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Tuesday, January 18, 2000
Pecos gets fourth, 11th at Lubbock meet
PECOS, Jan. 18, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys' swim team was unable to go
through the entire 1999-2000 regular season undefeated. But considering
the field in this past weekend's Lubbock Invitational, coach Terri Morse
was still very happy with the effort of both her boys and girls squads
in their final meet before District 3-4A competition at the end of the
"We had a great meet," she said. "I didn't have one kids there that
didn't cut their time."
The boys, who had won every meet so far this season, placed fourth in
their division, with 220 points, behind El Paso Eastwood (369 points),
San Angelo Central (319) and Lubbock High (245). "The boys would have gotten
third, but the medley relay team got disqualified in the finals," Morse
said. "They had a bad relay on the third leg."
The team of Tye Edwards, Jason Lopez, Kevin Bates and Cortney Freeman
had placed second to Eastwood in the preliminaries, which would have been
worth another 34 points in the finals. "Like I told the kids. I would rather
it happen now than in four or six weeks," Morse said.
Carlsbad and Andrews were the only other schools in the 27-team field
to break the 100-point mark, finishing with 209 and 152 points.
The girls also broke the 100-point barrier, finishing in 11th
place with 106 points. San Angelo Central won the meet by a 287-234 ½
score over Amarillo High School, with Monahans placing the highest among
District 3-4A squads, finishing fifth with 149 points.
"We got so many more than I imagined getting into the finals with both
the girls and boys, I was really surprised," Morse said. The top eight
finishers in each preliminary event qualified for the finals, while the
next eight earned spots in the consolation finals.
The meet showed how the creation of a sub-Class 5A division at the regional
and state meets would help Pecos. For the first time this year, the Eagles
failed to win a race on the boys' side, but in each case Class 5A swimmers,
who in the past they would have faced in February at regionals, beat them
Aside from the medley relay team, several other Eagle swimmers missed
out on medals, though they did place in the finals or consolation finals,
and all were beaten out either by Class 5A swimmers or swimmers from Carlsbad.
Edwards had Pecos' lone individual medal with a third place finish in the
100 yard backstroke, while Edwards, Grant Holland, Bates and Randall Reynolds
picked up a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Holland finished fifth in the 200 individual medley and Reynolds was
12th in the 200 yard freestyle; Bates was fourth and Freeman
10th in the 50 free and in the 100 free, Bates was sixth and
Freeman 11th; Edwards was sixth and Lopez 12th in the 100 yard
butterfly; Reynolds was sixth, Patrick McChesney 13th and Mike
Howard 16th in the 500 free; and Lopez finished fifth and Holland
eighth in the 100 yard breaststroke. In Friday's 1-meter diving, Wesley
Roberts finished 11th.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Holland, Reynolds, Freeman and
Luis Nieto placed fifth while the Eagles' 400 `B' relay team of Howard,
Lopez, McChesney and Eddie Mata was 12th and the 200 medley
`B' team of Nieto, Craig Wein, Scott Pounds and McChesney was 13th
for Pecos' other points.
The girls' best finishes came towards the end of the meet. JoAnn Wein
placed fourth in the 500 yard freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke,
Sarah Flores finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke and both girls,
along with Lauren Wein and Briar Prewit, were eighth in the 400-yard free
Flores, JoAnn Wein, Rebecca Wein and Rachelle Eisenberg finished ninth
in the 200-medley relay, while the other relay team of Eisenberg, Prewit
Lauren Wein and Victoria Gomez was 16th in the 200 free relay.
Individually, Prewit was 13th and Wein 15th in
the 200 freestyle; Flores was 10th in the 200 medley; Rebecca
Wein was 14th in the 100 fly; Lauren Wein was 14th
in the 500 free; and Eisenberg, 10th in the 100 yard breaststroke.
The Eagles will rest up this coming week in preparation for the District
3-4A meet at Fort Stockton on Jan. 28-29. The top six finishers in each
event there will return to Lubbock for the sub-5A regionals on Feb. 11-12.
Eagles again seeking first victories
PECOS, Jan. 18, 2000 -- The trip definitely won't be as long tonight as
it was on Friday, and the game probably won't be as long either for the
Pecos Eagle girls basketball team, when they host the Clint Lions in the
first game of a varsity doubleheader at the Pecos High School gym.
