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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas COMING WEDNESDAYracking forawin Kickers might play a key rote in Friday’s game.Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144. ext. 223, or by e mail at drupkalvis§herald HE DAILY •hOK-ET Smithson Valley subvarsity Rangers junior varsity team visits East Central while freshmen play at home. Time: JV play at 5 p.m., frosh at 4:30 p.m. New Braunfels IV football Young Unicorns visit Canyon in next to last game of season. Time: 7:30 p.m. Canyon freshman football Young Rangers host New Braunfels in pair of freshman games. Time:“White"team at 4:30p.m., "Blue"at 6p.m. WIMIiillllBMl » iMMMMMI Canyon cheerleader ‘The best team Trinity ever had’ Teammates, best friends inducted together into Trinity University Hall of Fame DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Bill Daffin became a member of the Hall of Fame Saturday. 30 years after he graduated. By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor They came to Trinity from opposite sides of San Antonio, but that didn’t stop Bill Daffin and Paul Stanley from becoming best friends. They played baseball together, briefly tried to go pro together, graduated together and eventually moved to New Braunfels, where they raised their families together: For 30 years, they were best friends. So, it was only fitting Daffin and Stanley were inducted into the Submitted by Trinity University Athletic Department Bill Daffin led the Tigers in almost every offensive category when he graduated in 1973. Thirty years later, he was elected to the Trinity Hall of Fame. Trinity University Hall of Fame together Saturday. Only one thing was missing when the two friends were inducted Saturday — Stanley himself. Daffin’s best friend, and one of the best pitchers to ever play for .Trinity, died three years ago and was represented by his family at the ceremony. “It’s so special (to be inducted together),” Daffin said. "He’s been my best friend for 30 years. We weren’t that close in college, but we became best friends after college. We raised families together.” Daffin and Stanley led the Tigers to a 32-6 record in 1972, with Daffin was the team’s top hitter and Stanley its best pitcher. Thirty years ago, the Tigers did not play a typical Division III schedule, but took on many of the top universities in the nation. “We were probably the best team Trinity ever had,” Daffin said. "We played Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, all those colleges, and we beat most of them.” When he graduated in 1973, Daffin held most of Trinity’s offensive records, including career records for hitting percentage, triples, doubles and hits. He still ranks in the top IO in most of those categories. As he looked back at his time as a l iger, Daffin said they were some of the best years of his life. “I remember our baseball team being not only a bunch of good player, but we were like brothers,” he said. “I’ve always told people that I wished I could have played four more years here.” Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something that Daffin said is an incredible honor, especially at the school he loved. “I knew I was a good ball player, and my whole life's ambition was to play professional baseball,” Daffin said. “But I wouldn’t trade my years here for anything I could have done as a pro.” While Daffin was putting runs on the board, Stanley was proficient in shutting other teams down. To this day, he holds the Trinity record for wins in a season, with 12, and he also has a no-hitter to his credit. He also holds career marks for earned run average, strikeouts and innings pitched. Daffin said that Stanley’s success was largely due to his attitude on the mound. “He was an unbelievable competitor,” Daffin said. “There wasn’t anyone more competitive. He couldn’t stand to lose.” The two good friends became best friends after college and briefly tried to turn professional. But after four days in Mexico, they called it quits and came home. They raised their families in New Braunfels and continued a friendship that only ended when Stanley died from complications of diabetes in 2000. Daffin is still very close to his family today. Saturday, Beverly Stanley accepted the award for her husband with their children watching from the stands. Daffin said he was disappointed Stanley wasn’t there, because he would have loved the moment. “He’s the kind of guy who just loved people patting him on the back,” Daffin said. “He would have been grinning ear to ear. He would have given me a big hug and a kiss right on that stage.” Photo submitted bv Trinity University Paul Stanley still holds four school pitching records for Trinity University. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Beverly Stanley accepts her husband's plaque for the Trinity Hall of Fame Saturday. New-look Spurs open defense of NBA title SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Four months after winning their second NBA title, the San Antonio Spurs are awash in now faces and abounding with big questions. Can Tim Duncan play as comfortably with Rasho Nes-terovic as he did with David Robinson? Can I’ony Parker forgive and forget that the Spurs wanted to give his job to jason Kidd? Can Robert Horry help San Antonio in the ways he used to hurt the Spurs? And, the biggest question of all: Can the Spurs fend off the Iajs Angeles leakers, Dallas and the rest of the beefed-up Western Conference and repeat as champions? • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have the answers yet. “I won’t know what we have until january or the All-Star break,” Popovich said. “Tim Duncan is the kind of player that ensures we play at a certain level. Championship play is another thing.” Where other Weston Conference contenders stocked up on marquee names — Gary Payton and Karl Malone to the Lakers, Antawn Jamison and Antoine Walker to the Mavericks, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell to Minnesota and Brad Miller to Sacramento — the Spurs went shopping for role players to fit into a system that revolves around Duncan. “We're not as superstar-loaded as a lot of other (teams),” said Duncan, the league’s two-time reigning MVR “but I think we’ll be right in the mix.” The biggest acquisition was Nesterovic, who has the daunting task of replacing one of the most popular players in franchise history. Also new to the Spurs are reserve guards Ron Mercer (7.