New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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(Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows)
the Landa Park Dolphins swimming teams will held this week from 5 to 6 p.m. each day at the Landa Park Olympic pool.
Children who cannot pass swim test will be eligible for the Swim America Training Program. Swimmers who have participated before must register before Sunday to be on the year.
For more information, call 625-6342.
The Diamond Dogs men’s softball tournament is set for Sunday at the Seguin Softball 4-Rex.
Entry fee is $100 per team and the tournament is open to OIE teams. For more information, call (210) 372-0833 or (210) 379-1803.
gifts’ sports comp
The Canyon Middle School girls’ coaches are offering a four-day sports camp, which includes volleyball and basket-June9-12.
will be taught the skills of the two with drills to prac-them. Only the first 50 incoming seventh-graders will be accepted.
Girls who plan to tryout for volleyball and basketball at the middle school are encouraged to attend. The registration fee is
more information or to register, call Joanne Flores or Kathy HTickey at 625-7335 or Mr. McElroy at 625-1295.
Camp Tennis 1M7
Camp Tennis ’97 is set for June 2-6 and 9-13 at Smithson Valley High School. Sessions will run from 9 a m. 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.
Rangers baseball team gets new leader
Former coach to assume new athletic duties at SVHS
By TOM ERICKSON
When members of the Smithson Valley baseball team step up to the plate next spring, a new face will greet them at the third base coaching box.
The face will belong to Matt Gustafson, who was named the Rangers’ new coach earlier this week. Gustafson replaces Robert Teuton, who will remain at the school and continue coaching.
“Gustafson is going to be new baseball coach,” SVHS athletic director Larry Hill said Wednesday. “Coach Teuton has asked to do
other things within athletic department.”
Hill said he was excited about bringing Gustafson aboard.
He spent the last three years at Clark High School, where his teams made the playoffs each of those three years.
“Coach Gustafson has fine reputation and has won lots of games,” Hill said. “We’re pleased to have someone of his caliber and experience.”
Hill said Teuton’s new duties have yet to be determined.
“We’ve got a big picture type of thing right now. ’ he said. “We have to make sure all puzzle piece*, are in place before we start filling the gaps.”
Gustafson said being able to concentrate on baseball in the fall was a big perk of the
Smithson Valley job.
“I am really excited,” he said. “It was one of those great opportunities for a baseball coach who is looking to free up the fall with football and work with the team year-round. Those jobs are hard to find.
“I think there are only three other schools in South Texas which have baseball coaches free in the fall.”
Turning the Rangers into playoff contenders may take patience, but Gustafson said he was ready for the task.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s a difficult challenge for myself. I’ve heard great things about Comal ISD and Smithson Valley High School. I think it fits me well.”
Gustafson began his career at Marion High School and coached in Uvalde for two years
before moving on to Clark.
He has an overall record of 183-84-1 in ll seasons and was 48-25 in three years at Clark.
Gustafson said he planned to spend the next few months getting adjusted to the team .
“Right now I really don’t know much about the kids, but I’ve heard good and positive things,” he said.
Reaching the playoffs is the main goal for Gustafson, but there was no timetable set.
“When I took over the Marion job, they had won six games in eight years,” he said. “We went to the playoffs in my second year and then went five years straight after that.
“I expect to get in the playoffs soon. I will tell the kids that I can’t promise how many games they will win, but they will be better young men and know lot more about baseball.”
The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp in June at the H-E-B Soccer Complex.
Camps will be conducted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20 and 23-27. For more information, call (210) 732-3793 or 606-6722
Youth Ttnnlt Program
Registrations are now being accepted for the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Tennis Program Group lessons for youth ages 12 and older will be from 9 to 10 a rn. on Mondays at the Prince Solms Tennis Courts.
This five-week program will begin June 2. The fee is $25 per participant. Rease register at the Landa Recreation Center.
For more information, call 608-2167.
Mvr City tummt Slam Boyo* BookothoN Camp
The ninth annual River City Summer Slam Boys’ Basketball Camp is set for June 2-5 at Canyon High School. Sessions will run from 9 a rn. to noon each day.
The camp is open to all boys in grades 4 to 8, and registration is $45 in advance and $60 at the door. Applications are available at Canyon and New Braunfels High Schools and Vivroux Sporting Goods, 697 S. Walnut Ave For more information, call Kenny Rotzler at 625-6251 or 620-6940 or Cliff Wilkins at 625-6271 or 620-0326
Using the force
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darnall
Ashley Bird (12) of the Heat is forced out at second base by Ashley Connor of the Flames in a New Braunfels Girls Softball Association game Wednesday at Comal Park. The Flames won the game 7-3, but the Heat rallied for a 5-2 win In the second game of a doubleheader. Both teams ended the regular season with identical 8-2 records, and will play a tiebreaker at 5:30 p.m. today at Comal Park.
