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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Softball tryouts New Braunfels Little League girls’ softball tryouts will take place Saturday at the Little League fields on Loop 337. The 8- and 9-year-olds will try out from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with the IO- to 12-year-olds trying out from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Basketball camp Applications are being accepted for the Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp. Children ages 7 to 19 can apply. Players are selected by invitation only. Scholarships are available for the more advanced players. For information or an application, call (704) 372-8610. Soccer registration New Braunfels Youth Soccer Spring soccer 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. Junior golf clinic Rebecca Creek will ofter 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. Golf tournament New Braunfels Presbyterian Men of the Church are sponsoring a golf tournament March 4 at Landa Park. All proceeds go to the Kids Day Out Program at the church. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams in a scramble format. A $50 donation includes green fees, cart and lunch. Call 625-5141.Game Time►Today High School Baseball Taft at Smithson Valley, 7:30 p.m. New Braunfels at Canyon, doubleheader, 5 p.m. High School Softball Smithson Valley at Kerrville Tivy, 5 p.m junior varsity, 7 p.m. varsity Canyon at Schertz Clemens, 4:15 p.m. junior varsity and varsity NBA (all times EST) Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m. Boston at Vancouver, 10 p.m. NHL (all times EST) New Jersey at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.►On the air KGNB 1420 AM —New Braunfels at Canyon baseball, 5 p.m Herald-ZeitungSports Sunday, February 24, 2000 IBQuick Hits Garvens signs with UT K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung NBHS senior Whitney Garvens (center) signed with UT Wednesday morning. Pictured are (left to right) Whitney’s parents Gary and Terry Garvens, Coach Phyllis Fowler, sister Tracey Garvens and NB Athletic Director Tim Kingsbury. By Mike Moguin Sports Editor Whitney Garvens was leaning toward playing college volleyball out of state. But instead she’ll stay close to home. On Wednesday, the New Braunfels High School senior signed to become a Longhorn. “It is extremely overwhelming,’’ said Garvens. “I never thought I could play there and now I have the chance. I’m excited.” Garvens signed a scholarship to play for the University of Texas in the presence of her coach, Phyllis Fowler, NBHS Athletic Director Tim Kingsbury, her parents, Gary and Terry, and her sister,Tracy. Garvens said schools from the Big IO conference had recruited her. She was planning to commit to Ohio State. Illinois also pursued Garvens. But when she recently participated in a tournament in Las Vegas, she captured the attention of Jim Moore, UT’s volleyball coach. “He told me that he impressed with my athleticism and movements on the court,” Garvens said.“He told me that FII have a-jot more playing time at UT.” That was just enough for Garvens to make her decision. Playing for a major university also will be a dream fulfilled, she said. See GARVENS/2B Playing for the titleExperience helping Cougars run for district By Sara Yocham Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Canyon High School’s boy’s varsity soccer team is off to a strong start in the battle for the District 27-4A championship. The Cougars are tied with Smithson Valley for first place in district with a record of 3-1-1 and an overall record of 6-4-3. “This is a very strong district,” Canyon soccer coach Rob Rush said. “It is a really tight race for the district title.” Rush is in his third year of coaching Canyon soccer, and he already has led the Cougars to two district championships, each time making it to the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs. “We figure, to win the title, we’re going to have to win four out our last five games, and three of those games are away games,” Rush said. The best thing the Cougars have going for them is their experience. The varsity team is completely made up of upperclassmen, with 12 seniors and eight juniors. Rush has five players who have started for his entire three years at Canyon — senior Anthony Cholico, senior Javier Sanchez, junior Wes Zunker, junior Jeremy Meurin and junior Ruben Jaime. “These guys have played a lot of soccer, and they are very important to our success,” Rush said. Leading scorer for the Cougars is Sanchez with nine goals. “He is an outstanding player,” Rush said. “All the teams will put their best defender on him. Some will even double and triple team him. He is a marked man.” Although Sanchez is the leading scorer, the points are more evenly distributed with the help of Jaime, Zunker and Hector Sanchez. Defender Jeff Baker and Armando Martinez have been very solid this year. Trey Swain and Coby Henk have had good games that have helped the team. Hector Sanchez has helped out V W * tx f v m ggjjpggp JSM ":5Or ■mage K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Wes Zunker looks for an open lane for the Canyon Boys’ Soccer team while teammate Coby Henk (left) looks on in a game against San Marcos earlier this month. “We figure, to win the title, we re going to have to win four out our last five