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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald Zesting Q Tuesday. February 18. 1997 "I Page 6Sports Day The Press Playoff action tonight Comal County Sports New Braunfels proves it belongs in 5A By DAVID DEHLINGER Stall Writer Jumping from class 4A to SA for tin* 1996-97 season, both the Nov Braunfels girls and boys basketball teams lated one question. Could tliey compete'* The Unicorns and the I ady Unicorns were birth heading into I hstnct 26-5A, which featured faster, stronger and better athletes than in class 4A, Hut when the smoke cleared from die 1996-97 campaign, the Unicorns proved they could hang with the best, The Lady Unicorns, coming oil a 10-16 season in 1995-96, improved to 16-10, 7-7 in district play, which was good enough for fourth place Although the Lady Unicorns lost their season finale to MacArthur 70-62 on Feb J, Coach Larry Schulte said his team had a very successful season “We played a very tough sc hedule this year.'* Schulte said, “I thought we handled our new district well We finis) led one game oui of the playoff spot." The Lady Unicorns were a young team this year, having only three seniors on the squad. Schulte said those three seniors Nola Muir, Katie Hudgins and I.mille Wotipka were the big reasons why the New Braunfels girls were c^anpctiiivc night in and rnght out. “Those three seniors were die ones dial set the tone on how we played and competed" Schulte said. ‘’They did a good job in leading us.” Wotipka, a forward, and posts Muir and I fudging each averaged eight points a game for the Lady Unicorns. They were joined by junior guard Melinda Aguirre, who led the team with an 8 4# average. Muir nabbed six boards a game while Hudgins averaged five rebounds Even though their record docs not reflect it, Coach < Jiff Wilkins said furs 1996-97 edition of the Unicorns played hard ami gave it their best effort. "Even though our record didn't prove ii, there was really good solid high school basketball being played at New Braunfels High School” Wilkins said, referring to the Unicorns' 9-18, 4-10 finish “The competition and the hustle of the ballgames were classic examples of good high school basketball. "I am not pleased with where we ended up, but at the same time the kids did a great job ut effort. I classified it as a successful season, especially in our first year in 5A.” The Unicorns won their last game by defeating the Churchill Chargers on Feb. IL Wilkins said the Unicorns beat game of the year was when they gave district champion Judson a dogfight at Unicorn Gym on Jan. 25. The Unicorns hung in there until the Rockets pulled away and won by six points. “We played our best ballgame of the year," Wilkins said. “It could have gone either way.” Wilkins said senior posts B J Wenzel and Tony Bradford did a good job banging against the much taller big men in the district The biggest surprise was the play of sophomore Jacob Manning, who Marted his first year chi varsity at shooting guard. I “He gave us a consistent scoring threat;’ Wilkins said “He averaged double figures during the season and the district campaign." Sailors who came off the bench were Jonathon Fink, who backed up Manning. and Jeff Jewell, who gutted at the post position Wilkins believes the Unicorns will be in good hands for next season. “We have a good nucleus coming back in Jason, Kliff and Jacob,” be said. Herald ZsSuny photo by Mobs* Dane* Unicorns'sophomore Tim Smallwood, 44, leeks for Junior MlOfl    IMT) contr^toni In IM**?."** Sports Day ■ To talk with News Editor Steve Bngman about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 221. Mavericks make nine-player deal By MIKE DRAGO The Associated Press DALLAS — lf there was ever any doubt, it's gone now. Don Nelson means business as front-office boss of the Dallas Mavericks. Nelson dumped overweight center Oliver Miller promptly after his arn val 11 days ago, then traded Jamal Mashbum to Miami for three players. Nelson finished the purge Monday night with a staggering nine-player trade that sent Jim Jackson to the New Jersey Nets along with All-Star Chris Gatling and three others In return, the Mavericks got 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley, forward Ed O'Bannon and point guards Robert Pack and Khalid Reeves. The Nets also received guards Sam Cassell and George McCloud and center Eric Montross The trade is believed to be the largest between two NBA teams in the last 25 years, league spokesman Ohm Bnenza said. In 1964, there was an eight-player deal between Detroit and Baltimore involving Bailey Howell, Bob Ferry and Rod Thorn, now an NBA vice president. For the Mavericks, the blockbuster swap followed Friday's trade of Mashbum to the Heat for three players and the December deal that sent Jason Kidd to Phoenix for Cassell, A.C. Green and Michael Finley Now the Three Js Jackson, Mashbum and Kidd — are all gone, along with most every other player who started the season with the Mavericks. Though he didn’t name players, Nelson said had attitudes in the Mavericks' locker room prompted his swift and sweeping moves. "There were just so many negative things about this hall club," he said. “This locker room shocked me. Its not acceptable and will not be acceptable horn this point on. I observed it, watched it and