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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Page 8Rotzler By JOE BELK Sport* Editor The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the reassignment of Ken Rotzler at its Monday night meeting, with Rotzler being promoted to the head basketball coaching position at Canyon High School. Rotzler has worked in the district for one year at Canyon Middle School, where he coached basketball, and he had previously coached freshman basketball in Sugar Land at Clements and Dulles High Schools. The varsity coaching position at Canyon opened earlier this summer when David Manley left after one year at the school to take an assistant coaching job at Killeen Ellison. Billy Gillispie, the head coach at Ellison, left Canyon in the summer of 1990 to take the job in Killeen. After hearing concerns from a group of parents and supporters of the basketball program at a meeting two weeks ago, the C1SD board asked Canyon Principal Will Kricg and Athletic Director Larry Nowotny to interview applicants from outside the district. Several basketball supporters in opposition to the hiring of Rotzler also attended Monday’s meeting and spoke to the board. ‘‘You had choices if you wanted them, but apparently you didn’t want them,” said Bonnie Caddcll, the mother of a Canyon player. Michael Krueger, a Cougar basketball player who will be a senior, said after the meeting that he was disappointed but not surprised by the decision. He said, however, that he intended to support the decision and work with the new coach. “I don’t have anything personal against Coach Rotzler,” Krueger said. Herald-Ze/funjf, New Braunfels. Texas           Tuesday,    August    13,    1991Marinovich pushes LA past Dallas IR VINO (AP)—Kenny Stabler became an NFL legend throwing left-handed passes for the old Oakland Raiders. Now the Los Angeles Raiders have another lefthanded quarterbacking wonder in the wings. Todd Marinovich made a smashing NFL debut Monday night, even if it was an exhibition game. He looked every nickel worth the three-year, $2.25 million contract he signed after being drafted in the first round by the Raiders. Marinovich, of Southern California, threw his first professional touchdown pass early in the fourth period, and it was a game-winner in a 17-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. “He can throw the ball on the money," said Los Angeles Cooch Art Shell. "For the first time oui he did a very good job. He had good command in the huddle and he threw the ball well when he had to throw it. He can go deep and he has the touch for the intermediate routes." Marinovich took the Raiders 80 yards in eight plays, helped along by a 28-yard interference penalty against Robert Williams. After a yard loss, Marinovich hit Gregg Bell with a 2-yard scoring pass. “That felt good, moving the team like that," Marinovich said. "It was a good way to break in." Marinovich hit 3 of 4 passes for 16 yards in his first NFL action. named CHS basketball coach Justin Jonas (left) and Brian Caddell will have a new basketball coach this season at Canyon, as Ken Rotzler was officially promoted to the position on Monday night. “I just don’t think they took the time and effort to find the best person available.” Krueger added that it would not affect the team’s attempt to have a strong season. “We’ll try our best, do what he tells us and give it everything we’ve got," he said. Most of the disapproval expressed by the basketball supporters was aimed at the administration of the district and the high school rather than at the board members, and many of the trustees said they regretted the wa in which things were handled. “The situation, in my own mind, was handled very poorly," said Jim Middleton, a recently-appointed trustee. "But virtually everything that could have been done in a two-week time period has been done. *' I don ’t think you should leave here feeling that the board was unsympathetic to the way you feel," he added. Leroy Goodson made the motion to approve the reassignment, adding a qualifier that he would make the motion “even though I think (the situation) was mishandled." Nowotny told the audience that he had acted in accordance with district policy, and administrators confirmed that he had. After Manley’s resignation, he initially promoted Rotzler without accepting outside applicants — which is a proper method under CISD policy. “I don’t believe I’ve violated any disti let policy or state policy (in) what I’ve done,” Nowotny said. “(After the first meeting,) we went back out and attempted to do what the board asked us to do. I don’t know what else I could have done.” Assistant superintendent Arlen Tieken said four applicants were interviewed: Rotzler and three others. Two of the others had JV coaching experience. “The principal, in his best judgment, makes a recommendation of the person he feels is the best qualified,” Tieken said. “That is what happened in this case.” “We have no objection to that (recommendation),” Superintendent Joe Rogers said, adding that he believes Rotzler’s basketball background sufficiently qualifies him for the position. “I have no objection to Coach Rotzler.” Another complaint of the parent, was the manner in which the job was publicized. The position was advertised in the Herald-Zeitung and on the wire of the Texas High School Coaches Association, which led to several inquiries. “(I don’t know) why you didn’t do more," said Bob Flume, a supporter of the Cougar basketball program who spoke to the board. "I’m a little disgusted and a little upset with the operation." Nowotny said he believes the promotion of Rotzler — who becomes the fourth Cougar head basketball coach in five years — will prove to be a good or*; for the program. "I personally feel he is the right man for the job at the right time,” he said. Volleyball practiceJohnson selected defender of year Volleyball practices started at all three Comal County schools on Monday: Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels. Here, the Cougarettes start tneir practices for the 1991 season, with Becky Kaufmann passing the ball to a teammate Both Canyon and Smithson Valley are practicing