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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to 7 r- ! t u n rj IB The Press Comal County Sports Events are toted according to timeliness and as space allows) Tickets for Saturday^ Region V-5A championship game will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 3 D.m. today and 8 am. to 1 pm friday at New Braunfels High School. General admission seats are $6 and student seats are $2. All tickets will be $7 at the gate. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. The Unicorns will be on the visitors' (east) side of the stadium. For more information, call Pat Douglas at 625-6271. The Metro-Jrs Volleyball Club will conduct tryouts Sunday at the Seguin High School gym. Tryouts for 12- to 14-year-olds are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for 16- to 18-year-olds. A $35 fee includes a T-shirt and registration. For more information, call Gary Kissing at (210) 690-9769. The Budafest Reindeer 5K Run and 3K Walk, sponsored by the Hays High School Leo Club and Buda Lions Club, is scheduled for 8 am. Sunday. Early registration is $12 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Race day registration is $15 and $12. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call (512) 268-1748 or (512) 312-0244. A benefit indoor coed volleyball tournament is set for Sunday at the Seguin Activity Center. The double-elimination tournament is limited to 10 teams of eight players each. Entry fee is $60 per team. Rosters and money are due at 8 am. Sunday. A captain s meeting will be conducted at 8:30 am. The tournament will begin at 9 arn. For more information or to register, call Inez or Johnny Villarreal at (830) 379-0709. Southwest Texas will sponsor a Pre-Draft/Recruiting Baseball Camp, open to all high school players, from 9 arn. to 3 pm. Dec. 20 at the SWT Baseball Complex. Southwest Texas coach Howard Bushong, his assistants Monte Cain and Marcus Hendry, and major league baseball scouts Buzzy Keller (Chicago Cubs) and Mark Lummus (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) will provide instruction on all the basics of the game as well as evaluations on all athletes in attendance. In addition, there will be a question and answer session with all instructors. Registration is available by calling the SWT baseball office at (512) 245-8395 The cost is $75 per player, with a registration deadline of Dec. 12. The fourth annual Red McCombs Jingle Bell RurVWaik is scheduled for 9 am. Dec. 13 at Landa Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Outreach. Registration is $13 early and $16 on race day and $10 for the kids’ race, or $5 without a T-shirt. Registration forms are avail able at Comprehensive Fitness in New Braunfels, Fleet Feet Sports in San Antonio and For Goodness Sake in the Courtyard Shopping Center. Packet pickup win be from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12 at Comprehensive Fitness. Fleet Feet Sports and For Goodness Turn lo Pieta Boa, Page 2B MacArthur coach expecting a close battleWashington expects to start on Saturday By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor_ SAN* ANTONIO — Van Fuschak knows his offense is rooted in the running game, but that won’t stop the MacArthur coach from going to the air on Saturday. “We’ve definitely been throwing the ball a lot more,’* Fuschak said before practice Wednesday afternoon. “I think that comes from having that much more experience in the last few weeks.” The Brahmas (11-2) had several players suffer injuries in their Region IV-5A semifinal victory against Victoria last Saturday, but all are expected to play in the regional final. That list of players included senior Jason Washington, who dressed for practice Wednesday but was slowed by his right ankle, which was sprained in the Victoria game. “We’ve had three come down with bad ankles,” Fuschak said, “but that happens a lot this time of year. All of them will be ready to go." Mac Arthur’s path to the regional final included wins against the Stingarees, Brackenridge and Austin Westlake, the 19% Class 5 A Division II champions. Fuschak said he looked forward to a New Braunfels-MacArthur matchup when the playoff brackets were released, but didn’t let that become the focus for his team. “You never want to look past the team you have to play that week,” he said. “We’ve counted on this game coming together. It Is good for this district to have two of its teams among the best eight schools in the state.” MacArthur handed the Unicorns their only defeat of the season, 17-14, on Oct. 24 at Unicom Stadium. Ill that game, the Brahmas trailed 14-10 with a little more than four minutes remaining, but assembled a long game-winning drive. Washington scored go-ahead touchdown with just 39 seconds left in the game and a late Unicom rally fell short. Saturday’s game will begin at I p.m. at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. The winner will face either Beaumont West Brook or Alief Hastings in the state semifinals. Class 5A Playoffs IU, J,!,-, |§    |M|^__ iivyHHon ii riinngi ffvgvon I rmn Rower Mound Mercia (11-2) vt. Abilene Cooper (12-1), 1 p.m. Saturday Abilene’s ShotweN Stadium ' Rlcherdeon^Ts!