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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hwrald-Zrituaf Thursday, February 16,1984 SA U.S. skier grabs gold SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia (AP) — Bill Johnson gave the United States its find men's Alpine skiing gold medal in Olympic history today, winning the men’s downhill at the XIV Winter Games. It was this year’s second gold medal for the United States. Debbie Armstrong of Seattle won the women’s giant slalom on Monday. Johnson, 23, of Van Nuys, Calif., who had dominated five training runs held before bad weather delayed the race, clocked in at one minute, 45.59 seconds. No American man had ever finished higher than fifth in this event, and the only American previously to win a medal in the downhill was Cindy Nelson, who took a bronze in 1976. Switzerland’s Peter Mueller, another favorite, claimed the silver medal with a time of one minute, 45.86 seconds. Austria’s Anton Steiner took the bronze in one minute, 45.95 seconds. Austrian Franz Klammer, the 1976 Olympic downhill champion, finished 10th. On Mount Jahorina today, Michela Figini of Switzerland won the women’s downhill, followed by teammate Maria Walliser in second. Olga Charvatova of Czechoslovakia prevented a Swiss sweep by edging Ariane Ehrat out of the bronze. The best American finisher was Holly Flanders of Deerfield, N.H., in 16th. Figini won the race in one minute, 13.36 seconds, just .05 seconds faster than Walliser. Charvatova clocked 1:13.53 to take the bronze by .42 seconds. Gaetan Boucher today became the first double Laid-back skier wins gold SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia (AP) — Who ever heard of a ski racer from southern California, and an Olympic champion to boot? Doubters, meet Bill Johnson. The laid-back 23-year-old from sunny Van Nuys, Calif., made history today, winning the men’s downhill and giving the United States its first gold medal ever in men’s Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics. Last month, Johnson became one of the favorites in the Olympics when he won the World Cup downhill race at Wengen, Switzerland — also an American first. gold medalist in Canadian history by edging two Soviets to win the men’s 1,500-meter speed skating. His time was 1:58.36, nearly three seconds slower than the Olympic record set by American Erie Heiden in 1980. And a Swedish relay team anchored by 15-kilometer gold medalist Gunde Svan won the gold medal in the 4X10 cross-country ski race in 1:55:06.3. That was 10.2 seconds ahead of the second place Soviets and a minute, 25.1 seconds ahead of the Finnish team, which won the bronze. Flirting with its worst medals showing in 20 years and with time running out, the United States was looking to Johnson and skater Scott Hamilton for an uplift. Before Johnson’s win and with four days remaining in the Games, the United States has just three medals — one gold and two silver — and was tied for fifth place with West Germany and Sweden. Hamilton and Rosalynn Sumners, the men’s and women’s figure-skating leaders, were solid medal prospects. They were in position to give the United States its first sweep of the two events since 1956 when Hayes Alan Jenkins and Tenley Albright did it. The United States took home 12 medals at the 1980 Games at Lake Placid, N.Y., tying their high for a Winter Games. In 1964, the U.S. team won six medals. Twice, in 1936 and in the first Games in 1924, the United States was held to just four medals. Wednesday was a day the U.S. hockey team and American figure skaters Elaine Zayak and young Tiffany Chin would rather forget. Chin, 16, of Toluca Lake, Calif., and Zayak, 18, of Paramus, N.J., had their medal hopes dashed by finishing 12th and 13th, respectively, in the com-pulsories, a program that requires the competitors to trace intricate figure eights. Among other events Wednesday: — East Germany continued its domination of speed skating, sweeping 1-2-3 in the women’s 3,000-meter event. Andrea Schoene, twice a silver medalist, struck gold, nudging teammate Karin Enke, who was denied her third gold. Schoene's triumph increased the East Germans' lead in the medal chase to 19-17 over the Soviet Union. Hockey team disappointed, not ashamed SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia (AP) — Despite the worst showing in its Olympic hockey history, Team USA isn’t looking for anyone to blame. “I’m not happy at all, but I don’t blame the players and I don’t blame myself,” said Coach Lou Vairo, whose team was tied 3-3 by Finland Wednesday. That deadlock, secured when Anssi Melametsa scored with 21 seconds remaining and only 17 seconds after Bob Brooke had put