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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Herakj-Zeitung o Thursday, November 16,1995 □ 5 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day “Thoro Isn’t a guy In the league who plays as hard as he does and does the little things It takes to win.” — Cincinnatti third baseman Jeff Branson on teammate Barry Larkin winning the League Most Valuable Hayer award. In the news Alleman still an ashing man IRVING, Texas (AP) — First it was a pulled calf muscle. Now it's a bruised knee. In the past it has been concussions, separated shoulders and a bum back. It’s been busted fingers and a pulled hamstring. As surely as the coming of autumn and professional football, Troy Aikman knows he’s likely to spend some down time in a doctor’s office. He has missed 13 games in his career with injuries. Right now he has ice and electrodes on a painfully bruised knee courtesy of Dana Stubblefield's sack in Sunday's equally painful 38-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Aikman was being treated for the injury in the Dallas Cowboys' dressing room before the first quarter ended. He never came back. But he vows he will be back on Sunday when the Cowboys play the Oakland Raiders. Aikman has dodged the media at Valley Ranch this week but said on his KRLD radio show, Tm going to play. With the treatment I've been getting, I feel better and I think I will be able to play.” A knee brace worn by Aikman didn’t help the situation. *1 got hit where the brace comes against the knee and I think that’s what bruised it.” Aikman said. “It was painful.” Rockets taken to limit by gutsy expansion Raptors TORONTO (AP) — A gutsy Toronto Raptors team nearly gave the two-time defending NBA champion Houston Rockets something they’re not accustomed to—a loss. In the end though, the experience of the Rockets overcame the first-year Raptors when Robert Horry's 3-pointer at the buzzer — Ms only basket of the game — gave Houston a 96-93 victory Wednesday night, and sent Toronto to its seventh straight loss. Down by as many as 19 points late in the first half, Toronto chipped away before taking a 93-92 lead on Tracy Murray’s two foul shots with 53 seconds remaining *1 thought we hung in there against the world champions," Raptors coach Brendan Malone said. The Raptors bench players outscored Houston’s reserves, 55-18. Hakeem Olajuwon, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, hit one of two foul shots to pull the Rockets even at 93-93 with just under 40 seconds to play. In the news San Marcos oily league basketball seeking players Registration is under way for players interested in joining men's and women's basketball leagues in San Marcos. The deadline is Nov. 29. The league, sponsored by the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, begins Dec. 12. Games are scheduled in the evenings on Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays. Divisions include men's and women's A, B and C, men’s 35 and older, church and open. Entry fee is $235. For more information, call 396-6060. NR CIM golf tourney on tap The New Braunfels Elks Lodge No. 2279 will sponsor its second annual Elks Charitable Golf Classic on Friday, Nov. 17. The tournament is open to the general public. A shotgun start is set for 8 a.m. at Lands Park Golf Course. The format WIN be a four-person scramble. Major prizes of $100, $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to each member of the top four winning teams. Entry!** is $35 per player including tie green and cart fees, aswell as lunch and door prizes. Roceeds wi be forwarded to the Texas Silts Children's Diagnostic Center in Ottine. For mort Information, calUohn ■ 600*0430 or John McPherson MM— .....—........ Sub varsity football report Bass fishing in Falcon Lake excellent as waters keep rising What’s the best bass lake in Texas? Some anglers would say Lake Fork because of the huge bass in it. Others may say Lake Sam Rayburn located in East Texas. Both these lakes have good fishing but can’t come close to Falcon Lake when it comes to big stringers and lots of them. Located on the Rio Grande River south of Laredo, this lake is now approximately 35 feet below conservation pool and rising slowly. The new growth being swallowed up by the rising waters is loaded with big bass. A bass club from Houston just returned from a two-day tournament where it took 56 pounds of bass to win a two-day event. It also took ten bass weighing 48 pounds to be in the Top IO. The fish are jammed up in the shallow coves located on the lakes north shore. These areas are not as beaten by north winter winds, therefore the waler clarity remains good more often. Falcon is a lake that consistently requires five bass for 25 pounds to even be in the running in a tournament. Many