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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Sunday January 5, 2003 8A EU MillisNFL Playoff Glance WILD-CARD PLAYOFFS Saturday, Jan. 4 AFC: N.Y. Jets 41, Indianapolis 0 NFC: Atlanta 27, Green Bay 7 Today’s games AFC: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Stealers, noon (KENS) NFC: N.Y Giants at S.F. 49ers, 3:30 p.m. (KABB) Vick, Falcons ice Favre, Packers DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS Jan. 11-12 AFC: Cleveland Browns or N.Y. Jets at Oakland Raiders AFC: N.Y Jets or Pittsburgh Stealers at Tennessee Titans NFC: San Francisco 49ers or N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay Buccan nee rs NFC: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia EaglesAtlanta escapes ‘Frozen Tundra’ GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. The ‘Frozen Tundra’ of Lambeau Field in January. Only it wasn’t Brett Favre making all the plays. It was Atlanta’s Michael Vick. Undaunted by the storied stadium where his own coach lost in the “Ice Bowl” 35 years ago, Vick made history of his own Saturday night. The 22-year-old improvisational genius led the Atlanta Falcons to a shocking 27-7 upset of the Packers in a wild-card playoff before a record crowd of 65,358 stunned souls. The Packers (12-5) were the only team to go unbeaten at VICK home during the regular season. And they had never lost a home playoff game since the NFL instituted a postseason in 1933 in going 13-0 — ll of the wins coming at Lambeau and two more in Milwaukee. The closest they had come was on New Year’s Eve 1967, when Bart Starr knifed into the end zone with 13 seconds left to give Green Bay a 21-17 victory over Dallas in the coldest game in NFL history. Favre had built a reputation as the game’s greatest cold- weather quarterback, winning all 35 of his starts at home in which the temperature was 34 or below. Vick was 13-of-25 for 117 and rushed IO times for 64 yards, numerous times turning sure sacks into big plays. Ryan Longwell missed a field goal of 47 yards in the fourth and 45 yards in the third. The Falcons (10-6-1), who had backed into the playoffs after losing three of four in December, will travel to Philadelphia for a di visional playoff next weekend. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels midfielder Chelsea Simonson (9) fights off two McCallum defenders during Saturday’s 2-0 victory. Unicorns defense locks up 2-0 win Thornton scores first goal of year By Bryan Adams Sports Editor The New Braunfels girls soccer team limited Austin McCallum to one shot on goal and opened the 2003 season with a 2-0 victory Saturday night at Unicorn Stadium. “When a baft got back there (in Unicorn territory), which wasn’t that often, the defense was always there. If they were having trouble, the midfield was right there to help them out. Our defense played exceptional tonight,” NB head coach Al Dressen said. Of the 40 minutes allotted for the first half, the Lady Knights spent a total of 4 minutes and 50 seconds in Unicom territory. Their only shot came with IO seconds left in the half. It sailed wide. “We’ve got some girls who are really good ball-handlers and have really good touches on the ball,” Dressen said. “Seeing the whole field and knowing what’s fixing to happen is the key to controlling the bail.” The starting defensive line included sweeper Hat Speck, Sammy Lingamfelter, Caitlin Buchanan and stopper Sarah Norris. After graduating three seniors off of last year’s defensive line, Dressen experimenting with several players on defense. Caitlin Chrystal, Kayla Olson and Jennifer Shumway also played some on the back line. “We’re still experimenting a little bit and trying some people out at different spots. We have a lot of good players, but we have to decide which ones to leave on varsity,” Dressen said. “Rat (Speck) sprained her knee a little bit and we needed to ice it for awhile. Jennifer (Shumway) did a great job back there at sweeper. She played well at outside-mid too. She has really stepped up a couple of notches this year.” The Unicorns wasted little time scoring the first goal of See NB GIRLS SOCCER/9A Back on track SV gets boost from added players in 70-61 win over Antonian By Bryan Adams Sports Editor The Smithson Valley boys basketball team improved its record to 2-2 since the football season ended with a 70-61 victory over San Antonio Antonian Saturday at SVHS. With the added size and athleticism of Josh Gregory, Jamie Kern, Hank Schoggin, Justin Hughes and Josh Little, the Rangers (4-15) were able to spread the ball around a little more on offense and play tighter defense. Tied 41-41 at the start