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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at ext 223 SPORTS Sunday February 23 2003 IB Sunday Duncan Parker lead Spurs to 10596 win TICKETS 210 2233865 Indiana shooters run dry in third quarter SAN ANTONIO AP Tim Dun can scored 21 points and Tony Parker added 14 during a decisive thirdquar ter run to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their 10th win in 11 games with a 10596 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night The Spurs up by 11 at the half broke the game open with a 244 run to start the third quarter Park er who finished with 18 points made all five of his shots in the period Indiana missed 11 consecutive shots over a sevenminute span during in the third and made only five of its 20 DUNCAN attempts during the period The Pacers who have lost four straight cut San Antonios lead in the final minutes as Erick Strickland made four 3pointers Strickland led all scorers with 22 while fellow reserves Al Harrington and Austin Croshere added 19 and 13 respectively Jermaine ONeal led Indianas starters with 12 well below his average on 4for15 shoot ing Reggie Miller finished with four points The Pacers Ron Artest left the game early in the third with what appeared to be a sore right elbow Artest aver aging points did not score or grab a rebound in 13 minutes David Robinson was activated ear lier Saturday after missing seven games with lower back spasms and a sore right knee He threw down two dunks in the opening minutes before going to the bench midway through the first and finished with nine points and five rebounds in 14 minutes K JESSIE SLATEWHeraldZeitung Smithson Valleys Abbey Uballe round third base during a playoff game this past season The Smithson Valley Ranger Round Robin Tournament was cancelled but the Rangers squeezed in two games with San Antonio Taft Saturday SV softball team takes two from Taft Pizzitola cranks solo home run BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor It rained enough Thursday and Friday to wash out the Ranger Round Robin softball tournament at Smithson Val ley High School but the tire less efforts of more than 25 volunteer parents and fans that worked on the field helped the Rangers salvage a doubleheader against San Antonio Taft Saturday Smithson Valley fans were not disappointed as the Rangers blanked the Raiders 80 in the first game and ral lied for a 53 win the nightcap In the first game pitcher Casey Huff tossed a twohit shutout and sophomore Amy Pizzitola crushed a solo home run over the center field fence as the Rangers outhit the Raiders 82 Pizzitola also hit a home run in the same spot early this year during a var sityJV scrimmage It was really exciting to do it Pizzitola said I just had it set in my mind that I was going to hit it over and the pitch was right down the middle a big meatball Before the game I put some biscuits in the concession stand and the moms were telling me that if I didnt get a home run that I couldnt get my biscuits back So I hit it over just to get them Amanda Escalante was 1 for3 in the game with three runs batted in and Renee Laine went 2for3 with an RBI and three runs scored Seven of the nine starters had a hit for Smithson Valley In the second game after Taft erased Smithson Valleys 20 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth the Rangers got three straight hits from Taryn Munoz Pizzi tola and Candace Gillespie to regain the lead 1 challenged them because we lallygagged around and let ourselves get behind I wasnt sure they could do it but they came SV head coach Wayne Daigle said Thats the mark of a highquality team Weve got some kids who can hit the ball Its not just our 3 4 and 5 Munoz led off the sixth with a single to short left field and Pizzitola lined a firstpitch double to center to put run ners at second and third I had it set in my mind that we had to get two more runs to win I was just think ing I had to get a Pizzi tola said After the home run I didnt do too well in my next two atbats so I just tried to get on top of the ball and hit it as hard as I Gillespie then came through with a tworun single up the See Alone at the top Unicorns tighten grip on first place with 51 win over Mules BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor With a win Saturday and a win Tuesday the Alamo Heights girls soccer team could have been tied for first place in District 274A But the New Braunfels Unicorns were not going to let that happen New Braunfels 1541 overall 801 in district took complete control in the race for the district title Satur day afternoon