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Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Winds force cancellation of games

PECOS, Mar. 8, 2000 -- The winds died down in Pecos by 4 p.m. Tuesday, but that was still too late to prevent cancellation of the Pecos Eagles' home baseball and softball games, along with Pecos' afternoon tennis match.

The girls were scheduled to open District 2-4A softball play Tuesday afternoon against the El Paso Mountain View Lobos, while the boys were scheduled to play Tuesday night against the Odessa High Bronchos. The girls' game will be made up, but Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said the boys won't be able to reschedule their game against the Bronchos.

"We wanted to make it up next week, but they start district play, and the two dates they wanted is when we start district, so it won't be made up," Williams said.

The girls will try and reschedule their softball game with Mountain View for sometime next week. Before then, the Eagles will open District 2-4A play this Saturday against Canutillo, and have two other road trips on the schedule next week _ to Fabens on Saturday and San Elizario on March 18.

"I wanted to play that game yesterday, but with the wind the way it was, I didn't see how we could," said Eagles' coach Tammy Walls, whose team is looking to defend their district title from a year ago.

The tennis team had just added their dual meet against Greenwood, which also was a casualty of the wind. Pecos' next scheduled matches aren't until after Spring Break, when they host their own tournament on March 24-25.

While the softball team will be off until Saturday, the baseball team will resume their schedule Thursday afternoon, with a game against the Alpine Bucks at the West Texas March Classic, at Christensen Stadium in Midland.

The Eagles will face the Bucks, whom they beat 15-2 last Thursday to open the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, in a 4:30 p.m. game. The winner will face the winner of Thursday's Abilene Wylie-Monahans game on Friday, at 9 a.m. at Christensen Stadium, while the losers will play on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Greenwood High School.

Merkel takes on Fort Stockton, Kermit plays Seminole and Greenwood faces Colorado City in the tournament's other first round games.

Officials charge McSorley with on-ice attack

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Mar. 8, 2000 (AP) - Marty McSorley's stick attack on Donald Brashear took him off the ice and landed him in court.

The Boston Bruins enforcer was charged Tuesday with one count of assault with a weapon for striking Brashear in the head with a two-handed swing on Feb. 21. He plans to plead innocent, his lawyer said.

"I'm disappointed," McSorley said in an interview with ESPN. "I'm disappointed it's going to court because I don't know if anybody really knows right now how much I've already lost."

McSorley, who will not have to appear at the hearing, would face a maximum of 18 months in jail if convicted.

"I've been in contact with a very good lawyer in Vancouver, and we were trying to not have it go to court," McSorley said. His suspension already will cost him an estimated $72,000 in salary.

Bill Smart, McSorley's Vancouver attorney, said he hopes for a trial date in late summer or early fall.

Two days after the attack, the 36-year-old defenseman received the harshest suspension the NHL has ever levied for on-ice violence. McSorley was banished from Boston's final 23 regular-season games and any the last-place Bruins might play in the postseason.

McSorley will also have to meet with commissioner Gary Bettman before a return to the ice is considered.

Geoff Gaul, a spokesman for the British Columbia criminal justice branch, said the decision to charge McSorley was made after a prosecutor's review and a police investigation.

The NHL said it does not agree with the move, but said it will fully cooperate with Canadian authorities.

"We believe the league dealt with the matter quickly, decisively and appropriately - and did not feel that any further action was either warranted or necessary," said Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer.

Harry Sinden, the Bruins president and general manager, expressed his disappointment with the involvement by the courts.

"The National Hockey League has handed down a severe discipline in this case and we feel that was sufficient," he said, adding that the team would also cooperate fully.

McSorley's strike to the right temple knocked Brashear backward, causing his head to hit the ice as his helmet came off. Brashear's body twitched and blood came from his nose. He was diagnosed with the most serious kind of concussion, and his status is to be reviewed in about a week.

McSorley and Brashear, another NHL tough guy, fought earlier in the game, and McSorley said he was trying to goad Brashear into another fight at the end of the game, a 5-2 victory by the Canucks.

"I had absolutely no intention of hurting Donald Brashear with my hockey stick," McSorley told ESPN. "I wanted a confrontation with Donald Brasher, no different than I've done on so many other nights. ... It just went badly."

McSorley has lasted 17 years in the league because of his ability to fight and protect his more skilled teammates. He had six previous suspensions in his career.

He is best known for serving as Wayne Gretzky's protector with the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings.

The two were traded together

Rec department offering soccer, aerobics

PECOS, Mar. 8, 2000 -- The Reeves County Community Recreation Department is registering boys and girls for the spring soccer league now through April 3, and is also offering an adult low-impact aerobics class at the old Pecos High School gym.

Registration forms for the youth soccer league are available at the recreation department office in the lobby of the old PHS gym weekdays between 5 and 10 p.m. The program is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12.

The rec department's aerobics program will be supervised by Liz Guerrero Vega. For further information on either the aerobics class or soccer program, call the RCCRD office at 447-9776.

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