New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, June 16, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Blanca Chapa, 10, works on her technique at volleyball camp.
SPORTSUP HA HY n Spurs at Pistons
* 11 San Antonio faces Detroit in Game 4
of the NBA Finals at the Palace Time: 8 p.m. (ABC, WOAI-AM1200)
T-I-C-KE-TBaylor vs. UT at CWS
Bears play Longhorns in first College World Series baseball game since 1978 Time: 6p.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-AM 1200)
Ifs that time again
Little League all-stars take to the fields.
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Tough test awaits at
Smithson Valley catcher Joe Pawelek was a unanimous all-District 26-5A pick. He was also named to theTHSBCA's all-state team for the second straight year and joined first basemanTruxton Fox on the UIL's Class 5A all-tournament team.Pinehurst
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Balls that land in the rough can’t be seen 5 feet away. Shots that land on the domed greens at Pinehurst No. 2 don’t stay there very long. The U.S. Open is supposed to be the toughest test in golf, and Vijay Singh found it to to be every bit of that. But it was only Wednesday, and that’s what troubled him.
“If you’re not careful, you can make bogeys on every hole with good shots,” Singh said. "It’s very fair at the moment, but it’s very, very difficult. But it could get on the edge very quickly — if they don’t watch it, it’s going to get over the edge in a heartbeat.”
The U.S. Open begins today, and several players still couldn’t stop thinicing about last year.
The USGA refused to water the greens or account for dry, blustery warmth that baked out Shinnecock Hills and turned the final round into a fiasco. Tee shots wouldn’t stay on the par-3 seventh green until officials had no choice but to hose it down every other group. No one could break par on the last day, and 28 players couldn’t break 80.
It must have been a welcome sight for Singh, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of die 156-man field to see a maintenance crew water the greens during the first three days of practice at Pinehurst.
USGA officials say they have learned from their mistakes. Try convincing the players of that.
“Without rain — and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get any—we have potential for 18 holes that could be like No. 7 at Shinnecock,” Mickelson said. “Very conceivable.”
Pinehurst No. 2 was regarded as one of the best U.S. Open setups when Payne Stewart won in 1999, making a 15-foot par putt on the last hole to beat Mickelson by one shot and finish as the only player under par.
Can the USGA possibly mess up this wonderful Donald Ross creation? The only exception might have been Southern I fills in 2001, when the 18th green did not hold approach shots and the USGA had little choice but to mow the grass a little higher.
Nothing about Pinehurst No. 2 is easy.
It starts off the tee box, where shots must stay in the fairway to have any chance of getting on the green. Pinehurst added an irrigation system in the rough and a new blend of grass that is more dense, meaning the only way to find the ball is marshals placing tiny red flags next to them.
And then the fun begins.
Perhaps no other major championship course is more defined by the greens, which are shaped like turtle shells. Any shot too long or too short or too much to the side will roll off and wind up as much as 30 yards away. From there, players can choose anything from a putter to a fairway metal to get the ball onto the putting surface.
“The ball tends to sweep into the pins at Augusta,” Padraig Harrington said. “Here, it’s always running away from diem. This Is very tough.”
These are the District 26-5A softball and baseball teams, as selected by league coaches following the regular season (‘-unanimous):
BASEBALL FIRST TEAM
Pitchers — Kendal Volz, Smithson Valley, Sr.*; Anthony Vasquez, Reagan, Sr.*; Jake Petro, Churchill, Sr.*; Nathaniel Ramirez, Reagan, Sr.
Catchers — Joe Pawelek, SV, Sr.*; Jason Shaver, Madison, Sr.*
First base — Hilton Schweitzer. Churchill, Sr.
Second base — Reagan Moczygemba, SV, Jr.*
Shortstop — James Keithley, Reagan, Sr.*; Bryant Sparkman, SV, Sr.
Third base — Derek Caknupp,THE 2005 NBA FINALS
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 Today
San Antonio at Detroit, 8 p.m.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rodrigo Lopez pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Houston Astros 5-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Melvin Mora homered, Jay Gibbons had three hits and Brian Roberts went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Orioles, who outscored Houston 19-7 in their first interleague sweep since July 1999, against Montreal.
Munoz, catcher Dominique Salazar and outfielder Brittany Arredondo were unanimous picks on the first team, where second baseman Can-
Converse Judson, Jr.
Outfielders — Clay Fuller, SV, Jr.*; Jason Ralph, MacArthur, Sr.*; Nick Fanuzzi, Churchill, So.*; Chris Barrios, Madison, Sr.
