New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thursday, August 22, 1985 8AAll-stars down to Series' final 4
FREDERICK, Md. - There are still four ;eams playing in the Senior Babe Ruth league World Series and New Braunfels is one of those teams.
The New Braunfels all-stars downed Fern Creek 7-4 Wednesday night to eliminate the Kentucky team from the double-elimination tournament.
New Braunfels will play San Gabriel, Ca. at 5 p.m. CDT today. The winner of that game will play the loser of the game between Redman, Wash, and Sarasota, Fla. at 6 p.m. CDT Friday.
The championship game is scheduled for Noon CDT Saturday.
Ricky Gomez of New Braunfels High and Danny Hernandez of Canyon combined on a six-hitter Wednesday to down Fern Creek.
Jimmy Walker belted a three-run home run in the second inning and Dennis Walker knocked in the winning run in the fifth inning for New Braunfels.
“We’re playing good — at least we are still here,” said New Braunfels Coach Charlie Gillis. ‘‘Our hitting isn’t where it was before we got here, but I can’t complain as long as Weare stil alive.”
New Braunfels committed its lone error of the game in the first inning, allowing Fern Creek to take an early 1-0 lead.
New Braunfels came back in the second when Dennis Walker reached first after a dropped third strike and Paul Easterling reached base on an error.
Jimmy Walker then lined a homer over the left-centerfield fence for a 3-1 New Braunfels lead.
Fern Creek made it 3-2 with a run in the third, but New Braunfels added a run in the fourth and fifth innings to widen the lead.
Center fielder David Cadded singled in Easterling in the fourth and Dennis Walker drove in Hernandez in the fifth for a 5-2 lead.
Fern Creek cut the lead to one with two
runs in the top of the sixth, but New Braunfels answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning when Raul Chapa singled in Jimmy Walker and Troy Moss.
Gomez pitched six innings for New Braunfels before Hernadez came rn to relieve him.
“Ricky did a good job for us and Danny did a good job in relief,” Gillis said. “Danny has been doing a great job on defense for us. He has made some unreal stabs.”
Gillis said San Gabriel is another good hitting team but that he has confidence in his team.
“There are four teams left in this thing and they are all good teams or they wouldn t be
here,” he said.
San Gabriel lost its first game of the series in extra innings to Redman 3-2.
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By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
SAN MARCOS — Maybe they want to be in touch at least until their five-year high school reunion. Or it could be that Unicorns migrate — 15 miles to the north.
Whether it is a natural phenomenon or just the desire to play football at the college level, five New Braunfels graduates are spending the last days of August preparing for the upcoming football season as Southwest Texas Bobcats.
“I don’t know what it is about New Braunfels, but they sure make some good football players down there — maybe its the food,” said SWT Coach John O’Hara.
Of the five players, at least three seem destined to see a lot of playing time this year for the Bobcats. Those three include sophomore Mark Millett and freshmen Tim Doty and Bryan Frassmann, both of whom were redshirted last season.
; Two others, freshmen Kraig Krause and Brett Fey, have also shown a lot of potential in practice, O’Hara said.
“There are some tremendous football players coming out of that area (New Braunfels),” he said. "I
know (Unicorn Coach) Jim Streety does an excellent job as does Troy Burch out at Canyon. We just haven’t had as much recruiting Canyon players so far.”
Millett and Doty are projected as second-string players, Millett at tight end and Doty at right guard.
O’Hara said he was impressed by Millett’s smoothness on the field.
“He is a very fluid player. He does things with grace and doesn’t have to labor He has great hands and can do the job when it comes to blocking,” he said.
Millett will play behind junior Phil Grandjean, a two-year letterman.
After sitting out last season, Doty is in a good position to be a three-year starter for the Bobcats, O’Hara said.
Doty is backup to three-year letterman Joe Christ.
Being away from football for so long as made Doty more anxious than ever to get back on the playing field.
“Right now I am just looking forward to playing. Ifs been two years since I’ve played and they have been hard,” he said.
Doty kept himself in shape by running and lifting weights. His 6-3 frame has filled out to 246 pounds, up from 225 pounds in high school.
Millett, who saw limited action last season, said the experience should make him a better player this year.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I feel more comfortable now at tight end and I know what to
expect now I’ll be anxious in the first game instead of being all shaky." he said.
Frassmann is listed as a third-string nose guard this year, but O'Hara said he expects the freshman
to see plenty of action before he graduates.
“Bryan is a very steady player, probably the steadiest nose guard we have He just doesn’t make mistakes. He is one of those good team
players." he said
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See SY* T. Page 12AKillersTCU looking for 'Cinderella ll'
FORT WORTH (AP) - Jim Wacker, Texas Christian’s wackily wonderful football coach, says there’s no question about when he’s at his “absolutecoaching best.”
