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Friday, October 16, 1998

Pecos dunks Andrews after strange start

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 16 -- To say there were some unplanned
occurrences at the start of the Pecos Eagles' home-opening
swim meet against the Andrews Mustangs would be a bit of an

Things went smoothly for the Eagles during the final 2½
hours of their nearly four-hour meet with the Andrews
Mustangs, but that was after the electronic touchpad timer
in the pool's main lane failed to work, and after the
computer's new program refused to accept extra relay teams
in the boys opening event. And all that occurred after an
Andrews man collapsed while sitting in the balcony at the
pool and had to be taken by ambulance to Reeves County

Fortunately for Eagles' coach Terri Morse, her swimmers'
performances went much better, as the boys defeated Andrews
by a 126-64 margin while the girls downed the Mustangs,

"It was a pretty good meet, considering all the delays,"
said Morse, after her team swept one of their District 4
rivals for the second time in less than a week. Pecos won
their season opener last Saturday at Big Spring, and the
Eagles' coach said, "I think some of them swam better times
than Saturday at Big Spring and others were about the same."

Pecos won all but three of Thursday's races, and junior
Scott Pounds also took the 1 meter diving event, which was
moved in-between the boys and girls 200 medley relays while
the computer program's problem was bypassed. The girls won
the medley, and would later rally on the final lap to take
the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

Individually, the girls got firsts from Jennifer Martinez in
the 200 freestyle, with a 2:20.95 time; Jon Ann Wein in the
200 medley, with a 2:45.03 time; Sarah Flores in both the 50
free (28.99) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.97); Lindsey
Olibas in the 100 free with a 1:23.33 time; and Liz Parent,
whose 6:03.49 time in the 500 freestyle was 3½ seconds
faster than Andrews' Justin Waldrip, who won the boys'

Martinez was second to Andrews' Kelli Leach in the 100
backstroke, while Leach beat out Wein for first in the 100
butterfly. Briar Prewit was second in the 200 freestyle and
third in the 100 free; Meagan Joplin was third and Olibas
was fourth in the 50 free; and Rebecca McChesney was third
in the 500 free.

"I expect our relay to improve as soon as we get all our
girls out. Some of the relays will change a little bit,"
Morse said.

The boys had enough swimmers out to field three teams in the
200 medley relay, as did Andrews, which seemed to be too
much for the computer to handle. Pecos' `A' squad won with a
1:52.24 time, while the `B' team took third and the `C' team
fifth. Pecos also won the 200 free relay with a 1:4407 time,
with their `B' squad placing third, while in the 400 relay,
the Eagles won both top spots, the `A' swimmers with a
3:45.29 time.

Senior Matt Ivy, junior Kevin Bates and sophomore Grant
Holland each won firsts in their two individual events. Ivy
took the 200 freestyle in 2:08.33 and the 100 free with a
56.77 time; Bates won the 100 butterfly in 59.43 and the 100
backstroke with a 60.24 time; and Holland took the 200
medley in 2:20.07 and the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.68

Cortney Freeman had the Eagles' other first, winning the 50
freestyle in 25.88 seconds. Among Pecos' other swimmers
Patrick McChesney was second in both the 200 and 500
freestyles; Timothy Harrison was second in the 200 medley
and the 100 fly; Pounds was third in the 100 free; Luis
Nieto was third in the 50 free and the 500 free; Tye Edwards
was third in the 100 backstroke; Jason Lopez was third in
the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 free; Randall
Reynolds was fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the
50 free; Pablo Rodriguez was fourth in the 100 back and
fifth in the 200 free; and Matthew Montanez was fifth in the
500 free.

After their two dual meets during the past two weeks, the
Eagles will be idle for the next nine days, until the
Abilene Invitational on Oct. 24. "I'll probably make some
changes for Abilene. Some of my swimmers will swim different
things," Morse said.

"I'm trying to mix it up a little bit early in the year. I
think last year everybody knew where I was going to put my
swimmers and were able to set up against it, and that hurt
us as district. Right now I'm giving them a chance to swim
something they like to swim," she said. "It's not
necessarily what they will swim later, but maybe we'll find
a superstar in some event."

Pecos hosts high school rodeo this weekend

PECOS, Oct. 16 -- Pecos will host about 200 high school
students from Texas and New Mexico this weekend, for a
two-day high school rodeo at the Buck Jackson Arena.

Four local contestants will be included among those
competing said Annis Rasberry, one of the parent
coordinators for the local event. She said of the three
Pecos High School students entered, Brandi Harrison will be
competing in barrels, poles, breakaway roping and goat
tying, Courtney Clark is entered in Sunday's cutting event,
and Clay Ryan McKinney will be in the team roping

The fourth local entry, D'Anda Allgood of Barstow who
attends Wink High School, will be entered in both the
cutting competition and the barrel race.

