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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8 O HeraldZeituhg O Tuesday December Sports Day To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call 6259144 Ext 223 Readers can send email to HZsports@aol.com HeraldZeitung Sports Day The Press Comal County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows NBHS playoff tickets Tickets for Saturdays Class 5A Division II state semifinal game between New Braunfels and Alief Hastings at the Astrodome in Houston will be available from 8 to 3 Wednesday and Thursday and 8 to 1 Friday at New Braunfels High School All seats are general admis sion Advance tickets are for adults and for students All tickets are at the gate Each ticket is good for all three games at the Astrodome The 5A Division I state final will begin at noon followed by the 4A Division I final at 4 and the 5A Division II game at 8 Unicorn fans are encouraged to sit in the same area on the visitors side of the Astrodome to make plenty of noise For more information about tickets call NBHS at 6256271 The NBHS Sports Booster Club will charter buses to Houston for the game A sign up sheet will be available beginning at 8 Wednesday at the school For more information on the buses call Carroll Coleman at 6063634 or 6257013 We Believe SendOff Unicorn fans and boosters are invited to attend a We Believe SendOff at Friday in the New Braunfels High School cafeteria Videos of games will be shown and fans will be able to meet the players and get auto graphs The Unicorns will play the Alief Hastings Fighting Bears in the Class 5A Division II state semifinals at 8 Saturday at the Astrodome in Houston 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 Friday Jingle Bell The fourth annual Red McCombs Jingle Bell is scheduled for 9 Saturday 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 avail able through Friday at Comprehensive Fitness Fleet Feet Sports and For Goodness Sake All participants are encour aged to bring a canned good or toy for donation to charity Breakfast tacos from the Pinto Ranch Grill will be available at the race For more information call Susan Phillips EVENTS at 609 5030 Turn to Press Box Page 9 New BraunfelsMacArthur game one for the ages Two days after the fact last Saturdays tripleover time game between the Unicorns and Brahmas looks just as impressive as it was just after it ended You remember How MacArthur quarter back Mike Perkins gave it one last shot on fourth down and goal from the 7 yard line How Unicorn senior Chad Wehe covered Joey Johnson who scored MacArthurs first touch down on a 55yard pass from Perkins nearly three hours earlier Tom Erickson How Johnson briefly made contact with the ball then collapsed to the ground How Wehe leaped into the arms of fellow senior Justin Vogt and the Unicorns went into a frenzy dancing and leaping ail over the plastic grass at Alamo Stadium But what stands out stronger that the pass the near catch or the celebration was what hap pened next Both teams lined up and shook hands as the Unicorns put their celebration on hold for sev eral minutes This wasnt your average monotone repeti tion of good though It was quite dif ferent MacArthur senior Budd looked New Braunfels quarterback square in the eyes and said Congratulations Kingsbury looked right back at Budd and offered a similar message Not bad for two teams that really dont like each other After all it was MacArthur that handed the Unicorns their only loss of the regular season and it was New Braunfels which won the District 265A title the Brahmas coveted all year long Still something happened between the first and third overtime periods that gave the game a classic twist and put it at the top of the list of alltime great contests in this region I New Braunfels coach Tim Kingsbury had a similar observation on Monday We were very fortunate to he said It was a great effort from both teams and to me thats what high school football is all about both teams giving it their all and leaving it on the And while the Unicorns were happy to walk away from the game with a victory that didnt seem to matter when both teams met at mid field and exchanged greetings Both teams knew they had been a part of something special Something they could remember long after the season ends and the years roll on Something the could recall and smile about at reunions 10 20 or 30 years from now Something that was unforgettable Tom Erickson is sports editor of the Hemld New Braunfels quarterback Kliff Kingsbury looks for an open receiver in Saturdays Region IV5A final against MacArthur Kingsbury threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the Unicorns 2921 tripleovertime victory Photo by Leslie to the HeraldZeitung Kingsbury This one was fun Unicorns still excited about Saturdays win I Playoff results pairings Page 9 By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor The Unicorns took a welldeserved day oil Monday after outlasting MacArthur in throe overtimes in the Region IV5A cham pionship last Saturday in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio But that didnt keep New Braunfels from feeling good about what it accomplished after being shut down by MacArthur in the first half Coach Tim Kingsbury said while he did nt push the panic button after being down 140 at halrtime he felt like the Unicorn offense could do much better than the 36 yards and two first downs it had after 24 minutes It takes us a while to get adjusted and I wasnt totally surprised with he said I was disappointed that we couldnt move the ball better The defense stayed on the field longer so we had to make most of our adjustments Kingsbury said those changes included moving away from the draw and screen packages and shifting to a nohuddle offense on the first of the second half which pro duced a touchdown pass from quarterback Kliff Kingsbury to Joel Tienda There wasnt anything major we changed on he said It was just a matter of adjusting to what they were doing We added one or two new wrinkles and just adjusted to the tempo of the game and their But perhaps what made the difference in the second half was the play of the Swarm which held MacArthurs offense to 113 yards and five first downs in the final 24 minutes and the overtime periods We wouldnt be