New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ailing Rockets set for playoffs
Defending NBA champions right at home in underdog role against Lakers
By IffCHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press Writer
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) —The two-time defending NBA champion Houston Rockets are hutting, written off by some, uncertain and without home-court advantage as the playoffs begin this week.
In other words, they’re right where they're used to being.
“One of the characteristics I’m not really happy about is we’re probably the best trench team in modem basketball — being pushed into the comer down in that foxhole,” coach Rudy Tom-janovich said as his team headed to Galveston Monday for three days of preparation before Thursday’s first-round playoff opener at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tomjanovich, whose team averted elimination repeatedly a year ago en route to a second straight NBA crown, said his goal would have been to avoid starting out from behind
“Let's not get down there,” he said. “But right now, because of injuries, we're already in the foxhole, just like last year.”
Injuries decimated the team beginning at midseason, leaving Hakeem Ola-juwon, Clyde Drexler, Mario Elie, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry — the heart of last season’s title winner—on the shelf.
"I’ve conditioned myself to come to the arena or to the practice floor not knowing what to expect," Tomjanovich said “All these things you just have to be
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“Let’s not get down there. But right now, because of injuries, we’re already in the foxhole, just like last year.”
— Rudy Tomjanovich
prepared for and you deal with them."
Houston finished the regular season Sunday with a victory over Phoenix to wind up 48-34. That's one game better than a year ago but IO games off the pace of the 1994 championship team.
Still, Tomjanovich thinks this year’s club is better with the addition of Maik Bryant, who has given them toughness up from, and Eldridge Recasner, an additional outside shooting threat.
“If we’re healthy. I’d say on paper... you have to feel you’re better,” he says. “But talent and potential really means nothing in getting the prize.
"The first year we didn’t have an explosive offense. We have more options now than we had on the first championship team. Right now, we have to get back to the team that does what it takes to win.”
Young talent dominates 28-4A All-District softball
FIRST TEAM ?*&*■
J*nSs« Harbortft senior
Tammy Brsuna junior
KyNa Adame soph.
Jennifer Ybarra , soph.
Dustl Daniel junior
Tiffany Weldne* fresh.
Dade Thomas ; . / junior
Sasha Homer soph.
Joy brr fresh
f^edby f#olWne senior
Arte Southerland junior
Janny Hackle soph.
Attalla Homann junior
Marc! Allen junior
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Hays - - . , Smithson Valley outfield
By THOMAS GODLEY
If the 19% Coaches’ 28-4A All-District list is any indication, local softball talent will be blooming in the coming years.
With underclassmen grabbing 13 of 14 spots on the first team, the latest all-district roster was rife with budding stars.
“What we are seeing is that the county high school softball programs are in their third year and starting to bring in girls from the summer league fast-pitch teams,” Charlie Adams, Canyon softball coach, said. ’It will probably get stronger in the years to come.” Canyon, the district runner-up, led the way with six players on the first team. Catcher Kylie Adams batted .600, with 38 RBI, 40 runs and 43 of 46 stolen bases. Pitcher Jenise Harborth compiled a 12-7 record and a 3.76 ERA in district. Tiffany Weidner hit .500 in district and had 30 runs and 30 RBL DeDe Thomas batted .414 in district, with 25 RBI and 25 tuns. Corby Collins, the only senior on the first team, hit .443, with 19 RBI and scored 17 runs. Marci Allen hit .533, knocked in 32
runs and stole 24 of 25 bases.
The district champion New Braunfels Unicorns placed three players on the first team. Pitchers Joy Orr and Tammy Braune combine for 16-10 record. Orr batted .380, with 24 RBI and scored 35 runs. Braune had a .300 batting average and a 2.81 ERA.
Jennifer Ybarra was the Unicorns’ third selection on the first team, finishing the season with a .408 batting average, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored.
