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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Thursday December Page 5A Cafiyenjunlaf vanity basketball To have your event publicize contact David fiufikalvis at 6259144 MI 223 or by email at drufikdvislhSfaickeitufipom 1 94 tAket on Midmo of Ohio 121 inMottte Ala flmej on ESPN2 NewBraunfels girlsbasketball Afterwinningdistrictopener Unicorns go for two straight at Lake Travis flmei Canyon girls basketball Cougarettes look to rebound when Del Valle visits in district game excel without fanfare or a pool ByWallyGullick Correspondent There are no Fridaynight lights pep rallies or television specials pro duced to record their exploits In fact they dont even have a pool to call their own But the New Bruanfels swim team cpuld have as many as nine competitors at this years state meet in Austin The swimmers will compete in the district meet shortly after students return from Christmas vacation and thirdyear Coach Doug Konomos says he has four boys and five girls who could advance through the dis trict and regional stages All nine have posted times that would get them to the regional Some could advance as members of relay teams while others will have a good shot to get there on their respective individual Konomos said Sean Duckworth John Quinn Daniel Phippsand Mitch Adams are the leaders on the boys squad Seniors Kip puckworth and Kelley Shelton junior Catherine Zimmer man and sophomores Elise Sternel and Dane Malastesta pace the girls The girls best chance is to get there through the relay events but Malastesta has really improved her breaststroke and could get to the state in that Konomos said Last summer Malastesta was clocked in the 100yard breaststroke at but has shaved her time to wont get me to state Ive got to get to to have a Malastesta said On the boys side Konomos wish es the meets would include a mile long event because hed have an entry with Phipps whose endurance seems to increase daily Freestyle is his stroke and he just keeps getting stronger and stronger the more he Konomos said Hes really come qn and hell be a threat in the 200 and While Phipps is pleased with the DAVID Canyons Van Anderson swims laps during practice Wednesday endorsement from his coach he remains his own worst critic Im pleased with what Ive been able to accomplish but I should be better at this time As for my endurance Im not sure why I just dont Phipps said Without a pool to call their own the McKenna Club hosts the practice sessions for the New Braunfels and Canyon swim teams Konomos plays a contributing role for the Cougars The club pool is not set up for competition though so the Uni corns are on the road for every dual and invitational meet Thats going to change This com munity and this team need an indoor facility and Id say within the next 5 years well have Konomos said Just the move to McKenna has helped In addition New Braunfels Athletic Director Rick Rhoades endorsed the swim team by creating a first period athletic class for swim ming It has boosted interest and morale Before last year we were making 20mile bus trips to San Marcos for practice At the end of the day it wound up being an hour each day just to travel and it really took its Konomos said Right now local interest in the sport is booming Konomos is grooming youngsters in the summer as coach of the Dol phins swim program which prac tices at the Landa Park pool and hosts the annual Schlitterbahn meet The meet attracts more than two dozen swim clubs throughout the state DAVID New Braunfels swim coach Doug Konomos talks to some of the swim mers during practice Tuesday Konomos said that nine Unicorns could qualify for the state meet Enrollment was at an alltime high for the Dolphins this past summer with kids as young as 6 competing We generate interest in the swim mer with the Dolphins but then have no indoor facility to keep the kids Konomos said What happens next is the better swimmers opt for other sports and we lose them Swimming is a 10 month commitment and cur high school team is really up against it when we swim against schools that have superior Fuller has double the fiui Smithson Valley grad plays football baseball at Tech By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor As a star athlete at Smith son Valley High School Cody Fuller dominated two sports and rewrote many chapters inthe school record book As a sophomore on the Texas Tech football team he is waiting for his oppor tunity to shine on the foot ball field but is alr eady a star on the bas eball dia mond As Texas Tech gets ready for the Hous ton Bowl Puller said that play ing wide receiver in the Red Raiders passhappy offense is a dream come true What more could you ask he asked You have a chance every play to get the ball It makes you a