New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS GAME TIME
New Braunfels, Canyon volleyball teams continue their march toward state with playoff games tonight. Page 6
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10New Braunfels prepares for 10-day party
By Ron Maloney
The Wurst is soon to come!
The 45th annual rendition of New Braunfels’ signature sausage and heritage opens its doors at 4 p.m. Friday with a concert by the Comal Community Band.
The music is followed at 5 p.m. with the annual opening ceremonies that include the traditional “biting of the sausages” by local dignitaries — as though such a comic event could ever be conducted with any pretense toward dignity.
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AT A GLANCE
■ What: Wurstfest
■ When: Friday through Nov. 13
■ Where: Wurstfest grounds, Landa Park
■ Of note: Watch the Herald-Zeitung for highlights and daily schedules throughout the 10-day celebration.
Herb Skoog said the Wurstfest Association was gearing up Wednesday and was ready.
“We’re excited!” Skoog said. “The grounds have been spruced up, the bars are being stocked, the coolers are checked out and we’re ready.”
Beer and soft drink vendors, Skoog said, were blowing out lines and preparing taps.
“Concessionaires are putting finishing touches on their booths. Some are being touched up, and some have been completely remodeled,” he said.
Tents were up, tables and chairs were being set up, and everything was on track for the anticipated opening.
“The carnival rides are set up on the grounds and being spruced up, too,” Skoog said.
New this year is Opa parking built on the former site of the luanda Park volleyball courts at a
cost of $120,000 to replace space lost at the LCRA building.
This year, Suzanne Herbelin said, Wurstfest has done a number of big-ticket upgrades in addition to the new parking. The facility’s iron fencing has been completed, and new paint was put on the Wursthalle roof, rehabbing the giant Wurstfest logo.
The MarketPlatz roof received a new polyfoam coating to address leakage that cost $80,000.
“We’re making a tremendous amount of investment in our facilities and buildings,” Herbelin
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Patty Scheel hangs up hats in her booth inside the MarketPlatz at Wurstfest Wednesday.
By Jessica Sanders
Two years ago, Matt Phillips couldn’t tumble and couldn't cheer. So he was as surprised as everyone else when he became a Unicorn cheerleader.
“I taught myself to tumble in middle school,” he said. “A friend saw me practicing and convinced me to try out for cheerleading.”
Matt, a freshman at New Braunfels High School, is the only male cheerleader at the school. He said a few guys give him a hard time, but most are jealous because they didn’t think of it first.
“He’s probably the best tumbler we have,” said Chesney Tompkins, New Braunfels cheerleading coach.
Matt is one of 25 cheerleaders who will be rooting for the Unicorns during Saturday’s Wurst Bowl against Canyon I ligh School. Though the New Braunfels and Canyon football players will decide the outcome of the match, the cheerleaders also have their work cut out for them.
Canyon’s 31 cheerleaders are busy preparing special stunts and a skit for Friday’s pep rally. 'Though cheering is their main job, they also make spirit signs and gifts for athletes and band members.
Sophomore Amorretta Crayton, a Canyon cheerleader, said she feels that the most important time to hype fans up is before the game.
“I think the signs we hang up really do the most,” she said.
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Canyon cheerleaders Chelsea Kay, left, and Amorretta Crayton rehearse a routine that they will perform during the Wurst Bowl Friday when Canyon meets New Braunfels Unicorns. Below,
Misty Lawrence watches herself and her fellow Unicorn cheerleaders in the mirror while they work out the kinks in a routine they will perform Friday night.
“When people see them in the halls, they get pumped and say,
‘Oh yeah, theres a game this weekend.’”
Amorretta said for Wurst Bowl cheerleaders will hang special signs from Canyon to New Braunfels, decorate the locker rooms and establish a “Bad to the Bone” theme for the pep rally, including a few surprise guests.
Canyon cheerleading co-captain Randi Davis, a senior, said preparing for the pep rally is a lot of work.
Cheerleaders must coordinate any
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— The game means just as much at the JV level
DAYS UNTIL ROCKOFF
NNI VS MMT MMMMLS
m WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
■ WHERE: Unicorn Stadium
■ TICKETS: Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets may be purchased today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CHS; and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CHS. Tickets at the gate will be $6 for adults and $3 for students.
By Will Wright
The stands aren’t as full as would be under the glare of Friday night lights, but the enthusiasm on the football field gleams just as brightly.
For much of the year, the junior varsity teams are there right behind the varsities — prepping players for the next step in the world of high school football. Tonight, bragging rights will mean the same to players from New Braunfels (7-2,4-0 in District 27-4A) and Canyon
AT A GLANCE
■ What: New Braunfels at Canyon JV football game
■ When: 7:30 p.m., today
■ Where: Cougar Stadium
■ Admission: $3 adults; $2 students
(8-0, 4-0), when the two teams compete for the district title at Cougar Stadium.
Both schools’ coaching staffs have a hand in running the junior varsity squads, just as both will run game plans in the big show between the varsity teams Friday
night at Unicorn Stadium.
“I think the only difference between the varsity and subvarsity games is that the stage is not quite as big," Unicorns head coach Chuck Caniford said. “The energy and emotion involved with it is no different than it is at the varsity level."
As it will be in Friday’s contest, these kids will have played with or against each other their entire lives.
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Ashley Furniture opens for business
By Leigh Jones
The first phase of a new business that’s being counted on to help in New Braunfels’ economic growth opens its doors Saturday.
Ashley Furniture HomeStores’ outlet showroom, located at the front of Ashley’s distribution warehouse on FM HOI, will offer discounts on all of the same furniture sold in the company’s traditional stores.
Melissa Sleep, marketing manager for Ashley Furniture HomeStores, described some of the pieces as “gently bruised" but also noted many were simply discontinued items no longer carried in the regular stores.
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LAYING IT ALL ON THE LINE
Football teams arent the only ones in the spotlight
NB man strikes out after third drug conviction
By Ron Maloney
A 34-year-old New Braunfels man who sold narcotics to the same undercover officer three times over 17 years was convicted Wednesday on drug peddling charges and sentenced to 50 years in state prison.
Robert Anthony Villarreal was convicted on first-degree felony charges of possession with intent to deliver just under 26 grams of cocaine and delivery of 7 grams of cocaine in a trial heard by 207th District Court Judge Jack Robison.
Because of the prior drug offense, which occurred in 1988, Villarreal’s two recent offenses, committed in 2002, were first-degree felonies. I Ie faced five to 99 years in state prison.
A Comal County jury convicted Villarreal on Wednesday morning and sentenced him
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