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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Astros at Rangers    VS    Spurs at Suns    El    SV vs. O’Connor Houston at The Ballpark for Game 3 of    Rf    SA hoping Tim Duncan can go in first game    HH    Rangers face the Lady Panthers with a trip to its Silver Boot series against Texas    IU    of NBA Western Conference finals in Phoenix    111    the UIL tournament riding on the outcome Time: 1D5 p.m. (POXSW; KGNB-AM1420)ITI    Time:2:30pm. (ABQWQAI-AM1200)    |J    Time: TRA ■MBnBaBBnaaanwsawwawnwiwwwaanaaaaawwwawwnwanaanBWManaaswiawimwiP«iii»w'ivwaiiiiaa>wivr^ r~*»i ~r- t t-t-t - - nTf^^riPiTW'" NBA PLAYOFFS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (SS) Of SAN ANTOMO SPURS VS. PHOBGX SUNS (Radio: WOAI-AM 1200) Today San Antonio at Phoenix, 2:30 p.m. (ABC) Tu—day San Antonio at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Saturday Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Monday, May 30 Phoenix at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June I San Antonio at Phoenix, 8 p.m., if necessary Friday, June 3 Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m., if necessary Sunday, June 5 San Antonio at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m., if necessary SA, Phoenix to decide who’s best in the West PHOENIX (AP) — With an offense as relentless as the Arizona heat, the Phoenix Suns are trampling the conventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of year. Through two rounds of the playoffs, MVP Steve Nash and crew have taken the league’s highest scoring average in IO years and jacked it up nearly six points a game. They’ve done it while facing tricked-up defenses that have had more time to study them, and even though they’ve been without their third-leading scorer the last four games. Now comes the real challenge: Doing it in the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs, who are perfectly cast in the role of upholding conventional wisdom. San Antonio has won two of the last six championships with defense. The Spurs allowed the fewest points in the league this season and recently had Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen, their best inside and outside stoppers, receive their seemingly annual spots on the NBA’s all-defensive team. They also come into this series well-tested, having already eliminated high-scoring teams in the Denver Nuggets and Seattle Supersonics. “It will be a very big challenge for us,” said Nash, whose personal challenge will be topping his phenomenal second-round series against Dallas. “If we continue to show the pressure and poise we’ve shown all season, we’ll be all right.” Both teams probably wish the series wasn’t starting for another day or two, but this matchup of contrasting styles is so compelling that ABC couldn’t wait to get it on the air. The Spurs advanced late Thursday with a last-second victory in Seattle. They flew Rangers romp into the next round Softball reaches region final; baseballer best Carroll 1-0 By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — Smithson Valley coach Wayne Daigle prides himself on teaching his softball players the team comes first. But Daigle, ever the perfectionist, also insists the only time the individual comes before team is at the plate. The Rangers displayed a whole bunch of individualism early and late Saturday during their 5-0 shutout of Brownsville Porter, sending them on to next week’s Class 5A Region IV championship. Smithson Valley (28-4) scored twice on four hits in the first inning — highlighted by Brooke LaRue’s inside-the-park home run. After that, the Rangers wilted offensively, stranding six runners in the first three innings and failing to reach base in the next three before scoring three in a final onslaught in the seventh. "I was upset with our individual effort as batters,” Daigle said. "We’re going to have to battle a little bit harder.” Daigle said Smithson Valley’s streaky scoring — pairs of runs here and there — ‘ “must be caused by something in the water, because we do that a bunch. That ain’t bragging—that’s confessing.” The Cowgirls (29-6), led by hard-hitting catcher Thalia Munoz, were tough on Rangers starter Taryn Munoz. Although they failed to get a REARY /Herald-Zeitunq Smithson Valley's Brooke LaRue, top right, scores on an inside-the-park home run Saturday as the throw is short to Brownsville Porter catcher Thalia Munoz and SV assistant coach Usa Daigle halts the runner at third. The Rangers beat the Cowgirls 5-0 to advance to next week's Class 5A-Region IV championship game. runner into scoring position until the fifth, SV's Munoz had to rely more on her defense for backup than her arm for strikeouts. “They were on her,” Daigle said. “I don’t know if it was something with (Taryn), but I’d just as soon tip my hat to them because they took some pretty good swings at her." Munoz (22-4), who had STATE PLAYOFFS SOFTBALL CLASS SA REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Smithson Valley 5, Brownsville Farter 0 BASEBALL CLASS SA REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS (best-of-three series) Smithson Valley (25-7) vs. CC Carroll (25-11-1) Friday: Smithson Valley 5, Carroll 