New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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In the news
Soles, Becker advance to US. Open semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) — Monica Seles continued her successful comeback with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Jana Novotna to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
Seles will next play fourth-seeded Conchita Martinez, a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over Brenda Schultz-McCarthy.
In an even closer and much longer match, 1989 men’s champion Boris Becker reached the semifinals by surviving the longest duel of the tournament —
4 hours, 7 minutes — against Patrick McEnroe, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).
Becker, who closed the match with his 30th ace, will play defending champion Andre Agassi, a 6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 winner over Petr Korda. Agassi scored his 25th consecutive victory.
Northcliffe golf tournament to aid NBHS Project Graduation
Local golfers can help out Project Graduation Committee '96 of New Braunfels High School by playing in a benefit tournament Oct. 14 at Northcliffe Golf Course.
The tournament will raise money to provide a safe and fun way for this year's seniors to celebrate graduation night.
Teams must^have an A» B, C and D player. The event includes lunch, a hole-in-one contest and prizes. First place winners receive $100 each. Entry fee is $45. For more information, call 620-9006.
Charity golf tournament to aid Hospice New Braunfels
The Lutheran Brotherhood Cedar Branch No. 8886 will hold its third annual Chanty Golf Tournament at Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin starting at 8:30 a m. Saturday, Sept 23. The tournament, sponsored by Cedar Branch, will benefit Hospice New Braunfels. The Tournament will be a four-player team scramble format Cost is $35 per player for green fees, cart and all prizes. All proceeds raised will be matched up to $2,000 by Cedar Branch For more information, contact Sam Moore at (210) 629-9841 or Greg Gunderson at (210) 620-0131.
NB Junior Golf Association reschedules tournaments
The next NBJGA tournament will be held Sept. 11 at Landa Park. The NBJGA has scheduled several tournaments through October 28,
Dates, locations and cost are as follows:
■ Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m., Landa Park Golf Course, $5.
■ Sept. 24,1:30 p.m., Woodcreek
■ October 14, 1 p.m., Tapatio Springs,
■ October 28, 9:30 a.m., Sundance
Golf Course, $7.
Members should register at least one week before the tournament date.
Sign-up sheets will be available at each tournament, or members may call Frank Schaeffer at 620-1952 or Jodi McDonald at 625-4831. All players should check in at least one hour before the tournament begins.
NBJGA members also may sign up for free clinics sponsored by the New Braunfels Driving Range and Sundance Golf Course. Jim Bergeron will host the first clinic at the U.S. 46 Driving Range on Thursday. Sept. 14. Sundance's Bill Halbert will hold the second clinic on Thursday, Sept. 28. Beginners will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with advanced clinics following from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The NBJGA board meeting has been reschduled for Monday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at Landa Park Pro Shop.
Volleyball tournament on tap
Holy Family Church is sponsoring a men's and women's B league volleyball tournament from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the church parking lot on 245 Hidalgo St. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. Cost is $40 per team. For more information, call 629-7239.
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Herald -Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels defensive back Steven Simpson heads upfield after interception during a preseason scrimmage. The Unicorns secondary will be tested in the opening game of the season Friday night at home against an explosive Pflugerville Panthers team.
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Ripken breaks Gehrig’s all-time consecutive games mark at 2,131
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lou Gehng’s seemingly unbreak alite record didnt even make it out of the century. Cal Ripken is now baseball’s Iron Man, and once again the men who play the game say the feat will never be equalled.
Ripken played in his 2,131 st consecutive game Wednesday night, and there’s no sign that the amazing streak will end any time soon. Somehow, some way, the seemingly invincible shortstop has gone more than 13 seasons without suffenng an injury serious enough to put him on the Baltimore Orioles’ bench.
It was business as usual Wednesday. Ripken went 2-tor-4 with a homer and played lawlessly in the field as the Orioles beat the California Angels 4-2.
It takes more than simply avoiding injuries to compile such a streak. In Ripken’s case, he’s been lucky and good.
‘The players are more into the streak than the fans are, because we know what it takes to put it together,” Baltimore third baseman Jeff Manto said "Sure, staying healthy is part of it But the most incredible part was that he was good enough lo play every day. For die past 2,131 games, the lineup has been better with Cal Ripken
Ripken has gone through several batting slumps during the streak. He tried several different stances in 1992, few of which worked. But manager Johnny Oates kept Ripken in the lineup anyway, in part because he still was a threat at the plate and because he was the best infielder on the team.
‘‘Cal never took the easy way out lf he had a slump, he played through it. If he was hurt, he played through it,” teammate Rafael Palmeiro said
Through it all, Ripken showed up ready to play. And play he did, game after game after game.
“It’s untouchable. I don’t think there’s anyone who has the gall to approach a record like this,” Baltimore outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds said. “This is Cal Ripken’s record, and it will always be Cal Ripken’s record.” Haven’t we heard this before? That’s what they were saying iii 1939, when Gehrig pulled himself from
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Run defense key to Longhorns’ success
By CHIP BROWN
Associated Press Writer
A heavyweight battle in the trenches
Smithson Valley to take on Southside Cardinals’ mammoth offensive line
By THOMAS GODLEY
AUSTIN (AP) — The 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns were stampeded by opposing runners last year.
