Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 20, 1998
Eagles prepare to play in OHS tourny
PECOS, Aug. 20 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team would
like to avoid an early wake-up call this Saturday. But to do
that, they'll have to advance to the championship round of
the Ector County ISD Volleyball Tournament at Odessa High
Pool round play is set for Friday at OHS, while the Eagles'
JV will play their division of the tournament at Permian
High School. Both teams will start at 9 a.m. with the
varsity facing Midland High while the JV takes on Midland
Lamesa and El Paso Coronado are the Eagles' other two pool
round opponents, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the OHS field house and
small gym. The first place finisher will play the runner-up
in Pool I at 11 a.m., while runner-up in the Eagles' Pool
III will face the Pool I winner in their quarterfinal match
at 9:30 a.m.
The third place team will also play at 9:30 a.m. in the
consolation quarterfinals, while the fourth place squad has
to start things off at 8 a.m. Saturday, against Pool I's
third place team. Odessa Permian, San Angelo Lake View,
Water Valley and El Paso Riverside are the teams that make
up Pool I.
The Eagles opened up their season on Tuesday with a split of
their matches against Odessa High and Alpine. Pecos beat OHS
by 15-12, 15-7 scores, then dropped a 15-7, 15-3 decision to
the Bucks. The Eagles survived serving problems in the first
match, but were hurt by it in Game 1 against Alpine, and had
problems passing the ball to set up their hitters for much
of the night.
That's a problem the Eagles have endured for the past few
seasons, and coach Becky Granado said "That will be our No.
1 problem. If we cannot pass, we're going to be in trouble.
When you can't pass a free ball like we did tonight
(Tuesday's game against Alpine), you have problems."
Granado said Lamesa "is going to be tough. They have almost
all their players back from last year," and the Tornadoes
opened their 1998 season by sweeping Monahans, 15-10, 15-10,
and beating Odessa Permian, 15-4, 7-15, 15-9. Midland High
beat Kermit in their opener, 15-4, 15-5, while losing to San
Angelo Lake View, 15-0, 15-9.
The Eagles could face Lake View in the tournament on
Saturday, though that wouldn't be as big a match as in the
past, since the Eagles have been moved into District 2-4A
this year. However, a Saturday matchup against Riverside
could be a preview of a possible bi-district match for Pecos
in the playoffs come October.
OHS, El Paso Socorro, Big Spring and El Paso Andress make up
Pool II in the tournament, while Lee, Amarillo Caprock,
Alpine and El Paso Del Valle are in Pool IV.
The Eagles' JV will face Lamesa at 12 noon and come back
immediately and face Odessa High at 1 p.m. in their other
pool round matches. The JV swept Alpine after being swept by
Odessa High in their openers on Tuesday.
While the JV and varsity wait until Friday to begin
tournament play, Pecos' purple and gold freshman teams open
play this afternoon in the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.
Pecos gold will face Fort Stockton at 4:50 p.m. and Monahans
green at 8:10 p.m., while the ninth grade purple team meets
Kermit at 4 p.m. and Alpine at 7:20 p.m.
Bears in Wink tourney after opening win
BALMORHEA, Aug. 20 -- The Balmorhea Bears volleyball team
opened their 1998 season on Monday with a 15-0, 15-0
homecourt victory over Midland Trinity, and will compete in
the "Best of the West Classic" at Wink this weekend.
"Our kids are finally starting to get things together. Amy
Garcia really hit the ball well Tuesday" said Bears' coach
James Meredith, who thinks his team can make the playoffs
for the first time in six years this fall.
"Wink is going to be tough, but I think we can beat
Grandfalls, and we should have beaten Imperial last year,"
Meredith said. Both those teams, along with the host
Wildcats, will be in this weekend's tournament.
The Bears are paired up with Kermit, Midland Christian and
Van Horn in their Pool III matches on Friday. They'll face
the Yellowjackets at 2 p.m. and Midland Christian at 3:40
before wrapping things up against Van Horn at 6 p.m. The top
two finishers in each pool will advance to Saturday's
quarterfinals, while the other two will move into the
consolation round Saturday morning.
Judge says McIver was cut accidentally
By MELISSA WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer
DALLAS, Aug. 20 -- The Dallas Cowboys won't talk, but state
District Judge Manny Alvarez will.
The judge overseeing Michael Irvin's probation on Wednesday
offered the first details about the July 29 incident in
which Irvin cut the neck of teammate Everett McIver.
Alvarez confirmed the only thing Cowboys officials have
said about McIver's training-camp injury -- it was an
accident, the bad result of horseplay.
``A little wrestling match started out innocently and
someone got hurt,'' state District Judge Manny Alvarez told
The Associated Press.
