New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Press I Simmonds leaves AD, head coach jobs at NBHS
By THOMAS GODLEY
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—ChartM Barkley of the Phoenix Suns on the Houston Rockets comino back from a 3*1 deficit in the playoffs series.
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The event, coordinated by local high school head coaches Kenny Rotzler and Cliff Wilkins, is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 5-8 at Canyon High School from 9 am to noon for boys currently In grades 4-8. Cost is $45. Registration forms may be picked up at New Braunfels High School or Canyon High School. For more information, call Coaches Wilkins or Rotzler at 620-1326 and 620-6940 evenings.
Habitat for Humanity charity golf tournament sot for June 10
The second annual Comal County Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 10 at Northcliff© Golf Course. Tee time is 1 p.m. and registration begins at 11:30 am. A donation fee'of $50 will include green fee and golf cart. The format will be a Texas scramble, including prizes for a hole in one, longest drive and closest to the hole. A hole-irvone prize of $10,000 will be given away, $5,000 of which will go to the Habitat. Certificates and plaques will be awarded to first through third place finishes. The event also features a luncheon. For more information, call event co-chairman Harry Myers at 625-0560.
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The Marion High School Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 20 at 1 p.m. at NorthCliffe Country Club. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams and winners in the closest-to-the-hole -end long-dnve competition. Raffle tickets can be purchased for a drawing to win a Rawlings driver. Proceeds will go to support scholarships for Marion High School students. Entry fee is $45 per player. Forms may be picked up at Vivroux Sporting Goods in New Braunfels, Lee's Par 3 or Landa Park Golf Course in New Braunfels or by calling Steve Dement at 914-2803 or Kathy Reiley at 914-2275.
Tettleton pays off for fTiwgon
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Several of the Texas Rangers* off-season moves were considered questionable, except for the acquisition of Mickey Tettleton.
Tettleton, whom Texas signed relatively inexpensively, was 3-for-4 Monday night and had his second four-RBI game of the season as the Rangers beat Toronto 12-4.
Tettleton, who is hitting .281 and leads the team with 16 RBIs, signed a one-year contract for $550,000 after Detroit let him go following last season.
“It was a good game fa everybody," said Tettleton, who had 30-homer seasons for the Tigers from 1991-93. “It wasn’t just one person. We’ve been letting some pitchers off the hook lately. Tonight we got the job done.”
HiUf Kick! to toto rookie honors
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The great late season by Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd may have been enough to catch the early season push by Detroit Pistons forward Grant Hill in the NBAs Rookie of the Year race.
Kidd and Hill will be the cowinners when the award is announced Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported today, citing two unidentified NBA sources.
Hill, the top overall vote-getter fa the All-Star Game, has been the frontrun-ner fa the award.
Coach Lew Simmonds will step away after four years as head football coach and athletic director at New Braunfels High School.
Citing personal reasons, Simmonds submitted to the school district offices a request Monday to be reassigned to teaching and coaching boys' track at the high school.
"What I am doing today is in the best interest of my family," Simmonds said in a letter to the district.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said he would approve the request and bring it before the school board's regular meeting tonight. He added that the district would begin the search for a new athletic director immedi
"We will be contacting what we feel are the top quality coaches in the state and trying to get interviews set up as soon as possible," Bradberry said.
Bradberry said all of Simmonds'coaching assistants would remain on the staff. The district is looking to fill an assistant position which opened last month when Donald Gann resigned.
Simmonds, who served as track coach and assistant football coach for more than IO years at NBHS, replaced Head Coach James Streety after the 1990 season. In four seasons, Simmonds guided the Unicorns football teams to a combined record of 29-14, making the playoffs in 1991 and 1992:
The Unicorns finished 9-3 (’91), 10-1 ('92), 6-4 (’93) and 4-6 (’94) under Simmonds.
Bradberry said Simmonds, who had a year remaining on his contract, came forward last week with his request to be reassigned. The coach cited concerns for his family and personal health as T
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Bradberry said he had asked that the coach take a week to give the matter more thought.
Streety, the winningcst coach in Texas 4A in the 1980s and now coaching at Madison High School in San Antonio, will be contacted for references to prospects who could fill the position,
Bradberry said. Asked if Streety would be a candidate, Bradberry said, "I hadn't thought about it but that would be something to consider."
Bradberry said that Simmonds' decision did not come as a total surprise.
"I can't say that it was a total surprise but you arc never really surprised when someone is in a pressure situation," Bradberry said. "I can’t think of many jobs that have as much pressure on a day-to-day basis than a high school head coachingjob in Texas."
"I can't say enough about Lew as a coach and as a person. He always tried to do what was right for Unicom football and athletics. Maybe this will be what is right for Lew and for the Unicorns program in the coming years. We know the track program will be in very g(x>d hands."
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Pitcher Bradley Wilkinson takes aim from the mound Monday night at the National Little League Fields. The Phillies came up short 8-5 to the Reds. The Phillies next face the Brewers on Friday while the Reds play the Blue Jays on Wednesday.It’s do or die for Rockets
PHOENIX (AP) — Standing in the way of the Phoenix Suns and their fourth trip to the Western Conference finals in seven years is one huge obstacle — Hakeem Olajuwon.
