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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Quick Hits Purdue running back Ennis suspended WEST LAFAYETTE, tad. (AP) — Purdue backup running back Steve Ennis will not play in the Rose Bowl after he was suspended indefinitely Friday for “conduct detrimental to the squad.” Ennis, a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, had 82 yards and eight touchdowns for No. 14 Purdue (8-3), mainly on short yardage situations. NB Night at the Spurs set for Jan. 6 The New Braunfels Downtown Rotary will sponsor “New Braunfels Night at the Spurs” to benefit the Children’s Museum. NB Night is scheduled for Jan. 6 when the Spurs take on the Detroit Pistons at the Alamodome. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels for $17.50 and $25.50. For information, call 620-0939. Christmas tennis camp at T Bar M T Bar M Tennis Ranch is offering a Christmas Camp for tennis players of all ages and abilities. The camps are scheduled for Dec. 26-29. For information, call Paul Domanski at 625-7738 ext. 235. Select baseball tryouts set for Jan. 6 Coach J.W. Wooten of Bulverde is forming a non-traveling 10-and-under, select baseball team for area boys beginning this spring. Tryouts will take place on Jan. 6 and Jan. 13 in the Bulverde area. Players must be 10-years-old on or after Aug. I. For information, call (830) 980-2531 or fax (830) 438-3753. Freiheit bowling starts up in January The Freiheit Bowling Club will have a new series of leagues starting the second week of January. Bowlers can sign up as teams, couples or individuals. For information on how and where to sign up, call 625-0372. Game Time ►Today Basketball Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 6:30 p.m. on WGN. San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Hornets, 6:30 p.m. on UPN2. College Basketball Kansas at Ohio State, 3 p.m. on KENS. Football Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants, 11:30 a.m. on KENS. San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos, 3 p.m. on KABB. Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. High School Football Texas Class 5A Division ll State Championship, Tyler John Tyler vs. Katy, noon on FXSP. Golf Senior Match Play Challenge, quarterfinals, 1 p.m. on ESPN. Three-Tour Challenge, day one, 3 p.m. on KSAT. Skiing U.S. Disabled Alpine Nationals, 11 a.m. on ESPN. U.S. Freestyle Grand Nationals, 3 p.m. on KMOL. Tennis Smash Hits, men's and women’s charity event, 2 p.m. on KMOL. Chris Evert Clebrity Classic, 3 p.m. on ESPN. Herald-ZeitungSports Saturday, December 23, 2000 IB ................... ~~:vn*....... Spurs conquer Warriors 105-87 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan registered his NBA-leading 21st doubledouble of the season Friday night with 18 points and 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 105-87. San Antonio, which won its fourth straight'game, placed four players in double figures as David Robinson added 15 points, Antonio Daniels 13 and Derek Anderson 12. Golden State, which has lost six of its last seven, was paced by Antawn Jamison with 23 points. Rookie Marc Jackson added 14. After leading 54-42 at halftime, San Antonio opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run and led 62-46 on a dunk by Duncan with 5:40 to play in the period. The Warriors trailed 71-59 at the end of the third quarter as Jamison kept Golden State in the game with eight of his team’s 17 DUNCAN points in the period, but San Antonio opened the fourth quarter with a 15-6 run. Duncan and Robinson combined for 19 points and 15 boards in the first half, when the Spurs used a pair of 11-2 second-quarter runs to build a 54-42 halftime advantage. Duncan sat out the entire fourth quarter after logging 32 minutes and Robinson played 29 minutes before watching most of the final 12 from the bench. The Spurs improved their record at home to 12-2. Next Three SAN ANTONIO SPURS SCHEDULE Today’s Game: at Charlotte Hornets, 6:30 p.m. on UPN2. Tuesday’s Game: Houston Rockets, 7 p.m. on FXSP. Thursday’s Game: at Chicago Bulls, 7:30 p.m. on UPN2. Benson leads 5A All-State honorees DALLAS (AP) — Cedric Benson’s numbers may not have been as good as his record performance of 1999, but they were even more impressive considering the circumstances he faced in his senior season at Midland Lee. “After he had a great sophomore year and phenomenal junior year, everybody was focused on stopping Cedric Benson, almost to the point where they were selling their souls to the devil to get him stopped,” said Midland Lee coach John Edd Parchman. “And still he has put up remarkable numbers.” Benson, who ran for 2,871 yards and 43 touchdowns on 356 carries this season as Lee won its third straight Class 5A state title, was named Friday by Associated Press Sports Editors as the Texas Class 5A offensive player of the year for the second year in a row. Before winning the same award last year as a junior, Benson set a Class 5A record and had the fourth-best season in Texas prep history with 3,526 yards and 44 touchdowns on 354 carries. “In previous years, the circumstances were different and the attention given to him different,” Parchman said. “In that respect, his stats this year were remarkable.” Lee finished his career with 8,423 yards, the lOth-best in the national high school record book. His 115 career rushing TDs ranks seventh. The 11th annual APSE team was chosen by sportswriters in Texas, based upon players’ regular-season performance. Nominees were selected during the season, and balloting See ALL-STATE/2B Rangers hang Rebels K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley senior forward Steve Potter, middle, shoots during a game earlier this season against San Antonio Fox Tech at SVHS. The Rangers, who were scheduled to play San Antonio Lee on Friday, defeated the Rebels 67-64 on Thursday at SVHS. Niles scores 30 in SVS 67-64 victory By MELANIE BOEHM Herald-Zeitung Correspondent As the final buzzer sounded senior Josh Niles hit a long 3-pointer to give the Rangers a much needed win over the San Antonio Lee Volunteers, 67-64, late Thursday night at SVHS. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, was moved to Thursday earlier in the week. With a little over a minute left in the game the Volunteers trailed 61-59. Senior Steve Potter hit one of two free-throws to extend the Ranger lead to three. The Volunteers responded with a 3-pointer to tie the game with 32 seconds left. On Smithson Valley’s ensuing possession, Lee was forced to foul Niles, who stepped to the line and nailed both free-throws. A quick basket by Lee tied the game againe and after two Smithson Valley timeouts, Niles nailed the game-winning shot. Niles led all scorers with 30 points, IO of which came in the last two minutes of the game. Junior Jason Yernngton contributed 12 points and sophomore post Josh Gregory added eight. The Volunteers took their only lead of the half after a dunk late in the fourth period. But the Rangers responded quickly and hit six 6-pointers, four by Niles, to capture a 24-14 lead. Lee responded in the second quarter with two quick threes and a basket off an offensive rebound to pull them within two. The Rangers then made a quick 6-0 run with baskets from Yerrington, Gregory and Jecon Brown to extend their lead to 30-22. The Volunteers continued crashing the glass and got two more baskets off rebounds which forced the Rangers to bum a timeout with two minutes left in the half. Another basket by Gregory and a goal-tending call on the Volunteers pushed the Rangers ahead See RANGERS/2B Hammonds to Brewers, Boone back to Mariners By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After having a career year for Colorado, Jeffrey Hammonds became the latest free agent to get a big deal, agreeing Friday on a $21.75 million, three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. As most teams shut down for a 10-day holiday break, the Seattle Mariners brought back former second baseman Bret Boone, agreeing a $3.25 million, one-year deal. Seattle also re-signed catcher Tom Lampkin, agreeing to a $1.2 million, one-year contract. Erie Davis decided against retiring, the 38-year-old outfielder agreeing to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis, Davis’ team last year, agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Quinton McCracken. There also was one trade. Ryan Minor, once considered to be the heir apparent to Cal Ripken in Baltimore, was traded by the Orioles to Montreal for minor league pitcher Jorge Julio. Outfielder Karim Garcia, a former minor league player of the year, agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Hammonds, 29, hit .335 last season, the fourth-highest average in the National League last season. Playing half the time at Coors Field, he hit 20 homers with a career-high 106 RBIs. “Jeffrey had a breakthrough season in 2000, but I think that’s because he had an opportunity to play,” Brewers general manager Dean Taylor said. “His numbers were good because he was a solid player, not just from playing in Coors Field. He will become a key part of our offense as well as improve our defense.” Milwaukee already had three outfielders who would be starters on most teams. Battle of unbeatens in 2A Celina-Mart headline four state title games AUSTIN (AP) — Here’s a rarity: Two undefeated teams, both defending state champions, meeting in a winner-take-all title game. Celina (15-0) will put its 40-game winning streak on the line Saturday when it plays Mart (15-0, winner of 30 straight) for the Class 2A Division II championship. Celina has won the last two 2A Division II crown and its coach, G.A. Moore, is unbeaten in six career championship games; he’s also the state’s active leader in victories with 373. Mart won the 2A Division I title last season. “It has the making for an incredible game,” said Mart coach Terry Cron. “I hope we bring our A-game ” Before this season, Mart players went to Cron and turned in their championship rings because they didn’t want to get caught thinking about their past. Cron had the jewelry locked in a safe deposit box at the First National Bank of Mart. “Last year was great, but we’re a different team,” Cron said. “We don’t need to be living on the laurels of last year. We have to scrap and fight, it’s been a dogfight since we got in the playoffs.” Division II TODAY’S DISIVION ll STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ■ CLASS 5A: Katy (15-0) vs. Tyler John Tyler (12-3), 11:07 a.m. at Astrodome in Houston. ■ CLASS 4A: Ennis (13-2) vs. West Orange-Stark (15-0), noon at Texas Stadium in Irving. ■ CLASS 2A: Celina (15-0) vs. Mart (15-0), 3 p.m. at Texas Stadium in living. ■ CLASS 1 A: Stratford (15-0) vs. Burkeville (10-4), 4:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium in Waco. Tickets available at gates Last week, Mart trailed Refugio 20-0 in the first quarter, then came back to win 21-20 with Quan Crosby scoring the game-deciding 2-point conversion in the final minutes. On Tuesday, Crosby was named the 2A offensive player of the year and runner-up defensive player of the year. He made first-team all-state at quarterback and defensive back. “Quan is in a league by himself,” Moore said. “But he’s not all they got, and that’s See BATTLE/2B ;