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Thursday, May 21, 1998

Summer rec programs to begin in early June

PECOS, May 21 -- Registration and starting dates for the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer recreation programs have been
set, with most activities getting underway the week of June
The programs are open to all P-B-T students and fees are $5
for one child, $8 for two and $10 for three or more in a

The summer tennis program is scheduled to run in two
sessions, with Pecos High School tennis coach Bernadette
Ornelas as instructor. The first session will run from June
1-12, and the second from June 18-29, both at the PHS tennis
courts. Registration will take place the first day of each
session, Ornelas said.

Times for the sessions are 8-8:45 a.m. for boys and girls
entering Grades 1-3; 9-9:45 a.m. for Grades 4-6; 10 to 10:45
a.m. for junior high students, and 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 5
to 7 p.m. for high school students.

Summer golf will hold registration on June 1-2 in the Pecos
High School library from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., and
the course begins on June 3 with Tina Hendrick as instructor.

The course will run Monday through Friday until June 30,
with class time at 8-8:45 a.m. for Grades 4-5; 9-9:45 a.m.
for sixth graders; 10-10:45 a.m. for Grades 7-8 and 11 to
11:45 a.m. for high school students.

Registration for the summer track program is also set for
Monday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the new
PHS gym. Classes will begin on June 2 and run Monday through
Thursday until June 22. Varsity girls track coach Lily
Talamantez will be the instructor, and the program is open
to students between the ages of 7 and 18.

The school district will provide transportation to summer
track meets in Iraan on June 5 and to Stanton on June 12.
There will also be a U.S. Track and Field Association meet
on June 19 in Lubbock and a Texas Amateur Athletic
Federation meet at Odessa High School on June 26-27. Top 6
finishers in Lubbock will advance to the USA T&F meet in
Houston on July 8-11. The two top finishers in each event in
Odessa advance to the TAAF State Finals on July 23-25 in

Summer volleyball is scheduled for even-numbered weekdays
in June and July from 6 to 9 p.m. Becky Granado will be the
instructor for the course. A volleyball camp for girls
entering seventh grade will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
the week of June 8, while the eighth grade camp will be at
the same times the week of June 15, and the ninth graders
will go the week of June 22.

Volleyball will share the gym from June 1 to July 3 with
the summer basketball program, which will have Mike Sadler
as instructor. Students can sign up during their first day
of attendance, and the program will begin on June 1. Hours
will alternate, but will usually be from either 9 a.m. to
noon or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from either 1 to 6 p.m. or 2
to 6 p.m.

Along with those programs, the PHS field house will be open
during the summer for weight lifting, beginning on June 8.
Gary Grubbs will be the supervisor, and the weight machines
will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening, with the
exception of July 3.

Rangers hope rally turned tide on Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 21 (AP) -- The Texas Rangers' latest
rally was no ordinary comeback.

That's because it came against the Seattle Mariners, a team
that's made life miserable for the Rangers over the last
five years.

Lee Stevens hit two homers and the Rangers took advantage of
another collapse by Seattle's bullpen to overcome a six-run
deficit for an 8-7 victory Wednesday night.

With the victory, the Rangers are 28-16, their best record
in franchise history after 44 games. Texas pushed its lead
over third-place Seattle to 7½ games in the AL West.

``It gives us a lot of confidence, knowing they've had our
number the last few years,'' Stevens said. ``We're using
that as motivation.''

Texas has won five of six over the Mariners. Before the
current streak, Seattle was 36-8 against the Rangers.

Heathcliff Slocumb continued to struggle out of the Mariners
bullpen, allowing three runs in the sixth as Seattle's lead
was cut to 7-6. It was Seattle's ninth blown save of the

``It's my fault,'' Slocumb said. ``There are no excuses.
Sometimes you're just going to get hit.''

Fernando Tatis led off the eighth with a triple off the top
of the scoreboard in left off Mike Timlin (1-3), a towering
drive that Timlin called ``a loft wedge.''

Tom Goodwin followed with a fly ball to left, and Tatis
tagged up and slid home safely after a high throw from Rob

Timlin credited the Rangers' aggressive attitude at the
plate for the comeback.

``When they're swinging like that, you don't want to throw a
strike to this team,'' Timlin said. ``I was challenging
them. You can't pitch around any of those guys.''

