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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                wlV Editor Thomas Qodley about Sports Day call Sports briefs 1 AMUUMWU rTVM 6y STEPHEN WILSON WIMBLEDON England AP Monica Seles return to Wimbledon after a fouryear absence was cut short Wednesday when she was beaten in the second round the secondseeded Seles was upset by Slovakias Katarina Studenikova Seles back at Wimbledon for the first time since losing the 1992 final to Steffi Graf made a slew of unchar acteristic unforced errors off both wings Seles displayed her usual resolve in fighting back to Win the second set but couldnt overcome the steady play artd big forehand of Studenikova ranked 59th in the world n any of KerilS Grand Slams Seles had beaten Studenikova 61 61 in the second round en route to the Australian Open title this year And Studenikova had Ibst in the first round at Wimbledon the past three years But Wednesday played the match of her life Hie Slo vak player kept Seles on the defensive most of the match moving her around with a slice backhand and a free swinging forehand reminiscent of Steffi Grafs I felt 1 had some chances defi nitely to win the match and I didnt take Seles said She just played much better on the key points For all the time she took chances most of the time they went in for her to I wasnt smarter thin I did and had a bettet tactic than I It was Studcnikovas first career win over a top 10 player She said she never felt intimidated Sefes had of her career at the Wimbledon warmup tournament in Eastbourne But she still seemed to lack the preci sion and timing that characterized her game at the Australian Open years young Comal triathlete Joan Reed returns from Japan With her latest race medal BY THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Joan Reed cant wait to hit 70 category where shell have the edge over the competition Right now Im in the upper level of the 65to 69 division which means Im going up against those young spring said Reed a Gar den Ridge resident and worldranked triathlete Next year Im going to be one of the young ones inmy class and mats going to make a big Reed who returned last week from a triathlon in Japan is living proof that the body is only as old as the mind deems it In training she pushes the limits with a fourhour daily regiment of run ning swimming and biking Three years ago she finished first in her age group in the grueling World Ironman Triathlon in Kono Hawaii coming short of the world record of 15 hours The record eluded her mere mat she met Yoichiro kotobuki a and the mayor of a small island in Japan Kotobuki remembered Reed for her act of kindness that helped him complete the race Near the end of the triathlon after a swim in the ocean a 112mile bike ride and a final stretch of the 26mile run Yoichiro 52 was on the verge of collapse when Reed took a moment in the race to urge him on The gesture from a woman 11 years his senior inspired him to dig in and con tinue Yoichiro never forgot the deed and took it upon himself to find and thank He was given a photo which he used to locate her in New Braunfels Two months ago he called to extend and invitation to his own cityspon sored triathlon on the island of Tokunoshima The expensepaid trip put Reed among 650 ath ifetes fromaround the wasthe only American female to Despite having only four weeks of training Reed made it to Japan and received a celebrity welcome from the hometown people After a town dance and dinner she was ready to race Fueled by Powerbars and local fans who shout ed in Japanese fight fight Reed com pleted the course in 7 hours 43 minutes over coming heat exhaustion and leg cramps from 105 lion woman Joan Reed toft of Garden has competed In for the past decade Above Reads hard work earned her an tion toTokunoshlma Japan where she met mayor Yoichiro Kotobuki and triathlon race director and translator Whit Raymond Submitted photos degree humidity during the 13mile run It was so uplifting to have die people behind you knowing what had happened during World she said The postrace events are embedded in her mem ory Kotobukis redcarpet treatment included an awards ceremony massage therapy musical celebration dinner and a questionandanswer session with local youth Reed returned home lastiWeek with new out look She is now aiming for the Sr Olympic Nationals in Tuscon Arizona Its only one of her goals If the Lord helps me I want to do another said Reed who works as a health instructor at Forest Waters Country Club And theres no telling what medals await Reed in 1997 when shell be the baby of her age Youth sports complex hits another watt A land controversy is brewing east of Interstate 35 At first it smacks of the classic propertyoWnerversus developer faceoff In this case how ever theres a twist The developer is not die evil creator of a power plant ois shopping mall No these builders are a nonprofit group of parents and coaches whoenvision ball parks for the kids of New Braunfels Theyve been giv en 150 acres from a generous land own er and after five years of searching and planning their vision of a youth sports complex appears right on the horizon Not so fastIts a complex issue On other side are the fanners who have lived near die proposed site for longer than the game of baseball has been played Some have worked the land and raised cattle since the 1850s They have enough problems with