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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Phil Hendrie watches the state tennis tourney. Spurs at Sonics    |9    UIL tournament time San Antonio seeks 3-0 series    BjS    Canyon, SVathletes at UIL state lead over hobbled Seattle    Ld    track meet at UT Austin Time: 9:30 p. rn. (TNT; WOAI-AM1200)    Time: all day Track trekking! Area athletes headed to UIL state meet. Herald-Zhtung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T-l-C-K ET SV baseball marches on Rangers begin best-of-three area playoff series against SA Taft Time: 7:30 p.m. NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND SEATTLE SUPER SOMCS VS. SAN ANTONK) SPURS (Radio: WOAI-AM 1200) Sunday San Antonio 103, Seattle 81 Tuesday San Antonio 108, Seattle 91; Spurs lead series 2-0 Thursday San Antonio at Seattle, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15 San Antonio at Seattle, TBA Tuesday, May 17 Seattle at San Antonio,TBA, if necessary Thursday, May 19 San Antonio at Seattle, TBA, if necessary Sunday, May 22 Seattle at San Antonio, TBA, if necessary Spurs whip Sonics for 2-0 series lead Tim Duncan SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason. Manu Ginobili came off the bench and livened the offense with his usual array of layups and long jumpers, making 9 of 11 shots and scoring 28 points, leading San Antonio past the Seattle Supersonics 108-91 Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round series. Tim Duncan was his usual steady self with 25 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio. Since a stunning loss at home in the playoff opener against Denver, the Spurs have won six straight by an aver-age margin of 16 points. Considering how they’ve dominated Tony Parker Manu Ginobili the Sonics in every aspect — leading for all but 62 seconds — perhaps Seattle’s best hope is that overconfidence gets the best of San Antonio. And that’s not likely. The Spurs certainly remember what happened this time last year, when they led Los Angeles 2-0 after winning the first two games of the second round at home. The series moved to the Pacific Coast and San Antonio didn’t win again. In case anyone forgot, coach Gregg Popovich will surely mention it before they fly to Seattle for Games 3 and 4, starting Thursday night. Ray Allen shook off a sprained ankle that knocked him out of the opener and scored 25 points in 42 minutes. Rashard Lewis scored 22. The Sonics even had a stretch of 22 points scored by that duo. Problem was, the Spurs already had taken control, thanks mostly to Ginobili. When he came in the first time, he quickly made two 3-pointers and two layups, putting San Antonio up 20-8. The lead was 42-24 with 5:19 left in first half. Seattle got back within eight, but the lead was 12 at halftime and at least nine the rest of the game. The Sonics did a better job of containing Tony Parker, but the point guard still scored 22 points and helped the Spurs make 53 percent of their shots. STATE SOFTBALL, BASEBALL PLAYOFFS SOFTBALL CLASS SA REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS Smithson Valley (25-3) vs. Corpus Christi Moody (best-of-three series) Friday: 7 p.m. at Smithson Valley Saturday: 5 p.m. at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (third game to follow, if necessary) BASEBALL CLASS SA AREA (best-of-three series) Smithson Valley (21-7) vs. SA Taft (14-13) Thursday: 7:30 p.m., Wolff Stadium, San Antonio Friday: 7:30 p.m., Wolff Stadium, San Antonio Saturday: 1 p.m., Wolff Stadium, San Antonio (if necessary) Unicorns tennis settles for silver Astros lose to Marlins MIAMI (AP) — Mike Unveil snapped a slump and broke a tie with a two-run double, and the Florida Marlins scored five times in the eighth inning to beat the Houston Astros 6-2 Tuesday night. Florida trailed 2-1 entering the eighth, but Carlos Delgado tied the score with his fourth home run, ending reliever Russ Springer’s streak of 9 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings over IO outings. Miguel Cabrera reached on an infield single, and Paul Lo Duca doubled. Jeff Conine was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Springer (0-2) departed. Lowell pulled the first pitch from Chad Qualls off the scoreboard to put Florida ahead. Lowell, who came into the game with one RBI in the past 15 games, snapped an 0-for-l I skid. Alex Gonzalez singled home a run to make it 5-2, and Juan Encarnacion became the seventh consecutive Florida hitter to reach when his bloop single scored another run. Jim Mecir (1-0), one of five Marlins pitchers to combine on a seven-hitter, pitched a scoreless eighth. The Astros fell to 2-15 on the road, including losses in 12 of their past 13 games. Overall they’ve lost seven of eight. Pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro put Houston ahead 2-1 with a run-scoring single in the seventh. That gave him three RBIs in the series and four this season. Paul Lo Duca hit his second homer in the second for the Marlins, their first in six games. Willy Taveras hit his second homer for the Astros, who