New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, June 4, 1991_Herald-Ziitung, New Braunfels, Texas
A camper at the Summer Slam Basketball Camp, going on this week at Canyon High School, works on his shot after Monday’s first day of camp.
Camp attracts 200
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
The two local coaches who are coordinating the Summer Slam Basketball Camp at Canyon High School, Canyon’s David Manley and New Braunfels’ Cliff Wilkins, expected some walkups Monday morning when the camp started.
What they got was a brief shock but an overall pleasure, as approximately IOO campers registered Monday morning to bring the total number of participants to 200.
“It did throw us off a little,” Manley said. “We thought we’d have maybe 40, 50 walkups. But once we got through the morning, the afternoon went great.”
The best thing about the large crowd, Wilkins said, is the level of
interest shown in the sport.
“We were extremely pleased, to say the least,” he said. “The interest in basketball has really picked up.”
The number of campers is in the same range as last year, when Wilkins and former Cougar Coach Billy Gil-lispie ran the camp, but Wilkins noted that freshmen this year are attending the varsity camp at New Braunfels — run by Blinn College assistant Matt Foreman — instead of the Canyon camp.
I think Billy and I laid the groundwork and it kind of snowballed,” he said. “The timing is good — it’s the week after school lets out and the first camp they can go lo. It kind of sets the tone for the summer. I think they get a lot for their money — the kids have fun and learn something.”
By JOE BELK Sport* Editor
Steve Dement was selected as the new varsity basketball coach at Smithson Valley High School, replacing long-time Rangers Coach Roger Kraft.
Dement had been the junior varsity coach under Kraft. He has coached at Smithson Valley for three years, and in Comal ISD for seven of his 13 years of coaching.
“He knows all the kids and he’s coached almost all the kids coming up,” Smithson Valley Athletic Director Joe Matulich said. “We’re real excited. This is something he’s wanted.
"He’ll do a great job. He’s been coaching here a long time.”
Dement said he had aspired to a head coaching position in basketball, but wasn’t prepared to move away to get one.
“I’m not going anywhere — this is permanent from my part," he said. “My wife and I like living here, and we like raising our children here. We’re going to stay.”
For that reason. Dement was gladSteve Dement
he was in position to replace Kraft when the vacancy opened.
“I just happened to be in the right
spot at the right time,” he said. “I’m real familiar with the kids and how things work around here. Hopefully, that’ll be a big advantage for me.” Dement said he was influenced by one of his high school coaches, Houston Aldine’s Bill Smith, who went on to coach Aldine to the state small school championship in 1990.
“He made a real big impression on me,” said Dement, adding that he had hoped to eventually earn a head coaching position. ‘‘Basketball’s always been my strong suit. This was my ultimate goal — I’m just happy to get the opportunity.”
Dement said he expects to implement some changes in the Rangers’ system, particularly on offense.
“We’ll still be setting a lot of picks and be shooting off picks, but you’ll see a lot of different people shooting from different places on the floor,” he said.
He said the team’s defense would ultimately come down to the players’ individual desire to stop their opponents, but added that they probably wouldn’t play all of their District 26-4A rivals man-to-inan.
'Basketball's always been my strong suit. This was my ultimate goal — I'm just happy to get the opportunity/
Steve Dement SY basketball coach
“I want to be able to do different things as the situation dictates,” he said. “I don’t want to be locked into one thing.”
He said he felt good about the group of players currently at Smithson Valley.
“They’re good kids — they’re flexible and coachable,” he said. “I think they’ll adjust real well. Roger did a good job of getung them ready. Some things will look different, but the objective is going to be the same.” Krait had been the varsity basketball coach at Smithson Valley since 1980, taking the Rangers to the 3A playoffs four umes.Hearns earns record sixth boxing title
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Hit Man became the Slick Man, and in the process became a world champion for the sixth time.
Fighting as controlled a fight as he has in his 13-year pro career, Thomas Hearns turned back the clock and his critics Monday night to beat Virgil Hill on a 12-round unanimous decision and win the World Boxing Association version of the light heavyweight title.
‘‘I never felt I was through or finished,” Hearns said. “I thought I had a lot more left and a lot more to prove.”
And prove something he did against Hill, outboxing a boxer who had won all 30 of his previous fights and taking the 175-pound title that Hill had defended successfully IO times before.
