New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
BAO Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, March 3,1996
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New Braunfels Canyon Lockhart Hays
Smithson Valley Bastrop
B To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports DayNo. I SA. Marshall holds off Cougarettes
BY THOMAS GODLEY
At 11 -0 and ranked No. I in the San Antonio area, the Marshall Rams had shutout IO opponents and were looking for a real challenge.
They found it on Friday at Canyon Softball Field.
The Canyon Cougarettes took Marshall to the brink of defeat but came up short in their upset bid, giving up four mns in the fifth inning and falling 11-7.
Canyon came away with seven runs on 14 hits against a team which had allowed runs only once this season in a game against Providence High School. The Rams’ pitching staff entered with an ERA less than 1.00.
“We didn’t pull out the victory but we’re encouraged by the way we were able to hit the ball and keep pace with them,” Canyon coach Charlie Adams said. ‘That’s a quality ball club. Nobody has had much offensive success against them until now.”
Marshall, which is ranked No.2 in the state in Class 5A, took a 7-4 lead in the fourth inning. Canyon responded with three runs in their next at-bat. Marci Allen smacked a 3-run home run over the Centerfield wall, scoring Alma Escamilla and Allen. It was Allen’s second home run of the season.
Marshall answered with four runs to close out the scoring.
Pitcher Jenise Haiborth took her second loss of the season in eight games. The Cougarette offense was highlighted by Kylie Adams and Julia Best who each batted 3-for-4 in the game.
“He1* got a couple more gray hairs and that’s about it.”
— Mark Grace, on Chicago Cubs teammate Ryan Sanberg who joined the team this week after a 21-month absence.
In the news
New Braunfels couple leads nation in bowling doubles
Wayne and Missy Vinton — co-owners of On A Roll bowling pro shop at Comal Bowl in New Braunfels — recently returned from Salt Lake City, Utah where they led the doubles division of the American Bowling Congress’ National Tournament.
Missy Vinton bowled a 760 series, with games of 224, 266, and 269. Wayne bowled a 695.
Local men’s softball tourney scheduled for March 9-10
The second annual Softball Kick-off Classic is set for March 9-10 at Comal Park in New Braunfels.
Players are needed to fill the 24-team bracket. The class B-C tournament is sponsored by Vivroux Sporting Goods, TCI Prime Star, and Pro-Team Entertainment.
For more information, call 210-609-6247 or 625-7949
Cowboys trainer defect to Miami with Jimmy Johnson
DALLAS (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson finally got his Cowboy.
Trainer Kevin O’Neill, who followed Johnson from the University of Miami to the Cowboys in 1989, signed a one-year contract Fnday with the Dolphins.
O’Neill, 41, served as head athletic trainer at the University of Miami for four years before joining the Cowboys.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had used multiyear contracts and job-title upgrades to save his coaching staff from raids by Johnson, the former Cowboys coach and Don Shula's new successor at the Dolphins’ helm.
J The most notable instance was Cowboys toffensive line coach Hudson Houck, whom johnson reportedly was interested in hiring until Jones promoted him to an assistant |ead coach.
Dallas lineman Ron Stone becomes a NY Giant
I EAST RUTHERFORD, N J (AP) - Ron Stone, a backup blocker for the Dallas lowboys, signed a five-year, $10 million deal with the New York Giants on Friday.
Stone, 24, is a restricted free agent and fie Cowboys have a week to match the offer. But Dallas is so strapped under the salary cap that it is unlikely to find the looney for a player who wasn’t a starter.
'•* Dallas will receive a fourth-round draft pick if it doesn’t match New York’s offer.
. The contract includes a $1.8 million sign-rig bonus as the Giants try to replace tackle Jumbo Elliott, who left for the New York Jets as a free agent. The Giants also fear that guard Lance Smith will retire.
< Stone also was being courted by Washington.
Astros bring aboard five new players to early roster
KISSIMMEE. Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros on Friday announced the signing of five players: catcher .Tony Eusebio, infielder Orlando Miller and pitchers Mike Hampton, poug Bracail and Billy Wagner.
; No terms of the agreements were announced.
f Eusebio. 28, hit 299 in 113 games with Houston last season
' Miller, 27, was the starting shortstop until 3 left knee sprain he suffered Aug. 15 knocked him out for the rest of the season. He finished with a .262 average and com-iTiitted just 15 errors in 416 chances.
Hampton, 23, posted a 9-8 mark with a 3.35 earned run average in his first season the big leagues. Brocail, 28, was 6-4 in games, most out of the bullpen.
Barkley reaches NBA milestone of 20,000
f NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Barkley, who averaged 24.6 points and 12.8 rebounds in february and became the 10th player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points and to,OOO rebounds, was player of the month.
« The Suns were 9-4 in February, and Barkley led the team in rebounding each £ame. He was the high scorer in 11 games Old shot 58 percent from tie I George Kart, who ted Settle to an 11-1 ” record for February, was selected coach of t|e month.
Getting in gear at the season's second track meet, New Braunfels, Calyon and Smithson Valley athletes went at each other in the Buffalo Relays on Saturday at Schertz Clemens High School. Among the standouts in the field events were Clay Skarovsky (NBHS, 1 st, pole vault, 14-0), Brad Triesch (SVHS, 3rd, long jump, 204 and triple jump, 2nd, 42-3 1/2), Erin Baetge, (NBHS, 1st, high jump, 5-4), Kendra Reimer (CHS, 2nd, long jump, 16-10) and Michelle Moore (SVHS, 3rd, long jump, 16-7).
