New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, March 12, 1991SportsHerald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 7UIL votes to expand playoffs in five sportsClass 5 A schools to vote on post-season proposal which would go into effect fall of’92
AUSTIN (AP) — If the State Board of Educjition and superintendents of the state’s largest schools agree, three teams from each Class 5 A school district will qualify for the playoffs in five sports, not just football.
The state executive committee for the Uni-versiiy Interscholastic League voted 14-6 Sunday to place the issue on a referendum ballote to be voted on by all SA member schools.
^iJproval by the schools, and final approval by the State Board of Education, would make the format go into effect in the fall of 1992.
UIL Director Bailey Marshall said Sunday that. tJ"M£ process should be completed within six weeks.
New Braunfels High School Athletic Director said he endorsed the expansion and believed the measure would be adopted.
* * I look for that to be approved pretty easily/* He said, adding the state’s basketball coaches were the primary proponents of the chan^g.
W»yne Schaper, executive director of
administation for the Spring Branch Independent School District, offered the proposal allowing three teams from each district to advance to the state playoffs in basketball, baseball, volleyball and soccer.
Schaper’s original proposal did not include soccer, but was amended to include that sport as well.
Even if the proposal wins approval, the UIL will continue to crown two Class 5A football champions (big school and small school) as it did in 1990, but only a single champion in the other sports.
Schaper first proposed that four team from each Class SA district advance to the playoffs, but that was defeated quickly.
The committee also approved a proposal that would flip-flop the playoff system that was enforced last season.
If approved for the upcoming football season, 32 teams will be included in the big school division, while 64 will enter the small school bracket. The state executive committee approved the measure 18-1.
Last season, 64 teams entered the big school division and 32 played in the small school bracket.
Under the proposal, the top three teams from each district would make the playoffs, with the one having the highest enrollment going to the big school bracket. The others, regardless of finish, would compete in the small school tournament.
The UIL is in its second year of an experimental football playoff period.
“The only thing I see is sort of a trend,” said Marshall. “Eventually you will see it filtrate into the lower classifications.”
Streety said the because some of the 5A schools are so large, the big school playoff is logical in that classification. New Braunfels is one of the least populous SA schools in the state.
"It’s not the total answer, but for a school like New Braunfels, that is a plus,” he said. “It’s a definite plus for the 5A classification, since there’s no cap on enrollment.’ ’
Marshall added schools in lower classified*Jim Streety
lions appear content for now with sending only two teams from each district into the playoffs.
Smithson Valley Atnletic Director Joe
Matulich agreed with that, particularly because the 4A districts have become so small. Three playoff qualifiers per district, he said, would water down the quality of the playoffs statewide.
”If they keep (the number of schools in a district) at six. I’d just as soon they leave it the way it is,” Matulich said. ”If they start taking three, that’s half your district.”
In the past month, the UIL has conducted information discussion sessions at seven sites around the state in order to get a feel from its members concerning the current experimental playoff system.
Sunday’s committee meeting was a culmination of those gatherings.
“One of the main concerns that we got out of those meetings is that we were doing for football and not the other sports,” Marshall said. “I think the committee took some steps to remedy that situation today.”
Officials of Class 5A schools. Marshall said, "like the fact that it kept more teams in the playoffs, not that it was equitable.” *
Canyon third baseman Junior Rodriguez and shortstop Dionicio Tor- are in action tonight, with Smithson Valley and New Braunfels hosting res ^orambie for a ground ball during Saturday’s game against New games. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Braunfels at the Unicorn Invitational. All three local baseball teams
S ciseball teams try to build momentum
N«w Braunfels and Smithson Valley are at home today for local baseball games, while Canyon travel w to Boerne.
The Cougars, fresh off a 2-1 appearance at the Unicorn Invitational that included victories over l^eaaatnion and New Braunfels and a close loss to state-rxnked Fredericksburg, play at Boerne today
At 7 Pjkxi.
The game was originally scheduled to be at Canyon, hut the teams switched sites because an earlier meeting was moved to Canyon. The Cougars won that game, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth inning mf vc* tying the contest in the seventh to force extra Lr&nings.
Donovan Rivers leads Canyon offensively with a .536 batting average, four home runs and 15 RBIs. The center fielder also paces the team with seven stolen bases and 18 runs scored.
Junior Rodriguez is hitting .452 for Canyon, Rodger Mack has knocked in 14 runs and Anthony Bueno leads the team with 16 hits.
Johnny Schaas tops Canyon’s pitchers with a 1.54 eamed-run average.
New Braunfels, which went 1-2 in its own tournament, hosts Schertz Clemens today at 7:30 pjn.
