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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Heratd-Zettunq J Tuesday, October 21,1997 O 7 Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to Sports Day The Press Comal County Sports (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows) ■ HH*    ' The New Braunfels Little League Junior-Senior league will conduct a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the ' Farmers Mutual Insurance Building, 309 E. San Antonio. All parents and interested parties of players ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to attend. The election of board members will highlight the agenda. For more information, cedi Carla at 606-8555. Suntennc# Golf Dame Pay Sundance Golf Course will sponsor a Golf Demo Day and Exposition from 10 am to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event, which is open to the public, will feature free clinics and raffles. Numerous manufacturers will be present. For more information, call Sundance at 629-3817. Playoff chase is on for volleyball teams Four teams battle for three spots in 26-5A From staff reports_. The playoffs are looming, and area volleyball teams will begin jockeying for playoff position tonight. All three Comal County schools are close to clinching spots in the postseason, but the final week of matches will determine where they will finish in their respective district standings. Four teams are battling for three postseason berths in District 26-5A. New Braunfels and Churchill are tied for first place with 9-2 records, with Lee and Judson tied for third at 8-3. The Unicorns will face MacArthur at 5 p.m. today at Littleton Gym in San Antonio. A victory, combined with a Churchill loss to Madison, would put New Braunfels alone in first place with two matches to play. The Chargers will also play at Littleton tonight. Their match with the Mavericks is set for 7:30 p.m. Roosevelt and Seguin will play the third match of the night at 6:15_p.m. Sole possession of third place will be on the line when Lee plays at Judson at 7 p.m. The regular season has just two dates left in District 28-4A, where Smithson Valley, Canyon and Hays appear to be playoff-bound. The Rangers (9-1 in 28-4A) suffered their first district loss of the season last Friday when the Rebels upset Playoff Contenders New Braunfels Churchill Judson piftfVi Overall 9-2    20-9 9-2    24-7 8-3    19-7 8-3    18-11 TMW!    unmet    own Smithson Valley 9-1    22-11 Canyon    8-2    ' 17-8 Hays    8-2    18-7 them at home. Smithson Valley will try to bounce back tonight at Gonzales and then will end its regular-season schedule Friday at Del Valle. The Lions Club Cross Country Invitational 3&2 Mile Run/Walk and Kid's 1/4 Mile is scheduled for Saturday at Oakwood Baptist Church on Loop 337. The race will be contested on a European-styfo grass course. The kid s race begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by an open run at 9 a.m. and heats for area varsity and junior varsity teams at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Texas Lions Camp for disabled children in Kerrville: Registration is $12 early and $15 on race day. Teams of seven may register for $35 or $10 for individuals. Entry forms are available at Comprehensive Fitness in New Braunfels and Fleet Feet Sports in San Antonio. For more information, call Susan Phillips, EVENTS! at 609-5030 or 609-3776. The Flying Anglers 12th Annual Team Bass tournament is set for Sunday at Hotshots on Lake McQueeney. Fishing times are daylight to 3 p.m., with wetgh-m starting at 2:30 p.m. Early registration is $60 per team. The fee increases to $70 after Oct. 21. For more information, call Kenny Ewaid at (830) 303-6622 or Melvin Kessler at 560-3369. Sis. Peter and Paul CYO Sports will conduct registrations for girts and boys' basketball on Sunday. Nov 2 and Nov. 9 at the church. Players can sign up from 10:30 a m. to 12:30 p.m. each Sunday. For more information, caU 606-4334 I The New Braunfels Running Club will sponsor the 13th annual Wurst Ftve-MMe Run, WaK< and Kiefs Runs on Nov. 1. This year's five-mile run wiM serve as the Road Runners CM) of America Stale Championship five-mile race. The kid's runs win begin at 8 am, followed by the five-mile run at 9 am. and the five-mile walk at 9:06 am Registration rn $13 until Oct 29, when it increases to $16. Registration for kids races is $8. Registration ie available in person from Oct. 18-29 at Comprehensive Fitness Mi New Braunfels or Roger Solert Sports rn Sen Antonio Entry forms win also be available et Professional Therapy Services, the Chamber of Commerce and .local fitness dubs For more information, cai 606-8662 (day) or 620-5088 (evening). New Braunfels slides into Class 5A poll Unicorns enter at No. IO this week By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor v l New Braunfels already had the respect of District 26-5A, but now itll grabbing the attention of Class 5A as well. The Unicorns (7-0) entered the Associated Press’ state football poll at No. IO this week. NBHS coach Tim Kingsbury said the ranking was the school’s first in Texas’ highest classification. “As far as I can remember, this is it,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve only been in SA one other time, and we were not ranked in state then.” Kingsbury said the recognition was an honor, but it wasn't the main focus this week for the Unicorns. New Braunfels can clinch its first playoff berth in 5A with a win against MacArthur on Friday. “Really those rankings mean the most after the season if you can stay there,” Kingsbury said. The Unicorns took over the spot occupied last week by the Brahmas (6-1), who lost to Madison 14-7 on Saturday night. Kingsbury credited the ranking to both his players and coaching staff. “For the Iuds, it’s an accumulation of hard work over the last three years,” he said. “They have done everything we’ve asked them to do.” The events of the past year really brought this group of Unicorns together, Kingsbury said. "These kids really dedicated themselves to being the best,” he said. “It s been heard hard to persevere through disappointment and tragedy, but they are finding out if you hang on and keep working hard, things will work out for you.” A* I Ti fit ■. ta- * 'Tj \ New Braunfels Friday’s gams with Jon Wilson (56) and Justin Roosevelt The Unicorns (7-0) I ■Zertunc pncXo by Micnaei Oar Mm provide blocking for Steven Simpson (26) In ranked 1Qth in Claes SA this weak. DamaU Class SA TeSSmPvi T UBSI n rOwDm run r—:—r Nee Rte Bv Rec Pts Pv I. Tyler John Tyler (15) 7-0 192 I I. Denison (12) 7-0 185 1 T2. Austin Westlake (2) 7-0 164 2 2. Sweetwater (3) 7-0 165 2 T2. Longview (1) 7-0 164 3 3. CC Calafen (2) 7-0 142 3 4. Killeen EUison (2) 7-0 152 4 4. Texas City (3) 5-1 134 5 5.    Aldine Eisenhower 6.    Abilene Cooper 7-0 6-1 110 74 5 6 5. Jacksonville 6 Wed Orange-Stark 7-0 7-0 106 92 6 7 7. Garland 6-1 61 7 7. La Marque 5-2 86 8 6. North Mesquite 8*1 60 8 8. ^trownvrood 6-1 62 9 9. Houston Madteon 7-0 29 X 9. Tbrrtl 7-0 49 10 10. New Braunfels 7-0 IB I TIO. Dumas 80 12 X FELL OUK Lufkin (Na 9), SA MacArthur (No. ti) Tm Grapevine 82 12 X wsWRPPa    sr*    vt    " 9. Amarillo 6. Victoria 8, Odaasa 7, SA MacArthur 7, El Paso Franklin 6. Arlington 4, Duncanville 3, Flower Mound Marcus 3, flaai imont Wast Brook 2, Baytown Las 1. FSU. OUT Highland Park (No. 4) Also teoehrtng votes: New Caney 10, Schertz Clemens 0. Waxahachie 8. Highland Park 7. Little Cypress Mauricevkls 5. Kilgore 3, Nederland 3. Edcouch-Etsa 2. Everman 2, Waco Midway 2. Alice 1 Smithton VOHoy 1 UIL Legislative Council rejects central site From staff and me reports AUSTIN (AP) — A proposal to create a ventral site for the state football championship'* has been rejected by the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council. The council announced Monday that a survey sent to UIL schools in September was returned with superintendents voting 508-293 against establishing a common site. The proposal was presented by the Fox Sports Southwest television network, which offered cash, hotel rooms and other incentives to participating schools. In other action, the Legislative Council approved a proposal that would allow two conferences rn both boys and girls soccer That change would allow classes 5A and 4A to each compete tor a state championship beginning in the 1998-99 school year. Two items will be placed on a ballot that will be sent to superintendents in early December for a vote. The first would allow three teams to advance into the playoffs in Class 2A and 3A in all team sports, meaning the football playoffs would have a Division I and Division ll, just as 4A and 5A are currently structured. The second proposal would create a regional tournament in boys and girls basketball in Class 4A. Currently. 4A is the only class without a regional tourney. If the proposals are approved on the ballot by a simple majority, they would be enacted. Other proposals rejected Monday by the Legislative Council include: Sports Briefs ■ Adding gymnastics as a UIL activity ■ Adding rodeo as a UIL activity ■ Allowing private and parochial schools to join the UIL. ■ Allowing home school children to participate in UIL activities mvvumonm luwipMfiteiii SAN ANTONIO — The New Braunfels boys’ golf team scored its first tournament victory of the fall season last weekend at Cedar Creek Golf Course NBHS shot a team total of 318. just one stroke ahead of Clark High School Jason Leach shot a 75 Turn to Briefs, Page 8 The Cougarettes (8-2) are currently tied with Hays for second place in 28-4A. Canyon will play at Lockhart tonight and at Hays on Friday. Football Rangers’ JV team beats Hays From staff reports BUDA — Smithson Valley ’s junior varsity football team improved its record to 7-0 with a 21-12 win against Hays last week. Ian Flores got the Rangers on the board in the second quarter with a 43-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Matt