New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Meet the coaches
Football scrimmage time
Smithson Valley holds annual
O’Connor visits Canyon; Smithson
event inside the cafeteria
Valley travels to SA Southwest
Time: 7 pm.
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Canyon, SV collide
Canyon, Smithson Valley volleyball in first area matchup at Ranger Gym Time: 7:15 p.m.
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Home sweet home
Finally, friendly confines for NB volleyball.
Leaders after I Saturday’s third round of the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club:
Phil Mickelson 67-65-72—204 -6 Davis Love III 68-68-68—204 -6 Thomas Bjorn 71-71 -63—205 -5 Stuart Appleby 67-70-69—206 -4 Vijay Singh 70-67-69—206 -4 Pat Perez 68-71-67—206-4 Steve Elkington 68-70-68—206 -4 Lee Westwood 68-68-71—207-3 Retie! Goosen 68-70-69—207 -3 Greg Owen 68-69-70—207 -3 Jason Bohn 71 -68-68—207 -3 Ben Curtis 67-73-67—207-3 Bo Van Pelt 70-70-68—208 -2 Six tied at -1 TV: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., TNT 1 p.m.-6 p.m., CBS
Mickelson, Love are atop crowded leaderboard at PGA
SPRINGFIELD, NJ. (AP) — Phil Mickelson was drenched in sweat before he hit his opening tee shot in temperatures that hit IOO degrees Saturday at the PGA Championship.
Then came the real heat.
Walking off the tee box, a cheer rang out from the 18th green as Thomas Bjorn got up-and-down for birdie to shoot 63, matching the record score for a major championship. In the group ahead, Mickelson could see Davis Love III birdie the first two holes on his way to a 68.
Just like that, the final major of the year turned into a shootout not many saw coming.
“We saw a lot of guys shoot under par,” Mickelson said. “I would have liked to have been one of them.”
Mickelson lost command of his tee shots and his putting, and he avoided a major meltdown by steadying himself for a 2-over 72 that left him tied with Love going into the final round at Baltusrol.
They were at 6-under 204 and had lots of company.
Bjom’s record-tying round gave him a chance for redemption in a major. Defending champion Vijay Singh made 17 straight pars before a birdie from the bunker on the 18th gave him a 69, leaving him two shots behind. And even Tiger Woods could no longer be ruled out after cutting his 12-shot deficit in half with a 66.
Lefty missed short birdie putts on the final two holes, both par 5s, his last chance to keep the lead to himself
ending with a 6-foot attempt that caused him to buckle his knees when the ball grazed the edge of the cup. He still managed a smile.
“To gut it out and play the last 12 holes without a bogey, make that one birdie and still be in the lead is a huge success for the day,” he said. “I struggled a little bit, but I fought hard to stay in the lead.”
Love cooled after his start, trading birdies and bogeys the rest of the way for his third consecutive 68. Winless in two years, he wound up in the final pairing at a major for the first time since the 2003 British Open, where he tied for fourth at Royal St. George’s.
“I’m playing with a lot of confidence, just like Phil,” Love said. "That’s why we’re both on top of the leaderboard.”
Bjorn became the 20th player to shoot 63 in a major, and the first since Singh in the 2003 U.S. Open. It was the third 63 at Baltusrol, where Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did it in the first round of the 1980 U.S. Open.
“This 63 is not about records,” Bjom said. “It’s about championships. And that’s all it means to me, that I got myself into position where I can play from here. And I’m going to try my hardest tomorrow again, and then we’ll see.”
Singh was joined at 206 by former PGA champion Steve Elkington (68), Pat Perez (68) and Stuart Appleby (69).
“It was hard work,” Singh said. “I told my caddie, ’I need one birdie.’ I cannot do 18 pars. I’ve never done
See PGA, Page 4B
Cougarettes split two at Tourney of Champs
By Will Wright
Canyon arrived back home from Duncanville’s Volleyball Tournament of Champions a little sore, but a whole lot wiser. .
The Cougarettes ^nk ® wound up splitting their six games at the two-day tournament, which concluded Saturday. Canyon defeated District 27-4A foe Dripping Springs 21-25, 25-23, 25-7 before bowing to
Plano West 25-16, 25-23.
Coach Heather Sanders rated the weekend as a good experience for her team. Saturday was gratifying, as the Cougarettes downed a district rival and held their own against a team much bigger.
In the first match, Lexie Bennett had 13 kills and Chelsea Zunker added 12.
See CANYON, Page 2B
Caniford gets good 1st look at NB s Unicorns
By Will Wright
New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford saw his Unicorns against another team for the first time Saturday night — and he liked what he saw. Chuck
New Braunfels Caniford ran, passed and did almost anything they wanted to in their first scrimmage against Kingsville King in Victoria.
“I thought we played very well,” said the coach. “I was expecting wed have some hiccups here and there, but there weren’t any. We ran well and we passed well and tack
“This team exceeded my expectations tonight.” Offensively, quar-terback Zach Rhodes tossed TD passes to Laramie Boos, Sammy Anderson and Levi Blakeman. Ben Becker caught a scoring pass from Greg Laird, and Anton Rice had a touchdown run. New Braunfels didn’t suffer a turnover all night.
