New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Saturday June 23,2001
Webb grabs lead at LPGA Championship
First-round leader Ward trails by three strokes
By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer
WILMINGTON, Del. — Karrie Webb set two scoring records Friday in the LPGA Championship, putting her halfway home to the record that matters most — youngest woman to complete the Grand Slam.
Webb finished with a flurry, eight birdies on her final 12 holes and only IO putts on her back nine at DuPont Country Club, for a 7-under 64 and a three-stroke lead going into the weekend at the only major championship
she hasn’t won.
“Surprise, isn’t it?” said Helen Alfredsson, asked about Webb’s name atop the leader-board and the daunting task of trying to catch her.
Webb, hitting the ball as well as she did three weeks ago when she won the U.S. Women’s Open by seven strokes, was at 11-under 131 to break by two strokes the 36-hole scoring record at the LPGA Championship.
Se Ri Pak had a 133 at the halfway
point when she went on to win in 1998.
Webb got there with an awesome display of golf, all aspects of her game in harmony along the front nine at Dupont despite blustery conditions and firm greens.
Webb had a 29 on the front — she started the round on No. IO — for the lowest 9-hole score in the 47-year history of the championship.
“All the things that I worked on leading up to the Open all peaked at the right time,” said Webb, who was faced with questions about a so-called slump earlier in the year. “Its sort of just a continuation. I knew if I got my putter going this week, I was swing
ing it just as good as I was at the open.”
The 64 — her best score in a major — not only put Webb in good position to claim the final leg of the LPGA’s Grand Slam, it left others wondering whether she could be stopped.
First-round leader Wendy Ward (69) and Alfredsson (66) were at 134, while Laura Davies remained in contention for her bid to make the Hall of Fame with a 68 to get to 135.
Annika Sorenstam was tied for the lead at one point after birdies on two of her first three holes, but played even the rest of the way and had a 69, leaving her six strokes back.
See LPGA/2BLeaderboard -
WILMINGTON, Del. — The following are the leaders after the second day of the LPGA Championship at DuPont Country Club.
Rd2 Total Karrie Webb 64 131
Wendy Ward 69 134
Helen Alfredsson 66 134
Laura Davies 68 135
Annika Sorenstam 69 137
Maria Hjorth 67 138
Laura Diaz 71 138
Akiko Fukushima 72 138
Becky Iverson 73 139
Pat Hurst 68 140
Emilee Klein 69 140
Rosie Jones 69 140
Clemens High School track star Jocelyn Stevensen recently signed a letter of intent to compete for the Steven F. Austin Lumberjacks this fall. Stevenson set a school record for tile 300-meter hurdles when she competed at the state track meet in Austin. Her time of 43.48 seconds earned her fourth place in the finals.
Rocker traded to Cleveland
Braves give up controversial relief pitcher
NEW YORK (AP) — John Rocker’s stormy stay with the Atlanta Braves abruptly ended Friday when the reliever was traded to the Cleveland Indians.
The Braves received relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed for Rocker, said a club source, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. Atlanta also sent minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to Cleveland.
The trade was to be announced later Friday night after the Indians’ game at Kansas City,
Atlanta made the deal while playing the Mets in New York. Rocker was informed of the deal after Atlanta’s game against the New York Mets began.
“He kind of looked like he was in shock when they told
him,’’ Braves pitcher John Burkett said after a 10-1 win over New York.
Shea Stadium pro-ROCKER vided a curious place for Rocker’s final day with the Braves, seeing how he started a national furor after the 1999 season when he denigrated New Yorkers, immigrants, homosexuals and others in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“Maybe it’s just a coincidence,” Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux said.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig suspended him for all 45 days of spring training last year and the first 28 days of the regular season and fined him $20,000, but the players’ association filed a grievance and arbitrator Shyam Das cut the suspension to 14 days and the fine to $500.
Casey, Reds upend Astros in IO innings
HOUSTON (AP) — Sean Casey’s RBI single in the 10th inning Friday night gave the Cincinnati Reds their second straight extra-inning win over the Houston Astros.
Barry Larkin doubled with one out in the 10th off Billy Wagner (2-3) for the Reds. After Ken Griffey Jr. struck out, Casey hit an RBI single to left field. Aaron Boone followed with a run-scoring double to make it 7-5.
Mark Wohlers (3-1) pitched two innings for the win.
The Reds, who came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 8-7 in ll innings Thursday, rallied from 4-1 down Friday by scoring four runs in the seventh.
Daryle Ward homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth against reliever Justin Atchley to tie the game at 5-5, before the Reds rallied in the 10th.
