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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Spurs can close out Nuggets SA hosts Denver in fifth game of first-round NBA playoff series Time: 8:30p.m. (TNT; WOAI-AM1200) Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] vs. Elgin NB softballs travel to District 26-4A champ Elgin for area softball playoff Time: 6p.m., 8p.m.Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, May 4, 2005 sv tennis Christina player Ivy watches practice. SPORTS SV playoff-ready Rangers streaking into 5 A baseball playoff.SV baseballers vs. Southwest Rangers take on old district foe Dragons in I st game of Class 5A bidistrict series Time: 7 pm. THE DAILY T-1- C- K- E -T Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL BOUNDS FORESIGHT WINNER — Hie inaugural $vent of the Foresight Golf Tournament Players Series was held Monday at The Bandit in New Braunfels. Cliff Bounds won with a 67; 1996 Texas Open champion David Ogrin was second with a 69 and Cados Greyer Shot a I-under par 70. The next Foresight Golf Tournament Players Series event will be held Monday at The Buckhorn Golf Club in Comfort. Those interested in entering should call the Buckhorn Golf Shop at (830) 995-5351. STATE COWBOYS CUT FOUR - The Dallas Cowboys released four players Tuesday, including running back ReShard Lee. Lee, signed as a rookie free agent from Middle Tennessee State in 2003, played in 14 games last season. He ran 27 times for 128 yards. The Cowboys also released safety Steve Cargile, defensive tackle I ron LaFavor and tight end bandon Trusty. The three spent most of last season on the practice squad. TEXANS SIGN THREE - The I louston Texans signed linebacker Zeke Moreno, punter Curtis Ansel and undrafted rookie free agent Myniya Smith Tuesday. Moreno, who spent the past four seasons with the San Diego Chargers, played in nine games in 2004 before going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Ansel signed with Detroit as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004 and was later released in training camp. Smith is a 6-6,343-pound defensive lineman from Southern University in Louisiana. NATIONAL GORDON SIXTH MAN - Chicago guard Ben Gordon won the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year award Tuesday, the first rookie to win the award. Gordon, tile third overall pick in the draft out of Connecticut, averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just over 24 minutes this season. I Ie came off die bench in 79 of 82 games this season and helped the Bulls make their first playoff appearance since 1998, when Michael Jordan led them to their sixth title. Their first-round series with the Washington Wizards is tied 2-2. Game 5 is tonight in Chicago. HOUSE ADMITS DRUG USE —Rimier major league pitcher Tom I louse used steroids during his career and said performance-enhancing (frugs were widespread in baseball in the 1960s and 1970s, the San Francisco Chronicle reported T uesday. House, perhaps best known for catching I lank Aarons 715th home run ball in 1974 in the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen, said he and several teammates used amphetamines, human growth hormone and "whatever steroid" they could find in order to keep up with the competition. House, a former pitching coach with the Texas Rangers and co-founder of the National Pitching Association near San Diego, is one of the first players to describe steroid ase as far back as the 1960s. Spurs push Denver to extinctions edge SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The swagger that carried the Denver Nuggets off the floor after their victory in Game I seems like a distant memory. Same with the frustration the San Antonio Spurs felt after their late meltdown in that opening matchup. Now, after three straight wins in the series, the Spurs can Finish off the Nuggets in the First round of the Western Conference playoffs with a victory tonight. "We are in control," Spurs guard Manu Gino-bili said. And they seem to be finally hitting their groove. Especially Tim Duncan, who shook off a poor Game 3 with 39 points and 14 boards in a 126-115 overtime win Monday night in Game 4. “It was great to see Timmy play like that," Spurs guard Brent Barry said. “Tim played like the player that everybody fears.” Duncan's re-emergence as the force NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND DENVER NUGGETS VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (Radio: WOAI-AM 1200) Sunday, April 24 Denver 93, San Antonio 87 Wednesday, April 27 San Antonio 104, Denver 76 Saturday, April 30 San Antonio 86, Denver 78; Spurs lead series 2-1 Monday San Antonio 126, Denver 115, OT Today Denver at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.,TNT FSN Friday San Antonio at Denver, IBA, if necessary Sunday, May 8 Denver at San Antonio, TBA, if necessary he’s expected to be is par-ticularly troubling for Denver, which hasn’t been able to handle his supporting cast, most notably the freewheeling Ginobili. Ginobili averaged 16 points during the season but has slashed his way through and around the Nuggets to score 24 points a game in the playoffs. Tony Parker scored 29 points Monday and outscored Denver by himself 11-8 in overtime when Duncan fouled out. “Tony and Manu were great. They got us through, especially when Timmy fouled out,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I really liked Tony’s play cause he was aggres-sive, he didn’t worry about making a mistake or missing a shot, he just competed out there.” To win the series, the Nuggets will