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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zettung — Saturday, December 31, 2005 Canyon running back Chase Wilke. PORIS COMING SUNDAY Top picks Best football players, coaches named. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] UCLA rolls over Northwestern EL PASO (AP) — Brandon Breazell returned two onside kicks for touchdowns and Drew Olson recovered from an awful first quarter by throwing three TD passes, leading No. 17 UCLA to a 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl on Friday. With star tailback Maurice Drew limited to punt returns after a first-half shoulder injury, Chris Markey finished with 150 yards rushing and Kahlil Bell added 136 yards. The Bruins (10-2) gave coach Karl Dorrell his first bowl victory in three tries. The Wildcats (7-5) pulled within 36-31 with 2:29 to play when Brett Basanez threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mark Philmore, but Breazell — a receiver lined up to make sure the Bruins kept the ball — returned the ensuing onside kick 43 yards. After Basanez added a 5-yard TD pass to Shaun Her-bert with 23 seconds remaining, Breazell struck again by taking the next onside kick for a 41-yard score, punctuating the highest-scoring Sun Bowl ever. Texas crushes Prarie View AUSTIN (AP) — Brad Buckman returned after missing two games with an injury and scored a season-high 20 points to lead No. 15 Texas to a 110-38 victory over Prairie View A&M on Friday night. P.J. Tucker added 26 points for the Longhorns (10-2), while LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Buckman missed the last two games after twisting his right knee in a blowout loss to No. I Duke almost three weeks ago. He hurt himself again Friday, rolling his ankle early in the game. But he returned and finished with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Phillip Scott had IO points for Prairie View (3-7), which shot 27 percent and had 31 turnovers which led to 36 Texas points. The 72-point margin was the most for the Longhorns since a 148-71 victory over Northern Montana in 1978. Tucker had 11 rebounds as Texas outrebounded Prairie View 51-25. Texas used a 21 -3 run late in the first half to take a 35-10 lead on the way to a 49-16 halftime advantage. The Longhorns shot 57 percent in the first half and 55 percent for the game. The Longhorns forced 20 first-half turnovers, the most in more than IO years. DAILY -KET Cowboys throw Hall Mary Dallas hopes to keep its playoff hopes alive | when St. Louis visits in season finale. Time: 7:30p.m. (ESPN) Texans play In Bush Bowl Houston visits San Francisco knowing a loss uould guarantee a date with Reggie Bush. Time: 3:30 p.m. District play resumes In force NB boys and girls visit Lake Travis, Smithson Valley boys and girls vist Judson. Time: Games start between 6 and 8 p. rn. Saints headed back to Louisiana in January By Tim Price The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Idle New Orleans Saints will return to Louisiana in 2006, that much seems certain. Exactly when and where they will play games gets a little fuzzier. The owner says maybe as early as September in the hurricane-ravaged Superdome. The NFL commissioner says, “It s too early to say...." The two made separate statements Friday about the teams future, and while both were upbeat, Paul Tagli-abue was far more cautious in setting a timetable for or even a site for the Saints’ first game back home. “There are a lot of things yet to be accomplished to make it more than a one-year amusement,” he said after meeting with Saints players and coaches for about five hours. “There are a lot of chicken-and-egg decisions. It’s a complicated situation.” “We might be back here on our bended knee asking to play a few more games.” — Tom Benson Saints owner Asked whether the New Orleans market could support an NFL team long-term, he said, “We think it can, but it’s not a slam-dunk." However, owner Tom Benson said the state agency managing the Superdome told him the stadium can be ready for games by Sept. 15. But because earlier estimates put the target opening in November, Benson acknowledged he needed another 30 days to feel comfortable the September date can be met, adding: “We might be back here on our bended knee asking to play a few more games.” On a more definite note, Benson said the Saints will return to their practice complex in Metairie, La., next month. Players have been told they will have access to the facility by Jan. 16. “There were guys that didn’t want to go back — the majority probably didn’t want to go back,” receiver Joe Horn said, “but I can’t wait to get back because its home.” Tagliabue urged a return to New Orleans to help in the ongoing rebuilding effort following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. But he wouldn’t rule out more games in San Antonio in 2006, a city he said would “be on anyone’s short list” if the league expands. “It’s too early to say whether the games will be played at the dome or in Louisiana,” Tagliabue said. At least one Saints player has serious doubts about any fall opening, no matter the month. “I don’t think the Superdome will be ready next year at all,” offensive guard Kendyl Jacox said. “They were saying November. I don’t think it’ll be ready by then, either.” Bill Curl, a Superdome spokesman, called the September date “not totally conclusive, but within the realm of possibility.” “It probably won’t be absolutely complete, but we could be able to safely and comfortably accommodate a capacity crowd,” he said. “There could be some unfinished painting and some work going on in back-of-the-house areas or finishing the trim in the suites, but you could still be there. ... That’s what we’re hoping for. “Whenever it is ready — and, hopefully, in September—it certainly will be a national event and a lot of eyes will be focused on the dome and saying, Wow, they did it.’ That’s why this urgency to get it ready is so important,” Curl said. See PARKS, Page 3A Rangers fall in District 26-5A opener By Kevin Washburn Correspondent Armed with a distinct height advantage, the SA Churchill boy’s basketball team routed Smithson Valley Friday night. In the district opener for both teams, Churchill used its size to get off quick en route to tile 53-25 victory over die Rangers. “They’re big,” said Smithson Valley coach Alk u I Miller. “They have a seven-footer dan Markolf) standing in the middle of their zone and some other long kids." Markolf led tile team with 15 points and made it tough for the Rangers to do anything inside due to his shotbloddng. Churchill also received solid contributions from other players. Mickey Johnson scored 14, K.C. Mendez had eight and Alex Elizondo and Sam Markolf each had six. Miller said Churchill's size did present problems, but Ids team's inability to make shots was also to blame. “We didnt knock down the shots that we needed to, arid I thought we were getting some good looks,” Miller said. “I thought we liad die right people taking shots for us. We just did n’t convert, and I think it just snowballed after that.” The Rangers did have trouble shooting, especially in the first quarter. Churchill fed the ball inside repeatedly and jumped out to a 19-2 lead. The Rangers didn’t lay down, though. They used defense to fight back in the second quarter, forcing nine Churchill turnovers and cutting the deficit to 26-14 at halftime. I he third quarter started out much like die second had ended. Smithson Valley opened with a 6-2 run, keyed by two Brad Respondek three-pointers. Miller said his team knew Churchills size would be a problem and had a plan to combat it “One of the things we talked trying to do was to beat their zone back—not giving them a chance to set up,” said Miller. “ I luring that little run, that was what we were able to do.” Hie nine-point deficit was as close as Smithson Valley would get. After Respondek’s three, Churchill forced three-straight Ranger turnovers and ended the quarter on a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach. Respondek led Smithson Valley with ll points. Melvin Echard chipped in with four points and the trio of Dominic Hamilton, Mitch Keogh and Taylor O’Neal scored three points apiece. Miller said he tried to impress on his team that this was only the first district game and there is plenty of time left in the district season to get back on track. “This was Churchill’s night. We get another chance at them and hopefully the next time it ll be our night. We’re going to come back to (work tomorrow morning ready to get after it It doesn’t get any easier.” Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley guard Justin Young (30) tries to get off a pass while two Churchill defenders fight for the loose ball. Left, Dominic Hamilton brings the ball up the court. Churchill 42, Smithson Valley 36 The Smithson Valley girls basketball team suffered the same fate as the boys, losing to Churchill 42-36. The Rangers were led by Mallory Craig's nine points. Also chipping in were Brittany Arredondo with eight points and Mallory Meyers with severe The Smithson Valley boys’ and girls’ teams will both play on Tuesday at Judson. The girls start at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30. Canyon 48, Second Baptist 31 Austin New appears fully recovered from an injury that sidelined him several games earlier this month. Friday, he poured in 15 points to lead Canyon to a 48-31 victory over Second Baptist in the the championship game of the Second Baptist Eagle Holiday Classic. After struggling defensively in the first two games of the tournament, Canyon put on a defensive clinic against the second ranked team in the Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools poll. Matt Zachary added seven points for the Cougars, Isaiah jackson had six and Brian I lidal-go and Michael Bradley I lad five. The Cougars will visit Austin Davis in a nondistrict game at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Cosby’s heart lies with Longhorns after baseball stint BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Quan Cosby was supposed to have been long gone from Texas by now. A top football prospect signed in 2001, he was another jewel in a star-studded Longhorns recruiting class. That was before the Los Angeles Angels lured him away with a lucrative contract to chase dreams of playing in the World Series. Cosby is in college now, and back in California in pursuit of a college football national championship when the Na 2 Longhorns take on top- ranked USC in the Rose Bowl. Being surrounded by the glamor and glitz of Los Angeles sure beats the dusty infields of midsummer games in towns like Mesa, Ariz., and Provo, Utah. “You can’t beat the college football atmosphere,” said Cosby, who has developed from an early-season project into a dangerous speedster in the Texas receiving corps. It just took him a while to realize it. Cosby was one of the top athletes in Texas when he signed with the Longhorns in February 2001 out of Class 2A Mart High School, about 22 miles east of Waco. A standout in football, baseball and track, he was a two-time all-state quarterback. He also was an all-state defensive back who his coach bragged would “knock the living snot out of you.” In track, he won state titles in the IOO meters (10.46 seconds) and the 200 meters (21.31) and made recruiting trips with future Longhorns Cedric Benson and Derrick Johnson, who are both now in the NFL. But the baseball Angels lured him away by drafting him in the sixth round. They signed him to a five-year dei with an $820,000 signing bonus. He bought a new truck and hit the road. He left football in his rearview mirror, but it was never out of sight as he bounced his way around the minor leagues. Long bus rides, a .260 career batting average as an outfielder in Rookie League and Class A ball and summers in stifling See HORNS, Page 9A California, Texas battle for wine, boots, beef in Rose Bowl wager SACRAMENTO (AP) — More will be at stake in Wednesday’s Rose Bowl game between USC and Texas than a national championship. If Texas upsets No. I USC, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will send a basketful of California delights to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among them — avocados, winter strawberries, garlic, salmon and, of course, Napa Valley wines. And if the Trojans win the BCS title game? Think citrus, Blue Bell ice cream and barbecued beef brisket heading to California. Both governors also are offering handmade cowboy boots that will go up for auction — perhaps on eBay — with the proceeds going to charity. Schwarzenegger and Perry applauded the teams, but Perry took an extra step and predicted the score — Texas 45, USC 26: “I look forward to watching the Longhorns trample the'Trojans,” he said. ;