New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, August 13, 1985 6NB ranked fourth by Harris
Unicorns, Cougars 1-2 in 13-4A
New Braunfels is ranked fourth in the state in the Harris Rating
System’s pre-season listings of Class 4A teams.
Harris picks the Unicorns to win District 13-4A and Canyon to finish second, with both teams advancing to the state quarterfinals. New Braunfels is picked to win that game and then fall in the semifinals to eventual state champion Tomball.
Smithson Valley, rated stronger over last season, is picked fifth in District 27-3A. Boerne is first and defending champion Bandera second in Harris’ listings.
The Unicorns will take 172 power points into their season opener with Austin Travis, which dropped IO points to 158 after winning District 26-5Alast year.
Canyon, with 166 points heading into the season, will meet Gonzales, at 160, to open its season.
Smithson Valley faces Somerset, which is picked to finish second in District 28-3A, in its season opener. The Rangers have 138 power points and Somerset 154.
Clemens, which drops from 160 to 151 points to start the season, is picked second in District 14-4A's North Zone behind Southwest.
Marion, up IO points to 129, is picked third in District 31-2A.
Around the state. Harris’ Class 4A top IO is Tomball, Sweetwater, Huntsville, New Braunfels, McKinney, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Gregory-Portland, Bay City, Corsicana anilid Westlake.
In 3A, the top IO is Vernon, Post, Hempstead, Navasota. Rice Consolidated. Waco Connally, Port Arthur Austin. Littlefield, Daingerfield and Columbus.
In 2A, the top teams are Electra, Quitman. Groveton, Crandall, Morton, McGregor. Shiner, Alto. Hamlin and Pilot Point.
The Harris Rating System is operated by John Harris of Brownwood.Horford, DeLoach declared inedible at U H
HOUSTON • ■ to Horford. one of the
nation's most intensely recruited schoolboy basketball players last season, went through freshman orientation Monday at the University of Houston and then learned that he was ineligible to compete for the Southwest Conference school.
“He’d already learned the Cougar fight song and was ready to go,” Houston Athletic Director Tom Ford said after announcing that the NCAA had declared Horford and Bay City track star Joe DeLoach ineligible to compete for the Cougars because of recruiting violations.
“The real shame is that these two athletes really want to come to the University of
Houston,” Ford said. “They are the ones being punished through no fault of their own.”
Horford, tabbed as the next Akeem Olajuwon at Houston, was ruled ineligible because of an apparent illegal contact made by Houston assistant Donnie Sehverak during the recruiting season last year.
Schverak’s contact with Horford came during a July I to Aug. I NCAA ban on face-to-face contract with recruits.
Del-oach, a top sprinter prospect, can’t compete for the Cougars because Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, a former Houston trackster, accompanied Cougar track Coach Tom Tellez on a visit to Delxiach’s home.
NCAA rules forbid alunun to recruit
The NCAA sanctions came despite in internal investigation by Houston administrators followed by a self-imposed restriction on Houston's basketball and track
Houston banned Sehverak from off-campus recruiting for one year and ordered head basketball coach Guy V. lewis to give up one scholarship for each of the next two
The school never formally filed DeUiach’s scholarship with the SWC and the IOO- and 200-meter specialist is now free to attend any
school of his choice.
Ford said that Horford’s scholarship agreement had been flied with the SWC and that the 7-0 schoolboy hopeful was still bound to the Cougars, pending a final appeal to the NCAA Council Subcommittee on Eligibility “No other school can legally recruit Tito at this point but Joe is free to be recruited or to go to any school he chooses,” Ford said The Houston athletic director said if the final appeal to the NCAA fails, the school could consider filing a civil action.
Olajuwon led the Cougars lo three consecutive appearances in die NCAA Final Four tournament before turning pro last season and becoming the first round draft choice of the National Basketball Association
The Cougars failed to earn » berth in the 1984 NCAA tournament and were hoping the addition of Horford would signal a return to the playoffs
Ford said he discussed tile NCAA's decision with Horford Mondo) and told him dial the Cougars w ere appealing die decision
“I explained to hun what was taking place and that the appeal had been denied." Ford said. “I told hun Unit we were going through one more appeal His comment was When will we know. when will we know ."
Ford said the appeal would take about two weeks
Football season is here.
Practices began Monday for all three local teams w ith workouts and drills.’
The practice sessions will begin in earnest on Friday when pads are issued to the players.
At New Braunfels, practices are scheduled from 8 a.m. to IO a.m. and from ll a m. to I p.m.
