New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, April 2, 1991
Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Page 7coronation ends Final Four frustration
Big inning propels NB over Cowboys
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke's Brian Davis raised a banner that said it all: ‘‘UNLV DYNASTY” crossed out by a red slash, with "DUKE DESTINY” underneath in royal blue.
Duke, the t|am that couldn’t win the big one, won the national championship UNLV couldn't lose. No one, including the seemingly invincible Runnin' Rebels and upstart Kansas, could deny Duke its destiny after 28 years of Final Four frustration.
In their ninth trip to the Final Four and fifth to the title game, the Blue Devils (32-7) beat the Jayhawks 72-65 Monday night and ended forever this fixation with failure.
"It’s never been a monkey on my back,” said Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to the Final Four in five of the last six seasons. "I’m just happy for my team. Did you see their faces?”
Two of the biggest smiles belonged to Duke’s dynamic duo, center Christian Laettner and guard Bobby Hurley.
Laetmer scored 18 points, including a championship game-record 12-for-12 from die foul line, and grabbed IO rebounds to lead the Blue Devils’ inside attack. Hurley ran
the slickest floor show this side of Las Vegas, getting nine assists and 12 points, while committing only three turnovers against Kansas’ pressure defense.
“Our two keys guys throughout the year — Christian and Bobby — came through again tonight,” Krzyzewski said.
Laetmer was the tournament’s most outstanding player and joined Hurley on the all-tournament team.
"I’m happy about it, but I’m happier about other things,” Laetmer said. “I’m happy about winning the national championship and about giving a really big trophy to Coach K that he can carry home to Duke. I’m also happy for our other coaches and our fans... because we’re in it for
the team, not just personal honors.”
The loss ended a remarkable run by Kansas (27-8), which knocked off Indiana, Arkansas and North Carolina during a 10-day span to reach the championship game.
"I’m sure Duke is very proud at this moment, but so are we,” said Kansas Coach Roy Williams. "I hope they always remember this season, and how they came together at the end.”
The Jayhawks were hoping to repeat the miracle of 1988, when Danny Manning led another underdog Kansas squad to the national title. But the Jayhawks couldn’t overcome a determined Duke team, which managed to avoid a letdown following its emotional upset of UNLV in the semifinals.
"In the back of our minds, I think some of us thought Saturday’s game was the big game. So Coach K had to talk to us and bring us in focus,” said senior forward Greg Koubek, who scored all five of his points in the first VA minutes.
While the most of the postgame focus was on Krzyzewski, Laetmer and Hurley, they shared the spotlight with Bill McCaffrey. The sophomore guard scored 16 points off the
bench, hitting 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.
After Kansas cut Duke’s eight-point halftime lead to 44-40 early in the second half, McCaffrey hit a 15-foot jumper, a 3-pointer and a layup during a 17-7 run that gave the Blue Devils a 61-47 lead, their biggest margin of the game.
"This is something you dream about,” McCaffrey said. "It’s a great feeling.”
In the Kansas locker room, the feeling wasn’t so great. The Jayhawks missed nine layups, shot only 42 percent from the field and were outscored 20-4 from the foul line primarily because Duke was more aggressive on offense.
"We weren’t attacking the basket,” said center Marie Randall, who led Kansas with 18 points and IO rebounds. "We were too casual with the ball, but you have to give Duke credit. They played tough defense.”
Williams felt it just wasn’t the Jayhawks’ night.
"I thought we got some very good shots, but we couldn’t put them down,” he said. “That’s why Duke is celebrating and we’re not.”
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
After having three inning-ending catches rob New Braunfels of runs, the Unicorns’ persistence at the plate finally paid off.
New Braunfels collected eight hits and seven runs in the fifth inning Monday night as the Unicorns rallied for a 10-6 home victory over McCollum. The win snaps a two-game losing streak and keeps the Unicorns tied for first place in the District 25-5A race.
“We needed this one," said Coach Peter Garza. “We needed this one for us lo just feel good about ourselves again, and because it helped us stay right in this thing (the district race)."
