New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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■said the team will need a solid mental effort to win at Boerne, especially with its rowdy crowd.
' “WeVe got to forget about it (the loss) and go on against Boerne,” Sierra said “We need a good practice tomorrow (Thursday) and well go play against Boerne like we know how—playing Unicom-style ball
“We’ve just got to block the crowd out and try to concentrate on what we’re doing out there; try to get in the flow of things and make our shots from the flee throw line — it’s going to be a mental thing.”
Despite shooting a subpar 26 for 62 from the Beld and only 5 of 13 from the ftnee-throw line, the Unicorns had four chances to take the lead when they were down by one at 62-61.
Heights had lengthened its eight-point lead at the end of the third quarter to 14 with 4:00 to play. Then New Braunfels went on a tremendous tear over the next two minutes to cut that lead to one.
However, after four defensive stops, the Anal straw was an intentional Ami called on Mike Sierra with *.34 left in the game, which gave Heights two free throws and the ball.
Wilkins refused to lay blame on the questionable intentional foul as the reason for the Unicorns’ loss.
“We had our opportunities to win ” Wilkins said “The intentional foul did not cost us the ballgame, it only took us out of a chance to at least win it or tie it But the ballgame was lost believe or not from the free throw line
“We can still go to the playoffs and we can still win the district championship. It doesn’t really matter that we won 16 games in a row, it only matters that we accomplish our goals and that's what we’re focused on right now.”
Reagan Overall, Unicorn senior guard
and the field.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively the first three quarters. Our half-court offense was a little stagnant, although we played hard and the dfort was there. John Drury had a great ballgame on the boards. Mike’s consistemy kept it thirty dose and the fourth quarter was a complete team effort We really got aggressive and were able to force some turnovers.”
The loss kept the Unicorns from securing a playoff spot, but Wilkins remains confident in his team’s ability to get the job done this Friday.
“Really the loss doesn’t change anything,” Wilkins said. “We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us. Boerne has just as fine a ball-club as Alamo Heights if not better. But we’re certainly not going to play passive and hope to win. We’re going to go in there playing to win.
“At this point the whole game basically boils down to the mental aspect for all three of these ball-dubs. Ifs all about momentum
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Junior and Son!or Laague Tryouts
Player tryouts and late registration for Junior and Senior League baseball will beheld at Canyon High School Saturday, Feb. 20. The Junior Division (13-year-old) win begin at 820 a.m. and the Senior Division (14-15-year-okk) will begin at 1230 p.m. AH players must attend tryouts and late registration will be available with a birth certificate. In case ef indimate weather, tryouts win hold at Oak Run School Gym (Holway 46, west of Loop 337). lf there are any questions call Mark Mendenhall at 620-6171, Phil Demesne at 620-6070, Rye Nitach at 625-6700 ar Bob Janes at 622-5010.
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All former Canyon High School baseball players are invited to play in the Canyon Alumni game Saturday, Fab. 20 at 5 p.m. on the Canyon Field. This is the second year Canyon has held the alumni puns, where the current baseball team plays against sn alumni team.
Ifs time to sign up for the Mis-mon Valley Junior Bowling Club. Junior bowlers from 6 to 15 years rf age need to come by the Mission Valley Club on Saturday, Fob. 26 at 730 p.m. to sign up for tho Friday n^ht longue. For any questions or to sign up by phone call 629-0028.
The final registration day for girls aft 7 to 18 as of Sept. I, 1908, ta play softball win be Saturday, Fab. 13 at Comal Park bom IO a.m. to noon. FirsUime players need ta bring a copy of their birth emtiAeats and thsrag-i st rat**) fist is $20. For Blore ■format! sn call Dennis or Emily Harborth at 625-5111 or 626-7811
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teams. The meeting will be held at Idler Distributor on Fob. list 730 p.m. Registration and roster forms can be picked up at that tuna. These forms and all foes win be due March 4 at a rules meeting. League play win begin Mardi 15 and all teams will be required to haw same color shirts.
