New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Seles’ return to Wimbledon ends early
The Associated Proas
By STEPHEN WILSON
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -Monica Seles’ return to Wimbledon after a four-year absence was cut short Wednesday when she was beaten in the second round.
The second-seeded Seles was upset by Slovakia’s Katarina Studenikova, 7-5,5-7,6-4.
Seles, back at Wimbledon for the first time since losing the 1992 final to Steffi Graf, made a slew of unchar
acteristic unforced errors off both wings.
Seles displayed her usual resolve in fighting back to win the second set but couldn’t overcome the steady play and big forehand of Studenikova, ranked 59th in the world.
It was the earliest defeat for Seles in any of her 18 Grand Slams.
Seles had beaten Studenikova 6-1, 6-1, in the second round en route to the Australian Open title this year. And Studenikova had lost in the first round at Wimbledon the past three
years. But Seles was below her best Wednesday, while Studenikova played the match of her life. The Slovak playa kept Seles on the defensive most of the match, moving ha around with a slice backhand and a free-swinging forehand reminiscent of Steffi Grafs.
“I felt I had some chances definitely to win the match and I didn’t take them,” Seles said. “She just played much better on the key points ... For all the time she took chances, most of the time they went in.
*1 felt I wasn’t going fa my shots. I was waiting for her to make the errors. I wasn’t attacking. She played smarter than I did and had a bota tactic than I did.”
It was Studenikova’s first caroa win over a top IO playa. She said she never felt intimidated. Seles had just come off the first grass-court title of her career at the Wimbledon warmup tournament in Eastbourne. But she still seemed to lack the precision and timing that characterized ha game at ^Australian Open.
69 years young
Comal triathlete Joan Reed returns from Japan with her latest race medal
BY THOMAS GODLEY
Joan Reed can’t wait to hit 70.
As she sees, ha next birthday puts ha in an age category where she’ll have the edge over the competition.
“Right now I’m in the uppa level of the 65-to-69 division, which means I’m going up against those young spring chickens,” said Reed, a Garden Ridge resident and world-ranked triathlete. “Next year I’m going to be one of the young ones in my class, and that’s going to make a big difference.”
Reed, who returned last week from a triathlon in Japan, is living proof that the body is only as old as the mind deems it In training, she pushes the limits with a four-hour daily regiment of running, swimming and biking.
Three years ago she finished first in ha age group in die grueling World Ironman Triathlon in Kono, Hawaii, coming in minutes short of the world record of 15 hours, 45 minutes.
The record eluded her iriHawafl, but it Was there that she met Yoichiro Kotobuki, a triathlete and the maya of a small island in Japan. Kotobuki remembered Reed for her act of kindness that helped him complete the race.
Near the end of the triathlon, after a 2.5-mile swim in the ocean, a 112-mile bike ride and a final stretch of the 26-mile run, Yoichiro, 52, was on the verge of collapse when Reed took a moment in the race to urge him on. The gesture from a woman 11
years his senior inspired him to dig in and continue. Yoichiro never forgot the deed and took it upon himself to find and thank Reed.
He was given a photo which he used to locate ha in New Braunfels. Two months ago he called to extend and invitation to his own city-sponsored triathlon on the island of Tokunoshima. The expense-paid trip put Reed amalg 650 athletes from around the wodd. She was the only American female to be invited.
Despite having only four weeks of training. Reed made it to Japan and received a celebrity welcome from the hometown people. After a town dance and dinner, she was ready to race.
Fueled by Powerbars and local fans who shouted in Japanese, ‘Tight, fight fight,” Reed completed the course in 7 hours, 43 minutes, overcoming heat exhaustion and leg cramps from 105
Joan Read, left, of Garden Ridge hee competed in triathlona for the past dtcadt Above, Raad’a hard work earned her an invitation toTokunoahima, Japan where she met mayor Yoichiro Kotobuki and triathlon race director and translator Whit Raymond.
degree humidity during the 13-mile mn.
“It was so uplifting to have the people behind you, knowing what had happened during Wald War US she said.
The post-race events are embedded in ha memory. Kotobuki’s red-carpet treatment included, an awards ceremony, massage therapy, musical celebration, dinner and a question-and-answer session with local youth.
Reed returned home last week with new outlook. She is now aiming for the Sr. Olympic Nationals in Tuscon, Arizona. It’s only one of ha goals. “If the Lord helps me I want to do another Ironman,” said Reed, who works as a health instructa at Forest Waters Country Club.
And there’s no telling what medals await Reed in 1997 when she’ll be the “baby of ha age group.”
Rockets select Hoyas’ big man
HOUSTON (AP) — Rudy Tomjanovich thinks the Houston Rockets ga the most out of their sleepless nights.
For the third straight year, the Rockets didn’t have a first-round selection in the NBA draft but Tomjanovich thought the Rockets did a good job in leading off the second round by picking Georgetown’s Othella Harrington.
Tve been sleeping here (Summit) in the office the past three nights and you get a feel after watching so much film,” Tomjanovich said. ‘The guy that ga my attention at where we were (first pick of second round) was Harrington.”
