New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Friday, February 2, 1996 □ 5
In the news
By THOMAS GODLEY
The move to District 26-5A figures to elevate the caliber of competition in most sports for New Braunfels High School.
Still, Unicom coaches and school officials say that along with the challenges come benefits.
In its bienitial reclassification on Thursday, the University Interscholastic League drew * the enrollment limit for 4A schools at 1,650. ' New Braunfels, which currently competes in District 28-4A, submitted an enrollment of 1,698 which placed it right above the cutoff line.
The UIL’s new setup has the Unicorns replacing San Marcos in 26-5A. The San Antonio district includes Converse Judson, Roosevelt, Lee, Madison, MacArthur, Churchill and Seguin.
Texas coaches widely consider 26-5A to be among the premier districts in the state. Judson ami Roosevelt are the defending Class 5A state champions in football.
Charles Bradberry, NBISD supenntendent said that while the realignment pits the Unicorns against a higher level of competition it also opens opportunity.
“We will be competing in a real class district,” Bradberry said. “It may be the class district in the state. It’s strong not only in football but many other areas. MacArthur has one of the top marching bands and Churchill is always strong in academics. We will be going up against some of the best, and that should make us better.”
Larger game crowds is one of the benefits Bradberry said the Unicorns can expect to reap because of a greater fan base at San Antonio schools. The district also attracts more media attention and athletes get mote exposure to college recruiters.
However, playing the likes of Judson and Roosevelt — schools whose enrollment are double and triple that of many 4A schools — leaves the Unicorns at an obvious disadvantage. Athletic Director and head football coach Tim Kingsbury understands what lies ahead and said the staff and players are ready for the test.
“We know what to expect,” Kingsbury said. “It’s a tough district, but nothing will change
for us. We’ll keep doing the same things we’ve been doing and setting the same goals. It’s not like we haven’t been in 5A before. In
1991 we made the playoffs and beat Lee. So we’re going into this with a positive attitude.” New Braunfels will be among the smallest Class 5A schools in the state. Judson has an enrollment of about 3,500 compared to 1,698 for NBHS.
Beyond football, NBHS also can anticipate a higher caliber of boys’ and girls’ basketball.
NBHS head basketball coach Cliff Wilkins said 28-4A is “first class” district with quality coaches and players.”
“It will tougher from top to bottom,”
Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Unicorns football team will face stronger competition in District 26-5A.
Wilkins said. "The basketball programs have gtxxl coaches and the teams have a lot more depth. We have to look at it as a challenge.” The Unicorns’ soccer, tennis, cross country and volleyball programs — each of which
have been successful over the years —should continue to tare well. The track programs in 28-5A are perenially among the best in the region, meaning the Unicorns will have tlieir work cut out.
Cougars, Rangers stay put in 28-4A
By THOMAS GODLEY
Not a whole lot changed for Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools under the UIL’s latest realignment.
Other than the departure of neighboring New Braunfels and the arrival of Gonzales and Del Valle, the Rangers and Cougars emerged in about die same situation in 28-4A.
Bastrop, Lockhart and Hays are each back lo keep the district strong.
Athletic directors Larry Nowotny and Larry Hill said the main concern at this point was scheduling football games. The district’s move from a six-team format to a seven-team alignment means each team must fill an open dale during the district schedule. Finding an opponent for that open slot isn’t so easy.
“We expected to see a six or eight-team setup,” said Hill, head football coach and A D.
at Smithson Valley. “Seven teams means you have to go out and find someone to match up with you on that same week. That can be difficult if you’re trying to schedule a team six or seven games into the district schedule. I here aren’t too many schools in the same situation to choose from out there."
Hill said the Rangers’ open date will be the fifth district game and he has tentatively filled it with Austin Anderson.
Nowotny said the Cougars were still searching for an opponent to accept a match tor the seventh week of district. He added that he was not surprised by the UIL’s latest changes and that Del Valle and Gonzales will bong quality athletic programs to tile district.
“It’s business as usual for us,” Nowotny said. "We’ve played Gonzales for the past couple of years so we’re familiar with them lo an extent. Del Valle is a good program that has speed at the skill positions.”
The Cougars will leave behind their clas-s i c matchups with crosstown rival New Braunfels ‘That’s kind of d i s a p -pointing
because we’ve had some great ballgames over the years,” Nowotny said. "The rivalry was always fun to go and attracted a big crowd and great interest.”
Canyon and Smithson Valley will meet in the thud week of the district schedule.
Bastrop Buda Hays Del Valle Gonzales Lockhart New Braunfels Canyon
AUSTIN (AP) — Here, from the University Interscholastic League, are the tentative UIL Class 5A district alignments for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 athletic seasons:
SA Region IV
25—Austin High, Austin Bowie, Austin Crockett, Austin Johnston, Austin Westlake, San Marcos.
