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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas cheerleader Andrea Rochin. COMING SATURDAY A hostile host Canyon battles Del Valle for 26-4A hoop lead. Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Herald-Zeitung - Page 5a Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY g Soccer finally begins After 45 days of practice, area schools play first real games in tournaments. Times: TEA Looking for revenge Cougars host Del Valle, which knocked Canyon out of last year's hoop playoffs. Time: 7:30 p.m. Spurs host Wizards San Antonio takes on Washington at the AT&T Center. Time: 7 p.m. (Ch. 35; WOAI-AM1200) Ginobili helps key big final quarter in Spurs' 92-83 win over Denver DENVER (AP) - Tony Parker scored 26 points and Tim Duncan had 19 to help the San Antonio Spurs stave off the Denver Nuggets 92-83 We dnesday night. Allen Iverson snapped out of his shooting slump by sinking 15-of-25 shots for 33 points. The Nuggets got guard J.R. Smith back from a 10-game suspension for fighting, and he chipped in 12 points. The Spurs were coming off a f Manu Ginobili home game against Portland just 24 hours earlier and it showed in several missed layups, mostly by Parker, in the first three quarters. Although Duncan added 13 points, he was an uncharacteristic 3-of-10 from the line, and San Antonio had trouble putting away the Nuggets, who played one of their best games since losing star Carme-lo Anthony to a 15-game suspension last month. The Spurs didn't lead by more than six until Manu Ginobili's two free throws with 5:25 left gave them an 82-75 lead. Ginobili finished with 16 points. Mavericks 99, Trail Blazers 74 DALLAS (AP) - Jason Terry scored 20 points and Josh Howard added 17 as Dallas beat Portland. Devin Harris had 1.4 points and Erick Dampier added 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won 15 of their last 16. Reserve Austin Croshere had 1.3 points for the Mavericks, who extended their winning streak against the Blazers to 12 games, matching the longest in the series. Mavericks top scorer and rebounder Dirk Nowitzki, who had a season-high 38 points against Utah on Tuesday night, played only 25 minutes and finished with 11 points. He took only six shots and sat out the fourth quarter. Zach Randolph scored 21 points and rookie Brandon Roy added 15 for the Trail Blazers, who had their season-low point total and lost for the seventh time in eight games. Rockets 102, Lakers 77 11OUST0N (AP) - Juwan Howard scored a season-high 23 points and Dikemhe Mutombo moved into second place on the all-time blocks list in the Rockets' win over Los Angeles. Mutombo blocked five shots and grabbed 19 rebounds, matching a season high and reaching double-digits for the eighth straight game. I Ie now has 3,191 blocks, two more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time list. Ral'er Alston scored 20 points for the Rockets, who've won seven of nine games since Yao Ming broke a bone in his right leg. Tracy McGrady had only eight points and appeared to aggravate his troublesome back late in the first half. He also had 12 assists. Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, but went 6-for-18 from the field for the Lakers, who were held to a season-low point total. Bryant suffered a minor groin strain in the second quarter and left the game with 3:33 left after playing 34 minutes. The Lakers shot 34 percent (26 of 76) and mustered a season-low 31 points in the second half. The Rockets built an early seven-point lead despite McGrady's 2-for-6 start. Bryant scored 10 points in the second quarter during an 11-4 spurt to pull to a 41-41 tie. Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL NBLL REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY - The New Braunfels Little League is holding registration for various baseball and softball leagues from 6-8 p.m. today and Tuesday at Seele Elementary School and from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the NBLL Complex on Loop 337. The following leagues are available: T-Ball (ages 5-6; $50); Coach Pitch (6-7; $50); Minor League (10-11; $65); Major League (11-12; $65); Junior League (13-14; $65); Senior League (15-16; $65); Girls T-Ball and Softball (ages 5-18; $50-$65) and Challenger Division (for special needs youth ages 5-18; no charge). Practices begin in February, with try-outs scheduled for Feb. 3. STATE SOONERS DEFEAT BAYLOR WOMEN - Courtney Paris scored 21 of her 32 points after half-time when the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners overcame a 10-point deficit and went on to a 76-63 victory over No. 9 Baylor on . Wednesday night. Chelsi Welch and Leah Rush both had 13 points for Oklahoma (13-1,3-0 Big 12), and Rush also had 13 rebounds. Bernice Mosby led Baylor (15-2,2-1) with 26 points and 11 rebounds. It washer 10th 20-point game this season. Jessica Morrow had 13 points. UT MEN THUMP MIZZOU - Kevin Durant scored 34 points and No. 25 Texas ran its winning streak over Missouri to nine with an 88-68 victory Wednesday night, sending the Tigers to an 0-2 start in the Big 12 under first-year coach Mike Anderson. A.J. Abrams added 16 points for the Longhorns (12-3,2-0), who hit 12 3-pointers. Marshall Brown scored 24 points, 22 in the second half, to lead Missouri (11-4). AGGIE WOMEN EDGE TEXAS TECH - Morenike Atunrase hit a jumper with 1:04 left Wednesday night to give No. 19 Texas A&M a 49-47 victory over Texas Tech. The Aggies held Tech scoreless for the final 3 minutes. Lenka Zimova scored 11 points andTakia Starks added 10 to lead the Aggies (10-3,1-1 Big 12). Alesha Robertson had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Tech (10-6, l-2).Chesley Dabbs added 11 points. Tourneys kick off soccer season By Kevin Washburn Staff Writer New Year's resolutions and the NFL