New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas SVHS CONTINUED FROM Page 8A guard returned for a stint, but was pulled after Smithson Valley called its final time-out with under a minute to play. Down 30-26 heading into the fourth, Smithson Valley scored five unanswered points to take a 31-30 lead, but Marble Falls answered with a bucket by Klara Etheridge and a pair of free throws from Stripling to retake the lead. Point guard Ali Salmon pumped her fists after scoring on a driving lay-up as she was fouled. She converted the 3-point play to tie the game at 36-36 with three minutes to play. Both teams traded baskets before the final. The Lady Rangers (29-5) finish the season as District 27-4A champs, but a feeling of “what could have been” started to sink in quickly after the game. “We went from being one of the best teams to losing to a team that we felt we wouldn’t have lost to. It’s hard to swallow right now,” Blagg said. The fall for Smithson Valley started from the opening tip, as Marble Falls' defense held the Lady Rangers to just three points in the first. T he Lady Mustangs led by five points after one. Smithson Valley rebounded for a slim 17-15 lead at the half. The shots Smithson Valley hit with regularity during the regular season stopped falling against a gutsy Marble Falls team. “Marble Falls is a really good team,” Hermesmeyer said. “They did a really good job of boxing us out and not giving us any second-chance opportunities.” Stripling, who finished with a game-high 19 points, scored nine straight points to give Marble Falls a 30-26 lead after three, as Smithson Valley couldn’t put any distance between itself and the Lady Mustangs. Hermesmeyer said no matter the outcome, this will always be a season to remember. I his was still a special season,” Hermesmeyer said. “The underclass men know how much hard work it took to get to this point, and 1 think it is a great building block for this program.” Jay scored nine points and Salmon finished with eight points for Smithson Valley. Blagg, who finished with a team-high 12 points, said she is proud to be leaving the Lady Rangers program in great shape. "I will always remember winning the district title and bringing respect back to Smithson Valley girls basketball,” she said. CANYON CONTINUED FROM Page 8A The Cougars (27-6) chipped away at the Mules’ lead, finding success with a combination of transition basketball and perimeter shooting. Thanks to back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers — two from Tollinger and one from Ian Gulick - the Cougars cut the deficit to two just before the end of the third quarter. The game tipped in Alamo Heights’ favor again when the Mules’ Brandon Garcia hit a pair of jumpers to give the Mules a 46-43 lead midway through the fourth. Tollinger made a free throw to pull within two points with two minutes to go. That’s when Heights Andrew King was fouled and went to the line. King air-balled his free throw, and the Cougars rebounded and pushed the ball upcourt. As they swung the ball around the perimeter, Tollinger got an open look at the top of the key. He made the shot. “Sean’s three was huge,” Lacey said. “There’s no doubt. He pulled one right after that that we probably didn’t need to take, but you can’t fault him for being a competitor. I was proud of him.” Alamo Heights had two shots to answer, but one shot was off-target and the other was blocked by Andrew Poul-ter. Following Boulter's block, the Cougars pushed the ball upcourt again. Tollinger broke Heights’ press, finding Gulick, f LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Sean Tollinger (20) passes during the second quarter Friday in San Antonio. who relayed to a wide-open Poulter for an easy basket. Gulick made two free throws to put the game on ice. Gulick had 15 points to lead Canyon in scoring. Cody Kar-rer had 12 and Poulter added 10. “It was a gutsy performance, I’ll give us that,” I^cey said. “We were tough. When you look at the looks on our kids’ ASHLEY LANDIS/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Canyon's Scott Jonsson celebrates after recording a qualifying time in the preliminary 100-yard freestyle race on Friday in Austin. SWIM CONTINUED FROM Page 8A “We’re right where we thought we would be,” Osbome said. “We’re here and we just have to be ready to go (today).” Canyon senior Scott Jonsson finished in the top five in both of his individual races. “He’s done great,” Canyon coach Will Halltom said. “It worried me in the 100 when he started with the rest pf the group. Normally he comes out faster. It’s good news for (today).’’ Jonsson beat his qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle by a quarter of a second to secure a fourth-place finish and a spot in the championship heat. He finished with a time of 21.27 seconds — one of three swimmers to finish with that time; resulting in a three-way tie for fourth. Jonsson also took fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at 46.90 seconds. “I'm feeling really good,” he said. “I know I’ll do better (today). This is just the first day. You don’t show all your cards in poker. You try to leave them guessing.” Completing in his final event as a high school swimmer, Jonsson hopes to leave with a championship. “I’m going to leave everything in the pool,” he said. “Being tired only lasts a few moments. Going for the fastest time lasts forever and it will always be in my memories.” The championship finals for the 4A swimmers start at 4:30 p.m. today. Smithson Valley's Christian Wheeler logged an 11th place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at 21.79 seconds. faces, and I think that’ll tell ya that the win meant a lot. It means a lot, not necessarily because Heights is a rival, but because we have a lot or respect for how they play and their program.” Now, the Cougars will prepare to face Uvalde in the bidistrict round of the 4A playoffs. After such an emotional win, the Cougars won’t have much time to celebrate. "This is just another ball-game to us. Tollinger said. “It’s a bigger game and we cared more about it emotionally, but we’ll wake up tomorrow and it’ll be just another ballgame. We ll go and watch film Monday, hit the playoffs hard and take it game by game.” ROUNDUP CONTINUED FROM Page 8A Marcos Friday and the Lady Unicorns won 1-0. Bonnie Charlton scored the game’s lone goal on an assist by Laura Caldwell in the first half. New Braunfels (3-6-2, 1-0) plays Steele in Cibolo on Tuesday. SMITHSON VALLEY 2, DRIPPING SPRINGS 1 SPRING BRANCH— Nikki Nichols scored twice to power Smithson Valley