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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Friday January IO, 2003 IB ................ _NFL Playoffs NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 AFC: Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (CBS) NFC: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (FOX) Sunday, Jan. 12 NFC: San Francisco at Tampa Bay, noon (FOX) AFC: N.Y Jets at Oakland, 3:30 p.m. (CBS) Holmes runs away with AP award AFC Championship and NFC Championship Sunday. Jan. 19 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5:18 p.m.Kansas City RB named AP top offensive player By Barry Wilner AP Football Writer Priest Holmes accomplished in 14 games what many players can’t in two full seasons. His reward: The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. The dynamic running back for the Kansas City Chiefs was on pace to shatter several NFL records before a deep hip bruise sidelined him for the final two games of 2002. Still, Holmes set IO team records, including 1,615 yards rushing and 21 TDs. He also had three scores as a receiver, and the 24 TDs were two short of Marshall Faulks league mark. Holmes' 2,287 yards from scrimmage fell 142 short of Faulks NFL record. And in 383 touches, Holmes had only one fumble. Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil researched Holmes’ total yards from scrimmage and said it was the most ever in a 14-game span. HOLMES “After I missed the last two games, I wasn’t even thinking about any honors or awards or anything,” Holmes admitted Thursday after receiving 20 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. “I really appreciate this, but I’m grateful to my offensive line and coaches more than anything for what they did for me.” Holmes’ line, featuring Pro Bowl selections William Roaf at tackle and Will Shields at guard, was intact the entire season. Still, Holmes’ skills as a runner and receiver probably made the linemen look pretty good, too. See HOLMES/3B DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon senior Juan Sanchez (10) heads the ball during a scrimmage earlier this season at Cougar Stadium. Canyon lost to Friendswood 2-1 Thursday in the first round of the Governor’s Cup boys soccer tournament. Mustangs edge Coogs 2-1 at Governor’s Cup From staff reports GEORGETOWN — The Canyon boys soccer team lost 2-1 to Friendswood Thursday in the first round of the 2003 Governor’s Cup. The Cougars took an early 1-0 lead when junior forward Zeb Vicknair assisted junior midfielder Chase Ford on on a goal with IO minutes remaining in the first half. The Mustangs quickly responded two minutes later with a game-tying goal and the teams went into the locker room at halftime tied 1-1. Friendswood’s go-ahead goal came with IO minutes left in the game. “Many publications and polls have Friendswood ranked No. 2 in the state, but like I told the kids, those really don’t mean much this early in the season,” Canyon head coach Rob Rush said. “I thought we played a solid game. We just came up a little short.” Canyon (3-3), which was coming off an 8-2 win over Austin Lake Travis on Tuesday, plays Bastrop at ll a.m. today in the second round of the Governor’s Cup, The Cougars then play Austin Travis at 9 a.m. Saturday before playing their first home game of the season at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday against Victoria Memorial. SV starts fresh Coogs tied for first; Unicorns climbing out of hole Boys hoops DISTRICT 27-5A BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Dist All SA Highlands SA Southwest SA Hallandale SA East Central SA Brackenridge Smithson Valley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 16-8 14-7 14-8 12-8 8-12 4-15 Friday, Jan. 3 SA Highlands 68, SA South San 50 SA Hallandale 65, SA Antonian 36 Saturday, Jan. 4 Smithson Valley 70, SA Antonian 61 Monday s games Boerne 68, Smithson Valley 62 Tuesday’s games SA Brackenridge 54, SA South San 37 SA East Central 83, Victoria Memorial 75 Today's games Smithson Valley at SA Highlands, 7:30 p.m. SA Southwest at SA Hallandale, 7:30 p.m. SA East Central vs. SA Brackenridge, 7:30 p.m. DISTRICT 25-4A BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Dist All Del Valle Canyon Lake Travis New Braunfels Dnpping Springs Bastrop Lockhart 3-0 3-0 2-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3 16-4 15-3 14-9 16-5 11-12 13-10 11-8 Friday, Jan. 3 N. Biaunfels 56, Del Valle 54 Canyon 50, Pearsall 29 Monday’s games Dnpping Springs 57, Bastrop 55 (OT) Tuesday’s games Canyon 67, Lake Travis 44 N. Braunfels, 60 Lockhart 52 Today’s games Canyon at Bastrop. 7:45 p.m. Dripping Springs at New . Braunfels, 7:45 p.m. Lockhart at Del Valle, 7:45 p.m. DAVID INGRAWHerald-Zeitung Smithson Valley’s Justin Hughes (31) passes around a Boerne defender during a game earlier this season at SVHS. The Rangers begin District 27-5A play against San Antonio Highlands at 7:30 p.m. today at Alamo Convocation Center in San Antonio. Bedenbaugh to replace Briles at Texas Tech District 25-4A — District Z7-5A NB travels to league-leading Dripping Springs K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald Zeitung New Braunfels sophomore guard Mollie Brawner (15) dribbles past a Fredericksburg defender during a game earlier this season at NBHS. The Unicorns play at first-place Dripping Springs tonight. DISTRICT 25-4A GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Dist All Dripping Springs 5-0 21-4 Del Valle    4-1 11-9 New Braunfels 4-1    15-6 Canyon    2-3 14-6 Lockhart    2-3 12-10 Austin Lake Travis 1-5 10-14 Bastrop    0-5 4-16 Monday ’s games Dripping Springs 64, Bastrop 22 Tuesday ’s games New. Braunfels 45, Lockhart 33 Canyon 68, Lake Travis 31 Today’s games New Braunfels at Dripping Springs, 7:45 p.m. Bastrop at Canyon, 7:45 p.m. Del Valle at L ockhart, 7:45 p.m. DISTRICT 27-5A GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS Dist All SA Southwest 2-0 11-10 SA Brackenridge 2-0 8-12 Smithson Valley 1-1 8-11 SA East Central 1-1 3-17 SA Hallandale 0-2 6-15 SA Highlands 0-2 2-18 Tuesday’s games SA Brackenridge 41, SA Highlands 30 SA East Central 57, SA Hallandale 47 SA Southwest 56, Smithson Valley 38 Today’s games SA Highlands at Smithson '/alley, 7:45 p.m. SA Hallandale at SA Southwest, 7:45 p.m. SA Brackenridge vs. SA East Central, 7:45 p.m. LUBBOCK — Texas Tech head football coach Mike Leach named former graduate assistant Bill Bedenbaugh running backs coach, filling the position vacated by Airt Briles, who was named head coach at the University of Houston in December. “Bill Is an incredible coach and person,” Leach said. “He has a complete understanding of our offense and is more experienced in our offense than anyone on staff besides me.” Bedenbaugh was a graduate assistant at Texas Tech during Leach’s first three seasons and worked primarily with the offensive line. His work with the offensive line alongside coach Robert Anae BEDENBAUGH enabled the Tech passing game to lead the Big 12 Conference for the third-straight season and allow the running game to turn in its best performance since 1999. Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech in 2(XM), Bedenbaugh was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Ferris State in 1999. He coached two all-conference linemen and was named NCAA Division ll Coordinator of the Year. ;