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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, November 17, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 A SV cheerleader Kirsten Keller. SPORTS One more step? Results of NB’s volleyball state semifinal. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY TIC K-E-T B New Braunfels at tourney Unicorns face Klein Oak at state volleyball tournament. Time: 7 p.m. Cougars, Jaguars tangle Canyon plays Austin LBJ in 4A-II area football playoff in Round Rock. Time: 7:30p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) Rangers face Mustangs Smithson Valley plays SA Jay in Class 5A area football playoff Time: 2p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) Sideline s From staff, wire reports LOCAL CANYON-LBJ PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Canyon-Austin LB) 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 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. Adult tickets are $7; $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $7. SV-JAY PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Saturday’s 2 p.m. Smithson Valley-SA Jay football game at Farris Stadium will be sold from 8-11 a.m. today 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. NBCA SOCCER DOWNS ANTONIAN - The New Braunfels Christian Academy Wildcats defeated SA Antonian’s junior varsity behind Jessica Ogrin’s two goals Tuesday night. The first goal came on a free kick and the second off a steal, miasM'St-*. cd. Wildcats goalie Whitney Williams did not allow a goal in four attempts to run her goal-against average to 1.67. The Wildcats (1-2) will play at San Antonio FEAST at 4 p.m. today. WILDCATS EDGE CASA — New Braunfels Christian Academy’s Wildcats downed Christian Academy of San Antonio 58-57 in a boys basketball game Tuesday night. Joe Zinkgraf scored 18 points, and Tim Fraker, Ion Fraker and John Deetjen each scored IO points to lead NBCA. “Our team is starting to jell,” said coach Daniel Perez. “We’re playing team basketball and are scoring well.” The Wildcats (2-0) will play Round Rock Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday. MARION DOWNS BLANCO — Ali Albrecht had 17 points and three assists as the Lady Bulldogs defeated Blanco 60-34 in girls basketball Tuesday night. Megan Delgado had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals and Brittany Burton had nine points, six boards and five assists to lead Marion (2-0), which will play Nixon-Smiley at 6:30 p.m. Friday. CFPO TEAMS IN SUPER BOWL - New Braunfels CFPO football teams will compete Sunday at the league’s three-league Super Bowl at Texas State’s Bobcat Stadium. New Braunfels’ Pee Wee team will play for that division’s championship at noon; the junior division team will play Geronimo for third place at I p.m. and the senior division squad will play San Marcos at 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for those 13 and older. Stately appearance for Unicorns NB sees mirror in Klein Oak By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN MARCOS — There’s four teams that’ll compete today in the Class 4A volleyball tournament. Each of them have something special, and Klein Oak, New Braunfels’ semifinal opponent, is no different. The Panthers (31-8) bring in some tough hitters into today’s 7 p.m. semifinal against the Unicorns (28-10) at Texas State University’s Stra-han Coliseum. Like New Braunfels, the sting of coming up short last year has fueled them this year. “We just have a lot of teamwork and fight," Klein Oak coach Christie Mewis said of her team, which lost several veterans from last year’s squad that lost to Brenham in the Region III final. This fall, the Panthers swept the Cubettes to not only win District 18-4A, but also secure its first state tournament berth. “We had to move a lot of kids into positions we hadn’t expected them to play because we lost six seniors from last year’s team,” Mewis said. “The kids just stepped up and accepted the challenge. The