New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
The Day’s Quote
“It’s university’s. It's colleges. It’s towns. It’s communities. It’s cities and businesses. It kind of engulfs the whole country.”
- Duke assistant Coach Tommy Amaker on the NCAA basketball tournmaent
In the news
UT’s Dodds to speak tonight
University of Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds will be the guest speaker at tonight's meeting of the Comal County Texas Exes Association.
The event is set for 7 p.m. at Greune Hall. A social will begin at 6 p.m.
Dodds, entering his 14th season as athletic director, will discuss Texas' move from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12 Conference and issues involved in the transition. Dodds has played a major role in the university's departure and realignment.
The proud tradition of the SWC will come to an end follwing the 1995-96 academic year, as Texas. Texas A&M. Texas Tech and Baylor join the Big 12.
The overall Texas program during Dodds’ tenure has been in the nation’s top three each year in rankings produced by USA Today
Texas' success continued last year as six of nine men's sports claimed Southwest Conference crowns.
All proceeds will go to local scholarships. For more information or reservations call Anne Buck 606-3443 or Stoney William 629-7381.
Men’s softball tournament
The deadline is March 8 at 5 p m for sign-up in the first annual Men's Spring Kick-off Tournament scheduled for Sunday, March 12 Awards for first through third place will be given For more information call 625-0384 or 625-7949.
Dallas Cowboys visit NBHS for benefit basketball game
Eight players from the Dallas Cowboys football team will be in New Braunfels for a benefit basketball game on Monday, March 20 at NBHS gym. The NBHS Student Council is sponsoring the event called 'Score Points Against Drugs,' which will benefit drug education programs and student council programs. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Wednesday, March 1 at 8 a rn.
The Cowboys, who promise to bring four marquee players, will go up against a team of NBHS faculty members, including coach Cliff Wilkins, Victor Sierra, Noel Hansen and Larry Schulte and Bruce McConaghy
The Dallas players will have a 15-mmute autograph signing session at halftime.
NB Jr. basketball girls’ standings
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Local smimmers make waves at district meet
From submitted reports
HerakJ-Zeitung hie photo
Canyon soccer players (left to right) Melvin Page, Carlos Cholico and Adrian Armendariz shiver through arctic air that swept Cougar Studium on Tuesday night as temperatures dipped into the lower 40s. The Cougars tied the Round Rock Dragons 1-1 in a non-district game. The Cougars take to the road Friday in a crucial district contest against the Kerrville Tivy Antlers.Canyon currently stands in second place in district behind New Braunfels and Alamo Heights.
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
Unicorns ready for Boerne Tournament
Smithson Valley Rangers in tough first round game; Canyon off to Lockhart
By THOMAS GODLEY
It's early yet, but New Braunfels baseball Coach Neal Miller likes what he's seeing in his district-favorite Unicorns.
After dropping their first game against the Austin Lanier Vikings, the Unicorns have put up solid showings against two tough opponents in the Pleasanton Eagles and Alamo Heights Mules.
The Unicorns were on the way to a win at 3-0 against the Eagles last Saturday when rains disrupted play.
On Tuesday against the Mules, New Braunfels jumped out to 3-1 lead and looked to the skies for some support. The clouds came through, and the Unicorns went on to score six more runs for a 9-0 victory.
"It was a good showing for us," Miller said. "We had strong pitching and got some timely hitting with men on base. That's encouraging against a quality team like Alamo Heights. They are picked to finish second in their district."
Jeff Gonzales struck out five to notch the win. He pitched four innings and gave up two hits and a run.
Hector Molina entered the game as relief pitcher in the fifth inning, getting three strike outs, giving up two hits and a run.
Ron Villareal switched off playing second and third base and was a key defensive player, Miller said. Center-fielder Jeff Juarez and catcher Bradley Clark also had strong defensive games.
On offense, the Unicorns scored three
runs in the first inning and two runs in the second inning to move in front ear-ly. !
Gonzalez went 4 for 4, with one RBL Erie Martinez got two hits on four at bats, with two RBIs. Jeremy Moeller also went 2 for 4.
Alamo Heights' Josh Baugh hit a ; solo home run in the fifth inning.
The NB junior varsity came up short against the Mules JV 12-10.
The Unicorns next travel west on I
highway 46 to compete in the Boerne !
Tournament. The host team is in the ;
same bracket as the Unicorns which j
means the two clubs could meet this i
New Braunfels and Boerne would have to win two games to make to make it to the championship. Boerne is the ;
No. I team in the state Class 4 rank- '
"That would be a great challenge," •
Miller said. "We'd know where we stand j
The Smithson Valley Rangers, who also enter the tournament, face an immediate test against Boerne. Weather permitting, the Rangers play the Greyhounds at 10:30 a.m. today.
Smithson Valley looks to rebound from a 5-3 loss to the Clemens Schertz Buffaloes. The Rangers led 3-0 going in to the fifth inning when the Buffaloes mounted the comeback.
In other action the Canyon Cougars trek to Lockhart for a tournament.
All county baseball teams start disrict play on March 28.
