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Thursday, April 9, 1998

Eagle track teams in final pre-district meet

PECOS, Apr. 9 -- The Pecos Eagle track teams will get in
their final meet before District 4-4A competition today,
when they compete in the Big Spring Relays.

The field will include district favorites San Angelo Lake
View on the boys' side and the host Steers on the girls'
side, and gets underway with preliminaries and field event
finals at 2:30 p.m. The 3200 meter run will be held in
Coahoma at 3 p.m., while the other running finals will take
place in Big Spring, at about 6:30 p.m.

Both the boys and girls teams were off last week, with no
major meets in the area. The Eagles placed third two weeks
ago in the boys-only San Angelo Relays, while the girls were
second in Van Horn.

"Our goal is to finish in the Top 2 and district, which
hasn't happened in quite a while," said Eagles' coach Mike
Ferrell. "If our shot (put) and discus people come through,
and we come through in the 4-by-400 and the distance races,
I think we can make it happen."

Seniors Jeff Brownlee and Jake Fowler have yet to lose to a
4-4A rival this season, while senior Billy Rodriguez will
face two of his three main rivals in the 800 meter dash
today, in Justin Daniel and Marco Torres. Daniel and
Sweetwater's Jason Sepeda beat Rodriguez' 1:58 time this
past weekend in Abilene, while Torres edged Rodriguez in
February at the Sandhills Relays in Monahans.

Pecos' girls will be looking for seniors Penny Armstrong and
Marisol Arenivas to come up with points in their four
events. Armstrong has the best throw so far in district in
the discus and is second in the high jump, while Arenivas is
second to Lake View's Brandie Powell in the 1600 and 3200
meters runs.

The girls have yet to field a full team for a meet this
season, but coach Lily Talamantez said, "We should have
everybody here," for the Big Spring meet. Pecos just got
back junior Sherrie Mosby at Van Horn, where she took first
place in the 400 meter dash.

Pecos' girls want in, boys out of 5th place tie

PECOS, Apr. 9 -- The Pecos Eagles' softball team wants to
get into a tie for fifth place in the District 4-4A
standings this afternoon, while Pecos' boys want to get out
of one tonight.

Both teams play at home, and while the girls' main goal
against the San Angelo Lake View Maidens will be their
first-ever district victory, the boys' hopes for a playoff
spot depend on their beating the Sweetwater Mustangs, when
they meet at 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles' error problems seemed to have improved some in
their last two games, but on Tuesday, it was simply a matter
of timely hitting that did Pecos in against the Fort
Stockton Panthers. Fort Stockton strung together five hits
in the first inning and scored four runs, while the Eagles
managed back-to-back hits just once and lost by an 8-2 score.

It left Pecos with a 1-4 record in district play, tied with
Sweetwater, which lost to San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday by
a 14-10 margin. The Mustangs' lone district win was back on
March 24, when they scored seven unearned runs, while
getting four in the sixth inning to beat Pecos by a 13-9

Moses Martinez took the loss for Pecos in relief of Louis
Valencia, while Jeremy Maxwell got the win in relief of
Jared Shelton. Maxwell pitched on Tuesday against Lake View,
so the Eagles figure to see Shelton again tonight.

Pecos will go with Jason Abila, who comes off a two-hit, 8-1
victory over Big Spring last Friday. Abila has struck out 42
batters in his last three decisions, but is just 2-4 on the
season, as defensive problems have allowed opponents to
score 29 unearned runs (out of 40 overall) off the senior in
just 35_ innings this season.

Meanwhile, although the girls are also playing at home,
coach Tammy Walls and a couple of her players will be making
a 280-mile trip to tonight's 6 p.m. game at Maxey Park.
That's because those girls will compete in this afternoon's
field events at the Big Spring Relays, and Walls will then
drive them back to Pecos for tonight's game.

"San Angelo's bringing two teams, and if I don't do that, we
won't have enough players," Walls explained. The game has
been moved back an hour to make room for the return trip,
and the JV game won't start until about 8 p.m.

