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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor_ M Mitchell would stand on the sidelines and watch Houston high school football stars pave their way to greatness. His father was a high school coach, and Mitchell had the His own. Sunday, Doc. 5,1993 ■ PB0S9ASports Day FOURTH AND SHORT BASKETBALL UMI Night's Gam ss. 101 iMVSff Hornets st Jazz, tats Spurs a TBsfs. las Magic at Csvs. Hts Lakers al Clppen, lots Wolves a! Sonics. Isla Pacsrs al Warriors, lots ■ ROCKETS FALL TO HAWKS: The Rockets were far from perfect Friday night. Houston ten one victory shy of becoming the first NBA team to tart a season with 16 consecutive wins. "When we bust the bubble, we bust the bubble, dom we?" Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovlch said after Atlanta routed the Rockets, 133-111. ■ BARKLEY HINTS AT RETIREMENT: Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley says Ifs time to move on” from basketball after this season and his next arena of competition might be ponies. The league's MVP chad back problems and recent altercations with patrons at a Scottsdale nighdub pool hall. He said he may go into politics in his native Alabama. HIGH SCHOOL District 28-4A standings. team Boy# OVERALL DI8T Alamo Heights 5-2 0-0 Boerne 5-0 0-0 Clement 5-1 0-0 Uvalde 4-2 0-0 Kerrville Tivy 3-0 0-0 Canyon 3-2 0-0 New Braunfels 3-4 0-0 Smithson Valley 3-4 0-0 Thursday's Results Smithson Valley 72, TMI 69 (overtime) Canyon 47, Smithville 38, See Story Uvalde 72, St. Anthony 35 SmRheon Valley 72, TMI et (GT) Jeff Maynard exploded for 23 points Thursday night, leading the Rangers to a 72-09 overtime win over TMI and into the second round of the Antonian Tournament Mike Teller added 16 points. Smithson Valley now plays district foe Uvalde In the second round, today at 4:30 p.m. Friday's Results San Marcos 48, New Braunfels 46 El Campo bef. Canyon Uvalde 56. Smithson Valley 40 Saturday's Results Gonzales 49, Canyon 41 Canyon was beat for the 3rd place finish in the Gonzales Tournament when Gonzales won , 49-41 Saturday evening. Mike Casto scored 14 points and Cobey Baese had nine points, six rebounds and was selected to the All Tournament team. Cals Baese chipped in six points and Marc CastiHeja added four. Canyon was down by one pant after the first period, but was outscored 10-3 In the second, and a fourth penod rally was not enough to catch the Apaches. District 28-4A standings. HAIL Gbit OVERALL PWT Alamo Haights 7-2 0-0 Boerne 6-2 (FO Canyon 4-2 0-0 Clemens 4-4 0-0 Kerrville Tlvy 3-1 0-0 New Braunfels 4-4 0-0 Smithson Valley 3-2 0-0 Uvalde 3-0 0-0 Thursday's Results Madina Valley 52, New Braunfels 51 Smithson Valey 62, Bandera JV 33Aiamo Heights 55, Randolph 44 Alamo Heights 46, Devine 45 Boerne 70, Cole 39 Saturday's Results New Braunfels 48, Hays 25 New Braunfels, rebounding from a first-round Iou to Medina Valey, beat Hays Saturday lo claim Ste consolation championship at the FlassvilIe Tournament. Shanna Webster was named to the All Tournament Team FOOTBALL This Week's NFL schedule: (Sunday, Dee. 5) Atonia at Houston Denver at San Diego Green Bay at Cheapo Indianapolis at NY Jets Kansas City at Seattle LA Raiders at Buffalo LA Rams at Phoenix Minnesota at Detroit New England at Pittsburgh New Orleans at Cleveland NY Giants at Mtomi Washington at Tampa Bay Cincinnati at San Francisco (Monday, Dee. •) Philadelphia at Dallas COMING TUESDAY Profile on New Braunfels linebacker Todd Veselis, lh# 1093 New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung Defensive Player of th# Year; Basketball previews of (he Seguin New Braunfels and Pleasanton -Canyon boys 'games; Preview of tthe Canyon boys' basket bal season Rattlers shake Unicorns New Braunfels can’t convert last minute chances, fall 48-46 to SM HeraM-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels high post Brent Powell (34) battles with San Marcos' Matt Kirschner for a loose ball In the second half of the Rattlers' 48-46 win at Unicom Gym Friday night. New Braunfels dropped to 3-4. By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor New Braunfels can chalk Friday night up as a learning experience, but the Unicorns' 48-46 loss to San Marcos was a painful lesson to take. The Unicorns matched the Rattlers point for point in the fourth period, but it was a series of crucial misses at the free throw line which doomed New Braunfels. New Braunfels made only three-of-nine free throw attempts in the fourth period, yet still was just one shot away from overtime, and just three inches away horn go-ahead basket. Down 44-41 with just over a minute to go, Shae Wilkins launched a three-point shot from the left side which tied the game. But the referee ruled that Wilkins' right foot was just over the three-point line, and the Unicorns instead found themselves down a point which they could never regain. Wilkins did hit a last-second three-pointer with less than two seconds to go, but New Braunfels couldn't come up with the turnover on the inbounds pass and San Marcos escaped with their ninth straight victory to open the season. "It hurts to get beat, especially when you've played so well," said Cliff Wilkins, whose Unicorns dropped to 3-4 on the season. "I don't know if we can play any better defensively. They did everything we asked of them except put the ball in the basket" New Braunfels missed six free throws in the final period, three on front ends of one-and-onc situations. It was a close game throughout, as SCOREBOARD Smithson Valley 72, TMI 