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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Tuesday, May I, 2001 IB Canyon’s Tanner Henk reached on an error; Scott Schneider walked, and Tyler Tunned reached on a fielder’s choice. Chad Gregson then walked, and Wes Michalec reached on another fielder’s choice to load the bases for Brandon Bugosh. With a 2-2 count and two outs, Bugosh crushed a grand slam over the center-field wall at Ranger Field. Smithson Valley answered with a two-run home run by J.D. Reininger in the bottom half of the inning. Canyon picked up another run to go up 5-4 when Henk walked, advanced on a wild pitch and Schneider knocked an RBI-single. Canyon added another run in the sixth when Bugosh hit a two-out double and scored on Justin Thompson’s single. In the bottom of the sixth, Smithson Valley exploded with five hits and scored six runs. Fuller, Mendelbaum, Pawelek, Chris Dabbs and Ryan Yates all had hits in the inning. Yates went 3-for-4District 274A — District 27-4A Baseball Standings Ail Dist x-Boerne    24-4-1    8-2 x-Smithson Valley 18-8    7-3 x-Kerrville Tivy 17-6-2 6-4 New Braunfels 14-15-1 5-5 F redericksburg 14-10    4-6 Canyon    5-21    0-10 x-clinched playoff berth Friday’s games Boerne 8, New Braunfels 0 Smithson Valley 10, Canyon 6 Kerrville 3, Fredericksburg 1 End of regular season with three doubles in the game. Matt Schriewer entered the game for Canyon with a runner on third and no outs and retired the only three Smithson Valley hitters he faced. Pitcher Nick Fey started for the Cougars. Reininger started on the mound for the Rangers, and Chris Van Kleef came on in relief in the fifth inning.NBA Playoffs - WESTERN CONFERENCE SPURS VS TIMBERWOLVES All Times CDT First Round (Best-of-5) Saturday, April 21 San Antonio Spurs 87, Minnesota Timberwolves 82 Monday, April 23 San Antonio Spurs 86, Minnesota Timberwolves 69 Saturday’s game Minnesota Timberwolves 93, San Antonio Spurs 84 Monday’s game San Antonio 97, Minnesota 84 (S.A. wins series 3-1) NBA PLAYOFFS Game 4 Spurs 97, Timberwolves 84 Next game: Western Conference Semifinals — Game 1; San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz-Dallas Mavericks winner, TBD H     I    ll—I 111 —MI 111 ll I    racy.1.....s-Ti Unicorns hungry for more NB softball team to host Rattlers in area title gameBlues go home with 2-0 lead over Stars ST. LOUIS (AP) — It’s been a long time since the St. Louis Blues’ playoff scenario looked this rosy. The Blues haven’t made it out of the second round since 1986, but they’re now in position to end that drought after winning the first two games at Dallas. They are home for Games 3 and 4 — where they had the NHL’s best regular-season record — with a shot at clinching it. They’re far from cocky after winning 2-1 Sunday night, even if the optional skate Monday was minus almost all the big stars. “It’s halfway, but it’s a long way,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I know it’s going to get ~ tougher and tougher as we progress.” The Stars have been in the Stanley Cup finals the past two seasons, winning the title two years ago. “Things can change quickly, and I think we understand that,” Blues forward Cory Stillman said. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock had no problem with his team’s play in Games I or 2. Dallas had a 13-3 edge in shots at one point Sunday. “It’s a big hole,” Hitchcock said, “but if we can bring the same effort in Game 3, we give ourselves a chance to win. This is all about Game 3.” The last time the Blues won the first two games on the road was 1993, when they swept the Chicago Black-hawks in the first round. The last time the Blues were up 2-0 in any series was 1998, when they swept Los Angeles in the first round. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels third baseman Jennifer Bartels fires the ball to first base during a game earlier this season at Unicorn Field. New Braunfels hosts San Marcos at 7 p.m. today at Unicorn Field for the Area Championship.Softball District 27-4A Softball Final Standings All Dist Smithson Valley    23-5    9-1 New Braunfels    16-6    8-3 Kerrville Tivy    14-10    7-4 Canyon    10-15    3-7 Fredericksburg    11-13    2-8 Boerne    9-10    2-8 Monday, April 23 New Braunfels 1, Kerrville 0 Friday, April 27 Bi-District playoff game N.Braunfels 2 , SA Kennedy 1 Today’s game Area Championship San Marcos at New Braunfels, 7 p.m. at Unicom Field. Thursday’s game Area Championship Smithson Valley vs. Dripping Springs, 7 p.m. at Hays High School in Kyle. Tickets available at gate By Bryan AdamsSports Editor After tasting a postseason victory for the first time in school history, the New Braunfels softball team prepares to make the San Marcos Rattlers its next meal. With a 2-1 extra-inning win over San Antonio Kennedy in the Bi-District Championship on Friday, the Unicorns return to action in Round 2 at 7 p.m. today at Unicom Field for the Area Championship. “We’re