New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Sports DayCougars return to district race
By THOMAS GODLEY
SMITHSON VALLEY — The Canyon Cougars rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Smithson Valley Rangers 45-43 on Saturday.
The outcome throws the District 28-4A boys’ basketball race into a two-way tie for second place, with Smithson Valley and New Braunfels locked at 4-3. The Unicorns, a 35-32 winner over Hays, play district-leading Bastrop on Tuesday. The Cougars, meanwhile, moved to within a game of second at 3-4.
Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said the victory was especially pleasing because his players prevailed despite an injury to starting guard Hector Torres.
“We overcame a lot of adversity,” Rotzler said. “Hector went down in the second quarter, and we had some players come off the bench and give us some valuable minutes. This was a big win on the road. It keeps us and everyone else fighting for the runner up playoff spot.”
Canyon’s Jimmy Keresztury, who led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds, scored on an inside spin move and drew a foul. He converted the free throw with 20 seconds left to put the Cougars ahead 44-43.
Jason Ivey missed a baseline jumpshot on the ensuing possession, and the Rangers were forced to foul Travis Wommack. Wommack, who had 11 points, made the first free throw with 9.7 seconds left.
With time running out Ranger guard R.J. Strauch, who hit the game-winning shot to beat Hays on Tuesday, took a three-pointer that hit the cylinder and bounced out.
Ranger coach John Valenzuela said he gave his players the option of penetrating to the rim or passing off for an open jumpshot in the closing seconds. * _
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“I was pleased with that last shot,” Valenzuela said. “The look was good and the shot was good. It just didn’t go in. Those are the breaks. We have to move on and try to win the rest of our games.”
Wommack said the Cougars were confident in the waning moments.
“Our defense was playing strong all game long so we felt pretty good about our chances at that point,” Wommack said.
Brad Henze, Scott Johnson and Domingo Medina came off the bench to bolster the Cougar defense.
Canyon gained the early momentum and led 18-12 midway through the second quarter. But Ivey, a 6-2 sophomore, excited the Ranger Gym crowd with two dunks off steals that swung the tide to the Rangers’ side and pushed them to a 23-21 halftime edge. Ivey paced his team with 15 points.
The lead stretched to 35-25 on Anthony Simpson’s two free throws at 1:25 in the third. Keresztury, Wommack and Rocky Johnson then led Canyon on a 14-2 run that put the Cougars ahead 39-37 with less than three minutes remaining.
The turning point came when Bill Sturgis and James Bohner got into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. Without their two big men, the Rangers had difficulty containing Keresztury who had eight of the Cougars’ final nine points.
In the newsCanyon Lake Yacht Club offers sailing lessons
For years the Canyon Lake Yacht Club has conducted instructional programs to promote the sport of sailing on Canyon Lake. Their next session will be an “Introduction to Sailing" class for adults (beginning sailors and non-sailors) on Feb. 17 and 24 from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. at the LCYC clubhouse. The class is free and will be taught by experienced instructor and race winner Dick Edwards. Basic sailing and specific water safety practices related to sailing will be taught. Nine hours will be devoted to classroom and dockside instruction. Three hours will be spent on sailboats. Required registration is under way through Feb. 14. For more information, call LCYC office, 590-7100.
Smithson Valley Ranger point guard Laura Arispe made up for some lost time.
Arispe, who returned to the team after being ineligible, was inserted into the starting lineup after junior guard and leading scorer Andrea Kennedy went down with a season-ending injury this week.
Kennedy watched from the bench as Arispe, a 5-5 junioi, ignited the Rangers by scoring IO points in the fourth quarter and helping the Rangers defeat the Canyon Cougareltes 53-45 at Cougar Den yesterday afternoon.
“I am glad to be back,” said Arispe, who scored a game high 17 points. “When I got on the floor, I was nervous at first, but then I decided to go out there and have some fun.”
The win by the Rangers kept them in the District 28-4A playoff race with a 5-4 record (19-9 overall), two games back of the second place Lockhart Lady Lions, who were 5-2 as of Saturday afternoon.
Canyon is still winless in loop play at 0-9,7-19 overall.
Trailing 37-32 at the end of the third quarter, Smithson Valley outscored the Cougareltes 21-8 in the final quarter by holding Canyon to one field goal. The Rangers stepped up their fast break game and their press forced the Cougareltes into eight turnovers in the fourth quarter. Smithson Valley went up by as much as IO points. Canyon missed eight shots and made only 5-10 free throws in the critical period. • Anspe’s jumper got the Rangers within one at 37-38 with under five minutes left. Guard Amber Steubing’s free throws put the Rangers up 39-38 with 4:25 left.
Then Arispe took over. She scored on three straight possessions
JAR Gymnastic*’ All-Star Chasrtaading squad took sacond placa st the United Cheerleading Associations’ Texas State Championships in San Marcos. Coach Jennifer guided the team.
■ CLEVELAND (AP) — Mayor Michael R. White denied that an agreement has been reached with the NFL on the Cleveland Browns, despite a report that a deal has been worked out between the city, the league and the team.
WJW-TV in Cleveland reported that a deal has been worked out that would allow the city to keep the Browns name and the team colors.
The deal would require Browns owner Art MOdell to pay the city’s legal bills in its lawsuit to keep the team in Cleveland, the station said.
Modell also would have to pay the remainder of the lease with the city for the use of Cleveland Stadium.
