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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 —- Herald Zeitung — Friday, Aprii 8, 2011 Athl Booster Club Awards Party, Auction, BBQ. & Dance! Held @ The “New” Bluebonnet Palaceh Open to Public • $15 AdmissionCompetition at a fever pitch at Texas Relays By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeltung AUSTIN— Ihe Texas Relays is THE benchmark for any track athlete who wants to know where they stand against the best competition in the state. Canyonb Chamaya Aimer leads a committee of Comal County track -sters in the two-day Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadi um in Austin. Aimer will compete p——g——| in the shot put and dis-cus in tlx* same starii-um where she won the Texas state Class 4A girls’ shot put title and third place in the discus. Canyon also sends Tumor Britany Carter, who will compete in the high jump, the girls 400-meter and 1,600- rneter relay teams; the boys distance medley relay team of Cody Nichols, Iordan Hoffer, Khalil Fowler and Nolan Vargas; the boys 400-meter relay team of Fowler, George Williamson, Shai Thomas and Dakota Billings; and the girls 400-meter relay team of Ashley Mullen, Carter, Vanessa Johnson and Kelsie Smeby, and Only Wilson in the triple jump. New Braunfels sends Matt Schmid in the 100 meters; John Martinez in the two-mile; the boys 400, 800 and mile relay teams that include Schmid, Chris iystial, Karimu Osman, Grant Reber and Ray Dyer; the two-mile and 4,000-meter relay teams of Joey May, ('ullen Nisson, Martinez, Clay Smith and Kade Kistner, Dyer and Josh Stallings; Ross Johnson in the discus; Chris Soechting Canyon I ¿ike’s lone attendee is Jessica Cunningham in the pole vault. Shelby Polasek and Anna Cozart will compete in the two-mile; the girls mile relay team of Kailey Riedel, Cassidi Voigt, Lecia Meyer and Cozart, and Alan Sanchez and Dylan Willett will compete in the 1,600 meters for Smithson Valley. Ihe event begins at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for reserved seating and $10 for general admission, while arking rates are $2-$ 10 based on your time in the garage. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext 223, or by e-mail at sports<3)herald-zeitung com► PREP TENNIS Local HS teams advance several to district finals By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung SCHERTZ — New Braunfels has had unprecedented success over the last few years at the District 5A tournament. And 2011 is no different. Tanner Brown and Chantal Najera lead the boys and girls singles players into Saturday’s finals at Cibolo Steele High School, as the Unicorns sent three singles and five doubles teams into the final day with a chance to advance to the Region IVTournament in San Antonio. Lucas Fumgalli and Turner Brown advanced to the finals along with the Tucker Brown and Alejandro Sanoja in the boys doubles. Beau Fieldsend and Liza Field-send are in the finals in mixed doubles, while Courtney and Hayley Wild advanced to the girls doubles finals. Aly Yannuzzi and Summer Walton are in the girls double third-place match, along with Paul Michael Domanski in the third-place match in boys singles. At the District 27-4A tournament in Alamo Heights, Smithson Valley’s Jackie Parkhill and Canyon boys doubles team of Cody Mendez and Connor Beard advanced to Saturday’s finals. Parkhill defeated Lillian Wallace of Alamo Heights 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the finals where she will face Laura Moreno-Vasquez of Alamo Heights. Smithson Valley’s Kara Bowman and Patricia Silva and Brandon Adkins will play in the third-place match in girls doubles and boys singles, respectively. The finals begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Alamo Heights Masters the putter that kept him in the game. After driving behind some trees at No. 14, and going even deeper when his next shot struck a limb, he rolled in a 20-foot putt to salvage bogey. He made a 25-footer for birdie at the 17th, then made things a bit easier at the final hole by sticking his approach shot right behind the flag. He rolled in the short birdie putt and was tied for the lead at a place where he's never even made it to the weekend. One of golfs rising stars, Mcllroy began attacking at the par-5 second with the first of three straight birdies, and he never let up. Canyon's Tann«r Vrazal SPORTS | ■ COMING SUNDAY | Results from final day i at Texas Relays in Austin CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Downs doubled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth inning on Thursday and the ilouston Astros held on for their first win of the season, 3-2 over the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Reds. The Astros were the last NL team to win a game, and they did it with a little drama. I )owns, who had struck out in all three