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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Pay 1B College basketball Comal County Sports Sports Briefs Herakt-Zertung photo by Michael Darnall Pitcher Ryan Cooper and his New Braunfels Red teammates were eliminated from the Little League District 31 playoffs after a 18-8 loss to San Marcos on Wednesday night dropping its first game to New Braunfels Gray on Monday night. Lockhart, which was battered by Canyon Lake 31-3 on Tuesday, looks to stay alive after getting a day of much-needed rest. Lockhart has earned a reputation as being the workhorses of this year’s tournament after winning the extra-inning game on Monday, then turning around to play Canyon Lake the next night. Friday’s doubleheader at the Fredericksburg Complex will see N.B. Gray and Canyon Lake square off in a winners bracket game, while San Marcos will face the N.B. Blue-Lockhart winner. Little League Playoffs Wednesday's Games 9-year-olds—at New Braunfels San Marcos 18, N.B. Red 8,4 innings N.B. Red eliminated 10 year olds—et Lockhart N.B. Blue 14, San Marcos Gray 13 San Marcos Gray elminalad Seguin 14, Lufing 2,4 innings Luling eliminated 11-year-olde—at LuNng N.B. Blue 11, Lockhart 5 Luling 10, N.B. Red 0,4 innings King, Pittsley lead Royals past Astros again KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For Jim Pittsley and Jeff King, baseball really is a game of inches. A slight change in the way he grips the ball has given Pittsley a wicked changeup, a pitch he didn’t have when he arrived in the major leagues. All King did was move his hands about two inches farther away from his body, and he’s on one of the hottest streaks of his life. With King hitting a first inning grand slam and Pittsley going a career-best eight innings Wednesday night, Kansas City whipped Houston 6-2. “Pittsley threw a real good game against us,” said Houston outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who singled to stretch his hitting streak to 22 games. “His changeup made his fastball look faster.” Everybody knew King could hit when the Royals got him from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the winter. But the 6-foot-7 Pittsley was beginning to look like a huge question mark following elbow surgery and an 0-4 start this year. “He’s learned an awful lot,” manager Bob Boone said. “His breaking ball is much, much better. And he’s added a changeup, something that’s unusual to do at the major league level. He made a slight adjustment, and then he got back on line. He was very, very impressive tonight.” Pittsley (2-4) picked up his second win in three starts, allowing two runs and eight hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. The changeup also helped Pittsley throw three double-play balls. “I had in my mind just to concentrate on each step of my motion, and it was successful,” he said. He changed the grip after his last start in Pittsburgh, where he got rocked. “It made it a little softer and it has a little more movement than my old changeup had,” he said. “We threw it a lot tonight. I got a couple of double plays on it, which were big.” Royal Is 6 s 2 (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) New Braunfels Running Club monthly moating The New Braunfels Running Club will conduct its monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Professional Therapy Services, 1551 N. Walnut. For more information, call Vicki Ralph at 606-8862 or 620-5058. NBYSA competitive teem tryouts The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association’s player development program will sponsor tryouts for its competitive teams from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the H-E-B Soccer Complex. The program is looking for dedicated players wishing to play the game at higher levels by learning the necessary skills from licensed, professional trainers. For more information, call 606-1547. Sts. Peter end Paul volleyball, soccer signups Registration for girls’ volleyball (ages 8 to 17) and boys’ and girls’ soccer (ages 4 to 17) will be from 10 a m. to noon on Sunday at the front steps of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Play will begin for both sports in early September. Volunteers are needed for coaches, team moms, conces- 0°n|£i& "orker^fMii^. ’•wiaintenance. t Call either Anthol^ at 609-1694 or Daryl Pawelek at 606-4334 for more information. Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor its final session of the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp next week at the H-E-B Soccer Complex. Camps will be conducted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 23-27. Openings are still available. For more information, call (210) 732-3793 or 606-6722. New Braunfels ISO Girls’ Basketball Camp Girls' Basketball Camp for incoming NBISD students in third- through eighth-grades is set for June 23-26 at New Braunfels High School. Sessions will run in the gym from 9 a m. to noon each day. The registration deadline was May 30, but participants may also register at the first day of camp. The registration fee is $50, and a T-shirt is included with each early registration. Contact your corresponding school for registration forms, or call Larry Schulte at 625-6271 or 629-0861 Nuw Braunfels Rags compstitivs tryouts The New Braunfels Rage Soccer Club will form two competitive teams for the fall season. Tryouts will be held June 24-26 at the H-E-B Soccer Complex. Players born before July 31, 1987 and after Aug. 1 1985 should attend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Players born before July 31, 1983 and after Aug. 1, 1980 should attend from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Jon or Rick at 608-9045. T Bar M Tennis Ranch Day Tennis Camps T Bar M Tennis Ranch offers day tennis camps throughout the summer for all ages and abilities. Al! camps are open to the public. For more information, call Paul Demanski at 629-0439. Sports Day B To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected] Houston still seeking NHL franchise despits snub HOUSTON (AP) — The city has taken a November arena vote off the calendar, but the pursuit goes on for an NHL franchise despite a league decision not to put an expansion franchise in Houston. Mayor Bob Lanier announced that the league's announcement Tuesday will halt plans for the vote, which the city had hoped would have led to an arena to house an expansion franchise. However, he said he would work on an arena proposal to help Chuck Morgan, owner of the city's minor-league hockey team, or Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander buy an existing NHL franchise * The NHL on Tuesday tentatively approved expanding to Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; Columbus. Ohio; and Minneapolis-St. Paul in the next four years. Houston and Oklahoma City lost out. Lanier said he would press foi-ward despite the NHL decision. But But without a guarantee of a franchise, it would be difficult to get voters to approve a referendum this November, he said Tuesday. Hostetter signs with Skins, will back up Frsrotts ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — One day after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Jeff Hostetler signed a three-year, $3 million contract with the Washington Redskins to backup Gus Frerotte. Hostetler, 36, started 13 games in 1996, his fourth season with the Raiders, completing 60 percent of Ii passes (242-of-402) for 2,548 yards with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Konstantinov showing signs of improvement ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) Vladimir Konstantinov wiggled his toes and opened his eyes in response to commands in Russian, five days after a limo accident left the Detroit Red Wings defenseman in a coma. Both Konstantinov, 30, and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, 43, remained comatose and breathing through ventilators. Doctors at William Beaumont Hospital hope the two men escaped severe brain damage, but they would not venture many opinions about the extent of their recov ery. Olbsrmanw to leave ESPN at tho end of J tins HARTFORD, Conn (AP) ESPN anchor Keith OI benn ann. who last month was temporarily ordered off “SportsCenter”, is leaving the cable network for good at the end of the month, mainly because he wants to live in New York City. Olbermann, 38, who brought a witty and sarcastic edge to the popular “SportsCenter” program during his 5 I/2-year stay with the network, will make his final appearance June 29, his agent and ESPN officials said. Muster, Capriati withdraw - - un w«—j__ I rot ii nimoioaon new WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Thomas Muster and Jennifer Capriati withdrew from Wimbledon with injuries, the second year in a low both players have pulled out on short notice. From staff reports James Green got to play the role of hero in Luling on Wednesday night. Green’s out-of-the-park home run helped keep the 11-year-old New Braunfels Blue team in the winners bracket, as it beat Lockhart 11-5. N.B. Blue will face Luling on Saturday night, which beat New Braunfels Red 10-0 on Wednesday. N.B. Red fell to the losers bracket and awaits the winner of tonight’s New Braunfels Gray-San Marcos game. Four teams — including one from New Braunfels mil* facfc* tliieiaatiaa ifcr/ttJdfirst rime tonight in Luling. New Braunfels which lost to Lockhart 12-2 in its opening game on Monday, will face San Marcos, which also lost 12-2 on Monday to