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Hedo Turkoglu (6.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Anthony Carter (4.1 ppg, 4.1 assists). They join reserve forward Malik Rose (10.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg), defensive specialist Bruce Bowen (7.1 ppg, league-leading 44 percent on 3-pointers) and Manu Ginobili (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Then there’s Horry, long despised by the San Antonio faithful for his clutch shooting during his years with I louston and the leakers. I lorry (7.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg) questions just how much the Lakers really helped themselves in the offseason. Deer hunting in Texas is I think Texas gets a bad rap when it comes to deer hunting. For some reason, hunters from all over the country seem to bash what we do here in the Ixme Star State. Maybe it is because we do things different here. Maybe it is because they simply don’t know how or why we do certain things. I tend to think it is because they are not educated in regards to white-tail management practices. But there is one thing for sure, Texas has the best white-tail deer herd in the United States and in my opinion it is no accident. Long ago, Texans realized the value of white-tail deer and have managed accordingly. It is a good thing, because the cattle business has been nothing to brag about for many years. Let’s face it, ranchers need to make a living off their land and hunting for deer has paid big dividends. I recently had the pleasure of hosting two northern hunters on a white-tail hunt in South Central Texas. My marketing manager and I schooled these incoming hunters on what to expect. Their firearm of choice was a new inline black powder muzzleloader. When they first heard we would be hunting mature management bucks on a high fence ranch they commented. “At least let’s make it a little challenging.” Upon their arrival into San Antonio, we ventured east to the ranch to set up. That is when the frustration started. San Antonio SpursAt a Glanca I LAST SEASON: 60-22. first in Western Conference and NBA champions. I ADDED: C Rasho Nesterovic (free agency); G Ron Mercer (trade); G Hedo Turkoglu (trade); G Anthony Carter (free agency); F Robert Horry (free agency). I LOST: C David Robinson (retired); G Steve Kerr (retired); F Danny Ferry (retired); G Stephen Jackson (free agency); G Speedy Claxton (free agency); G Steve Smith (free agency). I WHY HOPES ARE HIGH The 7-foot Nesterovic adds youth and mobility in the post, while the departure of the erratic and emotional Jackson opens a spot in the starting lineup for fan favorite Manu Ginobili. Chargers escape fire at home, but not Dolphins TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)— With their home stadium being used as an evacuation center and the nearby hills in flames, the San Diego Chargers moved their long-awaited Monday night game 365 miles to the east — and fell flat. Brian Griese, in his first start for Miami, completed 20 of 29 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns and the Dolphins intercepted Drew Brees three times in a 26-10 victory. Griese, at least for one night, lived up to the heritage that his last name carries. He completed his first six passes and was 13-of-14 for 145 yards and three scores as Miami built a 24-3 halftime lead. Patrick Surtain had two Week 8 Results Sunday s games: Tampj Bjy IB Dull J b 0 Chicago 24, Detroit 16 Baltimore 26. Denver 6 St Louis 33. Pittsbingh 21 Cincinnati 27. Seattle 24 Tennessee 30. Jacksonville 17 New England 9. Cleveland 3 Carolina 23. New Orleans 20 N Y Giants 29, Minnesota 20 Ancona 16. San Francisco 13 Indianapolis 30. Houston 21 Philadelphia 24. N Y Jets 17 Kansas City 38 Buffalo 5 Open dates Oakland Washington Green Bay. Atlanta Monday s game: Miami 26 San Diego IO interceptions, setting up Miami’s first touchdown with the first and stopping a San Diego scoring threat with the second. the best in the world They had never seen so many deer on one ranch, and every deer looked like a “shooter” to them. One of the hunters commented that in Pennsylvania, if it had horns, it went down. Our hunting guests were pleased to see so many deer, but most of them were out of range. During the two days they hunted, they both received a valuable lesson in wildlife management. They now realize that deer hunting in Texas is the greatest in the world. It took some time to explain how to determine the age of a deer and the reasoning for letting them walk if not mature. Both of them were serious deer hunters and had never seen a mature buck. I explained how they would be able to recognize one the instant it showed up. They did. “Where we come from, it is almost impossible to see a mature deer because they never live that long,” said one of them. The two hunters did have a good time as they managed to bag two fend hogs, two does and a seven-point buck (at 143 yards) all with their muzzleload- ers. T hey left with lot of meat and some fantastic memories. But the most important thing I think they left with was a different attitude towards deer hunting In Texas. KEITH WARREN Keith Warren is the host of two weekly outdoor television programs that broad cast nationwide. ;