New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County Sports
(Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows)
Unicom football foam will pump Iron on Thursday
The New Braunfels High School football team will hold a lift-a-thon at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium. Admission is free.
For more information, call Coach Kingsbury at 625-5713.
Marion Athletic Booster Club golf tournament
The Marion Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring a golf tournament May 3 at Northcliffe Country Club to raise funds for scholarships and athletic equipment.
The event is limited to 72 golfers, and registrations are due Friday. For more information, call Susan Wehe at (210) 914-3636 or Aubry Foster at (210) 303-5765.
Newcombs Tennis Ranch Spring Invitational
Tennis players are invited to compete in the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Spring Invitational tournament, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The event is open to adults and juniors ages 14 to 16. Entry fees are $20 per doubles team or $15 per members doubles team. The entry deadline is Saturday and registrations cannot be taken over the phone.
For more information, call Tom Brownhill at 643-0404.
Local soccer team has openings for two players
The Texas Rangers soccer team has two openings for players born between Aug. t, 1983, and July 31, 1984. The team will be traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland this summer from July 13 to Aug. 1.
For more information, call 492-8706 or 696-8247.
Sundance Golf Course Twilight League
Sundance Golf Course s Twilight League will have its organizational meeting at 6 p.m. May 1 at the Sundance Golf Course pro shop.
Priority in league play will be given to teams which have previously competed. League play will be for 12 weeks, beginning May 21 and running to Aug. 13. Play will be a scramble format each Wednesday night, with a shotgun start at 6 p.m.
All team captains who wish to form a team should attend the organizational meeting, lf you have questions, call the pro shop at 629-3817.
Optimist Club Friend of Youth golf tournament
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will sponsor its second annual “Friend of Youth” golf tournament May 3 at Rebecca Creek Golf Course, with the usual prizes.
Entry fee is $50 or $200 per team of four. For more information, call Richard Smith at 609-0937.
Skrobarcek loses, wai
Wednesday, April 23
Canyon at Region IV-4A tournament
Thursday, April 24
Softball — Playoffs
N Braunfels va Holmes at L'TSA 4 30 p m Canyon vs Marble Falls at Dripping Springs
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New Braunfels at Regioi < IV-5A tournament
Friday, April 25
New Braunfels at Region IV-5A tournament
Smrthson Valley at Lockhart ........7 p m
Canyon at Bastrop................7 p m
New Braunfels at Region IV-5A meet Canyon at Region IV-4A meet Smithson Valley at Region IV-4A meet
Saturday, April 26
New Braunfels at Region IV-5A meet Canyon at Region IV-4A meet Smithson Valley at Region IV-4A meet
Herald-Zeitung photo by Tom Enckson
Canyon trashman Jarret Skrobarcek returns a volley In Tuesday’s Region IV-4A semifinal match with Jason Randolph of Gregory-Portland. Skrobarcek lost to Ron Theodore in the finals but advanced to state.
CHS freshman nets second-place finish
By TOM ERICKSON
SAN ANTONIO — The waiting game began just minutes after third-seeded Jarred Skrobarcek lost to Alamo Heights’ Ron Theodore.
After beating the No. 2 seed, Jason Randolph of Gregory-Portland, 6-2, 6-3, Skrobarcek faced Theodore, the top seec(, in the final.
In the championship match, Theodore, a senior, got die best of Skrobarcek, a freshman, winning 6-3, 6-4.
The victory gave Theodore a spot in next month’s UIL state championships, but forced Skrobarcek to wait on the end of a consolation match between Randolph and Brad Clements of Marble Falls.
Randolph prevailed against
Clements, 6-4, 6-2, sending
Skrobarcek to state by virtue of his win over Randolph in the semifinals.
Canyon tennis coach Ed Strieker said state berth or not, Skrobarcek played well at the regional meet.
“I was proud to see him reach the finals,” Strieker said. “Anytime a freshman can accomplish something like that, it’s a good thing.”
Skrobarcek said Theodore’s multifaceted game got the best of him in the final.
“He’s a good all-around player, but I should have played better,” he said.
‘I was proud to see him roach the finals. Anytime a freshman can accomplish something Ilks that, Ifs a good thing.’
— Canyon High School tennis coach Ed Strieker
Region IV-4A tennis
Theodore used accurate serves and picked his spots well to outduel Skrobarcek.
“I held serve all but one game today, and that was IOO percent better than yesterday,” Theodore said. “I think I used my placement a lot more.
I stayed relaxed and played a smart match.”
Theodore said fatigue was not a factor for him in the match, which began at I p.m. and was played under bright sunshine.
“I got a lot of rest last night and came out here today feeling good,” he said. “I didn’t feel tired at all today.” Strieker said Theodore^ experience and varied skills made finding and exploiting a weakness a tough task.
“His biggest strength is that he doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Strieker said. “It’s hard to attack him on anything.” Boerne’s Laura McCarty won the girls’ singles title in a three-hour match with Alamo Heights’ Sara Lisagor, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Both doubles titles went to Alamo Heights, as the Mules’ Ned Hodge and Mason Kruse beat David Arnold and Erie Dean of Gregory-Portland, 6-1,6-1.
