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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, September 28, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7A SV ballboy Philip Shelton. SPORTS Archrivals volley Canyon hosts No. 3 NB in 27-4A thriller. Unicorns at Cougarettes An NB win can go a long way in determining27-4A volleyball title Time: 6 pm. Early 26-5A title game? Smithson Valley trawls to Judson in big game for district football supremacy Time: 7:30 p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) Astros step closer to playoffs after edging Cardinals, 3-1Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL CANYON UVALDE FOOTBALL TICKETS - rickets to Friday’s football game featuring Canyon at Uvalde will be sold today and Thursday from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Friday between 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the front office at the high school. General admission adult tickets are $0; $3 for students. All tickets will be $6 at the gate. SV-JUDSON FOOTBALL TICKETS — rickets to Friday’s football game between Smithson Valley and Converse Judson at Rocket Stadium will be sold between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the fieldhouse today and from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday at the fieldhouse and from noon until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria at 1:45 p.m. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $6 for general admission and $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be S7, cash only. NB SUBVARSITY GAME CHANGES - New Braunfels’ junior varsity football team will play Hast Central at Unicorn Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The freshman teams will be at Hast Central, with the A team playing at 5 p.m., and the B team following around 6:30 p.m.STATE STARS DOWN BLUES - Marty llirco made 18 saves to help the Dallas Stars beat the host St. Louis Blues 3-1 in tut exhibition game Tuesday night. Stephane Robidas, Antti Miettinen and Patrick Traverse scored power-play goals for Dallas (3-3-0), and Martin Skouia had two assists. Defenseman brie Brewer had a power-play goal in his first game for St. Louis (2-2-0), which lost defenseman Barret Jackman in the first period because of a shoulder injury. FT. WORTH BOWL EXTENDS DEAL - Hie Fort Worth Bowl on Tuesday extended its agreement with Conference USA for four years through the 2009 season. Hie bowl earlier this year reached a deal with the Mountain West Conference for that league to provide a team for the game from the 2006-09 seasons. C-USA has been part of the bowl since the game’s inception in 2003. The third Fort Worth Bowl is scheduled Dec. 23 on the TCU campus, matching C-USA against the Big 12. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Roy Oswalt won for the fourth time this month, helping the Houston Astros extend their NL wildcard lead to 2 I /2 games with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night. Jason Lane hit a two-run homer and Craig Biggio hit his 25th, setting a career best. Biggio returned to the team after spending Monday in I louston for his mother’s open heart surgery. Hie Astros (86-71) matched a season high at 15 games above .500 and snapped a six-game skid in St. Louis, winning for the fourth time in 15 tries over By Will Wright Sports Editor Canyon got in a good volleyball scrimmage Tuesday night, blowing past Burnet 25-10,25-12,25-7 and setting up what’s sure to be a New Braunfels Friday night. The Lady Dawgs didn’t match up with the Cougarettes in talent, fundamentals or otherwise. They managed only seven kills in a little more than an hour’s work at the Cougar Den. Still, Canyon ended the First half without letting up or showing any sign of looking ahead to the Unicorns, who were idle and remain a game up in the District 27-4A race. “We know what’s at stake,” Canyon coach Heather Sanders said. "We know the second round of district will be harder, much harder than the first round. New Braunfels is unbeaten, l,ake Travis is back in the hunt after they beat Dripping Springs the oilier night. “In the second half we will have to go to both of them and to Marble Falls and to Burnet, so we ll have a lot of road games. We’re just trying to get better every time we step out on the court.” Canyon (21-10, 5-1 in District 27-4A) looked every bit in control Tuesday. The Cougarettes went up 10-2 en route to winning the first game. Burnet got to within 13-7 in the second game before Canyon turned on the jets to score a 13-point win. To illustrate how at ease the Cougarettes were, Lexie Bennett rose for a kill at the net, all against the (Cardinals. Houston has five games remaining, four at home against the Cubs, and Philadelphia’s 3-2 loss to the Mets gave the Astros a nice cushion. Houston’s victory also eliminated New York from playoff contention. Matt Morris (14-10) lost his career-worst fifth straight decision despite working six solid innings. Larry Walker had three hits in his first game back after a fourth cortisone shot for a herniated disc in his neck, and scored the Cardinals’ lone mn on Reggie Sanders’ double in die sixth. and, after missing a swipe with her right hand, in the same motion nailed the kill with her left. It was really that kind of night. Burnet (14-15, 1-5) had three kills in the final game, which Canyon led 16- THE WILD HT VI CARD CHASE    1 ■HL - W    L    Pct    GB Houston____86    71    .548__ Philadelphia    84    74    .532    2 1/2 Tuesday's Games Houston 3, St. Louis 1 New York 3, Philadelphia 2 Today's Games Houston at St. Louis, 7 p.m., FSN New York at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Thursday's Games Chicago at Houston, 7 p.m., FSN Philadelphia at Washington, 6 p.m. The Cardinals are 3-7 since clinching the NL Central title and need to finish 3-1 to give the franchise IOO victories in consecutive seasons for the second time, and First since 1942-44. 