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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, August 26, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A NB band member^^M^^ □ems Soto plays ■ SPORTS Finally, first game NB-Stephenville story and stats. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T-I-CK-ET B Fraulein Volleyfest NB, Canyon, Smithson Valley in two-day, 36-team tournament Time: all day B Football finally begins Canyon hosts LaVemia; STwelcomes Round Rock Westwood in season openers Time: 7:30 p.m. Caniford debuts with NS New coach guides Unicorns for first time against No. 6-ranked Stephenville Time: 7:30 p. rn. (KGNB-AM1420) Ranked teams the rule at Volleyfest By Will Wright Sports Editor This year’s Fraulein Volleyfest has been expanded from 16 to 32 teams, and there are few slackers in the field. Six state-ranked teams are in the tournament, Phyllis which begins this Fowler morning at gyms at New Braunfels and Canyon. New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler rated the field similar to what her team will expect next week at Pearland. A bunch of tough teams, she said, will be in to battle. “If we get past the first round, we would likely face Brenham in the second round. They are ranked in Class 4A and they were at state last year,” Fowler said of what her Unicorns could see after facing Killeen Harker Heights in the opening round today. “You look at the brackets and see that they’re strong all the way through.” Each match will be a best-of-three in the rally scoring format and count against season won-loss records. Austin Westlake defeated Cedar Park for last year’s title; New Braunfels won it in 2003. The Chaparrals are ranked fifth and the Timberwolves tenth in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A state poll. Brenham is third in Class 4A, where New Braunfels is ninth and Stephenville 10th. In Class 3A, Wimberley is ranked No. 5. Other teams to look out for include Hays Consolidated, Converse Judson, Austin Bowie, SA Warren, Arlington and Arlington Lamar. Also included in that group is Smithson Valley. After finishing 11 -23 last season the Hangers have started 8-1, with their only loss a five-game decision against Canyon IO days ago. Smithson Valley opens against Keller at New Braunfels at 9 a.m. New Braunfels (7-4) will start at its lead gym beginning at noon against the [.ady Knights. Canyon (6-6) will try to get back on track after a three-game skid when it faces Richardson Pearce in its first round game at 9 a.m. in its Cougar Den. See VOLLEY, Page 6A FRAULEIN VOLLEYFEST SCHEDULE TODAY First-round games NBHS Gym 1: Austin Westlake vs. Saginaw Boswell, 9 a.m.; SA Warren vs. Hays Consolidated, 10 a.m.; Austin Akins vs. Arlington Lamar, 11 a.m.; Brenham vs. Fredericksburg, Noon NBHS Gym 2; SA Marshall vs. Corpus Christi Calallen, 9 a.m.; Round Rock Westwood vs. Weatherford, 10a.m.; Amarillo Tascosa vs, McAllen, 11 a.m., Austin High vs. Converse Judson, Noon CHS Gym 1: Richardson Pearce vs. Canyon, 9 a.m.; Hurst Bell vs. Austin St. Michael’s, 10 a.m.; Arlington vs. Leander, 11 a.m. CHS Gym 2: Austin Bowie vs. Uvalde, 9 a.m.; Austin McCallum vs. Mansfield Summit, 10 a.m.; Stephenville vs. McAllen Memorial, 11 a.m. NBHS Gym 5: Smithson Valley vs. Keller, 9 a.m.; Midland vs. Cedar Park, 10 a.m.; SA Madison vs. Wimberley, 11 a.m.; New Braunfels vs. Killeen Harker Heights, Noon ROUND ROCK WESTWOOD AT SMITHSON VALLEY 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium Tickets: $7 at gate Radio: KNBT-FM 92.1, 7:05 p.m. Last year: SV, 10-0 ABOUT THE WARRIORS District: 15-5A Coach: Anthony Wood (first year) 2004 record: 4-6 (4-3, tied for third in 15-5A) Returning starters: 5 offensive, 4 defensive Offense: Multiple spread Defense: 8-man front Top players: WR Steven Sultzbaugh, WR Todd McCormick, WR-DB Andy McClain, OB Chase Rich, OL Travis Reidy, DT Sean Arnold, DB Brian Artz, Outlook: Wood, the team’s offensive coordinator, takes over for Doug Fertsch, who coached the Warriors to a 10-10 mark in two seasons before he took the post of RRISD assistant athletic director. The Warriors are picked to finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in eight-team 15-5A. They last made the playoffs in 2002. The Warriors will throw the ball 55-60 times per game. Wood says, though sometimes they will toss to running backs Andy Stockberger and Andrew Gomez. Smithson Valley last week routed SA Southwest in its lone scrimmage, totaling over 800 yards offense without even playing all of its starters. The Rangers will debut junior quarterback Bryan Hill, who has experienced catchers in Cody Beyer and Clay Fuller. Eight starters on offense and eight on defense saw extensive playing time on last year’s 13-3 team that reached the Class 5A-Division ll state final. CLASS 5ATOP 10 This week’s schedule for the teams ranked in The Associated Press’ Class 5A high school football poll. All games are today unless otherwise noted. 1. Southlake Carroll (0-0) vs. Midland Lee (0-0), 2 p.m. Saturday at Abilene Shotwell. 2. Spring Westfield (0-0) is idle. 3. Tyler Lee vs. Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna (0-0), 8 p.m. Saturday. 4. Lufkin (0-0) is idle. 5. Longview (0-0) at Class 4A No. 5 Marshall (0-0). 