New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, April 22, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Justin Rivas pitches for V the Pee-Wee Little League Mets.
4A-IV track and tennis competitors.
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27-4A wraps season
NB, Canyon softballers end regular seasons at home, on road Time: 7 p.m.
Baseball teams In playoff hunt
Canyon, New Braunfels, Smithson Valley continue push for playoff berths.
Time: 7 p.m.
Region IV tennis meet
Canyon and New Braunfels players vie for spots at state in tiuo-day event Time: all day
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From staff, wire reports STATE
SINGH LEADS HOUSTON OPEN — Fresh from inclusion in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the Houston Open. The 42-year-old Fijian, No. 2 in the world rankings, extended his streak of par or better to 56 holes at the Redstone Golf Club in Humble, where he won this event a year ago. After Singh came Australians Gavin Coles and Brendan Jones. Eight players were at 67. Six others, including John Daly, were another shot back.
DEVIL RAYS DEFEAT RANGERS — Dewon Brazelton snapped his seven-game losing skid and Carl Crawford had a tiebreaking groundout for Tampa Bay in a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in St. Petersburg, Fla. Brazelton (1-3) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 I /3 innings. He struck out four and walked three in picking up his first win since beating Oakland August 22, a span of IO starts. Danys Baez got three outs his first save. MarkTeixeira and Kevin Mench homered for the Rangers. Kenny Rogers (0-2) gave up tliree runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings.
ARMSTRONG NINTH IN TIME TRIAL - Lance Armstrong has plenty of work to do if he wants to win a seventh straight Tour de France. Armstrong finished a disappointing ninth in Thursday's time trial at the Tour de Georgia, nearly two minutes behind the winner in a go-all-out style of cycling he usually dominates. Another American, Floyd Landis, won the third stage in 39 minutes, 58.09 seconds. The other spots on the podium also were claimed by U.S. riders — David Zabriskie in second and Christopher Baldwin third. Shockingly, Armstrong was not among them. Racing in a light rain, he failed to make up ground on the climb up Mount Alto and had no chance of closing the gap by the time he pedaled onto the slick streets of downtown Rome, Ga.
Pettite strong for seven frames in Astros’ win over Brewers
HOUSTON (AP) — Andy Pettitte pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time since last July, Willy Taverns had an RBI triple and the Houston Astros held on for an 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday night.
Pettitte (1-1), who had season-ending elbow surgery Aug. 13, scattered five hits, gave up three runs and struck out five in his fourth start of the season. He last won on July 21 against Arizona. It was also the left-hander’s first home win since beating the Mets on May 15.
Pettitte originally hurt his elbow bat
ting in his Astros debut last year, his first in Houston after nine seasons with the New York Yankees. On Thursday, he had a sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 6-1 lead.
Trailing 8-3 in the ninth the Brewers rallied for four runs, highlighted by Brady Clarks three-run homer off closer Brad Lidge with two outs. I idge, who was called on to face Clark, then struck out Junior Spivey for his fiftli save.
Doug Davis (2-2) went 5 I /3 innings and allowed six nins—five earned—on five hits and four walks for Milwaukee.
He struck out four.
Davis loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs before getting Chris Burke to pop out for the first out. Brad Ausmus then hit an easy grounder to third baseman Wes Helms, whose throw to second went into center field for an error and gave I touston its first two nins.
Milwaukee got a run back in the fifth inning when Geoff Jenkins doubled off the center-field wall, went to third on an groundout and scored on Helms’ grounder to third.
The Astros scored four in the sixth
inning to go up 6-1. Burke had an RBI double, Ausmus a run-scoring single, Taverns an RBI triple that chased Davis, and Pettitte added a sacrifice fly off reliever Wes Obermueller.
Jenkins hit a two-run homer into the Crawford boxes in left in tile seventh inning to close to 6-3. Jenkins finished 2-for-3 with three runs.
Ensberg’s RBI single to left stretched the lead to 7-3 in the seventh and Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch from Matt Wise with the bases loaded in die eighth to make it 8-3.
Rangers’ win gains outright title
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
Spurs move slowly to get Duncan into rhythm for playoffs
DENVER NUGGETS VS.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
(Radio: WOAI-AM 1200) Sunday
Denver at San Antonio, 7 >.m.,TNT
Wednesday Denver at San Antonio, 7 >.m.,TNT
Saturday, April 30 San Antonio at Denver,
0:30 p.m., ESPN
Monday, May 2 San Antonio at Denver,TBA Wednesday, May 4 Denver at San Antonio, TBA, Fnecessary
Friday, May 6 San Antonio at Denver,TBA, f necessary
Sunday, May 8 Denver at San Antonio,TBA, fnecessary
SAN ANTONIO (AP) —The San Antonio Spurs dropped tliree of their final four games going into the playoffs, but no biggie.
