New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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■To talk wiT i Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day
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The Canyon Cougars (2-1.12-7) will play He Lockhart Lions (14-7, 2-1) at 1 p.m. on MMay,AprH 8 in Lockhart.
The two teams are vying for sole possesion Of second place in the District 28-4A baseball Standings. The game was rescheduled because of rain on Friday.
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Smithson Valley and New Braunfels I Varsity boys1 golf teams are in second and [ Third place behind Bastrop after the first round of the District 28-4 A golf tournament at I^Oxjntryaub. ie following are team standings: Bastrop GffjHfrson Valley 322, New Braunfels 324, Canyon 338, Hays 350, Smithson Valley (tear** 2) 351, New Braunfels (team 2) 353, iOfhart (358) and Bastrop (team 2) 359.
The top seven individuals and scores are: Danile Galvan, Bastrop. 72, Jimmy Walker, Canyon, 73; Lewis Marshall. Bastrop. 73; Andre Larose, SVHS, 77; Chris Weil, SVHS, 78; Brad Nutt. Bastrop, 78; Jet Powell, NBHS
The second round will be played Monday at Circle C Golf CMO In Austin.
Fun Day fund raiser
The New Braunfels tetanal Little League t, rhave Its annual Fun Day on Saturday,
• • f^3Xf?3f?ritJ rriTfor2rpB.Ht trte-Niltorv Little League baseball field, across from Lands Park. The fund-raising event is open to [fa public and will have games, contests, tpdzes, a raffle, entertainment and refreshments.
Team pictures will also be taken.
The National League is selling Discount Gold Cards to raise additional funds.
^l^f^Bmunfote junior Golf Association mI hold three tournaments in April. The fol-totfng are dates and times:
■ Advanced/Intermediate (A and B divi-S den only) Tournament at Lands Park on Fri-dey, April 12 at 4 pm
■ Ail-Level Clinic and Board Meeting at Sundance Golf Course on Thursday, April 18 it 530 pm
. ■Beginner (C division only) Tournament at Far Tee Golf Center in Seguin on Saturday, Apt! 20 at 10 am.
To register or for information, call Jodi ^McDonald at 625-4831 H
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The foursome of Pat Acheson, Jack Padgett, Ervin Balusek and Mildred Maroon tied the team of Swede Knelling, CartMeschke. Tex Yeary and Edna IWdPnson for first place in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Scramble Golf Tournament Tuesday. April 2. Each group Scored a launder 62 to share the first and Second place prizes.
■" The quartet of Micky Duffy, Bill Shreve, Kink and Hal Johnson fired a nine-par 63 to take the third place prize. ion their heels, the foam of Ervin r, Bill Adkins, Ski Haneiwich and t Kneuper took the fourth place prize t an 8-under par 64. There were six f. at 7-under par 65 which indicated I foams were closely matched in the 52-mgffkm fM, ■ ;
In the "nearest the par-3 bote" contests Ervin Schaefer won the prize for hole #7,
I Sheaves captured the prize for hole 12 and Fred Maxwell get the prize for ♦15,
The next tournament is April ta
By The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — After winning a franchise-record 17 straight games, the San Antonio Spurs suddenly are looking like a team in need of a spark.
On Friday, the Washington Bullets handed the Spurs their worst loss of the season, a 10-84 drubbing that put an end to a 12-game home winning streak.
The Spurs look to bounce back today against
die Los Angeles Lakers. The game dps off at 2 p.m.
While time may have been running out on the Bullets’ last-ditch effort to make the NBA playoffs. Juwan Howard, for one, is not giving up.
Washington sent a message Friday night at die Alamodome by slamming the San Antonio. Howard led the way with 25 points.
San Antonio, which just completed an undefeated month of March, lost for only die second time in 20 games.
“From start to finish, we played like we wanted to win this game,” said Howard, who made 11 of 20 shots. “We shot well, we played great defense, we played a perfect game. It may surprise some people that we came in here and won by 20 points, Nit I feel that we can beat anyone like this. We have a good group of guys who love to play with a lot of effort.” Over the last 11 games, in which Washington has seven wins, Howard has averaged 24.3 points.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Vinny Del Negro and Avery Johnson hope to get the Spurt back on track.
