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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A D Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, January 14, 1996 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day The Press “Patience is the one thing you need. But I’m not really a patient per son. » — Dallas Cowboys receiver Kevin Williams on his recent success in the Cowboys’ passing game. In the news Seguin Sidekicks open 1996 soccer season The Seguin Sidekicks soccer team will continue tryouts today for boys ages 12 and under from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Seguin High School practice field on E. Court St. The session is 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 No. 4 soccer ball. The Sidekicks Board approved the new team at the December meeting, and also approved Ken Kiel and Kenny Dykes 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 (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 Grudne 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 today from 8:30 a m. to noon. All registrations will be held in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten, 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 Mavericks outlast Suns in OT PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns' injury problems aren’t eliciting any pity from Dallas coach Dick Motta. “Everybody has to go through it,” Motta said after the Mavericks’ 140-130 overtime win Friday night over the Suns, who were playing their third straight game with only eight healthy players. “I feel bad when players are hurt, but I don’t carry sorrow past the starting lineup. We were probably more wounded than they are because their bench is so much deeper than ours.’’ Not necessarily, considering reserve guard Tony Dumas came off the bench to score a career-high 39 points for Dallas, including 20 in the second period and four in overtime. The second-year pro entered the game with a 12.1 average. His previous career-best was 35 points on Dec. 12 against Seattle. “We practice shooting open jumpers all day, so I shot it the way I do in practice,” said Dumas, who made 15 of 19 field goals and six 3-point goals. “I was wide open on some picks, and I took advantage of that." Unicorns, Cougarettes soccer notch first wins From staff reports The New Braunfels and Canyon girls’ varsity soccer teams came away with their first win of the season Friday and Saturday. The NBHS Unicorns (1-1) cruised past the Austin Anderson Trojans by a score of 3-1 at Unicom Stadium on Saturday. Audrey Aguirre, Shawn Lindsey and Jennifer Alford each scored a goal. NBHS coach Joey Trevino said the key to the victory was the Unicorns passing game. “The girls spread the ball around real well,” Trevino said. ‘They are starting to have confidence in each other. We’ve improved with each game.” The junior varsity also won 3-0. Jody Hetchler scored two goals and Valerie Steagall added another. The Unicorns next take on Austin Bowie on Monday. The JV plays at 6 p.m and the varsity at 7:30 p.m. The Cougarettes (1-1), coming off a 4-0 loss to Lockhart, rebounded with a 1-0 win over the San Marcos Rattlers. Leslie Zunker kicked the winning goal. Canyon is in its first year under coach Steve Zimmerman. The Smithson Valley Rangers defeated San Antonio Roosevelt 2-0. Dawn Gibson and Jill Rust each scored to give the Rangers (1-1) their first win of the season. District 52 soccer Scores New Braunfels 3, Anderson 1 Canyon 1,San Marcos 0 Smithson Valley 2, Roosevelt 0 Alamo Heights 4, Lanier 0 Next Tuesday’s games New Braunfels at Austin Bowie Incarnate Word at Canyon St. Mary's at Smithson Valley NBHS rocks Lockhart By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor New Braunfels opened the District 28-4A race with a bang. Putting on its best offensive performance of the season, the Unicorns (9-12,1-1) took an 81 -60 victory over the Lockhart Lions (13-9,0-1) on Friday at Unicom Gym. Four players scored in double figures as New Braunfels held at least a 13-point lead through most of the second half. Tony Bradford, a 6-3 junior, led the way, scoring 17 points. Raymond Chapa had 15, including three 3-pointers. Buddy Martens and Aaron Moore finished with IO and ll respectively. The Unicorns effectively handled Lockhart’s press, which cleared the way for open jumpshots and layups. Lockhart coach Brad Ingram stayed with the full-court traps which forced only nine turnovers and allowed transition points on the other end. “We gave up some easy ones but when we got down by 13 or 14 in the second half, I felt like we had to keep the pressure abd try to get something going.” Ingram said. “It worked to an extent, but New Braunfels shot really well. On defense, their matchup zone gave us trouble.” For the game, the Unicorns hit 27 of 46 shots from the field and seven of 16 from three-point range. The 81 points was the highest total this season. Meanwhile, the Lions made their living at the free throw line, converting 30 of 44 shots from the stripe. The Unicorns went to the free throw line nine times and made five shots. Ian Owens, who scored four points, pulled down I Oui the Unicorns’ 24 rebounds. Lockhart fell behind 19-12 at the end of the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, Chapa reeled off seven points in a two-minute span, Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tony Bradford led the Unicorns with 17 points in an 81-60 win over Lockhart Lions. capped by a three pointer at 5:23 that put the Unicorns ahead 30-16. The lead stretched to 39-26 at halftime. Bradford sank a three point shot at the buzzer to make it 59-41 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lions continued trapping with little success. “We expected them to put a lot of pressure, but we can break any press as long as we prepare for it at practice,” Bradford said. “Our shots were falling tonight because we’ve really been working on putting ourselves in game-type situations at practice.” Martens put an exclamation on the night by nailing a 40-foot shot at the buzzer to end the game. The Unicorns next travel to Hays on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Bastrop bruises Canyon By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor BASTROP — The Bastrop Bears bumped and bruised their way to a 54-51 win over the Canyon Cougars on Friday. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Canyon. ‘That was one of the most physical, out-of-control games I’ve ever been associated with," Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said. “'ITiere were hands, bodies and pushing all night long hut not loo many fouls were called. They let them play.” Starting guard Hector Torres left the game in the first quarter after suffering a cut on his eye that required stitches. The injury came from a headbutt by a Bas trop player. Bastrop, which led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, look a 36-29 lead into the locker room. The Cougars went on a 16- IO run in the third quarter to cut the deficit lo 46-45 at the start of the fourth quarter The Bears pushed the lead to 11 before Canyon came within three in the final minute. Down 54-51, the Cougars had two chances to force a tie in the final 15 seconds. Bul Jimmy Keresztury and Travis Wommack missed the mark on three-point attempts. Keresztury was held to 12 points (rune below his average). Wommack led all players with 19. Rocky Johnson pumped in 13. iDistrict standings District 28-4A boys Overall District Smithson Valley 13-5 1-0 Bastrop 11-8 1-0 New Braunfels 9-12 1-0 Lockhart 13-9 0-1 Canyon 12-8 0-1 Hays 10-11 0-1 IlDistrict standings District 28-4A girls Overall District Bastrop 22-1 3-0 Hays 15-3 1-1 Lockhart 18-5 2-1 Smithson Valley 16-5 1-1 New Braunfels 7-10 1-1 Canyon 7-14 0-2 N. Braunfels 81 Lockhart 60 Bastrop 54 Canyon 51 Smith. Valley 36 Hays 33 OMS Lockhart 72 NBHS 53 Bastrop 83 Canyon 39 Hays 63 Smith. Valley 57 New Braunfels soccer on track for district From staff reports Joe Cortez (left) keeps an Mavericks. The Unicorns Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL on the bail during first-half action against the McNeil 4-1. The New Braunfels Unicorns took on previous-'y unbeaten Round Rock McNeil and coasted to a 4-1 win on Friday al Unicom Stadium. McNeil entered the game loaded with international players and plans for revenge after last year’s 2-1 loss. This year’s roster included players from Nigeria, Brazil and a host of Division I club players. Kyle Reneau’s header off a cross pass from Andy Holtman opened the scoring. The second goal came when Holtman was tripped in the penalty box and received a penalty kick. Reneau nailed the kick to make it 2-0. Sid Gosa, Michael Kawazoe, Klif Steagall and Travis Baker stilled the Mavericks’ high-scoring offense.Goalie Bradley Brandenburg made two diving saves lo keep the score 2-0. Marco Sanchez and Josh Mot/ applied early pressure that contained McNeil in the second half. The Unicorn's third goal came off a 20-yard kick by Gilbert Morales who nailed the upper 90 degrees for a 3-0 lead. McNeil prevented the shut*jut with IO minutes left in (he game on a direct kick by Kenny Olawaufe. Holtman scored the final goal on a 20-yard throw-in by Brandenberg. Holtman headed the ball past a diving McNeil goalie. Thomas Godley Of Bears, Buttons and other mascots The Bears mauled the Cougars on Friday. Now there’s a game with two classic mascots. Not like last Tuesday when the Unicorns beat the Buttons of Central Catholic. New Braunfels fans probably give little thought to their high school’s mythical mascot. Around here the Unicom is a symbol of pride and tradition. It’s taken for granted that others schools accept the one-homed creature. Truth is, the same people who never in their lives have heard of Wurstfest usually have a puzzled look when I tell them I write sports stories on the Unicorns. People consider it an odd mascot, a deviation horn the traditional Lions, Tigers, Eagles and Bears. I’ve defended the Unicom more than once, pointing out that, beyond its mystical powers, a Unicom, if it had to, could gore a nasty flesh wound with that one hem. Maybe gouge an eye. Anyway it’s a unique, fictitious aniriial, unlike the stereotypical Bulldogs, Panthers, Mustangs and Wildcats. I’ve never heard of another high school in Texas that cheers for the Unicom. Maybe it would catch on faster if we followed the University of Texas Longhorns fans and turned it into a contraction. "Cook’ Em ’Coms” has a nice ring to it. The Unicom may be a rare symbol for a high school football team, but there's a lot to like about the magical animal, and the players can at least feel secure in the fact that the pointy rod on his forehead adds an element of fear. On the other hand, no one has ever been injured by a Button. Somewhere an athlete is saying we shouldn’t be “disrespecting” the kids from Central Catholic, but let’s be honest. Few opponents are shivering with intimidation when they enter that gym and see a huge shirt with a disk-like fastener painted on the wall. On the positive side, though, the mascot lends itself to fun headlines like, "Lady Lions undo Buttons,” "Buttons snap win streak,” and “Buttons ripped by Trojans.” Central Catholic students are quick to point out that a button is part of a rattler. They probably also like to say a mascot isn’t such a big deal. Still, there are people who make judgements based on team names. On the sitcom “Cheers,” Diane used to make her football predictions based on a survival-of-the-fittest view of the animal kingdom. If it ever came down to a physical confrontation between a Bear and a Dolphin, there’s no question that claws do more damage than fins. Naturally, she picked Chicago over Miami. Ultimately, it’s about inumidalion, which is why a lot of schools stick with villainous mascots. Look al what the Oakland Raider have accomplished with that black and silver bandit on their helmets (three Super Bowls and ten division titles). Meanwhile, nice guys like the Patriots tend to finish last. The Book of Lists has the “12 Gentlest College Team Names.” Among the least imposing mascots are the New York University Violets, Whittier (California) Poets, the St. Mary’s of the Woods Woodsies and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. The list omits the Virginia Tech Hok-ies, but after what they did to the Longhorns, no one is poking fun at the 19% Sugar Bowl champion. Players like to be associated with teams that strike fear in the enemy. Jack Handey, the Saturday Night Live philosopher, put it best in his book of Deep Thoughts when he wrote that in the future he hopes Americans are thought of as vicious, war-like people, because then a lot of high schools might choose “Americans” as their mascot. They’d certainly have an edge on the Buttons. (Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung.) ;