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FOR RENT-HOUSES FOR LEASE-NEW 3,200 SQ. FT. HOME for group of ten occupants only 15 minutes to Lockhart. Award-winning design includes 10’ ceilings throughout, fireplace, all appliances, stained concrete floors on first level, 4 large bedrooms, 2 small bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. Will be available by midMay. $535/mo. per occupant, plus share of utilities, with a one year lease. Brokers & agents welcomed. Call agent Ed Sykes, (512) 905-2069, edsykes3@hotmail.com 3BD/2BA HOUSE FOR RENT. 1204 Dartmouth. Minutes from campus. Refrigerator, w/d, 2 car garage. $1,100/mo. (512) 338-4626 or (512) 963-5369. HOMES FOR LEASE 3BD/2BA, fenced, garage, $1,000/mo. Williamson Mgmt. (512) 392-3600. 3BD/2BA HOUSES FOR RENT-Kyle and San Marcos. Great Locations, (512) 878-2233. 3BD/2BA HOME AVAILABLE ASAP! Great neighborhood, 1,600 sq. ft. PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. 3BD/2.5BA AVAILABLE IN KYLE AREA, new house! PRIME PMC, (512) 878-2233. 3/2/1 HOUSES AVAILABLE ON Baylor and Clyde Streets. Single family restrictions apply. Visit legacyrealestate.biz and call Legacy 665-3321.

FOR RENT-HOUSES 3BD/2BA HOUSE FOR RENT. 1605 Girard St. Minutes from campus. Refrigerator, w/d, 2 car carport. $1,200/mo. (512) 338-4626 or (512) 963-5369. 1BD HOUSE IN COUNTRY. 15 min. from campus. $680/mo. Includes internet/cable. Call (512) 392-2700. 3 ROOMMATES NEEDED. 2,600 sq. ft. house, 1 mile from university. $400+ utilities. Call (210) 422-0577. 2BD/1BA HOME ON 5 ACRES. 6 miles south of San Marcos, $600/mo. plus deposit. Call (512) 357-6271 or (830) 660-0787.

FOR SALE 7’ POOL TABLE. Great condition. $450. Call (210) 286-0714. CAP & GOWN, size 5’6”-5’9”. Call (210) 566-6688.

HELP WANTED WIMBERLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH seeking Christ-centered person for Youth Director. 20 hr./wk. Three years exp. in a structured youth program preferred. Contact Zula Haight, zula_haight@yahoo.com. (512) 847-1694.

HELP WANTED STUDY BREAKS MAGAZINE is now hiring account executives/advertising sales. Great pay, flexible hours. (512) 480-0894. TEACHERS NEEDED: NOW HIRING FT&PT teachers- morning and afternoon shifts. Experience/bilingual preferred. Benefits available. Quality Child Development Center in Kyle. (512) 405-3700 or fax (512) 405-3701. www.rockinghorseacademy.com. SEMEN DONORS NEEDED! $150 per specimen, healthy college students age 18-39. For application go to www.123donate.com. EARN $250+MONTHLY AND MORE to type simple ads online. www.DataAdEntry.com LOOKING FOR SELF MOTIVATED individuals wanting to become healthy and wealthy. Make your own schedule! Contact (903) 262-420 or ktmonavie@yahoo.com to make money. NEED HELP WITH LAWN MOWING AND WEED-EATING and other miscellaneous jobs. Must have own transportation. $11.00 per hour. Call Sharon @ (512) 557-5697. ATHLETIC, OUTGOING MEN for calendars, greeting cards, etc. $75-200/hr. No exp. needed, (512) 684-8296.

The University Star - Page C3 HELP WANTED CORE HEALTH CARE is looking for individuals who would like a rewarding employment experience in the health care field. Our direct care positions offer opportunities to work with either brain-injured or psychiatric clients. Looking to fill weekend, weekday and overnight positions. Location in Dripping Springs. Candidate must be 21 years of age and have satisfactory driving record. Background check & drug screening is required. Pay begins at $8.50, but commensurate with experience and education. Benefits may include health, dental, vision insurance, monthly gas allowance, PTO and 401(k). If eligible there is a sign on bonus of $200.00. Please contact Kerri (512) 894-0701 ext. 219 or fax resume (512) 858-5104 or e-mail kalvis@corehealth.com. Please visit our website at www.corehealth.com WANTED. Experienced swim coach for age group swimmers. Year around team that competes at least once a month. Can come by San Marcos Activity Center at 4:30 p.m. or call Eva Leal at (512) 805-8463 or (512) 736-6984. CINEMARK NOW HIRING! PT/FT Apply at Southpark Meadows 14, 9900 South IH35, Look for movie banner. Mon-Fri 9am -5pm, Sat 9am Noon.


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Page C4 - The University Star HELP WANTED HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS for Upper Classmen from Texas Student Housing [TSHA] Contact: Pete Ehrenberg (817) 490 - 5723 or westlake-tx.org (follow the prompts). CANYON LAKE MARINA/CRANES MILL MARINA. NOW HIRING. Dock Hand/Cashier/Service Tech. Apply in person at Canyon Lake Marina. 280 Marina Dr. Canyon Lake, TX 781333. (830) 935-4333.

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ROCKIN R RIVER RIDES is accepting applications for ALL positions. Want a job on the Guadalupe River this summer? Enjoy a summer full of fun in the sun and create memories you will never forget. Come by and fill out an application at 1405 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX or call (830) 629-9999.

THE UNIVERSITY STAR IS CURRENTLY HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

DO YOU HAVE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS DUE? Did you know you can complete hours, having fun, working on campus through the Horticulture Program? Contact Dr. Cade at tc10@txstate.edu for information.

•SPORTS WRITERS Must be able to attend games, interview coaches and players and come into newsroom to have stories edited.

OLDER COUPLE OFFERING FOR LEASE 1BD/1BA FOR FEMALE STUDENT OR PERSON. w/d and computer available, 2 meals furnished daily, $350/mo. (512) 396-0748. COMPUTER SAVY SECRETARIAL work, part-time and throughout summer. (512) 353-3477/ (210) 367-7842. NEEDED: SORORITY HOUSE DIRECTOR. Mature woman to live on premises (small apartment provided and small salary) who can deal with security, oversee household cleaning, yard maintenance, and other household maintenance. Person can hold another job or school attendant if time is somewhat flexible. For more information call: (210) 349-0707 or (830) 980-3581. LOOKING FOR A FUN and exciting job that is flexible? Well, check out Wonder World Park! Now hiring tour guides. Apply in person at 1000 Prospect St. or call (512) 392-3760. TIRED OF GOING TO CLASS? Start Your Very Own Online Business Today! www.SixFigureProgram.com.

