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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports DayHMSfcKT "One of Hie advantages bowling IMW over golf is that yell seldom lose a bowling bail.”Don Carter. Sports briefs Comal Bowl tanas begin new summer schedule Comal Bow! announced summer hours of 11 a.m. opening every day with 9:30 p.m. as the closing time. Ten pm every night will be lunar bowling,* the latest fun concept sweeping the nation. Lunar has black lights, strobe lights, DJ music, fog and fun. It’s called Let's Glow Bowling in New Braunfels. Of course, all school-age kids received a free summer pass good for one free game of bowling (the sport for all ages) every day. This includes teachers and administrators. Summer Leagues R Cool is almost every night at 7 p.m. to have a reserved, air conditioned land each week /iso Color Pins (money!) on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. (You could possible win a vacation to Las Vegas). Bowling is for the entire family with Family Pizza and Bowl on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. HB Parks and Recraation offers aqua aerobics classes The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Aqua Aerobic classes this summer at the Landa Park Pool. Instructor Nadya Lehman will offer two six-week sessions, beginning June 3. with classes meeting Monday. Wednesday and Jazz stay alive in Game 5 thriller From staff and wire reports SEATTLE—Cancel those Friday reservations for the NBA Finals. The Utah Jazz aren’t cooperating. The Jazz won a road game in the conference finals for the first time in frachise history Tuesday night, beating the Seattle Supersonics 98-95 in overtime in Game 5 to send the Western Conference finals back to Salt Lake City for another game on Thursday night. “We said that this team always responds when things are tough on us,’’ Kart Malone said. “We always believed in ourselves when everyone else didn’t It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it” Utah still trails 3-2 in the best of seven series, but the Jazz broke an eight-game losing streak in conference finals road games and handed the Sonics their fifth home loss of the season. Malone scored 29 points, Jeff Homacek had 27 and John Stockton made a key steal with 18.1 seconds left to make up for another poor game — four points in 38 minutes. Seattle was scoreless over the final 2:48 of overtime. The Sonics had a chance to send the Jeff Homacek game into double overtime, but Gary Payton missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Payton led Seattle with 31 points. Shawn Kemp pumped in 24 points and nabbed 13 rebounds for the Sonics. Malone is not counting on Seattle to give up just yet. “Those guys are capable of beating us in our-building if we’re not ready,” Malone said. “But I guarantee we’ll be ready to play in our own place.” Payton’s three pointer with 1:35 left and a short jumper by Kemp with 29 seconds left made it 90-90. The Jazz then worked the 24 second clock and found Malone on the baseline, but Kemp swatted the shot off the backboard. NBA playoff glance eoNmcNCinNAU (Be&cf-T) .May 18 & Utah 72 SMriday,Mayi9 Chicago 121, Orlando 83 Mfrxtey,May20 Seattle 91. Utah 87 m ,    ,    Orlando    88 friday. May 24 Utah 96, Seattle 76 Saturday, May 26 Chicago 86, Orlando 67 Sunday, May 26 Seattle 88, Utah 86 Monday, May 27 Chicago 106, Qriando 101, Chicago wins series AO Tuesday, May 28 Utah 98. Seattle 96, OT, Seattle Aqua aerobics classes also are scheduled al the Senior Center starting at 9 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 4. For more information, call Barbara Wilson at 6200350. “Rim City Slam” boys basketball camp at CHS s The eighth annual “River City Slam* Boy’s Basketball camp is again being offered June 3-6 at Canyon High School for ail boys In current grades 4-6. The renowned camp Is coordinated by NBHS basketball coach Cliff Wilkins and CHS basketball coach Kenhy Rotzler. Cost is $45 payable to Comal ISO Community Education. Applications are at each school campus or can coaches Rotzler or Wilkins at 620-6940 TIC baieball camp starts June 3 Texas Lutheran College head baseball coach Bill Miller will lead a three-session baseball camp for boys ages 7-18 on June 3-7 (ages 7-12), June 10-14 (ages 12-15) and June 17-21 (ages 15-18). An sessions will run tram 1 to4 p.m. at Isbel Field