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Tuesday, July 28, 1998

Junior League's year ends in Abilene

PECOS, July 28 -- The pitching finally ran out for the Pecos
Junior League All-Stars on Monday night in Abilene, as the
host Abilene Junior Leaguers advanced to the state
tournament in Waco with a five-inning, 12-2 victory.

Pecos had advanced through the loser's bracket of this past
weekend's subsectional tournament to Monday's game, rallying
twice on Saturday and Sunday to defeat Lubbock Southwest.
But after four games in three days, the 13-year-olds fell
behind early against Abilene, which had gone through its
half of the subsectionals undefeated and had an extra day of

Robbie Ontiveros, who went five-plus innings in Saturday's
8-7 victory over Lubbock, made it only into the second
inning this time around, after Abilene had taken a 4-0 lead.
Early inning mistakes that hurt Pecos in all three of their
games against Lubbock continued, while Abilene also had
three stolen bases in the first inning off catcher Barney
Rodriguez, who was also arm-tired, after going 10 innings on
the mound the previous three days against Lubbock Southwest.

Ontiveros went behind the plate in the second, while
Rodriguez went to the outfield as Patrick Fuentes came to
the mound after Abilene widened their lead to 6-0. Fuentes
had been able to hold Lubbock in relief of Ontiveros on
Saturday, but didn't fare as well this time around, giving
up a home run to Chase Stevens in the third inning, which
made it 7-0.

Abilene pitcher Sidj Regala shut out Pecos over the first
three innings, before the Junior Leaguers cut the lead to
7-1 in the fourth. Matthew Vasquez singled home Barney
Rodriguez for the first run, and in the top of the fifth, a
Rodriguez single would score Ontiveros. But the Junior
Leaguers missed a chance to get more runs, stranding two on
with one out, and it came after Abilene had scored twice in
their half of the fourth to go up by a 9-2 score.

The game then ended in the bottom of the fifth off a walk to
Luis Lerma, a double by William Gibbs, who was 3-for-4 on
the night, another walk to Regala and a two run single by
Brandon Caddell off Fuentes, which gave Abilene their 10-run

Because of their 10-0 lose to Lubbock in the first round of
the subsectionals, Pecos needed to beat Abilene twice in
order to advance in the double-elimination tournament, which
is in the second year of the `split sectional' format. With
its win, Abilene moves on to the state tournament, which
begins Saturday afternoon in Waco.

Cross top competitor at Odessa Taekwon-Do

PECOS, July 28 -- Longtime Pecos resident and Taekwon-Do
instructor Steve Cross earned his Third Degree Black Belt at
an Odessa Black Belt testing this past Saturday.

Along with the advanced degree, Cross was awarded a trophy
for the "Highest Test Score" during the Odessa testing.

Cross gave credit to many people for his accomplishment. "I
could not have been so successful without the help of many
people," he said. "My instructor, Mr. Fabian Nunez, for one
and all of my students also, especially Mr. Gerardo
Miramontes and Mr. Mason Hounshell. I seem to learn as much
from them as they learn from me.

"Above all, I thank God who makes all things possible,"
Cross said.

In addition to teaching Taekwon-Do, Mr. Cross instructs
students in Speech Communication at Pecos High School and
will serve as an assistant Freshman football and track coach
this upcoming school year.

Granado reminds players to get physicals

PECOS, July 28 -- Pecos Eagles' volleyball coach Becky
Granado said preseason workouts for all high school
volleyball players will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and all
girls must have their physical forms filled out and returned
by then in order to participate.

Two-a-day workouts will begin for juniors and seniors on
Aug. 5, and will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sophomore
volleyball players' workouts will be from 8:30 to 10:30
a.m., while incoming freshmen will practice from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Pecos' first scrimmages will be on Aug. 14, and
their season gets underway at home against Alpine and Odessa
High on Aug. 18.

Cowboys break in eight new assistants

AP Sports Writer
WICHITA FALLS, July 28 -- Forget trying to learning the
numbers of all the rookies trying to make the Dallas
Cowboys' squad. It's more of a challenge trying to figure
out the names of all the new coaches.

The Cowboys have eight new assistant coaches.

Two are familiar. That would be former defensive lineman Jim
Jeffcoat and former linebacker, defensive back, special
teams star Bill Bates. Both are rookie assistants on Chan
Gailey's new staff.

Here's a look at the other new ones:

-- George Edwards, linebacker coach: At the age of 31 he is
in his first pro coaching job. Came from the Georgia
coaching staff. A former Duke linebacker.

-- Buddy Geis, quarterbacks: quarterbacks coach and former
offensive coordinator of the Memphis Mad Dogs of the
Canadian League in 1995. Was an assistant for the
Indianapolis Colts for two seasons.

-- Les Miles, tight ends: Played for Michigan, coaches and
Colorado, Michigan and Oklahoma State. Was offensive
coordinator for OSU last year.

-- Dwain Painter, wide receivers: Has been an assistant at
San Diego and Denver. In 1986 was offensive coordinator and
quarterback coach at the University of Texas.

-- Clarence Shelmon, running backs: Former running back at
the University of Houston. Was running backs coach at
Seattle from 1992 to 1997. A former teammate of Robert
Newhouse, who played for the Cowboys and now a front office
staffer who helps with player assistance and development.

-- Tommie Robinson, offensive assistant: Spent last four
years as TCU receivers coach. Was a defensive back at Troy
State when Chan Gailey was head coach at that school.

Returning coaches on the Dallas staff include Jim Bates,
assistant head coach; Dave Campo, defensive coordinator; Joe
Avezzano, special teams coach, Mike Zimmer, defensive backs;
Steve Hoffman, kickers coach; Hudson Houck, offensive line;
Joe Juraszek, strength and conditioning.

``I'm learning something new every day,'' said Jeffcoat.
``Coaching takes long hours. Sometimes you really don't
appreciate it when you're a player.''

U.S. track officials protest drug suspensions

NEW YORK, July 28 (AP) -- Track and field's national
governing body is incensed over the drug suspensions of shot
putter Randy Barnes and sprinter Dennis Mitchell by the
sport's world organization.

``USATF is concerned and dismayed that the IAAF chose to
temporarily suspend two American athletes on the basis of
unproven allegations that they have committed a doping
offense,'' Craig Masback, executive director of USA Track &
Field, said Monday night. ``USATF objects to the IAAF
suspensions and will not enforce them.

``U.S. athletes are entitled to a full and fair hearing
prior to being declared ineligible to compete. USATF has on
several occasions informed the IAAF of its obligations under
the Amateur Sports Act. Therefore, we are outraged that the
IAAF knowingly breached our confidentiality rules, which
were put in place to protect those ultimately determined to
be innocent.''

The International Amateur Athletic Federation disclosed the
indefinite suspensions Monday.

Masback said that Barnes and Mitchell would ``receive the
full support of USATF until such time as it is determined
that they have committed a doping offense.''

Barnes, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and the world indoor
and outdoor record-holder, and Mitchell, the 1992 Olympic
bronze medalist in the 100 meters, were cited by the IAAF
for failing out-of-competition drug tests April 1.

Barnes, who could face a life suspension for a second
offense, was tested in Charleston, W.Va., and Mitchell in
Gainesville, Fla.

Mitchell is president of USATF's Athletes Advisory
Committee, the athletes' voice in the national governing
body, which has taken a strong stance against drugs.

His suspension was handed down last week and represents his
first drug offense.

The IAAF did not officially announce the suspensions, and
the precise terms of the punishment have yet to be

These are two of the most prominent suspensions in track and
field, following Ben Johnson at the 1988 Olympics, Butch
Reynolds in 1990 and Mary Slaney in 1997.

Johnson is banned for life after two suspensions, but has
requested reinstatement. Reynolds served a 27-month
suspension and now is competing. Slaney was found innocent
after several months and also is running again.

The suspensions come at a time when International Olympic
Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch has suggested
some performance-enhancing drugs be stricken from the list
of banned substances.

They also come as U.S. track and field is seeking to regain
its prestige and reputation but has had difficulty
attracting sponsors and television coverage.

In determining an athlete's drug test, the IAAF examines a
urine sample twice. Spokesman Giorgio Reneiri said from
Monaco that only the A sample from Barnes and Mitchell have
been tested. However, that is sufficient to levy a

If the B samples are positive, the IAAF then rules on the
severity of the punishment pending a hearing by USATF. If
the B sample is negative, the athletes are cleared.

Barnes was first suspended for two years starting in 1991
for the steroid methyltestosterone at a meet in Malmo,
Sweden, in 1990. This time, the substance is
androstenedione, a banned nutritional supplement.

Mitchell tested positive for testosterone. If found guilty
following the B sample, he probably would receive a two-year

Reneiri did not know the testosterone level in Mitchell's
sample. The allowable ratio of testosterone to
epitestosterone (another natural substance) is 6:1. Anything
above that level merits an investigation.

Mitchell's suspension was handed down last week, after he
finished fifth in the Goodwill Games 100 and ran on the
winning U.S. 400-meter relay team. If Mitchell is banned, he
and the relay team of Jon Drummond, Tim Harden and Maurice
Greene would be disqualified and forced to refund all prize
money from the meet.

Mitchell was entered in the U.S. Open at Edwardsville, Ill.,
Saturday night, but the IAAF would not allow him to compete.

The IAAF said Mitchell responded recently to a request for
an explanation for the failed drug test.

``The explanation was received and the doping commission
decided to suspend the athlete,'' Reneiri said.

Barnes and Mitchell were not immediately available for

Barnes, 32, set the world indoor record of 74 feet, 4¼
inches, in 1989 and the world outdoor record of 75-10¼ in
1990. He was the Olympic silver medalist in 1988, the world
championship silver medalist in 1993 and bronze medalist in

Mitchell, 32, had his best season in 1994 when he ran under
10 seconds five times in six weeks. He finished fourth in
the 1988 and 1996 Olympics.

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