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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung GI Friday, May 9,1997 OIB Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected] H p I a I cl - Z e i t ii n gSports Day 1B The Press Comal County Sports (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) Zsvo Custom Fitted Golf Company demonstration Zevo Custom Fitted Golf Company will have personnel available at Sundance Golf Course and Driving Range from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to assist in club fitting and demonstration. No reserved time is needed to hit the clubs, but for a fitting session, call Sundance at 629-3817. 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 a hole sponsor or giving to the prize 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 Spring Championships 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. CanTax Volleyball Club Flatfoot tournament The CenTex Volleyball Club will sponsor an end of school Funfest for area students at 3 p.m. on May 17 at the New Saengerhalle Gardens. There is no entry fee, but a $5 gate admission is required. Advance tickets are available from any CenTex members and admission will be $6 at the door. For pre-registration and information, call Nina Walther at 625-6114. Sundance Shoot-Out The Sundance Shoot-Out is set for 2:30 p.m. on May 18 at Sundance Golf Course. The deadline to enter is 1 p.m. May 18. Wrestling added to list of UIL sports Competition will begin with 1998-99 school year Special to the Herald-Zeitung AUSTIN — A handful of University Interscholastic League (UIL) proposals, including the addition of wrestling, were approved by the State Board of Education at its monthly meeting last week. Wrestling gained the most attention and received a favorable vote from the committee, with the understanding that girls and boys would not wrestle against each other. “The UIL is excited about adding another sport to our list of activities,” Athletic Director Charles Breithaupt said. “Our staff, along with the Legislative Council, will work together to formulate a plan incorporating wrestling for the 1998-99 school year.” Wrestling will become a UIL sport for the 1998-99 school year. Other proposals approved by the State Board of Education go into effect next school year. Other major changes included allowing a coin flip in baseball if schools will play one or a two-out-of-three playoff series when schools cannot mutually agree to a series or single game. The current format forces a school to pity a one-game series if both schools cannot agree on a best-of-three series. Another proposal that got approval was to allow three teams and IO individuals in cross country to qualify from district to the regional meet and the two top golf medalists, who are not on advancing teams, will now advance from district to regional and from regional to state, provided they are among the top six medalists in the district or regional tournament. In basketball, district certification for Conference A schools will be one playing date earlier. This will add a regional quarterfinal game and result in a regional tournament involving four teams instead of eight. In football, a maximum of four teams, rather than two, can participate in a practice scrimmage. In soccer, the first day of practice on the UIL calendar will now be the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Unicorns reflect on season of change By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor Change and a brighter future were the themes of Thursday’s New Braunfels High School All Sports banquet, which honored all athletes, including four teams which won district titles in 1996-97. NBHS football coach and athletic director Tim Kingsbury said the school’s switch to Class 5 A and District 26-5A was tough, but the school still had plenty to be proud of. New Braunfels brought home district championships in boys’ soccer, girls’ cross country, volleyball and girls’ track. “We all knew the move up to 5A would be difficult,” Kingsbury said “but we also got into probably the most competitive district in the state of Texas. Winning four district titles was quite an accomplishment, and we look to improve on that next season.” The biggest awards of the night were saved for last, as seniors Bethany Carl and David Simmonds were named Outstanding Female and Male Athletes, and senior Jesse Hinojosa received the Gary Simon Memorial Scholarship. Other special awards handed out included the 12th Man Award which went to Adam Goode; the Iron Man Award given to Kyle Reneau; and the True Blue Award which was given to Roxanne Blue. Goode was honored for his ability to step in as needed for the