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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung —Wednesday, June 15, 2005 Lisa Daigle takes swings at SV's ^ ^. softball camp.. SPORTS COMING THURSDAY Topsin26-5A All-loop softball and baseball teams. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] V THE DAILY T-l-C- KET El Spurs al Pistons San Antonio faces Detroit in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the Palace Time: 8 p.m. (ABC, WOM-AM1200) Baylor vs. UT at CWS Bears play Longhorns in first College World Series baseball game since 1978 Time: 6 p.m. (ESPN2; KVET-AM1300) Spurs at Pistons San Antonio visits Detroit in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the Palace Time: 8p.m. (ABC, WOAI-AM1200)Texas Football ranks Rangers No. 4 in 5A preseason football poll By Will Wright Sports Editor The season can’t begin soon enough for some football coaches. Thats why Smithson Valley’s Larry I (ill was in the fieldhouse Tuesday, looking at film of the Temple Wildcats, the Rangers’ third opponent this season. I fill’s attention to detail wasn’t lost on those at T exas Football magazine. Writers there have ranked the Rangers No. 4 in the state and picked them to win District 26-5A title in 2005. “It’s a compliment to the program, if you want to take it that way,’’ I fill said. “A lot of the preseason attention is based on the number of people you have returning and the number of starters who are back. But whatever happens during the season remains to be seen.” Canyon is ranked No. 20 in Class 4A in the 46st annual edition of the magazine, which will go on sale June 28. In its redesigned, 152-page high school section, Texas Football selected Southlake Carroll to three-peat as Class 5A champion. The Rangers lost to the Dragons 27-24 in last year’s Division II title game. In 5A, the magazine picks Spring Westfield and defending SA-Division I champ Tyler Lee second and third, with Lufkin coming in at No. 5. Also ranked are Smithson Valley’s 26-5A foes San Antonio Churchill (No. IO) and Converse Judson (No. 12). “I don’t see how anyone can be ranked ahead of Judson,” I fill said. “It till starts with them. Then you have everyone else in that district, like Roosevelt, Madison and Churchill. Some quality teams aren’t going to make the playoffs, and we’re just hoping we’re not one of them.” Smithson Valley returns 89 lettermen, including five offensive and six defensive stinters from last year’s 13-3 team, listed as among the top 300 players in the state are receiver Cody Beyer and defensive back Andrew Sendejo. I fill said the players had a successful spring. “ The kids got better, and I thought they made a concerted effort to get better each day,” he said. “Our level of play increased dramatically. We tried a lot of kids in different positions and some worked out and some didn’t. But you try to put the pieces of the puzzle together as best you can, and I think we did that.” Canyon finished 8-2 and just out of a playoff spot in District 27-4A last season. The Cougars begin the season in the state’s top 25 for the second straight year and are picked to finish behind No. 7 Lake Travis in the race for the 27-4A title. “Lake Travis is who I would pick,” said Canyon coach Les Davis of the defending league champions. “ They return the Big Three on offense (QB Todd Reesing, RB Luke Lagera, WR Fred Robinson) and the two big offensive linemen (6-7 Ronnie Dewitt Lind 6-5 Richard Kopczvnski). They are going to try to outscore everybody until they get their defense going.” Canyon has beaten Lake Travis each of the past two seasons. “That won’t matter because in this district you’re going to have to show up ready to play," Davis said, pointing to improving Marble Falls and Dripping Springs and ever-present nemesis New Braunfels. “Burnet showed they can play iii their first year in 4A, so they’re going to he tough again.” Canyon will return 22 lettermen, including nine offensive and three defensive starters. Davis said the Cougars are further ahead in some See POLL, Page 8A Future Unicorns volleyballers get head start Detroit climbs back into Finals Pistons down Spurs 96-79 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) —The NBA Finals aren’t looking so lopsided anymore, thanks to a burst of fife from the defending champion Detroit Pistons that took them three games to summon. Playing with a level of energy that was nowhere to be found in the first two games, Ben Wallace and Richard F familton led the way as the Pistons thoroughly outplayed the San Antonio Spurs in the second half and won 96-79 Tuesday night in Game 3. Television ratings have been down and interest has been low. but that might start to change now that the Pistons have made things much more competitive and a little more compelling. No longer is there a chance for a sweep, and never again will anyone question whether the Pistons can even play