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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports H*r*ld-Zeltung Sunday, January 9,1983    6A Billies drop Cougars CHS district record even By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor With their best on the court and their loudest in the stands, the Fredericksburg Billies performed a tap dance on the Canyon Cougars Friday night that gave them a 58-40 district basketball victory. Ken Weidenfeller’s 14 points, including one unbelievable jumper late in the fourth quarter, led the Billies as they watched the Cougars commit 18 total fouls and miss nine of ll shots from the field in just the first period. The Billies set the pace early — jumping out to a 11-4 lead and never looked back. A minimum of fouls and a very active defense stampeded the Cougars into early shots and missed rebounds. By the end of the first quarter, Fredericksburg was leading 15-4. Canyon bounced back in the second stanza when Jeff Stuman illustrated an underhanded jump shot for the first score of the quarter and moved the Cougars within eight points with 5:58 left on the clock. Becoming a little more consistent and a little less reckless, they went up for IG points during the eight minutes — only two short of the Billies. A glimpse of the real Canyon team showed when, after losing the ball on a pass. Jeff Kotara nabbed a rebound and raced down court for the jumper. The ball hit the rim. but a tip from Boti Hansen put the Cougars up 25-11. However, those four minutes would be the closest they’d ever come to the lead. Within the next three minutes, the Billies took control of the action for a 22-20 halftime lead. The third period started with a Canyon foul, but ended with an till quarter tie. Bon Kaiser committed four of the Billies eight fouls and gave the Cougars three points from the free throw line. The quarter was Fredricksburg's lowest scoring drive of the night, but kept them in the lead. 44-21. Despite Canyon’s more agressive play, however, the shooting jinx returned to haunt them in the fourth. Hitting for only nine points — the first of which came with 4:19 remaining the team fell prey to missed oportunity and steals. But. as the Billies built up a 52-27 lead and began to slow down. Canyon moved in. Craig Cloud snatched a pass during a Fredericksburg stall and after a mad race downcourt, sank a jumper from the outside. Fourteen seconds later, Troy Burch repealed the steal, but couldn’t get the shot. Nevertheless, the last bucket belonged to Canyon. With :27 left. Cloud took a pass in traffic and hit for two. Bidi Hansen was high-point man for the Cougars with IO points. Lithe scorers Stuman with 9, Boti Hansen with 8, Cloud and Chuck Bell with 4 each, Manuel < ‘amareno with 2 and Burch with 2. The Billies had two other .shooters iii double digits —■ .Michael Schandua with 12 and Kaiser w ith 12. Other Billie scorers Dennis Thiele with 8, Kicky Loth with 7 and Scott Hartmann and Brad Fulks with 2 each. Staff photo by John Senior Rich Hansen makes the pass in an earlier game. Canyon is now 1-1 iii District 12-4A, as is Fredericksburg. Junior varsity The Canyon junior varsity also lost to Fredericksburg. The Billies defeated them 51-4G. Lockhart 52, New Braunfels 36 Again, the New Braunfels Unicorns’ apparent inability to find someone to take charge and lead the scoring cost them a district win Friday night as the Lockhart lions took a 52-2G decision from the Unicorns. The halftime score was a puny 1G-9. Alan Fischbeck led the Unicorns with only six points. The scoring was spread around among many members; following Fischbeck was Williamson (5), Badling, Bender, Bosales, Wilson and Schultz 14 apiece), Winkler (3) and Free (2). Wayne Stovall led Lockhart with 14 points. The Unicorns are now 0-2 in District 13-1 A, and Ix>ckhart is 1-L Rangerettes outrun Cole for district win By SCOTT HARING Wire editor Julie Cappers 23 points led the Smithson Valley Rangerette girls to a 57-53 win Friday night over the Cole Cougars in Rangerette Gym. Three other Rangerettes were also in double figures to help boost the team to a win in its opening district contest. Smithson Valley used a stifling press to force numerous Cole turnovers and enough easy baskets to take a 16-6 first-quarter lead. But the Cougars found the key to a press of their own and closed the score to 17-14 midway through the second quarter. Outside shooting from Dawn Davis and the free throws of Darlene Garrison helped the Rangerettes pull back away, though, and SV led at halftime, 28-22. "The girls weren’t very intense," Rangerette coach Phyllis Bonugli said after the game. The Rangerettes played a man-to-man defense all game for the first time this year, and Bonugli said that may have caused some fatigue on the part of the players. The Rangerettes reeled off the first six points of the third quarter, but Cole fought back to stay fairly close. Smithson Valley had less trouble with Cole’s defense, beating the zone with plays that looked just the way coaches draw them on the blackboard. “Dawn started to hit from the outside," Bonugli said. "That pulled them out (of the tight zone) and then we got it inside." Cole’s spectacular freshman, Melanie Jahn, threw up a prayer at the buzzer, and when it went in, Cole was down by eight, 40-32. But that shot, plus some hustling play by Jahn and a group of Cole JV players that out-screamed the home crowd, gave the Cougars new life. Another Jahn jumper tied the score at 42 with 4:45 left in the game and forced the Rangerettes to dig deep for something extra. They found it. SV scored four points to retake the lead, but Jahn kept the Cougars close. Two straight ('appel lay-ins (one following a steal) brought the home crowd to its feet. But there was still time for one last Cole charge. Kathleen Murph> missed four straight free throws, and the Cougars converted them both into scoring opportunities. On the second one. Garrison drew her fifth foul fighting Jahn for a loose ball and had to sit down with 54 seconds left. Jahn hit one of the two free throws to close the score to 52-51. But Murphy redeemed herself. After being fouled on another shot, she hit the two free throws to make it 54-51. Cole came right back down the floor and scored again, but Murphy got an easy bucket with six seconds left to ice the win. One more Cappel free throw closed out the scoring on a 57-53 Rangerette victory. Bonugli thinks the close contest w ill help the Rangerettes down the road. "Since it was such a close game, it may build some confidence,” she said. Cappel led the Rangerettes with 23 points followed by Garrison ill), Davis (IO), Murphy (IO) and Lynda Nicholson (3). Jahn led the Cougars with 22 points; Tori Neal had 15 and Renee Baldwin also scored 12 for Cole. Junior varsity The Smithson Valley junior varsity girls' basketball team had a much easier time of things than the varsity. The Rangerettes ran away with a 04-28 win over the Cole JV. Christene Lehmann led the Rangerettes with 20 points, followed by Shannon Beasley (15), Kiln Wagner (13), Dorcnda Kelley (IO), Tern Mooney (4) and Sherry Garrison (2). AFC playoffs Snowblower-less Patriots walloped MIAMI (AP) — David Woodley tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Bruce Hardy and set up two other scores with pinpoint passing Saturday as the Miami Dolphins ended eight years of postseason frustration with a 28-13 National Football League playoff victory over the New England Patriots. The triumph ended a four-game postseason losing streak for Coach Don Shula, w ho had not seen his team win since Super Bowl VHI in 1974. New England hasn’t won in the Orange Bowl since 1966. Woodley, a third-year pro who averaged only 120 yards per game passing during the strike-shortened regular season, pierced the Patriots’ secondary for 246 yards oil IO of 19 passing. His first scoring pass to Hardy, with 6:36 left in the second period, lifted Miami into a 7-3 lead, and a 36-yard completion to Duriel Harris set up Andra Franklin’s one-yard touchdown run for a 14-3 halftime advantage. Woodley engineered an 11-play, 74-yard drive leading to Woody Bennett’s two-yard scoring run late in the third quarter and, seven minutes later, tossed another two-yard touchdown pass to Hardy for a 28-6 lead with 8.55 remaining in the game. New England, in the playoffs for the first time since 1978 and only one season after posting the worst record iii the NFL, struggled all day long against the league’s top-ranked defense. Two Franklin fumbles set up field goals of 23 and 42 yards by Patriots placekicker John Smith, whose snow plow-aided field goal was the game-w inner iii the two clubs’ Dec. 12 regular-season game at Foxhole, Mass. Raiders overcome determined Browns LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quarterback Jim Plunkett picked the Cleveland secondary apart Saturday, passing for 386 yards as the Los Angeles Raiders topped the Browns 27-10 in a first-round National Football league playoff game at the Ia)s Angeles Coliseum. Rookie tailback Marcus Allen, the NFL’s leading scorer, scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 2 and 3 yards as the Raiders advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Raiders, whose 8-1 record was the best in the American Football Conference during the strike-interrupted season, will play at home as long as they stay alive in the postseason leading up to Super Bowl XVII at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 30. Next weekend, Los Angeles will face the lowest AFC seed that survived the first round of play. Despite Plunkett’s outstanding passing performance, the Raiders had a tough time disposing of the Browns, who were 4-5 during the regular season and seeded last among AFC playoff teams. Plunkett, who completed 24 of his 37 passes, fired a 64-yard bomb to Cliff Branch on the game's first scrimmage play, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Chris Bahr. The score remained 3-0 until Bahr’s brother, Matt, kicked a 52-yard field goal early in the second period. The kick equaled an NFL playoff record for distance set by Cleveland’s Lou Groza against the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. Plunkett guided the Raiders on an 88-yard, eight-play