New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal Countv Sports
(Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows)
Th* thsrtgam# Shootout
Sundance Golf Course and Gullett/Newton will sponsor The Shortgame Shootout, benefiting The Hummel Museum, on July 11.
Two-person teams will compete on an 18-hole course consisting of uphill, downhill, sand and approach shots of IOO yards of less. The entry fee is $150 per team and the deadline for entries is July 10.
Sundance is one of 10 area courses set to sponsor the event, the top four professional and amateur teams from each course will advance to the finals on Sept. 22 at Circle C Golf 1 Club in Austin.
For more information, call the Sundance pro shop at 629-3817 or Debbie Williams, tournament coordinator, at (512) 464-4997.
STYSA coachee clinic
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor a STYSA "E" clinic for coaches of under-10 through under-12 players.
The “E" Clinic will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 11 at the Landa Recreation Center meeting room and from 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 6 p.m. on July 12 at the H-E-B Soccer Complex.
For more information, call 606-0610 or (210) 732-3793.
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club will offer a referee lie fa ail persons interested the game and eam-i extra cash on weekends.
The clinic is open to anyone ages 12 and older. It will be conducted from 8 arn. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on July 19 fa sessions one and two and from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on July 26 for sessions three and four.
The sessions will be led by Steve Nichols of HEY REF. For more infamation, call 606-6722
New Braunfels High School will offer its Unican Football Camp fa incoming students in grades seven, eight and nine from 8:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. July 21-24 at Unican Stadium.
Registration is $35, and forms are available at Vivroux Sporting Goods and NBHS. Fa more infamation, call Tim Kingsbury at 625-5713.
Smithson Valley High School will conduct its annual Ranger Football Camp from 8:45 a m. to noon from July 21-25.
The camp is open to all students who will be in grades seven, eight and nine and are interested in playing football.
Registration is $30, and those not already enrolled may do so until the first day of camp. Fa mae information, call 885-2376.
Ranger Gris' Basketball Camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 28-31 at the Smithson Valley High School gym.
The camp is open to girls in grades seven, eight and nine. Registration is $30 pa person.
Participants will receive instruction on shooting, 1-on-1 offensive play and fast break skills. There will also be a competition at the end of the week.
Fa more infamation a to register, Call Carolyn Ckodre at 904-7273 a 606-4669.
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association is accepting registrations fa the upcorrv | ring season at Vivroux Sporting Goods. For more information, call 606-1
From staff reports
SELMA — If you know anything about Allen and Jeanette Moehrig, it probably has to do with their involvement with Special Effort, the only horse to win die Quarter Hose Triple Crown.
Perhaps you may be familiar with another World Champion, Jodys Glory, or one of today’s leading sires, Jody O Toole.
Retama Park will honor the Moehrigs on Friday as they retire with a special trophy presentation in the sixth race. But their business has gone on without much fanfare.
“We came home one day and saw this orphan mare in the drive,” Jeanette said. “We had no idea whom she belonged to, so we decided to take care of her for awhile. It took about a
On the approach
month, but we finally found the real owner. He asked us how much the mare was and if we wanted to buy her. By that time, I was pretty attached, so we gave the man $100 for her.”
The mare began to gain weight and they soon realized she was pregnant Her colt, Ringo, introduced diem to die sport that would change their future.
. When Ringo was old enough, the Moehrigs raced him four times. He won each race.
Ringo was eventually sold and taken to England, where he helped his new owner win a national jumping contest.
It didn’t take long for racing to get into the Moehrigs’ blood. They made a purchase in 1969 that many considered ludicrous.
“When we bought Jody Mo (the last daughter
of Joe Moore) fa $12,000, some of our friends called us crazy,” Jeanette, said. “At that time land was about $150 an acre, so they joked with us, saying we could’ve bought a whole ranch with that kind of money. She was a small mare, oily about 14 hands, lait every colt she ever threw was a runner.”