Utility — David Martinez, Lee, Sr.
Pitchers — Monty Daniel, MacArthur, So.; Robert Kotara, Roosevelt, Sr.; Jeremy Tietze, Churchill, Jr.; Daniel Henderson, Madison, Sr.
Catchers — Erie Udell, MacArthur, Jr.; Lee Elley, Reagan, Jr.
First base — Matt Roohan, Judson, So.; Andrew Castillo, Madison, Sr.
Second base — Jeremy Zavala, Roosevelt, Sr.; Joel Castro, Lee, Jr.
Shortstop — Michael Cardenas,
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Manu Ginobili left Game 3 of the NBA Finals covered in bruises, from his leg to his pride.
Luckily for tile San Antonio Spurs, the Argentine star says he has always been a quick healer.
Ginobili, the dynamic star of the Spurs’ victories in the first two games of the series last week, was held to seven points on just six shots in San Antonio’s 96-79 loss. Back home in the Detroit suburbs, the Pistons played with all the poise and aggression they lacked in Texas, bullying Ginobili and Urn Dun-
Lopez (6-2) allowed one run, struck out seven and walked one in winning his fourth straight .decision, lies 4-1 in IO starts since April 21 — the last day die Orioles were not in first place in the AL East.
It wasjhe 19th time this season that a Baltimore starter went at least seven innings without giving up more than one earned run. Todd Williams worked the ninth to complete the four-hitter.
dace Gillespie also landed.
Missing from that list but making the second team were third baseman Brooke DiRue mid shortstop Jessica Romero.
Third base — Michael Cavazos, Lee, Sr.
Outfielders — Cory Thompson, SV, Sr.; Kenny Hartmann, MacArthur, Jr.; Greg Hidalgo, Judson, Jr.; Brett Aguilar, Reagan, So.
OH — Daniel Qualls, Madison, Jr.
Utility — Ryan Aguirre, Judson,
Smithson Valley —Truxton Fox, 1B, Sr.; Jonathan Rosfeld, OF, So.; Casey Pyle, DH, So.; Brandon Hill, 3B, Sr.
SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM
Smithson Valley —Taryn Munoz, P, Jr.*; Dominique Salazar, C, So.*; Brittany
can into their worst performances in several weeks.
What’s more, Ginobili collided with Tayshaun Prince while committing an offensive foul just 21 seconds into the night, aggravating a bruise that first popped up near his right knee in die Western (Conference finals against Phoenix.
But Ginobili insists the injury won t limit him in Game 4 tonight, when the Spurs will attempt to avoid just their second back-to-back losses of the postseason. I Ie also believes the Spurs can quickly reclaim the
Jason Lane homered for the Astros, who are 7-26 on the road after losing six straight interleague away games. I louston has scored one run or fewer in 13 of its 33 road games.
“I can’t explain it. We play pretty well at home (19-12) but on the road, we’re awful. We are a totally different team,” Houston manager Phil Gamer said before the game.
Rookie Wandy Rodriguez (2-
Pawelek, bound for Baylor next year, was an all-state pick in football and baseball in 2004-05. On the diamond, he was second on the team in
Arredondo, C-OF, Fr.*; Candace Gillespie, 2B. Sr.
Reagan — Amy Connor, C, Jr.*; Brittanie Talley, P, Sr.*; Lindsey Turner, SS, Jr.
MacArthur — Priscilla Pompa, P, Sr.*; Kate Wright, 2B, Sr.; Lindsey Villarreal, SS, Sr.
Madison — Elisa Duran, Util., Jr.*; Alison Lujan, C, Jr.
Judson — Jessica Ricondo, P-DH, Sr.*; Ashley Collazo, SS, Fr. Lee — Lorena Ortega, P, Jr.* Churchill — Kara Stevens, P, Sr.*; Erica Salazar, 2B, Jr.
Roosevelt — Marrissa DeLaRosa, CF, Jr.
SECOND TEAM Smithson Valley — Brooke LaRue, 3B, Sr.; Jessica Romero, SS, Sr.
mental edge they held so decisively late in die first two games — and then definitely lost in Game 3.
“We didn’t do too many filing right,” Ginobili said before Wednesday’s practice at the Palace of Auburn Hills. “We allowed diem too many offensive rebounds. We turned the ball over too much. We didn’t execute diat well We made too many mistakes. We have to be ready mentally, to be more focused and play with more aggressiv eness. We can’t let diem get us on our heels.”
