New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Road to State -
District 27-4A Softball Final Standings
x-first round playoff bye
Smithson Valley 12,
Dripping Springs 2 Region IV-4A Quarterfinals Smithson Valley 9, Kerrville 1 Region IV-4A Semifinals Smithson Valley 13,
Kingsville King 5
Region IV-4A Finals Smithson Valley 13,
Gregory Portland 0
State IV-4A Semifinals Smithson Valley 4,
Wichita Falls Rider 3 State IV-4A Finals Smithson Valley 5, Hallsville 1
SV Rangers claim school’s first state title in any sport
guts out for four years, but we did not work as hard last time as we did this year.”
Pitcher Jill Garro, center-fielder Heather Polhamus, first baseman Loren Munoz and third baseman Janelle Tomasini also played on that 1999 state finalist team.
Garro pitched all 14 innings for the Rangers in two games at the state tournament. After a 4-3 nail-biter in the semifinals against Wichita Falls Rider on Friday, Garro allowed Hallsville one run on six hits, two walks and struck out five to get her second win of the tournament. She was named the UIL State Tournament Most Valuable Player.
“It feels great. I really didn’t expect it at all,” the junior left-hander said. ‘When they called my name, I didn’t even know what it was for. Some guy was pushing me to walk forward, and then I finally realized it. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
Seniors on this year’s team included Polhamus, Tomasini, Knudsen, Marie Polka and Leslie Wilson.
“Honestly I think we were a lot more comfortable this year,” Tomasini said. “This team got along so well. We all relied on each other so much. We have this saying called ‘Hold the rope,’ and we all believed that anybody on this team could hold the rope at any time.”
By Bryan Adams
Smithson Valley Pitcher Jill Garro took home the UIL State Tournament Most Valuable Player award.
The Smithson Valley Rangers celebrate Saturday after beating the Hallsville Ladycats 5-1 to win the 4A state softball title. For more about the Rangers’ victory, see page 1B.
AUSTIN —With many things in life, the first time is always the one people remember the most.
Saturday, at the UIL State Softball Tbumament, the Smithson Valley Rangers captured the 4A State Championship with a 5-1 win over the Hallsville Ladycats at Red McCombs Field. It was the first state championship in any sport for Smithson Valley.
‘The girls worked extremely hard to get here, and all year long they played like champions,” Smithson Valley head coach Wayne Daigle said. “I’m really proud of them.”
For the Rangers it was , their second trip to the state tournament. In 1999, Smithson Valley made it to the final four, but lost in the state semifinals to Weatherford 4-3 in extra innings. Many players on that team two years ago were determined to make a return trip to Austin and claim what they had always dreamed of wearing around their necks — a UIL gold medal.
“We wanted it so much more this year,” said senior Kristy Knudsen, who played in 18 playoff games in her four-year career and won 15 of them. “We were so hungry for this, and we’ve been talking about winning state since boot camp. We ran ourPlanning panel prepares to set annexation schedule
By Amy Clarkson
On Tuesday, the New Braunfels Planning Commission will consider setting a schedule to annex a number of areas into the city.
City officials have said proceeding with annexation is important for a number of reasons, and they said many of the people living in the areas targeted for annexation already are receiving some city services that are subsidized by city taxpayers.
For instance, city officials said people in the county are getting a
good bargain for their emergency medical and fire services.
The city has an agreement with Comal County to provide fire and emergency services to a large area — about 55- to 60-square miles, New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier said. In exchange, the county houses city prisoners free of charge.
“They have a really good deal,” Collier said. “Even in other places in the county, the emergency services districts and rural fire districts are taxing entities. Those people get taxed IO cents per $100 valuation for the services. We don’t get that mon-What’s Up
Who: New Braunfels Planning Commission What: Consider annexation schedule When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Council chambers, Municipal Building, 424 S. Caste!! Ave.
ey. It’s a one-sided contract. We don’t have that many prisoners.”
Those services are the root of the annexation move, Planning Director
Harry Bennett said. Bennett said the residents in the areas to be annexed receive all the benefits of living in New Braunfels.
“A lot of people ask why they should be annexed, what they will gain from it,” he said. “They are already getting the services under our agreement. But if NBU (New Braunfels Utilities) pulled away their services, the bills would be higher if the citizens of New Braunfels didn’t pay a share of those services. If the fire and emergency services pulled away, their taxes would go way up — a hefty 42 cents per
valuation as I figure it. That’s a pretty good jump, just to meet the same level of services.”
Police Chief Ray Douglas said the city arrested 2,100 adults in 2000. By state law, the county must house class B misdemeanors and above, he said. The agreement with the county only includes class C misdemeanors — offenses such as public intoxication or driving without a license, he said. Douglas also said that some of the people arrested could have had warrants in other counties.
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NBHS graduates, families mark beginning of students’ futures
By Martin Malacara
Graduation for the New Braunfels High School class of 2001 should not be thought of as an end, but rather the beginning of all tomorrows, the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent said Saturday.
Dr. Ron Reaves presided over NBHS commencement ceremonies at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, helping to launch the district’s first senior class of the millennium into its future.
“Whatever your course is, its our sincere hope we’ve prepared you to deal with all of life’s challenges,” Reaves said.
The NBHS class was the third Comal County group to graduate in San Marcos this year.
Parents, friends, teachers and administrators gathered to capture a moment of transition, as adolescent students set off to become masters of their own destinies.
As students walked across the stage to receive diplomas, they passed by a chairSee NBHS/5A
CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels High School Principal Mike Fitsko hugs a students after she received her diploma Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.