New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
6 A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, March 17, 1996
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call *625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day
“I’ll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points.”
— Stacey King on
the night Jordan scored 69 points and King scored 1.
In the news
Lady Unicorns set to face Round Rock in soccer
The New Braunfels girls varsity soccer team will play Round Rock High in the second round of the state playoffs on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Round Rock.
Round Rock beat Austin High on Friday to set up the bi-district match.
The Unicorns are the District 28-4A champions.
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.m. at Comal Park Baseball Field.
For more information, call Jim Pace at 609-6676 or Manuel Velasquez at 609-3976.
Newks 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. r'*‘ 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 pr $500 annually.
For more information, call Dencil or Phil for more information (210) 625-9105 or 625-4957.
Gruene 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 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 .OOO 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, call (210) 366-3701 or Run-Tex at (512) 472-3259.
Optimists club golf tourney set for March 30
The New Braunfels Optimists will kick off the first annual “Friends of Youth Golf Tournament" Saturday, March 30 at Rebecca Creek Golf Course, northeast of Spring Branch.
Deadline for registration is March 23. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit local youth scouts, Little League teams, Boys’ State programs, bicycle safety courses, a Youth Appreciation Banquet and funding for scholarships.
Duncan’s status unsure against Longhorns today
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Texas might just be the most fortunate team in the NCAA tournament.
The lOth-seeded Longhorns upset Michigan Friday night with the help of Maceo Baston’s timeout blunder. And on Saturday they learned Wake Forest All-American Tim Duncan’s stomach virus could restrict his minutes against them on Sunday — and possibly keep him on the bench altogether.
Duncan, limited to 24 minutes in the Demon Deacons’ 52-40 victory over Northeast Louisiana on Friday at the Midwest Regional, skipped practice Saturday.
“He said he did not feel up to it,” Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said. “He wouldn’t
back off from anything. When he says he’s sick, he’s sick. He’s lost about IO pounds the last four days. His face is thin and his shoulders are frail.”
On Friday night, Duncan had his first solid meal since Tuesday but didn’t feel any better Saturday.
“I think he’s feeling about the same,” teammate Rusty LaRue said. “He just watched and went over some of the scouting stuff today.”
Odom said he was counting on playing Duncan, a 6- IO junior center averaging 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, but just how effective he’ll be is another matter.
“We’ll see tomorrow but I can’t imagine him playing well,” Odom said. “I know him and if it’s humanly possible, he. will get it done. But looking objectively at it, you’d say he can’t do it.”
TEXAS 80, MICHIGAN 76
Clack 7-14 0-1 15, Freeman 7-21 7-9 22, Alvarado 4-8 1-2 9, Hill 4-11 2-4 12, Vasquez 1-4 0-0 2. Coleman 0-0 0-0 0, Perryman 4-8 3-4 14, Warmsley 0-0 0-0 0, Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 30-6913-20 80. <
eonian 0-2 0-0 0. Taylor 8-180-016, Baston 9-12 5-7 23, Fife 2-5 2-2 8, Bullock 5-14 7-8 18, Mitchell 1-5 OO 2, Morton 0-1 OO 0, Oliver 0-0 2-2 2. White 2-6 3-4 7. Totals 27-6319-23 76.
Halftime—Texas 43, Michigan 34. 3-Polnt goals—Texas 7-27.
Odom also said starting guard Tony Rutland, who was limited to 11 minutes Friday because of a sprained right knee, will be watched carefully. Rutland will be replaced in the lineup by Jerry Braswell at off-guard, with LaRue moving to the point Sunday. That news didn’t exactly leave the Longhorns (21-9) jumping with joy. “We know that they’re kind of messed up right now, but we know that they’ve got great players,” Reggie Freeman said.
Rangers roll past Rattlers
By THOMAS GODLEY
Hays no match for NBHS
Unicorns take early 3-0 lead, cruise to round 2 of playoffs
By THOMAS GODLEY
Less than 23 minutes into the game Hays Consolidated coach Larry Mathis knew his Rebels were in trouble.
Before Hays had taken a single shot on goal, the New Braunfels Unicorns were off to a 3-0 lead and on the verge of a blowout in this first-round of the state playoffs.
