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Tuesday, September 9, 1997

Eagles seek improvement from offense

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PECOS, Sept 9 -- The Pecos Eagles begin their final week before the
start of District 4-4A volleyball play tonight, seeking their third win
in four weeks over the Odessa High Bronchos.

Pecos faces Odessa and the Water Valley Wildcats in Odessa tonight,
beginning at 5 p.m. The Eagles have two more matches, this Saturday
against Greenwood and San Angelo Central, before opening 4-4A play a
week from tonight by hosting Andrews.

Pecos saw its season record drop to 8-6 on Saturday, with a pair of
three-game losses to Seminole and Midland High at the Seminole
Invitational. The Eagles have gotten a pair of three-game wins already
this season over Odessa High, in Pecos on Aug. 19 and at Alpine last
Tuesday, while this is their first match against Water Valley since last

"We're going to work on our offense all this week, and hopefully, we'll
be ready by the time we play Andrews," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado.
She said the Eagles' blocking and defense continue to improve, but
they've been unable to set up their hitters for good shots in their
Saturday losses, and in two of their three pool round matches at
Seminole on Friday.

Odessa High was also at the Seminole tournament, where they went 1-5 in
pool play before splitting their matches on Saturday, beating Colorado City while losing in the consolation semifinals to Lamesa.

Bears face Maidens after 7th place at Marfa

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PECOS, Sept. 9 -- The Balmorhea Bears volleyball team placed seventh
over the weekend at the Marfa Invitational, but will try for their
second straight win today in Fort Davis, when they take on the Maidens
in varsity and junior varsity contests.

The Bears went 1-2 at Marfa over the weekend, dropping an opening round
match to eventual tournament champion Presidio by 15-9, 15-0 scores. The
Bears then fell in the consolation semifinals to the Permian Basin
Christian School, 16-14, 15-5, before coming back to down El Paso
Northeast Christian Academy in three games, 15-9, 10-15, 15-5, for their
second win of the season.

Presidio downed the host Shorthorns to win the Marfa Invitational, 15-6,

Fort Davis got back up to the .500 level last week, though the Maidens
are still a little down from past seasons, when they were the top Class
A volleyball team in the Permian Basin.

Tonight's matches are the only ones for the Bears this week. Their next games are a week from tonight, when they host Valentine.

Fans' feelings mixed on realignment

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NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (AP) -- While many baseball fans have reservations
about losing a century of tradition that distinguished the American and
National leagues, they still support realignment by a 2-to-1 margin, a
nationwide Associated Press poll shows.

Fifty-four percent of those polled favored the plan that would switch as
many as 15 major league teams between the AL and NL, with 27 percent
opposed to reshuffling the leagues geographically.

Yet, 48 percent said ending the traditional distinction between NL and
AL teams makes them like the plan less. And just 12 percent said
blurring the AL-NL distinction is one of the reasons they favor the
plan, which owners will consider when they meet in Atlanta from Sept.

Owners say geographic realignment would eliminate most games in which
teams play out of their time zones, which creates late-night broadcasts
on the East Coast and early-evening telecasts on the West Coast. But
most fans said they don't care when they see games on television.

Just 20 percent said the TV factor makes them more supportive of
realignment, 22 percent said it makes them less supportive and 57
percent said it makes no difference.

The poll of 686 adults who said they were baseball fans or somewhat of a
fan was taken by telephone from Aug. 22-31 by ICR of Media, Pa. Results
have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Many fans said they supported realignment because it would help create
regional rivalries.

Under the radical plan being pushed by acting commissioner Bud Selig and
realignment committee chairman John Harrington, the New York Mets and
Yankees would play in the same division and face each other many times.

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox also would play in the same division, as
would the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels. Other pairings would
include San Francisco Giants-Oakland Athletics, Montreal Expos-Toronto
Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals-St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins-Tampa
Bay Devil Rays and Texas Rangers-Houston Astros.

Forty percent of the fans said they like the plan more because of its
geographic pairings. Seventeen percent said the pairings made them less
supportive and 42 percent said it made no difference.

Up to seven National League teams are threatening to block the plan.
That opposition has forced Selig and Harrington to consider less drastic
proposals, in which fewer than 10 teams would shift.

Interleague play, which last week completed its first season, was a big
hit with fans. Each team played 15 or 16 regular-season games this year
against opponents from the other league.

Thirty-five percent of fans said there should be more interleague games
each year and 9 percent said there should be fewer. Forty-seven percent
said the total should remain the same.

Pecos Enterprise
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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