in the mornings and early afternoons, while New Braunfels is having daily morning sessions and afternoon practices twice a week. All teams will be participating in scrimmages Friday, with Ute regu ar season starting next week. (Photo by Karla Wenzel) Quem Johnson was selected as the soccer Defender of the Year for Mon treat-Anderson College in Mon-ueat. North Carolina. Johnson, a 1990 graduate of Smithson Valley, was a freshman at Monireat-Andcrson and the goal keeper on the school's soccer team. Success as a freshman is nothing new for Johnson, who was the varsity goalie at Smithson Valley during his ninth-grade year — which was also the first year of the Ranger soccer program. Johnson was the Ranger keeper for four years, during which the team finished no worse than second place. The Rangers qualified for the playoffs during three of Johnson’s four seasons at the school. He will be a sophomore this fall at the four-year liberal arts college. Quant JohnsonUnicorn BBQ Aug. 26 The New Braunfels High School Athletic Booster Club is holding its annual Meet the Unicorns barbecue Aug. 26 at 6 pan. Tickets will be available at the gate, and they are $4 per person. Booster club members will also be selling die tickets in advance. A picture in the Herald-Zeitung on Sunday indicated that the barbecue had already been held, but it actually was taken at a planning meeting of booster club officials. The Aug. 26 barbecue will also features athletes of the fall sports programs at New Braunfels, with football, volleyball and cross country athletes being honored. Everyone is invited to attend the barbecue and meet the Unicom athletes. Last year’s event drew appioxi-mately 500 people, and the booster club is hoping for at least 600 this year.AFC Central likely to feature three-team battle for first Bf TNE ASSOCIATED PRESS Is Bubby Bnsier a slow learner or Joe Walton a slow teacher? In either case, it’s taken until this season for Piusburgh’s quarterback and offensive coordinator to understand each other. Now the question is whether that harmony can pull the Stealers above the pack rn the AFC Central. “We know what we’re doing now," says running back Mernl Hoge, one of many Pittsburgh offensive playas thrown into a muddle last season when Walton installed his complicated new offense Last year, the Steeters were one of three 9-7 teams in the AFC Central — Cincinnati won the division and Houston earned a wild-card playoff berth, but the Sutlers were left out of the playoffs in the tiebreakers The same three teams figure to battle it out again this season Cleveland, which had been to three of the previous four AFC title games, fell to 3-13 last season and Bill Belichick, the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl winners, has been I lf Houston is consistent — they never won or lost more than two in a row last season and have been either 10-6 or 9-7 the past four years — Cincinnati is schizophrenic, going from 4-11 in 1987 to 12-4 and the Super Bowl in 1988, then back to 8-8 in 1989. brought in to resurrect the team In its second year under Jack Pardee. Houston’s run-and shom may be more polished, not good news for secondaries around the league I .ast season, Pardee’s first, the Oilers led the league in yardage and scored 405 points, second only to Buffalo’s 428, with Warren Moon throwing for a league-high 4,628 yards But the dc tense fall down. “I’m proud of what our defense accomplished last year,” says Jim Eddy, the defensive coordinator who put in the 4-3. "But we’ve got to get a lot better." One change is moving Ray Childress, a two time Pro Bowler, from tackle back to end, where he played in the 3-4. Another was a draft in which three of the first four picks were defensive backs, led by Indiana's Mike Dumas, taken with the first pick of the second round. But the keys remain Moon and the offense for a team that’s one of only two (San Francisco is the other) in the NFL to make the playoffs four years in a row. lf Houston is consistent — they never won or lost more than two in a row last season and have been eitha 10-6 or 9-7 the past four years — Cincinnati is schizophrenic, going from 4- ll in 1987 to 12-4 and die Super Bowl iii 1988, thai back to 8-8 in 1989. Last year, its 9-7 and tiebreakers was good enough to win the division, but it was a streaky 9-7 — a 3-0 start and a 2*0 finish got the Bengals to the playoffs. That may be a reflection of coach Sam Wyche, who can be distracted — as he was over the issue of women in his locka room last year. But it was also a reflection of injuries, particularly in the secondary, where cornerback Erie Thomas missed most of the year and strong safety David Fulcher missed three weeks and played hurt in the others. The injury jinx has already struck — lekey Woods reinjured his knee in training camp. But Boomer Esiason’s sore shoulder seems betta. ‘‘You give him 30 throws, he’ll make the big plays," says wide receiver Tim McGee, who with Eddie Brown, tight end Rodney Holman and running back James Brooks gives the Bengals a host of big play makers. The defense? Linebacker Alfred Williams, the top draft choice, might have been a bookend with last year’s No. I, James Francis. But he was a holdout, retarding his development, lf Thomas Is fully recovered, the secondary Ii 0 strong, but the line is just average. Pittsburgh has few problems on defense — its secondary, headed by Rod Woodson, may be the best in the NFL. But despite their 9-7 record, the Steelers still had that problem scoring touchdowns, One reason was the inconsistency of Brister. But the Steelers came up with a future superstar in Eric Orecn, the 275-pound tight end who was an instant hit as a rookie after a long holdout. But the wide receivers are thin beyond Louis Lipps. And then there’s Cleveland, which collapsed under the weight of age and a succession of mediocre drafts last season. Enter the 38-year-old Belichick. ITiere are a few good players, led by quarterback Bernie Kosar, defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry and wide receiver Webster Slaughta. But a leaky offensive line puts Kosar’i health in jeopardy. Prediction: 1, Oilers; 2, Stsslsrt (Willetrd) 9, Ben gels; 4, Browns. 4 ;