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March 26, 1998

Eagles to view regional rivals in San Angelo

PECOS, Mar. 26 -- The Pecos Eagles will get a warmup for
both their District 4-4A, and hopefully, their Region I-4A
track meets in San Angelo next month, when they travel there
this weekend for the San Angelo Relays.

Pecos' boys will compete in San Angelo starting at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, and concludes with remaining field events Saturday
morning and the running finals Saturday afternoon. The meet
is for boys teams only, and as a result, Pecos' girls will
be going the other direction, to Van Horn, for their track
meet on Saturday.

Big Spring and Sweetwater will be absent from the meet among
District 4-4A teams, but the Eagles will see Andrews and
Fort Stockton, along with the host Chiefs, while other
Region I-4A squads from El Paso High, Lubbock Estacado,
Dumas, Frenship, Granbury, Brownwood and Mineral Wells will
be in the Class 4A field this weekend.

Eagles' coach Mike Ferrell has said going into the season,
"We don't have as many people this year, but we've got more
quality people," and this weekend's meet will be a good test
of how the Eagles might fare at regionals in their best

Seniors Jeff Brownlee and Jake Fowler have the top two
throws among District 4-4A competitors in both the discus
and shot put so far, while sophomores Roy Marta and Len
Carson have the second and third best efforts in the pole
vault behind Andrews' Waylan Mayfield, who'll miss this
weekend's meet.

In the running events, senior Billy Rodriguez will try to
surpass his personal-best time of 1:58 set last week at the
West Texas Relays. He'll be challenged by Lake View's Justin
Daniel, though the two other 4-4A runners who'll be seeking
regional berths in two weeks, Big Spring's Marco Torres and
Sweetwater's Jason Sepeda, will be absent.

The Eagles' two other best hopes for medals in the running
events will be Lucio Florez in the 300 meter hurdles and
Orlando Matta in the 400 meter dash.

Ferrell said Wednesday he was going to scratch the 400 meter
relay team to focus on the 1600 meter relay and the 3200
meter relay, a race for this week only at San Angelo.

While the boys' meet will feature some of the best regional
competitors, girls coach Lily Talamantez said their day-long
meet Saturday in Van Horn will mainly be a chance to get her
younger team members into the events.

"Van Horn is a JV meet (Class 3A and under schools), but
since we have so few seniors, they said it was O.K. to bring
them," Talamantez said Monday.

Like the boys, the girls have been strongest in the field
events and longer distance races this season, and weaker in
the sprints. However, the Eagles did get a fourth last week
in the 800 meter relay at the Rattlesnake Relays in
Sweetwater, their best finish of the season.

Junior high boys win Pecos Relays

PECOS, Mar. 26 -- The Crockett and Zavala boys track teams
came away with first place in their divisions this past
Friday at the West of the Pecos Junior Relays, while the
girls teams placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in their

Zavala took the seventh grade title by a 143½ to 134½ margin
over Fort Stockton, while Crockett won the eighth grade
division with 142 points, to 108 for second place Monahans.

Zavala's Eddie Mata again was the top individual
point-getter for Pecos on the day. He took the long jump
with a 16-foot-2 effort and was second in the high jump at
5-2 before taking the 100 meter dash in 12.10 seconds, the
200 meters in 26.60 and the 300 meters, with a 41.35 time.

The seventh graders also did well in the 1200 meter run,
where Patrick Fuentes was second, Tony Aguilar third and
Ruvel Carrasco sixth. Fuentes and Aguilar placed fourth and
fifth earlier in the 600 meters, Fuentes ad Carrasco were
third and sixth in the long jump, and Carrasco won a silver
medal in the pole vault.

Matthew Levario was sixth in that event and fifth in the 200
meter hurdles, while Barney Rodriguez and Tony Trujillo were
third and fourth in the shot put, Clayton Cox was sixth in
the discus and Robbie Ontiveros was sixth in both the triple
jump and 200 meter dash.

Zavala also picked up a silver medal in the 400 meter relay
and a bronze in the 1200 meters.

Crockett got seven individual gold medals from five
different people. Tony Harris took the shot put with a 40-5_
throw and the discus with a 128-10½ effort. Martin Vasquez
won the 600 meters in 1:41.52 and the 1200 in 3:57.5, while
Mason Abila won the long jump with a 17-5½ leap, Richard
Rodriguez took the high jump on a tiebreaker, going 5-3, and
Ricky Plummer won the 300 meters in 40.09 seconds.

Abila was second and Plummer fifth in the pole vault,
Plummer was second to Abila in the long jump and the two
were third and fourth in the 200 meter dash. Vasquez was
sixth in the 300 meters; Richard Rodriguez was sixth in the
triple jump; Jesse Rodriguez was fifth in the discus and
sixth in the shot; Capi Magana was second in the 600 meters
and fourth in the 1200; Mickey Gabaldon was second in the
1200; Jason Gonzales was fourth in the 200 meter hurdles;
and Benny Juarez was sixth in the 100 meters. In the relays,
Pecos was third in the 1200 and sixth in the 400.