past Dripping Springs 2-1 on Friday. Nichols' first goal was unassisted, and her second was aided by Sarah Castro. Sarah Gardner played the whole game in goal for the Lady Rangers (8-2-3,3-0). Smithson Valley travels to Wimberly on Tuesday. CANYON 1, CANYON LAKE 1 Canyon and Canyon Lake dueled to a 1-1 tie Friday. Maddie Haas scored in the 18th minute for Canyon. She was assisted by Kirstie Reinke. Canyon goalkeeper Teri Cocke had three saves for the Cougarettes (4-5-3,0-2-1). Danielle Carpenter scored tor (Canyon Dike on a penalty kick. Melanie Catalan! was in goal for the Udy Hawks (6-6-1, 0-2-1). SOFTBALL NEW BRAUNFELS 11, AUSTIN WESTLAKE 2 NEW BRAUNFELS 11, LA GRANGE 5 AUST IN — New Braunfels’ offense exploded for 22 runs in a pair of wins during Friday’s Austin Westlake tournament. The Lady Unicorns defeated host Westlake 11-2 in the first game, while trouncing La Grange 11 -5 in the nightcap. POTEET 19, CANYON LAKE 6 GERONIMO — Canyon Lake lost 19-6 to Poteet during Friday’s Navarro Tournament. PLANO WEST 10, SMITHSON VALLEY 9 SPRING BRANCH — Smithson Valley lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to Plano West during Friday’s Ranger Round Robin Tournament. Editor’s note: Results from the Canyon softball tournament were not reported by press time. Plêasê Uêlf> suftOrt [¡¿êracy «M Donate to NIE Unû s^Uoot Y**- rot . * (tto) Saturday, February 19, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9A SPORTS IN BRIEF From The Associated Press NFL, UNION HOLD 1ST SESSION WITH MEDIATOR WASHINGTON — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met in front of a federal mediator for about she hours Friday, a bid to jump-start contentious and slow-moving labor negotiations two weeks before owners could lock out players and threaten the 2011 season. Friday’s session was the sides’ first with George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a U.S. government agency. More than two hours after Goodell and Smith arrived separately, the league and the NFL Players Association released a joint statement saying the mediation had started and that both parties agreed to adhere to Cohen’s request that they not speak publicly about the process. IVue to their word, Smith and other union representatives — including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, former player Pete Kendall and NFLPA lawyer Richard Berthelsen — declined to answer questions on their way out of the meeting. NBA, PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION HOLD CBA TALKS LOS ANGELES — Representatives from the NBA and the players association met for about two hours Friday to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement. T hough there wasn’t much progress, there also wasn’t the acrimony of a year ago, when the players shot down the owners’ original proposal for a new deal. Union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Hikers said: "The dialogue was constructive. There definitely was a commitment to trying to get this process done in this room." But union executive director Billy Hunter also said there weren’t many specifics and no new proposals were offered. ANTHONY SAYS NETS MEETING NEWS TO ME' LOS ANGELES — Carmelo Anthony just wants it over, without saying where he hopes it will end. The season-long trade speculation involving Denver’s All-Star forward is nearing completion, with the deadline lor deals arriving 1 hursday afternoon. Anthony would love a quicker answer. "My mind’s boggled right now about this whole situation," Anthony said Friday. "I wish I could get this thing over with right now and I wish there was just something that was just on the table that the Nuggets could just sav, OK, let’s get it done.’" There were reports it was ready to happen, as the Nuggets tried for the third time this season to complete a deal with New jersey, and that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was hoping to meet with Anthony sometime this weekend. COUPLES TURNS BACK CLOCK AT RIVIERA LOS ANGELES — Fred Couples does not look like he belongs atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour. Except that he’s at Riviera. Despite a bad back that hurts when he stoops over a short iron, Couples navigated around his favorite tour course without a bogey Friday for a 5-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead in the Northern T rust Open. It helped that he knocked in an eagle putt of nearly 100 feet on his opening hole, along with a pair of 30-foot birdie putts. But even for a 51-year-old well past his prime, he was carried along by a languid swing and his love for Riviera. "I feel like 1 can play this course blindfolded,” Couples said. PRISON FOR WOMAN CONVICTED IN PITINO CASE LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A woman was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison for threatening to reveal a sexual tryst with basketball coach Rick Pitino unless he paid her millions in cash, luxury cars and a house. Karen Cunagin Sypher cried intermittently and gave a short, incoherent statement during Friday’s hearing before being sentenced to 87 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III. Fie also ordered two years of supervised release after she serves her prison term. A jury convicted Sypher in August of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. T he charges carried a maximum sentence of 26 years, but federal sentencing guidelines called for a shorter term. CLEMENS MOTION 'WITHOUT MERIT' WASHINGTON — Prosecutors said Friday that baseball star Roger Clemens was "wrong legally and factually” when he argued that a judge should dismiss his indictment on charges of lying to Congress. Clemens argued in a motion filed last month that his indictment is vague and contains too many separate accusations of lying in one count — 15 in all. Prosecutors replied in a court filing that the accusations can all be charged in a single count because they were part of one continuing scheme to obstruct a congressional investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. WITTELS' STREAK ENDS 2 SHY OF VENTURA MIAMI — Garrett Wittels said he would tip his cap to the person who ended his hitting streak. Much to Florida International’s dismay, Friday was the night he made good on that promise. Wittels’ pursuit of NCAA history is over. He went 0 for 4 against Southeastern Louisiana, leaving him two games shy of matching Robin Ventura’s 58-game Division I record set in 1987 and four short of the NCAA all-divisions mark of 60 games by Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina from 2001-03.