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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels freshman ** > cheerleader Betsey Aguirre. SPORTS COMING SATURDAY Unicorns take aim NB’s plan for Boerne in bidistrict playoff. mfg \ BM* itfgi THE DAILY T-l-C-K-E-T Cougars begin run Canyon travels to Kerrville Thy for 4A-Division ll bidistrict football playoff. Time: 7:30p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) SV faces San Marcos Rangers go into 5A-II football playoff having beaten Rattlers in last three meetings. lime: I p.m. (KNBT-FM 92.1) Unicorns in rematch NR faces Boerne seeking to avenge last year’s loss in 4A-I football playoff. Time: 7 p.m. (KGNB-AM1420) Herald-Zhtung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected], Oklahoma favored in Big 12 men’s basketball race this season KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For words of comfort in these uncertain times, Bill Self and Eddie Sutton can turn to their friend Kelvin Sampson. The way things are now, the Oklahoma coach says, no one’s really a freshman by the time conference action begins. That's good news for Kansas’ Self and Oklahoma State’s Sutton. Kansas and Oklahoma State have, in a matter of months, gone from the most experienced to the most unproven teams in the Big 12, so young they can’t even crack the preseason rank ings. Self’s Jayhawks, the most dominant program during the Big 12’s first nine seasons, have five freshmen, six sophomores and only two seniors. And both seniors arrived as walk-ons. At least Sutton does have one outstanding returnee from last year's 26-7 team in JamesOn Curry, who’ll probably contend for conference player-of-the-year honors. But like Kansas, the Cowboys lost some of the finest players in the Big 12 and will be perilously dependent on a freshman class that, while hailed as among the finest in the nation, is still a freshman class. “The thing about basketball, unlike some other sports, is that you have got October, November, December, you have got three months before you play a conference game," Sampson said. “I am not sure there’s such a thing as freshmen anymore.” Of course, that’s easy for Sampson to say. Experienced upperclassmen who have already proven themselves in ready-to-rumbie Big 12 competition abound at Oklahoma. Kevin Bookout, 6-8, and Taj Gray, 6-9, are heavily muscled seniors who could form the most forceful inside presence in the league. Gray, the only returner from last year’s All-Big 12 team, is the preseason pick as player of the year. No. 2 Texas, whose highest preseason ranking before now was No. 4, appears to have the Big 12’s best starting five, including forward PJ. Tucker, point guard Daniel Gibson and LaMarcus Aldridge, a 6- IO sophomore. “I’m happy to be back,” said Tricker, who missed 14 games last season after he was declared academically ineligible. “We want to be that team that, at the end of the year, can really make some noise.” The Longhorns’ proven, experienced talent explains why league coaches tabbed Texas as the Big 12 See BIG 12, Page 11A Page IOA — Herald-Zeitung —Friday, November ll, 2005 Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL CANYON-TTVY PLAYOFF TICKETS — Tickets to today's 7:30 p.m. (^anyon-KenVille llvy football playoff game at Antler Stadium will be sold at the Canyon front office from 8 am-1:30 pm. today. General admission tickets are $6; $2 for students. /Ml seats at the gate will be $6. NB-BOERNE PLAYOFF TICKETS — Tickets to Saturday’s 7 p.m. New Braunfels-Boeme football playoff game at Comalander Stadium will be sold at the New Braunfels front offices from 8 am.-1 p.m. today. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $6 for general admission and $3 for students. AU seats at the gate wiU be $7. SV-SAN MARCOS PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Saturday’s I p.m. Smiths! rn Valley-San Marcos football game at Texas State’s Bobcat Stadium will be sold from 8-11 at the Smithson Valley fieldhouse and from noon until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $6 for general admission and $3 for students. AU seats at the gate wiU be $7, cash only.STATE HEAT EDGES ROCKETS — Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and Jason WiUiams had eight of his 13 in the final quarter as the Miami Heat rallied from a late eight-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 88-84 Thursday night. Wade added eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which also got 13 points and nine rebounds from Alonzo Mourning and 12 points from Gary Payton. Yao Ming had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Houston. Derek Anderson scored 20 points, StromUe Swift had 12 and Juwan Howard ll for die Rockets, who’ve dropped three of four to open the season and play their next four on the road.NATIONAL CARPENTER WINS NL CY YOUNG - Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday, capping a satisfying comeback from shoulder surgery that jeopardized his career only a few years ago. After going 21 -5 with a 2.83 ERA, Carpenter received 19 of 32 first-place votes and finished with 132 points in baUoting by the BasebaU Writers’ Association of America. He beat out Florida lefty DontreUe Willis and Houston’s Roger Clemens, becoming the first Cardinals pitcher to claim the honor since Bob Gibson in 1970. NB overwhelms Canyon in threeUnicorns get eighth trip to state tourney Antlers, Cougars open 4A football playoffs tonight By Will Wright Sports Editor By Rick Breland Staff Writer KERRVILLE — Les Davis and his Canyon Cougars have waited an entire year for tonight. The Cougars will play Kerrville Tivy in a Class 4A Division II bidistrict foot-baU playoff at 7:30 p.m. at Antler Stadium. After finishing 8-2 and narrowly missing last year’s playoffs, the Cougars are focused on making the best of this year’s opportunity, whUe relishing how sweet it is to finaUy get the chance to make a run at the state title. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” Davis said. “The kids set it as a goal to make it to the playoffs the day after the loss to New Braunfels, so it is really nice to see them achieve a goal that they have all worked so hard for.” Davis is clearly enthused about his first playoff run as head coach and talked a little about how the pressure of the postseason is different from that of the regular season. “It is something very exciting, but at the same time it is something new everyday,” Davis said. “This is a fun, fun time of year and what it is all about. Everyone from players to coaches have been buzzing from all the excitement.” Both teams head into this game with a good deal of momentum. Canyon’s is positive, Tivy’s isn’t. DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung Canyon running back Chase Wilke (33) has rushed for almost 1,500 yards going into tonight's bidistrict playoff against Kerrville Tivy. Canyon is riding the emotional crest of besting cross-town rival New Braunfels 42-21 in last week’s Wurst Bowl. Tivy is coming off one of its worst defeats of the season, a 33-9 loss to Fredericksburg. Although last week’s games are sure to be in the heads of the players, the coaches on both sides are downplay ing their significance. “Sometimes it is easier to refocus after a loss,” Davis said. “We’re riding a big emotional upswing after last week, but our kids have been really good about putting games behind them all season long. I feel like this week will be See COUGARS, Page 12A CANYON (9-1) VS. KERRVILLE TIVY (6-3) Class 4A-Division ll bidistrict playoff 7:30 p.m., Antiar Stadium, Karvilla Radio: KNBT-FM 92.1 Tickets: $6 adults, $2 students Getting there: Take Texas 46 west through Boerne to Interstate 10 west Take theTexas 16 exit (508) in Kerrville.Take a left. Go two miles.Turn right on Holdsworth and the stadium will be on the right. CANYON Coach: Les Davis is in his second season leading the Cougars, and boasts an already impressive 17-3 career record. Offense: Multiple I Defense: 4-3 Notable: RB Chase Wilke (211-1,493, 21 TDs) has been Canyon's workhorse ail season. QB J.D. Kunz (47-117-5-787 yards and 7TDs) balances the Cougars attack with his ability to run or pass. DL Darren Billiot has been a menace to opposing offenses all season long, as his 25 tackles-for-loss rank first on the team. KERRVILLE TIVY Coach: Mark Smith has taken the Antlers to the postseason in each of his four seasons as head coach and is 6-3 this year. Offence: Split Option Defense: Multiple 4-3 Notable: QB Anthony Silvis 149-757,12 TDs rushing and 69-123-8,11 TDs passing place him among the top area leaders in total offense. RB Justin Brown 83-498, 5 TDs rushing and 21-310, 5TDs receiving totals make him another weapon to watch. SAN ANTONIO — To say that New Braunfels’ show of force was overwhelming wouldn’t quite do justice when describing the Unicorns’ volleyball victory over rival Canyon Thursday night. The Unicorns hit, hustled and harassed the Cougarettes into submission, winning the Class 4A-Region IV championship with relative ease — 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 — in front of about 2,000 at the Alamo Convocation Center. The victory avenged a 26-24,25-21, 25-20 loss to the Cougarettes on Sept. 30 and sent the Unicorns to the UIL state tournament for the eighth time. This time, coach Phyllis Fowler said, New Braunfels came to play. “We wanted to beat them at the net,” she said. “The last time we played them, they came at us with their offense. They were digging the hard shots we were hitting. “So the first thing was to beat them at the net, and the second was to get them off-balance on defense. We did that, and I thought the kids did a great job.” T he loss was Canyon’s first since it lost to New Braunfels 2^-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11 on Sept. 6. The Cougarettes came in having won 17 straight. New Braunfels junior middle block- MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Chelsie Fowler attacks against Canyon's Kirby Krueger (22) and Chelsea Zunker (12), as teammates Taylor Jonas (1) and Lacy Redwine (10) look on during the Unicorns' three-set victory over the Cougarettes in the Class 4A-Region IV volleyball championship! hursday night. * * ' J ;    I    ,    •;    •    f    *    ■ er Lacy Redwine, who led with 13 kills, their last loss to the ( ougarettes.They Canyon, we thought about it too 2.5 blocks and 13 digs, said the Uni- were totally focused Thursday night. corns were mentally unprepared in “T he second time we played    See    VOLLEY,    Page    11A ;