New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
The PressThe Day’s Quote
“I wished it hadnt ended that way. I like to win without any questions. I always finish strong so I feel I would have won It anyway.”
—Juan Bernal, winner of the San Marcos Firecracker 5KIn the newsNB Jr. Golf schedules clinics
The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association has scheduled several clinics and tournaments this month. On Monday, July 10, at 6 p.rn golf pro Bill Halbert will lead a clinic for young golfers at Sundance Golf Course on Common Street. On Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m., a clinic will be conducted at the New Braunfels Driving Range on U.S. 46. The following week, July 26, the NBJGA will have a 9-hole tournament beginning at 6 p.m. at Lee’s Par 3. A second tournament will be Wednesday, August 2 at Par-Tee Golf Center on U.S. 46. For more information, call Joe Tafoya, NBJGA vice president, at 625-6881.Local bowling club begins membership drive July 7
The Barbarosa Bowling Club encourages interested bowlers to sign up for a new bowling league being organized on Friday, July 7. The club is located on Farm to Market Road 758. For more information, call 625-3127 or 379-4378.Seguin softball league takes team registration by July 13
The Seguin Activity Center is now accepting applications for its Women’s Softball League. The entry fee is $125 per team. The deadline is Thursday, July 13. Game will be played on Friday evenings at the Seguin Fourplex. Roster may be picked up at Vivroux Sporting Goods For more information, call Cindy at 303-9333New Braunfels tennis group host tournament on July 15
The New Braunfels Tennis Association will sponsor an adult tennis tournament on July 15-16 at the New Braunfels High School tennis courts For more information, David Mueller at 620-4210 or Kevin Bruington at 629-0171.Water park world bodyboarding championship moves to August
Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s annual Continental Airlines Flow Rider World Bodyboarding Championships have been rescheduled for August. Originally set for June 8-9, the competition has been moved to August 26-27.NB Little League 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 Garrott at 609-2248
Sports BriefsNB runner Bernal takes right turn to 5K defense
By THOMAS GODLEY
Juan Bernal thought he’d run enough 5Ks to have seen every kind of ending.
Monday's finish at the Firecracker 5K in San Marcos, however, left the New Braunfels runner — a veteran of at least a hundred such races — with another memorable story to share with co-workers.
With about a mile to go in the course, Bernal was trailing the leader by ten seconds. He figured it was going to take his patented strong kick the final stretch to keep intact his three-year reign on the event. Decades of running strategy were going through his mind, when suddenly the guy in front pulled a strange move.
“He kept going straight,” said Bernal ‘The arrow was right there, but he just kept going. I’d
run this race so many times that I knew without thinking where to turn.”
The rest of the pack followed queue down the right path while the leader, Ros Hill, paced another 20 seconds before realizing his goof.
Afterwards, Hill explained that he hadn’t run the race in three years and simply missed the arrow. Til go right the next time,” he said.
For now Bema! is reveling in his sense of direction. He finished in a time of 16:37 and defended the title.
“I wished it hadn’t ended that way,” he said. “I like to win without any questions. I always finish strong so I feel I would have won it anyway.”
That's a bold statement, but anyone familiar with his track record is inclined to believe him. Bernal, a member of the New Braunfels Running Club, is the seven-year defending champion in his age group at the Gruene I OK. In the
35-39 division, his name appears in the top three at most area 5K and I OK events. Just last month he won at the Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run's 35-39 group.
He admits, though, he isn’t in the best shape. These days the road work is down to 20 miles per week, about half the distance he was logging a year ago. Finding time in a hectic schedule to train is the main obstacle. He puts in long hours as an assistant manager at HEB and volunteer track coach at St. Peter and Paul Middle School.
Still, Bernal has confidence at every race he enters. That the front-runner lost his way is unfortunate but part of the competition.
“I kind of felt sorry for him," he said. "I didn't get a chance to talk to him after the race but I did talk to his friends. They said I should give him the trophy. I don’t know about that. If it had been mc, now that's a different story."
