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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-Zeitung Sports Day >3 IG <s S t I -I. :■? ii “We have to be up for every game in district, especially Canyon because they always playus tough.” 1 i -4 Travis Baker, New Braunfels High School soccer player. In the news Woodson stays with Cowboys IRVING, Texas (AP) — For months, Darren Woodson told everyone free agency wasn’t for him. He vowed to do anything to stay with the Dallas Cowboys. He even vio-ated every rule of negotiations by making his wishes known to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Agent Leigh Steinberg listened to his client and on Thursday made it a reality. An incredibly profitable one. "The last three or four months, I told everyone I wasn’t going anywhere," said Woodson, who signed a six-year, $18 mil-ion deal that makes him the highest-paid safety in NFL history. Woodson said he’ll be establishing funds in his name to help improve conditions for underprivileged children in his hometown of Phoenix and in Dallas. NB American Little League to hold pre-season tryouts The New Braunfels American Little League will have tryouts for players ages 8 to 12 on Saturday, Feb 17 at the baseball fields on Common St. across from the County Fairgrounds. Team managers will be evaluating players in hitting, fielding and base-running. Bring baseball equipment. Late registration also will be taken during the tryouts. For more information,-calf Laurie Herring at 625-4620. leo Man, Coyote cometh to town for NB Community Night George “Ice Man" Garvin and the San Antonio Spurs Coyote will be greeting people at Vivroux Sporting Goods, Walnut St. and l-3§ (next to HEB), from 10 a.m. to 11 a m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The tandem will be promoting New Braunfels Community Night, which is scheduled for March 2 at the Alamodome. For every two tickets sold, Vivroux will be giving away a comemorative T-shirt. A limited supply is available. New Braunfels Community Night at the Alamodome is slated for March 2 when the Spurs play the Philadelphia 76ers. 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 $8 will take care of bus transportation if desired. For more information, call Vivroux at 606-4080. 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 instruction. Three hours will be spent on sailboats. Required registration is under way through Feb. 14. For more information, call LCYC office, 590-7100. Guys ’n’ Dolls golf toumoy aids Children’* Diagnostic Cantor 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. The Children’s Diagnostic Center is support by the Elks and provides free treatment to kids. For more information, call 620-5917 Rumble for local bragging rights New Braunfels, Canyon set for soccer tilt By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor At stake is the claim to soccer supremacy in Comal County when the New Braunfels Unicorns take on the Canyon Cougars in a District 52 clash tonight. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Unicom Stadium. In the first district meeting on Jan. 23, New Braunfels cruised to a 4-1 win at Cougar Stadium. The site moves to Unicom Stadium, and while the Cougars are struggling through a rebuilding season, no one denies the intensity of this rivalry. “We have to be up for every game in district, especially Canyon because they always play us tough,” said junior defender Travis Baker. “As long as we can score, we’ll be alright.” Putting the ball in the net has been an obstacle. The Unicorns have outshot opponents in nearly every game but are converting only 14 percent of those attempts. Coach Bob Rodriguez has his sights set on doubling that percentage. “I’m pleased with our effort because we have had scoring opportunities,” Rodriguez said. I .......................-..........-1 ISoccer standings District 52 boys Overall District Alamo Heights 9-3-1 6-0-1 New Braunfels 9-2-2 4-1-1 Clemens 6-2-3 4-1-1 Smithson Valley 4-7-0 3-3-0 Kerrville 4-7-3 2-4-0 Canyon 4-8-1 1-5-0 Boerne 2-9-1 1-5-1 “We’re having trouble finding the goal, but I think we will improve on that. We have to look at where we’re taking our shots and maybe try to find better angles. We can improve our efficiency.” Kyle Reneau and Sid Gosa, who have scored six goals each this season, lead the Unicom attack. Marco Sanchez provides a third scoring threat. Canyon will likely attempt to stifle that offense by stacking the box and concentrating on the defensive end. Midfielder Paul Paniagua, Adrian Armen- Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon sweeper Mitch McNeil (20) will bolster the Cougar defense tonight against the Unicorns. dariz and C.J. Czelusta are the Cougars main weapons. Although having won the last battle, the Unicorns haven't quite yet shed the memory of last year's I -0 loss to Canyon in the section al round of the state playoffs. More important1 * ly, a win tonight is needed to keep pace withj Alamo Heights, the district leader at the midway point. The Mules handed the Unicorns their first district loss I -0 on Tuesday.    ,« Cougars, Unicorns set to host tourney By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor New Braunfels softball coach Cindy Manley has more than a few reasons to feel confident about the Unicorns chances this season. As they head into the second annual New Braunfels/Canyon Softball Tournament today, the Unicorns are teeming with talent and high expectations. Eight players return from last year’s squad which finished at 9-13 and came within a game of reaching the playoffs. The primary players in that latest quest are four All-District returnees — Roxanne Blue, Jennifer Ybarra, Emily Wotipka and April Tuch. “We are expecting much bigger things this season,” said Manley. The Unicorns got off to a roaring start against the Seguin Lady Matadors on Tuesday, rallying from an 8-0 deficit to win 10-9 in the fifth inning. Tammy Braune, a right-hander with solid control, will carry the bulk of pitching chores. Manley will bring third baseman Joy Onto the mound when neeed-ed. ‘Tammy will be a key player for us,” Manley said. “If she can come through on the mound we will be in good shape New Braunfels Unicorns 13 Tuesday Covington DH 10 Roxanne Blue 2nd 24 Jennifer Ybarra C 5 Rachel Green CF 23 Rebekah. Espinosa SS 18 Emilie Wotipka LF 16 JoyOrr 3rd 14 Melinda Aguirre RF 11 Tammy Braune P 22 April Tuch 1st 12 Jessica Pulido Util. 7 Kyle Simpson Util 8 Christin Hill Util. thisseason, and hopefully contend for a playoff spot.” It figures to be a tough task. The district champion Lockhart Lady Lions are primed to defend their title, and the runner-up Smithson Valley Rangers bring back the core of last year’s team. The Canyon Cougarettes also have a healthy number of players returning from a year ago. This weekend’s tournament will field eight teams, including Bastrop, Boerne, Wimberley, Judson (JV), Kerrville and East Central (JV). The Unicorns open with East Central at 9 a.m., Kerrville at 1:30 p.m. and Bastrop at 3:30 p.m. The top four teams will play in the championship bracket on Saturday. Big bass waiting at Choke >! • Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Emily Wotipka and the Unicorns swing into the new season today at the New Braunfels/Canyon Softball tournament. NBA ()l, ii it:t Wednesday's Qsntst Detroit 102, PWiadeipNa 83 New Jersey 88, indiana 87 Charlotte 120. New York IOO Seattle 130, Minnesota 93 Vancouver 93, Sacramento 86 Golden Slate 106, Boston 103 LA Lakers 87, Atlanta 86 Thursday's Garnet Cleveland 96. Toronto 76 Miami 97. Denver 91 Chicago 112, Detroit 109, OT Milwaukee 109. Washington 96 Houston 112, San Antonio 106 Utah 106, Dallas 103 Phoenix 96. Portland 84 Philadelphia at New York. 7:30 p.m. Indiana vs Washington at Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. MHwaukee at Orlando, 730 pm. Denver at Charlotte. 0 pm Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio. 8:30 Rockets shoot past Spurs 112-108 By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The stare are beginning to shine for the Houston Rockets. Hakeem Olajuwon led six players in double figures for a 112-108 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, but that was only a part of the story. Eldridge Recasner hit 5-of-8 from 3-point range and scored a career high 21 points and Mark Bryant led the team with eight rebounds and took pressure off foul-plagued Olajuwon to give the Rockets two solid games in a row. “That’s two games in a row I thought we played very well,” Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. ‘They (the Spurs) played good, 49 percent on our home floor and they played well down the stretch. “It’s a team game and a chemistry game." Recasner started the fourth quarter with a big 3-point basket after the Spurs had trimmed the Rockets’ 15-point lead midway in the third quarter to six by the end of the period.Bryant took on David Robinson in the second half with Olajuwon bothered by four fouls. Bryant started the second half. The Rockets beat the Spurs for the first time in three games this season, although San Antonio rallied from a slow start and almost surpassed Houston, which lost five of six regular-season games lo the Spurs last season. ■ In other NBA action, the Dallas Mavericks tied it five times down the stretch and Utah responded each time with baskets by Karl Malone or Antoine Carr. Malone had lour lie-breaking points in the stretch and finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in Utah’s 106-103 victory Thursday night. Carr has six tie-breaking points in the stretch and finished with 14 points. Malone and Can proved the key lo giving Utah control of the game from inside. "They (the Mavencks) really give us matchup problems because they have such big guards.” Utah coach Jerry’ Sloan said. Predictions are easy to make. The1 hard part (when it comes to fishing) is: having them come to pass.    ,i When asked what lake is on the verge, of busting wide open for big bass, my answer is Choke, Canyon. Look for great big bass action, within the next two months. The lake has been a little over 20 feet low for some time now and has remained level. The water clarity is per-' feet with limited amounts of hydrilla" located mostly on the mid-to-upper portion of the lake. There are also countless numbers of huge trees with giant horizontal limbs' that line the river channel. These limbs’ will hold spawning bass as they make their beds on them. A year ago the lake was not in good shape. Consequently, the fishing wasn’t good. But it’s a different story in 1996.--Rather than the fish being skinny, as was the case last year, they are fat as can be. Many anglers feel they are hill of eggs, but they aren’t. They are just in good shape. When the spawn does actually take place, these fish will look like footballs. The current lake record for bass is 14 pounds, IO ounces. Look for that mark to be broken soon. It wouldn’t surprise, any of the Choke Canyon regulars or myself if several fish in the 15-16 pound range were caught this spring. If you’re looking for a chance to catch the bass of a lifetime during the next 60 days, you should try Choke Canyon. Contact Elroy Kruger at 512* 786-4775 (Keith Warren is the host of 'The Texas Angler" television show which broadcasts statewide. Catch "The Texas Angler" on Sunday mornings at 11:30 and Friday mornings at 10:30 on HSE. You can contact the Texas Angler at P.O. Box 310601, New Braunfels, TX, 78131 0601.) Oilers rtlMM Childress HOUSTON (AP) — Oilers defensive tackle Ray Childress has been released to free up money under the NFL salary cap. The 11-year Oilers veteran was released Thursday, television station KTRK reported. Childress, 33, was scheduled to make $2.3 million next season. The team also released wide receiver Haywood Jeffires, running back Todd McNair, quarterback Will Riner, defensive end Kenny Davidson and defensive lineman Craig Veasey. “In order to make the (salary) cap, we had to do some maneuvering,” Oilers coach Jeff Fisher said. “We intend to re-sign all of these guys. “This is the third year in a row we’ve been forced to do this with Haywood, and we’ve been able to work it out.” The Oilers said they have designated cornerback Cris Dishman as the team’s franchise player. The team has tendered offers to four restricted free agents: linebacker Michael Barrow, safety Blaine Bishop, linebacker John Henry Mills and tight end Frank Wycheck. The club also tendered offers to five exclusive rights players: cornerback Tomur Barnes, defensive tackle Josh Evans, linebacker Lemanski Hall, tackle Mark Hatfield and tight end James McKeehan. Astros eager for spring training KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros are beginning spring training where they need to — with improved pitching Pitchers and catchers went through their first drills of spring training on Thursday with manager Terey Collins looking for better seasons from veteran starters Greg Swindell and Doug Drabek and a comeback from Darryl Kite. "We know we have a good team,” Swindell said. “But the big question mark is our pitching, and a big part of that is whether Doug and I can turn it up a notch ” The future of the Astros could depend on their performance this season. Owner Drayton McLane says the Astros must average 30,(X)0 this season for the team to remain in Houston. A pennant race would certainly help the attendance. Drabek had a 10-9 record a 4.77 FIRA, the highest of his major league career. Swindell had a 10-9 record too and a 4.47 ERA. the second highest of his career. Other key players, including Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Brian Hunter already have reported to training camp, eager to put last spring's strike-torn memories behind them. NIV reality hits boxer Morrison TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tommy Morrison's voice cracked at times and his face flushed as he said a second test for the AIDS virus came back positive. "I honestly believed I had a better chance of winning the lottery than contracting this disease,” he said. “I’ve never been so wrong in my life. I’m here to tell you I thought that I was bulletproof, and I’m not " Morrison described a life of promiscuous sex and how he was ignorant about the way AIDS is transmitted. He also said he believes he could have contracted the vims through bloody bouts in the ring. The 27-year-old heavyweight from Jay, Okla., learned he had tested positive for HIV just before Saturday night’s scheduled fight against Arthur Weathers in Las Vegas. Marchibroda signs with Battimora BALTIMORE (AP) — Ted Marchibroda, who exactly 21 years ago became the coach of the Baltimore Colts, agreed to a three-year contract to coach Art Model!’s NFL franchise rn Baltimore. Marchibroda, 64, won three AFC East titles with Baltimore from 1975-79. He returned to coach the Colts in Indianapolis in 1992 and led them to the AFC title game last season before being dismissed atter a contract dispute. ;