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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Saturday February I, 2003 IB a ( lib *    w;    : d*9 * % Cougarettes devour Billies 4-2 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon forward Celina Rosiles runs past a Fredericksburg defender before scoring a goal during Friday night’s game at Cougars Stadium. The Cougarettes defeated the Lady Billies 4-2.Canyon girls remain undefeated in district By Brett Baca Staff Writer After a slow start Friday night on their own home field, the Canyon Cougarettes strung together a series of four goals in 30 minutes on IO shots, including two by senior forward Celina Rosiles. The Cougarettes improved to 2-0-1 in District 27-4A play with a convincing 4-2 win over the Fredericksburg Battlin’ Billies. “This was a big district game for us, and we did a good job of coming out and being ready to play,” Canyon head coach Dustin Gold said. “We’re coming into a stretch with Boerne and Alamo Heights next week, so we wanted to play well and get a win before hit the hard stretch of our schedule. The way we played tonight has me thinking that we’re ready to play those two teams.” Boerne and Alamo Heights are picked by many “experts” to finish 1-2 atop the final district standings at the end of the soccer season. But on Friday Canyon might as well have been district champions they way they passed the ball and scored goals with efficiency. Canyon got things going at the 23:29 mark when Jennifer Holm stole a pass at midfield and passed the ball up to a streaking Amanda Albrecht, who took the pass in full stride and beat her defender to the keeper for a one-on-one opportunity. Albrecht shot low and to the right past a diving Fredericksburg keeper. “That first half was probably our best half we’ve played this season,” Gold said. “We did a good job of creating opportunities by moving the ball around well.” See SOCCER/3B Staying alive Smith, Vargas lead Canyon to 64-37 win over Lake Travis By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Canyon seniors Micaeli Smith and Erika Vargas went out with a bang in what was likely their last game Friday night at Ben Hardy Cougar Den. The two three-year starters combined for 27 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots in a 64-37 win over Austin Lake Travis. “It was a very emotional game for us, and it meant so much more to get a win,” said Smith, who scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. “We just went out there and relaxed and took care of business.” With the win, the fourth-place Cougarettes (18-8 overall, 6-5 in District 25-4A) kept their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2000 alive. “That was a good group of kids in 2000,” Canyon head coach Tfer-ry Tennell said. “But Tm happy for this group of kids right here because they’ve played a great season. I’m really proud of the way the two seniors played their last game at home. They walked off their home court as winners and nobody can take that away from them.” Vargas hit 3-of-3 three-pointers in the second half and scored nine of her 12 points after the break. She also had four rebounds and three steals. “Before the game we all talked in the locker room and coach Tbn-nell said to me and Micaeli that it was going to be a very emotional game for us, and it was,” Vargas said. “I think the rest of the team played hard for me and Micaeli and that means a lot. We really wanted to win our last home game.” The Cougarettes hit 7-of-8 free throws in the first quarter to take a 17-6 lead and led 30-13 at halftime after the Lady Cavaliers (11-19, 2-9) shot 4-of-29 (14 percent) from the floor in the first half. ‘We played decent, but we didn’t play our ‘A’ game in the first half,” Tennell said. “I’m glad that we were able to stay focused. I don’t like Parent’s Night a whole lot because it’s a distraction to the players. But these kids have risen to the occasion all year and they did it again tonight. They’re good kids.” See BASKETBALL/3B Unicorns down Highlands 1-0 I Region finals today From staff reports SAN ANTONIO — Freshman Andrew Latiolais scored with 15 minutes left in the game and goalkeeper Ben Campos, recorded a 1-0 shutout against Highlands Friday night. New Braunfels (5-6-1 overall, 0-2-1 in district) play Tuesday at Dripping Springs.►CHS boys FREDERICKSBUG — Zeb Vicknair scored the third of tliree goals for the Canyon boys soccer team on a nice give-and-go assist from Juan Sanchez and Vicknair assisted Sanchez on another goal as the Cougars beat Fredericksburg 3-0 Friday night. Andrew Ayaia scored the first goal on an assist from Ryan Thomason. Canyon (8-6, 2-1) hosts Boerne on Tuesday.►NBHSgris Chelsea Simonson scored on an assist from Jennifer Shumway to put the New Braunfels girls soccer team up 1-0 at halftime and Laura Vasquez assisted Audie Joost on an insurance goal in the second half to beat Lockhart 2-0 Friday. NB (9-4-1, 2-0-1) hosts Dripping Springs Monday. K. JESSIE SLATE N/Herald-Zertung New Braunfels’ Seen Duckworth swims during Fridays Region VII-4A preliminary race in the boys’ 200-yard IM at Palo Alto College Natatorium. Finals take place tonight. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Jose Bustos goes up for a shot during a game against Bastrop earlier this season at NBHS. The Unicorns hosted Lockhart Friday night. Unicorns bounce back to beat LionsNBHS holds off Lockhart 69-60 From staff reports The New Braunfels boys basketball team outscored Lockhart 25-22 in the fourth quarter to come away with a 69-60 victory Friday night. Matt Hogue scored a game-high 30 points, Isaac Sanchez poured in 12 and Jeff Moore added IO. The Unicorns (18-9 overall, 3-6 in district) play at Dripping Springs Tuesday.► SVHS boys The Smithson Valley boys basketball team chalked up its first district win of the season Friday against Harlan-dale, 55-52. Josh Gregory racked up 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Hank Schoggin also tallied 15 points. The Rangers (5-22 overall, 1-6 in district) play Brackenridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Alamo Convocation Center.► Canyon HS boys AUSTIN — Lake Travis handed the Canyon boys basketball team its second district loss of the season Friday night, 55-49. The Cougars shot ll-of-23 from the free throw line in the game and were outscored 11-4 in the third quarter. Zach Pickelman scored a team-high 14 points and hauled in IO rebounds. Jason Gomez contributed 13. Canyon (19-5 overall, 7-2 in district) plays Bastrop at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at home.► NBHS giris LOCKHART — The New Braunfels girls basketball team lost 47-46 to Lockhart Friday night. Mollie Brawner scored a team-high 21 points, Claire Buck had IO and Audrey Fisher added seven. The Unicorns (19-8 overall, 8-3 in District 25-4A) could finish tied for third place if Del Valle beats Lockhart Tuesday and New Braunfels loses to Dripping Springs.► Marion HS gris Marion’s girls basketball team fell 59-56 to Somerset Friday night. Christina Rodriguez and Lanea Meyer led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points each. Rodriguez also had seven rebounds. Marion (16-10, 9-2) plays Tuesday at La Vernia.► Navaho HS jjris Navarro’s girls basketball team clinched at least second place in District 29-2A with a 45-43 win over Stockdale Friday night. Holly Albert led the way with 18 points and Rate Hanson added IO. Navarro (15-9 overall, 10-3 in district) play Tuesday at Randolph. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon senior center Micaeli Smith (20) goes up for a shot as teammate Courtney Krisch looks on during Friday night’s game against Austin Lake Travis at Ben Hardy Cougar Den. The Cougarettes defeated the Lady Cavaliers 64-37. ;