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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, May 8,1997 O 7 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can also send e-mail to [email protected] Herald-Zeitung Sports Day The Press Comal County Sports (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) New Braunfels Middle, High School physicals Physical screenings for New Braunfels Middle and High School students who wish to participate in athletics will be Wednesday at the NBHS gymnasium. Physicals will be given from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The nominal fee is $10. UIL requires all athletes to have a physical exam prior to participation in practice or competition. For more information, call Dean Laird at 625-5713. Now Braunfels Youth Soccer Club tryouts The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Club will sponsor tryouts for all girls and boys interested in competing in a higher level of play from 9 a.m. to noon on May 16 and 2 to 5 p.m. on May 17 at the H-E-B Soccer Complex. All players born between July 31,1979 and July 31,1987 are eligible. For more information, call 606-1547, 606-7757 or 606-6722. Canyon HS Class of 2000 golf tournament The Canyon High School Class of 2000 will sponsor a fund-raising golf tournament on May 17 at Northcliffe Country Club. The event is open to 20 teams, with a $40 entry fee per team. Those not wishing to play golf can contribute by being abote, sponsor or giving to the pfize x fund. There will be prizes for the top five teams, closest to the pin and longest drive. For more information, call Becky Krueger at 629-5338 or Patti Beach at 620-5783. T Bar M Tennis Ranch The T Bar M Tennis Ranch Spring Championships are scheduled for May 17 and 18. Boys and girls under age 18 will to compete in singles play. The T Bar M adult championships will be May 18. Adults will compete in doubles play. For more information, call Paul Demanski at 629-0439. ScMlftsrbahn Three Parks Run is May 24 The Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run-Walk-Mile-Kid's Races and Auction, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, are set for 8 a.m. May 24 in downtown New Braunfels. This year’s event features a new course, one-mile run 5K (3.1 miles) run and awards ceremony inside the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Race flyers are available at McKenna Memorial Hospital, McKenna Rehabilitation Network, Sam's Cleaners, H-E-B, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Schlitterbahn Resort office and KGNB/KNBT radio. Registration and packet pickup will begin May 17 at the Fleet Feet Running Store in Alamo Heights and McKenna Rehabilitation in New Braunfels. Runners may also register by mail until May 16. For more information, call Susan Phillips, race director, at 609-5030 or send e-mail to [email protected] On Deck Friday, May 9 Track Class 4A State Championships at Austin Class 5A State Championships at Austin Saturday, May IO Track Class 4A State Championships at Austin Class 5A State Championships at Austin Sonics shut down Hakeem, Rockets Sonics 106 Rockets IQI Kemp, Perkins provide offensive punch for Seattle HOUSTON (AP) — Sam Perkins took care of Hakeem Olajuwon, and his Seattle Supersonics teammates did the rest. Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Perkins battled Olajuwon to a standoff as the Sonics held off the Houston Rockets for a 106-101 victory and 1-1 tie in their Western Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. “We did more of everything tonight,’’ Kemp said. “Whatever it took to win, we did it. Sam held his position. He used his arms against Hakeem and was active and didn’t let Hakeem catch the ball where he wanted to.” Now the Supersonics are going home for Game 3 on Friday night having accomplished their mission of getting at least one victory in The Summit. “Going 0-2 would have made it tough to come back. We didn’t want to be in that position,” Kemp said. Perkins, who started only four games at center during the regular season had 18 points, hit all four of his free throws and was 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Olajuwon, a perennial All-Star, finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. “We put pressure on them and tried to get good shots on every possession,” Perkins said. “The game was decided by our aggressiveness on defense.” Seattle coach George Karl decided to give Perkins a rare start. “Sam is just a guy that I believe in,” Karl said. “He’s been a big part of our success against Houston. He knows our half-court traps a little better and Hakeem doesn’t like to chase him around the perimeter.” Hersey Hawkins had 21 points for the Supersonics, 17 in the first half when Seattle built a 65-47 lead with a 31 -8 charge in the final 9:25. The Rockets made it interesting in the second half. They scored nine straight points to cut NBA Playoffs WttcbiMdsy’s Games New York 88, Miami 79 New York leads series 1-0 Seattle 106, Houston 101 Series tied 1-1 Tonight's Games Allanta at Chicago, 7p.m. W: TNT (Chicago leads series 1-0) Utah at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. TV: TNT (Utah leads series 2-0) Seattle’s lead to 90-88 with 4:04 left. The spurt featured a three-point play by Olajuwon, a 3-pointer by Clyde Drexler, a tip by Olajuwon and a free throw by Mario Elie. But Perkins, who started only four games in the regular season, then hit a 3-pointer to put the Sonics up 93-88, and they held on behind the scoring of Kemp and Detlef Schrempf. Kemp scored seven points and Schrempf made four free throws down the stretch for Seattle, which was 31-of-33 from the line. “We used the double-team a lot and we got aggressive,” Karl said. “This series is just beginning. Hopefully we can hold the serve this weekend. Mentally, I didn’t think we were ready to play the first game. “In the second quarter tonight, we started playing basketball and in the second half, it became a men’s game.” Olajuwon said the game wasn’t decided by his matchup with Perkins. “We play against Seattle, we don’t play against one person,” Olajuwon said. “They just played much harder and tougher than we expected. They wanted it more than us.” Drexler led the Rockets with 25 points and eight assists. Charles Barkley finished with 21 points, including a pair of banked 3-pointers in the final minute. “I think their backs were against the wall,” Drexler said. “They had to go for broke. I think our defense was better and we executed our offense better in the second half. I was disappointed a little with our intensity level. “I’d like to see us get back to the intensity we had in Game I.” Former Bulgarian coach comes to Texas Photos submitted Ivan