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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung D Tuesday December 17 1996 O 5 Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor David Winder about Sports Day call 6259144 ext 24 Sports Pay COMMM BOWl t Bowling wanting to are now held twice a Comal Bowl1 Certified i Morgan Smith t Bowling Is wntten personah the The moreinformatiqH call j 6205980 or T lisw OOHAssocl The New Braunfe Golf soring and otjier events upcominrjweeks v At Dm 18 semioa Center There jsjqg A in niinriDer 1 pates j so members shxxi eeirlylo assure J f i x trap t basketball Ranger J i r The annual fvCr alumni basketball gameia scheduled forfriday Pej about 9 This event pits against graduates against recent limit S Rangers down Cougars 4742 By DAVID WINDER Sporls Editor The Smithson Valley Rangers used a pressure defense to jump out to a 154 lead and then held on for a 4742 win over the Canyon Cougars at the Cougar Den Monday night Jeff Hersrud 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 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 tem po down When we had 29 points in the first half it really helped us going into the second After falling behind 154 in the first quarter the Cougars outscored the Rangers 3733 the rest of the game They came out with tough defen sive Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said They tried to force us into taking quick shots that we nor mally wouldnt have taken This is my third time around In this district And any time you can got a win on tho road in this district ovon if its 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 Youve got to give that to In the third quarter the Cougars cut an 11point Ranger lead to four but that would be the closest they would get We started to dictate the tempo and settle Rotzler said We slow things down and started looking for our The Cougars were able to keep it close by hitting 16 of 25 free throws Theyre a great free throw shooting Valenzuela said They wanted to slow the ball game down which they did Canyon 3i v v tAK1 Ji i 4 DAVID The Sniithwri Valley Rangers defeat ed Cougarettes 5736 Ranger Gyrn Mbnday night The Rangers impriye to 20 in District 28 4A while the Cougarettes fell to 03 Andrea Ke nedy led the Rangers 19 points followed by Laura Arizpe With 16points TirTarty Weidher had eight points to lead the Cougarettes with Cali Courtney following with seven We came out quick in the first Ranger coach said Wf converted Itheir turnovers and jumped out to ft 2413 lead in the first Jpfthe in i finished thjrd after playing five games in three days j Ckodre said We started playing pretty well and that just carried over into the Canyon game Theyve seen that we can play up tftmpo with have to run our stuff and be the next test for the Rangers is this Friday Against the Hays Lady Rebels dbwrtjto play Hays and played poorly against them for the last three iCkodre said I think its become a mental thing We have1 to beat them sb we can start preparing for teams like Del The Gougarettes will be in the River City Classic this weekend HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL TtM Ranojira Laura Arizpe movea through the lane for two of her 16 points Monday night If you cant beat them then sign them as a free agent By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON Texas AP Once John Wetteland opted out of the final year of his New York Yan keescontract 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 some thing so he decided to do something on his own He visited Texas talked to Boston and considered going back Sports Briefs Longhonw to spend Christmas In MM The Texas Longhorns are hop ing a hardline approach to this years Fiesta Bowl will bring them a better outcome than last years Sugar Bowl The Longhorns headed to New Orleans last year just five days before their New Years Eve matchup against Virginia Tech and ended up losing 2810 Players acknowledged a lack of focus aided by a controversy surround ing a defensive back who was exposed as a 30yearold impostor This year 20thranked Texas 8 4 is planning to begin workouts in Tempe 11 days in advance of its New Years Day showdown against 7thranked Penn State 10 The Longhorns leave for Arizona Friday and will spend to Montreal But after the World Series MVP spent some four hours at The Ball park in Arlington with Rangers man agement last Thursday he knew hed found a new home It was just pretty hard to pass Wetteland 30 said Monday after signing a fouryear million con tract that makes him the highestpaid reliever ever The conditions here are too perfect Its kind of mind blowing to 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 center Ryan Fiebiger said Monday This year we have a mustwin atti tude I think going out early shows that our only focus is to win the bowl Fiebiger said this will be the longest road trip hes ever taken Irvin dsnlss broke probation with drug use Michael Irvin says hes 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 fouryear probation on charges of drug possession Irvin suspended by the NFL for the first five games of the season ing about all the friends he was leav ing behind Im really going to miss seeing those guys faces every he said It was a goodbye he really didnt 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 he said I didnt have time to be disap pointed I had to go and search else Texas was desperately seeking a closer of Wettelands 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 set back 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 Alvarezs court coordinator David Lozano has affirmed Irvins contention that the rumors are unsubstantiated Rockets sue to get out of Summit lease The Houston Rockets have gone to court in hopes of moving to a new home in a proposed down town arena Rocket Ball the limited partner cially after Mel Rojas signed with the Chicago Cubs and Eric Plunk whom general manager Doug Mclvin coveted resigned with Cleveland Surprisingly the Rangers wound up getting Wetteland himself Somebody said this is as big as when Nolan Ryan came Melvin said Wettelands deal includes a mil lion signing bonus and million in severance pay after his career Hell make million in next season million in 98 million in 99 and million in 2000 ship that owns the Rockets wants to pay Arena Operating which manages the cityowned Summit all that is owed under the current lease which runs through November 2003 Rocket Ball has been dis cussing with the City of Houston Iplans for a new arena We as coaches had to make a deci sion 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 left in the game to use the same pres sure without topping the The Rangci coaching staffs gamble paid off as the i angers were able to covert some Cougar turnovers down the strelcn This is my third time around in this Valenzuela said And anytime you can get a win on the road in this district even if its ugly Oilers give more than they get in turnovers By MICHAEL A LUTZ AP Sports Writer HOUSTON AP The football just hasnt bounced the Houston Oilers way this season Consequently the Oilers wont be going to the playoffs this season As effective as the Oilers defense has been this season it hasnt forced enough turnovers to counter the dam age of those committed by the Houston offense Coach Jeff Fisher says thats why the Oilers who started the season with promise at 52 have lost six of their last eight games and have been eliminated from the playoffs The reason is simple Its the Fisher said Weve had 18 turnovers since the Pittsburgh game Oct Four of them went for touch downs and weve gotten 10 jn the last arid thaPs trie yl Ofi This group has the approach that if we lose 30 its 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 Fisher The Oilers 78 had four turnovers in Sundays 2113 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 30 its their Fisher said 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 to score on defense If we do it any other way youre selling yourself 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 Cincinnatis 5 yard line in the second quarter and could have taken a 130 halftime lead with a touchdown But Chandler fum bled killing the drive James Francis had two interceptions one for a 42yard touchdown
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