Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, September 21, 2000
Eagles hope better workouts produce results
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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,"
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
"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
"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)
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.
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
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.
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
By CHRIS SHERIDAN
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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