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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas ,. ) ‘ ; Hoi .) I d - Z e i ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day The Press ! The Day’s Quote “till* last gams Mil go our way, lait those kids ars winners for what they've done throughout the tournament and series.” — Michael Garrett, manager pf the New Braunfels American Little League. In the news Now Braunfels tennis group to host tournament July IS The New Braunfels Tennis Association will ‘ sponsor an adult tennis tournament on Jdy 15-16 at the New Braunfels High School tennis courts. For more information, David Mueller at 6204210 or Kevin Bruington at629-0171. Rangers plan July 8 salute ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—The Texas Rangers are planning a salute July 8 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National Professional Baseball League. The tribute will include two youth baseball games at the Dr Pepper Youth Ballpark, a performance by the DFW Mass Choir and a salute to Texan Rube Foster, who founded the Negro National League in 1920. Former Negro League stars Bill Beverly, Joe Black, Larry Doby and Sammy Haynes are scheduled to appear. Oilers sign Jsffires to contract HOUSTON (AP)—The Houston Oilers have signed veteran wide receiver Haywood Jeffires to a ninth season with the team, the dub announced Friday. Jeffires was one of three players inked to deals Friday, but no terms ’vers disclosed. The Oilers had released the eight-year veteran out of North Carolina State after the 1994 season. Jeffires had been an unrestricted free agent and the Oilers had been hoping to sign him for less than he had been making. Jeffires has 454 catches with the Oilers, with whom he has played his entire career. He is 26 behind Drew Hill, the team’s all-time leading pass-calcher. He tied fellow wipeout Webster Slaughter for the team lead in receptions last year with 68. Local karat* classes offered Registration for adult and youth martial arts and self defense classes currently is under way. Instructor Matthew Whyte, a black belt with 15 years experience, will lead the classes. Youth classes, covering Shotokan, Tai Kwan Do and Kempo, scheduled for Mondays and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Adult classes are Mondays and Wednesday from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tai Chai classes for youth and adults ages 16 and older take place Fridays from 7 to 8 p.m. Kickboxing instruction is offered Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. The classes, which emphasizes self-defense and personal training, along with some tournament competition, will be at Comprehensive Fitness, 1551 Walnut. White, a former instructor at karate schools in Virginia and Guam, has trained under super heavyweight champion kick-boxer Dennis Lane. For more information, call 606-5339. NB Utile L—gy registration The New Braunfels Little League fall training for boys and girls ages 9-11 is now taking registration for incoming minor and major league players for the 1996 season. The training will develop skills in preparation for the Spring League and Saturday games in September and October. Registration fee is $12.50 until July 1. Late fee is $15. Adults interested in managing, coaching or umpiring are encouraged to contact the league. Registration forms are available at Rawlings Sporting Goods and Vivroux Sporting Goods. For more information, call Michael Garrett at 609-2248. Canyon Lake Golf sets league Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club is taking memberships for a new Monday night golf league. The nine-hole competition will begin at 5:X p m. every Monday. Entry fee is $5, with $4 going to the pro shop for credit earning. The other $1 will be collected for an end-of- the-season league prize, with the points winner getting $50. For more information, call 899-3372. New Braunfels All-Stars’ dream ends in Gonzales From staff reports GONZALES — The final game in a memorable tournament run wasn’t exactly the dream ending they envisioned, but the New Braunfels American Little League All-Stars returned from the District 31 championship with chins raised high. "I knew they had to be tired after all the games they've played over the last 11 days, traveling to and from Seguin and Gonzales," NB All-Star Head Coach Michael Garrett said. "This last game didn't go our way, but these kids are winners for what they've done throughout the tournament and series." The Yoakum All-Stars, the South Zone champions, proved to have more energy in the District 31 championship, winning 25-2 Friday night. The NB All-Stars finished the 16-team tournament as North Zone champions and district runners-up in the 10-year-old boys division. The team complied a 5-2 record in the tournament and highlighted a five-game winning stretch with three straight come-from-behind victories. For the tournament, the NB All-Stars averaged IO runs per game. Having played seven games in less than two weeks — including four in the last three days — the NB American Little League All-Stars had exhausted its pitching staff. Yoakum scored 15 runs in the first inning and never looked back. They took advantage of 15 walks surrendered by four different pitchers. In the end, parents, relatives and fans cheered their NB All-Stars for a successful tournament and for well representing their hometown. Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Tim Hildebrand, third baseman for the New Braunfels American Little League All-Stars, comes close on the tag in the second inning of the District 31 Championship. Newcombe tennis set for local leagues Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Newcombe Tennis Ranch is currently home to the Chinese Work! Federation Cup team. Team member U U is one of four pleyem on the team, whteh wW compete in upcoming tournaments. Drug testing prep athletes could come back to haunt Thomas Godley Ifs a sad sign of the times J when public schools have the blessing of the nation's highest court to randomly test athletes for Mm- drug use. Though the testing probably is no, going to happen any time soon in Texas high schools, the mere idea of singling out kids who sign up fix sports leads us to conclude that drugs and athletics have something in common. My first suspicion when the Supreme Court announced its decision this week centered around an attack on drugs that would give athletes the edge during competition. The prime suspects were steroids. Nobody likes cheaters, and we all know players who use steroids have all kinds of unfair advantages. Random drug