Fiesta Texas Racing Festival
Blore than 700,000 Americans receive hsad injuries that result in traumatic brain damage each year, according to the Texas Head Injury Association. PacifiCare’s First Fiesta Texas Racing Festival, which will be held Fob. 28, will focus on this “silent epidemic.-
The racing festival, which benefits the Alamo Chapter of the Texas Head Injury Association and the Texas Bicycle Coalition, will emphasise the importance of safety awareness and the benefits of exercise. It was organised to heighten awareness of head injuries, and to honor Randy Shorty of San Antonio, a cyclist who was severely injured when hit by a car while bicycling last February.
The day-long event wfll be held at Fierta Texas and will include a Criterium Bike Race, several recreational cycling tours and a 5K nan. The 6Knin win be held in the Fiesta Texas parting lot and on La Cantara Drive, and all runners will receive T-shirts. Cash prises and door prises will bs awarded. The Criterium Bike Reft1 i§ designed for serious bike enthusiasts, and thai* ara LO categories with a $6,000 cash prise list. All riders must wear an
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In addition, there win bs throe recreational tours — 20, 40, 56 milos. The first IOO registrants for tbs recreations) tears will receive a free racing hairnet wan-tesy ef PacifiCare of Texas. Paid ragiitrnts will be provided with frat child cars at Fiesta Texas’ “American Parade Grounds * The area win bs manned by U8AA volunteers and will feature activ-
John NewcSnSTs Tennis Ranch will boat a lamia program for junior physis ape Id and 7-Id ta learn ms hades cf tennis. Program is ana hour, twist a weak- For mere information call Bobby or Stephen at 825-9106.
swings, mini-runs in games, maximizing your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses. We’re still first place in the district and thafs our attitude.”
Reagen Overall, New Braunfels’ three-point bomber, agreed that the loss was tough to swallow, but that the team would need to bounce back strong to handle the atmosphere at Boerne.
"They (Boerne) shoot the ball real wen down there and if s going to be a chanenge,” Overall said “But I think with the way this team can stick together that we’re going to be able to keep our heads up and be able to take care of business like we need to do.
“We had four goals at die beginning of the season and one of them was to go undefeated in district That’s the only goal thafs not attainable any more. We can still go to the playoff^ and we can still win the district championship. It doesn’t really matter that we won 16 games in a row, it only matters that we accomplish our goals and that’s what we’re focused on right now ”
Wilkins stressed that the one loss was not devastating — he didn’t think anyone could get through the district undefeated.
“We played weU, we just didnt execute down the stretch and didnt get the big shots down the end like we have been,” he said. That doesn’t mean we’re a terrible ballcHib and that doesnt mean that Alamo Heights is better. We were playing them on their home court and we beat them at our place.
“The same goes with Boerne. We’ve beaten them twice this year. Now we’ve got to do it a third time with a lot more at
stake at their home place. All that is hype — we’ve got to play the ballgame. It doesn’t matter where, when or what’s riding on it We’ve prepared all season long for these opportunities and I feel real confident that we’ll give a good effort regardless of the outcome.”
Wilkins said from the outset that the district race would boil down to the last week of the season and the team’s big road games at Heights and at Boerne. That premonition has become painfully true, as both teams are lurking one game behind the district-leading Unicorns.
New Braunfels is now 11-1 (24-
4 overall), while both the Mules and the Greyhounds are 10-2. Heights overall record is 22-8 and Boerne is 24-6.
Wilkins said he’s not going fct-worry too much ahput how the schedule fell to give his team such difficult road games at the end.
“If the schedule had been reverse and maybe Boerne or Alamo Heights were undefeated and we had two losses, I don’t think it really would have changed anything,” he said. “In this district there are three real, real fine ballclubs and there’s about three others in this district that are capable of beating anybody on any given night.”
The three teams’ records make each viable candidates for postseason play, but as Wilkins points out, one must stay home.
“Regardless of what happens, when the smoke clears after next Tuesday there’s two great teams going to the playoff and one great team is going to have to stay home.”
Alamo Heights 87,
New Braunfels 84
Mike Sierra 17, Andy Caldwell 14, Reagen Overall 12, John Druiy IO, Randy Damon 6, Dean Smith 3, Brad Lybrand 2, Shae Wilkins, Jessie Morales, Albert Munis, Ben Katon.
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