The Unicorns raised their 25-5A record to 4-1, despite committing seven errors.
“I don’t know whay we’re making so many errors," Garza said. “At this time of the season, you should be ableDistrict 25-5A
New Braunfels East Central Harlandale San Maroos McCollum South San Seguin
Monday's Games New Braunfels 10, McCollum 0 South San 6, San Maroos 5 East Central 11. Harlandale 2 Friday's Games New Braunfels at Seguin San Marcos at East Central Harlandale at McColum Central Catholic at South San
to catch a fly ball in the outfield or make a routine groundout in the infield.”
The Cowboys committed six errors of their own, but great catches to end three innings helped keep McCollum close.
“I’m real pleased with the way we hit the ball. We had quite a few hits and another half-dozen or so that should have been hits. They were either right at someone or they come up with a real good play," Garza said.
Kyle Herman paced the squad with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Wes Schriewer and pitcher Grant Hodges each drove in a pair of runs, as the Unicorns raised their season record to 9-8.
New Braunfels trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth, but Greg Overturf and Joe Faulkner led off with singles and Hodges doubled against the center-field fence to give the Unicorns a one-run lead.
Raoul Romero’s bunt single chased McCollum starter Lupe Rodriguez from the mound, but Isabel Bustos greeted reliever Joseph Robledo with another bunt single to drive in one more run.
Herman’s single through the left side of the infield loaded the bases, then Schriewer scored Romero and Bustos with a single to right.
Shortstop Brian Martinez picked up an RBI with a groundout to second. After Schriewer moved to third on a wild pitch, the right fielder scored on Overtures second base hit of the inning, a roller in the gap between first and second.
The Cowboys — helped by three
New Braunfels second baseman Raoul Romero applies a tag to Houston Waltrip's Gary Oncken in Saturday's game. Romero scored the tying run in the fourth inning on Tuesday before the Unicorns
scored seven in the fifth for a 10-6 win over McCollum (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
New Braunfels errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball — scored three runs in the sixth despite just one base hit.
The Unicorns added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as Bus
tos drew a two-out walk and moved to second on Herman’s single down the left-field line. Bustos stole third base, then scored when catcher Joey Farias’ throw to the bag sailed into left field.
McCollum opened the game by scoring a run on Robledo’s bloop single to shallow left. Daniel Woodard scored from second on the play after leading off the game by reaching
on an error, one of two for the Unicorns in the inning.
Martinez was left stranded at third in the bottom of the first for the Uni-See UNICORNS, Page*
Canyon's Michael Spears dives safely back (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Rangers, Cougars on the road again
By TOM LABINSKI Sport* Editor
After a week’s recess, the District 26-4A baseball season resumes tonight with both Smithson Valley and Canyon facing road games.
Two of the lop 4A teams in the region will square off in Lockhart today as the host Lions take on Smithson Valley at 7 pan. Lockhart enters tonight's game with a 12-3 mark, while the Rangers are 11-4 after falling to Alamo Heights 8-6 on Thursday.
Smithson Valley had two runners on base and no outs when Thursday’s game was called after a brief rain
Jason LaRue, who missed the game with Alamo Heights because of chick
en pox, is expected back in the lineup tonight. The shortstop leads the San Antonio area in home runs with eight, and is fourth in the area with a .545 baiting average.
The Rangers have an area-high 22 home runs on the season and also lead in double plays with 14.
Smithson Valley opened district play a week ago with an 11-1 victory over Hays. Matt Gawlik, who improved his pitching record to 4-0 in the win over the Rebels, is the expected starter for the Rangers tonight.
Canyon, which snapped a five-game losing streak on Thursday with a 9-7 victory over Randolph, will look to even its district record at 1-1 with a win at Hays.
Donovan Rivers leads the Cougar offense with four home runs, with Bryan Arnold (4-3) the expected starter for today’s 7 p.m. contest.
