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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung TI Wednesday October 9, 1996 Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Avery McEachem digs a Bastrop spike Tuesday night. Barranco, Tyana Michalek and Tiffany    tonight.” Weidner all had seven digs.    Kellye Rogers led the team with six The Smithson Valley Rangers (20-    kills and 11 digs. Sasha Horner and 7, 5-2) kept pace in the District 28-4A    Christy Badman both had 1.5 blocks, race with a 15-4, 15-7 win over Bastrop    while Badman handed out 18 assists. (2-6) Tuesday night at Ranger Gym.    Michelle Moore had four kids and eight Smithson Valley coach Margaret    digs for the Rangers. Mitcham hopes the Rangers' win sig-    The New Braunfels Unicorns (18-6, nals the end of the teams midseason    8-0) moved three games ahead of the slump.    pack in Distnct 26-5A with a 15-12, 15- “We played much better.” Mitcham    12 win over San Antonio Lee (13-IO, 3- said. “We still made some errors and    5). stuff, but overall we played well. We're    “It was just what we expected," starting to get back in the groove. We’re    Fowler said. “Lee came out and played not ad the way back, but we’re getting    well. They played good defense which there.”    is what we can expect for the rest of the Mitcham said the big difference in    season.” the Rangers’ play last night and the last    Shelley Bredewater had 17 kids and couple of weeks was their demeanor.    14 digs while Hayley Helmley had 30 “I don’t know if it was pressure, if we    assists for the Unieorns. Yvette Vil- Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor David Winder about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.Sports Day BB th# SMM * — British radio commentator The Heraki-Z&tunQ wants to know at what ooHeoas or pro levels former Comal County nthtottw tao curronttr nlfiirinn * i te be eticubte. the athtetes must have graduated from New Braunfels, Smithson Valley a Canyon high schools. They must be currently participating in a Collegiate or prdssaional athletic program. Information should include the name of the athlete, high school, graduating year and current college or pro learn. Please include a name and number in case more information is needed.*¥&*• *v Ai information can be faxed to (210) 625-1224 or mailed or dropped by the Herald-Zeftung offices at 707 Lands St. in New Braunfels. For more informetion call David Winder at 625-9144. Gold Cards from the NBGSA are stilt available. The cards allow for discounts at many area stores andean be used over and over. The cost is $10 for each card. Anyone interested can call Gwen Burrell at 606-1924 or Connie Fite at 629-4767. Or you can mail $10 to NBGSA, P.O. Box 311432, New Braunfels. Tx 78130. The New Braunfels MerfsG^AssocSion wW SDonaor a lunier cdf tournament at Landa Park Golf Course on Nov. S and 3. Oxjnty.TH^wflTbd'agirlsahda boys division in 10-12,13-15 and 16-18 age groups. ; The sign up sheet is at Landa Park Golf Course. The last day to sign up Is Oct. 30. Lunch will be served to players on Saturday compliments of Schtotskyfc Deli. Awards on Sunday with lunch compliments of Domino’s Pizfca. The Tobacco Haua is also a sponsor. For more information cal Landa Park Golf Course at 608-2174 I The Ranger Furriest is still in need of door prizes, raffle and live auction items. Anyone who can donate services, vacation or hunting sites, athletic or concert tickets, etc.' should contact Patti Prescott at 980-7569. The Funfest has already gathered Spurs tickets, golf for four at Sonterra and tickets cyi Southwest Albines. 1    - W Funfeet is ai*) in need of several volunteers to work one-hour shifts. Baked goods are also needed for the baka sale. lf you would like to volunteer or donate call Patti. The Ranger Funfeet will happen 5 p.m. to midnight this Saturday at Anhalt Hall. The NBJGA is currently selling tickets to this ysffrh prestigious La Cantara Texas Open to be held in San Antonio today through Sunday. NBJGA will be sailing tickets with ai! money going towards scholarships. The tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Sundance Golf Course, New Braunfels Driving Range, Northctiffe Country Club and Canyon Lake Country Club. For more information call Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. I IM * ‘dRbBMD * II ; Jvi I f Area teams win to stay in playoff hunt By DAVID WINDER Sports Editor The Canyon Cougarettes came back from a 6-2 third-game deficit to claim a 15-4, 7-15, 15-11 win over the Del Valle Brahmas Tuesday night at the Cougar Den. The win pulls the Cougars (15-9, 5-2) even with the Brahmas (14-6, 5-2) for second place in District 28-4A. “It was a major win for us,” Canyon coach Donna Boehle