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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung 0 Tuesday April 0 5 Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call 6259144 Ext 223 Readers can also send email to Tjeffrey@aol.com HeValdZeitung Sports Day The Press Comal County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows Unicom football team set to pump iron on Thursday The New Braunfels High School football team will hold a liftathon at Thursday in the gymnasium Admission is free For more information call Coach Kingsbury at 6255713 Marion Athletic Booster Club golf tournament The Marion Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring a golf tour nament May 3 at Northcliffe Country Club to raise funds for scholarships and athletic equip ment The event is limited to 72 golfers and registrations are due Friday For more informa tion call Susan Wehe at 210 9143636 or Aubry Foster at 210 3035765 Newcombe Ranch Spring Invitational tournament Tennis players are invited to compete in the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Spring Invitational tournament which begins at Sunday The event is open to adults and juniors ages 14 to 16 Entry fees are per doubles team or per members doubles team The entry deadline is Saturday and registrations will not be taken over the phone For more information call Tom Brownhil at 6430404 Soccer team has two openings for trip The Texas Rangers soccer has two openings for players born between Aug 1 and July The team will be traveling to England Ireland and Scotland this summer from July 13 to Aug 1 For more information call 4928706 or 6968247 Sundance Golf Course Twilight League Sundance Golf Courses Twilight League will have its organizational meeting at 6 May 1 at the Sundance Golf Course pro shop Priority in league play will be given to teams which have pre viously competed League play will be for 12 weeks beginning May 21 and running to Aug 13 Play will be a scramble format each Wednesday night with a shot gun start at 6 All team captains who wish to form a team should attend the organizational meeting If you have questions call the pro shop at 6293817 Tuesday April 22 Golf Canyon at Region IV4A tournament Tennis Canyon at Region IV4A tournament Smithson Valley at Region IV4A tournament Baseball New Braunfels at Bastrop at Smithson Valley Del Valle at Wednesday April 23 Golf Canyon at Region IV4A tournament Thursday April 24 Softball Playoffs New Brauntels vs Holmes at UTSA 4 Canyon vs Marble Falls at Dripping Springs Tennis New Braunfels at Region IV5A tournament Friday April 25 Tennis New Braunfels at Region IV5A tournament Baseball Smithson Vallay at Lockhart Canyon at Track New Braunfels at Region IV5A meet Canyon at Region IV4A meet Smithson Valley at Region IV4A meat Friday April 25 Track New Braunfels at Region IV5A meet Canyon at Region IV4A meet Smithson Valley at Region IV4A meet Spurs9 dismal season comes to an end San Antonio believes the future will be much better By KELLEY SHANNON AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO The Spurs miserable season is finally over Now the team is looking ahead to happier times David Robinson predicts his injured back and foot will be in good shape come fall Sean Elliott will have the summer to heal his knee And if theyre lucky the Spurs could nab the No 1 pick in the NBA draft You can just look at the future right said point guard Avery Johnson And I think ours is San Antonios worst season in franchise histo ry ended Sunday with the1 Spurs posting a 2062 overall record after a 10399 loss to Houston Im really proud of the way these guys persevered and stuck together They are to be Spurs coach Gregg Popovich I promise this wont happen Johnson said Words cant describe how I feel right now Its real With star center Robinson out injured almost the entire season the Spurs lacked the power that had propelled them to the playoffs each year since Robinsons rookie season in 198990 It didnt help that other key players including Elliott were sidelined this year with assorted ailments San Antonio ended the season with 347 games lost to injuries another franchise record Spurs coach Gregg Popovich applauded his players for the way they endured the tough times Im really proud of the way these guys per severed and stuck together They deserve to be said Popovich who hasnt announced whether he will return as coach next season Popovich also the general manager fired coach Bob Hill in December and took over the team himself the day Robinson was to return from battling back pain The return was short lived Six games later Robinson went down with a broken foot and missed the rest of the season The frustrated injurydepleted Spurs limped along under Popovich the rest of the way Robinson has said little publicly lately but he spoke out after the seasons end praising his teammates for the way they responded to adver sity 1997 NBA Playoffs FirstRound Pairings bestof5 Eastern Conference 1 Chicago vs 8 Washington 2 Miami vs 7 Orlando 3 New York vs 6 Charlotte 4 Atlanta vs 5 Detroit Wesijrn Conference 1 Utah vs 8 Clippers 2 Seattle vs 7 Phoenix 3 Houston vs 6 Minnesota 4 Lakers vs 5 Portland Ive seen other bad teams that dont react as well as we he said Every one of our play ers had obstacles to overcome and each put out the effort every HeraldZeitung photo by Tofn Erickson Smithson Valley sophomore Devon Ginn returns a volley at the Region IV4A tournament in San Antonio as doubles teammate Nicole Stout watches Ginn and Stout won their opening match on Monday but lost in the quarterfinals to Kristin Hedger and Katie Sweeten of Tivy Skrobarcek reaches semifinal round By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO Jarrett Skrobarcek is just one victory from a berth in the UIL state champi onships after winning his first two matches at the Region IV4A tennis tournament Monday at McFarlin Tennis Center Skrobarcek the third seed in boys singles defeated Ramirez of Floresville in the opening round and topped Mike Domgard of Clemens in the quarterfinals 64 64 The winner and runner up in each division qual ify for state so Skrobarcek will be guaranteed a spot with a win against Jason Randolph the No 2 seed Skrobarceks match with Randolph was scheduled for 9 today In the other boys semifinal topseeded Ron Theodore of Alamo Heights was scheduled to face Brad Clements of Marble Falls Skrobarceks Canyon High School teammates didnt fare as well on Monday Alamo Heights players proved tough for the Cougars sending Canyon to three defeats in the first round Lacey Olson of Alamo Heights beat Canyons