New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Monday, Jan. 16,1995
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
Page 5Sports Day
The Day's Quote
“I don't know if should count on our (win-loss) record. The main though is that we got some good experience.”
- Smithson Valley JV coach Craig Wurstefer on his team playing Burnet's varsity after a scheduling change.
Registration has begun for T-Ball, slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball sponsored by the New Braunfels Girls Softball Association. Fastpitch will be offered to girls ages 10-12 and 13-14. T-ball is offered to ages 5-6. Slowpitch softball will be offered for divisions 7-8 (Preemies) 9-10 (Pewees), 11-12 (Minors), and 13-14 (Juniors). Ages are determined as before September 1, 1995.
Tournaments are during the regular season which begins March 25 with a pre-season tournament and ends May 20 with a final tournament. All-stars will play in the post-season.
Registration fee is $30 through Feb. 11 for all age groups. Late registration is $35. Tryouts are set for Feb. 20-21 for players ages 9 and over who are changing teams or moving to a different age division.
Registration is at Vivroux Sporting Goods, 1050 Interstate 35 E. Call 625-7912 for more information.
Local basketball contest
The New Braunfels Knights of Columbus council 4183 will be hosting its annual Free Throw Competition Saturday. Jan. 28. The competition will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Church gym. Registration begins at 9 a rn and the contest starts at 10 a m. All boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to compete. For more information, contact Tom San Miguel at 629-1051.
NB Golf Clinic Scheduled
First Baptist Church of New Braunfels will sponsor a Golf Clinic and Par 3 Tournament, Jan. 21 The clinic will begin at 7:30 a m. with pancake breakfast in the Christian Life Center of the First Baptist Church Terry Dill, a member of the Senior PGA Tour, will be the instructor for the clinic. Mr Dill will give a driving demonstration at 9 a m. at Lee's Par 3 Following his demonstration there will be a Par 3 tournament held with prizes. Cost for the tournament is $3 25.
This clinic and tournament is for all ages, male and female Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a supervised by a parent or responsible adult Transportation to Lee's Par 3 will not be provided
For more information, call the First Baptist Church office at 625-9124 Registraton is required by Jan 18
Spurs nightSan Antonio Spurs to host New Braunfels night at the Alamodome
The City of New Braunfels will be the featured community Feb. 4 at the Alamodome when the San Antonio Spurs play the Sacramento Kings.
Tickets sales for the event will benefit sidewalk improvements in downtown New Braunfels under the local Main Street Program
Ticket prices range from $10.50 to $45.50
Group and individual tickets are available at Hoffman Agencies, 447 Seguin Avenue Call 625-7502 for more informationLittle League
The New Braunfels Little League will be conducting its annual registration for the upcoming season. Sign-up date is Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6-8:30 p m. at Seele Elementary School cafeteria, 540 Howard St. Youth ages five through 18 as of July 31, 1995 are eligible to register. A birth certificate and registration fee is required
Cowboys made the most of a season in adversity
Sunday's NFC championship showdown at Candlestick Park left no doubt about who is the best team in the league.
Dallas could have made the claim, but a champion
Vdoes not turnover the ball on its first three possessions.
San Francisco earned
every right to play in the Super Bowl, and they more than likely will win against a good but overmatched San Diego squad.
Despite the loss to the 49ers, the Cowboys proved they aren't just a team with a ton of talent . They are also a team with plenty of character . Great athletes alone can't win two Super Bowls, and though Dallas proved it had the players and the will to win the past two years, they had too much to overcome last Sunday.
San Francisco had every advantage going into the game. They were at home on a soggy field that suits them just fine. They had a revenge factor after two consecutive NFC championship
losses to the Cowboys. Steve Young had a legacy named Joe Montana to get off his back.
San Francisco had the entire off-season to sign players like Deion Sanders, Ricky Jackson and Ken Norton, all brought in specifically to stop the Cowboys offense.
Owner Eddie DeBartolo bet all his money on those players, knowing he couldn’t keep all those players next year under the salary cap.
The 49ers had been building its arsenal all year and Sunday it was time to put those weapons to use.
The first five minutes of the game couldn't have turned out much worse for the Cowboys. Three straight turnovers and three ensuing 49er touchdowns put Dallas in a painfully deep 21-0 hole.
The abyss was not unlike Dallas’ regular season.
Consider the distractions and ordeals facing the Cowboys this season. First, they lost their master-mind and one of the premier NFL coaches in Jimmy Johnson. While Barry Switzer stepped in, and for the most part, used good sense by leaving things alone, he ultimately failed to bring the same discipline that Johnson instilled in the team.
The Cowboys then lost several key players to free agency. Kevin Gogan, Tony Casillas, Norton, Thomas Everett and Jimmy Jones all went the to other teams, leaving the Cowboys a bit less deep on defense.
Finally, two Super Bowl runs took its toll. Dallas was bruised and battered throughout the season. Injuries were rampant: There was Troy Aikman's concussions, Novacek's strained an abominal muscle. Nate Newton’s sprained toe and Emmitt Smith's aggravated a hamstring. The list went on.
Perhaps the biggest loss was All-Pro tackle Erie Williams who didn't heed the dangers of drinking and driving and was hurt in a car wreck.
Still the Cowboys went 12-4 and made it to the long-awaited rendez-vous at Candlestick. Experts tagged San Francisco a seven-point favorite, and after Cowboy's first three possession, the line seemed safe.
