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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY May 31, 2003 14 pages in I sections ■MHM wtmmmm    it    pages    in    e.    minHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 170 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1R52 SO cents Heck of a ride’ comes to endRangers 2003 SMITHSON VALLEY SOFTBALL TEAM Abbey Uballe, LF    Sr. Angela Higby, CF    Sr. Renee Laine, DH    Sr. Amanda Escalante, C    Jr. Amber Mueller, 1B    Jr. Jessica Polhamus, OF    Jr. Casey Huff, P    Jr. Amy Pizzltola, SS    So. Jessica Romero, RF    So. Brooke LaRue, 3B    So. Candace Gillespie, 2B    So. Lauren Colby, OF    So. Taryn Muftoz, P    Fr. By Bryan Adams Sports Editor AUSTIN — Defending Class 5A statu softball champion Bryan High School turned a fifth inning Smithson Valley throwing error intr) four runs and heat the Rangers 5-1 in the Class 5A State Semifinals Friday night. Bryan senior pitcher Lisa Gorzycki, MVF of the 2002 championship game, allowed one hit while striking out eight. Smithson Valley (24-6) got ■ Game coverage/1 B its only hit in the game from Taryn Munoz to lead off the first, inning and took a 1-0 lead on a throwing error by the Bryan (33-2) third baseman, off the bat of Angela Higby. For Smithson Valley it was just their third loss in 24 games. “We had a heck of a ride,” Smithson Valley head coach Wayne Daigle said. “Ixiok at the year Taryn Munoz had ‘Full response’ saves West End family from blaze By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A McGaugh Street home was heavily damaged in a fire Friday evening. Three residents escaped Christina Diaz’s home, located in the 2(X) block, without injury. Four others were not home at the time of the fire. New Braunfels Fire Et. Stretch Rousseau said Station 2 firefighters saw heavy black smoke rising above the West End and were already getting into their truck when a “full response” was dispatched. “Full response” means every available firefighter is pressed into service. Friday night, off-duty firemen also answered the call. Chief John Berber went to the scene. Engineer Roger Brink keeler, who wasn’t working Friday, went to the fire in civilian clothes to help operate Truck I. “I felt guilty,” Brinkkoeter said. “I didn’t want these men to have to do this by themselves." New Braunfels was left without fire coverage anywhere else in the city for nearly an hour while firemen fought to save the home. Battalion Chief Steve Mahe sought mutual aid help from Seguin hut was told that city had no available units to send. A call for an emergency medical unit elsewhere in New Braunfels was placed on hold for some minutes until a crew could la* freed up to respond. “We don’t have enough men,” said Fire Marshal Darren Bnnkkoeter. *There’H just no one to send right now ” Rousseau said seeing the smoke before his station had been dispatched saved valuable time that contributed to saving 75 percent of the home. "We’d seen the smoke and See FIRE/3A K. JESSIE SLATE N/Horald-Zeitung New Braunfels firefighters saved three-quarters of a McGaugh Street residence Fnday evening. From left, firefighters Todd Welch, Nick Weber and Joel Simmons from the nearby Loop 337 station work to extinguish the blaze. Starbucks sets eyes on New Braunfels By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Although Starbucks Coffee Company maintains it has im) infirmed plans to open a itore in New Braunfels, it is Jefinitely looking. "We an* actively looking for .he perfect location in New Braunfels, hut at this time ive do not have any cori-irrned plans for a retail itore,” Nancy Kane, market-ng manager for Starbucks, »aid in an e mail. “We are dways looking for great now ocatkms like New Braunfels hat know and appreciate (Teat coffee, and we look forward to opening our doors in Sew Braunfels soon.” How soon is still unknown. March 27 Starbucks received a parking variance, which allows them to have fewer (larking spots than code requires. The preliminary siU* plan came in May 5 for review, arid the city’s corn merits on that plan were finished May 20. But a contractor has riot come to the city for a building permit. The variance was for the former Vivroux Sporting