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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Iso mis injury! record Buffaloej COMING TUESDAY rn Running to win See the results from the Jingle Bell 5K COUNTRY PLACE HOMES IN NEW BRAUNFELS PRESENTSStale of Hie Arf New Modular Home!It's Here! Come see It Today! New Braunfels junior varsity basketball player Sammy Anderson. E DAILY T-1* OK-ET New Braunfels girls basketball Unicorns host Canyon in District 25-4A opener for both teams. Time: 8 p.m. Smithson Valley girls basketball After taking the weekend off, Rangers visit San Marcos. Time: 8 pm. New Braunfels boys bask! Improving Unicorns host Edison in nondistrict game. Time: 8 pm. ■mnmumnauMMumRumnniCougars second in River City ClassBEST AVAILABLE COPY I SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2003 SPORTS Sectioi Herald-Zei To have your event publicize David Rupkalvis at 625 9144, ext. e mail at drupkalvisgherald zi wins to open the season and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game against No. 2 LSU. Even a subpar performance in a loss in the Big 12 title game last week against Kansas State couldn’t stop White from winning the award. His three months of brilliance before that were more than enough to persuade voters to pick him. White, The Associated Press Player of the Year, led the nation in passing-efficiency, completing 04 percent of his passes for 3,744 yards and only eight interceptions. Canyon beats Lanier; falls to Boerne in title game By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor After accomplishing their goal of winning two games in the River City Classic, the Canyon boys’ basketball team went into the championship game Saturday with nothing to lose. But the Cougars struggled in the final, dropping a 78-52 decision to a bigger and stronger Boerne team. Using potent outside shooting, the Cougars kept the game close for most of the first half. But when Boerne began connecting on its outside shots, Canyon had no chance. With 7-foot-0 sophomore Josh Lomers dominating inside and the Greyhounds pouring in 3-pointers from outside the arc, Boerne pulled away and coasted to victory. Lomers, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored 8 points in the first quarter as the Greyhounds jumped out to a fast 7-2 lead. But Canyon fought back and took a 10-9 lead when Todd Neece hit a 3-point shot. The Greyhounds regained the lead quickly, and led 19-16 after one quarter. Canyon failed to score for the first 3:30 of the second quarter and the Greyhounds grabbed a 24-16 advantage. Kyle Kennedy stopped the run with a 3-point shot, but Boerne pulled out to a 33-26 advantage at the half. With Canyon trying to stop the Greyhounds inside the paint, the 3- point shot became the weapon of choice in the third quarter. Boerne hit six long-range bombs in the quarter and ran out to a 64-42 lead. Both teams struggled in the fourth quarter as the Greyhounds coasted to victory. “We came in with a goal of winning two games,” Coach Kenny Ritzier said. “We did that and we found ourselves in the championship game against Boerne. They’re a tough draw for any team in our region. They have giants out there. You just kind of pick your poison with them. They’re a well-balanced team.” Kennedy led the Cougars with 14 points in the game and Ismael Guillen added IO. Both players were named to the all-tournament team. Cole Clayton finished with 11 points and Neece had eight. Canyon is 6-6 on the season and will take a break before meeting Round Rock McNeil Dec. 22. Canyon 48, Lanier 43 Canyon held off a furious learner rally in the fourth quarter to escape with a 48-43 victory in the semifinals Saturday. With the score tied at 40, the Cougars’ Matt Zachary hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer to give his team a 43-40 lead. Kennedy added a basket in transition to put the Cougars up seven, 47-40, and Canyon coasted to victory. See COUGARS, Page 3B Canyon guard Ismael Guillen goes up for a shot during the Cougars semifinal win ovdf Lartihr Saturday. Smithson Vail rebounds to consolation By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer Smithson Valley an opening-round loss to came back to win two day to win the consolation onship in the River City The Rangers beat Akins 65-urday morning and topped 60-56, in the consolation onship. Erie Icke, who missed the game against Akins, came lead the Rangers with 19 seven rebounds. “It was good to get Erie Coach Alan Miller said. “As we needed consistency and to have when you’re missing your starters.” Ryan Slattery, who also Akins game due to an against Clemens and rebounds and 5 points. The Rangers trailed 32-31 half, but held the points in the third quart] received efficient shooting fr and Hillman to take a 44-42 Ic the fourth quarter. Hillman Rangers with 15 points, rebounds and five steals. Smithson Valley 65, Akii Playing without Icke and Smithson Valley still had eno] beat Akins, 65-55. The Rangers opened the g£ See White wins Heisman Trophy NEW YORK (AP) — Jason White capped a remarkable comeback with college football’s most prestigious award, winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night a year after an injury nearly ended his career. The Oklahoma quarterback, who almost quit football following his second major knee injury in September 2002, beat out Pitts-• burgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald by 128 points for the award. White threw 40 touchdown passes and led the third-ranked Sooners to 12 straight White beat Fitzgerald 1,481 -1,353. Eli Manning was third with 710 points and Chris Perry was next with 341. Voters list three choices on their ballots, and players are awarded three points for first place,'two for second and one for third. White, the first Oklahoma player since Billy Sims in 1978 to win the Heisman, had 319 first-place votes, 204 seconds and 116 thirds. Fitzgerald, who set an NCAA record with touchdown catches in 18 straight games, had 253 firsts, 233 seconds and 128 thirds. Unicorns show improvemen finish fourth in tournament Photos by DAVID INORAM/Herald-Zeitung Running for a good cause More than 300 runners competed in the Jingle Bell 5K Saturday with the proceeds benefitting the Comal (bounty Family Enhancement Center which helps prevent child abuse. Skeeter Miller (left) and Jerry Pavliska (top) celebrated the holiday season while miming. For race results see Hiesday ’s Herald -Zeitung. By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer The New Braunfels boys’ basketball team dropjxxl a 77-53 decision to Lanier in the in the third-place game of the River City Classic Saturday. New Braunfels opened the tournament with a victory over Flour Bluff, but dropped two games Saturday. After leading 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, limier shifted into a higher gear and ran off 31 points in the second quarter to take a 45-24 lead into the locker room. New Braunfels opened the third quarter on an 8-1 run. which was highlighted by a 3-pointer from LD. Holmes. But the Unicorns couldn’t get any closer as the Voks had an answer for every New Braun fels’ score. “We played hard and ran our game plan, we just need ed to be more aggressive,” Holmes said. Holmes finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Tony Valadez led die Unicorns with 16 points and five assists and Ryan McGiniey had a team-high seven rebounds. “We need to keep improving,” Coach Tommy Hines said. “We played hard today, but we just wore down in the end. We’ll get better, though.” Boerne 48, New Braunfels 28 New Braunfels trailed by only four at halftime, 20-16 against Boerne, but then the Greyhounds turned up the heat and held the Unicorns to DAVID INGRAM/Hole New Braunfels' Ryan McGiniey (20) battles for a rebound during the Unicorns semifinal loss to Boerne. four points in die fourth quarter v\iiile taking a 48-28 victory in the semifinals. After falling behind 9-4 after one quarter, the Unicorns came back in the second quarter and took the lead, 14-13, on a jump shot from Bernie Gutierez. The Greyhounds closed the period on a 7-2 run to take the halftime lead. In the second half, slowly took control. Valadez led the with IO points am assists. McGiniey down 12 rebound I iolmes had live steals New Braunfels is 3-] will host Edison at Tuesday. 7200 III 35 Nor Mew BmunfrU, TX SOW 564-125* Iou IOO 626-7556 pit w ww .palntharbor ;