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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas neraia-zeitung □ Sunday, November 12,1995 □ 7 A Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 626-9144. ext. 24. Sports Day The Press“It Just as oasily could have sons tho other way.” —Chicago Cites manager Don rimmer on his team’s 4-4 record on a road trip. Local briefsMB Junior varsity football team finishes undefeated The New Braunfels junior varsity football team culminated a perfect season with a $5-0 win over Smithson on Thursday at Ranger Stadium. The victory put the Unicorns at 9-0 for the season and 5-0 in district. “This class also went undefeated as freshmen which means they’ve gone two years without a loss," said NB coach John Vogt. The Unicom defense, which forced two fumbles, was led by Brian Lee, Justin Vogt. Mike Williams, Cup© Adams. The Unicorns have recorded four shutouts this season.NB Junior golfers lo too off at Lands Park on Doc. 3 The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will host a tournament at Landa Park on Sunday, Dec. 3 beginning at IO arn Members must register no later than Nov. 29. A pot luck Christmas dinner will follow the tournament at 3 p.m. Members can register by calling Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. The tournament will be limited to 48 players. Also, the NBJGA board meeting will be held at Landa Park Pro Shop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.In the news Cowboys-49ors showdown halls bos! off ohm, dofomo IRVING, Texas (AP) — This is how much Sunday’s confrontation between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers has changed \Mth the decline in San Francisco s fortunes: Barry Switzer says that the biggest thing about the game is the test it will provide his offense against the San Francisco defense that remains the top-ranked in the NFL in yardage allowed. In other words, almost like an exhibition game. "This is the final exam for our offense,” Switzer said Friday. "Ifs our test This is the best defense we’ll face." Indeed, it hardly seems like a test for the Cowboys defense, which will have tackle Ri sell Maryland back from the right knee spr n that caused him to miss Monday ni% n ' win over Philadelphia. That’s beCv ise Steve Young's sore shoulder forced hit. * leave San Francisco’s practice early on Thursday, making it more likely the Cowboys will face Elvis Grbac or even Cary Conklin on St'"day. Even Switzer col ’ i that. “When you have . we practice on Thursday, it’s not a gv xi sign that you’ll be playing on Sunday." he raid. Young’s shoulder problem: were reflexed in the odds tor what was supposed to be the NFL’s game of the year — ttk Cowboys jumped a point and were an 1 1/2 point favorite. No one could remember when the 49ers had last been that big an underdog but it was thought to be at least 15 years ago, perhaps in 1980, the year before they won the first of their five Super Bowls. Switzer, however, continued talk of revenge for the Cowboys, who lost 21-14 in the regular-season last year, giving San Francisco home-field advantage for the NFC title game. The Nmers won that one 38-28 and went on to win the Super Bowl High school Top IO glanceClass SA 1. Tyler John Tyler (9-0) vs. Tyler Lee, late Saturday2. Austin Westlake (10-0) beat Austin Bowie, 48-12 3. Richardson Lake Highlands (IOO) beat Richardson Berkner, 49-134. Flower Mound Marcus (10-0) beat Keller, 48-65. Dallas Carter (8-1) at Dallas Kimball, tate Cah irHay/6. Odessa Permian (9-1) beat Abilene Cooper, 50-207. Converse Judson 48-1) at San Antonio Churchill late Saturday .ae (8-0-1) ie idle. Lamar (9-0-1) beat Arlington. eo-10 10. Plano (9-1) beat Plano East, 17-14 thru' 'Three straight at state!New Braunfels cross country is the best again By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor GEORGETOWN — On a chilly, windswept course at Southwestern University, the New Braunfels girls’ cross country team overcame the elements and accomplished what no other Class 4A team has ever done. Placing three runners in the top 20, the Unicorns came away with their third straight state championship title and etched their names in die record books. Senior Lisa Weltzer led the way with a first-place finish in a time of 11:46 over the 3,200-meter course. ’This was a great way to end our season and our cross country careers at New Braunfels,” said Weltzer, who outdistanced her