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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas 12th fade trainer LisaTavs RTS SmlthsonValleyfootball Rangers face Brackenridge in district game at Alamo Stadium New Braunfels football Unicorns visit Dripping Springs in key District 254A contest HfeRAid2fflW6 Page BA to hive yauf fivflflt publicizsd ionfact David Hupkfllvis dt 6269144 exf 223 or by email a f Canyon football Firstplace Cougars look to clinch playoff berth when Bastrop visits DAVID Senior Tanner Henk 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 but the Cougars hope this season ends much differently than the last one did Exactly one year ago the Cougars started 60 before losing two of their final three games and missing out on the playoffs The Cougars will have a chance to make amends begin ning 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 103 last week But qoach Brad Wright biggest test against Bastrop said that could make the game even tougher They are backed into a Wright said They are probably the most talented team in the district man for This is where we separate the men from the To add to the challenge Canyon may also be withoutits top offensive producer after Jeremy Molinet piffled 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 Hes a young sophomore we pulled up from JV last Wright said He did a great job last week and we have a lot of confidence in Wright said Bastrop will line up and run the ball trying to use their talent to over run the Cougars Even when they pass they do so by emphasizing the run Offensively theyre going to basically try to cram it down our throats and use play action to hit their best Wright said Theyre extremely confident Theyre big where they need to be big and theyre fast where they need to be But despite the talent the Bears are only 2 See COUGARS Page 6A Dreaming about coming home Bluntzer stars at Cal but misses New Braunfels By David 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 Cal ifornia offered him a scholarship he jumped at the chance to move across the country Jijfkflter five fun but oftenrteymgr years with the Golden Bears Bluntzer is the starting center for the football team and in his MI 01 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 Bluntzer said Also going to Cal the education was As a teen Bluntzer said he had his friends always complained about his hometown but after traveling and see ing other parts of the country he now dreams of the chances he gets to come home When youre 18 and you lived here your whole life you want to get away to grow Bluntzer said I had to move away to see how great New Braunfels is Theres so much to do there When you get out and see other areas you realize how great New Braunfels Bluntzer first tasted success on the football field as aUnicorn and as he looks back he said his athletic high light came in 1997 when New fels advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament It was an incredible Bluntzer said I think we had six games we won in thejast seconds It was neat to see how proud New Braunfels was of us Qut of all my foot ball experiences that would be No 1 NOLAN BUINTBRS PERSONAL PLAYBOOK Nolan Bluntzer gradu ated from New Braunfels High School in 1998 He is the starting cen ter 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 ConservationResource Studies 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 that team with I had known my whole The next year as a senior Bluntzer dominated on the field but the team slipped a little As a senior Bluntzer had 163 knock down blocks and did not allow a sack all season He was named first team All District and secondteam All state Then the Golden Bears called and Bluntzer crossed the coun try to play football WHERE ARE THEY NOW Tracking careers 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 redshirt As 3 redshirt sophomore he came down with rnononucleosis and missed several games and last year he fered a dislocated shoulder The myr iad of injuries almost made Bluntzer to quit football but his desire to play was too much I decided to give it one more he said I opted not to have surgery REMAINING Saturday Nov 1 Nov 8 Arizona Arizona State Oregon Washington Stanford Nov 15 Nov 22 Home games in bold because it would have set me back too far Its held up pretty well I think Im in pretty good shape I wanted to See BLUNTZER Page 6A Marlins fight back tie Yankees MIAMI AP Roger Clemens walked off the mound a hero Alex Gonza lez and the Florida Marlins danced off the field as win ners Gonzalez led off the bot tom of the 12th inning with a home run and the Marlins survived yet another late Yankees jolt beating New York 43 Wednesday night to even the World Series at two games each After both teams saluted Game Florida 4 New York j Todays Game New York at Florida FOXT Clemens in what might have been his final appearance J pinchhitter Ruben Sierra saved the Yankees with a twoout tworun triple in the ninth that tied it at 3 It turned out the drama was just beginning once the r clock passed midnight And at the slumping Gonzalez hit a low line drive off Jeff Weaver that barely cleared the leftfield wall for i the win Both teams threatened in extra innings with Marlins reliever Braden Looper escaping a basesloaded oneout jam in the 11th and posting the victory The Yankees had won en straight extrainning 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 twoout tworun homers in the bot tom of the ninth on consec utive nights against Ari zonas ByungHyun Kim in 2001 Texans trying to turn yards into points HOUSTON CAP The HoustonTexans rank wiUi the South elite when it unlike division rivals anapoUs Tennessee time not converting tot Se whiie tM Polts Items m yyiol foj the djy sion lead the Texans are mired at 24 and prohibitive underdogs at Indianapolis Houstons 1944 loss at homeiastSundiiytomeNew York Jets was a microcosm of offensive impotence all The ed two long drives and capped each with a towehdown then went on drives but it takes a team effort when you get down in the red zone or in critical situations like third down quarterbapk David Qwrsaj4 The Tfepns task now is to mixinaUttlepaydirtwithaU ffSsrSw pSfltfelip means eliminating illtimed lacking We havent matured enough to get the mM down or mj towsfejown or instead of getttng seven points ting three or maybe getting knocked out of Ml My Miller said Wednesday Somethings happening when we get down there I 31 percent conversion rate onf rangg Thjow in a defense whose best f in tfre points against column is 19 last ut thi tely weekbecauseijsdeMtelya pie of play sand make some Unicorns win Apache Invitational Sports Editor Freshman Kjyleigh Newman finished fifth overaU to lead the New Braunfels gurls cross country team to victory in the Apache vaisity girls placing four runners in the top five positions to win with 2Q points Round Rock McNeil finished a distant second with 51 points Jessica Lapnas won the race stevi Arm Newman finished the course in Ashley Carter placed eighth in and MJcheJJe Strptz was 12th in New Bjauni els placed five Borers in the first W pasitions to win tne of me meet taishe4 second wWi 79 and ijrdwiwia second overall ui the and Waters fifth The Unicorns did not field a ftitt boys team but senior Jesus Querm finished mW oyeraU in on the mreemile course ntQ Wshed Uth overall to lead Smithson VaUey to sixtti place in 4e invitah tioRak The Bangers fintod with 135 points Round Roek won tne race with 31 points Cullen Cons tanzo also ran weU for Sniithson ValXey Snishing in 2lst place ftfty Tte Piweoms also jhj j 5A Championships the day Both meets L i J wiil he heldin San Antonio