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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Cougars band member Kayeleigh Higgerson practices. SPORTS Wednesday, August 17,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] COMING SATURDAY Time, tests will tell Area teams’ football scrimmage results. THE DAILY UC-It ET H Meet the coaches Smithson Valley holds annual emit inside the cafeteria Time: 7p.m. a Ranked teams await NB plays No. 6 SA Clark; Canyon hosts No. 7Austin Westlake, No. 3 S4 Churchill Times: 11:30 a.m.; 5 p.m. a Football scrimmages O’Connor insits Canyon; STtravels to 5L4 Southwest; NB hosts Fredericksburg Time: 7 p.m. Sidelines From wire reports STATE SEVERAL INTERESTED IN FINLEY - Michael Finley’s arrival on the NBA free agent market Tuesday had an impact on Latrell Sprewell, whose agent said he’ll wait at least a week before signing in Detroit, Houston or elsewhere. The Mavericks’ decision to waive Finley late Monday night changed the complexion of die free agent market, throwing a two-time All-Star into the mix at a time when the majority of NBA teams have already made most of their major offseason moves. The Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets are among the teams who been holding onto their mid-level salary cap exceptions, and each will have interest in Finley after he clears waivers. Finley’s agent said eight or nine teams contacted him Tuesday. A few of those suitors who still have their full mid-level salary cap exception can offer a five-year deal with a starting salary of $5 million. The Suns and Spurs have interest, too, but Phoenix could only offer the veteran’s minimum, and San Antonio has only a portion of its mid-level exception remaining. COMETS FALL AT MINNESOTA - Chandi Jones scored a career-high 17 points and the Minnesota Lynx hung on to beat the Houston Comets 73-62 Tuesday night. Minnesota (14-16) also got 16 points from Nicole Ohlde and 14 from Svetlana Abrosimova. Houston (16-14) dropped a half-game behind idle Seattle in die race for second place in the Western Conference and home court in the first round of the playoffs. The Comets have lost four straight on the road. Sheryl Swoopes finished with 21 points. Michelle Snow had 17 for the Comets and Janeth Arcain added IO. BLEDSOE OK AFTER MHI - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe had an MRI taken on his right foot Tuesday just to make sure die aching he felt was nothing serious — and it wasn’t. Bledsoe hasn’t missed any pracdce time because of the injury. Hie MRI was taken prior to an afternoon workout. Also Tuesday, defensive tackle jason Ferguson returned to pracdce after missing several days with an ankle problem and safety Derek Pagel was waived. I Ie has a tom rotator cuff and will come back to the club’s injured reserve list if he’s not claimed. Season, single-game football tickets on sale at area high schools By Will Wright Sports Editor Each of the three area high schools have scheduled season and singlegame football ticket sales in preparation for next week’s opening games. New Braunfels and Canyon began sales to last year’s season-ticket holders this week. Smithson Valley, which has concluded its season ticket sales, will begin single-game sales next week. Unicorns’ 2004 season-ticket hold ers have the first crack at the best seats now through Aug. 24. Tickets are being sold at the high school from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The $28 package includes tickets to the Unicorns four home games — Sept. 9 (Seguin), Oct. 7 (I .ake Travis), Oct. 21 (Burnet-home-coming) and Nov. 4 (Canyon). New season tickets will be sold Aug. 25-26 and Aug. 29-30 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.in. and from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets to the Stephenville game Aug. 27 in Killeen will be available beginning Monday. Canyon and Smithson Valley will have their season-opening games at home. At Canyon, sales to last year’s season-ticket holders will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Thursday only at the athletic offices. Tickets will be on sale to the general public beginning Monday. The Cougars’ package is also $28 and includes home games for Aug. 26 (La'Vernia); Sept. 23 (Medina Valley- homecoming); Oct. 14 (Lake Travis) and Oct. 28 (Marble Falls). Tickets to Smithson Valley’s opener against Round Rock Westwood will be sold Aug. 24 (8 p.m.-4 p.m. at the fieldhouse) and Aug. 25-26 (8-11 a.m. at the fieldhouse and until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria). Sales will end at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. Reserved seats are $7; general admission is $6 and $3 for students. /Ml seats at the gate will be $7, cash only. By Rick Breland Herald-Zeitung SMITT ISON VALLEY — The Canyon Cougarettes found the going much tougher than expected, but pulled out a 25-22, 10-25,25-21,22-25,15-11 victory over a determined and improving Smithson Valley volleyball team Tuesday night at Ranger Gym. “It could have gone other way,’’ Canyon coach I leather Sanders said. “Neither team wanted to give up, but we gave it our all and came away with the win.” Canyon (6-3) is used to winning, having advanced several times to the state playoffs in recent years. Smithson Valley (3-1), which weathered a 11-23 season last year under first-year coach Liana Collibert, is a relative newcomer to success. “We’re a young team and tonight I think we showed that,” Gombert said. “We made some errors defensively that we shouldn’t have, but I feel good about the teams overall effort. We were in every game.” The Cougarettes weren’t safe until their 7-0 run at the end of the fifth match sealed it. “I was really proud of the way the girls hung in there,” Sanders said. “There were a lot of balls there at the end that I didn’t think we would get to, but the girls simply refused to lose.” In the first game, Canyon fell behind 3-0, but countered with a 6-0 run. The game remained close for most of die match, with Canyon com-ing out on top 25-22 — thanks to a 4-1 run at die end of the game. Smithson Valley seized momentum in the second, as the Rangers’ runs of 5-0,9-0, and 4-0 led to a 25- IO win. Canyon jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the third before winning, 25-21. The fourth game proved a test of wills, with both sides alternating leads until Smithson Valley surged ahead at the end to win 25-22. The final game started out much like the previous game, but a late surge by Canyon put it on top for good. Trailing 11-9, the Cougarettes caught fire, as their seven straight points led to the 15-11 decision. Canyon’s Danielle Mittel- stadt led all players with 16 kills. Many of her kills were set up by Kirby Krueger, who led the Cougars with 39 assists. Krueger also led the Cougars in aces, with two. Chelsea Zunker had nine kills and a pair of blocks, and Brandie DeBacker finished with nine kills. Lacey Shedrock kept the ball alive for the Cougars, leading with 21 digs. Nikki Kruse added 17. Brittany Hunt led the Rangers with 15 kills and three aces. Jessie Hartman had 41 assists, while Dana Mecke had 24 digs and Megan I lerring added 20. Canyon will again have its hands full Friday, when it hosts Class 5A’s No. 7-ranked Austin Westlake and No. 3-rated SA Churchill (at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) at the Cougar Den. Smithson Valley will play this weekend at the Alamo I {eights Varsity Tournament.Cubs’ Maddux oudasts Astros’ Pettitte; Rangers lose eighth straight The Associated Press I lOUSTON—Greg Maddux outdu-eled Andy Pettitte for seven innings, and Aramis Ramirez homered and doubled twice to help the Chicago Cubs snap a six-game road losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the I lous-ton Astros on Riesday night. Maddux (10-9) allowed just three hits — his fewest since May — and shut down the Astros after Houston scored 12 runs on 16 hits the previous night. Kerry Wood pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth scoreless relief appearance, and Ryan Dempster worked the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances. With die win, the (Mbs pulled within 6 112 games of I louston bi the NL wildcard race. Ramirez was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, his last a high-archbig solo homer to left bi sixth. It was his 30th home run of die season. It was just the second loss since June for Pettitte (10-9), who allowed eight hits and tied his season high with eight strikeouts. Hie Astros started the night where they left off Monday. Rookie Willy Taveras dropped a triple bito deep rigjit field on Maddux’s first pitch, then scored one batter later when Craig Biggin grounded to shortstop. But the four-time Cy Young winner quickly settled down. Adam Everett doubled in the second, and Taveras I leat out a short chopper bi the third. Maddux then walked Lance Berkman two batter later, but it would be the last baserunner the 39-year-old pitcher allowed. I louston was shut out in consecutive games before opening tile series Monday night with a 12-4 victory over the Cubs. Indians 8, Rangers 2 CLEVELAND — Ronnie Belliard lib a three-mn double to snap a seventh-inning tie and jhonny Peralta homered twice for the Cleveland Indians, who broke a three-game losing streak by handing theTexas Rangers their eighth straight loss. CC. Sabathia (9-9) won his third straight start for the Indians, who rebounded from a three-game sweep at home by T ampa Bay. Texas dropped to 3-12 sbice a four-game winning streak from July 27-30. Belliard fined a 3-2 pitch to left-center off Kenny Rogers (11-6), who was milking lbs second sum since serving a 13-game suspension for shoving two cameramen. lftivis I lafner opened the seventh with a sharply hit bibl off the glove of second baseman Alfonso Soriano that was ruled an emir. Victor Martinez followed with a slow tapper toward third that Rogers came off the mound and grabbed. Without any chance of getting die mimer, he threw to first anyway. MarkTeixeira scrambled 12 feet off the Ixig to keep tile ball from gobig past for im error, holdbig I lafiier at second. lose Hernandez put down a sacrifice bunt that Rogers fielded, but dropped for another error, loading the bases. Belliard’s double made it 5-2 and Casey Blake followed with a single, putting runners at first and third with no outs. One out later, Grady Sizemore hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. Cougarettes down SY; Unicorns prevail By Will Wright Sports Editor Rangers battle in 5-game defeat NB opens home slate with victory The New Braunfels Unicorns maintained their No. 8 ranking bi this week’s Class 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association state volleyball poll, despite dropping three of theft first four matches this season. Last week the Unicorns lost at Cedar Park, at San Antonio Churchill and at Austin Bowie — each rated in the TGCA Class 5A top IO. Perhaps that’s why the Unicorns found it so good to get home Tuesday night. Within the friendly confines of Unicorn Gym. New Braunfels overcame early bobbles to post a 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 win over Converse Judson, which didn’t come on the road serving up chopped liver. Several Rockets stood in excess of 5-10, with the tallest, sophomore blocker Breanna Brock, at 6-2. New Braunfels posted 13 errors before com-ing back to win the first game, and was successful bi fending off the visitors in the final two. “We scrimmaged them, so we knew they were huge," New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler said. “And they were good, too." The hitting and service errors by New Braunfels (2-3) kept the young Rockets (3-1) close. Judson tied it at 17-all and forged ahead, 20-18, and then 23-21 when {fowler called time out. Taylor Jonas and .Amy Huddleston posted kills to tie it, and after Judson coach Karen Cahill called for a break, the Unicorns got a net ball and ace by Chelsie Fowler to complete the comeback. “Between games we talked about making them earn theft points — they had a lot of unearned points,” coach Fowler said. "We had a lot of hitting emirs and a lot of serving errors. We know we can’t See AREA, Page 6A MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Brittany Hunt (6) tries to spike the ball past Canyon's Courtney Bird (24)Tuesday during the Cougarettes' five-game victory over the Rangers. ;

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