•NEWS REPORTERS Must be able to gather information, conduct interviews and come into the newsroom to have stories edited.

•ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS Must be able to report on arts and entertainment events on campus and in Central Texas, conduct interviews and come into newsroom to have stories edited. •ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Create revenue by selling display ads and classified line ads. Includes servicing and renewing existing accounts as well as prospecting new accounts, work with customers to design ads, complete paperwork to insert ads and collect payments. Those graduating in Summer or Fall 2007 need not apply. Accepting applications for Summer 2007! Pick up an application at the Trinity Building, or download one at www.UniversityStar.com.

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CORRECTIONAL OFFICER $9/HR. Lockhart Correctional Facility has immediate openings for persons seeking a career in corrections. Paid benefits and training. Must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid TDL. Must pass drug screening, physical, and background check. Apply in person at: 1400 Industrial Blvd. Lockhart, TX EOE/m/f/d/v.

SUPERIOR SANDWICHES All positions needed for exciting new sandwich concept opening soon in San Marcos, TX, across from the University on University Dr. and Edward Gary. Positions needed: General Manager, shift leaders, sandwich makers, cashiers, both part time and full time. To apply please fax resume to (972) 492-9424 or email resume or request for an application to bobcats@whichwich.net. ARTISTS: Photographer looking FOR ATTRACTIVE, athletic and artistic talent to photograph through summer. Flexible times, good pay (512) 353-3477/ (210) 367-7842. LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENTS WANTED for the #1 apartment locating service in San Marcos, Apartment Experts. Full and Part time available. Call Greg at (512) 805-0123. MAKE UP TO $15/HR. EXPERIENCED LANDSCAPER NEEDED FOR AN ESTABLISHED LANDSCAPING COMPANY. MUST HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. FULL OR PART-TIME. CALL JOHN AT (512) 626-9189. SUMMER CAMP JOBS ON LAKE TRAVIS. Salary, room & board provided. Experience not necessary, love of children essential and willingness to learn camp life required. Contact camptexlake.org or (512) 264-1044.

PT HELP NEEDED at Heartland Coffee & Antiques in Wimberley. Mature responsible self starters needed. (512) 847-7799. NATURAL BRIDGE WILDLIFE RANCH is hiring outgoing enthusiastic Visitor Center Personnel. An interest in leading educational programs a plus. Park Ranger positions also available. Apply in person, 7 miles west of IH-35, exit 175. DANCE INSTRUCTORS AND PIANO TEACHERS needed for Allegro School of Music’s new location in Kyle. For summer camps and regular music/dance lessons. Call (512) 312-5995.

MISCELLANEOUS BOBCATSNEEDJOBS.COM. Paid Survey Takers needed in San Marcos. 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys. NO MONEY DOWN - FREE LIST OF PROPERTIES WITH NO DOWN PAYMENT. FREE RECORDED MESSAGE. (877) 594-5570 ID #1043.

ROOMMATES ROOMMATE NEEDED. 2BD/2BA trailer in San Marcos mobile home park. Furnished, covered parking, 10 min. from campus. $210/mo. plus half of bills. $100 refundable deposit. Call (281) 639-8048. ROOMMATE NEEDED BY MAY 1 FOR 2BD HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM CAMPUS. Roomy house with a decent-sized backyard. Split all bills in half. I have one cat and there is room for a well-behaved dog, if you have one. If you have any questions, please call (361) 877-0019.

SERVICES WWW.STUDENTATTORNEY.COM LEARN TO USE PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR, DREAMWEAVER OR FLASH. Register 4/30-5/23 for ACC’s 11-week summer semester. Credit or CE classes – online or classroom. (512) 223-9266, viscom@austincc.edu www.austincc.edu/viscom.

SUBLEASE 1BD/1BA AT CABANA BEACH. Sublease ASAP for the summer, $650/mo. NO deposit required. Call Steven, (214) 773-4729.

WANTED USED CARS, TRUCKS, VANS. Any condition, running or not. If you have something to sell please call Willis Mitchell. (512) 353-4511.


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Perception and Progress Bobcat athletics’ success requires support of all By Gabe Mendoza The University Star Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on the Texas State athletic department. Texas State is at somewhat of a crossroads when it comes to the athletic program. Moving into the future, it is evident things will have to improve in many areas. Students and alumni must bolster their support for the program, either by attending games and events, supporting the university in the community or donating money. The administration needs to do more to promote athletics to the community as well as to students. Then there is always the financial burden. “It all boils down to money,” said Brad Wright, football coach. “It’s like a business; the more money you pump into it, the more likely it is to be successful.” There are cost-effective ways to promote the department. The school can use the front page of the university Web site on game days to advertise

events. Changing the athletics site’s layout to make it more accessible and inviting can make a difference. More local TV and radio promotions could go a long way in letting people know about upcoming events and, more importantly, entice them to attend. Going into spring practices, momentum is still reasonably high for the football team, even with a sub-.500 season in 2006 and a new coach at the helm. There are high expectations for Bobcat football, and people seem willing to give the team another year to return to the playoffs. But how long will the magic last? How long will students show up to games on a regular basis? It is absolutely necessary for the student body to show support and attend games in the coming season, even when times are bad. When discussing football’s future, it is impossible not to look at one of the hottest topics around campus for the last several years: the move to Division I-A. “I would love to see (a move to Division I-A football) happen

and we talk about it in the (university) president’s cabinet,” said Athletics Director Larry Teis. “The major issue is a conference. You don’t want to go independent and hang yourself out there. I’m not going to lie; this school needs to get there eventually.” The situation at Texas State is not entirely unique. Troy University, formerly Troy State, was once a member of the Southland Conference, but in 2001 made the jump to DI-A football. The school won its first bowl game last season. So what’s the big difference? What does Troy, Ala., have that San Marcos doesn’t? Enrollment numbers are almost identical, and it would seem the Hill Country of Central Texas would be more desirable than Troy, roughly half the size of San Marcos. Troy had the facilities and the attendance to make the jump realistic. In the fall of 2003, the university completed the expansion of its stadium, putting its capacity at 30,000 seats. According to the Troy athletics Web site, the school has invested over $27 million in

Adam Brown/Star file photo PILING IN: 15,288 Bobcat fans witness a 26-23 overtime victory over Sam Houston Nov. 19, 2005. Athletic officials expressed the importance of team pride and participation during good and bad times.

upgrades and improvements to its athletic facilities since 1997, and last season the Trojans averaged nearly 21,000 fans per home game. If students really want Division I-A football at Texas State, they need to fill every one of the

