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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Rule change could fix high school baseball's single-game outlook The UlL’s policy committee is pushing a new nile that would make coaches flip a coin to determine whether baseball playoff games will be a winner-takes-all or a best-of-three series. As it is, teams play a three-Thovnas ^ume series only if both coach- fijuMnif    cs a^ree on ^ t^lcrcs 00 UOulffy agreement, the single-game format is mandatory. The new proposal, which will be put before the UIL’s full Legislative Council and the State Board of Education, is good news. It would help fix a tactic that’s becoming all too familiar in high school baseball. For years the one-game-or-series debate has divided high school coaches. Some argue the mandatory single-game format tends to favor squads that have a dominant pitcher. The logic follows that a phenom at the mound can carry a modestly talented team far into the playoffs. Give your top gun a I -0 lead and he’ll give you a win. The scenario is not uncommon, especially in the lower classifications where teams have been known to ride a strong-armed ace on a singlegame road all the way through the post season. A mandatory single game tends to penalize the teams with more pitching depth. This past season, for example, Canyon High School baseball coach Ralph Behrend used the rule to his advantage. He opted for a single-game playoff against Boerne last month. He knew the Greyhounds had two of the best pitchers in the area. The Cougars had an ace in Reagan George, however, an injured Jerry Van Ney tilted the scales toward Boerne. Sports briefs ■ DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Bill Swift underwent arthroscopic to remove frayed matter and scar tissue from his right shoulder and will he sidelined at least four weeks. ■ ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves extended manager Bobby Cox’s contract by two years, through 1999, with an option for 2000. ■ FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in the manslaughter trial of Seattle Seahawks receiver Brian Blades might have saved their opponents some work with a demonstration that apparently went awry. Lawyers defending Blades, 30, in the July 5, 1995, shooting of his cousin, Charles Blades, presented no witnesses before jurors got the case. Behrend made the smart move in going for a winner-take-all showdown. The No. 5 ranked Greyhounds narrowly escaped with a win. They no doubt would have preferred knowing they had another shot if they were to lose Game I. A coin toss makes it at least a possibility. Other coaches prefer the three-game format for a different reason. New Braunfels High School baseball coach Neat Miller believes giving kids an extra game has its merits. Last year in the playoffs the Unicorns dropped their opener to Boerne 7-0, but came back the next day to make it interesting. In the process, NBHS outfielder Jeff Juarez hit two home runs and earned himself an invitation to tryouts from college scouts who happened to be watching that second game. Miller likes to let the kids get as much playoff experience and college exposure as they can. The counter side is that a series can become complicated by bad weather and travel expenses. For baseball fans who want to make the game more than a one-day strike-out clinic by future minor league and college-bound pitchers, it seems a small price to pay. A balanced and talented team with solid pitching, fielding and hitting is equalized by a Division I pitching prospect. His supporting cast can be mediocre if he’s not giving up hits. For the fans, it’s a lot like the big servers in tennis who rely on aces and leave us no opportunity to watch the volleys and baseline game. Whether the latest proposal passes is a different question. Some folks say the UIL will probably stay with the status quo. If so, they’d be missing a chance to make a needed change. (Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Zeitung) ■ LOS ANGELES (AP) — St Louis Rams rookie running back Lawrence Phillips, on probation for assaulting a former girlfriend, was arrested for drunken driving. The former Nebraska star allegedly had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted him speeding with a flat tire shortly after 2 a m ■ PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Offensive guard Jermane Mayberry became the second of this year’s first-round (haft choices to come to terms when he signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Mayberry, selected 25th overall, will get anywhere from $4.7 to $5.17 million. The 6-foot-4,325-pound player was a two-time Lone Star lineman (rf the year at Texas A&M-Kingsville. “June ink*{Sports Day ;■ To talk with Sports .Editor Thomas Godley (about Sports Day, call *625-9144. ext. 24. I t Sports briefs i The Children’s MuseumTnNiw Sri is sponsoring "New Braunfels Night" at San Antonio’s Wolff Stadium on Saturday, July Gmhe. San J    t w ‘ w *. farm dub of the toe Angeles Dodgers, wilt play the Tulsa Drillers, a farm dub of the Texas Rangers. The Museum is