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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas By Bryan Adams Sports Editor SAN MARCOS — The size of Strahan Coliseum, the noise from the thousands of people on hand and the butterflies in their stomachs did not rattle the New Braunfels Unicorns, even when they fell behind 2-0 early in the first game. Like they have been known to do all season, the Unicorns rallied to overtake Friendswood and then never looked back as they knocked off the Mustangs 15-9,15-9 Friday night in the state semifinals in San Marcos. Two unforced errors by Friendswood tied the first game at 2-2 and an ace by New Braunfels senior Michelle Popp gave the Unicorns a 3-2 lead. NB led the rest of the game. “Once a server gets an ace on us, I think we just focus harder on our serve receive and start playing better,” Popp said. “I don’t think we got down at all.” With the win the Unicorns (33-7) advance to the state championship game, which is to be play at 2:30 p.m. today. They will play the unbeaten Longview Pine Tree Lady Pirates (40-0), who defeated Cleburne 15-8, 15-9 in their state semifinal match. “At this point of the year records don’t mean anything,” NB senior Bethany Hildebrand said. “We just take it game by game and focus on the game at hand. We just have to go out and work hard to win.” Despite losing their starting mid- State Semifinals New Braunfels Unicorns defeated Friendswood Mustangs 15-9,15-9 ■ NEXT: vs. Longview Pine Tree (40-0) at 2:30 p.m. today. ■ WHERE: Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. die blocker for about 15 minutes because of turned ankle, Friendswood (33-8) rallied to tie the game at 4-4 on kills by Ami Rodgers and Magdelena Gotsch, “We know that when a player goes down the other players are going to step it up,” Popp said. “They did and I really didn’t see a big difference at all ” The Unicorns rallied for a 7-4 lead behind three consecutive aces by Hildebrand. NB head coach Phyllis Fowler said before the match that the key to winning would be serving and serve receive. “We had a few key serves, a couple of aces, and the kids got on a roll,” Fowler said. “Neither team had the momentum from the very beginning.” “They knew who to serve to. We studied the video. The kids knew before we came here that they See VOLLEYBALL/2B TT"r7—    —    Quick Hits Game Time ►Today Basketball Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz. 8 p.m. on WGN. College Football Michigan at Ohio State. 11 a.m. on KSA! East Carolina at West Virginia. 11 a.m. on ESPN. Illinois at Northwestern. 11 a.m. on espn2. Kansas State at Missouri. 11:30 a.m. on KENS. Texas-EI Paso at Texas Christian. 2 p.m. on FXSP. Auburn at Alabama. 2:30 p.m. on KENS. Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m. on KSAT. Ole Miss at Georgia. 5 p.m. on espn2. Oregon at Oregon State. 5:30 p.m. on FXSP. Miami (Fla.) at Syracuse. 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. Florida at Florida State. 7 p.m. on KSAT. Gymnastics Reese’s Gymnastics Cup. 3 p.m. on KMOL. Tennis WTA, Chase Championships, semifinal. Noon on FXSP. ATP Tennis Masters Series, semifinal. 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. Skiing World Cup Skiing, men’s giant slalom. 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. Rangers offer Burks 3-years, $21 million FORT WORTH (AP) — The offer from the Texas Rangers is on the table for free agent outfielder Ellis Burks. So are deals from Cleveland and Colorado. Burks said he expects to decide by the weekend which team he will sign with. He plans to know before returning to Fort Worth next week with his family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Burks, 36, has been limited by two operations on both knees the past two seasons in San Francisco. In 393 at-bats last season, he hit .344 with 24 home runs and 96 BURKS RBIs. Burks likes the idea of being used as a designated hitter by the Rangers, who have offered a three-year deal worth $18-21 million. Cleveland has reportedly offered a three-year deal, and Colorado is proposing two years with an option for a third. TLU’s Salazar leads All-ASC soccer team SEGUIN — Texas Lutheran defender Eddie Salazar was named to the 2000 American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team to lead a group of eight other Bulldogs on the men’s and women’s all-conference squads. Salazar, a junior from San Antonio, was the captain of the Bulldog defense that gave up a conference-low 19 goals in the 2000 season. He was joined on the division first team by junior midfielder Cory McDougal, of San Antonio. David Stahl, a sophomore defender from Seguin, and freshman forward Sean O’Brien, of Friendswood, were named to the All-West Division Second Team. Bulldog goalkeeper Wes Mariott was named to the West Division Honorable Mention Team. The women’s team had two members, first-year midfielder Christy Trevino and sophomore forward Andrea Franzen, selected to the conference’s All-West Division Second Team. Saturday, November 18, 2000Herald-Zeitung    IBSports :v:x     i-■-g_—~——————----------—I—T" vvrv-v,-——-....