The practices will be shifted to 9 a m. to ll a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
Coach Jim Streety said about 85 varsity and junior vasity players reported to practice on Monday, giving the Unicorns a few more players than usually turn out.
“We got off to a good start yesterday (Monday),” Streety said. “Our returning players caught on quickly and with the new guys it will take a little more time. But we had a good practice for a first day.”
At Canyon, practice sessions are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Cougar Coach Troy Burch said 68 varsity and junior varsity players reported to the first practices Monday.
“We had two real good workouts yesterday,” Burch said. “The kids are looking forward to getting started and are ready for a good year.”
At Smithson Valley, the Rangers schedule calls for practices from 8 a.m. to ll a.m. and 5 p.m to 7 p.m.
The Rangers have a good turnout for the first practice on Monday, assistant head coach Butch Bradly said, with 90 players in attendance.Bell signs with SRSU
Canyon’s Chuck Bell has signed a letter of intent to play football at Sui Ross State University.
Bell, a two-way starter for the Cougars at tight end and defensive end, was on the all-District 13-4A team last season.
“This is a great opportunity for Charles and Sui Ross,” Loboes Coach Ralph Micheli said. “With his size and experience, Charles could fill
spots on the Sui Ross offense and defense. He is a gifted athlete and an excellent addition to our squad.”
Sui Ross, a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, is located in Alpine in far West Texas. Three-a-day workouts at the school begin Aug. 24.
Bell is the son of Craig and Linda Dorrance of 1216 River Acres in New Braunfels.
Late-season experiment may pay off for Rice
HOUSTON (AP) — The Rice Owls, trying to end a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons, got off to a 1-5 start last season.
After that, things started to go bump in the night.
“I think the low point of the whole season was the Texas Tech and A&M two-week deal and A&M w as the crow ning blow,” Brown said.
When the Owls lost to the Raiders 30-10, Brown and his coaching staff elected to give younger players more playing time and at first it appeared to be a disastrous decision.
“We started playing a lot of younger people in the AAM ame and there was a lot of confusion,” Brown said. "We had penalties, too many people on the field.”
The Owls finished 1-10 for the second straight year for their 21st consecutive losing season, but Brown hopes last season’s painful decision will pay dividends.
“But now that it’s done, that was the critical decision we made as coaches because we’re a bt more experienced team right now for doing that than we would have been,” he said.
Brown said the Owls played better in losses to Arkansas and Southern Methodist and closed out the season with a 46-40 loss to Baylor and a 38-26 loss to Houston.
"We kept getting a little better near the end and I guess that’s the high point,” he said. “Our kids left the season losing yet with their heads up because they got better and learned that they can compete in this league.”
Brown’s cram course over the final part of last season means that he will start fall practice with seven returning starters on offense and eight on defense.
Brown’s goal this season is to improve a defensive unit that ranked last in the Southwest Conference in total defense with a 432-yard yield per game.
“We weren’t last, we were dead last,” Brown said. “There was no one close to us. We were the worst. I said when I came here that you can’t win consistently without a good defense. We proved that last year.”
The defense will be headed by junior defensive tackle Dwain Turner and senior strong safety Ernest Evans.
Turner says the Owls will be better this season because they are much stronger.
"With the new equipment and the new program, I think all of us have benefitted,” Turner said. “Overall, we were a weak team. Now, I think we are if not the
SWC: Rice Owls
strongest, one of the strongest teams in the conference and ITI put my money where my mouth is on tint.”
The Owls had moments of sparkle with an offense Brown called “Controlled Chaos ’’
"We moved the ball last year but it was on big plays too much,” Brown said. "We’d punt, punt and then we’d score. But we didn’t have enough control to keep our defense off the field the way I’d like.”
The Owl offense was most potent with freshman quarterback Mark Comalander. After missing much of the season with an injury, he closed out the season with a freshman-record 357 yards passing against Southwest Conference champion Houston.
"In the spring, I started to understand the offense better,” Comalander said. "We showed we could put a lot of points on the board (66 in their final two games ) but the key will be consistency.
“Any team in the conference can ring up a lot of points ona given day.”
The Owls, who face five 1984 bowl teams this season, have lost a record 25 consecutive Southwest Conference games.
Before trying to snap that string, the Owls start the season with non-conference games against Miami, Air Force and the Lamar Cardinals, who represented Rice’s only victory last season.
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Chuck Bell races for the goal line during the 1984 season
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Volleyball players at New Braunfels High School started season opener at home against Seguin Aug 20 Canyon
practice Monday afternoon in preparation for the team's and Smithson Valley also began workouts Monday