New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorn baseball preview. Page 9AThursday Special
Thursday, February 14, 1985 8ASoccer: /ts time has come for NB
When the rumor about New Braunfels High School getting a soccer team floated this way, the fun and games department at the HZ was more than a little dismayed.
Soccer season, you see, is also basketball season. And it's not much fun trying to keep up with 12 or more basketball games a week; two or three more soccer games would be a nightmare (especially for the front office, which would have to come up with the overtime).
Sitting out on raw January nights watching big 5A schools beat up on New Braunfels didn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm, either. And seeing the same old faces in another set of short blue-and-white pants wasn’t too much of a thrill.
Giving H. Ross Perot another “distraction” to complain about didn’t seem like a good idea, either.
Bid after talking to the low-key, well-prepared, knowledgable proponents of the team — and getting the lowdown from the school people — our objections went out the window.
For one thing, the games would be played in the daytime. Otherwise, the lights at Unicorn Stadium would have to be turned on — and the heat turned off at the high school, lf both are on, the district is boosted into a higher
rate bracket with NBU, something the people at NBISD want to avoid.
UIL soccer is only played one day a week, usually Wednesdays or Thursdays. And after a season of nondistrict, practice-type competition, the Unicorns could get into a UIL district and get a schedule like that.
The players for the proposed team aren’t the athletes we see on the football field in fall or the basketball court in the winter. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t good athletes — the record of the local teams in South Texas Youth Soccer Association playoffs shows that. And most of the athletes in the prospectus prepared by the backers of the plan have at least six years experience in soccer. So much for not being competitive.
And then there’s H. Ross, the Dallasite we in sports love to hate since we miss J.R. on Friday nights. But if these boys aren’t playing soccer for the high school, they’re going to be playing soccer somewhere else, with probably even a greater investment of time.
So here’s for soccer. The NBISD board ought to consider the idea, then give the team the go-ahead for a nondistrict or junior varsity schedule in 1985-86 and a UIL schedule in the realignment year of 86-87.More volleyball
Debbie Williamson is just never satisfied.
The 1982 New Braunfels High School graduate, already an NAIA volleyball All-American, is now trying for an even bigger goal — the 1986 U.S. Olympic team.
Williamson has been in Colorado Springs since Monday at Olympic team tryouts. She’ll be back on Monday.Basketball notes
Few teams deserved a district basketball championship more than the New Braunfels Unicorns and Coach CUff Wilkins.
Wilkins, who left Columbus after going to the state tournament with the team, has gone five years without a district title. The last few years, he’s had to struggle along short-handed early in the season, then see his team stagger early and get hot late in the season when it was
New Braunfels’ boys haven’t won a district title since the Shelby Coleman-Brett Deckard team of the 1977-78 season.
This year's squad, which includes more basketball-only players than Wilkins has had at New Braunfels, had its problems early in the season. The Unicorns feU to 6-10 halfway through the season with a 68-49 pasting by Clemens at the HemisFair Arena, and they could have rolled over and died at that point.
Instead, they responded by beating Alamo Heights and Gonzales to wrap up non-district play, then winning six straight district games.
The Unicorns have outscored opponents 65-53 in district play, and weren’t seriously threatened until their loss to Fredericksburg.
New Braunfels’ probable opponent in the bidisitrict playoffs is San Antonio Southwest, a little-known powerhouse in the South Zone of District 14-4A. As in volleyball, the 13-4A champion plays the South Zone winner because the North Zone won a pre-season coin flip for the seedings.
SV not in dark against Devine!
By TOM LABINSKI f
When Smithson Valley goes up against Devine in San Antonio tonight, the Rangerettes won’t be up against a totally unknown entity.
After aU, Smithson Valley has seen a game film of their opponents. Just one.
And if the film proved anything to Smithson Valley Coach Phyllis Fowler, it is that the Arabians are beatable.
Devine finished in a tie for first place with Hondo in District 28-3A. The Arabians didn’t lose too many games this season, but in the film the Rangerettes viewed, Devine lost to Medina Valley.
Fowler said she was confident her team could beat Devine in South San West High School Gym.
“They are beatable. There are some big girls on their team, bigger than ours, but they are beatable,” she said. “We are going to have to work hard, though.
“If we play like we did against Cole, we ; have a great chance of winning,” Fowler said.
The Rangerettes put it all together on Monday night against Cole to decide which District 27-3A team would advance to the playoffs.
By controlling the boards, Smithson Valley rolled up an impressive 82-43 win over the Cougars.
“We just wanted to win that night. We seemed to do everything right. We did a good job at rebounding. We could have boxed out against anyone that night,”
Smithson Valley will need a similar effort against the taller Arabians.
“They looked like a good rebounding team on the film. I don't think their shooters are quite as good as ours, but that is just based on the one film,” Fowler said.
The Rangerettes will not change their game plan at this stage of the season,
Fowler said, prefering to play a control game and waiting for the fast break to open up.
“I want to play a control game first,” she said. “We will go to the fast break-type game when the opportunities are there, but we don’t want to change anything.”
Devine is capable of playing both man-to-man and zone defenses, and play them effectively, Folwer said.
Smithson Valley is prepared for both, she said
“We started out liking the man-to-man, but as the season went on, we felt a little more comfortable up against a zone.
“It’s ended up now that we feel fairly
Caballero picks ENMU
Greyhounds top day with guard
Tiffany Beene shoots against Cole
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confident that we can feel we can go up against either one,” Fowler said.
Fowler said the team is healthy for the game, including top scorer Shalynn McCoy, who was forced out in the third quarter of the Cole game with a twisted ankle.
