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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Page 6 Herald-Zedung New Braunfels. Texas Thursday December 31.198’ Auburn not afraid of domed stadiums By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Auburn hasn t played a game indoors since the 1984 Sugar Bowl The Tigers don't feel that will be any disadvantage when they make their reappearance in the Superdome against Syracuse on Friday We may not be completely comfortable playing inside after only two days of practicing in the Superdome, but I don't think it will put us at a disadvantage.” Auburn tight end Walter Reeves said “It all boils down to concentrating and doing what you have to do to win,” safety Greg Staples said The fourth-ranked and unbeaten Orangemen are accustomed to the peculiarities of playing inside because they practice and play their home games at the Carrier Dome “I think we ll be at a slight advantage playing inside because we are a dome team ourselves.” Syracuse tailback Robert Drummond said. “The only difference is the dome here is a lot bigger ” Auburn plays at Jordan Hare Stadium, an outdoor facility Playing in the warmer climate of the Deep South gives little reason for the Tigers' Southeastern Con ference foes to have enclosed stadiums, so No 6 Auburn doesn't get to play inside on the road, either The Sugar Bowl is the only New Y ear s Day game to be played indoors The only oiher indoor bow l game is tonight's Bluebonnet, featuring Pittsburgh and Texas today’s other game was the Gator Bowl, with No 7 Louisiana State facing No 9 South Carolina this afternoon In other games Friday, the na tional championship w ill be dec id ed at the Orange Bowl. with No I Oklahoma playing No 2 Miami Third ranked Florida State plays No 5 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl No 8 Michigan State takes on No 18 Southern California in • «* Rose Bowl. No 14 Clemson faces No 2u Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, and 12th ranked Notre Dame opposes No 13 Texa AkM in the Cotton Bowl The bow I season ends Saturday with the Peach (No 17 Tennessee vs Indiana' and Hall of Fame Alabama Michigan> bowls Two games were played V • dnesday night rn Diego No 18 Iowa ra! bed for two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge Western Athletic Conference champion Wyoming 20-19 in the Holiday Bowl Air Force also scored twice in the final 15 minutes, but fell 33-28 to Arizona State in the Freedom Bowl at Anaheim, Calif Iowa 20/ Wyoming 19 Merton Hanks keyed Iowa's comeback by blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown, and a field goal in the closing seconds as the Haw key es conclud ed a 10-3 season Wyoming also finished 10-3 Arizona State 33/ Air Force 28 Arizona State's victory came in the final game for Coach John Cooper, who announced he was leaving the Sun Devils for Ohio State In his final game at Arizona State Cooper saw his team scored 24 points in the second quarter with the final touchdown of the half coming on Daniel Ford s 61 yard pass to Aaron Cox The Sun l>evils finished 7 4 i wTule the Falcons fell to 9 4 Syracuse believes the strangeness of playing inside might surface in several areas “It can get awful noisy when you re playing in an enclosed area like that.” Drummond said At least it does in the Carrier Dome and there s room for more people here I don't think you have that kind of noise level playing out doors ” The Carrier Dome seats 5o oui people while the Superdome which covers two acres more and stands 110 feet taller than the Car Tier Dome has a capacity of near Iv 78.UM) “They Auburn might find it harder to hear one another or to hear audibles at the line of scrim mage ' Drummond, the team s top rusher said But the Tigers summarily dismissed that factor ”1 don t think the Superdome will tx* any problem running back Stacy Dantey said We ve played before 80.Olio people at home and 93,um at Tennessee We re used to the noise a large crowd can make ‘ We got an idea of how loud the place