New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Chaminade does it again
Wednesday, December 26, 1984 6A
Chaminade knocks off SMU, 71-70
HONOLULU (AP) Chaminade Coach Mere Lopes compares ins unlikely giant-killers to a song that, at least for the moment, is No. I on the hit parade.
•Not too many people believe in Chaminade, not year in and year out,” Lopes said. “One upset and then they tend to forget you, you disappear from their memory. It’s like a hit song. So we just want to keep on reminding them we are for real."
Chaminade, a tiny NMA school, surfaced for the third Christmas in a row to make believers of major-college basketball. After an upset of then-12th ranked Louisville in the first round, the SUverswords won their own Western Airlines Chaminade Basketball Classic on Tuesday with a 71-70 stunner over fourth-ranked Southern .Methodist.
“Kverv team is even when the game starts,” loupes said. “I don't let us put anybody on a pedestal. We start side by side."
In 1082. Chaminade shocked the basketball world with an upset of then top-ranked Virginia, then followed a year later with an upset of Louisville. But Lopes said the win over previously unbeaten SMU may have been the biggest victory yet.
“This was bigger than Virginia because each game we build on what happened the game before," he said. “Virginia built us up for Louisville, which built us up for SMU. But it all started with Virginia.
“We prepare mentally for each game. We had put the Louisville upset out of our minds at Sunday s practice and concentrated on SMU from then.”
For a time Tuesday. it looked as if Chaminade's magic would finally ffiil. SMU held a 70-69 lead when Carl Wright blocked a shot by Chaminade’s Mark Kodngues with nine seconds to go.
After a scramble, Wright came up with the ball as the final second ticked off the clock. But Wright’s foot was out of bounds and, because the buzzer hadn't sounded, the game officials gave Chaminade the
opportunity to try a final shot.
That’s all the chance Chaminade needed. Ms the buzzer sounded, Keith Whitney’s 20-foot shot bounced on the run and fell through for the winning points. It was the lith victory rn 15 games for the SUverswords.
"I let it go as soon as I touched it,” said Whitney, who scored all but two of his 21 points in the second half. “I wanted to 'soft' it up to the basket. . .I knew it was going in when it bounced and then everyone came running at me.”
"Nice baseline shot.” said SMU Coach Dave Bliss, whose club lost for the first time in IO games. “The referees were right all the way. The buzzer must go off. You have to play until that buzzer goes off because you don’t know how much time is left.”
In the tournament’s consolation game, All-American Wayman Tisdale scored 28 points to go over the 2,000-point career plateau in leading No. 17 Oklahoma to a 90-72 romp over 20th-ranked Louisville.
Whitney, Wright and Tisdale were named to the all-tournament team along with Louisville’s Billy
Thompson and Rodrigues, whose last-second shot beat louisville iii the opening round. SMU’s Jon
Koncak, who scored 24 points in the title game, was named most
Tisdale, with 2,009 points, needs 107 points to surpass the Big Eight career record of 2,115 owned by Kansas State’s Mike Evans.
Oklahoma was forced to go to what Coach Billy Tubbs called "a spread offense” when Tisdale fouled out in the second half.
“Wayman was having a great day,” >aid Tubbs. “It's a shame he got two really picky fouls called on him that takes him out of the game. He’s the most-abused-by-the-defense play er in the country.
“I thought the key was going to the four corners when we got into foul trouble. We probably haven’t spent lo minutes practicing on that all year because you can’t use it in the Big Eight.
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The Texas Longhorns' defense will need consistenly tough defense ’onight to go out on a winning note
Texas, Iowa mixing work, play
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Two teams that .suffered through poor finishes in the regular football season are looking to the inaugural Freedom Bow I as an opportunity to erase some of the bad memories.
The Texas Longhorns, who lost their final two games to finish 7-4-1, meet the Iowa Hawkeyes, who went 1-2-1 in their final four games and ended up 7-3-1, meet tonight in the bowl game al Anaheim Stadium. Kickoff w ill be 7 p.m., CST.
