New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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"It was a waste of time. We didn’t even make it a game.”
— Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanich on the 100-86 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night.
In the news
Spring competitive tryouts set for Blitz soccer team
New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club will hold soccer tryouts for the spring season beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at the HEB Soccer Fields on Live Oak St. in New Braunfels.
Players ages 10 to 18 are invited to tryout.
Fall Blitz players do not need to try out. The Blitz program is a paid professional training program with a staff of four qualified trainers. Player development is the cornerstone of the program and BLITZ players are noted for having better skills than their opponents. Recent UIL rule changes now allow high school soccer players to participate in BLITZ training during the high school season.
The BLITZ season runs from Jan. 15 through May 15. The schedule is flexible for players with conflicting schedules. Players who miss the first tryout date may attend a make-up day on Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the HEB Soccer Field.
For more information, call Steve Norris at 625-3474.
Local CYO to hold track registrations starting Jan. 7
The Catholic Youth Organization will be taking registration for track for youths (boys and girls) ages 4 to 17 on the following days and times:
Sunday, Jan. 7 from 8:30 a m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13 from-9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to noon All registrations will be held in front of Sts. Peter anet Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten in New Braunfels.
While the CYO is a Catholic organization, all sports programs sponsored by the CYO - including track, softball, basketball and soccer — are open to all young boys and girls of the community. The CYO athletic programs have continuously been dedicated to providing sports activities to local youth
For more information, call Anthony Klar, president of the CYO, at 609-1694.
T-Bar-M offers new tennis programs
A variety of community activities for junior and adult tennis player are planned for 1996 at T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch.
Junior programs (all levels) begin Jan. 8-11. Ladies doubles are set for the morning Thursday, Jan. 4. There will be a ladies doubles session Tuesday morning on Jan.
9, and a men’s and ladies’ indoor doubles session (evenings) Jan. 8-11.
To register or for more information, call 629-0439.
Bulls outgun Rockets 100-86
CHICAGO (AP) — Next time, the Rockets promise, it will be different. They will be rested, Clyde Drexler will be healthy and the game will be in Houston.
The Chicago Bulls can hardly wait.
“This was not a really good barometer. That was not the Houston championship team," said Michael Jordan, who scored 38 points as the Bulls beat the tired, Drexler-less Rockets 100-86 Wednesday. "I’m sure it will be better next time.”
When the teams meet Jan. 30, Chicago shouldn’t expect the Rockets to threaten an NBA record for futility — as they did in Wednesday’s second quarter.
Both teams played poorly in the first quarter, after which Houston led 18-15.
But while the Bulls shot 70 percent and ’ scored 32 points in the second, the Rockets went 1-for-15 and managed only 12 points.
So by halftime, the game between conference leaders — not to mention the teams that combined for the last five NBA titles — was basically over.
The supposed finals preview never materialized for the national television audience.
The Rockets were stifled in the first half by the Bulls defense. Meanwhile Jordan and Pippen continued to carry the scoring load for the BullsChairmanof the BoardsKeresztury on a rebound mission
By THOMAS GODLEY
Like many players who make their way up to the varsity, Jimmy Keresztury caught the eye of CHS coach Kenny Rotzler several years ago at Canyon Middle School.
It was there, under the tutelage of coach Alan Miller, that Keresztury was honing his basketball skills and turning the coach’s head.
“We felt like he would be a strong player for us down the road, and he’s turned out to be just that,” Rotzler. “He’s a senior now, and he’s our go-to guy, a real competitor.”
Though missing the first five games of the season because of football, Keresztury joined the team in early December and immediately made an impact. In his second start against Gonzales, the 6-4, 230-pound post player scored 28 points.
He’s been on a tear ever since.
With two games remaining before the start of the District 28-4A schedule, Keresztury is leading the area in rebounding with 14 per game and averaging 20 points per game.
It’s those kinds of statistics that have coaches like Smithson Valley’s John Valenzuela wondering how to stop the big guy.
“In my opinion, he’s the best player in the district right now,” Valenzuela said. “He scares me because he poses matchup problems any way you look at it. He can out-muscle a lot of big people under the basket, but he can also step out and hit the three pointer. How do you defend that?” *
An all-district returning starter, Keresztury averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in 1994-95. In fact, he has always been regarded
Herald -Zeitung photo Jimmy Keresztury leads the area with an average of 14 rebound per game.
as a dependable scorer. This year, however, he has added strength to his offensive package, and football could be the reason.
