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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Tuesday, May 20, 1997 O 5 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected] Sports Day (Events are listed according to imeliness and as space allows) San Marcos Manorial Day Softball tournament The San Marcos Parks Department and Recreation Texas will sponsor a Memorial Day Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at the San Marcos Softball Complex. The double-elimination tournament is open to ASA. regis-:ered men’s class “C” and “D" and co-recreation teams. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information or to register, call Devon Jordan at (512) 393-8400. Smithson Valley HS Athletic Physicks Hill Country Medicine Clinic will be offering athletic physicals at Smithson Valley High School at 3 p.m. on Friday. The physicals are offered to all incoming students from grades 7 to 12. The cost is $10. For more information, call Thomas Petmecky at 904-7277. KnivnmNmn nun to udiiviii vwMVfli Yoe numanny The Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run-Walk-Mile-Kid’s Races and Auction, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, are set for 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown New Braunfels. This year’s event features a new course, one-mile run 5K (3.1 miles) run and awards ceremony inside the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Race flyers are available at McKenna Memorial Hospital, McKenna Rehabilitation Network, Sam's Ci#ap$js, B, New Braunfels Heralds Zeitung, Schlitterbahn Resort office and KGNB/KNBT radio. Registration and packet pickup will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week at McKenna Rehabilitation Network and at 6 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, call Susan Phillips, race director, at 609-5030 or send e-mail to [email protected] Sundance Golf Corno Left-Handers tourney Sundance Golf Course will sponsor a Left-Handers tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The tournament will use a flighted, stroke-play format. Entry fee is $10. For more information, call 629-3817. Dos Obedience Clum The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering Basic Dog Obedience classes at the Landa Recreation Center. The classes will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings from May 26 to June 30. The fee is $45 per participant. Pre-registration is required, and will take place through Saturday at the recreation center. A copy of your dog s current rabies vaccine certificate is required and all dogs must be a minimum of six months old. The instructor will be Stephanie Heinrich. For more information, call the recreation center at 608-2167. Smithson Valley HS Camp Tamils 1997 Camp Tennis ’97 is set for June 2 to 6 and 9 to 13 at Smithson Valley High School. Sessions will run from 9 a.rn. to noon each day. The camp is open to girls and boys in grades six, seven and eight. For more information, call Keith Brown at (210) 499-4920. Aoadamy Summa Camp The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp in CMS girls Care well at district meet Jaguars’ eighth-grade team wins consecutive titles From staff reports The Canyon Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade gills’ track teams finished first and second at the recent Guadalupe Valley Conference district meet. The seventh-grade team finished second, just IO points behind Corbett. The Jaguars had four first-place finishes and five second-place finishes for a total of 134 team points. District titles were won by Arden Tunnel I in the shot put (30-8 3/4), Joanna Jennings in the 400-meter dash (67.20), Amanda Pittman in dis cus (74-10) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Kasey Eulbeig, Stacey Ploch, Erin Henk and Jennings (4:36.95). The mile relay team also finished the season undefeated at all meets and Kelly Caren broke a school record in the 1,600-meter run. The seventh-grade team won four meets in addition to the runner-up spot at district. Canyon’s eighth-grade team won the district title for the second time in as many years, compiling 113 1/2 points. The Jaguars got three first-place finishes and seven second-place finishes. Lauren Reinter won district titles in the high jump (5-1), 400-meter dash (59.44) and 100-meter hurdles (15.95). Becky (Betty) Jost also Track was first in the shot put (38-8 1/2). All four of the titles were meet records, and it was Jost’s second consecutive first-place finish in the shot. The shot and 400 were also new school records. Canyon’s 400-meter relay team of Kara Kennedy, Jessy Herrera, Amanda Rivas and Amelia Vargas also set a school record, along with Lesley Griffin in the 1,600-meter run. The old 400 relay record had stood since 1994 and the 1,600-meter record was set in 1993. CMS coach Joanne Flores said Reimer’s performance in the 400 was the highlight of the meet. Reimer broke a school record set earlier this year. “She ran an incredible 59.44,” Flores said. “I have never seen an eighth-grader do that before. It was sure something too see. In all, there were nine combined district and school records broken at this one meet.” Flores said the successful season would not have happened without the help of her assistant coaches. “All of our athletes who competed at this meet worked very hard, and we are very proud of them,” she said. “We are very proud of them. Our coaches — Kathy Hickey, Lydia Lapotaire and Jodi Smith — deserve a lot of credit for helping me organize and train the girls that came out for our track program this season.” Fields of dreams New Braunfels Little League has plenty of room to grow By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor In the film “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner builds a baseball field on his farmland, attracting thousands of people to watch the legends of baseball play nightly. The New Braunfels Little League is set to build their own fields, with the hope that people