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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, March 15, 1996 □ 5 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day The Press “I never thought I’d lead the NBA Sn rebounding, but I got a lot of help from my teammates. They did a lot of missing.” Moses Malone In the news NB tennis team continues tournament success The New Braunfels Unicorns varsity girls tennis team heads into the second day of competition against San Antonio Marshall. The Unicorns are coming off a first place finish at the Alamo Heights Tennis Tournament earning 57 points to outscore Alamo Height’s 44 and Churchill’s 30. Rebekah Forney led the way by defeating Allison Ojeda of McArthur 6-2,6-2 in the singles final. In girls' doubles final, NBHS’ Andrea Giesick and Tamarra Jenkin topped Lozano/Polacio of Corpus Christi King 6-0, 6-1. Umpires needed for local Little League The New Braunfels Little League is looking for umpires to officiate games this season. Candidates must be 18 or older and willing to work nights and weekends. On-field training will be provided. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 17 from 9 a m. to noon at South Bank Community Center on HW 725. A second meeting is set for Sunday March 24 from noon to 3 p.rn at Comal Park Baseball Field. For more information, call Jim Pace at 609-6676 or Manuel Velasquez at 609-3976. Nswks offers tennis for family The John N£*qombe TerWfe Rampion- *«. tinues 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. B Monday and Wednesday 5-6 p m. Ages 4-7 B Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5.30 p.m. Ages 8-11 B 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 goiters hold clinic The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association will hold an all-level 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. Ghmm 10K to wind through •conic 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 a m., 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 Molak 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. Rumors 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, call (210) 366-3701 or Run-Tex at (512) 472-3250.Texas-size matchup with Wolverines big man Traylor By ARNE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Texas-Michi-gan matchup weighs heavier now that 300-pound freshman center Robert Traylor, who broke his arm in a Feb. 17 car accident, had his cast removed and will suit up today for the NCAA Midwest regional. Texas coach Tom Penders said he’d pit 6-foot-9,273-pound center Dennis Jordan against Traylor. “That’s an NPT. matchup with the size of those two guys,” Penders said. Texas seemed to have a healthy bunch, but Michigan center Maceo Baston, a native of Dallas, drew the ire of the Longhorns when he said they seem to “take a lot of ill-advised shots.” “Ill-advised?” shot back Texas senior forward Sonny Alvarado. “I’ve never seen a shot I didn’t like from my boys. We just take the shot that’s open. ... Coach Penders coaches that way and we like to play that way.” Michigan guard Dugan Fife, who runs the Wolverines’ offense, is fighting a virus and sore throat. Other teams in this regional are not without their ailments, either. All-Americas Tim Duncan of No. 9 Wake Forest and Kerry Kittles of lOth-ranked Vil-lanova are fighting stomach viruses that could limit their minutes today. “Kerry has a stomach virus and has been throwing up. He was finally able to eat something and he feels better,” Villanova coach Steve Lappas said after Thursday’s workout without Kittles. “I thought it was better that he stay back.” Lappas said he expected Kittles to start, however, when third-seeded Villanova faces No. 14 seed Portland (20-9), making its first ■ NCAA Tournament scores I EAST REGIONAL At The RGA Dome State 72 First Round Indianapolis Virginia Tech 61, At The Providence Civic Thursday, March 14 Wisconsin-Green Bay 48 Center Connecticut 68, Colgate Iowa State 74, California Providence. R.l. 59 64 Thursday. March 14 Eastern Michigan 75. Utah 72, Cassius 43 Stanford 66. Bradley 58 Duke 60 WEST REGIONAL Massachusetts 92. Mississippi State 58. First Round Central Ronda 70 Virginia Commonwealth 51 At The Pit Arkansas 86, Penn State Princeton 43, UCLA 41 Albuquerque. N.M. 80 MIDWEST REGIONAL Thursday, March 14 Marquette 68. Monmouth, First Round Syracuse 88, Montana N.J. 44 At Reunion Arena State 55 SOUTHEAST REGION Dallas Drexel 75, Memphis 63 AL Thursday, March 