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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Bryan Pruitt plays catch with SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26,2003 a friend Saturday. SPORTS COMING TUESDAY Hall of tamers Best friends inducted into Trinity Hall. SectionB Herald-Zeitung To have your event pubUcized. contact David Rupkalvis at 625 9144, ext 7.7'y or by e mail at drupkalvis^herald zeitung.coni THE DAILY I-OK-ET Basketball practice Practice officially begins at New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley. Information: See coaches for details. Texas Lutheran soccer Bulldogs travel to Texas A&M International for mens and Womens games. Times: Men play at I p.m., women at 3 p.m. I Texas Lutheran volleyball District champion Bulldogs visit Howard Payne for conference game. Time: 6 p.m. ^    ‘^'r'.irFrrTWrrt7rrjfj'f    tfrtUJflHtltrsmnMa Longhorns win big; Aggies, Red Raiders fall BIG 12 HOW THEY FARED WACO (AP) —Vince Young ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night as No. 19 Texas wrapped up a rugged October with a 56-0 win over Baylor. Young and Longhorns (6-2,3-1 Big 12) set the offense on cruise control from the start, rolling to a 35-0 halftime lead in the freshman’s second start at quarterback. It was Texas’ first shutout of the season and its second in a row over Baylor (3-5,1-3). It was also Texas’ second consecutive easy win since a crushing 65-13 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. ll. The victory sends the Longhorns intora tough November stretch with games against No. 14 Nebraska, No. 18 Oklahoma State and in-state rivals Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Baylor was an easy warmup for the coming month as Texas outgained the Bears 477-260 despite missing starting tailback Cedric Benson. He didn’t make the 99-mile trip from Austin after being charged earlier in the week with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The Longhorns didn’t miss him in front of a crowd of 42,118, at least half of whom wore burnt orange. Senior Brett Robin got his first career start and he and Selvin Young combined for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. OKLAHOMA ST. SS, TEXAS ASM IO Oklahoma State roughed up Texas A&M before turning its attention to top-ranked Oklahoma. Tatum Bell ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and became the third player in Oklahoma State history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, leading the No. 18 Cowboys to a 38- IO victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. Next up, the No. I Sooners, whom the Cowboys have beaten two years in a row. “We are not going to overlook nobody," Bell said. “We know we have OU coming up. We knew this game was first and we had to approach it like that. We practiced all week for A&M and it showed today. We had to get past this game to set it up for next week.’’ The Cowboys (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) won their seventh straight game for the first time since 1997. Oklahoma State has upset the Sooners the past two See BIG 12. Page 2B North Conf Overall Nebraska 3-1 7-1 Missouri 2-2 6-2 Kansas 2-2 5-3 Kansas St 2 2 6 3 Colorado 1-3 3-5 Iowa State 0-4 2-6 South Conf Overall Oklahoma 4-0 80 Oklahoma St 3 1 7-1 Texas 3-1 6 2 Texas Tech 2 2 5-3 Texas AftM 1-3 3-5 Baylor 1-3 3-5 + Conimene* gemes This week: + Missouri 62, Texas Tech 31 + Nebraska 28. Iowa State O + Kansas State 42, Kansas 6 ♦ Oklahoma State 38 Texas AftM IO + Texas 66 , Baylor O + Oklahoma 34, Colorado 20NBCA wins critical contest Trinity takes over first place in conference By Chuck Hughes Correspondent Stephen Parker intercepted a Josh Greer pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown to put New Braunfels Christian Academy ahead for good during the Wildcats 36-18 upset of the 15th-ranked Austin Hill Country Christian Knights Friday in a key TAPPS 2A District 4 six-man football tilt. The Knights took an 18-14 lead Into the fourth quarter and stopped the Wildcats on downs in NBCA territory when Parker made the pick at his 15-yard line. Parker then weaved through die entire Hill Country team on his way to the end zone, dragging the last two would-be tacklers with him across the goal line. The score not only put the Cats ahead, it seemed to inspire the rest of the team as the defense stilled the Knights the rest of the way while Jon Price and Luke Gentry each scored a late touchdown to provide the final margin of victory. Price finished the game with See WILDCATS, Page 2B By Ken Smith Correspondent SAN ANTONIO—Trinity University’s All American defensive end Jarrod Smith led the Tigers to a 52-7 win over Centre College in a battle of the top two teams in the SCAC Saturday. Holding the potent Colonels’ rushing attack to 26 first half yards, the Tigers’ defense shut down running back Lorenzo Engleinan, the 12th- ranked all-purpose offensive weapon in NCAA Div III. Smith recorded two quarterback sacks, bringing his career total to 21, a new record for the Tigers. “As a freshman, you set goals, you start slow and build up momentum each year,” Smith said. “The record is great, but we play as a team, and we hope this win puts us in the driver s seat for the conference title.” The 16th-ranked Tigers started scoring early and led 29-7 at halftime. Trinity quarterback Dan DesPlaines, who currently holds the 7th best D HI quarterback rating, scored midway through the first quarter on a 9 yard run The Tiger’ offense scored on their next possession, with running back Ray Valencia gaining 30 yards on the drive, capped by scrambling 15-yard touchdown pass from DesPlaines to wide receiver Daniel I .aerobe Valencia gained See TRINITY. Page 2B DAVID INGRAM/ HeraldZeitung Trinity All American and former Canyon star Kenny Brunette (3) breaks up a pass Saturday COUNTRY Pl ACL HOMES IN NI W BRAUNFELS PHF SI NI SSink' of I lie \ i i Nim Moduhir I louie! 