15,218 seats at Bobcat stadium on game days. “I’m told by Dr. Teis and (President Denise) Trauth (the move requires) winning and money. My argument is (to) fund raise,” said Amanda Oskey, Associated Student Government vice president. “The athletic department has raised about $170,000 so far this year. That’s absolutely ridiculous. I know there are people out there willing to make donations if we show them a vision.” Teis recently said in a San Marcos Daily Record story he is aware there are several serious donors willing to make large gifts to the athletic department and the football program if it moves to Division I-A. But there is more to the issue of Texas State athletics than football. The most pressing point on the immediate agenda is the state of the baseball and softball facilities. The university recently unveiled plans to expand Bobcat Field and announced the financial plan to put it in motion. “The president has made it perfectly clear it’s going to be all private donations,” Teis said. “Hopefully some private Image courtesy of Media Relations donors will step up and help ON DECK: Complete funding for a baseball and softball complex, as rendered here by Jones Studio, Inc., is currently at least five years us.” away. The complex is one of the athletic department’s top priorities, as is a new scoreboard at Bobcat Stadium, to be completed by August.

The project is expected to cost in the ballpark of $6 million and to take upwards of five years to complete. In November 2005, Stephen F. Austin announced plans to reinstate a baseball program with new facilities. Nacogodoches’ newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, reported an expected $14-million cost, of which the school had raised $1.75 million as of February. Aside from the baseball complex at Texas State, there are projects on the horizon already in the works. “This summer we’re going to purchase a new scoreboard for the football stadium,” Teis said. “We’ve got some sponsors helping with some of it. We are trying to get that put in by August. “We’d love to put something on the wall in Strahan, (and) redo the message center in the front of Strahan. We’re trying to do that as soon as possible.” The responsibility of initiating change is incumbent upon everyone. Texas State is seen as a hidden gem in the scope of major universities, and now could be time to awaken a sleeping giant. But this goal hinges on the efforts of all: students, alumni, fans and administration.


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Missions baseball receives $1.2 million upgrade By Scott Strickman The University Star The allure of San Antonio Missions baseball has spread into the grandstands, as the 14th installment of minor league baseball gets underway at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium this spring. Major renovations were the focal point of management’s offseason, with $1.2 million spent by the Elmore Sports Group, which owns the Missions. The group sought to make improvements at the stadium, nicknamed the Wolff. Missions President Burl Yarbrough said the renovations will present a greater appeal to the stadium formerly known as “The Jewel of the Texas League.” “Our goal is to make this a better place to watch a game,” Yarbrough said. The main attraction for the fans is the recently finished scoreboard with a 16-by-23 foot LED video board that will facilitate spectator interaction through live shots of the crowd during the game and instant replay availability from four different cameras. Yarbrough said he expects the new options the

team can explore with advances in video resources to be a hit with the fans. “Everyone likes to see themselves on the (replay) screen (at the game),” Yarbrough said. “(The replay screen) has allowed us to do a lot of things with the game presentation.” The team added the Fiesta Deck this season, a two-tier section of the park down the leftfield line that can accommodate 200 fans. The section was exclusively designed to entertain local organizations and corporate partners, but will be available to any groups of at least 50. The Fiesta Deck was inspired by the prominent tree-shaded picnic area down the left-field line at V.J. Keefe Stadium, which housed the Missions from 19681993 before the Wolff opened in 1994. In addition, the stadium’s sound system, concession stands and rooftops were all improved. The transformation was made possible when the San Antonio City Council approved a revised lease agreement, allowing the team to take over operations of the facility. For the Missions, the last in the Texas League to manage its home stadium, this has meant more than just direct

oversight of the facility during baseball games, which previously consisted only of the team’s 70 home games. “We’ve taken over management in December (2006),” Yarbrough said. “We’re spending a lot of money. We’re now able to bring in other events: high school baseball, college baseball and concerts. We now have the right to do that.” This season, Texas State baseball played a neutral-site series against Notre Dame at the Wolff. The new agreement is a 10year lease, culminating with three separate five-year options. The city approved an additional $300,000 for the team to upgrade the playing-field lights, bringing the overall sum of money spent on renovations up to $1.5 million. For the Missions, a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, the consensus is the improvements have been examples of money well spent, as the baseball club is off to a hot start in the Texas League and the fans Chris Boehm/Star file photo have enjoyed the new amenities. “(We’ve received) a lot of very NEW DIGS: Marshall Hubbard takes a swing July 8 at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio. positive feedback,” Yarbrough The scoreboard behind the right field wall was recently replaced by a 16-by-23 foot LED video board said of the fans’ reaction. that provides crowd shots and instant replay.

End of NBA season leads to mixed emotions of draft strategy There’s something losing games it has about this time of the no business losing, NBA season that gives in an effort to get a me that warm, fuzzy higher draft position feeling inside. It’s and a shot at the not the final push for next Lebron James, postseason seeding whoever he may be. or the excitement of GABE MENDOZA Most teams that are a potential seven seed obviously out of the Star Columnist upsetting a two in the playoff hunt start playoffs. What I love about this tanking it around mid Februtime of the year is teams are ary or March, but this year wrapping up their final tank was exceptional. The Boston jobs of the regular season to Celtics started tanking around get a better draft position. mid-November it seemed, and Let the Greg Oden and Kevin not to be outdone, the mighty Durant sweepstakes begin. Grizzlies of Memphis began For those who don’t know their push for the bottom soon what exactly it is to tank a seaafter. What’s funny is listening son, it’s when a team or front to fans of tanking teams. It’s so office decides the season is polarized. Really almost no one lost beyond repair and starts says, “I don’t care either way.”

You either love that your team is throwing away the season, or you hate it. There’s nothing like rooting against your favorite team when it plays a rival you’ve hated all your life. That’s like a Yankees fan rooting for Manny Ramirez to crank a home run off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth to break a tie game at Fenway Park. It’s just utterly unnatural. I asked myself if I could ever root for my team to lose to gain draft position. Then I realized I did just that two NFL seasons ago, when I rooted for my beloved 49ers to lose to the Texans on the last day of the season in hopes of having a shot at Reggie Bush (this

was before anyone knew what Frank Gore would do what he did last season, of course). As it turned out, San Francisco decided to uphold the integrity of the game and the franchise by playing hard to end the season winning its last two games. I don’t think I really forgave them for that until Gore became a Pro Bowl running back and Vernon Davis (a first-round selection in ’06 at tight end) showed flashes of brilliance when healthy. Even with the lottery draft in place to dissuade teams from tanking it in, the NBA really does have to face this issue at some point. Teams don’t even try to hide it anymore. A couple of weeks ago, after the Celtics

locked up the second worst record in the league, forward Ryan Gomes told reporters the team could now go out and finish some games. Awesome. So it was no surprise Minnesota lost to the worst team in the league on the last night of the season at home by 20-plus points in the Timberwolves’ seventh straight loss. Never mind that had they won, they wouldn’t get a top-10 pick, meaning they would have to send it to the Clippers to complete the Marco Jaric and Sam Cassell trade from two years ago. Losing this last game protected that pick from going to Los Angeles. Way to go Kevin McHale. Congratulations on a job well done. The best

part was when Coach Randy Wittman talked to reporters afterwards with a somber look on his face, trying to convince people he was actually disappointed and a little surprised by his team’s finish to the season. And the Oscar goes to … So in the next few weeks when watching your Rockets, Spurs or whoever your team is in heated playoff games, remember the little guys who had to lie down on their back this year just so they can end up with the third pick and miss Oden and Durant. Don’t feel too sorry for them, though; tank job ’08 is just around the corner and the O.J. Mayo sweepstakes can begin. I love this game.


