch competition The combined record on the boys side is 5335 and it includes undefeated San Marcos Fellow District 284A member Smithson Valley decided not to attend this years Classic as secondyear coach Bill MacLeay wanted his team to rest during the week they had to take final exams at school Its real difficult to prepare for the tournament when you have MacLeay said Its a great field but exams make it too hard to prepare Id rather give this week off to the kids for Taft coach James Gurka whose Greyhounds face Canyon today at said the Classic offers his team a look at strong competition from Central Texas rather than the same teams from The Boys Draw 1993 River City Classic December 1718 San Marcos CHS Friday 6 CHS Southside Taft Friday Canyon CHS Championship Consolation 3 NB Championship Gonzales Saturday 6 NB 3rd NB Friday NB Randolph Elgin Friday 6 NB New Braunfels NB NB The Girls Draw 1993 River City Classic December 1718 Bandera Friday Lockhart CHS Canyon Championship Consolation Championship Saturday 3 CHS Saturday CHS 3rd Canyon JV Friday NB Del Valle NB New Braunfels CHS Rangers shoot for rematch Saturd By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor Smithson Valley already hobbled by the loss of three varsity basketball players to serious injuries lost another one this week when post Jason OBrien suffered a knee injury Were so beat Rangers coach Bill MacLeay said Were thin and getting thinner thinnest I The Rangers 311 host Marble Falls Saturday at 3 at Rangers Gym The Mustangs beat Smithson Valley earlier in the season and MacLeay said a rematch win over the District 253A favorite would do won ders for the Rangers Were so young and he said They havent been able to consistently perform at this level yet especially in tight situations But the biggest thing is to keep getting bet The Smithson Valley Alumni Game will immediately follow the game Guns Make Lifetime Christmas Gifts DOCS GUNS 1111 N Wainul New Braunlels 606 DOCS 3627 TOURNEY FACTS Former Cougarette Wendy Grabs now plays with Lockhart who could face Canyon Saturday at Taft coach James Gurka was an assistant with New Braunfels coach Cliff Wilkins when the two were at PM Pag South Texas Ironically Gurka pulled out of the Toast of the Coast tourna ment hosted by Rockport to attend the River City Classic Rockport is coached by Canyon coach Kenny Rotzlers brother This trip really gives us a chance to mingle with the coaches and get to know our team a little Gurka said Weve kept playing people in The BOXCAR OflKLGY SUNGLASSES 62004 1 1 1259 LOOP 337 South Texas Now we can get a look at opposition in Central Texas This tour nament will be good for Taft is making its first appearance in the Classic as is San Marcos Itll be a very competitive tourna Rotzler said Its just as strong as last year if not stronger Theres a lot of talent this Bandera makes a return trip on the girls side where the Lady Bulldogs will receive a stiff challenge from both New Braunfels and Canyon who they might meet in the second round on Saturday The boys championship will be played at New Braunfels the girls at Canyon WEST HAVEN A 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