New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
J ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Friday, May 19, 1995
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
The PressSports DayNew Braunfels hosts first-ever Triathlon
The Day’s Quote
"It’s one more game for all the marbles. We’ve given ourselves a chance to win this thing.”
— Houston Rockets Coach Rudy Tomjartovich.
In the news
Canyon baseball camp slated
Canyon High School will host a boys' baseball camp Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for boys in grades 6-8. CHS Baseball Coach Ralph Behrend and assistants will conduct the camp at Cougar Field. The cost is $40, For more information, call 629-2649.
Unicorn girls’ basketball camp
Registration is being taken for a girls’ basketball camp set for 8:30 a.m. to noon, June 5-8 at New Braunfels High School.
The camp is for girls entering grades 7-9 in the New Braunfels Independent School District. The deadline to register is May 22 in order to receive a T-shirt. Mail or bring forms to NBHS, attention to Cindy Manley, or call 625-6271
Spurs close out series over Lakers
Robinson scores 31 to lead San Antonio into uncharted playoff turf
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — There would be no second miracle finish by the Los Angeles Lakers. David Robinson saw to that.
Robinson scored 14 of his team’s 21 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 straight at one stage, as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Lakers l(X)-X8 on Thursday night to win the second-round sones 4-2.
Robinson finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Spurs earned their first Western Conference final berth in
The Spurs, 47-8 since Jan. 24 and an NBA-best 62-20 during the regular season, will meet the winner of Saturday’s Houston-Phoemx game.
The Rockets beat the Suns 116-103 on T hursday night to force a seventh game in that series.
“I can smell it,” Robinson said when asked about the possibility of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time. "I don’t know if I can taste it. It s up to us. We could he right there.’’
The Spurs rebounded from a 98-% overtime loss to the leakers in Game 5 at the Alamodome on Tuesday night, a game decided by Nick Van Exel’s 3-point shot with a half-second to play. *
T he Lakers appeared on the verge of pulling off another comeback when they outscored the Spurs 16-5 to trim a 79-66 deficit late in the tlurd quarter to 84-82 with nearly 7 1/2 minutes to play.
The Forum crowd of 17,505 was
SAN ANTONIO (IOO)
Elliott 9-18 4-5 26, Rodman 6-8 0-0 12, Robinson 10-19 11-1231. Del Negro 3-10 0-1 6, Johnson 5-9 3-3 13, Person 1-7 0-0 2, Reid 4-6 0-0 8, Rivers 1-4 0-0 2, Cummings 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 18-21 100.
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Campbell 10-19 1-2 21, Ceballos 4-8 6-6 16, Divac 6-14 1-2 13, Peeler 2-5 0-04 Van Exel 2-139-10 13, Bowie 1-2 OO 2, Jones 3-10 0-0 7, Lynch 3-5 2-2 9, Smith 1 -2 0-0 3, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 32-78 19-22 88. San Antonio24233221—10O L A Lakers 182624 20—88 3-Point goals—San Antonio 4-11 (Elliott 4-7, Del Negro 0-1. Person 0-3), Los Angeles 5-14 (Ceballos 2-4. Lynch 1-1, Jones 1-2, Smith 1-2. Peeler 0-1, Van Exel 0-4).
“I can smell it. I don’t know if we can taste it. It’s up to us. We’re right there.
— David Robinson
going wild, but it would soon be quieted After a short jumper by Dennis Rodman made it 86-82, Robinson began his streak of 12 straight San Antonio points, ensuring there wouldn’t be another miracle.
“Dennis was fantastic early, but everyone was a little bit mad from the last game," Robinson said. "We were up, everybody was ready.”
San Antonio used a 16-2 run late in the third quarter to go ahead for good. Then. after the Lakers got within 2 points, the Spurs finished the game with a 16-6 spurt.
“I think they got a little hit tired,” Robinson said of the Lakers. "We made them play catchup the whole game."
