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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise - Sunday, February 23,1986 - Page 5A 308 46 Bypass South 372-1600 SPORTS Restaurant and 372-0111 \ Season begins Feb. 25 Matadors need pitching for title ;**<-v* V'l;p$r THE SEQUIN baseball team got in some practice Friday as senior Alan Speir takes a cut at a pitch while catcher John Kuempel awaits the In last conference game throw. The Mats open their 1986 season at home Tuesday against Fox Tech. (Staff photo by Steve Boehm) Bulldogs rout Crusaders By JOHN R. CORBETT Sports Editor The Texas Lutheran College .basketball team, still feeling the 'effects of Thursday night's loss to St. ., Mary's that for all practical purposes .,, eliminated them from the district . playoffs, struggled early but came back to rout Mary Hardin-Baylor 9176 in the final Big State Conference game of the season at the Doghouse. TLC coach Newton Grimes started his five senior players in the final home game of the year as Ken Homann, Mike Velasco, Bruce Spencer, David Moe and Greg Durbon played their final games for the Bulldogs. The 'Dogs trailed 16-10 before a rare seven-point play turned the tide. TLC guard Benny Russell was fouled after making a shot and Crusader coach Carey Leech was slapped with two straight technicals. That gave Russell five free throw ^attempts and the BSC's top scorer nailed all the charity tosses to put the Bulldogs back on top. TLC managed to take a 37-35 lead into the intermission despite a shooting percentage of 31.5 from the field compared to 56.6 for the visitors. In the second half, TLC's press defense forced the Crusaders into a multitude of turnovers that changed the game into a blowout. Moe led the charge as he paced TLC with 19 points including six straight that put TLC up by a 68-49 count. Velasco added 16 while Russell chipped in 15. The 'Dogs held a whopping 53-37 advantage in rebounds with Will Nixon hauling in 13 caroms for the locals. Charles McDuffy led the visitors with a game-high 24 points as the Crusaders ended their season at 10-26 overall and 0-10 in the BSC. TLC, which finishes their season Monday night at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, went to. 15-17 for the season and 6-4 in conference play. In the preliminary game, the TLC Lady Bulldogs finished their season on the upbeat with a 74-70 win over the Lady Crusaders. Two-time all-America Sarah Busboom Clifton ended her four-year stint at TLC with a game-high 17 . points and 14 rebounds. Senior Dawn Hinneberg also completed her final season posting 16 points and 17 rebounds. Debbie Hernandez is the other senior on Coach Lana Urbanek's club as she ended with six points. TLC held a big 35-24 lead at the half only to watch the visitors rally to take a 62-58 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Hernandez gave the locals the lead for good with a basket to make it 64-62 and the Lady Bulldogs completed a 10-point run to nail down the victory. The Lady Bulldogs ended at 10-14 for the season and 3-7 in the BSC winning three of their last four games. The Lady Crusaders, who were led by 14-point efforts by Tracey Pack, Nancy Hoelscher and Terri Mays, evened out at 13-13 for the year and 55 in the conference. (MEN'S GAME) MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (71): Chambers 2 45 8, Hooker 40-08, Wright 5 0-2 10, Odom 3 CM) 6, Rolfes 2 2-2 «, Johnson 0 Ofl 0, McDuffy II 2-3 24, Cantu 2 4-5 8, Stevenson 0 0-10, Cook 104) 2, Miller 01-31, Freeman 03-43. Totals: 3016-2S 76. TEXAS LUTHERAN (tl): Homann 1 0-1 2, Velasco 7 2-3 It, Spencer 1 2-2 4, Moe 7 5-5 19, Durbon 0 0-0 d, Russell 4 7-8 15, Nixon 1 2-3 4, Recchia 2 OO 4, Spray 00-10, Voight 104) 2, Yust 1 7-9 9, Cantwell 11-33, Woods 41-19, Ybarra 0 M 0, Adix 0 <M> 0, Shields 12-24, Curtis 0 CM) 0. Totals: 31 29-3891. (WOMEN'S GAME) MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR <7«): Holder 1 0-1 2, Johnson 3 1-1 7, Pack 7 0-2 14, IHoelscher 5 4-5 14, Watson 3 2-3 8, Davis 1 0-0 2, Mays 8 2-314, Jones 3 1-2 7, Kauhn 10-0 2. Totals: 3010-17 70. TEXAS LUTHERAN (74): Marvin 3 6-8 12, Gindorf 4 2-310, Hernandez 3 OO 8, Hinneberg 8 4-9 IS, Clifton 7 3-5 17, Petitt 1 1-2 3, Walker 2 0-1 4, Allen 10-12, Gumbert 2 OO 4. Totals: 2916-27 74. »• Marion advances to playoffs The Marion Bulldogs, who nailed down their first boys district • basketball championship this season, took their recent success one step further Friday night in Beeville as they trounced District 32-2A run- <nerup Benavidez, 66-50 to win the bi••; district title and advance in the state !