New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Tuesday, May 2,1995
The Day’s Quote
“lf Lockhart don us rn favor, that's fbi*. Bthsr way, waVa got to taka cars of our rospoftslbility. Smithson Valloy has soma quality playors, and thoy ar# coming In hors to win. Wa hava a lot . rampart for what thay can do.”
— NBHS Baseball Coach Neal Miller.
NUA Playoff Glanca
By The Associated Press All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-5)
Thursday, April 27 New York 103, Cleveland 79 Indiana 90, Atlanta 82 Utah 102, Houston IOO Seattle 96, LA. Lakers 71 Friday, April 28
Chicago 108, Charlotte IOO, OT Orlando 124, Boston 77 San Antonio 104, Denver 88 Phoenix 129, Portland 102 Saturday, April 29 Cleveland 90, New York 84 LA. Lakers 84, Seattle 82 Indiana 105, Atlanta 97, Indiana leads series 2-0 Houston 140, Utah 126, series tied 1-1 Sunday, April 30
Boston 99, Orlando 92, series tied 1-1 Phoenix 103, Portland 94, Phoenix leads series 2-0
Charlotte 106, Chicago 89, series tied 1-1 San Antonio 122, Denver 96, San Antonio leads series 2-0 Monday, May 1
New York 83. Cleveland 81, New York leads series 2-1 LA. Lakers 105, Seattle 101, Los Angeles leads series 2-1 Tuesday, May 2 Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (TBS)
Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. (TNT)
San Antonio at Denver. 9.30 p.m. (TBS) Phoenix at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) Wednesday, May 3 Orlando at Boston, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Utah at Houston, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Thursday, May 4
New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT) Charlotte at Chicago, 9:30 p m (TNT)
San Antonio at Denver, 10 p.m. (TBS), if necessary
Seattle at L A. Lakers, 10:30 (TBS) or 11:30 p.m (TNT)
Friday, May 5
Orlando at Boston, TBA
Indiana at Atlanta, TBA, if necessary
Phoenix at Portland, TBA, if necessary
Utah at Houston, TBA
Saturday, May 6
L A. Lakers at Seattle, 3:30 pm, if necessary
Denver at San Antonio. TBA, if necessary
In the news
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BV—Tom GrievtyCody Hartman. Aft sftafcm New Braunfels can clinch at least share of the district crown or win the title outright lf Hays loses Its game against Lockhart.Hummel Charity golf event set for May 19 at Chaparral
The Hummel Museum will have its first annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 19 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin. The Hummel Museum is a non-profit organization For more information, Call Frank Schaeffer at 609-5131.Local junior girls golf tourney slated for May 13 at Lands
The Junior Golf Association and Landa Park Golf Course jointly are sponsoring a junior 9-hole golf tournament for girls ages 8-17 who live in Comal, Guadalupe and Hays County. The tournament is set for Saturday, May 13 at 3:30 p m Registration is now being taken. All girls interested can call Landa Park Pro Shop at 608-2174.Youth soccer league soaks ref areas for summer games
The Bulverde Youth Soccer League needs referees for summer competition. The positions are paid and training is available. Referee classes begin in June for ages 14 and older. For more information call Ed Wernette after 6 p m. at (210) 653-3933
Halbert to take golf pro duties at SundanceTagging ’am out
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Jason Serna of the Aatroa slides into second bass ss Kenneth Powers of the Cardinals makes the tag for an out. The American Little League action continues today at 5:30 p.m.
■ To talk with Sports Editor. Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
It conies down to a final game
From submitted reports
Bill Halbert, head golf pro at Landa Golf Hark Course, has accepted the position of golf pro at the soon-lo-open Sundance Golf Course.
Halbert, who resigned from Landa after serving as golf pro and manager for 14 years, will take over at Sundance effective June I when his current contract expires.
Sundance, an 18-hole "executive golf course," is currenly under construction and slated to open in early June.
"Bill’s many years of experience and professionalism will he a big asset to Sundance when the golf course and practice range open this summer," said Sundance president Robed Pue!/ who made the hiring announcement Monday.
Halbert, who holds a Class A PGA Golf Professional classification, bnngs an impressive list of credentials. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating from the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in petroleum engineering.
Halbcd traveled extensively in the military which allowed him to play golf in tournaments around the world, often finishing among the tournament leaders. In 1974, he won the senior division in the United Slates Air Force Worldwide tournament.
He retired from the United Stales Air Force in 1977 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. From 1979 to 1981, he served his PGA apprenticeship as the assistant golf professional at Onion Creek Club in Austin, where he was actively involved in the club’s annual Legends of Golf Tournament.
Halhed won the KIA Chapter PRO AM in 1981, and in 1982 he was the Southern Texas Section Senior Champion. In addition, he has competed in numerous U.S. Senior Open Championships and PGA Seniors Championships.
In addition, Sundance’s new golf pro has expanded his expertise in golf instruction by attending numerous KJA-sponsored teaching
clinics, most notably, one conducted by Manuel DeLaTorre.
"My ability to teach is now my primary interest in golf," Halbert said. Tm anxious to get on board and make a contribution."
Halbert added that his departure from the publiciy-owned Landa Golf Course marked a needed change for himself and the city.
"Having been there so long, I felt that Landa needed some new blood and a chance to let a new golf pro have an opportunity," he said. "My leaving is on good terms with the city."
Puetz stressed that Halbert will devote significant portion of his time to golf instruction. He also will work with the owners to form leagues and promote group events.
"Bill s true love is teaching the game of golf, and Sundance will provide him the opportunity to focus on individual as well as group instruction on the large, lighted practice range. While employed at Landa Park, he gave more than 400 individual lessons and eight clinics a year.
