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Wednesday, Augusts 26, 1998

First, last results bad for Eagles

PECOS, Aug. 26 -- The Pecos Eagles had a bad start, a good
middle, and a bad finish to their dual matches in Midland
Tuesday night, as they lost twice, to the Lee Rebels and
Snyder Tigers.

Pecos dropped to 2-4 on the season by losing first to the
host Rebels, 15-5, 15-6, then falling in three games to
Snyder, 15-8, 13-15, 12-15.

"We just didn't do anything against Midland Lee," said
Eagles' coach Becky Granado. "We weren't communicating. We
had a couple of good plays, but we just didn't take

"We're still looking for some leadership," Granado said,
adding that her team is also still trying to improve on
their serves. "We'd give up three points and finally break
serve, then we would turn around and give it right back."

She said after being swept by Lee, things improved in the
first half of their match against Snyder. "We did pass much
better and served much better against Snyder. We were
talking and moving in that first game, and everything came
into place in that first game.

"We started the second game the same way, but then
Philonicus (Fobbs) got blocked, and that was the turning
point. We lost concentration after that," Granado said.

Snyder rallied from an 7-1 deficit to win, then held the
lead for most of the third game, though Pecos was able to
rally from an early 5-1 deficit to tie the score.

"Sherrie (Mosby), Philonicus and Julie (Lujan) had a couple
of good blocks, but we're still making mental mistakes, and
I think that's due to lack of experience. Shaye (Lara),
Linsey (Hathorn) and Monique (Levario) didn't get much
exposure on the front line last year, and that's hurting us
right now."

The Eagles will try to turn things around at home this
weekend, as they host 14 other teams in the annual
Cantaloupe Classic Volleyball Tournament. Pecos will face
Fort Stockton, El Paso Jefferson and Presidio in their pool
round matches on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The JV also begins pool round play in their division of the
Cantaloupe Classic at 9 a.m. Friday. with a match against
Crane. Alpine and Fort Stockton are the other teams in the
JV's bracket of the eight-team tournament. The JV split
their Tuesday matches, losing to Lee before defeating Snyder.

Pecos' freshman teams open tournament play in their
division on Thursday, with the purple team facing Monahans,
Greenwood and Alpine at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., while the
gold team plays at 4:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. against Fort
Stockton, Crane and Andrews.

Shorthorns down Bears in volleyball

BALOMRHEA, Aug. 26 -- The Balmorhea Bears girl volleyball
team showed they are becoming a force to deal with in Class
A competition as they were narrowly edged out by a strong
Marfa team Tuesday night in Balmorhea.
Under Coach Jim Meredith, the Bears won the first game
16-14 in a contest that was nip and tuck from start to
In the second game, Marfa moved out to a quick 5-1 lead and
a although the Bears made several comeback efforts, Marfa
went on to win 15-9.
In the third game, the Bears staked out a 4-1 lead but the
Shorthorns came back to tie the game and eventually went on
to win 15-10.
For the Bears, Celina Rodriguez had nine service points and
seven kills while Amy Garcia had six kills. Amanda Lozano
had three digs and five saves.
In the junior varsity action, Balmorhea won in two games,
15-0, 15-2 with Michelle Barrandey leading the service
scores with 15.
The Bears' next scheduled matches are this weekend, when
they compete in the Fort Davis Tournament.

Bears move scrimmage to Thursday

BALMORHEA, Aug. 26 -- The Balmorhea Bears' final preseason
scrimmage, against District 8-A six-man rival Buena Vista,
has been moved up from Friday to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Bears'
coach Ennis Erickson said.

Friday's scrimmage will be the Bears' last home appearance
until Oct. 16, when they host Dell City in their second
District 8-A six-man football game of the season. Balmorhea
scrimmaged another district rival, Marathon, last Friday,
but will play their first four games of the season on the
road, including their Sept. 4 opener at Tatum, N.M., a Sept.
25 game at No. 1-ranked Borden County and a game the
following week at Grandfalls, which is favored to win the
District 8-A title this season.

Cowboys end Bates' hopes for final year

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas - Bill Bates had the slimmest hope of
extending his Dallas Cowboys career, but even that is now

The Cowboys dashed any possibility of a 16th season for
Bates Tuesday when they decided not to activate him for the
regular-season roster.

Bates, who is tied with Ed Jones and Mark Tuinei for most
seasons in a Cowboys uniform, has become an assistant coach
for the team. He had hoped for a part-time job on special
teams or as a nickel linebacker.

But Dallas has younger, faster players for both roles, and
the team figured it didn't have the luxury of paying Bates.
He would have counted for $325,000 against the salary cap.

``Nobody wanted this to be a token year for Bill,'' said
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. ``This was in the best interest
of the team. Bill and I talked about it.''

Bates was disappointed but understanding.

``Everybody knows how I feel about playing football,'' said
Bates, who joined the Cowboys as a free agent out of
Tennessee. ``Every day I have played since day one has been

In training camp, Bates was everywhere teaching the skills
he had learned under Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, and Barry
Switzer. Bates caught Landry's eye with his hustle and

Bates could have played elsewhere but made the decision in
Wichita Falls that he was going to stay a lifetime Cowboy.

``I never wanted to play anywhere else or be with any other
team,'' he said at the time.

If and when Jones decides on the next Ring of Honor
candidate for Texas Stadium, he has said Bates would be at
the top of his list.

``He's the ultimate Cowboy,'' Jones said.

The Cowboys cut two more players on Tuesday - fullback
Dwayne Chandler, a first year player from Oklahoma and
linebacker K.D. Williams of Henderson State. They also made
an injury settlement with tight end Sean Simms of Nevada

Dallas added a defensive tackle by trading future
considerations for lineman Artie Smith of the New England

Smith is a 6-5, 305-pound veteran who was out of football
last year. He signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted
free agent on March 12.

Coach turns volleyball girls into cagers

CHANNELVIEW, Aug. 26 -- A high school girls' volleyball
coach has been suspended because she locked eight players in
an equipment cage for almost an hour for disobeying her.

Tara Wheeler, who has been at Channelview High School for
about six years, has been suspended with pay, superintendent
Larry Curry said Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Thursday of last week.

The coach disciplined the girls because she told them to go
to the locker room and study while she worked with girls'
basketball players, Curry said.

``They were unsupervised and apparently left the locker room
and went out into the hall to get Cokes or something like
that,'' the superintendent said. ``As discipline for that,
she locked them in the cage in the girls' locker room the
following day.''

The cage was lighted and had air conditioning and benches,
he said.

The girls, most of them sophomores ``around 16 years old,''
were in the 6-by-8 cage for about 50 minutes, the
superintendent said.

Curry said the incident is under investigation and will be
referred to the school for a decision within about two
weeks. Ms. Wheeler could lose her job, he said.

``On the one hand, locking the girls the way she did
violated a fundamental trust with parents. When parents send
their children to public schools, they trust us. That's why
this rises to a level of a serious offense,'' Curry said.

``On the other hand, she's a professional who made a mistake
in judgment, but who has a good record and is well-liked by
her peers and by the kids. And that's what makes this a
difficult situation.''

A man who answered the telephone at Ms. Wheeler's home
Tuesday said she would have no comment.

Curry said that one father asked what would have happened if
there had been a fire while the girls were locked in the
case. Curry said another father said his daughter was
asthmatic and could have suffered an attack.

``That's where the danger comes in,'' the superintendent
said. ``We can't be putting children in places where they
can't get out.''

The superintendent said he will meet with the high school
principal, the school district's athletic director, Ms.
Wheeler and her attorney before deciding what he'll
recommend to the school board.

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