New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, January 12, 1984 5Wondering about those all-state teams. ..
A few items blown up on the front porch this week...
The San Antonio papers really played up the all-state football teams, eh? The Light splashed them across the top of the front sports page — or at least some of the teams. Well, at least the 5A team.
And where were the 4A picks, like New Braunfels’ Tim Doty and his PR man, Brian Frassmann? For that matter, where were any of the 4A picks? (Or the 3A or 2A or A picks, for that matter?)
They would have been hard to find Sunday. They weren’t in there, at least not in the state edition that we get here in New Braunfels. No Doty, no Frassmann, nobody who wasn’t from San Antonio.
The 4A team was listed in Monday’s
edition, back in the Scoreboard section. And there on Page 2C, wedged between jumps from the NFL stories, was “Unicorns’ Doty is All-State.” A filler. Right above “American wins 20K road race.”
My complaints about the San Antonio papers’ area sports coverage are not the first heard around town, and they’re probably not even the loudest. Area sports seem to be a step-child with the big dailies, with too few people trying to do too much work.
But there’s not a whole lot you can do, except write and complain. Good luck.
Basketball season, which is more than halfway over, has brought only a mixed bag of results to the county. Only two teams — Canyon’s boys and Canyon’s girls — have winning records.
But don’t count everybody out just yet. The Smithson Valley girls, despite Monday’s loss to Boerne, are still in the 26-3A race. The Rangerettes killed themselves with a scoreless first quarter Monday night, but more than equalled the Greyhounds the rest of the way.
Over at Canyon, the Cougars and Cougarettes have returned from the wastelands of double-digit-loss seasons. The boys will be hurt by the loss of Thomas
Haeussler, who has mononucleosis, but they will remain strong the rest of the way. And the Cougarettes are going to shock somebody before ifs all over.
Around the districts, everybody still looks strong in the boys’ race, although the Fredericksburg Billies won’t have their rabid home crowd behind them down the road. That crowd may have been a factor in the Billies’ victory over Canyon last week.
In the girls’ race, Tivy’s size and shooting finesse helped the Antlers beat the physical Billies Monday night in a battle between front-runners. But both teams had better watch out for Hays and Canyon.
And if we’re talking about basketball, let’s talk about the officiating lately. As a rule, I don’t like to bad-mouth the guys who
call high school games, having called a few myself a few years ago.
But the quality doens’t seem to be there this season — there are an awful lot of officials who are out of position or too far away from the play to make the right calls. And if didn’t learn anything else, I learned to always be in position before making a call.
Basketball is the toughest sport around to officiate, with the inherent quickness and end-to-end action. What is needed, at least for varsity games, is a three-official
Granted, three out-of-position officials won t be much help, but it’s harder to be out of position in the three-man system.
Daingerfield, 3 others put on UIL probation
AUSTIN (AP) — Class 3A football champion Daingerfield and three other high schools — Tyler John Tyler, Decatur and Gladewater — have been placed on probation in football next season.
The action, taken Wednesday by the University Interscholastic league, serves as a warning and does not disqualify schools from competing in district and playoff games.
Members voted 5-1 to place Tyler on probation because the coach was accused of recruiting Undale athlete James McGowen to play football for Tyler. Recruiting football players from other districts is prohibited by UIL rules.
Undale Superintendent David Montgomery filed the recruiting charge against Tyler, saying former Tyler football coach Bill Parks had talked to
McGowen twice about playing for Tyler.
Affidavits signed by McGowen and his father said Parks visited McGowen at home in July and told him if he would come to Tyler he would help get him a job.
Tyler Superintendent Jack Davidson said that McGowen actually lived in the Tyler attendance area but was a legal transfer to Undale Parks later resigned. A replacement has not yet been named.
Daingerfield, Decatur and Gladewater were placed on probation for violating the Athletic (’ode, which “means to play the game in the spirit of fairness and clean sportsmanship" and to accept decisions of officials without protest.”
Committee member Betty Thompson argued in favor of disqualifying Gladewater from playoff competition in
football next season, but her effort failed when she gained the support of only one other member.