The home team cooled off the rest of the way on Friday at Unicom Stadium, and luckily for Hays it wasn’t more lopsided.
‘They scored early and often,” Mathis said, shaking his head. “We knew we were up against a more talented team. Qur plan was to substitute often and hopefully stay close in the second half. It took a lot of life out of us when they got those three goals right away.”
Making matters more difficult, Mathis had to watch ohfe ’of his forkier players, Joe Burke, who scored the Unicorns’ second goal at the 18 minute mark.
Burke, a freshman midfielder, transferred from Hays to New Braunfels during the second semester when his family moved to NBISD.
“It was a sad day to see him leave," Mathis said. “When he told me last Jan. 2,1 only cried for a week before I got over it.”
The Rebels’ were ready to weep early when Andy Holtman got the offense in gear, kicking a pin-point pass to forward Kyle Reneau who headed the ball into the center of the net for a I -0 lead.
The Unicorns dominated every aspect of the game, keeping the hall on the Rebels’ side of the field for the majority of the clock and laking 31 shots on goal to Hays’ 9. The ratio was 18-3 in the first half. The closest the Rebels would come
UMass holds off Stanford 79-74
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Unicorn forward P.A. Vargas works his way for a shot on goal during second half action against the Hays Rebels on Friday at Unicorn Stadium. New Braunfels scored three goals in the opening 18 minutes to win the game.
to scoring was a direct kick that sailed high toward the crossbar and was blocked by backup goalie Jacob Kearny with 1: 13 left in the game. Starting goalie Bradley Brandenburg moved over to help the offense in the second half.
Senior sweeper Sid Gosa said the Unicorns came out with a mission.
“We wanted to prove ourselves after being eliminated from the playoffs early last year,” Gosa said. "When we got ahead 3-0, we played it safe and worked on our passing skills. We didn’t want to run up the score on them. We know it will be tougher in the second round.” NBHS coach Bob Rodriguez took advantage
of the comfortable margin, making substitutions and giving several players playoff experience.
After struggling offensively in a 0-0 tie with Alamo Heighls last week, the Unicorns worked successfully on pushing the ball to the sidelines and opening up the middle.
• “We wanted to attack their weakness, which was the comers,” Gosa added. “We’ve worked on getting outside and that’s what helped us tonight.”
The Unicorns also won a coin toss and will play Austin Bowie on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Unicom Stadium.
Smithson Valley made history on Friday night at Ranger Stadium.
Posting a 3-0 shutout of the San Marcos Lady Rattlers, the Rangers earned their first-ever playoff victory in girls’ varsity soccer.
“We’re excited about moving on to the next round,” said SVHS coach Kate O’Reilly. “This was a big win for the girls and for our program. Hopefully we can build on it.”
The Rangers, the 1996 district runner-up, made the playoffs last year but were eliminated in bi-district by the Hays Lady Rebels. The first playoff win over San Marcos on Friday came in the school’s third year of varsity competition.
Freshman forward Dawn Gibson, the team’s leading scorer, once again led the way. She had two goals in the second half that sparked the Rangers offense.
After a scoreless first half in which the Rangers took 15 shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes — only to be denied by Rattler goalie Sarah Maroney — O’Reilly said she gave her players some words of advice in the locker room.
“I told them it could be their last 40 minutes of the season or they could keep it going,” O’Reilly said. "They just had to come out and keep attacking.”
The Rangers scored two goals in the opening four minutes of the second half. Gibson took a pass from Jennifer Ealy and kicked a rocket shot past Maroney to make it 1-0 at the three minute mark.
A minute later, Gibson again took an assist from Ealy, this time placing the shot over the outstretched arms of Maroney and curving it under the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.
The scoring was capped by Ealy’s highlight-film shot off a pass from Gibson. Running to the left side of the box and drilling a shot with her left foot, Ealy found the right comer of the goal to make it a 3-0 game.
Cambry Clark was the Rangers defensive star with 15 steals. O’Reilly said the victory was a confidence builder after a disappointing outcome at the end of the regular season against district champion New Braunfels. The Unicorns won 3-0 in a showdown.
