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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. DAVID iNGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Josh Ray of New Braunfels tees off at the Greater New Braunfels Junior Golf Championships Thursday at Landa Park Golf Course. Josh Ray leads NB Junior Golf Championships By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Josh Ray of New Braunfels High School shot a first round 74 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Greater New Braunfels Junior Golf Championships at Landa Park Golf Course. Ray, who won the tournament in 2002, leads Canyon High School’s Kris Carnes (75) in the Boys Championship Flight (18-and-younger).. Jordan Gomez shot a 79 to finish the first round five strokes off the lead and Sean Lannon linked an 81 to position himself in fourth place. The top four leaders tee off in the last group of the final round at 11:50 a.m. today. In the Girls Championship Flight (18-and-younger), Canyon High School golfers Courtney Knippa and Casey Pantermuehi shot a pair of Unicorns ready to put on the pads From staff reports After four days of two-a-day football practices, three area high school football teams — New Braunfels, Marion and Navarro — put on pads for the first time this season today. “Like I told the kids, (today) is the real challenge,” said NBHS head coach Rick Rhoades, who led the Unicorns to the state finals this past season for the first time since 1948. “Football is a contact sport and until you can put pads on and have some really good contact., you really don’t know what kind of team you have.” 'Hie Unicorns’ first intra-squad scrimmage takes place at IO a.m. Saturday. They scrimmage San Marcos at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at home and play their first game at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 against Highlands in San Antonio. “The first four days went just as I expected,” Rhoades said. “I feel like our defense is doing very well, and our offense is trying to get established." 94’s Thursday to share the first round lead. They will tee off at 10:10 a.m. today with Carole Norris, who shot a 94. The 2002 Greater New Braunfels Junior Girls champion Christine Kovalcik played in the Texas State Junior Golf Championships Thursday. Phillip Gomez and Scott Ferguson both shot a 77 from the White tees Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead in the Boys First Flight (14-and-younger). Clay Holcomb shot an 81 to put him in third place and in the leader group that tees off at ll a.m. today. Playing nine holes from the Red tees in the 12-and-younger mixed division, Stevie Martinez shot a 38 Thursday to take an eight-stroke first round lead. All golfers in the Mixed Second Flight tee off at 8 a.m. today. Sports warn Friday August 8, 2003 IB SVs golden girl gone Junior Olympic gold medalist, MYP transfers to Churchill By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Less than a month after her Alamo Kaepa club volleyball team won the gold medal at the USA Junior Olympic Girls Volleyball Championships in Atlanta, sophomore setter Samantha Dabbs transferred from Smithson Valley to Churchill High School in San Antonio. Dabbs, who was named Most Valuable Player of the 15-and-younger Open Division Tburnament, was the Smithson Valley’s starting setter during her freshman year in 2(X)2. “I don’t think anybody on the team has made a big comment about it,” Smithson Valley second-year head coach Brian Funk said. “When you lose a kid like Sam, with that type of talent, of course it hurts. Especially with her being so young, she could have really helped our program. But, theres not much you can do about it now.” The Dabbs family, which includes Samantha, older sister Jackie, older brother Chris, father Dale and mother Darlene, moved to Smithson Valley a little more than 3 1/2 years ago after Jackie (basketball) graduated from Churchill. “We went into our own business and bought a (automotive) franchise, and San Antonio is where they wanted us to open our shop,” Darlene said. “Dale’s been kind of running back and forth, and when we open up three or four more shops between here and San Marcos, it’s just going to create more stress.” Chris graduated from Smithson Valley this past spring and will play baseball at the University of New Mexico this fall. With Jackie in her senior year at Southwest Texas State, it just seemed like the right time for the Dabbs family to move back to San Antonio. “That was the sole reason for us moving,” Darlene Dabbs said. “I can’t tell you how hard this is for all of us. To leave coach Funk, was very hard.” After reaching the Conference 4A Region IV Quar-terfinals in 2001, the Rangers failed to make the playoffs in 2002 — their first year in Conference 5A. DAVID INGRAM/Heraid-Zettung New Braunfels High School running back Roland Adams goes out for a pass between practice sessions Monday. The Unicorns put on the pads for the first time this season today. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung Smithson Valley junior setter Candace Gillespie sets up a teammate during Thursday’s pre-season practice at the high school. After the Rangers learned earlier this week that starting setter Samantha Dabbs had transferred to Churchill, Gillespie could see a lot more playing time this year. During hi.s first year with the Rangers, Funk finetuned Dabbs’ many preinstalled talents and taught her the “Funk Dunk.” “He really took her (Sam) to the next level in just that one season they were together," Darlene Dabbs said. ‘They became very close, as coach and player.” Funk, who flew to Atlanta to watch Dabbs play in the championship match at the Junior Olympics, said he found out about Dabbs’ defection a few days before high school practices began this past Monday. “As I was talking to her on the phone, I’m thinking, ‘Whats my next step and who’s going to replace her?” Funk said. “Th tx* honest, I hadn’t looked too far ahead because I was counting on her to be here.” Among the candidates to replace Dabbs at setter this year include sophomore Taryn Munoz, who was the starting pitcher for the softball team that advanced to the 5A State Semifinals this past spring; junior Candace Gillespie, who was the starting setter for the junior varsity team and played second base for the softball team; and TMI transfer Joanna Scanio. “We were all kind of shocked when we found out, but we heard it might happen earlier this year, so I guess we weren’t totally shocked,” said Gillespie, who led the JV team to an undefeated district season in 2002. “She told everybody that she was going to be staying here, but it wasn’t until last week that we found out she was definitely gone.” Munoz, who broke her left See GON E/2B Best takes third at state golf tourney From staff reports AUSTIN — Smithson Valley High School graduate and University of Texas signee Julia Best remained in the lead throughout the first nine at the Texas State Junior Championships Thursday, but when she bogeyed the par-3 No. 8 and Leisl Hasbrouck birdied, the lead was down to one. Hasbrouck (Kingwood) squared the scores with another birdie at Roy Kizer Golf Courses No. IO. “The turning point for me was my birdie on 14,” said Hasbrouck. “That’s when I knew if I just played solid all the way out, I would be fine.” Best ran into trouble over the next few holes, eventually settling for a third-place finish, three strokes off Hasbrouck^ winning number. Stephanie Page of The Woodlands put on a late charge to grab second place with a 218 total. New Braunfels High School graduate and Texas signee Christine Kovalcik shot a 75 Thursday to finish tied for ninth. New Braunfels High School graduate and University of Incarnate Word signee Nick Williams shot a 79 Thursday at Jimmy Clay Course to finish tied for 46th at 226. Clay Hodge of Tyler won the boys championship with a three-round total 208 (six under par). Kingsbury plays briefly in preseason opener From staff reports NEW YORK — New Braunfels High School graduate Kliff Kingsbury played in his first NFL preseason game Thursday night when the New England Patriots battled the New York Giants, which aired on ESPN. Kingsbury, who was Listed Thursday as the fourth- KINGSBURY string quarterback, entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed one pass for ll yards on four attempts. New England, led by four Adam Vinatieri field goals, defeated New York 26-6. The Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady (6th year out of Michigan) complete three of four passes for 25, including a 16-yard touchdown strike to Troy Brown in the first quarter. Back-up quarterback Damon Huard (8th year out of Washington) was 4-of-7 passing for 53 yards. Third string quarterback Rohan Davey (3rd year out of L*3U) was 5-of-8 passing for 108 yards and a 6-yard TD to Fred McCrary in the third quarter. ;