The following are the coaches’ second team and honorable mention picks:
Usa VbigL Senior, Lockhart, Pitcher, Shelly Sauer, Senior, SVHS, Pitcher, Hillary Hom-berger, Junior, Lockhart, Catcher, Christi Summers, Senior, Hays, Catcher; Shevan Burton, Sophomore, Hays, 1st; Valerie Estrada, Senior, Lockhart, 2nd; Feliza Miller, Junior, Lockhart, SS; Rachel Green, Sophomore, New Braunfels, 3rd; Dana Schmidt, Senior, Hays, Utility Player; Julia Best, Junior, Canyon, Utility Player, Crissy Graham, Junior, SVHS, DH; Cammi Cunningham, Freshman, SVHS,
OF; Emilie Wotipka, Junior, New Braunfels, OF; Cheryl Dunn, Junior, Canyon, OF; Summer Stahura, Junior, Bastrop, OF; Melinda Aguirre, Sophomore, New Braunfels, OF Honorable Mention Kim Wright, Senior, Hays, Pitcher, Shirley Moore, Freshman, Bastrop, Pitcher, Kate Boyd, Junker, Canyon, Pitcher, Sara Chap-pellie, Senior, SVHS, Utility Player, Shannon Grothues, Junior, SVHS, Catcher, Tonya Noah, Senior, Bastrop, Catcher; Hanna O’Banan, Senior, Bastrop, 1st; Jessica Warren, Junior, Lockhart, 1st; April Tbch, Sophomore,
NBHS, 1st; Roxanne Blue, Junior, NBHS, 2nd; Jordan Hickl, Junior, SVHS, 2nd; Sharon Davilla, Freshman, Bastrop, SS; Misty Roberts, Sophomore, NBHS, SS; Bethany Constable, Junior, SVHS, SS; Dana Schmidt, Senior, Hays, SS; Kylene Benton, Sophomore, Bastrop, 3rd; Sophie Zapata, Senior, Lockhart, 3rd; Julie Gonzales, Senior, Lockhart, DH; Leighanne Stephens, Sophomore, Lockhart, OF; April Harvell, Junior, Bastrop, OF; Keisha Martinez, Junior, Hays, OF; Lisa Winzer, Senior, Hays, OF; Kim Williams, Junior, Hays, OF.Herald-Zeitung O Tuesday, April 23,1996 O 5
Herakl-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GOOLEY Aaron Moor* and th* N*w Braunfels Unicorns ar* coming off an impressive 18-3 win over Canyon on Friday. Tbs Unicorns will try to kssp tho momentum alive tonight at Lockhart Tbs Cougars hops to regain their playoff drive at horn# against district-leading Hays. Meanwhile the Smithson Valley Rangsrs travel to Bastrop. AN th* games start at 7 p.m.
Back in the swing
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
Rangers’ scoring barrage a record
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — It’s far loo early lo tell whether the Texas Rangers’ hot start will lead to anything but some rather meaningless early season team records.
Bin no matter what happens the rest of this season, Texas can always look back fondly at this past weekend, when the Rangers reduced Baltimore’s pitching staff from the AL’s best into batting practice fodder. Texas scored 43 runs in racking up victories by scores of 26-7,8-3 and 9-6. The Orioles’ ERA climbed from 3.00 to 5.00 as the Rangers hit .388 with 20 extra-base hits. They had IO home runs, including two grand slams.
“I never thought we’d score this many runs against this team,” said Dean Palmer, who wert 6-for-11 with four homers, six runs scored and 11 RBls in the series and on Monday was named the AL’s player of the week.
“We just weren’t leaving very many piys on base like we were earlier this season. We can’t keep this up for a filii season, but this team is going to score some runs.”
The Rangers previous best scoring stretch was in 1987, with 45 runs in four games.
The three-game sweep was the third of the season for the Rangers, who have baseball’s best record at 13-5 despite losing 12-4 Monday to Chicago.
Texas ended a five-game winning streak and slipped to 11-2 at home.
"Monday through Friday they want you to be like Harvard. On Saturday they want you to play like Oklahoma.”
—Jim Valvano, late basketball coach at North Carolina State, on college administrators.
Bad day for shortstop helps Astros past Giants
IMcoms move to next round at regional tennis toumamont
New Braunfels High School standout Rebekah Forney advanced to the semifinals in girls’ singles Monday at the Region IV 4-A Tennis Tournament at McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio.
