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Wednesday, April 29, 1998

Alvarez finishes 12th at regional golf

PECOS, Apr. 29 -- Pecos Eagles golfer Alva Alvarez was
able to cut a couple of strokes off her score during the
second day of the Region I-4A golf tournament, though
she still fell a few strokes short of a medalist berth
in the final standings.

Meanwhile, Pecos' junior high teams played the second
round of their four-round area tournament over the
weekend in Fort Stockton, with the girls standing third
and the boys fourth after 36 holes of play.

Alvarez, who shot a first round 84 at San Angelo's
Riverside Golf Course on Monday, cut that to 82 on
Tuesday to finish at 166 for the 36-hole regional
tournament. She moved up three spots in the final
medalist standings, going from a tie for 15th after
the first round to a tie for 12th with Snyder's Lacy
Kidd and Andrews Eydie Guekler, though the junior ended
up three shots out of the Top 10, after being just a
stroke out of 10th place on Monday.

"Overall, she only had two bad holes for two
rounds," coach Tina Hendrick said. "The
competition is real tough over there, and she
represented the school well."

Alvarez also tied for third best score among the 12
District 4-4A golfers at regionals, behind Big Spring's
Stephanie Waggoner (80-82-162) and Ashlie Simmons

Snyder, which will replace Pecos in District 4-4A next
year, won the regional girls title with a 641 score,
while Pampa earned the second state berth with a 658,
nine shots ahead of Big Spring. Andrews was fourth at
675, eight strokes behind the Steers.

The Eagles will be moving into District 2-4A next year.
None of Pecos' new district rivals had regional or
individual qualifiers this season. "Hopefully we
can take a whole team to regionals next year,"
Hendricks said.

The junior high teams are midway through their
tournament, with the girls at 437 after 18 holes,
following a 222 round in Fort Stockton on Saturday.
Andrews leads at 386 after a 195 round, while
Monahans took over second at 429, after a round of 308.

Taryn McNeil led Pecos with a 53 and is fifth overall at
99 through two rounds. Candace Hillard and Dena
Dutchover both shot 54s, and are sixth and 12th overall,
with 105 and 112 totals.

Kristen Aguilar shot a 61 and is at 225, and Cassie
Foster shot a 62 and is at 123 for the other `A' team

The Eagles' `B' team shot a 248 and is sixth at 501,
behind Andrews `B' (225-457) and Monahans `B' (228-485),
and head of Fort Stockton's `A' (245-515) and `B' (261-
537) teams.

Brandi North shot a 58 and is at 123 overall; Lauren
Martinez had a 59-119; Lara Weinacht shot a 65-139;
Kelsey Riley had a 66-132 and Kattie Davis had a 70-
131 for the Eagles' other `B' scores.

The boys cut their second round score by 17 strokes,
from 407 to 390, as Austin Alvarez shot a 91 after an
opening round 94, and Trey Perkins cut his first round
score of 112 to 95. Jae Ewing shot a 101 after a first
round of 97, Clayton Cox had a 103 after opening with a
92, and David Elkins shot a 113 after a 105 during the
first round of play in Kermit.

The Eagles' `B' team shot a 437 in Fort Stockton, after
436 at Kermit the previous Saturday. Jack Stickels shot
104 after a first round 111, while John Canon and Ruvel
Carrasco shot 106 and 107 in their first tournament
Chase Laurence shot a 128 following a 111 at Kermit, and
Freddie Torres had a 120 in his first round of play.

The Eagles' 407 score moved them up from fifth to
fourth, even though they're Saturday score was actu-
ally sixth best on the day. Pecos passed Fort Stockton
`A', which shot a 407 and is at 813 after 36 holes,
while Fort Stockton `B' and Kermit `A' both shot 387s,
but trail the Eagles with two round scores of 799 and 875 respectively.

Andrews `A' and `B' continue to lead, with 330-679 and
364-725 totals, while Monahans is third, at 384-751.
Trailing Fort Stockton `A' is Monahans `B', at 403-834,
while the Eagles `B' score of 873 remains two strokes in
front of Kermit.

Claburns win Hawkins golf top title

PECOS, Apr. 29 -- Golfers Carla and Mike Claburn from
Monahans placed first on Sunday in the championship
flight of the annual Sadie Hawkins Golf Tournament, held
at the Reeves County Golf Course.

The Claburns shot a 61-66-127 to finish one stroke ahead
of Leslie and Jim Bob McNeil and Sally and Joe Espy of
Fort Davis. The Espys won a tiebreaker for second place.