said. “The first game we came out and played flawless. It was gorgeous every thing was going right. It was just awesome. The passing was gorgeous, and the serving was tough.” But just as great as the Cougars' serving was in the first game, it turned that bad in the second. “You can’t win making seven service errors,” Boehle said. “You put yourself in a hole. That gave them the momentum going into the next game ” The Brahmas built a 6-2 lead in the third game. But the Cougarettes were able to regroup to gain the victory following some inspirational words from Boehle. “I asked one of the players “Why are you frustrated?’” Boehle said. “Then I asked all of them if they would rather play with frustrated players or ones that are upbeat and positive?” The upbeat and positive Cougars then outscored the Brahmas 13-5 to take the match. Cheryl Dunn had the Cougarettes’ best disposition, taking ownership of the net in the third game to score several key kills. Dunn finished the match with IO kills and four blocks. “Cheryl Dunn had a great game,” Boehle said “She came up with some thundering hits.” Marci Allen had 26 assists, while Cali Courtney had five blocks. Amic were just tense or what,” Mitcham said. “But we started to have fun again lanueva has three blocks and Laura Bissext had two aces. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon’s Kelly Parrish and Ranessa Reeh celebrate a point. £ A “Reel” Story Gall O’Hara Poapteil caught recently near Marker 37 on the Intercoastal Canal at North Padre Island. She and her husband, Vladimir, caught sovan keeper reds, four drum, two largo trout and more than 30 sand trout and croaker in two days of fishing. Gate caught the fish using cut bait after running out of live shrimp. When the hooked the big red It headed full speed down the canal and continued to peel off the line. It soon became apparent the fish was not going to turnaround and there would be no line left on the reel. So Gale had Vladimir haul anchor, start the motor and follow the fish until It tired. “I know this sounds like a fish story, but I’ve got tho fish to prove It,” Gale said. Cowboys getting well quick Sports greats should stay away from films David Winder Sports Editor By JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer On Od. 19-20, J&R’s Silver Team win host a USA Gymnastics sanctioned meet. Over 200 female athletes from Austin to McAllen will compete for ribbons, medals and scores that will advance them in the state standings. Levels of competition include 4,6 and 7. USAG has difficulty levels from 4 to 10, so this meet will include both new and veteran athletes competing in their respective levels. This is only one of six meets of its kind in the state. Carnal Countty AAM dab abartarlag baa la Taxas Taoti fam9 ? Space is available on a charter bus to College Station for the Oct. 26 football game between Texas AMI and texas Tech. The bus departs New Braunfels at 8 a m return* after thegame. The trip is spon-by the Comal County AAM club and 7    i    JlJS    * cal Jean Pfiuger at 629- 1RVING,Texas (AP)- Michael Irvin will make his 1996 debut with the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. Shante Carver makes his next week, and Charles Haley could also be playing by then. Soon after, Jay Novaeek could return. And to top it off, Lmmitt Smith is finally feeling healthy. No wonder coach Barry Switzer isn’t too worried about his team’s 2-3 start. “We can look to the future and see we have help coming,” Switzer said Tuesday. Irvin will be in uniform in Sunday’s home game against Arizona. It probably won’t take long for quarterback Troy Aikman to find his favorite target, likely triggering the cheers Irvin yearns to hear once again. Things have gone smoothly in practice for Irvin and Aikman. They say their timing hasn't missed a beat. “I’ve got to honestly say ifs like he was there all year long,” Switzer said. Irvin returned from his five-game suspension in great shape. He put himself through rugged conditioning drills during the free time he was stuck with following a soap opera-like offseason. “I saw him yesterday go up about three feet off the ground, spread out with that big wing span, and with three defensive backs around him he just sucked in the ball,” Switzer said. “Kelvin Martin can’t do that.” Despite the positive jolt Irvin will provide, Switzer warned that it’s not fair not to expect too much from one person. “I think we all have to realize that Michael back is a tremendous lift to us, emotionally and talent- ‘I think we have to realize that Michael back is a tremendous lift to us, emotional, ly and talent-wise.’ — Barry Switzer wise,” Switzer said. “But if we continue to play the way we’ve been playing, making dumb mistakes, then Michael’s presence doesn’t help us.” Penalties and poor execution not Irvin’s absence — are the main reasons Dallas is last in the NFC East. Much of the sloppy play can be traced to backups filling in for injured or suspended starters, or to people playing out of position. Well, it was bound to happen*!^ fact, there was really no way of getting around it. I’m just surprised it took this long to get it together. But on opening weekend FII pay my money just to see for myself what I’ve been wondering about for years. Can Michael Jordan act? Later this month Jordan will make his big screen debut in the movie "Space Jam.” Reviews of the film and his performance have been favorable, but you can afford to take chances when acting legends Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are your costars. But that’s what athletes have always done on the silver screen — take chances. Olympic swimmer Johnny Weis-muller made a believable Tarzan by saying one-word sentences and swinging from branches. Former Hcisman trophy winner O.J. Simpson learned the acting trade on the set of “The Naked Gun,” movies then used that knowledge to turn in the performance of a lifetime over the past two years. The sad thing was he wasn't even nominated for an Emmy. But O.J. isn’t alone when it comes to athletes not being recognized for their acting genius. Over the years many have tried but few have been able to gain the status that makes people stop saying things like, “Hey, isn't that Dennis Rodman playing an Amish farmer.” And that s why sports stars have to be really good actors. II they’re not, then they’re just playing themselves iii an acting role. When Robert Deniro acts, he becomes that character While you’re watching one of his movies, you’re watching a psycho, not Deniro, playing a psycho. When you’re watching Reggie Jackson in a movie, you’re watching a guy who stumbles over lines and misses his marks but hits 500-foot home runs. It’s not all the fault of the athletes. Let’s face it, they haven’t exactly been in films or had roles that have award-winning potential. Jim Brown, known as probably the greatest running back the National Football League has ever seen, is reduced to being the black guy in the great film “The Dirty Dozen.” His acting Hinge consisted of basically running a draw play through enemy lines and throwing grenades down ventilation systems. Wilt C hamberlain, one of the greatest NBA players of all time, had one starring role in “Cqnan the Destroyer” with Arnold Schwarzneger. Wilts duties were basically to look mean and hit people when Arnold started having trouble. He was able to do that without a hitch. The film’s big problem was the producers who cast Wilt next to Arnold The movies premise identifies Arnold as the strongest guy iii the world, hut he’s almost 2 feet shorter than Wilt and he doesn’t seem to have bigger muscles. Wilt would kill Arnold in a fight. Julius Erving, the Hall of Fame forward who redefined the dunk, starred in probably the worst sports movie of all time, "The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh.” I like Dr. J a lot, but he can't act. the movie stunk and he had to star with Gary C oleman. The only part that is believable is when the movie has Dr. J do a sones of dunks to really bad disco music with cartoons playing on the backboard. I told you the movie was terrible. Ed “1(H) Iall" Jones, an all-pro defensive end with the Dallies Cowboys, plays an intergalactic bodyguard in one of the worst movies that I have ever seen, although I can’t remember its name. Worth watching until the end though just to see “loo Tall” try to shoot a laser gun and act at the same time. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest NBA players of all tune, played C'apt. Roger Murdoch in the movie "Airplane” His part was hilarious, but if you look real close you can see Abdul-Jabbar’s eyes moving to read the cue cards. Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the best players in the NBA today, made a special appearance in a dream sequence for a kid who one day wanted to play in the NBA. The film’s producers got around Hakeem’s thick accent by not having him talk in the film. T hat allowed Hakeem to exploit his greatest acting talent, smiling and nodding w ith the best of them. Deacon Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive end, once was a guest star on an episode of “The Brady Bunch.” He spent the first half of the show teaching a junior high football team how to be tough. He spent the last half of the show defending Peter Brady because he is in the glee club In real life Deacon would liave had the other kids use Peter as a tackling dummy. (David Winder is the sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung) ;