The eleventh annual Gruene 10,000 got off to a at Saturday’s race
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL start aa the leaders Jockeyed for position In the first mile. About 1,000 runners competed
Vigueras wins Gruenel OK
By THOMAS 6O0U=Y •Sports Editor iJPPB
Nearly 1,000 runners laced up their sneakers and did battle with a rigorous, wind-chilled course on Saturday morning in the Gruene 10,000 Run.
The eleventh annual race, which kicked off aday of festivities with the Rock N’ R River Jam, started in front of Gruene Hall and sent a stream of bodies winding through New Braunfels neighborhoods and along Landa Park Golf Course.
Albedo Vigueras, a 33-year-old native of Mexico, was the first to cross the finish line, covering the 6.2-mile course in 30 minutes, 24 seconds and edging second place finisher Dimitri Kapitonov, 27, of Russia who came in at 31:08 Ludmila Kina, 26, of Russia was the overall female winner, coining in at 31:08.
Vigueras said he felt confident from the start.
“I ran hard in the first mile to leave the others behind,” said Vigueras who ran a 4:54 per mile pace. “Once I was in front in the final two miles, I felt strong enough to keep a steady pace and hold on. I was sure I would win after five miles.” Several members of the New Braunfels Running Club took honors in their age divisions. Meredith Patterson took female master city champion. Diane Pepin was the winner in the age 55-59 women’s division. Susan Phillips was crowned the female city champion. Sarah Damarodas was the city champion in the agel4 and under group.
Juan Bemat won the male master city champion title for ages 15-49. Robert Yam won the overall male master title. Gary Marcoux won the male master city champion title for ages 40 and older.
Roger Soler, race director, said the turnout was excellent considering the weather forecast.A cold front moved into the Hill Country on Friday, drop-
‘The weather cooperated, and we were glad to see this many people come out after it look like it might be cold and wet,” Soler said ‘This race has become more popular every year. It started out with about 75 runners and now it has grown to about 1,000 for the last three years.”
The following are the overall winners and three individual names and times for females in their age divisions:
mile to leave the others behind. I was sure I would win after five miles.”
— Alfredo Vigueras
Overall Male: I. Alfredo Vigueras, 33,30:24.2. Dimitri Kapitonov, 27,31:06.3. Randy Reina, 36, 31:50.
Male Master Overall: Robert Yarn. 41,33:25.2. Keith Dowland, 41,34:38.
Male New Braunfels City Champ (Ages 15-39): I . Juan Bemal, 37,34:53.
Male Master New Braunfels City Champ (Age 40+): I. Gary Marcoux, 43,39:13.
Male New Braunfels City Champ (Age 14 & under): I. Andy Schmid, 14,41:54.
Male Wheelchair I. Tomas Garstka, 40:03. 2. Marion Urolimowski, 41:02. 3. Wieslan Mytych, 42:35.4. Arthur Kicam, 1:13:05.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Alfredo Vigueras keeps the toed on challenger Dimitri Kopitonov in the final mile of the 1006 Gruene 10,000 on Saturday. Vigueras raced to a first piece time of 30 minutes, 24 seconde.
Male (14 and under): I. Chase Chance, 14, 43:43. 2. Adam Shows, 13, 49:08. 3. Charlie Spence, 14,52:42.
Male (15-19): I. Daniel Ybarra, 16. 36:04. 2. Dean Biasko, 17, 38:40. 3. Ryan Gorman, 15, 41:20.
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America’s team in deep trouble
By the Associated Press
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Amid drug suspensions and drug charges, suits and countersuits, one good dung did happen to the Dallas Cowboys this year. They won their third Super Bowl in four seasons.
Ifs become almost forgotten during this time of trouble for the franchise that likes to think of itself as “America’s Team.” By itself, Michael Irvin’s indictment on drug possession charges would have been bad enough. But it only capped a aeries of Cowboys lowlighls over the past 18 months:
—Jerry Jones’ war with the NFL over marketing and revenue sharing policies. It hoi resulted in suit and countersuit—$300 million by the league, $700 million by the Cowboys.
— A troubled 1995 regular season that included injuries and controversies, some over the coaching. “Bozo the Coach,” blared one headline after a loss in Philadelphia for which Barry Switzer was blamed. “I never had a game in which I had fun,” quarterback Troy Aikman moaned during the playoffs.
— Four defensive starters lost to free agency, eroding the last bit of depth on a team.
■ NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - All-American guard Allen Iverson wifi make himself available for the NBA draft, the Georgetown sophomore’s former AAU coach said.