basically got sick about it ” Coach Jim Cleamons, whose team is 16-31 in his first season, looked and sounded stunned by Monday's move. "Obviously, Nellie thought there were things that had to be done, and he came in and made some changes," Cleamons said. “Hopefully, this will come to a point in bine where we can get settled for the rest of the year. We're going to sit dcxivn and evaluate them and see what we have." With this deal, Dallas has no players remaining from last season's roster. Rookie forward Samak) Walker has been on the Mavericks’ roster the longest, having been drafted last June. Veteran guard Derek Harper was signed in July. “From the beginning of the season to now, we have traded away our top seven players,” said McCloud, who watched from the stands as Dallas beat Vancouver 100-95 despite suiting up only eight players. “I don’t know if that's ever been done in this league before, but Don has done it.” The Nets, meanwhile, heed up $14 million under the salary cap in the next two years, allowing first-year coach John Calipari to pursue top free agents. ‘This is a trade for the future," Calipari said. Both teams are struggling — New Jersey is 15-36 — and the trade is not likely to make either a playoff contender this season. "This was a hard decision based on the fact of what we're giving up, but Dallas was really active and wanting to make this happen," Calipan said. “They made it really tough for us to say no. The players are players I know very well and can help us get where we want to be.” Calipari made his comments as the Nets flew home on a team charter from Cleveland after a I OH-101 loss. At the time, Bradley and Reeves had not been told of the trade. Pack and O'Bannon, the Nets’ No. I draft dunce two years ago, were injured and not with the team. The four were expected to join Dallas in time for Thursday's home game against Milwaukee. All the players must pass physicals before the deal is finalized. Bradley was averaging 12.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and almost four blocks to lead the NBA. Pack is averaging 15.9 points and 9,6 assists, but he has not played since the middle of January because of a sprained ankle. Rockets kill Hawks By MICHAEL A. LUTZ The Associated Press HOUSTON Finally, the Houston Rockets got some help from their reserve* Maligned for non-support much of the season, the backup players outscored the .Atlanta Hawks’ reserves 61-23 and ( harks Barkley had 21 points, giving the Rockets a 127-98 victory Monday night Houston had seven players in double figures, and it couldn’t have come a better time for the slumping Rockets, who have lost eight of IO games "Their bench killed us," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkcn* said "They were driving at will. (Air defense wasn’t very good and we turned the hall over too many times" Sam Mack led the Rockets' reserves with 14 points, and Kevin Willis and Brent I Vice each scored 12. Mack was 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from 3-point range. Barkley scored the final six points of the first quarter, giving Houston a 29-27 lead, and the Rockets went on a 16-5 run to start the second quarter on the way to a 63-47 halftime lead. "We’re going to lured our bench to keep playing like that down the stretch,” Marto Bile said. “Ifs good to see the guys play like that. When Clyde Drexler gets back, we’re going to be a hell of a team if these guys continue to play that way.” The Rockets also were cager to prove they could protect a big lead. Last Saturday, Houston blew a 26-point lead in the second quarter and lost 109-105 at Portland It was the biggest comeback ever for a Rockets opponent “We needed a game like this," Price said. "After you blow a 26-point lead on the road, that*s in the buck of your mind a little. We needed to know that we can hold a lead " flus time, the Rockets built un their big lead. They blew it open in the third period, ignited by a 3-pointcr hum Matt Maloney and three straight jumpers by Hakeem Olajuwon. “You can sec the difference hew we ran the ball tonight,” said Olajuwon, who finished with 16 points. “When we play together, we are able to get good shots.” Herald ZaNung photo by Mehaei Daman Smithson Valley’s Clayton Prescott, 50, defsnds an Apocha big man during tho Rangers playoff toes to Gonzales Feb11 The Rangers need strong play from their post players tonight against Austin Reagan. Rangers to meet Reagan By Stave Brfgman News Editor Smithson Valley will he sailing into uncharted waters tonight when they take on Austin Reagan in tile second round of the Stutc-4A basketball playoffs. Tipoff is slated for 7 p rn. at the Cougar Den on the Canyon High School C ampus. The Rangers turned in a solid offensive effort Friday, defeating San Antonio Memorial, 88-75, to advance Hie victory was the first-ever 4A-p!ayoft win for the Rangers. Smithson Valley coach John Valenzuela was pleased with the way his team adapted to play ing (tic last-paced, high-scoring game with the Minutemen Austin Reagan presents a different type of challenge with a bigger more physical team, hut Valenzuela said his team's versatility is one of its greatest assets. "This team can do two things," he said "T hey can slow it down when they need to, and they can also run when they need to. That versatility is important