New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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25-5A tennis tournament starts
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
The District 25-5A tennis tournament starts today at Seguin, with the finals Saturday morning at9ajn.
New Braunfels is the overwhelming favorite in die tournament, with the Unicorns entering district at 19-0 on the season.
Some of the Unicorns’ most dominating victories have been against 25-5A opposition. New Braunfels played three district teams last week, shutting out San Marcos and Harlan dale in 18-0 wins and topping Seguin 15-3.
The Unicorns received a first-round bye in the tournament, and will open with a semifinal match against the East Central vs. Harlan dale winner. East Central, the fourth seed, previously beat Harlandale
rn a close match.
New Braunfels’ first match will start today at I p.m. at Starcke Park in Seguin, with the winner advancing to the 9 a.m. Saturday final at the Seguin High courts.
Seguin plays San Marcos in a first-round match, with the winner meeting the winner of South San vs. McCollum.
The likelyhood, however, is that New Braunfels will meet Seguin in the finals. Both finalists advance to regionals.
The Unicorns have defeated the Matadors twice this season, but Coach David Mueller expects Seguin to be more competitive in district on its home courts.
“I’m sure it will be a tougher match,” he said. “The bottom line is that we have to play as well as
we’ve been playing, lf we do that, I don’t see any changes occuring.*’
The regional tournament is next weekend in Corpus Christi, ami Mueller hopes the Unicorns can be a factor there.
"I think we’re ready,** he said. “But it doesn’t matter what you've done; what matters is what you're going to do. There will be 16 schools there, and they’re all going to be very good."
If New Braunfels wins its district as expected, the Unicorns would enter regionals at 21-0 and potentially could be among the higher-seeded teams.
“We’ve beaten a couple of teams that are ranked,” Mueller said. “If we win district, we've got a very good chance to be seeded three or four.*'
Friday, October 18, 1991
Coach Donna Boerne and the Canyon Cougarettes. here shown plotting strategy in Tuesday's marathon win against Smithson Valley, host Clemens today with a chance to clinch the school's ninth volleyball playoff appearance in a row (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder) *
Canyon looks for 9th straight playoff
Canyon can clinch its ninth consecutive volleyball playoff appearance when the Cougarette.s host Clemens today at 5:30 pin A Cougarette victory would assure Canyon of nu worst than a tie with Clemens, and Canyon would in that case advance on a season sweep of the Buffaloes The teams played an extremely tough first-round match rn Schertz with Canyon winning the marathon contest 8-15,15-11,15-10.
On the other side of Dutnc. 26-4A, Smithson Valley hosts Lockhart in a batik of cellar teams The Rangereues proved on Tuesday that the* are a much bater team than their 0-6 record would indicate, playing district-kadxng Canyon to the limit in a three-game Cougarcue wit;
Lockhart’s only district victory was u the firs: round against Smith sol
District 2S-5A Vo I ie/twill Standings Teem W L GB
San Marco* 6 1 —-
New Braunfels 6 2 'A
Mar landau- 4 3 2
£ Kith San 4 3 2
McCottum 4 4 2%
East Central 1 6 5
Seguin 1 7 5%
Tuesday's Games New Braunfels del Harlandale 15-9 16 14
Bouto San de! McGoMum 16 6,16 13 San Marco; del Seguin 15 4 15 5 Today 's Games
New Braunfels at South Sari Seguin at East Central Harlan daw.- at San Mar cor
District 26-4A Volleyball Standings Teem W I GS
Canyon 6 0 —
Hays 5 1 1
Clemens 4 2 2
Bastrop 2 4 4
Lockhart 15 5
Smithson Valley 0 6 6
Canyon del Smithson Valley 12 15.15 0. 16 14
Clemens del Bastrop IS 11.15-11 Hays del Lockhart I S S. 1S-8
Today 's Games
Lockhart ai Smithson Valley Clement ai Canyon
Hays ai Bastrop
Valley, when the Rangereues were without outside hitter Tiffany Fnesen-hahn for (me game The Lions have allo returned their
best hitter, Kau na Lewis, from an injury. Both teams should be at full strength for the 5:30 p jn. contest In 25-5A action, second-place New
Braunfels plays on the road against a third-place team for the second time in a row. After bealing Harlandale at the Indians’ gym on Tuesday, the Unicorns today travel to South San — now tied for third with Harlandale — for a 5:10 phi. match.