*1 Highlands (11-2) vt. Tyler John Tyler (11-2), • p.m. Satuidey. Taxaa Stadkim tm m n „ m imyiuii nv rvnw Beaumont West Brook (11-2) va. AM (12-1), 2 p.m. Satanta* aa# —**-—* rwgven iv r ww SA MacArthur (11-2) se. Nan I (12-1), I pa. Saturday, Atame f S More pairings, Pas# 38 This foe is very familiarUnicorns taking a low-key approach to MacArthur game By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor There was a different feeling around the Unicorns’ practice on Wednesday. It wasn't caused by the gray skies or light drizzle which mark things just a bit uncomfortable. Nor was it the presence of television cameras or college recruiters — they’ve been permanent fixtures at New Braunfels High School for more than three weeks now. , Instead, it was a feeling — the motivation and desire the Unicorns have to avenge their only loss this season. As expected. Coach Tim Kingsbury said he sees Saturday’s Region IV-3A championship game with MacArthur as close, with the winner likely being the one to make the least amount of mistakes. “Bodi teams have great defenses, and thart one reason to expect a low-sconng ballgame,” he said. “This is another game for us that we want to win. Playing a team that you’ve already played once makes it a bit easier to prepare because you know what to expect. “That’s why I think the game will come down to turnovers and the kicking game.” Turnovers proved to be a major factor in the Unicorns’ 17-14 loss to the Brahmas on Oct. 24 at Unicom Stadium. New Braunfels, whose giveaway-takeaway ratio was among the best in the state in 1997, gave the ball to MacArthur three times, most notably when Jason Washington returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and 10-0 Brahma lead. The Unicorns rallied for a 14-10 Nbw Braunfels assistant coach John Vpjt dtocuaaaa strategy with Kyle Honea and Wadnaaday afternoon. The Unicorns will face MacArthur at 1 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium. ratt-ZsNunq photo by Tom Enckson Randy Jonaa at practiceAnalysis lead in the second half, but lost when the Brahmas marched 80 yards with 4:20 remaining for the game-winning touchdown. But that was then, and since that game the Unicorns haven’t lost and really haven’t been threatened, with the exception of their second round playoff game against East Central and season finale with Churchill — both of which were won with last-minute touchdowns. MacArthur ran the ball on each play of that game-winning drive. but the Brahmas have passed the ball much more in the postseason than they did during the season. “They’re throwing the ball a lot more,” Kingsbury said. “Their passing game has improved. It makes them even toughin', because they’ve got a good running game.” Yet that running game will have to face a fired-up Unicom defense, which seemed to gain energy as last week’s game with Harlingen went on. • Kingsbury agreed, and said the front seven really poured things on in the final 24 minutes. “Our defensive front and linebackers did a great job of puning pressure on the quarterback in the second half, and I thought that was the difference in the ballgame.” Win or lose, the Unicorns have plenty of positives to point to this season, the school’s most successful in four Class 5A seasons. “At this level, just to win is great and keep playing for another week. We’re still excited to play in December and get a chance to play in Alamo Stadium,” Kingsbury said. Source: Brown to get job at Texas AUSTIN (AP) — North Carolina’s Mack Brown will be named as the next head coach at the University of Texas, a source told The Associated Press Wednesday night. Brown, whose Tar Heels are ranked seventh and are a candidate for an Alliance Bowl berth, was interviewed by Texas officials on Wednesday and was offered the job later in the day. the source said. “Mack Brown has committed to come to Texas. Everyone’s ecstatic,” the source said, adding that a news conference with the announcement was expected to be called in Austin by Saturday. Brown didn’t immediately return a message left at his home by the AP. Ik didn't attend the Tar Heels' practice on Wednesday North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour said Wednesday night, “I’m not gojpg to comment on our coaches being contacted by other schools. “It’s a confidential personnel matter” Brown would become Texas’ 28th coach, replacing John Mackovic, who was fired and reassigned Saturday after finishing his sixth season at 4-7. The source said Brown was sought for the Texas job because he has proven he can win at a school with strong academics, is an offensive coach who has also fielded strong defenses and is a good fit in Texas because of his folksy charm. “He’s a great fit for Texas. He’ll be well received by followers of the school,” the