Woodcock. Kev in Phelan intercepted a pass on Hays’ next possession, setting up a 31-yard stake from Woodchuck to Tim Blount. Flores kicked both extra points, and the Rangers led 14-0 at halftime Hays scored in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run. but the Rangers answered on their next possession. Donnie Course scored on a 48-yard run and Flores made the extra point for a 21 -7 lead. The Rebels scored again on a 27-yard run after a blocked punt. Their two-point conversion attempt missed, and Flores intercepted -v’pass on Hays' final possession to preserve the victory. Smithson Valley will face Del Valle at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ranger Stadium. Smithson VsWoy 9th “A" 28* Hays “A” 6 BUDA — The freshman “A” team improved to 7-0 with a 28-6 win against Hays last week. The Rangers found themselves behind for the first time this season and responded with 28 unanswered points. The offensive line led the comeback for Smithson Valley Michael Grahams 2-yard run was the first touchdown, and E J. Clark’s extra point gave the Rangers a 7-6 lead. Cody Fuller ran for the second touchdown on a 9-yard quarterback scramble. Clarks kick was good and Smithson Valley led 14-6. Michael Moxies scored the third touchdown on a 6-yard run. Clark hit the extra point for a 21 -6 lead. The Rangers’ final touchdown came on a 61-yard pass from Fuller to Ben Martin, and Clark’s extra point gave Smithson Valley a 28-6 lead. The defense was led by Chn* Vankleef, Matt Grumbein, Gabc Escalante, Clark. Blake Jackson, Michael Graham. James Bellman and David Krawczynski The “A" team will play Del Valle at 5 p m. Thursday at Ranger Stadium. Turn to Hangars. Page 8 Marlins, Indians trade in their short sleeves for longjohns CLEVELAND (AP) — The Florida Marlins can expect a chilly reception at Jacobs Field. Then again. so can the Cleveland Indian*. One look at the knit stocking cap David Justice wore in the batting cage Monday left no doubt about the big story al the World Series: the weather Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s tonight for Game 3. It might be even colder, with snow, the next night, conditions so had that Game 4 could be jeopardy. Not that anyone is complaining At least, not yet. But several players wore gloves — not the kind made by Rawlings, either — during off-day workouts held an blustery afternoon in the 50s. Quite a change from Sunday night, when the Marlins took batting prac tice in T-shirts and shorts in 77-degree heat before a 6-1 loss that ev ened the Series at one win each. “I grew up in Milwaukee, I went to school in South Bend, so this is outstanding weather,” .Marlins second baseman Craig Counsell said. “I can't wait to go out and play in it, to be honest with you. “To me growing up, this is always what the World Series was played in, weather like this,” he said. “It’s the World Serum, I don’t care what the weather is going to be like. It’s not going to be a factor from my standpoint You’ve got to deal with it. lf you let A affect you, you’re crazy " Charles Nagy, who will start for die Indians against Al Later, did not appear worried “I don’t mind it so rnqch,” Nagy said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. You can't change the conditions. “I ve pitched in cold weather before, but nothing can really prepare you u. go out there.” he said. “It’s going to be cold.” Agreed Later “The biggest problem with the cold is the slick feeling on the ball The balls become like cue balls.” Marlins manager Jim Ley land saw the foreboding sky, heard the grim forecast and sounded concerned Not so much for the way it might aggravate Bobby Bonilla’s hamstring or affect Letter’s grip, though. “I’m more worried about the odd for my mom more than I am the players,” Ley land said “But I’m not going to buy her a for cote today, I can tell you that ” Ley land’s 85-year-old mother. Veronica, plans to attend tonight. Wednesday night could see the first World Scries game with snow since the 1979 opener rn Baltimore between Pittsburgh and the Orioles. “I found thai this kind of weather is kind of a mind over matter” Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. “If you don’t mind, it really doesn’t matter But there are adjustments that need to be made “Probably the major effect is die grip the pitcher will have on the ball. Cold weather tends to dry out your hands and fingers a lot more than warm weather will, obviously," Hargrove said. “ Hitting a baseball in cold weather is not a lot of fun,” he said. “lf you World Series Saturday, Od 18 Botete 7, Ctesstend 4 Od 16 Ctewtend 6, Botete I Sates ted M Botete teCtewtend, 720 pm TV NBO don’t hit it just nght, it hurts ” And in the end, it’s the same for both sides Even though Cleveland and Miami have different climates, it’s been a while since either team felt anything close to what’s in the forecast. “Baseball is meant to be played in warm weather Our guys like to play in warm weather.” Hargrave said I I I ;