selling general admission tickets for $3 each, a $1 discount off the regular gate price. Tickets will be on sale at the museum in its new location at the Factory Store Outlet. The Missions will share the proceeds with the museum during a ceremony before the game. Newly-elected mayor Jan Kennady will be one of the local celebrities who will throw out ceremonial first pitches. The first 2,000 fans who arrive at the game wilt receive a free Missions baseball cap. Local fans can get to Wolff Stadium by taking Interstate 35 through downtown San Antonio and exiting on U.S. 90 West. The stadium is on U.S. 90 at the' Road exit. For more information, call 629'345$, Hts Giants past Astros- SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-After a long absence, Barry Bonds’ home-run trot made a return appearance. Bonds capped a 4-for-5 performance with his first homer in more than a month, and the $0 leadP - -on?    * Ifs nice to see Barry Bonds heating up," San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. “He got four hits and hit his first home run since May 11. Ifs been a long time since he trotted. We definitely needed it." San Francisco, leading 9-0 after the second inning, had to withstand a six-run fifth by the Astros that included a pinch-hit grand slam by Sean Berry. Bonds’ homer, a two-run shot, came in the eighth off Dean Hartgraves and was the first since he hit his then-major league leading 17th homer at Pittsburgh. The 102 at-bat homeriess string was the longest of his career, eclipsing a 92 at-bat stretch from Aug, 26 to Sept. 25,1969. In mtot mmm ^ BOSTON (AP) — Alex Delgado is a baseball nomad, playing nine different positions in eight different minor-league cities in the Boston system. Now he has made the most memorable trip of his undistinguished career. From home plate to first base. The rookie lined a single to left in the 10th nning for his second major-ieague hit and first RBI Thursday night, giving the Red Sox an 8-7 victory over Texas. it was the fifth time the Rangers, who had won four games in a row and lead the AL West, lost the lead to the Red Sox, who have the third-worst record in baseball. "I don’t have enough time to explain all of the different ways we lost," Texas manager Johnny Oate6 said, "but we did a lot of things that were not conducive to winning baseball." The Rangers’ generosity once they got the lead was just one oddity on a night of strange happenings. HipluNi ties baseball roc oui KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cal Ripken and Sachio Kinugasa, who gained fame in different countries and in different leagues, now share a record that can be appreciated by baseball fans of any culture. Ripken tied Kinugasa’s record of 2,215 ^.consecutive games in the Baltimore Orioles' 10-2 loss to Kansas City. With Kinugasa watching from the stands, Ripken matched the mark set by the Japanese third baseman from 1970 to 1987. Ripken, who broke Lou Gehrig’s major league record of 2,130 successive games last September, can surpass Kinugasa tonight. LONDON (AP) — Stefan Edberg, tuning up for his final Wimbledon appearance, beat fourth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 6-7 (7-3), 6-2,7-6 (7-4) to reach the quarterfinals of the Queen’s Club tournament. * .a;? -    .    '-a-.’-,'    -«««    ;i _Stewart, Austin take early lead at U.S. Open By RON SIRAK Associated Press BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - The Oakland Hills monster became a squishy plaything in Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, softened by days of rain and protected only by its thick rough and sharply slopping greens. Payne Stewart, the 1991 winner, and Woody Austin, playing in the Open for the first time, shot 3-under-par 67s for a one-stroke lead over Lee Janzen, the 1993 champion, on a day when par was an assailable obstacle. “I think the golf course is accessible right now because it is so soft,” Stewart said. “You are throw ing 4-irons and 5-irons at the greens and they will stick.” That would not have been the case if 2 1/2 inches of rain had not fallen on Wednesday, softening the course and prompting woric crews to perform an exceptional job getting it in playing condition. The soft greens made it possible to leave the driver in the bag and play safely to the fairways with irons off the tee - avoiding the bogey-making thick rough. Long approach shots, which would not normally hold the wildly contoured greens, settled softly and stuck on this day. “You could hit a 4-iron to the greens and it would stop within 5 yards,” said Masters champion Nick Faldo, five strokes back after a 72. Faldo took his 3-wood out of his bag and replaced it with a 0-iron, driving seven times with the 12-degree loft club first used by John Daly. - “It’s the perfect club for this course,” said Faldo, who can hit it 230 yards. Six players woe two strokes back at I-under 69 - Frank Nobilo, Philip Walton, Bob Ford, David Berganio, Gary Trivisonno and Stewart Cink. Eleven others were at even par, including Colin Montgomerie and Tom Watson, with several dozen players still on the course. Tiger Woods, the 