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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 ■ Her ald-Zei tu ng ■ Tuesday, April 11,1995 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley .about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day The Day’s Quote In the news Landa Ladies Golf results The Senior Ladies Golf Association of Texas Tournament was held at Northcliff April 6-7. Seven ladies from Landa Ladies Golf Association entered and four won awards. 5th Flight — Pearl Chase, 1st low gross, 99. 6th Flight — Marge Kirk, 1 st low gross 211; Doris Hammond, 1st low net 152; Johnny Stuart, 2nd low net, 156. Canyon Middle School boys take Unicom Junior Relays The Canyon Middle School boys track team racked up 221 points to place first at the New Braunfels Junior Unicorn Relays. New Braunfels finished second with 151 points, followed by San Marcos 102 and Saints Peter and Paul Middle School 72. Here are individual results for CMS: 7th Grade: Shot put — G Alejos, 2nd, 33-2; T. Holguin, third 32-10; M. Loper, 5th, 32-5. Discus — Holguin, 3rd, 99-5; Alejos, 5th, 93-6. Long jump — D Snider, 2nd,15-3-1/4; B. Kincaid, 5th, 14-9-1/4 Triple jump — Lenz, 2nd, 31-4; Burnett, 4th, 30-5-1/2; Hermes, 5th, 29 0-1/2; Jost, 6th, 28-9 High jump — Jost, 2nd, Dahl, third. Gibson, 4th Pole vault — George, | 2nd; Davis, 3rd 400M Relay — (Alejos, I Bourgeouis, Brown, Dahl, 3rd. 800M run — Brunette, 3rd, 19.09; 110M hurdles — Kincaid, 1st, 19.09, George, 2nd, 19.20; Ploch, 4th 20.74 100M - Snider, 2nd, 12.71; Wiemers, 2nd, 12.82; 400M — Ramirez, 1st, 63.4; Dahl, 3rd, 65.6; Lively, 6th, 69.0, 300M Hurdles — Loper, 2nd, 52.1, Ploch, 3rd, 52.6; George, 5th, 53.6. 200M — Kincaid, 3rd, 27 49; Weaners, sixth, 29.95. 1600M — Burnette, 2nd; Baker, 5th, 1600M Relay —(Snider, Loper, Dahl, Ramirez, 1st, 4:19 93; (Brown, Gibson, Jost, Alejos), 3rd, 4:31.55 8th Grade: Shot Put — O. Mesa, 1st, 42-5-3/4; V Esquivel, 2nd, 41-6, M. Noble, 4th, 38-0; 36-3-3/4. Discus — Mesa, 140-1-1/2; Esquivel, 136-8. J. Toeller, sixth, 117-2. Long Jump — Peterson, 2nd; Brockman, 3rd, Aguilar, 4th; Archer, 5th; Triple Jump — Rosiles, 2nd 36-10, Krug 33-0, 4th Pineda, 5th, 32-9-3/4; Hooker. 6th, 32-4-1/2. High Jump — Easley, 2nd, 5-6, Hooker, 3rd, Rosiles, 4th, Johnson, 5th (All cleared 5-2), Pole Vault — T. Burnell, 1st, 11-0; R Boyd, 2nd, 10-0, P. Quilter, 3rd, 8-0. 2400M — K. Swift, 1st, 8:14; Baese, 2nd; 400M Relay — (Peterson, Burnell, Sowersby, Ott) 1st, 48.65; (McCaw, Archer, Hunt, Easly), 3rd, 51.52. 800 — Hooker, 1st, 2:18.6; Rosiles, 2nd, 2:20.7; 110M Hurdles — Jimenez, 1st, 17 65 Fiebrich, 2nd, 17.95; Boyd, 5th, 18.5; 100M — Ott, 1st, 12.11, Mesa, 2nd, 12.37; Archer, 4th. 12:46; 400M — Sowersby. 1st, 58.9, Burnell, 2nd, 61.2 Easly, 3rd, 61.9; Krug, 5th, 64 8 300M Hurdles — Aguilar, 1st, 47.1; Hooker, 5th, 48.5; Felsing, 6th, 48.7. 1600M — Swift, 1st, 5:13; Baese, 2nd, 5:31; 1600M Relay, (Peterson, Rosiles, Hooker, Swift), 1st, 4:01.70; (Easly, Burnell, Sowersby, Ott) 2nd, 4:01.92. The CMS track teams, coached by Ron Hixson, Roger Barr, Steve Namba, Rick Ruhl, and student-teacher Wilkins, will next face off with Alamo Heights Middle School on April 21. Newk’s Tennis opens clay courts From staff reports Local tennis players got a glimpse of what it's like to play on a different kind of surface Sunday when tennis pros at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch officially opened four newly-built clay courts. Phil Hendne, director of Newcombe Tennis Ranch, said the courts would enhance the ranch facilities and give players who want to play on clay the option of staying here in New Braunfels. The courts provide the only clay surface for tennis in the county Hie day began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a demonstration by LISTA world ranked juniors Dimetru Caradiina and Pablo Casas. Owen Davidson, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, gave tips on clay court playing during the exhibition match. The crowd was then given the opportunity to try out the new courts during prize-give-away contests. Herald Zeituny pf iota by THOMAS GODLEY Dimetru Caradima, a world-ranked junior tennis player, showed his skills on the new clay courts Sunday at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Ifs Turkey Season! April 8 • May 14* Comal and surrounding counties Come to Doc's Guns, tor,four _ __ _____ ______ Doc's Guns New Braunfels 606-DOCS Here we go amini National Little League begins fresit season with opening ceremonies From staff reports Local parents, coaches and fans gathered at the Optimist Little League Fields on Monday to witness opening-day ceremonies for the New Braunfels National Little League. Hundreds of youngsters comprising 30 teams walked the playing field as introductions were given to the sponsors, coaches and players of the 1995 season. Following the ceremonial opening pitches thrown by the league's past presidents, the crowd joined for observance of the National Anthem. Joe Patterson, NL Little League administrator for District 31, welcomed the crowd and spoke on die importance of the game for families and communities. "This is a game that is played by millions of kids in many countries around the world," said Patterson who administers policy for NL Little League play in 13 surrounding communities including Canyon Lake, San Marcos and Seguin. "New Braunfels is a small segment of what Little League is all about, but each community makes it a great spirt that benefits these youngsters in many ways." Ricky Beach, 1995 president of New Braunfels NL Little League, gave thanks to parents, businesses and volunteers