New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Daytona drivers anticipate speed records
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A combination of skill and caution will be the key Sunday in the 25th running of the Daytona 500, a race that could be the fastest in the history of the high-banked track.
“It’s going to be a mad scramble out there early,” said pole-sitter Ricky Rudd, who qualified his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS with a 198.864 mph lap. “There are a lot of strong cars out there.”
The 42 cars all posted time trial laps over 186 mph, although more than half won their starting spots in two 125-mile qualifying races.
“Everybody out there is capable of going very fast, especially if they get hooked up in a good draft,” Rudd said. “But everybody in
the race isn’t experienced going that fast. That could be a real problem. I hope everybody tries to be smart.”
Safety has been on everyone’s mind this week because of a series of spectacular crashes which have trashed cars belonging to top competitors such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Terry Labonte, as well as putting journeyman driver Bruce Jacobi in the hospital in critical condition with a brain injury.
“Speed has been the cause of these accidents,” Yarborough said. “When you’re going as fast as we are now and start to lose it, you get off the ground. When the car gets off the ground, no matter how experienced you are, you can’t control it.”
Dale Earnhardt, who won one of the qualifying races in his new Ford Thunderbird, shrugged off the tense and expectant atmosphere.
“During the race, everyone is going 192, 193,” the 1980 Winston Cup champion said. “That’s really not fast enough to make any difference. If you’re talking about a half-mile or a mile an hour, that’s no big deal out there.
The extra speed of most of the top competitors — 2 to 4 mph faster than last year — is being attributed to better aerodynamics on new models, stronger engines and the new tires. Those factors seemingly have put the all-time high 500-mile race average of 177.602, set by Buddy Baker in winning the
1980 Daytona 500, in jeopardy.
“It will depend on the cautions (yellow flags), but the record could fall,” said Baker, who will start fifth in the race in another Thunderbird.
Baker and seven-time Daytona 500 champion Richard Petty will be in the third row, with Richard’s son, Kyle, and Yarborough right behind.
Yarborough flipped and wrecked his Monte Carlo only moments after posting the all-time fastest Daytona lap at 200.503 mph. He will drive his team’s backup car, a Pontiac LeMans.
The 200-lap race over Daytona’s 2.5-mile trioval will be televised live on CBS starting at 11:15 a.m. CST.Sports Calendar
Tennis dual matches: Monday, Feb. 21. The Canyon tennis team hosts San Marcos. Thursday, Seguin at Canyon.
State tennis: Friday through Saturday, Feb. 25-26. State tennis meet to be held at New Braunfels High School.
Track: Saturday, Feb. 26. Smithson Valley girls travel to Lockhart; New Braunfels travels to Austin ISD Relays, Burger Stadium.
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Shall we dance?
Looking more like a pair of do si doers than basketball players, New Braunfels' Earl Wilson gets tangled up with a Hays player while coming down
Stuff photos by John Senter
with a rebound in Friday night's 54 45 win. Right, Greg Bender pulls up for two of his team leading 12 points.
The '82-'83 local basketball awards
The New Braunfels system has a number of offensive options: the baseline jumper; the short jumper or lay-up by Rick Schultz; and the Greg Bender outside jumper. The problem Friday night, Wilkins said, was deciding which one to use. “All of it was open,"he said.
The Unicorns spread it around enough to get everybody in the action, taking a 28-19 halftime lead. The third quarter was more of the same, as NB came out and scored the first eight points en route to a 42-25 bulge at the end of three.
Then came what one junior varsity player affectionately labeled “trash time,” as Wilkins emptied his bench with the big lead in the last game of the season. The Rebels made up some ground in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Wilkins can only wish the season was a little longer. “I feel like we could play with anybody right now,” he said. "I couldn’t be prouder of these guys.”
Kerrville Tivy won the district title with a 11-1 record. Gonzales took second place and the other playoff spot at 9-3. New Braunfels and Lockhart tied for third at 6-6, followed by Hays (4-8) and Canyon and Fredericksburg (tied at 3-9).
Bender led the Unicorns with 12 points, followed by Schultz (IO), Barding (8), Winkler (6), Brent Free (4), Earl Wilson (4), Bobby Williamson (4), Alex Rosales (4) and Alan Fischbeck (2).
The New Braunfels Unicorn junior varsity boys basketball team finished the year in first place with a 10-2 district record, ending the year with a 51-43 win over Hays Friday night.
Mike Gallaway, David Cadded and Kenan Ikels tied for scoring honors with 9 points apiece, followed by Doug Campbell (8), Mike Wofford (4), John Bankston (3), Russell Hansmann (3), Randy Long (2), Bill Fox (2) and Adam Havens (2). The JV finished with an overall record of 12-10.
Kerrville Tivy 70, Canyon 55
Joe Baker scored 29 points to lead the District 13-4A champion Kerrville Tivy Antlers to a 70-55 win over the Canyon Cougars Friday night in Kerrville.
Canyon led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter and was within one at halftime, 29-28. But a 25-point third-quarter burst by the Antlers put the game away.
Mike Garza led the Cougars with 17 points, followed by Camareno (IO), Burch (IO), Haeussler (IO), Hansen (4) and Rittiman (4). Canyon finishes the season with a 3-9 district record.
With the high school basketball season all but over, it’s time to take a look back and recognize some notable performances.
It was the year of the comeback in Comal County. Both Canyon teams came back from awful years the season previous to play good ball; the New Braunfels boys made a tremendous comeback within the season itself; and the Smithson Valley boys came back from losing four starters to graduation to nearly match last year’s performance.
