Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, January 3, 2000
Losses mount for PHS hoop squads
PECOS, Jan. 3, 2000 -- Problems continued for the Pecos Eagle basketball
teams on both sides of the millennium, as the boys and girls failed to
come up with their first wins of the 1999-2000 season.
The girls dropped to 0-11 on the year with a 64-12 loss in Sweetwater
to the Mustangs, while the boys saw their season record fall to 0-14 with
three losses on Friday and Saturday at the Fort Stockton New Year's Tournament.
Pecos lost 74-61 to Kermit on New Year's Even, and then 84-46 to McCamey
and 55-52 to Fort Stockton's junior varsity team on New Year's Day.
The Eagles played without Adrian Rayos and Jesses Salazar in both games
on Saturday. "They both had family commitments," said coach Tino Acosta,
while leading scorer Hector Rodriguez, who had 20 and 22 points in the
first two games, was held to just seven against Fort Stockton's JV squad.
"I think Hector was just tired. He missed a lot of shots he normally
makes," Acosta said. "He's giving the best effort possible and had almost
half our points against McCamey."
The Eagles held the lead after the first three periods, but were outscored
by Fort Stockton 16-9 in the fourth quarter. Against Kermit on Friday,
the Eagles were down by just a 30-27 margin at the half, but were outscored
31-17 in the third period. Rayos had 11 points to go along with Rodriguez'
20 in that game, while Alex Garcia had 10, all in the first half.
The third quarter also was bad for Pecos against McCamey. They were
outscored 21-6, though the Badgers already had a 12-point lead at halftime,
"The kids are doing their best. The kids are playing as hard as they
possibly can play," said Acosta. "If anybody's to blame for things not
going right this season, it's me. I will accept full blame, but as long
as we keep playing as hard as we can, I'm satisfied."
Kermit ended up beating Monahans for third place in the tournament,
53-52, while Fort Stockton's varsity beat Lydia Patterson to win the title,
70-50. Rankin beat McCamey for fifth place, 64-46.
Sweetwater's girls came into their game with Pecos after winning the
Ballinger Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. They jumped out to an 18-4
lead after one period, and led 30-10 at the half, before outscoring the
Eagles in the final two periods, 34-2.
"Our kids didn't play that bad, at least in the first half. We got into
our offensive sets consistently, and defensively we did a good job and
made them turn the ball over, but it came down to the same thing, shooting.
We shot 17 percent from the floor," coach Brian Williams said.
"Sweetwater started off in a man-to-man, and Dee Dee (Molinar) hit the
first four points of the game for us," Williams said. "After that they
put a zone on us. They packed it down and said `Shoot the ball from the
outside,' and we couldn't."
Pecos hit just one of 18 shots in the second half, by Mireya Medrano,
who tied Molinar for high-point honors with four.
Win puts Cowboys in playoffs...
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 3, 2000 - It was only one good game after two clunkers.
Actually, it was only three good quarters. Yet it was enough to give the
Dallas Cowboys hope they can be the first 8-8 team to win a playoff game.
"I've thought the last few weeks we've been getting better offensively,"
Dallas coach Chan Gailey said after a 26-18 victory over the New York Giants
Sunday, which gave the Cowboys a trip to Minnesota next Sunday. "If we
keep working like that, we've got a great opportunity."
Emmitt Smith ran for 122 yards, Troy Aikman threw touchdown passes of
90 and 4 yards and Eddie Murray kicked four field goals as Dallas rebounded
from two ugly losses to snag the NFC's final wild-card berth.
The Cowboys and Detroit Lions became the fifth and sixth 8-8 teams ever
to make the playoffs. None of the previous three won a game.
Dallas wound up the fifth seed because of a better conference record
than Detroit. That means the Cowboys would host the NFC championship if
they and the Lions make it that far - which is highly unlikely.
For the Cowboys to advance, they must win on the road, and they're 1-7
away from Texas Stadium. They lost 27-17 to the Vikings in Minnesota in
November. They also have failed to win consecutive games since starting
Then again, this has been one weird season. And Dallas has reached the
conference finals in four of its previous five wild-card trips, even going
to the Super Bowl in 1975.
"One of the things you like to do when you're David fighting Goliath
is make sure you have a good sling and good rocks. I feel like we have
that," team owner Jerry Jones said. "I'm pretty excited about the challenge."
The Giants' challenge Sunday was to win by 81 points. That was the only
way New York could make the playoffs because Green Bay beat Arizona 49-24
in an earlier game.
To their credit, the Giants (7-9) didn't fold after trailing 23-3. They
rallied for 15 fourth-quarter points, keeping the game interesting until
the Cowboys recovered an onside kick with 57 seconds left.
Still, they lost their third straight and sixth of eight.
"We didn't play very maturely," quarterback Kerry Collins said of the
season-ending skid. "I don't think we knew what to do when the game was
on the line. When those things happen, you're going to lose ballgames."
Both teams came in having supposedly been fired up by loud pep talks
from their owners.
Jones apparently was more effective in his speech than New York's Wellington
Mara, whose brief talk might have stunned players more than anything because
he's usually so quiet.
...and gets Rhodes fired at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 3, 2000 (AP) - One year of mediocrity was one too
many for Ron Wolf.
The Green Bay Packers' autocratic general manager fired first-year coach
Ray Rhodes and his entire staff just hours after the Packers missed the
playoffs for the first time in seven years, a source close to the team
told The Associated Press late Sunday night.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Packers will
announce the firings at a press conference today.
The move comes almost exactly one year after Wolf signed Rhodes to a
four-year, $4 million contract to replace Mike Holmgren. Less than a month
ago, Wolf dismissed as "ludicrous" the idea that he would fire Rhodes after
his first season.
ESPN first reported Rhodes' firing, which was reported by several media
outlets this morning. Phone calls to Wolf and team president Bob Harlan
were not returned Sunday night.
The Packers (8-8) thrashed the Arizona Cardinals 49-24 Sunday in their
regular-season finale, but the Cowboys' 26-18 win over the New York Giants
put Dallas (8-8) into the NFC's final playoff spot. Green Bay hadn't missed
the playoffs since 1992, Holmgren's first year with the team.
Rhodes endured intense fan and media scrutiny as the Packers struggled
to their worst season since 1992. As Green Bay's losses mounted, even quarterback
Brett Favre began measuring his comments on Rhodes' control of the team
and his strategic decisions.
The Packers have an additional incentive to field a winning team as
quickly as possible. The team is attempting to entice Wisconsin residents
to approve funding for extensive renovations to Lambeau Field or a new
Holmgren led the Packers to two Super Bowls and one NFL championship
during the franchise's return to prominence during the 1990s. In January,
Holmgren left Green Bay after seven seasons to become the coach and general
manager of the Seattle Seahawks.
Though most of Rhodes' staff was new to Green Bay, offensive coordinator
Sherman Lewis completed his eighth season with the Packers on Sunday. Along
with defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas, Green Bay's staff was the first
in NFL history with African-Americans in all three top positions.
Rhodes came to Green Bay with the reputation of being a players' coach,
and the Packers initially responded to his methods. But as a pair of three-game
losing streaks killed the team's playoff chances, grumblings began that
Rhodes didn't assert enough control over his players.
Ironically, Holmgren was criticized for being too dictatorial when he
left Green Bay a year ago.
"This is a total surprise," Favre told the Green Bay Press-Gazette Sunday
night. "I thought he was a real good coach. Guys related to him well because
he was a former player. I think what happened, to a certain degree, guys
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