New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Unicorn band director Beth Bronk.
A look at the NB-Kiein Oak match-up.
Rangers face Mustangs
Smithson Valley plays SA Jay in Class SA area football playoff. Time: 2p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1)
New Braunfels at tourney
Unicorns face Klein Oak at state volleyball tournament.
Cougars, Jaguars tangle
Canyon plays Austin LBJ in 4A-I1 area football playoff in Round Rock. Time: 7:30p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1)
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From staff, wire reports LOCAL
CANYON LBJ PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to
Friday's 7:30 p.m. Canyon-Aiistin LBJ football playoff game at Round Rock’s Dragon Stadium will be sold at the Canyon front office from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and T hursday and from 8 am-1:30 p.m. Friday. Adult tickets are $7; $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $7.
SV-JAY PLAYOFF TICKETS - T ickets to Saturday's 2 p.m. Smithson Valley-SA Jay football game at Farris Stadium will be sold between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today and from 8-11 a.m. Thursday and Friday at the Smithson Valley fieldhouse and from noon until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria both days. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $6 for general admission and $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $7, cash only.
LOMBARDI FINALISTS NAMED — Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, defensive tackle Rod Wright from Texas, Ohio State linebacker A.J.
I lawk Lind Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny are the finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to college football’s top lineman or linebacker. It will be presented Dec. 7 in I louston.
PUJOLS WINS NL MVP
— Albert Pujols won his first National League MVP award, beating Andruw Jones in a close vote Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman received 18 first-place votes and 14 seconds for 378 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Jones, the Atlanta Braves center fielder, got 13 first-place votes, 17 seconds and two thirds for 351 points. Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee got the other first-place vote and was third with 263 points.
UIL STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
At Texas State's Strahan
Coliseum, San Marcos
Tickets: $5 for student session; $10 for adult session. All-tournament tickets are $18 for two days; $25 tor three
SEMIFINALS Class 2A
Quitman (44-1) vs. Brock (28-7), 1 p.m.
Jewett Leon (37-4) vs. Poth (35-5), 3 p.m.
Lewisville Hebron (41-5) vs. Dumas (31-11), 5 p.m.
Klein Oak (31-8) vs. New Braunfels (28-10), 7 p.m.
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS Class A
Milano (39-4) vs. Round Top-Carmine (33-11), 9 a.m.
Windthorst (39-4) vs. Collinsville (33-4), 11 a.m. Class 3A
Monahans (41-3) vs. Luling (35-7), 1 p.m.
Texarkana Pleasant Grove (38-4) vs. Bellville (33-6), 3 p.m.
SA Reagan (37-3) vs.
Austin Westlake (35-8), 5 p.m.
Arlington Martin (36-7) vs. Deer Park (36-8), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY S FINALS
Class A: 9 a.m.; 2A: 11 a.m.; 3A: 1 p.m.; 4A: 3 p.m.; 5A: 5 p.m.
Spurs come alive in second half to down Hawks
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 103-79 victory over the winless Atlanta I lawks Tuesday night.
Manti Ginobili also scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Spurs, who have beaten the I lawks eight straight times at home and ll of 12 overall.
Al I larrington led the Hawks with 23 points and nine rebounds. I Ie scored Atlanta’s first 14 points and shot 10-for-
15 in the first quarter to help the I lawks build a 31 -18 lead. The Spurs struggled to find the basket and turned the ball over five times in the first.
I larrington struggled in the second and San Antonio rallied to tie the game at 52 at halftime. Duncan, Tony Parker and Manti Ginobili combined to score 30 points and Uanington missed both of his shots in the quarter.
Both teams entered the game coming off tough losses. The I lawks lost to Memphis on a last-second putback Sat
urday. Duncan scored ll points on 3-for-18 shooting in San Antonio’s 110-95 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Parker and Bruce Bowen combined to limit Atlanta guard Joe Johnson to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Parker also finished with 18 points.
Rockets 94, Timberwolves 89
MINNEAPOLIS — Tracy McGrady scored 25 points and made three consecutive clutch plays down the stretch
to lead the Houston Rockets over the Minnesota Timberwolves. McGrady, who went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had 13 points in the fourth quarter. I Ie hit a long jumper over Trenton Hassell with 2:35 remaining to put Houston up for good, 85-84, after trailing most of the night.
The Rockets had lost four of their previous five games. Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 25 points, and Wally Szczerbiak scored 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Mavericks 83, Nuggets 80
DALIAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and DeSagana Diop blocked a layup attempt by Carmelo Anthony with 2.9 seconds left, helping the Dallas Mavericks overcome a 19-point deficit to defeat Denver.
Diop set career highs with 16 rebounds and six blocks and Marquise Daniels had a season-high 17 points, providing the energy boost Dallas needed to open a four-game homestand with a victory.
Tougher steroid penalties, amphetamine testing in new baseball deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major leaguers will face tougher penalties for steroid use and testing for amphetamines next season under an agreement between owners and players reached T uesday after months of negotiations and pressure from Congress.
The deal, which must be ratified by both sides, includes a 50-game suspension for a first failed test, IOO games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third.
“I don’t regard this as an interim step, I regard this as the completion of a long process,” baseball commissioner Bud Selig said.
Baseball’s current steroid penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first off ense, 30 days for a second offense and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense.
Selig rejected calls by some — including lawmakers — that baseball adopt the policy of Olympic sports, where a first positive test results in a two-year ban and a second in a lifetime suspension.
Several bills that would increase steroid penalties in major U.S. pro sports are pending in Congress. But Tuesday’s news “stops the rush to move
legislation through at this time,” said Rep. Tom Davis, whose House Government Reform Committee held the March 17 hearing on steroids with Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.
