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Tuesday, July 14, 1998

Pecos `B' squad downs Western

PECOS, July 14 -- Pecos' record in District 4 Tournament
play remained perfect Monday night, after the Little League
`B' team all-stars came away from San Angelo Western with a
6-3 victory.

The win moved the 9-10 year olds into the championship game
of the double-elimination tournament, set for 6 p.m. Friday
at Chano Prieto Field, while Western will face Crane on
Wednesday night. If Pecos loses on Friday, they would have
to go to San Angelo or Crane for the title game on Saturday.

The `B' team became the first to advance to the tournament
finals. Tonight at 6 p.m., Pecos' Senior League All-Stars
will try to become the second, when they host Sonora in a 6
p.m. contest. Sonora downed San Angelo Lake View in their
tournament quarterfinal game on Sunday, 6-3, while Pecos
defeated San Angelo Western by an 11-8 final score.

Isiah Rayos started for the second game in a row for Pecos
on Monday. After going three innings in the `B' teamers'
11-5 win, he went the distance this time, striking out nine
while allowing just three runs, two unearned.

Western tied the game in the second on a single by Chris
Weaver and three-base error, after Matt Vela reached on a
single. In the first, Pecos got a pair of unearned runs off
a two-out error on Kenny Rayos' grounder and Isiah Rayos'
RBI single.

Eddie Vela would drive in the go-ahead run in the third with
a single after Edward Valencia reached on a single. Pecos
would go up by a 4-2 score, then saw San Angelo cut the lead
to one before using a series of walks in the sixth inning to
push across a pair of insurance runs.

The winner of tonight's Senior League game will advance to
Saturday's tournament finals, while the loser will move into
an elimination round game on Thursday against an opponent to
be determined. Last year in Sonora, Pecos had to rally from
an 8-3 deficit after five innings to score a 11-9 win in an
elimination bracket game.

Pecos' Little League All-Stars will play their tournament
semifinal game Wednesday night, at San Angelo Northern, with
the winner moving onto Saturday's finals. The Junior League
All-Stars are off until Friday, when they host San Angelo
Western for a berth in their tournament finals, set for
Sunday afternoon.

Pak leader among LPGA golfers

SYLVANIA, Ohio, July 14 (AP) -- First, Se Ri Pak got Happy.
Then she got happier.

Since buying a $300 beagle puppy named Happy two weeks ago,
life has been good for the 20-year-old rookie sensation from

First, she captured the U.S. Women's Open by beating amateur
Jenny Chuasiriporn in a 20-hole playoff last July 6 at
Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

Next, as a payback for allowing her into the tournament on a
sponsor's exemption last year, Pak flew here to play in the
Jamie Farr Toledo Classic less than three days after winning
the national championship.

She got off to a slow start, shooting an even-par 71 in the
first round at Highland Meadows Golf Club. It left her tied
for 62nd.

But in the second round, she shot a 61 -- the lowest score
ever recorded in an LPGA event.

In the third round, she came back with 10 more birdies and a
63 to build a nine-stroke lead while putting together the
greatest back-to-back rounds in tour history.

She capped the week with a closing 66 Sunday to give her a
261 -- the fewest strokes ever taken in a 72-hole LPGA
event. Her score in relation to par of 23-under matched the
lowest in tour history. And the victory made her just the
third person to ever follow a victory in the Open with a win
in her next start.

In the LPGA's 48 years and hundreds of tournaments, only
three players have ever had as many as 10 birdies in a

``This is best week for me,'' she said.

She now stands atop the LPGA money list with $645,170,
having won the only three tournaments in which she has
finished in the top 10. The other victory came in another
major, the LPGA Championship.

While she is on the brink of a breakout career -- huge money
in endorsements and appearance fees, not to mention
tournament winnings -- she has simpler goals.

``The people here are really, really nice and that makes me
play better,'' she said of the Farr galleries. ``I am not an
American, but they feel really, really close. They feel like
friends. They make big loud.''

For Pak, in the early stages of learning English, a ``big
loud'' is the roar of the gallery after a birdie. It is a
sound she heard again and again over her record-setting

But it isn't records that interest her. She wants to succeed
over the long haul and be seen as a thoughtful person.

``I want to be Nancy Lopez, Betsy King,'' she said,
referring to two Hall of Famers known as much for their
fan-friendly attitude as their many victories.

``They are the best players, but really nice to people. If
they play good or not, they are nice to people. Like
friends. They can do many things to help people.''

Huge crowds followed her during the final three rounds of
the Farr, including dozens of Koreans who might not have
otherwise been there.

Her sudden arrival has been likened to the advent of Tiger
Woods on the PGA Tour, whose rapid success brought millions
of new and younger fans to the sport.

One sign at Highland Meadows, in both English and Korean,
said, ``Tiger Out. Pak In.''

But Pak said she isn't ready to face the immense
expectations Woods encountered.

``A top player plays good and -- whoom! -- people think they
always play very high,'' she said. ``Many media make me feel
I must do my best golf. Many newspapers print my picture.

``I can feel it, but I don't want to think like that. I am
only 20 years old. I don't want to stop now. I have long,
long time.''

Cowboys to stay hot in training camp

Sports Writer
WICHITA FALLS -- Back in the days of Tom Landry and Tex
Schramm, it was considered an excellent idea to have
training camp in cool-weather climes.

It was a way, they reasoned, to get the most out of football
players as they shed excess weight and slowly conditioned
themselves for a grueling season.

Invigorating weather was supposed to help speed this process
along so the Cowboys worked in Forest Grove, Ore., in 1960,
their first season; then in Northfield, Minn., in 1961 and
in Marquette, Mich., in 1962 before settling in Thousand
Oaks, Calif., in 1963.

In Thousand Oaks, a perfect 70-degree day greeted the
gladiators almost every workout. This formula worked well
enough for two Super Bowl championships and 19 consecutive
winning seasons.

When the Cowboys fell on hard times, along came Jerry Jones
and Jimmy Johnson, who changed the philosophy of how a
training camp should be run and how hot the temperature
should be.

Johnson, a Texan from Port Arthur who loved hot weather,
said his Miami Hurricane college teams got into shape
quicker and better by working in the fat-reducing heat.

``It's the best way for a team to get into condition,'' said
Johnson. ``We won a lot of games in the fourth quarter
because we were in condition.''

When Johnson moved the team from Thousand Oaks to Austin
prior to the 1990 season, some critics suggested the Cowboys
would be a dead tired team in December. It turned out
Johnson was right and his critics dead wrong.

Dallas won two Super Bowls under Johnson and one under Barry
Switzer, who kept the same training camp regime when Jerry
and Jimmy couldn't get along any more. Switzer liked to work
his Oklahoma teams in the heat.

It's hard to argue with the success of Dallas teams forged
in the heat since training camp was moved to Texas eight
years ago.

The team has won three Super Bowls, played in four NFC
championship games, won five NFC East titles, and compiled a
composite record of 95-48.

New coach Chan Gailey, who grew up in Americus, Ga., also
believes a team gets in better condition practicing in the

When the Cowboys report to training camp in Wichita Falls on
Wednesday they expect 100-degree days and plenty of hard

``It's the only way to prepare a team that I know,'' Gailey
said. ``We won't have as many two-a-day practices as they
have had in the past and we'll have some off days.

``But it is critical we have a hard-working productive
training camp,'' he said. ``Midwestern State University is
going to be an excellent facility for the work we need to

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