nearest challenger by 30 seconds. ‘‘We we’re a little nervous coming in, but I think we knew that, barring any catastrophes, we should get our third title.” There were no catastrophes on Saturday as Amber Wenzel and Kelly Koksma paced their way to 16th and 17th places respectively and garnered valuable points for the Unicorns. New Braunfels scored a team-low 61 points to hold off second-place Dallas Highland’s 84. The top five included Canyon, 96, Alamo Heights, 130, and Southside Carroll, 173. Coming through with key points for New Braunfels were Bethany Carl (28th, 12:28), Christina Williams (48th, 12:52), Karin Meder (64th, 13:13) and Kelly Clark (13:17). NB coach Noel Hansen praised the team’s strong showing in the face of 40-degree temperatures, 25 mile-per-hour winds and hilly terrain. ‘This is probably the toughest course they’ve had to run all year and the conditions were not exactly the best for running,” Hansen said. Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Charging out from the starting line, New Braunfels runners Bethany Carl, (278) Amber Wenzel (276), Lisa Welzer (275) and Kelly Koksma (275) secured good position and paced their way to a strong finishes. The Unicorns garnered 61 points en route to first place. “Everyone turned in a solid performance and handled the pressure. I’m proud of the girls. They’ve worked very hard for this, and they can enjoy being the first team to get three state titles” A&M Consolidated High School won three titles in the early 1980’s but did it in span of four years. Wenzel, a senior who along with Koksma and Weltzer has been a member of all three state titles teams, said the third one was the sweetest "In a way, I’m glad it’s over and there’s no more pressure,” she said. “For the seniors, it’s kind of sad that we won’t be running together anymore, but it’s a great feeling to finish on top after all the hard work and fun we’ve had.” New Braunfels also got a strong individual performance from Jeff Garsnett, who placed 13th in a time of 16:50 in the boys’ 5,000-meter race. For Weltzer, the first-place finish was her second individual title in three years at state. She won it all as a sophomore and came came in second last year. The 11:46 time marked her personal best. Ending sweet for NB Unicorns take homecoming finale 17-0 By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Late in the third quarter, on fourth-and-goal at the I-yard line, Smithson Valley running back Tim Ivey pointed to linebacker Shannon Thayer and let him where the ball was coming. Not that anyone was guessing at that crucial moment with the Unicorns in front 7-0. “We were waiting for him," said Thayer. “There was no doubt he’d get the ball. He’d been talking to us all night. Even before the game, during the “Star Spangled Banner,” he was staring and talking to us from across the field.” As promised, Ivey took the handoff, leaped over a pile of bodies and was met in midair by a host of Unicom defenders. The goal-line stand was the biggest in a series of fourth-down stops that keyed a 17-0 homecoming victory on Friday night at Unicom Stadium. The outcome culminated an up-and-down season and put New Braunfels’ record at 3-7 werall and 2-3 in district. Smithson Valley, cho -'ing four of its final five games, ends at 5- 5 ai t. For the nigh. New BrinfeY defense stifled the Ranger 'Mi jut f ,»-down attempts inside the Unicom 40. Hic Ka..gers punted only once the entire game — a statistic that NB coach Tim Kingsbury said wasn’t all that surprising. “I can’t blame them for going for it in those situations,” Kingsbury said. "They have a good offense that can pick up those first downs. Our defense just hung in there, made the plays.” Meanwhile the Unicom offense, fileted by running backs Kelly Garza and David Sim-rnonds, piled up 292 rushing yards. Garza finished with 129 yards on 17 carries, and Sim-mends added 123 on 19 carries. The combination was more than enough to counter a solid night by Ivey, who accounted for 114 yards and 28 of the Rangers’ 31 rushes. With the effort, Ivey claimed the district rushing title with 1,413 on the season. The 6-1, 190-pound junior vowed that the Rangers would be back in the hunt next year. ‘This isn’t how we wanted to end the season, but we’re still proud of what we accomplished,” Ivey said. “Everyone played their hearts out We just couldn’t connect on some plays, and New Braunfels played tough.You have