Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 14, 1998
`Meet the Eagles' event tonight at PHS
PECOS, Aug. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles Athletic Booster Club
will be hosting its third annual "Meet the Eagles"
watermelon feed tonight, starting at 7 p.m. in the Pecos
High School cafeteria.
The event will be held prior to this evening's freshman
dance. Pecos Eagle freshman and junior varsity coaches will
introduce their teams for the upcoming 1998 season, while
varsity coaches will introduce individual players on the
teams playing this fall. Those include football, volleyball,
tennis, cross country, swimming and rodeo.
Varsity cheerleaders for the 1998-99 school year will also
The watermelon feed will follow this afternoon's opening
scrimmage for the Pecos Eagles' volleyball team, as they
host Wink, Grandfalls and Fort Davis at the Pecos High
School gym. The volleyball team will scrimmage Monahans,
Kermit and Odessa Permian in Monahans Saturday morning and
afternoon, and open their 1998 season at home on Tuesday
versus Alpine and Odessa High.
Pecos' football team holds their first scrimmage a week
from today against Monahans, and begins regular season play
on Sept. 3 versus Denver City at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
Cross County and rodeo also begin their seasons in September
and swimming will start in October, while the tennis season
gets underway next Saturday, Aug. 22, with matches against
Odessa High and Odessa Permian in Odessa.
Cowboys keep camp in Wichita Falls
WICHITA FALLS, Aug. 14 (AP) -- It's hard to find a city that
the Cowboys enjoy traveling to every year for training camp.
After the Cowboys were accused of vandalizing dormitories at
their training camp in Austin, it became just as hard to
find a city that would want to have the Cowboys come to
Thursday night, team owner Jerry Jones announced Wichita
Falls and the Dallas Cowboys are a perfect match and said
the team will return for camp next year.
``We can't wait for the Dallas Cowboys to roll in here next
year for a second year of training camp,'' Jones said at a
``...When we started having media and players tell us what a
great atmosphere we had here we knew we had found something
University president Louis Rodriguez said the school would
be happy to have the Cowboys back.
``The experience has been nothing but positive and we
welcome the Cowboys back for another year.''
When Jones asked head coach Chan Gailey to rate how the
school had done at facilitating camp, he said it was
``The hospitality and facilities have been excellent,''
Gailey said. ``I would also like to keep some consistency
and continuity for the team.''
Wichita Falls is located 125 miles northwest of Dallas, just
a few miles south of the Oklahoma border.
Those close to the organization say the team had few choices
as to what city it could hold camp in next year.
Of the three major city's competing for camp, El Paso,
Austin and San Antonio, only Austin has adequate facilities
already in place.
The training camp would likely require El Paso and San
Antonio to invest several million dollars in a sports
complex that could serve as a practice facility.
El Paso city officials have already begun to discuss
building a complex, but low tickets sales at the Cowboys'
third annual scrimmage are beginning to show that fans may
be tiring of the team.
The Cowboys announced in September that they would be
leaving St. Edward's University after eight years in Austin
because of a lack of space at the private Catholic college.
Both sides said it had nothing to do with several thousand
dollars' worth of damage that players did to dormitory rooms
at the end of this past summer.
Tyson's heading west to get license
By ANGIE WAGNER
Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 14 -- The bizarre cross-country saga of Mike
Tyson is coming back to Nevada.
Taking a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear got Tyson
suspended from boxing in Nevada and sent him looking to
fight in New Jersey. Now, he's returning to where it all
Tyson could have reapplied for his license in Nevada on July
9. But he surprised boxing regulators by showing up in New
Jersey requesting a license.
On Thursday, a day before the New Jersey Athletic Control
Board was expected to decide whether Tyson could return to
the ring, Tyson's advisers abruptly withdrew his application
and then appealed to Nevada for Tyson's return to the ring.
``Maybe he came back to his senses and decided the best way
to go about this was to come back to the state that revoked
his license,'' said Dr. Elias Ghanem, chairman of the Nevada
Athletic Commission. ``We have a very fair commission. And
we make decisions on the spot. We vote on it on the spot and
we don't delay our decisions.''
Two weeks ago, New Jersey regulators listened as the former
heavyweight champ asked for his license back -- but he also
got angry and cursed in front of them.
``We were surprised to get it today, but we will set up a
hearing and it will be a fair and impartial hearing,'' said
Marc Ratner, executive director of the Nevada Athletic
Ratner, who estimated a hearing could be held in two to
three weeks, said he had no idea why Tyson withdrew his
application in New Jersey.
Tyson adviser Shelley Finkel didn't give a reason, other
than to say there was concern over the perception that the
boxer was trying to get around the Nevada ban by applying in
New Jersey. Finkel denied he feared Tyson's application
would be rejected.
``I felt very positive,'' Finkel said, adding that he also
is confident about Tyson's chances in Nevada. ``We can
always go back to New Jersey if it's bad in Nevada.''
Ghanem said Tyson was making the right move in returning to
the state regulators who revoked his license.
``It wasn't a smart move for him in the beginning,'' Ghanem
said, referring to the New Jersey application.
Nevada boxing regulators expected all along that Tyson would
reapply for his license in Nevada after a mandatory one-year
Asking New Jersey for the license was seen as a calculated
gamble by Finkel. But many in boxing criticized the move and
said that if states did not respect each other's decisions
that a federal commission might be formed to regulate the
Nevada Athletic Commission vice chairman Dr. James Nave said
he wasn't surprised the New Jersey application was
withdrawn, although he had not talked to any of the New
``I just thought there was a lot going on out there,'' he
said. ``I saw a lot of things in the press that led me to
believe that there was that possibility. I could see a lot
of pressure building.''
Tyson's license was revoked and he was fined $3 million for
biting Holyfield's ears during the third round of their June
28, 1997, rematch for the heavyweight title.
Ghanem said Tyson is not assured of getting his license
back, despite the feeling by some in boxing that he has been
``Mike Tyson will have to convince the commission that he is
fit to have a license,'' Ghanem said.
At a July 29 hearing in New Jersey, Tyson's advisers
presented a parade of character witnesses who urged
regulators to give him another chance, and the boxer
apologized for biting Holyfield.
But at the end of the hearing, Tyson got angry, refused to
read a closing statement and cursed in front of regulators.
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