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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Simmons says yes to UT as signing deadline hits Sports Calendar By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer Southern Methodist signed two Parade Magazine schoolboy All-Americans, defensive lineman Terrance Mann of Detroit (Mich.) Cooley High School, and tight end Albert Reese of Temple Wednesday. But the Mustangs still were wondering what 2.000-yard rusher Jeff Atkins of Fort Worth Eastern Hills had on his mind. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Marin, rated the No. IO prospect in the nation by The Sporting News, and blue-chip Reese joined the Mustangs along with Class 5A All-State fullback-linebacker Jerry Ball of champion Beaumont West Brook. Texas Tech Coach Jerry Moore announced the signing of Class 4A All-State running back Ricky Boysaw of Monahans. At Hawkins High School, assistant principal Dwayne Hickey said blue-chip running back Ed Simmons would sign with the University of Texas at 10:30 a.m. in the school library. Many oral commitments started becoming official at 8 a.m., when the cream of the Texas high school crop could begin signing nationally binding letters of intent. Southwest Conference head coaches couldn’t be there with pen in hand because of an NCAA rule. They waited nervously by the telephone. Fort Worth Eastern Hills Coach Roland Maclin said Atkins would sign at 3:30 p.m. along with wide receiver Andrew Livingston. Both had commited verbally to SMU. Hawkins, who stands 6-4, weighs 215-pounds and runs like a deer, rushed for 2,935 yards and 38 touchdowns last year. He has been compared to Erie Dickerson and Herschel Walker. Atkins is a 5-11, 205-pounder who rushed for 2,333 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He has tremendous leg drive and speed. Texas A&M scored big in the early going, signing All-State defensive end Rod Saddler of Columbia, Ga., blue-chip lineman Jay Muller of Conroe, and the top running back in Louisiana, Keith Woodside of Vidalia. Woodside had 2,040 yards rushing despite missing two games with in juries. The Aggies also signed highly regarded running back Rod Bernsteine of Bryan and quarterback Jay Hess of Eastland. Hess passed for over 3,000 yards last season, eclipsing the state schoolboy record for a single season established by Todd Dodge of Port Arthur Jefferson. Basketball: Thursday, Feb. IO: Hays at New Braunfels girls (final game of season), 7:30 p.m., Canyon girls at Kerrville Tivy (final game of season), 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. ll: Canyon boys at Lockhart, 7:30 p.m., Cole at Smithson Valley boys, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 15, New Braunfels boys at Fredericksburg, 7:30 p.m., Gonzales at Canyon boys, 7:30 p.m., Smithson Valley boys at Boerne (final game of season), 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 18: Canyon boys at Kerrville Tivy (final game of season), 7:30 p.m., Hays at New Braunfels boys (final game of season), 7:30 p.m. (If your group would like have your local sports event appear in the Herald Zeitung sports calendar, mail it to P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels, TX 78130.Sports Hsrald-Ztitung Wednesday, Febmary 9. 1983 8A Garza, Stuman give CHS boost Stall photos by Canty Richardson NB's Gordon Battling takes the pass as Henry Scott (40) and Joe Baker (44) look on. IamI by outstanding performances from Mike Garza and J W Stuman who Scored 24 and 17 points, respectively, the Canyon Cougars survived an Antonian third quarter comeback to take a 63-59 non-district basketball victory Tuesday night. ' We played really good team defense,” said coach David Taylor. “and it really showed in the fourth quarter. Both Stuman and Garza put out a heck of an effort and I think this may have been Stuman best game yet. He played against Estrada, whose the nineth or tenth highest scorer in San Anotonio, and shut him out. If we had been playing all long like we’re playing now, we could have been in playoff contention.” Keying the defense to Anotonian’s Carlos Balido, the third highest scorer in San Antonio, the Cougars had jumped up to a substantial lead in the second quarter when Balido suddenly went out. “He fell on his knee half way through the second,” said Taylor. “And since we had built our whole defense around shutting him down, when he went out, they began to do pretty well.” By halftime the score was 29-27, CHS. Taylor had nothing but praise for his team’s second half effort recognizing Rich Hansen, Garza, Stuman, Chuck Bell and Ronnie Rittiman for outstanding play. Rit-timan, the team’s leading assist and steal man, added ll assists, four steals and 6 rebounds to his record. Garza, playing at fowrward. a new position for him, “is finally settling down and beginning to play like we expected him to,” said Taylor. “He’s our leading rebounder and had seven last night.” Stuman had six. Other CHS