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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A Herald-Ze/funp. New Braunfels. Texas Wednesday, October 14.1987 Guest Column Bynum knew what life was about By Bob Krueger An early arrival, I sat solitary on a front pew in the First Methodist Church in Palestine last week, gazing on the casket of Weldon Bynum, who for 30 years had coached football in New Braunfels, Palestine and other small Texas towns. And as the morning sunlight reflected through the large stained-glass window, my mind reflected on an essay I had written as a college freshman many years ago. about Coach Bynum I was then freshly graduated from New Braunfels High School, where Coach Bynum in four consecutive years had led our football teams to the state finals, semi-finals, quarterfinals and regionals. He had been a “coach of champions.” But my essay, while praising his victories, had criticized him because his players had often performed poorly in academics Yet. gazing at his casket. I silently asked the Coach s forgiveness for that teen age judgment, which resulted partly from the envy of a band member who had wished to be a football hero, and partly from basic college-freshman immaturity It wasn’t, of course. Coach Bynum's fault that some of his players had succeeded athletically but not academically He had done his job His record as a football coach was awesome: of 295 games coached. 232 victories. 17 ties and 41) losses In 30 years, 17 district titles: a highschool record comparable to the legendary college coaching mark of Bear Bryant And because it had been achieved at different schools, only his coaching, not the genetic physical make-up of the boys, could explain so many victories His casket prompted many memories I recalled the tipsy high school second-stringer who. at a dance, blew smoke in the face of Janyee Bynum, the coach's daughter He had violated two rules: no smoking, no drinking So the next day after a long and gruel mg football practice. Coach Bynum told the player “All right. Ray. start running laps around the field 1 11 tell you when to stop “ Over two hours and 72 laps later the Coach returned to say, “OK take a shower “ He didn t break the 'Not inherently more gifted, his players were nevertheless always superior in condition — so skilled in fundamentals, so developed to their peak, and above all, so expected to give their best, that they exceeded their natural ability and outperformed their opponents/ rules again, and he became a starter Critics said Coach Bynum’s offense had only five basic plays and lacked imagination, but his record silenced them For several years in New Braunfels, his teams averaged more than 40 points per game, often while holding opponents scoreless. It didn’t matter if the other team knew his plays; they couldn’t stop them His teams never sat. lay down. or drank water during time-outs. They had to stand and be tough Not inherently more gifted, his players were nevertheless always superior in condition - so skilled in fundamentals, so developed to their peak, and above all. so expec ted to give their best, that they exceeded their natural abib ty and outperformed their opponents Oscar Cantu was an example The program listed him at 165 pounds, when in truth he weigh ed only 145. But he was named first team all-state guard, because Coach Bynum made him believe he was the best, and he played that way People concerned about “no pass no play’’ could learn from Coach Bynum He demonstrated, as some other coaches haw that with proper motivation from a coach and com munity, young people can excel far beyond their seeming abiltiy At their best, coaches in Texas have prompted young people to spend hours of time days of con ditioning years of concentration so that they can perform to their utmost Communities turn out to watch young people excel Perhaps Texans will never fill the bleachers of a stadium to watch an academic olympics, a spelling bee, or a contest testing knowledge of American history But maybe they would Or at least, if more teachers cared as passionately about their subjects as Coach Bynum did about football, maybe America could field more students who competed successfully in science, mathematics, languages and history against students from other nations, as they have already competed successfully in such international contests in athletics. Coaches generally get paid better than teachers But they get judged on their per formance every week by the whole community. Under House Bill 72. Texas teachers will now be judged on their performance more competitively than before, and will have a greater chance to win merit pay increases At this time, such competition and testing is not popular among most teacher, but it could become so, if merit is really awarded Right now, as one writer has noted, athletics is the only area in American education that ex pects and rewards excellence In the classroom, we