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District 34 LLpresidents meet tonight to elect DA

District 34 Little League base- ball has a mandatory meeting of all league presidents tonight at 6:30 at the Main Boys and Girls Club, 500 Moctezuma.

Main item on the agenda is electing a new district adminis- trator (DA). The new DA will re- place Javier Lozano, whose term expired in July.

Longhorn Tennis Tourney at United Fridayto Sunday

The 14th annual Longhorn Fall Open Tennis Tournament will be played Friday to Sunday at the United High School Tennis Courts.

Junior singles begin on Fri- day at 4:30 p.m., all adult and advanced singles begin on Sat- urday at 8 a.m. with all doubles starting on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The mixed doubles start on Sunday at 5 p.m. For more in- formation or to enter call United coach Mark Collins at 763-9386.

Hornfrogs vs. Bobcats for PopWarner crown

Wednesday with the Mean Green already assured their sec- ond straight losing season since winning four Sun Belt Confer- ence titles in a row.

Athletic director Rick Villar- real said Dickey, who has three years left on his contract, will not return in 2007. Dickey is ex- pected to coach the final three games this season for North Texas (2-7).

Dickey, in his ninth season, is 41-62 in his nine seasons. He led North Texas to four straight Sun Belt Conference titles and New Orleans bowl appearances from 2001-04, but the Mean Green were 2-9 last season when they lost their last six games.

Rangers hire ex-manager Howe as bench coach

ARLINGTON — Art Howe has been hired as bench coach for the Texas Rangers and first- time manager Ron Washington.

Howe’s hiring was confirmed by two baseball officials with knowledge of the decision. The Rangers were unable to an- nounce the move Wednesday because the necessary paper- work had not been finalized with the commissioner’s office.

The unbeaten Hornfrogs play the Bobcats Saturday night at 7:30 at the SAC for the Laredo- Webb County Pop Warner Foot- ball League championship.

The Hornfrogs (6-0) blanked the Bucks 18-0 and the Bobcats (5-2) topped the Roadrunners 19-7 in last week’s semifinals.

The move means Don Waka- matsu, the club’s bench coach the past four seasons and a fi- nalist for the managerial job, will be in a different role if he stays in Texas. He could become the third-base coach, but is also a candidate in Oakland to re- place fired manager Ken Macha.

Admission to the champi- onship is $2 adults and $1 stu- dents. The money is to offset the cost of using the SAC.

Guajolote 10K race t-shirts arrive

Washington was a coach in Oakland the past 11 seasons, the first seven (1996-2002) when Howe was the Athletics’ manag- er. When introduced as Buck Showalter’s replacement Mon- day, Washington said he wanted Howe to be his bench coach.

Organizers of the 27th run- ning of the Guajolote 10K race said on Wednesday that the t- shirts for this year’s race are in.

The race is Nov. 23 starting in front of Hamilton Trophies, 1320 Garden Street.

Entry fee is $20 through Nov. 18 and $25 after that. Entry blanks are available at Hamilton Trophies, 1320 Garden and at Hamilton Jewelry, 607 Flores Ave.

Howe, hired just three weeks ago by the Philadelphia Phillies to be Charlie Manuel’s third-base coach and infield instructor, was a major league manager for 14 seasons with three teams. Be- sides Oakland, he managed the Houston Astros (1989-93) and New York Mets (2003-04).

Skater Kwan named diplomacy ambassador

For information call race di- rector Gloria Sanchez Webber at 724-9990.

Basketball camp registering for Nov. 18-19 at Martin

WASHINGTON — Michelle Kwan, the American figure skater who owns nine national championships and five world titles, is about to become a non- salaried U.S. diplomat.

USSSA is taking registration forms for the first basketball South Central Phenom Camp, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, featuring Ray Jackson, former Michigan Fab Five member.

The camp is open to grades second to sixth, boys and girls. It will be at the Martin High School Gyms, 2002 San Bernardo.

Fee is $150. Space is limited to 40 campers per grade level. For more information, call 753-3503.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to name the 26-year-old Californ- ian and daughter of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong as a public diplomacy ambassador, said a senior U.S. official who spoke anonymously pending the formal announcement.

Kwan, the biggest star in her sport for a decade, will repre- sent American values especially to young people and sports en- thusiasts and is expected to trav- el widely, the official said.

Boys-Girls Club league registering until Friday

U.S.women lose to China at volleyball worlds

Deadline is Friday to sign up for the 2006-2007 Boys and Girls Clubs of Laredo-R.C. Cola- Laredo Parks and Recreation Department elementary basket- ball league for grades second through sixth.

Sign up is at the Benavides Club (Main) 500 Moctezuma.

The coach must register the team in person. Entry fee is $200 and due upon registration.

For information call (956) 723-5223 during business hours.

North Texas fires football coach Dickey

DENTON — North Texas coach Darrell Dickey was fired

OSAKA, Japan — The United States lost to Olympic champion China in four sets Wednesday in the second round of the women’s world volleyball championships.

The Americans won the first set before the top-ranked Chinese rallied to win 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 in a Pool F opener that left both teams with a 2-2 record.

Tournament favorite Brazil stayed undefeated, cruising past Azerbaijan 25-19, 25-21, 25-23.

The Brazilians, who won their third straight World Grand Prix title in September, lead the Osaka group ahead of Russia. Unbeaten Russia, the Olympic and World Grand Prix silver medalist, beat Puerto Rico 25- 16, 25-10, 25-20.