Dallas could have sunk their heads at that point. Spotting the potent 49ers three touchdowns at home spells death to most teams.
But Aikman and Michael Irvin showed they weren’t about to concede when they hooked up for 43-yard touchdown. Moments later it appeared Dallas had life when it drove to the
49er 12-yard line and was in position to cut the lead to seven.
But disappointment struck again. The Cowboy brain trust called a draw play to Emmitt on third and long. What? Jimmy Johnson was no doubt snickering when the play went for four yards and kicker Chris Boniol missed the easy field goal.
Even with that, it was a 24-14 game with less than a minute in the half.
Then Larry Brown did the unforgivable. He let the best wide receiver in the league, Jerry Rice, get behind him for a 28-yard touchdown.
In a game of critical plays, that was the most critical. Dallas rallied to 21-31 in the third, mustering all it could stay close. There was hope.
In the end, San Francisco was too good to let even the Cowboys come back from a 21-point deficit. Dallas went down valiantly. That there was questionable officiating in the second half made little difference. No one is arguing that the 49ers deserved to win.
The Cowboys put up as tough a fight as could be expected under the circumstances, and that's all a fan can ask for in season of many ordeals.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
Making the move
28-4A JV basketball roundup
■ RECORD: 16-1
■ COACH: Vie Sierra
■ PLAYER SCORING: J.P. Wilkins, Raymond Chapa, David Slmmonds, Tony Bradford, BJ. Wenzel.
■ LAST WEEK: 2-0. Won at Central Catholic 90-83. Won their first district game against Lockhart 76-44.
■ NEXT GAME: At Hays.
■ COMMENT: The Unicom J.V. is on a roll. The team spreads the wealth. All ten player-ers scored In last weeks game.
■ RECORD: 8-9
■ COACH: Alan Miller
■ LEADING SCORERS: Travis Wommach, Rich Graham, Hector Valdez
■ LAST WEEK: 1-1. Lost to Martle Falls on the road 62-52 Beat Bastrop 73-43 for opening district win.
■ NEXT GAME: Smithson Valley.
■ COMMENT Although 1-0 in district, the Cougar J.V. will be looking to break past the season 500 mark tonight against the Rangers.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon Cougar JV guard Richard Grohman drives to the basket during the fourth quarter of the Cougars' game against Bastrop last Friday. The Cougars won 73-43. They next host Smithson Valley in the Cougar Den tonight.
SMITHSON VALLEY JV
■ RECORD: 10-8
■ COACH Craig Wurstefer
■ PLAYER SCORING: Jett Hersrud. Brad Triesch. Bryan Hunter, Michael Mann, Jay Moeller
■ LAST WEEK: 0-2. Lost to the Burnet varsity 90-49 Lost to Hays 87-60.
■ NEXT GAME Smithson Valley tonight.
■ The Rangers received some big-time experience in playing the Burnet varsity because of a scheduling change. They will get another test tonight against a tough Canyon JV team.Cowboys return home amid Haley's words of retirement
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The day after the Dallas Cowboys’ season ended, the toughest decision some players faced was whether to use cardboard boxes or plastic bags to clean out their lockers.
That was the choice for the few who showed up at Valley Ranch on Monday, less than 24 hours after a 38-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers kept them out of a Super Bowl for the first time in three years The only official purpose for stopping by the training facility was to take a season-ending physical, and for most players it could wait For defensive lineman Charles Haley, it won’t be necessary it he’s serious about his plans to retire.
His surprising postgame announcement and questions about offseason plans were the main topics of conversation among the hand ful of players who showed up.
One excuse for the absences was that the team plane came back from California around midnight. With no more games to prepare for, there was little urgency in waking up Tile few who crawled out of bed came dressed comfortably iii sweats and wasted little time getting in and out.
Only a few coaches were hanging around, and if coach Barry Switzer and owner Jerry Jones were there, tiiey didn’t find any reason to visit the players’ area early Monday afternoon The result was silence, so much that the spacious locker room that’s usually filled with chatter wound up being filled with country music tunes being played in the equipment area.
And unless Jones has the type of turbulent off season in 1995 as there was in 1994, the place may be empty for quite awhile.Comal senior bowler qualifies for May national tournament
By THOMAS GODLEY
Esther Armstrong, a Comal Bowl league member, will represent Texas at die National Senior Bowling Tournament next
Armstrong qualified for the competition by placing third at the Texas State Senior tournament last summer at Comal Bowl in New Braunfels.
She Ux>k third overall with a 1,301 handicap score.
She was chosen to compete at the national tournament in Tucson, Arizona as a replacement for the first and second place winners who were unable to attend.
At the slate tournament, Armstrong missed second place by only one pin and first place by three pins
Armstrong, 67, a part-time receptionist for the Texas Employment Commission's senior program plays on the Ball and Chain league locally on Wednesday nights.
She carries a 137 average and has a rolled a career-high 254.
Armstrong, 20-year resident of New Braunfels, hails from North Dakota where she was a member of a local bowling team that won the state title four years.
"I ve been in national tournaments, but this one for me is the biggest honor," Armstrong said "It came as a shock when I was selected because, first of all, I couldn’t believe I placed third out of all those bowlers last summer."
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Esther Armstrong has qualified to bowl at a national tournament in Tucson, Arizona In May