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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, May 15,1997 J 7 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] i al Herald-Zeitung —— Sports I Pay iii    :    .-,^1.-.    ii ————I , - The Press Comal County Sports Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) < Canyon High School Spring Sports Banquet Canyon High School’s Spring Sports Banquet will begin at 7 tonight in the Commons. Meals are $5 for adults and $1 for students. Those not wishing to purchase a meal may also attend. Advance tickets are available ;or purchase in the CHS office. For more information, call 629-1110. NB Running Club The New Braunfels Running Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight at Professional Therapy Services, 1551 N. Walnut. Call Vicki Ralph at 606-8862 or 620-5058 for more information. Nsw 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 Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday 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 High School Class off 2000 tournament The Canyon High School Class of 2000 will sponsor a fund-raising golf tournament on Saturday at Northcliffe Country Club. The event is open to 20 teams, with a $40 entry fee per person. 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 C^Bjawq^i^^i^siniirs The T Bar M Tennis Ranch Spring Championships are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Boys and girls under age 18 will compete in singles play. The T Bar M adult championships will be Sunday. Adults will compete in doubles play. For more information, call Paul Demanski at 629-0439. CsnTsx Volleyball Club Funfsst and tournament The CenTex Volleyball Club will sponsor an end of school Funfest for area students at 3 p.m. on Saturday 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. New BraunfeU HS Choil—ding Mini Clinic New Braunfels High School will sponsor a Cheerleading Mini Clinic for 5- to 12-year-olds from 9 a m. to noon on Saturday. For more information, call Summer Smithers at 629-1141 or 609-6012 SchlHtibahn Thro# 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. For more information, call Susan Phillips, race director, at 609-5030 or send e-mail to [email protected] Sonics trying to avoid playoff elimination Series returns to Seattle for Game 6 tonight SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Supersonics teeter on the brink of playoff extinction. One more defeat and their season is over. “You’re still playing out of urgency and out of desperation,” coach George Karl said Wednesday. “Houston can lose and we can’t. We can’t even have a bad quartet:” Tonight, the Sonics can tie their semifinal series with the Rockets at 3-3. If Seattle wins, the teams play again Saturday in Houston; if the Rockets win, they will open the Western Conference finals on Saturday against Utah in Salt Lake City. “We’re taking the attitude that we have to go out there and be aggressive,” Hersey Hawkins of the Sonics said, “or else we’re eliminated.” They were all but counted out after losing to Houston at home on Sunday to fall behind 3-1. With Gary Payton virtually shutting out Matt Maloney, Seattle brought the series back home with a 100-94 victory in Game 5 Tuesday night in Houston. This scenario is nothing new for the Sonics. The Sonics trailed 2-1 against Phoenix in the best-of-5 first round and rallied to win. NBA Playoffs vvQUMuByi vaamB Miami 96, New York 81 New York leads series 3-2 Tonight's Game TV. TUT Houston at Seaflte, 8 pm Houston leads series 3-2 In reaching the NBA Finals last season, the Sonics were 3-0 in loser-out games before falling to the Chicago Bulls. In six years under Kart, they’re 10-5 in those games. “I think for whatever reason our team is a better team in this situation,” Seattle’s Terry Cummings said. “I ain’t ever gonna be associated with a team that gives up,” Payton said. The Sonics are seeking to become the sixth club in NBA history to overcome 3-1 deficits to win series. Houston was the last to do it, against Phoenix in 1995. Payton isn’t so sure he’s comfortable returning to the Key Arena, though. In Seattle, the Sonics lost in overtime in Game 4 after dropping Game 3. Both of Seattle’s victories have been in Houston. In the playoffs this season, the Sonics are 2-3 on their home court. Moore: Stay in school, stay off drugs Former Spur visits students at Lone Star School By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor Johnny Moore has been surviving close calls — on and off the basketball court — for more than 14 years. The former San Antonio Spur was at Lone Star School on Wednesday to share his experiences and formula for success with an eager group first-and second-graders. Moore encouraged the students to make the most of their opportunities and stay away from drugs. “You will be confronted by people who want to trick you with drugs,” Moore said. “There are four things that can happen to you if you get involved with drugs. You might drop out of school, end up in a hospital, end up in jail, or be dead. I don’t want that to happen to you.” Learning to