2; Saturday: Smithson Valley 1, Carroll 0 struck out 32 batters in the last three games, fanned only five Saturday. Daigle believed the heat — it was 98 degrees at game time — might’ve beat down his ace a little more than she was willing to admit. Still, Munoz pitched a stellar game, scattering just four hits. She allowed a single to Thalia Munoz in the bottom half of the first; singles to Priscilla Pedraza in the fourth and sixth; and a double to Elisa Acevedo in the fifth. She walked two batters in the second. As a result, Porter was never able to mount a serious rally. In the meantime, the Cowgirls’ Alicia Guevara (24-6) settled down after the first. Between the third and sixth innings she retired 12 straight. But in the seventh .hoi water awaited. Brittany Arredondo’s one-out single ended the Smithson Valley drought. Arredondo stole second and went to third on LaRue's bunt single. LaRue, alertly noticing no one was See RANGERS, Page 2B All-Comal teams worth the wait ALL-COMAL COUNTY BASKETBALL, SOCCER TEAMS I used a tried but true formula to determine Comal County’s top players on the Herald-Zeitung’s basketball and soccer teams this year. First, use the coaches’ picks for all-district teams. Second, judiciously and evenly distribute the choices between the three high schools, keeping in mind that each deserves representation, regardless of success. This has been done the world over, and it usually satisfies players—and their parents — alike. Not that I’m scared of the latter, of course. I feel pretty good about the following selections, who deserve recognition for their efforts this past season. It’s never an easy task to put it together, but one well worth the time. Here are the teams. And remember, we'll do the selections for baseball and softball WILL WRIGHT Will Wright is the sports editor of the Herald-Zeitung. next Sunday. BASKETBALL BOYS Coach of th* Yaw—Kenny Rot zler, Canyon Rotzler led the Cougars (23-4) to the playoffs, where they lost in the second round to Del Valle. Racing out to a 15-1 start, they were ranked No. 13 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. They wound up sharing the 27-4A title with Marble Falls. The Cougars will have almost everyone back from last year’s team, including some notable transfers. Second in this category is New Braunfels coach Tommy Hines, who led the Unicorns to their first playoff appearance since 1996. Most Valuable Player — Austin New, P, Canyon, So. FIRST TEAM Austin New, P, Canyon, So. New, 6-6, averaged a double-double in each game this season. He shot 60 percent from the field and averaged 13.3 points per game (131 of 220 for 332 total points). He led 27-4A players with an astounding 104 blocks and led the team with 10.4 rebounds (259 in all). A 27-4A first-team selection, he had 35 steals. Isaiah Jackson, F, Canyon, So. Jackson, 6-4, led his team in scoring See COMAL, Page 4B Austin New Mollie Brawner Marcey Morales Tracey Whitley Drew Stephens BASKETBALL BOYS Coach of the Year — Kenny Rotzler, Canyon Most Valuable Player — Austin New, P, Canyon, So. RRSTTEAM Austin New, P, Canyon, So. Isaiah Jackson, F, Canyon, So. Sammy Anderson, G, NB, Jr. Nick Metzger, F, Smithson Valley, Sr. Matt Zachary, G, Canyon, Sr. SECONDTEAM Ftyan McGinley, P, NB, Sr. Ismael Guillen, G, Canyon, Sr. Brad Responded P, Smithson Valley, Jr. Tony Valadez, G, NB, So. Cody Covington. F, Canyon, Jr. GIRLS Coach of the Year—Terry Tenner Canyon Moat Valuable Player — Moie Brawner, G, NB, Sr. RRSTTEAM Carty Friesenhahn, F, Canyon, Sr. Mollie Brawner, G, NB, Sr. Mallory Craig, F, Smithson Valley, Jr. Mary Paniagua, G, Canyon, Sr. MeCheWe Zientek, G, NB. Sr. SECONDTEAM Nita Kessler, F, Canyon, Sr. Megan Turk, G, Smithson Valey, Ft. Natalie Fey, F, Canyon, Sr. Lauren Davis, F, NB, Sr. KeMe Thomas, P, NB, Jr. SOCCER BOYS Coach of the Year — Larry Schaffer, New Braunfels Most Valuable Players — Matt Carpenter, Smithson Valley; Drew Stephens, Canyon; Chris Ger-hardt. New Braunfels THE TEAM New Braunfels — Chris Ger-hardt, GK, Sr.; Andrew Latiolais, MF, Jr.; Jacob Gallegos, D, Jr.; Sean Murray, MF, Sr.; Erie Soh wind, D, Sr. Canyon — Drew Stephens, MF, Sr.; Stephen Schriewer, GK, So.; Chase Wilke, D, So.; Collin Bennett, MF, Jr.; Reece Zunker, D, So. Smithson Valley — Matt Carpenter, MF, Sr.; Andrew Sendejo, MF, Jr.; Kyle Jackson, GK, Jr.; Nolan Campbell, MF, Sr.; Scott Bowman, D, Sr. GIRLS Coach of the Year — Al Dr essen, New Braunfels Most Valuable Players — Tracey Whitley, New Braunfels, Sr.; Sarah Redwine, Canyon, Sr.; Jenny Holm, Canyon, Sr. THE TEAM New Braunfels—Tracey Whitley, MF, Sr.; Sarnie Lingamtelter, D, Jr.; Christina Racanelli, D, Jr.; Michelle Whitley, F, Ft.; Meagan Harbor, F, Jr. Canyon — Sarah Ftedwne, MF, Sr.; Jenny Holm, MF, Sr.; Ashley Gosdin, GK, Sr.; Georgia Haas, MF, Jr.; Kayla Redwine, D, Fr. Smithson Valley — Marcie Morales, MF, Sr.; Carmen Ftodriguez, MF, Jr.; Jordan Brown, D, Jr.; UXJ Loo Knudsen, MF, Jr.; Kart Henderson, MF, Jr. Calvin the Cougar rallies the crowd Spring Fling. SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2005 SPORTS Best of Contain The county’s best on die diamonds. Section B Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] teem E DAILY •C-K-E-T See WEST, Page ;