New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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unveils ‘Longhorn Network’
AUSTIN (AP) — The University of Texas unveiled the name of its new television network Sunday, keeping it simple by calling the channel the Longhorn Network, or LHN. Texas struck a 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN to create the network, which is scheduled to launch in August. It had been nicknamed the "longhorn Network' when first announced and officials agreed the name best captured the brand of the university.
Texas and ESPN have yet to sign a deal with cable or satellite distributors.
Sunday's announcement was supposed to include a short promotional video for reporters, but it didn't work.
AUSTIN (AP) —There’s a new McCoy at Texas and it was his turn to have a big day for the Longhorns.
The question now is whether Case McCoy, younger brother of former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, can make a push to be the Longhorns' No. 1 QB next fall.
McCoy was the standout offensive player Sunday in Texas’ annual spring scrimmage, passing for 124 yards and a touchdown. Most of the yards and the score came with the second-team offense against the first-team defense.
Garrett Gilbert» the starter in
Texas' disastrous 5-7 season in 2010, was 8 of 15 for 76 yards and an interception. The turnover set up McCoy s 11) pass. Backups Connor Wood and David Ash also got several snaps with the first-team offense.
McCoy was thrust into the No. 2 role last season as a freshman, hut played in just two games and threw only one pass.
We obviously have a decision to make at quarterback," coach Mack Brown said. "We don't think anybody is ready to take over at this point. There's so much to this offense. It's a bear."
I Tie I onghorns have a new offensive scheme under first-year cocoordinator Bryan Harsin, who came from Boise State. Texas missed a bowl game last season for the first time in 1997, the season before Brown took over the program, and Brown hired five new assistants.
(filbert threw 17 interceptions last season and drew a groan from the announced crowd of 45,000 when he badly underthrew a ball into double coverage that was easily picked off by Bryant jackson. Working behind a patchwork sec
ond-team offensive line, McCoy went 5 of 5 on the ensuing drive and hit walk-on Patrick McNamara for an 11 -yard touchdown.
"To be able to drive it down there on the first-team defense and put it in the zone, that tells you something about his determination," senior safety Blake Gideon said.
Even Colt McCoy got a chance to see it. The Cleveland Browns quarterback stopped by to watch the early moments of the game and was greeted with rousing applause when he was shown on the screen on the giant scoreboard.
Dance director lives dream at NBHS
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MONOCERA COMPETITION AWARDS AT THE 2011 HTEDANCE INCORPORATED AUSTIN DANCE CLASSIC
By Chris Hoffman
List month, when the Mono-ceras squad was named grand champions at the 2011 HTEDance Incorporated Austin Dance Classic for the second straight year and the office grand championship, dance director Heather Easley was beaming like a proud parent.
"The whole time I knew it. I knew we were going win the grand championships," Easley said. "It wasn't cockiness, just sheer confidence.
These girls are so good, and I just knew it. When I got there, I didn't even see any of the other competitors. I just knew that the girls were winners. I'm not being biased because this is my team.
We did such a broad spectrum of routines. It was so amazing to watch the girls transition seamlessly from one routine to another.
1 rom a powerful and difficult jazz routine to a fun novelty routine and then to a serious lyrical routine, it was amazing to see and very gratifying."
In all, the Monoceras won 20 awards at the prestigious competition, and the sky’s the limit for the team, as Easley said that she's found a home at New Braunfels High School.
As the team’s dance director, 25-year-old Easley said she’s living her dream.
I ve always had so many dreams. It seems that, I'm living out every single one of my dreams right now," Easley said. "I've always wanted to dance professionally. I've always wanted to have my own team, and I've always wanted to be in broadcasting. I have my finger in many different pies, but the pies are good."
Those pies include being a member of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers, doing in-arena hosting for the San Antonio Rampage minor league hockey team and being the dance director of the award-winning New Braunfels Monoceras dance team.
With so many activities taking so much of her time, Easley has become a master juggler, as she gets up early to dance practice at New Braunfels, stays for afterschool practice. Then Easley gets an hour to eat before heading to San Antonio tor Silver Dancer practice.
And if it is a game night: Easley will perform for the fans before ’ and after the game and then head home to start it all again.
1 ve always been busy," Easley said. "I've never been a one-activi-
Colonel, Senior - Paige Beyer Major, Senior - Brooke Lasseter Major, Junior - Kristin Biehn
• 1st place in: Hip Hop, Jazz, Kick
• Officer Sweepstakes Award (Scored higher than an 85 out of 100)
• Officer Grand Champions
• 1st place in: Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Kick
• 2nd place in: Novelty
• Team Sweepstakes Award (Scored higher than an 85 out of 100)
• Division Champions in Small Varsity Team Division
• Team Grand Champions
ty kind of person. I've been dancing, playing basketball, cheerlead-ing, and gymnastics. I don't even see it as juggling anymore. I see it as ‘what's next?”’
Easley, who is in her third season with the Silver Dancers, performs in front of 18,000 fans at Spurs games, and her infectious energy is something that is apparent when she's on the court going through routine after routine to get help get the crowd in a frenzy before tipoff.
