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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung fl Friday January 11 Day TolalkwIlhSpofls Editor David Winder about Sports Day call 6269144 ext 24 j Sports Day Playoffs are the priority By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor At this point in the II gomci are now mustwin situations for area basketball teams hoping to make the playoffs And all the Coma I county basketball teams arc still trying to make the playoffs We had to win against Locktuirt last Smithson Valley coach Carolyn Ckodrc said Now our most important game of the sea son is this The Rangers 168 33 will play at tonight against the Oonzalcs Lady Apaches 118 24 at Ranger Gym They worry me because they arc such an athletic Ckodrc said They leap really well Theyre short but they can leap And the one thing remember from our first game was that we couldnt run on them because they were so The Rangers arc currently in third place in District 284A behind Bas trop Del Vitllc and Hays The New Draunfcls Unicorns 12 find themselves tied for third need to out this round with a win Iff wo can I ffool good about our ehaneos In tho soeond round wo have pooplo coming to our Larry Schulte Unicorn coach place with Madison 128 32 in District 265A The Unicorns will try to move up in the standing at 5 today when they play Mac Arthur 23 1210 at Littleton Gym Theyre just like several other teams in that theyre fighting for a playoff Unicorn coach Larry Schulte said I feel good about this team New Were still in The Unicorns faced a tough stretch of playing at Scguin Judson and Madison and then hosting Roosevelt We need to close this round out with a win if we Schullc said I feel good about our chances In the second round we hnvc people coming to our The Canyon Coitgarcltes 05 4 13 will try to get their first district win ofthe season when they piny Lockhart I 4 416 at tonight at the Cotigiir Den In the first round of district play the Cougarcllcs were still getting acquainted with each other after some of the teams members made it to the volleyball slate semifinals We lost to them by two Lock Cougar coach Tina Duncan said But Cali Courtney had only two hours of practice And Becky Tiffany Wcidncr and Rancssa Rcch had only Duncan said she expects n belter team now that he second round of the district season in about to begin Im definitely thinking that peo ple arc not going to expect much from Duncan said We were at the point nl the start of district that most people arc til during the first week of the season I think were ready HornWZallimg photo by MICHAEL The Unicorns Emllle Wotipka makes her move Monday night Free agent fan touring country for new team By DALE HOPPER Prowi Wrilor BALTIMORE Michael Volpc said he appreciated lunch with the Haiti more Orioles general manager the chance to loss a ample of pilches at Cain den Yards and the jersey Bui the 44yearold selfdescribed Irec agcnl fiui is looking for more than I In oneday thrill he got Thursday Alter 36 years of cheering for the San Francisco Giants Volpc a Little League cyajdi ami father1 Of another team worthy olhis devotion he loudly lell the ranks ol iiauls fans when they traded Malt Williams his favorite player And quite literally a major league bid ding war for Volpc s allegiance is under way Since leaving the Giants he has written to all 27 major league teams ask ing why he should be their fan Thursday it was the Orioles turn to answer the quest ion But Ihis fan can IK bought At the Caimlen Club Volpe who got his own Orioles jersey luring his visil to Camden Yards paid for his own lunch will Pat iillick so it wouldnt look like lie could be bought I le later loured the club house where he look a few moments at the locker of shoitslopCal Ripken While the milkdrinking Iron Man is one olhis sons favorite players Volpe had some concerns about holding up another Oriole as a role model Roberto Alomars infamous spilling onlheiimpiie incident sent the wrong message to young people he said Volpes Little league players shake hands with the umpires alter a game something Volpe would like to sec major leaguers do If Alomar had up front il would have been Volpe said But reservations for the rioles second baseman aside Volpe got n special thrill when he stepped onto the snowcovered pitchers mound at Camden Yards and lossed a couple over the plate I thought Im throwing Ihis pitch for all of baseballs Volpe said slarry cyed in Ithrew it high 11 I imtlwidc V liven alter all the longuciifchcek woo ing team spokesman John Maroon said earlier in the week he planned lo close the deal on Volpe on Thursday the Orioles could not get a commitment from the demanding fan I he chances of me becoming an Ori oles fan are about the same HH any oilier Volpe safd But Volpe would like lo see baseball i lake Ihe concerns of fans like him serii oiisly I le licls about the game losing young liins lo basketball and other sports and said he hopes acting commissioner Bud Scligand playcis union head Don Fchrgcl the message thai fans are important lo the game Maroon who Invited Volpe lo lunch thought his message was important Tans arc the straw that stirs Ihe Maroon said If we dont remember that baseball is in trouble The impor tant thing is not whether lie picks the ri oles or not The important thing is Ilia he picks a baseball Boys basketball teams hoping to build winning streaks By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor The Canyon Cougars won their first district game last Tuesday against the Oustrop Dears At tonight the Cougars will travel to Lockhart lipping to start their first district winning streak of the season Locklmrt is a fairly athletic Cougar coach Kenny Rotzler said Were going to have to continue to play mostly half Rotzler suid the Cougars won their first game by slaying patient and knocking down open shots it Is Important for us to control the tempo of the game and play well on Rotzler suid Wo just have to continue to do those type of The Cougars 13 712 are cur rently tied for sixth place in District 284A with the Uustrop Bears The New UruunfeU Unicorns also won their first district game of the season Tuesday night The Unicorns are now in sixth place in District 265A after defeating Roo uevelt That a groat victory for Unicorn coach Cliff Wilkins suid We really needed that But to get another one the Uni corns will have to beat highly ranked Mac Arthur We cannot get in a run and shoot Id love It a whole lot more If wo were tied for first place when the second round John Valenzuela Ranger coach game with Wilkins suid We cant allow them to play volleyball with the bull off the glass Were going to have to pluy Ihe perfect ball game and shoot the ball well I think the kids feel they can compete Tho Smithson Valley Rangers kept rolling along with a victory over Lockhart Tuesday night The Rangers 41 129 have nine of their last 11 games and are now in a threeway tie for first place Id love it a whole lot more if wo were tied for first place when the second round Ranger coach John Vulenzucla said We have just got to keep playing like weve been The Rangers will play at tonight at We have to play great on the Valenzuelu said We have to put ournelvcs in a position to win We can win if we do those little HtwaW Zoituny photo by MICHAl t UAHNAII Canyons Zac Rosson leads the Cougars fast break In a recent game
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