Baylor coaches facing pnson
WACO, Texas (AP) — When they came to Baylor in 1992, Gary Thomas and Kevin Gray thought they had hitched their wagons to a rising star as assistants to new head men s basketball coach Dane! Johnson.
Troy Drummond signed on a year later with similar hopes
Johnson, who won back-to-back NAIA national championships at Oklahoma City University before taking the Baylor job, was determined to turn the Waco school into a basketball power.
Tlien the bottom fell tail.
Today, Johnson is im) longer coaching. Thomas, Gray and Drummond are scheduled to ap|)car iii federal court Friday, where they face possible prison terms for helping five recruits cheat so tliey could get into Baylor.
The jolting halt lo their careers started Aug. 30, 1993, when Baylor women’s basketball coach Pain Bowers penned a memo to athletic director Dick
Ellis, tonner athletic director Grant Teat! and compliance officer Clyde Hart.
The communication contained information on possible NCAA violations in the men’s basketball program.
“That memo launched a thousand ships, as it were,” said a person close to the case who asked not to be identified.
—Thomas, Gray and Drummond were indicted, tried and convicted of federal conspiracy in addition to mail and wire fraud charges for helping recruits cheat to gel into the school.
—Johnson was fired alter Baylor administrators said his program had violated school and NCAA rules. He was then indicted and tried with his assistants. He was acquitted but still is looking for work as a basketball coach.
—Tlu: NCAA launched an investigation of Baylor that has grown into a probe of athletes who attended or are attending iiMire than 40 other NCAA schools.
WIMBLEDON. England (AP) — Andre Agassi led a historic march of the top four seeds into the Wimbledon semifinals today.
Top-seeded Andre Agassi reached die semifinals at Wimbledon with a straight sets win over Jacco Eltingh. Agassi was joined in the final four by two-time defending champion and No. 2 seed Pete Sampras, No. 3 Boris Becker aixl No. 4 Goran Ivanisevic.
It marks the first lime since seeding began in 1927 dial the top four men’s and women’s seeds have reached the semifinals at Wimbledon.
The women’s semifinalists are top-seeded Steffi Graf, No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, No. 3 Conchita Martinez and No. 4 Jana Novotna.
In the semis, Agassi will play Becker and Sampras will face Ivanisevic.
In the women’s semifinals today, Graf plays Novotna and defending champion Martinez faces Sanchez Vicario.
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Sea-hawks wide receiver Brian Blades, who witnessed his cousin’s shooting death, owned the gun that killed him, police believe.
Police say it’s unclear who pulled the tugger bul Bnan Blades was the only odter person in the room when the gun went off, killing Charles Blades, 24. Only suicide has been ruled out because detectives have yet to talk with dx: player. He’s expected to be interviewed today.
NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Murray, who became die 20th player in major league history to get 3,000 hits, was picked as AL player of the week and Hideo Nomo, who won all six of his starts in June, was selected NL pitcher for the month.Murray is only the second switch-hitler with 3,(XX) hits.
Nomo became the first Japanese player to be chosen for the All-Star game. He went 6-0 with an 0.89 ERA for the Dodgers in June and was selected as the National League’s player of the month.
Derek Bell of Houston and Ken Caminiti of San Diego, traded for each other last offseason, were selected as co-players of the week in the
NL. Jeff Conine of Ronda was chosen as the league’s player of the month. Seattle’s Edgar Martinez was AL player of the month, and Kansas City’s Kevin Appier was AL pitcher of the month
NEW YORK (AP) — Next week’s All-Star game has generated robust sales of commercial time despite a 20 percent attendance drop following the 232-day strike. The strong showing conies even as The Baseball Network, formed less than two years ago to handle baseball commercial sales, has announced plans to disband after lins season I BN sold about $18 million in commercial time for the All-Star game, set to be broadcast by ABC on T uesday night.
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By THOMAS GODLEY
If one game is any indication, the New Braunfels Senior League All-Stars Blue team appears headed to familiar territory — the state tournament.
