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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, March 14, 1996 □ 5; Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” Muhammad AU. In the news Canyon powerltftor qualify for state, regional meet Sixteen members of the Canyon High School boys’ and girls’ powerlifting team have qualified for state and regional competition this month. The boys team will compete in the regional meet on March 15-16 in Los Fresnos High School. The girls team will compete at the state meet on March 23 at the Civic Center in Beaumont. The following are Canyon qualifiers and their weight class: Boys — Jason Hunt (114), Curtis Schmidt (132), Jeremy Hill (148), Steven Brockman (165), Mark Noble (181), Robert Blankenbeker (181), Kevin Self (181), Orlando Mesa, (191) John Rores, Justin Kincheloe(220), Mike Broaddus (220) and Dustin Maxwell (220). Girls — Amber Anderson (114), Tyanna Michalec (114) Amber Heitcamp (132) and Marci Allen (148). The CHS powerlifting teams are coach by Dan Burk. Spring baseball camp nixed The Spring Break Baseball Camp from March 18-21 has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. For those who have already signed up and paid, a full refund will be returned. NBHS coach Neal Miller will give two hours of free instruction to players w! to arrive at the Monday, March 18 session at the Little League Fields. kFor more information, call Neal or Dee Miller at 629-5518. Nswks offers tennis for family The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch continues its program for the whole family. Men’s and women’s leagues begin soon. The following are dates and times for the junior training sessions for youth ages 4-18. ■ Monday and Wednesday 5-6 p.m. Ages 4-7 ■ Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 8-11 ■ Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Ages 12-18 Club membership is available to the entire family, with tennis, swimming, basketball and volleyball. The cost is $50 per month or $500 annually. For more information, call Dencil or Phil for more information (210) 625-9105 or 625-4957. NB junior golf ors hold clinic The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will hold an alWevel tournament at Quail Creek Golf Course in San Marcos on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. For more information, call Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. Qrucnc 10K to wind through scenic Hill Country course The 12th annual Gruene Texas 10,000 race will take participants on a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run and a two-mile walk through Gruene Historic District and the scenic Hill Country of New Braunfels. The race starts at 9 am. Saturday, April 6 in front of Gruene Hall on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Primary sponsors are race founders and Gruene Texas partners Pat Mdak and Mary Jane Nalley. Other sponsors include Roger Soler’s Sports in San Antonio, and Run-Tex, The Runner’s Store in Austin. Race director is Roger Soler About 1,000 runners are expected at this year's event. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the top three runners in each division for men and women ranging in age from 14 to 70 and older . The Texas Flag Shorts championship will continue this year. The first male and female wearing Texas flag shorts to cross the finish line each will receive a Texas flag jacket, courtesy of Roger Soler’s Sports. Registration fee is $12 before March 30. Runners can sign up in person at Roger Soler Sports, 2589 Jackson-Keller Rd. Late registration will be $15 after March 31 and$20 on the day of the race. A portion of the proceeds go to Friends of the River, a New Braunfels-based non-profit organization which promotes the conservation and preservation of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. For more information, can (210) 366-3701 or Ryn-Tex at (512) 472-3259 NCAA Tournament Pitino: Kentucky brought to earth just in time LEXINGTON. Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Rick Pitino hopes the loss to Mississippi State will make his No. 2 Wildcats quit believing everything they hear about themselves. Kentucky (28-2) had a 27-game winning streak come to an end when it fell 84-73 to Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference tourney championship game on Sunday. “When you hear people say it’s the best team in 31 years ... you suddenly believe the nonsense,” Pitino said. ’’Mississippi State puts a hammering on you and now you say, ‘Wait a second. Boy, was that not true?’ “That’s where I think the great lesson was learned. I’m excited about tliat because I think if we didn’t learn that lesson, I don’t think we had a chance of a national championship. “We will not be full of ourselves,” he added. “Right now, we have a humble group of young men.” Kentucky opens play in the NCAA Midwest Regional against San Jose State (13-16) on Thursday at Dallas. Pitino said his team’s defense, especially against the 3-pointer in the SEC tourney, is a concern right now. Kentucky held opponents to 30 percent shooting from 3-point range during the regular season, but in the tourney it was burned by Florida (9-for-9), Arkansas (10-for-20) and Mississippi State (9-for-15). “That’s a dangerous thing because you win on defense,” Primo said. ‘T think that’s what we’ll take out of the SEC tournament and really work on in the next few days.” If Kentucky defeats San Jose State, it will face the winner of the game between Wisconsin-Green Bay and Virginia Tech on Saturday. Pitino denied a rumor that forward Antoine Walker had been suspended from any games. He said Walker was benched for most of the second half against Mississippi Slate because he was unhappy with his overall play. “Antoine got us this far,” Pitino said of the 6-foot-8 sophomore. “He’s had a great season. But Antoine has to be great for us to win the whole thing. If he’s not great, we have to play almost a perfect game.” KAST REGIONAL Rf si Round Thursday. March 14 Bradley (22-7) vs Stanford (19-8). 12 25 pm Massachusetts (31-1) vs Central Florida (11-18), 30 minutes after previous game Penn State (21-6) vs Arkansas (18-12), 7:40 p m. Marquette (22-7) vs Monmouth. N J (20-9). 30 minutes after previous game Fnday, March 15 Georgetown (26-7) vs Mississippi VaBey State (22-6). 12:15 pm. New Mexico (27-4) vs Kansas State (17-11). X minutes after previous game Texas Tech (28-1) vs Northern libras (20-9). 7:40 p m. North Carolina (20-10) vs New Orleans (21-8). X minutes after previous game SOUTHEAST REGIONAL First Round Thursday. March 14 Connecticut (30-2) vs Colgate (15-14), 12.15pm. Duke (18-12) vs Eastern Michigan (24-5), 30 minutes after previous game Mississippi State (22-7) vs Virginia Commonwealth (24-8). 7 40 pm. UCLA (23-7) vs Prnceton (21-6) X minutes after previous game< At Orlando Arena Orlando Fla Friday, March 15 Temple (19-12) vs. Oklahoma (17-12). 12 25 pm Cmcinnati (25-4) vs North Carobna-Greensbcro (20-9), X minutes after previous game Indiana (19-11) vs. Boston College (18-10), 7.40 p rn. Georgia Tech (22-11) vs Austin Peay (19- IO), X minutes after previous game MIDWEST REGIONAL First Round At Reunion Arena Dallas Thursday, March 14 Kentucky (28-2) vs San Jose Slate (13-16), 12 30 pm Wisconsin-Green Bay (25-3) vs Virgins Tech (22-5). X minutes after previous game Iowa State (23-8) vs Caittomia (17-10). 8 pm Utah (25-6) vs Carnsius (19-10) X minutes after previous game At The Bradley Center Milwaukee Friday, March 15 louisville (20-11) vs. Tulsa [22-7), 12:X pm Vdtanova (25-6) vs. Portland (19-10). X minutes after previous game Wake Forest (23-5) vs Northeast Louisiana (16-13), 7:50 pm. Michigan (20-11) vs Texas (20-9). X minutes atter previous game WEST REGIONAL First Round At The Pit Albuquerque. NM. Thusday. March 14 Syracuse (24-8) vs Montana State (21-8). 238 pm. Memphis (22-7) vs Drexel (26-3), X minutes after previous game Purdue (25-5) vs Western Carolina(17-12), 7.50p.m. Georgia (19-9) vs Clemson (IBIO). X minutes alter previous game At The University Activity Center Tempe, An2. Friday, March 15 Maryland (17-12) vs. Santa Clara (19-8). 238 pm Kansas (26-4) vs South Carolina State (22-7). X minutes after previous game iowa (22-8) vs George Washington (21-7), 8 pm You’re Invited * X Scinl-Annutel HQH SHOW • cmd Saie * Civic Center, New Braunfels, Texas . March 15-16-17,1996 FRI. & SAT., 11 a m. - 7 p.m. •    TK. SUN., NOON-5 p.m.    ^    O SHOW SHOW MANAGER Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Forward Josh Metz guides the Unicorns into battle against the Hays Rebels on Friday at Unicom Stadium. The first-round playoff game kicks off at 7 p.m. Unicorn soccer teams gear for state playoffs By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editors The situations are reversed but the goals remain the same for the New Braunfels boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams. Last year at this time, the NBHS boys had captured the district championship and were taking a bye week to prepare for the playoffs. The Unicom girls were the runner-up team getting ready for a first-round battle. It’s a different story in 1996. The NBHS girls capped an unbeaten district season with a 3-0 win over Smithson Valley that earned them the district title and a week off before facing their Austin area opponent. The NBHS boys have a more immediate test against the Hays Rebels on Fnday at 7 p.m. at Unicom Stadium. Midfielder Kyle Reneau said the first -round game could work out to an advantage for the Unicorns. “A first-round bye is good if you need to heal injuries, but we’re healthy and ready to play,” Reneau said. “We want to come out fired up and have a strong