New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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George to wear Otter blue
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Oilers did a lot of housecleaning and still got the player they wanted in Saturday’s NFL draft when they swapped first round picks two times before selecting Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George of Ohio State.
The Buckeye running back was the 14th pick after the Oilers first traded down from No. 9 to No. 17 with the Oakland Raiders and then back up to No. 14 in a deal with the Seattle Sea-hawks.
“We felt this kid was one of a kind in this draft,” general manager Floyd Reese said. “It was a calculated risk and we were lucky it worked out.”
The Oilers also cleared $2.55 million from die salary cap by waiving running
back Gary Brown ($1.35 million) on Friday and including defensive tackle Glenn Montgomery ($1.2 million) in their deal with the Seahawks.
The Oilers also got Oakland’s second and fourth round picks.
“We feel Eddie George is a workhorse,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He has the opportunity to do everything we need done by a running back in our backfield. I put on the Washington game (film) and I saw him do some things. The going got tough and he got tougher."
George rushed for 1,984 yards and scored 24 touchdowns for the Buckeyes last season and he expects to fit into the Oilers’ one-back offense that places a premium on receiving out of the backfield.
Oiler running back Todd McNair was the Oilers’ No. 2 receiver with 60 catches and Rodney Thomas caught 39 pass-
“We felt this kid (Eddie George) was one of a kind in this draft.”
— Floyd Reese Oilers general manager
“I caught a lot of passes in college so I hope to do the same in the pros,” George said. “I’m excited about it (one-back). I did a lot of things at Ohio State too.”
George caught 47 passes out of the Ohio State backfield last season. He was fourth in the nation with 185.42 all purpose yards per game.
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Herald-Zertunq photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rebekah Forney will be aiming for a return trip to the UIL State Tennis Tournament Regionals Monday in San Antonio.
By THOMAS GODLEY
New Braunfels sophomore Rebekah Forney will lead a contingent of state hopefuls at the Class 4A Region IV Tennis Tournament in San Antonio on Monday and Tuesday.
Canyon’s Kevin Hargrove, die boys’ District 28-4A champion will be among the top regional seeds at McFarlin Tennis Center. Unicorn senior Craig Sciantarelli will be making his second straight appearance at regionals
In boys’ doubles, the Unicorns will be represented by district champions Noel Tristan and Davinder Toot. Canyon’s tandem of Barton Adams and Brian Schwartz are the second-place qualifiers. NBHS’ Tamarra Jenkin and Andrea Giesick are favored to capture the girls’ doubles title. Amanda Schneider and Allison Damarodas will vie for a title. Melinda Boyd, the district runner-up to Forney, gives New Braunfels a second potential state qualifier.
The tournament opens with first-round singles matches at 8 am on Monday .
Canyon cheerleader makes move to college level
From submitted reports
April Rheinlaender, head cheerleader at Canyon High School, recently was chosen to be on the varsity squad at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
The all-girls team placed first and the co-ed squad earned second in a national competition in Orlando, Fla. in Febiuaiy. Also in February, tryouts for Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) were held in Austin. Of 1,000 applicants. April was one of 60 new members who made the UCA staff. She will be teaching high school and middle school squads throughout the country this summer at various colleges.
Last March, at the Texas State Cheerleading Championships, April placed
eighth in the state in the individual competitions.
She plans to major in psychology and minor in kinesiology which would allow her to work with children who have limited motor skills.
She enjoys the challenges in cheerleading and highly competitive squads such as SHSU’s.
April, the daughter of Larry and Lynn Rheinlaender, said she looks forward to more success on the college level.
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a predictable draft — Keyshawn Johnson went first.
It was an unpredictable draft — talented but troubled Lawrence Phillips fell to sixth.
Most of all, it was a deceptive draft, with the top teams doing just what they said they wouldn’t do, particularly Jacksonville, Arizona and Baltimore, the teams with picks two, three and four.
It started innocently enough, with the New York Jets using just IO seconds of their allotted 15 minutes to select Johnson, the flamboyant wide receiver from Southern California.
It was the perfect match for a crowd that was chanting “Keyshawn! Keyshawn! Keyshawn!” even before commissioner Paul Tagliabue officially opened the draft
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