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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Page SA    Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas    Friday,    January    23,1067Rocky road makes Denver ready for all PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New York Giants drove down a smoothly paved freeway to the Super Bowl. For the Denver Broncos, it was more like a dirt road with speed bumps, potholes and detours. When the teams meet for the NFL championship Sunday, will the Giants’ life in the fast lane give them an edge? Or will the Broncos be toughened up by their travails along the back roads? “We’ve had every scenario you can come up with,” Broncos wide receiver Steve Watson said. “We’ve had blowouts, games where we had to come from behind, good streaks and bad. There isn’t anything you can do to us that we haven’t experienced.” The Broncos went 11-5 in 1985, but came off that season with an extra bite in their playoff appetite after failing to qualify for the postseason with such a gaudy record. They used that hunger as impetus for a 6-0 start. “Everything looked great then,” Watson said. “But we didn’t expect a 16-0 season.” What they got was a 5-5 finish which raised doubts about their ability to win a big game, a playoff game. When they were routed 41-16 by Seattle in the regular season finale, the Broncos realized they were on a ride to nowhere. “It really woke us up,” running back Gerald Willhite said. “It made us think about the type of game we had to play to beat a playoff team. We’ve got guys who take things very seriously. There were goals to be met. We set them and now we have almost reached them.” But even Coach Dan Reeves wondered where his club was headed after the Seattle blowout. "That was the most disappointed I’ve ever been in this football team,” he said. “I’m not taking anything away from Seattle, but we were embarrassing. We didn’t look like a professional football team heading into the playoffs. It was not the situation that makes you confident. “It was one of the few times I felt we didn’t play hard. It woke us up. We realized we had to get back to where we wanted to be in a hurry, get back to the things we did to win ll games. 'We've had every scenario you can come up with. We've had blowouts, games where we had to come from behind, good streaks and bad. There isn't anything you can do to us that we haven't experienced.' Denver receiver Steve Watson “We don’t want to get into a situation where a loss has to help you. You learn more from winning. “But when it happens, you have to take something from it, use it and make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.” Obviously, the Broncos made all the right moves in the playoffs, turning in the proper direction — west to Pasadena by way of Cleveland and a 23-20 overtime victory that may have said more about this team than anything it did in the previous 17 games. “That was the most hostile, adverse situation possible,” Watson said of the AFC championship game, when the Broncos were backed to their own 2, trailing 20-13 in the fourth quarter. “I’d never seen a situation like that in my life, with the fans screaming and the dog bones flying. “It was like being inside a cage against a very worthy opponent, with everyone on the outside rooting against you and all you ever worked for depending on that last drive.” The Giants avoided such critical situations in the playoffs, routing San Francisco and Washington by a combined 66-3. New York had several games go down to the wire, but the Giants were in control in most. They finished the regular season 14-2 with a nine-game winning streak. Rarely did they stall. “We don’t win very pretty, but we win,” star running back Joe Morris said, “and nobody cares how you do it.” Pritchett gearing for NB's 1st girls' gymnastics meet New Braunfels' first-ever gymnastics meet for girls will take place today at 7 30 p.m. at the Academy Street Gym More than 70 girls ages 6 through 14 will compete iii tile meet. hosted bs Uh* Pritchett Gymnastics Center in association with the New Braunfels I.S.I). Community Education office. Girls from five different teams will be involved in the competition, but meet coordinator    Ted Pritchett stressed that in the spirit o! cooperation, team poults vs ill not lie totaled. “We want to keep this as a fun thing,” Pritchett said. “We’ll put the emphasis on individual competition. It keeps the communication strong between the different dubs.” Besides the Pritchett school from New Braunfels, four San Antonio Clubs will bt* participating in tile meet: Sunburst Gymnastics, Alamo City Gymnastics, Nanette Walker Gymnastics and Dance and Ted Pritchett Gymnastics of San Antonio. Pritchett said most of the girls will compete iii four events, the uneven bars, vaulting, tin* balance beam and floor exercises, all within different skill categories. Pritchett said he is looking forw ard to hosting New Braunfels' first gymnastics meet, and that the girls and parents are sharing iii the enthusiasm. Especially because this will be the first meet, there is a lot of excitement,” Pritchett said. “The parents are real enthused. To them, this is like the Olympics. It’s real good to see the excitement.” The meet begins at 7: Itll p.m. and is open to the public. There will be no admission charge.NFL's high tech for Super Bowl includes bigger TV's and chairs PASADENA, CaUf. (AP) - The NFL wants to make sure it gets the big picture for the big game Sunday, especially on any instant replays. So it will simply use a bigger screen. Art McNally will have a pair of 13-inch television sets — as opposed to the eight-inch screens used during the regular season — to review the officials’ calls. We’d been using the smaller screens mostly because they were easier to see over,” explained McNally, the NFL’s supervisor of officials and the league’s man in the glass booth for the first instant replay Super Bowl. “We’ve learned a lot as we’ve gone through the season with instant replay. For instance, it was suggested that I stand during the game so I could see everything better. “I don’t mind standing for three hours, but when you’re standing, it Top-ranked Iowa stays undefeated By Hie Associated Press Iowa went to the top of the Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time this week. The Hawkeyes must like the view. For the second time iii four nights, Iowa beat a ranked