New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
NB Unicorns, it doesn’t get any better than this
By Bryan Adams
SAN MARCOS —Two weeks of preseason practice, 65 days of regular season play and four weeks of gut-wrenching playoff action all boiled down to the biggest match of their lives — the UIL State Volleyball Championship.
The New Braunfels Unicorns (34-7) captured the 2000 Class 4A State Championship by beating the previously unbeaten Longview Pine Tree Lady Pirates (40-1), 15-10, 5-15, 15-11, Saturday at Southwest Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.
Unicom senior Kate Kennedy took home the State Tournament Most Valuable Player Award.
This was New Braunfels’ sixth trip to the state volleyball tournament, the second trip to the finals and the first state championship.
Head coach Phyllis Fowler, who had guided two New Braunfels teams to state semifinal matches but never a state finals match, knew her team was capable of accomplishing any goal it set.
“When we first found out where we were in the bracket after we won district, the kids never set their goals on coming to state. They had goals to win state all along,” Fowler said. “I told them, ‘I don’t want another bronze.’ I’ve had that and I’ve been there. We wanted the gold, and now it’s really a great feeling.”
Not only did the Unicorns end Pine Tree’s first postsea-
10. Natalie Walther, Sr. 5'5"
11. Amanda Jergins, So. 5'6"
12. Belinda Vargas, Sr. 5'0"
14. Amy Eichmann, Sr. 57"
15. Jackie Baerwald, Sr. 5'5"
16. Michelle Popp, Sr. 5'11" 18. Michelle Shipley, Sr. 5'9"
20. Ashley Rauch, Jr. 5'8"
21. Bethany Hildebrand, Sr. 5'9"
23. Chelsea Cornelius, So. 5'10"
24. Traci Garvens, Jr. 5'5"
25. Jackie Lucas, Fr. 5'11" 31. Kate Kennedy, Sr. 5'10"
son experience in school history in defeat, they snapped the Lady Pirates’ 40-game win streak. Pine Tree had not lost a game in 40 matches this season (80 games).
“I think this is the most competitive group of girls I’ve ever coached,” Fowler said.
The Unicorns had eight seniors who played together in middle school, on the freshman team, on the junior varsity team, on off-season select teams and on the varsity. They said they dreamed of a state championship for as long as they could remember.
“We always expected it, anticipated and dreamed about it, but now that it’s actually happened, it’s absolutely amazing,” senior Amy Eichmann said. “We’ve worked so long and so hard for this. We’ve always been together, and we’ve always dreamed about this.”
Eichmann earned a spot on the State All-Tournament team.
Rainy weather expected to give way to sunshine
From staff reports
Regional rainfall Saturday brought few problems to New Braunfels or the Hill Country, and was expected to taper off overnight.
National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Baskin said snow was reported in the Texas
Panhandle and in far West Texas. However, South Texas got only the rain.
By 5 p.m. Saturday, only .68 inches of rain had been recorded at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
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Herald-Zeitung launches 2000 Cheer Fund campaign
From Staff Reports
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung continues its annual Cheer Fund this holiday season.
The Community Service Center identifies 200 families to receive food baskets. The Herald-Zeitung arranges to buy and deliver the food baskets.
Residents and businesses are
invited to drop off or mail donations to the Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels.
All funds will be used by buy groceries for needy families.
Volunteers will be needed to prepare and deliver the food baskets on Dec. 16.
For information, call Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144.
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