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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas I ^_e ^ ~ Herald-Zeitung - Wednesday, February 23, 2000Sports  ah.. Quick Hits Fast-pitch softball Applications to play fast-pitch softball are eing accepted by New Braunfels Little League for the upcoming season. For information for those 12-year-old and younger, contact Mike Garrott at 609-2248; for those 13-year-old and older, contact Kim Rice at 625-1316. Soccer registration New Braunfels Youth Soccer Spring registration continues until Saturday at Vivroux Toys/Sporting Goods. Cost for returning players is $30. Cost for new players is $40. New players must have a copy of their birth certificate. League play starts March 4 and is open to children ages 4 to 18. For information, call 606-6722 or 608-9811. Royal Purples Girls ages 9 and IO who want to play ASA tournament fastpitch .softball on a select traveling team playing weekends, should call the Royal Purples at (830) 560-1076. junior golf clinic Rebecca Creek will offer a junior golf clinic during the Comal school district winter break Feb. 28-March 3 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Rules, etiquette and golf fundamentals will be covered during the weeklong program. The cost will be $50 per junior, which will include a bagtag, rules book and prizes at the end of the clinic. Sign-ups are being taken at the Rebecca Creek pro shop or call (830) 885-7495 for information. Lady Raider fans (binal Cbunty Texas Tech Exes w ill meet at 5 p m. today at New Braunfels Coffee to caravan to Austin to watch the Lady Raiders take on the Lady Longhorns in basketball. The group will stop at Schultz Beer Garden for refreshments before the game. Contact Jim Noble at 609-4404. Golfers wanted The New Braunfels Men’s Golf Association welcomes anyone to come out and join. The group has tournaments with guaranteed tee times every Saturday starting at 11 a m. Call 629-5645. New Braunfels Presbyterian Men ► Softball results Results from the Comal County Comal County Softball I est still were not available as of presstime Tuesday night. We apologize for the delay in getting the information to our readers and are working to publish that information as soon as possible. Game Time ► Today NBA (all times EST) L A. Clippers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. L A. Lakers at Cleveland, 7:30 pm. Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL (all times EST) Florida at Washington, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 9 p.m. Boston at Edmonton, 9 p.m. St. Louis at San Jose, 10 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 10:30 p.rn -- Smithson Valley tennis team brings home trophies, wins Smithson Valley’s varsity tennis team placed second in team points, just 3 points behind first-place Judson, in the Rangers’ first tournament of the year. The junior varsity brought home the championship team trophy winning two of the four divisions. Varsity players winning trophies were Bonny Beiter, second place in singles; Joanna Hillman, third place in singles; and Erie Burton and Zack Conway, third in doubles. Hailey Finch, Becky Sondergaard, Candace McCluskey and Ria Voss will play this week for the third-place trophy. Other varsity players winning matches were Michael Heinemeier, C.J. Estrada, Mason Pilkinton and Clinton Volkman. Junior varsity players winning medals were Katie Wurzbach, Heather Cox, Jana Dowling and Katie litis. They will play this week for the doubles championship. Daniel Whitley, Adam Gray, Brian Nowotny and Jamie Dalglish will play this week for the doubles championship. Mike Chandler placed third in singles. Angela Biasiolli and Michael Holly won the consolation singles championship. Ryane Hopper won her first high school match; she currently is the only girl freshman player on junior varsity. The tennis team will play Friday and Saturday at the (bugar Invitational in New Braunfels.Football star Williams arrested, held briefly AUSTIN (AP) — The New Orleans Saints paid Ricky Williams $3.2 million this past year to slash through traffic; a state trooper took him to jail on a $200 ticket for doing the same thing Monday night. Williams, former Heisman Trophy-winning running back for the University of Texas, was arrested for failing to sign a minor ticket, authorities said Tuesday. Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said a trooper pulled Williams’ over in his 1999 Hummer about 9:24 p.m. A trooper reported that Williams swerved his $80,000 truck from the far right lane to the far left lane without signally, disrupting traffic on the three-lane street in downtown Austin, Vinger said. When the trooper pulled over the car, Williams “was upset. He was not particularly cooperative,” Vinger said. The football player refused to sign the ticket, a misdemeanor charge for failing to signal a lane change that carried a maximum $200 fine, he said. Vinger said the signature is a promise that he would later contact the court about the ticket. The trooper arrested Williams and took him to the Travis County Jail to personally face a judge. The police department initially said Williams had been jailed for about six hours, but Sgt. John Estrada later said Williams was booked in at 9:40 p.m. and released at 11:41 p.m. Monday. Houston attorney Joe Jamail, who represents