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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas SAO Herald-Zeitung o Wednesday, November 8,1995Sports Day Local briefs Canyon freshman Kyle Swift lives up to his name Kyle Swift, a Canyon High School freshman, ran a personal best time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds at the UIL Regional Cross Country meet this past week. Swift placed 24th overall in the three-mile race at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Last week Swift took fourth place at the District 28-4A meet in Lockhart. f : « Tour de Gruene bicycle * classic to pedal into town ■ The 12th annual Tour de Gruene Bicycle * Classic begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday Nov. ■ 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Gruene ; Historic District. The scenic 26 and 36-mile ; recreational bicycle tour and 26-mile team • trial race winds through the Texas Hill : Country along the beautiful Guadalupe • River. ; . A celebrity race, antique and classic ; bicycle show also are scheduled at Gruene ; Hall. ; Registration is $12,before the race or ‘"$15 on the day of the race. Team registra-, tion is $24 per team or $30 day of race per :Team, and $20 per team for collegiate entries. I The first 200 registrants will receive a : free Wurstfest ticket. For more information, ;<all Tom Sickmann, at (210) 826-0177. f Heavy Dream still too good : for Bucks HOUSTON (AP) — Even a relatively !_out-of-shape Hakeem Olajuwon was too !-.much for the Milwaukee Bucks. I* Olajuwon scored 26 points and Clyde !. Drexler had 26 points and 12 rebounds ^“Tuesday night as the Houston Rockets • used their* familiar 1-2 punch and some • dogged defense in a 106-89 victory over • the Milwaukee Bucks. • “Defense is the foundation that carries J you through the nights you don’t shoot the - ball well," said Rockets coach Rudy J Tomjanovich, whose team held the Bucks ~~to 38 percent shooting and had 11 steals. “I did like seeing our defensive field-goal - percentage as low as it was." Olajuwon’s performance left him with 19,970 career points. He could become the 21st player to reach the 20,000-point plateau tonight when Houston plays at Miami. It’s almost impossible to tell by watching him, but Olajuwon is still working himself into playing condition after missing the entire preseason with a sore back and elbow surgery. In the news The New Braunfels girls’ cross country team has but one step remaining in its quest to become the first team ever to win three state titles. Coach Noel Hansen brings a talented group runners — including four seniors, a junior and two sophomores — to the state meet Saturday in Georgetown where they will aim for an unprecedented third straight championship. “For the seniors on the team, it means they have the chance to be on all three state title teams,” Hansen said. “That’s saying a lot about that group.” Amber Wenzel, Kelly Koksma, Usa Weltzer and Kelly Clark are the seniors who are aiming for the triple crown. Their experience and team depth will give them an edge this year. “We’ve been running and working together for three years now, and we’re focused on finishing with another title.” said Koksma. “We’re confident, not cocky. We have a chance to do something no other cross country team has done.” Supporting that senior unit are junior Bethany Carl and sophomores Christina Williams and Karin Meder. This season the Unicorns have taken first place in seven of nine meets, including last week’s dominance at regionals. “The special thing about this team is that different girls have stepped it up when others were out with injuries or other setbacks,” Hansen said. “They’ve really come through for each other and are very much a team. Not since A&M Consolidated captured three state championships in a span of four years in the early 1980s has a girls’ cross country team been as dominant as New Braunfels. The key for the Unicorns on Saturday will be their ability to conquer the hilly terrain. “It’s the toughest course we’ll run this year but we’ve been there, and we know what to expect,” Koksma said. Subvarsity football report From staff reports Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL NBHS seniors Amber Wenzel and Kelly Koksma have helped the team to its third straight1 at the state cross country meet They try for the title again on Saturday in Georgetown. Canyon JV 40, Lockhart JV 16 The Canyon Cougar junior varsity improved to 7-2 on the season and 3-1 in district by defeating Lockhart 40-16. The Cougars scored on all four possessions in the first half, starting with an 80-yard drive. Jamaal Sargent capped the drive with a four-yard run, and Canyon led 6-0. In the second quarter Canyon added to the lead by scoring three touchdowns which were set up by the defense. The Cougars sacked Lockhart’s punter on a fake punt, causing a fumble that was recovered by Sean Stockwell on the 30-yard line, and Trey Weeks intercepted a pass. Both turnovers led to short touchdown runs by John Aguirre. The third touchdown came on a 25-yard pass hopi Brian Behrend to Brian Jung. Sargent had scored twice on two-point conversion runs, and the Cougars went up 28-0 at halftime. The third quarter saw Lockhart answer with a 70-yard scoring tun to make it 28-6. Canyon scored early in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard run by Sargent. Frank Mitchell set up the score with a fumble recovery on a kickoff. The defense held Lockhart to six first downs. Except for the long run, the Lions never posed a scoring threat during the game. Rookie Chapa, Lee Rigby, Frank Mitchell and Jeramy Hill led the defense. ■ Deadlocked at 