New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung T Wednesday. January 15, 1997
B To talk with Sports Editor David Winder about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
The PressSorts Day
Unicorns apply defensive pressure for win
By DAVID WINDER
Comal County Sports
Canyon's Christy Lane (right) trios to stop a Bastrop player earlier this season. The Cougarettes play at 5:30 today at Gonzales. The Cougars play at 5:30 today against Gonzales at tire Cougar Den. Both Smithson Valley games for Tuesday night were canceled.
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Local competition for the 25th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot, a national free threw shooting contest for kids ages 8-13, win be held at OakRun School on Jan. 18 beginning at 10 am
The categories are 8-9,10-11 and 12-13. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals.
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The next In-Line Hockey League season will begin on January 25. Forms are available at the TIHL office or by calling 609-3460. So grab your blades and hit the rink with the Tri-County In-Line Hockey League.
The New Braunfels Little League baseball wilt be having spring registration Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Seeie Elementary cafeteria The Jr./Sr. Leagues will be registering Thursday.
Please bring a copy of your Child's birth certificate. The cost of registration is $30 until Jan. , Alter the registration will ba
Forms are also available at Vh/roux Sporting Goods, Crow Firestone and the Rec Building at Lands Park.
The New Braunfels Young American Bowling Alliance is looking for youths interested in learning the sport of 10-pin bowling as well as earning college, vocational or trade school scholarship money at the same time.
Bowlers have to only participate in a New Braunfels YABA sponsored league at Comal Bowl either Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. or after school at 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. For more information call 625-6263
Soccer Association is haying spring registration at the Norwest Bank annex from 9 am. to 1 pm. on Jan. 18. Elections for the New Braunfels Youth Soccer Board will be held on Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm. All interested parties are invited.
Parents and coaches of registered players may vote.
The New Braunfels Blitz Soccer Player Development Program will be conducting tryouts for all players with birthrates August 1,1985 or earlier. Tryouts will be held Jan. 18 from 9 a m. - noon and Jan. 19 from 2 pm. - 5 pm.
Tryouts will be held at the HEB Soccer Complex on Live Oak Ave. For more info, call Jim Hazel at 625-6715 or 625-9348. Be sure to bring proper equip-ment.DVD
The Catholic Youth Organization win be holding track registration for children :ages4thfough 17 on Jan. 12 and 19 at Sts, Peter and Paul from IO am. to I pm. For more • information please call Anthony Kiar at 609-1694.
White Sox sign Drabek to bolster pitching staff
(AP) — The Chicago White Sox signed free agent pitcher Doug Drabek, the 1990 National League Cy Young winner, to a one-year contract today.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but WMVP Radio in Chicago is reporting that the deal is worth a base salary of $1.3 million with performance incentives that reach $1.7 million.
The 34-year-old Drabek, who was originally drafted by the White Sox in 1983, was 7-9 with a 4.57 ERA with the Houston Astros last season.
He has also pitched with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates in his 11-year major league caicer.
“We’re thrilled to have Doug with us for next season,” said White Sox general manager Ron Schueler.
“His type of veteran leadership and the innings that he can give us can only help us try to win this coming year.”
Drabek joins a rotation that lost its top starter right-hander Alex Fernandez, to the Florida Marlins in the free agent market.
The White Sox then signed free agent Jaime Navarro away from the Chicago Cubs with a four-year, $20 million free agent deal.
Drabek and Navarro join a rotation that already has left-hander Wilson Alvarez and right-handers James Baldwin.
The signing continues a busy offseason for the White Sox, who landed free agent outfielder Albert Belle with a five-year, $55 million deal.
Drabek went 22-6 with a 2.76 ERA
‘Signing Doug Drabek gives our rotation that key veteran pitcher.’
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for the Pirates in 1990, capturing Cy Young honors.
It was the only 20-win season for Drabek, who led the NL with 18 losses for the Astros in 1992.
Last season marked just the third time iii his career that Drabek fell short of IO wins.
His ERA has been more than 400 in each of the last two seasons, but had not been above that mark since his rookie campaign.
