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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 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 [email protected] Mf The Press Comal County Sports (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) NBHS playoff tickets Tickets for Saturday’s Class 5A Division ll state semifinal game between New Braunfels and Alief Hastings at the Astrodbme in Houston will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a m. to 1 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels High School. All seats are general admission. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. All tickets are $10 at the gate. Each ticket is good for all three games at the Astrodome The 5A Division I state final will begin at noon, followed by the 4A Division I final at 4 p.m. and the 5A Division ll game at 8 pm. Unicorn fans are encouraged to sit in the same area on the visitors side of the Astrodome to make plenty of noise For more information about tickets, call NBHS at 625-6271 The NBHS Sports Booster Club will charter buses to Houston for the game. A signup sheet will be available beginning at 8 a rn Wednesday at the school. For more information on the buses, call Carroll Coleman at 606-3634 or 625-7013 Mint S«nd-Off Unicorn fans and boosters are invited to attend a “We Believe Send-Off” at 6 30 p m Friday in the New Braunfels High School cafeteria Videos of games will be shown and fans will be able to meet the players and get autographs The Unicorns will play the Aliet Hastings Fighting Bears in the Class 5A Division ll state semifinals at 8 p rn Saturday at the Astrodome in Houston SWT Prt ■ Dr «ft/fl«c rutting Baseball Camp Southwest Texas will sponsor a Pre-Dratt/Recruiting Baseball Camp, open to all high school players, from 9 a.m. to 3 p rn. 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 wen as evaluations on all athletes m 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 Friday Jingle Bell Run/Walk The fourth annual Red McCombs Jingle Bell Run/Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday 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 available at Comprehensive Fitness in New Braunfels, Fleet Feet Sports m San Antonio and For Goodness Sake in the Courtyard Shopping Center. Packet pickup will be available through Friday at Comprehensive Fitness, Fleet Feet Sports and For Goodness Sake All participants are encouraged to bring a canned good or toy for donation to charity Breakfast tacos from the Pinto Ranch Grill will be available at the race For more information, call Susan Phillips EVENTS! at 609-5030. Turn to Prats Box, Page 9 New Braunfels-MacArthur game one for the ages Two days after the fact, last Saturday’s triple-overtime game between the Unicorns and Brahmas looks just as impressive as it was just after it ended. You remember, right? How MacArthur quarterback Mike Perkins gave it one last shot on fourth-down and goal from the 7-yard line. How Unicom senior Chad Wehe covered Joey Johnson, who scored Mac Arthur’s first touchdown on a 55-yard pass from Perkins nearly three hours earlier. Tom Erickson How Johnson briefly made contact with the ball, then collapsed to the ground. How Wehe leaped into the arms of fellow senior Justin Vogt and the Unicorns went into a frenzy, dancing and leaping all over the plastic grass at Alamo Stadium. But what stands out stronger that the pass, the near catch or the celebration was what happened next. Both teams lined up and shook hands, as the Unicorns put their celebration on hold for several minutes. This wasn't your average monotone repetition of “good game,” though. It was quite different. MacArthur senior J.J. Budd looked New' Braunfels quarterback square in the eyes and said, “Congratulations an^good luck.” Kingsbury looked right back at Budd and offered a similar message. Not bad for two teams that really don’t like each other. After all, it was MacArthur that handed the Unicorns their only loss of the regular season and it was New Braunfels which won the District 26-5A title the Brahmas coveted all year long. Still, something happened between the first and third overtime periods that gave the game a classic twist and put it at the top of the list of all-time great contests in this region. New Braunfels coach Tim Kingsbury had a similar observation on Monday. “We were very fortunate to win,” he said. “It was a great effort from both teams, and to me, that’s what high school football is all about — both teams giving it their all and