game against Hays. We’re confident that we can win and gain some momentum for the next round of the playoffs.” Attacking the outside lanes of the field will be the key to handling Hays, Reneau said. The Unicorns (14-2-3,9-1-2) failed to open up the middle against Alamo Heights last Friday, and the result was a 0-0 tie, although New Braunfels held the edge in shots on goal, 18-13. The Unicom girls (7-3-5, 3-0-3) are peaking at the right time. They haven’t lost a game since the first week of February, and on Wednesday night in a warm-up game, they took a 3-0 win over East Cen-! tral, the No. 2 ranked team in the San-Antonio area. Leah Alba. Stephanie Shumway and Jodie Helchler each scored goals. Goalie Kristie Hull anchored a defense that has now posted two straight shutouts. “The girls are playing their best soccer at the nght point in the season,” NBHS coach Joey Trevino said. The Unicom girls will face the winner of this Friday’s game between Round Rock High School vs. Austin High School. The Smithson Valley Ranger girls, the district runner-up team, will face the San Marcos Rattlers at 6 p.m. on Friday at Ranger Stadium. ■ CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen will miss up to two weeks because of an assortment of injuries. Bulls general manager Jerry Krause said tendinitis in Pippen’s right knee will sideline the All-Star for 10-14 days. Pippen also has been nursing back and ankle injuries. ■ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Northwest Missouri State must forfeit 12 victories and vacate its share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship because of the use of an ineligible player. ■ The MIAA said center Rick Jolley was ineligible because he played in an exhibition game for Penn State in 1990-91 before transferring to Northwest Missouri. Following the result of the school’s appeal, the case will be forwarded to the NCAA Infractions Committee. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pete Cassidy, who recently concluded his 25th season at Cal State Northridge, won’t receive a contract for next season. The Matadors finished their sixth season as an NCAA Division I school with a 7-20 record. Cassidy was 334-337 overall at the school. ■ NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Police closed a nussing persons case on Billy Sims after the former Oklahoma and Detroit Lions star telephoned Detroit’s WDIV-TV to say he was alive and well. Sims’ wife, Edna, reported him missing to Norman police Tuesday, saying she had not seen him since Feb. 13. Sims said he and his wife had been separated and he had tried to call her over the past two weeks < ■ INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Top-ranked Thomas Muster of Austria, almost unbeatable (Mi clay in the last year, was ousted from the Newsweek Champions Cup by Adrian Voinea of Romania 6-3, 7-5. While Muster tumbled on the hard courts at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, No. 3 Andre Agassi beat Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-1,4-6, 6-3. Beaming with success Submitted photo Laurl Simpson, a New Braunfels High Schol freshman, continues her winning gymnastics performances. At a recent meet in Austin, competing against Level 8 gymnasts, she placed first In the balance beam, second in the vault and floor exercise, and third on the uneven bars. The scores gave her first place in the All-Around gymnast. Lauri trains at J&R Gymnastics and is preparing for the South Texas State Meet in Georgetown. Former Canyon baseball standout sets SWC mark By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Former Canyon High School baseball star Lance Berkman continues to make his mark on the Southwest Conference record books. On Sunday, the Rice Owls first baseman knocked in his seventh home run in a three game series against the University of Massachusetts, pushing his total to nine round-lrip-pers in a week. The record-setting performance earned him National College Player of the Week and SWC Player of Week honors. The series record is one that will probably stay in the books for a while, according to Lou Pavailich, the editor of Collegiate Baseball magazine. “In his 26 years of keeping stats, he said he’d never heard of a player hilting nine home runs in a week,” Mark Sanders, Rice sports information assistant said. On Saturday in the first game of a double -header with IIMass. Berkman hit two home runs and followed it up with four home runs in the second game for a total of Lance Berkman six on the day. For the week, he tallied nine home runs, 24 RBI and 17 runs in seven games. As a freshman last year, Berkman set the national record for doubles in a season with 26. He also earned Newcomer of the Year in the SWC Coaches’ poll Berkman, a 1996 Olympic team hopeful, was all-state player for the Canyon Cougars in 1994. ;