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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Tuesday February 18, 2003 IB EjUnicorns ready to return to playoffs K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels pitcher Tyler Smiths fires the ball towards home plate during the Unicorns’ 8-4 loss to San Antonio McCollum in the first round of the playoffs this past season. “Accu-Trigger can be adjusted By Brett Baca Staff Writer After falling to the San Antonio McCollum Cowboys in a three-game playoff series during the first round of the playoffs this past season, the New Braunfels Unicorns now prepare for a new season in 2003 with new expectations. “We’re definitely going to miss the senior pitching,” New Braunfels head baseball coach Doug Edwards said of losing starters Craig Crow and Dustin Dauer, both playoff starters a year ago. “Grant Greer looks to be my number one starter right now. Brad Bevil pitched about five games last year and Ryan Quidley was pitching on the freshman team at this time last year. He (Quidley) has been pitching pretty good in the scrimmages and he’s a left hander. I haven’t had a left hander since I’ve been here, so that’s good.” 55 But the pitcher that Edwards expects to eventually end up at the no. I position in the rotation is Tyler Smith. Smith started game three of the McCollum series and pitched well, but failed to get the victory after the Unicorns suffered five miscues in the first two innings of play. “He’s (Smith) a guy that can go out there and throw you seven innings,” Edwards said. ‘We don’t have anybody else like that, so you’re going to see a lot of two pitchers trying to split games for us this season. My closer right now is Brad Bevil.” What the Unicorns lack in starting pitching, they make up for in defensive experience. New Braunfels returns three all-district infielders in catcher Jason Miori (2nd team), second baseman Austin Chandler (1st team), and shortstop Bevil (2nd team). We’re not going to strike people out. We’re not going to throw the ball by anybody,” Edwards said. “But with all of the experience defensively coming back, we should be all right. We’ve looked good defensively in all of our scrimmages.” As far as the batting order goes, Edwards said that Bevil will lead off followed by Chandler, Miori and Greer. Miori led the team in batting average during district play this past season with a .370 average. ‘In our three scrimmages so far we’ve show improvement at the plate*every game,” Edwards said. “In the past we’ve had to produce runs, but already we’ve shown improvement at the plate this season and we’ve been able to score some runs. We’ve got bigger, stronger players than we’ve had before and we’re putting the ball into play.” But if the Unicorns do have to manufacture See UNICORNS/2B One of the first pieces of advice I learned about shooting a rifle was “squeeze the trigger.” With my father by my side watching every move, I developed proper shooting habits as a child. As a result of proper shooting skills I am a decent shot with a rifle. But there have been times through the years when I wasn’t able to shoot some rifles accurately. Not only did I have problems shooting some specific rifles, others would have the same problem. Seems that some guns just won’t shoot the way they should. Turns out that the main reason many of these rifles won’t shoot accurately is that they have poor triggers. Gunsmiths know just how bad triggers are on some of the firearms manufactured today and they make a good living trying to fix them. Correcting a trigger can wind up costing the consumer quite a bit of money. A good trigger is one that is crisp and has no creep before the firearm goes off. Without a good trigger it is impossible for a gun to be consistently accurate because the shooter has no idea of exactly when the firing pin will fall. We have all heard the saying “they don’t build ‘em like they used to." It’s true in regards to firearms. Tbday’s firearm manufacturers have been forced to manufacture their products with some of the worst triggers imaginable due to the potential for lawsuits. The problem lies with product liability if the gun accidentally discharges. That’s why the triggers today are set where they hard to pull. It amazes me how bad triggers are on some name brand firearms and it’s no wonder so many shooters can’t hit where they should. A trigger job should only KEITH WARREN be done by someone who knows what they are doing. It is extremely critical to do it right. I’ve seen firearms accidentally discharge because the trigger mechanism was set so fight that with a slight jar (even the bolt being closed) they go off. Most firearm manufacturers set their trigger pulls to around five pounds. Personally, I like the trigger set fairly fight. But every body has a different opinion on what works best for them. Recently I had the opportunity to use a new Savage rifle that features a new trigger system. In my opinion Savage’s new trigger will revolutionize the way firearm manufacturers make triggers. The trigger is called “the Accu-Trigger” and can be set from I 1/2 pounds to six pounds. The best part is that it can