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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page December Basketball wr UK 19 To fifflb ydflr swiff pitblicif flsvit k ftupkalvis or THE DAILY OKET New Bran nfels girls basketball After winning district Unicorns travel to Lake Time Smittison Valley boys basketball Rangers visit San Antonio for game with South lime 8 New Bratinf els boys basketball UnicomfateAldmb Heights in nondistrictgame Under the Cowboys are exceeding everyones expectations IRVING AP Bill Parcells was supposed to lead the Dallas Cowboys to the Next When Parcells was hired by Jerry and after a seasonopening loss at home to that timetable was eagerly It provided a sense of promise that things were going to get better after three straight 511 Now having to wait until ParceDs second year would be a disappoint ment and quite a failure for the the players and Because the Cowboys have no excuse for missing the playoffs No matter how hard theyve tried to complicate things with inconsis tent from two shutout losses in a fourgame stretch to two brutal trouncings after an win over NFC frontrunner things are pretty The Cowboys 95 just have to win one of their last two games to get into the Or the tourna ment as Parcells and now most of his players refer to the But forget about the NFC East which the Cowboys used to win with Dallas blew a chance to win the division with a 44 record the past two months that included a 3610 loss to The Eagles have won nine straight to go from two games back to a twogame lead over the Dallas can clinch one of the two NFC wildcard spots with a win in its home finale Sun day against the struggling New York Giants 4 who have lost six straight for likely outgoing coach Jim One and were Bill Parcells tight end Dan Campbell its that Before the season 1 told somebody that if we scratch and claw and we may have a chance to be in the Camp bell I didnt know itd be mis v Dallas ends the regular seasop 28 at New Orleans which is still in playoff contention after its 457 win over the Giants on Sunday The Cowboys would prefer to take the drama out of the season Parcells has never taken one of his firstyear teams to the He won two Super Bowls with the took the New England Patri ots to the Super Bowl and trans formed the New York Jets from a 115 team that made it to the AFC title But he always went to the playoffs in the second not the And there was no reason to believe it would happen faster in until the Cowboys followed the loss to Atlanta with five straight They climbed the top of the NFC fueling plenty of talk about Parcells miraculous turnaround and the possibility of more than just making the Then things got bad in a four game stretch in which they were shut out at Tampa Bay and New struggling in between to win two home The win over Carolina matched Dallas for the NFCs best record and ensured at Par cells was so chdked up and proud of the win that he couldrit express to his players afterward just how much it That feelgood emotion didnt last Dallas was trounced 4021 by Mia mi at home on Thanksgiving See Page 7A Fighting to the finish New Braunfels rallies from early deficit falls onepoint short By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer After battling back repeat edly one last gasp fell just short as the New Braunfels boys basketball team 4441 The game was a nailbiter After trading bas kets during the games first three Edison broke a 44 tie with a 90 which featured a 3point play and two transition The Unicorns ended the first quarter on a 72 Dennis Killian sparked the comeback with a 3pointer and the Unicorns closed within 1511 at quarters New Braunfels tied the game at 15 during the first two minutes of the second quarter on shots from Shane Fisher and Jonathan But Edison fought back and used a 106 run to carry a 25 21 lead into the locker room at the who had 11 led the Unicorns in the We played aggressive defense and kept them at bay most of the Holmes We basically beat our selves We need to step it up in all aspects of the especially free Ryan McGinley led the Uni corns with nine rebounds and Shane who had missed several games due to an had a teamhigh three assists The score in the third quar ter resembled that of a base ball game as the Bears outscored the Unicorns 63 in the period and held a 3124 lead heading into the final Both teams came to life in the fourth Holmes hit a pair of 3pointers that sparked a 146 run to give the Unicorns their first lead of the Four lead changes occurred during the last two minutes of the New Braunfels took the on a jump shot from Tony Edison regained the lead on a fast break bucket to go up 39 Valadez then hit two free throws to put the Unicorns back Bears 3 gave them up 4240 advantage with 43 seconds The Unicorns missed two shots on the next possession and were forced to foul with eight seconds The Bears hit both free throws to up Killian hit a 3pointer with two seconds but without the Unicorns could only watch the clock run out as they fell one point We tried to execute tonight and we did for the most Coach Tommy Hines Edisons a good team and they took us out of our offense most of the Our guys showed a lot of DAVID New Braunfels forward Matthew Schityia goes up for a jumper during the 4443 loss character in coming back frorn a 9point deficit early They never gave Valadez finished with 9 points while Schima and Kil lian had 6 points Kil lian also added five rebounds and two Valadez and Holmes also contributed two steals each in the New Braunfels is 311 and will play Alamo Heights at 6 Pelini dismisses reports of unrest at Nebraska AP Nebraska interim head coach Bo Pelini on Tuesday dis missed reports of player unrest on thefpotball team over uncertainty surrounding the head coaching Thats Its ridicu Pelini said after prac Make no I am in charge of this football There doesnt need to be voices there needs to be one he NU athletic director Steve Pederson fired head coach Frank Solich late last month and appointed the defensive as interim head Nebraskas players met behind closed doors Players declined to com ment after the meeting and they were not allowed to talk to reporters But there were reports that many players expressed frus tration about the secrecy of the search for a new Some reportedly discussed thepossibilityof not practic and even boycotting the 29 Alamo Bowl game against Michigan Several players reportedly indicated they would leave Nebraska if Pelini is not named head Pelini said he came in at the end of the meeting and was the voice of reason for the It is understandable that some players are upset With the Pelini but added that he hopes they use it as a learning We talked things Peli ni Im proud of the way theyre handling the situa he There are no Pelini and head coach Turner Gill are the only two known applicants for the But that hasnt stopped the rumor mill from churning out a list of possible replacements for including past and present NFL coaches Tom Dave Butch Bill Monte Al Dennis Green and Steve Pederson has said he will not comment until he is ready to introduce the new Pelini said he stands behind that New Braunfels swimmers dominate meet By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The New Braunfels swim Mitchell Lawrence and Bemie ftrianz fight for a to meet Saturday as the girls won eight of 10 races and boys won seven of Kip Duckworth led the Uni corns by winning individual medley and the 100yard Duckworth teamed with Elise Pane MaJatasta and ine Zimmerman to win the 200medley relay and with Sttemel and ley to win the 400 freestyle Smmerman captured the 50freestyie in front of team mates JUl Gaudjo and Valerie Castillo while CastiJJp took the 500free in front of JiU Strernf J won 1QO stroke with Erin Morgan ojid and won the ton ted runnerun in the and the Sean Duckworth wd Daniel Pbjpps hjd to lead the New Brsun Duckworth and Phipps also teamed with Mitch Adams and John Qiiinn to win the 200medley relay and the 400 freestyle Quinn won the IQObutter fly and Adams was second in the 100breaststroke and fourth in the The Canyon swim teams competed in a 15team invi tational at Palo Alto Friday and finished Reed decker led the way by winning the 200freestyle and finishing second in the 100 decker also teamed with Rafael EricTowaJ and Austin Eeinhart to win the 200medJey The team pf Van Hainan Madrid and Wsi also wpn the 400 freestyle relay and Andersoa Towal and James HoDten finished second in the 2QOfreesryie Majy Claire Pradshaw was qnly winner for the Canyon tne onemeter diving competi Ansiey was secon4 in frees had runjwrup finishes in the 200and 40iOfreestyte   

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