where we are without a good Tim Kingsbury said They came out in the second half and basically shut MacArthur out and got a turnover that gave us the possibility to win it in regula Chad Wehes interception the Unicorns second of the game set up a 42yard field goal attempt by Kliff Kingsbury which missed to the right Yet the Unicorns 131 scored two touch downs in the three overtime periods for the 2921 victory and a date in the state semifi nals with Alief Hastings This game was a lot of fun to be a part of and Tim Kingsbury said It was a game we wanted to win Its been a great year and we dont want it to be over 4 HI Photo by Leslie to the HeraldZeitung Brian Gilstrap Aaron Jones 87 and Brett Boyer 38 lead cheers after Saturdays win over the Brahmas Fifteen Cougars make Academic AllDistrict Cougarettes Adams named a 1998 EastWest AllStar From statf reports Fifteen members of the Canyon 1 ligh School var sity football team were recently named to the District 2X4A Academic AllDistrict team CHS coach Carl Gustafson said Friday Seniors named to the team were Chris Easley Grant Sitta Matt Harper Matt Rector and Chance Weaver Juniors Reed Boyd Brian Behrend Stephen Brockman Jonathan Meurin Jussin Abrego and Travis Krug also were named along with sopho mores Kenny Brunette Jay Rierson and Justin Eulberg Also named to the team was freshman Chip Adams Adams selected for 1998 EastWest AllStar girls volleyball game Kylie Adams a senior at Canyon High School was selected to participate in the 1998 EastWest AllStar girls volleyball game scheduled for July 8 in Arlington Adams will play on the East Division II team at the game which will be played for the 29th time DeBesse to sign new threeyear contract at Southwest Texas SAN MARCOS Director of Athletics Michael Alden said Sunday that Bob DeBesse will sign a new threeyear contract as head football coach at Southwest Texas The deal one of the First multiyear contracts awarded at SWT will replace the current twoyear contract DeBesse signed when he was hired in Dec 1996 The new contract will go into effect Jan 1 This is extremely flattering to be given a new contract after one DeBesse said The fact is our record is not what we had hoped for but it was clear to everyone involved that the team is heading in the right direction and looking to con tinue to build Bobcat Pride throughout the pro Southwest Texas finished the 1997 season at 56 overall and 24 in the Southland Football League Five of the six losses came to nationallyranked teams three of which advanced to the NCAA Division 1AA playoffs In addition the Bobcats played in front of more fans in 1997 than any year since 1984 SWT aver aged fans over a sixgame home schedule With the approval of our Board of Regents this is a monumental step in the Southwest Texas Department of Alden said Before we offered a twoyear contract to our football coach last December multiyear contracts had not been a reality at Southwest Texas Bob DeBesse is a qual ity individual and a professional who represents this university well Bob has done everything and more that has been asked of him since his Bushong appointed to NCAA baseball regional selection committee SAN MARCOS Southwest Texas baseball coach Howard Bushong was appointed Monday to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee Bushong has been chosen for the regional base ball advisory committee working for the national group in its task of assigning the teams which will participate in the annual NCAA postseason tourna ment each May He will begin his appointment next Turn to Briefs Page 9 Panthers Cowboys Panthers rough up Cowboys IRVING Texas AP The Carolina Panthers unceremoniously ended the Dallas Cowboys fiveyear reign as NFC East champion Kerry Collins threw two touch down passes and Fred Lane rushed for 138 yards Monday night as the Panthers stayed alive in the NFC wildcard race and all but eliminated the Cowboys with a 2313 victory Carolina evened its record at 77 while Dallas dropped to 68 With two games left the Cowboys have only an outside chance of making the playoffs for a seventh consecutive year The New York Giants have an 85 1 record in the NFC East and Dallas cant catch them The Panthers have ended the Cowboys hopes twice in the last year Carolina knocked Dallas out of the NFL title contention with a 2617 victory on Jan 5 in the NFC divi sional playoffs Collins who suffered a concussion last week hit key passes while Lane kept Dallas off balance with his hard runs despite the presence of tackle Leon Lett who made some spectacu lar plays in his first game back after a oneyear suspension for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy Collins who threw a 15yard TD pass to Rae Carruth in the second quarter guided Carolina on a 69yard drive to open the second half That put the Panthers ahead 176 He completed passes of 13 yards to Anthony Johnson 18 yards to Muhsin Muhammad and finally found Scott Greene on a 1yard touchdown pass John Kasay then hit a 40yard field goal to start the fourth quarter mak ing it 206 He also had an 18yarder with 53 seconds left to finish off the Cowboys Troy Aikman hit Michael Irvin with a 52yard touchdown to put Dallas within seven points with left However with a fourand1 on the Carolina 45 Aikman was trapped for a 25yard loss by safety Chad Cota with left The Panthers dominated the first half to take a 106 lead over the Cowboys who lost running back Emmitt Smith after he reinjured his left shoulder trying to make a block Tight end Eric Bjornson also frac tured his left shin Collins who fractured a jaw in the preseason and suffered a concussion last week hit Carruth for the TD after Kasay had kicked a 34yard field goal The only Dallas points in the first half came on field goals of 45 and 32 yards by Richie Cunningham his 32nd and 33rd of the season to break the club record of 32 by Chris Boniol in 1996 It was the first time Dallas coach Barry Switzer had ever been part of a threegame losing streak in college or the pros a span of 259 Dallas hadnt lost three games in a row since Carolina lost cornerback Eric Davis late in the fourth quarter when his helmet hit the knee of running back Sherman Williams Davis left on a stretcher and his injuries were not immediately determined
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