Alvarez said investigators for his probation department and
the Dallas County district attorney's office interviewed
McIver, Irvin and other witnesses about what happened in a
dormitory at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
The judge said Irvin approached a group of players in line
``McIver apparently was in line already. Irvin came in and
said, 'Seniority. The veteran players don't wait in line,'''
the judge said.
``Everyone was kind of laughing that Irvin got in front of
McIver. One of his buddies said, 'You're a lineman and
you're going to let a tiny wide receiver get in front of
you?' McIver kind of put a bear hug on him -- that's how it
started. They started wrestling.''
McIver is 6-foot-5 and weighs more than 300 pounds. Irvin
is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 200 pounds.
The judge said Irvin apparently had a small pair of
scissors in his hand that were to be used to carve initials
or other marks into his closely cropped hair.
The tone was friendly rather than angry, Alvarez said.
``Everyone was laughing over the fact that he was a rookie
and this veteran was asserting his seniority,'' he said.
``There were no blows. McIver's so much bigger than he is.''
McIver needed stitches to repair a two-inch cut on the
right side of his neck and missed several days of training
camp. The judge said a nurse at the campus provided the
Alvarez had threatened to send Irvin to prison if he
violated terms of the four-year probation Alvarez gave him
after the player pleaded no contest in 1996 to felony
But this incident provided no grounds, Alvarez said
``We didn't find any evidence that there was any criminal
activity, any intentional assault, which is what would have
been needed'' for a parole violation, he said.
``We determined that, having talked to everyone involved --
police agencies and witnesses and McIver himself -- that it
was an accidental deal, just a little roughhousing in the
clubhouse,'' he said.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Wednesday the matter
had been handled internally and the team would have no
Coach Chan Gailey has described McIver's injury as a result
of ``horseplay,'' but has refused to give details.
McIver told investigators he wasn't paid to keep silent
about the incident, the judge said.
The Dallas Morning News had reported on Aug. 9 that Cowboys
owner Jerry Jones brokered a financial settlement between
the two players to prevent McIver from pursuing criminal
charges against Irvin or publicly discussing the incident.
But McIver ``assured us it was an accident and that he was
never approached on a payoff, and everything he told the
police department in Wichita Falls was verified by my
probation department,'' the judge said.
In his only public comment on the incident, McIver released
a statement Monday denying that he had received any money
from anyone not to talk about the incident.
The NFL announced Monday that it has looked into the
incident and determined no league rules were violated.
Nagy allows Rangers to walk with win
ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 20 (AP) -- After losing four of six
games during a road trip to Cleveland, New York and Boston,
the Texas Rangers felt they were entitled to a few breaks.
Indians starter Charles Nagy obliged Wednesday night by
issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to help Texas to a
three-run sixth inning and a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.
``We took what was available to us,'' Rangers manager
Johnny Oates said.
Nagy (10-9) walked Todd Zeile and Mike Simms for the second
and third runs of the sixth after Ivan Rodriguez's infield
single tied it at 1. Several of Nogy's pitches were close,
but were called balls by home plate umpire Terry Craft.
``Charlie was just a little unlucky,'' Indians manager Mike
Hargrove said. ``There were some borderline pitches. It was
very un-Nagy-like walking those batters.''
Nagy allowed three runs on five hits and five walks in 5
``I was just trying to get them to hit my pitches, but I
fell behind and didn't want to give in to them,'' Nagy said.
``In the sixth, I got into trouble and couldn't get out of
Meanwhile, Rangers starter Aaron Sele allowed one run and
five hits in eight innings as they snapped a three-game
``That's as well as he's pitched all year,'' Oates said.
``He was the story tonight.''
Sele, acquired from the Boston Red Sox in an offseason
trade, began his Rangers career with five straight victories
and an 11-4 record after his first 16 starts.
But Sele (14-10) had won only one of his previous seven
starts prior to Wednesday.
Friday is final day to renew football tickets
Friday is the final day for Pecos Eagles' 1997 season
ticket holders to reclaim their seats for the 1998 season.
Season ticket holders wanting to renew their subscriptions
for the Eagles' five home games should go to the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school business office, 1302 S. Park
St., today or Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 12 noon and from
1 to 4:15 p.m. to renew their tickets. Season tickets are
New season ticket subscriptions will be sold at the
business office beginning on Monday. Individual tickets can
be bought for $5 each until 12 noon the week of each home
Home games this season are Sept. 11, Alpine; Sept. 18, Fort
Stockton; Oct. 9, Fabens (homecoming); Oct. 23, Clint; and
Nov. 6, San Elizario.
Pecos' road games this season include the Thursday, Sept. 3
season opener at Odessa against Denver City; Sept. 25 at
Crane; Oct. 2 at Kermit; Oct. 16 at El Paso Mountain View
and Oct. 30 at Canutillo.
Starting times for all games this season is 7:30 p.m., with
the exception of the Sept. 25 game at Crane, which is an 8
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