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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Tuesday October Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 Sports Day The Press I wish I had an answer to that because Im getting tired of answering that Yogi Berra in response to a question about the 84 Yankees dismal record In the news Soccer benefit kicks off Oct 21 A local Over and Out II soccer tourna ment benefiting the New Braunfels High School varsity soccer teams gets under way at Saturday Oct 21 at the HEB Soccer Reids on Live Oak Street The round robin tournament is for men and women ages 21 and older Teams will be drawn randomly and each game will last 30 minutes Cost is per person For more information call Ronnie Baker at 606 0874 NB Junior League Basketball Association to meet Oct 25 The groups annual kickoff meeting is set for Wednesday Oct 25 at Insco Distributing 1223B Industrial Drive NBJL BA members will be discussing and plan ning the upcoming season and signing up volunteers to fill vacant board and coach ing positions for the 199596 season Anyone interested in more information should attend the meeting or contact LeAnne Wehe at 6290141 CIMA gotf tournament to help local scholarship programs The Comal Independent Mens Association will host a golf tournament Nov 4 at Northcliffe Country Club Proceeds willbienefiMocalatiigh school scholarship for The tournament a twoman selectshot format Cash prizes of and will be awarded to the top three teams For more information contact Johnnie Rodriguez at 6254920 or 629 2646 Smithson Valley sports boosters to host Ranger Funfest Oct 28 The Smithson Valley High School Ranger Funfest a country carnival and family picnic will be on Saturday Oct 28 at Anhalt Hall located west of 281 on 46 The festival is sponsored by the SVHS Ranger Athletic Booster Club with proceeds going to the schools athletic program The Funfest will feature hayrides game booths a raffle door prizes and more Picnicstyle food service begins at 5 A dance featuring the Dana Wehrmann coun try and western band begins at 7 Games will include an oldfashioned dunking booth with administrator and coaches from Smithson Valley High School Fajitas hot dogs and other foods will be served throughout the night Admission and parking will be free Tickets are available at SVHS home sports events For every in tickets purchased in advance Funfest goers will receive an additional in free tickets The public is invited Anyone interested in helping with the Funfest should call 9807569 or 8854434 Deion Smith to add to Dallas already dominant defense IRVING Texas AP The Dallas Cowboys have roared to a 61 start and one of the NFLs best defenses with speedy but undersized Clayton Holmes starting at cornerback and Godfrey Myles upgraded to a starting linebacker But when the Cowboys play Atlanta on Oct 29 those two will be back on the bench with Deion Sanders and Parrin Smith in the line up Dallas obviously improves at both posi tions since Sanders and Smith are among the leagues best in those roles Plus the Cowboys will have much more depth Now when coach Barry Switzer needs either Holmes or Myles he knows hes get ting a startingcaliber player No 25 Tech ready for Rice LUBBOCK Texas AP The last six Southwest Conference football teams to visit Jones Stadium left with Josses No 25 Texas Tech wants to make Rice the record seventh on Saturday The Red Raiders 32 overall 11 SWQ go up against the Owls 141 02 at 2 Were not going in thinking that its gojng to be an easy said Tech tailback Byron Hanspard Red Raider coach Spike Dykes his team isnt out to avenge its bow to Rice last year Rangers dive headon into district frenzy By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Smithson Valley faced a crossroads following a tough loss New Braunfels two weeks ago In that game the Rangers botched serves missed hits and failed to attack the net They were not the same team that had beaten Providence and moved into the area rankings A change was needed and coach Margaret Mitcham knew it We made a few switches to the lineup and the girls got together and held a team meeting to talk about what they had to do in the sec ond half of Mitcham said Im not sure what was said in that meeting but theyve really pulled together They knew they just about had to win the rest of their district games to get into the The Rangers took a major step in that direction by upsetting Canyon on Friday a victory that threw the district race into final sprint between New Braunfels Canyon 52 and Smithson Valley J Against Canyon the Rangers solved their serving woes and came up strong at the net with Kara Warchol Sasha Horner Jenny combining for 15 kills In the first game Michelle Moore served 10 straight point including three aces We never doubted we could beat Canyon if we played up to our said its a matter of winning our remaining games to get into the Another big test awaits the Rangers tonight at home against Hays Canyon faces Lockhart at Cougar Den After racing to 191 record one of the best starts in school history and taking a No 1 ranking in the area the Cougarettes have lost two of their last five games Though the team is still very much in the district playoff hunt coach Donna Boehles troops now find themselves in a door die scenario heading into the final three games The Cougarettes have slipped to No 4 in the rankings but despiti the setback Boehle is confident the Cougarettes will rebound down the stretch and return to form in time to secure a playoff spot Even though we came in with experience and talent there was no doubt in my mind that district was going to be Boehle said Weve stumped our toe so to speak but everyone stumbles now and then Its not a disaster Were back and practicing very With three weeks remaining in the season trje New Braunfels Unicorns are in control of their destiny Three wins guarantees them NBHS grad sets sights on Junior College Nationals By JOHN WELCH Special to the HeraldZeitung Efrain Velazquez is moving a step closer each week to his ultimate goal to compete in the Junior College National Cross Country Championships Valazquez 20 a New Braunfels High School grad uate is the topranked runner on the cross country team at Palo Alto Junior College in San Antonio Since the first race of the season at the University of Texas at San Antonio Velazquez has shown a competitive drive that few athletes with his experience can boast The