Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Aug. 7, 1998
Eagles' netters shooting for 2-4A title
Pecos Eagles' tennis coach Bernadette Ornelas has a goal in
common with football coach Dan Swaim - she's hoping with the
change of districts in 1998, her team can go from worst to
first this fall.
The Eagles return almost all their players from last year's
squad that went 0-5 in District 4-4A play, but Ornelas
thinks her team can reach the playoffs for the first time
since 1995 as a member of the newly-created District 2-4A.
"We've got strong teams on the boys' and girls' sides, and I
plan on us winning this season," she said.
"The entire boys team is seniors, and so are Lorrie
(Minjarez) and Erin (Dominguez), so right now we're pretty
much a mature team," Ornelas added.
Jeff Lam and Mark Marquez advanced to regionals in doubles
during the Spring portion of last year's 4-4A season, and
the Eagles also get back their No. 1 singles player in
Jonathan Fuentes. Ornelas said Tye Graham, Alan Fleming and
Sonny Celaya are the other senior players for Pecos.
"On the girls side, we have Teresa Minjarez, our No. 1
player, back, and we also have Lorrie Minjarez, Tiffany
Jarrett and Prescilla Levario," Ornelas said.
Only seven of the Eagles' top 12 players were at workouts
this morning, but Ornelas said, "It's in flux right now.
We've got some in vacation bible school, and some are still
on vacation. But we'll have a full team when school starts,"
on Aug. 18.
The season begins four days later, with a dual meet against
Odessa High and Odessa Permian. "We're going to play a lot
of the same teams we played last year. We're still going
play Fort Stockton and Monahans, and we're also going to
play three El Paso teams, plus the ones in our district."
Ornelas' new assistant coach, Ruben Cervantes, spent last
season at El Paso Mountain View, one of the Eagles' five new
district rivals. Clint, Fabens, Canutillo and San Elizario
make up the rest of Pecos' district, and the top two
finishers will advance to the Region I-4A tournament in
Booster Club meets Monday at cafeteria
PECOS, Aug. 7 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Booster Club will
hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Pecos
High School cafeteria.
New officers will be elected for the club at that time and a
report will be given on what the booster club has done for
the past two years after it was revitalized.
Gonzalez HR helps Rangers get past Sox
ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 7 (AP) -- In the five games since GM
Doug Melvin swung two trades to acquire infielders Todd
Zeile and Royce Clayton and pitcher Todd Stottlemyre, the
Texas Rangers are unbeaten.
It hasn't just been the newcomers, however. The Rangers also
have gotten plenty of help from holdovers like John
Wetteland and Juan Gonzalez during the streak.
Wetteland ended Thursday night's game by striking out Boston
slugger Mo Vaughn with runners on first and second for his
30th save, and Gonzalez homered as the Rangers extended
their winning streak with a 7-4 victory.
``We're playing inspired baseball,'' Rangers manager Johnny
Oates said. ``You can feel it in the dugout, on the field
and in the community. This is what we start getting ready
for in mid-February. If you look at the starting pitching,
the defense, the timely hitting, it's a good feeling.
Winning breeds confidence.''
The Boston-Texas game came down to Wetteland facing Vaughn
as the tying run.
``I went to the mound thinking I can't let Mo come up as the
tying run, but that's what happened and I had nobody to
blame but myself,'' said Wetteland, who has 30 or more saves
for the sixth time in his career. ``In that situation
against a hitter as talented as Mo, if you're going to throw
it to a spot, you'd better have a little extra mustard on
it, and that's what happened.''
Wetteland, pitching in his third straight game, walked Scott
Hatteberg leading off the ninth, struck out the next two
batters, then gave up a single to John Valentin. Wetteland
used a high fastball on a 3-2 count to strike out Vaughn,
who homered twice in the game.
``I got John where I wanted to get him and that's half the
battle,'' Vaughn said. ``But John made a good pitch. I need
to do better with runners in scoring position.''
Most of the crowd of 32,132 was on its feet to cheer the
climax of a possible first-round playoff preview.
Gonzalez hit his 33rd homer, extending his major
league-leading RBI total to 118, and John Burkett pitched 6
1-3 innings strong innings for the Rangers.
Gonzalez's 429-foot solo homer in the seventh was just the
fifth ball hit into the second deck in left field in the
five-year history of The Ballpark in Arlington.
Vaughn hit his 28th and 29th homers for the Red Sox, who won
eight of their previous 10.
Burkett (7-11) gave up solo homers to Vaughn and Mike
Stanley, but the Red Sox managed just four other hits
against him, all singles. Burkett benefited from several
strong defensive plays at third base by Zeile.
``Todd made some key defensive plays,'' Burkett said. ``That
gives you a lot of confidence as a pitcher. We've got a new
team now. The two new guys have solidified our defense.''
Bret Saberhagen (11-6) lost for the first time since June
20, allowing five runs and eight hits in six innings.
Cowboys still a big El Paso draw
By EDUARDO MONTES
Associated Press Writer
EL PASO, Aug. 7 -- So much for El Paso getting tired of the
Dallas Cowboys' annual scrimmages.
More than 40,000 people turned out on a warm Thursday night
to watch the Cowboys practice with the Oakland Raiders in
Dallas' third controlled scrimmage in the Sun Bowl.
Contrary to talk leading up to the game, no one seemed bored
with it. In fact, everyone seemed to be having a very good
Fans cheered from the beginning, did the wave and engaged in
good-natured taunting of one another. The emotions ran so
high, that there really didn't seem to be that much
difference between this crowd and the record-setting turnout
of 51,118 for the first game in 1996.
``I just enjoy watching the Cowboys. It is still exciting
for me,'' said Cowboys fan Tom Hill, who has attended all
Still, Hill conceded he would like to see the same kind of
fervor that gripped the city the first time came to town.
He and other fans also said that El Paso was due for an
exhibition game and all were eager for what local officials
have said is their ultimate goal, landing the Cowboys'
As for keeping interest high in the scrimmages, some more
performances like Thursday's might help.
The Cowboys, who have struggled the past two seasons, showed
a little of their old spark as their starters dominated in
their only full series to edge the Raiders 7-0.
Free agent pickup Chris Warren took advantage of a gaping
hole opened by rookie Flozell Adams and Erik Williams to
sprint 15 years into the end zone for the game's sole score.
Warren's touchdown capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive that
included 12- and 15-yard passes from Troy Aikman to Michael
Irvin. Aikman completed three-of-four passes for 35 yards.
Emmitt Smith rushed three times for 10 yards before giving
way to Warren, who carried only once.
The Cowboys moved the ball well overall, thanks in large
part to good pass protection and powerful run blocking from
the offensive line of Adams, Williams, Larry Allen and Nate
Adams was replacing Everett McIver, who returned to the
Cowboys only Wednesday after suffering a cut on his neck
that Dallas officials described as the result of horseplay.
McIver was not in uniform while standing on the sidelines
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the decision not to play
McIver had to do with the guard's conditioning, not the
unexplained wound to his neck.
On defense, Leon Lett contributed a punishing tackle on
Napoleon Kaufman, limiting him to a 1-yard gain on the play,
and a sack of starting quarterback Jeff George.
The Raiders starters' first drive ended with a fumble.
New Cowboys coach Chan Gailey said the crowd pumped up the
``You put the stadium lights on and you put people in the
stands and competitors want to compete,'' Gailey said.
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