times 35 pounds is needed for a one day event. Now that’s strong! Falcon Lake should be excellent this coming spring as long as the lake continues to rise. lf you haven’t fished Falcon, now’s the time to do so. The fish will bite so well that you’ll think you’ve become a pro. But before you quit your job and go on the tournament circuit, take a look at everyone else on Falcon. They are all catching fish like pros. For more information on Falcon Lake contact OSO Blanco Lodge at (210) 765-4339. (Keith Warren is the host of “The Texas Angler" television show which broadcasts statewide.) (Catch “The Texas Angler" on Sunday mornings at 11:30 and Friday mornings at 10:30 on HSE. You can contact the Texas Angler at P.O. Box 310601, New Braunfels, TX, 78131-0601.) Keith Warren Texas hunters help the hungry Since 1991, over a quarter-million pounds of venison has been distributed to the hungry of Texas as a result of hunters sharing their deer through the Hunters for the Hungry program, sponsored by several public and charitable organizations, including the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department By donating freshly harvested deer that will be delivered to one of several food banks in the state, hunters can help provide nutritious, low-fat meals to hungry Texans this fall. For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or a list of participating processing plants, call 1-800-992-9767. Canyon defense quietly emerging Speed and experience the keys to Cougar D By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor UT’s Williams eyes Campbell’s freshman mark AUSTIN <AP) — Texas fullback Ricky Williams had no idea who Earl Campbell was while growing up in Southern California. He does now. Williams, the first true freshman running back to start the season at Texas since Campbell, is aiming to break the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner’s school freshman rushing record. With three games left. Williams needs 254 yards to break Campbell’s mark of 928 set in 1974. The 10th-ranked Longhorns (7-1-1, 4-0 Southwest Conference) face Texas Christian (6-3, 3-2) at home on Saturday The comparisons between Campbell and Williams, who is 6-foot-1,225 pounds and growing, have been inevitable. But Williams, who grew up in San Diego idolizing Marcus Allen and Waller Payion, couldn’t have told you whether Campbell played football, tennis or tiddlywinks before this season. “Last year, someone npped my jc Ney during practice and I kept runrvng and they said, ‘You look like til Campbell.' I was like, ‘Who is Earl Campbell?' ” Williams said smiling without apology underneath his clump of dreadlocks. Rom submitted reports When the offense is churning out 30 points per game and boasting a quaiterback-receiver duo that ranks among the state leaders statistically, it’s easy see how a district-leading defense can get overlooked. As quarterback Reagan George and Ricky Boehle continue to set the school's record books on fire and grab the media spotlight, the Cougar defense quietly continues to shut down opponents and guard the endzone like hawks. And that’s just the way middle linebacker Mike Broaddus likes it because, as he sees it, the team's offensive success is an indirect result of its defensive prowess. “The guys on our defense have the attitude that we’re out there to get our offense the ball and set them up with good field position,” said Broaddus, the team leader in tackles with 129. "That’s what we’re trying to do. Keep the other team out of the endzone and give our offense the ball.” The limelight doesn’t always shine on the guys who make the tackles and break up passes, but make no mistake. Canyon’s defense is making opponents take notice. In the last five games the Cougars have allowed only five points per game on average and are causing turnovers at nearly a 2-to-1 ratio. For the season Canyon has 19 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries for a plus-18 turnover edge. Opponents have moved the ball sparingly (234 yards per game) and few can boast much success crossing the goal line. A quick glance at the district scores tells the tale: Canon 16, Smithson Valley 9 Canyon 39, New Braunfels 6 Canyon 21, Hays 6 Canyon 45, Lockhart 0 Canyon 31, Bastrop 7 Breaking it down further, the statistics show that opponents have converted only 38 percent on third down and have completed only 37 percent of their passes. With a bend-but-don’(-break persistence, the Cougar defense thrives on making the big Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon’s Malcom Kitchen (40) and Brian Whitener provide defensive depth for the Cougars. plays at critical times in the red zone. Take, for example, the game against Austin Reagan when the Raiders moved inside the IO and threatened to take the lead shortly