14 Purdue 73, Western First Round Kentucky 110, San Jose Carolina 71 NCAA Second-seeded Wake Forest (23-5) faces No. 15 seed Northeast Louisiana (16-13) in a night game. In other games, Missouri Valley Conference tourney champion Tulsa (22-7) met Louisville (20-11) and Michigan (20-11) plays Texas (20-9) tonight. Take Horns out early, UMassfar Thomas Godley Take the smart choice, follow logic and reason, and right away people jump all over you. The NCAA tournament office pool got under way on Thursday, and as fellow workers scanned the brackets, it took no time for a critical eye to point out that I’d taken Michigan over Texas in the first round. Imagine the shame. An ex-Hom betting against his alma mater, dropping the home team for the sake of a lousy first-round point. Despite the chastising, I stood firm by my pick. Few people understand the true art of NCAA tournament prognostication. It all starts on Monday, following the NCAA committee’s seedings. The purchase pf 3 UM Today special tournament section is-crUical. Every (sam is broken down and * • analyzed with key statistics and matchup information. Here are the facts: Michigan is 20-11 in the Big IO. The Longhorns are 20-9 in the SWC. Both teams secured at-large bids. Michigan’s starting lineup is 6-9,6-9,6-5,6-3,6-2. Texas is 6-7,6-6,6-5,6-4,6-1. Michigan coach Steve Fisher’s career record is 160-70. UT’sTom Penders is 175-80. The Las Vegas line is Michigan by I. Here’s why Michigan will move on to the next round: They have better basketball tradition and more Parade All-Americans just waiting four CBS’ cameras to shine on them. The Wolverines will fall in the next round to Wake Forest, who will fall to UMass two rounds later in the Elite Eight. The Minutemen will win it all. In the end I tossed USA Today and all its data, and remembered how two years ago a secretary who hadn’t watched a game all season took home the office pool prize. She picked Arkansas because they were ranked high and she had relatives there. So I figure, “Why not UMass this year?” They were the No. I team for a while, and my cousin Rick lives up there. (Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung) NBHS boys trade set to run at Thy By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor From staff reports Herald-Zeitung photo by THOMAS GODLEY Unicorn track coach Lew Simmonds demonstrates technique for getting out of the blocks Thursday afternoon at NBHS. Steven Simpson, Cooper Cogdell and Michael Williams take in the lesson. NBHS tops Lockhart in softball New Braunfels started its comeback. Eleven batter went to the plate for the Unicorns dunng that pivotal fourth inning. Rachel Green led off with a walk, advanced to third base on a past ball and was dnven in by Joy Orr. Melinda Aguirre, Misty Roberts and April Tuch then singled in four more runs to spark the rally. Tammy Braune and Emily Woupka notched the final two RBL Lockhart closed the gap to 7-6 with two runs rn the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Lions put runners in scoring position with two outs, but Braune, who pitched the entire game for the Unicorns, struck out the final batters to preserve the win. Tuch and Braune each went for 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the offense. The Unicorns’ next game is at Bastrop on Tuesday. The New Braunfels girls’ softball team used a seven-run rally in the fourth inning to surge past the Lockhart Lady Lions on Thursday at NBHS Softball Field. The win kept the Unicorns’ district record perfect at 3-0 and 11-8 overall. Lockhart, the district champion in 1995, dropped to 2-1 and suffered its first loss in 13 district games after going undefeated last season in 28-4A. NBHS coach Cindy Manley said the Unicorns have yet to play their best softball, “This was another tough game where we just made the plays at critical times,” Manley said. “It was kind of amazing that we came out with a win considering we had six errors.” The Lady Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead when New Braunfels track coach Lew Simmonds has always been a firm believer in pacing early and peaking late. Considering the way the Unicom boys’ team has jumped out of the blocks this season, it could be hitting a big-time stride by the start of district. After three meets, the Unicorns are moving ahead of schedule, and they figure to get better with the addition of several key athletes who are expected to join the team in the next weeks. Jamie