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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                QUICK Hrrs Smithson Valley wins Uvalde Tournament Smithson Valleys boys basketball team beat Uvalde 6542 in the finals of Uvalde Tournament on Friday to capture the title In die semifinals the Rangers defeated West Campus 6654 and in the opening round they defeated Corrizo Springs 8644 Josh Niles was named the tourna ments Most Valuable Player Chase Shipley and Jecon Brown each earned AllTournament honors Badgers burn Bruins 2120 in Sun Bowl EL PASO AP Humbled injured taunted and tired Jarnar Fletcher still got in the last word on UCLA receiver Freddie Mitchell We got the win so we all got the last Wisconsins star comer back said after his midfield intercep tion with a minute left preserved the Badgers 2120 victory over the bat tered Bruins in the Sun Bowl Mitchell walked away with the MVP award after catching nine passes for a Sun Bowlrecord 180 yards including a 64yard TD reception Fletcher the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nations top defensive back stepped in front of Brian Poli Dixon at midfield for his seventh interception of the season and his first big play in an afternoon filled with frustration t GAME TIME Today Basketball San Antonio Spurs at Indiana Pacers on KMOL College Basketball Womens Illinois at Auburn 11 am on KENS Womens Purdue at Michigan 1 on KEjNS Womens Tennessee at Connecticut 3 on KENS Mens Utah at Texas 7 on FXSP College Football Alamo Bowl Nebraska vs Northwestern 7 on ESPN Football Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins am on KSAT St Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints 3 on KSAT High School Football Cotton Bowl AllStar Game 2 on FXSP Figure Skating Grand Slam Super Teams noon on FXSP Golf Senior Match Play Challenge 11 am on ESPN Skills Challenge 3 on KMOL World Long Drive Championship 6 on FXSP HERALDZEITUNG SPORTS Saturday December 30 2000 IB Longhorns quack under pressure BY BERME WILSON AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO AP Now this was a Holiday Bowl There were big plays hard hits and a huge performance by Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington who had his hand in four touchdowns as the No 8 Ducks beat No 12 Texas 3530 on Friday night in another wild Holiday Bowl And it wasnt settled until a desperation pass by Texas sophomore Chris Simms fell incomplete in the end zone as time ran out Harrington threw for two touchdowns ran for one and caught a half back pass for another one as the Ducks 102 finished the first 10win season in their 105year history Texas which had hoped to vault into the Top 10 with a victory saw its sixgame winning streak end Harrington had three straight comple SIMMS tions to set up the winning score a 4yard endaround by Jason Willis with left Harrington came out fired up seeming ly intent on atoning for his six turnovers in a devastating 2313 loss to Oregon State that cost the Ducks the Pacific10 Conferences Rose Bowl berth Texas helped make it exciting but in the wrong way The Longhorns moved to the Ducks 22 with about three minutes to play but their two heralded freshmen wide receivers Johnson and Roy Williams each dropped a pass in the end zone The Longhorns got the ball back with to play when DeAndre Lewis recov ered a fumble on a botched handoff But two plays later cornerback Rashad Bauman capped a big game by the Ducks defense with an interception at the 16 It wasnt over yet though Oregon took a safety with 21 seconds left and the free kick went to the Texas 37 The Longhorns got to the Ducks 39 before Simms final pass Simms son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms finished with four interceptions Rangers rough up Eagles K JESSIE Smithson Valley senior guard Heather Polhamus left dribbles the ball up the court past Lulings Ashley Barton 22 during Fridays game at SVHS The Rangers defeated the Lady Eagles 6358 Deaton scores 17 in SVs 6358 win over Luling BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Smithson Valley senior post Patrice Deaton caught fire in the fourth quarter to carry the Rangers to a 6358 win over the Luling Lady Eagles on Friday at SVHS Deaton scored all of her nine secondhalf points in the fourth quarter and finished with a gamehigh 17 to help the Rangers improve their record to 14 4 this season The Lady Eagles who never led in the fourth period cut the Rangers lead to 5856 with remaining in the game before Contessa