New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Tuesday, August 29 ,1995 □ 5
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
"The Aggies are due. After all, five teams have won the (Soutwest Conference) title since they have.”
— Jonathan Feigen, sports writer for the Houston Chronicle, on why Texas A^M will be the 1995 Cotton Bowl representative.
Rangers stall in wildcard chase
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The road to the American League playoffs is getting bumpy for the Texas Rangers. After racing to the lead for the AL wild-card spot, things have suddenly stalled.
They had a chance to extend their lead Monday night, but a couple of blown chances with men on base and some hardhit balls in the 10th inning led to the Minnesota Twins’ 4-3 victory in the Metrodome.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Kirby Puckett lined a ground-rule double and scored the game-winning run on a sharp single by Pedro Munoz.
Despite the loss, Texas remains a halfgame up on Milwaukee for the wild- card.
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.
Newcombe tennis taking new club memberships
Newcombe Tennis Ranch is currently accepting membership to its newly formed tennis club. The cost is $500 per family or individual. Membership includes use of the tennis hard courts and clay courts, soccer field, basketball courts, and other facilities. For more information, call 625-9105.
Comal Bowl lanes starts recruiting program
Bowlers First, a recruiting program for sanctioned league bowlers, will be introduced this fall at Comal Bowl in New Braunfels. The program is a joint effort between the local men's and women's bowling associations and the proprietors group.
When a current bowler recruits a new bowler for a league. Comal Bowl will pay the sanction fee for the new bowler as well as the fee for the recruiting bowler.
A new bowler is one who has not bowled in a league, sanctioned or unsanctioned, in the past three years.
For more information, call 625-6263.
NB Junior golfers to too off at upcoming tournaments
The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association has scheduled several tournaments through October 28. Dates, locations and cost are as follows:
■ Sept. II, 5:30 p.m., Landa Park Golf
■ Sept. 25. 5:30 p.m., Landa Park Golf
■ October 14,1 p.m., Tapatio Springs,
■ October 28, 9:30 a.m., Sundance Golf Course, $7.
Members should register at least one week before the tournament date. Signup sheets will be available at each tournament, or members may call Frank Schaeffer at 620-1952 or Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. All players should check in at least one hour before the tournament begins.
Charity golf tournament to aid Hospice New Braunfels
The Lutheran Brotherhood Cedar Branch No. 8886 will hold its third annual Charity Golf Tournament at Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin starting at 8:30 am. Saturday. Sept. 23. The tournament, sponsored by Cedar Branch, will benefit Hospice New Braunfels. The Tournament wil be a four-player team scramble format. Cost is $35 per player for green fees, cart and alt prizes. AH proceeds raised will be matched up to $2,000 by Cedar Branch. For more information, contact Sam Moore at (210) 629-9641 or Greg Gunderson at (210) 620-0131.NCAA keeps it a dull buzz in the endzone
The NCAA keeps taking all the fun out of college football.
The latest attempt is a crackdown on prayer and showboating that draw individual attention.
What it means is that a player who crosses goal line after an 80-yard touchdown run has to gather hirg--■ self and quietly return to the side-Thomas ime.
Godley No getting down on one knee to catch a breath. No looking up into the sky and pointing. No jumping around and soaking in the moment. Keep it quiet and just get back to the bench.
The NCAA's intention is to cut down on individualism and keep other players' feelings from being hurt, especially the defensive guys who just got burned and might still be nearby as the celebration happens.
The idea is not altogether bad. Some players tend to get excessive in their endzone antics. Taking off a helmet, prancing around and moving in for a television close up takes away from the notion of sportsmanship. Those players know who they are and should expect a flag.
The Miami Hurricanes are the masters of poor taste in that respect, but for the most part, players on the college level aren't out to steal the glory from the rest of the team. They have the NFL for that. When you get down to it, touchdown celebrations are generally harmless, and more often than not, it adds some spice to the game knowing that the guys behind the helmets are not robots.
Cutting down exhibitionism has its place in college football. The problem, however, is that the rule requires a major judgement call on the official's part and it could penalize a team whose player simply let his emotions run away in the heat of the moment. Let them live it a little.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung)
Sports briefsLonghorns give freshman starting role in backfield
AUSTIN (AP) — For the first time since Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell took the field in 1974, Texas will start die season with a true freshman at running back.
Coach John Mackovic said Monday that Ricky Williams, a 6-foot, 215-pound fullback from San Diego, will be in the starting lineup when the 18th-ranked Longhorns open the season Saturday night at Hawaii.
While other true freshman running backs have started games for UT, none have started the season since Campbell, who is the school’s all-lime leading rusher. Coaches say Williams, a solid blocker with good speed and hands, has fully grasped the offense and may help Texas ignite a potent running attack lacking in
recent years. The Longhorns ranked 76th in rushing offense in 1994.
“Ricky has done everything we have asked of him and more,’’ Mackovic said.
Mackovic says his team is healthy and ready to begin the season in a first-ever meeting against the Rainbows, who are also making their 1995 debut.
The only concern now is concentration, said Mackovic, adding that he purposely failed to discuss his team’s season opener during fall drills because he didn’t want his players dreaming of beaches instead of blocks.
