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Thursday, September 21, 2000

Eagles hope better workouts produce results

Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 21, 2000 -- If you practice how you play, things should go a lot better  this week for the Pecos Eagles' football team.

"Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be a big stepping stone towards the way things go on Friday, and this week we took a big step towards that," said Eagles' coach Gary Grubbs. "We had three good practices this week."

"I thought Monday's practice was the best we've had all year," Grubbs said. "Tuesday's wasn't up there as much but was still good and today (Wednesday) we had another good practice."

Having a good game Friday night against the Presidio Blue Devils following two straight overtime losses is critical for Pecos, with a trip to Monahans coming up next week. And if that's not enough to motivate the Eagles, going into their 7:30 p.m. match-up against Presidio, Blue Devils' coach Levelle Norris had one other item worth pointing out.

"So far we're the only team to score against them and not have it called back," Norris said, referring to the Blue Devils' 2-0 scrimmage win over the Bucks, and the two touchdowns called back against the Eagles last week, in their 6-0 loss to Alpine.

Presidio has put up a lot of points in the past two weeks, scoring 21 to beat Marfa by eight points and 32 to defeat Anthony by four. That may not sound like much, but for a team that had gone 2-28 the previous three seasons, it's definitely a step in the right direction.

"The kids are real excited. They haven't won too much the last couple of years, so they're excited to get things going," said Norris, the Blue Devils' first-year head coach, whose team can win three games in a season for the first time since 1995 if they beat Pecos on Friday.

In both victories, Presidio had to rally to win. They were down 13-6 with under three minutes to play against the Shorthorns before scoring twice to win, then blew a 24-0 first quarter lead to the Wildcats before scoring a late third quarter touchdown and a fourth quarter safety to get past Anthony.

David Neri ran for 123 yards in the win over Marfa and Oscar Hernandez picked up 107 last week against Anthony. "They've both been on the varsity since their sophomore seasons," Norris said, while quarterback Ricky Carrasco also ran for 86 yards last week, and "threw the ball a lot better," Norris said, going 10-for-21 for 141 yards.

"Their quarterback is not very big, and they kind of like to throw it down the field," Grubbs said. "He had an average throwing arm, but very good accuracy."

Oscar Cobos was Carrasco's main target a week ago, with over 100 yards receiving including a touchdown catch. Norris said the Blue Devils also like to throw the ball to tight end Angel Garza.

Grubbs said Hernandez and Neri "seem like pretty hard runners, and we appear to match up against them size-wise." Norris said Presidio's front line is all back from a year ago, when the Blue Devils finished with an 0-10 record.

"They've gotten smarter and a lot stronger during the off-season," he said.

Defensively, Grubbs said, "They run the same defense we run, a `cheat' 4-3. What it is is sometimes it looks like a 50 (defense, with a nose tackle) and sometimes it looks like an 80."

"A lot of our kids go both ways, but we try to do a lot of rotation in and out, especially our big linemen," Norris said.

The Eagles' shorthanded line got even thinner on Wednesday, when Sebero Jaquez suffered strained knee ligaments. "He got rolled up on (in practice) and won't play," Grubbs said. Gilbert Rodriguez will start in his place on offense.

The Eagles will be trying to bounce back from last week's dismal offensive effort against Alpine. Pecos didn't complete a pass and ran for only 85 yards, after those two touchdown runs of 80 and 37 yards were called back by penalties. The setback on offense came after the Eagles had been able to move the ball at times in their opening road games at Kermit and Fort Stockton.

Grubbs said junior Richard Rodriguez would start at quarterback on Friday, as senior Alex Garcia continues to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered against Fort Stockton. "We'll probably hold Alex out until district," said Grubbs. "He and (center) Chris Deishler can start practice Monday, but contact will be limited."

Grubbs said one other change in the backfield would be Matthew Levario starting at tailback this week, though he added, "We're going to play more than one kid at tailback."

This is the first-ever meeting on the varsity level between the Eagles and Blue Devils, but the teams could be facing each other a lot in the near future, if Pecos drops from Class 4A to 3A in 2002. The Blue Devils are currently aligned in District 4-3A with Alpine, Kermit, Fort Stockton, Monahans and Crane, which is expected to drop into Class 2A under the next realignment.

Pecos netters fall in matches at Monahans

PECOS, Sept. 21, 2000 -- Tuesday afternoon was a tough one for the Pecos Eagles' tennis  team in Monahans, as they dropped a 17-1 decision to the Loboes. But  coach Bernadette Ornelas said despite the score, the matches would help  her team prepare for their District 2-4A opener next weekend in Fabens.

"As we gain experience, we will gain confidence participating on the varsity level," said Ornelas. "Even though Monahans beat us 17-1, we showed a lot of improvement. We were not getting beat 6-0 or 8-0; we were putting up a fight.

The Eagles' victory Tuesday came from David Lamb, a pro-set 9-8 win over Jared Atchison. The next closest matches came from the top seeds on the girls' side, as Rebecca Wein and Brenda Fuentes lost to Tarrah Oliver and Melinda Covinsky in doubles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, while Wein was beaten by Megan Shaun in singles, 8-5, and No. 2 seed Natalia Ornelas fell to Oliver, 9-7.

"When we go to El Paso, the game is a little different," Ornelas said. "Here in this area the players like to hit it hard and low, and the games have a lot more pace. In the El Paso area it's slowed down a lot more and they have more slice shots."

