New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels' Marc Castilleja made 24 of 25 free throws at the regional Hoop Shoot contest over the weekend, a percentage that would make any NBA player proud. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
CMS student hoops to get name in the Basketball Hall of Fame
By TOM LABINSKI Sport* Editor
Marc Castilleja is only a 13-year/old basketball fan, but he could soon have an achievement today’s NBA stars can only dream about.
The Canyon Middle School student will be traveling to Springfield, Mpsachussets in May, with the chance of having his name enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Castilleja won the regional Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot contest over the weekend in Midwest City, Oklahoma, beating out three other competitors in the 12-13 age division to become one of the finalists for the national title on May 9-10.
He won the regional crown in easy fashion by hilling 24 of 25 free throws. His two nearest competitors tied for second place with IO free throws each. He defeated free-throw shooters from Baton Rouge, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque in the tournament.
“I practice a Iou but I’ve been a good free-throw shopter for a long time,” Castilleja said, adding he has been playing basketball since he was 9 and in fourth grade.
After taking first place in the local Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot, he won the area contest in San Angelo with 22 free throws, then won the state championship in his age division by making 23 of 25 free throws in Dallas.
“They way he’s going, he should make 25 in Springfield,’’ said his father, Sylvester, who himself was a basketball player at Canyon High School.
If he’s to score a perfect 25 at nationals, Marc said he
knew what the key would be.
“I always miss the 11th shot. It’s my unlucky number,” die soft-spoken eighth-grader said.
It also happens lo be dip first shot of the second and final round. After a 10-minuie warm-up period, each competitor attempts IO free throws. When all the contestants have had a chance, the second round of 15 shots begins.
“I’m just going to try harder,” Castilleja said of his 11 th free-throw attempt at nationals.
Castilleja could become the first boys champion from Texas in die history of the Hoop Shoot.
Along with having his name placed in the Itall of Fame, die wiiuicr will receive a trophy of a gold basketball.
“I think it’s going to be fun," Marc said. “There will be a lot of people, but there won’t really be any pressure.”
The secret lo making free throw* is simple, he said. “It’s just me and the rim, and I concentrate real hard.”
Castilleja. who practices his free throws three times a week, plays guard for his Canyon Middle School team.
/While he was not the leading scorer on the team, he did manage to score 72 points over the course of the season.
He said he was excited to win the expenses-paid trip lo Mas sac hassels, but said he would prefer taking a train to the nordieast rather than flying. Once he gets there, he 6an expect more attention than he’s ever seen.
“I dunk I heard (the finlils) might be on TV," he said. “I’m not worried about it. It should be a lot of fun.”
San Antonio cools the Rockets
Foreman overshadows Holyfield
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (AF) — Evander Holyfield looks like he should change clothes in a phone booth. George Foreman looks like he wouldn’t fit into a phone booth.
That’s exacdy how bodi men want it.
The perfectly sculpted Holyfield defends his world heavyweight championship tonight against Foreman, the self-made man-mouniain — mountains of chicken, burgers, ice cream. The champ will collect about $20 million, which can buy a whole lot of the finest new high-tech training equipment that gives Holyfield that Superman look. Foreman gets more than $12 million, which can buy, well, a whole lot more food.
“I’ll take care of him, then I’ll take care of my appe lite,” die 42-year-old Foreman said. “Thai money can do a whole bunch of things, but I’m going to walk away with something more important, with the title.”
Foreman held the title 18 years ago. That was not just another era, it was another lifetime.
It was before he had a religious experience that made him quit boxing in 1977. Then, he was a mean-spirited former juvenile delinquent with little purpose outside the ring.
After losing lo Jimmy Young, Foreman turned away from the sjxirt that had taken him from the streets of Houston to an Olympic gold medal, an upset knockout of Joe Frazier for die heavyweight tide and a humiliating defeat ui Zaire to Muhammad AU. He founded die nondenominational Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He disappeared from the sporting spectrum.
“There was nothing left for me al that lime,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything for being in the ring. It was over for me.”
For IO years, at least. Then, the new George Foreman, the preacher-standup comic with the MX)-pound girth, launched what many considered an absurd comeback.
ll was so absurd that, after all of Foreman's wisecracks about his weight, age and skills, and after 24 fights against carefully selected opponents with rankings in the neighborhood of George’s poundage, here he stands, lf Fore-
Tll take care of him, then FII take care of my appetite. That money can do ‘a whole bunch of things, but I'm going to walk away with something more important, with the title/
42-year-old George Foreman
man beats the 28-year-old Holyfield, a 2'A -to-1 favorite, he will be die oldest champion rn boxing history.
“For 20 years, I never looked at a television set,” said Foreman, who weighed in at 257 pounds for this fight. “For IO years, I would not allow my hands to make a fist. For IO years, I didn’t want to have anything to do with boxing ”
Everything about this fight has been orchestrated by Foreman the Showman. The buildup, the “Battle of die Ages” theme, the likely killing on closedcircuit and pay-per-view television, stems from and flourishes around him. I
As he says, “There’s a hide bu of con man in everyone. That comes from die word confidence, and I have all the confidence in the world in myself. I like myself. I like being George Foreman.”
And the public seems to like him. Or has been fooled by him. Foreman w ill go into die ring with Holyfield a shorter underdog than he was against Frazier rn 1973.
The challenger has completely overshadowed the champion heading to this fight. With few exceptions since Foreman first retired — Mike Tyson vs. Trevor Berbick in Tyson’s first utle shot, Ah against Leon Spinks and Larry Holmes — that has been unheard of.
