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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Wednesday June 13, 2001 7A Iverson, Sixers cool despite 2-1 deficitPhiladelphia ready for Game 4 today By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson playfully rewed the engine, sped around the court on a utility cart, stopped near an entrance tunnel and greeted the Los Angeles Lakers upon their arrival for practice Tuesday. If Iverson feels any pressure because the Philadelphia 76ers trail the Lakers 2-1 in the NBA Finals, the league’s MVP is not showing any signs of it. “I hope everybody’s confident. I am,” Iverson said. After concluding his interview in the press room, Iverson returned to the court, saw reporters gathered around teammate Aaron McKie, grabbed a microphone and jokingly asked questions until his arm tired of holding the mike. Iverson then left the court and emerged driving a cart with his right hand while dribbling a basketball with his left. He maneu- IVERSON NBA FINALS Game 3 Los Angeles Lakers 96, Philadelphia 76ers 91 Next game: NBA Finals — Game 4, Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. today vered through a crowd of reporters and cameramen on his way out, came back for another spin minutes later and parked near a tunnel while the Lakers filtered off the team bus. “We hoped he wouldn’t crash out, man,” Lakers guard Robe Bryant said. “He was going pretty fast. He cut the comer going pretty fast.” While Iverson showed he was loose on the eve of Game 4, Sixers coach Larry Brown was figuring out who will be available to play Wednesday night. Small forward George Lynch, sidelined with a broken left foot since May 13, will be in uniform for the first time since Game 4 of the conference semifinals against Tbronto. But Brown doesn’t know how long he’ll be able to go. Lynch would back up Jumaine See NBA FINALS/8ANBA finals LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS All Times CDT (Best-of-7) Wednesday, June 6 Philadelphia 107, L.A. Lakers 101 Friday’s game L.A. Lakers 98, Philadelphia 89 Sunday’s game L.A. Lakers 96, Philadelphia 91 (L.A. Lakers lead series 2-1) Today’s game L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Friday, June 15 L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. Monday, June 18 Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m., if necessary Wednesday, June 20 Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 8 p.m., if necessary The 2001 All-District 27-4A baseball team was voted on by the coaches shortly after the last game of the regular season on April 27. However, it is customary to not release the members of the district all-star team until there is no longer a district team playing in the post-season. The Smithson Valley Rangers, after finishing second in District 27-4A with a 7-3 league record, extended their season to the state tournament in Austin this past weekend, thus keeping the rest of the district allstars in suspense a little longer. The Rangers landed a league-high six players on this year’s first team All-District 27-4A roster. The New Braunfels Unicorns, who finished fourth in the district with a 5-5 record, had three on the first team. Canyon placed three players on the second team alldistrict squad and had four honorable mentions. Smithson Valley added two players to the second team and three honorable mentions. New Braunfels had two second teamers and four honorable mentions. Smithson Valley senior pitcher J.D. Reininger, who also was named to the Class 5A-4A South All-Star Team by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, was one of five Rangers named unanimously to the first team. Smithson Valley senior catcher Kyle Mandel-baum, senior designated hitter Chris Van Kleef, senior outfielder Cody Fuller and senior utility player Ryan Byer also were unanimous selections to the first team. Junior first baseman Micheal Pawelek also earned a first team spot. From New Braunfels, senior Cody Renner earned a K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley pitcher J.D. Reininger fires a pitch to catcher Kyle Mandelbaum (14) during a playoff game this past season. Reininger and Mandelbaum were two of six Rangers who earned spots on the 2001 First Team All-District 27-4A roster. spot on the first team at first Cody Pyle. base. Senior outfielder Nick Martin was named to the first team, as was junior utility player Craig Crow. Rangers who made the second team included senior outfielder Ryan Yates and sophomore third baseman K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakJ-Zeitung New Braunfels first baseman Cody Reimer (19) reaches out to tag a Smithson Valley base runner. Reimer was one of three Unicorns named first team all-district. Unicorns voted to the second team included senior pitcher Brent Green, sophomore catcher Jason Miori and senior utility player 'Tate Taylor. Cougars on the second team included junior pitcher Matt Schriewer, junior pitcher Nick Fey and senior first baseman Brandon Bugosh. Honorable mentions from Smithson Valley were senior shortstop Robert Golden, sophomore outfielder Chris Dabbs and sophomore second baseman Andrew Wood-chick. Honorable mentions from New Braunfels were freshman second baseman Austin Chandler, juniour outfielder Javin Walker, senior outfielder Jeff McCiary and senior third baseman Chad Guthrie. Honorable mentions from Canyon were sophomore shortstop Tyler Tunnell, junior