New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALI^AS — Deadeye guard Bubba Jennings scored 23 points as regular-season champion Texas Tech stormed into the title game of the Southwest Conference Post-Season Basketball Classic Saturday with a 72-63 victory over Texas A&M.
Tech. now 22-7 for the season, plays Arkansas for the tournament championship at 2:08 p.m. today.
Tech, Arkansas roll into finals
The Red Raiders led from start to finish as Jennings connected on 9 of ll field goal attempts and 5 of 6 free
The Aggies, 19-10, were led by Winston Crite, who had 24 points, many of them off offensive rebounds. Crite led a rousing rally that brought the Aggies within three points, but Phil Wallace came to the rescue with ll second-half free throws and 22 points.
It was Tech’s 10th consecutive victory. The last time the Red Raiders had that many victories in a row was 12 straight in 1929-30.
Jennings, who had 12 points in the first half, hit his first four shots as the red-hot Red Raiders ran off a 38-26
Tech canned its first six shots of the game then made nine in a row in a nine-minute stretch late in the first half to finish with a 72 per cent shooting percentage against the cold-shooting Aggies, who shot only 40 per cent in the first half.
Texas A&M made only two baskets in the first IO minutes as the Red Raiders surged to leads reaching 16 points.
Texas Tech Coach Gerald Myers said the Red Raider game plan was simple — get the ball to Bubba.
“It’s great to have guys who will pass Bubba the ball and who are not jealous of him,” Myers said. “I’m proud of our other guys for their
Jennings was named the SWC Player of the Year in balloting by writers and broadcasters at the tournament.
“I’m not sure I deserve it,” said Jennings. “There’s a lot of great players in our conference.”
A&M Coach Shelby Metcalf said the Aggies lost the game in the first half.
“It’s awfully hard to come back from our first half mistakes and Tech’s sensational (72 per cent) shooting but we did,” said Metcalf. “We cut it to three points then we would take a poor shot or miss a crucial free throw. Our man-to-man full-court press got us back in the
“Tech is a great champion of our conference and they will represent us in the NCAA’s well,” Metcalf said.
DALLAS — Freshman reserve Byron Irvin scored 18 points and Joe Kleine muscled in 17 to carry Arkansas over Southern Methodist.
Arkansas is now 21-11 for the year, while SMU tumbled to 22-9.
The Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit to cut the margin to 39-37 in the second half on a Carl Wright jump shot before 14,185 fans in Reunion Arena. But the Razorbacks were equal to the pressure as Kleine
came back with five points and Irvin hit two quick buckets.
SMU center Jon Koncak scored nine points and had ll rebounds in his duel with fellow Olympian Kleine — who had two rebounds — before fouling out with 1:59 to play. Wright led SMU scoring with 20 points.
Arkansas’ tenacious man-for-man defense kept the Mustangs’ run-and-gun out of gear as the Razorbacks’ built a 31-20 halftime lead.
The 20 points represented SMU’s lowest scoring in a half this season. The previous low was 21 against Rice.
Williams Mills added ll points for the balanced-scoring Arkansas attack.SV blanks Cole, takes tournament title
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
Smithson Valley clinched the championship in its own tournament with a 10-0 victory over Cole on Saturday.
The Rangers won the Smithson Valley Round-Robm Tournament, taking all three of their games.
Every Ranger collected at least one hit against Cole, while Wes Copenhaver pitched all five innings for Smithson Valley, giving up just five hits
“This was a good little tournament for us," said Smithson Valley Coach Bobby Granger. “The other teams are all in the same class as us. We just had to go out there and hit the ball, pitch good and field the ball well."
On Wednesday, the Rangers beat St. Anthony’s 7-1, and on Friday Smithson Valley defeated Blanco 13-9.
The Blanco game was a sloppy one for the Rangers. Granger said.
We had a couple of errors and just played sloppy overall. We’ve got the hitting, just need to play better defense," he said
Against Cole, the Rangers committed no errors and even turned their first double play in two years.
"We looked better today.” Granger said “Seeing that double play sure was nice.”
After failing to get a hit in the first inning, successive singles by Paul Pharm, Jason Smart and Aaron Smith rn the second inning gave Smithson Valley a 1-0 lead.
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in the third inning on five hits.
Taylor Heydman led off with a single to left, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on Steve Gottardy’s single.
Gottardy stole second before Ray Reyes drove both runners in with a single to left field.
Chm Simons hit an infield single, advancing Reyes to second. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball.
After Copenhaver struck out, Pharm walked to load the bases. Smart and Jeff Markquez hit back-to-back singles, scoring Simons and Pharm.
After Aaron Smith walked to load the bases, Hedyman flew out to right field.
Smart, tagging up after the catch, was thrown out at the plate with a good throw by Kurt Riester.
The Rangers extended their lead to
8-0 with two runs in the fourth inning.
With two outs, Simons reached first when centerfielder Tim O’Haver dropped a fly.
Copenhaver followed up with a double down the left field line, scoring Simons. Copenhaver went to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield single by Pharris.
Smithson Valley won the game in the fifth inning, scoring twice to Uke a 10-run lead.
