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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, October 9, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Canyon outside hitter Brooke Engel SPORTS COMING FRIDAY Who will win? Check the Herald-Zeitung’s football picks. Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T* I* OK-ET a Smithson Valley Football After a week off to heal and practice, the Rangers open district play at home. Time: 7:30 p.m. I New Braunfels football Unicorns travel to Del Valle for district matchup against Cardinals. Time: 7:30p.m. B Navarro Football Panthers try to remain unbeaten during district game at Stockdale. Time: 7:30 p.m. NMM Williams came back to Texas for games like Oklahoma AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Given the chance to get rich in the NFL, Roy Williams chose college over cash. Texas’ senior wide receiver stayed in school because he wanted to win a national championship. Beating top-ranked Oklahoma (5-0,1-0 Big 12) on Saturday — a team that has all but shut down Williams the last three years — would be a huge step toward making that decision pay off. “Treat this like a national championship,” Williams told his teammates this week. “Because that’s what it is. We lose this, it’s either Cotton Bowl or I Ioliday Bowl.” Williams could have been playing for a Super Bowl this year. Already Texas’ career leader in catches (197), yards (3,183) and touchdowns (32), he was considered a lock to be a top IO pick in last April’s draft. And while he felt he was ready physically to make the jump, he wasn’t mentally ready to leave college. He wanted to win a Big 12 title, a national championship and the Biletnikoff award as the nation’s best receiver. And he wanted to beat the Sooners. To do all of that, Williams decided he needed to be a leader in the locker room as well as on the field. It was Williams who dressed down his teammates after an early season loss to Arkansas and he’s the one who organized the players’ short-lived media boycott before the Rice game. “I just didn’t think a lot of people understood the difference between winning and losing," he said. “When we lose you’re not supposed to be laughing, joking and having a good time. "I saw some of that and we had to get everything straightened out.” Williams mixes it up with the different units, stepping into special teams and defensive huddles to fire up his teammates. “I le’s really amazed us with how he’s stepped up,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. "I think the players have put him in that position, too. I le’s a guy they all point to. That gives a guy more confidence to lead.” Speed is what makes Williams so dangerous for defenses. NFL scouts love the combination of his size — 6-fo-ot-4,215 pounds — with speed that makes him a breakaway threat on every play. Williams has 26 catches for 396 yards and five touchdowns this season and is likely to be one of the first picks in the 2004 draft. But the money will wait until then. Taking care of Oklahoma comes first. “They’re in the way of our ultimate goal," Williams said. “Tile national championship.” BIG 12 SCHEDULE North Conf Overall Nebraska 1-0 5-0 Kansas 1-0 4-1 Missouri 0-1 4-1 Kansas St. 0-1 4-2 Colorado 0-1 2-3 Iowa State 0-1 2-3 South Conf Overall Oklahoma 1-0 5-0 Texas Tech 1-0 4-1 Texas 1-0 4-1 Baylor 1-0 3-2 Oklahoma St 0-1 4-1 Texas A&M 0-1 2-3 + Conference games This weak: +Kansas St at Oklahoma St.. 11.30 a m ♦Baylor at Texas AOM. 12 30 p m ♦Kansas at Colorado, 1 30 pm ♦Oklahoma vs Taxas. 2 30 p rn ♦Iowa State at Tsxss Tach. 6pm ♦Nebraska at Missouri, 6pm A family tradition thrives TLU’s Vogt follows brother, sister into college athletics By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer SEGUIN — When it comes to athletics, David Vogt sees it as a family affair. Vogt, a 2002 graduate of New Braunfels I Ugh School, has moved onto the college ranks where he is now a defensive back for Texas Lutheran University.    , WHERE I Vogt’s father,*John, ARE    i    played college football at TMBV    ^    t*le University of Col- I    I    orado and was an assis- NOW.    |    tanl football coach at Tracking    I    New Braunfels and Rea- careers    I    gan I Ugh School in San of local    I    Antonio. athletes.    His older brother, Ju stin, played on the 1997 New Braunfels football team that advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament, before playing his college ball at the University of New Mexico. I Us older sister, Megan, was a track and field star at New Braunfels before moving onto Texas A&M, where she competes in the heptathlon. “Athletics always ran in the family. Dad coached, my older brother played football and my sister did track. Athletics just ran in the family.” Vogt said. “Alter college, I want to follow in my dad s footsteps and become a coach. My dad has always been a big influence in my life.” Vogt, a sophomore Kinesiology major, played in nine games last season as a true freshman at FLU. I Ie was in on 35 tackles, ranking eighth on the team in total tackles. I Ie also had two pass deflections and a forced fumble. Vogt started off his sophomore sea son strong as well. After the opening week loss to T rinity, the I LU coaching staff honored Vogt for having the hardest hit in the game. He is currently ninth on the team with 13 tackles and also had an inter ception he returned eight yards. i While Vogt admits he enjoys making the big hit, he says his goal right now is to help the Bulldogs improve. I LU is winless through four games, but has played several close games, including a 42-39 loss to McMurry last week. In high school, Vogt had plenty of higtilights. I Ie was a two-year starter at defensive back for New Braunfels. After his senior year, Vogt was selected to the all-district first team and was chosen to play in the prestigious Pizza I (ut All Star Game. During his junior year, Vogt helped lead the Unicorns to an 8-5 