New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Thursday, Fab. 2,1995
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The Day s Quote
“I don't think A&M would trade its class for Notre Damo's ... Stride for stride, AAM is as good as anyone.”
- Max Emfinger, national high school football recruiting expert.
Mavs fall to Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — lf the Minnesota Timberwolves need an example of how their coach wants them to play, they needed only to watch Popeye Jones of the Dallas Mavericks.
Jones, playing with 11 stitches in his lower lip and two loose teeth from a collision just 24 hours earlier, had 16 points and 20 rebounds in the Mavericks' 104-83 victory over the Wolves on Wednesday night.
A second-year forward who has been plagued by early foul trouble this season, Jones did nothing but pester the lackluster Wolves throughout the game.
Canyon weightlifting team places at Hallottosvillo
Canyon High School weightlifters recently returned from competition in Hallettsville and garnered the following results:
1st place - Matt White, super heavyweight class, total of 1075 pounds.
4th place - Robert Blankenbeker, 181-pound class, total of 1190 pounds.
3rd place - Kevin Robles, 132-pound class, total of 820 pounds.
3rd place - Tony Perez, 123-pound class, total of 705 pounds
6th place - Kevin Self - 181-pound class, total of 1075 pounds.
Also Malcolm Kitchen, total of 960 pounds. Johnny Zunker, total of 940 pounds, Dustin Maxwell. 1035.
1st place - Tyana Michalec, lightweight class, total of 555 pounds.
1st place - Mandy Rich, heavyweight class, total of 685 pounds
4th place - Deborah Shafter, heavy-wieght class, total of 440 pounds.
The team is coached by Dan Burk
Smithson Vallsy plans spring sports rally
Coaches from baseball, softball, tennis golf and track will discuss their programs at the February meeting of the Smithson Valley High School Ranger Athletic Booster Club All students parentss and Ranger fans are invited to the special ’Spring Sports Rally* at 7:30 pm, Monday, Feb 6 in the SVHS gym Coaches from spring sports will provide a preview of upcoming seasons Parents with youngster playing spring sports should attend to learn more about way to support their youngsters and the SVHS athletic programs Admission is free
Lands Ladies Golf
Results through Feb 1 Two Best Ball Foursome 1st Team-116
R Tuseth, M Schoenhaar, B Meewes,
A Chambles 2nd Team -117
V Van Kleef, J. Dilly, J. Kelly, B Sullivan 3rd Team -120
M. Snider, M. Reishig, M Hanson,
B Meewes E. Buttery, B Kennedy, J. Lee, H. Devries
P Yeazel, M Kirk, I. Christopher, J. Kelly!
Now Braunfels Littlo Loaguo tryouts sot for Saturday
Tryouts for all players except returning Major League players who wish to remain on the same team as last year will be held at the American League Field on Common St on Saturday, Feb 4 from 9 a rn. to noon. Players need to bring only their gloves.
Junior League tryouts will be Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a rn. to noon at Canyon High School. Senior League tryouts will be Feb 18 from noon to 3 p m at CHS There are no tryouts for T-Ball nor Big League.
Retama Park showcases finer offerings at open house
You’ve heard and read about it since 1991.
Almost to the point that you're just so accustomed to hearing and reading about it, you only expect more of the same.
Folks, that all ends on April 7 when Retama Park opens for the first day of racing.
That is only 64 days away.
Retama Park Publicity Manager John Naylor was the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Rotary Club meeting yesterday. Naylor shared general information about the park, which in itself grabs your attention. But he also shared some of the finer details, including news of a free to the public open house which will be held April 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those who attend will get an early look at both the outside and inside of the park, which Naylor said would be “one of the finest racing facilities in North America.”
Retama. one of three class I facilities in the
state and one of four with a class I license, has features which include a first-class dining facility, a clubhouse, reserved seating, simulcasting. handicapped accessibility, box seats and turf and field club, night racing, and a special quarter horse season in the fall.
Naylor noted that Retama's entertainment offering will be comparable with that of a professional sports franchise.
“In respect to San Antonio’s lack of professional sports franchises, you could consider Retama as one.” he said. "We’ve got the Spurs, and we’ve got the minor league Iguanas hockey team and the Missions minor league baseball team.
Compare that with Dallas which has the Cow boys. Ranger and Mavericks and we don’t stack up so well. Retama will help provide more of that caliber of entertainment for San
Herald-Zietung photo by MARK LYON John Naylor, Retama Park Publicity Manager, talks of racetrack features.
Antonio and the area."
Retama is a huge facility. Often called a "six-story LaQuinta Inn,” according to Naylor. The park is designed to accommodate up to
20,000 fans and will not only offer traditional dirt track racing, but also European-like grass turf racing as well. Night racing will be held several days each week for those who work and cannot attend during the weekdays. All in all, the park’s cost is $79 million and is the realization of a dream of the late Joe Strauss, Sr.