can get Sunday at the Green Bay Saints game ” tackle Jim Thompson said Wt- do audible plays Jeff Burger the Tigers quarterback will let the guards know the play and they ll just have to pass it to the tackles and then down the line We ll just haute concentrate harder ” Heisman hopefuls in 1988 square off in Bluebonnet HOUSTON (AI*) Pittsburgh's Craig Heyward, the No 2 rusher in the nation, and Texas' Erie Metcalf, the third-ranked all purpose runner, will lead their teams New Year's Eve in the Bluebonnet Bow l in the Astrodome Heywood. “lronhead” to his teammates, gained 1.655 yards as a ‘268-pound tailback this season as a junior leading the Panthers to an 8 3 record Metcalf, the Southwest Conference player of the year this season as a junior rushed 1,161 yards and had 1,925 total yards for a 175 yards per game average lie s got that knack to break one for you Texas Coach David McWilliams said “He can make the plays as a runner or receiver ” Metcalf. 5-9. 175, caught 33 passes for 238 yards and had 526 kick return cards this season The longhorns, 6 5, fought down to tin* final game of the season for a tx*rth in the Cotton Bowl as the SWC representative before losing to the Texas Aggies 20-13 in the season finale Kickoff for the Bluebonnet is 7 p in today “There was a time when there wasn’t much bowl talk at all so Tm certainly glad to tx* here McWilliams said “We’re happy someixxly wanted us Heyward could break two of former Panther runner Tony Dorset Cs records it he rushes 32 yards and carries 14 times in the Bluebonnet Bow I IHirsett set season school records of I (*8» rushing yards and 370 carries in one season Heyward has I 655 yards and 357 carries The Panthers switched quarterbacks in the eighth game of the season against unbeaten Syracuse when freshman Darnell Dickerson came off the tx*nch to replace senior Sal Genilla It was tough because we had a senior quartet back when we made the change Pittsburgh Coach Mike Gottfried said Put Darnell's such an outstanding athlete "He could walk into any Division I school and play on their basketball team He s probably the tx*st athlete on our roster Me played the second half of the Syracuse game and he s tx*en there ever since Linebacker /.eke Gadson leads the Panther defense in talkies with 134 total and ha*- 22 sacks The Panther defense has allowed only five point v m the iast 14 quarter*- and seven touchdowns in their last eight games Aggie frosh ready for Cotton start rn*? DALLAS (AP A freshman will lead the Texas Aggies in the 52nd Cot ton Bowl Classic New Year s Day against Notre Dame But he’s no or dmary one Bucky Richardson, who scored the winning touchdown in AAM s Southwest Conference title clinching 20 13 victory over Texas will start at quarterback He doesn t w ant to think about it ‘TTI try to have fun and not worry about it ." Richardson says It s ex I citing to start against Notre Dame I think the team has a lot of confidence in me I made a few friends in the I Texas game Richardson a triple option Wishbone quarterback in high sch**»l ut Balon Rouge La has averaged 6 8 yards per carry and rushod for 423 yards His seven yard storing run t**at us in a five yard dash and Bucky wa* the fastest and the division was made to switch from a pro si vie ( a.-sing attack to a Texas AAM offensive cixirdmator ground -oriented option £ Lynn Amedee said Richardson has amazing poise for an 18 year old We didn t ge’ to work with Bucky in \ugust tx** auso we thought we The thing that is impressive atmut were going to redshift him Amedee said Then we decided to change our offense Richardson broke hts long run feel lot doing against SiHitherr Missiwipp Classic Texas and he had an -2 yard touchdown run against southern Mississppi and a 6 yarder against Rice He s the fastest guy on the team coming out of th** bbs ks said senior quarterback Craig Stump who als* will N**e ai tion The coat bes t :ru*d But kv is that tie doesn't got rattled Amedee said ll*- has a lot of con fidonee for someone who Is* as voung as he is He just tui th** right thing Here i*- another chant *■ for Buck in show hi*, wan d h the ! ■rowd speed t nm int should tx* in Hie lineup I think that run th** coat fx-v were (hat tfvev The Aggies . ti most reds sh I rte#! Rich ardson sax i It added Richardson whit eventual Iv • *1 art eel eden lent to our «. • * -a, , « k I I *a aflat kl.