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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels swimming Unicorns compete in county meet at Northside Natatorium. m[ Time: 8:30 a. rn. Canyon swimming Cougars travel to San Antonio to compete in county meet. Time: 8:30 a.m.Smithson Valley girls basketball After opening with a loss, Rangers look to rebound in Harlandale Tournament Information: Tourney begins Friday.Page 6A — HERALD-ZErruNG — Thursday, November 20, 2003 New Braunfels JV basketball player Kansha Gibbs. Herald-Zettung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e mail at [email protected] Unicorns ready for rematch with Kerrville Tivy Purtle, defense must slow down Rattlers By Wally Gullick Correspondent There will be no Knute Rockne speeches needed when New Braunfels Coach Rick Rhoades addresses his 8-3 Unicorns before Friday night’s second-round playoff game with Kerrville-Tivy at the Alamodome. Humility is the source for this week's motivational drive and it has sparked a cry that is focused on redemption. Rhoades senses his club is mentally ready to prove it is a much better football team than the one that was thrashed by the Antlers 28-0 in the fourth game of the season. “I was real anxious to see how our kids would start this week of practice and they showed no signs of being intimated by Kerrville,” Rhoades said. The initial meeting was the final nondistrict tuneup and left the Unicorns reeling. It prompted a closed-door meeting among the players after the game. Defensively, the Unicorns vulnerability to the big play was exposed. They were caught on a trick play on the initial snap from scrimmage. “They have a trick play worked into their game plan each week,” Rhoades said. “The key for us is to not give up the big play. We also gave up a long play on a fourth and nine that they burned us on.” QuickNITS ■ New Braunfels (8-3) will face Kerrville Tivy (9-2) in a second-round playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Alamodome ■ The Rattlers beat the Unicorns 28-0 in a regular-season meeting Sept. 19 ■ Tickets can be purchased in advance from 8 a m. to 3 p.m. today and 8 a m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels High School. Tickets purchased in advance cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the gate cost $8. ■ There will be a pep rally for the team at 7 p.m. tonight at Unicorn Stadium. Stopping the big play translates into prohibiting Tivy quarterback Josh Rippey the time needed to read his options and throw the dagger. “We’ve got to get into the quarterback's face,” said Rhoades. He is hoping sack leader Jerry Purtle, with six, continues his stellar play from his defensive end post and gets to meet Rippey up close and personal Friday. Purtle, a 6-foot-4, 220 pounder who college scouts have ticketed for linebacker, underwent knee surgery after last season. He’s attracted the attention of universities like Army, Texas Tech and Baylor. Rehab through the offseason is long behind him, and he now feels better than before the injury and is coming on strong. “For me, getting the sack means using my footwork and quickness,” Purtle said. “I like to use a spin and rip move. They’ve got good size on the line, but we can beat them with our quickness.” Rhoades knows the sack can be more than just a defensive stop. It’s why he feels that getting pressure up front is so critical against a team . that totaled 200 yards in offense in the first half against the Unicorns. “Enthusiasm is contagious,” the coach said. “When you make a big play from pressuring the quarterback it creates enthusiasm.” The courageous fourth quarter defensive stops in crunch time against Canyon exemplify, that contagious enthusiasm. In that game, the defense hung on with a gas tank that was on empty. “Canyon was a big game for us for a lot of different reasons," Purtle said. “After beating them, we knew we had a chance to go out and win the undisputed district title. Our defense is really clicking: We’ve played three good games in a row now. We’re now starting to get the pressure we need as a unit, and on Friday we’re going REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior Jerry Purtle will play a key role as the Unicorns See URNCOIIIiS, Page 7A look to upset Kerrville Tivy in an area playoff game Friday. SPORTSThird year’s the charm Smithson Valley grad shines at Texas Lutheran By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer SEGUIN — After spending her first two years of collegiate volleyball as a part-time starter, Texas Lutheran University junior Lindsey Ko-_.    Imeier    finally earned a starting job at outside hitter this season. Kolmeier delivered by posting 297 kills, 53 blocks and 38 aces in her third season with the Bulldogs. More importantly, Kolm-eier’s efforts helped TLU go 19-0 in conference play, earning the Bulldogs the American Southwest Conference West Division Championship. “This past year was my best year here,” Kolmeier said. “There was a lot of cohesiveness on the team and a lot of diversity We also had great Lindsey Kolmeier WHIM ARE TMY NOW? Tracking careers of local athletes. leadership and everyone trusted each other. We just played and had fun this season.” Last week, the ASC All Conference squad was released and Kolmeier earned a spot on the West Division second team. “This past offseason we spent more time in the weight room than we did previously,” Kolmeier said. “It obviously paid off.” Former TLU player