CHS strength coach Dan Burk put the Cougars’ all-district offensive lineman on a routine of heavy legwork in the weightroom. The result: An increased vertical leap and leverage to move players down low.
“Last year he’d do well to get up and touch the rim,” Rotzler said. “Now he’s dunking. That tells you a lot about how hard he’s worked to improve his game in the off-season.”
And it comes at just the right time. The Cougars are currently riding a five-game winning streak, and peaking in time to defend
their district title. Much of the quest will rest on the shoulders of their big man in the paint. The departure of last year’s key scorers — Corey Schwarz and Marc Castilleja — means Keresztury will see the ball in his hands more than ever.Understanding that role, Keresztury demands the ball at crunch time and his teammates are confident about getting it to him. Against Gonzales on Tuesday, Keresztury hit three free throws in the waning seconds to ice a 59-56 victory. It was the kind of ending that figures to be played out more than a few times this season when the Cougars need points down the stretch.
Rotzler was sure of it quite a few years ago.SV Rangers roll to 12th win of year
By THOMAS GODLEY
Only 18 games into the season and the Smithson Valley Rangers already have equaled their 1994-95 win total.
A year ago the Rangers finished at 12-19, narrowly missing the playoffs in the final game of the season. This year all indications point to the next level. With two games left until a district-opening battle against Hays, the Rangers appear primed to contend for a district title.
On Tuesday, Smithson continued to roll, holding off the Austin Lanier Vikings 62-60 at Ranger gym and taking fifth consecutive win since capturing the championship at the Marble Falls Classic on Dec. 8.
Senior forward Charlie Wood came through with a season-high 16 points and IO rebounds.
District coaches have tagged the Rangers as the preseason favorite. Despite improving to 12-5, coach John Valenzuela isn’t putting the Rangers at the forefront.
“We’re playing well but it’s hard to say how good we are at this point,” Valenzuela said. "Our expectations are high but anything can happen. A player can get injured or lost to grades. We can’t take any game lightly. Talent isn’t enough in this district.”
Against Lanier, the Rangers jumped out early, taking a 39-28 lead in the first half. The Vikings made a 21-14 run, but the rally fell short in the fourth quarter. The victory came without the Rangers’ big man in the middle, 6-5 senior post James Bohner who was out with strep throat. Filling effectively and scoring eight points was 6-3 senior Jay Moeller.
“He had seen very limited action this season, but he came in a did a heck of a job,” Valenzuela said. Bill Sturgis came off the bench to score six points. He also had five blocked shots and six rebounds.
The Rangers face Austin LBJ this Friday in the opening round of the Dripping Springs Tournament.
GodleyHuskers’ title erases the crimes
Watching Lawrence Phillips mn over and around those poor Florida Gator defenders could almost make a football fan forget that Nebraska’s star running back is a criminal.
By the first half of Tuesday's national championship game — a half in which Phillips rumbled for over IOO yards and dazzled the crowd with a 41-yard touchdown mn that set the tone for the Fiesta Bowl blowout — it seemed like old news that he had pleaded no contest to assault charges last September.
All season long the media had focused on the story of his arrest for attacking a former girlfriend and dragging her down a stairway. It filled the newspapers and newscasts for months.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne bmshed aside the accusations that he was protecting Phillips for the sake of winning, saying no one understood his player’s plight. The coach look plenty of flak but held firm to his decision to allow Phillips back on the team. He missed six games, but ultimately Osborne cleared him to suit up for in the big game in Tempe.
And was he ever ready.
The performance started with a 16-yard touchdown reception, followed by the highlight-film 41-yard, scamper and ended with a 16-yard bolt up the middle, dragging Gators with him.
As Phillips was piling up 165 yards and leading Nebraska to the nation’s No. I final ranking, CBS television announcers talked about a gifted athlete who overcame a season in adversity. The details of his arrest were left alone. Not much was said either about the criminal past of Huskies talented noseguard Christian Peter, who pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges last year. In a September ’95 issue, Sports Illustrated documented the police records of Phillips, Peter and two other Nebraska players who were charged with felonies involving weapons. The article went on to discuss whether Osborne had shielded his players from the law.
