New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jose Rivera, 5, shoots a free throw.
Results of area teams in soccer playoffs.
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Women’s NCAA championship
Baylor can win school's first national title with win over Michigan St.
Time: 7:30 pm.
More soccer playoffs
Three area teams continue action in state soccer tournament Times: TBA
NB at Canyon
Crosstown rivals go at it in baseball, softball Time: 7 p.m.
Williams finally ends title drought as NC claims crown
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Of course, there was no way it was going to be easy. North Carolina did it, though, and now it’s time to stop asking Roy Williams that doggone question.
Sean May had 26 points and the Tar Heels didn’t allow a basket over the final, excruciating 2 1/2 minutes Monday night to defeat Illinois 75-70, a win that finally gave Williams, the 17-year coaching veteran, the national championship that was missing from his otherwise stellar resume.
Freshman Marvin Williams had a tip-in with 1:26 left, Raymond Felton made three free throws down the stretch and the Tar Heels (33-4) won their first title since 1993, back when Dean Smith was coaching and Williams was at Kansas, in the middle of his Final Four futility.
Led by May’s 10-for-ll shooting, Carolina took a 65-55 lead with 8:51 left and it looked like Williams would cruise to the championship. But Illinois (37-2) never quits.
Forward Jack Ingram hit a
pair of outside jumpers and Dee Brown scored six points as part of a 10-0 run that tied the game at 65 with 5 1/2 minutes left to set up a fantastic finish.
When it was over — after Felton had made his last two free throws, after May had cradled his 10th and final rebound—Williams took off his glasses and started looking for people to hug.
A few moments later, he was crying, much like has at the end of every season — though no ending has been as sweet as this one.
Luther Head led Illinois with 21 points. He had a wide-open look at a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 17 seconds left, but it bounded off and coach Bruce Weber’s magical ride with the Blini wound up one win short of the real fairytale ending he hoped for.
His opponent, Williams, left Kansas to take over the Tar Heels two years ago, after the program Dean Smith built had faltered and fallen to 8-20. Williams took a ton of heat for leaving Kansas after losing in the title game
in 2003 — his fourth close call at the Final Four.
He defended the move, saying coming back to his alma mater had always been his dream. Then, this week, he dealt with a more familiar question: Did he need to win a title to call his career a success?
He told the story of Smith insisting he was no better a coach after he finally won one in 1982, but Williams conceded that answering that “same doggone question" did get a little annoying at times.
MEN’S FINAL FOUR
At St. Louis
MONDAY’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
North Carolina 75, Illinois 70
WOMEN’S w FINAL FOUR
At Indianapolis TV: ESPN
TODAY’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Baylor (32-3) vs. Michigan State (33-3), 7:30 p.m.Competition steps up for area soccer teams
SV faces No. I Mac; Canyon, NB in semis
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Smithson Valley's Marcey Morales will lead the Rangers into today's 6 p.m. 5A-Region IV soccer quarterfinal against SA MacArthur at Ranger Stadium.
By Will Wright
SMITHSON VALLEY — Silently, the Smithson Valley Rangers have crept within a game of reaching the girls Class 5A Region IV soccer tournament. Tonight, the Rangers will need all the stealth they can muster if they’re to reach that destination.
The Rangers take one big advantage into the 6 p.m. game against die MacArthur Brahmas — their home field. That intangible is what coach Jason Adkins hopes will push the odds in the Rangers’ favor tonight.
“We beat them on this field the second time we played them," Adkins said of Smithson Valley s 2-1 victory against the eventual District 26-5A champs March 8. “I just think playing on our field will speed up the game. Its narrower and plays faster than Blossom and that’s what we want to speed up the game.”
Also tonight, the Canyon Cougarettes continue to go where they’ve never gone before. The District 28-4A champs will travel to Beeville for their third playoff game, against Gregory- Portland. New Braunfels, tile 28-4A runner-up, will play its regional semifinal against Pleasanton at Farris Stadium in San Antonio.
Wins by both New Braunfels teams would match diem bi the Region IV final Friday night. While that possible rematch looms, Smithson Valley has got one today against MacArthur,
the top-rated team in greater San Antonio.
“The first tune we lost to them 2-0 at their place,” Adkins said of the Feb. 12 meeting at Blossom Athletic Center. “They dominat-ed us pretty good. We were just then coming into our own.”
Bolstered by their later win over die Brahmas, the Rangers made it to the playoffs as 26-5A’s third-place team. They defeated Schertz Clemens 2-0 in bidistnct; and downed Corpus Christi King I -0 bi area play Friday in Corpus Christi. MacArthur is bi its second playoff, having defeated SA O’Connor 2-0 last Friday.
Adkins said playing at home on artificial turn will help his team.
“We are more of a north -south team and Mac is east and west,” he said, contrasting the Rangers’ straight-ahead style to the Brahmas’ meticulous passing attack. “Basically we know their players, we know who we need to shut down and what we need to do. If we can play hard for 80 mbiutes, we should be able to take care of our business.”
Adkins more than respects the Brahmas, but says it’ll be of more of a matter of having his team play its game.
“When you get this far bi the playoffs, everyone is good,” he said. “They are the No. I team bi the district and bi the area, but at this point, its more of sticking to your plan than worrying about the other team."
Smithson Valley has Deen led
by senior Marcey Morales, who scored the lone goal bi the win against King, and scored and had an assist in die win over Clemens.
Adkins said he likes the way his team is playing, and that the Rangers are bi peak condition.