• playoffs. The District 31-2A co-champions ; < had little difficulty with Benavidez as . • they came out in the first quarter and put a defensive stranglehold on the enemy taking a 13-2 bulge at the end SWC roundup of the initial quarter and never looked back taking a 26-18 lead at the half and then cruising to the win. "We pressed early and they couldn't do anything about our man- to-man defense," said Marion coach John Robeldo who had the advantage of coaching against Benavidez last season. "Everybody contributed and it was a real team effort.'' Brian White and Scott Hennig paced the Bulldog attack each scoring a game-high 17 points while Chris Hummel added 10. Benavidez was led by Tony Elizando's 14 points and Gene Luna with 12. Marion now advances to Tuesday's second round taking on Dripping Springs in a game planned for either San Marcos or New Braunfels and Robledo expects a much tougher contest this time around. "They are going to be very tough because they are very well- coached," Robledo admitted. The other area team in the state" playoffs, Class A member Navarro, will also continue their quest in the state playoffs when they meet Bruni •at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bee County College in Beeville. Navarro was runnerup in District 61-A this season and defeated McMullen County Tilden in their bi- district game Thursday. MARION (66): White 7 3-5 17, S. Hennig 81-3 17, Hummel 5 0-2 10, Schneider 3 1-1 7, Bolner 30-06, Ford 2 1-2 5, T. Hennig 2 M 4, Barclay 0 0-0 0, Grohman 0 K) 0, Brown 00-00. Totals: 30 6-13 66. BENAVIDEZ (SO) Luna 6 0-0 12. Elizando 5 1-9 14, Vicrra 40-08, Illnojorsa 30-06, Vela I 2-4 4, \ Garia 20-04, Plores 1 04 2, Chapa 0 Ml 0, Sanchez 00-00. Totals: 226-1350. Frogs nip Longhorns at buzzer Texas Christian 55, Texas 54 FORT WORTH (AP) - Guard Jamie Dixon's stumbling, off- balance 30-foot shot at the buzzer gave the Texas Christian Horned Frogs a 55-54 victory over the Texas Longhorns Saturday and sole leadership of the Southwest Conference basketball race. TCU is now 12-2 with two games left in the league chase while Texas dropped to 12-3 with only one game remaining. The Horned Frogs looked dead when Texas' John Brownlee hit two pressure-packed free throws with '; five seconds left. ' However, Dixon took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor. Dixon almost fell, then uncorked his shot with Texas' Raynard Davis hanging on. • The ball flew like an arrow into the ' bucket, triggering a mob scene at mid-court with players and fans from the sellout crowd of 7,200 in Daniel- Meyer Coliseum piling on. TCU, now 20-5 for the year, hasn't won an SWC title since 1971. The : Horned Frogs are now 14-0 at home. They must go on the road to Texas Tech on Wednesday night then to Houston on Saturday March 1. The Longhorns, seeking their first share of an SWC title since 1979, were led by Brownlee, who had 17 points, and Patrick Fairs, who had 12 of his 14 points in the first half, TCU jumped to a 13-point lead midway of the first period as Carl Lott scored 16 of his 18 points. However, turnovers and a tough Texas defense cut TCU's lead to 53-52 on Brownlee's bucket with 1:04 to go. Carven Holcombe missed a bank shot, then Dixon fouled Brownlee to set up the pair of free throws. Then Dixon atoned for his foul with an improbable prayer that gave Texas its ninth loss in 18 games this season. TCU has now won eight straight games. The Horned Frogs, who lead the nation in field goal defense, allowed Texas to shoot only 48 per cent from the field while they shot 54 per cent themselves. Baylor57, Rice 44 HOUSTON (AP) - Michael Williams scored 15 points and Eric Johnson and Darryl Middleton had 14 and 13 respectively as Baylor snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 57-44 victory over Rice Saturday night in a Southwest Conference basketball game. The Bears led 29-16 at the half, but the Owls' Greg Hines sparked a second-half rally that pulled Rice to within two, 42-40, with 6:58 left. Baylor then outscored the Owls 15-2 for its second win of the season over the Owls. The win gave the Bears a record of 2-13 in the SWC and 10-16 overall. Rice fell to 2-11 and 9-16. Hines, a junior who