make smart, responsible decisions is a skill that can be learned and practiced at any age, Moore said. “You need to learn to listen and pay attention,” he said. “That’s the fundamental base of learning. You need to learn how to make quality decisions in your life, and that includes saying no to drugs and staying in school.” Moore stayed in school long enough to use all of his NCAA eligibility, but didn’t leave with a degree. He resumed his course work several years ago, and graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word last weekend. “I was away from school for 15 years,” he said. “But I went back because that’s how important education is.” Preparation is another key, Moore said. After playing college basketball at Texas, he was cut by the Spurs after his first tryout, but kept working on his game and made the team in 1980. “I had to prepare myself for the opportunity to play in the NBA,” he said. “The formula for success is to learn how to prepare yourself. Everyone will have obstacles in their lifetime. When the Spurs cut me, I still believed in myself. I contin- HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Tom Enckson Former Spur Johnny Moore, right, poses with the students who greeted him upon hie arrival at Lone Star School on Wednesday. The students were Acyan Forester, Beau Sauls, Ellberto Medina, Josh Sanchez and Jeremy Porterie. Lizzie Trevino, left, coordinated Moore’s visit. J A Bf * • - '    *    I- • ■ «* * Ct ued to practice, run and lift weights, and the opportunity came back." And Moore wasn’t finished coming back, either. He was forced to retire rn November 1987, after learning he contracted Desert Fever, a form of meningitis. But he regained his strength and returned to the Spurs, finishing his NBA career arter the 1989-90 season. Moore then played in Mexico and Europe before retiring for good in 1993. He has spent the last four years in the Spurs’ Community Relations department, sharing his story with thousands of students in the area. ‘Desert Fever is contracted by breathing in spores that are released into the air,” he said. “I was told I couldn’t play basketball, could not have kids and would probably die. “But now I’m not a ghost, have a little girl in the first grade who is 7 years old and made the team again." Moore credited a strong attitude to his beating Desert Fever and encouraged the students to keep a similar outlook on their own lives. “You can overcome many obstacles with your attitude,” he said. "Your attitude will determine your altitude " Biggio’s sacrifice fly helps Astros beat Mets NEW YORK (AP) — On an evening spiced by sparkling stabs and grabs, it figured that the only run would score on a ball that was caught. Craig Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, deciding what had been a scoreless duel between Darryl Kile and Rick Reed for most of the game and giving the Houston Astros a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets. “Defensively, we were just awesome,” Mets catcher Todd Hundley said Wednesday night. Especially teammate Edgardo Alfonzo. He tied a major league record for third basemen by taking part in four double plays — the last to do it was Ken McMullen for Washington on Aug. 13, 1965, and the last in the NL was Johnny Verge/ of Philadelphia on Aug. 15, 1935. "I don t think I’ve ever had a better game,” Alfonzo said. “I just try lo go up and do my job. If its hit to me, I just try to get it.” Kile got help from the very first batter, when . first baseman Jeff Bagwell speared Carl Everett’s hard grounder. Everett later got even by robbing Luis Gonzalez of extra bases with a catch against the wall in center, a play that prompted Mets manager Bobby ‘In a gam* like this, one mistake or one ball that gets through can be enough to win it.’ — Astros pitcher Darryl Kite Valentine to take off his cap in the dugout in tribute. “In a game like this, one mistake or one ball that gets through can be enough to win it,” Kile said. "But both defenses played well.” "Every time I was in trouble, the defense picked me up,” he said. The Astros stopped a three-game losing streak and ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak. Wetteland works overtime as Rangers top Tribe in IO innings ARLINGTON (AP) — The Texas Rangers won the battle of the bullpens because closer John Wetteland was willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Wetteland struck out three in two scoreless innings and Bill Ripken drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning sacnfice fly as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Wednesday night. Most closers are used for only one inning, and rarely in a tie game. But Wetteland told manager Johnny Oates he v had no problem starting the ninth inning of a 3-3 game. Wetteland (2-0) allowed a single to Julio Franco in the ninth, but Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez threw out Franco attempting to steal second. That was Cleveland’s lone baserunner off Wetteland. “lf I pitch like I can, I can get out of an inning in 12-15 pitches and still be fresh for the next inning,” Wetteland