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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. ZZ3. zzzz Sports Friday June 27, 2003 IB • "Schlitterbahn swim meet returns to Landa ParkEntries down for 20th annual event By Wally Guluck NBHZ Correspondent Combine scholarship-driven high school swimmers with Olympic dreams, along with first-timers whose biggest accomplishment is getting a time posted next to their name and you have the roster of competitors who will invade Landa Park for the 20th annual Schiltter-bahn Invitational Swim Meet, beginning today. Heats comprised of five sessions that will break down primary-age swimmers to college talent will begin at I p.m. today, with Saturday and Sunday featuring 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. curtain calls. Nearly 200 swimmers from 14 teams, some of them coming from as far as Irving, will be in attendance for the three-day swimfest. TheSwim meet 2003 SCHLITTERBAHN INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET (at Landa Park Pool) Today’s events Session I Warm-up, 11:30 a.m. First race, 1 p.m. Saturday’s events Session ll Warm-up, 7:30 a.m. First race, 9 a.m. Session III Warm-up, 12 p.m. First race, 1:30 p.m. New Braunfels Aquatic Club, known as the Dolphins, hosts the event. It is directed by life-long swimming guru Bud Dallmann. “A few years ago we had to put a cap on this meet at 400 swimmers, as clubs from neighboring states made the trip and wound up making a vacation enjoying the attrac tions New Braunfels has to offer, but this year attendance is on the decline,” Dallmann said. The meet is beginning to lose its competitive edge and could be in on the endangered species list. Swimmers are turning to meets staged in communities that house superior facilities, as opposed to having swimmers and participants bake in nearly 100-degree summer temperatures at outdoor pools. In addition, the one-time exclusive date granted to the Schiltterbahn Invitational has evaporated in the South Texas heat. This year, the meet is up against city championship heats taking place this weekend in San Antonio, making it tougher to get talent as well as officials. Time will tell if the overall competition of this year’s meet is able to produce the results of last summers event, which had more than 50 percent of the swimmers better their See SCHUTTERBAHN/4B K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Aquatic Club team member Sarah Barry, 11, practices her breaststroke during Wednesday’s afternoon workout session at Landa Park Pool. Barry and the rest of the Landa Park Dolphins compete in the 20th annual Schlitterbahn Invitational Swim Meet today, Saturday and Sunday at Landa Park Pool. James selected first by Cavaliers By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK — LeBron James strode onstage wearing an all-white suit, appropriate gait) for a player expected to be the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, the 18-year-old prep phenom from Akron, Ohio, was the No. I choice in the NBA draft Thursday night. He hugged his agent, Aaron Goodwin, then turned and did the same to his mother, Gloria, before puffing on a Cavaliers cap and shaking the hand of commissioner David Stem. “I just think I look pretty good in all white,” said James, whose suit was custom-made by a Charlotte fashion designer. “My guy made it for me and said he’d make the best suit in the draft.” * The most heralded high school player of a generation, James is considered a can’t-mlss prospect with the skiffs of a guard, the body of a forward and the potential of a super-star. James turned to the audience and beamed a wide smile, although the raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden didn’t exactly embrace him. Many fans were already busy chanting “Fire Lay-den” — a reference to general manager Scott Layden of the hometown Knicks. “I’m one of the highest publicized players in the country right now, and I haven’t even played one game of basketball in the NBA. I know I’m a marked man,” James said. Serbian 7-footer Darko Milieu: was chosen second by the Detroit Pistons, the first of a record 21 international picks. Carmeio Anthony, who led Syracuse to the national championship, was chosen third by the Denver Nuggets — capping the drama-less first 15 minutes. NBA Draft- NBA AMATEUR DRAFT (Texas teams) San Antonio Spurs 28. Leandrinho Barbosa (6-4, SG), Brazil — traded Houston Rockets 44. Malick Badiane (6-11, PF), Senegal Dallas Mavericks 29. Josh Howard (66, SF), Wake Forest 57. Xue Yuyang (7-0, C), China Gray skies in MAIKOETTER K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Little League 10-year-old Gray Special All-Star pitcher Ryan Bueche throws to the plate during Thursday’s District 31 Tournament championship in Seguin. NB Gray defeated Lockhart 14-5. NB Gray 10-year-old Special All-Stars sweep district tourney By Brett Baca Staff Writer SEGUIN — After plowing through the competition and outscoring its opponents 89-10 in its first four games, the New Braunfels 10-year-old Gray Special All-Stars continued to put runs on the board and easily handled the Lockhart All-Stars, 14-5, in the