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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE DAILY T-l-C-K-E-T River City Classic Three area boys hoop teams compete in this year’s event at Canyon Time: 6 p.m. Rangers and Wildcats SV to play Katy in 5A-11 state football semifinal Time: 2 p. rn. (KNBT-FM 92.1) Kansas City Invades Dallas Cowboys desperately needs win over Chiefs to stay in contention in NFC East Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, December 7, 2005 SV Rangers cheerleader Thompson. SPORTS State semi preview SY, Katy should put on defensive show. Sidelines From staff, wire reports SY goes deep to beat Tivy LOCAL SV PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Saturday’s 2 p.m. Smithson Valley-Katy Class 5A-Division ll football state semifinal game at I louston’s Tully Stadium will be sold today from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Smithson Valley field-house; T hursday from 8-11 and 2:30-5 p.m. at the fieldhouse and from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the cafeteria; and Friday from 8-11 a.m. at the fieldhouse and from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reserved adult tickets are $8 and $5 for students. All seats at the gate will be $10, cash only. STATE FORMER BAYLOR COACH DIES - John Goodlier, who spent 21 seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor, Texas Tech and Kentucky, has died of a brain tumor. Me was 61. Goodlier, of Frederick, Okla., died at a Waco hospital Monday, said Georgia jackson of Jackson Funeral I louie in Frederick. Former Baylor coach Grant Teat! hired Goodner as linebackers coach in 1982, a position he held until the close of the 1992 season. I Ie also served as Baylors defensive coordinator in 1992. Goodner then coached inside linebackers at T exas Theft from 1993 to 1999 under coach Spike Dykes and was defensive coordinator for his final five seasons. MAVS DOWN PACERS — Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night, and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the closing minutes for an 84-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers, playing their first game at home after a five-game trip out west, cut a 14-point Dallas lead to 75-71 with under 4 minutes remaining. But Adrian Griffin, Nowitzki and Marquis Daniels hit consecutive baskets for the Mavericks, mid after a basket by Indiana's Roil Artest, Nowitzki put the game out of reach with a 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining. Sarunas jasikevicius finished the scoring for the Pacers with a pair of free throws. Devin Harris added 15 points and Keith Van I lorn had 11 for Dallas. Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Artest added 15 points and five steals. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Justin Young (30) dribbles upcourt against Kerrville Ti vy's Jacob Frausto during the Rangers' 52-49 victory over the Antlers. By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — At the beginning of the season, the Smithson Valley Rangers’ success hinged upon the hot hand of Brad Respondek. I lowever, nine games in finds the Rangers a more complete basketball team, as several players are now answering the call. That was true Tuesday night, as Justin Young’s hoop and foul shot with 2.4 seconds left helped the Rangers to a 52-49 victory over Kerrville T ivy at Ranger Gym. The three-point play gave the up-and-coming Young eight points three nights after his all-tourney selection in Seguing Matador Classic. But others stepped into the fray for the Rangers — including Camron Price, Johnathan Johnson, Taylor O’Neal and Ryan Teel, whose play caused fits for Tivy’s go-to inside game. Trailing 12-4 to start the game and 32-28 at halftime, the Rangers found a way to overcome Tivy big men Reza Farahani and Craig Rhyne. Farahani scored 18 of his 22 in the first half and Rhyne finished with 16, but foul woes kept him out of his element. “They’ve got some big 'ol boys and (Rhyne and Farahani) hurt us early on,” Smithson Valley coach Allan Miller said. “We weren’t getting any solid