really excited,” said NB’s leading hitter and first baseman Karisa McCarty. “As long as we come out and play hard, we know we can win. We have a lot of confidence.” The Unicorns won ll of 14 games at home this season, including their last six of seven. Anticipating a large crowd for tonight’s game, New Braunfels has added two extra sets of bleachers to accommodate the fans. “We’re expecting a big crowd,” McCarty said. “We feel lucky as seniors to have another home game, and we want to win this one for the seniors. All season our parents have really gotten into the games. The students, teachers and administrators have come out and watched us this year, and its meant a lot to us.” NB head coach Tracy Gree-bon said it’s always an advantage to play at home, especially in the playoffs. ‘The crowd is bigger and the players are more familiar with the scenery,” Gree-bon said. “These kids should know every bump in the field and which way the ball is going to bounce. Itll be a good advantage.” The Rattlers won District 26-4A and received a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Even though the Unicorns have not seen the Rattlers play this season, they are aware of San Marcos’ tough sinker-ball pitcher and speedy lead-off hitter. “Their pitcher throws a drop ball, but she doesn’t throw very fast,” said NB’s second-leading hitter and cen-terfielder Tara Edwards. See SOFTBALLS Spurs oust Wolves in Game 4, again Canyon baseball team wraps-up regular seasonSA’s Twin Towers pour in 45 points By John AkersAP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Tim Duncan scored 24 points and David Robinson added 21 as the San Antonio Spurs wrapped up their first-round series against Minnesota with a 97-84 victory Monday night. The Spurs, 3-1 winners of the series, will play the winner of the Dallas-Utah series. They also knocked the Wolves out of the first round in 1999, before goirig on to win the NBA title. The Wolves lost in the first round for the fifth time in as many seasons. Their 0-5 series record in the playoffs is the ROBINSON worst among all NBA franchises. Minnesota’s Anthony Peeler and Terrell Brandon, both scoreless in the first half, hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than six minutes left as the Timberwolves rallied from a 10-point deficit to make it 75-73. But a pair of baskets by Robinson pushed the Spurs’ lead to 79-73. Brandon hit another jumper, but a pair of free throws by Tim Duncan and a 3-pointer by Danny Ferry pushed the Spurs’ lead to 84-75 with 3:13 remaining. The Wolves never got within seven points after that. The Wolves’ Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points, giving him 38 over the last two games. He was held to 18 points in the first two games of the series. Robinson played the fourth period with four fouls. He picked up his fourth with 4:26 remaining in the third period, and the Spurs leading 63-57. son Valley has a great team. It showed how good they are to come back the way they did. But our kids played really well. The first time we played Smithson Valley they beat us 20-0. It is a show of our kids’ character to come back and play Smithson Valley to a 10-6 game in the last game of the year. We wish Smithson Valley the best of luck in the playoffs.” The Rangers will not find out when or where they play their first-round playoff game until late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The Rangers play the third place team in District 28-4A. McCollum, Southside and Kennedy were tied for second at the end of the regular season and were forced to play a round-robin playoff to determine playoff seedings. Friday, Smithson Valley went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning after Cody Fuller led off with a single and Michael Pawelek ripped a single to drive in Fuller. In the top of the fourth, K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Canyon pitcher Will Calloway stndes to the plate during a game earlier this season. The Cougars wrapped up their season with a 10-6 loss to Smithson Valley Friday night at Ranger Field. The Rangers finished second in District 27-4A and wait for their first-round playoff game to be determined. Smithson Valley waits on playoff picture to unfold From staff reports The Canyon high school baseball team, despite going winless in district play, finished the season strong against the top two teams in in District 27-4A. Canyon (5-21 overall, 0-10 in district), under the direction of first-year head coach Danny Lengyel, closed out the 2001 season Friday with a 10-6 heart-breaking loss to cross-county rival Smithson Valley (18-8, 17-3). Earlier in the week, Canyon fell behind early in the game against the district champs from Boerne (24-4-1, 8-2) and came up short 7-2. “Our kids played their best two games of the year this past week,” Lengyel said. ‘Th play tough with Boerne and have Smithson Valley on the ropes for six innings, I’m really proud of our guys. Smith ;