with the likes of Maim Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Co. Ginobili got hurt in the game’s first 30 seconds was reduced to a non-factor for the first time in the series, Lind Duncan could not match the energy or enthusiasm generated by Wallace, the Pistons’ Defensive Player of the year. Wallace’s dunk with 4:27 left gave Detroit its largest lead, 88-73, and the Pistons held on easily from there. Now, the Pistons will look to even the series at 2-2 in Game 4 on Thursday night and to ensure that the series will be heading back to Texas. I lamilton scored 24 points, including IO in the third quarter when Detroit took the lead for good, and Chauncey Billups added 20. But although the Pistons got most of their points from their backcourt tandem once again, THE 2005 NBA FINALS Tx DETROIT PISTONS VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (Radio: WOAI AM 1200; TV: ABC) Thursday. June 9 San Antonio 84, Detroit 69 Sunday San Antonio 97, Detroit 76; Spurs lead series 2-0 Tuesday Detroit 96, San Antonio 79; Spurs lead series 2-1 Thursday San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19 San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary Thursday, June 23 Detroit at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary they were anything hut a two-man team. Wallace had 15 points, ll rebounds, five blocks and three steals, and Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess each added 12 points. Detroit became the first team to score 90 points against the Spurs in 13 NBA Finals game, putting together* the type of poised, pumped-up performance they hadn’t displayed since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Miami. Detroit had lost by 15 and 21 points in the first two games of the series, but they ditched the downtrodden demeanor that contributed to their undoing in Games I and 2. Everything about the Pistons was different, from their See SPURS, Page 8AOrioles stymie Astros; Austin native helps propel Braves past Rangers The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Bruce Chen allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings, Miguel Tejada hit his 18th homer, and the Baltimore Orioles beat longtime nemesis Andy Pettitte and the I Jouston Astros 6-1 on Tuesday night. Larry Bigbie had his second straight three-hit game for the Orioles, who broke open a scoreless duel with a three-run sixth inning that included a two-run shot by 'bajada. Chen (6-4) struck out five and walked four in lowering his ERA to 3.31.1 Ie was 0-2 in four starts since May 18 despite allowing only IO earned runs in that span. Pettitte (3-7) came in with a 20-4 lifetime record against the Orioles and was 8-0 against them since June 25,2002. The left-hander limited Baltimore to three hits through the first-five innings, but yielded four hits in the decisive sixth. Bigbie started the uprising with a one-out single. He reached second on a fielder’s choice before Melvin Mora hit an RBI single up the middle. Tejada followed with a drive that landed in the second row of the left- field seats. The Astros closed to 3-1 without a hit in the eighth. Reliever Jorge Julio hit Craig Biggio with a pitch and walked Lance Berkman before Steve Reed came in and walked Morgan Ensberg to load the bases with no outs. Reed then struck out Jason Lane and got Adam Everett to hit into a run-scoring fielder’s choice before retiring Brad Ausmus on a foul pop. The Orioles chased Pettitte by scoring three runs in the bottom half. Sammy Sosa singled in a run with two outs and Rafael Palmeiro added a two-run single. Chen held the Astros hitless until Berkman led off the fourth with a single to center. A double by Lane and a two-out walk to Ausmus loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Erie Bruntlett, who struck out. Houston threatened again in the sixth, but Chen worked out of trouble with aid from his defense. With runners on first and second and one out, Everett hit a grounder up the middle that deflected off Chen’s glove to shortstop, where Tejada grabbed the ball and threw to second for a force out. Eli Marrero then made a diving grab of Ausmus’ bloop to center. Braves 7, Rangers 2 ARIJNGTON — Rookie Kelly Johnson hit his first major league homer and 46-year-old Julio Franco also connected in a five-run fifth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 Tuesday night. Jorge Sosa (3-0) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in his first start of the season after 21 relief appearances. I Ie struck out seven See BASEBALL, Page 8A Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler this week is staging the first of her two camps this summer. Top left, she helps Audra Margritz, 9, with her form; right, Samantha Rodriguez, 9, tries to set the ball; bottom left and right, Alexandra Hubicsak and Morrigan Land, both 10, practice serving.The Unicorns camp continues throughThursday. ;