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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 8 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Thursday, Fab. 9,1995 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day The Day s Quote “A lot of times before games, Coach will tell me tonight could be the difference between $35,000 and a I million contract.” - Terrence Rencher, University of Texas basketball player. Cougarettes face Boerne in first round playoffs The Canyon Cougarette varsity basketball team, 28-4A runner-ups, will play Boerne in the first round of the playoffs on Monday, Feb. 13. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Boerne gym. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.The Cougarettes (7-3, 19-8) clinched the playoff spot by defeating Hays 46-36 on NB girls soccer edged by IWA The New Braunfels girls soccer team took eleven shots on goal but couldn't find the mark. The result was a 3-0 loss to Incarnate Word Academy on Tuesday The IWA Lady Shamrocks put all their points on the board in the first half Standout sophomore Amy Walker took all of the scoring honors. The Unicorn JV team also fell 1-0. The NB girls play again Friday at Hays Centex Stars 161 take first The Centex Stars 161 volley ball team recently won 1st place in the 1995 Juniors tournament in Houston The 16 and under team played 15 games, winning all but one. The team was comprised of Wendy Holtz, Cassi Collier, Jemse Harborth, Mara Allen, Erica Walther.Laura Bissett. Calie Courtney, Kendra Renner Jodie Welsh coached the team Elks Hoop Shoot on Saturday The New Braunfels Elks Lodge No 2279 will be the host for the South West District Hoop Shoot contest on Saturday. Feb 11 The event will be rn thethe New Braunfels High School gym at noon Lodges from t\iew Braunfels San Angelo, Sari Antonio Gonzales, Del Rio, Seguin and Kerrville will have entries Valentines tennis tournament scheduled The T Bar M ’"fermis Villas and Conference Centef wit fiave a Valentine s Tennis i ournarnent for double partners from 2:30 to 6 30 p m Sunday Feb 12 The courts are on Highway 4€ For more information, call 625-7738 Rockets get by Sacramento without guard Maxwell SACRAMENTO. Calif (AP) — With Vernon Maxwell beginning a 10-game suspension, Marie Elie made the most of a rare start for tf»e Houston Rockets Eke, making just his secorid start of the season, had nine of ins 13 pants rn the final quarter arid added six assists as ti ie Rockets defeated the Sacrarriento Kings 97-86 Wednesday night It was the first game for Houston without second-leading scorer Maxwell, who was suspended for at least 10 games and fined $20,000 by the NBA for punching a heckler during Monday s loss at Portland “We have tfie luxury of having sorrieone like Mario Not too many teams can fill a role like Maxwell’s,* said Hakeem Olajuwon, who had 31 points and matched season highs with 17 rebounds and eight blocks Mavericks taken by Magic ORLANDO, Fla (AP) - The schedule didn t help the Dallas Mavericks, and the Orlando Magic gave them even less of a chance "They stepped it up when they noticed we were tired," Mavs guard Jim Jackson said 'We played hard the first quarter, but after that the energy just dropped." teammate Jamal Mashburn said “Everybody was pretty much physically tired ... but you have to fight through that" Playing against Phoenix and Orlando NFL coaching job never a steady world By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Lew Carpenter, a resident of New Braunfels and recently released Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach, is looking for another job in pro football. A call may or may not come soon. Either way he knows the business well enough not to take it personally. Carpenter was the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday. Cathy Carpenter, his daughter and general manager of Hotel Faust, gave the introduction. "As far as my father's football career goes, he'll have to tell you more about that because he really didn't bring his work home that much," she said. "Most of all, he has always been a real fair person at home and on the field." Fair isn’t an easy concept in the NFL. Carpenter, 63, who as a coach has changed teams about once every three years over last three decades, realizes it is mostly about winning. "The hardest thing in this job is taking the guys you coach for four or five years and all of a sudden it reaches a point where you have to say, "You aren't cutting it anymore. "It's hard because over the years they become like a family, and it can be real tough to tell someone, 'We no longer need you. You don’t fit in with our plans. Good luck. We'll waive you.' That's the toughest part about football." As a first- year coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 1964, Carpenter had the painful responsibility of cutting his