69 (overtime), at Antonian Tournament Canyon 47, Smithville 38, at Gonzales McDonald's Classic. Uvalda 72. St Anthony 36. at Antonian Tournament both the Unicorns and Rattlers settled into a defensive game which saw both teams score well below their season averages. New Braunfels took a 26-24 lead at halftime when David Gomez hit a layup under the basket as time expired. But the Rattlers made defensive adjustments at halftime, and started the second half with six straight points, the last four by Max Schleder. But down 30-26, the Unicorns went on a 12-2 run. Wilkins got things started when he canned an open jump shot from the right wing. San Marcos responded with a basket to go up 32-28, but Brent Powell immediately answered with a strong move in the left post and a basker to cut the Rattier lead to two. Wilkins hit a basket from the fine throw line to tie the game with 3:16 remaining in the third period, then the See UNICORNS! Page 12A SWC turns out the loser in race for Texas recruits ow that local high school football is history for 1993, the next big question in store for Comal County, at least in regards to football, will be recruiting season. The million dollar question is, "Where will Todd Mitchell go?" Only Todd Mitchell could know that answer. But chaces are he's still undecided and will be for some time. However, there is much speculation about the state's top 4A rusher going to Notre Dame, USC and even Florida State. Speculation is nothing more than speculation. Nevertheless, that speculation lends itself to the trend that has plagued the Southwest Conference for the last decade. It gets looked over by our own athletes Not that Mitchell has in fact done that. He probably hasn't given it a second thought. But the rumor excluded any SWC school. Why do our best players look beyond the Red River or the Sabine River to continue the rest of their careers? Some will argue that Texas A&M and Texas have had exceptional recruiting classes the last two years Mark Lyon Tmst me. You’ll lose that argument. Thanks to the great football state of Texas, Miami, Florida State, Florida, UCLA, Nebraska and Colorado have had much better success recruiting here than we did. Odds are, a high school athlete can play for a national championship there ami stands a pretty good chance of being drafted by an NFL team if lie merely breaks the starting lineup in one of those. The most severe blow to the SWC documented so far in history have been the unfortunate scandals brought forth by overzealous alumni. We've seen "Pay for Play" at SMU, "Employed, but don’t work for pay" at A&M, and then the "Jenkins Film Follies" at UH. There is really too much to mention in this See LYON, Page 12A Todd This year in Comal County, you knew who they meant. s a child, little Todd Hofald-Zaitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Canyon's Todd Mitchell had little time to rest in 1993. The senior rushed for 2,470 yards and 29 touchdowns to lead Class 4A. school chance to see Rodney Hampton at (Cashmere and Broderick Thomas from Madison. He would watch, marvel and dream. Years later, Mitchell now is thinking about the future again. The senior running back at Canyon High School rushed for a school record 2,470 yards and 29 touchdowns, and was the runaway choice for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 1993 Offensive Player of the Year. D I Z - Z Y I N G YEAR ToddMftcheTs 10Q3game by game statistics. SAME I wander DM VaHa Llano Boar na New B'nfls Tlvy Alamo HU Clamant 3m. Val lay Bastrop Waco Calean RESULTS (w) 164 yards. 3 TDa (w) 221 yards. 2 TDS (w) 262 yards, 4 TDS (w) 274 yards, 3 TDS (w) 246 yards. 3 TDS (w) 165 yards. 2 TDS (Mr) 314 yards, 3 TDS (Mr) 116 yards. 1 TD (w) 278 yards, 1 TD (Mr) 166 yvdt, 2 TDS (Mr) 95 yards. 1 TD (MT) 165 yards, 3 TDS HL.i3Uatfll.lID TOTAL:    2,470    yarda.    29    TDa "Sometimes, it still surprises me just to think about it," Mitchell said of his senior season. "It's something you dream about" Mitchell remembers his See MITCHELL, Page 11A T-Bar-M shootout Acclaimed Texas tennis stars Lori McNeil and Anne Smith will play New Braunfels tennis coaches David Mueller (NBHS) and Ed Strieker (CHS) in a doubles exhibition Dec. 5 at T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch. The "Shoot Out" is a benefit for the New Braunfels Children's Shelter. Adult tickets are $20, children's 14-and-under tickets are SIO. For more information, conatact Pat Lynch of the New Braunfels Tennis Association at 625-9664. Bowling avant Comal Bowl will host the New Braunfels Jaycees' Toys for Tots Bowling Tournament Dec. 3 from 7-10 pm. It is a four-person mixed tournament. Entry fees are $10 for three games, or $8 with a toy for three games. Prizes and trop! lies will be awarded to high score, as well as high and low individual and team scores. For more information, call the Comal Bowl at 625-6263. Hoop Shot avant Elks Lodge No. 2279 is having a national hee throw contest for all boys and girls from ages 8-13 Jan. 8,1994. Winners can advance to district, state, regional and national competitions. Those interested in registering should see their gym teachers. For more information, call 609-2907 or 620-5861. Hunting Contest Barry's Under Pass Saloon is co-sponsoring a hunting contest with the Canyon Lake Archery Club. Categories include: Comal County (Heaviest Buck, Most Points, Widest Horn Spread and Heaviest Doe), and others. For more information, contact Barry's at 625-1223. ’lf you can't accept loo-ing, you can't win. Vinca Lombardi. ;