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Thursday, May 29, 1997

Summer rec programs set to begin next week

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PECOS, MAY 29 -- Registration for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer recreation
programs will take place next week in tennis and track, while volleyball
and basketball are also set to begin their summer schedules at that time.

Swimming registration was held the past two Mondays, while athletic
program fees for all other activities are $5 per child, or $8 for
families with two children and $10 for those with three enrolled in the

Registration will be next Monday for the first session of the summer
tennis program, with PHS tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas as instructor.
The session will run through June 13, while the second session will run
from June 16-27 with sign-ups for that two-week class on June 16 at the
PHS tennis courts.

Times for the sessions are 8-8:45 a.m. for boys and girls entering
Grades 1-3; 9-9:45 a.m. for Grades 4-6; 10 to 10:45 a.m. for junior high
students, and 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 5 to 7 p.m. for high school

Registration for the summer track program is also set for Monday at the
PHS field house, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, with the class set to begin on
June 3 and end on June 22.

Varsity boys track coach Mike Ferrell will be the instructor, and the
program is open to students between the ages of 7 and 18. The school
district will provide transportation to summer track meets in Iraan on
June 6 and to Stanton on June 13. There will also be a U.S. Track and
Field Association meet on June 20-21 in Lubbock, and a Texas Amateur
Athletic Federation meet at Odessa High School on June 27-28.

Top 6 finishers in Lubbock will advance to the USA T&F meet in Abilene
on July 9-12, with Top 3 finishers there going onto the nationals in
Baton Rouge, La., on July 21-27. The two top finishers in each event in
Odessa advance to the TAAF State Finals on July 24-26 in Lubbock.

Summer volleyball is scheduled for odd-numbered weekdays the first three
weeks of June from 6 to 9 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 9
p.m. each day the week of June 23. In July, volleyball times are 6-9
p.m. on July 1 and 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. the weeks
of July 14 and July 21. Becky Granado will be the instructor for the

Volleyball camps for girls entering Grades 7-9 will also be held on
three different weeks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volleyball will share the gym during the first month with the summer
basketball program, which will have Mike Sadler as instructor. Students
can sign up during their first day of attendance, and the program will
begin next Tuesday and run through July 3.

Summer golf will hold registration on June 9-10 in the Pecos High School
library, and begin on June 11 and 12 with Kim Anderson as instructor.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays class times will be 8-8:45 a.m. for
Grades 4-5; 9-9:45 a.m. for sixth graders; 10-10:45 a.m. for Grades 7-8
and 11 to 11:45 a.m. for high school students. On Tuesdays and
Thurdsays, classes will be from 8-8:45 a.m. for Grades 7-8 and 9-9:45
a.m. for high school students.

Along with those programs, the PHS field house will be open during the
summer for weight lifting, beginning on June 9. Dan Swaim will be the
supervisor, and the weight machines will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening, with the exception of July 3.

Stockton team wins tourney

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PECOS, May 29 -- A Fort Stockton team took first place this past weekend
in a co-ed volleyball tournament at the Pecos High School gym.

Pecos Eagles' basketball coach Patty Hall said the tournament was
designed to raise funds for the girls' basketball program.

Fort Stockton beat out `Dig It' for first place, while the team
sponsored by Rediger's Pharmacy placed third, D.J. Collins was fourth, and fifth went to the 3-Dimensions/Sonic/Gibson's team.

Bulls oust Heat, talk about future

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AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO, May 29 -- With three playoff series out of the way and four
victories to go for another NBA championship celebration, the Chicago
Bulls are savoring what could be their final title run in the Michael
Jordan era.

Or is it?

Jordan would like to come back, but only if coach Phil Jackson does the
same. The game's greatest player and one of its most successful coaches
are intertwined, but someday they, too, will go their separate ways.

``We're not thinking about that,'' Jackson said after the Bulls finished
off the Miami Heat 100-87 Wednesday night to wrap up the Eastern
Conference finals and earn their fifth trip to the championship series
in seven years.