Things aren’t over yet for the Rangers. They will play either Sweeny or Van Vleck sometime toward the end of this week, probably Friday. Date, time, site and opponent are still not determined. Both the Rangers and District 26-3A champs Boerne could go far in the playoffs.
The Smithson Valley girls team had a fine year, too, finishing second in district with a 7-3 record and making the playoffs. Unfortunately, they ran into the No. 2 team in the state in the first round and took an early exit. But that shouldn’t diminish their accomplishments under first-year coach Phyllis Bonugli. They can take pride in a fine year.
The others, while not in the playoffs, had plenty to be proud of as well. A young Canyon boys team put down the groundwork for a successful future under new coach David
Taylor. The Canyon girls came back from a one-win season to go 8-13; With five returning varsity players, they will be strong next year. The New Braunfels girls had their ups and downs, but Teresa Thomas will be back for a team that finished 11-16 overall. And the Unicorn boys overcame a tremendous handicap — they had only five players the first 12 games — to become a solid team at the end of the year, as they showed by winning six of their last eight.
Now, on to the awards:
Comal County Girls All-Star Team : Center — Teresa Thomas, NB; Forwards — Dawn Davis, SV, Tonya Burd, NB; Guards — Darlene Garrison, SV, Loretta Soechting, CHS. Honorable Mention — Julie Cappel, SV, Stephanie Burch, CHS, Ram Dunks, NB.
Girls Coach of the Year: No contest. The hands down choice is Canyon’s Phillip Endicott. A strong leader, he never yelled at the refs or belittled his players. He stressed fundamentals and effort, and his team responded with a 5-7 district record and an 8-13 overall mark, tremendous improvement from last year’s one-win season. A class guy.
Most Exciting Girls Game: the second Canyon-New Braunfels contest, won 4140 by the Cougarettes. Down by five points with only two minutes left, Canyon tied the score at 38. Stephanie Burch’s jumper with IO
seconds left gave Canyon the 1-point lead, but the game wasn’t decided until an NB free throw bounced out of the basket with two • ernnrts left. A real thriller, and all against the backdrop of the heated cross-town rivalry.
Comal County Boys All-Star Team: Center — Rocky Neuman, SV; Forwards — Mike Garza, CHS, Andy Severance, SV; Guards — Alan Fischbeck, NB, Jamie Booth, SV. Honorable Mention — Rick Schultz, NB, Chuck Bell, CHS, Pat Bruce, SV, Butch Hegeman.SV.
Boys Coach of the Year: A tough choice. David Taylor brought some much-needed stability to Canyon, and Cliff Wilkins showed a world of patience, never giving up on a Unicorn team that, at the end of the year, became as good as he said they would. But the choice has to go to Smithson Valley’s Roger Kraft.
Kraft took a team decimated by graduation and not only rebuilt it, but rebuilt it well, finishing with a 24-5 record. Only a tough all-senior Boerne team kept him from winning another district uown, but he’s still going to the playoffs for the third straight year. He’s tough with the players and the officials, but he also knows how to get the most out of his talent.
Most Exciting Boys Game: Smithson
Valley vs. Gonzales, a great game that not very many people saw because it was played during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The hot-shooting Apaches maintained a solid lead throughout the game, only to succumb to Smithson Valley’s pressure defense late in the contest. Trailing by eight most of the game, the Rangers managed to send the game into overtime at 4343. But Gonzales’ standout guard Sam Forbes was too much; his jumper with 8 seconds left in the OT period gave Gonzales a 47-45 lead, and a steal, foul and two free throws sealed the 4945 Gonzales win. Well-played throughout on both sides, and an exciting finish, even if the good guys did come out on the short end.
Best Visiting Athlete: The above-
mentioned Sam Forbes of Gonzales is a contender, as is Boerne’s Jeff Voight and Gonzales’ other hot shooter, Jay Lynn Barnick. But the single best athlete to come to town has got to be, without a doubt, Kerrville Tivy’s Joe Baker. He has tremendous leaping ability, a soft shot from 15 feet in, and plays tremendous defense. He also brings the ball up against the press and probably sells popcorn at halftime. The and news for all the other teams in District 13-4A is that he’s just a junior.
Unicorns win finale
NB earns third place with 54-45 victory
By SCOTT HARING Wire editor
On Friday night, New Braunfels basketball coach Cliff Wilkins saw the team he had been hoping for all year. “I thought we executed as well and as confidently as we have all season,” he said. “We did an excellent job tonight.”
The victim of that excellent job was the Hays Rebels. The score was 5445. The Unicorns finish the season tied for third at 6-6 in District 134A and 8-20 overall. But those numbers don’t do tribute to a squad that won six of its last eight and had to play the first 12 games of the year with only five players.
“They’ve come as far from the beginning of the season to the end as any team I’ve ever coached,” Wilkins said.
The game opened with Hays taking an early lead on hot outside shooting. But a few defensive adjustments later, Hays was shut down and the Unicorns fought back to tie the score at the end of the first quarter, 10-10.
The offense came to life in the second period when Gordon Bartling came in for Chris Winkler when Winkler got tagged with two quick fouls. Bartling scored six points in quick succession, and the Unicorns were off and running.
Wilkins can only wish the season was a little longer. “I feel like we could play with anybody right now/9 he said. “I couldn’t be prouder of these guys.”