Volley fast starts today The annual Fraulein Volleyfest kicks off today at New Braunfels and Canyon gyms. The Unicorns play at 1:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on their home court. Canyon plays at 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. at Cougarette Gym. Smithson Valley also plays at Cougarette Gym at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Rangerettes will meet the Cougarettes at 4:45 p.m. Friday at Canyon. orts H»p*ld-Zeltung Thursday, September 4,1986 Page9A LESLIE KRIEWALDT/HcRALD-ZEITUNG The hitting will be for real beginning Friday night Cougars look to end Westlake jinx in Austin •y TOM LABINSKI Sport* editor Canyon will not have to look far to find the motivation to defeat Westlake Friday night in the season opening game for both teams. For starters, the Cougars are anxious to see har far they have progressed since beginning training a month ago. After easy scrimmage victories over a young Gonzales team and an undermanned Bandera squad, Canyon will face its first real test at 8 p.m. in Austin. More importantly, the Cougars will be looking for their first win ever against the Chaparrals. They've come close in both games to knocking off the perennial powerhouse, despite being the decided underdogs. In fact, they've come painfully close. Last seaon, the game was lost on a failed 2-point conversion. The year before, it was a fumbled snap in the end zone which gave Westlake the victory. "This is our third shot at them. We've been on the verge of winning," said Canyon Coach Troy Burch. "Now, we think it's our time." But the Chaps will have some motivation going for them as well. After advancing to the state semifinals last season, Westlake moves up to class 5A with only three returning starters and 11 lettermen. After Friday's game, the Chaparrals begin the district portion of their schedule at West wood. From there, it's on to play some of the best schools in the area — Waco, Temple Starters Canyon Offense Pos OB FB MB HH SE IF C RG Player Kndv Srinlli KI-HV Muihoildh Jimrnv Wilson Si.ott Balrmis Si ott Ht'nn.q Ki'r, I) Altni'Si. Bn.in i ,1'brouqr M.»> Times Ht 5 '; 510 511 60 t, i i 6 j 6 i. 5 l i . Wl Cl 1? 12 12 12 1 1 12 HI Defense Pos Player DE Ri.|..'M SmdlUvn 0 I 5 11 Ht 18U Wt Cl DE DT DT LB LB MLB CB CB FS SS ml K'-n D Altocso Hjiuti tixji'l Lhris Ydncy Hdl B.irrn Ri>.in Dunmnn Bnjn Hull Kt'x in Neniec Jil'uny Wllbon Si ot! Brtlniob D -""'" H ' l "" vvdv r. l 6 3 6 1 60 511 59 6 Li 59 511 6 0 62 las 21. 15 '<«; 195 186 Hi!. 190 160 170 200 180 1 I 12 1 i 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 andKilleen. Before you start to feel sorry for Westlake, remember that the team fields two junior varsity and two freshman teams. There is enought talent there for the Chaps to replenish with, and the returning starters are all proven players. Quarterback Mark Mangum leads Westlakc's offense, and is a good mirror of Canyon signal caller Kody Smith The last time these two quarterbacks faced each other, in a junior varsity game. Westlake won 35-28. so the offensive potential is there Westlake also has a pair of bruisers among the running backs in 210- pound tailback-fullback Deryl Schenk and 220-pound fullback Clay Howell. "I imagine they'll try to pound us with their fullbacks, and try to set up Mangum for the long gain on the options." Burch said Defensively, Burch said he expects the same type of unit the Cougars have faced in their two previous encounters — a punishing one "They are always extremely physical. They beat us so bad physically last year, it took us a cou- pleof weeks to come back," he said. The Cougars will throw both speed and strength at the Westlake defense with fullbacks Kelly Mulhollan and Chris Yancy and halfbacks Jimmy Wilson and Scott Balmos. "We've got to prove that we can go down the field against a good football team. We need to do it against this ball club." Burch said. Win or lose, it is time to begin playing for real. One thing that is certain to come out of Friday's contest is Cougar self-awareness. "We haven't really been challenged enough to tell us where we are. This game will tell us exactly where we are," Burch said. Nebraska may forfeit game LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne said his team may forfeit its opener against Florida State because the NCAA suspended 53 Cor- nhusker players for one game and seven other players for two games. The suspensions stem mostly from the misuse of complimentary tickets and involve about 30 of Nebraska's top 40 players, Osborne said. The eighth-ranked Cornhuskers are scheduled to play No. 11 Florida State Saturday night in a game to be shown on ABC-TV. "It wouldn't be a game. It'd be a joke and an em- : harassment to college football," Osborne said. "We have no quarterback, no I-back.... "In order to field a team Saturday, we'd have to un- redshirt about 10 guys and play freshmen that are in no way prepared to play Florida State and face humiliation on national TV. So what