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Friday, August 28, 1998

Eagles open tournament with victory

PECOS, Aug. 28 -- Once they got their serves in bounds, the
Pecos Eagles got a quick victory this morning over the Fort
Stockton Prowlers in the opening pool round game of the
Pecos Cantaloupe Classic.

Amy Chabarria served out the final seven points of the
opening match, as Pecos rallied from a 9-8 deficit after
missing four early serves to score a 15-9 victory. The
Eagles then went the entire second game without missing a
serve and beat Fort Stockton by a 15-8 final score.

"They have to realize if we can't get our serves over
there's no way we can score," coach Becky Granado said. "At
least if we get the ball over it gives us a chance."

The Eagles controlled play at the net, and in addition to
getting kills from middle hitters Sherrie Mosby and
Philonicus Fobbs, also got help on offense from outside
hitters Shaye Lara and Monique Levario.

"We've been working on moving the serves around so we don't
have to depend too much on Sherrie and Philonicus in the
middle," Granado said. "We don't want to be too predictable."

The Eagles still had pool round matches to go today against
Presidio and El Paso Jefferson. The top two finishers in
each pool advance to the quarterfinals, at 10 and 11 a.m.
Saturday, while the consolation quarterfinals start at 8
a.m. Play concludes Saturday evening with the championship
match, at 6:15 p.m.

Pool play was completed on Thursday in the freshman division
of the tournament, and both the Eagles' purple and gold
teams ended up in Saturday's consolation semifinals.

The purple team went 3-3 but lost a tiebreaker for second
with Alpine, after splitting with the Bucks, 15-13, 7-15.
Pecos swept Monahans, 15-14, 15-7, but were swept by
Greenwood, 15-10, 15-6, and will face Fort Stockton at 9
a.m. Saturday at the Crockett Middle School gym.

The gold team will face Monahans at 10 a.m. Saturday, after
going 2-4 in their pool matches. They swept Fort Stockton,
15-5, 15-9, but then lost to Crane, 15-12, 15-10, and
Andrews, 15-7, 15-6.

Eagles host Rangers in final scrimmage

PECOS, Aug. 28 -- After an impressive showing in their first
preseason scrimmage a week ago, the Pecos Eagles will see
what they can do in their final one tonight, when they host
the Greenwood Rangers starting at about 7 p.m.

The Eagles and Rangers will run 20- and 15-play series for
their first and second team varsity units, then will finish
with a timed quarter, coach Dan Swaim said. All that will
come after the junior varsity and freshman teams hold their
scrimmages, both of which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Pecos tied Monahans in their first scrimmage a week ago, but
shut out the Loboes' first team offensive unit. The Eagles'
first team squad got their only score, a four-yard run by
Mark Abila to cap a 29-yard drive after a fumble recovery,
during the timed series.

Swaim said the scrimmage would be the same as last week's
against the Loboes, except that there will be no continued
drives after the 20th play. He also said the Eagles would
pretty much stick with the first- and second-team squads
they used a week ago, except for a couple of players who
will be sidelined due to injuries.

"Alonzo (Valencia) won't play, Len (Carson) won't play and
Cesar Coria still will be out," said Swaim, who added their
status for next Thursday's season opener against Denver City
is "day by day."

Greenwood's line should be a good test for Pecos tonight, as
it will have the same size advantage over the Eagles several
other squads will have during regular season play. The
Rangers have most of their starters back on defense from
last year, when they started slowly but ended up making the
playoffs before losing in bi-district to Monahans, which has
moved into Greenwood's District 4-3A this season.

The Loboes are among a number of teams taking advantage of
the University Interscholastic League's new "10 games in 11
weeks" rule this season. Previously, Texas teams could only
start play a week earlier if they were playing an
out-of-state opponent, which is the case tonight for one of
Pecos' two new District 2-4A rivals that kick off their 1998

The San Elizario Eagles will host Santa Teresa, N.M., in
their season opener tonight, while the third Eagle team in
the district, Canutillo, will travel to El Paso Del Valle
for their season opener. Both teams have opted for an early
start, while taking a bye date just prior to the beginning
of 2-4A play.

Pecos netters tie Fort Stockton

PECOS, Aug. 28 -- The Pecos Eagles opened their home tennis
season Thursday with a 9-9 tie against their former district
rival, Fort Stockton, at the Pecos High School tennis courts.

The Eagles had a 5-4 edge on the boys' side while Fort
Stockton took five of the nine girls varsity matches, and
also had a 4-1 edge in Thursday's junior varsity singles and
doubles play.

"We didn't count the overall sets (for the tie-breaker)
because it was getting late, so some of the kids played
pro-sets and some just played one set," Eagles' coach
Bernadette Ornelas said. "One match, the girls No. 1
doubles, lasted 2½ hours."

In that match, Teresa Minjarez and Erin Dominguez lost in
three sets to Alynn Marquez and Kristie Lawson, 6-4, 7-5,
4-6. Vanessa Miranda and Rachel Pharoah got the varsity
girls' lone doubles victory, 6-4, 7-6 over Sarah Blanco and
Diana Falcon, while in singles, Dominguez, Miranda and
Pharoah all came up with victories.

The boys and girls victories all came from their middle
seeds. The boys got wins from No. 2 through five seeds Mark
Marquez, Tye Graham, Jeff Lam and Alan Fleming. In doubles,
Marquez and Lam defeated Benny Coronado and Joe Madrid for
the Eagles' only victory.

