New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 17, 2000, Page 9

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Hampton mows down Cards, Mets move on By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Mike Hampton did what he was brought to New York to do: pitch the Mets into the World Series — and a possible subway one at that. Hampton pitched a three-hitter and the Mets started their clinching party early with a three-run first inning Monday night as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 and won the NL championship series 4-1. The game got testy at the end when Dave Veres hit Jay Payton in the helmet with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning. Payton, bleeding over his left eye, charge# the mound and the dugouts and bullpens emptied as police in riot gear lined the field. HAMPTON That was the only thing that could dampen this night for the Mets. New York won its fourth NL pennant and first since 1986, joining the 1997 Florida Marlins as the only wild card teams to make the World Series. The Mets also earned four days off* before beginning the World Series on Saturday night, either a train ride away at Yankee Stadium for the first Subway Series since 1956 or across the country in Seattle.See NLCS/2BMLB Playoffs AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Today’s Game Seattle (Halama 14-9) at New York (Hernandez 12-13), 7:12 p.m. Wednesday’s Game Seattle at New York, 7 p.m., if necessary WORLD SERIES Saturday’s GameNew York Mets at ALCS winner, 7 p.m. Sunday’s GameNew York Mets at ALCS winner, 7 p.m. Yankees, Mariners return to New York for Game 6 By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Seattle’s John Halama has been in New York for days, back home for his sister’s wedding. Orlando Hernandez and the Yankees would like to give Halama and his Mariners teammates the rest of the winter off. “I had to be here, but my heart was in Seattle,” Halama said Monday, a day before starting Game 6 of the AL championship series and trying to push New York to a seventh game. Barbara Halama got married Saturday, so her brother took a red-eye flight after Game 3 Friday night. He couldn’t watch Game 4 because of the wedding. “Someone had a Walkman and kept me updated, inning by inning, batter and everything,” Halama said. He felt he had to miss the two games at Safeco Field. Blood over batterymates. His sister was in the stands at Shea Stadium — along with 69 other family and friends — two years ago when he made his first major league start in New York. “My sister doesn’t plan on getting married again,” he said. The Brooklynite, acquired by Seattle from Houston in the Randy Johnson trade, kept to his normal throwing routine, going out to a city park to toss a ball with his brother. Other than that, he kept a low profile, not wanting to get into the faces of Yankees’ fans in Bay Ridge,See ALCS/2B Quick Hits SVHS junior varsity downs Boerne 21-7 The Smithson Valley junior varsity football team defeated Boerne 21-7 this past week. Mark Mecke scored the first touchdown for the Rangers on a 20-yard run up the middle. The Rangers added a second touchdown when quarterback Andrew Woodchick ran around the left side for a 30-yard touchdown. Jared Ingebretson scored the third Ranger touchdown on an interception return. Chris Breen kick all three extra points. The Rangers were led on defense by Ingebretson, Patrick Smith and Marcus Gutierrez SV freshmen teams take two from NB The Smithson Valley freshmen Blue Rangers defeated Boerne this past week 31-6. Lance Fuller, James Kern, Alan Hill, Kevin Jones and Rudy Rios all scored touchdowns. David Lobo added one extra point. On defense the Rangers were led by Justin Hughes, Jay Young and Kirk Dawson. The freshmen White Rangers beat New Braunfels 12-0. Kenny Cook and Kevin Stigall scored touchdowns for the Rangers. Stigall’s touchdown came on a 50-yard interception return. CHS football adds a freshmen game The Canyon High School football program has added a game to its schedule. The freshmen White team will play Wimberley at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at home. The Red team will still take on Fredericksburg at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Fredericksburg and the junior varsity game will be against Fredericksburg at 6 p.m. at on Thursday at home. The varsity plays Fredericksburg at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at home. Sundance to host Nite Ball on Oct. 31 All junior golfers are invited to participate in the Nite Ball Tournament on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Although it is a school night, the event will wrap up by a respectable school night hour. The tournament is at Sundance Golf Course and the event will kick off with burgers served at 5 p.m. and a shotgun start at 6 p.m. Juniors are invited to wear their scariest costume or just come as a golfer. The fee for the tournament is $10 and includes burger, entry fee and nite ball supplies. Drop by Sundance to register and prepay the entry fee or call 629-3817 for more information.Game Time ^TodayAuto RacingAmerican Le Mans Series, Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta. 2 p.m. on FXSP. Baseball American League Championship Series. Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees. 7:18 p.m. on KMOL. Basketball NBA Preseason. Seattle Supersonics at Houston Rockets. 7:30 p.m. on FXSP. Bicycling DK Dirt Circuit Series. 3 p.m. on ESPN.Bowling PBA, Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open. 7 p.m. on ESPN.VolleyballAVP Volleyball, King of the Beach. 3 p.m. on FXSP. Tuesday, October 17, 2000 Herald-Zeitung    ie Sports Cougarettes host Unicorns tonight K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior Jackie Baerwald (15) hits the ball during a match earlier this season at New Braunfels High School gym. The Unicorns (27-5 overall, 8-0 in district) will play the Canyon Cougarettes (25-10, 5-3) at 7 p.m. today at Canyon. The Cougarettes will try to clinch the third and final playoff spot in District 27-4A. lf Canyon wins or Boerne loses to Fredericksburg tonight, the Cougarettes will join New Braunfels and Smithson Valley (19-14, 6-2) in the postseason. Tennessee’s primetimers continue to whip Jags George runs for 165 yards in Titans’ 27-13 win on MNF Aikman’s four-year slide bottoms out By Dave Goldberg AP Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first prime-time game in Tennessee was a showcase for the Titans’ prime-time players — Eddie George, Steve McNair and Frank Wycheck. The Titans beat their favorite whipping boys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-13 Monday night as George ran for 165 yards on 30 carriees, McNair threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Wycheck started things off by catching a TD pass flat on his back. The defense chipped in with five sacks in a game in which a lot of streaks continued. It was the fifth straight win after an opening-game loss in Buffalo for Tennessee, putting the Titans in first place by themselves in the AFC Central, one-half game ahead of Baltimore. It was the fourth straight loss for Jacksonville, the longest streak since its first season in 1995. The Jaguars (2-5) lost yet another key player, wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who bruised his right knee in the first quarter. It also was the fifth straight win by Tennessee over Jacksonville — last year, when the Jaguars went 15-3, the only three losses were administered by the Titans, including a 33-14 beating in the AFC title game. And George, who didn’t crack IOO yards in his first three games, had his third straight in triple figures and second over 150. The game went just about the way the season has for the Jaguars. They had two chances in the first half — at the beginning and the end. They blew them both and went off trailing 17-3. The first came four minutes into the game,, when Fred Taylor broke loose on a 71 -yard run that gave Jacksonville a first down at the Tennessee 7. But the Jags had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Mike Hollis and a 3-0 lead. By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer IRVING — When he retires, Troy Aikman will be remembered as being the smart, accurate, strong-armed quarterback who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories in four years. For now, he’s just another average quarterback. Or worse. Aikman’s four-year slide bottomed out Sunday with five interceptions in a 19-14 loss to the New York Giants. It was his most in 12 NFL seasons and tied the most in Dallas’ 41-year history. The most revealing part was how it happened. All five pick-offs, and two more that were dropped    by Giants, could    be blamed on a lack of arm strength, poor reads or both, all signs AIKMAN    ,hat    he’s    fadin8- Aikman, who threw just five interceptions over 11 games in 1998, said Monday that he realizes he’s not the player he once was. “I try to go out and play within the framework of what I feel I can still do,” said Aikman, who turns 34 next month. “I don’t feel like some things are quite as effortless as what they once were. For someone who has been accustomed to playing at a very high level, that’s really frustrating.” Aikman has never been one to smile during games, even when things are going his way. Lately, the look on his face has been one of strain. “That’s probably pretty accurate,” he said. “It’s been a struggle. That’s not news to anybody who is involved. There’s a lot of reasons for that.” The Cowboys are 1-3 this season in games Aikman has started. He’s thrown only two touchdowns and nine interceptions, more than he had in either of his last two Super Bowl seasons. Since 1996, the last time Dallas won a playoff game, Aikman is 21 -24 in the regular season and 0-2 in the postseason. He hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl any of those years after going to six straight. Nonetheless, Cowboys owner Jerry See COWBOYS/3B ;

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