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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung O Sunday December O 7 A Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 HeraldZeitung Sports Day The Press Were regular students now I havent been homo for Now Years In three Miami offensive Jay fna after the school was denied a bowl bid because of KlCM sanctions Local briefs Unicorns place three more on Academic AllDistrict The New Braunfels Unicorns varsity vol leyball team brought their team total to 10 players on the District 284A Academic1 AilDistrictteam Seniors Erin Baetge Brand Chapman and Misty of whom took honors courses and maintained grade point averages higher than the academic team Referees needed for NB Junior Basketball League The New Braunfels Junior league Basketball Association is looking for refer ees to officiate games this season Anyone interested may attend an BA meeting at Thursday Dec 7 at Academy Street Gym 1 Referee must 16 or older and have interest n officiating junior league basket ball for boys and girls grades 46 Call Jim Pace at 6096676 for more information Centex Stars volleyball team extends player tryouts The Centex Stars a girls118andunder club volleyball team have several spots open for skilled players looking to com pete at this level players must not turn 19 before Sept Anyone interested in trying out may attend the teams regular 1 practice on Thursday from 7 to 10 pjn and Sunday from 2 to 5 at the Academy Street Gym in New Braunfels Tryout cost is Be prepared to dis play your skills For more information call 6060101 NB softball group to plan upcoming season The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will have an organizational meeting at 7 today at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard St Members will elect new officers and dis cuss upcoming events for the 1996 sea son For more information call 6257912 Local basketball tournament to hit the court in December The annual HoopFest Holiday 3on3 basketball tournament gets under way December 16 at Academy Street Gym in New Braunfels Players can sign up now at Barrys Underpass Saloon or Vivroux Toys and Sporting Goods For more information call 6096247 or 6257949 Niekro Sutton on baseball Hall of Fame list NEW Phil Niekro and Don Sutton 300game winners who previously have fallen short Jn Hall of Fame voting headed the list of eligible players on bal lots mailed Friday Niekro most Identified with his years with the Atfanta Braves finished second In the last balloting with 286 votes well short of the required 345 which was 75 percent of the total ballots returned Sutton attained stardom with the los Angeles Dodgers before pitching for vari ous teams Including the Houston Astros late in hi career He was third witf votes jan4 Tony Perez who also is on this years ballot had 259 There am no overwhelming favorites among the 13 players eligible for the first time this winter Heading that group are former MVPs Keith and Fred m SMOkner Bob Knspper Umon frey Uwwd parKQujsf nbeny Johnny 4er ry Revss Joihn Tudor CteudeJ CBS playoff run comes to halt No 1 Calallen turns Cougar miscues into 5530 playoff victory By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor CORPUS CHRISTI It didnt seem possible The Canyon Cougars piled up more than 400 yaixls 22 first downs and 30 points while running back Trenady Offermann outshined the states Class 4A alltime leading rusher Despite those glaring statistics the Calallen Wildcats came away with a wild 5530 victory in the third round of the state playoffs Friday night at Buccaneer Stadium The outcome put an end to Canyons season and dreams of reaching the regional finals for the first time in school history Despite the setback Canyon coaches and players didnt let the ending tarnish a brilliant run that saw the team go on an 11game winning streak which started in early September The Cougars only other loss came to Class 5 A power Westlake in the opening game of the season Canyon coach Larry Nowotny was the first to put Fri days loss in perspective These kids had a great said Nowotny who has guided the Cougars to the regional seminals twice in three years Nobody ever wants it to be over Tonight we just made too many mistakes and came up against a better football team Im very proud of what our team has done by getting this far They worked hard all season and came a long way This is a great group of young Turnovers were the story Calallen ranked No 1 in the Harris Poll recovered four fumbles in the open ing 18 minutes and bolted to a 350 lead before Canyon could get rolling The game stared 30 minutes late because of problems with the stadium lights and the delay proved ominous for the Cougars Not much went right until quarterback Rea gan George connected with Offermann for a 76yard touchdown pass that put the Cougars on the Scoreboard for the first time at in the second quarter Offermann made the sideline catch at the 40yard line broke a tackle cut left and was off to the races See COUGARS page 8 Cougars in a playoff finale The Canyon Cougar offense sparked by Trenady Offermanns above 210yard rushing night piled up 444 total yards but couldnt overcome the Calallen Wildcats equally impressive attack The two teams combined for more than 900 yards of total offense in a Class 4A regional semifinal showdown on Friday night in Corpus Christi Junior Reagan George passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on the night The Cougars finished their season at 112 HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL In the end Cougars showed theyre a class act The pregame blackout at Buccaneer Stadium should have served as a sign that it just wasnt Canyons night There was something foreboding about the 30 minute delay as officials scurried to fix the stadium lights above the Cougars sideline The shadow that hov ered over the Cougar faith ful seemed to hint that from the outset this game simply wasnt meant to be For all the talent and tradition on the Calallen side the football