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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, April 4, 2007 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7ABASEBALL CONTINUED FROM Page 6ACanyon’s Irwin gets help from defense long single when Ramirez’s throw from left blocked his way, but was caught stealing on Ogle’s throw to shortstop Chad Kruse at second. Andres Rivera walked and stole second, but Hollimon tagged him as he strayed off the bag at second on what he thought was a foul tip by Zac Jewett. Jewett got to second via a throwing error and got to third on Cody Kunze’s long single to right. But Jewett decided to test Figol’s arm and go for home, where the throw came in time for Ogle to nail him two steps short of the plate. From there both hurlers settled into a pattern. Lowry retired 12 straight Cougars — including Ramirez, who got caught trying to stretch a single into a double — while Irwin allowed one hit in the fourth, retired Clemens in order in the fifth and allowed an error and walk in the sixth. But Canyon got unglued in the bottom of the sixth. Ramirez’s towering shot over the right field wall — his eighth of the second — put Canyon up 5-0. Figol’s fourth dinger of the season also brought in pinch-runner A.J. Collier for a 7-0 advantage. Irwin gave up a walk and single in the top of the seventh, but Lowry’s shot to first was cleanly fielded by Ryan Sin-SOFTBALL CONTINUED FROM Page 6ACougarettes stage comeback for victory Melanie Madero (16-4) pitched a complete game for the Cougarettes. She struck out five and allowed four hits an no earned runs. “She did a pretty good job,” Randle said of his ace. “She got injured in practice yesterday and we weren’t even sure she was going to be able to play today, but she went the full nine innings." Stephanie Peace was 3 for clair, who stepped on the bag and twirled to catch A.J. Fry going to second to complete the double play. “They hit the ball a lot but they hit it at us and we made some great plays," Irwin said. “We didn’t let them string too many of them together. The double play at the end and some errors they made on the bases helped out.” Irwin (6-0) walked just two and hit a batter, but finished with seven strikeouts. “He kept the ball down low and did what he needed to do,” Garza said. “And he fielded his position well (three ground ball assists). That’s something a lot of guys don’t do — he’s an extra infielder for us.” Lowry (3-4) fanned IO, walked two and also had a hit batsman. He had pitched the final frame of the loss to Lehman and has been the Buffs’ go-to guy all season, but Clemens couldn’t deliver again. “When you let teams have extra chances — such as the foul ball we missed at third in the first inning—they take advantage,” Clemens coach Rodney Williams said. “We had a chance in the first, when we had runners at second and third with one out, but our leading RBI man couldn’t get it done. In a game like this you have to take advantage of every opportunity you get.” Williams said although his team has five district losses, the Buffs aren’t out of it. But they will be if they can’t get 4 with three runs and an RBI and Meagan De La Garza was 3 for 5 with three RBls. Wall finished the game 2 for 5. The win gave Canyon — which went into Tuesday’s game tied with Hays for second place — a big three-game lead over Clemens in the race for the playoffs. “It was a huge game,” Randle said. “We opened up that gap a little bit more.” Canyon will play at Steele at 7 p.m. Thursday. NB 16, Lehman 0 (3) BUDA—The Unicorns did not need to put many bats on the ball to end Tuesday's game MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon's J.R Ramirez slugged his eighth home run of the season in the Cougars' 7-0 victory. their bats going. “We’ve got a senior-laden team that knows if we can get something going, we can take it from there,” he said. “We’ll see what we can do in the next round.” With only one district defeat, Canyon is sitting right where it wants to be as play begins in