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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                NB varsity cheerleader Andrea SPORTS October 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Page 5 HERALDZEFTUNG SV volleyball team finishes regular To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at sports@heraldzeitung.com THE DAILY SV wraps up regular season Rangers volleyballers host SA Roosevelt in final home game before Time Boys hit hardwoods Area basketball teams begin first day of Time afternoon Cougarettes begin playoffs Canyon faces Medina Valley in Class 4A bidistrict volleyball Time SIDELINES From wire reports LOCAL NfrDMPPING SPRINGS FOOTBALLT1CKETS Tickets to Fridays New BraunfelsDripping Springs football game will be sold at the high school offices from 8 Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 General admission tickets are for Seats at the gate will be for general admission and for stu MARBLE FALLSCANYON POOTBALLnCKETS Tickets to Fridays Marble FallsCanyon football game at Cougar Stadium will be sold at the front office at the high school from 8 Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 General admission adult tickets are for Tickets at the gate will be and MADISONSV FOOTBALLTICKETS Tickets to Fridays San Antonio MadisonSmithson Valley football game at Ranger Stadium will be sold between 8 Wednesday from 8 am Thursday and from 8 11 am Friday at the field house and from noon until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria both Reserved adult tickets are for general admission and for All seats at the gate will be cash NATIONAL MARTZOUTFOR SEASON Louis Rams sixthyear coach Mike Martz will miss the rest of the sea son with a bacterial infec tion of a heart valve that has already sidelined him for two who has one year remaining on his expects to be back next Joe Vitt will continue as head coach for the rest of the year for the Rams who are at home Sunday against the JETS FALL TO FALCONS VinnyTestaverde fum bled three times in the first leading to two and the Atlanta Falcons dealt New York another road beat ing the Jets 2714 Monday Warrick Dunn rushed for 155 yards for the Falcons The first 17 points were handed over by whose three fumbles tied a career He also threw an intercep tion as New York dropped to 04 on the road this averaging a mere points in those Canyon set playoff order SV may face Chargers By Will Wright Sports Editor Without any pomp and circumstance the coDistrict 274A champi on volleyball coaches flipped a coin to determine the bracket order for the upcoming state New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler won the giving her team the first round Canyon will enter the post season as the 2 seeded team and will play District 284A thirdplace Cas troville Medina Valley at Thurs day at the Alamo Convocation Center in San New Braunfels 249 and Canyon 27 10 split games during the 274A sea son that ended with both teams 111 after each had beaten the Fowler and Cougarettes coach Heather Sanders opted not to play to break the as 27 4A rules already guarantee that both teams are New Braunfels will play either Austin Travis 719 or Elgin 2316 in the sec ond round Neither Heather nor I thought there would be any difference when it came to the Fowler We just want ed to make sure we got some direction of where we needed to New Braunfels missed the playoffs last I know that our girls are fired up and are excited to be back in die Fowler The sat out as and theres a lot of enthusiasm this Fowler said the Unicorns hope to play in a warmup and she is trying to line up an opponent to play later this The CanyonMedina Valley win ner will get Cedar Park Vista Ridge 301 in the area We have to get past Medina Valley Sanders said of the Panthers 20 We havent played them or seen All I know is that they have one dominant Kacie A few years ago her sister helped put us out of the Canyon lost to Alamo anoth er 284A in last years first Medina Valley plays in a strong dis which had Alamo Heights first and Boenie she So were expecting it will be a good Like it always is in the we know that well have to play well to The third Comal County playoff the Smithson Valley will enter its first postseason since 2003 with a dis trict Rangers coach Liana Gombert on Monday said her 288 team will play SA Churchill 287 should both teams win their regularseason finales The who play SA Roosevelt today at and Chargers are tied for second in 265A with 103 Each beat the other during the regular so the coaches have agreed to a thirdgame tiebreaker at 6 Friday at Alamo Convocation The game will serve as a warmup for both The winner will play the 275A thirdplace with the loser getting 275As secondplace team District champion Reagan 314 has drawn the firstround Astros relaxed as Game 3 awaits HOUSTON AP sup posedly goodluck beards reduced to their mood lightened by a typically funlov ing flight the Houston Astros didnt have to put on a brave face Theyre always this Even losing the first two games of the World Series is no sweat to this not after all theyve overcome to get theyre coming home and theyve got Roy Oswalt tak ing the mound tonight for Game 3 against the Chicago White Obviously being 02 is not where you want to former Canyon star Lance Berkmart But at the same we play well here and we know that if we win a couple games were right back in Adversity is nothing new to this They won only 15 of their first 45 games this yet clawed back and claimed a playoff berth on the last day of the Then they were within a strike of making the Series for the first time in fran chise history when Albert Pujols hit what couldve been an NLCSturning only to easily bounce back the next The flight to Louis for Game 6 of that series was far from And there was even more laughing and joking on the trip home from Chicago early plus some teas ing about the change in facial hair and the reason for Everybody was getting tired of the said Jeff who along with catcher Brad Ausmus are behind the hairy I think more than anything was the At no