Baylor’s Jerod Douglas ran for 210 yards. Pittsburgh’s Curtis Martin gobbled up 251 yards, and Colorado’s Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam totaled a whopping 317 yards.
The Longhorns were 64th in the nation in rushing defense and 55th in total defense.
This year, coach John Mackovic is trying to turn things around by exhorting his defenders to donu-nate an area of the field he calls "Clobber Alley ."
“Clobber Alley is that area just outside the tight end where the ball canter will naturally turn the comer and head downfield,” Mackovic said.
“It’s at that point that a defense must get to the ball carrier because that’s where a majority of the big plays really do damage.”
Texas (1-0), coming off a 38-17 victory at Hawaii on Saturday, is idle this week and faces Pittsburgh (I -0) in Austin on Sept. 16.
Each day in practice, Mackovic and defensive coordinator Gary Darnell try to instill an ultra-aggressive attitude in their front seven.
“We have really pushed our defense hard to get lo the ball earner, meaning extra effort hustle, playing lo the echo of the whistle and just flying to the football,” Mackovic said.
“I felt at times last year that not everybody played all out on every play the way that we would expect them to play.”
UT sport information office photo Texas All-Southwest Conference end Tony Brackens heads a Longhorn defense that looks to improve a porous run-stopping squad in 1994.
Texas held Hawaii (0-1) to 187 yards rushing on 55 cames for an average of 3.4 yards per run. By yield ing 309 total yards to the Rainbows, who were 3-8-1 last year, the Longhorns currently are ranked 27th in the nation in total defense.
While Mackovic can blame much of last year’s porous performance on a slew of injuries that forced 13 different players to take a shot at linebacker, the fourth-year coach also maintains that Texas lacked team speed when lie arrived in 1992.
Senior linebacker Robert Reed says the Longhorns are stronger and faster than they have been iii his years at Texas
When the Smithson Valley Rangers defensive front steps onto the football field this Friday, it will be staring across the line at some hefty blockers.
On the other side of the ball will be a San Antonio Southside Cardinals offensive line that outweighs the Rangers' line by 70 pounds per man.
The Cardinals' front five comes in at an average of 6-2, 280-pounds, including two players over 300. The Rangers are more along the lines of 6-0, 210.
Not to wony. The less-bulky defenders have an advantage of a different kind. While the Rangers can't count on pushing their opponent around, they plan to use quickness and technique to side step those big guys and get into the backfield.
Southside coach Mike Kelly believes the battle in the the trenches comes down to play-calling and aggressiveness.
"We have the upper hand as far as size goes along the line," said Kelly. "We like to run power football, and we like to take advantage of our big offensive line. But I don’t anticipate dominating Smithson Valley. They play an aggressive, attacking style of defense. Our guys aren’t the quickest guys and we don't have a lot of depth. We have to work with what we have."
"We are not a passing team, but when we do pass, we use quick-rhythm, timing passes to make sure our linemen don't have to move around."
The Cardinals return eight offensive and eight defensive starters from last year's team which was winless in IO games.
This year's offensive line is the largest ever at Southside. Steve Williams, a 6-3, 340-pound tackle, heads the squad. He is joined at the tackle spot by Edward Valesca, a 6-2, 305-pound lineman. Center Waylon Aldridge (6-3,260) is a college prospect, and guard Zack Higgins, a 6-1,225-pound player with 4.7 speed is the team's "most athletic lineman," Kelly said. All five can bench press their own weight and squat
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Smithson Valley Rangers will be forced to take advantage of their speed and quickness on defense to counter Southside's sizable edge on the offensive line. The season opening game for both teams begins at 7:30 p.m. at Southside.
twice their own weight.
The Rangers will turn to junior Kirk Schneider (6-1, 200) and Greg Markham (5-11, 190) to plug the inside at the tackle positions. Heath Renfrow (6-3,195) and Brandon Schultz (5-10, 160) will man the defensive end spots.
Despite the size disadvantage, the Rangers dominated the Cardinals last year 28-0. Ranger coach Larry Hill said this year will be tougher chore.
"We didn’t put them away until the fourth quarter last year," Hill said. "We know we ll be facing an improved team on Friday. They have
that huge line . We ll have to use good technique and maybe move our front around to compensate for that size advantage. We can't just stand and go toe to toe with them."
Kelly said the Cardinals are more experienced and stronger this year. In a scrimmage last week Southside ouLscored Hondo by five touchdowns to none.
If Smithson Valley is unable to hold its own at the line of scrimmage. Cardinals quarterback Pat Ortiz, a 6-3,195-pound senior with an accurate ann and 4.6 speed, could have a big night. Running back Joe Cantu (5-9, 175), a junior
who rushed for more than 600 yards last year, is the main running threat but also is a solid receiver out of the backfield.
Hill said the Cardinals have big-play capability and his secondary could be tested through the air.
"They throw the short routes well, but every now and then they will go up top and try to get a long one," Hill said. "We'll have to be ready for that, and we will have to make sure and keep their receivers from taking that short pass and breaking it down the sideline. Thats something we've been working on at practice.”