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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Saturday February 8, 2003 IB Unicorns capture first district winSanchez scores twice, NB whips Wimberley By Brett Baca Staff Writer Despite plummeting temperatures and weather forecasts calling for possible snow by early evening, the New Braunfels boys soccer team worked itself into a heated frenzy. The Unicorns scored three goals in the first half against the Wimberley Texans and captured their first District 25-4A win of the season, 4-0. “The weather didn’t really play much of a factor at all I felt like,” New Braunfels head coach Tbdd Behling said. “Braun-tex Rentals donated a couple of heaters for the sidelines, so we’re very thankful for that. But those guys were working pretty hard on the field and that probably helped out a little bit.” The Unicorns (6-7-1 overall, 1-3-1 in district) came out a little bit timid in the first few minutes of play, most likely because of the cold weather. But, within five minutes the team began to play upbeat and put pressure on Wimberley’s defense. “We (New Braunfels) have been strug gling all year long, but the kids are getting better every game,” Belding said. “They know what they need to do to get it done on the field and they’re trying to do that.” At the 25:50 mark, the Unicorns struck first when Carlos Sanchez, who had two goals in the game, won a battle in front of the goal, juked his defender to the left, and scored on a low shot to the right past the Texan keeper. “I got a pass from David (Gribbon) in front of the goal, and I saw that I had an opportunity to fake out my opponent and score,” Sanchez said. “So I took the shot and luckily it went in.” See UNICORNS/2B K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Freshman Andrew Latiolais (16) fights off a Fredericksburg defender during a game earlier this season. NB beat Wimberley 4-0 Friday night. DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ-Zeitung Canyon junior forward Amanda Albrecht scores a goal during a game earlier this season against Fredericksburg. The Cougarettes hosted Alamo Heights Friday night at Cougar Stadium and lost 6-3. SV girls, boys crush HighlandsHarris' hat trick leads to 8-0 win From staff reports SAN ANTONIO — Smithson Valley’s Frank Harris scored three goals in the second half on assists from Reagan Schneider and Jason Clark as the Rangers rolled over the Highlands Owls 8-0 Friday at the Spring Sports Complex. The Owls scored on their own goal during the eighth minute to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Schneider then scored on an assist from Brad Ray during the 18th minute to go up 2-0 and later assisted on Ryan Borgeson’s goal to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead going at halftime. Harris scored his first goal two minutes into the second half and his second goal six minutes later. Darren McCutchen got in the action with a goal during the 49th minute off Schneider’s third assist in the game and Sean Harrison scored on Ray’s second assist to round out the scoring. Smithson Valley (8-5-2 overall, 1-0 in District 27-5A) plays Harlandale at 7 p.m. Tuesday in San Antonio.►SVHS girls soccer SAN ANTONIO — The Smithson Valley girls soccer team also opened district play with a 7-0 win over Highlands Friday at the Spring Sports Complex. Marcey Morales scored a hat trick for the Rangers and Roxanne Harper added two goals. Monica Pryor and Sara Curry also scored goals. Smithson Valley (11-2-1, 1-O) plays Harlandale at 5 p.m. Tuesday in San Antonio.► CHS boys soccer SAN ANTONIO — The Canyon boys soccer team ran into a wall called Alamo Heights Friday night and suffered a 2-0 loss. Alamo Heights (14-0-2, 5-0), which has not lost a district game in three seasons, scored during the 38th minute and the 74th minute. “We played a solid game, but'they had two really nice goals,” Canyon head coach Rob Rush said. “I can’t complain, they (Alamo Heights) are just a really good team.” Canyon (8-8, 2-3) plays Tuesday at New Braunfels.► CHS girts soccer The Canyon girls soccer team lost 6-3 to Alamo Heights Friday night. Jenny Holm scored two goals and Amanda Albrecht scored a goal. The junior varsity team (4-1-3) won 3-0. Canyon (7-3-2, 3-1-1) plays New Braunfels Tuesday at home.