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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page IO    HeraW-Zt/fung,    New    Braunfels, Texas Girls_ Continued from Page 9 “Based on the results from last year. I’d say we’ll be pretty competitive at district. I think we’ll get some people to regionals, but that’s where it changes,” he said. “As far as state is concerned, I think it will be tougher because there are more people who are as good.” Friday, February 22, 1991 Despite the tougher competition, Hansen said he would not dismiss possibilities of returning to the state meet, especially with a junior and a sophomore returning with state experience. “I think Robin and Amy have the best chance for us, but who knows?,” he said. Boys Continued from Pogo 9 .will also be running two of those races. “We’ll see where the points are and try to pin them in where we can get some points, without sacrificing a chance for them to go to region,’’ he said. One place where the Unicorns might pile up some points is in the discus. Behind Starnes, the probable district favorite, are Herman, Randy Watson and Lance Massey. Sim-monds said any three of those four have a chance to place. Starnes and Matt Walters will enter the shot put, and could place behind heavy favorite Bryant Bailey of McCollum. “They could be very competitive in the district,” Simmonds said of his .shot putters. “You probably won’t tee their names on any summary sheets right up until district.” . In the jumps, the team is thin in the long and triple jump, aside from Hudgins and Schriewer in the long jump. Hudgins and Jeb Breda could place in the high jump, and freshman Bret Riedel may jump on varsity as well. The intermediate running distances may be the team’s biggest weakness, as far as putting together a mile relay is concerned. Freshman Nick Buske is a promising quarter-miler, as is Ray Rayos — a senior who hasn’t run track before. “Right now, we don’t have two other legs that can be competitive,” Simmonds said. "We’re going to run one, but we don’t have a good mile relay at all.” The team’s lack of depth, Simmonds believes, makes the chances of winning an invitational remote. But because few of the district teams should have heavy turnouts either, the Unicorns should still be a force at the district competition. New Braunfels may not have a good idea of what to expea in district, however. Except for Seguin, the Uni-cans are not likely to see any of the other district teams before the 25-5A mea. “And we won’t see any results either, because they’ll be running against Judson and MacArthur and all of (the competitive San Antonio) schools,” he said. “We’re not going to know what we’re up against until the day of the district meet. “This year, more than ever, we’ve got to be concerned with our own performance as opposed to their performance, because we won’t know what their performance is.” Simmonds said East Central and Seguin will be the teams for New Braunfels to beat. The Hornets’ strength, he has heard, will be dependent on how many athletes come out fa track and how many stay eligible. The Matadors are the defending champion of their district, more than tripling the finish of runner-up South San last year. “What (the other schools) will have is some good individuals to get their points,” he said. “I think that’s the way South San, Harlandale, McCollum and maybe even San Marcos will be, with two or three real good individuals.” A case in point is Bailey, who last year accounted for 18 of McCollum’s 35 distria points with his shot and discus placings. South San has a similarly talented athlete in defending regional 800-meter run champion Richard Flores. “If we had our usual numbers, I would be feeling real good,” Simmonds said. "There’s not a track power in this district — there are sane occasional good teams, like Seguin and East Central. But year in and year out, there aren't any like Kerrville or what I think we are, really.” Though Simmonds said the team needs to get ‘every point available,* he notal that the main thing is for the Unicorns to perform at their regular level on the day of the district mea. “If you’re jumping 21*, you’ve got to jump 21’ that day,” he said. “You can’t jump 20’-6”. We’ve just got to do what we’ve been doing.' ’ But Simmonds said the Unicom tradition has been to exceed expectations at distria meets, something he hopes carries ova to this year’s team. “There’s always one disappointment and some good things. The kids perform real well — they have for us at district meets,” he said. "I’m concerned, but optimistic. I feel good about our chances.” Briefly MV Bowling Club forms new league The Mission Valley Bowling Club will begin its new league season ai March I. To register a fa more information, call 625-4616 in the day or 629-0028 at night. Umpires clinic today, Saturday The New Braunfels National League will hold an umpire