slender sophomore competed strong ly and set the groundwork that would lead to no less than three individual victories in fall competition Velazquez toed the line against runners from two other schools Incarnate Word College and Trinity University at the Palo Alto Triangular Meet on Sept 23 After some initial jostling just beyond the starting line Velazquez forged a lead that in the end stood 60 seconds ahead of the rest With no one push ing him he covered the mecadam route in 17 minutes 13 seconds Valazquez never ran cross country while a student at New Braunfels In fact he only ran track during his senior year and then only competed in a mere four races It was necessary for the Velazquez to help out in his fathers business the Donut Shop and work after school and on weekends at two other jobs The coaches at New Braunfels spotted his ability in his physical education classes and convinced him to give running a try He took the advice and the rest is history Velazquez followed his first overall victory for the Palo Alto Palominos with two more wins the first at the Oct 7 Southwestern Invitational 8K in and more recently at the Schreiner College Invitational 8K on Oct 14 In the latter Velazquez covered the hilly macadam route in and also helped Palo Alto to the runnerup spot behind Incarnate Word 3037 Efrain really has established himslef as a number one Palo Alto coach Jeff Middlebrook said Hs demonstrated a lot of confidence by confidence by working out with other college quality runners And hes down some really fast times with little speed work Now that were doing more speed work his times are dropping even Based on what his time are for the nationally rec ognized junior college distance of eight kilometers it appears that Velazquez will have more than a good chance to garner some top individual honors at the National Junior College Championships at Aired New York on Nov 11 My goal is to run at said Velazquez the oldest of Reyes and Maria Velazquez 11 children I want to win but Ill be happy to be in the top three I know I can do it because Im getting faster and faster as I do more Middlebrook is confident Velazquez can finish in the top five at the Junior College Nationals We wouldnt be surprised if he finished in the top one or Middlebrook added Velazquez credits his coaches and runners Chris Walker Mike Steele and Jason Hubbaqd for putting j hini within reach of his goals Theyve helped me a lot in training to get to 25 he said Submitted photo Efrain Velazquez the No 1 runner on the Palo Alto cross country team is aiming for the Junior College National Championships 1 i UIL allows girls in baseball AUSTIN University Interscholastic Leagues Legislative Council has voted to allow girls to play baseball and approved the for mation of a committee to study whether to create a Class 6A super conference Under current rules girls are allowed to participate on boys teams if a corresponding sport is not offered for girls The Legislative Council which wrapped up two days of meetings in Austin Monday determined that baseball and softball have unique differences and should be viewed as separate sports not corresponding ones If the rule change is ratified by the State Board of Education girls would be allowed to try out for base ball team beginning in the 199697 school year even if their schools offer softball Girls should be given the oppor tunity to participate in he full range of UIL said Charles Bre ithaupt UIL athletic director This change is positive in that it allows girls to try out for ancj if selected participate in every UIL Participation on both the baseball and softball teams would be prohib ited UIL officials said they dont expect many girls to tafce advantage of the rule change if its approved But the UIL has steadily knocked down gender barriers in league activ ities including football because of successful legal challenges by girls wishing to play on traditionally all male teams In another move the Legislative Council easily approvjed the Class 6A study committee despite the UILs rejection of pasi proposals to add a super conference for the states largest high schools AP prep football rankings QAUAS AP For the first time this sea son there are no new teams in The Associated Press high school football poll In the ranking released Noonday all previous ly ranked schools remained among the top 10 in their classes except Hicp which was tfcd for 1Hh In Class 1A and ell to 1tth fallowing a tie with Wghewanked Crawford Other than that tie there were only three loss es by ranked teams 5As Converse Judsqn 35 to San Antonio Roosevelt 4As Sulphur Springs 243 to Mount Pleasant and 2As flfesel 147 to Wart Because each had keen highly their M wasrft too fcadJudson wenj from foyrti tp ninth Sulphur land ed at No 10 from Ho 4 and Riesst dropped NQ 3 to No 10 in first of the sea sen the top two teares ineach class didnt anoye All five No 1s have been in place since tie grfseason for felling esj pursuers have varied The most dominant team to any is ThorndaJe whiqh all SrstpJace votes In 1A for the third straight week The defending chanpions are playing L tl 11 1 ui JAM Mackovic defends his call AUSTIN AP Texas coach John Mackovic came from a 2424 tie against Oklahoma with more questions than those about a failed fourthdown call late in the game t His quarterback James Brown emerged with injuries to his left knee and his back to go with a nagging strain in his throwing shoulder Browns availability for the 16thranked Longhoms game Saturday against No 14 Virginia is up in the air We just have to wait and see but I have to put him in the ques tionable Mackovic said Monday If he feels all right Tuesday and can move around well see how he Mackovic said safety Tre Thomas shoulder was doubtful for Saturdays game and that Thomas backup Robert Cren shaw was questionable with an ankle injury Despite the injuries Mackovic said there were encouraging developments in the Oklahoma game which the Longhoms led 21 0 in the first quarter Mackovic praised his defense tor shutouts in the first and fourth quarters and added that numerous blitzes and oneononc tackles were the best hed seen from his team all season The fourthyear coach continued to defend a decision to run an option play on fourthand1 at the Oklahoma 11 with left rather than go for a 28yard field goal that would have given the Longhoms a 2724 lead   

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