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Friday, May 29, 1998

Summer sports programs open Monday

PECOS, May 29 -- The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah summer recreation programs will begin next week, with registration for most of the activities set for Monday and Tuesday.

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 family.

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 begin Monday, June 1, and run through June 12. The second runs 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 Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. in the Pecos High School library.

The course begins on June 3 with Tina Hendrick as instructor, and will run Monday through Friday until June 30. Class time are from 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, from 8 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the new PHS gym. Classes will begin on Tuesday and run weekdays except Fridays for three weeks, ending on 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 next Friday, 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 Lubbock.

Summer volleyball is scheduled to begin Tuesday and run on 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 with the summer basketball program, beginning Monday and running through July 3 on odd-numbered days. Mike Sadler will be the instructor. Students can sign up during their first day of attendance.

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.

Pacers seek retribution and survival

AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS, May 29 -- There's no tomorrow for the Indiana Pacers if they don't come through tonight.

A humbling 106-87 loss to two-time defending champion Chicago has the Pacers in a do-or-die situation in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bulls can wrap up the series and head to Utah with a chance for their sixth league championship in eight years with a victory at Market Square Arena. If the Pacers survive, Game 7 will be Sunday night in Chicago.

``There's a sense of urgency, but by no means do we look at this like it's our last practice,'' Indiana point guard Mark Jackson said Thursday. ``We fully expect to go back to Chicago.''

Jackson, along with his teammates and coaches, reviewed videotape of their futile effort in the first half of Wednesday's game. Indiana trailed 57-32 at halftime after going scoreless for more than five minutes and failing to make a single basket in more than 14 minutes,

``They did what they wanted to do at both ends of the court. When you allow them to do that, they're tough to beat.'' Jackson said.

``There's no time to think about last night. We have a job at hand, and we have to respond. There's no time to think about that.''

The Pacers are undefeated at home in the playoffs this year and beat the Bulls here by two points in Games 3 and 4.

``We looked at the videotape, the first half. They were clearly the more aggressive team,'' Indiana center Rik Smits said. ``I don't know what caused us to come out like that. It (Game 6) could very well be our last game of the season, and we've got to play that way.''

Coach Larry Bird has no doubts his team can extend its season.

``My concern is to get these guys to play as hard as they can, just lay it all on the line. If they come out and give me a great effort, and get beat, I can take that,'' he said.

Bird put the Pacers though a lengthy, physical practice that he described as ``harder than normal.''

``After the game we had, really they had two days in a row off. It's time to get back with it,'' Bird said. ``We'll play better, we'll play hard. If we set the picks and do the things we're capable of doing, we can win.

``If we come in happy that we beat the Chicago Bulls twice, we're done for the season.''

Reggie Miller said the Pacers need to be more aggressive ``taking the ball to the hole, starting from the inside out, establishing a post game.''

In Chicago, coach Phil Jackson gave his team the day off Thursday, hoping they can maintain their momentum from Game 5.

``We just tried to raise our level of play,'' said Scottie Pippen, whose hard drive to the basket following the opening tip set the tone for Chicago's best performance in this year's playoff.

``We came out a little more hungry, came out more aggressive, more determined, and it showed on the scoreboard,'' said Pippen, who had 20 points in 23 minutes.

``It was unexpected dominance,'' said Jordan, who had 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting. ``We didn't expect that. We figured this team (Indiana) would come in and fight hard with a key player (Jalen Rose) being out, and we took it to them.''

Rose was suspended from the game by the NBA for leaving the bench area during an shoving incident between Miller and Chicago's Ron Harper. Rose will be back for tonight's game.

``Not having Rose hurt us, that's for sure,'' Bird said. ``But that's not why we lost the game. We just didn't play.''

``To lose the way we did really affects your pride,'' Smits said. ``The way we struggled, that affects confidence. I mean, we missed 18 field goals in a row. That gets to you at a certain point.''

``I look at it from the standpoint that it can't get any worse,'' Miller said.