do we do? I don't know." Osborne revealed the penalties after practice Wednesday. He said most of the suspended players gave tickets to people not authorized to use them. ! Family members and students are the only people : allowed to use players' passes, according to National NB-Seguin rivalry heats up once more Collegiate Athletic Association rules. Fiancees, girlfriends and friends were identified on pass lists as being family members and students, said Tom Simons, NU associate sports information director. Each player receives four complimentary tickets per game. About 20 percent of the passes weren't used last year, Osborne said. "Everybody likes to have somebody up there in the stands who cares about them. In a lot of cases the players said these people (receiving passes) were closer to them than blood relatives." Osborne said he was dumbfounded by the penalties because Nebraska coaches and players had been "totally open and honest" with the NCAA. Players confessed to violations that investigators otherwise wouldn't have known about, the coach said. "We cooperated fully. We could've destroyed our pass gate lists. We left them as they were." The university will appeal the penalties to the NCAA Council Sub-Committee on Eligibility Appeals, Chancellor Martin Massengale said. He said the infractions were minor and the penalties "excessive and unreasonable." •y TOM LAMNSKI Sport* editor Fifty-nine years ago, the New Braunfels Unicorns first took the football field against Seguin. The Matadors won that first game, and five of the next six, but of late New Braunfels has been the dominating force in the Highway 46 series. The Unicorns have not lost to Seguin since 1980, although it took the game's final play for New Braunfels to pull off a win two years ago. It is the oldest continuous running football rivalry in the state of Texas, and the latest chapter will be written Friday night at Unicorn Stadium. But all the history in the world won't mean as much to either team as the fact that Friday's 8 p.m. matchup will mean the beginning of the 1986 football season. "More than anything, I think they (the Unicorn players) just want to get off to a successful start," said New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety. "We want to make the playoffs, that is one of our goals, and this is where we begin. Playing Seguin just makes it more exciting," he said. While the Unicorns have the difficult task of repeating as state semifinalists, the Matadors are also faced with a challenge. Winless in 10 games two years ago, Seguin won three games last year and is looking to make improvement a permanent fixture despite being realigned into a tough 5A district. The Matadors are blessed with the return of several key starters, especially from a stingy defensive unit. Quarterback Brett Balmarez, a second-year starter, is the spark of Seguin's offense. The senior poses a threat both on the ground and in the air A bigger offensive line should help fullback Neal Riebe and tailback Starters ss Bobby Smith 510 145 12 New Braunfels Offense Pos. oe FB TB and SE WB and and TE RT RG C LG LT Player Alan Matney Ryan Putdy Brad Grant Eric Schroeder Leon Sneed Kevin Walker Tim Zipp David Williams Doak Hunter Bret; Stahl Joe Vasquez Paul Broue Chns Mager Mark Shafer Ht. 6-2 6-3 5-9 180 5-11 510 6-0 &11 511 5-11 6-1 6-3 63 6-4 5-11 Wt. 180 205 12 175 160 165 170 150 180 195 255 205 260 215 Cl. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 Defense Pos T T NG ILB ILB OLE OLB CB CB FS Player Mark Shafer Glen Herman Shayne Fednck Breti Stahl Tim Han? Ryan Purdy Paul Broue Tim ZiDP Kevin Walker Leon Sneed Ht. 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-3 63 5-10 5 11 5 10 Wt 215 1950 205 195 165 205 205 160 165 160 Cl. 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 Seguin Offense Pos. QB FB TB WB WR TE C RG LG RT LT Player Brett Balmarej Meal Riebe Charles Ussery Jeff Jubela Brian Boscamp Rodney Smith Jim Foeh Michael Ramos John Kuempef John De Los Santos Danny Avalus Ht. 59 60 57 511 59 6-5 6-0 60 60 6-0 5-11 Wt. 156 178 161 175 146 210 175 180 195 235 175 Cl. 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 11 Defense Pos. DE DE DT DT LB LB MLB CB CB S R Player Robert Young Charles Ussery Kerry Koehter James Gomez Rodney Smith Neal Riebe Benito Morales Brian Boscamp David Buemo Jeff Jubela Rob Anderson Ht. 5-11 57 60 61 65 6-0 5-11 59 60 511 S10 Wt. 176 161 235 235 210 178 168 146 170 175 158 Cl. 