Boo Williams, who coached Iverson during the summers of his high school years, told the Daily Press of Newport News that Iverson would announce his decision this weekend, perhaps at Bethel High, the school he led to the 1993 Virginia state Group AAA championship.
Iverson was a first-team All-America this season. He averaged 25 points and shot 49 percent from the field.
■ LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville center Samak! Walker has declared for June's NBA draft, according to a New Jersey sports agent.
Walker, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, averaged 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.
■ PHOENIX (AP) — A Maryland man convicted of murdering the pregnant girlfriend of his cousin — former Phoenix Suns player Jarred Mustaf—wifi be sentenced on April 26.LeVonnie Wooten could be gven the death penalty or at least 25
years in prison when sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Ronald Relnstein for the murder of Althea Hayes.
The 27-year-old aspiring singer was three months pregnant with Mustaf’s son when she was shot in the head in her suburban Glendale apartment the night of July 22,1993.
■ CHARLOTTE. N.C. (AP) - Robert Parish tied Kareem Abdut-Jabbar’s NBA record tor most games played when he started for the Charlotte Hornets against the Chicago Bulls.
It was the 1,560th game for Parish, 42, who is in his 20th season in the league.
■ BOSTON (AP) — There is no evidence that the late Boston Celtics captain Reggie Lewis used illegal drugs while he played on the 1986-1987 Northeastern University basketball team, an Investigating commission reported. The commission, established last year by Northeastern president John Curry, found that other members of that team used marijuana and cocaine.Lewis died July 27,1993, after he collapsed while shooting baskets.
Foreigners find races Gruener in these parts
The air near Mexico City is thinner than most places in the world. It’s certainly less oxygen-rich than the atmosphere in Gruene.
So it was no wonder Alfredo Vigueras, who trains in the high-altitude town of Hidalgo, Mexico, was beaming like a man on some kind of natural high. His lungs have become so efficient using mountain-grown air that it’s almost euphoric when he runs at sea-level places like the Hill Country.
Given that edge, Vigueras breezed to an overall first-place time of 30 minutes, 24 seconds and pocketed the $250 prize at the Gruene 10.000 on Saturday.
The Spanish-speaking marathoner explained in his native tongue (and in a smattering of English) the advantages of working out in the mountainous terrain of his hometown.
“It is perfect to train there,” said Vigueras, 33. ‘T tome hert-tttkffwl^b strong Witt) the rim. In Hidalgo l am running at 2,000 feet above the sea level. Today it makes this race so much easier.”
In fact, his closest challenger, Dimitri Kapitonov of Russia, crossed the finish line nearly a minute later and wasn’t a real threat heading into the grueling, uphill stretch.
Vigueras was coming off a recent second place finish (2 hours, 13 minutes) at the Los Angeles Marathon.
Even so, he knew Kapitonov was no slouch either. The 27-year old marathoner recently ran a personal best of 28 minutes, 45 seconds in another I OK. He won the Motorola Marathon in Austin last February, finishing in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Unlike Vigueras, it wasn’t so much the air that lured Kapitonov to Gniene. For one thing, the weather in Russia is rarely as pleasant as the sunny and breezy 50-degree temperatures on Saturday. And race sponsors in his country are not fond of handing out prize money.
“We come here because the races are very well-organized,” said Kapitonov’s coach Sergei Kakasev, who came in fourth overall at 32 minutes, 17 seconds. “This race was really a chance for us to train. Gruene is a beautiful town and fun time.”
These runners rely on purses to pay for travel expenses, but money is not their motivation. That was evident in a display of good sportsmanship when Vigueras slowed down at the three-mile mark to check on Kapitonov who took a tumble on a slick stretch of the road near a water station.
The Russian regained his footing and resumed the heated race. Vigueras, inhaling the oxygen that was so rich to his lungs, pulled away in the final half mile.
“I love to run in this kind of air,” Vigueras said.
Just behind the two front-runners was Randy Reina, the Gruene I OK champion in 1994. Reina couldn’t find as much love in the air on this day. It was more of a hindrance for the 36-year-old runner, although he managed to hang on for third place at 31 minutes, 50 seconds.
“I’m a warm weather, humidity runner,” Reina said. “This cold front brought in some allergies that slow me down.” Reina, who resides just down the road in San Antonio, wasn’t making excuses. Like many of us, he takes for granted the usually warm weather and ample opportunities for races in Texas. That wasn’t so for a couple of foreigners who found the Gruene 10K to be a breath of fresh air.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung)