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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 Lubbock."

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 quarter

"The boys' game was close until midway through the third quarter," said Erickson.

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 45 mph.

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, Robbins said.

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 court records.

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 were hospitalized.

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.

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