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 Charles Ussery find running room, while 6-5 tight end Randy Smith and wingback Jeff Jubela offer Balmarez good targets downfield. "Every one talks about how much their defense has improved, but I think we'll see they are considerably better offensively, too," Streety said. "They've got the ingredients to be a good offensive team." The Matadors enjoy good size on the defensive line, particularly in the middle with 235-pound tackles Kerry Koehler and James Gomez. Jubela returns to the cornerback position where he earned all-district honors as a junior. Five defensive starters return for Seguin. "They have enough people back that they ought to be real good defensively," Streety said. The key to winning the game for New Branfels will be in avoiding critical errors. "We can't afford a turnover on our own end of the field, or to blow a scoring opportunity," Streety said. The Unicorns will try to keep Seguin off balance, with fullback Ryan Purdy and tailbacks Brad Grant and Eric Schroeder running inside and out, both with power running and misdirection plays. New Braunfels' offensive line is beginning to stabilize, Streety said, as is the defensive front. "I think it's going to be a close game. It will come down to who can play the hardest for the longest time with the fewest mistakes," he said. "I think we're anxious to get after it." Smithson Valley faces old nemesis Southside •y TIM WAITS Statf writer The start of the 1986 football season at Smithson Valley is the start of a new era for Ranger football. This is the Rangers debut as a Class 4A football team. Who better to open your first 4A season against than an old nemesis from last season's district 27-3A in Southside? Both teams go into the season with plenty of question marks, but have their alignments set for battle. Aside from the offensive and defensive lines, Smithson Valley Coach Joe Matulich has had to sort out his starting players during practice. And it has taken practically the entire fall practice session to come up a combination, but Matulich thinks he has the best one for the time being. "We're not too bad. We've got a ways to go," said Matulich. "There is a lot of inexperience, but we'll line them up and see what happens." Both teams will employ a Wing T multiple offense, hoping to establish a ground game. "Southside is pretty quick," said Matulich. "They are better offensively than they are defensively." "We will try to establish a running game along with some play action passes to the outside," he said. Offensively, Matulich hopes he is established. The line certainly is, with seniors Chris Gentry and Mike Wilson anchoring the left and right sides at tackle. Two more seniors, Newton McConnell and Theron Hoover will be the guards, while sophomore Jeremy Smart handles the duties at center. Senior Scott Davis won the starting quarterback job. Davis will be joined Starters Smithson Valley Offense La*r> Maywald 62 166 Pos QB FB HB WB SE LT LG C RG RT TE Player Siotl Dans John Let Shodv Henshav. Russell Deilv Joel Baker Mike Wilson N e A t o n Me Conneli Jeremy Smart Theron Hoover Chris Gentry Brian Markum Ht 510 59 60 60 6 1 59 5 10 59 5 10 62 63 Wt 160 185 190 150 160 2101 208 157 165 252 205 Cl 12 11 11 11 12 2 12 10 12 12 11 Southside Offense Pos QB FB RB RB SE SE C G G T T Player Mike Gutierre? Steve Hammonds Mark Wonder Ryan Stone Fernando Garcia Greg Berreite Santiago Valde* David Stallcup Rickv Ortega Ronnie Trevino Roland Viagran Ht Wt 60 180 Cl. Defense Defense Pos LT RT MG DE DE LB LB CB CB S Player Jason Smart Mike Wilson Chris Gentry Mike Harmon Rob Marion John Lee Theron Hoover Bret Trullender Russell Deily Joe Carter Ht 58 59 62 61 6 1 59 5 10 5 10 60 510 Wt 200 210 252 175 160 185 165 145 150 165 Cl 12 12 12 11 12 11 12 11 1 1 12 Pos DT DT DE DE LB LB LB LB CB CB S Player Ht Wt Cl Roland Viagran Ramone Rocha Ernest Lope/ David Stallcup Steve Hammonas 60 180 11 Eadie DeWitt Ryan Stone Ricky Ortega Fernanao Garcia Mark Wonder Carlos Guillen in the backfield by a group of juniors, Shody Henshaw at running back and John Lee at fullback. Speedy junior Russell Deily will be the wingback and senior Joel Baker will start the season at split end. The Rangers will have a number of two-way starters and the defense will be faced with trying to stop the Cardinals' quick running backs Mark Wonder and Ryan Stone. The two-way starters for the Rangers will be Gentry at nose guard, Wilson at right tackle, Lee at left linebacker, Theron Hoover at right linebacker, and Deily at left cornerback. Filling the left tackle spot will be senior Jason Smart, who will probably see plenty of action on the offensive line. Mike Harmon and Rob Marion are the two bookends on the defensive line. Rounding out the defense in the secondary will be Bret Trullender at cornerback, along with strong safety- Joe Carter and the other safety will be Larry Maywald. With only two games prior to district competition, the Rangers will need to find solutions pretty quick to the problems, if there are any, that may occur with this combination. The brief pre-district schedule does not allow for a lot of extending troubles in the lineup. Southside will run a split defense as opposed to the Rangers' 50 angle defense, but both are active alignments. Playing Southside in the opener will be a good test for the Rangers to see how well they stack up against more familiar competition as compared to the 4A opponents down the road.
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