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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor, Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext.223 Sports Tuesday, July 29, 2003 IBArea players to compete in THSCA All-Star game today NB QB Valadez, SV kicker Schneider invited By Brett Baca Staff Writer Two of the Comal County's finest high school football players, and one outstanding coach, will take the field today for the 68th annual Texas High School Coach’s Association All-Star game at TCLFs Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. New Braunfels quarterback and graduate Frankie Valadez will join Smithson Valley graduate and kicker Reagan Schneider as the only players selected from the area to play in one of the most-respected state high school all-star games. | Also representing Smithson Valley will be head coach Larry Hill. Hill served as the head coach for the West squad in the 2002 U. S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, and he led the Rangers to their second state title game this past season before losing to Southlake Carroll, 45-14. Since taking over the Smithson Valley football program in‘1997, the team has an incredible record of 70-10 with seven straight playoff appearances and eight in the last nine years. During that stretch, Hill has led the Rangers past the third round of the playoffs three of the past five years while the team has HILL won ll or more games during that span. Hill has also led the Rangers to 26 straight wins at home and 35 of their last 36 at home. Schneider, a crucial element to Smithson Valley’s success over the past four seasons in which the Rangers won four consecutive district titles, caught 20 passes for 388 yards and one touchdown this past season while serving as the team’s place kicker. Valadez, who led the the Unicorns to their first state championship game since 1948, passed for 1,312 yards on the season and rushed for 887 while leading his team to a 14-2 overall record. In the Unicorns’ semifinal win over Oak Ridge this past season, Valadez single handedly rallied his team to a 17-7 victory as he ammassed 116 yards on the ground with crucial plays. Parcells’ boys WR Bryant impresses coach by going from surgery to practice By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Surgery in the morning, practice in the afternoon. Second-year receiver Antonio Bryant is off to a good start in proving to new coach Bill Parcells that he’s tough enough to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Parcells was so impressed by Bryant’s speedy return from an operation to remove bone spurs from his left pinky finger that he praised him in front of the entire team. “I said, ‘Hey, this is a guy that gets operated on at 8 o’clock in the morning and at 2:50 he’s playing football like nothing ever happened,’ “ Parcells said Monday. “I told the team it wasn’t open-heart surgery. But it was something. It was a surgical procedure, an invasive procedure. That’s pretty good." Bryant was injured Saturday morning in the first workout of Camp Parcells. After the second session that afternoon, he returned to Dallas for the procedure early Sunday. The chips came out and the wound was closed with six stitches, with a splint covering the finger. He flew back to San Antonio, suited up and rejoined his teammates on the field planning only to do some running. “I didn’t think I would go out there and catch. But the way they wrapped it up, I didn’t feel anything,” said Bryant, who wore a glove with a chunk cut out to make room for the splint, with the finger taped to the next one. Bryant knew he was sending a strong message to his teammates, as well as Parcells and the rest of his staff. He made an even bigger statement by making several tough catches. K. JESSIE SLATEWHerakJ-Zertung Bill Parcells watches players go through drills during the Cowboys’ first day of practice this past Saturday. Parcells, after learning that second-year WR Antonio Bryant was back at practice Monday afternoon after morning surgery, praised the player. •amt; ^ ERIC LYLE KANE/Herald-Zertung New Braunfels quarterback Frankie Valadez scrambles during a game played this past season. Valadez, along with Smithson Valley kicker Reagan Schneider and coach Larry Hill, will participate in the THSCA’s annual All-Star game today at TCU’s Amon G. Carter stadium. NBABC wins four gold medals at Games of Texas From staff reports The New Braunfels Athletic Boxing Club sent six boxers to the Games of Texas this past weekend. Four of the boxers — Sarah Lizama, Alex Soto, LeRoy Zavala and Kathleen Gonzales — all won gold medals, and Lou Ulloa and Augustine Rios each captured silver medals in closely contested fights. For their efforts, the six boxers helped New Braunfels earn a new nickname — the “City of Gold” — for its winning.ways at the three-day, olympic-like competition. “We didn’t think this was going to be such a big deal because there were only about 106 boxers there last year, but with over 360 boxers competing this year we Boxing NEW BRAUNFELS ATHLETIC BOXING GYM Year one results (July *02- 03) No.    