better receiver Alter catching 83 passes for yards during his senior season at Sroitbspg Valley Fuller has caught only 15 passes in two years at Tech But with two years of ity remaining he is slowly becoming one of Techs best long threats Tils yeas he is averagjnf a WHERE ARE THEY NOW Tracking careers oflocal athletes Cody Fuller and jias scored one down Fuller acjrnits that he is fester than he was in high and says that ie play both foot ball and base ball We grew up with he said My dad was recruited to play football there They off ered me the op portunity to play baseball which was The family tradition could continue next year when Fullers brother Lance an all district running back this sea spn is expected to enroll at Tech While Fuller is enjoying football at college he admits he misses his days as a Ranger With the winning tradition and the coaches Smithson Valley is like no other school Ive ever Fuller said HI still wish I Could go back and play I watch them play at least once a After the Red Raiders finish the season at the Houston Bowl most of the team will take a rouelvdeserved break but not Fuller When he takes off Ws fpptbaji uniform he will head to die Baseball diamond where he wi kepi preparations for another sports season Putters progress on the football field has been steady be his become a staj on the baseball diamond Ust year Fuller established him CODY FULLERS PERSONAL PLAYBOOK Cody Fuller graduated from Smithspn Valley High School in 2001 He is a wicle receiver on the Red Raiders foot ball team and the start ing center fielder for the baseball team Fuller is the on Kenny and Qindy Fuller When he graduated from high school 2PQ1 Fuller er kyblttjng Mwlifi Wts eight doubles two triples and two tome runs The success is an extension SSF of his high schpol where Fuller was named all state 1 Photo submitted l Scott Mann Srntthson Vilify graduate gody Fuller stars for Texas Tech on the football field and ths baseball sports are very ne trie season those otter guys snid rtiere are also some sin arent Fuller said totter Their games will progress Theres the same amount andyours wont itfs top but ol focus on both he I love thfm evenly out on to the basekli fteM I be forced ttitak hitting is tke he is to be dtalted hardest thing to dpiji out of college in baseballs Fuller admits playing amateur draft two major spprts at a Division But for npw hes gping to mmfef WMe Fuller admits bis two m Union rejects changes to ARods contract NEW YORK AP baseball players union rejected Bostons proposed changes to Alex Rodriguezs contract Wednesday jeop ardizing trade talks between the Red Sox and Texas Rangers Rodriguez and Boston gen eral manager Theo Epstein spent the day meeting with Scott Boras the shortstops agent and Gene Orza the unions No 2 official Boras expects the parties to meet again Thursday and Texas owner Tom Hicks set a Thursday evening deadline for an agreement that would sendBodriguez to Boston for Manny Ramirez in a swap of baseballs highestpaid play ers The dialogue is continu Boras said Rodriguez has completed three seasons of his record million 10year con tract and Ramirez has fin ished three seasons of his million eightyear deal Boston wants Rodriguez to rework his contract but baseballs collective bargain ing agreement says deals can be reworked only to add ben efits for players We did suggest an offer the club could make to Orza said As was its right the club chose not to make Orza and Boras wouldnt detail Bostons proposal Rodriguezs contract has million remaining on it The principle involved is a transcendent one affecting all of Alexs fellow Orza said To his credit Alex from the outset recognized If the owners are able to work something out the Red Sox would then need to trade shortstop Nomar Garcia parra Epstein has said the teams first choice was to sign Garciaparra to a longterm deal but Garciaparra turned down a million offer last spring Rangers Cougars named to academic allstate teams By Spojtg fditor Twelve Smithson Valley and four Canyon football players received one of the Ultimate honors for high school athletes Tuesday when they were niajned the Academic Att State teams The team is chosen by the School Coaches and only seniors aje eligible Criteria for me Kiern were named to the ond team Nick 3inkley Kip Cun ningham Alan Hill SfcaJfeO tali Knowlton and Jay received honorable mention recognition Smithson Valley Coish iarry Hffl saM that wnjte cess on the football field is in important part of to school experience receiving SAT m scarfs David Cbenault Caleb Cools Kfnny CjaoJ and fey Young were named tp the tte students go to schopls Canypns Steven Stockwell Ryan QcleJl was named IP the team and TwAwbrey Dean iPhnson and Jamie and Bryan r   

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