New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon's Brad Campbell lays down a bunt in front of catcher Gary Edwards during a Cougar workout
Experience-laden Cougars look to fill small holes
By DAVID KING Sports editor
His hassling with all the new rules complete, Canyon baseball coach Ralph Behrend must now settle down to more mundane topics — like finding pitching, outfielders and depth.
Granted, Behrend doesn’t need a lot of help in any of those areas — not with seven of eight regulars in the field and three pitchers back from last year’s 23-10 team that reached the state semifinals.
But a little help here and a little there might push the Cougars past some rough times early in the season, especially if the basketball team makes the playoffs.
"We’ve got three kids in basketball who all play the same positions — pitcher, first base and third base,” Behrend said. “There’ll be somebody out of position for a while.”
First baseman-pitcher Ronnie Rittimann, first baseman-third baseman Troy Moss and third baseman-pitcher Danny Hernandez are all still playing basketball.
Michael Rodriguez, who pitched during the early part of last season, will help take up the slack until Rittimann and Hernandez join the team. Brad Campbell, the team's hottest pitcher at the end of 1904, is back to pitch as well.
“It’s going to be tough early in the season when we have to get down to that No. 3 spot,” Behrend said. Scott Wagner pitched on the junior varsity last year, so he’s one of the top candidates for that spot.
In the outfield, Behrend has to replace defensive whiz Marceline Gonzales in center.
“We’re looking for our best athlete for center field,” Behrend said. “We’ve got Raul Chapa, Danny
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Rodriguez and Scott Wagner back from last year, and they’ve all looked pretty good.
“We’ve also got Gary Edwards and Bobby Reed; we’ve got some people who can play out there. It’s just a matter of who and where.”
Chapa and Rodriguez played extensively last season, while Edwards was the regular designated hitter. Wagner and Reed were also on the varsity, although they didn’t play much. Infielder Hector Martinez is another returning player from the varsity team.
Scott Smith is the top player from the junior varsity team, Behrend noted.
The Cougars* main strengths will be defense and experience this season, the coach said. That experience includes the entire infield — catcher Bret Cappleman, first basemen Moss and Rittimann, second baseman Randy Riggs, shortstop Campbell and third basemen Moss and Hernandez.
Cappleman was all-state tournament last season and the Cougars’ top power hitter. Campbell was the team’s strongest pitcher down the stretch last year, while Hernandez hit over .500 in the playoffs and was also untouchable on the mound.
“Hopefully, Hernandez will be as hot as he was at the end of last season,” Behrend said. ‘‘He struggled most of the year; being a left-hander, he would really help our lineup.”
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TCU poised to grab cream of recruit crop
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas Christian poised to rake in a giant-sized share of Texas’ blue chip football players today while the state’s top prospect, Hart Lee Dykes of Bay Qty, kept at least three schools waiting for his signature.
Dykes, a unanimous selection among the Southwest Conference coaches voting in the Dallas Times Herald’s blue chip poll, had narrowed his choices to Illinois, Texas AAM and Oklahoma.
Dykes, the No. I target of college recruiters throughout the recruiting season, hoped to make an announcement today, but wasn’t making promises.
“It’s been an experience and it’s something that everybody should go through,’’ a weary Dykes said. “But wily once.’’
TCU Coach Jim Wacker, who led the Frogs to an 8-3 record last season, has presented a high profile during the recruiting season, gaining pledges from four blue chip players from the Times Herald’s 14-player list.
The Homed Frogs, who have never signed more than three blue chippers in one year, led all other Southwest Conference in commitments prior to today’s first official day of signings.
TCU had commitments from a list of 28 recruits headed by Jasper wide receiver Reggie Davis, Huffman running back Greg Moore, Houston Madison quarterback Ronald Jiles and Fort Worth Eastern Hills defensive tackle Mitchell Benson.
Dykes, a superbly gifted all-around athlete, caught 94 passes during three varsity seasons with the Black Cats. He earned all-state honors as a wide receiver in his junior season and was a double first team all-stater as a senior at wide receiver and safety.
Dykes is a starter on the Bay City basketball team that is ranked No. I in the state in Class 4A.
Five SWC schools — Arkansas, Houston, Texas AAM, Rice and Texas Tech — went into the signing date with no Texas blue chip commitments.
Texas held a commitment from Ed Cunningham, a 6-8, 260 defensive tackle from Sanford-Fritsch and Baylor landed blue chipper Sam Collins, a 6-5 230 tight end from Lubbock Dunbar.
