New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, August 18 ,1995 0 5
"We just had a misunderstanding.”
— Gene Atkins, Miami Dolphins safety, explaining an incident in which he body-slammed a newspaper reporter in the team’s locker room. Aktins also grabbed the reporter by the throat and said he was angered by a
Gustafson to talk Longhorn baseball at Comal akmni event
University of Texas baseball coach Cliff Gustafson is the keynote at the annual picnic for the Comal County chapter of the UT Ex Students’ Association.
The event begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 24 at Landa Park picnic site No. 16. Visitors are asked to bring a covered dish — either a vegetable, salad or dessert.
Reservations must be made by Saturday, Aug. 19 by calling Mary Walker at (210) 885-4375, Stoney Williams at 629-7381, Gayle Engler at 629-2109 or Tim Zipp at 625-9405.
NB youth football to hold registration on Saturday
Boys ages C-12 are eligible to sign up to play in the New Braunfels Youth Football League. Registration will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19 at Landa Recreation Center. Cost is $40. The league is divided into junior (8-10) and senior (10 1/2 -12) divisions, with 25 players per team. The Aggies, Toros and Bears each have two teams. Players should bring a birth certificate to the registration. For more information, call Jeff Bradford at 620-6579.
Landa Ladies Golf results
The following are top scores from the Landa Ladies Golf Association ‘Odd and Even Partners' competition Aug. 16 at Landa Park Golf Course.
First place — J. Dilly and A Rockford, 64 1/2.
Second place — N. Fevold, M. Hanson, 65 1/2.
Third place — C. Jankowski and P. Johnson — 65 /12. J. Shay, I. Christopher, 69 1/2.
Community tennis leagues and clinics scheduled for fall
The T Bar M Tennis Ranch is accepting registration for several community tennis programs in the fall. The competition is geared for all levels — beginner to advanced, adults and juniors.
The following are dates and times for the programs:
Ladies Doubles League — Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.
Ladies Clinics — Monday to Wednesday. 9 a m. to noon.
Men's and Women’s Indoor Leagues — Monday to Wednesday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Championship Workout — Thursday at 7 p.m.
Junior Program — Monday to Thursday, 7 p.m.
Junior Match Play — Monday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
The T Bar M also will host a mixed doubles tournament from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20. For more information, call 629-0439.
New Braunfels youth soccer registration set for fall
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club has begun its fall season registration. Applications are being taken at Vivroux Sporting Goods. Players ages 4 to 18 are invited to join.
The fee, which includes cost of the uniform and insurance, is $25 for ages 6 and under and $35 for all others.
For more information, call Jim Hetchler at 606-1727.
Flag football season under way
Registration for flag football for kids in grades 1-6 will be Saturday. Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug 26 from 9 a m. to noon at the Victoria Bank Annex meeting room. Cost is $20 per child. For more information, contact Paul Finley after 6 p m at 629-2006.
World bodyboardbtg on tap Aug. 26
Schlitterbahn Waterpark's annual Continental Airlines Flow Rider World Bodyboarding Championships will be August 26-27.
Primed lop Hie pens at OB
Simmonds looks to guide the Unicorns in 1995
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
New coach, same winning tradition
The Florida Connection: Dallas’ Irvin, Smith stick together
AUSTIN (AP) — One of ihe first times Michael Irvin crossed paths with Einrnitt Smith, Irvin was holding court in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room before the 1990 season, practicing his bragging routine.
Smith smiled from his locker but never joined the chorus of hecklers who are such an integral part of Irvin’s performances.
A quiet rookie, Smith kept to himself.
On that day, Irvin found his straight man and, ultimately, his best friend. Their bond has helped the two stars overcome pain and odds, reach the heights of their profession and take a team to two Super Bowl victories.
“It’s all about team and unity, and inside that team unity you find special little bonds
like Mike and Emmitt,” said Cowboys guard Nate Newton.
Intrigued by Smith's quiet, hard-working demeanor, Irvin one day cast the rookie in a supporting role for one of his stand-up routines. , ' • •
Irvin was bursting to the locker room about the prowess of football at Miami, his alma mater, as he frequently does, and then abruptly declared that the entire state of Florida had (he best football in the country — a jab at his Texas teammates.
He called on Smith, a star for Miami’s rival Florida Gators, to back him up.
A smiling Smith reluctantly joined in, and before long Irvin and Smith were organizing an
all-Honda team to take on any challengers and prove their point.
“We’ll take on Texas. We’ll be unbeatable. We’ll get Nate Newton (of Flonda A&M) as our guard...” Irvin ranted as he began dreaming up the rosier.
Irvin and Smith became connected, united in their message that Flonda ruled the football kingdom. They dubbed themselves The Elon da Boys. "You don't mess with The Flonda Boys," Irvin said. “We hold a special bond When Emmitt first got here, he was real subdued and I was maybe a little too hyper. And we got together and made a beautiful mixture. I love the guy, and that’s deep coming from a man to a man.”
