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Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Crawford earns dual powerlifting awards

PECOS, Jan. 25, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles powerlifting team didn't fare as well this past Saturday in the team standings at Monahans with a few of their members absent. But the Eagles still earned one division title in the 11-school competition at Monahans High School.

Gito Crawford won the 275-pound division for the third week in a row, and also earned best weightlifter in the 181 pounds-and-up division, while the Eagles finished eighth as a team, coach Steve Cross said.

"Two of our top lifters were out, so we didn't have a full team, or we would have been in the Top 3, based on our past performances," Cross said. The Eagles had just three Top 5 finishes and ended up with 10 points in the competition. Kermit won with 43 points, two more than Hobbs, N.M.

The other two Eagles to earn points were Patrick Sparkman, who placed fourth in the 132-pound division, and Gabriel Huertas, fifth in the super-heavyweight class. Among the other Pecos lifters, Adam Salgado was sixth in the 220-pound weight class; Chris Orona was eighth, Martin Guzman ninth and Mason Hounshell 13th in the 165-pound division; Joel Matta was ninth and Travis Thorp 16th in the 198-pound division; Matthew Levario was 17th in the 148-pound division and Robert Natividad was 19th in the 181-pound weight class.

"The kids are learning and having fun, and we go to Greenwood this week," Cross said.

Eagles hope shots return against MV

PECOS, Jan. 25, 2000 -- After a bad shooting night in San Elizario on Friday, the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team will hope playing at home helps them avoid another bad shooting night against the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, when the second half of District 2-4A play begins tonight at the Pecos High School gym at 6 p.m.

Pecos' boys, meanwhile, will also be trying to bounce back from their poor-shooting game at San Elizario when they host Mountain View in a 7:30 p.m. start at the PHS gym.

Both Pecos teams were kept winless on the season Friday by the host Eagles, who won the girls' game by a 51-24 margin and took the boys' contest, 63-26. The two teams combined for just 12 first half points, with Hector Garcia scoring all by 11 of the boys' 26 points, while Maricela Arenivas and Philly Fobbs had 23 of the girls' 24 points on the night.

Arenivas, who had scored 41 and 22 points in the Eagles' two previous games, got all 12 of her points on Friday in the second half. "She only shot the ball two times in the first quarter and two times in the second quarter," said coach Brian Williams. "We shot 33 percent, which is about what we had been shooting, but we just didn't give ourselves the opportunity."

Mountain View comes in with a one-game lead over Canutillo in the race for the third and final district playoff berth. Earlier this month in El Paso, the Lobos defeated the Eagles by a 60-27 score, in a game where Mountain View went to the foul line 53 times compared with 13 trips for Pecos. Claudia Salazar scored 19 points to lead the Lobos, while Fobbs' five points was tops for Pecos.

Pecos' boys haven't played Mountain View, but they've seen them, at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament last month. The Eagles went 0-3 in that tournament while El Paso finished 3-0, beating Alpine, Fort Stockton and Lubbock High to win the title.

However, coming into tonight's game, the Lobos are struggling with a 1-2 record in district play. Last year in Pecos, Mountain View jumped out to an early lead, only to see Pecos rally in the second half for a 37-36 victory.

Thomas' legs paralyzed following K.C. car crash

LIBERTY, Mo., Jan. 25, 2000 (AP) - One minute, Derrick Thomas was on top of the world - young, rich, strong as a horse.

The next minute, the Kansas City Chiefs star lay semi-conscious on an icy highway and had no feeling in his legs.

The nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, one of the most popular athletes ever in Kansas City, suffered a broken neck and a broken back in a fatal one-car accident and now faces the possibility of permanent paralysis.

Mike Tellis, one of Thomas' two passengers in the car, was killed and 10 other people lost their lives in the treacherous snowstorm that iced roads and highways Sunday.

"The tragedy that transpired throughout Kansas City yesterday was staggering," Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said Monday.

Thomas, one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history, sustained fractures in vertebrae in both his neck and back and was paralyzed in his legs. With good use of his arms and chest, he was transferred Monday evening to a trauma center in Miami, Fla., and medical officials held out hope the 33-year-old NFL star might make a full recovery.

"I don't think you can say anything right now," Dr. Jon Browne, the team physician said. "These type of injuries have a mind of their own and a treatment pattern of their own.

"At this point, he does have good use of his upper extremities and his upper chest area. The other parts are still evolving at this point. We're not going to get into any specifics about what he does or doesn't have."

With medical attendants taking great care, Thomas was flown from the Liberty Memorial Hospital to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where his mother lives.

Thomas was driving with two friends to Kansas City International Airport on Sunday afternoon. He lost control of his car on a snowy highway and the vehicle flipped several times. Thomas and Tellis, 49, were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the car. Tellis was killed instantly.

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