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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor, Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext.223 Sports Tuesday, May 27, 2003 IB Parker, Ginobili provide global flair NBA Playoffs '    JL    o    WESTERN    CONFEF By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the land of the Alamo and the 10-gallon hat, the Western Conference finals are being decided in large part, by a French point guard and an Argentine reserve. Merei, Tbny Parker, for bringing some love for France from folks in President Bush’s home state. Ole, Manu Ginobili, for showing not all from Argentina is as devalued as those pesos tucked in your wallet. The San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of defeating the Dallas Mavericks and advancing to the NBA Finals, while also making con verts of any remaining stateside die-hards who believe international players are a notch below their American counterparts. Anybody who saw Ginobili’s baseline reverse dunk in Game 4 should be a believer by now. Anyone who has witnessed Parker’s extreme speed and improved jump shot must agree. “I’m not trying to prove something to nobody," Parker said, skewering his English but getting a point across. GINOBILII Parker went on TNT’s live postgame show after Game 3 and was told he had been named to People magazine’s list of the world’s 50 Most Beautiful. He made Charles Barkley laugh by replying he now feels obligated to shave every day, which is very un-French. This is a point guard who turned 21 last week — a couple days before he scored 19 of his 29 points in a quarter to help the Spurs win Game 3. Parker Boozed 25 in Game PARKER 4, and he and Ginobili helped the Spurs to a 102-95 victory and a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 is Tuesday night. “Ginobili got away from us tonight,” Mavs coach Don Nelson said. “They have so many people, its hard to curtail all of them." How the Spurs got Parker and Ginobili is a good story in itself. Parker was the 28th and final first-round pick in 2001, going long after Cleveland selected DeSagana Diop eighth, the Hornets took Kirk Baston 18th and the 76ers chose Samuel Dalembert 26th. Ginobili’s draft number was ridiculously lower — the 57t.h pick in 1999. See SPURS/2B WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks (Best-of-7) Monday, May 19 Dallas 113, San Antonio 110 Wednesday, May 21 San Antonio 119, Dallas 106 Friday, May 23 San Antonio 96, Dallas 83 Today’s game San Antonk) 102, Dallas 95, San Antonio leads 3-1 Tuesday, May 27 Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 San Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m., lf necessary Saturday, May 31 Dallas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m., lf necessary TICKETS (210) 223-3865 Cards stomp Astros, 10-5 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Woody Williams became the .second seven-ga me winner in the National league and Scott Rolen was 3-for-3 with three KBIs as the St. l»uis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 10-5 Monday. J . D . Drew hit a three-run homer, Mike Matheny wa.s 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Ti no Martinez home-red as part of a 14-hit outburst. Williams (7-0) beat the Astros for the second straight start, and won his 10th consecutive decision. He joined Kevin Millwood of the Phillies as the league’s only seven-game winners. The Cardinals battered Pete Munro (3-3) for six runs, five earned, on eight hits in 3 1-3 innings. .Jim Edmonds and Rolen had consecutive HBI doubles in the first, and Rolen’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0 in the third. In the fourth, Drew hit his fourth homer to straightaway center and Rolen hit an HBI double for a 7-0 lead. Next Four WILLIAMS HOUSTON ASTROS SCHEDULE Today ’s game Astros at St. Louis Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 Astros at St. Louis Cardinals. 7:10 p.m. Friday, May 30 Astros at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Saturday, May 31 Astros at Chicago Cubs, 3:05 p.m. TICKETS Enemy of state SSN BROWN K. JESSIE SLATENAterakJ Zeitung Smithson Valley players gather around in a circle before every game to pray an thing about the upcoming game. Friday, at 8 p.m., the Rangers take on Bryan in the UIL 5A State Semifinals at Red McCombs Field in Austin. They will be looking to knock of the defending state champs. Smithson Valley preparing for Bryan in semifinal By Brett Baca Staff Writer When Smithson Valley’h season abruptly ended this past year on a controversial two-out, game-ending, single in the seventh inning of the UIL 4A State Championship game against Frisco, it ended the Ranger’s chance of becoming the first ever high school softball team from the state of Texas to repeat as champions. Now this year, as Smithson Valley (24-5) prepares to take* on Bryan (32 2) — this past year’s (’lass 5Achampion — in the UIL 5A State Semifinal game at 8 p.m. Friday at McCombs Field in Austin, they have a chance to return the favor that Frisco handl'd to them this past