New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
■ WHAT: SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, Northwestern Wildcats (8-3) vs. Nebraska Comhuskers (9-2)
■ WHEN: 7 p.m. today
■ WHERE: Alamodome in San Antonio
■ TV: ESPN
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San Antonio Spurs at Indiana Pacers, 6:30 p.m. on KMOL.
College Basketball Women’s — Illinois at Auburn, 11 a.m. on KENS.
Women’s — Purdue at Michigan, 1 p.m. on KENS.
Women’s — Tennessee at Connecticut, 3 p.m. on KENS.
Men’s — Utah at Texas, 7 p.m. on FXSP.
College Football Alamo Bowl, Nebraska vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Football Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins, 11:30 a.m. on KSAT.
St. Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints, 3 p.m. on KSAT.
High School Football Cotton Bowl All-Star Game, 2 p.m. on FXSP.
Figure Skating Grand Slam Super Teams, noon on FXSP.
Senior Match Play Challenge, 11 a.m. on ESPN.
Skills Challenge, 3 p.m. on KMOL.
World Long Drive Championship, 6 p.m. on FXSP.
Rangers rough up Eagles
Smithson Valley wins Uvalde Tournament
Smithson Valley’s boys basketball team beat Uvalde, 65-42, in the finals of Uvalde Tournament on Friday to capture the title.
In the semifinals, the Rangers defeated West Campus 66-54 and in the opening round they defeated Corrizo Springs, 86-44.
Josh Niles was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Chase Shipley and Jecon Brown each earned “All-Tournament” honors.
Badgers burn Bruins 21-20 in Sun Bowl
EL PASO (AP) — Humbled, injured, taunted and tired, Jamar Fletcher still got in the last word on UCLA receiver Freddie Mitchell.
“We got the win, so we all got the last laugh,” Wisconsin’s star cornerback said after his midfield interception with a minute left preserved the Badgers’ 21-20 victory over the battered Bruins in the Sun Bowl.
Mitchell walked away with the MVP award after catching nine passes for a Sun Bowl-record 180 yards, including a 64-yard TD reception.
Fletcher, the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, stepped in front of Brian Poli-Dixon at midfield for his seventh interception of the season and his first big play in an afternoon filled with frustration.
Deaton scores 17 in SVs 63-58 win over Luling
By Bryan Adams
Smithson Valley senior post Patrice Deaton caught fire in the fourth quarter to carry the Rangers to a 63-58 win over the Luling Lady Eagles on Friday at SVHS.
Deaton scored all of her nine second-half points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 17 to help the Rangers improve their record to 14-4 this season.
The Lady Eagles, who never led in the fourth period, cut the Rangers’ lead to 58-56 with 1:30 remaining in the game before Contessa Steen had a chance to tie it at the free throw line with 37 seconds on the clock. She missed both free throws.
Smithson Valley junior Harmony Schwethelm grabbed the rebound on the second miss and was fouled. She hit the first one and missed the second one, but Deaton was there for the offensive rebound. Deaton scored off the rebound and was foul. She completed the three-point play to give the Rangers a 62-56 lead.
“I knew we had to get that rebound,” said Deaton, who also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. “I knew if I hit that free throw we would put them away.”
The Rangers overcame a 37-33 halftime deficit.
“We tried to stay calm and force the ball inside in the second half,” Deaton said. “That’s been one of our biggest problems this year is being patient with the offense.”
After a very physical first half, Smithson Valley came out of the locker room at halftime with more
Y2K brought many memorable moments in sports to NB
Almost every year near the end of December, at almost every newspaper or magazine, sports fanatics like myself try to analyze the year gone by and pick out the best moments.
No matter what the topic is, readers love to learn what the experts think was the best. People love top IO lists and countdowns. As a reader, I agree. Perhaps it is the German in me that wants to rank everything and put everything in order.