of his at-bats this season, doubled off Nick Masset (0-1) for the lead. Closer Brandon Lyon, who blew his only other save chance on opening day, gave up a pair of two-out singles before getting pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez to ground into a forceout. The Reds won their first five games for the first time since their 1990 championship season. They were the lone NL team left without a loss—Texas is still perfect in the ALBonds Mcllroy, Quiros off to roarin’ start► PRO BASEBALL Astros rally in 9th for 1st win, beat Reds CLASS 5A SOCCER REGIONALSEMIFINALS case goes to the jury SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal case against Barry Bonds is now in the hands of a jury. Closing arguments in the former baseball star's 12-day trial wrapped up Thursday afternoon and the eight-woman, four-man jury went home a few minutes later. They'll pick up with deliberations today. I he major leagues' all-time home run leader is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and a count of obstruction for denying that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs and for saying no one other than his doctors gave him an injection. If convicted, federal sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence of between 15 and 21 months. LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Sergio Mendez (4) leads the Unicorns against Brownsville Porter in tonight's regional semifinals. UNICORNS PEAKING NB faces Porter in 5A regional semifinals tonight By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels coach Larry Schaffer remarked that he just rented a car and was driving down to the Region IV-5A Tournament, which was strange to him. I he District 25-5A champion Unicorns (17-2-4) play 32-5A runner-up Brownsville Porter (30-3) at 6:30 p.m. today at Brownsville Sports Park. The tournament’s home has always been in San Antonio, but this season, UIL made the move to hold the event at in the Valley. “This is really going to be neat (for Brownsville) to be able to host the tour- NB VS. BROWNSVILLE PORTER 5A REGIONAL SEMIFINALS WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Today WHERE: Brownsville Sports Park TICKETS: $5 for adults, $3 students. nament,” Schaffer said. “My kids are really excited.” New Braunfels looks to be peaking at just the right time, after the Uncioms earned its trip to regionals with a 3-2 comeback win over the Churchill in the regional quarterfinals Hiesday night. But now, the Unicorns will have their hands full, not only from a solid opponent in the Cowboys, but from the rau-caus crowd ready to cheer on their home team. “I don’t think the boys will be intimidated," Schaffer said. “The field dimensions are the same and the goal size is the same. When that whistle blows, we still have to put the ball in die net.” NB has a solid frontline that includes senior Sergio Mendez, who scored the game-winner against Churchill, John O’Brien and Christian Cantu. Porter is led by Hector Gonzalez and Joel Garza , who accounted for two of the Cowboys’ three goals in their 3-1 win over Laredo LBJ. The winners will earn a trip to the state tournament April 14 through 16 in Georgetown. AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rory Mcllroy teed off in the morning and put up a score for everyone to chase at the Masters. Then, after grabbing some lunch, he plopped down in front of the television to see if anyone could catch him. No one did — until a long-hitting Spaniard in the last group of the day. Alvaro Quiros, who had never shot better than 75 in two previous Masters, birdied the final two holes under darkening skies to match Mcllroy with a 7-under 65 on Thursday. There were plenty of red numbers on the board, the golfers able to attack the venerable course on a warm, sun *1 cMßSTERS ny day with only a slight hint of a breeze. South Koreans Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi were two shots back at 67. Nine other players were in the 60s. Defending champ Phil Mickel-son scrambled for a 70, and Tiger Woods was within striking distance at 71. Mcllroy, a 21-year-old from Northern Ireland, is used to contending in the majors, finishing third at last year's British Open and PGA Championship. He also helped Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup. Now, he's the youngest first-round leader in Masters history after a bogey-free round. Mcllroy nearly duplicated his dynamic start at last year's British Open, where he started with a 63. The next day at St. Andrews, in a howling wind that actually forced a brief delay, he slumped to an 80. He shouldn't face those conditions in Georgia, where the forecast calls for warm, sunny weather through the weekend. Whatever happens, he feels better prepared to deal with any adversity. Quiros was able to overpower Augusta National with his strength off the tee, but it was ;