It may not have been the vintage Hearns of old, but the 32-year-old version wasn’t too bad as Hearns patiently dictated the pace of the fight and scored the heavier exchanges of a tactical and quite interesting bout.
“This meant more to me than any fight in the world," said Hearns, who won his first title at 147 pounds when Jimmy Cana was still president. “I have to put this above my other tules. They all mean something to me, but this means a lot more.”
A 9-5 underdog at fight time, Hearns was supposed to be loo old, too weak in the legs and not strong enough to win the title from the 27-year-old undefeated champion.
'I never felt I was through or finished. I thought I had a lot more left and a lot more to prove/
Thomas Hearns 'I'm pretty disappointed because it's going to take me awhile to get back up there again.'
"This was a tough, tough fight far me,” said Hearns, who added another $4.2 million to his career earning*. “Every second I had to think, because if I wasn't thinking, there's no telling where I’d be now, I might still be asleep ”
Hill, venturing outside his native North Dakota for only the third lime in ll title defenses, fought cautiously in the early rounds and took a pounding from Hearns in the sixth round.
The champion won the last round on all three ringside scorecards, but by that time it was too late and Hearns had the fight in his grasp “I thought it was close,” Hill said. “When you're fighting a legend, it's like fightuig a world Champion. You liave to make it decisive.’ ‘
Hill, who lost for the first ame in 31 fights, earned his biggest payday — $1.5 million.
But he didn’t get what he needed most — awm over Hearns that would have propelled him to the bigger paydays and recognition that come with beating a big name.
’‘I'm pretty disappointed because it’s going to take me awhile to get back up there again,” Hill said.
Hill revealed he had broken his nose during the third week of training for the fight, and also suffered a hy pere mended elbow. The nose, he said. was rebroken by a Hearns punch in the third round, and the elbow caused his right arm to go numb for 30 seconds at a tune during the bout.
Bul Hill conceded it was probably Hearns' night anyway.
“I have no excuses,” he said. “I just didn t execute. I didn’t listen to my comer. I stood there and posed abit.”
. But the snapping left jab of earlier days was still there, and the legs held out just long enough for Hearns to win by a 115-113 margin on two scorecards and 116-112 on the third.
Although neither fighter was knocked down during the bout, both provided a senes of exchanges that kept the pace going and kepi the aucnuoii of the almoin iced crowd of 8,125 at an outdoor arena ai Caesars Palace.
Dement named Ranger coach
SY assistant chosen to replace Kraft as varsity basketball head
Sabatini rebounds, advances to semis
PARIS (AP) — Twice a point away from defeaL third-seeded Gabriela Sabatini reached the semifinals of the French Open today with a gritty 5-7,7-6 (12-10), 6-0 victory over Jana Novotna.
Forma champions Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario advanced in much easia fashion to a semifinal match against each oiha.
Graf, the second seed, improved her career record against France’s Nathalie Tauziat to 14-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Sanchez-Vicario, seeded fifth, overpowaed No. 4 seed Mary Joe Fernandez, also 6-3,6-2.
Andre Agassi became the first men's player to reach the semifinals. Playing as if he had a plane to catch, he raced to a 6-3, 6-1,6-1 victory ova Switzerland’s Jakob Hlasek.
Sabatini trailed 5-2 in the second set, before rallying to draw even. In the tie-breaker, she twice saved match points and wasted six set points before winning.
That seemed to demoralize Novotna, the sixth seed, who succumbed meekly un the final set after seeming to have an edge in the first two.
“It's good to have this kind of match,” Sabaum said. “ll makes me ready for the next ... I never
Novotna headed back to ha hotel without granting the obligatory post-match press conference, and officials of the women’! tour said the Czechoslovak might be fined.
Sabatini's semifinal opponent was to be decided later today in a match between top-seeded Monica Seles and Spain's seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez.
Agassi, a finalist last year and the No. 4 seed this year, disposed of the unseeded Swiss playa in I hour, 15 minutes, the fastest victory of the week
involving one of the top players.
Several times, Agassi was back on the court ready to resume play before the umpire announced the end of a break.
Hlasek, ranked 20th in the world, appeared helpless against Agassi and drew densive whistles from the center court crowd early rn the third set when he made a suing of unforced errors.
In the semifinals, Agassi will play the winna of a match later today between second-seeded Bons Becka and 10th-seeded Michael Chang, the 1989 champion.