had a game- high 23 points, became the 14th player in Rice history to surpass 1,000 career points with a total of 1,009. The Bears led from the opening basket and moved ahead 12-6 with 13:52 left in the first half. Baylor led 17-10 with 8:10 remaining before the Owls pulled to within three, 17-13. The Owls' 16 first-half points was their lowest production of the season. Rice shot only 27 percent from the field in the half. Baylor Coach Gene Iba credited a strong defensive effort in the game's final seven minutes with securing the Bear victory. "We went back to guarding them, and we went back to just giving them one shot," he said. Texas Tech 57, Southern Meth. 44 LUBBOCK (AP) — Texas Tech took advantage of Southern Methodist's 5-for-22 shooting in the first half and withstood a brief cold spell of its own en route to a 57-44 Southwest Conference victory over the Mustangs Saturday. The Mustangs missed their first 11 field-goal attempts of the game, and the Red Raiders raced out to a 13-2 lead with 11:12 remaining in the opening period. SMU used free throws to chisel the lead to 16-8 at the 7:49 mark, but Tech held a 30-18 lead at intermission. SMU, which fell to 16-9 overall and 8-6 in SWC play, outscored the Raiders 12-2 to open the second half and trailed by only two, 32-30, after a three-point play by John Colborne with 13:03 left in the contest. Tech, which upped its record to 1213 and 7-7, then outscored the S«« SWC, Pg. 6A By JOHN R. CORBETT Sports Editor Seguin High School baseball coach Robert Rice believes that if his team stays healthy physically and in the classroom that the Matadors could contend for the District 27-5A championship this season. Rice is hoping the only injury that will afflict his team this year has already occurred. Last week the SHS coach was struck over the right eye with a foul balla and received several stitches to close a nasty cut. "If we stay healthy and everybody passes we'll have a decent ballclub," stated Rice on Saturday as his team prepared for their season opener Tuesday night at the Fairgrounds Parka against Fox Tech. "Madison is loaded this year and so is Churchill but if our pitching comes through, we'll be in the thick of it." Pitching does appear to be the long suit for the Matadors this season with starters Mark DeLaGarza, Chris Lange and Jeff Jubela a year wiser and a year stronger while junior Bill Ayers is up from the junior varsity squad. "If you are going to win in high school you've got to have pitching," Rice noted. "Having two three-year lettermen back really helps us. The kids throw harder and have better breaking pitches. They could develop and be something real good before it's all over with." Another factor aiding the Matador pitching staff is that Lange is the only righthander in the lineup giving Seguin a chance to throw southpaws at the predominantly right-handed lineups in the district. Junior Brett Belmarez returns at the catcher slot with sophomore John Kuempel provided some depth. Lange and Jubela will alternate at first base since Rice admits, "We've got to have their bats in the lineup." Another returning starter, senior Gus Garcia, is back at second base while sophomore David Bueno has pleased the staff with his work at the position. Sophomore Ruben Ramos has taken over the shortstop duties from graduated star Stuart Carley and Rice feels the youngster is ready for varsity play. ""He'll be our leadoff hitter and while he's not the caliber of Stuart yet, all he needs is time." Two-year letterman Andrew Traeger takes over at third base giving Rice more maturity in the infield. "He has grown a lot and has been a real surprise," said Rice of Traeger. "He's hitting better and throwing stronger." Junior Paul Stadtmueller backs up Traeger at the hot corner. Senior Alan Speir returns to roam left field and should be one of the top hitters on the club while senior Kevin Ellis switches over the centerfield. "The centerfield and shortstop positions were the two spots where we had to find replacements," Rice explained. "It looks like Kevin was born to play centerfield and he's been doing a great job for us." Another sophomore, Jesse Arias, takes over in rightfield. Hitting appears to be Rice's major concern as the team prepares for the new year. "One of our toughest things we have to do is replace the middle of our batting order," Rice said. "So far, they've looked pretty good