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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Shorts Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext 223 Thursday January 23 2003 IB SVs Clark changes to Texas Colorado loses Rangers top offensive lineman BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Smithson Valley senior offensive lineman Corey Clark shunned Colorado fans Wednes day retracted a preseason verbal commitment to play for the Buffaloes and instead elected to jump on the Dennis Fran chione band wagon at Texas I just felt like it was a better place to Clark said Deep down I really wanted to stay in Texas but I really didnt want to go to any other schools Plus has a really good school a lot of my friends are going there and I really like the new coaching Clark a 6foot6 323 pound guard for the Rangers visited College Sta tion this past weekend I had been up there before but I had never seen the whole Clark said The players took me around the town and showed me a bunch of stuff I hadnt seen before I met a bunch of players and learned about all of the new facilities going up I just fell in love with the whole Clark who said he grew up a Longhorn fan also received offers to play at Colorado Texas Arizona Texas Tech and Baylor Nebraska CLARK showed a highlevel of interest but did not offer a scholarship Tve always dreame4 of playing for UT until I went there and found out what the coaches are like J just didnt like what they did around Clark said Ive always liked the Aggies but everybody always used to make fun of them and you kind of learn not to like them because of all the jokes Everybody in my family are really big UT fans and they kind of warped my mind into loving the Longhorns But not any Clark who attended camps at Texas Colorado Texas Tech and Texas this past sum mer said he gave an early verbal commit ment to the staff at Colorado because it was the best offer at the time and he wanted to get the hassle of the recruiting process out of the way before his senior season started That helped take away some of the pressure and let me focus on high Clark said I really wasnt considering any other schools until Colorado offered Clark was one of the top players on a Smith son Valley team that advanced to the 4A state finals in 2001 and the 5A state finals in 2002 The Rangers averaged yards on the ground and yards through air in 2002 Obviously his strength and size give him a chance to control the line of scrimmage He has great feet for a big Smithson Valley head coach Larry Hill said I think hes pass blocking skills are going to nothing but get bet ter Hes going to be a good fit for what they Texas are trying to do on See Hornets sting SV Rangers fourthquarter rally comes up short in 6656 loss BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO Smith son Valley dug a 12point hole early in Wednesdays game at East Central and almost climbed out of it but came up short in the end 6656 We got off to a good start but Smithson Valley has been playing everybody real ly tough and we knew they could make an impact in this district East Central head coach Stan Bonewitz Sr said Were very fortu nate we had just enough of a lead early to The Hornets 159 overall 31 in District 275A went on an 110 run in the first quarter and the Rangers 9 17 04 trailed by 12 going into the second period East Central forward Wendell Mulkey who was the San Antonio areas secondlead ing scorer going into the game scored 10 of his game high 23 points in the first quarter We didnt think going in that they shot the ball really well from the Smithson Valley head coach Allan Miller said We were going to sit back in our zone and try to stop Mulkey from penetrating because thats what he likes to That strategy worked in the second quarter as the Rangers outseored the Hor nets 107 but still trailed 2617 at halftime That worked for awhile but there in third quarter they hit three straight threes and Mulkey hit two of them All of sudden a 7point game goes to a 13point game and were battling our tails off to get back in Miller said East Central which shot lof13 from the floor 8 per cent and Oof7 from 3point range in the second quarter shot 8of16 50 percent in the third period and drained four 3pointers East Central took its biggest lead of the game 43 25 with three straight pointers and backtoback transition buckets by Brett K JESSIE Smithson Valley senior post Josh Gregory 4 goes up for a shot and tries to fight off East Centrals Brandon Strey 14 during Wednesdays game in San Antonio The Hornets defeated the Rangers 6656 Jewasko who finished with 22 points Smithson Valley then started the fourth quar ter with a 145 run to cut East Centrals lead to five midway through the fourth quarter We finally started shoot ing the ball a little bit bet Miller said I think that was our downfall in the first half We just have to be able to shoot better early Smithson Valleys Eric Icke hit 6of9 shote in the fourth quarter including two threepointers and finished with a teamhigh 21 points He also had seven rebounds in the game The Rangers shot 10of20 50 percent in the fourth quarter It was just a matter of guys feeling more comfort able on the floor and just making shots in the fourth Miller said Bas ketball is not a game that you have to be a rocket sci entist for If theyre going to press us we need to put cer tain people in certain spots See Raiders brought in experienced winners for edge GRUDEN Bucs went for fiery Gruden BY BARRY WILNER AP Football Writer SAN DIEGO The Oak land Raiders found a missing ingredient in guys like Rod Woodson Bill Romanowski