The Unicorns’ win on Tuesday was an important one, for several reasons. It was the first district loss at home for Harlandale, which rarely loses in its own gym.
Also, the victory gave New Braunfels some distance from the middle of the pack — presently occupied by Harlandale, South San and Mik^ollum — and a chance to etch first-place San Marcos should the Rattlers falter.
San Marcos, currently a game ahead of New Braunfels in the loss column, would have to falter twice to
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NB hosts cross country meet Saturday
The New Braunfels Unicorn girls cross country learn* hat won two meets in a row, Na will face some tougher oompetmon at its own meet Saturday.
The Unicorns will be hosting their axmux cross country meet, which is being beld at the Guadalupe River State Fart for the third yew rn a row.
Tile varsity girls will run at 10:36 tin and the varsity boys at 11 pm., concluding five races which will uke place ai the meet Junior high boys and girls will nm at V tun., md the junior varsity girls will folio* ai 9:30 am The XV boys will bt next at IO am., immediately preceding die varsity races Austin Bowie will probably be the favorite ai the marl, and the Bulldogs art cooung off a strong showing at fast week’s San Antonio ISL meet Westlake has a strung individual runner, but New Braunfels Coach Noel Hansen said he door) i dunk the team as a whole is as good as Bowie s And New Braunfels, which won meets at both Kerrville and Boerne
recently, may run with the leaders and have a chance to surprise
“I think we've got a chance to be up there with them, depending on what our (number) four and five runners do,” Hansen said. “It'd be great if we won, but were basically trying to set ourselves up for district ara! regional*. It's not like we're wanting to peak here.”
The coach expects New Braunfels' top two runners. Amy Cook and Nina Garcia, to be among the leaders. He said it could be an exciting individual race between the two top Bowie girls, Westlake's best runner, Cook and Garcia.
On the boys' side, Lockhart is the overwhelming favorite The Lions, who placed fourth in stale lait year and recently beat the number one team in the state, may be unbeatable.
“ Lockhart is far and away better than anyone else,'' Hansen said.
Bowie is probably the second strongest team, with New Braunfels having a chance to take third or
fourth. The team is aiming to finish in the lop three.
Top runner Darrell Clark is still out with an injury, but the team has done well in his abience — picking up a win ai the Boerne meet last week.
The best individual runners st the meet, Hansen speculates, will be the top two from Lockhart and Bowie, along with two runners from Kerrvilk Tivy.
‘ ‘ Before the race is finished, I think you’ll see Roland Garcia move into the top IO or 15. He'll work his way up," Hansen said
Garcia, a freshman, has bom running increasingly well for New Braunfels, improving his times md places each week. Freshmen John Ramirez, has also been a strong runner for the Unicorns.
Among die other teams participating in the meet will be Smithson Val. ley. Canyon, Bowie, Lockhart, Westlake, Seguin, Boerne, Tivy, Floresville, Comfort, Austin Lanier, Hyde Park Baptist, the Marlon girls, and Incarnate Word
Matchup: Lockhart (6-0.1-0 in 26-4A) at Smithson Valley (3-2-1. 0-1 p.m.
lait year: Lockhart won 15-14.
last week: Smithton VaNy lost 16-0 at Bowne. Lockhart topped Canyon 35-10.
Omit notes: Lootfeart to th* second undefeated opponent in a row for the Rangers, and tie second In a row to enter the game averaging 402 yank per game.
SmMheon Vakay knocked Bastrop down lo 381. and wit hope lo make an even greater dent in LockharTs totals, ll won't be easy — the Lions, who run the option, have talented players on tie inside and on the pilch.
Last year, fife game was decided on a controversial two-point conversion cal late in Vie game. Lockhart made tie conversion on a pitch to Leroy Thompson, after converting a tong fourth-down pity lo set ip tie touchdown.
Lockhart, this season, has scored Ste most points in 26-4A with 225. 47 more Vian runnar-up Bastrop. The Lion detense's 70 points slowed Is second to Canyon's 180, in still ll a ahong tfelanaUa district
The Rangers also have an impressive scoring ratio, a 151 to 64. Smithson Valley Is averaging more town 300 yards per game, while slowing (ewer than 200.
