New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
10A New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Wednesday, November 16, 1983Cougars: Seniors start winning tradition
Here is a game-by game wrapup of the 1983
to assure a winning season for the first time
Canyon football season
New Braunfels 24
since 1975 Canyon's Scott Syamken Mocked a
field goal attempt to snuff Lockhart's biggest
scoring opportunity, and the Cougars
methodically wore the Lions down. The
The emotion-filled game, played before an
Cougars had 319 total yards and 16 first downs
Canyon got revenge for last season s upset
overflow crowd at Cougar Stadium, saw New
in the contest.
loss by coming on strong for 21 second-half
Braunfels score more points in the first quarter
points The Cougars did most of the damage on
— 10 — than the Cougars had given up all
the ground, rolling up 309 yards rushing on 47
season But Canyon battled back, scoring on an
carries by 13 different ballcarriers Canyon's
88-yard sweep by Billy Rudelitsch and a 108
defense made the big plays when it needed.
yard kickoff return by Glenn Nemec. The
stopping Cole after a turnover at the 23.
Cougars hurst themselves with turnovers,
In perhaps the biggest victory in the school's
throwing three interceptions and losing a
football history, the Cougars blew open a close
game with 28 second-half points Canyon had
not beaten Gonzales since 1974 and the seniors
had never beaten the Apaches at any level Ronnie Rittimann threw two touchdown passes
Comp Att Int Yds TD
The Cougars piled up 470 yards of total
and Keith Smith returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the blitz
R Rittimann Steve Brown
36 93 3 4
9 835 0 16
offense against the outmanned Apaches, while
Canyon lust couldn't match the emotional
the defense held Antonian to minus 12 yards
rushing, including 59 yards in losses by
intensity of the previous week s game, but the
Kerrville Tivy 21
quarterback David Daniels Canyon drove 97
Cougars did manage to score more points than
yards for its first touchdown and the game was
any other Fredericksburg opponent this season
never in doubt Fifteen different Canyon players
Once again, turnovers hurt, this time leading to
carried the ball in the game
17 points Canyon narrowed a 17 6 halftime
An inspired Tivy team kept the Cougars from
deficit to 17 12 m the third quarter, but a
finishing the season 82 with a pair of long
fumbled punt and a critical pass interference penalty put the Billies back in charge
bombs Canyon trailed 21 7 at the half, but shut down the Tivy attack most of the second half
Thomas Haeussler Bret Cappleman
and closed to within two points Tivy shut
down Canyon's running game the first time
Canyon turned a close ballgame into a rout
that had happened all year
with four second half turnovers Canyon led
only 8 6 at the half. but blew the game open in
the fourth quarter Fullback Bret Cappleman
Canyon did what it had to against the
had his best night of the season with 94 yards
stubborn Rebels, coming back from a 7 6
on 21 carries as the Cougars gained 221 yards
halftime deficit Quarterback Ronnie Rittimann
on the ground against the playoff bound
led the comeback, scrambling away from
First downs ’44 118
pressure and hitting Kelly Covington with a
Rushes yards 373 2145 342 1242
scoring pass tor the winning touchdown Canyon s defense stopped the Repels the rest
Passing yards 856 718 Passes 39 99 9 54 12 7
Marceline Gonzales Chuck Bell
Holy Cross 0
of the way, including a fourth and four play at the Cougars' 24
Punts 27 847 53 1567 Fumbles lost 18 10 27 11
Randy Schurig Kevin Eyres
Canyon reached the first of its goals for the
Penalties yards 85-677 69 569
season by winning us fourth non district game
Points 278 95
m another laugher Canyon led 27 0 after one
quarter. 400 at the half Seven different players
scored and the Cougars piled up 386 yards of
offense Meanwhile, the defense held the
Player No Yds
Knights to 72 total yards, including 0 for 10
Canyon won its first road game in three years
Billy Rudelitsch 110 713
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Two years ago, in a dusty West Texas crossroad called Wink, an amazing group of seniors led a Class A football program out of obscurity and into the state finals.
The next year, with practically no experience, the Wildcats made it to the semi-finals.
This year, Wink has been ranked either No. I or No. 2 in the state all season.
Such is the value of a good senior class.
Canyon Coach Troy Burch, whose Cougars posted the school’s best football record ever this year at 7-3, recognizes the value of a good senior class to a program.