At that hearing, Selig and union head Donald Eehr were scolded for what congressmen called a weak penalty system. The next month, Selig made a 50-100-lifetime proposal and suggested testing for amphetamines for the first time. In September, Fehr countered with 20 games, 75 games and, for a third offense, a penalty set by the commissioner.
T he players’ association appeared to pretty much capitulate to Selig’s demands from April, except for gaining the right to have an arbitrator review reinstatement decisions.
“This agreement reaffirms that major league players are committed to the elimination of performance-enhancing substances,” Fehr said in a statement.
Under the new plan, Palmeiro and the 11 other players suspended for IO days this year will be treated as firsttime offenders should they test positive
See STEROIDS, Page 9A
Cougars open with loss to Mules
ryTennell said. “Clemens (3-0) is very athletic team that is picked to finish second in their district (25-5A). I asked the kids for improvement from the first game, and I think I saw it tonight.”
Canyon came back from a 31-24 deficit in the third period to force a 44-all tie at the end of regulation. Hie teams were tied 48-all to begin the second OT. Clemens’ Kristen Pinturisch, who scored a game-high 17 points, hit a hard shot at the end to win it.
Bo Warm led Canyon (0-2) with 15 points; Joan Friesen-hahn had 14; Kristen Mueller IO; Kendra Clayton five; Amy Schulze three and Kim Keoghan two.
“It was a pretty exciting game,” said Tennell, whose team will play SA Highlands at 6 p.m. Thursday in the first round of SA1SD Tournament at Sam I louston.
Del Valle 52,
New Braunfels 29
The Unicorns fell behind 16-4 in the first quarter and never managed to keep up with the I^dy Cardinals, who coasted.
“Del Valle is a very athletic team, and they pressured us early," New Braunfels coach Lance I lughey said. “We just didn’t handle it very well. We didn’t do a good job of handling their penetration. All in all, it was a poorly played game by us.”
Kellie Thomas had eight points for the Unicorns (1-2), who got six each from Blanca I larper and Zephani Benitez.
T\vo scored 14 each for Del Valle (3-0), which feasted on New Braunfels turnovers in the first half. The Unicorns couldn’t get anything going in the second, falling behind 40-19 at the end of three.
“Del Valle is a very talented team," Hughey said. “We just couldn’t respond to their quickness.”
New Braunfels will play Lexington in the first round of the Hutto Tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday.
By Will Wright
Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler knew his Cougars would be in for a rough first week of basketball season, and Alamo I leights gave them a Ride welcome to it Tuesday night.
The Mules pulled off a 48-44 victory over the Cougars, who opened the season ranked No. 14 in Cass 4A by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association.
“They just played really hard — they played solid man-to-man defense and got after us,” Rotzler said of the Mules, who were playing in front of a packed house.
“Its really a tough place to go and win,” Rotzler added. “And if you ’re not on top of your game, you’re not going to come away with a win.”
Isaiah Jackson and Austin New each scored 14 points for the Cougars, who got seven from Cody Covington, six by Matt Zachary and three from Michael Bradley.
The Cougars led by four at halftime but were outscored 16- IO in the third. Canyon tied it again in the fourth, but faded down the stretch.
Canyon had 13 turnovers and connected on 3 of 14 from 3-point range.
It won t get any easier for Canyon by week’s end, when it hosts Class 5A’s No. 9-rated Pflugerville at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Cougar Den.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Rotzler said. “Well go back to work tomorrow and we hope to be a better team on Saturday.”
Smithson Valley 66, Seguin 54
SMITHSON VALLEY — The Rangers opened the season with a big victory over No. 17-ranked Seguin at Ranger Gym.
Brad Respondek had 32 points while Justin Young and jesse Martinez added 13 points each for the Rangers (1-0).
“A great overall effort by the Rangers,” Smithson Valley coach Allan Miller said. “We put tremendous defensive pressure on them, and pushed
New Braunfels' Christina Racanelli (14) tries to pass the ball around a Del Valle defender Tuesday during the Unicorns' 52-29 loss to the Lady Cardinals at Unicorn Gym.
the hall up the floor for several fast break points.”
The Rangers will play at Alamo Heights at 8 p.m. Friday.
SA Jefferson 59,
New Braunfels 49
SAN ANTONIO—The Unicorns led in the first half in their first game under new coach Chris Dial, but couldn’t close in the second half.
“We got outscored 15-5 in the third quarter," Dial said. “We came out flat after halftime. Shane (Fisher) was hot for us in the first half, but then they staRed two-teaming him and we couldn’t get someone
else to step up for him.”
Fisher scored 19 of his team-high 21 in the first half for the Unicorns, who got six each from Nick Miner and Tony Valadez and five fromTlno I ler-nandez. Miner scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, when New Braunfels was outscored 20-12.
“We played hard in a tough place to play,” Dial added of Mustang Gym. “We came out and played like it was our home floor, but they just wouldn’t go away. When we changed ends at halftime we just went cold.
“But well come together. The chemistry is getting closer to
getting there. Overall, I was pleased with how we played.”
New Braunfels will play host I lighland Park in the first round of the Scots’ tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dallas.
GIRLS Clemens 50, Canyon 49,2 OT
The Cougarettes pushed the unbeaten Lady Bulls to the limit before falling 50-49 in two overtimes at tile Cougar Den. It was tile second straight one-point loss for Canyon, which lost its opener 41-40 to Smithson valley last Tuesday.
“The kids played much better tonight,” Canyon coach Ter-