New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tulsa coach offered job at Arkansas
FORT WORTH (AP) -University of Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson has been offered the job as head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas and is expected to announce his acceptance at a news conference in Fayetteville today, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported today.
Arkansas officials said Monday the news conference would be held this afternoon, “depending on our new coach’s arrival,” the newspaper reported.
Richardson would replace Eddie Sutton, who resigned a week ago after ll seasons to become head coach at Kentucky.
Richardson, 43, would become the first black head basketball coach in Southwest Conference history.
In five years at Tulsa, Richardson’s teams are 119-37 with three appearances in the NCAA playoffs and two in the National Invitation Tournament.
The Golden Hurricane went 23-8 during the past season and won the school’s first outright Missouri Valley Conference championship. The team tied for the MVC title in 1983-84 and his other teams have two second and one third place finish in the conference.
Richardson, a graduate of Texas-E1 Paso, coached Western Texas Junior College of Snyder to the National Junior College Association national championship in 1980 with
a 37-0 record. He went to Tulsa the following year, taking many of his players with him. The Golden Hurricane won the NIT championship in 1981.
Richardson could not be reached for comment Monday night and Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles was in Memphis, Tenn., for a speech at a banquet for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
University of Tulsa President J. Paschal Twyman told the newspaper the offer had been made to Richardson.
Twynam said he and Richarson “visited at length” Monday night concerning Richardson’s consideration of the Arkansas job. It was believed that Twyman and four of the university’s trustees made a counteroffer in an attempt to keep the most successful basketball coach in Golden Hurricane history.
A source close to Richarson told the newspaper that Richardson had made up his mind to accept the job.
The newspaper said Richardson was believed to have been one of those on Broyles’ original list and first interviewed for the job last Thursday.
Part of the delay in Richardson accepting the post, the newspaper reported, was that he wanted assurance that proper medical services would be available in Fayetteville for his 13-year-old daughter, who is ill.
Danny Hernandez Braunfels
grimacing at a pitch he wanted to hit
DERYLCLARK HERALD ZEITUNG
will lead off for the Canyon Cougars tonight against New
NB, CHS move into poll's top 10
Canyon and New Braunfels received a little pot-sweetener on the eve of tonight’s District 13-4A baseball showdown at Unicom Field.
For the first time this season, both teams are ranked in the top IO in the Laredo Morning TimesTexas Baseball Coaches Association poll of the state's top teams.
Canyon, which dropped out of the poll last week, rejoined the list at the No. 9 spot. New Braunfels, which has not appeared in the top IO
this season, is tenth.
Westlake, 17-2, remains the top-ranked team in Class 4A despite a close call with district rival Leandei last week.
The addition of Canyon and New Braunfels to the poll means that four of the top IO teams in the state are in Region IV. Uvalde, 14-1, is fourth and Flour Bluff, 12-2, is fifth.
Spring Woods, which was scheduled to play in the rained-out New Braunfels Invitational tournament, is ranked No. I in 5A.
Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Unicom Field.
Here are me statistics tor New Braunfels District 13-4A baseball game Hitting
Player AB H Avg 2B 3B HR R RBI
Bobby Tristan .. 4 3 750 1 0 2 2 6
Don Duncan 4 3 750 0 0 0 2 0
Armando Martinet 3 2 667 1 0 0 2 4
David Caddeil 4 2 500 0 0 0 2 1
Russell Hansmann 2 I 500 0 0 0 2 1
Tomes Juarez 3 1 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Eddie Cantu 3 I 333 0 0 0 2 1
Alan Wanter ... 2 0 OOO 0 0 0 1 0
David Gunn 2 0 OOO 0 0 0 1 0
Ricky Comet 1 0 OOO 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 27 13 481 2 0 2 14 13Canyon stats
Here are the statistics tor Canyon's District 134A baseball game
Player AB H Avg 2B 3B HR R RBI
Bret Cappleman . 3 2 667 0 0 3 1
Danny Hernandez 3 2 667 1 0 0 2 0
Troy Moss 3 2 667 0 0 I 2 4
Raul Chapa 3 2 667 0 0 0 0 1
Ronme Rittimann 2 1 500 0 0 0 2 1
Brad Campbell 3 1 333 0 0 0 0 0
Randy Riggs 2 0 OOO 0 0 0 0 lr
Gary Edwards 10 OOO 0 0 0 1 0
Danny Rodriguez 2 0 OOO 0 0 0 0 0
Scon Wagner I 0 OOO 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 21 IO 476 I 0 I IO 8
A th/etes remember 20 years in Dome
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First- and second place finishers for Canyon Middle School were (left to right) Eddie Lopez, Michael McBride, Greg McFarland, Austin Rich and Steven Summers. Top finishers tor New Braunfels Middle School will appear in Wednesday's Herald-Zeitung.
