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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas q ihursday October Cl 5 Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor David Winder about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 Comal County Sports 1 saiisagelb MMtller 6eer oFcullfgantwater s s fRegstration is in3 tyVQPDdefSolers vwitonioand 5000 held id conjunction with tjft Qatholio FesWal k Ttwrunjyill at ipfprraation call f l I l Sports Day Area netters fight for playoff positions By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor Its all going to be settled Friday night The top four teams in District 284A meet tomorrow night in two matches that will decide whos in whos out and whos where in the playoff race If Smithson Valley defeats Del Valle and Canyon defeats Hays then the Rangers are district champs and the Cougarettes and Hays are in the play offs Any other scenario and the playoff picture starts to get a little tricky But the only scenarios that Smithson Valley coach Margaret Mitcham and Canyon coach Donna Boehle are wor ried about are their teams winning their respective matches Smithson Valley serves as host to Del Valle at at Ranger Gym while Hays visits the Cougar Den at for a showdown with Canyon Were wanting a Comal County sweep Mitcham said A Canyon win would help us out a lot But we have to worry about beating Del Valle Our first goal is to be at least codistrict If Smithson Valley and Hays both win then they would share the District crown Under that scenario then Canyon would advance over Del Valle because the Cougarettes have defeated the Car dinals in both district meetings this year But Boehle and the Cougarettes have no plans of backing into the play oifs They are putting all their efforts into defeating Hays a team they lost to earlier this year I thought we were very effective when we played our Boehle said Theyre a great team I feel like we can beat them if we play our Mitcham said the Rangers also will have to play better this time around if they want to beat the Cardinals Earlier this season Del Valle hahded Smithson Valley one of its two district losses We didnt play very Mitcham said We didnt play very good defense We made too many errors In one game they only scored two points HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Top Tyana Michalec digs a shot for the Cougarettes earlier this sea son Above Jenny Huckle sets up a shot for the Rangers A win tomorrow night would give the Rangers a piece of the district title All the rest we gave them on our But this time around the Rangers are the top of their game and know the district title is at stake They do understand whats going Mitcham said Winning district by ourselves would be the ultimate But we have to concentrate on win ning our own The New Braunfels Unicorns can have the district title all to themselves with a victory over Seguin at Fri day night at Unicorn Gym A Madison loss also would give the Unicorns sole possession of the District 265A championship We dont want to share it with any Joy Orr said We want to show everyone that were No HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Haley Helmley left and Kristi Hull put up a block for the Unicorns Former 5 A schools fighting for new 4A playoff berths By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer DALLAS AP Its almost time for Class 4A to split into two playoff brackets for the first time and it is highly likely the large school portion will include a bunch of teams that were in 5 A last season Thats exactly what Corpus Christi Calallen coach Phil Dana her tried warning everyone about when the new playoff alignment was announced last year Its ridiculous the way they have Danaher said All theyve done is create another playoff position for 5As It wasnt going to help the The University Interscholastic Leagues decision to allow three teams per 4A district to make the postseason beginning this fall gives it the same postseason system 5A has used since 1990 Basically the largest of the top three district finishers regardless Its ridiculous the way they have it All theyve done is create another playoff position for 5As It wasnt going to help 4A coach Phil Danaher of their place goes into Division I The smaller two go into Division II The Division I playoffs begin with 32 teams compared with 64 for Division II and is a week shorter The problem the UIL faced in getting the plan started was adding more teams into 4A So during Februarys realign ment 4A grew by 26 teams and 18 of them came from 5 A Thats what bothered Danaher and his likeminded brethren They feared that many of the 32 spots created for 4A teams would wind up going to former 5A schools meaning fewer true 4A schools would get the berths created for them At the same time 5A teams that otherwise wouldve finished fourth in their districts would now make the 5A playoffs Thus 4As playoff expansion ends up benefiting 5A teams more If they could vote again I think a lot of people would just let four 5A teams in and leave 4A Dana her said That may be the case But not necessarily The general feeling among coach es and the main reason the change was made is that more playoff spots is a good thing no matter who gets them Sports Briefs Braves blow big lead to Yanks in game and in series ATLANTA AP The Atlanta Braves took one of the biggest gambles in baseball history The New York Yankees turned it into the second biggest comebacks in World Series history Pinchhitter Wade Boggs drew a basesloaded walk with two outs in 10th inning after a questionable intentional walk to Bernie Williams and the Yankees beat Atlanta 86 to even the Series at two games each The strategy went awry when los ing pitcher Steve Avery walked Boggs on a full count forcing home the goahead run Jim Leyritzs threerun homer in the eighth inning tied the game as the Yankees rallied from a 60 deficit Two innings later they made it a record 70 on the road this post season The win in the longest game in World Series history 4 hours 17 minutes ensured New York would return to Yankee Stadium this weekend With two dirts in the 10th Tim Raines drew a walk from Avery and moved to second on Derek Jeters single Atlanta manager Bobby Cox elected to walk Williams MVP of the ALCS and a herointhe Yankees victory the previous night Charlie Hayes followed Boggs walk with a pop that first baseman Ryan Klesko dropped for an error allowing another run to score Graeme Lloyd escaped a jam in the ninthand was the winner when John Wetteland got two outs for a save Saints to march in with new head coach Venturi NEW ORLEANS AP The New Orleans Saints appointed lineback ers coach Rick Venturi as interim head coach yesterday Johnson plans to get tricky By DENNE H FREEMAN AP Sports Writer IRVING Texas AP The Dallas Cowboys know nobody knows them like Jimmy Johnson They figure Johnson willwork long and hard coming up with defensive schemes to try to con fuse offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese when the Miami Dol phins play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday They concede Johnson will find a way to do some things dif ferent in the Dan Marinoled offense Johnson knows the Dal las defense like few do And tricks The Cowboys know how Johnson a psychology major at the University of Arkansas can concoct tricks to be used on special teams at crit ical moments Theyve been with him when he ordered onsides kicks and fake punts Once against the Indi anapolis Colts he had field goal holder Jay Novacek take a direct snap Novacek jumped to his feet and ran for a touchdown Were sure Jimmy is going to spring said center Dale Hellestrae Hell do some thing Jimmy always has some thing special for special games We know how good it would make him feel for Jimmy to win this game and get under owner Jerry Jones Offensive guard Nate Newton said Johnson will work long and hard to confound the Cowboys There will be some onside kicks or crazy Newton said Hell do anything he can to win this game I kind of like his Running back Emmitt Smith said he loved playing for John son who was always trying to find an edge I didnt want to see him leave as head Smith said I know he wants to win this game very very bad I can imagine what will be said after the game if he does win Hell do every thing in his power to win He wont be on the field making tackles but hell come up with something extra something spe cial Well just try not to be sur Bill Bates the star of the Cow boys special teams said Johnson usually tries to have at least two or three surprises ready for big games 55 WpbiOfi ViHty 64
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