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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung EJ Tuesday, February 20,1996 0 5Sports Day “Mantle’s a switch hitter because he’s amphibious.” — Baseball legend Yogi Berra commenting on Mickey Mantle’s batting abilities. In the news Unicorns face Tivy in soccer The New Braunfels Unicorns look to keep pace in the District 52 soccer race in a crucial matchup tonight against the Kerrville Tivy Antlers starting at 7:30 p.m. today in Kerrville. The Unicorns are 5-1-1 in district and a game behind Alamo Heights at 7-0-1. In other district action, the Canyon Cougars (4-9-1,1-6-0) take on the Boerne Greyhounds (2-10-1,1-6-1) at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. In girls' soccer, the New Braunfels Lady Unicorns take on the Canyon Cougarettes at 5:30 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. The game time could be moved up to 4:30 p.m. Rangers softball takes 8th The Smithson Valley Rangers girls’ softball team finished in eighth place this weekend at the San Antonio Tournament. Fifty teams from across Texas competed in the tournament. The Rangers defeated Fox Tech 24-3,6-2, Alamo Heights 6-2 and Judson 2-1. The losses in the double elimination tournament came to Taft 6-0 and Incarnate Word 7-3. Shelly Sauer pitched for the Rangers who are 3-2 on the season. They next face Antonian today at 4:30 p.m. at Smithson Valley High School. Local racquetball tourney on tap Fob. 23-25 Top caliber players will be competing in the Wurst Racquetball Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 23-25 at the Athletic Club, 943 King Arthur St., in New Braunfels. The tournament proceeds will benefit the Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter in its mission to provide a safe haven for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Sanctioned by the Texas Amateur Racquetball Association, the tournament will attract some of the best racquetball players in the state and nation. TARA members across the U.S. could read about it in "Racquetball Magazine." The event was primarily organized by former National Racquetball champion Brian Stanley, a San Antonio resident and account representative for CTI Long Distance Company. The majority of funds will be coming from outside the community by the participating racquetball players in the tournament. Several community groups are helping sponsor the event, including the New Braunfels Rotary Clubs. Anyone interested in competing should call (210) 625-3459. A small entry fee will include at least two matches of three • games each and a t-shirt. NB Community Night on tap New Braunfels Community Night at the Alamociome is slated for March 2 when the Spurs play the Philadelphia 76ers. Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting Co., the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund. Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sporting Co., Walnut at IH-35 near HEB, for $10, $22.50 and $32.50 each Another $8 will take care of bus transportation if desired. For more information, call Vivroux at 606-4080. The New Braunfels Art League is renovat ing two-story building. The NBAL Gallery is at 239 W. San Antonio St. Mackovic to spook at Comal chapter of UT oxes dinner The Comal County chapter of the Univerisity of Texas Ex-Students’ Association will celebrate Texas Independence Day on Friday, March 1, at Uilie Marie's Restaurant in Schertz. The special guest speaker for this annual event will be UT head football coach John Mackovic. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 pm Cost for the affair is $20 per person. Al proceeds will go to scholarships for Comal County students to attend UT. Reservations must be made prior to Fab 26 by sending payment to Gail Engler (629* 2109), 416 Keriick Lane, New Braunfels mot T^t.^TWary Walker, (210) 885-4376. Texas Tech basking in first Top IO LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech is basking in its first Top Ten ranking ever in men's basketball. The Red Raiders (22-1, 11-0 Southwest Conference) moved from 12th to ninth Monday in the weekly poll by The Associated Press of sportswriters and sportscasters. Texas Tech can clinch a share of its first regular-season title since 1985 by beating Southern Methodist (6-16,3-8) tonight. It’s the first time a SWC team has moved into the Top Ten in basketball since 1991, when Arkansas finished second. The last time a current member of the SWC reached the Top Ten was 1984 when Houston was fifth in the final poll. “It’s a nice compliment to the university, the program and our fans,” Texas Tech coach James Dickey said. “This means the same to us as getting to the Top 25. We have to approach it the right way and keep working to get better,” he said. Although the Texas Tech women’s team won the NCAA championship in 1993, the highest ranking for the men before this season was 16th in 1985 and 1976. Tech has a chance to become the first team to go through the conference unbeaten since Houston’s “Phi Slama Jama” team of 1983 that starred Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The main barrier to doing that is Texas, whom the Raiders barely beat in Lubbock. Tech has to play the Longhorns in Austin on Saturday. “We’ve been working hard to get to this level,” forward Jason Sasser said Monday. “But if we don’t take care of our business, it won’t mean much. We always thought we had the talent and ability to put ourselves in this position.'The Raiders’ only loss was to Eastern Michigan in the Sun Carnival Classic in El Paso on Dec. 27. Eastern Michigan was No. 23 last week, but lost and fell out of the rankings. Unicorns ready for Buffaloes By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor HeraW-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Senior forward Ian Owens leads the Unicorns into battle tonight against Fox Tech in a bi-district playoff game at Littleton Gym at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. It will not be entirely unfamiliar terrain for the New Braunfels Unicorns tonight when they step onto the court against a formidable playoff opponent in the first-round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Unicorns (14-16) take on the Fox Tech Buffaloes (24-6) led by Robert Bell, a 6-8 junior who is averaging 