Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
LL All-Stars begin sectional tourney
PECOS, July 19, 2000 -- After battling a Lubbock team two years
ago in the 9-10 year old division for the sectional title, the Pecos Little
League All-Stars were expecting to see that same team again tonight, when
they begin sectional play in the 11-12 year old bracket.
But things change in two years, and instead of Lubbock Southwest, they'll
be taking on Post in the 8 p.m. game tonight at Shamrock.
Instead of trying to play this evening after making the 395-mile drive
north earlier in the day, the Little Leaguers left for Shamrock on Tuesday,
and were planning a light workout before playing their first round game
Four teams are entered in the sectional tournament, with Midland Northern
taking on Dumas in the 5:30 p.m. game this afternoon. Today's two winners
will face each other on Thursday at 5:30 for a berth in the finals, while
the losers will meet at 8 p.m. in an elimination game.
The winner of the tournament will advance to the State Little League
Tournament next the following week in Waco.
Pecos won the District 4 title by going 4-0 in tournament play; finishing
things off on Saturday with an 8-2 win at San Angelo over Lake View. Eddie
Vela survived some early control problems and a pair of home runs to get
the victory, tossing a three-hitter while striking out nine. "He's eligible
to pitch the first game of the sectionals, and we'll probably go back with
him," manager Vaughn Garnto said following the game.
Post was the surprise winner of the District 2 Little League title,
while Midland Northern blew through the field last weekend to claim the
District 3 championship, and figures to be Pecos' toughest potential opponent
in the sectional. District 3 includes Midland-Odessa teams, along with
Andrews, Lamesa and Big Spring.
Pee Wee grid clinic set for Friday, Saturday
PECOS, July 19, 2000 -- Young football players heading into Pecos Elementary,
Bessie Haynes Elementary and Zavala Middle School next month will have
a chance to get a head start on the type of workouts junior high and high
school football players go through, when the first Pecos Eagles Pee Wee
football camp is held this weekend at Eagle Stadium.
The football camp is free and is for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students
entering grades 3 through 6 this year. Head varsity football coach Gary
Grubbs said registration for the camp is at the rec department's office
in the old Pecos High School gym today and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. on July 21 and 22 at the Pecos High School field house.
The camp itself will be held in two two-hour sessions, from 6 to 8 p.m.,
on July 21-22 at the PHS field house. "One day we're going to do offense
and one day we'll do defense," Grubbs said. The workouts on offense will
be held the first day, while defensive practice will take place Saturday,
"Basically, we're going to take them through a workout like we do in
high school," Grubbs said. "We're going to teach them the basics."
He said all the high school and junior high football coaches, along
with local volunteers, will be involved in the two-day camp.
Aside from the camp, a Pee Wee contact football league is also planned
for players in grades 3 through 6 this fall. It's the first time such a
program has been offered in Pecos in 20 years.
Meanwhile, workouts for the Pecos Eagles' varsity, junior varsity and
freshman football teams will begin in 2 ½ weeks, on Aug. 7. The
team will have one preseason scrimmage this season, at home on Aug. 19
against the Carlsbad Cavemen, and will open their 2000 season on Sept.
1 against the Kermit Yellowjackets.
Cowboys' Williams considers retirement
DALLAS, July 19, 2000 (AP) - Pro Bowl right tackle Erik Williams, who missed
the first day of practices at the Dallas Cowboys' training camp, is reportedly
A source told The Dallas Morning News in Wednesday's editions that former
receiver Michael Irvin, who himself retired earlier this month, said he
had urged the player he called one of his best friends to attend training
camp in Wichita Falls and take a leadership role.
But two sources indicated that Williams has said he would like to be
traded. Salary cap implications prevent Dallas from considering that option
because all of his pro-rated bonus would count against this season's salary
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Williams has been weighing possible retirement
among several other issues. Jones said he and Stephen Jones, team vice
president, had several discussions with Williams' agent, Alan Herman, on
But if Williams decides to retire, he could be obligated to return a
prorated portion of the signing bonus he received two years ago when his
contract was restructured.
"We're disappointed he's not here," said Jerry Jones. "We'll treat this
as we would an injury situation, which means we'll make the personnel adjustments
and go on.
"I had a good visit with him last week and was aware of some issues
and concerns he had," said Jones. "He's not here, and he's not on his way.
We don't want to do anything with the roster spot situation right now."
Jones said he would not fine Williams. The Cowboys could fine the player
$5,000 for each day he's not in camp, said a spokesman for the NFL Players
Alan Herman, Williams' agent, was vacationing in Europe and did not
return a message left Wednesday at his New York office by The Associated
The player is due $1.85 million this season and next under a six-year
deal he signed after the 1995 season. Cincinnati, by comparison, recently
signed right tackle Willie Anderson to a six-year deal that averages $5.1
million, slightly more than the $5.08 million per year deal Philadelphia
gave tackle Jon Runyan.
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