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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Quick Hits ^Basketball scores CMS seventh graders win district Canyon Middle School’s seventh grade boys basketball team won its district tournament Friday and Saturday at Alamo Heights. Dennis Weidner’s squad defeated Spring Branch 57-31, Dobie Middle School (Schertz) 43-34 and Alamo Heights 55-45 in overtime. Team members include Trenton Wehe, Shawn Thompson, Michael Tabler, Jimmy Sacundo, Cody Stripling, Jeremy Molinet, Cane Koebel, Walter Wetz, Elizar Salinas, Drew Harrison, Ryan Petrie and Steve Homer. Unicorns fall to Westlake The New Braunfels Unicorns boys’ basketball team fell to Austin Westlake 85-67 Friday in Austin. The Unicorns were led in scoring by Ryan Parker (23), Michael Garcia (14) and Travis Monk (ll). NBMS girls extend winning streak New Braunfels Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball teams continued their winning season on Thursday. The “A” team scored 53 points while holding Dobie Middle School to IO points. The “B” team won its game against Dobie 49-5. Troutfest starts Thursday The 12th annual Troutfest takes place Thursday through Feb. 13 at the spring-fed pool at the Aquatics Complex in Landa Park. The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from IO a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekends. Children and seniors can buy passes to the event for $4; adult passes are $6 and disabled individuals are admitted at no charge. Each pass has a IO fish limit, and no more than five fish can be taken home each day. A special event at Troutfest is the kid’s fishing tournament, which will take place from 8 a.m. to IO a.m. Saturday. Game Time ►Today High School Boys’ Basketball New Braunfels at Bowie, 8 p.m. San Marcos at Canyon, 7:45 p.m. Bastrop at Smithson Valley, 7:45 p.m. High School Girls’ Basketball Smithson Valley at Bastrop, 7:30 p.m. Canyon at San Marcos, 7:45 p.m. Bowie at New Braunfels, 8 p.m. High School Boys’ Soccer Canyon at Kerrville Tivy, 8 p.m. High School Girls’ Soccer Smithson Valley at Reagan, 5:15 p.m. NBA Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m. Washington at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Seattle at Utah, 9 p.m. Chicago at Portland, 10 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. NHL Anaheim at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Boston at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 9 p.m. St. Louis at Calgary, 9 p.m. Phoenix at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Herald-ZeitungSports Tuesday, February I, 2000 IB Vermeil goes from under the arch to over the rainbow By Dave Goldberg AP Football Writer (AP) Yes, Dick ATLANTA Vermeil cried. A day after his team’s Super Bowl victory, he spoke of his late mother Alice and how she was sure he would one day come back and coach an NFL champion. Other Super Bowl coaches have handled these day-after news conferences their own way: Mike Ditka complained about voters choosing the wrong MYP; Bill Walsh lobbied for George Seifert to succeed him as 49ers’ coach; Bill Parcells suggested that for him to lose a few pounds was “like throwing a deck chair off the Titanic.” Not Vermeil. The 63-year-old coach was not about to get flip at a time like this. This was supposed to be a man too old for the job. This old-school coach sheds tears when he cuts players, discusses their injuries — even when something good happens to them. Monday was no exception. He spoke not only about his mother, but about a quarterback falling through cracks and a game-saving tackle that gave the St. Louis Rams — 4-12 a year ago — a 23-16 Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans. He acknowledged that Kurt Warner, the first player since Steve Young five years ago to be both regular-season and Super Bowl MVP, was the kind of quarterback who doesn’t get a fair shake. Indeed Warner needed luck to make it. But it wasn’t luck that resulted in 414 yards passing, including a 73-yard strike to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 left that turned out to be the winner. District run AMANDA BECK/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School senior, Matt Self, chases after the ball during Monday night’s soccer game against Austin Crockett. Because of early deadlines, the score was unavailable at press time. NB swimmers headed to region Special to the Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Unicorns swimming team came in third overall in the district 14-5 A meet this past weekend at the Texas Swim Center in Austin. Regional qualifiers included Allison Becker, Jamie Vaughan, Paige Flume and Shane Hanover placing third in the girls’ medley relay and the girls’ 200 free relay. Flume placed fourth in the girls’ 50 free and third in the girls’ IOO free. Ryan Becker placed fourth in the boys’ 50 free and third in the boys’ IOO free. Jaime Vaughan placed fifth in the girls’ IOO breast, and Shane Hanover placed sixth in the girls’ IOO breast. Whitney Douglas, Gina Billera, Kate Mendenhall and Lena Cardinal placed third in the girls’ 400 free relay. Regionals will take place on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Texas Swim Center in Austin. Off his Rocker Atlanta Braves pitcher suspended over comments By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was suspended from spring training and the first month of the baseball season Monday for