New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, March 16, 2000
Baseball field preparations
New Braunfels Little League Baseball/Softball will have a big work day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to make final preparations for the upcoming baseball/softball season. The season begins Monday.
Work will involve preparing fields at the new Little League Complex, located across from McCoy’s on Loop 337. The public is invited to help. Lunch will be served. For information, contact Jon Ellis at 625-3411, ext. 284 or at 629-0294.
NBGSA slates work day
The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will host a final pre-season clinic and parent/coaches work day at the Comal Park softball fields from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Cost is $5 and players receive a $5 coupon redeemable at the April 8 Fun Day.
Additionally, all parents and coaches are asked to bring their rakes, shovels and tool box to do some final repairs and grooming of the fields. NBGSA is requesting anyone willing to donate the use of a Bobcat, a small front loading tractor and box blade to contact either Connie Fite, 629-4767 or Monty Crumrine, 625-3835.
High School Baseball
New Braunfels at Temple Tourney, in Temple, TBA *Canyon at Alamo Heights, 4
High School Softball
New Braunfels at San Marcos, in San Marcos Tournament, TBA, Thurs. through Sat.
Canyon at San Marcos, in San Marcos Tournament, TBA, Thurs. and Sat.
‘Smithson Valley at Bastrop, 7 p.m.
Midwest Regional At The Convocation Center, Cleveland Kentucky (22-9) vs. St. Bonaventure (21-9), 12:20 p.m.
Syracuse (24-5) vs. Samford (21-10), 30 minutes after previous game
Michigan State (26-7) vs. Valparaiso (19-12), 7:40 p.m.
Utah (22-8) vs. Saint Louis (19-13), 30 minutes after previous game
At The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis Auburn (23-9) vs. Creighton (23-
9), 12:25 p.m.
Iowa State (29-4) vs. Central Connecticut State (25-5), 30 minutes after previous game Maryland (24-9) vs. Iona (20-
10), 7:55 p.m.
UCLA (19-11) vs. Ball State (22-8), 30 minutes after previous game
West Regional First Round At The Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City Texas (23-8) vs. Indiana State (22-9), 12:40 p.m.
LSU (26-5) vs. Southeast Missouri State (24-6), 30 minutes after previous game Arizona (26-6) vs. Jackson State (17-15), 7:40 p.m.
Wisconsin (18-13) vs. Fresno State (24-9), 30 minutes after previous game <B>At McKale Center Tucson, Ariz.<P>
Oklahoma (26-6) vs. Winthrop (21-8), 12:40 p.m.
Purdue (21-9) vs. Dayton (22-8), 30 minutes after previous game Louisville (19-11) vs. Gonzaga (24-8), 7:50 p.m.
St. John’s (24-7) vs. Northern Arizona (20-10), 30 minutes after previous game
“This could be the catalyst we need. We have been playing well, but if we get some quality minutes out of Sean, we are going to be that much better.”
Stars goalie returns after arrest
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. (AP) — A week after being arrested in the assault of a hotel security guard, an apologetic Ed Belfour rejoined the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, promising to do his best to lead the team to a second straight Stanley Cup.
Belfour worked out with his teammates for about 30 minutes during a pre-game skate for Wednesday night’s game at the Continental Airlines Arena against the New Jersey Devils. Belfour,
• Dallas Stars 3
Jersey Devils 2
whose performance in the playoffs helped the Stars win the Cup, stayed on the ice about an extra 25 minutes working with the coaching staff.
Manny Fernandez, who had started
the four games since Belfour’s arrest last Wednesday, was scheduled to start against the Devils with Belfour being his backup.
Belfour hopes to start Saturday at Chicago. He refused to discuss his arrest on the advice of his attorney.
“I’m just happy to be back now,” said Belfour, who has a 28-18-5 record with a 2.08 goals against average and a .919 save percentage, all among the NHLs best this season.
Elliott’s return spurs San
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sean Elliott has the San Antonio Spurs plotting new possibilities just one game into his comeback from a kidney transplant.
“This could be the catalyst we need,” David Robinson said. “We have been playing well, but if we get some quality minutes out of Sean, we are going to be that much better.” ________ ______
Starting the game but playing only 12 minutes Tuesday night,
Elliott shot 1-for-3 and thrilled the Alamodome crowd with a dazzling dunk in the third quarter.
