New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sports Day"Tlw Sonics ara 194 In games tt»y*«e led after the fourth quarter.”Sports briefs
90s and the sun baking the red day, big hitters and serve-and-vdleyers thrived in the French Open, where the stow surface usual-
Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Stich — all more comfortable on grass than clay — played their offensive
and move into the third round.
Edberg’s 6-2,6-2,6-1 victory over Carlos doya set up a third-round match against No. 4 Michael Chang, one of the day's winners who prefers clay. Chang beat Richard Fromberg 6-4,3-6.7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Ivanisevic, seeded fifth, beat David Wheaton 7-5,6-2,6-4 and No. 15 Stich defeated Greg Rusedski 6-3,7-5,6-3.
advanced, beating Gerard Solves 6*1.63, 60.
In women's play, defending champion Steffi beat Nicole Bradtke 62,62 and No. 3 Conchite Martinez defeated Radka Zrubakova 63,7-5.
Theiiur-piayarteam of RoseTuseth, Bud Sleeves, Brno Alves and Ray Metzke took
Eagles Scramble Golf Tournament May 26. They had itf birdies and eight pars to win the first place prize.
The foursome of John Tangler, Bill Shreve. Al Heinemeyer and Bob Holton took the second place prize with nine birdies and nine pars.
Four teams tied for the third and fourth place prizes with each group firing eight birdies and 10 pars. One foursome was Bud Blaine, Bill Adkins. Tex Ritter and Mary Maxwell; another quartet was Dave Hanson, Mel Johnston, Tex Yeary and Irene McCabe; also Bill Kennedy, Ed Jones. Hal Johnson and Marge Yeamans; plus Charlie Smith, Jack Yeamans, Don Beaman and Sue Puetz.
In the nearest-the-par 3 hole contests,
Bud Blaine won the prize for hole seven,
Jim Probst took the prize for hole nine, Dave Hanson won hole 12 and Swede KjeBberg won on hole 15. The next Eagles tournament Is scheduled for June 25. For more information, cal Charlie Smith at 625-8104..
NBHS girls basketball eamp
New Braunfels High School coaches win offer a camp for returning students in grades 7-9, from 8:30 am to noon Monday, June 3 to Thursday, June 6 at the NBHS gym. A second session for girts in grades 3-6 w® run from 1 to 4 pm. Registration will be taken at the start of each camp day.
Whim City Stem’’ boys basketball camp at CHS
The eighth annual “River City Sam" Boy’s Basketball camp kicks off June 3-6 at Canyon High School for boys in current grades 4-8.
The popular camp is coordinated by NBHS basketball coach Cliff Wilkins and CHS basketball coach Kenny Boteler. Cost is $45 payable to Comal ISO Community Education.
or call coaches Rotzler or Wilkins at
6940 Of 6260326.
TUC baaebeb eamp tat ta atilt I June 3 In Seoubt
Texas Lutheran College head baseball coach Bi Mitier wtt toad 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 1618).
Ail sessions will run from 1 to 4 pm. at label Field on TIC campus in Seguin.
The camp will cover fundamentals in hitting, running, throwing and fielding mechanics.
Early registration deadline is May 31. Cost Is $65. For more information, can (210) 372-8124.Bulverde soccer secures new fields
By THOMAS GODLEY
Plans for a new soccer complex are moving closer to reality for the Bulverde Youth Soccer Club.
The group signed a 25-year lease with Comal County two weeks ago and will begin work to develop soccer fields on land in the western section of the new Spring Branch-Bulverde Sports Park. The county, which acquired the land last year, has designated sites to be used for flag football, baseball and softball.
Johnny Johnson, president of the Bulverde Youth Soccer Club, called the move to the new sports park a major step for the area's youth.
‘This is something we’ve been working on for the past three years because we knew there would be a time when mote space would be needed," Johnson said. "The county came
through just in time.
"b's a big step for us, and the kids are the ones who bereft! It keeps them off the streets and out of trouble, and it grts them involved in a healthy sport that is growing in popularity."
In 1994 the league enrolled mote than 550 boys and girls. That figure dropped to about 500 players last year because officials were unsure if they would have a site.
For the past 12 years youth soccer teams have played on private land near the Bulverde Airport The property was sold in 1994, and the new owners allowed die league to continue using the land until the end of the recent season, Johnson said.