playoffs are not the only things that start up in January. Area soccer teams have practiced since November and began scrimmaging last week, but the games that count will start at local tournaments beginning today and running through Saturday. The Smithson Valley boys and girls teams will host the Ranger Soccer Classic, which will be attended by both teams from Canyon. Meanwhile, die New Braunfels boys and girls squads will host tourneys of their own. Five of the six area teams will begin play today. In Smithson Valley, the Cougarettes will face Schertz Clemens at 10 a.m.; the Rangers boys will host San Antonio Jay at noon; the Smithson Valley girls will play Dripping Springs at 2 p.m.; and the Canyon boys will take on San Antonio Jay at 8 p.m. Also beginning today will be the Lady Unicorns Invitational, wliich will feature New Braunfels versus Pleasanton at 5 p.m. The New Braunfels boys will begin the Unicorn Soccer Tournament on Friday with a 10 a.m. match-up against San Antonio Holmes. The tourneys will be especially important for New Braunfels and Canyon, which find themselves in District 27-4A after district realignment. The new district is a large, nine-team contingent, meaning 27-4A play will begin on Tuesday-much earlier than both teams began while in 28-4A. The quick turnaround will be especially tough for young teams, such both New Braunfels teams and the Cougars. Unicorns girls coach Al Dressen said tournaments are a good way to speed up the learning process before the district season starts. Last year his girls finished in third place at its home tourney. The New RANGER SOCCER CLASSIC At Smithson Valley's Ranger Stadium Tickets: Adults $7 for three-day wristbands; $3 single * game. Student prices are $5 and $2. TODAY BOYS Smithson Valley vs. Jay, Noon ,; O'Connor vb, Dripping Springs. 2 p.m. Jay.vs. Canyon,,8 p.m. GIRLS Clemens vs. Canyon, 10 a.m. ; Smithson Valley vs. Dripping Springs, 2 p.m. miranda laine/Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Kayla Redwine goes high to maneuver the ball against former Cougarette Ashley Gosdin during last weekend's Alumni Game. Canyon's girls officially begin the season today when they play Schertz Clemens at 10 a.m. at the Smithson Valley Ranger Soccer Classic. Braunfels boys tournament, where the Unicorns finished 3-0-1 last year, is a round robin. "We played some scrimmages, so we're ready to move to the next level, and a tour- nament is a great way to do that," Dressen said. "You gel to play a group of games in a short period of time and get everybody some playing lime and see what you've got." Canyon boys coach Rob Rush agreed. "This is ihe shortest preseason we've ever had," said Rush, whose Cougars did not play in Smithson Valley's tournament last season. "We're just trying to gel our game THIS WEEKEND'S AREA SOCCER TOURNAMENTS Clemens vs. San Angelo Central, 6 p.m. i FRIDAY BOYS O'Connor vs. Spring Woods, 10 a.m. Smithson Valley vs. Canyon, 4 p.m. Dripping Springs vs. Spring Woods, 8 p.m. GIRLS Smithson Valley vs. Hays, 10 a.m. Canyon vs. San Angelo Central, 2 p.m. Dripping Springs vs. Hays, 6 p.m. UNICORN SOCCER TOURNAMENT FRIDAY At Weston Soccer Fields Tickets: $3 adults; $2 students 1-Lockhart vs. Austin McCallum, 10 a.m. 2-New Braunfels vs. Holmes, 10 a.m. 1-Holmes vs. Lockhart, 3 p.m. 2-McCallum vs. New Braunfels, 3 p.m. SATURDAY At Unicorn Stadium Holmes vs. McCallum, 11 a.m. New Braunfels vs. Lockhart, 1 p.m. LADY UNICORNS INVITATIONAL Tickets: Adults $10 for a three-day pass; $5 for a one-day pass; $3 per game. Student prices are $5, $3 and $2. TODAY At Unicorn Stadium New Braunfels vs. Pleasanton, 5 p,m. FRIDAY At Unicorn Stadium Manor vs. Lehman, 10 a.m. legs under us and will really try to figure out what our starting lineup is, who the first couple of subs are and really see what our rotation is going to be." On the other side of the spectrum are the Cougarettes, who feature an experienced squad that will be looking to simply fine-tune some areas. Canyon girls coach Dustin Gold is looking for a better performance than last year's sixth-place Finish at Smith-son Valley's tournament, but his Cougarettes will face some tough challenges in a tourney that includes the No. 2 (Canyon), No. 3 (Dripping Springs) and No. 6 (Clemens) teams in Class 4A's Region IV, according to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches' preseason rankings. "It's a good mix of 5A and 4A teams," Gold said. "Last year, I don't think we were ready and our heads weren't in it early in the season. We didn't perform very well in eidier of our tournaments, so I'm really looking forward to getting to see how we come out mentally for this tournament and how we prepare for this season in that way." The tournaments are not only important for the Unicorns and Cougars. With District 26-5A games starting next Thursday for Smithson Valley, the Rangers won't have much longer to prepare, either. "We're hoping to get some good competition for district," Rangers boys coach Russ Girard said. "That's what it's all about. Hopefully, we have everything solidified as far as who's playing where and what our game plans are going to be and our style of play and all that stuff. Really, it's hoping to prepare us for the level of play we'll see once district comes around." The Smithson Valley boys finished in fourth place in their home tournament last year, while the girls defeated Canyon in the fifth-place game. Manor vs. New Braunfels, 1:30 p.m. Texarkana Pleasant Grove vs.; Lehman, 4:30 p.m. Pleasanton vs. Pleasant . Grove, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY At Weston Soccer Fields Pleasant Grove vs. Manor,;, 8:30 a.m. \> * Lehman vs. Pleasanton, 9:30 ^ a.m. ' ' i.V New Braunfels vs. Pleasant1' j Grove, Noon "', Pleasanton vs. Manor, 1 p.m. Lehman vs. New Braunfels, -3:30 p.m. ' 'V- < 1 ;