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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, September 14, 2005 Eugene the Unicorn aims raves for New Braunfels. SPORTS COMING FRIDAYA win in the air? Unicorns travel to winless Austin Bowie.Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY TTC K E T MB seeks win Unicorns travel to Austin Bowie in search of first football victory Time: 7:30p.m. (KGNB-AM1420) Rangers, Brahmas tangle Smithson Valley hosts SA MacArthur in important District 26-5A volleyball battle Time: 7:15p.m. Aggies, Mustangs clash Texas A&M hosts surprising SMU, which defeated TCU, which defeated OU Time: 11:30 a. rn. (FSN) Cougarettes in 27-4A win columnFuller pledges to Baylor (Brooke Pohl) and the rest are juniors, save for sophomore Kaylie Ragsdale. Genevieve Gladle and Jackie Dixon assumed 11 inkle's and Peters’ roles in this one. and did a good job until the service game broke down in the second game. That, combined with Canyon’s defensive prowess, kept the Cavs unbalanced throughout. “We had a lot of wasted opportunities in the serving game,” Lake Travis coach Thomas Kane said. “We played pretty well, other than in the serving game.’’ Danielle Mittelstadt had 11 kills and DeBacker had seven for the Cougarettes. Krueger finished with 29 assists. Nikki Kruse had IO digs and Kelly Rotzler and Courtney Bird had four each. Zunker had four aces and Lacey Shedrock two. Pohl had 29 assists, an ace and eight digs for the Cavs, who had nine kills and a block by Dixon and seven kills and eight digs from Gladle. Bre-anne Hewitt added 12 digs. Canyon will play at I lays Lehman at 7:30 p.m. Friday. New Braunfels def. Lehman The third-ranked Unicorns didn’t give 27-4A newcomer Lehman a warm welcome to their confines Tuesday, punishing the Lady Lobos 25- IO, 25-3,25-7 to improve to 17-8 overall and 3-0 against the league. Lacy Redwine had 11 kills and Taylor Jonas seven for New Braunfels, which had 19 assists by Sarah I land and 12 by Rachel Brown: 1.5 blocks by Amy Huddleston: five aces by Deanna Dahse and IO digs by Redwine. Lehman fell to 3-17 overall and 0-3 in district. New Braunfels will play at Dripping Springs at 6:30 p.m. Friday. FEAST def. NBCA San Antonio FEAST Academy downed New Braunfels Christian Academy’s Lady Wildcats 25-21, 25-17,25-20 Tuesday. Leading the Wildcats were Sarah Sekula, with eight serves; front row players Liz Powell, Jessica Laney and Nikki Georgacakis; and defensive specialists Ashley Brusenhan and Leigh Patterson. NBCA (3-2) will play next at Kingsville Christian Academy. Its next home match will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 against Keystone Christian. By Will Wright Sports EditorCanyon bests Lake Travis in straight games By Will Wright I    Sports    Editor I Canyon’s volleyball players aren’t going to undergo a growth spurt in the middle of the season. And although coach Heather Sanders would like to see that happen to a few of her Cougarettes, shes already pretty satisfied with them as they are. I Short on stature but long in the tooth, Canyon throttled l>ake Travis 25-23,25-18,25-22 inside the Cougar Den Tuesday for its first District 27-4A victory. The Cougarettes showed great resolve in the first two games, but had to rebound from a 16-11 deficit in the final game to pull out the win. • “Obviously, we’re not real big, so we try' to move the ball around and run a fast offense.’' Sanders said. “We were able to do that whenever we got the passes there. We struggled a little Hit passing, but when we got the ball vyhere it needed to be. the hitters put it away." I Canyon (17-10 overall. 1-1 in 27-4A) had a week to prepare for the Lady Cavaliers, who twice defeated the Cougarettes en route to finishing second in the district last year. It was a win both teams needed after losing to New Braunfels in their last outings, but Canyon's 10-0 run in the third game did the trick. I Lake Travis took advantage of Canyons middle during that final game dinking and tipping the Cougarenes silly. Canyon led 5-1. but jpi behind 16-11 when a perturbed Senders called time out. immediate^ a kill by Danielle Mittens tads gave Chelsea Zunker the serve and the Cougarettes roared bac*. Lake Travis gave up two errors ard a block by Bennett forced a Cavs time ouL It didnt matter. Another block by Bennett a pair of aces by Zunker and kills by Bennett, Brandle DeBacker and Kirby Krueger gave Canyon a 21-16 lead. Lake Travis fought back with an 8-3 run and the Cougarettes led 24-22 when, after a lengthy volley, the Cavs succumbed to a shot down the far line. SMITHSON VALLEY — There must he something in the water in Waco that attracts Rangers. Baylor University picked up a third Smithson Valley baseball player last week, as outfielder Clay Fuller verbally agreed to sign a letter-of-intent to play for the Bears. Fuller, a 6-2, 175-pounder, is a senior currently stalling at receiver on the football team. Next spring, the two-time alldistrict selection will he in his third year lettering with the Rangers, who finished the season 28-8 after a loss to Rockwall in a Class 5A state semifinal. Last season, Fuller hatted .246, hut as the Rangers’ leadoff man led in nuts scored (28) and had an on-base percentage of .433. Baylor, the defending Big 12 regular season champion, finished 46-24 following their elimination by eventual national champion Texas in the College World Series. Former Smithson Valley all-stater Joe Pawelek signed to play football and baseball with the Bears last February. Fellow Ranger Kendal Volz, a