New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Longhorns second after thumping Auburn
By THC ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texas made an impressive debut tins season by downing fifth-ranked Auburn in its season opener. That victory boosted the Longhorns to second place in The Associated Press collage football poll — bot far behind top-ranked Nebraska.
Nebraska, which rooted Minnesota 14-13 was a near-unanimous choice Mooday as the notion’s top college football team.The Cornhusker*' lopsided victory gave them a 3-0 record and a lits scoring edge on their opponents.
It also gave the Big Eight powerhouse 57 of 59 first-place votes
mid 147* of • poosiMr 14* points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and qiortacastera. Tho two voters who did not rank the Cor-ntankers No. I had them second, with Texas first.
Tho Longhorns had 1412 points and replaced Oklahoma, which dropped from tw-Mi to **gheh ofter to Ohio State M-li The Sockeyes* victory ranked them from sixth to third with I,IM points.
The other members of the top five were Arizona, whose seventh-place ranking last week was its highest ever, and North Carolina. Arizona jumped to fourth with 133 points by trouncing Washington State *4.
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North Carolina belted Mbmi of Ohio 43-17 and went from nth to fifth with •47 points.
“For an opening ball game in a totally foreign environment against a highly ranked football team — a first ball game, a first start — I was pleased by the way they kept their poise,” said Texas Coach Fred Akers.
“I wouldn’t change a thing. How could I be disappointed?”
Among the disappointed on Saturday were while Notre Dame, Auburn, Michigan and Florida State, all of whom fell out of the Top Ten.
Auburn dropped from fifth to lith. Notre Dame skidded from fourth to 13th following a 28-23 upset lots to Michigan State. Michigan was edged
by Washington 35-34 and went from No. I to 17th, while Florida State was beaten by Tuiane 34-31 and dropped fell from ninth to No. M.
Alabama moved into tho Top Tm for the first limo andor Cooch Ray Perkins. The Crimson Tide clobbered Mississippi 4M and rose from 12th to Math with 7W points.
lorn, which uBDora (lexending lytfaiMi champion Penn State its third straight setback 4334, japed from 13th to seventh, with 731 potage. The Ha whey cs were followed by Oklahoma, with TW points.
Rounding out the Top Tm were Wallington and Southern California. Washington shot from 18th to ninth with 812 points.
ftnOwm Cai climbed from 14th to 18th with 535 points by boating Oregon State 33-18.
The Second Tm consists of Auburn, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida, Pitt, Michigan, Southern Methodist, Boston College and Florida State.
Last week, it was Georgia, Alabama, Iowa, USC, Florida, Washington, Maryland, SMU, Pitt and West Virginia.
Boston College, 34, moved Into the ratings for the first time this season with a 42-22 victory over Rutgers. The Eagles replaced Maryland in the Top Twenty. The Terrapins had been 17th blk were beaten by West Virginia Sill.Sports
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Coma/ County Players of the week
Haeussler, Bender head list
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Nobody said picking the Comal County offensive and defensive players of the week would be easy.
New Braunfels and Canyon both had good offensive efforts Friday night. They both had good defensive efforts, too.
Smithson Valley, on the other hand, didn't. So Coach Stan Irvine didn’t have any nominations for this week’s list.
On defense, the slight edge goes to Canyon safety Thomas Haeussler, a senior and the leader of the Cougars' defense.
Haeussler intercepted one pass and had another interception called back in Canyon’s 354 victory over Bandera. But more importantly, he led a unit that shut down a strong, diversified offense.
The Bulldogs came into the game on a roll, with a good passer, good receivers and a good fullback — and managed only six points.
“Thomas led a fine defensive effort, especially in the second half,” Cougars Coach Troy Burch said. “We just com
pletely shut them down.”
Offensively, New Braunfels quarterback Greg Bender is the player of the week by a whisker.
Bender completed six of seven passes (with one dropped) for 102 yards and a touchdown during the Unicorns’ 384 victory over Bastrop. The only reason he wasn’t 15-for-16 or lWor-20 was because New Braunfels quit throwing.
“If he continues to play like that, he'll have a great year,” Unicorns Coach Jim Streety said. “He was on target with all of his passes.”