forces hinted that even if the Cougars had played their finest game it would not have been enough to move them past the regional semifinal round It wasnt Canyons best game and the Wild cats wasted no time collecting four turnovers Thomas Godley and jumping out to a 350 lead midway through the first half With that insurmountable lead it was only a matter of holding on in the final two quarters Despite that ominous start and heartbreak ing ending to a memorable season the Canyon players and coaches never put their heads down When it was all said and done they spoke to the media made no excuses gave credit to the Wildcats and were mindful of the significance of having advanced three games deep into the playoffs It said a lot about this teams character From the distant confines of the stadium press box its difficult to get a feel for just how determined and emotional the players are on the field Behind the helmets and pads they are kids looking live up to fans and parents hopes Winning 11 straight games was a mon umental feat but they felt there was more As Calallen took command early in the game a few sports writers up in the cozy booth talked about the difference in talent desire and focus The comments held some truth but lost a lot of meaning when it came time for postgame interviews Its always tough step down onto the turf and ask the coaches and players from the los ing team to give their assessment of the game Their thoughts are no doubt fogged by the disappointment and heat of the moment They could easily say something they dont really mean But if ever a team showed class it was the Canyon Cougars on Friday night Fielding a question about Calallens sports manship after passing the ball with a 23point lead and less than a minute left Canyon coach Larry Nowotny simply put it down to the Wildcats trying to get underclassmen some experience Then he gave his honest account of the game We made some mistakes but Calallen was the better team he said Our kids had a great season and they can be Canyon receiver Ricky Boehle whose acro batic catches impressed more than few of us in the press box was the first to give credit to his teammates on the other side of the ball The hardfighting Cougar defense scrapped throughout the game against a bigger Calallen offensive line The last word of encouragement came from senior comerback Brett Parrish Exhausted and bruised he looked beyond the loss reflect ing on the friendships the players made this season It didnt end like we wanted but we had a great season and really grew close as a he said Its hard to lose but Im proud of everyone on this team They were classact words from one of sev eral players who proved Canyon was more than just a winning team on the football field Thomas Godley is sports editor for the HeraldZeitung Cowboys primed for Redskins IRVING Texas AP Even in a normal year Bill Bates hates the Wash ington Redskins This time hes really mad at them The Redskins ambushed the Dallas Cowboys 2723 in the fifth game of the season Bates and the rest of his teammates feel they owe something to Norv Turners club on Sunday at Texas Stadium Its the team I love to beat the said the Cowboys safetyline backerspecial teams star Weve had some classic games and confrontations with them in the past Ive had a lot of great memories in this But not such a good one back in ear ly October The Dallas run defense went south in the loss to Washington It was also the game where Troy Aikrnan suffered an early calf muscle problem and had to be replaced by Wade Wilson Terry Allen rushed 30 times for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Cowboys the last tune they met Linebacker Dixon Edwards added We owe the Redskins one They embarrassed us the last HeraWZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfela notched Its third untight win knocking off San 6750 on Friday at Unicom gym Sugar Bowl bound Texas sends to Alamo Bowl By DENNE H FREEMAN AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION Texas AP Freshman Ricky Williams scored two touchdowns against the nations top defense Saturday and No 9 Texas snappedNo home winning streak with a 166 victo ry that clinched the last Southwest Con ference championship The Longhoms 1011 overall 70 SWC will play in either the Orange or Sugar bowls while the Aggies get the consolation prize of meeting Michigan on Dec 29 in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio The final bowl lineups will be announced Sunday Texas snapped a fourgame losing streak to the Aggies and gave John Mackovic his first win in the series after three losses It was the first Texas tri umph at Kyle Field since 1983 had won 10 of the last 11 games Both and Texas join the Big 12 Conference next year and this was their last SWC meeting in a series that start ed in 1894 Williams who broke Earl Campbells school rushing record for freshmen scored on a 21yard run in the first half then produced 62 of the 79 yards in a critical thirdquarter scoring drive He bolted 44 yards and then tore off a 17 yard run before Williams scored from 3 yards out In the fourth period Williams got 23 yards on a screen pass to position Texas for Phil Dawsons 26yard field goal The 6foot 225pound Williams one of Californias top high school running backs two years ago in San Diego rushed 24 times for 163 yards He has 990 yards rushing to Campbells 928 in 1974 The Longhoms led 60 after a first half of lost fumbles interceptions penal ties and stirring defense Texas finally cracked the Aggies defense which had allowed only 244 yards per game late in the second quar ter aided by a key pass interference penalty A 29yard pass from James Brown to Justin McLemore got the 70yard dri ve under way Then cornerback Ray Mickens was flagged for interfering with receiver Mike Adams in the Aggies end zone The Longhoms then caught the Aggies in an allout blitz as Williams escaped around right end behind the clearing block of Wane McGarity on a 21yard touchdown run
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