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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zettung — Saturday, September 24, 2005 Natalie Gamboa shoots the SV football game. SPORTS COMING NEXT WEEK NB visits Canyon Can the Cigarettes cool the Unicorns? Herald-Zettung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T-l-C-K ET Astros at Cubs Houston hopes to hang onto wild-card lead following series at Chicago Time: 1:15pm. (KGNB-AM1420) Back in the saddle After MNF loss to Redskins, Cowboys hoping to pounce on San Francisco Time: 3:05p.m. (FOX) 26-SA title game? Smithson Valley travels to Judson in big game for district supremacy Time: 7:30p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) Last week's games Open: SV, Judson, Churchill,TR MacArthur 23, Boerne 17 SA Jay 38, Reagan 7 Seguin 32. SA Lee 9 Madison at SA O'Connor (Sat) Thursday's games__ Reagan 22, MacArthur 20 Friday's games Churchill 14, Smithson Valley 10 Madison 30, Roosevelt 27 Judson 28, Lee 0 Next week's games Lee at MacArthur (Thurs.) Smithson Valley at Judson Reagan at Madison Roosevelt at Churchill (Sat)District 27-4A All District Canyon    4-0    0-0 Lake Travis    4-0    0-0 Burnet    3-2    OO Dripping Springs    2-2    0-0 Marble Falls    1-2    0-0 New Braunfels    1-4    0-0 Last week's games Open: Canyon Austin Crockett 50, M. Falls 37 Aus. McCallum 21, D. Springs 17 Austin Bowie 48, NB 21 LakeTravis 49, Lockhart 14 San Marcos 49, Burnet 32 rhwrsdsy . pomes    ^    ,    * New Braunfels 45, Del Valle I Canyon 34, Medina Valley 12 LTravis 49, PVille Hendrickson 12 D. Springs 49, Aus. Johnston 20 Friday's games Burnet 42, Austin Reagan 12 Aus. Lanier-M. Falls canceled Next week's games Open: New Braunfels, Burnet Canyon at Uvalde LakeTravis at Elgin__ Lockhart at Dripping Springs Austin Travis at Marble Falls Cougarettes roll to win over Marble Falls, NB scores sweep By Rick Breland Staff Writer The Cougarettes have been treating their fans to some of the best volleyball in the area lately. Friday night at the Cougar Den was no different, as Canyon swept the Lady Mustangs of Marble Falls 25-9, 25-13,25-13. “We’re playing really well right now, which I am very happy about,” Canyon coach Heather Sanders said. “You always hope that you get better but we are playing together at a really high level right now. Every match we’re playing better and looking better, and that is what you want to do.” Canyon (20-10 overall, 4-1 district) was definitely in top form, as none of the games were as close as the score would indicate. Marble Falls (13-10,2-3) had no answer to anything the Cougarettes did, as Canyon countered almost flawlessly to every attack the Lady Mustangs attempted to put together. “The really cool thing about this team is that they all are really focused on the team," Sanders said. “The focus all season long has been team, team, team, and when they play together this team is a lot of fun to watch.” The first game of the match was indicative of the way the Cougarettes played the rest of the night. Canyon wasted no time and jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never let up, winning in just under 16 minutes. The second game proved slightly tougher, as Canyon trailed 7-6 early in the match. Canyon clawed its way back, winning the next two points. A powerful spike by Chelsea Zunker put Canyon up 8-7. Zunker’s spike reinvigorated the home crowd and the team as the Cougarettes turned up the heat and went on a 15-3 mn. Marble Falls rallied, scoring three points late, before a Laura Wells spike ended the game. The final game was a repeat of the previous game as Marble Falls kept it close early on, trailing 11 -7. Canyon had little trouble closing the match out, despite having several substi-tutions in the game. The Cougarettes went on a tear and shut the door on tile Lady Mustangs, 25-13. Several Cougarettes had outstanding performances but no one outplayed Kirby Krueger, who seemed to still be riding high from winning Homecoming Queen the night before. “When they called my name, I was just in disbelief,” Krueger said of the title. “I think I ve been on Cloud Nine ever since.” Krueger went on to talk about how well the team is playing lately. While she did not have much to say about her individual performance, she was the one player Sanders mentioned after the game. “She is playing really well right now,” Sanders said. “Kirby did a really good job of setting up our hitters and moving the ball around and that allowed us to put a number of balls away tonight.” Krueger finished the match with four digs, two aces, and a team high 34 assists. Danielle Mittelstadt had two blocks, and was tied for the team high with eight kills. Lexie Bennett shared the lead in kills with