New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“I wish I had an answer to that because I’m getting tired off answering that question.”
— Yogi Berra in response to a question about the '84 Yankees dismal record.
In the news
Soccer benefit kicks oft Oct 21
A local "Over and Out ll" soccer tournament benefiting the New Braunfels High School varsity soccer teams gets under way at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the HEB Soccer Reids on Live Oak Street.
The round robin tournament is for men and women ages 21 and older. Teams will be drawn randomly, and each game will last 30 minutes. Cost is $25 per person. For more information, call Ronnie Baker at 606-0874.
NB Junior League Basketball Association to meet Oct. 25
The group’s annual kickoff meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Insco Distributing, 1223B Industrial Drive. NBJL-BA members will be discussing and planning the upcoming season and signing up volunteers to fill vacant board and coaching positions for the 1995-96 season. Anyone interested in more information should attend the meeting or contact LeAnne Wehe at 629-0141.
CIMA golf tournament to help local scholarship programs
The Comal Independent Men's Association will host a golf tournament Nov. 4 at Northcliffe Country Club.
Proceeds will benefit local high school scholarship for seniors.- *
The tournament will be a two-man select-shot format. Cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information, contact Johnnie Rodriguez at 625-4920 or 629-2646.
Smithson Valley sports boosters to host Ranger Funffest Oct. 28
The Smithson Valley High School “Ranger Funfest" — a country carnival and family picnic — will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Anhalt Hall, located west of U.S. 281 on U.S. 46.
The festival is sponsored by the SVHS Ranger Athletic Booster Club with proceeds going to the school’s athletic program.
The Funfest will feature hayrides, game booths, a raffle, door prizes and more Picnic-style food service begins at 5 p.m. A dance featuring the Dana Wehrmann country and western band begins at 7 p.m.
Games will include an old-fashioned dunking booth, with administrator and coaches from Smithson Valley High School. Fajitas, hot dogs and other foods will be served throughout the night.
Admission and parking will be free. Tickets are available at SVHS home sports events. For every $10 in tickets purchased in advance, Funfest goers will receive an additional $2 in free tickets. The public is invited.
Anyone interested in helping with the Funfest should call 980-7569 or 885-4434.
AP prep football rankings
DALLAS (AP) — Fcx the first time this season, there are no new teams in The Associated Press high school football poll
In the ranking released Noonday, all previous !y ranked schools remained among the top 10 in their classes except Hico, which was tied for 10th in Class 1A and fell to 11th following a tie with higher-ranked Crawford.
Other than that tie, there were only three losses by ranked teams: 6A’s Converse Judson 35-21 to San Antonio Roosevelt, 4A’$ Sulphur Springs 24-3 to Mount Pleasant, and 2A's Riesel 14-7 to Mart Because each had been highly ranked, their tall wasn't too bad.Judson went from fourth to ninth, Sulphur Springs landed at No. 10 from No. 4 and Riesel dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 In another first of the season, the top two teams in each class didn't move AN five No. 1s have been in place since the preseason (except for Stephenville falling out of a tie for the top spot In 4A), but their clos est pursuers have varied. The most dominant team in any class is Thorndale, which took all first-place votes in 1A for the third straight week. The defending champions are playing even better than in their 16-0 season in 1994.
Mon, Smith to add to Dallas already dominant defense
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have roared to a 6-1 start and one of the NFL’s best defenses with speedy, but undersized, Clayton Holmes starting at cornerback and Godfrey Myles upgraded to a starting linebacker. But when the Cowboys play Atlanta on Oct 29, those two will be back on the bench with Deion Sanders and Darrin Smith in the lineup Dallas obviously improves at both positions since Sanders and Smith are among the league’s best in those roles. Plus, the Cowboys will have much more depth, Now, when coach Barry Switzer needs either Holmes or Myles, he knows he’s getting a starting-caliber player
No. 25 Toeh ready for Rico
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The last six Southwest Conference football teams to visit Jones Stadium left with losses. No. 25 Texas Tech wants to make Rice the record seventh on Saturday. The Red Raiders (3-2 overall, 1-1 SWC) go up against the Owls (1-4-1, 0-2) at 2 p.m. "We're not going in thinking that it's going to be an easy game," said Tech tailback Byron Hanspard. Red Raider coach Spike Dykes said his team isn't out to avenge its turnover-ridden bow to Rice last year.