best way I can explain it is that this team fights — they just fight until the end.” The Panthers boast only three seniors, led by outside hitter Bridget Laplante. “Bridget is our team leader,” Mewis said. “She led the area in kills per game and was also in the top five in digs. She’s very humble kid and a very good competitor, an all-around player who signed with Oklahoma last week after spending four years on the varsity. “ The thing I like about her is she’s a cool, calm kid who’s not very emotional either way. She plays her game.” Third-year setter Samantha Wilson is who Mewis calls the team’s quarterback. Lauren Meckel, the libero, completes the senior trio. “The others are just a bunch of young kids who decided they wanted to help the seniors, and they clicked togeth-er,” Mewis said of middle blockers Leigh Cravens and Amanda Hanson, defensive specialists Colette Nammour and Courtney Pratt and right side hitter Sophie Wilson. Laplante and Hanson are both over 6 feet tall, and Cravens and Samantha Wilson are both listed as 5-8. New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler said her team will have to be very active to counter the Pan- MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels teammates exchange high-fives following a point during a game this sea-son.The Unicorns will play Klein Oak in a Class 4A state semifinal today at 7 p.m. 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 for three days. Getting there: Take Interstate 35 north to San Marcos, take the Aquarena Springs Drive/Loop 82 exit (exit 206). Turn left back under IH-35 and go west towards the university. Pass three traffic lights and cross over a railroad track just past Bobcat Stadium. After the railroad track, park in the lot on the left. Strahan Coliseum is located just down Aquarena Springs Drive across from Charles Austin Drive thers’ attack. “We’re aware they’re going to have good size at the net,” Fowler said. “We’re going to have to move the ball around, get them on the move and try to force some splits in their blocks so we can hit some good shots to keep them off-balance. “We are outsized at the net, but the kids are going to have to serve tough to keep them from running their offense and going to their good hitter. We’re going to give it our best shot.” New Braunfels has been led by hitter Taylor Jonas and blockers Amy Huddleston and Lacy Redwine, all juniors. Rachel Brown is one of the area leaders in assists, while hitters Deanna Dahse and Chelsie Fowler attack from the TODAYS SEMIFINALS Class 2A Quitman (44-1) vs. Brock (28-7), 1 p.m. Jewett Leon (37-4) vs. Poth (35-5), 3 p.m. Class 4A 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. sides. That trio, along with libero Samantha Ungamfel-ter, are the Unicorns’ four seniors. “New Braunfels is a solid team. From what I know and have seen, they definitely have some power on their front line and a scrappy defense,” Mewis said. “On paper, we line up as far as our sizes go, but New Braunfels has a lot of state experience. They are a powerful team and we need to play our “A” game when we show up to play them Thursday night.” The Unicorns got it going just before district, when a three-game loss to defending 5A champion Austin Westlake made them see they can compete against the big boys. “That was when we really started clicking and working 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. Class SA 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. together as a team,” Lingam-felter said. “That’s something you have to work at in order to form a championship team. We just kept building on that foundation, and that got us where we are.” New Braunfels, with eight state appearances, has tradition on its side. “I think tradition runs deep,” Fowler said. “After realizing these girls have never been through the playoffs before, I told them that they might not have had this experience because die girls before them paved this road and made it easier.” Nerves loom large in state