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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, May 21, 1997 Q1B 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] Herald-Zeitung Sports Day 1B The Press Comal County Sports (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) San Marcos Memorial 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 A.S.A. registered men’s class "C” and MD” and co-recreation teams. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. today. For more information or to register, call Devon Jordan at (512) 393-8400. Smithson Valley HS Athletic Physicals 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. Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run is Saturday 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 Cleaners, H-E-B, New Braunfels Herald-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 Course Left-Handers tourney Sundance Golf Course will sponsor a Left-Handers tourna ment 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. Dog Obedience classes 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 Tennis 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. Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp in June at the H-E-B Soccer Turn to Press Box, Page 2B Berkman, Owls begin tournament Thursday Former Canyon player has 36 homers, 124 RBI From staff and wire reports Five Texas teams will be part of this year’s NCAA baseball tournament. For the first time since 1977, the Texas Longhorns aren’t among them. The NCAA on Monday announced a tournament field dominated by four conferences and five states. Defending champion Louisiana State and top-ranked Alabama, both from the Southeastern Conference, were made No. I seeds. The SEC landed six berths in the 48-team field, which begins play at eight regional sites on Thursday. Five bids went to the Pac-IO while the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences each got four. Twenty-six berths — more than half the field — went to schools in California, Florida, Texas, Alabama and North Carolina. Miami, the No. I seed in the Atlantic Regional and last year’s runnerup to LSU, extended its NCAA record with a 25th consecutive bid. Marist and Southwest Texas State will be making their first appearance in the 51-year-old tourney while Tennessee Tech, seeded sixth in the Mideast Regional, returns for the first time since 1956. Other Texas teams in the tournament are Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Rice and Houston. The Owls will look to Canyon High School graduate Lance Berkman for offense in their opening game against Southwest Missouri State on Thursday. Berkman, a junior, leads the team with 36 home runs and 124 RBL Texas (29-22), a perennial powerhouse in recent years under coach Gus Gustafson, failed to make the field in Gustafson’s first year of retirement. “Competition for the 48 slots is incredible,” said Ron Maestri, chairman of the selection committee. “We had 70 teams with 30-plus wins and eight with 40-plus wins.” Maestri said this year’s tournament strength- Bobcats ready to play, Page 2B ens the growing argument to expand the field to 64 teams. In the Central Regional at Lubbock, Texas, it’s No. I seed Texas Tech (46-12) vs. No. 6 Southwest Texas State (36-24); No. 2 Rice (43-14) vs. No. 5 Southwest Missouri State (33-23) and No. 3 Clemson (40-21) vs. No. 4 Nevada (38-19). The six-t^m regional tournaments will run Thursday through Sunday and the eight regional winners will advance to the College World Series May 30-June 7 in Omaha, Neb. Six of the regional hosts, all selected last week, drew No. I seeds. Making history Herald-Zeituna photo by Tom Enckson Canyon Middle School’s girls’ track teams broke nine school records this season. New record holders are front row, from left, Amelia Vargas, Amanda Rivas, back row, from left, Amanda Pittman, Kelly Caven, Lesley Griffin, Christa Seibold, Becky Jost, Lauren Reimer, Kara Kennedy, Jessy Herrera. Woods, Zoeller finally meet face to face FORT WORTH (AP) — Tiger Woods and Fuzzy Zoeller agree on one thing about Zoeller’s racially insensitive remarks at the Masters: Maybe golf can benefit from the controversy. “Over time I think we will all see that it s an incident that was good for golf,” Woods said Tuesday after he met with Zoeller for the first time since the remarks last month. “It will take some time to understand it,” he added. The pair met briefly at Colonial Country Club, site of this week’s tournament, in a get-together arranged, in part, by the PGA Tour. “We have a responsibility as professionals to turn this into a positive Zoeller said. “We’ve got the doors open now.... Let’s joke about it.” Zoeller said at the time that his Golf statement that Woods should not serve fried chicken and collard greens at the Masters champions dinner was a joke. “The only thing I’m upset about is that I had to buy his lunch,’* Zoeller said, again trying to play the incident for a laugh. Though Woods said, “Now it’s done, its over,” an undercurrent could be felt beneath his words. “I’ve had a lot worse that this,” he said. “Hopefully, I won’t have a situation like this again, but that is highly unlikely.” Woods, an Asian black in a overwhelmingly w hite professional game, said he was not surprised a situation Turn to Woods. Page 2B Malone: Olajuwon got too many calls in Game I SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Karl Malone didn’t get his usual number of favorable calls from the referees. Hakeem Olajuwon got several. Malone noticed. “It was very, very surprising, and I found it very, very interesting,” Malone said after practice Tuesday on the eve of tonight’s Game 2 in the Western Conference finals. “I guess they looked in NBA Playoffs the paper and saw I was leading the league in free throws and they wanted to cut it back.” Malone yelled at the officials several times during Monday night’s game, and the groans from the crowd grew louder each time the fans felt a pro-Rockets call was made. Utah was called for 30 fouls to Houston’s 21, and the Rockets attempted 34 foul shots to 27 by the Jazz. Malone took 11 foul shots to Olajuwon s 17, and Malone was visibly upset several times when Olajuwon went over his back to grab rebounds and no foul was called. The three players guarding Olajuwon drew 13 fouls, while the player who guarded Malone most, Charles Barkley, drew three. “When the game’s going on I might yell, but I’ve Turn to Malone. Page 2B Sports Briefs TLI! signs Juco transfer, former Judson player SEGUIN — Neil Lehmann, a lefthanded pitcher from Odessa Junior College, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Texas Lutheran University. Lehmann, a native of Spring, played high school baseball at Klein Oak. He also played in the 1996 Texas Junior College All-Star game. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder also played first base at Odessa. Robert Wade of Judson High School has signed a letter of intent to play men’s basketball at TLU. Wade averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game for the Rockets. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward was voted MVP for Judson as a senior. Wade will be joined at TLU by his sister, Ronda, who will be a senior on the women’s basketball team next season. TCU coach dismisses two seniors from team FORT WORTH (AP) — The Texas Christian football team will go into next season without two of its top seniors, but with its morals intact. Coach Pat Sullivan wouldn’t have it any other way. Jason Tucker, last year’s second-leading receiver, and linebacker Jay Davem, a starter the last two years, were recently booted from the program by Sullivan for separate rules violations. That move may seem like swift punishment coming from a coach who last fall let four players including Davem — continue playing after being charged with felony assault and who only suspended three other players accused of beating up an SMU student at his dormitory. But Sullivan said Tuesday he was just doing what he believes he should. He said his handling of Tucker and Davem isn’t part of any get-tough policy caused by the fallout from his handling of the other incidents. “I preach doing right as much as I do Xs and Os,” said Sullivan, who is 23-32-1 in five seasons at TCU. “I preach getting their education and making them a success in life because I think it all carries over to winning football games.” Knight gtts three-day suspension for outburst CINCINNATI (AP) — Manager Ray Knight got a three-game suspension for his latest eruption The umpires’ union thinks he deserves worse. Knight sat out the Cincinnati Reds’ 7-4 victory Tuesday night in Houston, the first of three games he will miss as a result of his dirt-kicking, base-throwing outburst last weekend. National League president Len Coleman also fined Knight an undisclosed amount Tuesday for his second on-field blowup in 17 days. Knight is the first major-league manager to be suspended since 1995. Umpires have been waiting to see how baseball deals with players and managers who act up this season. They’ve taken a tougher stance since Roberto Alomar spit on umpire John Hirschbeck last September and got a five-game suspension. Pat Campbell, associate counsel of the umpires association, was pleased that Knight got a suspension, but thought it should have been more severe. NBC sportscaster Albert charged with sexual assault ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Marv Albert, the versatile sportscaster and voice of the NBA on NBC, was charged with biting a woman in a hotel room as many as 15 times and forcing her to perform oral sex. In an indictment handed up Monday, Albert was accused of attacking a 41-year-old Vienna, Va., Softball Purples do battle up in Austin From staff reports AUSTIN — The South Texas Royal Purples finished third at last weekend’s Texas Bluebonnet Classic. Playing in the Junior Olympic IO and under division, the Purples averaged 13 runs a game behind the hitting of Quinn Koelfgen, Sarah Wenzel and Laura Green. Sunni Reimer, Candace Gillespie and Andrea Holman combined for wins against North Austin and South Austin, but the Purples lost the second-place game 10-5 to the Austin Travellers on Saturday night. In the 12 and under division, Savannah Sanchez shut down the Austin Cyclones 9-2, moving the Purples into the championship bracket to face the Austin Hot Shots, who went on to win the championship. Jamie Gilland pitched well for the Purples, who lost to the Hot Shots 6-0. Whitney Burnell, Erika Vargas and Jennifer Linney had hits for the Purples. The team was then eliminated by the Plano Pride in a game late Saturday. 7-2. In the 14 and under division, the Purples gave the Austin Silver Travellers quite a scare before losing late in the game. Lyndsey Laujon held the Travellers to three hits but Austin won 2-1 on an unearned run. In the next game, the Purples faced the San Antonio Sting, last year’s state champion. Sara Thornton and Crystal Carvajal pitched for the Purples and Crystal Moreno helped out at the plate, but the Sting won, 4-2. “Our girls continue to be tough,” Purples manager Rusty Linney said. “Playing the Purples iii not a cakewalk anymore. Our girls can hit and play defense, and our pitching gets stronger each week. Former Texas Lutheran and Heart of Texas Conference player of the year Cathy McBride works with our pitchers and their velocity and accuracy improves each day. “With three teams not, the Royal Purples have their pipeline going.” Next up for the Purples is the College Station Invitational on May 30 at Texas A&M. For more information on the teams and future tournaments, call 560-1076. woman he had know n for 10 years. lf convicted of forcible sodomy and assault, he could get up to life in prison. Albert, 53, will be allowed to turn himself in next week at a time to be arranged by his lawyer. Indians hand out long-tarm contracts to throe players CLEVELAND (AP) — David Justice, Marquis Grissom and Jim Thome agreed to contract extensions w ith the Cleveland Indians, who committed $81.1 million to lock up a new core of talent into the next century. Justice and Grissom, outfielders acquired in the trade that sent Kenny Lofton to the Atlanta Braves, both signed extensions through 2002. Thome, a 26-year-old first baseman who has spent his whole career in the Indians’ organization, signed through 2001. ;