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Collegiate players feel NBA pressure By Skip Myslenski Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — The surprise is not Greg Oden’s decision announced Friday to exit Ohio State for the riches of the NBA. As a no-brainer, this ranks right up there with choosing a succulent sirloin over a slab of shoe leather. But we do wonder about the decisions of Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook, those other Buckeye freshmen who announced they, too, are thinking of leaving school early. There is, to be fair, some logic to Conley’s flirtation with the pros. After opening last season in the long shadow of Oden, he emerged as a precociously poised point guard who played an integral role in his team’s run to the national-title game. But Cook, after some early histrionics, devolved into little more than a bit performer best known for popping up off the bench, entering a game and launching shots that defied both teamwork and sound basketball sense. Both he and Conley insisted they would not hire an agent, which will leave both free to return to Columbus if they learn the NBA does not regard them as highly as they view themselves. We will, then, reserve comment on the Buckeyes’ future until their futures are certain. But by simply batting their eyelashes at the pros, they have resurrected questions that annually bedevil coaches and this reporter come this time of year. Make no mistake about it, this is that time of year when too many collegiate players flee reality, slide down the rabbit hole and live in a Wonderland as fanciful as the one Alice encountered. Their own egos alone can land them there easily, but any number of disparate pressures and prods also can work on them. Those can come in the guise of pushy parents or sleazy street hustlers, of cooing girlfriends or nattering peers who can nudge a player toward the pros by simply asking, “Why are you still in school if you’re so good?” Now we cannot be certain if any of those factors influenced Conley or Cook. But we can be certain none of them influenced Florida’s Joakim Noah, Al Horford or Corey Brewer, who spurned the NBA after

Jim Prisching/ Chicago Tribune/MCT MOVING ON: Florida’s Al Horford looks to make a move as Ohio State’s Greg Oden defends during their NCAA men’s basketball championship game in Atlanta April 2. Few dispute Oden’s decision to declare for the NBA draft, but other collegiate players may not be as ready as they think.

their sophomore season and were rewarded with a second straight NCAA tournament crown. “I’m hopeful some of our guys have maybe carved out a path,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said days before they won that second title. “I’m not sitting here saying that guys leaving early to the NBA is the wrong decision. I think (leaving early) is the wrong decision when they don’t want to but feel pressured or are forced into (doing it). “There’s a situation where a lot of times these young kids feel (so much) pressure to get to that next level, to make money, ... that they lose out on the joy and the happiness of playing in college.” That, quite simply, is a hard fact as obvious as the benefits Conley and Cook would accrue if they returned for another season at Ohio State. This is why, in the end, we must wonder about their decisions.

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Tournament brings comedic fun By Nathan Brooks The University Star Jeff Gratz and his Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers were sitting around one day at the beginning of the semester, brainstorming ideas for a sports tournament. They wanted to get students together to have a good time and raise money for charity. At first they were going to go with the ever-popular softball, but then a fellow fraternity brother made an undeniable suggestion — BASEketball. The “sport” burst onto the scene with the 1998 film BASEketball, starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It is a combination of the popular traditional sports baseball and basketball. “We talked about softball,” said Gratz, undeclared junior. “Then one of the other guys said it. It was too good of an idea to pass up.” After careful research, which included the men watching the movie and playing a

few games themselves, the Alpha Tau Omega BASEketball tournament was born. “A couple of us were hanging out and decided to start playing to see if it could really work out,” Gratz said. “It was a blast.” The tournament will take place 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Cabana Beach Apartments complex. Gratz has been pleased with the response and is expecting 12 to 24 teams at the tournament. The teams will be comprised of five players for a $50 registration fee. Gratz said registrations are open to everyone but must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. Thursday. All tardy entries will face a $20 late fee. “It is going to be a bracketstyle, single elimination tournament,” Gratz said. “There will be prizes for the top three teams, including money, food and T-shirts.” The first-place team will take home a $250 prize, Tshirts, dinner at Cancun Rob’s

Parks and Recreation Summerfest 27th Annual 4th of July Department Summer The celebration in Sewell Park. Features food vendors, live Activities entertainment, swimming and Summer Softball League June 5 through Aug. 6: Ten League games plus post-season playoffs. $295 registration fee. Registration deadline: May 26

Summer Volleyball League June 11 through Aug. 8: Eight League games plus playoffs. Registration deadline: June 1

City Golf Championship Aug. 25 and 26 at Quail Creek Country Club. $20 registration fee plus green fees. Men who live or work in San Marcos are eligible.

fireworks show. Free.

Summer in the Park Concert Series Every Thursday from June 7 through Aug. 9, a different band will play at the San Marcos Plaza Stage. Free.

Movies in the Park All summer long, beginning at dusk, movies will be shown at San Marcos Plaza Park. Free.

Athletic Department Summer Camps

Firecracker 5K

Tory Plunkett Tennis Camp

June 28 at River Ridge Park. Awards given to the top male and female and the top three finishers in each age group. Register early for $15 or on race day for $20.

June 4 through 8 at the Texas State Tennis Complex. Ages 9 to 17. $225 payment due May 31. For more information, visit the Texas State Athletic Web site.

