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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Calvin the Cougar rallies the crowd during Spring MAY SPORTS Section HERALDZErrUNG To have your sports event contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE RNALS SAN ANTOWO SPURS ffbrffo HKMMM 1200 Today 1 San Antonio at ABC TkMMtay San Antonio at 8 Saturday Phoenix at San 8 May 3O Phoenix at San Wad JJuito 1 San Antonio at 8 if necessary 3 Phoenix at San 8 if necessary June S San Antonio at if necessary Phoenix to dedde whos best in the West PHOENTX AP an offense as relentless as the Arizona the Phoenix Suns are trampling the con ventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of Through two rounds of the MVP Steve have takcrr the leagues highest scoring average in 10 years and jacked it up nearly six points a Theyve done it while facing trickedup defenses that have had more time to study and even though theyve been without their third leading scorer the last four Now comes the real chal lenge Doing it in the West ern Conference finals against the San Antonio who are perfectly cast in the role of upholding conventional San Antonio has won two of the last six champi onships with The Spurs allowed the fewest points in the league this sea son and recently had Tim Duncan and Bruce their best inside and out side receive their seemingly annual spots on the NBAs alldefensive They also come into this series having already eliminated high scoring teams in the Den ver Nuggets and Seattle It will be a very big chal lenge for said whose personal challenge will be topping his phenom enal secondround series against If we con tinue to show the pressure and poise weve shown all well be all Both teams probably wish the series wasnt starting for another day or but this matchup of contrasting styles is so compelling that ABC couldnt wait to get it on the The Spurs advanced late Thursday with a lastsecond victory in They flew See Page 2B E DAILY HoustonatllieBallparkJbrGameSof itiSilverBootseriesagairatJexas Tfcwe PQXSWKGNBAM1420 SAIwpwgTlmDuncancangoinflrstgame ofNBAWestemConfamxftuOsinfhoenix ABGWQMAM1200 SV OConnor Rangers face the Lady Panthers with a trip to the UIL tournament riding on the outcome TlmaTBA Rangers romp into the next round Softball reaches region final basebaflers best Carroll 10 By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO Smith son Valley coach Wayne Daigle prides himself on teaching his softball players the team comes But ever the also insists the only time the individual comes before team is at the The Rangers displayed a whole bunch of individualism early and late Saturday dur ing their 50 shutout of Brownsville sending them on to next weeks Gass 5A Region IV Smithspn Valley 284 scored twice on four hits in the first inning highlight ed by Brooke LaRues inside thepark home After the Rangers wilted offensive stranding six runners in the first three innings and failing to reach base in the next three before scoring three in a final onslaught in the I was upset with our indi vidual effort as Daigle Were going to have to battle a little bit Daigle said Smithson Val leys streaky scoring pairs of runs here and there STATE PLAYOFFS SOFTBALL CLASS 8 A REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Smithson Valley Brownsville Porter 0 BASEBALL CLASS 5 A a The Cowgirls led by hardhitting catcher Thalia were tough on Rangers starter Taryn Although they failed to get a Smithson Valleys Brooke top an ihsidethepark home run Saturday as the throw is short to Brownsville Porter catcher Thalia Munoz and SV assistant coach Lisa Daigle halts the runner at The Rangers beat the Cowgirls 5 0 to advance to next weeks Class 5ARegion IV championship QUARTERFINALS bestofthree series Smithson Valley 257 CC Carroll Friday Smithson Valley Carroll 2 Saturday Smithson Valley Carroll 0 struck out 32 batters in the last three fanned only five Daigle believed the heat it was 98 degrees at game time mightve beat down his ace a little more than she was willing to Munoz pitched a stellar scattering just four She allowed a single to Thalia Munoz in the bottom half of the first singles to Priscilla Pedraza in the fourth and sixth and a double to Elisa Acevedo in the She walked two batters in the sec As a Porter was never able to mount a serious In the the Cow girls Alicia Guevara 246 set tled down after the Between the third and sixth she retiredv12 runner into scoring position until the SVs Munoz had to rely more on her defense for backup than her arm for They were on Daigle I dont know if it was something with but Id just as soon tip my hat to them because they took some pretty good swings at Munoz who had Brittany Arredondos one out single ended the Smith son Valley drought Arredondo stole second and went to third on LaRues bunt alertly noticing no one was See Page 2B AllComal teams worth the wait ALLCOMAL COUNTY SOCCERTEAMS I used a tried but true for mula to determine Comal Countys top players on the HeraldZeitungs basketball and soccer teams this use the coaches picks for alldistrict judiciously and evenly distrib ute the choices between the three high keeping in mind that each deserves rep regardless of suc This has been done the world and it usually sat isfies their par en ts Not that Im scared of the of I feel pretty good about the following who deserve recognition for their efforts this past Its never an easy task to put it but one well worth the Here are the And well do the selec tions for baseball and softball WILL WRIGHT Will Wright is the sports editor of the next BASKETBALL BOYS Coach of Rot Canyon Rotzler led the Cougars 234 to the where they lost in the second round to Del Racing out to a 151 they were ranked 13 In the state by the Texas Asso ciation of Basketball They wound up sharing the 274A title with Marble The Cougars will have almost everyone back from last years including some notable trans Second in this category is New Braunfels coach Tommy who led the Unicorns to their first playoff appearance since Most Valuable Player Austin FIRSTTEAM Austin averaged a doubledou ble in each game this He shot 60 percent from the field and averaged points per game 131 of 220 for 332 total He led 27 4A players with an astounding 104 blocks and led the team with rebounds 259 in A 274A first team he had 35 Isaiah ted his team in scoring See Page 4P Austin New Mollie Brawner Marcey Morales Tracey Whitley Drew Stephens BASKETBALL BOYS Coach of the Year Kenny Canyon Most Valuable FIRSTTEAM Austin Isaiah Sammy Nick Smithson Val Matt SECONDTEAM Ryan Ismael Brad Smithson Cody GIRLS Coach of the Ten Canyon Most Valuable FIRSTTEAM Carry Mollie Mattory Smithson Val Mary SECONDTEAM Nfta Megan Smithson Natalie Lauren Keite SOCCER BOYS Coach of the Year Larry New Braunfels Most Valuable Players Matt Smithson Valley Drew Canyon Chris Ger New Braunfels THETEAM New Braunfels Chris Ger Andrew Jacob Sean Eric Canyon Drew Stephen Chase Collin Ben Reece Smithson Valley Matt Car Andrew Kyle Nolan Scott GIRLS Coach of the Year Al New Braunfels Most Valuable Players Tracey New Sarah Jenny THETEAM New Whit Sarnie Christina Michelle Fr Meagan Jenny Ashley Georgia Kayla Smithson Valley Marcle Carmen Jordan Lou Lou Kari
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