New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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■To talk with Sports Edtor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
The Day’s Quote
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— Kery Noble, coach for NB All-Stars Blue team after a loss to the NB Red team.
In the news
NB Jr. QoH schedules clinics
The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association has scheduled several clinics and tournaments this month. On Monday, July 10, at 6 p.m 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 in July
The Barbarosa Bowling Club encourages interested bowlers to sign up for a new bowling league being organized this month. 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. Games will be played on Friday evenings at the Seguin Fourplex. Rosters may be picked up at Vivroux Sporting Goods. For more information, call Cindy at 303-9333.
Now Braunfels tennis group to host tournament July 15
The New Braunfels Tennis Association will sponsor an aduft tennis tournament on Jufy 15-16 at the New Braunfels High School tennis courts. For more information, call David Mueller at 620-4210 or Kevin Bruington at 629-0171.
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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.
Missions baseball announces Now Braunfels Day at the park
The San Antonio Missions baseball team has designated July 30 as New Braunfels Day. The Missions will play the Tulsa Drillers at San Antonio Municipal Stadium at 6:05 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the local Children's Museum.
Tickets are $4 and may be purchased at the Children’s Museum in the Courtyard Shopping Center, and at Vivroux Sporting Goods. For more information, call 620-0939.
Youth soccer rotor— noidod
The Youth Soccer League is offering classes during the first two weekends in July. Certified referees can earn up $100 per day officiating high school and dub soccer.
The classes are scheduled for 8 a m. to noon July 8; and 1 to 5 p m July 2 and noon to 5 pm July 9. For more information, call 606-1727.
NEW BRAUNFELS FOOTBALL FLASHBACK
from Unicorn hero to cole^ate legend
Mike Sullivan etches his name among the all-time greats in TCU football lore
By THOMAS GODLEY
On a hot fall afternoon in 1984, Rob Baker wiped the sweat from his brow and looked up from a sea of Unicorns helmets to spot a celebrity among the practice crowd.
Standing along the sidelines, studying offensive drills was Jackie Sherrill Hie famed Southwest Conference coach was scouting talent for Texas AAM. Specifically, he was there to catch a glimpse of the kid many considered the best 4 A high school lineman in state.
Sherrill wasn't the first college coach hoping to get a recruiting edge on the young man who didn’t just block opponents but often knocked them five yards back and drilled them into the ground like pegs.
"He was a man among boys," said Baker, offensive line coach for New Braunfels High School in the 1980s'. "Everyone wanted him.”
As bad as Sherrill and other prominent Division I coaches coveted Sullivan, they couldn't hire the potential star from a less-visible SWC-college. His mind was set on playing for Coach Jim Wacker at Texas Christian University — a school which hadn't won a conference title in decades.
A decade later, despite a five-year collegiate career plagued by losses, Sullivan bas only fond memories of his playing days. He now can take pride in having left his mark forever on Homed Frog football.
Last week Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine placed Sullivan on the TCU All-Time Team list for 1946-1994. The roster includes football legends like Bob Lilly, Mike Renfro, Lindy Berry, Kenneth Davis, Lyle Blackwood and Dem Floyd.
"To be on the same list as someone like Bob Lilly, well, that's an honor I never could have imagined being given," said Sullivan, who now lives in New Braunfels. "There are many great players on that list, and Tm just thrilled to be a part of it”
Times weren't always so good for the 6-3, 272-pound lineman at TCU. In his freshman year as a starter, Sullivan experienced more losses in a season than he had in four years at New Braunfels High School. The Homed Frog program was in the wake of a recruiting scandal involving player payoffs, and the NCAA violations brought severe penalties by way of cutbacks in scholarships.
The scandal involved several players — including AU-Time Team member Kenneth Davis — who committed the violations prior to Sullivan's arrival at R Worth, but it was the class of recruits in the following years who paid the price.
"Coach Wacker dealt with it by coming forward and turning in the players, but the NCAA didn't give that much consideration when it handed out the penalty," Sullivan said. "It seemed unfair, but we had to deal with it"
TCU went into many games undermanned.
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Many starters knew they didnt have a backup, and positions lost to injuries were often filled by walk-on players.
Thoughts could easily have turned to regret Having passed up scholarships from perennial powers such as the University of Miami, Notre Dame and USC, Sullivan had every right to second guess his decision. That however, was not his way of handling adversity. In his mind, the setback became a motivator and rn opportunity to get playing time. He ended up starting 41 of 44 games from 1985-90.
And there was more to just winning games.
"Football was only one of the reasons I went to TCU," Sullivan said. "I respected Coach Wacker and his commitment to graduating players. He is a great coach but also a great man who truly cares about his players."
Every recruit in Sullivan's class went on to earn a degree. The NCAA recognized TCU as one of only two college football programs in the nation to boast a IOO percent graduation rale.
Sullivan completed his degree in business in 1990. He worked one year in Ft Worth before being drafted by the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football. His pro career didn't pan out, and he returned to New Braunfels with his wife, Ted, and their daughter, Jennifer.
"I told myself leant play football all my life, and I have a family to take care of." he said. "It was time to move on."
Sullivan now works for an electric appliance company in San Antonio. He plans to move into the food distribution business.
Football is still a love, and be enjoys watching games on television and spotting NFL players whom he blocked on the college fields. Vivid in his memory are Britt Hager and Shane Droners of Texas. James Francis and Santana Dotson of Baylor and John Roper of Texas A&Nfi Boned "Wrecking Crew."
