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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Spoils Day To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call Ext 223 Readers can send email to HZsports@aol.com rl Z o i I 11 The Press Coma County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows NBHS playoff tickets Tickets for Saturdays Region IV5A championship game will be on sale from 8 to 3 today and 8 to 1 Friday at New Braunfels High School General admission seats are and student seats are All tickets be at the gate Kickoff is set for 1 Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio The Unicorns will be on the visitors east side of the stadium For more information call Pat Douglas at 6256271 MetroJrs Volleyball Club The MetroJrs Volleyball Club will conduct tryouts Sunday at the Seguin High School gym Tryouts for 12to 14yearolds are scheduled for 2 to 4 and from to for 16to 18yearolds A fee includes a Tshirt and registration For more infor mation call Gary Klasing at 210 6909769 Budafest Reindeer Run The Budafest Reindeer 5K Run and 3K Walk sponsored by the Hays High School Leo Club and Buda Lions Club is scheduled for 8 Sunday Early registration is for adults and for children 12 and under Race day registra tion is and For more information or to obtain a registration form call 512 2681748 or 512 312 0244 Coed volleyball tourney A benefit indoor coed volley ball tournament is set for Sunday at the Seguin Activity Center The doubleelimination tour nament is limited to 10 teams of eight players each Entry fee is per team Rosters and money are due at 8 Sunday A captains meeting will be conducted at The tournament will begin at 9 For more information or to register call Inez or Johnny Villarreal at 830 3790709 SWT Baseball Camp Southwest Texas will sponsor a Baseball Camp open to all high school players from 9 to 3 Dec 20 at the SWT Baseball Complex Southwest Texas coach Howard Bushong his assis tants Monte Cain and Marcus Hendry and major league baseball scouts Buzzy Keller Chicago Cubs and Mark Lummus Tampa Bay Devil Rays will provide instruction on all the basics of the game as well as evaluations on all ath letes in attendance In addition there will be a question and answer session with all instructors Registration is available by calling the SWT baseball office at 512 2458395 The cost is per player with a registra tion deadline of Dec 12 Jingle Bell The fourth annual Red McCombs Jingle Bell is scheduled for 9 Dec 13 at Landa Park Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Outreach Registration is early and on race day and for the kids race or without a T shirt Registration forms are avail able at Comprehensive Fitness in New Braunfels Fleet Feet Sports in San Antonio and For Goodness Sake in the Courtyard Shopping Center Packet pickup will be from Dec 5 to Dec 12 at Comprehensive Fitness Fleet Feet Sports and For Goodness Turn to Press Box Page 2B Sports Day IB MacArthur coach expecting a close battle Washington expects to start on Saturday By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor SANANTONIO Van Fuschak knows his offense is rooted in the run ning game but that wont stop the MacArthur coach from going to the air on Saturday Weve definitely been throwing the ball a lot Fuschak said before practice Wednesday afternoon I think that comes from having that much more experience in the last few The Brahmas 112 had several players suffer injuries in their Region IV5A semifinal victory against Victoria last Saturday but all are expected to play in the regional final That list of players included senior Jason Washington who dressed for practice Wednesday but was slowed by his right ankle which was sprained in the Victoria game Weve had three come down with bad Fuschak said but that happens a lot this time of year All of them will be ready to MacArthurs path to the regional final included wins against the Stingarees Brackenridge and Austin Westlake the 1996 Class 5 A Division II champions Fuschak said he looked forward to a New BraunfelsMacArthur matchup when the playoff brackets were released but didnt let that become the focus for his team You never want to look past the team you have to play that he said Weve counted on this game coming together Its good for this dis trict to have two of its teams among the best eight schools in the MacArthur handed the Unicorns their only defeat of the season 1714 on Oct 24 at Unicorn Stadium Itt that game the Brahmas trailed 1410 with a little more than four minutes remaining but assembled a long gamewinning drive Washington scored goahead touchdown with just 39 seconds left in the game and a late Unicorn rally fell short Saturdays game will begin