In its first outing in the District 31 Tournament (14-year-old boys division), NB Blue was all business Wednesday night at Canyon High School's Cougar Field, shutting out the Canyon Lake All-Stars 10-0. Officials halted game on the 10-run rule in the fifth inning.
NB Blue looked like a team on a mission to repeat last year’s District 31 Championship and trip to the state tournament in Brenham.
Pitcher Joseph Antosh hurled a I -hitter, striking out eight batters to earn the victory. For Canyon Lake, pitcher Daniel Evans went five innings before giving way to Roy Rodriguez.
Through four innings, Antosh appeared on his way to a no-hitter. The right-hander was finding the low outside comer, getting hatters with a screwball and mixing in the high fastball. Meanwhile, the NB Blue defense was flawless, retiring the side three times en loute to an errorless game. Greg Williams started the show in the first inning with a run-down of a fly ball hit deep to left field. The catch saved a run and ended in a double play.
“Greg made a fine grab after it looked like he had gotten burned," NB Manager Kery Noble said. "He caught up with it and showed a good ann getting it back.”
Canyon Lake proved as solid on defense in a fast-moving game in which only one error was committed. But it was at the plate where things went astray, said Canyon Lake Coach Cindy Allison.
“(Antosh) was good, but our batting just wasn’t there,” Allison said. “We’ve been hitting all year, but we just do it tonight.”
“I will say we fared better than last year when they beat us 17-1."
In the fifth inning Erie Poeck completed aForeman says the end looms for boxing bid
DALLAS (AP) — If HBO Sports can put together a tournament to unify (he heavyweight title, the cable network better do it soon if it wants George Foreman as part of the eight-man field.
Foreman, a color commentator for HBO employee and recent titleholder, said Wednesday he plans to have stopped fighting by the time the tournament ends next June.
The tournament, announced Wednesday in London, would begin in October.
“No matter who puts on what kind of program, I’m not going to linger on another year,” Foreman said during a visit to promote his new autobiography. "I just can’t do it. I’ve given my family my word: no more boxing.”
Foreman, 46, won the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Union titles by beating Axel Schultz, of Germany in April.
Foreman recently gave up the IBF crown because he refused a rematch. He said Wednesday he doesn’t believe in rematches because they lead to grudges and he’s promised his family he will never throw another punch in anger.
Besides, he said, the lighter who wins in the ring is the real champion.
"People recognize the guy who won it in the ring," Foreman said.
“If you lose it in the ri .g, they’re going to recognize that, Ux>. So I’m having a ball in my position.”
Foreman has said he’d like to fight Mike Tyson, only if Tyson is not represented by promoter Don King.
Tyson also has a deal with Showtime.
Neither Tyson nor Oliver McCall are part of HBO's package “because Don King won’t let them,” said Seth Abraham, head of HBO Sports.
The proposed field would include Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis. Michael Moorcr, Evander Holylield, Herbie Hide, Ray Mercer and Tommy Morrison — all either current or former champions of either the WBC. WB A. IBF or WBO.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels'Clifton Fischer gets caught on a steal by Canyon Lake third baseman Willie Weeks. The NB All-Stars won the game HH).
double play to put Antosh in position for the nohitter. Colby Hulh, however, spoiled the attempt on the next at-bat with a single to the right gap.
Antosh struck out the final hatter to end the inning.
With a 9-0 lead, NB Blue closed out the game when Poeck popped up to shallow right field.Chrts Bartlett tagged up at third and headed for home. The throw was on time but slight
ly off target, allowing the final run to score
For the game NB Blue had eight hits. Erie Hovelson went two-for-thrce, including a 3 RBI double in the first inning that made it 4-0. Clifton Fischer, Darren Classen, Williams and Poek each had a single.
TIk* NB Blue All-Stars play tlio winner of the Lockhart-Luling ganu.* Unlay at 4 p m. at Cougar Field.