of the fourth quarter, Schoggin stole the bah at mid-court and finished with a lay-up at the other end to give the Rangers a 43-41 lead. Smithson Valley never trailed after that. "We ran a half-court trap almost the whole night, and I think eventually it just started wearing on them (Apaches). Hank Schoggin really stepped up and made a difference,” SV head coach Allan Miller said. “They went as long as they could, but I think they ran out of gas.” Antonian was coming off a 65-36 loss to Harlandale Friday night. Sc hoggin finished with IO points, four steals and four rebounds. SVs added dimensions opened up the perimeter for leading-scorer Chase Johnson, who racked up ll of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and connected on 2-of-4 three-point attempts in the second half. “They (five football players) add height and a lot more depth to our team, so we feel a lot more comfortable. Not that the other players were not necessarily as good, it’s just that we feel more comfortable because we’ve played with them for a long time,” Johnson said. SV trailed by as much as 13 midway through the third quarter until Hughes drove the middle of the lane for an easy finger-roll and Johnson’s steal led to a transition lay-up, starting a 15-0 run. See RANGERS/9A K. JESSIE SLATENVHerakJ-Zeitung Smithson Valley guard Justin Hughes drives through two Antonian defenders and scores a lay-up during Saturday’s 70-61 win at SVHS. New Braunfels captures consolation championshipCampos shuts down Rattlers in shootout By Bryan Adams Sports Editor The New Braunfels boys soccer team returned 13 seniors in 2002 and opened the season with two wins and one loss at the Unicorn Invitational Tournament. The Unicorns defeated Elgin and Seguin before losing to Round Rock Stony Point iii the championship game. The Unicorns returned just three lettermen this year, but again they started the season 2-1 after beating San Marcos rn a shootout Saturday in the consolation championship game. “At the beginning of the season we looked at how young we were and we’re just trying to get these kids as much experience as we can in these tournament. I think we accomplished that rn this tourna ment,” New Braunfels head coach Todd Belding said. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, New Braunfels sophomore Sean Murray scored the equalizing goal with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game. “We got down again 1-0 early, but Tm really proud of the way the kids hung in there and stayed with it,” Behbng said. “I certainly feel like we outplayed San Marcos in the second half'. The kids are really taking to the coaching. We have a bunch of guys watching them and giving them some great tips. I think our guys are really taking that advice and putting it to good use on the field. “I felt like we were stdl attacking well after we scored, but we talked about what we ware going to do if we got tied. We thought if we were moving the ball really well than we wanted to continue to attack. We See NB BOYS SOCCERS Rangers beat Coogs at Rebel Cup 4-0 K. JESSIE SLATEN/Hemid-Zeitung New Braunfels senior David Gribbon (13) steals the ball during the Unicom Invitational Boys Soccer Tournament. NB defeated San Marcos in the consolation championship game Saturday. From staff reports The Smithson Valley boys soccer team won three of four at this weekend’s Rebel Cup at Hays High School, including a 4-0 win over cross-county rival Canyon in the consolation championship game. Andrew Sweet scored two goals, Jason Clark scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Borgeson added a goal. Darren McCutehen scored two goals in the Rangers’ 2-0 win over Round Rock Westwood on Friday and scored the only goal in a 1-1 tie (won 7-6 in shootout) against Hays Saturday. Plugerville Connally handed SV its only loss, 4-2, in he second round Friday. Reagan Schneider and Brad Ray scored goals. Canyon fought to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation against Boerne in the third round of the Rebel Cup Classic and prevailed 4-3 in a shootout. Junior goalkeeper Joe Isaac denied all shots in regulation, including a leaping save on a Boerne penalty kick. After Zeb Vicknair evened the shootout at 1-1, Boerne went up 3*1. Bryan Jonas then scored on Canyon’s fourth allot and Juan Sanchez netted tin; fifth shot. Canyon goalkeeper Ned Hill saved Boerne’* fourth and fifth shots. “Neil (Hill) has a little bit more vaixity experience so we put him in for the shootout,” Canyon head coach Rob Rush said. “It’s a great luxury to have two goalies that you can really depend on.” In the second shootout, Ryan Thomason scored tile game-winner. . • ;