Craig Biggio homered, Lance Berkman added an RBI double and Moises Alou hit a two-run single in the first inning to make it 4-1.Thrashers high on Russian winger
Atlanta owns first pick in NHL Draft
By Mark Long
AP Sports Writer
SUNRISE, Fla. — Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell describes right wing Ilya Kovalchuk as having the skill of Florida’s Pavel Bure and the toughness of San Jose’s Owen Nolan.
Barring a last-minute trade, the Thrashers likely will select the talented and sometimes temperamental Kovalchuk with the No. I pick Saturday, continuing their plan of building through the draft.
“We truly believe he can be a special player,” Waddell said. “His skill level is very high. He’s going to go around guys. He’s also going to go through guys. He’s a bulldozer.”
Kovalchuk, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound scoring sensation, is
one of three 18-year-old Russians expected to go in the top five picks. Left wing Stanislav Christov and center Alexander Svitov are the others.
Canadian centers Jason Spezza and Stephen Weiss also are highly coveted. Spezza, who broke into the Ontario Hockey League at 15, had been touted as the top pick but slipped slightly because of his skating.
“That’s where everyone wants to go, but it really doesn’t matter,” Spezza said of being drafted No. I. “I can’t wait to see where I end up. Its just awkward that I can’t do anything about it.”
The New York Islanders have the second pick, followed by Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim.
The draft order probably will change before the first pick. In what is considered one of the deepest drafts in recent history, there could beNHL Draft-
TOP FIVE PICKS IN 2001 NHL. AMATEUR DRAFT
1. Atlanta Thrashers
2. New York Islanders
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Florida Panthers
5. Anaheim Mighty Ducks
plenty of wheeling and dealing — including possible trades involving veterans Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peoa — as teams try to move into the top IO.
The spotlight will be on the Thrashers, who have the top pick for the second time in three years. With the No. I pick in 1999, they chose Czech forward Patrik Stefan. They had the second pick last year and took Canadian forward Dany Heatley.
See NHL DRAFT/2BNew Braunfels winsNB Blue All-Stars defeat NB Red All-Stars at district tourney
By Bryan Adams Sports Editor
Unfortunately, in most games there has to be a winner and loser.
In the 12-year-old District Baseball Tournament at Loop Fields, two New Braunfels All-Star teams faced each other in an elimination game to stay alive. The lead changed hands seven times and the game went extra innings Friday night, but the NB Blue All-Stars prevailed 9-8 over the NB Red All-Stars.
After the Red Ail-Stars took an 8-6 lead in the top of the seventh inning on Scott Ferguson’s two-run home run over the left field fence, the Blue All-Stars rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
NB Slue’s Dustin Kraft went 4-for-4 in the game, including a home run to lead off the first inning. Having reached base nine consecutive times (seven hits and two walks) in his last two games, the Red All-Stars decided to intentionally walk Kraft to load the bases with one out in the seventh inning. With the score tied at 8-8, the Red pitcher’s first intentional ball got past the catcher and allowed Will Holmes to scurry home with the winning run.
NB Blue will play San Marcos at 7 p.m. Monday. NB Blue must beat San Marcos Monday and Tuesday to claim the tournament title.
NB Red tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning after three straight hits by Chris Borne, Travis Stehle and Tyler Shuetz.
NB Blue’s Matt Brown and Kraft scored on Dustin Karrer’s double down the
New Braunfels Blue All-star Dustin Foerster makes the out at third against Red All-star Hunter Ezell Friday night at Loop Fields. NB Blue defeated NB Red 9-8.
right field fine to make it 6-5 in NB Blue’s favor in the fourth inning. Brown was 3-for-3 in the game with three doubles and a run batted in.
Trailing 4-1, NB Red regained the lead with four runs in the third inning. Hunter Ezell and Clay Holcomb scored on Stehle’s double off the left field fence. Borne and Stehle later scored in the inning on a Blue error off the bat of Shuetz.
NB Blue jumped out to a 4-1 lead after a triple by
Holmes that scored Taylor Shepperd from first. Holmes scored on a wild pitch.
Kraft’s lead-off homer and Jon Barnhill’s RBI-ground-out in the first inning gave NB Blue a 2-1 lead.
Ezell led off the game for NB Red with a bloop single down the first-base line. NB Red grabbed a 1-0 lead after two pass balls and a wild pitch allowed Ezell to score.
The defensive play of the game came later in the top half of the first. With one out and Holcomb the runner at
third, Stehle flied out to Robert Worley in center field, who gunned down Holcomb at the plate trying to score.
Ezell was 3-for-4 in the game, Borne was 2-for-3 and Stehle was 2-for-3 with two RBI for NB Red. Shuetz was 2-for-4.
Holmes went 2-for-3 for NB Blue and Josh McKinnis had two hits.
In other New Braunfels action at Loop Fields, the NB 9-year-old Red All-Stars eliminated the Seguin Gold All-Stars 11-9.
Clemens’ Stevenson signs with SFA