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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, july 27, 2005 Reese Rodriguez watches the ball sail into the outfield. SPORTS NBIX team at state New Braun fels' 11 •year-olds take aim at Texas East State Tournament title Time: 6p.m. (KGNB-AM1420) COMING THURSDAY Fighting for state t NB Little Leaguers open state tournament.- r 1 u IU I _ Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Rangers visit Baltimore Texas is on the road against slumping Orioles. Time: 6:05 p.m. It’s finally here! New Braunfels, Navarro, Marion stage their first days offootlxill practice Time: MorningNBLL baseballer ready for run at state MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Tanner Hill, shown pitching in the Section 4 championship game, will take the mound tonight for New Braunfels' 11-year-olds, which faces Orwell American in the first game of theTexas East State Little League Tournament. By Will Wright Sports Editor TYLER — New Braunfels’ 11-year-old baseballer left town Tuesday on a mission — trying to become only the second team in league history to win a state Little League title. Its been IO years since the NBLL’s Major League team won the league’s only state title. Today, this group of ll will take the field against Orwall American at fi p.m. in the first game of the Texas East State Little League Tournament. "(Hit goal is to win state, and we realize there are four tough teams there besides us,” New Braunfels coach Jeff Dees said. “But I like our chances. We’re fortunate to be here, but we have the right to be here. Our kids are focused and comfortable, and this is our chance to prov e that we are as good as the next team.” Dees’ District 31 champions won the Section I title vvitli a 9-1 victory over West Sugar Land in Seguin July 22. The coach said he knows little about Section 3 winner Orwall, except that it hails from a pretty good district (13). “I know that it s down around Pearland and that its a pretty good-sized district," be said. Section 3 won the title last year, and because it moved all of those kids into the Majors, they might not be asLITTLE LEAGUE 11 -YEAR-OLD TEXAS EAST STATE TOURNAMENT AT FAULKNER PARK TYLER Today's games Game 1: Orwall American vs. New Braunfels, 6 p.m. (KGNB-AM 1420) Game 2: Bayside Area vs. Washington City, 8 p.m. Thursday's games Game 4: Game 1 and 2 losers, 6 p.m. Game 5: Game 1 and 2 winners, 8 p.m. strong as they were. But there are a lot of good baseball teams there, so the level and quality of competition must be pretty tough.” Dees said Orwall won each of its sectional games, outscoring foes 5-4, 11-1 and 3-0. “That tells me they must be average with the bats and strong in pitching,” he said. “In their last two games, they only gave up one run.” New Braunfels has a strong arm and bat in Tanner I fill, who burlet! his team to both wins over West Sugar Land and hit a pair of home runs in the title game. Dees said I fill will start tonight, and Ralph Garza will go Thursday. Kale Slone would pitch in the championship game. Dees said his team came of age in its 11 -5 loss to WSL in the first sectional title game. It jumped on Sugar Land early the next night and never let up. “Coming off of a loss in the first championship game, where we had a letdown late in that game, and to come back and dominate the next night tells me the kids are focused,” he said. “The kids realize that you can’t play your best ball all of the time. Its just eliminating as many mistakes as you can while capitalizing on those of your opponents.” “We might not be the best 11 players in the world, but we are one of the best teams. These kids are playing together well and they’re not quitting. They’re going up there to win state." Today’s game will be broadcast live on KGNB-AM 1420, with a air time of 5:50 p.m. “We have had so much support from people I never expected," Dees said. “People till around town have come up to congratulate me and the kids. I appreciate everything everybody in the city of New Braunfels has done by coming out to support us. We appreciate till that we’ve been getting.” THSCA coaching school winding down Pawelek, Walker help South win All-Star clash By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — With about 3:20 to go in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s 71st All-Star Football game, Joe Pawelek and Jody Walker took off their helmets for the final time as high schoolers. Both played defense and special teams the entire game Tuesday for the South, which scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and held on for a 37-2 i victory over the North at the Alamodome. The North was led by Port Arthur Memorial’s Jamaal Charles, who tied a game record with three TDs — two rushing and another receiving. Charles, one of three all-star game standouts signed to play at Texas next year, scored on runs of I and 7 yards took a screen pass from Cameron Yoe’s Ryan Mullins in for a 31-yard score as the South fashioned a 27-7 lead at halftime. The rest of the game was defense by the South, and Smithson Valley’s Pawelek, who played inside linebacker, and New Braunfels’ Walker, a safety, did their part. Pawelek, a Baylor signee, led the South with six tackles and even jumped on an onsides kick in the second quarter. “I just wanted to get back on the