“We didn’t talk about it very much simply because we wanted our team to understand that this is an important first football game and not just a trip to Hawaii,” Mackovic said.Rookies earn spots with Cowboys
IRVING, Texas (AP) — A fifth of tile Dallas Cowboys rosier will be rixikies, a “compliment” to the scouting department, says coach Barry Switzer.
“We needed an infusion of young blood and we think we got some," Switzer said.
The only draft choices not to make the team were former Bulkus Award winning linebacker Dana Howard of Illinois, a fifth rounder, and Line Harden of Oklahoma State, a fourth-round pick.
Offensive lineman Shane Hannah, a second-round pick, underwent knee surgery on Aug. 4 and will be on the injured reserve list. He can practice bul not play for the Cowboys this season.
"There were some surprises,” Switzer said. "Who would have thought we would keep a kickoff specialist? But lo help the kickoff teams we decided to keep Jon Baker. That’s why we had to
make some tough cuts in other areas.”
Baker was a free agent as was Billy Davis of Pittsburgh, who can play both wide receiver, special teams and defensive back. Chris Bomol will be the field goal and extra point man.
Tile others among the 10-man rookie Class included light end Enc Bjomson, a fourth round pick from Washington; defensive tackle Darren Benson of Trinity Valley Community College, a third-round supplemental draft choice; cornerback Alundis Brice of Mississiopi, a fourth-round pick; wide receiver Ed Her-vey of Southern California, a fifth-round pick; defensive end Oscar Sturgis of North Carolina, a seventh-round pick; tight end Kendell Watkins of Mississippi State, a second-round choice; safety Charlie Williams of Bowling Green, a third rounder; and running back Sherman Williams of Alabama.
Unicorns to battle Bowie
Setting it up
New Braunfels' Wendy Holtz puts the ball in play during a match this weekend at the Fraulein VolleyFesL The Unicorns (3-1) play Austin Bowie and Lanier tonight at Bowie. The Canyon Cougarettes travel to Roosevelt, and the Smithson Valley Rangers face Kerrville.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Canyon Cougars are getting a handle on the passing game. The team continues preseason workouts this week in preparation for a scrimmage at homeThursday against Austin LBJ.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three years after she last won the U.S. Open, Monica Seles returned as anxious and nervous as ever, as the two-time champion and second seed overpowered Ruxandra Dragonur 6-3,6-1 for her 15th consecutive Open victory.
Sixth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic sprained his ankle in the third set atta winning the first two, tried to play on after treatment, and finally quit at 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 3-1 against Brett Steven.
Defending champion and third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario dispatched Catalina Cristea 6-1,6-1 in 49 minutes, No. 9 Gabriela Sabatini scored a 6-1,6 1 victory over Adriana Serra-Zanetti, and sixth-seeded Mary Pierce downed Mariaan de Sward! 6-4,6-1.
No. 4 Boris Becker beat Alex Lopez-Moron 61,6
0,63, unseeded Stefan Edberg defeated Martin Damm
60.63.7-6 (7-4), and No. IO Wayne Ferreira lost 7-
5.7-6 (7-5), 61 to 109th-ranked Jerome Golmard. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jeff Bagwell went 0-for-
2 with two walks in his first game in four weeks as the designated hitter for the Houston Astros’ Double-A Jackson team. Bagwell, the 1994 National League MVP, hadn't played since breaking his left hand July 30 when hit by a pitch. It was the third straight season he suffered that injury.Bagwell, 27, was hitting .283 with 16 homers and 66 RBIs at the time of his injury.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose DeLeon was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Montreal Expos for Jeff Shaw in a swap of right-handed relievers. DeLeon, 34, was 5-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 38 games.
From staff reports
Several young players are rising to the call as the New Braunfels Unicorns varsity volleyball team heads into its second week of the season, said head coach Phyllis Fowler.
"We've got a lot of youth, but so far they’ve been handling themselves real well,” Fowler said. "Our setters and hitters are coming together and playing with a lot of poise."
Fowler praised the play of junior Haley Hemley and sophomores Erica Walther and Jessica Barney who have shared time at setter.
Outside hitter Shawn Lindsey and middle blockers Jill Evans and Christi Hull have played key roles in the Unicorns recent wins over Kerrville, Smithson Valley and McArthur.
New Braunfels (3-1), ranked No. 7 in the ea, captured third place Saturday at the Taulein Volley Fest, defeating McArthur in their final match 15-9 and 15-5. Outside hitter Shelley Bluewater recorded IO kills in the final game.
The Unicorns travel to Austin today for a trimatch with against Bowie at 5:30 and Lanier at 6:30 p.m. Bowie recently won the Northside Tournament.
In other action, the Canyon Cougarettes are coming off a dramatic finals match Saturday night at Fraulein in which they took Round Rock Westwood to a third set before falling 15-17. Canyon hits the road to take on Roosevelt and Holmes today. The Smithson Valley Rangers trek to Kerrville for a 7 p.m. match.
Submitted photo by Usa Macy Barry McMahan of Canyon Lake and hi* team "Deuces Are Wild," finished first in the Middleweight Superbike class of the CMRA Endurance Race this month at Tsxas World Speedway in College Station. The team took sixth ovsrall and now maintain solid lead in annual pointe for their class. McMahan also finished third in the B Superbike, fourth in C Superbike and fifth in Formula 1. He is now ranked in the top five in all three classes and will be racing in the WERA Grand National next October.Two wheel whiz