_ „ Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Quarterback David Simmonds la working to giva tho Now Braunfels Unicorns a double throat aa a passer and runner.
By THOMAS GODLEY
Some players accept new roles and other players thrive on them.
David Simmonds is the latter — the kind of player that seems to excel when thrust into a new position.
Take last October, for example, when Kelly Garza, the Unicorns’ 1,000-yard rusher, suffered an ankle injury. New Braunfels trailed Canyon 6-3 as time was fading in the fourth quarter. Simmonds, a part-time receiver and running back in 1994, entered the backfield and got set for a draw play. He took the hand-otf and bolted 52 yards, putting the Unicorns in position few the go-ahead touchdown and a 9-7 win.
"Anyone could have run through that hole," Simmonds said.
Last spnng, following the departure of senior quarterback Johnny Reyes, New Braunfels coaches called upon Simmonds to v ie for the starting job. It was a position he hadn t played since seventh grade.
"I was ready for it," he said. 'The team needed someone to come in and run the offense, and the coaches felt like I could do it. I just wanted to help out anywhere they needed me."
Al 5-10, 170 pounds, Simmonds has good size to go with his 4.6-second speed in the 40 yard dash. As a junior receiver in 1994, he
hauled in 15 passes for 115 yank and two touchdowns.
Though not a pure passer, his arm strength and accuracy are solid. And that fits well with head coach Tim Kingsbury's plans for long-sustained drives rather than quick strikes.
New Braunfels quarterback coach Victor Sierra believes Simmonds could pose a double threat for opposing defenses.
"Teams would have to think twice when he drops back or rolls out on a pass," Sierra said. "David has speed, good footwork and can get outside on plays. He's a smart kid and knows the offense. Ifs a new position, bul he has the skills lo get the job done."
Quarterbacking isn t entirely unfarnilar. Older brother and tonner Unicorn Jimmy Sim-monds was among the state's lop-rated passers early in the 1989 season. Tins summer the two spent afternoons tossing die football and mulling game situations. Jimmy solved a minor dinging problem by showing his brother a more comfortable gnp on the hall.
"I feel a lot belter with my release," Simmonds said. "He's giving me tips all the time, telling me about leadership and what it takes to be a quarterback I give him a lo! a lot credit for getting me ready this season
For his part. Simmonds is ready to bailie for the role of the new man at the Unicorns’ offensive helm
Unicorns head into the 1995 volleyball season in transition
By THOMAS GODLEY
Returning to coach her hometown high school team is like a dream come true for Phyllis Fowler. Then again, in New Braunfels — where volleyball and winning traditionally go hand in hand
— it would be the dream of most coaches.
Fowler, who replaced coach Claudia Peny this summer, began her first week Monday at NBHS. She said the team looked impressive in its recent scrimmages against Lee, Edison and Floresville, and the players appear primed to carry on the success of 1994. Last year the Unicorns finished 27-4, captured the district title and were ranked No. I in the state at the end of the season.
Ifs a performance the new coach hopes to duplicate, though with her own system.
"Anytime a new coach comes in, you are going to have changes," Fowler said. "It's not a matter of whether changes are good or bad. They simply need to be made to fit the coach and the team. The players have to accept adjusting to new things. It's not an easy situation, not for the players or the coach. But as long as there's a good positive attitude, and the desire to want to get better each day, we'll be fine."
The Unicorns enter the 1995 season with plenty of talent, including three returning seniors. Outside hitter Shawn Lindsey, middle blocker Kristi Linde man, outside hitter/middle blocker Erin Baetge and middle blocker Jill Evans bring experience and leadership to the court.
Adding depth and proven skills to the lineup are middle blocker Shelley Bredewater and Wendy Holtz — two returning juniors
— and sophomore middle blocker Kristi Hull.
Fowler said the first priority is getting players into top physical condition. That should work itself out in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, she must find a player to replace all-district setter Rochelle Colvin who signed with Texas Lutheran College last spring. The Unicorns are blessed with talent at the net. However, getting the ball into position for those big smashes is essential, and that means finding a setter — a position which coaches consider the equivalent of a quarterback in football.
"One thing I feel good about is that we can definitely hit the ball," Fowler said. "We'll be strong in that area, but we have to be able to pass well and set up our hitters."
Several setter prospects are waiting in the wings. During the next week of scrimmaging, Fowler will assess the play of Haley Helmly, Jessica Barney and Erica Walther.
Having played high school volleyball at Smithson Valley and Canyon under Donna Boehle, Fowler is excited about the opportunity to coach in her hometown. Taking over the job in New Braunfels figures to be a challenge. The team plays before packed home crowds on a regular basis, and parents and fans can be demanding. Fowler said she knows the expectations and is ready take on the new season.
"Any coach would love this," she said. 'The support is here and players are very talented. Ifs all a coach could ask for."
Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels' new head volleyball coach Phyllia Fowler enters the 1995 campaign with plans to take the Unicorns back to the District 28-4A title.