field again — it felt good to hit somebody," said Pawelek, who gained some measure of revenge against Southlake Carroll’s two-time Class 5A Player of the Year and quarterback Chase Daniel. Daniel, who led the Dragons to a 27-24 win in December’s 5A-Division II state championship over Smithson Valley, completed 7 of 11 passes for 109 yards and a score for the North. “I never got to hit him," Pawelek said. “But I wanted to.” A&M coach high on area o-linemen By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M coach Dennis branch ione said Monday he was impressed with offensive linemen Aldo De La Garza and Corey Clark. De La Garza, a senior from New Braunfels who is entering his third season starting at strong guard, is now in a role as team leader. Clark, a red-shirt sophomore from Smithson Valley, came out of spring as the top player to succeed the graduated Geoff I langart-ner (New Braunfels) at strong tackle. “I'm expecting Aldo to do well for us this year,” the coach said. “I le’s been starting for us for two years now, and knows all the snaps and the plays. One of the great things about him is that you know what you can get from him, game-in and game-out. “One of the things I appreciate in a player is consistency. And with Aldo, I know I can get a good effort from him every day." Clark, the coach said, was impressed with his hang clean lift of 407 at the Night of Champions weightlifting event during the offseason. I Ie listed Clark as one of the players who displayed outstanding work ethic and dedication to helping the Aggies, who look to improve upon their 7-5 mark of last year. Morriss isn’t ruling out Pawelek for this year Meeting with the press at the TI ISCA coaching school Tuesday, Baylor coach said he wasn't ruling out any player who could give the Bears immediate help.Astros top Phillies in ninth, 2-1 HOUS TON (AP) —Mike Lamb led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run and Roy Oswalt threw a complete game to move into a tie for the most wins in the National League as the I louston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday night. I louston has won nine of its last IO games and 21 of 28. Philadelphia has lost eight of it last 11 road games. Lamb, in only his 43rd start of the season, hit his sixth homer of the season. Oswalt (14-8) tied St. Louis' Chris Carpenter for the NL lead in victories as he improved to 10-1 at home. Oswalt leads the majors in wins since the 2004 All-Star break with 26. ()swalt, who has taken the decision in every start this season, won for the eighth time in his last nine games and dropped his ERA to 2.33, third in the NL. He allowed eight hits and struck out nine, walking four. Ryan Madson (4-4) took the loss, facing only Lamb and throwing two pitches. Ugueth Urbina pitched a scoreless eighth inning, run-ning the Phillies' bullpen streak of shutout innings to 14. Phillies starter Jon Lieber went seven innings and allowed one run and six hits with no walks. I Ie struck out four. Craig Biggio hit his 16th homer in the first to give Houston a 1-0 lead. It was his third homer in two games and the 250th of his career. The Phillies tied it in the sixth after Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and went to third on Kenny liftoffs single. Rollins scored when Chase Utley hit into a double play. Orioles 5, Rangers 4 BALTIMORE (AP) — Sammy Sosa hit his 586th home run to tie Frank Robinson See NOTES, Page 7A See BASEBALL, Page 7A \ MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Joe Pawelek, left, and New Braunfels' Jody Walker line up for a play during theTexas High School Coaches Association Football All-Star Game Tuesday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. On the sidelines, Smithson Valley head coach Uirry I fill had mixed feelings watching his star defender officially leave the nest. “It’s his last high school football game and I was excited for him to have the honor of playing and winning it," Hill said, “Its on to college football for him, and this game was a good bridge between high school and college football. “I wish we could have Joe back at Smithson Valley again next year. But at some point theres always a time when you have to turn them loose." Walker, bound for Abilene Christian this fall, had two tackles and a couple of pass breakups. I Ie broke up a TD pass try in the end zone on his second to last play. “T he guys I covered were great,” he said. “But I was able to tie my man up the whole time. We were expecting them to throw from Day I, which is why we came out with five defensive backs. “But this was a lot of fun. I am glad I was lucky enough to play in this game and win it." Texas coach Mack Brown had to be salivating up in the stands. In the morning he bemoaned about having to replace the likes of Cedric j Benson and others from last I year’s Rose Bowl champi- j unship team. But he saw an I outstanding effort from ; Charles, arguably the best j athlete to come out of Port I Arthur since Joe Washington I went on to fame at ()klahoma I and the NFL in the 1970s. Charles finished with 98 j yards on 20 carries and I caught two passes for alioth- I er 34 en route to garnering j ()ff ensive Player of the Game j honors. The top defensive j player was the North team’s j Noe Lopez of Irving Nimitz, I who led all players in tackles I See ALL-STAR, Page 7A j ;