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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Tuesday. September 18, 2001 IB ....../    "jSporting events to take new security precautions From NASCAR tracks to rinks to stadiums, look for tighter security By Chris Sheridan AP Writer No coolers will be allowed at NASCAR’s race. Backpacks and briefcases will be searched at hockey games. Football fans will be asked to arrive early. Even the Goodyear blimp might not fly. On the ground, in the sky, at stadium entrances and among tailgaters, security will be increased this week as football, hockey, auto racing and other sports resume. Baseball returned Monday night for the first time since terrorists attacked New York and Washington on Sept. ll. New security rules were in effect for all six games, including a ban on coolers, backpacks, large bags and parking within IOO feet of the ballparks. At colleges with large stadiums, fans were warned to be ready for heightened scrutiny. The University of Michigan is expecting a crowd of 110,000 for its game against Western Michigan. “Our fans should expect some possible delays, especially if they continue to come in at the last minute,” said Bill Bess, the university’s director of public safety. “We would like fans to get in the stadium sooner than they have in the past.” Every bag brought into the stadium will be subject to search, and other measures are being taken, although university officials declined to elaborate. Several schools were working with the Federal Aviation Administration to stop air planes from flying near stadiums, especially planes dragging advertisements. Shutting down that airspace could mean a temporary end to a familiar sight. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. planned to send its blimps to the Wisconsin-Penn State and Ohio State-UCLA games, along with the Detroit-Cleveland NFL game. “We’re waiting at the moment for clearance. As always, we will cooperate with aviation authorities,” Goodyear spokeswoman Jennifer Arnold said. See SECURITY/2BNew measures SECURITY MEASURE IMPLEMENTED BY THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE • Strict screening at all parking and stadium entrances, meaning that fans will have to leave tailgate parties and head for seats much earlier. • Checking cars at the gate and moving parking spaces away from the stadiums. • Barring fans from bringing bags into stadiums. • Credentialed media will be asked to show picture IDs before admission. • Players will be checked before boarding charter flights. • Ahlerich and other league officials have spent the past week communicating with local authorities, the FBI, the FAA and team security officials. The league also has security contractors in all league cities who will work with team officials. • There also will be a large increase in the number of uniformed police at games. A little to the right CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungYaeko Coburn lines up her put on the first hole Sunday morning at Landa Park Golf Course during the second round of the New Braunfels City Golf Championship tournament. See results on 2B.Ayala pleads guilty to lesser charge Boxer will face 90 days in jail, more serious charge dropped By T.A. Badger AP Writer SAN ANTONIO — Boxer Tbny Ayala Jr. pleaded guilty to burglary Monday in a deal that calls for 90 days in jail and IO years’ probation. The former junior middleweight contender also pleaded guilty to trying to commit aggravated assault, abruptly ending his weeklong trial, his lawyer, Mike McCrumb, said. A more serious charge — burglary with intent to commit sexual assault — was dropped. Formal sentencing was set for Oct. 8. The 38-year-old Ayala, who spent 16 years behind AYALA bars for raping a neighbor in Paterson, N.J., in 1983, had faced life in prison on the latest charges. He was accused of breaking into a San Antonio home through a window in the early hours of Dec. 12, with the intent to rape. Two women were in the house and one shot Ayala in the shoulder with a handgun. The defense argued Ayala entered the house through an unlocked door and wanted only to talk to one of the women, whom he knew. Lead prosecutor Michael Bernard said both sides were unhappy with the deal but agreed it’s the “right resolution.” Bernard acknowledged his case was weakened by Thursday’s testimony of Sandra Gutierrez, one of the two women in the house. Under cross examination, she conceded there were several key discrepancies between her testimony and the statement she gave police. The defense, meanwhile, was worried the judge might allow evidence from Ayala’s rape conviction, McCrumb said. “We’re happy only in the sense that he will now be able to spend time with his wife, his mom and dad and family, and get on with his life,” he said. “Because Tbny risked life in prison, this was the appropriate decision.” Ayala refused to speak publicly about the case Monday, McCrumb said. After his release in April 1999, Ayala returned home to San Antonio to try to resurrect his boxing career. Wyoming runners perish in car crash LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — After spending part of their weekend in Colorado, eight University of Wyoming cross-country runners crammed into a sport-utility vehicle to return to campus for a fraternity outing. On the way, their Jeep Wagoneer collided head-on with a pickup truck of a fellow Wyoming student who had apparently swerved into their lane, killing the eight runners. The driver of the truck was seriously injured in what was the latest in a series of tragedies to strike Wyoming athletics in recent years. The victims spent Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo., where they planned on shopping for running shoes and visiting nightclubs, said a friend, Curt Mayer. Victim Shane Shatto called a fellow fraternity member to see what was happening back on campus to see what was happening and was told the Sigma Phi Epsilon house was holding an event. Shatto said he would try to attend. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend said the SUV carrying the athletes collided with the one-ton pickup truck at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, about 17 miles south of Laramie on U.S. 287. All of the runners except the driver were ejected. Tbwnsend said only the driver of the pickup, Clinton Haskins, was wearing a seat belt. Let the real games begin League action starts today for Comal high schools By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Regardless of what happened before today, the only games that matter are the ones from here on out. Heralded by many as the toughest Class 4A district in the state, District 27-4A teams begin league play tonight. The Canyon Cougarettes host the Smithson Valley Rangers, the New Braunfels Unicorns travel to Boerne to take on the Greyhounds and the Kerrville Tivy Lady Antlers will entertain the Fredericksburg Lady Billies. All matches start at 7 p.m. “I don’t know if anybody will be gunning for any one team this year,” said New Braunfels head coach Phyllis Fowler, who graduated six starters from this past season’s state championship team. “We’re just trying to look out for our own team and hope we can knock off teams one at a time. I don’t think you can’t go after just one team in this district.” Going into district play, Canyon is the only team that has reached the 20-win plateau, but the Cougarettes also have lost their last two matches to Wimberley on Wednesday and Round Rock on Friday. “We’re happy to have 20 wins, but those wins mean nothing starting (today),” said Canyon head coach CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Lindsay Schaal, a junior middleblocker, bumps a ball during Smithson Valley’s victory obver Pflugerville this past Friday. SV defeated Pflugerville 15,15-5 and Bowie 15-8,15-8. Heather Sanders, who has led her team to a 20-7 record to start the season. “We’re looking forward to the district season. It’s been a long preseason and I hope the start of district will give us some renewed enthusiasm and add a spark to our play.” Canyon, which opens against rival Smithson Valley, lost to the Rangers in the 2000 district opener at SVHS. “We’re happy to have Smithson Valley at our place first. Their place is a tough place to play,” Sanders said. “We’ve watched them (Rangers) play a couple of times, and they’re obviously a good team. They have a very good setter (Katy Douglass) returning. They’re middle blocker (Lindsey Schaal) is doing a great job See DISTRICTS ;