New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Freshman runner pushing times
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
Smithson Valley track coach Louise Davidson came up with an unusual find at Bulverde Middle School last year.
This year, the girl she found running the mile is also running the two-mile race for the Rangerettes, and running well.
Carolyn Rice, all 85 pounds of her, has been burning up the track for Smithson Valley, in both the junior varsity and varsity divisions.
“I saw her run a six (minute mile) at a Bulverde meet,” Davidson said. “Needless to say, I was encouraged. She is just a good athlete.”
The 5-2 freshman started season by running the 3,200- iter race in a tune of 12:39. In Hie weeks since then, Rice’s time hp plunged to 12:01, 16 seconds v the time that won last yea*-' strict meet.
“She is just .ated. She’s one of those that L ..u of bom with it. She works hard in practice, but I think she does it because she likes it,” Davidson said.
The 14-year old said her motivating factor to run the race is simply a desire to end it.
“I get nervous before the race. I think that makes me go a little faster. I’m thinking ‘Let’s finish this as fast as possible’,” she said.
With the district meet on Saturday, Rice said she is working a little harder in practice to get ready.
"We’re running the same amount in practice, but we don’t get as much cool-down time between runs,” she said.
Rice’s times have fluctuated over the course of the track season.
At the New Braunfels Unicom Relays, she ran a time of 12:32.28 in the 3.200 The next week at Canyon, she ran her fastest time of the year at 12:01.
“The big difference in her times is in the competition,” Davidson said.
When she has somebody pushing her, it’s a whole other race.”
. The only goal Rice has set for herself is to run faster than she did
$e previous outing, she said.
T‘I’d like to go to regionals and I think I could. But I just want to run a little faster than before,” she said.
Rice’s toughest competition at the district meet, which will be held at Smithson Valley, will be Boeme’s Pam Livingston.
‘‘She’s run better than 12:15 also,” Davidson said. “I’m hoping that Pam will make Carolyn work. She’ll be challenged.”
Rice has lost only two races she has been entered in this year, finishing third at the Ranger Relays in both the one- and two-mile races.
Last week in the competitive Pr cervine Relays, Rice won the ,200 run by more than 27 seconds. The one-mile race was cancelled because of rains, depriving Rice of an extra chance to practice before the district meet.
“I was a little disappointed at not being able to run the mile. It would have been nice, but I think I’ll still be ready to go,” she said.
Rice said she got involed with running when she just happened to sign up for track in the seventh grade. “I’m not sure why I signed up. I just liked it,” Rice said.
She ran in cross country in the fall, but looks at that as a tuneup for the track season, although she said cross country is more enjoyable.
“Cross country is more fun, just because of the scenery,” she said. “When you are done, it doesn’t seem Uke you have run two miles.” Nicknamed “Mouse" by her coach, Rice said she is looking forward to her first big meet.
“I’m not nervous about it yet. I’m looking forward to it. On Saturday ITI be a lot more nervous,” she said.
“Coach Davidson has told me who to look out for, so I’ll try to stay close to the lead or take it if I can. I think I’m ready.”
With enough nervous energy and the right competition, Rice may not only win on Saturday she just might set another personal best.
“I know she can break into the ll:40’s,” Davidson said. “She just needs to be pushed a little.”
Southside may be 27-3A surprise
Boerne, among other teams, is in for a surprise Friday.
The Greyhounds, riding high in the District 27-3A baseball race at 3-0, face what appears to be a breather Friday night against Southside. The Cardinals are 0-3 and have been outscored 28-8 in district play after losing ll players to HB 72 six weeks ago.
But Friday, Southside coaches are expecting to get all-passing grade reports on “eight or nine” of those players — the heart of the Cardinals’ team that was becoming competitive before the grade crunch struck.
Boerne might still beat Southside, but don’t look for a cakewalk. Overconfidence can take away a lot of advantages.
District 13-4A baseball coaches probably sighed heavily when they saw the Canyon-Lockhart linescore Wednesday morning.
In that game, the Cougars’ No. 2 pitcher, Brad Campbell, combined with Danny Hernandez for a three-hitter. Campbell had struggled his last two time out, giving up five rims in three innings against Hays and four runs in five innings against Smithson Valley.
If Campbell can build toward a
strong finish (the way he did last season), the Cougars will go down the stretch with two strong pitchers, Campbell and Ronnie Rittimann.
New Braunfels and Hays will tangle for second place in the district Friday night in rural Hays County. The Unicorns’ Bobby Tristan faces the unenviable task of stopping the Rebels, who have averaged nine runs a game in district play.
But then, the Unicorns have scored 7.5 a game themselves.
Unicorns pitcher Armando Martinez put on a show for a Cincinnati Reds scout Tuesday night, striking out 15 and allowing one hit in seven innings’ work.
Darlene Wetz of New Braunfels is the first local bowler to appear in the top three places in the Texas Women’s Bowling Association tournament listings.
Wetz’ 459 series ties her for second in the novice division of the singles event in the tournament.
The TWBA championship is held every year in a different site around the state. The tournament is held on weekends at that site, and it runs into the summer.
This year’s tournament is in Houston.
NCAA approves 'death penalty'
KANSAS CITY. Mo < AP* — In what one official describes as “the athletic equivalent of the death penalty," the NCAA Council has approved a plan to close down for up to two years any athletic progt am that repeatedly violates major rules “In some cases ... it is the difference between sending someone to jail or sending him to the gas chamber,” said one observer who asked not to be identified
The policy-making Council concluded three days of meetings Wednesday by giving unanimous endorsement to a series of measures drawn up by the newly created NCAA Presidential Commission The measures would identify “major"
and “secondary” violations and give the NCAA enforcement staff far-reaching new powers. They will be voted on at a special convention of NCAA schools that the commission has scheduled for June 20-21 in New Orleans.