record including two victories in the state playoffs. As a senior, he contributed to an 8-4 Unicorns’ team. “I loved playing for New Braunfels,” Vogt said. “I had a great coaching staffRed Sox stun Yankees; Cubs rout Marlins NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox won their first skirmish with the Evil Empire, putting aside curses and fatigue to burst ahead in the AL championship series. David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez home-red off a shaky Mike Mussina, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-2. Tim Wakefield befuddled New York with his knuckleball, taking a 5-0 lead into the seventh before he got wild. RASER* PLAYOFFS Hts DAVID INGRAM/Her^ld-Zeitung New Braunfels graduate David Vogt is now starting at defensive back for Texas Lutheran University. that helped me prepare for the transition to the college game, and I played with a great group of guys." While Vogt spends a lot of time working on his football game, he is also enjoying his life away from the field. ’“The atmosphere at FLU is similar to New Braunfels I Ugli,’’ Vogt said. “I love the small college life, ll s just a great experience.’’ REMAINING TEXAS LUTHERAN FOOTRALL GAMES at Austin College Saturday at East Texas Baptist Oct. 18 vs Louisiana College Oct. 26 at Mississippi College Nov. 1 vs Howard Payne Nov. 8 Vs Sui Ross State Nov. 15 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung TLU defensive back David Vogt (34) breaks up a pass during the Bulldogs loss to McMurry. Wednesday11 Qemes Chicago 12. Florida 3 Boston 5, New York 2 Today's Game Boston at New York , 7 18 p m . FOXCubs 12, Marlins 3 . Once the ball flew off Sammy Sosa’s bat and soared toward the juniper bushes in dead center field, there was no telling how far it might go. And if he keeps hitting like this, there’s no telling how far he might take these Chicago Cubs. The Cubs put on a startling display of raw power at the plate and on the mound Wednesday night, and behind Mark Prior overwhelmed the Florida Marlins 12-3 to even up the NLCS at one game each. Alex Gonzalez homered twice and Aramis Ramirez also connected for the Cubs. Rangers open district play against Highlands By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer Alter a much-needed break, the Smithson Valley football team is gearing back up for action again and this time the games count. T he Rangers headed into their bye week coming off two difficult games. Smithson Valley stunned Westlake, 14-13, Sept. 19 and then suffered their first regular season loss in more than a year, falling 14-7 to Temple Sept. 26. But after two weeks to heal and regroup, the Rangers are ready to open district play when Highlands comes to town Friday. “The beauty of week zero is earning a bye week before district play starts,""Smithson Valley coach l.arry Hill said. “The bye week not only gives the kids time to relax, but it also gives us time to work out the kinks from the first half of the season.” Hill said that the Rangers will leceive a big dose ofTnspi ration whep senior defensive end Jon Easterlin suits up for the first time this season following an off-season injury. Easterlin broke hit leg and was forced to miss the first five games. I till said senior free safety Justin I lughes and junior center Kip Cunningham will also be back after suffering injuries. “That’s a huge benefit of the bye week, giving the players time to heal,” Hill said. “I’m happy to have these guys healthy for the district opener." The Highlands Owls will operate tan of the wishbone and will run basic 4-3 or a 5-0 fronts defensively. “T hey are running more triple-option now. Last year they ran a lot of toss sweeps," I fill said. “They have two or three backs that can turn the corner for a big run. They don’t run a lot of different formations and they, for the most part, throw the ball only Parker scores 19 in Paris to lead Spurs over Grizzlies in exhibition opener DAVID INGRAM/Herald/eitung Smithson Valley fullback Blake Stearman (33) carries the ball during practice Wednesday when they have to. We just have to play defense on every snap. We can’t give up the big run.” Senior defensiveTackle Jay Young said the Rangers made only a few changes to deal with the Owls’ running game. “We just need to take care of business defensively and stop the big play,” Young said. “As far as defending the wishbone, we threw in a few wrinkles, but we will stick to our basic defense for the most part. “We just need to keep an eye on their quarterback and keep the ball out of certain guys’ hands," Young added. “It feels good to be playing again" PARIS (AP) — Frenchman Tony Parker scored 19 points as the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs opened their exhibition season with a 105-93 victory Wednesday night over the Memphis Grizzlies. Two-time league MVP lim Duncan added 18 points as the Spurs played for the first time since beating New Jersey to win the title last spring. Spaniard Pau Gasol led Memphis with 17 points The Bercy arena, packed to its 14,480 capacity, was engulfed in a roar when Parker was introduced. He’s the only Frenchman with an NBA championship ring. “For me, this is as exciting as an NBA playoff match,” Parker said. "I may never have a chance to play in my hometown of Paris as an NBA champion ever again." Duncan and fellow Spur San Antonio Spurs upcoming pamos at 76ers, 2 pm Saturday at Knicks, 6 30 p m..Sunday at Heat, 6:30 p rn , Tuasday Robert I lorry also received loud welcomes as the NBA roadshow came to Paris for the first time since 1997 — when Michael Jordan visited with the Chicago Bulls. Parker was quiet for the first two quarters. But he heated up in the third, scor- : ing IO points and combining * with Duncan and Argentine Emanuel Ginobli — who finished with 13 points — to give San Antonio the momentum. Parker, the game’s MVP, also had five assists. Gasol led the early surge for Memphis, which led 56-44 at halftime. ;