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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas ivSports i)t}    ..... ',v Page 8    Herald-Ze/fury, Now Braunfels, Texas    Thursday,    November    14    1991Unicorns fired up for playoff opener vs. Lee By JOE BELK Sport* Editor , Saturday’s playoff game against * Robert E. Lee may be technically considered a bidistrict matchup, but the New Braunfels Unicorns are treating it as something more. “We’re treating this game as the - state championship game,’’ New Braunfels Coach Lew Simmonds •j said. “We’re going all out; we’re not .* going to hold anything back. I can T sense these kids’ feelings. They want *' it; they really want it.’’ After finishing the regular season *. 8-2 and winning District 25-5A with a e», 5-1 record, New Braunfels meets the ;) third-place Volunteers on Saturday at * 2 p.m. at North East Stadium. Lee has been celebrated as the mir-. acle team of San Antonio this season, • making the playoffs for the first time since 1979 after being picked last in f 26-5A. “They would be considered the *1 Cinderella team (of the area),’’ Simmonds said. “They’re a good solid - football team — in our district, they ; would have been first or second. They play in a solid district, and they played two good non-district opponents.” ♦ The Volunteers enter the playoff game with a 6-4 record, with the losses coming to several of San Anto- ,! nio’s top teams. Lee dropped district contests to playoff teams Judson and . Madison, while losing in non-district to 28-5A playoff representatives Marshall and Taft. ' Lee has also beaten two playoff r teams: Edison and East Central, with 'the Volunteers rallying from a substantial early deficit to defeat the Hornets. New Braunfels topped East Central in a 25-5A game, and Simmonds said the Unicorns will have to play Lee in % the same fashion which they played the Hornets. “We have to keep the ball away from them and keep the chains moving,’’ he said. “We’re not thinking about touchdowns; we’re thinking {['.about first downs. That really helped us against East Central. >    “ You can get in a scoring race wi th , those guys in a hurry, and that’s not rgoing to be to our advantage. They’ve put a lot of points on the board against ' some good people.” After New Braunfels lost a lop-*• sided playoff game against a 4-5-1 Madison team last year, Simmonds said the Unicorns have a sense of what kind of game they will need lo ✓ play. , “I hat (experience) is a plus lor us I — (we) know what kind of football is •'being played over there,’’ he said. •'-“The difference for us this year is we knew Madison was a solid, solid foot-, ball team. We knew we would have our hands full. “This year, we think we’re a little more evenly matched We have to 'play our ben game We’ve got to play ' every phase of the game, but we do ^havc a chance.”Probable starters Probable starting lineups for New Braunfels vs. Robert E. Lee New Braunfels OFFENSE SE—Dennis Bryan (Sr. 140); LT—Matt Pusatori (Sr, 215); LO—Todd Kadlng (Jr, 205); C—David Walter (Sr. 185); RG—Chris Leasman (Sr, 200); RT—THO Robledo (Jr 222); TE—Jonathan Ector (Sr, 192); WB-James Sargent (Jr, 140); OB—Michael Sier re (Soph, 135); FB—Shawn Benbrook (Jr 190); TB—Jacob Leos (Sr, 160). DEFENSE NG—Sammy Gutierrez (Jr. 160); DT— Matt Pusateri (Sr, 215); DT—Todd Roblnsor (Sr. 200); OLB—Erie Lieke (Jr. 170); OLS— Dustin Simons (Jr, 180); ILB—Shawn Juries (Jr, 188); ILB—Jason Turner (Sr, 170); CB— James Sargent (Jr, 140); CB—Dennis Bryan (Sr. 140); SS—Daniel Cantu (Sr, 180); FS— Andrew Juarez (Sr, 150). Lee OFFENSE WR—Danny Moya (Jr. 160); FL—Charlie Villarreal (Jr, 188); LT—Jason Sands (Sr. 260); LG—Daniel DeLeon (Jr. 198); C— James Moreno (Sr. 225); RG—Mike Pantusa (Sr. 192); RT—Jesse Garza (Sr. 220); TE— Tommy Wright (Jr, 188); WR—Steve Arispe (Jr. 165); TB—Richard Ruth (Jr. 210); OB— Matt Lynch (Sr. 204) DEFENSE OLS—Marshall Gtowka (Sr. 188); T— Joey Cuellar (Jr, 215); NG-James Osborne (Jr. 215); T—Kenneth Kirksey (Jr. 220); OLB—Mark Becerra (Sr. 180); ILB—Mike Heidi (Sr. 215); ILB—Ben Schenk (Jr. 180); CB—Jell Harmon (Sr, 175); CB—Chris Cowley (Sr. 175); SS-^Jason White (Jr, 185); FS—Tommy Hector (Sr. 175). He said not turning the ball over is critical, along with executing both offensively and in the kicking game. The defensive assignment is a tough one, as the Unicorns need to stop — or at least slow down — one of San Antonio’s lop quarterbacks in Matt Lynch. Lynch was injured late in the Madison game last week, but is expected to be at full strength for Saturday’s contest. “He