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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, October 12, 2000 IB Herald-Zeitung Sports Quick Hrrs I Yanks even series with 7-1 win Fly fishing & kayak day set for weekend Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in the fourth annual Fly Fishing & Kayak Day for the Guadalupe River Friday through Sunday in Gruene. There will be a wine & beer tasting event where people can indulge in fabulous wine, beer, scotch and Texas-style hors d’oeu-vre, courtesy of the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Admission is only $50 per person for the banquet and includes a full ground pass on Saturday. Advance tickets are recommended; call 625-4440 to purchase tickets. The main attraction of the event, fly fishing classes, holds court on Saturday at Rockin’ R Rides at the Gruene bridge. Registration for any single class is $35 and additional classes are $25 each. Grounds passes can also be purchased for $25 and allow you to participate in equipment demonstrations and enjoy food and drinks. Call 625-4440 for information. CHS football adds a freshman game The Canyon High School football program has added a freshmen game on Nov. 2. The freshmen B team will play Marion at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Canyon and the freshmen A team will play Boerne at 7 p.m. at Canyon. Girls softball teams invited to tourney Girls 12-and-under softball teams are invited to the Come and Take it Fastpitch Classic scheduled for Nov. 4-5 in Gonzales. All teams entered are guaranteed at least five games. Deadline to enter is Oct. 21. For information call (830) 560-1076. Big Blue drawing set for Friday This week’s Big Blue halftime drawing, sponsored by the New Braunfels cheerleaders, will be for a his and hers hunting package valued at $670. The prize will include, for him — a camouflage duffle bag, sleeping bag, folding chair, binoculars, shirt, vest, hat, gloves and hot seat, a hunter emergency kit, a maglite, thermos, a stainless steel travel mug, coffee, crackers, jerky, sun flower seeds, hot cocoa mix, dinner for four at Clear Springs restaurant and a $100 gift certificate at Schwab’s Tree Service. For her — two tickets to see “The Little Shop of Wurst,” dinnet for two at New Braunfels Smokehouse, bath salt, candle, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, a gift certificate to The Collection, greeting cards, one pound of coffee, free movie rental with popcorn and a plant gift certificate. To enter the drawing, go by All American Scrapbook, First Commercial Bank, the high school office or to the cheerleaders’ table during the game to sign up. Game Time ►Today Baseball NL Championship series, Game 2. New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals. 7 p.m. on RABB. College Football Southwest Texas State at Troy State. 6:30 p.m. on FXSP. West Virginia at Virginia Tech. 7 p.m. on ESPN. Golf PGA, Invensys Classic, second round. 3 p.m. on ESPN. NEW YORK (AP) — Just when it seemed the Yankees’ latest dynasty was crumbling, New York’s dormant offense awoke in time to tie the AL championship series at a game apiece. Bernie Williams ended a record-tying, 21-inning scoreless streak with an RBI single that sparked a seven-run eighth inning, and New York rallied past the Seattle Mariners 7-1 Wednesday. Orlando Hernandez, pitching on his birthday, allowed six hits and struck out seven in eight innings. It seemed like the Yankees’ hopes for a third straight World Series title were fading away. Then suddenly, New York went 8-for-8 to start the eighth inning. The eight hits were an ALCS record and the most in an inning for the Yankees since June 29 at Detroit. Seattle’s bullpen got blown apart, wasting six shutout innings by starter John Halama. David Justice, started the big inning with a double to left-center that hit less than a foot from the top of the wall. Williams slapped a single to center off Arthur Rhodes and Tino Martinez followed with a sinking liner to left for a single that allowed Williams to take second. MLB Playoffs AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Friday’s Game New York (Pettitte 19-9) at Seattle (Sele 17-10), 7:12 p.m. Saturday’s Game New York (Clemens 13-8) at Seattle (Abbott 9-7), 6:42 p.m. NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Today’s Game New York (Leiter 16-8) at St. Louis (Ankiel 11-7), 7:18 p.m. Saturday’s Game St. Louis (An.Benes 12-9) at New York (Reed 11-5), 3 p.m. Start counting ''Nj / £ AU CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Above: Canyon senior Clayton Campbell (81) runs during this past Friday’s game against Lockhart at Cougar Stadium. The Cougars (0-5) open District 27-4A play against Kerrville Tivy (5-0) on Friday in Kerrville. Below: Two New Braunfels players get pumped up during the Unicorns’ game against San Antonio Highlands this past Friday at Unicom Stadium. New Braunfels (3-2) opens district against Fredericksburg (5-0) at home. Smithson Valley (4-1) plays Boerne (5-0) at Ranger Stadium. District 27-4A teams prepare to go head-to-head we’re looking at everybody right now at 0-0. We’re going to get after it just like we belong at the top of the heap. The kids are practicing hard and we expect them to play hard on Friday night.” Records at this point are meaningless but non-district games can shed some light on what to expect in district play. “After what I’ve seen in non-district I think the district stacks up really strong,” Boerne head coach Jeff Dicus said. “I think everyone looks really good. Your front-runners have to be Smithson Valley and New Braunfels. Canyon is a much better team than their record indicates. They’re going to be competitive. Kerrville and Fredericksburg are both undefeated