New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Press Class 4A or 5A? NBHS eagerly awaits UIL’s word
By THOMAS GODLEY
Sports Editor“He didn’t call glass but that’s okay.”
— Smithson Valley coach John Valenzuela on guard R.J. Strauch’s last-second, 3-point shot which banked off the backboard and beat Lockhart 47-45.In the news
Unicom girls win on the road
SAN ANTONIO — The Lady Unicorn soccer team defeated Incarnate Word 2-1 on Tuesday to earn their second win this season over the Shamrocks.
In the first half the Shamrocks played a very aggressive game, as evidenced by two of their players being yellow carded.
The Unicorns stayed in the game with nin shots on goal. At the end of the first half,
IWC forward scored on a shot from the right side when goalie Kristi Hull came out of the box. The ball found its mark in the top left corner.
New Braunfels responded as Patty Jo Maxey and Jodi Hetchler teamed for the winning goals. The Unicorns next play Bowie in Austin on Saturday.
Cougars fall to Alamo Heights
The Canyon Cougar boys’ soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss to Alamo Heights on Tuesday in San Antonio.
The Cougars were without starting players Ian Schlichtling, Paul Paniagua and Leighton While who were sidelined with illness and injuries. Jon and Kurtiss Schmidt left the game in the first half with injuries, leaving the Cougars without any reserves.
At one point Canyon field only ten players in the game. Nevertheless the Cougars had several defensive highlights. Sweeper Erie Rodrigues and Adrian Armendariz held of 19 shots on goal. The first two Mules’ scores came in the first 20 minutes. Three more goals came in the second half. C.J. Czelusta put on the best offensive showing for Canyon, with several shots on goal.
The Canyon JV team lost 3-0 to the Mules’ JV.
The Cougars return to action Friday night against St. Anthony’s at 7:30 p m. at Cougar Stadium.
Guys ’n’ Dolls golf tourney aids Children’s Diagnostic Center
A golf tournament, which will support the Children’s Diagnostic Center in Ottine, is scheduled for Feb 25. The event will consist of two-person teams (male-female) with flighted competition determined by handicaps. The entry donation of $75 per couple should be sent to Alice Simpson, 728 Summerwood Drive, New Braunfels, TX. Please include proof of handicap. The event will include prizes and a barbecue dinner.
The Children's Diagnostic Center is support by the Elks and provides free treatment to kids. For more information, call 620-5917.
New Braunfels CYO to hold youth baseball registration
Players interested in signing up for baseball, fast-pitched softball and tee ball can register Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10 a m. to 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Local youth ages four to 18 are invited to compete in the Christian Youth Organization league. A fee of $45 will include a T-shirt and cap.
Discounts will be given to families registering three or more children. Teams are encouraged to find sponsors although it is not mandatory.
Teams will be divided into age groups.
For more information, call Anthony Klar at 609-1694.
NB girls softball set to begin
Registration is under way now through Feb. 9 at Vivroux Sporting Goods for girls T-ball, fast pitch and slow pitch softball The competition, which is sponsored by the New Braunfels Girls’ Softball Association, is for girls ages five to 18.
The fees are as follows
■ T-ball (ages 5-6) $20
■ Slow pitch (ages 7-18) $30
■ Fast pitch (ages 10-18) $35
■ Family of two or more (slow pitch) $50
■ Family of two or more (if one person plays fast pitch) $55
Tryouts will be Feb 10 at Comal Park from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Feb 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All girls ages nine and older must try out.
For more informauon call 625-4337 or 625-9479.
The fate of New Braunfels High School’s state classification will rest on the University Interscholastic League and its announcement on bi-annual realignment.
The rumor circulating this week is that the UIL will raise enrollment and move more schools into Class 4A. If so New Braunfels would likely remain in its current District 28-4A alignment.
NBISD superintendent Charles Bradberry said speculation continues to grow and the UIL announcement will be the big news for
many schools in Texas.
“It is purely conjecture but the word is that the cutoff line for 5 A will be drawn at 1,720,” Bradberry said. "Nobody knows for sure. It’s absolutely the best kept secret in Texas right now.”
NBISD officials are hoping the school remains in 4A. If pushed to 5A, New Braunfels could be realigned with former District 28-5A neighbors Seguin, San Marcos, East Central and Harlandale, McCollum and South San, Another possibility would be a move into die competitive District 26-5A, which last fall produced two state football champions—Converse Judson and San Antonio Roosevelt.
Tim Kingsbury, NBISD athletic director, said the ideal scenario would be to remain in Class 4A.