the second round. “We’re in the running for a playoff spot, and that’s our first goal,” Garza said. “We just need to keep after it and keep winning games.” The Cougars will play at Steele at 7 p.m. Thursday. NB ll,Lehman I The Unicorns won their third consecutive game in a quickly. Instead, they worked the count, took some free bases and came up with timely hits. New Braunfels scored its 16 runs on only six hits but walked 13 times in the win over the Lady Lobos (6-19 overall, 0-10 in District 26-4A). “We were looking for something to hit hard, and we couldn’t find it tonight,” New Braunfels coach Tina Salazar said. “We were smart. We didn’t swing at the stuff in the dirt. Thirteen walks is a lot of walks.” “I wasn’t giving them the take sign,” Salazar said. “We were actually looking for rout of the Lobos at Unicorn Field. Caleb Curtis was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer; Clayton Mott was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored; Ryan Perez was I for 2 with two runs and Micah Herring was I for 4 with two RBIs and a run. Kyle Richey (4-3) threw a complete-game, two-hitter for New Braunfels. He allowed one unearned run, walked one and struck out two. “(Richey) pitched great tonight,” New Braunfels coach Doug Edwards said. “He only allowed two hits, which is always positive. I Ie didn’t have a lot of strikeouts, but we played great defense behind him.” After two scoreless innings, New Braunfels blew the game open with six runs in the third. The Unicorns (16-5 overall, 5-2 in District 26-4A) scored two runs on three consecutive hits, as Mott had a two-run double, followed by Herring’s two-run single and punctuated with Curtis’ long ball. New Braunfels added four more in the fourth for a 10-0 lead. Lehman (9-10 overall, 2-5 in District 26-4A) .scored its lone run in the fifth, and one more Unicorn crossed home in the sixth. The big offensive outing was a welcome sight for Edwards. “We’ve been struggling at the plate. To break out of that tonight was nice,” Edwards said. New Braunfels will host Clemens at 7 p.m. Friday. something to hit. They were just being smart up there.” Kristin Wersterfer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for New Braunfels (23-4-3 overall, 10-0 in District 26-4A); Amanda Miller was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Maddie Lock was I for 2 with three runs scored. Nikki Sanchez (5-1) pitched all three innings, fanning eight of the nine batters she faced. “She had a great outing,” Salazar said. “She hit her spots and kept them off balance.” New Braunfels will host Clemens at 7 p.m. Friday. SV13, Wagner 0(5) SAN ANTONIO — The SV 13, Roosevelt I SAN ANTONIO — The Rangers moved a full game ahead of Reagan for first place in District 26-5A after their trouncing of the host Rough Riders. Helped by four Roosevelt errors, Smithson Valley (18-6 overall, 9-1 in District 26-5A) scored its runs on IO hits. Jonathan Rosfeld was 3 for 5 with a pair of triples and three RBIs; Josh Jahns was I for 3 with a two-run homer and Ryan Morrow was I for 2 with an RBI. The Rangers scored four runs in the first inning and scored four more with two outs in the second — keyed by Rosfeld’s three-run triple — for an early 8-0 lead. Roosevelt (6-17 overall, 2-9 in District 26-5A) scored its only run in the fourth, while Smithson Valley added two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Dominic Hamilton (2-1) got a rare start for the Rangers. He struck out two and allowed one run in five innings. Rosfeld pitched the final two innings and had three strikeouts. Smithson Valley will host Madison at 7 p.m. Thursday. Rangers coach Chad Koehl said a win over the Mavericks would leave his team in a pice spot over the final weeks of the season. “I’m real excited. We’re sitting pretty good right now,” Koehl said. “With a win against Madison and one more, I think that’ll put us in the playoffs.” Rangers just keep mowing them down in District 26-5A. Smithson Valley routed the Lady Thunderbirds in five innings