New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, May 16,2007 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7ASPORTS SHORTSEVENTS/LEAGUES
NBLL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Saturday
Field 1: Challenger Exhibition, 6 p.m.
Field 1: Minor Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Field 2: Peewee Championship, 6 p.m.
Field 2: Major Championship, 8 p.m.
Field 3: Minor Softball Championship, 6 p.m.
Field 3: Major Softball Championship, 8 p.m.
Field 4: Junior Championship, 7 p.m.
AREA EVENTS NB football
The New Braunfels football teams will host their annual Blue-White scrimmages beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday at Unicorn Stadium. The junior varsity and varsity teams will be featured. Admission is free.Canyon football Spring Fling
The Canyon football teams will have their annual Spring Fling scrimmages on Friday at Cougar Stadium. The freshmen will go between 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the junior varsity and varsity will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.Honeybees seek players
The Central Texas Honeybees are looking for two coaches, one female, another male, and players 18-under for a select softball team that will compete in area and out-of-town tournaments. The Honeybees will have up to three fund-raisers during the year. Call David Ayala at 512-376-2401 or Juan Hernandez at 512-392-0110.
The Bandit, Buckhorn and Republic golf courses are forming summer leagues for high school golfers. Practices will be held once a week, and each player will have privileges at home courses throughout the summer. Call 830-609-4665, 830-995-5351 or 210-359-0000.American Legion Baseball
Teams are forming to compete in American Legion baseball over the summer. Senior Division is for players ages 19-under; Junior Division tor 17-under. Entry fee is $100. Registration deadline and coaches’ meeting is May 30. Call Jerome litis at 210-355-2963.Smithson Valley physical screenings
Physicals for Smithson Valley students in grades 7, 9 and 11 will be held Friday at the high school. High school students will go at 2:30 p.m.; middle schoolers will go at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Call Thomas Petmecky at the fieldhouse at 830-885-1025.NB football program ads
Advertising orders for the New Braunfels football team’s 2007 season program is being taken now through July 9. Call athletic secretary Sheri Brubaker at 627-6111.
Canyon coach Les Davis is conducting the Cougar Football Camp for grades 7-9 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 7-9 at Cougar Stadium. Cost is $45 if paid by May 31; $50 after May 31; $60 at the door. Call the athletic office at 221-2417.New Braunfels
New Braunfels football coach Chuck Caniford will hold two Unicorn Football Camps at the fieldhouse Aug.
6-9. Incoming grades 3-6 will go from 8-10 a.m., with grades 7-9 (for those planning to enter the NB program this fall) attending from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $40 per camper. Registration forms available at the NB fieldhouse and front office. Call the athletic office at 627-6111.
Smithson Valley football coach Larry Hill will have his annual Ranger Football Camp, instruction in Ranger football fundamentals for players in grades 7-9, from 8:30 a.m.-Noon July 23-26 at the fieldhouse. Cost is $40. Camp includes video and weightlifting sessions. Call the athletic office at 830-885-1069 or visit www.svabc.com.
Canyon baseball coach Peter Garza is hosting the Cougar Baseball Camp for incoming grades 7-9 from 9 a.m.-noon June 4-7 at Cougar Field. Cost is $50. Registration forms are available at the high school; walk-up registration is welcome. Call Garza at 221-2419.
Texas Lutheran University
Texas Lutheran University baseball coach Bill Miller will have several fundamentals camps that will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily at Katt-lsbel Field. Ages 7-10 will attend June 4-8 and June 11-15; ages 10-12 attend June 18-22 and ages 12-15 will attend June 25-29. Cost is $90, which includes a $50 non-refundable reservation fee due 10 days prior to the start of each camp. Call 830-372-8120 or e-mail [email protected]
Coach CJ's Camp
Coach C.J.'s Baseball Camp for children ages 6-14 will be held at the New Braunfels Little League’s Nos. 1 and 4 baseball fields from 8:30 a.m.-Noon June 4-8. Cost is $50 before May 31; $60 after. Call C.J. Soto at 830-832-6217.
NB-Canyon Summer Slam
New Braunfels coach Chris Dial and Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler are hosting 19th annual River City Summer Slam boys camp from 9 a.m.-Noon June 18-21. Grades 5-7 will go at Canyon’s Cougar Den, with grades 8-9 at Canyon Middle School. Cost is $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Call Rotzler at 221-2483 (school) or 620-6940 (home).
Smithson Valley boys
New Smithson Valley coach R.J. Strauch is holding his first Ranger Basketball Camp from June 11-14 at Ranger Gym. Grades 4-7 will go from 9 a.m.-Noon; grades 8-9 will go from 1 -4 p.m. Cost is $70. Call the athletic office at 830-885-1069 or visit www.svabc.com.