often advance and reward people regardless and spend no more time on the gifted than on the average student In athletics however, we ex pect people to give their best and we reward them for it Perhaps if our teachers parents and the com munity will all expect and reward excellence in the classroom, and if more teachers will brtng the same passion energy and Indict in the im portance of their task that is so often shown b> coaches, our nation can tx*gin to be competitive academically as well as athletically At any rate as I stepped outside the church in to the crisp fall Fast Texas air. somehow I didn’t worry about being forgiven for my misguided judgment as a college freshman Any coach who could make a 145 pound boy into an all state guard had learned the secret sought by every company president teacher foreman coach or leader of any kind how to develop the best in people by getting them to give their very best Anyone big enough and wis«- enough to do that knew what life was reallv atnmt Briefly Gold Stars win over Sidewinders The Mid-Cities Gold Stars soccer team combined a good offensive and defensive effort to defeat the Sidewinders 2-u, increasing their record to 2-1-1 on the year The first goal was scored by striker Ryan Haupert. with help from Ryder McDonald, K C. Leirer and Stuart Self Bobby Garza and Ironton Self were outstanding in defense The second goal came on a beautiful head shot by Leirer Fx cedent offensive play was con tnbuted by Travis Wuest and Joe and Wes Fischer The Mid Cities Gold stars will play the Austin Capitals 76 at 3 p rn Saturday at the ll E B Field No 4 Solms No. 3 wins Mixed Trophy Solms No 3 won the Comal County Mixed Trophy Bowling held at Blan co Bowling Club last Saturday and Sunday Solms won with a combined score of 5H> The team s games were 269 and 241 Members of the Solms team in elude Bridgett Lehmann Ronnie Scheel Vivian Oft Bobby Vogel Bonnie Scheel and captain Milton Scheel Fischer No 3 finished as runner up at the tournament with a score of 49H Their games were 257 and 241 Members of the Fischer team are Karen Sachtleben. Jr sachtleben. Patsy Heitkamp (J R Heitkamp. Jo Schw ab. and captain Moe Schwab These two teams will represent Comal County at the Tri-County Roll Off to be held at solms Bowling Club on October 25 at 2 p rn They will compete against teams from Bexar and Guadalupe Counties N BT A's Championships under way this weekend The final events of the New Braunfels Tennis Association’s Club Championship will be played at New Braunfels High School beginning at 8 a rn Saturday The tournament will conclude on Sunday The events will include Champion ship Juniors A players open Juniors B and C players Cham pionship Mixed Ikmbles Social Mix ed Doubles and Senior Mixed Doubles MI entries must have paid 1987 dues and have played in at least one •fun tournament Juniors must be 18 or younger and in the Seniors Mixed Double- divi sion. one partner must tx* 45 or older and the other partner 4u or older i ou can enter only one Mixed Doubles event Fntnes must be phoned in by a p rn Thursday Call Jim Sander- at 629-1269. Sally Forney at **29 6659 or Herman Leyh at * 29 2224 The dates for the 1987 Wurst fest Tournament are Nov 14 15 tot * >pen -Xdults and Nov 21 22 for Senior events Entry forms will be in the mail by Oct 15 Reed, Gutierrez take first place Two members of the New Braunfels Road Runners club took first plato in their divisions at the Rock and Run 5 Miler at 'an \ntonioon with an eight with V irgie Van hieef and Jan Schrader tied for second at 12 Dorothy Brook- won the C flight with an eight while Sylvia Hallgren look second with an 11 Birdies were made by Rose Langford Fuselh Fox Ireno Mc i atle and LIZ Nelson Chip ins were made by V an Fleet Fox and Betty Drummond May aces No. 9 at Landa Park Kelly Sean May shot a hole in one on the ninth hole at the Lamia Park Golf Course on <>ct . The par three hole play s 189 v ards Playing with May were Dan Richardson and Steven Lain Foursome shoots 153 to win Total Points The team of R Hansen M Mur phey H Lee and \N Chad) shot a 153 Friday Ait pro Wursttest ground- and a night Finger Food buffet fits will go to the Randolph Area and Downtown New Braunfels Rotary Clubs The entry deadline is Oct 29 For more information call John Clay at **.»*♦ ! 'Fistart' program now under way start now w aerobics billow rf workout your N* th “Fist ' class Year oluti Him* featuring ra" with mien >n Mo to take Braunfels man team Taking ir st place Golf Vss* total point? second wit! th Now cia!ion - !