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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Amanda Molina takes water out SPORTS THE DAILY Rangers In Laredo SVbaseballers play Laredo Alexander in first game of5A regional semifinal Time Jkin May 2005 HERALDZEITONG Page 7A COMING FRIDAY Waiting for results How SV teams fared in todays SV OConnor Rangers face theLady Panthers in Class 5A Region IV softball final Time HERALDZEmJNG To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Suns at Spurs Up 20 in NBA Western Conference San Antonio liosts Phoenix ESPNWOAIAM1200 SV freshmen in memorable softball season By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO Smithson Val leys young lions would love nothing more than to continue whats usually an annual event for the Rangers a trip to the UIL state softball tourna Hopefully well have three more years of going to but this year is special because its my first said centerfielder Brittany one of three Smithson Valley But well have to get past the team thats ahead of That team San Antonio OCon nor is the only obstacle in Smith son Valleys path to And the Lady Panthers behind ace Margo will be out to avenge a 32 loss to the Rangers earlier this year when the teams meet in the 5ARegion IV final today at the SAISD Spring Sports In Wayne Daigles eight previous seasons coaching the playing in Austin in early June has figured into his travel plans four This he believes the Rangers have the for mula to get there after a years This is one of my special Weve had eight real good but this team is he lose or draw this is They have played afra higher level longer than any team Ive Smithson Valley in Daigles has been untouchable in the last twoplus It has only lost once since a 21 loss to SA Churchill on March by the same score to Cor pus Christ Moody in the second game of their regional quarterfinal series two weeks After playoff victories over Corpus Christi Moody and Brownsville Porter last the 265A champion Rangers are 171 in their last 18 In addition to veteran threats in junior pitcher Taryn Munoz third baseman Brooke second baseman Candace Gillespie and shortstop Jessica Romero all sen the Smithson Valley freshmen have been anything but green this Arredondo and fellow outfielders Smithson Valley freshman softballersTiffany and Brittany receive congrat ulations from shortstop Jessica during the Rangers 50 victory over Brownsville Porter in last weeks Class 5A regional Rangers will play SA OConnor in the Region IV final today Megan Turk and Tiffany Ward are excited about being a part of the SmithsonVaUey program and its cess so early in their high school Its a lot of Our coaches know when to get down on and they know when to have Turk Our practices are a lot of fun when we do We all work but its Turk said she has learned one basic lesson this Its not all about Its about doing your best and going as hard as you can all of the no matter what she Ward said she has also learned a lot under Daigle and his who with Nathan Braun serves as assistant The Daigles have been doing this so long and you learn so much from Im going to take what I learn into she This means so much to me because in the past the most freshmen the Daigles have had were and this year we have Knowing that Im one of the three makes me feel Daigle said the blend of youth and experience has produced the best results hes had at Smithson I dont think that many people thought we would contend because we were so young going but weve had good leadership and had the freshmen step he The ultimate test for this team will come In their only game against the Panthers the Rangers rapped seven hits to beat Hardt But the Panthers ace has been overpowering in her last two starts two onehit efforts in 31 and 91 wins over Edinburg This pitcher were facing will be one of the best weve Her and See Page 8A STATE PLAYOFFS SOFTBALL CLASS 5AREGION IV FINAL SmithsonVaUey 284 SA OConnor SAISD Spring Sports Complex Getting Interstate 35 south through downtown San Antonio to theTheo Avenue exit Take the then first right into the Tickets adults BASEBALL CLASS 5AREGK3N IV SEMIFINAL bestofthree series SmithsonVaUey 257 Laredo Alexander 219 Today at Laredo United Friday 5 Blossom Athletic Center third game to if neces sary BasebaUers seek another quick start Bulldogs By Will Wright Sports Editor LAREDO This soon into the afternoon heat is already scorching this border And while the Alexander Bulldogs hope to use the near 100 degree heat to their advantage in tonights base ball playoff against Smithson the Rangers hope to open yet another series with some heat of their Jumping out on top has been the Rangers trademark thus far in the Class 5A play Smithson Valley has outscored three opponents 171 in the first two innings of their last three series When we get on top we play Ranger second baseman Reagan Moczygem ba Were more comfort It makes things a little That trend is what the Rangers 257 hope to con tinue when they face the Bull dogs 219 in the first game of their bestofthree regional semifinal which begins at at United South High In twogame sweeps of SA SA Taft and Cor pus Christi Smithson Valley has jumped out big before coasting to wins in the first That will be a little tougher especially in a late afternoon game on the Id like to get out on them Smithson Valley coach George Proctor I think theyre going to come out fired up on The first game is going to be down and theyre going to have a lot of people jumping They always hear that the teams from the Valley cant beat the teams up They See Page 8A Spurs thrashing Suns PHOENK AP the San Antonio Spurs are doing to the Phoenix Suns could be described as a rite of To it feels more like The Suns have taken decent leads into the fourth quarter of the first two games of the West ern Conference then made more than half their shots the rest of the lost both With a roster filled with for mer NBA the Spurs have shot even better down the Theyve made clutch plays while preventing Phoenixs playoff novices from doing the earning a com manding 20 lead with the bestofseven series headed to San Theyre a veteran lamented Suns star Amare Theyve been done Its called and the Spurs are loaded with The biggest shots in their 111108 victory in Game 2 Tuesday night came from Robert Horry and Manu Gino Horry has won five cham the most among active Ginobili has plus played for titles in Italy and NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS SAN ANTONIO SPURS PHOENIX SUNS Radio WOAIAM 1200 Sunday San Antonio Phoenix 114 Tuesday San Antonio Phoenix 108 Spurs lead series 20 Saturday Phoenix at San 8 ESPN May 30 Phoenix at San ABC June 1 San Antonio at 8 if necessary June 3 Phoenix at San 8 if necessary June 5 San Antonio at if necessary won Olympic gold in Athens with Argentinas national San Antonio also got fourth quarter boosts from Tim Dun the MVP of both NBA See Page 8A 17 area players named to 274A baseball teams MANDY Canyon freshman centerfielder Ramirez was a unanimous selection as the District 274A baseball Newcomer of the Complete list on Page By Will Wright Sports Editor New Braunfels and Canyon totaled 17 players on allDis trict 274A baseball teams released Canyon freshman outfield er Ramirez was named the districts Newcomer of the Year in the balloting of the leagues six Ramirez batted for the Cougars and was a unanimous elite team pick along with teammate and catcher Cameron a batted for the loops thirdplace team this The who finished 159 after bowing to Medina Valley in the bidistrict round of the Class 4A saw eight members on the first and second teams and as honorable Also named to the first team from Canyon was junior pitcher Jerris who was 63 this Second baseman Michael shortstop Shawn Thompson and outfielder Matt Schu mann were secondteam with infielder Ricky Gomez and hurler Ben Nel son receiving honorable men New which end ed the season 1512 and fin ished out of the had nine players includ ing four on the first Ryan who fin ished 63 with 55 strikeouts and a earned run aver was a unanimous selec tion at as was Evan Weese as designated Weese hit with five dou bles and eight RBIs for the Also on the first team were Unicorns Jeremy at second and Blaine Witek in the Erben led New Braunfels with a adding two home runs and 19 Before injuring his shoulder midway through the Erben had been the Unicorns top pitcher with 47 strikeouts over 25 innings and a Witek batted this season with seven two triples and 12 See 274A Page 8A
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