Testimony before the committee disclosed that two Gladewater football players had been put on athletic probation by the school for swinging their helmets in fights during games on successive weeks
Gladewater and Decatur players got into a fight on the field in the dosing seconds of Gladewater^ victory. Referee Ixiyd Dale of Plano described it as “pretty good brawl.”
The next week in Gladewater’s loss to Daingerfield, game official Charlie Malone of Ixingview said players from those teams got into a fight after the Gladewater quarterback was tackled midway through the fourth quarter and slid out of bounds
Owls end Frogs'dominance
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Rice Owls, victims of the “Killer Frogs” for the past two years, finally ended a reign of frustration against a youthful Texas Christian team in a game described by the Homed Frogs’ coach as “a dribble contest.”
Tracy Steele finally wrapped up a 43-42 victory for the Owls with a 21-foot jump shot with seven seconds left Wednesday night. In another Southwest Conference game, Texas A&M knocked off Baylor 63-52.
Steele’s shot, which gave Rice its only lead of the second half, ended the Owls’ five-game losing streak to TCU and also snapped a four-game Rice losing streak this season.
“It was a big win for us,” said Rice Coach Tommy Suitts. “I don’t know about
streaks ... but we were due. We’ve had a number of games on the road that have come down to something like this and we’ve lost. It happened to us here two years ago.”
TCU Coach Jim Killingsworth said he doesn't know if he lias seen his team play that flat all year.
“It looked like a dribble contest going on out there," said Killingsworth. “We couldn't get anything going offensively, anything. We forced everything and had no patience. And they played good defense, but you don’t have to play much defense if the other team doesn’t run an offense."
Mike Cunningham scored IO points for Rice, which raised its conference record to 1-2 and its season mark to 5-7. The w in was the first for Rice on the road in 17 games.
Carven Holcombe scored 15 points to lead TCU. which fell to 7-7 for the season
and 0-3 in the SWC. It was the fourth straight loss for the Horned Frogs.
Todd Holloway scored 19 points against a Baylor zone defense to lead the Aggies, now 2-1 in SWC play and 6-5 for the season. Baylor fell to 0-2 and 4-9.
AAM Coach Shelby Metcalf said the victory was a good win for his team.
“This is his fourth straight good game on the offensive end (rf the court for us.” he said.
Baylor Coach Jim Haller said he thought the Bears could win the game, even though they weren't playing as well a they had in others.
“We need to be smarter in the clutch situations when the game is on the line ... we weren’t as mentally and physically sharp as we’ve been the last few games,” he said
NBA teams break 3 scoring records
Racehorse Nuggets outscore Spurs
Canyon's Mike Wolfshohl sails past New Braunfels' John Matney during a District 13-4A game earlier this season. In local 13 4A girls' action tonight, Gonzales is at
canyon and New Braunfels travels to Fredericksburg. In District 26 3A, Randolph is at Smithson Valley.
Hoosiers trip Illinois in OT
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Despite outscoring Indiana 60-40 from the field and preventing the Hoosiers from taking a shot in overtime, ninth-ranked Illinois couldn’t find a way to win.
The undermanned Hoosiers, with only eight players in uniform because of illness and injury, got 29 points from freshman Steve Alford and 20 more from Chuck Franz to beat the Blini 73-68 in college basketball at Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday night.
Indiana’s victory was its seventh in a row, improving its record to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big
Ten. Illinois fell to 11-2 and 2-1.
“Franz just killed us, as did Alford,” said Illinois Coach I<ou Henson.
In other games involving Top 20 teams, Iowa State upset No. 17 Oklahoma 74-68, Providence tripped 18th-ranked Boston College 63-62, second-ranked Kentucky outlasted Mississippi State 51-42 and No. 12 Wake Forest bombed William & Mary 60-53.
Kentucky stayed unbeaten at 12-4) despite trailing Mississippi State 22-21 at halftime. Sophomore Kenny Walker scored 13 of his 16 points after intermission, including a jumper with 15:26 remaining to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
DENVER (AP) - What Kiki Van-deweghe wanted to do, he said, was pass off to a teammate closer to the basket. But hemmed in by the San Antonio defense and with the shot clock running down, the Denver Nugget forward unloaded a desperation shot from three-point range.
