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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE DAILY T-I-C-KE-T District play starts New Braunfels, Canyon girls hoop teams open District27-4A play. Time: 8 p.m. Cougars visit Rattlers Canyon hoopsters go on the road to clash with Class 5A foe San Marcos. Time: 8p.m. Rattlers visit Unicorns San Marcos finishes its predistrict run vs. Comal County hoop teams at NB. Time: 8 p.m. Hoop referee Martinez. SPORTSSidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL KERES2TURY NAMED ALL-AMERICA - Texas State senior offensive lineman Thomas Keresztury and senior defensive tackle Fred Evans have been named to the 2005 Sports Network All-America team released by TSN on Monday. Keresztury was named to the second-team offense while Evans was tabbed as a third-team defender. Both players played on an 11-3 team that won the Southland Conference title and advanced to a NCAA Division 1-AA national semifinal. Both were also named to the Southland Conference first team. Keresztury, a 6-6,290-pounder, led a front for an offense that averaged 439 yards per game and set a school record with 518 points this season. The former Canyon standout started every game this season at tackle for the Bobcats. CANYON INCHES UP IN POLL — The Canyon Cougars moved from No. 17 to No. 11 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 4A state basketball poll, released Monday. The Cougars (9-1) went 3-0 to win last weekend’s River City Classic tournament. Guard Matt Zachary was also named to the all-tourney team, joining teammates Austin New and Isaiah Jackson. The Cougars play at San Marcos tonight, with the freshman team starting at 4:30 p.m., the junior varsity at 6 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30 p.m. SY waves goodbye to stellar seniors Rangers, who fell one game short in ’05, must rebuild By Will Wright Sports Editor The Smithson Valley Rangers had quite a football season — by any standard. The Rangers won 13 games for the second straight season but came up short in their quest for another trip to the state championship game after Saturday’s 17-14 loss to Katy in the Class 5A-Division II state semifinal at Houston’s Hilly Stadium. “You had four teams left in Class 5A and one loss between them, so was pretty typical (of the semifinals), coach larry Hill said Monday. “But in our game, there were a lot of what-if plays on offense and defense. But we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to win it at the end." The Rangers (13-2) won the District 26-5A championship, advanced to the state playoffs for the IO straight season, and got to the semifinals for the fifth time in school history. But it ll be Katy (14-0) going up against Southlake Carroll (15-0) in Saturday’s noon final at Texas Stadium. Hill was impressed with the Photo courtesy of Patric Schneider Smithson Valley's Stephen Hall (10) is pulled down by Katy's John Zwerneman (38) during the Rangers' 17-14 loss to theTigers in Saturday's 5A-II state semifinal game. Tigers, who managed to control Smithson Valley’s offense in check through the first half of last weekend’s game. Down 17-0 at halftime, the Rangers scored two second-half touchdowns and very nearly came back to tie it late in the fourth quarter. “Katy stopped what we do best, and that was getting tile ball to the deep receiver,’’ I Till said “That wasn’t all tlieydidi, they threw the ball better than I can ever remember them doing." I fill says the Tigers have an even chance of beating the Dragons, who will be playing for their third straight championship. Katy handed Carroll its last loss, a 16-15 decision in the 2003 5A-II title game. Following its loss Saturday, there were a lot of sad faces among the Smithson Valley players, many of whom played their last game for the Rangers. I till said 52 of the 80 regular-season roster players were seniors. Among them are all but one offensive starter and all but three defensive starters. Graduating are running back Blake Schrock, fullback (Jins Brehm, receivers Clay Fuller and Qxiy Beyer, tight ends Stephen I tall and Kyle I lenry, linemen Bryce Fowler, Wade Haynes, Connor Smith and Michael Stevick, and kicker David Sweet. Lost from the defense are ends Blane Cert Ii and Jonathan Ullrich, tackles Ryan Moczygemba, Chris Stehle and Connor Gorda, linebackers Jarred Bums, Mykel Kovar, Beau Kitchen and Kendal Volz, and defensive backs Reagan Moczygemba, Steffen Vickers, Aaron Hernandez, Drew I Iamilton and Andrew Sende-jo. “ They were a good group of seniors," Hill said of the class, which won at each level since middle school. “They’re all going to go places later on." Returning for the Rangers are quarterback Bryan I till, who finished the season with 2,141 yards passing, and running back Trent Rios, a sophomore who gained most of his 775 yards resiting before injuries late in the season. Lineman Jordan McCormick also returns on offense. The defense, however, returns only one starter in end Matt Pfister, whose 59 tackles in 2005 included 20 for losses and nine sacks. “ Two years ago we lost 44 players,” I fill said. “We have 28 players returning, which is the main deal for us. We have kids that went 9-1 on the junior varsity, and now is their time to step up and go. “If everything remains the same, and we keep playing the schedule we’ve been playing (26-5A’s current alignment), then it will be a pretty tall challenge for us next year.” NB, Canyon girls lace it up in 27-4A Tuesday, December 13,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5 Herald-Zeitung All-District 26-5A Find out how many Rangers made the