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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon girls soccer coach Dustin Gold. SPORTS COMING SATURDAY Who's the best? Canyon-NB regional soccer final previewed 3| Friday, April 8,2005 — Herald- Zeitung — Page 5A Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T-l-C KET 27-4A tennis meet NB, Canyon netters continue play at district meet at Lake Travis Time: all day H Unicorn Invitational New Braunfels, SV tracksters competing in seven-team event Time: 3 p.m. Playing for state Canyon, NB girls play in Region IV soccer final Time: 4 p.m.Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL NB-CAIMYOIM SOCCER RIMAL — New Braunfels will play Canyon for the Classs 4A-Region IV girls soccer title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Stadium. The winner will receive a berth at the UIL state tournament, which begins Thursday. Tickets at the gate will be $4 for adults and $2 for students.STATE ROCKETS' HOWARD OUT FOR SEASON — Houston Rockets forward Juwan I Iowan! will miss the rest of the season because of a viral infection in his heart. Out of the lineup the last three weeks because of a sprained right knee, Howard developed an infection that could keep him from physical activity for the next four to six months. The ailment, viral myocarditis, has symptoms that include fever, heart palpitations and mild chest pains. I toward hoped to return from his knee injury in time for the playoffs, which start April 23, but was told by doctors this week that he wouldn’t be cleared to play again this season, even though the infection had been cured. I toward averaged 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first season with the Rockets. He was acquired in the offseason in a trade with Orlando that also brought Racy McGrady to the Rockets. ASTROS SIGN KIESCHNICK - Brooks Kieschnick, a former Texas Longhorns standout recently released by Milwaukee, has signed a minor league contract with the I louston Astros and will play in his hometown. Kieschnick, 32, a pitcher and outfielder, will report to the Astros’ new Double A affiliate in Corpus Christi, where he was a high school star 15 years ago. The Brewers released him during spring training after he compiled a 5.68 ERA in seven appearances. ARMSTRONG MULLING RETIREMENT -Lance Armstrong is considering retiring after he tries for a record seventh straight Tour de France victory this lilly. “It’s a possibility,” the Austin resident said Thursday at a Central Parte appearance to support New York’s 2012 Olympic bid. Comments Armstrong, 33, made to Italian media last week that he missed his kids and the pressure was taking a toll on him fileted speculation that this year’s Tour de France would be his last. His new two-year contract to race for the Discovery Channel team requires he race just one more Tour de France.NATIONAL BOSOX MANAGER OK —Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not have a heart attack and results of medical tests on him “are very good,” Boston’s team doctor said Thursday. Francona was hospitalized in New York Wednesday morning after feeling tightness in his chest. The team did not say when Francona mishit rejoin the Red Sox, who begin a three-game series today in Toron to and will receive their World Series rings before Monday’s home opener against the New York Yankees. 69th Masters gets off to a soggy start TV: 3-6 p.m. USA Jack Nicklaus watches his shot to the No. 7 green during Thursday's first-round play at the Masters. SV players get 26-5A honors AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Opening Day at the Masters brought some familiar sights Thursday— first the rain, then the names atop the leader-board that included defending champion Phil Mickelson and world No. I Vijay Singh. But don’t get the idea this was just -3- another typical day at Augusta National. Tiger Woods hit an eagle putt that went off the green and into Rae’s Creek. Ernie Els spent more time in the trees than in the fairway. Former champion Billy Casper returned to the Masters for the first time in three years and made