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Wednesday, August 2, 2000
Pre-season time short for Eagles
PECOS, Aug. 2, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles volleyball coach Becky Granado hopes
her varsity players have kept themselves in shape during the off-season,
because pre-season practice time before the start of the regular season
will be shorter than ever this year.
Practice doesn't start for another five days, and the Eagles' 2000
season opener is less than two weeks from today, on Aug. 15 against the
Alpine Bucks and Odessa High Bronchos. Before, then, Pecos will host
Wink, Fort Davis and Grandfalls in scrimmage games on Friday, Aug.
11, then will go to Monahans to face the Lady Loboes and Odessa
Permian Panthers on Aug. 12.
"We have 58 signed up for (volleyball) athletics, but not all
58 have returned their physicals," Granado said Tuesday. "Right
now, only two of my freshmen have returned their physicals, so I
don't know what we'll do Monday if there are only two girls out there."
"Most of the upperclassmen have their physicals," she added, but
said workouts may still be rough for them. "It just depends on if they
worked out this summer. If they worked out this summer and got themselves
into shape it will be OK, but if not, it's going to be hard.
"Most of them have been coming to open gym, and after open
gym they've gone out running, but I don't know if they've all been
lifting weights," she said. "We're only going to have four days to get
ready for our first scrimmage on Friday."
Seven members off last year's varsity squad participated in
a volleyball clinic last weekend at Texas Tech. Granado said the teams
were divided by schools and had a mini-tournament, with the Eagles ending
up in Division II, where they came in first.
"I haven't really talked to them a lot about it. All I know is they
enjoyed it," she said.
Aside from a short pre-season, Granado said teacher in-service
starts next week, which means practice times will be changed from past
seasons. Workouts for the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams will
be split into morning and nights next Monday and Tuesday and
afternoon and nights the following two days.
Teams will practice twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and
Thursday, Granado said. "Tuesday we'll probably go one section. The JV
and freshmen will go 6 to 8 a.m. and the varsity 10 to 12 p.m. (midnight),
only because we have to go to Odessa for in-service," she said.
Granado said coaches would be around during the day and
evening today and Thursday for players needing to return their physical
forms. Players cannot begin workouts next week without having their
physical forms filled out and signed by a doctor.
Hereford receiver's catch gets North win
HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2000 (AP) — L.J. Vallejo wasn't really expected to play
a major role in the game plan, nor did he come into Tuesday's Southwestern
Bell All-Star Football Game with much notoriety.
But the Hereford standout left Rice Stadium with the satisfaction
of knowing his touchdown was the highlight of a game that had very
few of them.
Vallejo's touchdown catch off a tipped pass by The
Woodlands' Chance Mock provided the North with the winning score in their
17-13 victory over the South.
"It just happened," said Vallejo, who will play defensive back at
West Texas A&M next fall. "I just jumped up and grabbed it."
Vallejo, listed at 5-foot-9-inches, 175 pounds, was overlooked by
most of the bigger universities because of a serious knee injury that kept
him out of his school's playoff run to the Class 4A Division 1 state finals.
"It was kind of redemption for me," Vallejo said. "I was really
nervous coming here. All of these guys are great athletes and they're going
to Division 1 colleges. It was just awesome to be play to play again."
The game, which showcases 70 prep football standouts from
across Texas, was held in conjunction with the 68th annual Texas High
School Coaches Association coaching school. The school ends Wednesday.
Both teams combined for only 345 total yards, but it was the
big-play ability of the North that catapulted them to a win.
Texarkana's Nathan Vasher caught the other Mock touchdown throw
on a 36-yard bomb down the sideline with 6:20 remaining in the
third quarter, which pulled the North within three points.
Mock, who will attend the University of Texas this fall,
only completed five of his 15 passing attempts, but it was his
two touchdowns tosses which earned him offensive player of the game honors.
"I got the MVP, but this is an award for the team," said Mock,
whose father Mike was named the game's most valuable offensive player
in 1974. "It's a great feeling to be given this honor, but I had some
Post's Billy Crawford, a Baylor signee, was named the most
valuable defensive player of the game. Crawford had four tackles, two of
them for 18 yards in losses.
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