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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Herald Zeifi/ny Wednesday, May 18,1983 9A Kahler chosen to train for pentathlon By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor Kourtney Kahler, a New Braunfels High School junior who has earned just about every track honor possible, rom No. I in state to All-American, recently added one more title to her growing list future modern pentathlete Selected from a nation-wide field of outstanding athletes. Kahler will join 39 other hopefuls May 29-July 8 on San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston Army Base for the Modern Pentathlon's 198.'! National Training Squad Program "She s the first one from this area to be asked to participate," said NBHS vice-pncipal John Phelan "That's quite an honor and a great opportunity for someone with her kind of talent " Designed to train promising U S athletes in the fields of horseback riding, swimming. fencing, .shooting a pistol and running, the program consists, for the most part, of those highly skilled in the run-swim combination, "luke Kourtney," said Phelan. "Her 2:102) time at state last year in the 800-meters is faster than the first place finish this year and she’s a fine swimmer. She’s small, light and has extremely good agility and quickness. That should make up for her lack of knowledge in some of the skill events." But. according to Kahler, "it still going to be tough I’ve never fenced before and. although I've shot a pistol and ridden a horse western-style, she used to own one). it s been a while. So, in a way I'm going in fresh learning something new That’s partially w hy I'm so excited ’’ The rest of that excitement, however, comes from being chosen despite her absence from the special clinic rn August of 1982 I thought after I missed that, that it was all over," she said "Usually, you have to attend the clinic to be chosen But. I didn t really find out anything about it until August so Mr Phelan and Col Guinn made some phone calls and I sent in my times and a resume of sorts. Two weeks ago my mom came in. told me congratulations and handed me the letter. I couldn’t believe it I’m ready to go now." Because of Kahler’s skill in running and swimming, the majority of her training will be in riding English, fencing and shooting. "They intensify your training in the areas that you’re weakest," she said. "so I won t be doing a whole lot of running ...I think it’s going to be fun. Even if I don't make the team, it’s still a great experience." The U.S. team consists of five individuals with the highest number of pentathlon points at the end of the program’s four-day National Competition. These points are achieved by meeting certain standards For the riding event, pentathletes must mount an unfamiliar horse, drawn by lot only 20 minutes before competiton, and cover an 800-meter timed course laid out in Stadium jumping style In the swimming event, women must swim 200-meters. A recorded time of 2:25 must be met In the fencing event, competitors face each other in a one-touch, to three minute duel using an electrically wired foil. The fencer scores by touching the opponent with the tip of the epee causing the light to flash. In the shooting event, participants shoot four strings of five rounds from a .22 caliber pistol at a turning target 25-meters away. Then, in the running event, women must run 2.000-meters cross country. "It’s supposed to bt* really tough," said Kahler. "All up-hill and rough." This event determines the overall w inner of the pentathlon "There are a lot of people who still don’t know what the pentathlon is." said Kahler. "Even after all this, there s still a lot I don't know But, I think after I finish the training, even if I don't make the five, Til be a lieder, more rounded person Its going to be rough, but right now I'm so motivated, I think I could do just about any thing." Stuff photo Av John \ Smtrr Kourtney Kahler Sports calendarIt's over UNIONDALE. N V AP Billy Smith didn’t glow in the spotlight, he seethed It was Smith s goaltendmg as much as anything that catapulted Die New York Islanders to a shocking four-game sweep of the Stanley Cup finals from the Edmonton Oilers In winning their fourth consecutive National Hockey League championship, the Islanders used the stingiest defense in the game to hold the highest scoring team in league history to six goals in four games. They shut out Wayne Gretzky, limiting hun to four assists and neutralizing the greatest offensive player in hockey Mainly, they had Smith acrobatically protecting the net in winning 2-0, 6-3, 5-1 and. finally on Tuesday night, a 4-2 to clinch it. But Smith, who won the Conn Sim the Trophy as the Stanley Cup s most valuable Islanders hold off Oilers to capture Stanley Cup player, expressed as much bitterness as satisfaction after leading the Isles to Cup No 4. matching Montreal’s streak in 1976-79 and one short of the Canadiens’ 1956-60 title run I ve never been so hurt in all my life as from the abuse I took in this series." said Smith "After what happened in Edmonton slashing incidents with the Oilers’ Glenn Anderson in the first game and Gretzky in the second», I couldn't walk the streets out there I had to look over my shoulder all the time " Smith was especially upset by the coverage those episodes got in the Edmonton