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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams, at 625-9144 ext. 223 Sport Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7ABlalock powers AL to 7-6 win in All-Star GameAL gets home field in World Series By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer CHICAGO — Hank Blalock’s team is going nowhere. Thanks to him, though, a lot of his AL teammates have a much better chance to go all the way. In an All-Star game that clearly meant more than a mere exhibition, Blalock connected for a two run, pinch-hit homer off Erie Gagne in the eighth inning that rallied the Americans over the NL 7-6 Tuesday night. On a night when the teams turned serious and strategy took over, Blalock’s unlikely shot gave the AL champion home-field advantage in the World Series. Blalock and the Texas Rangers are stuck in last place, but Jason Giambi, Ichiro Suzuki and other stars owe him. “Certainly, our guys in the clubhouse are going to be in the World Series, so I’m glad that I could help them out,” Blalock said. The NL was supposed to have the home-field edge this season. Yet after last season’s disastrous 7-7 tie in ll innings, baseball decided to juice up the All-Star game by attaching more meaning. Come Oct. 18 — Game. I of the World Series — fans everywhere will see exactly how much this outcome meant. Of the last eight Series to go to Game 7, the home team has won every one. Giambi and Garret Anderson also homered as the AL posted its sixth straight victory — not counting the tie — and matched its longest winning streak ever. Now, for the first time since Detroit hosted the opener in 1934 and 1935, the Series will start in the same league in consecu tive years. “We realize and recognize what was put on us and the stakes that were there,” NL manager Dusty Baker said. “I’m not crazy about the outcome, even though it was a great game to watch and a great game to manage." And the NL has no one to blame except itself. Andruw Jones’ two-run, pinch-hit double and solo homer gave the Nationals a 5-1 lead before Anderson hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Hurricane pushes sectional tournament to ThursdayNew Braunfels Little League Junior All-Stars JUNIOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS NORTH ZONE TOURNAMENT (at Seguin LL. Fields) Tuesday, July 1 New Braunfels 12, Lockhart 2 Wednesday, July 2 New Braunfels 15, Seguin 1 Wednesday, July 9 New Braunfels 11, Lockhart 4 DISTRICT 31 TOURNAMENT Saturday, July 12 (at Seguin LL. Fields) Yoakum 2, New Braunfels 0 Sunday, July 13 (at Hallettsville LL Fields) New Braunfels ll, Yoakum 5 Monday, July 14 (at Seguin LL. Fields) New Braunfels 11, Yoakum 1 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT Thursday, July 17 (at Portland) New Braunfels vs. West Sugarland, 6 p.m. TO REPORT SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS call (830) 625-9144 ext. 223 By Bryan Adams Sports Editor New Braunfels Little League’s Junior Baseball All-Stars wrapped up the District 31 Championship with an 11-1 victory over Yoakum Monday and were ready to start the Section IV Tburna-ment today in Portland — until hurricane Claudette forced officials to move the start of the tournament back to Thursday. New Braunfels plays its first game of the tournament against the West Sugarland All-Stars (District 18 champion) at 6 p.m. Thursday. When practically the same group of players advanced to the state tournament in the Major (12-and-younger) division for the first time in New Braunfels Little League history two years ago, New Braunfels defeated West Sugarland 4-3 in nine innings to avoid elimination. Other teams at this year’s Section IV Junior League Tburnament are Gregory-Portland (District 29 champion) and Victoria (District 27 champion). IVo years ago the NBLL Major All-Stars beat Taylor 11-4, Austin Balcones 14-6 and Kerrville 9-1 to advance to the state tournament. If New Braunfels wins Thursday, it plays at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of the game between Gregory-Portland and Victoria. If New Braunfels loses, it faces elimination at 6 p.m. Friday against the loser of that game. The New Braunfels Junior All-Stars defeated Lockhart 12-2, Seguin 15-1 and Lockhart 11-4 to win the District 31 North Zone title. They then took two of three against Yoakum this past weekend to claim the District 31 title. New Braunfels fell behind in the best-of-three series after a 2-0 loss on Saturday, but came back to beat Yoakum 11-5 on Sunday in Hallettsville and 11-1 in five innings on Monday in Seguin. Former Cowboys president, GM diesTex Schramm dead at age 83 By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer DAI J AS — Tex Schramm, who turned the Dallas Cowboys into “America’s Team” with his bold innovations and keen eye for promotion and was instrumental in making the NFL a billion-dollar industry, died Tuesday. He was 83. The for-mer Cow- pSpr^ boys presi-    I    Cli dent and || g e n e r a I    : rn a n ager    V    I died at his Dallas    WL    /jam lo HIK said Schramm’s IHF Mm- son-in-law, SCHRAMM Greg Court. “Tbx will go down as one of the most influential figures in the history of the NFL,” said Don Shula, the league’s win-ningest coach. “I truly believe he