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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas K. JESSIE SLATE N/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko (center) helps lead the YMCA song during a dual pep rally for the volleyball and football teams’ upcoming games. Teachers (dressed up for a special skit), cheerleaders, band members, the dance team, and most of the student body turned out to wish the two teams well in Friday’s games. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The goal behind all sports is simple: Score points and finish ahead of any opponent. The subtleties define each genre, and knowing how to play the game is an important part of being a fan. The Unicom volleyball players perform in the biggest game of their young careers today at 5:45 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, and their die-hard fans say they need all the support they can get. Potential fans who might worry their ignorance of the game precludes them from attending the game this afternoon need only understand that their team needs to knock the ball over the net more times than their opponent can answer back. Deborah Baerwald, a former Canyon High School volleyball player and mother of Unicom outside hitter Jackie Baerwald, has followed her daughter’s career since she first slapped a ball in sixth grade. “I would say the game plan is pass, set, spike. For someone who doesn’t know the game, that’s basically the pattern,” Baerwald said. When a Unicom player is serving, fans should remain quiet — the opponent’s fans will more than make up for the silence. “The fans do try to stay quiet while their See FEVER/3A Final Four ■ WHAT: State 4A Semifinal championship series in which New Braunfels Unicorns compete to advance to title match ■ WHEN: 5:45 p.m. Friday ■ WHERE: Strahan Coliseum, San Marcos ■ NEXT: Friday’s winner will move on to the state championship game Saturday against winner of the other semifinal match. FELSHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150 No. 5 20 pages in 2 sections November 17, 2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Volleyball fever NBHS revved up for charge at state championship tonight Florida court says recount to continue GORE By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer Al Gore won his fight Thursday to expand manual recounts in Florida, even as advisers said he likely won’t overtake George W. Bush’s 300- vote lead before the Republican secretary of state certifies their marathon White House race Saturday. GOP lawyers asked courts to stop the counting and “the disintegration” of America’s presidential election system. The vice president and his team aggressively defended the hand recounts in Democratic-leaning counties, laying the groundwork for Gore’s case to continue the vote-counting if he fails to pull ahead of the Texas governor before the secretary of state’s deadline. “The choice really is whether the voters are going to decide this election by having every vote count or whether that process is going to be short-circuited without all the votes being examined,” Gore said in a radio interview. The Florida Supreme Court later handed Gore a modest victory, authorizing officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties to recount ballots by hand. The effort, which officials said will take about six days, had been stalled on order of Secretary of State Katherine Harris. The ruling did not say whether any votes found in the recounts can be added to Gore’s totals — the heart of a legal clash that has thrust the presidential campaign BUSH into limbo. The justices are all Democratic appointees. Within minutes, Palm Beach election officials decided to start recounting Thursday night. After two full days of counting in 86 of 609 precincts, Gore    had gained 21 votes in Broward County on the state’s southeast coast. “The Florida Supreme Court 1ms spoken,    the counts can continue,” said Gore chairman William Daley. Bush supports the secretary of state’s weekend deadline and wants a declaration of a Florida winner after the last overseas absentee ballots are due Friday at midnight. “Once these votes are counted, we will know the final result of Florida’s election and the nation’s election,” Bush campaign chairman Don Evans said. “Win or lose, this election will be over.” Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who thus far has been unable to deliver the state for his brother, agreed: “Saturday morning we’ll know who won the state,” he said. Democrats begged to differ. Gore’s attorneys asked a state judge in Tallahassee to have hand recounts rolled into the election totals, even if the vote-counting isn’t finished by Friday night. See ELECTION/3A Portable buildings signal school facelift launch By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Construction workers continue their work on the portable buildings Wednesday in front of New Braunfels High School. Seven portable buildings have sprouted in front of New Braunfels High School, signaling the beginning of the three-year, $23 million facelift voters approved for the campus in October 1999. “People need to understand that it’s not going to be very pretty around here for about two years,” Principal Mike Fitsko said. “But then, for all intents and purposes, it will be a new high school.” For the First phase of construction, work ers will tear apart the front mid-section of the school which houses administrative offices, the counseling and career centers, the teachers lounge and four classrooms. Beginning the first week of December, these groups will move into the portable buildings. David Owens, New Braunfels Independent School District facilities director and supervisor of the bond construction projects, expects the displaced groups to spend at least 12 months in the portables. “The total construction project is almost three years long, and students and staff will be redistributed throughout die campus,” Owens said. “People will be moving. It’s kind of like a revolving door (for affected areas).” Once workers finish the first phase of the bond renovations, NBHS will have new administrative and new counseling offices and a new career center. The two portables closest to the front doors of the school will hold the administrative offices, and the counselors will be directly in front of the new library. “The challenge is going to be balancing this extensive project with the learning environment,” Fitsko said. “I think it’s the adults that will have a harder time. The kids will handle it fine.” The complete bond package voters approved last year is worth $75 million and covers 16 NBISD campuses and buildings. Construction managers and school officials have worked closely with students, parents and faculty in an attempt to foresee every potential problem or special need during construction. “David Owens and his staff have been See FACELIFT/3A Local sports star booked for DUI By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Texas law allows police to arrest underage drivers they believe to be under the influence of alcohol without testing their blood-alcohol level. Law enforcement officials said the officer makes the call about whether he believes the driver consumed any amount of alcohol. A minor who drives under the influence of alcohol commits a Class C misdemeanor. A first offense is punishable by a fine of up to $500 but no jail time. Bradley George, 18, the Canyon High School star athlete drafted in June by the Cincinnati Reds, found that out early Tuesday morning. New Braunfels police and Comal County Sheriff’s Office records show that George was stopped at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Farm-to-Market Road 306 by a New Braunfels police officer. New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson said George was pulled over by officer Stephen Hanna for speeding. • George was taken to Comal County Jail, where he was booked at 1:23 a.m. for being younger than 21 years old while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. At 5 a.m. Tuesday, $ 150 bail was posted and George was released from custody. Joyce George said her family’s attorney advised that neither Bradley Geoige nor his family publicly comment in the situation. To airest an underage driver for the offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol by a minor, an officer must have only probable cause to suspect the person has had something to drink.See DUI/3AInside Abby................................7A Classifieds.......................5-1    OB Comics..............................9A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies................................7A Sports............................1-4B Today.................................2    A Key Code 76Festtage kicks off The Main Plaza will be closed to automobile traffic from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today as New Braunfels kicks off Festtage. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. today when the Christmas tree lights are switched on in downtown New Braunfels. See special section in today’s edition. ;