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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A O Herald-Zeitunq □ Sunday, April 26,1996 Day ■To talc with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Hor I cl - Z e i t u ii g Sports Day \ ThelPress "I don’t Want io achieve hnmo«tit(|§tynMldng the iM) of Fame. I want toachieve immortality by not dying.” — Leo Durocher, former major league baseball manager. In the news Downtown Rotary Club hosts mn Mnau Dvnovn qoit vounwy The Downtown Rotary Club will have its fifth annual Civic Club Golf Challenge on Friday, May 10 at Chaparral Country Club in 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 closest-to-the-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 6294)909, Ai Leach at 606-4201 or Joe Miller at 625-9162 Annual sports banquet to honor Unicorn nthlotos The annual New Braunfels High School All Sports Banquet w« be on Thursday, May 2 at tie CMC Center. Al varsity athletes wi be honored. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. This year there wiil be a silent auction of autographed Unicom Memorabilia. Limited tickets are available on a first-come-basis for Champs No.4 on rtkpn, call NBtSD “■ at 625-5713. Horah! Taitiiq I alrafait TW Run to cross Canyon Dam The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will sponsor the 1996 lakefest 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s 1K on Saturday, May 4. The first-year event, benefiting the Comal County Habitat for Humanity and Mental Health and Mental Retardation, features a course along the top of Canyon Dam An elite field of runners (having a pace under five minutes per mile) will begin the race at 8 j0 am U.S. Olympic trials qualifier Jose iniquez will coordinate the elite runners. Al Otter participants in the 5K Run and §|& am., followed by the Kids 12 until May 3 or $15 on the race. Runners will receive a free T-top three finishers in their age cat-receive awards. An awards ceremony is scheduled after the race at the Dem Red Bam where crawfish wi ba cooking. The race kicks oft a day of festivities at Lakefest *96, inducting a parade, tournament, auction, bass tournament sailboat race, dance, games and prizes. For more information on the Lakefest Run, call race (tireder Susan Phillips at 609-5030. QhW sports camp offered el Hew Braunfels High School New Braunfels High School coaches Noel Hansen and David Simmons will lead a ’’Girts’ Brown Bag Sports Camp* May 28-31 atNBHS. The camp is for girls in grades 3-6. Coaches Phyllis Fowler and Cindy Manley wi assist in an array of activities including aoft&H, basketball, volleyball, track and field, recreational games and team-building concocts. Cost is $80 until May 20 and indudes a free T-shirt; or $100 after May 20. To register or for more information, call Sutta Hansen at 620-1051. flinda inflfldfMr cd to host loco! golf tournament Alay 1 The Linda Ladies Golf Association kicks off its annual “Swingers Tournament" starting at9am. on May 1 at Landa Park Golf Course. The tournament will host women golfers from Luling, Northcliff, Wood Creek, Northern Hitta and Quail Creek. A luncheon wM follow the competition For more information, call Sally Matney at 620-6861 lOoisfs ready to plan now ^HMwy^gguo at SundaitGO Golfers interested in a new “Twilight Golf segue* are invited to attend an or gantza-I meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 pm at Sundance Golf Course Bastrop belts New Braunfels 7-1 By THOMAS GOOLEY Sport Editor HMM ZWtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL NB pitcher Aaron Moore took Ste toes against Beetropu The door was open for New Braunfels to move into a tie in the chase for the district nmner-playoff spot But the Bastrop Bears, led by first baseman Marco Palacios* 4-for-4 night at the plate, slammed it shut with a 7-1 win on Friday night at Unicom Field. With one game remaining on the schedule, the Unicorns now must beat Smithson Valley and root for Bastrop to knock off Canyon and force a three-way tie at 5-5. ‘The kids can figure out the math,” said NBHS coach Neat Miller. “We just have to finish out strong at Smithson Valley. They play tough at home so we have to move past this and get ready.” Catcher Bradley Claik accounted for the Unicorns’ only offense when he connected on a solo homer over the right field fence in the second inning. To that point Bastrop led 6-0 after Palacios unleashed on Aaron Moore’s 1-1 pitch and sent it over the same fence for a three- mn homer. Pitcher Kevin Hoffman relieved Charles Johnson in the fourth inning and earned the save. Palacios, who also had two doubles, added his fifth RBI with a single in the fourth inning that made it 7-1. The Unicorns, who finished with three hits and three errors, had bases loaded and no outs in the fourth inning but failed to capitalize. The Bears stifled the rally with a strike out, fly out and throw out at home plate. Miller said the offense simply came out flat after posting two big; wins oyer Canyon and