There were five flights in the 36-hole, two-day
tournament, and in a playoff in the first flight,
Janwell and Gerald Burnett of Odessa defeated Louise and
Royce Cassell, after both teams shot 70-71-142 for the
tournament. Galene and Bob Burkholder were third, with a
70-72-142 score.

In the second flight, Dona and Mike Goode won first,
with a 71-70-141 score., one stroke ahead of Peggy and
Terry Page, who shot a 70-72-142. Geneva Pearce and
Ernest Briles of Odessa were third, with a 71-73-144.

In the third flight, Sharon and Don Carroll of El Paso
won, shooting a 73-69-142. Becky and Charlie Perkins
were next, at 73-70-143, while Kandy and Mark Dean of
Eunice, N.M., were third, with a 73-71-144 total.

In the fourth flight, Peggy Cox and John Cravey won,
shooting a 78-68-146. Jo and Bill Cooksey were second,
with a 76-74-150, and Pam and Sam Miller were next, with
a 75-78-153 score.

Fannie and Ronald Miller won the fifth flight title,
shooting an 81-80-161 and winning a tiebreaker over
Audie Whitaker and Johnny Mauldin, who had an 82-79-161.
Kay and Jay Nabors were third, with an 82-80-162 score.

Over 40 couples competed in the two-day tournament, oe
of several held during the year at the Reeves County
Golf Course.

Astros host area tourney this weekend

PECOS, Apr. 29 -- Four teams from the West Texas Old
Timers' League will compete in a tournament here this
weekend, hosted by the Pecos Astros.

The Astros will host Alpine and two teams from Loving,
N.M. in the tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday
at Martinez Field and runs through Sunday.

Admission is free to the tournament, which opens with
the Astros facing one of the Loving teams in the opener.
Alpine plays the Loving Falcons in the second game of
the double-elimination tournament.

T-Wolves push Sonics to brink

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr. 29 -- The Minnesota Timberwolves
achieved another playoff first against the Seattle
SuperSonics, who have been in this spot many times

The Wolves, who won the first playoff game in franchise
history on Sunday, won for the first time in the
playoffs at home Tuesday night, showing surprising poise
and confidence in defeating the playoff-tested Sonics

One more victory, either Thursday night at Minneapolis or
Sunday back at Seattle, and the Wolves will have their
first series triumph. Minnesota leads the best-of-5
series 2-1.

``It's amazing to be in the situation we're in,'' said
Anthony Peeler, who led the Wolves with a career
playoff-best 20 points. ``But we have to close it out on

The Pacific Division-champion Sonics trailed Phoenix 2-1
in the first round last year before winning the last two
games, and they became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a
No. 8 seed when they lost to Denver in 1994.

``I expect Thursday, that would be do-or-die for them,''
Minnesota's Kevin Garnett said. ``Right now, they know
they're on the ropes and we're at home and we have a lot
of confidence being here. I think they're going to come
out full thrust.''

Elsewhere Tuesday night, Miami won 91-85 at New York to
take a 2-1 lead; Atlanta won for the first time in three
games with a 96-64 rout of Charlotte; and Portland also
avoided a three-game sweep with a 99-94 victory over the
Los Angeles Lakers.

Tonight, Chicago takes a 2-0 lead to New Jersey, Utah
travels to Houston in a series that's tied 1-1 and
Phoenix is at San Antonio, which leads 2-1. The Indiana-
Cleveland series, which the Pacers lead 2-1, resumes on Thursday.

Seattle, second-seeded in the West, hasn't lost three
straight games all season, and one more loss to the
Wolves would rival its 1994 failure against the Nuggets
as the biggest collapse under coach George Karl.

``Nobody would have anticipated this,'' Hersey Hawkins
said. ``Nobody in their wildest dreams could have
thought we'd be sitting here down 2-1.''

Peeler shot a combined 7-for-32 in the first two games, a
shortcoming he overcame with 24 rebounds despite his
lack of size at 6-foot-4. In Game 3, he was 7-for-15,
including 4-for-7 from 3-point range.

That included a 3-pointer for an 83-76 lead with 5:58 to
play, matching Minnesota's biggest of the game. But it
turned out only to be part of a 21-4 surge during which
Seattle fell apart and the Wolves capitalized on nearly
every opportunity.

``Whenever we get tired, we know they're an older team
and we know they're more tired than us,'' Peeler said.

Garnett and Sam Mitchell each had 19 points for the
Wolves, who have won seven straight at home, extending
the franchise record it set by winning the last six
regular-season games at Target Center.

Gary Payton scored 26 points for the Sonics, who led by
as >many as 11 in the first quarter.

Karl blasted his team's defense after the game.

``I was disappointed in the defensive end of the court,''
he said. ``It was astounding to me that we would be as
unaggressive, soft ...''

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