clinic for certification today and Saturday. For more information call Manuel Velasquez at 625-5303. Benefit tournament at Woodlands The New Braunfels Kiwanis Cub is spoisoing a golf tournament at the Woodlands Country Club at Canyon Lake to benefit the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter. The event will take place on March 16 beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a four-person scramble tournament (men and women invited). The c»st to enter is $50 fa the 18-hole event. Lunch and refreshments, golf cap and tees, and awards and cash prizes are included. Fa more information call J.W. Bell at 625-6945 a Ray Ebert at 629-7792. Quite the leader Texas Christian University’s Mike Sullivan received a Toyota Leadership Award last week for his outstanding contributions to his football team, school and community. Sullivan, a graduate of New Braunfels High School, was a starting offensive guard for the Horned Frogs for four years. He graduated from TOU in December with a B.A. in marketing. Ranking Sullivan above are Bob Hunt (left), district manager for Gulf States Toyota, and Cliff Lyon (right), vice president and general manager for Stadium Toyota in Arlington. The award and a $1,000 donation to the school’s general scholarship fund were presented at halftime of a Homed Frog basketball game. Scoreboard On The Air FRIDAY 7 p.m. — Skiing: U.S. Men's Pro Tour (taped), ESPN. 7 p m. — Pro baskefcaN: LA Lakers at Atlanta, TNT. 9130 p.m. — Pro basketoaN: San Antonio at LA Clippers. HSE. Local Sports FRIDAY 230 p m. — Track and Reid: New Braunfels Invitational. 4:30 p.m. — Baseball. Boerne at Canyon varsity. 5 p.m. — Baseball: Jefferson at New Braun leis varsity. 5 p m. — Soccer: Seguin at Smithson Valley JV, varsity. 6 p.m. — Soccer: Canyon JV, varsity at San Maroos 7:30 p.m. — Bas aba I Smithson Valley varsity at Edgewood. SATURDAY Track and field: Smithson Valley boys at Luling; Canyon boys A girls, Smithson Valley girls at Westlake. 2 p.m. — Baseball Austin Bowie at New Braunfels varsity. Soccer Distria 27-5A Soccer Standings Teem    W    L    T    Pts New Braunfels    8    1    0    16 Smithson Valley    7    1    I    15 San Maroos    7    2    0    14 Seguin    6    3    0    12 Trvy    3    5    0    6 Canyon    3606 Clemens    2    5    2    6 Boerne    2    6    15 Lockhart    0    9    0    0 Monday's Game Boerne 4, Clemens 4 Tuesday's Games Smithson Valley 1, Canyon 0 New Braunfels 2, San Marcos 1 Seguin 8, Lockhart 0 Today's Games Seguin at Smithson Valley Canyon at San Marcos Tivy at Clemens Boerne at Lockhart Track and field New Braunfels 1991 Varsity Schedule Date    Meet Fab. 22    N.B.    Invitational March 2 Smithson Valley Ranger Relays March 9    Lockhart    Lion Relays March 16 Kerrvile Tivy An Aer Relays March 23    Hays    Rebel Relays March 30    Open April 6 New Braunfels Unicom Relays April 13    District 25-5A Meet, N.B.H.S. April 20    Regional Qualifiers, TBA April 27    Region IV Mea, San Antonio May 11    State    Meet. Austin NBA All Times CST Thursday's Games Seattle 120, New York 101 Miami 104, Washington 90 LA Lakers 106, Dallas 92 Houston 92, Milwaukee 90 Portland 122, Denver 111 Today's Games New Jersey vs. Boston at Hartford, 6:3< pm. Detroit at Charlotte, 6:30 p m. Indiana at Cleveland. 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 6:30 p.m. LA Lakers at Atonia, 7 p.m. Orlando at Minnesota, 7p.m. Sacramento at Chicago, 7.30 p m. Utah at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. San Antonio at LA Clippers. 9:30 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 9:30 p.m.AutosFor 1991, Mercury Sable wagon offering ABSPopular family car confronts the ultimate test: patchy ice, congestion on major Houston highway By DAVID SULLENS Editor and PuMaher Suddenly, without warning, the car ; in front of me, a not-very-new Olds • Cutlass, was sideways across my lane ! of traffic. Then, seemingly in slow motion, its ; rear end spun on around and the Old-; smobile was facing me, dead in the road. From the comer of my eye, I could see a car beside me on the right. ;I was in the leftmost of Houston’s ; Loop 610’s four lanes, so I was I hemmed in on the left by a massive ; concrete barrier. ; My only choice was to hit the ; brakes. And if I did that, the patchy • ice that had contributed to the Oid-ismobile’s demise would surely do the ;sametome. I was about to be in a head-on collision with that Cutlass. I still am na sure exactly what had happened. ; Apparently another car, merging from the right, hit the ice and slid into ‘the Cutlass, starting the accident. MY MIND raced backward. With temperatures plummeting and freezing rain predicted, I’d decided I should slip into Houston from Clear take (which had been my home until I moved to New Braunfels two weeks ;ago) and pick up the ’91 Mercury •Sable station wagon assigned me by Fad Mota Co. quickly, befae the