Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, February 11, 2000
Eagles look to foil Lobos' playoff hopes
PECOS, Feb. 11, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagles basketball team is down to their
last two shots at winning a District 2-4A game this season, when they head
to El Paso tonight to face the Mountain View Lobos.
Pecos and Mountain View will play at 7 p.m. CST tonight, 90 minutes
earlier than scheduled due to a playoff game for third place in the District
2-4A girls' standings between Mountain View and Canutillo, which will start
at 8:30 p.m.
The Eagles fell to 0-8 in district and 0-22 on the season Tuesday with
a 57-39 loss at home to San Elizario. Hector Rodriguez scored 22 points
after a 28-point effort last Friday at Clint, but Adrian Rayos and Alex
Garcia were the only two other players to get on the scoreboard for Pecos
in the game.
"We go to Mountain View on Friday, and all we can do is regroup and
come out and play hard," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "We're trying
to build something for t he future, and the only way we can do that is
to come out and play hard in our last two games."
The Eagles had problems dealing with San Elizario's quickness in Tuesday's
loss. Tonight, they'll try and cope with Mountain View's big height advantage,
with 6-foot-5 post Javier Garcia, and 6-foot-7 Dustin Maloney. Garcia had
13 points and Maloney 12 last month in Pecos, though it took a couple of
late baskets by guard Gilbert Garcia to secure the Lobos' 57-47 win over
Mountain View kept its playoff hopes alive Tuesday night with a 53-46
road victory over Clint. Garcia had 16 points to lead the Lobos, who evened
their district record at 4-4 and are a game behind Clint in the race for
the final playoff berth. San Elizario and Canutillo are tied for first
with 6-2 marks.
Play opens tonight with the freshman and junior varsity games, both
at 5:30 p.m. CST. Regular season play ends for Pecos on Tuesday night,
with a 220-mile trip to Canutillo. Acosta said the freshman, JV and varsity
games would also start at 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Baseball, softball teams hold scrimmages
PECOS, Feb. 11, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle baseball and softball teams both
have scrimmages set for this weekend, with the girls set to open their
2000 regular season on Tuesday.
Pecos' girls will go to Kermit for a scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday against
the Yellowjackets, a team they'll host in regular season play at the end
of February. Meanwhile, this afternoon, Pecos will host a scrimmage involving
mostly sub-varsity players, as they face Odessa High at 6 p.m. The varsity
players will scrimmage again on Tuesday, when they travel to Kermit.
Saturday's scrimmage should give coach Tammy Walls' team a pretty good
idea how far they've come in their third year of play. The Eagles got their
first-ever win two years ago against Kermit, but in the last two games
against the Yellowjackets, they've been outscored by a margin of 30-0,
including a 13-0 loss in the season opener a year ago.
Things got better after that for the Eagles, who went on to win the
District 2-4A title with a 9-1 record, before falling to Pampa in the area
round of the playoffs. Pecos has most of their players back from that squad,
and will begin regular season play on Tuesday at Lamesa.
The Eagles scrimmaged Fort Stockton with their varsity and JV players
on Monday, and scored a 6-2 win, while the JV went to Fort Stockton on
Tuesday before hosting OHS' sub-varsity team today. Tuesday's scrimmage
at Kermit will be the final one for the varsity before opening regular
season play at home on Feb. 25 against Monahans.
Crash kills Prairie View track members
By MIKE CRISSEY
Associated Press Writer
KARNACK, Feb. 11, 2000 - Gashes in a rural East Texas highway and a
boot stuck in a roadside puddle are among the clues left after a van crash
Thursday night that left four Prairie View A&M track students deads.
Six other students were seriously injured in the one-vehicle accident,
which happened on Texas Highway 43, just south of the Marion County line,
according to officials with the state Department of Public Safety.
The dead were Houston DeWayne Watson, of Greenville; Jerome Deshaun
Jackson, of Dallas; Samuel Jason Sturns, of Jasper and Vernon Maurice James
II, of Vallejo, Calif.
Dallas television station WFAA-TV reported the injured as coach Hoover
Wright, Lamar Adams, David Aterbery, Lewis Edmunds, and Trenton Harris.
They were reported in serious to critical condition.
The driver of the Ford 350 15-passenger van was pinned inside after
it rolled over. He died at the scene along with two other students.
A fourth student died while being taken to Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La.
The group was en route to Pine Bluff, Ark. for a track meet when the
wreck occurred, said university spokesman Bryan Barrows. Ten students were
in the van when it flipped near Karnack, about 20 miles north of Marshall.
Hours after the crash, the overturned van had been removed, but pieces
of shredded rubber and broken glass lay nearby. There was also a set of
headphones and a broken cassette tape laying along the straight, two-lane
stretch of Highway 43, which runs through piney woods near Caddo Lake State
An accident reconstruction team was scheduled to do a more detailed
investigation at the site Friday morning.
Meanwhile, in Prairie View, University President Charles Hines met with
about 100 students on the 6,000-student campus early Friday.
"He sought to comfort them and give them what little information we
know," Barrows told The Associated Press.
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