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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Travis Sims prepares to throw out a baserunrrr■PORTS Tuesday, July 26,2005 — Herald-Zettung — Page 5 Herald-Zhtung On to state NB Junior Leaguers are off to lyier. To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] E DAILY T-l-C-K-E-T TH SCA All-Star Football Game NB’s Jody Walker and SV's Joe Pawelek on South team in annual event in &4 Time: 7:30p.m. (FSN) Astros hosting Phillies Houston,hunting for a wild-card playoff berth, takes on Philadelphia Time: 7p.m. (KBEJ, KGNB-AM1420) Ifs finally here! New Braunfels, Navarro, Monon stage their first days of football practice Time: Morning Locals reap TAAF swim, track medals DAVID INGRAM/Hcrald Zeitung New Braunfels' Sean Duckworth, shown competing at a meet last year, won three individual medals at theTAAF state swimming championships over the weekend. By Wally Gullick Sports Correspondent WACO—Waco is a world away from Beijing, China, site of the 2008 Olympics. But for the swimmers from all 17 regions who converged at the Waco Aquatic Center for the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas, these state finals were their Olympics. From Friday night’s parade of athletes at the opening ceremonies to races that were decided by an arms length at the touch pad, it was a weekend that combined exhilaration with heartbreak — Lind all of it under a scorching Central Texas sun that made the pool the ultimate place to be. Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each event, with ribbons given to those in positions four through eight. Leading the field of decorated luanda Park Dolphins was Sean Duckworth, who earned medals of gold, silver and bronze. Duckworth set a new TAAF state finals mark when he cruised to a 1:49.25 in the mens 15-17 200 freestyle nearly 7 seconds ahead of his closest foe. It was the third time he had rewrote the record books. The first was nine years ago, when his times in the 25 and 50 freestyles set state records. “It felt great to set the mark. I consider it a real accomplishment,” said Duckworth, who won a silver in the IOO freestyle, losing to familiar foe Nicholas Ward. Ward, a senior from Richardson Foster, also nipped Duckworth in the IOO free at the UIL state competition this past winter. I Ie was selected as this seasons TAAL Athlete of the Year. “I expect Sean to medal, but I don t know how at this level, you beat someone by seven seconds,” raved Dolphins assistant coach Sarah Moscheau. “If he gets to a University of Texas or a Stanford-type school next year, I think he has a chance to get to the 2008 Olympics, he’s that good,” Scott Montes the team leader among the Dolphins’ preteens, won his first medal in the boys 11-12 50 free. His third-place time of2831 was a half-sec ond better than his prior best. I Ie also added a sixth-place ribbon in the 50 butterfly. “What I try to do is stay up with the leaders and then at the end I try to go my hardest and that approach worked out for me in this race to get third," Monte/ said. The Dolphins garnered two additional ribbons in that age group on the girls side. Ninth-seeded Jenna Gullick raced to a fifth-place finish in the 50 free and took seventh in the 50 breaststroke. “Even though my seed time was lower, I was comfortable in those two events thanks to (Dolphins head) coach Bud (Dallman) who helped me perfect what I had learned at the Longhorn camp at UT,” said the 11 -year old Gullick, who had personal bests in die 50 free (30.23) Lind 50 breast (39.00). (killick and her award-winning teammates exemplified what Dallman was most concerned about at the meet — bettering their times. “The ribbons and medals are icing on die cake. What we strive for is constant improvement and our winners in all age groups did that,” Dallman said. Out of die nine 10-year-old brackets, ribbons wen1 distributed to Dolphins for solo finishes and a relay team placement. Corseina Poole earned a fourth-place finish in the 25 fly. Her 16.53 trimmed nearly a second off of her previous best and was just .13 seconds away from a gold medal. “I wasn’t looking to see how close I was as I came in, I was only thinking about touching the pad with both hands," said Penile, knowing how the technicalities of the butterfly usually result in the highest number of swimmer disqualifications. The second- and third-place winners finished in a dead heat, leaving Poole with a fourth. But she earned a second ribbon when her 1(X) medley relay team with Sadie Bonds, Jessie Johnson and Jenna Garrison placed sixth. It was the second ribbon-winning relay teLim for die Dolphins, as the boys 13-14-year old 200 freestyle team featuring Rikky Fernandes, Nathan Cumberland, Russell Barrett and Kris Duckworth placer! eighth in 1:59.14. First-year Dolphins swimmer Austin Johnson joined Monte/ in the solo ribbon after shaving a half-second off his best time in the boys’ 9- IO 25 fly. In the boys S under division, the Dolphins’ Tyler Buck swam his way to three fourth-place finishes, lettering his times in the 25 bLick, 50 free and the IOO IM. Amy (iullick clocked the top times of any 7-year-old in the 25 breast and IOO IM. In the S under bracket she collected an eighth-place ribbon in only her second competitive attempt in the IM. All in all, it wlis a good meet for the Dolphins. “()ne of die benefits of the swimming program is that these kids are not only learning how to win at swimming, but they’re learning how to win at life,” Dallman said. Rapids tracksters score at meet Several New Braunfels Rapids members —each in die 14-under girls category —came bLick with medals Sunday in the final day of the TAAF track competition at Baylor University’s I lart-Pat-terson Athletic Complex. The girls 1,600 meter relay team of Teegan Luckemeyer, Solana Dever, Sadie Bonds and Samantha Popham won the silver in a time of 4:06.19. Deandrea Smith pkiced second in the 200 meters (25.97) and Sojourner Brown was third in the 300 hurdles (47.26). On Friday, Katie Ogg won silver in the 14-under high jump.Bees bash for Astros The Associated Press HOUSTON — Craig Biggio and former Canyon star Lance Bedeman set an Astros record by hitting consecutive home runs twice in one game, and Andy Pettitte won his fifth straight decision to lead Houston past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Monday night. Jason Lane also connected for Houston, which has won eight of nine and 20 of 27. The win moved the