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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A G HeraldZeitung O Sunday January Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 Herald Zeitung Sports Day The Press Patience is the one thing you need But Im not really a patient per Dallas Cowboys receiver Kevin Williams on his recent success in the Cowboys passing game In the news Seguin Sidekicks open 1996 soccer season The Seguin Sidekicks soccer team will continue tryouts today for boys ages 12 and under from 2 to 4 at Seguin High School practice field on E Court St The session is open to youth born between Aug and July Players under the age limits may try out for the team Anyone interested should be accompa nied by a parent or guardian at the ses sions to sign the necessary release form or pick one up in advance at Seguin Alternator GBRA or Vivroux Sporting Goods Players must wear shortsv soccer shoes and shin pads Bringa No 4 soccer ball The Sidekicks Board approved the new team at the December meeting and also approved Ken Kiel and Kenny Dykes as coaches for the team After the spring league the coaches and sidekicksboard will evaluate plans for an additional team in the fall for boys under the age of 14 Seguin Sidekicks team was formed in 1994 to encourage player development through training and competitive play For more information call Kiel at 327 3569 Dykes at 3725356 or Rossi Flores Baseball practice sessions offered to local players Baseball players ages nine to 18 can sign up for practice sessions scheduled to begin March 1 at Home Run Batting Cages 1563 GrueYie St in Gruene The practices which will provide quali ty instruction on hitting fielding throwing and game rules will be led by Jim Pace and his staff Pace a successful coach and former semipro player is a current college and high school umpire with 30 years of experience The sessions are scheduled for after school and weekends The cost is per half hour All equipment will be furnished but players may bring their own For more information call Pace at 609 6676 CYO track to have signup The Catholic Youth Organization will be taking registration for track for youths boys and girls ages 4 to 17 today from to noon All registrations will be held in front of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Castell New Braunfels While the CYO is a Catholic organization all sports programs sponsored by the CYO including track soft ball basketball and soccer are open to all young boys and girls of the community The CYO athletic programs have been devel oped to provide sporjs activities to local youth For more information call Anthony Klar president of the CYO at 6091694 Mavericks outlast Suns in OT PHOENIX AP The Phoenix Suns injury problems arent eliciting any pity from Dallas coach Dick Motta Everybody has to go through Motta said after the Mavericks 140130 overtime win Friday night over the Suns who were playing their third straight game with only eight healthy players I feel bad when players are hurt but I dont carry sorrow past the starting lineup We were probably more wounded than they are because their bench is so much deeper than Not necessarily considering reserve guard Tony Dumas came off the bench to score a careerhigh 39 points for Dallas including 20 in the second period and four in overtime The secondyear pro entered the game with a average His previous career best was 35 points on Dec 12 against Seattle We practice shooting ojaen jumpers all ctey so I shot it the way I do in said Dumas who made 15 of 19 ld goals six 3point goals I was wide open on picks and I took advantage of Unicorns Cougarettes soccer notch first wins From Staff reports The New Braunfels and Canyon girls varsity soccer teams came away with their first win of the season Friday and Saturday The NBHS Unicorns 11 cruised past the Austin Anderson Trojans by a score of 31 at Unicorn Stadium on Saturday Audrey Aguirre Shawn Lindsey and Jennifer Alford each scored a goal NBHS coach Joey Trevino said the key to the victory was the Unicorns passing game The girls spread the ball around real Trevino said They are starting to have confidence in each other Weve improved with each The junior varsity also won 30 Jody Hetchler scored two goals and Valerie Steagall added another The Unicorns next take on Austin Bowie on Monday The JV plays at 6 and the varsity at The Cougarettes coming offa 40 loss to Lockhart rebounded with a 10 win over the San Marcos Rattlers Leslie Zunker kicked the winning goal Canyon is in its first year under coach Steve