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Friday, January 16, 1998

Eagles face `familiar' LV squads

PECOS, Jan. 16 -- The Pecos Eagle girls know what to expect
from the Lake View Maidens, having played them once already
this basketball season, while Pecos' boys haven't played the
Chiefs, but they'll be facing a pretty typical Lake View
team tonight, when both Eagle teams travel to San Angelo for
varsity and junior varsity games.

The varsity girls will play at 6 and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
against Lake View, while the times will be the opposite for
the JV squads tonight. Pecos will also play a freshman boys
game, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The girls will try and snap a two game losing streak and get
to .500 in District 4-4A play. The Eagles are 1-2 in
district, 11-9 on the season after seeing Sweetwater and
Andrews break open close games in the second half.
Sweetwater pulled away from Pecos in the fourth quarter a
week ago, while Andrews did it in the third period, turning
a 27-22 game into a 61-36 victory.

Lake View, meanwhile, is also 1-2 in district, and 12-9 on
the season, following their 50-27 victory on Tuesday at Fort
Stockton. One of those other wins came last month at the
Sandhills Tournament in Monahans, when the Maidens jumped
out early on the Eagles and won, 55-38. Hillary Lee had 18
points and Bridgette Leifeste put in 15, while Lorie Marquez
put in 18 for the Eagles, despite fouling out early in the
fourth quarter.

"If we could just jump out on somebody early instead of
having to catch up, that would help us," said Eagles' coach
Brian Williams. "The good thing about Lake View is we've
played them, so we know what they're going to do. We didn't
with Andrews and Sweetwater, because we didn't have any tape
of last year's games."

Pecos' boys lost their district opener on Tuesday at
Andrews, 66-56, and are 13-8 on the season, while Lake View
is 12-9 overall after losing their first 4-4A game, 55-53 at
Fort Stockton.

Fernando Navarrette led Pecos with 16 points and Jacob
Chavez had 15 against the Mustangs, who were able to
maintain a narrow lead for most of the game.

As usual, Lake View has a big front line to deal with, led
by 6-foot-4 post Jorge Villarreal, while team speed is again
a weakness. They were outrun earlier this month by Lydia
Patterson at the Fort Stockton Tournament, after the Eagles
were able to stay ahead of the Lions in their own tournament
title game last month.

Vikings say no deal with assistant

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 16 (AP) -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is
barred from speaking with Minnesota Vikings assistant coach
Brian Billick about being offensive coordinator in Dallas.

But his assistant coaches can job hunt as much as they like,
The Dallas Morning News reported today.

Jones also has consulted former San Francisco 49ers coach
Bill Walsh for advice on who should replace Barry Switzer as
next head coach of the Cowboys.

Vikings president Roger Headrick refused to give Jones
access to Billick, who said he was ``disappointed'' at being
denied the chance to discuss the job.

``There is a lot of ambiguity for us in Minnesota, and there
are a lot of compelling aspects to the Cowboys' situation,''
Billick told the Dallas newspaper. ``I have no more respect
for any other organization in sports than the Dallas

Unlike Headrick, however, Jones has given Cowboys' assistant
coaches permission to seek other positions, several team
sources said.

During a 20-minute meeting with assistant coaches before
last Friday's news conference announcing Switzer's
resignation, Jones told the assistants they could talk to
other teams about jobs as long as teams asked him for

Earlier this week, the Cowboys asked whether Billick would
be available to replace Ernie Zampese as offensive
coordinator, a source told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
Jones declined to discuss Zampese's job status.

Billick has been with the Vikings since 1994 and is Walsh's
close friend.

Walsh told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, ``I've had a number
of conversations with Jerry about a number of people.''

Besides Billick, Walsh and Jones also have discussed Gary
Kubiak of Denver and Jon Gruden of Philadelphia. Jones has
said he may not find a new coach until next month. He also
said he might make decisions about next season's assistant
coaches before picking a head coach.

The 44-year-old Billick is under contract with the Vikings
through next season. But the team may undergo an ownership
change, which could lead to head coach Dennis Green's
departure and thereby free his assistants.

Billick said he thought he could talk to other teams while
he and the Vikings' coaching staff were in Mobile, Ala. for
the Senior Bowl. But Headrick named Billick the team's
offensive supervisor on Monday, which means Billick can't
leave for another team unless it's for a head coaching job
or he receives permission from the Vikings.

Jones announced Switzer's resignation last week. Switzer
stepped down after four seasons in which he led the Cowboys
to a Super Bowl victory and three division titles.

But the team finished the 1997 season at 6-10, and Switzer
left with a buyout estimated at $2 million for the two years
remaining on his contract.

LL to elect new officers tonight

PECOS, Jan. 16 -- The Pecos Little League will hold a
meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Saragosa Hall to elect new
league officers for the 1998 season.

Tony Aguilar, who was elected new league president last
week, said all coaches for Little League, Junior League and
Senior League teams are urged to attend.

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