source said. Brown would also receive a considerable pay raise. Turn to Brown, Page 2B Sprewell, in interview, says verbal abuse spawned attack OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Latrell Sprewell admitted he mack a mistake but did not apologize to Warriors coach PJ. Cariesimo in a television interview Wednesday in which he said he was provoked “after a lot of verbal abuse by P.J.” “I want to apologize to my blends, my family and friends of mine who saw this. It’s definitely not something that I condone, but it did happen. And that’s a mistake I made,” Sprewell said in an interview with San Francisco’s KPIX-TV at his home. “I think itll been known for some time now that we haven’t been on good terms. “And it’s been over a month or so now, and I just couldn’t take the verbal abuse that bels been giving all the guys over the past month or so.” Sprewell was suspended for at least IO games following his attack on Cariesimo during practice Monday. He sat out the first game Wednesday night as the Warriors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sprewell grabbed Cariesimo by the throat, reportedly threatened to kill him and landed a glancing punch to his neck in two separate confrontations minutes apart. Sprewell was dressed in a collarless white and smiled frequently as he talked with a television crew at his home in the Hayward Hills area south of Oakland. It was his first public comment since the confrontation on Monday. “It’s not just myself, we have other players on the team that he has also verbally abused, and as well as other teams in the past, so it just got to a point where I couldn’t take it any more,” Sprewell said. NBA “Oh my God,” agent Arn Tellem said upon hearing that Sprewell had gone on television. Just minutes earlier, TNT studio analyst Cheryl Miller read a draft of a prepared statement attributed to Sprewell in which he also apologized to the fans but not the coach. “I regret what I did and wish it never happened. But I’ve been Spun st Clippers 930 pm. tonight TV KSAT Radto: WOAJ (1200 AM) extremely frustrated and felt P.J. Cariesimo verbally abused mc over the last couple of months. ‘This doesn’t excuse my behavior and I would like to apologize to the fans,” the statement said. Williams named AP’s Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year By CHIP BROWN AP Sports Writer AUSTIN (AP) — Texas running back Ricky Williams takes pride in being unconventional, from his dreadlocks and nose ring to his pierced tongue. A soft-spoken, approachable San Diego native who frowns tm trash talking. Williams is not even on scholarship. Thai’s because Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies have paid Williams’ way at Texas ever since drafting him in die eighth round of the amateur chaft in the spring of 1995. He spent the last three, summers earning roughly $1300 per month playing outfield fix’ the Phillies’ rookie league club in Martinsvilk, Va., and with the Class A Piedmont Boll Weevils. He received a $70,000 signing bonus in addition to the money that the Phillies put into a trust for his education at Texas. But Williams’ love affair with baseball appears to be on the wane after a season in which he ran for 200 yards a school-record six times and became the nation’s leading rusher and scorer while piling up 1,893 yards and 25 touchdowns as well as a two-point conversion (13.8 points per game). For his efforts, Williams has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press. The last player to lead the nation in rushing and scoring was Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam in 1994, the year Salaam won the Heisman Trophy. Williams easily shattered 1977 Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell’s single-season rushing record of 1,744 yards, and he would be poised to break Campbell’s all-time rushing yardage mark (4,443) if Williams decided to return for his senior season. Among the only bright spots on a 4-7 Texas team, Williams helped bail out a struggling pass offense by carrying the ball a school-record 279 times, or roughly 25 times per game. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry and 172.1 yards per game. He had a school-record 25 rushing TDs as well as eight 100-yard games. Thanks to a thickly muscled, 220-pound frame and a powerful soff-arm, Williams, whoI Wfe bu iii named too defender Pa 2B aaa ^nanaa aa— aa a ^assaa    a^rai^ai^a i ga*    ■ has been nicknamed “Link Earl” because of his similarities to Campbell, picked up 1,113 yards after contact this year “As far as what I did, I’m satisfied, although I thought I would have a chance at 2,000 yards,” Williams said. “But as far as the team, I am really upset because I thought we had a chance to win a lot more games.” Williams, who has worn dreadlocks for six years in likeness of his favorite reggae singer. Bob Mirky, said he is still deciding whether to skip his senior season and jump to the NFL. Williams has run for 4,155 yards and 45 TDs in three years. ;