newspapers "But it made me have stamina I never had, fuel I ve never had, more desire than I ever had " Smith admitted he had plenty of help I thought this was my best series ever," said tile only remaining original Islander, who has backstopped the team to all four Cups "But the guys played the best they ever have in front of me." Indeed, the Islanders were practically perfect in shattering the Oilers' dream of becoming the first former World Hockey Association team to win the Cup The Oilers, who collected a record 424 regular season goals, outscored opponents 74-33 in becoming the first former WH A squad to make the finals But they couldn't get anywhere against the more experienced, better balanced and more intense champs "It wasn't one person or one guy." said Gretzky, who still managed Cup records witll 38 points and 26 assists "/Vs a team they play extremely well and without a doubt they shut us down offensively.*’ And, In* added. "When we did break them down and get by them. Smith was alway s there to make the big saves ’’ New York trailed for only 5 42 in the entire series Banquets New Braunfels will be on May 19, at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria Thursday. Starcke Park Baseball Playoffs New Braunfels will meet Alamo Heights Wednesday in Game 3 at 7 30 p iii in Seguin's Starcke Park; Smithson Valley \ Hit chcock at Yoakum. May 24,7:30 p iii Volleyball Geronimo Area Jaycees sponsoring men's and women's volleyball touring Sundas in I Bar M Day Camp July 25-29. Deadline for signup is May 29. lf you or your sports group would like your local sports announcement to appear in the HnotdZottunq sports calendar, mail the announcement to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, TX 78130 or call (512) 625-9144 and ask for the sports department. IBucky's bat making Dent for Texas APLINGTON, Texas (AP) Russe 11 Earl Dent, also known as Bucky, is alive and well and playing baseball in Texas and playing rather well. thank you Bucky Dent in 1978 was on top of the baseball world in New York winning the hearts of Yankee fans with a three-run homer to beat Boston in the 1978 Eastern Division playoff game and with IO hits iii 24 at-bats in the World Series tfiat year And tfie next year, Blere was Bulky Dint pictured in a "beefcake" poster, public appearances, and being loudly cheered at the plate But fame can Inflecting and fans can Im-fickle After Dent dip|M-d to a career-low 193 in 1982 he was traded some thought banished to the Texas Hangers for Lee Mazzilh Hopes were not high in Texas foi Dent when he hit a paltry 113 in spring training this year Yet Bulky Dent is hitting 333 going into tonight's game against Cleveland and lias been been a stalwart iii the Texas infield In Ins last 21 trips to the plate, he has had 14 hits Canyon had participant in '66 meet The information received and printed iii Sunday’s H*tm<i/mtuny on Darren Gray and Andy Henshaw becoming the first boys correction tricksters from Comal Independent School District to compete in the state meet since 1959 was incorrect We have learned since then that Barney Halm of Canyon competed in the broad jump; the year was either 1966 or ‘67. "I’m sure there were people who had doubts, especially iii spring training.” Dent said "There was justified cause for alarm Hut I didn’t worry about it Ive h a d spring trainings like that bi*fore I knew I’d tut when I got to play every day. "I didnt last year, and I got hurt in 1981 The last time I was in a groove like this was 1980 " Whack* Bucky Dent drives a single to left to score a run Crack’ Al Bumbry drives a line shot toward left, and I lent dives to snare it for an out What k’ ln-nt pulls a grounder past third base for a double i’m waiting back on the tuill more and using the whole field," he said "'Hitting coach> Mere (Kettenmund I and I have been working on that since opening day." Dent's turnaround is typical of the Hangers, who were 19-15 after a 6* 5 win over Cleveland Tuesday night anil tied for first place with California    in    the Western Division About this time last year, texas was 10-23 anti 13 gallies out of first place Winning is something Bucky Dint got used to iii New York He was a 11 lem Imt of three World Series teams,    two World Champions,    and    was voted the Most Valuable Playei of    the    1978 championship series. Dent credits Texas first-year manager Doug Hailer for developing a winning attitude among the Rangers "He's such a competitor." Dent said of Holder "You can tell he wants these guys to have respect and to have pride And he wants you to carry Blat out onto the field I like Butt This team has a chance to really do well Hailers i instilled pride and intensity The i hampionship clubs I was on they had that intensity." he said Dent, who has bad Ills sfiare of injuries, didn t {Ult and continues to work Itard on his flitting concentrating in batting practice on .shifting tils weight forward and spending extra flours witfi Bet* teniiiund FREE POOL SEMINAR May 20th (rail final 15% or I on ult Pool Supplies thru Alay. C ash A Carry. Tri*;*') Btl Warrhou**-N»-ar Srtakr Farm 1« mile from iii G Norain Supply <>25-2840 R&H STORES Big Warehouse Store To Serve You 330 Landa Street Super Store With Super Buys We Reserve Limit Rights Super Specials All Week Thurs. Thru Wednesday. 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