New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Canyon sweeps season series with NB
Cougars force three-way tie
By Bryan Adams
The Canyon Cougars upended cross-town rival New Braunfels 7-5 for the second time this season Wednesday night, handed the Unicorns their second straight District 25-4A loss and forced a three-way tie for first place.
Canyon’s James Green delivered an RBI-double in the sixth inning off New Braunfels starter Brad Bevil to put the Cougars up 6-5.
Leiter, Benitez hold off Astros
NEW YORK (AP) — Al Leiter beat Houston for the first time in nearly five years and Armando Benitez got the save as the New York Meta changed their lineup Wednesday and beat the Astros 4-2.
Before the game, Nev, York announced center fielder Roger Cedeno was being benched and replaced by a platoon of Timo Perez and Tsuyoshi Shinjo.
New York also brought up Haul Gonzales from the minor leagues, and he homered off Roy Oswalt in his first at-bat, a leadoff drive in the second inning that went into the left-field bleachers.
Cedeno, booed every time he batted Tuesday, Is hitting just .177 with one homer and four RBis, and has played poorly in center. Perez went I-ford, raising his average to .229, and Shinjo came in to start the bottom of the eighth.
Leiter (3-0) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to defeat the Astros for the first time since Sept. 15, 1998. He escaped a jam in the sixth when he struck out Craig Biggio with two on and two outs.
David Weathers pitched two hitless innings and Benitez, who has struggled for much of the season, got his sixth save in IO chances.
Lance Berkman, a graduate of Canyon High School, was l-for-4.
Benitez was booed by a few fans when he entered, and by some more after Orlando Merced’s one-out double to deep right. Benitez then retired Biggie on a groundnut and struck out Jose Vizcaino to end it.
Oswalt allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in six. He struck out five.
“There were a lot of things going through my mind. The first few pitches, coach Garza wanted me to drag bunt to see if I could get on,” said Green, who was 2-for-3 with walk and a stolen base. “It was an outside pitch and I just took it the other way, and I never go opposite field.”
Justin Thompson’s controversial infield bunt single scored another run to make it 7-5.
Erie Bremer, who pitched 6 2/3 innings this past Friday, threw 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief to seal the victory.
“I can’t say enough about Bremer. He’s a gamer and a good kid,” Canyon head coach Peter
Garza said. “He was rested enough that I knew he could do what needed to be done” Thompson started for the Cougars and gave up five runs (all unearned) on five hits, five walks and seven Canyon errors in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one.
“We started slow because we didn’t show up ready to play and that was fault,” NBHS head coach Doug Edwards said. “In the end we just didn’t get key hits. We had the baserunners all night long, but no key hits."
The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Jeremiah Rester drew a base on ball-
District 25-4A -
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS
Dint All Canyon 8-3 14-10
New Braunfels 8-3 14-11 Dripping Springs 8-3 12-10-1 Lake Travis 6-5 13-11 Lockhart 5-6 10-12-1
Bastrop 4-8 10-16
Dei Valle 0-11 0-16
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Canyon’s Justin Thompson runs down the first baseline as New Braunfels catcher Jason Miori tries to field the bunt during Wednesday’s game at Unicom Field. Canyon won 7-5.
Lake Travis 1, Bastrop 0 D. Springs 4, Del Valle I Wednesday's games
Canyon 7, New Braunfels 5 Friday’s games
Del Valle at Canyon, 7 p.m. NBHS at Lake Travis, 7 p.m. Lockhart at Dripping Springs, 7:30 p.m.
—■ End of regular season —
Rangers’ tennis team ready for regionals
The Smithson Valley High School tennis team won the District 27-5A boys and girls tournaments and qualified five players at today’s Region IV-5A Tennis Tournament in San Antonio. SVHS regional quakers were, from left, Caleb Carter, Susan ne Speer, Anna Wimberley, coach Keith Brown, Jacob Bodkin, James Farley and Jay Daniel (alternate).SVHS sends five past district
By Bryan Adams
Five Smithson Valley tennis player advanced pant the District 27-5A Tournament and will compete in the Region IV-5A Tournament today at McFarlin Tennis Center for a chance to go to the state tournament.
"Five is a good number. I’m really proud of that,” Maid Smithson Valley’s ninth-year head coach Keith Brown. “Going into district you never what the other teams have
been doing because we don’t see a lot of the teams in our district in other tournaments. It was pretty much us and East Central ”
For the first time in school history, Smithson Valley won the boys singles and girls singles district titles in the same year. Senior Susa ne Speer claimed the girls title by beating teammate Anna Wimberley in the finals. Wimberley, who knocked off the No. 2 seed early in the tournament, also advanced to regionals.