23 points per game. The tip off is set for 7 p.m. today at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. Last year at this time, the Goliath was Boerne and guard Erie Halgenseth, who led the area with 34 ppg. The Unicorns stayed close but eventually succumbed to the Greyhounds in the second half. However, if anyone knows what it takes to knock out a big-time foe in round one, it is coach Cliff Wilkins and assistant coach Victor Sierra. In 1985, on their way to the state tournament, Wilkins and company upset the No. I team in San Antonio when they beat Southwest High School and 6-8 Johnny Robertson. Sierra, Ti lo Schmidt, David Caddel and Damon Millet and Leon Sneed each scored in double figures to shock the Dragons 71-67. Wilkins hopes he can get that same kind of balanced scoring from his 1995 line-up of Ian Owens, Tony‘Bradford, J.P. Wilkins, Mark Phair and Aaron Moore. Ray Chapa and C.J. Burden will bolster the attack off the bench. “With a week’s practice we feel like we can prepare well for any team,” Wilkins said. “We have our work cut out against a very talented Fox Tech team. There’s no question we’ll have to play an almost perfect game.” The Unicorns are holding opponents to 54 ppg, while the Buffaloes are averaging 72 ppg. Wilkins said the Unicorns will attack the Buf-faloes’fu ll-court press and traps, with good passing. On defense they must try to slow down the Buffaloes’ up-tempo offense. NBHS softball team captures local tourney From staff reports The New Braunfels Unicorns girls’ softball team captured its first-ever tournament championship late Saturday in the NBHS/CHS Softball Tournament. The Unicorns (3-0) topped the Canyon Cougarettes in a 12-6 slugfest in the final game at CHS Softball Field. Coach Cindy Manley said the first tournament victory was a boost to the softball program which is in its third year of existence. “We’re excited about the win,” Manley said. “I was real pleased with our batting. When the other team gets 15 hits and you still come out ahead, that has to make you feel good.” The Unicorns pelted the Cougarettes with 17 hits. After falling behind 3-0, the Cougarettes rallied to score two runs in the second inning and tied the game at 3-3. With two outs in the third inning, the Unicorns broke open the game with five runs. Rebekah Espinosa led the way with an RBI single, which was followed by Emily Wotipka’s one-run shot. Tammy Braune and Jennifer Ybarra singled in two more runs as the entire Unicom lineup reached the plate. Roxanne Blue capped the inning with a two-run single. The Cougarettes scored three runs in the fourth inning to pull to within 8-6. The Unicorns answered with three tuns in the sixth and one in the seventh to close out the scoring. New Braunfels pitcher Braune Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tammy Braune helped guide the Unicorns to the NBHS/CHS Softball Tournament title. struck out three batters and earned the win at the mound. Canyon pitcher Haiborth walked six batters. Both teams had three errors in the game. Marcy Allen led the Cougarettes offense, recording three hits in four plate appearances, including a double. Canyon reached the championship game by defeating Kerrville Tivy in the semifinals. It was the Unicorns third straight victory after beating Seguin 10-9 and Luling 18-2 earlier in the week. ‘Canyon is lough, but we matched them,” Manley said. “We’re learning something with every game.” New Braunfels next takes on La Vernia in a double header on Tuesday before traveling lo play in the Austin Parks and Recreation Tournament which features more than 32 teams from Central Texas. 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United Feature Syndical* 31 Nonfat milk 34 Singer Guthrie 36 Nee 37 Kimono sashes 38 Someone —: not me 39 Plant-to-be 41 In a bad mood 43 Artist s plaster 46 Suppose 49 Singer Brewer 51 Make beloved 52 Election Day participant 53 In existence 54 Movies 55 Sea captain s command 57 Suit material 60 Shore bird 61 Poster 62 Frosted 63 Jam ingredients? 66 Coffee cup Cowboys’ Sanders puts baseball on hold By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Deion Sanders and Jerry Jones may have to film another pizza commercial. The ad featuring Sanders joking about playing “both” baseball and football is no longer true. Sanders had a news conference scheduled today to announce he’s putting his baseball career on told so he can concentrate on being the NFL’s only two-way player, a source told The Associated Press. Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and coach Barry Switzer were to join Sanders at his new club, “Prime Time 21,” for the announcement. The stow was to begin at noon. Switzer and Jones have been trying for months to convince Sanders to give up baseball — at least for one season — to let his body recover from the wear and tear of being a full-time two-sport athlete. They abo want him to concentrate polishing his skills as a wide receiver. Cowboys quarterback Troy Aik-man has said he thinks Sanders could be a star pass catcher if he worked on it. And, Sanders has said he’d like to see what a spring and summer would be like with his wife and two children. They can spend their time together lounging around their new $2 million home in north Dallas. Sanders can easily walk away from baseball because he’s an outfielder without a team The San Francisco Giants allowed him lo become a tree agent by not offering him arbitration. He made $2.5 million last year with the Giants and Cincinnati Reds. Sanders makes even more — a $13 million signing tonus on a $35 million contract — as a cornerback for the Cowboys.But his Dallas debut was delayed last fall because of surgery to repair an ankle injury sustained while playing baseball. Next season, the Cowboys will need Sanders to be healthy and available for every game because they are thin at cornerback and could use another wide receiver. Dallas’ defensive backfield may be in trouble because Super Bowl MVP Larry ______________________ Brown is a free agent and unlikely to be re-signed, OTI J PFD*? Kevin Smith is trying to recover from a tom Achilles O I wlvli I—Ly ■ tendon and Clayton Holmes. Call for Answers • Toudv ton* or notary Phone# 1 -900-464-3535 ext. code 540• wa par mnule Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. ;