Two teams tie for the Eagles title
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The foursome of Cliff Nelson, Clinton Acker, Mel Fannin and Guy Garrott tied the team of Calvin Whitman, Bruce Alves, Hal Johnson and Ma Fox to share the first- and second-place prizes in the Fraternal Order of Eagles monthly scramble golf tournament on Tuesday at Landa Park Golf Course.
Both groups scored a 10-under par 62.
The quartet of Lee Maddox, Bud Fuller, Lloyd Taylor and Irene Taylor scored an 8-under 64 to finish third.
Five teams tied for fourth, with each group scoring 7-under 65s. The team of Swede Kuellberg, Fred Maxwell, Bill Gardner and Mary Maxwell won by virtue of its birdie on Hole 9.
In the contest for nearest to the hole on the par-3 holes, Bill Kennedy won the prize for No. 7.
Miiaddox hit his tee shot on No. 9 within 12 inches to win, Polly Johnson got the prize for No. 12 and Mel Johnston was closest on No. 15.
A total of 56 players participated in the tournament. The next event is scheduled for June 24 at Landa Park.
For more information, call Charlie Smith at 625-8104.
Rockets getting used to facing, staving off elimination
Houston has 11-2 record when backs are against wall
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets are facing elimination once again, and that might not be so bad for them.
“We’re backed into a comer again, and maybe this is the best situation for us,” coach Rudy Tomjanovich said Wednesday. “We seem to play better in this kind of deal.
“We’ve got to come out fighting for
The Rockets will play host to the Jazz tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Houston trails 3-2 and will be eliminated with another loss.
But the Rockets have an 11-2 record in elimination games under Tomjanovich, and they expect to ward off an early vacation.
“You trap a rat in the comer and he comes out fighting," Rockets guard Mario Elie said. “Its going to be guns slinging and come out fighting.
“This team has a lot of character
and pride. We’ve been through this situation before and we know what it’s like. If we respond tomorrow, we’ll get a chance at Game 7.”
The Rockets came away from Tuesday night’s 96-91 loss feeling just a few plays could have won it for them.
The Jazz felt the same about Game 4 when Eddie Johnson’s buzzer shot won for the Rockets “I’m encouraged atter (Game 5) because that’s the best we’ve played in the series, and now we get to play at home,” Charles Barkley said. “They
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have the luxury of worrying about Game 7, and we don’t have that luxury.”
Tomjanovich expects another clutch performance.
“To me, this is what we talked
about the first day of preseason at Galveston,” Tomjanovich said. “I assume that’s how we’re going to respond. We’ll be concentrating and we’ll be focused on survival.”
The Rockets were forced to depend heavily on Hakeem Olajuwon to stay competitive with the Jazz in Game 5 since their outside shooting was off. They hit only 7-for-24 (29.2 percent) from 3-point range.
The Rockets know they need more balance to beat the Jazz, but Tomjanovich wouldn’t fault his extensive use of Olajuwon.
Young arms help Rice gain first CWS berth
HOUSTON (AP) — Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham made a decision three years ago that helped the Owls reach the College World Series for the first time this year.
The Owls will play defending champion Louisiana State on Friday in a first-round game because three freshmen pitchers, Jeff Nichols, Mario Ramos and Marc Gwyn, picked up the slack when No. I pitcher Stephen Bess was lost in February with a forearm injury.
“We recruited all three because we made a decision three years ago to recruit pitchers who could throw strikes,” Rice coach Wayne Graham said. “About midseason, it became evident that they were going to be able to carry the things we knew they could do.”
Nichols (10-1, 3.44 ERA) and Ramos (9-3, 4.98 ERA) have carried the brunt of the starting load, but the Owls also have benefited from Matt Anderson (10-1, 1.82 ERA), who also has nine saves.
Anderson, a top pro prospect, has
struck out 97 this season.
Nichols is a good example of what Graham has tried to accomplish with his pitching staff.
“He makes a lot of use out of a moving fastball, and he knows how to change speeds,” Graham said of Nichols. “Plus, he has only 28 walks in 102 innings.”
Rice has also given its young arms plenty of run support.
Leading the way is junior Lance Berkman, a Canyon High School graduate. Berkman leads the NCAA with 41 home runs.
The Owls carry a 47-14 record into the World Series.
“There is no question that this is my best team ever,” Graham said. “The key to this team was that we had freshmen pitchers come through. We wanted a high rating at the beginning of the year, but we were real concerned that we were going to try to make it with freshmen pitching.
“But those guys have come through and now Stephen is back just in the nick of time.”
Smile for the camera
Gerry Otort, toft, tapes an upcoming apiaocto of “Th# Taxaa Angler’’ featuring Troy Auc&n^nt^ Keith Warren, The Texaa Angier Wednesday at Laks Dunlap. Warren is a New Braunfels resident.