Arkansas Coach Ken Hatfield helped stem the exodus from his state by signing eight players off Arkansas’ Super Team, although the state’s top quarterback prospect, Erie Mitchell of Pine Bluff, apparently will go to Oklahoma.
because of new limitations on afterschool activities, finally is settled. The Cougars open the season Feb. 26 at Seguin, then go to the Fredericksburg tournament March 1-2.
The Cougars’ home opener at their new field will be March ll against Boerne. Canyon also has non-district games scheduled against Del Valle, lolling, Judson, Austin Crockett, Austin Anderson and Smithson Valley.
“It’s a little bit stronger schedule than we had last year,” Behrend said. “The 3A teams are all district contenders; there’s nobody weak on
While the Cougars have lots of factors in their favor — overall speed, good defense and worlds of experience — they’ll have one disadvantage they didn't have last season. They won’t be able to sneak up on anybody.
But that doesn’t worry Behrend.
"I’m glad we’re up there,” he said. “I think it’ll help us. It’ll make us work harder to stay up there.”
Spurs topple Kings; Mavs, Rockets win
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The San Antonio Spurs are playing just over .500 basketball, but Marc Iavaroni says they are just building up to their National Basketball Association finale.
“People say we’re not that good, but we’re going to surprise people. Before the season is over, people will say we’re playing like the Spurs of old,” Iavaroni said Tuesday night after the Spurs dominated the Kansas City Kings, 127-109.
“We’re working hard to make the playoffs. We want to peak at playoff time and be playing our best at the end of April,’’ said Iavaroni, who had ll rebounds, nine points and three steals as the Spurs took their record to 26-25.
Johnny Moore and George Gervin each scored 23 points to lead the Spurs over Kansas City, 16-24, and losers of six of its last seven games.
The Spurs, who outrebounded the Kings 56-30 and shot almost 60 percent for the game, built a 22-point lead going into the second quarter and led 67-47 at the half.
They blew it open in the third period, leading by 30 points, 96-66, late in the period.
Mike Mitchell had 22 points for San Antonio, and Artis Gilmore had 17 points, IO rebound and seven of the Spurs IO blocked shots.
Rockets 126 Suns 114
Ralph Sampson scored nine of his game-high 27 points in a four-minut fourth-quarter spurt as Houston topped Phoenix, over the Suns.
“It was at that point in the game when I had to take control," Sampson said. “We needed somebody to do something."
76ers 124 Pacers 116
Andrew Toney scored 29 points and
Kansas City 16 34
L A Lakers 36 16
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Phoenix 25 26
Portland 23 28
Seattle 22 30
I A Clippers 20 31
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Golden State 11 39
Tuesday s Gamas
Dallas 131, Cleveland 112
Philadelphia 124. Indiana 116
Chicago 139, Detroit 126, OT
Milwaukee til. New Jersey 103
Houston 126. Phoenix 114
San Antonio 127, Kansas City 109
Denver 131, Atlanta 107
Portland 111, Boston 103
LA Lakers 121, LA Clippers 110
Utah 122 Golden State 11O
Seattle 109 Washington 94
Today s Games
Cleveland at New Jersey
New York at Philadelphia
Dallas at Detroit
Atlanta at Utah
Golden State at L A Clippers
Philadelphia rallied in the second half to beat Indiana. The 76ers trailed by six points at the half, and finally broke away from a nip-and-tuck game behind Toney’s sharp-shooting in the fourth quarter.
Mavericks 131 Cavaliers 112
Rolando Blackman scored 12 of his season-high 35 points in the third quarter as Dallas streaked from a halftime tie to a 20-point lead on the way to a runaway victory over Geveland.
It was the Mavericks’ fourth straight win.
Bucks 111 Nets 103
Sidney Moncrief scored 32 points and Terry Cummings added 25 as Milwaukee beat New Jersey to snap a three-game losing streak.
Bulls 139 Pistons 125
Michael Jordan scored a career-high 49 points and Orlando Woolridge
added 31 in leading Chicago to a victory in overtime.
Calvin Natt scored 29 points as the Nuggets routed Atlanta for their 10th straight victory at home.
Mark Eaton starred during second-period Utah hot streak and Adrian Dantley scored a game-high 35 points to lead the Jazz over Golden State.
Darnell Valentine scored 23 points and Sam Bowie turned in a fine all-around game with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to pace Portland over Boston.
Lakers 121 Clippers 110
Earvin “Magic” Johnson scored 12 of his 23 points in the opening quarter as the Lakers took control early and cruised past the Clippers.
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