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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223 Sports 'Thursday, April 17, 2003 IB Mavericks take season finale from Spurs NBA Midwest JIL    WESTERN    CONFER The victory ensured that Dallas, the* No. 3 .seed in the Western Conference, will have a home-court advantage in the second round of the playoffs. The Spurn clinched the top seed in the conference Monday and played without two starters. Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson were placed on the injured list Wednesday, but both will be in uniform when the Spurs open their first-round series against Duncan-less Spurs fall 93-72 to Mavs Bv T.A. Badger Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO — Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points Wednesday to lead I Villas past San Antonio 93-72, giving Dallas its first 60-win season. Biggio, powers Astros to 8-5 win SAN FRANCISCO (AP) .Jeff Kent hit a t.wo-run double against his former team and Craig Biggio connected for a throe-run homer as the Houston Astros sent the San Francisco Ciants to just their second loss of the season, 8-5 Wednesday. Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for five shutout innings in relief for the Astros, who rallied from a 6-0 deficit to avoid a three-game sweep. The Giants (13-2) had their six-game winning streak snapped. Lance Berkman, a graduate of Canyon High School, was I-for-5 with a run scored. Aller the Astros tied it with a five-run fifth on Biggins fourth homer of the season and Kent’s double, pinch-hit-ter Orlando Merced drove in the go-ahead nm with a single in the seventh off Scott Lyre. Kent went 2-for-9 with tim**! UBI in his first si*rw*8 hack at Pacific Bell Park. lidge (2-0) struck out three in two innings for the win. Wagner worked a hitless ninth for his fourth save. •Jim Brower (2-1), who put t wo namers on in the seventh, was the loser. Houston added two insurance runs in the eighth inning (in Richard Hildalgo’s sacrifice fly and Brad A us rn us’ HBI single. Th© (hants were cruising along, leading 5-0, when starter Kirk Rueter ran into trouble in the fifth. With no outs, the Astros began the inning with a single by Julio Lugo and a walk to pmrh-hit-ter Baul Chavez. That brought up Biggio, who hit the first, pitch from Rueter into the left-field seats. Morgan Knsherg hit a ground single that skipjM*! by diving third baseman Kdganin Alfonso, and I jinn* Berkman moved Fnslierg to third with single to right. Kent hit the first pitch from Rueter into the left-center gap for a t wo-run double that tied it at 5-5. Betty Series to shine light on NB’s Texas Ski Ranch the Phoenix Suns this weekend. Leading by four at the half, Dallas quickly built its margin into double digits in the third quarter behind Nowit/.ki’s eight points in the period. Tile Spurs, who shot only 36 percent from the floor, got no closer than 12 in the final period. Shawn Bradley scored 15 points and Nick Van Exel added 14 for the Mavericks, while Nowit/.ki had IO rebounds and Steve Nash passed for 10 assists. Steve Smith led San Antonio with 11 points. Tiny Parker and Steve Kerr each contributed IO points. The Mavs built their advantage to double-digits with an 11-2 run late in the first. The Spurs, trailing by 12, had a 13-5 burst of their own midway through the second quarter to cut the Dallas lead to 37-33. WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W L x-San Antonio Dallas Minnesota Utah Houston Memphis Denver Pct 60 22 .732 60 22 .732 51 31 48 34 43 39 28 54 .622 585 .524 .341 17 65 .207 x—No. 1 seed in West by way of conference record. From staff reports The Betty Series, North America's premier all girl action sports organization, visit, New Braunfels and Calve-ston for throe exciting events. instructors will teach women and girls of all ages t he excit ing aspects of skate boarding, wakeboarding or surfing Hundreds of girls and women will converge upon the Texas Ski Ranch Extreme Sports Complex in New Braunfels to promote women in sports. Lessons will be offered free of charge to all ages of all skill levels. On May 31, The Betty Series offers skateboarding lessons and instructions all day free of charge featuring some of the industries best. skateltoarders. On June I, girls have a chance to try their hand at wakeboarding. The 'PSR is well known by wakelxiarders world wide us a great facility. The surfing clinic takes place in (iHlveston on June 7-8. There, Huffing instructors tam teach tile basics of surfing or refine what someone already knows. There is a fee for this event. For information on The Bit ty Series visit www.thelstty For information on the 'Ibxas Ski Ranch visit www, zr~::ir Rangers crave revenge First place Smithson Valley looking for payback against Brackenridge District 27-5A — HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS Diet All Smithton Valley 6-1    15-5 Southwest    5-2    16-5-1 Brackenridge    5-2    11-6 Highlands    4-3    14-8 East Central    1-6    5-17 Hallandale    0-7    2-18-1 Friday, April 11 S. Valley 15, Highlands 4 Brackenridge 5, E. Central 4 Southwest 10, Hallandale 0 Tuesday's games S. Valley 12, Hallandale 2 Highlands 3, East Central 2 Brackenridge 1, Southwest 0 Today’s games S. Valley vs. Brackenridge (at SSC), 4:30 p.m. Highlands at Hallandale, 4:30 p.m. Friday’s games Southwest at ECentral, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 E. Central at S. Valley, 7 p m Brackenridge at Hallandale, 7 p.m. Southwest vs. Highlands (at SSC). 