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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hwrald-Zritung Tuesday February 21,1984    5U. S. Olympians bring home more than medals By HAL BOCK AP Sports Writer SARAJKVO, Yugoslavia — His face was beet-red and little crystals of ice were forming on his eyebrows and lashes. Lyle Nelson had just completed the gruelling 20-kilometer Olympic biathlon race, 12 miles or so of cross country skiing accompanied by periodic target shooting. He would not win this event, simply because Americans do not win Olympic biathlons against Eastern Europeans who devote full time to the sport. But he had finished and that was reward enough. “Americans are too medal conscious," Nelson said. “Just finishing in the top half of a field like this is an accomplishment." So 26th place among 61 biathletes was just fine with him and he’ll hope for better at Calgary in 1988. The country is justifiably proud today of the men and women who took medals home from these Balkan Olympics. But the ones who did not should not be forgotten. Certainly any American who watched Bill Johnson come hurtling down the side of a mountain to capture the men's downhill and Phil and Steve Mahre, run 1-2 in the slalom, had to feel a touch of pride But watching how Coach I*ou Vairo and the U.S. hockey team handled their misfortunes provided a different kind of satisfaction. Chasing the ghost of 1980’s gold medal team, Vairo’s team came up short Their coach did not. I don't think we have to apologize for our team’s performance," he said. “We operated with dignity and courage under tremendous pressures. We came in as a team and we stuck together as a team. Nobody took a vacation and turned it into a sightseeing trip. There were great expectations. Obviously, we’re disappointed. That’s sports. That’s life," Phil Verchota. captain of the American team, was a member of the 1980 gold medal squad He has ridden the hockey roller coaster from top to bottom and he has no regrets “I wouldn't have missed this experience for anything in the world," he said. “It has been wonderful." He wasn’t talking only about 1980 and the gold. When they raised two U.S. flags as Debbie Armstrong and Christm Cooper stood on the awards platform following the women's giant ' slalom, it was tough not to feel touched, if not for them then for World Cup champion Tamara McKinney, who missed the bonze by less than a half second Four days later, McKinney had the best intermediate time in the slalom before missing a gate and just like that, her Olympics were over. She came in as America's top woman skier and went home without a medal. But like Vairo and his hockey players, she handled the adversity like a champion “Part of the Olympic idea is competing." she said. “It’s a delusion to say gold is all that matters. I don't accept that I'm happy I came So were the others, the ones who missed medals by the narrowest of margins. There was tiny Tiffany Chin, who soared into fourth place in the ladies figure skating on the strength of a marvelous free style program; Jeff Hastings, fourth by 1.7 points in the 90-meter ski jump; Dan Jensen, .16 of a second away from the bronze medal in the 500-meter speed skating; Nick Thometz, one-tenth of a second short of the 1.000-meter bronze; Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert, beaten out of a bronze in ice dancing on a tiebreaker. When you salute the medal winners, think about them, too The Lyle Nelsons who came and competed, who represented the United States They did it with grace They did it with style 'Slow' Volunteers knock off Auburn By the associated press First, the Tennessee Volunteers took their time Then they took care of 19th-ranked Auburn Using the Southeastern Conference's 45-second shot clock to its advantage. Tennessee slowed down the pace in dealing the Tigers a 57*54 loss in college basketball Monday night “They ran 40 seconds off the clock and made us play defense for 40 seconds and then would get off a shot with five seconds left.” lamented Auburn Coach Sonny Smith “Tennessee did what it had to do to win We didn t deserve to win " The score was tied at 51 with 40 seconds