With one out, Smith beat out an infield hit and stole second base.
Heydman walked, settmg up a double steal for Smithson Valley.
Cougar catcher Chris Flowers’ throw to second sailed into the outfield, allowing Smith to score.
After Gottardy struck out, Reyes hit a double down the right field line, scoring Heydman and ending the game.
Vacation blahs hit girls' teams
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Spring Break-itis had its hold on the local girls’ track teams Saturday at the Ranger Relays.
On the other hand, nothing at all could hold Austin rivals learner and Reagan, as they dueled to the end for the team chanpionship. lamer, the defending champion, won the duel by racing to a meet record in the 1,600 relay, while Reagan had already packed up and gone home
The Vikings wound up with 114 points — 20 from the relay — to IOO for Reagan. Burnet was third with 57, Smithson Valley fourth with 54, Canyon seventh with 27 and New Braunfels tied for ninth with 22.
Smithson Valley picked up a large part of its points in the relays, finishing third in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600
The Cougarettes also used the relays to move up, picking up 16 in the meet’s final event with a quick 4:14.56 in the 1,600 relay.
New Braunfels, which brought only 12 athletes because of spring break vacations, scored most of its points in the shot put and discus, as lisa McKinnis had personal bests in both events.
McKinnis, a senior, finished second in the discus at 102-104 and third in the shot at 35-114. Teammate Michelle Butter had her personal best of 32-54 to finish sixth in the shot and Yvonne Mesa also had her personal best in the event.
“The shot and discus people were the only ones who showed up for
practice every day this week, and it showed,” Unicorns Coach Fred Pink said.
New Braunfels’ Virginia Hildebrand ran a 1:03.36 to finish third in the 400 meters for the Unicorns’ other points.
Smithson Valley didn’t have a lot of personal bests Saturday, but the injury-plagued Rangerettes did have some good performances.
Sophomore Carolyn Rice ran a personal best of 5:45.0 in the 1,600, shaving 17 seconds off her time. And Tammy Wilcut placed in both the IOO and 200, despite missing several workouts with tendinits.
Kim Wagner had a long but productive day, finishing fourth in the IOO hurdles in 15.93, running the anchor led on the 800 relay and finishing fifth in the long jump at 15-6.
Other members of the 800 relay, which ran a 1:53.41, were Sheryl Parker, Leslie McCoy and Shaylnn
Shalynn McCoy finished second in the triple jump at 34-11, but strained a hamstring in the process and had to drop out of the 400.
"Some of our girls are not doing the things they need to be doing physically, like warming up right and cooling down, and they’re getting hurt,” Davidson noted.
Canyon Coach Pete Rivas predicted that the Cougarettes would win the 1,600 relay, but he didn’t count on the Vikings’ record-shattering performance.
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Smithson Valley's Jim McMurray sprints for the finish in the 400 meters
Youthful Rangers finish second
Smithson Valley rode the wave of the future Saturday at the Ranger Relays.
But a tide of Pflugerville gold and blue washed over the meet as a whole, as the Panthers won the boys’ varsity division going away. Pflugerville^ hold on the meet was so strong that the Panthers didn’t even field a 1,600-meter relay team and still outdistanced runner-up Smithson Valley 160 points to 96.
The Panthers’ march couldn’t dampen the spirits of Rangers Coach John Cook, though, as he proudly pointed out personal bests for eight individuals and two relays in the varsity division and a team championship for the junior varsity.
“The kids really pulled together as a group,” Cook said. “This JV bunch is such a diverse group; that’s what makes it so strong."
And the varsity pulled together as well, despite a few bad breaks, like Jerry Delp stumbing and falling at the finish line of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles after leading over the last four hurdles.
Delp, by the way, was the only senior at the meet for the Rangers, whose youth movement includes an all-freshman and sophomore junior varsity.
The Rangers topped off the meet by winning both the junior varsity and varsity 1,600 relay, the JV with an all-freshman team.
The varsity ran a 3:35.21 with the
Results, Page 11A
team of Delp, Mike Bankston, Greg Mosier and Jim McMurray. McMurray^ anchor leg stretched the margin of victory' to 20 yards over runner-up Burnet.
Smithson Valley started the day-slowly, coming up empty in three-events before Scott Balmos finished third in the high jump at 5-8. Bruce Letbetter was fifth and Mike Echt sixth at 5-4.
Mosier added to the field event total with a second in the long jump at 19-34, a personal best.
Abel Uballe ran his best time of the season in the 3,200, posting a 10:58 25 in finishing third.
The Rangers’ spring relay of Mosier, McMurray, Delp and Balmos finished third in 45.56, and then Balmos turned around and finished third in the 110 hurdles in 16.04.
McMurray also won the 400 meters in 52.71.
“Our district is pretty level; I look for it to be an extremely close point battle,” Cook said. “I think it’ll come down to the last race. And if we keep improving like this...”
Smithson Valley’s junior varsity won the division with 167 points, just nipping Somerset, which had 165.
The Rangers go to Karnes City next week for the Badger Relays.
- DAVID KING
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Smithson Valley's Chris Simons lashes a hit during Friday's victory over Blanco