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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page gA HE DAILY Capital One Bowl Purdue 93 takes on Georgia 103 hi New Years Day matchup TitneutoononABC Smithson Valley boys basketball Rangers host Kerrville livyin their final before returning back to school Canyon boys basketball Cougars open district play on the road as they visit Lockhart to take on the Lions Time I OKET to have your event publicized Confacf David Rupkalvis at 6259144 fitt 223 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Smithson Valley ends losing streak holds on to beat McCollum By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer The Smithson Valley gkls basket ball team showed that it was not slowed down by the Christmas hol idays by defeating McCollum 7057 Monday Seneca Guenther had a big night for the Rangers scoring a gamehigh 28 points and pulling down 10 rebounds I justtried to do what I could tonight in helping the team Guenther said We also played great as a team tonight I couldnt do it Mondays game was also theVar sity debut for sophomore point guard Hailee Gordon who recorded 6 points four rebounds three assists and a teamhigh two steals 1 just tried to play defense and pass the ball to my Gor don said I need to continue to con trol the ball and improve defensive Gordons play alsooearned her praise from Smithson Valley Coach Michael Lannon Hailee really stepped it up tonight She made everyone pick up the Lannon said We need a backup point guard for district play and Hailee proved that she can play As a team we played well tonight We moved the ball well and played good In the first quarter Gordon pro vided an early spark for the Rangers scoring the first four points of the game and assisting Guenther and Jenna Struthoff on baskets as the Rangers ran out to a 92 lead McCollum came back with nine straight points to take an 119 lead But Guenther scored two quick bas kets for the Rangers and the quarter ended in a 1313 tie See RANGERS Page 6A Rested and ready to go Cougarettes Rangers shine in early season play By JasoruChlapek Staff Writer i As the six area basketball teams come back from Christ mas break most find them selves preparing for district play Two teams the New Braun fels and Canyon girls have already started district com petition Two weeks ago the two teams squared off in their dis trict opener and the Unicorns prevailed on a last second shot from Molly Brawner 56 54 Four days later the Coug arettes prevailed 5550 over Del the Uniqornsrs fell 5350 at Lake Travis leavT ing both teams with 11 dis trict records Through the midway point of the year the Cougarettes have had the mostsuccess this season With a record of 143 including a victory in the Canyon Classic and a third place finish in the San Antonio ISO Tournament the Coug arettes have become a force to be reckoned with Bo Warm and Courtney Krisch provide the Coug arettes with efficiency on offense while Julie Jeffers brings a balanced inside game Canyon resumes play against Lockhart Friday The New Braunfels girls are 69 at the halfway point but times can be difficult when playing the likes of San Mar cos and Hays The Unicorns won third place in the Canyon Classic Seniors Brynna Monk and Sarah Knudson are the teams leaders and along with Brawner give the Unicorns a threepronged scoring threat The Unicorns travel to Bas trop Friday The other area girls team Smithson Valley currently has a710 record but the Rangers have yet to start district play Last season the Rangers struggled in nondistrict play but came to life when the dis trict opened and finished sec ond which was good enough to qualify for the playoffs Behindthe shooting of na Struthoff and the inside game of Amber Mueller and Seneca Guenther Smithson Valley could be back in the playoffs 1he Rangers won the con solation finals in both the Har landale and Northeast ISO tournaments After a nondis trict game against Fredricks burg Jan 6 the Rangers open district play against East Cen tral Friday Jan 9 On the boys side Smithson Valley shook off an 02 start and are currently 77 The Rangers beat New Braunfels 5331 and Canyon 5648 and won the consolation finals in the River City Classic Eric Icke and Brian Tullman See HOOPS Page 6A DAVID Canyons Courtney Krisch and the Cougarettes are 143 this season and return to action Nebraska pounds Michigan State in Alamo Bowl SAN ANTONlO AP Bo Pelini tried something a little different in his one game audition to become Nebraskas next head coach Jamroa Lord threw for a careerbest 60 yards and ran for 79 more Monday night to lead the Cprnhuskers to a 173 win over Michigan state in the Alamo Bowl Running back Cory Ross also had a career night by rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns for normally runori ented Nebraska which won its 10th game to cap a season in which coach Frank Splich was fired after finishing the regular season with a 93 record 1 think we showed the world what Nebraska football is all Pelini said while accepting the winners trophy I couldnt be prouder of a group of The win was the Cornhuskers second in the Alamo Bowl in four years They rolled over Northwestern 6617 in 2000 While Nebraskas offense piled up 389 total yards its defense limited the Spar tans potent passing