season. But, Smithson Valley head coach Wayne* Daigle is quick to point out that there is no addl'd motivation for the Rangers going into the game. “We’re not going to he trying any harder to win the game than if we were playing team XYZ,” Daigle said. The Rangers will not bt* facing team XYZ, instead they will be facing a team very similar to their own. Bryan won the 5A title this past year with a 1-0 victory over San Antonio O’Connor. Smithson Valley won the 4A title in 2001 with a 5-1 victory over Hallsville. And Ixrth teams have had current success on the Field. Bryan will be making its fourth state appearance since 1990 and Smithson Valley, also making its fourth state appearance, made the* state* tournament three out of the past four ye*ars in 4A before moving up to 5A. The similantie's don’t e-nd the're*. This se*ason beith teams graduated numerous seniors, with Smithson Valley returning only thr»*e starters and Bryan only two. Berth teams had a rough start to the* season, losing a cample* of games they we*re* not supposed to, hut both teams bounced back. Bryan has won its final 17 games while* Smithson Valley has won 21 of its final 23. See ENEMY/2B Sixers’ coach Brown resigns PHILADELPHIA (AP) I-jirry Brown hasn’t lost his passion for coaching. He just felt he* and the Philadelphia 76ers needed a change. Brown resigned as coach of the* 76ers on Monday after six often-turbulent seasons in which he helped rebuild a struggling franchise*. “This has been coming for a long time,” Brown said at a news conference. “I kind of thought in the* middle of the season that we* ne*e*dexl a change*, a fre*sh look. And that’s been on my mind awhile." A Hall of Earner and one of basketballs most well-trav-ele*d coaches, Brown could be* a candidate for coaching vacancies in Cleveland, Houston and elsewhere. 'Die* 7Hers releaser! Brown from a contractual clause that prohibited him from coaching another NBA team if he* left Philadelphia prematurely. Breiwn had two ye*ars left in his contract that paid him $6 million per sea* sem. “A lot of jobs are open, hut I just left a great one,” Brown said, “fin going to sit back, try to get with my family and figure* out what’s hest for everybody." Browns job with the 76e*rs was his longest tenure with any team in his 31-year coaching caree*r. He* lex! the*m to the* playoffs five straight seasons, including the 2001 NBA Finals, and will coach the U.S. men’s national team this summer at an Olympic qualifying tournament in l*uerto Rico.Outdoors: Saltwater fishing provides anglers with non-stop fishing action Variety of species and you never know what’s biting these* are* the reasons many anglers give when asked why they prefer saltwater fishing over freshwater. Anerther common reason is that their seems tei be more fish available for the saltwater angler. It is rare when an average saltwater angler spends the* entire day without a bite. Recently, we? had a ceiastal saltwater trip where variety of species took on a new meaning. My partner for the day was Doug Williams from Athens, Texas. Doug primarily fishes for freshwater speeds but has been saltwater fishing before. '[’he wind was calm and the* water was a beautiful ceiler. With bait jumping around us we? caught lots of trout and big re?dfish. It was a teipwater bite like I had never seen before. It seemed everything was feeding on the bait,KEITH Warren When the topwater bite slowed, we switched to soft plastics, 'Ila* action continued and we even caught flounder and hardhead catfish on our lures (rarely do hardheads take lures). But this was a genuine feeding frenzy. I have often said that the difference between freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing is simple-- Freshwater fish relate to aiver and saltwater fish relate to bait. Find the bait and feeding fish won’t he too far away. We had boxed quite a few fish and were well on our way to our limits when the bait action went slack Consequently, the fish catching ceased. We decided to make a move hoping to Iix?aU* more feeding activity. As the boat skimmed across the water, we noticed something unusual looking on the surface. We turnai around for a lx*tU?r lixik and found a huge snake coiled. It appeared to be injured so we took a closer l<xik. It was a giant water snake, approximately 5 feet long, arui it had something big inside it. On its back were several red marks that appeared to be the cause of its injury. The snake was near death so we decided to investigate what it had swallowed. 'Purus out, a 13’’ king hardhead catfish was in the snake. It had swallowed the fish tail first and the catfishes pectoral and dorsal fins had prevented tin* snake from lx*ing able to pass it through its Ixxly. The sores on the snake were cause from puncture? wounds created by the fishes fins. After hiking some photos Doug said, “You’re? right about saltwater fishing. When you find the* bait, everything’s feeding.” (Keith Warren is Mw host of Finking A Outdoor Adventures along with Hunting & Guider Adventures, both of which bnxidcasl nationwide! 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