at 1 at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio The winner will face either Beaumont West Brook or Alief Hastings in the state semifinals Class 5A Playoffs Division II Pairings Region I Final Rower Mound Marcus 112 vs Abltene Cooper 1 Saturday Abllenes Stadium Region II Final Richardson Lake Highlands 112 vs Tyler John Tyler 8 Saturday Texas Stadium Region III Final Beaumont West Brook 112 vs Allet Hastlnos 2 Saturday Astrodome Region IV Final SA MacArthur 112 New Braunfels 1 Saturday Alamo Stadium H More pairings Page 3B This foe is very familiar Unicorns taking a lowkey approach to MacArthur game By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor There was a different feeling around the Unicorns practice on Wednesday It wasnt caused by the gray skies or light drizzle which made things just a bit uncomfortable Nor was it the presence of televi sion cameras or college recruiters theyve been permanent fixtures at New Braunfels High School for more than three weeks now Instead it was a feeling the motivation and desire the Unicorns have to avenge their only loss this season As expected Coach Tim Kingsbury said he sees Saturdays Region W5A championship game with MacArthur as close with the winner likely being the one to make the least amount of mistakes Both teams have great defenses and thats one reason to expect a lowscoring he said This is another game for us that we want to win Playing a team that youve already played once makes it a bit easier to prepare because you know what to expect Thats why I think the game will come down to turnovers and the kicking Turnovers proved to be a major factor in the Unicorns 1714 loss to the Brahmas on Oct 24 at Unicorn Stadium New Braunfels whose giveaway takeaway ratio was among the best in the state in 1997 gave the ball to MacArthur three times most notably when Jason Washington returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and 100 Brahma lead The Unicorns rallied for a 1410 New Braunfels assistant coach John Vogt discusses strategy with Kyle Hanes anno Wednesday afternoon The Unicorns will face MacArthur at 1 Saturday at Alamo Stadium lead in the second half but lost when the Brahmas marched 80 yards with remaining for the gamewinning touchdown But that was then and since that game the Unicorns havent lost and really havent been threatened with the exception of their second round playoff game against East Central and season finale with Churchill both of which were won with last minute touchdowns MacArthur ran the ball on each play of that gamewinning drive but the Brahmas have passed the ball much more in the postseason than they did during the season Theyre throwing the ball a lot Kingsbury said Their pass ing game has improved It makes them even tougher because theyve got a good running Yet that running game will have to face a firedup Unicorn defense which seemed to gain energy as last weeks game with Harlingen went on Kingsbury agreed and said the front seven really poured things on in the final 24 minutes Our defensive front and line backers did a great job of putting pressure on the quarterback in the second half and I thought that was the difference in the Win or lose the Unicorns have plenty of positives to point to this season the schools most successful in four Class 5A seasons At this level just to win is great and keep playing for another week Were still excited to play in December and get a chance to play in Alamo Kingsbury said Source Brown to get job at Texas AUSTIN AP North Carolinas Mack Brownwill be named as the next head coach at the University of Texas a source told The Associated Press Wednesday night Brown whose Tar Heels are ranked seventh and are a candidate for an Alliance Bowl berth was inter viewed by Texas officials on Wednesday and was offered the job later in the day the source said Mack Brown has committed to come to Texas Everyones the source said adding that a news conference with the announcement was expected to be called in Austin by Saturday Brown didnt immediately return a message left at his home by the AP He didnt attend the Tar Heels prac tice on Wednesday North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour said Wednesday night Im not gojrig to comment on our coaches being contacted by other schools Its a confidential personnel mat Brown would become Texas 28th coach replacing John Mackovic who was fired and reassigned Saturday after finishing his sixth sea son at 47 The source said Btown was sought for the Texas job because he has proven he can win at a school with strong academics is an offensive coach who has also fielded strong defenses and is a good fit in Texas because of his folksy charm Hes a great fit for