26—Converse Judson, New Braunfels, San Antonio Churchill, San Antonio Lee, San Antonio MacArthur, San Antonio Madison, San Antonio Roosevelt, Seguin.
27—Del Rio, San Antonio Clark, San Antonio Holmes, San Antonio Jay, San Antonio Marshall, San Antonio Taft.
28—Sui Antonio Brackenridge, San Antonio East Central, San Antonio Edison, San Antonio Harlandale, San Antonio Highlands, San Antonio Jefferson, San Antonio South San Antonio, San Antonio Southwest.
29—Corpus Christi Carroll, Corpus Christi King, Corpus Christi Miller. Corpus Christi
Moody, Corpus Christi Ray, Victoria High, Victoria Stroman.
30—Eagle Pass, Laredo Alexander, Laredo Cigarroa, L^aredo Martin, Laredo Nixon, Laredo United, Laredo United South, Zapata.
31—Edinburg High, Edinburg Edinburg North, La Joya, McAllen High, McAllen Memorial, McAllen Rowe, Mission, Pharr Pharr-San Juan-Alaite) North, Rio Grande City, San Juan Pharr-San Juan-Alamo.
32—Brownsville Hanna, Brownsville Pace, Brownsville Porter, Brownsville Rivera, Donna, Harlingen High, Harlingen Harlingen South, San Benito, Weslaco.
4A Region IV
25—Lampasas, Marble Falls, Taylor, Waco Connally, Waco Midway, Waco University.
26—Austin Anderson, Austin Johnson, Austin Lanier, Austin McCallum, Austin Reagan, Austin Travis, Pflugerville Connally (1997-98-basketball only).
27—Boerne, Fredericksburg, Kerrville Tivy,
San Antonio Kennedy, San Antonio Memorial. Uvalde.
28—Bastrop, Buda Hays, Del Valle, Gonzales, Lockhart, New Braunfels Canyon, Spring Branch Smithson Valley.
29—San Antonio Alamo Heights, San Antonio Burbank, San Antonio Fox Technical, San Antonio Houston, San Antonio Lanier, Schell/ Clemens
30—Beeville Jones, Floresville, Pleasanton, San Antonio McCollum, San Antonio South San Antonio West, San Antonio Southside.
31—Alice, Corpus Christi Calallen, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, Corpus Christi Tuloso-Mid-way, Kingsville King, Portland Gregory-Port land, Robstown, Rockport Rockport-Fulton.
32—Brownsville Lopez, Edcouch Edcouch-Elsa, Los Fresnos, Mercedes, Mission Sharyland, Pharr Pharr San Juan Alamo East (1997-98-basketball only), Raymondville, Roma.
5A Region III
17—Houston Bellaire, Houston Lamar,
Houston Lee, Houston Madison. Houston Sharptown, Houston Sterling, Houston Westbury.
18 Houston Austin, Houston Davis, Houston High. Houston Milby, Houston Reagan, Houston Washington, Houston Yates.
19 Houston Memorial, Houston Northbrook. Houston Spring Woods, Houston Stratford, Katy High. Katy Mayde Creek, Katy Taylor, Rosenberg Terry.
20—Aliet F.lsik, Aliet Hastings, Sugar Land Austin, Sugar Land Clements, Sugar Land Dulles, Sugar l and Elkins. Sugar Lind Kempner, Sugar Land Willow ridge.
21—Houston Aldine, Houston Eisenhower, Houston MacArthur. Houston Nunn/, Humble High. Humble Kingwood, Spring High, Spring Westfield.
22 Baytown Lee, Baytown Sterling: Beaumont Central, Beaumont West Brook. Deer Park. Galena Pail North Shore, La Porte. Port Arthur Jefferson.
- Sports Day
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NBHS In 26-5A: The pros and cons
District basketball games rescheduled for Saturday
BY THOMAS GODLEY
Tonight’s high school boys and girls basketball games have been moved to Saturday afternoon because of weather conditions.
In a clash of Comal ISD teams, the Smithson Valley Rangers varsity boys will host the Canyon Cougars at 3 p.m. The New Braunfels varsity boys will face Hays at 3 p.m. at Unicom Gym. In varsity girls action, the Cougarettes take on the Lady Rangers at Cougar Den and the Unicom girls travel to Hays the at 3 p.m.
AII freshman and junior varsity teams will play at noon and 1:30 p.m.
The margin for error is narrowing in the quest for a playoff spot in District 28-4A boys’ basketball.
Every team has scarce room for a loss heading into the seventh game of the 10-game district schedule.
