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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A O Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, March 31,1996 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley gbout Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-ZeitungSports Day "I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.” — Arnold Palmer. In the news NB basketball club set to host South Texas tournament The New Braunfels Hoops basketball club is set to host the South Texas Amateur Athletic Union age 13 Boys Regional Qualifying Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for April 26-28 at the New Braunfels Middle School Gym. The general public is invited to attend. Donations also are being taken to pay for the gym rental. For more information, call 625-1446 or 625-4436. Canyon powerlifters place 4th at state meet in Houston Canyon High School senior John Flores placed fourth in the 198-pound division of the Texas State Powerlifting Championship in Houston on Saturday. Flores lifted a total of 1,420 pounds in squat, bench and deadlift events. Robert Blankenbeker took fourth place in the 181-pound division, lifting a total of 1,305 pounds. Rockin’ R sponsors volleyball, Inner tubing competition The Rockin’ R Riverjam is signing up volleyball teams and inner tubing contestants for the April 6 music festival. Sign up also is being taken for a jalapeno-eating contest scheduled for 3 p.m. The fee is $30 per volleyball team. Call Barry's Underpass Saloon after noon at 625-1223 for entry forms. The inner tube contest begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which includes an inner tube, lifejacket and transportation to the river. All contests have first, second and third place prizes. Tickets to the Riverjam are $5 or $10 per family. Each contestant in the volleyball, inner tubing and jalapeno eating contest receives free entry into the fesitival. For more information, call 609-5030. Gracile 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 1,000 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. 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 for Rivers, 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 Canyon natter takas third straight tournament title Canyon High School’s Kevin Hargrove won his third straight tournament champion by placing first in Fredericksburg last week. Hargrove lost only two games in four matches, beginning with consecutive 6-0, 6-0 victories over players from Lampasas, Ingram and El Dorado. In the semifinals, he defeated Burgess of Grace Christian 6-0,6-1. He took the final 6-1,6-0 against Ashbaugh of Austin Bowie. The boys doubles team of Barton Adams and Brian Schwartz won their first three rounds on Friday defeating Ingram 6-3,6-4, Trvy 6-3,6-1 and Brady 6-0,6-4. Adams and Luke Cannon for third place. Eikel squad fires 60 for Hummelfest golf title From staff reports Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Frank Schaeffer putts on the final green as teammates Carl Holden, Bob Taylor and Bob Mahan watch. They placed sixth at Friday’s Hummelfest Golf Tournament. The four-man team of John Eikel, Jerry Burke, Bryan Parker, and Fame Reinach shot a 12-under-par 60 to capture first place at the second annual Hummel Museum Golf Tournament on Friday. The 18-team tournament at Landa Parte Golf Course featured a $500 first place prize. The proceeds from the tournament benefited museum. Two teams fired an 11-under par for a second place tie. The team of Jorge Chapa, Ralf Nanex, Trim Camareno, Fernando Gutierrez won the tie-breaker in a card playoff. Third place went to the team of Mack Hicks, Jerry Brown, George Wright, Brett Nichols. Marvin Morris, Wayne Vrba, Allen Strickland, Kyle McAlister combined for nine under par 64 to take fourth place. The following are participants at the tournament: Team I — Bob Mahan, Bob Taylor, Leonard Tuch, Frank Schaeffer. Team 2 — Brian Byers, Joseph Gomez, Phil Bennett, W. H. Smith. Team 3 — Walt Kilbom, Ron Harper, S. D. David Jr., Reagan Hicks. Team 5 — Johnny Johnson, Joseph Brown, Byron Howlett, Jeff Wilford. Team 7 — Paul Shoemake, Don Bolt, Fred Garcia, Dan Minica. Tee 7. Team 8 — Dan Moore, Bill Bell, Harry Toye, Mike Woolsey. Team 9 — Roy Young, Lee Maddox, John Lightsey, Joe Zavala. Team IO — Mitch Sacco, Mike Poston, Layton Leissner, Bill Lee. Team ll — PatByme,TomLightfoot,Paul Bradford, Dave Berger. Team 12 — Jack Osteen, Adam Healy, Craig Walker, Pete Stocking. Team 13 — Jack Abshire, Irv Schafer, Don Sullivan, Jim Bergeron. Team 16 — Bob Bayfield, John Lindley, Cecil Toon, Doug Miller. Canyon turns out lights on Unicorns THOMAS GODLEY Sports Edita The blackout at Cougar Field nearly spelled disaster, but ultimately pitcher Reagan George had enough fire in his arm to guide Canyon down the right path. George struck out 12 batters and quelled a three-run, seventh-inning