“I got a pretty easy draw compared to Anna (Wimberley),” said Speer, who kist just five games in three matches. “Instead of power hitting, I
was just trying to be consistent and keep it in. I just wanted to play a consistent game. Usually tliat works. My serves were really good too, and I think I double-faulted only once.”
I’he Rangers played in District 25-4A tills | Mist two years, which produced both state finalists in the girls singles division two years in a low.
"Our district tlus year was a lot easier and a kit more fun,’’ Speer said. "There definitely was not as much pressure."
Sophomore Caleb Carter kist just seven games in three matches on his way to a district title in boys singles.
WHAT. Region IV-5A Tennis Tournament WHO: Smithson Valley High School Caleb Carter (boys singles). Susanna Spear (girls singles), Anna Wimberley (girls singles), Jacob Bodkin and James Farley (boys doubles) and Jay Daniel (alternate).
WHERE McFariin Tennis Center in San Antonio.
WHEN: Frist round matches at 9 p m and second round matches around noon today. Third round matches begin at 9 a m. Friday
Admission Is free
Kovalcik wins regionals
NBHS boys golf team places fourth at Region IV-4A Tournament
By Bryan Adams
New Braunfels High School senior Christine Kovalcik bettered her first-round score by seven strokes on the second day of the Region FV-4A Girls Golf Tbur-nament Wednesday at Brackenridge Golf Course and captured the gold medal.
Kovalcik shot a ll in the first round on Tuesday to put her in third place and one stroke off the lead. Wednesday she scored four birdies and recorded just two bogeys to shoot a 70 and finish in first place with a four-stroke cushion.
“I picked three holes on the front and back to be my birdie holes,” said Kovalcik, who finished 10th at regionals in 2002. “Everything else* I just shot for tile middle of the green and didn’t even worry about where the pin was. I birdied two of the holes that I planned on and just went from there.”
The momentum turned for Kovalcik on hole No. 9 when she stuck her approach shot within four feet of the hole for a tap-in birdie. ITiat, put her at even par through the front nine.
“That really lifted my confidence up and helped me shoot well on the hack,” Kovalcik said.
The UIL Conference 4A State Golf Tburnament takes place May 5-6 at the Roy Kizer Golf Course; in Austin.
“I’m so excited I don’t even know the words. Three long years and Tm finally going to state,” Kovalcik said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I’m so happy to be going.”
The NBHS girls team, which was third after the first round, finisht*! sixth in the team standings. Wednesday Ashley Minton shot a 101 to finish at 192, Courtney Knippa linked a 109 to
stroke's going intel the second round. However, the outcome was the reverse* of last year’s monster comeback. I Mike Travis improved five strokes from Tuesday to finish with a 613 and claim the regional title. Medina Valley trimmed three stokes off Tuesday’s team score and turned in a 615, which was geed enough for second place1 and a trip to the state tournament.
New Braunfels shot 315 Wednesday and fell to fourth place behind Alamo Heights, which shot a 618.
“I really wish we would’ve made it as a team," said Keith Britton, who was one of two NBHS seniors on the five1-man squad “We* pelt ourselves in a gcxd position the first day. We usually rome out slow and then shoot lights out the second day. It was kind of awkward being in the le*ad the first day. It was a still a goed finish to my high school career.”
Britton shot a 74 on Wednesday, finished with a 149 and was among three players tied for third place in the individual standings. One of the other players was Brett Hickey from Lake Travis, so he had already qualified for the state tournament with his team. The other was Jesus Borrego from Ed Couch Elsa.
The three players teed up on hole No. I for a playoff to determine who would win the third-place medal and who would go on to state.
Britton’s first shot on the first playoff hole went into a hazard and he was forced to take a penalty stroke.
“I just wanted to hit it in the middle. I had been drawing it all day and I just sliced that one,” Britton said. “I got a had lie; and tried to do what I could do."
Hickey parred the hole See GOLF/4B
DAVIO INGRAM/Herald ZeMtui ig
Christine Kovalcik putts on the back nine of Wednesday’s second round of the Region IV-4A Girls Golf Tournament at Brackenridge Golf Course. Kovalcik shot a 70 Wednesday to capture the regional title and advance to the state tournament.
finish at 205, Kelsey Crandall had a 107 to finish at 207 and Kim Cary turned in a 122 to finish at 234.
One year after the New Braunfels boys golf team performed its biggest comeback in team history, the Unicorns found themselves in an awk
ward, but favorable position Wednesday at the Region IV-4A Boys Golf Tbuma ment at Mission Del Lago Golf Giurse.
In the 2002 regional tournament, the Unicorns were tied for ninth place and trailed second place San
Marcos by seven strokes after the first round — only to rally in the second round and finish tied for second after 36 hole.
Wednesday, the Unicorns combined to shoot a 304 Tuesday and led I .ake Travis and Medina Valley by five