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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext 223 Thursday April IB Mavericks take season finale from Spurs IT Duncanless Spurs fall 9372 to Mavs BY BADGER Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points Wednesday to lead Dallas past San Antonio 9372 giving Dallas its first 60win season The victory ensured that Dallas the No 3 seed in the Western Conference will have a homecourt advantage in the second round of the playoffs The Spurs clinched the top seed in the conference Monday and played without two starters Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson were placed on the injured list Wednesday but both will be in uniform when the Spurs open their firstround series against the Phoenix Suns this weekend Leading by four at the half Dallas quickly built its margin into double digits in the third quarter behind Nowitzkis eight points in the period The Spurs who shot only 36 percent from the floor got no closer than 12 in the final period Shawn Bradley scored 15 points and Nick Van Exel added 14 for the Mavericks while had 10 rebounds and Steve Nash passed for 10 assists Stove Smith led San Antonio with 11 points Tony Parker and Steve Kerr each contributed 10 points The Mavs built their advantage to doubledigits with an 112 run late in the first The Spurs trailing by 12 had a 135 burst of their own mid way through the second quarter to cut the Dallas lead to 3733 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W U Pot xSan Antonio Dallas Minnesota Utah Houston Memphis Denver 6022 732 60 22 732 61 31 622 48 34 585 43 39 524 28 54 341 1765 207 1 seed In West by way of conference record Biggio powers Astros to 85 win SAN FRANCISCO Jeff Kent hit a tworun double against his former team and Craig Biggio connected for a threerun homer as the Hous ton Astros sent the San Fran cisco Giants to just their sec ond loss of the season 85 Wednesday Brad Lidge Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for five shutout innings in relief for the Astros who ral lied from a 50 deficit to avoid a threegame sweep The Giants 132 had their sixgame winning streak snapped Lance Berkman a gradu ate of Canyon High School was lfor5 with a run scored After the Astros tied it with a fiverun fifth on Biggies fourth homer of the season and Kents double pinchhit ter Orlando Merced drove in the goahead run with a single in the seventh off Scott Eyre Kent went 2for9 with three RBI in his first series back at Pacific Bell Park Lidge 20 struck out three in two innings for the win Wagner worked a hitless ninth for his fourth save Jim Brower who put two runners on in the seventh was the loser Houston added two insur ance runs in the eighth inning on Richard Hildalgos sacri fice fly and Brad Ausmus RBI single The Giants were cruising along leading 50 when starter Kirk Rueter ran into trouble in the fifth With no outs the Astros began the inning with a single by Julio Lugo and a walk to pinchhit ter Raul Chavez That brought up Biggio who hit the first pitch from Rueter into the leftfield seats Morgan Ensberg hit a ground single that skipped by diving third baseman Edgardo and Lance Berkman moved Ensberg to third with single to right Kent hit the first pitch from Rueter into the leftcenter gap for a tworun double that tied it at 55 Rangers crave revenge First place Smithson Valley looking for payback against Brackenridge It DAVID Smithson Valley pitcher Chris Dabbs fires a fastball to the plate during a game earlier this season at Ranger Field The Rangers get a chance to avenege an earlier season loss to Brackenridge at today at the Spring Sports Complex In San Antonio BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Good Friday prompted most area high school baseball teams to schedule their sec ond game this week for today instead of Friday which suits Smithson Valley just fine The Rangers 155 overall 61 in District 275A can hardly wait for their chance to payback Brackenridge for their only district loss of the season The Eagles 116 5 who handed the Rangers a 93 loss back on April 1 host todays rematch at at the Spring Sports Complex in San Smithson Valley took over sole possession of first place Tuesday night after beating Harlandale 122 in five innings and Brackenridge defeated Southwest 10 