New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
The Day’s Quote
“W*’v« struggled lately, and Hwy (Rangers) could have sunk their haste and given up on the season, but they didnt.”
— Smithson Valtey Baseball Coach Robert Teuton.
In the news
Montana retires a legend
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Montana, with wife Jennifer and their four children at his side, retired at age 38 in a nationally televised ceremony.
Former San Francisco coach Bill Walsh was master of ceremonies in the gala at Justin Herman Plaza and Mayor Frank Jordan proclaimed “Joe Montana Day” and gave the quarterback a key to the city.
Montana spent the past two years with the Chiefs after leading the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles in nine seasons. He completed 3,409 passes for 40,551 yards and 273 touchdowns in his 16-year career.
Magic to play in Olympics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson, whose NBA career was cut short in 1991 because of the AIDS virus, wants to play again in the Olympics.
In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, NBA players represented the United States for the first time. Led by Johnson and Michael Jordan, the Americans won the gold medal by routing every opponent.
The United States will again use NBA players the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and an 11-member committee from USA Basketball is to select the team by the end of the summer.
Thurman enters NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Three more underclassmen — juniors Scotty Thurman of Arkansas, Rodrick Rhodes of Kentucky and Chris Carr of Southern Illinois — announced they will enter the NBA draft.
Earlier, Joe Smith of Maryland, the college Player of the Year; Corliss Williamson, who was Thurman’s teammate at Arkansas; Gary Trent of Ohio University, and Mario Bennett of Arizona State, entered the draft.
Downtown Rotary Club hosts Civic Club Golf Challenge
The fourth annual Civic Club Golf Challenge is set for Friday, April 21 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin.
The event has raised and distributed nearly $50,000 to Guadalupe, Comal and Hays County charities in past years.
The tournament, which begins at 11:30 a m., will have a four-man scramble format. Lunch will be taken at 12:30 p.m. Team prizes and contests are set for the event, including a 1995 Chevrolet - courtesy Don Maxwell Chevrolet - for a ‘Hole in One* prize.
To reserve an entry call; Greg Campbell at 629-0909 (w), 629-7800 (h); Joe Miller at 625-9162 (w) 629-4139 (h); Mikey Phair at 625-9711 (w), 620-1108 (h); Al Leach 608-4201 (w), 620-7571 (h).
The tournament is limited to 32 teams.
. y' - - ,v: •,Rangers rise to Cougar challenge 8-6
By THOMAS GODLEY
HeraW-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Smithson Valley short stop Brett Lain helped give the Rangers their first win of the season.
Canyon came in needing a win to stay in the district hunt Smithson Valley was simply looking to boost morale.
In the end, it was the Rangers' desire to regain some confidence that proved to be the difference.
Collecting 12 hits and stifling a two-run Cougar rally in die seventh, Smithson Valley (1-5,7-10) grabbed its first district win 8-6 over Canyon (2-4, 8-10) Tuesday night at Ranger Field.
"The kids showed a lot of character tonight," SVHS Coach Robert Teuton said. "We've snuggled lately, and they could have sunk their heads and given upon the season, but they didnt They worked hard this week, hitting the ball and working on defense, and it paid off. I'm proud of the effort"
The 14-run battle was in stark contrast to a 1-0 pitching duel in the two teams' fust meeting at Canyon three weeks ago.
This time the Cougars came out scorching at the plate, putting runners in scoring position and jumping out to a 2*0 lead off a single by Brette Parrish and a bunt by Matt Behrend.
Ranger pitcher Cody Hartman (2-1) avoided a third run that inning by throwing to catcher Errol Baugh who tagged out Chris Covington. Hartman settled down the rest of the way, keeping Canyon batters off balance with comer pitches, while getting six strikeouts.
Baugh ignited the Rangers offense in die first inning with a single to the gap in right field that scored Matt Ramsey. Tom Grieve s three-run double then put the home team ahead 4-2.