CMS, NBMS athletes break school marks
Two athletes from Canyon Middle School and one individual and two teams from New Braunfels Middle School set school records at the South Texas Athletic Conference track meet last week at Judson.
CMS seventh-graders Austin Rich and Eddie looper broke school records in their events, as Rich topped 5-1 in the high jump and Lopez ran a 58.56 in the 400.
Jeff Bryan of NBMS won the eighth grade 400 meters in 53.25 to set his record. The time was also a conference meet record.
The 1,600 relay team of Jimmy Simmonds, Mark West, Lonnie Aleman and Bryan ran a 3:51.20 for a school record, and the 400 relay of Bryan, Byron Schlater, Wade Ohnheiser and Aleman set a school record in 48.06.
In the team races, New Braunfels finished third in the eighth grade division with 774 and Canyon was seventh with 21. In the seventh grade, New Braunfels was third with 73 and Canyon fifth with 60.
In the seventh grade division, New Braunfels was led by a double victory by weight man Willy Bargainer. He won the shot put with an effort of 34-64 and the discus at 102-10.
NBMS’ 400 relay team of Danny Esqueda, Matt Ethridge, Rob Farias and John Cams reno took its race in 51.68. Camareno was also second in the IOO in 12.70, second in the 200 at 25.49, third in the high jump at 4-8 and third in the long jump.
Farias was fifth in the 400 at 62.62 and Ethridge sixth in the IOO at 13.44.
Rich's record-setting performance for CMS was good
for first place, while Michael McBride was second at 5-0 and Austin Montanio fourth at 4-10.
Lopez* record in the 400 was good for first place as well.
Ryan Sweet was fourth in the pole vault at 14. Anthony Hinojosa was fifth and Larry Franz sixth in the shot put, while Franz was third and Clint Jentsch fifth in the discus.
Rich also finished fifth in the 1,600. Canyon’s 1,600 relay team of Domingo Hernandez, Montanio, McBride and Lopez finished fourth.
In the eighth grade division, Canyon’s Greg McFarland won the shot put with an effort of 44-14. Steven Summers was second in the high jump at 5-4 and Ray Kaderli sixth at 5-2.
Charles Spears finished sixth in the IOO and fifth in the 200, while Rudy Benavides was sixth in the 200.
Robb Craighton was sixth in the 300 hurdles and Wade Zaeske fourth in the 1,600.
For NBMS, Ernest Wilson was second in the shot put at 44-5, Juan Ozuna fifth in the discus at KMM), Aleman and Simmonds tied for sixth in the high jump at 5-2, Aleman fifth in the long jump and Kit Jonason fourth in the pole vault at 8-6.
The record-breaking 400 relay fmushed fourth and the 1,600 relay second.
In the 800, Joel Hinkhouse was fourth in 2:33.96. Steven Mares finished second in the HO hurdles in 18.24 and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 46.16 and Simmonds was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 46.63.
H OUSTON (AP) — The cheering started 20 years ago today in the Astrodome when Mickey Mantle stepped to the plate and clubbed the first hit and later in the game the first home run ever in the first-of-its-kind “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
The cheering continued in 1968 when Elvin Hayes led the Houston Cougars to a 71-69 victory over UCLA and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar under the same roof in what was billed as the college basketball game of the century.