attack to 156 yards to go with 18 yards on the ground Quarterback Jeff Smoker was sacked live times twice on Michigan States first possession and he threw three inter ceptions Pelinis only obvious misstep of the night came in the fourth quarter when the interim head coach was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing too strenuously Sloppy Cowboys get ready for Panthers IRVING This is not the way Bill Parcells wanted to take the Dallas Cowboys into the playoffs Instead of carrying the momentum of three straight wins into a game Saturday night at Carolina Parcells is once again wondering about his teams erratic immature tendencies following a 137 loss at New Orleans in the season finale I told them after the game we could never beat a good team if we dont play well and certainly any team in the league would have a really good chance to beat us if we dont play Parcells said Monday Even though our record says a little differently I know that for a fact Thats where we Parcells has talked often 1 blunders typical of young players Yet he clearly noted that the mis takes made against the Saints were not tied to experience They were more indicative of players who dont com pletely understand the best way to do their jobs or in his parlance guys who just NFL PLAYOFFS Dallas at Carolina 7 ABC dont get Thats where I have the collective thought of gee whiz there is a lot of work to do along those he said In bouncing back from two straight losses with two straight wins the Cowboys had clinched a playoff spot the week before the finale They even prepared for the game thinking theyd have a chance to play for the divi sion title Although that chance was gone when Philadelphia won Saturday night Parcells still The running game turned out to be unreliable a big let down considering the Saints were among the leagues worst at stopping the run That led to Quincy Carter throwing a seasonhigh 47 passes three of which were intercepted Texans excited about future HOUSTON AP The Houston Texans expansion honeymoon is over There will be no more moral victories next season A seemingly easier 2004 schedule another offseason to add talent and a chance to recover from the leagues worst spate of injuries all mean the Texans expect to follow their 511 finish with a run for the playoffs I expected results when I first got here Ive been kind of disappointed the last two quarterback David Carr said after the Texans fin ished one game better than their inaugural 412 season Carr in some ways epito mized the Texans Bol stered by a revamped offen sive line and the additions of rookie weapons in tailback Pomanick Pavis and receiv er Andre Johnson Carrs play improved from his rookie year during which he made his mark by playing every down while absorbing a leaguerecord 76 sacks Yet Carr was sidelined twice by injuries this year and missed five starts When vet eran backup Tony Banks broke his throwing hand Nov 30 the offense stalled for two games behind overmatched rookie Dave Ragone I wish I could have been on the field a little Carr said What turned out to be an omen for the Texans occurred before training camp when star left tackle Tony Boselli the biggest name in their expansion draft retired with a bum left shoulder having never played a down in Houston Filming shows can be longer than imagined The truck thermometer Said 28 degrees OS headed towards OUT StaM UthOaytp hljnj foj CjJltraJ Texas iMy cameraman mjj tune Put but for some reason mature buck on videotape In the past 10 days of this had seen five matuie bucks There is a big differ ence between pjie and er bucks just wouldnt stand sul long enough Then the pther two hucfe came put just wj ran out of camera ugit Today a new I said quietly as we climbed into the stand We sat trying to stay warm am waited fojr enough light to set finally I made put deer about WJ9 yards as they mpyedaway We1 have enough earnera my Qn pnp frwpfc jgg Urph was in the way whUe two enUie trip md wondered at what pint do we caJJ it quits audience wants to see a hunt ending with a downed animal but little does the audience know about the investment of time to get a half hour program shot For years the most com monly asked question I receive is how long does it take tp do a 3JP minute show1 There is no single answer sometimes it does happen QuMty but not very pfltento this case it has taten way too long As the sun came up over the wm a pf three bucks i p At looked m mm wwghly With them aJJ being young J chose to pass up a shot After they left I told my cameraman The first old buck that shows up is in trou He noddedAbout an how later our luck changed bucks headed our my The last one was mature I could hear the camera recording over my shoulder and I toew the video had to be perfect Shopt him said the did and in a split second the deer was on the ground 30 yards in front ofrne We wrapped up stow headed tome had finally changed and we were glad But if we were to tell our viewers how long it actually tppk then BW would proba bly never believe it sometimes our hunts are longer and more difficult man people would imagine When you deal with e you dp the pest can The best reward for me isnt the meat or the antlers b ut it is the memories each hunt cre ates
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