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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeituna O Thursday December CMB Sports bay To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day call 6259144 Ext 223 Readers can send email to HZsports@aol.com H o r a I l Z o i t LI n g Sports Day 1B 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 SendOff9 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 the Class 5A Division II state semifinals at 8 Saturday at the Astrodome in Houston NBHS Project Graduation Unicorn stencils New Braunfels High School Project Graduation will be sten ciling Unicorn designs on cars this week Stencils will be available from 3 to 6 Wednesday and Thursday at the WalMart and HEB parkings lots and from 3 to 7 Friday at the high school parking lot Fans can get three stencils for a car or individual sten cils for each 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 Turn to Press Box Page 2B Reed brings home title from world triathlon competition By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor j GARDEN RIDGE Dont expect Joanita Reed to retire anytime soon Reed who took first place in the 7074 age division at the world triathlon championships in Perth Australia said her best years may still be ahead of her Im just 70 so Im the baby in my age she said As long as I dont come in last place I will continue to compete I never really want to retire or take it easy There will be plenty of time for that when Im six feet Reed has continued to improve her times in the triathlon in recent months In fact her win ning time of in Australia was 16 minutes faster than her qualifying time at the national championships earlier this year I really didnt get off to good she said I didnt have a good swim because I swallowed a lot of water That put me four minutes behind and I was really lost getting onto the bike But then I saw my competitor just in front of me and I was able to get ahead of her She tried to pass me from time to time but didnt and I was two minutes ahead of her after the bike Yet the kilometer swim 40 kilometer cycling course and 10 kilometer run was almost too much for Reed who had to be car ried to the medical tent after finishing the race I gave it all I had on the run and my legs gave out as I crossed the finish They took me away and gave me plenty of electrolytes to get the energy The triathlon will be an Olympic sport for the first time at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney so this race was used to drum up inter est in the sport There were people there to watch the race but not many were out to see the start which was at 6 Reed said All of the Turn to Reed Page 2B HeraldZeitung photo by Tom Erickson Joanita Reed 70 brought back the United States only firstplace finish at last months world triathlon championships in Perth Austrailia Joel Tienda 5 gets a punt away behind the blocking of Cody Guthrie 3 and Travis Haecker 90 in last Saturdays playoff game with MacArthur at Alamo Stadium HeraldZeitung photo by Tom Erickson Special teams keep things going Silvas Gibson offer inside look at the kicks returns By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor Eric Silvas and Zhon Gibson have unique roles for the Unicorn football team Perhaps a better word would be and thats exactly what they have been in each of the last 14 weeks Theyre the members of the Unicorn football team who dont always grab the spotlight but are definitely counted on when the game is close Silvas and Gibson are members of the special teams a position both players seem to enjoy Its just something that has to be Gibson said A lot of games are won or lost in the kicking Silvas agreed We have a very important he said If we can pin them back behind the 20yard line they have to make plays to drive 80plus yards and hopefully can make a mistake along the Outside of the thrill of making a big hit or downing the ball after a long punt special learn ers take pride in their job which usually has just one selling point field position We think its a major role in the factor of the Silvas said If we dont go down and make our contact a big play can But that hasnt happened to the Unicorns this season as the special teams have held opponents without a touchdown on a kickoff or punt return through the regular season and playoffs Were very proud of Gibson said Its always a goal not to allow any New Braunfels got a strong return of its own at the start of last Saturdays state quarterfinal game with MacArthur at Alamo Stadium Senior Joel Tienda fielded the opening kickoff and returned it 60 yards but the offense failed to convert the big play into any points 5A Division II Semifinals New Braunfels 131 vs Alief Hastings 131 8 Houston Radio KGNB 1420 AM Flower Mound Marcus 122 vs Tyler 122 4 Stadium Irving Silvas said while the long return didnt lead to score it was still something to be proud of If we can get a good play it gets our offense fired up and puts them in position to he said Gibson said mental toughness is a key to each game and each play no matter how insignificant it may seem All of these games have been tough and you have to go at it every he said You cant leave anything on the field Everything has to be executed And its likely that if the special teams are involved it will be NBA Spurs end losing skid in big way Robinson leads the way with 30 points Spurs 102 Clippers i Brown hires offensive defensive coordinators AUSTIN AP Greg Davis the architect of new Texas coach Mack Browns offense at North Carolina will be the Longhorns new offensive coordinator Brown also said in a statement Wednesday that Carl Reese who ran one of the nations stingiest defenses at Louisiana State will take over the Texas defense Brown named to succeed fired and reassigned Texas coach John Mackovic last week has gone a long way toward shaping his coaching staff with the appointments Davis and Reesewere