It is that energy that she also shares with her Monoceras and Mystics teams, and she says that being younger than most dance teachers affords her some insight
• Other Awards: Presentation Award, Showmanship Award, Technique Award, Choreography Award
• Bria Henslee (sophomore) — Advanced to solo finals, placing third in 9th-10th grade division
• Paige Beyer & Kindsley Cloud (senior) — Placed second in Varsity Duet Division MISS HIGH KICK AWARD:
• Colonel, Paige Beyer, received this coveted award for the second year in a row. She completed a high kick sequence against other competitors to be judged on the best high kicks.
into molding an award-winning high school dance team.
"I like being younger and coaching a team of high school girls," Easley said. "I feel that it helps me to stay more in tune with the style that they Like. Not only in clothing, but also in the different styles of routines. I know what's new and fresh. I’m out there doing it myself. While I am a teacher, I'm also a student."
Easley couldn't believe her dream job came calling last year, as she won the coveted title of dance director at New Braunfels High School, but she's never to shy away from a challenge.
"It came out of nowhere," Easley
said. “I just thought that this was now or never. I've always thought that New Braunfels had such a good dance team. I would be honored to be the coach there. And it happened. It took me by surprise, but I'm so glad I jumped at the opportunity."
Keeping up with the times is key to putting together a solid dance troupe, and Easley has the advantage of being taught the latest moves by the Silver Dancers choreographer Raquel Torres-Garcia that she can use in her Monoceras routines.
"It really helps that I'm learning new and fresh choreography (with the Silver Dancers) and I can mold that into what I want to do with my team," Easley said. "Every choreographer learns from another choreographer."
Since taking over, Easley has had numerous high-water marks with the Monoceras and Mystics winning a plethora of awards.
"I love it at New Braunfels," Easley said. "1 can honestly say that I love my job. I'm in it for the girls. The girls are like my babies, and it makes me so happy to watch a routine come together and see them excited when they won. It really makes me proud. Its like I have 32 children.
"I can say that my dreams have come true."
Berkman eases into new job with Cardinals
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Berkman's first day as a regular outfielder since 2004 was perfect — no plays to test his skills. One errant pitch made Ryan Franklin's first day as a 38-year-old closer one to forget. Both St. Louis Cardinals noted there are 161 games to go-
"You obviously want to do well at all times, but particularly it's nice to get a couple of hits in the first game," said Berkman, a 1994 graduate of
Canyon High School. "We've got 161 left so it's one game. That's one reason I don't like the beginning of the season.
"Because everybody makes such a big deal out of the first part of the season."
The 35-year-old Berkman got a one-year free agent deal to add lineup depth, while willing to concede a bit on defense to find a position other than first base.
Berkman had two hits bat-ting fifth, but needed no
glove in eight innings on the job with no fly balls to track or even base hits to field.
The opener was his 871st as an outfielder. He logged 717 games as a first baseman with the Houston Astros.
"I'm not as concerned about my defense as the media and other people are," Berkman said. "If they hit me the ball, I'm going to catch it."
The Cardinals have lowered expectations defensive
ly for Berkman, who was , replaced by Jon Jay in a double switch.
Berkman allows that he's not likely to be making the spectacular plays, but makes no more concessions.
"I may not have as much range as some guys out there and I'm not saying there's not going to be a bobble here or there," Berkman said "But I think you can expect that with anybody you stick out there."
Nelson Cruz homers in 4th straight, Rangers beat Mariners
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz became the third player in major league history to homer in the first four games of a season, Derek Holland pitched six effective innings and the Texas Rangers remained one of four unbeaten teams with a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Texas (4-0) is off to its best start since opening 7-0 in 1996, following up a three-game weekend sweep of Boston.
Baltimore (4-0), Philadelphia and Cincinnati (both 3-0) are the other undefeated teams.
Cruz joined Willie Mays (1971) and Mark McGwire (1998) as the only players to go deep in each of their first four games of a season.
Holland (1-0) was given the No. 4 spot in the rotation out of spring training and he cemented his role by allowing three runs and seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth for his first save.
Elvis Andrus got the Rangers' offense rolling in the first inning with his first homer in 705 at-bats, and Julio Borbon contributed a two-run triple.
Soccer playoffs continue for NBHS boys, SVHS girls
From staff reports
New Braunfels boys soccer and Smithson Valley girls soccer teams continue their playoff runs tonight.
The Unicorns host San Antonio Churchill at 7 p.m. today, while the Lady Rangers (18-2-3) play Cedar Park Vista Ridge at 6 p.m. today at Buda Hays.
New Braunfels defeated San Antonio Highlands 2-1 in last week's Class 5A area playoffs on the strength of goals by Sergio Mendez and Dylan Rowe. Churchill (16-6-2) beat Clark 2-1 in a shootout in the Class 5A area playoffs.
Smithson Valley used solid defense to stymie a potent Bandera offense in a 2-0 win at Blossom Athletic Center last weekend.
Gabby Ashley and Nikki Nichols scored for the Lady Rangers, who advance to the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 2005.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and will be available at the gate.