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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page Tuesday December 30f 2003 SCOREBOARD WHAT s AHEAD Looking back See how the athletes profited in Thursdays Where are They Now features have done thisyear Armstron named Associated Press Male Athlete of the AUSTIN Texas AP For Lance Armstrong 2003 was a year of per sonal and professional struggles and triumph Divorce divided his family A crash dehydration and some admittedly poor riding nearly cost him a record tying fifth straight Tour de France title But just when his dominance of one of worlds most grueling sports events teetered near its end Arm strong fought off Jan Ullrich of Ger many by 62 seconds to put himself in position to become the first rider to win six in a row in 2004 On Sunday Armstrong was hon RANGERS CONTINUED FROM Page 5A Teuton led second quarter run Guenther opened the second quarter with a put back and Sydney Teuton hit backto back 3pointers to lead a 105 run that gave the Rangers a 2318 lead A Cowgirl 3pointer cut the Ranger lead to two before Hannah Werchan and Mallo ry Craig each scored to spark a 70 run McCollum hit a jumper at the buzzer to cut the lead to 3023 at the half The Rangers started to pull away in the third quarter as Guenther scored 13 in the frame Before the buzzer sounded Rangers opened a 16point margin 5438 But the Cowgirls didnt go away as a series of 3point shots and second shot oppor tunities helped them use a 17 10 run to cut the Ranger lead to nine 6455 Morgan Craig hit two free throws the lead back to double digits 6655 and Guenther hit three free throws before leaving the game with over a minute left Smithson Valley improved to 810 and hosts Fredricks burg at 8 Jan 6 oted as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year the second straight year hes won the award vot ed on by sports writers and broad casters It was a tough year and hard Armstrong said Professionally it was as successful as any year Personally it was very tough year for more than just myself I tried to work through it the best I could The personal stuff is behind Armstrong and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds were the top two finishers for the third straight year Armstrong received 26 first place votes and 174 points Bonds had 10 firstplace votes and 59 points Oh Armstrong said I couldnt hit a That Armstrong could fight through his struggles is no surprise considering his comeback from tes ticular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain He went from having a 50 percent chancfe to live in 1996 to four straight Tour championships from 199902 What made the 2003 victory so remarkable was that for the first time since his comeback he seemed human again As a celebrity his divorce from wife Kristin whom he met while taking chemotherapy arid the mother of their three children made headlines On the bike the grimaces he once used to trick his rivals were real The mountain stages of the Tour were a hardship and the crashes he so often avoided finally snared him in 2003 Pushing him all the way was Ull rich a fivetime runnerup in the Tour de France whom Armstrong considers his chief rival in 2004 Hes definitely the biggest Armstrong said A lot of people would argue Ullrich was a better rid er this The close finish seems to have refocused Armstrong He feels he has something to prove not just by ning another Tour but winning as he used to a dominating ride I was just not happy with my per formance in 2003 and thats a big motivating he said 1 can be a stronger Armstrong says he wasnt chasing the record book after his early Tour wins but now hes eyeing his place in cycling history The only other fivetime winners are Eddy Merckx Miguel Indurain Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil REBECCA S Smithson Valleys Seneca Guenther scored 28 points to lead the Rangers to a 7057 victory over McCollum Monday Texas playing for pride in Holiday Bowl SAN DIEGO AP Roy Williams expected to play for a national title at least once in his career at Texas But instead of the Bowl Championship Series the senior wide receiver for the No 5 Longhorns finds him self in the Holiday Bowl for the third time in four years and stuck with the disap pointment of getting left out of the BCS yet again The Longhorns 102 will be the highestranked team not in the BCS when they play No 15 Washington State 93 Tuesday night Your spirits are Williams said We know were a BCS but when the lights come on well be ready to Texas has come tantalizing ly close to the BCS In six seasons under Mack Brown the Longhorns have won the Big 12 South twice and won 10 games three years in a row In 2001 they fell short of a likely berth in the national title game with a 39 37 loss to Colorado in the Big 12 championship This year the Longhorns had all but clinched a BCS berth until Kansas State stunned Oklahoma to win the Big 12 The Wildcats grabbed the leagues automatic BCS berth the Sooners got the atlarge bid and the Longhorns start ed packing for yet another holiday on the West Coast San Diegos sunny coastline a world famous zoo and the nightlife of die Gaslamp Quarter help mask the disappointment Its not bad to be in South ern California this time of said senior defensive lineman Kalen Thornton You cant ask for much But its not New Orleans where rival Oklahoma is play ing LSU for the BCS title And its notTempe where the Longhorns expected to make their first BCS appearance HOOPS CONTINUED FROM Page 5A Canyon New Braunfels boys readying for district play have led the Rangers scoring attack while Ryan Slattery has been the defensive gem The Rangers host Tivy Friday and travel to Alamo Heights and Boerne before starting district action against Highlands on Jan 16 The Canyon boys are 67 but have played teams like Alamo Heights and McNeil The Cougars did come in second in two tourna ments the Gonzales Tournament and their own River City Classic Ismael Guillen and Kyle Kennedy lead the Cougars in scoring and Cole Clayton ing at 6foot10 provides the Cougars with an intimidating inside presence The Cougars start district play Friday when they travel to Lockhart The New Braunfels boys have experienced some growing pains early in the season The Unicorns are in their first year under Coach Tommy Hines and start two freshmen Tony Valadez and Bernie Gutierez The