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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, April 23,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Eugene the Unicom roots for the softball team. SPORTS COMING SUNDAY NB tennis and netters ter regional qualifiers. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T-l-C-K-E-T Spurs begin playoffs San Antonio hosts Denver in the first round of the NBA playoffs Time: 7 p m. (TNT/WOAI-AM1200) SchUtterbahn Triathlon Kids from all over the area set to participate in the annual event Time: Morning Region IV tennis meet Canyon and New Braunfels players vie for spots at state in two-day event Time: all day . m n wuMMNMI MR .New Braunfels to hire Nacogdoches’ Caniford as AD/football coach By Will Wright Sports Editor The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees has called a special meeting for 5 p.m. Monday to approve the hiring of a new football coach/athletic director at the high school. Sources have said Nacogdoches coach Chuck Caniford has been selected to succeed five-year coach Rick Rhoades, who resigned last month to become assistant head coach at Converse Judson. Caniford, who has coached the Dragons to a 7-23 record the past three seasons, could not be reached for comment. His athletic secretary said he was out on the football field with his players Friday afternoon and could not be interrupted. Contacted by KGNB-AM Thursday, Caniford would not say if he is indeed New Braunfels’ 18th football coach. New Braunfels schools Superinten dent Ron Reaves wouldn’t confirm nor deny that he will submit Cani-foid’s name to the school board Monday. He did say the successful candidate will attend Monday’s meeting to meel with the board prior to its vote. Reaves would not say who else was interviewed for the job, only saying that 53 men had applied. However, he is happy with the name he’ll give to the board Monday. "The main emphasis we had was looking for a person to bring cohesiveness to the athletic department and the philosophy of an all-sports program — to help athletes maximize their talents in all sports,” Reaves said, noting that won-loss records in football don’t illustrate the overall ability to run an entire athletic program. "I think the community will find him a good communicator and that he works well with students and the current coaching staff and adminis tration,” Reaves added. The superintendent said the new coach was willing to work with the current staff. “We let all the candidates know that they could bring in one or two people, but this guy is not interested in bringing in additional people,” Reaves said. “This fellow is bolting forward to being a part of this community, and continuing the fine tradition and adding to the athletic program we have in place.” Rangers dish out payback on Reagan By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Reagan found out how harsh payback can really be Friday, as the Smithson Val-1 e y Rangers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a 3-1 baseball victory at the Blossom Complex. The Rangers (16-7, 9-2), who avenged a 10-0 loss at home at the hands of the top-ranked Rattlers March 24, can ice a District 26-5A playoff spot by beating SA Roosevelt at home at I p.m. today. The Rattlers (21-2,10-1) have clinched a playoff spot but have not yet sewn up the district title after their first league loss. Reagan’s James Keithley hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning — only one of three hits off Smithson Valley starter Kendal Volz (9-2) — and the Rattlers held a I -0 lead until the final out. With two gone in the seventh, Casey Pyle’s double to center scored Reagan Moczygemba to tie the game. With Trey Asberry pinch-running, Clay Fuller’s two-bagger scored Asberry to make it 2-1. Corey Thompson’s bloop single scored Fuller from second. Three runs on five straight hits with two outs left the Rangers on top 3-1. But the Rattlers threatened in the bottom half. With men on first and second and none out, Volz dove to snare a bunt attempt. I lis catch and subsequent throw to second picked off that runner for the double play. A harmless fly out to outfielder Bryant Sparkman ended it. “It was a great offensive and defensive seventh inning for us,” said Smithson Valley coach George Proctor, who after the game cautioned his players theres still unfinished business today. “I told them not to get too overconfident going in to face Lee (5-13-1, 2-8 going into Friday),” Proctor added. “They are a very scrappy team.” Volz fanned eight and went all the way for the Rangers. See BASEBALL, Page 6A Kendal Volz Unicorns fall to Dripping Springs Softballers say they’re ready for playoffs after 3rd straight loss By Will Wright Sports Editor One pitch. That’s all it took to send the New Braunfels Unicorns to their third straight loss Friday, as No. 4-ranked Dripping Springs took a 3-2 victory at Unicorn Field. Alicia Salazar’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth erased a 2-0 New Braunfels advantage and sealed the Tigers’ third victory over the Unicorns this season. In spite of the loss, New Braunfels (18-7, 6-4) enters the state playoffs as the runner-up in District 27-4A. It will play either Uvalde or Alamo Heights in the first round next week. Dripping Springs (23-3,9-1) won the district championship and will have a first-round playoff bye. Alex Hollingsworth, who became the Unicorns coach seven games ago with the departure of Tracy Knapik, said his team played a good game Friday. The Unicorns suffered a horde of mistakes and mental miscues in losses against Marble Falls (3-2) and at Burnet, where they were run-ruled for the first time in recent memory, 10-0. “Today we didn’t play like we normally do,” Hollingsworth said. “(Before) we made a lot of errors and now our contact percentage is way up. We hit the ball hard and today we only made one error. “Our defense is playing