7 p m. District 25-4A — HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS Diet All New Braunfels 6-1    14-9 Canyon    6-3    12-10 Dripping Springs 6-310-10-1 Lake Travis    5-5    12-11 Lockhart    4-6    9-12-1 Bastrop    4-6    10-14 Del Valle    0-9    0-14 Friday, April 11 New Braunfels 12, D Valle 0 Lockhart 6, Bastrop 3 D. Springs 4, Lake Travis 3 Saturday, April 12 Belton 7, Canyon 6 Tuesday 's games Lake Travis 3, Canyon 2 New Braunfels 5, Lockhart 3 Bastrop 7, D. Springs 6 Today s games Bastrop at Canyon, 7 p m New Braunfels a! Dripping Springs, 7:30 p m. Del Valle at Lockhart, 7 p m, Tuesday, April 22 Canyon at Now Braunfels, 7 p.m. Lake Travis at Bastrop, 7 p m. Drtppmg Springs at Del Valle, 7 p.m. By Bryan Adams Sports Editor (kxxl Friday prompted most area high school baseball teams to schedule their second game this week for today instead of Friday, which suits Smithson Valley just fine. The Rangers (16-5- overall, 6-1 in District 27-5A) can hardly wait for their chanco to payback Brackenridge for their only district loss of the season. The Eagles (11-6, 5-2), who handed the Rangers a 9-3 loss hack on April I, host Uxlays rematch at 4:30 p.m. at the Spring Sports Complex in San Antonio. Smithson Valley took over sole poss«*sHion of first place lYieaday night after beating Harlandale 12-2 in five innings and Brackenridge defeated Southwest I -0. Southwest (16-5-1, 5-2) plays at 7 p.m. Friday at East Central. In District 25-4 action T\»ee-day night, Canyon committed six errors and gave up thrt*e unearned runs in a 3-2 loss to I .ake ’IVavis in Austin. Fortunately for the Cougars (12 IO overall, 6-3 in district), Bastrop scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset Dripping Springs 7-6 Tuesday night in Bastrop. Still tied with Dripping Springs (10-10-1, 6-3) for second place, Canyon takes on Bastrop at 7 p.m. today at Cougar Field. First place New Braunfels defeated Ixickhart 5-3 Tuesday and locked up one of three playoff M|s>ts. The Unicorns (8-1, 14-9) took a two-game lend on Canyon and Dripping Springs. lf New Braunfels beats Dripping Springs at 7:30 p.m. today on the read, and Bas trop knocks off Canyon, the Unicorns clinch the district title with two regular season games remaining. lf Canyon and New Braunfels Ixith win today, tho Unicorns could claim the district title against the Cougars on Tuesday at Unicorn Field. OAVIO INGRAM/!lorakl /ettuoy    Th© Unicorns beat I h ipping Smithson Valley pitcher Chris Dabbs fires a fastball to the plate during a game earlier Springs I o during the first this season at Ranger Field. The Rangers get a chance to avenege an earlier season round (/district and lost 7-3 to loss to Brackenridge at 4:30 p.m. today at the Spring Sports Complex in San Antonio Canyon Cougarettes, Unicorns wrap up regular season todayDistrict 25-4ADistrict 27 5A HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDINGS D4»t All Dripping Springs 10-1 18-4 Austin Lake Travis 9-3 15-8 Bastrop    8-3    9-8 Canyon    66    12-9 New Braunfels 4-7 8-14 Lockhart    3-8    6-12 Del Valle    0-11    1-18 Tuesday ’s games Lake Travis 5, Canyon 2 New Braunfels 0, Lockhart 4 Dripping Springs 1, Bastrop 0 Today s games Bastrop at Canyon. 7 p.m. New Braunfels at Dripping Springs, 7 p.m. Del Valle at Lockhart, 7 p m. —- End of regular season — K JESSIE SLATEN/Hemkl /Strung Canyon senior Crystal Zavala hits a fly ball during a game earlier this season at Cougarette Field Canyon wraps up the regular season against Bastrop today at home. New Braunfels plays at Dripping Springs. HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL STANDINGS Diet All Smithson Valley 94)    18-4 East Central    8-3    12-9 Brackenridge    6-3    13-12 Harlandale    3-6    16-9 Southwest    3-6    7-13 Highlands    0-9    2-22 Tuesday s games S. Valley 1, East Centi al 0 Southwest 5, Highlands 4 Brackenridge 2, Harlandale 0 Today s games Highlands vs Brackenridge (at SSC), 7 p m. Hallandale at E Central, 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 S. Valley at Southwest, 7 p m — End of regular season — ;