Bull riding event on tap
The Wrangler Bull Riding Blowout is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 2-3 at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Top major bull riders will compete. Tickets may be purchased at any Ticket Master outlet. Comal Saddlery offers two vouchers redeemable for two tickets to customers who purchase two Wrangler garments at the store. For more information, call Comal Saddlery at 625-9641
7th annual River City Summer Slam Boys’ Basketball camp
The camp, 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 a m. to noon for boys currently in grades 4-8. Cost is $45. Registration forms may be picked up at CISD and NBISD school campuses. For more information, call Coaches Wilkins or Rotzler at 620-0326 and 620-6940.
Rockets force Game 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston’s 3-point experts made sure Charles Barkley got his wish Olajuwon wouldn’t allow the defending champions to fold, scoring 30 points. The Rockets sharpshooters also hit five straight fourth-quarter 3-pointers as the Rockets defeated Phoenix 116-103 Thursday night, tying the Western Conference semifinal series 3-3 Houston is 9-1 in elimination games and gets a chance to add to their comeback reputation Saturday “lf someone told us from the beginning, we could have one game at home to determine the series, we would have taken it," Barkley said. “And that’s what we've got Saturday.”
The Rockets, accustomed to staring ! elimination in the face and still surviving, would become the fifth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a L playoff series, if they beat the Suns in Game 7.
"Last year, they had the home court, ■ this year we have it," Barkley said “Hopefully, we can take advantage of it. I love having the deciding game at home r and taking our chances.”
Despite the Rockets’ success at living J on the edge of elimination, there is a neg-t, ative statistic to consider. Road teams are 0-20 since 1982 when playing Game 7. r The last road winner was Philadelphia over the Boston Celtics. Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich believes the Rockets,
I; who have struggled through controversy J and injury all season, now have a chance I to beat any odds.
“It s heart, guts and believing in each / other,” Tomjanovich said. “We’ve given ( ourselves a chance and we just need to jj keep it going. We’ve been a good road i team all year. I think we have a good
J chance. I have so much confidence in
I these guys when they are up against the
J wall." And why not? The Rockets beat the
J Suns on the road 103-97 in overtime in
i' Game 5. They fought through three quar-
i ters Thyrsday night and finally used an
I 18-5 run that started late in the third.
Taking second aim at Junior Nationals
Canyon Middle school student set to top 1994 goals in wheelchair racing
By THOMAS GODLEY
Like many 13-year-old kids, Jeremy Fisher enjoys sports. When he's not shooting hoops on the basketball court, he can usually be found reluming serve on the tennis court, waler skiing on the lake or training for wheelchair races around the neighborhood.
Jeremy, a seventh grader at Canyon Middle School, was born with Spina Bifida. The disability means he spends his days in a wheelchair, but he hasn’t lei it slow him down nor quell his competitive drive.
Last year he entered an essay contest and won a racing wheelchair. The prize was the beginning of a new love in Jeremy's life.
He now trains several days a week for wheelchair races around Texas.
Jeremy finished second at the Flamingo 5K in Austin on March 19. A week later he entered the Capitol 10,000 in Austin and came in fifth overall, outrac
ing several adults along the way.
Last month he placed first in six events and second in five others at the Southwest Regional Qualifying Meet in San Marcos.
In early May he was just as impressive, garnering top finishes in seven events and second place in four events.
It took only one year for Jeremy to qualify for the Junior National Championships in Wheelchair Sports in Oklahoma. Once there he soared into the finals and captured a silver medal in the slalom (obstacle course event). That firsttime success came against athletes who had been competing for years.
He plans to test his skills again at the week-long national competition on July 2 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
For now his sights are set on the I (th annual Schlitteit>ahn Three Parks Wheelchair 5K on June 3 in New Braunfels.
As a member of the New Braunfels Running Club, Jeremy keeps in touch with local runners and the local racing
scene. Along with his mother, Vicki, Jeremy has organized a local recreation program for children with physical impairments. The group, called Thunder Rollers, meets monthly for games such as bowling, tee ball, fishing and for pizza parties.
