New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Emotion, excitement and hard-hitting football art trademarks of the Wurst Bowl. But things are a little different this season, because the game literally means everything to the New Braunfels Unicorns and the Canyon Cougars.
The two teams sit atop the District 25-4A standings with 3-1 records, but neither is guaranteed a berth in the playoffs. The loser of Friday’s game will find the road to postseason action much tougher.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been involved with anything like it,” Canyon Coach Brad Wright said. “Our schools are only five minutes apart. We go to church together and socialize together. It’s a very, very healthy rivalry.”
Away from the rivalry that will be played out on the Field Friday, Wright pointed to a youth flag football league as a way the two teams work together. In the league, New Braunfels and Canyon varsity players work hand-in-hand to teach football ta children.
Friday, many oT those youth league players will be in the stands to watch their heroes on the field.
Both Wright and New Braunfels Coach Rick Rhoades are trying to downplay the significance of the game. Both point to last year when Canyon won the Wurst Bowl, but New Braunfels rebounded, made the playoffs and advanced to the state championship game.
But Wright and Rhoades are just as quick to admit their goal is a postseason berth. Beating their rival is just another step toward that goal.
The players see it a little different. Making the playoffs is the ultimate goal, but having bragging rights at home is almost as important.
“Revenge is a big part of the Canyon . game,” New Braunfels running back Roland Adams said. “I'll never forget at a basketball game last winter, Canyon students (were) wearing T-shirts at the game that said, ‘23-14’ and New Braunfels is second in state and second in town."
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Unicorn Sta: ilium.
Photos by REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Frazier Elementary teachers and Canyon Cougar fans Christie Geyer and Bridget La Barbera congratulate each other on a "pawed” well done, while Kendall Geyer puts the finishing touches on the mayhem. (Below) Kendall, Christie's daughter, snickers as she "decorates" Susan Purdy's classroom at Frazier Elementary Thursday evening. Purdy is described as a "die-hard" Unicorns fan.
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TEA upholds CISD’s ‘Robin Hood’ appeal
By Ron Maloney
Good news can be worth a million, and that’s how it was Thursday for the Comal Independent School District.
The Texas Education Agency informed the district its obligation under Chapter 41 — better known as the Robin I lood funding formula — has been recalculated at about $255,000.
That’s substantially lower than the $ 1.4 million LEA projected the district would owe this past summer, when it declared CISD a “property rich” district.
Under the state’s funding formula, wealthier school districts are required to share money with poorer districts.
CISD disputed the amount originally set by the TEA, promising an appeal in November based on new attendance figures.
CISD Assistant Superintendent for Business Abel Campos was so confident the state was incorrect, he budgeted only $240,000 to pay the Robin Hood money.
Under Robin Hood, the amount the district owes was calculated by comparing the district’s average daily attendance to its property value in 2002-03.
The state used midyear attendance numbers in its computations, while CISD used numbers from the end of lune to arrive at a more realistic figure, Campos said.
He said Thursday night he was pleased the state lowered the Robin Hood bite.
But the school district will still appeal, and Campos believes it will ultimately not be a Chapter 41 district at all.
“When we had our discussions with the TEA in the summer, the numbers came from the 2002-03 year.” Campos said. “We thought with our actual growth, we didn’t owe that. We told them our attendance numbers would be higher."
With the district’s newest attendance figures, Campos said the news could be better still.
Payments on the new, lowered figure are required to begin in February, lf the district ultimately pays in more than the state determines it owes, the money will be refunded.
CISD will forward attendance numbers from the first six weeks of this school year, which reflects an increase of about 700 over the previous year.
TEA will rule on the school district’s (Chapter 41 status — or lack of one — by sometime next summer.
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■ Comal Independent School Trustees j Thursday night named Nancy I Fuller of the Dayton (SD as CISD s new super i mtendent of schools Her start date will be deter-; mined after the DISD board votes I to release her contract
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2003
By David Rupkalvia
Fall fest fun
Permit buys landfill more time
landfill. That would enable local cartage companies to haul trash to the facility for transfer elsewhere after it reaches capacity.
The transfer station would include scales, storage and sorting building. It would be located on nine currently undeveloped acres on the 96-acre site, which is located at Farm-to-Market Road HOI and Kolenburg lime.
“We’re talking several years down the road," Kennady said.
County Judge Danny Scheel was worried about the cost of transferring trash.
“When you start talking about hauling garbage somewhere else, it’s time to hold onto your wallet,” Scheel said.
County officials see scant likelihood another landfill would ever be located here — which Scheel said was a major reason for supporting the penult amendment to increase capacity.
“Urban counties are not particularly enthused about new landfills,” Scheel said.
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By Ron Malonay
An amended permit would allow refuse at the Comal County landfill to be piled 80 feet higher than currently allowed. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady reported Thursday the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved an amendment to allow Waste Management Inc.’s permit.
WMI District Landfill Manager Ric Green said the amendment would add up to eight years to the life of the local landfill.
“It would have definitely been closing in 2004,” he said.
WMI will work to get permits to operate a solid waste transfer station at the
■ Why: To discuss WMI permit request to operate solid wate transfer station at the landfill.
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Braunfels Rodeway Inn.
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A win tonight will help the Smithson Valley Rangers clinch a District 27-5A playoff berth. Page SA
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With the Batmobile out of commission, Colin Ploetz. aka Batman, ropes his way to victory, or at least a lollipop, at the Oakwood Baptist Church Fall Festival Thursday night.