New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, April 21,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5
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San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Elliott.
In the news
Retama Park’s Lanerie adds Cajun spice to jockey races
Louisiana, the state that brought us Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and jainbalaya, is also known for producing some of the best jockeys in the country.
Prominent jockeys such as Kent Desormeaux, Eddie Delahoussaye, Randy Romero, Mark Guidry, Calvin Borel, Ronald Ardoin and Ray Sibille all learned their crafts riding in the Bayou state and have utilized those skills throughout the nation's top racetracks to acquire fame and fortune.
Retama Park's current leading rider and Louisiana phenomena, Corey Lanerie, hopes to follow along the same path as his Louisiana brethren. And if the first two weeks of Retama Park's inaugural Thoroughbred meeting are any indication of his talents, the 20-year-old Lanerie could be well on his way lo a promising career.
Heading into the third week of racing at Retama Parte, Lanerie sits atop the jockey standings with eight wins in 30 starts, accounting for an impressive 26 percent win rate. The Lafayette native won the $25,(XX) Tejas Stakes aboard Sauvage Isn't Home on opening night, April 7. He then followed that feat with a hat trick by winning three races on Saturday, April 15.
"That just surprised me," Lanene said in his thick, cajun accent. "I wasn't waiting for it. I was just hoping that I could do well."
Performing well is an understatement considenng that this is only his second full year of riding the Texas circuit. Launching his Texas invasion last fall at Sam Houston Race Park, Lanene rose from relative obscurity at the start of the 1994-1995 meeting to finish second behind veteran journeyman Ricky Frazier in the jockey standings
"I was there for the entire meeting," Lanerie said "Bul when I got there, I was like a stranger lo everybody. I was only riding maybe two or three horses a day. Then,
$30 Stakes featured aft Reftama Park
Highlighting the weekend's events at Retama Park will be the $30,000 Cascaron Stakes and the Cash-Carones promotion on Saturday.
April 22. Live racing at the new Thoroughbred racetrack located in northeast San Antonio will resume today
In the spirit of Fiesta, San Antonio s weeklong celebration, and to celebrate the running of the Cascaron Stakes, Retama Park will be giving away $5,000 cash to one kicky fan. Every guest that enters Retama Park on April 22 will receive an enter-to-win coupon and cas-carones Finalists will be drawn after each of the first six races to represent a horse in the Cascaron Stakes, which is tfie seventh race.After being selected, the finalist will cheer their horses on from the winner's circle.
I think people there started to see that I could ride a little bit.
My agent Shawn Berquist knew the people there and started getting me on some horses,
We just started doing better from there."
Born in Lafayette,
Lanerie spent his youth on the
backstretch at Evangeline Downs, where his father, Gerald, trained liorses. Following in the family tradition, young Lanerie also migrated towards horse racing as he began to gallop horses al the age of nine. After receiving his riding education while galloping at John Franks' from in Opelousas, Ixxjisiana and riding match races in Duson, Louisiana Lanene attained his jockey's license in 1990 at Evangeline Downs.
Eventually Lanene made the move to Texas. It's a move he doesn't regret, although he misses his family in Louisiana.
He is likely to slay in the Lone Star stale, having garnered quite a reputation with the trainers at Retama Park.
"He's a young kid, bul he’s an excellent rider," said trainer Ernest Richard, who conditions Sauvage Isn't Home. "He fits Sauvage to a tee, and he uses his head real good. He's going to fit in real well here in Texas."
Surprise mom for Mother's Day
by entering a photo of her & the bids in the New Braunfels Herald ’Mom and Me" contest.
The winning photo will be featured on the front cover of our tabloid.
AND IT COULD BE YOURS!!!
Besides, mom would love winning prizes from The Retreat Salon, Gifts and Glitter, Plaza Diner, Vollbrecht's Pharmacy, Hobby Lobby and Lenlse's Floral.
What better way to show how much you appreciate your wife this Mother's Day?
Contest Rules in today's Herald page 6.
New Braunfels at Canyon 7 pm Smithson Valley at Lockhart 7 p.m. Bastrop at Hays 7 p.m.
Low to the plate
Herald-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GODLEY Yvette Villanueva of the New Braunfels Green Machine underhands a pitch aiming for the lower strike zono during second-inning action against the Marion Royals on Thursday. The 13>14 year-old Pony League pit-players were competing among fastpitch softball squads at Comal Park Fields.
I To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 325-9144. ext. 24.
American Uftftle League
Standings of as April 19
April 14 Majors Dodgers 19,
Orioles 15 White Sox 5
Expos 11, Tigers 7
Monday, April 17 Twined 3 Rangers
Dodgers 15 Red Sox 3
Tigers 18 Astros 9
Cardinals 7, Expos 3 Tuesday, April 18 Minors
Yankees 4, Marlins 1
Cubs 9, Royals 5
Athletics 3, Angels 1
Twins 4, Mots 3
Dodgers 7, Rangers 3
Phillies 12, Tigers 1
Cardinals 7, Twins 6
Blue Jays 7 Tigers
Smifthson Valley falls fto San Marcos In softball playoffs
The Smithson Valley Rangers' season came to an end Thursday night against the the San Marcos Rattlers.
