New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Hnrald-ZG/fvnfl. New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February 20,1987
Antler trophy would mean playoff berth for Unicorns
By TIM WAITS Sfafl Writer
The three-way logjam at the top of the District 13-4A basketball standings will finally give way to the two teams that are playoff-bound tonight.
New Braunfels, Kerrville Tivy, and Fredericksburg have been knotted together for the entire second half of district play, with no more than one-half game coming between them at any time. Each team has a 13-2 record.
For New Braunfels, the road to the playoffs leads directly through Kerrville. The Unicorns will be there tonight to square off with the Antlers.
In all likelihood, a loss will spell the end of the season for the Unicorns. Fredericksburg is closing out the season against Smithson Valley and the Rangers are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Only a Rangers' upset of the Billies would keep the Unicorns alive in the event of a loss.
"We can go from first to third tonight,” said Unicom Coach Allan Luksa, looking at the possible downside of the game.
A win would probably set up a playoff for the district crown, bet-ween New Braunfels and Fredericksburg. Luksa said he would push for a neutral site, preferably San Antonio, on Tuesday.
The Unicorns will be somewhat at a handicap tonight, as they will be without the services of big forward Doak Hunter, who is nursing a sore ankle Hunter missed Tuesday’s game against Canyon, but was expected lobe ready for Tivy.
Alan Matney. normally a versatile sixth man off the Unicom bench, will start in place of Hunter.
"Ifs not going to hurt our starting five, but it will be one less player off the bench depthwise,” said Luksa. "Alan can move from forward to post and he is not as versatile starting."
One less person off the bench means that the Unicorns cannot afford to have players in foul trouble — particularly the big men.
"The key to this game is keeping our postmen out of foul trouble,” said
The key player on the court is point guard Leon Sneed, whose handling of the offense will be critical for the Unicorns against the swarming Antler press.
"(Tivy) likes to press in the first quarter and get a big lead," said
New Braunfels' JV team trying for 15th 13-4A win
Unlike the varsity, the New Braunfels Unicom junior varsity basketball team has already earned the District 13-4A crown going into tonight’s game against Kerrville Tivy.
The Unicom junior varsity is 14-1 in district play and 16-5 on the season. They have lost only one game since the football season ended. The team has not been carried by one or two star players.
"There is not one major person on this team,” said JV Coach Chris Douglas. "We have a good mixture and a lot of guys. Ifs just a good team.
"It has been a team effort. We have a lot of depth and talent that has enabled a lot of people to play,” he said. "We’ve had 14 or 15 players score in one game.”
The team has benefited from a good balance of players at each position. Two point guards, Jimmy Simmonds and Erie Walker, have steered the Unicom offense. "They have done a super job of handling the ball and keep the continuity going,” said Douglas.
"Rodney Holland has improved a great deal and has a bright
future,” said Douglas. “Glenn Herman, in the last couple of games, has been super.”
Tivy is in second place in the district with four losses. The only blemish on the Unicorns’ district record came from Samuel Clemens.
Now, there is one title in the bag for the junior varsity and hopefully another one in the offing for the varsity.
—By TIM WAITS
Luksa. "We need to stay even with them in the first quarter. If we can get the ball past midcourt we’ll be alright.”
That is exactly what the Unicorns did in their first meeting with the Antlers. Staying virtually even with the Antlers in the first half, the Unicorns took charge of the second half. Sneed constantly beat the Antler press and fed the ball inside to postman Wade Felker. The senior postman scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half to help bury the Antlers, 53-48.
New Braunfels must stop the Antler duo of Scott Delaney and Thir-man Dimery who can both score baskets by the bushel. Dimery had 20 points to lead Tivy in the series opener.
There won’t be too much variation in the Unicorns’ strategy from any other game for tonight.
"We may try to disguise what
we’re doing by running a couple of different zones,” said Luksa. “We’ll be trying to steal and watching for the outside shots.”
It would definitely be a successful season if it ends tonight. The Unicorns have hit the 20-win plateau and have been better than some expected.
"We have 20 victories and it would be icing on the cake if we win,” said
Basketball Standings BOYS
New Braunfels SS, Canyon 43
Lockhart 60, Smithson Valley 46 Fredericksburg 54, Clemens 53 Boerne 74, Hays 66 Kerrville Tivy idle Today's Games Fredericksburg at Smithson Valley Boerne at Canyon New Braunfels at Kerrville Tivy Lockhart vs. Hays
Final Standings Fredericksburg
Monday's G ama Boerne 73, New Braunfels 54 Thursday's Gama
Spread it on thick.
Rangers, Cougars conclude season
Both the Smithson Valley Rangers and Canyon Cougars finish the basketball season tonight with home games.
Smithson Valley stands at 3-12 in District 13-4A play and is in the mid-
Boeme 41, Pleasanton 22
Fredericksburg 66, Carrizo Springs 25
die of an eight-game losing streak On the year, the Rangers are 11-20.
Smithson Valley’s game has playoff implications, as the Rangers are playing one of the three teams tied for first place in the district. Smithson Valley hosts Fredericksburg at 8 p.m.
