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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A Cl Herald-Zeitung a Sunday, January 7,1996 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day The Press “I didn’t think it was going to happen. You don’t believe it at first and then to end it right then, I guess I was kind of in shock.” — Dan Marino on the resignation of Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. In the news Baseball practice sessions offered to local players Baseball players ages nine to 18 can sign up for practice sessions scheduled to begin March 1 at Home Run Batting Cage, 1563 Gruene St. in Gruene. The practices — which will provide quality instruction on hitting, fielding, throwing and game rules — will be led by Jim Pace and his staff. Pace, a successful coach and former semi-pro player, is a current college arid high school umpire with 30 years of experience. The sessions are scheduled for days, nights and weekends. The cost is $15 per half hour. All equipment will be furnished but players may bring their own. For more information, call Pace at 606-6676. Seguin Sidekicks open 1996 soccer season The Seguin Sidekicks soccer team will have tryouts for boys ages. 12 and under on Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Seguin High School practice field on E Court St. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. for both days. The sessions are open to youth born between Aug. 1, 1983 and July 31; 1985. Players under the age limits may try out for the team. Anyone interested should bring a parent or guardian to the sessions to sign the necessary release form or pick'one up in advance at Seguin Alternator, GBRA or Vivroux Sporting Goods. Players must wear shorts, soccer shoes and shin pads. Bring a soccer ball and No. 4 soccer ball. The Sidekicks Board approved the new team at the December meeting, and also approved Ken Kiel and Kenny Kykes as coaches for the team. After the spring league, the coaches and sidekicks board will evaluate the potential for expanding to provide an additional team the fall for boys under the age of 14. Seguin Sidekicks team was formed in 1994 to encourage player development through training and competitive play. For more information, call Kiel at 327-3569, Dykes at 372-5356 or Rossi Flores (210) 639-4980. NB Youth Soccer kicks off The New Braunfels Youth Soccer club will hold tryouts for the spring season at 9 a.m., Jan 13 at HEB Soccer Fields on Live Oak Street Players ages 10 to 18 are invited to compete for a spot on the team. Fall Blitz players do not need to try out. The Blitz program is a paid professional training program with a staff of four outstanding trainers. Player development is the cornerstone of the program and BLITZ players are noted for having better skills than their opponents. Recent UU rule changes now allow high school soccer players to participate in the Blitz training which runs from Jan. 15 to May 15. The progam has flexible times to help fit with players’ schedules . The make up day is Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the HEB Soccer Fields. For more information, call Steve Norris at 625-3734 for more information. CYO to hold track sign up 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 and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Caste!!, 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 been organized with the sole purpose of providing sports to local youth.For more information, call Anthony Klar at 609-1694.Cold shooting dooms NB at Dome Unicorns score 4 points in 3rd period By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — The weather forecast called for a cold front to blow into Central Texas late Friday. For the New Braunfels Unicorns, it came a few hours early at the Alamodome. Missing nine of 11 shots from the field in the third quarter, the Unicorns fell behind by 22 points and couldn’t make up the deficit as top-ranked Round Rock McNeil rolled to a 57-45 win. The loss came despite a sparkling defensive effort that saw the Unicorns hold the high-scoring Mavericks to 17 points below their season average. However, the problem continues to be the team’s periodic cold spells on offense. “We’re going to put together a whole game one of these days,’’ Wilkins said. “Defensively we played well, but we just get to those points where we can’t seem to score. It’s frustrating.” Early on, the Unicorns stayed close, trailing 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. McNeil led 28-21 at halftime after Aaron Page, a 6-5 all-state forward, sank a three-point shot with five seconds on the clock. Page scored 20 of this game-high 24 points in the first half. Jeff Powell had drained a running jumpshot that brought the Unicorns to within 25-21 with under a minute remaining in the second quarter. Even after Page’s trey, the game was within reach. - Then the freeze hit. The Unicorns went six minutes and 15 seconds without a bucket in the third quarter. C.J. Burden