Smithson Valley girls
Smithson Valley girls basketball coach Jim Jost is sponsoring a summer camp for girls in incoming grades 7-9 June 4-8 at Ranger Gym. Grades 7-8 will go 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Freshmen will go from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $70. Call Jost at 830-885-1074 (school), 830-885-5795 (home) or e-mail to [email protected]
or visit www.svabc.com.New Braunfels boys
New Braunfels boys basketball coach Chris Dial is holding a shooting camp for boys in grades 7-8 from 1 -3 p.m. June 18-21 at the NB Competition Gym, located next to the main gym. Cost is $40. Call Dial at 627-6241 or e-mail to [email protected]
New Braunfels girls basketball coach Lance Hughey will hold the future Unicorn Instructional Camp for girls and boys entering grades 3-6 from 9 a.m.-Noon June 25-28 at Unicom Gym. Cost is $50. Call Hughey at 627-6162 or 481-7782.
Davalos/TSU Basketball Camps
Texas State University men’s basketball coach Doug Davalos is hosting several camps this summer at Stra-han Coliseum. Ages 6-18 will meet in a day camp from 8 a.m.-Noon June 18-21 ($100). An Elite Camp, an invitation-only, overnight camp for grades 11-12, will be held June 22-23 ($50 or $25); An overnight/commuter camp for ages 10-18 will be held June 24-27. Cost is $325 for overnight and $225 for commuters. Call coach Omar Lowery at 512-245-2984 or visit www.txstatebobcats.com.
Smithson Valley coach Liana Gombert is sponsoring several Ranger Volleyball Camps in July and August at Ranger Gym. The first three will be held July 23-26: The cost for incoming 7th grade (9 a.m.-Noon); and 8th grade (1-4 p.m.) students is $60 before June 15, $70 after June 15. For incoming grades 4-6 (1-3 p.m.) the cost is $50 before June 15; $60 afterwards. Incoming freshmen will go from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 1-3. Cost is $50 before June 15; $60 afterwards. Call Gombert at 830-885-1102 (school) or visit www.svabc.com.
Canyon volleyball coach Heather Sanders will hold two camps at the Cougar Den this summer. The youth camp for incoming girls in grades 3-6 will be held June 11-14 from 9 a.m.-noon. The camp for grades 7-8-9 will be held July 30-Aug. 3 from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost for each camp is $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Call Sanders at 221-2482 or e-mail to [email protected]
New Braunfels volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler will have three camps this summer, all at Unicorn Gym. The first is for grades 1-6, to be held from 9 a.rn.-Noon June 11-15. The second is for grades 7-8 from 6-8 p.m. July 23-27; the third is for incoming freshmen, from 6-8 p.m. July 30-
Aug. 3. Cost for each camp is $50. Call Fowler at 627-6239.
ATHLETIC CONDITIONING Canyon
Canyon coaches are holding a speed, strength and conditioning program June 11-July 26 for students in grades 9-12 who plan to participate in sports next school year. Two sessions are available: from 8-10 a.m. or 6-8 p.m. Cost is $75 per athlete. Call the athletic office at 221 -2417.
The New Braunfels athletic department is hosting the Unicorn Training Camp, a strength, agility and conditioning camp for NB athletes June 4-July 19 from 8-10 a.m. or 9-11 a.m., Mondays-Thursdays at the fieldhouse, weight room and track at Unicorn Stadium. Cost is $100. Call the athletic office at 627-6111.
Canyon Lady Jags
Canyon Middle School coaches are offering a four-day sports camp that teaches volleyball and basketball fundamentals for girls in grades 6-7 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 4-7 at the school gym. Cost is $75. Deadline to register is Monday. Call Kathy Hickey at 221-2300.
SOFTBALL Smithson Valley
Smithson Valley coaches Wayne and Lisa Daigle are sponsoring the Ranger Softball Camp for girls ages
7-14 from 9 a.m.-Noon June 4-7 at Camp Comal’s Bomber Field. Cost is $75 in advance; $90 at the door. Call the Daigles at 830-899-5603 or visit www.svabc.com.
New Braunfels coach Tina Salazar will hold the Unicorn Softball Camp for girls in grades 3-9 from 9 a.m.-Noon June 18-22 at Unicorn Field. Cost is $40 for grades 3-6; $50 for grades 7-9. Call Salazar at 512-787-1334.