matches. Klein Oak, an up-and-comer, realizes it can’t let that lead to opponent’s points. “New Braunfels will be a tough competitor and I think NEW BRAUNFELS UNICORNS (28-10) VOLLEYBALL SEASON RESULTS STATE SEMIFINAL LINEUPS KLEIN OAK PANTHERS (31-8) District 18-4A champion Coach: Christie Mewis 2005 playoffs: first-round bye; def. Beaumont Ozen; def. Hallsville; def. Richmond Foster; def. Brenham State tournament appearances (1): 2005 THE PANTHERS No. Name    Pos. Ht. Cl. 1 Leigh Cravens MB 5-8 Jr. 2 Courtney Pratt DS 5-3 Jr. 7 Sophie Wilson OH 5-7 Jr. 10 Samantha Wilson S 5-8 Sr. 13 Samantha Young UT 5-9 So. 15 Amanda Hanson MB 6-0 So. 16 Lauren Meckel LIB 5-6 Sr. 17 Jaime Wilken MB 5-9 Jr. 20 Megan McDonald MB 6-4 So. 21 Lindsey Hackney DS 5-4 Jr. 25 Colette Nammour DS 5-5 Jr. 26 Morgan Wallace OH 5-8 Fr. 30 Bridget Laplante OH 6-0 Sr. 32 Courtney Reed UT 5-6 So. STATISTICAL LEADERS (season per game averages) Kills: Laplante 5.8 Assists: Sam Wilson 9.3 per game Blocks: Cravens and Hanson 0.76 each; Laplante 0.60 Aces: Laplante 54 total Digs: Laplante 560 total; Sam Wilson, Sophie Wilson and Cravens each over 350 total NEW BRAUNFELS UNICORNS (28-10) District 27-4A co-champion Coach: Phyllis Fowler (11th season) 2005 playoffs: first-round bye; def. Elgin; def. Austin McCallum: def. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff; def. New Braunfels Canyon State tournament appearances: (8): 1984, 1987-88, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005 State championships (1): 2000 THE UNICORNS No. Name    Pos. Ht. Cl. 1 Taylor Jonas OH 5-9 Jr. 2 Sam Lingamfelter L 5-2 Sr. 3 Kirsten Brotze OH 5-8 Jr. 4 Rachel Brown S 5-8 Sr. 5 Deanna Dahse OH 5-10 Sr. 6 Brittany Schamaun DS 5-2 Jr. 7 Taryn Witten DS 5-5 Jr. 8 Amy Huddleston MB 5-10 Jr. 9 MaryBeth Huber S 5-5 So 10 Lacy Redwine MB 5-10 Jr. 11 Sarah Hand S 5-7 Jr. 12 Elise Schaefer DS 66 Sa 13 Andrea Hannasch MB 5-11 Fr. 14 Chelsie Fowler OH 5-9 Sr. STATISTICAL LEADERS (season per game averages) Kills: Huddleston 3.51; Jonas 2.83; Redwine 2.79 Assists: Brown 10.6 Blocks: Huddleston 0.88; Redwine 0.60; Dahse 0.52 Aces: Fowler 0.83 Digs: Redwine 4.8; Jonas 3.5; Lingamfelter 3.2; Brown 3.0; Fowler 2.8 the game will come down to who makes the fewest mistakes,” Mewis added. “I ve told our kids that they are going to make us earn each point and that we can’t afford to give anything away.” PREDISTRICT GAMES lost to Cedar Park, 23-25,25-11,19-25, 25-23,14-16 lost to SA Churchill, 18-25,22-25,17-25 lost to Austin Bowie, 23-25,12-25, IB- 25 def. Round Rock, 25-9,25-17,25-16 def. Converse Judson, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 lost to SA Clark, 25-22,19-25,17-25 def. SA Southwest, 25-6,25-11 def. Georgetown, 25-12,25-11 def. SA Southwest, 25-14, 25-8 def. SA Warren, 25-15, 25-21 def. Hays Consolidated, 25-20, 25-18, 18-25, 25-17 def. Killeen Harker Heights, 25-8,25-13 def. Brenham, 25-18,25-20 def. Arlington High 25-19,25-12 lost to Austin Westlake, 25-17, 20-25, 18-25 lost to Austin Bowie, 18-25,21-25 def. Austin St. Michael’s, 25-18,25-14, 25-16 lost to Fort Bend Clemens, 24-26,25-9, 15-25 def. Katy Taylor, 25-12,25-22 def. Katy, 25-22, 25-18 lost to SA O’Connor, 24-26, 24-26 DISTRICT 27-4A GAMES def. NB Canyon, 22-25. 25-16, 15-25, 25-19,15-11 def. Lake Travis, 25-16,25-15,25-22 def. Kyle Lehman 25-10,25-3,25-3 def. Dripping Springs 25-16,25-21,25-18 def. Marble Falls, 25-12, 25-6, 25-12 def. Burnet, 25-14, 25-10,25-12 lost to NB Canyon, 24-26,21-25, 20-25 def. Lake Travis, 25-9,25-20,25-12 def. Kyle Lehman, 25-7,25-2, 25-5 def. Dripping Springs, 25-10,25-6,25- 20 def. Marble Falls, 25-9, 25-12,25-19 def. Burnet, 25-15, 25-8, 25-10 PLAYOFF WARM-UP lost to Humble Kingwood, 21-25,23-25, 21-25 AREA def. Elgin, 25-7,25-9, 25-11 REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL def. Austin McCallum, 25-18, 25-9, 25-28 REGIONAL SEMIFINAL def. CC Flour Bluff, 25-13,25-16,25-22 REGION IV FINAL def. NB Canyon, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 ;