The rodeo will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, and continue with
cutting at 9 a.m. Sunday, after the 8 a.m. church service at
the rodeo arena. The remaining rodeo events are scheduled
for an 11 a.m. start.

Reeves-Loving 4-H members will be running the concession
stands, and entry is $4 per person. Jackpot roping and calf
and breakaway roping will be held at the end on Saturday's
rodeo, and a dance is scheduled as well Saturday, from 9 to
12:30 a.m. at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn.

Rasberry said high school students from across Region 2 will
be entered in the two day rodeo. "Our area includes from El
Paso to San Antonio to Abilene, and we also have some from
New Mexico in our region. For Hobbs and Carlsbad, it's
closer for them to come to Texas than to go to the New
Mexico rodeos."

Along with the events the local riders are entered in,
Rasberry said there will also be saddle bronc, bareback,
steer wrestling and bull riding events both Saturday and

"All the events are both days, except for cutting," she
said. "You can enter either one day two days, but most enter
both days because the scores are based on a points system,
so you have a chance to do better if you enter both days."

Eagles seek playoff spot with victory

PECOS, Oct. 16 -- The Pecos Eagles' six game winning streak
has given them a little breathing room, as far as the race
for the Class 4A playoffs go. But in the race for the
District 2-4A volleyball title the Eagles have little or no
margin of error going into their match Saturday in Clint
against the Lions.

Pecos will face Clint in freshmen, junior varsity and
varsity matches starting about 2, 3 and 4 p.m., and the
Eagles can clinch their third straight trip to the playoffs
with a victory.

Pecos has a two-game lead over both Clint and San Elizario,
and are tied with Fabens for first, both with 6-1 season
records. But the Wildcats got their sixth win on Tuesday by
downing Clint, 15-13, 12-15, 15-8 and have one game left,
against San Elizario, while the Eagles will go to San
Elizario next Saturday, after this weekend's match against
the Lions.

Pecos improved to 14-9 on the season with their first easy
home win in 2-4A play, 15-4, 15-3 over El Paso Mountain View
on Tuesday. Two weeks earlier they appeared on their way to
an easy victory over Clint and did close out the Lions in
two games, but had to struggle for their final seven points
in a 15-7, 15-12 win.

The Eagles will also go into Saturday's game minus several
players on each of their teams, including back line varsity
players Lily Payen and Maggie Mendoza, due to the Class 4A
regional band competition going on 10 miles away at Socorro

"The freshmen will have only six (players) and the JV will
have nine," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, who was
missing blocker Julie Lujan on Tuesday. "Julie hurt her knee
again yesterday (Monday). Hopefully, she'll be well enough
by Saturday," Granado said after Tuesday's win.

Clint is 4-3 in district and 12-12 overall. In their loss to
the Eagles 2½ weeks ago, Monica Rios struggled at times for
the Lions, but led Clint in kills, while Jessica Foster was
the other hitter who had some points off spikes and blocks
for Clint.

Mustangs, Cranes black sub-varsity squads

Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 16 -- The Pecos Eagles' varsity football team
will be trying to avoid the fate of Pecos' sub-varsity
football squads on Thursday -- when they suffered five
shutout losses to the Andrews Mustangs and Crane Golden

Crane's freshmen avenged a loss to Pecos last month, as the
blanked the Eagles' ninth graders by a 26-0 final score in
Crane. Pecos' eighth graders, playing for the second time
this season in Andrews, lost their `A' and `B' games to the
Mustangs, 20-0 and 48-0, while the seventh graders dropped
34-0 and 36-0 `A; and `B' games at home to Andrews.

The ninth graders had beaten Crane last month 24-20, but
coach Mike Sadler said the Cranes jumped on Pecos early this

"The first half was real windy, and they had the wind in the
first quarter and jumped out to a three touchdown lead," he
said. "They got one of their touchdowns on an inadvertent
whistle after we stopped them."

The loss left the ninth graders with a 2-5 record.

The eighth graders are 3-2, with both their losses coming at
Andrews. "Their linebackers stopped the 18-pitch to the
outside to Paul (Juarez)," said coach Rudy Juarez of the
~`A' team's loss. "That's our bread and butter play. The
best thing we could do was go up the middle."

Juarez said Pecos came closest to scoring when Matthew
Levario just missed on a pass to Abel Lopez in the end zone.

The seventh graders stayed winless so far this season, as
they saw Andrews go on a series of slow marches for their
scores in the `A' game. Pecos missed two chances to hold the
score down by failing to recover bad option pitches by the

"We're not as `mature' as they are. We don't react as fast
right now," said Eagles' coach Jerry Parent, who said Pecos
also was at a size and speed disadvantage on Thursday.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Central Time, the Eagles will take on
the Mountain View Lobos in El Paso. Both teams come in with
1-0 district records; Mountain View is 5-1 overall after
their 20-13 win over San Elizario, while Pecos evened their
record last Friday at 3-3 with a 31-0 win over Fabens.

