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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, March 15, 1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 11 A Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Sports Day The Day’s Quote Kerrville controls Canyon batters Antlers come out hitting before Cougars settle down in 7-0 game Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Down 5-0 in the first inning, Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend talked to his pitcher Marshall Taggart and catcher Brandon Cox. The Cougars settled down the rest of the way but eventually lost 7-0. By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Getting behind early against a good defensive team is not what Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend envisioned heading into Tuesday night's game against Kerrville Tivy. But that’s what exactly what happened. The Cougars gave up five runs in the first inning and dug a hole that led to a 7-0 defeat at home. "We're the kind of team that has to do things like bunt and move players on base with steals and gixxl base running," Behrend said. "Once they got five runs in the first inning, it limited our options." Marshall Taggart got in pitching trouble early on for the Cougars. After loading the bases and allowing three runs, Taggart turned over the pitching chores to Reagan George who gave up two more runs before closing out the inning. The Cougar defense held tough for the next four innings. George retired the side in the third and fifth inning while second baseman Brcttc Pimsh and first baseman Matt Behrend combined for double plays in the second and fifth innings. In all, Canyon only allowed eight hits and committed no errors. " I was pleased with our defense during the middle part of the game." Miller said "lf we can continue to keep that up and sharpen our hitting and pitching, we'll be in gixxl shape." Meanwhile, Kerrville pitcher David Maroua, w ho improved his record to 3-0, kept Cougar hatters at bay. Canyon mustered three hits on the night. The Baseball standings Boys District 28-4A District Overall Smithson Valley CK) 4-5 Canyon CK) 4-5 New Braunfels 0-0 4-5 Hays CK) 1-2 Bastrop CK) 1-2 Lockhart CK) 1-2 “I was pleased with our defense during the middle part of the game, lf we can continue to keep that up and sharpen our hitting and pitching, we'll be in good shape.” - Ralph Behrend, Canyon baseball coach only scoring threat came in the fourth inning when Ricky Bechic led oft with a successful hunt, stole second base and reached third on an emir. The threat ended with Birehlc getting tagged out at home. Kerrville added two security runs in the sixth inning. Marc Caslijella took over the pitching reigns and finished out the final two innings for Canyon. The Cougars next trek to Belton for a tournament and first round game against Waxahachie at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. “We are no doubt tho bast 0-3 team In th# district. We've let some close ones get away that we should have won, but the girls know they can play with the best In district. We will beback." - Canyon Softball Coach Charlie Adams. Unicorns girls soccer set to face Lockhart bt playoffs The New Braunfels Unicorns girls soccer team will take on the Lockhart Lady Lions Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Lockhart. NB Coach Joey Trevino said the Unicorns lost the coin flip for home field advantage ’I'm 0-2 in coin flips, but we are ready to play regardless of the location,’ Trevino said. The Unicorns handled the Lady Lions 7-0 earlier this year. Trevino was cautious about being overconfident,saying the score was not a good indication of how Lockhart can play. lf the Unicorns win, they would go up against Austin Bowie at NBHS on March 21. In the newsNCAA tournament scheduleBy The Associated Press All Times EST KAST REGIONAL First Round At Baltimore Arena Baltimore Thursday. March 16 Wake Forest (24-5) vs. North Carolina A&T (15-14), 12:30 p.m. Minnesota (19-11) vs. Saint Louis (22-7), 30 minutes after previous game Alabama (22-9) vs. Pennsylvania (22-5), 740 pm. Oklahoma State (23-9) vs Drexel (22-7), 30 minutes after previous game At Knickerbocker Arena Albany, N.Y.SOUTHEAST REGIONAL First Round At The Pyramid Memphis, Tenn. Thursday. March 16 Oklahoma (23-8) vs. Manhattan (25-4), 12:25 p.m. Arizona State (22-8) vs. Ball State (19-10), 30 minutes after previous game Kentucky (25-4) vs Mount St. Mary’s, Md. (17-12). 7:50 p.m. Brigham Young (22-9) vs. Tulane (22-9), 30 minutes after previous game< At Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee, Fla.MIDWEST REGIONAL First Round At University of Dayton Arena Dayton, Ohio Thursday, March 16 Arizona (23-7) vs Miami, Ohio (22-6), 12 15 p.m. Virginia (22-8) vs. Nicholls State (24-5). 30 minutes after previous game Kansas (23-5) vs Colgate (17-12). 7:40 p.m. Western Kentucky (26-3) vs. Michigan (17-13), 30 minutes after previous game At The Frank Erwin Special Events Center Thursday, March 16 Connecticut (26-4) vs. Tennessee Chattanooga (19-10), 2:40 p.m. Cincinnati (21-11) vs. Temple (19-10) 30 minutes after previous game Oregon (19-8) vs. Texas (22*6). 8 p.m. Maryland (24-7) vs Gonzaga (21-8), 30 minutes after previous game At BSU Pavilion Boise, Idaho Friday, March 17 Utah (27-5) vs Long Beach State (20-9), 2 35 p m Mississippi State (20-7) vs Santa Clara (21-6). 