Submitted photo BUI Halbert will join Sundance Golf.
"Bill has demonstrated a rare talent of working with youngsters who are new to the game, and we will be developing unique programs to specifically target junior golfers," Puetz said.
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Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL. Bradley Clark and the New Braunfels Unicorns hope to stay In front of the District 28-4A pack with a victory tonight at home against Smithson Valley. Game time is 7 p.m.Rockets9 treys rain supreme
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich should be able lo loosen his tie and relax.
The Rockets set an NBA record with 19 3-point baskets to heal Utah 140-126 in Game 2 of their lirst-round playoff series and they almost won the first game before falling 102- IOO in the final two seconds.
Instead of being calmed by the road games, Tomjanovich thinks the Rockets have more pressure on them than ever, reluming to The Summit for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
“I’ve talked about us being in a similar situation maybe three or four times during the season,” Tomjanovich said. “We’re home, we’ve gone out and done real good work on the road and we come hack with a chance to get a good home stnng going and we haven’t responded.
“We can’t let that happen this lime.”
The Rockets have had trouble winning at home this season and tlx: Jazz was among the best road teams in the NBA in the regular season.
The Rockets had a dominating 35-6 home record last season. This year they went 25-16.
The Rockets need no more reminders that the best-of-five series is far from over.
"Somebody has lo win two games now,” Jazz, coach Jerry Sloan said. “We have to keep that in perspective and really play well on the road."
The Jazz entered the playoffs with the second-best regular season record.
New Braunfels heads into season finale with possibility of taking 28-4A crown
By THOMAS GODLEY
Last year at this time the New Braunfels Unicorns faced having to win their final game of the season to stay in a tie for first place.
They had secured a playoff spot and needed only to knock off third-place Uvalde, a team with nothing to lose. The excitement was high, but the Unicorns came up short, losing 4-2 and surrending the 28-4A crown to Boerne.
New Braunfels Coach Neal Miller remembers the game well and knows his players have it fresh in their minds.
"We have several seniors back from that team last year," Miller said. "They remember how it ended, and they know what’s at stake now."
Tonight's district-ending scenario against Smithson Valley (2-7, 8-12) is eerily similar. The main difference is that a win could mean an outright district title for New Braunfels (7-2,13-7).
The Hays Rebels (7-2,16-6), who travel to Lockhart (4-5, 9-11) for a 7 p.m. game, would have to lose to help paint a successul picture for Miller's troops.
"If Lockhart does us a favor, that’s fine," Miller said. "Either way, we've got to take care of our responsibility. Smithson Valley has some quality players, and they are coming in here to win. We have a lot respect for what they can do."
Some extra incentive comes in the fact that tonight's game is players' "Parents Night." Everything appears in place for a dramatic finale.
In the event of a tie in the district standings, the Unicorns and Rebels would go head to head in a playoff game to determine who keeps the district trophy. Miller said the game could be scheduled as ear
ly as this Thursday or Friday in order to avoid a game on NBHS prom night Saturday.
Whether the Unicorns win or lose tonight they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and, either way, they will face a state-ranked opponent in the first round.
Both Hays and New Braunfels wrapped up post-season berths with wins last Friday, which means they will take on District 27-4A leaders in No. I-ranked Boerne or No. IO Kerrville, depending on the final standings.
Miller said both District 28-4A representatives will have their work cut out. Boerne boasts three pitchers with ERAS better than 0.68. Ace pitcher Chad Pechacek (6-0) has an 0.53 ERA, including 62 strike outs. Alex Lopez (0.57) and Wade Smith (0.67) are also ace hurlers.
Kenville's main threats are pitcher Alex Ybarra who has 72 strike outs and David Moreau who is batting .484 with 24 RBL
The playoff would most likely be a three-game series. The Unicorns aren't looking too far ahead though. A streaky Ranger team awaits them at home, and if last year is any indication, the final game cannot be taken lightly.Spurs expect more bruising in Game 3
DENVER (AP) — Saying they refuse to be intimidated out of the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets intend to confront San Antonio Spurs forward Dennis Rodman when the teams meet in game No. 3 tonight.
"I think Dennis is trying to intimidate us, and we’ve got to respond to that,” Nuggets coach Bernie BickerstafT said. "Nothing flagrant, but we’ve got to stand up and be men.”
In game two of the series Sunday, the Spurs followed Rodman’s admonition to "play tough,” leaving San Antonio with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series.
"Our intensity level is low, and I think San Antonio senses that,” BickerstafT said. 'They’re being physical with us and they’re pounding us. We’ve got to stop trying to feel sorry for ourselves. I don’t see anything in our faces.”
Rodman, who posted 19 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, was called for a technical foul after apparently elbowing Dikembe Mutombo in the stomach.
Later in the game, two of his teammates were ejected after confrontations with the Nuggets.
On Monday, the NBA fined Rodman $7,500, and three other players were slapped with fines as well.
Asked if the Nuggets should challenge Rodman, Bryant Stith said: "Maybe ifs something we need to do at the beginning of the game ... something (legal) to show we mean business. I think that can change the complexion of the basketball game.”
The Spurs, who had the NBA’s best regular-season record, beat Denver 104-88 on Friday and 122-% on Sunday.
Down 2-0 in the first round of the 1994 playoffs, the Nuggets went on lo defeat Seattle. They lost in the second round to Utah, but trailed 3-0 in that series and ultimately forced a seventh game.
This time, the team is battered and bruised. Leading scorer Mabmoud Abdul-Rauf aggravated an ankle injury.
Mutombo is nursing an ailing back. Brian Williams, the backup power forward, has sore ankles. And Robert Pack is out with a knee injury.