* four games a Intl t from the t *itit* They told me ii I Unlit I pi a t ». * I,., CT* also have first fix«* games • redstart me Hi h**v were g< , ha rd si in s, tong to aid I f resl Pav I hman qu as in res*- arter bai K tv** should w as I ry mg to do <*' k erythmg I c •mid to ti ■ I ! 'ar tx*hirul the Fight I get some playing t i nu* Past as is (Tx* tx-- st dropkick Th \4V -ear Spurs win 10th straight home game SAN ANTONIO AP Th** san Antonio Spurs wanted revenge when they played th** Sacramento King* and they got it easily The Spurs who lost to Sa* rainenlo last week went on a rampage Wednesday and trounced the Kings 14o log Tonight was sort of a payback for the game out there    said    Spurs for ward Walter Berry    who    scored A points Wednesday    We    wanted to siiow sacramento we can    tx*at them here Everyone on the team ( ame to play tonight and it was a lot of fun The Spurs Johnny Daw kins led ail scorers with 23 and Alvin Robertson had 22 as the Spurs extended their home winning streak to lo Ed Pinckney and LaSalle Thump son each had lo for Sacramento San Antonio took control of th*- game early anil I***! 74 A at the Mal! The Spurs led tty 2 points or three occasions 95-63 midway through th*- third fx-roNi I x I - Le# j the game arni Uh* final s* ore Kings Coach Bill Russell said his team played fairly The kind of turnovers w* ar* making combined with our bad shot selection makes it impovsibte to win he said “This was one of i*ui pourer rf forts of“ «• year Dawkins who sat out th** fourth quarter also had Ii assists We played .» great gam** to* g* t and hop** fully we*anplay this kind of trail oui in Sacramento next time Ro**-Tis. s.i. * ti- I***!ii a* take care of the home turf and win a few on the road The team is really playing with a lot of confidence right now Top IO sports stories start here NBA ’n ar* V I ; I. .* , IS. The A Mint I t ai) t i »* 4 I ASI I US CON* I kl SCI Sac ra menu : * J! Auantic 0>•inott A i Boston IT Pct GB Pac** a O. • .Iliff s SOM iUuiaX-iphia IHI 4 Portia owl IT IO '.X' - Nfn J ork # If Nip all 1 W asfungton * « • * St- ■» Jers**i \t2 12 , ,« rn § »< IM ll CrtO’4* D< if loon CkftMlf tv st*i r 4 .4 lh’ IS tx-trwt ll * (Ai rdbf Add* % Gimit I if f M «*.. .► #-# **• 4 1 i arni ll Washing'..* I.; t nit up * Indiana l l IJ t Irs riand .1 , KIU Hah flttflfl I \nnx I lf i f. alf! 11 . Vt a a .M-* * SXI , 4> Sa. fat! af n. *■ Al SII W N CN‘ *! Nit th l a Gdltjefi stair J I Du !*" A i. Mc* GIS iiiic Na” »" :* ' ul** f* * * I x-nst-r ii ll I r 004 Iknatun 14 I, JHb Si# Man ,«• ■ . k, sacramento forward I* **rv Islt-r atm sat * •Ut Hie start ut t! season said the spurs had the g.xx. I ti» X tat lUsc of a leg st res- f a* lure san Antonio guard Jon sand void cam e oft dx* t<erii ll alii !* porn * #* for the year ending Top ors events for the previous 12 oi In a sports filled area that #* *. .*• there is always plenty to boose from in compiling this list So much so in fact that it s going to lake us two issues of the Herald Zeituug to name all of them starting with the bottom half We love a good mystery as much as tnyone and we’re going to keep the *    a* pobhr in    uspense for another j out u hat we considered to •ie    Top    Five sports ac omplishmenis of 1987 lf    th**    meantime some well- d*    mg    area    athletes and teams have earned a p*aee in the top ten from places mx through IO Today we honor those athletes 6 New Braunfels varsity soccer team ended its season on April $ at San Antonio’s Blossom Soccer Stadium with a loss to Alamo Heights in the second round of the playoffs but the Unicorns left a trail of believers in their w uke The Unicorns finished the year with a 10-6-4 record a mark that is even