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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Summer vacation ends File photoA Smithson Valley High School football coach shows a playbook to players during football practice last year. Both Smithson Valley and Canyon high school football teams started practice Monday. Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams    *    August    14,2001 at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Tuesday, ; —.—  — ---Dallas moves training camp to California coast Ayala’s day in court delayed SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Professional boxer Tony Ayala’s felony burglary trial was postponed Monday while his attorney attends to a sick family member. Ayala, who has tried to resurrect a once-promising middleweight career after a lengthy prison term for rape, was scheduled to be tried Monday on charges of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault. If convicted, he could get life in prison. State District Judge Sam Katz agreed to postpone the trial while Ayala’s attorney, Jimmy Parks, attends to his sick father after lung surgery. No new trial date was set, although Katz said it likely won’t start before next week. The judge also agreed to let Ayala drop another attorney, Johnny Cisneros, from the defense team. Ayala, 38, was the No. I middleweight contender in 1983 when he was sent to prison for rape in New Jersey in 1983. He was released in 1999 and started fighting again, running up a 5-1 record before he was arrested after entering a woman’s home. The woman shot him in the shoulder. Ayala’s last fight was a 10-round unanimous decision over Santos Cardona at Sunset Station in San Antonio on July 31. Astros take control of NL CentralCowboys head west in search of cooler temperatures OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean and hundreds of cheering, flag-waving fans greeted the Dallas Cowboys on Monday as they made Southern California’s Ventura County their training-camp home for the first time since 1989. Fans began arriving at the practice facility around the time the team plane left Ifexas. They roared as a police escort led three buses into the parking lot and continued clapping, holding up signs and rattling cowbells as players walked to their rooms. “I really appreciate them still standing by us,” defensive end ELLIS Greg Ellis said. “We haven’t done good since I’ve been here, haven’t done well in the playoffs, and our fans are still loyal. We owe them something, I feel like.” Dallas is practicing at a city park called River Ridge Fields, which the Raiders used when they were based in Los Angeles. The park is attached to a Marriott Residence Inn that features palm trees in the parking lot and the Topa Topa Mountains in the distance. The beach is only a few miles away. About 20 miles east is Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where the Cowboys trained for 27 straight summers starting in 1963. They left after Jimmy Johnson’s first year as coach because he decided the team needed to train in hotter weather. Ibo much heat brought the Cowboys to their roots. After last year’s camp left players worn out at the start of the season, team officials decided to split this summer’s practices between the triple-digit temperatures of Wichita Falls and Oxnard. Td put the move in perspective, consider that the high in Oxnard this week will be about the same as the low in Wichita Falls. “This is nice,” safety Darren Woodson said. “I think it makes us want to practice a little bit more. (The) tempo will be really up. “In Wichita Falls, we had to slow it down for water breaks and all that. I think out here we’ll have a chance to get the practices going and keep it crisp a little bit.” The Cowboys are coming off a 20-6 loss to Denver on Saturday night that was worse than the score suggests. Dallas had serious breakdowns on offense, defense and special teams while losing its eighth straight preseason game and 16th of 17. “We need to get back to work and this is a great place to do it,” said coach Dave Campo, one of two remaining coaches from the ’89 team that trained in Thousand Oaks. Dallas will practice in Oxnard for two weeks, although the stay will be interrupted by a game at New Orleans on Saturday night. Volleyball explosion Three area high school volleyball teams kick off 2001-2002 campaigns By Bryan Adams Sports Editor HOUSTON (AP) — Craig liggio hit the 28th leadoff Omer of his career, two hort of the NL record, and inny Castilla and Daryle /ard also homered as the louston Astros beat the 'hicago Cubs 9-5 Monday ight and moved into first lace in the NL Central. The Astros took a half-ame lead over the Cubs, ho had been in first place nee May 29. The* Astros ad been in second place nee June 30. The Astros idn’t been alone in first ace since April 14, t hough they shared the ad for one day on May 19. Biggio hit the first pitch ;>m Jason Bere (8-6) for u major league-leading venth leadoff homer this ason and his second in rec games. Bobby Bonds Ids the NL recon! with leadoff homers. The Astros won for the 10th time in 13 games and Chicago dropped its eighth in 12 games. Chicago started August 4 1/2 games ahead of the Astros. Shane Reynolds (11-10) improved his record to 7-0 with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts against    BIGGIO the Cubs since Aug. 4, 1998. He pitched 7 1-3 innings, allowed six hits, walked three batters and struck out three. Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer on the first pitch from Reynolds after Ricky Gutierrez singled. It was Sosa’s 42nd homer of the season. The Astros got four runs in the first starting with Biggio’s 18th homer. Biggio also led off Saturday’s game against Florida with a home run on the first pitch. After Jose Vizcaino singled and Jeff Bagwell walked, Lance Berkman doubled off the right-field wall, scoring both runners. Ward’s groundout scored Berkman for a 4-2 Astros lead. Castilla hit his 17th homer in the fourth inning. In the four-run fifth/ Vizcaino had a two-run triple and Ward hit a two-run homer, his ninth. Sosa’s RBI single and a grounder by Michael Tucker gave the Cubs two more runs in the eighth, and Matt Stairs added a solo homer in the ninth. New Braunfels is known for its South Tfexas hospitality, an endless chain of tubers floating down two rivers, one of the most-popular water parks in the country and an overwhelming rich German heritage. In the sports world, New Braunfels has developed a reputation as a volleyball mecca. Another season of high school volleyball begins today, and like every year in recent memory, the three Comal County teams will be three of the toughest 4A teams to beat in the state. The New Braunfels are coming off a magical season in 2000 that ended with a state championship. It is unlikely the city of New Braunfels has forgotten its sense of pride ort Nov. ll when the Unicorns knocked off previously unbeaten Longview K.JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels varsity volleyball players scrimmage each other during practice this past week in the New Braunfels Middle School gym. This year the pressure is on the Unicorns to repeat as state champs, but they will have to do it without NB’s Exciting Eight (four are playing in college this season). The 2001 season for New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley begins today with the Unicorns at home against San Antonio Churchill and Round Rock Westwood, the Cougarettes on the road against Plfugerville and the Rangers at San Antonio Marshall. “Canyon and Boerne are both up there together as the favorites in our district (27-4A),” Fowler said. “Smithson Valley has a really good setter (Katy Douglass) coming back, but they lost Katy (Barnett) and shell be tough to replace. It’s a great district to be in. ‘We don’t have a lot of players with varsity experience, so a lot of them are on equal playing ground as far as leadership goes. We still have a lot of things to work on and we still have to learn to work together.” The Unicorns a year ago were not the tallest, the quickest or even the most hard-hitting team. They also did not have a key player to pick them up and carry them to the state tournament. What they did have was an obvious over-abundance of team chemistry. This year’s Unicom squad did not all play together on the same middle school team. They were not all on See VOLLEYBALLS File photo Last year’s New Braunfels varsity volleyball team won the State 4A Championship and hope to repeat. Pine Tree to claim the title. “There really were a lot of people I saw over the summer that would come up and congratulate us and say how much fun it was to watch that group of girls,” New Braunfels head coach Phyllis Fowler said. “Stuff like that always brings a smile to your face.” It will be a long time before sports fans in New Braunfels forget the names Jackie Baerwald, Amy Eich-mann, Bethany Hildebrand, Kate Kennedy, Michelle Popp, Michelle Shipley, Belinda Vargas and Natalie Walther. The excitement those eight seniors carried with them spread throughout the community and only strengthened the city’s love for the sport. * ;