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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Sports Day i To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call 6259144 Ext 223 Readers can send email to HZsports@aol.com The Press Coma County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows Sundance Qoff Course Ntte Ball tournament Sundance Golf Course will sponsor at Nite Ball tournament on Friday The event will begin with a 9 shotgun start For more information or to register call the Sundance pro shop at 6293817 or 6092595 Blitz competitive team tryouts The Blitz Soccer Player Development Program will con duct its final tryouts this week end for all players who wish to play Division I or II competitive soccer Tryouts will be conducted from 9 to noon on Saturday and 2 to 5 on Sunday at the HEB Soccer Complex on Live Oak Ave Be sure to bring proper equipment including shoes shin guards soccer ball and water The Blitz is looking for dedicated and serious players who desire to compete at high er levels and receive quality professional training For more information call Jim Hazel at 6061547 or 6259348 Landa Park Dolphins to celebrate 35th year Former members parents and boosters of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club and Landa Park Dolphins are invited to help celebrate the teams 35th year at 6 Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall 138 St For more information contact LaVon Shedrock at 6092930 Flag football registration Registration for flag football for children in grades one through six will be conducted from 9 to noon on Saturday and Aug 23 at the Annex Office Building which is next to Norwest Bank at 1000 N Walnut The early registration fee is and the fee increases to after Aug 23 For more information call Paul Finley at 6292006 after 6 Seguin Sidekicks has openings on teams The Seguin Sidekicks com petitive soccer club has three openings on its under14 boys team and three openings on its under15 boys team Players interested in partici pating in the fall league should contact Ken Kiel at 830 303 4593 SVHS football season tickets on sale Smithson Valley Ranger foot ball season tickets are now on sale The cost for five regular sea son home games is Tickets may be purchased in the front office at the high school For more information call 9047273 NBHS football season tickets on sale Unicorn football season tick ets are on sale for past ticket holders They may be pur chased through Wednesday at the high school office The general public may pur chase tickets Aug 2129 The office will be open from 8 to 11 and noon to 3 each day The early purchase price for five home games is CHS Parents Night The Canyon High School coaching staff invites all football players in grades nine through 12 and their parents to meet the coaches at Aug 14 in the Cougar Den Everyone is encouraged to attend For more information call varl Gustafson at 6291110 Turn to Pratg Box Page Sports Day 1B i Jones punishes Switzer with fine AUSTIN AP By fining Barry Switzer Dallas owner Jerry Jones has made it clear hes finished putting up with incidents that tarnish the Cowboys star But will the stiff punishment diminish the stature of Switzer long reputed to be a coach with loose reins on his teams in the eyes of his players Troy Aikman the man known as the con science of the Cowboys and a critic of Switzer in the past says no Aikman applauded Switzer for taking on a more defined leadership role especially among rookies in his fourth year Switzer has caught the attention of his players by getting in their faces even slapping some helmets around when he is disappointed with effort at practices Aikman said Switzers arrest and subsequent fine the largest ever imposed on an NFL coach for carrying a loaded unlicensed 38 caliber revolver into DallasFort Worth International Airport on Monday Wont reduce the coachs credibility I think its been good for Barry to take more of a leadership role for this training Aikman said I dont think this takes away from that I think the guys that hes reaching out to are the younger players and I think that they are still going to respond to him after Switzer who said he accepts Jones actions made a point to address the team after learning of the fine Wednesday Ive talked to our team and I have expressed to them that there is no way that this will not allow us to carry on and do the job thats at Switzer said It wont take away from the great work and effort that theyve given us while weve been here in I made the fine what I made it because of his role as a Jerry Jones Cowboys owner In levying the fine Jones said the coachs arrest on a gun charge brought pain and embar rassment to a team trying to repair its image Its a serious and significant Jones said I made the fine what I made it because of his role as a coach It would have been different if he were a Jones said Switzers job was not in jeopardy Switzer who earns an estimated million a year and has three years left on his contract including this season said the fine hurts not only financially but much more than the dol I really do understand the seriousness of ibis incident regardless of how innocent how unin tentional it was It certainly caused a lot of Inn in for a lot of people and certainly Sw said The fine will be donated to the families of firefighters and police officers killed in tlv line of duty The NFL said the penalty was sufficient and that it would not impose its own punishment The Cowboys fine sends a clear message that this type of gunrelated misconduct whether intentional or mistaken will not be tol erated by the Cowboys and violates the league s weapons commissioner Paul Tagiiabue said The fine surpasses the that Tagiiabue imposed on thenCincinnati coach Sam VVychc for failing to allow women reporters into tiie teams locker room after a 1990 game Ready for some football New Braunfels football coach Tim Kingsbury visits with his linebackers during the Unicorns first practice on Wednesday thelirst of for Texas public schools All three Comal County schools hit the practice fields on Wednesday and returned for more this morning Players coaches return to practice fields By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor The 99degree heat let folks in Comal County know summer was still around on Wednesday but area football teams didnt seem to agree In their minds Aug 6 was the first day of fall as athletes from Canyon Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools hit the practice fields for their first workouts of the 1997 season