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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, January 14, 2011SPORTS Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at sports^herald-zeitung.comUnicorns best Cougars in first-ever dual meet at Canyon By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior Slater Hodges couldn't Believe his eyes when he saw the crowd of wrestling fans at the Cougar Den on Thursday. "This turnout was amazing,” Hodges said. " I lie crowd really made this night special and helped energize everyone on the mat.” The Unicorns had eight pins against < mss town rival Canyon to edge the (ougars 49-33 in the dual meet. I he Unicorns and Cougars squared off on the mat lor the first time ever as varsity opponents. Canyon coach Hric Clark was pleased with his first-year team’s performance against a group of wrestlers that his squad knows very well. "All these kids came up through the local TMT wrestling program, so they all know and have wrestled each other for years,” Clark said. "But I think tonight, Clark this friendly skirmish turned into an intense rivalry hy the competitiveness of Both teams. "A couple of those matches tonight could’ve gone either way. I thought we lost out on some chances to get the win tonight.” Down 18-9 early in the meet, New Braunfels won five of the next six matches, Including four pins to go up 37-24 en route to the victory. New Braunfels junior'Hiaddeus Brown See MEET, Page 7 > M CHRIS HOFFMAN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels'Thaddeus Brown, right, faces off against Canyon's James Smith during Thursday's dual meet. L.1HULU aopnomore goauceeper c,aieo Jenkins backstopped Smithson Valley to their first victory of the season, and an opening round defeat of Waco High in the opening round of the 2011 Comal Cup Thursday at Steele High School. The Rangers won 4-3 in a shootout after the game ended in a 0-0 draw. "I'm really confident with how played today,” lenkins said. “There are still some things I need to work on but I am very happy with today's result.” Jenkins holds a perfect 2-0 record in shootouts, something he plans to “keep that way.” Smithson Valley coach Jonathan Jarrett was happy with result and his keeper's play in the game. Jarrett 2011 COMAL CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENTSV Rangers beat Lions in shootout Late goal leaves SV girls tied with Bastrop By Shaun Springfield Sports Correspondent _    ,    .    LAURA    McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Canyons Maddie Haas (12) and Round Rocks Katy Reese (3) battle for the ball during Thursday's Comal Cup opener. COUGARS SPLIT IN TOURNEY OPENERS Canyon girls fall to Round Rock, boys beat Lockhart to open regular season See SVHS, Page 7 By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung The bitter cold helped many faces match the red turf at Cougar Stadium, as the 2011 Comal Cup got off to a very chilly start. I he cold didn’t seem to stop the (.anyon Cougarettes, but the Round Rock defense gave them fits during the tournament’s opening match on Thursday. Canyon’s offense missed some early chances and coach Dustin Gold said his Cougarettes committed a “cardinal sin” in soccer by giving up a goal in the final minutes of the first half, which proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 loss. “I thought we played a solid game, but we gave up a goal just before the half, and that was all Round Rock needed,” he said. “We just have to learn from it and move on." I )efensive forward Kayla Davis scored in Gold the 38th-minute on a shot from the left side that caught the Canyon defense out of position and put the Lady Dragons in the lead. Senior Maddie Haas, who scored 36 goals last season, was swarmed by Round Rock defenders at every turn, as the Canyon offense couldn’t get any momentum going to put enough pressure on the Lady Dragons. “Our attacking group didn’t break their defense down and help create scoring chances for us today," Gold said. “But this is See CUP, Page 7 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitur SV's Zeb Crow (20) and Waco's Alejandro Cordero (18) fight for the ball. ► COLLEGE FCAuburn QB Cam Newton declares for NFL draft AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — I leisman T rophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Auburn released a statement Thursday night announcing the quarterback's decision. Newton led the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season with a 22-19 victory over Oregon on Monday night. “ This decision was difficult for me and my family,” Newton said, adding that he made it after talking to coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. The former backup to Urn Tebow at Florida Newton arrived after leading Biinn College in Texas to a junior college national championship and won on a much bigger stage with the Tigers. The dual-threat quarterback was both dynamic and controversial. He played under a cloud the last two months of the season after reports surfaced that his father, Cecil, shopped his services during Mississippi State's recruitment of his son. Newton rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns while passing for 2,854 yards and 30 I Ds. The national champions are waiting on Lombardi Award-winning defensive tackle Nick Fairley to announce his NFL decision on Friday in his hometown of Mobile.Streaking Spurs to face Nowitzki-less Mavericks SAN ANTONIO — Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle refuses to use the absence of Dirk Nowitzki as an excuse for his team's struggles. As they continue falling further behind the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division, though, the Mavericks may need to learn how to win without their star soon. The Mavericks face the Spurs without Nowitzki for the second time Friday night in San Antonio. Nowitzki missed his eighth straight game with a sprained knee TUesday as Dallas fell 102-89 at Indiana. The Mavericks (26-11) are 2-6 without Nowitzki, who is averaging 24.1 points per game. “I'm not answering any Dirk questions,” Carlisle said after the loss. "We don't have Dirk, so it's not a topic that's worth discussion. We've got to win with the guys we have." That's proving to be difficult, especially after forward Caron Butler went down with a possible season-ending knee injury that required surgery. Carlisle opened up a bit after practice Thursday, saying Nowitzki is progressing but won't be rushed. Shawn Marion, who has started the last five in place of Nowitzki, has been inconsistent. He's had games of 22,25 and 18 points, but had an eight-point effort and scored 12 against Indiana After a stretch in which they reached the 100-point mark in 13 of 16 games with Nowitzki in the lineup, Dallas has been held to fewer than See SPURS, Page 7 ;