New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD-ZErrUNG To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: SMITHSON VALLEY BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER RANGERS ON THE PITCH Seniors Colton Harrison, left (21), and Sarah Castro, right (3), will play key roles in the success of Smithson Valley High School soccer in 2011 File photos Youth dominates Jarrett’s roster for Smithson Valley this season By Nadia Hoffman Sports Correspondent SPRING BRANCH — The new field at Ranger Stadium is still being installed, but the new-look Smithson Valley boys soccer isn’t waiting around with the fast-approaching 2011 regular season. Second-year coach Jonathan Jarrett has assembled a good corps of young athletes that he said "has the potential to really sneak up on his some teams.” “(1 he team ) is a work in progress,” Jarrett said. “We have a lot of young players that played on the junior varsity last season. We are just trying to mesh as a team and hopefully find the right combinations that work on the field.” The Rangers (3-10-7 overall, 1-8-7 27-5A) had trouble finding the offensive spark last season, but the team showed promise in the later stages last year that gives Jarrett reason to hope. “We were findng ourselves really coming together at the end of last season,” the Smiht-son Valley coach said. “We battled back in a lot of close games to earn a bunch of ties. Now, we just have to turn those ties into wins.” With only five returning starters (Caleb Jenkins, Cody Hollingshead, Jamie Gomez, Chase Snell and Colton Harrison) from last season, the Rangers are searching for the right influx of new talent to go along with the veterans. Jenkins, a sophomore goalkeeper, will be the key to Smithson Valley's success, as his prowess in the net should help keep the team in numerous games. See BOYS, Page 7 JARRETT Senior Nichols leads offensive surge for Lady Rangers in 2011 Cowboys interview Miami assistant Bowles By Jaime Aron AP Pro Football Writer IRVING — Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles wasn’t able to persuade Jerry Jones to make him an NFL head coach when he tried four years ago. He hopes he made a better pitch Wednesday. Bowles spent about two hours with Jones, making him the third known candidate to become the next coach of the Dallas Cowboys. “We had a BOWLES good talk, a real good talk,” Bowles said. “I gave him a lot to think about.... I’m grateful for the chance to come in here. They thought enough of me to come in here and interview, so that was good.” Jones’ next move could be a decision. He’s said he wants to act swiftly and that he wasn’t planning to consider many people. Jason Garrett is considered the heavy favorite after going 5-3 following the midseason firing ofWade Phillips. 1 he other known interviewee was receivers coach Ray Sherman. Sherman and Bowles are black, one from inside the organization and one from outside. Sherman is 59 and has been an NFL coach for 23 years; Bowles is 47 and just finished his 11th season as an NFL coach. So if fulfilling the letter and spirit of the league’s Rooney Rule was the only thing keeping Jones from giving the job to See NFL, Page 7 File photo San Antonio's Tony Parker, center, scored 18 points in Spurs' loss to Celtics on Wednesday. attributes looked for in a soccer player, But one attribute sets her apart from most players. “Speed. NikkJ has loads of speed,” Adkins said. "And in girls soccer, speed kills. Even if you are a better player, if that other girl is faster, then she’s going to be able to get past you or get to the ball quicker. “Nikki is also a very strong player and reads the game really well. She generates such power on her shot that even if a player is guarding the net, it will find its way in.” With Nichols returning, Adkins has his player he wants to feed during crunch time, but the Smithson Valley coach shies away from calling the Lady Rangers “a one-person” team. “We are not building around just one player,” Adkins said. “Teams are easier to defend if they only have that one player they rely on to score. We are trying to find the right combinations See GIRLS, Page 7 Rondo s triple-double leads Celtics past Spurs By Nadia Hoffman Sports Correspondent SPRING BRANCH — Senior Nikki Nichols ended last season as one of the top goal scorers (23 goals) in Comal County. But Nichols had an experienced corps of running mates in Heather McCutchen, Kelsie Asher and Leah Balcar, who have all graduated. If the senior forward is going ADKINS to put up the same offensive numbers, it will have to be with a new batch of teammates on the front lines for the Lady Rangers (16-4-2,13-1-2 26-5A), who finished tied with San Antonio Reagan for the District 26-5A title. Smithson Valley coach Jason Adkins heaped praise on the senior forward, who has all the BOSTON (AP)—Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBAis top two teams. It’s the first time this season that the Spurs (29-6), who still have the best record in the NBA, have ceMciios. lost back-to- sp“™ 103 back games. Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but he missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by two. After a timeout, Manu Ginobili worked down the dock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and pulled down by Rondo for his 10th rebound. Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 23 points — one short of a career high—playing in place of the injured Kevin Garnett. Rondo’s 22 assists were the second-most in his career. Ginobili had 24 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 18 points apiece for the Spurs, who were coming off a 128-115 loss to the Knicks in New York on Tuesday in which coach Gregg Popovich pulled his three stars with more than three minutes left, down by just 11. They needed the extra rest in a game against Boston that went down to the wire.