Zimmerman The Smithson Valley Rangers defeated San Antonio Roosevelt 20 Dawn Gibson and Jill Rust each scored to give the Rangers 11 their first win of the season District 52 soccer I Scores Braunfsls0i Ancterson i Canyon IjSanMarcosdL Smjthson Valley 2 Roosevelt fr Alafto Hei0hts 4 Unfer 0 Next Tuesdays New Braunfels at Austirt Incarnate Word at Canyon St Marys at Smithson Valley ir NBHS rocks Lockhart By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor New Braunfels opened the District 284A race with a bang Putting on its best offensive performance of the season the Unicorns took an 8160 victory over the Lockhart Lions on Fri day at Unicorn Gym Four players scored in double figures as New Braunfels held at least a 13point lead through most of the second half Tony Bradford a 63 junior led the way scor ing 17 points Raymond Chapa had 15 including three 3pointers Buddy Martens and Aaron Moore finished with 10 and 11 respectively The Unicorns effectively handled Lockharts press which cleared the way for open jumpshots and layups Lockhart coach Brad Ingram stayed with the fullcourt traps which forced only nine turnovers and allowed transition points on the other end We gave up some easy ones but when we got down by 13 or 14 in the second half I felt like we had to keep the pressure afid try to get something Ingram said It worked to an extent but New Braunfels shot really well On defense their matchup zone gave us For the game the Unicorns hit of 46 shots from the field and seven of 16 from threepoint range The 81 points was the highest total this sea son Meanwhile the Lions made their living at the free throw line converting 30 of 44 shots from the stripe The Unicorns went to the free throw line nine times and made five shots Ian Owens who scored four points pulled down 10 of the Unicorns 24 rebounds Lockhart fell behind 1912 at the end of the first quarter Midway through the second quarter Cha pa reeled off seven points in a twominute span Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tony Bradford led the Unicorns with 17 points in an 8160 win over Lockhart Lions capped by a three pointer at that put the Uni corns ahead 3016 The lead stretched to 3926 at halftime Bradford sank a three point shot at the buzzer to make it 5941 heading into the fourth quarter The Lions continued trapping with little success We expected them to put a lot of pressure but we can break any press as long as we prepare for it at Bradford said Our shots were falling tonight because weve really been working on putting ourselves in gametype situations at Martens put an exclamation on the night by nailing a 40foot shot at the buzzer to end the game The Unicorns next travel to Hays on Tues day for a tipoff Bastrop bruises Canyon By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor BASTROP The Bastrop Bears bumped and bruised their way to a 5451 win over the Canyon Cougars on Friday The loss ended a sevengame winning streak for Canyon That was one of the most physical outofcontrol games Ive ever been asso ciated Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said There were hands bodies and push ing all night long but not too many fouls were called They let them Starting guard Hector Torres left the game in the first quarter after suffering a cut on his eye that required stitches The injury came from a headbutt by a Bas trop player Bastrop which led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter took a 3629 lead into the locker room The Cougars went on a 1610 run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 4645 at the start of the fourth quarter The Bears pushed the lead to 11 before Canyon came within three in the final minute Down 5451 the Cougars had two chances to force a tie in the final 15 seconds But Jimmy Keresztury and Travis Wommack missed the mark on three point attempts Keresztury was held to 12 points nine below his Wommack led all players with 19 Rocky Johnson pumped in 13 District standings 284A boys Overall District Smithson Valley 135 10 Bastrop tt8 10 New Braunfels 912 10 Lockhart 139 01 Canyon 01 Hays 1011 N Braunfels 81 LocKhart 60 Bastrop 64 Canyon 51 Smith Valley 36 Hays 33 flirts District standings 284A girls Overall District Bastrop 221 30 Hays 11 tockhart 180 21 Smithson Valley 11 NewBrauntels 710 11 Canyon 714 72 Bastrop 83 Canyon 39 Hays 63 Smith Valtey 57 New Braunfels soccer on track for district Frogi staff reports HeraWZeitung photos by MICHAEL DAHNALL Joe Cortez left keeps an eye on the ball during firsthalf action against the McNeil Mavericks The Unicorns