“We’d probably rather be in 4A because that would make us (me of the largest 4A schools in the state,” Kingsbury said, “But wherever they put us, we will have to be ready to compete. The main thing right now is finding out where we’re going to be so we can set our pre-district schedule.”
The UIL will announce the cutoff lines for enrollment on Thursday. Prime Sports Network will air the news locally on Channel 22. New Braunfels, which submitted an enrollment of 6,096, is expected to fall close to the line.
Bradberry said a move to 5A could have a financial impact, depending on other schools’ ability to sell tickets and draw crowds to games and extra-curricular events. That was a problem three years ago in District 28-5A when game attendance dropped from previous years.
“I would prefer we stayed here, because this district has some very strong programs with loyal fans and good attendance. It should be stressed that this goes far beyond football. It includes academics as well as extra curricular activities such as band and drill team.”
New Braunfels was the largest 4A school in the state last year but was also among the smallest 5A schools in the state in 1990-1992.
By THOMAS GODLEY
Bastrop’s basketball strategy is fairly simple. Bring 12 players off the bench, keep sending fresh bodies onto the court and apply relentless pressure for 32 minutes.
Eventually the other team wears down.
The Canyon Cougars, suiting up only seven players, knew that plan all too well and managed to match the Bears for four quarters, climbing to within two points with seven seconds left.
In the end, however, the Bears had the extra breath and prevailed 52-49 on Tuesday night at Cougar Den. It was the second three-point loss to Bastrop this season after a 54-51 game in the district opener.
The win keeps Bastrop atop the District 28-4A standings at 6-0. Though his team falls to 2-4, Canyon coach Kenny .Rotzler said the season still holds a chance for at a runner-up playoff spot.
“We still have a lot to play for,”- Rotzler said. ‘There’s still a possibility that 6-4 cwk^rtyou into the playoffs in this district. We just have to play out and see what happens.”
Despite the obvious edge in depth. Bastrop coach Danny Randall said he never felt his team was in command.
“When we come here we know it’s going to go down to the wire,” Randall said. “Canyon does a heck of a job with only seven players. They play hard all the way lo the buzzer. We had a lot more guys coming in and we were getting gassed.” Twelve players saw action as coach Randall plaux>ned his usual four-man rotations. Even so, the Cougars stayed close, trailing 29-23 at halttime. They tied the game at 39-39 on a steal and eoast-to-coast layup by Jimmy Kcresztury with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
Keres/tury was the games’ high scorer with 26 points and 20 rebounds. Travis Wommack had ll. Ricky Boehle and Rocky Johnson scored five each.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hector Torres applies defensive pressure to Bastrop’s Donavahn Henderson.
Bastrop’s Chris Tate, who finished with 20 points, hit two straight three-pointers shortly before the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 45-39. The Cougars trailed 49-41 with four minutes remaining. Keres/tury scored six straight points to cut it to 47-51 at 1:21. Alter the Bears had gone cold on four possessions at that point. Boehle went to the free throw line and sank both shots to bring Canyon
within two at 51-49 with 1:07 left. A turnover and missed free throw by Bastrop kept the game in reach. With nine seconds left, Keres/tury missed two free throws. Bastrop converted a free throw at the other end, setting up a final chance for Canyon with seven seconds left. But an inbound pass went astray, and Bastrop came up with the turnover and sealed the game.Rangers buzzing
By THOMAS GODLEY
BUDA — Smithson Valley’s R.J. Strauch hit a 28-foot shot at the buzzer to beat the Hays Rebels 47-45 on Tuesday night at Rebel Gym.
It was the third straight down-to-the-wire loss for Hays, which dropped a double-overtime game to Bastrop last Friday and fell to Lockhart on a 70-foot basket as the clock expired on Jan 23.
Strauch added the latest heartbreak when he took a long inbound pass, overcame two defenders and heaved a shot that banked off the backboard and through the net. The 6-0 junior was mobbed by players and fans who rushed the courts moments after the winning basket.
Smithson Valley coach John Valenzuela said the ending was storybook material.
“It’s the kind of shot every kid dreams about,” Valenzuela said. “It’s just an incredible ending and a great win. I’m elated for tile kids and the program "
James Bohner converted a layup with six seconds remaining to bring the Rangers to within 45-44. Hays’ Chris Pape missed two free throws with 4.6 seconds left. To that point the Rebels were a perfect 9-for-9 at the line.
Smithson Valley was out of time (Hits when Strauch came through with the last-second heroics. He finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.
Bohner was the team’s high scorer with 16 points. Anthony Simpson had two three-pointers and a basket to notch eight total. Bill Sturgis, making his first start, had six points. The Rangers improved to 16-11 overall. They are 4-2 and in second place in district.Unicorns light up lions 80-54
By THOMAS GODLEY
LOCKHART — Five players scored in double figures as New Braunfels blew out Lockhart 80-54 on Tuesday night at Lion Gym.
