New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
COMING THURSDAYFighting back
Smithson Valley prepares for district openerNew Braunfels volleyball
Unicorns visit Del Valle jot district match Time: 7p.m.
Information: Unicorns won first meeting.Smithson Valley volleyball
Cougars travel to San Antonio Southwest Jot key District 27-SA match.
Time: 7:30p.m.Marlon football
Bulldogs look for second consecutive district win at home against Poteet.
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Braunfels edges Canyon in four sets
Canyon’s Natalie Fey serves the ball during the Cougarettes four-game loss to New Braunfels Tuesday. Fey had 16 kills in the match.Unicorns open two-game lead in district race
By David Rupkalvis
The New Braunfels volleyball team overcame a stiff challenge from Canyon luesday and opened a two game lead in the District 25 4A standings with a 26 24, 25 16, 24 26, .25 22 victory ai Canyon High School.
With the victory, New Braunfels remained perfect in district play at 7 0 and improved to 24 5 overall. Canyon fell to 6 2 in the district and 18-13 overall.
“It was a great match,” New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler said. We knew that it would be. We told the girls it would be a lot closet than ii was last time."
‘ When the teams met last month, the Unicorns won in stiaight sets.
Canyon came out firing in the opening game, using the emotion of a near-capacity crowd at the Cougar lien to charge to a 15 IO lead. I he Cougaiettes maintained the lead throughout the game and appeared lo be on the verge ot win mug with a 22-18 lead.
But then the Unicorns came to life, jackie I Au as had several kills as New Braunfels rallied to tie the score 23 23.
A kill by Brooke Hngel gave (Canyon game point at 24 23, but Erica Wendell had a block to lie the score, the Cougarenes gave up a point on a hit that went long and Wendell then added a kill to give New Braunfels the win.
The opening game loss seemed to deilate the Cougarettes and the Uni coms made them pay New Braun leis used six consecutive service win liers from Jennifer Baerwald to break open the second game and coasted to victory.
After opening a 4 0 lead in the third game, New Braunfels appeared to be on the way to a three-game sweep, but tiiis time the Cougaiettes fought back. Several New Braunfels hitting errors allowed C anyon to tie tile game and then Engel took ovei
New Braunfels senior Erica Wendell goes up for a block during the Unicorns victory Tuesday Wendell led the Unicorns with 17 kills
With the Unicorns holding two match points at 24 22. Hngel had back to back kills, scored a point on a block and then added another kill to give Canyon the 26-24 win.
Hie fourth game was also hard-fought as neither team took control. I he Cougarettes opened a three-point lead early, but New Braunfels fought back to go up by two. Canyon came back again and tied the match at 22-22, but Lucas liad a kill, (imyon hit a ball out and the Brittany Fowler pounded a kill on match point to gi vc tile Unicorns tile victory.
I he kids played hard, they played
well,” Canyon coach Heather Sanders said. “There were a couple of rotations that we struggled putting the ball away. We had some trouble with their big block.”
Wendell led the Unicorns with 17 kills and four blocks. Fowler also played well with 25 assists and 16 digs. Lucas added 11 kills and four blocks and Rate Roeder 19 digs for the Unicorns.
Hngel had 18 kills and two blocks to lead the Cougarettes. Tiffany Sheetrock added 40 assists and two aces,
See UNICORNS. Page 7A
Rangers sweep Hornets
By Jason Chlapek
The Smithson Valley volleyball team improved its district record to 4-0 with a convincing three game victory over San Antonio Hast Central luesday.
Despite playing without head coach Bryan Funk, the Rangers trounced Hast Central 25-8, 25-12,25-20.
Funk missed the match because he was serving a one-match suspension after earning a red card during last Fridays victory over Brackenridge. Assistant coach Usa I )aigle lilied in for Funk.
“The kids practiced hard this week,” Daigle said. “We didn’t do anytiiing special to
night, we just did what we had to do to win.”
After Smithson Valley easily won the first two games. Hast Central roared hack in the third, laking an 8-5 lead.
But the Rangers came hack, going on a 13-5 run to take a 18-13 lead. The I lorne-ts went on one last run to cut the lead to 22-20. But clutch serving by senior outside hitter Sydney Teuton and great hustle play by teammates Amber Mueller and I lannah Werchan put the I lornets to rest as the Rangers won the game by a score of 25-20.
“We blew them out in the first two games, hut they showed up in the third
See RANGERS, Page 7A
Marlins edge Cubs in 11
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Lowell sure wrecked this Wrigley Field party.
With the old ballpark still shaking after Sammy Sosa’s tremendous, tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, Lowell led off the 11th with a pinch-hit home run that sent the Florida Marlins over the Chicago Cubs 9-8 Tuesday night in the NI. championship series.
In a game featuring seven homers, four triples and six
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doubles, Sosa’s two-run shot was clearly the most dramatic. I Ie finally delivered a big postseason flit; and when the ball landed beyond the left-field wall, it turned Waveland Avenue into Bedlam Boulevard.
Cantu returns to lead Unicorns against Cardinals
By Jason Chlapek
After taking a week off, the New Braunfels Unicorns are at it again and a familial lace will join them on the field.
Friday, the Unicorns begin the second hall of their sea son as they travel to Austin fen a district 25-4A match up with the Del Valle Cardinals, and junior quarterback Michael Cantu will he in uniform and ready lo play.
Cantu missed the last two games after suffer ing a sepa rated shoulder against Seguin.
(bach Rick Rhoades said he expects a tough game horn the (Cardinals.
“They have a lot ol good skill kids Their quarterback, running backs, and second ary kids are very athletic,’ Rhoades said. “They run a lot of different offensive forma lions. At the beginning of the season, they ran something similar to a slot I, hut recently they've been running more spread formations. On defense, they run a 5 0 front and they will have seven guys in the box at all times I laving a week off gave the Unicorns a chance to recover from bumps and bruises and work on improving as a team. But the biggest beneficiary may have been ( aiiti^ who
was cleared to play after miss ing three weeks. Rhoades said there is a possibility that ( an ut may start on Friday.
“It feels great to be back in pads. When you get hurt you tend to be anxious to gel back, (.antusaid.“Theshout der was hurting at the beginning of last week, but it start ed feeling better at the end of the week. ’
Rhoades did not say who would start at quarterback, but said that had confidence in both of his quarterbacks. Sophomore /ack Rhodes filled in when (antu went down. After struggling in a loss to Kerrville, Rhodes responded with an excellent game in a 24-21 win over Bastrop.
Mike ((antu) looked sharp today,” Rhoades said. “I Ie ac orally could’ve gone against Bastrop two weeks ago ii needed, hut now he ll deli ' tritely be ready this Friday."
last week’s bye seemed to help the Unicorns not only recover from the bumps and bruises received over the last five weeks, but the time off also helped the team gel and grow closer.
"I like having a week zero because it not only gives tin* kids time to heal and relax, hut it also gives us coaches more time to spend with fain llV Rhoades said “Some
times, teams can have a letdown al ter a bye week. There's no one to look forward to on Fr iday and you tend to lose intensity in practice. But after today’s practice, I feel that we have our intensity. We looked really sharp today.”
Cantu said that after sitting and watching for the last three weeks, he is eager to get hack on (lie field and to contribute to the learn
He agreed that having a week off was beneficial for the Unicorns.
“I feel like we’re growing closer as a team,” Cantu said. “The bye week really helped. Since we didn’t play last Friday, some of us got together and went to see some of the other teaips in our district play. It was a good opportunity to see who we will be fac ing in the weeks to come."
New Braunfels quarterback Michael Cantu throws a pass during practice Tuesday