At the end of Tuesday’s game, Osborne joked with reporters about the trials and tribulations in 1995. "I’m glad the season is over. I hope all you guys concentrate on basketball now. I need a vacation.”
With their 62-24 Jismanding of No. 2 Florida, Nebraska will go down as one of the greatest college football teams of all time. The crimes will be forgotten. Talent and winning has a way of doing that.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Ztitung)
NFL Playoff Glance
By Th* Associated Frees Wild-Card Bound
Saturday, Dec. 30
Buffalo 37, Miami 22
Philadelphia 58, Detroit 37
Sunday, Dec. 31
Green Bay 37, Atlanta 20
Indianapolis 35. San Diego 20
Saturday, Jan. 6
Buffalo at Pittsburgh. 12:30 p m.
Green Bay at San Francisco. 4 p.m.
Sunday. Jan. 7
Philadelphia at Dallas. 12:30 p m. Indianapolis at Kansas City. 4 p.m. Conference Championships
Sunday. Jan. 14
Pairings TBD. 12 30 and 4 p.m.
At Sun Devil Stadium Tempe. Ariz.
Sunday. Jan. 28
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:20 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 4
Pro Bowl at Honolulu
Cowboys find fill-in for Blake
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Campo is wearing two hats in the playoffs.
New Oklahoma coach John Blake — the former Dallas defensive line coach — was given permission to leave the Cowboys and hit the recruiting trail.
"I was concerned about how he (Blake) could do a IOO percent job in both places,” Dallas coach Barry Switzer said Tuesday. “I talked to him about it last night and he was relieved about the decision. He will have a lot of distractions. He needs to get on the recruiting trail if he expects to make an impact by the signing date on Feb. 8. He said he knew it.”
Switzer’s influence helped land Blake the job, although the former Oklahoma player has never been a head coach or coordinator.
“I promised John a zirconian Super Bowl ring if we win the big one,” Switzer joked.
Campo has coached the Dallas defensive
line when Butch Davis was the coordinator.
"While we’ll miss John Blake we won’t miss a beat in preparation because Campo has coached the position before," said owner Jerry Jones. “There was no question letting John get on with the Oklahoma job was the thing to do. He needed to start preparing his staff for the future."
Blake didn’t attend practice and was busy wrapping up his business in Dallas.
Jones announced Tuesday that the 7,000 available tickets for the NFC divisional playoff game against Philadelphia on Sunday sold out in 16 minutes.
“You can see everyone is excited about us playing Philadelphia again," Jones said. "We have a lot of respect for them and so do our fans.”
The teams split their two-game NFC East series.
While the Eagles flew off to Florida to practice, the Cowboys stayed at Valley Ranch on Tuesday and worked on their soggy practice field after an overnight snow melted.
Herald -Zeitung photo
Storm Too’t 3v3 Team recently took Aret place In the Austin USA 3v3 Funfeet Girls under 12 recreational games. Storm Too defeated the Western District Champion Bastrop Flames, the Lady Aces by a score of 1-0. Storm Too then beat Austin UHO Rainbow in the champion ship match. Competing in the 4v4 Challenge near Katy Houston, the Storm played against boys teams. Pictured above are Storm team members: (from, left to right) Roe# I 'ughlin, Lauren Owens. Ashlee Dove, (beck row) Ashloe Dove, Coach Odic Gutierrez and' *gen Bosch.
SA Spurs hold back Utah Jazz in shootout
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs got a season-high scoring performance from a veteran guard, a career-high night from a rookie guard and the usual performance from center David Robinson.
Robinson had 31 points and 11 rcbo unds Wednesday night, while Vin-ny Del Negro had a season-high 28 poi ms and Cory Alexander a career-high I 2 points in 20 minutes as the Spurs roll ed to a 111-97 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Alexander got additional playing tim e after starter Avery Johnson picked up three fouls in the first half.
San Antonio coach Bob Hill was pie ased with the play of the rookie from V irginia, especially since he was maiche d against perennial All-Star John Stock ton.
“He has lots of confidence. He set a vision for himself,” Hill said. ‘Tonight was the first time as a Spur that he’s fac ed this much pressure. It was a big ho me game facing Stockton, and he did a good job guarding him, which is tough for most human beings.”