Brandi Bradley, who earned the ASC West Coach of the Year honor, coaches Kolmeier and the Bulldogs. In 2002, the first year under Bradley, Kolmeier was second on the team in kills per game with 2.38 and third on the team in total kills with 195 as the Bulldogs finished with an 18-14 overall record and went 15-3 in the conference. Kolmeier graduated from See NOLMRIM, Page 7A I Lindsey Kolmeier graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 2001. I She is an outside hitter for Texas Lutheran University. I Kolmeier was named to the all conference second team this year. I She is pursuing a psychology degree and wants to work for the FBI Photo submitted by Texas Lutheran University Junior Lindsey Kolmeier led Texas Lutheran University to first place in the ASC West Division regular-season standings. Texans’ rookies making a run at NFL history HOUSTON (AP) — Never mind that the race for the league’s top offensive rookie mi Jit come down to the Texans locker room. Candidates Andre Johnson and Doman-ick Davis are on pace to do much more. They’ve already helped breathe life into a very expansionesque Houston offense and are on pace to become the first rookies on the same team to have a 1,000-yard receivingyear and a 1,000-yard rushing year, all while becoming legitimate threats who shape defensive game plans. “If we weren’t playing them (Sunday), I would say they're an exciting group to watch,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “I don’t like watching them play when you’ve got to play against them.” The early success isn’t entirely unexpected from Johnson, the third overall pick who leads the team with 46 catches and 711 yards. His three receiving touchdowns are tied with Corey Bradford. More of a surprise has been fourth-round pick Domanick Davis, the 101st pick who struggled throughout his Louisiana State career to win a starting job, He is the league’s rookie leader Week 12 Schedule Sunday's pawns: Carolina at Dallas, noon Seattle at Baltimore, noon New England at Houston, noon Jacksonville at N Y Jets, noon Indianapolis at Buffalo, noon San Francisco at Green Bay. noon Detroit at Minnesota, noon Pittsburgh at Cleveland, noon New Orleans at Philadelphia, noon St Louis at Arizona. 3:05 p m Chicago at Denver. 3:05 p m Tennessee at Atlanta. 3 15 p m Oaklahd at Kansas City, 3:05 p m. Cincinnati at San Diego. 3:15 p.m Washington at Miami. 7:30 p m. Monday'a game: NY Giants at Tampa Bay. 8 pm with 655 yards rushing. For his part, Johnson said he’s still concentrating on learning the NFL and trying to improve the Texans. • “I think my biggest thing coming into the league was not to put too much pressure on myself,” Johnson said. “I’m not trying to go out there and be the hero. I’m just playing and letting the plays come to me.” The closest any running back-receiver tandem has come to achieving 1,000 yards each was 1973, when the Bengals’ Boobie Clark ran for 988 yards and receiver Isaac Curtis had 843 through the air.Flag football league brings present, future together on gridiron By Jason Chlapek • Staff Writer The National Football League is not the only source of Sunday afternoon football. Here in New Braunfels, there was a youth flag football played on Sunday afternoons and it was almost as much fun as the professional game. Unlike other youth league sports, which are normally coached by one of the child’s fathers, flag football is coached by high school football players from New Braunfels, Smithson Valley and Canyon High Schools. "Flag football is a great experience for the kids,” James Brown said. “We (coaches) have the opportunity to be good role models for the kids.” Brown is an offensive lineman for New Braunfels and a coach for the Division I Titans. Brown and his high school teammates, Ryan Saldana and Jacob Bremer, coach the Titans. “I enjoy working with the kids,” Saldana said. “This gives them something to look forward to when they reach middle school and high school.” Bremer said he not only wants to prepare the players for the high school and middle school games, but he also sees coaching as an “It’s a lot of fun. I really like my coaches. I want to be a Unicorn when I get older." — Davis Taylor 7-year-old flag football player escape from the rigors of school and football. “It’s good to get a break from the hassles of school work and football,” he said. “I also have a lot of fun teaching these kids the fundamentals and getting them ready for football.” One of .those kids who wants to play at the next level is 8-year-old Erie Smith. “Football is ftin. I love playing the game,” Smith said. "When I get old enough, I definitely want to play for the Unicorns.” Smith isn’t the only child who wants to play football as he gets older. Davis Taylor, 7, also plans on continuing his football career, while Dillon Frontz, 6, does not. “It’s a lot of fun. I really like my coaches,” Taylor said. “I want to be a Unicom when I get older.” Frontz lias other aspirations in his future. “I want to be a veterinarian,” he said. The Titans are just one of the 23 teams participating in the league. Division I is made up of 11 tpams, Division ll has seven, and Division UI has five. New Braunfels assistant coach Eric Young said the league benefits the community. “Without the sponsors, we couldn’t give the kids this opportunity,” Young said. “Thefy are very generous in sponsoring our league and giving us a chance to see what kind of talent we will be seeing in the future.” The season ended Sunday. ;