The Billies are 13-2 in 13-4A action, tying them with New Braunfels and Kerrville Tivy. A Fredericksburg victory would guarantee the Billies a playoff berth.
Canyon hosts Boerne at 7:30 p.m. in a battle of district cellar dwellers. Canyon is 2-13 in district play while Boerne is 3-12. The Cougars are 10-20 on the season.
Canyon has lost its last two games, but won its previous two game! before that.
A Canyon victory coupled with I Smithson Valley loss would a three way tie for sixth place in District 13 4A.
Canyon must overcome diamond inexperience
Bv TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend
views the upcoming baseball season as a child would the prospects of opening a box of Crackerjacks
Unsure of what’s in store for him, he’s looking for a few good surprises and ready for some fun
Between the basketball season and grades. Behrend has 17 bodies looking for niches on the varsity and junior varsity team Until Saturday, when members of the varsity and JV basketball teams can come out, he can not even field two complete teams.
This would not be bad for the Cougars if the season did not start on Tuesday at home against Alamo Heights. District play is not that far off either, with 13-4A play kicking off March IO.
"That doesn’t leave us much time,” Behrend said. "Ifs too early and we’re too young a team to tell what we ll be like Nothing is settled at the moment lf we are settled iii time for district, we’ll be lucky.”
Only four players with any extended experience from Canyon’s trichampionship team of 1988 are returning for the current season, and not all will be playing the same position. And only one is a senior.
Rudy Benevides will head the pitching rotation a' ter finishing last mason with a 6-1 record as a freshman.
"Rudy has been looking a little sharper in practice than he was last year. He’s throwing well and has good movement on the ball,” Behrend sjiid>
Also being looked st ss pitchers are iiBiiors Carlos Alvarado and Thomas Villanueva, who played last year in M4»dd. After that, the pickings and pitching is one area * is hoping for a sur-
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"These kids are fun to work with — they really are. I'm looking forward to the season. I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm looking forward to it."
Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend
prise or two.
The biggest question mark on the team right now however, is st shortstop William Wilkes, who can play any of a number of positions, is the top prospect at the moment.
Villanueva could end up at short, although Behrend would like to see him starting at second base. Villanueva batted .288 as a sophomore last year and was one of Canyon’s top clutch hitters last year, along with Kelly Mulhollan.
Mulhoilan, another junior, will be returning as the team’s catcher, and the Cougars should be solid at that position. "He batted around .280 for us last year and has shown some Improvement so far this year,” Behrend said.
The top contender for the first base job is senior Bill Waechter. who has never played before. Senior Lance Jonaa, who last played as a fraahman for Smithson Valley, and Wilkes are also being looked at as possible first
David Schubert is the top candidate for third baas, after seeing time last year as the first baseman,
designated hitter and outfielder. “We’ll get him in the lineup somewhere. He’s got a good bat and hits the ball hard,” Behrend said. Schubert batted .306 last season.
Ken D’Alfonso is the only player already penciled in for the outfield. After batting 355 last year, O’Alfonso will see time at Centerfield.
The other two oufielding roles are open, with senior Timmy Richter, Benavides. Alvarado and Wilkes vying for the spots.
The addition of a few basetball players, a few players returning to eligibility and the continued improvement of a few sophomores are just some of the surprises Behrend is counting on in 1987.
“We just don’t have any experience. It leaves you wondering what you’re going to do. Our pitching has to improve and in the meantime we ll have to play great defense and icon some runs.
“But these kids are fun to work with - they really are. I’m looking forward to the season. I don’t know what’s gang to happen, but I’m looking forward to it. "he said.Golfer aims to take divot out of hospital's expenses
By TOM LABIN!Kl Sports goiter
Hie more you think about it, playing SM bolos of gslf in three days is a mind-numbing feat, especially when foot-power is the only mode of transportation.
What would make someone walk/jog four complete rounds of golf a day for three strait* days in the un-prodicable March weather?
It would take a good reason for someone to put up with the blisters, sore foot and tired limbo, not to mention tho mental anglish that sometimes creeps up in the game of
For Cy Chape, former pre at the Northcliff* Country Club and New Braunfels resident, the reason is simple: he's needed.
For the fourth consecutive year, Chapa will be playbw
golf to raise money for the Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio.
The hospital tends to the more serious cases throi^iout South Texas, cases that most local hospitals are just not eauiooed to handle.
According to spokesman Jack Fingers, Santa Rosa's loot more than 17 million in uncompensated canos in IIM. Chape's fund reiser is tied in with the annual Santa Rosa Telethon, which raises money to help defray hospital ex-
Chapa, now an airman first class stationed at Randolph Air Force Base. will stags bls annual event on March 4 throutfi March! at Northdiffe. Assisting Chapa kl searing sponsor* ars members of the New Braunfels Jaycees
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Danny Tristan and New Braunfels will try to break the Kerrville Tivy press tonight
Cy Chapa pays a visit to 8-year old Jesse Vera at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. With Chapa are his 'birdie bash' helpers: Scott Morrison, Jaycees president Lee Rodriguez Jill Mulhollan and Joy Amstutz.