Injuries help duo get French Open wins

AP Sports Writer
PARIS, May 29 (AP) -- Marcelo Rios and Michael Chang reached the third round of the French Open when their opponents retired in the middle of matches today because of injury.

The third-seeded Rios, who could overtake Pete Sampras as the No. 1 player in the world if he makes the semifinals at Roland Garros, was leading 6-1, 3-3 when Wayne Ferreira twisted his right ankle and was unable to continue.

Ferreira was running for a shot along the baseline when his right foot appeared to get stuck on the clay. He twisted his ankle, grimacing as he fell on his back.

The South African originally hurt the ankle while practicing between rounds at last year's French Open and had surgery on it to remove fluid in October.

Chang, one of only two American men left in the French Open, reached the third round of the tournament he won in 1989 when John Van Lottum of the Netherlands retired in the third set.

Chang, seeded 11th, was leading 7-5, 6-2, 3-0 when Van Lottum was unable to continue because of a strained buttock muscle that he originally hurt in the first round.

Also advancing to the third round was No. 16 Alberto Berasategui of Spain.

No. 4 Patrick Rafter was ousted 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 by fellow Australian Jason Stoltenberg, leaving Rios as the only survivor among the top seven men's seeds.

Rafter, the defending U.S. Open champion, yelled ``No, no, no!'' at himself and stormed around the court as he blew opportunities in the third set. He slammed his racket to the clay several times in disgust.

Defending women's champion Iva Majoli of Croatia, seeded 10th, advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Natasha Zvereva of Belarus.

On Thursday, a day dominated by rain, two teen-age women -- Serena Williams and Anna Kournikova -- stole the show.

When she's on the tennis court, slamming serves past overwhelmed opponents, Williams knows she can't be indulging in another dangerous pursuit -- shopping.

The 16-year-old Williams, expecting her second-round match to be washed out by rain Thursday, almost headed out for a shopping trip down the fashionable Champs-Elysees.

Instead, she was summoned to Roland Garros for a match that began at dusk against American compatriot Corina Morariu and ended 50 minutes later with a 6-1, 6-0 victory for Williams.

Williams said she still plans to go shopping later during the tournament, but knows it will present great temptations.

``Hopefully, I can stay away from the jewels,'' she said.

Williams allowed only two points on her serve in the second set as she overpowered Morariu in the evening chill and joined her older sister, Venus, in the third round.

``It looked like I was having an easy time and doing everything well, but I was just wanted to make sure I stayed concentrated,'' she said. ``I was just trying to make sure I didn't let her come back.''

Serena, making her French Open debut, next plays 15th-seeded Dominique Van Roost.

Venus was watching from courtside as Serena won 13 of the last 15 points in the match. But Serena said with a smile that she was sure Venus went shopping after the match ``to buy something for me.''

When asked what Venus would buy for her, Serena said, ``Maybe she'll just give me a bag of money today.''

While Serena embodies strength and athleticism on the court, another teen-age star -- 13th-seeded Anna Kournikova -- looks ready for a stroll down the catwalk at a Paris fashion show.

Star-struck fans and rows of photographers focus on Kournikova's long blonde braid, her purple fingernails and her bronzed skin nearly the color of the red clay courts.

It hardly seems to matter to them whether she's winning or losing. But the 16-year-old Russian didn't come to the French Open to model.

Kournikova, mixing solid baseline strokes with soft drop shots, advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win over Katarina Studenikova of Slovakia.

``I'm just a normal person, trying to be normal. I'm trying to play tennis,'' she said, surveying an interview room packed with reporters and photographers. ``It's not my fault that you guys are all here. I mean, what can I do about it?''

Men's sixth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, the 1996 French Open champion, lost 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to Thomas Enqvist of Sweden.

The 11th-seeded woman, Mary Pierce, lost 7-5, 6-2 to Spain's Magui Serna after leading 5-1 in the first set, and was booed off center court.

Pierce, who grew up in the United States but has used her mother's French citizenship to play for France, was a popular French Open finalist in 1994.

``If I win, I am the French Mary Pierce,'' she said of the crowd's boos. ``If I lose, I am the French-American Mary Pierce.''

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