The soccer dub turned to the county for help finding anew site, and with support from several councilmembers and the Parks Adivisoty Committee, a contract was negotiated to use the sports park which lies just north of the U.S.“It’s a big atap for us, and the kids ara the ones who will benefit.”—Johnny Johnson, president of the Bulverde Youth Soccer Club.
281 and Spring Branch Road intersection.
Under the lease, the county will provide basic infrastructure such a parking and roadways leading the park. The soccer dub will be responsible for maintenance and developing the fields. If the county budget allows for it next year, the park could be improved with electricity and concession stands.
‘The county has just begun getting into paries, acquring the land and providing basic infrastructure,” Homseth said. The whole idea is to reduce cost to the taxpayers and provide rccre-arional facilities to nonfrofit groups like the soccer club."
Johnson said the 8-acre site will be divided into fields for players ages 4-18. The work should be completed by the start of the upcoming season in August, Johnson said.
"At this point we are looking to bring in the needed equipment to level it out, and put in new goals and bleachers,” Johnson said. "We have some of the bleachers but we’re hoping to get community support for the rest
"We have a lot of talented soccer players around here," added Johnson, who has four children who will play in foe Bulverde soccer league. "We ate excited about them having the chance to continue playing the game."
All-star cast treks to state tournament
By THOMAS GODLEY
The New Braunfels Tom’s Angels aren’t necessarily looking to return home with a tournament i
in the b^pr picture gey know the represents a chance to showcase their talent before a crowd of college recruiters.
"This is a very competitive tournament that brings out some of the best players and teams in the state," Angels coach Deanya Thomas said. ‘‘Because it’s such equality tournament, it also attracts a lot of college coaches who ate looking for players to offer scholarships."
“We have girls on this team who have the ability to play college softball. It’s a matter of getting some exposure. If we can help just one girl secure a scholarship, then we’ve done something worthwhile,"
That’s the long-term goal for this local team of all-district softball players as they trek to Pasadena to compete in foe American Fastpitch Softball Tournament.
Tom’s Angels, a team of girls ages 14-18, will take to the highway Saturday for the first of several road games over the next five weeks. The competition also qualify them for the AFS National Tournament later this summer in Spring.
Grabbing the attention of college recruiters however, is the priority. The scouts will be watching and filming tournament Thomas said the tournament often draws Division I colleges.
- Two weeks ago the Angels showcased their
B Herald-Zertunq photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL DeDe Thomas, who starred for the Canyon Cougar softball (aam this spring, willH lead a local contingent of player to a state tournament in Pasadena Saturday.
talent in an 8-5 win over High Voltage, a team that ranks among the best in the Houston area.
Thomas believe her girls can repeat that performance.
The Angels are more than just skilled players on foe diamond. They also have nine Academic All-District selections, including Ranessa Reeh, Kyrie Adams, Cheryl Dunn, Stacy Mueller, Ppd Saddler, Michelle Uribe, Stephanie "DeDe” Thomas, Marcie Allen, and Amber Heitkamp.
Three players — Allen, Adams and Thomas — have been selected to the Texas AAM Recruiting Camp scheduled for June 10-13.
More than 250 colleges will be represented at the prestigious camp which annually receives more than 1,000 applicants but invites only foe top IOO girts based on their scholastic and athletic achievements.
Several Angels players helped guide the Canyon High School softball team to the playoffs this past spring. They will have some new faces as well. Michelle Uribe and Patty Saddler are all-district selections who joined the team after starring for the LaVemia High School varsity softball team last spring.
Tom’s Angels softbsll team
DeDe Thomas. Marci Allen Kylie Adams Michelle Uribe Ranessa Reeh Cheryl Dunn Stacy Mueller Path Soldier Kale Boyd Kelsey Braver Amber Heitkamp
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Sponsored by Sunbelt Cement Inc. and Deanya’s Among Friends Salon, foe Angels are also coached by Rollie Guerrero, Larry Mueller, Martin Allen, Colton Thomas and Kathie McBride. They hope to carry on the tradition of a team named in honor of the late Dr. Tom Bnever, who promoted local softball for several years in New Braunfels.
By The Associated Press ?-
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SALT LAKE OTY—The NBA Finales will have to wait once again. The Utah JazaTi aren’t finished making the Seattle Supersonics look miserable. an
In the most important home game in*' franchise history, the Jazz took control rig!#* from the start Thursday night and came up* with yet another blowout to force the fink. X Game 7 of this year’s NBA playoffs. p* The final score was 118-83, the latest mr.* a long line of postseason route at the Deft***; Center. Karl Malone had 32 points, IO rebounds and seven assists, Jeff Hornaock was as dead-eye as usual with 23 points.