Day one brought plenty of sweat and sore mus cles but reaped positive reactions from all three head coaches as well At Canyon Carl Gustafson practiced with the Cougars for the first time Wednesday morning The new coach seemed pleased with what he saw It was a great start a really great Gustafson said All the athletes were here and here early with bright shining faces for early in the morning They werent used to the time but had a great attitude and thats going to be the strength of our team this year the attitude we carry with us on the Gustafson said the first practice focused mostly on getting the Cougars used to his workout plan Canyon returned lettermen from last years 64 team Were going to take it one practice at a time one snap at a time one day at a he said We laid the foundation this morning and well build on that Were very pleased with how they worked over the summer and they look Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill said the Rangers showed some signs of rust but also had a great first day of practice SVHS welcomed back 27 lettermen from a team that went 84 in 1996 The first day is always the first day Hill said You have to jar their memory a little bit from the spring workouts but most of these guys knew what they were doing and were pleased with the Friday in Sports bay Coaches at Smithson Valley Canyon and New Braunfels take different approaches to the first four days of fall practice See what goes on before the pads come on in Fridays sports sec tion Hill said more than 100 varsity and JV players reported to practice on Wednesday Were just glad to have everybody he said We had a couple of strains and pulls out there today but seem to be doing fine At New Braunfels Coach Tim Kingsbury also had more than 100 players at practice The Unicorns were 46 last season and return 20 let termen Everybody showed up that we were counting he said From what we can tell right now it looks like everybody is in good shape Just from this brief look were very Phillies send Astros to third consecutive loss PHILADELPHIA AP As the smoke clears from the first half inferno that consumed the Philadelphia Phillies playoffchances a few blossoms are beginning to bloom Three rookies were big contributors in a 64 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night that pulled Philadelphia which had lost 56 games in the seasons first three months to 500 1313 since the All Star break Garrett Stephenson picked up his fourth win in his last five starts Scott Rolen earned a few more votes for National League rookie of the year and Tony Barron a rookie at 31 con tinued to surprise When you start getting some con fidence its amazing what can hap Phillies manager Terry Francoiia said We are starting to see some guys perk up a little bit and do some things that we havent done Like win The Phillies still have the worst record in the majors at 3774 but they have won seven of nine and are 1210 in their last 22 They got off to a slow start but now theyre having some run and playing Houston manager Larry Dierker said Stephenson 65 won despite not being as sharp as he has been in recent starts He gave up nine hits and four runs in seven innings and walked two and struck out two My command obviously wasnt as good as it has been in the last few Stephenson obtained as a throwin in a trade with Baltimore last season said We had a great offen sive outburst and thats very The outburst came in the first and loser Ramon Garcia 48 had no one to blame but himself With two outs and Gregg Jefferies on second and Rolen on first Garcia covering first on a routine grounder dropped the throw from first baseman Jeff Bagwell Jefferies scored and Rolen went to third Mike Lieberthal then hit a three run homer to left his 16th of the year All four runs were unearned Its amazing how errors can turn against you if youre going Dierker said After Houston scored single runs in the second and third Rolen made it 5 2 with his 16th homer of the year extending his hitting streak to 13 games Sports Briers TLU season passes now available From staff and wire reports SEGUIN Season passes tor Texas Lutheran fall athletics arc now on sale in the Jones Athletic Office Passes for all regularseason vol leyball and basketball games are S49 each for five or more passes 15 each for two to four passes anl for a single pass There will be 11 home volleyball matches and 23 home games The first volleyball match is r Aug 29 against Trinity Universiu Season passes for bask th ill games are for five or more es for two to four passes and for a single pass The first basketball game is set for Nov 15 when the Bulldog mens team will face Houston Baptist The ticket office is open Cmm 8 to 4 Monday Friday Morris gets another suspension from NFL ROCKWALL AP A disinct attorney says hes begun the work that could lead to revocation of Bam Morris probation granted last year after the Baltimore Ravens i mi ning back pleaded guilty to marijua na possession The NFL announced Wednesday that the fourthyear player out of Texas Tech tested positive for alcohol during a urine screen in January The infraction carries a mandatory fourgame suspension since it was his second violation of the leagues sub stance abuse policy Morris 24 also was suspended for four games last year after he J guilty in Rockwall to marijuana pos session A third violation would result in a minimum oneyear suspension On March 22 1996 than two months after appearing the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl a state trooper found six pounds of marijuana in the trunk of Morris black MercedesBenz on Interstate 20 outside Rockwall A later search of the impounded car turned up one gram of cocaine Unlikely hero leads Range s to win over Yankees ARLINGTON AP viike Simms was an unlikely hero to d p the Texas Rangers forget a Ilmu hammering from the night belua Juan Gonzalez had to tly to Rico for divorce proceedings M she lighthitting Simms was inserted into right field Simms singled in the goahead run in the sixth inning and added a sacri fice tly in the eighth Wednesday night as the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 62 in a game twice delayed by rain I just got said Simms Its kind of hard for me to get to pla lot with the outfield we have I saw my name in the lineup auj knew I needed to contribute Ii felt good to do Will Clark reached the plateau with a sacrifice tly ii he eighth for the Rangers who tou 2 lead in the sixth with four Miules off Yankees starter Andy Pettiue i i   

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