Steen had a chance to tie it at the free throw line with 37 sec onds on the clock She missed both free throws Smithson Valley junior Harmony Schwethelm grabbed the rebound on the second miss and was fouled She hit the first one and missed the second one but Deaton was there for the offensive rebound Deaton scored off the rebound and was foul She completed the threepoint play to give the Rangers a 6256 lead I knew we had to get that said Deaton who also grabbed a gamehigh 12 rebounds I knew if I hit that free throw we would put them The Rangers overcame a 3733 halftime deficit We tried to stay force the ball inside in the second Deaton said Thats been one of our biggest problems this year is being patient with the After a very physical first half Smithson Valley came out of the locker room at halftime with more See Y2K brought many memorable moments in sports to NB Almost every year near the end of December at almost every newspaper or magazine sports fanatics like myself try to analyze the year gone by and pick out the best moments No matter what the topic is readers love to learn what the experts think was the best People love top 10 lists and countdowns As a reader I agree Perhaps it is the German in me that wants to rank everything and put everything in order But when you are the one trying to recall 365 days of sports its not as fun as some people might think It is inevitable that someone will disagree with me and BRYAN ADAMS argue that something else should have made the list Maybe that is why people love top fo lists so much Maybe it is the debate that draws peoples attention Whatever the case may be here is this years top 10 sports stories in New Braunfels for the year 2000 10 District realignment Just making it under the wire as one of the top 10 sports stories in 2000 was the new District 274A This year was not just another year of district realignment for the people of Comal County Heated rivalries came to a boil in all sports as the New Braunfels Unicorns Canyon Cougars and Smithson Valley Rangers were thrown into the same district 9 New head football athletic directors As often as districts change some high schools change their coaching staffs almost as often The year 2000 not only marked the new beginning of one Comal County football team but two New Braunfels hired within and picked Rick Rhoades as their new head coach and athletic director Canyon who was looking for their third new head football coach and athletic director in four years went out and got Brad Wright And thus a new era of football at two schools began 8 New Braunfels football coach Tim Kingsbury retires Speaking of coaching changes many See Biyan Adams Sports Editor Season 9931 Margaret Edmonaon Managing Editor Season 8446 Watty Qulllck Correspondent Season 9635 Chris Pace Guest picker Season 8545 Jason Minnix Season 8545 Nebraska exas vs Miss State Oklahoma vs Florida State Purdue vs Washington Texas Florida State Tennessee Purdue Texas WMMtMUriK Oklahoma MM Te Florida State Tennessee Purdue Oregon State Tennessee W KM Oregon Sta onStys Notre Dame loridavs Miami Notre Dame Miami BWtattiWjtfei St Louis Cornhuskers Wildcats ready to battle at the Alamo Bowl BY DOUG ALDEN AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO Bowl games are an annual ritual at Nebraska For Northwestern a postseason appearance is a little more of a rarity with a total of three Saturdays Alamo Bowl against Nebraska will be Northwesterns fourth Ive addressed that with them Its like Babes in Toyland or kids in a candy store this is so atypical so out of our routine that you just dont know what to coach Randy Walker said Friday I think weve started to get grounded pretty The matchup itself is a little out of the ordinary Northwestern which until the mid1990s was the perennial understudy in the Big Ten facing No 9 Nebraska 9 which won three national titles in the 90s and hasnt had a losing season since 1961 ALAMO BOWL WHAT SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl Northwestern Wildcats 83 vs Nebraska Comhuskers 92 WHEN 7 today WHERE Alamodome in San Antonio TV ESPN Tickets available at the gate The No 18 Wildcats 83 havent been to a bowl game since playing Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl following the 1996 season Northwestern won the Big Ten title in 1995 and went to the Rose Bowl but before that had not played in a bowl since the 1948 Rose The Comhuskers have played in 39 See ALAMO   

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