Williams, a rookie with the Saints this past season, told The Dallas Morning News he had little information regarding the incident. Jamail did not return phone calls from The Associated Press. “It is absolutely terrible judgment (by the police),” Jamail told the Morning News. “They (the police) know who he is and where he lives.” The newspaper said Williams was talking over a cellular telephone with his mother during the incident. The Saints made Williams the fifth pick in the 1999 draft. Williams received $3 million of his $8.84 million signing bonus this year. WILLIAMS Duncan might be able to play By Kelley Shannon AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan’s strained abdominal muscle is not tom, meaning the All-Star forward might be able to keep alive his streak of never missing an NBA game. Duncan, listed as day to day, will travel with the San Antonio Spurs for a three-game road trip and there is a chance he will play Thursday night in DUNCAN    Charlotte. While the Spurs’ reserves practiced Tuesday and the rest of the team took the day off, Duncan took a magnetic resonance imaging test on his lower abdomen and began rehab, which includes workouts in a pool. Duncan has played in 184 consecutive games during his three years in the league. Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers had an abdominal strain during the 1997-98 season and missed 21 games. Duncan left Monday night’s game against Phoenix early in the second quarter of the Spurs’ 98-89 loss. There did not appear to be any unusual contact that might have caused an injury. “He just came over and said that I needed to sub for him,” Spurs coach Greg Popovich said. “Then I knew right away that something was wrong. I didn’t need to question him what was wrong. I just got him out of there.” If Duncan is sidelined, San Antonio is expected to give additional playing time to Malik Rose, with David Robinson picking up his offensive game. Robinson had 31 points and 18 rebounds, and Rose scored 17 points. Popovich said, “It’d be great to shoot a little bit better. But the effort and the defense and the execution, I’m really proud of.” Guard Antonio Daniels, Duncan’s closest friend on the team, sprained his left wrist during Monday night’s game and also is listed as day to day. He will make the road trip. Big shoes SY softball team plays in shadow of Final 4 squad from 1999 By Jason Minnix Herald-Zeitung Correspondent The Smithson Valley softball team made the UIL Class 4A State Tournament this past season, and the Rangers are off to a strong start in 2000. Heading Team roster/9A Local radio station’s baseball/ softball broadcast schedule/9A into Thursday night’s game at Kerrville-Tivy, Smithson Valley is 6-1 on the season, but head coach Wayne Daigle said it’s way too early to think about the state tournament. “There are 200 teams trying to get to that final four,” he said. “We have some talent on the team, but we are also very young and we have to start eliminating some mistakes. “I think it is a legitimate goal to try and defend our district championship, and our first goal is to defend our district championship and then worry about the rest,” Daigle said. However, repeating will be tough. Canyon and San Marcos will battle for first place in District 27-4A and “Hays looked really really strong in the tournament last weekend,” Daigle said. And to make things harder to repeat as district champs, Smithson Valley graduated its Big 3 from a season ago. All-everything pitcher Rachel Atzenhoffer is gone. So is all-district catcher Cami Cunningham and alldistrict second baseman Jamie Tomasini. Atzenhoffer and Tomasini are playing at Sam Houston State while Cunningham is playing at Texas Lutheran University. Not one player can replace what Atzenhoffer accomplished on the mound this past season, but Daigle said he has two sophomores that almost equal one Atzenhoffer. “Anytime you lose the player of the year in a sport, fill K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Pitcher Jesica Klar pitches between innings during this past week’s softball tournament in New Braunfels. it is big shoes to fill, but we have two sophomore pitchers that are more than adequate. We are OK when it comes to pitching,” he said. Righthander Loren Munoz and lefty Jill Garro will handle the bulk of the pitching load for the Rangers this season. Munoz is 4-1 on the season while Garro is 2-0. While the team might be young, with one senior, three juniors and five sophomores in the starting lineup, it is experienced. Daigle has six returning starters from this past year’s final four squad. Senior Michelle Harwell maintains her post at third base. Junior Janelle Tomasini returns as the Rangers shortstop, while juniors Kristy Knudsen and Heather Polhamus return to the outfield. When not pitching, Garro or Munoz will start at first base. Junior Lesley Wilson has taken over as the starting catcher and sophomore Ashlev Dove is starting at second base. In addition to Thursday’s game against Kerryille-Tivy, Daigle said the team will gain a lot of game experience by hosting the Ranger Round Robin Tournament Friday and Saturday. Along with Smithson Valley, Kerrville-Tivy, Hays, Austin Bowie and Hays will participate in the tournament. (Jason Minnix is sports director at KGNB AM/420 and KNBT 92. I I 'M in New Braunfels) ;