to give them credit.” Fullback Steven Simpson,who gained 40 yards on IO carries, opened the scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Buddy Maim m 7:13 in the fint quarter. Kyle Reneau kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead, capping an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive. “We were waiting for him (Tim Ivey). There’s was no doubt he’d get the ball. He’d been talk* ing to us all night.” — Unicorn linebacker Shannon Thayer. Martens, a senior, made the most of his final game, completing six of 12 passes for 50 yards and no interceptions. In the first of their six trips into Unicom territory, the Rangers reached the 18-yard line at the start of the second quarter. The Unicorns defense — led by tackles Andy Strange and Klint Kingsbury and linebackers Grant Simpson, Chris Ryder and Grant Hill — stopped Ivey on first down, then sacked quarterback Sean Everest for an 11-yard loss and forced two incomplete passes to halt the drive. Not to be outdone the Ranger defense came with up its own drive-stopping on the next series, holding Garza to a 3-yard gain on fourth and four at the Rangers’ 24 yard line. Ivey then reeled off 12 yards and Everest hit Brad Triesch on a 10-yard pass to push across midfield. A personal foul penalty moved it to the Unicom 31 where the Rangers again were threatening to tie things up. But with less than five minutes left in the half, safety Lance Herring killed the drive by picking oft an Everest pass and returning it 14 yards. "It seemed like we just couldn’t finish it off when we got inside the red zone,” said Everest, who completed eight ofl5 passes for 102 yards. The Unicorns threatened to go up 14-0 shortly before halftime, getting to the Ranger 7-yard line with 25 seconds left. On second down and goal, Martens dropped back to pass and, under a heavy rush, took off for the endzone. Fighting for extra yards at the one-yard line, Martens lost the ball. The Rangers recovered it, and the score remained 7-0 at halftime. A 10-play, 42-yard drive highlighted by a 20-yard pass from Everest to Triesch opened the second half for Smithson Valley. It came to a screeching halt, however, when Garza broke up a fourth-down pass at the Unicom 40 with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter. The favor was returned four plays later as Martens was stripped of the ball at his own 43, and defensive tackle John Aldaba recovered it for the Rangers. At 1:35 in the third quarter, the Rangers were in business again. Ivey bolted for 24 yards on three carries, setting up the big play at the goal line. Herald-Z&tung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Senior running back Kelly Ceria lad th* Unicom attack wtth 126 yard* on 17 carri#*. Maw Braunfels rackad up 292 rushing yards to Smithson Valley’s 131. "I know I crossed the line,” Ivey said T don’t know why the refs didn’t call it a touchdown. That’s the way it goes I guess ” After the stand, the Unicorns went on a 12-play, 70-yard drive to the Rangers’ 3. Reneau kicked a 20-yard field that stretched the lead to 104) with 4:04 left in the game Ranger coach Larry Hill knew lime was running out “Thai dnve hurt because they ran it and took a lot of time off the clock and kind of demoralized us," Hill said. “With the field goal, it forced us lo have to score twice with not a lot of time left.” Any thoughts of a Ranger comeback vanished when Everest lost the handle on the ball at the Unicom 49 with 2:38 on the clock. New Braunfels claimed the turnover, and two minutes later, Garza put an exclamation point on the night Taking pitch right Garza cut left and scampered into the endzone from 30 yards out to close the scoring “This was a nice way for 21 seniors to end then football careers at New Braunfels.” coach Kingsbury said This learn just got better as the season went on They were playing their best football at the end, and that’s a credit lo a group of kids that stuck together through some tough times ” For Hill, the ending reflected a season in which every game attested to the panty in Dispel 28-4A. “We’re 5-5, but we’ve been in several close ones that could have gone either way,” Hill said. ‘The players can look at this season and say there’s not much difference from top to bottom in this district We’ve shown we can play with anyone, and hopefully that will cany over into next year ” ;

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