New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, April 7, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7A
Brooke Villarreal, 9, prepares to sink a basket.
27-4A tennis meet
NB, Canyon netters begin play at district meet in Dripping Springs Time: all day
Playing for state
Canyon. NB girls play in Region IV soccer final Time: 4 p.m.
New Braunfels, SV tracksters competing in seven-team event Time: 3 p.m.
Rivalry, Part III
Canyon-NB regional soccer final previewed.
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Netters ready for district
By Will Wright
New Braunfels netters have several seeded individuals and teams going into the District 27-4A tennis tournament, which begins today at Dripping Springs.
Today’s play will feature the junior varsity and freshman teams, with the varsities competing Friday and Saturday at Lake Travis and the Austin Tennis Academy. New Braunfels has six seeds and Canyon has one in the varsity portion, which will send the top two teams and individuals to the Region IV meet April 25-26 in San Antonio.
Leading the way for the Unicorns will be RI. I lendrie (seeded No. I) and Rusty Turpin (No. 3) in boys singles and Ashley Turpin (No. I) and Katie Barnhill (No. 3) in girls singles.
New Braunfels boys doubles will be represented by the teams of Jake Baranowski and Andrew Jaroszewski (No. I) and Jake I lendrie and I lenson Adams (No. 3).
“If we play well, we should have chance to have a lot of play-- ers advance to the regional tournament,” New Braunfels coach David Mueller said. “'Those are my expectations and the teams as well.”
Canyons girls doubles team of Candace Krueger and Challie Early have a Na 2 seed The doubles teams of Natalie Wright and Asliley Barber and I lillary I lull and Rachel Dean will compete for New Braunfels.
Others competing for the Cougars include Nico Rieben and Ryan Schumacher (boys singles), Theresa Duerr and Meghann Eckerdt (girls singles) and lordly Means and Chelsea Kay (girls doubles).
Mueller said L.ake'havis, with rifle-armed boys singles player Greg Van Winkle and another girl singles entry as No. 2 seeds, and Dripping Springs with a gills doubles team as a No. I seed, will also vie to send entries to regionals.
The Unicorns had five entries advance last year.
“We’re hoping to get at least that this year and maybe better,” Mueller said.
Houston edges Cards
HOUSTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte allowed only a solo homer to Reggie Sanders in a strong six-inning season debut, and Mike Lamb’s two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth led the Astros past St. Louis, 4-1.
Chad Qualls pitched two perfect innings and Brad Lidge got three outs to help Houston break a three-game losing streak against the Cardinals, dating to Game 6 of the NL championship series last October.
Coming off an elbow injury that ended his season last August, Pettitte showed little rust in his outing against the Cardinals despite the long layoff. He retired the first nine he faced before giving up a single to David Eckstein to lead off the fourth. In the fifth, Sanders sent Pettitte’s curve-ball off the wall in left field but Pettitte recovered, giving up only one more hit before Qualls replaced him to start the seventh.
Canyon to host regional title match
State berth riding on outcome of third game
By Will Wright
Canyon and New Braunfels will stage their Class 4A-Region IV soccer final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Stadium.
It will be the first time both schools have met to decide a regional championship. Officials from both made the arrangements Wednesday.
Tuesday night, Canyon (25-4-2) got to the finals for the first time with a 4-3 double-overtime victory over Gregory-Portland at Beeville. The Cougars erased a 2-0 halftime deficit with a pair of goals in the second half and the game-winner by Brandle Debacker in the second overtime.
New Braunfels (21-8-1) scored three goals in the first half in a 4-0 win over Pleasanton at Northside’s Farris Stadium. Michelle Whitley, Maegan Garber, Christina Racanelli and Tracey Whitley scored for the Unicorns.
Each team has won on the other’s home field this season. The Unicorns downed the Cougarettes 3-2 in a shootout at Cougar Stadium Feb. 22.
Canyon took a 2-0 victory and the District 28-4A title by beating New Braunfels at Unicorn Stadium March 18.
The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the
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New Braunfels' Christina Racanelli, left, battles Canyon's Sarah Redwine for possession during the Cougarettes' 2-0 victory over the Unicorns in the District 28 4A title game March 18.The teams will meet again for the Region IV title Saturday at Canyon.
University Interscholastic League’s state tournament in Georgetown April 14-16. New Braunfels reached the regional championship
game last year, but lost to Lake Travis 2-1 in overtime.
