New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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DOTYUnicorns honor top athletes from fall sports
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Suspense was not the highlight of Wednesday night’s New Braunfels Unicom Booster Club fall sports banquet.
The night’s most prestigous award, the Iron Man Award, held no suspense at all. The plaque, presented by Lt. Col. Wilfred Schlater of the local National Guard, went to Tim Doty, a two-time all-district and all-Centex performer for the Unicorn football team.
The award, which “goes to the player who epitomizes the values and qualities a Unicorn
should possess,” Schlater said, was voted to the senior lineman by his teammates.
In another non-surprise, Kim Whitaker, the state Class 4A champion, was named the outstanding performer for the girls’ cross country team.
Whitaker was also recognized for being named to the Adidas High School All-American track team.
Kim Wright, who was far. and away the statistical leader for the volleyball team, was named the outstanding performer for that team as well.
Heather Seay was named most improved player for the varsity volleyball team, which
finished 14-13 on the year and tied for second in the district race.
Coach Claudia Perry also recognized the Unicorns’ all-district selections — Wright and Teresa Thomas, both unanimous selections on the first team, and Seay and Kelly Wright, who made the second team.
Mike Payne was the oustanding performer for the boys’ cross country team, which finished third in the district meet. Payne was also fifth in the district meet and lith at regionals.
Coach Fred Pink also named Howard Phelan as most improved and Chris Coley as the outstanding freshman for the boys team.
For the girls, Aimee Norton was the outstanding freshman and Robin Raborn the most improved.
Chris Benson was the winner of the football 12th Man award for his contributions to the team as a non-starter. That award was also selected by the players.
Brett Stahl was named the outstanding player for the 7-2-1 freshman football team, while quarterback-kicker-defensive back Victor Sierra was the MVP for the 9-1 junior varsity. The freshmen were District 13-4A cochampions and the JV district champions.
In volleyball, Heather Wood was the most valuable player for the 17-4 freshman team that won a district championship and a
Jana Chafin was the MVP for the 16-6 junior varsity team that finished second in district. Michelle Simmonds was named the most improved player.
Football Coach Jim Streety also awarded a plaque to tailback David Del^emos for being named the San Antonio Light's Pepper Player of the Week during the 1983 season. The award also included a $250 check from Dr Pepper for the school’s general scholarship fund.
Streety also recognized the football team’s all-district players: Doug Campbell, Tim Doty, Brian Frassmann, John Matney, Mark Millett and Doty; and the team’s All-Centex Dicks: Doty, Frassmann and Bobby Tristan.
SWC contenders tip off with victories
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Southwest Conference’s first major battle doesn't tip off until tonight, but some challengers to the league throne have made quick starts.
Both Arkansas and Texas Tech, two teams that fared well in non-conference action, won games Wednesday as the league race opened for six schools.
Arkansas defeated Baylor 57-50 behind center Joe Kleine’s 18 points and Texas Tech routed Texas Christian 79-60. Iii other action, Texas A&M held off Rice 52-47 and Texas lost a non-conference game to Kansas State 64-54.
Tonight in Dallas, the two league’s leaders in non-conference play, defending champion Houston and Southern Methodist, open play. SMU brings a 12-2 record into the game. Houston. 10-2. is a I 5‘x-poinUavorite.
Razorback coach Fiddle Sutton, whose team raised its season record to 10-2 Wednesday night, was just happy to get out of Waco’s Heart O’ Texas Coliseum with the win over Baylor. 4-8.
“As long as I’ve been at Arkansas it seems we’ve never played very well here,’’Sutton said.
"It’s something about this place that brings out the worst in us. We’ve had trouble winning here in the past and about the only good thing you can say tonight is that we came away with a victory. But we didn’t look very good doing it.”
Southwest Conference Standings By The Assoc lated Press
WEDNESDAY S RESULTS Arkansas bt Baylor SO Texas Tech 79 TCU60 Tea** ABM S2. Hic*47 Kansas State 64, I eaas 64 THURSDAY S SCHEDULE Houston at SMU
Alvin Robertson, added 17 points for the Razorback, keyed a 10-0 Arkansas outburst at the start of the game with three quick baskets, and the Razorbacks never trailed although Baylor made a run at the end of the game.
Arkansas led by as many as 13 points at 48-35 with 7:11 to play before the Bears rallied behind Jdmes Stern and DeWayne Brown.
Stern scored 18 points while Brown, a freshman from Dallas, popped in IO, mostly on driving layups against the Arkansas pressing defense.
In Lubbock, Tech, 7-5, broke open a tight contest with a 20-7 surge midway through
the second half.
Junior forward Vince Taylor, who led the Red Raiders with IO points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, was at the center of the rally, scoring four points, hauling in four rebounds, swatting away a pair of TCU shots and dishing out two assists.
Texas Tech coach Gerald Myers credited the surge and several transition goals for his team’s success against the F’rogs.
“The success that we have had this year has come as a result of team effort,” Myers said. “I thought the turning point was when we got a couple of transition baskets that opened an eight-point lead to 12.”
TCU, 7-5, played without freshman standout Carven Holcombe, who fractured a foot last week.
In Houston, Winston Crite scored eight of his team-high IO points in the closing minutes of the first half to spark A&M, 6-4, to its victory over Rice, 4-6.
During Crite’s scoring spree, the Aggies increased their lead from three to IO points and outscored Rice 15-8. The Owls did not get closer until Tony Barnett hit two baskets late in the game to pull them within five at the closing buzzer.
Texas AAM led 33-23 at the half.
Kansas State forward Ben Mitchell scored 16 points and the Wildcats held off a late rally to knock off Texas.