This is the first-ever regular season meeting between the
Eagles and Lobos. The teams' only previous football contact
was in a pre-season scrimmage game four years ago, in which
Pecos outscored Mountain View three touchdowns to zero.

The four teams involved in tonight's other District 2-4A
games are a lot more familiar with each other. Canutillo
faces San Elizario while Fabens takes on Clint, both games
starting an hour after the Eagles-Lobos contest.

Canutillo (0-1 district, 2-4 season) at San Elizario (0-1,
2-4): The district's other two Eagle teams were both members
of District 1-4A the past two seasons, with Canutillo taking
both contests. After an 0-3 start, Canutillo had used
turnovers to score easy wins over El Paso High and El Paso
Burges, but last week after turning an early Clint fumble
into a touchdown, Canutillo turned the ball over on two
straight possessions which Clint turned into scores, then
fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and Clint scored again,
going up eventually, 27-6 on the way to a 41-26 victory.

Canutillo was able to move the ball when they could hold
onto it, and Ignacio Juarez added to his pass receiving
yaradge, which at 807 yards is second best in Class 4A. San
Elizario did a fairly good job of containing Mountain View's
running game last week, but needed a fumble recovery for a
touchdown by Eddie Figueroa in the fourth quarter to get
back into the game. Quarterback Mike Perez remains as much a
running threat as a passing threat for San Elizario.

Fabens (0-1, 5-1) at Clint (1-0, 3-3): In terms of style,
Clint is almost the exact opposite of Pecos. In terms of
results, the teams have mirrored each other for the first
six weeks of the season -- narrow wins, big wins, narrow
losses, big losses -- they've matched perfectly.

D.J. Check added to his state-leading passing totals last
week with a five touchdown performance, and his 1,771 yards
is almost 200 better than anyone else. It's also 1,000 yards
more than the Lions have allowed, but on the ground, Clint
has gained just 450 yards, 950 less than they've given up.

That's good news for Wildcats' running back Mike Morales,
who still leads the district in rushing but had a rough
night against Pecos, going for just 55 yards, 15 of that off
a bouncing fumble the Eagles turned into a third quarter
field goal. Quarterback Jaime Valenzuela had some chances
against Pecos last week, but floated too many of his passes,
and saw three of his four interceptions result from tosses
soft enough to give the Eagle defenders time to react.

Fabens' secondary allowed Pecos just one completion for 26
yards, which sounds good going up against Check. But the
Eagles pass about as often as the Lions run, and two weeks
earlier Santa Teresa, N.M. got all four of their touchdowns
through the air against the Wildcats.

Sanders' big run total too much for Packers

PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 16 (AP) -- What's wrong with Brett
Favre? Probably nothing a little run support wouldn't cure.

Look what Barry Sanders did for rookie Charlie Batch.

Sanders ran for 155 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown
sprint, against Green Bay on Thursday night. As a result,
Batch looked like anything but a rookie as the Detroit Lions
beat the Packers 27-20.

The Lions (2-4), thanks mainly to Sanders, rushed for 186
yards. The Packers (4-2) could muster just 93 rushing yards,
69 by Travis Jervey.

The result?

Detroit's defense constantly kept the pressure on Favre,
ultimately intercepting three passes. Opponents couldn't be
quite so daring before Packers running back Dorsey Levens
sprained his right ankle and broke a bone in his right leg.

``We have a long season ahead and we have two ways to go --
up or down,'' said Favre, who has thrown nine interceptions
in his past three games. ``I know I'm not giving up.''

Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren suggested Favre was pressing,
trying to do too much by himself.

``We're not going to panic,'' Holmgren said. ``He's still
the best quarterback in football, in my opinion. We have to
get out of this little slump right now.''

Batch, a second-round draft pick out of Eastern Michigan,
played his third consecutive error-free game. He completed
16 of 19 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns, with no

``From the day he arrived at training camp, he's shown
poise and composure,'' Sanders said. ``He's really relaxed.
He's beyond what a lot of us expected from a rookie

``I'm thrilled to play with him, and hopefully he will get
better from this point on.''

Still, it was Sanders' running that forced Green Bay to
quit stacking eight and nine men near the line of scrimmage.
That, in turn, gave Batch a little more time to spot

``It's always tough,'' Holmgren said. ``Anytime you play
Detroit you start with Barry. We've had some good games
against him, and he's taken it to us a little bit. Tonight
he was special.

``It's nice to hand the ball to No. 20.''

It was the 10th time in 19 regular season games that
Sanders has rushed for 100 or more yards against the
Packers, including seven of the past nine.

``I've got Barry Sanders, and they don't,'' Batch said.

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