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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday November 19 2003 Page 5A MJMHHfJHWMHllBIHI t BnHnflHifl HE DAILY OkET Smithsort Valley girls basketball Hungers takt to The toad to compete in Harlaadale Houmament Information Competition ends Saturday canyon boys basketball Cougars visit Mays High nowistrictgame time 8 To hdvfi yauf avert pubted David Rupkalvis at 6259144 ext 223 or by email at New Braunfels boys basketball After opening with a loss Unicorns visit McCol lumfor nondistrictgame key to Cany Odell Cougars hope to slow down Sam Houston attack By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor Canyon will play at home for the second consecutive week against a team that has the potential to score quickly with fast playmakers After routing Austin Reagan in the bidistrict playoffs SB IS the Cougars would be happy with a repeat at Friday against Sam Ho uston Its going to be alotlike last week but these guys throw the ball Reagan Coach Brad Wright said They are bigger and theyre a wefl coached Sam Houston opened the playoffs with a 3322 victory over Fredericksburg The Hurricanes bring an 83 record and fivegame win ning streak into the game The Cougars are 92 and have won two straight For Canyon to win Friday Wright said the Cougars must control their emotions and play disciplined on both sides of the ball With a team that has more speed the defense is Canyon 92 will host Sam Houston1 83 in an area playoff game at Friday Tickets can be purchased Jn advance until 2 Friday at Canyon High School Tickets cost in advance and at the game There is no reserved seating forced to stay in its gaps to ensure that the big plays are shut down Weve got to play great sound fundamental defense and control the football on Wright said Youve got to try to contain the speed and take good pursuit One of the keys to the defensive effort will be senior Ryan Odell who has played three positions this year before settling in at linebacker Everybody has their job on Odell said Youve got to do your job so no one gets around Odell came to Canyon when Wright hired his DAVID Senior linebacker Ryan Odell hopes to lead Canyon over Sam Houston in an area playoff game Friday at Cougar Stadium DAVID Ryan Odell has played tight end wide receiver backer for Canyon this season siyeline coach He started the season on offense playing tight end and receiver before moving to defense Odell said he prefers the defensive side of the ball Its more he said Im big and slow so making big hits and tackles is Wright said Odells arrival this season gave the coaching staff the opportunity to try dif ferent things Hes done a great job at every Wright said Because of his athleticism were able to move him around We felt like he vyas one of me best11 so on the field Hes done a nice job for Odell said that as a coachs son he has moved around a lot in his life He was at Gid ding last season and played in the playoffs Making the adjustment to Canyon was easy Theyre great the 6 feet 1 inch 210pound senior said Its a positive atmos phere Everyone works The game highlights two of the best offensive teams in the San Antonio area The Hurri canes average 355 yards and 31 points per game while the Cougars are averaging 336 fl jvtr yards and close to 30 pqints per contest Canyon relies heavily on its rushing attack averaging 279 yards on the ground Junior Jeremy Molinet has amassed yards despite missing almost two full games Quar terback James Green is approaching yards rush ing and and sophomore Jems Springfield has thrived over the last four weeks The Hurricanes run for 241 yards per game and throw for close to 90 With two potent offenses on the field Odell saidthe Cougars ly on the If we can hold them down well win Odell said The offense will show up like it always New Braunfels girls top Clemens 6453 By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The New Braunfels girls basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Clemens 6453 in its season opener Tuesday The Unicorns had three turnovers in the first two minutes and did not score a point until more than three minutes had passed but an aggressive fullcourt defense kept the game close and when the Unicorns came to life offensively they took control The Buffaloes opened a 61 lead in the first three minutes and maintained the lead for much of the first quarter But Tracey Whitely came off the bench and sparked New Braunfels with two quick assists and MoUy Brawner hit backtoback baskets in the final minute of the quarter to propel tie Unicorns to a 1411 lead after one In the second quarter Brawner tjnued the offensive attack and Rachel Brown pitched in With three baskets as New