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Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Pecos boys win Seminole meet; girls second

Staff Writer

PECOS, Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Pecos High School Swim Team closed out their  pre-holiday swim meets with a bang on Saturday at the Seminole Invitational.

Head Coach Terri Morse said the team had a better meet this past weekend than they've had in a while, as the boys' team won the meet with 163 points, 76 more than Big Spring, which finished with 87 points. Pecos girls came in second overall with 105 points, just three points behind first place Pampa.

"Our attitude was much better," Morse said. "I think that can account for a small portion of our performance."

"I felt better about this meet than I did the last one," she added. "I thought we did a good job."

Morse said now the swimmers need to concentrate on having good Christmas workouts so hopefully when they come back they'll have good championship meets starting in January.

The Pecos boy's team started off the meet with the A relay of Tye Edwards, Jason Lopez, Will Oglesby and Cortney Freeman taking first place in the 200-yard medley relay, while the B team of Gary Garcia, Wesley Roberts, Patrick McChesney and Eddie Mata placed fifth in that race.

For the 200-yard freestyle relay, the A team of Grant Holland, Lopez, Randall Reynolds and Freeman placed second to Carlsbad A, while the B team of Mata, Garcia, Daniel Quintana and Roberts placed eighth.

The A team of Reynolds, McChesney, Holland and Tye Edwards climbed back on top to take first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay ahead of Big Spring and Pampa, while the B team of Oglesby, Trey Edwards, Quintana and Max Key placed sixth.

Reynolds started off the individual events with a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle behind Doug Willberg of Big Spring and John Lilley of Carlsbad. He later was second in the 500-yard freestyle to Marcus Safar of Carlsbad.

McChesney placed eighth in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free.

Quintana placed ninth in both the 200 and 500 free while Trey Edwards placed 10th in the 200 free and eighth in the 500 free.

Holland finished second in the 200-yard individual medley just behind Jonathan Ochoa of Carlsbad and ahead of Josh Pike of Big Spring.

He also placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle while Freeman placed 11 th in the same race.

Freeman was third in the 50-yard freestyle behind Ethan Lewallen of Monahans and Layton Maddox of Hobbs.

Mata placed 11th in the 50 free and eighth in the 1-meter diving competition on Friday.

Also in the diving, Michael Juarez placed third behind two Andrews divers, Tanner Jackson and Jarred Tochterman while Roberts placed fourth and Leroy Rodriguez placed sixth.

Rodriguez also placed 31st in the 50 free while Puertas was 24th, and 14th in the 100-yard butterfly.

Tye Edwards had two of the Eagles' three individual wins, in 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

Oglesby followed close behind Tye Edwards in the 100 butterfly taking second, while Key placed 10th in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 100 butterfly. Garcia placed fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 backstroke.

Lopez took home Pecos' other first place, in the 100-yard breaststroke. He also placed 12th in the 50 free.

For the girls, the A team of JoAnn Wein, Rachelle Eisenberg, Rebecca Wein and Sarah Flores placed second in the 200-yard medley relay while the B team of Misty Cason, Rebecca Reynolds, Ashley Carrasco and Chyloe Martin placed eighth.

The Pecos A team of Betsy Lujan, Lauren Wein, Cason and Kelsey Holt placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay while the B team of Rebecca Wein, Tina Grice, Martin and Jessica Minjarez was ninth.

For the 400-yard freestyle relay, the A team of JoAnn Wein, Holt, Eisenberg and Flores placed second behind Pampa A, while the B team of Lujan, Rebecca Reynolds, Lauren Wein and Minjarez placed sixth.

Minjarez also swam in the 200-yard freestyle, placing fourth and the 500-yard freestyle placing sixth.

JoAnn Wein placed second in the 500 free behind Tamra Henthorn of Pampa, and was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Lauren Wein placed seventh in that event and ninth in the 200 free while Grice placed 13th in the 200 free and ninth in the 500 free.

Lujan placed fifth in the 500 free and seventh in the 200-yard individual medley.

Eisenberg who placed second behind Michael Carriaga of Carlsbad in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Flores third. She placed fourth in the 200 IM, while Eisenberg was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle just ahead of Holt who placed sixth in that event and seventh in the 50-yard freestyle.

Rebecca Wein placed eighth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100-yard butterfly, while Reynolds was eighth in that race and also placed 12th in the 100 breaststroke.

Carrasco placed just behind Reynolds, taking 13th place in that event and also 12th in the 200 IM. Cason was 10th in the 50 free and 13th in the 100 backstroke; Martin placed 16th in the 50 free and 17th in the 100 free; and Lara Weinacht placed 25th in the 50 free and 29th in the 100 free.

Jenny Alvarez started off the meet on Friday by placing third in the 1-meter diving behind Lee McDonald of Andrews and Stephanie Cohagen of Hobbs.

Eagles fall at finish to Bucks, 47-44

PECOS, Dec. 12, 2000 -- Things didn't work out at the finish for the Pecos Eagles for  the second game in a row on Monday, as they dropped a 47-44 decision  in Alpine to the Bucks.