the Americans in front, left the United States with a 1-2-2 record. The best the Americans can finish is seventh, one spot lower than their previous worst Olympic showing, in 1968 at Grenoble, France. The United States will play Poland Friday in the seventh-place playoff. ’’We tried to keep them poised and confident, but when Canada scored 27 seconds into the first game, it kind of shattered that,” added Vairo. “Twenty teams in the National Hockey League get eliminated every year. You can only have one winner. Does that make everyone else losers? “It’s not life and death, but I am tremendously disappointed.” “Things didn’t go our way at all and we never got any breaks,” said David A. Jensen, the quick left wing who rarely got a chance to use his speed. “But we didn't play like we know we can, either. “We were on a real downer after the loss to Canada (4-2), and the Czechs are so good (a 4-1 U.S. defeat). You lose two like that and it's tough to come back with no possibility at a medal.’’ Vairo was asked if his players lacked fire here. “If you’ve got to motivate an athlete for something like the Olympic games, then he shouldn’t be here,” Vairo said. “With second-guessing, you will be right every time, and you can second-guess forever. I don't second-guess."Mustangs shred Bears for 20th victory of year tty THC ASSOCIATED PRESS Southern Methodist Cooch Dove Bliss soys Ms Mustangs were obis to poet the school’s first 30-win season since 1967 by playing “one game at a time. ” Center Jon Koncak and forward Larry Davis led an overpowering inside game and propelled the Mustangs to a 74-57 win over Baylor Wednesday night in Dallas. The win moved the Mustangs to 184 for the year and M in Southweft Conference play. The last time SMU won 30 games was when the Mustangs won the third of three straight SWC championships under Coach E.O. “Doc” Hayes. In other SWC clashes Wednesday night, 14th-ranked Arkansas beat Texas Christian 55-41 and Texas downed Rice 61-57. “It’s nice to win 30 games. When you start one, 30 seems an eternity away,” Bliss said. “But that’s one of the good things about this team. They have taken them one game at a time and that’s why we won 20.1 think winning 30 games is the goal of every basketball team.” The victory also pulled SMU to within percentage points of third-place Texas Tech in the SWC race. Baylor led 23-22 with six minutes to play in the first half but SMU outscored the Bears 33-12 over the next 16 minutes. The Mustangs ran off a 16-6 spurt for a 38-29 halftime lead. Davis, who had his first 20-point performance of the season, and the 7-foot Koncak then scored all but four points in a 17-6 blitz over the first IO minutes of the second half as the Mustangs built up a 55-35 lead that wrapped up the triumph Koncak finished with 16 points and forward Carl Wright 15 for SMU TCU led Arkansas by as many as six points in the first half and enjoyed a three-point lead at intermission — but the Razorbacks outscored the Homed Frogs by 7-1 to start the second half and later pulled away from a 37-37 tie by going on a 12-1 streak Senior guard Alvin Robertson lea the Razorbacks with 27 points, including eight straight tallies in the second half. Arkansas improved its record to 20-4 and 10-1, one game behind the league-leading Houston Cougars. TCU, led by junior guard Tracy Mitchell’s 17 points, fell to 9-14 and 2-10. Carlton Cooper scored 17 second-half points, including three slam dunks, to lead Texas. Rice led for almost two-thirds of the game, before Cooper tied it up with 13:30 remaining. Cooper had 20 points for the night. Tony Barnett scored 19 points for the Owls The victory broke a five-game losing streak and lifted the Ixxvghoms out af a tie with Baylor for last place in the conference Texas is 6-16 for the season and 2-9 in conference play. Rice fell to 9-13 and 5-7. Spurs trim Nets, win 4th in a row Stiff photo bv John bf Soot* New Braunfels' Teresa Thomas shoots a free throw Young NB grows up during 83-84 season By DAVID KING Sports editor This season wasn’t exactly full of surprises for New Braunfels girls basketball Coach Patsy Davis. Davis knew before the season started that the Unicorns would be young and inexperienced, and that their youth and inexperience would show up a lot. It did, as New Braunfels finished the season 8-18, 3-9 in District 13-4A play. But the Unicorns also made a lot of progress, Davis said “As the year went by, they got a little more confident in themselves,’’ she noted “They learned to believe in themselves.” Senior Teresa Thomas led New Braunfels scorers with 15.4 points per game < 15.7 in district play I to top off an outstanding career with the Unicorns “You have to give special