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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page 9 AHerakJ-Jefrung, New Braunfels March 3,1J93 : Unicorns dominate , Playoff bound, NB stays focused in 16th victory in 6-0 win By JOIN MCDONALD aetoMtoiwHwiMMune It was Parent’s Night at the Unicom soccer stadium, and the boys did their parents proud with a 6-0 Jolting or the Smithson Valley Rangers. Junior varsity parents, although inadvertently unannounced, remained in the stands to support their sons while varsity players escorted parents and friends onto the field. To watdi them pby, it would be hard to tell that the 16-0-0 Unicorns have already clinched a playoff spot in District 52. They play to win. New Braunfels stands 10-0-0 in district play, and remains in the No. I position above Alamo Heights. In the area, the Unicorns are ranked third behind San Antonio’s Jay and MacArthur. Alamo Heights moved up from sixth to fifth with their 12-2-1 record. With only two district games to play, New Braunfels could lose both and still advance as one of the top three teams. A loss to Alamo Heights would result in a co-championship with the winner decided by either a toss of the coin or a rematch of the two teams. Should New Braunfels win both games, however, they would repeat their district title undefeated. The Rangers could only break through the midfield long enough to be turned back by keepers Ryan Rogers and Jimmy Gnus. With five minutes gone in the first half, sophomore Omar Hernandez lined up a beautiful pass to junior Ryder McDonald for the opening score, setting up the third McDonald hattrick this season. Lees than two minutes later, the Rangers est up their beet play of the night. A quick break on goal sent Rogers scrambling to recover a sissier that plastered the top bar. The loose ball fell dangerously into the open before two Unicom defenders finally cleared the net When New Braunfels was awarded a comer kick several minutes later, numerous Unicorns were turned away without tho point 8enior Basil Sanches would not bs refused, however, and nailed in the second score fbr the Unicorns. This was the last district home game fer the seniors, so it was very special fbr them,” said Unicom soccer coach Bob Rodrigues. He reminisced about the Smithson Valley-New Braunfels matchup three years ago, referring to the Rangers as the “perineal powerhouse.” “Esell had a great game as far as assisting and releasing the ball,” praised Rodrigues. “He made some beautiful setups.” With under five minutes left in the half, McDonald was taken down in the box, and he drove in a penalty hide to seal the 3-0 halftime shutout Alate Smithson Valley run on goal sent Rogers stretching to block a Ranger goal, but an offsides call was made on the play. "New Braunfels is a nice team,” complimented Head Ranger Coach Larry Schaffer. “They know how to counter and score— you can’t afford any errors against them. We knew we had to play error-free in the back—and we did—but we just missed our opportunities.” Senior forward Heather Boss and junior Lindsay RawHnson of the Rangers played an outstanding game to bade up the keeper. Smaffer said he was pleased with ^te^i Unborn*, ISg^ps A Smithson Valley player jumps up with New Braunfels' Ezel Sanchez to head a ball In front of the Rangers’ goal In the Unicorns' 6-0 victory Tuesday night. Ryder McDonald (7) and Reed Wingate (10) walt tp see where the bal wB land for a possible scoring opportunity while SVS Lindsay RawHnson (3) boke to keep the bal out of the net. Photo by John Hueeth. COMAL COUNTY BASEBALL REPORT NB bounces back; long ball hurts SV glad at times, but he pulled himself out of every inning. “Brent struggled a tittle bit and he didnt have good control early” he said. “We played really well behind him and really after the fourth inning he only made one bad pitch (a home run on the see- iyPOUOLUPBja The New Breunfols Unicorns bounced back strong from their error-filled loos to Pleasanton Stir unlay with a 10-4 victory over San Marcos Tuaaday night The Unicorns tamed three runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the sixth, as senior Jaye Garza ended up with the gsme-whmer on a two-run double in the fourth. Sal Diaz opened the inning with a single and Jamie Crowder followed with a walk before Garza pounded the ball into left-center. Pitcher Brent Borgfeld readied on an error and after moving to second on a wild pitch, scored on Albert Villareal’s single for a 6-3 lead The Unicorns scored in the fifth and heading into the bottom of the sixth the Rattlers added a run to cut the lead to 6-4. BJeeeie Morales pinch-hit for to open the inning with a ,?p^5pthat got away from the ^^Hfielder and Morales scoot ed into second. A drag bunt m^e by Jeff Gonzales put runners at the comers and yillareaf s sacrifice fly scored Morales for a 7-4 Jeff Juarez singled to score Gonzales and Juarez advanced to third on another error by the ritfitfielder. Eric Martinez came up with an RBI-eingle to drive in Juarez and Martinez came home on a double by Dias for the final weens S^Hldt / .Btl Biol Head Coach Nail Miller wee pleated with the hitting he received from the bottom of his lineup. “We really got good production out of the bottom of our lineup,” Miller said “Sal Dias got two bite, Jamie Crowder had and RBI-eingle and Brent Borgfeld ran the bates really well. We were a tittle bit evened out over our lineup. Every spot scored except for Jaye, who was picked off second” New Breunfols made two snore but neither cost any nine. Miller said that Borgfeld stnig- ond pitch of tile sixth toning). I “He just sort