Lockhart. Canyon can’t clinch it By THOMAS GOOLEY Sport Edita Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon’s Todd Swint swings for the (incas. The Canyon Cougars are still looking for that elusive playoff-clinching win. Needing a victory to secure the district runner-up spot, the Cougars let it slip away in an 8-5 loss to the Lockhart Lions on Friday night at Cougar Field. It was the third straight defeat for the Cougars who are still in control of their destiny. A win on the road Tuesday against Bastrop would do the trick. Pitcher Jerry Van Noy went five innings and gave up five tuns. Brandon Cox entered in the sixth inning. The Lions jumped in front 3-0 in the first inning before theCougars reclaimed the lead with four runs in the third. Lockhart tied it 5-5 with two runs in the fourth inning and went ahead with two more runs in the fifth inning fa a 7-5 lead. A security run was added in the sixth. Brette Parrish had three of Canyon’s eight hits on the night The Lions finished with seven hits. Lockhart pitcher John Garcia earned the victory at the mouhd. Marie Ramirez entered in the sixth inning to earn the save. NBHS races to Region IV title Unicorns send eight to state meet; CHS has 2 gold medalists By THOMAS GODLEY and DAVID DEKUNDER, SAN ANTONIO — It was a day of gold medal performances for New Braunfels and Canyon at the Class 4A Region IV Track Meet at Northside Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Unicorns emerged with eight runners who will travel to the state meet in Austin on May 9-10. SentotLisa Wekzc&wil) lead the way with her fourth straight trip after taking the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs. Canyon’s Kendra Reimer and Richard McDonald brought home the gold for their school. And the Unicom girls, who won the meet with 82 points, took the silver and gold in the 800 and 1,600 meter relay. Weltzer won the 3,200 with a time of 11:09.78, which was 32 seconds ahead of second place finisher Kristy Bonn of Lockhart who came in at 11:41. She took the 1,600 meter run at 5:16.38. Wekzer said she plans to make the most out of her final visit to state. “Since I am a senior, I'm going to run, have fun and go as far as I can,” Weltzer said. “It will be different without Casi Florida there and I think I stand a good chance (of winning both races).” Florida, from Joshua, beat Weltzer in both the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs at state last year. Reimer, a sophomore, earned her first trip to state by qualifying in three events the long jump, the IOO meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. On Friday afternoon, Reimer won her first event, the long jump, with a leap of 18-3-1/4. She sprinted to victory in the IOO meter hurdles with a 14.54 clocking and she finished second in the 300 meter hurdles at 44.94. Kerrville Tivy's Jenni Kaiser won the race with a 44.06. Canyon coach Joanne Flores said Reimer was the school's first female athlete to qualify for state since distance runner Shannon Albrecht did it five years ago. “Since the first day of practice, Kendra told me her goal was to go to state,” Flores said. “Kendra looked pretty strong today. Knowing her work ethic, I know she will work harder to get better.” Reimer said she wasn’t sure whether she would go to state in the hurdles. “I didn’t think I could mail I started looking at the other tunes and comparing them with mine,” Herald-Zeitung photos THOMAS GODLEY and MICHAEL DARNALL Top left, Kelly Koksme takae the beton from Amber Wenzel In the 1,600 meter relay. Top right, Liz Grow raced to a regional gold medal In the 200 meter daeh with a lima of 28.13. Below, Shaunna Sargent hands off to Anna Uaa Vargas In the 800 mater relay. “I coudnt haw* Imagined coming away any better than we did today.” — NBHS girls track coach Noel Hansen Reimer said. ‘Then I knew I could if I had a good day.” Another sophomore, the Unicorns’ Liz Grow, won the 200 meter dash, beating Sam Houston’s Alisa Hartfield with a time of 25.13. Hart-field finished with a 25.59 after setting a qualifying best 24.66 on Friday afternoon. “Yesterday (Friday’s prelims), I wasn’t that strong. I had a horrid start,” Grow said. “Last night, I rested and prepared myself mentally for today’s race.” Grow, a transfer, will be making her first trip to state in two other events—the 800 meter and 1,600 meter relays. Grow anchored the 800 meter relay team of Shaunna Sargent, AX. Vargas and Nota Muir to a second place finish and a school record 1:41.41. It was the second time in as many days that the Unicom girls broke the school record in the event. In Friday’s prelims, the Unicorns logged a 1:42.03. The Unicorns performance in the 800 meter relay was not bad considering that Sam Houston set a regional record in the event with a 1:40.18. Muir credited hard work and good coaching for the relay members first trip to state. ‘It is so exciting to be going to state for the first time,” Muir said. “We did it because we have an awesome coach (Noel Hansen) who