opponent from the Big Ten to remain undefeated and erase any doubts about its stature as the nation’s top team. The Hawkeyes beat No. 3 Indiana 101-88 Thursday night for their school-record 18th consecutive victory. On Monday night. Iowa beat No. I Purdue 70-67 and the Hawkeyes are 64) atop one of the toughest conferences iii the country “I think we’re probably the deepest club in the league, one of the deepest in the country,” first-year Coach Tom Davis said of his team on which everybody gets plenty of minutes because of his lineup shuffling. “The way we press and run, we need to go eight guys deep for sure.” Six players scored between 13 and 17 points for Iowa against the Hoosiers, 14-2 and 5-1, who allowed more than IOO points for the first time since Bob Knight became coach there in 1972.No.2N. Carolina 79, Wake Forest 53 Kenny Smith, the Tar Heels’ leading scorer with a 17-plus average, had just three against Wake Forest. Yet Coach Dean Smith praised the senior guard as a key to victory.No. 4 UNLV104, Long Beach St. 74 Almon Gilliam’s 25 points led the Runnin’ Rebels, who took over sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.No. 5 Purdue 87, No. 9 Illinois 86 The last second of play at Purdue’s Mackey Arena seemed to last an eternity. Reserve sophomore forward Kip Jones was fouled as time ran out in overtime with the score tied at 86. The buzzer, however, did not sound — and Jones missed the first free throw but made the second to give the Boilermakers an 87-66 lead. Tile rest of the Purdue team thought the game was over and charged on the court to congratulate Jones, who scored only one other point in the Big Ten Conference game. However, a technical foul was assessed against Purdue for the premature celebration — but Illinois’ Doug Altenberger missed the free throw. Purdue is 15-2 and 6-1; Illinois, 13-4 and 5-2. makes it easier to make a mistake when you punch the buttons on the VCR. I know it sounds funny, but you have to be careful or you won’t have any tape to review. “So we’ve gone to a higher chair than we were using before. “ITI have help up there Sunday, including a technician, to make sure everything goes OK.” The instant replay, used by the NFL on an experimental basis this season, will tx* making its Super Bowl debut. * Ironically, the Super Bowl teams — the Denver Broncos and New York Giants — were among the only four of the league’s 28 clubs to vote against the use of instant replay this season. Although there have been problems with the video review prix-ess — including game delays of up to five minutes — McNally said he believes the bugs have been worked out of the system. “I think the instant replay has come of age,” he said. “The biggest improvement is in communications, where we’ve gone to headsets for the umpire and the replay official. “Before, the umpire would have to stop the game, take out his walkie-talkie and then you still couldn't hear him or he couldn’t hear the official in the reolav booth. "You both were hollering at the top of your voice and still couldn't hear. That took up a lot of time, delayed the game and just wasn’t very efficient. “But when we improved the communication, about the middle of October, it started to go more smoothly.” The instant replay rule, which will be voted on again by the owners at their annual meetings this year, allows the replay official to review and either uphold or reverse a decision by officials on the field. Dallas' Septien indicted on sexual assualt charges DENTON (AP) - Dallas Cowboys kicker Rafael Septien was freed on $10,000 bond after being indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl. “We are planning on entering a plea of not guilty, because he is not guilty of these charges,” said Septien’s attorney, Jay Ethington. The indictment against the veteran placekicker, the Cowboys all-time leading scorer, was returned by a Denton County grand jury on Thursday. It alleged the child was molested Dec. 28, said District Attorney Jerry Cobb. If convicted, Septien could be sentenced to up to life in prison, Cobb said. Septien posted the bond at the Denton County Jail about 5 p.m. Thursday, said Cap!. Jim Neal, detention director. A native of Mexico City, the 33-year-old Septien joined the Cowboys in 1978. BELL WINGATE WRIGHT DAVISGrant, Purdy and Brotze share NB Iron Man award A trio of Unicorn football players earned the coveted “Iron Man” award at Tuesday night's Fall Sports banquet at the New Braunfels avie Center. Brad Grant, Ryan Purdy, and Paul Brotze accepted the award presented by Colonel WUfred Schlather of the Texas National Guard, for their performance on the State semifinalist football team. David Pointer and Kevin Bell were extended tee 'lith Man" award for their dedication and hard work for the Unicorn varsity football team in 1986. The awards were presented by Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Jim Streety. The junior varsity, which went 9-1 under Coach Donald Gann en route to a District 13-4A championship, had two award winners. The Most Valuable Player on defense was Robert Walker and the MYP on offense was Michael Butte. For Coach Claudia Perry's volleyball team, which went 21-10 and wound up in third place in District 13-4A, four oustanding awards were given. Most Improved honors went to Kim Wingate. The Oustanding Server was given to Krista Wright. The Outstanding Offensive Player was Kelli Davis and the Oustanding Defensive Player was Heather Woods. MVP for the junior varsity voile) team, which were to Mary Alice Vela, varsity member was Amy Cook. Angela Farber won the Oustanding Freshman award. Cross-country coach Fred Pink gave several different awards to individuals on his boys and girls teams. Darrel Hunter, who earned a trip to the State meet in his first year as a cross-country participant, received the Most Outstanding award in the sport. Most Improved went to Perusquia and Chris Coley earned Consistent award. The pair of LaRae Fischer and Aimee Norton shared the honor of Most Oustanding on the girls’ cross-country squad. Sarah Lockhart was chosen as Most Improved and Inez Garcez was given the award for Most Courageous. Recognition also went to individuals who earned All-District honors in football and volleyball. All-Academic team members, IS from football and six on volleyball, were honored. Ted Pritchett supervises a pre-meet trampoline workout on Thursday GRANT    PURDY WOODS    HUNTER ;