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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung O Thursday May 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 HeraldZeitung Sports Day The Press Comal County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows Canyon High School Spring Sports Banquet Canyon High Schools Spring Sports Banquet will begin at 7 tonight in the Commons Meals are for adults and for stu dents Those not wishing to purchase a meal may also attend Advance tickets are available for purchase in the CHS office For more information call 629 1110 NB Running Club The New Braunfels Running Club will hold its monthly meet ing at tonight at Professional Therapy Services 1551 N Walnut Call Vicki Ralph at 6068862 or 6205058 for more informa tion 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 Saturday and 2 to 5 on Sunday at the HEB Soccer Complex All players born between July 31 1979 and July 31 1987 are eligible For more information call 6061547 6067757 or 606 6722 Canyon High School Class of 2000 tournament The Canyon High School Class of 2000 will sponsor a fundraising golf tournament on jSatgfday Country The event is open to 20 teams with a entry fee per person 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 Saturday and Boys and girls under age 18 will compete in singles play The T Bar M adult champi onships will be Sunday Adults will compete in doubles play For more information call Paul Demanski at 6290439 CenTex Volleyball Club Funfest and tournament The CenTex Volleyball Club will sponsor an end of school Funfest for area students at 3 on Saturday 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 New BraunfeSs e4S Cheerleading Mini Clinic New Braunfels High School will sponsor a Cheerleading Mini Clinic for 5to 12yearolds from 9 to noon on Saturday For more information call Summer Smithers at 6291141 or 6096012 Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run is May 24 The Schlitterbahn Three Parks RunWalkMileKids Races and Auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity are set for 8 May 24 in downtown New Braunfels For more information call Susan Phillips race director at 6095030 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org Sonics trying to avoid playoff elimination Series returns to Seattle for Game 6 tonight SEATTLE AP The Seattle SuperSonics teeter on the brink of playoff extinction One more defeat and their season is over Youre still playing out of urgency and out of coach George Karl said Wednesday Houston can lose and we cant We cant even have a bad Tonight the Sonics can tie their semifinal series with the Rockets at 33 If Seattle wins the teams play again Saturday in Houston if the Rockets win they will open the Western Conference finals on Saturday against Utah in Salt Lake City Were taking the attitude that we have to go out there and be Hersey Hawkins of the Sonics said or else were They were all but counted out after losing to Houston at home on Sunday to fall behind 31 With Gary Payton virtually shutting out Matt Maloney Seattle brought the series back home with a 10094 victory in Game 5 Tuesday night in Houston This scenario is nothing new for the Sonics The Sonics trailed 21 against Phoenix in the bestof5 first round and rallied to win NBA Playoffs Wednesdays Game Miami 96 New York 81 New York leads series 32 Game TV TNT Houston at Seattle 8 Houston leads series 32 In reaching the NBA Finals last season the Sonics were 30 in loserout games before falling to the Chicago Bulls In six years under Karl theyre 105 in those games I think for whatever reason our team is a bet ter team in this Seattles Terry Cummings said I aint ever gonna be associated with a team that giveS Payton said The Sonics are seeking to become the sixth club in NBA history to overcome 31 deficits to win series Houston was the last to do it against Phoenix in 1995 Payton isnt so sure hes comfortable return ing to the Key Arena though In Seattle the Sonics lost in overtime in Game 4 after drop ping Game 3 Both of Seattles victories have been in Houston In the playoffs this season the Sonics are 23 on their home court Moore Stay in school stay off drugs Former Spur visits students at Lone Star School By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor Johnny Moore has been surviving close calls on and off the basketball court for more than 14 years The former San Antonio Spur was at Lone Star School on Wednesday to share his experiences and formula for success with an eager group first and secondgraders Moore encouraged the stu dents to make the most of their opportunities and stay away from drugs You will be confronted by people who want to trick you with Moore said There are four things that can happen to you if you get involved with drugs You might drop out of school end up in a hospital end up in jail or be dead I dont want that to happen to Learning to make smart responsible decisions is a skill that can be learned and practiced at any age Moore said You need to learn to listen and pay he said Thats the fundamental base of learning You need to learn how to make quality decisions in your life and that includes saying no to drugs and staying in Moore stayed in school long enough to use all of his NCAA eligibility but didnt leave with a degree He resumed his course work several years ago and graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word last weekend I was away from school for 15 he said But I went back because thats how important education Preparation is another key Moore said After playing college basketball at Texas he was cut by the Spurs after his first tryout but kept working on his game and made the team in 1980 I had to prepare myself for the opportunity to play in the he said The formula for suc cess is to learn how to prepare yourself Everyone will have obstacles in their lifetime When the Spurs cut me I still believed in myself I contin HeraldZeitung photo by Tom Erickson Former Spur Johnny Moore right poses with the students who greeted him upon his arrival at Lone Star School on Wednesday The students were Sryan Forester Beau Sauls Eliberto Medina Josh Sanchez and Jeremy Porterie Lizzie Trevtno left coordinatedMoores visit ued to practice run and lift weights and the opportunity came And Moore wasnt finished coming back either He was forced to retire in November 1987 after learning he contracted Desert Fever a form of meningitis But he regained his strength and returned to the Spurs finishing his NBA career after the 198990 season Moore then played in Mexico and Europe before retiring for good in 1993 He has spent the last four years in the Spurs Community Relations department sharing his story with thousands of students in the area Desert Fever is contracted by breathing in spores that are released into the he said I was told I couldnt play basketball could not have kids and would probably die But now Im not a ghost have a little girl in the first grade who is 7 years old and made the team Moore credited a strong attitude to his beating Desert Fever and encouraged the students to keep a similar outlook on their own lives You can overcome many obstacles with your he said Your attitude will determine your