New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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At least Astros can say they got to the Series
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are still the team that has been in one city the longest without winning a World Series game.
Now, they are also the only team to be swept in their first World Series appearance.
Those distinctions aside, at least the Astros finally got to play in the Fall Classic after waiting 44 seasons.
"It was a little different for me here, because this just seemed like such a huge mountain to climb to be able to get to the World Series with the team that we have,” said pitcher Andy Pettitte, who joined his hometown team two years ago after playing in six World Series for the New York Yankees. “I’m proud of the guys.”
Manager Phil Gamer’s mix of proven veterans and young players were left with the nifty consolation prize of being NL champions after being swept by the Chicago White Sox. Despite the quick finish, the series wasn’t that lopsided. Chicago won by a total of six runs, capping it with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night.
“We didn’t quite finish it off,” said closer Brad Udge, who lost
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Chicago 1, Houston 0 (Chisox win series 4-0)
two World Series games. "I hope and cross my fingers that we can come back. We know this team can win the World Series.”
That may depend on how drastically the roster changes.
The Astros have only Five players signed for 2006, but they’ll cost about $65 million. That doesn’t include Roger Clemens, who could get a raise from the $18 million he made this season if he decides to return. Those under contract are the heart of the team: Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berk-man.
The team will discuss the Rocket’s return as soon as he’s ready to think about it At 43, he led the majors with a career-best 1.87 ERA but was limited to two innings in Game I of the World Series because of a strained left hamstring. He also
had groin and back problems.
“But it’s not the arm. He’s not having any problem with his arm,” general manager Tim Purpura said. “I really want to hear what he has to say about how he feels, and does he want to crank it up one more year.”
Lidge and cleanup hitter Morgan Ensberg, two players Bagwell considers the team’s future leaders, are eligible for salary arbitration. Catcher Brad Ausmus and reserve Orlando Palmeiro are among potential free agents.
The Astros will also be tracking the rehabilitation of Bag-well, who missed 115 games because of shoulder surgery. After returning Sept. 9, he could only hit because he’s not ready to throw.
“I wish I could've done a little bit more,” said Bagwell, who planned to start rehabilitation today.
With a few breaks or clutch hits against the White Sox, I louston might still be playing — or maybe even be the team celebrating a four-game championship sweep.
Instead, tile Astros were miserable hitting with runners in scoring position (10-for-48).
“It was our desire to get to
the World Series, and we did that. But we wanted to win,” owner Drayton McLane said after thanking and consoling players in the clubhouse Wednesday night. "Our mission is to win the World Series, and we’ll get to work on that in the morning.”
At least the Astros seem to making the right kind of progression since McLane bought the team in 1993.
They made the playoffs in ’97, then were swept in the division series. They got back the next two seasons and won a game each time. Last year, they finally won a playoff series and this season Houston finally played host to the World Series.
The first World Series game in Texas took a record 5 hours, 41 minutes and lasted 14 innings, but that was nothing to the Astros. They went 5:50 and 18 innings in the division series clincher against the Braves.
“I think this team learned how to win,” outfielder Jason I .ane said.
The Astros had a lot to learn after a 15-30 start. They never lost more than three straight again until they ran into the White Sox.
Spurs conclude preseason by beating 76ers
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
Tony Parker added 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting
for the Spurs (2-7).
Brent Barry hit a 3-pointer with 37.9 seconds remaining that snapped a 96-96 tie. Barry finished with 21 points and made five of six 3-point -ers.
With Philadelphia down 99-98 after Steven Hunter answered Barry’s 3-pointer with a slam dunk, Chris Webber missed a hook shot with 3 seconds remaining. Duncan rebounded it and made two free throws after being fouled with 1.7 seconds left.
Kyle Korver missed a 3-
pointer at the buzzer for Philadelphia (3-5).
Hunter led the 76ers with 24 points. He entered the game when starting center Samuel Dalembert aggravated a right quadriceps injury 2:12 into the contest. Dalembert missed the first six preseason games because of the injury before playing 20 min-utes Tuesday against New York.
Sixers guard Allen Iverson did not play for the fourth time in the last five games due to a right knee injury.
Webber, playing in his second straight game after missing the first six preseason games with a right quadriceps strain, scored 21 and added a team-high 12 rebounds.
Spurs starting forward Bruce Bowen was not at the game due to a death in the family.
Both teams concluded their preseasons. Each team opens the regular season at home Tuesday. Philadelphia plays Milwaukee while San Antonio plays Denver. MEET __
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Braunfels 30-34, with surprising newcomer Schertz Steele claiming third with 97 points.
“The kids ran hard on a fast course,” said New Braunfels coach Mimi Lincoln. “Burnet has an amazing team. They had six guys clumped up at the top and that made it hard to compete with them. Our boys ran hard to get second.
“On the girls side, it was intense between us and Dripping Springs. We were all right there until the end and both teams raced so hard and were focused the whole race. It was really exciting to watch.”TENNIS
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Tennis Center, and Trinity and Incarnate Word universities, flay begins today at 8 am, with the second-round slated to start around I p.m. Only the top team advances to the UIL tournament at Lakeway Tennis Center in Austin Nov. 4-5.
New Braunfels will begin against Del Valle at McFarlin, where it also hopes to play the Pleasanton-Austin McCallum winner in the second round in tile afternoon. Wins will put the Unicorns in the semifinals atVOLLEY______
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Bolmfalk had four kills and two blocks; Jenna Haby had six assists and Megan Jung-man had four. Amanda I lilbig had five digs and Brewer added four, and Debbie Ammonaci had three blocks.
Canyon’s Robert Worley placed seventh overall to lead the Cougars.
“The weather helped us,” Canyon coach Kerry Meeker said. “It was a fast course. But we set a lot of personal bests, and we’re looking forward to the regional meet next weekend.”
The 4A-IV meet will, as usual, be held Saturday at UT-San Antonio. The top three teams and 15 individuals advanced after Thursday’s race.
George Herrera placed second for New Braunfels (14:40), and Vincente Romero came in 13th overall (15:50). Armstrong (12:22) was second overall on the girls side, and she was joined by Julie Waters (sixth; 12:44); Morgan Ttoudt (seventh; 12:45); Alexis Alexander (eighth; 12:45); Kaylea Box (11th; 13:00); Hillary Hull (13th; 13:22) and Ashley Cater (14th, 13:23).
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Hendrie said he’s excited about the meet, also because of the Unicorns’ depth.
“It’s especially true with the girls. But we’re young but better, ’ „ because we have players who have so much experience in spite of being young,” he said.
Hendrie credits the play of SA Reagan transfer Chris Emery , in boys singles and doubles, and girls contributors Alex Adams, Sarah Septien and And-jela Srejovic. Septien is originally from Cancun, Mexico and > Srejovic, a foreign exchange student, hails from Serbia.
“We’re stacked, I think — a lot more than we were last year,” Hendrie added.
Brewer had Medina Valley’s lone ace, in the third game.
Now Canyon prepares for \ Vista Ridge, which hasn’t been touched since the beginning of the season. The 1 Lady Rangers have five play- , ers with more than IOO kills, but don’t have a senior on the team.
“They’re all the rage — they are all over the paper, all over the Internet, they’re everywhere,” Sanders said.
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