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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Wednesday June 27, 2001NBA Draft buzzing about Jordan By Jim O’Connei lAP Basketball Writer NEW YORK — As 14 of the players expected to be among the first taken in Wednesday night’s NBA draft gathered in a hotel ballroom, one name dominated the conversations. Whether it was the high school stars who would soon be millionaires or the few upperclassmen set to round out the lottery, Michael Jordan was talked about for a lot of reasons. As the man who runs the Washington Wizards, the team with the overall No. I pick, Jordan will get the draft started at Madison Square Garden with either a selec-tion or a trade. Most of the players the NBA invited to be at the draft have worked out for Jordan and it seems, until their name is called, that would lead the fist of personal highlights. JORDAN “We talked for a while,” 7-foot Tyson Chandler of Compton, Calif., one of six high school seniors available in the draft, said Tuesday. “The workout was really good. It went really well.” Then Chandler was asked about what it would be like if Jordan were to make a comeback and play again in the NBA. “That would be a dream for any player of any age,” hd said. “If he came back it would be a great opportunity for whoever they draft.” Kwame Brown, a 6-11 cen ter from Brunswick, Ga., started talking about his workout for Jordan in a businesslike tone, then started sounding more like a 19-year-old. “Everybody knew what it was for so we came in and played,” Brown said. “He was really good, though. He joked around a lot. Even though he wasn’t on the court with us, he still had an impact.” Each of the players said they would love to play with Jordan, but they also said they would want to play for him as well.See NBA DR AFT/8 A NBA Draft NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 2001 AMATEUR DRAFT ORDER First round 1. Washington Wizards 2. L.A. Clippers 3. Atlanta Hawks 4. Chicago Bulls 5. Golden State Warriors 6. Vancouver Grizzlies 7. New Jersey Nets 8. Cleveland Cavaliers 9. Detroit Pistons 10 Boston Celtics 11. Boston Celtics 12. Seattle Supersonics 13. Houston Rockets 14. Golden State Warriors 15. Orlando Magic 16. Charlotte Hornets 17. Toronto Raptors 18. Houston Rockets 19. Portland Trail Blazers 20. Cleveland Cavaliers 21. Boston Celtics 22. Orlando Magic 23. Houston Rockets 24. Utah Jazz 25. Sacramento Kings 26. Philadelphia 76ers 27. Vancouver Grizzlies28. San Antonio Spurs Venus quietly CL walks away with title CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels 9-year-old Fled All-Star Will Martin pitches during Tuesday’s 11-1 loss to Canyon Lake in the championship game of the North Zone District Tournament at Loop Fields. Canyon Lake wins 9-year-old all-star district tournament By Bryan Adams Sports Editor After a 7-3 loss tx) Canyon Lake in the first round, the New Braunfels Red All-Stars had to fight their way through the loser’s bracket, where they won five games in a row. Monday night, NB Red defeated Canyon Lake 19-15, to force a rematch against previously unbeaten Canyon Lake in the championship game of the 9-year-old Little League All-Star North Zone Tournament a Loop Fields. Tuesday night, Canyon Lake put an end to NB Red’s winning streak, 11-1 and moved on to face the winner of the South Zone Tournament Thursday night in Hallettsville. Canyon Lake drew 18 base on balls from New Braunfels pitchers Drew Studdard and Will Martin, including seven with the bases loaded. Canyon Lake pitcher Stephen Sti-gall kept New Braunfels scoreless for the first three innings. In the fourth inning, Phillip Churchwell led off with a double — his second hit of the game. After a groundout moved him to third, he scored on Blaine Brooks’ RBI single down the first-base fine. Stigall allowed just one run on four hits. He struck out two and walked one. Ahead 9-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Canyon Lake’s Forrest Koeppen, Gene Williams, Spencer Gillett, Jo Jo Shone and Damian Crafton drew five straight base on balls before the 10-run mercy rule went into effect. Williams scored the game-winning run on Crafton’s RBI-walk. Koeppen had the only hit for Canyon Lake, which was a two-run bases-loaded single single to right field in the second inning. Cole Seitz and Shone each walked three times in the game. Seitz scored twice and Shone scored once. Drew Riccio drew two RBI-walks and scored a run. In the 10-year-old North Zone Tburnament in Seguin, undefeated New Braunfels Red defeated Lockhart 15-12 and moved on to play South Zone champion Gonzales at 7 p.m. Thursday in La Vernia. Zachary Tingley pitched a complete game to get the victory. In the 11-year-old North Zone Tournament at Canyon Lake, the New