6 A • Herald-Zeitung • Friday, April 28, 1995 Sports Day • To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley ^about Sports Day, call '625-9144. ext. 24. Herald-Zeitung Sports Day The Press The Day's Quote "Our relay teams give us a good shot at coming back with some medals. That's a key to how well we do as a team." — NBHS Track Coach Noel Hansen. In the news < Schitterbahn Three Parks 5K Run scheduled for June - The eleventh annual Schlitterbahn .5K Run is set for Saturday, June 3, beginning at 8 a.m. on Liberty Street and Hinman Island in ' New Braunfels. The event is dedicated in memory of Mary Ann Phillips, a member of the New.Braunfels - Running Club who died of breast cancer in 1993. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research and Hospice New Braunfels. The event also offers a 5-K competitive ; walk, a kids 1-K (10 and under) and wheel; ; chair kids 1/2-K. Participants may bid for <•• prizes in an open auction, including season - passes to Schlitterbahn Water Park. The top 300 finishers will have their name published in Southwest Athletics Magazine. Entry fee for the 5-K and walk is $12 before May 25 and $15 after that date, including the morning of the race. The kids 1-K fee is $10 or $5 without receiving a T-shirt. The wheelchair kids race is free. For more information, call Dan or Susan Phillips at 609-5030 or 625-3776. SVHS schedules golf scramble, spring sports banquet The Smithson Valley High School Booster Club Golf Scramble has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 17 at the Rebecca Creek Golf Club in Spring Branch. The tournament, originally scheduled for April 22 was reset because of conflicts with spring sports activities. Proceeds from the tournament will go to support the SVHS athletic program and college scholarships awarded each year by the Booster Club to senior student athletes. Four-member team will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Prizes for low team scores, longest drive and closest to the pin will be awarded. A hole-in-one contest will offer a $5,000 cash prize. The $45 individual entry fee includes greens fee, cart and a barbecue lunch. To enter, golfers should mail a $45 check with name, home address and phone number to: SVHS Booster Club, 2218 Estate Gate, San Antonio, Texas 78260. Include current handicap and home course. Those who do not have current handicap information should provide an estimated score on a par 72 course. For more information, call SVHS Athletic Office at 885-2376. The booster club also will host a winter and spring sports banquet honoring athletes in basketball, soccer, golf, baseball, softball, tennis and track. Several outstanding senior student athletes also will be awarded college scholarships. - All Ranger parents and fans are encour- .. aged to attend the dinner banquet which ' starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1 in the ' school cafeteria. Varsity, junior varsity and freshmen athletes and coaches will be the guests of the booster club. Dinner for all oth- v ers will be $6 for adults and $3 for children. . Tickets will be sold at the door. Call Vivian Morales at 980-7742 for more information. New Braunfels softball players added to All-District selections Jennifer Ybarra was among the first team All-District outfielders in the 28-4A Coaches selections for 1995. Mew Braunfels pitcher Amy Former earned honorable mention. Bucs sign tackle Warren Sapp TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Warren Sapp, selected 12th in the NFL draft, signed a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth significantly less than a deal he woui have commanded as a top-five pic.x. The former Miami defensive tackle was expected to be among the first players taken Saturday until reports of Sapp's alleged drug use surfaced in the weeks leading up to the draft. He was believed to be seeking a two- or three-year deal at just over $1 million a season before settling on four years. Regional track prelims on tap today Unicorns, Cougars, Rangers seek medals By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor The New Braunfels girls track team brandishes many weapons entering the regional meet and they will need them all to fend off Ker- rvillc Tivy's main threat — Bridgettc Johnson. "She should give them a lot of points in several events," NB Coach Noel Hanscn said. "She's up there in the 100, 200, the long jump, triple jump and anchoring thtir mile relay. She makes Kerrville real tough." Field events and running preliminaries begin 1 p.m. today at Northside Stadium in San Antonio. All running finals are scheduled for Saturday. The Unicorns lead a strong contingent of Comal County athletes, including five qualifiers from Canyon and seven from Smithson Valley. The Cougars feature Kendra Rcimcr, a freshman who recently took first place in the 100 meter hurdles (15.97) and second place in the 400 meter run (62.27) at the district meet. . "Kendra has been very consistent all year," said Canyon Coach Joanne Flores. "She has a real good chance of bringing home a medal." Canyon will be without Kim Brunette, a qualifier