to push their record to 24-1 overall and 13-0 in 26-5A. Megan Turk was 3 for 5; Dominique Salazar was 3 for 5 with an RBI; Kaylen Skinner was 4 for 5 with an RBI; Kylie Tirado was 2 for 2 and Megan Whistler was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Mallory Meyers got the win for die Rangers and struck out five Wagner (5-18 overall, 2-10 in 26-5A) batters. Smithson Valley will host Lee at 6 p.m. Thursday. Lady Vols crowned NCAA champs CLEVELAND (AP)—Every one is gazing up at good of Rocky Top again. After a nine-year title drought, Tennessee and coach Pat Summitt are NCAA champions. The Lady Vols captured an elusive seventh national title Tliesday night, beating Rutgers to the ball for second and third shots in a 59-46 win to reclaim their customary place above all other programs. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer had hoped to win her first title, 25 years after her first national title appearance. Instead, Summitt won her seventh, 20 years after her first “I can’t even describe it," said Tennessee’s All-American Candace Parker. “This is what everyone came to Tennessee to do, and we did it.” Parker scored 17 points to lead the Volunteers (34-3), but the most outstanding player got plenty of help from Shannon Bobbitt and a supporting cast of less-heralded teammates, who too often this sea-son stood around and watched her. Not this time. The Lady Vols, trophy-less in their past five tournament visits, wanted this title—badly. Almost from the outset, they outworked the young Scarlet Knights (27-9), who waited until the final game of an improbable tournament run to show their inexperience. After building a 16-point lead and then holding off a late push by Rutgers, the Lady Vols could finally celebrate, dribbling out the final 30 seconds under the Rutgers basket. When the final horn sounded, Dominique Redding flung the ball high enough to hit the scoreboard as Tennessee’s players, some in tears, danced at midcourt as orange, blue and gold confetti fell from above. DISTRICT 26-4A AND 26-5A GOLF RESULTS These are the first-round results Whitney Shelton 125 Devin Jackson 88 from the District 26-4A golf tourna Zach Murray 93 ment at Starcke Park in Seguin and BOYS Paul Flores 115 the District 26-5A golf tournament at TEAM Pecan Valley in San Antonio: 1. Canyon A 300 Other New Braunfels scores 2. New Braunfels A 316 Phillip Gomez 80 DISTRICT 26-4A 3. New Braunfels B 330 Marshall Feltmann 80 GIRLS 4. Steele 331 Devon Owens 85 TEAM 5. Canyon B 331 1. New Braunfels 342 Robert Ostreich 85 2. Canyon 397 INDIVIDUAL Colton Curtis 86 3. Del Valle 453 1. Clay Holcomb Canyon 72 Shan McDonell 87 4 Steele 493 2. Lee Brimberry Canyon 73 Justin Beachy 97 3. R. Benavides Del Valle 74 Matt Pustka 97 INDIVIDUAL 4. Stevie Martinez Canyon 76 1. Carole Norris Canyon 75 5. R. Weatherly Steele 77 DISTRICT 26-5A T2. S. Ervin Clemens 79 T6. Kevin Minges NB 78 BOYS T2. Liz Kensing NB 79 T6. Stefan Whereon NB 78 TEAM 4. Ashley Patterson NB 84 TS. Scott Ferguson Canyon 79 1. Churchill 306 5. Kelsey Lynch NB 85 T8. J.D. Fuquay NB 79 2. Smithson Valley 309 6. Erica Holcomb Canyon 91 TB. Malt Feftmam NB 79 3. MacArthur 312 7. Shelby Stevens NB 94 TS. Michael Schram NB 79 8. Kelsie Cedillo Canyon 95 4. Reagan 316 9. Shea Parker NB 99 Other Canyon scores Kyle Skinner 81 INDIVIDUAL Other Canyon scores Jamie Duvall 82 Smithson Valley Jamie Fullerton 93 SF,awn Bennett Justin Garcia 83 85 TI. Corey Pieper 73 Isaac Idstein 76 Other New Braunfels scores Robert Jackson 85 Cain Sconiers 78 Meridith Buck 108 Rusty Staudt 85 Jarrett Gottardy 82 GOLF CONTINUED FROM Page 6ACanyon, NB ‘B’ teams also fare well “He was 2-under early in the round and could have gone really low. He had a rough spot with a water ball, but he overcame it and played good, solid golf the rest of the way. And the two young ones — Stevie Ray and Lee — played really well.” The Unicorns boys did not have a golfer in the top five individually, but their consistency and depth helped them keep up with Canyon in