New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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In the news
McDuff bowls over tho competition at Comal Bowl Tourney
Mike McDuff of Austin won the finals of the Scratch King-of-The-Hill Tourney on Saturday, Dec. 16 by bowling a 225 average. Finishing second, Jeff Banks (228); third, Dana Howe (217); fourth, Rich Hanson (226); and fifth, Bryan Walker (226).
The next King-of-The-Hill Tourney will be held on Jan. 20 with the first place finisher guaranteed $400.
The entry fee for the tourney is $39. For more information, call 625-6263 or metro 609-1033.
Smithson Valley to host alumni basketball game
Smithson Valley High School will host its annual alumni basketball game on Dec. 28 at Ranger Gym.
All men who played basketball for the Rangers are invited to come play. The alumni game will follow the varsity basketball game against Dripping Springs, which is set to start at 7:30 p..m.
\ Fcfr more information, calf; ^ Smithson Valley High at (210) 904-7273 extension 24 or Shay Gamey at 964-3296.
It was reported in the Dec. 15 issue of the Herald- Zeitung Sports Day that Chad Wehe, a First Team All-District 28-4A wide receiver for the New Braunfels Unicorns, was a junior. The article should have listed Wehe as a sophomore.
Rangers successful at mid-point of season
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Fifteen games into the season, Smithson Valley Rangers boys’ basketball Coach John Valenzuela is pleased at what he has seen so far, but he believes his team can do better.
“You are only good than your last game,” Valenzuela said. “We have a long ways to go before we are a good basketball team.”
Before the holiday break begins, the Rangers are 10-5 after coming off a 43-40 to the Pleasanton Eagles in Pleasanton on Monday, which Valenzuela said was the Rangers’ worst performance of the year. The loss to Pleasanton came two days after the Rangers won a 67-66 thriller over the St. Gerard’s Royals on Friday night at St. Gerard’s High School in San Antonio. Valenzuela said the victory over the Royals was one of his team’s best games of the year.
“Against St Gerard’s, we played with great defensive intensity,” Valenzuela said. “We held a team which averages 80 points a game to 28 points in the First half. It was a huge win for us.”
Senior post James Bohner had 23 points and 12 rebounds against St. Gerard's. Bohner clinched the game with nine seconds left when he sank two free throws to give the Rangers a 67-63 lead. St. Gerard’s Chris Peterson drilled a three pointer to trim the margin at one with two seconds left. But it was not enough as Smithson Valley held on for the win.
But against Pleasanton, the Rangers never got going as they shot 28 percent in the first half. Even though the Rangers shot horribly in the first half, they were only down by four points at the half. However, the Eagles were able to win their third game of the year on a three-pointer by Alex Garcia and Joey Agnew’s two free throws.
"I thought we really played lethargic,” Valenzuela said about his team's performance against Pleasanton. “We walked the ball down the court and did not play with any sense of urgency.”
Valenzuela said his team did not play "Ranger basketball” in the loss to Pleasanton. Valenzuela said when the Rangers are at their best they are able to push the ball down the court and play aggressive defense.
Coming into the season, the Rangers were counting i o!*4h#Hkstiuoi leadership and experience to make ' them into a* District 28-4A contender. So far, that experience and leadership is paying off with four
Herald-Zeitung by MICHAEL DARNALL Sophomore Jason Ivey nas averaged 11 points per game for the Rangers.
starters leading the way. Bohner leads the team in scoring with 12 points per game, rebounding with eight per game and blocks with three per game. Wing R.J. Strauch, a 6-0 junior, is averaging 11 points per game. Senior Anthony Simpson, a 6-0 wing and a First Team All-District team member from last year, averages 11 points per game. Guard Jason Ivey, a sophomore, averages 11 points, four assists and four steals per game.
Valenzuela calls Bohner the best player on the team and said that Strauch "is the catalyst for the team since he fights hard every time he plays.” Senior Charlie Wood, a 5-11 post, had nine rebounds against St. Gerard’s and took three key defensive charges dunng the pivotal part of the game, Valenzuela said.
“Overall, we are playing with intensity and we are trusting of one another on the court,” ValenzuelajyuU. “Our team is acting maturely and playing unselfisftjqas-ketball. We are beginning to jell together. ”
Spurs continue winning streak Tuesday night
It takes experience to land black bass
Many fishermen experience difficulty in locating black bass. Whether they are fishing in a lake they have never been in, or fishing in a lake they have fished for years, most people can catch bass after they find them, but you need to find them first!