Ty Harrington Baseball

Fajita Hut and a trophy. The trophy is named the Denslow Cup, to stay true to movie form. The second place team will win a $50 prize and T-shirts. The third-place squad will take home T-shirts. The rules are almost identical to those in the movie, but because of the amount of teams playing in the tournament games will last only five innings opposed to original seven-inning contests. On offense, after the order of players is determined, a player chooses a square to shoot from. The squares from the free throw line are singles; from the top of the key is a double; the three-point line is a triple; and half-court is a home run. The two closest squares on either side of the basket are bunts. Bunts do not put any runners on base, but advance them ahead one bag. If a player misses any shot, he or she is out. The player does not have to dribble the ball or run with it; he or she can simply stand and shoot, but can-

not cross the line. After three outs, the teams change sides. On defense, four players are on the court. The principal weapon is the “psycheout,” a diversionary tactic to break shooters’ concentration and make them miss. However, there are two different rules governing psycheouts: defensive players cannot go past the free-throw line (the singles squares) but can go wherever they want on the court. Direct physical contact is forbidden, but anything else is fair game. Players can swear, spew insults, make bad jokes, flash opponents, and so on, provided they do not touch the shooter in attempting to force a missed shot. Alpha Tau Omega members seek to create a unique annual tradition and raise money for charity. “We would like to do this every year,” Gratz said. “But our main goal is to try to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. We’re going to be selling food and drinks and taking donations.”

Camp

Ricci Woodard Softball Camp

Kids Camp for ages 6 to 12 will be held June 11 through 14 and the High School Elite Day Camp is June 4. For more information, contact the Texas State baseball offices.

Doug Davalos Basketball Camps Day Camp: June 18 through 21 Overnight Camp: June 24 through 27 Commuter Camp: June 24 through 27 Elite Camp: June 22 through 23

Susan Fox Basketball Camps Day Camp: June 4 through 7 Team Camp: June 10 through 12 Elite Camp: June 12 through 13

Brad Wright Football Camp Junior Camp (Grades 2 to 8): June 4 through 5 Senior Camp (Grades 9 to 12): June 6 through 8 Texas State Combine (Grades 11 to 12): July 21 Kicking Camp (Grades 9 to 12): June 8

June 17 to 21

Karen Chisum Volleyball Camps Session 1 Youth Camp (Ages 5 to 9): July 6 through 9 Skill Camp I (Ages 10 to 18): July 6 through 9 Skill Camp II (Ages 10 to 18): July 10 through 13 Team Camp (Grades 7 to 12): July 22 through 24

✯ FYI For more information on events in town, contact the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department at (512) 393-8400. For information Texas State athletic camps call Media Relations at (512) 245-2966 or the sport’s respective office number.


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Tackling technology: Fish finders offer easy-to-use help By Alex Webb McClatchy Newspapers In 1490, Leonardo da Vinci put an ear to a tube and stuck the tube into the water to listen for faraway ships. Today, the science of underwater acoustics has developed into a fine art called sonar. Active sonar — equipment that sends out sound waves and receives them back after they bounce off objects — was refined during World War II. Since World War II, anglers have seen dramatic leaps in the technology. Japanese marine electronics manufacturer Furuno marketed the first practical fish finder in 1948. Today, fish finders come in a wide array of configurations and prices. Understanding these tools used by and affordable to anglers and boaters worldwide can help when selecting one. With all of the technology packed into them, today’s fish finders can hold more features than an angler may ever need or use. An experienced user can help a potential buyer sort out the options. One of those users is Phil Cable from Holly Springs, N.C., who has been guiding on Triangle reservoirs since 1992 and has extensive experience in finding deep-water bass. “Give me one that will show the bottom good, and give me good clarity and show my baitfish and give arches for my fish — that’s what I’m really after,” Cable said. “I want something simple. Some of the technology is just above the average fisherman. “I can’t tell you what every spot is on that depthfinder or every little mark, but I do know when I see baitfish, I do know when I see arches (which represent fish on the screen). “You just have to get used to it. You have to put it on the water and catch the fish after you see them (on the screen) to really start knowing what you are actually looking at.” Most units today are very sophisticated, packing a lot of technology behind the screen that enables anglers and boaters to get a lot of information on the screen. Virtually all fish finders start up in an automatic mode that will cover most freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing situations.

Their complex processors sample, verify and filter signals, removing unwanted clutter from the screen. This “noise” can be caused by electronic interference or by suspended debris and air bubbles in the water. The basic components of a fish finder are the display unit and the transducer. The display unit houses the transmitter, the processor, controls and an LCD display. The transducer sends and receives sound waves for the processor to display on an LCD screen. The transducer emits sound waves that travel through the water in a cone shape from the bottom of the boat, like the beam from a flashlight. When the sound wave hits an object or the bottom, it bounces back to the transducer. Because the speed of sound is near constant in water, the processor can measure the time it takes for the waves to reflect back John Rottet/Raleigh News & Observer from the object and calculate the AT AN ADVANTAGE: Neil Eckberg fishes on Jordan Lake, east of Raleigh, N.C. Feb. 7, as he uses one distance from the boat. of his two fish finders. With the help of the sonar on a fish finder, a fisherman can see the contour of the The processor generates a lake bottom and even identify individual fish below the boat. vertical slice of the entire water column one pixel wide on the right-hand side of the screen. point for resolution. there are types of films (on the angle of 20 degrees gives a good This process is continuous, with High detail is particularly im- screen) that are used so that now amount of detail and works well each new vertical slice displayed portant when looking for individ- color screens are very viewable in shallow water and at running on the screen alongside the pre- ual fish signatures represented out in the sunlight. It is not an is- speeds, all with less noise than vious slice creating a scrolling ac- by an arch on the screen. sue,” Gibson said. other frequencies. tion across the screen. “Fish are detected by their enThis is where the color display “The ones used most often by Display units and transduc- tire skeletal matter. Their swim shines. all competitors – by Humminbird, ers use resolution, frequencies, bladder plays a part and the mass “There are things that make Raymarine, Lowrance and Garpower and cone angles working of the fish. It’s a combination of them superior, like showing a min – is 200 kHz, 20 degrees. It together for top performance. all that,” Gibson said. thermocline, showing the differ- is wide enough for a good amount Knowing specifications helps The telltale signature of a fish ence between grass on the bot- of coverage but narrow enough to evaluate different systems. arch is created when a fish first tom versus a hard bottom. They get great detail,” Gibson said. enters the sonar’s beam. The are much more brilliant in color,” “For an angle of about 20 deDisplays fish moves in farther away from Gibson said. “A real hard bottom grees, if you take your depth the boat; as it swims under the may be very red; a very soft bot- and divide it by three, that’s the Vertical resolution is the single boat, it is closer, then farther tom may be yellow. Compared circle you are looking at (on the most important specification for away. That movement displays as with a black-and-white unit, all it’s bottom) — if you are in 21-foot any fish finder. The higher the an arch on the screen. Adjusting going to do is show you different (depth), you’re looking at a 7-foot resolution in pixels, the more de- the sensitivity and scroll speed shades of gray, which is very hard circle,” Cable said. “But you don’t tailed the information displayed will help display the arches most to determine.” know when a fish pops up on the on the screen. prominently. Screen size also can be an im- screen if that fish is on the leftThe first-time buyer should Black - and - white displays ren- portant factor in considering dis- hand side of that 7-foot circle or look for “a good sonar as far as der several shades of gray repre- plays. the right-hand side. That makes a high detail and a high-resolution senting different signal strengths On many units, displays can be difference sometimes, like when display,” said Mark Gibson, the from objects. The more shades split into various configurations you are vertically jigging.” senior brand manager for marine of gray, the better the detail, but like a standard image on one side Some manufacturers have new electronics manufacturer Hum- the drawback is being able to dis- and a zoomed-in image on the units with multiple beams that minbird. tinguish between the subtle dif- other. can identify and display fish as on Cable said a good display is es- ferences in black and white. Transducers the left or right side of the boat. sential. Many new models feature color “With one transducer, we shoot “I look for the clarity. I don’t displays. When looking at transducers, the 200-kHz, 20-degree beam for like depthfinders (fish finders) “It used to be that color dis- consider frequencies and cone high detail, and right after that we that have a lot of clutter. I use plays would not work in (direct) angles. shoot a 60-degree, 83-kHz beam,” Garmin units with a resolution of sunlight, but Thin Film TransisIn most freshwater and salt- Gibson said. “That not only gives 240 (vertical) pixels,” Cable said. tor LCD screens are what the water applications, a frequency you the great detail but a lot of That would be a good starting military uses, and on top of that around 200 kilohertz with a cone coverage.

