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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas COMING FRIDAY Ll 'f Kicking off w Alan Hill hopes to lead Rangers to title. Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at drupkalvisPherald-zeitung.ccm Canyon girls basketball Cougarettes host New Braunfels in .    _    _    preseason scrimmage. *\    Time: 9a.m. Canyon boys basketball Cougars visit San Marcos for final preseason _ _ scrimmage. Information: Regular season opens Tuesday. ummmmmmm i mum mmmnm B Canyon swimming Cougars swim team competes in dual meet at Palo Alto College. Time: 5 p.m.Wednesday, November 12, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5AEberhard, Unicorns ready for Trojans After surviving leukemia, New Braunfels senior not phased by playoffs Braunfels junior tennis player Kart Slater By David Rupkalvis - Sports Editor Deke Eberhard has faced death and won, so the Austin Anderson Trojans don’t scare the New Braunfels offensive lineman. As a 3-year-old, Eberhard was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Over the next several years, he endured what he calls “mass amounts of leukemia” to fight the disease. In the end, he won that battle and has grown up to be an athlete and a leader at New Braunfels. But despite being healthy today, the years of fighting an unseen illness has left memories and scars. “I remember the hospitals and the kids with different sicknesses,” Eberhard said. “Definitely all the shots. I got oodles and oodles of shots. Living in the hospital was tough.” Eberhard spent much of his young childhood at the Santa Rosa’s Children's Hospital, but as he regained his health, he took on another chair lenge — football.. When he was eight years old, Eberhard began playing football partly because his friends and family loved the sport. “It was just fun to play,” he said. “Everybody loves football." During his first two years at New Braunfels, Eberhard played on the freshman and junior varsity squads before moving up to varsity last year. He started as junior and was a key member of the offensive line as the Unicorns made it all the way to the state championship game. “It was amazing,” Eberhard said. “Just walking out into Texas Stadium was incredible.” As a senior, Eberhard has taken on an even greater load. On the playing field, he is one of the keys on thenits ■ New Braunfels (7-3 overall. 5-1 in' District 25-4A) will face Austin Anderson (7-3 overall, 6-0 in District 26-4A) in an opening round playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. ■ The game will be played at Westlake High School in Austin. ■ Tickets to the game can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels High School. General admission tickets cost $7 and student tickets cost $2 in advance and $7 at the game. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate Friday night. offensive line and off the field, he is a vocal leader. “I try to be a leader,” he said. “I get pretty excited in the game. Come game time, I am into every play.” Offensive line coach Randy Walker agreed that Eberhard is a strong leader, especially when it comes to being vocal. “I can’t get him to shut up,” Walker said with a laugh. “He talks a lot. He talks all the time. He’s a great kid. I love coaching in New Braunfels because of kids like him.” Although Eberhard is often at a disadvantage on the line because he weighs only 210 pounds, he says that technique can make up the difference. “Just get low on them," Eberhard said. “That’s all we can do.” A strong desire to pjay and win also help Eberhard. Earlier this season, he suffered an injury against Lockhart, but missed just one game before returning to face Canyon. Walker said that Eberhard's tech REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior Deke Eberhard (right) tries to move teammate Justin Watts during practice Tuesday. The Unicorns will take on Austin Anderson in a playoff game Friday. nique and willingness to learn have made him a success. “He has good feet. In high school, the best guards are about his size and weight,” Walker said. “He takes coaching real well. He hustles and he has a love for the game. He really tries to learn the finer points of the game.” As the Unicorns prepare for Austin Anderson, they need only look back one year for inspiration. In the opening round of the playoffs a year ago, New Braunfels played what Eberhard and Walker called their best game of the year in a 35-6 win. Walker said that Anderson will provide a stiff challenge because the See UNICORNS. Page 6A lf you want to watch New Braunfels face Austin Anderson in the first round of the playoffs, follow these driving directions to Westlake High School. To reach Westlake High School, take 1-35 north approximately 40 miles into Austin. Exit off of 1-35 at the Ben White Blvd/U.S. 290 exit, which is exit #230. Turn left onto Ben White Blvd. and continue when the road turns into US-290. The road will change into TX-360. Continue on 360 until you reach Westbank Drive. TXirn right on Westbank Drive and the high school will be less than half a mile in front of you. REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung Deke Eberhard is a team leader on and off the field. Aggies trying to recover from worst-ever loss Longhorns turn to Ivey to fill Ford s shoes COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione is still sorting through his emotions after last week’s 77-0 loss to Oklahoma, the worst defeat in the school’s 108-year history. “I’ve had some long days in coaching and I’d say that ranks right up there with them,” Franchione said Tuesday. “I think you go through the gamut of emotions. I don’t think there’s one you can mention that I didn’t go through. There’s been days in coaching where I’ve closed the door and said, ‘My, my.”’ Needless to say, Saturday was one of those days. Oklahoma scored on IO of its first 11 drives. The Aggies didn’t advance beyond their own 40-yard line and did not convert a third down. The Aggies (4-6, 2-6 in Big 12) must beat Missouri on Saturday and No. 6 Texas at Kyle Field on Nov. 28 to avoid their first losing season since 1982. Just as it appeared things couldn’t get any worse for the Aggies on Saturday, they did. With OU reserves running simple plays near the A&M goal line in an effort not to score again in the waning moments, linebacker Johnny Jolly and defensive back Melvin Bullitt went into jumping celebrations after making a stop on fourth down. They were panned on television for their antics, but Franchione and their team- BIG 12 Schadula North Conf Ovorall Nebraska 4-2 8-2 Kansas St. 4-2 8-3 Missouri 2-3 6-3 Kansas 2-4 5-6 Colorado 2-4 4-6 Iowa State 0-6 2-7 South Conf Ovorall Oklahoma 6-0 10-0 Texas 5-1 8-2 Texas Tech 4-2 7-3 Oklahoma State 3-3 7-3 Texas AOM 2-4 4-6 Baylor 1-5 3-7 *    ♦    Cantabile* TM* wk: ♦Texas A&M at Missouri. 11 30 a rn ♦Kansas at Oklahoma State. 1 p m ♦Colorado at Iowa State. I pm ♦Baylor at Oklahoma. I BO p m ♦Kansas State at Nebraska. 2 30 p m ♦Texas Tech at Texas. 6 p m mates defended them. “I saw two kids playing hard that made a play and they were trying to permeate that to their teammates,” Franchione said. ‘‘Anybody who chastises those kids for that just wanted them to quit. I think that’s wrong.” Texas A&M offensive lineman Alan Reuber also defended the revelers. “I talked to them both,” the fifth-year senior said. “Melvin is young and it’s hard to bottle up your excitement when you make a play against Oklahoma. It was good to see he was fighting to the end. “I know they (Oklahoma) weren’t running as hard as the could, but Jolly played hard every single down.” AUSTIN (AP) — When T.J. Ford left Texas early for the NBA, coach Rick Barnes said Ford had done more for the Longhorns program in two years ‘‘than anyone who’s come before him.” Royal Ivey is the guy who comes after him. Ivey takes over the point guard duties that Ford ran to perfection in last season’s run to the Final Four, Texas’ first in 56 years. The 12th-ranked Longhorns open the season Monday night at home against Brown. ‘it’s my turn to run the show,” Ivey said. Replacing one player on a team that returns four starters, four seniors and a wealth of depth should be a snap. Just plug in the new guy and go, especially when it’s Ivey, a senior who started 26 games at the point as a freshman before Ford arrived. But Ford was the engine that made Texas run. His speed on the dribble was unmatched and his ability to slash to the basket and pass to an open teammate drew gasps from fans. More than one Longhorn took one in the face when they weren’t expecting the ball. He won the Naismith and Wooden awards as the top player in college basketball. In just two years, Ford climbed to second on the school’s career assists chart with 527 and led Texas in scoring with 15 points a game last season. His burst of speed upcourt with the ball changed Texas from Barnes’ usual defense-first approach to a run-and-gun transition attack on offense. “I’m not T.J. ldrd," Ivey said. “I’m Royal Ivey. lust be solid, make good decisions and play within myself. I won t be asked to do it all myself." Ivey’s' still relatively new to the position. He didn’t play point guard in high school and moved there only when Barnes needed him to three years ago. “I never played the point until I got to college and they threw me into the fire,” said Ivey. "I didn’t even know all the plays as a freshman." Barnes expects to help Ivey by moving the ball around. Even though he knows all the plays now, Ivey won t be expected to run every offensive set like Ford did. "We’re not asking one guy to handle the ball 90 percent of die time,” said Barnes, who said he won t back off the uptempo style. Defense is where Ivey excels and is one area Texas might be improved this season. At just 5-foot-11 Ford sometimes struggled against more physical players. Ivey is 6-3 and has already established himself as the team’s best defender, typically guarding an opponent’s best offensive player. I Ie cemented his reputation as a defensive stopper when he shut down former Stanford All-American Casey Jacobson in a Texas win in 2001. Canyon freshmen end season with perfect record; junior varsity squad crushes Del Valle By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The Canyon freshman “Red” team capped a perfect season with a 20-6 victory over Del Valle last week. The young Cougars went 9-0 overall and claimed the District 25-4A crown with a 6-0 district mark. Canyon running back Chase Wilke scored all three touchdowns for the Cougars. Wilke opened the scoring by returning the opening kickoff 85 yards. Wilke then added a I-yard run in the second quarter and a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Quarterback Jaimin Shah capped the scoring with a run for a two-point conversion. The Canyon junior varsity team also closed the season with a victory, pounding Del Valle 35-12. Kirk Michalec got the Cougars off to a quick start with a 4-yard touchdown mn in the first quarter. Late in the quarter, Justin Kester broke a 6-6 tie with a 31-yard scoring run. Michalec ran in the 2-point conversion for a 14-6 Canyon lead. In the second quarter, the Cougars put the game away. Matt Conklin made the score 21-6 with a 14-yard scoring run followed by an Orlando Ayala extra point. Cameron Henk then added a 15-yard touchdown mn before the half to give the Cougars a 27-6 lead. Kester capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run, followed by a mn for a 2-point conversion. The Cougars defense took over from there, shutting down the Cardinals in the fourth quarter. ;