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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas CHS, SY also in baseball action Two afternoon home games highlight today's local baseball schedule, including the 1991 debut of the New Braunfels Unicorns. New Braunfels hosts San Antonio Jefferson at 5 p.m., with the San Antonio power expected to provide a good challenge to the Unicorns in their opener. Canyon hosts Boerne at 4:30 pjn., with the Greyhounds coming to town early before their 8 p.m. basketball playoff game against Westlake at New Braunfels. The game was originally scheduled to be in Boerne, but the sites were reversed because of the basketball game. The Cougars will play at Boerne on March 12. Canyon lost its opener at Seguin, 12-11, tying the game in the top of the seventh before the Matadors won with two outs in the last half-inning. Dono van Rivers and Junior Rodriguez both homcrcd in the game for the Cougars. All three Canyon pitchers — Trey Daffin, Bryan Arnold and Johnny Schaas — saw time on the mound against Seguin. Smithson Valley travels to Edgewood for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Rangers won their opener 7-0 over San Marcos behind Matt Gawlik’s one-hitter and John Belcher's home run and three RBIs. Gawlik went the distance against the Rattlers, and one of the other pitchers — Belcher, Jason Long or Jason LaRue — will start today against the Raiders. New Braunfels’ opener against Jefferson is the first of two home games for the Unicorns this weekend. The team hosts Austin Bowie on Saturday at 2 p.m. Invitational opens track The 1991 track and field season starts today at New Braunfels, with the traditional season-opening Unicom Invitational featuring seven boys teams and six girls teams. New Braunfels, Kerrville Tivy, Boerne, Seguin, Hays and Austin Bowie are all bringing boys and girls to the meet, and the Uvalde boys will also be participating. Lew Simmonds, the Unicom boys’ coach, said Tivy and Bowie should be the favorites in what he expects to be a competitive meet. But any team except for Boerne, which is running in less than half of the relays, could challenge. “Maybe Seguin would have to be considered — they walked away with their district last year," he said. “Hays will be real fast. They've got two or three back from (a state-qualifying) sprint relay. I know they’ve got (Dvryl) Tidwell back — he may be the performer of the day.** He said the Unicorns will not be at full strength at the meet, as the team awaits several ineligible runners who should be back for next weekend’s Ranger Relays at Smithson Valley. Simmonds said New Braunfels will select a few relays that the Unicorns will have a chance to do well in, primarily the sprint relay, sprint medley and 800-meter relay. Noel Hansen, the Unicorns’ girls track coach, said he will use today’s meet basically as an opportunity to give the returners a chance to get reacquainted with competition and the newer athletes a chance to get their feet wet. “This will almost be like a practice meet for us. We just want to make sure we can get our cleats on. It will be real low-key,** he said. The meet begins at 2:30 pjn. with the field events, with the running events starting at 3 pjn. Canyon and Smithson Valley open their seasons on Saturday. Both Canyon teams will be at Westlake, and the Rangerettes will also participate in the Chaparral Relays. The Rangers travel to Luling for the Eagle Relays. Game-winner A penalty kick by Smithson Valley’s Jason Dildy finds the corner of the net, despite being deflected by Canyon’s diving goalkeeper, Kristen Malish, in Tuesday’s game. Both the Rangers and the Cougars will face stem challenges tonight. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) Smithson Valley hosts pesky Mats First-place New Braunfels is idle tonight, but the rest of the District 27-5A soccer teams are in action, including a key matchup at Smithson Valley as the Rangers host Seguin. Smithson Valley is currently in second place with a 7-1-1 mark, but is hosting a team tonight with playoff aspirations of its own. At 6-3, the Matadors are in fourth place, four point behind front-running New Braunfels. Seguing only three losses have come against the district’s top teams. The Matadors can get back in the playoff picture by winning two of their three remaining games against those teams, beginning tonight. In other 27-5 A contests today, Canyon travels to San Marcos, Schertz Clemens hosts Kerrville Tivy, and Boerne visits Lockhart. Smithson Valley avenged its first district loss a week ago by edging