New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 10 HerakJ-Ztffung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, December 5, 1991
Riders’ caravan makes
Peterson hopes to land training camps in area
stop in New Braunfels
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
The San Antonio Riders caravan made several stops in New Braunfels on Wednesday, with General Manager John Peterson saying that he believes the city could become a big pan of the World League of American Football.
Peterson and the Riders* organization proposed a plan to have four teams train in South Texas, with camp sites set up along the Interstate 35 corridor. After showing potential sites to league officials last week, Peterson believes the plan will soon be approved — hopefully in the next two weeks.
“I’m very optimistic,*’ he said, after a Wednesday luncheon with the New Braunfels Rotary Dub at the
Seniors’ Center. “(The league officials who visited) said it would be pretty hard to not have training camp here. We feel it’s very, very solid.’’
New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools are among the sites being considered. The Riders train at St. Anthony’s High School in San Antonio, with the three other teams being placed at any number of other sites in the arca.
Also under consideration are East Central and Texas Military Institute in
San Antonio, Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, and Southwest Texas State University and San Marcos High School in San Marcos
The Riders initially planned to locate a team in Austin, but had a sufficient number of quality sites before exploring Austin, Peterson said.
“Geographically, that tightens things up a little.’’ he said. adding that the Riders will play a scrimmage at Austin’s Burger Center.
Peterson said the teams interested
in training in Texas are Sacramento, Frankfurt and the expansion Columbus team.
“Ideally, we’d want to have Frankfurt come to New Braunfels because of the German connection,’’ he said. “But the league will determine that. It’s basically out of our hands.’’
He said the league officials were impressed with both New Braunfels and Canyon.
“They’re really interested in New Braunfels High School. They liked the facilities very much,’’ Peterson said. “The food and lodging situation is up in the air.”
Peterson said the Riders, as the host club, would be able to make recommendations on which sites would be best. The decision, however, belongs to the WLAF officials. He said Southwest Texas was likely to gel a team, and that the Texas Lutheran site was also very appealing to the visiting league delegates.
The approval of the visiting group was the major obstacle for the Riders’ plan, as Peterson said the league initially wanted to place all IO teams in Florida for training camp.
“We had to send statistics of weather and temperature, along with cost figures,” he said, adding that the Riders did the preliminary cost negotiations which will be completed when the teams arc assigned to actual sites.
But if the plan is approved as expected this year, it could be the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the arca and the league.
“What’s exciting about this is if we do a good job'thc first year, this could become an annual thing for South Texas,” he said. “That will increase the visibility of the arca on a national and global scale.
New Braunfels Middle School student Jason Hamel, 11, aims for the hole in this stand-up football player on Wednesday at the San Antonio Riders’ Blue Santa exhibit at Wal-Mart. From left are Riders’ defensive back and former Arkansas player Anthony Cooney, Riders’ general manager John Peterson and Wal-Mart assistant manager Mike Hardy. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
“It could really be a happening. The exciting thing about ii is that it brings pro football to a football-oriented arca, at a time when football is basically in a dormant stage."
If the plan is approved, teams will report to San Antonio between Feb. 13-15 for medical examinations. All of the training camps should begin by
Feb. 16, with the Riders’ season beginning on March 22.
There will be two scrimmages involving other teams at Bobcat Stadium, while the Riders will host scrimmages at San Antonio’s North East Stadium and Austin’s Burger Cento-. The Riders, after playing at Alamo Stadium last season for their
inaugural campaign, move to San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium for their second year.
“The people at Southwest Texas have been so cordial to us,” Peterson said. “They’ve really gone out of their way.”
When in New Braunfels on Wednesday, the Riders caravan stopped at
Canyon Middle School in the morn-* ing and New Braunfels Middle School in the afternoon around the-Rotary luncheon. The team representatives also spent die late afternoon ai Wal-Mart, benefitting the Blue Santa toy program.
SM RIDERS, Pag* iiT ourneys open playFour start today; two begin Friday
Four of the local high school basketball teams open tournaments today, with two more starling tournament action on Friday.
The New Braunfels girls begin the Leander Tournament at 1:30 p.m. against the Leander team The winner meets the I BJ AV est wood winner at 7:30 pm on Friday, while the losers of those first-round games meet ai 1:30 pm Friday
The Smithson Valley Rangers start the Automan 7 oumament in San Antonio today at 4:30 pm. against Lackland The Rangers are off to a 3-1 start, defeating Somerset on Tuesday Lackland, a perennial 2A playoff team, is coached by former New Braunfels High School star Tim Milieu.