won 41 The New Braunfels Unicorns took on previous ly unbeaten Round Rock McNeil and coasted to a 41 win on Friday at Unicorn Stadium McNeil entered the game loaded with interna tional players and plans for revenge after last years 21 loss This years roster included players from Nigeria Brazil and a host of Division I club players Kyle Reneaus header off a cross pass from Andy Holtman opened the scoring The second goal came when Holtman was tripped in the penal ly box and received a penalty kick Reneau nailed the kick to make it 20 Sid Gosa Michael Kawazoe Klif Steagall and Travis Baker stifled the Mavericks highscoring Bradley Brandenburg made two diving saves to keep the score 20 Marco Sanchez and Josh Motz applied early pressure that contained McNeil in the second half The Unicorns third goal came off a 20yard kick by Gilbert Morales who nailed the upper 90 degrees for a 30 lead McNeil pre vented the shutout with 10 minutes left in the game on a direct kick by Kenny Olawaufe Holtman scored the final goal on a 20yard throwin by Brandenberg Holtman headed he ball past a div ing McNeil goalie Thomas Godley Of Bears Buttons and other mascots The Bears mauled the Cougars on Friday Now theres a game with two classic mascots Not like last Tuesday when the Unicorns beat the But tons of Central Catholic New Braunfels fans probably give little thought to their high schools mythical mas cot Around here the Unicorn is a symbol of pride and tradition Its taken for granted that others schools accept the onehorned creature Truth is the same people who never in their lives have heard of Wurstfest usually have a puzzled look when I tell them I write sports stories on the Unicorns People consider it an odd mascot a deviation from the traditional Lions Tigers Eagles and Bears Ive defended the Unicorn more than once pointing out that beyond its mystical powers a Unicorn if it had to could gore a nasty flesh wound with that one hern Maybe gouge an eye Anyway its a unique fictitknisanirnai unlike the stereotypical Bulldogs Panthers Mustangs and Wildcats Ive never heard of another high school in Texas that cheers for the Unicorn Maybe it would catch on faster if we followed the University of Texas Long horns fans and turned it into a contraction Cook1 Em Corns has a nice ring to it The Unicorn may be a rare symbol for a high school football team but theres a lot to like about the magical animal and the players can at least feel secure in the fact that the pointy rod on his forehead adds an element of fear On the other hand no one has ever been injured by a Button Somewhere an athlete is saying we shouldnt be disrespecting the kids from Central Catholic but lets be honest Few opponents are shivering with intimidation when they enter that gym and see a huge shirt with a disklike fastener painted on the wall On the positive side though the mascot lends itself to fun headlines like Lady Lions undo Buttons snap win and Buttons ripped by Central Catholic students are quick to point out that a button is part of a rattler They probably also like to say a mascot isnt such a big deal Still there are people who make judgements based on team names On the sitcom Diane used to make her football predictions based on a survivalofthefittest view of the animal kingdom If it ever came down to a physi cal confrontation between a Bear and a Dolphin theres no question that claws do more damage than fins Naturally she picked Chicago over Miami Ultimately its about intimidation which is why a lot of schools stick with villainous mascots Look at what the Oakland Raiders have accomplished with that black and sil ver bandit on their helmets three Super Bowls and ten division Meanwhile nice guys like the Patriots tend to finish last The Book of Lists has the 12 Gentlest College Team Among the least imposing mascots are the New York Uni versity Violets Whittier California Poets the St Marys of the Woods Woodsies and the University of Pennsylvania Quak ers The list omits the Virginia Tech Hok ies but after what they did to the Long horns no one is poking fun at the 1996 Sugar Bowl champion Players like to be associated with teams that strike fear in the enemy Jack Handey the Saturday Night Live philosopher put it best in his book of Deep when he wrote that in the future he hopes Americans are thought of as vicious warlike people because then a lot of high schools might choose Americans as their mascot Theyd certainly have an edge on the Buttons Thomas Godley is sports editor for the
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