New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zettung, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, January 16,1986
Local enthusiast gathers world's finest gymnasts
What could be the finest field of gymnasts to gather in the state since Ft. Worth’s World Championships in 1979 could be traced back to the halftime of a San Antonio Spurs basketball game.
It was in that same year of 1979 when Robert McCl ure of Canyon Lake took his three-year-old daughter to see the Spurs play. While Allison may have been too young to understand the intracacies of the NBA game, she knew she liked what she saw at halftime: the gymnastics demonstration
“She told me that she might like to try something like that, so I went down to talk to the coach afterwards,” McClure said.
While Allison, now ll and a second-division gymnast, has been steadily improving and winning. Robert has echoed his daughter's love of the sport Starting as an interested parent, McClure's enthusiasm for gymnastics has mushroomed to the point that he is now the president of the Booster Club of Alamo City Gymnastics, Inc.
The support group for Alamo City Gymnastics is organizing the First Broadway Dodge-Alamo City Women’s Gymnastics Classic running Feb 27-March I at the Convention Center Featured in the meet will be the
cream of the female gymnastic talent in America including most, if not all, of the girls sure to be on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
The opportunity to go head-to-head with the toughest competition possible is welcomed by any athlete with Olympic aspirations, and these girls are certain to give everything they’ve got as they drive toward a spot on the team for the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, McClure said.
Already firmly committed to attend is the team of Bela Karolyi, former coach of Mary Lou Refton, and now including Kristie Phillips and Phoebe Mills, first and second place finishers in the recent U.S. Olympic Sports Festival; the SCATS from Huntington Beach, Cal., coached by 1984 Olympic coach Don Peters and including several Olympic level performers such as Sabrina Mar, Doe Yamashiro, Jennifer Barton and Michelle Dussere; and several top individuals to be grouped in all-star teams, including Brandy Johnson, an outstanding junior from Orlando, Florida.
Also appearing will be an all-star grouping from the state of Texas.
McClure said he first thought of the idea of the classic in March, and since that time the program has grown beyond his expectations.
To insure the best competition possible for the inaugural event, the booster club committed to help pay the expenses of the competitors in-
Kristie Phillips, coached by Bela Karolyi, performs on the balance beam
eluding air fare, lodging and local transportation.
The support and cooperation from San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and the San Antonio Amateur Sports Foundation, both engaged in a serious effort to acquire the 1991 Olympic Sports Festival and the 1989 AAU Junior Olympics for San Antonio, helped add substantial credibility to the project
McClure said the success of the Gymnastics Classic will bring San Antonio a step closer to its goals of hosting future national amateur
Houston’s success with the 1986 Olympic Festival, during which the Summit was completely sold out for the women’s gymnastics finals, only intensifies local enthusiasm because the San Antonio meet will have a better field of competitors, McClure said.
“We think we have a real plum here We think there are a lot of people out there who will welcome the chance to see such a top-flight group of athletes in competition,” he said.
Meet proceeds will be used to help
pay expenses for Alamo competitors and to enhance gymnastics and all amateur sports in San Antonio.
The meet will run three days, with the team finals on Feb. 27 and the individual finals on March I.
“I’m very excited about this program,” McClure said. “It will be a chance for some people to see firsthand a sport which is often overlooked and to see the finest athletes in that sport.”
And when you see those faces again from Soeul in 1988, you can say you saw them here first.