rally to edge New Braunfels 6-5 on Friday. The win kept the Cougars unbeaten in two District 28-4A games, while the Unicorns suffered their second loss. New Braunfels was staring at a 6-2 deficit and two outs in the top of the seventh inning when a power failure cut off the field lights and sent the ballpark into pitch darkness. The cause of the outage was uncertain, hut one thing was sure: when the players resumed action after the 20-minute delay, the momentum swung the Unicorns’ way. George returned to the mound and immediate! got into trouble. Two passed balls scored Mike Chapa and Carlos De La Cerda trimming the Cougars’ lead to 6-4. Kennyn Carley then upped an RBI single to left field, and the Unicorns were right back in it at 6-5. With a runner in scoring position, the game appeared on the verge of a deadlock. But George regained his form. The 6-3, left-hander picked up the heat and struck out Ruben Perez District standings 28-4A baseball Overall District Hays 13-6 2-0 Canyon 10-6 2-0 Bastrop 8-5 1-1 Lockhart 8-6 1-1 Smithson Valley 6-9 0-2 New Braunfels 5-10 0-2 Tuesday’s games Lockhart at New Braunfels 7 p.m. Bastrop at Smithson Valley 7 pm Canyon at Hays, 7 p.m. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Left, Canyon’s Jerry Van Noy rounds third base and heads for home after an infield error. Above, Todd Swint slides head first at the plate as New Braunfels catcher Bradley Clark collects the throw too late. for the final out. The Unicorns mustered six hits on the night. George, who had a no-hitter going until the fourth inning, was confident he could go the distance. He struck out six of the final nine hatters he faced. ‘There was no question I was going to come back after the lights went out and finish it," George said. "I felt I had good control all game. Everything seemed to he working, and luckily we got that final out.” “This was a big win against our crosstown rival," he added. "Things arc going good right now, but we still have a long way to go.” The Cougars next travel to Hays on Tuesday for a key matchup with the district pre-season favorite Rebels. The Unicorns, meanwhile, must find a way to get back into the race. Eliminating defensive lapses figures to be a pnority. "Our problems are reasonably consistent,” NBHS coach Neal Miller said. “We just keep giving up the big inning: When you do that, it ‘gives the other team a boost and tends to be followed by a letdown for us. We can’t live or die by the big inning." The Unicorns gave up eight runs in the first inning in a loss to Hays on Tuesday. On Friday, the damage came in the fifth inning. Boehle and Jerry Van Noy sparked the rally with consecutive singles. Brandon Cox then found a gap for an RBI single, and Todd Swint added a two-RBI shot to left field for a 4-2 Canyon lead. Norv Albert scored on a passed ball, and Wes Weymer hit a sacrifice fly that brought in Todd Swint. The scoring barrage led to pitcher Will McGuffey entering in relief of Mike Chapa, who pitched a shutout until the fourth inning. Canyon’s five-run rally came after New Braunfels had taken its first lead. In the fourth inning, Chapa hit an RBI single to right field, tying it at I -1. Ivan Antosh then put the Unicorns ahead 2-1 with an RBI blooper to center field in the fourth inning. Ricky Boehle’s throw to home was on target, but a speedy Kelly Garza had taken a jump from second base and beat out the throw at the plate. Patrick Hinojosa opened the scoring for Canyon in the fourth inning. His RBI single to the right field gap drove in Tyson Carroll and put Canyon in front I -0. Yankees bench Rogers TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After spending $20 million to get Kenny Rogers, the New York Yankees are sending him the bullpen. Rogers, who left Texas as a free agent to sign a four-year deal with the Yankees, was relegated to the bullpen Saturday. ‘‘It's not something we want to do," manager Joe Torre said. "With the arms we have available, we feel he is probably the best equipped to handle it. “I don’t think he pitched himself out of the rotation. It’s not that he didn’t do something, it was more or less the arms available to start the year. We’re looking at this as a short term situation.” Rogers has struggled after being hit by a line dnve Feb. 25 while throwing batting practice. Entering Saturday, Rogers was 1-3 with an 8.40 ERA. He was 17-7 last season with Texas. “It’s a shock. I didn’t know I was trying to win a job,” Rogers said. "Some-body'has to be the odd man out and it’s me.” Scott Kamieniecki, another possible starter, likely will remain in Florida for a rehabilitation stint. The right-hander had hone chips removed Oct. 31 from his throw ing elbow. Graf tops Rubin at Upton KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -Against Steffi Graf, long-match specialist Chanda Rubin lasted less than an hour. Graf played nearly