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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Rappelling Zachary Sumner reaches the moment of truth at the top of the T Bar M rappelling tower, Staff photo by John N Santa' Harald-Zeitung Sunday, June 26,1983    7A The first step's the hardest at T Bar M By KARI MITCHELL Sport* editor You Lake the steep woven steel stairs very slowly, holding tightly to the (Hie rail anil trying desperately not to look down Over and over in your mind dances the phrase “33 feet is not far I fall, 33 feet is not far to fall." Suddenly from a voice from above shouts, "You’re doing fine Just keep coming." Heart pounding, ears ringing, you pass the tops of the trees and finally, you’re there. You've mastered half of the T Bar M rappelling tower. "The other half’s harder," said Ed Moore, I Bar M counselor and an eight-year veteran of rap pelting “Conquering the fear of heights seems to be the hardest thing of all for tin* kids Especially when they’re standing up there ready for that first step off Hie top Must of them come walking up to the tower, crane their neck to look up at the top and state that it's just too high theres just no way they'll ever do it But once they see one of their friends go down, they're more willing And after that first time, they’re hooked A part of the T Bar M summer camp adventure series, which also includes canoeing, archery and snorkeling, rappelling is taught by six exponent rd counselors — well-versed in safety, step by step do's and don’t* and patience "They ask a lot of questions," said counselor Holly Harris. “They want to know (tow ami why something works, is that first step off Hie platform hard? What happens if you fain Will Hie tower fain Arid you have to be patient It s really im portant that you take the time to explain thing* to them so that they will have faith in themselves, Ha* rope and the person holding them After tliat, everything else is downhill Conquering the fear of heights seems to be the hardest thing of all for the kids Especially when they 're standing up there ready for that first step off the top. Most of them come walking up to the tower, crane their neck to look up at the top and state that its just too high there s just no way they ll ever do it. But once they see one of their friends go down. they 're more willing. Counselor Ed Moore Ijteioily Completed in May to give a campers a more controlled atmosphere iii winch to learn Hu-art. Hie rappelling tower is 33 feet of sheer cliff hut very safe lf you know what you're doing, there’s no reason fear falling," said Moore “You're being br id by two ropes, one of which has a safely valve; you're strapped in and tied to the person at the top, and the {Huson at the top is tied iii to the tower or a tier- or rock if you’re on a real cliff All that lias bi happen tu slow you down is for the person anchoring you to stop the feed of Ha- belay rope through the safety valve When that's done, there s no way for you go anywhere ’ But getting the y oungest campers I IO years of age) to take Hint first step is still tough, “We have a lot of Hu- younger ones refuse and even some of the older ones," said Moore, “hut thats all right We won t make any one go down We want to help them find out their limitations. oven ome their fear of heights if Hwy have tale ami build nj* their confidence That s why we explain everything." The first step, according to counselors Moore, Harris, Ed Harris, Colleen Thiel, Jan Carpenter and Cary Couch, is to tie 15-20 feet of nylon webbing into what is called a swiss seat" around the rappelled flips Then the explanations begin. There are two rojies a belay rope, which is made of a dynamic (Stretchy! and static material and is used as Hie safety lope, aud the rappeling ro|N‘ which actually holds you The friction on ttiese ropes, plus the added factor of the safety valve will keep you from going too fast or falling When you prepare to go down, you must remember to keep your hands positioned correctly one iii front controlling Hie rope and one behind your back at the waist level like the rope is passing through your body. Next, stand with your back to the cliff’s edge, feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. "Then collies the toughest part," said Moore. “You edge back and begin