leaving it on the field.” And while the Unicorns were happy to walk away from the game with a victory, that didn't .Seem to matter when both teams met at midfield and exchanged greetings. Both teams knew they had been a part of something special. Something they could remember long after the season ends and the years roll on. Something the could recall and smile about at reunions IO, 20 or 30 years from now. Something that was unforgettable. (Tom Erickson is sports editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) ». f {rf 26 IV t* • r j N) / fr*, £    ft'. x u.W-W* rf' dr* ti 4 Now Braunfels ffifhirlwlr (Cliff Kingsbury looks for an open recs! ver in Saturday’s Region IV-5A final against MacArthur. Kingsbury threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the Unicorns’ 29-21 triple overtime victory. Photo by Leslie Knewaldt/Special to the Herald-Zertung -St c. \ m rn ^I i - aes?> . - Kingsbury: This one was fun Unicorns still excited about Saturday's win ■ Playoff results, pairings Page 9 By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor I he Unicorns u*ok a well-deserved dav off Monday after outlasting MacArthur in three overtimes in the Region IV-5 A championship last Saturday in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. But that didn t keep Sew Braunfels from feeling gi>*»d about what it accomplished after being shut down by MacArthur in the first half C oach Tim Kingsbury said while he didn't push the panic button atter being down 14-0 at halftime, he felt like the Unicom offense could do much better than the 36 yards and two first down*, it had after 24 minutes “It takes us a while to get adjusted, and I wasn't totally surprised with that," he said “I was disappointed that we couldn’t move the hall better The defense staved on the field longer, so we had to make most of our adjustments there.” Kingsbury said those changes included moving away from the draw and screen packages and shirting to a no-huddle offense on the first of the second half, which produced a touchdown pass from quarterback kilt! Kingsbury to Joel Tienda. “There wasn't anything major we changed on offense," he said "It was just a matter of adjusting to what they were doing We added one or two new wrinkles and just adjusted to the tempo of the game and their offense.” Bul perhaps w hat nude the difference in the second half was the play of the Swarm, which held Mac Arthur’s offense to 113 yards and five first downs in the final 24 minutes and the overtime pernxis. “We wouldn't be where we .ire without a good defense,” Tim Kingsburv said. “They came out in the second halt and basically shut MacArthur out and got a turnover that gave us the possibility to win it in regulation" C had Wehe’s interception, hie Unicorns' second of the game, set up a 42-yard field goal attempt by kliff’ Kingsbury which missed to the right Yet the Unicorns (13-1) scored two touchdowns in the three overtime periods for the 29-21 victory and a date in the state semifinals wuh Aliet" Hastings (13-1) “ This game was a lot of fun to be a part of and watch,” Tim Kingsbury said. “It was a game we wanted to win. Its been a great vear and we don’t want it to be over with " Photo by Kr.e*afc»Sp*a«l to to# HeraW-ZeitunQ Brian GMstrap (32), Aaron Jonas (87) and Brat! Boyar (38) toad chaara altar Saturday a win ovar tbs Brahmas. Fifteen Cougars make Academic All-District Cougarettes’ Adams named a 1998 East-West All-Star From start reports Fifteen members of the Canyon High School varsity Unit ba 11 team were recently named to the District 2K-4A Academic All-District team. CHS coach Carl Gustafson said Friday Seniors named to the team were: Chris Easley, Grant Sula, Matt Harper. Man Rector and Chance Weaver. Juniors Reed Boyd. Brian Behrend. Stephen Brockman. Jonathan Meunn. Jassin Abrego and Travis Krug also were named, aking with sopho-mores Kenny Brunette. Jay Rierson and Justin Eulberg Also named to the team was freshman Chip Adams. Adams Hi—tad for IBBS East-Wsst All-Star girls' volleyball gams Kylie Adams, a senior at Canyon High School, was selected to participate in the IWK East-West All-Star girls’ volleyball game, scheduled for July K in Arlington. Adams will play on the Cast Division II team at the game, which will be played for the 29th time PoB—sa to sign now tiros yoar contract at Southwest Toxas SAN MARCOS — Director of Athletics Michael Alden said Sunday that Ikib De Bes se will sign a new three-year coo—Ct u> head football coach at Southwest Texas. The deal, one of the first