At 3-2-1. SmMhson Valley ii one of live (Astrict learns with winning records — Calyon to .500 al 3-3. Lockhart and Bastrop are the only remaining unbeatens.
Decile He undefeated status, the Lions are fourth in the district in the Harris Ratings at 37th and a 152 power rating. Smithson Vadiey ie 71st, with a 175 rating.
Players ta welch: This is a meeting of two ol Ihe best linebackers in the district—th© two best who dont play tor Bastrop.
Jason LaRue la tits Range linebacker who is among the best in district, while Lockhart WM probably return three-year starter Michael Zapata from an injury. Zapata isn t certain tor tie game, however, and may just apot-piay
ll he does play, it wM certainly help a Lion defense that has done pretty wed in his absence.
Lockharts otter lop players, however, are on tie prolific offensive unit. OB Mark Mos-queda ie having am outstanding year after stopping into the rote last year as a junior — he currentiy leads the (Astrict In passing yards with 780on 29-54-1 accuracy.
Moaquede hare a Aret-rate big-play receiver In split end Raymond Kanemeier. who has Ive catches for a phenomenal 250 yards.
The Lions also have a good rushing tandem in futiback Shawn Wilson and any number of available laMsacks. James Hedspeth totaled almost half of his yards against an Anderson loam that dkfn’t guard Via pitch, while Lamont Randall broke IOO yards last week against Canyon. Wilson has been Vie moat consistent offensive player.
SmUtreon Valeys Jason Boss has 525 yards to rank bird in the district, and is one ol tour Rangers with substantial rushing yardage. Jason Long (314 yards) and Corey Henderson (283) have also bean consistent, while Jeremy Stewart has the team's bes! average par cany el 8.9 tor 191 yards.
Walker Steubtng will start at tight end this week, white David Martinez starts at cornerback as either Stewart or Long moves to safety. The other, Stewart or Long, will remain at ha ofter comer, whle Brad Staats moves to outside linebacker._
Matchup: Clement (8-1,1-0in26-4A) at Canyon (3-3,0-1 In26-4A). 730p.m.
Last year: The teems tied, 13-13.
Last weeks Canyon tost in cis blet opener to Lockhart 35-10. Clemens defeated Hays InaVsMng 17-15 game.
Gams noise: The Ctomans-Hays game last week could have been for second place behind ti-ranked favorite Bastrop, and Canyon Coach Larry Nowotny thinks the Clemens win ooutd even set the Buffaloes up for a district championship Ctemana to OM to Ona of to best years ever, which is saying a lot —- the team s been to he playoffs abt of the last seven years This gam# matches the two lowest scoring teams in District 28-4A — Clemens has managed 114 pointe on the saason to Canyon s 113 There's a major difference, though, dth tire Buffaloes having only slowed 45 points (second lowest in the district to Bastrop's 34) and the Cougars giving up 30 per game tor a total of 180 Clemens' 5-1 record has bien against Sough competition — the Buffs beat defending SA playoff teem Southwest, then topped Central Catholic and highly-regarded 28-4A teams Boerne and Uvalde Th# Buffaloes’ only tots was to a defending SA playoff team, New Braunfels.
rite 15 points scored on Clemens by Mays In Vie (Astrict opener was a season high Clemens, despite die critical 28-4A win, felt from 20th to 28th in the Harris Ratings with a 184 power rating. Canyon is 119th in 4A with a 164 rating Players Ie watch: Canyon is moving its Sop two offensive players to the slot this week. to hope* of gating them the bal more frequently and in different ways at the Cougar oneness most wersatito position.
Anthony Bueno, tire bedog receiver, moves to the slot (rom the outside position Top nailer Miguel Martinez lakes over si the other slot, a move facilitated by the strong con tributions of P J Riley at singtobick This move ateo gives Canyon some depth in the slot it had previously lacked -— Roy Veto, tire only experienced player available tor either ol the two positions last week. is now Vie first od tie bench The Cougars have made some moves lo shore up their secondary — Kristen Malish wi spit time Witt Rodger Mack at strong safety, and Mack Mills will start at cornerback. Keith Moore oould see a tot of time al outside linebacker as well Clemens, like virtually al of Canyon's opponents, has an abundance of talented skil
Tabla Dytia, who rn shed for 133 yards against the Cougars last season, returns at that position and is among several extremely capable 26-4A fullbacks
The Buffaloes leading rusher, however, is fatback Randy Wright - a junior who is ably continuing a strong totted tradition lek by graduated (our-year starter James Ray. Wright trade only Bastrop! Anthony Hubbard — the lop rusher in 4A — among district running backs.