If approved, violations which in the past resulted in pnvate reprimands could cause schools to lose scholarships, and players to lose eligibility. Violations that have traditionally drawn strong penalties could result in schools not being able to recruit or give scholarships or even schedule games for as long as two years.
“I believe the membership is going to approve
the entire package,” Jack Davis, president of the NCAA, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. The commission, hoping to increase pressure on schools to go along with the stepped-up war on recruiting scandals, has specified that every' school’s vote will be made public.
“We sense a feeling of urgency among college presidents that something needs to be done immediately to address the issue of integrity in college athletics,” said Davis.
The proposals are the result of several months of research and meetings and were not prompted by the recent basketball scandals at Tulane.
Flores, Thomas win dart tournament
Roy Flores and Goose Thomas took first place in the New Braunfels Dart Organization’s tournament Tuesday at Jackhammers.
Steve Becker and David ryder finished second and Rooster Marshall and Larry Montgomery placed third.
The team of Todd Erlansen and Daryl Marshall placed fourth.
Goose Thomas had the high score with 140 points. Mary liftman has the high women’s score with 88.
The organization will hold a tournament at Under Pass Saloon at 7:30 p.m. today.
Soccer camp deadline approaching
The deadline for entries in TIX
soccer coach Roger Wrobel’s summer clinic is Sunday.
The clinic, which is for players ages 6 to 14, will be June 10-14 at the HEB Complex in New' Braunfels.
Cost of the camp is $35.
For entry' forms or more information, call Wrobel at 372-4236.
Volleyball meetings set for May 14
The New Braunfels Parks and
Recreation Department will hold an organizational meeting for all summer volleyball teams May 14 at 6 p.m. at the luanda Recreation Center.
Registration for the women’s A league will be May 20-24 and women’s B and C will be May 27-31.
The entry fee is $15 for the sponsor fee and $1 per player. For more information, call the rec center, 629-61%, from I p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Karate class available at center
A continuous karate class is being offered at the Landa Recreation Center.
The classes are sponsored by the
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.
Classes are on Mondays and Thursdays. Juniors, ages 6-12, meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and seniors, ages 13 and older, are from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gasses emphasize art, sport, self-defense, self-confidence and conditioning.
Registration is underway at the I .anda Recreation Center.
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DENVER (API — Over the past half dozen seasons, the Denver Nuggets’ playoff performance has been nothing to write home about. Only once since 1979 have the Nuggets advanced past the first round, and they own a 7-12 postseason record over that span.
Of course, never during that time were the Nuggets as successful during the regular season as they were this year, when they compiled a 52-30 record to win the National Basketball Association’s Midwest Division title.
All of which gave Coach Doug Moe some cause for optimism as his club prepared for tonight’s game with San Antonio, the opening game of a best-of-five first-round playoff series.
“We’re a different team than we were last year or the year before or the year before that,” said Moe. “We’re a much better team, capable of doing more in the playoffs. I feel good about our chances."
The teams will play here again Saturday night, with Game 3 set for San Antonio on Tuesday. A fourth
game, if necessary , would be played next Friday in San Antonio, and a fifth game, if necessary, would be in Denver on Sunday, April 28.
The factors that made the Nuggets a different — and improved — team rn 1984-85 were defense, more physical play up front, and solid pouit-guard play from Fat Lever. Forward Calvin Natt and center Wayne Cooper helped contribute to the first two factors.
Not coincidentally, they, along with Lever, came to Denver rn the trade that sent high-scoring forward Kiki Vandeweghe to Portland.
They mixed well with the remaining Nuggets players, creating the kind of chemistry that wins titles. Dan Issei says there isn’t a selfish player on the team. Alex English says the Nuggets have “the kind of camaraderie I haven’t seen in all my years in basketball.”
Whether this good feeling carries over into the playoffs, where different criteria sometimes apply, remains to be seen.
San Antonio, 41-41 during an injury-
plagued season, should provide the Nuggets with a good test.
“Two years ago (in the playoffs! we didn’t match up well with San Antonio at all,” Moe said. “We couldn’t handle them inside. It was a no-hoper. This year is different. We’re more physical, so we don’t need five guys trying to help out inside, and our guards are quicker.” Moe admits the Spurs have a number of potent weapons. Center Artis Gilmore is “their key player, their biggest force, but their forwards aren’t chopped liver,” said Moe. “Mike Mitchell is one of the best streak shooters in the league, and Marc lavarom and Gene Banks are good role players. You’ve always got to respect George Gervin because of his scoring ability. (Point guard) Johnny Moore hurt us in the playoffs two years ago.”
Mitchell leads the Spurs in scoring at 22.2 points per game, while Gervin is averaging 21.2 and Gilmore 19.1. Mitchell and Gervin both are ailing — with ankle and hand injuries, respectively — but should play.
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"If we carft help you, nobody can.”
Source SV track coach Louise Davidson Herald Zeitung graphic
Smithson Valley's Carolyn Rice has improved her times dramatically in both the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs this spring. Her best time in the 3,200 is 16 seconds under the time that won the district title last season and her best in the 1,600 is a full 1:12 better than the winning time in last year's district meet.
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