multi-year contracts awarded at SWT, will replace the current two-year contract DeBesse signed he was hired in Dec. 1996 The new contract will go into effect Jan. I. "This is extremely flattering to he given a new contract arter one season. DeBesse said. "The fact is our record is not what we hat! hoped for, but it was clear to everyone inured that tin: team is heading in the right directum and looking to continue to build Bobcat Pride throughout the program.” Southwest Texas finished the 1997 season at 5-6 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Football League. Five of the six losses carn* to nationally-ranked teams, three of which advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs. In addition, the Bobcats played in front of more Sports Briefs fans in 1997 than any year since 1984. SWT averaged 10,041 fans over a six-game home schedule “With the approval of our Board of Regents, this is a monumental step in the Southwest Texas Department of Athletics,” Alden said. “Before we offered a two-year contract to our football coach last December, multi-year contracts had not been a reality at Southwest Texas. Bob DeBesse is a quality individual and a professional who represents this university well. “Bob has done ev cry thing and more that has been asked of him since his arrival” Bushong appoint od to NCAA bMibll Panthers 23 Cowboys 13 SAN MARCOS — Southwest Texas baseball coach Howard Bushong was appointed Monday to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee Bushong has been chosen for the regional baseball advisory committee, working for the national group in its task of assigning the teams which will participate in the annual NCAA postseason tournament each May. He will begin his appointment next Turn to Britts, Page 9 NFL Panthers rough up Cowboys IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Carolina Panthers unceremoniously ended the Dallas Cowboys’ five-year reign as NFC East champion. Kerry Collins threw two touchdown passes, and Fred Lane rushed for 138 yards Monday night as the Panthers stayed alive in the NFC wild-card race and all but eliminated the Cowboys with a 23-13 victory. Carolina evened its record at 7-7 while Dallas dropped to 6-8. With two games left, the Cowboys have only an outside chance of making the playoffs for a seventh consecutive year. The New York Giants have an 8-5-1 record in the NFC East, and Dallas can’t catch them. The Panthers have ended the Cowboys’ hopes twice in the last year. Carolina knocked Dallas out of the NFL title contention with a 26-17 victory on Jan. 5 in the NFC divisional playoffs. Collins, who suffered a concussion last week, hit key passes while Lane kept Dallas oft'balance with his hard runs despite the presence of tackle Leon Lett, w ho made tome spectacular plays in his first game back after a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Collins, who threw a 15-yard TD pass to Rae Carruth in the second quarter, guided Carolina on a 69-yard drive to open the second half. Thai put the Panthers ahead 17-6. He completed passes of 13 yards to Anthony Johnson. 18 yards to Muhsin Muhammad, and finally found Scott Greene on a I-yard touchdown pass. John Kasay then hit a 40-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, making it 20-6. He also had an 18-yarder with 53 seconds left to finish oft" the Cowboys Troy Aikman hit Michael Irvin with a 52-yard touchdown to put Dallas within seven points with 6:33 left. However, with a four-and-1 on the Carolina 45, Aikman was trapped for a 25-yard loss by safety Chad Cota with 3:27 left. The Panthers dominated the first half to take a 10-6 lead over the Cowboys, who lost running back Emmitt Smith after he reinjured his left shoulder trying to make a block. Tight end Enc Bjomson also fractured his left shin. Collins, who fractured a jaw in the preseason and suffered a concussion last week, hit Carruth for the TD after Kasay had kicked a 34-yard field goal. The only Dallas points in the first half came on field goals of 45 and 32 yards by Richie Cunningham, his 32rul and 33rd of the season to break the club record of 32 by Chm Bemol in 19%. It was the first time Dallas coach Barry Switzer had ever been part of a three-game losing streak in college or the paw, a span of 259. Dallas hadn’t lost three games in a row since 1990. Carolina lost cornerback Erie Davis late in the fourth quarter when his helmet hit the knee of running back Sherman Williams. Davis left on a stretcher, and his injuries were not immediately determined ;