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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Thursday, June 15, 2000 IBSportsQuick HitsCoaches, 'players and parents invited Closing ceremonies and All-Star announcements for New Braunfels Little League will be at 7 p.m. today at the Loop Complex.Unicorn soccer camp invites youth Boys and girls ages 9 -15 are invited to attend a special skills soccer camp taking place at the practice fields of New Braunfels Middle School June 19 - June 23. The camp is for campers ready to learn foot skills at a higher level, including turnaround moves as well as fake and feints. New Braunfels High School girls varsity soccer coach Al Dressen, will be joined by former Unicom players to conduct the camp from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up at Vivroux Sporting Goods or call Coach Dressen at (512) 295-2770.Fisher agrees to contract extension NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Jeff Fisher, who led the franchise to its first Super Bowl appearance in 40 years last season.Rocker called up by Braves RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Atlanta reliever John Rocker was called up by the Braves, apparently to replace Rudy Seanez on the roster after Seanez felt tightness in his right arm. The call-up comes just eight days after the Braves assigned the struggling left-handed closer to Triple-A Richmond, ostensibly to work on his command, but most certainly also because his teammates had seen enough of his erratic behavior. News of the recall also followed Rocker’s third, and least impressive, outing for the Triple-A Braves. (Submit items for Quick Hits to the Sports Desk at [email protected] or by fax to 606-3413.)Game Time ►TodayAuto Racing NCRA Speediest — Park City Late Model Challenge. From Wichita, Kan. 2 p.m. on FXSPMajor League Baseball Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees. From Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y. 6 p.m. on FXSP Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates. From Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. 6 p.m. on TBSBodybuilding Ms. Fitness U.S.A.. From Las Vegas. 3 p.m. on FXSPGolf U.S. Open Championship — First Round. From Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. 2 p.m. on KMOL U.S. Open Championship — First Round. From Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. 4 p.m. on ESPN U.S. Open Championship — First Round. From Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. 2:30 a.m. on ESPNHockey Hockey Pro Beach. 2 p.m.on ESPN Lakers dominate in overtimeZI -year-old Bryant comes to team’s rescue By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer Lakers 120, Pacers 118, OT INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kobe Bryant became a true superstar Wednesday night. Coming to his team’s rescue after Shaquille O’Neal fouled out in overtime, Bryant made three of the most clutch shots of his young career to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-118 victory over the Indiana Pacers and a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Superstars make great plays at big moments, and that’s what Bryant did three times in the extra session while showing an uncanny calmness for a 21-year-old. Two of the shots were straightaway jumpers to restore three-point leads; the last was a reverse layup put- back of a miss by Brian Shaw with 5.9 seconds left. The Pacers had a chance to win it after that, but Reggie Miller — after scoring 35 points — couldn’t get an open 3-pointer to drop from the right elbow of the 3-point line. The two teams will battle it out again 9 p.m. Friday at Indiana. If the Lakers lose that game, they will play 9 p.m. Monday at L.A. If necessary. a seventh game would be played 9 p.m. Wednesday at L.A. Arlington bound New Braunfels baseball player selected for All-Star game By Jesse Maldonado Sports Writer New Braunfels High School baseball standout Erie Sultemeier will play in a major league ball field Saturday, even though he has not yet signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Sultemeier, who was drafted by the Reds in this past week’s major league draft, was moved from alternate status to active status for the annual Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game Saturday at The Ballpark of Arlington. Sultemeier, still weighing his options on joining the Reds or playing at the University of Texas, said he was excited about Saturday’s game and saw this as a final accomplishment before entering the professional or collegiate baseball ranks. “Being selected for the all-star game in Arlington is like icing on the cake for my career,” Sultemeier said. “This is an honor being chosen from a large group of players in a region that has Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth area players.” Don English, chairman of the Texas High School Baseball Association, said because of the big pool of talent, two all-star games will be played. The first game begins at 3 p.m. and will showcase high school seniors from class I A, 2 A Photo illustration by K.JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Sultemeier will represent New Braunfels HS in the All-Star game in Arlington this Saturday. Only Texas high school seniors are invited to the game. and 3A teams. The second game, in which Sultemeier will play, is expected to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will showcase the 4A and 5A seniors. “We host the game at a major league ball park because this probably will be, for some players, the only opportunity they will get to play in a professional field,” English * said. “Secondly, we select only 20 seniors