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Suns say they got worst of ruling
“I feel it’s terribly wrong,” Sarver said. “I feel we’ve been unjustly penalized for the fact that we played a clean, hard game. I feel if any team should have been penalized in this series, it should be the Spurs and it shouldn’t be us.”
Asked if he thought it was a fair decision, Jackson said, “It’s not a matter of fairness, its a matter of correctness, and this is the right decision at this point in time.”
Jackson said it was clear that Stoudemire and Diaw had violated the rule, saying they were “20 to 25 feet” from their seats.
“Both players stood and made their way towards the altercation which occurred on the court,” Jackson said. "They did not remain in the bench area.”
The Suns’ coaches quickly pushed the two players back to the bench, but the damage had been done, even though neither player reached the confrontation.
The suspensions deflate a Suns team that finished Game 4 with a 16-3 run to regain home-court advantage.
“I think we had the momentum going,” Sarver said, “and for Robert Horry to be rewarded like that to me is unbelievable. I can’t see the justice in it, but it is what it is. We’ll play hard and do the best we can.”
Sarver said that seeking a change in the rule would be at the top of his agenda for next season.
“The team that plays dirty should not be rewarded, and the team that plays fair should not be penalized,” he said.
Sarver wasn’t counting his severely depleted team out.
“When you’ve got Nash and Raja and Kurt (Thomas) and Leandro (Barbosa) on the court, you can’t bet against them no matter what the odds are, but I just feel horrible about it,” Sarver said. "The guys played so well last night.
They were so gritty and they hung tough and they beat the Spurs at their own game.
“They won the type of game we wouldn’t have won two years ago. It was a big step forward for us, a big step forward for the team and the organization.”
Jackson brushed aside a suggestion that Tim Duncan violated the rule in the second quarter when he rushed onto the court after Francisco Elson dunked and landed on the shoulders of the Suns’ James Jones.
“Both players got up,” Jackson said. “There was no altercation, and they ran down to the other end of the court.”
Jackson also wasn’t buying Stoudemire’s contention he had a right to be at the scorer’s table because he was checking in to the game.
“I’ve not seen a player report in quite that way,” Jackson said.
The suspensions are the latest twist in an intriguing series that’s featured several rough plays.
Nash has received the brunt of it. He missed a critical portion of the final minute of Game I because of a bloody gash in his nose, the result of a head-on collision with Tony Parker.
But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t even think Horry’s foul on Nash was that bad.
“It was just an end-of-game foul and Steve fell down,” Popovich said before the penalties were announced. “I didn’t think it was such a big deal.”
After Game 2, Stoudemire called the Spurs “a dirty team,” specifically mentioning Bruce Bowen and Manu Ginobili.
In Game 3, Bowen kneed Nash in the groin, but the NBA decided no suspension was warranted.
After he went back to the bench following Horry’s foul, Stoudemire chose to rub it in.
He turned to the Spurs crowd and chanted “Dirty, dirty, dirty.”
“Can I get a ‘dirty’ now?” Stoudemire shouted. “Now, was I out of line?”
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Have solid QB, depth at receivers
we’re getting closer to answering them every day.”
Senior Ryan Perez passed for 1,966 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,049 yards and 10 more scores in 2006 — accounting for 70.4 percent of the Unicorns’ offense. Backing him up will be junior Clayton McCabe and sophomore John Simmons, but Caniford is looking for others to help shoulder the load.
“We had guys who could take over (rushing), but a lot of them were banged up last year,” Caniford said. “But it was no secret that Ryan was going to have the ball in his hands quite a bit. We’ve got to find some ways not to put that kind of pressure on him, but we’re not going to (restrict) him when he can do the kinds of tilings he can do.
“But needless to say, we feel pretty comfortable about this position right now.”
Perez is the top returning rusher, but Caniford needs to fill slots left by Joey Hernandez, Rory Grametbaur and Gabe Valadez. Senior fullback Chris Council (8-56 yards; 1 TD) is the next leading returnee. Also back is senior tailback Patrick Castilleja, but junior Ryan Grametbaur (37-115-6) will move from tailback to mike linebacker. Going for time at fullback will be senior Zach Chapman (who moves from nose guard) and junior Tanner Brown; doing the same at tailback is junior Justin Garcia and sophomores Jeremy Garcia and Daniel Martinez.
“Tanner Brown has done a good job moving over from defense,” Caniford said. We knew what Chris Council can do and he’s had a great spring, except
he hasn’t practiced recently because he’s had a nagging injury. Chapman, who was a pass rush specialist on defense, has moved ever and is getting n some work a1 fullback.
Tailback has the best battles going on right now, with four who can play. Ifs the one position on offense that’s still up in the air. Castilleja has the most experience, but the other kids have had real good springs.