tighter. The difference in this game was one pitch.” New Braunfels starter Quinn Koelfgen (15-7), who yielded nine runs last Friday against the Bulldogs, came out smoking against the Tigers, holding them to one hit through four frames. In the fifth, however, the wheels came off, as a triple by Kristen Sumner was followed MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Lecia Bradshaw scores to give the Unicorns a 2-0 lead over Dripping Springs in the third inning of their game Friday. TheTigers got a three-run home run in the fifth and held on for a 3-2 victory, their third over New Braunfels this season. by a two-out walk to Tarrah Henderson. In between pitches to Salazar, Henderson left first and ran towards second before retreating back to first. She was called out by the base umpire, but the home plate umpire ruled the ball had not been in play at the time Henderson retreated back to first. With two on two pitches later, Salazar whacked the ball over the left field fence. “I got it up on her—it was a rise ball that didn’t break,” said Koelfgen, who struck out four. “It happens." Dripping Springs starter Nikki Brown (19-3), who Canyon touched for five hits in a 2-1 upset win last Friday, didn’t have her usual stuff against New Braunfels, which roughed her for a season-best six hits. Three of them came in the third. Singles by Sunni Refiner, Lecia Bradshaw and Coral Schroeder were converted into runs. A throwing error brought in Reimer and Schroeder’s hit to right plated Bradshaw for a 2-0 Unicorns lead. But Schroeder wound up stranded on third. The Unicorns got hits by Koelfgen, Hannah Bostic and Reimer in the fourth, but left the bases juiced — failing twice on bunt attempts with runners in scoring position. “We’ve got to produce with runners on — that’s the thing that’s plagued us all season long,” Hollingsworth said. “That’s something that we have to work on — that’s mental toughness.” Hollingsworth said losing to the Tigers, who were the No. I ranked team this time last week, wasn’t reason to worry because the Unicorns were already in the postseason. “I’m glad we’re playing good softball again, and that’s what we needed to do going into the playoffs,” he said. “We were going to sit in second no matter what. I would rather play a good game and lose than play a bad game and win.” Koelfgen equated the third loss this season to last year, when the Unicorns lost to Lockhart twice before defeating the Lions in the regional final to move on to the state tournament. “I hope we beat them (the Tigers) again to go to state,” she said. “Its kind of scary because it’s the same thing that happened last year.” Koelfgen said the team needs to do a better job executing bunts, although it has improved defensively. “We proved tonight we can hit the ball,” she said. “We hadn’t hit (Brown) all season, and it was a matter of getting focused.” Hollingsworth is convinced the Unicorns will do everything they need to do once the playoffs begin. “The girls have done a great job, they’ve had to deal with a lot this year,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.” Canyon 7, Marble Falls 5 MARBLE FALLS — The Canyon Cougarettes, behind a two-RBI double by Taylor Rogers and a two-RBI single by Leigh Ducote, rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Marble Falls 7-5 at the Lady Stangs Softball Complex in a crucial District 27-4A tilt Friday. The victory grants the Cougarettes (12-10,5-5 in District 27-4A) the district’s final postseason berth. Canyon will face either Boerne or Medina Valley in the bidistrict playoffs next week. Marble Falls had a 4-1 lead and the game well in hand until the seventh when seven consecutive Canyon batters reached base, six on base hits. With one out and on a 0-2 pitch, Michelle Howard singled to left field off the Lady Stangs starter Brooke Whittlesey, who had pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam inSee SOFTBALL, Page 6A Texas A&M lineman Hangartner awaits NFL draft news By Will Wright Sports Editor Texas A&M lineman Geoff Hangartner will sit by the television and the phone the next few days, waiting to see if he’ll be selected in the NFL Draft. The draft begins at 9 a.m. today in New York and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2. The first three rounds will be held today, with the remaining four held Sunday. Hangartner, a 6-6, 300-pounder who starred at New Braunfels, participated in scouting combines at A&M and the NFL combine in Indianapolis in late winter. He played offensive tackle the past three seasons for the Aggies, who finished last season 7-5 after a Cotton Bowl loss to Tennessee. Hangartner, a two-time all-Big 12 selection, will be waiting out the picks at his parents’ house here in New Braunfels. “I’ve got a little family coming in and I’ll sit around and wait and see what happens,” he said Friday, his 23rd birthday. Hangartner believes he ll be drafted, but doesn’t have the slightest idea by which team or in what round. He said he was helped by the combines, where he didn’t do anything to wreck his chances. “At Indianapolis, it all went pretty well,” he said. “It was kind of a long, stressful process. I don’t know if it helped (raise his draft stock), but I didn’t hurt myself. At those things its pretty easy to do, but I think it may have helped me some.” After alternating at both tackle spots in college, Hangartner is also being considered by some teams at center and others at guard. “It just depends on which team,” he said, noting the more valuable left tackles are picked within the first few rounds and that other linemen usually are selecred in the following five. Hangartner has an agent, Leonard Roth of Houston, who will help with the “business end” once he is selected. Until then, he ll wait along with the rest of the country. “I really don’t know,” he said. “Theres been so many predictions, people saying this and that.” Geoff Hangartner ;