New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, June 12, 1991
Herald-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
John Belcher, above, helps a player at this week's Smithson Valley baseball camp with his swing. At right, Jason LaRue takes a swing of his own during a Ranger game. Both players received all-star recognition on area baseball lists. (Photos by Karla Wenzel)
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
Two Smithson Valley Rangers were selected as first-team players on area baseball lists, with standouts from Smithson Valley, Canyon and New Braunfels chosen to honorable mention lists.
John Belcher and Jason LaRue from Smithson Valley were named to the first team of both the Austin American-Statesman’s All-Centex team and the San Antonio Express News’ all-area team.
Belcher, a catcher who graduated from Smithson Valley this year, hit .508 for the season with five home runs. The walk leader for the Rangers, his on-base average was an outstanding .799.
LaRue, a junior shortstop, was chosen in the
designated hitter spot on both teams. He batted .481 while leading the San Antonio area with IO home runs. LaRue, who now has 24 home runs for his varsity career, also batted in 41 runs. His on-base average was .699 and his slugging average exceeded 1.000.
On the All-Centex team, there were three honorable mentions from Comal County: Smithson Valley second baseman Wes Penoloza, New Braunfels catcher Greg Overturf and Unicom pitcher Grant Hodges.
Several area players qualified for the honorable mention list of the Express News team.
Hodges made the team as both a pitcher and
designated hitter, and Overturf was again selected at catcher.
Other mentions from the District 25-5 A runnerup Unicorns were shortstop Brian Martinez, second baseman Raoul Romero, first baseman Joe Faulkner, pitcher Lorenzo Saucedo and outfielder Kyle Herman.
From Smithson Valley, Penoioza was again named as an honorable mention. Other Rangers selected were pitcher Matt Gawlik, first baseman Jason Long and outfielder Fernando Moreno.
Three players from Canyon were chosen to the honorable mention team: third baseman Junior Rodriguez, shortstop Anthony Bueno and outfielder Donovan Rivers.
Taggart sets NE triathlon record
UIL asked to consider hoop season cutbacks *
Sally Taggart of Houston sci a new women’s record al Sunday’s New Braunfels Triathlon.
Taggart, 25, won the women’s division in a time of 1:43.12, passing the old record by three minutes.
Ian Pattie won the overall race with a lime of 1:36.38, five minutes slower than the late Richard Turner’s record-setting time last year.
The third annual triathlon included a 1,000-meter swim in Lake Dunlap, a 20-mile bicycle race and a S mile run.
Top finishers among the men behind Houston's Pattie were Evan Mossman of Houston at 1:37.04, Jaime Slaughter of San Antonio with a 1:37.19 time, Bill Sutherland of Austin at 1:37.59, Tom Eastwood of Boerne at 1:38.12, Larry Lancaster of Temple at 1:38.17, Scott Trainer of Austin al 1:38.45, Darrell Smith of Austin at 1:38.49, Gregg Bell of San Antonio at 1:39.27 and Bruckner Chase of Houston at 1:40.43.
Finishing behind Taggart, the top-
ranked woman triathleie in the world, were Sharon Sander of San Antonio at 1:46.08, Missy Domenick of San
Antonio at 1:54.04, Leslie Taylor of Houston at 1:54.37, Kelly Coad of San Antonio at 1:54.55, Lauri Oolket of Houston al 1:55.09, Cathy Cunliffe of Austin at 1:55.41, Mary Hughes of Austin at 1:57.59, Cornute Cross of Schertz al 1:59.54 and Molly Britton at Austin at 2:00.05.
More titan 320 people competed in the event.
Local participants included Jesse Czelusta of Garden Ridge, who placed third in the 14-19 age group.
Loddie Roeder and Peter Olsen also competed, as did famous Garden Ridge triathleie Joanita Reed, who won the 60 and older age group with a time of 2:21.18. Reed, who is 64, placed 46 out of the 66 female competitors.
A local team also took pan, with Gary Massey, Diane Pepin and David Smith doing the separate legs of the event.
8m TRIATHLON, UA
Caffoy wins contest
Kim Caffoy, here shown playing some defense in a Unicorn game, was recently named the best ballhandler at an Austin basketball camp last week run by University of Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt. Caffoy, who will be a senior at New Braunfels, was a starting
guard for the Unicorns last season. There were 167 participants at this year's camp, and Caffoy was chosen the best Panhandle^ of the group following a contest to determine the award-winners.
From staff and wha rsporta
A University Interscholastic League committee has been asked for a recommendation on whether cutting back on the number of basketball games would improve students’ classroom performances.
Small schools in the West Texas-South Plains arca proposed that no team or student participate in more than one game a week, except for tournaments or district make-ups.
There would also be a limit of one invitational tournament per season.
Games would be played only on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, under the proposal submitted Tuesday to the UIL Committee on Athletics.
The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches said it would be a "sad day” for education, as well as high school basketball, if the number of games were limited to one a week.
New Braunfels boys basketball coach Cliff Wilkins, who serves on the basketball advisory committee, agreed with the TABC assessment.
“I think statewide our feeling is basically the same — if you cut back games to one a week, you’re culling the throat of basketball,” Wilkins said. ”Il would hurt school athletics and promote club and street activity.”
Letters supporting limitations were addressed to George Price, superintendent at Roby, who apparently originated the proposal. Those letters of support came from school officials at Trent, Miles, Post, Hermleigh and Aspermont.
“For some time now I have felt dial
the number of games played in basketball is excessive,” said Joe Giddens, Aspermont principal. “This has been evident as we have continued to put greater emphasis on students’ academic performance.
“The late nights during the week certainly arc an interference as well as costly. ... I certainly do not feel that one game a week on Friday or Saturday would be an injustice to basketball,” Giddens said.
But Tommy Newman, speaking for the basketball coaches association, said the one-game limitation would be a ‘‘disastrous step" toward deemphasizing athletics in Texas.
“To take away the opportunity to play more than one game a week would lead many youths, particularly in the urban centers, away from the school teams and to club teams or to the streets,” Newman said.
He said districts now are not required to play the maximum number of games, and added that “to restrict the entire state because of travel difficulties in only a tew areas of the state would be a sad day for not just basketball but for education in the state of Texas.”
Wilkins said he had never seen any problem because of die two games a week and multiple tournaments at the beginning of the season.
"We have not missed a day of school on varsity for the last three years — I think our junior varsity missed half a day for a tournament this year,” he said. “I really don’t sec
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SY stars receive all-star honors
A wave of swimmers returns from the first part of Sunday’s New Braunfels Triathlon They have just completed a 1,000-meter swim in Lake Dunlap, and are preparing for a 20 mile bike ride and a 5 mile run.