What 8 Texas Gold Glove winners 2 Regional Jr. Olympic titles 1 National qualifier 1    U.S.    champion thought we did really well,’ said Constable Randy Galindo, who helped start-up the NBABC with money out of his own pocket. The Games of Texas is the largest multi-event sport in the stute. Patterened after the Olympic games, the GOT provides a forum for training and competition among Texas’ Olympic hopefuls. Coach: Five down, the future is bright BY CHRIS CARMICHEAL For The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Before Lance Armstrong and I can begin thinking about the 2(X)4 Tour de France, we are going to spend some time enjoying his fifth victory. Taking the time to recognize and celebrate a huge accomplishment is critical to continued success because it reinforces the passion an athlete must have in order to win a race like the Tbur de Fiance. You can’t win the Tour de France through strategy and ARMSTRONG tactics alone. For a portion of the Tbur s second week this year, Lance was racing entirely with his head and not with his heart. Things hadn’t gone his way, he was struggling, and he needed to find the momentum that would again carry him to Paris in the yellow jersey. From a coach’s perspective, Lance had the physical conditioning to take control of the Tbur de France, but he needed to rediscover his emotional connection to the race. Lance is an extremely powerful rider, and when he is fired up about racing and he places value on an accomplishment, he can attack with a ferocity that is frightening in its intensity. (Chria Carmicheal has bern Lance Armstrong’s cycling coach for the past file years.)Outdoors: Patience is the key to setting the hook with topwater plugs Bad habits are hard to break, especially when it comes to fishing. Learning to bass fish, my father taught me to set the hook hard. “Cross his eyes”, he’d say. This quick hook set method worked well when fishing with a plastic worm. But things were different then. Back then, fishing rods typically had softer actions and it did require hard hook sets. Otherwise the fish would drop the lure prior to the hook being penetrated in its mouth. Tbday’s heavy action rods are specifically designed so quick hook penetration is possible without such a violent hook set. Plus today’s super lines, like Berkley’s Fireline, have virtually no stretch and hook penetration is immediate. Last week I fished topwater lures all day long catching bass. My partner had just as many strikes as I had, yet he boated far few fish. The reason was his bad habit of setting KEITH Warren the hook. Fishing along steep bluffs, we had located an area where good sized bass seemed to be bunched up. 'Hie fish would take a sub-surface lure but they would hit a topwater bait more viciously. When having a choice, I would rather catch a fish on a topwater anyway. Seeing the lure working along the surface, anticipating a strike at any second causes the angler to be extremely focused — so much so that when the strike occurs it startles them. Next, the anglers natural reaction is to set the hook — don’t. Problems occur during the hook set that are often times over looked by the angler. First, fish will many times completely miss the lure. A hook set will move the lure out of the strike zone and away from the aggressive fish. Merely tighten your line to see if the fish is hooked. If so, simply reel it in. If’ not, manipulate the lure trying not to move it too far. If the fish doesn’t hit it again, quickly speed up your retrieve for a short distance then stop it, # The lure will appear to be trying to escape from the fish and then relax. A lot of times, that’s when it’ll get hammered. But don’t set the hook. Here’s a couple of suggestions if you have a problem pulling the lure away from the fish too soon. Use a lighter action rod. The soft tip will keep the lure stationary slightly longer. Next, try closing your eyes. This way you won’t react to the strike as rapidly. My partner had a hard time even though he said he was following my advice. I knew he was not closing his eyes because his hook sets were too quick. The sun was setting and the fish were really biting. But he continued miss ing fish. “Lets go, I’ve had enough. Bad habits are tough to break”, he said. I told him we would fish until dark then get off the water. Once darkness swallowed us up he started boating fish on the topwater. He could no longer see the strike and his catch ratio went up instantly. “Next fish we’ll go in,” I said. “No way, I have finally got the hang of this topwater fishing and we’re not going anywhere,” as he boated a five pounder. (Keith Warren is the host of two weekly outdoor television programs that broadcast nationwide. For questions or comments about our shows or the outdoors, contact Keith at ( ;