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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas ■ Tuesday, March 29.1994 Sports Day a To talk with Sports Editor Richard Tijerina about Sports Day. call 625-9144. Pago 6Sports Day FOURTH It SHORT BEST BET ON TV TODAY: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks. 7:30 p.m., KABB. Channel 11 (Cable 29). NCAA THC FINAL FOUR At Charlotte, N C Semifinals Saturday, April 2 Florida (29-7) vs Duke (27-5), 5 40 p rn , or 30 minutes after first game Arkansas (29-3) vs Arizona (29-5), 5 40 p rn or 30 minutes after first game Monday'* Gam** Pacers 126, Clippers93 Sonics 111, Nuggets97 ■ 0LAJUW0N SUSPENDED FOR ONE GAME: Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets, the league's third leading scorer and rebounder, was suspended for one game Monday by the NBA for hitting referee Bill Spooner in the stomach with an open hand during Sunday night's game in Phoenix. Olajuwon will miss Houston's game Tuesday night in Sacramento. The incident occurred with 7:26 left in the 113-09 loss. The 7-footer was gesturing at Spooner to protest what he thought should have been a foul on the Suns’ A.C. Green when he struck the official. BASEBALL High School 2S-4A standings. team BBL- JCBi_ Hem Braunfels 3-0 8-7 Boerne 2-1 13-2 Uvalde 2-1 104 Alamo Haight* 2-1 8-5 Canyon 1-2 11-6 Kerrville Tivy 1-2 9-6 Smithton Valley 1-2 6-9 Clemens 0-3 2-9-1 Upcoming Schedule: Tuesday — New Braunfels at Smithson Valley; Canyon at Kerrville Tivy; Boerne at Alamo Heights; Thursday — Alamo Heights at Canyon; Kerrville Tivy at New Braunfels: Smithson Valley at Uvalde; Clemens at Boerne; SQEIBALL High School District 28-5A standings. UAM. mar overall Sen Marcos Smithson Valley Clemens Lockhart Hays Nsw Braunfels Canyon Upcoming Schedule: ; Tuesday — Holmes at San Marcos; New Braunfels et Clemens; Smithson Valley at Hays; Thursday — Jay at Clemens; Lockhart at New Braunfels; San Marcos al Smrthaon Valley; Hays at Canyon; 7-0 15-2 5-1 94 4-1 6-3 3-3 10-7 2-5 5-6-1 0-2 4-5 0-3 1-6 High School ■ CANYON COMPETES AT PLEASANTON: Jimmy Walker fired a 75 to win third medalist at the Pleasanton Invitational March 22. Other Canyon finishers were P J. Gottsacker with a 77, Roger Rodriguez with a 87, Joel Brenton with a 89 and Freddie Latham with a 93. The Smithson Valley Invitational has been moved from April 4 to April 6. Coming Tomorrow Coverage of the New Braunfels -MacArthur soccer playoff game. March 29■1976: Indiana wins the NCAA national basketball championship. In trig cAy of the Liberty Bell, Indiana repaired the hairline crack in its image ... and realized its destiny. The Hoosiers of Bobby Knight won the NCAA championship in Philadelphia. Freedom, sweet freedom." — Berry McDermott April 5,1976 Jones, Johnson hold private Tuesday meeting Rv DENNE H FREEMAN    where    we    co    from    here.    We    basicallv    talked    week    rinrino    an    MFT By DENNE H. FREEMAN Associated Press Sports Writer _ IRVING, Texas — The feuding JJ boys meet facc-to-facc again today in their power struggle to determine the future of the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. Jimmy Johnson and club owner Jerry Jones talked for 2 1/2 hours Monday and discussed the past. But neither would say Johnson is still the coach of the Cowboys. They were scheduled to talk again beginning at 7:30 a.m. today in the Valley Ranch office of Jones. “Nothing has been resolved,” Johnson said. “We’ll be back again tomorrow to discuss where we go from here. We basically talked about the last five years and were candid about our feelings.” “Jimmy and I had an extensive visit,” Jones said. “It was a real opportunity to discuss the last 5 1/2 years. He was very thorough, but nothing was resolved at all. We discussed the positive and the negatives of the past and how we had worked together. Today we talked about the past. (Tuesday), we talk about the future, and that’s all I’ve got to say.” Jones was then asked the same question Johnson was asked earlier, whether Johnson is still the coach. He declined to answer. It was their first face-to-face meeting since their high-profile battle escalated early last week during an NFL meeting in Orlando, Fla. But those close to the men declined to predict Johnson’s future with the Super Bowl champions. Quarterback Troy Aikman met for an hour each with Jones and Johnson after a morning workout but said, “I have no sense of the way it’s going to go.” Aikman said he was called into Jones’ office after he, on his own initiative, visited Johnson. “I told both of them what I felt and I left it at that. ... I know nothing more than I ever have,” Aikman said. "I don’t think they know for sure yet what’s going to take place. These are two intelligent adults and they can solve their own problems.” Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jonas mat with disgruntlsd coach Jimmy Johnson early this morning. Regional Quarterfinal, New Braunfels vs. San Antonio MacArthur Horttd Zmtung photo by JOHN HUSETH Now Braunfala midfielder Ryder McDonald (7) and th# Unicorns travel to Sen Antonio today to take on San Antonio MacArthur, th# Sams team New Braunfels beat In a shootout in last year's Regional Finals. Today's quarterfinal playoff gams begins at 3:30 pm Seems like old times New Braunfels plays familiar MacArthur By jodi mcdonald Sports Editor_ Revenge will be a motivating factor for the Brahmas in this afternoons' New Braunfels-MacArthur Regional Quarterfinal match. When the New Braunfels Unicorns defeated San Antonio MacArthur 3-1 in a shootout in the 1993 Regional Finals, the win earned the Unicorns a date at state The fans will always refer to last years' matchup as one of the best games the Uni coms have ever played—and, by far, the longest. Almost three hours passed before the Unicorns came out ahead. The two teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation play, and neither could break through with a score in two 15-minute overtime periods either. After Unicom goalkeeper Ryan Rogers made his thirteenth save of the day against MacArthur favorite Brad Massey, Unicom Danny Rios stepped up for his chance to win the tournament and the trip to state. Rios, or Tatu as his friends called him, nailed the shot and the Unicorns were glory bound. Both the Unicorns and the Brahmas lost valuable players to last years’ graduation, but both have added some skilled newcomers to their teams this season. In the opening scrimmage of this years’ preseason, MacArthur and the Unicorns faced off for the first time in 1994. The Brahmas left with a 1-0 win. The first half of the preseason game saw both teams virtually match shots on goal, but the Unicorns played with caution. The Brahmas landed a shot with just over a minute left in the half. In the second half, New Braunfels took to the field with improved confidence, but MacArthur dominated ball possession, and the game ended 1-0. As the season has progressed, however, both teams have seen tremendous improvement, and today’s winner is anybody's guess. The Brahmas come into today’s game with a 17-3-1 record, ranked at No. 3 in the area coaches poll. The Unicorns have recorded a 15-3-4 season record and moved up two notches just under MacArthur at No. 4. The Unicorns come into today’s match with a 2-1 win over Austin NB vs. MacArthur ■ WHAT: New Braunfels Unicorns vs San Antonio MacArthur Brahmas ■ WHEN: Today. 3 30 p m. ■ WHERE: Incarnate Word ■ HOWTO GOT THERE: Take Interstate 35 South to 410 West, Exit Airport Boulevard, take a left over the bridge, As Airport merges into 281 North, take a right on Hildebrand. Incarnate Word College is on corner of Hildebrand an d Broadway, Soccer field is in back of campus, by red-bnck convocation center. Reagan on Friday night, after overcoming a 1-0 deficit at halftime. MacArthur ousted Taft (15-1-1) with a second half overtime score to break the 3-3 tie. MacArthur’s strength lies in the skills of the Durante brothers, Armondo and Roy, who along with Toby Turtler, play in the offseason with the Under-19 Division I San Antonio Hammers. New Braunfels’ Mikey Bustos, Ryder McDonald, and Rogers are also members of the state semifinalist Hammers team and will go up against their springtime teammates. The Brahmas are without their starting sweeper who is playing in France with his Olympic Development team, but have adjusted to the change quite well. The Unicorns have suffered injuries throughout the season, but should start with a relatively healthy team. “Hopefully, we’ll be at 90%,” said Unicorn coach Bob Rodriguez. “MacArthur is a very efficient team and has a deep bench.” Rodriguez says his lineup will remain the same, as he is familiar with MacArthur coach Robert Crivellari’s team. The Unicorns held practice Monday morning, but had what Rodriguez