“The two best teams in the region come from the same small community,
and that makes this game pretty special,” New Braunfels coach Al Dressen said.
“Someone from New
NB’s Thebeau heading to Hardin-Simmons
By Will Wright
New Braunfels fullback Paul Thebeau gave his commitment Tuesday to attend Division III Hardin-Simmons University.
Thebeau, a 5-10, 190-pound senior, carried 29 times for 167 yards and led the Unicorns with nine touchdowns in a 6-5 campaign last fall.
A straight-ahead runner and excellent blocker, Thebeau was named to the all-District 27-4A and Herald-Zeitung All-Comal County second teams. He had nine totes for 16 yards his junior season.
Thebeau had also considered attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Trinity University—two other Division III powerhouses in Texas. He chose the Cowboys, who are always challengers for the American Southwest Conference title.
“When I went there to visit, I felt real comfortable,” Thebeau said of the Abilene school. “I want to become a physical therapist, and they have a program that lets me work on my doctorate before I graduate.”
Hardin-Simmons won the regular season ASG title, but finished 10-1 after a 42-28 loss to UMHB, which it had defeated 49-22 during the season in Belton. UMHB finished as the runner-up in Division III.
New Braunfels senior fullback PaulThebeau, center, announced his intent to play for Hardin-Simmons University. He is flanked by his parents, Sandy and Chuck Thebeau, and New Braunfels coachesTodd Belding, top left, and Randy Walker.
Playing for a contender was another plus, Thebeau said.
"I really like it. To play for a winning program excites me, and winning is the name of the game,” he added. “It’ll be lots of fun for me."
Division III school do not award scholarships but offer attractive financial aid packages. Hardin-Simmons, Thebeau said, was the best deal
Thebeau said he plans to start out on the junior varsity team.
“They really don’t like to play freshmen unless they have to,” he said. “I will get some experience before I get up to the big team.’
A hard worker in high school, Thebeau hopes he can do the same at the next level.
"I like running the ball, but I like being in the game and doing what ever I can to help the team to win,” he said.
Thebeau is the fourth New Braunfels player to go on to college. Kicker Trim Rust (Langston University), linebacker Jody Walker (Abilene Christian) and lineman Sam Clark (Southwestern Assemblies of God) earlier committed to play in college.
Braunfels will be going to state, and the town should be proud of both programs.”
TENNIS SV netters win titles
BUDA — Smithson Valley tennis players performed well at the I lays Invitational tournament last weekend.
Senior Caleb Carter remained unbeaten this spring after his boys singles victory.
Junior Sammy Swift lost only one set in winning his boys singles division.
Forrest Gray and Grayson Throckmorton were second in boys doubles, where Nick Wilhelm and Sterling Havel made the quarterfinals. Erica Murray and Kelley Huff made the girls doubles quarterfinals.
"Our team played tough tennis this weekend, winning our first overall tournament championship of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” Smithson Valley tennis coach Keith Brown said. “District play is next, and our players are beginning to peak at the right time.”
Smithson Valley will compete at the District 26-5A tournament April 14-16 at the McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio.
SOFTBALL Marion 4, LaVernia 0
MARION — Becca Hay tossed a one-hitter as tile Lady Bulldogs shut out its fifth District 28-3A opponent in six games Tuesday.
I lay fanned six and went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and triple for Marion (15-5, 6-0). Lanea Meyer and Dawn Wiederstein also had two hits each.
With the loss, LaVernia fell to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in district.
Spurs topple Clippers
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Maim Ginobili scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Brent Barry added four 3-pointers to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 91-82 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Clippers got to within 49-45 on a three-point play by Chris Wilcox midway through the third, but San Antonio made IO of its final 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, in the quarter to extend its lead to 72-57 heading into the fourth.
The Spurs pushed their lead to 22 points early in die fourth before the teams went to their reserves.
Barry finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Tony Parker had 11 points, and Bruce Bowen and Beno Udrih each added IO. Sean Marks had IO rebounds in 17 minutes.
San Antonio went without Tim Duncan (right ankle sprain) for an eighth consecutive game, while Bobby Simmons (left leg bruise) and Chris Kainan (lower back strain) sat out for Ins Angeles.
Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 23 points on 6-for-16 shooting, with only two of his baskets coming in the second half. Elton Brand scored 13 and Wilcox IO for Los Angeles, which shot 39 percent and committed 22 turnovers.