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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung O Friday May O1B Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call 6259144 Ext 223 Readers can send e mail to HZsports@aol.com H p r a I d Z e i t u n g Sports Day 1B The Press Comal County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows Zevo Custom Fitted Golf Company demonstration Zevo Custom Fitted Golf Company will have personnel available at Sundance Golf Course and Driving Range from 9 to 6 Saturday and Sunday to assist in club fitting and demonstration No reserved time is needed to hit the clubs but for a fitting session call Sundance at 629 3817 New Braunffels Middle High School physicals Physical screenings for New Braunfels Middle and High School students who wish to participate in athletics will be Wednesday at the NBHS gym nasium Physicals will be given from to The nominal fee is UIL requires all athletes to have a physical exam prior to participation in practice or com petition For more information call Dean Laird at 6255713 New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club tryouts The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club will sponsor try outs for all girls and boys inter ested in competing in a higher level of play from 9 to noon on May 16 and 2 to 5 on May 17 at the HEB Soccer Complex All players born between July and July are eligible For more information call 6061547 6067757 or 606 Canyon HS Class of 2000 golf tournament The Canyon High School Class of 2000 will sponsor a fundraising golf tournament on May 17 at Northcliffe Country Club The event is open to 20 teams with a entry fee per team Those not wishing to play golf can contribute by being a hole sponsor or giving to the prize fund There will be prizes for the top five teams closest to the pin and longest drive For more information call Becky Krueger at 6295338 or Patti Beach at 6205783 T Bar M Tennis Ranch Spring Championships The T Bar M Tennis Ranch Spring Championships are scheduled for May 17 and 18 Boys and girls under age 18 will to compete in singles play The T Bar M adult champi onships will be May 18 Adults will compete in doubles play For more information call Paul Demanski at 6290439 CenTex Volleyball Club Funfest tournament The CenTex Volleyball Club will sponsor an end of school Funfest for area students at 3 on May 17 at the New Saengerhalle Gardens There is no entry fee but a gate admission is required Advance tickets are available from any CenTex members and admission will be at the door For preregistration and infor mation call Nina Walther at 6256114 Sundance ShootOut The Sundance ShootOut is set for on May 18 at Sundance Golf Course The deadline to enter is 1 May 18 Friday May 9 Track Class 4A State Championships at Austin Class 5A State Championships at Austin Saturday May 10 Track Class 4A State Championships at Austin Class 5A State Championships at Austin Wrestling added to list of U1L sports Competition will begin with 199899 school year Special to the HeraldZeitung AUSTIN A handful of University Interscholastic League UIL proposals includ ing the addition of wrestling were approved by the State Board of Education at its monthly meeting last week Wrestling gained the most attention and received a favorable vote from the committee with the understanding that girls and boys would not wrestle against each other The UIL is excited about adding another sport to our list of Athletic Director Charles Breithaupt said Our staff along with the Legislative Council will work together to formulate a plan incorporating wrestling for the 199899 school Wrestling will become a UIL sport for the 199899 school year Other proposals approved by the State Board of Education go into effect next school year Other major changes included allowing a coin flip in baseball if schools will play one or a two outofthree playoff series when schools cannot mutually agree to a series or single game The current format forces a school to play a onegame series if both schools cannot agree on a bestofthree series Another proposal that got approval was to allow three teams and 10 individuals in cross country to qualify from district to the regional meet and the two top golf medalists who are not on advancing teams will now advance from dis trict to regional and from regional to state pro vided they are among the top six medalists in the district or regional tournament In basketball district certification for Conference A schools will be one playing date earlier This will add a regional quarterfinal game and result in a regional tournament involving four teams instead of eight In football a maximum of four teams rather than participate in a practice scrim mage In soccer the first day of practice on the UIL calendar will now be the first Monday after Thanksgiving Unicorns reflect on season of change By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor Change and a brighter future were the themes of Thursdays New Braunfels High School All Sports banquet which honored all athletes including four teams which won district titles in 199697 NBHS football coach and athletic direc tor Tim Kingsbury said the schools switch to Class 5A and District 265A was tough but the school still had plenty to be proud of New Braunfels brought home district championships in boys soccer girls cross country volleyball and girls track We all knew the move up to 5A would be Kingsbury said but we also got into probably the most competitive district in the state of Texas Winning four district titles was quite an accomplish ment and we look to improve on that next The biggest awards of the night were saved for last as seniors Bethany Carl and David Simmonds were named Outstanding Female and Male Athletes and senior Jesse Hinojosa received the Gary Simon Memorial Scholarship Other special awards handed out includ ed the 12th Man Award which went to Adam Goode the Iron Man Award given to Kyle Reneau and the True Blue Award which wan given to Roxanne Blue Goode was honored for his ability to step in as needed for the Unicorn football team Reneaus award was for hard work and outstanding effort on the field and Blue was honored for her spirit and encouragement despite missing the entire softball season with an injury Team awards were also given to the fol lowing athletes Girls basketball Emilie Wotipka MVP Boys basketball Jonathon Finke Team Spirit Award Swimming Suzanne Fischer Javier Lagunas High Point Awards Boys golf Jeff Powell MVP Girls golf Brooklynn Chandler Sherry Patrick CoMVPs HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Damall New Braunfels senior David Simmonds looks for extra yardage in a football game from last fall Simmonds who signed a football scholar ship to Texas Tech was named the Unicorns Outstanding Male Athlete at the All Sports banquet on Thursday Senior Bethany Carl was named Outstanding Female Athlete Softball Tammy Braune Jennifer Ybarra CoMVPs Volleyball Shelley Bredewater MVP Cross Country Crystal Clark Jeff Garsnett MVPs Baseball Roman Villarreal Team Spirit Award Chad Wehe MVP Girls Soccer Lerrin Biggers Most Spirited Summer Scheel MVP Boys Soccer Bradley Brandenburg MVP Andy Holtman Offensive MVP Travis Baker Defensive MVP Girls Track Liz Grow MVP Spirit Award Jodi Anderson Field MVP Sarah Damarodes Distance MVP Nola Muir Relay MVP Kendra Reimer Track and Field MVP BoysTrack David Simmonds Track and Field MVP Ryan Gorman Running MVP Steven Simpson Running MVP Jon Wilson Field MVP Tennis Scott Paramoure Jamala Tucker Improved Melinda Boyd Jake Brooks Alastair Jenkin Rebekah Forney Angela Saad MVPs Michael Domanski Spirit Award Owner Astros may move if new vote required HOUSTON AP The Houston Astros may move if the Texas Legislature requires a new referen dum before a new downtown ballpark can be built owner Drayton McLane Jr said It could delay us two years or make it so we have to McLane told the Houston Chronicle for todays editions We are deeply con The warning came hours after the Texas House voted final approval for a stadium financing bill The bill which passed by a 8347 vote Thursday would allow Texas cities and counties to impose several new taxes to build sports and such other facilities as museums and con vention centers The bill now goes to the Senate It also requires Harris County to have another election if it uses any of the funding options provided under the bill Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels said they take McLanes warning seriously An amendment to the bill would strip cities of the option to impose higher hotel taxes Rural lawmakers insisted on the provision to shield their constituents from higher hotel bills when they visit Texas bigger cities Eckels said there is no reason for another referendum because voters last November gave county commis sioners approval to begin plans for a ballpark and to update or replace the Astrodome for football He said the financing plan was nearly identical to that in the bill that passed Thursday A second referendum would likely be held in November when Lanier also hopes to hold a citywide vote on a new arena That also is McLanes deadline for groundbreaking on a new ballpark Oilers ready to head north HOUSTON AP The Houston Oilers have taken another giant step toward Nashville Tenn Team owner Bud Adams and Astrodome USA owner Drayton McLane Jr struck a deal Thursday that paves the way for the Oilers to play in Tennessee this fall Adams and McLane negotiated for 14 hours over two days to resolve disputes over a canceled preseason game in 1995 and the remaining year of the football teams lease at the Astrodome The talks all day Wednesday and Thursday morning took place behind closed