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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Page 8 Thursday, November 7, 1991 Unicorns start playoffs today NB faces Churchill in I st round By JOE BELK Sports Editor The New Braunfels Unicom volley hall team opens the 5 A state playoffs today, in a bidistnci match with Churchill. The teams meet at 7 p.m. at Alamo Stadium, with the 25-5A runner up Unicorns taking on the 26-5 A champion Chargers. *. There is also a football game at Alamo Stadium tonight, and New Braunfels Coach Claudia Perry stressed that Unicom fans in search of choice parking should arrive early Tickets for the volley ha! I match are S3 for adults and S2 for students. * Perry said she saw Churchill play Providence in a warm-up match, and dial the Unicom players have previously seen the Chargers play. “We’re familiar with their style of play, and their strengths and shortcomings, which we hope to take advantage of.” she said “I thought fthe Providence match) wa* a wcll-played match on the pan of both iPP'T'K, ” She said the Churchill team, which ha* only lost to District 28-5A powers Park and Jay. had an unusual arengih. I “You don’t say this very often, but jfrohably their strong point was their serving ’’ Perry said “It wasn’t that they were awesome, speed-of-light serves They can place then anywhere they want to. arid they have u good variety of serves. “(Against Provident*), they missed one serve in two games We definitely need to have a strong serving performance ” Although the Chargers have two tall hitters. Perry believes the tall Unicom team matches up well with them. “I’m really encouraged, after watching their defense at the net, about our hitting matchup,’’ she said “Our defense and size at the net will he a big asset,’’ She said getting started early will be a priority, as the momentum will definitely go to the first-game w inner. “I think the first game will be era cial,’’ she said “I think we’re closely enough matched that whichever team (wins the first game) will have a big advantage.’’ Churchill’s two hest hitters primar ily hit out of the middle. One of those is the talented Andrea Williams, and the other is a hitter w ho teams up with the Charger setter for some well-cxecutcd plays. “I think our mobility at the net is going to he very important, especially few be middle blockers, because they hit from so many different places,*’ Perry said. “They don’t set predominantly to any one location, so we have to stay real mobile on our blocking ” Perry said the Unicorns arc fired up about the match, and she believes they arc the type of team with the ability to do well in the playoffs. “We re ready — they can’t wait,” she said of the Unicom players. “It ought to be a real j^ood match. “I think that we haven't peaked yet, I think there's more left.” she said. “I ve got a kit of respect for (Churchill) - they’re a perennial playoff learn But from '%hat I vc seen. I think we have a good cham e ’* New Braunfels’ Meredith Hardeman passes the ball during an earlier match this season, with teammate Shealynn Kiesling preparing to hit from the outside The Unicorns begin the playoffs today at 7 p rn at Alamo Stad'um, in a ^district match with 26 5A champion Churchill Riders check out NRSA seeks possible WLAF camp sites By JOE BELK Sports Editor The San Antonio Riders are currently involved in searching for training camp sites for other World League of American Football teams along the Interstate 35 corridor, with a team official mentioning New Braunfels as a possible site. Riders public relations director Bob Hyde said the idea of locating the camps along the corridor is very much in the planning stages, with several potential obstacles in its way. What team officials are doing now, he said, is a “feasibility study” of prospective locations. New Braunfels is among those potential locations, with New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools the most likely training sites. “This is several weeks away from materializing,’’ Hyde said, adding thai the Riders will know more after an upcoming WLAF meeting. “We’re still compiling information and putting together a report (to present to the league).’’ The largest obstacle to the project, he said, is the WLAF’s hope to locate all of the training camps in Florida What the Riders would prefer is to put themselves and three other teams along the corridor, possibly in New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin. The camps will be in February 1992, running approximately four to Ovc weeks. 8m RIDERS, Fag* 9Coogs host Bastrop in finale SY hopes to play spoiler at Hays By JQC BELK Sparta Editor After not scoring in its first two district football games, Smithson Valley has responded with two Prang efforts in a raw. Coach Joe Matulich said the Rangers are going for three. “We’re shooting for a winning season,” Matulich said, noting that Smithson Valley can clinch its firp-eva winning season with a victory at Hays on Friday at 7:30 pjn The Rangers, after playing a strong game in a losing effort against Clemens two weeks ago, improved lo 4-4-1 on the season lap Friday with the school’s first victory against Canyon in the history of the Comal Bowl. “Beating Canyon sure helped ow morale. It kind of helped ta Im wack to finally gat a pay check,” Matulich said. “A lot of good things have happened — we’ve played pretty well offensively the last two weeks and defensively, we played well against Canyon." Smithson Valley isn’t the only team with a goal in the season finale, however, as Hays can clinch a playoff spot with a win. The Rebels were helped by Bastrop’s forfeit of a 26-4A win against them, and Hays then helped itself with a win lap week at Lockhart. Hays could still go to the playoffs with a loss, but only if Clemens also defeated Lockhart. Otherwise, the Rebels would hope for a Lockhart win — as they would advance as the district champion ahead of the Lions but not the Buffaloes. “B's a big game for them," Matulich said. "They’re sitting better thai anyone else." He said that knocking off Hays won't be easy, as the Rebels have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. “They’re quick with good skill kids, and defensively they’re pretty quick and pretty physical," be said. "Hays has a good team but you don’t hear much abow them — lap yea, they went 8-2 and missed the playoffs “ He said the Rebels' shutout win a Lockhart was very imprestve, although the normally-potent Lions hurt themselves with a lot of turnovers. Hays’ top offensive threw is quarterback Jamay Whitlock, who also lines up w running back coca-sionaUy and is a threat on the pitch. Bae RAMOSRSi Fttga • Rivalry no effect on playoff picture By JOE BELK bporla Editor The Canyon Cougars last opponent of the football sea von will also be the toughest one — rn fact Canyon Coath lorry No worn y compares it to a David arid Goliath situation “They’re the big guys who have (beaten everyone all season,, and we’re the little guys struggling and fighting Nowocny said “We need a few. stones to thro*, I think Canyon hops Bastrop at 7:30 pm. in the last game of the year — possibly for both teams The visiting Bears are .jot ranked and undefeated on the field, hut they km games to Hays and Lockhart because of an ineligible player. Bastrop does bring remote playoff chances into Cougar Stadium, but the Bears need help from both Smithson Valley and Lockhart to have a chance al the playoffs Although Bastrop s playoff chances are uncertain one Mare thing about the Bears is their quality. “They re probably the best (team; that s been around nere in a whale,' ’ Nowotny said * ‘The difference f rom last year is that (fullback Anthony) Hubbard's been healthy and they’re older this year offensively and have more experience ” The Bears possess depth on both sides of the ball, ever auh losing a platooning tailback to ineligibility Bastrop also has both speed and siut, and No*ouiy said die Bear. play very aggressively One dung thai stands out so hun. however, a the size and quality of the offensive line “They've got everything you need in a great football team,*’ he said ’ Only one guard is our size. ever yone else outweighs us by a least 20 pounds He said with Bastrop * tight formation anti pent jinni for running, a’s no surprise what the Bears tmpC to do “They come right rn you,” Nowotny said “They duo* may ne four times a game, and dials only if diey have to They'Ll try lo get the cheap big play when you get too much rn rhydtrn defensively " Dc offensive standout for the learn is Hubbard with the sensor fullback having rusted for mort than 1,400 yards this season — third in dc suae in 4A. He had broken dc 100-yard mark in cacti of dc first eight weeks before Clemens he id urn to 95 ut a kiss last week To put lf tai in perspective, however, the Bear defense limned dc Buffaloes to 77 total yards Also having a tug game for Bastrop was Darryii Black, who rusted for mort than IOO yards in (us first game at running back Black, who had beat Bastrop * quarterback, mu*cd uj tailback after the ineligibility. Adrian Ca*ulleja is now the Bastrop quanerbac i "They don’t lose an/dung with (CasuUejay in dc bail game.” Now cany sard “He may have a better arm char Black “ Blacks move to running back potentially sucugbcned dc team, Nowotny sasd, as the quarterback in dc Bear system dues nu carry dc bail frequently. “He's a very skilled, quick kid -• he mark dc play to put them ahead of us last year aid just froze tnt. ’ ’ Nowouty sasd of Black “They haven t lost anydung, aud they may be better with hun rn there " Nowotny sasd he doesn’t Iecl dc temptation lo pull ut* the stops and try a lu of trek plays ut dc gar ic * ‘This is when you want to lake fewer chances and play it closer to the cuff.” he said “We've got to play good p iff id fundamental football against these guys "We don I want lo go out there arid duo* caution lo the Probable starters Praddle Marling fenr-jp- tor Canyon vs Bastrop Canyon or FE CSE IT KaSy Kincaid (Jr 235 LG -MSW Johnson fSopb 220) Cr-Pay PoanriKft IS’ 181) RG Connie Thomas (Jr 165: RT - Drew Ret KH# son (J? 222) CMS Roc -Enc Watson (Sr, 153) Oms Mac —Tony Palacios (Jr, 155) ms Pee - Anthony Bueno (Sr 130), ms Rec Mig.#- Mer So* 7 fSr 155). OB -Merry Robie* (Jr 143) SB P J Riey (Jr 148| eXw Jeremy McESoy (Sr. 155) DEFENSE DE Michael Bed (Sr 187) NG Jose Cat tao (Sr 205). DT—• Cody beirnt#nag*- (So*#    220) DE —Miguel Mariner (Sr, 165); CLB Ste** Coaching (Sr 170) MLB Johnny Settees (Jr. 171), WLB Rodngo Rodriguez (Sr 155; SS—Radge* Meet (Sr 175) eR «/Kn*ien Melon (Sr. 145) CB Denny Orb/ (Soph 135) CB Met* MIM (Jr. 155); ES-Trey Den#. (Jr 155) Bastrop OFFENSE SE Urniy JOI visor i (S' IIC). T Darter Pne* (Sr 260). G— Jason Mouse* (Sr 212) G da* Pearson (Sr 215),G Rey Chow reed (Jr 210) T Meeter Enon (Sr 234) OB Carter Cellae)! (Jr. t WB Parred Beman (Jr 182 TB Derry* Blae# (Sr 161).FB WI VK# IJT Hubbard (Sr 181) DEFENSE DT Cr mg Feu* tor, (Sr 233) DT- Ear: Spurtoc* (Sr 230) arid Rape Gonzales iJr ISO) NG Dane* Cater* (Jr 230) ILB Afear Warier. (Sr. 190) LB WCwr Rood (Sr 185/ OLA Bornan Bor. lord (Sr 202; CLB Jan .et FranMbn (Sr IUD) DB -Odaviout McFarland (Soph 165) arid Tommy Written* (Jr 155) DB Enc Cai roarer (Sr 180). SS Dante! Written* (V 162) ES Dart#? Wat'Mogior (Jr 180) wind, and do a lot of crazy stuff to take us out of dc hail game lie said ’ So long as we re sound and get after it, if we car keep the dung within reason, somebody making a big play will be dc difference in dc ganc ** Defensively, Bastrop low everyone bul dc strong safety from ar: ail-world secondary All of dc linebackers and ends returned, ti lough, and dc Bean fie vt maintained a strong defense — before district, bey led dc slate rn fewest yards allowed and remain among dc leaders at 151 yards per game “Defensively, dc) wert really glee at dc beginning of me year Nowotny said ’They’ve given up mort in district don tic) did ai da beginning of tic year Overall, they’re jus* as good defensively as dcy were last year." Ik said controlling dc tempo of dc game is a key, as cid cr wise dc contest may move faster dian Canyon is accustomed Ur Hey’ll speed us 141 where we’lJ I lave to play at a level quicker