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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels ^volleyball player Emily CorbanTuesday, October 21, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e mail at [email protected] Smithson Valley prepares for THE DAILY P IH/K-E-T Kl Smithson Valley Junior varsity JV "Blue" team hosts Brackenridge while "White" team visits Clemens. Times: "Blue" 4:30 p.m., "White"6 p.m. va Canyon subvarslty Canyon freshman and junior varsity teams visit Bastrop. Times: Freshmen 4:30 and 6 p.m.,JV7:30 p.m. New Braunfels subvarslty Young Unicorns host Dripping Springs. Times: Freshman teams play at 4:30 and 6 p. rn. while junior varsity team plays at 7:30 pm. Still perfect: Chiefs hold off struggling Raiders, 17-10 OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —The confident Kansas City Chiefs wanted nothing more than to beat the Oakland Raiders in decisive fashion. They ended up holding on for dear life Monday night when a backup quarterback turned a potential shutout into a shootout. Oakland’s Tim Brown was tackled on the Kansas City I as time expired and the unbeaten Chiefs won their seventh straight, 17-10 over their bitter rivals. TYent Green passed for 206 yafds for Kansas City, which tied a franchise record for consecutive wins. But the Chiefs had to survive a gutsy last-minute drive led by Marques T\iia-sosopo, who had thrown just six passes all season. Tuiasosopo took over for injured MVP Rich Gannon in the second half. He led two scoring drives and drove the Raiders (2-5) from their own 6 with 1:47 left to the Kansas City goal line on a drive featuring two catches by Jerry Rice and a huge 35-yard reception by Jerry Porter. Oakland even tried a fake spike to get in the end zone, but the game ended when Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley tackled Brown on a catch at the I while time ran out. Gannon bruised his right shoulder in the final minute of the second quarter, then spent the second half on the sidelines nursing the injury which came from two vicious sacks by Shawn Barber and several other hard hits. Tuiasosopo also struggled before sparking the Raiders to an impressive fourth quarter. The third-year pro had just 69 yards passing in his entire career, but was 16-of-28 for 224 yards in the second half. Priest Holmes rushed for 123 yards and ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 4:57 left that gave Kansas City a 17-3 lead. For the Chiefs, this win took some of the sting out of an embarrassing 24-0 loss in Oakland last Dec. 28, the first time in 88 meetings between the former AFL foes that the Raiders shut them out.Mavericks get Walker from Celtics DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks bulked up an already strong offense Monday, acquiring All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics in a five* player trade. The Celtics agreed to take center Raef LaFrentz and the four years remaining on a $69 million, five-year contract signed before last season. The Celtics also get Jiri Welsch and Chris Mills, players the Mavericks got in an offseason trade that also brought Antawn Jamison from Golden State, and Dallas’ first-round pick in 2004. "It’s not every day that a 27-year-old All-Star becomes available,’’ said Donnie Nelson, Dallas’ president of basketball operations. "We feel we’ve got one of the most versatile coaches in the league. To add a player of Antoine’s ability just gives (coach Don Nelson) more options to work with.” Nelson struck the deal with Danny Ainge, who became Boston’s head of basketball operations in May. The two are close friends, with Nelson having been an assistant to Ainge in Phoenix Between his jobs with the Suns and Celtics, Ainge was a TV analyst and he said on the air he did not like Walker's game. Now Walker, a three-time All-Star who averaged 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, goes from playing alongside one high scorer in Paul Pierce to being joined by four:‘Dallas’ nucleus of Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Michael Finley, plus Jamison, who was added in August. The Mavericks, the NBA's highest-scoring team the last two years, have now upgraded a roster that won 60 games and reached the Western Conference finals last season. ‘We want it more’ Longtime teammates, friends hope to lead Canyon to state title By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor Brooke Engel and Tiffany Sheetrock have spent most of their lives playing volleyball together. They began as young children, moved on to middle school and now take the court as seniors at Canyon High School. Both have had successful careers, have played in state tournaments and have won awards. But before they end their playing days with the Cougarettes, they have one mountain left to climb. They want to win a state championship. Engel is the main offensive threat for Canyon and leads the team in kills and blocks. By leading the Cougarettes in kills in almost every game, Engel has become one of the most feared volleyball players in the state. Compared to her teammate, Shedrock plays almost in obscurity, but she is equally important to the Cougarettes. In fact, for every kill Engel accumulates, the odds are that Shedrock passed her the ball. The relationship between a setter and an outside hitter is probably the most important on a volleyball team. It takes hours and hours of practice for the two cogs to become comfortable with each other. Each hitter likes the pass in a different position and each setter has a unique style that must be adjusted to. “It’s a combination of a lot of things," Engel said. "Practice helps so much.” With Engel and Shedrock, the connection needed for greatness was accomplished many years ago. The two first became teammates when they were 7-years old, and since that time, Shedrock has been setting up Engel. To determine where to set the ball and who to set the ball to, Shedrock must watch and listen at all times. As soon as a ball is hit across the net, her teammates pass it to her. Shedrock then has to listen as teammates say what the opposing team is doing, has to watch the defense set up and then has to decide where to pass the ball. That all happens in just seconds, but Shedrock says its no big deal. "I’ve been playing for a long time,” Shedrock said. "After a while, you just have to get it.” Once the pass is made, Engel has to then time her approach and leap