The Eagles will face another former district rival in their
next match, next Thursday in Monahans. Pecos' only home
match in September follows, on Sept. 8 against Odessa High

Boys Singles
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Luke Epps, 6-2, 6-2; Mark Marquez
defeated David Burgess, 6-2, 6-0; Tye Graham defeated Benny
Coronado, 6-2, 6-2; Jeff Lam defeated Travis Sawyer, 7-6,
6-4; Allen Fleming defeated Jeremy Sanchez, 8-4; Casey Love
lost to Joe Madrid, 6-3.
JV -- Anthony Casillas lost to Jon Duarte, 8-4.

Girls Singles
Teresa Minjarez lost to Alynn Marquez, 8-4; Erin Dominguez
defeated Chrystie DelO, 8-3; Vanessa Miranda defeated
Kristie Lawson, 7-3; Rachel Pharoah defeated Pam Tavarez,
6-0, 6-4; Lorrie Minjarez lost to Sarah Blanco, 8-4; Tiffany
Jarrett lost to Dianna Falcon, 6-4.
JV -- Prescilla Levario lost to Brenda Olivas, 6-0.

Boys Doubles
Fuentes and Graham lost to Epps and Burgess, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0;
Marquez and Lam defeated Coronado and Madrid, 6-1, 6-0;
Fleming and Love lost to Sawyer and Sanchez, 7-5, 6-3.
JV -- Sonny Celaya and David Lam lost to Duarte and Marlon
Espino, 8-4.

Girls Doubles
T. Minjarez and Dominguez lost to Marquez and Lawson, 6-4,
7-5, 4-6; Miranda and Pharoah defeated Blanco and Falcon,
6-4, 7-6; Levario and Sarah Metler lost to Tavarez and
DelaO, 6-3, 6-1.
JV -- Jarrett and L. Minjarez defeated Olivas and Sminta
Bhakta, 8-5; Metler and Megan Joplin lost to Michelle Mowery
and Annie Casas, 8-1.

Allen quiet on rape allegations

AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys All-Pro offensive lineman
Larry Allen isn't talking about a dancer's allegations that
he raped her at knifepoint.

The 37-year-old woman told police Allen forced her to have
sex last Monday in the parking lot of Kings' Cabaret. No
charges have been filed.

Team owner Jerry Jones, who has worked to polish the
Cowboys' tarnished image, said he wouldn't pass judgment on
the Allen case until all the facts are in.

Allen is the fourth Cowboys player to be accused of sexual
assault in less than two years. No charges have been filed
in the previous cases.

``It's more appropriate to make any comments when all the
facts have been examined,'' Jones said. ``Until that time, I
don't think it's fair for anyone to jump to any

Controlling player behavior has been a problem for Dallas
going back to the Tom Landry era. The Cowboys hired a former
FBI agent, Larry Wansley, to keep an eye on the players for
any unsavory acts.

In Allen's case, a dancer told police he entered the club
where she works around 4:10 p.m. Monday.

The accuser told police that Allen ordered drinks and a
table dance from her, then said he needed to talk to her so
they went outside, got into his car and drove behind the

She said Allen put his hand on a knife that was in the
car's console and forced her to have sex.

Her affidavit said Allen dropped the woman off at the front
door of the club and she finished her work shift. She then
drove to her aunt's house, where she called the police at
7:40 p.m. and then went to a hospital for an examination.

Dallas' woes continue in 42-20 loss

AP Sports Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The preseason is finally over for the
Dallas Cowboys. As far as Troy Aikman is concerned, so are
the excuses.

For the first time in 12 years and only the third time in
the 39-year history of the franchise, the Cowboys went
through an exhibition season without winning.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made sure of that Thursday night,
getting sharp play from quarterback Mark Brunell and four
turnovers by the defense in a 42-20 victory.

``I could sit here for an hour and tell you why we didn't
win some preseason games,'' said Aikman, who played only two
series and completed two of his four passes. ``That's not
important. What is important is that the preseason is over,
and no one can sit here at the end of next Sunday and say we
were playing younger players.

``Whatever excuses we had over the last few weeks, we don't
have those anymore.''

That's not to say their troubles are behind them.

On the day before the Cowboys' final preseason game, left
tackle Larry Allen was named in a complaint by a topless
dancer who alleged she was raped at knifepoint. No charges
have been filed, and Allen isn't talking.

``I don't view it as a distraction,'' Jones said of the
latest negative story. ``It's regrettable for Larry, but it
won't impact how we will prepare. We're going to do
everything we can to minimize this sort of incident.''

The Jaguars (2-2) have no such concerns.

The only event that has shaken up their camp in four years
was when Brunell tore knee ligaments last season and missed
two regular-season games. He went on to lead the AFC in pass
efficiency last year, and showed again Thursday night he's
poised for a big year.

Despite throwing his first interception of the year on the
third play of the game -- a pass deflected by George Teague
and picked out of the air by Dexter Coakley for a 22-yard
touchdown return -- Brunell looked sharp.

He was 8-of-12 for 148 yards and touchdown passes of 45 and
31 yards to Jimmy Smith. The Jaguars rushed for 176 yards
and outgained the Cowboys 455-230.

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