history with the highest score on a hole (14) and the highest round (106). Jack Nicklaus teed off to a heartfelt ovation in what might be his last Masters. And when a wet and wacky start to the 69th Masters ended in darkness, Palmer was on the leaderboard — not fourtime winner Arnold Palmer, but Masters rookie Ryan Palmer. Of the 24 players who managed to squeeze in the first round, Mark Hensby of Australia was the clubhouse leader at 3-under 69, showing that Augusta National doesn’t have to be crusty and firm to be a brute. Chris DiMarco, who showed Mickelson the line on his winning putt last year, birdied three straight holes and was atop the leaderboard at 4 under par with four holes still to play. Luke Donald of England was another shot behind and four holes left in his first round, while the group at 2 under included Mickelson, Singh, Ryan Palmer, Retief Goosen and Stuart Appleby. Players were to return at 8:45 a.m. today to complete the first round, and barring any more weather delays, the tournament should be back to normal by the weekend. This was the ninth time in 15 tournaments that weather interrupted play, and the fourth straight week of rain. TYying to hold down his No. I ranking, Singh was a model of consistency in a first round that was out of whack before players even arrived at Augusta National — tee times were pushed back five times as By Will Wright Sports Editor Smithson Valley basketball teams didn’t enjoy the best of seasons, as both fell short of making the playoffs. Still, some of the Rangers received some recognition, in the form of District 26-5A honors. Junior forward Mallory Craig was named to the girls’ first team in the balloting conducted by league coaches immediately following the regular season. Junior wing Nick Metzger was named to the boys’ second team. Rangers receiving honorable mention were freshman guard Megan TUrk for the girls, and senior post Brad Respondek and senior guard Chris Deuel for the boys. State finalist Reagan and second-place Judson dominated all picks on the boys end, white the girls picks were evenly spread among the eight schools. For Smithson Valley, Craig was an integral part of the girls team that finished 10-21 over all and 2-12 in league play. She averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 steals and 4.7 rebounds per game, and was 76 of 128 from the free-throw line. Turk, only one of two freshmen named to the all-district teams, averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.7 assists an outing. She was 33 of 52 from the stripe. Metzger was the top scorer for the Rangers boys, who finished 9-19 overall and 1-13 against the league. The 6-2 wing averaged 12.9 points a game and led the team in field goals (132) and three-pointers (46) and was 51 of 66 from the free-throw line. The 6-3 Respondek shot 48.9 percent from the field (112 of 229) and led the Rangers in rebounds with 206,52 of them offensive. He shot 35 of 44 from the line and finished the season with 19 blocked shots. Deuel, 5-11, was the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 9.8 points per game. He shot 48.8 percent from the field, ted the Rangers in assists (128) and was second in steals (26). MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Mallory Craig was named to the District 26-5A girls basketball first-team after leading the team in scoring, steals and assists last season. ALL-DISTRICT 26-5A BASKETBALL TEAMS The All-District 26-5A basketball teams, as selected by league coaches ('-unanimous pick): BOYS Most Valuable Player — Garrett Bell, Reagan, Sr. Newcomer of the Year — Andre Hare, Judson, Sr. Coach of the Year — Jimmy Littleton, Reagan FIRST TEAM Reagan — Garrett Bell, Sr.*; Amir McCleary, Sr.* Judson — Wes Brown, Sr.* MacArthur — Tim Lytle, Sr.*; Jason Wagner, Sr. Madison — Dylan Cooke, Sr.; Robert Funes, Sr. Churchill — David Ray, Sr.