----....................-—.........-I—r-warn—j—-..........  —- i —     . :---—.   _---- -- ---—M.   - —J Friendly NB beating NB volleyball team earns trip to state finals with win CHS girls improve to 2-0 with 52-31 win From staff reports The Canyon girls basketball team upped its mark to 2-0 on the season with a 52-31 win over Flatonia Friday at CHS. Canyon shot 42 percent in the game, dominated the boards in the first half and committed just 13 turnovers. Becky lost led the Cougarettes with 14 points and Erin Henk racked up 12 points. Micaeli Smith added nine points. Crystal Kruger hauled a game-high IO rebounds and donated five points. Canyon next plays Clemons at 7;30 p.m. on Tuesday in Schertz. Hays 51, NB boys 49 (OT) The New Braunfels boys basketball team lost a heart-breaker Friday night on the road against Hays, 51-49, in overtime. A gutty performance by the Unicorns forced the overtime with the two teams knotted at 44-44. In the end Hays was able to pull away at the free throw line. Chris Medrano led the Unicorns with 18 points and Nick Hutnyak poured in IO points. Chase Taylor added nine points and Justin Baetge scored six points. The Unicorns fell to 0-2 on the season with the loss. New Braunfels next plays Central Catholic at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in San Antonio. SV boys 67, West Campus 60 The Smithson Valley boys basketball team went 2-0 in preseason with a 67-60 win over the West See ROUNDUP/3B Smithson Valley blasts McCollum K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior Kate Kennedy goes up for the kill as teammate Jackie Baerwald looks on during Friday night’s state semifinal match against Friendswood at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. The Unicorns will play for the state championship at 2:30 p.m. today. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley Ryan Beyer (5) and teammate Cody Fuller high-five after beating Canyon in their regular season finale. The Rangers advance past the first round of the playoffs with a win over San Antonio McCollum Friday night. Taylor, offensive line propel Unicorns past Medina Valley By Tim Clark Herald-Zeitung Correspondent SEGUIN —Clinging to a 13-9 halftime lead, the New Braunfels Unicorns started the second half by placing their Bi-District Playoff fate in the hands of senior running back Tate Taylor and behind the power of its offensive line. Taylor and the line used the opportunity to pound out three touchdown drives on their first three offensive possessions of the second half as the Unicorns defeated Medina Valley 34-21 to advance in the Class 4A state playoffs Friday night at Seguing Matador Stadium. New Braunfels advances to the Area Playoffs to face Austin Lake Travis, which advanced with a 21-14 win over Pflugerville Connally on Friday. After taking the ball to start the second half, the Unicorns and Taylor wasted little time in See UNICORNS/3B credft/Herald-Zertung NB’s Evan Smith makes a tackle during Friday night’s 34-21 playoff win over Medina Valley in Seguin. Rangers advance with 45-12 victory By Will Martin Herald-Zeitung Correspondent SAN ANTONIO — The weather may have kept some of the fans away, but not even Mother Nature could slow down Smithson Valley Friday night as the Rangers rolled the Cowboys of San Antonio McCollum 45-12 at East Central Stadium in a Bi-District showdown. The win brings the Rangers’ season record to 10-1 and gives head coach Larry Hill’s team a spot in the second round of the playoffs. Smithson Valley exploded out of the gates, capping their 67-yard opening drive with an eight-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Laron By bee. Junior Michael Pawelek then found senior tight end Jeff Schoggin for the two-point conversion, putting Smithson Valley ahead 8-0. After McCollum went three and out on their ensuing possession, the Rangers came out firing. Bybee com pleted three passes for 38 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Cody Fuller that would put Smithson Valley up 15-0. KRAWCZYNSKI The Ran8ers' defense, led by senior linebacker David Krawczynski, remained stifling as McCollum again had to punt the ball away. In their first two possessions the Cowboys could only muster two yards of total offense. Smithson Valley continued to dominate on offense, scoring on a three-yard run by junior Clint Haney and again on a 37-yard run by Fuller, placing the Rangers squarely in the driver’s seat with a 29-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cowboys regrouped and were See/3B ;