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Friday, January 30, 1998

Steers threaten Eagles' hold on district titles

PECOS, Jan. 30 -- The Pecos Eagles' swim teams will have a
common rival Saturday night, when they try to add on to
their recent success in District 4 competition.

Pecos' boys will go for their eighth district title in nine
seasons and the girls will seek their seventh title in eight
years Saturday in Monahans, but coach Terri Morse said both
squads will have to get past the Big Spring Steers to do so.

Swimming preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m., with the
diving finals set for about a 2 p.m. start and the swimming
finals will get underway at 6 p.m.

"Big Spring should be the favorite for the girls and boys,"
Morse said on Tuesday, as her team prepared for the meet.

"I don't think it will be impossible to beat them if the
kids come through. I think we can rise to the occasion, but
we need to have a near-perfect meet and swim fast to do it,"
she said.

Monahans ended Pecos' run of six straight girls titles last
year, while the Eagle boys reclaimed the district
championship, after Big Spring beat out Pecos in 1996. So
far this season, the Eagles have used depth to win most of
their head-to-head battles on the girls' side, while depth
has helped Big Spring come out on top in the boys' division.

"Most everybody will swim the events they swam all year,"
Morse said, but added, "There are a few individuals who I
moved into different events, because either I hope they can
score a little better and move the team up, or they can
possibly finish ahead of Big Spring swimmers and move them

Morse also said she might make some changes to the Eagles'
relay teams. Pecos' girls have battled Big Spring and
Monahans for first in relay events this season, while the
Eagles, Steers and Fort Stockton Panthers have had the best
times on the boys' side.

"I'm still deciding on people and looking had how they're
doing (in workouts) to see what we can do best," she said.

Individually, Kevin Bates (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke),
Kenneth Friar (100 butterfly, 200 free), Matt Ivy (50, 200
free) and Al Tillman (200 medley, 100 breaststroke) have
earned the most gold medals for the boys this season, while
gold medals have been tougher to come by for the girls, but
Liz Parent (200 medley, 500 free), Megan Freeman 50 free,
100 butterfly), Jamie Corson (200, 500 free) and Dionnie
Munoz (50, 100 free) picked up several firsts earlier this
month in Fort Stockton.

Eagles need wins, help to remain in race

PECOS, Jan. 30 -- Wins and help are what both the Pecos
Eagles basketball teams need to keep their fading playoff
hopes alive. The help will have to come from a couple of
their District 4-4A rivals, but it probably won't matter
without wins tonight over the Andrews Mustangs.

The Eagles host the Mustangs in girls and boys varsity games
at 6 and 7:30 p.m., in the first of two straight home games
for Pecos. They'll face San Angelo Lake View next Tuesday.

Both Andrews squads are tied for first with Sweetwater in
the District 4-4A standings, the girls with a 6-1 record and
the boys with a 4-1 mark. Pecos' girls are 2-5 in 4-4A play
after their 54-34 loss at Sweetwater on Tuesday, while the
boys are 0-5 after losing in Sweetwater by a 64-53 margin.

The girls' only chance to stay in the post-season race is to
sweep their remaining three games while third-place Big
Spring loses their last three, to Andrews, Sweetwater and
Pecos. But to beat Andrews, the Eagles will have to avoid
the second half problems they've experienced throughout
district, including their first meeting with the Mustangs.

Pecos trailed only 27-22 early in the third period, but were
outscored 35-14 the rest of the way, as Andrews won by a
62-36 score. "We're going to keep pressing them, but we're
not going to let that big girl (Kayla Kimberlin) get open
the way she did," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams.
Kimberlin had 17 points and Gina Esquivel 14, while Penny
Armstrong's 13 led Pecos.

The boys will face an Andrews team that beat Sweetwater at
home by three a week ago, but then lost by three to Lake
View this past Tuesday. "I talked to (Lake View coach Mitch)
Freeman, and he told me they just ran them," coach Mike
Sadler said. "They got a 20 point lead, then tried to slow
it down and almost lost it."

Andrews won a 66-56 decision from Pecos on Jan. 6, as Shaud
Williams scored 26 points and Waylan Mayfield had 17. Four
Eagles were in double figures that night, led by Fernando
Navarrete's 16 points and Jacob Chavez' 15.

Cowboys look to fill second coaching spot

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 30 (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys coaching
search carousel is expected to spin into next week, with
owner Jerry Jones still trying to replace Barry Switzer and
now needing an offensive coordinator to fill Ernie Zampese's

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis
interviewed with Jones for a second time Thursday. It brings
Lewis even with former San Francisco coach George Seifert
and former UCLA coach Terry Donahue with two interviews

Jones also has another staff opening to fill because of
Zampese's departure to the New England Patriots with
one-year left on his Dallas contract. Dallas was 20th in the
NFL in offense last year and next-to-last in the league in
scoring touchdowns inside the 20-yard line.

Zampese came to Dallas three years ago after Norv Turner
left to take the Washington job. Zampese got a Super Bowl
ring when Dallas beat Pittsburgh 27-17 in Tempe.

``Much of the success that this team has enjoyed in this
decade can be credited to Ernie's philosophy, both prior to
his arrival and in the last few years,'' Cowboys spokesman
Rich Dalrymple said.

``As Norv Turner's mentor, Ernie's influence played a
visible role in each of our three Super Bowl
championships,'' he said.

Jones gave Zampese permission to talk to the Patriots, and
hadn't figured him in the Cowboys' plans for 1998.

For a replacement, Jones has his eye on Brian Billick of the
Minnesota Vikings, who are claiming the Cowboys might have
tampered by talking to him at the Senior Bowl. The Vikings
could demand draft picks from the Cowboys.

Billick was trying to get permission to talk to Jones about
the open offensive coordinator's job with the Cowboys.

Seifert and Donahue interviewed twice with Jones during
Super Bowl week. Lewis first visited with Jones in San Diego
the morning after the Packers' 31-24 loss to Denver.

Miami Hurricanes coach Butch Davis, a former Dallas
defensive coordinator, had a four-hour visit with Jones on
Wednesday but said, ``I'm definitely not a candidate.''

Davis tried to slip out a back door at Valley Ranch without
being seen.

Switzer resigned Jan. 9 after four years with the Cowboys,
during which they won a Super Bowl. His downfall was a 6-10
season and a 17-17 record the last two years.

Jones said his decision on the fourth coach in Cowboys
history ``is unlikely to be done this week.''

He has had a hand in the fate of every Dallas coach, firing
Tom Landry, hiring Jimmy Johnson, whom he paid off, then
hiring and disposing of Switzer.

Jones said the fact the NFL combine is next week in
Indianapolis would put no pressure on hurrying his decision.

``I'm exploring every avenue toward returning this
organization to where it should be,'' he said.

Lewis has interviewed in the past with Atlanta and Arizona.
However, he's not previously had two job interviews with the
same team.

``I know they want to win and have some great players, so
it's a job you'd definitely be interested in,'' Lewis said.
``I'm in the semifinals this time.''

Jones said the day Switzer resigned that he wanted a coach
who could quickly end the Cowboys' downward spiral.

``I'm not expecting us to take a very long road back to the
top,'' Jones said. ``I believe we will be able to field a
team capable of challenging for a Super Bowl berth.''

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