And Earl Campbell kept up the beat in the late 1970s and early 1980s amid the cheers of “Luv Ya Blue,” in leading the Houston Oilers to the National Football League playoffs.
Mantle, Hayes and Campbell, along with other athletes who have played a part in the colorful history of the Astrodome, will return tonight prior to the Houston Astros’ National League opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers to celebrate the Astrodome’s 20th birthday.
“I was like a kid the first time I came in here,” Mantle said Monday, viewing the refurbished Astrodome 20 years later. “It was like when I was a kid in Oklahoma and went to the carnival for the first time and saw all the midway rides. Ifs still the only Dome I’ve ever been in."
Campbell, the Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Texas, charged into his pro career with the Oilers and has many fond memories of victories in the Astrodome.
But among his fondest memories are bus rides into the Astrodome following a pair of playoff losses to the Pittsburgh Steeters in 1979 and 1980 when packed Astrodome crowds greeted their defeated heroes when they returned home.
“The times we came home from Pittsburgh those two years and for the people to show up for a team that lost,” Campbell said, shaking his head. “It was unbelievable.”
Campbell, who was traded to the New Orleans Saints last season, gazed down at the Astrodome turf, recalling those emotional pep rallies when Bum Phillips declared that the door to the Super Bowl would surely pass through Houston and former Oiler center Carl Mauck tried to sing “God Bless America” through a cracking voice.
Hayes has never played before or since before a crowd or atmosphere like what greeted the Cougars in their 1968 showdown with Jabbar and UCLA.
“We came out of the dressing room and saw all of these people and we just became numb,” Hayes said.
“From the moment UCLA and the Cougars came onto the floor it was a frenzy.
“I’ve never been in a game where the fans and players were so intense and so involved for the full 40 minutes of the ball game.
“Normally at halftime, you relax, but it was just like shifting gears. It was one of the most exciting moments of my basketball career,” said Hayes.
Abe Astrodome has treated millions of fans to many more thrills over the years.
It has been the scene of four no-hitters, the last in 1981 by Nolan Ryan; a major league All-Star baseball game; an NCAA Final Four; a Muhammad All title fight; 17 Bluebonnet Bowls; a performance by Russian gymnast
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! w _•Astrodome facts
— It was the first air-conditioned all-purpose stadium
— It was the first stadium to have artificial turf
— An 18-story building could be constructed under the highest point in the roof
— It was built for $24.6 million, less than the cost of the current remodeling
— The roof can withstand sustained winds of 135 mph and gusts of 165 mph
— The stadium covers 94 acres of land and its playing surface is 25 feet below ground level
Olga Korbut; a world record motorcycle leap by Evel Knievel; a Bob Hope Special and a Billy Graham Crusade.
Tonight’s celebration will include a display of what is being called the world's largest birthday card, accompanied by a giant birthday cake, film clips recalling past events and a parade including athletes from the Astrodome’s past.
Former Houston Mayor Roy Hofheinz conceived the idea of a domed stadium after visiting the Roman Colisseum in the mid-1950s and learning that the historic arena once had an awning that was drawn over by slaves.
Hofheinz, who died in 1982, and R.E. “Bob” Smith helped obtain a National League franchise for the city in 1960 after Hofheinz dazzled the National League owners with a scale model of the domed stadium.
The stadium was completed in time for the opening of the 1965 National League season, setting the blueprint for future all-weather sports facilities.
The Astrodome was constructed at an estimated cost of $38 million and was the structural wonder of its day.
But there were problems. The roof leaked and had to be repaired before the regular season started.
Fielders lost fly balls against the background of the ceiling. That problem was solved by painting the ceiling panels to provide contrast. But the darker-colored roof kept out enough sunlight to kill the grass on the field.
That problem led to one of many firsts for the Astrodome — artificial turf.
The Astrodome currently is undergoing a $44 million face lift that should be completed by July. The project, which costs more than the entire original contraction, includes refurbished seating, a $4.2 million Diamond Vision video screen to replace the original $2 million scoreboard, added outside lighting and improvements in the adjacent Astrohall and Astroarena.