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A case in
Academic advisor helps Horns make the grade
By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer
LANDOVER, Md (AP) — The woman sitting next to die Georgetown bench looks a little out of place. Pnm and grandmotherly, she shouts die occasional word of encouragement to the players on the court, then follows coach John Thompson to the locker room when the game is over.
But beneath Mary Fenlon’s placid extenor is die hard-nosed, uncompromising academic adviser who has kept Georgetown’s players — and Thompson — on their fcholastic toes for 24 years.
“She’d curse you out if you messed up,” New York Kmcks center Patrick Ewing said. “And if you needed a pat on die back, she’d pat you on die badfc. Mary is just a greaf lady .” radon was die first assistant Thompson hired when he took over die Hoyas’ basketball program in 1972. Since then, Thompson has made George
town a perennial college powerhouse, while Fen-lon has made sure that the school’s academic integnty wasn’t sacnficed in the process — even in money-driven, leave-school-early basketball environment of the ’90s.
“It’s not a basketball thing with her,” said sophomore Allen Iverson, the latest Georgetown star to wresde with thoughts of leaving early for the NBA. “I love Miss Fenlon to death because of how she gels on me about my work in class. She warns me lo put that first. She keeps everything in perspective ”
Under the Thompson-Fenlon regime, 72 of 74 basketball players who stayed al Georgetown four years received dieir degrees.One of her rules: lf a player has a paper due on the day of an away game, he has to turn it in before the trip, not after. Things that players get away with in high school or at other universities are absolute nonstarters with Fenlon.
“Basically, she just picked up where my parents
left oft,” senior Jerome Williams said. “Discipline is one of her fortes.”
Fenlon has another steadfast rule: She does not talk to reporters. In 24 years, the only interview she has given was to Spike Lee for an HBO piece on Thompson, and even dien she said little about herself. She declined to be interviewed for this story.
“The young men would be compromised if they thought I was going to be talking to the media,” Fenlon once said. ”... (It) violates the confidence of the studenl-alhletes.”
While Fenlon quiedy goes about her business, Thompson can hardly stop talking about her. Mention her name, and the coach’s eyes light up as he describes how their unlikely and sometimes contentious partnership works.
“I made her promise me when I first came here, that I wanted these kids to graduate, and (that) I did not trust my own competitive instincts,” Thompson said.
As former head coach Ryan Nunez recalls, it was an hour-long statistical discussion that gave Kerrville Tivy the 1981 district championship.
Thousands of fans had witnessed a classic gridiron battle between two rival Hill Thomas Country high schools, and Godley w*ien ^ seconds ticked I
off Ute clock, not a soul knew who had won. I
The scoreboard showed Kerrville and Fred- I
encksburg deadlocked at 15-15. Based on the I
tie breaker rule of penetrations. Kerrville coach- \
es figured they held the edge in territorial J
They were so confident, in fact, that with !
less than a minute left in the game and trailing I
15-12, Tivy’s place-kicker was sent in to boot a I
field goal rather than try to punch it in from !
within the IO yard line and win it outright.
John Teltschik, an All-American kicker who • went on to play for the University of Texas and the Philadelphia Eagles, easily nailed the chip shot that brought Tivy’s sidelines to a eel- J ebrat.on.
But only for a moment. As it turned out, Fredericksburg coaches contested the final num-hers and demanded a recount. The officials took the stat sheets into the locker room, and after tedious re-calculations, deemed that Tivy had indeed won the game.
Meanwhile, legions fans had departed the stadium oblivious to the news. A few faithful waited around until near midnight to find out that Tivy was in the playoffs.
“It was a con," said Nunez, who has since retired from coaching and resides in West Lake Hills. “We had talked it over with the officials before the kick, and everyone knew we were ahead on penetrations, first downs and yardage. Fredericksburg didn’t want to concede defeat. They were trying whatever they could to mess with the officials. I was a young coach at that time and let them lure me into it.”
“Looking back, I should have loaded the team on the bus and got out of there knowing we had won "
Rarely does a high football game end in such confusion and bitterness, but that now legendary fiasco serves as a valid case in point for an overtime system in high school football.
The University Interscholastic League is toying with the idea of installing an extra period for tie-breaking purposes.
High school coaches for the most part have • opposed the change, but diaries Briethamp,
LTL athletic director, believes its only a matter J
of time before die latest proposal catches on. J
Rather than a sudden death format, the new rule would allow teams to win outright without the clock being a factor. After a coin toss, each ;
team would be given the ball on offense, and a possession would end when a team scores, commits a turnover or fails to convert on fourth down. T he game ends when the score is no longer tied at the lead at the end of overtime.
At this stage, the UIL has decided to put it "J
into effect only for playoff games. Based on |
coaches’ evaluations the rule could become a J
fixture during the regular season.
For any fan who has left a contest with the empty feeling caused by a stalemate, the idea of an overtime rule is welcomed news.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Her-ald-Zeitung)
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon catcher Kylie Adams shows the umpire the evidence needed for an out at the plate against Marshall.
Allen was 2-for-4 at the plate, and Tiffany season, were scheduled to play a Wimberley
Weidner went 2-for-3 with an RBL and Dripping Springs late Saturday. The district
The Cougars, who now stand at 6-3 on the 28-4A schedule opens on Saturday.