on TLO campus in Seguin. The camp wiH cover fundamentals In hitting, running, throwing, and fielding mechanics. Early registration deadline is May 31, Cost is $65. For more information, call (210)372-8124. Canyon Cougar strength and conditioning camp slatod Canyon High School will host a “Strength and Conditioning Camp’ at Cougar Den June 10-13 with two sessions beginning at 8 am and 10 am. The camp is designed for athletes ages 12-15 who want to develop maximum strength, power and speed vertical jump and agility. Dan Burk, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a level I U.S.W.F Olympic Weightlifting Coach and 1993 National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, will teach correct technique for free weights, machines and Olympic weightlifting!. Cost is $20. Enrollment is limited. For more information, ca# Burk at 525-6251 or 6207634 NBJQA to ewing at ParTcc The New Braunfels Junior Golf Association wi hold a Division C beginner's tournament a Par-Tee Golf Center in Seguin at 10 am on Saturday, June 1. Members and non-members can register by calling Connie Reininger at least five days in advance at 6201735 Fitness buffs can sign up now for low-impact aerobics classes for adults using light weights, stretching and choreographed ifemmicjpjtfi Happy campers Summer training At T-Bar-M Summercamp, Daniel Polk (left) gats instruction on proper volleyball techniques. Mindy Jackson and Chelsea Eager and Vanessa Derring work on a gymnastic handstand. Herald-Zeiting photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Sports camps keep young athletes, qpaches busy with summertime si Comal teams bolt from big league gates By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor In his eighth year hosting the River City Summer Slam, basketball coach Cliff Wilkins has seen kids of all ages and sizes get an idea of what it’s like to be Michael Jordan. Every year the camp culminates with a slam dunk contest that allows even the shortest fouith-grader to hover above the rim. It helps that the backboard height is adjustable. ‘It’s our trademark at the end to let every kid get a dunk,” Wilkins said. “Ifs a fun time for everyone. But ifs only one part of the camp. We have all types of activities set up to teach the basics of basketball and get kids familiar with the game.” With about a dozen camps getting under way this week, coaches and athletes will delve into annual day-long sessions that stress fundamentals and encourage interest in spoils. These days there are more than a few camps around town, and they cover an anay of sports including baseball, soccer, tennis volleyball and football. Typically the programs last from one to three weeks and range in cost from about $20 to $50. The River City Summer Slam, which starts Monday, June 3 at Canyon High School, represents one of the largest and most recognized local camps. Wilkins considers the program an ideal way for youth to spend the week after schools lets out and before families leave for vacation. Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler, who helps coordinate the sessions, added that the week-long event annually brings in about 150-200 kids. He stressed that the camp is geared to cultivate talent but also to encourage young athletes to have fun out on the courts. “We’re trying to promote interest in the game,” Rotzler said. “If we can light a fire under these kids and get them excited about basketball, and make it fun for them, then we’ve done our job.” Other local camps foster the same outlook. The NBHS “Brown Bag” summer camp for girls got off to a fast start Tuesday with more than 50 kids participating in volleyball, basketball, track and tennis. Paul Domanski of T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch, also will be busy this summer with dozens of middle school and high school students who are ready to get a dose of tennis basics. “We have a lot of kids come out here who have goals of playing for the middle school and high school teams,” Domanski said. “We start them from as early as five years old and get them prepared with fundamentals. Ifs great to see their progress.” |T| Local sports camps ■ T-Bar-M Junky Tennis Ranch. For junior tennis players ages 7-18 starting June 3 and continuing through the summer. For more information, cafl Paul Domanski at 629-0439. 