is an outstanding quarterback,” Simmonds said. ‘‘Without a doubt, he is the heart and soul of their team. As he'goes, so goes the team. He throws well, runs the option well and runs well. He’s just a good football player.” Lynch, at 6-2 and 204 pounds, is a definite threat when he wants to run, His passes often arc aimed at top receiver Danny Moya, a possession receiver not unlike Seguin's James Medrano. The Volunteers also have a running threat in tailback Richard Ruth, who does not possess great speed but is hard to bring down at 6-1,210. “If they want to, they can line up and run the football. The offensive line (is) huge,” Simmonds said. “That’s a little scary, considering the fact that they throw so well. We have to play a great defensive football game. “What we don’t know is how quick they are. lf we’re quicker than they arc, which we think we arc, we have a chance of stopping them some of the time.” Another offensive standout is New Braunfels' Michael Sierra airs out a pass before a Seguin defender can get to him in last week’s regular-season finale Saturday, Sierra and the Unicorns face Robert E Lee in a 2 p m. bidistrict game at North East Stadium (Photo by Erik Karlsson) tackle Jason Sands, who at 6-5 and 260 pounds is a major college prospect. “He’s excellent,” Simmonds said “He’s probably the best offensive lineman we've seen this year, besides being just huge ’’ Defensively, the interior linemen and the inside linebackers are Lee’s strength Tho tackles and nose guard weigh between 215 and 220, with linebacker Mike Hcldt also a force at 215. We’re going to have to keep them off balance, by doing things like throwing when we want to throw,” Simmonds said. “Hopefully, we can confuse them a little bit with some 'We're treating this game as the state championship game. We're going all out; we're not going to hold anything back. I can sense these kids' feelings. They want it; they really want it/ NB Coach Lew Simmonds multiple formations and some motion.” After a strong game last week, James Sargent will start at cornerback for the Unicorns. Daniel Cantu moves to strong safety, while Jacob Leos will play defense primarily in a nickel package to rest on offense — where he has become a focal point at tailback in place of the injured Kyle Herman “Jacob has really picked up lite slack,” Simmonds said. “He’s played extremely well when he’s had the opportunity to. Here at the end, he's played as good as anyone.” The game will be a rare Saturday contest, but Simmonds doesn’t believe that will have an effect on either team “I don’t sec how it could, because we practice at almost that exact same lime,” he said. “Really, playing under die lights should be a di.sad van tagc, because you never practice under the lights.” He said the team will enjoy placing on the road, because dun seems to be the natural thing to do during the playoffs. "After this round, you’re always on the road anyway, so this gives us a playoff atmosphere,” he said. Simmonds said he is encouraged by the way the team is playing and prac-Ucing entering the playoff game. “We’re playing real well right now,” he said. “If we can keep doing what we’ve been doing without the turnovers, we’ll have a chance.” .Rangerettes hope seven is lucky number ,ty JOE BELK bporU Editor ll The Smithson Valley Rangerettes * wit' have a smaller look din season, /with the varsity carrying just seven players Despite the lack of quantity, ,Xouch Ten Eubank said the team has a lot of quality. i ‘Tm extremely happy with the .payers we do have,” Eubank said “We’ve got seven kids that can all ^play. it’s really like having seven Wunm “ / Some players from last year’s team <|uit during die offseason, leading to the smaller varsity this year, But thank said some of those players a lot of off-court problems with We may have foal some things on court, but all-in-all, we’re going to ail right,” abe said “It’ll be so • ach easier to work as a team The m that have pulled us apart have fesulted from; a lack of teamwork e re not going to have that internal Ic" She said that because the school not have great numbers or phe basketball talent, the team j to work together even more. You’ve got to be really good at things you do have control over, teamwork is certainly one of she said Moat of the players who did remain i die team are returning stars from year, with one of the two who is from die junior varsity having {aft*ted on varsity late rn the season, J Eubank said all of them have Schedule Smithson Valley Girls Basketball Oats Opponent Tim# 11/19 11/22 Dripping Springe aiTtvy BOO SOO 