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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A GI Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, February 11,1996 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day The Press "I had hoped to be part of next season and I expected the Colts to be in the Super Bowl. It was not meant to be.” — Ted Marchibroda, on his decision to step down as the Indianapolis Colts head coach. In the news New Braunfels joins Spurs for community night on March 2 New Braunfels Community Night at the San Antonio Spurs-Alamodome is slated for March 2. Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting Co., the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund. Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sporting Co., Walnut at IH-35 near HEB, for $10, $22.50 and $32.50 each. Another $10 will take care of bus transportation if desired: For more information, call Vivroux at 606-4080. The New Braunfels Art League is renovating two-story building. The NBAL Gallery is at 239 W. San Antonio St. New Braunfels junior golfers to tee up for Sundance clinic The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will host an all-level clinic at Sundance Golf Course beginning at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 10. The clinic is free to NBJGA members, and $10 for non-members. Instructors for the clinic are golf pros Bill Halbert and Joseph Mendez of Sundance, and Jim Bergeron of Landa Park. A board meeting will be held concurrently with the clinic. Scholarships, tournament and clinic schedules, and establishment of committees will be discussed. All parents and interested persons are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, call Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. Landa Park Golf to host benefit tourney for Hummel The seqond annual golf tournament benefitting the Hummel Museum is scheduled for March 29 at Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels. The competition will have a shotgun start at 8 a m with a four-person-per-team (one best ball). Entry fee is $50 per player — which includes green fee, 1/2 cart, goodie bag, food and refreshments — and mulligans will be sold. The field is limited to the first 21 paid teams.The Hummel Museum Inc. is a non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the museum. For more information, call Frank Schaeffer, tournament chairman, at 609-3151 or 625-5636. Guys ’n’ Dolls golf tourney aids Children’s Diagnostic Center A golf tournament, which will support the Children’s Diagnostic Center in Ottine, is scheduled for Feb. 25. The event will consist of two-person teams (male-female) with flighted competition determined by handicaps. The entry donation of $75 per couple should be sent to Alice Simpson, 728 Summerwood Drive, New Braunfels, TX. Please include proof of handicap. The event will include prizes and a barbecue dinner. For more information, call 620-5917. Canyon Lake Yacht Club offers sailing lessons For years the Canyon Lake Yacht Club has conducted instructional programs to promote the sport of sailing on Canyon Lake. Their next session will be an “Introduction to Sailing" class for adults (beginning sailors and non-sailors) on Feb. 17 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LCYC clubhouse. The class is free and will be taught by experienced instructor and race winner Dick Edwards. Basic sailing and specific water safety practices related to sailing will be taught. Nine hours will be devoted to classroom and dockside mstruc tion. Three hours will be spent on sailboats. Required registration is under way through Feb. 14. For more information, call LCYC office, 590-7100. Baseball practice sessions offered to local players Baseball players ages nine to 18 can sign up for practice sessions scheduled to begin March 1 at Home Run Batting Cages 1563 Gruene St. in Gruene. For more information, call Pace at 609-6676. Unicorns fend off Cougars New Braunfels’ 40-36 win sets up season finale with Smithson Valley By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels' forward BJ. Wenzel comes down with a rebound during third quarter action of the Unicorns' 40-36 win over the Canyon Cougars on Friday. The Unicorns are one game away from clinching a playoff spot. With every shot that sailed toward the rim in the final minutes of this nailbiting battle, New Braunfels coach Cliff Wilkins side-stepped, dipped and pumped his arms, displaying all the body motions that coaches use to help guide the ball through the hoop. He saved his best move — a leftfooted shuffle and head tilt — for a shot by guard Ray Chapa at the 1:20 mark of the fourth period, and the gravitational forces seemed the work. Chapa’s 3-pointer in the face of two lunging Canyon Cougars gave the Unicorns a 37-35 lead, which they held and emerged with a 40-36 victory on Friday night at Cougar Den. The outcome sets up a season-ending showdown with Smithson Valley on Tuesday at Unicom Gym. The winner of that game captures the runner-up playoff spot in District 28-4A. The Bastrop Bears, survivors of a 92-85 shootout with Smithson Valley on Friday at Ranger Gym, clinched the district championship. The New Braunfels-Canyon rivalry more than lived up its billing as fans witnessed a tight battle that rarely held more than a three-point margin in the second half. Last-minute opportunities abounded at the free throw line, but both teams struggled to take advantage of the foul situation. The Cougars were 18 of 32 while the Unicorns made just four of 12 shots from the stripe. Moments after Chapa hit the go-ahead bucket, he was called for a blocking foul on Canyon guard Ricky Boehlc, who went to the line and made one of two free throws to cut the lead to 37-36 with 1:07 left. Offensive rebounds then bailed out the Unicorns. Guard J.P Wilkins, who was fouled with 37 seconds remaining, missed the front end of a I -for-1, hut forward Ion Owens, who scored IO points, grabbed thfe offensive rebound and drew a foul. He converted one of two free throws to give the Unicorns a 38-36 edge. On Owens’ second attempt, the ball bounced off the rim and forward Tony Bradford was there to give the Unicorns yet another critical offensive rebound. I District standings 28-4Aboys Overall District Bastrop 