more impressive when you remember that most of New Braunfels non district games were against Class 5A schools with a long history of soccer For the Unicorns, it was their se cond full season of action and tlx* first under Coach Peter Grandjcan They steadily improved all season and in its last ll matches excluding the playoff loss New Braunfels finished the year with an8-o I mark New Braunfels finished second in the newly formed District 26 5.A win ding up three points behind Smithson Valley wUh a 7 I 4 record The I mcoms had just two non starting seniors on the team so the outlook for the team could tx* even rosier in 1988 I • Region IV lost one of its fx*tt**i volleyball teams on Nov 5 when th** Canyon Cougarettes were eliminated from their drive towards State with a 16A4 15-12 loss to West t ampus in Seguin The bi district loss snapped an ll match winning streak for the Cougarettes wtio finished second in District TMA w ith a 12 2 rec ord To reach the playoffs. Canyon had to overcome losses to Kerrville Tivy and New Braunfels in two of its first three district matches The Cougarettes were the only district team to knock off eventual champion New Braunfels, erasing an embar rassmg 15-2, 15-3 loss at Unicorn Gym with a well played 10-15. 15-9. 15-11 victory at Cougarctte Gym It was the only one of Canyon s last IU district matches that were fore ed to a third game Despite earning a State ranking midway through tlx* season, dx* Cougarettes could not advance past the bi district portion of the playoffs West Campus which has a history of playing the Cougarettes very tough again brought Canyon’s season to a lurching halt just when it was beginning to look like the team was unstoppable did >ns 8 New Braunfels’ and Smithson Valley s cross country teams made the season as exciting as it has ever been. It was a wild year for cross country, especially at the District 18 4A meet, hosted by New Braunfels at Memorial Primary The meet promised to be as close as it had ever tx-**n and (tx- ra nothing to mak** th*#**- pr»*di l«M*k off th** mark Smithson Valley s boys surprised everyone by winning the district title on the rugg**tl terrain edging out New Braunfels tty two points It was th** first tim* all season ttx* Rangers had their whole team runn mg in the race, and thev made ttx* most of it with their top ruiux*rs finishing in places six seven and eight It was the first district champion ship as a ( lass 4A set***#! for Smithson \ alley in cross country New Braunfels had only one runner Darrel Hunter in loth place finish in th** Top lo overall but Hie Unicorns dominated the rx*xt group of IO with five more runners placing in the Top 20 New Braunfels had revenge in ttx* Region IV meet the next week at I T* SA edging Smithson V alley by six points for sixth place overall Misty Ruch qualified for the regionals by taking third in (tx* district meet for New Braunfels Ruch finished 12th at the regional meet in San Antonio 7 • It was not a banner year for the area varsity football teams but judging from dx* results of the sub varsity, the future is bright New Braunfels' junior varsity finished with an unblemished lo-O record for a District CMA title On the other side of town, the Canyon freshman team won the district crown with an8-11 season rec ord The Unicorns led by top rusher Brett Smithers and quarterback Danny Esqueda sowed up their title with a win over Hays in the final week The Cougars tied Kerrv ille Tivy on the final day of the season lo earn sole possession of dx* championship J Judy Schandua and the rest of the Cougarette volleyball team had a storybook season which finished a chapter too short IO. For the second straight year, the New Braunfels Unicorns won the District 18 4A t« mis crown lax! by laugh Ann h omey and her sister Rachel die Unicorns defeated •runner up Kerrville Tivy notching 68 points to Tivy s 60 laugh Ann defeated Rachel iii the finals of girls singles division John Hernandez won the boys singles division with a 6-3, 6J victory over Boerne s Bill Fahey ;