in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles who has a mild leg injury. She will be replaced by alternate Dorothy May. Discus thrower Lindsay McNeil is setting her sights on 120 feet. Triple jumper Ricky Boehlc (42-7-1/4) and pole vaulter Craig Perkins (13-0) give Canyon two solid contenders in the field events. Boehle looks to surpass his personal best of 44-2. "The timing is there," he said. "It's a matter of increasing my speed. I think a 46-0 will get a medal." Tivy's Johnson should grab her share of medals, however, the Unicom girls expect to balance that with at strong cast of relay teams and distance runners. Defending state champion Lisa Weltzer is primed to take the 3200 (11.00.78) and 1600 (5.09.54) meter runs. New Braunfels' 1600 meter relay team (Andrea Mills, Nola Muir, Shauniyi Sargent and Amber Wenzel) has posted a 4.05.50, which is tops in the area. The 400 meter relay team Herald-Zeitung photos by THOMAS GODLEY Kendra Reimer, (above) gives Canyon hope for a regional medal in the 100 meter hurdles. Teammate Kim Parker, Coach Joanne Flores and Lindsey McNeill look on. For New Bruanfels (right) Karin Meder, Lisa Weltzer and Bethany Carl are three runners among a talented Unicorn girls' team. (Emily Cohl, Muir, Anna Lisa Vargas and Latoya Heard) also ranks high with a 49.66. "Our relay teams are looking good for us," Hansen said. "We have to come through in those areas to have a legitimate shot." Hansen predicted a score at least 75 points would be enough to win in the team totals. Amber Wenzel is a solid bet in the 800 meter run, and Latoya Heard gives the Unicorns speed in the 100. Meagan Schwab looks to garner points in the 110 meter hurdles (15.99) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (47.97). High jumper Christi Lindeman (5-4) has a strong chance for medal, and Muir could be dangerous in the triple jump. The Unicorns relay teams will be without Kelly Koksma, a state bronze medalist in the 400 meter run who is recovering from a ham- string injury. Pole vaulter Clay Scarovsky is striving to clear 15-0, and Ricky Velazquez, a qualifier in the 3200 meter run ('10:32.6) should be among the leaders. Smithson Valley brings a strong core of qualifiers in the field events. Shanna Daniel and Christina Marin are District 28-4A's top shot put throwers. Dusti Daniel will challenge Lindeman in the high jump. Derek Snyder has cleared 6-2 in the high jump, and the Rangers look to get a strong showing from Bryan Morales in the 800 meter run (2:01.02). Beau Beam, a 300 meter hurdles specialist, will give Nur Rashid of Lockhart a strong challenge. In the 1600 meter relay, the Rangers (Brad Triesch, Morales, Kirk Golsch and Beam) are set to surpass their 3:30.45 time at the district meet. Cable blackout leaves Spurs fans in the dark Cable company nkes televised TNT coverage By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Local basketball fans expecting to sit back at home tonight and watch Game I of (he San Antonio Spurs-Denver Nuggets playoff series are out of luck. TCI Cable of Texas Inc., the cable company which serves New Braunfels, has been ordered to blackout the TNT (Ch. 24) telecast of the 8 p.m. game. And there's an evil twist to the story. Paragon Cable, which owns exclusive rights to the game, will telecast it on a pay-per-view basis for residents in San Antonio. That option isn't available to New Braunfels residents because TCI is prevented from offer- ring pay-per-view of the game, said Mark Morrison, manager of TCI. "We have no choice," Morrison said. "W,e've been told to blackout TNT coverage of the game for customers living within a 35-mile radius of San Antonio. We can't put it on pay- per-view because we haven't acquired the rights to do so. We would be lined if we did. It's unfortunate for our customers in New Braunfels and Seguin. We are not for it, but we have no control." New Braunfels is three miles inside the 35- mile boundary. The blackout also applies to TCI customers in Seguin. Residents in San Marcos, which falls outside the 35-mile radius, will be able catch the game on TNT. Lawrence Payne, senior vice president of broadcasting for the Spurs, said the decision stems from an agreement between Paragon and the National Basketball Association. The agreement gives Paragon exclusive rights to charge their cable customers. The pay-per-view cost for Game I is $19.95. Though deals between the NBA and major networks such as NBC call for blackouts based on game .attendance, Payne said tonight's blackout is not connected to tickets sales at the Alamodome. "The blackout is an NBA regulation," Payne said. "It is not an order we made. We're just the Dennis Rodman expects to have huge rebounding night, and local fans will have a tough time trying to watch it. messenger. In the future, we would like to work out a way so that Spurs fans in New Braunfels will not miss out." "There are tickets still available to watch the game at the Alamodome," he added. Morrison said TCI could be forced to blackout several games in the early playoff rounds until the major networks take over. He said the station has received calls from irate cable