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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas August 2005 5A Cougars band member Kayeleigh Higgerson SPORTS COMING SATURDAY tests will tell Area teams football scrimmage HERALDZErrUNG To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org THE DAILY Meet the coaches Smithson Valley holds annual event inside the cafeteria Time Ranked teams await 6SA ClarkCanyon hosts 7 Austin 3 SA Churchill 5 Football scrimmages OConnor visits Canyon SV travels to SA SouthwestNB hostsFredericksburg Time SIDELINES From wire reports STATE SEVERAL INTERESTED IN FINLEY Michael Finleys arrival on the NBA free agent market lUesday had an impact on Latrell whose agent said hell wait at least a week before signing in Houston or The Mavericks decision to waive Finley late Monday night changed the com plexion of the free agent throwing a two time AllStar into the mix at a time when the majority of NBA teams have already made most of their major offseason The Miami Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets are among the teams who been holding onto their midlevel salary cap and each will have interest in Finley after he clears Finleys agent said eight or nine teams contacted him A few of those suitors who still have their full midlevel salary cap exception can offer a five year deal with a starting salary of The Suns and Spurs have inter but Phoenix could only offer the veterans and San Antonio has only a portion of its midlevel exception COMETS FALL AT MINNESOTA Chandi Jones 17 points and the Minnesota Lynx hung on to beat the Houston Comets 7362 Tuesday Minnesota 1416 also got 16 points from Nicole Ohlde and 14 from Svetlana Houston 1614 dropped a halfgame behind idle Seattle in the race for sec ond place in the Western Conference and home court in the first round of the The Comets have lost four straight on the Sheryl Swoopes finished with 21 Michelle Snow had 17 for the Comets and Janeth Arcain added BLEDSOE OK AFTER MRI Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe had an MRI taken on his right foot Tuesday just to make sure the aching he felt was nothing serious and it Bledsoe hasnt missed any practice time because of the The MRI was taken prior to an afternoon Also defensive tackle Jason Ferguson returned to practice after missing sev eral days with an ankle problem and safety Derek Pagel was He has a torn rotator cuff and will come back to the clubs injured reserve list if hes not singlegame football tickets on sale at area high schools By Will Wright Sports Editor Each of the three area high schools have scheduled season and single game football ticket sales in prepara tion for next weeks opening New Braunfels and Canyon began sales to last years seasonticket hold ers this Smithson which has concluded its season ticket will begin singlegame sales next Unicorns 2004 seasonticket hold ers have the first crack at the best seats now through Tickets are being sold at the high school from 8 to 11 and from noon to 3 each The package includes tickets to the Unicorns four home games 9 7 Lake 21 Burnethome coming and 4 New season tickets will be sold 2526 and 2930 from 8 to 11 and from noon to 3 Tick ets to the Stephenville game 27 in Killeen will be available beginning Canyon and Smithson Valley will have their seasonopening games at At sales to last years sea sonticket holders will be from 8 3 today and Thursday only at the atliletic Tickets will be on sale to tiie general public beginning Mon The Cougars package is also and includes home games for 26 23 Medina Valley 14 Lake Travis and 28 Marble Tickets to Smithson Valleys opener against Round Rock Westwood will be sold 24 8 at the fieldhouse and 2526 811 at the fieldhouse and until the end of C lunch in the Sales will end at 2 Reserved seats are general admission is and for All seats at the gate will be cash Cougarettes down SV Unicorns prevail Rangers I battle in 5 game defeat By Rick Breland HeraldZeitung Canyon Cougarettes found the going much tougher than but pulled out a 25 victory over a determined and improving Smithson Val ley volleyball team Tuesday night at Ranger It could have gone other Canyon coach Heather Sanders Neither team wanted to give but we gave itour alTand cahie away with the Canyon 63 is used to having advanced several times to the state playoffs in recent Smithson Valley which weathered a 1123 season last year under firstyear coach Liana is a relative newcomer to Were a young team and tonight I think we showed Gombert We made some errors defensive ly that we shouldnt but I feel good about the teams overall We were in every The Cougarettes werent safe until their 70 run at the end of the fifth match sealed I was really proud of the way the girls hung in Sanders There were a lot of balls there at the end that I didnt think we would get but the girls simply refused to In the first Canyon fell behind but countered with a 60 The game remained close for most of the with Canyon com ing out on top 2522 thanks to a 41 run at the end of the Smithson Valley seized momentum in the sec as the Rangers runs of and 40 led to a 2510 