pitcher and also a linebacker on the football team, announced his intent to sign with Baylor in November. Oral commitments are nonbinding. The first day a recruit can sign a letter of intent is Nov. 8. Clay Fuller MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Lexie Bennett (20) and Brandle DeBacker (23) go high to the netTuesday for a block against LakeTravis' Jackie Dixon during the Cougarettes' three-game victory over the Lady Cavs. “I liked that we hung in there, especially in Game 3 when we were down six points and fought back," Sanders said. “We played great defense, as usual. I thought it was good." So was the offense. Bennett had 4.5 blocks, a season-best for Canyon, which doesn t have a player taller than 5-9. “In practice we worked really hard and in die game worked together as a team," Bennett said. “We played really well there at the end, we had to push for the last few points." LakeTravis (14-9-1-2), playing tiffs season without Division I players Honor Hinkle (New Mexico State) and Natalie Peters (SMU), came out fighting but could not sustain its attack. The Cavs have only one senior Unicorns prevail over young Canyon team By Will Wright Sports Editor I Canyon tennis coach Ed ^tricker said his Cougars program is picking up players. But, as it started the season two weeks behind, it will take Canyon a little while to establish some steam. I “We have more kids in the program than we’ve ever had, & many that we’ve had to get 4n assistant (coach) and get some junior varsity games scheduled.” Strieker said during the Cougars’ 19-0 loss to Slew Braunfels Tuesday at the Oiffcom tennis courts. "But we Bad so many players who did-0’t get in their (paperwork), that the season started off a little late.” • Tuesday’s dual match was only the second this season for Canyon. The Cougars played well in spite of losing 10-5 against Marble Falls Sept. 6. The Cougars (0-2 overall and in District 27-4A), however, will get going with matches against Seguin and Schertz Steele on Saturday. • Playing boys singles and doubles for the Cougars this season are Josh Dunn, Casey (ouinn, Jake Keller, Clint Albrecht, Brad Brewer, Matthew Reagan and Matthew Rauch. For the girls, its Challie Early, Emily Means, Theresa Duerr, Brittany Means, Michelle Duerr, Danielle J iidal-go and Grade Velasquez. “We’re going to play two or three more dual matches, and hopefully that will make us a little more tough than we are right now,” Strieker added. New Braunfels (5-0,2-0) had only half of its team available Saturday for its 15-4 win over SA O’Connor. Still, against Canyon, the defending loop champion showed it s unlikely to be challenged until the district tournament. Winning their boys matches Tuesday were Unicorns P.J. Hendrie, Rusty Turpin, Jake Hendrie, I lenson /Adams, Chris Emery and jonathan I Judson. On the girls side, Ashley Turpin, Sarah Septien, Katie Barnhill, Alex Adams, Becca Myer and Charlotte I lull did die same. “I thought the kids from New Braunfels and Canyon all played hard," New Braunfels coach David Mueller said. "New Braunfels just has more talent this year.” Canyon will host Seguin at 8 a.m. and Steele at I p.m. Saturday. New Braunfels will play Burnet at home at 9 a.m. Saturday. Astros fall behind Marlins MANDY REARY 'Hera Id-Zeitu rig Canyon top seed Caille Early makes a return during her doubles match against New BraunfelsTuesday afternoon. The Associated Press HOUSTON — An unusual call against Houston pitcher Wandy Rodriguez helped boost the Florida Marlins’ lead in the NL wild-card race. Juan Pierre walked in the seventh inning when umpires said Rodriguez touched his mouth with his hand while on the mound, and Paul LoDuca followed with a tiebreaking, two-run homer that sent Florida on to a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night. Josh Beckett (14-8) struck out eight over 7 1-3 innings against his hometown team, and Carlos Delgado homered for the second straight game, reaching 30 for the ninth straight season. Florida, which was outlff 19-6, opened a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the wildcard standings. Mike Lamb and Adam Everett homered for the Astros, who lost for the fourth time in five games and dropped 11/2 games behind the Marlins. With the score tied 2-2 and one out in the seventh, Juan Pierre worked the count to 3-2 against Rodriguez (9-8). Before the next pitch, plate umpire Doug Endings signaled ball four, citing Rodriguez for making contact between his hand and mouth or lips, a violation of baseball’s rules. Astros manager Phil Garner and Rodriguez argued in vain that the pitcher had merely touched his nose. Chad Qualls relieved, and LoDuca homered to left on a 3-2 pitch, just his fifth home run in 407 at-bats tiffs season. Beckett, who went to nearby Spring High School, allowed two runs and nine hits, walking none. I Ie left in the eighth after Orlando Palmeiro’s leadoff single and Lamb’s one-out infield single. Todd jones came in to face Lance Berkman, who grounded his first pitch into an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play. Jones pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 39 chances. Rodriguez gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Orioles 4, Rangers 3 ARLINGTON — Luis Matos drove in tile go-ahead nm with a double in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles won their fourth straight game, 4-3 over the Texas Rangers Tuesday night. Walter Young led off the ninth with a single off reliever C.J. Wilson (1-7). Pinch-runner Ed See BASEBALL, Page 7A ;