bar: what we normally do," he said “(rood foot bali lean* do bus We've got to uy to slow dc gamc down, to try lo cc#moi die tempo of be game to our speed ” With quarterback Many Robles coining off a good game against Srrubison Valley, Nowotny said be Cougars have be potential to score sure porno if be receivers uath be bai!, lf we’re on target, we’ve got be potential for some really big plays,* he saai ”1 feel real comfortable wib) our offensive preparation ’’ Ile offense, be said, will have to move be ball lo keep Basuop 1 offense and < anyon’s defense off be field, and be Cougar defense will need lo respond when it is on be field We re just a struggling defensive team ~ we've got to Bm COOGAN* Fags 9 By JOT BELK Sport* Fdttor For all interns and purposes, bus week’s ganc against Seguin doesn’t matter much 'He Unicorns will play the sane lean: in be bidistrict playoffs regardless of the outcome, aibtough a victory would give the team momentum going 1 mo be playoffs But New Braunfels Coach lew Simmond* knows bere s a little more to the garre bum buri , “It s be oldest continuous rivalry in be stale, so that makes it a big game.” Ie said. "It’s an old, big rivalry, no question about it ’ But to us and our k ids, it ’» not any bigger bum be rest of bein. Especially playing at South San (when be Bol) CBU were in second place J, that was a big ganc Ara) play mg at McCollum for be district championship fwas big) even ba Nigh we lost ” New Braunfels Luis controlled the series against dc Matadors reccndy, winning be last 11 games of be 63-year, 76 game series fact year, be first uric be learn* were iii a district together since 1976. be Unicorns pummeled Seguin ic a 42-2 game Because Seguin lias nut been extremely competitive against dc Unicorn* of late. be cur rein Unicorn* may Itta find be ganc to be an extremely Big rivalry However, Suiunond* said, dcy att: aware </f ba gan# ’* meaning in a historical contest. “We make bein aware of it,” Ic said “ Ile game flax got enough signify ante, historically, buri diet* kid* know wliat it mean* Hey don’t want to lose ut Seguin bey’vt played bern for six year*, and bey don't like in lute to Seguin We love to play bern — a's a great gatut ii s no* a do or de. bul it definitely is a rivalry ” fie gamt mean* a lot lo Seguin bus Mason, for several reason* New coach < orky Nvl*on who also wa* Utter vewcd by New Braunfels along with longline Ulm ta iiProbable starters Probable starling Sneups for New Braunfels vs SeguinNew Braunfels OFFENSE SE Dennis Bryan (Sr. 140), LT- Matt Pus*ten (Sr. 215), LG Todd Kating (Jr. 205). Cr David Waller (Sr. 185). RO Chria Leat man (Sr, 200). RT -Tito Robledo (Jr, 222), TE Jonathan Ector (Sr. 192). WB James Sargent (Jr, 140). OR Michael Sierra (Soph. 135), FB Shawn Benbrook (Jr. 190), TB Jacob Leos (Sr, 160) DEFENSE NO Sammy Gutierrez (Jr, 160). DT Man Pu sa tar I (Sr. 215), DT Todd Robinson (Sr. 200), OIB Erie Hate (Jr. 170), OIB Out Un Simons (Jr. 180); ILB 8b awn Juries (Jr, 186); ILB Jason Turner (Sr, 170), CB Daniel Cantu (Sr, 160), CB Dennis Bryan (Sr. 140) SS Jays Gar zn (Jr 150). ES Andrew Juarez (Sr, 150)Seguin OFFENSE WR James Medrano (Sr. 155), FL Jacob Gonzales (Jr. 175), LT ChrwtopherBrown(Soph.230).LG John Eweld (Sr, 210). C (.Jayton HoNub (Sr. 190). RO Oscar Reyes (Sr. 215). RT Adrian Davits (Sr. 200), WR Keith McFadden (Sr. 176). TB James Old Said ISr. 190) IR Bobby Jar* Rustling (Sr. 165). OB Hor ay KS chner (Jr, 175) DEFENSE DE Maittiew Writon (Jr. 166), DY Grriie AisobrooAs (Sr, . XI) DI Chrtsfcpiier Brown (Soph 230). DI Adrian DavNa (Br. 200). DT James fJkHwki {tit, 190), DC Kyle Jifeaia (Jr 166) LB Botfey Jai Rushing (Br. 166). LB WNI PNN** (br 176), CB Jon# ti »*n Par null (Soph 166). LM Far ma ti Burrow (Soph. 166) B Daryl Brune (Soph 166) a** 1 star ti Simmond* when iii ii Shelly vac sled be lead coaching (joMti'rti — and be Malar lins Itad hoficd for 4 playoff *|)oi bus season, bul quickly fell out of be post- 1 picture A final ganc victory agam*l playoff bound New Bm UNICORNS, Rags 8 Her ald-Z#/fung, New Braunfels, Texas ;