with a 51 win over the Lady Mules 1142 521 at Unicorn Stadium They Alamo Heights are a really good team theres no doubt about NB head coach Al Dressen said This puts us in a good spot but districts not over yet We still have three games left and anything can happen But if we keep playing like weve been playing now we should be all The Unicorns took an ear ly 10 lead during the sixth minute when Kayla Thorn ton lofted a nice crossing pass from left to right in front of the goal and Caitlin Buchanan onetimed it into the backside of the goal During the 27th minute Thorntons shot on goal was deflected by Alamo Heights goalkeeper Marilyn Dubins ki but Audie Joost was man ning the backside post and punched in the rebound for a 20 New Braunfels lead I was impressed with two of our goals today because they were what we like to call trash Dressen said We had our outside raids framing the goal and we were there for the It looked like it was going to be 20 going into the lock er room at halftime but with 14 seconds left in the half Dubinski deflected another shot on goal by Thornton and Laura Vasquez was there for the putback I just followed the shot Kayla Thornton took an awesome shot at the goal and the goalie punched it BAYLEA New Braunfels midfielder Kelsey Ford 7 heads the ball and collides with an Alamo Heights player during Saturdays game at Unicorn Stadium The Unicorns defeated the Lady Mules 51 to improve to 801 in District 274A out I was just there to send it back Vasquez said After a close 32 win over the Lady Mules in San Anto nio in their first meeting on Jan 27 the Unicorns were a little surprised to be up three goals at halftime Today we were just more united as a team than we were at the beginning of the season We werent as tight as we are now and weve learned to play really well Vasquez said We knew coming into this game that it was going to be one of our hardest ones this year We knew we had to win this game if we wanted get the district title Now we just want to go far in the playoffs and hopefully win See Unicorns drop first two games of at home NB loses 32 to Hays 32 to Kerrvffle Tivy FROM STAFF REPORTS The EberleBoeck Fredericks burg baseball tournament was can celled because of nasty weather Thursday and Friday but the New Braunfels Unicorns decided they had waited too long for their 2003 season opener Six days after high school base balls opening day the Unicorns hosted Kerrville Tivy and Hays and Unicorn Field Saturday and lost both contests by a score of 32 Ryan Quigley pitched six innings for the Unicorns in the first game the Antlers and Brad Bevil pitched the seventh Bevil also was 2for4 at the plate with a solo home run in the first inning Jason Miori was 2for3 in the game with a double and Gibby Martinez was lfor2 with solo blast in the seventh In the nightcap the Unicorns fell behind 30 but rallied to cut the lead to 32 before falling just short Bevil relieved starting pitch er Grant Greer in the fifth inning Miori was 3for4 in the game with a double and two runs batted in The Unicorns who finished third in District 274A this past season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to San Antonio McCol lum in a bestofthree series host the Seguin Matadors at 7 Tuesday at Unicorn Field NB softball team exits early at NEISD Tourney K JESSIE New Braunfels second baseman Austin Chandler makes a play in shallow center field during a game this past season The Unicorns were rained out at the Fredericksburg Tournament but played Kerrville Tivy and Hays at home Saturday Unicorns fall 60 to SA OConnor FROM STAFF REPORTS Because of the availability of softball fields Saturdays Northeast ISO Softball Tour nament turned into a single elimination tournament The New Braunfels softball team opened the tournament against San Antonio OCon nor the No 1 ranked team in the region and suffered a 60 loss The Lady Panthers scored one run in the second inning and rallied for five runs in the fourth before the game was called in the fifth Evin Gonzalez was the pitcher of record for the Uni corns Hannah Bostic was lfor2 at the plate and stole a base Lecia Bradshaw also was 1 for2 with a stolen base and Alicia Stoll was lfor2 The Unicorns who were rained out Thursday against Round Rock Westwood were coming off their first appear ance in the Don Maddox Invi taional where they won one of three bracket games New Braunfels which finished second in District 27 4A advanced to the Region IV 4A Quarterfinals before los ing 21 to Medina Valley this past season play Fredericks burg at Tuesday at home
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