20-8 8-0 Smithson Valley 18-9 5-4 New Braunfels 13-16 5-4 Canyon 15-12 4-5 Lockhart 14-14 2-6 Hays 13-15 2-7 The Cougars still had hope after New Braunfels missed three more hee throws with under 30 seconds remaining. Jimmy Keresztury, the Cougars’ leading scorer with ll points and 15 rebounds, missed a leaning jumper from the key and later was called for a travel in the final 15 seconds. Chapa hit two free throws in the final five seconds to seal game. The Unicorns contained the Cougars’ big man with smothering defense that denied inlet passes “We knew we had to zone it up against them,” said J.P. Wilkins. “The double team with one man-behind him worked for us.” Keresztury scored nine of his ll points on free throws. Afterwards Chapa put the'win into perspective for the Unicorns,who will move to District 26-5A next season. “This is the last time we’ll ever play Canyon, so we wanted to go out with a good game,” said Chapa who led his team with 14 points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. “Coach Wilkins got us fired up, and we were determined to win.” For Rocky Johnson it was disheartening. “This was a tough loss but we played hard tonight, and all season, to have a chance for the playoffs,” said Johnson, the Cougars’ second leading scorer with IO points and nine rebounds. “It didn’t happen for us. We’re still going to go out and give it all we’ve got on Tuesday against Lockhart.” Unicom forward Tony Bradford said the win over Canyon provides momentum heading into the showdown with Smithson Valley. “This was a big win for us,” said Bradford, who scored four points. “We plan to practice hard this week and get ready for the Rangers.” Spurs’ talk of moving looms at All-Star game By WENDY E. LANE AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — As the NBA is throwing its annual All-Star party and celebrating its success, even the hint that one of its teams might follow the lead of the NFL’s Rams and NHL’s Nordiques causes jitters, especially when the team in question is the one hosting the All-Star Game. So NBA commissioner David Stem found himself on the spot Friday during his yearly question-and-answer session about the state of the NBA, facing questions about the Spurs’ dissatisfaction with the Alamodome and plans to leave the city. However, Stem sounded confident that the rash of franchise relocations that have alienated fans and frustrated municipalities in the NFL and NHL won’t spread lo his league. “We would like to see the San Antonio Spurs remain in San Antonio, and we fully expect that they will,” he said. “We haven’t had a team move in the last decade or so and have worked hard to achieve that result.” During the week leading up to the All-Star festivities, the Spurs renewed their request for a new, more intimate arena and team chairman Robert McDermott said he was considering a move up the road toward Austin, among other options. The city’s mayor, however, is staunchly opposed to any publicly financed arena. The Alamodome, where the All-Star Game will be played Sunday, is barely three years old, but its size and configuration is better suited to football than basketball. Even Stem acknowledges the Alamodome isn’t ideal over the long term, but believes a solution can he reached. “We’re optimistic that will take care of itself,” Stem said. Stem pointed out that two previous court cases affirmed the league’s right to veto any proposed franchise relocation. “We have asserted the proposition that a franchise needs the permission of the board of governors to move,” he said. “That power, reasonably exercised, is not a violation of antitrust laws.” In 1984, the NBA sued the San Diego Clippers alter the club tried to move to Los Angeles. A settlement was reached, and the team eventually moved, but the league exacted a heavy financial penalty from the franchise. That was the last time an NBA franchise relocated. The NBA also successfully sued to block a proposed move by the Minnesota Timberwolves to New Orleans in 1994. Western Conference frontcourt Hakeem Olajuwan Shawn Kemp Eastern Conference* frontcourt Charles Barkley Shaquille O'Neal Scottie Pippen Grant Hill Sports brief? ■ CHICAGO (AP) — Art Modell got NFL approval to move his team to Baltimore, then joined the league and the city of Cleveland in asking that the bitterness of the past three months be forgotten. Approval came by a vole of 25-2 with three abstentions, with Pittsburgh and Buffalo voted against the move. Modell will leave behind the name “Browns” and the team colors. He also said the new Baltimore team, yet to be named, will essentially build from the bottom up, pursuing no free agents and perhaps divesting itself of its more expensive players. In addition to the team name and colors remaining, the city of Cleveland received the promise of a new team within three years and $48 million toward construction of a new stadium. ■ INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ted Marchibroda, who as coach brought the Indianapolis Colts within a Hail Mary pass of the Super Bowl, will not return next season. Bill Tobin, the team’s director of football operations, said two days ago that Marchibroda had rejected a one-year contract extension, which was then withdrawn. Marchibroda was then told the team was going in a “different direction.” There were no indications who the successor might be, though there have been persistent rumors that the job might go to offensive coordinator Lindy Infante, the former Green Bay coach. The Colts went 9-7 this season and reached the playoffs for only the second time since they moved from Baltimore in 1984. After victories over San Diego and Kansas City, they lost 20-16 to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game when a desperation pass was deflected and fell incomplete in the end zone on the final play of the game. Marchibroda, 64, is the NFL’s second-oldest head coach.    #    . ■ HOUSTON (AP) — A group of investors shopping for an NFL team to bring to Houston is targeting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a Buts spokesman said the team is not for sale. Namias’ statement followed a report in the Houston Chronicle regarding investors who are interested in bringing football hack to Houston after the Oilers’ expected move to Nashville, Tenn. ;