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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, January 26, 2011SPORTS Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Chris Hoffman at 625-9144, ext 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] wins four gold medals to lead Smithson Valley swim team ► PREP WRESTLING Unicorns, Cougars impress at Cedar Park Invitational From staff reports CKDAK PARK — New Braunfels’ Thaddeus Brown earned his first tournament championship after winning the 130-pound division at last weekend’s Cedar Park Invitational. Jacob Lock won at 145 pounds, while Mario Contreras and Virgil Reed took second in 125 and 152 pounds, respectively, while John James placed fourth in the 135-pound division for the Unicorns. New Braunfels placed third in the final event before districts. Andrew Wilson took the gold in 119 pounds for Canyon, while Gino Scia-raffa anti Nick Mabry placed third in 130 and 180 pounds, respectively. Collin Skipper finished fourth at 140 pounds. The district tournament takes place Feb. 5 at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio. ► PREP SOCCER Nichols’ hat trick leads Smithson Valley to win From staff reports BANDERA — Senior Nikki Nichols scored a hat trick (three goals) to lead Smithson Valley to a 4-0 shutout win over Bandera in a nondistrict game on Tuesday night. l^ecia Meyer scored a goal for the margin of victory for the Lady Rangers. Smithson Valley (5-1-3) travel to play Austin Westlake at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Canyon 4, Converse judson 3 Senior Maddie Haas scored the game winner with six minutes left to lead Canyon to a 4-3 win over Converse Judson on TXtesday night. Haas was an offensive machine, scoring all four goals for the Cougarettes. Kirstie Reinke, Karleigh Ford, Tori Nimtz and Vanessa Johnson each had assists for the Cougarettes. See SOCCER, PaQe 7 Haas LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitun Canyon's Christian Franklin (15) drives to the basket with Smithson Valley's Lauren Jay (42) blocking her path during Tuesday's district showdown at the Cougar Den. LADY RANGERS SLIP BY CANYON Smithson Valley stays unbeaten in District 27-4A with win By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley coach Angie Hermesmeyer had all the answers against rival Canyon during Tuesday’s 27-4A showdown. But Hermesmeyer didn’t know how close her Lady Ranger team was to the district title. “I am not going to say utnil I’m sure,” the Smithson Valley coach said. “I like where we stand right now.” The Lady Rangers had a tough time on the road against cross-county rival Canyon, until a late run put the game away in a 47-38 victory over the Cougarettes. With the win, Smithson Valley improved its record to 25-4 overall and Mirro—iwyf unbeaten in the district at 9-0. The Lady Rangers also claimed a share of the district title with three games left, as Canyon, Buda Hays and Schertz Clemens are in a three-way tie for second with identical 5-3 district records with four games remaining. Canyon gave district-leading Smithson Valley all it could handle. The Cougarettes (15-11, 5-3) kept the game close throughout with timely shots and solid defense that hampered the Lady Rangers’ potent offense. “We missed a lot of free throws tonight,” Hermes meyer said. “Canyon made us play hard, and it was hard to put the ball in the basket against them at times.” Down 37-31 heading into the fourth, Canyon cut the Smithson Valley lead down to three with 3:28 to play on a driving layup by forward Chamaya Turner. After a Smithson Valley basket and a pair fo free throws by Christian Franklin, the Cougarettes See HOOPS, Page 7 Canyon, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake also advance swimmers to upcoming regional finals From staff reports PALO ALTO — Anna Mayfield had four gold medals and the Smithson Valley swim team made a great run for the district title, but missed it by three points at last weekend’s District 28-4A meet at Palo Alto College. Mayfield, the 28-4A Swimmer of the Year, took first (1:52.67) in the 200-yard freestyle, first (58.37) in the 1 (K)-yartl backstroke, and was a member of the first-place (1:43.65) 200-yard freestyle relay and took top honors (1:54.23) as a member of the 200-yard medley relay teams. “Anna has done far more than anyone expected of her this season,” Smithson Valley coach Kari Oslwime said. "She gets better every time I see her swim.” Mayfield was joined by Ixirissa Garza, Addie Erhardt and Jessica Jones in the 200-medley, while Mayfield, Jones, Garza and Pamela Delgado competed in the 200-free relay Jonsson team. Although Smithson Valley qualified for regionals in each swimming event, the l>ady Rangers were edged out 139-136 for the district title by Alamo Heights mainly due to their lack of a diving competitor. The Lady Rangers were leading by one-point heading into the final event — 400-yard freestyle relay— that saw Alamo Heights win both the event and the district title. The Smithson Valley swim teams qualified for 22 individual events and six relay teams for the upcoming Region VII finals. “T his was the culmination of a lot of hard work and it paid off for us,” (Tsborne said. “The best part of it all was that every swimmer and relay team improved on our personal best times. We now know that anything is possible.” Garza took gold (25.75) in the 50-yard freestyle, placed second (1:00.84) in the 100-yard butterfly, Erhadt won See SWIM, Page 7 Photo submitted Smithson Valley 200-yard freestyle relay team took gold at last weekend's District 28-4A meet in Palo Alto. Pictured are from left: Larissa Garza, Anna Mayfield, Jessica Jones and Pamela Delgado. Mavs pull away from Gordon-less Clippers By Jaime Aron AP Sports Writer DALLAS — Jason Terry scored a season-high 28 points and J J. Barea added 25, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-105 victory over the suddenly Eric Gordon-less Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. The performance by the reserve guards helped Dallas erase an early 15-point deficit. The Mavs turned things around with a 23-6 spurt in the third quarter, then a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter. They wound up with their most points of the season, and their most bench points of the season. The Clippers announced during the first half that a wrist injury will sideline Gordon for at least three weeks. He’s their leading scorer at 24.1 point, eighth-best in the NBA. Tyson Chandler had a season-high 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 for the Mavericks, who’ve won three of four since a six-    ,12. game losing streak. clippers 105 It was the first time since Feb. 18, 2009, that the Mavericks had four players score at least 20 points. Clippers rookie Blake Griffin had 22 points and 11 rebounds, but wasn’t much of a factor after scoring 12 points in the first quarter. He played the fourth quarter with his left arm in a protective sleeve after being thrown down by Dallas' Brendan Haywood. Baron Davis scored 21 for Los Angeles. Randy Foye, who started in Gordon's place, scored 15 and Ryan Gomes added 14. Los Angeles dominated the first half, scoring at will even without Gordon. They scored 62 points and made 68 percent of their shots. All Dallas had going was Chandler and Barea. 1 hen the Mavericks clamped down their defense in the third quarter and everything changed. Dallas put things together on both ends of the court and Los Angeles fell apart. Shawn Marion put the Mavs ahead for the first time on a rebound-dunk with 1:39 left in the third quarter, and they would never give up the lead. Nowitzki, who is still getting over a knee injury, was cut on his face in the first quarter and didn't have a basket until the final 2 minutes of the first half. He got rolling after that, though, finishing with some long jumpers during the final breakway rally. Terry scored 22 of his points in the second half. He finished 11 of 22, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers. ;