New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
The Day’s Quote
“You have to got right to the great ball strikers. You have to look at the Faldos, the Prices, the Normans.”
— Masters champion Ben Crenshaw on course strategy at the U.S. Open.
In the news
The Dream comes away with recurring MYP flash
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — He spins. He fakes. He slams. He hits the Callaway jumper like no other 7*footer. He’s even showing off a 3-point shot.
And now Hakeem Olajuwon has a second straight Most Valuable Player award from the NBA Finals, leading the Houston Rockets to a four-game sweep of the Orlando Magic.
Wednesday’s clincher, a 113-101 victory, was vintage Olajuwon: 35 points and 15 rebounds — both high for his four games against Orlando — along with six assists and three steals.
The vote was unanimous.
The Dream Shake — a fake left, a fake right, sometimes a spin, and then the fallaway — left the Magic shaking their heads and Orlando center Shaquille O’Neal virtually speechless.
“He causes a big problem for anybody,” Orlando’s Penny Hardaway said. “He forced Shaq out to the perimeter and then he made his shots.”
O’Neal had little to say, responding in a whisper to a handful of questions from NBC in the moments following Wednesday’s game before ducking away from other reporters.
His experience with Olajuwon wasn’t unique.
Utah tried. Phoenix tried. San Antonio, with regular-season MVP David Robinson, tried. They couldn’t stop
NBA Playoff MVPs
1969 — Jerry West. Los Angeles 197n _ Willis Reed, New York
1971 — Hareem Abduklabbar, Milwaukee
1972 — Wilt Chamberlain. Los Angeles
1973 - Willis Reed, New York
1974 — John Havlicek, Boston
1975 — Rick Barry, Golden State
1976-Jo Jo White. Boston
1977-Bill Walton, Portland
1978-Wes Unsaid, Washington 1979 — (Dennis Johnson, Seattle 1960 — Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1981 — Cedric Maxwell, Boston 1982—Magic Johnson, Los
1983 — Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1984 — Larry Bird. Boston
1985 — Hareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1986 — Larry Bird. Boston
1987 — Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1988 — James Worthy, Los Angeles
1989 — Joe Dumars, Detroit 1990— Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1991 — Michael Jordan, Chicago
1992 — Michael Jordan, CNcag 1994-95 —Hakeem Olajuwon
“If I knew how to solve him, I wouldn’t be sitting here 0-4,” Magic coach Brian Hill said.
“I don’t know of a player who ever has played as great as Hakeem Olajuwon in the playoffs,” Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. “It’s his basic character. He’s a winner. The cream always rises to the top.”
New Braunfels Junior League Baseball Standings
Landa Ladies Golf results
The results of 9-hole competition Wednesday at Landa Park Golf Course are as follows.
1st Flight — Mary Faulkner, 30.5; Rose Tuseth, 32; Carol Jankowsky, 33.5.
2nd Flight — Sarah Delashmutt, 30; (tie) Jackie Scott, 31.5 and Jane Lee, 31.5; Ida Christopher, 34.
3rd Flight — Sally Matney, 28; Jean Shay, 29; Mary Kay Twite, 29.5. Edie Gregory, 32.5; Mary Wederstrandt, 32.5.NB Jr. Golf takes registration
The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will hold registration at the Landa Park Pro Shop on Monday, June 19 at 6 pm All students under age 18 who either play or are interested in playing golf are encouraged to join.
Beginners are welcome. Annual membership fees are $10. A free cook-out and putting and chipping clinic offered by Landa Park Golf Pro Chris Acker will kick off registration. For more information, contact Joseph Tafoya at 625-6881.Missions baseball announces Now Braunfels Day at the park
The. San Antonio Missions baseball team has designated July 30 as New Braunfels Day. The Missions will play the Tulsa Drillers at San Antonio Municipal Stadium at 6:05 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the local Children's Museum.
Tickets are $4 and may be purchased at the Children's Museum in the Courtyard Shopping Center, and at Vivroux Sporting Goods. For more information, call 620-0939.New Braunfels bowling team third at women’s state tourney
The bowling team Strikes and Spares Forever of New Braunfels took third place with a score of 2421 In Division 4 at the Texas Woman’s Bowling Association 58th annual state tournament.
Spares and Strikes Forever finished just behind teams from Ft. Worth and Bryan College Station.Youth soccer referees needed
The Youth Soccer League is offering classes during the first two weekends in July. Certified referees can earn up $100 per day officiating high school and dub soccer.
The classes are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon July 8; and 1 to S p.m. July 2 and noon to 5 p.m. July 9. For more information, call 606-1727.New Braunfels to hest 3-on-3 basketball tourney June 24
The New Braunfels Hoops Fest 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 24 on outdoor courts at Barry's Underpass Saloon, 904 S. Seguin Street.
The event, sponsored by Pro Team Enterprise, Vivroux Sporting Goods and Barry’s, will have four divisions of competition based on players’ skill levels.