Making honorable mention on offense were Canyon backs Billy Rudelitsch and Bret Cappleman.
Halfback Rudelitsch gained 93 yards on only IO carries and scored four touchdowns in Canyon’s victory.
“They were pretty well keying on him, and he still had 93 yards,” Burch noted.
Rudelitsch’s touchdowns came on runs of 62,13 and three yards and on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Ronnie Rittimann.
One of tile reasons Rudelitsch was able
to get outside was fullback Cappleman, who gained 94 yards on 21 carries in the middle.
“That was one thing we've always needed in our offense — a fullback who can take it into the middle,” Burch said. “When they key on the halfback to try and stop the sweep, we come back with the fullback.”
Making the honorable mention team on defense was New Braunfels outside linebacker Brent Free, who was instrumental in shutting down Bastrop’s outside running game.
“He had an outstanding game,” Streety said. “He was in on a lot of tackles and helped contain the outside (kays.”
In addition. Free blocked one punt, partially blocked another and caused another to be rushed.
“He had the best game for an outside linebacker that we’ve had so far,” Streety said. “We felt like their offense was geared to attack the outside linebackers and the comers, so that’s where we had to play well.”
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Girl plays in boys' football game
PIERCE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 13-year-old girl who sued to be allowed to play on the boys’ junior high football team saw limited action in the team’s first game Monday.
Nichole Force, a 5-foot-4-inch, 118-pound seventh-grader, was not involved in any major contact in Pierce City’s 114 loss to Marionville and emerged from the game with a dean uniform.
She appeared as a secondary blocker on three kickoffs, and two passes thrown her way while she played tight end fell incomplete.
After the game, she refused autographs and told reporters, “No comment. ”
“My coach told me to say, ’No comment,’ ” Nichole said after the game.
School officials and Coach Brad Stewart had ordered team members not to speak to the throng of media gathered for the game. The contest drew a standing-room-only crowd that spectators said was larger than the average crowd for a local high school football game.
Stewart, 28, ordered reporters away from the players and also refused to comment.
A federal judge in Kansas City ruled last month that Nichole must be given a chance to play with 25 boys on the junior high team in this southwest Missouri town of about 1,400. The judge ruled on a suit filed by the girl’s parents after the school board voted 04 against letting her play.
Nichole’s friends rushed to congratulate her after the game ended. She appeared embarrassed when photographers and television crews crowded around her as she walked off the field, and she turned away several small children who requested her autograph.
Smithson Valley's Julie Cappet spikes around a double block from New Braunfels' Kim Wright (23) and Tracy Shoemake (20), while Shalyn Halt watches. The Unicorns bested the Rangerettes. 15-13, 15-9.
Smithson Valley hosts Prairie Lea tonight, while New Braunfels bevels to Lockhart Thursday. The Canyon Cougarettes journey to Round Rock tonight in other local action.
Australia ll seeks deadlock in Cup
NEWPORT, R I. (AP) - The man who designed America's Cup challenger Australia II says its reputation as a super light air boat is a myth, and the tactician aboard United States defender liberty won’t argue the point.
“Our boat is a heavy-weather boat,” said designer Ben Lexcen, adding that he is not concerned with boat speed regardless of wind velocity. “I feel we’re better in everything.”
Australia II, trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series for sailing’s most coveted prix*, dropped the first two races in moderately heavy winds of 17-18 knots. But both losses came in close races in which the boat experienced equipment problems.
“I don’t even think we were faster the first two days,” Liberty's Tom Whidden said. “It just seemed to me that we were more competitive in heavier wind.” liberty won the first race by I minute, 16 seconds and battered the margin by another 21 seconds in the second. Than, when the winds subsided to 84 knots, Australia II 1 dominant.
Aussie skipper John Bertrand had
hie boat in front Saturday by nearly six minutes, only to be denied victory when the winds died and left him two miles short of the finish line as the time limit expired. On Sunday, Australia II romped by 3:14 in the worst licking sn American boat has taken in 112 years.
That, coupled with a forecast for light to moderate winds, led Liberty’s skipper Dennis Conner to call for a lay day on Monday.
Lexcen says Liberty’s loss of so much speed in light winds has been primarily responsible for Australis ITS reputation as a light air boat.
