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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Tuesday, April 9, 1991_Herald-Ze/fung,    New    Braunfels,    Texas_ Page    7Cougars place 2nd, advance to golf regionals DEL VALLE — A strong finish on the back nine propelled Canyon into the Region IV tournament as the Cougars placed second in the District 26-4A golf tournament on Monday. Canyon, which led Smithson Valley by six strokes in the battle for second place after Saturday’s first round, shot a 332 at The Cedars course at Bergstrom Air Force Base to defeat the Rangers by 17 strokes. Bastrop, which hosted the first round and led by 31 strokes, improved to a 3Q6 on Monday to win the district title at 621. Canyon finished second at 678, with Smithson Valley third at 695. Bastrop’s second team was fourth at 719, with Smithson Valley’s second team fifth at 744. David Stuckey shot a 75 on Monday to pace Canyon after a 79 in the first round. His two-day score of 154 put him in a tie for third Results District 26-4A Golf Tournament Lost Pines, Bastrop; and Th# Cedars, Del Valle Teem Scores Bastrop #1 315-306—821 Canyon a1 346-332—678 Smithson Valley #1 352-343—695 Bastrop #2 352-367—719 Smithson Valley #2 379-365—744 Hays 411-376-789 Lockhart 432-400—632 Canyon #2 466-448—914 place. He finished fourth overall after losing a playoff on the second extra hole. Other second-round scores for the Cougars on Monday were Jimmy Schandua’s 82, Trace Durham’s 87, Will Foitik’s 88 and Michael Chapa’s 98. Tom Rosser, coach of the Cougars, said Foilik’s 88 was crucial to his team’s second-place finish after the golfer had fired a IOO in the first round. “He came through for us, like I figured he’d have to,’’ Rosser said. “David’s 75 was a big key, too.” Stuckey was 2-over-par for the day after four holes, but played the rest of the round I-over par on the way to his 75. He shot a 35 on the back side and a 40 on the front nine. Durham also shot well on the back nine for the Cougars after shooting a triple- and double-bogey on the front side. “After nine holes, it looked like we might have it,” said Smithson Valley Coach Randy Morris. "We made up our six strokes, but each Canyon player improved on the back nine and almost all of ours were the opposite.” The Rangers were led by Blake Outlaw’s 82 after an 89 on Saturday. Danny Boone had an 85 in the second round, while both David Hernandez and Justis McNeill had 88s. Mirko Parlevliet shot a 93 Monday. Smithson Valley’s second team shot a 365 on Monday to place fourth overall. Brian Geissen paced the team with an 87, for a two-day total of 175. Michael Preiss was three strokes behind for the tournament after a second-day 89. Dean Braune finished with a 94, while Matt Mann had a 95 and Greg Sla-vin a I IO. Canyon’s second team placed eighth overall with a 914. The team had a 448 in the final round. Rathy McGarity shot a 102 on Monday for a two-day total of 227 to place fifth in the girls division. She trailed only four Bastrop golfers and beat everyone on Lockhart’s girls team. Rosser said although neither Canyon nor Smithson Valley took charge in the second round, he was pleased his team did not succumb to the pressure. “I’m just proud of all of the kids," he said. “They’re a hard-working group and they deserved to go (to regionals). Aik! now once they’re in, anything can happen.” The Class 4A regional tournament will be played April 23-24 at Willow Springs in San Antonio. Morris said he was proud of his team, which had just one senior (Hernandez) and a freshman (Parlevliet). “We had high hopes, but we’re younger than the other two teams,” he said. “You hate to finish out with the most important tournament like this, but we just couldn’t do it today. But I feel like next year we should be the dominant one.” Reported by Tom LablnskiRangers take advantage of Canyon miscues in 15-5 win Smithson Valley’s Matt Gawlik slides into third base as Canyon's Junior Rodriguez Field. Gawlik later scored on a Jason Long triple in the Rangers' 15-5 victory. (Photo by awaits the throw from the plate in the second inning of Monday night's game at Cougar Erik Karlsson) By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor Smithson Valley moved into sole possession of first place Monday night by following the cardinal rule of high school baseball — put the ball in play. The Rangers banged out ll base hits and Canyon committed IO errors as visiting Smithson Valley downed the Cougars 15-5 in a six-inning game Monday night. “We hit the ball, and we hit it hard,” said Ranger Coach Reith Brown. “When you do that, good things will happen.” What happened Monday