► NBHS girts soccer WIMBERLEY — The New Braunfels girls soccer team’s District 27-4A game against Wimberley Friday night was postponed until 7 p.m. Monday in Wimberley Canyon survives NB Cougars edge Unicorns 51-45 in front of overflowing crowd By Bryan Adams Sports Editor The New Braunfels boys basketball team lost four district games this season by four points or less, including a four-point loss to crosstown rival Canyon back on Jan. 14. Even though Canyon had already clinched a playoff spot, and New Braunfels had been eliminated from playoff contention, Canyon head coach Kenny Rotzler knew that Friday night’s game was going to be tight. “New Braunfels has had a rough year, but in my mind New Braunfels is a playoff-caliber team," Rotzler said after the Cougars escaped with a 51-45 victory. "They’ve had a tough time winning close ball games and they’re just a few points away from being where we’re at right now.” New Braunfels outscored Canyon 18-7 in the second quarter and led with 2:52 remaining in the first half until the 4:47 mark in the fourth quarter. "We got them kind of rattled a little bit and picked up the pace of the game,” said New Braunfels senior Matt Hogue, who led the Unicorns with 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. “We know they like to slow it down, but we were able to get some quick buckets and control the tempo for a little while.” Canyon cut the lead to one four times in the third quarter and tied it at 32-32 on a free throw by Jerome Davis. Greg Winters then buried a three-pointer from the right arc to give the Unicorns a 35-32 going into the fourth period. Winter finished with ll points. After a long baseline pass from Hogue to Alfonso Gomez for a 15-foot baseline jumper to make it 37-32, Davis hit back-to-back three pointers from the same spot to give the Cougars a 38-37 lead. "We made some dumb plays toward the end of the game instead of sticking with what we were doing,” DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ-Zeitung Canyon’s Kyle Kennedy (25) shoots over New Braunfels’s Jeff Moore (34) as Matt Hogue (30) looks on during Friday night’s game at the New Braunfels High School auxiliary gym. Canyon defeated New Braunfels 51-45. said Hogue, who picked up his fourth foul with a little more than five minutes to play in the game. “Jerome (Davis) hit those two three-pointers in a row, and that was pretty much the turning point. It seemed like they all caught on fire from there.” Winters connected on a pair of free throws to briefly give the lead back to the Unicorns, but Zach Pickel-man’s three-pointer from the top of the key with 3:39 left gave the Cougars a two-point advantage. See CANYONS Payton enjoying all-star game again, trade talks nba Aii-stars By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer ATLANTA — Gary Payton lounged in his chair and popped a potato chip into Iris mouth as a scene of All-Star bedlam unfolded some 40 feet to his left Friday. Payton didn’t even notice the media horde trying to squeeze around Yao Ming at a circular table built to accommodate eight. Payton, of course, has already seen it all. Making his ninth All-Star appearance, the only thing making this year different for Payton is the distinct possibility that he could be wearing a different uniform in the not-too-distant future. In the final year of his contract with the Seattle Sonics, Payton will be a free agent at the end of the summer. And with the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline near, its open season for speculation on whether the Sonics will trade their best player, who has worn nothing but green and gold for 13 seasons. PAYTON “I can’t predict that right now, so I’m not going to talk about it,” Payton said. “We’re not doing well, and I’m trying to make the team better. So until something comes up and occurs, I can’t worry about it.” Payton tried to duck and dodge every question related to his future in Seattle and his endlessly analyzed relationship with Sonics owner Howard Schultz, but otherwise he was quite talkative for someone so prone to shy away from extended conversations with the media. Payton weighed in on Jason Kidd s future and whether he’ll leave New Jersey to sign with San Anto nio over the summer, along with Vin Baker’s return to Seattle next Tuesday night. Payton spoke glowingly of the strong team fundamentals that the influx of foreign players are bringing to the NBA. He recalled playing in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics and reflected on the changes he has seen since he entered the league in 1990 as the No. 2 overall pick out of Oregon State. “Me and Shaq are the only two guys left off that Dream Tfeam," Payton noted of this year’s 24 All-Stars, 19 of whom are not yet 30. “The ages are changing.” NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS EAST Vince Carter 6-6 F Jermaine O'Neal 6-11 F Ben Wallace 6-9 C Alien Iverson 6-0 G Tracey McGrady 6-8 G Head coach: Isiah Thomas WEST Kevin Garnett 6-11 F Tim Duncan 7-0 F Yao Ming 7-5 C Kobe Bryant 6-7 G Steve Francis 6-3 G Head coach: Rick Adeiman ;