doors in the cham bers of District Judge Lynn N Hughes Neither side would discuss details of the settlement and the mediator said both sides have agreed the discussions will remain confidential Eckels and Lanier said they expect trouble keeping the hotel tax in the bill but both said losing the tax was necessary to pass the bill 1 feel pretty encouraged that we got a bill out of the Lanier said Its not as much money as we asked for or needed Its maybe Last year McLane threatened to sell his team to a Virginia business man unless Houston built a new stadi um for the Astros Turn to Astros Move Page 2B Rivera gets Gonzalez twice in Yankee victory Yankees Rangers NEW YORK AP Last October the New York Yankees wanted no part of Juan Gonzalez Later this summer they wont want to see him either Right now though theyre willing to take their chances with the Texas slugger Mariano Rivera retired Gonzalez with two run ners on base in the eighth inning then struck him out with the bases loaded to end the game Thursday night preserving New Yorks 54 win over the Rangers Riveras 11th save enabled Andy Pettitte 61 to tie former teammate Jimmy Key for the most wins in the majors The Yankees won their third in a row and sent Texas to its seasonhigh third straight loss In last years playoffs Gonzalez pulverized Yankees pitching batting 438 with five home runs and nine RBI in just four games But the 1996 AL MVP injured his left thumb while playing winter ball and was activated only last Friday Yankees manager Joe Torre and Rivera certainly were aware that Gonzalez still isnt quite in the swing Joe knows he hasnt had spring Texas manager Johnny Gates said Hes going through spring training right now Its a little different than it was last Gonzalez is batting 231 in six games since returning to the lineup Hed hit well against Rivera in the past but flied out against him with two run ners on base to end Wednesday nights 52 loss An RBI single by pinchhitter Dean Palmer a twoout single by Ivan Rodriguez and a walk to Rusty Greer brought up Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the ninth Gonzalez looked at a 12 fast ball on the inside part of the plate then stared at umpire Durwood Merrill 1 know hes just started Rivera said 1 dont think he feels comfortable at the plate You have to take advantage of Rivera who got Gonzalez on a slider to finish the game a day earlier threw only fastballs for the final out I think he was expecting a Rivera said Instead five heaters Turn to Rangers Page 2B Horse Racing Retamas season to start today From staff reports SELMA Opening weekend at Retama Park begins today with a promise of great horse racing and fun for everyone Gates open at 5 today and Saturday and Sunday Greg De Moore and De Most Band will kick off the festivities playing on the Apron area from to 6 and again after the races Jamaican music will fill the Paddock area from to Exotic cars from GM Motor Imports will be displayed all week end and former running back Earl Campbell will make an appearance today We have many exciting events scheduled for opening said Retama Park general manager Bob Pollock Im sure we will have an activity to please An acrobatic air show is scheduled for to on Saturday Max Class and the Class1Act Band will play before and after menaces on the Apron area while Fusion Andida a group of South American flute players provide entertainment in the Paddock area from 5 to Turn to Retama Page 2B Rockets know the heat is on SEATTLE AP The SuperSonics are coming back home even Now its the Houston Rockets at the disadvantage The pressure is on us Charles Barkley said The bestof7 Western Conference semifinal series is tied 11 after the Sonics took away the Rockets home court edge with a 106101 victory Wednesday night in Houston Game 3 is tonight at the Key Arena The Sonics also are home for Game 4 on Sunday These are two huge Sonics coach George Karl said Weve got to be an intense team to With this team were never over confident or Seattles Sam Perkins said Perkins defense against Hakeem Olajuwon keyed the Sonics victory Perkins a 6foot9 centerforward who came off the bench in 76 games this season started and used his long arms to hold Olajuwon to 19 points on 7for15 shooting in 40 minutes Meanwhile Perkins had 18 points in 30 minutes Hakeem and Sam are going to play a lot against each Karl said The 34yearold Barkley was brought to Houston to help Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler also both 34 bring the Rockets another champi onship The Rockets looked old and tired Wednesday night especially in the first half when they fell behind by 18 points They got within two but couldnt catch up in the second You can come up with a lot of excuses but they kicked our Barkley said We didnt play like a team des Turn to Rockets Page 2B
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