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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, August 2, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5 Tony Gonzales hurls toward the plate. SPORTS THE DAILY Ti *    TIP    I/    C    T    through    West    at    Arizona ff- J.    I    •    I*    Lr    IV    L*    I    14    Time:    8:30    p.m.    (FSN,    KGNB-AM1420) Astros at Diamondbacks Houston begins five-game suing Pads for Unicorns    V3    Volleyball scrimmage time First day ofcontact football drills    BJS    NB, Canyon, Smithson Valley begin two for New Braunfels    U    days worth of scrimmages Time:8a.rn.    II    Time:Morning Headed to nationals Local track team going to AAU event. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] day of football day a blast for New Braunfels, new coach By Will Wright Sports Editor The 25-yard shuttle runs at the end of practice were a bit harder to complete for the New Braunfels Unicorns linemen, who panted harder with each stride. “We’ve got to get into shape,’’ said senior defensive back Sammy Anderson. “We’re not the biggest team around here. But if we can just stay in good shape, we’ll be able to play four quarters as fast as we can go and get up on our opponents a little bit.’’ Monday’s first day of football practice “Went about as good of any first day I’ve seen," said new Unicorn coach Chuck Caniford, addressing his junior varsity and varsity players, adding — “The goal is to get better every day.” Glad to have that opportunity was senior defensive back and punter Brooks Radla. Before last season’s third game, Radla tore about everything there was to tear in his left knee. Months later, he’s completed his rehabilitation and is eager to hit somebody again. “It’s good to get back out here and play,” he said. “I’m real excited about these coaches. T here were a lot of questions about how everyone would react to them. But we got a real comfortable feeling from all of them and we’re real excited to he playing for them. We think they’re going to be good.” New coaches and old were out to attend to the 200 players who ranged from freshmen through varsity. Nothing was spoken of last year’s 6-5 record, the turbulent offseason and the like. Players enthusiastically cheered each other on and expressed only optimism for the future. “I think we’re going to do real good,” Radla added. “We don’t have a lot of size, but we’re real fast and I think we’ll use that to our advantage.’’ All summer long, Caniford raved about his players’ dedication to the weights in the offseason. Though a few of the players showed signs of fatigue and cramping — all normal at this point — Monday gave the new coach reason to smile. “The biggest thing for us is that the kids are in good shape,” Caniford said. “If we can focus on teaching instead of getting them into shape, that’s half the ball game right there. T hey were ready for today, and I am excited about that.” Because they didn’t go through spring training, the Unicorns were one of a handful of area teams beginning their seasons early. Canyon and Smithson Valley will begin Monday. All area volleyball teams also began their seasons yesterday. Caniford, who arrived in late April, said getting to know his players these past few months made quite a difference. “I think the summer was key for that,” he said. “A lot of the new coaches were here all summer and spent time with the kids and built relationships with them. That really helped us not be strangers on the first day. They know us and our expectations, which made it a lot easier.” The players worked from just before 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., with an hour’s break in between. The team will go in T-shirts, helmets and shorts until Friday, the first day they’re allowed to don pads. “That will really be the true test for us,” he said. “We haven’t gotten a chance to see any of these kids in pads except on tape, so seeing what they can do with the gear on will be critical for us. “But everyday is a teaching day, and all we can ask is that they get better every day. If we can do that, we’ll be in good shape.” Coach Chuck Caniford That championship feeling MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Connor Dwulet, front, was a terror on the basepaths during his team's state championship run, and he also contributed on the mound. 11-year-olds savor NBLL’s 2nd state title By Will Wright Sports Editor The kudos haven’t stopped coming in for New Braunfels’ 11-year-old baseballer, who arrived back in town Sunday night with their state champion ship banner in hand. New Braunfels staged a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Washington County Saturday night in Tyler to win the NBLL’s first state championship since 1995. “It was something else,” manager leff Dees said Monday. “It was all the excitement you can expect to see in a baseball game. Both teams left all they had out there on the field, and neither wanted to lose.” Twice the locals staved off defeat to do it. They were down 8-2 in the fifth inning when they scored four runs to cut the deficit to 8-7. Washington County (Brenham) added another in the sixth and then got New Braunfels to within an out of forcing a deciding game Sunday. But Tanner Hill s two-run homer sent the game into extra frames — New Braunfels’ second extra-inning affair of its tournament run. Its first came in its lone loss of the postseason, an 11-5 defeat by West Sugar Land that forced a second Section 4 championship game. As in that game, Dees came up with another pitcher to keep ace I lill eligible to throw for the championship. Connor Dwulet, who hadn t hurled an inning during New Braunfels’ postseason run, stifled Brenham in the seventh and gave up two runs in what could have been a bigger eighth for Washington County. “He was singing and dancing up there on the mound,” Dees noted. “We were wondering if he was all right, but that made him more comfortable, I guess. I Ie cleared the bases in the seventh and was just in his own little world." Down 11-9, New Braunfels came out swinging in the bottom of the eighth. Cale Brubaker and Chris Rodriguez came in on hits before I fill crossed on Ralph Garza’s fielder’s choice