“A 20-degree beam covers about one-third the depth. With the 60-degree beam, it’s one to one, so in 10 feet of water it covers 10 feet across.” Power games Expressed in peak-to-peak watts or RMS watts, power can affect performance. “When you are running, there is a lot of acoustic noise, and when you go across a steep dropoff, more power will allow (the fish finder) to lock on the bottom and hold the bottom,” Gibson said. “What you want to do is just make sure you are comparing apples to apples. “Don’t try to compare one fish finder with Root Mean Square and another one with peak-to-peak.” Many base models come with about 100 watts RMS, but individual anglers may want to consider 400 or 800 RMS watt units. The one operation on a fish finder that every angler should learn to use well is sensitivity, Cable and Gibson agreed. “I don’t do a lot of changing of the features on the depthfinder,” Cable said. “The only thing I do change a little bit is the gain (sensitivity). If you turn up the gain too much, they really go nuts.” Gibson advised going easy on the changes, though, and paying attention to the conditions. “I would say sensitivity is the most (important feature), but it does not have to be adjusted that much,” he said. “With a soft, deep bottom, you may have to turn the sensitivity up; if you are in a real hard (bottom) shallow water, you might need to lower your sensitivity there.” “Depends on the water conditions. If you have a lot of murky water after a big heavy rain (and) there’s a lot of debris in the water, you might need to lower your sensitivity, where if it is clear you might want to boost your sensitivity.” With so many features packed into today’s fish finders, users can get overwhelmed. The great thing is that a user can go fully automatic or all manual, so as on-the-water experience is gained, an angler can fine tune the settings and use more of the features. As Cable said, “I want something simple.” Da Vinci would agree.


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Chicago mayor overjoyed by city’s Olympics nomination By Mike Downey Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Ten days shy of his 65th birthday, Mayor Richard M. Daley of the running, jumping, tumbling, fighting city of Chicago was presented with a gift April 14 more precious to him than silver or gold. Five rings. Chicago turned out to be the United States Olympic Committee’s kind of town. It was voted America’s nominee to be host city for the 2016 Olympics. “You’re right, it’s the perfect birthday present,” said Maggie Daley, the mayor’s wife. One minor miracle down and one to go, Daley and his colleagues now have 29 months to find a way to outdo the likes of Rome, Rio, Tokyo, Prague and Madrid when the 2016 Olympics site is voted on in Copenhagen and announced on Oct. 2, 2009. If anybody can do it, he can. “Mayor Daley is a can-do man if ever I saw one,” committee chairman Peter V. Ueberroth said. Daley’s mayoral counterpart from Los Angeles went one better. “Never, ever count out Richie Daley,” said Antonio Villaraigosa, whose two-time Olympics host city came in second to the so-called Second City this time. “This is a man who has no peer in American cities.” Deliriously happy after the choice of Chicago to be the U.S. nominee for the XXXI Olympiad, the triumphant mayor held court a couple of hours later in the aptly named Lincoln Room of a Washington hotel. He laughed off a question as to whether he still will be mayor as of 2016 — “come on, that’s a long ways away” — and also a question as to whether this result in Chicago’s favor made up for the Super Bowl’s. “We should have won that one too,” Daley said. In the interval between Saturday morning’s final presentation to the USOC’s 11-member panel and the announcement of the winner, Daley said, “We kept having people from Chicago come up to us at lunch and asking, ‘Are we going to win?’ “Not are ‘you’ going to win. Are ‘we’ going to win? It wasn’t Mayor Daley. It wasn’t me. It was the city of Chicago that was together in this.”

“W

e want Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa in this as well. We want this to be the Midwest’s Olympics.”

