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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon 12th grade trainer Usa Tays. SPORTS Thursday, October 23,2003 — Herald-Zhtung — Page 5A : Herald-Zeitung .•    > To have your event publicized, contact { David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or I by e mail at drupkalvis§herald zeitung.com * Unicorns try to rebound against Tigers. DAILY •K-E-T Smithson Valley football Rangers face Brackenridge in district game at Alamo Stadium. Time: 7 p.m. B New Braunfels football Unicorns visit Dripping Springs in key District 25-4A contest. Time: 7:30 p.m. B Canyon football First-place Cougars look to clinch playoff berth when Bastrop visits. Time: 7 p.m. Canyon faces biggest test against Bastrop DAVID INQRAM/Herald-Zeitung Senior Tanner Honk is playing linebacker and tight end for the Canyon Cougars. By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor For the second consecutive year, the Canyon football team has started 6-0, but the Cougars hope this season ends much differently than the last one did. Exactly one year ago, the Cougars started 6-0 before losing two of their final three games and missing out on the playoffs. The Cougars will have a chance to make amends beginning Friday when Bastrop visits. The Bears beat Canyon a year ago and went on to compete in the playoffs while Canyon watched from home. Bastrop comes into town beat up and limping after falling to Dripping Springs 10-3 last week. But poach Brad Wright said that could make the game even tougher. “They are backed into a comer,” Wright said. “They are probably the most talented team in the district man for man. This is where we separate the men from the boys." To add to the challenge, Canyon may also be without its top offensive producer after Jeremy Molinet pulled a hip flexor late in the win over Lake Travis last week. Wright said whether Molinet would play or not would be a game time decision. But even if Molinet is forced to watch from the sidelines, Wright said his team could still win. Sophomore Jams Springfield would start in his place. “He's a young sophomore we pulled up from JV last week,” Wright said. “He did a great job last week and we have a lot of confidence in him.” Wright said Bastrop will line up and run the ball, trying to use their talent to over mn the Cougars. Even when they pass, they do so by emphasizing the mn. “Offensively, they’re going to basically try to cram it down our throats and use play action to hit their best receiver,” Wright said. “They’re extremely confident. They’re big where they need to be big and they're fast where they need to be fast.” But despite the talent, the Bears are only 2- See COUGARS Page 6A r Nolan Bluntzer graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1998. He is the starting center for the California Golden Bears. Nolan is the son of Anna Lisa Bluntzer-Temez and the late Thomas Bluntzer. He will graduate in May with a degree in Conservation Resource Studies. Marlins fight back, tie Yankees MIAMI (AP) — Roger Clemens walked off the mound a hero. Alex Gonzalez and the Florida Marlins danced off the field as winners. Gonzalez led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run and the Marlins survived yet another late Yankees’ jolt, beating New York 4-3 Wednesday night to even the World Series at two games each. After both teams saluted WO GLD pyi Wednesday'a Gama Florida 4. New York 3 Today's Gams New York at Florida, 7 24 p rn FOX Qemens in what might have been his final appearance, pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra saved the Yankees with a two-out, two-mn triple in the ninth that tied it at 3. It turned out the drama was just beginning once the clock passed midnight. And at 12:28 a.m., the slumping Gonzalez hit a low line drive off Jeff Weaver that barely cleared the left-field wall for the win. Both teams threatened in extra innings, with Marlins reliever Braden Looper escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11 th and posting the victory. The Yankees had won seven straight extra-inning games in the Series since . 1964. The previous two were among the most stirring in their storied history, set up when Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius hit two-out, two-mn homers in the bottom of the ninth on consecutive nights against Arizona’s Byung-Hyun Kim in 2001. Dreaming about coming home Bluntzer stars at Cal, but misses New Braunfels By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor When he graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1999, Nolan Bluntzer had spent his entire life in the city. So when the University of California offered him a scholarship, he jumped at the chance to move across the country. After five fun, but often trying, years with the Golden Bears, Bluntzer is the starting center for the football team and in his career he has Nolan Bluntzer played alongside and against some of the best college football players in the nation. “I was just ready to get away, and the other part was, its 70 degrees here all the time,” Bluntzer said. “Also, going to Cal, the educadon was great." As a teen, Bluntzer said he had his friends always complained about his hometown, but after traveling and seeing other parts of the country, he now dreams of the chances he gets to come home. * “When you’re 18 and you lived here your whole life, you want to get away to grow up,” Bluntzer said. “I had to move away to see how great New