Jody' Mo’s bloodline led to Jodys Glory and eventually to Jody O Toole, a five-time futurity winner and sire of several speedhorses. One of those hoses, Streakin O Toole, set a new track record at Retama this summer for 350 yards.
The top qualifiers to the Retama Park Futurity and the Retama Park Derby are both offspring of Jody O Toole. Pocita O Toole tops the list in the
futurity and 111 Tempered Tee in the derby.
Jody Mo had a stroke at age 32, causing her to go blind. She’d spent 20 years in Seguin with the Moehrigs, becoming part of the family.
“She’d still nicker when you called her in the pasture,” Jeanette said. “But we both knew it was time to let her go. When the vet came, Allen couldn't go down to the bam. so our son Dennis went with him. We buried her under a tree on the ranch.”
Moehrig Ranch currently stands six stallions, so it appears they wont be totally removing themselves from the racing picture anytime soon.
“We’ve met and worked with so many wonderful horse people,” Jeanette said, “too many to even count.”
Hampton, Astros halt Tribe
Houston salvages third game of interleague series
Hmtd-Zaiunq photo by Michael Daman
Hardy Purvis IV works on his short gam Wsdnssdsy at Sundance Golf Court* during th* Now Braunfels Junior Golf Association's tournament. Th* avant was th* astond this wash for th* NBJGA, aa lh* group alae piayad al Lands Parte on Sunday.
Burkett slows Rockies’ offense to a crawl
ARLINGTON (AP) — The way Larry Walker sees it, all the talk about him hitnng .400 can finally stop.
Walker went O-for-4 Wednesday night as John QQ|HI Burkett limited the Colorado Rockies to four hits rn a 9-1 victory for the Texas Rangers.
It was the second straight O-for-4 for Walker and the first time this year he’s gone hitless in consecutive games. His average fell to .397, the lowest its been since May 26. «
“I was hoping I’d get under (.400) so you guys wouldn’t ask me about it anymore,” Walker said. “Now I’m under. The right guy (Tony Gwynn) is
leading the league now. He’s the guy who is going to be leading at the end.”
Gwynn is now batting .400, the best batting average in the majors.
Walker's slump could be blamed on poor health. He’s been bani mg a cold for several days. Manager Don Baylor said Walker is a candidate for a day off today.
“I’m dragging,” Walker said.
All the Colorado bats were dragging against Burkett (6-7).
He struck out seven, walked one and didn’t allow a runner past third atter leadoff hitter Eric Young tripled and scored.
“I had good rhythm,” said Burkett, whose first
complete-game victory of the year was his first win since June 11.
“For me, it’s all about control. I probably only threw three or four all night over the middle. The rest were on the comers. That’s how you want to do it”
The Rockies, the best-hmmg team in the National League, never had more than one hit rn an inning. They didn’t get anyone past first base alter the fourth inning.
“He pitched outstanding and we didn’t hit the ball hard,” Baylor said. “Burkett used his changeup a lot where other pitchers would go to their fastball.
“That was his pitch of choice tonight.”
From staff and wire reports
Mf IS Acadtatic town
Richard McDonald and Amy Cook of New Braunfels were recently named to the 1997 Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field Teams.
McDonald, a freshman at Texas A&M, made the mens team and Cook, a senior at Kansas, was named to the womens team.
Also on the teams were Kevin
Kimball and Amber Dean of San Antonio.
Kimball is a junior at Texas and Dean is a freshman at A&M.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rebecca Lobo has almost foigotten what it’s like to lose.
Lobo won Iter 100th consecutive competitive basketball game as the New York Liberty remained the only
undefeated team in the WNBA with a 70-67 win over the Houston Comets on Wednesday night.
“Yes, I’ve almost foigotten, and I’m glad,” said Lobo, who had mite points and five rebounds for New York (5-0). “But I’m sure tomorrow, (coach) Nancy (Darsch) will come in and say, ’I want us to treat practice as if we had lost yesterday.' I think that's what keeps you hungry.”