Pecos' boys didn't have as long a game as the girls' five-overtime marathon
on Friday, but they'll be hoping to do better at home tonight against Clint
than they did in their District 2-4A opener last Friday against the Wildcats.
The girls will play at 6 p.m., following the freshman contests, while
the boys will start at about 7:30 p.m. Tonight's junior varsity games will
be played in the old PHS gym.
After scoring a total of 102 points in their previous four games, the
Eagles scored 90 on Friday in their marathon at Fabens. But the Wildcats
were able to score 95, with the difference an 11-6 fifth overtime advantage,
when both teams were down to their last two players.
"Our girls were crying after that game. That's the first time this season
we've gotten emotional about losing," said coach Brian Williams, whose
team dropped to 0-16 and 0-3 in district with their loss. "Hopefully, we'll
show the same emotion on Tuesday."
Clint comes in with a 3-0 season record after their win over San Elizario
on Friday. The Lions also have most of their players back from last year's
district championship team, led by Polly Wagner, who had 19 points in their
47-30 win in Pecos.
Clint's boys are 1-0 in district after beating San Elizario, while Pecos
is 0-16 and 0-1 after their 88-65 loss at Fabens, in a game that didn't
end until midnight. The Eagles had problems with guard Manny Solis, who
scored 29 points, and with Fabens' inside game.
Last year in Pecos, the Lions jumped all over the Eagles in the first
period, going out to a 15-3 lead and a 35-8 advantage just before the half,
on the way to a 70-40 victory.
"We just need to avoid letting them get off on a big run like they did
last season," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team has played better at home
since the start of the new year, losing a couple of close games to Greenwood
and Fort Stockton.
Packers pick Sherman as new head coach
GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 18, 2000 (AP) - Mike Sherman is Ron Wolf's surprising
choice to take the Green Bay Packers back to the top of the NFL.
Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator and a former Green
Bay assistant, was to be hired today as the new coach of the Packers, a
team source told The Associated Press on Monday.
The team scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. CST.
Sherman is a long-time college assistant coach with just three years
of NFL experience, two of them as Mike Holmgren's tight ends coach in Green
Bay. He gained a reputation as a detail-oriented disciplinarian, much like
Wolf, the Packers' GM, fired Ray Rhodes and his staff on Jan. 3 after
the Packers completed an 8-8 season, Rhodes' first in Green Bay. The GM
cited a team-wide lack of discipline and focus, and he vowed his new coach
would create a "well-disciplined, tough and hard-nosed football team."
Sherman was one of eight assistant coaches Holmgren took with him from
Green Bay to Seattle last year, but Wolf decided to bring him back to Wisconsin
after the pool of coaching candidates began to dry up.
Wolf's early favorites - former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer and
Rams offensive coordinator Mike Martz - took themselves out of the running
over the weekend.
The Post-Crescent of Appleton and ESPN first reported Sherman's hiring.
Sherman doubled as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the
Seahawks, but his name hadn't been widely mentioned for any of the six
NFL coaching vacancies this offseason.
But Sherman made a strong impression when Wolf interviewed him in Green
Bay on Saturday. Wolf said the search for Rhodes' replacement would be
"a lengthy process," yet he settled on Sherman just two weeks after firing
Like Holmgren in 1992, Sherman comes to the Packers with no head coaching
experience, but a background in the disciplined, hard-nosed style of football
favored by Wolf. Four of Holmgren's assistants in Green Bay - Jon Gruden,
Steve Mariucci, Dick Jauron and Andy Reid - are currently NFL head coaches.
Wolf apparently chose a coach who would keep the West Coast offense
that brought the Packers their recent success and which three-time MVP
quarterback Brett Favre is most comfortable running.
Sherman was popular with Green Bay's players, including tight end Mark
Chmura, who made the Pro Bowl during each of Sherman's two seasons with
the Packers. Chmura missed all but two games of the 1999 season with a
neck injury, but expects to return next season.
The Packers missed the playoffs under Rhodes for the first time since
1992, the first of Holmgren's seven years in Green Bay.
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