ended the drought with a layup at the 1:45. Ian Owens scored the only other basket for the Unicorns in that four-point third quarter. The Mavericks meanwhile reeled off 19 points and took command of the game. “They just ran us to death,” said forward B.J. Herald-Zeitung photos by THOMAS GODLEY New Braunfels’ defense limited the McNeil Mavericks to only 57 points. The Unicom offense, however, sputtered with 45 points. Wenzel, who scored six points. “We knew about Page but we just couldn’t stop him. It’s not just him. Their whole team is good. We played hard but I think we could have done better on offense.” New Braunfels made 16 of 47 field goal attempts, including four of 18 from 3-point range. McNeil hit 22 of 47 shots and eight of 13 treys. Ray Chapa led the Unicorns with IO points. Mike Doherty scored six. Owens, Aaron Moore, Tony Bradford and Kelly Garza score four points each. New Braunfels pulled down 24 rebounds to McNeil’s 29. McNeil coach Darrell Hagemann said the Unicorns’ defense and the large arena posed offensive problems for the Mavericks. “It’s hard to shoot here because you don’t have a backdrop like you normally would in a smaller gym,” Hagemann said. “You also have to make some adjustments in spacing.” The Unicorns are still looking to end a five-gamc skid. They have another chance on Tuesday at 7:30 at home against Central Catholic. “This was a loss hut a good experience for the kids to play against a quality team in the Alamodome ,” Wilkins said. “The players were upbeat and I think if we keep working hard, before it’s all said and done, we will at least have a say in the district race.” Eagles’ rookie silent on Irvin By JOHN F. BONFATTI AP Sports Writer VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Taylor has learned a few things about Michael Irvin after facing the Dallas Cowboys twice this season. He’s just not saying what those lessons are. “I don’t want to make any comment about that,” the rookie cornerback said as the Philadelphia Eagles prepared to play the Cowboys in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff. Over and over, Taylor was asked about what he did to contain Irvin in the Eagles’ 20-17 upset over Dallas on Dec. IO. Over and over, Taylor kept quiet. Taylor has reason to crow. He won NFC defensive player of the week honors for limiting Irvin to three catches for 40 yards and no touchdowns. And he won that honor again for his work against another Pro Bowl receiver, Herman Moore, in last week’s 58-37 wild-card victory over the Detroit Lions. But Taylor refuses to boast. “It’s like last week," he said. “When the game comes, everything will be said and done then.” The few observations Taylor have g-ven this season have been brief and generic and usually offered with head bowed and a soft voice. Instead, others are talking about him. Owner Jeffrey Lurie called Taylor one of the Eagles’ biggest surprises this season. ■NFL playoff glance I Divisional Playoffs Sunday, Jan. 14 Saturday, Jan. 6 Pairings TBD, 12:30 and 4 Pittsburgh 41, Buffalo 20 p.m. Green Bay 27, San Francisco Super Bowl 17 ^At Sun Devil Stadium Sunday. Jan. 7 “Tempe, Aru. Philadelphia at Dallas, 12:30 Sunday, Jan. 28 p.m. AFC champion vs. NFC • Indianapolis at Kansas City, 4 champion, 6:20 p.m. p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 Conference Championships Pro Bowl at Honolulu CHS Cougars undo Buttons By THOMAS GOOLEY Sports Editor "I just remember the real talented comerbacks coming into the league and being beaien on all kinds of plays," Lune said. “There aren’t that many in the first year that can raise to the level of performance and the consistency.” Coach Ray Rhodes, who is stingy with praise, said Taylor has improved a great deal. RhixJes’ biggest complaints about Taylor concerned his erratic tackling and his inconsistent practice habits. By concentrating more at practice, Taylor has improved his tackling. “I think it had more to do with attitude,” Taylor said. “When I first started out in camp, my practicing wasn’t very good. I think watching sonic of the older guys, seeing how they practiced, that makes me want to pick it up a little bit more.” Michael Irvin Kenny Rotzler i....................... ■ - . . —— . -------------------------- " ----------------- --------------------------------------:..... ..............I ■ NBA glance I EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Midwest Division W L Pct GB W L Pct GB Orlando 25 6 .806 — Houston 23 9 .719 ***** New York 20 10 .667 4 1/2 San Antonio 20 9 ,690 1 1/2 Washington 16 14 .533 8 1/2 Utah 21 11 .656 2 Miami 15 14 .517 9 Denver 13 18 .419 91/2 Boston 13 17 .433 11 1/2 Dallas 8 22 .267 14 New Jersey 12 18 .400 121/2 Minnesota fi 22 .267 14 Philadelphia 6 Central Division Chicago 27 Indiana 18 24 3 12 .200 .900 .600 181/2 9 Vancouver 6 Pacific Division Seattle 22 9 25 .710 .194 16 1/2 Cleveland 16 13 .552 101/2 Sacramento 18 9 .667 2 Detroit 15 15 .500 12 LA. Lakers 17 16 .515 6 Atlantad 16 .467 13 Golden State 14 