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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2B — Hkrald-Zkiti NG — Saturday, January 6, 2001 Cougars whip Akins 8-0, lose to Lake Travis 4-3 From staff reports The Canyon Cougars hit a speed bump on their road back to the playoffs — Austin Lake Travis. The Cougars opened the 2001 soccer season with a 4-3 loss to the the Cavaliers on Fnday in the first round of the Austin ISD Tournament. The Cavaliers, who played in the state finals this past season, scored two unanswered goals in the second half to send the Cougars to the losers bracket. Canyon had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a 3-2 at halftime. The Cougars had a player red-carded in the game and played most of three quarters one man down. Senior midfielder Coby Henk scored two goals for the Cougars to lead the first half charge. Senior forward Cesar Valenzuela added an unassisted goal. Senior midfielder Wes Zunker and senior midfielder Chris Bodenheim each had assists. The Cougars will play Lake Travis in a rematch at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Austin. Canyon 8, Austin Akins 0 In their second round game, goalies Neal Hill and Seth Young combined for the Cougars first shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over Austin Akins. Henk chalked up two more goals and had an assist. Senior Jeremy Meurin punched in a goal and dished out two assists and freshman Ryan Thomason added a goal and an assist. Bryan Jonas, Randy Whitener, Ruben Jaime and Andrew Ayala also scored goals. Jeff Halay and Chris Bodenheim had assists. Canyon (1-1) will play again today at IO a.m. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Canyon’s Stephanie Henze, left, gets boxed in by Boerne’s Tori Talbert (45) during Friday’s game at CHS. Boerne won 85-34. COUGARETTES/From 1B shooting it that well, it makes it tough for people to defend us. We were lucky our outside shooters stepped up because Tori (Talbert) got in foul trouble early.” Talbert, a 6-foot-1 post who averages 30 points a game, picked up her fourth foul with three minutes left to play in the first half. Sarah Nagel stepped up for the Greyhounds and hit six of nine three-pointers in the first half. She finished with 20 points. “The game plan was to try and . keep them out of the inside and make them beat us from the outside,” Tennell said. “Tonight their outside shooters stepped up and shot the ball really well. Sarah Nagel was on fire tonight.” The Greyhounds shot 53 percent (30 of 56) from the field in the game. At halftime, Tennell said he told his team in the locker room they could do one of two things. They could have rolled over and play dead or they could go out and play hard. Canyon scored 17 points in the third quarter and trailed 71-28. “We talked about not being intimidated and they chose to go out and play hard,” Tennell said. “My kids have a lot of character. I was really proud of them.” Canyon’s Erin Henk scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the second half. “She (Henk) had been in a slump and it was really nice to see her come out tonight,” Tennell said. “She s going to be a key for us. We have to have her playing well if we’re going to compete.” Boerne’s defense held the Cougarettes to 30 percent shooting (13 of 43) from the field and caused numerous turnovers in the game. “I think sometimes our defense gets underrated,” Herbst said. "People see how many points we score a game (74 ppg) and they assume we're just a fast-break team all the time. We get our offense from our defense.” Despite fouling out w ith 3:45 left in the game, Talbert finished with 19 points. Canyon returns to action at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Smithson Valley (14-5) while Boerne takes on New Braunfels (7-14) at home. “Mentally we have to be prepared to play Smithson Valley” Tennell said. “They’re a good ball club and we can’t take anybody in this district lightly.” Chiefs fire Cunningham; Vermeil interested in job By Steve BRISENDINE Associated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. Gunther Cunningham was fired Friday after two lackluster seasons as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, who want Dick Vermeil as his replacement. They might have to wait to hire Vermeil, who led St. Louis to last year’s Super Bowl title, then retired. Vermeil said Friday he wants to coach the Chiefs, but the Rams still have him under contract and have shown no willingness to release him. “The Rams have asked the commissioner (Paul Tagliabue) to resolve their dispute with the Chiefs over Dick Vermeil’s status,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in New York. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Canyon senior Wes Zunker (right) fires off a direct kick against a 3-man defensive block and freshman keeper Neat Hill (left) at practice Thursday morning. The Cougars opened the season on Friday with a 4-3 loss to Austin Lake Travis in the first round of the Austin ISD Tournament. NEW BRAUNFELS/From 1B Rangers win two at SAISD Tournament From staff reports The Smithson Valley girls soccer team started the 2001 season with two shutouts at the San Antonio ISD Tournament on Friday. The Rangers (2-0) defeated Antonian in the first round 2-0 and blasted Uvalde 9-0 in the second round. Against Antonian, Leslie Turner and Monica Pryor put goals in the net and Amber Mann had two assists. Mann added a goal of her own against Uvalde in round two and Abby Rettele scored two goals. Pryor, Melanie Winn, Tuesday Phelps, Molly Fly and Misty Knudsen all scored goals in the Rangers' onslaught. Smithson Valley will play again today at IO a.m. off a narrow 70-68 loss to San Antonio McCollum on Tuesday. “We took two weeks off over the holidays. We weren’t able to get a game scheduled because everybody was booked with tournaments,” Sierra said. “That hurt us a little bit in that first ball game back against McCollum. We just want to continue to improve and take care of the basketball a little more. Hopefully we’ll come out with a win.” Senior forward Ryan Parker, who leads the Unicorns w ith 19.9 points a game this season, scored a game-high 22 points on Tuesday. Parker said he was looking forward to taking on an old rival in an awesome setting such as the Alamodome. “It’ll definitely be exciting. I’m really looking forward to it,” Parker said. “I’ve never played in the Alamodome before, and I’m sure it’s going to be completely different. I hear they (Seguin) have a pretty good team this year. We just have to adjust to their offense. Hopefully we’ll play well against them and get another win.” Seguin enters today’s game with a 9-11 record, but first-year head coach Russell Benjamin said the record did not reflect the talent on the team. “We’re playing really well right now,” Benjamin said. “We’d be hard pressed to find anybody in the area who has played a more difficult schedule than us.” Some of the teams Seguin has lost to include Sam Houston, Judson, O’Connor, Highlands and Harlandale. Benjamin said his team was looking for to the opportunity to play in the Alamodome but he wanted his team to stay focused on a more important goal — beating Alamodome DIRECTIONS ■ Take 1-35 South from New Braunfels ■ Exit 281 South ■ Exit Durango Road ■ Alamodome is right here Tickets available at the gate the Unicorns. “You never know' how your kids are going to react in that kind of an environment. Not to mention we are playing our perennial rival in New Braunfels.” Benjamin said. “The kids are familiar with one another. I’ve known coach Sierra for a long time, our kids compete against each other in summer league and we used to be in the same district together. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out. Benjamin took the job as head coach for the Matadors after several years as the junior varsity coach. “We're pretty familiar with New Braunfels and what they try to do,” Benjamin said. “We’re a little different team than what we’ve been in the past. We’re not a defense-oriented team like we have been. We tend to score a little better than we have in the past.” Benjamin said his main concern in preparing for the today’s game was figuring out how to contain Parker on the inside and prevent senior guard Chris Medrano from getting hot on the offensive end. Scoreboard “Ryan Parker is doing really well, and he’s going to be tough to stop,” Benjamin said. “New Braunfels also has a pretty good backcourt. Chris Medrano can score. New Braunfels tries to slow the game and tries to cause problems with its defense.” Sierra said he believes the Unicorns had a slight advantage because of the way their practice facilities were set up. “At one end of our practice court, we have a big blue curtain that divides two courts. I think that helps us get ready for the Alamodome atmosphere a little bit,” Sierra said. “It’s going to take a little bit of time during the game to get adjusted to the whole surroundings, but we’re going to try and not let that distract us. “Seguin returns a lot of players from last year’s team. We’ve seen them play, and they’re a pretty good ball club. They play well together. It ought to be a good ball game.” More than 300 tickets were sold in advance, and tickets for the New Braunfels section are still