flawless tennis and won the Lipton Championships for the fifth time Saturday by bealing Rubin 6-1, 6-3 in 55 minutes. Rubin, the winner of two record-length Grand Slam matches in the past year, fell shy in a bid for her first tournament title. In her four matches against Graf, Rubin has won a total of 14 games. “I’d like to congratulate Steffi,” the 20-year-old Rubin said dunng the award ceremony. "She was definitely too good for me today, yesterday and the day Sports briefs ■ DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin made a return appearance before a grand jury that has been considering evidence from a motel drug bust at which he was present. Three others who were with Irvin in the room where cocaine, marijuana and drug parapliemalia were discovered March 4 have been offered immunity from prosecution for their testimony, according to broadcast reports. Irwin, his attorneys and some grand jury witnesses spent much of the day in slate District Judge John Creuzot’s courtroom behind doors that had been chained shut with handcuffs. The grand jury recessed without a report. before.” The top-seeded Graf, who committed just seven unforced errors, improved to 11-0 with two titles since returning this month from fool surgery in December. “I can’t ask for a better start,” said Graf, who earned $210,000. “I’ve been playing some top players and always came out playing the right shots at the right time, even in close matches.” In six matches in the Lipton, Graf said she experienced none of the chronic back spasms that have plagued her for more than a year. She shares the No. I ranking with Monica Seles, win) missed the tournament because of a shoulder injury. Little League reverence Blue Jay teammates clutch their caps and face the flag during the National Anthem on Saturday morning during opening-day ceremonies for the New Braunfels American Uttle League 1996 season. NBA glance Sunday's Games New York at Orlando, noon Atlanta at Boston, 2 30 pm. New Jersey at Indiana. 2:30 p.m. L A. Lakers at Toronto. 3 p.m. LA. Clippers at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Vancouver, 5:30 p.m. Phoenix at ten Antonio, 7 p.m. Spurs miming streak hits 16 DALLAS (AP) — Since the San Antonio Spurs got Charles Smith they have been almost unbeatable. The Spurs set a franchise record with a 16th consecutive win Friday night and now they are 21-4 with Smith in the lineup. David Robinson scored 31 points and added 15 rebounds as the Spurs rolled to a 119-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. There was no wild celebration in the San Antonio dressing room although coach Bob-Hill said, “It’s always good to make franchise history. It’s been a very special month.” Vinny Del Negro added 20 points for the Spurs, who haven’t lost since a 95-90 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 27. Smith scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have heated up since Smith came over in a trade with the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, Harvey Martin, a former Super Bowl MVP for the Dallas Cowboys, has been arraigned on charges of drug possession, assault and resisting arrest following a quarrel with his live-in girlfriend. ■ BALTIMORE (AP) — By naming his NFL team the Ravens, Art Modell transformed it from one revered by dog- mask wearing fans in Cleveland to a franchise that draws on the literary bones of Edgar Allan Poe. Ravens, after Poe’s famous poem on the torment of lost love, beat out "Americans” and “Marauders” in a phone-in poll fans used to choose the team’s name. ■ INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors charged Indianapolis Colts linebacker Quentin Coryatt with brandishing a handgun at another motorist in an incident two weeks ago. The charge, pointing a firearm, is a Class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said. ■ OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — King County officials won home court advantage in their legal fight to keep the Seattle Seahawks from leaving town. The state Supreme Court said King County Superior Court is the jurisdiction to decide if Seahawks owner Ken Behring can legally move his team lo Southern California. ■ TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buc caneers owners and county officials agreed to a compromise proposal for a new stadium, breaking an eight-month impasse. The mice between the Malcolm Glazer family and the Hillsborough County Commission sends the proposal for the $168 million facility to the City Council and the Tampa Sports Authority. ■ KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Mother Nature and Goran Ivanisevic stopped Pete Sampras’ run at the Lipton Championships. Ivanisevic regrouped during a 48-minute rain delay in the second set and beat Sampras 2-6,6-4,6-4 in the semifinals. Ivanisevic meets Andre Agassi, who beat Amaud Boetsch 6-4,6-3. • ;