The report also said that the NFL would approve the Browns’ move to Baltimore if all of those conditions were met. In return, the NFL would guarantee Cleveland a team, but only if a new stadium is built.
■ NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Mariners completed a big week by agreeing to a contract with pitcher Norm Charlton that could be worth up lo $8,225,000 over three seasons.
Earlier in the week, Seattle agreed to a $34 million, four-year extension with Ken Griffey Jr. and to deals with outfielder Luis Polonia and pitcher Mike
Charlton was 2-1 with '4 saves and a 1.51 ERA last season.
Six other players agreec to contracts, including Kansas City right-hander Kerin Appier and Montreal outfielder Moises Abu.
■ PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kevin McClalchy lost one of his largest invesbrs and $5 million in equity, but the Pittsburgh Prates’ buyer insisted the last-minute pullout won’tsink the nearly done deal.
Apparently unhappy with he limited role in the Pirates’ day-to-day operations, Metals dealer William Snyder bolled only three days tefore McClatchy’s final paperwork was due to bt filed with major league baseball.
McClatchy, a California businessman whose buyout was approved by baseball’s ownership committee on Wednesday, said he wouM begin to raise extra capital immediately. A“It was our turn to win a close one .”
— Canyon basketball coach Kenny Rotzler atter the Cougars edged Smithson
Valley 45-43.Landa Park Golf to host benefit tourney for Hummel
The second annual golf tournament benefitting the Hummel Museum is scheduled for March 29 at Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels. The competition will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m with a four-person-per-team (one best ball). Entry fee is $50 per player — which includes green fee, 1/2 cart, goodie bag, food and refreshments —-and mulligans will be sold. The field is limited to the first 21 paid teams.The Hummel Museum Inc. is a non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the museum. For more information, call Frank Schaeffer, tournament chairman, at 609-3151 or 625-5636.Guys ’n’ Dolls golf tourney aids Children’s Diagnostic Center
A golf tournament, which will support the Children’s Diagnostic Center in Ottine, is scheduled for Feb. 25. The event will consist of two-person teams (male-female) with flighted competition determined by handicaps. The entry donation of $75 per couple should be sent to Alice Simpson, 728 Summerwood Drive, New Braunfels. TX. Please include proof of handicap. The event will include prizes and a barbecue dinner.
The Children’s Diagnostic Center is support by the Elks and provides free treatment to kids. For more information, call 620-5917.New Braunfels CYO to hold youth baseball registration
Players interested in signing up for baseball, fast-pitched softball and tee ball can register today 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 sat to begin
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 foliows:
■ T-ball (ages 5-6) $20
B Slow pitch (ages 7-18) $30
B Fast pitch (ages 10-18) $35
■ Family of two or more (slow pitch) $50
■ Family of two or more (if one person plays fast pitch) $55
Tryouts will be Feb. 10 at Comal Park from 10 a m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Feb. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All girls ages nine and older must try out.
For more information, call 625-4337 or 625-9479
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Journeyman QBs highlight Pro Bowl
By the Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) — Three quarterbacks who’ve bounced around in the NFL will get a chance to show how far they’ve come when they guide the AFC in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
With Miami’s Dan Marino toited to withdraw because of an injury, Jeff Blake of Cincinnati gets the starting call against the NFC. Behind him will be Jim Harbaugh of the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City’s Steve Bono.
None of them arrived on the NFL scene with superstar credentials.
Two of them, Blake and Harbaugh, were sent packing by their first teams, while Bono received checks from three other teams before finding a home with the Chiefs.
All three, however, have risen to the point where they’ve been selected by their peers to play in the NFL’s all-star game.
“It feels good to be here, real good,” said Blake, who was seldom used by his first team, the New York Jets.
“It was hard,” he said of his career with the Jets. “You have to sit on the bench all of the time, knowing that you can play the game and not being given the opportunity. You just have to stay focused.”
Hie low point came at the end of training camp in 1994 when he was cut.
"It felt terrible,” Blake said. “It’s like if you were to get fired right now. You feel it inside and it doesn't feel too good. I never want to feel that bad again.”
Given a chance by the Bengals, Blake has made the most of it.
In just a handful of starts, he passed for 2,154 yards and nine touchdowns.
As a regular this season, he led the AFC with 28 touchdown passes and set a Bengals record with 326 completions, while throwing for 3,822 yards
The statistics were enough to earn him a four-year contract extension (hut took his pay from the $162,000 league minimum to $3.1 million per year.
Harbaugh is also in line to get a big pay raise, but he said he’s not concerned about it yet. vArispe leads SV past Cougarettes
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jimmy Keresztury (45) led Canyon with 22 points as the Cougars avenged a home loss to Smithson Valley earlier this season. On Saturday, Canyon won 45-43 at Ranger Gym.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Laura Arizpe loses the ball as Canyon defenders Tiffany Weidner (52) and Elizabeth Weisman apply pressure.
on a fast break lay-up, a three pointer and a jump shot off an offensive rebound. The three pointer put the Rangers up 46-39 with three minutes left. Steubing had a solid showing, sconng 11 points. She made 5 of 6 free throws in the four quarter.
The Rangers made 10-14 from the charity stripe in the fourth period. Senior post Kara Warchol scored 11 points and Michelle Moore added eight for the Rangers.
“When we finally got some steals (in the fourth), we began to say, ‘Let’s play our game,’” Ranger Coach Carolyn Chodre said. "That got us going.”
Canyon Coach Tina Duncan attributed the loss to too many mistakes by her team.