in the scrimmages we've had." The Matadors made big strides last season boasting a 14-8 mark for the first winning campaign in over a decade at the local school and Rice feels the '86 edition of Matador baseball should continue the trend set last season. "We'll be a bunch of little guys, but we'll be competitive," Rice insisted. "Hopefully we'll peak a little later in the season this year. We're very optimistic about a winning season." As long as it's only the coach that gets injured. SHS 1986 BASEBALL SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT TIME FEB25 Fox Tech y : oo 28 Clemens 7-00 MAR1 at S.F.Austin ^00 4 at Canyon y : oo 7-8 Seguin Tourney TBA 11 atBurbank 5 : go 14 'MacArthur 7-00 18 at'Lee s : oo 21 "Madison 7-.00 25 at Clemens 7 : oo 27 at'Roosevelt 7-00 APRIL 1 'Churchill 5^00 4 at'Judson 7 : oo 8 at "MacArthur 4:30 11 "Lee 7^00 15 at "Madison 4:30 19 San Marcos (DH) 12:00 22 "Roosevelt 7 : oo 25 at'Churchill 7-30 29 "Judson 7 : oo SWC basketball surprisingly good The Southwest Conference has long been a standard of excellence in football as any glimpse at the NFL rosters can easily explain. But in basketball, it's was the bottom of the barrel when talking about national title aspirations or even gaining at top seeding in the NCAA Tournament. That's hardly surprising in a state that likes to crack jokes about the sports seasons in Texas — "Football and then spring training" — as the story goes. Thus most of the basketball talent heads elsewhere to find their glory where their sport is more appreciated. The SWC did get a lift over the past couple of seasons mainly due to two big men, John Koncak of SMU and Joe Kleine of Arkansas, who led their teams to national rankings and gave some of the country's best a good shot in the NCAA tournament. But things certainly have changed recently. First the Arkansas program takes a dive when Eddie Sutton leaves and the University of Houston is a far cry from their "Phi Slamma Jamma" glory days. So when I sat down to watch the "showdown" of Texas against Texas Christian Saturday afternoon, I expected little in the way of high class basketball. Oops! Wrong again. While Horned Frogs and the Longhorns certainly won't have the North Carolina States, Syracuses and Dukes shaking in their boots come tournament time, they certainly don't lack for intensity and well- executed game plans. UT coach Bob Weltlich, who took all kinds of abuse when he took over the faltering program a couple years back, got all he could out of his boys in Fort Worth Saturday as they showed the stuff to come from behind to take the game down to the wire. TCU, one of the top defensive teams in the country, also showed their mettle. What I expected to be a bore turned into one of the most entertaining games of the season as TCU reserve Jamie Nixon threw in a 35-foot desperation shot at the buzzer to save JohnR. Corfcett SPORTS EDITOR the Horned Frogs undefeated home record and pull them one-half game ahead of the Longhorns with two games to play. While it would be ludicrous to believe that TCU or Texas would last long in the NCAA tourney, it wouldn't be too unimaginative to believe they can at least pull off one upset before they get eliminated. Considering Texas was picked to finish seventh in the conference and TCU picked to be in the middle of the pack, one can easily believe that either school would be in a "can't lose" situation once the tourney opens. And that's the type of teams other people hate to play. Last Wednesday's "Sports Stumper" asked to give the year the Washington Senators last made an appearance in the World Series — the answer — All the way back in 1933. Today's trivia question comes from the world of football — Who quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles to the I960 NFL championship by defeating Vince Lombard! and the Green Ray Packers in the title game — Answer on Wednesday. LOCAL SPORTS SHORTS — The final preseason meeting of the Guadalupe County Men's Church Softball League will be held Monday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. at Nolle Bank. All teams must be represented and bring fees and rosters. — The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is organizing a Women's Basketball League with an organizational meeting set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the parks office. For more information, call Charlie at 625-5818.