High school playoff hoops paint whole new picture
Herald-Zeitung file photo
Jeff Juarez and the New Braunfels Unicorns, coming off a 9-2 win over Alamo Heights, head to Boerne for a three-day tournament.
Two months ago Austin Reagan stepped onto New Braunfels High School gym for a basketball game that figured to he more of a clinic than a contest.
The Raiders brought Chico Va/quez, a 6-4 guard already signed by the University of Texas. Surrounding him was a posse of big-nme athletes including Jimmy Moore and Anthony Jones. The Unicorns, their tallest player at 6-3, would do well lo slay within 20 points.
Va/quez had three blocked shots in the opening minutes, and as expected, the Raiders won rn a blowout. Va/quez finished with 24 points and two highlight reel dunks.
As impressive as it was, I wasn't convinced that Reagan was a state-champion caliber lean. nor that Va/quez was high-profile. Division I college basketball material.
Reagan was quick and athletic, bul the passing wasn't crisp and no one stood out as a real jumpshooler.
Chico looked to be just another Texas star recruit w ho could definitely sky hut lacked real dribbling skills and a pure jumpshot.
Six weeks later I witnessed a first-round playoff game between Sc hertz-Clemens and Canyon. The Buffaloes featured Tony Clark, a 6-4 leaper who could soar with the best in the state. Early in the second quarter. Clark Knik an alley-(x>p on the run. double pumped and slammed it home. I readjusted my glassed to make sure I was seeing straight.
Surprisingly, Clark was not the best player that night. Teammate Enc Teske sank 5 of 8 three pointers to take the ,*otlight John Clark pitched in 17 inside points, and Clemens won by 30 points against a very solid Canyon club.
The Buffaloes, 28-3 at the time, looked like the kind of team that could go three to four games deep into the state playoffs, maybe contend for it all. Tony Clark, who hadn't signed with a college team, quietly established himself us the kind of player who might end up haunting the Longhorns down the line at some place like Texas Tech.
Naturally, when Reagan and Clemens Knik to the court in San Marcos last week. I was ready
to put cash on the unheralded but balanced Buffaloes over the flashier Raiders.
A colleague was there to take that bet and point out the fallacy in comparing common opponents in different districts.
"It's a different level of ball," he said.
I was sticking by Clark and company.
Three minutes hadn’t passed in the second quarter when Clemens took a five-point lead on a three pointer by Teske. Then something incredible happened. Reagan hit two three-pointers in a row. What's going on here? Against New Braunfels they had taken at least ten treys and made only one. Now they can’t miss.
Just like that Reagan was ahead of Clemens.
Moments later. Vazquez snagged a rebound. gave the outlet pass and raced down the left side. Guard Keckei Murry dribbled just past the half court line and lobbed it toward the cylinder.
Yes, I thought. Just as suspected. The Raiders throwing the hall away on an errant pass.
The hall went sailing above the nm. and suddenly Va/quez was up there w ith it, bonging it down for a monster dunk. Two points and the foul. Even Clemens players had to be wondering
w hat the heck just happened. It was over. They never recovered. Three minutes into the second half and Reagan was up by 20. Final score Raiders 97. Clemens 75.
It was not the same Raider team that came to New Braunfels in January. These Raiders passed better, stole more passes and hit many more treys. Vazquez seemed to he playing a few inches higher than his reputed 40-inch vertical leap. And yes, he could hit the jumpshot.
I became a believer and was almost ready to put Reagan in the championship game until someone pointed out an interesting fact about Chico and the boys.
It turns out they were thoroughly handled by the Austin Anderson Trojans - who by the way * have their own Texas signee in Chns Clack, . not to mention a 6-7 Wake Forest signee in William Stnngfellow.
It was hard to believe Anderson had beaten Reagan by more than 20 points, but like my new saying goes, "It’s a whole different level in the playoffs."
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Z^inmg)
Local high school swimmers from both Canyon and New Braunfels advanced to the regional swim meet to be held March 10-11 at Palo Alto College by qualifying among the top eight swimmers in district 28-4A competition at Blossom Athletic Center.
Canyon sophomore Brandy Watson led the way by earning fifth place in the 100-yard free-style with a personal best 59.23 seconds, topping her own school record of 1:00.20 set at last year's regional meet.
Joining Watson will be senior Jenny Berkman, who also swam a personal best 27.33, finishing 8th rn the 50-yard free-style and qualifying as second alternate for the regional meet.
New Braunfels high school will send nine swimmers to regional competition.
The boys relay team of Cris Lagunas, Adham Saad, Trey Taylor and Javier Lagunas placed sixth in the 200-yard free-style relay and established a new school record of 1:44 98.
Unicom girls Jennifer Martinez, Carol Nelson, Suzanne Fischer, Casie Woods and Loren Woods took sixth place in two relays - 200 medley and 400 freestyle.
In addition, Martinez, a junior, raced to eighth place finishes in both her individual events - the 200 and 500-yard treestyles. Fischer, a sophomore, nabbed the eighth place spot in the 200 individual medley