New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bastrop races by Rangers _
By THOMAS GODLEY
Bastrop’s depth and speed proved too much to handle for the Smithson Valley Rangers in an 81-52 rout at Bastrop on Friday.
Under heavy full-court pressure the entire game, the Rangers (15-5) committed 38 turnovers.
‘They just bring so many girls off the bench and make it very difficult to bnng the ball up,” SVHS coach Carolyn Ckodre said. ‘That made difficult to get into any offensive rhythm. We were worn down by the end the game ”
Scoring most of their points off the transition, the Rangers hit 47 percen* from the Hoot but couldn’t hold back the Lady Bears’ offense.
Led by Crystal Flowers’ 29 points — including six 3-pointers — Bastrop jumped out to a 41-26 lead at halftime.
The Rangers kept pace in the third period to make it 51-37, but the Lady Bears went on a 29-15 run in the final stanza. For the game, the Rangers made 16 of 23 free throws.
‘‘Getting to the free throw line was one of the things we wanted to do and we did well there,” Ckodre said. “We expected a rough game on their home court.”
Kara Warchol led Smithson Valley with 16 points, including 12 of 12 free throws. Jessica Brown scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. Michelle Moore also had 12 points. Andrea Kennedy added five points.
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Bringin’ home a buck
Peggy Billings, a Canyon Lake resident, killed this Axis deer on the AX Ranch in Real County near Leakey on New Year’s Eve. According to her husband, Charles Billings, she shot the animal with a .243 rifle at a distance of about 45 yards. The deer field dressed at 120 pounds.
Unicorns edge Cigarettes in district opener
By THOMAS GODLEY
New Braunfels scored only four points in the second quarter but managed to hold a halftime lead and fend off a Canyon rally for a 39-37 win Friday at Unicom Gym in the first game of the District 28-4A season.
In a game dominated by defense, the Unicorns made only two baskets in the second period which was a basket more than Canyon mustered in that same span.
After leading 11-9 in the first quarter, New Braunfels (8-9) took a 15-11 lead at the half and built a 7-point lead midway through the third quarter. Canyon trailed 29-24 heading into the final period but rallied to within two points in the final seconds.
“We were fortunate to pull it out in the end, but we also have to feel good that we put ourselves in position to win,” NB coach Larry Schulte said. “I was pleased with the way the girls hung in there during that last minute.”
Katie Sprencel, who scored IO points in the game, sank a three-point shot with under a minute in the game to bring Canyon to within two points.
Less than 15 seconds remained when the Unicorns were fouled but missed the front end of a one-for-one at the free throw line, giving the Cougarettes a final shot at tying the game.
With five seconds remaining. Canyon missed a shot hut grabbed the rebound for a follow-up attempt. Nola Muir
“We were fortunate to pull it out in the end, but we also have to feel good that we put ourselves in position to win.”
— New Braunfels coach Larry Schulte
blocked the shot.
The Cougarettes again got the rebound and took a third shot that missed the mark as time expired.
Emily Wotipka scored eleven points and had seven rebounds for the Unicorns. Joy Caddell added seven points, and Melinda Aguirre scored six. Valerie Bangle rounded out the scoring. Brandi Chapman and Misti Boenig put forth strong defensive efforts.
“This was an important win for us because we had been stuggling in the close ones,” Schulte said.
The Cougarettes were led by Elizabeth Wiesman, who had 18 points. She scored 11 points in the third quarter. Stephanie Thomas had three points. Melissa Moore, Ranessa Reeh and Kelly Swallow each had two. Canyon next faces Bastrop at Cougar Den on Tuesday, while New Braunfels travels to Smithson Valley. Both games are at 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh stifles Buffalo late 40-21
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By ALAN ROBINSON
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers played like it was the Super Bowl. Ultimately, so did the Buffalo Bills.
All-Pro Bruce Smith stayed home with the flu, and the Bills’ offense didn’t show up until Pittsburgh led by 20 points, sending the Steelers to a 40-21 victory Saturday and their second consecutive trip to the AFC championship game. The Steelers, who haven’t been to the Super Bowl since they won it four times in six years during the 1974-79 seasons, play the winner of Sunday’s Chiefs-Colts game in the Jan. 14 AFC championship game. Pittsburgh will be at home only if the Colts win.
The Steelers threatened to repeat last year’s AFC title game collapse against San Diego as a 20-point lead dissolved
to five points, but two Bam Morris touchdown runs in the final 6:16 saved them.
“Was I scared?” quarterback Neil O’Donnell said. “Personally, no, but I was looking at some of our guys and their eyes were a little big. I was just telling everybody to relax.”
So can America, which no longer must worry about another Bills’ trip to the Super Bowl. Buffalo is the only team to lose four consecutive Super Bowls.