■We think this year will be a springboard to bigger things,” he said. “That’s the way a program should be — improving every year till you reach that apex.”
The Cougars, led by a group of seniors that had suffered through a 1-8-1 season in 1981, won their first four games this season, lost two in a row, then fought their way back into playoff contention.
Canyon did it with a potent offense, leading the district in scoring with 20.5 points per district game.
The heart of that offense returns next season in quarterback Ronnie Rittimann. who passed for 835 yards on 36-of-93 passing this season.
“That’s got to be the biggest plus for us; he was our quarterback for IO games and we won seven of them,” Burch said. “We’ve got to feel good about that.”
Canyon also returns a good nucleus of linemen — Scott Syamken, Scott Pretss, Gary Edwards, John Wymer, Mark Batey and Paul Fleener.
Preiss and Edwards were Canyon’s starting guards this season, while
Fleener and Batey started at tackle. Syamken backed up Matt Kyle at center.
Edwards, Syamken and Preiss also started on defense.
In the backfield, Canyon will lose its Nos. I and 3 running backs in Billy
Rudelitsch and Glenn Nemec. Rudelitsch led the team with 713 yards on 110 carries, while Nemec picked up 366 on 466 carries.
Fullback Bret Cappleman, the team’s No. 2 rusher, is back. He had 391 yards on 87 carries and gave the
Cougars a threat from the fullback position.
“We won’t have people like Billy and Glenn in the backfield, but we’ll have six kids at halfback who can carry the ball pretty well,” Burch said. “We're going to have pretty
good depth in the backfield.”
Tight end Chuck Bell, another two-way starter, will also be back.
Junior varsity quarterback Danny Hernandez will take over the kicking.
“He made all his extra points, and all of his kickoffs were down near the
goal line and real high,” Burch said. “He had four or five field goals, with two in the last ballgame.”
The defense, which was fifth in the district this season, isn’t quite so settled. Burch will have to rebuild the secondary and find a tackle to replace Charlie Muenich.
“We have some kids with real good quickness to go in the secondary; they’ll just have to jell as a unit,” Burch said.
That quickness comes from a junior varsity team that went 9-1, averaged close to 35 points a game and allowed only two teams more than one touchdown.
“That junior varsity group has so much speed,” Burch noted. “The size isn’t that great, by my heavens they can move.”
Burch said the Cougars would try to compensate for the lack of size with hard work in the off-season body-buidling program.
“I told the kids that we’re not going to have much size, so we’re going to have to be strong,” he said.
Burch said last year’s off-season program had a lot to do with the Cougars going through this season without a serious injury.
“That and a little luck," he added.
Canyon’s schedule in 1984 will be beefed up considerably from this season's. The Cougars open next season in Gonzales, then face Del Valle, Smithson Valley, Westlake and Alamo Heights.
"With that tougher schedule, I think we’U be much more ready for district play," Burch said.
District 13-4A competition opens with Kerrville Tivy at home, then has New Braunfels away. Hays at home. Lockhart away and Fredericksburg away.
“I really have a good feeling for everything ahead of us.” Burch said.
So did Wink.
NBA names Stern new commissioner
OAKLAND, Cauf. (AP) - Mickey Johnson was the worst of the Golden State Warrnors' bad bunch of shooters through the first nine games of the National Basketball Association season.
“We can't look back,” he said Tuesday night.
Johnson started in place of forward Purvis Short, out with a sprained ankle, and missed the first shot of the game. But he kept firing, finishing with 29 points in a 115-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Sleepy Floyd’s 13-foot jump shot with 20 seconds left sent the Warriors ahead, and Johnson made two free throws after stealing a pass with four seconds left.
George Gervin had 39 for San Antonio. breaking a slump in which he had been under 20 three straight games.
Tuesday night’s game got out of control at times, with six technical fouls caUed by the referees filhng in for NBA regulars. Spurs Coach Mo McHone, who drew two technicals and was ejected, claimed he merely pointed out that Warriors’ players had “flopped,” taken phony falls that resulted in charging fouls on San
“If they’re going to toss me for something Uke that. I might get tossed a whole bunch of times.” McHone said. "I never cussed the officials — until I’d been kicked out."
While the Spurs steamed over the officiating, the Warriors were able to forget it quickly and talk about shooting
“I think our shooting problems were somewhat alleviated tonight,” Johnson said.