second baseman Keith Brangan, senior outfielder Kerry Leverett and freshman catcher Tanner Henk. All-District 2001 ALL-DISTRICT 27-4A BASEBALL TEAM First Team Boerne — Jesse Bradley, Logan Kensing, Seth Johnston and Chase Tettleton Kerrville Tivy — Cody Thomas, Kevin Whelan, Jake Rippee and Kyle Yates Smithson Valley — J.D. Reininger, Kyle Mandelbaum, Michael Pawelek, Cody Fuller, Chris Van Kleef and Ryan Byer. New Braunfels — Cody Reimer, Nick Martin and Craig Crow. Fredericksburg — Scott Meurer, Billy Bob Ersch and Karson Smith. Second Team New Braunfels — Brent Green, Jason Miori and Tate Taylor. Canyon — Matt Schriewer, Nick Fey and Brandon Bugosh. Boerne — Zach Etheredge, Jason Davila, Jeff McCarty and Greg Yost. Kerrville Tlvy — Trey Russ, J.D. Brantley and John Rice. Fredericksburg — Stuart Meurer, Scott Segner and Will Stewing Smithson Valley — Ryan Yates and Cody Pyle. Honorable Mention Kerrville Tlvy — Trey Dittmar, Dustin Bordowsky, Andy Rendon and Gary Jones. Boerne — Dustin Wilson. New Braunfels — Austin Chandler, Javin Walker, Jeff McCrary and Chad Guthrie. Smithson Valley — Robert Golden, Chris Dabbs and Andrew Woodchick. Fredericksburg — Chris Childs and Kyle Woe mer Canyon — Tyler Tunnell, Keith Brangan, Kony Leverett and Tanner Henk. Best boys of summer Rangers, Unicorns pack first team All-District 27-4A squad U.S. Open tees off Thursday in Tulsa Canyon grad kicks off pro career at U.S. Open Jimmy Walker debuts Thursday in Tulsa From staff reports Former Canyon Cougar and Baylor Bear Jimmy Walker has decided to make his professional debut at this week’s U.S. Open. Walker, 22, was the only amateur to compete in the Byron Nelson Classic last month. He led the tournament with an average driving distance of 348 yards, but missed the cut by one stroke after he shot an even par 140 through two rounds of play. He earned his ticket into the U.S. Open at sectional qualifying in Dallas last week. Walker’s decision to turn pro on Monday leaves only three amateurs in the tournament’s 156-player field. Walker, a senior on Baylor’s 2001 Big 12 championship team this year, finished his senior season ranked 31st in the nation. He was a four-time all-Big 12 selection. Walker collected three tournament titles and amassed 20 top-five finishes while at Baylor and never missed a tournament in his collegiate career. He earned PING All-American Third Tfeam honors by the Golf Coaches Association while leading the Bears to their fourth straight NCAA Regional appearance. Walker received sponsorship support of Administaff, a leading personnel management company that serves as a full-service human resources department for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. By Bryan Adams Sports Editor ing favorite that oddsmakers have turned this U.S. Open into Tiger against the field. “Would I put money on me? Probably not,” Woods said. “Just because I don’t think it would be a good business decision with those odds.” Then he paused, sensing his remarks could be interpreted the wrong way. “Now, do I like my chances? Yes, I do.” What’s not to like? The only tournament Woods has failed to win in the last three months was the Byron Nelson Classic, when he returned from his longest layoff of the year and showed signs of rust. He closed with a 63 and tied for third. When it comes to the majors, Woods has no peer. His two-stroke victory at the Masters gave him an unprecedented clean sweep of the majors. The opportunity that awaits at Southern Hills is to become the first player ever to win five in a row. Bobby Jones won four straight majors — all in 1930 — when they were the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur. Young Ibm Morris also won four straight majors, but that was from 1868-72, when the British Open was the only major. “I’m not trying to win five, I’m trying to win one,” Woods said. “Whatever I’ve done in the previous four majors isn’t going to help me hit any shots out here. Tm not going to have an out-of-body experience and sit there and watch myself hit a shot.” Any more, it seems like that’s what everyone else has been doing — watching him, wondering what it will take to beat him in the most important championships. This week figures to be no different. Woods focused on another title By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer TULSA, Okla. — Forget about the power and the precision, or even the deadly touch around the greens. The success of Tiger Woods can be traced to what he did the week before the U.S. Open. He wasn’t on a golf course, but on a river in Utah, fly fishing with Mark O’Meara. Once a novice with a /‘f.U11/ WOODS rod, Woods was casting like a pro with nearly flawless loops. “He kicked my butt,” O’Meara said Tuesday. “He doesn’t like to lose at anything.” What amazed O’Meara was not so much the competitive nature of Woods, but how much he mastered in such a short time since they first started fly fishing. “He is an expert at processing information,” O’Meara said. “He takes in only what can make him better and manages to discard the old. He always wants to learn how to get better.” That explains why Woods decided to rebuild his swing, step by step, after winning the Masters by 12 strokes. That explains why the best player in the world spends more quality hours refining his swing instead of celebrating where that swing has brought him. And that explains why Woods arrived at Southern Hills as such an overwhelm-mBiyi ;