recognition to Teresa; she’s done a good job for three years,” Davis said But not having Thomas to fall back on may be a boost for the Unicorns next season. “The rest of the kids seemed to work harder when she was gone," the coach said. “They always wanted to rely on her, but the one game we played without her, we played pretty well for two quarters.” The heir apparent to Thomas’ scoring lead is junior Him Wright, who will lead a large senior class next season “Kim is probably our most improved varsity player,” Davis said. “She’s 20 times more aggressive than she was last year.” Wright was New Braunfels’ No. 2 scorer this season, averaging 7.2 points a game. New Braunfels’ inexperience at guard hurt the team this season, Davis said. But with every varsity player but two coming back, the Unicorns probably won’t have that problem next season. Davis said the Unicorns’ midseason victory over Canyon was one of their better games this season, ranking with a tooth-and-nail 54-46 loss to Hays in the final district game Next season, New Braunfels will return Wright, Heather Seay, Debbie Smith, Rhonda Reed. Jana Chafin, Sabrina Sanchez, Ten Sides and Dana Mills from the varsity team. Davis said several players from the junior varsity squad — w hich beat Kerrville Tivy twice this year — will also be on the varsity team. Ne* B'aunter Gam* by Game Ne* Staunton, 39 Boerne Opponent 40 38 U> tutor* 36 X South***! 32 32 Bottine 40 32 Smithton Valley 49 30 Ut futon* 66 33 San Marco* 46 38 Canyon 63 28 Canyon 30 32 F radar tctotbutg 64 74 Cola 24 SO Smithton valley 38 64 Lockhart 41 46 Smithton V atle y 66 ss Smithton v attey 42 31 Bo*'ne 61 37 Gonzales 44 36 to et >v the I ivy 69 28 Fredenctttxirg 61 46 May* 62 44 Canyon 26 42 Lockhart 39 47 Gonzales 61 33 Kerrville Ttyy 77 29 Fredericksburg 63 46 Hey* 64 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Stan Al beck often saw Mike Mitchell and George Gervin destroy other teams when he coached the San Antonio Spurs. But now that he is coaching the New Jersey Nets, Albeck is finding out just how destructive they can be. Mitchell scored 30 points, including 20 in the first half on 10-for-11 shooting from the field, and Gervin added 23 as the Spurs defeated the Nets 114-106 Wednesday night for their fourth straight National Basketball Association victory. "You don’t have to tell me about San Antonio. I know all about them,” said Albeck, who took the Spurs to three straight Midwest Division titles before leaving to become the Nets’ coach this season. “They’re very offensive minded. Their theory is ‘We don’t care how many you score, we’ll put more points on the board.’ And with Mitchell and Gervin they have plenty of firepower,” Albeck added. Each of the Spurs’ four victories have come on the road — only the second time in club history they’ve won that many away games in a row — and raised their overall record to 24-30. The Spurs had a 2-22 record in away games before they began their current winning streak on the road. New Jersey, losers in four of its last five games, fell to 26-27. “This was our type of game tonight. We ran the way we wanted to,” Mitchell said. “We’re playing well right now — pushing the ball down the court, our fast break working. When we went on this trip we just wanted to go out and have some fun. We’ve been playing like a team that has nothing to lose.’’ New Jersey, which trailed by 14 points in the second quarter, scored six straight points early in the fourth quarter to take a 94-91 lead. But Mitchell and Gene Banks, who finished with 19 points, each scored baskets to give the Spurs a one-point lead. With San Antonio ahead 107-104 following a jumper by Gervin, Nets center DaiTyl Dawkins hit a baseline jumper with 3:05 remaining to pull New Jersey to within one point. But Artis Gilmore sank a pair of free throws with 1:54 to play and Gervin added a driving layup 36 seconds later to put the Spurs ahead 111-106. Albert King got New Jersey’s final points on a rebound with 1:02 left, but Banks closed the scoring with three free throws in the final minute. “It was a real struggle tonight,’’ said Spurs Coach Bob Bass. “Mitchell had a great start and our running game was there.” Dawkins led New Jersey with 29 points and eight rebounds, while King added 24 points The Neta played without guard Otis Birdsong and forward Buck Williams. Birdsong missed his seventh straight game with a sprained right foot. Williams was suspended by the NBA for one game and fined $2,500 after an altercation with Lonnie Shelton of the Cleveland Cavaliers during Tuesday night’s game at Richfield, Ohio. Shelton was suspended for two games and fined •2,500. San Antonio's Mike Mitchell follows through on a shot ;