The Warriors had a 411 field goal average, lowest in the NBA. through nine games, but were .461 Tuesday night when they made their record 6-4. Johnson, who was at 321, hit on IO of 19 shots from the floor after that opening-nunute miss
"I’m glad the guys on the team believed in me. If it was not for them, this wouldn't have happened,” the nine-year pro said of the starring role he was able to play Tuesday night.
Johnson made nine straight free throws in the last quarter.
"He's an old pro. I love to see hun on the foul line, and I love hun on the foul Une al the end of the game,” Warriors Coach John Bach said
the labor dispute with NBA referees. Then he made the strongest possible pitch for Stem to the owners, citing the need for a conumssioner from inside the league.
“I couldn't be more pleased,” O'Brien said after his recommendation was quickly ratified.
Stern, 41, has been associated with the NBA since 1966, first as a member of a law firm which handled the league’s legal matters. After joining the league, he devoted much of his time to marketing, television and labor negotiations with players and referees
A graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law School, among the cases he handled for the law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz 4 Mendelsohn, was the settlement of the lawsuit with Oscar Robertson, which paved the way for the merger with the old American Basketball Association.
In 1978, he joined the league as general counsel and rn 1980 he became the executive vice president.
Stem was chosen primarily for his marketing skills and his part in putting together television packages, particularly in the expanding area of cable. Among his long-range projects: a package of cable games to sell overseas.
Teeing offCeltics outrun Nuggets, 140-124
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Boston Celtics, who averaged 117 points in winning eight games in a row, proved in capturing their ninth straight that they can run and gun with the best of them.
Boston outscored the Denver Nuggets, highest-scoring team in the National Basketball Association, 140-124 Tuesday night, giving the Celtics a league-best 9-1 record after a season-opening loss
Larry Bird scored 28 points and Kevin McHale 24 to lead seven Celtics in double figures.
Robert Parrish had 13 of his 18 points and Bird got 12 as the Celtics
hit 67 percent of their field goal attempts in the racehorse first quarter, which ended with Boston ahead 39-34.
Lakers 126 Bucks 97
Earvin "Magic” Johnson padded his league-leading assist total with 17 as Los Angeles easily won at home against Milwaukee.
Jamaal Wilkes led seven players in double figures with 17 for the Lakers, who built a 30-point lead in the third quarter. Marques Johnson led all scorers with 21 points for Milwaukee.Nets 104 Rockets 86
At Houston, Otis Birdsong scored 34 points and got more than enough help from his New Jersey teammates to offset Ute season's best performance by Ralph Sampson, who had 32 points and 20 rebounds.
Sampson had 13 points and eight rebounds in the second period to help Houston take a 54-53 halftime lead. The Nets didn’t pull away until the fourth period, when a 10-1 spurt expanded their lead to 88-76.Kings 101 Bullets 100
Eddie Johnson’s two free throws
with seven seconds to go gave Kansas City a road triumph over WashingtonBulls 112 Pistons 110
At Chicago, Orlando Woolndge hit a 15-footer with no time showing on the clock to lift the Bulls over Detroit.Knicks 94 Pacers 87
New York extended Indiana’s road losing streak to 18 since last Feb. 15 as backup forward Louis Orr led a fourth-quarter Knicks surge.
NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern, who as a boy walked more than a mile up Eighth Avenue to watch National Basketball Association double-headers at Madison Square Garden, is about to become the NBA’s fourth commissioner.
In a show of quickness and unanimity rare for sports owners, the NBA’s Board of Governors took less than half an hour Tuesday to name Stem to succeed Larry O’Brien. Richard Bloch, president of the Phoenix Suns and chairman of the Governors, said there was no dissenting voice to Stem’s appointment.
Stem, who has been O’Brien’s righthand man for the past five years and the league’s executive vice president for the past three, was the outgoing commissioner’s hand-picked choice for the job.
O’Brien announced last Thursday that he will would step down when his contract expires Feb. I, although he said Tuesday he will stay on to help the transition.
O’Brien actually orchestrated the quick choice himself. First, he convinced the owners to amend the agenda to add discussion of the commissioner’s job to Tuesday’s meeting, called originally to discuss
Members of the Smithson Valley golf team get in a little practice at the Woodlands Golf and Country Club. At right, Dorenda Kelly putts and Bart Moore checks her style Below, (from left) Brian Cox, Mike Cates, Kurt Warner and Curt Raye work on their swings. An area wide high school golf tournament will be held in the near future
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