Braunfels is. There’s so much to do there. When you get out and see other areas, you realize how great New Braunfels is.” Bluntzer first tasted success on the football field as a Unicom and as he looks back, he said his athletic highlight came in 1997 when New Braunfels advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament. “It was an incredible experience," Bluntzer said. “I think we had six games we won in the last seconds. It was neat to see how proud New Braunfels was of us. Out of all my football experiences, that would be No. I. Photo submitted by the University of California Former New Braunfels star Nolan Bluntzer is now the starting center at the University of California. Bluntzer will graduate with a degree in Conservation Resource Studies in May. AH those guys I was on that team with, I had known my whole life.” The next year, as a senior, Bluntzer dominated on the field, . but the team slipped a I little. As a senior, j ARE Bluntzer had 163 knock I TM RY down blocks and did not I NOW? allow a sack all season. I He was named first- j team All District and j second-team All State, j athletes. Then the Golden Bears caUed and Bluntzer crossed the country to play football. Then the injuries began. Bluntzer impressed the Cal coaches during his first fall camp and earned a spot in the playing rotation as a true freshman. But a broken elbow and a shoulder injury forced him to redshift. As a redshift sophomore, he came down with mononucleosis and missed several games and last year, he suffered a dislocated shoulder. The myriad of injuries almost made Bluntzer to quit football, but his desire to play was too much. “I decided to give it one more shot,” he said. “I opted not to have surgery ""KSK&ftttOHT* Arizona Saturday Arizona State Nov. I Oregon Nov. 8 Washington Nov. IS Stanford Nov. 22 Home games in bold. because it would have set me back too far. It’s held up pretty well. I think I’m in pretty good shape. I wanted to See BLUNTZER, Page 6ATexans trying to turn yards into points Unicorns win Apache Invitational HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans rank with the AFC South elite when it comes to piling up yards, but unlike division rivals Indianapolis and Tennessee they're not converting that yardage into points. So while the Colts and Titans are vying for the division lead, the Texans are mired at 2-4 and prohibitive underdogs at Indianapolis Sunday. “It’s execution,” tight end Billy Miller said Wednesday. "Something’s happening when we get down there. I don't know if we're pressing, I don’t know what it is. But we’ve got to find out this week because it’s definitely a problem.” Houston's 19-14 loss at home last Sunday to the New York Jets was a microcosm of the offensive impotence all season. The Texans mounted two long first-quarter drives and capped each with a touchdown, then went on to easily outgain New York. The Texans’ task now is to mix in a little paydirt with all their land acquisition. That means eliminating ill-timed penalties and improving their 31 percent conversion rate on third downs. “I think the yardage comes from having great individual players on this team and we can pull it together on a couple of plays and make some nice drives, but it takes a team effort when you get down in the red zone or in critical situations like third-down plays,” quarterback David Carr said. “That’s something we’re still lacking. We haven’t matured enough to get the third down or the touchdown, or instead of getting seven (points) getting three, or maybe getting knocked out of field goal range.” Throw in a defense whose best game in the points-against column is 19 (last Sunday) and an offense that’s third from the bottom in the AFC at 16.7 points per game, and it’s clear why the second-year Texans have a 2-4 record. By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor Freshman Kayleigh Newman finished fifth overall to lead the New Braunfels girls’ crosscountry team to victory in the Apache Invitational Saturday in Corrades. Newman finished the two-mile course in 12:28. Ashley Carter placed eighth in 12:41 and Michelle Stretz was 12th in 12:59. New Braunfels placed all five scorers in the first 26 positions to win the 4A-5A portion of the meet with 64 points. Wimberley finished second with 79 and liike Travis was third with 88. Dana Mecke finished second overall in the race to lead Smithson Valley to ninth place with 192 points. Brittany Fowler finished 25th for the Unicorns in 13:28, Alicia StoU was 26th in 13:29 and Donna Hewitt came in 55th in 14:22. The Unicorns also dominated the junior varsity girls race, placing four runners in the top five positions to win with 20 points. Round Rock McNeil finished a distant second with 51 points. Jessica Lagunas won the race, Stevi Armstrong placed second, Morgan Tfoudt third and Julie Waters fifth. The Unicorns did not field a lull boys team, but senior Jesus Guerra finished third overall in 16:47 on the three-mile course. Michael Zito finished lith overall to lead Smithson Valley to sixth place in the invitational. The Rangers finished with 135 points. Round Rock won the race with 31 points. Cullen Constanzo also ran well for Smithson Valley, finishing in 21st place. New Braunfels and Canyon will compete in the District 25-4A Championships Nov. I while Smithson Valley will compete in the District 27-5A Championships the same day. Both meets will be held in San Antonio. ;

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