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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                QUICK HITS Softball tryouts New Braunfels Little League girls softball tryouts will take place Saturday at the Little League fields on Loop 337 The 8and 9 yearolds will try out from 9 to with the 10to 12year olds trying out from to noon Basketball camp Applications are being accepted for the Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp Children ages 7 to 19 can apply Players are selected by invi tation only Scholarships are avail able for the more advanced players For information or an application call 704 3728610 Soccer registration New Braunfels Youth Soccer Spring soccer registration contin ues until Saturday at Vivroux Goods Cost for returning players is Cost for new players is New players must have a copy of their birth cer tificate League play starts March 4 and is open to children ages 4 to 18 For information call 6066722 or 6089811 Junior golf clinic Rebecca Creek will offer a junior golf clinic during the Comal school district winter break Feb 28March 3 from 9 to Rules eti quette and golf fundamentals will be covered during the weeklong program The cost will be per junior which will include a bagtag rules book and prizes at the end of the clinic Signups are being taken at the Rebecca Creek pro shop or call 830 8857495 Golf tournament New Braunfels Presbyterian Men of the Church are sponsoring a golf tournament March 4 at Landa Park All proceeds go to the Kids Day Out Program at the church Prizes will be awarded to the first second and third place teams in a scramble format A donation includes green fees cart and lunch Call 6255141 GAME TIME Today High School Baseball Taft at Smithson Valley New Braunfels at Canyon doubleheader 5 High School Softball Smithson Valley at Kerrville Tivy 5 junior varsity 7 varsity Canyon at Schertz Clemens junior varsity and var sity NBA all times EST Phoenix at Washington 7 Chicago at Indiana 7 San Antonio at Charlotte Clippers at Minnesota 8 Denver at Houston Utah at Dallas Orlando at Portland 10 Boston at Vancouver 10 NHL all times EST New Jersey at Montreal Pittsburgh at Philadelphia Florida at Carolina Ottawa at Tampa Bay the air HERALDZEITUNG SPORTS Sunday February 24 2000 IS KGNB1420AMNew Braunfels at Canyon baseball 5 Garvens signs with UT K JESSIE NBHS senior Whitney Garvens center signed with UT Wednesday morning Pictured are left to right Whitneys par ents Gary and Terry Garvens Coach Phyllis Fowler sister Tracey Garvens and NB Athletic Director Tim Kingsbury BY MIKE MOQUIN Sports Editor Whitney Garvens was leaning toward playing college volleyball out of state But instead shell stay close to home On Wednesday the New Braunfels High School senior signed to become a Longhorn It is extremely said Garvens I never thought I could play there and now I have the chance Im Garvens signed a scholarship to play for the University of Texas in the presence of her coach Phyllis Fowler NBHS Athletic Director Tim Kingsbury her parents Gary and Terry and her Garvens said schools from the Big 10 conference had recruited her She was planning to commit to Ohio State Illinois also pursued Garvens But when she recently partici pated in a tournament in Las Vegas she captured the attention of Jim Moore UTs volleyball coach He told me that he impressed with my athleticism and movements on the Garvens told me that Ill have more playing time at That was just enough for Garvens to make her decision Playing for a major university also will be a dream fulfilled she said See Playing for the title Experience helping Cougars run for district BY SARA YOCHAM HeraldZeitung Correspondent Canyon High Schools boys varsity soccer team is off to a strong start in the battle for the District 274A championship The Cougars are tied with Smithson Valley for first place in district with a record of 311 and an overall record of 643 This is a very strong Canyon soccer coach Rob Rush said It is a really tight race for the district Rush is in his third year of coaching Canyon soccer and he already has led the Cougars to two district champi onships each time making it to the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs We figure to win the title were going to have to win four out our last five games and three of those games are away Rush said The best thing the Cougars have going for them is their experience The varsity team is completely made up of upperclassmen with 12 seniors and eight juniors Rush has five players who have started for his entire three years at Canyon senior Anthony Cholico senior Javier Sanchez junior Wes Zunker junior Jeremy Meurin and junior Ruben Jaime These guys have played a lot of soccer and they are very important to our Rush said Leading scorer for the Cougars is Sanchez with nine goals He is an outstanding Rush said All the teams will put their best defender on him Some will even dou ble and triple team him He is a marked Although Sanchez is the leading scorer the points are more evenly dis tributed with the help of Jaime Zunker and Hector Sanchez Defender Jeff Baker and Armando Martinez have been very solid this year Trey Swain and Coby Henk have had good games that have helped the team Hector Sanchez has helped out K JESSIE Wes Zunker looks for an