Thoroughbred season will run from April 7 through Sept. 17 with quarter horse racing beginning the next
week, Sept. 28.
The park will employ 3,500 people, ranging from parking, admissions, tellers, waiters, kitchen staff, and stable personnel to a new
feature called “betting buddies,” staff members who will aid visitors with questions on how and what to bet.
A few other features many local horse enthusiasts may be interested in is the April 11 Keeneland/Retama two-year-old training sale, resulting from a landmark agreement with Keeneland to hold a sale outside the state of Kentucky, something Naylor said is extremely rare. Another sale worthy of mention will be the Heritage Place quarter horse sale, coming next fall.
Got a special occasion or want to take a club meeting on the road? Retama is ready to help you with a special tent set up located just outside the grandstand, complete with food and betting terminals.
Several weeks into the season this year, the park will begin holding special weekends stakes races, which will feature only the best horses around. Eventually, Naylor noted, a circuit will be established within the state once Lone Star Race Park in Dallas is completed.
Can you think of anything they haven’t thought of already?
Go see for yourself April 7.
Canyon athletes sign college football national letters of intent
By THOMAS GODLEY
Two Canyon Cougar football players gave written commitments to take their talents to the collegiate level on Wednesday, the official signing day.
Chris Foegelle, a 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman, will play for the University of North Texas in Denton on a full scholarship.
UNT, which recently met attendance figures to move into the ranks of Division I-A football, was one of four schools recruiting Foegelle.
"Having the opportunity to play Division I-A was certainly one reason he chose UNT," Bob Foegelle, his father, said. "He also was impressed w ith their School of Business."
UNT plays some home football games at Texas Stadium in Irving and will have Alabama among its 1995 season opponents.
Jeremy Jennings, a 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman for the Cougars, signed to play for Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
Jennings, the Cougars' “most
improved lineman in 1994," was considering playing for West Texas A&M and Hardin-Simmons University, said CHS coach Larry Nowotny.
"Jeremy has good acceleration off the ball, is tanacious with his blocks and has the physical potential to get better," Nowotny said.
Canyon soccer standout Vince Bueno is scheduled to a sign letter of intent today. The senior chose to play for Gar-den-Webb College in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Bueno, who has 79 career goals as a three-year starter for the Cougars, had offers from Incarnate Word Academy and St. Edward's University in Austin.
"I have relatives in North Carolina, and alter visiting the campus dunng the holidays, I decided it was for me," Bueno said. "The coaches there made me feel like a person and not like a number which is how I felt with some of the larger schools."
Kevin Vestal, a CHS first team All-Stale defensive lineman recruited by several colleges, is tentatively planning to attend Texas A&M in College Station as a non-scholarship student.
Comal Independent School District photo Chris Foegelle, with parents Bob and Cathy, signed with North Texas in Denton.
Comal Independent School Distnct photo Jeremy Jennings will play at Midwestern University. CHS coaches Larry Nowotny and Dan Burk were on hand.
Aggies again wallow in recruiting prizes
(AP) - The Southwest Conference will soon be a memory and it looks as if the days of Texas’ top high school football players leaving the state for college could also one day be a forgotten trend.
The tide began turning Wednesday as most of the best high school seniors slayed in the state and the majority of them will be attending the four schools leaving tile SWC to become part of the new Big 12 in 19%.
Texas A&M had the best class in Texas, the best among its new league and the fourth-best haul nationally according lo Allen Wallace, publisher of
SuperPrep magazine in Laguna Beach, Calif.
This guarantees that we will enter the Big 12 Conference w ith a talented team," Aggies coach R C. Slocum said.
Notre Dame, Flonda Stale and Penn Stale were the only schools in the country to come out ahead of the Aggies on SuperPrep’s list. Future Big 12 foe Colorado came in ninth on that ranking.
Following the Aggies on the local front were Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech. Among the future Western Athletic Conference members, Texas Christian narrowly edged Rice and Southern
Methodist was far behind Houston had a good class considenng how bad the program is. although among current SWC teams the Cougars only fared belter than SMU.
The Aggies not only reloaded a team that went 10-0-1, but they look it a step further by stockpiling talent at quarterback and running back.
"I’m delighted with this class,” Slocum said. “We met our immediate needs with quality players across the board. This would rate favorably w ith our 1987 class which was rated No. I in the nation by some publications.
Galveston golf event draws big sports names
BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - Celebrity golf tournaments abound on courses everywhere, but one set for this weekend in Bay City has grabbed enough big-time sports names to outshine several All-Star weekends.
There's Ken Griffey - senior and junior. And Jeff Bagwell. And Thurman Thomas. And Bobby Hebert. And Earl Campbell. And Joe Morgan. And Ricky Jackson, Mike Woodson, Chili Davis, Dalton Hilliard, Enos Cabell, Ricky Sanders, Pat Swilling.