By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Wipe the slate clean and get ready for the only high school football games that count during the regular season. District 27-4A kicks off district play this Friday with New Braunfels (3-2) hosting Fredericksburg (5-0), Smithson Valley (4-1) entertaining Boerne (5-0) and Canyon (0-5) travelling to Kerrville Tivy (5-0). “The kids are responding really well and they know it means a lot to start district,” New Braunfels head coach Rick Rhoades said. “This is where the games start counting. Our practices are showing that. We’ve had two of our better practices this year on Monday and Tuesday.” If any team is aware that only district games count towards making the AT rf* playoffs, it’s Canyon, which suffered five tough losses in non-district play. “We’re looking at it as the second part of the season,” Wright said. “We’ve gotten better each week through the first half of the season and See DISTRICTS Ex-Giant ready to pay back old team BY JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer IRVING — Philippi Sparks was two games into his NFL career when he learned how badly the New York Giants want to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The rookie cornerback was walking off the field at Giants Stadium following a 34-28 loss to Dallas when teammate Leonard Marshall put an arm around Sparks and aimed the other at the scoreboard. “You see that?” Marshall said sternly. “Don’t you ever let it happen again. Take it personally.” Sparks told that story Wednesday while sitting in front of his locker at Cowboys headquarters. He couldn’t help but smile as he thought about the rivalry he’ll experience from this side for the first time on Sunday. “Ever since then,” he continued, “I’ve known it was a love-hate relationship between Dallas and New York.” The hate part is understood. This time, the love is coming from Sparks, who fondly recalls his eight seasons with the Giants even though he was not re-signed after last season. “They made a business decision,” Sparks said. “No one left on bad terms.” The Cowboys were interested in him early in the summer, but instead signed Ryan McNeil and drafted three comerbacks. Sparks was still unsigned when two of the rookies got hurt and the third was struggling. So Sparks was signed just before the opener. He backed up fourth-round pick Kareem Larrimore for the first four games, then became the starter in the last game against Carolina. Dallas won 16-13 and teammates credited Sparks with providing stability. “Any time you have four veterans in the secondary, things are going to be better,” said safety Darren Woodson, who played college ball with Sparks at Arizona State. Sparks has been with the Cowboy s (2-3) for less than two months, but didn’t need long to See EX-GIANT/2B CAMPO Sometimes it hurts to be a Big 12 Conference fan in Texas As a college football fan living in the state of Texas, my ego took quite a punch in the eye this past weekend with w inless Colorado sticking it to the Aggies in front of their home crowd in College Station (first home loss in 22 games) and Oklahoma whipping the Longhorns almost to the point of extinction. Baylor also lost, but at least it was to fellow Texans Texas Tech. All of a sudden the best team in Texas looks to be TCU. The 17th-ranked Homed Frogs certainly have the best running back in the country in LaDainian Tomlinson who rushed for 294 yards (highest in the country this season) against Hawaii on Saturday. What can you say about Texas? Obviously the hype and the high preseason ranking came perhaps a year early. Maybe when quarterback Major Applewhite is a senior, Chris Simms has Bryan Adams transferred, all the nonsense about two starting quarterbacks is ancient history, Victor Ike is the starting tailback and the defense is a little wiser and more experienced, then Texas can start talking about contending for national. This season, it would now be somewhat of shocker if the Horns won the conference title. Texas still has a conference scheduled that does not include Nebraska or Kansas State, but now that game at Colorado this Saturday doesn’t look so easy. Texas Tech will be smiling a little wider come Nov. 4. Not to mention the Aggies were expecting to grill Longhorn fajitas on No. 24 before the season even started. Will a 6-5 season turn up the heat on head coach Mack Brown? Maybe a little. Just to be safe, if you’re a die hard Texas fan, I would start looking into hotel availability in Shreveport, La. COLORADO 30, TEXAS 20 I want to point out that the Adams household is in turmoil this week. Papa Adams, better known as Papa Husker, has been talking smack all week to junior Red Raider. But, Papa Husker is the worst smack-talker in the state of Texas. He likes to compare academic all-Americans and ramble on about Husker teams of the past. Even though Nebraska is ranked No. I in the nation and Texas Tech lost to unranked Texas A&M and barely beat unrespected North Texas, I actually have Papa Husker, and a few relatives in Nebraska, thinking the Red Raiders might win this one. Nebraska’s defense is weak against the pass and Tech does throw the ball a lot, but the Raiders average less than IO yards a pass (106th in the nation) and it is likely quarterback Kliff Kingsbury will suffer more turf bums than he is used to, courtesy of Nebraska’s awesome defensive front. NEBRASKA 26, TEXAS TECH 21 lf the Aggies went to the doctor about their upset stomachs after the Joss to Colorado, I’m sure the doctor prescribed a heavy dose of Baylor. TEXAS A&M 45, BAYLOR 10 (Last week 2-2, season 13-3) (Bryan Adams is the sports editor of the Mew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung). r-j ——....L B—H rf    *s<    >■    ■» WmMMM ■HH mm u ;