be adjusted by the consumer without having to go to a gunsmith to do the work. Additionally, all Savage rifles featuring the Accu-Trigger come with the tools needed to make the adjustment. Tile consequence of allowing the consumer to adjust their own trigger is safety. What Savage developed is the most advanced safety system on any rifle in the world today. The Accu-Trigger is designed so that if you drop the firearm when it is cocked and loaded, it will not accidentally discharge. The Accu-Trigger looks different featuring a four ounce pull lever in the center of a conventional looking trigger. See OUTDOORS/2B Mules kick Coogs Canyon falls in season opener to Alamo Heights DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon catcher Tanner Henk (29) dives back towards home plate during Monday night’s game agains the Alamo Heights Mules in an attempt to tag the runner. The runner was called safe during a three-run first inning. The Mules went on to win the game 13-2 in six innings. By Brett Baca Staff Writer After finishing this past season with a 12-14-1 overall record — a nine game improvement over the previous season in 2001 — the Canyon Cougars baseball team dropped its season opener Monday night to the No. 6 state-ranked, Conference 4A Alamo Heights Mules, 13-2. “After tonight’s performance, I don’t think there’s any place for us (Canyon) to go but up,” Canyon second-year head baseball coach Peter Garza said. “We knew going into the game that we were going to be playing a good ball-club, but it was still o very disappointing outing for us.” The disappointments started early for the Cougars as starter Justin Thompson gave up an off-the-wall double to lead-off batter Blake Stouf-fer. Thompson then hit the next batter, Chris Garcia, and Matt Warren bunted both runners over into scoring position before Thompson walked Josh Yates to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch then scored Stouffer, as the runners moved up a base, and a pickoff throwing error combined with a another throwing error allowed two more runs the score making the score 3-0 after a half inning of play. “You can tolerate losing, but only if you learn something from it,” Garza said. “We created a much tougher schedule for us (Canyon) this season and part of the reason for that was to see if we were ready to do what it takes to win games against playoff caliber teams like Alamo Heights. This game proved that we aren’t quite there yet.” In the bottom of the first, Canyon rallied for its first run of the game as Josh Gregson reached third base on a throwing error by the pitcher that went all the way to the right field wall. Jeremiah Rester followed with a sacrifice RBI groundout to second base to make the score 3-1 after one inning of play. But Alamo Heights came back in the second to add two runs on two hits. Making a nice catch in right field however, was Justin Moeller. “I thought he (Moeller) made a nice catch out there considering he doesn’t have that much experience in the outfield,” Garza said. “The sun was get- See COUGARS/2B Canyon begins playoff run today against Austin McCallumBoys hoops- DISTRICT 25-4A BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Gist All ‘Canyon 10-2 22-6 ‘Del Valle 10-2 25-7 Lake Travis 9-3 21-10 Bastrop    4-8    16-15 New Braunfels 3-9 18-12 Lockhart 3-9, 16-15 Drip. Springs 3-9 13-18 Friday, Fab. 7 Canyon 51, New Braunfels 45 Tuesday, Fab. 11 Canyon 82, Del Valle 80 Lake Travis 71, New Braunfels 61 Lockhart 56, Dripping Springs 39 — end of regular season — * co-district champions Friday’* first place playoff game Del Valle 76, Canyon 74 Tuesday'* Bt-district playoff game Canyon vs. Austin McCallum (third place in District 26-5A), 6:30 p.m. at Austin Akins High School. Directions: Take Interstate 35 North and exit Slaughter Lane. Go left under interstate and keep going straight to South First Street. Take a left onto South First Street and Akins High School Is on the left. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung Canyon guard Jerome Davis attempts to pass the ball around a De! Valle defender. No. 3 Texas downs Texas Tech, 77-65 AUSTIN (AP) — Brandon Mouton hit five 3-pointers in the first half to spark No. 3 Texas to a 77-65 victory Monday night over Texas Tech, which played without suspended guard Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer. Tfech coach Bob Knight suspended Emmett, who averages 21.5 points a game, and forward Nick Valdez after the two missed the team’s morning walkthrough. The suspensions were announced about 40 minutes before tipoff. Mouton finished with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range as Texas (18- 4, 9-2 Big 12) stayed undefeated in 12 home games this season. T.J. Ford added 15 points and seven assists as Texas won for the 12th straight time over the Red Raiders (14-8, 4-7). Robert Tbmaszek scored 14 for Tfexas Tfech, which has lost three of its last four. Tech was without its best shooter but it was Tfexas that struggled to score in the early going. The Longhorns started the game just 4-of-16 from the floor over the first IO minutes. The game was tied at 18 when Mouton finally got going. ;