New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 17, 1996, Page 5

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December 17, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor David Winder about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day The Press wft’m going hold out M fear . plays rs who^MMK mmm Baity SwitzM YOIltfl The All-Star card contains cfi* counts from 16 New Braunfels merchants and can save up lo $316. Your $5 investment will earn 113 for the soccer association and help a soccer player earn incentive prizes. The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association attracts over 1,1 CX) local youth. For more information call 606-0729. learn to bowl dooooo Bowling instruction classes for beginners, and/or persons wanting to improve their skills are now held twice a month at Comal Bowl. Certified instructors are torgan Smith and Donald Stange.The emphasis Is Bowling is a lifetime sport” Classes are two 2-hour sessions using written material and personal one-on-one instruction on the lanes. The cost is $5 per class. For information call Morgan at 5980 or Donald (MI Association swab The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will be sponsoring severs! tournaments and other events in the upcoming weeks. At 6:30 p.m.on Dec. 18 a seminar by Jimmy Walker WIN be at the Senior Citizen's Center. There is no cost. To register for any event, please call Jodi McDonald at 625-4831 at least five days prior to the event. Some of the events will be limited in number of participates, so members should call early to assure registration. "Old" Ranger roundbalters! The annual Smithson Valley alumni basketball game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20 at about 9 p.m. This event pits odd-year graduates against even-year or early graduates against recent graduates. The freshman, junior varsity and the varsity Rangers will be playing their first district games of the season that night against the Hays Rebels at 4.6 and 7.30 p.m. respectively. The alums will tip off after the varsity game. Brush off those old shoes, get out the knee braces and come and have some fun. For questions or more information call SVHS at 904-7273, ext. 24. See you there! Television Times LA Lakers at Chicago (7 p.m. on TNT) Pro Hockey Dallas at Ottawa (7:30 pm on ESPN) Pro Boxing O'Sullivan vs. Hampton (8 pm, on USA) Wichita at Iguanas (6.30 p.m. on 1160)^ CU^atlttS5!1 (7:15 p.m. on 680) Rangers down Cougars, 47 -42 By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor The Smithson Valley Rangers used a pressure defense to jump out to a 15-4 lead and then held on for a 47-42 win over the Canyon Cougars at the Cougar Den Monday night. JefTHersrud had 12 point to lead the Rangers followed by Clayton Prescott with 11 points. The Cougars were led by Clinton Flume with 15 points and Travis Wommack had eight points. “We felt fortunate to have 29 points at halftime,’’ Smithson Valley coach John Valenzuela said. “We felt extremely fortunate to score 29 and hold Canyon to 16 points at halftime. , “Canyon wants to keep the score under 50. They want to keep the tempo down. When we had 29 points in the first half it really helped us going into the second half.” After falling behind 15-4 in the first quarter the Cougars outscored the Rangers 37-33 the rest of the game. “They came out with tough defensive pressure,” Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said. “They tried to force us into taking quick shots that we normally wouldn’t have taken. This is my third time around in this district. And anytime you can get a win on the road in this district, even if it’s ugly — John Valenzuela Ranger coach “Once we settled down and started to run the offense, things started to come around. But they did a good job. You've got to give that to them " In the third quarter the Cougars cut an 11-point Ranger lead to four but that would be the closest they would get. “We started to dictate the tempo and settle down." Rotzler said. “We slow things down and started looking for our shots." The Cougars were able to keep it close by hitting 16 of 25 free throws. “They're a great free throw shooting team." Valenzuela said. "They wanted to slow the ball game down, which they did. Smithson upends By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor, The Smithson Valley Rangers defeated the Canyon Cougarettes 57-36 at Ranger Gym Monday night. The Rangers improve to 2-0 in District 28-4A while the Cougarettes fell to 0-3. Andrea Kennedy led the Rangers with 19 points followed by Laura Arizpe with 16 points. Tiffany Weidner had eight points to lead the Cougarettes with Call Courtney following with seven. “We came out quick in the first half,” Ranger coach Carolyn Ckodre said. “We converted their turnovers and jumped out to a 24-13 lead in the first quarter. We wen able to dictate the tempo,anither*** ; v 4 &U Tho Rangers arc coming off an impressive showing at the Champions of the Coast tournament in Victoria last weekend. “We finished third after playing five games in three days,” Ckodre said. “We started playing pretty well and that just carried over into the Canyon game. “They’ve seen that we can play up tempo with control. We have to run our stuff and be patient.” The next test for the Rangers is this Friday against the Hays Lady Rebels. “YfeYe going down to play Hays and we’ve played poorly against them for the last three years,” Ckodre said. “I think it’s become a mental thing. We have to beat them so we can start preparing for teams Uke Del Valle.” The Cougarettes will be in the River City Classic this weekend. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL City Classic this weekend.    The    Rangers’ Laura Arizpe moves through the lane for two of her 16 points Monday night If you can’t beat them then sign them as a free agent By JAIME ARON    to Montreal.    