came into the game with 18 home runs, fewest in the major leagues. Hous-ton’s Brandon Backe pitched six innings and allowed three hits and one run — Lo Duca's homer. Florida starter Brian Moehler pitched six innings and allowed just four hits and one run, dropping his ERA to 2.05. Once Moehler departed, Houston quickly took the See ASTROS, Page 7A NBs Turpin, Hendrie vow to return for title next year By Will Wright Sports Editor AUSTIN — It just wasn’t to be for EJ. Hendrie and Ashley 3rpin, who fought gamely fore falling in Class 4A tennis singles championship matches IUesday at UT-Austins Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Alamo Heights’ I lunter Mills avenged his loss to I lendrie at April’s Region IV tournament, pulling out a 7-6, 6-4 victory. Whitehouse^ Jessica Wente outlasted Turpin 6-4. 6-4 for the girls singles title. New Braunfels tennis coach David Mueller said he was disappointed in the outcome, but proud of his players, who’ll both be back next year. “The girl Ashley played really hung in there,” he said ofWente, who lost in the same match last year. “ Hie match was very, very close with a lot of deuces and ads (advantages). Ashley’s opponent just played the big points better. “BJ. trailed 3-0 in the first set, but came back to tie him. All he needed to do was get consistent and his mental attitude was real good and he got back in it.” Mills, who lost in last year’s 4A singles championship, raced out to an early lead over Hendrie, who was slow starting. “Our matches are usually so intense,” he said. “EJ. started out making a lot of errors, which he normally doesri But I figured he would for back on me, and he did. I just had to be real patient and tried to make my shots.” I lendrie led 5-4 in the first before Mills broke his serve. Mills went on to win that game and won the next, but Hendrie forced the tiebreaker, which Mills took 7-4. Hendrie came back, forging a 3-1 lead in tile second set Then, he said, he got a little greedy. “When I got up on him 3-1,1 kind of thought I had the second set,” he said. “I played my serve too loose and didnt really focus like I should have. I started going for some big serves and shots I normally don’t make.” I lendrie double faulted several times, while Mills made some brilliant returns on the other end. Tile Alamo Heights senior tied it at 3-all and went ahead 4-3 and then 5-3. Hendrie briefly rallied to pull to 5-4, but Mills closed him out the next game. See TENNIS, Page 7A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Ashley Turpin, left, and RJ. Hendrie smile with their silver medals following their UIL Class 4A state championship singles matches Tuesday. Golfers try to ride wind in 2nd day NB girls finish 7th; NB’s Williams finishes 10th, Canyon’s Norris 22nd By Will Wright Sports Editor AUST IN — The winds were swirling at the Class 4A UIL state golf championships Tuesday at Roy Kizer Golf Course. Scores rose across tile board — including those of area entries, who ended the two-day tournament disappointed but optimistic for next year. The New Braunfels girls team Finished seventh after shooting a 373 on the par-71 layout. New Braunfels Nick Williams carded a 76 and 146 total in the boys competition, good enough to tie for 10th. Canyon’s Carole Norris shot an 85 on the final day, finisliing with 163 and in 22nd place. “It was real windy today and that affected the girls,” New Braunfels coach Glenn Phair said. Top Unicom Courtney Ray remained sidelined because of illness, forcing New Braunfels to play a second day with only four players. The Unicorns’ two-day total of 733 was well behind winner Montgomery I (610), Dallas Highland Park (623) and District 27-4A foe Lake Travis (637). “We took a hit right there,” Phair added. "Right off the bat we go from five to four, and that was a big disadvantage from Day One.” Ashley JJatterson (81-80— 161); Courtney Knippa (84-89—163); Kelsey Lynch (94-99—194) and Kim Cary (101-105—206) did the best they could under the circumstances, Phair said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my girls,” he said. “We definitely earned a spot at the state tournament and we ended up finishing ahead of one team. Our goal was to finish in the top three, but that was hard to do with only four golfers.” All of the Unicorns will return next season. With two junior high prospects in line, New Braunfels will be ready for another mn next year, the coach said. Williams won t get that chance. The senior was four-over at the turn and never could get on track in his final round as a high schooler. At 146, he tied four other players for 10th place, 15 strokes behind champion Sang Yi of Irwinville I lebron, whose 131 included a tournament record 64 in the first round. “Nick couldn’t find a green on the front and couldn’t sink a putt,” Phair said of Williams, who bogeyed four holes on the front nine to finish six See GOLF, Page 7A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels' Kelsey Lynch walks off after completing a putt during the first day of the UIL Class 4A golf tournament. The Unicorns finished seventh. ;