Braunfels Began tppuU sway taking a half Both teams Grim out fired up in the third quarter With each team using a fullcourt pressing defense the pace of the game quickened The Unicorns took advantage of the defensive effort turn ing Clemens turnovers into easy hoops Just one minute into the quarter the Unicorns went up 15 at 3621 and mid way through New Braunfels had an 18 point lead at 4325 But then the Buffaloes came to life Over the final four minutes of the third quarter Clemens went on a 101 run to close within nine 4435 heading into the final frame The Buffaloes continued to close the gap in the final quarter moving within 6 with 440 left But then Brawner and Caitlin Buchanan took over on the free throw line Buchanan hit two free throws with 435 left and Brawner made four straight over the next minute as the Uni corns regained control of the game Buchanan added two baskets and the Unicorns made enough free throws to takethewin We got off to a little bit of a slow start but they hung in Coach Larry tSchulte sajd I thought we did a good See UNICORNS Page 6A PAViP Caitlin Krtudsqn goes up for a shot during the first half of New Braunfels 64H53 win Tuesday Rangers faU to Chargers 6755 By Jason Staff Writtr The Smithson VaJJey hoys basketball team never recov ered from a gameopening its season opener to ChurchiM PR tfce ceurt during wa miups no player is allowed to dwnk the Coach Ajan Miller said One of our kids violated that rule which led to two freethrow sjjots fbr Churchill and tlie bail They lilt free their touched the Pespite fajjing behind ear ty the Bangers never gave up Trailing 23i2 after one quarter the Rangers used a 134 run to put the Chargers lead to 2 points 2725 But the Chargers used clutch imsicje sheeting to close out the first half on a 6 2 ajid Churpjifll walked into the locker room leading 3327 OiurchiJ came out strong in the cowl half hitting rtiefc first two threepointers Wf we But the togejrs kept it closje and wem into final pm4 trajJjrjgbyjustS 5344 The fourth gUJNlp looked like it belonged to Smithson Valley as the Rangers rallied behind the clutch shooting of Eric Icke and Chris PeueJ The Rangers gradually closed the gap and cut the Charger lead to with a minute left to play But with time running out the Rangers were forped to Churchill took advantage ef the free throw line shoot ing 8 of 8 in Jhe last minute to secure the win Jcke led the Rangers in sjoring with 17 pointsPeuei added 9 points and Ryan Slat Jejy chipped mil The feiigers visit Sgguui at 8 pan Friday Canyon boys open with loss to Alamo Heights By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The Canyon boys basketball team struggled in its season opener and dropped a 5230 decision to Alamo Heights Despite having few experi enced players in the game Canyon used a strong defen sive effort to keep the game close early Alamo Heights led 178 after one quarter but Canyon fought back within with in the first half But over that span Alamo Heights used a 121 run to open a 3115 lead Defensively we played pretty Coach Kenny zler said We gave up a lot of rebounds That was a big dif ference The biggest thing was we shot 26 percent and you cant do that against good teams and expect to In the second half the Cougars played Alamo Hei ghts close but never could get enough offense to get back into the game Canyon outscored Alamo Heights 109 in the third quar ter but managed just 5 points in the fourth Ismael Guillen led the Cougars with 9 points and Cole Clayton added 8 The Cougars will host Hays at 5 Friday New Braunfels Canyon place 5 on All District team By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The New Braunfels and Canyon volleyball teams each placed five members on the District 275A AU Pistrict squads New Braunfels seniors Jack ie kueas Erica Wendell and Brittany Fowler were named to title first team white team mates Jennifer Baerwald and Katie Johnson were named tp the second team Canyon had seniors Brooke and junior Natalie Fey the first team Senior Sarah sophomore Chelsie Zunlser were namgjj to the Roeder and Cougarettes Whit ney King and Carla Flink Wendell led the Unicorns in kills with 436 and had a 502 hitting percentage this season as me Unicorns went 120 in district play to claim me dis trict title Lucas had 328 kills and led the Unicorns in blocks with Fowler led the Unicorns in assists with 704 aces with 79 and was third on we team wjjh 2g9 digs Fowler also had a team hjigH 557 bitting per Receiving honorable men tion rgeppWau pejf Jty WHBBffl ffiRBBWjpSl WSftpjKS to 104 district record by recording 437 kills in 978 firjgei also had 78 blocks 61 aces and 218 digs Shf drock led the m m m
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