8 New Braunfels High School Unicom Football Camp. For players entering grades 7-9 for foe 1996 season. From 8:30 am. to noon July 22-26 at NBHS.. Call 625-5713 or 626-2611. B Cougar Baseball Camp. Canyon High School baseball coach Ralph Behrend will lead a summer camp tor players rn grades 6-8 from 8:30 a m. to noon May 28-31. The Cougar Baseball camp wi be at CHS baseball field. CaN 629-2649. B New Braunfels High School Youth Volleyball Camp for girls in third through sixth grades June 17-21 at OakRun Elementary School. Cal 625-6271. ■ The Guadalupe Soccer Academy wi be hoking its annual four-week summer soccer camp from 8 to 11:30am starting June 3 at HEB Soccer Complex B Smifoaon Valley Tennie Summer Camp SVHS tennis coach KeHh Brown wi lead two sessions June 3-7 and June 10-14 at foe school tennis courts. A mw camp wi be conducted May 28-30. Sponsored by Comal ISO Community Education, the camp is for boys and girls in grades 1 -fi.Cafl 499-4920 Comal Comity’s three teams are off to a fast start with a combined 9-3 record after two weeks of the New Braunfels Big League baseball season. The Canyon team stands at the top with a 4-0 mark, including double-header wins over Seguin 5-4, 21-17 and Canyon Lake 16-1,20-1. New Braunfels owns a 3-1 record after topping San Marcos 10-4, and La Laver-nia 22-2,14-1. The Comal Park Independents are 2-2, splitting games with Canyon Lake and Luling. The New Braunfels-area league consists of high school players ages 16-18 from San Marcos, Luling, Gonzales, Lockhart, LaVemia and Yoakum. Coach Wes Weymer started Canyon pitcher J.D. Juarez who had 12 strike outs in wins over Seguin and Canyon Lake. In the 5-4 win over Seguin, Tyson Carroll and Jason Martin each had two hits and scored a run. Carroll added four more hits in the 21-17 win, and Ross Doege had three hits. In the 16-1 win over Canyon Lake, Brian Behrend went 2-for-3 with three runs. Paul Guerrero, Wes Waymer, Jason Martin and Carroll scored three runs each. Carroll notched two triples. Johnny Zunker collected three hits and three runs in the 20-1 second game. Todd Burnell and Doege each went 2-for-3 and: _    __ Cos in tire first of their double-header when John Oli'v-io struck out 12 batters. Will McGuffey and Chad Wehe managed two hits apiece for New Braunfels’ line-up. The tables were turned in the second game as pitcher Murray Holden went seven innings for the win. Ivan Antosh and Armando Hernandez hit safely twice in three at-bats. In Game 2, LaVemia proved to be no match. Chad Wehe struck out 13, and his teammates pounded out 15 hits for a 22-2 win. Wehe also went 2-for-3 with three RBL Jason Reyes belted four hits and three RBI in six plate appearance. New Braunfels is coached by former NBHS and University of Texas player Troy Turman. In the 14-1 win, six players had at least two hits. Wehe, Reyes, McGuffey, Antosh and Hernandez led a scoring barrage that gave helped give Holden his second win in two starts at the mound. The Independents, coached by Jim Pace, beat Canyon Lake 14-4. Pitcher Chris Rivera earned the win. Scott Hoiderfield and Julian Gomez came through with three hits and three RBL Eric Schneider and Dustin Baker went-2-for-3, with three runs. Joe Sosa, Jimmy Gomez and David Osuna each went 2-for-3. Canyon Lake rebounded with a 3-2 win in the second game. Pitcher Roy Rodriguez had IO strike outs in seven innings. Roman Villareal, Scott Holyfteld and Rivera each got three hits. In their next game, the Independents scored four tuns in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Luling 5-4. Pitcher Jimmy Gomez earned the victory Matt Morris and Roger Garcia went 2-for-3. Buddy Difanzo scored the winning run. Luling came back and won the second game 11-1. Major League Baseball By The Associated Press ■ ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—The Texas Rangers started the season with several questions about their pitching staff. Left-hander Darren Oliver was near the top of the list. Oliver continued his comeback from a partially tom left rotator cuff that ended his 1995 season on June 26, holding die potent Cleveland Indians to one run and five hits over seven innings, as the Rangers stretched their winning streak to four games with an 11-3 victory Tuesday night. The Rangers’ fifth starter, Oliver improved to 4-2, matching last season’s victory total and boosting his career mark against Cleveland