The Rangers, district 53-5A runners up, tost 11-1 as San Marcos scored seven runs in the fifth to pull ahead and end the game on the 10-run rule.
The Rangers kept the game close at 3-1 until the final two innings. Ace pitcher Karen McBride limited Smithson Valley to three hits. Ranger pitcher Shelly Sauer (6-4) gave up only one run in the first four innings.
The Rangers return all but four players for next year.
IrofiKlds Triathlon kicks off Saturday In San Antonio
Youth ages 7-14 from the San Antonio area and New Braunfels area will swim, bike and run their way to fun and physical fitness during the 5th Annual IronKids Bread Triathlon.
'Every Kid is A Winner,* is the theme of the event which kicks off at 8 a m. at Palo Alto Community College. It will end at about 10:30, with the awards ceremony from 11 a m. to 12:30 p.m.
Five winners will win trips to the National Championship in Atlanta beginning Sept.
30 through Oct. 1. Call (214) 443*9901.Sports Day
New Braunfels invades Cougar Field
By THOMAS GODLEY
Spurs notch NBA-best 60th win
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer !
DALLAS (AP) — On a night when San Antonio coach Bob Hill should’ve been celebrating his team’s 60th victory and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, he had to deal with another Dennis Rodman problem.
Hill limited Rodman to only nine minutes in the Spurs’ 112-111 victory Thursday night over the Dallas Mavericks that clinched the NBA’s best record this season, then accused his temperamental forward of not trying.
“Guys who don’t play, sit down,” Hill said. “He wasn’t here. If he doesn’t want to play hard, we’ve got other guys who will.”
In those nine minutes before his hometown crowd, Rodman gathered two personal fouls and a technical.
When he entered the game for the first time midway through the second quarter, his shirt was untucked. He seemed to saunter to the foul line, and he slowly tucked it in while gazing around the arena.
Within two minutes, he picked up his first foul. Three minutes later, Rodman was at the free throw line.
This was only Rodman’s fifth game back since missing 14 games with a separated right shoulder. He needs IO more rebounds over the final two games for 800 this season, which would qualify him for his fourth straight rebounding title. Only Moses Malone and Wilt Chamber-lain have ever won four straight.
“We need to get Dennis back in the fold," said point guard Avery Johnson, who had 22 points and 11 assists.
The image probably is still vivid in the players' minds, but it no doubt is a more soothing thought for the New Braunfels Unicorns. For the Canyon Cougars it was tough to swallow.
Just two weeks ago the two teams hooked up in a game that left fans at Unicom Field on the edge of their seat.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Canyon's Jerry Van Noy slid into home plate only split second before being tagged by Bradley Clark, giving the Unicorns a 5-4 victory.
Since that game, the Unicorns have gone 3-1 while Canyon has fallen 1-3.
The scenario moves to Cougar Field today at 7 p.m. Both teams are coming off losses on Tuesday. The Unicorns dropped a 2-3 decision at Hays while the Cougars were dealt an 8-6 setback at Smithson Valley.
The Cougars face a more desperate situation than the Unicorns. Though not mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, it would take a major turn of fortune for Canyon to work its way
back into the district race. Still, both coaches know the records and standings arc meaningless when the cross-town rivals meet.
For New Braunfels, a win keeps them at least on pace with Hays for first place. A loss would give the Rebels the inside track to the 28-4A title with only three games left in the season.
The Unicorns will start ace pitcher Jeff Gonzales (5-0) at the mound. Canyon is expected to go with Reagan George or Van Noy. "It's a big game, hut at this point in the season they arc all big games," NB Coach Neal Miller said.
A&M’s Chaffe receives Hyman volleyball award
By THOMAS GODLEY
Bonni Chaffe, a former New Braunfels volleyball player, recently received the prestigious Ro Hyman Award at the annual Texas A&M University sports banquet.
Laurie Corbelli, M
A&M women's vol- ®onni c a e leyball coach who presented the award, said the recognition goes to the player who "demonstrates courage, determination and overall excellence."
Flo Hyman, a U.S. Olympic volleyball player who died in 1986 during competition in Japan, was considered by many as the top female volleyball player in the world.
Hyman died of Marian Syndrome, a disease that weakens connective tissue of the heart.
Corbelli was a teammate of Hyman on the U.S. team which won the silver medal in 1984.
"If she was alive today, there would still be an award in Flo's honor because she was truly an outstanding volleyball player and person who overcame many obstacles in life," said Corbelli who established the award. "The award in her memory is a tribute, and no one on the team is more deserving than Bonni. She has shown great improvement and perseverance. She also is an excellent student." Chaffe, who played at NBHS under Coach Claudia Perry from 1991-93, was a member of the bi-district finalist team in 1991. In her senior year, she was named to the all-area team by the San-Antonio Express News. As a 5-10 outside hitter at A&M, Chaffe is expected move into the front row of the Lady Aggies lineup this year.
She is currently studying architecture.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Brette Parrish and the Canyon Cougars look to slide back into the win column tonight against the New Braunfels Unicorns. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Cougar Field.