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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas January Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 HeraldZeitung Sports Day The Press It was a waste of time We didnt even make it a Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanich on the 10086 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night In the news Spring competitive tryouts set for Blitz soccer team New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club will hold soccer tryouts for the spring season beginning at 9 Saturday Jan 13 at the HEB Soccer Fields on Live Oak St in New Braunfels Players ages 10 to 18 are invited to try out Fall Blitz players do not need to try out The Blitz program is a paid professional training program with a staff of four qualified trainers Player development is the corner stone of the program and BLITZ players are noted for having better skills than their opponents Recent UIL rule changes now allow high school soccer players to partici pate in BLITZ training during the high school season The BLITZ season runs from Jan 15 through May 15 The schedule is flexible for players with conflicting schedules Players who miss the first tryout date may attend a makeup day on Jan 20 at 9 at the HEB Soccer Field For more information call Steve Norris at 6253474 Local CYO to hold track registrations starting Jan 7 The Catholic Youth Organization will be taking registration for track for youths boys and girls ages 4 to 17 on the following days and times Sunday Jan 7 from to noon Saturday Jan 13 from9 to Sunday Jan 14 from to noon All registrations will be held in front of Sts Peter andPaul Catholic Church 386 N Castell in New Braunfels While the CYO is a Catholic organization all sports programs sponsored by the CYO including track softball basketball and soccer are open to all young boys and girls of the community The CYO athletic programs have continuously been dedicat ed to providing sports activities to local youth For more information call Anthony Klar president of the CYO at 6091694 TBarM offers new tennis programs A variety of community activities for junior and adult tennis player are planned for 1996 at TBarM Tennis Ranch Junior programs all levels begin Jan 8 11 Ladies doubles are set for the morning Thursday Jan 4 There will be a ladies doubles session Tuesday morning on Jan 9 and a mens and ladies indoor doubles session evenings Jan 811 To register or for more information call 629 0439 Bulls outgun Rockets 10086 CHICAGO AP Next time the Rockets promise it will be different They will be rested Clyde Drexler will be healthy and the game will be in Houston The Chicago Bulls can hardly wait This was not a really good barometer That was not the Houston championship said Michael Jordan who scored 38 points as the Bulls beat the tired Drexler less Rockets 10086 Wednesday Im sure it will be better next When the teams meet Jan 30 Chicago shouldnt expect the Rockets to threaten an NBA record for futility as they did in Wednesdays second quarter Both teams played poorly in the first quar ter after which Houston led 1815 But while the Bulls shot 70 percent and scored 32 points in the second the Rockets went 1foM5 and managed only 12 points So by halftime the game between confer ence leaders not to mention the teams that combined for the five NBA titles was basically over The supposed finals preview never mate rtalijecl for the national television audience The Rockets were stifled in the first half by the Bulls defense Meanwhile Jordan Pigpen continued to carry the scoring toad for the Bulls Chairman of the Boards Keresztury on a rebound mission By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Like many players who make their way up to the varsity Jimmy Keresztury caught the eye of CHS coach Kenny Rotzler several years ago at Canyon Middle School It was there under the tutelage of coach Alan Miller that Keresztury was honing his basketball skills and turning the coachs head We felt like he would be a strong player for us down the road and hes turned out to be just Rotzler Hes a senior now and hes our goto guy a real Though missing the first five games of the season because of football Keresztury joined the team in early December and immediately made an impact In his second start against Gonzales the 64 230pound post player scored 28 points Hes been on a tear ever since With two games remaining before the start of the District 284A schedule Keresztury is leading the area in rebounding with 14 per game and averaging 20 points per game Its those kinds of statistics that have coach es like Smithson Valleys John Valenzuela wondering how to stop the big guy In my opinion hes the best player in the district right Valenzuela said