New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Contact Sports Editor, Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext.223
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Extra Points: OL Larry Allen missed practice because of a swollen right ankle. The 6-foot-3, 335-pound lineman did stretch exercises and rode a stationary back on the side. Parcells said he’s concerned about the stamina of the seventime Pro Bowler, who played just five games last year after surgery on his left ankle.... Free agent DE Eric Ogbogu, drafted by Parcells for the New York Jets in 1998, signed with the Cowboys and practiced.... OL Marques McFadden,
WR DeVeren Johnson and DE Derrius Monroe were released.... Rookie C Al Johnson, the team’s second-round pick and projected starter, will miss the season. Parcells said he will be placed on injured reserve when the team trims its roster to 65 players in two weeks.
Cowboys starting QB still up for grabs
By Stephen Hawkins
AP Sports Writer
SAN ANTONIO — Bill Parcells hasn’t given up on picking the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback after the next game. But even the coach knows that may be wishful thinking. Quincy Carter or Chad Hutchinson?
The answer to that still escapes Parcells, whose plan has been to use the final two preseason games — after Friday’s game against Houston — to prepare-the starter and adjust the gameplan to that quarterback’s strengths for the Sep.
7 season opener against Atlanta.
“FII do my best, but I’m not sure I can,” Parcells said Monday. “I’m not going to really go into how I think they played.” ITiat’s because while Carter and Hutchinson missed chances to impress and both had turnovers, they didn’t get much help from the rest of the offense in the 13-0 loss at Arizona on Saturday night. Nothing in the game
helped in the evaluation of the quarterbacks.
By Parcells’ count, the Cowboys had only two legitimate scoring chances in 13 possessions against Arizona. There were three turnovers, a dropped third-down pass and two drive-killing offensive penalties. The team also faced 2-and-12 or worse four times.
“It was a difficult game to play quarterback,” Parcells said. “Overall, there was no chance to maneuver offensively. That would have to be my most disappointing thing.”
Hutchinson went 5-for-10 for 43 yards as the starter, and fumbled
the ball away when he was sacked. Carter hit 8-of-l3 passes for 81 yards, but threw an interception in the end zone.
Parcells remains committed to choosing between those two quarterbacks, and said there is no one available that could do a better job.
“Just because the boat rocks a little bit, you can’t jump in the water yet,” he said.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insisted Monday that he had no second-thoughts about not bringing another quarterback into camp. And, he added, he’s not looking for another one.
Miller outduels Wood in 3-1 win
By Rick Gano
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO — Wade Miller outpitched Kerry Wood and Jeff Kent hit a two-run double Monday night as the Houston Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1.
Craig Biggie homered for the Astros, who maintained their two-game lead over St.
Louis in the NL CentralNext Four
after the Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-4. The third-place Cubs fell 3 1/2 back.
Miller (9-10) gave up five hits and a run in six innings, striking out nine. Octavio Dotel pitched two scoreless innings, and Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.
Wood (11-9) allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings. He also struck out nine and reached 1,000 career strikeouts faster than any major league pitcher, achieving the milestone in his 134th game.
HOUSTON ASTROS SCHEDULE Tuesday, Aug. 12
Astros at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m. on FXSN.
Wednesday, Aug. 13
Astros at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m. on FXSN.
Thursday, Aug. 14
Astros at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m. on WCN.
Friday, Aug. 15
Astros at Cincinnati Reds.
6:10 p.m. on ASTRO.
Kent, 10-for-19 (,526) against Wood entering the game, broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. After singles by Geoff Blum and Jeff Bagwell, he drove a ball over Doug Glanville’s head in center.
Sammy Sosa doubled in the sixth, moved to third on a single by Aramis Ramirez and scored on an RBI single by Erie Karros.
Biggio’s 10th homer made it 3-1 in the ninth.
Brad Ausmus had three hits for the Astros and Lance Berkman, a Canyon High School graduate, was 0-for-4 in the game.
Former Olympic coach dead at 66
Williams wins Tournament of Champions
From staff reports
Nick Williams of New Braunfels posted a 36-hole score of 1-under-par 143 (68-75) to win the Boys 16-18 Division of the 2003 Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour Tournament of Champions at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club in Katy.
Williams, 16, said after the final round, “I played really well the first day. I played pretty solid (Monday), too,
but the wind came up at the end and I had a couple of bad holes.”
Williams said runner-up Mathieu Leclair of San Antonio, playing with him in the last group, had closed to within three shots, “but then I eagled 18 (Williams’ ninth hole of the round).” Williams had laid up just short of the green on the par 5 and then holed a pitch-and-run for the eagle.
“It feels great. I finished second last year, so it’s good to know I improved,” Williams said.
Leclair finished in second place at 147, with Beaumont’s Mark Odenthal taking third place with a total of 149.
Austin’s Erin Wilson, 18, closed out her junior career by winning the Girls 16-18 Division of the STPGA Junior Tbur Tournament of Champions.