30 minutes after previous game Missouri (19-8) vs, Indiana (19-11), 7:50 p.m.UCLA (25-2) vs Florida International (11-18), 30 minutes after previous game Soccer game marred by fists has no place for winners brawl that was as ugly as high school sports gti." Another spectator said she was appalled that some fans cheered on their kids and were smiling and remorseless as they exited the stadium. Strangely enough only one player is under scrutiny for disciplinary action. E\en more disturbing is that one team was handed the win Canyon, which held a 1-0 lead with about 35 minutes left in the game when the referees decided to call it off. apparently comes away with an improved district record The University Interscholastic League leaves it up to distnet officials to handle such matters Coaches and administrators haven t decided w hether to let it stand as a victory for Canyon and defeat for Smithson Valley A ruling may come once officials kx>k at the game film (his week That's much too long for this plain and simple issue. No way can any team he rewarded in a contest cut short by violence. What kind of message does that send? First, it says to a team. "Get a lead and pro yoke a fight It s a sure-shot way to stop the game and keep your opponent from mounting a comeback." Second, ii detracts from the seriousness of what tixik place Friday night A player was punched in the face. Fortunately he escaped serious injury His safety above all should he lingering in the minds of all those involved in the fracas A discussion on winners and losers only overshadows the fact that a young man was attacked in front of parents and peers. 1310 family of thai injured player has considered filing charges. No doubt they were shocked and hurt by the incident. Neither team should kx>k at the episode from a win loss standpoint, and the game should be nullified It matters even less in this case that Canyon w as already assured a playoff spot and Smithson Valle) had long been removed from the dis trict race. Both soccer coaches said they have talked about what went astray that night. They agreed it was an isolated incident spurred in the "heat of the moment.” Soccer has taken a heating in the public eye in year past. Neither coach wants to tarnish what is an otherwise healthy, competitive and growing sport. Granted, these aren't the first high school athletes to let emotions get away from them in a heated rivalry. It happens in football, baseball, and basketball. But let's not brush aside a sobering incident that occurred last Friday. The players knew what was going on, and more than one kid should be held accountable. Most of all, we shouldn't let one team come away with the unfair nouon of having won the game. I Thimuis Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Zeitung) Texas Tech knows little about NIT opponent By MARK JEWELL Associated Press Writer SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — How is Washington Slate preparing for tonight’s opening-round National Invitation Tournament game against Texas Tech? “Jumping real high, for one thing,” coach Kevin Eastman said Tuesday. ‘They (Texas Tech) are unbelievable leapers.” Eastman’s Cougars (16-11) hope to counter the high-scoring Red Raiders’ (20-9) athleticism and speed with physical play and shooting accuracy. “We’re going to have to block them out, we’re going to have to slnxx well, we’re going to have to concentrate on spnnting back every time they get control of the basketball,’’ he said. Texas Tech, meanwhile, professes ti know little about the Cougars going into the 9 p.m. PSI’ game “Washington State will be a very good basketball team and they’ve really played well on their home floor,” Red Raiders coach James Dickey said. “We don’t know much about them, but I’m sure they are very talented and I know they are well-coached.” The teams have never met, hut Jason Martin knows both programs. Unicorns get back on track against Travis By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Signs of last year's playoff team are begining to reappear in the New Braunfels Unicorns baseball team Behind seven hits and one error, the Unicorns cruised past the Austin Travis Rebels 9-5 Tuesday night at NBHS Field Hector Molina pitched six innings and scattered ten hits for his second win in three starts this season. Jeremy Moeller hit a solo home run in the third inning lo spark the Unicorns. It was the first home run of the year for New Braunfels. Jeff Gonzales doubled, stole third base and seined off Johnny Reyes HBI single that gave the home team a 2-1 lead The fifth proved lo be die difference tor (lie Unicorns as Molina got an HBI single, and Kelly Garza stole second and scored im Bradley Clark's double Jeff Gonzales added to the scoring frenzy with a two-run double to nght center field Jeff Juarez, followed with another double to nght center, scoring two mils and |>uUing the Unicorns in command 9-3. Coach Neal Miller liked whal lie saw "Offensively we hi! die hall real well tonight,' Miller said. "I was also please with our defense.Grant Hill came through with some strong defense al third base and Bradley had a big throw-out on a runner iii die sevendi" Herakl-Zertung jjholo by MICHAEL DARNALL Unicorn Shannon Thayer shows a good ay* on a low pitch Tuesday night in New Braunfels 9-5 win over Austin Travis.Thomas Godley As most of us know, soccer emphasizes playing with the feel as opposed to the fists It seems simple enough, hut the rule was severely bent last Fnday w hen play ers from Canyon and Smithson Valley abandoned the legs and turned to arm-swinging fisticuffs dunng a heated distnet soccer match. One pareiir descnhed it as a "bench-cleanng I 4 ;

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