games, and three of those games are away games.’' Rob Rush Canyon soccer coach by filling in for nearly every position. As the Cougars duke it out with Smithson Valley, Hays and Bastrop high schools are in a tie for third place. Four strong teams are vying for three playoff spots. “If you make it to the playoffs, you are a good team, but you also have to have luck and stay healthy,” Rush said. “So far, we are on the right track to make it into the playoffs.”Cougars Josh Graham GK Seth Young G.K Jeremy Meurin D/M Richard Chapa M Brian Bourgeois D/M Ed Bodenheim M Coby Henk M/F Rory Hughes M Chris Bodenheim D/M Wes Zunker M/F Javier Sanchez F Armando Martinez D/M Anthony Cholico F/D Hector Sanchez MZF Jeff Baker D Chris Smith D Ruben Jaime D/F Randy Pittman D/F Trey Swain M/F Austin Herring F/M Spurs’ Elliott closer to return By Kelley Shannon AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sean Elliott is practicing harder, and he predicts he can rejoin the San Antonio Spurs in three weeks. Elliott, trying to become the first pro athlete to return to his sport after a kidney transplant, said Wednesday he needs more weeks like this one, with back-to-back practices. “Tuesday’s practice was a monster,” said Elliott, who went through grueling drills that day with the reserves. ELLIOTT Elliott practiced again Wednesday with the full team before the Spurs left for a three-game road trip to Charlotte, Chicago and Minnesota. No specific timetable has been set by the 32-year-old forward or coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich certainly does not want to be locked in to Elliott’s prediction fait until the beginning of March, evaluate him again and then we’ll give everybody an idea of where he’s at.” Elliott resumed full practices with the team in early February. He had to sign a waiver releasing the Spurs from liability should he be injured during his comeback. He is making $6.2 million this season and is to make $5 million next season, the last year of his contract. Elliott received a kidney from his brother, Noel, on Aug. 16. Elliott had focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, which prevents the kidneys from properly filtering waste from the blood. Without the transplant, he soon would have undergone kidney dialysis. Elliott made some key plays last year in helping San Antonio win its first NBA championship. Nearly falling out of bounds, he hit a game-winning 3-point shot during the Western Conference finals against Portland. Elliott averaged 11.9 points in the playoffs. Before returning to practice, Elliott worked as a TV commentator for the Spurs. All the while, he said, he felt he was part of the team and wanted to play. DUNCANDuncan hopeful hell play SAN ANTONIO (AP) rim Duncan is hopeful he can play in the San Antonio Spurs’ game in Charlotte tonight, despite suffering a lower abdominal strain. Duncan is listed as questionable for playing against the Hornets, although he said Wednesday it’s possible hell play. “I just want to be able to feel good. We want to shut the road trip on a good note, and this is a big one for us,” Duncan said. The Spurs face the Chicago Bulls on Friday then the Minnesota Timberwolves oil Sunday before returning home. Duncan left the game against Phoenix early in the second quarter Monday night with the injury. It isn’t clear exactly what action on die court caused the abdominal strain. “I just pulled it somehow and it just started hurting,” said Duncan, who sat out of the Spurs’ practice Wednesday and instead did a water workout in a pool. Doctors have ruled out a tear in his abdominal muscle, which would have been a far more serious injury.    , Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Dunean w ill be evaluated at a shootaround this morning to determine whether he’ll play tonight. Duncan has played in 185 consecutive regti!-lar-season games, never having missed one 11 his NBA career.NHL suspends McSorley for rest of the season By Ira Podell AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) Marty McSorley was suspended Wednesday for the rest of the season for hitting Donald Brashear in the head w itll hfs stick — the harshest punishment in NIU. history for an on-ice attack. McSorley s suspension also would include the playoffs, but Boston, which has won only 18 games with 23 remaining, will probably miss the postseason. The longest previous suspension was 2[l games given to Washington’s Dale Hunter for i blindside check of the New' York Islanders’ Pierre burgeon after a goal in a 1993 playoff game. T here have been longer suspensions for drug use. McSorley, who did not attend a disciplinary hearing Wednesday at NHL headquarters, still might have to answer to Vancouver police, t “Mr. McSorley’s act is entirely unacceptable,” NHL vice president Colin Campbell said. “It would be grossly unfair to suggest that his conduct is at all representative of the gamf, of the other 700 players who play in the NHI. or of the countless others who play hockey at all levels.” The 36-year-old Boston defenseman, w ho is in the last year of his contract, must meet with NHL commissioner Gary Beltman before the start of next season. The Boston enforcer was suspended indefinitely Tuesday, one day after he swung his sticJv with both hands against the side of Brashear’* head in the Bruins’ 5-2 defeat to the Canucks. Brashear was knocked out and bloodied. WM Ifllf ;