Holyfield, ail business as usual, doesn’t seem to mind. He just goes about his heavy-duty training regimen, finetuning his 208-pound physique, the best body the heavy-
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to foil Houston’s title chances
HOUSTON (AP) — San Antonio Coach Larry Brown had a simple plan for the Spurs to use against Houston — play brick wall defense and don’t shoot jumpers.
All five Spurs starters scored in double figures, led by Terry Cummings with 21, as the Spurs put down a fourth quarter scoring show by Sleepy Floyd for a 102-95 victory Thursday night that eliminated die Rockets from the Midwest Division title race.
“lf you shoot jump shots against Houston, a lot of bad things happen,” Brown said. “We tried to shoot layups.”
The Spurs also followed sound coaching advice by clogging up the Rockets’ pick and roll.
“When you live by the jump shot you die by it,” Brown said. “We defended a lot of jumpers. We challenged a lot of their shots, that was the most pleasing thing about this game.”
San Antonio took the lead for good in the first quarter on a 3-point play by David Robinson for a 17-14 lead. Houston pulled within 37-36 in the second quarter but the Spurs had a 57-47 lead at the half.
Floyd tested the Spurs’ defense in the fourth quarter when he scored 15 of his 19 points, including 12 points in a 2:45 span.
Houston cut San Antonio’s lead to 94-91 with 2:24 left but the Spurs didn’t fold.
“I like the way we were defending the whole game,” Brown said. “We’ve shown character with teams coming back on the road on us a lot and we’ve been in a lot of tough buildings.’’
Playing on the road is good playoff practice, Cummings said.
“Road basketball prepares you for the playoffs more than anything else,” he said. “I feel we arc playing real well as a team right now.”
The Spurs have won seven of their last IO games while the Rockets have
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x Now York
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cooled off from their 14-1 March showing.
“We need to get back to where we play hard every minute," Rockets Coach Don Chaney said. “We have to play with more intelligence and more vigor. We have to overcome our aches and pains and simply play belter.”
Robinson played only seven minutes of the first half because he drew his third foul 59 seconds into the second quarter. He finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
“David Robinson did a good job of jamming us out,” Chancy said. “We just couldn’t get the ball on the pick and roll. Robinson was plugging it up.
“We weren’t strong at all dc fen-
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sively. There was no concentration.”
Hakeem Olajuwon had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Boyd also had 19 points. Rod Strickland had 14 points and IO assists for the Spurs.
The Spurs withstood four consecutive 3-point goals by the Rockets in the third quarter that cut their lead to 66-60 with 6:03 left in the period and built a 76-66 lead going into the final quarter.
The Rockets can still regroup for the playoffs, Olajuwon said.
“We aren’t ready for the playoffs now,” Olajuwon said. “We were ready two or three weeks ago. Now we have to nuke a commitment to get it back. Right now we have no playoff intensity.”
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
Since continuity was a big part of the reason he was hired as the athletic director and head fooibal coach at New Braunfels High School, Lew Simmonds secs no reason for any drastic changes on the field.
“I believe the same thing, you win it with defense,” he said. “There’ll be some new wrinkles, there’ll be some Lew Simmonds ideas that pop in there, but we’re still going to play a great defense. The Swami is alive and well.”
But as the backfield coach for the Unicorns under Jim Strcety — who is now the head coach at San Antonio Madison — Simmonds has been one of the leaders of New Braunfels’ offense for more than a decade. Even with the promotion, approved by the NBISD school board Thursday night, he said he would still concentrate on the offensive side of the ball.
“We’re going to pretty much stick with the same things, but I’m going to have some new wrinkles that we’ll put in,” he said. “We’re going to try a few things in the spring, but it’s not going to be anything that’s going to overpower anybody, or make them say, ‘Man, is that revolutionary,’ or, ‘What is he doing?,’ or anything like that. Bul there will be some different things.”
Simmonds said his New Braunfels team may be a little more wide-open offensively than teams of the past.
“We’ve got some great receivers, we’ve got some guys that can take it deep. We’re going to try to make (opponents) protect the whole field this year, instead of just from tackle to tackle,” he said.
Simmonds said he was overwhelmed by the support from the community as the search for the new athletic director reached its final
“I hope that continues. I’m extremely grateful and just overjoyed. Working with these kids for the next howcvcr-many years is just a prayer answered more than anything else,” he said.
Because defensive coaches Tim Kingsbury and Bobby Douglas went to Madison with Strccty, Simmonds said his top priority would be the search for replacements.
“I want to find the absolute best people that I can find. I hope they’re great coaches, too, but I’m going to look for great people who can fit in and be just as much a part of this Unicom tradition and pride as those who’ve come before as,” he said.
As athletic director, Simmonds said he would work towards the success of all athletics at the school.
“The thing I’m really going to strive for is to have a great overall program. All these kids
in all these sports are going to have equal opportunities to do their very best to feel this pride we all feel,” he said.
Now that his month-long quest for the head job on the Unicom coaching staff has been accomplished, Simmonds said he is also just thankful the process is completed.
“I wouldn’t want it to come out any other way, don’t get mc wrong, but I’m so glad it’s over. It’s been a peak and a valley. There hasn’t been anything in between,” he said. “I’ve always tried to pride myself on trying to keep an even keel until maybe Friday night, or whatever, but this has been just up and down and up and down. It’s been incredible.”
Being chosen over former University of North Texas Coach Corky Nelson, a former teammate of Simmonds* at Southwest Texas, gave him an uneasy feeling, he said.
See SIMMONDS, Page 10