scorers — Bell with 8. Hansen with 6, Rittiman with 4 and Thomas Haeussler and Troy Burch with 2 each. Gretzky takes all-star honors UNIONDALE, N Y. (AP) It’s a certainty that Wayne Gretzky will never forget the 35th National Hockey League All-Star game As a matter of fact, neither will Belle Lindbergh. “He should share the (Most Valuable Players’) car with me," said the Philadelphia Flyers goalie w ho will always be remembered as the man who gave up Gretzky’s record four goals in the NHL’s midseason show case game. The stunning performance earned the blond-haired Edmonton center the MVP prize and tile Campbell Conference a surprisingly easy 9-3 victory over the Wales Conference at the Nassau Coliseum Tuesday night. “I tried as hard as I could," added Lindbergh, “but it sure was embarrassing.” Gretzky’s performance was all the more remarkable for its efficiency. He packed all of his goals into the third period to help turn a close game into a “laugher.” “This might be my No. I all-time thrill," said Gretzky. “Until my team wins the Stanley Cup, this is as big a thrill as I’ll get.” It was all the more dramatic, considering the w ay Gretzky had played in the first two periods. He mishandled the puck several times, and generally found himself out of the flow of the game. “I just didn’t play well at all in the first two periods ,” he admitted. “But it seemed in the third period things went especially well.” Part of the reason that Gretzky got his game together was the help of Jari Kuri l and Mark Messier, two linemates from Edmonton. “Without my linemates." Gretzky said, “I’m not going to accomplish what I did tonight. They were just super.” Until Gretzky got going, it was a competitive game. The Wales Conference led 2-1 after one period on goals by Quebec's Michel Goulet and Boston's Ray Bourque. Winnipeg’s Dave Babyeli had the only Campbell score in the first 20 minutes 'Can't ask for more' NB attack almost stops Tivy's Baker By KAMI MirCHtLl Sports editor Kerrville Tivy brought its .ha* Baker Show back to town Tuesday night but the C’S postman with the spectacular slam dunk didn’t quite get the reception he thought he would. Expecting the same New Braunfels Unicorns he met and defeated 63-51 in Kerrville Jan. 14, Baker seemed surprised by his ‘low’ game-high score of 22 points and his team’s 59-49 victory. “This was quite a change,” he said. “They (the Unicorns) seemed much improved on their defense a lot better and quicker than the last time we played them. They closed me off underneath a couple of times where I couldn’t move....I thought they had us til the fourth. But, they dropped those fouls and w e had it sealed.” The subsequent 12 points from the free throw line and an added two buckets from Danny Schultea halted the New Braunfels attack and kept the Antlers undefeated and securely atop district 13-4A. New Braunfels falls to 4-6. “We thought we had a real good chance going in,” said NB coach Cliff Wilkins. “We had improved enough to play them a good game and for a while there we even had them talking to themselves You can’t ask for better ” Both teams came off flit* boards fast in the first quarter trading a tw o-point lead and a tie for the first seven minutes New Braunfels took tfie first lead at 2-0. Civy tied it up with a Baker reverse and then went into a man-to-man press which ended in anotia.*.’ tie at 4-4 When the Unicorns missed two straight turns under the bucket, Tivy surged to an 8-6 lead but a Rick Schultz layup and a Alan Fishhook rainbow again had the score tied this time at 8-8. In the remaining 1:08, Tivy managed to keep NB from scoring and went ahead 12-8 at the buzzer. When the second quarter started w ith a Gordon Baldling tip iii and a Schultz block and steal, New Braunfels began to steal the show. Outscoring the Antlers 21-15 w ith their own brand of hustle, w orry and shoot, the Unicorns held broke up Tivy’s man-to-man defense, held Baker to four points and took the quarter at 29-27. A Tivy stall and tie attempt with :31 to go ended in a Chris Winkler rebound and the buzzer. Three .straight unanswered NB buckets began the third quarter and gave the Unicorns a 35-27 lead, but the Antlers soon began their comeback. Aided by NB’s team foul trouble and Baker’s turnaround jumper and subsequent ll) points, they again had the game tied, 39-39 with 1:28 to play. The Unicorns lost their next possession on steal, but regained control w hen Schultz swiped a pass and tossed to Wilson for an inside two and a 41-39 lead. But, Tivy’s Schultea tied it up with :22 left in the quarter to put the final at 41-41. New Braunfels held on to a tight game through the first three minutes of the fourth taking a 43-41 lead on another Wilson inside job but eight fouls and too many rim glancers soon had the Antlers pulling away. Winkler fouled out with 2:39 to go and Tivy took the quarter 18-8 aud the game 59-49. “We got into a team foul situation early in the third,” said Wilkins, “and