Braunfels Blue All-Stars beat Seguin Tuesday night in a winner-take-all North Zone championship game. NB Blue plays undefeated South Zone champion La Vernia at 7 p.m. Thursday in Gonzales. The NB Blue All-Stars suffered their first loss of the tournament Monday night to Seguin, 11-9. Ryan Flowers went 3-for-4 and Travis Steele was 2-for-2 with a single and a triple. Jake Hendrie hit a two-run double and Matthew James went 2-for-2 with two walks and hit a two-run home run over the cen-ter-field fence. Royce Rodriquez also had a double in the fifth inning. vlB’s Reimer, McClendon :ompete at Junior Nationals From staff reports At the Junior National rack and Field Champi-lships June 16-17, New raunfels’ Lauren Reimer id Andre McClendon cornfed against most of the top ung aU-around athletes in e country. Reimer, who graduated >m New Braunfels High hool earlier this month and U attend Georgia Tbch Uni-rsity this fall, captured sec-d place overall in the hep-hlon. McClendon, who also iduated from NBHS ear-r this month, finished loth jrall in the decathlon, teimer, who won a silver i a bronze medal at the L State Track and Field ampionships in May, scored 56 points in the seventh; competition to finish and behind Diana Pickier 161) from Texas Express. McClendon scored 5,642 in the 10-event competition to finish 10th. Darion Powell of Lake Washington High School scored 6,678 points to place first. Reimer finished first in the final two events of the competition. She took first in the javelin with a throw of 121-feet and in the 800-meter dash wih a time of 2:17.55. She also finished second in the shot put (40-feet, 6 1/4-inches) and tied for second in the high jump (5-feet, 2 1/2-inches). McClendon was second in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:49.90. He was 1.9 seconds off the pace set by Ben Knight. Reimer and McClendon are both aiming to compete in the 2001 Junior Olympics July 24-29 at California State University in Sacramento. NB Diamonds win in College Station Photo submitted The New Braunfels Diamonds 14-and-under Junior Olympic fastpitch team took first place at a tournament June 16-17 in College Station. NB scored five runs in the first inning of the championship game and defeated Tomball 8-5. The Diamonds will travel to the state tournament in Sugarland later this month and will play at the national tournament in Panama City, Fla. July 23-30. Front row, from left, are Shae Janda, Hanna Bostic, Bianca Avalos, Bryn Major and Lecia Bradshaw. Middle row, from left, are John Stefinsky, Justine Armstrong, Sam Mann, Heather Monroe, Ed Monroe, Bethany Stefinsky, Jesse Romero and Alex Tristan. moves to Round 2 By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer WIMBLEDON, England — Venus Williams punctuated her triumphant return to Wimbledon with a grin, a wave and a merry pirouette. Centre Court has seen more jubilant displays, most recently when Williams won last year’s title. Her 6-2. 6-3 victory over Shinobu Asagoe in the opening round Tuesday inspired only a brief celebration, but its clear Williams is delighted to be back at the All England Club. “Any time you come to Wimbledon, in my opinion, you just have to feel motivated, especially when you walk out on Court, she WILLIAMS said. “Theres really no better feeling.” A happy, motivated Williams spells trouble for the rest of the women’s draw, and her uneven first-round performance only hinted at the fireworks likely in the second week of the tournament. For Williams, potential showdowns loom against 1999 title holder Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals and — even more tantalizing — against sister Serena Williams or Jennifer Capriati in the final. “I don’t feel any pressure to defend my title,” Williams said. “I would just like to win again.” She and the other top players kept their cool on a 90-degree day, and there were no upsets to rival top-seeded Martina Hingis’ stunning defeat Monday. The most notable casualty was No. 16-seeded Vladimir Voltchkov, a surprise semifinalist last year. The sweltering session drew 41,320 fans, the largest turnout in Wimbledon’s 115-year history. All 16 seeded women in action won. Among those joining the No. 2-seeded Williams in the second round were Davenport, French Open runnerup Kim Clysters and Jelena Dokic, a semifinalist last year. Winners on the men’s side included second-seeded Andre Agassi and two Australians who pose the most formidable threat in his half of the draw, No. 3 Patrick Rafter and No. 5 Lleyton Hewitt. Agassi, playing in his 200th Grand Slam match, eased past dangerous Dutchman Peter Wessels 7-6 (I), 6-4, 6-4. “Tbday was a great start for me because it certainly wasn't an easy one,” Agassi said. “It could have gone a lot worse, for sure.” See WIMBLEDON/8A ;