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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, October 26, 2005 — Herald-Zehung — Page 7A SVHS cheerleader Bonnie Blackburn. PORTS COMING THURSDAY Cougarettes Canyon-Medina Valley volley preview. Herald-Zettung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] DAILY C-K-E-T Boys hit hardwoods Area basketball teams begin first day of practices. Time: afternoon Astros continue Series Houston hosts Chicago White Sox in Game 4 ofWorld Series. Time: 7p.m. (FOX, KGNB-AM1420) Cougarettes begin playoffs Canyon faces Medina Valley in Class 4A bidistrict volleyball playoff. Time: 6:30p.m. ■MMMMMMMM NSidelines Astros, White Sox tied 5-all as Series rests in Texas From staff, wire reportsLOCAL NB-DRIPPING SPRINGS FOOTBALL TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s New Braunfels-Dripping Springs football game will be sold at the high school offices from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. General admission tickets are $6; $2 for students. Seats at the gate will be $6 for general admission and $3 for students.MARBLE FALLS-CANYON FOOTBALL TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s Marble Falls-Canyon football game at Cougar Stadium will be sold at the front office at the high school from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. General admission adult tickets are $6; $2 for students. Tickets at the gate will be $6 and $3.MADISONSV FOOTBALL TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s San Antonio Madison-Smithson Valley football game at Ranger Stadium will be sold between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today; from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Thursday and from 8-11 a.m. Friday at the fieldhouse and from noon until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria both days. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $6 for general admission and $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $7, cash only.NATIONALSMOLTZ WINS CLEMENTE AWARD - John Smoltz won the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community Tuesday. The Atlanta Braves pitcher was given the award by baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Roberto Clemente Jr. before Game 3 of the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. Smoltz called it the premier honor of his career. Each major league team nominates one player for the honor, and the winner is selected by a committee that includes Selig and Vera Clemente, Roberto’s wife. Players are eligible to win only once.GIANTS' MARA DIES AT 89 — Wellington Mara of die New York Giants, one of the NFLs most influential owners for more than a half century and the last of the league’s founding generation, died Tuesday. He was 89. Mara, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, died of cancer at his home in Rye, N.Y., the team said. Mara’s influence went far beyond the Giants. I Ie clearly was one of the most important figures in NFL history. He and brother Jack, owners of the biggest team in the biggest market, agreed to share television revenue on a leaguewide basis. That concept of revenue sharing allowed the NFL to thrive and remains in place today. Mara became a Giants’ ballboy at age 9 on Oct. 18, 1925 after his father, Timothy J. Mara, bought the team. He stayed fully involved in its operation for almost 80 years, except for three years while he was in the Navy during World War II. Until he became ill last spring, he attended most practices and every game. HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Lane’s two-out double in the eighth inning off Dustin Her-manson pulled the Houston Astros into a 5-all tie with the Chicago White Sox after 12 in Game 3 of the World Series at presstime Tltesday night. Chicago’s Orlando Hernandez pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. After a big comeback against Roy Oswalt, the White Sox were four outs from going up 3-0 in the best-of-seven Series before their bullpen squandered a one-run lead. With two outs and none on in the eighth, Cliff Politte walked Morgan Ensberg and Chicago went to normally reliable lefty Neal Cotts. But he walked Mike Lamb, a lefthanded batter, and manager Ozzie Guillen called in Her-manson, a curious decision. A closer most of the year, Hermanson saved 34 games for the White Sox—but he had not pitched at all in the postseason. I tis previous outing was Sept. 30 in Cleveland. I^ne, who homered earlier, lined a 1-2 pitch down the left-field line to tie the score at 5. Hermanson then struck out Brad Ausmus, ending the inning. Brad Lidge stranded a runner at second in the top of the ninth by fanning Aaron Rowand, and I lernandez got in trouble in the bottom half. I Ie issued a one-out walk to Chris Burke, who advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt and stole third on the next pitch. But El Duque struck out rookie Willy Taverns with runners at the corners and, after an intentional walk to Lance Bedeman, fanned cleanup batter Ensberg on a 2-2 slider. It was the second time this postseason that Hernandez wriggled out of a mess. He escaped a bases-loaded, none- HOUSTON ASTROS VS. CHICAGO WHITE SOX TV: FOX; Radio: KGNB-AM 1420 Saturday, Oct. 22 Chicago 5, Houston 3 Sunday Chicago 7, Houston 6 (Chisox lead series 2-0) Tuesday Chicago 5, Houston 5 (13th inning) Today Chicago (Garcia 14-8) at Houston (Backe 10-8), 7:33 p.m. Thursday Chicago at Houston, 7:25 p.m., if necessary Saturday Houston at Chicago, if necessary. 6:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 Houston at Chicago, if necessary, 6:55 p.m. out jam in Boston to help the White Sox secure a first-round sweep. A.). Pierzynski’s two-mn double capped a five-run rally against Oswalt, and the White Sox overcame a big early deficit to take a 5-4 lead. Game I star Joe Crede began the comeback in the fifth with his second home run of the Series. Tadahi to Iguchi and Jermaine Dye each hit RBI singles before Pierzynski’s two-out double rolled up Tal’s I fill in deep right-center, giving Chicago and pitcher Jon Garland the lead. The Astros built a four-mn cushion for Oswalt behind Craig Biggio, Berkman and Lane, but the NL championship series MVP couldn’t hold it. He threw 46 pitches and faced 11 batters in the fifth, giving up she hits. The five runs allowed were his most in a home game since opening day against St. I/mis. Crede had a chance to become the first player in World Series history to hit two home runs in one inning, but Oswalt plunked him with a 2-2 pitch, loading the bases. That sparked some barking from both dugouts, and plate umpire Jerry Layne told both sides to keep quiet. Juan Uribe, who singled and scored earlier, flied out to end the fifth at last. With the World Series in Texas for the First time, the commissioner’s office ordered the roof open at Minute Maid Park on a pleasant, 61-degree night — though the Astros would have preferred to keep it closed partly because it increases the noise level. Still, the crowd was plenty loud early on. After dropping the first two games in Chicago, the Astros got off to a great start. Biggio doubled, hit an RBI single and scored twice in the first three innings. Berkman also had two hits, including a run-scoring single for his sixth RBI of the Series. Ensberg added an RBI single, and Lane’s homer leading off the fourth made it 4-0. Smithson Valley completes dream Rangers to play WG for 26-5As 2nd playoff spot By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — It was Senior Night and Parents Night Tuesday at Ranger Gym, and Liana Gombert paid homage to her volley-ballers by starting the seniors in the first two games of a very short match against San Antonio Roosevelt. The Rangers were relaxed as they closed the regular season with a very efficient 25-9, 25-8, 25-11 victory. In fact, they barely sweated. Smithson Valley will Find it tougher Friday, when it faces SA Churchill to decide the second and third-place positions in District 26-5A. Churchill (29-7), which downed Lee Tuesday night, tied Smithson Valley (29-8) for second in the loop, as both finished with 11-3 records and split games during 26-5A play. The Chargers opted for the playoff, which will send the loser to the third-place spot against the 25-5A runner-up, while the winner plays 25-5A’s third-place team. “They wanted to play it off, so we’re playing,’’ Gombert said of the 6 p.m. contest at Alamo Convocation Center in San Antonio. “The girls are J MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's AN Hartman (12) goes up to make a tip against SA Roosevelt's Cavett McCrary (9) during the Rangers' three-game win over the Rough Riders in the teams' regular-season finaleTuesday at Ranger Gym. excited about it — it’s going time we can get better, we “Wherever we’re seeded, to sharpen our skills, and any need to play.    we’ve    accomplished our goal of getting into the playoffs. If we win, great. If we don’t win, it’s OK. It will help us work on areas that need work, so it will be better than a practice.” Friday’s winner and loser will begin the bidistrict playoffs Nov. I. Going into Tuesday’s 25-5A play, San Marcos (10-2) had a bye, while SA East Central (9-2) and SA Southwest (10-1) played each other in their Final regular-season games. The district winner draws the bye, but the possibility of a three-way tie still exists. Any and all ties must be resolved by Friday. However, going into the playoffs, its common to worry about what your team is doing right, instead of who they might face. And the Rangers have been doing a lot right this season. After all, coming off an 11-23 season and 3-11 record in 26-5A, there wasn’t anywhere else to go but up. “We were 0-11 going into our final tliree district matches,” Gombert recalled of her first season as coach. “We had great momentum going into an awesome offseason, and the girls worked their tails off. They worked hard in the offseason, some of them played club ball, but not all of them. But they all did what they needed to do to get better." A remarkable thing about the Rangers is that they rarely seem rattled. In Tuesday night’s match, Roosevelt (11-22, 1-13) never threatened because Smithson Valley never relented. See VOLLEY, Page 8A Spurs fall to 1-7 in preseason; Nowitzki paces Mavericks The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Austin Croshere scored 16 points and rookie Sarunas Jasikevicius added 14 as the Indiana Pacers beat San Antonio 97-86 Tltesday night, the Spurs’ seventh loss in eight NBA exhibition games. The Pacers led by as many as 21 points midway through the third quarter before defending champion San Antonio went on a 22-7 run to make it 77-71 going into the fourth. The Spurs trailed 84-77 with about six minutes remaining before Anthony Johnson hit a jumper for Indiana and Fred Jones followed with a 3-pointer to rebuild the Pacers’ lead to double figures. Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson each scored 12 points for Indiana (5-1). Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 29 points, 21 in the First half, and IO rebounds. Rookie Fabricio Oberto scored IO points for the Spurs on 5-for-6 shooting. Duncan made his first five shots and accounted for 15 of San Antonio’s first 19 points. Indiana trailed 33-27 after a tip-in by Duncan with about nine minutes left in the half, but the Pacers then went on a 14-2 run led by three 3-pointers by Jasikevicius. The Pacers made 11 of 15 shots in the second quarter, including all five 3-point attempts. After Duncan’s tip-in, San Antonio managed oiily three more field goals in the half. Mavericks 94, Bucks 86 DARIAS — Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and IO rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Marquis Daniels added 20 points and Jason Terry had 16 for the Mavericks (5-2). Michael Redd scored 22 points for the Bucks (3-4), while Bobby Simmons andT.J. Ford each added 14 points. Mavericks center DeSagana Diop contributed IO rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots before fouling out in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 77 after three quarters, but Dallas opened the fourth quarter with a 13-1 run. Daniels capped the spurt with a short jumper with 2:50 left that gave the Mavericks a 90-78 lead. Milwaukee missed its first 16 shots of the fourth quarter. After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first quarter, the Mavericks went on a 19-3 second-quarter run and were in front 53-49 at halftime. The Bucks went without a field goal for 5:33 of the second quarter. * I I ;