New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, Nov. 4,1993
Raga aSports Day
District standings for 28-4A toms.
Canyon 9 0
Alamo Heights 6-2-1
New Braunfels 6-3
Kerrville Tivy 2-6
Smithson Vlly 1-7
Canyon 13. Clemens 12 New Braunfels 14. Uvalde 0 Boerne 16, Smithson Valley 15 Alamo Heights 27. Kerrville Tivy 16
Smithson Valley at Canyon. 7:30 p m Alamo Heights at New Braunfels. 7.30 p.m. Uvalde at Boerne, 7:30 p m Clemens at Kerrville Tivy, 7 30 p.m.
Associated Press Top IO Poll
1 Waxahachie (23)
2 Highland Par* (2)
3 La Marque
4 Austin Westlake (1)
6. Plainview (1)
7 A4M Consolidaiec
9 Bay City (1)
10 Waco University
A leo receiving votes Dallas Roosevelt 14; Mesquite Poteet 12. Andrews 10; Jacksonville 9; Silsbee 9; Henderson 8; New Braunfels Canyon
6, West Orange-Stark 6; Pampa 3; Denison 2; LiDerty-Eyiau 1; Sulphur Springs 1.
Spons Editor Rcharti Tijenna * a voting member of the AP Poll. This is how he voted: 1 Wananachie; 2. Highland Park. 3. Westlake; 4 La Marque. 5 Stephenville. 6 Plainview; 7. New Braunfels Canyon; 8 AAM Consolidated. 9. CC Caia)len;lO Bay City;
This weak's NFL schedular
Buffalo at New England Dever at Cleveland LA Ra>oers at Chicago Miami at NY Jets NY Giants at Dallas Philadelphia at Phoenn Pittsburgh at Cincinnal San D ego at Minnesota Seattle at Houston Tamoa Bay at Detroit Indianapolis at Washington
(MONDAY): Green Bay at Kansas City OFF Atonia. LA Rams. New Orleans. San Francisco
■ MONTANA OUT Joe Montana wit mot play in Kansas City's game Monday night against Green Bay. coach Marty Schottenneimer said Dave Kneg will start in his place Montana, wno has appeared in only half of the 28 quarters the Chiefs have played, last week re injured a hamstring that he hurt Oct 3 Montana sat out practice Wedneoay and the Chiefs signed rooke, quarterback Alex Van Pen who graduated from San Antonio Churchill High School, to their practice squad
■ HAGER TO START Former University of Texas linebacker Britt ager will start at middle linebacker Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Phoenix Cardinals Hager gets his chance oecause Byron Evans broke his right forearm in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowooys
■ NFL REJECTS CHILDRESS' FACT A new
four-year. $8 9 million contract negotiated between the Houston Oilers and defensive lineman Ray Childress reportedly is oemg rejected by the NEI The Houston Chronicle, quoting a league source, reported Wednesday the NFL will not approve the deal signed Sept 3 oecause it contains a right of first refusal clause Such a clause is invalid unless a player s contract has expired When Childress signed, he had a year remaining on his current pact
Tuaada/a Claes 4A Bi-diefrict Results
Canyon def. Round Rock McNeil. 17-19. 15-1.15-5
Austin Westlake Oaf Boerne. 15 5,1S9
■ C0UGARETTES SET TO PLAY SATURDAY: Canyon will play Waco Mxfcvay Saturday at 2 p m at Round Rock High School for the area championship match in the Class 4A state playoffs
HERALD-ZEITUNG CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Raautts of th# Fraternal Order of Eagles Scramble Golf Tournament:
The team of Charlie Smith, Vt re*- Velez, Al Hememeyer and Marian Fox fired an 11-urtder par 61 to win first place The four-torn# of Pat Acheson, David Cook. Clarence Zmkgraf and Alice Simpson scored a respectable 8 under par 64 to win second place Ed Chnstopner won the prize for nearest to the pm on Hole No 7, and Ray Me Uke hit his tee shot on Hole No 12 eight feet from the hole to win another prize.
Van Kleef, Brooke win T and F
Virgie Van Kleef and Dorothy Brooks tach shot a 31 to win the T and F tournament sponsored by the Lands Ladies Golf Association Mazme Reitbig won second with a 34 and Edna Guttery came in third with a 35 Jane Lee placed fourth with a 36 and borh Jan Mag nu son and Marjorie Kierk came in fifth with 37sMESKEWant to cause a headache? Try merging Isaac Mesa and Brett Zaeske into one player.
By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor_
One is a dominant force at noseguard, wreaking havoc on offensive schemes. The other is a quick, mobile aggressive linebacker, always in the middle of the action with a flair for the big play.
Isaac Mesa and n Brett Zaeske arc Zaeske
Nos. I and 2 in team tackles for Canyon, which has enjoyed a defensive revival in 1993 and is one of the major reasons the Cougars are 9-0 heading into Friday's Comal Bowl game with Smithson Valley.
But put the two together, and you'd get the best of both worlds.
Mesa and Zacskc combined for 33 tackles to lead the Cougars in their 13-12 win over Clemens last Friday which clinched the District 28-4A championship. The Cougar seniors have been named the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Co-Defensive Players of the Week.
Zacskc had the game saving play on Clemens' last offensive play of the game On fourth-and-six at the Cougar 14-yard line, Clemens was on the verge of winning the game with one minute remaining. Opting to stay away from kicking in the wind, Clemens went for the pass instead.