eight, several of which rocketed off Lady Mustangs defenders who were defenseless against Canyon’s powerful attacks. Toni Parkman had the best outing of any Lady Mustang, finishing the match with four kills, a block, and eight digs. Leah Anne Jukes also had See VOLLEY, Page 9A Houston’s 5-4 loss to Cubs cuts lead to I CHICAGO (AP) — Derrek Lee went 3-for-3 and made a spectacular defensive play at first base that preserved a 5-4 victory for Chicago over Houston Friday. Nomar Garciaparra drove in two runs for the Cubs, who handed the Astros only their second loss in the last IO games. Houston’s lead in the wild-card race was cut to one game over Philadelphia. Trailing 5-1 after four innings, the Astros rallied tied it on an RBI double by Craig Biggio, an RBI single by Lance Berkman, an error by center fielder Corey Patterson that let a run score and Jeff Bagwell’s RBI when he was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded. It was after that when Lee made his fine play in the field, grabbing a grounder and throwing out Charles Gipson at the plate. Glendon Rusch (8-8) allowed four runs — three earned — and nine hits in five innings. Ryan Dempster pitched the ninth for his 30th save. MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Kirby Krueger had 34 assists, four digs and two aces to help the Cougarettes defeat Marble Falls in three games Friday at the Cougar Den.District 26-5A __All    District Converse Judson    3-1    1-0 SA Reagan    3-1    1-0 SA Madison    2-1    1-0 SA Churchill    22____FO SA Roosevelt    2-2    0-1 Smithson Valley 3-1    0-1 SA MacArthur    3-1    0-1 SA Lee    1-3    0-1 Chargers surprise Rangers, 14-10 Turnovers haunt No. 5 SV in district-opening defeat By Will Wright    SA    CHURCHILL    14, Sports Editor    S.    VALLEY    IO SMITHSON VALLEY — Larry Hill always gets a tad antsy during bye week. Friday night, everybody found out why. Hill’s Smithson Valley Rangers came out flat and stayed flat for their District 26-5A football opener against San Antonio Churchill, which made two first-half scores hold up for a 14-10 victory at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers committed three critical turnovers in the first half. The first led to the Chargers’ first touchdown and the last, midway through the second quarter, kept Smithson Valley from a score while inside the Chargers IO. Hill, who says he always worries about how his team will respond after a bye week, got a rude answer. He hadn’t the slightest idea why the Rangers went into the deep freeze. “If I knew, I d fix it,” I fill said. “At halftime I said we needed to play better and coach better. We just needed to execute better. We turned the ball over some and didn’t do a good job of converting on third down.” Down 14-0 at the break, the, Rahger&kcorcd on theft first drive of the second half and added a field goal just before the start of the final quarter. But they couldn’t get any closer. “They didn’t do anything that surprised us, but clearly we didn’t execute that well in the first half, and you’ve got to give Churchill credit for that," Hill added. “We did play better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.” Chargers junior quarterback Churchill 7 7 O    0-14 S.Valley 0 O IO O - IO First quarter WC — Nick Fanuzzi 40 run (Michael Collins kick), 5:55 Second quarter WC — Ruben Resendiz 1 run (Jason Lewis kick), 11:56 Third quarter SV — Trent Rios 2 run (David Sweet kick), 7:43 SV - Sweet 37 FG, 1:24 Team statistics VVC    SV First downs    17    19 Rushes-yds.    35-163    33-154 Passing yds.    120    122 Total yards    283    276 Passes (C-A-l)    15-22-0    11-21-3 Punts-avg.    4-41.0    2-32.0 Fumbles lost    3-1    2-0 Penalties-yds.    3-20    2-10 Individual statistics RUSHING - Churchill: Nick Fanuzzi 19-106; Ruben Resendiz 13-43; Cody Boyd 1-9; Lane Manley 1-21;Team I (-16); Smithson Valley:Trent Rios 23-113; Cody Beyer 2-12; Bryan Hill 7-46; Team 1 (-17) PASSING - Churchill: Fanuzzi 15-22-0—120; Smithson Valley: Hill 9-18-2-86; Beyer 1-2-1—27; Chris Brehm 1-1-0—9 RECEIVING - Churchill: tan Harris 2-13; Philip Bums 6-32; Matt Voges 2-20; Cody Boyd 1-5; Resendiz 1-22; Jake Rodriguez 1-12; Manley 2-16; Smithson ValMy: Beyer 3-36; Fuller 4-60; Kyle Henry 2-15; Bios 12; Hill 1-7. Nick Fanuzzi, who missed all but a few plays to a major knee injury last season, was on his game Friday. He consistently baffled Rangers defenders, slicing his way through them for 106 yards on the ground and another 120 through the air. “He’s worked hard for it,” See RANGERS, Page 9A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley'sTrent Rios rambles for some of his 113 yards rushing, but the Rangers fell to SA Churchill in the District 26-5A opener, 14-10. ;