the remarks he made about foreigners, homosexuals and minorities last year. “Mr. Rocker should understand that his remarks offended practically every element of society and brought dishonor to himself, the Atlanta Braves and major league baseball,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “The terrible example set by Mr. Rocker is not what our great game is about and, in fact, is a profound breach of the social compact we hold in such high regard” Selig said. Selig also fined Rocker $20,000 and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. Tile fine will go to organizations that promote diversity. The players’ association said it expected to file a grievance over the penalty, one of the harshest ever levied against a player for an action not related to drug use. A grievance would force the matter before an arbitrator. Rocker said he was considering an appeal of Selig’s decision. The suspension would not affect Rocker’s salary, expected to be between $200,000 and $300,000. “I do not believe it is appropriate that I should be harshly disciplined for my misguided speech unaccompanied by any conduct on my part,” Rocker said in a statement released by his agents NBJGA conducts beginner tournament Special to the Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Junior Golf Association had its January Beginner Division Tournament on Jan. 22. Seventeen juniors participated in the nine hole tournament which was hosted at Sundance Gold Course. Travis Turner emerged as the champion of the Yellow division by recording a six over par round of 35, which included four pars. In second place with an identical score of 35 was Chris Kopp. Kopp recorded six pars during the round, but he lost first place to Turner in a six hole putt-off. Trey Schaefer finished in third place and Justin Baker Fmished in fourth place with scores of 38 and 41 respectively. Schaefer scored a birdie on the first hole to go along with two pars for his round. In the Green A modified tee division, Russell Krueger captured the title with a score of 40 which included one birdie and one par. Matt Ramirez claimed second place with a score of 42 which included three pars. Cousins, Bryce Fikac and Sean Hill finished with an identical score of 43. Fikac claimed third and Hill finished first after a five hold putt-off. The Green B modified tee division Dallas Figol claimed first place with a score of 42. Lillian Ferguson claimed second place with a score of 45 during her first trip to the Green B division. John Bormann claimed third place with a score of 48 while Tyler Figol finished in fourth place with a score of 49. In the Green C modified tee division Ian Jackson won his first NBJGA tournament by recording a score of 41. Lauren Taylor claimed 2nd place in her first NGJGA Tournament with a score of 45. Kyle Skinner placed third with a score of 48. Sydney Kopp finished in fourth place by posting a score of 53. Walker, Norris win doubles title Special to the Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Unicorn tennis players Lauren Walker and Haley Norris won the Girls A Doubles competition in the South Texas Schools Tournament Friday and Saturday at McFarlin Center in San Antonio. More than 30 schools from Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and greater San Antonio sent their top players to this annual event. Playing five matches in two days with temperatures in the 30s, Walker and Norris defeated teams from Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, Alamo Heights and Corpus Christi Carroll before meeting Alamo Heights’ No. I seed in the semi-final. After dropping a set, Walker and Norris won the final two sets 6-1, 6-0 to reach the final. On a roll, the girls battled the top doubles duo from San Antonio (the defending 5A state semi-finalists) for the title. After dropping the first game, Walker and Norris won the next 12 games to finish the tournament with a 6-1,    6-0    victory over Churchhill. Coach David Mueller said, “They saved their best for last.” Walker, who as a Unicorn sophomore won the 1999 state 5A singles Jordan’s first move isn’t as smooth as famous jumper WASHINGTON (AP) - On the court, Michael Jordan’s one-on-one spin move past Laron Profit was as smooth as ever. Off' the court, the Washington Wizards head of basketball operations admitted his first big management move a confusing and bitter change of coaches didn’t go according to plan. Darrell Walker, who has been coaching a last-place team in the ( BA, was hired as the Wizards interim coach Monday. Walker expected to be named an assistant, but suddenly moved up the ladder when Jordan’s first choice. Golden State assistant Rod Higgins, fell through because the Wizards couldn’t agree on a compensation deal with the Warriors. crown, finished 1999 as the No. I players in Texas for girls 16 and younger. On Saturday, each time Heights or Churchhill began to mount a comeback, Walker made a statement by delivering an ace or powerful net volley. Norris, a junior who is competing in her third year as a Unicorn starter, finished 1999 in the top I OO in Texas for girls 18 and younger. On Saturday, Norris elevated her play during the final two matches and complemented her partner as they took turns delivering “winners.” “I don’t believe they made one mistake in that final,” Mueller said. Photo submitted Lauren Walker and Haley Norris won the Girls A Doubles competition at the South Texas Schools’ Tournament. ;