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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, August 30, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7ASports Quick Hits Retama schedules Labor Day activities The two biggest races of the year at Retama Park and many fun Labor Day festivities blast off at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and continue on Sunday. Live racing, including the $100,000 El J oven for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $100,000 La Senorita for 2-year-old fillies, start at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. The winning owner of each race will receive about $60,000. A fireworks show begins after the 10th race (about 9:45 p.m.) on Sunday. On Sunday, children under 15 are admitted free and adults are $2.50. Parking is $2. For information, contact Doug Vair at (210) 651-7053. Golf tournament to benefit children The Third Annual Golf Scramble, sponsored by the Canyon Lake Shrine Club, tees off at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Canyon Lake Golf Club. The tournament benefits the Texas burned and crippled children hospitals. Entry fees are $50 per person before Oct. 17 and $60 after Oct. 17. Price includes green fees, carts, range balls, beer and sandwiches. Cash prizes will be award for first, second and third place participants in the first and second flights. Outstanding hole-in-one prizes also will be awarded on each par 3 hole as well as closest-to-the-pins and longest drives. Reservations can be made at the club or by calling (830) 899-4892. NB city golf tourney slated for Sept. 15 Entries are being accepted for the City of New Braunfels Golf Championship, Sept. 15-17, at Landa Park Golf Course. Deadline to sign-up is 5 p.m. Sept. 13 with an entry fee of $25. The format will be an individual medal play with five flights for men ages 18-61, three flights for men 62 and older and three flights for women. The tournament is open to Comal, Guadalupe and Hayes County residents. Proof of residence is required. Frisco set to open new golf course The Trails of Frisco Golf Club, Texas’ newest premier free golf experience, is scheduled to open Sept. 16. Designed by Jeffery D. Brauer, the 6,800-yard, par-72 championship golf course features a full-service pro shop, bar and grill, a covered pavilion with views of the course, a driving range, putting and chipping greens, golf carts, a golf learning center, customized group instruction for corporations and junior golf camps. Game Time ► Today Auto Racing SCC A Trans AM, Cleveland Grand Prix. 3 p.m. on FXSP. Baseball Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves. 6 p.m. on ESPN. Houston Astros at New York Mets. 6 p.m. on FXSP. Rugby Tri-Nations, Australia vs. South Africa. 3:30 a.m. on FXSP. Tennis U.S Open, men’s opening round and women’s second round matches. 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on USA. Aggies seek offensive continuity By Michael A. Lutz AP Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION — R C. Slocum spent some time after last season mixing and matching his Texas A&M offense. He added assistant head coach Larry Kirksey, with his background in the West Coast offense. Pete Hoener gave up the offensive coordinator’s job at Iowa State to be A&M’s running backs coach. Slocum selected Mark Farris as the starting quarterback and added speed with junior college wide receiver Robert Ferguson. “We've got a new quarterback and a new' secondary,” Slocum said. Slocum’s new Aggies debut Saturday in their season opener against Notre Dame. “We're going up there to win. Mark Farris is our quarterback and we expect him to play well,” Slocum said. While injuries have mounted in the defensive line and secondary, the Aggies are deep at receiver and running back going into South Bend, Ind. “We w'ant to be as multiple as possible and have continuity with our running and passing,” offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe said. “We want to get the ball in the hands of the players who will make things happen.” The Aggies expect Farris and Ferguson to be two of the players making things happen. Returning wide receivers Chris Taylor and running backs Richard Whitaker, Ja’Mar Toombs and Joe Weber also will be key offensive ingredients for the Aggies. “We have a lot of weapons on offense and our size is a little better, so I think we're going to use all of our receivers and hopefully mix things up a little,” Ferguson said. “Coming from junior college was more of a mental leap for me. I know' I have the ability to play here. I just had to prepare myself to be ready when I got here so it would be all go.” Taylor led the Aggies receivers last season with 33 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns, and his backup, Bethel Johnson, added 27 catches. Kragthorpe is ready to see if the off season brainstorming did anything for the Aggies offense. “We brought in two coaches with varied backgrounds and tried to come up with the best ideas for our players,” Kragthorpe said. “There are no egos in that room. We've made some subtle changes and others you'll see right away.” Farris, who replaced graduated Randy McCown, isn't expected to carry a big load. In fact, Kragthorpe insists that he doesn’t try to do too much. “Mark doesn't have to go out with the weight of this team on his shoulders,” Kragthorpe said. “If a player feels he has to make a lot of big plays, he usually does, for the other team. All Mark has to do is make his handoffs and hit his passes.” Fresh volleyball action K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung The Unicorns freshman volleyball team practices before a tri-match against McCallum and Hays on Tuesday at New Braunfels High School. While the varsity and JV teams played at Hays. Kuerten ousted by Australian qualifier KUERTEN Comets honored with parade By Mark Babineck Associated Press Writer HOUSTON — In what’s become an annual rite of summer, Houston Comets fans ignored oven-like heat to honor the four-time WNBA champions and implore star Cynthia Cooper to stick around. “I think I speak for everyone here this afternoon: Please reconsider your retirement,” Mayor Lee Brow n told Cooper on the steps of City Hall as thousands of fans crowded Hermann Square below. Brown added that he intended to push through an ordinance to make it “illegal for Cynthia to retire.” Cooper, named most valuable player of the WNBA finals after the Comets completed a two-game sweep Saturday of the New York Liberty, announced earlier this year that this was her last season. Despite signs and calls by the sun-baked throng to stay for a fifth title