said. “I’ve always wanted to be treated like any other pitcher.” Oates appreciates that bulldog attitude. “We don’t want to make a habit of that,” Oates said. “But he doesn't even look at you twice when you ask him to do it. I saw him do it last year . (for the Yankees) against us. lf it was good enough last year and he was strong in the World Series, that’s good enough for us.” Again, the Rangers registered a comeback win with the help of a bench player. Ripken’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored Will Clark with the winning run after the Rangers trailed 3-1 in the eighth. Texas has won five times in its last at-bat and has come from behind in 12 of its 21 victories this season. “You need 25 guys to be successful,” said Ripken, filling in for injured second baseman Mark McLemore. “The big boys aren’t able to do it every night. That’s why we’re successful, because of the makeup of this team.” Juan Gonzalez opened the 10th with his third hit, a single oft' Albie Lopez (0-2), and was replaced by pmeh-runner Damon Buford. With Buford running, Clark singled to right and took second when Brian Giles bobbled the ball. Kile (3-2) kept the Mets otf-bal-ance with his sharp curve, allowing just four hits in eight innings. He did not give up a hit after a leadoff single in the third. Kile has permitted only one earned run in his last 24 innings. He beat the Mets for the fifth straight time and improved his career record against them to 6-2, including a no-hitter in 1993 at the Astrodome. Sports Brief Dallas nawspapar reports Irvin wants to bo traded IRVING (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, highly scrutinized through a year of oft-the-field troubles, has asked to be traded, The Dallas Morning News reported today. The newspaper, which said it could not reach Irvin for comment, cited three sources it did not identify for the report. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Irvin’s agent, Steve Endicott, both declined comment, the Morning News said. Irvin, 31, served a five-game suspension at the start of last season for conduct detrimental to the National Football League. The suspension followed his no-contest plea for a cocaine possession charge. He also became the target of a murder-for-hire plot involving a Dallas police officer arui was one of two players named by a woman who alleged she had been raped. The woman later recanted her story and is facing a perjury charge this month. Golf Bulldogs headed to nationals From staff reports SEGUIN — Texas Lutheran University has received an at-large bid to the NAIA golf championships May 20 to 23 in Tulsa, Okla. It will be the Bulldogs' 17th appearance at the national event and their ninth consecutive bid. TLU finished 13th in the team standings last year. This will be Coach Jay Rees’ first trip to the nationals at TLU. He played for Emporia State at the tournament several years ago. Members of the team are seniors Jeff Lamp, Adam Olson and Randy Martinez, junior Phil Schmidt and freshman David Burbidge. Four 18-hole rounds are played at the tournament, with the field of 34 teams cut to 17 after the second day. Texas Lutheran was at No. 8 in the final NAIA Top 25 golf rankings this season. . . NFL Oilers will play in Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Houston Oilers will soon have a new home and new name. The Oilers and the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority signed a letter of agreement Wednesday to bring the team here for the next two seasons. Under the deal, the Tennessee Oilers — which they will be called for at least this year — will make Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium their temporary home during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The Oilers would then settle into a 67,000-seat stadium being built in Nashville and paid for by a mixture of state bonds and funds from sales of personal seat licenses. “This is a much safer deal,” authority chairman Avron Fogelman told The Commercial Appeal. Mike McClure, the Oilers executive vice president, said he’s just glad progress is being made. “Certainly we’ve had some twists and turns over the last couple days,” McClure said following Wednesday’s agreement, "but I think the main thing is we’ve gotten where we wanted to be and hopefully we’ve gotten where you all wanted to be.” The Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority originally was going to consider a plan letting the Oilers give money to chanty each home game in exchange for the autbonty picking up about $300,000 in travel expenses. But the plan announced last Friday was criticized by local officials who thought Memphis spent enough money over two decades of failed attempts to land its own NFL franchise. The new plan will have the Oilers paying rent of $1 per seat sold at games with weekly charity donations ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 per game depending on attendance. The Oilers needed a formal plan in place before the NFL owners meet May 20-21 in San Diego. The owners must agree to the team’s early departure from Houston. ;