New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Texas will keep Feliz closing instead of starting this season
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Nef-tali Feliz will keep closing games instead of starting them for the AL champion Texas Rangers.
As for the Texas rotation, what seemed set Thursday morning was in flux within hours.
Feliz, who set a major league rookie record with 40 saves last season, had been stretched out this spring in case the Rangers decided to use the hard-throwing righty as a starter. Instead, he will remain in his familiar role.
“Right now, for our organization, he’s better in the bullpen,” Washington said. “We haven’t closed the door on him being a starter. It’s just not now. We wanted to make sure that we continue to be strong in
every area. With Feliz being at the closing end, we’re certainly strong.”
Feliz took over the closer’s role during last year and went 40-for-43 on save tries, going
4-3 with a 2.73 ERA.
Texas opened spring training knowing left-han-der C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis would be its top two starters after Cliff Lee’s departure. The rest of the rotation announced Thursday included Tommy Hunter and left-handers Matt Harrison and Derek Holland.
At least that was the plan until Hunter strained his right groin in the Rangers 15-13 vic
tory over Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon.
It marked the third straight year Hunter has been hurt at the end of camp. In 2009 he sustained a groin injury and didn’t arrive in the majors until May. Last year, an oblique strain put him on the disabled list.
“I think I’ll be all right,” said Hunter, who has a 10.97 ERA in his three spring starts. “T hree days... I had three days to go. It’s all right. We’ll get back together and go throw.”
Michael Kirkman, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day, could replace Hunter if the right-hander isn’t ready for his first start.
Wilson will start the season opener April 1 at home against Boston.
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Connecticut 74, San Diego State 67 Duke (32-4) vs. Arizona (29-7), late Regional Championship Saturday, March 26
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NB’s Villarreal earns VB preseason honor
From staff reports
New Braunfels sophomore Daniella Villarreal was named to a Highest Honorable Mention last week by PrepVolley-ball.com.
The 5-foot-5 libero was called “the next best libero in the San Antonio area” by the website, after Penn State-bound Dominique Gonzalez of San Antonio O'Connor.
Villarreal, a first-team all
district and All-Comal County team selection, was given high marks for her defensive prowess for the Lady Unicorns.
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“Villarreal easily covers 'A to % of the court during serve-receive, is an excellent server and has nice hands to take the second contact
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Canyon tied the game 1-1 off Eduardo Arreguin’s rebound shot at the 32-minute mark.
But going into the locker room at halftime with a tie game against Boerne wasn't on Rush’s agenda.
"1 told the kids that that may have been our worst first half of the season,” Rush said. “At this point of the year, we can’t afford to do that"
Rush’s halftime speech didn’t seem to do much good.
Less than one-minute into the second half, Boerne’s Daniel Johansen scored on a header off a corner kick for a 2-1 lead.
Stunned by what just took place, Williams said the team didn’t worry about being down and knew what they had to do.
“We play with no regrets,” Williams said. “We played that way tonight, and we rallied around the team and continued to fight our way back into the game.”
GIRLS SOCCER BOERNE CHAMPION 6, CANYON 0: Cassie Lange and Haylee Foster each scored two goals to lead Boerne Champion to a 6-0 win over the Canyon Cougarettes in Thursday’s Class 4A bi-district playoffs at Boerne High School.
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Ohio State (34-2) vs. Kentucky (27-8), 8 30 p.m.
Regional Championship Sunday, March 27 Semifinal winners
At New Orleans Arana Regional Semifinals Thursday's Results >
Florida 83, BYU 74, OT
Butler (25-9) vs. Wisconsin (25-8), late
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SOUTHWEST REGIONAL AtTha AJamodome, San Antonio Regional Semifinals Today's Games
Kansas (34-2) vs. Richmond (29-7), 6:15 p.m. Florida State (23-10) vs. VCU (26-11), 8:55 p.m.
Regional Championship Sunday, March 27
For the second consecutive year, the Sts. Peter and Paul boys Tiny 2 basketball team won the CYO City Championships.The team finished 18-0 this season, and won back-to-back city championships, the first time ever for the Sts. Peter and Paul CYO basketball program. Pictured from left: Dallas Gomez, Peyton Driggers, coach Kevin Cook, Jackson Reid, Dru Wellborn, Bradley Cook, Dylan Schriewer, Hayden Holcombe and Jacob Gonzales.
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Canyon's Zach Williams (16) tied the game at 2-2 with a second-half goal against Boerne on Thursday.
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going to win it,” Nichols said. "We were anxious in the first round but we will be fine now.”
The Lady Rangers will get the chance to continue toward that goal as they face the winner of the Medina Valley/San Antonio Burbank game during next week’s area playoffs.
FREDERICKSBURG 5, SMITHSON VALLEY 1: Colton Harrison scored a late goal in a 5-1 loss to Fredericksburg in the Class 4A bidistrict playoffs Thursday night at Dub Farris Stadium in San Antonio.
"Colton played great for us and Jorge [Perez] did really
well,” Smithson Valley coach Jonathan Jarrett said. “It’s a disappointing outcome.”
Smithson Valley (11-10-3) had opportunities throughout the game but was unable to find the back of the net until the game’s outcome was already decided.
After the Rangers were awarded a comer kick, Cody Hollingshead received the ball and moved it back to Harrison, who’s shot hit the back of the net.
The Billies held a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime, and used their defense to stifle the Rangers offense.
The opening round loss is tough for the Rangers to deal with, but the future does look good for this young team.
“We're a young group,” Jarrett said. “Hopefully we can build on this and improve."
Dry weather and heavy use is causing the aquifer level to drop significantly.
Since the high water events of last year, this area has received very little rain. That, coupled with a sharp rise in use of water, has resulted in a significant drop in the Edwards Aquifer level.New Braunfels residents could be facing Stage 1 watering restrictions before the end of March.Since irrigation and other outdoor use makes up about 50% of residential water use, we’re asking you, our customers, to please conserve water and remember that: • most lawns only require watering every 5-7 days If watered to a depth of one inch, and• sprinklers are prohibited year-round in New Braunfels between 10am and 8pm.
More information is available at the NBU Main Office or www.nbutexas.com.NBU
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