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Hall resigned her post job last week in order to take over as head
volleyball at Monahans High School, after that position suddenly became
open four weeks ago.
An official replacement for Hall as head basketball coach has not yet
been named, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD personnel director Crissy Urias said
Martina Carrillo resigned in late January after two seasons as the
Loboes' volleyball coach, and was scheduled to be replaced by Fort Davis
head coach Ruth McWilliams. But McWilliams changed her mind in late
June, opting instead to take over the volleyball program at Sul Ross
State University in Alpine.
Grade problems hurt the Eagles last season, Hall's first as coach after taking over from Larnce Gardner. The Eagles went 1-9 in District 4-4A and were 6-17 overall.
The move is the latest in a series of coaching changes in both Pecos'
and Monahans' girls programs since the beginning of the year.
Carrillo's former junior varsity coach at Monahans, Veronica
Valenzuela, will handle the same job in Pecos, after Becky Granado was
named varsity coach last month to replace the long-time head coach Nora
Carrillo took Monahans to the Class 3A state semifinals last season, in
Monahans' sixth straight post-season appearance. The first four came
under Geron's daughter and Hall's cousin, Val Hernandez, who Carrillo
replaced in 1995 when she moved to Brownwood.
Granado had served for a decade as the Eagles' junior varsity coach,
while Hall earned All-State honors playing for her aunt during the early
1980s. Granado had also served for the past three seasons as Pecos'
varsity track coach. She'll be replaced there by assistant coach Lily Talamantez.
Nova Bonnett, a secretary for the players' attorney Peter Ginsberg,
confirmed the agreement, but would not disclose the amount of the
settlement against KXAS reporter Marty Griffin and Lin Television Corp.,
parent company for KXAS.
Dallas radio station KKDA quoted unidentified sources saying the
settlement calls for the players to split a payment of at least $2
An attorney for the station and the KXAS news director did not
immediately return calls from The Associated Press today seeking
The defamation suit stemmed from the reporting of sexual assault
allegations made against the two by Nina Shahravan. The former topless
dancer told police that Irvin held a gun to her head while Williams and
a third man raped her. Police cleared the players after Ms. Shahravan
recanted, and she now faces trial for a misdemeanor perjury charge.
In February, Williams sued the station for defamation and filed a
federal suit accusing the Dallas Police Department of violating his
civil rights. Irvin later joined the suit, which is pending. The players
didn't seek specific damages.
Griffin reported Ms. Shahravan's sexual assault allegations on Dec. 31,
a day after she made a report to police. Then, the Dallas Police
Department named Irvin and Williams as suspects at a news conference.
Police have since adopted stricter rules about identifying suspects.
The policy calls for police officials to wait for a charge or arrest
before releasing names.
The settlement announcement came one day after Irvin and Williams left
training camp early to participate in mediation with the station's lawyers.
Jeffrey Hammonds tied a career high with four hits and Rafael Palmeiro
had a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Orioles beat the Rangers for
the sixth time in seven games this season, 9-3 on Tuesday night.
The Orioles lost 10 of 13 meetings with the Rangers last season.
``We wanted to get even,'' Orioles manager Davey Johnson, a native
Texan, said. ``I don't like to lose here. When I managed in the National
League, I didn't like losing in Houston. Of course I don't like losing
Johnson has made changes in his lineup, and he likes the way it is
performing with Roberto Alomar leading off, Hammonds hitting second and
Brady Anderson moving from the leadoff spot to No. 4 for the first time
in his career.
Anderson responded with three hits Tuesday night, including a three-run
``My lineup worked,'' Johnson said. ``I think everybody kind of liked
it. Definitely, a lot of good things happened. Jeffrey seems to be
Hammonds has hit safety in eight of the last nine games and had his 21st
multi-hit game of the season.
``I feel very confident at the plate,'' Hammonds said. ``Hitting between
those two guys, you're going to get a lot of good pitches to hit. There
are worse places to be. I do what I'm told to do, which is to bat
Geronimo Berroa also had three hits as Baltimore had 16 hits against
Palmeiro has four homers and 12 RBIs in seven games this season against
his former team, and 11 homers and 32 RBIs for his career. Palmeiro also
homered Monday night.
Scott Erickson (12-5) allowed nine hits in 5 1-3 innings for the Orioles
to earn the victory.
``It was like the old football term, bend but don't break,'' Erickson
said. ``I had a lot of runners on base, but I was able to get out of
most of those situations.''
The Rangers have lost five of six and seven of nine to fall to four
games under .500 (47-51) for the first time since May 14, 1995.
Palmeiro had a two-run homer against Texas for the second consecutive
game when his 20th homer gave the Orioles a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Hammonds was on base with a double to set the stage for Palmeiro, whose
two-run shot in the sixth Monday put Baltimore ahead for good in a 5-1
The Orioles knocked out John Burkett (7-9) with a four-run second.
Roberto Alomar, Hammonds and Cal Ripken had RBI singles and Palmeiro
added a sacrifice fly as Baltimore built a 6-0 lead.
``When you're struggling and you're down 6-0 before you can turn around,
it makes for a long night,'' Rangers manager Johnny Oates said. ``When
you're playing well, things go your way. But when you're struggling -
and it's been a constant pattern since the All-Star break - it starts to
get to you.''
Burkett allowed six runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings, tying his
shortest outing of the season.
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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