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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A —Herald-Zeitung —Wednesday, May 16, 2007 NB girls golfer Parker Shea. SPORTS COMING WEDNESDAY Cougars coming A look at the 2007 Canyon football team. Herald-Zfjtung 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-E-T SV’s final scrimmage Rangers football team goes through intrasquad drills in a game setting. Time: 12:10 p.m. Unicorns’ Blue-White NB to stage annual spring football game with players on freshmen, JV, varsity teams. Time: 6 p.m. B Cougars’ Spring Fling Canyon freshman, JV and varsity football teams to scrimmage at Cougar Stadium. Time: 4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. RI RANGERS m ON DECK I THE NEXT FIVE Today atTB 6 P.M. Thursday atTB 6 PM. Friday at HOU 7 PM. Saturday AT HOU 6 PM. Sunday AT HOU 1 P.M. radio - KRLD-AM 1080 D-Rays edge Rangers KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Perfect weather, a lively crowd that nearly filled the stadium and a game-winning hit by Brendan Harris. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays got everything they needed for a successful debut at Disney World on Tuesday night, beating the Texas Rangers 4-3 in IO innings. Harris’ bases-loaded single in the 10th — his fourth hit of the game — drove in the winning run off Scott Feldman (1-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day. Brian Stokes (2-5) pitched the 10th for the Devil Rays, who loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning on two walks and Del-mon Young’s single. Hank Blalock homered for the third straight game for the Rangers, hitting a solo shot off lames Shields in the fifth. Brad Wilkerson had a second-inning sacrifice fly, and Nelson Cruz’s RBI single in the fifth made it 3-3 against Devil Rays starter lames Shields, who allowed six hits in eight innings. Carlos Pena, Elijah Dukes and Ty Wiggington drove in Tampa Bay’s runs off Texas right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who allowed six hits and struck out seven in six innings. Notes: Rangers OF Sammy Sosa had the night off.... The Rangers placed RUP Kevin Millwood on the 15-day DL a day after returning to the team and aggravating a hamstring injury that had kept him out for two weeks. Ll IP Ron Mahay was put on the DL with a strained muscle in his ribcage. Feldman and AJ. Murray were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.... Wilkerson left the game with a right hamstring injury. ASTROS ON DECK THE NEXT FIVE Tuesday tied 5-5 vs. SF LATE Today SF 7 P.M. PSN T HUHSDAV SF 7 PM. FSN Friday TEX 7 P.M. TWC4 Saturday TEX 6 P.M. FSN Sunday TEX 1 P.M. FSN radio — KGNB-AM 1420 Unicorns developing depth in drills By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels Unicorns football program is alive and well this spring, fresh off the heels of an 8-4 season and 10th straight playoff appearance. The Unicorns return the most starters of any area team for 2007, with a dozen back who started on offense and defense last year. I lowever, some of them will be aligned in different positions this fall, and coach Chuck Caniford and his staff are trying to see which ones can best mesh with several newcomers off the freshmen and junior varsity teams.Spring Football “Spring is all about personnel — identifying who can contribute,’’ Caniford said. “Every day that we can do that is a good day, and we’ve been able to do it pretty much every day to this point." Caniford is blending in a few sophomores with a large batch of seniors. The juniors still outnumber those on last year’s freshman team, but the Unicorns haven’t yet decided how many freshmen they will carry- “I’m hesitant to say how many we ll wind up with, but a lot of those kids are really battling to earn spots,!’ Caniford said. New Braunfels entered the spring seeking depth at receiver and running back and the same goes for linebacker and the defensive line. They are also auditioning for a kicker and punter. This is the position breakdown going into Friday’s spring game: OFFENSE LINEMEN Seniors Jake Johnson (left guard), Ryan Walker (center) and Josh Knudson (right guard) will lead a unit that now includes senior Kyle Polk, who moves from outside linebacker to left tackle, and junior new- PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns’ chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals have taken a hit as nasty as the one Robert Horry gave Steve Nash. The NBA suspended Suns All-Star center Amare Stoudemire and his teammate Boris Diaw on Tuesday for tonight’s Game 5 of Phoenix's conference semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs. Their