has waked us hard in practice.” Later on in the evening. Grow and Sargent teamed up with Amber Wenzel and Kelly Koks-ma to help the Unicorns capture the 1,600 meter relay. New Braunfels won the race with a time of 3:57.71. The only boys athlete to go to state was New Braunfels’ Jeff Garnett, who qualified by winning the 3,200 meter run. Garsnett won with a time of 10:04.35, beating out Taylor's Steven Wright who came in at 10:08.31 “I was very comfortable tunning out there today,” Gannett said. “It was a big improvement from district because I was feeling much better today and there was not much of a wind Around the sixth lap, I let of£a little then I picked it up during the later laps and was able to have a slight lead at the end of the race.” Phoenix embarrassed by Spurs’ Game I rout By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Pressure? No. Embarrassment? Most definitely. The Phoenix Suns arrived at the Alamodome for a Saturday practice still stinging from a 120-98 loss Friday to San Antonio in Game I of their Western Conference playoff series. Though the Suns insisted they don’t feel pressure to win Sunday’s second game, a Phoenix victory on San Antonio’s home court would even the best-of-5 series and heal the wound of Friday's humiliating defeat. “We did na play well,” lamented Charles Barkley. “Embarrassment would be a good word Disappointed Frustrated” Bartdey led the Suns with 26 points in the series opener. His frustration showed throughout the contest. In the first half he picked up a technical foul for arguing a call after missing two consecutive layups. At one point he kicked a sidelines table he was so mad “Offensively, defensively — it was a total breakdown in every way.” Barkley said By Saturday, he and the rest of the Suns tried to put it behind them. “It’s over with and today is a new day,” Barkley said. “Every game is different. They beat us by 20-something last night. That won’t mean anything when we tip it off.” Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons said the pressure remains on the Spurs to win protect their home-couit advantage, ba the Suns have to add some defensive force — something he said was lacking Friday. “In my opinion we never really pa any pres sure on the Spurs, except the first quarter. They played very relaxed,” Fitzsimmons said Vinny Del Negro led the Spurs in scoring with 29 points. David Robinson had 28 and four other Spun scored in double figures to make for a well-rounded San Antonio attack. Even Will Perdue, who averaged just 5.2 points in the regular season, scored 17 for the Spun. His dunks kept the Alamodptne crowd cheering in the final quarter as the Spun kept the game out of reach fa Phoenix. Fitzsimmons said he was working on a plan to better contain the 7-foot Perdue. This marks the first time the Spun have led in a playoff series with Phoenix. The Suns won both previous playoff meetings with the Spun, in 1992 and 1993. Reaching towspd bold, new heights Heraid-Zahung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Record vault ' OI - « « »«-*---»-l    -■-----■ hic nam Mcuonaia asana io*u to win tbs regional pole vault title By THOMAS GOOLEY    I Spots Edita After setting the school record, seizing a regional gold medal and quatifyag for flite in the pokvauk, Richard McDtndld cooled down underneath the Northside Stadium bleachers and talked aboa neatly reaching an even higher goal The Canyon senur, who only two weeks captured the district title with a stadium-record vault of 15-6, on Friday had come within a pectoral muscle of clearing 16-2 and establishing the new regional mark. As his body qrced across the bar, the stadium crowd Mood to witness history. Ba on the way doblas chest brushed the delicate stick and nudged it from the poles. T felt like I had it,” McDonald said. ‘It was just one of those things where a alight touch makes all the difference.” “By that time though, I had been vaulting for four hours and was getting tired. I came close ba Tm still on cloud nine aboa making it to state.” Earlier in a showdown with Clay Skarovsky of New Braunfels and Chris Tamez of Round Rock, McDonald used his final attempt to vault 16*0 and win the Class 4A Region IV title. The three finalist had cleared 15-6 and agreed on an additional six inches to break the tie. “On my last vault I just kept telling myself to stay on a little longer,” McDonald said. “I knew it wouldn’t be easy ba I just held on and pushed as hard as I could.” He credits Skarovsky, a state qualifier in 1995, for pushing Nm to new heights. Hie two have been competing since seventh grade, and until now McDonald been chasing his counterpart Skarovsky took (he silver medal and will join McDonald in another duel at the state mea May 9. The 16-0 vault was McDonald’s season best, ba establishing records is nothing new. As the starting kicker for the regional semifinalist Canyon Cougar football team, McDonald sa an area mark when he booted a 58-yard field goal last fall against Pflugerville. ;