to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA. “That was a terrific effort by Darren Oliver,” Rangers manager Johnny Oates said. “He had an excellent fastball and he was able to throw his breaking ball over when he had to. It was a magnificent performance.” Oliver sees his comeback as an ongoing process. He is continuing to rebuild arm strength and threw 91 pitches against the Indians. ■ PITTSBURGH (AP) — Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are only ll games under 500, their conversation has turned to the Central Division title. That’s right, a division title for a team that didn’t get its 20th win until May was almost over. Pittsburgh edged Houston 6-5 Tuesday night, ending the Astros’ four-game winning streak. The Pirates are in last place, which is where a team with a 20-31 record and .392 winning percentage usually is. Still, they’re just five games behind the first-place Astros, and third baseman Charlie Hayes said they’re in the race. “You’ve got lo reach for the positives,” Hayes said. “Don’t look at our record, look at first place. The record doesn’t mean anything. We can get right back in this thing.” The Pirates will need more of the late-inning heroics of Hayes, Jason Kendall and Orlando Merced. Hayes hit a two-run, game-tying homer off Greg Swindell (0-2) in the eighth, and Kendall drove in the go-ahead run with a triple. Finally some signs of life in NBA playoff!! Thomas Godley They are robots. That was my conclusion after watching the NBA playoffs for the last two months. I figured it wouldn’t be long before the game completely turned into an electronic show of 6-11 guards programmed to isolate on the most efficient matchup. Forget improvisation. Don’t try fast-breaking. Jump hooks are a thing of the past. Today ifs about bringing the ball up-court, identifying the highest percentage shot, and implementing the game plan. Find the mismatch and get it to the big-dollar player. Fling it to an open guard for the trey or set it down low and draw a foul. The assistant coaches’ clipboard has all the odds, calculated by basketball statisticians over decades. During the regular season they are programmed to carry out this mission. They are professional players paid mil lions to fill a role, and they better do exactly as told because a free agent is right around the comer. It hardly made for a memorable playoff series thus far. The games were becoming as scripted as a B movie, as predictable as the Las Vegas bookies taking Chicago in the finals. Not a single series yet has been decided on a pivotal seventh game. It was getting bleak. The Bulls locked up the Eastern Conference in convincing style, going 11-1 and steamrolling what appeared to be a worthy opponent in Orlando. Jordan occasionally revealed a basketball work of ait, making the game seem almost human. But even he gets caught up in the science of it all, talking about money and The point has been made in the past, but give me the days of the Lakers-Celtics when passes meant something and players had souls. Sure they took advantage of mismatches but it was only one aspect of the game. The Lakers had the fast-break and the Celtics ran pick and rolls to perfection. Chicago looks like a combination of those two teams after breezing through the playoffs with only one loss. The Seattle Sonics were on the same path. They had Utah on the ropes at home, needing only one more win lo wrap up the Western Conference. But last night’s Game 5 offered a glimmer of hope. These guys were really going at it, battling back and forth until the final seconds when John Stockton came up with a turnover. The playoffs have a way of bringing out the human side of it. Seattle’s Detlef Schrempf, the classic example of the new age basketball robot, came off as human last night. Schrempf was brought in specifically to create mismatches for Utah. Put a guard on him, he posts up low. Put a forward on him, he can dribble and hit the three. He’s a coaches’ laboratory dream, a computer on the court. His shots were not falling, and Antoine Carr was on. The Sonics couldn’t overcome the statistical disparity at the forward position. Kart Malone and Jeff Homacek had enough heart make up for a struggling Stockton and pull out a win that Seattle had already logged into the computer. There’s hope. (Thomas Godley is sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung) ;