Gone is the receiver with the most experience — Kurtis Kostan (47-969,10TDs) along with Chris Allen (12-184) and Dustin Kraft (14-235-3). Returning are seniors Greg Laird (8-146-2) and Travis Steel (10-228-2).
Caniford will shuffle those two into a mix of players rotating at X, Y, and Z back that ndudes seniors Spencer Jergins (8-99-1), Tyler Glim (2-58-1) and Lenard Aguirre (1-1). Newcomers include senior Taylor Chafin, and juniors Edward Wuensch, Josh Gomez, John Levario, Travis Criss and John Gonzales.
We’ve got dose to 12 who can go in and play;’Caniford said. “Jergins will go at strongside tight end but we’ll split him out some this year. Chafin and Wuensch will go at the other tight end spot. Lenard is more of a true receiver, but he’ll be at the Y position quite a bit. He’ll move around from Y to Z to X in different packages.
“Between Greg, Travis, Tyler, Lenard and Spencer, there are five guys who have done it on Friday nights. The key for us was adding some depth around them.”
Senior Mitch Schuetz (60 tackles in 2006) is at right end; senior J.B. Smith (4) moves from right end to nose guard. Senior Erich Stremel and junior Zach Orting are vying to start at left end. Junior Corey Evans is second at nose guard, with senior David Kupfer-nagel and junior Jason Purtle behind Smith at right end.
We were concerned about the
line going into the spring,” Caniford said. “Mitch had quite a few tackles, playing on defense half the season, and Smith played a lot last year. Stremel, who moved over from tight end, has really had a nice spring. One of the most impressive guys has been Pur-tte, who was at outside linebacker on the JV but has moved inside and has had a really nice spring.
‘We feel a lot better than we did going into the spring, because it was hit hard by losing Josh McK-innis, Robert Patton and Nick Ayala, who were rock-solid there.”
Seniors Andrew Hooker (11 tackles in 2006) and Spencer Jergins (59) will go at the sam and rover (outside linebacker) positions, respectively, with Ryan Grametbaur at mike and Rhode Island transfer Tom Wort at the will spots (inside). Also on the outside are sophomore John Bor-dano, junior Cassidy Sanderson and senior Wade Martin. Seniors Nick Granados (6) and Zach Tucker, and junior Tanner Brown win go on the inside.
‘This group has had the best spring to this point,” Caniford said. We’ve got five guys who are battling it out on the outside, and inside we’ve got Grametbaur, who is moving back to his more natural position, and Granados, who was action on the varsity late last year. Wort has realty established himself in the spring.”
Seniors Travis Meyer (6 tackles) and Jesse Sells (31) top the chart at the comers, and seniors Greg Laird (6) and Chris Taha (13) are the safeties. Other oomer-backs include seniors Christian My rick (6), Stephen Penrose and Byron Duvall and junior Jonathan Martinez. Steel (8), and juniors Jacob Tavernier and Joey Niland are also listed at safety.
We’ve got a lot of experience — there are kids who got a lot of starts last year,” Caniford said.
Sells moves from safety to corner; Laird and Steel also saw a lot of playing time, as did Taha and
In al there’s six guys with Friday night experience, and lot of others who are battling for time,” Caniford said.
Kicker is up for grabs. Laird is the top punter, at least for now, but nothing is set.
‘We had depth there with Ben Becker and Ryan Cooper, but there are several contending,” Caniford said of the list that also includes sophomore Aaron Hay-duk, and seniors Hooker and Myrick.
Special teams are also an unknown—outside of Steel, who returned punts (2-38, 1 TD) and kicks (9-129) last season. Also able are Myrick (2-37), Sells, Justin Garcia, Levario, and even Perez, who returned one kick for six yards last fall.
Yes, Perez — but only on punt returns.
‘Yes, that is possible,” said Caniford, eschewing the danger of having his best offensrve player laid bare for a possible open-field smackdown. With the punts, you have the option of being able to fair-catch the ball. I’m not saying that ifs something we’ll do, but ifs something we’re definitely going to look at.”
THE SPRING GAME
The Unicorns will mesh their varsity and junior varsity teams into two squads for the scrimmage, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Unicom Stadium. There will be three strings, with each offense competing against an evenly-matched defense in a six-quarter game-setting format.
We will divvy up between the 1 s, 2s and 3s in something that wi be more of a traditional game,” said Caniford, who last year implemented a point-scoring scheme for the offensive and defensive units. We will rotate the quarterbacks, who wi play with a different team each half.
‘We wart to have the flexibility to give younger kids playing with the older kids, which is why we’re doing this all at once.”
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