Rockets win despite personnel losses
CHICAGO (AP) Houston Rockets Coach Bill Fitch says he feels like a man "stretched out on a limb, a very thin limb "
Faced with the lass of key players I^ew is Lloyd and Mitchell Wiggins for the next two years because of drug problems, the Rockets responded Thursday night w ith a 107-96 triumph over the Chicago Bulls ”It was just seven games ago that we had everybody healthy for the first time since training camp, and whammo. we get hit with a double dose by the NBA commissioner (David StemFitch said ‘ Now that we’ve won seven of our last eight and four in a row, the players feel they can rise to the occasion. just like we did last season in reaching the finals of the NBA playoffs.” Filch said Fitch said two baseline shots made by Robert Reid late in the game were the key to Houston's victory in the first road game of a five-city swing Reid led the Rockets with 26 points. Akeem Olajuwon had eight clutch points and five rebounds in the last 4: JI of the final quarter Reid said the loss of Lloyd and Wiggins has put him on the spotNBA
By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Boston 25 IO
Philadelphia 21 16
Washington 19 IM
New York 12 24
New Jersey lo 26
Central Division AUanta 25 IO
Detroit 23 IO
Milwaukee 23 15
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Indiana 18 18
Cleveland 14 22
WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division Dallas 23 13
Hah 21 15
Houston 17 18
Denver 16 22
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Indiana 113. Washington 105 Houston 107, Chicago 96 Phoenix 123. Utah 107 1. A Lakers 129. Golden State 109 Sacramento 120. Portland IIH
Cleveland at Boston
Houston at Detroit Dallas at Milwaukee Denver at Seattle L A Clippers at Golden State
“I feel I’m under constant scrutiny, and that I have to score those missing points, but, hey, all I can do is play my game,” he said.
The Bulls’ Michael Jordan, who hit a game-high 43 points, said Olajuwon “broke our backs" in the fourth quarter
“Yes. Akeem made the difference,” Jordan said.Lakers 129, Warriors 109
James Worthy and Earvin “Magic” Johnson scored 31 points apiece, but l^as Angeles Coach Pat Riley talked about the Lakers’ defense
“The key to our game was defense,” Riley said after the Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors
129-109. “The double figures in blocked shots definitely played an important part.’’
The Lakers took a 106-95 lead in the fourth quarter after Byron Scott, who finished with 26 points, scored the Lakers’ first seven points in a 9-2 run. And although the Warrors scored the next six points to cut the margin to 106 101 with 8:03 left in the game. Golden State could get no closer.
“We just had to go back to basics like we did in the first quarter,” Scott said. "We had to pressure them, make them take shots they didn’t want to take, and run.’’
The Lakers’ defense blocked 13 shots, forced 19 turnovers and pulled down 36 of a possible 49 defensive rebounds.Kings 120, Blazers us
Forward Eddie Johnson hit a three-point jumper from the right comer with three seconds left to boost Sacramento over visiting Portland.
The victory snapped a four-game Sacramento losing streak. The Kings have lost 18 of their last 23 games.Hawks 130, Bucks 91
Glenn Rivers sank a 76-foot shot at the halftime buzzer as everything worked for Atlanta in its victory over Milwaukee.
Dominique Wilkins scored 32 points to lead the Hawks as Milwaukee never threatened after a 9-1 Atlanta run snapped a 4-4 tie.
The Hawks ran off streaks of six and seven points in the third quarter, building a 94-69 lead late in the period.Pacers 113, Bullets 105
Rookie Chuck Person scored 29 points, reaching double figures for the 14th consecutive game, as Indiana stopped Washington in Indianapolis.
The victory snapped the Pacers’ three-game losing streak and a four-game winning streak by the Bullets.Suns 123, Jazz 107
Shifted to forward to replace the injured Larry Nance. Walter Davis scored a career-high 45 points as the Suns snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating visiting Utah.
Utah lost its third straight.Navratilova, Bird receive AP honors
BOSTON (AP) - Larry Bird, the first basketball player ever to be named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, says he’s living a dream with the Boston Celtics.
“I’ll tell you, I can’t vision myself playing for somebody else,” Bird said Thursday. “Looking back, it’s just been a dream.
Bird, who won the NBA’s most valuable player award for the third consecutive year in 1986, edged the American League MVP Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox for the AP Athlete of the Year honor.
Bird was named on 60 of the 95 ballots cast by a nationwide group of sports writers and sportscasters.
Clemens, who had a 24-4 record in pitching the Red Sox to the American League pennant, was named on 63 ballots, but Bird had 30 first-place votes and 214 points based on five points for first, three for second and one for third. Clemens had 19 first-place votes and 189 points, while Mike Tyson, 20, who became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history, had 22 firsts and 186 points.
Tour de France cyclist race winner Gred LeMond, had nine first place votes; pro golfer Grog Norman had eight; and National League MVP Mike Schmidt seven. Norman had 72 points, LeMond 64 and Schmidt 39.