N.B. Blue. The other game will pit Canyon Lake against Seguin. Canyon Lake lost to N.B. Red 6-1 in its opener and Seguin fell to Luling in its first game. Another New Braunfels Blue team, the 10-year-olds, survived possible elimination with a 14-13 win against San Marcos Gray in Lockhart on Wednesday night. N.B. Blue will play another elimination game on Friday night. In the other game at Lockhart, Seguin eliminated Luling with a 14-2 victory. Just one game was played in the 9-year-old tournament in New Braunfels on Wednesday, and it didn’t take long to complete. San Marcos avenged its opening-game loss with an 18-8 win against New Braunfels Red in four innings. It proved to be a tough tournament for the N.B. Red team, which lost to Lockhart in extra innings on Monday, 25-20. San Marcos will now play the winner of tonight s game between New Braunfels Blue and Lockhart, which begins at 7 p.m. N.B. Blue finds itself in the losers bracket after Cook ends successful track and field career at Kansas Green’s homer helps N.B. Blue get victory San Marcos ousts local team from district tournament NBHS alum will begin her graduate work this fall Special to the Hetald-Zeitung Amy Michelle Cook, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Ted P. Cook of New Braunfels, graduated with a bachelors degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas last month. Cook, a member of the Kansas track team, was a seven-time Jayhawk Scholar, a two-time recipient of the Academic All-Big Eight Conference award and a one-time recipient of the Academic All-Big 12 Conference award. She holds the school record in the distance medley relay and was a three-time medalist in the 600-meter dash at the Big Eight indoor meet. Cook also medaled three times as a member of the 1,600-meter indoor and outdoor teams at Kansas. She earned a Big 12 medal at the Big 12 Conference outdoor track meet, held last month in Waco. Cook was also named to the International Honor Society of History Students. She will enter graduate school this fall at Kansas to pursue a masters degree in secondary curriculum. Cook is a 1993 graduate of New Braunfels High School, where she ran for the Unicorn track team. Amy Cook kl From staff and wire reports SWT coach wants to keep on winning By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor SAN MARCOS — Suzanne Fox doesn’t want Southwest Texas’ first appearance in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament to be a fluke. Instead, she wants the Bobcats to get into the habit of being there. Consistency — both on and off the court — was the theme of Fox’s remarks after she was introduced as the school’s new women’s basketball coach on Wednesday. “I’m very, very excited to be at Southwest Texas State,” Fox said. “I’m here to do the whole picture. My players will be visible in the community. I want them to know all of you by name just like you know them by name. “This isn’t just about being athletes but about being students as well.” SWT athletics director Mike Alden said Fox not only compiled an impressive record — 117-33 overall — in five seasons at Abilene Christian, but stressed academics, too. “Her record speaks for itself,” Alden said, “but it goes beyond athletics into community involvement. Her teams at Abilene Christian compiled a GPA of 3.5 and above overall.” Alden said it was easy to choose Fox from the list of candidates. “We have had a lot of success in women’s basketball at Southwest Texas, and making the NCAA tournament is becoming the expectation rather than the exception,” he said. “We believe we have found the right person to do this in the person we’ve hired to be our new women’s basketball coach.” Fox, 29, has plenty of postseason experience. She led Abilene Christian to the postseason tournament four consecutive years, including a third-place finish in 1995-96. Fox, who officially begins her duties on Monday, will work to hire assistant coaches and meet the current players. She will also watch tapes of the last year’s team to get a feel for their styles and abilities. “I like to play an up-tempo game,” she said. “We led the nation in scoring two years ago. I like to use a run-and-gun offense and put pressure on opponents on defense. If we have the kids in place to do that, we will. “Right now, it looks like we have a chance to do that kind of stuff.” Fox succeeds Linda Sharp, who left the school to become the head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks after taking the Bobcats to the NCAA tournament in March. HefakJ-Zekuna photo by Tom Erickson SWT sports information director Tony Brubaker, left, outfits Suzanne Fox and her husband, Keith, with proper Bobcat attire on Wednesday. Fox was introduced as the new SWT women’s basketball coach. ;