of messed around before finally striking aome people out Being an ex-pitcher I know you have to work through those things. He did a food job ifs important to be able to work through the nigh spate.” Borgfeld eti uck out IO end gave up seven bite in wrapping up his second victory (2-0). The Unicorns (2-1) ploy Lockhart at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lockhart Tournament HI OOI 0- 4 7 4 011 014 »—to ll I (WSCI* iLneon    N** Braunfels’ Jaye Garza toto** through on the game-winning dou- bis in the Unicorns’ 10-4 win over San Marcos Tuesday night. Photo Se* Besets!, Page tis by John Nulato. Sports Briefs By DOUQUS MU Canyon poworllfters shape up for regionals The Canyon Cougar powerlifting team wrapped up its slate of meets with a second-place showing at Bastrop in preparation for the Regional Meet which will be held at Canyon High School on Mardi 13. The Coupre took second on the strength of first placet from Trey Pawty to the 114-pound dees and Jeremy Schools in the 242-pound division. Pewly had an overall, total lift of 610 pounds(216^^ 116 bench and 280 Schultz finished with a total of 1,360 pounds (660 squat, 330 bench and 480 deadlift). Lonnie Thomas took second place to the 166-pound division as did Dennis Gibson in the 242-pound and over clast. Thomas had a 430-pound squat, a 216 bench and a BOO deadlift for a total of 1,146 pounds. Gibson squatted 660, benched 320 end deadtifted 470 for a total of 1,340 pounds. Johnny Paniagus was third in the 132-poundmviaion and Mike Johnson was third in tbs 242-pound weight clast. Paniagua squatted 960, bandied 160 and deadtifted 360 for a 770-pound total. Johnson squatted 460, bandied 276 and deadtifted 460 for a total of 1,176 pounds. Cody Baimbridgo was fourth in the 242-pound and over class with a squat of460, a bench of300 end a deadlift of BOO for a total of 1,275. Steve Wright was fifth in the 181-pound class with a squat of 380, a bench of260 and a deadlift of376 for a total of 1,016 pounds ■ Danny Johnson competed in the Robert Blanken- the 166-pound Bras in the 133-pmind dees, baker mutuels in claes and Pat VitaHvaaHH 181-pound division. »BB 8chueta, Thomas, Gib-MM Johnson, Baimbridgo, Erin Pamermuehl Wright and Casey Kindieloe have all    for    the    regional    moot Pantermu#hl places fourth at stat# Erin Pantermuehl, 9, of New Braunfels, placed fourth of IO at I the Texas State Championships of the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw I contest lek weekend. The competition was held to Mesquite, Tx. The Elks Hoop Shoot, which was started by the Corvallis, Oro., Elks in 1946, is now a nationwide competition. Over three million boy* and girls are expected to compete this year. Brin it the daughter of Bobby and Kathy PantonnuehL •ss apert Brisk, Am* UA time heats I up early I springtime I rVThe biggest sporting I I event of the year ie I JL about to unfurl. Ifs I bigger than the 8uper I Bowl, the World Berios I I and the local bingo parlor | jail in Ona package. ■ Nowhere can you find as I H WI 11 ills Vt AAvi dAMSISMM Bk    IHS ■ mucv) nearntopping,    bs I pounding, high-fiving-in- I I the-sports-bar action as you I I can in March Madness— I I the race to tile NCAA Final I I Four. The NCAA Towns- I a anent, and the conference I I tournaments leading up to I I it, is when the basic root- I I ing-instinct of every sports- jjjj I loving fanatic comes to life I I —puffing for the underdog. I I Only in March Madness I I can Southwest Louisiana I I beat Oklahoma — 87-83 in I 11992*8 fint round. Only in I I March Madness can a teem I I tike Campbell take a 7-7 I I conference record into the I I Big South Conference Tour- I I nament and come out with I I an automatic bid —even if I I it did mean being paired I I with defending end eventual I | champion Duke. [who’s to b« No.1 ? I ■ Who knows and anybody I igueering would probably be I I wrong. Having spent so I I much time watching high    S I school ball the last three    I I months, I really dont know I I who’s who. And at the    I I expense of my better half,    I I I've be«n fest trying to catch B I up when Pm at home, wear-1 I tog out the TV-dicker on the I 8 weekends.    ll ■ Right now it looks tike I I anybody in the Top 16 has a I II decent shot of catching fire I I and running all the way to I I New Orleans, rite of tine I I year's Final Four. Even the I I Univerrity of New Orleans I I hee looked tough with ifs I Sown Ervin Johnson. J BIB The Cinderella teams ere I to wa^k <kn^    I llfiillK but when pueh I ■■■to shove, tile big boys I I always seem to step    I ■BHH* There’s tile rare B ■■I when a N.C. State I I or a Villenova comes up big | with Mmational, over-their-I bead performances, M I more times than not, ifs the I North Carolinas, the Ken-I tuckys and the Dukes that I always teem to end up in I the Final Four. Kty to suecoM A lot is made of the big ■ man and Ina role to fairing ■ fhsHipionehip teems, but B beeketball dose not live by lf the big man alone. Ifs the m tittie guys that make the dif- ■ forence. I I don’t know how to better m illustrate that than by say- II tog two names — Bobby I Hurly and Shaquille O’Neal. I It doesn’t toke a beeketball m genius to realise Christian m Laettner could not have won I two NCAA championships H without a crafty tittle guard I running the show. It wee almoet painful rn watching O’Neal try to do I the same last year by him-I self. I would pay serious I money to see what he end ii Chris Jackson could have ■ done last year or this year ■^^^ they should both be In today’s world af big-time big men, ifs the tittie guye that deride championships. ;