Smithson Valley coach John Valenzuela will be aim
ing for sweep of the Cougars and a chance to keep pace with district-leading Bastrop. The Comal ISD rivals enter this game on different paths.
Smithson Valley won a dramatic three-point shot by guard R.J. Strauch, while the Cougars dropped a close 52-49 setback to Bastrop, which came down to a Canyon turnover in the final six seconds.
In other district action, the Hays Rebels ride into Unicom Gym to take on New Braunfels (11-12, 3-3). With three straight defeats coming on final shots of the game, the Rebels look get over a string of bad luck.
NBHS coach Cliff Wilkins. Forward B.J. Wenzel is the Unicom’s hot hand. The 6-1 junior has hit 19 points in the last two games, including an 80-54 rout of Lockhart in which five players hit double figures. Post C.J. Burden had a strong game off the bench, scoring 12 points. “Hays has yet to be beaten soundly in district, but they’ve beaten us soundly in the first game,” Wilkins said. “We’re just glad to have them at home.”
High school soccer games cancelled
New Braunfels CVO to hold youth baseball registration
Players interested in signing up for baseball, fast-pitched softball and tee ball can register Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10 a m. to 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Local youth ages four to 18 are invited to compete in the Christian Youth Organization league. A fee of $45 will include a T-shirt and cap.
Discounts will be given to families registering three or more children. Teams are encouraged to find sponsors although it is not mandatory.
The CYO program, which is new to New Braunfels, has been in existence for many years in the surrounding area. CYO teaches sportsmanship, leadership and excellence in sports. Teams will be divided into age groups.
For more information, call Anthony Klar at •609-1694
NB girls softball sot to bogtn
Registration is under way now through Feb. 9 at Vivroux Sporting Goods for girls T-ball, fast pitch and slow pitch softball The competition, which is sponsored by the New Braunfels Girls' Softball Association, is for girls ages five to 18.
The fees are as follows:
B T-ball (ages 5-6) $20
B Slow pitch (ages 7-18) $30.
B Fast pitch (ages 10-18) $35
B Family of two or more (slow pitch) $50
B Family of two or more (if one person, plays fast pitch) $55
Tryouts will be Feb. 10 at Comal Park from IO a m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Feb. 11 tom 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. AM girls ages nine and older must try out.
For more information, call 625-4337 or 625-9479.
From staff reports
All three county high schools have cancelled their soccer games tonight because of the cold weather.
New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley will make up their fourth district game of the season at a later date.
NBHS coach Bob Rodriguez said the Unicorns would try to reschedule their match with Smithson Valley at the end of the season.
Canyon cancelled its game against Austin Bowie at Cougar Stadium. Canyon coach Danny Bueno said that game does not have to be rescheduled because it is non-district.
The New Braunfels girls soccer team was scheduled to play Austin Bowie in Austin on Saturday, but coach Joey Trevino said the icy roads on Interstate 35 made for dangerous conditions. The Lady Unicorns will face Hays next Friday before opening district play.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon travels to Smithson Valley for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday. The Rangers won the first meeting 43-36 on Jan. 16.
“It’s not like we haven’t been there before.”
— New Braunfels athletic director and head football coach Tim Kingsbury on the Unicorns’ move up to the 5A ranks.
Kidd lifts Mavericks past Seattle 104-1 OO
DALLAS (AP) — For the Dallas ' ^Mavericks, it was the kind of game they thought they’d have more of.
The Mavericks, led by Jason Kidd’s 36 points, surprised Pacific-Division leading Seattle 103-100 | Thursday night.
Dallas, which has beaten Seattle two of three times this season, ended the Sonics’ six-game winning streak.
“This should give you confidence and the impetus to do more,” Mavericks coach Dick Motta said. "It I, shows what you can do if you come • out and play hard from the start. A i game like this makes it easy to sell
The Mavericks won 36 games last j: season, and were expected to chal-I i lenge for a playoff spot. But injuries : to Jimmy Jackson, Jamal Mashburn i and Lorenzo Williams have slowed ’ ■ the team, which is just 15-27, fifth in : the Midwest.
Slumping Rockets wave goodbye to January
CHARLOTTE, N C. (AP) 4“ The "
: Houston Rockets are glad to see ; January end. The Rockets, 7-8 last | month and losers of five of seven •games, started February with a 116-1111 victory over Charlotte on iThursday night.
The skid left Houston trailing San :Antonio and Utah in the Midwest •Division standings heading into •February.
"That’s no reason to panic. We’re not an uptight team. Sure, we lost five out of seven coming in here, but hey, it happens sometimes," guard Sam Cassell said. “January has always been a tragic month for us,” Cassell said.