17 .452 8 Charlotte 14 17 .452 13 1/2 Phoenix 13 16 .448 8 Milwaukee 12 18 .400 15 Portland 14 18 .438 81/2 Toronto 9 23 .281 19 L.A. Clippers 12 20 .375 10 1/2 Sports Briefs Ledyard’* key goal lift Stars past Winnipeg DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars defenseman Grand Ledyard put an end to two long droughts with one timely shot. Lcdyard’s goal off a rebound with 20 seconds left against Winnipeg on Friday night ended the Stars' 0-10-1 skid against Central Division opponents and also stopped a streak of 11 failed power-play attempts. “Now we’ve got to fight our way up through the standings,” said right wing Todd Harvey, who had two goals to spark the Stars lo an early 4-0 lead. “At this point it doesn’t matter who we play, we’ve got to keep winning." Dallas had failed on four power-play chances against the Jets before Ledyard’s game-winner, his fourth goal of the season. The Stars, in last place in the division seven points behind the Jets, entered the game 24th in the league on the power play. "If we’d have only gotten a tie, we would have been pretty frustrated,” Ledyard said. Nets sue for arena profits NEWARK, N J. (AP) — Hold everything. Before the building in which they play gets a new name, the New Jersey Nets want to ensure they get a cut of the proceeds. After the Nets sued Fnday to block the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority from changing the name of the arena at the Meadowlands sports complex, a state judge suggest ed both parties try lo resolve the issue before he has a hearing Tuesday. The Nets sued a day after the authority announced it was changing the name of the Brendan Byrne Arena, where the Nets and the New Jersey Devils play, to the Continental Airlines Arena in a 12-year deal with the airline worth approximately $29 million in cash and airline tickets. The Devils’ lease, which they signed in November, gives them 30 percent of the deal, bul the Nets’ current lease has no such provision, which a Nets executive said is at least part of their motivation. The authority said it is “shocked and disappointed” by the Nets lawsuit “as they were RU SAN ANTONIO — The Canyon Cougars used a 16-7 run in the third quarter to break open a one-point game at halftime and cruise past the Central Catholic Bullous 67-59 on Fnday. "This was a good win for us because it was on the road in a packed, closed in gym with very vocal fans," Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said. “We were having to communicate with hand signals a lot of the time. It was tough, but we’ll sec that kind of situation in district, so we have to be ready for it.” The Cougars open the 28-4A schedule next Fnday at Bastrop The victory was the sixth straight for Canyon which led by as many as 14 points late in the fourth quarter. Facing that deficit, Central Catholic was forced to slow the clock by fouling. Canyon converted 14 of 24 free throws. Jimmy Keresztury, who picked up two fouls early in the second quarter and sat the bench until halftime, finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds. He hit nine of 14 shots from the field and eight of 11 free throws. The Cougars’ half-court, man-to-man defense and traps limited the Buttons to 11 points in'the first quarter. However, their 20-11 rally in the second quarter put the Buttons ahead 32-31 al intermission. Travis Wommack, Rocky Johnson and Keresztury combined for 16 points in the tlunl quarter as Canyon regained the lead, 47-39. ‘The offense sputtered a bit when Jimmy was out of the game," Rotzler said. “In the third quarter we decided to pound it inside.” For the game, the Cougars converted 26 of 42 shots from the field. Wommack finished with 15 points and IO rebounds, including a three-point shot that put Canyon in front 64-50 in the fourth quarter. Johnson had IO points, IO rebounds and three steals. Guard Hector Torres scored seven of his eight points in the first half and had five assists. Ricky Boehle guided the offense and scored his four points off a steal and fasl-hreak drive to the goal. Brad Henze and Richard Grohman bolstered a strong defense and had two points each. Canyon, which topped Central Catholic 68-61 in the opening game of the season, next faces Marble Falls at Cougar Den on Monday at 8 p.m. .4 A ly apprised of our new marketing agreement.” \ Old Dominion downs UT NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Shanda Deberry scored 21 points, and Ticha Penicheiro had 15 points and 12 assists Friday as No. 16 Old •, Dominion defeated Texas 98-61, The Monarchs (9-1) opened the game with a 20-5 run en route to a 51-15 halftime lead. * . Texas (4-5) was 5-of-35 from the field in the first *. half, including 0-for- IO from 3-point range. Old Dominion, on the other hand, could hardly miss, shooting 63 percent in game, including 6-of-7 from 3-poinl range.Mery Andrade had 12 points for the Monarchs, while Clarisse Machanguana added 13.Danielle Viglione was the only Longhorn in double figures with 15. ;