In all, three Ama leans and two Gentians, ail of
them seeded, reached the quarterfinals of the clay court tournament, reflecting the strength of the two nations that have won the last three Davis Cups.
Of the other three quanerfmalisis, only top-ranked Stefan Edberg is a favorite Hlasek and Argentina’s Franco Davm were unseeded.
In the oiha half of the draw, Such is favored to win his quarterfinal Wednesday against Davin. ranked 69th in the world. But a German-American semifinal in that bracket is far from certain, with Bd bag favored in his match against the hardhitting No. 9 seed, Jim Couria of Dade City, Fla.
Courier demolished his friend and practice partner, 243rd-ranked Todd Martin, on Monday to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first lune.
“Edberg is capable of playing great on clay.” Courier said. “Clay is favorable for me against him, though I feel confident, and so does he, I expect.”
In 1989, Chang became the first American to wui the French Open smce 1955. This year marks the fir si time thai three Ama leans have reached the quarterfinals since 1984, when Connors, John McEnroe and Jimmy Anas got that far.
NB Triathlon meeting today
Anyone interested in vol un leering to help wilh the New Braunfels Triathlon should attend a 7 p.m. meeting today at the New Braunfels Children's Museum. The triathlon will be held this Sunday, starting at Lake Dunlap.
Backet* will be stuffed at the meeting, at which time volunteers may also tell triathlon organizers which part of die event they would like to help with.
Volumed* who can not attend should call the Children’s Museum at 6204)939 lo inform organizers whet duly want lo do and lo find out what lime they need lo arrive ai die event on Sunday.
Lifeguards are among Ute rnost-volumeers for the triathlon.
Tuseth wins Landa Ladies title as Falconer, Dilly earn honors
The Landa Ladies Golf Association completed it* championship tournament last week, with Rose TuscUi winning the event.
Mary Falconer won ruruter-up honors, and Jeaneiic Dilly had the low net score.
Jan Schrader was the first fiiahi winner, and Dorothy Brooks had die low net on the first fiiahi. On die second flight, Marge Milter won and Just Ina Kerulis had die low net
The Landa ladies also played a ones tournament May 29. Virgie Van Kleef won die tournament, with Dilly pile* log second.
On die first flight, Edna Guttery won, white Brooks and Bdle Oreaory tied for second
Irene Taylor won die second flight, and Fear! Chase was die runner-up.
Cutlery, Falconer, Tuaeih, Dilly, Miliar, Kerulis and Van Kieey all had birds during die tournament; and Miller, Dilly, Tuaeth, Kerulis and Marion Fatten hit chip ins
Legend* play four-man tournament
On May 30, die Landa Legends played a four-man team, points vs. quota tournament.
Two teams tied tor first with plus-8 scores; Bd Jones, Oscar Malone, Lany itaruell and Lin Rose; and George Lancaster, Glen Case, Delton Holt and Lee Compton.
Finishing diird was die team of Cliff Nelson, Bob Berthold, Harold Taylor and John Lea.
in individual play, Jim Guttery was first on die A flight with a 65. Case won die H fiiahi at 67, Taylor captured die C Hight title with a 64, and Compton won tile L) flight at 63
Closest to die pin were Mel Joluunou on #7, Henry
Kves on #9. (’use oil #12 and Ctiarlie Smith on #15.
yMr-old Moor* acts #16 at Landa
Jack Moore, an 83-year-old golfer from New Braunfels, aced hole #13 at Linda Hark. The par 3, 163-vard hole was aced using a #3 wood It was Moore's third hoie-in-one, and his second time to ace hole # 13 at Landa Park
Pee Wee title game today
The National League Fee Wee championship game is today at die Lions Field, with two 12-1 teams for die Utie at 7 p.m. irby’s and Mabry tinier prises clash today at die NL Balds on Fredericksburg Road. Both teams went through die regular season I HI, pick ing up losses only in a season split with each other Mabry advanced to the finals with a
16 4 win against Texas Commove Bank, white Arby's enjoyed an equally convincing win over Fee Woe A Division winner Wendell A Sons, winning 12-3.
During die regular season, die se teams played very close games Arby’s won the first meeting 10-9, while Mabry got revenge in the rematch with a 6-4 win,
Bill Maury a National Laagua Pa# Wa# team, Maury Ententes, taka on ArUy a today at 7 p m In th# National Laagua champtonahip gam#. (Photo Uy Erik Karlaoon)