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Thursday, January 20, 2000

Pecos lifters win titles at Monahans

PECOS, Jan. 20, 2000 -- Two Pecos Eagle powerlifters captured first place in their divisions, and the Eagles finished in fifth place overall this past Saturday at a meet in Monahans.

Coach Steve Cross said junior Gito Crawford won the 275-pound weight class, while Chris Lara took first place in the 132 pound division.

"Everybody seems to be improving," Cross said. "I haven't figured out the percentage, but everyone has improved at least four to five percent."

Cross said nine of the 11 Pecos lifters placed on Saturday, with the next-best finish coming from Orlando Lara, who was second in the 181-pound weight class. Gilbert Rodriguez and Travis Thorp were 10th and 17th in that division, while Martin Guzman was 13th and Chris Orona 15th in the 165-pound division, Joel Matta placed 13th at 198 pounds and Adam Salgado was 12th at 220 pounds.

Cross said the team would compete in Kermit this weekend. "I plan to take about 14 or 15 this week," he said. The Eagles then close out January with a trip to Midland Greenwood.

Eagles’ softball schedule adds more games

PECOS, Jan. 20, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles’ softball team will have a couple more pre-district games this year, along with a trio of mid-week trips to El Paso, as they prepare for their third season of varsity competition.

After winning just one game in their first season, when they were the last District 4-4A school to take up softball, the Eagles went 9-1 to win the District 2-4A title last year, going up against schools that were also either first- or second-year programs.

This year’s schedule will include home games against two of the teams the Eagles faced in District 4-4A, in Fort Stockton and Big Spring, along with road games against Lamesa and Monahans and a Leap Day home contest against Kermit.

Coach Tammy Walls’ team also has two tournaments on the schedule this season, at Midland and Alpine, before district play opens on March 7 with a home game against El Paso Mountain View.

Three of the Eagles’ five 2-4A road games this season will be on Tuesdays, including a March 21 matchup against Clint, the only team to beat the Eagles in district play a year ago. Pecos will close out their home schedule against the Lions on April 11.

The Eagles return most of their players from last year’s team, which finished 12-7 after losing to Pampa in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. Pecos has one preseason scrimmage, on Feb. 12 at Kermit, three days before their Feb. 15 opener at Lamesa.

Jordan looks to fix Washington's problems

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2000 (AP) - This wasn't the best way to impress the new boss. Maybe they were just trying too hard.

Hours after Michael Jordan joined the Washington Wizards as a part owner, the Dallas Mavericks embarrassed his new club 104-86 Wednesday night before the third-smallest crowd of the season.

"When you have something happen that's big in your organization that deals with the players, there's two ways you can take it," Dallas guard Michael Finley said. "You go overaggressive and you play well, things are clicking for you. The second, you do too much. They got a lot of charges. They missed a lot of passes, tried to do a little too much. ... We kind of fed off that."

With Jordan and President Clinton watching from the owners' box and security keeping fans at bay, Washington put on one of its worst performances in an arena that was less than half-full.

Washington, which lost for the eighth time in nine games, fell behind 17-5 to start the game. Fans held up "Welcome Michael" signs, but booed the Wizards throughout the game.

"After tonight's performance, I'd say our guys have no place to go but up," said Ted Leonsis, the Wizards minority owner who initiated the negotiations with Jordan.

Michael Finley had 23 points to

Swim team members offered  T-shirts

PECOS, Jan. 20, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse is looking to contact all members of the Eagles' swim teams for the past 10 years about plans to print up T-shirts commemorating the Eagles 15 boys and girls district titles over the past 10 seasons.

Morse is planning to print up shirts with the names of all the swimmers from those teams printed on the back, according to Joan Capshaw. The front of the shirt will say "1990-2000 - A Decade of Winning!"

Pecos' boys won district championships in 1990-95, and in 1997 and 1998. The girls' district titles were 1991-96 and again in 1998.

The shirts will sell for $10 each, and any former swim team member wanting to buy one should call Morse at the Pecos High School pool (447-7242).

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