7200 III SS North \t'« Hiuuolt'U I V 7HI MI HIH) §64-1 IM loll Im KUI 626-706 pliant' vt vt vt palinli.ti Having double the fun Marlins capture World Series NBW YORK (AP) - Josh Beckett was no gamble at all. The wild-card F lorida Marlins wrapped up their wild ride with an improbable World Series championship. beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Saturday night behind the strong right arm and sheer determination of theiraoung ace. LM lack Mc Keon t would start (lamehon three days’ rest. But the 23-year-old fastballer called “Rook” by his manager made Mck-eon look like a genius. Beckett threw a five hitter, giving the Marlins their second title in seven seasons. Dos Castillo snapped his 0-for l l rut with an HBI single in the fifth and luau Encarnacion added a sacrifice fly in the sixth. T hat was plenty for Beck ett, who fielded lorge Rosa da’s tapper up the first-base line and tagged him for the final out. I Ie struck out nine featuring a 97 mph fastball, and walked two Not since 1981 had another team celebrated a Series championship on the field at Yankee Stadium. When the Ii>s Angeles I Judgers did it then, Yankees owner George Steinbreimer apolo gized to the city for the dis-mai performanc e. This time, credit the resilient Marlins for then performance. DID YOU KNOW? I The District 27-5A Cross Country Championships are Saturday at Southwest High School in San Antonio. I The girls will run at 9 a.m., with the boys following at 9:30 a m. I The top three teams and the top 10 individuals will qualify for the Region IV Championships. I Smithson Valley sophomore Dana Mecke is, the. defending girl* champion. Smithson Valley boys Michael Zito and Cullen Constanzo could also do well. Smithson Valleys Dana Mecke competes for district titles in cross country, volleyball By Jason Chlapak Staff Writer Fall is a season that Smithson Valley sophomore Dana Mecke lives for. Mecke runs cross-country and plays volleyball for the Rangers, and she still has time to study, eat, and even clean her room. “I’ve become accustomed to the double-duty thing of cross-country and volleyball,” Mecke said. “I love what I do. It’s fun.” A day in the life of Mecke is one that would wear most,people out She gets up at 6 a.m. and makes it to cross country practice at 6:45. That usually lasts an hour. Then she goes straight to morning volleyball practice, which runs until 9:15. After practice, she gets dressed and ready for her first school class at IO a.m. Cross country has been quite a success for Mecke. She will go into next EWCCA S. ROGERB/Herald-Ze.tung Only a sophomore. Dana Mecke is a starter for the district champion Rangers. REBECCA S. ROGERB/Herald-Zeitung As a freshman, Dana Mecke won the district title in cross country She will try to repeat Saturday when the Rangers participate in the District 27-5A meet at Southwest High School. weekend’s District 27-5A meet as the defending champion. She won the district championship as a freshman last year and is a big favorite to repeat the win Saturday. Mecke also finished fifth in the Region IV meet, which qualified her for the state meet, where she placed in at 36th. And she did it all while splitting her time with another sport. Mecke’s sophomore season has been enjoyable as well. Despite missing two meets due to volleyball, Mecke has still made an impact in the meets she’s participated in. She won the Hays Consolidated Invitational and Ixrckhart Invitational and finished third in the Austin Zilker Park her last race before the district meet, Mecke placed second in the Apache Invitational Oct. 18. - But before she will be happy, Mecke has some other goals to meet. “I want to repeat as district champion and do well in regionals,” Mecke said. “I also want to improve on my times. My fastest time is 11:47, but I* know I can run faster.” Friends and coaches say that underneath Mecke’s competitive side is an enthusiastic and entertaining person. "Dana brings a lot of entertainment and energy to our team, shes a lot of fun," cross country coach Louise Davidson said. “She also has a lot of strength and inner confidence. She’s a fierce competitor as well.” According to Davidson, Mecke is also quite the singer. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is a favorite that Mecke belts out often. On the volleyball court, Mecke is just as fierce and competitive, having earned a starting job on the team. “Dana brings enthusiasm and energy to our team,” Rangers head volleyball coach Brian Funk said. “She works hard and she wants to succeed. You can’t ask for more out of an athlete. She’s also very entertaining, shes got a See MICKI. Page 2B ;