—Richard M. Daley Chicago mayor

Daley said he was extremely nervous before a ceremony not unlike that of the Academy Awards, when Ueberroth asked for the envelope containing the top-secret outcome and revealed that the United States’ “applicant city” for the 2016 Olympics would be ... with a long, dramatic pause ... “Chicago!” “Yeah!” Daley yelled. He wasn’t afraid to admit, “I jumped right out of my seat.” So did the men and women in the seats nearby, the ones who made this day a reality. There was Patrick G. Ryan, chairman of Chicago’s 2016 exploratory committee, who had joked earlier in the day, not knowSaul Loeb/MCT ing if the vote would go thumbsup or thumbs-down, “We’d better practice our facial expressions.” TRIUMPHANT, SO FAR: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa prior to There was Michael Conley, a the U.S. Olympic Committee’s announcement in Washington D.C. April 14. The USOC decided Chicago will be the U.S. candidate for the former Olympic gold medalist in 2016 Summer Olympics. the triple jump, who as executive director of World Sport Chicago was asked to answer some of the ment of the Olympic spirit was make that kind of offer.” would have to be a blithering said, ‘Well, that’s interesting.’ I USOC’s tough questions but said, one of the best I’ve ever heard,” Elections have come and gone idiot to put on an Olympics and considered it a long shot. Then “It was never, ‘Aha, we got you on said Jim Scherr, chief executive in the lives of the Daley fam- not have a surplus.” less of a long shot. Then, as we this.’’’ officer of the USOC. ily, but this one was unlike any Few could have seen this day went on, much, much less of a There was William M. Daley, “I saw a little bit of an enthu- other. coming. Chicago never has been long shot.” the mayor’s younger brother, siastic youngster in the mayor,” This time it wasn’t the man a player in the world of Olympic As far as the USOC is conwho was there to back the cause Ueberroth said. “You can’t act who won. His city did. sport, and it was up against stiff cerned, Daley deserves a medal in every way and said before the that. It just comes out. It’s infecRepeatedly the mayor used competition from San Francisco, for what he has done so far. In vote was announced, “This feels tious, that enthusiasm.” the word “showcase” to describe Philadelphia and Houston as well fact, like an Olympian about to just like Election Day. But let’s Villaraigosa was so captivated what he sees as Chicago’s oppor- as Los Angeles. get one, the mayor stood on a not close the bars.” by his opponent that before the tunity to introduce itself to more Next the 9.4 million people in pedestal — a camera case — to do There was Linda Mastandrea, outcome Saturday he offered to of the globe. the Chicago area will be asked to a TV interview after Saturday’s a former Paralympic gold medal- be his running mate. He cited recent visits to Barce- throw their weight and support announcement. ist who said after assisting in the “I am prepared to stand with lona and Athens as examples of behind the city’s Olympic bid. “I always wanted to be this morning’s presentation, “I want Mayor Daley and go wherever the civic improvements he has “We don’t want just them,” tall,” he said. to share my hometown with the he needs me to go,” L.A.’s mayor seen an Olympics generate. Daley said. “We want Indiana, A producer in the TV studio world ... I think Chicago is the said. “You will see me schlep for He also concurred with a blunt Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa in asked if the mayor could say a few best city on the planet.” him wherever he wants me to and statement by Ueberroth meant this as well. We want this to be words to do a quick sound check. In the end, though, the mayor whenever he wants me to.” for those with an eye on the bot- the Midwest’s Olympics.” “Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chiis responsible as anyone for ChiDaley was told after the vote of tom line. Asked how he assessed Chi- cago,” said Mayor Richard M. cago’s emergence as a possible Villaraigosa’s generous offer. Ueberroth, who headed the cago’s chances at the outset of Daley, Chicago. site. His reaction: “I’m going to ask financially successful 1984 Los its candidacy, Ueberroth said, Olympic champion for a day. “His description of the excite- the mayors from all the cities to Angeles Olympics, said, “A city “When I first heard about it, I Let the games begin.


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NFL-bound wide receiver enjoys growing legend status By Charean Williams McClatchy Newspapers FORT WORTH, Texas — Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron mistakenly added to the legend of Calvin Johnson at the NFL Scouting Combine. After Jauron watched Johnson take shoes from East Carolina quarterback James Pinkney and proceed to run a 4.35, Jauron told the media the Georgia Tech receiver had worn borrowed track shoes. The story has been told and retold and, in the process, added to Johnson’s legend. “The story is true,” Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. “He didn’t have his shoes. He was not going to run at the combine. That’s a real story . . . He put on someone else’s tennis shoes and ran 4.35.” The only problem with the story is Johnson admits it’s not true. He wore his own shoes, which he had loaned to Pinkney. But it’s hard to differentiate fact from fiction when it comes to Johnson. He’s that good. Johnson was a two-time AllAmerican, ending his career as Georgia Tech’s career leader in touchdown catches (28) and receiving yards (2,927) and second in catches (178). He accounted for more than 40 percent of the team’s passing yards. “They (Georgia Tech) struggled at quarterback, and they’ll tell you that,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said. “They didn’t have the kind of quarterback who could get the guy the ball the way they wanted to. He’s a heck of a player. I think we all agree on that.” Johnson is the highest-rated prospect on most draft boards. He could be the No. 1 overall pick of the Raiders, who are considering LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Johnson ranks himself as the top prospect. “I mean, not many people have my size, speed and strength,” Johnson said. He is 6-foot-5, 239 pounds. He ran 4.35 at the combine, and, at his pro day, he had an 11-foot-7 broad jump and a 42-inch vertical jump that some scouts claim are among the best they have ever seen. “He jumps 11-7, and he’s mad as hell at himself,” Gruden said. “I’ve been doing this 16 years, and I’ve never seen 11-7, especially from a 6-5, 240-pound guy. Then, he jumps 42 inches, and he’s mad as hell. He thinks he should’ve gotten 47. “He’s going to be a great player.” Overview Seven juniors highlight this position, which features only two highly regarded seniors in LSU teammates Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis. Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson is the top-rated prospect and could be the choice of the Oakland Raiders with the No. 1 overall pick. Ted Ginn Jr., Robert Meachem, Bowe and Dwayne Jarrett should go in the first round, and Southern Cal’s Steve Smith could, too. An intriguing prospect is New Hampshire’s David Ball, who broke Jerry Rice’s Division I-AA career touchdowns record. Cowboys’ needs Terrell Owens led the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions, but he dropped 17 passes, then needed two off-season surgeries to repair a torn tendon in his right finger. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is hoping a healthy and happy Owens will do even more than he did in 2006 when he caught 85 passes for 1,180 yards.

Jeff Blake/The State TOP PROSPECT: Clemson’s Michael Hamlin upends Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina October 21. Johnson, a wide receiver, caught 121 passes for 2,151 yards and 20 touchdowns in 28 collegiate games.

Terry Glenn had a 1,000-yard season, his second consecutive and fourth of his career, with 1,047 yards and six touchdowns on 70 catches. The concern is Glenn will be 33 at the start of the season and Owens will turn 34 during the season. Patrick Crayton, who had 36 catches for 516 yards and four touchdowns, is a solid third receiver, but the Cowboys would love to draft another topflight playmaker. Top five Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, 65, 239, 4.35. The draft’s top prospect caught 121 passes for 2,151 yards and 20 touchdowns in 28 games. Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State, 5-11, 178, 4.35. Ginn averaged 109.95 all-purpose yards per game and

had 25 touchdowns, including eight on returns, but his injured left foot is a concern. Robert Meachem, Tennessee, 6-2, 214, 4.39. He is the sixth receiver in school history with more than 2,000 career yards. Dwayne Bowe, LSU, 6-2, 221, 4.51. Bowe, projected as a late first-rounder, caught 24 touchdown passes from JaMarcus Russell. Dwayne Jarrett, Southern Cal, 6-4, 219, 4.62. Jarrett caught 216 passes and had 41 touchdowns, which should offset any concerns about his speed. Sleeper Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame, 6-4, 218, 4.54. He signed a fiveyear, $7.25 million contract to pitch for the Cubs, but still is

likely to be drafted. Texas ties Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP, 511, 184, 4.48. The ex-Sweeny player should be a first-day pick after making 190 catches for 3,218 yards and 32 touchdowns. Joel Filani, Texas Tech, 6-2, 211, 4.55. Filani, who caught 175 passes for 2,667 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career, should be drafted by the sixth round. Michael DePriest, TCU, 6-0, 185, 4.47. DePriest’s abilities on special teams give him a chance to stick with a team. Jarrett Hicks, Texas Tech, 6-3, 212, 4.67. The Houston Sharpstown graduate might have to go the free-agent route despite his 198 catches, 2,859 yards and 30 touchdowns.