Ha* lean. B’s actually more of a sitting position because by the time you're through, your feet are directly iii front of your waist This is to keep you from crashing into Hie wall when you begin your descent Then, you Like Hud first step Once you re past tfiat, Ha* rest is easy." “Tile best part of all of it, though," said Dave Thiel, I Bar M shirts camp director, “is Ha* pride on t!a*ir faces on* e Hies ye done it 'Mutt makes ll all worthwhile " I Bar M is open to boys and girls ages 10-15 alai is located four miles west of New Braunfels on state highway bi. Ail the term camps for Ha- summer are filled at Ha* present time, hut there is a waiting list Ila* day camp scla-duled for July 25 1*9 is still taking reservationsCanned Seattle fires Lachemann, prepares to release PerryRoscoe Tanner upsets Wilander WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -Roscoe Tanner, the big server who slipped down the tennis rankings, came thundering back Saturday to upset Mats Wilander of Sweden and make the last 16 in the Wimbledon championships. The 31-year-old left-hander slammed 19 aces past his 16-year-old opponent, who was seeded fifth, and won 6-7,7-5,6-3,0-4. Tanner was one of the most exciting players in tennis in 1979, when he was runnerup to Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon. Now he is ranked 140th in the world and before Wimbledon had won only four matches this year. Another surprise winner was 23-year-old Robert Van’t Hof of Dallas, who upset llth-seeded Johan Kriek 6-3.7-6,6-1. Kriek, South African bom and a resident of Naples, Fla., said he had not been feeling well and later pulled out of a men's doubles match. John McEnroe, the second seed, battered Brad Gilbert 6-2,6-2,6-2; and Ivan l4>ndl, seeded third, eliminated Jakob Hlasek. an exiled Czech who lives in Switzerland. 6-1,6-2,6-7,6-4. Jimmy Connors, defending champion and top seed, had already reached the last 16 Friday. Other third-round winners were Bill Scanlon, the 14th seed, Pat Cash of Australia, Mike U*ach and Sandy Mayer. Scanlon defeated Tim Gulhkson 6-4. 6-4, 6-3 and earned a meeting with McEnroe next round. Of Hie original 16 men’s seeds, only seven reached the last 16. Two, Jimmy Arias and Gene Mayer, withdrew before the tournament began because of injuries. Seven more have been gunned down in competition. Martina Navratilova, runaway favorite to retain her women’s crown, served and volleyed her way to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia for a place in the last 16. Since the defeat of Chris Evert Lloyd by Kathy Jordan Friday, critics have seen the women’s tournament as a one-way race. Navratilova quipped: "The way some people are talking, why not hand me the trophy now and do away with the tournament? But I’m not taking too much notice of any of this." Nine of the 16 women's s"vdLs have gone through as expected. T wo were eliminated Saturday. Jennifer Mundel, 21-year-old South African left-hander, put out No. 9 Sylvia Hanika of West Germany 2-6,6-4,6-3. Eva Pf aff of West Germany edged Britain’s Jo Dune, the No. 13,7-6, 7-5. But Britain still had a contender 37-year-old Virginia Wade, the 1977 champion, who came back from a set down and 1-5 to master Andrea I .cand 3-6,7-6,6-2 Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia, seeded eighth, outplayed louise Allen 6-1,6-3. Virginia Huzici of Romania, seeded 12th, beat Sabina Siinmonds of Italy 6-1,3-6,6-2 Claudia Kohde of West Germany, seeded 16th, won 6-2, 6-3 against Barbara Jordan, elder of the sisters from King of Prussia, Pa Sunday was scheduled as a rest day. SEATH J*: (AP) - Del Crandall was named Saturday as manager of the Seattle Mariners, replacing Bene lachemann. who was fired earlier in Hie day, and veteran pitcher Gaylord Perry was designated for assignment by Hie team that currently has Hie worst record in the major leagues. Iii a press conference, club owner George Argyros said he and President Dan O’Brien had met Friday with Crandall in Albuquerque, where they culminated negotiations Crandall, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1972 through 1975, has directed the Pacific Coast league Albuquerque Dukes, the Is* Angeles Dodgers’ Class AAA farm team, the past six seasons While wiHi the Brewers, Crandall’s team finished sixth the first year and fifth