Southwest 1651 52 plays at 7 Friday at East Central In District 254 action Tues day night Canyon committed six errors and gave up three unearned runs in u 32 loss to Lake Travis in Austin For tunately for the Cougars 12 10 overall 63 in Bas trop scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset Dripping Springs 76 Tuesday night in Bastrop Still tied with Dripping Springs 10101 63 for sec ond place Canyon takes on Bastrop at 7 today at Cougar Field First place New Braunfels defeated Lockhart 53 Tues day and locked up one of three playoff spots The Unicorns 81 149 took u twogame lead on Canyon and Dripping Springs If New Bruunfola beats Dripping Springs at today on the road and Baa trap knocks off Canyon the Unicorns clinch the district title with two regular season games remaining If Canyon and New Bruun fels both win today the Uni corns could claim the district title against the Cougars on Tuesday ut Unicorn Field Tho Unicorns beat Dripping Springs 10 during the firnt round of district and lost 73 to Cunyon District 275A HIQH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS Dlst All Smithson Valley 61 155 Southwest 52 1651 Brackenridge 52 116 Highlands 43 148 East Central 16 517 Harlandale 072181 Friday April S Valley 15 Highlands 4 Brackenridge 5 E Central 4 SouthwestIO Harlandale 0 Tuesdays games S Valley 12 Harlandale 2 Highlands 3 East Central 2 Brackenridge 1 Southwest 0 Todays games S Valley vs Brackenridge at Highlands at Harlandale Fridays games Southwest at ECentral 7 Tuesday April 22 E Central at S Valley 7 Brackenridge at Harlandale 7 Southwest vs Highlands at 7 District 254A HIQH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS Dlst All New Braunfels 81 149 Canyon 63 1210 Dripping Springs 6310101 Lake Travis 55 1211 Lockhart 46 9121 Bastrop 46 1014 DelValle 09 014 Friday April 11 New Braunfels 12 D Valle 0 Lockhart 6 Bastrop 3 D Springs 4 Lake Travis 3 Saturday April 12 Belton 7 Canyon 6 Tuesdays games Lake Travis 3 Canyon 2 New Braunfels 5 Lockhart 3 Bastrop 7 D Springs 6 Todays games Bastrop at Canyon 7 New Braunfels at Dripping Springs Del Valle at Lockhart 7 Tuesday April 22 Canyon at New Braunfels 7 Lake Travis at Bastrop 7 Dripping Springs at Del Valle Betty Series to shine light on NBs Texas Ski Ranch FROM STAFF REPORTS The Betty Series North Americas premier all girl action spnrto organization vw it New Braunfels and Galve tiUw for three exciting events instructors will teach women and girls of all ages the exciting aspects of skate board ng wakeboarding or surfing Hundreds of girls and women will converge upon the Texas Ski Ranch Extreme Sports Complex in New Braunfels to promote women in sports Lessons will be offered free of charge to all ages of all skill lovely On May 81 The Betty Series offers skateboarding lessons and instructions all day free of charge featuring some of the industries best skateboarders On June 1 girls have a chance to try their hand wakeboarding The TSft well known by wakebparders world wide as a great facility The surfing cjjnic takes place in GaJveston on June 7 8 There surfijig instructors can teach the basics of surfing or refine what someone already knows There is a fee fat this event For information on The Bet ty Series visit For information on the Texas Ski Ranch visit Cougarettes Unicorns wrap up regular season today District 254A HIQH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDINGS Dltt All Dripping Springs 101 194 Austin Lake Travis 93 158 Bastrop 63 98 Canyon w New Braunfels 47 814 Lockhart 38 612 DelValle 011 118 gamw Lake Travis 5 Canyon 2 New Braunfels 8 Lockhart 4 Dripping Springs Bastrop at Canyon New Braunfele at Dripping Springs 7 Del Valte at Lockhart 7 End of regular District 275A HIQH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDINGS Dlst All Smrmwn Valley W 184 East Central 63 129 Brackenridge 63 1312 Harlandale 36 169 Southwest 36 713 Highlands 09 222 S Valley 1 East CentraJO Southwest 6 Highlands 4 Todays games K JE88IE at 7 Canyon senior Crystal Zavala hits a fly ball during a Hsrtandate ai 7 pm game earlier this season at Cougarette Field Canyon Monday AprtJ 21 wraps up the regular season against Bastrop today at a VateV Southwest 7 home New Braunfels plays at Dripping Springs End of regular season
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