left when Wilie Burton made two fre throws to put th** visiting Volunteers ahead. Rob Jones then tipped in Dan Federmann s missed free throw with ll seconds remaining for a four-point cushion In other Top Twenty games, ninth-ranked Texas-El Paso beat Colorado State 62-55 and No 12 Memphis State nipped Southern Mississippi 69-67 in overtime Tennessee got balanced scoring as Jones led the Vols with 13 points and Federmann and Kirk Naler had IO apiece “There is no question about it. this was our best game of the year," said Tennessee Coach Don I ie Vue We did a great job of controlling the tempo." Auburn led 39-34 midway through the second half tjefore Tennessee rallied to take a 44-43 lead with 5 09 left on a dunk by Jones The teams swapped baskets until the decisive final minute Th** Tigers slipped to 16-7 overall and 10-4 in the conference and missed a chance to tie Kentucky for the SEC lead Tennessee is 16-11 overall and 7-8 in the SEC. Texas-Fl Paso. 23-2. spent considerable time at the foul bn** in downing Colorado State in Western Athletic Conference action. The host Miners hit nine of ll free throws in the first half and made 15 of 20 from the foul line after intermission The visitors, meanwhile, attempted just three free throws in the game. In Abilene. Derrick Gervin scored 28 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead the University of Texas at San Antonio to a 76-63 victory over Hardin-Simmons University. U'TSA extended its winning streak to IO games with the win The Roadrunners are 174 on the year Coming back Memphis aiming for return to top IO NKW YORK IAP - Memphis Slate, which dropped from eighth plac e to 12th in this week s Associated Press college basketball poll after having its 12-game winning streak ended by an 85-78 weekend loss to IxHiisville. is making a bid to return to the Too Ten. Keith Is** tipped in a missed 20-foot jumper by Andre Turner at the buzzer Monday night to give the Tiger** a 69-67 Metro Conference basketball victory in overtime over Southern Mississippi The I igers are 21M overall and 10-1 in the conference Meanwhile, the four teams rated the best in the preseason have returned to the top. although not in the exact order North Carolina. Georgetown, Houston and Kentucky — ranked I-4-3-2 in the preseason — are I-2-3-4 in this week s rankings The No I Tar Heels took out the frustration of losing their first game of the season - a 64-63 loss to Arkansas on Feb 12 — by defeating Atlantic Coast Conference rivals North Carolina State 95-71 and Maryland 78-63 in the past week North Carolina received 61 of the 62 first-place votes •»# Tat* •*•••»* i«fU» IMM* **»r 20-19 it I? it is 14 ala* amt aw oho* * * I th# AkkOCifd*a ■ >! pat a votas ** u**#* ft '3 ’2 98 J »*» anay* «rs*s tala* point* Dosed 1098 > 8 8 4 J J t tact** ti tHiouyH Accoil At* Av* I % Caosns Si * 23 I 1239 I 2 I 23? 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The Cougars will also have occasional power with catcher Bret Cappleman, first baseman Doug Edwards and pitcher Danny Hernandez, who hits lefthanded and thus has the short right-field fence at Cougar Field to shoot for. Up the middle, Canyon returns Cappleman at catcher, Randy Riggs at second base and Marceline Gonzales in center field. Riggs committed only two errors Baseball 1984 Canyon all last season, and Gonzales is “the best outfielder we have," Behrend said. Edwards will probably move from the outfield to first base, Behrend said, while sophomores Danny Rodriguez and Brad Campbell will battle for the shortstop position. Hernandez will play third base again this year, and utility man Troy Moss will fill in there when the sophomore pitches. Joining Hernandez in the pitching rotation are juniors Ronnie Kittimann and Michael Rodriguez, although Kittimann only returned to school last Friday after a bout with mononucleosis In the outfield, Behrend is looking at Raul Chapa in one portion and Ben laiGueux, Keith Smith or one of several basketball players in the other Cany on opens its season in the Fredericksburg tournament, and will also face Del Valle, Austin Crockett, Pflugerville and Bandera in non-district tournaments. In addition, the Cougars will play in the New Braunfels tournament, opening with Round Rock 1984 Schedule Ma* ct’ 1 3 T faunae* Stout 9 I aam MUich 8 at On* Va«* 4pm Moa n 8 at Austin Ct OC* att H P fh MUic-n 9 PtluyaiviH* tot.