touchdown drive on their next possesion, with Allen’s first TD making it 10-3, but the Browns tied the score on a 43-yard scoring pass from Paul McDonald to Ricky Peacher with 2:02 left in the first half. The Raiders went ahead to stay on a 37-yard field goal by Chris Balu with six seconds remaining in the half. The Browns threatened to score after taking the second-half kickoff, moving deep into Los Angeles territory, but Lyle Alzado’s bone-crushing tackle of Charles White forced a fumble that was recovered by Jeff Barnes of tile Raiders at the Los Angeles 11-yard line. The Raiders then Hunched 89 y ards on 12 plays with Allen scoring his second touchdown, giving Los Angeles a 20-10 lead. The Raiders made it 27-10 early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Frank Hawkins, capping an 80-yard, 11-play march. Allen, who scored 14 touchdowns during the regular season, rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries and caught six passes for 75 yards. McDonald completed 18 of his 37 passes for 281 yards. He was sacked six times. A crowd of 56,555 attended the game, which was blacked out locally. There were 57,246 tickets sold, meaning there were only 691 no-shows. The Coliseum capacity for Raider games is about 73,000.Scott Haring IOiler solution: new players, not new coaches Everyone, it seems, wants to hang Ed Biles. Following tile most popular coach tile Houston Oilers ever had (and they’ve had so many) is difficult enough, but following hun with a 1-8 season ... well, let’s just say Biles lias spent a lot of time looking over his shoulder for mobs with buckets of tar and sacks of feathers. When Earl Campbell averages a puny 3.4 yards per carry and finishes ninth in the AL C, when the offense and the defense both rank 26th out of 26 teams, something’s amiss. And since you can't fire the team, the reasoning goes, ifs time to fire the coach, right? Wrong. In the Oilers’ case, it is definitely time to fire the team. Not every one of them; just a lot of them. We’ll start with the offensive line, a group of out-weighed, out-quicked and generally out played men who would have trouble even making some other NFL squads. Injuries didn’t help, either; No. I pick Mike Munchak broke an ankle the first game back from the strike, and the Oilers were forced by injuries to start four different players in one spot over the season. Campbell would not blame the line for his performance. "I won with these guys before," he said "I’ll lose with them now.” bell And Archie Manning and Gifford Nielsen have spent most of the season meeting the defensive linemen of the NFL up close and personal. Then there’s the defense. Ifs not entirely populated with bad players; Robert Brazile and Gregg Bingham and Mike Reinfeldt are all excellent football players. There just aren’t enough of them, and the weak spots are easily exploitable. But there’s hope. The Oiler management and Biles have concluded that the way to build a successful team is through the draft. They’re right. And for the first time since 1977, the Oilers have draft choices in all of the first five rounds, including the No. 2 pick overall. The Oilers need practically everything, so it will be tough to imagine them not having a good draft — unless they cave in to pressure and draft a hotshot quarterback like John Elway or Tony Eason or Dan Marino in the first round. Despite the glamor and the hoopla surrounding such a big-name player, the last thing the Oilers need is a quarterback. Manning and Nielsen both played well this year, and Oliver Luck of West Virginia is still hanging around waiting for his chance. Other than that, though, the Oilers could use just about anybody., but I hope they take offensive and defensive linemen. Another thing. One good draft won’t do it. The Oilers are so far down, they ’ll be lucky to get to .500 next season, even with a spectacular draft. Houston is at least two drafts away from respectability. The tar-and-feather bunch had better remember that. The draft is a few months away. The playoffs are here and now. I said at the beginning of the season (remember our football section in September?) that the Cowboys would win it all, and do it over San Diego. I’ln not as rock-solid sure now as I was then, but those two are still not bad choices. San Diego has to get past Pittsburgh today, though, and Dallas is in a bit of a slump. Perhaps the Raiders would be a better choice in the AFC. We’ll see. But the point is, these aren't the guys the Oilers won with in 1979 and ’81). Gone is Carl Mauek (retired), Bob Young (retired) and Ix*on Gray (traded to New Orleans but not playing for them, either). Gone is Tim Wilson, who’s still with the Oilers but has been converted to tight end. The present line can’t even open holes for a great back like Earl Camp it was hoped that young defensive backs Willie Tullis and Bill Kay would develop and take away jobs from less talented starters; that hasn’t happened yet. The line is in serious trouble, the only anchor being Elvin Bethea, who was supposed to retire at the end of the season unless the Oiler management can talk him out of it. ;