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Friday, March 24, 2000

Eagles seek improved home efforts

PECOS, Mar. 24, 2000 -- Home field has provided little advantage for the Pecos Eagle baseball or softball teams so far this year. But they'll hope to change that today, when both teams play their third home games of the 2000 season.

The girls, who completed the first half of their District 2-4A softball schedule undefeated, open second half play with a 4 p.m. game at Martinez Field against the San Elizario Eagles, while the boys, who defeated Fabens in their district baseball opener on Tuesday, host El Paso Mountain View tonight, starting at 7 p.m.

Coach Tammy Walls team went through their first five 2-4A games undefeated, but played four of them on the road. Their only home game was eight days ago, when they were four-hit by Mountain View but used Lobo errors to score an 8-4 victory. And their only other home game of the season was back on Feb. 29, in an 11-1 loss to Kermit.

"I hope we can hit the ball better at home. We haven't looked good at all here," Walls said.

For Pecos, this will be their second game against San Elizario in less than a week. After being four-hit by Mountain View, they rapped out 11 hits last Saturday in an 8-3 victory at San Eli, then went to Clint on Tuesday and avenged their only district loss from a season ago, beating the Lions, 11-9.

Clint rallied from a seven-run deficit to tie the score at 8-8 after five innings, but the Eagles then scored three times in their next at bat and shut down the Lions after that. It raised the Eagles' record to 10-5 on the season.

Pecos' boys are 9-3 and have also played better on the road, especially in the pitching and defense department. This past Tuesday, they opened district play by jumping on Fabens for six runs in their first two at-bats, on the way to a six-inning, 9-3 victory. Josh Casillas allowed just three hits and one earned run in the game, while raising his record to 2-2 on the season.

At home, however, the Eagles have allowed 22 run in two games, beating Kermit and losing to Andrews under the 10-run rule. Pifi Montoya took the loss in the latter game, his first of the season in four decisions, and is expected to start tonight against San Elizario, which ran out of sunlight on Tuesday in an 8-8 tie against Mountain View.

Montoya one-hit San Elizario last season in an 11-0 road victory, while at home, Pecos gave up three early runs to the visiting Eagles then roared back for a 14-3 win.

Track teams in San Angelo, Van Horn

PECOS, Mar. 24, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle boys' track team hasn't yet had a chance to see any of their District 2-4A rivals, but they'll get to see some of their possible regional opponents today and Saturday at the West Texas Relays in San Angelo.

Pecos' girls, meanwhile, will head west to Van Horn, for a one-day track meet on Saturday, after most of the team took last week off for Spring Break.

The boys placed fifth and the girls sixth last weekend at the Crane Golden Crane Relays. Sophomore Christina Arenivas, one of only two girls to make the trip to Crane, picked up two medals and all of Pecos' points, with a second in the long jump, third in the 100 meter dash and fourth in the 200 and 400 meters, while junior Daniel Terrazas collected the Eagles' first gold medal of the 2000 track season, winning the 200 meter dash while placing second in the 400 meters.

The field at San Angelo will be a lot tougher for Pecos, headed up by the host Chiefs, Lubbock Estacado and Fredericksburg, one of only three teams entered in Division II that will not be back in San Angelo next month for the Region I-4A finals. Mineral Wells, Snyder, Sweetwater, Frenship, Borger and Dumas are some of the teams the Eagles will face who should have at least a few representatives back at regionals in late April.

Pecos' girls will face a smaller group of schools at Van Horn, but will have more competitors this time around than they did at Crane. Arenivas scored 20 points last week, just three less than the team's high-point mark so far this year, and a total they'll try and beat in their next-to-last meet before District 2-4A competition on April 7-8 at San Elizario.

Both teams will be home next week for the West of the Pecos Relays, the first home track meet for the Eagles in a decade.

Hollywood scores in Lotto Texas drawing

AUSTIN (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys player Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson said Thursday he now holds the winning ticket from Wednesday's $28 million Lotto Texas.

State Lottery Commission officials waiting until Henderson turns in his ticket to confirm that the former Cowboy linebacker, who played in three Super Bowls, held the only winning ticket to Wednesday's drawing.

Earlier this year, Henderson was ruled ineligible to run for an Austin City Council seat by the secretary of state's office unless he received a pardon or his criminal record was otherwise cleared.

He was arrested in 1983 after smoking crack cocaine with two teen-age girls and served 28 months in prison. Since then has spent most of his time helping others fight addictions and doing community service in East Austin, where he grew up.

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