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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Wednesday August 22,2001 7A > ■ —— _ Extra Points • Cowboys release LaFleur —The Dallas Cowboys released tight end David LaFleur Tuesday, cutting ties to their injury-plagued first-round draft pick in 1997. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said LaFleur, who had been on the physically unable to perform list, was let go after failing a physical. “It was apparent that he was not going to be able to run,” Jones said. “I think he gave us all he could give us.” LaFleur has fought injuries for more than a year. A groin injury nagged him all this past season and a herniated disc in his lower back sometimes makes even walking painful. The 6-foot-7, 272-pound LaFleur logged 85 receptions for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns in his four-year career. LaFLEUR Carter puts starting debut behind himRookie QB tries to rebound from flop By Joel Anderson Associated Press Writer OXNARD, Calif. — There were no fumbled snaps, no interceptions and no frustrated looks from the sidelines. There was just Quincy Carter flipping tight spirals through the chilly air4of Oxnard, Calif., on Monday, trying to make amends for his woeful starting debut against New Orleans. The Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback handled himself with the poise of a grizzled veteran during the team’s first practice since their 16-10 loss to the Saints on Saturday. “He was about as sharp today as I’ve ever seen him,” said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. “He understands the ups and downs that come at this position. Quincy’s going to be able to handle anything that comes his way.” Carter looked confident and patient during the team’s drills on Monday, completing touch passes to his secondary receivers JONES and occasionally zipping bullets through tight coverage. It was exactly the kind of performance Carter expected of himself. “I’m just going to stick in there and respond to the adversity,” Carter said. “I’ve just got to relax, go out there and play football Uke I know how to.” And not play football like he did on Saturday. Carter spent most of Saturday’s preseason contest against the Saints scrambling away from defensive pressure, then tossing the ball away. He finished 5-of-17 for 27 yards, including two fumbled snaps and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. With Carter at the helm of the offense, the Cowboys picked up only two first downs and 53 yards. They also failed to convert any third downs. But Cowboys coach Dave Campo insisted Monday that Carter was not solely responsible for the Cowboys’ offensive inefficiency. “Other guys have to pick up the tempo, not just the quarterback,” Campo said. “We’ve gone into New Orleans a number of times with a number of people at quarterback who’ve struggled.” Campo said he also saw a few — and just a few — highlights See COWBOYS/8 A Canyon sweeps Mac, Heights; Rangers drop two at Blossom From staff reports The Canyon Cougarettes improved their record to 7-2 this season with a pair of wins over MacArthur and Alamo Heights Tuesday night at MacArthur High School. Arden Tunnell had nine kills and Ashley Bird dished out 16 assists as the Cougarettes defeated MacArthur 15-6, 15-10. Crystal Krueger had five digs and Brandi Freeman stuffed three blocks. ► Canyon def. Alamo Heights 15-9,15-6 Canyon extended its win streak to two games with a 15-9, 15-6 win over Alamo Heights. Lindsey Van Horn led the team in kills with nine and Micaeli Smith had three blocks. i . Bird handed out 19 assists and had a team-high seven digs. Grace Gerald also served up an ace. Canyon will co-host the Fraulein Volleyfest Friday and Saturday. ► SA Churchill def. S. Valley Hill, 16-14 After winning three of four games at the North-side Tburnament this past weekend, the Smithson Valley Rangers suffered their third loss in a row Tuesday night at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. SV lost 15-11, 16-14 in a hard-fought match against San Antonio Churchill, but then fell apart against Austin Westlake and lost 15-1, 15-9. Katie Kern led the Rangers in kills against the Chargers with IO. Lindsey Schaal added nine kills, IO digs, two aces and one block. Jenny Ratliff also had a block. Katy Douglass lifted 28 assists and Selena Guenther led the team in digs with ll. ► Austin Westlake def. S. Valley 15-1,15-9 Against Westlake, Kern pounded a team-high seven kills and Stacey Peterson rejected two blocks. Douglass had 14 assists and Schaal had eight digs. Guenther and Abby Uballe each had one ace. The Rangers (4-3) hit -.437 for the match. Smithson Valley plays at the Northeast Tburnament Friday and Saturday and will start off with San Antonio O’Connor at 9 a.m. Friday at Blossom Athletic Center. Cardiac kids survive NB comes from behind to beat Pflugerville By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Any more matches like the one New Braunfels played Tuesday night against Plugerville, and the Unicorns will have to make sure there is an EMS unit present at the rest of their games. After winning the first game in a best-of-three series pretty easily, 15-5, the young Unicorns found every point from there on out to be tougher than the one before. The Panthers came alive on defense after falling behind 4-0 in the second game and took their first lead of the match, 5-4. “I think that Pflugerville played a great match,” NB head coach Phyllis Fowler said. “It seemed like those kids dug up everything. They really stepped on defense in the second and third games.” The score went back and forth until the Panthers stretched their lead to 14-10 on an ace by Shannon Holland. The Unicorns got a sideout on a kill by Erica Wendell and came