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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                High school hoops See NEW BRAUNFET HERALDZL SATURDAY r 2001 iii 2 sections JL A 28 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents AIQaida squeezed in Afghan tribesmen backed by special forces advanced on al Qaida positions in a mountain canyon near th could engage alQaida SOURCES ASSOCIATED PRESS USGS BY ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON The United States has sent more special operations forces into the Tora Bora region of eastern where they could engage in direct combat with alQaida fighters who might be protecting Osama bin officials said Intense bombing and advances by commandos and antiTaliban rebels have reduced substantially the area in which bin Laden and his forces can operate safely within the cavedotted mountains near Tora offi cials speaking on the condition of AP Officials believe bin Laden is in the Tora Bora but admit he might be elsewhere in Defense Secretary Donald Rums feld said there has been something above a modest increase in the number of special operations troops in the vicin ity of Tora an area riddled with fortified The special operations forces are act ing as spotters for planes strafing and bombing alQaida positions while Afghan tribal forces advance in a snowy mountain Rumsfeld said troops are now doing more than acting as advisers to the Afghan but he offered no To effectively call in airstrikes against alQaida the troops must position themselves close to the battle Thus they could become engaged in direct as some did earlier in the war during battles for control of the city of Other speaking on con dition of said the few dozen troops in the Tora Bora area are prepared to engage in direct combat if nee gone across various borders and do intend to fight another and we intend to find Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news He offered no He said intel ligence reports from reliable sources offer conflicting assessments of whether bin Laden himself has escaped into Pak See Year of the Rangers Smithson Valley High School cheer leaders hold signs during a cheer as the varsi ty football watch from benches Friday night in the schools CHRIS Herald Zeitung 2001 will go down in history as the year they remember the Rangers BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Comal County no doubt will remember 2001 as the year of the The 1999 movie Remember the Titans chronicles the football team from Williams High School in The movie was set in the early 1960s and was about a group of young men who overcame their racial differences and came together during the course of a season to go undefeated on their way to a state Of the players and coaches for the Smithson Valley Ranger football team did not have to go through the hard times of the the Rangers do have one thing in common with the Titans a per fect 140 The undefeated Smithson Valley Rangers take on the undefeated Denton Ryan Raiders 14 0 in the Class 4A Division I State Championship at 1 today at Waco ISD Its not our abilities that make us Its how hard we Smithson Valley junior tight end Cody Pyle Everybody on this team gets after it on every Our defense swarms the ball really and we have a lot of guys who contribute on Our effort is really what wins ball With a win the Rangers would capture CHRIS Smithson Valley High School football players make their way through a victory line consisting of cheerleaders and alumni football players Friday night during a pep rally at the schools their first state champi onship in football since the program was estab lished in Smithson Valleys first state championship in any sport came just this past when the Ranger See Defense rests case after defendant admits to affair Trial could go to jury Monday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Michael Villegas took the witness stand in his own defense FridaV against the aggravated sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for 99 He broke down when he described admitting to his wife an affair between him and his Defense attorney Mark Clark began answering the charges against his client with the testimony of an Immigration and Natural ization Service officer who detailed how Villegas alleged victim had lied and filed false paperwork in attempting to stay in the United States with an expired Also a relative acknowledged that the vic tim hadnt been completely truthful when she told fami ly members of the expired visa but never mentioned a purchased Social Security card and a falsified 19 Clark rested his case with Villegas version of what hap pened in the victims Spring Branch home on the night on which he allegedly broke threatened her with a taped her up and raped her four is charged with aggravated sexual assault and burglary of a habitation to commit another Both crimes are pun ishable by between five and 99 years in state piison and a fine of up to Villegas faces an See Seguin coach on leave pending investigation FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN ANTONIO The Seguin High School boys basketball coach has been placed on administrative leave while school district officials await the outcome of an investigation into charges that he solicited sex from an undercover vice offi cer who posed as a 13year old girl on the Seguin Independent School District officials reported in a news release that Russell is pending further investiga Benjamin was arrested Tuesday in San Antonio after allegedly meeting an under cover San Antonio police offi cer he had communicated with in an Internet chat room and allegedly solicit ed sex from believing she was 13 years He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a charge of solicitation of a a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a Benjamin posted bond and was released from jail Tuesday Spreading cheer Matt Toney packs a Cheer Fund box Friday at the New Braunfels Herald Zietung for deliveries this mom CHRIS HeraldZeitung The HeraldZeitung would like to thank the fol lowing 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