New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► COLLEGE HOOPS
Texas Tech cans coach Pat Knight
Legend's son compiled 50-60 record at helm
LtJBBOCK (AP) — Texas Tech fired l*at Knight on Monday, ending a disappointing three-year mil for a coach who failed to lead the Red Raiders to the N(v\A tournament after taking over for his famous father.
Knight will coach the Red Raiders at this week’s Big 12 tournament and then step down, _ school
Knight spokesman Blayne Beal said.
Knight is 50-60 in his first Division I coaching job and his third full year as head coach. I le had only one winning season (19-16 in 2009-10) at Texas Tech after taking over for Boh Knight at midseason in February 2008.
Knight, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday, seemed to know he might be dismissed in comments about the Red Raiders program following a 71-68 home loss to Colorado on Feb. 23.
"We’ve lost seven games in the last minute," he said. "This program is competitive. But that’s not for me. I mean, honestly, I 'm going to be coaching here, I’m going to be coaching somewhere else. I’ve proven 1 Can coach. I run a clean program, I don’t cheat, my players graduate and we have discipline. So if you don’t want me here there’s going to be someone else that wants me."
Knight met with Texas Tech president Guy Bailey early Monday, associated head coach Chris Beard said on the Big 12 conference call. Bailey said it was time for a change.
"I appreciate everything Pat has done for our university, not only as a head coach, hut also throughout his career as an assistant," Bailey said in a prepared statement. “I wish him success and the best moving forward.”
Knight played under his father at Indiana University from 1991-1995 and later worked as a scout for the Phoenix Suns. He was an assistant for the CBA's Connecticut Pride and was a coach in both the International Basketball Association and the U.S. Basketball League.
Pat Knight was also at Indiana and at Akron University before joining his father as an assistant at Texas Tech in 2001.
The elder Knight took the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament, but the success didn’t come as easily for Pat Knight. The Red Raiders got to the quarterfinals of the NIT last season.
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Nationals rally to beat Astros 14-9; Giants topple Rangers 4-1 Monday
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper doubled twice and drove in two runs, Rick Ankiel hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied past the Houston Astros 14-9 Monday.
Houston pitcher Bud Norris cut short his outing because of a mildly strained right hamstring. He said he did not believe the injury was serious.
Norris, a member of the Astros' rotation, worked in relief. He left with no outs in the seventh and a 1-2 count to Ankiel. In two-plus innings,
Norris allowed two runs and struck out four.
Ryan Zimmerman also homered for Washington. Michael Bourn hit a solo homer and Chris Johnson had a three-run shot for the Astros.Giants top Rangers 4-1
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pat Burrell hit a two-run home run and Cody Ross drove in two runs with a two-out single in the fifth inning, rallying the San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez kept the Giants close with a strong performance in his third Cactus League start, allowing a run and two hits and striking out five in four innings.
The teams played each other for the first time since last year's World Series, won by San Francisco in five games.
Former Giant Yorvit Torreal-ba doubled in a run in the second inning for the Rangers. Alexi Ogando, a reliever in 2010 making his first spring training start, struck out four in three shutout innings for Texas.
Mavs overcome Timberwolves
The Associated Press
Mavericks in their 19th win in 21 games.
Kevin Love had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota. He posted his 51st double-double in a row, which is tied with Moses Malone in 1978-79 for the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.
Michael Beasley added 20 points and nine rebounds for the
worst team in the Western Conference, who gave the powerful Mavericks ail they could handle.
Sluggish for most of the night, the Mavericks missed their first 10 3-pointers. Nowitzki played just 14 minutes in the first three quarters, but used a 10-0 run bridging the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to take control. Jason Terry's two free
throws gave them a 94-87 lead with 5:30 to play.
The young Wolves responded with an 8-0 run of their own and took a two-point lead with 2:15 to play before the veteran Mavericks finished them off. Terry hit a 3-pointer in transition and the Mavericks went 11 for 12 at the free-throw line down the stretch to hold off the Wolves.
QUALITY PINS QUANTITY ON THE MAT
► COLLEGE HOOPS
Buckeyes still No. 1 in AP poll
The New Braunfels youth wrestling team won the state championship in the novice division in 2011 after winning the state title as rookies last year. Many of these grapplers will continue at the high school varsity
level in the coming years.
Youth wrestling comes full circle thanks to club’s determination
By Chris Hoffman
Rich tradition is something youth wrestling lacks among the traditional sports in New Braunfels.
This season, however, New Braunfels’ Slater Hodges and Canyon’s Andrew Wilson laid the foundation for the next generation of grapplers, as they earned All-State honors at the UIL state tournament with a pair of fifth-place finishes.
“I wouldn’t be here without the support and dedication of the New Braunfels Wrestling Club," Hodges said before the state tournament.
That dedication and support from a group of former wrestlers who wanted to see their children exposed to the sport fueled the club’s explosive growth over the past five years.
"I remember when I first got involved with the wrestling club, that there was only about ten kids in the group,” New Braunfels Youth
Wrestling Club organizer Rick Hodges said. “It was a small group, but it had a dedicated following, and that is what attracted Slater and myself to the sport."
It was the search for a sport for his eighth-grade son Slater that led him to wrestling.
With no family background in the sport, Rick Hodges knew he wanted Slater, who was 85 pounds and undersized for football and basketball, to get involved in a sport that would give him some extra direction in his life.
“(Slater) was a bit of a troublemaker back then,” Rick Hodges said. “But when we set foot into the wrestling club, we knew he had found his niche.”
After dedicating himself to the sport, Slater developed into one of the top wrestlers in the state, and became the first New Braunfels wrestler to earn back-to-back trips to the state tournament.
Wilson became the first all-state wrestler from Canyon High School in its debut season in 2010-11.
The youth wrestling club quickly has earned a reputation for being one of the best in the state despite having half the members as larger schools.
The club placed 75 percent of its kids at the USA Wrestling State tournament, and the team won the Novice State Championship last month after winning the Rookie State Championship in 2010.
Most impressive is their defeat of two-time state champion Allen High School, which has more than 100 kids in its membership, while New Braunfels boasts a roster of40-50 wresders.
“What that tells you is that we have quality and not quantity in our club,” Rick Hodges said. "Other schools know who we are now and know that we are a team on the rise.”
The biggest asset of the youth
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Ohio State and Kansas are 1-2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a second straight week.
The Big Ten champion Buckeyes are No. 1 for a fifth week overall and haven't been ranked lower than second since December.
They received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.
Kansas was No. 1 on the other ballots.
Pittsburgh moved up one spot to third and was followed by Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, San Diego State, BYU, Purdue and Texas.
The No. 4 ranking is Notre Dame's highest since being fourth in December 1980.
West Virginia and Cincinnati are among four newcomers this week and are part of a record nine Big East teams in the Top 25.
The Big East had nine teams in for one week in January 2009 and for one week this January.
AP TOP 25
Records through March 6
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1. Ohio St. (52)
2. Kansas (13)
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23. Utah State
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki overcame foul trouble to score 25 points in 27 minutes, helping the Dallas Mavericks outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 108-105 victory on Monday night.
Nowitzki picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, and Brian (Cardinal stepped in to score a season-high 12 points for the