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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 GIRLS  CONTINUED FROM Page 6  right now to not only help Nikki find success, but also have other options to rely on when teams try and shut her down.”  Joining Nichols up front are junior Stoned Kirkpatrick and senior Alicia Meyes, a junior varsity player last season, who will see time off the bench, along With senior Sarah Castro that gives them a burst at the center-midfield position.  Last season, Smithson Valley graduated 10 seniors, including seven starters — 3 of those 4 starters were on defense.  In 2011, Adkins has a youth movement on defense, as senior Jonna Bergeson will carry the load in the backfield.  "Jonna played every minute of every game last season,” Adkins said. “She is extremely intelligent and quick to the  ball. She is our safety blanket back there,”  Along with Bergeson, junior Christina Folsom, senior Michelle Zimmerman and sophomore RJ. Fields will help shore up the Lady Ranger defense that was known for their aggressive style.  But the real "golden ticket” for Adkins is the luxury of having two college-level goalkeepers in senior Lmily Essary and junior Sarah Gardner.  Adkins let the two players split time in goal last season, which helped the duo earn a combined 10 shutouts.  “It is not every season that you have two goalies that could start for any other team in the district on the same roster,” Adkins said." I think that is a huge advantage for us. If one goes down with an injury, we have the other to step right in and our team doesn’t miss a beat.”  In moving into the new 53-  BOYS  CONTINUED FROM Page 6  “Caleb is one of the best goalies in the region, and he’s only a sophomore,” Jarrett said. "He’s had a year of experience and he’s going to come up big for us. Our success starts with Caleb.”  Hollingshead and Gomez have all the tools to be top-notch offensive threats, while Snell leads the defense that is extremely quick to the ball and came up with huge plays to hold off many opposing team’s rally attempts that led to a number of those draws from last season.  Jarrett calls Gomez “a tech-nically-superior player.” and  he expects big tilings from his returning starters.  "(The returning kids) are going to have to anchor this team,” Jarrett said. "They are the ones who will set the tone for the season.”  Not only does Jarrett and his squad move onto the new turf at Ranger Stadium, but they also move into the newly realigned District 53-4A that features Dripping Springs, Canyon Lake, Canyon, Schertz Clemens and Wimberley.  "The good thing about moving into a six-team district is that you have more non-district games,” Jarrett said. “That gives us time to work on chemistry and the different formations. We need  NFL  CONTINUED FROM Page 6  Garrett, then his path is clear.  Unless Bowles or Sherman won him over.  Bowles said he believes his interview was legitimate, not just a quota-Filler.  “I didn’t get that impression at all,” said Bowles, who on Dallas’ staff from 2005-07.  Bowles was an NFL safety from 1986-93, mostly with the Redskins. He returned to the league as a coach in 2000 with the Jets and worked for the Browns before joining the  Cowboys as secondary coach under Bill Parcells.  After Parcells left, Bowles and Garrett were among the 10 candidates Jones considered before hiring Phillips in 2007.  Bowles remained in Dallas for Phillips’ first season, then was part of an exodus of Cowboys personnel who went to the Dolphins in 2008. His primary duty in Miami has been running the secondary. In 2009, he interviewed for the head coach positions in Detroit and Denver.  “I don’t know if I ’m a better  ' ■ NEW  Herall  FELS  itung  Win YOUR Tickets TODAY!  Stop by to subscribe, renew, place an ad, or just say “HI!” Drop off the entry below for your char ce to win tickets to Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves!  NAME:  ¡ ADDRESS:  • STATE._  ■ EMAIL:_  CITY:  ZIP:  . PHONE:  ^ Drawing will be held at noon on Friday January 7.201 Entries accepted up until drawing. No facsimiles or copies accepted.  830.625.9144 | 707 Landa St. | New Braunfels, TX 78130  Select games will have their own unique contest. | Winners will be announced m the Herald-Zeitung. Winn-ng package- includes two game tidiets and a parking permit' | No purchase is necessary to win  iilil  4A, Adkins knows that the competition that the Lady Rangers played in over the last few years against the top San Antonio teams should help them against district powerhouses like Dripping Springs and Canyon.  "Playing in 5A for so long has really prepare us for the physical-style we’ll see in our new district,” he said.  Smithson Valley kicks off the regular season on Jan. 13 at home against Bastrop in the opening round of the Comal Cup.  But the delays in the installation of the new turf at Ranger Stadium could see the Lady Rangers moving to a new venue.  “We don’t know when the field will be ready,” Adkins said. “We have some alternate locations on-hand if the field isn’t ready.  “No matter what, the girls are ready to play.”  to find out what works.”  The regular season kicks off Jan. 13 when Smithson Valley hots Waco High — Jarrett’s former team — in the opening round of the 2011 Comal Cup.  Jarrett coached at Waco High from 2002-06.  To Jarrett, it isn’t who they play but now they play that is going to bea measuring stick for the rest of the season.  “I want to see us getting better and come together as a team,” he said. “(The Comal Cup) is our chance to find out what kind of team we really have.  “I ’m excited myself to find the answer to that question.”  candidate (now) — I’m an older candidate,” Bowles said, laughing. "I would like to think I get better coaching every year.”  Texans hire Wade Phillips to run defense  HOUSTON — The Houston Texans hired Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator Wednesday, hoping the fired head coach of the Cowboys can turn around a unit that sank toward the bottom of the league last season.  Phillips was the head coach in Dallas but was fired in midseason after a 1-7 start. He joins Gary Kubiak’s staff two days after the Texans fired defensive coordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh.  The Texans (6-10) lost eight of their last 10 games, mosdy due to a defense that ranked as one of the NFL’s worst. Houston finished 30th in yards allowed (386.6 per game) and last against the pass (267.5 yards per game).  