Sam Adams and Jerry Rice all owners of NFL champi onship rings The Tam pa Bay Buc c a n e e r s needed fire and flare and got it from their coach Jon Gruden Two fran chises that made regu lar visits to the playoffs in recent years were smart enough to recognize their defi ciencies and then set about fixing them with vastly dif ferent approaches I think whoever makes the personnel decisions for the Raiders did a great Romanowski said Wednesday We have the right chemistry on this team I think people feed off guys that make plays when your action talks This is a great group of football players that feeds off what we all do on the Romanowski has done enough to win four Super Bowls with oddly two of the Raiders mosthated rivals San Francisco and Denver His experience and leadership made him a prime candidate to help Oakland over the hump So the outside linebacker now in his 15th NFL season was signed as a free agent So was Woodson who had another AllPro season at free safety So was Adams who along with Woodson won the Super Bowl two years ago with Baltimore They joined Rice who came aboard in 2001 after 16 supe rior seasons in San Francisco Super Bowl zo wim inree siraignt d ig uau a utue uu oei in me game me rtangers press us we need to put cer with Baltimore pointers and backtoback ter Miller said I think that shot 10of20 50 percent in tain people in certain spots They joined Rice who came transition buckets by Brett was our downfall in the first the fourth quarter See aboard in 2001 after 16 supe rior seasons in San Francisco Grizzlies snap losing streak against Spurs 9893 GaSOl SetS 28 DOintS Gasol of his two effort and willingness to learn has Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 30 year tenure with the been Grizzlies head coach points and 21 rebounds despite dou grabS 17 rebOUndS team felt reaUy Brown Vfin def Weteam coverage He also added five G jj to a win lately shows how hard thev have assists and four blocks NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE All Times CST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday Jan 19 NFC Tampa Bay 27 Philadelphia 10 AFC Oakland 41 Tennessee 24 SUPER BOWL Sunday Jan 26 Oakland vs Tampa Bay ABC where he helped the 49ers win three titles Together that quartet has lent an air of achievement to the Raiders who made the playoffs the last two seasons but havent been to the big game in nearly 20 years They bring stability to the younger said rookie linebacker Napoleon a starter as a rookie He believes the addition of Wood son Romanowski and Adams a tackle to the defense estab lished the units combative personality They bring a lot of experience and knowledge Theyve played in the big game and won it They know the It might not be the young players who have benefited most from the presence of so many Super Bowl winners Tim Brown like Romanowski now in his 15th season thinks many of the veterans learned some new lessons as well That group includes Rich Gannon the leagues most valuable player Charlie Gar ner and Iincoln Kennedy Because of our age and maturity we stuck Brown said When we lost four in a row those were some of the guys who made sure we didnt fall Gruden never has won a championship as a coach or coordinator in the NFL Still when the Bucs fired Tony Dungy and couldnt convince Bill ParceLs a twotime Super Bowl winner to come aboard they pursued him And they got exactly what they wanted Next Five Gasol gets 28 points grabs 17 rebounds SAN ANTONIO The Mem phis Grizzlies are so young they did nt even know when the losing streak started They just knew they needed a win against the San Antonio Spurs Pau Gasol had 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Grizzlies defeated San Antonio for the first time in near ly six years snapping a 21game los ing streak to the Spurs with a 9893 victory Wednesday night I only lost six times to this DUNCAN Gasol of his two year tenure with the team I felt really good to get a win against them espe cially on the road Were trying to build for the future get this team in the right Memphis hadnt defeated the Spurs since Feb 12 1997 when the fran chise was based in Vancouver The Grizzlies are now 426 against San Antonio With a young team like we are the effort and willingness to learn has been Grizzlies head coach Hubie Brown said Ibnights win def initely shows how hard they have worked down the The loss ended the Spurs fourgame win streak When you play a team youre sup posed to beat in a strange way teams have to focus more than when they play a team with the same said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich Its a tough Jason Williams added 18 points 10 assists and no turnovers while Drew Gooden started in place of Shane Bat tier and had 12 points Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 30 points and 21 rebounds despite dou bleteam coverage He also added five assists and four blocks Putting up 30 or more points and 20 rebounds in any kind of a defensive situation is Brown said I felt though our doubleteaming was effective in slowing down the rest of the Memphis did just that as they held the Spurs to 37 porcent shooting from the field Stephen Jackson scored 17 David Robinson 11 Tony Parker 10 and Malik Rose 10 The game was close all the way with 14 lead changes and 20 ties SA SPURS SCHEDULE Friday Jan 24 Spurs at Utah Jazz 8 on KENS Saturday Jan 25 Spurs vs Detroit Pistons on FXSN Monday Jan 27 Spurs at Minnesota Tlmbenvolves 7 on KRRT Wtdnaaday Jan 29 Spurs at Indiana Pacers 6 on KRRT Friday Jan 31 Spurs at Ortando Magic 7 on KRRT and 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