the following three seasons He won PCL titles with Albuquerque from 1978 to 1962, and the Dukes were in second place this season O’Brien also announced that Perry and shortstop Todd Cruz were taken off the roster of Hie American league club and designated for assignment, w inch means they could be picked up by another team. To replace Cruz, O'Brien said the Mariners were bringing up Spike Owen, from Salt I-ake City of the PCL, the Manners’ (ann club GAYLORD PERRY O’Brien said a replacement for Perry probably would be determined iii the next 24 hours Perry, 44, was 3-10 with a 4 94 earned run average this season. He registered his 300th career victory last season and was currently the oldest active player rn the major leagues NB soccer player earns honors Kiln Pull of New Braunfels will wind up an extensive soccer clinic in Houston today by playing for the Western Division team in an exhibition match at the state camp clinic. She earned the right to participate in Hie clinic last weekend at a iium-toumament and tryouts in San Antonio, sponsored by the South Texas Youth Soccer Association. She is playing iii Hie under 14 age category Alter today’s game, judges will selet t players from the Western Division and Eastern Division teams to form a 15-player team to represent the STYSA in further competition Players were selected for the original teams on Ha* h»«t« of skill, ball control, speed and teamwork "I was surprised when I heard," Putz said "The judges were looking for attitude a lot — bow much you wanted it." Aller the nuni-ioumament, 30 players were invited back to tryouts last Sunday Putz, Jennifer Smith and Kim Rig don were all invited back Sunday (rem the Mid-Cities Youth Soccer Association team. Other members of the team were Stacy Putz, Anker Schlameus, Cindy Torres, Renee Preiss, Lam Buryanek, Stephanie Ball, Jennifer Kyle and Albata Morphy. Rachel Baker wax also on Hie team, bot canid not play because of illness Yvema amith of Maw Braunfels coached Hie Mid Cities team. *■ * a' », Staff pf>o iv bt Jot** N Sar.ti New Braunfels shortstop Michael Cardenas fires to first during a game last season. Unicorns' Cardenas signs with new Schreiner program Michael Cardenas, New Braunfels' most valuable player from Hie stat** semi finalist baseball team, has signed to play baseball for Schreiner College in Kerrville. Cardenas, who led the Unicorn* in hitting with a 386 average la*t season, was an all-Distnct 13-4A pick at shortstop But he may move to third base for Ha* Mountaineers, who will play their first season of intercollegiate baseball in 1984 “I Hunk lie’U play a lot of base bab for us, either at shortstop or third base," Schreiner assistant coach Chuck Tail said Friday. Cardenas, who was also an aU-Centex pick. joins a group of approximately 13 freshmen on Schreiner's first-ever baseball squad. The rest of coach Bob Henry's team wiU be filled with junior college transfers, including several from San Antonio College, which dropped its program i ve been rather shocked with the success we’ve bad in signing players," Tail noted Including Cardenas. "I’m really thriUed that Michael is coining to us from a winning program; we’d Uke to make New Braunfels one of our regular recruiting stops in the future We d Uke to get a few more from Hus program." Most of Schreiner’s high school prospects have come from Central Texas - Bandera, San Antonio, Hondo, Austin The only other player from 13-4A is Fredericksburg’s Brian Davis, a shortstop who will probably move to second base for the Mountaineers Henry is trying to build a program siuular to New Braunfels' — one built on speed, pitching and defense "Weil play hard-nosed, fundamental baseball — pitching defense and speed." he said "I am not rn teres ted in a batter standing in there trying to knock one out of the park with men on base. ‘TU bunt, hit-and-run or hit behind Hie runners — anything to advance base runners Emphasis must be on pitching and defense to build a competitive team." Schreiner added junior-level classes last school year, and wiU add senior-level classes in the faU The 80-year-old Institution had been a two-year college until last year. The school has also added an intercollegiate volleyed! program, which will begin in the fail. Informal baseball workouts will also begin In September. ;