He scares me because he poses matchup problems any way you look at it He can outmuscle a lot of big people under the basket but he can also step out and hit the three pointer How do you defend that An alldistrict returning starter Keresztury averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in 199495 In fact he has always been regarded Herald Zeitung photo Jimmy Keresztury leads the area with an average of 14 rebound per game as a dependable scorer This year however he has added strength to his offensive package and football could be the reason CHS strength coach Dan Burk put the Cougars alldistrict offensive lineman on a routine of heavy legwork in the weightroom The result An increased vertical leap and leverage to move players down low Last year hed do well to get up and touch the Rotzler said Now hes dunking That tells you a lot about how hard hes worked to improve his game in the offsea And it comes at just the right time The Cougars are currently riding a fivegame win ning streak and peaking in time to defend their district title Much of the quest will rest on the shoulders of their big man in the paint The departure of last years key scorers Corey Schwarz and Marc Castilleja means Keresztury will see the ball in his hands more than that role Keresztury demands the ball at crunch time and his team mates are confident about getting it to him Against Gonzales on Tuesday Keresztury hit three free throws in the waning seconds to ice a 5956 victory It was the kind of ending that figures to be played out more than a few times this seasonwhen the Cougars need points down the stretch Rotzler was sure of it quite a few years ago SV Rangers roll to 12th win of year By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Only 18 games into the season and the Smithson Valley Rangers already have equaled their 199495 win total A year ago the Rangers finished at 1219 narrowly missing the playoffs in the final game of the season This year all indications point to the next level With two games left until a districtopening battle against Hays the Rangers appear primed to contend for a district title On Tuesday Smithson continued to roll holding off the Austin Lanier Vikings 6260 at Ranger gym and taking fifth consecutive win since capturing the championship at the Mar ble Falls Classic on Dec 8 Senior forward Charlie Wood came through with a seasonhigh 16 points and 10 rebounds District coaches have tagged the Rangers as the preseason favorite Despite improving to 125 coach John Valenzuela isnt putting the Rangers at the forefront Were playing well but its hard to say how good we are at this Valenzuela said Our expectations are high but anything can happen A player can get injured or lost to grades We cant take any game lightly Talent isnt enough in this Against Lanier the Rangers jumped out early taking a 3928 lead in the first half The Vikings made a 2114 run but the rally fell short in the fourth quarter The victory came without the Rangers big man in the middle 6 5 senior post James Bohner who was out with strep throat Filling effectively and scoring eight points was 63 senior Jay Moeller He had seen very limited action this season but he came in a did a heck of a Valen zuela said Bill Sturgis came off the bench to score six points He also had five blocked shots and six rebounds The Rangers face Austin LBJ this Friday in the opening round of the Dripping Springs Tournament Thomas Godley Huskers title erases the crimes Watching Lawrence Phillips run over and around those poor Florida Gator defenders could almost make a football fan forget that Nebraskas star running back is a criminal By the first half of Tues days national championship game a half in which Phillips rumbled for over 100 yards and dazzled the crowd with a 41yard touchdown run that set the tone for the Fiesta Bowl blowout it seemed like old news that he had pleaded no contest to assault charges last September All season long the media had focused on the story of his arrest for attacking a former girlfriend and dragging her down a stairway It filled the newspapers and newscasts for months Nebraska coach Tom Osbome brushed aside the accusations that he was protecting Phillips for the sake of winning saying no one understood his players plight The coach took plenty of flak but held firm to his decision to allow Phillips back on the team He missed six games but ultimately Osbonie cleared him to suit up for in the big game in Tempe And was he ever ready The performance started with a 16yard touch down reception followed by the highlightfilm 41yard scamper and ended with a 16yard bolt up the middle dragging Gators with him As Phillips was piling up 165 yards and lead ing Nebraska to the nations No 1 final ranking CBS television