own brother from the team. It was a task he dreaded but had to do, understanding the bottom-line nature of his profession. Preston Carpenter, his brother and all-pro receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, didn't hold it a against Lew. Preston had joined the team at midseason because of a new job. "That was as nice as I could say it. "Over a period of years coaching now, it doesn’t bother me half as bad as it used to because," he said jokingly, "I figure if I could tell one of my blood kin goodbye, it wouldn't hurt me to tell somebody I didn't know that well." As both a coach and player, Carpenter has seen his fair share of abrupt dismissals. In 1956, the year after being taken by the Detroit Lions in the first round from the University of Arkansas where he was a star offensive back, Carpenter was drafted into the U.S. Lew Carpenter, a long-time NFL player injuries to two tight-ends. and coach, could be back with the Eagles. Army. His assignment Room had to be made when the players returned the next season. "I had to tell him, "I don't think your services are going to be needed here anymore at the Vikings," Carpenter said. "You should look for entailed two years in Germany where he fulfilled his duty and was ready to return to the Lions. When he arrived in New York, a messenger was waiting with a ticket to Cleveland. The man notified him that he was traded to the Browns. "My wife was waiting for me in Detroit, so I called and told her, 'We'll have to meet in Cleveland. That's where were going to be now.' That's the way pro football is operated." The nature of the NFL can be cold, but Carpenter hasn't let it kill his drive to succeed. The teams and players keep coming and going, and the list of franchises for which he has coached have had storied histories. They include stints in Washington, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta and Green Bay where he was under the tutelage of the great Vince Lombardi. The players he has worked with are just as impressive. To name a few: Amad Rashad, James Lofton, Charlie Taylor, Kenny Bouroughs, and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson. Most recently Carpenter moved on from Philadelphia after head coach Rich Kotite was fired at the end of the 1994 season. Now he’s heard word of interest from the Eagles new head coach who he will meet and talk to this week. An offer could be coming within days. But then again, it could not. "I may know sometime soon whether I need to pack some warm clothes to go to Philadelphia or come on back to Texas to look for a job." Gingrich to attack baseball strike By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer WASHLNGTON (AP) — House Speaker Newt Gingrich said today he was willing to meet with a federal mediator to discuss ways to settle the protracted baseball strike, but said he thought congressional intervention would be “a very bad idea." Telling reporters that he and Senate Majority leader Bob Dole were prepared to discuss the situation with W J Usery. Gingrich also reiterated that he thought Congress should be focusing on other issues. The fact is. if you start settling (labor disputes) industry by industry, how many should we solve." he said. "I just think it’s a very bad idea to politicize it." Gingnch said he did not think that Congress had "the wisdom to intervene in a single industry that has nothing to do with national safely.” “We are not in a position today to rush into any decision I am not closing (he door ... I just do not think thai Congress should rush into it,” he said. "I just think the U.S. Congress should be very cautious.... The United States government has enough things it’s doing badly, illegal immigration being an example, that it this Congress just does right the things that we already should have been doing. I think we would have had a taniasUc decade ..." Sign of the times Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Allyson Kitchel, an All-District volleyball player for the Smithson Valley Rangers, signs a letter of intent to play for the San Angelo State University in. Present at the signing were her mother, Bari Conley, and coach Margaret Mitcham. Rockets deal with Maxwell By ROB GLOSTER AP Sports Writer SACRAMENTO. Calif. (AP) — The Houston Rockets insist they’ll handle the suspension of Vernon Maxwell just as they would the loss of an injured player. Maxwell, meanwhile, is handling it through his attorney and saying he was provoked into punching a fan by the man’s racist and defamatory comments. Maxwell was suspended for at least IO games and fined $20,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for going ink) the stands and punching a heckler dunng a game at Portland two nights earlier. The fine matched the highest in league history and the suspension was the second longest. "This is just my reaction. Bul from what Vernon said about the incident, if I’d have been there. I’d have probably cold-cocked him, tot).’’ attorney Dick DeGuenn told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday . "You can’t think of anything more vulgar, more fighung-words, than what this guy said to Vernon" 'Hie man w ho was punched. Steve George, denied saying anything inflammatory. George’s attorney, Richard Mai/els, said his client would sign a complaint with the district attorney. Mai/cls said a civil lawsuit also is possible, but believes there is a good chance of a settlement. in the meantime. DeGuenn put out Maxwell’s side of the story. TCU’s Thomas puts on show for NBA scouts By CHIP BROWN Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) —Texas Christian’s Kart Thomas, the nation s second leading scorer and top rebounder, put on his usual high flying show for the NBA scouts. But his trash talk may have hurt his team more than he helped it Wednesday night as Texas defeated TCU 111 -99 behind die si/ /ling 3-point shirting of Reggie Freeman and Rixlerick Anderun In other Southwest Conference action Wednesday night. Houston beal Rice 73-67 .md Southern Mc tin xii st downed Baylor 65-59 But all eyes were on Austin, where the Ixmghorns and Horned Progs (ought to see who wiHjld keep pace with Texas lech and refrain tied for first place in the SWC. To prepare for the showdown, Texas coach Torn Penders closed {xactice (Jus week and his players, who wore their good luck gray uniforms, read plenty of bulletin hoard By The Associate*) h*u f fit*! 79 Vs Cwnrroriwestth 64 /arvjerOrt II Auburn 59 BAST Virgos 66 f I Carc/ma St 65 Boston Cottage 7b Gerxgetr/wri 67 Buckra* 75, Rodham 56 MIDWEST Colgate 93 Lehigh 78 b l! SI I'l Aki'x 68 Manhattan 91, Loyola Md 83 Boing Omen 76 Der Michigan 8/ Navy 78 Holy Cross 52 f MmU'Hn ti II Michigan 8J St Peters 64 Fairfield 62 lAtf/yi. 67 Per*. SI 58 Syracuse 100, Providence it in*mc St I s Lrf jn'i/tdo Vi Miami Oho 70 Toledo 64 SOUTH Michigan 72. Oho St 58 Clemson 69, Flyman 63 Mir macula 64 In Wta 54 Florida Atlantic 66 Stetson 63 Missesjn 69 low* A 86 Florida St 69 Wake Forest ti Notre Dame 77 Duquesne 62 Howard U 79 Delaware St 73 Ohio U 75 Kent 64 James Madison 73, Wm & Mary 67 Kentucky 68. Tennessee 48 SOUTHWEST Mississippi St 67, LSU 61 Houston 73 Rice 67 N C -Grneboro 87. C&tai Carolina 68 Oklarcxria 81. Kansas St 66 Old Dominion 70, Richmond 60 Scottwn Meth 66 Ba/kx 59 South Caroon* 77. Mississippi 72 Texas 111 Texas Christian 99 Southern U 84, Texas Co* 62 FAR WEST Tennessee St 87. Term Martin 74 Nebraska 100, Colorado 86 material provided by Thomas. Thomas, who scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds Wednesday night, left Texas embittered by criticizing tile longings and taking a victory lap aller TCU won a close battle between the two teams in Port Worth last month "They gave us all the motivation material any coach could ever dream up ll was just incredible." Penders said. "Maybe they will learn from that You will never hear our kids talking like that It doesn t pay You gotta meet em again, and to me it’s not smart to do that ” The longhorns (14-5, 6-2 SWC) broke open a close game in the first hall w ith frenetic pressing and sizzling 3-point shirting by Freeman Cold shooting caused ail 18-point lead to dwindle to six midway through the second halt before Anderson hit a 3-pointer and triggered an 11-2 run that gave Texas an K4 69 lead w ith 9:41 lo play. The Homed Progv (13-7,5-3) never pulled closer than eight points the rest of the way. despite 24 points from Juan Bragg and 23 (rom Byron Wails. "They shot lights out and did a really got>d job with the 3-point shot," said TCU coach Billy Tubbs. They did a better job in their press than we did handling their press." NBA standings National Basketball Association At A Glance By Tho Associatod Proas EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pet Orlando 37 10 .783 New York 20 IS .844 Boston 19 27 .400 Now Jersey IB 31 .388 Miami 17 29 .388 Philadelphia 14 34 .282 Washington ll 34 .280 Control Division Charlotte 31 17 .838 Cleveland 28 IB .808 Indiana 27 It .800 L* mc a go 23 24 .800 Atlanta 22 2B .447 Milwaukee It 2S .303 Detroit IT 28 .378 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W L Pct Utah 38 13 .748 Ban Antonio SO IS .882 Houston 28 it .838 Denver 20 25 .444 Dallas IO 28 .400 Minnesota 11 34 .238 Pacific Division Phoenix 38 IO .787 Seattle 32 12 .727 UL Lakers 2B 18 .838 Sacramento 28 18 .888 Portland 25 20 .845 Qotdan Stat* 13 31 .285 UL Clippers 7 40 .148 Wednesday's O swiss Boston, 7S Cleveland ST Orlando 110, Dallas Oft, Washington 107, Miaml.111 Now Jersey OB, Atlanta, 111 Charlotte IOC, Detroit, 70 Now York BO,, lndtana.77 Minnesota OO t Milwaukee,IOO Phoenix 100, Utah, 104 Chicago 109, Portland,Iii San Antonio 00, UL Lakers 11Btate Houston at Sacramento ;