Grigorov, a former Bulgarian National Gymnastics coach, wants to move to the United States to build a program here. He was in San Marcos recently to work with Tumbling Toppe, a local gymnastics club. Above, Grigorov gives some tips to Kart Slater, who has been working out at Tumbling Toppe for three years and competing for two years. His favorite events are rings and floor exercise. Slater is a fourth-grader at Seale Elementary School. Danita Hayes, left, a second grader at Sts. Peter and Paul School, meets Grigorov as Tumbling Topps supporter Bear Bryant looks on. Hayes has been at the gym for two years and enjoys the uneven bars. Sports Briefs Yankms spoil WattatancTs return to th# Bronx NEW YORK - John Wetteland s return to Yankee Stadium didn’t make Manano Rivera uncomfortable at all. Last year, when Wetteland finished a game for the New York Yankees, Rivera was in the dugout or the clubhouse. This time, Wetteland was still in the bullpen, waiting for Texas to give him a lead to protect. “lf he was in a situation to get a save, he wouldn’t care if I was there or not,” Rivera said after closing out New York’s 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night. David Cone (4-2) left after six innings, and Jeff Nelson struck out four in two innings of two-hit relief. Last year, Rivera would have filled Nelson’s role, setting up Wetteland for the finish. But after winning the World Series MVP award, Wetteland became a free agent and signed a $23 million, four-year contract with Texas. Raynoso baals Astros for first lima sine# 1924 HOUSTON — Armando Reynoso was advised to increase his speed to change his luck against the Houston Astros. Reynoso (2-0) defeated the Astros for the first time since May 15, 1994 in the New York Mets’ 4-1 victory Wednesday night. “They had good success jumping on him in the past,” New York manager Bobby Valentine said. Reynoso believed he went too easy on the Astros previously. “I threw too many changes and soft pitches against them in the past,’ Reynoso said. “Bobby told me to throw more fastballs.** Even a first-inning homer by Houston’s Jeff Bagwell did not change the game plan for Reynoso. “I continued to try to work the fastballs in and out on them,” Reynoso said. Aggis pitcher our for tho year with blood clot COLLEGE STATION — A blood clot has sidelined Texas A&M pitcher Ryan Rupe for the season, the team announced Wednesday. Texas A&M University baseball coach Mark Johnson said the condition isn’t life threatening and won’t put Rupe’s career in jeopardy. “There’s the possibility of surgery in another week or so,” Johnson said. Two weeks ago, Rupe noticed swelling and discoloration in his arm. An MRI and dye test diagnosed the problem as a clot. On Wednesday, a catheter partially cleared the clot in the vein flowing into his right arm, officials said. Doctors will use blood thinners to try and clear the rest of the clot, Johnson said. Rupe was expected to stay in the hospital overnight Wednesday. Stsinbrsnnar facss possible suspension from baseball NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner faces suspension from baseball’s ruling executive council for suing the sport over the Yankees’ Adidas deal, two baseball officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. In addition, the council may start an investigation that could lead to the owner’s third suspension from control of his team. McLain gats sight yaars far itMlina from ninilnn nim sPwSiiMBMW^Bi^g w sp# v s g(^gpwSSPS9Pws grvswi DETROIT (AP) — Denny McLain, the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season, was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million Wednesday for stealing from the pension plan of a company that went bankrupt. Ashby signs thraa-ysar contract extension SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Andy Ashby agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract extension with the San Diego Padres. Ashby is 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA this season. He was 12-10 with a 2.94 ERA in 1995, and 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA last year. Whalers clear another hurdle In move to Raleigh HARTFORD, Conn (AP) The Hartford Whalers cleared a major hurdle in their move to North Carolina when a state agency agreed to let the NHL team pay a $21.7 million penalty to leave Connecticut a year early. Eight members of the Connecticut Development Authority voted in favor of the exit agreement. The Whalers must pay $5 million by July I and the rest in annual installments by 2012. Volleyball CenTex to sponsor challenge tournament From staff reports The CenTex Volleyball Club will sponsor an end of school Funfest for area students at 3 p.m. May 17 at the New Saengerhalle Gardens. The Coed School Volleyball Challenge will begin at 4:30 p.m. There is no entry fee, but a $5 gate admission will be required. Prizes will be awarded, and entries are expected from all area schools, including Southwest Texas State. Tickets are available from all CenTex members, or can.,be purchased for $6 at the door. -,.li Food will be available, a dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight and attendance prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes. For pre-registration and information, call Nina Walther at 625-6114. Late registration will be accepted if space is available. NFL Adams, McLane set to talk HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams and Astrodome manager Drayton McLane Jr. were set to resume talks today about the remaining year of the Oiler’s lease and a canceled preseason game. A nearly    12-hour meeting Wednesday yielded no settlement between the groups. No details of the talks, which were mediated by a court-appointed arbitrator, were released. “The mediation is still progressing,’’ said Adams, surrounded by attorneys and assistants. Shortly afterward, McLane also ambled out, saying, “I’m hopeful we’ll find the right solution for Houston and the Astros.” He added, “We have certainly made a lot of progress.” Adams, who broke ground on a taxpayer-f unded stadium in Nashville last weekend, wants to get out of the final year of his contract with Astrodome USA so the Oilers can move to Tennessee as soon as possible. McLane and Adams began closed-door negotiations at IO a.m. Wednesday in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes. Talks ended about 9:30 p.m. McLane has said he wouldn’t let Adams out of the lease while the NFL owner’s lawsuit remained on the table. Adams’ lawsuit blames McLane’s Astrodome USA for more than $2.5 million the Oilers lost because artificial turf problems farced the NFL to call off’ a 1995 exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers. ;