But he admits he’s concerned shout breakdowns, especially in higher winds. Australia II is more susceptible to such problems because it’s two years old. Liberty was built earlier this year.
Breakdowns aside, the first three races demonstrated that high winds provided stiff competition. In light winds, it was no contest.
Whidden said Liberty’s crew realizes tbs enormity of its task, particularly in light air devoid of radical shifts that favor tho Americans because of Comer’s familiarity with tbs patterns of Rliodo Island Bound.
National League roundup
Phils nip Cubs; Astros bombed
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Joe Morgan is one person who really knows how to celebrate a birthday.
Turning 40, the Philadelphia second baseman slugged four hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs to power the Phillies to a 74 victory over the Chicago Cubs Monday night.
“I'm sure glad it was his birthday,” said Phillies' Manager Paul Owens. “Joe was pepped up before the game. It was like he knew that he would hit a homer.”
The victory boosted the Phillies’ lead in the National League East to two games over the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos. The Pirates dropped a 54 decision to the New York Mete in IO innings and the Expos climbed into a second-place tie with Pittsburgh with a 34, 6-3 sweep of tile St. Louis Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, meanwhile, beat the Houston Astros 9-2 and improved their lead in the West to four games over the idle Atlanta Braves. In other NL action, San Diego tripped San Francisco 4-1
Morgan’s second homer of the game, a leadoff shot in the eighth inning, made a winner ii reliever Ron Reed, 8-1. The blast was Morgan’s 18th of the season, but his 18th since the All-Star break. He hit his 15th homer in the fourth inning, a two-run shot, and also had a single and a double
“I said in Houston last trip that Morgan would help us down the stretch,” said Owens. “This is what he likes, a battle. He is the kind of guy you want on your
side in a race like this.”
Morgan’s game-winning blast was act up by a Phillies’ rally in the seventh that tied the game 84 on Ivan DeJesus’ two-run single.MMI 5, Pirates 4
In New York, Hubie Brooks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to lead the Meta over the Pirates.
With one out, Mookie Wilson started the Meta’ winning rally with a single off Kent Tekulve, 74. Wilson then stole second just ahead of a strong throw by catcher Tony Pena
Brooks then followed with a single to short center field, scoring Wilson from second and making a winner of reliever Carlos Diaz, 3-1.
Losing 4-2, the Meta had tied the score with two runs in the ninth. Ron Hodges’ single delivered the tying run.
“I had to take a gamble,” Wilson said of his race home against the relay throw from center. “In that situation, I’m going on the ana licet opportunity."Expos 3-6. Cardinals 0-3
In Montreal, Bryn Smith tosssd a five-hitter and Bryan Little and Doug Flynn tach knocked in a run, leading the Expos over St. Louis in the first game of their doubleheader.
Pinch-hitter Terry Crowley singled home Argents Sa laser from third base with none out in the eighth inning for the go-ahead run in a three run rally that gave the Expos their second-game victory.
“We needed a miracle, and obviously we're not going to get one,” said St. Louis Manager Whitey Herxog, whose defending world champions dropped seven games off the Phillies’ pace.Dodgers 9, Astros 2
In Los Angeles, Ken Landreaux drilled three singles and Pedro Guerrero slugged his 29th home run to lead the Dodgers over Houston.
The Dodgers trailed 2-1 entering the sixth inning, but erupted for six runs to snap a three-game losing streak and reduce their “magic number” for winning the West to IO games. The Dodgers have 12 games left.
Boh Welch, 15-12, earned his seventh win in his last eight starts, giving up five hits over six innings. Two of the hits off Welch were first-inning consecutive home runs by Tarry Puhi, his eighth, and Dickie Thon, his 10th.
Joe Niekro, 14-13, took the loss.Padres 4, Giants 2
In San Francisco, Garry Templeton’s run-ecoring groundout in th* fourth inning brake a 14 Se tad triggered San Diego over the Giants.
Tony Gwynn knocked in one of San Diego’s runs, but his season-high major league hitting streak aI ll gamss was snapped when bs weal 88or4.
Right-hander Ed Whitson, 1-7, who biaidwd the Giants for four innings after they scored twice In Sw first, was the winner with relief from Sid Moors sad Floyd Chiffer.
Smit photo bv John N San liar