6-6 after two quarters, the Cougar freshman team exploded for 27 unanswered points in the second half for a 33-6 victory over the Lockhart Lions. Canyon (8-0,4-0) used a Jonathon Meurin fumble recovery to mount a first quarter scoring drive capped by Zach Peterson’s three yard touchdown run. The Lions responded with an interception return to the one yard line where they pushed it in and tied the score al 6-6. Steven Sowers-by blocked the extra point kick as the half ended. Canyon opened the third quarter witha 75-yard drive that ended with Orlando Mesa carrying in from 12 yards. Sowersby recovered the ensuing kickoff and once again it was Mesa from five yards out for an 18-6 Canyon lead. Not to be outdone, Meurin recovered the next kickoff which led to a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jason Hunt to Meurin. Hunt hit Reed Boyd for the two point conversion. The final score came on a 65-yard drive. Chris McCaw rushed seven times in that drive and scored on a six-yard run. Randy Ott kicked the extra point to close it out. Mark Noble, Steven Brockman and Boyd led the Cougars’ defense. Hays JV 26, Smithson Valley 6 The Smithson Valley junior varsity team dropped to 6-3 on the season after a 26-7 loss to Hays. The Rebels used the wind to their advantage to control the ball and clock, which kept the Ranger offense off the field. Jeff Shinn was the defensive standout for Smithson Valley. Travis Blount scored the Rangers’ only touchdown on an eight yard pass from Bert Nauman. The reception was one of several clutch grabs by Blount. ■ The Smithson Valley freshman team fell to Hays 27-8. Mark Coleman scored the Rangers’ lone touchdown, and Seneca Woods added the two point conversion. Running back Chris Cody had the play of the game with a 60 yard run in the final minutes. The Rangers next take on New Braunfels on Thursday. New Braunfels JV 25, Bastrop 6 The New Braunfels junior varsity team coasted to a 25-6 win over Bastrop. PA. Vargas scored on a six-yard run, and Kliff Kingsbury kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The margin stretched to 25-0 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kingsbury to Joe Sosa, and two 3-yard touchdown runs by Vargas and Kingsbury. The first score was set up by Jesse Hinojosa’s blocked punt, and the second came after a Justin Vogt interception return. Bastrop scored the lone touchdown of the second half as both offenses could muster few drives while battling a fierce wind. Jon Wilson, John Zengler Juan Herrera and Josh Salge spearheaded the Unicom offensive attack. Cupe Adams, Josh Schindler, Jesse Herrera, Brian Masch, Vogt and Mike Williams were the defensive standouts. ■ The Unicom freshman team, sparked by an 85-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff, shutout Bastrop 24-0. Mike Chapa broke away on the big play to get things going. Tommy Taylor kicked the first of his three extra points to make it 7-0. Following a fumble recovery, Taylor booted a 32-yard field goal to go up 10-0. Jason Gilstrap intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Chapa again got loose and scored on a 60-yard punt return to close out the scoring for the Unicorns. For most of the season coaches have harped that District 28-4A featured two of the best volleyball teams in the area, possibly in the state. With their latest step in the state playoffs, the New Braunfels Unicorns and Canyon Cougarettes are living up to that claim. The two district powers cruised past their regional semifinal opponents on Tuesday night, setting up a district clash this Saturday for the regional quarterfinals championship. The time and place will be determined later today. New Braunfels (25-5) easily handled Edcouch-Elsa, the District 32-4A champion 15-5,15-5 in Calallen, while Canyon disposed of Roma in two games 15-5,15-11. The Cougars (28-4) used 37 kills to overpower the Gladiators at the net. Shannon Young was the big weapon, getting 12 kills. Lesa Porter added 11 smashes and Tiffany Wiedner had seven. Kim Brunette controlled the offensive tempo and pitched in 31 assists. Jinny Barranco led the team with 15 digs, followed by Elizabeth Weisman’s 14 digs. The Cougars served 93 percent in game. Canyon coach Donna Bochle said the playoff matchup with New Braunfels is not surprising. “I’ve said all along that this is one of the premier volleyball districts in the state,” Boehle said. “These are two great teams that will be battling it out on Saturday.” In two district meetings this season, New Braunfels has won both games against Canyon. Against Edcouch-Elsa on Tuesday, the Unicorns took advantage of their height and pounded the Yellowjackets with 23 kills. Jill Evans and Kristi Lindeman led the way with eight spikes each. Erin Baetge and Shawn Lindsey had six kills apeice, and Shelley Breakwater knocked down two. The Unicom atttack was guided by setter Haley Helmley who had a team-high 19 assists. Eric Walther and Jessica Barney added IO assists. Brandi Chapman led in digs with 16, followed by Walther with 13 and Lindeman with 12. Coach Phyllis Fowler said patience was the key to overcoming the methodical Yellowjackets. “Going in we knew we didn’t want to get into long points with them because that’s their strength,” Fowler said. “We avoided that and made them play our style of volleyball.” Pan Am coach awaits decision EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Mark Adams, basketball coach at the University of Texas-Pan American, must wait at least two more weeks for a hearing on his request that a judge force the school to permanently reinstate him. John Tippit, Adams’ attorney, said Tuesday a hearing scheduled before State