Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, October 23, 1998
Eagles seek volleyball title at San Elizario
PECOS, Oct. 23 -- It's unlikely the San Elizario Eagles have
much to play for as far as the playoffs are concerned, in
their final regular season game on Saturday. But the Pecos
Eagles will be playing for a week off when they travel to
San Elizario to take on their Eagle counterparts, starting
at about 4 p.m. CDT.
But both Pecos and San Elizario will be looking to extend
their current winning streaks, which has carried Pecos to
the top of the District 2-4A standings and put San Elizario
into the Class 4A playoffs.
The Eagles can clinch their first district title since 1992
with a win on Saturday, or with a loss by Fabens to
Canutillo. However, since the district's third Eagle team
has won just three times this season, that outcome is
San Elizario also needs a Fabens loss and a win over the
Eagles to have a chance at second place in the district
standings. If not, they will be locked into third place, and
will face the District 1-4A runner-up in the opening round
of the playoffs next week.
Both teams' seasons turned around two weeks ago, when Pecos
went into Fabens and beat the Wildcats, tying them for first
in the 2-4A standings, while San Elizario began their
current four game winning streak, which moved them from
fourth in the standings to third, a spot they clinched
Tuesday night with a 15-8, 7-15, 15-12 victory over Clint.
That streak also includes a three-game victory over Fabens,
which helped give Pecos sole possession of first place.
San Elizario almost came out of Pecos with a win over the
Eagles on Oct. 6, coming back after a 15-1 opening loss to
beat Pecos, 15-13, then wiping out an 11-6 Eagle lead in the
third game before losing by a 15-13 score.
Pecos had more problems handling San Elizario's servers than
their hitters that night, though the other Eagles' got 12
kills out of Rosario Flores in their upset win over Fabens.
Tuesday's victory against Clint improved their record to 6-3
in district and 16-10 on the season.
Pecos has won eighth straight district matches since opening
with their home loss to Fabens, and are 16-9 overall after
Tuesday's 15-10, 15-9 win over Canutillo.
"For a team that was in first place, we sure didn't play
like it," said Eagles' coach Becky Granado, whose team has
looked far better after their 200-mile road trips to El Paso
then they have in their home matches in district play.
A win would give Pecos 10 days to prepare for the area round
of the Class 4A playoffs, probably against Hereford or Dumas
on Nov. 3. A loss and a likely Fabens win would force a
first place playoff next Monday or Tuesday, and if the
Eagles lose that, a bi-district matchup -- probably against
El Paso Bowie or Burges -- sometime late next week.
Netters hunt regional berths on Fabens' court
PECOS, Oct. 23 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team went through
District 2-4A play undefeated over the past three weeks. But
to claim the district's fall title, they'll have to do it
again on Saturday, at the 2-4A tournament in Fabens and San
The Eagles will face Fabens on the Wildcats' home court, a
week after scoring a 14-4 victory in Pecos. A win in
Saturday's 10 a.m. CDT match will assure the Eagles a trip
to the Region I-4A Tournament, but to take the district
title they'll have to defeat either Clint or Mountain View,
who'll face each other in the second semifinal match
"We're seeded first, Mountain View is second, Clint is third
and Fabens is fourth," said Eagles' coach Bernadette
Ornelas, who said the Lobos beat the Lions earlier this week
to claim the No. 2 seed.
"Clint carries only three girls to Mountain View and they
beat them," she said. "We've had a lot of teams playing this
year with just half the girls side or half the boys."
"We'll have a full team, and the kids are real excited," the
Eagles' coach said. "They're ready to play despite the bad
Fabens was shorthanded last week against Pecos, while the
Eagles posted an easy win over the Lobos at Mountain View
two weeks ago. But the Eagles had to go to a tie-breaker at
home on Oct. 10 to defeat the Lions.
Ornelas said if they win, they'll stay in Fabens for the
finals against either the Lions or the Lobos Saturday
afternoon. Both teams will then advance to the Region I-4A
tournament, which will be held next Friday and Saturday at
Wichita Falls Rider High School.
