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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Contact Spofts Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext Friday March IB Duncan adds 25 points 14 boards BY BADGER Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO Stephen Jack son scored 27 points and Tim Dun can added 25 points and 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 9885 Thursday Jackson scored 11 of his points in powers Spurs past Rockets the third quarter when the Spurs extended their 11 point halftime lead to as many as 20 The Rockets trimmed the lead to 11 in the final peri od but Jackson stopped San Anto nios slide by hitting the last of his five 3 pointers with remaining JACKSON i The loss dropped Houston 3735 a halfgame behind the idle Phoenix Suns in the race for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference Cuttino Mobley led the Rockets with 21 points Maurice Taylor had 15 points and Moochie Norris 11 Rookie center Yao Ming played only 16 min utes and finished with two points on 1 for9 shooting to go with three rebounds Tbny Parker added 12 points and the Spurs Duncan had eight assists San Antonio jumped to a 166 lead in the opening minutes by making seven of its first 10 shots while hold ing the Rockets to 3for10 shooting James Posey hit a baseline jumper an alleyoop dunk and a 3pointer to lead a Houston run that cut the Spurs lead to 2220 late in the first quarter The Rockets lost their shooting touch again in the second period as the Spurs built their lead to 4835 in the half s final minute Bevil tames Tigers Unicorns capture sole possession of first place BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Ironically in a game where two starting pitchers per formed almost flawlessly and defense was the name of the game for 6 innings an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped New Braunfels knock off Dripping Springs 10 Thursday at Unicorn Field With the score knotted at 00 going into the home half of the seventh inning Ryan Quidley fought off a 22 pitch from Dripping Springs pitch er Jace Smith and blooped a single into shallow center field to start the rally Quidley did a great job with two strikes on him to poke the ball over the sec ond basemans head That was the hit we NBHS head coach Doug Edwards said With no outs the obvious strategy was to move Quid ley over the second by any means possible But for the second time in the game the Unicorns struck out trying to bunt after a leadoff single Austin Chandler stepped to the plate with one out and showed bunt on the first two pitches but let them both go by Then on a 11 pitch from Smith Chandler ripped a single through the right side of the infield to put runners at first and second Our big objective was to get Quidley to second Edwards said The first bat ter wasnt able to do it and then the second batter wasnt able to do it on the first two pitches After that he Chan dler was just swinging away and he ended up getting a big base hit for On the first pitch to the next batter Jose Sierra grounded a slow roller to shortstop Cory Pavlica for what looked like an inning ending double play Pavlicas throw to second baseman Josh Wright was right on the money for the force at sec ond but Chandler slid hard into second base took out the legs from under Wright BASES ALL STANDINGS W olst AH NewBraunfels 40 98 Canyon VJ Dripping Springs Bastrop 23 811 Lockhart 23701 Austin Lake Travis 13 89 DelValle 04 09 r1 r Friday March 21 New Braunfels 3 Canyon 9 Lake Travis 8 D Springs 9 Bastrop 2 Tuesdays games Canyon 4 Bastrop 0 Wednesdays games Lockhart DelValle 5 Thursdays games N Braunfels Springs 0 Todays games New Braunfels at Canyon 7 Del1 Canyon at Del Vatfe 7 Travis aH at Lockhart and forced his throw to first base to sail high and over the first basemans head Quidley came around to score from second and the Unicorns escaped with a 10 victory Poor Jose he always gets the bat on the ball but hes not one of the fastest guys in the Edwards said When he hit that ground ball I thought for sure it was a double play Austin Chandler did a great job of going into sec ond base and made the sec ond baseman go up With the win New Braun fels 98 overall 40 in dis trict moved into sole pos session of first place in Dis trict 254A and Dripping Springs fell into a tie for second place with Canyon Its still too early in the district season to tell any Edwards said We K JESSIE New Braunfels junior pitcherthrows to catcher Jason Miori during Thursdays makeup game against Dripping Springs at Unicom Field Bevil allowed four hits and no walks in seven innings as the Unicorns defeated the Tigers 10 still have eight ball games The more you win the easier it gets but our goal at the beginning was to at least make the turn at 42 and right now thats the worst we could Pitcher Brad Bevil 60 threw another gem for the Unicorns The junior right hander allowed four hits did not walk a batter and struck out six to pick up his second win in district play I was feeling good out there and I threw a lot of strikes but the defense was unbelievable today Our defense kept us in it the whole Bevil said My curve was breaking pretty good and I was locat ing my fastball but Dripping Springs is a good team and theyre going to put the ball in In four complete games this season Bevil has thrown 72 pitches or less in each of See Williams KUget through Coach K ANAHEIM Calif AP Roy Williams got that elusive victory over Coach K thanks to Nick Collison Collison scored a careerhigh 33 points and had 19 rebounds to lead Kansas to a 6965 victory over Duke in the semifinals of WILLIAMS the West Regional on Thursday night A 6foot9 senior Collison scored seven straight points to give secondseeded Kansas a 6357 lead with remain ing and the Jayhawks were on top the rest of the way Kansas 287 will face Ari zona on Saturday with the winner going to the Final Four Williams in his 15th year as coach of the Jayhawks was 03 in matchups with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski including a 7265 defeat in the national championship game 12 years ago Jones led thirdseeded Duke 267 with 23 points and sev en rebounds Daniel Ewing added 13 points and Chris Duhon scored 12 Freshman Redick shot 2of16 in scoring only five points 88 N Dame 71 ANAHEIM Calif AP Arizona took all the drama out of this one early After beating Gonzaga by one point in a doubleovertime classic the topseeded Wild cats rolled right over Notre Dame 8871 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final Luke Walton last seen sprawled in exhaustion on the floor in Salt Lake City after grabbing the final rebound in the second round had 16 points seven boards and eight assists for Arizona Fellow senior Jason Gard ner added 19 points in his schoolrecord 134th career start Charming Frye had 14 See Canyons Koepp continues career in Kansas Offensive lineman signs with Bethany College BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor A big part of Canyons amazing turn around on the football field this past fall was the senior class After winning just one game in coach Brad Wrights first two seasons the Class of 2003 took charge and put the Cougars on the road to recovery winning seven of nine games and four of six district games As it is with most football teams the foundation of Canyons was the offensive line and one of the strengths of that offensive hue was senior right tackle Eric Koepp Eric was one of seniors this year that made the turnaround Canyon head coach Brad Wright said That senior group was full of charac ter and Eric was a perfect example They decided they had had enough of the previous two years and worked hard to beat some teams that we maybe shouldnt have Thursday Koepp signed a national letter of intent to play football at Bethany College in Landsborg Kansas They have a great football program and the coach was as nice as can Koepp said 1 can take driving a little ways as long as they have a winning football During Coinal ISOs Winter Break Koepp made flVfrfll visits to Concordia University in Wisconsin Graceland College in Des Moines and Bethany College They contacted me first after read ing about me on the internet and then they sent me some stuff to read through I took a visit up there and it was a beautiful place I just fell in love right Koepp said They showed us around campus and showed us the facilities I talked with coach Tim Kessinger and everything was The 5foot11 230pound tackle helped the Cougars rush for 217 yards per game this past season and finish fourth in District 254A During his three seasons with the varsity Koepp said the game he will remember the most happened on Nov 1 this past season See K JESSIE Canyon football player Eric Koepp is joined by his parents Kathy and Pat Koepp sister Stacey right and coach Brad Wright right as he gets set to sign his letter of intent to Bethany College   

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