will come as well. Ground is expected to be broken soon on a new Little League complex on the south end of Loop 337. When the project is completely finished, the land will have eight playing fields, two concession stands, a parking lot and several practice fields. After nearly 40 years of existing with two leagues — American and National — the New Braunfels Little League decided last fall to merge into one league. But the idea to establish a new home came more out of necessity after the city decided to build its new library on the Common Street site now occupied blithe* American League’s, fields. Mike Kelly, former league president and c6-chair of the Complex Development Committee, said the merger grew out of the loss of the Common Street fields. “(Former American League president) Tim (Mundt) and I started talking the year before about a merger,” Kelly said. “During that time we also found out we would lose the property on Common Street to the library and didn’t see a point of trying to build a facility for two different leagues.” So the city gave the league the site on the loop, which they now use as practice fields. Thanks to the help of John Nelson of Lone Star Architects in San Antonio, a plan has been drawn up to make the property the Little League’s new home. League president Jon Ellis said ground would be broken after the utility work had been completed. He added that all of the preliminary work had been donated, and while the league was about to begin a fund-raising campaign, they also welcome any donations of time or money. ‘There are a lot of people who have the talent and expertise to help get this thing built, and Herald-Zertung photo by Tom Erickson The New Braunfels Little League will break ground soon for eight new playing fields on Loop 337. Mike Kelly, left, and Jon Ellis, right, are two of the board members leading the project. they only way we can do it is with their help,” he said. “We want to try to build four fields at f irst, but if we have the financial backing, we’ll build all eight from the get go.” Mike Garrott, another member of the development committee, coordinated the architecture and utility work for the project. Each four-plex will surround a circular concession stand and restrooms. In addition, the city will build an access road off the loop. The league also has two fields on Fredericksburg Road which it will keep for practices and additional games, Ellis said. The unified league has been rotating teams between the two fields this season. “We’ve got kids who played in one league their entire career and have never gotten the chance to play at the other field,” Ellis said. Kelly, who coaches a Major League team this season, said the split was about even between Common and Fredericksburg. “We have 13 games on the schedule this year, and six of those games are on one field and seven on the other,” he said. In addition lo giving the league — which already has more than 1,400 boys and girls ages 5 to 18 involved — room to grow, the new complex will allow for more tournaments and special games. “We’re hosting two tournaments this year, but this new facility would help bring even more people to town,” Ellis said. “That would be a big boost to the local motels and restaurants as well.” Donations of either time or money for the project will be gladly accepted. For more information or to help, call Ellis at 625-0194 or Kelly at 606-4665. NBA Playoffs Rockets begin on a bad ‘note’ Jazz take Game I of conference finals SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — This MVP stuff is all new to Karl Malone, so you’ll have to excuse his Record-breakers Jo// 101 Rockets 86 behavior Monday night. He practically snubbed David Stem. He gave the silent treatment to the fans. He made the media wait an hour for a postgame interview. He didn’t even play up to his MVP standards. Still, the rest of the Jazz gave solid backing to Malone on the night he picked up his trophy as Utah defeated Houston 101-86 Monday night in Game I of the Western Conference finals. Game 2 is Wednesday night, and much of the MVP hype should be finished by then. That didn’t stop Malone from trying to put an early end to it. Turn to Rockets, Page 6 Baseball Wehe makes All-District first team From staff reports New Braunfels junior Chad Wehe was named to the District 26-5A All-District baseball team, Coach Neal Miller said Monday. Wehe was named to the team as a shortstop. He had a .415 district batting average and a .930 fielding average. For the season, Wehe batted .329 with a .517 on-base average. He also stole 11 bases on 13 attempts and was given the team MVP award at the annual sports banquet. Wehe also saw time at pitcher for New Braunfels this year, compiling a 2.96 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. He struck out 32 and walked 19. Five Unicorns also made the honorable mention team. They were junior Josh Salge, third base; senior Ivan Antosh, first base; sophomore Clifton Fischer, pitcher; senior Errol Baugh, catcher; and sophomore-Mike Chapah outfielder. .    <    I Bagwell gets 1,000th hit PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With one career milestone accomplished, Jeff Bagwell immediately set his sights on another one. Bagwell got his 1,000th hit on a homer, then added a second to claim a tie for the NL home run lead, as the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 Monday night. “It was nice to get it out of the way,” said Bagwell, who said he was reminded of how close he was to the landmark every time he looked at a box score. “The Lord willing. I’d like to get 2,000 hits" Turn to Astros, Page 6 Canyon Middle School’s boys’ track teem eet eight school records this yser. Pictured on the front row , ore Dean Rutherford, Jake Jowers, Robert Aleman and Tommy George. Eighth-graders were (back row) Adams, Scott Schneider, Victor Gutierrez, Mott Strunk and Garrett Burnell. Herald Zeitung photo by Tom Erickson new seventh-grade record hokf-Birkner, Trey Caraway, Chip ;