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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Canyon comeback defeats Clemens By Kevin Washburn The Herald-Zeitung It wasn’t its best showing, but the Canyon softball team put some distance between itself and fourth-place Clemens. Area Softball Becca Wall knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cougarettes a 6-5 win over Lady Buffaloes at Cougarette bield on Tuesday. “The kids showed a lot of heart,” Canyon coach Kevin Handle said. “They never gave up. They kept fighting, and it paid off for us.” Wall’s game-winning hit capped a contest in which Canyon (19-7 overall, 8-2 in District 26-4A) had to overcome a three-run deficit after the first inning. The Cougarettes made the game harder than it should have been. They had a 15-4 hit advantage, yet could not break away from the Lady Buffaloes (16-10 overall, 5-5 in District 26-4A) because of three errors dial led to all of Clemens’ runs. “We got people on, we just couldn’t get the key hits in key situations, and we had the five runs scored on errors,” Handle said. “But we put the bat on the ball. I thought we did a real good job against a pretty good pitcher.” See SOFTBALL, Page 7A Bowens 18 leads Spurs in rout of Supersonics SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bruce Bowen made six 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Seattle Supersonics 110-91 Tuesday night to sweep the four-game season series. Tony Parker had 16 points and Tim Duncan added 14 for the Spurs, who had five players in double figures. Though the game was rarely close, it wasn’t as bad as the beating the Sonics took late last month, when the Spurs beat them 120-79 for one of Seattle’s worst home losses in franchise history. Chris Wilcox led Seattle with 20 points, followed by Basilard Lewis with 19 and Johan Petro with 14. Only four Spurs players didn’t hit a 3-pointer in last month’s rout, when San Antonio’s 16 3s established a franchise record. The 3s were contained to two players tuesday — but there were still plenty of them. And that was even without Brent Barry, a 45 percent 3-point shooter who is third in the league. He was out with back See SPURS, Page 7A COMING FRIDAY rill • fs NB Invitational Results from district track tune-up. if* Aj| Bm ^*v rn Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Unicorn Invitational Area teams prepare for district at NB’s second track meet of the season. Time: afternoon NS hosts Clemens Unicorns softball, baseball teams in big26-4A games against Buffaloes. Time: 7 p.m. Area golf teams perform well in first day of district By Kevin Washburn The Herald-Zeitung ing on. The Cougars and Unicorns dominated District 26-4A action at Seguing Starcke Park. On the girls side, New Braunfels jumped out to a huge first-day lead with a first-round 342 — ahead of second-place Canyon by 55 strokes. “I’m pleased with the way that (our girls) played today,” Unicorns coach Glenn Phair said. “The greens were a little rough, but they hung in there. There’s a little room for improvement, but they played well.” New Braunfels had five golfers in the top nine, led by Iiz Kensing’s 79, which tied her with Clemens’ Suzanne Ervin for second place. The Unicorns’ Ashley Patterson is in fourth (84), Kelsey Lynch is in fifth (85), Shelby Stevens is in sev enth (94) and Shea Parker’s first-round 99 was good for ninth. The Cougarettes did not have the depth of New Braunfels, but they did have the day’s best individual score. TWo-time state qualifier Carole Norris shot a first-round 75 to help keep her team safely in front of third-place Del Valle (453) and fourth-place Steele (493). Even if Canyon were to falter, Norris is in prime position to make it to regionals because the top two golfers not on an advancing team but in the top six individually move on to regionals for individual play. “Carole played solid,” said Canyon coach Greg Norris, Carole's father. “She did what she had to do today. She put herself in position (to advance). She kept the ball in play and didn’t have any penalties. Everything went well for her.” Canyon had two others in the top nine, as Erica Holcomb’s 91 put her in sixth and Kelsie Cedillo sits in eighth with a 95. The area squads also dominated boys play, with first-place Canyon (300) 16 strokes ahead of New Braunfels (316). Cougars Clay Holcomb and Lee Brimberry lead the competition individually, with a 72 and 73, respectively. Stevie Ray Martinez is not far behind in fourth place (76) and Scott Ferguson is tied for eighth (79). “Clay played really well," Norris said. See GOLF, Page 6A Goestenkors leaving Duke for Texas Duke University Gail Goestenkors accepted Texas' offer to become the Lady Longhorns' next head basketball coach on Tuesday. DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Gail Goestenkors is out at Duke and in at Texas. The coach who built a powerhouse during her 15 seasons coaching the Blue Devils’ women’s team resigned Tuesday to take over at Texas, replacing I tall of Lamer Jody Conradt. “In the end, it came down to her seeking a new challenge at this stage in her career and her life," Duke athletic director Joe Alieva said in a statement. “While we are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, we have to look forward now and search for the best women’s basketball coach for Duke University.” Goestenkors, 44, won seven Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year awards and compiled a career record of 396-99. The move was not a big surprise since she was widely considered the top candidate to replace Conradt, who suddenly resigned last month. The decision came less than a week after about 200 fans gathered outside Cameron Indoor Stadium in hopes of persuading Goestenkors— chosen The Associated Press women’s basketball coach of the year Saturday— to stay with the Blue Devils. But by Tuesday afternoon, there was little sign of activity around Cameron as Goestenkors met with her players off campus to inform them of her decision. The night Conradt retired, Texas officials made it clear they would be willing to pay for a top-notch coach. Conradt earned $550,000 a year. While Goestenkors’ salary at Duke is not a public record, it was believed the private school would be unlikely to match a high oner trom the Longhorns. Alieva did not return a call to his office seeking comment, though he had said recently he would do what was required to keep Goestenkors in Durham. “I truly believe that this university did everything in its power to keep her here,” said Jack Winters, directoi of the university’s Iron Dukes — which raises money to fund athletic scholarships. “I’d be shocked if ii came down to a dollar figure. 