District Judge Homer Salinas for Friday won’t be held until at least the week of Nov. 20 because of a scheduling conflict with the state attorney general’s office. Adams was reassigned to an assistant’s athletic director’s post in September when the NCAA handed down six charges of major violations within the men’s basketball program. The university has until Nov. 17 to respond to the charges. Adams has denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly asked for reinstatement. UTPA president Miguel Nevarez has said he wants to wait to take further action until after the NCAA completes its investigation. But Salinas last Friday granted Adams a temporary restraining order enabling him to return as head coach of the Broncs. -Sports Day SpTo talk with Sports -Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-3144. ext. 24. The Press “The bridge is down, burned, disappeared. There’s not even a canoe for me.” J — Cleveland Browns owner Art Model! on the chance that he will keep the team in Cleveland if a new stadium is built. Mavericks off to strong start DALLAS (AP) — When Jim Jackson looked across the court at the Vancouver Grizzlies, there was a sense of familiarity in seeing 12 guys — a bunch of castoffs and some draft picks — trying to play as a team The Dallas Mavericks used to be that way, especially when Jackson arrived. He endured two seasons of it before Jason Kidd joined them last year and started to : turn things around. The Mavericks started the season with ; two victories and had every reason to believe it would beat the expansion ; Grizzlies Yet Jackson, remembering what ; it feels like when everyone expects you to ; lose, knew his team had to play hard to J win. Dallas came out sharp and quickly ; deflated Vancouver, then the starters ; went to the bench and the reserves ; picked things up even more en route to a ; 99-88 victory Tuesday night that was ; hardly that close. • 4 j Astros owner changes mind ; on foam status HOUSTON (AP) — Astros owner ; Drayton McLane Jr. continues to send out I conflicting signals about whether the ; National League club will stay or move ; elsewhere. McLane met for 90 minutes Tuesday ; with Houston mayor Bob Lanier in an J ongoing attempt to gauge fan support for I the National League baseball team if they I remain in Houston I Defensive stars highlight district’s weekly honors Unicorns take aim at history Canyon, NB set for state playoff clash By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Touchdowns were few and far between in week six of the District 28-4A race. Take away Canyon’s 49-point explosion, and the other five district teams scored a combined 28 points. No surprise that the latest gridiron kudos land on the defensive side of the ball. Putting forth standout performances, Canyon linebacker Justin Dunlap, New Braunfels tackle Klint Kingsbury and Smithson Valley safety Brian Henderson garnered Player of the Week honors from the Herald-Zeitung. Dunlap, a 5-9,170-pound outside linebacker, racked up a team-high 16 tackles and a sack as the Cougars shut out the Lockhart Lions 49-0 and clinched a playoff spot. A senior and three-year starter, Dunlap made two key plays in the first quarter. Trailing 14-0, Lockhart had a first and goal at the four yard line when Dunlap knocked running back Nut Rashid for a two-yard loss on first down, then recorded a sack two plays later on third and goal. The Cougars then blocked a field goal attempt to deny the scoring threat. The series established Canyon’s defen- |gint Kingsbury sive tone for the night. It let the Lions know they were going to have a tough time scoring, Canyon coach Larry Nowot-ney said. “Justin came up with two big plays on that series,” Nowotny said. “He’s been playing that way all season long. He’s a heads-up kid with a wealth of experience and dedication, just an extremely valuable player to our team.” Dunlap, a member of the Canyon powerlifting team, is the Cougars’ second-leading tack- He has caused two fumbles and notched nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage. As a two-way player he sees full-time action on defense and alternates at guard on offense. His academic achievments are equally impressive. Kingsbury is ranked sixth in his senior class with a IOO. 32 GPA and isa member of the National Honor Society. Henderson, a 6-0,180-pound strong safety, led the Rangers defense with 12 tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 14-7, last-second loss to Hays. The senior added to his team-leading 92 tackles on the season. He also has an interception and has broken up five passes. “Brian is an impact player for us on defense,” Ranger coach Larry Hill said. “We give out weekly award for biggest hit in a game and he’s taken it at least three times this season.” A two-year starter, Henderson also fills in on offense at tight end and special teams. By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor By THOMAS GODLEY Spats Edita ler with 66, including three stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also has two sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Kingsbury led a stifling defensive outting against Bastrop in a 74) Brian Henderson loss last Friday. The 6-3,220-pound senior was tough in the trenches, making four tackles and registering a sack and a quarterback pressure as the Unicorns held the Bears’ high-powered offense to 82 yards on 31 lushes. Bastrop quarterback Tenry Taylor, the state’s No. 4 passer, face pressure all night and completed only five passes in 13 attempts. Kingsbury, a two-year letterman and son of head coach Tim Kingsbury, is the Unicorns’ second-leading tackler with 62 on the season. ( t ;