Lauren Dean 61 64 in girls singles and Bobby Hunt and Ryan Martin topped Luke Canyon and Tommy Thompson 60 60 in boys doubles Kit Scarbrough and Lora Woollven ran into fourthseeded Genevievc Kimmel and Monica Martin and lost 60 60 Canyons Barton Adams and Brian Schwartz faced Jason Wilson and Ron Yates of Marble Falls in the first round but also lost 57 63 63 Smithson Valley sent just two players to region als but Devon Ginn and Nicole Stout represented their school well advancing to the quarterfinals before being eliminated Ginn and Stout both sophomores beat Kim Bell and Catherine Harrison of Sharyland 36 6 2 64 in the opening round but lost to Kristin Hedger and Katie Sweeten in the quarterfinals 6 Hedger and Sweeten the secondseeded dou bles team in the tournament were from Kerrville Tivy Smithson Valley coach Keith Brown said Ginn and Stout played well and would gain muchneed ed experience from this years tournament and Sweeten were both seniors but we played them really Brown said We had four deuce games against them and that was a good thing Their girls played well They were actually down 34 in third set against the girls from Sharyland but came back to win When you see sophomores have that kind of fight thats a good sign for the future of our program Brown hoped other Rangers watching from the stands Monday could learn from the experience as well The oilier kids see that and feed oft that too so they will play the same way next he said Weve got a lot of kids who are good athletes and when they get down they dont give Softball Canyon begin playoffs on Thursday By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor The third season begins Thursday for Canyon and New Braunfels soft ball teams But unlike predistrict and district games the playoffs end when you lose Both the Cougarettes and Unicorns will face teams that survived the Bi district round of the postseason Playoff schedule Canyon vs Marble Falls at Dripping Springs 7 Thursday New Braunfels vs Holmes at UTSA 4 Thursday Canyon and New Braunfels earned firstround byes after clinch ing their respective district champi onships earlier this month The Cougarettes 223 will face Marble Falls at 7 Thursday at Dripping Springs the same site where Canyon beat Hays in last weeks District 284A tiebreaker The Unicorns 196 will travel south to play Holmes at 4 Thursday at UTSA New Braunfels played two warmup games in prepa ration for the postseason losing the first but winning the second Tigers rally beat Texas ARLINGTON AP Melvin Nieves figured the hot Texas weather would be just the tonic his bad ham string needed He was right His timing has been straggling with a combination of injury and cold weather The Detroit designated hitter missed three games with his ham string problems but hes not worried any more thanks to the Texas sun His threerun double off center fielder Damon Bufords glove capped a fiverun eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 76 win over the Texas Rangers Cowboys Oilers happy with choices at draft Dallas gets help from new face IRVING AP In addition to the usual col lection of coaches scouts and bean counters the Dallas Cowboys had a new face in their draft headquarters That was former star running back Calvin Hill hired recently as a consultant to help the Cowboys spruce up an image which has been tarnished by a series of suspensions and legal scrapes The Cowboys completed their draft on Sunday and Hill played a role in the selection process Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys investi gated not only the 40yard dash times and bench press totals of prospective draftees We did our homework on Jones said We made some decisions that were influ enced by that issue It wasnt the first time weve looked at the background of players we were thinking about drafting but we spent a considerable amount of time The Cowboys certainly need to add some new faces to an aging roster that has been further depleted by another round of free agent defec tions Dallas drafted nine prospects over the week end trying to help themselves at tight end line backer in the secondary on the offensive and defensive lines and on special teams If you would have told me before the draft that wed get a tight end a weak side linebacker and a lew of the other positions we had empha sis on Id have said wed have a pretty good coach Barry Switzer said After investing their firstround pick on 6 foot7 280pound LSU tight end David LaFleur and two of their top three selections on offense the Cowboys spent three of their final five picks in the last four rounds on defense With the first of three fourthround selec tions Dallas added to its depth along the defen sive line by taking tackle Antonio Anderson a 66 309pounder from Syracuse Houston gains depth on defense HOUSTON AP It took two days but Houston Oilers general manager Floyd Reese feels the Oilers accomplished their goals in the NFL draft They wanted a top cornerback and didnt get one in the first round and still struck gold with pass rush specialist Kenny Holmes of Miami with the 18th pick in the first round on Saturday They returned on Sunday to add players they feel will give them depth Im really happy about Reese said It started well and we all feel it fell into place the second day to be able to get the guys we needed was very The Oilers lost Cris Dishman their top cor nerback and linebacker Micheal Barrow their No 2 sacker to free agency They wanted an impact cornerback but all the top players were taken before the Oilers pick There were six cornerbacks in the first round and we had two rated in the third Reese said That affected the whole first round for everybody but still the second day we did what we wanted to do the night On Sunday the Oilers used the first of their two fourthround picks on Michigan State receiver Derrick Mason who holds the Big 10 record for kickoff return yardage with yards They also drafted Troy State defensive end Pratt Lyons in the fourth round Houston took Baylor cornerback George McCullough in the fifth round Illinois line backer Dennis Stallings in the sixth and Arizona linebacker Armon Williams in the seventh The Oilers expect Holmes who had 29 career sacks for the Hurricane to make an immediate impact and Holmes expects to do the same Im always talking about Holmes said Youll be hearing me talking more about making sacks 1 love The Oilers got only 35 as a team last season and went into the NFL draft with an eye on drafting a cornerback to replace Cris Dishman and getting an outstanding pass rusher
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