By DAVID KING Sports editor
For a school with a late start on recruiting, Eastern New Mexico did all right for itself Wednesday.
The Greyhounds' coaches signed all but three of the players they recruited, including New Braunfels offensive lineman Victor Caballero. Caballero signed the papers for ENMU defensive coordinator Mike Lucas Wenesday afternoon at Coach Jim Strecty’s office.
The Portales, N.M. school got a late start in the recruiting battles because second-year head coach Bill Kelly took the job at West Texas State on Dec. 19 — and took his entire staff and 12 players with him.
New ENMU coach Donnie Cathel, a former assistant at Texas-El Paso, brought in a young staff and aggressively sought players in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona One of the players on Lucas’ list was Caballero.
“I Uke the coaches,” CabaUero said. “I met them all, and I Uked their attitudes — they’re all real young. The head coach is 34, and the others are under 30. ”
But it was the school’s strong program in computer science that really sold Caballero.
“They have a real good program in the field I want to get into,” the soft-spoken player said. “Plus the school’s not too big — only about 4,000 students.”
Streety said he was elated that Caballero had received a scholarship.
“He was so deserving of an offer,” Streety said. “Victor is pretty mature. He knows what he wants to do — go to coUege and study computer science. It’s a great opportunity for him.”
Eastern New Mexico wiU join the I/one Star Conference this season for championship competition. The Greyhounds have been NAIA Division I independents, and they were ranked in the top IO the last two seasons.
CabaUero may be caUed into service his freshman season, if Eastern New Mexico’s numbers are any indication. Only 32 players were left on scholarship after the 1984 season, and 12 left with Kelly.
“We lost our whole defensive line,” Lucas said. “And we had only one quarterback left
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Victor Caballero signs his letter of intent under the watchful eye of his mother, Josefina Caballero
on campus. But we signed a good one from “I don’t think they’U redshift me,” he said. West Los Angeles Junior College, and we "I’ve been working out hard, and I’ll add signed three today.” some weight.”
CabaUero wiU be an offensive guard at Caballero is 6-3, and he played last season ENMU, and he said he expected to play in at 235 pounds, down from 260 in 1983. He was 1985. an aU-District 13-4A selection last season'Stinkin' unbelieveable' TCL) cleans up
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Texas Christian Homed Frogs got as many schoolboy football blue chips as the rest of the Southwest Conference on national signing day Wednesday, but the SWC failed to “touch the heart” of Bay City wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes, the state’s top prospect TCU Coach Jim Wacker described his harvest of what ht called “gold-chips” as “stinkin’ unbeUevable.”
Five of the state’s top 14 blue chippers signed to play for Wacker, who was the SWC Coach of the Year with an M record. Four blue chippers went out of state, including Dykes, who signed with Oklahoma State of the Big Eight Conference.
“Oklahoma State showed a personal interest in me,” Dykes said. “They touched my heart.”
OveraU, recruitment day belonged to Wacker and TCU. “Quite honestly, it stiU hasn’t quite soaked in that this could be aU ready be true,” Wacker said in the wake of tbs school’s gold-plated harvest of schoolboy talent. “The response we have received this year has been Just
class. BasicaUy, our coaches ami players here do a great job of selling the program for us. ”
Jasper wide receiver Reggie Davis, Huffman running back Greg Moore, Houston Madison quarterback Ronald Jll es, Fort Worth Eastern Hills defensive tackle Mitchell Benson and Madison wide receiver Jarred Delaney — aU Texas blue chippers — will play for the Homed Frogs next season.
Southern Methodist got two blue chip signees from
Corsicana, running back Bill Jones, 6-1, 205, and linebacker Robert McDade, 6-3, 230. Navasota quarterback Lynn James, who had earlier given a verbal commitment, and Lamar Consolidated cornerback Roderick Wilson, also chose the Mustangs.
“We’re very pleased with the way things went,” said SMU Coach Bobby Collins. “We recruited well to our needs.”
The Texas Aggies signed three outstanding running backs — Steve Greene of Littlefield, Troy Jones at lafayette, La. and James Howse of Murfreesboro, Term.
Greene, 6-1,195, was a Class SA all-stater, who led all the state’s runners with 2,885 yards for the 1984 season. He also rushed 349 yards in a game against Friona, the top rushing performance of the season.
Howse led his team to a Tennessee state championship last season and rushed for 2,400 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. Jones scored 34 touchdowns land rushed for IJK yards.
“Outstanding out-of-state recruiting really helped us,” said AAM Coach Jackie Sherrill. “We made a decision to
recruit Louisiana like it was Texas.”
The Aggies also signed Adam Bob, the Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year who also is oui of Lafayette.
Arkansas Razorback* Coach Ken Hatfield helped stem the trend of losing Arkansas players to out-of-state schools by signing two members of The Associated Press’ Super Team, Helena lineman Freddie Childress, 64, 295, and Pocahontas lineman LeShon Browne, 6-2,235.
The Texas Longhorns signed Ed Cunningham, a 6-8,260 defensive tackle from Sanford-Fritsch. Cunningham had earlier given a verbal commitment to Texas.
Lubbock Dunbar blue chip tight end Sam Collins signed with the Baylor Bears.
SWC co-champion Houston picked up Galveston Ball running back Kimball Anders, 5-10,200.
Delaney was the final blue chipper to come lido the Homed Frog fold, making his decision late Tuesday.
“Jiles and I have been hooking up since the seventh grade,” Delaney said. “I figured if we went to TCU and played to the best of our abilities, we could win a championship there.”