Girls’ doubles went to the Alamo Heights team of Genevieve Kimmel and Monica Martin, who beat Kristin Hedger and Katie Sweeten of Kerrville-Tivy, 6-2, 7-5.
The UIL championships are scheduled for May 5 and 6 in Austin.
Del-Vaile hands Cougars another loss
From staff reports
Del Valle rallied late to erase a 1-0 deficit to beat Canyon 3-1 Tuesday night.
The Cougars (7-17 overall, 3-8 in District 28-4A) got a run in the bottom of the second inning but failed to score after that and were outhit 7-5 by the Cardinals.
Johnny Zunker held Del Valle scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Cardinals scored twice to take the lead. Del Valle (11-11,4-7) added another run in the sixth.
Canyon will play its final game of the season at Bastrop on Friday.
Bastrop ll, Smithson Vslloy 4 (nino innings)
SMITHSON VALLEY — The Bears clinched a playoff spot with a w ild extra-inning victory against the Rangers on Tuesday.
Bastrop broke a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held on for the victory. The Bears improved to 11-10 overall and 7-4 in District 28-4A. Smithson Valley fell to 9-14 and 4-7.
Brack Harrington gave the Rangers a boost in the bottom of the first inning with a three-run homer. Smithson Valley added another run in the second for a 4-0 lead, but was shut out over the next seven innings.
Bastrop got three runs in the fifth inning, cutting the Rangers’ lead to 4-3. The Bears tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh, and neither team scored until the ninth.
Jason Hill started the game for Smithson Valley, and was relieved by Brandon Schultz in the seventh. Robert Churchman (4-5) came on in the eighth and took the loss.
Smithson Valley will play at Lockhart on Friday.
Now Braunfels 9, Seguin 5
SEGUIN — C had Wehe went 2-for-4, including a double and scored three runs as the Unicorns beat Seguin 9-5 on Tuesday
New Braunfels improved to 10-13 overall and 5-8 in District 26-5A. The Matadors fell to 9-13 and 3-10.
The Unicorns got two runs in the top of the first inning, five in the fifth and two more in the top of the seventh. Seguin tied the game at 2-2 in the second and added a run in the third for a 3-2 lead before falling behind for good.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damaii
Canyon High School sophomore Jonathan Meurin pounds his bat in disgust after striking out in Tuesday’s game with Del Valle. The Cardinals beat th# Cougars, 3-1.
will need Elie’s help
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
GALVESTON (AP) — It took Mario Elie a long time to work his way into the Houston Rockets’ starting lineup, and he's making the most of his big chance this season.
Elie was a role player with a reputation as a good defensive player when he played for Golden State and Portland and in his first three seasons with the Rockets. This season, trades and injunes finally gave him a shot at starting.
Now he’s starting on a team that includes three future Hall of Famers. One of them, Charles Barkley, thinks Elie is the team’s MVP.
“He’s obviously our best defender. He has a hard assignment every night,” Barkley said Tuesday as the Rockets began preparations for a best-of-5 playoff series against Minnesota.
“He’s the only guy on this team that can’t take nights off.”
Minnesota coach Flip Saunders also recognizes Elie’s value to the Rockets.
“He does all the little things for them,” Saunders said. “He hits key shots, he’s a 90 percent free throw shooter, he’s their best defender and probably their best clutch 3-point shooter. I think he’s the key for them.”
Elie will be in the starting lineup at Turn to Rockets, Page 2B
Stars hang on to beat Oilers, tie playoff series at 2-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mike Modano and Dallas Stars went back to basics to even their first-round senes with the Edmonton Oilers.
'We said if we really pushed hard and gave it everything we had, we all thought they couldn’t hang with us,” said Modano, who scored a goal and set up Brent Gilchrist’s game-winner as the Stars beal the the Oilers 4-3 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference quarterfinal 2-2.
“That’s what we thought, and that’s how we played. We just wanted to push the issue and
really press them more by playing in their zone, forcing them to make plays and get some turnovers”
Game 5 is Friday night in Dallas.
“We’re excited to go home with two games in Dallas,” Modano said of the second-seeded Stars. “You always meet the Cinderella teams in the first round.
“We know what its like, because we shocked some teams in ’91 (when the franchise was located in Minnesota). They’re giving us a good test.”
Gilchrist snapped a 2-2 tie at 1:53 of the third period, and Jamie Langenbrunner put DallasNHL
ahead 4-2 at 5:31.
But Ryan Smyth scored for Edmonton with 1:13 left, and the Stars had to hang on for the
"They played a great game, they were really emotional,” Gilchrist said of the Oilers. “The building was a zoo, and we really had to fight.”
On Sunday night, the Oilers scored three goals in the final four minutes en route to an overtime victory. This time, their late rally fell just short.
’’Just because it happened to us last game, I think we have enough leadership to say it happened once,” Gilchrist said.
Edmonton forward Todd Marchant said the inexperienced Oilers weren’t discouraged by the
“Every player is getting more confidence,” Marchant said. “Let’s face it, for most of us, this is our first playoff seres. Every game, ev ery day we’re getting more confidence, more experience.”
Modano and Dave Reid scored the first two goals for Dallas, while Andrei Kovalenko and Jason Amott countered for Edmonton goals.