But, when you are the one trying to recall 365 days of sports, it’s not as fun as some people might think. It is inevitable that someone will disagree with me and
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argue that something else should have made the list. Maybe that is why people love top TO lists so much. Maybe it is the debate that draws people’s attention.
Whatever the case may be, here is this year’s top IO sports stories in New
Braunfels for the year 2000.
■ 10. District realignment: Just making it under the wire as one of the top IO sports stories in 2000 was the new' District 27-4A. This year was not just another year of district realignment for the people of Comal County. Heated rivalries came to a boil in all sports as the New Braunfels Unicorns, Canyon Cougars and Smithson Valley Rangers were thrown into the same district.
■ 9. New head football coaches/ athletic directors: As often as districts change, some high schools change their coaching staffs almost as often. The year
2000 not only marked the new beginning of one Comal County football team, but two. New Braunfels hired within and picked Rick Rhoades as their new head coach and athletic director. Canyon, who was looking for their third new head football coach and athletic director in four years, went out and got Brad Wright. And thus, a new era of football at two schools began.
■ 8. New Braunfels football coach Tim Kingsbury retires: Speaking of coaching changes, many
Cornhuskers, Wildcats ready to battle at the Alamo Bowl
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Smithson Valley senior guard Heather Polhamus, left, dribbles the ball up the court past Luling’s Ashley Barton (22) during Friday’s game at SVHS. The Rangers defeated the Lady Eagles, 63-58.
Harrington threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and caught a halfback pass for another one as the Ducks (10-2) finished the first 10-win season in their 105-year history. Texas (9-3), which had hoped to
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Longhorns quack under pressure
By Bernie Wilson AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Now this was a Holiday Bowl. •
There were big plays, hard hits and a huge performance by Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, who had his hand in four touchdowns as the No. 8 Ducks beat No. 12 Texas 35-30 on Friday night in another wild Holiday Bowl.
And it wasn’t settled until a desperation pass by Texas sophomore Chris Simms fell incomplete in the end zone as time ran out.
tions to set up the winning score, a 4-yard end-around by Jason Willis with 5:46 left.
Harrington came out fired up, seemingly intent on atoning for his six turnovers in a devastating 23-13 loss to Oregon State that cost the Ducks the Pacific-IO Conference’s Rose Bowl berth.
Texas helped make it exciting, but in the wrong way. The Longhorns moved to the Ducks’ 22 with about three minutes to play, but their two heralded freshmen wide receivers, BJ. Johnson and Roy Williams, each dropped a pass in the end zone.
The Longhorns got the ball back with 1:37 to play when De’Andre Lewis recovered a fumble on a botched handoff. But two plays later, cornerback Rashad Bauman capped a big game by the Ducks’ defense with an interception at the 16.
It wasn’t over yet, though. Oregon took a safety with 21 seconds left and the free kick went to the Texas 37. The Longhorns got to the Ducks’ 39 before Simms’ final pass. Simms, son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, finished with four interceptions.
The No. 18 Wildcats (8-3) haven’t been to a bowl game since playing Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl following the 1996 season. Northwestern won the Big Ten title in 1995 and went to the Rose Bowl, but before that had not played in a bowl since the 1948 Rose.
The Comhuskers have played in 39
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By Doug Alden AP Sports Writer
SAN ANTONIO — Bowl games are an annual ritual at Nebraska.
For Northwestern, a postseason appearance is a little more of a rarity with a total of three. Saturday’s Alamo Bowl against Nebraska will be Northwestern’s fourth.
“I’ve addressed that with them. It’s like Babes in Toyland or kids in a candy store — this is so atypical, so out of our routine that you just don’t know what to expect,” coach Randy Walker said Friday. “I think we’ve started to get grounded pretty well.”
The matchup itself is a little out of the ordinary: Northwestern, which until the mid-1990s was the perennial understudy in the Big Ten, facing No. 9 Nebraska (9-2), which won three national titles in the ’90s and hasn’t had a losing season since 1961.