Texas Coach Fred Akers wants his team to enjoy its trip to California.
“It’s a reward for a football team,” Akers said at a press confernce. "I would be upset if all we did was come out and think about the game. We would miss a great deal of w hat a bow I really is “We’re a bowl team. So you generally gave players who know how to turn on and turn off. They should know when business takes tile place of pleasure.”
Iowa Coach Hayden Fry has his team thinking the same way.
“We treat a bowl game as a reward for the players, the fans, and the coaches," Fry saidFreedom Bowl
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“I’m not say ing we’re not trying to win These kuls are missing an opportunity to be at home w itll their families for the holidav s."
The game has. however, captured the attention of the play ers
I want to finish out on a winning note, said Texas defensive lineman Tony Degrate, win was awarded the I .oinbardi \ward .is college football’s premier college lineman.
“It seems like your last garni w ill be the one you
remember most. Our last .ame against I ex. iv.. AAM didnt turn out so ell, so personally. I’m looking for a little satisfaction Cd like lo finish out ona winning note with a win against Iowa
“Atter our last game. wi Isl wanted to . i and hide," said Johnny (day. the Longhorns’ All-\meriean defensive back But then we .started thinking that a bowl garni1 would give us another chance We could go then- and try and come out as winners. The seniors are icalix taking the game seriously They don’t w.mt to . o out on a wrong note.”
Both teams have been working out in the area only since Saturday because their players had final examinations all last week
“Our practices have gone well," Akers said
boots Blue in all-star showcaseGray
MONTGOMERY, Ala AP/ Tennessee’s Laud Bevel/ said his four field goals in the 47th annual Blue-Gray Classic shows he can kic k like a pro, whether the pros want him or not Ravel/s footwork and two touchdown receptions by Mississippi Valley’s Jerry Rice highlighted a 484-yard offensive show ing that gave the South a 33-0 victory over the North Tuesday Kaveiz kicked field goals of 41, 43, 52 and ill) yards w ithout using a tee for the first
time rn his career.
Pro kickers aren’t allowed to u : a tee. and some college kickers were never able to make the adjustment. But Kaviez said bis first try “really helped my confidence.” Kaveiz has yet to hear anything from professional scouts, but after Tuesday’s kic king performance, he said: “Even if I end up not being good enough, it won’t be the end of my life.”
Rice, the game’s most valuable play er and a member of The Associated Press
Division LAA All-America team, caught four passes for IGI yards, one a 60-yard touc hdown throw from Alabama halfback Paul OU Carruth.
The Gray, with C’lemson’s Mike Eppley and Vanderbilt’s Kurt Page directing the offense, pounded out 233 yards rushing and 251 yards passing, while the South defenders held the Blue offense to seven y ards on the ground and 193 passing.
The game’s leading rusher was Alabama’s Kicky Moore, who picked up 113
yards iii 13 carries. North Carolina State's Joe .McIntosh, the workhorse of the South rushing attack with 22 carries, added 78 yards.
The South took charge atter Brigham Young’s Lee Johnson booted a 39-yard field goal to give the Blues a 3-0 lead w ith 6:34 left in the first quarter
Following an exc hange of punts. Memphis State’s Derrick Burroughs intercepted a pass by Pacific’s Paul Berner and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. The
extra point by Bevel/ gave the Gray a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter
Johnson made it 7-6 with a 59-yard field goal with 7:57 left iii the first half, hut the South responded by moving 70 yards for its second touchdown Page finished the 10-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass ti) Rice.
Bevel/, kicked his first two field goals in the third period for a 20-6 South advantage and. atter the ( arruth-Kiee touchdown, added two more in the final period.Two eras ended in Comal County track
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Two Comal County trac k eras came to an end iii 1984
In girls’ trac k, the incomparable Kim Whitaker finished up her high school career w ith her third state championship in the 3,200 meters.