Tim Crabtree (1-0) pitched two innings of hitless relief for
the win and John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 13th
save in as many chances. He has converted 25 straight save
chances dating to last season.

The Rangers won their third straight and seventh in a row at

Stevens, who had the fifth multihomer game of his career,
said there was a confident attitude in the Rangers' dugout
even when Seattle built a 6-0 lead after five innings.

``We didn't think six runs would be enough,'' he said.

``It was like a bad cold, it got real contagious,''
Wetteland said of the comeback. ``That's really something
special. It happens quick with this offense.''

The Mariners lost for the fifth time this season after
leading after six innings.

Seattle's Alex Rodriguez hit two solo homers to give him an
AL-leading 18 this season. It was the sixth two-homer game
of his career and second in five days.

Mariners starter Bill Swift shut out the Rangers on two hits
over the first four innings before Texas scored three runs
in the fifth.

Stevens led off with a homer, and the Rangers went on to
load the bases with three straight singles. Mark McLemore
then hit an RBI groundout, and Juan Gonzalez added a
run-scoring double to cut Seattle's lead to 6-3.

Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth to make it 7-3. But
Stevens hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning off
Slocumb, and McLemore's RBI single later in the inning made
it 7-6.

Ivan Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the seventh off Timlin,
Seattle's fourth pitcher of the night, to tie it.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first on Alex Rodriguez's
homer, and added two runs in the second, one scoring on
Darren Oliver's wild pitch and another scored on a
bases-loaded walk to Rodriguez.

The Mariners scored three runs in the fifth on David Segui's
RBI single and a two-run double by Edgar Martinez.

Owners giving replay another preseason shot

CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 21 (AP) -- Instant replay, thought
to be dead and buried after the last NFL owners meeting, is
being resurrected.

NFL owners, wrapping up three days of meetings Wednesday,
approved the use of TV replays during some of this year's
preseason games. Club owners voted replay down for
regular-season use at a March meeting in Orlando.

``We'll have the coach's challenge system and we'll do a
replay experiment like we did several years ago, with a few
new wrinkles,'' commissioner Paul Tagliabue said.

The commissioner said that regular-season use will be
addressed again in the future.

The replay will be used sparingly, and the experiment will
only cover 11 exhibition games televised by the networks.

Each team will be allowed two challenges a game at the
coach's discretion.

The league used instant replay to help officiate its games
from 1986-91, but owners got rid of it, citing long delays
in making calls among the reasons for dropping it.

Each year, a proposal to bring it back has been introduced
to the competition committee and then to the owners. But
none of them have received the votes necessary for

The New York Times reported in today's editions that a
group of between 50-60 coaches, upset with the NFL's
handling of issues including race, age discrimination and
pension plans, staged a non-confrontational protest that
could signal labor unrest.

The protesting coaches entered a scheduled 8 a.m. symposium
15 minutes late to show the league that they are unified and
prepared to take on the NFL, if necessary, to achieve their

It is believed that a protest involving professional coaches
this large has never happened before.

The coaches originally planned to walk out of the seminar
after it started, but decided that would be disrespectful.

Several coaches who took part included Philadelphia's Ray
Rhodes, assistants Art Shell of Atlanta, Johnny Roland of
Arizona, Jimmy Raye of Kansas City, Richard Selcer and
Sylvester Croom of Detroit, Larry Pasquale of Jacksonville
and Jerry Rhome and Peter Giunta of St. Louis.

Tagliabue also announced the NFL will allow its teams to
purchase Arena Football League teams in their territories.
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is anxious to put an AFL
team in an arena being built next to the Louisiana

NFL bylaws prohibit team owners from investing in other
football leagues or teams, but Wednesday's decision allows
an exception in regard to Arena Football. As many as eight
NFL owners are interested in placing AFL teams in their

``Our goal of stability, credibility and visibility is
enhanced greatly by having the NFL involved in our game,''
Arena Football commissioner David Baker said. ``This
hopefully is the first step in a developing partnership for
year-round worldwide football, which will be of obvious
benefit to the NFL and AFL, as well as all football fans.''

The NFL didn't take any action on awarding future Super
Bowls. Kansas City made a presentation to be the host of the
40th Super Bowl in 2006, but it didn't get the required
three-fourths vote.

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