New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Red McCombs Family . Outreach Jingle Bell 5-K Run, Walk, Kids* Ks and auction is set for Dec. 14 sd 9 am in lands Park.
Early registration is $13 and $16 the day of the race. The ids’ Ks are $10 with a shirt and 16 without Registration forms can be >icked up at McCombs niversal Motors and Comprehensive Fitness.
Bowling instruction classes for beginners, and/or persons wanting to improve their skills are now held twice a month at Comal Bowl.
Certified instructors are Forgan Smith and Donald Stange.The emphasis is “Bowling is a lifetime sport."
The next classis Dec. 12, It will begin at 7 pm.
- Classes are two 2-hour sessions using written material and personal one-on^bS$^|pfi. on the tones.
The cost is $5 per class. For more information call Morgan at 620-5080 or Donald at 609-033.
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Canyon goes for district win
By DAVID WINDER
Tbs New Braunfels Junior QoH Association will be sponsoring several tournaments and other events in the upcoming weeks.
At 8:30 am. on Dec. 14 the Tri-County All-level tournament will be at Starcke in Seguin. The cost is $10.
At 6:30 p.m.on Dec. 18 a seminar by Jimmy Walker will Oe at the Senior Citizen's Center. There is no cost.
To register for any event, please call Jodi McDonald at 325-4831 at least five days prior to the event.
Some of the events will be limited in number of participates, so members should call early to assure registration.
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The registration deadline for
the 3-on-3 Hoop-Fest is Dec.
The tournament will begin on Dec. 14 and is double-elimination format. The cost is $65 per team.
For more information cai! 625-7949.
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“der Ranger roundballersl The annual Smithson Valley alumni basketball game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20 at about 9 p.m.
This event pits odd-year graduates against even-year or early graduates against recent graduates.
The freshman, junior varsity and the varsity Rangers will be playing their first district games cf the season that night against the Hays Rebels at 4.6 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. The alums will tip off after the varsity game.
Brush off those old shoes, get out the knee braces and oome and have some fun. For questions or more information cai! SVHS at 904-7273, ext. 24. See you there!
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Canyon's Melissa Moors (right) fights for the ball In a gams earlier this season.
The Canyon Cougarettes are becoming a complete team and just in time for their second district game.
Last weekend’s San Antonio Independent School District Tournament gave the Cougarette players a chance to bond with their teammates who missed most of the predistrict schedule playing for Canyon’s regional champion volleyball team.
“The tournament gave the girls a chance to see each other,” Cougarette coach Tina Duncan said. “We gave them a chance to pass to each other and play together.”
The Cougarettes take on the Gonzales Lady Apaches at 7:30 tonight at the Cougar Den.
“They don’t have a lot of size but they can jump,” Duncan said. “They are very patient on offense. They like to run through it. So we’re
going to have to be patient on defense.”
And the Cougarettes' defense could use a little work, Duncan said.
“We’re still going to have to fine tune some things," Duncan said. “Some of the players still have trouble with the man(-to-man) defense. But the three games (in the tournament) were a big help. I think we're ready to play.”
Admission to the game is $2 for adults and SI for students.
The New Braunfels Unicorns showed they were ready to play over the past weekend by winning the Floresville Tournament.
Emilie Wotipka was the tournament’s most valuable player, and Nola Muir and Katie Hudgins each made the all-tournament team.
“Everybody got to play, and we got to use a lot of different combinations,” Unicom coach Larry Schulte said. “It was good the girls got to play in some games that didn't go down to the last four minutes. But that’s all going to change.”
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The last time the Smithson Valley Rangers played St. Gerards, it turned around the rest of their season.
This time around Ranger coach John Valenzuela just wants his team to keep improving for district play.
“When we beat them last year it turned our whole year in a positive direction,” Vilenzuela said. “It was nip and tuck the whole way. We had to make two free throws at the end to take the lead. We were lucky to survive.”
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St. Gerards at Smithson Valley at 7:30
Clemens at New Braunfels at 7:30
Canyon at Randolph at 7:30
were down by two points with two Minutes to play'- before losing to eventual tournament champion Cedar Hills by ll.
“They played their hearts out,” Valenzuela said. “We feel proud. In practice you could already see it carry over”
Admission for the game is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
The Canyon Cougars also got things going in the right direction at the Gonzales tournament.
“I think our guards started to gain a little confidence,” Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said. “Our shooters
We're starting to foilable with our roles.”
The New Braunfels still i ting comfortable with their The Unicorns are having a tough time of putting the hall in the basket.
“We have just got to keep working hard,” Unicorn coach Cliff Wilkins said. “As long as you’re playing hard and having fun and really getting after it then the scoreboard will take care of itself.”
The Unicorns host Clemens at 7:30 tonight at Ranger Gym. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students.
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
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New Braunfels’ streak of easy victories could be in jeopardy as early as 7:30 tonight, when the Unicorns visit Clemens.
“It’s going to be a good game,” Schulte said. “It’s going to be pretty fast-paced. I expect a lot of pressure from them. It should be fun.”
The Smithson Valley Rangers don’t know if their 7:30 game at Fredericksburg will be fun, but they do know one thing. “The last time we pl N ed Fredericksburg they played really physical." Ranger coach Carolyn Ckodre said. We didn't back down, which I was pleased to see.”
Ckodre also would be pleased to see the Rangers shoot better.