``We're thinking about the fact that we want to win a title. We've got
to play better, particularly on the offensive end of the court, if we
want to be a candidate to win a title.''

Miami coach Pat Riley, who led the Lakers to four championships in the
1980s, says the rest of the league is doomed to chase the Bulls, the
oldest team in the NBA.

``I don't think anybody's going to win again until Michael retires, I
really don't,'' Riley said.

``As long as I'm still in a uniform and we can continue to have coaches
come up and say that, our job is accomplished,'' said Jordan, who had 28
points Wednesday night despite another bad stretch of shooting.

``I plan on being around for a little while, I hope,'' he said. ``I
pride myself on helping this organization and city always stay on top.''

Jordan, calling the game ``personal'' after Miami won Game 4 with what
he claimed was rough play, came out in a frenzy, making six of his first
10 shots as the Bulls jumped out to a 16-2 lead.

Jordan, who had missed 20 of his first 22 shots Monday in Miami, then
misfired on 15 of his final 21. Still, Chicago's big early lead was too
much for the Heat to overcome as the Bulls beat Miami for the 10th time
in 11 playoff meetings.

Chicago's reserves provided 33 points and the Bulls limited Heat center
Alonzo Mourning to one basket in wrapping up the series 4-1.

The victory came short-handed. Scottie Pippen played only seven minutes
after spraining his foot in the first quarter, and he was scheduled for
an MRI today. Should Utah close out Houston in the Western Conference
Finals tonight, Pippen isn't sure if he'd be ready for Sunday's Game 1
at the United Center.

``It's kind of hard to call that right now,'' Pippen said.

``No matter what the MRI says, I'm looking to win four more games.''

Should the Utah-Houston series require a seventh game, the finals would
not begin until June 4.

Doesn't matter, Riley says.

``I think Chicago's going to win it against anybody. Everybody expects
that ... regardless of who they play.''

Tim Hardaway scored 27 points for the Heat, who had the lowest-scoring
five-game series ever (393 points) and the lowest average in any
postseason series (78.6).

Mourning, who backed up his victory guarantee with a superb performance
in Game 4, had seven turnovers this time, took only four shots and made
his only basket with 2.5 seconds remaining.

``After ending it like this, it leaves an empty feeling inside that you
are better than that, better than what you showed,'' Mourning said.
``I'd like to start the series from scratch because I know we can play a
whole lot better.''

Jordan refused to shake Mourning's hand before Wednesday's game and then
made his first two shots, a fast-break dunk and a 15-foot jumper, as the
Bulls raced to their big lead.

He capped his big first quarter with a 3-pointer as the Bulls went up
33-19 and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the night.

``It was a very emotional game and we fed off Michael's energy,''
Chicago's Jud Buechler said. ``Michael, during warmups, was the most
fired up that I have ever seen him. He was flying, dunking the ball
during warmups.''

When Jordan cooled off, Luc Longley, Ron Harper and reserves Toni Kukoc,
Buechler, Brian Williams, Buechler, Steve Kerr, Randy Brown and Jason
Caffey responded. The Chicago backups struggled throughout the series
before Wednesday night.

Dennis Rodman, whose Game 4 wrestling match with Mourning resulted in a
$5,000 fine for each, had 13 rebounds and nine points. He also received
a technical foul for taunting Mourning after Longley dunked over the
Miami center in the third quarter.

Riley was fed up with Rodman's antics, but he couldn't keep from putting
the Bulls' success in perspective.

``They are the greatest team since the Celtics won 11 in 13 years (from
1957-69),'' Riley said.

Jordan said beating Riley is always special.

``He's presented a challenge to Michael Jordan, to Phil Jackson, to the
Chicago Bulls. It gives me great pleasure to make sure he's denied,''
Jordan said.

(Copyright 1997 by The Associated Press)

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