mg    about    all    the    friends    he    was    leav- eially alter Mel Rojas signed w it AP Sports Writer    Rut after the World Series MVP intl hehind    the    Chicano    Cubs    and    Erie    Plunk By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Once John Wetteland opted out of the final year of his New York Yankees contract, he expected the World Series champions to come right back with another offer. it never happened. Wetteland eventually got tired of waiting for New York to do something, so he decided to do something on his own. He visited Texas, talked to Boston and considered going back Sports Briefs *r; _ to Christmas in tho dosort The Texas Longhorns are hoping a hard-line approach to this year's Fiesta Bowl will bring them a better outcome than last year's Sugar Bowl The Longhorns headed to New Orleans last year just five days before their New Year’s Eve matchup against Virginia Tech and ended up losing 28-10. Players acknowledged a lack of focus, aided by a controversy surrounding a defensive back who was exposed as a 30-year-old impostor. This year, 20th-ranked Texas (8-4) is planning to begin workouts in Tempe, Ariz., 11 days in advance of its New Year’s Day showdown against 7th-ranked Penn State (10-2). The Longhorns leave for Arizona Friday and will spend to Montreal. But after the World Series MVP spent some four hours at The Ballpark in Arlington with Rangers’ management last Thursday, he knew he’d found a new home. “It was just pretty hard to pass up,” Wetteland, 30, said Monday after signing a four-year, $23 million contract that makes him the highest-paid reliever ever. “The conditions here are too perfect. It’s kind of mind-blowing to me.” Wetteland said he loved being a Yankee, and nearly choked up think- Christmas in the desert “Last year, we were just kind of happy to be in an alliance bowl,” center Ryan Fiebiger said Monday “This year, we have a must-win attitude. I think going out early shows that our only focus is to win the bowl game.” Fiebiger said this will be the longest road trip he's ever taken Irvin dtnlH Im brok« probation with drug us# Michael Irvin says he’s still clean of drugs, despite rumors to the contrary. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver tried Monday to squelch talk that he had violated terms of his four-year probation on charges of drug possession. Irvin, suspended by the NFL for the first five games of the season, mg about all the friends he was leaving behind. “I’m really going to miss seeing those guys’ faces every day," he said. It was a goodbye he really didn’t expect to make. "I thought something was going to happen early (with the Yankees) because all the reports said they wanted to take care of that first,” he said. “I didn’t have time to he disappointed. I had to go and search elsewhere.” Texas was desperately seeking a closer of Wetteland’s stature, espe- made a rare appearance in the dressing room during the Cowboys’ daily media hour. Irvin had been speaking to the media only after games, For several weeks, rumors have swept the NFL that Irvin had a setback and was in danger of being sent to jail by state District Judge Manny Alvarez, who had warned him not to make even one slip. Alvarez's court coordinator, David Lozano, has affirmed Irvin’s contention that the rumors are unsubstantiated. Rockets sus to gst out off Summit loo so The Houston Rockets have gone to court in hopes of moving to a new home in a proposed downtown arena. Rocket Ball, the limited partner- c I u 11 y after Mel Rojas signed with the Chicago Cubs and Erie Plunk, whom general manager Doug Melvin coveted, re-signed with Cleveland. Surprisingly, the Rangers wound up getting Wetteland himself. “Somebody said this is as big as when Nolan Ryan came aboard," Melvin said. Wetteland’s deal includes a $1 million signing bonus and SI million in severance pay after his career. He’ll make $4 million in next season, $5.25 million in '98, $5.75 million in ’99 and $6 million in 2000. ship that owns the Rockets, wants to pay Arena Operating Co., which manages the city-owned Summit, all that is owed under the current lease, which runs through November 2003. "Rocket Ball has been discussing with the City of Houston Iplans for a new arena. “We as coaches had to make a decision about our defense. We had eight fouls (putting Canyon in the bonus) so every time we fouled we would be feeding the monster. “We told the guys with about 1:30 left in the game to use the same pressure without -topping the clock." The Range! coaching staff’s gamble paid off as the ■ angers were able to covert ‘iome Cougar turnovers down the stretcn. “This is my third time around in this district," Valenzuela said. “And anytime you can get a win on the road in this district, even if it’s ugly ..." Oilers give more than they get in turnovers By MICHAEL A. LUTZ AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The football just hasn't bounced the Houston Oilers’ way this season. Consequently, the Oilers won't be going to the playoffs this season. As effective as the Oilers defense has been this season, it hasn't forced enough turnovers to counter the damage of those committed by the Houston offense. Coach Jeff' Fisher says that’s why the Oilers, who started the season w ith promise at 5-2. have lost six of their last eight games and have been eliminated from the playoffs. “The reason is simple. It’s the turnovers," Fisher said. “We've had 18 turnovers since the Pittsburgh game (Oct. 20). Four of them went for touchdowns and we've gotten IO rn the last eight games.’ By and large’. That’s the difference." __ ‘This group has the approach that if we lose 3*0 ifs their fault. They have done the job and played well enough to win but we also expect them to find ways to turn the ball over and score on defense’ — Jeff Fisher The Oilers (7-8) had four turnovers in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, all by quarterback Chris Chandler on three interceptions and a fumble. Two turnovers set up Cincinnati touchdowns. The Oilers defense held the Bengals scoreless and allowed them only 23 yards in the first half. But Cincinnati got rolling in the second half when Chandler threw interceptions on three consecutive series. “This group (defense) has the approach that if we lose 3-0 its their fault,” Fisher said. "They have done the job and played well enough to win bul we also expect them to find ways to turn the ball over and to score on defense. "lf we do it any other way, you’re selling yourself short.” The Oilers have come up short most of the second half of the season as the offense has found increasing difficulty in sustaining drives. The Oilers reached Cincinnati's 5-yard line in the second quarter and could have taken a 13-0 halftime lead with a touchdown But Chandler tumbled, killing the drive. James Francis had two interceptions, one for a 42-yard touchdown. ;

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