New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Shay Volton, 10, fields a ball during camp.
First day of Schlitterbahn swim meet
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Little League Clash
NB Red goes for the 8-year-old title, NB Blue fights fora win in the 9-year-old division. Time: 7p.m. at NB Little League complex.
Swimming teams from throughout the region continue two-day event at Landa pool.
Time: Starts at 9 a.m.
Little League title game
New Braunfels Red fights for the championship in the 11 -year-old division in Lockhart.
Time: 7 p.m.
Sidelines Duncan, Ginobili both play like MVPs for Spurs
Astros top Rangers, 5-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Roy Oswalt pitched 7 1-3 strong innings, Jason Lane broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and the Houston Astros handed the Texas Rangers their fifth straight loss, 5-2 on Friday night.
Rookie outfielder Chris Burke went 3-for-3, Brad Ausmus went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks and Brad Lidge got the final three outs for his 18th save in 21 chances to send the Astros to their fourth straight win and seventh in a row at home.
Oswalt (9-7) won his seventh consecutive start at home, allowing two runs and six hits. Oswalt hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in eight of his last nine outings, yielding just eight runs in 52 1-3 innings.
Ausmus and Willy Taveras had run-scoring singles in the second to give I louston a 2-0 lead. Lane, who entered the game in a 2-for-23 skid, hit a 372-foot homer just inside the left-field pole to make it 3-0.
The Rangers rallied in the eighth as Rod Barajas and Laynce Nix hit back-to-back homers off Oswalt. Reliever Chad Qualls ended the threat by getting the final two outs of the inning.
I louston got another run in the bottom of the eighth when Adam Everett scared on a double steal.
Texas swept three games from I louston in Arlington in May by a combined score of 45-9.
By Chris Sheridan
AP Basketball Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the end, it didn’t really matter whether the true MVP of the Finals was Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili. The big winners were the San Antonio Spurs.
The confetti had been swept away Friday from the downtown streets where thousands partied into the wee hours of the morning following San Antonio’s Game 7 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
What remained was the Spurs’ legacy.
For Duncan, it ll be a summer of basking in redemption after he put together his strongest quarter of the Finals, a series-altering 12 minutes that negated an otherwise pedestri
an effort for a player of his caliber.
For Ginobili, it ll be a chance to enjoy the latest accomplishment in a career defined by his uncanny knack for winning.
For the rest of the NBA, including the Pistons, it’ll be a summer of trying to make the right moves in an effort to elevate to the level the Spurs reached for the third time in seven years.
“We just have to remember this feeling, remember how it feels to lose with somebody celebrating in front of us,” Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said. “I’m sure that we’ll be back here again.”
Duncan won the Finals MVP award over Ginobili by a vote of 6-4, with ballots cast by four beat writers from Detroit and San Antonio, two broadcasters, three national NBA writers and fans who voted online.
The wisdom of that choice was an object of debate in the hours following San Antonio’s 81-74 victory, with Ginobili s backers arguing that he was the Spurs’ best player in Games I and 2, and in the fourth quarter of Game 7. Ginobili also was the one who threw the pass to Robert Horry for the game-winning
shot in overtime of Game 5.
Duncan’s 12 points and six rebounds in the third quarter of Game 7 put the Spurs in control, a factor that must have weighed heavily in the minds of those voters who cast their ballots late in the fourth quarter of the final game.
“I don’t know if it was about the critics. I doubt
that he knew anybody was criticizing him, because he’s not that kind of guy who’s going to be worried about what people say,” Ginobili said about his teammate. “But he always feels so responsible, he’s so hard on himself
See WINNERS, Page 6A
A hard-fought battle to the last out
Longhorns hope lessons of 2004 serve them well
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —Just about everything came easily for the Texas Longhorns last season—until Cal State Fullerton came along and swept them in the national finals.
This year, the Longhorns believe their bumpy road to Omaha has them better prepared for the championship round of the College World Series.
The Longhorns (54-16) open the best-of-three championship series Saturday against seventh-seeded Florida (48-21), the first meeting between these national powers.
The unseeded Longhorns are playing for the championship for the third time in four years. As the No. I seed last year, they rolled through regionals and super regionals. At the CWS, they beat Arkansas 13-2 and Georgia 9-3 and 7-6 before losing 6-4 and 3-2 to Fullerton.
“I was surprised in the championship series that we showed our nerves,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “We’ll see whether that happens again.”
NCAA BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
Saturday Ronda (48-21) vs. Texas (54-16), 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 Florida vs. Texas, 2 p.m.
Monday, June 27 Florida vs. Texas, 6 p.m., if necessary
LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STAR PLAYOFFS
The schedule for NBLL teams involved in interdistrict special all-star tournaments. Coaches are urged to report game results nightly to (830) 625-9144, ext. 223 or e-mail to [email protected]
BASEBALL 8-year-olds At NBLL Complex Friday ’s game
Game 13: Lockhart 11, Hal
Game 14: NB Red vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.