announcers talked about a gift ed athlete who overcame a season in adversity The details of his arrest were left alone Not much was said either about the criminal past of Huskies talented noseguard Christian Peter who pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges last year In a September 95 issue Spans Illus trated documented the police records of Phillips Peter and two other Nebraska players who were charged with felonies involving weapons The article went on to discuss whether Osbome had shielded his players from the law At the end of Tuesdays game Osbome joked with reporters about the trials and tribulations in 1995 Im glad the season is over I hope all you guys concentrate on basketball now I need a With their 6224 jismantling of No 2 Flori da Nebraska will go down as one of the great est college football teams of all time The crimes will be forgotten Talent and winning has a way of doing that Thorns Godley is spans editor for the Her aldZeitung NFL Playoff Glance By The Associated Press WildCard Round Saturday Dec 30 Buffalo 37 Miami 22 Philadelphia 58 Detroit 37 Sunday Dec 31 Bay 37 Atlanta 20 Indianapolis 35 San Diego 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday Jan 6 Buffalo at Pittsburgh Green Bay at San Francisco 4 Sunday Jan 7 Philadelphia at Dallas Indianapolis at Kansas City 4 Conference Championships Sunday Jan 14 Pairings T8D and 4 Super Bowl At Sun Devil Stadium Tempe Ariz Sunday Jan 28 AFC champion vs NFC champion Sunday Feb 4 Pro Bowl at Honolulu Cowboys find fillin for Blake By DENNE H FREEMAN AP Sports Writer IRVING Texas AP Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Campo is wearing two hats in the playoffs New Oklahoma coach John Blake the former Dallas defensive line coach was giv en permission to leave the Cowboys and hit trie recruiting trail I was concerned about how he Blake could do a 100 percent job in both Dallas coach Barry Switzer said Tuesday I talked to him about it last night and he was relieved about the decision He will have a lot of dis tractions He needs to get on the recruiting trail if he expects to make an impact by the signing date on Feb 8 He said he knew Switzers influence helped land Blake the job although the former Oklahoma player has never been a head coach or coordinator I promised John a zirconian Super Bowl ring if we win the big Switzer joked Campo has coached the Dallas defensive line when Butch Davis was the coordinator While well miss John Blake we wont miss a beat in preparation because Campo has coached the position said owner Jerry Jones There was no question letting John get on with the Oklahoma job was the thing to do He needed to start preparing his staff for the Blake didnt attend practice and was busy wrapping up his business in Dallas Jones announced Tuesday that the available tickets for the NFC divisional playoff game against Philadelphia on Sunday sold out in 16 minutes You can see everyone is excited about us playing Philadelphia Jones said We have a lot of respect for them and so do our The teams split their twogame NFC East series While the Eagles flew off to Florida to prac tice the Cowboys stayed at Valley Ranch on Tuesday and worked on their soggy practice field after an overnight snow melted Herald Zeitung photo Storm Toos 3v3 Team recently took first place in the Austin USA 3v3 Funfest Girls under 12 recreational games Storm Too defeated the Western District Champion Bastrop Flames the Udy Aces by 0 score of 10 Storm Too then beat Austin UNO Rainbow in the championship match Competing in the 4v4 Challenge near Katy Houston the Storm played against boys teams Pictured above are Storm team members front left to right Rose I Lauren Owens Ashiee Dove back row Ashlee Dove Coach Odie Gutierrez and rgan Bosch S A Spurs hold back Utah Jazz in Shootout SAN ANTONIO San Antonio Spurs got a seasonhigh scor ing performance from a veteran guard a careerhigh night from a rookie guard and the usual performance from cen ter David Robinson Robinson had 31 points and 11 rebo unds Wednesday night while Vin ny Del Negro haxJ a seasonhigh 28 poi nts and Cory Alexander a careerhigh 1 2 points in 20 minutes as the Spurs roll edto a 11197 victory over the Utah Jazz Alexander got additional playing dm e after starter Avery Johnson picked up three fouls in the first half San Antonio coach Bob Hill was pie ased with the play of the rookie from V irginia especially since he was matche d against perennial AllStar John Stock ton He has lots of confidence He set a vision for Hill said Tonight was the fust time as a Spur that hes lac ed this much pressure It was a big ho me game facing Stockton and he did a good job guarding him which is tough for most human
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