“I like what we’re doing right
now; the girls have a lot of team unity and theres no pointing fingers when Bungs happen to go wrong,” he said. “We’re well-conditioned; we seem to get a burst of energy late bi games."
It’s earned Smithson Valley a repeat trip to the regional quarterfinals. They lost to SA CJark 3-
1 last year, but this year’s team believes it can surpass that and reach the regional tournament, Friday and Saturday at Blossom.
“The girls have worked hard all season long,” Adkins said. “We’re just hoping to carry it on.”
Canyon and New Braunfels
TODAY’S SOCCER PLAYOFFS
Tickets: $4 adults; $2 students
CLASS 5A GIRLS REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL
SA MacArthur (19-3-1) at Smithson Valley (15-6-4), 6 pm, Ranger Stadium CLASS 4A GIRLS REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Pleasanton (17-7) vs New Braunfels (20-8-1), 7 p.m. Farris Stadium, San Antonio
Getting there: Take Interstate 35 south to Loop 1604 west . Go west on 1604 past Interstate 10; take the Bandera Road exit Take the turnaround going back east; Farris Stadium is on the right
Canyon (24-2-2) va Gregory-Portland (16-2-2), 7 p m , Beeville Getting there: Take Interstate 35 south I to downtown San Antonio Take Interstate 37 south to US 59 north (exit 41/George West/BeevHle) Go 19 miles into Beeville. Take a right onto Madison Ave. (Texas 516) then another right onto Harwood, which dead-ends into N.
Adams. Take a right. Jones High School will be on the left.
are on the road today, with the I Cougarettes traveling much further in hopes of meeting tilt Unicorns agabi, bi the Region IV final.
Canyon coach Dustin Gold said the (xiugarettes, who ha\ e chartered a bus for tile two-hour long trip, won t be thinking about playing New Braunfels just yet.
“They know that you have to take them one game at a time, he said. While we’d Ii ive to see a rematch, you can’t get caught lookbig ahead.”
Gold doesn't know that much about the Lady Wildcats, except that they’re the champions of 30-4A.
“We’re going into the game pretty blind,” he said. “But I really think that the winner will be whoever asserts themselves early and takes charge of the game.”Near Corpus Christi is one special area that caters to boatless anglers
For the angler without a boat, trying to find a good spot to fish at the coast can be tough. The major problem is a lack of access to good water, and unless they ’ve done their homework, their only choices are fish-big from piers and major jetty systems.
Pier fishing is inexpensive (sometimes free) and you can be somewhat successful. But more often than not, the numbers of fish caught from them aren’t as high as you would like to see. Jetty fishing is popular but physically demanding. Scheduled boat services provide access, and hopeful anglers are dropped off on man-made giant rock structures carrying everything they own. Once there, they are on their own until the boat comes to pick them up. At times jetties can pay off with impressive catches. But in all the times I have fished them, I have never had what I would call a good day.
Several years ago I located an area along the coast between Corpus Christi and Portland proved to be the best spot for catching trout and redfish without a boat. The southern part
starts on the shoreline of small jetties where the battleship Lexington is docked. For those of you familiar with Corpus, Landry’s restaurant is located near there. The area extends about six miles north and is known as the Portland shoreline.
Fishing on the eastern shore (the Corpus Bay side) has for years been a hidden honey hole for local anglers. It’s where the Corpus and Nueces Bays converge, and the water movement and the good, firm sand bottom attract baitfish. Naturally, trout and redfish are there, too. Wade fishing is the best method here, as the typical southeast winds tend to lay overnight and then build back up as the day gets long. As the wind builds, the water turns dirty and the fishing action slows. But if the wind is light and the water color halfway decent, the action is as good as can be for the boatless angler.
The warmer the water, the better the fishing along this beach. Early-morning success comes as the sun peeks over the gulf and starts to test your sunscreen. It is common to see school-
big redfish feed on baitfish bi water so shallow you can see theft familiar spotted tails stinting out. Topwater lures like the Skitterwalk work great when presented properly. Cast beyond the feeding fish so they won’t be spooked by the lure landing on the water, then work the lure bito the school.
Once the sun gets up and light penetration in the water increases, the baitfish move deeper, so do the redfish. Switching up to soft plastics like a Power Mullet or Silver Minnow Spoon will now start to work. But you will begin to catch more speckled trout than redfish. TVout just don’t seem to get as shallow on this stretch of beach as the redfish do.
While I have only mentioned lures, five bait works great, too. With such a long stretch of beach, it can be tough to find the spot holding the most fish. Here are some clues that will help you pinpoint where to start. If you find baitfish you will find trout and redfish. lf baitfish are not visible, you will need to learn how to “read the beach.” As waves come to shore they build as the
water becomes shallower. These waves will break over on shallow water onto what are called bars. In between bars that run parallel to the beach there are deeper waters called troughs. Typically, troughs hold die fish as they run the shoreline.
To learn how to read tile beach takes time and practice. Waves are constantly changing the contour of the bottom, wliich in turn changes the location of the fish.
One spot may be good one day, but the overnight waves could cause that same spot to be dead the next day. But those fish won’t travel far.
Swimmers who enjoy the beach know about how the wave action influences the bottom. Next time you are on the beach, watch the waves—it will tell you a lot about what the bottom must look like.
There are no sure bets when it comes to fishing. But if you are boatless and looking for a good place to try along the Texas coast, you now know where many Corpus area anglers have secretly had theft best success.KEITH WARREN
Keith Warren is the host of two weekly outdoor television programs that broadcast nationwide.