In his carcer, Drabek is 137-112 with a 3.41 I RA. His 21 shutouts tie him for sixth on the active career list.
“Signing Doug Drabek gives our rotation that key veteran pitcher,” Schueler said.
“He is a proven winner at the major-league level and has consistently put up impressive numbers iii terms of victories, starts and innings pitched.
Drabek gives his team a very good chance of winning every time he takes the mound.”
The team has not made a move to re-sign right-hander Kevin Tapani and injury-plagued Jason Here is not expected to return until the All-Star break at the earliest The Astros offered lo sign Drabek at under a $1 million tor the season,
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(AP) 11k top si\ players selected in the 1906 draft will participate in the fourth annual 1997 NUA Rookie Game on All-Star Weekend, the league announced today The Rookie (iame, featuring 16 of the NBAs top first-year players, will he played february Sib as part of All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.
The top two picks, guard Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers and forward Marcus Cumby of the Toronto Raptors, along with the filth selection, guard Ray Allen tit the Milwaukee Bucks, anti the sixth, forward Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics, headline tile I ast squad The third and fourth selections forward Shared Abdur-Rahim til the Vancouver Grizzlies and point guard StephtHi Marbury of the Minnesota Tim-berwolves are on the West team.
Rounding out the l ast team are centers l ock Dumpier ol the Indiana Pacers and Vitaly Potupcnko of the ( lev eland Cavaliers, forward John Wallace of the New York knicks and guard Kerry Kittles of the New Jersey Nets.
( enter I nix is knight tit tile I os Angeles l akers, forwards Roy Rogers o! Vancouver and Samaki Walker ol the Dallas Mavericks, swingman kohl* Bryant of the Lakers, ami guards Matt Maloney of tile Houston Rockets and Steve Nash of tile Phoenix Suns comprise the remainder of the West’s roster
Maloney is the only pluyei selected who was not drafted.
Hall of fumers Red Auerbach and Red Hol/man will return lo the sidelines for the first time iii decades to serve as coaches.
In a game in which it looked like neither team wanted to win the New Braunfels Unicorns held on to defeat the Seguin Lady Matadors 62-60 Tuesday night at Unicom Gym.
Melissa Aguirre led the Unicorns with 13 points followed by Yvette Vil-laneuva with 11 points.
The Unicorns’ (14-6, 5-3) victory moves them into third place in District 26-5A.
“It was a big win for us,” Unicom
It was a Mg win for us. Any win In this district is a big win.’
— Larry Schulte Unicorn coach
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Now Braunfels' Lerrln Biggers (white), who led the Unicorns on a 18-10 second-quarter run, finds It tough to get a shot off against Seguin.
coach Larry Schulte said. “Any win in this district is a big win. We struggled some in the second half but it wasn't from a lack of hustle.”
The Lady Matadors started the game off by hitting their first five shots to build a 16-5 lead.
But the Matador offense quickly went dormant as the Unicorns turned up the pressure. After their hot start the Matadors hit just four of 24 from the field the rest of the half.
“I’ve seen us be more fluid for a game," Schulte said. ‘Toward the end of the first half we started moving defensively”
The Unicorns took the lead for the first time during an 18-10 run in the second quarter, highlighted by a Lenin Biggers no-look pass to Valerie Bangle for a layup.
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The Unicom lead would grow to as many as nine points but quickly dwindle in the fourth quarter.
While both teams continuously turned the ball over the Lady Matadors made up the difference at the free throw line.
In the fourth quarter Seguin hit IO of 14 free throws. While the Unicorns could manage only IO of 24 free throws. The Unicorns were 19 of 44 from the free throw line for the game.
“Free throw s are w hat kept Seguin in the game,” Schulte said. "They made theirs and they sent us to the line and we couldn’t make ours.”
Seguin tied the game twice late in the fourth quarter hut could never take the lead.
“I thought we struggled on offense but we were still able to put 62 points on the board,” Schulte said. “But a win is a win. You don’t worry about how much you won by ”