By Dave Campbell
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS — Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. hockey team to the “Miracle on Ice* victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, died Monday in a car accident. He was 66.
The Hall of Famer lost control of his minivan, veering onto a grassy area at a highway intersection north of the Twin Cities and rolling over.
Brooks apparently was not wearing a seat belt, and his body was found about 40 yards from the vehicle.
Brooks attended a Hall of Fame celebrity golf event and was on his way to the Minneapolis airport to catch a flight to (Chicago, USA Hockey spokesman Chuck Menke said.
“It seems like all the great innovators die young,” said Ken Morrow, a defenseman on the 1980 team and now a
scout for the New York Islanders. “Coach may have been the greatest innovator the sport has ever had*
Brooks was behind the bench when the Americans pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever, beating the mighty Soviets with a squad of mostly college players.
That shocking victory, plus beating Finland for the gold medal, assured the team a place in sports immortality and gave the nation a reason to celebrate.
The hostage-taking in Iran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the energy crisis had cast a pall over the United States.
On Feb. 22, 1980, the U.S. team scored with IO minutes to play to take a 4-3 lead against the Soviets and held on. As the final seconds ticked away, announcer Al Michaels exclaimed, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"Texans’ linebacker ‘Peeks’ coach’s interest in camp Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — Antwan Peek got Texans coach Dom Capers’ attention quickly as training camp began, and not in a good way.
The linebacker, a third-round draft choice out of Cincinnati, had hit fellow rookie Tony Hollings twice in a row during drills after the defense was specifically told not to pop the running back, who underwent major knee surgery last fall.
Peek’s overaggressiveness earned
a tongue-lashing from Capers. Secretly, it may have also earned a smidgen of respect.
“That’s instinctive in some of the guys. That’s normally a good problem to have,” Capers said Monday as he recalled the incident. “You don’t want to discourage that, but at the same time you don’t want to lose a player.”
Hollings was OK, and Peek has played under more control as
Capers and defensive coordinator Vie Fangio convert him from a defensive end to an outside linebacker in the Texans’ 3-4 system. Everyone, including Peek, agree he’s raw and it might take a full season or more for him to make the transition from lineman to linebacker, where hell be asked to stop the run and defend passes as well as attack quarterbacks.
“I’ve gotten better and better as
time has gone on,” Peek said. “I think I’m turning into a well-groomed linebacker, and coach Vie is doing a great job of showing me what to do.”
There’s little doubt the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Peek knows how to seek and destroy. In four years at Cincinnati he had 27 1/2 sacks, forced 14 fumbles and recovered IO loose balls and blocked six kicks, all school records.
Extra Points: Several players put a new video game, “NFL GameDay 2004" by 989 Sports, to the test. Two TV sets in the players lounge were set up, with OL Steve McKinney and Zach Wiegert squaring off on one and Hollings and WR Jabar Gaffney on the other Wiegerfs Steele rs beat McKinney’s Texans 33-14 while Gaffney's Texans came from far behind to beat Hotings’ Falcons 43-28 When informed he had scored two touchdowns in Gaffney’s win, tight end Billy Miller remarked, “Just like real life.”No time to waste
Canyon High School assistant football coach John O’Dell barks instructions at a Canyon player during tbaJirst day of
two-a-day fall practices Monday at the high school. The Cougars open the season Sep. 5 against Somerset.
Cougars, Rangers begin practice as season openers grow near
By Bryan Adams
Canyon and Smithson Valley began fall football practices Monday as they get ready for their season openers right around the comer.
The Cougars and Rangers both practiced once a day during the spring for four weeks, so both coaching staffs rely on a lot of retention for fall workouts.
“We just stepped right in where we left off in the spring. The guys came back in pretty good shape. I was very happy with the way things went,” Canyon head coach Brad Wright said.
Smithson Valley head coach Larry Hill has a little less time to prepare his team for their season opener Aug. 29 against Port Arthur Memorial at Bryan High School.
“The kids impressed us with how much they retained from spring training,” Hill said. “We’re certainly not as good as we need to be, our kids by and large knew what to do the first day.”
The Cougars, who were 7-2 this past season and finished fourth in District 25-4A, begin the season Sep. 5 against Somerset at home.
“It’s good that we’re all familiar with what we’re doing,” Wright said. “We’re starting our fourth season and everybody is on the same page. That definitely makes things a lot easier. ’Hie kids came in with a great attitude and we’re ready to go.”
Both teams will put on the pads Friday and classes will start Monday. Canyon’s first scrimmage is Aug. 23 at Bandera. Smithson Valley’s first and only scrimmage is Aug. 23 against San Antonio MacArthur.
“The first four days you just have to teach a lot,” said Hill, who led the Rangers to the state finals for the season year in a row this past season. “We hope to install our entire offense, defense and kicking game in the next four days. We’re not practicing anything filii speed, so we like to use this time as mainly as a teaching period. Hopefully we’re just re-teaching.”
Smithson Valley quarterback Matt Wright throws to a receiver downfield during the first day of two-a-day practices on Monday at SVHS.