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Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Eagles face known foe in 2-4A opener

PECOS, Sept. 22 -- The only District 2-4A team the Pecos
Eagles know anything about will be the Eagles first-ever
opponent in their new volleyball district tonight, when the
Eagles host the Fabens Wildcats for varsity, junior varsity
and freshman matches.

Play starts at 6 p.m. with the freshmen and JV in the old
and new gyms. The Eagles' varsity will face the Wildcats at
the conclusion of the JV match, starting about 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles have played a couple of their new district rivals
in the past, such as San Elizario and Canutillo, but none in
recent years except for Fabens, who'll be facing the Eagles
for the third time in the past two seasons in Pecos. The
Eagles beat the Wildcats last season in the semifinals of
the Cantaloupe Classic Tournament, 15-10, 15-7, and did it
again this season, by a 15-12, 15-7 score in the fifth place
semifinals on Aug. 29.

Tonight's match will be the first in a week for Pecos, which
beat Monahans a week ago, 15-12, 15-9 to reach the .500
mark, at 8-8 on the season, after a 4-8 start.

"We had a good practice. We got out there and worked on
defense a lot and they did good yesterday," Eagles' coach
Becky Granado said. "I hope it carries over to tonight."

Fabens played without their top hitter, Beverly Alarcon, in
last month's loss to the Eagles. She had a couple of kills
last year against Pecos, but also had her problems on
offense as well. Tonight, Granado said she'll match Sherrie
Mosby up on the 5-11 Alarcon, and thinks the senior will be
able to do the job.

"Sherrie's starting to learn to block the quick sets. I feel
she'll be able to block their big hitter," she said. Cindy
Arriola and Stephanie Macias were Fabens' main front line
players last month in Alcala's absence.

The Wildcats were upset last Tuesday by Anthony, 1-15,
15-10, 15-13, but bounced back on Friday to defeat El Paso
Parkland, 15-10, 15-1 to improve to 11-4 on the season.

"Fabens has always been a powerhouse," coach Jesse Brown
told the El Paso Times last week. "Nora Geron took them to
the state championship in the late 70s and Gloria Estrada to
them to state in the early 90s.

"I considered Fabens volleyball the best little secret in
the (El Paso) county. Sometimes exposure hurts, everyone
comes after you then. People know us and they're gunning for
us now, but I use it as motivation," Brown said.

After today, the Eagles make the first of five Saturday road
trips to El Paso, as they take on Mountain View. The Lobos
host San Elizario and Clint goes to Canutillo in tonight's
other 2-4A openers.

Pecos places 6th on different Carlsbad course

PECOS, Sept. 22 -- The Pecos Eagles' cross country team
placed sixth over a tougher Carlsbad course than the one
they faced a week earlier in their first meet of the fall

After running in Carlsbad, Texas on Sept. 12, the Eagles
competed in Carlsbad, N.M. this past Saturday, against the
Cavemen and other southeastern New Mexico teams. Coach Rudy
Jurado said Alex Avila was the top finisher for Pecos'
varsity, coming in 18th with a 16:54 time for the three-mile
course. Mickey Gabaldon was 30th, with a 17:47 time, Orlando
Matta was 34th, with an 18:01 time, Michael Pena was 46th,
in 18:52 and Tye Graham was 46th, with a 19:32 time.

Pecos' girls ran about 40 percent longer than their usual
two-mile race in Texas. The girls ran 2.8 miles, with Liz
Parent finishing 68th, with a 21:59 time and Jenny Alvarez
71st, in 22:40.

"The terrain was nothing but uphills and downhills and it
was rocks. That's when Oscar (Medrano) got hurt," Jurado
said. Medrano was unable to complete the race after getting
hit by a rock kicked up by another runner.

"It was a tough course," the Eagles' coach added.

In the junior varsity division, Jacob Mora had the best
time for the boys, placing ninth with an 18:01 time. Roy
Marta was 13th, in 18:33, Jesse Salazar was 24th, with a
20:06 time, Nolan Blount was 33rd in 20:55, and Adam Matta
and Chris Lara were 35th and 36th, with 21:01 and 21:06

The only girl in the JV bracket for Pecos, Helena
Pendleton, finished 21st with a 24:49 time.