That basket ignited a 6-0 spurt for San Antonio, which pulled away from Atlanta in the final period to win 94-79. Elliott also had a defensive rebound and an assist.
Seven months earlier, Elliott received a kidney from his older brother, Noel. The 32-year-old forward had focal glomerulosclerosis, a disease that prevents the kidneys from properly filtering waste from the blood. It could have worsened to the point of forcing Elliott to undergo dialysis.
With his comeback, Elliott became the first pro athlete in a major sport to return to competition after a kidney transplant.
“It feels really good,” Elliott said after a hard practice Wednesday. “I’m expecting my endurance and my stamina to get much better.”
Coach Gregg Popovich opted to start Elliott on Tuesday to avoid a disruption with lengthy applause if he’d entered from the bench later in the game. Now, however, the coach is expected to start Elliott regularly.
“That’s the plan,” Elliott said. “(Popovich) wants to go forward with this and get a rotation and get some routine going into the playoffs.”
■ Tonight at home against Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
■ Saturday, March 18 at home against Denver, 7:30 p.m.
■ Tuesday, March 21, at Dallas , 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at home against the L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
SV girls’ soccer team bracing for playoffs
By Mike Moguin
Coming together seems to be the key in the Smithson Valley girls’ quest in the soccer playoffs.
That’s exactly what they did during the district season.
Now they hope to take their game as far as it will allow them. They will meet Kerrville in the first round of the playoffs at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Boerne.
“It’s nice to make it since it is my last year,” said Chessen Schwethelm, a senior forward/midfielder for SVHS.
“I think because we’re coming together as a team, we should do well.” Smithson Valley coach Erin Miller said, “These girls have really turned it around. Our preseason really set the stage. Most teams would throw in the towel. But these girls are athletes, and they don’t give up.
The Lady Rangers began the 2000 campaign with a 2-6-1 record in nondistrict play before turning the comer to finish the season at 7-3 in District 27-4A. They ended up in second place overall with a 9-9-1 record.
“When district started, we went off strong,” Schwethelm said. “The team got into it mentally. Everybody picked up, and we did well.”
But the Lady Rangers lost their last two games of the regular season and are looking to get back to their winning ways. They were shut out by Hays 5-0 and were defeated by San Marcos 3-1 this past week.
“I think the reason we lost the last two is because we were not mentally prepared,” Schwethelm said.
Senior forward Tommi Parsons said, “Because of losing, it’s going to help us in the playoffs, because we’re going to want it more. It will take dedication and heart, just the want for it.”
“We have strong offensive ability,” Schwethelm said. “We have long balls and crossing abilities. We also have two midfielders who can throw it in.” “We have a strong defense and are too hard core,” Parsons said.
The girts’ soccer team from Smithson Valley High School heads into the first round of playoffs 5:30 p.m. Friday in Boerne.
One defensive strength on the Lady Rangers’ roster is goalie Kristy Vaughen, who is spoken of highly by her teammates. “There were numerous saves she made in the Hays game,” Schwethelm said. “There was one game where she made a save with her legs.”
As the Lady Rangers prepare for their first postseason game, they are getting positive reviews for their preparation from their coach.
“We’ve had two good practices,” Miller said. “Our term has been ‘hus
tle.’ Hustle on and off the field. Our last game was a disappointing loss and the kids are working on changing that.
“Right now, we’re working on basic skills, utilizing the space, opening up and working as a team.”
Some players currently are dealing with nagging injuries, Miller said.
She said the key to being successful in the playoffs is for the players to “stay healthy, not give up, play hard and focus on the next game. They’re attitudes are good right now and that’s what we needed,” she said.
The New Braunfels Middle School eighth grade girls’ basketball team finished the season for the second straight year with a 10-0 record. Both the “A" team and the “B” team were conference champions. These teams are coached by Coach Kim Hoyt and Coach Billick.
The New Braunfels Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team played in the season’s final tournament Saturday. NBMS went into the tournament seeded as Nos. 1, both the “A" and “B” teams remained undefeated. They defeated Canyon, Alamo Heights, Corbett, Briesemeister, Smithson Valley and Saegert.