have to win three in a row, including two at the SBC Center, where the Spurs have lost only three See SPURS, Page 7A AP San Antonio'sTim Duncan, right, shoots over Denver's Kenyon Martin during the second quarter of the Spurs' 126-115 overtime victory over the Nuggets in Game 4 of the teams' NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series Monday. Rangers busy reloading Fittsburgh defeats By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — For the past week, the Smithson Valley football program has been staging auditions for its future. Of course, for the last four seasons, there hasn’t been much rebuilding, as coach Larry Hill has simply taken each class and molded them into teams that have advanced to state championship games in three of them. The 2005 season began last Monday with the Rangers needing to fill some holes from the team that graduated 12 starters from last fall’s team. The offense will be minus quarterback Zach Bailey and top rusher David Gutierrez, while the defense will be without all-state linebacker Joe Pawelek and nose guard Eryk Anders. Still, its merely a matter of reloading, and Hill is busy putting die varsity returnees, and members from a 7-3 junior varsity and 10-0 freshman squad through the paces. “I never put to much into that,” I fill said of the theory dictating the more returning starters a team has, the better it should be the following year. “I.ast year, I think we had only one returning starter on offense and maybe four on defense.” That team finished 13-3 and advanced to the 5A-Division II championship. Each year, Hill says, his junior varsity and freshman teams produce quality varsity players. Along with the number of kids who didn’t start, yet saw ample action during a 16-game season, Smithson Valley is usually set as far as talent and experience. “It’s always fun to see the guys out there and you think back to when they were really young guys,” Hill said. “Its tun to see them step up — it’s their time.” Offensively, the Rangers return runners Cody McKinney and Blake Schrock, who started at fullback last season. Schrock will play some tailback and fullback; McKinney DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley football coach Larry Hill oversees a running play during spring football practiceTuesday afternoon.The Rangers, 13-3 and Class 5A Division ll state finalists last year, return several players for the 2005 campaign. saw a lot of action in the final third of the season while spelling Gutierrez. But the Rangers’ biggest threats will be their wideouts, seniors Cody Beyer and Clay Fuller. Beyer had nearly 1,000 yards receiving last year; Fuller, equally as quick, totaled over 400 in spite of losing several games to a broken collarbone. Junior Bryan I fill, the coach’s son, will likely be the quarterback, though Beyer has also seen time under center. Senior Connor Smith is the only returning offensive lineman starter, but senior Wade Haynes also saw extensive play last year. Smith, who had shoulder surgery following last December’s title game, is sitting out this spring. Defensively, tackle Ryan Moczygemba, end Blane Oertli and linebackers Kendal Volz and Mykel Kovar return along with all-state cornerback Andrew Sendejo. All are seniors. Reagan Moczygemba may play some safety, with fellow seniors Steffen Vickers and Aaron Hernandez. Junior Matt Pfister is looking good at defensive end. "We’re looking at a lot of things, scheme-wise and personnel-wise, and moving people around,” Hill said. “Maybe a kid has played before at another spot, so we’re looking at a lot of combinations.” The varsity has been working out in die mornings. Baseballers Volz, Beyer and Drew I iamilton still see plenty of offseason work, but are not yet directly involved in drills, the coach said. The Rangers will work for the next two weeks putting pieces oft their puzzle together. They will go from Monday through Thursday and hold scrimmage at the end of each week. There won’t be a spring game. “I know a lot of teams have one, but I don’t like it,” I {ill said of the spring game. “I don’t feel like Rangers should be playing Rangers, and we promote the team as much as possible.” HOUSTON (AP) — Craig Wilson had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning that led the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Houston Astros 7-4 Tuesday night. With the score 4-all, singles by Rob Mackowiak and Jason Bay and a walk to Daryie Ward loaded the bases with no outs for Wilson, who singled to left off Chad Qualls (1-3). Bobby Hill followed with a two-run double. Rick White (1-2) pitched I 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances. Mesa has saved every win by the Pirates (9-16), who outhit Houston 14-11 and stopped a four-game losing streak. Ezequiel Astacio made his major league debut for Houston, which had won three in a See MLB, Page 7A STATE PLAYOFFS SOFTBALL CLASS 4A AREA (best-of-three series) New Braunfels (20-7) vs. Elgin (20-6) Friday: DH at Elgin, 6 p.m. Saturday: 7 p.m. at New Braunfels, if necessary CLASS SA AREA Friday Smithson Valley (24-3) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (20-15), 7 p.m. at Seguin BASEBALL CLASS 4A BIDISTRICT (best-of-three series) Canyon (15-7) vs. Medina Valley (23-3) Thursday: 7 p.m. atV.J. Keefe Field, San Antonio Friday: 7 p.m. at Schertz Clemens Saturday: 2 p.m. at Schertz Clemens, if necessary CLASS SA BIDISTRICT (best-of-three series) Smithson Valley (19-7) vs. SA Southwest (14-11) Thursday: 7 p.m. at Converse Judson Friday: 7 p.m. at Judson Saturday: 2 p.m. at Judson, if necessary ;