backside help early, but as the game progressed, the kids began to understand where the backside help needed to come from and we began to get it. That forced them into some 3-pointers, and they only hit one the entire night.” Respondek led Smithson Valley (5-4) with 20 points, but Young played key roles inside and in transition. “It just can’t come from Brad — somebody else has got to step up and score for us. Justin did that tonight by hitting the big bucket for us.” Tivy coach Brian Young wasn’t happy with his team’s performance. “They (the Rangers) played a good ball game and we played a bad one — we didn’t deserve to win the game, and therefore, we didn’t,” he said. “We did a poor job of executing the game plan, and as a result we came up on the short end of the stick. I ’m very disappointed." Young’s plan was to work the ball into the paint to either Farahani and Rhyne, which worked well until Rhyne was saddled with three fouls with 5:10 left in the third period. Josh Frausto picked up his third 40 seconds later, and both sat as Smithson Valley went on an 8-0 run to go up 38-34 with 1:19 left in the period. The Antlers (6-3) closed the frame with a layup by Farahani — his first points of the half — and two free throws by Brandon Taylor to tie it 38-all going into the final period. Both teams stayed even See HOOPS, Page 9A Canyon has 23 slots on 27-4A’s elite Jerris Springfield By Will Wright Sports Editor In selecting the players for this year’s District 27-4A all-district teams, the math was prophetic for the team that went the furthest in the state playoffs. Canyon Cougars occupy 23 spots on the 27-4A first and second elite teams, as selected by league coaches prior to the playoffs. The list was released following Canyon’s 14-13 loss to Calallen in Saturday’s 4A-Division ll state quarterfinal game. Canyon (12-2), the district runner-up, placed 11 on the first team and 12 on the second team. The top Cougar took up three spots. Jerris Springfield, who was named die top defensive player, was a first-team pick at punter and second-team selection at run- Zach Rhodes Chase Wilke MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Brooks Radla (23) was a unanimous District 27-4A pick at defensive back and a second team punter on this year's all-district elite teams. ning back. District champion Lake Travis (11-1) had 15 players selected for both squads, led by quarterback Todd Reesing, the loop’s top offensive player for the second straight season. Reesing, also last year’s Class 4A Player of the Year, was also picked as a first-team punter. Third-place New Braunfels (4-7) had seven selected to the first team and five named to the second. Quarterback Zach Rhodes, who passed for 2,476 yards and 20 scores this past season, was the top first -teamer for the Unicorns. There were multiple selections for the top two teams at most positions. Coaches did not pick a Coach of the Year. Springfield was one of the emotional leaders for t h e Cougars, who finished one of their best seasons in school his-tory. The 6 - f o o t, 2 10-pounder finished the season with 46 tackles, including ll for losses, with a pair of interceptions and eight pass breakups. He helped the Cougars average 35 yards per punt, and he averaged 7.2 yards on 23 rushing attempts. Junior Chase Wilke had a phenomenal rushing season for the Cougars, picking up 1,943 yards and 26 touchdowns, and was See 27-4A, Page 9ANATIONAL WOODS PG A'S TOP PLAYER — T iger Woods won the RGA Tour player of the year award Tuesday for the seventh time in his nine full seasons, the final prize in a year that featured two major championships among his six tour titles. It was the fifth time Woods has swept the three major awards — the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as player of the year, the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list and the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest scoring average. Dana Quigley, who won the money fide on the 50-and-older circuit, won the Champions Jour player of the year, while Jason Gore was the Nationwide Tour player of the year. THE 2005 ALL-DISTRICT 27-4A FOOTBALL TEAMS The District 27-4A all-district teams, as selected by league coaches (‘-unanimous selection): Offensive Most Valuable Player — Todd Reesing, Lake Travis, QB-R Sr.