11/26 Marble Fake SOO 12/8-7 Bonders T co moment 12/10 Plat—mon SOO 12/12-14 Mortis Foie Tour non *n i 12/17 ot Crocker • OO 12/1921 Draping Springe Tourney 12/30 OI Somerset 12:30 1/4 at Ingram 330 1/7 T*y 730 1/10 ‘Ciomene 730 1/13 'ot Bastrop 730 1/18 'Hays 730 1/21 ‘at Lockhart 73P 1/24 'at Canyon 730 1/28 'Bastrop 730 1/31 ‘at Ciaman* 730 2/4 'at Hays 730 zn ‘Lockhart 730 2/11 'Canyon 730 >ved tremendously during the (season, and all possets the type of attitudes that makes it fun to coach “They haven’t been this excited since I got here,” she said “All seven of them have really decided they want to be good ” One of the team’s top returners is senior Tiffany Friesenhahn, an all-district selection for three years in a row. Fnetenhahn ii the team's spark plug, but also the only one on the team without outstanding fundamental skills, Eubank said. “Tiffany'* got good fundamentals but she plays more on instinct," she said. “You need a balance Al the same time, I don’t want to put a rope around someone who plays like she docs. She can really do a lot of dungs on the court.’’ Friesenhahn had an outstanding offseason, Eubank said, playing for a sum mer-league team which placed ninth in the nation She also earned a11-tournament status at a regional lo un mn tent in Waco 1 ‘She learned how to win this summer, and a lot of kids learned how to win." Eubank said. “I learned how to win as a coach. I coached a volleyball learn dun was 29th in the country, and the number one second team in the country.” Diana Arizpc is another top returner, with the junior moving to power forward after a strong year in the post last season. Eubank said there are several reasons for the move. “We want to take advantage of her jump shot and lier ability to drive the lane, and also keep her out of foul trouble,” the said With seven players, the entire team is going to have to stay out of foul trouble “That’ll be good, because U’l going to teach them some discipline,” Eubank said “They’re not going lo have any choice but to learn dun.” Anodic/ returning starter if post Kristen Richey, one of die team’f tallest players at 5-10. ' Kristen's a finesse player, and last spring she worked on varying her offensive moves,” Eubank said. “She also learned to be more assertive and aggressive, and is now able to take the ball to the basket when they guard her up high She’s always been good on the rebounding side.” Richey’s ability to block out and get the rebound is in contrast to the team’s other top re bo under, Lorena Triesch.Rangerettes 1991-92 This lethe roe let (or th# 1991*2 Smithson Valley Ranger# girts basket*! team with players, heights ctassit>caSons. positions and sjperienos hated Player    HI    a    Pee    Esp Miens Arlzpe    8-7    Jr    PIF    IL Dam Barr    8-10    Sr    P    JV Heather Boss    84    Jr    0    JV TMIany Friesenhahn 8-8    Sr    Q/F    3L Kristen Richey    8-10    Sr    P    IL Karen Smith    84    Sr    O    IL Loretta Trieeah    SIO    Jr    P    IL “Loretta’s not big on blocking out — she just goes and gets the ball,” Eubank said of the junior. “Loretta’s become a brute. She’s a good, solid big man kind of player who will push and shove You need dial on a team — you need to have somebody who isn’t inumidated by other teams that do that, and by the same token somebody who might intimidate some people ” She said Tnesch played so hard during team practices dun Eubank had lo turn up her game when playing with the learn “I’ve got to really play now, because they’ve all gotten to be good enough players,’' she said. Karen Smith, who started during part of last season, returns at guard. “She’s a good defensive player and real quick She does a good job of running our offense.” Eubank said. “She’s an all-around kind of player. She’s not a great passer or a great shooter, but she can do everything pretty well. She’s a very solid fundamental player.” Smith can play either of the guard spots, with junior Heather Boss — who was called up near the end of last season — playing the point most of the time Bots is coming off a busy SM RANOERFTTEl, Pegs 12LET S GO BOWLING LANES AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE 6 PM to 11 PM Sat., Sun., Mon., Tuas., or Thura.Comal Bowl Walnut ft 625-6265 Hwy 81 .a IC BASEBALL CARD SHOW Sunday. November 17, 1991 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Holiday Inn New Braunfe ls Free David Robinson Cards to all paid admissions. Bring this ad in for 1/2 piice admissions. For more information Contac t Card Fever 1-817-542-5090 Come check out our Pre Christmas Caid Show ;