Bastrop defeated Canyon 15-6 in the district opener for both teams a week ago.
Thursday s Gams*
Canyon 11, Randolph 0 Alamo Heights 0 Smithson Valley 6 Today's Games Smithson Valley at Lockhart Canyon at Hays Clemens al BseuopSportsworld
yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.Gooden signs deal for $15.45 million
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Gooden vaulted to second place on baseball’s salary list, agreeing to a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $15.45 million.
The average annual value of $5.15 million places Gooden just behind Boston’s Roger Clemens, who wiH average $5,380,250 during a four-year extension he agree-d to on Feb. 8. The two former Cy Young Award winners are the only players with contracts averaging $5 million a year or more.Razorbacks’ Richardson talks to Tulsa
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Coach Nolan Ricliardson said he met with Tulsa officials about the school’s basketball opening and will have another meeting about the job.
“When they get all their facts, and once I get all my facts, I dunk I can find what I need to do, ” he told the Arkansas Gazelle. "But I don’t want to be drawn into a situation where they’re in a wait-and-see what I’m going to do or vice versa.”
He pointed out that Tulsa has not made any offer.
“I think they wanted to find out basically what I have here," he said.
Richardson left Tulsa after five years to take the Arkansas job rn 1985. J.D. Barnett, win) replaced Richardson, was fired recently.
Richardson guided Arkansas to the Final Four last yeai The Razorbacks were the No. I seed in the Southeast Regional this year and lost in the regional finals to Kansas. Arkansas finished 34-4, the most wins ever by a Razorback team.
President Bush to see Ranger opener
ARLINGTON (AP) — President Bush will visit Arluig-lon Stadium Monday for the Texas Rangers' season opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, the White House has confirmed.
George W. Bush, the president’s son, is a managing general partner of the Rangers and the president has not been to a game here since he took ova.
Arlington Deputy Police Chief David Pugh was to meet with Secret Service agents Tuesday to plan security.
White House spokesman Roman Popadtuk confirmed that Bush will be at the Rangers’ opener but was unsure if the president intends to throw oui the first ball.
to first base in a game against Boerne earlier this reason.Galaxy's goal-line stand stops San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Pro football is back in San Antonio.
But hometown fans, thrilled as they are ova having a team, are still waiting for that first sweet victory.
The Frankfurt Galaxy used a late goal-line stand to hold off Undra Johnson and the San Antonio Riders to win 10-3 Monday night in World League of American Football action.
"We’re so close,” said Riders defensive end Donnie Gardner, who recovered a fumble that led to a crucial San Antonio drive. "It’s on the tip of our tongues, but we just can’t reach out and grab it."
San Antonio Coach Mike Riley said he was disappointed by the loss.
"We improved on defense, bul only if we could put it all together,” Riley said.
Last week the Riders scored 34 poults in a loss to Orlando, but Monday night wae held to a mere field goal.
After the fumble recovery by Gardner, San Antonio moved to within two yards of the goal line in the final 5 minutes of the game. But four runs by Johnson wae unsuccessful, and Frankfurt regained possession with 1:57 remaining
The Galaxy scored the warning touchdown early in the second half on a 36-yard pass from Mike Paez to Cedric Gordon.Barkley out for at least two weeks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As expected, the news was not good for Charles Barkley and the Philadelphia 76ers. The All-Star forward will be out of action for at least two weeks with a slightly tom knee ligament, the club said after Barkley underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test.Craig loins Lott In Los Angeles
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Running back Roger Craig, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the San Francisco 49ers, signed with the Los Angeles Raiders on the final day for Plan B free agents to change teams.
Craig will rejoin long-time San Francisco teammate Ronnie Lott, a nine-time Pro Bowl defensive back who signed with the Raiders eight days earlier. Both were left unprotected under Plan B.
Craig, 30, led the 49ers in rushing from 1985-89, breaking the I,OOO-yard mark three times, and was among the NFL’s top pass receivers out of the backfield. In 1985, Craig became the only player in NFL history to gain 1,000