Biggies sacrifice fly helps Astros beat Mets Astros NEW YORK AP On an evening spiced by sparkling stabs and grabs it figured that the only run a ball that was caught Craig Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning deciding what had been a scoreless duel between Darryl Kile and Rick Reed for most of the game and giving the Houston Astros a 10 victory over the New York Mets Defensively we were just awe Mets catcher Todd Hundley said Wednesday night Especially teammate Edgardo Alfonzo He tied a major league record for third basemen by taking part in four double plays the last to do it was Ken McMullen for Washington on Aug 13 1965 and the last in the NL was Johnny Vergez of Philadelphia on Aug 15 1935 I dont think Ive ever had a better Alfonzo said I just try to go up and do my job If its hit to me I just try to get Kile got help from the very first batter when first baseman Jeff Bagwell speared Carl Everetts hard grounder Everett later got even by robbing Luis Gonzalez of extra bases witli a catch against the wall in center a play that prompted Mets manager Bobby in a game like this one mistake or one bail that gets through can be enough to win Astros pitcher Darryl Kile Valentine to take off his cap in the dugout in tribute In a game like this one mistake or one ball that gets through can be enough to win Kile said But both defenses played Every time 1 was in trouble the defense picked me he said The Astros stopped a threegame losing streak and ended the Mets fourgame winning streak Kile 32 kept the Mets offbal ance with his sharp curve allowing just four hits in eight innings He did not give up a hit after a leadoff single in the third Kile has permitted only one earned run in his last 24 innings He beat the Mets for the fifth straight time and improved his career record against them to 62 including a nohitter in 1993 at the Astrodome Wetteland works overtime as Rangers top Tribe in 10 innings Indians ARLINGTON AP The Texas Rangers won the battle of the bullpens because closer John Wetteland was willing to go above and beyond the call of duty Wetteland struck out three in two scoreless innings and Bill Ripken drove in the winning run with a 10th inning sacrifice fly as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 43 Wednesday night Most closers are used for only one inning and rarely in a tie game But Wetteland told manager Johnny Gates he no problem starting the ninth inning of a 33 game Wetteland 20 allowed a single to Julio Franco in the ninth but Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez threw out Franco attempting to steal second That was Clevelands lone baserunner off Wetteland If I pitch like I can I can get out of an inning in 1215 pitches and still be fresh for the next Wetteland said Ive always wanted to be treat ed like any other Gates appreciates that bulldog atti tude We dont want to make a habit of Gates said But he doesnt even look at you twice when you ask him to do it I saw him last year for the Yankees against us If it was good enough last year and he was strong in the World Series thats good enough for Again the Rangers registered a comeback win with the help of a bench player Ripkens basesloaded sacrifice tly scored Will Clark with the winning run alter the Rangers trailed 31 in the eighth Texas has won five times in its last atbat and has come from behind in 12 of its 21 victories this season You need 25 guys to be success said Ripken filling in for injured second baseman Mark McLemore The big boys arent able to do it every night Thats why were suc cessful because of the makeup of this Juiin Gonzalez opened the 10th with his third hit r single off Albie Lopez and was replaced by pinchrunner Damon Buford With Buford running Clark sin gled to right and took second when Brian Giles hobbled ihe ball Dallas newspaper reports wants to be traded IRVING AP Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin highly scruti nized through a year of offthefield troubles has asked to be traded The Dallas Morning News reported today The newspaper which said it could not reach Irvin for comment cited three sources it did not identify for the report Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Irvins agent Steve Endicott both declined comment the Morning News said Irvin 31 served a fivegame sus pension at the start of last season for conduct detrimental to the National Football League The suspension fol lowed his nocontest plea for a cocaine possession charge He also became the target of a murderforhire plot involving a Dallas police officer and was one of two players named by a woman who alleged she had been raped The woman later recanted her story and is facing a perjury charge this month Golf 2S Bulldo headed to nationals From staff reports SEGUIN Texas Lutheran University has received an atlarge bid to the NAIA golf championships May 20 to 23 in Tulsa Okla It will be the Bulldogs 17th appearance at the national event and their ninth consecutive bid TLU finished 13th in the team standings last year This will be Coach Jay Rees first trip to the nationals at TLU He played for Emporia State at the tour nament several years ago Members of the team are seniors Jeff Lamp Adam Olson and Randy Martinez junior Phil Schmidt and freshman David Burbidge Four 18hole rounds are played at the tournament with the field of 34 teams cut to 17 after the second day Texas Lutheran was at No 8 in the final NAIA Top 25 golf rankings this Oilers will n Memphis MEMPHIS Tenn AP The Houston Oilers will soon have a new home and new name The Oilers and the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority signed a letter of agreement Wednesday to bring the team here for the next two seasons Under the deal the Tennessee Oilers which they will be called for at least this year will make Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium their temporary home during the 1997 and 1998 seasons The Oilers would then settle into a stadium being built in Nashville and paid for by a mixture of state bonds and funds from sales of personal seat licenses This is a much safer author ity chairman Avron Fogelman told The Commercial Appeal Mike McClure the Oilers execu tive vice president said hes just glad progress is being made Certainly weve had some twists and turns over the last couple McClure said following Wednesdays agreement but I think the main thing is weve gotten where we want ed to be and hopefully weve gotten where you all wanted to The Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority originally was going to consider a plan letting the Oilers give money to charity each home game in exchange for the authority picking up about in travel expenses But the plan announced last Friday was criticized by local officials who thought Memphis spent enough money over two decades of failed attempts to land its own NFL fran chise The new plan will have the Oilers paying rent of per seat sold at games with weekly charity donations ranging from to per game depending on attendance The Oilers needed a formal plan in place before the NFL owners meet May 202 1 in San Diego The owners must agree to the teams early depar ture from Houston
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