for mak ing the games possible. "It's a lot of work that couldn't be done without many sponsors and people in the community offering their support," Beach said. "Personally, I’m involved with Little League because it was a large part of my childho od and it represented something very positive. I wanted to give that back to the community." This season's teams and sponsors include: Major division — the Brewers (Comal Sad dlery & Western Wear), Blue Jays (Cren-welge's Pluming Service). Marlins (Victoria Bank & Trust), Rockies (Fischer Veterinary Clinic), Phillies (Knights ol Columbus ), Indians (Optimist) Reds (Crow Firestone), Padres (D&M Services) Minor division — Braves < Vivroux Toys and SpMting Goods), Rangers (Comal County Sheriffs Bossy), Angels (Docppcnschmidt Funeral Home), Dodgers (Kiwanas), Ori oles (New Braunfels Fille Company), Royals, (Home Run Batting Cages), A's (Plaza Diner), Pirates (Pat Koepp Builders) Pee Woes Rockies (Bart Bartholomew County Treasurer), Red Sox (Arby’s), Tigers (Anytime Plumbing), Mariners (Bug a Moister Pest Control). Rangers (Carlton Food Products), Twins (McDonald’s), Yankees (New Braunfels Candy), Mots (TCBY) Giants (Physical Therapy Unlimited), Car dinals (Texas Commerce Bank) “Little League offers a chance for the community to come together and watch kids take part in a fun, healthy sport. That’s what ifs all about.”— Ricky Beach, president of the New Braunfels National Little League. CMS gymnast wins state title Stacy Mardock, a seventh grader at Canyon Middle School, won the All-Around title in Level 8 at the State Gymnastics Tournament Saturday in Ft. Worth. Mardock compiled a total of 37.05 points, the highest total among all competitors in each level. She was first in the vault (9.075), floor exercise (9.45), beam (9.35) and third in the bars (9.175). Mardock was competing in the 12-13 age group against more than 50 girls.Take heed to those wacky high school track high jinks The National Little League kicked off the season with opening-day ceremonies Monday at the Optimist Fields near Landa Park. Above, Matthew Ofczarzak of the Pee Wee Rangers struts during introductions. Left, the players raise flags during the National Anthem. Right, Joe Patterson, administrator for National Little League District 31 throws the first pitch. More than 325 youngsters signed up to play ball on 30 teams this season. The first two games were played following the ceremony. Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Leave it to some zany milers at the track to remind us that humor has its place in high school sports. Every now and then it is refreshing to know that kids will be kids and winning isn’t everything. On Saturday at the Uni-Thomas com Relays, the entire field of GodleV inners in the boys’ 1600 meter run got together before the race and decided they were going to lighten up an otherw ise drab final event. The prank was good-natured, and falling a full week after April Fool’s Day, it no doubt caught just about everyone at New Braunfels High School Stadium off guard. As the starting gun sounded, the runners did an about-face and bolted the wrong way, car rying on in a counter-clockwise direction around the track. The crowd watched in bewilderment. The pack kept up a fierce pace despite several more rounds being fired from the starter’s gun. Fellow tracksters cheered on their teammates and before long, even parents and some coaches had to smile at the shenanigans. Yes, there were some who failed to find the humor, but when the race ended, no harm was done and people had a good time talking about it. Coaches at the meet who have been around track for three decades said they had never seen anything like it. If by chance someone had a video camera going, the film could be worth a price on a sports bloopers segment somewhere. As expected, all tile runners were disqualified. They knew the consequences going in but weren’t too concerned because, as one NBHS runner in the heat put it, “the day was almost over and everyone was losing interest. We felt like it was a good time to liven things up.” Many of the runners were seniors in their final meet before district, which explains plenty. Still, it takes a spirited dedication to good, old-fashioned high school high jinks to pull off a caper of this caliber. In fact it says a great deal about these teenagers’ sense of unity that each runner followed through with the prank. Just think, one guy could have bailed out and ran it the right way. He may not have been popular with the other runners, but he could have taken the gold and scored some points for his team. The University Interscholastic League would have had a fun time finding that one in the rule books. After the race a few runners admitted they weren’t sure at first if they would go along with the antics. Maybe the peer pressure was stronger than the fear of authority. Either way, no one broke the pre-race pact, which in some cases was made between athletes from rival schools. Put a group of grown-ups in a similar scenario and you probably get a few strike breakers. In reality, the biggest reason the runners carried out the prank probably had more to do with pure amusement. At times we just need to step back and laugh at ourselves. The outlook can be taken to heart by parents, coaches, fans and especially sports-writers who tend to get caught up in the seriousness of high school athletics. We sometimes forget these are young people going through some fun years in their lives. It’s good to know they can set us straight every now and then. (Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Zeitung.) i I ;