referred to as “basically a light workout.” Rodriguez feels that he has done everything possible to prepare the team for the Regional match, and held the practice “to keep the kids focused” “With the kids on spring break this week, it makes things more scattered than usual. I have to be careful to keep the kids focused.” The winner of the Mac Arthur-New Braunfels game will take on the winner of Brownsville Rivera-Corpus Christi King on Friday in the Regional Tournament. Unicorns put lead online NB travels to Smithson Valley in district matchup By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor_ New Braunfels, hoping its pitching will continue while its batting catches up, puts its perfect mark in District 28-4A on the line tonight when the Unicorns travel to Smithson Valley. The Unicorns (3-0,8-7) sit atop the standings in district play, but they face a dangerous team in the Rangers (1-2, 6-9), who have an outstanding pitcher and good overall team speed. Tonight's game, which gets underway at Ranger Field at 7 p.m., may be a clinic in base stealing. Senior Clinton Hajek has stolen IO bases this year, second in district only to Alamo Heights' Dayne Masters' 14. But the Unicorns are only two stolen bases behind the Mules for team stolen bases, with 39. New Braunfels will start pitcher Joe Luna, who threw a one-hitter and faced only 24 batters in last Tuesday's win over Clemens. "Our guys are coming off a big win (a 7-4 win over Canyon) Friday night, but it's always tough to play after a tough game," New Braunfels coach Neat Miller said. "That's all a part of growing up. I expect our guys to play hard." The Unicorns are batting just 252 as a team, led by Jessie Delgado’s .400 average and Jesse Morales' .375. But the strength of this year's squad has been on the pitching mound. Jeff Gonzales has emerged as New Braunfels' top pitcher, winning two district games over preseason favorites Boerne and Canyon with an earned run average of 1.07. Luna pitched a shutout in his first appearance last week. Two important statistics, however, tells the tale of how the Unicorns have gotten to their 3-0 mark. With 39 stolen bases, New Braunfels has had plenty of base runners And with runners in scoring position, the Unicorns are batting 380. "Hopefully, I think well start hitting the ball more consistently," Miller said. "Our pitching has been real consistent, and we've been able to capitalize on other teams’ mistakes." The Unicorns have had a relatively easy time of it in district so far, having outscored their opponents by almost a 2-1 margin. But they also know the district race is a long way from being decided. "We're very happy to be where we are, but Clemens is winless in district, and they had as good a chance to beat us as anybody," Miller said. "This race is going to be real competitive, and each district team has good players on it. I really think it will be the last week of district play before the whole district is settled out I really do. I just hope when the dust clears, the Unicorns arc near the top." In other district action, Canyon will travel to Kerrville Tivy.Sports Bulletins ■ TENNIS: T Bar M offering Ladies League The T Bar M Ladies Spring League will begin April 7. The league playi every Thursday at 9 a m. for seven weeks, through May 19. Players are paired according to their skill level and it is open to all levels of play. Space is limited and entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The price for the seven-week league is $20. For registration information or questions, call Mark Turpin at 625-7738.■ VOLLEYBALL: Summer volleyball leagues now forming Barry's Under Pass Saloon summer volleyball leagues are now forming. Anyone interested should stop by and pick up a team roster sign up sheet. Entry fee is $40. A League games will be Tuesdays, B Leagues on Wednesdays and B Leagues on Thursdays. ■ SOCCER: NBYSC needs additional fields The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club is looking for additional practice and playing fields. The HEB fields, provided by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, have been stretched to the limits. We need additional flat land to practice and play scheduled games. The fall season is expected to enroll some 1,000 youths and field some 80 teams. For more information, call 620-4614. I ii? A I I ;

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