Gear up: Another hunting season is upon us I f you are a hunter, the next 90 days is your favorite time of the year. Most Webb County hunters are white tailed deer enthusiasts but for others around the state, the welcome mat is out for migra- tory waterfowl, primarily ducks and geese that are arriving here in Texas daily by the thousands. summer with reinforcing rains this past week. These conditions coupled with news from Canada that goose numbers are up insure an above average waterfowl sea- son. This year’s white-fronted goose counts increased by 40 per- cent when compared to last year. Snow geese reports are also strong. Areas like Henrietta Maria and Akiminski Island have indi- cated juvenile rates as high as 40 percent, which equates to a lot of young birds available for harvest. some area ranches would fetch 35,000 to $50,000. Thirty years ago that figure would have been unthinkable but a lot of things have changed in 30 years. I remember purchasing four San Antonio Spurs season tickets on the front row of the Hemis Fair Arena 30 years ago the day the Spurs came into the NBA. MARTY MALIN Those seats cost $ 16.50 each. To- day those seats are $650 each and you can’t buy them without spending an additional $200,000 for a Skybox. Still other hunters have spent the past 60 days conditioning their bird dogs for what looks like an av- erage to better than average quail season in some parts of the state. Buck Contest that he took on the Junco Ranch that scored 228 1/8 non-typical, making it the No. 2 all time entrée since 1999. Figuring 50 home games a sea- son including the playoffs, what used to cost $3,300 a season now costs $ 330,000 per season. According to Steve Cothron of South Wind Hunting Adventures in Eagle Lake, flights are arriving daily. It is estimated that 100,000 geese will winter around Eagle Lake all season and 4 million geese will have a Texas zip code until the spring migration northward. With all the rain that has fall- en in and around Webb County in the past six weeks, local hunters will have a difficult time spotting and aging quality animals on the hoof because of the density of veg- etation. A good dose of cold weather between now and the height of the rut, sometime around the middle of December, will remedy that situation. Time, is on the hunter’s side. I visited with wildlife biologist and Outdoor Channel TV show host Larry Weishuhn this past weekend. Larry says that even though range conditions could have been better in parts of S. Texas during critical periods this past year, quality animals in the upper age brackets are plentiful on managed ranches. Younger deer, especially yearlings, are the ones who suffer most when range conditions are substandard. Perhaps hunting isn’t such an expensive lifetime recreational ac- tivity after all. In any event, I leave tomorrow for a South Dakota pheasant hunt. When I include airfare, hunt cost, non-resident li- cense, car rental, and incidentals, the 12 birds I bring home will only cost $183 per pound. A closing thought about hunt- ing is Texas. With 96 percent of the land in this state privately owned, we are fast moving in the direction of the European style of hunting. The Game Keeper there equates to the Ranch Wildlife Bi- ologist here and the cost of the hunt is determined by the quality of the animal taken. A 200 class B&C typical whitetail deer on Local and area deer contests are already seeing quality ani- mals brought in for official scor- ing. College Station resident Kei- th Chaffin has entered an MLD 21 point buck in the Cola Blanca Big Heck of a deal. (Marty Malin is a Laredo busi- nessman and professional outdoor writer. He writes a column for the Laredo Morning Times. He can be reached at 956-251-2924.) Migrating waterfowl are find- ing ample water on the rice fields south and west of Houston and along the coastal region thanks to unusually heavy rainfall this past


Courtesy photos | Cola Blanca PATRICK H. ALEXANDER JR., Laredo hunter,11-pointer,archery division MLD catego- ry, scored 161 0/8 Boone and Crockett in Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest.

KEITH CHAFFIN, College Station hunter, 21-pointer, archery division MLD category, scored 228 1/8 Boone and Crockett.

TANNER BRAUCHLE, Helotes hunter, 13-pointer,archery division,scored 173 1/8 Boone and Crockett.

MARCUS BARRETT III, San Antonio hunter, 11-pointer, archery division, scored 162 4/8 Boone and Crockett in Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest.

ALEX GONZALEZ, young Laredo hunter, 39-pound javelina entered in Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest.

BUCKY MEDLEY, San Antonio hunter, with 205-pound wild hog entered in Cola Blanca Big Buck Contest.


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to see (cycling champion) Lance Armstrong at the start of the race.’’ There were 40,000 runners and 38,000 finished. Garcia is eyeing to run the Houston Marathon on Jan. 14…

Laredo’s former major lea- guer, Freddie Benavides, has started his third baseball camp at

the Del Mar Community Park with 81 youngsters. Now a minor league infield instructor with the Cincinnati Reds, Benavides has a special guest today the camp. He is the Reds No. 1 draft pick and top prospect, pitcher Homer Bai- ley, who spent this year in A and AA ball, and might make the ma- jor league club.


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Laredo is looking of a better fate on Friday, afterall the Lady Palominos improved on a 3-9 con- ference and 9-23 record from one year ago.

Coach Canales, in his first year back at LCC after four sea- sons at Texas A&M International University, will start a lineup of three sophomores and three freshmen. The sophs are Acacia Garcia, 6-0 from Dilley; Cristina Almeida, 6-0 from Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Jennifer Flores, El Paso Riverside.

The freshmen are Whitney Wright, 5-7, San Antonio Edison; Simone Head, 5-9, Tauranaga,

New Zealand; and Alexandra Al- lard, 5-8 from San Antonio War- ren.

The rest of the players are sophomores Ana Rodriguez, 5-9, United; Patty Leija, 5-4, Nixon; Danielle Otero, 5-3, San Antonio Incarnate Word; and freshmen Jasmine Faison, 5-9, San Antonio Edison; Krystall Ayala, 5-8, Cotul- la; Evelyn Pineda, 5-1, San Anto- nio Holmes; and Livia Santos, 6-1, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Garcia, Flores and Almeida are receiving offers to play at a four- year school.

Canales’ assistants are Mickey Mendoza and Diana Garza.

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