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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Sunday February 23, 2003 IB ........... 111.............. ............................ .—---- i- _____________________ Next Four - Duncan, Parker lead Spurs to 105-96 win s a spurs snHPniii f    A S.A. SPURS SCHEDULE Tuesday, Feb. 25 Spurs vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Saturday, March 1 Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings, 3 p.m. on FXSN and ESPN. Sunday, March 2 Spurs at Houston Rockets, 3 p.m. on FXSN. Tuesday, March 4 Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. TICKETS (210) 223-3865Indiana shooters run dry in third quarter SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Tbny Parker added 14 during a decisive third-quarter run to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their 10th win in ll games with a 105-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. The Spurs, up by ll at the half, broke the game open with a 24-4 run to start the third quarter. Parker, who finished with 18 points, made all five of his shots in the period. Indiana missed ll consecutive shots over a seven-minute span during in the third, and made only five of its 20 DUNCAN attempts during the period. The Pacers, who have lost four straight, cut San Antonio’s lead in the final minutes, as Erick Strickland made four 3-pointers. Strickland led all scorers with 22, while fellow reserves Al Harrington and Austin Croshere added 19 and 13, respectively. Jermaine O’Neal led Indiana’s starters with 12, well below his 19.8 average, on 4-for-15 shooting. Reggie Miller finished with four points. The Pacers’ Ron Artest left the game early in the third, with what appeared to be a sore right elbow. Artest, averaging 15.4 points, did not score or grab a rebound in 13 minutes. David Robinson was activated earlier Saturday after missing seven games with lower back spasms and a sore right knee. He threw down two dunks in the opening minutes before going to the bench midway through the first, and finished with nine points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeifung Smithson Valley’s Abbey Uballe round third base during a playoff game this past season. The Smithson Valley Ranger Round Robin Tournament was cancelled but the Rangers squeezed in two games with San Antonio Taft Saturday. SV softball team takes two from Taft Pizzitola cranks solo home run By Bryan Adams Sports Editor It rained enough Thursday and Friday to wash out the Ranger Round Robin softball tournament at Smithson Valley High School, but the tireless efforts of more than 25 volunteer parents and fans that worked on the field helped the Rangers salvage a doubleheader against San Antonio Taft Saturday. Smithson Valley fans were not disappointed as the Rangers blanked the Raiders 8-0 in the first game and rallied for a 5-3 win the nightcap. In the first game, pitcher Casey Huff tossed a two-hit shutout and sophomore Amy Pizzitola crushed a solo home run over the center field fence as the Rangers outhit the Raiders 8-2. Pizzitola also hit a home run in the same spot early this year during a var-sity-JV scrimmage. “It was really exciting to do it again,” Pizzitola said. “I just had it set in my mind that I was going to hit it over and (the pitch) was right down the middle, a big meatball. “Before the game I put some biscuits in the concession stand, and the moms were telling me that if I didn’t get a home run that I couldn’t get my biscuits back. So I hit it over just to get them back.” Amanda Escalante was 1-for-3 in the game with three runs batted in and Renee Lame went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Seven of the nine starters had a hit for Smithson Valley. In the second game, after Taft erased Smithson Valley’s 2-0 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, the Rangers got three straight hits from Taryn Munoz, Pizzitola and Candace Gillespie to regain the lead. ‘I challenged them because we lallygagged around and let ourselves get behind. I wasn’t sure they could do it, but they came back,” SV head coach Wayne Daigle said. ‘That’s the mark of a high-quality team. We’ve got some kids who can hit the ball. It’s not just our 3, 4 and 5 hitters.” Munoz led off the sixth with a single to short left field and Pizzitola lined a first-pitch double to center to put runners at second and third. “I had it set in my mind that we had to get two more runs to win. I was just thinking I had to get a hit,” Pizzitola said. “After the home run, I didn’t do too well in my next two at-bats, so I just tried to get on top of the ball and hit it as hard as I could.” Gillespie then came through with a two-run single up the See RANGERS/3B Alone at the top Unicorns tighten grip on first place with 5-1 win over Mules By Bryan Adams Sports Editor With a win Saturday and a win Tuesday, the Alamo Heights girls soccer team could have been tied for first place in District 27-4A. But, the New Braunfels Unicorns were not going to let that happen. New Braunfels (15-4-1 overall, 8-0-1 in district) took complete control in the race for the district title Saturday afternoon with a 5-1 win over the Lady Mules (11-4-2, 5-2-1) at Unicom Stadium. “They (Alamo Heights) are a really good team, theres no doubt about it,” NB head coach Al Dressen said. “This puts us in a good spot, but district’s not over yet. We still have three games left and anything can happen. But, if we keep playing like we’ve been playing now, we should be all right.” The Unicorns took an early 1-0 lead during the sixth minute when Kayla Thornton lofted a nice crossing pass from left to right in front of the goal, and Caitlin Buchanan one-timed it into the backside of the goal. During the 27th minute, Thornton’s shot on goal was deflected by Alamo Heights goalkeeper Marilyn Dubins-ki, but Audie Joost was manning the backside post and punched in the rebound for a 2-0 New Braunfels lead. “I was impressed with two of our goals today because they were what we like to call ‘trash’ goals,” Dressen said. "We had our outside mids framing the goal and we were there for the rebounds.” It looked like it was going to be 2-0 going into the locker room at halftime, but with 14 seconds left in the half Dubinski deflected another shot on goal by Thornton and Laura Vasquez was there for the putback. “I just followed the shot. Kayla (Thornton) took an awesome shot at the goal and the goalie punched it BAYLEA TAYLOR/Herald Zeitung New Braunfels midfielder Kelsey Ford (7) heads the ball and collides with an Alamo Heights player during Saturday’s game at Unicom Stadium. The Unicorns defeated the Lady Mules 5-1 to improve to 8-0-1 in District 27-4A. out. I was just there to send it back in,” Vasquez said. After a close 3-2 win over the Lady Mules in San Antonio in their first meeting on Jan. 27, the Unicorns were a little surprised to be up three goals at halftime. Today we were just more united as a team than we were at the beginning of the season. We weren’t as tight as we are now and we’ve learned to play really well together,” Vasquez said. “We knew coming into this game that it was going to be one of our hardest ones this year. We knew we had to win this game if we wanted get the district title. Now we just want to go far in the playoffs and hopefully win state.” See UNICORNS/3B Unicorns drop first two games of 2003 at homeNB loses 3-2 to Hays, 3-2 to Kerrville Tivy From staff reports The Eberle-Boeck Fredericksburg baseball tournament was cancelled because of nasty weather Thursday and Friday, but the New Braunfels Unicorns decided they had waited too long for their 2003 season opener. Six days after high school baseball’s opening day, the Unicorns hosted Kerrville Tivy and Hays and Unicorn Field Saturday and lost both contests by a score of 3-2. Ryan Quigley pitched six innings for the Unicorns in the first game against the Antlers and Brad Bevil pitched the seventh. Bevil also was 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run in the first inning. Jason Miori was 2-for-3 in the game with a double and Gibby Martinez was l-for-2 with solo blast in the seventh. In the nightcap, the Unicorns fell behind 3-0 but rallied to cut the lead to 3-2 before falling just short. Bevil relieved starting pitcher Grant Greer in the fifth inning. Miori was 3-for-4 in the game with a double and two runs batted in. The Unicorns (0-2), who finished third in District 27-4A this past season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to San Antonio McCollum in a best-of-three series, host the Seguin Matadors at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Unicorn Field. NB softball team exits early at NEISD Tourney K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels second baseman Austin Chandler makes a play in shallow center field during a game this past season. The Unicorns were rained out at the Fredericksburg Tournament but played Kerrville Tivy end Hays at home Saturday.Unicorns fall 6-0 to SA O'Connor From staff reports Because of the availability of softball fields, Saturday’s Northeast ISD Softball Tbur-nament turned into a single elimination tournament. The New Braunfels softball team opened the tournament against San Antonio O’Connor, the No. I ranked team in the region, and suffered a 6-0 loss. The Lady Panther's scored one run in the second inning and rallied for five runs in the fourth before the game was called in the fifth. Evin Gonzalez was the pitcher of record for the Unicorns. Hannah Bostic was l-for-2 at the plate and stole a base. Lecia Bradshaw also was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and Alicia Stoll was l-for-2. The Unicorns, who were rained out Thursday against Round Rock Westwood, were coming off their first appearance in the Don Maddox Invi-taional where they won one of three bracket games. New Braunfels (2-3), which finished second in District 27-4A advanced to the Region IV-4A Quarterfinals before losing 2-1 to Medina Valley this past season, play Fredericksburg at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home. ;