Forney, the top seed, defeated Kara Witten of Rossville, 6-3,6-0. Forney next will face Berica Day of Alamo Heights.
Canyon High School’s Kevin Hargrove defeated Gonzalo Burberg of Los Fresnos 6-3,6-0. Hargrove takes on Jason Randolph of Gregory Portland.
In boys’ doubles, Unicom partners Davinder Toot and Jake Brooks defeated Craig Bertholf and Jaime Perez of Mercedes in the first round 7-6, 7-5. Toor-Brooks then tost to Alex DeLeon and Brandon Johnson in the second round. DeLeon-Johnson defeated Canyon’s Barton Adams and Brian Schwartz in the quarterfinals.
in girls’ doubles, Andrea Giesek and Tamarra Jenkin of NBHS defeated Marianne Zrubek and Amanda Schwartz of Taylor 6-1,6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Amanda Schneider and Afison Damarodas topped Vanessa Forgtikand Laurie Garcia of Tuloso Midway 2-6,7-5,6-4 in the first round Schneider-Damarodas then beat Margio Novicio and Silpa Dhoma of Waco Midway.
12th annual Lions Golf Tournament set for April 27
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will hold its 12th annual golf tournament Saturday, April 27 at Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club. The best-ball, modified scramble format will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The tournament will include hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and beat-the-pro competitions. Participant will receive a complimentary sack lunch, refreshments and a dinner buffet.
Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund local projects such as a Christmas shopping spree for underprivileged children, a motivational program for alt Comal County high school seniors, and teacher of the year awards. The club also supports the Texas Lions Camp and the International Lions Sight Rrst Program.
For more information, call 620-4224 or 1-800-527-2380.
Girls’ sports camp offered at Nsw Braunfels High School
New Braunfels High School coaches Noel Hansen and David Simmons will lead a “Girls’ Brown Bag Sports Camp" May 28-31 at NBHS.
The camp is for girls in grades 3-6. Coaches Phyllis Fowler and Cindy Manley will assist in an array of activities including softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, recreational games and team-building concepts.
Cost is $80 until May 20 and includes a free T-shirt; or $100 after May 20.
To register or for more information, call Stella Hansen at 620-1051.
Downtown Rotary CM) hosts Sth annual benefit golf tourney
The Downtown Rotary Club will have Its fifth annual Civic Club Golf Challenge on Friday, May 10 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin.
The event—which has raised $70,000 for charities in Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties — will benefit an array of needy groups. Wuest’s Supermarkets has again agreed to sponsor the tournament.
The format will be a four-man scramble. It begins with an 11 a m. lunch and a shotgun start at noon. There will be team prizes, a longest drive contest, and ctosest-tothe-pin prizes. A hole-in-one wins a 1996 Chevrolet courtesy of Don Maxwell Chevrolet.
The tournament is limited to 28 teams.
For more information, call Greg Campbell at 629-0909, Al Leach at 608-4201 or Joe Miller at 625-9162
By the Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No excuses. No sulking.
“I just had a bad day,” said San Francisco shortstop Shawon Dunston, who made four errors on grounders as Houston defeated the Giants 11-8 on Monday night. “You make one, then you don’t want to have it hit at you.”
Dunston, who missed eight starts in the past two weeks because of a strained left groin, had never made more than two errors in a game before.
No major leaguer has made five errors in a game since 1911.
‘Tm going to be a man about it,” said Dunston, who also was involved in four of the Giants’ five double plays. Tm going to go home, kiss my wife and kids and put them to bed.”
In other games, the Chicago White Sox consider themselves a good offensive club. Their .260 team average showed otherwise. The American League’s Uth-ranked hitting team broke out in a big way Monday night in a 12-4 victory ova the Texas Rangers.
Danny Tartabull, Robin Ventura and Ozzic Guillen snapped out of slumps in the victory. Those are three hitters Chicago needs to be productive if the White Sox are to contend this season.
Joe Roberts, 18, of Now Braunfels, bogged this 210-pound Block HawHan Rom In Rio Frio on March 28.