Copenhauer, a top middle distance sprinter, will regain his eligibility and give the team a lift in the 400 meter run and 1600 meter relay. Kelly Garza plans to return from an injury to bolster the IOO and 400 meter runs. He was fourth in district in 1995. And Tony Bradford, a 6-0 high jumper, is recovering from a fool injury and could help in the field events. “We’re coming along fine right now and I’m pleased, but I think we’ve got another 30-40 points out there,” Simmonds said. “It looks good the way things are developing.” The Unicorns head to their fourth meet this Friday at Kerville Tivy. The spring break schedule will mean a scarcity of teams and runners but the meet will give an opportunity to junior varsity runners who expect to be moved up. Last week at the Round Rock McNeil meet, the Unicorns took fourth place. On March 2, they came in third at the Schertz Clemens Relays. The season opened with a dominant performance at the Unicom relays. This year’s team has balance. Jeff Garsnett continues be a strong runner in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. Anchoring the field events is state medalist Clay Skarovsky who consistently clears 14-0 in the pole vault. Klint Kingsbury is aiming for 140 feet in the discus. David Simmonds, Cooper Cogdell and J.P. Wilkins are approaching the 21 foot mark in the long jump. Kliff Kingsbury, Merle Meder, Jeff Copenhauer and Brad Boucher ran a lime of 3:35.30 in the 1,600 meter relay at the McNeil Relays. Unicom service ace Craig Sciantareili takes aim with on a sizzling serve. Sciantareili fell to Jeff Mueller of MacArthur 6-3,6-1, but the Unicom tennis team won the overall battle 5-3 in a non-district match at NBHS on Thursday. Davinder Toot defeated Justin Bradshaw 5-7,6-1,6-0. In girls’ singles, Rebekah Forney defeated Alison Ojeda, 6-3,6-2 and Melinda Boyd topped Elizabeth Maurer 6-0,6-4. In girls’ doubles, Andrea Giesick and Tamarra Jenkin defeated A Maurer and Mc Entire 6-2,6-1. Damarodas-Schneider defeated Baker Kutach 6-1, 6-1. Heraid-Zettung photo by THOMAS GODLEY Astros9 Berry replaces Caminiti By MICHAEL A. LUTZ AP Sports Writer KISSIMMEE. Fla. (AP) — Sean Berry has made a career out of stepping into big shoes. He’ll lake over the unsettled third-base spot for the Houston Astros this season — one year after Ken Caminiti, one of the most popular Astros ever, departed for San Diego. “I followed George Brett at Kansas City, I followed Tim Wallach in Montreal, so in that sense Caminiti is in pretty good company in the people I’ve followed,” Berry said. “I had the good fortune to play with Brett and Wallach and although I never got to play with Carny, that would have been nice,” Berry said. “Sure, you’d like to live up to those guys but you’re kidding yourself. “You just try to play your game and someday, maybe they’ll say I was a pretty good third baseman.” Dave Magadan and Craig Shipley platooned al third base in Cammiti s absence last season but fans clearly missed Cammiti s dart-like moves and laser throws to first base. Solidifying third base was an early goal of new Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker. “Sean fits well with this club,” Hunsicker said “We weren’t looking for a high-profile type guy. This is a club of blue-collar workers who go out and grind it out every day. “Even the stars. (Craig) Biggie and (Jeff) Bagwell are everyday grinders. Berry fits that mold. “Sean is like a chameleon Many times you don’t even nouce dial he’s there unul you look up at the end of the year and realize how much he’s done for the team,” Hunsicker said. Rockets soar past Hawks 114-106 By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Lenny Wilkens is the winningest coach in NBA history and even he couldn’t devise a defense to stop Hakeem Ola-juwon. Olajuwon hadn’t practiced in two days and was playing with a sore nght knee, but he scored 38 points and fueled a third-quarter charge that led the Houston Rockets to a 114 106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night. “We were going to try and double team defensively and help as quick as possible with relations (on Olajuwon),” Wilkens said. “I don’t think we got there quick enough and he’s too good to give him that much time.” Olajuwon’s knee started bothering him in pracuce on Tuesday but he elected to play against the Hawks and Rockets coach Rudy Tom-janovich is glad that he did. The Rockets remain two games behind the division-leading San Antonio Spurs. ;