Forward B J. Wenzel led the way with 19 points and IO rebounds. Forward lan Owens and post C.J. Burden each scored 12. Guards Mark Phair and Ray Chapa had 11 and IO respectively.
The victory evens the Unicorns’ dislnct record at 3-3 and places them in third place behind Bastrop and Smithson Valley. Tile Lions drop to 1-5 in district.
The Unicorns led 16-6 alter tile first quaiter and 32-21 at halftime. They made six of 13 shots from three-point range. Wenzel sank a trey at the buzzer lo make it an 11-point lead heading into the locker room.
New Braunfels coach Cliff Wilkins said the team came through with one of its top games this season.
“Overall, it was solid team effort,” Wilkins said. ‘They did a gtxxl job on the boards and that’s what we really needed.”
Burden pulled down seven rebounds to spark die Unicorns off the bench.
New Braunfels exploded in the fourth quarter, opening on an eight point run and finishing with 31 points.
The Lions were led by Leander Thompson who scored 19 points and Mark Ramirez who had ll.
Point guard J.P. Wilkins, who kept the offense in sync in transition and in the half-court attack, said defense was the key.
“We came out and played them lough,” Wilkins said. “We blocked out, rebounded and did all the little things right. Hopefully we can keep it going into Jhe rest of district.”
The Unicorns next host the Hays Rebels al Unicom Gym on Friday at 8 p.m.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Joe Burke dribbles past a Clemens defender during first half action.
A soccer deadlock at New Braunfels
From submitted reports
Frustration was the name of the game as the Unicorns outshot the Clemens Buffaloes by 25 shots only to end up tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
The Unicorns dominated from start to finish, but could not score a goal. The Unicorns’ inability to finish ultimately sealed the tie for Clemens. New Braunfels dominated at the start and seemed to be on the verge of an early score when Josh Mot/ was tripped in the box. Gilbert Morales’ penalty shot went wide and set the stage for a disappointing evening for the Unicorns.
Clemens’ goal came first, off a kick from Josh Campos to Jesus Aquayo, who headed the ball past a diving Bradley Brandenburg. The Unicorns pressed the entire first half with opportunities by Kyle Reneau, Andy Holtman, Joe Burke, Cliff Steagall and Marco Sanchez.
The Unicom’ only goal came in the second half when coach Bob Rodriguez pulled Bradley Brandenburg and moved him to forward where lie took a throw in that went deep in the box and was hammered into the goal by Andy Holtman.
Sid Gosa, coming off a pulled hamstring, turned in an outstanding defensive game, snuffing out what few opportunities the Buffaloes had in the first half and keyed a defense which allowed Clemens only two shots in the second half. It was a physical game where Clemens tried lo out-muscle the Unicorns and received five yellow cards for personal fouls that came clipse to injuring several of the Unicorns.
Coach Bob Rodriguez said that he knew the game would be physical and Clemens did what they had to do to get a tie. The Unicom J.V. beat Clemens 2-0 off a goal by Joey McBrayer out the five minute mark and a penally shot by Aaron Wong with less than one minute left in the game.Lady Lions top NB girls 66-41
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Lockhart Lion scoring combo of Edwina Brown and Latraica Spencer combined for 48 points to pull their team past the New Braunfels Lady Unicorns 66-41 on Tuesday night.
Brown, a 5-10 University of Texas signee, scored 28 points while Spencer chipped in 20 Brown scored 11 points in the first quarter to push the Lady Lions to a 24-10 lead. Lockhart continued to roll on in the second quarter by taking a 38-22 halftime lead. At intermission, Brown paced the Lions with 19 points.
Lockhart used their height advantage to out jump the smaller Unicorns by collecting numerous second and third shot opportunities. Spencer, a 6-0 post player, and Brown, used her muscle inside lo terrorize the Lady Unicorns.
“In the first quarter, they (Unicorns) were able to get two or second shot opportunities,” Lockhart Coach Mitzi Marquart said. “But once we controlled the boards and push off for our rebounds, we were able to control the game. Early on, we were able to press hard and go lo oui half court game ”
The Lady Unicorns were led by guard Kelly Werth’s 15 points and the inside play of Nola Muir with 12 points
Down by 17 points in the second quarter, New Braunfels tried to mount a comeback. Muir hit I layup to get the Unicorns within 35-2P- Guard Emilie Wotipka then picked up a steal and hit a jumper with 11 seconds left to make it 35-22,' But Brown came back and hit a buzzer beating three pointer to give the Lions the 16 point halftime edge.