’07 NFL Draft delivers deep options for secondary improvements By Rick Gosselin The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, there have been 37 college drafts and not once have four safeties been selected in the opening round. But there could be four chosen Saturday in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. LaRon Landry of LSU, Reggie Nelson of Florida, Michael Griffin of Texas and Brandon Meriweather of Miami carry first-round grades into this draft. Only five times in those 37 drafts have as many as three safeties gone in the first round, including 2006 when Michael Huff (Oakland), Donte Whitner (Buffalo) and Jason Allen (Miami) all went in the top 16 picks. In this week’s mock draft, we assign Landry to the Washington Redskins at No. 6, Nelson to Jacksonville at 17, Griffin to the Cowboys at 22 and Meriweather to New England at 28. Griffin led the Longhorns in tackles in both 2005 (116) and 2006 (126), intercepted eight career passes and blocked a school-record eight punts. But the draft will begin with offense with four of the first five picks on that side of the ball, starting with Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson to the Oakland Raiders on the first overall pick.

Rick Gosselin’s mock draft 1. Oakland, Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech Comment: Say goodbye to Randy Moss 2. Detroit, Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson Comment: Best pass-rusher in the draft 3. Cleveland, JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU Comment: Browns like his 85-yard arm 4. Tampa Bay, Adrian Peterson, HB, Oklahoma Comment: Bucs need more big plays on offense 5. Arizona, Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin Comment: LT Leonard Davis left in free agency 6. Washington, LaRon Landry, S, LSU Comment: Landry-Taylor a stout safety combo 7. Minnesota, Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame Comment: Too much value to pass up 8. Atlanta, Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas Comment: DE Patrick Kerney left in free agency 9. Miami, Amobi Okoye,

DT, Louisville Comment: DL Kevin Carter a salary-cap casualty 10. Houston, Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt Comment: Texans must play the Colts twice each year 11. San Francisco, Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska Comment: DE Bryant Young getting up in years 12. Buffalo, Leon Hall, CB, Michigan Comment: CB Nate Clements left in free agency 13. St. Louis, Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee Comment: Speed to complement WRs Bruce, Holt 14. Carolina, Patrick Willis, MLB, Mississippi Comment: MLB Dan Morgan’s concussions a concern 15. Pittsburgh, Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn Comment: Soft in middle with retirement of G Jeff Hartings 16. Green Bay, Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal Comment: RB Ahman Green left in free agency 17. Jacksonville, Reggie

Nelson, S, Florida Comment: Safety Deon Grant left in free agency 18. Cincinnati, Alan Branch, DT, Michigan Comment: Injecting 325 pounds into the run defense 19. Tennessee, Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State Comment: Need a kick returner with Pacman suspended 20. NY Giants, Levi Brown, OT, Penn State Comment: LT Luke Petitgout a salary-cap casualty 21. Denver, Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida Comment: Pass-rushing help arrives 22. Dallas, Michael Griffin, S, Texas Comment: Best special-teamer in the draft 23. Kansas City, Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan Comment: Chiefs struggled in 2006 without LT Willie Roaf 24. New England, Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State Comment: And old LB corps

gets younger 25. NY Jets, Aaron Ross, CB, Texas Comment: Can’t have enough ballhawks in the AFC 26. Philadelphia, Jon Beason, OLB, Miami Comment: Eagles need to replace all three linebackers 27. New Orleans, Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee Comment: Beefing up NFL’s 23rd-ranked run defense 28. New England, Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami Comment: Cover safeties are hard to find 29. Baltimore, Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU Comment: Ravens get bigger, younger, better on the flank 30. San Diego, Paul Posluszny, MLB, Penn State Comment: ILB Donnie Edwards a salary-cap casualty 31. Chicago, Greg Olsen, TE, Miami Comment: Another weapon for QB Rex Grossman 32. Indianapolis, Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State Comment: Third WR Brandon Stokley left in free agency

Electric leisure boat has transformative qualities By Susan Cocking McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — At most South Florida boat shows, quiet, economical electric boats are a staple. But

they have not been eagerly embraced by the region’s attentiondeficit-disordered, need-for-speed boaters. That outlook might now turn around with the introduction of

the Lear 204 — a leisurely cocktail boat that literally transforms before your eyes into the look of a sporty runabout. It won’t go any faster than five miles per hour, but it will go in style. “Hey, all of Fort Lauderdale is one big no-wake zone,” points out Todd Sims, vice president of EPower Marine — the exclusive dealer for the Lear in South Florida. “Since this boat doesn’t make a

wake, you’ll never get in trouble.” What sets the Lear apart from other electric models is its retractable hardtop. Push and hold the remote button, and the top goes down flush with the gunwales. Slide the hatch forward to open the pilot station for cruising. “It looks like a mini sport boat,” Sims said. “If I need to get under a low bridge at high tide, I just drop it a foot and slide right in.” At about $65,000 for a 20-foot boat, the Lear might sound pricHandout/MCT ey. However, it requires no gasoline and little maintenance. SEAFARE AND STYLE: After Charge it overnight on a 120overnight charging, the Lear volt dock outlet, and it will cruise 204 can go for 10 hours at five for 10 hours at five miles per mph on its 36-volt electric mo- hour on its 36-volt electric motor. tor. The $65,000 boat features a A gauge mounted on the console retractable hardtop, removable tells you how much battery life is windows and a food counter. left.

“S

ince this boat doesn’t make a wake, you’ll never get in trouble.”

—Todd Sims, vice president, EPower Marine

Sims says the batteries will last five to seven years, and replacing them costs $1,600. The motor has a lifetime warranty. With the hardtop raised, the boat becomes a comfortable party platform for a small group. A forward cabin contains a curtained head and storage for life jackets and other safety equipment. Removable windows shield guests from the elements. There’s a small sink and food prep counter and a teak cocktail table with folding wings that holds an insulated cooler. Drink holders abound. The boat draws 22 inches of water and can be beached for island hopping. Guests may board from both port and starboard sides, and there’s a dive ladder and swim platform aft. “The hull, the motor are all purpose-built,” Sims said. “This is not a hybrid, not an adaptation. This is an all-electric boat.”

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