Unicom football team, Reneau’s award was for hard work and outstanding effort on the field and Blue was honored for her spirit and encouragement despite missing the entire softball season with an injury. Team awards were also given to the following athletes: Girls* basketball: Emilie Wotipka — MVP Boys’ basketball: Jonathon Finke — Team Spirit Award Swimming: Suzanne Fischer, Javier Lagunas — High Point Awards Boys’ golf: Jeff Powell — MVP Girls’ golf: Brooklynn Chandler, Sherry Patrick — Co-MVPs Herald-Zettung photo by Michael Dams* New Braunfels senior David Simmonds looks for extra yardage Ina football game from last fall. Simmonds, who signed a football scholarship to Texas Tech, was named the Unicorns’ Outstanding Male Athlete at the All Sports banquet on Thursday. Senior Bethany Carf was named Outstanding Female Athlete. Softball: Tammy Braune, Jennifer Ybarra — Co-MVPs Volleyball: Shelley Bredewater — MVP Cross Country. Crystal Clark, Jeff' Garsnett — MVPs Baseball: Roman Villarreal — Team Spirit Award; Chad Wehe — MVP Girls’ Soccer: Lerrin Biggers — Most Spirited; Summer Scheel — MVP Boys’ Soccer: Bradley Brandenburg — MVP; Andy Holtman — Offensive MVP; Travis Baker — Defensive MVP Girls’ Track: Liz Grow — MVP, Spirit Award; Jodi Anderson — Field MVP; Sarah Damarodes — Distance MVP; Nola Muir — Relay MVP; Kendra Reimer — Track and Field MVP Boys’Track: David Simmonds — Track and Field MVP; Ryan Gorman — Running MVP; Steven Simpson — Running MVP; Jon Wilson — Field MVP Tennis: Scott Paramoure, Jamala Tucker — Most Improved; Melinda Boyd, Jake Brooks, Alastair Jenkin, Rebekah Forney, Angela Saad — MVPs; Michael Domanski — Spirit Award. Owner: Astros may move if new vote required HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros may move if the Texas Legislature requires a new referendum before a new downtown ballpark can be built, owner Drayton Mc Lane Jr. said. “It could delay us two years or make it so we have to move," McLane told the Houston Chronicle for today’s editions. “We are deeply concerned.” The warning came hours after the Texas House voted final approval for a stadium financing bill. The bill, which passed by a 83-47 vote Thursday, would allow Texas cities and counties to impose several new taxes to build sports and such other facilities as museums and convention centers. The bill now goes to the Senate. It also requires Harris County to have another election if it uses any of the funding options provided under the bill. Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels said they take McLane’s warning seriously. An amendment to the bill would strip cities of the option to impose higher hotel taxes. Rural lawmakers insisted on the provision to shield their constituents from higher hotel bills when they visit Texas’ bigger cities. Eckels said there is no reason for another referendum because voters last November gave county commissioners approval to begin plans for a ballpark and to update or replace the Astrodome for football. He said the financing plan was nearly identical to that in the bill that passed Thursday. A second referendum would likely be held in November, when Lanier also hopes to hold a citywide vote on a new arena. That also is McLane’s deadline for groundbreaking on a new ballpark. Oilers ready to head north HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Oilers have taken another giant step toward Nashville, Tenn Team owner Bud Adams and Astrodome USA owner Drayton McLane Jr. struck a deal Thursday that paves the way for the Oilers to play in Tennessee this fall. Adams and McLane negotiated for 14 hours over two days to resolve disputes over a canceled preseason game in 1995 and the remaining year of the football team’s lease at the Astrodome. The talks all day Wednesday and Thursday morning took place behind closed doors in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes. Neither side would discuss details of the settlement and the mediator said both sides have agreed the discussions will remain confidential. Eckels and Lanier said they expect trouble keeping the hotel tax in the bill, but both said losing the tax was necessary to pass the bill. “I feel pretty encouraged that we got a bill out of the House,” Lanier said. “It’s not as much money as we asked for or needed. It’s maybe 60, 70 percent.” Last year, McLane threatened to sell his team to a Virginia businessman unless Houston built a new stadium for the Astros. Turn to Astros Move, Page 2B Rivera gets Gonzalez twice in Yankee victory On Deck Friday, Mayo Track Clash 4A Stats Championships at Austin Class SA State Championships at Austin Saturday, May 10 Track Class 4A Stats Championships at Austin Class 5A