"It's a way to encourage the kids to be active in sports and to make new friends," Vicki said. "Jeremy is the kind of person who isn t shy when he sees another person in a wheelchair. He usually goes over and wants to know if they play any sports."
The group, which currently has about ten members and welcomes many more, will meet this Friday near the danix stage at Landa Park.
The NB Running Club is working to help fund Jeremy's trip to Colorado. If you ate interested in donating to the fund, mail a check to: New Braunfels Running Club-Jeremy Fisher Wheelchair Sports. It can be mailed to the Victoria Bank & Tmst, P.O. Box 37, Victoria TX, 78132.
By THOMAS GODLEY
Only a rare breed of athlete wakes at dusk on a Sunday ready to dive into the Comal River and swim 1000 meters.
Indeed it takes a certain kind of person to consider the morning swim just a warm-up to a 20-mile bicycle ride and 3.1-mile run.
As masochistic as it sounds, more than 200 people will converge Sunday along the river near Union and Lincoln streets in New Braunfels for the city’s first-ever triathlon.
Mike and Carolyn Burrow, co-directors of the 1995 New Braunfels Triathlon, said this year’s event marks a change of venue from its original site at Canyon Lake.
"We felt New Braunfels would be a good place to have it this time around,” Mike Burrow said "In years past we've had it at Canyon Lake but the hydrilla growth right now has made it difficult.
"We decided to bring it here, and the cooperation and response has just been great. Everyone from city officials to police and the Chamber of Commerce has been supportive. It couldn't be done without a lot of volunteers."
Sponsored by the New Braunfels Evening Rotary and sanctioned by the Triathlon Federation, the race has attracted athletes from as far away as Louisiana, New Mexico and Kansas. The bulk of competitors, however, hail from the San Antonio and Austin areas. Greg
Bell, a professional triathlete and recent winner of the Corpus Christi Triathlon, will be among the big names competing in the field.
Local entrants Yvette Hargrove, Laura Landrum, Dr. Mitch Finnie, Bert Whitaker and Eddie Evans are ready to test their physical limits.
"Triathlons can be physically demanding, but they are a great way to set goals, train for them and see how well you come out against yourself,"Finnie said. "Not to mention that while you're doing, it you're getting in good shape."
The local three-person relay team of Can Fowler, Ray Rivas and Dale Fowler has entered the race. Pete Rivas, owner of Comprehensive Fitness, also is set to bring teammates Chandler Clark and Ramiro Ayala to the battle,
"You're gonna see two old men giving it their best shot, and a young guy making up ground," Rivas said. "We're looking forward to it."
More are expected to sign up Saturday. Registration is at Hill Country Inn, Seguin Street at Interstate 35, from IO a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry fee is $45 per person and $75 per team. Racing divisions are by age groups ranging from 15-70 and beyond.
The race usually has more than one person in the 70-and-older age range," Burrow said. "It's a race for everybody."
Beginning on the Comal River at the rapids near Schlitterbahn Resorts, racers will swim downstream to the newest ADA-approved tuber
Firing it in there
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Phillies' Kliff Kingsbury flings s fast ball during fifth-inning action against the Indiana Thursday at Unicorn Field. The right-hander gave the Phillies a 14-4 win In the first gsms of the New Braunfels Senior League season.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Jersmy Fisher Is aiming to add another medal to his collection st th# Junior National Championships in Whselchair Sports. His long-rangs goal is to maks tho Olympic team in Bvt ysars.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Triathletes bolted from the start of the 5K run at the 1993 Triathlon. The event took a break in 1994, and thia year the aits moved to New Braunfels. The race begins 8 a.m. Sunday in the Comal River near Schlitterbahn.
exit near Union Street.
From there the pack will jump on their bikes and head out of the city limits for a 20-mile ride that winds through a few hills. They then return for the 5K run which loops through Cypress Bend Park. Aid stations will be set up along the
way, providing fluids.
Racers also will be treated to live music, and the top individual male and female finishers are tagged to receive prizes. The top three finishers in each age division also will take home awards.