Other top finishers were tennis star Ivan Lendl (35 points); Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona (32); Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees (29); Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde (28); and NHL scoring leader Wayne G retzky (28).Second time for Martina
NEW YORK (AP) - Martina Navratilova, continuing her assault on the record book every time she steps onto the court, was named today as The Associated Press Female Athlete of 1986.
It is the second time in four years the world’s No. l-ranked tennis player has won the award. She also won in 1983.
This year, she polled 377 points to easily outdistance golfer Pat Bradley, who finished second in the nationwide balloting of sports writers and broadcasters with 240 points.
“It is always special to be picked for an award like this,” Navratilova said in Melbourne, Australia, where she is competing in the Australian Open, when she learned of her selection. “Women’s tennis has tended to be overshadowed by other sports only in Olympic years, and ifs nice to keep it at the forefront, to keep the torch burning.”
Finishing third was track star Jackie Joyner with 126 points, followed by distance runner Grate Waltz of Norway with 99; world figure skating champion Debi Thomas, 97; basketball star Cheryl Miller, 87; and distance runner Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway, 38.
BrieflyNew York secondary put in hot spot
Demonstration proceeds fly-fishing tournament
A fly-fishing demonstration will
take place at the spring fed pool in Landa Park at 7:30 p m Friday before the fly fishing tournament Jim Adams of Austin Angler will demonstrate fly fishing techniques The tournament, for adults ages 19 and older, will last from 8 p m until IO p m Tile tournament is sponsored by I/one Star Beer
Three teams tie in Elks Lodge tourney
Three teams tied for first place in
the Elks Lodge golf tournament on Tuesday
The team of Mike Rounak, E.N. Delashmutt, Sarah Delashmutt and Millie Hanson tied the team of Bill Shreve, Bill Adkins. Andy Lazarine and the team of Mike Haggard, Jack Stryker, John Reisbig and Maxine Reisbig for first place.
Tied for fourth place was the team of Mer! Murphy. Gene Burnham. Ma Fox and Linda Kinney and the team of Dave Hanson, Bill Klink, Virgie Van Kleef and M. Boyer.
Lyle Kirk made the longest putt and Betty Drummand was nearest the pin
Nearest to the center of fairway drives was won by Sarah Delashmutt and Charlie Wagenfeuhr-
Youth Soccer tryouts for Blue D team
Tryouts for the New Braunfels
Youth Soccer Cub ‘D’ select teem will take place at 8:30 a m. on Saturday at HEB Field No. 5.
All youth soccer players born in the year 1977 are invited to tryout.
For more information, contact Mike Downing at 620-6560
Blue C team has tryouts
Tryouts for the New Braunfels
Youth Soccer Club ‘C* select team will take place at 2:30 p m on Sunday at the New Braunfels High School soccer field.
All youth soccer players bom in the year 1975 are invited to try out
For more information, contact Bob Thrift at 625 :1671
Soccer awards day set for Monday
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer will present trophies Monday, Jan 19. at the Civic Center beginning at 7 p m All players will receive a trophies
For more information call Charlotte Drury at 625-1784
Elks to have 15th hoop-shoot competition
New Braunfels Elks Lodge No. 2279
will be conducting a Hoop-Shoot Contest on Saturday. The free-throw shooting contest is for all boys and girls ages 8-13. Contestant age group will be determined by their age as of April 1.1987
A shoot off for all that have not already competed In their schools will take place at New Braunfels Middle School on Jan. 17, from 1:30 p.m. until 4 pm.
The three boys and three girls In each age group with the best scores will advance to the ares finals on Jan. 24 at New Braunfels High School.
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third places bleach division at the area finals.
For more information contact Steve Heynis at 62M193/6K4192 or call the New Braunfels Elks Lodgs at 825-5217.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N J. ages are fairly recent and receivers
Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers breaking into the open after catching a Joe Montana pass and fumbling the ball at the New York 25 when he was headed for an apparent touchdown early in the NFC semifinal Gary Clark of the Washington Redskins running past New York cornerback Elvis Patterson twice in the NFC title game and both times dropping Jay Schroeder passes.