teams. To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Cougarettes host No. IO Marble Falls, while Unicorns welcome Burnet MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Canyon guard Bo Warm has been one of the most consistent players for the Cougarettes, who open District 27-4A play tonight at home against Marble Falls. NB, CANYON SWIMMERS PLACE - New Braunfels and Canyon swimmers competed at the City Invitational this past weekend in San Antonio. Hie Unicorns boys placed fifth (199.5 points) and Canyon was eighth (119); while the New Braunfels girls were fifth (204) and Canyon’s girls 12th (53). Van Anderson (second, 50 butterfly, 29.04) and John Feltenberger (third, 50 breaststroke, 33.25) medaled for Canyon. Rikky Fernandes (third, IOO IM, 1:11.23; second, I OO breast, 1:12.05), Todd Markley (third, 50 fly, 29.27) and Jae Ann Dwulet (second, IOO free, 1:00.28) medaled for New Braunfels. The Unicorns girls 200 free relay team also won silver, finishing in 1:53.86.NATIONAL VICK INJURED IN WIN OVER SAINTS - Michael Vick ran for two touchdowns and passed for one score before a late hit knocked him out of the game with bruised ribs, and the Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 36-17. Vick improved to 5-0 in his starts against the Saints (3-10), who have lost eight of their last nine games. Vick had scoring runs of 2 and 17 yards, and he threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to rookie Roddy White on a flea-flicker play. But in the fourth quarter, Vick was slow to get up after taking a late hit from linebacker Ronald McKinnon, who drew a penalty on the play. Vick was walking on his own power as he was escorted to the locker room. There was no immediate update on the severity of the injury. By Will Wright Sports Editor It won’t be like trying to scale Mt. Everest, but Canyon’s Cougarettes face a pretty daunting task in trying to get past Marble Falls tonight. The Lady Mustangs are the team to beat in District 27-4A, which begins its 2005-06 season today. Canyon (5-7) drew the short straw and will play them tonight at 8 p.m. in the Cougar Den. “To me, they’re the district favorite,” Canyon coach Terry Tennell said of the Mustangs, who are 13-1 this season. “They and Dripping Springs are at the top of the barrel, with us, New Braunfels (which hosts Burnet today), Lake Travis and Burnet (contending) for the third spot. “It’s all going to depend on who can beat who, and on what night.” Marble Falls is ranked No. IO in this week’s Texas Association of Basketball coaches state poll, released Monday. The defending champion Mustangs are right behind 27-4A foe Dripping Springs, which is rated ninth. Their only loss is to theTigers, who beat them in the finals of their own tournament three weeks ago. Leading the Lady Mustangs are 6-footers Kelsey Ansley and Alaina Sivells, with Morgan Shell and Katie Meador standing 5- IO. The Cougarettes have some size, but not like that. Tennell is more concerned with how the Cougarettes can play their kind of game. He says at times, his team can play with the best. On other occasions, it can’t. “It’s like I said the other day — we need to play with more consistency,” he said. “When we play well, we really play well. When we don’t, we really don’t. “For us to make a playoff run, we need to be consistent.” Canyon won three of four before Friday’s game at Smithville, which pulled away after halftime to post a 45-41 win. The Cougarettes scored only three third-quarter points. “We just came out cold after halftime," Tennell said. “We shot something like IO percent in the third period and 25 percent in the whole second half.” Leading Canyon thus far have been senior guard Bo Warm, JV call-up Brittani Hackfeld, and posts loan Friesenhahn and Kendra Clayton. The Cougarettes know they'll have to play well tonight to come close to upsetting the Mustangs. “We know that they have four returning starters from last year and are supposed to have move-in, who’s pretty good. We look at them as a solid team,’’ Tennell said. “But we’ve talked about what we need to do tomorrow, and we ll just see how it goes.” The Unicorns will play Burnet at home at 8 p.m. New Braunfels, 8-21 last year, is two games from reaching last year’s win total. But first-year coach Lance Hughey says the Unicorns (6-9) need to keep improving if they’re to contend for a playoff berth. “I think we’ve gotten better as season has gone on, which shows the (players) are listening and trying to get better,” I lughey said. “I feel better about way we played after last weekend, when we played well but lost to O’Connor and (Coqius (liristi) Carroll (at the Hays tournament).” Inconsistency has also hampered the Unicorns’ progress. “We have the tendency to play three or four minutes well and then three or four minutes not so well,” Hughey said. “We also need to keep teams off the foul lines — we’re fouling too much.” Senior post Kellie Thomas is leading New Braunfels in scoring and rebounding, and the Unicorns are getting good minutes from guard Christina Racanelli, wing Bianca I larper and post Ashley Bevil, I lughey said. “I think we’re headed in the right direction—not as quickly as I’d like, but we’re getting there,” tile coach said. “Hopefully starting with a few wins in district will give the kids confidence that they can compete in this district.” Beating Burnet at home tonight would be a good stare “Every home game is important, and to get to start district at home is an advantage for us,” I lughey said “I think Burnet is in the mix to make the playoffs — and that means they are a team we need to beat to make the playoffs.” ;