before halftime. Safety Hector Torres picked off a pass in the endzone and returned it 50 yards to turn away the threat and preserve an 8-7 lead. Four weeks later against Lockhart, the Lions were knocking on the door al the 4-yard line in a 14-0 game. Three plays garnered negative 11 yards after linebacker Justin Dunlap, the second-leading tackler with 93, stuffed a run and recorded a sack. The same scenarios played out against Hays and Bastrop when it came crunch time near the goal line. Canyon coach Larry Nowotny has said all along that the defense is the team’s strength this season, and he’s banking that it will be the case again this Friday when the Cougars host Clemens in the first round of the state playoffs. “This is the quickest and most experienced defensive unit we’ve had in a long time,” Nowotny said. “They aren’t the biggest kids as far as size goes, but they make things happen and they get tough when people get near the goal line.” So who are these players who quietly stifle enemy offenses? Up front they are tackle John Flores (68 tackles), tackle Jesse Mesa, end Eric Holt and end Kevin Self. The linebackers — the heart and soul of the defense —are bolstered by Broaddus, Dunlap and Kirk Haney. And the secondary — perhaps the deepest and most tal ented group — features Torres (6 interceptions), Brett Parrish, Domingo Medina, and Aaron Snider. A supporting cast in Malcom Kitchen, Brian Whittier and Boehle keep the Cougars fresh late in the game. Defensive coordinator Tom Kosser is strategist behind the Cougars’ 4-3 alignment. Few will debate the Cougars’ offensive power, but rival coaches such as New Braunfels’ Tim Kingsbury will attest to the skill other side of ball. ‘They have an exceptional defense,” Kingsbury said. ‘The line is quick and strong. They’ve got talented linebackers centered around Broaddus, and their secondary is real experienced and solid. Their defense compliments their offense, and that’s important in the playoffs.” With a 35-0 shutout of Smithson Valley last week, the New Braunfels junior varsity football team completed an undefeated season. The Unicorns finished the 1995 campaign with a 9-0 record and a district championship. Combined with last year’s perfect season as freshmen, this ciass of Unicorns is 19-0 in the past two years. The latest victory started with quarterback (Cliff Kingsbury hitting P.A. Vargas on a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. Kingsbury kicked the first of his five extra points for an early 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Vargas scored on a 3-yard run to stretch it to 14-0. The Unicom defense forced a turnover that led to a 66-yard touchdown pass from Jason Vogt to Mike Williams for a 21-0 halftime score. Travis Haecker recovered a fumble at the Ranger 10-yard line to start the second half. Running back Joe Sosa scampered into the endzone on the next play, and the Unicorns led 28-0. Vargas got the call on the series and broke loose on a 35-yard touchdown run to close Th# New Braunfels junior varsity football team completed an undefeated season at 8-0. out the scoring. Coach Victor Sierra praised the players for their successful season. “The defense has played solid all year long,” Sierra said. “They’ve improved every week. We’ve had different players rise to the occasion and make the big play. The offense has steadily improved each game and was balanced. They did a good job of mixing the pass with the run.” ■ The New Braunfels freshman team also ended on a strong note, knocking off Smithson Valley 21-0 for a share of the district championship. Eric Silvas opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown tun. Tommy Taylor kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Linebacker Justin Miller recovered a fumble to set up the second touchdown, a 45-yard run by Mike Chapa just before halftime, lite Unicom defense allowed only two first downs in the first half. After a scoreless third quarter, Taylor inter- Herald -Zeitung photo cepted a pass and Salvador Hernandez broke free on a 70-yard touchdown run to ice che game. The defense — led by Kris Mund, Justin Miller, Eric Hovelson, Neal Mayo, Chapa, Taylor, and Jayson Gilstrap — allowed only five first clowns the entire game. NB quarterback Murray Holden was 2-for-2 passing for 50 yards, all to Justin Miller. The offensive line dominated the line of scnmmage and bolstered a strong running attack. Hunters enter season with care The number of hunting loanees sold—and the number of hunting accidents—peaked in 1982. As opens in November, hunters should and 195 fatal accidents have occurred in Texas since Comproaar al Pubic Acoounte and I Parts antiwaste SOURCES John Pi Licenses sold. In mWons 1.30 • Total hunting accidents ;

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