* Defensive Most Valuable Player — Jerris Springfield, Canyon, S-FB-P, Sr. FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback — Zach Rhodes, New Braunfels, 6-2,190, Sr. Running backs — Chase Wilke, Canyon, 5-11,190, Jr.*; Wes Jackson, Dripping Springs, 5-11,165, Sr.*; Jeremy Erben, NB, 5-11,195, Sr.* Tight ends — Ryan Bonner, DS, 6-2, 212, Jr.*; Steven Davis, Canyon, 6-0,185, Sr.* Wide receivers — Fred Robinson, LT, 5-10, 170, Sr.*; Kurtis Kostan, NB, 5-10,170, Jr.; Michael Crouse, Marble Falls, 6-0,170, Sr.; Patrick Kitzul, OS, 6-2,175, Sr ; Thomas Levens, Burnet, 6-0, 185, Jr. Linemen — Richard Kopczynski, LT, 6-5, 215, Sr.*; Ronnie Dewitt, LT, 6-7, 250, Sr.*; Joseph Ward, Canyon, 6-2,245, Sr.*; Anthony Holder, OS, 6-2, 285, Sr.*, Jeff Ewing, Canyon, 6-12, 230, Sr. Center — Taylor Haese, Burnet, 6-2, 280, Sr. Kickers — Jacob Gallegos, NB, 5-7,140, Sr.; David White, LT, 5-11, 205, Sr. DEFENSE Punters — Todd Reesing, LT, 6-0, 195, Sr.; Jerris Springfield, Canyon, 6-0,210, Sr.; Michael Crouse, MF, 6-0, 170, Sr. Linemen — Thomas Kennedy, Burnet, 6-1, 270, Sr.*; Darren Billiot, Canyon, 5-8,270, Sr.*; Anthony Holder, DS, 6-2, 285, Sr.*: Nick Ayala, NB, 5-10,195, Jr.* Ends — Brad Chapman, LT, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Brian Hidalgo, Canyon, 6-3,190, Jr. Linebackers — Bryce Bird, LT, 6-0, 190, Jr.*; Kirk Michalec, Canyon, 5-10,190, Sr.*; David Gagliano, DS, 6-0, 195, Jr.; Judd Absher, NB, 5-8,175, Sr. Backs — Jesse Brookshire, LT, 6-0, 190, Sr.*; Geoff Hayth, DS. 6-1, 195, Sr.*, Brooks Radla, NB, 5-10,175, Sr.*; Tex Reyes, Burnet, 5-10, 170, Sr.*; Cameron Henk, Canyon, 6-5,210, Sr.; Koby Polk, Canyon, 5-8,155, Sr. SECONDTEAM OFFENSE Quarterback — J.D. Kurut, Canyon, 6-3,195, Sr. Running back — Jerris Springfield, Canyon, 6-0,210, Sr.; Josh Foreman, DS, 5-11, 225, Jr.; Joshua Joseph, LT, 6-0,190, Sr.; Lasara Flores, MF, 5-6, 180, Jr. Tight ends — Dan Frey, LT, 5-11,180, Sr.; Brock Ogle, Canyon, 6-0,195, Sr. Receivers — Tex Reyes, Burnet, 5-10,170, Sr.; Hunter Armstrong, LT, 6-1,175, Jr.; Chase Brown, 6-1,160, Jr.; Jaimin Shah, Canyon, 6-0,170, Jr. Linemen — Regan Morrison, Canyon, 6-1, 210, Sr.; Max Novess, LT, 6-0, 235, Sr.; Thomas Kennedy, Burnet, 6-1, 270, Sr.; Matt Davfdaon, Canyon, 6-0,190, Sr.; Garrett Mechler, NB, 6-2,200, Sr. Center — Erie Ralph, Canyon, 6-2,265, Sr. Kickers — Ryan Casano, DS, 5-9,165, Jr.; Reece Zunker, Canyon, 6-1,195, Jr. DEFENSE Punter — Brooks Radla, NB, 5-9,170, Sr. Linemen — Brian Chapman, LT, 6-2,195, Sr.; Josh Foreman, DS, 5-10, 225, Jr.; Will Brasuel, MF, 6-1, 215, Jr.; Juatin Kester, Canyon, 5-10, 190, Sr. Ends — Austin Wendell, NB, 6-2,200, Jr.; Dustin Schuetz, Canyon, 6-0,185, Sr. Linebackers — Calven Ayala, NB, 5-9,170, Sr.; Matt Conklin, Canyon, 6-0,195, Sr.; Teddy Gray, MF, 6-0, 185, Jr.; Marc ChkJgey, Burnet, 5-11,185, Sr. Backs — Alex Kennon, LT, 5-10,170, Sr.; Thomas Levens, Burnet, 6-0, 185, Jr.; Erie Skotaut, Canyon, 5-10,170, Sr.; Sean Simmons, DS, 5-11,170, Jr.; Rashad Alexander, NB, 6-1,175, Sr. HONORABLE MENTION New Braunfels — Levi Blakeman, Josh Smith, Joseph Morton, Sammy Gonzales, Mark Strange, Travis Steel, Josh Knudson Canyon — Adrian Hilburn, Jordan Pawelek, Cameron Henk (WR), Bernie Gutierrez, Justin Carrizales, Joey Hernandez, Johnny Joe Hernandez, Reece Zunker (LB) ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT New Braunfels — Absher, Ayala, Erben, Gallegos, Kostan, Mechler, Morton, Smith, Steel, Wendell, Ch' is Allen, Carl Gerken, Spencer Jergins, Dustin Kraft, Rey Martinez, Javier Nieto, Derek Quent, Frank Villanueva, Zach Weldy, Taylor Wersterfer Canyon — Carrizales, Davidson, Davis, Ewing, Henk, Hilburn, Kunz, Michalec, Ogle, Pawelek, Polk, Ralph, Shah, Skolaut, Springfield, Ward, Wilke, Zunker, Jacob Bustos, Triad Hefter, Drew Hollimon, Tyler Krug, Josh Morrow, Kyle Peace, Cody Preiss, Thomas Rojas, Kody Seidel, Travis Sterile, Joe Teneyuque ;