“Zach played real well, there were three touchdown passes from him,” Caniford
See UNICORNS, Page 2B
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Texans drop exhibition opener against Denver
The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Todd Devoe broke free with a short pass from Matt Mauck, then scampered 92 yards late in the fourth quarter to provide the winning margin in the Denver Broncos’ 20-14 victory over the Houston Texans Saturday night.
Devoe, who spent his rookie year last year on the Baltimore practice squad, broke a tackle inside his own 20, then
CARDINALS LEAD COWBOYS
At presstime, Arizona was leading Dallas 10-3 at halftime of their exhibition game Saturday night. A Cowboys camp report will appear in Tuesday's Herald-Zeitung.
raced down the sideline for the touchdown with 4:18 to go in the game.
The score came after quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who
played more than half the game, improved his chances to secure a backup spot in Denver by leading the Broncos to a pair of field goals by Jason Elam.
Van Pelt, who completed IO of 17 passes for 107 yards, took over early in the second quarter for Jake Plummer, who played three series and tossed a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Stephen Alexander that tied the game at 7.
The Broncos got a lift early when the Texans failed to score on their opening possession despite a first down at the Denver I.
Four straight running plays by Domanick Davis went nowhere, even with 328-pound defensive end Robaire Smith making his debut as a blocking back in the short-yardage situation.
See NFL, Page 2BT.O.s riding the Titanic, and its time he returns to reality before its too late
Kl to think that I have a pretty relationship with my boss. We on most things, but when we don’t and things get a little bit testy, one of us backs off and we resume our discussion later.
Like most of your bosses out there in the real world, my boss gets his way IOO percent of the time. But included in that percentage are more than a few instances he chose to see things my way. It’s sort of a mutual respect thing, and sometimes one party can take that to an extreme—especially in the fantasy land of professional sports.
How long would the Terrell Owenses of the world last in the office place? Not long. His ridiculous antics over the last week—for that matter the entire offseason —once again illustrate that anything can be had during 15 minutes of fame. But I think he’s riding the Titanic, for he’s fixing to get a taste of the real world.
Let’s review. Put yourself into his shoes. You’re in the second year of a seven-year, $49 million contract, one your union urged you not to sign in the first place. Still, in your first year, you brave permanent injury by playing in
the Super Bowl, where your selfless play earns you tile respect of millions.
That’s where the I lollywood stuff ends and reality sports begins. Your head swells to a size IO 112 and you think your team can’t do without you. You and your greedy agent begin planting hints about your dissatisfaction with your contract. Things like wondering how to feed the family on a paltry $500,000 per month. Like you don’t rank among the IO highest-paid receivers in the game.
You miss the minicamps, but your teammates aren’t worried. OI’ TO., they say, would never let us down. Your quarterback encourages you to have a change of heart and be part of die team. But. as we all know, theres really no TO. in the spelling of team.
Iteming camp arrives. You whine and moan all the way as you check in late. The red lights are on—you are the main focus and love die attention. The team brass comes to explain their stand for the umpteenth time. They ain’t movin. You say you ain’t, either.
You suffer a groin injury, and remove yourself from practice. A few days later, teammate and wideout Todd Pinkston
goes out for the season with a tom Antilles’ tendon. Almost overnight, the word leverage has seeped deep into your brain. A few days later, you get into it widi your coach, who asks you to leave and cool off for a week. You say it’s Ids fault as you hit the road, TV cameras following you everywhere.
As the cameras roll and inicophones surround, you hold your own training camp in your driveway at home, doing those sit-ups. flexing that six-pack.
Next day, you get up and drive off. “Where can he be?" the media wonders. It’s the Bahamas, and you say you're off to get a tan.
OK. Now you’re back in your shoes. Not die $300 kind Owens wears, but the $30 ones you could barely afford. You see this guy over and over on TV and the radio. I Ie leally thinks he can hold iris team hostage.
Now reports vary on Owens' status among tile league’s top receivers. John Gaytan at ESPN is saying Owens is actually tile third highest-paid receiver in football. The Associated Press pegs him at sixth. His agent, Drew Rosen-haus, says Owens isn t even in the top IO.
Bottom line is that NO wide receiv er in the history of the game has ev er won a Super Bowl by himself. I think the best thing the Eagles can do is back up what team president Joe Banner said he'd do Friday. Banner would welcome Owens back, provided he can be content with his current contract and not be a distraction, lf not, he heads to the showers.
Owens has little wiggle room. There’s a reason why the players’ association didn’t want him to sign his current deal —because it doesn’t give him much of an escape out of situations like this. This is what will happen — he will be suspended, given his release, or traded. And all the teams in the wodd — including Canada—won t want to have anything to do with him.
In our world, if you sign a loan to get a new car that winds up a lemon, do you quit paying the bank? If you don't agree with your boss, do you go out on strike?
That’s how it works in the real world, T.O. And if you haven't settled up and signed on by Wednesday, you’re not going to much like the reality headed your way.
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Canyon lineman Darren Billiot hoists teammate and linebacker Kirk Michalec during the Cougars' annual photo day Saturday at Cougar Stadium.The team will play its first scrimmage against SA O'Connor at cougarfest at 7 p.m. Friday, and the Cougars will host LaVernia in the season opener Aug. 26.WILLWRIGHT
Will Wright is the sports editor of the Herald-Zeitung.