in the playoffs ” Shooting from three-point country has been a vital part of the Smithson Valley arsenal thus tar, but the Rangers put up their season-high scoring mark against Memorial without connecting from downtown. "We like shooting three-pointers,” Valenzuela said atter Friday s win. “Birt against this team, you don’t want to. I’m just guessing, but I think we shot about 60 pcrcait inside the paint. We didn't hit a thrae-pointer all night, and we scored 88 points " The Ranger* come mto the contest actually having played two playoff games Gonzales pulled out a 69-59 win Feb. 11 at Lockhart. Valenzuela chose to play that game instead of flipping a coin for second place in District 2K-4A. “You can't practice this atmosphere," he said after the Gonzales game The Rangers come into the contest with a 17-14 season mark while Reagan comes mat 19-12. Depleted Mavs beat Grizzlies The Associated Press VANCOUVER, British ( olumbia (hi a night when it would have been easy fix the I hillas Mavericks to go Urn sigh the motions, veterans A ( Green arui IXrck Harper had other things on their minds Just two Is sirs after die team afuuxutccd they bid traded five players including Jim Jackson and AII-SUu (lins (t itling to New Jersey, Green .mil Harper lei! tlu.' Mavericks to a IIKJ-95 w in liver the Vancouver (iri/zlies tai Monday night Green said it was important for die team to find a way to win in die lace of adversity and it was up to veterans like himself and I kit per to step up “I dunk dial was one of the things dial was going through both our minds," said (irccn, who finished with season highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds "We knew our future was still the same, where we were trying to win a game and make a run fix die playoff s But when these sort of things take place, someone has to he a leader arui step up. and that’s one of the dungs Harps and I spoke about" Harper, who finished with 17 points and nine assists, said the win was one he will remember fix a long time. "The game was fun It was Mxncthing dut I w ill look hack on later in life and it will be one of the highlights of my NBA career," Harper said. “A group of guys who really looked short-handed before the game started, I wa* asking people in the stands if they warted to sun up and j«ui us To come together and play under the circumstances we had to play under deserve a lot of credit” Harper said thai it took a team cffixt to defeat the Grizzlies as Dallas had just eight players in uniform after Jackson, (falling, guards Sam Cassell and George Met loud, and center Erie MtxiUuss were dealt to the Nets for Shawn Bradley. Robert Pack, Id O'Bannon and Khalid Reeves. M-Z netdt Information about oporto leagues The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is now compiling information for a full sports directory of Comal County. Any league/organization involving sports/recreation is eligible for the directory. Information should consist of: Name of league/organization, president of league, phone number to join, cost to join, ages eligible, genders eligible and when the season starts and ends. Send to 707 Landa St,, New Braunfels, TX., 78132 or fax to 625-1224. TI ML registering for upcoming season The In-Line Hockey League will start a series of clinics and practice Saturday. I The first games will start Feb 22. Forms are available at the UHL offices or by caiiirig 609-3460. Hummol Museum golf tournament Morph 44 The 3rd annual Hummel Museum golf tournament will be held at the Chaparral County Club in Seguin on Mar 14 The tournament will have three flights and go by the Two Man select shot format. The prizes per flight are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. A 1997 vehicle donated by Seguin Motor Co. will be a hole triune prize, • TWeritry fee is $60 per person which includes gifts, prizes and hamburger buffet. The tournament is limited to 54 teams and entries must be received by Mar 7. Make checks payable to The Hummel Museum, Inc. Send to PO Box 311100, New Braunfels, Tx, 78131. Call 625-5638 for more information, BosoboN tryouts slated for Boh. SS, March 1 New Braunfels Junior, Senior and Big League baseball tryouts will be held on Feb. 22 and March 1 at Camp Comal Baseball Complex, Junior League tryouts will take place from 9 a m, to noon and Senior League tryouts will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Players need bring a glove and cleats to tryouts. Players currently playing on high school teams will be placed on teams without tryouts Big League players will also be placed on teams without tryouts A rainout date is scheduled for March 8th if the March 1 tryouts are cancelled Lake Canyon Yoohk OMI Lake Canyon Yacht Club is offering free sailing classes for area residents. The classes are scheduled for 9 a m to 4 pm Feb 22 and 23. The program win include rune hours of classroom and dockside instruction and three hours of hands-on instruction aboard sailboats. Beginning racing classes will be offered 9 a m to 4 p m March 1 and 2. The classes will include six hours of classroom instruction and panels, and three hours of practice sailing The classes are designed for non-eators and WHI be taught by Dick Edwards who has over 25 years of experience in cruis ing and racing For information, contact Carolyn Cole, (210) 590-1700 ;