The Unicorns opened their tournament with a victory over Del Valle, then played an exceptional game against A&M Consolidated before falling 3-0
in extra innings.
Greg Overturf and Joe Faulkner both homered against Del Valle, and Grant Hodges had a strong effort on the mound. Hodges also pitched well in relief against Canyon.
Smithson Valley hosts Floresville at 7 pan., after the Rangers picked up a split with Copperas Cove in a Saturday doubleheader.
Jason LaRue leads the area with seven home runs, with all of those coming in a six-game span. The junior shortstop is hitting a team-high .519 for Smithson Valley with 16 RBIs. LaRue also has the lowest ERA on the Ranger pitching staff, while Matt Gawlik leads the team in strikeouts.
urs regain Midwest lead by bopping Jazz
SAj>l ANTONIO (AP) — Having already lost the season series to Utah, the San Antonio Spurs must finish ahe2fcd of the Jazz to guarantee home-coun ^ I vantage in the fust round of the playoffs
On jvlonday night, the Spurs took a step in thai direction, moving a full game ^j-iead of Utah.
With David Robinson scoring 33 pointy Sean Elliott adding 18, the
Spurs won their fifth consecutive game. treating Utah 105-96.
* ‘TViis is a game that really motivates as learn and hopefully this will catap, at us on to more victories on this road trip,” Elliott said, refer
ring to a four-game swing that begins Wednesday'
For Utah, which ends a seven-game road trip with its third loss in a row, Kart ivf alone led the way with 34 pointy _ John Stockton had 20 assists, the 27ih time in his career he has reached that level.
“John Stockton is incredible,” Spur* CToach Larry Brown said. “The comburxa.Lion that they make when Kart X^LaJone is with him is incredible. John ^jways finds the open man.” Stockton had an off night from the field* aliasing IO of 14 shots. But he ignited late in the game, and nearly n ird a dramatic comeback.
“We got ourselves back in the down the stretch, it was
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x clinched playoff berth
Milwaukee 96. Detroit 85
New York 90. New Jersey 85
Sah Antonio 105. Utah 96
Portland 104, Cleveland 96
Washington at Charlotte, 6:30 p rn
LA Lakers at Miami,6 30p.m
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7 pm
Minnesota at Chicago, 7 pm
Seattle at Houston, 7:30p rn
LACIippers at Denver.8:30p m
Indiana at Golden Stale. 9:30p m.
Boston at Sacramento, 9 30 p m
mvhnT|y,« game. But it seemed at the end* they made the big plays,” Stock
San Antonio made all the plays early, hitting 17 of 22 first-quarter field goals attempts for a franchise record 77.3 percent en route to a 38-24 lead.
The margin grew to 16 early in the second quarter, but a 16-6 Utah run brought the Jazz within six.
San Antonio had the lead back to double figures in the fourth quarter when Malone scored 8 straight points to bring the Jazz to 89-85 with 7:00 to play.
Elliott scored 4 points to fuel an 8-2 run and the Spurs went back up 97-87
with 3:16 remaining.
But Stockton hit a pair of 3-point shots and Malone added a third as Utah used a 9-4 spree to trim the deficit to 101 -96 with I: IO left.
San Antonio scored the final 4 points of the game from the line.
“Utah is a great team,” Brown said. “You can tell they play hard on the road.”
San Antonio guard Paul Pressey went down hard with IO seconds left in the fourth quarter. Fouled by Malone, he sprained ligaments in his right knee.
Playoff hopefuls looking for wins
“Paul is going to be okay,” Brown said. “They will know more in the morning.”
San Antonio, which plays 13 of its final 23 games on the road, begins a five-day, four-game trip against the Los Angeles Gippers.
Utah, which took the season series form the Spurs 3-2, has just nine road games left on its schedule. But the Jazz trail the Spurs by two games in the loss column.
Knlcks 90, Nets 85
Patrick Ewing made just six of 18 shots, bul scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 8:52 to rally New York.
The Nets never trailed in the second half until Ewing hit two free throws to give the Knicks an 86-85 lead with 36 seconds left.
Bucks 96, Pistons 85
Dale Ellis came off the bench to score 30 points, including ll in the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee led by four points, 71-67, entering the fourth quarter, then broke the game open with a 10-point run midway through the period lo take an 85-71 lead.
Blazers 104, Cavaliers 96
Clyde Drexler’s 26 points, 12 in the third period, helped Portland break a two-game losing streak.
Jerome Kersey added 21 points, all in the fust three quarters, and Kevin Duckworth grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
New Braunfels and San Marcos will try to ensure a dramatic finish to a light race with victories over weaker opponents tonight as the District 27-5A soccer teams enter their final full week of play.