Even John Stockton coaxed a good oui offhanded body wife 14 points and 12 assists.
‘The odds were against us,” Malone said. [ "Nobody expected us to win up there (in I Game 5), but we did. It shows a lot of char- * acier about this team."
Utah shot better than 60 percent, led by at _ many as 36 md forced 23 turnovers froen i Seattle team that’s averaging more than 20k » per game in the series. >t
Utah scored the first 12 points of tho game, turned it into a laugher early in tho J* fourth quarter and withstood every bne£. f run or burst of momentum foe Sonics managed. Seattle had only five field goals in thr"^ first quarter and went IO for 13 from the line “ ' to trail 35-22 entering the second period. .£ ?y Seattle closed to IO on a foree-pomler by; Gary Payton early in the third quarter, bu^ £ Utah outscored the Sonics 25-16 over dim n rest of the period. J ^
Shawn Kemp led Seattle with 26 potable gs and 14 rebounds. Detlef Schrempf had 14 * : points, as did Sam Perkins. ^ r|
Game 7 will begin at 6 p.m. CUT Sunday; in Seattle, and Utah will be seeking to" ? become just the sixth team in NBA history^ ' to come back from a 3-1 deficit •***
Meanwhile the rested Chicago Bulls wait: for the Wilmer. J ?
Local youth nets 2nd at
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Call him a marksman at the charity stripe.
With a dead-eye shooting display, James Wetz of Canyon Middle School in New Braunfels hit 24 of 25 shots from the free throw line and tied for second place at the Elks National “Hoop Shoot" finals in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Competing in the boys age 12-to-13 class, Wetz earlier this spring earned first place in the free throw tournament in New Braunfels. He also won the title in foe southwest state and regional finals.
The performance earned him a trip to nationals in Springfield — foe city where basketball was invented and introduced in 1891.
Wetz, who was sponsored by the New Braunfels Elks Lodge 2279 in foe various levels of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition repeated his marksmanship but came up one shot short to the first place winner from Sunnyside, Wash., who shot 25 out of 25. In a shoot-off to break the four-way tie, Wetz took foe fourth place honors.
Going to the Elks National Hoop Shoot Finals was an exciting event for the entire family .Welz’s mother, father and sister accompanied him on the trip, and the family enjoyed its first experience on a Jet airliner.
Major League standings
Hot Rangers on record-winning pace
By DENNE H. FRIEMAN
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have become the May marvels of the American League.
A 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night not only gave the Rangers a sweep of the three-game series but tied the Indians for the most wins in foe AL with 33.
‘This is a big confidence builder for us,’’ said Texas manager Johnny Oates, whose team is leading the AL West by five games over Seattle with a 33-19 record, the best in franchise history after 52 games.
Texas completed its first series sweep of the Indians since 1992 when Dean Palmer raced home on Sandy Alomar’s passed ball with the go-ahead nm in the eighth inning. With the sweep of the Indians, who still have the best record in foe AL, the Rangers moved 14 games over JOO for the first time since July 14,1979.
‘I’m happy with 33 wins at this point" Oates said. "We got a few breaks and made a few breaks. Sweeping teams like Cleveland, Baltimore and New York at home, those are pretty good teams. They won’t get swept by many teams.”
The Rangers have won five straight and
been in first place for 41 straight days, the second-longest streak in team history. The club record is 72 consecutive days in 1994.
First baseman Will Clark said the Rangers have one of the greatest clubhouse atmospheres he has been around.
T’ve felt this was a special team since spring training," Clark said. "But the important thing is the guys in this clubhouse need to believe it. We have a never-give-up attitude."
Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove, who played on some good Rangers teams that never made the playoffs, wasn’t ready to describe Texas as playoff caliber — just yet
"It’s a hot club," Hargrove said. ‘There’s no more to say than thaL"
Texas is especially hot at home. Texas’ 21 home wins is foe best in the majors.
"You’ve got to win at home to be a playoff team,” Oates said. "And we’ve been doing that’’
The Rangers are 169 in May with one game to go on tonight against Minnesota
It’s their second best May in club history behind an 169 record in 1991.
That loam finished with an 85-77 record and third in the AL West "We can’t get too excited yet said.‘There’s a long way to go."