offense: leaving the bench area following Horry’s flagrant foul on Nash in the waning seconds of Monday night’s 104-98 come-from-behind Suns’ win in San Antonio that squared the best-of-seven series at two games 9:30 p.m. TNT comer Anthony Kolbe is atop the chart at right tackle. Newcomers include juniors Ben Speckman and Kennet Jacobsen at guard, senior Matt Cardenas at center; senior letterman Josh Soto and sophomore rookies Austin Rios and Jared Smith at tackle. apiece. Horry, who sent the Suns’ crafty playmaker flying into the scorer’s table with 18 seconds to play, was suspended two games for the flagrant foul and for striking Raja Bell above the shoulders with a forearm. Phoenix got the worst of it in the ruling by commissioner David Stern under the recommendation of executive vice president Stu Jackson. Horry is a reserve role player. Stoudemire is a first-team all-NBA selection who leads the Suns in scoring and rebounding through the first four games of the series. Diaw would have been his replacement. “I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut," Suns owner Robert Sarver said. Jackson said the league does not want to influence the outcome of a series but had no “With the three guys who more or less started last year, we were looking to build up some more dopth," Caniford said. ‘We still have a few questions left to answer here and all over the offense, but we feel See UNICORNS, Page 7A choice in the matter. “This is a very unfortunate circumstance," he said during a conference call. “No one here at the league office wants to suspend players any game, much less a pivotal game in the second round of a playoff series. But die rule, however, is the rule, and we intend to apply it consistently.” Stoudemire is averaging 23.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in the series. I Us loss removes the Suns’ imposing inside presence. Phoenix’s problems are compounded by the absence of Diaw, who started when Stoudemire missed all but three games last season because of surgeries on both knees. Horry, meanwhile, is best known for his clutch 3-pointers and has scored 4.8 points per game. See SPURS, Page 7ABASEBALL PLAYOFFS CLASS 5A REGION IV QUARTERFINAL Smithson Valley (25-9) vs. Austin Westlake (28-7) Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Blossom Athletic Center Game 2:7:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Game 3:1 p m Saturday, at Texas State University's Bobcat Field (if necessary) CLASS 4A REGION IV QUARTERFINAL Canyon (29-4) vs. Alamo Heights (22-16), SAISD Spring Sports Complex, San Antonio Game 1:7:30 pm Thursday Game 2:7:30 pm. Friday Game 3:7:30 pm. Saturday (if necessary) Wright wins three APSE awards for sports coverage Herald-Zeitung Sports Kditor Will Wright’s high quality coverage of sports in New Braunfels and Comal County was recognized by his peers last weekend at the annual 2006 Associated Press Sports Editors Southwest Region Awards held in Austin. I Ie earned awards in three categories including first place for Sports Column in a newspapers under 20,000 circulation for his weekly commentaries on local and national sports. Wright, who has written for the Herald-Zeitung since 2004, earned second place in the Sports Event Category and third place for sports project. Wright’s coverage in 2006 culminated in his coverage of the New Braunfels Unicorns baseball team’s run to the state championship, as well as coverage of high school and community sporting events. “Will’s dedication and commitment to ensuring the best and most balanced coverage of New Braunfels and Comal County sports appears each day in the Herald-Zeitung is unmistakable,” said Managing Editor Gerard MacCrossan. “It is no surprise that when his work is rated against other sports writers in the Southwest, Will’s writing is recognized as among the best." Wright’s APSE success follows his honors at the Associated Press Managing Editors Awards in April, where he was recognized for his contributions to the Herald-Zeitung’s Unicorn state championship coverage and column writing. Will Wright FIND IT IN OUR man spurts MORE IN IT FOR VOO Search www.Herald-Zeitung.Com tnnm # Hts Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels coach Lonny Aleman, left, instructs linemen duringTuesday's practice, while head coach Chuck Caniford, right, pumps up the Unicorns as they practice running plays. Spurs’ Horry suspended for two games after hit on Nash Suns’ Stoudemire, Diaw to miss tonight’s game File photo San Antonio's Robert Horry was given a two-game punishment for his hit on Phoenix's Steve Nash (luring the Spurs' loss to the Suns on Monday. ;