run, Cooper repeated her intention to quit. “I won't be leaving town. Ell just be changing professions,” she said while hoisting the championship trophy and waving to fans crowding both sides of the parade route. “I might go into broadcasting, or maybe coaching. Some different things.” Florida financier Les Alexander, who owns the Comets and NBA Rockets, held out hope Cooper would change her mind. See COMETS/8 A NEW YORK (AP) — Never shy, Serena Williams arrived in defense of her U.S. Open title resplendent in tie-dyed lilac and black, and flashing a pert smile that bespoke the confidence of champion. The crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium was still buzzing from the dismissal of French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten, the men's Ha No. 2 seed, who fell victim to lanky Australian qualifier Wayne Arthurs' 26 aces in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (I) defeat If the fans thought that upset would be a prelude to another, Williams quickly set out to disabuse    them    of that notion and any    thought    that    her recent heel injury might hinder her. . First she made her color-coordinated fashion statement, slowly peeling oft' her lilac jacket to reveal a sheer, flowing dress that perfectly matched her lilac sneakers. “It shows how good I look, how in shape I am,” Williams said with a laugh. Then she made a tennis statement, ripping a return winner on the first point as she proceeded to crush 19-year-old Slovenian Tina Pisnik 6-3, 6- 2. In beginning her quest to reach the final along with her older sister Venus, 18-year-old Serena did not display her finest tennis, even if it was enough to overwhelm a player of Pisnik's modest ability. “I was not the usual Serena,” she said. “It showed a little bit because it should have been a little quicker. Y'know, it was 59 minutes. I'm used to 40s and 30s now. ... I didn't play well today. “Actually, I was expecting to feel really special. I didn't. The guy that was announcing, he said, ‘Our defending U.S. Open champ,’ and I couldn’t help but smile. Other than that, I didn't really feel it." There were times when Williams What’s Up ■ WHAT: U.S. Open Tennis, men’s opening round and women’s second round matches ■ WHEN: Today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ■ WHERE: From the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. ■ TV: USA soared spectacularly on overheads and lunging volleys, and times when she walloped serves at 111 mph to rack up four aces and six service winners. But there were also times when she found herself out of position, when her lilac shoes got tangled up, when Pisnik made her look quite ordinary. That happened once in the first set, when Pisnik broke her at love in the fourth game, and once again in the second set, when Pisnik broke her at 15-40 with a backhand at the net. But those lapses were perhaps to be expected after Williams missed a week to allow an inflamed small bone in her left heel to calm down. The injury flared up nine days ago during her final against Martina Hingis in Montreal, and Williams cautiously retired from that match in the third set. There was never any danger that Pisnik would pull oft' an upset like Arthurs. Once in a while, Arthurs, a lefthanded Australian, gets into a serving groove and seems unbeatable. It happened at Wimbledon last year when he held serve for 111 consecutive games through three rounds of qualifying and three matches of the tournament before falling in four sets to eventual finalist Andre Agassi. This time, after a solitary' break by each player in the first two sets, Arthurs and Kuerten held serve the See KUERTEN/8 A Outdoors: Fishermen can learn from Boy Scouts Through the years I have spent on the water, I have found that when the bass may have lock jaw, the catfish may be turned on. The speckled trout may have shut off’ the day before I got to the coast, but something else is always biting. There are those people that are so focused on catching a specific species of fish that they will go home without a bite rather than fish for something else. That is the way many bass tournament anglers and serious trout fishermen are. I do have tremendous respect for their determination. But I like catching a lot more than fishing. I guess I am like most fisherman out there. It really doesn’t matter what I catch as long as I catch something. Last week I spent an entire day looking for speckled trout. My guide had told me “fishing had been good.” After putting eight hours in and not having a fish in the box, I sug- KEITH Warren gested changing plans for the next day. As I began spooling my 5500 w ith 25-pound Big Game line, my guide said, “You are nuts! What do you think you need that for?” Then I pulled out my lure, a two-ounce floating and diving Shad Rap. “You ARE nuts,” he said again. I smiled and tied a short 18-inch wire leader in front of the lure and said “Let’s go for something big in the morning!" The Gulf Seas were flat the next day. We approached a shrimp boat that was only two miles off'the jetties. Seagulls were feverously feeding on the catch that the shrimpers were culling from their long pulls during the night. The water was teaming w ith fish that were feeding below. My guide said “You really are nuts!” These are big fish and you are going to lose everything you have. I didn’t bring anything big enough for this.” On the first cast of my big rig the lure disappeared the moment it hit the water. A halfhour I pulled in a 35-pound jackfish. During the battle all my guide could do was watch. After releasing the jack, we caught back up w itll the shrimp boat. My next cast was nearly to the boat. I could see the lure only two feet from the rod tip. Suddenly, a big 5 1/2-foot black tip shark swallowed the lure and took about 50 yards of line before turning. After about an hour, I carefully removed the Shad Rap from the shark’s mouth and released it. The wooden Shad Rap was destroyed and looked like a T-Rex had gotten a hold of it. I w as tired already, but it was a good tired. Meanwhile, my guide hadn’t had a bite because he didn’t have the proper equipment. Being prepared w ith my equipment and being willing to abandon trout fishing was the key to a great day. It turned out to be fantastic. Nothing like the fishless day before. Like I said before, I like catching a lot more than fishing. That is why I alw ays have plenty of equipment. It is like the Boy Scout motto. “Be prepared” (Keith Warren is the host of Fishing and Hunting Outdoors on Fox Sports Southwest at ti:30 a.m. on Sundays. You can write Keith Warren at PO. Box 31037V, New Braunfels, Tx., 7S131). ;