Shorthanded sub-varsities get tie, loss
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Oct. 23 -- The numbers crunch was too much for the
Pecos Eagles' freshmen to overcome Thursday night in
Monahans, while some freshmen helped the Eagles' JV score a
tie against Kermit's combined JV and ninth grade squad on
the Yellowjackets' home field.
Pecos' ninth graders dropped as 42-14 decision to Monahans,
while the JV tied Kermit, 6-6, in the only two sub-varsity
games played Thursday.
Freshman Mason Abila, who had Pecos' only touchdown in last
month's 6-0 win by the JV over Kermit, had the lone score
again on Thursday, a 20-yard run in the opening period.
Coach Tino Acosta said Kermit tied the game in the third
period, and the Eagles then had to hold the Jackets on their
own 15 as time expired to preserve the victory.
""We had 17 and they had 40 and they were two-platooning
us," Acosta said. "They had the gold pants in one series and
the red pants in on the other in the first half, then they
mixed them all together in the second half."
Along with Abila, freshman quarterback Richard Rodriguez
also was moved up this week, and freshman coach Mike Sadler
said his replacement, Paul Juarez, "came in and played an
excellent ballgame considering the circumstances."
"We played well, considering we only had 15 players and they
had 30," Sadler said. He said Monahans broke the game open
late in the third quarter, when the Loboes scored on what
Sadler said should have been a dead ball.
"They punted to us and Kendrick (Evans) picked it up and the
whistle blew. He put it down and the Monahans kid picked it
up and ran for a touchdown," the Eagles' coach said, giving
the Loboes a 36-14 lead.
Evans and David Meline wound up throwing halfback TD passes
to Ricky Plummer, while Evans had a two-point conversion for
Pecos' other points. The ninth graders are 2-6 on the
season, while the JV is 2-4-1.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. the Eagles' varsity will try and end a
23-year playoff drought at home with a win over the Clint
Lions, while Clint can also clinch a post-season berth with
a win over Pecos.
With 2-0 marks in District 2-4A, and 4-3 overall both teams
can reach post-season with a win in one of their last three
games, but the loser tonight will probably face a
bi-district matchup against undefeated El Paso Riverside the
second week of November. The winner will get likely face
either El Paso Parkland or El Paso High in the opening round.
All that is still three weeks away, and could be changed by
the outcome of tonight's other District 2-4A games, which
sends San Elizario to Fabens and Mountain View to Canutillo.
Mountain View (1-1 district, 5-2 season) at Canutillo (1-1,
3-4): The winner of this game has the leg up on being the
representative in the Class 4A Division I (big school)
playoffs, probably against El Paso Ysleta. Both teams held
off San Elizario rallies for their victories, and both fell
behind early and couldn't catch up in their losses, the
Lobos last week to Pecos and the Eagles two weeks ago
Mountain View surprised Pecos with the draw a couple of
times during their touchdown drives, and Adolfo Villa had
two TD passes and a couple of key runs. But the Lobos' line
couldn't protect Villa in the fourth quarter when they were
looking for a tying touchdown, and their leading receiver,
Albert Jaurrieta, was held to just three catches.
Last week's win over San Elizario was the first time in five
weeks that the losing team in a Canutillo game has had fewer
than five turnovers. Both teams had two turnovers apiece, as
Canutillo raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead, then held off
San Elizario when they cut it to 17-13 in the third quarter.
Jesus Navarrette threw for 176 yards and a touchdown, and
based on Pecos' success through the air last week, he'll
probably be throwing a lot again tonight.
San Elizario (0-2, 2-5) at Fabens (0-2, 5-2): The loser here
sees their playoff hopes ended, which would be a bigger
shock for Fabens after their 5-0 pre-district record.
Defensive woes have hurt the Wildcats since their comeback
win over El Paso Parkland. They beat Santa Teresa, but
allowed four passing touchdowns, then were blanked by Pecos
in their 2-4A opener, 31-0. Last week Clint threw for nearly
300 yards, then scored their final two TDs rushing.
Meanwhile, running back Mike Morales was averaging over 135
yards per game in pre-district, but has gained just 124 in
Fabens' two district losses.
San Elizario hasn't won in district, but after years of
0-for and 1-for seasons, the Eagles beat Deming and El Paso
Bowie -- which then turned around and defeated Clint -- and
have gone down fighting in both district games, putting
fourth quarter scares into Mountain View and Canutillo.
