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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams Ibesday February 18 2003 IB Unicorns ready to return to playoffs K JESSIE New Braunfels pitcher Tyler Smiths fires the ball towards home plate during the Unicorns 84 loss to San Antonio McCollum in the first round of the playoffs this past season BY BRETT BACA Staff Writer After falling to the San Antonio McCol lum Cowboys in a threegame playoff series during the first round of the playoffs this past season the New Braunfels Unicorns now prepare for a new season in 2003 with new expectations Were definitely going to miss the senior New Braunfels head baseball coach Doug Edwards said of losing starters Craig Crow and Dustin Dauer both playoff starters a year ago Grant Greer looks to be my number one starter right now Brad Bevil pitched about five games last year and Ryan Quidley was pitching on the freshman team at this time last year He Quidley has been pitching pretty good in the scrimmages and hes a left hander I havent had a left hander since Fve been here so thats But the pitcher that Edwards expects to eventually end up at the no 1 position in the rotation is Tyler Smith Smith started game three of the McCollum series and pitched well but failed to get the victory after the Unicorns suffered five miscues in the first two innings of play Hes Smith a guy that can go out there and throw you seven Edwards said We dont have anybody else like that so youre going to see a lot of two pitchers trying to split games for us this season My closer right now is Brad What the Unicorns lack in starting pitch ing they make up for in defensive experience New Braunfels returns three alldistrict infielders in catcher Jason Mori 2nd second baseman Austin Chandler 1st and shortstop Bevil 2nd Were not going to strike people out Were not going to throw the ball by Edwards said But with all of the experience defensively coming back we should be all right Weve looked good defensively in all of our As far as the batting order goes Edwards said that Bevil will lead off followed by Chan dler Miori and Greer Miori led the team in batting average during district play this past season with a 370 average In our three scrimmages so far weve show improvement at the Edwards said In the past weve had to pro duce runs but already weve shown improve ment at the plate this season and weve been able to score some runs Weve got bigger stronger players than weve had before and were putting the ball into But if the Unicorns do have to manufacture See AccuTrigger can be adjusted One of the first pieces of advice I learned about shoot ing a rifle was squeeze the With my father by my side watching every move I developed proper shooting habits as a child As a result of proper shooting skills I am a decent shot with a rifle But there have been times through the years when I wasnt able to shoot some rifles accurately Not only did I have prob lems shooting some specific rifles others would have the same problem Seems that some guns just wont shoot the way they should Turns out that the main reason many of these rifles wont shoot accurately is that they have poor triggers Gun smiths know just how bad triggers are on some of the firearms manufactured today and they make a good living trying to fix them Correct ing a trigger can wind up costing the consumer quite a bit of money A good trigger is one that is crisp and has no creep before the firearm goes off Without a good trigger it is impossible for a gun to be consistently accurate because the shooter has no idea of exactly when the firing pin will fall We have all heard the say ing they dont build em like they used Its true in regards to firearms Todays firearm manufacturers have been forced to manufacture their products with some of the worst triggers imaginable due to the potential for law suits The problem lies with product liability if the gun accidentally discharges Thats why the triggers today are set where they hard to pull It amazes me how bad triggers are on some name brand firearms and its no wonder so many shooters cant hit where they should A trigger job should only KEITH WARREN be done by someone who knows what they are doing It is extremely critical to do it right Ive seen firearms acci dentally discharge because the trigger mechanism was set so light that with a slight jar even the bolt being closed they go off Most firearm manufactur ers set their trigger pulls to around five pounds Person ally I like the trigger set fair ly light But everybody has a different opinion on what works best for them Recently Ihad the oppor tunity to use a new Savage rifle that features a new trig ger system In my opinion Savages new trigger will rev olutionize the way firearm manufacturers make trig gers The trigger is called the AccuTrigger and can be set from 1 pounds to six pounds The best part is that it can be adjusted by the con sumer without having to go to a gunsmith to do the work Additionally all Savage rifles featuring the AccuTrigger come with the tools needed to make the adjustment The consequence of allowing the consumer to adjust their own trigger is safety What Savage developed is the most advanced safety sys tem on any rifle in the world today The AccuTrigger is designed so that if you drop the firearm when it is cocked and loaded it will not acci dentally discharge The AccuTrigger looks dif ferent featuring a four ounce pull lever in the center of a conventional looking trigger See Mules kick Coogs Canyon falls in season opener to Alamo Heights x DAVID Canyon catcher Tanner Henk 29 dives back towards home plate during Monday nights game agains the Alamo Heights Mules in an attempt to tag the runner The runner was called safe during a threerun first inning The Mules went on to win the game 132 in six innings BY BRETT BACA Staff Writer After finishing this past season with a 12141 overall record a nine game improvement over the previous season in 2001 the Canyon Cougars baseball team dropped its season opener Monday night to the No 6 stateranked Conference 4A Alamo Heights Mules 132 After tonights performance I dont think theres any place for us Canyon to go but Canyon secondyear head baseball coach Peter Garza said We knew going into the game that we were going to be playing a good ball club but it was still r very disap pointing outing for The disappointments started early for the Cougars as starter Justin Thompson gave up an offthewall double to leadoff batter Blake Stouf fer Thompson then hit the next batter Chris Garcia and Matt Warren bunt ed both runners over into scoring posi tion before Thompson walked Josh Yates to load the bases with one out A wild pitch then scored Stouffer as the runners moved up a base and a pickoff throwing error combined with a another throwing error allowed two more runs the score making the score 30 after a half inning of play You can tolerate losing but only if you learn something from Garza said We created a much tougher scludule for us Canyon this season and part of the reason for that was to see if we were ready to do what it takes to win games against playoff caliber teams like Alamo Heights This game proved that we arent quite there In the bottom of the first Canyon rallied for its first run of the game as Josh Gregson reached third base on a throwing error by the pitcher that went all the way to the right field wall Jeremiah Kester followed with a sacrifice RBI groundout to second base to make the score 31 after one inning of play But Alamo Heights came back in the second to add two runs on two hits Making a nice catch in right field however was Justin Moeller I thought he Moeller made a nice catch out there considering he doesnt have that much experience in the out Garza said The sun was get See Canyon begins playoff run today against Austin McCallum Boys WSTRICT254A BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS All 102 226 2S7 8110 1615 end of regular season constrict champions playoff Lockhart Drip Springs 39 1615 1318 Canyon 51 New Braunfete pluyoiff Canyon vs third piace in at Austin Akins High School onto South Street and AWns High School is the K JESSIE Canyon guard Jerome Davis attempts to pass the ball around a Del Valle defender No 3 Texas downs Texas Tech 7765 AUSTIN AP Brandon Mouton hit five 3pointers in the first half to spark No 3 Texas to a 7765 victory Monday night over Texas Tech which played without suspended guard Andre Emmett the Big 12s lead ing scorer Tech coach Bob Knight sus pended Emmett who aver ages points a game and forward Nick Valdez after the two missed the teams morn ing walkthrough The sus pensions were announced about 40 minutes before tipoff Mouton finished with 21 points on 6of8 shooting from 3point range as Texas 18 4 92 Big 12 stayed unde feated in 12 home games this season Ford added 15 points and seven assists as Texas won for the 12th straight time over the Red Raiders 148 Robert Tomaszek scored 14 for Texas Tech which has lost three of its last four Tech was without its best shooter but it was Texas that struggled to score in the ear ly going The Longhorns started the game just 4of16 from the floor over the first 10 minutes The game was tied at 18 when Mouton finally got going   

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