Quarterback Brannon Smith tried to hit Cecil Sorsby on a slant into the end /one, but Zacskc knocked it
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Isaac Mesa (74) has terrorized quarterbacks all season long, as has linebacker Brett Zaeske. The two are the leading tacklers for a Canyon defense which has limited opponents to just 8.4 points a game.
down at the five-yard line, securing the Canyon win.
Mesa broke through the line to put initial pressure on Smith, and Zacskc was there for the bat down. But ask both of them about their fourth-down heroics and you'll get a different story, Zacskc actually tried for the interception, but couldn't hold on, and Mesa wasn't quite sure what down it
It was typical Mesa weather at Clemens — cold, wet and windy, and everything hurt when you hit it. The conditions may have played havoc with offensive game plans, but the Cougar defense thrived.
"All I needed was my kind of weather," said Mesa, who has successfully made the move from defen
sive end to noseguard this season. "Our offense had some bad breaks, and the coaches told us we were going to have to step it up.”
Step it up they did. The two disrupted the Clemens game plan so much that the Buffaloes began to double team Mesa, who ended with 19 tackles and one sack.
"You have to account for (Mesa)
inside because he's always making something happen," Canyon coach Larry Nowotny said. "They had to double him, which created problems because that freed Zaeske up a bit to go up to the ball. They really complement each other."
It was the second huge play Zaeske has made on a fourth down this year. Against New Braunfels, the linebacker stuffed a short-yardage play up the middle.
But his knockdown of Smith's pass was crucial. During the time out preceding the play, Zaeske said the Cougars prepared for a pass play.
"I watched the quarterback's eyes and saw the tight end coming across," Zaeske said. "I played under it. I tried to pick it off, but I dropped it. I mostly just wanted to get in front of it. It's probably the biggest play I've made this year."
Zaeske leads the Cougars with 126 tackles from the middle linebacker position. This is his first year in the middle, having played at outside last year. Defensive coordinator Tom Rosser switched Zacskc to middle this year to replace Johnny Schaas, who led the Cougars in tackles last season.
Zaeske has thrived ever since.
"That was a tremendous move for Brett," Nowotny said. "He's our most mobile linebacker and he reads offenses so well. He’s got a fine nose for the football. At least once a ballgame, he's going to have one of those great hits."
Clemens converted two-of-five fourth downs last Friday, but Zaeske and Mesa stopped the most important. The two have combined to put the roar back in the Cougar defense.
Cougarettes have the tools and 'tilde to go far in this year's playoffs
Two times this district season, the Canyon Cougarettes pinned their ears back after losing a game and took care of business.
They did it again Tuesday night, dropping a first-game thriller 17-19 to Round Rock McNeil, then dispatching the Lady Mavericks 15-1,
15-5 th c rest of the way It looked as easy as buttering your bread, and it's a testament to Donna Bochlc and her Cougarcncs, who have blended just the right amount of
talent and attitude this year to make them serious threats in the Class 4A picture.
Their playoff road continues Saturday, when they play Waco Midway at Round Rock High School. The 2 p m match was secured yesterday when all three schools agreed to the time and venue. Now all the Cougarettes have to do is show up and take care of business again.
What makes the Cougarcncs so dangerous is their attitude. Even after losing that first game heartbreaker to McNeil, it was Canyon, not Round Rock, which seemed more loose before the start of the second game
It made a difference. Courtney Daffin was smiling and joking with Courtney Caddcll and Kristi Welch as both teams took to the court for the second game.
That kind of care free attitude isn't new for Canyon The Cougarettes' practices are a combination of hard work and good times. Bochlc puts the team through vigorous workouts, but the girls always seem to have a smile on their faces, and if you listen hard enough, you can hear a joke being cracked every now and then
Boehle said she stopped trying to win volleyball matches a long time ago. Now Ste concentrates on having fun. That kind of attitude has drifted down throughout the Cougarctte roster, and it shows.
Canyon's roster is filled with the right attitude to make it a winner.
Having the talent doesn’t hurt either. The two go hand in hand for the Cougarettes, and it has made all the difference in 1993.
(Richard Tijerina is spons editor for the New Braunfels llerald-Zeiiung)
NB Boosters honor players
The New Braunfels Booster Club will honor all three football teams and their parents Nov 8 at 6:45 p m The meeting will be held in Room ll 17, and afterward the game film from the Alamo Heights varsity football game will be shown
Barry’s Under Pass Saloon is co-sponsoring a hunting contest with the Canyon Lake Archery Club. Categories include: Comal County (Heaviest Buck, Most Points, Widest Horn Spread and Heaviest Doe), All Counties (Heaviest Buck, Most Points, Widest Horn Spread and Heaviest
Doc), 12-and-under (Best all around buck), 65-and-ovcr (Best all around buck), Mule Dccr-any state (Best all around), Hog Contest (Heaviest Hog), Turkey Contest (Longest bearded turkey), Beard Growing Contest (Hest Looking,
Sunning lest). Arm Wrestling Championships (Heavyweight - 201+, middleweight - 151-200, and lightweight - up to 150). and Womens' Division (all around open)
There is no entry fee. and entncs should be brought in to be measured and weighed For more information, call 625-1223.
Heart Beat Aerobics
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreations Dept is sponsoring an ongoing "Heart Beat Aerobics" class at Landa Park Recreation Center. All fitness levels arc welcome. For more information, call 608-2167
Golf tourney scheduled
Cedar Branch No. 8886, local fraternal order of Lutheran Brotherhood, is sponsoring a golf tournament for Heather and Misty Lester, the two little girls who suddenly lost their mother. It will take place Nov. 20 at Woodlands Golf Club in Canyon Lake, and will be a four-member team scramble. For more information, call 620-0131.
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