San Elizario is also the only El Paso area team in the
district that plays offense like a Permian Basin school --
the Eagles ran the ball 57 times last Friday, gaining 220
yards. Eddie Figueroa had 134 of that, while quarterback
Mike Perez also threw for 101 yards in a losing effort.
Yanks' toughest task keeping team together
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 -- Now comes the really hard part for the
New York Yankees: keeping the team together.
Just 35 minutes after the Yankees finished their sweep of
San Diego on Wednesday night, Bernie Williams, David Cone
and Series MVP Scott Brosius became eligible for free
``I have a lot of memories here and playing here,'' Williams
said, perhaps wearing a Yankees uniform for the final time.
``I don't know anything else.''
Yet the center fielder and clubhouse anchor could be leaving
if New York doesn't meet his demand for a seven-year
contract with a no-trade clause.
``For family reasons, Bernie has said all along a seven-year
contract is the mandate,'' his agent, Scott Boras, said
Thursday. ``He want to be in one place for seven years, have
a base for his family.''
After failing to work out a multiyear deal, Williams and the
Yankees agreed last winter to an $8.5 million, one-year
contract. He is expected to ask for $10 million a year in
his next deal.
``We're going to hear what every organization has to say,''
Boras said. ``The decision will be based on family,
competitiveness of the club and the economics involved.''
Economics will determine much for the Yankees, whose $63.5
million payroll on opening day was baseball's second-highest
``The Bernie Williams situation is first and foremost with
us,'' general manager Brian Cashman said. ``It's going to be
difficult to keep everyone.''
In the next few weeks, New York must decide whether to
exercise options on DH Darryl Strawberry and catcher Joe
Girardi, and will find out whether 20-gamer winner David
Cone exercises his $5.5 million player option or decides to
become a free agent.
Strawberry, recovering from colon cancer surgery, became a
rallying point for the Yankees during the postseason. But he
won't come cheap: The option is for $2.5 million with a
Girardi, who shared catching duties with Jorge Posada, has a
$3.4 million option with a $400,000 buyout.
Tim Raines, who hit .290 with 47 RBIs, probably won't be
back, especially following the late-season emergence of
Shane Spencer and Ricky Ledee.
Then there's Brosius, who revitalized after an offseason
trade from Oakland, hitting .300 with 19 homers and 98 RBIs.
He batted .383 in the postseason, leading New York in hits
(18), home runs (4) and RBIs (15), and earned Series MVP
honors by going 8-for-17 (.471) with two homers and six
Waiting behind him his Mike Lowell, who hit .304 at Triple-A
Columbus with 26 homers and 99 RBIs.
``Everything impacts on everything,'' said Gene Michael, the
Yankees director of major league scouting and a key advisor
to owner George Steinbrenner. ``We'll just have to wait and
If Williams leaves, the Yankees are expected to pursue Ray
Lankford of the St. Louis Cardinals. For now, Williams won't
hint if he prefers to stay with the Yankees.
``I'll say it's probably as good as any other team right
now,'' he said. ``I wouldn't know what it's like to play for
another team. And that is going to weigh into my decision.''
Our Style members in Sweetwater car show
PECOS, Oct. 23 -- Members of the Our Style Car Club will be
in Sweetwater on Saturday for a car show there this weekend.
The cars entered will be on display until 7 p.m. today at
Eagle Tire on Bickley Avenue at Veterans Boulevard.
Entries from club officials include a 1991 Mazda pick-up by
club president Rene Guerra and his son Jason; a 1974
Chevrolet Monte Carlo by vice president Hector Hinojos and
his wife, Diana; a 1989 Chevy S-10 pick-up by Rene Garcia,
the club's sergeant-at-arms; a 1991 Nissan pick-up by club
treasurer Angel Carrasco and his wife, Prissy; and a 1989
Chevy S-10 by club secretary Israel Paredez.
Other club members competing this weekend include Mario
Solis ans his 1992 Chevrolet Baretta; and cars of Mark and
Christina Salazar and Armando and Erica Madrid.
Those entering bikes in the show include president Ricky
Estrada and five other youth division members.
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