The 63-year-old Phillips, a defensive coordinator most of his career, ran the defense in Denver from 1986-92, overlapping Kubiak’s playing career as John Elway’s backup for the Broncos.  The Texans’ defense was bad from the start this season, yielding 410.5 yards through the first six games. The Texans only started 4-2 because the offense topped 30 points in each of the victories.  mmm  HoiwiCanPEC best serve you?  mm  .  The Board of Directors has proposed a list of issues for the Cooperative that will guide our business decisions for the next 2-5 years. Do they meet your needs and expectations? Please let us know by Jan. 14. Send your thoughts to us at  strategicissuesfeedback@peci.com  or PEC, P.O. Box 1, Johnson City, TX 78636.  Thursday, lanuary 6, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 ► MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL  Alomar and Blyleven elected to Hall of Fame  Alomar  By Ben Walker  AP Baseball Writer  NEW YORK — Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven became Hall of Famers on Wednesday, the two-time World Series champions easily elected after narrow misses last season.  Sluggers Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell and luan Gonzalez came nowhere close.  Hall voters, for now, seem intent to prevent the cloud of the Steroids Era from covering Cooper-stown.  Alomar was picked on 90 percent of the ballots by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The 12-time All-Star won a record 10 Gold Gloves at second base, hit .300 for his career and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win titles in 1992-93.  Blyleven was picked on 79.7 percent — it takes 75 percent to reach the shrine. The great curveballer had 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts and 60 shutouts. This was his 14th time on the ballot and his career stats have gotten a boost in recent years by saber-metricians who have new ways to evaluate baseball numbers.  “It’s been 14 years of praying and waiting,” Blyleven said in a conference call. "I’d like to thank the Baseball Writers of America for, I’d like to say,  Blyleven  finally getting it right.”  Palmeiro, McGwire, Bagwell and Gonzalez fared poorly in the election, with voters apparently reluctant to choose bulky hitters who posted big numbers in the 1990s and 2000s.  “The writers are saying this was the steroids era, like they’ve kind of done for Mark McGwire,” Blyleven said. “They’ve made their point. It doesn’t surprise me.”  Palmeiro was listed on just 64 of a record 581 ballots (11 percent) in his first try despite lofty career numbers — he is joined by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the lone players with more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.  But Palmeiro failed a drug test and was suspended by Major league Baseball in 2005. The penalty came a few months after he wagged his finger at members of Congress and told them: “I have never used steroids. Period."  Palmeiro recendy reiterated the anabolic steroid that caused his positive test came in a vitamin vial given to him by teammate Miguel Tejada.  Bagwell got 41.7 percent in his first year on the ballot. His career stats are among the best for first basemen since World War II — .297 batting average, .408 on-base percentage and .540 slugging percentage. He hit 449 home runs, topped 1,500 RBIs and runs and ran the bases hard. He was Rookie of the Year, NL MVP and a Gold Glove winner.  Bagwell never tested positive, there were no public allegations against him and he  was adamant that he never used illegal drugs. Still, many voters and fans aren’t sure yet how to assess the big numbers put up by the game’s biggest hitters.  McGwire got 19.8 percent, a drop from 23.7 percent last year. This was his fifth time on the ballot, and first since the former home run champion admitted he took steroids and human growth hormone.  luan Gonzalez, a two-time AL MVP implicated by Jose Canseco in steroids use, received 30 votes, just above the 5 threshold for remaining on the ballot next year.  Beltre, Texas agree to $96M,6-yr deal  ARLINGTON — The AL champion Texas Rangers have introduced Adrian Beltre after agreeing on a $96 million, six-year contract with the All-Star third baseman.  Beltre gets $14 million this year, $15 million in 2012, $16 million in 2013, $17 million in  2014, $18 million in 2015 and $16 million in 2016. The Rangers can void the final season if Beltre fails to have either 1,200 plate appearances in 2014-15 combined or 600 in  2015.  Beltre became a free agent after turning down a $10 million player option to stay with Boston.  A two-time Gold Glove winner, Beltre hit .321 with 28 homers, 102 RBIs and 49 doubles in 154 games during his only season with Red Sox. He was an All-Star for the first time in his 13-season career.  Michigan fires Rodriguez after 3 seasons  Rodriguez  By Larry Lage  AP Sports Writer  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday, ending a disappoint-ing three-year tenure marred by too many losses and NCAA violations at college football’s win-ningest program.  Athletic director Dave Brandon announced the decision after meeting with Rodriguez on Tuesday and again  Pleas« Kelp support literacy ana cOnwuKity awareness  Donate to NIE  $250 Sponsors one classroom one day a week lor the school year.  fusmess a*4 TnJtiMuat Sponsors neo4e«A -COr {M vO\0 scUOOt y oar  Wednesday morning.  “I have completed a systematic and thorough review of our football program and believe that a change in leadership is necessary,” Brandon said. “We have not achieved at the level that I expect.”  Rodriguez was Just 6-18 mark in Big Ten play and went 11-11 at home.  “Rich is a good person and coach,” said Brandon, who marked his first anniversary on the job Wednesday. “It’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out at Michigan, but I’m sure that Rich and his staff will find opportunities at other institutions. I wish Rich and his  family all the best in the future.”  Brandon said he will immediately begin a national search for a replacement amid speculation that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, a former Wolverines quarterback, and former Michigan assistant Brady Hoke, now San Diego State’s head coach, are possible candidates.  Rodriguez, who was the head coach at West Virginia when he was lured to Ann Arbor, finishes 15-22 at Michigan. The school can buy out the final three years of his contract for $2.5 million.  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