State Championships at Austin NEW YORK (AP) — Last October, the New York Yankees wanted no part of Juan Gonzalez Later this summer, they won’t want to see him, either. Right now, though, they’re willing to take their chances with the Texas slugger. Mariano Rivera retired Gonzalez with two runners on base in the eighth inning, then struck him out with the bases loaded to end the game Thursday night, preserving New York’s 5-4 win over the Rangers. Rivera’s 11th save enabled Andy Pettitte (6-1) to tie former teammate Jimmy Key for the most wins in the majors. The Yankees won their third in a row and sent Texas to its season-high third straight loss. In last year’s playoffs, Gonzalez pulverized Yankees pitching, batting .438 with five home runs and nine RBI in just four games. But the 1996 AL MVP injured his left thumb while playing winter ball, and was activated only last Friday. Yankees manager Joe Torre and Rivera certainly were aware that Gonzalez still isn’t quite in the swing. “Joe knows he hasn’t had spring training,” Texas manager Johnny Oates said. “He’s going through spring training right now. It’s a little different than it was last October.” Gonzalez is batting .231 in six games since returning to the lineup. He’d hit well against Rivera in the past, but flied out against him with two runners on base to end Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss. An RBI single by pinch-hitter Dean Palmer, a two-out single by Ivan Rodriguez and a walk to Rusty Greer brought up Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the ninth. Gonzalez looked at a 1-2 fastball on the inside part of the plate, then stared at umpire Durwood Merrill. “I know he’s just started playing,” Rivera said. “I don’t think he feels comfortable at the plate. You have to take advantage of that.” Rivera, who got Gonzalez on a slider to finish the game a day earlier, threw only fastballs for the final out. “I think he was expecting a slider,” Rivera said. Instead, five heaters. Turn to Rangers, Page 2B Horse Racing Retama’s season to start today From staff reports_ SELMA — Opening weekend at Retama Park begins today, with a promise of great horse racing and fun for everyone. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Greg De Moore and De Most Band will kick off the festivities, playing on the Apron area from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and again after the races. Jamaican music will fill the Paddock area from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Exotic cars from GM Motor Imports will be displayed all weekend and former running back Earl Campbell will make an appearance today. “We have many exciting events scheduled for opening weekend,” said Retama Park general manager Bob Pollock. “I’m sure we will have an activity to please everyone.” An acrobatic air show is scheduled for 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. Max Class and the Class Act Band will play before and after the races on the Apron area, while Fusion Andida, a group of South American flute players, provide entertainment in the Paddock area from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Turn to Retama, Page 2B NBA Playoffs Rockets know the heat is on SEATTLE (AP) — The Supersonics are coming back home even. Now it’s the Houston Rockets at the disadvantage. “The pressure is on us now,” Charles Barkley said. The best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal series is tied 1-1 after the Sonics took away the Rockets’ home-court edge with a 106-101 victory Wednesday night in Houston. Game 3 is tonight at the Key Arena. The Sonics also are home for Game 4 on Sunday. “These are two huge games,” Sonics coach George Kart said. “We’ve got to be an intense team to win.” “With this team, we’re never overconfident or complacent,” Seattle’s Sam Perkins said. Perkins’ defense against Hakeein Olajuwon keyed the Sonics’ victory. Perkins, a 6-foot-9 center-forward who came off the bench in 76 games this season, started and used his long arms to hold Olajuwon to 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting in 40 minutes. Meanwhile, Perkins had 18 points in 30 minutes. “Hakeem and Sam are going to play a lot against each other,” Kart said. The 34-ycar-old Barkley was brought to Houston to help Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, also both 34, bnng the Rockets another championship. The Rockets looked old and tired Wednesday night, especially in the first half when they fell behind by 18 points. They got within two, but couldn’t catch up in the second. “You can come up with a lot of excuses, but they kicked our butts,” Barkley said. “We didn’t play like a team des- Tum to Rockets, Page 2B ;