New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, Jan. 26, 1995
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
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The Day s Quote
“This course has improved every year since I've been here. The big difference came with irrigation and enhancements to streams that cut through the grounds.”
- Jim Eakle, long-time golfer at Landa Park Golf Course.
NB spring volleyball registration deadline ends dan. 27
Registration to play in the New Braunfels Volleyball Association's spring competition will end Friday, Jan. 27. Team cost is $54 Applications are available at Comal Independent School District Community Education office. The first game in the B league begins Tuesday, Jan 31 at Canyon High School in the old gym. The A league starts Wednesday. For mor information, call 629-0826.
City sponsors mons 3-on-3 basketball beginning Fob. 15
The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Men's 3-on-3 Basketball League for partic-ipatants ages 17 and older. Game will be at the Landa Recreation Center on Wednesdays beginning a 6:30 p m The league starts Feb 15 and runs for seven weeks incuding a Championship playoff round Registration will be held Jan. 28 through Feb. 10 at the rec center Sign up early. The league is limited to six teams. The fee is $20 for each four-man team For more information, call 608-2167.
San 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 information
Dallas Stars handle Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Even with the heavy rain, the Dallas Stars spent an enjoyable couple of days in Southern California
Brent Gilchrist had two goals, including an empty-netter with 38 seconds to play, and Mike Modano got his first following the first 50-goal season of his career Wednesday night as the Stars beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-1.
A night earlier in Inglewood, the Stars downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-2
The play of the Stars so far during the abbreviated 48-game season is mirrors the playing style of their coach, Bob Gainey.
Gamey earned a reputation as the league's best defensive forward during his playing days with the Montreal Canadians, earning the Frank Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward for four straight seasons starting in 1977-78.
Cowboys re-sign Avezzano
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Special teams coach Joe Avezzano has reached an agreement on a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys
Terms were not disclosed.
Avezzano was voted the NFL's special teams coach of the year in 1991 and the team's second Super Bowl title year of 1993.
“This is the place I want to be," Avezzano said “The Dallas-Fort Worth community is very special to me, and so is the Dallas Cowboys organization."
Before joining the Cowboys in 1990, Avezzano was offensive line coach for Texas A&M in 1985-88
Canyon JV stays perfect in district
Cougars go to 4-0 after overtime win at home
The Canyon junior varsity appears the front-runner in the district playoff race after a dramatic 50-46 overtime victory over the New Braunfels Unicorns at Cougar Den.
Canyon's Hector Valdez drained a 3-point shot with less than a minute left to send the game into the overtime.
"We're playing the best ball of the season right now," said Canyon coach Alan Miller. "The players got fired up for the New Braunfels game because the Unicorns have such a great record."
NB Coach Vie Sierra's squad, suffered only its second loss of the season, and still has the best overall mark at 18-2. The Unicorns take on Smithson Valley Rangers at home on Friday.
The Rangers won impressively over Lockhart and Bastrop.
Coach Craig Wurstefer said his team will have a tough test on the road against the Unicorns. "We'll have to have one of our top efforts of the season," he said.
■ RECORD: (3.1,10.2)
■ COACH: Vie Sierra
■ PLAYER SCORING. J.P. Wilkins, Raymond Chapa, Tony Bradford, BJ. Wenzel, Aaron Moore
■ LAST WEEK: 1-1. Beat Bastrop. Lost to Canyon.
■ IOT GAME: At home against Smithson Valley.
■ COMMENT: The Unicorns hope to hoence back from a toegh loss to the Cougars on Tuesday. With best overall mark, the team Is very much In the district hunt.
■ RECORD: (44), 11-9)
■ COACH: Alan Miller
■ LEADING SCORERS: Josh Kunkel, Travis Wommach, Rich Graham, Hector Valdez.
■ LAST WEEK: 2-0. Beat Hays 66-51 and New Braunfels
■ NEXT GAME: Smithson Valley.
■ COMMENT: Coming off the big win at home, the Cougars Mod to sustain the momentum heading to Lockhort. Coach Miller says the team Is playing its best ball this season. And with four straight wins in district, he's right.
Herald-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GODLEY Canyon's Roger Garcia looks for a move to the basket.
. Herald-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GOOLEY Vie Sierra seta up a strategy for his team.
SMITHSON VALLEY JV
■ RECORD: (2-2,124)
■ COACH: Craig Wurstefer
■ PLAYER SCORING: Jell Hersrud, Brad Triesch, Bryan Hunter, Michael Mann, Jay Moeller, John Oean.
■ LAST WSBC: 2-6. Beat Lockhart. Beat Bastrop.
■ NEXT GAME: At New Braunfels.
■ The Rangers continue get several players lr on the action. Coach Wurstefer played 17 different Rangers In the win over Bastrop. Depth Is definitely the team's strength.
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A game for the ages
Golfing in the 90's is a lifetime sport for four regulars at Landa Park Golf Course
By THOMAS GODLEY
They average 85 years of age. but you wouldn’t guess it the way these men get around the golf course.
From hole to hole, they step to the greens, taking limber swings at the ball and humorous jabs at each other.
They can he found at Landa Park most Tuesdays and Fridays these four close friends who make it a point lo meet for some exercise, fresh air and scenery. The sport has drawn them together over the last 15 years.
