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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10 January BASKETBALL Kubiak interviews for New Orleans job COLLEGE Tar Heels drop from poll after decade stay BY DAVID DROSCHAK AP Sports Writer Its the powder blues these days at North Carolina The Tar Heels ranked as high as No 2 earlier in the season fell out of The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time in a decade Monday We have never been concerned about national rankings whether we were ranked high or North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge said I am concerned however that were losing The Tar Heels lost to Virginia and Florida State this past week extending their losing streak to four and dropping them out of the rankings from No 21 It was the first time since the preseason poll of 199091 a stretch of 172 con secutive polls that North Carolina was not ranked This past weeks ranking put the Tar Heels second on the consecu tive poll streak one better than their run from 19721982 but short of UCLAs 221 consecutive rankings from 19661980 Kentucky had a run of 164 con secutive polls that ended this past month The longest current streak belongs to Arizona which has been in 83 straight a streak that began with the first regularseason poll of the 199596 season Stanford and Duke are tied for sec ond at 66 runs that began with the preseason poll of 199697 The Tar Heels have lost six of their last nine games because of poor ballhandling and a porous defense North Carolina entertains No 22 Maryland Wednesday night hoping to avoid its first five game skid since the 1952 season BOYS POLL WACO AP The TABC high school top 10 poll with records through Jan 22 BOYS 5A 1 Fort Bend Wlllowrldge 22 D 2 The Colony 240 3 San Antonio Jay 232 5 Corpus Christ Miller 213 6 Duncanville 205 7 Galena Park North Shore 225 8 Alief Hastings 233 9 Dallas Carter 234 10 Beaumont Central 193 4A 1 Port Arthur Lincoln 202 2 Austin LBJ 213 3 Dallas Lincoln 233 4 Dallas Madison 212 5 Cedar Hill 224 6 Weatherford 194 7 North Crowley 203 8 Worfforth Frenship 222 9 Canyon Randall 203 10 Lancaster 223 3A 1 Glen Rose 221 2 Seminole 215 3 Buna 205 4 Gainesville 197 5 Canton 242 6 Heame 7 Taylor 213 8 Stafford 184 9 Waco LaVega 223 10 Clarksville 157 2A 1 Van Vleck 184 2 3 Woden 212 4 Port Aransas 232 5 Nacogdoches Central Hts 195 6 Big Lake Reagan County 203 7 Hale Center 184 8 Eldorado 206 9 Farmersville 203 10 Clyde Eula 214 CLASS A 2 Brookeland 260 3 Laneville 203 4 Lipan 241 5 Meadow 221 6 Henrietta Midway 221 7 Kennard 213 8 Ira 222 10 Lorenzo 187 GBRLSPOLL WACO AP The TABC high school top 10 poll with records through Jan 22 GIRLS BA 1 Copperas Cove 211 2 Allef Hastings 281 3 Mansfield 262 4 Corpus Christl Carroll 250 5 Rower Mound Marcus 22 5 6 League City Clear Creek 243 7 Georgetown 215 8 Fort Bend Dulles 214 9 Piano 243 10 4A LGranbury 254 2 Canyon 232 3 Plainview 232 4 Canyon Randall 177 5 Waxahachle 243 6 Amarillo Palo Duro 243 7 Little CypressMauriceville 231 8 Bay City 180 9 Palestine 242 10 Conroe Oak Ridge 245 3A 2 Seminole 192 3 Canton 272 4 5 Smrthville 234 6 Bowie 195 7 Shallowater 203 8 Mont BeMeu Barbers Hill 187 9 Lufkin Hudson 224 10 Buna 252 2A Springs 212 2 Crawford 243 3 Farwell 194 4 Port Aransas 232 5 Honey Grove 241 6 7 Kerens 211 8 Godley 203 9 Ozona 222 10 Maypeari 203 CLASS A 1 Valley View 251 2 Sudan 211 3 Nazareth 224 4 Gail Borden County 203 5 Moulton 242 6 Kamack 202 7 Huckabay 222 9 Windthorst 202 10 Vega 1210 Unsung Hero not celebrated in song or verse one that is much admired and shows courage If you know of an Unsung Hero in our community fill out the information below as your nom ination for this years New Braunfels Unsung Hero This years winners will be featured in the 2000 Horizons Issue published on March 26 Deadline for Nomination is March 1 2000 Unsung Hero of the Year Nomination Form Your Name Your Phone Nominee Name Nominee Nomlnee Phone Your Reason For Nominating This Person For Unsung Hi Pieaw matt to Uraung Hero drop off at our office located 707 Unda If more to imdsd than provfoted above 911318 BraunfrU Tp 78132 or VMMNM HIM you questions or need information about tfife Ufart for Qntung Hero call Margaret Edmonton gt DENVER AP Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary who earlier