New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, Fab. 19,1995 ■ HeraJd-Zeitung ■ 7 A
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call
625-9144. ext. 24. BM
The Day s Quote
“lf you avo golfing playors who havont playod In Avo years to bo tho roplacment playors, that's embarrassing. It shows tho fans that the owner arent Interested in winning. They're only interested in making money.”
-Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians catcher.
Canyon playoff In San Marcos
The Canyon Cougars varsity boys' basketball team will play the Schertz Clemens Buffaloes in the first round of the state playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in San Marcos High School Gym.
New Braunfels Junior League Basketball Standings
Downtown Rotary - Buchanan
Downtown Rotary - Arnold
Downtown Rotary- Qv. ?.
Downtown Rotary-Ling^ nfelter
Downtown Rotary - Martinez
Dr. Owens Langer
Downtown Rotary - Fancher
Rockin' R River Rides
Downtown Rotary No 1
The Plant Haus
High Sierra Toilet Co.
Buck Pottery No. 2
Mike Davis Trophies
Witting and Miller Ins
Victoria Bank and Trust
Doeppenschmidts Funeral Home
K C Plumbing
Creek View Vet
George A Garcia VFW
Bug A Moister
Downtown Rotary No 2
Zoeller's Funeral Home
NB Junior/Senior baseball
The Draft will be held Monday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. for 13-15 year-olds the designated site. All manager will be contacted. For information, call 609-51-31 or Carol Coleman 606-3634.
Bowling, golf events to aid CHS Project Graduation
Canyon High School is sponsoring a nine-pin bowling tournament on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Mission Valley Bowling Lanes from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
All proceeds will go to support Project Graducation, a drug-free, fun-filled celebration for 1995 Canyon High School graduating seniors.
Tournament fee per six-member team is $60 Team captains should contact Ron Pape at 625-9700 or mail fee to 1680 Flaming Oak Make checks payable to Project Graduation. Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 19
CHS also is sponsoring a golf tournament to support the project on March 5 at 1 p m. at Northcliffe Country Club.
Entry forms are available at WAL-MART Sporting Goods Department or call 609-0268.
Rice Owls win track mast
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — It was down to the last shot put in the last event in a track meet the Rice Owls had never won.
But Kodili Odimgbe produced a clutch performance Friday, the likes of which had never been seen in the 22-year history of the Southwest Conference indoor track and field championships
The Nigerian-born Odimgbe needed a throw over 55-feet, 8-inches to win the event and give Rice 108 points to 107 for the Baylor Bears His last throw was one inch to the good, sending send Owl fans into a joyous display of emotion Friday night on the floor of Will Rogers Coliseum.
The toss of 55-9 beat his previous indoor mark of 52-10 by almost three feet.
Baylor fans couldn't believe what happened They had gone into the event with a three-point lead.
Two of a kind...and more
NB's Shanna Webster and Canyon's Lindsay McNeill excel beyond basketball
By THOMAS GODLEY
Shanna Webster approaches her studies the same way she takes to the basketball court.
The New Braunfels senior led her team with an 11.8 scoring average during the 1994-95 season. Equally impressive is her 98.2 grade point average in the classroom.
She is a member of the National Honor Society,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life.
On the court, it's easy to see why Webster excels in and outside the classroom.
It centers around the word "hustle.'' Chasing down an opponent's fast-break, diving for a loose ball, scrapping for inside position and getting rebounds are all part of her game.
It's a down and dirty approach to getting things done, and there's rarely a second thought about scraping an elbow or landing in an awkward position if it means a chance to win.
Next year she will be attending either Texas A&M University or Baylor University, depending on her visits to each campus in the the coming months. Both schools have already sent acceptance letters, and her plans to pursue a medical career seem only a matter of delving into the work.
"Science is my strength," Shanna, the daughter of Dan and Paula Webster, said." I don't mind seeing blood and other things people might be squeamish about Going to med school is what I've always wanted to do."
Webster's basketball career at NBHS came to an end two weeks ago. She was a three-year varsity letterman and received All District honorable mention as a sophomore. She topped that this year by being named to the Coaches' All-District First Team.
The selection was an honor, but personally she had two more memorable highlights. The first was the Unicorns’ win over the Canyon Cougarettes and the other was the first place finish at the Floresville Tournament in December when Webster earned tournament MVP.
The Unicorns compiled an overall 14-13 record in 1994-95 - the first winning season in several years - and were ranked in the San Antonio area Top IO early in the season.
Webster expects to carry over the success to the NBHS varsity track team which will use her skills in the 800-meter relay.
Athletics have played an major role in her life, but Webster also realizes the importance of academics.
'Tve had a great time playing for the Unicorns, but when I move on to college I plan to focus on school .”
By THOMAS GODLEY
Sports Editor _
Few sports remain that Lindsay McNeill hasn't tried at Canyon High School.
The 6-0 senior stays busy training throughout the year. She is a four-sport athlete who thrives on competition.
But she does has few limits.
"Golf," she said. "I probably wouldn’t enjoy that too much."
Her central requirement is that the game have plenty of action.
McNeill has lettered in track, volleyball, softball and, of course, basketball - the latter in which she recently took All-District First Team honors.
McNeill's scoring average was a major reason the Cougarette basketball team finished the season at 19-9 and earned a trip to the playoffs.
McNeill, the daughter of Charles and Beverly McNeill, has seen success in each of the sports she plays, but softball and basketball are her true calling.
Colleges such as Texas Lutheran College, Texas A&M in Kingsville and Abilene Christian already taken notice, and McNeill foresees many options upon graduation. The versatility of a multi-sport athlete serves as a bonus for recruiters.