With three games left on the schedule, just two points separate Smithson Valley, San Marcos and New Braunfels in the chase for the two playoff spots.
Smithson Valley, idle tonight, leads the district with an 11-1-2 record and concludes its schedule against the second- and third-place teams. San Marcos is a point behind the Rangers at 11-2-1, while New Braunfels is 11-2.
The Unicorns travel to Schertz tonight to play Gemens, a team which has lost two straight matches to fall to 4-7-2. Since a 3-2 upset loss to Canyon on Feb. 26, New Braunfels has won three straight games by a combined score of 12-1.
Midfielder Ezell Sanchez has scored a county-high 20 goals this season, including at least one tally in each of the Unicorns’ last eight contests. New Braunfels’ defense has been equally impressive, as the team has allowed just five goals scored in the last nine games, including six shutouts.
Of the three teams in the playoff chase, only New Braunfels has three games left on the schedule. Smithson Valley is off tonight while San Marcos is idle on March 19, the last day of the season.
The Unicorns can clinch the district title with victories in each of their last three games, including the season finale against Smithson Valley. Today’s game at Schertz is scheduled for 7 p.m.
San Marcos is 4-0-1 since dropping a 2-1 decision to New Braunfels on Feb. 19, including two wins over the weekend. The Rattlers blanked Gemens 8-0 on Friday before shutting out Kerrville Tivy 6-0 on Saturday in a game which was rescheduled from earlier in the week.
Opponents have not scored upon
District 27-SA Soccer Standings
Friday's Games Canyon 4. Boa mao Smithson Valley 0. Lockhart 0 Na* & tuft (als 5, Tlvy 1 San Marooa 0, Clemens 0 Saturday’s Game San Marcos 6. Tlvy 0 Today's Games Canyon at Tlvy New Braunfels al Clemens San Marcos al Lockhart Seguin al Boerne
San Marcos’ defense in the last four games. The Rattlers will travel to Lockhart to face a Lion team which is 0-13 on the season, including a 9-0 loss to Smithson Valley on Friday. „ Lockhart, which has won one soccer game in the team’s three-year history. has been shut out in eight of its last nine games, being outscored 59-3.
The Canyon Cougars, 4-2-1 in their last seven contests, will continue their quest to finish above the .500 mark with a 7 pm. game in Kerrville.
Canyon is 5-7-1 in district play, and finishes the season against Clemens and Lockhart. Because the Cougars have the fourth-best record in the district since Feb. 12, they have riien from eighth place lo fifth in the 27-5A standings. The Antlers enter play tonight at 4-8-1.
In another game with only pride on the line tonight, Boerne will host Seguin.
Boerne has lost four straight games, including shutout losses in the last three. The Greyhounds are 3-10-1 in district play.
Seguin is currently in fourth place, despite going 0-2-2 in the last two weeks. The Matadors are 6-5-2 in 27-5A games.
Rangerettes earn 9th place at competitive Lion Relays
Smithson Valley’s girls track and field team placed ninth at the highly competitive Lion Relays in Lockhart on Saturday, while the Rangereue junior varsity team took third.
The varsity was led by Tiffany Friesenhahn’s second-place finish in the 800-meter run. She finished with a time of 2:31.20.
The Rangerettes also picked up points in the 1600 relay, as the te&m of Celeste Baker, Karen Smith, Blondie Stone and Friesenhahn took fifth place with a 4:23.60. The 800 relay team, comprised of the same runners, finished sixth at 1:53.23.
Smithson Valley scored 14 points in the 17-scnool meet.
The Rangerettes’ junior varsity team scored 70 points to take third among 16 teams, finishing one point out of second place.
The team picked up the most points in the high jump, as Lyndsey Winn took the gold medal by clearing 4-8 and Loretta Triesch placed fourth at 4-6. Cecily Herring finished sixth in
the event at 44.
Melanic Swan earned a silver medal in the 800-meter run with a 2:48.73, while Regina Stewart was second in the 200 at 28.91. Herring placed sixth in the same event at 31.09.
Smithson Valley’s 800 relay team of Triesch, Herring, Stewart and Winn placed second with a 1:57.94. The mile relay team of Triesch, Swan, Winn and Stewart was third at 4:37.61. i
The Rangerettes also earned points with three fifth-place finishes: Jennifer Demkey in the 300 hurdles ai 56.01, Erin Talley in the 400 with a 70.71, and Triesch in the long jump with a leap of 14-714 .
Coach Louise Davidson said both the varsity and junior varsity teams performed well despite the long meet.
“We left at 6:30 in the morning and didn’t gel home until 11:00 that night, she said, “ll was a very, very competitive meet. The girls did OK, but I think they were still tired from a week of
bani u/nrk ”