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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,"
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
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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