'That’* just not who Gail is and it’s also no who Duke is.” Goestenkors visited the Texas cam pus last week, when she met witl women’s athletic director Chris Pion sky and members of the school’ See COACH, Page 7/ ASTROS ON DECK THE NEXT FIVE Today vs. PIT 7 p.m. (FSN) Friday vs. STL 7 P.M. (FSN) Saturday vs. STL 6 P.M. (FSN) Sunday vs. STL 1 p.m. (FSN) Monday AT CHC 1 p.m. (FSN) radio - KGNB-AM 1420 Astros fall again to Pittsburgh HOUSTON (AP) — Two games into the season, Xavier Nady has emerged as a nemesis for the I louston Astros. Nady singled home Jason Bay for the go-ahead run off Dan Wheeler and homered for the second straight night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Astros on Tuesday. In Monday’s opener, Nady hit the tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning off doser Brad lidge. The Pirates won 4-2 in IO innings. Pirates starter Ian Snell struck out a caieer-liigh 11 Tuesday, but didn’t get a dedsion. I Ie gave up Carlos l^e’s RBI single in the sixth that gave I louston a 2-1 lead. Wheeler (0-1) started the eighth and got dins Duffy to pop out. Jack Wilson then beat out a bunt single and Bay walked before Adam LaRoche lined out. Ronny Pauline) then singled to left to score Wilson and tie tile game. Nady followed with an RBI single to right. Jonah Bayliss (1-0) earned the win after retiring Craig Biggio to end the seventh. Salomon Torres shut out the Astros in the ninth to earn liis second save. I louston starter Jason Jennings retired the first five Pirates he faced before Nady homered in his second consecutive at-bat in Houston, sending a 2-0 pitch onto the left-field porch. Snell was almost untouchable through the first five innings, striking out IO of tile first 15 Astros he faced. Canyon blanks Clemens, 7-0 By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung At this stage of the District 26-4A baseball race, hot-hitting teams have found themselves cooled by hot pitching. Such was the case when Canyon met Clemens Tuesday night. Area Baseball Both teams were coming off losses — sixth-ranked Canyon managed a season-low three hits in a 4-3 loss to Hays on Saturday, while the Buffaloes totaled only four hits in bowing 6-4 to Lehman on Monday. Clemens outhit the Cougars on Tuesday, but the home team made its count en route to a 7-0 shutout at muggv Cougar bield. “It was a good win for us, but it wasn’t one of our best performances,” Canyon coach Peter Garza said after his team was outhit 7-6 but scored three runs in the first and sixth innings. “Their pitcher is a good one — he’s not their No. I for any reason — and he got a lot of calls.” The home plate umpire’s strike zone seemed to shift throughout the game, which wreaked a little havoc with Canyon starter Trenton Irwin and Clemens’ lefty Drew Lowry. While Lowry — who had allowed only five earned runs in 36 frames entering the contest — bested Irwin in strikeouts, Irwin was the more tenacious of the two. The senior right-hander gave up the seven hits and relied on his defense — and shoddy base running by Clemens — to do the rest. I Ie got out of jams in the first, third and seventh, digging deep and doing whatever it took to retire the side. “He wasn’t sure where (the MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon'sTrenton Irwin throws a pitch during the Cougars' 7-0 victory over Schertz ClemensTuesday night at Cougar Field. Irwin fanned seven, walked three and went the distance for the Cougars. strike zone) it was,” Garza said. “He’s got good control and can put the ball where ever he wants and we were being forced to throw it down the middle. T hey have a good hitting ball club and made good contact." C^anyon (19-2 overall; 6-1 in 26-4A) got going with two gone in the first. J.P Ramirez was hit by a pitch and got to second on a wild pitch. Matt James’ double brought him in, with James getting to third on another wild Lowry offering. After Tyler Ogle walked, Dallas I igol’s double through third plated James, and after the ball was bobbled in left field, also brought in Ogle for a 3-0 Canyon lead. Irwin, who got the final two batters with runners on ion the first, got the final three after yielding a single in the second. Drew Hollimon led off the Canyon second with a double, got to third on yet another wild pitch and came in when Lowry was called on a balk while pitching to Kyle Peace. Down 4-0, the Buffaloes (14-11 overall; 2-5 in 26-4A) had two threats squashed in the third. Lowry was held to a See BASEBALL, Page 7A All area golf teams participating in district tournaments are in good shape after Tuesday’s first round. The New Braunfels and Canyon boys and girls and the Smithson Valley boys all placed in the top two at their respective meets. The two best team Carole scores at each dis- Norris trict meet advance to regionals, meaning tile area squads are hallway to mov- NB baseball player Ryan Perez. District 26-4A golf New Braunfels, Canyon teams compete in final day of tournament in Seguin. Time: morning ;