And in the boys’ division, Smithson Valley’s Andy Henshaw completed an amazing comeback from a serious neck injury to finish second in the state in both the shot put and discus.
Four local athletes qualified for the girls' state meet, while Henshaw and Smithson Valley \s Darren Gray qualified for a trip to the boys meet.
Whitaker's third trip to Austin led the local girls’ performances in the spring, as she also finished second in the 1,600 at the state meet The long-distance marvel accepted a scholarship to attend Bice at the end of the season
Canyon won its first medal at the girls’ state meet when sophomore Nancy Tieken rallied to finish third in the 800 meters. Tieken was sixth after the race’s first lap, but wound up with a 2:17.7 for the medal
Smithson Valley’s Kim Huntsucker, meanwhile, just missed a medal when she finished fourth in the Class JA 400 meters. Huntsucker ran a personal-best 58.9.
New Braunfels’ Teresa Thomas also ran 58.9 in finishing sixth in the 4A 400 meters. Thomas missed half the track season but still qualified for state.
Smithson Valley’s girls, with no seniors on the squad, raced to a third-place finish at the District 26-3A meet at Randolph. Rangerettes winning district titles were Shalynn McCoy (8801984The year in sports
and triple jump), Kiln Wagner (IOO hurdles), Huntsucker and the team of Tammy Wilcut, McCoy, Wagner and Huntsucker (1,600 relay),
New Braunfels’ girls finished third in the district meet, but lost Kourtney Kahler at the district meet when she finished third in the 800 and third in the 1,600. Jana Chafin finished third in three events at district as well.
The Unicorns sent two relays to the regional meet — the 400 relay team of Thomas, Chafin, Michelle Sirnmonds and Virginia Hildebrand and the 1,600 relay of Thomas, Hildebrand, Chafin and Kahier. Both teams were second in district.
Canyon’s girls were fifth at the district meet, and the Cougarettes sent Tieken, who also went in the high jump, and Stephanie Burch (400) to regionals.
On the boys’ side, Henshaw finished his career as the region’s top shot putter and the No. 2 man in the discus. He came back from a ligament injury in his neck to dominate his events the last two years.
Gray made a return trip to the state meet in the 800 meters, finishing fifth in a personal-best 1:56.8.
The Bangers, behind the expected performances of Henshaw and Gray, and unexpected finishes by Clark Hamlet i first in the 3,200), Eutiino Trigo (second in the 3,200) and Butch liegeman (second in the high jump), finished third at the district meet with 92 points. The 1,600 relay team of Bonnie Higdon, Bubba Wisdom, Mike Sherwood and Gray also qualified for regional by finishing second.
Smithson Valley’s junior varsity team gave its notice to tile entire district by winning the JV division with a whopping 205 points.
At the 16-4A boys’ meet iii Kerrville, New Braunfels finished third and Canyon fourth.
The biggest disappointment at the meet came when Lockhart edged the Cougars in the 1,600 relay, ending the season for one of the area’s fastest relays. Canyon’s best time of the season, a 3:27, would have qualified the Cougars for the state meet if they had reached regionals.
Canyon’s Mike I-eal scored the school’s first district double, winning the 1,600 and 3,200, and then finished third in the 1,600 at regionals. Mauro Alvizo teamed with Ix.*al in the 3,200, and they finished 5-6 at rf gionals.
New Braunfels’ Kenan Ikels won the district pole vault, with teammate Greg Bender second and Canyon’s Glenn Nemec third. Ikels finished third at regionals.
The Unicorns’ Kraig Krause topped his personal best by 22 inches to win the shot put at Kerrville, and he was fourth in the regionals.
In cross country this fall, Canyon junior Rhonda I<auck returned to the state meet, where she battled wind and chilly conditions to finish 34th.
NANCY TIEKEN .. .returning state medalist