20-year-old amateur who took his sophomore final exams at Stanford last week, was 3 under when he walked off the 13th green and 4 over par when he walked off the 16th. City champs Held Generate Former NBHS soccer stars shine on San Antonio team From submitted reports Martial arts show Two 1994 New Braunfels High School graduates, Ryan Rogers and Ryder McDonald, helped lead the San Antonio Generals to the title of the 19% South Texas State Soccer Cup championship at Bear Creek Park in Houston this past weekend. The Generals tied the Bay Area Alliance 1-1 and a must-win situation for next two games. The San Antonians soundly defeated the Juventus 6-1 and set up a showdown with the undefeated Houstonians. McDonald opened the scoring with a follow-up volley from just wide right of the net, while Rogers held off repeated shots on goal to help the Generals defeat Houston 4-1 and capture the state title. The Generals advance to the regional round in Baton Rouge, La., June 23 -30. Coached by the University of the Incarnate Wold assistant coach, Memo Espinosa, the Generals are a Division I club team comprised of area high school and college players. They entered the state playoffs after earning the Western District, fille. Winding is nothing new to Rogers and McDonald who were part of the NBHS soccer team that took the 1994 I state championship. Rogers took tournament MVP honors, and both were alldistrict, all-region, all-state and Greater Submitted photo West Haven Academy of Karate members include: (front, l-r) Taylor Wersterfer, Trey Rust, Trlnt Rust, Jerrod Seibert, Rachel Mote and Andrew Jaroszeski, (seated) Luis Muniz, Brett Riley, Grand master Chartee Ferraro, Tom Cox, Mark Bartlett, Steve Knight, (standing) Francesca Garcia, Justin Parchman, John Henry Boatright, Tobin Hoffman, David Brandt, Matt Horn, L.D. Crawford, Robin Brown, Hoke Nunan, Charlie Baker, David L. Coffman, Steve deLemoe, Kevin Bramlett, Nancy Millican, Jennifer Machen and Ashley Wersterfer. New Braunfels karate school tests limits From submitted reports Whether it’s college finals, high school quizzes or elementary exams, the month of May will always test the achievements of students throughout the city. It was no different at the West Haven Academy of Karate. Thirty-one local students put their martial arts training to the test last month at two separate promotion exams in New Braunfels. Twenty-one students demonstrated hand and foot techniques, jump kicks, forms, one-step sparring, self-defense, free-sparring and specific knowledge of martial arts history and Korean terminology at the advanced promotion exam held at Comprehensive Fitness on Walnut. One student, Hoke Nunan, who was testing for Cho Dan (first degree blayk belt), also demonstrated a powerful jump spinning back kick, destroying three I by 12 boards at face height. Nunan will receive his black belt at a promotion ceremony June 15. Also promoted were David L. Coffman — First Gup Red; Steve deLemos, Jennifer Machen, Matt Horn, Ashley Wersterfer and Justin Parchman — Second Gup Red, Tobin Hoffmann, L. D. Crawford, Charlie Baker, David Brandt, Francesca Garcia, John Henry Boatright, Rachel Mot/ Jerrod Seibert, Trey Rust, Trint Rust, Andrew Jaroszewski, Taylor Wersterfer and Caleb Curtis — Third Gup Red. The red belt signifies an advanced student preparing for the black belt. The test was conducted by Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association President, Grand Master Charles Ferraro, assisted by Regional Examiners Tom Cox and Brett Riley. The exam proctors were Mark Bartlett, Second Dan; Luis Muniz and Steve Knight, First Dans. At the monthly Gup Promotion Exam held at the West Haven Academy of Karate, 12 students achieved beginner and intermediate ranks. Those promoted at that test were Judith Hoffmann and Zack Motz — Fourth Gup Green; Robert Wygle, Luke Leverett, Shawn Braune and Russel Irwin — Fifth Cup Green; David Shipley and Justin Fal-ck — Sixth Gup Green; Robert Bergeron — Seventh Gup Orange; Shane Dempsy, Jimmy Flores and Lizzie Leverett — Eighth Gup Orange. Special guest was Tang Soo Do Master Lisa Lim from San Antonio. Master Lim brought 12 of her high school students who were promoted to Eighth Gup orange belt. Grayson Machler of the New Braunfels American Little League Marlins where Orioles infielder Kyle Langhorst gets the throw a second too late. League Orioles came from behind to win the city championship Thursday night. Submitted photo Ryan Rogers snd Rydsr McOonskf helped lead the Sen Antonio Generals to a stats soccer title. San Antonio Area team selections. They also were members of the South Texas Olympic Development team. Rogers is a business major at DePaul University in Chicago, DI., and plays goalkeeper for the Demons on a soccer scholarship. At DePaul, he is a Dean’s List student and a member of the Conference USA Honor Roll. He is also listed on the Great-Mid west All-Academic team and the Captain’s Council. McDonald attends The University of the Incarnate Wold in San Antonio on a soccer scholarship, majoring in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. ;