customers. Games 3 and 4 will be aired locally on KSAT(Ch. 12). So what can local Spurs fans do until then? Not much. The game may be picked up locally only by satellite reception. Some satellite business owners said they may be showing the game. "We're looking into getting rights from the Spurs to air it," said Scott Saulle, manager at The Watering Hole in New Braunfels. Morris Smith, a New Braunfels resident and long-time Spurs supporter, was angered by the news of the blackout. He plans to travel to Buda to watch the game at a relative's home. "I'm not the type to go to a bar to watch a game," he said. "The worst part is that we can't pay if we wanted to see it. San Marcos people can watch free and San Antonio people can watch it if they pay. We are left somewhere in between. Somewhere in the Twilight Zone' I guess." Missions rally to defeat Wranglers By DAVID FRANCIS Special to the Herald-Zeitung SAN AJ-iTONIO — 'Hie San Antonio Missions went into the bottom of the ninth inning down by a run, and after the heroics of slugger Oreste Marrero, they went home winners. San Antonio opened up a five-game homes- land against the Wichita Wrangler Thursday with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at Municipal Stadium in front of 5,639 fans. The home run by Marrero. Miguel Cairo had walked earlier and scored also. The Wrangler took the lead with gree run in their half of the second inning. "I just had a lack of concentration," starting pitcher Eric Weaver said. The Missions came back in their half of the inning to lie the score at three. It stayed that way until the ninth. In the top of the ninth, Andy Stewart for Wichita led off with a double. San Antonio hurlcr Ramser Correa got Ryan Long, the Wichita third baseman to ground out to third. Shortstop Felix Martinez then singled to left, but Stewart had to slop at third. Johnny Damon, the Texas Leagues leading hilter then drew a walk to load the bases. Dan Camacho, on in relict, then threw a ball in the dirt that its way back lo the screen, and Slew- Missions baseball Next game: Tonight, 7:05, Game 2 against Wichita Pitchers: Missions, Jesus Martinez (0-0); Wranglers, Mike Fyhrie (0-1) Record: 13-8,1st in TL West Line score Wichita 030 000 1 — 4 9 San Antonio 2100004—7 9 Stockton heroics sink Rockets Last-second shot gives Utah victory in Game 1 By BOB MIMS AP Sports Writer ard slid across the plaie for Ihe go-ahead run. Camacho (hen walked Ramon Martinez, then relired the next two hitters to end the Wrangler half of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, the home team was down by one. The lead-off hitler for Ihe Missions, catcher Paul LoDuca singled to right. Dwight Maness moved him over with a bunt. Will Guerrero singled through the lefl side, but LoDuca had to hold at third. Cairo reached on an error, scoring LoDuca. Martin, the left fielder, hit a hot shot to ihe second baseman, who knocked il down and threw the speedy Wilt Guerrero out, trying to score from second base on an infield hit The slage was set for Marrero.With the game tied, Iwo men on and two out, relief pitcher hurled a fastball lo Marrero, a fastball hitter. "1 was surprised he threw me a fastball. He threw it up in ihe zone, I think he wanted il lower," Marrero said SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Usually, it's John Stockton's uncanny passing ability thai unravels Jazz opponents. However, with Utah's playoff opener againsl defending champion Houston in peril Thursday nighl, ihe NBA's assisl leader poured in 28 poinls, including a scoop shot with 2.4 seconds left thai salvaged a 102-100 victory. "We just ran a pick and roll," Stockton said. "When that didn't work, we got lucky." Kenny Smith's 16-fool jumper with 17.9 seconds to play tied the game al 100 when Stockton, unable to pass inside, drove into the paint and Hipped the ball in through four defenders. Vernon Maxwell's 3-point attempt, a 30-footer al ihe horn mat would have won il for Houston, bounced off the rim. Stockton hil 12 of 19 shots, including a pair of 3-poinlers, to go with 10 assists. Karl Malone, his longtime fellow all-star, added 25 points and 14 rebounds. It was barely enough to negate Hakeem Olajuwon's 45 points for Houston, garnered on 20-for-30 shooting. "This was a golden opportunity," the Rockels' 7-foot center lamented. "This was our game, and we lost it." Stockton said the series will only get tougher — and so must the Jazz, if they hope to take a 2-0 lead when the best-of-5 malchup resumes Salurday in the Delta Center. The series moves to Houston for Game 3 next Wednesday. "They're world champs and I thought they were tremendous," Stockton said of the Rockets. "Who knows how it would have worked out if it had gone another 10 seconds?" Malone, who averaged nearly 55 percent shooting againsl Houston as Utah won three of five regular-season games with the Rockels, settled for a subpar 8 of 19 Thursday night. "I just didn't have the energy level I normally have, and I don't know why," he sighed. "I can play belter. If we had lost this game, I would have really kicked myself."
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