perfectly so she can hit the ball in a way so that, first, it’s not blocked, and then gets to the ground for a kill. “You have to have a lot of desire,” Engel said. “You have to really try to hit someone in the face.” Watching a volleyball match from the stands is much different than playing one on the court. On the court, the players are always talking, flashing signs and working together to make a cohesive unit that can win. The constant action is what makes both Engel and Shedrock love the game. “It’s a lot of fun to interact,” Engel said. “There’s a whole lot going on around you.” After starting slowly this season, the Cougarettes have gelled and clinched a berth in the state tournament last week. That accomplished one team goal, but there is still one more left. See CANYON. Page 6A DAVID KKMAM/Herald-Zeitung Senior Brooke Engel serves the ball during a recent match at the Cougar Den. Engel and senior Tiffany Shedrock hope to end their 11-year run as teammates by winning a state title at Canyon High School. With playoff berths in hand, area teams strive for more By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley volleyball teams all have state tournament berths securely in hand, but all three teams still have work to do during the final weeks of the regular season. New Braunfels has already clinched the District 25-4A championship, but the Unicorns still want to secure an unbeaten district season. New Braunfels will be on the road two times this week, traveling to Bastrop tonight and Dripping Springs on Friday. With wins in both matches, the Unicorns would take a 30-5 record into the playoffs. The Cougarettes will end the regular season with a pair of matches at home. Canyon hosts Lockhart tonight and Bastrop Friday. The Cougarettes have already clinched second-place in the district and will See VOUIY. Page 6A Nutrition, maturity keys to large whitetail bucks As with most deer hunters, I consider my knowledge of whitetail deer to be considerable. Not to say that I know it all, because I don’t. It is just that I have learned nothing new about deer in a long time, until recently. Most of what deer hunters know about their prey is learned from books, videos, time in the field and from other hunters. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. James Kroll, who is recognized as being one of the worlds leading authorities on whitetail deer. He is involved in the development of a new supplemental deer feed that is changing the way serious deer managers are caring for their animals. According to Dr. Kroll, most whitetail fawns are weaned by the time they are 60 - 90 days of age. Even though they may still have spots and occasionally nurse from the doe, they are capable of surviving nutritionally without their mother. Deer eat between 1/4 pound and 8 pounds of supplemental food each day. Many serious trophy ranches are not shooting young spikes. It has previously been thought that young bucks sporting spikes are genetically inferior. Research shows that these spikes are the result of either poor nutrition and or late birth. T hese trophy ranches are allowing most bucks to reach a mini- . mum of three years of age before harvest. By this age, their antlers will show their potential or lack of. Most does will have a single fawn for her first birth. After that, virtually every doe will have twins with the proper nutrition. Nutrition and predators play an important role in determining how many fawns will survive. Many hunters complain about having small bucks on their property. Nutrition is important for antler development. But equally important is age. A deer is not considered to be mature until five years of age. Most bucks never reach that age. For the first four years of life, bucks grow their body first, then antlers. After that, their bodies are fully developed and that is when true trophy antlers can develop. Com is the most popular deer bait and supplemental feed used by hunters. Com lacks in the proper amount of protein, minerals and nutrients necessary to sustain good health. It takes age, nutrition and genetics to grow trophy deer. Of the three, Kroll Week 7 Results Sunday's gamaa: Dallas 38. Detroit 7 N Y Jets 19. Houston 14 New Orleans 45. Atlanta 17 St Louis 34. Green Bay 24 Tennessee 37. Carolina 17 New England 19. Miami 13 OT Philadelphia 14. N Y Giants 10 Cincinnati 34. Baltimore 26 Minnesota 28. Denver 20 San Diego 26. Cleveland 20 Seattle 24, Chicago 17 Buffalo 24. Washington 7 San Francisco 24, Tampa Bay 7 Open dates Indianapolis. Pittsburgh. Arizona. Jacksonville Monday's game: Kansas City 17. Oakland IO World Series moves to sunny Florida MIAMI (AP) — Karim Garcia was running a bit late to practice Monday when he jogged down a darkened corridor and headed onto the field at Pro Player Stadium. Suddenly, the New York Yankees outfielder jerked his head. The bright glare blinded him. "Whoa!” he said, scrambling for his shades. Sunglasses scattered in the clubhouse, bottles of NtRLB •■NIBS Sunday's Gams New York 6. Florida 1 Today's Gama New York at Florida. 7:32 pm. FOX Gatorade strewn in the dugout, players in shorts. Clearly, the scene had shifted in this World Series. Not that the Florida Marlins mind at all, going into Game 3 Tuesday night tied at I with the Yankees. Ace Josh Beckett was to start against New York’s Mike Mussina. "I think our advantage in this park is that people think it’s ugly and think it's not a baseball park,” Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine said. "But we call it home and we feel like we’ve got that advantage. The Marlins were one of the majors’ best home teams this season. There are shades of October, too — the last time the Series was here, the crowd was going crazy as Edgar Renteria hit a winning single to beat Cleveland in Game 7 in 1997. says he is changing his mind from genetics as being the most important to nutrition and maturity. No buck will ever reach trophy size unless he is allowed to mature. Genetics are the most difficult thing to correct in a deer herd. Age is the next thing. Convincing hunters to pass on young and middle- aged bucks is tough. Good nutrition is the easiest thing to accomplish. Especially with an array of supplemental deer feeds on the market today. Virtually every feed store sells deer pellets. There are dozens of brands available. KEITH WAMKBN Keith Warren is the host of two weekly outdoor television programs that broadcast nationwide. ;