weather made me a shut in. Getting into Houston had been no problem, though the rain had begun just about the time I passed the Astrodome In that split second before I hit the brakes, I cursed my bravado. Why hadn't I just stayed home? Then I did what I knew I shouldn’t do, but what was the only option left JQC. I hit the Sable wagon’s brake pedal. •; And instantly I knew everything J»as OK. / I knew that because I felt the pedal pulsation characteristic of an anti-lock ipndring system. And I knew that because, though I knew I was riding on the same slick surface that had been the Oldsmobile^ undoing, I never even came close to losing control. The Sable slowed just enough to let the car on my right pull ahead, then, with it out of my way, I was able to steer that brand new Mercury wagoi into the lane that gave me. As I pulled past the Cutlass, I could see the terrified look on the face of the woman who had been driving it. And, in the Sable’s rearview mirror, I could see two other cars up against the concrete barrier ai the aha side of the freeway. Thanks to that Sable’s anti-lock braking system, I had just emerged unscathed from the very heart of a multi-car accident on a Houston freeway. WILL THE next car I buy have anti-lock brakes? Take a wild guess. On the Sable wagon, the anti-lock brakes are an option that adds just less than $ 1,000 to the car’s slicker price. I guarantee you the accident I didn’t have would have cost mac than that $1,000. And, quite aside from damage to the car, what price do you put on your life? 1*11 bet it’s worth at least $1,000, isn’t it? But thae is a la more to like about the Sable wagon than just its ABS. In the first place, it is, in my opinion, one of the best looking cars on the road today. And, though the design of the Sable and its Ford sibling, the Taurus, is now about five years old — both were introduced in Decemba 1985 as 1986 models — it is still a winner both in sales figures and in garnering honors in automotive publications. (In spite of the fact that it has hit the five year mark, the Sable/Taurus, which broke ground and sa trends when it was introduced, still consistently shows up in the annual top ten lists of such publications.) And it's a comfortable car. MyWheels family and I used it, once that pre-Christmas Houston weather cleared, to travel to North Texas fa the holidays. The Sable wagon was perfect for such a trip. It swallowed us and all our stuff (and there was a lot of stuff, my friends), it pampered us on that long and virtually non-stop journey (about six hours, much of it in heavy traffic) and it delivered us feeling good enough to stay up most of the night and visit with kinfolks. THE SABLE'S standard powerp-lant, a 3-liter V6, has been upgraded By DAVID SULLENS for '91. Its multi-port fuel injection system has been given a sequential function fa more precise fuel distribution md more efficient combustion. The engine produces 140 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 160 foa-pounds of torque at 3,000. (Interestingly, the optional 3.8-liter engine is also rated at 140 horsepow-er, but produces 215 foa-pounds of torque.) Also new fa *91 is an electronically controlled four-speed automatic overdrive transaxle. The effectiveness of the Sable's ABS is multiplied by the faa that the car has disc brakes all the way around and its front-wheel drive adds still furtha to the confidence you’ll feel at the wheel of this vehicle. Otha changes to the Sable fa *91 ••ave beal mina. It has new hydraulic algine mounts, isolated valve covers and double-isolated strut mounts, all intended to improve the quia and comfort of the car’s ride. The base price of our “crystal blue” test vehicle was $16,256. As tested, the baton line on the window sucker was $19,907. Options included just about everything you can imagine. Here's a partial list: cruise control, rear window defroster, cast aluminum wheels, power windows and powa doa locks, high level electronically tuned AM/FM radio with cassette tape playa, front md rear floa mats, six-way powa driva's seat, liftgate window washa/wiper, rear facing third seat, cargo area cover (it pulls In that split second before I hit the brakes, I cursed my bravado. Why hadn't I just stayed home? out like a horizontal window shade so the crooks can’t see your stuff), variable assist power steering, leather- wrapped steering wheel, bodyside accent stripes and clearcoat paint. The bottom line is that, were I in the market today fa a new family car, this one would bear very serious consideration. It’s a really good looking car, it’s very comfortable, it’s well-equipped, it has a proven record of dependability. And it may well have saved my life and that of the lady in the Cutlass. David Sutton, editor and pub!utter of The New Braunfels Herald Zetbmg, has written m automotive column far the paet tu year*. 1991 Mercury Sable Station Wagon ;