On the girls' side, Monahans won the seventh grade title
with 153 points to 135 for Fort Stockton, with Zavala
finishing with 71 points. Mandy Harrison had a pair of
firsts, winning the 600 meters in 2:02.52 and the triple
jump with a 25-8_ effort. She was also fourth in the long

Liza Chavez was second in the 1200 meters; Tiana Terry took
third in the 100 meters; Jeseina Natividad was fifth in both
the 55 and 200 meter hurdles; Sarah Marquez was fourth in
the triple jump and fifth in the 200 meters; and Pecos' 800
and 1200 meter relay teams were fourth and the 400 squad was

Crockett's girls had Pecos' lone relay victory, as Kathy
Maldonado, Jessica Rodriguez, Christina Arenivas and Melanie
Franco won the 1200 with a 3:19.07 time. The Eagles also got
a bronze in the 800 meter relay and were fourth in the 400

Individually, Franco won the 600 meters with a 1:54.95 time;
Rebecca Wein took the discus with a 71-5½ toss; Alexa
Dominguez was fifth in the 1200 meter run; Jessica Rodriguez
was tied for fifth in the 100 meters; Brenda Fuentes was
fourth in the long jump and Mireya Medrano placed fifth in
the discus.

Zavala ended up with 69 points in a division won by Fort
Stockton with 184 points, followed by Monahans with 112.½.

The track season ends for Pecos' junior high teams Friday
afternoon and evening in Fort Stockton, when they compete in
the Comanche Junior Relays.

Reports say Penders' ouster at UT pending

AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Mar. 26 -- Despite averaging nearly 21 wins in 10
seasons and taking Texas to the NCAA tournament eight times,
Tom Penders is on his way out as Longhorns coach, The
Associated Press has learned.

Penders has been under fire since four top players
threatened to transfer and an assistant last week released
one of those player's grades to a local radio station.

Penders is considering a job outside of coaching or being
reassigned at Texas, a university source said Wednesday
night. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

An Austin TV station, KEYE, also reported Wednesday that
Penders would be fired or reassigned as early as Friday.

Penders, the winningest coach in Texas history with a
208-110 record, said that if he's out, he hasn't heard about

``I have not had one phone call from Mr. Dodds, who is my
boss,'' Penders said, referring to Texas athletic director
DeLoss Dodds. ``I haven't heard anything about my job status

Penders' attorney, Roy Minton of Austin, who has been in
discussions with university officials, also was surprised.

``If a decision has been made, the president's office
doesn't know about it because that's who I have been dealing
with,'' Minton said. ``Now, if the Board of Regents is
sitting there waiting to make a decision, I guess that's
another matter.''

Penders has four years remaining on a five-year contract
extension he received last year at roughly $550,000 per

The source said Penders was considering an opportunity
outside of coaching, but wouldn't elaborate.

``When you're charismatic and a respected coach like Tom is,
you will always have attractive opportunities,'' the source

The source said that if Penders decided not to take that
opportunity, he would likely be reassigned.

Dodds said he won't comment until the completion of a school
investigation into the release of Texas basketball player
Luke Axtell's academic progress report to an Austin radio
station, an apparent violation of federal law protecting
student privacy.

Texas assistant coach Eddie Oran on Sunday took
responsibility for releasing Axtell's grade report.

Patricia Ohlendorf, vice provost and counsel to the
president, said Wednesday that administration officials had
not reached a conclusion to their probe, which she said
would likely be completed Friday.

``When we look at policy violations and law violations, we
have to look at all the surrounding information, and we
haven't reached any conclusions,'' Ohlendorf said.

UT school officials have been investigating if Penders, who
was vacationing in the Caribbean at the time Axtell's
academic report was released, had anything to do with the

Penders has said repeatedly that he didn't know anything
about it.

``If Eddie had called me, I would have said, `No way,'''
Penders said.

Axtell, granted a transfer release after being suspended by
Penders on March 17 for academic reasons, has an attorney
who says she is waiting to see how the investigation unfolds
before taking legal action.

Tryouts for baseball, softball on Saturday

PECOS, Mar. 26 -- Tryouts for both the Pecos Little League
and the Pecos youth girl softball leagues are scheduled for
this Saturday.

The girls softball league will hold their first-ever tryouts
at the Maxey Park T-Ball field starting at 9 a.m. for girls
ages 8-9. Tryouts for girls ages 10-12 will begin at 11 a.m.
and at 1 p.m. for girls ages 13-15. Collection of
registration fees prior to Saturday's session will start at
8 a.m., according to softball league official Pat Wein.

Wein said the league's inaugural games are scheduled for
April 11 at Maxey Park. The league will be divided into 8-9,
10-12 and 13-15 age groups, and some coaches and umpires are
still needed for the games, Wein said.

While the softball tryouts take place at Maxey Park, the
Pecos Little League will be holding their annual tryouts
over at Chano Prieto Field on Saturday.

The league is still registering players between the ages of
8-12 for the 1998 season. League president Tony Aguilar said
Little League registration forms are available at the local
elementary schools, as well as at Gibson's True Value
Hardware on West Walthall Street, Big A Auto Parts on South
Cedar Street, and at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office.
Completed forms can be returned to Gibson's, Big A or to the
sheriff's office.

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