Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000
Eagles sweep Prowlers, Blue Devils
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Sept. 13, 2000 -- The second match didn't slip away from the Pecos
Eagles this time as it had seven days ago, as they followed up an opening
win Tuesday night against the Presidio Blue Devils with a two-game victory
over the Fort Stockton Prowlers.
Pecos beat Presidio by 15-4, 15-7 scores Tuesday afternoon, then
came back three hours later and scored a 15-7 win over Fort Stockton in
their opening match, before pulling out a 17-15 victory in Game 2
The results were better than a week ago, when Pecos beat Dell
City and won their first game over Van Horn before dropping Games 2
and 3 for their first home loss of the season. However, coach
Becky Granado is still hoping her team can improve on their results against
the Prowlers, who rallied from a 12-8 deficit to take a 15-14 lead,
mainly thanks to Pecos mistakes.
"At least they didn't give it up. At least they continued
fighting," she said. "But there's no momentum, no enthusiasm
out there. If we could just get into the game a little bit, everything
would fall into place."
The Eagles had gone up 12-8 on a Philly Fobbs spike, but
then allowed Fort Stockton to score five straight points for a 13-12 lead,
with four of the five points coming on unforced errors. Pecos stopped
the run, and a dink and a spike by Ashley Salcido that was
blocked out of bound by Malia Briars got them to match point, but
the Prowlers then broke serve and scored two straight points of
their own, when D'Andra Ortega blocked Briars' spike out of bound and
Arcie Primera came up with an ace serve.
However, unlike last week, the Eagles avoided a Game 3,
breaking serve on a Prowler error, then going up 16-15 on a hit by Salcido and
a block of Whitney Louther by Ortega and Michelle Saenz. A spike over
the back line by Fort Stockton's Crystal Lopez ended the match.
"We did a better job on defense and we did a much better job
passing to the target," said Granado, who freely substituted during
both matches, and rarely used any player for the full six-spot rotation.
Pecos had some problems earlier in Game 2 with the Prowlers,
who rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead before the Eagles came
back. In Game 1, Pecos jumped ahead 4-0 and never trailed, though
the Prowlers did cut the margin at one point to 9-6 on a block of
Salcido by Zoreida Galindo.
Against Presidio the Eagles also had a fairly easy time in Game
1, and trailed only once, at 2-1, in the second game. Fobbs finished
off the opening game with a kill and had three more, plus a block,
for points in Game 2, while Kalyn Lara and Dee Dee Molinar also
had spikes for points in the second game, in which Pecos rolled off
12 straight points after a Martiza Carrasco hit gave the Blue
Devils their brief lead.
The win lifted Pecos' season record to 17-5 going into their
final two pre-district matches, on Saturday at Plains against
Plains and Denver City. District 2-4A play opens next Tuesday at home for
the Eagles against defending district champion Clint.
Pecos' junior varsity and freshman teams also won both
their matches on Tuesday. The ninth graders defeated Fort Stockton,
15-8, 15-13, and Presidio, 15-2, 15-6, while the JV beat the Prowlers,
15-10, 8-15, 15-4, after a 15-4, 15-1 win over Presidio.
Monahans was the fourth team at Tuesday's match, and while
the Eagles and Loboes didn't play, Monahans did face the Prowlers
and Blue Devils, losing to Fort Stockton, 15-3, 15-9, while beating Presidio,
14-16, 16-14, 16-14.
Knight wants to find new coaching job
By STEVE HERMAN
AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 13, 2000 — The General has no intention of just fading away.
Bob Knight, fired after 29 years at Indiana, says he will coach again,
and he'll do it the way he always has — his way.
"I've always felt I've got to be me, I can't be something that
someone's trying to construct," he said
Tuesday night in a live, sometimes contentious interview on ESPN.
"I try to be fair, try to be honest. My philosophy and approach
to things is just different than some people and situations," Knight said.
Ousted for a pattern of "unacceptable" behavior
that violated a "zero-tolerance"
behavior policy, Knight admitted he was surprised by the school's
decision. But he said perhaps it was time to move on anyway, and that he
still wants to coach "in the worst way."
"I thought I'd stay here till I was done coaching," Knight said.
"I haven't retired. I'm an unemployed teacher right now, and I'm looking
for a place to teach. There are too many things that I have yet to explore
about the game of basketball."
Knight said he thought about leaving Indiana at times, but his
love of the basketball team was too strong. He had wanted the Hoosiers,
who haven't advanced past the second round of the NCAA tournament
since 1994, to become a powerhouse again.
"I kind of hung on to that thought for several years now, four or
five years, and probably should've gone somewhere else," the 59-year-old
Hall of Fame coach said. "And there would be somebody that was a better fit
for this administration and these people than I am. And there's a place for
me where there's a better fit for me as a basketball coach."
Knight repeated that he did nothing wrong when he
grabbed freshman Kent Harvey by the arm last week to lecture him about
manners after the student said, "Hey, what's up, Knight?"
The coach also disputed some of the other reasons
university president Myles Brand cited in firing him.
Brand said Knight violated a zero-tolerance policy that had been
in place since May. But Knight said he was never told exactly what
"zero-tolerance" meant, a claim
university officials denied.
Knight said one episode cited by Brand, verbal abuse of a
university lawyer, occurred during a meeting about the $30,000 fine levied
against him by Brand in May. But Knight said he never used profanity and
didn't raise his voice.
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