tests would make a kid think twice about getting bulked up with chemicals, lf it would keep all things equal between, for example, runners at a high school track meet, or save a young athlete from ruining his body, thai the new policy would have a few merits. Beyond those drugs that enhance performance though, ifs silly to think that kids would mix drugs and sports because most drugs — at least the most prevalent ones on the high school level — tend to make a player less sharp in a competitive situation. But that doesn't seem to be the underlying reason behind the drug testing issue. The justice who wrote for the majority explained that a student who tries out for the local school team is willing to accept invasion of privacy. After all, the athlete showers with other kids and changes in the locker room, he wrote Along with that, kids in school are under the custody of school officials and are nix expected to receive the same rights as adults. That reasoning isn t exactly convincing. What it says to me is that a student who wants to be a part of an extra curricular activity that promotes teamwork, physical conditioning and responsibility has to pay a price to do so. Down the road, if schools do decide lo make use of the court’s decision, plenty of young men and women will choose to stay away from sports to avoid losing some basic rights. Instead they might join band or maybe the drill team. Which brings us to another question of why other student groups aren't part of the drug testing campaign. Are athletes the sole users of drugs? Other kids might forget school groups altogether and simply join a gang. Ironically, some might even get mixed up with the wrong group of kids who introduce them drugs. The justices must not have looked that far into the future when making their new ruling. World-class facility will open courts to community programs By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Edita Newcombe Tennis Ranch is known to many in our area as training grounds for some of the world's top junior tennis players. The international image is vital to its business and to luring visitors from many countries. For local tennis players, however, the commitment to junior tennis and out-of-town clients has left limited access to the facility. Newcombe is ready to change all that with a fall listing of new leagues, lessons, clinics and club memberships. "We've always known New Braunfels and the surrounding area has a strong tennis following," said Jeremy Field-send, CEO at Newcombe. "We want to provide an opportunity for those local players to join us in tennis leagues that offer a country club type setting at reasonable rates." The upcoming programs will include men's and women's leagues, adult clinics with private and semi-private lessons and junior development programs. Originally built as a dude ranch in the 1940's, Newcombe has created a worldwide reputation as a premier junior academy and currently has four junior players competing at Wimbledon Juniors in London. Phil Hendrie, Newcombe tennis director, said he has long seen the need for additional tennis programs for the community. Having researched and mulled the idea with local players who gave positive feedback, Hendrie put the wheels in motion several months ago. As the chief coordinator of the leagues, Hendrie said he plans to add a personal ized touch that emphasizes a "play hard, laugh hard" approach. "We want people to come out and enjoy themselves while they are working to improve their tennis skills," Hendrie said. "We also want this to be a family-oriented league where people feel at home here at Newcombe." Newcome tennis facts Location: U.S. 46 approximately three miles west of Loop 337 in New Braunfels. Facility features: 28 championship hard courts (4 covered coots, 3 lighted courts). Pour new state-of-the-art clay courts. Pro shop and lounge. Staff: More than 30 pros selected from among the top collegiate and professional players in the world. Top pros include Clarence Mabry. Jeremy Reldsend, Owen Davidson and Phil Hendrie. History: Built in the 1940’s by partners John Newcombe, Clarence Mabry and Graeme Mozeley The ranch is among the one of the 'premier facilities in the world Family memberships will cost $500 per year and include use of the tennis courts, swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball pits, basketball court, restaurant and bar. The men's leagues will offer hard court and clay court competition. Tennis players who join the league will find first-class amenities at Newcombe. The facility features include 28 hard courts and four new clay courts. Christa Lovett, a local tennis player and youth coordinator for the New Braunfels Tennis Association, said the new leagues will be highly anticipated. "A lot of people in the area are excited," Lovett said. "The leagues will add a new dimension for local tennis. I think having a place to play in a relaxed social environment is important for new players looking to meet other players with similar skills.” Lovett said novice tennis players often have difficulty finding partners outside of leagues. The men's and women's leagues will begin September 4 and will be scheduled two to three times per week, with sessions available in the mornings and evenings. Costs range from $30 to $45 for seven-week sessions. The junior programs will be available for youth ages 4 to 18. These sessions will teach etiquette, fitness and selfesteem. Members of the New Braunfels Texas Tough Soryu Karate School recently fought their way to trophies at two state tournaments. Jordan Gomez, Wade Pantermuehl and Phillip Gomez were winners at the Cotton Belt Tournament in Dallas. Submitted photo Karate kids kick way to trophies From submitted repats Three local karate students recently relumed from slate tournaments where they placed in the top five in several events. Jordan Gomez, Wade Pantermuehl II and Phillip Gomez — all members of the Texas Tough Soryu Karate — competed in the tournaments. Jordan, a purple belt, took third place in katas at the Cotton Belt Tournament in Dallas. He competed in a field of 33 fighters. At the Texas Challenge in Houston, he came in fourth in sparring. Wade took first place in sparring at the Cotton Bell. He also captured third in katas against a field of 25 competitors. Phillip placed third in katas at the Cotton Belt after tying fix second with an orange belt opponent. He also placed eight in katas at the Texas Challenge. 'Hie fighters are preparing, along with other members of the Texas Tough Soryu school, to compete in the 1995 Super Grands World Games in San Antonio. ;