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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 223 April Canyon sweeps season series with NB Cougars force threeway tie BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor The Canyon Cougars upended crosstown rival New Braunfels 7 5 for the second time this season Wednesday night handed the Unicorns their second straight District 264A loss and forced a threeway tie for first place Canyons James Green deliv ered an RBIdouble in the sixth inning off New Braunfels starter Brad Bevil to put the Cougars up 65 Leiter Benitez hold off Astros NEW YORK AP Al Leiter beat Houston for the first time in nearly five years and Armando Benitez got the save as the New York Mets changed their lineup Wednes day and beat the Astros 42 Before the game New York announced center fielder Roger Cedeno was being benched and replaced by a platoon of Timo Perez and Tsuyoshi Shinjo New York also brought up Raul Gonzalez from the minor leagues and he homered off Roy Oswalt in his first atbat a leadoff drive in the second inning that went into the left field bleachers Cedeno booed every time he batted Tuesday is hitting just 177 with one homer and four RBIs and has played poorly in center Perez went lfor3 raising his average to 229 and Shinjo came in to start the bottom of the eighth Leiter 30 allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to defeat the Astros for the first time since Sept 15 1998 He escaped a jam in the sixth when he struck out Craig Biggio with two on and two outs David Weathers pitched two hitless innings and Benitez who has struggled for much of the season got his sixth save in 10 chances Lance Berkman a gradu ate of Canyon High School was lfor4 Benitez was booed by a few fans when he entered and by some more after Orlando Merceds oneout double to deep right Benitez then retired Biggio on a groundout and struck out Jose Vizcaino to end it Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in six He struck out five There were a lot of things going through my mind The first few pitches coach Garza wanted me to drag bunt to see if 1 could get said Green who was 2 for3 with walk and a stolen base It was an outside pitch and I just took it the other way and I never go opposite Justin Thompsons controver sial infield bunt single scored another run to make it 75 Eric Bremer who pitched 6 innings this past Friday threw 2 innings of hitless relief to seal the victory I cant say enough about Bre mer Hes a gamer and a good Canyon head coach Peter Garza said He was rested enough that I knew he could do what needed to be Thompson started for the Cougars and gave up five runs all unearned on five hits five walks and seven Canyon errors in 4 innings He struck out one We started slow because we didnt show up ready to play and that was NBHS head coach Doug Edwards said In the end we just didnt get key hits We had the baserunners all night long but no key m ah miah Kester drew See K id zwt Canyons Ju8tin downThi fire basellne as New Braunfels catcher Jason trjes tQ gamQ flt Unicom Field Canyon won 75 Kovalcik wins regionals NBHS boys golf team places fourth at Region IV4A Tournament BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor New Braunfels High School senior Christine Kovalcik bettered her first round score by seven strokes on the second day of the Region IV4A Girls Golf Tbur nament Wednesday at Brackenridge Golf Course and captured the gold medal Kovalcik shot a 77 in the first round on Tuesday to put her in third place and one stroke off the lead Wednes day she scored four birdies and recorded just two bogeys to shoot a 70 and finish in first place with a fourstroke cushion 1 picked three holes on the front and back to be my birdie said Kovalcik who finished 10th at region als in 2002 Everything else I just shot for the middle of the green and didnt even worry about where the pin was I birdied two of the holes that I planned on and just went from The momentum turned for Kovalcik on hole No 9 when she stuck her approach shot within four feet of the hole for a tapin birdie That put her at even par through the front nine That really lifted my con fidence up and helped me shoot well on the Kovalcik said The UIL Conference 4A State Golf Tburnaraent takes place May 56 at the Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin Tm so excited I dont even know the words Three long years and Tm finally going to Kovalcik said Ive been waiting for this moment for a long time Im so happy to be The NBHS girls team which was third after the first round finished sixth in the team standings Wednes day Ashley Minton shot a 101 to finish at 192 Court ney Kruppa linked a 109 to Christine Kovalcik putts on the back nine of Wednesdays second round of the Region IV 4A Girls Golf Tournament at Brackenridge Golf Course Kovalcik shot a 70 Wednesday to capture the regional title and advance to the state tournament finish at 205 Kelsey Cran dall had a 107 to finish at 207 and Kim Gary turned in a 122 to finish at 234 One year after the New Braunfels boys golf team per formed its biggest comeback in team history the Unicorns found themselves in an awk ward but favorable position Wednesday at the Region IV 4ABoys Golf Tournament at Mission Del Lago Golf Course In the 2002 regional tour nament the Unicorns were tied for ninth place and trailed second place San Marcos by seven strokes after the first round only to rally in the second round and finish tied for second after 36 hole Wednesday the Unicorns combined to shoot a 304 Tuesday and led Lake Travis and Medina Valley by five strokes going into the sec ond round However the out come was the reverse of last years monster comeback Lake Travis improved five strokes from Tuesday to fin ish with a 613 and claim the regional title Medina Valley trimmed three stokes off Tuesdays team score and turned in a 615 which was good enough for second place and a trip to the state tour nament New Braunfels shot 315 Wednesday and fell to fourth place behind Alamo Heights which shot a 618 I really wish we wouldve made it as a said Kei th Britton who was one of two NBHS seniors on the fiveman squad We put our selves in a good position the first day We usually come out slow and then shoot lights out the second day It was kind of awkward being in the lead the first day It was a still a good finish to my high school Britton shot a 74 on Wednesday finished with a 149 and was among three players tied for third place in the individual standings One of the other players was Brett Hickey from Lake Travis so he had already qualified for the state tour nament with his team The other was Jesus Borrego from Ed Couch Elsa The three players teed up on hole No 1 for a playoff to determine who would win the thirdplace medal and who would go on to state Brittons first shot on the first playoff hole went into a hazard and he was forced to take a penalty stroke I just wanted to hit it in the middle I had been draw ing it all day and I just sliced that Britton said 1 got a bad lie and tried to do what I could Hickey parred the hole See Rangers tennis team ready for regionals Photo submitted The Smtthson Valley High School tennis team won the District 275A boys and girte tournaments and qualified five players at todays Region IV5A Tennis Tournament in San Antonio SVHS regional qualfiers were from left Caleb Carter Susanne Speer Anna Wimberley coach Keith Brown Jacob Bodkin James Farley and Jay Daniel SVHS sends five past district BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor Five Smithson Valley ten nis player advanced past the District 275A Tournament and will compete in the Region IV5A Tournament today at McFarlin Tennis Center for a chance to go to the state tournament Five is a good number Im really proud of said Smithson Valleys ninthyear head coach Keith Brown Going into district you never what the other teams have been doing because we dont see a lot of the teams in our district in other tournaments It was pretty much us and East For the first time in school history Smithson Valley won the boys singles and girls sin gles district titles in the same year Senior Susane Speer claimed the girls title by beat ing teammate Anna Wimber ley in the finals Wimberley who knocked off the No 2 seed early in the tournament also advanced to regionals I got a pretty easy draw compared to Anna Wimber said Speer who lost just five games in three matches Instead of power hitting I was just trying to be consis tent and keep it in I just wanted to play a consistent game Usually that works My serves were really good too and I think I doublefaulted only The Rangers played in Dis trict 254Athis past two years which produced both state finalists in the girls singles division two years in a row Our district this year was a lot easier and a lot more Speer said There definitely was not as much Sophomore Caleb Carter lost just seven games in three matches on his way to a dis trict title in boys singles See
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