And 28 more including organizers promise, Michael Jordan, the top celebrity of all these days.
The Eric Martin Celebrity Golf Tournament is the dream of its namesake, a Kansas City Chiefs receiver who played high school ball at Van Vleck in Bay City, a town of 19,000 about 65 miles southeast of Houston.
"I want to give something back to the community that has supported me in my career," Martin said. "Ifs also something for the kids here. It s hard to be a kid growing up today and I want to help."
Martin and the other organizers hope to raise between $60,000 and $100,000, much of which will go to local chanties. Some proceeds also will help build a youth center and defray some cancer treaunent expenses of Alfred Blackmon. Jr., a fumier Van Vleck star and brother of Seattle Seahawks free safety Robert Blackmon.
Martin, who spent IO years with the New Orleans Saints before moving to the Chiefs this season, has organized the tournament for several years but this year has received the best commitment list from celebrities.
This is the biggest thing ever lo hit Bay City," said promoter Gary Mouton. "For one weekend everyone will be looking here. Everyone will be looking at Bay City. Not Dallas, not Houston, but right here'
■ RECORD: (5-1,20-2)
■ COACH: Vie Siam
■ PLAYER SCORING J R Wilkins. Raymond Chapa, Tony Bradford, BJ. Wenzel, Aaron Moore
■ LAST WEEK: 2-0 Beat Smithson Valley 53-35. Beal Lockhart.
■ NEXT GAME Al Hays
■ COMMENT: Alter a Iou to Canyon, the Unicorns took oui some frustration in a big way on the SV Rangers and Lockhart Tigers. The Unicorns appear headed tor a showdown with Canyon al home on Feb. 10.
Canyon's Buster Preace (32) and Richard Grohman (44) key the defense.
■ RECORD (54), 13-5)
■ COACH: Alan Miller
■ LEADING SCORERS: Josh Kunkel, Travis Wommach, Rich Graham, John Molina.
■ LAST WEEK: 2-0 Beal Hays,52-31 Won at Bastrop 54 31
■ NEXT GAME: SmKhson Valley
■ COMMENT: The Cougars remain pertest in district a tar their Iwe recent road (rips. Coach Miller has his players in the driver's seal with lour gamu lait in district The team should bring some quality players lo varsity next
■ RECORD (3-3, 13-5)
■ COACH: Craig Wurstafer
■ LEADING SCORERS Jay Moailtr, Michael Mann, Brad Trtesch, Bryan Hunlar, Halt Hersrud.
■ LAST WEEK: 1-1. Lost lo Naw Braunfels. Beal Hays.
■ NEXT GAME: Al Canyon
■ COMMENT: The Rangers stayed al .500 In district and continue lo have a winning record overall. The lace a tough road at Canyon on Friday bul a balanced scoring attack should keep them in the thick ol things
■WASHINGTON (AP) — Owners, in their first meeting with players in 40 days, made a major shift and presented a proposal that does not include a salary cap.
Union officials, while privately saying the exact plan is unacceptable, saw a chance that its structure could eventually lead to a settlement. The proposal included a luxury tax and moved off demands to reduce player salaries to 50 percent of revenue.
The meeting follows President Clinton’s call last week for talks to resume. With spnng training supposed lo start in two weeks, Clinton has checked in almost daily to see if the sides are senous about his Monday deadline for making some progress.
Union head Donald Fehr said players planned lo spend today reviewing the proposal. A full reply may not come until Friday.
Also, the National Labor Relations Board said it will rule within two weeks on the unfair labor practice charges filed by both sides and the owners set up a conference call this morning on expansion.
■SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah guard John Stockton became the NBA’s career assist leader, setting up Kark Malone with 6:30 left in
the first half of the Jazz’s 129-88 victory over Denver.
The basket gave Stockton his 9,922nd assist, putting him ahead of Magic Johnson. Stockton, who entered the game 11 assists shy of the mark, finished with 16 as Utah increased its winning streak lo 14.
Stockton, 32, was playing his 8v ’» game Johnson played in 874 games from 79 to 1992 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
V4EW YORK (AP) — Jeny Sloan, who led the Utah Jazz to a franchise-record 14-1 record in January, was selected NBA coach of the month.
Coming off its worst season since 1986, Notre Dame landed the top group of recruits on national signing day.
Notre Dames incoming class includes running backs Jamie Spencer of Monroe, La., and Autry Denson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; linebacker Jimmy Friday of Sugarland, Texas; and quarterback Jarious Jackson of Tupelo, Miss.
Allen Wallace, publish^ of SuperPrep mag azine, ranked Florida State as the No. 2 class, followed by Penn State, Texas A&M and Florida Florida State landed Dan Kendra, the nation s top-rated quarterback from Bethle hem, Pa.