Even wtth fee talented backfield which also indudes versatile quarterback Won Simonton. Canyon Coach Larry Nowotny said Clemens' best player may be light end Tim McGowan, who to a force al 211 pounds and an exceptional blocker.
McGowan, al defensive end, is also a top player tor the tough Clemens defense Other standouts on that side o( the bail are linebackers Jamal Payne and Damn Hoftenchter and safeties Tim Witt and Bean Alvarez
Matchup: New Braunfels (5-1.2-0 in District 26 5A) at South San Antonio (51,21 ini 25-5A), 7:30p.m. I
Leat year: New Braun toll won 35-13 I
Leat week: New Braunfels edged Sam Marcos 24-14, while South San beat Seguin! 15 14 on the lest play of the game ■
0ama notes: After bree weeks, New Braunfels — which has played two weeks — ts| Vie only undefeated team in District 255A. and ho same was line last week ■
Last year, fete game was a confest of unbeatens — with South San's defense and top] rusher boasting better suits than the Unicorns unto Bobcat TB Albert Herrera was held lol 40yards, end New Braunfels becks Kyle Herman and Tommy Cupil ran all over the lietdi Again* ll to an important contest — the winner wk likely need only one addSona! win] down fee stretch to make the playoffs. The winner wk tao be the ftrst ferae win team In| he (Astrict, as 2-1 McCollum plays a non -dis lr lei game his week against Victoria. ■ Sout) Sen enters he game as the top defensive team, at least statistically, in Region! IV. Tire Bobcats' 127 yards elowsd per game ties them for fourth among Texas' 5a| teams However, fee team was avowing fewer titan IOO yards per game before (Astrict! play storied. I
The Bobcats have also been stingy in poults Blowed giving up 50 points in six games I South Ban's scoring ratio of ISI to 60 Is ateo the best in (Astrict In dis lr id. however, its a1 less impressive 51 35 ■
Though New Braunfels has just played two games to many utter ie urns three, the] Unicorns trek just Seguin In pointe scored during dated write 52 New Braunite' 17 pointe stowed is easily tie dated-low, arith 8outii Ban second al 38 This game is a match-up of 28-iA top-rated learns in Harris New Br *t unlet* tends tho (Astrict arith a 178 power rating to rank 12bfe among 5A learns slit few Kin white South Santo iSGtii wtth a 171 rating ■
AV of tire bKfelnct opponents in 26 SA are projected lobe stronger than bouto fcanby] Harris, al but two (Roosevelt and Churctutl) are rated higher than New Braunfels ■ Weyers Ie welch: Kyle Herman, in just two games, has tushed fur more yards diam any (Astrict player tit 265A contests Herman has a vet egad more titan 160 yards in Ins lr st tao dmtnct games ■
Th# Unroof ne are maying two starter* tint weak, as Emu Sanehe* worn pay and defenstva tackle Akto Gomez probably won t Todd Robinson wk start tor Gome/ in place of Benohaz. an important player who contributes as a recover. deiunsivJ back and piece kicker to Dennis Br yawl Tim senior Bryan, to aa mum i*tenu*« Sanchez end he to probably (ha teem s honest player Bryan tied in tor a pressure (toed (told goal against Ban Marcos, kicking rn 38-y ar dei to break a tie late rn fee game His ateo iuaan
•auth Bans best players are in Snebeokera — in toot, the best tour players on ha
Robert Rtojas if on* of hi district* beet at OUI, and ILB Maurice Mss# fete/ to tie B*xJ OSU' btggeet defensive playa at 210 pounds ■
The teem r.aa eteOe on mure s.m on utters but not much feckfe M«nnewMto»| returner in 226 Of tiw char stoners on offense who top 200. one ie a sophomore and Startler IS tit# querierbegk rn
Richard Menan, tie 64 Bobcat OM. hee • greet arm bul ii not a natural wishbone qual tefbaok ftMhfed Cerdwwy to to gfeto player w often**, aid Belton connected wdh tie senior hHhacfc tor tort tuMk's game-winning TD pass against Seguin ■