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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-ZaHum Cl Th..mri«, A.««t 7.1997 n 1B Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports . Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected] Sports Day 1B Comal County Sports TLU season passes now available From staff and wire reports New Braunfels toothed coach Tim Kingsbury visits with his linebackers during the for Texas public schools. Ail three Comal County schools hit the practice fields on Herald-, first practice on Wednesday, and returned for more this morning. hZaSjng photo by Michael Darnel , the first day of drills Players, coaches return to practice fields By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor The 99-degree heat let folks in Comal County know summer was still around on Wednesday, but area football teams didn’t seem to agree. In their minds, Aug. 6 was the first day of fall as athletes from Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools hit the practice fields for their first workouts of the 1997 season. Day one brought plenty of sweat and sore muscles, but reaped positive reactions from all three head coaches as well. At Canyon, Carl Gustafson practiced with the Cougars for the first time Wednesday morning. The new coach seemed pleased with what he saw “It was a great start, a really great start,” Gustafson said. “All the athletes were here and here early with bright, shining faces — for early in the morning. “They weren’t used to the time but had a great attitude, and that’s going to be the strength of our team this year — the attitude we cany with us on the field.” Gustafson said the first practice focused mostly on getting the Cougars used to his workout plan. Canyon returned 21 lettermen from last year’s 6-4 team. “We’re going to take it one practice at a time, one snap at a time — one day at a time,” he said. ”We laid the foundation this morning and we TI build on that. We’re very pleased with how they worked over the summer and they look good” Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill said the Rangers showed some signs of rust, but also had a great first day of practice. SVHS welcomed back 27 lettermen from a team that went 8-4 in 19%. “The first day is always the fust day back,” Hill said. “You have to jar their memory a little bit from the spring workouts, but most of these guys knew what they were doing and we’re pleased with the carryover.” Friday in Sports Day Coaches at Smithson Valley, Canyon and New Braunfels take different approaches to the first four days of fall practice See what goes on before the pads come on in Friday’s sports section. Hill said more than IOO varsity and JV players reported to practice on Wednesday. “We’re just glad to have everybody back,” he said. “We had a couple of strains and pulls out there today but seem to be doing fine overall.” At New Braunfels, Coach Tim Kingsbury also had more than IOO players at practice. The Unicorns were 4-6 last season and return 20 lettermen. “Everybody showed up that we were counting on,” he said. “From what we can tell right now it looks like everybody is in good shape. Just from this brief look, we’re very pleased ” Phillies send Astros to third consecutive loss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As the smoke clears from the first-half inferno that consumed the    I Philadelphia Phillies’ playoff chances, a few blossoms are beginning to bloom. Three rookies were big contributors in a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night that pulled Philadelphia, which had lost 56 games in the season’s first three months, to .500 (13-13) since the All-Star break. Garrett Stephenson picked up his fourth win in his last five starts, Scott Rolen earned a few more votes for National League rookie of the year and Tony Barron, a rookie at 31, continued to surprise. “When you start getting some confidence, it’s amazing what can happen,” Phillies manager Terry Francona said. “We are starting to see some guys perk up a little bit and do some things that we haven’t done before.” Like win. The Phillies still have the worst record in the majors at 37-74, but they have won seven of nine and are 12-10 in their last 22. “They got off to a slow start, but now they’re having some fun and playing well,” Houston manager Larry Dierker said. Stephenson (6-5) won despite not being as sharp as he has been in recent starts. He gave up nine hits and four runs in seven innings, and walked two and struck out two. “My command obviously wasn’t as good as it has been in the last few games,” Stephenson, obtained as a throw-in in a trade with Baltimore last season, said “We had a great offensive outburst and that’s very nice ” The outburst came in the first, arui loser Ramon Garcia (4-8) had no one to blame but himself. With two outs and Gregg Jefferies on second aad Rolen on first, Garcia — covering first on a routine grounder — dropped the throw from first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Jefferies scored and Rolen went to third. Mike Lieberthal then hit a three-run homer to left, his 16th of the year. All four runs were unearned. “It’s amazing how (errors) can turn against you if you’re going bad,” Dierker said. After Houston scored single runs in the second and third, Rolen made it 5-2 with his 16th homer of the year, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. SEGUIN — Season passee for Texas Lutheran fall athletics arc now on sale in the Jones Athletic Office. Passes for all regular-season volleyball and basketball games are STO each for five or more passee S15 each for two to four passes and SM) for a single pass. There will be 11 home volleyball matches and 23 home bask mKiII games. The first volleyball match is set * >r Aug. 29 against Trinity Universe Season passes for basketball games are $25 for five or more passes, $30 for two to four passes and $35 for a single pass. The first basketball game is set for Nov. 15 when the Bulldog men’s team will face Houston Baptist. The ticket office is open from 8 a m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Morris gots another dwo suspension from NFL ROCKWALL (AP) — A district attorney says he’s begun the paperwork that could lead to revocation of Bam Morris’ probation, granted last year after the Baltimore Ravens tunning back pleaded guilty to marijuana possession. The NFL announced Wednesday that the fourth-year player out of Texas Tech tested positive for alcohol during a urine screen in January The infraction carries a mandatory four-game suspension since it was his second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Morris, 24, also was suspended for four games last year after he plead “J guilty in Rockwall to marijuana possession. A third violation would result id a minimum one-year suspension. On March 22, 19% — les> than two months after appearing with the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl — a state trooper found six pounds of marijuana in the trunk of Moms’ black Mercedes-Benz on Interstate 20 outside Rockwall. A later search of the impounded car turned up one gram of cocaine. Unlikely boro leads Rangers lo win over Yankees ARLINGTON (AP) — Mike Simms was an unlikely hero to It dp the Texas Rangers forget a lb-im hammering from the night before. Juan Gonzalez had to fly to Puerto Rico for divorce proceedings so the light-hitting Simms was inserted into right field. Simms singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth Wednesday night as the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 6-2 in a game twice-delayed by rain. “I just got lucky,” said Simms. “It’s kind of hard for me to get to pla> lot with the outfield we have. “I saw my name in the lineup aud knew I needed to contribute. It felt good to do it.” WiU Clark reached the 1,000-HBI plateau with a sacrifice fly in file eighth for the Rangers, who took a 3-2 lead in the sixth with four singles off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (13-7). SVHS football tv—ow tickets sn sals Smithson Valley Ranger football season tickets are now on sale. The cost for five regular season home games is $25. Tickets may be purchased in the front office at the high school. For more information, call 904-7273. Ready for some football The Press Unicorn football season tickets are on sale for past ticket holders. They may be purchased through Wednesday at the high school office. The general public may purchase tickets Aug. 21-29. The office will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. each day. The early purchase price for five home games is $27.50. CHS The Canyon High School coaching staff invites all football players in grades nine through 12 and their parents to meet the coaches at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Cougar Den. Everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information, call • I Carl Gustafson at 629-1110. Turn to Prats Box, Pag* 26 (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) Sundance Golf Course will sponsor at Nite Ball tournament on Friday. The event will begin with a 9 p.m. shotgun start. For more information or to register, call the Sundance pro shop at 629-3817 or 609-2595. NJ. BRIX oompttttiw turn tryouts The N.B. Blitz Soccer Player Development Program will conduct its final tryouts this weekend for all players who wish to play Division I or ll competitive soccer. Tryouts will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the H-E-B Soccer Complex on Live Oak Ave. Be sure to bring proper equipment, including shoes, shin guards, soccer ball and water. The Blitz is looking for dedicated and serious players who desire to compete at higher levels and receive quality professional training. For more information, call Jim Hazel at 606-1547 or 625-9348. Lamia Pork Dolphins to celebrate 35th yoar Former members, parents and boosters of the New Braunfels Aquatic Club and Landa Park Dolphins are invited to help celebrate the team’s 35th year at 6 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall, 138 W. Austin St. For more information, contact, Lavon Shedrock at 609-2930. Flog foothoN registration Registration for flag football for children in grades one through six will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Aug. 23 at the Annex Office Building, which is next to Norwest Bank at 1000 N. Walnut. The early registration fee is $20, and the fee increases to $25 after Aug. 23. For more information, call Paul Finley at 629-2006 after 6 p.m. The Seguin Sidekicks competitive soccer club has three openings on its under-14 boys team and three openings on its under-15 boys team. Players interested in participating in the fall league should contact Ken Kiel at (830) 303-4593. I Jones punishes Switzer with $75,000 fine lr AUSTIN (AP) — By fining Barry Switzer $75,000, Dallas owner Jerry Jones has made it clear he’s finished putting up with incidents that tarnish the Cowboys’ star. But will the stiff punishment diminish the stature of Switzer, long reputed to be a coach with loose reins on his teams, in the eyes of his players? Troy Aikman, the man known as the conscience of the Cowboys and a critic of Switzer in the past, says no. Aikman applauded Switzer for taking on a more defined leadership role, especially among rookies, in his fourth year. Switzer has caught the attention of his players by getting in their faces, even slapping some helmets around when he is disappointed with effort at practices. Aikman said Switzer’s arrest and subsequent fine — the largest ever imposed on an NFL coach — for carrying a loaded, unlicensed .38-caliber revolver into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday won’t reduce the coach’s credibility. “I think it’s been good for Barry to take more of a leadership role for this training camp,” Aikman said. “I don’t think this takes aWay from that. I think the guys that he’s reaching out to are the younger players, and I think that they are still going to respond to him after this.” Switzer, who said he accepts Jones’ actions, made a point to address the team after learning of the fine Wednesday. “I’ve talked to our team and I have expressed to them that there is no way that this will not allow us to carry on and do the job that’s at hand,” Switzer said. “It won’t take away from the great work and effort that they’ve given us while we’ve been here in Austin.” ‘I made the fine what I made It because off hie role as a cbach.’ — Jerry Jones Cowboys owner    r1)........... In levying the fine, Jones said the coach’s arrest on a gun charge brought “pain and embarrassment” to a team trying to repair its image. “It’s a serious and significant fine,” Jones said. “I made the fine what I made it because of his role as a coach. It would have been different if he were a player” Jones said Switzer’s job was not in jeopardy. Switzer, who earns an estimated $1 million a year and has three years left on his contract, including this season, said the fine “hurts not only financially, but much more than the dollars.” “I really do understand the seriousness of this incident, regardless of how innocent, how unintentional it was. It certainly caused a lot of harm for a lot of people and certainly me,” Switzer said. The fine will be donated to the families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Tile NFL said the penalty was sufficient aud that it would not impose its own punishment. “The Cowboys’ fine sends a clear message that this type of gun-related misconduct, whether intentional or mistaken, will not be tolerated by the Cowboys and violates the league’s weapons policy,” commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. The fine surpasses the $30,000 that Tagliabue imposed on then-Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche for failing to allow women reporters into the team’s locker room after a 1990 game. ;