Canyon 1-0 on Tuesday, scoring the winning goal on a penalty kick early in the second half. Seguin began the second half of district play on Tuesday by blanking Lockhart 8-0. Smithson Valley won the first meeting against the Mats 2-1, with today’s varsity game at Ranger Stadium scheduled for 7 pin. Canyon’s loss to Smithson Valley snapped its winning streak at two games and gave the Rangers a sweep of the season series. The Cougars have won three of their last five, and have played well in their recent losses. Canyon’s last three defeats have all been by one goal. The Cougars will meet a San Marcos team which has dropped from first place to third in the last IO days. The Rattlers were undefeated at 7-0 before suffering 2-1 losses to both Smithson Valley and New Braunfels. San Marcos blanked Canyon 3-0 in the first meeting. Today’s game is scheduled for 8 pjn. Kerrville Tivy will look to extend its winning streak to two games after liaving lost three in a row before that and five of their last six. The Antlers edged Boerne 2-1 on Tuesday. Tonight they will visit Clemens tq face a Buffaloes team which is winless in its last six matches. Clemens is 0-4-2 in those games, the latest a 4-4 draw with Boerne. The first meeting between the two teams saw the Buffs take a4-2 victory. Lockhart will host Boerne tonight in a battle between the two teams in the district cellar. Lockhart is still looking for its first victory of the season while the Greyhounds are 0-6-1 since begin- Unicorn debutDepth the big question for the Unicorn track teamsQuality of returners gives girls high hopes By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor New Braunfels' girls track and field team enters its first year of Class SA competition with several athletes capable of reaching the regional level. The question for the Unicorns will be whether they are deep enough to earn a district championship. Tm afraid we’ll be able to go into the district meet and win a lot of events, but someone could get a lot of seconder third- or fourth-place finishes and sneak up on us," said Coach Noel Hansen. "Depth is a definite concern of ours.** The core of the New Braunfels team is solid, with four of the returning athletes accounting for six regional berths last year. Junior Robin Riedel was a double gold-medal winner at last year’s District 28-4A meet, winning both the high jump and the discus. She topped her previous best effort in the discus by IO feet at district, then went up another 14 feet to win regionals with a throw of 131 ’-5". Amy Cook won the the mile run as a freshman last year at the district meet with a time of 5:20.60, then won the gold medal at regionals despite running IO seconds slower. Sisters Robin and Jessica Schwab, both now seniors, combined for three regional berths last year, with Robin placing second in both hurdling races. Jessica placed second in the 100-meter dash. "We’ve got a good nucleus," Hansen said. "I think we’ll be able to do well in district. We should be very competitive." A strong group of seniors should help the Unicorns compete for the District 25-5 A title, which will be decided April 13 at Unicom Stadium. Celeste Colvin, a third-place district finisher in the discus, will again be handling the throwing events, while Holly Erben will take on the jumping duties. Another senior expected to help New Braunfels is Kim Brink, who will be running in the 400-meter run and on the relays. Shoring up the Unicorns in the field events will be Casey Bredewater (high jump), Veronica Galvan and Kim Simon (jumping events), Kim Caffey (discus) and Cindy Mager and Patricia Wilson (throwing events). Cook, who saw her basketball season cut short after being involved in an automobile accident, will again have regional and state aspirations in the 800 and the 1600. "We’re expecting good things from her again," Hansen said. "She’s looking real good after getting banged up in the accident." Cook should get some support from a group of sophomore runners which includes Bonnie Chaffs and Kerry Cogdell in the sprints and relays; Ava Knueper and Katherine Kawazoe in the relays and hurdles; and Jennifer Kioibasaa in the sprints. Competing in the longer races will be three more cto—-country runners — Nine Garcia, Kimber Streety and Brandi Downing. "We're lust not very deep. We really have just one hurdler, essentially" Hsnsen said. "You always hope for some New Braunfels boys still have high expectationsHeave-hoRobin Riedel will be one of four track athletes returning with regional experience for New Braunfels' girls team. surprises. I guess