<>ui tournament .1 I Mi wa- the and f 42 Brackenridge Park in Saturday Reed won the women -older division with a time minutes and >y seconds Gutierrez took first in the men s 41 45 division with a personal best time of 29 13 The time beat his previous best by six seconds Gutierrez was sixth overall in the race Other top finisher* Road Runners were 31 20 and Ray Koehn Tuseth take 1st in Demerits event Rose Tuseth had an eight to take first place in the Landa Ladies Golf Association s Dements Tournament on Oct 7 Taking second in the A flight with IO w as Marian Fox Jan Magnuson took the B flight among the Tim Hooker 31:38 b-am of D Acker M Haggard J Ellis and B Ketnninger In third place with a score ot 149 was the team oi 1 Holden L s.iurez S Shel field and A Adams In individual play L Tmh won the A flight with a *>*> s smith and I Westbrook tied for top honor- in the B flight at M ( Hartzeil took the ( flight with a 68 and A Adams 72 won the D flight l uch flail the low gross score of 69 The monthly Sunday Scramble will begin at ll warn on Oct 25 sign up for the event at the pro shop Wurstfest Classic at Northdale CC I he third annual W urstfest Golf Classic will take place Oct *1 Nov 1 at the Northcliffe Country Club I he tournament will tx* a two man team three Dights event Quota scot mg w ill tie used in the first round and best ball in the second The cost is $81 per player and in eludes lunch and awards after sun day s play two passes to the fem! Thursdays from a 15♦ p U adetm street Gym I fie i us? I- SIJ jx-i mon’ per class Wurst S mile Run set for Nov. 7 I he New Bi aunfel- Km will sponsor its annual Wt Hun beginning at 8 lo a rn in Lamia Park bv the ti .un The entrv fee of $8 is due I he {tx* will tx* $lo ther* a participant wilt sl*x*\«*d I shirt an ticket Hand medallion- will t first no finishers he awarded to the in each of the* se txjth male* and female The* top overall female a runners will tx awarded -designed Wurst steins Lite be*er orange - ban* I topia water will tx* proud participants after the ra Keith Max well at **25 9774 or or Ray K<x*hn at 629 0299 for formation M; receive a I a W urstfe; made pt I* awarded Wurst st,* top three fl en age cat rale* an to til Bever: more iiAstro GM resigns; leaves parting advice for Lanier the HOUSTON (AP) - Dick Wagner, president and general manager of the Houston Astros, has resigned The team announced Wagner’s resignation in a release delivered to various news organizations during the pre dawn hours today Wagner had served as president and general manager of the National League team for the past two years He said his resignation will be cf fee tive Friday. Oct 23 “I know (Astros owner) John McMullen was not totally happy with the club’s performance in 1987, and after talking with him several times last week, I felt a cordial parting of the* ways was in order. Wagner said in the* release “We agreed in principle* on a settle ment of my contract with the organization last Friday," Wagner said In a copyright story, the Houston ('hronicle reported today that McMullen said Tuesday he will begin a search for a new general manager late in the week A rift between Wagner and Astros Manager Hal Lanier led to specula Hon at the end of the season that one* of them would leave* the* team “It got to where I couldn't re*solve it.” McMullen told the* Chronicle “It s unfortunate I have no problem with Dick He has a lot of pride and he’s been hurt “You know the problem and you know I can’t let the other guy Lanier go They’d bring the town down on me This is one of those un fortunate circumstances that hap pens.” The Astros won the National League West title in 1986 and lost the National league pennant to the New York Mots in an exciting playoff series This year, the Astros were within a half game of the division lead as late as Aug 25. but finished a disappointing third in the division Lanier was openly critical of Wagner on several occasions this season concerning trades Wagner who hired Lanier in No\emtx*r 1985 returned tire Tuesday “If Mal is to succeed as a major league manager, he must mend his ways You can’t function by critic)/ mg the players and the front office Wagner told the Chronicle “A good manager brings his team together to win Wagner said “Uxiking at it Lanier came up short this season Wagner. 59 was hired t*v McMullen two seasons ago to replace Al Rosen who was allowed to resign to take a job with the San Francisco Giants Most of Wagner - baseball career was spent in the Cincinnati organ)/a Hon He was president and general manager of the Reds from 1978 until he was fired in 1983 Wagner said he wa- not sure what he will do after leaving the Vstros ih’Xt week f. itrv LOOK WHAT’S NEW AT OM A’S *: HAUS rn *    ; RESTAURANT lASrt I HE HUML MAI It DU Pl RL NCL Most Popular LUNCH SPECIALS SERVED IN CAFETERIA STYLE FAST-HOME COOKED 11 a.rn.-2 p.m. Monday thru Friday ^■cavalier a door Per Month* with approved credit Vehicle Cost $6,795-Trade or Down of $2,000 •Financed for 42 months Stock if's 1610-1, 6428-1, 1617-1 ^KRUEGER (j&uwisr I 386 W San Antonio St. 625-3451 Canyon Lake direct 964-3451 625-8041 R&H STORES Big Warehouse Store To Serve You 330 Landa Street Super Store With Super Buy* We Re»erve Limit Right* TupeTSpecials Thurs. thruWedUjc^F Since 1946 rn 41st. 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