championship game of the District 31 Tournament held in Seguin. Ryan Bueche, who started the game and got the win despite pitching on a broken right big toe, threw the first two innings before giving the ball over to Ryan Benitez for the final four innings of work, Bueche had trouble finding the plate umpire’s strikezone in the top of the first inning, as he gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. But, he settled down to strikeout the side. NB Gray responded by scoring in the bottom half of the inning on a single by Chase Ratlike to drive in Andrew Corona, who reached on an error. After Lockhart tagged Bueche for another run in the second, NB Gray went ahead 4-2 in the bottom hall' of the inning when Aaron Madero drove in Corona and Chris Waffs on a single NBH All-Stars LITTLE LEAGUE SPECIAL ALL-STARS TOURNAMENTS Thursday s games 6-year-old Baseball (in Gonzales) Hallettsville 14, NB Gray 7 9-year-old Baseball (in Lockhart) NB Gray 12, Yoakum 6 10-year-old Baseball (In Seguin) NB Gray 14, Lockhart 5 LITTLE LEAGUE STATE ALL-STARS TOURNAMENT Tuesday’s games Minor Baseball (In Hallettsville) New Braunfels 11, Yoakum 1 Thursday’s games New Braunfels 6, San Marcos 4 TO REPORT SCORES CALL (830) 625-9144 ext. 223 to right-center field. Travis Sims followed with a double to drive in Madero. Then loekhart scored two more runs in the third inning off Benitez, who also had trouble early finding the strikezone. Benitez walked three* batters in the inning and got out of a bases loaded jam when first baseman Luke Hasbrouck made a diving play to his right and just beat the runner to the bag. But Lockhart did not score again as Benitez beared down and pitched a scoreless final three innings. During that stretch, NB Gray went to work offensively and scored five runs in the third, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth. In the five-run third that essentially put the game away, Austin Schaffer had a two-run double that drove in Benitez and Bueche, and Sarah Huff — the only girl on the team — drove in Schaffer with a groundball dribbler that got past the pitcher. Then Travis Sims laced a two-run double to left-center field to score Coronal and Madero. In the fourth inning, NB Gray added two more runs on two hits as Andrew Corona had an RBI single to go along with his three runs scored. NB Gray ran three more runs across the board for good measure in the fifth, but it was not enough for a 10-run mercy rule win, which NB Gray had done four previous times. NBHS center bound for TLU From staff reports SEGUIN — Texas Lutheran University head football coach Ibm Mueller announced Thursday that four more prep football players, including New Braunfels High School center Jeremy Maikoetter, will continue their academic and athletic careers at TLU. Maikoetter (6-foot, 240 pounds) played many different positions on the offensive line for Unicorn coach Rick Rhoades. Maikoetter started at guard in 2001 and at center in 2002, when the Unicorns advanced to the Class 4A Division I state championship game. Maikoetter was a unanimous First Team All-District 27-4A selection, a First Team All-Greater San Antonio choice and a Third Tbam Class 4A All-State selection. He also was named to the Academic All-State team and played in the Pizza Hut All-Star Game this past month. He was a two-time Academic All-District 27-4A selection. Maikoetter is the son of James and Kim Maikoetter of New Braunfels. The other three commitments came from Christopher Carroll of Missouri City, Anthony Guillory of Houston and Aaron Mack of Selma. Mack is a 6-2 and 180-pound safety from Randolph High School. He was a First Team All-District 29-2A selection at linebacker and a Second Team All-District 29-2A choice at miming back. TLU Is a NCAA Division III member of the American Southwest Conference. The Bulldogs open the 2003 season against Trinity University at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Trinity. NBLL 9-year-old Special All-Stars win district title From staff reports LOCKHART - After wrapping up the North Zone Championship on Monday with a 12-8 win over Lockhart, the New Braunfels Little League 9-year-old Gray Special All-Stars took on South Zone Champion Yoakum in a winner-take-all District 31 Championship game Thursday. Behind a strong pitching performance from Nick De La Cerda — his first appearance on the mound in the tournament — the NB Gray All-Stai-s defeated Yoakum 12-6. De La Cerda pitched six complete innings and stuck nine Yoakum All-Stars. NB Gray jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, fueled by a three-run double from Cody Dees, who also scored twice in the game. Yoakum cut the lead to 5-3 before NB Gray extended its lead to 8-3. Andres Martinez had two hits in the game, including a double. Lorenzo Aguirre walked three times, was hit by a pitch and scored twice. NB Gray outscored its opponents 54-11 in its first three games of the double-elimination North Zone tournament, including a 15-5 win over Lockhart on June 19, before losing a 20-19 heartbreaker to Lockhart this past Saturday. NB Gray then beat Lockhart in a rematch on Monday to claim the North Zone title. ;