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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, May 18, 2007 Canyon hurdler Bohlen. SPORTS P ! r I ® Spring scrimmages NB, Canyon footballers cap drills. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] E DAILY UC KET Unicorns’ Blue-White NB to stage annual spring football game with players on freshman, JV, varsity teams. Tittie: 6 p.m. Cougars’ Spring Fling Canyon freshman, \\f and varsity football teams to scrimmage at Cougar Stadium. Time: 4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. SV, Canyon baseball playoffs Rangers play at Austin Westlake: Cougars vs. Alamo Heights at SAISD Time: 7:30p.m.SV, Canyon baseballer drop series openersRangers errors lead to 2-0 loss to ChapsCougars’ late rally falls short in 6-4 loss By Kevin Washburn The Herald-Zeitung SAN ANTONIO — The Canyon baseball team knew what was coming. It just could not do anything about it. Alamo Heights pitcher Randol Tellkamp shut the Cougars down for six innings and the Mules held oil a Canyon rally in the seventh for a 6-4 win in Game I of the best-of-three Class TA Region IV quarterfinal series on Thursday at the SAISD Spring Sports Complex. “We told the kids that 90 percent of the time (Tellkamp) would throw a curveball or a changeup, which is what I think he did, and just to try to make good contact with the ball. We just couldn’t hit it," Canyon coach Peter Garza said when asked about the opposing pitcher, who allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five. “I think we must’ve popped up at least IO times. No ones to blame. Their pitching beat us on that end, and their hitting beat us on the other end.” T he Mules jumped ahead 2-1 in the fifth and added four runs in the seventh — which turned out lo be very important. Down 6-1 and facing Canyon’s final three outs, Garza went to his bench for a spark. T he Cougars (29-5) responded with three runs, including an RBI each by pinch hitters Royce Rodriguez and A.J. Collier, to cut the deficit to 6-4. T he Mules got J.R Ramirez to fly out with Trenton Irwin standing on third base to end the game. Garza said he was happy to see his team show some fight despite the five-run deficit. “We’ve said all along that we have a lot of kids that are capable of hitting,” Garza said. “All See COUGARS, Page 7A By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung SAN ANTONIO — One lousy inning can often decide a contest between evenly-matched teams in the state baseball playoffs. And the Smithson Valley Rangers got a refresher course on that on Thursday. Two errors led to the two unearned, first-inning runs by Austin Westlake that gave the Chaparrals a 2-0 victory in the first game of the teams’ Class 5A regional quarterfinal series at Blossom Athletic Center. The teams will play the second game tonight at Westlake, and a third game, should the Rangers win today, will be played at Texas State at I p.m. Saturday. District 25-5A champion Westlake (29-8) was flawless in the field as the Rangers committed three errors. The five hits the Chaps got off Smithson Valley starter Ben Woodchick didn’t count for much after the Rangers’ first-inning meltdown, as Smithson Valley turned three double plays and caught two runners stealing. “That was the best game that Ben has pitched all year,” Smithson Valley coach Chad Koehl said. “And we played great defense. If you take away that first inning, and we’re fine. But you can’t do that — we’ve got to play every inning. And we ll have to do that tomorrow.” Koehl couldn’t explain the Rangers’ rough start. Several players who were on the football team didn’t play in the scrimmage Thursday afternoon, save for David Pawelek, who didn’t play in the baseball game. "We were fiat. I really don’t know why and that comes back to me,” Koehl said. “I can guarantee you that we won t be flat tomorrow.’’ See RANGERS, Page 7A MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley shortstop Ryan Morrow forces Westlake's Will Harris (12) at second as Jonathan Rosfeld (10) looks on during the Rangers' 2-0 loss to the Chaparrals in the first game of the teams' Class 5A regional quarterfinal series Thursday night. AREA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS CLASS 5A REGION IV QUARTERFINAL Smithson Valley (25-9) vs. Austin Westlake (29-8) Tickets: $5 adults; $3 students Game 1: Westlake 2, SV 0 (Westlake leads series 1 -0) Game 2; 7:30 p.m today, Westlake Game 3:1 p m Saturday, at Texas State University's Bobcat Field (if nec essary) CLASS 4A REGION IV QUARTERFINAL Canyon (29-5) vs. Alamo Heights (23-16), SAISD Spring Sports Complex, San Antonio Tickets; $5 adults; $3 students Getting there: Take Interstate 35 south through downtown San Anto nio. Take the Theo/Malone Sts. exit. Take turnaround back under highway; take the first, second or third right. The stadium complex is straight ahead. Game 1: Heights 6, Canyon 4 (AH leads series 1 -0) *. Game 2: 7:30 p m today Game 3:7:30 p.m. Saturday (if necessary) Rangers scrimmage caps spring drills By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung SMITHSON VALLEY—The players were racking and hustling out at Ranger Stadium on Thursday, as Smithson Valley coach Ixirry I fill put his football players through their final spring scrimmage. For an hour and a half, the Rangers went at it — first alternating first and second teams in various alignments, then breaking off into passing and blocking drills, then back to 11-on-11 play in short yardage, goal line and kicking situations. Hill and his coaches were pleased with the outing, which constituted their equivalent of a spring game. Spring Football “It’s always hard to tell who really stood out or didn’t do so well until you see the tape, and intrasquad (play) doesn’t really give you a good look,” I fill began. “We’ve been blocking for MacArthur and Roosevelt all week and then we come back and block against each other in our set of plays. “But I thought our defense ran to the ball real well and made the offense go through them a little bit. Once we go through the tape we ll get a better feel for how we looked. The pace was real good and we went through a lot of situations. That’s what we do in our scrimmages — come out in a game situation as opposed to just running plays.” T he Rangers went an uncharacteristic 9-2 last season, which ended in a bidistrict loss to San Marcos. They lost a horde of players from last year’s squad, but returned 36 that include five offensive and six defensive starters. Injuries to several players last fall gave newcomers opportunity to display their wares, which has helped Smithson Valley develop a little bit more quickly this spring. Of course, the Rangers have several players still in the baseball playoffs, which some what hurt because they weren’t able to fully participate in workouts over the past four weeks. Still, Hill and his staff know what they have for the most part. Without getting into specifics — the Rangers don’t yet have a depth chart or set a varsity roster—here’s what the coach had to say about the spring: OFFENSE LINEMEN This is Rangers' best position area, with seniors Shawn Wyatt (a 6-4, 295-pound guard), James Fry (center; 6-4, 260) and Tommy Parsons (tackle; 6-5, 260). “All three of those are returning starters and (Division I) colleges are looking at them,” Hill said. Tanner Clark, a kid we moved from defense, will play at right guard and will finish the spring as the No. 1 there. At left tackle will be Dillon Brown and Ethan Wilkins, who have been sharing time.” QUARTERBACKS Senior David Pawelek takes over for Bryan Hill as the starter. He completed one pass for 13 yards last season, and he showed he can pass and run during the scrimmage on Thursday. But he will have to lead on the field, which always takes some time. RUNNING BACKS Senior Trent Rios looked great during Thursday’s scrimmage, lowering his shoulder against a tackler to get into the end zone after a long run and catch ing a pass for another score. Rios, who rushed 201 times for 1,173 yards and 21 scores last year, will be backed up by JV player Trey Reinhart, who has looked good this spring but didn’t play in the scrimmage on Thursday. Chris Brehm’s graduation leaves a big hole at fullback, but Hill has slotted Chandler Hill and Talor Kelley into that role. “Chandler played a little bit of inside receiver last year and probably finished the spring a little bit ahead, but Talor will certainly factor in there as well,” Hill said. RECEIVERS/ENDS “We’re playing several players at tight See SV, Page 7A tem/ '#■11 'j' -•    \    ll    -'J    I.__JBg__I__hL JVI.____.ll-.. - Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Smithson Valley receiver Cody Renken (3) runs after making a reception, left; quarterback David Pawelek hands off toTrent Rios, right, during the Rangers' final football scrimmageThursday afternoon at Ranger Stadium. Spurs go for KO vs. Suns SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Talking about Amare Stoudemire’s return tonight for Game 6, Phoenix Suns coach Mike D’Antoni went for the understatement. “That’ll help," D’Antoni said Thursday. Stoudemire and Boris Diaw were suspended for Game 5 on Wednesday night for leaving the bench during a minor scuffle late in Game 4. Without the two players, the Suns lost 88-85 and the Spurs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the best- 8:30 p.m. of-seven series. tnt “Every time you go through some tough times, and we have this year, we’ve snapped back from it,” D’Antoni said. Still, while Stoudemire’s return will be key to getting a road win and staying alive tonight, the Suns didn’t wallow in his Game 5 absence. “Although we were interrupted, that wasn’t on our mind after tile game. ‘If we just had Amare. If we just had Boris,”’ Suns star Steve Nash said. “We were thinking, ’If I just made this play.... If I made this shot.”’ The Spurs went a little easier on the Suns, applauding their undermanned effort. We fought the whole way through. We made it a 48-minute game, a la Phoenix in the last game," rim Duncan said Wednesday. “Credit to them for playing as short-handed as they did.” See SPURS, Page 7A ;