Harrington, a 6-8 forward, finished his college career with 201 blocks, fourth best, and he also was the school’s fourth-ranked rcbounder (983). He averaged 6.9 rebounds and 12.2 points last season.
“You’ve ga to give credit to the staff. It’s been hard-cr when you don’t have a first-round selection,” Tomjanovich said. “I couldn’t be more excited about the guy we took. He’s ga some NBA skills, skills that sane of the guys taken higher don’t have.”
Tomjanovich thinks No. I draft pick Allen Iverson's presence at Georgetown may have hidden some of Harrington’s potential.
Youth sports complex hits another wall
A land controversy is brewing east of Interstate 35. At first it smacks of the classic property-owner-versus-developer face-off. In this case, however, there’s a twist The developa is na the evil creator of a power plant or^ shopping mall. No, these builders are a non-profit group of parents and coaches who envision ballparks for the kids of New Braunfels.
They’ve been given 150 acres from a generous land own-er, and after five years of searching and planning, their vision of a youth sports complex appears right on the horizon.
Na so fast. It’s a complex issue.
On other side are the farmers who have lived near the proposed site fa longer than the game of baseball has been played. Some have worked the land and raised cattle since the 1850s. They have enough problems with the current drought The complaint is that a ballpark would bring traffic, nose and general disruption to their livelihood. Afterwit; *iey moved thereto ga away from the city racket
Both sides have legitimate points, and during a meeting Wednesday night they came to see each other’s perspective. They had different opinions, but the majority agreed upon one point. The city of New Braunfels is partly to blame fa the current situation. Fa years the growth in youth sports has gone neglected. Enrollment in Little league, soccer softball and football is increasing at a rate of four percent pa year, but the places fa youth to play are dwindling. There have been fist fights ova who has the right to practice fields in town. The need fa space is urgent, and the city might ga that message if more people voiced it Only 30 showed up fa die meeting in a city with about 5,000 young athletes. The turnout needs to increase before it’s too late and kids are carrying bats fa something other than hitting a baseball.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung J
Astros’ Wall comes down on Padres
By The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Donne Wall doesn’t know what it feels like to lose in the majors this season. The San Diego Padres are having a hard time remembering what it’s like to win.
Wall raised his record to 6-0 Wednesday night as the Houston Astros dropped the Padres to 5-19 in June by beating them 4-3. Wall, who has won each of his last five starts following
three no-decisions, allowed three runs and nine hits in eight-plus innings.
He’s the first Houston pitcher to begin a season with six straight wins since Mike Scott did so in 1988. The Astros have won each of Wall’s nine starts since he was recalled May 14 from Houston when Doug Brocail went on the disabled list. Sean Berry again made his mark with a two-run homer in the fourth off Tim Worrell (5-3). Berry hit a grand slam in the eighth Tuesday to cap a five-run inning in a 9-4 win.
Rangers find late magic once again
By The Associated Press eighth inning fa a 6-5 decision over the Balti
Gonzalez had struck out on a series of sliders from Alan Mills on Tuesday. When he faced Mills with the game on the line Wednesday, he was ready, ripping Mills’ first pitch into right center.
The Orioles led 5-3 in the eighth when Mark McLemore led oft with a single and stole second. After Kevin Elster walked, Darryl Hamilton sacrificed.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have made the comeback victory a habit this season.
That’s a big reason why they’re off to the best start in club histoy and hold a 6 I/2-game lead in the AL West.
The Rangers pulled off their 24th eome-from-behind win of the year Wednesday night as Juan Gonzalez hit a three-run double in theSports briefs
■ BOSTON (AP) — Two-time national champion Jessica Davis captured the rhythmic gymnastics competition and a berth on the U.S. Olympic team.
Davis, from San Anselmo, Calif., easily won with an all-around score (rf 74.90. Finishing second was Natalie Lacuesta, who didn’t compete because (rf a stress fracture in her left leg. Her 71.962 score from the national championships was used, as allowed by rhythmic selection rules.
Tina Tharp finished third in 71.875.
Davis was the only one of the eight competitors chosen fa the Olympic team.
■ OTTAWA (AP) — Eric Lamaze of Canada’s Olympic equestrian team tested positive fa cocaine and will be banned fa four years from all show jumping competition.
Lamaze, 28, has the right to appeal. He failed a drug test at the Olympic team trials in Calgary, Alberta, on June 5 after finishing second.
■ ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Pittsburgh Steeters running back Bam Morris pleaded guilty to a felony marijuana possession charge in exchange fa prosecutors’ recommendation that he na be imprisoned, but receive probation. Also, a felony cocaine possession charge was dropped. Morris, 24, could still be sentenced to IO years in prison and fined $10,000 for the third-degree felony at a hearing sa fa July 11.
However, the district attorney will recom
mend that he get six years’ probation, a $7,000 fine and 200 hours of community service, along with random drug testing.
■ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda was stricken by a heart attack and underwent angioplasty to unclog a heart artery. Lasorda, 68, had the procedure at Centincla Hospital Medical Center in nearby Inglewood. His cardiologist said his heart is now working “voy, very well.”