this month turned down an interview with the New England Patriots reportedly is talking to the New Orleans Saints about their vacant head coaching position Kubiak 38 met with Saints owner Tom Benson in New Orleans on Sunday night and planned to talk to him again Monday The Denver Post report ed Also being considered to NFL replace Mike Ditka are Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Art Shell and New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox Each is expected to interview this week Job offers are nothing new to Kubiak a former Broncos quarter back who has been Denvers offensive coordinator since 1995 In addition to rejecting New Englands overture Kubiak last year accepted and then turned down a headcoaching offer at the University of Colorado He also has turned down assistant head coaching jobs in Baltimore and Atlanta Kubiak has said he would prefer to live either in Denver or Houston but the Saints could be attractive because New Orleans is only a onehour flight from Houston The Saints fired Ditka after fin ishing 313 SPORTS CALENDAR Unicorns meeting A Unicorns Baseball parent meeting will be at 7 Wednesday at the high school library Topics to be discussed include tryouts schedules prac tice information and other busi ness If you have a son who plans on trying out and playing please attend the meeting Runners meeting The New Braunfels Running Club will meet at Wednesday at Professional Therapy Services physical thera py clinic 1551 N Walnut Suite 19 All interested runners are invited to attend For informa tion call 6205058 or 6068839 Cougar boosters The Canyon High School Athletic Boosters will have their monthly meeting at 7 Monday in the Hardy Gymnasium This will be the general business meeting for January All Canyon supporters and members are encouraged to attend Volleyball signups Saturday is the deadline to reg ister for the New Braunfels Volleyball Associations womens spring league Play will begin Feb 1 at the Canyon High School gym A recreational league will play on Tuesdays and a more competitive A league will play on Wednesdays Registration is being done at the Comal ISO Community Education Office Team registration is and player registration is For information call 6290826 or 6065776 Baseball clinic Baseball by Bowie an instruc tional clinic for ages 8 to 18 will be Saturday at the T Bar M sports center The cost is Sameday registration is The clinic will focus on baseball fundamentals and will be directed by Chicago Cubs pitcher Micah Bowie Participants will be divided into two age groups ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 For information call 6093665 Diamonds softball The Diamonds are a Junior Olympic girls fast pitch team who travel the surrounding area and play competitive softball Any girls interested in learning funda mental skills and competing with some of the best area players can come out to the Diamonds tryouts 10 to noon on Saturday at the Canyon High School softball fields For information call Sandy at 6200277 or Marcus at 6063885 Softball clinics The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association is hosting a series of Saturday morning clinics that will continue monthly through February 2000 Each twohour clinic costs Participants receive credits or for each clinic they attend and the money spent on the clinics will be deducted from the cost of registration in NBGSAs spring league Coaches at the clinics are col legelevel players and coaches Fast and slow pitch skills are taught The only equipment nec essary is gloves The next clinic will be Saturday from to 11 The final clinic will be Feb 12 Call 625 3068 or 6092843 for informa tion NBGSA registration flyers are being sent through the mail and are available through some local schools and at Vivroux Sporting Goods 697 S Walnut Ave Youth track CYO Track registration for children ages 4 to 17 will be Saturday and Feb 6 after the and 10 masses at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Fees are Practices start Feb 6 at New Braunfels High School For infor mation call 6061124 Soccer signups New Braunfels Youth Soccer is having spring soccer registration through Feb 26 at Vivroux Sporting Goods 697 S Walnut Ave AH Division I and II players must register by Monday The fee for returning players is and new