The brightest moments, however, come from his senior season in 1990 when the Homed Frogs started off 5-0 and ranked No. 19 in the
Herald -Zeitung file photo and submitted photo Far top, Mike Sullivan, a New Braunfels all-state lineman from 1981-84, crushed any
and every defender who crossed his path. He carried that bruising style of play into
the college ranks as an All-Southwest Conference lineman for the Texas Christian
University Horned Frogs from 1985-90. Top left, the Sullivans, Mike and Teri and
daughter, Jennifer, have made New Braunfels their home.
nation. They routed Arkansas S4-26. The season included a wild shootout in Houston, which ended a 49-46 loss that set several NCAA records for combined offense and points.
"It was a track meet," he said. laughing at the thought. "We punted once the whole game. It was crazy to look up at the scoreboard and see that you had 46 points and still lost It was wild."
The highlights he made as a star for NBHS were equally unbelievable. Baker likes to recall a play in the 1985 quarterfinal playoff game against Calallcn. Sullivan was called on to lead a sweep by running back Stephen Millet who took the handoff from quarterback Victor Sierra. The lineman came around end like a bulldozer.
"He pulled on the play, got in front of Millet and just wiped out three guys." Baker said. "I mean he just cleared a path all by himself."
New Braunfels finished the season 13-1, losing to Tomball in the semifinals in a game the Unicorns dominated statistically.
Later that year coaches unanimously named Sullivan to the All-State first team.
Baker said he always considered Sullivan s
work. ethic lo be his greatest asset. Along with
his obvious physical talents — size, quick feet and power—the former Unicom was a natural leader and tireless worker. •.
"He was the kind of kid you had to run out of the weight room," Baker said. "Just a great young man to coach, and a great attitude, always chuckling and pushing others to be better."
Sullivan looks back on his high school playing days with much pride. The Unicorns didn't always have the bigger, stronger and faster players, but the team rarely had a bad practice, and Head Coach Jim Streety had a knack for putting the right athlete in the right position and breeding believers.
"We never set foot on the field thinking we weren't going to win," Sullivan said. "That's how confident we felt under Streety and (Jim) Kingsbury. We practiced so hard during the week that we always felt sure about winning, and we usually did win."
No doubt it was that attitude that pushed Sullivan to make the most of his years at TCU and etch his name among the school's all-time great players.
The Ballpark set for All-Stars
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — When players from all 28 major league teams gather Tuesday at The Ballpark in Arlington for the All-Star game, several of them may look around the I-year-old stadium and feel right at home.
Detroit players will instantly recognize a tribute to Tiger Stadium with The Ballpark’s so-called Home Run Porch in right field. Red Sox players may notice a tricky, asymmetral outfield much like Boston’s Fenway Park.
Kansas City players may be comforted by the grassy hitter’s backdrop in center field, similar lo Kauffman Stadium. Baltimore players will see a resemblance to Camden Yards, their modem home with a throwback look and fed.
There’s always something to see or do at the $195 million Ballpark.
Hungry? Go to the upscale Diamond Club restaurant hidden behind windows in left field, or check out the view from Friday's Front Row Grill sports bar in right field. There’s also plenty of concession stands with great names like Bambino’s Pizza, Home Run Bakeiy and Cy Yogurts.
Want to know more about the game? Take a stroll through the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum and its learning center.
Graf claims sixth title in a Wimbledon classic
By STEVE WILSTEIN
AP Tennis Writer
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As Steffi Graf clutched the cherished silver winner’s plate Saturday for the sixth time at Wimbledon, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario yanked it away, stealing it a moment, wishing she could take it home.
Sanchez Vicario gave it hack ever so reluctantly, for she knew that the giant plate had been within her grasp, that few women had ever played so well, so doggedly, and st) long, for the championship and been beaten.
The runner-up plate felt too puny alter a match like this, with its epic, 32-point game in the third set highlighting one of the greatest women’s finals in tile Open era.
“Oh, you could give me that one,” Sanchez Vicano playfully told Graf, but the German smiled and took it back, yielding nothing now after earning such a brilliant victory, 4-6,61,7-5.
“I thought it was nice to have the big trophy because it could have been mine,” Sanchez. Vicario said. “It felt good to have it in my hand. I know now I can play very well on grass. I know one day I can win and hold the big trophy for real.”
For the moment, though, the 23-year-
old Spaniard is still second best to Graf, who claimed her 17th Grand Slam title and improved her 1995 record to 32-0. Only a month ago, Graf won the French Open, heating Sanchez Vicario in a much easier final.
Graf, playing her finest against an inspired opponent at her own best, smashed IO overheads and IO volleys, scorched the lines and comers with her forehands
She won that spectacular game in the final set to earn that trophy and the $525,(KM) that went with it.
lf the 18-16 tiebreaker between Bjom Borg and John McEnroe in 1980 defined the ultimate in the men’s game, the 32 points and hundreds of shots Graf and Sanchez Vicario endured in the 11 th game of the third set defined the ultimate in women’s tennis. McEnroe won that tiebreaker but lost in five sets. Graf won this classic game to secure the match.
“It’s a game that will stand out for many, many years,” the 26-year-old Graf said. "Never in my career had I played such a long game with so many quality points. We both didn’t give anything to each other. I was really tired at the end. There were some incredible points there.
“That definitely produced the best tennis of both of us. Neither of us played any loose points. Nobody gave up.’’
Swing for a good cause
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Balnea Manning seta up for a drive at the “Pitch in For tha Woman's Cantar" benefit contest Saturday at Sundance Golf Course in New Braunfels. Tha avant helped raise funds for tha Comal County Woman's Cantar.