Goods locution on the corner of South Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35. Tara Rowland, who has managed Vivroux Sporting Goods for IO years, said Starbucks had been looking at opening at tin* location for years, and when tin* sporting goods shire didn’t renew its learn*, the coffee chain took and some of the younger kids had. Tile fad that we got beat 5-1 doesn't bother me at all. I’m going to enjoy those other ball games that we won ” In what was supposed to he a rebuilding for the Rangers, freshman Taryn Munoz stepped in and won 16 games with an <*amed mn average of less than one. Munoz recorded six wins, one save and struck out 52 batters in 38 innings in district play, including a no-hitter in her first district gameSee SOFTBALL/3A advantage of the opportunity, Vivroux employees moved Ut a new location in the Market Place May 19. The store is having its grand opening this weekend. The new store has 1,000 square feet more space, bet* ter parking and tietter access from the road. “Traffic was awful,” Rowland said and, although the store is a favorite of local s|>orts teams, it always was difficult to get business in there. When Sandy Fontana of Cafe Fontana’s found out Starbucks Coffee Company was looking to open a store in New Braunfels, she said she was worried. See STARBUCKS/3A Inside Abby 4A Classifieds AW Comics................. ...............7A Crossword ...............7A Forum ............... ...............5A Movies 4A Obituaries........... ..... ........3A Sports ........1-2B Today ..............2A TV God 38 K«y Co(J© 78 56875 00001 K. JESSIE SLATEN/Horald ZoitungA disappointed Smithson Valley Ranger softball team gathers on the field following a 5-1 loss Friday night to Bryan High School in the 5A state semifinals in Austin. Annexation lawsuit could come to an end By Ron Maloney Staff Writer 'I’lie legal dispute that erupted in 2001 over New Braunfels’ annexation of two subdivisions has been resolved. Residents of Hunters (’reek and Northwoods subdivisions who sued the city over sewer services after they were annexed had until Friday to sign off on a settlement work**! out in mediation between their respective homeowners associations, the city and New Braunfels Utilities. (!ity Attorney (Charles Zech said Friday was the deadline for the signed agreement to Im* delivered to his office, Pending city council's acceptance of its terms, '/ooh said he couldn’t discuss details of flu* agreement, Friday. “We’ll have an executive session Monday Ut discuss it,’ he said. City Manager Charles Pin to confirmed tin* agreement is on Monday’s agenda, hut also said he couldn’t discuss its terms. “New Braunfels Utilities had it on its agenda (Thursday) night,” Pinto said. “We have it on our agenda Monday. I really can’t say much,” Pinto said. Landmark makeover Facelift project set to mark bandstand’s' I (Kith birthday By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer DAVID INGRAM/! terald Zeltuag Virginia and Dan Janway, visiting from Natalia, take a break on Main Plaza near the bandstand, New Braunfels’ most recognized landmark Around 1938, when George Goepf was alxiut IO years old, fire trucks used to race down to Main Plaza on July 4. TWo groups of five or six fin*men would comjiete to s<*e who could get their hoses ready first the prize, tieing able to spray the other team wit h a blast of water. Tho Main Plaza Band stand in downtown New Braunfels has always been a part of (ioepf’s life. His father started Goept Jewelers in 1925 on the plaza. Although tin* shop moved a few times before settling down at 347 Main Plaza, its always been close to the handstand. Goepf remembers when t he plaza was the huh of the city. When he was in high school, pep rallies were held on the plaza, and he played piccolo and flute in the American Legion Band, which perform**! concerts on the plaza. The handstand was built in 1905 at a watering (dace on Main Plaza. The structure is nearing KXI years old, and the city is considering restoring the handstand for its 100th birthday. Today, visitors to t he handstand see the obvious cracks, chips, swelling and holes in the mostly wood structure. A restoration pro ject would replace rotted See BANDSTAND/3A ;