corns are 312 but the future is bright Gutierez and Valadez help lead the back court game with Shane Fisher while Jonathan Holmes and Matt Schima provide scoring and efficient defense New Braunfels begins its district schedule Saturday against Bastrop DAVID When healthy Shane Fisher is the top offensive threat for New Braunfels Freshman scores 27 to lead Longhorns over Colonials 8872 AUSTIN AP Texas coach Rick Barnes shuffled his starting lineup and came up with a winner Monday night Freshman PJ Tucker scored a seasonhigh 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his first colle giate start to lead the 19th ranked Longhorns to an 88 72 victory over George Wash ington PJ Tucker dominated the George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said He truly was the The Longhorns 62 opened the game with an 11 0 run that was keyed by three inside baskets by Tucker The 6foot5 Tucker who was held scoreless in Texas 8961 loss to thenNo 3 Duke on Dec 20 made his first five shots and was 12oM6 for the game All of his field goals were within 5 feet of the basket PJ was unstoppable Texas forward Brian Boddicker said He got what ever he wanted down The Colonials 65 finally scored when Carl FJliott a 3pointer with left in first half Another 3point er and a steal and coastto coast layup by Elliott made it 1712 before the Longhorns put together a 150 run mid way through the first half Kenny Taylor hit two 3 pointers and had eight points during the run while Royal Ivey had a steal and a stut terstep drive to the basket that resulted in a threepoint play Tucker capped the run with another strong move to the basket for a layup and the Longhorns led 3212 with left in the first half George Washington cut the lead to 6250 with to play behind the strong outside shooting of Greg Collucci who hit five 3s in the second half But Texas pulled away again behind the inside pres ence of Tucker who had 10 offensive rebounds and the outside shooting of Taylor who finished with 19 points including five 3pointers Collucci led George Wash ington with 23 points while Thompson added 19 Tucker who came in aver aging points and rebounds has four double doubles in eight games Tucker is without a doubt the surprise player in the Hobbs said Barnes was pleased with Tuckers play PJ Tucker definitely had an impressive Barnes said Stars rally to tie Flyers 22 Sonics hold off Rockets down the stretch 8786 DALLAS AP It was almost a nearly perfect home coming for Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock But Hitchcocks former team the Dallas Stars com pleted a rally from a twogoal deficit when Pierre Turgeon scored a powerplay goal with left in regulation to claim a 22 tie on Monday night Kim Johnssons second period goal gave the Flyers a 20 advantage in Hitchcocks first game in Dallas since he was fired by the Stars on Jan 25 2002 The Stars won the Stanley Cup with Hitchcock behind the bench in 1999 But Sergei Zubov answered with a secondperiod power play goal then Turgeon deflected Richard Matvichuks shot from the point with the man advantage to draw the Stars even It was a hypedup game because Hitch was coming in and his team plays extremely Matvjychuk said With the success we had with him and the fact that theyre an elite team this was a meas uring stick game for Hitchcock remains a pop ular figure in Dallas He was cheered when he was intro duced before the game and he later heard cheers again when he was shown on the big video screen This is a special place for Hitchcock you can be a part of what we built here we didnt only build a team we built hockey in Texas But Im happy where Im coaching now Ive moved on and Im having fun with this Marty Turco had 26 saves for the Stars 612 in their last nine tpbegin to climb back up the Western Conference standings This gives us IXugeon said A month ago maybe even a couple of ago 1dont know if me corns bask frpm two goals dom HOUSTON coach Jeff Van Gundy had a harsh evaluation of his team after the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Rockets 8786 Monday night Turnovers missed free throws at crit ical times lack of rebounding and fouls down the Van Gundy com plained Im just thinking about how we can get better Obviously were not good Vladimir Radmanovic sank a pair of key 3point shots and Ray Alien hit a pressure free throw with four seconds left to lead the SuperSpnics Allen led Seattle with 28 points fol lowed by Rashard Lewis with 13 and Rad manovic and Brent Barry 12 each Houston had six players in double fig ures led by Yap Ming with 15 points Steve Francis also was frustrated by the Rocketsplay Everything is a concern Whether it can be corrected or not hopefully we can correct Francis said A 3point shot by Jladmanovic gave Seattle its first lead of the game 6766 with left The lead then changed hands six more tirnes before Bjrry drove the length of th court or a tp give the Sonics an 8078 advantage After a free throw by Yao Radmanovie connected on a 3point shot from the comer to give Seattle an lead with remaining AbasKetpy Jim jaeteon cut Houstons deficit to 8381 with 50 seconds left A pair of free throws by Lewis with sec onds left and one by Allen with four seer oncjs left secured the win befpre Francis hit a 3point shot at the We stole the garne We didnt make gosd decisions or stet weU but our defense did a good jeb in the fourth coach Nate McMillan said McGinnis Williams Jauron all let go as NFL teams regroup AP Dave Gregg Williams and Pick Jauron learned Monday just how precarious NFL head coach ing positions are Afi three were fired pn the day after disappointing sea sons ended with losing records McGinnis was released by the Arfejbnj going 412 ButaJp Bills let go ol after i 610 record while me Chicago Bears dismissed Jau ron whp was 79 dijs season Left dajigljjig was Oaklands Bill Callahaa less than one year after he led the Raiders illpugh owner Daniel Snyder Slid he expects ihf el baj coach to be back three firings Monday frQm me of agf meant five head coaches are anguish of being uAemployed QUJ of worte Dm Beeves wis fifed by Atlanta and Jim Fassel ingtprVs Steve Spujriej hjd not yet committed to return ing to the to hours later His entire staff was released The CardjwaJls were 08 on Uie road which didnt help McGinnis who was ly popular with his payers
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