to short — winning the game and the title. “The competition is just unbelievable when you get to this level,” Dees said. “But our kids just refused to lose. When they were down 8-2, they just reached back and found a way to carry it in.” During its 10-game run, New Braunfels outscored the opposition 103-36. Each player — in some game, in some way — came up big in the various wins during the journey. “When you get into tournament play, you have to have everyone on the same page,” Dees said. “And the kids all understood the goal — winning it all in Tyler — and they were willing to go all the way. “I can honestly say that we had the best 11 kids and the best 11 sets of NEW BRAUNFELS’ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN (9-1) DISTRICT 31 TOURNAMENT July 6    New Braunfels 19. Seguin 0 July 7    New Braunfels 4, LaVernia 0 July 9    New Braunfels 17, Hallettsville 2 SECTION 4 TOURNAMENT July 19 New Braunfels 5, West Sugar Land 3 July 20 New Braunfels 14, Gregory-Portland 4 July 21    West Sugar Land 11, New Braunfels 5 (8) July 22 New Braunfels 9, West Sugar Land 1 TEXAS EAST STATE TOURNAMENT July 27 New Braunfels 9, Orwall American 3 July 28 New Braunfels 9, Washington City 1 July 30 New Braunfels 12, Washington City 11 (8) THE PLAYERS Lorenzo Aguirre, Cale Brubaker, Cody Dees, Nick De La Cerda, Connor Dwulet, Ralph Garza, Gage Hadlock, Tanner Hill. Daniel Ochoa, Chris Rodriguez, Kale Slone THE COACHES Fausto Aguirre, Darrell Hill, Roger Morales, manager Jeff Dees parents you could’ve asked for.’” Dees doled out credit to his other coaches, Darrell I lill, fausto Aguirre and Roger Morales — “They all made me look good,” he said — and to all the fan support and phone calls the team received while in Tyler. “To all of the people of New Braunfels, I just want to say thank you,” he said. “The kids were overwhelmed by the support you have given them to get this tiling done.” The next logical question is — will there be a repeat? New Braunfels’ run ended in T yler as 11-year-olds. As 12-year-olds, only the home of the Little League World Series—Williamsport, Pa. — is the limit. “The teams that we beat this year will be prepared, too,” Dees said. “Right now, baseball is on the back-burner and we’re just riding the excitement of winning state. But in a few weeks we ll be grabbing the balls and bats and be ready to play somewhere." Palmeiro suspended for steroids NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro poked his finger in the air for emphasis and raised his voice with all the indignation of a man falsely accused. “I have never used steroids. Period," he told a congres-s i o n a I panel in March. On Monday, nearly five months later, the Baltimore Orioles slugger became baseball’s highest-profile player to be suspended IO days for using steroids. While he didn’t deny testing positive for the drugs, he insisted that ingesting them was an accident. “When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth," he said during a telephone conference call Monday. “Today I am telling the truth again that I did not do this intentionally or knowingly.” The 40-year-old Palmeiro became the seventh player to fail a test under the toughened major league policy that took effect in March, rules criticized by Congress as not being stringent enough. On July 15, Palmeiro joined I lank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Baseball would not say when the positive test occurred. Rafael PalmieroControversial video series is really a good hunter education tool Mark Denman, an exhibitor at a recent hunting expo, was excited. “A woman became outraged when she came by the booth, and shes coming back,” he said to me. Denman had a television set playing a looped tape of excerpts from the controversial video series “Climax of die Hunt.” Not available in stores and sold only on the Internet (due to extreme graphic nature of these tapes), Denman had decided to attempt to sell them to the public at this recent show. Climax of the I lunt tapes consist of excerpts of hundreds of successful and unsuccessful hunts, both archery and rifle. Only what Denman calls “The Moment of Triith” is on the tapes. There is no narration and no fluff. It is just non-stop action of the end of successful hunts. I decided to wait in Denman’s booth for this so-called outraged woman to return so I could visit with her. The crowd was light throughout the aisles except for in front of the Climax booth. Dozens of onlookers jammed the aisle watching the tape. I found it interesting just seeing and listening to the positive reaction of the viewers. T hen, out of nowhere, the lady mentioned above kept her promise and pushed her way in front of the crowd. “I am a certified hunter safety instructor, and this is the most unethical video I have ever seen,” she said, loud enough for everybody to hear. I looked at Denman and slightly smiled, turned down the volume, and introduced myself. “As someone who hunts professionally like you do, you should be appalled at this video too," she said. I explained to her that I could see how she found it offensive. But I explained that this tape could be one of the best learning tools any hunter could have. “This is the real deal. It is reality at it s best and yes, some of it is ugly." I explained. Some of it offends television programmers so it can’t be aired, even on cable television. But is it is real, and it happens. Good things can be learned by watching these tapes. For example, proper shot placement is critical for tm ethical hunter. You will see dozens of ethical well placed shots on these tapes. But you will also see what not to do. I again explained that I see these tapes as an educational tool. Suddenly, the woman’s mood shifted as she reached in her purse and pulled out the money and bought two DVDs from Denman. ‘ These tapes will help my hunter safety students more than I could ever imagine. Thanks for helping me see things differently," she said. A sample of these Climax of the Hunt videos can be seen at Denman now says he will be happy to discount this controversial tape for hunter safety instructors. KEITH WARREN Keith Warren is the host of two weekly outdoors television programs that broadcast nationwide. ;