was that Smithson Valley moved into sole possession of the District 26-4 A lead with a 3-0 record as Lockhart edged Bastrop 1-0. It was the eighth win for the Rangers in their last nine games, while the Cougars lost their seventh in eight games and fell to 0-3 in district play. “We’re putting too much pressure on ourselves,” said Coach Ralph Behrend. “We wanted to beat them too bad, and we come out saying, ‘I’ve got to do this,’ or ’I’ve got to do that,’ and that caused us to tense up. "(The Rangers) just put the ball in play and we didn’t make some of the plays we could have.” Four Canyon errors in the first inning allowed the Rangers to take a 4-0 lead. Wes Penaloza opened the game with a single, with No. 8 batter Fernando Moreno driving in a run with a single fpr Smithson Valley’s only two base hits of the frame. Five hits and three Cougar errors gave the Rangers a 10-0 lead after two innings. After Brad Staats led off with a walk, Mark Ramsey moved him to second with an infield single. Starting pitcher Jason LaRue drove in both baserunners with a double to right-center, then scored himself when catcher John Belcher slapped a base hit past shortstop Anthony Bueno. After Matt Gawlik’s single put runners on first and second, a wild pick-off throw advance each runner two bases. Jason Long scored Gawlik from third with a standup triple in the gap to right-center, then scored when Jon Herring reached on an infield error. Smithson Valley’s first error in the bottom of the third allowed the Cougars to score two runs, as Dionicio Torres reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two out, Torres scored after Trey Daffin’s single was misplayed in left field. Daffin moved to third on the error, then scored on Bueno’s bouncing single up the middle. The Rangers scored another unearned run in the fourth as Long drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a groundout. He scored when Penaloza reached on an infield error, Canyon’s eighth in the first four innings. The Cougars pushed across a pair in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 11 -4, beginning when pitch er Bryan Arnold and Donovan Rivers walked. Daffin lined a double down the left-field line to score one run, as the Rangers called on Belcher to relieve LaRue. “We wanted to throw Belcher tonight, but we felt like we needed to start with (LaRue). We wanted John behind the plate for stability,” Brown said. “We wanted four or five innings out of Jason, and that’s what we got.” Belcher worked out of the inning by retiring the next two batters, but not before Rivers scored from third on a groundout. SM COUGARS, Pas* 8 Matadors score in 9th V to stop New Braunfels SEGUIN — Seguin scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night to hand New Braunfels a 4-3 loss in a District 25-5A baseball game. The loss dropped Nevy Braunfels out of first place and into a lie for second with Harlandale at 4-2. East Central takes sole possession of first place by virtue of its 9-7 victory %>n Monday. By falling to Seguin, the Unicorns dropped their third game in their last four outings. New Braunfels is 9-9 on the season. Grant Hodges pitched all nine innings for New Braunfels in taking the loss. Hodges, 6-2 on the season, allowed three Matador runs in the first inning and shut out Seguin for seven innings before allowing the game-winning run in the ninth. The Unicorns scored one run in each of the second, fifth and sixth innings. Th* Matadors picked up 13 hits in the game and were aided by two Unicorn errors. New Braunfels managed jus* six hits against two Seguin pitchers. Monday's game was a makeup for the one that was cancelled by rain on Friday. It also marked the end <rf the fiat half of 25-5A play. Baseball District 2S-5A standings Team W L GB East Central 5 1 — New Braunfels 4 2 I Harlandaie 4 2 2 San Marcos 3 3 2 McCollum 2 4 3 South San 2 4 3 Seguin Monday's Games 2 4 3 East Central 9, San Marcos 7 Seguin 4, New Braunfels 3 (9 innings) Hallandale 4, McColum 3 (8 innings) Today’s Games South San at East Central Hallandale at Seguin San Marcos at McCollum Friday's Games New Braunfels at Harlandaie McCollum at South San Seguin at San Mar coe The second half of the district season begins with three games today, with New Braunfels idle. The Unicorns’ next game will be at 4:15 pjm. Friday at Harlandaie. In today’s 25-5A games, East Central hosts Soyth San and San Marcos visits McCollum in afternoon games, while Seguin lakes on visiting Harlandaie in a night game.Linescore Mow Braunfels    010 011 000—1 0 2 Seguin    SOO    OOO 001-4 12 2 Hodges and Overfed. Pickelman. Kir-chnsr (S) and Weruei. W-Klrchnec (1-1). L—Hodges (0-2). Spurs subdue Warriors to stretch lead SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State is the team with the high-scoring trio, but the San Antonio Spurs wound up with the three top scorers. Sean Elliott scored 26 points, David Robinson had 24 and Terry Cummings chipped in 20 as the Spurs moved a game and a half ahead of Midwest Division rival Houston with a 115-105 victory over the Warriors on Monday night. “We played really well,’’ San Antonio Coach Larry Brown said, “but this is a very tired team.’’ San Antonio was playing its fourth game in five nights. The Spurs won all four games. Golden State, which lost for the second straight game, is still clinging to seventh place in the Western Conference and would meet the Spurs if both teams hold their present positions. “We really can’t worry about who we play in the playoffs,” said Warriors guard Mitch Richmond, who scored 16 points. “We just have to worry about our game and be ready. ’ ’ Chris Mullin led Golden State with 20 points and Tim Hardaway scored 19. The Warriors led 83-79 with 10:30 remaining when San Antonio went on a 21-4 run with Elliott accounting for seven of the points. With 4:04 to play, the Spurs led 100-87. Golden State could come no closer than nine the rest of the way. NBA All Times COT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct. GB y Boston 54 21 720 — x-Philadelphia 42 33 560 12 x New York 36 39 480 18 Washington 27 48 360 27 New Jersey 23 52 307 31 Miami 22 53 293 32 Central Division y Chicago 55 20 733 — x Detroit 47 28 627 8 x Milwaukee 45 30 600 10 x-Atlanta 40 35 533 15 x Indiana 37 38 493 18 Cleveland 28 47 373 27 Charlotte 23 53 303 32% WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W L PCL GB x San Antonio 51 24 680 — x Houston 49 25 662 1% x-Utah 49 26 653 2 Orlando 27 47 365 23% Dallas 26 48 351 24% Minnesota 23 51 311 27% 19 57 250 32% 57 18 760 55 21 724 2% so 25 667 7 39 37 513 18% 37 38 .493 20 30 45 400 27 21 53 284 35% Denver Pacific Division x Portland x LA laker* x Phoenix x Golden Stale Seattle LA Clipper* Sacramento x -clinched pie yon bort) y Cinched division I tie Monday'* Games Atlanta 105, Washington 94 San Antonio 115. Golden Stale 105 Utah 111, Orlando 95 Seattle 118. Denver 112 Today’s Game* Indiana al Char lo ne. 6 30 pm Atlanta al Cleveland. 6 30 p rn. New Jersey at Minnesota. 7pm New York at Chicago. 7 30 p m Pot land at Houston, 7 30 p. rn. Detroit at Milwaukee. 7:30 p m. Golden State al Phoenix, 9:30 p m. Orlando al LA Clipper*. 9:30 p rn D alias al Sag amen to, 9:30 p.m. “We are playing every game as if its a playoff game,’’ said Willie Anderson, who scored 17 points for San Antonio. “Bm I feel we can still turn it up a notch.’’ Golden State turned it on early, getting a dozen first-quarter points from Mullin and shooting 58 percent from the field to take a 29-26 lead. Bm San Antonio stormed back to tie the score at 51 at the half. Mullin, Hardaway and Richmond finished with 55 points, well under their combined average of 73.6. They were 23 of 45 from the field. “I told the guys coming into the game that their big three would probably get about 75 points,’’ Brown said. “What we needed to do was keep their shooting percentage down and I felt we did a good job on that.’’ San Antonio capitalized at the foul line too, getting 37 points on 90 percent shooting. Golden State was just 13 of 18. The Spun also attracted their 37th sellout in 38 home games, breaking the club attendance record. Last year. the team drew 603,607 fans. This season's total is 604,241. Those fans could see a rematch of Monday's Wamors-Spurs game in the playoffs. “I really would like to play Golden State in the first round because that would mean we had home court,’’ Brown said.Sonics 118, Nuggets 112 Seattle swept the season senes from Denver 4-0 and moved within one win of clinching the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Shawn Remp scored five points in a 19-2 run as the Sonics erased a 101-97 Denver lead early in the fourth quarter. Rickey Pierce, Eddie Johnson and Benoit Benjamin led the Sonics with 19 points apiece.Hawks 105, Bullets 94 At Atlanta, the Hawks handed Washington its fifth straight road loss and 13th in 14 games. Duane Ferrell had a career-high 20 points for the hosts, who were led by Atlanta’s Donuiuquc Wilkins with 29 points.Jazz 111, Magic 95 At Salt Lake City, Rarl Malone scored 15 of his 34 poults in the fourth quarter and JefT Malone added 20 poults for Utah, which is two games behind San Antonio. The Jazz led 78-73 heading into the fourth quarter, then the Malones combined for 23 nninlc in llu> npntvl I I ;