"The girls were kind of down after that game because we didn’t play as well as we could have," O’Reilly said. ‘Tliey wanted to come out and prove themselves early against San Marcos. They were fired up and took a lot of shots in the first 15 minutes. They kind of backed off after failing to score but they came back with a strong second half.”
Goalie Kelly Roberts had another stellar outing on defense, making several key punts that put the Rangers* offense in motion.
The Rangers next play Austin Bowie on Monday at 7 p.m. at Ranger Stadium.
By The Associated Press
Winning close games has become a habit for top-ranked Massachusetts, which did it again Saturday in the NCAA tournament.
The Minutemen (33-1) beat Stanford 79-74 in the second round of the East Regional for their 10th victory this season by six points or less.
"You have lo understand we’re not the kind of team that beats people by 50 points,” UMass coach John Calipan said. "We haven’t been all year We’re a gnnd-it-out basketball team.”
All-American Marcus Camby was plagued by foul trouble but still got 20 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for UMass, which barely held on after building a 13-point lead with seven minutes left.
Stanford pulled within one point on Dion Cross’ 3-pointer with 52 seconds left, but Donta Bright then sank a foul-line jumper for UMass. Stanford freshman Peter Sauer missed a 3-point attempt with 15 seconds remaining, and Camby made a pair of free throws for the final margin..
Now Braunfels Junior League court of honor
Tbs Rocher Construction boys’ basketbaM team finished in first place in the New Braunfels Jr. League Basketball season. The team went 9-0 in the fourth grade division. Pictured, from bottom left to right, are Bill Gregson, manager, Chad Gregson, Zeb Vicknair, Brandon Krueger, Clinton Stewart, coach Tom Vicknair, (second row) Joshua Mc Rain, Joseph Gallaher, WHI Fisher, Kevin Steeno and Steven Stockwell.
■ ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA required Georgia Tech freshman Stephon Marbury and his family lo repay a $542.58 hotel bill as it condition for his being eligible for tournament play, The Atlanta Joumal-Constitution reported.
Marbury had to repay the money by March 7 in order to be eligible for last week’s ACC tournament and the NCAA tournament, according lo* documents obtained by the newspaper.
The payment was for expenses Marbury and his father, Don, incurred at an Atlanta hotel during a November 1994 recruiting visit.
■ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Bibby had the interim removed from his title when named men’s basketball coach at Southern California.
Bibby, 46, an assistant since May, was hired despite the fact that tile Trojans were winless in nine games under him after Charlie Parker was fired Feb. 7. USC lost its final IO games and wound up 11-19,4-14 in the Pac-IO.
■ CHICAGO (AP) — Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf stood silently in line with his Denver teammates and Chicago Bulls fans cheered loudly throughout the national anthem before their game.
A few fans behind the Nuggets’ bench displayed a large American flag. Abdul-Rauf, eyes closed, held his hands near his face in a praying position during soloist Suzanne Shields’ 87-second rendition.
Boos greeted Abdul-Rauf when he entered the
game al the 6:57 mark. He silenced tile crowd by making a 17-foot jumper the first time he touched the ball.
The scene capped a furor-Ii I led week for Abdul-Rauf, who said lie wouldn’t stand for the national anthem because it is a form of nationalistic wo^hip forbidden by his Islam religion. He also called tile U.S. flag a symbol of “oppression and tyranny."
The NBA suspended him Tuesday, but reinstated Abdul-Rauf on Thursday after he agreed to stand — and pray — during the anthem. The suspension cost him $31,707.
■ PATERSON, N J. (AP) — A judge ruled Lennox Lewis was wrongly denied his chance at the WBC heavyweight title, but he refused to
block Saturday’s fight between Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno.
Supenor Court Judge Amos Saunders ordered Tyson and Bruno to refrain from fighting after Saturday, and blocked the WBC from sanctioning any more heavyweight title fights until Lewis’ lawsuit is settled.
Lewis, who beat Bruno in defense of the WBC title in October 1993, lost to Oliver McCall in September 1994. McCall then lost it to Bruno last September.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues added another veteran with Stanley Cup experience, acquiring center Craig MacTavish from Philadelphia for center Dale Hawerchuk.