2 at one point. “Minimizing errors has been a real big focus for us,” Sanders added. "They’re playing well. We ll need to have a few more good days of practice to get ready for Friday.” Bennett had eight kills, Oswalt (19-12) allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. He is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in September. He lost his other two starts against the Cardinals this season, allowing IO runs in 12 innings. Brad Lidge worked two scoreless innings for his 39th save in 42 chances. The Astros had only one runner in scoring position before breaking through against Morris in the sixth. Mike Lamb singled with two outs and Lane followed with his 25th homer over the center-field wall. Lane is batting .351 in his last Brandle DeBacker had six and Tara Smith and Danielle Mit-telstadt each finished with five for Canyon. Kirby Krueger had 28 assists and. as testament to Burnet’s lack of offense, Chelsea Zunker, Krueger and Nikki Kruse each tied for the 15 games since Sept. 12 with four homers, four doubles and nine RBIs. Of his 37 career homers, 13 have come in September. Consecutive one-out doubles by Walker and Sanders, who just missed a homer on a drive off the right-field wall, cut the gap to a run in die sixth. Biggio homered off Jason Marquis, pitching in relief for the first time since the end of the 2003 season, leading off the eighth. Marquis, who allowed only that hit in two innings, does not figure in the Cardinals’ rotation for the first round of the playoffs. Cougarettes dismantle Dawgs in 3 Sets up big match vs. NB Friday DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Chelsea Zunker and Brandle DeBacker go high for the block during the Cougarettes' three-game victory over Burnet Tuesday night at the Cougar Den.The win sets up a Friday night battle between host Canyon and New Braunfels. Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] HE DAILY -l-C-K-E-T Astros continue quest Houston plays at St. Louis, trying to foil Philadelphia for the NL wild card. Time: 7:30p.m. (FSN) lead in digs, with three each. Bennett added a pair of blocks, and the Cougarettes finished with eight aces — four by Zunker, two by Krueger and one each by Sara Amescua and Courtney Bird. Every player who suited up for Canyon finished with some kind of stat, as the Cougarettes rotated throughout. Suzan Parker had three kills and Kayleigh Thomas added sue more for Burnet, which went only eight players deep. Canyon defeated New Braunfels twice last year to claim the third playoff spot in 27-4A. New Braunfels (20-8, 6-0) defeated Canyon in five games in the 21-AA opener Sept. 6, and hasn’t been pushed to more than three since. The Unicorns will get pushed Friday if history tells, because since the switch to the rally scoring system, Canyon and New Braunfels have never Finished in fewer than five games. “I guess we have, haven’t we?” Sanders said. “Every time we play, its going to be a battle. But we ll be happy to play them at home (at 6 p.m.).” Smithson Valley def. SA Madison SMITHSON VALIDLY — The Rangers stayed within a game of the third playoff spot in District 26-5A with a 25-18,25-22, 21-25, 25-17 victory’ over die Lady Mavericks Tuesday night at Ranger Gym. Megan Herring had 19 kills; Jessie Hartman had 44 assists: Dana Mecke had 21 digs: Jessica Martin had a block and Sara Mercer had a pair of aces for the Rangers (21-9 ov erall, 3-3 in 26-5A). Becca Mays and Amber Wetz had 11 kills each for Madison (11-15,1-5). Smithson Valley will play SA Roosevelt at 4:30 p.m. Fridav at Blossom Athletic Center.High schools shuffle football schedules in wake of Hurricane Rita DALIAS (AP) — Almost a week has passed since Port Arthur Memorial coach Dean Colbert last met with his players, and he knows it could be another week before he sees them again. Colbert hasn’t been allowed home since I lurricane Rita slammed into Port Arthur, which largely remains without power since the storm battered the coastline Saturday morning. Colbert evacuated to Dallas and is now in I louston, but his players remain scattered around the state. Colbert met Tuesday with other coaches about rescheduling. I Ie won t be the only one. Many schools began the task Monday of trying to sort out schedules in the wake of the hurricane, which forced the cancellation or postponement of more than IOO games. To make things easier, the University Interscholastic League issued a temporary exception to its rule that schools cannot play more titan once in a five-day span. Through Oct. 8, teams can play twice within four days. “(Schools) have bigger things to worry about at this point,” UIL spokeswoman Kim Rogers said. “We were just trying to get the word out as quickly as possible.” Even district games could be a casualty of Rita. Katy coach Gary Joseph, whose team is ranked No. 6 in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll, said it isn t clear whether his district opener with I louston Strake Jesuit will be rescheduled or canceled. Katy ISD, like many school districts along the coast, won t resume classes until today. Joseph said his players practiced Monday but that he and his coaching staff were not allowed to participate. If the District Executive Committee decided to not reschedule, one consequence might be that playoff spots — in the event of a tie in the standings — would be decided by a coin flip instead of head-to-head matchups. “And I’d hate to see someone get eliminated by a coin toss,” Joseph said. Colbert said it could be as long as six days before he knows how the schedule will shake out. "I would just like for our seniors to have some semblance of a season," Colbert said. “It doesn’t really matter who we play, as far as I’m concerned.” BIG DEBUT: Of the many Louisiana atliletes displaced by Hurricane Katrina, none had a bigger Texas debut than Austin lake Travis’ joshua Joseph. Joseph, who was forced to evacuate his home in New Orleans, had 151 total yards and scored four touchdowns in Lake TYavis’ 49-15 win over Hendrickson. He helped his adopted team improve to 4-0 and remain No. IO in the Class 4A rankings. ;