Sophomore pitcher Johnny Zunker started for the Cougars before giving way to Brandon Cox in the third inning.
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The Rangers added two more runs in the third inning when Brett Lain knocked in designated runner Sean Everest, and Hartman scored from third base on a balk that extended the lead to 6-2.
Canyon narrowed it to 6-4 when Parrish singled to bring in Marc Castilleja, and Mar-1 shall Taggart lined to right field to score Par-! rish. Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend figured to be in another tight contest.
"We didn't come in come in here taking them lightly," Behrend said. "They just outplayed us and deserved the win."
In the sixth, the Rangers took an apparent 9-4 lead on David Mangan's two-run single. However, the first base umpire ruled that the ball struck Neal's foot while going to second and called him out. The two scoring runners were brought back to the bases, and Ranger fans were up in arms. The controversy faded quickly as the Rangers scored their final run on a wild pitch to make it 8-4.
Canyon's two runs in the seventh came on a single by Reagan George that scored Taggart turd single by Castilleja that drove in Van Noy.
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New Braunfels falls to Hays
By THOMAS GODLEY
The New Braunfels Unicorns have seen their share of close games and narrow victories so far in district, but they were getting used to winning th~*m.
The Hays Rebels put a stop to the magic Tuesday, taking a 3-2 win at home and creating a two-way tie for first place in District 28-4A.
Hays (5-1,13-5) scored two runs in the third inning, added a third run in the fifth inning, then held off a seventh-inning rally by New Braunfels (5-1,11-6) to escape with their fourth win in row.
Unicom pitcher Chris Gonzales suffered the loss despite giving up only three hits. All three of the Rebels' runs were unearned.
"Chris did a solid job on the mound," NB Coach Neal Miller said. "He kept us right there, but we had some errors in the outfield that we normally dont have and that hurt us tonight. It was kind of surprising because our outfield has been consistent all season. I'm not sure what happened, but it wont happen too often."
The Unicorns missed out on a opportunity in the seventh inning to either tie the game or take the lead. With bases loaded and one out, Hays pitcher Jeremy Frenzel held off the final two batters to preserve the Rebel lead.
A controversial play in the sixth inning that gave Hays a run made the loss all the more tough for the Unicorns. With two outs and a runner at third in the sixth
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inning, second-baseman Ryan Villareal scooped up a ground ball and threw to first for the apparent third out.
"It looked like an out to everyone except the umpire," Miller said. "It was abed call, but we have to live with that and move an." The Unicorns next play Canyon at Cougar Field on Friday at 7 p.m.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Doug Drabek no longer worries about his spring training performances — good or bad.
He had a bad spring last year but for the regular season he had a 12-6 record and 2.84 ERA, third best in the National League.
Drabek didn’t get down about last spring and he's not putting much stock in this spring either, even with a shutout string of seven innings.
UI used to think how you did here meant something," Drabek said. "But now, I know it doesn’L But you want to do well in spring training just to get the positive attitude going before the season starts ” Drabek, the Astros' opening day pitcher against the San Diego Padres, is trying to prepare this season, as he did following an abbreviated 1990 spring.
"In '90,1 wasn't worrying too much about control," he said. "I just wanted to get my ann into shape. I wanted to go five, six innings and not be laboring
before leaving camp."
At 32, the nine-year major league veteran, is taking care to be in top condition and boosting his confidence for the start of the season.
“If you’re working on things and they're going well, you feel good about it If things aren’t going well, you have a tendency to say Tm behind’ and you start concerning yourself with that instead of just going out and pitching."
Drabek won seven games in a row last season, matching the longest streak of his career. He started the streak after losing his first start of the season on April 5. Drabek was named to the NL All-Star team for the first time in his career last season. Because of the shortened spring training, some pitchers could experience dead arms that normally occur during the regular six weeks spring training.
“That could happen,"Drabek said. "You can have it in spring training, and you can have it during the season too. You really don't have any control.
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