< 2 p m MUicH 13 Do* Va*** 4pm MUicH 18 11 Matt Bi aa*'♦*i* I oui non mat Moicn 2C Many Biountei* 4 18 p in MUicH 23 OI lieiteacksDuty 4pm Match J7 Hay* 4 18pm MU* ch 29 Bonete! <■ 4 18 pm ApaI 3 at Lock Haft 6 30 p m Apa) 8 GunpMa* 4 18 pm Apili IO at Malt vim* Ttvy 7pm Apili 13 at Ma* Bf aunt*!* 7 JO p rn Apa* 11 N cetene* stout y 4 18pm Apa* 24 at Hay* 4 18pm Apa! 28 at Bjoetei a 4 18pm Ma* I Lackman 8pm May 4 at Gon/ates "7pm May8 k si iv lit* Tfvy 8pm USFL By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS While other United States Football league teams were cutting down to the opening-game limit Monday, the .Arizona Wranglers were signing their No I draft choice. UCLA defensive back Lope Sanchez Sanchez signed a three-year contract with the Wranglers, calling it “an opportunity I couldn't pass up I got w hat I w anted and I’m very happy to be here " Coach George Allen said the signing of Sanchez was vital since cornerback Carl Allen is out indefinitely after separating his right shoulder in a scrimmage two weeks ago. "He’ll fit right in with our style of defense,’ Allen said of the 5-foot-lO, 187-pound Sanchez “He can play both corners. He has good speed and quickness He has good hands and returns kicks .And what I like about luin is he’s a smart player and he has dancing feet, w hich is very important in a defensive back " Arizona also announced that it has traded two future draft choices to the Philadelphia Stars for defensive tackle Mark Buben, cut eight players and placed six others on uijured reserve to get its roster down to 50 All USFL teams are allowed 40 active players, Arizona signs draft pick as teams reduce rosters Nighclub, Gamblers fight over Highrollers' HOUSTON I AP* — Owners of a nightclub claim they have exclusive rights to use the name ‘the Highrollers’’ and are betting on tumbling the Houston Gamblers in court Owners of The Casino, scheduled to open next week, sued the United States Football League franchise Monday The Gamblers are calling their cheerleaders the Highrollers, a name the club says it has registered with the secretary of state s office. The owners of The Casino are seeking $10,000 in damages and asking that the Gamblers be forced to change the name The nightclub owners said they will call their dancers Highrollers. while the 12 holdover teams also have a 10-player developmental squad, which swells to 13 for the six new franchises Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Maulers put running back Amos Lawrence and guard Scutt Burns on injured reserve The Maulers also released eight players, including Dave Jacobs, who was expected to be their regular placekicker, and strong safety Derrick Goddard, who had been competing for a starting job The Oklahoma Outlaws, another fledgling franchise, reduced their roster by cutting eight players, including punter Rick Engles, who spent parts of three seasons in the National Football league, and trading defensive end Joe Gary to Birmingham for a future draft choice The release of Engles left the team without a first-string punter heading into Sunday’s season opener, The New Orleans Breakers disclosed that tight end Dan Ross, who balked at joining the Breakers when they moved from Boston to New Orleans, will rejoin them Ross, who played five years with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, originally signed with the Breakers when they were based in Boston last season He joined the team for one day earlier this month and then was traded to the Chicago Blitz But Handy Yalaha, the Breakers' president, said the trade wouldn't stand up because of complications in Ross' contract The Breakers cut six players Monday and will have to drop one more when Ross reports j toff pftoio By jowl *v a*. Playoff set playoff game Friday at 8 p rn in Cuero The Rangers finished second in District 26 3A this season Smithson Valley, including sophomore post man Rolando Trevino, will face Sweeny in a bi district ;