The best finish came from the junior high boys team, which
placed second overall, with Tony Aguilar winning the race
with a 17:25 time. Patrick Fuentes was third, with an 18:06
time, and Robert Carrasco was fourth, in 18:07. Gary Garcia
finished 20th, in 20:18, and John Parent was 27th, with a
21:58 time, for the other boys' scores, and Mindy Harrison
was 11th for the girls, with a 23:33 time.

Jurado said the Eagles are scheduled to run this weekend in
Big Spring, but because of the travel budget and the current
six-week tests, "We might omit this one and go to Lubbock
next Saturday." He said at least one of Pecos' new District
2-4A rivals, Clint, will be at the Lubbock meet.

Deion's punt return starts Cowboys'rout

AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 22 -- Even with Troy Aikman out
with a broken collarbone and Emmitt Smith hobbled by a groin
injury, there's still another facet that makes the Dallas
Cowboys a threat -- Primetime.

And Deion Sanders didn't let the Cowboys down Monday night
against the New York Giants.

Sanders scored on a 59-yard punt return and a 71-yard
interception return, set up another TD with a 55-yard pass
reception and had 226 yards on offense, defense and special
teams in leading the Cowboys to a 31-7 win over the Giants.

``He played phenomenal,'' Cowboys linebacker Randall Godfrey
said. ``We lose our leader, Troy Aikman. Emmitt is out the
second half. Who else, man? Next man step up and that was
Deion. He stepped up and took control. That's what it

The win left the Cowboys (2-1) as the only team in the NFC
East with a winning record. It also raised serious questions
about the Giants, the defending division champions (1-2) who
have now played very poorly in losing their last two games.

``If you can go home tonight and sleep and be happy with
yourself after everyone in the world watched you get your
butt kicked, you've got trouble,'' Giants defensive end
Michael Strahan said.

The Cowboys, who slipped to 6-10 last season after five
straight division titles, killed New York with the big play
in a game played before a record crowd at Giants Stadium,

Besides Sanders, Jason Garrett, filling in for Aikman, might
have made the biggest, combining with Billy Davis on an
80-yard scoring pass play late in the second quarter to snap
a 7-7 tie. The touchdown came just three plays after Danny
Kanell threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer.

Richie Cunningham's 40-yard field goal stretched the lead to
17-7 just before halftime, and then Deion took center stage
again after intermission.

His 55-yard reception set up Sherman Williams' 18-yard
third-quarter touchdown run, and Sanders iced the game by
recording his eighth career interception return for a
touchdown, one shy of Ken Houston's NFL record.

``He had a super game,'' said Smith, who was limited to 21
yards on seven carries after suffering a groin pull in the
second quarter. ``He played a superb game. Anything less
would be uncivilized. It was a nice game. He made plays. He
made things happen. It was just doing what Deion always

Sanders did everything Monday night despite having to sit
out much of the second quarter because of dehydration. He
left after his punt return, a play on which he faked left
and outran the Giants around the right side.

``I was feeling funny before the game,'' Sanders said. ``My
feet weren't with me. I felt tired after the first two
series and I lost all my substances on the punt return.''

After getting fluids at halftime, Sanders was even better in
the second half.

``I don't have to tell you, he's a special athlete,'' said
Garrett, who completed 12 of 28 passes for 222 yards and no
interceptions in his first start since 1994. ``He does some
unbelievable things, and he does them over and over and over

The Giants played like the Giants of old, the team that was
one of the laughing stocks of the league until Jim Fassel
turned them into a winner last year.

New York had 11 penalties for 92 yards, with the offensive
line called for five procedure penalties. The Giants also
failed to register a sack after getting a league-high 13 in
the first two weeks.

``I'm confused a little bit right now with where this team
is mentally,'' Fassel said. ``We're not showing the mental
toughness, the focus and all those things.''

While happy beating the Giants on the road, no one in Dallas
locker room seemed ready to say the Cowboys are back.

``We have a long ways to go before we are back,'' fullback
Daryl Johnston said. ``It's a great start and a step in the
right direction, but we are nowhere near where we want to

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