"We had too many missed free throws, and we tried to rush when we didn't need to and threw the ball away," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela. "There were a couple of times we stole the ball and then rushed when we didn't need to. We don't like to hold on to the ball the way we should."

Philly Fobbs led all scorers with 20 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter, but was only 2-for-6 from the foul line, part of a 9-for-18 overall night for Pecos. Alpine, meanwhile, was 11-for-14 from the line and 7-for-8 in the final period.

"She still missed a lot of shots in-close," Valenzuela said, but added, "Philly is starting to be a little more aggressive about taking the ball to the basket."

Pecos, which won their first game of the season last Friday over Kermit, then lost by four points on Saturday to El Paso High at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, took a 12-4 lead after one quarter, only to see the Bucks rally to cut the gap to 21-19 at halftime.

Alpine then outscored Pecos 15-10 in the third period for a 34-31 lead, and ended up winning by that same margin, though Valenzuela said the Eagles were able to tie the game at 42-all on a pair of Maricela Arenivas foul shots. Arenivas ended up 5-for-8 at the line and finished with 12 points.

Alpine was led in scoring by Ashley Bautista with 16, which included hitting all six of her free throws, four in the final period. The difference was they made their free throws, and we insisted on fouling the wrong girl," Valenzuela said.

The loss dropped Pecos to 1-6 on the season going into their next game, at home on Friday against Fort Stockton. The varsity game will be part of a doubleheader with the boys and will begin at 6 p.m., with the boys' game against Greenwood to follow at about 7:30 p.m.

Pecos' junior varsity team also lost to Alpine on Tuesday. No score was available for the JV.

PECOS (44)

C. Arenivas 3 1-2 7; Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Maldonado 1 1-2 3; Dominguez 0 0-0 0; Molinar 0 0-0 0; M. Arenivas 3 5-8 12; Lara 0 0-0 0; Fobbs 9 2-6 20. Totals 17 9-18 44.


Fuentes 4 2-4 10; Dominguez 4 2-2 12; Garza 0 0-0 0; McCrow 0 0-0 0; Burns 0 0-0 0; Babb 0 0-0 0; Moore 4 1-2 9; Bautista 5 6-6 16. Totals 17 11-14 47.

Pecos 12 9 10 13 —44

Alpine 4 15 15 13 —47

Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (M. Arenivas), Alpine 2 (Dominguez 2). Fouled out: Alpine, Dominguez. Total fouls: Pecos 19, Alpine 15.

A-Rod given a mint by Ranger$

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2000 — A-Rod is baseball's newest lightning rod, a  quarter-billion dollar example of the star system dominating professional sports. 

Even before the All-Star shortstop finalized his $252 million, 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Monday, baseball's doom-and-gloom faction was saying the money has become too much.

"This amount of money spread out over 10 years could probably buy three franchises or so at the bottom end of market value," said Sandy Alderson, an executive vice president in baseball's commissioner's office.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks predicted Rodriguez will lead his team to national prominence, to "fulfill its dream of continuing on its path to becoming a World Series champion."

Hicks paid $250 million to buy the entire franchise three years ago from a group headed by George W. Bush and Rusty Rose.

"The Rangers are serious about winning," Texas general manager Doug Melvin said. "I know expectations will be high. We're ready for that challenge."

But, while A-Rod now has I-Rod — catcher Ivan Rodriguez — as a teammate, they don't pitch. Texas hasn't added much to staff that had a major league-worst 5.52 ERA last season.

And the Rangers must contend with teams who claimed Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras bamboozled them into overpaying by tens of millions of dollars.

"I'm the whipping boy for `baseball games will destruct,"' Boras said.

The contract calls for a $10 million signing bonus paid over five years and salaries of $21 million in each of the first four years — well above the $15.8 million Minnesota paid its entire team this season.

The 25-year-old Rodriguez gets $25 million a year in 2005 and 2006, and $27 million in each of the final four seasons. A total of $36 million is deferred at 3 percent interest, the money to be paid from 2011-2020.

The contract is double the previous record for a sports contract: a $126 million, six-year agreement in October 1997 between forward Kevin Garnett and the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

And it was finalized just two days after Mike Hampton's $121 million, eight-year deal with Colorado, which had been baseball's highest package. New York Yankees president Randy Levine criticized Texas as among the teams "whining about out-of-control payrolls" and said it would be "the height of hypocrisy" for them to "ever complain about anything again."

"At first they were talking about 200 million — 250 (million) came out of nowhere," said Rodriguez's new teammate, Rafael Palmeiro. "It's just incredible."

Rodriguez, who can opt out of the agreement after seven years and become a free agent again at age 32, came away with an average salary of $25.2 million — 48 percent higher than the previous top, the $17 million Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado agreed to in October as part of a four-year contract.

But A-Rod fell short of the highest average salary in sports. Los  Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal will average $29.5 million in an  $88.5 million, three-year extension that starts with the 2003-04 season.

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