Locals say the old-timers are proof that golf knows no age limit
"It s a game that people can play for a lifetime." said Bill Halbert. Landa Park Golf Course manager. "There aren't too many sports like that. These guys have been coming out here without fail since I can remember. We have quite a few older golfers w ho come out. but I think these four gentlemen are the oldest group that show up on a regular basis."
The men carry 34! years of experience among them, and each can boast of playing a gixxi game of golf.
On fair days the foursome plays six to nine holes. If the weather fails, they settle for three. Sometimes the game is skins hut often it s every man for himself. Afterwards the longtime friends take the ritual walk to the club house for a beer or two and a tally of the day's wagers.
"The stakes aren’t high," says Frank Higgins, 81, a retired cartographer. "Ten cents a hole is all. We may lose forty cents or win forty cents. We usually haggle over who pays
for the beer."
Jim Eakle, 79, the youngest of the group, recalls when Landa Golf course went from a 9-hole to an 18-hole course in the late 1960's.
"This course has improved every year since I've been here," he said. "The big difference came with irrigation and enhancements to streams that cut through the grounds. They do a great job of keeping up the greens and the picturesque surroundings."
91, and lan Walker, who turned 90 last Friday, go back a bit further in the course history. They talk of the 1930s when pastures and cattle stood where
the greens now stretch. Walker lived right across the street at the time and still resides within a mile of Landa. He remembers how funding for the park stemmed from the Works Progress Administration under president Franklin Roosevelt. The program provided jobs and built public facilities during the Depression.
Over the years Landa Golf Course has undergone several changes and become a top-notch
Herald-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GODLEY Golfers (from left) Frank Higgins, Urn Walker, Jim Eakle, and Stewart Browning nave bean coming out to Landa Golf course together for 15 years. They average 85 years old.
golf course, Higgins added. Local resident aren't the only ones benefiting from the site. Vacationers from across the country return year after year, and they establish on going friendships with New Braunfels golfers.
The golf course also is a rich source for local groups like the Legends (mainly golfers over 55) and the Landa Lady's Golf Association, which schedules competition throughout the year.
'The women are a lot more organized than the men," Stewart notes.
The four friends say competition is not a priority at this stage of their lives. They agree Stewart is the best golfer in the group, but he's not one to keep a close tab on the scores. The idea is to spend a day in the outdoors. They each hold season passes to the facility, and you can bet next Tuesday they will be the oldest guys teeing off at Landa Park Golf.
Unicorns top Canyon, 1-0 in district-opening contest
From staff reports
The New Braunfels Unicorns opened district play by beating the Canyon 1-0 on the Cougars home turf.
In a tight battle that went down to the wire, tile defense proved key for both teams.
The Cougar offense, led by Danny Bueno, peppered Unicom goalie Malt White with numerous shots hut were unable to get through the defense. White made several game saving stop to seal die victory for the Unicorns.
Canyon goalie Rugger Got sacker was equally tough on the opjxisile end, shutting down the New Braunfels for most of the night.
Canyon came out sin mg, mixing its offensive pressure as Bueno, win) has two hat tricks this season, teamed with Melvin Page and Ruben Perez to keep the Unicorn defense on its heels. The Unicom defense
bent but didn't break in holding back the Cougar attack.
White stopped several attempts on goal in the early stages.
Twenty minutes into the game the Unicom offense went on the attack with Omar Hernandez and Steven Rodnguez finng bullets at the Gotsacker who held his own and shut down the Unicom attempts.
Tile second half continued the defensive dominace, with both teams struggling to get a goal. The Unicorns finally broke the 0-0 ties with a goal off a head shot. Steven Rodnguez came through with the score after receiving a hard cross from Omar Heman de/ Rodriguez went to get in position for the head shot that slipped past Gotsacker into the hack of the net.
Canyon coach Danny Bueno gave credit to the Unicorns for making the shot when it counted. Both coaches agreed the game could have gone either way.
San Diego fans in a frenzy in Texas town of same name
SAN DIEGO, Texas (AP) — Charger-mama has hit San Diego.
About a dozen fans turned out Wednesday for a pep rally in this small South Texas town with the same name as the California city representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.
The festivities were arranged by a television crew from the other San Diego who have been traveling the country interviewing Chargers fans.
They found a handful among the 4,000 residents in San Diego, Texas, which is located about 50 miles west of Corpus Christi.
One of the Charger loyalists was Reymundo Canales, who was bom in San Diego, Texas, and lived for several years in his wife’s hometown of San Diego, Calif., before they moved back here five years ago.
Canales sold all his Chargers paraphernalia before leaving California, so he sent his wife Shirley, on a last-minute shopping trip in search of T-shirts or hats.
‘T was all over Alice, and nobody has any
Chargers stuff—nothing!" Shirley Canales said as she, her husband and about IO people stood in a hallway at the Duval County Courthouse.
The Canaleses were among those gathered outside the courthouse for the interview with Steve Fiorina, a reporter for San Diego’s KGTV, an ABC affiliate.
Fiorina and a cameraman were greeted with a sign wntten in black ink and highlighted with neon yellow that read: "Welcome San Diego Chargers and Good laick from San Diego, Duval County, Texas! Go! Fight! Win!”
Across Texas 44, Reymundo Canales and Bar bara Casarez, dressed in her San Diego (Texas) Emergency Medical Services uniform, held a blue banner with yellow lightening bolt.
The banner was sent lo the San Diego, Texas, mayor from San Diego, Calif., radio station KFMB
Although the mayor was away on business, City Councilman Roy Guerrero was on hand lo voice his support.