back to tie the score at 14-14 on a block by Chelsea Cornelius, two Pflugerville hitting errors and an ace by Tracey Garvins. NB couldn’t put the match away though, and the two teams headed for sudden death. ‘We were all pretty nervous going into that third game. We were just trying to regroup, root for each and get each other up,” NB sophomore outside hitter Katie Johnson said. The third game proved even more intense than the second game. NB fell behind 4-0 on three hitting errors and an ace by Pflugerville’s Falen Nicholas. The teams traded seven Side ll JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels’ sophomore Jackie Lucas (2) slams the bal! down for a kill against Pluferville as teammate Chelsea Cornelius (3) looks on Tuesday night at New Braunfels Middle School. outs before NB scored its first point on a kill by Wendell at the net. Wendell made it 4-2 when she put down a Pflugerville pass that got too close to the net. Plugerville extended its lead to 7-4 on a block by Hanna Wer-chan on NB’s Gin Mozeley. The Unicorns got within 7-6 and 9-8 before the Panthers pulled out to a 12-8 lead and forced Fowler to use a timeout. “I guess we don’t have a choice this year. I think we’re going to be involved in a lot more of these kind of games,” Fowler said. “Right now we’re trying to get some younger kids in there so we have a little bit of depth before we start district. And I’d rather all of this happened now, instead of when district starts.” After the timeout, Wendell got the sideout with a kill and NB scored on point on a long hit by Tamisha Paige, who had a match-high 17 kills. Paige put down the sideout and the Panthers pushed it to 13-9 on an ace by Nicholas. The Unicorns played the last 18 serves in the game with the same players on the floor because of a new rule this season that allows each team 18 subs per game. The old rule allowed each player to exit and return to the game three times. “The 18 subs rule really allows us more subs,” Fowler said. “It sure seemed like we ran out of subs fast in this last game. “These kids in practice have to play defense and they have to serve. Hopefully if they have to do so in the game, they’ll come through.” Trailing 13-9, Wendell stepped to the service fine for the first time this season. Her first attempt dropped in for an ace, but her second serve sailed long. On the next possession, the Unicorns got the most exciting sideout so far this season. Near See VOLLEYBALL/8A TCU Horned Frogs SOME FACTS ABOUT THE 2001 TCU HORNED FROGS SCHOOL COLORS. Purple and white FOUNDED: 1873 ENROLLMENT: 7,800 LOCATED: Fort Worth, Texas COACH: Gary Patterson, first season (0-1) 2000 RECORD: 10-2 (7-1 WAC, tied for first) LAST BOWL: 2000 Mobile Alabama, lost 28-21 to Southern Miss STADIUM: Amon G. Carter 44,008) RETURNING STARTERS: 4 tensive, 5 defensive, punter CEY PLAYERS: QB Casey inters, jr; WR LaTarence )unbar, jr; OG Victor Payne, r; TE B.J. Roberts, sr; TB (icky Madison, so [EY RECRUITS: OL Stephen tulp, Tyler (TX) Lee HS; QB Tye Gunn, LaGrange (TX) HS; DB Jeremy Modkins, Marlin (TX) HS; DE Ranorris Ray, San Antonio (TX) Taft HS; OL Shane Sims, Tomball (TX) HS KEY DEPARTURES: RB LaDainian Tomlinson; WR Cedric James; WR Tim Maiden; OL David Bobo; OL Jeff Gamer; OL Mike Keathley; OL Jeff Milican; DL Aaron Schobel; LB Shannon Brazzell; DB Curtis Fuller; DB Russell Gary; K Chris Kaylakie COACH SPEAKS: This is going to be about a whole offense and spreading around the production of what L.T. (Tomlinson) did the last two years and spreading it out to everybody. It’s not just pressure on Casey. It’s pressure on everybody." TCU will rely on many to replace TomlinsonPatterson, Homed Frogs live without Franchione By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH — LaDainian Tbmlinson’s departure will have more to do with the changes at Texas Christian than the defection of coach Dennis Franchione. When Franchione left before the Mobile Bowl last fall to become Alabama’s coach, defensive coordinator Gary Patterson was promoted. Patterson then Retained assistant Mike Schultz as offensive coordinator with no plans to overhaul what has worked the past three years. Replacing Tomlinson, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the school’s career rushing leader, and 26 other graduated players will be more difficult. “This is going to be abdut a whole PATTERSON offense and spreading around the production of what L.T. did the last two years to everybody,” Patterson said. “Everybody has to step up their level of play for us to be the same kind of offensive team that we have been.” Tomlinson led the NCAA in rushing for the second year in a row with 2,158 yards. He accounted for 71 percent of TCUs rushing yards and 47 percent of the total offense in 2000. His emergence was a big reason the Horned Frogs rose from 1-10 his freshman season to IO wins last season, their most since 1938. With Tbmlinson now playing for the San Diego Chargers, TCU plans to be more balanced on offense. The Frogs will no longer run three out of every four plays as they did last season. That’s fine with junior quarterback Casey Printers, whose 18-4 record as a starter has been overshadowed by Tomlinson. “You’re going to miss a guy like that,” Printers said. “But it’s going to be a great opportunity for me because now I get to showcase a little bit of my skills. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Printers passed for 1,584 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions last season. He completed 102-of-176 passes (58 percent) and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 156.74,* fourth-best in the country. His biggest challenge is to prove he’s a good passer and wasn’t just the beneficiary of defenses concentrated on stopping Tbmlinson. See TCU/8A ;