time in the air or in the clubhouse Monday did man ager Phil Gamer either get tough with his team or go soft and sug gest a group Motivational talk isnt nor are JOHN Houstons Lance Berkman follows through with a tworun double against the Chicago during the fifth inning of the Astros 76 loss to the White Sox in Game 2 of the World Series The teams meet tonight in reminders of all the adversity the club already has You just know said Bag who becomes a pinchhit ter again with the series shift ing to the NL The group just believes in each Its a special Already the first team in 91 years to make it this far after being 15 games under the Astros are now aiming to become the eighth team to win the World Series after losing the first two games on the Since the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers did the last 10 teams facing similar deficits all Houston nearly turned the trick in last years The Astros dropped the first two games in then won three straight at They came close to winning each of the next two You dont really become a good team or a great team by pounding cleanup hit ter Morgan Ensberg You become a great team by getting beat and then figuring out how to not make those mistakes Thats whats happened to General manager Tim Purpu ra said its no coincidence the clubhouse is filled with resilient In we talk about a player having five But the way we look at it is that theres a sixth tool and its makeup and Purpura The Astros also have created a team built to their Theyre 5328 at home this sea 41 this The only playolTloss came in their last courtesy of Pujols Oswalt took the ball in Louis and refused to let the Cardinals seize any momen pitching the Astros into the Now hes trying to do it again after Scott Podsedniks homer that ended Game HOUSTON ASTROS CHICAGO WHITE SOX TV FOX Radio KGNBAM 1420 22 Chicago Houston 3 Sunday Chicago Houston 6 Chisox lead series 20 Today Chicago Garland 1810 at Hous ton Oswalt Wednesday Chicago Garcia 148 at Houston Backe Thursday Chicago at Saturday Houston at if 30 Houston at if It would be nice to get the first win so we can kind of switch Oswalt We really need to win While Podsedniks homer left Houstonians with a fitful night of sleep and prompted callers to talkradio shows to question whether die Astros can recover mentally from another devas tating a history lesson might help settle fans Garner could tell the tale of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates team he played Best remembered for their We Are Family theme they went from trailing the Baltimore Orioles 31 to winning the theres the 1994 Rock who turned Houston from Choke City to Clutch City en route to winning their first NBA And if anyone remembers all die way back to there was a club from Boston that was down 30 in the I think you learn to under stand although you may be youre not Ausmus Big win over Tech propels Texas past USC in latest BCS rankings NEW YORK AP passed Southern California by a whisker and moved into first place in the Bowl Championship Series standings a swap that shouldnt wor ry the Trojans too USC and the Longhorns are still the oddson favorites to play for the BCS champi onship on 4 at the Rose Bowl in Thanks to the computer Texas slipped into first by the slimmest of margins actually THE slimmest between 1 and 2 in the eightyear history of the Texas average of Mack Brown ofapossible was just ahead of USC with Its a compliment because its a place we havent been in a long time and it sets our standard even Texas coach Mack Brown USC is topranked in The Associated Press media the USAToday coach es poll and the Harris Interactive The coaches poll and the Harris poll make up twothirds of a teams BCS A compilation of six computer rankings account for the other with the highest and lowest ranking for each team dropped Texas was first in all but one of those I still dont know how the BCS rank ings really except that comput ers are USC coach Pete Car roll And I dont know how you get mad at a Texas is second in all three and gained a few points on USC from voters after a 5217 victory over previously unbeatenTexasTech on Com puter weigh heavily on strength of schedule and the win over the Red Raiders gave Texas a big USCs5124 victory overWashington 16 extended its winning steak to 29 games but did nothing to help the Tro jans in the computer Strug gling Arizona State 34 which was ranked when USC won at Tempe on also hurting the Trojans in the strengthofschedule USC was atop one computer rank ing and second in three One computer had the Trojans fourth another Virginia Tech is still in third in the Georgia and Alabama were while UCLA moved up three places to putting the nations six unbeaten teams at the front of tile BCS Penn State and Florida State rounded out the top BCS ana lyst Jerry Palm said the gap between USC and Virginia Tech in the polls is so big mat the Ilokies would have to be at least lour spots ahead of the Trojans in each of the six computer rankings to catch diem in die USC has nothing to wony as long as these poll margins stay the Palm and one and two are as solid as weve ever seen in the BCS at this point in die USC plays Washington State 34 on then finishes the season against four teams with winning records 24 California 22 Fresno Stale 51 and 8 UCLA USC is in the middle of a lull in die Palm said Texas is about to hit a llie Longhoms finish die regular sea son against Oklahoma State Bay lor Kansas 34 andiexas 5 Virginia Techs next two games are against 13 Boston College 61 and 6 Miami so it wouldnt be sur prising if die Hokies close some of die gap in the computer rankings if they But unless a large group of voters in the Harris and coaches poll move die 1 lokies past USC Texas in die coach Fiank Heamers team is still looking at being the odd team Being 1 in die polls tiiough not in the BCS is nothing new to The Trojans finished die 2003 regular season atop die AP and coaches but were diird in die BCS standings behind Okla homa and LSU and left out of die BCS tide   

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