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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung J Thursday, March 20, 1997 a Page 7 Herald-Zeitung Sports Day ■ To talk with News Editor Steve Brigman about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 221.Sports DayUCLA, Cyclones bring different styles into Dome By DENNE H. FREEMAN The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — UCLA likes an expressway pace. Iowa State thrives on half-court slowdown Something has to give in their NCAA tournament Midwest regional semifinal. NCAA Tournament “UCLA has athletic ability far beyond ours." Iowa State center Kelvin Cato said. “They are a fastbreak team we won’t try to slow down. We'll just try to control them. We know all their guys can jump. Only a few of our guys can jump.” The Bruins (23-7), cruising with an 11-game winning streak, are six-point favorites over the Cyclones (22-8) in Thursday night's game of contrasting styles which follows Minnesota vs. Clemson. Iowa State has lost a1) five games it has played against UCLA, but the Cyclones said they won't be awed. "UCLA is more athletic than Kansas and have four guys that probably will go into the NBA but we don’t think the env ironment will be too much for us," said Iowa State guard Dedric Willoughby. “We watched these guys win the national title two years ago and have some players who can do anything at anytime but we still think we can do the job." The Cyclones, who knocked off a quick, athletic Cincinnati team 67-66 in the second round, hope to frustrate the hyper Bruins. It won’t work. said UCLA guard Cameron Dollar. "It will be a lot of fun playing half-court," Dollar said. "We’ve done it time and again in our conference. “ “We’ve played 18 games like that because most of the teams in our league (Pac-IO) won’t let us run," said forward Charles O'Bannon. O’Bannon smiled when told of the praise from Television Times «-—     IIM    A KMM SOW VB. UCLA CBS, ch. 5 6:55 p.m. C8S,ch.5 9:15 p.m. Iowa State. “They’re just trying to pump UCLA up a little,” O'Bannon said. “We know they play well together and do what they do very well.” Steve Lavin, who became UCLA’s interim coach in November when Jim Harrick was dismissed then got the job permanently in February, said Iowa State’s tempo was definitely a factor for concern. “We do like that expressway lane but we’ve played well at different speeds this year,” Lavin said. "We can play a half-court game " UCLA averaged 102.5 points in beating Charleston Southern and Xavier in the first and second rounds and Iowa State coach Tim Floyd said the Bruins have him worried. “I've got great respect for UCLA because I believe they arc as talented as Kansas from their one through six players," Floyd said. "They create great matchup problems We will have to limit their transition baskets and keep them off the foul line." Rookie Lav in gives Iowa State the coaching edge. Lavin said "lf it comes down to a chess match between coaches we may be in trouble. Floyd could be the next coach of the Chicago Bulls if Phil Jackson retires and all I have is 23 wins" Its Iowa State’s first appearance in the final 16 since 1986. UCLA, which won the national title two years ago w ith Lavin as an assistant, is milking a fourth appearance in the final 16 in the 1990s. The Bruins have been NCAA champions 11 times. Cyclones guard Jacy Holloway said "We’ve all watched UCLA play on television. But coach Floyd has kept us so busy it)* been hard to worry about who we’re playing" Gone but not forgotten Merald-Zfftung photo by MichMi Daman Unicorn Tnvtc Bator, 10, chaeta down Taft’s Qlancarlo Cntsrro during Tuesday's final game of the Seaton for New Braunfels The senior defender la annona those u Door class mon who will be missed next veer. e    aewe WMW swteeiwwa s s    iw*w awless a^p we a vee sa    seeeei^^ev    e^^weai^^wa a ^waa a ” * wee iv aaa    v I awe^^^awsaa I i^^am weaver • Unicorns’ season memorable By STEVE BRIGMAN News Editor The foes (o lari by the New Braunfels boys soccer team ended its season on a down note, bul it did little to tarnish what was an excellent year for the Unicorns. In the Unicorns’ inaugural season in 5A competition, they made a solid showing. "There are a lot of four-year players who have played their last game here,” Unicom coach Bob Rodriguez said atter Tuesday fc loss. "I’m sorry it had to end on this note, but (hilt usually happens in the playoffs. Their is only one team at the end of the year that goes home with a win ” The Unicorns showed what they were made of T uesday when they battled buck twice to Ue their biggest game of the year. "They have played that way all year long," Unicom Rodriguez said. "The intensity is there One goal and even two goals is not a comfortable lead.’’ Rodriguez's squad emerged as the third-place team in the Sports Briefs very tough District 53-5A. A victory over previously undefeated Churchill in the next-to-last district contest helped propel the Unicorns into the playoffs Taft coach Bob Richter said beating a team the caliber of New Braunfels was especially gratifying "T his was some of the most quality competition in tile slate,” Richter said. “They got into a district that was very difficult, and played tough competition all year long " Hie Unicorns are losing a top-notch group of seniors that includes, Bradley Brandenburg, Josh Mot/. Kyle Reneau. Brett Doeppenschmidt, Jacob Kearny, Gilbert Morales. Trav is Baker and Andy Holtman. Bul with tile likes of sophomores Joe Burke. Derrick Sasscnhagen. Tommy Taylor and freshman Clay Coleman, the Unicorns have the foundation for a quality team in the future. Noe Cruz, Joey McBrayer, Aaron Wong and Matt Slaughter will assume the senior leadership on next year’s club The Unicorns finished the season with a 12-5-4 record New Braunfels whips MacArthur sun gvi rvvvnyv wren »•« Running Clute 9b ImM ' ■ The monthly board meeting of the New Braunfels Running Club wi be tonight at 630 pm at ftofessional Therapy ' ’ Services, 1551N. Walnut For rroe information, cal Meld Ralph at 606-8862 or 6205068 Jtotfer OMI AaaodMbn The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association w« hold an al level tournament at Swdance Golf Course on SMuoday at 130 p m. The cost ie $650 per play* ar. The tournament wB be ferried to 40 players. * • I drama 10ft flflm MI CouByOotiM The 13di annual Gruene Texas IDkHometer run wti take place March 29. The race begins at 9 am. in front of Gruene Hal. One thousand perticipanls are expected to run in the raoa Cash and other prizes wV be awarded to the top three irish* ere for men and women in each age bracket 14 and under, 15 19,20-24,25-29,3034,3539, 40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,66-69 and 70 and older. The first mate and female to cross the finish knew* receive a pair of Reebok running shoea Preregistration fee is $12. Registration forms are available at Roger Solaris Sports, 2589 JacksorvKelter Road at Nfenoe Jackson, and at Soterfc Sports at 5933 Broadway. Preregetiabon deadbne is March 22. Laie registration until Saturday is $15, and $20 the day of the race.    ., For information, cat (pity 98$ 3148, (210) 366-3701, or (512) 472-3254. The Coots L&t Guadalupe River Bandit Softbal Tournament wi be played Apr! 56 at Comal Parkin New Brainfate There wit be two classes: BC with a six homerun Imfc and D wdh a one homerun Smit Entry fee is $100 per team. Then wV be first- through fourto-pteoa prizes in each (Avision and a MVP award in each dMsion. The entry deadfine is Apr! 2 at 5 p.m. For information cal 809-6247 or (210) 372-1087. Latham MMM* la The Luthers Brotherhood Cedar Branch Nb. 8886 w* hold its fifth annual golf tournament April 6 to benefit toe Comal County Senior Citizens Center expansion fund. The four-man scramble wi tee off at 2 p.m. at Sundance Golf Course The Entry fee is $35 per player and includes green fees, cart range bals, barbecue and prizes The field wa be Smiled to 18 teams. For reformation cat Boyd W. Bal al 6250601, or Greg Gundareon at 6200131. On Deck Today Softball Smrihiuo Moy af Bastrop    5 p m Friday, March 21 BaaatoaM Smahaon Valtey al Maya ........ lpm May* JV al SmNhaon VWfey (2)    5    pm Cfemanaal Canyon  .............7    pm Naw Braunfels JV al Rooaavaft .. 430pm RooaavaN al Maw Braunite ......7    pm Tannia Smtoaon Vatfey al Fradartckatourg    Sam Softball Lam JV al Naw Braunfels ..........4    p m Naw Braunfels al Laa ........4    30    pm Track Naw Braunfels boys al AAM Consulated Naw Braunfels girls al Hays Saturday, March 22 Tannia SmHhaon VaMay at Fradartcksburg Sam Traok Smithson VaSay ay Hays .......... IBA Canyon al Hays................. IBA Softball Naw Braunfels JV al Lockhart Tourney THA win ovsr Coyotes DALLAS (AP) Mike Modano and the Dallas Stan* finally settled a five -week old score with the Phoenix Coyotes. Dallas, still upset about an onharrassmg 5-0 home loss to Phoenix on Feb. 12, routed the C oyotes 7-2 on Monday night to run its home unbeaten streak to eight games "That was talked ahold quite a bit," said Modano, who matched his career-high with four assists. "You take a game like (hid and put rn in your memory bank. We got the big lead, then we weren't going to give them the opportunity to come back.’’ Joe Nieuwendyk sawed 28th and 29th goals, while Greg Adams, Darryl Sydor and Neat Brutal each had a goal and an assist. "We had to prove we amid defend our arena,” Adams said "We didn’t want lliai to happen again." dorm on lo bo aggressive against top-saaded Gophers SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A little fine tuning has made a big difference tor t let ii son's basketball team The Tigers realized after losing to Maryland in the Atlantic C oust ( (inference tournament that something wasn't right Something was different about (lie way they had played in the filial weeks as compared with how they had played in starting the year 16-1. So the players and coaches met to talk things out. "The outcome of the discussion was that we needed to start playing more as a unit and be more aggressive as a unit,” said Mer! ( ode. senior guard "We’ve got to get back to being intense and giving everything we’ve got on every possession on the defensive end. That’s something we had gotten away from " They have gotten back to it dunng the NCAA lounlament, and tonight go against top-seeded Minnesota in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Clemson, the forth seed, is 23-9 while Minnesota is 29-3 and has won 14 of its pits! 15 games Bangor* roc Ord fifth-straight spring-training victory PORI CHARLOTTE, Fla - John Burkett allowed three hits in six shutout innings and Mike Simms hit a two-run homer, leading Texas to lls fifth consecutive win. From Staff Reports Outfielder Tuesday Covington drove in two runs and Tammy Braune and Joy Oit allowed only five hits as the New Braunfels Unicorns softball team beat the MacArthur Lady Brahmas 7-4 Wednesday in San Antonio. Softball Coach Cindy Manley said the Unicorns played almost flawless softball, "We played pretty well," Manley said “We only had two errors.” With the victory over MacArthur. New Braunfels remains in sole possession of first place in District 26-5A at 6-0. 12-3 overall. The Unicorns raced to a 5-0 lead after four innings. New Braunfels scored their first run rn the first inning Emilie Wotip-ka and Melinda Aguirre both singled. Rachel Green’s RUI groundnut drove in Wotipka. April Tilths tnpk scored Kyle Simpson in the second inning lo give the Unicorns a 2-0 lead The Unicorns began to pull away with three runs in fourth inning. Rebecca By JAIME ARON The Associated Press IRVING For six weeks. Daryl Johnston fretted about whether he’d remain with the Dallas Cowboys. The fullback known as the "Moose” was so concerned, he even lost sleep over it Meanwhile, agent Leigh Steinberg handled inquiries and oilers from several other teams But knowing what Johnston really wanted, he kept holding out until Dallas was ready to deal. Last Friday. Steinberg finally cornered Cowboys owner Jerry Jones al the NFL winter meetings rn Florida. Steinberg said Jones "got focused and prioritized," and a deal was done by Tuesday On Wednesday, a relieved Johnston signed a five-year, $7,575 million contract he expects will keep a star on the side of his helmet the rest of his career. Jones was probably (ast as relieved By Espinosa walked and Simpson reached on an error. Espinosa scored on iui error. The Unicorns then called a suicide squeeze by Tuch which scored Simpson. Tuch then came home on Aguirre’s RBI groundout, making the score 5-0. MacArthur scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to get within one run at 5-4. But the Unicorns were able to hold off the I ady Brahmas w ith two runs in the sixth Misty Roberts and Christina Hill both walked, and Wotipka reached on an error. Covington hit a triple scoring both Roberts and Hill for the final runs of the game The game was played through six innings because of a time limit. Braune pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up two hits and striking out one Orr threw for 2 1/3 innings allowing two hits and sinking out two. Braune improved her season record to 12-3.    •    tty Hie Unicorns play the second place Churchill Lady Chargers (7-2, 5-1) at 4:30 p.m. at Alva Jo Fischer Fields in San Antonio. Smith But just as important to Jones was keeping around one of the good guys in a locker room pocked by lawbreakers and troublemakers "He means Uh) much to his teammates and (lie community,’’ Jones said "I know first-hand because of the literally hundreds and hundreds of letter* I get saying wliat ‘Mixise’ means" Johnston Ux»k ail incredibly low first-year salary of $200,000, but augmented it with a $2 million signing bonus. His salaries will then go up to $500,000, $ 1.25 million. $1 625 million and $2 million Johnston could make another $300,000 with very reachable incentives in the second, fourth and fifth years, Unbeaten Submmad photo Tbs Jammer* wrapped the championship of the 4th-grade division in the New Braunfels Junior Basketball League with a 9-0 record. The team members are: seated from left, Ricky Gomez, Daniel Moss, Shawn Thompson, Trenton Wehe, Michael Tabler, standing from left, coach Warren Wehe, Clinton Johnson, Stephen Hamer, Ryan Petrie and Enrique Fernandez. Johnston signs deal to remain a Cowboy signing one of the NE Lls best blocking backs, lie s pacified quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt VV ;