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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ► PREP SPORTSWinter weather postpones local sporting events From staff reports Smithson Valley’s Sanchez brothers sign with Tarleton Page 6 — Herald-Zeitung —* Friday, February 4, 2011- ¿(SPORTS Several high school sporting events scheduled for tonight have been postponed due to the inclement weather. Due to Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD’s decision to cancel all sporting events today, the New Braunfels boys and girls basketball games against Steele have been postponed. The boys will play Steele on Saturday at Steele High School at 1:30 p.m., while the girls will play the Lady Knights at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Run Middle School. The New Braunfels boys soccer game tonight against Schertz Clemens is cancelled. The game will not be made up. The Lady Unicorns girls soccer game against Smithson Valley is still scheduled to play at 5p.m. today at Unicorn Stadium. Canyon High School has rescheduled and canceled several events due to weather. The Canyon boys and girls basketball games scheduled for today are now reschedule for Saturday. The boys will play at 1:30 p.m. at the Cougar Den, while the girls will play at 1:30 p.m. at Clemens High School. The Canyon boys and girls soccer games against Alamo Heights have been cancelled. The weekend tournament for the Canyon tennis team has been cancelled. The Canyon golf team will not attend the Marble Falls tournament on Friday, but will play at the tourney on Saturday. Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake will make decisions on sporting events this morning. Check for updates.NFL writes to players’ agents about insurance DALLAS (AP) —The NFL has sent a letter to agents to explain what players will need to do to make sure their health insurance coverage continues if there is a lockout. Dennis Curran, NFL senior vice president of labor litigation and policy, wrote to agents Thursday, saying that under the federal law known as COBRA, players can continue existing medical coverage for themselves and their families for up to 18 months. The letter was sent a day after an arbitrator denied a grievance by the NFL Players Association that sought to make teams pay health insurance premiums for active players after the current labor deal expires next month. McMahon helps promote concussion awareness DALLAS—Jim McMahon says that when he runs into ex-teammates from the 1986 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, the conversation goes like this: “How are you feeling? Are you forgetting stuff like me?” The former quarterback says he feels he’s in a daze sometimes and occasionally can’t remember why he walked into a room. McMahon said he knows of five concussions he got as an NFL player. Photos by LAURA McKEIMZIE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon track standout Brittany Carter, seated left, is joined by her family during her signing with UTSA at the Cougar Den on Thursday morning. Seated right is mother Patty Carter; Standing from left, Canyon coach Glenn Gamez, sister Rachel Stein Canyon coach Sheila West, sister Diaundra Carter and former coach Gene Moser. Carter inks with UTSA By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung SPRING BRANCH — Alan Sanchez knew where he wanted to start his college cross country career, hut he received an added bonus during Wednesday’s signing day. This was a big moment, Alan Sanchez said, “lust to know that my brother is going to the same college as me. That is really special.” Twin brothers Alan and Alejandro Sanchez signed their national letters of intent with Tarleton State University — a school that they both say is a great starting point before moving on to a Division I school. "1 knew I wasn’t ready to run at a D 1 school," Alejandro Sanchez said. “A D-2 school will help me train a lot better because they have more indi vidual training than at a D school. "It really makes sense I stick with my brother. We bot know the other’s trainir schedule and we always ru together.” Tarleton State has one of tl ■ top D-2 cros country prc grams in tli state, as the Te: ans placed tv\ runners in th top 40 at last set Jarrett son’s NC AA Div sion II Sout Central Regional cross coui try meet. Alan and Alejandro wei both a huge part of the su< cess of the Smithson Vallt cross country team thi earned its first-ever appea ance at state. Alan Sanchez took fift overall to lead the Smithso Valley cross country team to a second place team finish at the 2010 UIL Class 4A State Championships. Alan Sanchez finished with an overall time of 15:29:74 on the 3.12 mile course. “Alan is a great runner,” Smithson Valley coach Jonathan Jarrett said. “One of the things we did was run intelligently at the state meet. Having had the experience last year at the state meet, we made some adjustments to his strategy and it paid off for us.” Alejandro Sanchez batded through an illness over the summer to finish third with a time of 15:50.7 at district, 13th at regionals and a 23rd-place finish at state for the Rangers. Alan plans to major in pre-med, while Alejandro will pursue and architecture degree. LAURA McKENZIE/H erald-Zeitu ng Smithson Valley tvyin brothers Alejandro, seated left, and Alan Sanchez signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday to run cross country forTarleton State University in Stephenville. Standing from left: father John Sanchez, coach Jonathan Jarrett and mother Lilia Sanchez. ii .v.erald"Zeitung observed an early deadline onThursday due to the winter weather conditions, iexas lottery numbers can be found online at vbv mmrm ,..... .“TEXAS— k°?erV numbers will return in LOTTERV Saturdays edition. nERALD-ZÆrrUNG To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Canyons Haas signs with St. Edwards, Ford with UT-Tyler By Shaun Springfield Sports Correspondent Brittany Carter was all smiles as she signed her national letter of intent to join the the University of Texas at San Antonio track team. It feels great," she said. It is a good feeling to know that all of the hard work has paid off." I he Cougarette track standout wifi be plying her trade for the Roadrunners next season, as she hopes to continue fueling her passion for the sport. "The coaches and staff [at UTSAJ took a real interest in me," Carter said. "They have an awesome team there. All the girls are nice. It's just the kind of team I want to be on." Girter was recruited primarily for her high jump ability, but can participate in five events — high jump, long jump, 400-meter, 1,600-meter relays and the 400 meters. The Canyon senior cleared a personal best height of 5-foot-6 during last season’s Clemens Invi- ational, while posting a time of 1:00.04 in the 400 meters last season, also a personal best. While the move means that the Canyon track team will lose one of their stars for next season, Canyon coach Glen Gamez is happy for Carter. It is really satisfying," he said of Brittany's accomplishment. "She put in a lot of hard work and time. It is a big reward for her to he able to run at the next level." Gamez sees no hurdle in t barter's transition to competing at the Division 1 level. "She is very talented and she works hard and prepares for the year," he said. "She will fit in and with adjusts, she will do fine. All the work she has done has prepared her for this and she ll carry that over to the collegiate level." Haas and Ford sign to play college soccer Seniors Maadie Haas and Karleigh Ford have developed into star players on tfte Canyon girls soccer team. Canyon girls soccer standouts Maddie Haas, seated left, and Karleigh Ford signed with St. Edward's and UT-Tyler onThursday. Seated from left: Haas, Ford; Standing from left, parents Randy and Kathy Haas, nephew Levi Haas, Canyon coach Dustin Gold, parents Robbie and John Ford. Today, each of them will to continue their success at the next level as they signed letters of intent. Haas will be heading up 1-35 where she will play for a strong St. Edward's University team. "I like the team and the coach," Haas said. "They're a more attacking team and that's the type of player I am. I think I ’ll fit really well with the lineup.” Haas is just four goals shy from becoming the Cougarettes’ career scoring champion. Ford signed with the University of Texas at Tyler and giving the team a strong anchor on defense. "The team seemed like a big family. The coach was welcoming," Ford said. "I'm really looking forward to the higher level of play. I think 1 can help the team with leadership from being a captain." Canyon coach Dustin Gold is excited for his players moving on to the next level. "It's always great for the program," he said. t ;