9-year-olds At NBLL Complex Friday ’s game
Game 13: Lockhart 21, NB Gray
Today ’s game
Game 14: NB Blue vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.
10-year-olds At Canyon Lake Friday ’s game
Game 13: Yoakum 10, NB Blue 3
Monday ’s game
Game 14: Canyon Lake vs. Lockhart, 7 p.m.
11-year-olds At Lockhart
Today ’s game
Game 8: Lockhart 15 NB Blue2
Game 9: Yoakum vs. Lockhart.
12-year-olds Friday’s championship
Game 7: New Braunfels 12, LaV-
Juniors At LaVernia Friday's game
Game 7: NB Blue 11, Yoakum 6
Game 9: Yoakum vs. Stockdale. 7 p.m.
Close to 300 swimmers expected in Schlitterbahn Invitational
By Wally Gullick
The biggest stars on the local swimming scene will be in the pool during the 25th annual Schlitterbahn Invitational at the banda Park pool today and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
New Braunfels high school All-American candidate Sean Duckworth, second-place finisher in the 100-yard freestyle at the high school state finals this past winter, will battle
banda Park Dolphins athlete/coach Daniel Phipps when the two clash in the grueling 1,500-meter showdown.
Also circle the 100-meter sprint as an event to watch, with Duckworth figuring to go wire to wire against Justin Boone from the South Valley Aquatics Club. The seeded times for the two 18-year-olds is less than a second a part.
Nearly 300 swimmers will compete in the two-day swimfest, with entries com-
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Schlitterbahn Invitational swimming meet
■ When: Begins at 9 a.m. today and Sunday
■ Where: Landa Park pool
ing from Temple to Laredo, including an out-of-state club from New Orleans.
“These out of town teams point to this meet as a real team-building weekend and they take time to enjoy New Bruanfels and all this town
has to offer,’’ said Dolphins Head Coach Bud Dallman.
Last year’s meet champion has elected not to defend their title, as the Phillips 60 ehin in suburban Oklahoma City elected to attend another non-sanctioned meet to take
“We really would have welcomed them back tor rising tides lift all boats," said Dallman, recognizing the superior skills of tile Oklahoma club raised the competitive bar tor all swimmers.
As it is, the non-sanctioned event paves the way for swimmers of all levels to compete and out-of-town clubs do not have to limit their rosters to specific swimmers.
I bis year's 10-year-old and under age bracket for boys and girls will feature a courageous group of 6-year-olds who are taking on the challenge of the 50-meter course for the first time.
See SWIM, Page 7A
NB rallies past LaVernia to win 12-year-old title
By Jarred Dunn
SEGUIN—The New Braunfels Red All-Stars staved off a LaVernia comeback to win the 12 year old special District 31 Little League Championship on Friday at Starcke Park.
NB Red exploded in tile fifth i rilling with sevenruns, wiiich prove(rfffrrttffrTenci‘ when I^Vernia threatened to tie in the bottom of the sixth. LaVernia drove in two runs, but NB Red s Trevor Gooseman closed out the game to clinch the title by a score of 12-11.
After unfurling tile championship banner to his cheering team, NB Red Coach Chad I lenz credited his players with staying focused after some mistakes in the fourth inning.
“They all played a great game tonight, every one of my kids. We had a few messups, but they all came back in the end and did what they needed to do," I lenz said. “All our bats were hot, so they were all doing a great job.”
Henz awarded the game ball to Christian Stigall, who pitched five innings for NB Red. I Ie caught tile game ending flyball when he switched over to left field for the final inning.
“I pitched the best I could, threw as many strikes as I
Photos by MANDY REARY 'Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels leftfielder Mathew Poehl slides safely into second base just ahead of the throw during the 12-year-old championship game against LaVernia Friday. Below, First baseman Trevor Timmerman records the out.
could and took it one pitch at a time,” Stigall said. “That last flyball was just a routine catch.”
Third baseman Trevor Gooseman struck the first blow for NB Red in the first inning with a RBI double, followed by first baseman Trevor Timmerman’s sacrifice tty that drove in I lunier I lenk to make it 2-0.
LaVernia answered hack in the second and third, scoring
four runs, and then took advantage of fielding errors by NB in the fourth to score four more to make it 8-5.
After adding on another mn, LaVemia’s pitching struggled in the fifth, walking both Patrick Armstrong and Stigall to score two runs and hitting centerfielder Hunter Cooper in the back to drive in one more.
NB leftfielder Matthew Poehl’s double to center drove
in two more to bring tile? score to 12-9.
In the sixth inning, k ioose-man relieved Stigall oil the mound. He gave up two singles,and the next LaVernia batter slammed a double down the right field line that drove in two more runs, but was tagged out when he tried to stretch the hit into a home run. Gooseman stnick out the
See NBLL, Page 7A