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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, January 11,1996 □ 5 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day rn. 'n The Press “One of the big issues is Jimmy has to shave his head.” — Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, joking to reporters about negotiations with Jimmy Johnsons and his contract as the team’s new head coach. In the news 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 be accompanied by a parent or guardian at 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 plans for an additional team in 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 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 Cages, 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 and high school umpire with 30 years of experience. The sessions are scheduled for after school 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 609-6676. CYO track to have 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: 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 developed to provide sports activities to local youth. For more information, call Anthony Klar, president of the CYO, at 609-1694 NB Youth Soccer kicks off The New Braunfels Youth Soccer club wit hold tryouts for the spring season at 9 am, Jan. 13 at HEB Soccer Fields on Live Oak Street. Players ages IO 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 UIL 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.Comal soccer delves into ^96 season NBHS set to defend district championship By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor High school soccer in District 52 has ranked among the best in the state during the past decade. This season is no exception. Two years ago the New Braunfels Unicorns boys’ soccer team showcased the kind of talent emerging from Comal and surrounding counties. The Unicorns journeyed through the state playoffs, knocking off perennial 5A powers San Antonio McArthur, Klein and Tyler John Tyler en route to the 1994 state championship. A year later New Braunfels and Canyon met in the sectional round of the playoffs. The Cougars made it there by beating San Marcos and upsetting top-ranked Westlake. New Braunfels reached with a win over Georgetown. In the showdown of local crosstown rivals, the Cougars won I -0 and advanced to regional qualifying round against San Antonio Churchill. Tapping into a deep pool of club players, (more than 1,000 players signed up for local youth soccer programs last year) District 52 figures to field an equally strong group of teams vying for the 1996 title. At the front of that pack once again is New Braunfels. The Unicorns are ranked 10th in the area (the only Class 4A team in the poll) and have eight starters returning from a squad which finished in first place in district with an 18-4-1 record. Though the Unicorns lost Omar Hernandez and goal-keeper Matt White, NBHS coach Bob Rodriguez has plenty of club players back to carry out his ball-control, pass-oriented system. Marco Sanchez, Clif Steagall and Kyle Reneau hold down the midfield positions. Travis Baker, Sid Gosa and Michael Kawazoe are skilled defenders. Josh Motz and Stephen Rodriguez (out with a leg injury) are solid scorers at the forward spots. Andy Holtman has proven strong in the midfield and Bradley Brandenburg will replace White at goalie. Freshman transfer Joe Burke brings depth to the roster. “We’ve got a solid group of juniors and . seniors,” Rodriguez said. This year we should be a more balahced team. I’m very optimistic about our chances. Barring any injuries, we should be in good shape to make a run to the playoffs.” Rodriguez noted that Alamo Heights and Clemens are vastly improved and prepared to challenge for the district title. Canyon coach Danny Bueno is the first to say 1996 will be a rebuilding year for his Cougars. The team lost 11 seniors to graduation, and three other starters opted not to play soccer this season. Without scoring leader Vince Bueno, Canyon faces an uphill battle to keep alive its string of three consecutive trips to the playoffs. “We are very young,” Bueno said. “But the potential is there. If we can continue to improve, then we might have a chance to get in to the WE' Canyon embarks on girls soccer program BY THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Kickin’ in the new season Above, the New Braunfels boys soccer team is favored to defend their District 52 championship title. Left, Canyon High School begins its first years of girls soccer. The school hired Steve Zimmerman to take over as the new head coach. - *nr—Mala'"" —: ~ .. Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL playoff. It’s going to be a very tough district The seniors we lost had been to the playoffs three years in a row.” Though inexperienced, the latest group of Cougars are ready to re-establish that playoff tradition. Eric Rodriguez comes in as a freshman sweeper. Mike Mechler, Leighton White, Stefan Rohach lake over as defenders. C.J. Czelusta, Paul Paniagua, Rene Lopez, Raul Rodriguez are midfielders. Adrian Armendariez and Chris White step in at forwards. Ian Schilling, a freshman, will be the goalie. Coming off the bench will be Kumiss Schmidt, John Schmidt and Mitch McNeil. Canyon finished third in distnct and reached the regional qualifying playoffs. The final score was 3-0 in favor of Lockhart, but none that seemed to matter because the Canyon Cougarettes had won the larger battle before the game. After a year of coordinating, CHS officials this fall finalized the hinng of a coach to take over the girls’ soccer team in 1996. Coach Steve Zimmerman comes aboard with goals to put the program immediately on the right track. “The school, parents and players are very excited,” said Zimmerman, who played soccer at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. “We have several girls who played club soccer so we should be competitive this season.” Currently about 15 girls have signed up to play. This year’s team includes: Melissa Sal-davar, Sophia Reynosa, Rosio DeLeon. Jenny Hawkins, Erin Ousley, Melissa Pipken, Lisa Parra, Nicole Garcia, Laurie Hiracheta, Casey Richardson. Susanna Stites, Angel Schodts, Amber Anderson, Julia Schmidt and Leslie Zunker. “The girls understand that it’s going to take some time,” Zimmerman said. “The main thing is that the program is established and from here on we can build toward getting better.” The New Braunfels Unicorns enter the 1996 campaign with playoff experience. NBHS coach Joey Trevino’s troops finished at 8-9-1 and went two games deep into the playoffs. The Unicorns will have IO returning starters, including: Barbara Martinez, Audre Aguirre, Shawn Lindsey, Jennifer Alford, Leah Alba, Summer Scheel, Cynthia Escobeda, Patty Jo Maxey, Laura Schultz, Heather Barker and Kristi Hull. “We’re a lot better off than last year,” Trevino said. “There’s a lot of talent back, and the girls have a better understanding of the game. That maturity should help us out in close games. I think we are capable of going further in the playoffs.” The Smithson Valley Rangers head into their second season in District 52. New coach Kate O’Reilly brings three years of experience from South San Independent School District. The Rangers opened with two 1-0 wins in scrimmages against Marble Falls and McCollum. On Tuesday, they lost to Austin 4-0, but O’Reilly is confident the Ranger will improve on their 2-11-2 season in 1995. Returning starters are Haley Adcock, Cambry Clark, Kelly Naim, Kelly Roberts (goalie) and Bethany Welch. Dawn Gibson, Jenny Kuhn, Roberta Legg. Tara Mahoney.Jill Rust and Ori-an Thompson round out the starting lineup. Elizabeth Bell, Jennifer Brended Lauren Jenkins Lauren Ramsey, Michelle Ritchey and Diane Zuniga.” “We are a very young,” O’Reilly said. “We will have three freshmen starting this season. Our goal is be a controlled passing team. I think by district we should be competitive ” Offensive shutdowns cost Rockets two games By MICHAEL A. LUTZ AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have had terrible short circuits in two of their last three games, both against top teams in televised games. Is there a pattern here? The Rockets hit only three of their first 18 shots in Tuesday night’s 88-82 loss to San Antonio. They were I-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 4-for-26. Sam Cassell, the Rockets’ clutch shooter, was 0-for-5 on 3-pointers and Robert Horry was O-for-6. The Rockets were held to a season-low 34.8 percent shooting from the field and lied a season low with 82 points. Coach Rudy Tomjanovich was amazed at his team’s ineptitude on the offensive side. “We missed layups and outside shots,” Tomjanovich said. “We were just hoping somebody could break out of it and hit a three. You have to give our defense credit for holding a high-powered offense like they have to under 90 points.” But the Rockets couldn’t find the basket. It wasn’t because they didn’t get good shots. “If we didn’t have open shots, you’d have to worry,” Tomjanovich said. “But we were getting good shots. We just have to keep working and those shots will fall for us.” It was a repeat of the second quarter in Chicago on Jan. 3 when the Rockets hit I -for-15, going from a three-point lead to 17 points down at the half. Houston lost 100-86. Against the Spurs, who beat the Rockets for the second time this season, the Rockets wasted a solid defensive effort. The Spurs had only two field goals in the fourth quarter and still won with David Robinson in foul trouble. "Everybody struggled, but it’s one of those situations where it doesn’t really concern us,” Mario Elie said. "It’s all about hitting shots. In the NFL, a quarterback runs hot one week and cold the next. NBA glance Tuesday's Dames Charlotte 92. Toronto 91 New York 98 Boston 93 Orlando 92. New Jersey 84 Atlanta 104, Sacramento 88 San Antonio 88, Houston 82 Seattle 97, Milwaukee 92 Indiana 91, Dallas 84 L A. Clippers 106. Phoenix IOO L A Lakers 106, Minnesota 104 Golden State 109, Vancouver 103 Wsdnsiday1! Qames Boston 113, Sacramento 104 New Jersey 92, New York 79 Washington 98, Philadelphia 93 Chicago 113, Seattle 87 San Antonio 92, Cleveland 86 Denver 91, Vancouver 85 Portland 90, Miami 89 Atlanta at Toronto. 7pm ¥ X JL One bit, two bits... JAR Gymnastics All-star chaerlaad-ers took second place in the Senior All-Star division for their cheer/dance performance in the third annual San Antonio Spurs Chaerleading Competition. Cheerleading squads from all over the state competed in the event at the Alamodome. Th# JAR team looks to repeat their performance at the Texas State Cheerleading Competition in San Marcos on Jan. 20. The squad includes Holly Reynolds, Kellye Cunningham, Brittany Winzeter, Shannon Eichmann, Amber Jendrusch, Kristi Spencer, Tiffany Cries, Amanda Farrar, Cathy Stewart, Kristen Johnson Mid Autumn Fishbeck. Submitted photo Jones envisions Super Bowl without Jimmy Johnson By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — lf the Dallas Cowboys win the Lombardi Tri>phy, owner Jerry Jones wants only his fingerprints on it Jones has chafed under the praise former coach Jimmy Johnson received for putting together a team that won back-to-back Super Bowls. There’s a commercial from the past ihai told it all. Johnson was driving a car to the Super Bowl (hat passed a hitchhiking Jones on a dusty road without picking him up "I’d like to ck) lhat commercial over and I can tell you for dang sure I d he driving the car this lime,” Jones said “I wouldn’t mind somebody else getting that dust.’’ Jones tries to downplay the fact he w ants to show Johnson he doesn’t need him to win a Super Bowl But Jones said when he hired Barry Switzer, just about anybody could do John son’s job. However, the Cowboys lost to San Francisco in the NFC title game last year They get another shot on Sunday in Texas Stadium against the Green Bas Pack ers. On Tuesday. Jones didn t wan! lo reveal all of his innermost feelings about w inning a Super Bowl withins his former Arkansas teammate. "I hear that talk and I guess its logical to relate to part of it," Jones said “But that s a small thing in comparison to winning the Super Bowl for everything ii winild mean “lf we win ii wiilioui Jimmy then you’re not going to hear ilk* allude to ii or wink about ii Just having a chance to gel thai trashy again is all I need Johnson was in charge ol all the personnel nkvves and Jones tell hun he was left inn. particularly on draft day In Johnson’s k*ok. he tells how Jones requested that the coach talk to him when the national JA' cameras were turned on in draft central so he could appear involved in ihe decision making ;