No scores Just potential big plays, the kind John Elway and the Denver Broncos have been known to make, and could make in the Super Bowl on Jan. 25.
It ail points to the alleged glaring weakness in the vaunted New York defense, its secondary. It’s the one area almost every Giants opponent has made the point of attack “Look at our defense," safety Kenny Hill said. “Our line is composed of three guys who are basically All Pros Our linebacker corps is called the best in the game of football with two All Pros, one guy who should be Ail Pro and another guy who is very good "When compared to these two groups, ifs easy
to see why we’re the supposed weak link."
Statistically, there is no question the defensive backs don’t stack up against the Giants front
The Big 7 of Leonard Marshall, Jim Burt, George Martin on the front and Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Gary Reasons and Carl Banks behind are the best run defense in the NFL, limiting opponents to 80.3 yards per game. In the past 24 games, no leading rusher on any opponent has been able to rush for IOO yards.
Broncos take practice indoors
DENVER (AP) - While a blizzard raged outside, the Denver Broncos prepared for the Super Bowl in their climate-controlled, bubble-topped indoor practice field.
Following their 23-20 AFC championship victory over Cleveland, the Broncos had Tuesday and Wednesday off. When they returned on Thursday, they were greeted by IO inches of fresh snow, forcing the team under cover.
Coach Dan Reeves called the light but spirited workout “a good practice."
Three players who nursed minor injuries were held out of Thursday’s one-hour practice in pads.
Two starters - linebacker Kart Mecklenburg and offensive guard Mark Cooper — and backup offensive lineman Daniel Remsberg did not participate. Mecklenburg has a slightly hyperextended knee, Cooper aggravated a foot injury, and Remsberg has a twisted ankle.
"I just felt like they needed more rest," Reeves said in explaining his decision to excuse the trio from the workout. "I feel sure they’ll be ready to go by Tuesday " when the Broncos begin full-scale workouts in California for their game with the New York Giants.
The Broncos were scheduled to hold additional light workouts today and Saturday. They’ll have Sunday off. and will fly to California on Monday.
While the Giants’ primary image is one of a marauding defense, the Broncos aren’t taking the New York offense lightly either.
Reminded that Giants’ running back Joe Morris is supposed to be a more effective runner on artificial turf than on grass (the Super Bowl surface), Reeves demurred.
"I read some statistic that Morris averages 90-some yards on artificial turf and 70 yards on grass," he said. "That’s not much of a difference. He’s a great runner on anything. He has great vision and the ability to make people miss him."
On the air
7:06 p m — Basketball Houston at Detroit. WTBS 8 p m — Boxing: Frankie Randall vs. Al Martino in a lightweight bout, ESPN.
IO p m — Track A Field: Sunkist Invitational, USA IO p m. - America’s Cup; Challenger’s Final. ESPN •ATUBOAV Noon - Football: Senior Bowl, USA I pm. - Basketball: VUlanova at Virginia, KENS I pm — Basketball: Texas Tach at Taxes AAM, KSAT 1:10 p m - Basketball Arkansas at Houston. KMOL-3 p m — Basketball: W. Virginia at Notre Dame, KENS
3:30 pm — Golf: PGA Bob Hope-ChryslerClassic: Third round, KMOL.
6:30 pm — Hockey: Washington at Hartford, ESPN 7:30 p.m. — Basketball South Florida atDePaul, WGN IO p m - America’s Cup: Challenger’s Final, ESPN
5 p m — Girls Basketball: Canyon at New Braunfels JV, varsity.
5 p m - Boys Basketball: Lockhart at Smithson Valley, frosh, JV, varsity.
5 pm — Girls Basketball: Smithson Valley at Lockhart, frosh, JV, varsity 5 pm — Boys Basketball: New Braunfels at Canyon, freshman at Academy Street Gym, JV at Canyon High
8 p m - Boys Basketball . Canyon at New Braunfels varsity.
to a m — Soccer: New Braunfels at Roosevelt (scrimmage)
5 pm — Soccer: McCollum at Smithson Valley (scrimmage).
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