players cost League play begins March 4 and runs through May 6 NBYS is open to all players ages 4 through 18 depending on team ability Four yearolds who want to play must have turned four as of July 31 1999 Senior softball An effort is underway to start a slowpitch softball league in New Braunfels this spring for men and women ages 55 and up Senior softball is an opportunity for fun and recreation If you or someone you know in Comal or surround ing counties has an interest or would like information call Bill Mixon at 830 9074020 NBLL work day New Braunfels Little League will have a work day from 9 to 4 Saturday at the new facility at Loop 337 General maintenance will be done Participants should bring a sack lunch Little League officials said Also NBLL registration ends Monday at Vivroux Sporting Goods Golfers wanted The New Braunfels Mens Golf Association welcomes anyone to come out and join The group has tournaments with guaranteed tee times every Saturday starting at 11 For information call 629 5645 Editors Note Sports Calendar items are accepted by fax at 606 3413 in person at 707 Landa by email at and to Box 311328 New Braunfels TX SUPER 9 of the 31 teams finished 8 8 this season Reeves Falcons went from 79 to the Super Bowl and back to 511 this season fin ishing there because of injuries and free agent defections But the Titans and the Rams arent the flukes some people think they are Tennessee has had talent since Jeff Fisher took over as coach in November of 1994 when the team was still hi Houston and known as the Oilers By 1996 they had announced their intention to move and were drawing less than to the Astrodome They finished 26 at home and 62 on the road the first of three straight 500 seasons The next year as the Tennessee Oilers they played in Memphis before less than fans many of them rooting for the position Again they as they last season when they played in Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville But when they opened Adelphia Coliseum this year and were re christened the Titans the fans started showing up and rooting fervently That energized every mm veterans like offensive lineman Bruce Matthews a 12 tinw Pro Bowler at age 38 to rook ie Jevon Kearse who had sacks an NFL rookie record The rest of the team jelled around them from quarterback Steve McNair and running back Eddie George two renowned col lege players to Frank Wycheck a journeyman who found a home at tight end in Nashville and young sters like cornerback Samari Rolle We grew and learned from the years of said McNair whose 91 yards rushing were one of the keys to the 3314 victory over Jacksonville in the AFC championship game Sunday Added Gary Walker who wan dered through the wilderness with the Oilers before signing this year with Jacksonville To go through what theyve gone through to finally get a home they just deserve a lot of The Rams were 412 last year But they got a surprise season from quarterback Kurt Warner who had played in the Arena League and NFL Europe arid was left exposed in the expansion draft for the Cleveland Browns last spring Only when Trent Green the big offseason freeagent acquisition got hurt did Warner get a shot and even then the Rams went looking for a veteran They never needed one Warner threw 4 touchdown passes the only quarterback other than Dan Marino ever to surpass 40 and was voted the leagues most valu able player Running back Marshall Faulk obtained for just secondand fifthround draft picks from Indianapolis was offensive player of the year becoming just the second player ever to run for more than yards and catch more than yards in passes They were the difference But the foundation was there Isaac Bruce who missed most of 1997 and 1998 with nagging injuries returned to his earlier form and was one of the NFLs best receivers and freeagent Adam Timmerman who played on two Super Bowl teams with Green Bay was added as a free agent Then there were all the high firstround picks the Rams made when they were bad defensive ends Kevin Carter and Grant Wistrom and offensive tackle Orlando Pace All demonstrated this year why they were prized The result A Super Bowl berth Its no Reeves said These teams are good and they deserve to be here Maybe next year there will be someone else Tbftft probably better than the same teams all the ;