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Van Horn Advocate
By JON FULBRIGHT
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PECOS, Aug. 12 -- Becky Granado began her first practice as Pecos Eagles' head volleyball coach sounding some of the same complaints coach Nora Geron had during the first day of practice in recent seasons.
"Right now they're out of shape," said Granado, who moved up from junior varsity head coach to replace Geron, who retired after 17 years with the Eagles.
Geron had said in recent years it was taking the Eagles several weeks to get back into form after the summer break, and Granado voiced the same feelings during Monday morning's workout. "About the only one I'd say is in shape right now is Marisol (Arenivas). The others are struggling."
"We're going to be working on a lot of conditioning to try and get them into shape quickly," Granado said.
The Eagles have two home scrimmages later this week, then open their 1997 season a week from today against Odessa High and Alpine. On the first day of practice, 62 players signed up for the varsity, freshmen and JV squads made it to the morning session.
The Eagles have eight players back from last year's squad that made it to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs despite a 14-17 season mark. Of the 13 juniors and seniors scheduled to work with the varsity squad, 11 were on hand Monday.
"Sherrie (Mosby) won't be out until the 20th, and Tiffany Gonzales moved to Monahans. but everybody else is out here," Granado said.
Mosby wound up the season as the Eagles' No. 2 blocker behind all-state selection Lori Marquez, one of seven returning seniors. The main hole Pecos will be trying to fill is at the setter's position, where Elena Hinojos and Denise Camarena have graduated.
"I'm going to work with Annette (Marquez), Shea (Lara), Marisol and LaCrisha (Molinar) at setter, and probably until Sherrie comes back I'll have Gail (Taylor) and Lori as my middle blockers," Granado said.
Both of this week's scrimmages are at home, as is Tuesday's season opener, though Pecos will play only one home match in four weeks during the month of September.
Granado said Friday's scrimmage, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature Grandfalls, Dell City and Wink, while Saturday's scrimmage gets underway at 11 a.m. and will feature the Eagles against Odessa Permian and Marathon.
Pecos' JV and freshman teams also are scheduled to participate in the scrimmages. Granado said there were 19 sophomores working out on Monday, while 32 freshmen are signed up to play volleyball this season.
"Most of the players in the area are in it," said Love. "Hobbs had a pair who were the top ones in the area, and one has signed on to play at New Mexico state.
Love, a junior at Pecos High School this year, placed second at Big Spring Country Club with a 77 score, while his low round of the season was a 72, good for third place at the Hogan Park Golf Course in Midland.
He also placed third with a 75 score at Shady Oaks in Baird, and third with a 78 score in Monahans. His other Top 5 finishes were a fourth place at Ranchland Hills in Midland with a 75 score, and a fifth place at Odessa Country Club, with a 77 total.
Love placed in the Top 10 this past season in the 54-hole District 4-4A tournament, earning all-district honors.
The Dallas Morning News reported today that Sanders has told Reds general manager Jim Bowden he'll be with the baseball team through their final game in September, even though his contract allows him to leave once the team is mathematically eliminated.
In turn, Cincinnati already has told Sanders he can play in the Cowboys' four regular-season games that conflict with the baseball schedule, Bowden said Monday.
Bowden said Sanders wants to finish the baseball season in part because he is chasing the National League and major league stolen base title and because Sanders feels this has been his best baseball season.
Sanders has 55 stolen bases, 11 more than his closest rival in the National League. Brian Hunter leads the American League with 56 steals.
Dallas opens its season Aug. 31 in Pittsburgh. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has long said Sanders will be there, even though the Reds play at Minnesota that day.
``He'll play in all the Cowboys games and he'll finish the season with us,'' Bowden said. ``Deion and I have talked about that, and he's going to play both sports.''
Bowden would not say whether Sanders would be allowed extra days off to practice with the football team.
``I don't want to comment on that particular question,'' Bowden said.
Sanders' two-sport career received a scare recently when he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back.
The problem forced him to sit out Sunday's game -- but he returned Monday night and hit a home run on the game's first pitch.
Following a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, the Reds are 11½ games behind the Houston Astros in the National League Central Division.
Zavala coach Jerry Parent said players should either bring in completed physical forms or pick them up to be filled out. Forms are also available at local doctors' offices.
Along with football, physical forms are also needed by seventh and eighth grade volleyball players, in order for them to begin workouts on Thursday.
Meanwhile, high school golfers need to return their physical forms by next Monday, when fall practice for boys and girls gets underway.
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