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January 23, 1997

Swimmers seek sweep at district

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PECOS, Jan. 23. 1997 -- The flu bug became another problem for the Pecos
Eagle girls to battle last week, along with the Monahans Loboes and Big
Spring Steers, as they seek their seventh straight District 4 swimming
title on Saturday in Fort Stockton.

The Eagle boys, meanwhile, will try for their seventh title in eight
years, after seeing Big Spring end their string of championships in
Pecos a year ago.

Preliminaries start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Stockton pool,
followed by diving finals Saturday afternoon. The swimming finals open
at 6 p.m., with the 200 medley relay, and should wrap up about 8:45
p.m., with the 400 freestyle relay.

The girls will be trying to tie Monahans' string of seven straight
championships they set in the late 1980s. But both the Loboes and Big
Spring have placed ahead of Pecos for much of this season, and Eagles'
coach Terri Morse said some of her swimmers came down with the flu last

"Everybody's back," she said this morning. "It seems like everybody's
doing pretty good. Nobody's sick right now."

The coaches for the seven district teams handed in their entries last
week, and Morse said the main surprise was Monahans' Sandra Meeks moving
from the 500 freestyle, where she set a new district record last season,
to the 100 free on Saturday.

"That was probably the biggest surprise, but it helped us, because it
moved Christi (Whitworth) up," in the 500 free, Morse said.

Meeks will be matched against Pecos' Liz Parent and Big Spring's Somer
Leubner, who'll also face each other in the 200 individual medley. "Liz
has beaten her this year. Somer's won more times, but she's capable of
pulling it out," the Eagles' coach said.

Pecos' best race should be the 100 butterfly, where Megan Freeman, Randi
Key and Dionnie Munoz go in seeded 1-2-3, while Morse also hopes for a
higher finish in the 200 freestyle relay, where she's added Key and
Kelly Bagley to a squad that comes in seeded fourth, behind Monahans,
Andrews and the district's newest member, Abilene Wylie.

Pecos' boys have finished in front of Big Spring this season, after
losing out to the Steers a year ago. But Morse still expects a tight
meet, especially in the relays.

"I understand that Big Spring may move their fastest swimmers into the
200 (freestyle relay), so that may give them an advantage there," Morse
said. "But it would help us in the 400 if they did that."

Going into Saturday's meet, the Eagles have several swimmers seeded
first in their events, including Seth Whitworth (200 medley, 100
breaststroke), Kenneth Friar (500 free) and Kevin Bates (100 fly), and
Morse is also hoping Scott Pounds can pull out a victory in the 1 meter
diving event.

The top six finishers in each event will advance to the Region I meet,
set for Feb. 7-8 at the Texas Tech Aquatic Center in Lubbock.

Eagles seek to raise funds

through `hitting sponsors'

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PECOS, Jan. 23, 1997 -- The Pecos Eagles' baseball team will be seeking
to raise money to buy new equipment through a "hitting fundraiser" set
for prior to the start of the 1997 baseball season.

Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said they're hoping businsses or
indivuduals can sponsor a player, who'll get 10 swings against a regular
defensive lineup. Williams said they would ask for $3 per hit, and
expected the players to average between two and three hits per 10 swings.

The money would be used to buy new equipment for the team,

Pre-season practice has begun for the Eagles, and they'll hold their
first scrimmage on Feb. 3 in Kermit. Pecos will host another scrimmage
on Feb. 15 against Midland High, and begin the 1997 season with a
home-and-home series on Feb 18 and 21 against Monahans.

The early games against the Loboes replace their normal District 4-4A
contests, after Monahans dropped down to Class 3A last year. Monahans'
replacement in district, Sweewater, will be Pecos' opponent in their
4-4A opener, on March 25.
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