6. Smithson Valley (0-0) vs. Round Rock Westwood(rn 7. Katy (0-0) vs. The Woodlands (0-0), 4 p.m. Saturday at Reliant Stadium. 8. Euless Trinity (0-0) vs. Desoto (0-0). 9. Converse Judson (0-0) vs. Laredo Nixon (OO). 10. Austin Westlake (0-0) at Leander (0-0). Offense on tap for Warriors, Rangers Pass-happy SV, Westwood should stage lengthy duel By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — Going into his 15th season, Larry I fill isn t carrying any preconceived notions into tonight’s football game against Round Rock Westwood. He knows his Rangers, ranked sixth in the state, will be a tempting target for a program on the rise. And he also knows theres always that chance upsets could happen. All you can do, he says, is pre-vent them by being yourselves. “Whether that label is deserved or not, it s something we have to deal with, and we’ve done that before,” he said of the dangers of Smithson Valley’s standing in this week’s Class 5A state poll. “But you can still control whatever happens. All you can do is not do the things you can do that beat yourself.” That’s what Smithson Valley hopes to focus on when it meets the Warriors at 7:30 p.m. at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers, 13-3 state finalists a season ago, have 11 starters returning. The Warriors, have a new coach and also return a bevy of starters from a 4-6 team. SA MacArthur graduate Anthony Wood, in his First season at Westwood, says he has designs on one day getting a DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Clay Fuller will be one of several wide receivers pressed into action on both sides tonight, as the Rangers host Round Rock Westwood's Warriors at Ranger Stadium. program to Smithson Valley’s current status. “I remember what Smithson Valley was like when I was in high school,” Wood said. "Back then (the late 1980s) Smithson Valley wasn’t very good, and coach Hill has done a great job and turned it into one of the state’s top programs. I ve got to admit i’m trying to copycat that over here.” Despite having the second largest enrollment in District 15-5A, the Warriors haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. Wood said tonight’s game willDistrict 26-5A All District Converse Judson    O O    0-0 Smithson Valley    O O    0-0 SA Churchill    O O    0-0 SA Lee    O O    0-0 SA MacArthur    0-0    0-0 SA Madison    0-0    0-0 SA Reagan    0-0    0-0 SA Roosevelt    O O    0-0 This week's schedule Churchill vs. SA Marshall (Thurs.) RR Westwood at Smithson Valley Judson vs. Laredo Nixon MacArthur vs. SA Clark Madison at San Marcos Reagan vs. Harlingen Roosevelt at SA East Central Lee, open__ give him some indication about the possibility of his team cracking that barrier this fall. Expect to see a drawn out passing battle. The Warriors, behind junior quarterback Chase Rich (5-10, 178 pounds), will try to find receivers Steven Sultzbaugh (6-2, 173), Andy McClain (6-0, 176) and Todd McCormick (5-9, 167). A big line is led by all-state tackle Travis Reidy (6-4,268). “They will run four wides and five wides and sometimes go with a one-back or no-back set,’’ Hill said of the Warriors’ spread, which ;last year was spaw ned out of a no-huddle. “They will try to change the pace with short possession passes and throw the ball a good percentage of the time." junior quarterback Bryan I UU will guide Smithson Valley for the first time, but has experienced targets in seniors Cody Beyer and Clay Fuller and run support in seniors See RANGERS, Page 6A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Canyon head coach Les Davis will know a lot more about his Cougars following tonight's game against La Vernia at Cougar Stadium. Canyon expecting fight from Bears By Rick Breland Staff Writer When Canyon takes the field at home against Ut Vernia today at 7:30 p.m., it will be for the second time in two years — the only meetings ever between the two schools. That lack of history will make it tough for either team to know what to expect. At this point in the season, when most coaches feel they do not know enough about their own teams, not knowing much about opponents makes things all the more challenging. “We don’t really have much information on them,” Canyon head coach I .es Davis said. "We only have oneDistrict 27-4A All District Burnet OO OO Canyon OO OO Dripping Springs OO 0-0 LakeTravis OO OO Marble Falls OO OO New Braunfels OO OO This week's schedule La Vernia at Canyon Burnet at Taylor Marble Falls at Gatesville Dripping Springs, open Lake Travis, open N.Braunfels vs. Stephenville (Sat.) scrimmage tape, and they didn’t even have numbers on their jerseys in that scrimmage. What we do know is that they’re well coached, have a lot of kids who came out to play for them this year, and that they are going to be ready to play.’’ With the lack of information on this year’s La Vernia team available to the Canyon coaching staff, much of what they have planned is based on what they saw in List year’s season opener at La Vernia. Canyon came out on top 14-6 in a very' close contest. That loss was the Bears’ only one cill season until they lost io Wimberley in the bidistrict round of the Class 3A state playoffs. “We got a big interception late in the game to keep them out of the end zone,” Davis See COUGARS, Page 6A ;