NBHS grad sets sights on Junior College Nationals
By JOHN WELCH
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Efrain Velazquez is moving a step closer each week to his ultimate goal — to compete in the Junior College National Cross Country Championships.
Valazquez, 20, a New Braunfels High School graduate, is the top-ranked runner on the cross country team at Palo Alto Junior College in San Antonio.
Since the first race of the season at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Velazquez has shown a competitive drive that few athletes with his experience can boast. The slender sophomore competed strongly and set the groundwork that would lead to no less than three individual victories in fall competition.
Velazquez toed the line against runners from two other schools — Incarnate Word College and Trinity University — at the Palo Alto Triangular Meet on Sept. 23. After some initial jostling just beyond the starting line, Velazquez forged a lead that in the end stood 60 seconds ahead of the rest. With no one pushing him, he covered the mecadam route in 17 minutes, 13 seconds.
Valazquez never ran cross country while a student at New Braunfels. In fact, he only ran track during his senior year, and then only competed in a mere four races. It was necessary for the Velazquez to help out in his father’s business, the Donut Shop, and work after school and on weekends at two other jobs.
The coaches at New Braunfels spotted his ability in his physical education classes and convinced him to give running a try. He took the advice, and the rest is history.
Velazquez followed his first overall victory for the
Palo Alto Palominos with two more wins, the first at the Oct. 7 Southwestern Invitational 8K rn 26:81, and more recently at the Schreiner College Invitational 8K on Oct. 14. in the latter, Velazquez covered the hilly macadam route in 27:24. and also helped Palo Alto to the runner-up spot behind Incarnate Word 30-37.
Efrain really has established himslef as a number one runner,” Palo Alto coach Jeff Middlebrook said. H’s demonstrated a lot of confidence by confidence by working out with other college quality runners. And he's down some really fast times with little speed work. Now that we’re doing more speed work his times are dropping even further.”
Based on what his time are for the nationally recognized junior college distance of eight kilometers it appears that Velazquez will have more than a good chance to gamer some top individual honors at the National Junior College Championships at Aired, New York on Nov. ll.
"My goal is to run 23:30 at nationals,” said Velazquez, the oldest of Reyes and Maria Velazquez’ 11 children. "I want to win but I’ll be happy to be in the top three. I know I can do it because I’m getting faster and faster as I do more meets.”
Middlebrook is confident Velazquez can finish in
the top five at the Junior College Nationals.
"We wouldn’t be surprised if he finished in the top one or two," Middlebrook added.
Velazquez credits his coaches and runners Chris Walker, Mike Steele and Jason Hubba*! for putting him within reach of his goals.
‘They’ve helped me a lot in training to get to 25 .30,” he said.
Efrain Valazquez, the No. 1 runner on the Palo Alto cross country foam, is aiming for th# Junior Cohogs National Championships.
UIL allows girls in baseball
AUSTIN (AP) — The University Interscholastic League’s Legislative Council has voted to allow girls to play baseball and approved the formation of a committee lo study whether to create a Class 6A super conference.
Under current rules, girls are allowed to participate on boys’ teams if a corresponding spoil is not offered for girls.
The Legislative Council, which wrapped up two days of meetings in Austin Monday, determined that baseball and softball have unique differences and should be viewed as separate sports, not corresponding ones.
lf the rule change is ratified by the State Board of Education, girls would be allowed to try out for baseball team beginning in the 1996-97 school year, even if their schools offer softball.
“Girls should be given the opportunity to participate in the full range of UIL programs,” said Charles Bre-ithaupt, UIL athletic director. "This change is positive in that it allows girls to try out for and, if selected, participate in every UIL activity.”