had as much, or more, to do with the success of professional football as anyone who has ever been connected with the league.” Schramm was a showman with a passion for football. His focus was the Cowboys, but he was always thinking about what could help the league, too, with ideas ranging from using professional dancers as cheerleaders to letting officials correct calls through instil nt replay. His dedication was recognized in 1991, when he became the first team executive elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The NFL family has lost one of its giants,” commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. “Tex Schramm was one of the visionary leaders in sports history — a thinker, doer, innovator and winner with few equals." After carving out his reputation as an executive with the Los Angeles Hams and CBS-TV Sports, the 39-year-old Schramm was hired to start the NFL team in Dallas before it was even formally approved by the league. His first move was to hire Tom Landry as his coach. Despite opposite personalities, their “business relationship” — as Schramm called it —Say what? QUOTES ON THE DEATH OF TEX SCHRAMM By The Associated Press “His name was Texas and ; he led the Cowboys, but the NFL family has lost one of its giants. Tex Schramm was one of the visionary leaders in sports history — a thinker, doer, innovator and winner with few equals. He played a major role in building the NFL into America’s passion by developing a glamour franchise with national appeal and by his leadership on so many league issues.” — NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. “Tex will go down as one of the most influential figures in the history of the NFL. I truly believe he had as much, or more to do with the success of professional football as anyone who has ever been connected with the league" — Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. “His essence and influence nurtured the Dallas Cowboys from an expansion team to America’s Team. This organization and its fans will forever be the beneficiaries of Tex Schramm’s spirit and vision • — his passion and creativity.’’ — Cowboys owner Jerry .Jones. produced 20 straight winning seasons, 18 playoff appearances, 13 division titles, five Super Bowl appearance and. two championships. Schramm left the organization in 1989, two months after Jerry Jones bought the club and fired Landry. A strained relationship with •Ione left Schramm out of the club’s Ring of Honor — until April when Jones decided the man who created the Ring should be in it. Schramm will become the 12th honoree this fall, joining ll people he brought to the Cowboys. “I never gave up hope,” he had said at a news conference announcing his selection, his eyes filling with tears. “'Dungs that should happen to people that deserve them, usually do happen." Jones said having Schramm’s name on the facade of the upper deck at Texas Stadium ensures “his spirit will be honored for years to come." K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakJ-Zeitung New Braunfels Little League All-Star Brandon Schubert dives safely back to first base during the District 31 Junior League Baseball Tournament at Seguin Little League Fields. New Braunfels defeated Yoakum in a best-of-three series to advance to the sectional tournament, which begins Thursday in Portland.Under the weather Nesterovic to sign with Spurs SAN ANTONIO (AF) — Free-agent center Rasho Nesterovic has agreed to a six-year, $42 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs, spurning an offer to remain with the Minnesota Timber-wolves. Nesterovic, who will likely replace retired David Robinson in the defending NBA champions’ starting lineup, made his decision late Monday night, agent Bill Duffy said. This was a difficult decision because of Rasho’s fondness for (Timberwolves owner) Glen Taylor and (general manager) Kevin McHale, but he chose to go with a new challenge,” Duffy said. A Spurs spokesman wouldn’t comment on the deal. Wednesday is the first day NBA clubs can begin signing players. Nesterovic had reportedly been considering a seven-year, $50 million offer to stay with the Timberwolves, his team for his first five NBA seasons. Hie deal with Nesterovic still leaves the Spurs with more than $8 million in salary cap space to pursue other players. San Antonio originally set its sights on Jason Kidd and Alonzo Mourning, but both players instead decided to sign with New Jersey. Nesterovic averaged 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, the best numbers of his career. The loss of the 7-footer from Slovenia leaves the Timberwolves with only Ervin Johnson and Loren Woods as their centers. Summer Classic runner-up The Texas Tigers 14-and-younger select softball team placed second in the Summer Heat Wave Classic this past weekend at Starke Park in Seguin. The Tigers included girls from New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin, Lockhart, Marion, and Stockdale. Players were Ashly Bouthot, Zaida Hager, AJyssa Hake, Lauren Zearfoss, Katie Polk, Yvonne Marquez, Jennifer Tate, Janie Juarez, Brittany Flores, Araminda Perez, Kirby Dillingham, Rachel Shipman, Tara Key and Rachele Herzog. Coaches were Ronnie Tate, Robert Zearfoss, Doug Dillingham and Bruce Key. Photo submitted ;