for both teams, so this tells them that they will be playing with the best players in the state.” High school baseball coaches from around the state submitted nominations at the end of the regular baseball season to the association board. The board selects players based on the number of nominations and the players’ overall statistics and abilities. English said the decision in selecting Sultemeier was based on his overall season statistics. “There were a couple of coaches that had seen Eric play,” English said. “The way we go about selecting is we go on the nomination forms, but it always helps when one of the board members has seen the players play.” Sultemeier is expected to play shortstop for the north team. Of the four regions in the state, regions one and two make up the north teams and regions three and four are the south team. Sultemeier will join seniors from San Antonio Taft and Madison High School. The all-star game began in 1972 and also has been played at the Astrodome in Houston. The news of Sultemeier’s selection came as a surprise for New Braunfels head baseball coach Dave Thomas. However, Thomas said Sultemeier’s four years of hard work at NBHS paid off with this prestigious selection. “This is another star in his baseball resume,” Thomas said. “He already has numerous honors and this is just another, but I think this is great for the community of New Braunfels considering the other cities in the state. As a coach, you always hope that one of your kids gets recognized as much as they deserve, and certainly Eric deserves all the recognition. When I found out about this, I was pretty excited.” PGA Golfers honor Stewart By Paul Newberry AP Sports Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — To a command of “ready, aim, fire,” the world’s best golfers whacked balls over the jagged coastline at the 18th fairway and into the Pacific. A perfect way to honor a champion, the late Payne Stewart. The two groups hit the balls into Carmel Bay, the second one making sure to clear the man who paddled up in a small boat, tipped his cap and shouted, “We love you, Payne.” The 1999 U.S. Open winner died in an October plane crash, leaving behind a void that family and friends were still struggling to cope with as they gathered Wednesday on the 18th green at Pebble Beach, one of the most hallowed spots in golf. Tracey Stewart choked up as she talked about losing her husband. “The past couple of months have been extremely hard,” she said. “There’s a huge void in my heart that only Payne can fill.” Paul Azinger fought back tears while he talked about his close friend as the sun crept over the treetops, burning away the remnants of an early morning fog. “If golf was art, then Payne was the color,” Azinger said. “The challenge is not to forget Payne. And not just Payne the golfer, but Payne the person.” Stewart won his second U.S. Open last year Pinehurst, N.C., making a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole to beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Four months later, the champion was dead, along with five others, in a freak plane crash. While on a flight from Florida to Texas, their jet veered off course and flew unguided for hours, the victims apparently unconscious or already dead. Finally, after running out of fuel, the plane plunged into a South Dakota field. Devils celebrate Stanley Cup By Amy Westfeldt Associated Press Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. (AP) — Who needs a ticker-tape parade down a canyon of heroes? This is New Jersey. A tailgate party on a concrete prairie will do just fine, thank you. A parking lot at the Meadowlands Sports Complex was the scene Wednesday for thousands of New Jersey Devils’ fans to celebrate the team’s second Stanley Cup championship in six seasons. Hundreds had arrived by 4 p.m. for the start of a free Fan Fest with games, food and music. Youngsters played roller hockey near two giant video screens bearing the Devils logo as adults drank beer and enjoyed tailgate food. Many wore red and white Devils jerseys. Ryan Partley, 13, of Glen Ridge, said he had no problem with the parking lot venue. “It’s more their home,” he said. Later, a celebration was to feature a laser light show, fireworks, the presentation of the Cup, video highlights of the team’s championship season and player introductions. The Devils beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in double overtime Saturday, propelling them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1995, when they swept the Detroit Red Wings in the finals. More than 25,000 fans turned out for a victory celebration after that Stanley Cup, though their enthusiasm was somewhat clouded by the team’s threatened move to Nashville. “Devils Stay! Please!” read one sign at the 1995 rally, reflecting the prevailing fan sentiment. That celebration, too, was held in the parking lots outside the Devils’ home building, now called Continental Airlines Arena. There were other questions about the future Wednesday, although an out-of-state move wasn’t one of them. The team is about to change hands. John McMullen sold the team to YankeeNets for $175 million and will surrender control July 12. The team is expected to eventually move to a proposed arena in Newark.Golf tournament champions Photo submitted Members of the Lands Ladles Golf Association brought home for the second year in a row the club award from the annual San Antonio Women's Amateur Golf Tournament. Players are Nancy Gorman, Marykay Twite, Pearle Chase, P.J. Wright, Jackie Scott, Virgie van Kleef, Nancy Fevold and Shannon Barrington. Not pictured are Betty Auckland, Yaeko Coburn and Connie Gaines. ;