Black bass are predators. They feed on just about anything they catch and swallow. At certain times of the year they are very predictable. But more often than not, they will elude fisherman.
I have finished with some of the best bass fisherman in the world. Sure, some of those days we were successful in catching numbers of big bass. But these guys are professionals. They know things that normal fisherman don’t. That’s why they are so successful, right?
Wrong! These guys pay attention to what’s going on. When looking for bass, you need to be alert. Observe everything. Most of the time it’s common sense, but fishermen just can’t put it together.
Every time you catch a fish, you should learn something. What type of structure did the fish come from? Was there any wind at the time? Was it early, or late? Cloudy or clear skies? What depth was it?
These and many more questions are asked and answered in just a few seconds each time a professional boats another bass.
It is this question and answer process that enables the fisherman to become more successful.
His ability to evaluate these answers helps him predict where he may catch his next fish.
The most common problem bass fisherman have is they fish too slow. I believe in fishing fast and covering a lot of water.
By using fast moving baits such as spinner baits and crank baits, I can make more casts per minute than by worm fishing.
I use my trolling motor more each day than my big motor. I will use the outboard to get me to the best looking area, but then my trolling motor goes ^BH^ to work I rarely turn it off when looking * ^ I for bass. Bass will
relate to some type of structure most of the time. Use your trolling motor to fish the structure as rapidly as possible with fast moving baits. Once I get a strike in an area, I’ll slow down and fish thoroughly. The best big bass bait day in and day out is a worm or a jig.
But I’ll only fish these baits after I have found a good area.
Drop a worm or jig into the cover. I call this fishing targets. Usually if a bass is in a target area he will hit a worm or jig right away. Many times bass will not be aggressive enough to chase a bait down. You’ll notice a boil in the water or a short strike behind your lure.
If this happens, slow down. Worm and jig fishing is productive, but only once you have located an area holding fish.
If an angler is going to locate bass he must make as many casts as he can and cover as much water as possible. A worm or.jig just doesn’t eliminate enough water as quickly as a spinner bait or crank bait. Just think of how many casts you make per hour. When worm fishing, you may make one cast per minute.
But with spinner baits and crank baits you can make two to three casts per minute. All of a sudden, you have just doubled or tripled your casts and your odds.
(Keith Warren is the Host of The Texas Angler Television Show, which broadcasts state-wide.)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs got back to work against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs used a methodical attack to claim alii-103 victory Tuesday night at the Alamodome.
“We just rolled up our sleeves and went at it,” San Antonio coach Bob Hill said. "It wasn’t a pretty game, but it was a good one because of the way we came back. We struggled early, but made some big plays when we needed them.”
David Robinson scored 31 points, including IO in the
fourth quarter, to direct the Spurs to their third straight victory.
“I’m proud of the way we played in the fourth quarter,” Hill said. "We toughed it but. It was a big win for
The Trail Blazers’ continuing woes from the foul line played a big part in their third straight loss.
“We wanted to foul them,” said San Antonio guard Doc Rivers, who scored eight points and a team-high IO rebounds off the bench.
TODAY'S CROSSWORD PUZZLE
Ell* helps Rockets eclipse Suns
HOUSTON (AP) — Phoenix and Houston are two of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, but it was defense '’and the play of supersub Mario Eire * that lifted the Rockets by the Suns.
Houston bounced back after watching star guard Clyde Drexler removed ’’ from the court on a stretcher because of 1 a leg injury early in Tuesday night’s 'game.
The Rockets held Phoenix scoreless the opening 4:11 of the final quarter while taking a lead for good en route to 1 a 103-% victory.
“We always seem to play them well
• and have had a lot of success against them,” said Elie, who took over for Drexler and scored seven of his 16
( points in the fourth quarter.
Drexler was carried off the court early in the second period after collid-‘ ing with Phoenix forward Charles k Barkley. Drexler’s injury, which .: required a trip to a hospital, was diag-( nosed as a deep bruise and his playing status was listed as day-to-day.
i Oklahoma to Try to Do Better* With Next Coach
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uni-. versify of Oklahoma president David
• Boren knows the kind of head coach he ( wants to replace Howard Schnellen-
berger — a players’ coach.
Finding that person will be up to a I search committee scheduled to be named today by university regents, who also will be accepting Schnellen-, berger’s resignation.
Boren is expected to be a part of the committee.
“I want us to hire a players’ coach, : someone who cares about young peo-, pie,” Boren said Tuesday.
“Young people have an honesty and an openness about them. They instinctively know when a coach cares about them, and they play their hearts out for them.”
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