‘The NFL got their prayers answered, and so did the officials. We’re not in the playoffs anymore,” said Jim Kelly, who had 135 yards and two interceptions. The Bills were especially angered by two calls. They felt linebacker Jerry Olsavsky interfered before making a critical fourth-down interception, and that Emie Mills didn’t get both feet down on a second-quarter touchdown catch that made it 14-0.
Bates throws bonfire party for Dallas fans
MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — It was back to the ranch for thousands of Dallas Cowboys fans — but not Valley Ranch.
Plummeting temperatures and the chance of freezing drizzle and snow did not slow the pace at the fourth annual pep rally Friday al veteran linebacker Bill Bates’ Cowboy Ranch.
A 25-foot-tall bonfire, soaked with 55 gallons of kerosene, was the biggest ever at Bates’ ranch about 30 miles northeast of Dallas.
Bales’ ranch hands hoped the blaze would warm fans and help fire up players Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC divisional playoff game at Texas Stadium.
“We’re gonna bum the Eagles tonight;
“We’re gonna bum the Eagles tonight; we’re gonna bum the Eagles on Sunday.”
— Lisa Washington, Dallas fan
we’re gonna bum the Eagles on Sunday,” said one fan, Lisa Washington, “as winners, as champs.”
Atop the bonfire, which look three weeks to build, was placed the effigy of an Eagles player.
"We’re done with it now, so we wanted everyone to come out and just have a
great time,” Lester Hanks, ranch foreman, said. “It’s gonna be a little bit cool, but all real Cowboys fans (handle) rain, snow and cold weather.”
The National Weather Service expected below-freezing temperatures and freezing drizzle turning to snow by Saturday morning.
An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 fans, paying $5 per carload, showed up for the rally, which also featured a band as well as a greep “Eagle-mobile” that was sledgehammered by Dallas tans.
Bates, who has been a special teams captain, sustained what was thought to be a career-ending knee injury in 1992 and could not participate in the playoffs but later recovered.He also runs a restaurant in North Dallas.
■ EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. (AP) — After a disappointing 5-11 season, New York Giants coach Dan Reeves said he will return to the team next year.
The announcement followed four days of meetings between Reeves and team management, said Giants president Wellington Mara. Reeves said his contract has not changed and the management structure of the team would not change.
■ INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts’ hopes of reaching the Super Bowl were dealt another setback when surgery sidelined Pro Bowl mnning back Marshall Faulk for Sun
day’s playoff game at Kansas City.
Faulk, who injured his left knee against Jacksonville on Dec. IO, underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage. Faulk’s status was uncertain for additional games.
■ SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers said goodbye to defensive end Leslie O’Neal and mnning back Ronnie Harmon, just two of several moves that will reshape a team that fell far short of defending its AFC championship. Other unrestricted free agents the Chargers won’t try to keep are quarterback Gale Gilbert and linebacker David Brandon. The club also will not re-sign tackle Stan Brock.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels post Nola Muir makes a move to the bucket during the second half of the Unicorns’ 39-37 win over the Canyon Cougarettes on Friday. The Unicorns evened the series at 1-1 with a Jan. 23 meeting to come.
NCAA nixes probe into Longhorn imposter
By CHIP BROWN
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — The NCAA says it is convinced thai Texas officials had no idea a 30-year-old football player had changed his identity to extend his college eligibility.
David Bersl, director of enforcement at the NCAA, said that there were no plans to investigate how Ron Weaver managed to enroll at Texas as 23-year-old Joel Ron McKelvey and play a limited role as a backup cornerback for the Longhorns this season.
Weaver had exhausted his eligibility at Sacramento State. He used the Social Security number of a Salinas, Calif., man named Joel McKelvey to change his
identity and enter a Los Angeles junior college as a freshman before transferring to Texas last year.
“All I know is what I am hearing from the institution,” Bersl said. “But if indeed the institution had no knowledge and the young man was not a significant contributor to the program, I would not expect it to be an issue with us.”
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Tuesday the school would hire a private investigator to get to the bottom of the matter.
The school is considering suing Weaver for the cost of his scholarship. Federal authorities also want to question Weaver about possible wire and mail fraud and Social Security violations.
“We will pursue every trail, including possible criminal action, to help the appropriate authorities get to the bottom of this,” Dodds said. “We owe that to our faculty, students, coaches, athletes, alumni and fans.”
Weaver has declined to be interviewed since quietly leaving the Texas team. He departed while the Longhrons were preparing for last Sunday’s Sugar Bowl loss to Virginia Tech.
His sister, Bonita Money, has said Weaver will apologize to Texas officials and tell his side of the story, most likely to a television audience.
For those who believe Texas should be held accountable for playing an ineligible player, Berst defended the NCAA’s position.