Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, January 13, 2000
Eagles' perfect mark faces Lubbock test
EPCOS, Jan 13, 2000 -- Every year in the past that the Pecos Eagles swim
team has gone to the Lubbock Invitational, it's been a forerunner to an
even tougher regional meet in Lubbock a month later.
This weekend, when the Eagles go up to Lubbock, it will be the only
time they'll have to face a field of Class 5A schools there this year,
thanks to the creation of the new sub-5A regional and state swim meets.
But that still means the boys' undefeated record will be on the line when
the race against most of the larger West Texas schools.
"Andrews and Monahans are the only other teams from our district that
are going to be there. The others are resting to get ready for district,"
said Eagles' coach Terri Morse of the meet, which will be held Friday and
Saturday. Along with the Lubbock High, Coronado and Monterey, other 5A
schools from the Panhandle, Permian Basin and El Paso areas will compete
in the meet, which will be the final one for Pecos before the District
3-4A meet in Fort Stockton on Jan. 29.
"There will be a lot of 5A schools there, so we can get some pretty
good records if we swim well," Morse said. "I don't know how it will go.
You can't predict these type of meets, but our kids usually swim well in
The Eagles have been an on-and-off participant in the Lubbock Invitational
over the years, but have sent almost their entire team to the regional
meet there during the past decade. This year's regionals are set for Feb.
11-12, also at the Lubbock Independent School District swimming pool.
Bears beaten in opening games of new year
BALMORHEA, Jan 13, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears' basketball teams will be
trying to stop a couple of loss streaks at home on Friday and get their
first wins in the year 2000 when they face the Buena Vista Longhorns.
Balmorhea's boys and girls opened the new year last Friday with home
losses to the Marfa Shorthorns, and were beaten on Tuesday night in Marathon
by the Mustangs.
Balmorhea's boys fell to Marathon by a 65-50 score following their 61-47
loss last Friday to Marfa, while the girls lost to Marathon 53-18 following
a 59-43 loss to Marfa.
"They're pretty good," said girls' coach Ennis Erickson of the Mustangs.
"On the girls side they were pretty much in control by the end of the first
"The boys' game was close until midway through the third quarter," said
Last Friday, the boys had the same problem. They led the Shorthorns
26-21 at the half, but The boys played a hard game as they lead the Shorthorns,
26-21 at the half, but ran into problems in the second half, as the Bears
didn't make a shot until nearly four minutes into the period.
The game was close until the last two minutes of the fourth when Marfa
pulled away, as Balmorhea was forced to foul to try and get the ball back.
Manny Mendoza was the top scorer from both teams with 16 points, while
Ronnie Garcia led Marfa with 15 points.
The girls' loss to Marfa was closer than their defeat at Valentine.
The game was started with the Bears' Terry Hernandez making the first two
points, and was close until the fourth quarter, when Marfa pulled away.
The top scorers were Hernandez with 23 for Balmorhea, and Lorinda Carrillo
with 17 from Marfa.
Porsche race gets Hornets guard killed
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 13, 2000 (AP) - Investigators have estimated that
Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was driving more than 75 mph in a
race with teammate David Wesley when Phills lost control of his Porsche
and was killed.
The two Hornets players were in a spur-of-the-moment race, known under
state law as a spontaneous speed competition, police Sgt. Ricky Robbins,
a supervisor in the traffic unit conducting the investigation, told The
Charlotte Observer. The speed limit in the area where Phills wrecked is
Phills lost control of his car just before 11 a.m. Wednesday and died
instantly, police said.
Racing on public thoroughfares is prohibited by state law, and the district
attorney's office will determine what charges, if any, should be filed,
Both players have been charged with speeding in the past.
In February, Phills was charged with driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone
on Main St. in Pineville. Court records show he paid a $25 fine and $86
in court costs.
Wesley was twice charged with speeding, according to Mecklenburg County
Stunned and tearful teammates and Hornets officials gathered at the
accident scene less than a mile from the Charlotte Coliseum, where minutes
earlier Phills and the other players had been practicing for Wednesday
night's game with the Chicago Bulls. The game was postponed.
Phills, a guard, was traveling at "a very high rate of speed" after
a team shootaround at the Charlotte Coliseum when his Porsche collided
with a car headed toward the coliseum, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman
Keith Bridges said.
A minivan rear-ended the other car. The drivers of the other vehicles
Wesley's white Porsche wasn't involved in the accident, but he was questioned
at the scene. Bridges said it will be at least several days before investigators
reconstruct what happened.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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