expected to be officially named oh Friday when Brown hopes to have completed assembly of his staff He has about to spend on assistant coaches but hasnt yet decided how many assistants there will be Brown said he expects Reese to bring an aggressive attacking style of defense to Texas A consistently strong defense is something the Longhorns lacked under Mackovic This year Texas gave up an average of points per game It allowed the worst home loss in the programs 105year history and secondworst overall a 663 drubbing by UCLA The Longhorns were 104th out of 112 in the nation in rushing defense giving up yards per game on the ground The Longhorns were 85th in the nation in total defense giving up yards per game At North Carolina Davis led the offense of a Tar Heels team that com piled a 203 record over the past two seasons He was head coach at Tulane from 198891 Greg Davis has been a lifelong Brown said He has been a head coach and he has studied the game at all levels He did a great job for us at North Carolina and we are fortunate that he has agreed to join Davis also will coach Texas quar terbacks Since Reese arrived at LSU in December 1994 LSUs defense has ranked among the leaders in the Southeastern Conference The Tigers allowed only points a game this season putting their defense first in the SEC and 11th in the nation in scoring defense LSU also ranked second in the league in pass efficiency defense At Vanderbilt Reese reduced oppo nents average points per game from in 1990 to in 1994 Before that he had been a graduate assistant at Missouri his alma mater and an assistant at Northern Michigan Southern Illinois East Carolina Virginia Kansas and Missouri where he was defensive coordinator from 197782 and from 198688 From 198385 he was defensive coordinator for the USFLs Birmingham Stallions SAN ANTONIO AP Avery Johnson had a careerhigh 20 assists and David Robinson scored 30 points Wednesday night to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102 87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers The Spurs who never trailed broke a threegame losing streak Vinny Del Negro added 22 points Tim Duncan had 14 points 12 rebounds and six blocked shots and Robinson tied a franchise record by connecting on 18 free throws Los Angeles led by Rodney Rogers with 12 points suffered through a coldshooting night and connected on only percent of its field goal attempts Johnson who had 12 assists in the first quarter two shy of the NBA record of 14 by John Lucas of the Spurs in 1984 tied the NBA season high by rookie Brevin Knight of Cleveland against Washington on Nov 22 San Antonio connected on 15 of 19 shots in the first quarter which ended with the Spurs ahead 3422s Behind 14 points by Robinson the Spurs stretched the lead to 5028 in the second quarter before Los Angeles pulled to 5745 at halftime San Antonio allowed the Clippers to climb back into the game in the third quarter by hitting on only 3 of 16 field goal attempts and Los Angeles closed to 7570 at the the end of three quarters San Antonio opened the fourth quarter with a 60 run capped by a jumper by Sean Elliott for an 8170 lead with to play Los Angeles could draw no closer than nine points the rest of the way In addition to his 14 points and 12 rebounds Duncan blocked a career high six shots Notes Robinson and Duncan are the only teammates in the NBA to average doubledoubles Johnsons 12 first quarter assists for San Antonio tied him with Bob Cousy John Lucas Magic Johnson and Mark Jackson for the secondmost assists in one quarter The Clippers are 1 10 when trailing entering the fourth quarter Nebraska coach Tom Osborne retires after 25 years ByTIWKORTE Associated Press Writer LINCOLN Neb AP Nebraska coach retired Wednesday with tears in his eyes ending one of the most successful careers in college football history with a team thathas dominated the sport for decades Osborne said health problems were forcing him to give up the game and that he wanted to spend more time with his family and at church He will coach his last game when the No 2 Cornhuskers play No 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl on Jan 2 and said he may stay on until February if he can help the team If he wins his final game and topranked Michigan loses to Washington State in the Rose Bowl his 25year reign as head coach almost certainly will end with a national championship I think its wise to back off before you leave feet first or somebody tells you its time to the 60yearold coach said He rejected the idea of continuing to coach while delegating duties to top assistants He said he didnt want to become a figurehead Longtime assistant Frank Solich the running backs coach will take over the team Osborne said the difficult part about retiring was telling his players Usually stoical and com posed his eyes welled up as four of his players took the podium to offer their thanks 1 care very much about those guys so thats whats been most Osborne said I hope at some point they will realize that Im try ing to do whats the best thing for For a quartercentury Osborne and Nebraska have been perennial powers winning national titles in 1994 and 1995 while making 25 straight bowl appearances including the upcoming Orange Bowl game He will always be remembered for his gutsy decision to go for two points and a win over Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl After his team pulled within 3130 with 48 seconds left the Huskers needed only a tie for the national title But Osborne in what may go down as his defining moment as a coach went for the win The 2point conversion pass fell incomplete and Miami ended up winning the national title He accomplished it said Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer who as coach of the rival Oklahoma Sooners battled Osborne for years in the old Big Eight Conference Turn to Osborne Page 2B
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