They also will be investing in a scholar -athlete. McNeill maintains an A average and is a member of the National Honor Society. All this from a person who on school days generally arrives home after six p.m. How does she find time? "You learn how to get studying done by taking advantage of free time in and between classes," she said. "I try to get to bed before 11 so I have to make the most the most of my time at school."
In college she plans to study in the Arts Communications. The field could lead to a career in film, drama, broadcasting or journalism.
Outside of school, McNeill is actively involved in her church. Specifically she spends time with the church drama group. As vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she also serves as role model for youth and makes group visits to middle schools.
Using her athletic abilities in more ways than one has its advantages. The skills she takes in volleyball carry over into basketball, which carries over into track and so on. They also carry over into life."Sports are a good way to learn about succeeding in the real world," she said. "You understand winning and losing and the importance of preparation. I know it has helped me."
New Braunfels overcomes Canyon
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Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon's Vinca Bueno (11) goes high for a header during second half action of New Braunfels 5-2 win over the Cougars.
From staff reports
In a repeal performance of last year’s comback in the playoffs, the New Braunfels Unicorns erased a 2-0 deficit en route to a 5-2 victory Fnday over the Canyon Cougars at Cougar Stadium
The Unicorns improved their record to 7-0 in distnct.
Tyler Fumey, coming back from an early-season injury, put the Cougars ahead 2-0 with only 20 minutes gone in the game. What appeared to be a Cougar rout came to an abupt end when Ruhen Gonzales nailed a bouncing ball to make the score 2-1 with less than IO minutes left in the half. At the 37-minute mark, Stephen Rodriguez tied the score and ignited the Unicom offense.
The second half began with the Unicorns picking up where they left off. With less than IO minutes in the the half, Rodriguez put a through ball to Omar Hernandez who beat the sweeper and nailed an 18-yard shot to make it 3-2.
At the 27 minute mark, Gonzales look a through ball from Omar Hernandez and with two defenders hanging on, chipped a soft shot over the Cougar goalie to make the score 4-2 The Unicorns final goal came off a comer kick from Bradley Brandenberg to Marco Sanchez who headed the ball into the front corner of the net.
NB coach Bob Rodriguez said the Unicorns showed poise in overcoming the slow start.
"Once they got on track, the enure team rose to the occassion," Rodriguez said.
2 8 - 4 A SEASON STATISTICS
Individual scoring Player
Wilkins, New Braunfels Wilson, Loc hart Schwarz. Canyon Southerland. Hays Simpson, Smithson Valley Thompson, Lockhart Keresztury, Canyon Castalia, Canyon Barnes, Bastrop Cantu, New Braunfels
Avg. ppg Team
15.7 15.0 14.6
Smithson Valley New Braunfels Bastrop
Scoring defense Team
Canyon New Braunfels Smithson Valley Hays Lockhart Bastrop
58.6 68.5 71.1 73.9
Corey Schwarz finished as the district's third leading scorer at 18 ppg.
Th* NB Unicorns had the top defense In SMA
Drexler, Olajuwon bring renewed life to lost title dreams
By TOM FOREMAN Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, NC. (AP) — Together, they came close to a title at the Urn verity of Houston. Apart, Hakeem Olajuwon got the crown Clyde Drexler has long been seeking.
They were finally reunited Thursday night as members of the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets, bringing to life a dream that Drexler thought was doomed “Last year at the All-Star game, we said it probably wouldn’t happen,” Drexler said, after the Rockets marked his official amval with a 105-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. “We'd been there many times and we’d always have dinner with our families and we’d just always visit. We gave up on it last year. And
then it happens Wouldn’t you know it?” Drexler was traded, along with Tracy Murray, from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Rockets Tuesday for Otis Thorpe and a condiuonal draft pick. But a delay in the completion of Thorpe’s physical exammauon kept Drexler on the bench for the first 24 minutes against the Hornets.
When he came out of the locker room, he relumed to a smattering of applause and a one-poinl deficit. Drexler sat down for good midway through the fourth quarter, having sparked the Rockets to a 41 -point third quarter and a commanding lead.
It was the first game on a path Drexler hopes will lead to the title he never got, either as a teammate of Olajuwon’s with the Cougars or as a member of the Trail Blazers.
"I’m hungry,” Drexler said.
Drexler doesn’t blame anyone for Portland’s loss to Chicago three years ago in the NBA Finals, nor does he spread blame for other playoff losses. It was just a matter of the Bulls and the other teams being a little better than the T rail Blazers.
"When you look at that team, we had no dominant people," he said. "We had a very good unit. The chemistry was good. The teams that beat us had been together a little longer.
'Tve learned how to lose. Now I want to learn how to win the big one.”
Championships have dominated their conversations for years now. Some of those talks focused on the one chance that slipped away — the 1983 NCAA title game against North Carolina State.
With victory within their grasp, the Cougars
slowed their familiar fast pace and eventually tat the Wolfpack get back into the game. Lorenzo Charles’ dunk at the buzzer gave N C. State the victory, while robbing Drexler and Olajuwon of the expected championship.
"We talk about missed opportunities or things that happened during the game that maybe we could have done better," Drexler said. “How bad we wanted (coach) Guy Lewis to get a national championship. We wanted it as much for him as we wanted it for ourselves. It was very emotional ”
There were different emotions when the Rockets arrived at the Charlotte Coliseum without clearance for Drexler to play. He could only watch the morning shoouround.
“He couldn’t practice because the deal was not yet finished,” Olajuwon said.