The 7-foot center is the primary reason the Houston Rockets are the defending NBA champions. They’ve won seven of their last eight games when a loss meant elimination from the playoffs.
Before he began to tire, Olajuwon nearly carried Houston to victory Sunday before the Suns went on a 15-4 nm in the the final 4:40 to pull out a 114-110 win. And he represents the Rockets’ best hope of becoming the fifth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 series.
A victory by the Suns in Game 5 tonight in the Amenta West Arena would dethrone the champions. Even if Houston wins, the Rockets would still need two more.
Despite the odds, the respect for Olajuwon is so great that Charles Barkley alone among the Suns was willing to predict an early end.
“No team can beat us three straight,” Barkley said. "We know they won’t quit; we know it’s going to be a tough game. But if we lose the series, it will definitely be our fault. We’ve got one more game in this series, and it’s going lo be a dogfight the next series.”
Joe Kleine, one of Phoenix’s three centers,
NBA playoffs tonight
Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic. 6 p m., TNT (Series is tied at 2-2)
Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30, pay-per view, blackout for New Braunfels with 35-mile radius of San Antonio (Spurs lead series 3-1)
Houston vs. Phoenix, 9:30 pm, TBS (Sen lead series 3-1)
said an Olajuwon-led team is always dangerous, as the Rockets showed by winning the last two games of the 1994 Finals against New York, not to mention the last two of their first-round scries with Utah alter the Ja/v took a 2-1 lead. “He’s arguably the best center in the game, and you’vc just got to try and do wliat you can do and hope he misses his shot,” Kleine said.
By KELLEY SHANNON
Associated Press Writer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — From the Los Angeles Lakers’ point of view, eccentric forward Dennis Rodman may as well be in the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup.
Rodman usually doesn’t score as much as his replacements do, and the Spurs seem to strengthen their competitive spirit in their drive to win without him.
Spurs coach Bob Hill benched Rodman in Sunday’s game for arguing and refusing lo join a huddle in a previous game. Hill said he would decide just before tipoff tonight whether to use Rodman in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal with the Lakers.
However, Hill strongly hinted that Rodman, the league’s leading rebounder. would see some playing time.
“Nobody holds grudges on this team," Hill said. “I certainly don’t.”
San Antonio leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and would advance to the conference finals with one more victory.
After practice Monday, green-haired Rodman retreated to the locker room say ing he didn’t expect to play today.
“I’m getting punished for some stupid reason. It didn’t hurt me at all. I can play or not play. I’m not expecting to play," Rodman said.
Hill later told reporters: "If I were you guys. I would always listen very closely to Dennis and then, probably, whatever he says, the opposite is true.... I promise you, had I needed him in Game 4, I would have used him.” .
The leakers, who are trying to become only the fifth NBA team to rebound from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series, also were preoccupied Monday with the latest Rodman soap opera.
Lakers guard Nick Van Exel said he was surprised by the Spurs’ response to losing Rodman for Game 4. The Spurs won Sunday 80-71 at the Forum.
“I thought they would come out a little flat, but they came out and I guess they wanted to prove it to Rodman thai they could win without him. I think this is the wrong time for their team to be doing that, hut they came out and they did a great job.Karate fighters kick way to top at Austin tournament
From submitted repats
Competing in the Masters National Karate Tournament in Austin, members of the Chris Lopez and Sam Cho Ii co Soryu Karate School in New Braunfels recently placed among the top teams.
Anthony Cholico, Carlos Cholico, Ty Williford and Derrick Jentsch fought in the team competition. Chris Cholico, Carlos Cholico and Jentsch earned a second place award despite an mild-concussion sustained by Jentsch.
Taking first place in the 16-17 age division was Chris Cholico, who beat teammate Ty Williford, 9-4. Anthony Cholico took third place after being disqualified for face contact. Carlos Choli-co lost by disqualification for excessive contact.
Blackbelt Instructor Sam Cholico said he was pleased with the team performance. He currently is training the students for the Texas Challenge Championship to be held at at the Astro Arena in Houston.
The shoo! is sponsored by Total Fitness Health Center in New Braunfels.
Members of the Sam Cholico Soryu Karate School recently returned from competition in Austin. Taking eecond place in men's teem fighting were (from left to right) Carlos Cholico, Derrick Jentsch and Chris Cholico.Oilers release Ernest Givins
HOUSTON (AP) — Ernest Givins got caught in tile Houston Oilers rebuilding program The Oilers released their all-time leading receiver Monday, citing the economic realities of the salary cap and tlieir need lo add more running backs and Ught ends in place of small, fast wide receivers.
The Oilers arc changing offenses from the run and-shoot to a more conventional pro offense, and they need to make personnel changes.
“In the past, we’ve had IO or 12 receivers and no running backs or tight ends,” general manager Floyd Reese said. “We have to pick up some running backs, tight ends and larger receivers.” Givins, 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, has 542 career receptions in nine seasons with tile Oik*rs, most of it catching passes from Warren Moon in the pass-oriented run-and-shool.
Givins, who liked to dance in the end zone atter scoring a touchdown, caught only 36 pusses for 521 yards last season and scored one touchdown.