Participation on both the baseball and softball teams would be prohibited. UIL officials said they don’t expect many girls to take advantage of the nile change if it's approved. But the UIL has steadily knocked down gender barriers in league activities, including football, because of successful legal challenges by girts wishing to play on traditionally allmale teams.
In another move, the Legislative Council easily approved the Class 6A study committee, despite the UIL’s rejection of past proposals to add a super conference for the state’s largest high schools.
Mackovic defends his call
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas coach John Mackovic came away'; from a 24-24 tie against Oklahoma with more questions than those . about a failed fourth-down call late in the game. t
His quarterback, James Brown, emerged with injuries to his left . I
knee ara! his back to go with a nagging strain in his throwing I
shoulder. Brown’s availability for the Ibth-ranked Longhorns' game Saturday against No. 14 Virginia is up in the air.
"We just have to wan and see. but I have to put him in the questionable category,” Mackovic said Monday, "lf he feels all right (T uesday) and can naive around, we’ll see how he practices.”
Mackovic said safety Tre Thomas (shoulder) was doubtful tor Saturday’s game and that Thomas' backup, Robert Crenshaw, was questionable with an ankle injury.
Despite the injuries, Mackovic said (here were encouraging developments in the Oklahoma game, which the Longhorns led 21 -0 in the first quarter.
Mackovic praised his defense for shutouts in the first and fourth quarters and added that numerous blitzes and one-on-one tackles were the best he'd seen from his team all season.
The fourth-year coach continued lo defend a decision to run an option play on fourth and I at the Oklahoma 11 with 9:17 left, rather than go fix a 28-yard field goal that would have given the Longhorns a 27-24 lead.
Herald -Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Sophomore setter Christy Bellmen end the Smitheon Valley Rangers take on Hays tonight at Ranger gym.
The Rangers are back in the thick of the district title chase at one game behind New Braunfels.
Rangers dive head-on into j district frenzy I
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Smithson Valley faced a crossroads following a tough loss to*_ New Braunfels two weeks ago. In that game, the Rangers botched i serves, missed hits and failed to attack the net. They were not the same \ team that had beaten Providence and moved into the area rankings. A change was needed, and coach Margaret Mitcham knew it.
“We made a few switches to the lineup, and the girls got together and held a team meeting to talk about what they had to do in the second half of districL” Mitcham said. “I’m not sure what was said in that meeting but they’ve really pulled together. They knew they just about had to win the rest of their district games to get into the playoffs.” The Rangers took a major step in that direction by upsetting Canyon 15-9,15-10 on Friday — a victory that threw the district race into final sprint between New Braunfels (6-1), Canyon (5-2) and J Smithson Valley (5-2). f J
Against Canyon, the Rangers solved their serving woes and came_ J up strong at the net with Kara Warchol, Sasha Homer Jenny Huckle7 J combining for 15 kills. In the first game, Michelle Moore served IO J straight point, including three aces. J
“We never doubted we could beat Canyon if we played up to our J potential,” said Mitcham.“Now it’s a matter of winning our ; remaining games to get into the playoffs.” J
Another big test awaits the Rangers tonight at home against Hays. J Canyon faces Lockhart at Cougar Den. After racing to 19-1 record J — one of the best starts in school history — and taking a No. I J ranking in the area, the Cougarcttes have lost two of their last five J games. Though the team is still very much in the district playoff j hunt, coach Donna Boehle’s troops now find themselves in a do-or- J die scenario heading into the final three games.
The Cougarcttes have slipped to No. 4 in the rankings, but despite ! the setback, Boehle is confident the Cougarcttes will rebound down J the stretch and return to form in time to secure a playoff spot.
“Even though we came in with experience and talent, there was no \ doubt in my mind that district was going to be tough,” Boehle said. “We’ve stumped our toe, so to speak, but everyone stumbles now and J then. It’s not a disaster. We’re back and practicing very positively.” j With three weeks remaining in the season, tlje New Braunfels i Unicorns are in control of their destiny. Three wins guarantees them ; a district championship regardless of what. The road (o the 28 4A title, j however, will be hard-fought.After hosting Bastrop tonighL the Unicorns-gear for two huge road games at Smithson Valley and Canyon.