Ornelas said the Eagles also played Tuesday's matches without a couple of varsity players due to injuries. She said players from the junior varsity filled those spots, while the remaining JV players dropped a 10-2 decision on Tuesday to the Loboes.

Pecos was scheduled to play their first district match at home on Sept. 30, but Ornelas said instead the Eagles would head out to El Paso to play Fabens. "They said the tennis teams will follow the football schedule," she said, which should mean the Eagles will get to host El Paso Mountain View and Clint in their district matches next month.

Before facing Fabens, the Eagles are scheduled to play on the road against Odessa Permian's JV on Saturday and Fort Stockton next Tuesday, while the JV will host Kermit on Monday at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

Pecos (1) at Monahans (17)

Boys Singles

Tye Graham lost to Brady Hawkins, 6-3, 6-1; Jerry Orona lost to Aashish Chopra, 6-2, 6-0; Jay Dannelley lost to Zach Oliver, 6-0, 6-3; Orlando Mendoza lost to Nick Ledingham, 8-5; David Lamb defeated Jared Atchison, 9-8; Bobby Sotelo lost to Lendingham, 8-1.

Girls Singles

Rebecca Wein lost to Megan Shawn, 8-5; Natalia Ornelas lost to Tarrah Oliver, 9-7; Brenda Fuentes lost to Melinda Covensky, 8-1; Kathy Dominguez lost to Paula Chamberlain, 8-6; Prescilla Levario lost to Ashely Neace, 6-1, 6-0; Elizabeth Carreon lost to Kristin Hall, 8-0.

Boys Doubles

Graham and Sotelo lost to Hawkins and Chopra, 6-3, 6-3; Dannelley and Orona lost to Oliver and Ledingham, 6-2, 6-1; Mendoza and Lamb lost to Atchison and Turner, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

Girls Doubles

Wein and Fuentes lost to Oliver and Covensky, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Ornelas and Dominguez lost to Chamberlain and Hall, 6-2, 7-6; Levario and Carreon lost to Neace and Gatzki, 6-1, 6-2.

JV, junior highs host OHS, Van Horn

PECOS, Sept. 21, 2000 -- Two of the Pecos Eagles' three sub-varsity football teams that  were in action last week are off tonight, while the three teams idle a week  ago get back into action, with games against the Presidio Blue Devils  and Van Horn Eagles.

Pecos' junior varsity team is the only one playing tonight that also played a week ago, and they'll try to bounce back from their first loss of the season, when they host Odessa High's sophomore squad in a 6 p.m. game at Eagle Stadium.

Also playing at home tonight are Pecos' seventh and eighth grade `B' teams, as they face Van Horn's junior high `A' squads at 4 and 5:30 p.m., while the Eagles' freshman team gets to make the 160-mile drive to Presidio to face the Blue Devils' JV, beginning at 5 p.m.

The JV is 2-1, having won a couple of close games over Kermit and Fort Stockton at home before falling last week on the road to Alpine, 22-0. Some of Pecos' freshmen participated in that game, and they'll try for their first win of the season after opening up with shutout losses to the Yellowjackets and Panthers.

The junior high `B' teams were idle last week, while the `A' teams scored wins over Presidio. The eighth grade `B' squad is seeking their third win without a loss today when they face Van Horn, while the seventh graders will try to even their record at 1-1, after opening two weeks ago with a loss to Fort Stockton.

Knicks' Ewing to Sonics, Lakers add Grant

AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2000 -- Patrick Ewing never brought a championship to New York, and  now he never will. 

In one of the largest and most complicated trades in NBA history, the Ewing era ended in New York when he was dealt Wednesday to the Seattle SuperSonics in a four-team, 12-player megatrade.

The Knicks got back four draft picks and six players — including Glen Rice from Los Angeles and Luc Longley from Phoenix — while the Lakers picked up power forward Horace Grant from Seattle.

"The one thing I know is that Patrick is happy," said one of his best friends, Alonzo Mourning of Miami. "Based on the way New York treated him the last couple of years, it was disheartening to him that what he gave to that organization wasn't appreciated."

The Knicks, Lakers and Sonics had been trying for five weeks to work out a complicated trade that would get Ewing out of New York, and the pieces finally came together when the Suns entered the picture.

Several other players were included in the trade to make it work under league salary cap guidelines. The Knicks got Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania and Lazaro Borrell from Seattle and Travis Knight from Los Angeles.

New York also got first-round draft picks in 2001 from the Lakers and Sonics, and two second-round picks in 2001 from Seattle.

The Lakers get Greg Foster, Chuck Person and Emanuel Davis from Seattle. Phoenix gets the Knicks' No. 1 pick in 2001.

"It became clear that he was looking for a change and when he requested a trade, we respected his request," Knicks general manager Scott Layden said.

Rice, a free agent, received a one-year offer from the Chicago Bulls this week. But he wavered on signing it as his agent, David Falk, tried to broker another deal, and the Bulls finally pulled the offer off the table Wednesday afternoon.

Rice ended up with the Knicks as part of a sign-and-trade transaction in which he got a multiyear contract from the Lakers before being shipped immediately to New York.

The trade brings a close to Ewing's career in New York, where he arrived as the No. 1 pick in the 1985 draft and was expected to be the type of franchise player who could bring the Knicks their first championship since 1973.

"Getting Patrick accomplishes a big offseason goal of ours," said Sonics general manager Wally Walker, adding that 48 trade scenarios were discussed between the Sonics, Knicks and Lakers. "Until we got on the conference call with

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