The top two teams in each division will receive awards and T-shirts. Team registration fee is $60. The deadline is June 21. Applications are available at Barry's and Vivroux. For more information, call 620-0492.
Durham Herald Sun photo by Walt Unks
Newlyweds Micah Bowie and Keeley Kolacek walk under a canopy of bats raised by the groom's Durham Bulls teammates. Kolacek, a New Braunfels High School graduate and daughter of local residents Johnny and Gloria Kolacek, married her baseball sweetheart on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park field.
Former New Braunfels High School Junior Miss weds Bulls pitcher on the mound
By THOMAS GODLEY
They say diamonds are forever. If they are talking about the baseball variety, then this couple chose the perfect place to tie the knot.
Taking a page from the movie "Bull Durham," Keeley Kolacek, a 1992 New Braunfels Junior Miss, and Micah Bowie, a minor league pitcher, bypassed the chapel for the ballpark and exchanged marriage vows on the mound before thousands of fans at Athletic Park field two weeks ago in North Carolina.
The bride, who admits she never really liked baseball until she met her new husband, is still wallowing in the limelight of the ceremony.
"It was wonderful," Keeley said from her temporary home in Durham. "We've had so many nice comments about the wedding. It has been making big news. In fact, Micah won his first game this week and people were still talking about the wedding. We don't mind though.
We are really enjoying it. The team is starting to win their games, and things are going great here."
It was the first-ever wedding on the new baseball field, though not the first in the sport. For the newlyweds it was the ultimate fulfillment of a promise made after their first year of courtship.
The two began dating after Bowie and his parents struck up a friendly conversation with Kolacek's parents while visiting Schlitterbahn Water Park in 1993.
Addresses were exchanged and before long Micah and Keeley, a broadcast journalism junior at the University of Texas, agreed to meet for a movie in Austin.
"We went to see Bull Durham on our first date, which was a blind date about a year and a half ago," Keeley said.
The proposal came last Nov. 6 on their one-year anniversary. Micah popped the question as they strolled atop Mount Bonnel overlooking the
"After that Micah used to tell me if he ever got moved up to Durham, we’d get married on the mound just like in the movie," she said.
Sure enough, on May 2 the 20-year-old lefthander from Humble Texas was promoted from the Atlanta Brave’s Class A team in Macon to their Advanced Class A squad in Durham.
He stayed true to his pledge, and the wedding arrangements were handled by the Bull's front office.
Keeley's parents, Johnny and Gloria, who at first were surprised by the wedding site, soon warmed up to the idea upon seeing how much it meant to their daughter and future son-in-law.
"It was amazing when we got to the ballpark and saw how beautiful it was and how many people were in the stands," said Gloria Kolacek, a long-time resident of New Braunfels. "I didn't expect it to be such a grand performance. It was an incredible ceremony."
The wedding, performed by Rev. William
Harris, featured four parachutists who landed on the field during the ring exchange. Bowie's teammates then raised a canopy of bats that led to a chauffeur and limousine near third base where the couple was escorted away.
They didn't go far. Following their vows, the newlyweds stuck around for the second game of a double-header between the Bulls and the Frederick Keys. A reception was held in the team owner's skybox, with free cake for everyone.
The honeymoon will be delayed a bit longer. Keeley said they will return to New Braunfels after the season and then look for a place in Austin.
Marriage to a baseball player means plenty of moving and time apart from each other. Keeley is more than willing to make a few sacrifices.
"All I was thinking during the ceremony was how much I loved him," she said. "I really wasn't thinking about being on a baseball field with thousands of people looking on."Overhead winner
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rom Tilton tests his tennis skills on the courts at New Braunfels High School. Tilton was one of about 25 players competing Wednesday in a tournament sponsored by the New Braunfels Tennis Association.Mavericks give up on Tarpley
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks stuck by Roy Tarpley through years of drug problems and welcomed him back to the league this past season after his lifetime ban was lifted.
Unhappy with their investment of time and money, the Mavericks have made Tarpley available in the expansion draft, three league sources told The Dallas Morning News.
Team officials cited a league policy in denying comment on their protection list, which reportedly also leaves center Donald Hodge and forwards Terry Davis and Doug Smith unprotected.
That trio was expected to be available lo the expansion teams when they fill their rosters June 24. Tarpley’s availability trad been rumored and debated for weeks.
Mavericks personnel director Keith Grant would only say that he, coaches, general manager Norm Sonju and owner Donald Carter "checked all the angles and the what-ifs and came to a conclusion.”
Although the move doesn’t guarantee that Tarpley — who has five years and $23 million left on his contract — will be selected, he's hoping to leave Dallas.
“No way I’ll play here now,” he said. “I’ll never come back. My agent and I said from the beginning that we didn’t want to be here. Now, after this, I wish I had never come back here in the first place.” Tarpley, 30, averaged 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds in 55 games. He didn’t always get along with coach Dick Moi-ta and had trouble with his teammates.