“I thought we played good defensively,” Ckodre said. “But we’re going to have to play better offense. The last time we only shot 30 percent. We’re also going to have to try to limit them on their transition. They were able to hurt us with that last time.”
Longhorns, Lions ready for a Fiesta
By CHIP BROWN
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — As head coach and athletic director at the University of Illinois, John Mackovic worked hard to make Penn State the eleventh team in the Big Ten.
But Mackovic bolted from Illinois for Texas, after the 1991 season and never got the chance to take on the Nittany Lions.
That changes Jan. I, when the 2()th-ranked Longhorns (8-4) meet seventh-ranked Penn State (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl.
“When we got into the Big Ten. Illinois had as much to do with us getting in as anyone," Penn State coach Joe Pater-no said Monday. “John was very supportive, but I’ve never coached against him.”
Both coaches were full of praise for the other’s team, one day after learning they would be foes in the Fiesta, one of the three alliance bowls that will pay each team nearly $8.5 million.
Each team is riding a winning streak. Penn State has won four in a row, and Texas has won five straight.
“I don’t think we could have had a tougher situation than what we are going into” Patemo said. "We are going up against a team really on a roll. They have done a good job of coaching and have a quarterback (James Brown) playing as well as anyone.”
Paterno almost sounded in awe of Texas’ 37-27 upset of defending national champion Nebraska in Saturday's Big 12 title game.
“Brown put his money where his mouth was,” Patemo said, referring to Brown’s pre-game prediction that Texas would beat the Huskers by three TDs.
“I really didn’t think their defense was that good, but their defense played a great football game against Nebraska. Nebraska couldn’t wear them down.”
Cowboys continue to struggle with injuries
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are only hoping to finish the season before they lose all their players.
On Monday, they lost another one for the year.
Couch Barry Switzer said backup cornerback Alundis Brice is out for the season because of a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s 10-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Brice, who started at nght cornerback because of Deion Sanders’ back spasms, was hit by Larry Centers after an interception.
Dallas had to use rookie Wendell Davis, a sixth-round draft pick from Oklahoma, although he hadn’t practiced with the starting unit all week. Davis field his own until Sanders, who had taken medication for his spasms, could get into the game.
‘Wendell will be our No. 3 cornerback He played without fear out there. He pressed their guys and didn’t even know their names.’
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“I’m feeling OK now and should be ready for Sunday,” Sanders said.
The Cowboys, who are now 9-5 and own the lead in the NFC Fast for the first time this season, lost defensive tackle lx*on Lett last week because of a drug suspension.
“Wendell will be our No. 3 cornerback,” Switzer said. "He played without fear out there. He pressed their guys and
didn’t even know their names. He was impressive. We’re comfortable with him as our No. 3 man. Now, he will get all the practice time Alundis was getting. ”
The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot by defeating New England in Texas Stadium on Sunday. They started out 1-3 and no team has ever dug out of such a hole to win a Super Bow I. The Cow boys' final game is on Dec. 22 in Washington against the Redskins, who fell to 8-6 with a 34-10 loss to Tampa Bay
Dallas also will be without special teams star Bill Bates against the Patriots. Switzer said Bates will miss a week while nursing a knee injury “Michael Irvin has had neck spasms, too, but we believe he’ll be ready to go," Switzer said.
Switzer once again praised his defense, which held the Cardinals without a touchdown.
Bears near decision on Reedy’s replacement
Baylor University is near a decision on a new football coach and could name a replacement for fired coach Chuck Reedy by this weekend, athletic director Tom Stanton says.
Stanton said Monday that he has narrowed his list of candidates to seven
"In some form or fashion I have met with or had lengthy conversations with every one of those indi
viduals in the last 10 days," he said
"At the very least, I hope to have my list of seven pared down to an extremely short list by this weekend lf everything were to go as smoothly as possible there is an outside chance we could name a head coach by this weekend ”
Reedy was fired Nov 24, one day after a blowout loss that left the Bears at 4-7, their worst record since 1978
Oilers* frustration beginning to show after loss
By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Frustration, a condition common to the Houston Oilers during their recent slide, is beginning to show.
The harder they try, the more mistakes they seem to make, and that was clear Sunday when the Oilers committed four turnovers and had two critical penalties rn a 23-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It was the Oilers’ fifth loss in seven
games and led emotional cornerback Chs Dishman, an Oiler for nine seasons, to say he’s had enough.
“For the next two weeks I’ll be proud to wear the Houston Oilers uniform but after that... I need a change,” said Dishman, the Oilers’ franchise player.
“I don’t intend to be back. I’m frustrated with everything, it’s the big picture, the coaches, players, myself, everything. In order to do what’s nght for myself I need a change.”
Dishman, whose contract expires in
the ott'-season, said he couldn’t imagine playing for the Oilers next season.
“lf God tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘You’ve got to stay with the Houston Oilers,’ I’d ask him if I could retire,” Dishman said.
The Oilers started the year 5-2 hut they’ve gone 2-5 since and they’ve continued a problem that’s been around since last season. TTiey can’t win the close ones and their mistakes come at critical times.
Coach Jeff Fisher admitted he was angered by Dishman s comments.
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Wilton Warnecke (standing) and Pat Harper (toft) of Ascot Travel help Larry Klein of New Braunfels in booking his trip to Las Vegas. Klein was the grand prize winner, courtesy of Ascot Travel, in Me New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung football contest. Klein, a New Braunfels resident for 19 years la employed by PSH Professional Services and la an avid football fan and Texas AAM graduate.Sports Day
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