the first round. Kevin Minges and Steven Wilkerson are New Braunfels’ leaders, as each shot a 78, while teammates J.D. Fuquay, Matt Feltmann and Michael Schram all tied one stroke behind. “We got off to kind of a slow start and finished strong,” Phair said. “I think we can do a little bit better than (316), but I’m not unhappy with the position that we’re in right now. If we can stay consistent like we were today, then I think we’ll be all right tomorrow.” Canyon and New Braunfels fielded two teams each at the district meet, and both “B” teams did well. The Unicorns’ second team shot a 330, good for third place, and the other Canyon squad tied Steele for fourth with a 331. At the 26-5A boys tourney at San Antonio’s Pecan Valley, Smithson Valley is in second after a hotly contested first round. The Rangers’ total of 309 is three strokes behind leader Churchill, while MacArthur is third (312) and Reagan is fourth (316). Cory Pieper leads Smithson Valley and is tied for the top spot individually with a 73. “He was real consistent,” Smithson Valley coach Jimmy Kasch said. “He shot an even-par 36 on the front side and a two-over 37 on the backside. He just stayed away from having any bad holes.” The Rangers’ Isaac Idstein is three strokes back of Pieper, with Cain Scorners (78) and Jar-rett Gottardy (82) close behind. Kasch said he will need the same kinds of scores today in order to advance to regionals. “If we play as well as we did today, then we’ll have a chance to hang in there,” Kasch said. “And I think we can play that well again.”COACH CONTINUED FROM Page 6ASucceeds legendary coach Conradt search committee and toured the Longhorns’ 44,000-square-foot practice facilities. Texas is considered one of nation’s best programs with its first-rate facilities and a recruiting pipeline to 1,300 Texas high schools. Goestenkors already has established herself with those schools, signing All-American senior Lindsey Harding out of the HoustonSPURS CONTINUED FROM Page 6AOberto has doubledouble in win spasms. Bowen tied his career high for 3-pointers. His last one, which he hit from the corner with 5 minutes left in the third, gave the Spurs a 20- area. Conradt spent 31 seasons at Texas and won her only national championship in 1986, when the Longhorns went 34-0. She retired with a career record of900-306 in 38 seasons at Sam Houston State, Texas-Arlington and Texas. Conradt and Tennessee’s Pat Summitt are the only Division I coaches with 900 or more victories, but the Longhorns last made the Final Four in 2003. That tradition seemed to intrigue Goestenkors, who coached the Blue Devils to four Final Fours and two point lead. Michael Finley hit three 3s to help the Spurs finish 9-of-21 (43 percent) from behind the arc. Seattle was 2-of-8 (25 percent). Finley, who started in place of Barry, had 13 points and has scored in double digits in his last six games. Fabricio Oberto had ll points and IO rebounds for San Antonio. Down 26 points to open appearances in the national championship game. “I know this was an extremely difficult decision for her,” Duke president Richard Brodhead said in a statement, “but ultimately the lure of a new challenge outweighed her many ties at Duke.” Her last Duke team was one of her best. The Blue Devils (32-2) won a school-record 30 straight games, ended the regular season ranked No. I and held the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament. But they were upset in the regional semifinals by Rutgers in a 53-52 loss. the fourth, two short of their biggest deficit of the game, Seattle went on an 8-0 run to make it 91-73. It was the closest the Sonics got in the fourth. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had subbed out all of his starters less than halfway through the period. Only starter Damien Wilkins remained in for Seattle until the end. Serious Food, Serious Sports, Serious Fun! ^ “if i fig** of aU ayes welcomed! Full restaurant solving lunch 9k dinner, plus full bar service. XBox game wall, pool fitfrlvff aud morel A ;