available at the gate for $17.50 and $25.50. “It’s a good experience for the young men and it’s a good experience for the fans in the community,” Sierra said. “It’s a once-in-a-life-time experience for these kids. A lot of them are fans of NBA basketball and may never get a chance to set foot on an NBA floor again.” Because New Braunfels sold more than 150 tickets, the team was allotted enough tickets for the players to stay and watch the Spurs play. “We’re definitely going to stick around for the Spurs game afterwards,” Parker said. “I’m a big fan of Spurs. If I had to pick a favorite player, it would David Robinson. They’re struggling a little more than they should be right now — a lot like we are.” NBA NATIONAL basketball association All Times CST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 22 6 .733 — New York 21 12 .636 2 1/2 Miami 19 15 .559 5 Orlando 14 18 .438 9 Boston 12 20 .375 11 New Jersey 10 22 .313 13 Washington 7 26 .212 161/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Charlotte 20 13 606 — Milwaukee 18 13 581 1 Cleveland 16 14 .533 2 1/2 Toronto 15 16 484 4 Detroit 14 19 .424 6 Indiana 14 19 424 6 Atlanta 11 21 .344 8 1/2 Chicago 6 26 188 131/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W I. Pct GB San Antonio 20 11 645 — Utah 20 12 625 1/2 Dallas 20 13 606 1 Minnesota 19 15 .559 2 1/2 Denver 17 15 .531 3 1/2 Houston 16 16 .500 4 1/2 Vancouver 9 22 .290 11 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Sacramento 21 8 724 — L A. Lakers 23 10 .697 — Portland 23 10 697 — Phoenix 19 11 .633 2 1/2 Seattle    17    16    .515    6 LA. Clippers    11    22    .333    12 Golden State    10    21    .323    12 Thursday's Games Miami 81. New Jersey 78 New York 95, Orlando 92, OT Minnesota 105, Seattle 92 Houston 107, Detroit 97 Chicago 98. Washington 96 Friday's Games Dallas at Toronto Seattle at Philadelphia Golden State at Boston Utah at Denver Vancouver at Phoenix Milwaukee at Portland Indiana at Sacramento Charlotte at L A. Clippers Today 's Games Dallas at Washington, 6 p.m. Orlando at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Miami, 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. Golden State at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m. Utah at Houston, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Sunday's Games Seattle at Toronto, noon Milwaukee at Vancouver, 2:30 p m Washington at New York, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Denver, 8 p.m. LA. Clippers at LA. Lakers, 8:30 p.m. NFL New Orleans 31, St. Louis 28 Sunday, Dec. 31 Baltimore 21, Denver 3 Philadelphia 21, Tampa Bay 3 Divisional Playoffs Today's Games New Orleans at Minnesota, 11:30 a m. (FOX) Miami at Oakland, 3 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 7 Baltimore at Tennessee, 11:30 a.m. (CBS) Philadelphia at New York Giants. 3:15 p.m. (FOX) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 14 AFC Championship Miami-Oakland winner vs. Baltimore-Tennessee winner (CBS) NFC Championship New Orleans-Minnesota winner vs. Philadelphia-New York Giants winner (FOX) Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28 At Tampa, Fla. AFC champion vs NFC champion, 5 p.m. (CBS) Transactions Friday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Agreed to terms with LHP Mark Guthrie on a two-year contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Assigned RHP Matt Dewitt outright to Syracuse of the International League. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Agreed to terms with OF Reggie Sanders on a one-year contract. COLORADO ROCKIES—Agreed to terms with INF Greg Norton on a one-year contract. NEW YORK METS—Agreed to terms with RHP Steve Ontiveros, INF Jorge Velandia, C Joe DePastino, C Jason Phillips and RHP Vaughn Esheiman on minor league contracts. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with OF Bobby Bonilla on a one-year contract and 3B Shane Andrews, OF Bernard Gilkey and OF John Mabry on minor league contracts. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Agreed to terms with 3B Dave Magadan on a one-year contract. Designated OF Chad Green for assignment and sent him outright to Portland of the PCL. BASKETBALL BOSTON CELTICS—Waived G Milt Palacio CHARLOTTE HORNETS—Activated F Eddie Robinson from the injured list. Placed F Tim James on the injured list. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS—Waived G Larry Robinson NEW JERSEY NETS—Activated F Keith Van Horn from the injured list. Raced C Soumaila Samake on the injured list NEW YORK KNICKS—Waived F Pete Mickeal. hockey DALLAS STARS—Signed LW Benoit Hogue. 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