Astros a half-game ahead of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race, three games behind Washington and Adanta, who are tied for the NL East lead. Pettitte (8-7) is 5-0 in seven starts since a 6-1 defeat June 14 at Baltimore. He is two wins short of his longest career win streak set in 2000 with the New York Yankees. Tile left-hander allowed just Jimmy Rollins’ homer and seven hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking three. Pettitte lowered his ERA to 2.73, his lowest career mark through 20 starts. The Astros got to Cory Lidle (8-9) early when Biggio and Berkman connected in the first inning. Biggio then hit his 15th of the season in the third witii Willy Taverns on for a 4-0 lead. Berkman followed with his I lth home run to make it 5-0. It also was the 15th multihomer game of Biggio’s career, and Berkman’s 14th. Rangers 4, Orioles 2 BALTIMORE — Alfonso Soriano homered, had three hits and drove in two runs, leading the Texas Rangers to a victory over the Baltimore Orioles that stopped a five-game losing streak.New Braunfels’ Walker, Smithson Valley s Pawelek to start in All-Star game DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung New Braunfels' Jody Walker (83), shown tackling Boerne OB Ryan Christenson during the Unicorns' 18-16 loss in a Class 4A bidistrict playoff last fall, will start at safety for the South team in theTHSCA's All-Star Football Game tonight. By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — Joe Pawelek and Jody Walker never played football together, but the two will tonight. Pawelek, from Smithson Valley, and Walker, from New Braunfels, will start for the South team in the 71st Texas I ligh School All-Star Football Game at 7:30 p.m. today at the Alaniodome. Pawelek will go at inside linebacker and Walker will play outside safety. “It s been a lot of run — jQ(fy meeting all the guys headed yYa||<er to Texas and (Texas) A&M,” Walker said Monday following practice at Trinity University. “It’s been a great experience.” Both players have been practicing since arriving at Trinity Thursday. They’ve become pretty good friends. “It’s the first time we’ve played together, and in the first few practices things began to click,” Walker added. “We work pretty well next to each other. “I’ve gotten to be pals with Joe. We’ve been hanging out a lot and doing things together.” Said Pawelek: “It’s been great getting to know him a little more. I’ve met him a few times before and he’s a great guy. We’re going to have a lot of fun out there on the field together." Tonight’s game is die signature event of the 73ni annual Texas I ligh School Football Coaches Association’s coaching school. Bobby Davis of Wolfforth Frenship will coach the North squad and Lee Bridges, formerly of San Antonio Taft and the new coach at SA Stevens, will be the South mentor. Pawelek said it has been good working with Bridges instead of against him. On the way to the Cass 5A Division II state finals, the Rangers defeated Bridges’ Raiders 42-24 in last year’s Region IV tide game. “The whole (Taft) staff and the players here have been real fun to hang around,” he said. “We were enemies once, hut we’re on the same side now.” It will be the final high school game for both players, who will report with dieir colleges Aug. 8. Walker is headed to Abilene Christian and Pawelek will be off to Baylor, where he ll also play baseball. “TTiere will be a pretty good crowd and a TV audience (on Fox Sports Southwest),” Pawelek said. “It will be fun to go show people what you’ve got against the state’s best.” Both players will wear their high school numbers for die South, who will wear the blue jerseys as the home team. Pawelek will don No. 41; Walker will wear No. 83. SV’s Hill up forTHSCA president Smithson Valley coach Dirty I fill hasn’t had a lot of time to do die usual things coaches do while at coaching school. I fill, the senior director for IT ISCWs Region VHI, is one of 24 members of the organization’s board of directors that includes his big brother, Glenn, of SA Roosevelt. But it s the younger I fill who is one of three candidates forTHSCA president-elect. The rank and file membership will chcxxse Iretween Hill, Mesquite’s Steve Halpin and Tomball’s Pat Patterson at the general assembly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. If elected, Hill will serve three years — as president-elect, president and past president — assisting THSCA executive director D.W. Rutledge and assistant executive director Joe Martin. “It is mostly a ceremonial thing because coach Rutledge and coach Martin do the daily things, but I would continue to do the same things I ve been doing the last three years as a regional director, helping them with issues that come up,” I till said Monday. “It s a tremendous honor even to be nominated. I mean, to be in the company of those two guys — Pat Patterson has been at Tomball a long time and Halpin won a state championship at Mesquite — that’s pretty good for a boy from the south side of San Antonio.” I lill said his three-year term on the board will be over this year. “I guess if I don’t win, 1 11 go back to being Mr. John Q. Public,” he joked. UIL developing steroid education plan Meeting with the press at the Hyatt Regency, University Interscholastic League athletic director Charles Breithaupt said his organization is trying to develop an education plan to warn student-athletes about the hazards of steroids. But doing so will take some time, he sLiid. Breithaupt pointed to a recent Texas A&M study that pointed out a larger percentage of kids who’ve tried heroin and crack cocaine than steroids. Only 2 percent reported ever trying them, but that is even too high a figure, he said. “If there is one kid taking steroids, we need to do somediing about it,” he said. Breithaupt said 200 of the near-1300 schools in the state have implemented some kind of dmg testing program. New Braunfels did so over the summer and Bireme will vote on the issue this week. Those districts that do drug test haven’t found it as a cure-all, he said. “There is more to drug testing than just drug testing,” he said. “The collection is a big part of the puzzle, and that is something that we don’t have down yet.” Breithaupt said the UIL is working with the National federation of I ligh Schools, the Anti-Doping league and other organizations and prominent individuals to develop its education plan, which it hopes to have in place sometime this fall. Joe Pawelek ;