gave them to many one and ones. But I still think we did a great job. The kids never gave up and did as good a job of sandwiching Baker as anyone. He was stopped but with their kind of shooters, it’s hard to stop the whole team. “We were even with them until the third, but they were just better than us — tonight. The whole team showed a really fine effort and as long as we can do that, we feel like we won.” Fischbeck was recognized by Wilkins for his “leadership and ability to get Tivy out of their man-to-man press. He was also tremendous on passing." High-point man for the Unicorns was Wilson with 14. Greg Bender and Winkler had ll each, Schultz and Gordon Bartling had 4 each, Fischbeck and Brent Free had 2 each and Jeff Reehhad 1. Baker led the Antlers with 22 points while Schultea had 14, Scott Henry had 9, Randy Crick and Raymond Juarez had 6 each and Todd Reynolds had 2. Junior varsity Mike Galloway’s 19 points and David Caddell’s IO led the New Braunfels Junior varsity basketball team over Kerrville Tivy 47-42 Tuesday night. Other scorers were Randy I,ong with 5, Doug Campbell and Bill Fox with 4 each, Kenan Ikels with 3 and Mike Wofford with 2. Halftime score was 22-15, NB. Canyon's Chuck Bell goes up. Mavs move in PHOENIX, Anz. (AP) For the Dallas Mavericks, breakthroughs iii tile National Basketball Association are starting to come in bunches. After recording their first-ever victory at Portland on Sunday, the Mavericks chalked up win No. I in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night by beating the Phoenix Suns 112-100. It also was Dallas’ fifth straight road win — a club record — and lith victory in its last 14 games overall to give the Mavericks sole possession of second place in the Midwest Division. “We’re on a roll,” said Dallas Coach Dick Motta We’re playing hard. Our bodies are alive. These kids work like hell and even our practices are fierce these days. I tell them they should play like ifs their last game. We might not win it, but it’ll be a good game.” Mark Aguirre had a game-high 28 points and Jay Vincent scored IO of his 22 in the final four minutes to seal the Mavericks’ first victory here in seven tries. The score was tied 27 times before Vincent’s jumper put Dallas ahead to stay at 94-92 with 3:43 left in the fourth quarter. Vincent’s jumper and free throws in an eight-second span padded the Mavericks’ lead to 104-97 with 46 seconds left. He First victory it) Phoenix gives Dallas sole posessiot) of Midwest's second place added two more free throws w ith 22 seconds to go plus a lay-in with three seconds left to close out the scoring and snap Phoenix’s three-game winning streak. “We did the right thing at the right time,” said Aguirre, the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer who has earned las team offensively lately. “Phoenix was used to us posting up most of the game so we posted up for a decoy a couple times at the end and hit Jay for the jumper." Vincent, who had 16 second-half points, said “we’re just playing well together and Mark is on a roll. For us to win, something like tliat has to happen . ” Dallas, now 24-24 on the season, also got 18 points from Rolando Blackman and 13 from Brad Davis Aguirre and Kurt Nimphius each had IO rebounds as the Mavericks enjoyed a 17-7 edge on the backboards in the pivotal fourth period. “They did an excellent job on the offensive boards, especially in the second half,” said Suns Coach John Madieod. “They just seemed to be a step ahead of us all night. We seem to lack the zip you need to have in this league to win.” Blackman’s jumper with seven seconds left iii the second period gave the Mavericks a 48-46 halftime lead after the score had been tied 15 times in the first two quarters. Aguirre scored eight of his 12 first-half points iii the first period as Dallas forged a 21-21 Ue. He had 13 third-period points, but Phoenix got eight from Larry Nance and six from Maurice Lucas to take a short-lived 76-73 lead into the final quarter. Walt Davis led Phoenix (30-21) with 21 points, 13 coming iii the second half, while Nance wound up with 19 and Lucas 18 plus a game-high 16 rebounds. Nance had four blocked shots to set a new club record with Insofar this season. Suns’ 7-foot backup center James Edwards, acquired in a trade Monday with Cleveland, played just three minutes and was held scoreless. DALLAS (112) Aguirre 12-27 4-6 28, Vincent 8-15 6-6 22, Cummings 3-9 0-0 6, Blackman 7-15 4-4 18, B. Davis 4-6 5-5 13, Garnett 3-3 3-4 9, Turner 0-2 0-0 0, Nimphius 3-5 1-2 7, Ransey 3-6 3-6 9, Thompson 0-10-0 0 Totals 43-89 26-33 112. PHOENIX (IOO) Lucas 6-17 6-7 18, Nance 8-13 3-4 19, Adams 5-14 0-0 IO, W. Davis 10-22 0-0 21, Johnson 4-15 4-4 12, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0, White 3-6 2-2 8, Macy 2-7 2-2 6, Scott 2-3 2-2 6, High 0-1 0-0 0, bedwards 0-10-0 0 Totals 40-9919-21 IOO. Dallas.................................. 21.27.25 39—112 Phoenix ................................—IOO ;