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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 SPORTS August IB Dallas moves training camp to California coast Cowboys head west in search of cooler temperatures AP Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean and hundreds of flagwaving fans greeted the Dallas Cowboys on Monday as they made Southern Californias Ventura County their trainingcamp home for the first time since Fans began arriving at the prac tice facility around the time the team plane left They roared as a police escort led three buses into the parking lot and continued holding up signs and rat tling cowbells as players walked to their I really appre ciate them still standing by defensive end Greg Ellis We havent done good since Ive been havent done well in the and our fans are still We owe them I feel Dallas is practicing at a city park called River Ridge which the ELLIS Raiders used when they were based in Los The park is attached to a Mar riott Residence Inn that features palm trees in the parking lot and the Topa Topa Mountains in the The beach is only a few miles About 20 miles east is Cal Lutheran University in Thousand where the Cowboys trained for 27 straight summers starting in They left after Jimmy Johnsons first year as coach because he decided the team need ed to train in hotter Too much heat brought the Cow boys to their After last years camp left players worn out at the start of the team officials decided to split this summers practices between the tripledigit temperatures of Wichi ta Falls and To put the move in consider that the high in Oxnard this week will be about the same as the low in Wichita This is safety Darren Woodson I think it makes us want to practice a little bit The tempo will be really In Wichita we had to slow it down for water breaks and all I think out here well have a chance to get the practices going and keep it crisp a little The Cowboys are coming off a 20 6 loss to Denver on Saturday night that was worse than the score sug Dallas had serious break downs on defense and spe cial teams while losing its eighth straight preseason game and 16th of We need to get back to work and this is a great place to do said coach Dave one of two remaining coaches from the 89 team that trained in Thousand Dallas will practice in Oxnard for two although the stay will be interrupted by a game at New Orleans on Saturday Volleyball explosion Three area high school volleyball teams kick off 20012002 campaigns BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor New Braunfels is known for its South Texas an chain of tubers floating down two one of the mostpopular water parks in the country and an over whelming rich German In the sports New Braun fels has developed a reputation as a volleyball Another season of high school vol leyball begins and like every year in recent the three Comal County teams will be three of the toughest 4A teams to beat in the The New Braunfels are coming off a magical season in 2000 that ended with a state It is unlikely the city of New Braunfels has forgotten its sense of pride ort 11 when the Unicorns knocked off previously unbeaten Longview ii y New Braunfels varsity volleyball players scrimmage each other during practice this past week in the New Braunfels Middle School File photo Last years New Braunfels varsity volleyball team won the State 4A Championship and hope to Pine Tree to claim the There really were a lot of people I saw over the summer that would come up and congratulate us and say how much fun it was to watch that group of New Braunfels head coach Phyllis Fowler Stuff like that always brings a smile to your It will be a long time before sports fans in New Braunfels forget the names Jackie Amy Eich Bethany Kate Michelle Michelle Belinda Vargas and Natal ie The excitement those eight seniors carried with them spread throughout the community and only strengthened the citys love for the This year the pressure is on the Unicorns to repeat as state but they will have to do it without NBs Exciting Eight four are play ing in college this The 2001 season for New Braun Canyon and Smithson Valley begins today with the Unicorns at home against San Antonio Churchill and Round Rock the Cougarettes on the road against Plfugerville and the Rangers at San Antonio Canyon and Boerne are both up there together as the favorites in our district Fowler Smithson Valley has a really good setter Katy Douglass coming but they lost Katy Barnett and shell be tough to Its a great district to be We dont have a lot of players with varsity so a lot of them are on equal playing ground as far as leadership We still have a lot of things to work on and we still have to learn to work The Unicorns a year ago were not the the quickest or even the most hardhitting They also did not have a key player to pick them up and carry them to the state What they did have was an obvious overabundance of team This years Unicorn squad did not all play together on the same middle school They were not all on See Ayalas day in court delayed SAN ANTONIO AP Professional boxer Tony Ayalas felony burglary trial was postponed Monday while his attorney attends to a sick family who has tried to res urrect a oncepromising mid dleweight career after a lengthy prison term for was scheduled to be tried Monday on charges of bur glary with intent to commit sexual If he could get life in State Dis trict Judge Sam Katz agreed to postpone the trial while A y a 1 a s Jimmy attends to his sick father after lung No new trial date was although Katz said it likely wont start before next The judge also agreed to let Ayala drop another attor Johnny from the defense was the 1 middleweight contender in 1983 when he was sent to prison for rape in New Jersey in He was released in 1999 and started fighting running up a 51 record before he was arrested after entering a womans The woman shot him in the Ayalas last fight was a 10 round unanimous decision over Santos Cardona at Sun set Station in San Antonio on July AYALA Astros take control of NL Central HOUSTON AP Craig Biggio hit the 28th leadoff homer of his two short of the NL and Vinny Castilla and Daryle Ward also homered as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 96 Monday night and moved into first place in the NL The Astros took a half flame lead over the who had been hi first place since May Astros had been in second place eiince June The Astros hadnt been alone in first place since April although they shared the lead for one day on May Biggio hit the first pitch from Jason Bere 86 for hits major leagueleading seventh leadoff homer this season and his second in three Bobby Bonds holds the NL record with 30 The Astros won for the 10th time in 13 games and Chicago dropped its eighth in 12 Chicago start ed August 4 games ahead of the Shane Reynolds 1110 improved his record to 70 with a ERA in eight starts against the Cubs since He pitched 7 13 allowed six walked three batters and struck out Sammy Sosa hit a two run homer on the first pitch from Reynolds after Ricky Gutierrez It was Sosas 42nd homer of the BIGGIO The Astros got four runs in the first starting with Biggies 18th Biggio also led off Saturdays game against Florida with a home run on the first After Jose Vizcaino sin gled and Jeff Bagwell Lance Berkman doubled off the rightfield scoring both Wards groundout scored Berkman for a 42 Astros Castilla hit his 17th homer in the fourth In the fourrun Vizcaino had a tworun triple and Ward hit a two run his Sosas RBI single and a grounder by Michael Tucker gave the Cubs two more runs in the and Matt Stairs added a solo homer in the Summer vacation ends File photo A Smithson Valley High School football coach shows a playbook to players during football practice last Both Smithson Valley and Canyon tiigh school football teams started practice   

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