Tnt winner advances to play at 4;30 pm. on Friday. The loser plays at 3 pm. tm Friday.
The Smithson Valley Rangerettes open the Bandera T oumament against Pearsall today at 6:30 pm The winner advances to play ai 5 pm. on Friday. Tile loser plays ai 3:30 pm. Friday
The Canyon Cougars play Carrizo Springs in Ute firm-round game of the Uvalde tournament today al 7 pm. The Cougars will not play again until Saturday, with the team guaranteed games against both Uvalde and Devine rn the four-team tournament The winners of the first-round games will advance to the championship game, regardless of the second-game outcomes
New Braunfels’ boys learn received a first-round bye in the Gonzales tournament, and will open on Friday at 2 pm against the Hays vs. Wharton winner Those teams meet rn S pm. today.
After the Unicorns’ first game, they will either play in Saturday's 7 p.m. championship or the 5:30 pm. third-place game.
I hr Canyon Cougareues open the San Antonio 1SD tournament on Friday at 10:30 am.
The Cougarcoes play at 6:30 pm. if they win the firm-round game, or at 3:30 pm. risould they lose. Both of Canyon's games on Friday will be at the Alamo Stadium gym
NB Golf Association
plays four-man event
The New Braunfels Golf Association played a four-man team, total-net score tournament Nov. 30, with the winning team scoring a 281.
Cliff Frandsen, Jim Rice, Bob Magnuson and Ben Shefman won the event, two strokes ahead of the runner-up finisher. The top team’s 281 score was seven under par.
Frank Schaffer. Charlie Smith, Andy Villastrigo and Regan Hicks teamed up foi a second-place finish with a 283 score - five under par.
In third place was the team of Mack Hicks, George Lancaster, Ed Baldwin and Larry Hamel I with a two-under -par 286.
Mack Hicks won the individual competition in the A flight with a 68.
Rice was the B flight winner with a 69 score.
Villastrigo won the C flight competition with a 64, while Don Stevens and Jim Quails ued for the D flight lead at 68.
Alan Dale was the low-gross winner with a 69.
Closest to the pins were Dan Hill
and Chuck Messer.LLGA plays low-putt event
The Landa Ladies Golf Association played a low-putts tournament on
Edna Baldwinson won the first * flight with a 28, followed by Mary Falconer’s 30 score for second place and Jeanette Dilly’* 31 for third.
Edie Gregory was the second-flight winner with a 31 score, with Pearlc Chase and Arlene Jarchow tying for second at 32.
The third flight saw a three-way lie for first, with Marge Ycamcns, Mary Boyer and Peggy Hopkins all scoring 32s.
Falconer, Gregory and Sally Mat-ney all hit for birdies during the tournament, while Falconer, Hopkins; Yeamens, Gregory and Matncy hit
A Sunday Scramble is planned al' Landa Park for this Sunday, starting at 11:30 am. There will also be a Guys and Dolls tournament on Dec. 12 at, 9:30 a.m.
Rutherfords to attend benefit race at HCRP
Canyon » Brian Caddeii (#23) rises above the crowd for a short-range shot during an earlier game this season, while teammate Anthony Bueno (#5) watches the shot. Caddell has scored 20 points or more in every game this season. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
Johnny Rutherford IU and his son, Johnny IV, are scheduled to attend Sunday’s Hill Country Raceway Charily Race at the Hill Country Kart Club track.
Tile races will benefit die Toys for Tou program AU of die participant* are asked to bring a toy or a $5 donation to the program, widi donations also collected from die pit crews and audience.
The presentation will be at 4 pm., during the intermission between die second and third heat race.
Tile races begin at 2 p m. at die Hill Country Raceway Park on luiop 337, one mile west of Interstate 35. Admission is free, bul donations are suggested for this special charily race.
At die Hill Country Enduro Race cm Nov. 24, the team of Malcom Siraiernann and Joey Burd* set a blistering pace widi a 27.27-second lap average for the one-hour event. The
duo completed 132 laps or close to 35 miles.
Placing second with 128 laps wa* die team of George Ha/ii vc! and Lyle Clark. Jim Harrison finished diird widi 126 laps,
Robert Andrews and David Moi fill combined lo complete 120 laps fur fourth place, while Randy Heine In urn and Michael lieffel drove 111 laps in die allotted flour for fifdi place.
Andy Pcr cl placed first in die restricted junior class, with Ale/ Duax taking second arid James Hallam finishing third.
kicky Veley won die 32 second bracket class, widi Adam Kelley placing second
Josh Fulgharn took first in die junior sportsman class, a* Jon Mud) finished second in the event