It went in, of course, as did most (rf Vandeweghe’s other attempts in Wednesday night’s wild 163-155 National Basketball Association victory over San Antonio. The 318 points set an NBA record for most points in a regulation game.
Vandeweghe’s three-pointer with 58 seconds left thwarted a late San Antonio surge and capped his 50-point performance.
Spurs Coach Bob Bass found Vandeweghe’s play — which included 21-of-30 shooting from the floor and 7-of-7 from the lim* — hard to believe.
“A guy warming up can’t make as many
shots as Vandeweghe made," said Bass “Every tune he shoots it goes in."
Vandeweghe, who scored (Mi a variety of medium-to-long-range jumpers and spinning drives, admitted he “wasn’t looking to pass very often once I was hot I wanted to shoot Ute ball because I felt things were going well for me."
As for his final three points, he said, “There were only six seconds left on the 24-second clock and I had nowhere to go, so I just put it up and pray ed ”
It marked the second tune in five mghts that the Spurs have been blitzed Golden State scored 154 points against San Antonio last Saturday.
“That’s two out of four games now where we just haven’t gotten back on defense at all," Bass said "I’m embarrassed about giving up all those points.”
The previous highest-scoring regulation
total was 316 achieved twice, unce on March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pa., when Philadelphia defeated New York 169-147 and Wilt Chamberlain scored a record IOO points Cincinnati and San Diego matched that total on March 12.1970.
The 99 points scored in the final period, 53 by San Antonio, also set an NBA standard for most points in a quarter, breaking the record (rf 96 set by Boston and Minneapolis on Feb. 27, 1959, and Detroit and Cincinnati on Jan 7,1972
And the 172 second-half points set still another mark for scoring in a half, eclipsing the 170 points scored by Philadelphia and Cincinnati on March 19, 1971.
Denver placed seven players in double figures, as did the Spurs, and never trailed after the game’s opening three minutes.Navratilova named women's athlete of year
NEW YORK (AP) — With the same ease and dominance she displayed on tennis courts all over the world last year, Martina Navratilova was a runaway winner as the 1963 • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
A native of Czechoslovakia who became an American citizen in 1961, Navratilova garnered 62 votes in nationwide balloting (rf sports writers and broadcasters announced today. Track star Mary Decker, the 1982 winner, was a dstant second with 44 votes.
Finishing third was Timers McKinney, a downhill skier, who had six votes. Distance
runner Grete Waitz of Norway received two votes, while volleyball ace Rita Crockett, college basketball star Cheryl Miller (rf Southern California and golfer JoAnne Garner received one vote each.
Capturing The AP Male Athlete (rf the Year award on Tuesday was track and field star Carl Lewis.
Navratilova was magnificent in 1963, winning 15 (rf the 16 tournaments she entered and posting an 86-1 record in matches. Her only 1ms was to Kathy Horvath in the French Open.
The athletic left-hander has won her last 51 matches, just five shy of the record of 56 set by Chria Evert IJoyd. In 1963, Navratilova won $1,456,030, second only to male tennis star Ivan I>endl of Czechoslovakia, while her career earnings of $6,384,089 are the most by any tennis player, male or female.
“I’m glad that I got it," Navratilova said when told she had won the award. “But to be honest, I thought I should have gotten it in 1979.”
Tennis has dominated the Female Athlete award over the years, with Chria Evert Lloyd
winning in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1960. Tracy Austin took the honor in 1979 and 1961, while Billie Jean King won in 1967 and 1973, and the 1971 winner was Evurine Goolagong of Australia.
“I’m honored with the award," Navratilova said. “I’m really glad because it’s people that vote on it.”
For the second straight year, Navratilova has finished No. I on the Women's Tennis Association computer
“I was lucky enough lo have good year. But I had so many people helping me."
Among her victories in 1983 were Wimbledon for the fourth tune, the Australian Open for the second time and tile U S. Open for the first time.
“My biggest thrill was winning the U.S. Open,” she said, “because it had eluded me for so long ”
“You have to be so lucky to keep winning,” Navratilova said. “But I've also worked hard, mentally and technically.
“I’m hitting the ball harder. I’m putting more spin <mi it. I’m more aggressive.
“Ifs difficult to pass me 80 or 90 times And that’s what it would take to beat me.”