The team’s priority down the stretch had less to do with winning and more to do with getting Tim Duncan into rhythm after the star forward missed a dozen late-season games with a badly sprained right ankle.
Duncan, who played limited minutes in the four games, said he is still recuperating as the Spurs prepare for their First-round series against the Denver Nuggets, the NBA’s hottest team. The series opens Sunday night in San Antonio.
“I’m probably 75 to 80 percent,” he said after San Antonio’s 95-73 loss to Minnesota in its regular-season finale Wednesday. “There are still a couple of
things I’m tentative on doing, but a lot of it is more conscious than anything, trying to protect myself.”
Coach Gregg Popovich also has been trying to protect die two-time league M VR and in doing so, the Spurs (59-23) conceded the best record in the Western Conference to Phoenix without a real fight.
Popovich kept an eager-to-play Duncan on the bench during crunch time in final-week road games against Utah and Memphis, which San Antonio lost by two points each.
In his four games back, Duncan averaged about 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23 minutes, well under his season marks of 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds.
His scoring and rebound averages were the lowest of his eight-year NBA
career, and his 66 games were the fewest he played in a non-strike season.
He missed seven of his eight shots and scored only three points Wednesday, but Popovich sounded happy and a little relieved that Duncan didn’t do anything against theTimberwolves to set back his recovery.
“It’s something he's going to have to work through — work through the pain and get it loose again," Popovich said of Duncan’s still-tender right ankle. “It’s not going to be a quick process, but he’s going to get through it. He’s a competitor, and he’s going to do what he can do.”
Duncan was hurt March 20 in Detroit. He crumpled to the floor a couple of minutes into the game after landing on the foot of Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace while coming down after scoring a layup.
The Spurs lost that game and went
8-4 before Duncan returned with 17 points and seven rebounds in a 93-91 loss at Utah on April 13.
Given the condition of his star player, as well as injuries to center Rasho Nesterovic (sprained left ankle) and guard Devon Brown (herniated disk), Popovich appreciated a first-round schedule that gives the Spurs two days off before Wednesday’s Game 2 and another two days before Game 3 in Denver.
“Any other year I would just want to play the games, but we can use the time for a lot of guys," he said. “I lope-fully we can use it to our advantage."
Nuggets coach George Karl, whose team won 25 of 29 games after the All-Star game, recognized that the schedule could favor San Antonio because it gives Duncan more time to recuperate.
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Team unity spurs SV softballers to greater heights
By Will Wright
SMITHSON VALLEY — Softball coach Wayne Daigle didn’t think Smithson Valley’s 4-0 victory over SA Madison Thursday was really indicative of how well his team has played this season.
Yet he’s happy with the end result — that the Rangers have captured the outright District 26-5A title and can now concentrate on yet another deep run into the playoffs.
“We always play hard, so I’m not surprised with how we finished,” Daigle said. “I thought we would finish near the top of the district. We’ve played vsome very good ball this year."
At the beginning of the season, not many thought the Rangers would come in, after vanquishing District 28-5A the past two years, and be ready to rule the 26-5A roost. There was Reagan, Churchill, MacArthur — all were expected to put up a fight.
But when the smoke cleared, Smithson Valley, 22-3 overall and 12-1 with one game left against bottom-dweller SA Roosevelt Saturday, is alone at the top of the heap. For weeks, the Rangers have been the top ranked team in the area, and are rated No. 8 in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
“No one expected it from us,” said three-time letterman and all-district third baseman Brooke LaRue. "Most of our people who carried the team last year left, and it was unexpected of us.
“We have more talent than we know what to do with, so it’s hard to keep positions going because everyone is fighting for them. Everybody can play everywhere, and that’s really good for us.”
Smithson Valley, however, can’t supplant one player — junior pitcher Taryn Munoz. Munoz, who struck out eight Thursday to up her season total to 108, credited her team more
Smithson Valley players, from left, Jessica Romero,Taryn Munoz, Candace Gillespie, Kaylen Skinner and Brooke LaRue confer on the mound Thursday during the Rangers' 4-0 victory over SA Madison.
than herself. she said. “We’re all doing what we’re I’ve been here. We work with what we
“It’s a team thing. Everyone plays supposed to be doing, defense and everyone does their part,” “It’s been that way every year since gee RANGERS Page 6A