Texas Hell be well received by followers of the the source said Brown would also receive a con siderable pay raise Turn to Brown Page 2B Sprewell in interview says verbal abuse spawned attack OAKLAND Calif AP Latrell Sprewell admitted he made a mistake but did not apologize to Warriors coach RJ Carlesimo in a television interview Wednesday in which he said he was provoked after a lot of verbal abuse by I want to apologize to my friends my family and friends of mine who saw this Its definitely not something that I condone but it did happen And thats a mistake I Sprewell said in an interview with San Franciscos KPIXTV at his home I think its been known for some time now that we havent been on good terms And its been over a month or so now and I just couldnt take the ver bal abuse that hes been giving all the guys over the past month or Sprewell was suspended for at least 10 games following his attack on Carlesimo during practice Monday He sat out the first game Wednesday night as the Warriors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers Sprewell grabbed Carlesimo by the throat reportedly threatened to kill him and landed a glancing punch to his neck in two separate confronta tions minutes apart Sprewell was dressed in a collarless white and smiled frequently as he talked with a television crew at his home in the Hayward Hills area south of Oakland It was his first public comment since the confrontation on Monday Its not just myself we have other players on the team that he has also verbally abused and as well as other teams in the past so it just got to a point where I couldnt take it any Sprewell said NBA Oh my agent ArnTellem said upon hear ing that Sprewell had gone on tele vision Just minutes earlier TNT stu dio analyst Cheryl Miller read a draft of a pre pared statement attributed to Sprewell in which he also apologized to the fans but not the coach I regret what I did and wish it never happened But Ive been Spurs at Clippers tonight TV KSAT Radio WOAI 1200AM extremely frustrated and felt Carlesimo verbally abused me over the last couple of months This doesnt excuse my behavior and I would like to apologize to the the statement said Williams named APs Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year By CHIP BROWN AP Sports Writer AUSTIN AP Texas running back Ricky Williams takes pride in being unconventional from his dreadlocks and nose ring to his pierced tongue A softspoken approachable San Diego native who frowns on trash talking Williams is not even on scholarship Thats because Major League Baseballs Philadelphia Phillies have paid Williams way at Texas ever since drafting him in the eighth round of the amateur draft in the spring of 1995 He spent the last three summers earning roughly per month playing outfield for the Phillies rookie league club in Martinsville and with the Class A Piedmont Boll Weevils He received a signing bonus in addi tion to the money that the Phillies put into a trust for his education at Texas But Williams love affair with baseball appears to be on the wane after a season in which he ran for 200 yards a schoolrecord six times and became the nations leading rusher and scorer while piling up yards and 25 touchdowns as well as a twopoint conversion points per For his efforts Williams has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press The last player to lead the nation in rushing and scoring was Colorados Rashaan Salaam in 1994 the year Salaam won the Heisman Trophy Williams easily shattered 1977 Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbells singleseason rushing record of yards and he would be poised to break Campbells alltime rushing yardage mark if Williams decided to return for his senior season Among the only bright spots on a 47 Texas team Williams helped bail out a struggling pass offense by carrying the ball a schoolrecord 279 times or roughly 25 times per game He averaged yards per carry and yards per game He had a schoolrecord 25 rushing TDs as well as eight 100yard games Thanks to a thickly muscled 220pound frame and a powerftil stiffarm Williams who I Wlstrom named top defender Pg 2B has been nicknamed Little Earl because of his similarities to Campbell picked up yards after contact this year As far as what I did Im satisfied although I thought I would have a chance at Williams said But as far as the team I am real ly upset because I thought we had a chance to win a lot more Williams who has worn dreadlocks for six years in likeness of his favorite reggae singer Bob Marley said he is still deciding whether to skip his senior season and jump to the NFL Williams has run for yards and 45 TDs in three years
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