New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Theitfs going to be such a revolving door the players ate going to think they are at Dillards (department store.”
— Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton on the Miami Dolphins under new head coach Jimmy Johnson.
In the news
NBHS soccer faces McNeil tonight at Unicom Stadium
The New Braunfels varsity boys’ soccer team, coming off a 4-0 win over San Antonio Jefferson, take on the Round Rock McNeil Mavericks tonight at 7 p.m. at Unicorns Stadium.
The defending District 52 champion Unicorns defeated McNeil 2-1 last year in the Round Rock Westwood Tournament.
‘McNeil poses a good early matchup for us,” said NBHS coach Bob Rodriguez.
“They will try to come at us with a quicker game. We’ll try to slow it down."
In the win over Jefferson, Sid Gosa scored two goals and Josh Motz and Marco Sanchez knocked in one goal each.
In other action, the Canyon Cougars travel to the Austin ISO Tournament today.The Canyon girls team faces San Marcos at 5 p.m. at San Marcos.
The Smithson Valley Ranger girls square off against San-Antonio Roosevelt today at 6 p.m. at Ranger Stadium.
Seguin Sidekicks open 1996 soccer season
The Seguin Sidekicks soccer team will have tryouts for boys ages 12 artctuncter'om^ 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. For more information, call Kiel at 327-3569, Dykes at 372-5356 or Rossi Flores (210) 639-4980.
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 expenence.
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.
Casted, 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 devel-’ oped 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 will hold tryouts for the spring season at 9 a.m., Jan. 13 at HEB Soccer Fields on Live Oak Street. Players ages 10 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 aMow 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, can Steve Norris at825-3734 for more information.Spurs CEO: Local fans have say in pay-per-view
By THOMAS GODLEY
Spurs fans who want to avoid a local television blackout with no pay-per-view options during the playoffs should urge their cable company to act now, said Jack Diller, president of the San Antonio NBA team.
The blackout was one of several topics Diller discussed as the guest speaker Thursday during the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary’s noon luncheon.
Diller met with Rotary members to promote this year’s New Braunfels Night at the Alani-odome. The benefit event will raise funds for
restoring a downtown building for the New Braunfels Art League.
For every ticket the Rotary sells to the Spurs-Philadelphia 76ers game at the Alamodome on March 2, the Art League building project will receive $4. Last year the program raised more than $1,000 for repairs to city sidewalks.
Tickets are available at Vivroux Sporting Goods.
Diller said the Spurs organization continues to sponsor community events as a means of marketing the team outside of San Antonio.
He added that the city’s relatively small television market requires seeking other methods of promotions and sources of revenue such
as hosting New Braunfels Night.
Making playoff games available on pay-per-view in nearby cities also benefits the Spurs. However, it rests with TCI Cable — the company which serves New Braunfels — to work out negotiations with Paragon Cable of San Antonio. Paragon holds exclusive pay-per-view rights on Spurs’ games.
Last year, television coverage of certain Spurs’ playoffs games were blacked out locally, leaving residents without an alternative because Paragon does not serve New Braunfels.
“We haven’t done anything to say, “No don’t take pay-per view to New Braunfels,”
Diller said. “In fact, we’d very much like that.” He added that the Spurs have encouraged TCI and Paragon to make a deal.
The situation could be resolved if enough local fans call TCI and urge the company to make pay-per-view available.
Diller also answered questions concerning the outlook for a new basketball arena. Many fans have not suited for basketball basketball. He stressed that organization is not looking to leave San Antonio but that the owners had to consider options.
“We get calls from people every month wanting to buy the Spurs,” Diller said, adding that the owners want to stay in San Antonio.
28-4A boys begin 1996 playoff hunt
BY THOMAS GODLEY
Two thirds of the way into the high school boys’ basketball season and to this point the games have been virtually meaningless.
It all changes tonight when the District 28-4A teams face off. Only ten games remain,on the schedule, and everyone is in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Smithson Valley Rangers, (13-5) coming off a huge win over Austin McCal-lum 71-68 on Tuesday, host the Hays Rebels at Ranger Gym.
The defending district champion Canyon Cougars (12-7) trek to Bastrop to take on one of the pre-season favorites. The Bears will be trying to end Canyon’s seven-game winning streak.
“We have our work cut out,” Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said.
District 28-4A boys
The New Braunfels Unicorns (8-12) put a halt to a five-game skid last Tuesday with a 67-47 victory over Central Catholic. Next up are the Lockhart Lions at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Unicom Gym.
“Lockhart has two all-district guards and they don’t mind an up-tempo kind of game ” Wilkins said.“The key for us will be rebounding and preventing turnovers. If we can win those two battles, we have a good shot at winning the game.”
Cougarettes aim for first win
BY THOMAS GODLEY
Jay Moaller and the Smithson Valley Rangers head into district action tonight against the Hays Rebels.
NBHS girls soccer looks to get back on winning track
The Canyon Cougarettes (5-12,0-2) seek their first \vin in the third district game tonight at Cougar Den. Canyon opened the 28-4A season with narrow losses to New Braunfels, 39-37, and Lockhart, 55-50.
It will not get any easier tonight against the district pre-season favorite Bastrop Bears, who currently are undefeated at 2-0.
Bastrop is coming off blowout wins over Smithson Valley and Hays.
New Braunfels, Smithson Valley, Hays and Lockhart each stand at 1-1 in district, with head-to-head battles set to break the ties tonight.
New Braunfels coach Larry Schulte knows his Unicorns let one slip away on the road last Tuesday at Smithson Valley.