The Eagles are 0-7 in district after Sweetwater used an
eight-run fourth on Tuesday to rally from a 4-3 deficit to a
14-4 win. Three weeks ago, Lake View used a nine-run third
inning to beat Pecos, 18-8, for their only 4-4A victory in
eight tries. On Tuesday, Fort Stockton rallied from a 3-0
deficit to beat San Angelo, 7-3.

Two Pecos fighters advance to state tourney

PECOS, Apr. 9 -- Fighters from both of Pecos' boxing teams
earned berths in the state Junior Olympics Tournament next
month in Odessa, following area competition this past
weekend in Fort Stockton.

Chris Gil of the Pecos Rattlesnakes advanced by walkover in
the 130 pound division, while Peter Juarez of the
Pecos-Barstow Warbirds won in the 106-pound weight class.
The two were among six local fighters to compete in Fort
Stockton, though Rattlesnakes' manager Jaime Marquez said he
took three others with him last Friday.

"I'm still proud of them. They all worked hard to get
there," said Marquez, who also wanted to thank the team's
sponsors for helping fund the trip to Fort Stockton.

Marquez said along with Gil, the other fighters who competed
for his team were Joe Nunez, who finished second in the
bantamweight division, and Adam Fuentes, who lost his first
round match.

Warbirds' manager Roy Juarez said Peter Juarez won his bout
on Saturday night, after teammates Robbie Ontiveros and
Michael Vasquez lost by decision on Friday.

Gil and Juarez will advance to the state tournament, set for
May 15-16 in Odessa, with the winners there advancing to the
national Junior Olympic finals in Marquette, Mich.

Before the Odessa matches, however, Juarez said he'll be
taking his team to a tournament on April 18 at Midland.

"I'm going to have three or four fight in Midland. Robbie,
Peter. maybe Israel Matta and Michael, but he hurt his wrist
yesterday (Tuesday)," Juarez said. "He's going to go get it
checked out tomorrow."

Admiral gets torpedoed by Mailman's delivery

SALT LAKE CITY, Apr. 9 (AP) -- The Mailman delivered a
knockout blow to the Admiral and the San Antonio Spurs.

After his flying elbow knocked Robinson out for several
minutes and sent Spurs' center David Robinson to the
hospital, Karl Malone went on to score 32 points Wednesday
night in a 98-88 victory that gave the Jazz their second
straight Midwest Division title.

Robinson got a concussion and was hospitalized overnight.
Malone insisted the first-quarter elbow was unintentional,
but several Spurs disagreed.

``He should be suspended,'' said guard Avery Johnson, who
didn't play because of an injury. ``You saw the replay. Two
plus two equals four.''

Malone, one of the strongest players in the league, said he
was just ``taking the ball strong to the hole.''

``It was a tough, physical ball game,'' said Malone, coming
off a 56-point effort the previous night against Golden
State. ``It surprises me they thought it was intentional.
The bottom line is, I don't have to play that way, and I
don't play like that. ... I respect David.''

Robinson was guarding Malone in the lane 2½ minutes into the
game when the Utah star took a pass from John Stockton and
turned to the basket. Malone's elbow caught Robinson on the
right side of the head and the Spurs' 7-footer dropped to
the floor unconscious.

Robinson, called for a foul on the play, regained
consciousness about two minutes later and was helped off the
floor by trainers and doctors. He was taken to a hospital,
where a CAT scan found no neurological damage. However,
doctors decided to keep him overnight for observation.

``He (Malone) should be suspended,'' said Spurs guard Avery
Johnson, who did not play because of an injury. ``You saw
the replay. Two plus two equals four. ... It's a

Spurs rookie Tim Duncan warned of possible retaliation.

``If it gets to the playoffs and we're up against them, it's
going to be a whole different game,'' said Duncan, who led
San Antonio with 34 points.

John Stockton scored 17 points and Jeff Hornacek had 15 for
Utah, which moved a game ahead of idle Seattle for the best
record in the Western Conference.

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