Canyon jumped out to a 144 lead in the third before NB opens home slate with victory MANDY Smithson Valleys Brittany Hunt 6 tries to spike the ball past Canyons Courtney Bird during the Cougarettes fivegame victory over the The fourth game proved a test of with both sides alternating leads until Smithson Valley surged ahead at the end to win The final game started out much like the previous but a late surge by Canyon put it on top for Trailing the Cougarettes caught as their seven straight points led to the 1511 deci Canyons Danielle Mittel stadt led all players with 16 Many of her kills were set up by Kirby who led the Cougars with 39 Krueger also led the Cougars in with Chelsea Zunker had nine kills and a pair of and Brandie DeBacker finished with nine Lacey Shedrock kept the ball alive for the leading with 21 Nikki Kruse added Brittany Hunt led the Rangers with 15 kills and three Jessie Hartman had 41 while Dana Mecke had 24 digs and Megan Herring added Canyon will again have its hands full when it hosts Class 5As 7ranked Austin Westlake and 3 rated SA Churchill at 5 and 8 at the Cougar Smithson Valley will play this weekend at the Alamo Heights Varsity Tour By Will Wright Sports Editor The New Braunfels Uni corns maintained their 8 ranking in this weeks Class 4A Texas Girls Coaches Associa tion state volleyball despite dropping three of their first four matches this Last week the Unicorns lost at Cedar at San Antonio Churchill and at Austin Bowie each rated in the TGCA Class 5A top Perhaps thats why the Uni corns found it so good to get home Tuesday Within the friendly confines of Unicorn New Braun fels overcame early bobbles to post a 2518 win over Converse which didnt come on the road serving up chopped Several Rockets stood in excess of with the sophomore blocker Breanna at New Braunfels posted 13 errors before com ing back to win the first and was successful in fending off the visitors in the final We scrimmaged so we knew they were New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler And they were The hitting and service errors by New Braunfels 23 kept the young Rockets 31 Judson tied it at 17all and forged and then 2321 when Fowler called time Taylor Jonas and Amy Hud dleston posted kills to tie and after Judson coach Karen Cahill called for a the Unicorns got a net ball and ace by Chelsie Fowler to com plete the Between games we talked about making them earn their points they had a lot of unearned coach Fowler We had a lot of hitting errors and a lot of serv ing We know we cant See Page 6A Cubs Maddux outlasts Astros Pettitte Rangers lose eighth straight The Associated Press Maddux outdu eled Andy Pettitte for seven and Aramis Ramirez homered and doubled twice to help the Chicago Cubs snap a sixgame road losing streak with a 41 victory over the Hous ton Astros on Tuesday Maddux 109 allowed just three hits his fewest since May and shut down the Astros after Houston scored 12 runs on 16 hits the previous Kerry Wood pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth scoreless relief appear and Ryan Dempster worked the ninth for his 17th save in 19 With the the Cubs pulled within 6 games of Houston in the NL wild card Ramirez was with two his last a higharching solo homer to left in It was his 30th home nin of the It was just the second loss since June for Pettitte who allowed eight hits and tied his season liigh with eight The Astros started the night where they left off Rookie Willy Taveras dropped a triple into deep right field on Madduxs first then scored one batter later when Craig Big gio grounded to But the fourtime Cy Young winner quickly settled Adam Everett doubled in the sec and Taveras beat out a short chop per in the Maddux then walked Lance Berkman two batter but it would be the last basemnner the 39 yearold pitcher Houston was shut out in consecutive games before opening the series Mon day night with a 124 victory over the Indians Rangers 2 CLEVEIAND Ronnie Belliard hit a threerun double to snap a seventh inning tie and Jhonny Peralta homered twice for the Cleveland who broke a threegame losing streak by handing the Texas Rangers their eighth straight Sabathiu 99 won his third straight start for the who rebounded from a threegame sweep at home by Tampa Texas dropped to 312 since a four game winning streak from July Belliard lined a 32 pitch to leftcen ter off Kenny Rogers who was making his second start since serving a 13game suspension for shoving two Travis 1 lafner opened the seventh with a sharply hit ball off the glove of second baseman Alfonso Soriano that was ruled an Victor Martinez fol lowed with a slow tapper toward third that Rogers came off the mound and grabbed Without any chance of getting the he threw to first MarkTeixeira scrambled 12 feet off the bag to keep the ball from going past for an holding Hafner at Jose Hernandez put down a sacri fice bunt that Rogers but dropped for another loading the Belliards double made it 52 and Casey Blake followed with a putting runners at first and third with no One out Grady Sizemore hit a sacrifice fly to make it
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