Terps toe line, trip NC State
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jim Valvano guided North Carolina State to the national college basketball championship last season, often relying on missed foul shots by the opposition in the final minutes to help rally his team
So when fifth-ranked Maryland faced Valvano’s 12th-ranked Wolf pack in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener Wednesday night, the Terrapins were ready.
Adnan Branch and Herman Veal each made a pair of free throws in tile final 63 seconds to give Maryland a 59-55 victory in Raleigh, N C.
“We knew if we got a lead, he’d tell them
to foul us and force us to hit the free throws,” said Branch, who leads Maryland with 81-percent shooting from the line. “We’ve shot a lot of free throws in practice and we take a lot of pride in them.”
In other games involving ranked teams, fourth-ranked Georgetown downed Connecticut 81-69, No. 8 Wake F'orest crushed Richmond 82-57, 17th-ranked Boston College got by Pittsburgh 81-77, No. 19 Memphis State romped past Cincinnati 85-62 and No. 20 Virginia nipped Virginia Tech 74-64.
Valvano said that once his team fell behind late in the game, he planned on
“We made an error in fouling Veal immediately, but we didn’t have the luxury of a timeout to explain everything,” Valvano said. “But there were a number of factors why we lost. We didn’t hit the outside shots and we made mental errors.”
Veal, a 57 percent free-throw shooter, made his two foul shots with 1:03 left to give Maryland a 55-53 lead.
Georgetown relied on a patient offense, led by Pat Ewing, and a steady defense, also led by Ewing, to beat Connecticut in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.
New Braunfels’ John Muschalek dips between Caynon’s Thomas Haeussler and Chuck Bell to flip in a layup during Tuesday's game between the teams.
Staff photo by John Sant*
Tonight, Smithson Valley's girls open District 26 3A play against Cole, while the New Braunfels girls meet Kerrville Tivy at home.
'Slingers raid UCLA
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Gunslingers raided Rose Bowl-champion UCLA for their three top picks in the regular phase of the United States Football league draft.
UCIj\ defensive back Don Rogers was the expansion team’s No. I pick Wednesday. The Gunslingers then
selected Bruin quarterback Rick Neuheisel in the second round and running back F’rank Cephous in the third.
The Gunslingers, their eye also on running backs and pass receivers, picked 30 Southwest and I/me Star Conference players in the USFL’s territorial drafty
NEW YORK (AP) - Now the waiting begins — for undrafted players and drafting teams.
For some players, the wait could be over at the completion today of the United States Football league's second college draft.
For some teams, die wait could run weeks or months, perhaps halfway into the USF'L season, into May, when the National Football league conducta its draft — when some potentially high-priced rookies do some comparison shopping.
Mike Rozier, Nebraska’s Heisman Trophy-winning running back, and Steve Young, the record-breaking quarterback from Brigham Young, are certain to be among those playing the waiting game. Each is considered to be a guaranteed high first-round pick in the NFL draft.
Each was a first-round pick Wed
nesday, when the USFL conducted ll of its 19 scheduled rounds and also announced its teams’ territorial selections.
Some of Rozier’s Cornhusker teauunates, who fell a two-point conversion short of a national championship last Monday night in the Orange Bowl, had to wait a while before being selected.
Irving F’ryar, the wide receiver whose last-minute dropped pass surely gained him as much national attention as any reception he ever made, was the No. 3 pick in the first round, by the Chicago Blitz.
“That’ll cost him a couple of million bucks,” Dr. James Hoffman, the owner of the Blitz, said of the drop. Presumably, it was a joke.
Nebraska tackle Bandon Scott was lucked 17th in the opening round, by the Philadelphia Stars; running back
Mark Schellen went to the New Orleans Breakers in the third round, wide receiver Ricky Simmons was selected by the Washington Federals in the fourth, quarterback Turner Gill was picked by the Houston Gamblers in the fifth, guard Dean Steinkuhler, the Outland and Lombardi Trophy
winner, was chosen in the sixth round by the Arizona Wranglers, and defensive tackle Doug Herrmann by the Memphis Showboats.
Rozier, advised during a stopover in Lincoln, Neb., that he was the top choice, said he wouldn’t give much thought to his pro career until he’d
played in the East-West Shrine Game in Stanford, Calif., next Saturday and the Japan Bowl on Jan. 15.
But he made it clear he knows his worth.
“It’s going to take some money,” he said. ”1 think I’m worth something. I gave a lot. They’re going to have to give a little bit.” lf nothing else, he gave Pittsburgh’s pro football fans something to talk about besides Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers. The Maulers reported that after the announcement they had drafted him, there were ticket lines, a first for the club.
George Heddleston, the Maulers’ general manager, called Rozier “the must talented college athlete in the country. We’re confident and optimistic we can sign him.. .We picked him because we think we have a legitimate chance of signing him.”
Tile Chicago Blitz spent some of its draft choices on NF'L bloodlines, selecting in the third round Missouri linebacker Bobby Bell, the son of the Kansas City Chiefs’ great linebacker, and taking in the territorial phase Illinois defensive tackle Mark Butkus, nephew of the Chicago Bears’ super linebacker, Dick Butkus.
In addition to the 19 “open” rounds, the league also announced those “territorial” selections, 20 for the 12 original teams, 30 for the six new ones.
Other players picked in that phase of the auction included quarterbacks Jeff Hostetler of West Virginia (by Pittsburgh), Ben Bennett of Duke (by Jacksonville), Walter Lewis of Alabama (by Birmingham), Blair Heil of Notre Dame (by Chicago) and Boomer Esiason of Maryland (by Washington).