From submitted reports
The New Braunfels girls’ soccer team opened the 19% season against a formidable opponent in the Round Rock McNeil Lady Mavericks who came away with a 2-0 win on Tuesday at Unicom Stadium.
Coach Joey Trevino expects the Unicorns to rebound from the loss when they face Austin Anderson on Saturday at noon.
Despite the shutout, Trevino was pleased with the Unicorns’ passing game. Seniors Leah Alba and Shawn Lindsey and juniors Summer Scheel and Jennifer Alford controlled the ball well during the game. McNeil kept the Unicom defense on its heels, taking 15 shots on goal.
Kristi Hull, who took over at goalie this season, came through with several saves, which was a key to limiting McNeil to only two points.
Patty Jo Maxey, Cynthia Escobedo and newcomer freshman Laura Schultz were defensive standouts for the Unicorns
Forward Audrey Aguirre and freshman Larin McPeek were the main scoring threat, guiding New Braunfels to three shots on goal.
This season the Unicorns return eight starters from last year’s area finalist team. Trevino said the team is making stndes early in the season.
He also welcomed assistant coach Rachel Crawford who takes over the junior varsity girls’ soccer team.
The Unicom JV tied McNeil JV as Jodi Hetch-ler and Adnenne Pierce combined for a goal in the final nunules to bring New Braunfels from behind and lock it at I -1.
Midfielder Hetchler, Amber Duncan and goalkeeper Alyssa Hollmig played key roles in the win.
The Rangers came from behind in the final three minutes to pull out a 42-38 win.
“That was a game we’ll probably look back on and say we should have won,” Schulte said. “We have another one on the The Unicorns get another shot at a road win against the Lockhart Lady Lions tonight The key will be containing the Lions alldistrict guard and University of Texas signee Edwina Brown.
“We can’t let her dictate the game,” Schulte said. “She is going to get her points but we have to make sure we don’t focus on her too much and allow someone else to hurt us.”
The Unicorns (8-10) will start Joy Cad-dell. Kelly Werth. Emily Wotipka, Melinda Aguirre and Nola Muir.
The Smithson Valley Rangers (15-6,1-1) travel to Hays tonight for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
A leg up on the competition
The New Braunfels Unicorns girts' soccer team looks to rebound from a loss to Round Rock McNeil on Tuesday at Unicom Stadium. The Unicorns take on Auatin McNeil on Saturday at noon. Left, Leah Alba, a returning starter from last year's playoff team, will guide the Unicorns into action.
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Sports briefsOwls, Cougars push into tho SWC hunt
Rice and Houston have wedged into the Southwest Conference basketball race with victories over ranked teams and now they’re turning their guns on each other.
The Owls (8-4, I -0) shocked then-No. 23 Texas 80-69 Saturday playing without leading rebounder Shaun Igo. On the same day, Houston (6-6, 1-0) upset third-ranked Memphis 69-67.
The winner of Saturday nights matchup at Autry Court will lake another step toward challenging early favorites Texas Tech (11-1, 1-0) and Texas (7-4,0-1) in the final SWC season before the league disbands.
In other games Saturday: Texas Christian (9-6, 0-1), which lost its
SWC opener lo Texas Tech 90-86 on Wednesday, will play at Texas; Baylor (6-7, 1-0) plays at Southern Methodist (4-8, 0-1); and the Red Raiders (11-1,1-0) host Texas A&M (8-5,0-1).
The Cougars are on a four-game winning streak since coach Alvin Brooks changed his starting lineup when Tim Moore and Lon/ell Gowdy regained their eligibility.Oilers put Astrodome lease at forefront
HOUSTON (AP) — An early end to the Houston Oilers’ Astrodome lease, which Mayor Bob Lanier has blocked for months, is now on the table.
Lanier told the Houston Chronicle he would be willing to let the Oilers out of the deal before it expires at the
end of the 1997 season if the football team offers enough money and helps the city gel another NFL club ‘There are specific discussions with the Oilers and I would rather leave it at that,” Lanier said Wednesday.
"From my view, there is nothing on or off the table,” he said. “Well, it might be on the table, but I might have certain things I would not do.” When pressed for details, Lanier became vague, saying public discussion "ends up hurting my negotiation more than it helps.”Tontjanovich rewarded for NBA til lo run
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Rudy Tomjanovich has been a key ingredient in the Houston Rockets back-to-back NBA titles and now he’s been rewarded for it.
Owner Leslie Alexander showed his appreciation on Thursday by extending Tomjanovich’s contract through the year 2000 "Rudy has done a phenomenal coaching job and this extension is well deserved,” Alexander said. "I consider Rudy to he the premier coach in the NBA .’’
Tomjanovich would not discuss the deal’s financial terms.
Houston’s KR1V-TV quoted sources as saying Tomjanovich received a two-year extension to his contract, which had been through 1998.
“I just have lo say about Les Alexander, he’s done it time and time again,” Tomjanovich said “Everything that we needed for this team, as far as players, transportation, airplanes.
contracts, he’s done it and he’s done it the nght way.Cowboys vs. Dolphins on tap next year
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Jimmy Johnson-coached Miami Dolphins against the Barry Switzer-coached Dallas Cowboys? It’s going to happen next year in Miami Only the ume is to be determined And Dallas players can’t wait fa the fun
“Jimmy is great coach and is gang to do a great job," said offensive tackle Nate Newton. "We can’t wait to go down there and punish hun I hope we open up Monday Night Football."
The NFL schedule hasn’t been released but the Cowboys will play the Dolphins in Miami.
Newton said the Dolphin players are in for a shak under Johnson.