Explains the Southwest Conference coach of the year:
“Anytime Kenneth Davis has the ball and is off and running down the sideline, I’m real good at hollering Goo-o, Kenneth, go-o-o! ’
“I coach those long runs real well.”
Thus, Wacker got more than a fair share of premier coaching exposure last year as Davis ran for a school record 1,611 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to AU-Aineriea honors and a fifth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
The Temple Tornado, then a junior, led the Frogs to an 8-4 campaign that ended a quarter century of frustration and took them within striking distance of a SWC title and on to a consolation trip to the Bluebonnet Bowl.
‘‘It’s going to be tough for Kenneth this year because expectations are so great,” said Wacker. “But he’s going to be better than ever.
“He’s bigger, he’s stronger and he’s worked harder than any kid on the team. He’s a great leader. I don’t worry about Kenneth.”
Wacker instead might worry about an offense that returns but four starters from the high octane club of a year ago.
It is, however, a quality quartet, headed by Davis and his swift sophomore running mate,
Tony Jeffery, and includes guard Tommy Shehan and tight end Gary Ford.
Texas Football magazine named Davis the likely SWC offensive player of the year and pinpointed quarterback Scott Ankrom as the league’s top sophomore — beating out Jeffery for that honor.
What’s more, Reggie Davis, a dazzling wide receiver, was the choice as newcomer of the year.
“How fast that young talent can mature and develop is going to be the key to the 19(L season for the Frogs,” said Wacker, who insists the unknowns make things all the more exciting.
Most importantly, the Frogs appear over the psychological hump that came from years of losing.
‘‘The players are more confident now.” said games.
Wacker. “They found out they can compete. They believe in themselves and each other and in the coaches and the program.”
Wacker is determind that the defense will be better this year despite the loss of AU-SWC secondary performers Byron Iinwood and Sean Thomas.
“We can play with a higher pitch of intensity,” said Wacker. “You don’t play good defense unless you play like half a madman, with reckless abandon, flying around out there and gang tackling and knocking the dog out of somebody and making things happen.”
He could be talking about Kent Tramel, a 6-2, 258-pound nose guard who is one of eight defensive starters returning-When the Frogs won three of their first four games last year, including a pivotal 32-31 upset of Arkansas, Wacker knew the Frogs had turned the corner.
“With winning comes confidence and believing and momentum,” he said, “and all of a sudden good things happen to you.”
TCU won six in a row, cracked the Associated Press Top 20 and moved to the lip of the Cotton Bowl before losing season-enders with Texas and Texas A&M.
“Maybe it was too soon,” Wacker now says philosophically. “Who knows. Maybe that will keep our coaches and our kids a little hungry.” like last year, Wacker says it is important to TCU to “have success early,” which means beating Tulane and Kansas State and either Arkansas or Southern Methodist in the first fourLocal teams to scrimmage Friday night
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Members of all three local football teain.s Mill get a chance to bump into somebody else Friday night
All three open their seasons with scrimmages, with Canyon meeting Bandera, New Braunfels playing Taylor and Smithson Valley facing Marble Falls
Canyon, looking to fix holes in the offensive line and at linebacker, will meet the state-ranked Bulldogs at Cougar Stadium beginning at 6.30 p m The junior varsity teams will exchange series before the varsity play starts at approximately 7 p.m.
As in all scrimmages, the teams will not work on fullscale kicking games and will alternate series of dow ns
While Canyon’s team is relatively' young, Bandera’s is experienced after a 10-1 playoff season The Bulldogs are led by second-team all-state fullback James Compton and lineman Cliff Bronson, a 275-pounder.
Canyon will go to Clemens for a scrimmage next week
New Braunfels travels to Taylor to meet the Ducks beginning at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity units. The varsity teams will meet at 7 30 p m. in what lias become a big meeting for Taylor.
New Braunfels, as usual, will look at a number of players in the scrimmage. The Unicorns are looking to rebuild their offensive line and develop linebackers, and they will probably use several players in each position.
Taylor, a playoff team last season after a lawsuit forced a game with Westlake, will be led by backs Frank Fisher and Todd Ivicic.
“We’re hoping to throw about two tunes out of every five plays,” New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety said “That and try to get as many kids as we can into the game.”
New Braunfels will scrimmage McCallum at Austin’s Berger Center next week.
Smithson Valley, with a wealth of experience on its varsity squad, will take a close look at backup players against the Mustangs.
The junior varsity teams meet at 6 p.m. and the varsity part of the scrimmage will start between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“We’re going to look at as many different people as we can in as many different positions,” Rangers Coach Stan Irvine said. “It’ll be a matter of letting the backup people play quite a hit.”
Mark Millett (left) and Tim Doty have moved up to the second team this fall
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New Braunfels players stretch out before a recent workout