* SECONDTEAM Smithson Valley — Nick Metzger, Jr. Reagan — BJ. Moon, Sr. Judson — Andre Harp, Sr.; Andre Godfrey, Sr. Roosevelt — Antoine Arkadie, Sr. Madison — Jeremy Barbatto, Sr. Lee — Robert Rodriguez, Sr.; Armando Cortez, Sr. HONORABLE MENTION Smithson Valley — Brad Responded Sr.; Chris Deuel, Sr. Reagan — Phillip Wilson, Jr.; Cory Griffin, Jr.; Brandon Harwood, Sr. Judson —■ Clyde Johnson, Sr.; J.C. Smith, Sr. Madison — Hannibal Davis, Jr.; James Stancek, Jr.; Charles Harper, Jr. MacArthur — Bruce Day, Jr.; Lavelle Ellis, Jr. Roosevelt — James Moore, Jr.; Shaun Cordes, Jr. Churchill — Steven Shorter, Sr. GIRLS Most Valuable Player — Ash-lee Roberson, Judson, Jr. Newcomer of the Year—Hannah Honeycutt, Madison, Jr. RRSTTEAM Smithson Valley — Mallory Craig, Jr. Roosevelt — Kyra Woods, Jr.*; Tracey Patterson, Jr. Churchill — Kelli Buckley, Sr.*; Danielle Hubenak, So. Lee — Whitney Pederson, Sr.* Judson — Brittany Curtis, Jr.* Madison — Shivona Johnson, Jr.* MacArthur — Kate Wright, Sr. SECOND TEAM Churchill — Casssie Brown, Sr.; Sarah Carrell, So. Reagan — Amanda Eubank, Jr.; Julie Hedfelt, Jr. MacArthur — Kristina Grace, Jr. Judson — Shaliah Wright, Jr.; Brittney Tinsley, Jr. Madison — Melissa Myers, Sr. Lee — Usa Gomez, Sr. HONORABLE MENTION Smithson Valley — Megan ■fUik.Fr. Roosevelt — Jessica Davidson, Jr.; Kira Knowles, Jr. Lee — Christina Moreno, Sr.; Zenna James, Jr. Reagan — Kia Barnes, Sr.; Princess Butler, Sr. Churchill — Christine Flores, Fr. MacArthur — Vanessa Figueroa, Sr.; Dee Monday, Sr. Judson — Monica Burgess, Jr. Madison — Casey Garcia, Jr. more than an inch of rain fell, leading to a 5 I/2-hour delay and players starting from both tees. Along with picking up three birdies on the front nine, Singh twice saved par with 10-foot putts. His only bogey came on the I Itll hole, the last one he played before the round was suspended, leaving him at 2 under. Mickelson was all smiles when he stepped to the first tee, looking not much differently from when he left the Masters last year wearing a green jacket. He opened with a bogey, but kept himself out of trouble most of die day and gave himself ample birdie chances. Goosen, the forgotten Figure in all the hype over the “Big Four,” made a rare birdie on the par-3 12th, then recovered from a tee shot into the azaleas on the par-5 13th to escape with par. It wasn’t the fast, fiery course most players wanted to see, conditions that have not been around for the Masters since the course was super-sized three years ago. Based on the scoring, they might be thankful for the rain. See MASTERS, Page 6AMavericks blast Spurs DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks found a way to get some satisfaction out of beating the Tim Duncan-less San Antonio Spurs — they beat ’em to a pulp. With Devin I lams starting a fast break by throwing a backward, overhead pass while falling down and jerry Stackhouse setting up another layup widi a beliind-the-back pass in the lane, the Mavs resoundingly avoided a season sweep by their division nemesis with a 104-68 victory Thursday night. Keidi Van I lorn scored IO of his 17 points during the game-breaking third quarter, after wliich it was only a matter of how much Dallas would win by. The result was San Antonio’s most lopsided loss since falling to Seattle by 38 in the 2001 finale. It also was the Mavs’ biggest victory margin over the Spurs, topping a 32-point win in January 1989. San Antonio, which has lost six straight road games since their two-time MVP was injured, never liad a chance in this one. The Spurs never led and only had it tied at 2. They scored just 27 points over die middle two quarters, shooting just 2-for-17 in the diird period. They finished 0-for-12 on 3-pointers, die first time all season they failed to hit one. Dirk Nowitzki, who wasn’t sun? he was going to play until game time because of a sore right ankle, scored 16 points with eight rebounds in 27 minutes. He left after exchanging shaves and wonts widi Nazr Mohammed early in the fourth quarter, when the rout was leading to lots of extra contact. Marquis Daniels finished with 13 points, Alan I lender-son had 12 and Josh I toward 11 tor Dallas. Brent Barry led San Antonio with 12 points and Tony Parker had ll. Maim Ginobili was l-of-9 for two points; usually an 82-per-cent foul shooter, he was even 0-for-4 from the line. ;