we’ll be doing that again this year." The Unicorns may call upon several freshmen to spark the team, with Trisha Knudson, Darla Wctz, Casey Schriewer, Jamie Smelser and Lisa Fairchild likely to be fill in at times on the shorter races and the relays. Despite the move to Class 5A, Hansen said he did not believe the District 25-5 A meet would be any tougher than last year's District 28-4A meet. "It may not be quite as strong as we’re used to. Seguin should have some good weight people and East Central has some good jumpers. I think San Marcos will be pretty competitive, as well. But I don't think any of those teams should be dominating," he said. Where the difference in the larger classification may make a more noticeable appearance, Hansen said, will be at the regional meet at San Antonio’s Northside Stadium. Bet GIRLS, Page IO By JOE BELK Staff Writer Coach Lew Simmonds says this year’s New Braunfels track team lacks both the depth and the quality of previous Unicom teams. But he also believes the Unicorns will be in the thick of the district race. “This year, with the exception of the sprint relay, Charlie Starnes in the discus and maybe Adam Hernandez in the pole vault, we’re kind of questionable.’’ But the sprint-relay team also contains two potential five-event athletes, and New Braunfels has several people who could get past district on a good day. “I could name probably three or four events (in which) probably we’ll be the ones to beat,’’ he said. “After that, it’ll have to be maybe the good day." The sprint relay consists of three returning runners. Wes Schriewer, Tommy Cupil and Kevin Hudgins team with newcomer Kyle Herman. Both Schriewer and Herman play varsity baseball and will miss three meets, but they will be available for the district meet and two others just before that. “Only three teams have a chance to win the sprint relay in district, and that’s us, Seguin and East Central,’’ Simmonds said. Starnes has an equally strong possibility of advancing in the discus, and he should be one of the team’s standouts. “Charlie’s got a chance to go to region — he’ll have a chance to win in district,” the coach said. “He should be throwing right at the school record (160*) before the season’s over.” The Unicorns could have two pole vault contenders in Hernandez and Schriewer. Hernandez is currently jumping 13 feet. “He's off to a good start and should be one of the favorites. Wes will be one of the favorites in the pole vault," he said. “They have to be considered two of the top three vaulters.” Schriewer will possibly enter in five events at the meets, competing in the sprint relay, pole vault, long jump, 100-meter dash and possibly theTrack '91Second in a series 200-mcter dash. Hudgins is the Unicorns’ other five-event possibility, concentrating on the sprints and jumps. “Kevin is a guy to watch in the IOO and 200,” Simmonds said. “He runs real well, lf he jumps, he should be one of the guys with a chance to do well. “You hate to have a guy do five events. Every year there’s one or two, but it’s pretty tough. When you don’t have preliminaries, it’s one thing. But when you have to qualify, it lakes a pretty strong kid to do it.” When Schriewer and Herman are at baseball games, the team may or may not field a sprint-relay team. James Sargent is available as a backup, but Simmonds is not sure if he can find two substitutes. The team should be complete in the meets immediately before district, as there are no baseball conflicts for the Hays meet — against a defending state-qualifying sprint relay — or the Unicom Invitational. Cupil, Hudgins and Schriewer will also be running in individual sprints, probably all in both the IOO and 200. “All three of those kids can make the finals in the district meet,” Simmonds said, adding that Sargent will probably run one or the other of the sprints. Sophomore Dustin Simons has. looked promising in the 110-meter high hurdles, and could be a factor in district despite the competition of Seguin hurdler Kenneth Broadnax. “Broadnax is Obviously the favo-. rite, but I think Dustin’s got a chance to get a medal,” Simmonds said. Darrell Clark could compete in the distance races, the 1600-meter run? along with either the 800 or 3200.', Orlando Perez and Thomas Montanez; - % SM BOYS, Pag* IO T-Ball Registration Saturday, February 23rd 10*12 in the Morning American League Field (Across from the Fairgrounds) Registration open to any boy or girl ages 6 or 7 as of July 31st, 1991. $15.00 and a birth certificate are all that Is needed for registration. For more Information, call 629-3464. ;