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Tuesday, May 19, 1998
New assistant coaches announced by Swaim
PECOS, May 19 -- Pecos Eagles' head football coach Dan Swaim
has filled out the roster of assistant coaches for his
varsity squad, but said Tuesday he's still got some spots to
fill on the sub-varsity and junior high level.
"I've still got one guy to fill at the seventh grade level,
and one at the JV level," said Swaim, who moved up earlier
this year from assistant to head coach, replacing Mike Belew.
All four of Swaim's assistants will be new to the varsity
level, with last year's junior varsity head coach, Jay
Ragland, joining a former Pecos player and coach, Elias
Payan, and two coaches who were with Swaim in Odessa, Gary
Grubbs and Vance Washington.
Grubbs and Swaim were also together as assistant coaches in
Bracketville, where Grubbs spent five seasons, after five
years coach in Odessa. He'll be the offensive coordinator,
and will work with the quarterbacks and secondary, Swaim
Washington has been a freshman coach at Bonham Junior High
in Odessa the past four years, and was a 1982 Odessa Permian
grad. He'll coach the offensive line and secondary.
Payan was a sub-varsity coach in Pecos until two years ago,
and has spent the past two seasons as head baseball coach in
Bracketville. He played for the Eagles in the 1983-84
seasons, and will also serve as assistant baseball coach to
Bubba Williams next season.
Ragland has moved up each of the past two seasons, from
freshman to JV level, and to the varsity next season, where
he'll work with the offensive line and defensive tackles.
Also moving up for the third year in a row will be Tino
Acosta, who goes from freshman coach to JV coach this
season. He'll be joined by Benny Hernandez, Swaim said, with
the other JV spot yet to be filled.
On the freshman level, Mike Sadler will move from varsity
assistant to head coach there, while remaining as the
Eagles' head coach in basketball. He'll be joined by Darrell
Erickson and Juan Dominguez.
Over at Crockett Middle School there will be all new
coaches for the eighth grade. Rudy Juardo has been moved up
from the seventh grade level, and will be paired with Sam
Campo and Junior Cobos.
At Zavala Middle School, Jerry Parent remains as seventh
grade head coach, while Albert Carrasco moves from an
assistant at Crockett to the Zavala assistant's job.
The new coaches will arrive after the end of the current
school year this Friday. Off-season workouts ended this past
Friday for the Eagles. Preseason practice begins on Aug. 5,
while workouts in pads begin five days later, Swaim said.
Lakers can't turn tide in Jazz' 99-95 win
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY, May 19 -- For 13 seasons, they have gone
together like ham and eggs. Mention the Utah Jazz, and
everybody thinks of Stockton and Malone.
In Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Monday night,
they showed the youngsters from Los Angeles just what it
takes to win a big-time game. Now the Jazz are two victories
from a return trip to the NBA Finals.
Karl Malone scored 33 points and John Stockton added 22,
his most in this year's playoffs, to lead the Jazz to a
99-95 victory over the Lakers, a team vastly improved from
its Game 1 debacle, but still not quite good enough.
The Lakers' trip to Utah was a painful learning experience.
``Obviously, they're an older team that knows a lot more
about basketball,'' the Lakers' Kobe Bryant said. ``You just
learn. You see Stockton and those guys and you just pick up
Utah has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series with a four-day
break before resuming Friday night at the Forum in
The Lakers should hope Game 3 isn't close at the finish,
because the wise old Jazz seem to thrive in those
``We feel like we can execute at the end of the game,''
Jeff Hornacek said. ``It's not a panic situation when you
get down a few points. I guess it comes with experience.
We've got John and Karl and we know what we can do.''
The Lakers, meanwhile, were hardly satisfied that their
performance was far better than their ghastly showing in
Game 1, when they were blown out 122-77, the worst loss in
their playoff history.
``Both are losses,'' said Eddie Jones, who scored all of
his 19 points in the second half. ``We had opportunities to
win and it just wasn't there.''
Shaquille O'Neal, 6-for-16 from the field with 19 points in
what he said was probably his worst game as a Laker in Game
1, scored 31 on 14-for-21 shooting Monday. But he was
3-for-8 at the foul line and missed a short hook shot with
43 seconds left and Utah leading 96-93.
O'Neal, perturbed by the officiating in Game 1, thought he
was fouled on his last shot. When the game ended, O'Neal and
referee Steve Javie got into a spirited argument, then
O'Neal was coaxed off the court.
O'Neal wouldn't say what he was arguing about, and neither
would Lakers coach Del Harris. O'Neal said there already has
been too much talking in this series, most of it from the
``We're going to watch what we say,'' he said. ``This is
still a long series, and now we can go home and do to them
what they did to us.''
Of the little 3-footer that he missed, O'Neal said,
``That's a shot I should hit, whether I get fouled or not.
We just missed a few shots down the stretch that we need to
But the Lakers were plainly upset by the officiating,
especially down the stretch.
``You do the things that work for you and you still have
somebody take those things away,'' Robert Horry said. ``It's
Four teams from Texas make CWS
DALLAS, May 19 (AP) -- Four Texas schools are among the 48
college baseball teams that have advanced to post-season
play. The winners of each of eight regions with six teams
playing will advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
The College World Series begins a week from Friday and
continues for eight days. Play in all eight of the regionals
Rice won the Western Athletic Conference tournament and is
the top seed in the Central Regional, which will be played
at College Station. Tournament host Texas A&M is one of the
five other teams there.
Rice will open against Oral Roberts, and the Aggies will
play North Carolina-Charlotte.
Big 12 Conference champion Texas Tech is in the Atlantic-I
regional at Coral Gables, Fla., and will play North
Baylor is at the South-I regional at Gainesville, Fla. The
Bears will play Richmond.
Texas Tech beat both Oklahoma and Texas A&M on Sunday to
wrap up the Big 12 tournament title; Texas A&M won the
regular season championship.
Two other Big 12 teams, also from the South Division, also
made it to the playoffs. Oklahoma will play Delaware on
Thursday at Tallahassee, Fla., and Oklahoma State will play
Georgia Tech at Wichita, Kan.
``Going to a regional is what you work for all season,''
said Oklahoma State coach Tom Holliday.
``We deserve it. We played a tough schedule all season long
to set the table for postseason play. All we wanted to do
was be in a regional and get the chance to go to the College
Oklahoma State was knocked out by Oklahoma in the Big 12
tournament, but Holliday said he had a feeling his team
wouldn't be left out of the post-season tournament.
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