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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 2B — Herald-Zeiti NG — Sunday, July 30. 2000 For even' action, there s a reaction COWBOYS/From 1B K. JESSIE SLATEN. Hera Id-Zeitung Seventh and eighth grade football players run through reaction drills during football camp at New Braunfels High School this past week. comerbacks drafted by the Cowboys in April, should get plenty of playing time along with third-year player Duane Hawthorne and second-year player Stephen Fisher. All are trying to ensure playing time behind starters McNeil and Kevin Smith. Campo, the Dallas defensive coordinator the past Five seasons before replacing fired Chan Gailey as head coach, concedes that Sanders* departure may affect the entire defense on some pass coverages. Still, he's not overly concerned about life after the cornerback who is now at rival Washington. “I don't want to make it sound like we're in trouble because I don't feel we are. I think we'll find a way to get things accomplished and be an effective defensive football team." he said. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, may have trouble just dying to find enough good players to start. Coach Bill Cowher will be forced to do some shuffling with seven players likely out because of injuries: running back Richard Huntley. center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Kevin Henry, wide receiver Will Blackwell, defensive end Gabe Northern, and offensive linemen Roger Duffy and Tom Myslinski. Huntley, expected to compete with Jerome Bettis for playing time after signing a $4 million, three-year contract, injured his left hamstring during practice Thursday afternoon and is out indefinitely. He averaged 6.1 yards per cany last season. Pittsburgh's third-string quarterback is expected to get most of the snaps, a decision that has nothing to do with injuries. The Steelers want to get a good look at Anthony Wright, who was not drafted as a rookie in 1999 but is considered their possible quarterback of the future. Wright, who hasn't played in a game since the preseason last year. is scheduled to play the entire second half against Dallas. Kordell Stewart will play the first quarter as will the other starters before former Giants quarterback Kent Graham takes over in the second quarter. After Aikman starts at quarterback for Dallas, free-agent signee Randall Cunningham will see some action before Paul Justin and non-drafted rookie Clint Stoemer get most of the snaps in the battle for third team. Letters to the Sports Editor Just to set the record straight A few facts to set the record straight from the administration of New Braunfels Little League regardmg the seven select players who opted out of the Little League tournament process and chose instead to play rn a select tournament in Colorado. It was stated m the "counterpoint'' article in last Sundav s edition (" 23) of the Herald-Zeitung that at no time during the process of selecting the Junior League allstars was there an inquiry about whether or not these players were committed to play all-stars. The commitment doesn't come dunng the process of selectmg the all-star team. It comes after the players hav e been selected and the player agent calls each of the parents asking for a commitment for (he Little League tournament season. If a parent declines to commit because of a conflict with the dates, the placer is then replaced w ith the placer w ith the next highest number of votes. If the parents of the select sev en had done the proper thing and told the player agent that they could not commit to the entire tournament process because of their commitment to play in Colorado, then a chain reaction of good things would have happened to other kids in the league. The seven players on the Blue team w ith the highest vote totals would have been promoted to the Red team. After looking at the picture of the select team in the same edition, I noticed three additional Colorado bound select players who played on the Blue team. This means IO additional players who didn’t get to play in the allstars at all would have been given the opportunity' to compete. Finally, while the red team may or may not have advanced to sectionals w ithout the select seven, the five remaining players would have been guaranteed the chance of playing as long as their team continued winning. Select ball is not governed by the New Braunfels Little League. It was started here in New Braunfels in 1995 with the same group of kids that won the only State Little League title in the history of the community. The two have co-existed happily with many of the select players playing in the league dunng the week and playing select ball on the weekends, or before and after the season. Parents of many of the select have contributed greatly to the construction of the new complex on the loop. While there is nothing in waiting, there’s always been the understanding that Little League was first priority for those who wanted to participate in both. In Little League circles, New Braunfels came away with a black eye and Texas District 31 ended up not being represented by a team in the sectional tournament. In speaking with Mike Witherwax, Texas State Little League Director, this has never happened before. Never has a team qualified to advance to the sectional lev el and then bow ed out because of a conflict with a select tournament. New Braunfels Little League will do what it can before next year to put in safeguards to prevent this from happening again. Jon Ellis President, NB LL. Who’s to say where they have to play? I am writing in response to the recent articles regarding the New Braunfels Junior Little League All-Star team, specifically the seven members of this team that have chosen to compete at the National Triple Crown Tournament in Colorado and forego their chance at competing for the state championship in the Junior Little League State Tournament in Brenham. Tx. I know the majority of these boys and have had the pleasure of seeing them compete on their select baseball team, the New Braunfels Warriors, as well as their Junior Little League All-Star team. These boys, as well as the five other members of the All-Star team, are hard working, talented and dedicated young men who have chosen athletics, in this case — baseball, to devote a majority of their time and effort into. Their parents have devoted hundreds of hours (not to mention dollars) in supporting and helping their sons to realize their goals. There are no losers in this group, only a set of young men who were unfortunate enough to get caught in a situation w here a very' difficult decision had to be made that would undoubtedly upset someone. Kenny Leonard w hom I believ e to be an assistant coach on the Junior Little League All-Star team, said in his letter this past Sunday (7 23) that these boys and their parents think nothing of w alking aw ay from the five remaining team members. This is not so. The players wanted desperately to compete for the state championship, but logistically it was not feasible. Mr. Leonard also states that the remaining five players were left behind after having sacrificed their summertime also. The Junior Little League team was. as Mr. Leonard states, “on the brink of something special.” What about earning your way to a national tournament where you w ill have the ability to compete against some of the finest players in the country in you age group? Coach Leonard also refers to the five boys being abandoned by their teammates and not being able to complete their goal. What about the remaining team members on the Warriors? Should they be abandoned and denied the trip they earned to play in Colorado? The thing I find more troubling is that Mr. Leonard spent weeks training, coaching and bonding with these boys, but the minute they decide what their plans are, he turns on them. There are many important lessons that our youth can learn from participating in sports. Sometimes I believe the most important life-long lessons have nothing to do with physical ability or w inning, but from relationships forged from learning to deal with adversity in a positive way. I would like to tip my hat to manager Greg Michalec for the outstanding job he did w ith the Junior Little League All-Star team. He and his team represented New Braunfels well w ith their skills, sportsmanship and teamwork. 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