open lane for the Canyon Boys Soccer team while teammate Coby Henk left looks on in a game against San Marcos earlier this month Wefigure to win the title we re going to have to win four out our last five games and three of those games are away Rob Rush Canyon soccer coach by filling in for nearly every position As the Cougars duke it out with Smithson Valley Hays and Bastrop high schools are in a tie for third place Four strong teams are vying for three playoff spots If you make it to the playoffs you are a good team but you also have to have luck and stay Rush said So far we are on the right track to make it into the COUGARS Josh Graham Seth Young Jeremy Meurin Richard Chapa Brian Bourgeois Ed Bodenheim Coby Henk Rory Hughes Chris Bodenheim Wes Zunker Javier Sanchez Armando Martinez Anthony Cholico Hector Sanchez Jeff Baker Chris Smith Ruben Jaime Randy Pittman Trey Swain Austin Herring GK M M M F D D Spurs Elliott closer to return BY KELLEY SHANNON AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO AP Sean Elliott is practicing harder and he pre dicts he can rejoin the San Antonio Spurs in three weeks Elliott trying to become the first pro athlete to return to his sport after a kid ney transplant said Wednesday he needs more weeks like this one with backto back practices Tuesdays prac tice was a said Elliott who went through grueling drills that day with the reserves ELLIOTT Elliott practiced again Wednesday with the full team before the Spurs left for a threegame road trip to Charlotte Chicago and Minnesota No specific timetable has been set by the 32yearold forward or coach Gregg Popovich Popovich certainly does not want to be locked in to Elliotts prediction fait until the begin ning of March evaluate him again and then well give everybody an idea of where hes Elliott resumed full practices with the team in early February He had to sign a waiver releasing the Spurs from liability should he be injured during his comeback He is making million this season and is to make million next season the last year of his contract Elliott received a kidney from his brother Noel on Aug 16 Elliott had focal segmental glomerular sclerosis which prevents the kidneys from prop erly filtering waste from the blood Without the transplant he soon would have undergone kidney dialysis Elliott made some key plays last year in helping San Antonio win its first NBA championship Nearly falling out of bounds he hit a gamewinning 3point shot during the Western Conference finals against Portland Elliott averaged points in the playoffs Before returning to practice Elliott worked as a TV commentator for the Spurs All the while he said he felt he was part of the team and wanted to play DUNCAN i Duncan hopeful hell play SAN ANTONIO AP Tim Duncan is hopeful he can play in the San Antonio Spuds game in Charlotte tonight despite sufferinga lower abdominal strain Duncan is listed as ques tionable for playing against the Hornets although he Wednesday its possible hell play 1 just want to be feel good We want to start the road trip on a good note and this is a big one for Duncan said The Spurs face the Chicago Bulls on Friday then the Minnesota Timberwolves on befoje returning Duncan left the game against Phoenix the second quarter Monday night with the injury It isnt clear exactly what action on the court caused the abdominal strain I just pulled it somehow and it just started said Duncan who sat out of the Spurs practice Wednesday and instead did a water workout in a pool Doctors have ruled out a tear in his abdominal muscle which would have been a far more seri ous injury Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Duncan will be evaluated at a shootaround this morning to determine whether hell play tonight Duncan has played in 185 consecutive regu larseason games never having missed his NBA career NHL suspends McSorley for rest of the season BY IRA PODELL AP Sports Writer NEW YORK AP Marty McSorley was suspended Wednesday for the rest of the season for hitting Donald Brashear in the head with his stick the harshest punishment in NHL histo ry for an onice attack McSorleys suspension also would include the playoffs but Boston which has won only 18 games with 23 remaining will probably miss the postseason The longest previous suspension was games given to Washingtons Dale Hunter fora blindside check of the New York Islanders Pierre Turgeon after a goal in a 1993 playoff game There have been longer suspensions for drug use McSorley who did not attend a disciplinary hearing Wednesday at NHL headquarters stfll might have to answer to Vancouver police Mr McSorleys act is entirely unaccept NHL vice president Colin Campbell said It would be grossly unfair to suggest that his conduct is at all representative of the game of the other 700 players who play in the NHL or of the countless others who play hockey at I The 36yearold Boston defenseman who js in the last year of his contract must meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before the start of next season The Boston enforcer was suspended indefi nitely Tuesday one day after he swung his stiejt with both hands against the side of Brasheatfs head in the Bruins 52 defeat to the Canuolks Brashear was knocked out and bloodied   

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