Lobo hasn’t felt the sung of a loss since her junior year at Connecticut in
March 1994. She led the Huskies to 35 victories en route to the NCAA Championship in 1995, and she was a member of the the U.S. national team that won 52 games before the Olympics.
Lobo and her teammates then won the gold medal with eight straight victories in Atlanta.
“We all know what it feels like to lose,” Lobo said. “That’s a memory that stays with you for a long time and you use it and feed off it.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Hampton got what he wanted from the Cleveland
Indians. and _
then he took a JWWJ] little more.
Hampton won his fourth straight home game and hit a two-run triple in a five-run fifth inning, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Then, he went for his first complete game in a year.
“Against a team like that, you want to give your team seven innings and come out w ith the lead, but then you get greedy,” Hampton sani-"! wanted to finish. I knew if I gave up one more hit. Wags (reliever Mike Wagner) would be out there.” Hampton helped the Astros’ offense too.
His fifth-inning tnple shot through the infield past shortstop Tony Fernandez and rolled all the way to the left-field wall.
“I knew the outfield would be playing me in so I ran hard out of the box,” Hampton said. “I run with my head bobbing and my eyes are blurry but you know if you can make it. I did it on my own judgment."
The Indians"’ Sandy Alomar extended his hitting streak to 28 games, longest in the major leagues this season and the second-longest for a catcher in major league history behind Benito Santiago’s 34-game streak in 1987.
“He’s a very talented player and he’s got a lot of confidence going for him,” Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. “You get those two things in combination and you'll see exciting things happen I'm happy for him”
Alomar went 3-for-4 Wednesday night and is batting .426 with 15 RBIs in the streak But the Astros were ready for this one after ainng out their feelings before the game “I guess the word is out that we had a team meeting before the game,” Astros manager Larry Dierker said. ‘They talked about their problems and our problems. I don’t know what was said.
“It’s not desperation time, but whatever was said, we played well.” Hampton (4-7) has struggled on the road this season, but now is 4-0 at home
He allowed IO hits, struck out three and walked one.
run for ag commissioner m 1998 primary
FORT WORTH (AP) — Former pitching legend Nolan Ryan says he won't pm his name on the lineup card fa the 1998 election.
The major league’s all-time strikeout leader said he decided not to run for state agriculture commissioner in the Republican primary after learning that his endorsements and spots broadcasting commitments would conflict with hi* campaign and election.
“I’ve been giving a lot of consideration to my deep interest in agriculture, and it has come down to the con
flict I’d have with the endorsement commercials and running a campaign and holding office,” Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Teiegram Wednesday. “I have an interest rn agriculture and I think it would have been rewarding to serve the state of Texas.
“But I had to come to a decision if I could justify running and if I had the time to commit to this.”
The Federal Communications Commission ruled last wack that TV stations would have to give his opponents equal time if his commercials continued to air (hiring the campaign.
Ryan is featured in commercials for Advil and Dairy Queen and does broadcast work for Fox Sports Southwest CMi network.
Ryan, 50, said he also wants to continue spending more time with his family and other business interests, including his ranches.
But he added that he is not ruling out running in a future election.
“I’m not ruling out that at some point... if the timing is right,” he told the Star-Teiegram in a telephone interview from his hometown, Alvin.
The Texas Farm Bureau was court-
‘I havo an int arest in agriculture and I think it would have bean rewarding to serve the state of Texas.*
— Nolan Ryan
mg Ryan for a run in the GOF primary fa Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry’s post. Perry is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
“Obviously, Nolan has given this matter a considerable amount of thought. I think the idea intrigued him and I’m convinced he would have
done the job well,” Texas Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said in a prepared statement. “However, we respect his decision that the race cannot be made in 1998."
Ryan pitched tor the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers before retiring in 1993. He is eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in 1999.