the current drought The complaint is that a ballpark would bring traffic noise Thomas Godtey Rockets select Hoyas big man HOUSTON AP Rudy Tomjanovich thinks the Houston Rockets got the most out of their sleepless nights For die third straight year the Rockets didnt have a firstround selection in the NBA draft but Tomjanovich thought the Rockets did a good job in leading off the sec ond round by picking Georgetowns Othella Harrington Tve been sleeping here Summit in the office the past three nights and you get a feel after watching so much Tomjanovich said The guy that got my attention at where we were first pick of second round was Har Harrington a 68 forward finished his college career with 201 blocks fourth best and he also was the schools fourthranked rebounder He averaged rebounds and points last season Youve got to give credit to the staff Its been hard er when you dont have a firstround Tom janovich said I couldnt be more excited about the guy we took Hes got some NBA skills skills that some of die guys taken higher dont Tomjanovich thinks No 1 draft pick Allen Iversons presence at Georgetown may have hidden some of Har ringtons potential get away fronitheciry racket Both sides have legitimate points and during a meeting Wednesday night they came to see each others perspective They had different opin ions but the majority agreed upon one point The city of New Braunfels is partly to blame for the current situa tion For years the growth in youth sports has gone neglected Enrollment in Little league soccer softball and football is increasing at a rate of four percent per year but the places for youth to play are dwindling There have been fist fights over who has the right to practice fields in town The need for space is urgent and die city might get that message if more people voiced 30 showed up for the meeting in a city with about young athletes The turnout needs to increase before its too late and kids are carrying bats for something other than hitting a baseball Thomas Godley is sports editor for the HeraldZeitung Astros Wall comes down on Padres By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO AP Rookie Donne Wall doesnt know what it feels like to lose in the majors this season The San Diego Padres are having a hard time remembering what its like to win Wall raised his record to 60 Wednesday night as die Houston Astros dropped the Padres to 519 in June by beating them 43 Wall who has won each of his last five starts following tiiree nodecisions allowed three runs and nine hits in eightplus innings Hes the first Houston pitcher to begin a sea son with six straight wins since Mike Scott did so in 1988 The Astros have won each of Walls nine starts since he was recalled May 14 from Houston when Doug Brocail went on the dis abled list Sean Berry again made his mark with a tworun homer in the fourth off Tim Worrell Berry hit a grand slam in the eighth Tues day to cap a fiverun inning in a 94 win Rangers find late magic once again By The Associated Press ARLINGTON Texas AP The Texas Rangers have made the comeback victory a habit this season Thats a big reason why theyre off to the best start in club history and hold a 6 lead in the AL West The Rangers pulled off their 24th comefrom behind win of the year Wednesday night as Juan Gonzalez hit a threerun double in the eighth inning for a 65 decision over the Balti more Orioles Gonzalez had struck out on a series of sliders from Alan Mills on Tuesday When he faced Mills with the game on the line Wednesday he was ready ripping Mills first pitch into right center The Orioles led 53 in the eighth when Mark McLemore led off with a single and stole second After Kevin Elster walked Darryl Hamilton sacrificed Sports briefs BOSTON AP Twotime national champion Jessica Davis captured the rhythmic gymnastics competition and a berth on the Olympic team Pavis from San Anselmo easily won with an allaround score of Finishing sec ond was Natalie Lacuesta who didnt compete because of a stress fracture in her left leg Her score from the national championships was used as allowed by rhythmic selection rules Tina Tharp finished third in Davis was the only one of the eight competi tors chosen for the Olympic team OTTAWA AP Eric Lamaze of Cana das Olympic equestrian team tested positive for cocaine and will be banned for four years from all show jumping competition Lamaze 28 has the right to appeal He failed a drug test at the Olympic team trials in Calgary Alberta on June 5 after finishing second ROCKWALL Texas AP Pittsburgh Steelers running back Bam Morris pleaded guilty to a felony marijuana possession charge in exchange for prosecutors recommendation that he not be imprisoned but receive probation Also a felony cocaine possession charge was dropped Morris 24 could still be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined for the thirddegree felony at a hearing set for July 11 However the district attorney will recom mend that he get six yews probation a fine and 200 hours of community service along with random drug testing 1 LOS ANGELES AP Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda was stricken by a heart attack and underwent angioplasty to unclog a heart artery Lasorda 68 had the pro cedure at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in nearby Inglewood His cardiologist said his heart is now working very very   

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