3) gave up four runs in die first two innings, putting the Astros in a hole from which they could not recover. The lefthander ended up allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.
A great fielding play by Roberts at second base prevented the Astros from taking the lead in the first inning. With runners at the comers and two outs, Roberts went deep in the hole to snare a grounder by
batting (.391) and led in home runs (6), hits (43), RBIs (33), slugging percentage (.616) and on-base percentage (.523). The three-year starter will certainly be missed.
Volz, however, will be back. He led the team and greater San Antonio in wins (14-3), and entered the state semifinals with 142 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings and a 1.01 ERA. The junior batted .363, with 12 doubles, two triples and two homers.
Moczygemba caught fire at midseason and led the team in batting (.411). He had six doubles and 24 RBL Fuller (.265), the lead-off man, led the team in walks (28) and had nine doubles with an on-base percentage of .438.
Sparkman, a senior, was every bit as important to the Rangers (28-8) as perhaps Pawelek and Volz. He was 11-2 with 85 strikeouts and a 1.24 ERA in 79 2/3 innings on the mound. He also often came through at the plate, where he batted .319 with 23 RBIs.
The Rangers girls also completed a banner season that fell just short of making the state tournament. They finished 28-5 after a 1-0 loss to SA O’Connor in the Region IV title game.
Munoz was the Rangers’ best player this spring. She was 22-5 with three no-hitters, including a perfect game. She batted .526 in district play. Salazar, her catcher, hit .512 during district; Arredondo batted .453 and Gillespie batted .391.
MacArthur — Jordan Foster, DH, Fr.; Ashley Richardson, 3B, Sr.; Kristen Knott, RF, Sr.
Madison — Stefanie McQueen, SS, Fr.
Churchill — Tara Meyer, C, Sr.; Samantha Munoz, 1B-P, So.; Raquel Galvan, RF, Sr.
Judson — Jena Ricondo, 2B, So.; Valerie Higareda, C, Fr.
Lee — Ashley Giddens, 3B, Sr.; Lauren Barrera, SS, Sr.
Reagan — Jennifer Whitcomb,
CF, Jr.; Christina Carni, 2B, Jr.; Caitlin Stanton, 1B, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION Smithson Valley — Kaylen Skinner, OF, Jr.; Casey Thompson, OF, Jr.; Megan Turk, OF, Fr.
The creative guard controlled tile first two games of the series, scoring 53 points and dazzling the hometown fans with a series of difficult shots in die fourth quarters.
Ginobili dazzled nobody in Game 3. His injury and two quick fouls put him on the bench early — and when he returned, Tony Parker was taking the lead in San Antonio’s offense. Unable to find a rhythm, Ginobili made six turnovers and didn’t respond to the Pistons’ increased defensive pressure with any matching urgency.
Morgan Ensberg. While prone, he unleashed a dirow to first diat beat the runner.
Baltimore went up 2-0 in die bottom half when Roberts singled and Mora hit a fastball into the left-field seats for his 14th home run.
The Orioles used an infield hit, a hit batter and a walk to load the bases in the second inning for Roberts, who delivered a two-run single to make it 4-0.
Struggling Astros manage just four hits in 5-1 loss to Orioles
Ginobili, Spurs vow to rebound tonight vs. Detroit
ALL-DISTRICT 26-5A BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMSRangers rule District 26-5A elite teams
By Will Wright
Smithson Valley baseball and softball teams made it further in the playoffs than any other District 26-5A team.
While the Rangers baseball team’s run to the state semifinals received the respect of district coaches, the same couldn’t be said for the softball squad. Five Smithson Valley baseballer were first-team selections, while four soft-ballers received the same recognition.
Five of the four Rangers named to the first team also were named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s all-state team, released last week. They were catcher Joe Pawelek, a repeat selection from 2004; pitcher Kendal Volz; and infielders Bryant Sparkman and Reagan Moczygemba.
Another area player named to the THSBCA’s all-state squad was Navarro infielder Brad Broussard.
Pawelek and second-team-er Truxton Fox were also named to the UIL all-tournament team following the Rangers’ 5-2 loss to Rockwall in the state semifinals. Also making the top 26-5A team was Smithson Valley outfielder Clay Fuller.
For a team that won the league title by three games and made it to the state quarterfinals, Rangers softball placed only four on the first 26-5A team. Pitcher Taryn