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Friday, March 27, 1998

Eagle teams play host to Andrews, Big Spring

PECOS, Mar. 27 -- It's not exactly like the usual basketball
doubleheaders the Pecos Eagles play in District 4-4A, but
for the first time ever, the Eagles' girls softball and boys
baseball teams will both be at home on the same day, hosting
the district leaders in late afternoon and evening games.

Pecos' girls, still seeking their first district win in
their inaugural season, will host the first place Big Spring
Steers starting at 5 p.m. at Maxey Park, while Pecos' boys
will try to bounce back from their district-opening loss at
Sweetwater when they take on Andrews at Eagle Field,
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Both Eagle teams gave away a bunch of gift runs in dropping
road games on Tuesday. The boys allowed Sweetwater to score
six unearned runs while surrendering four in the sixth
inning of their 13-9 loss, while the girls have four errors
in the second inning on Tuesday, leading to seven Lake View
runs in an 18-8 loss at San Angelo.

Eagles' coach Bubba Williams said Jason Abila would start on
the mound tonight for Pecos, while Andrews figures to go
with lefthander C.J. Lewis.

Abila has a 1-3 mark this year, and last season was touched
for five runs by Andrews in a relief appearance in the
Mustangs' 10-0 win in Pecos. He does own the Eagles' only
win over the Mustangs in the last six seasons, a 3-2 victory
in non-district play his freshman season. Lewis didn't pitch
last season against Pecos, but was undefeated in district
play, as were the Mustangs.

Andrews won their 14th straight 4-4A game dating back to the
1996 season, on Tuesday with a 10-3 win at Fort Stockton.
The Mustangs scored six times in the second, then four more
in the fifth and sixth after the Panthers had closed to with
6-3. August Lewis, Gerald Bueno and Mike Hudgens had home
runs for Andrews.

Pecos' girls face their toughest two-game stretch so far,
today against the Steers and Tuesday in Andrews. Big Spring
rallied from three runs down in their last at-bat to defeat
Andrews a week ago, then routed Sweetwater on Friday, 12-2,
to improve to 3-0 in district and 19-4 on the season.

The Eagles have yet to make it past the fifth inning
district, losing their last two games by 19-9 and 18-8
scores to Sweetwater and San Angelo Lake View. Coach Tammy
Walls said she did get a little better defensive play in the
outfield on Tuesday, and said freshman Alexa Marquez is
coming along in her pitching.

"She was working with Katrina (Quiroz, Pecos' catcher) and
she's beginning to be able to place the ball. She's going to
be something by the time she's a senior," Walls said.

Warbirds host Civic Center boxing card

PECOS, Mar. 27 -- The Pecos-Barstow Warbirds Boxing Team
will be hosting their annual Spring boxing smoker Saturday
night, starting at 7 p.m. at the Reeves County Civic Center.

The card will feature boxers from across the Permian Basin.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students.

Betting scandal mars Final Four weekend

AP Sports Writer
SAN ANTONIO - On the eve of the Final Four, college
basketball's worst nightmare is rocking the sport once more.

The latest point-shaving charges came from Chicago, where
Northwestern ballplayers were indicted on allegations of
fixing three games - just months after players from Arizona
State pleaded guilty in a similar case.

``To have an announcement like that come out as we are going
into our Final Four is something we would prefer not to
have,'' NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey said in
supreme understatement at the Alamodome, site of this year's
Final Four.

``On the other hand, I think there's a positive to this.
Part of this is education, part of this is to make people
aware that it not only happens in public schools, it's not
regionalized. It exists on almost every campus in this

Dempsey said gambling is as widespread an addiction on
college campuses as alcohol.

Two former Northwestern players, Dion Lee and Dewey
Williams, were indicted on charges of shaving points in
games played during the 1994-95 season.

``It's a bomb ready to explode. It can happen to anybody.
You wouldn't even know it until it happened,'' Duke coach
Mike Krzyzewski said. ``Kids know their classmates are
gambling. There is gambling in fraternities and there are
office pools. Everybody plays with a bomb that doesn't
explode on them.''

Still, there are three games this weekend that will draw the
attention of the entire sporting world.

In Saturday's opener, Stanford plays Kentucky before
top-ranked North Carolina and Utah play in the second game,
with the winners meeting Monday night for the national

Each semifinal has a team that reached the Final Four for
the first time in a long time just one year after losing one
of the best players in school history. They'll play teams
that have made the Final Four a familiar place the last few

Stanford (30-4) is in the Final Four for the first time
since winning its only national championship, in 1942. The
Cardinal are also here the year after star guard Brevin
Knight graduated.

``A lot of times with a dominant player they overshadow what
others might be able to do given the opportunity, and that's
the case with us with Arthur Lee,'' Stanford coach Mike
Montgomery said of the guard that led his team to victory in
the Midwest Regional final against Rhode Island.

Kentucky (33-4) is in the Final Four for the third straight
year, failing to repeat as national champion last year with
the overtime loss to Arizona in the title game. Five of the
current Wildcats were on the 1995 national championship team
and three of the starters are back from last season.

``We've had great leadership all year long from guys like
Jeff Sheppard, Cameron Mills and Allen Edwards,'' first-year
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. ``They have all been to the
dance before and even won an NCAA championship. Their
leadership is very vital and very instrumental in helping me
and the newcomers prepare for this.''

Utah (29-3) is in the Final Four for the first time since
1966, and it happened the year after All-America forward
Keith Van Horn graduated. The run to the Final Four was
capped with the most stunning of the regional finals, a
25-point win over top-seeded Arizona that featured the Utes'
use of a triangle-and-2 defense.

``We were fortunate it was able to work the last game,''
Utah coach Rick Majerus said. ``There are a lot of problems
going against Carolina, the biggest of which is they're just
a damn good team.''

North Carolina (34-3) is the only top seed to reach the
Final Four, and the Tar Heels did it under rookie coach Bill
Guthridge, who replaced Dean Smith after sitting beside him
on the bench for 30 years. They are back for the fifth time
in the '90s and will try to make up for last year's national
semifinal loss to Arizona, a game in which Shammond Williams
was 1-for-13 from the field.

``I know he was disappointed in the Arizona game last year
on his poor shooting,'' Guthridge said of Williams. ``That
made him work even harder this year to get back here.''

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