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Wednesday, October 28, 1998

Pecos to face Monahans before playoffs

PECOS, Oct. 28 -- The Pecos Eagles volleyball team will get
in one pre-playoff practice game before having to go up
against the Dumas Demonettes or Frenship Lady Tigers in the
area round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado said Pecos will travel to
Monahans Saturday night to take on the Loboettes, who will
also be preparing for the start of the playoffs next week.
Granado said the game will be at 7 p.m. at the Monahans High
School gym.

The Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 matches and nine in
a row since starting the season with a 4-8 record. That
streak includes a victory on Sept. 15 in Pecos over Monahans
just prior to the start of District 2-4A play. The Loboettes
clinched the District 2-3A title Tuesday night with a 14-16,
15-10, 15-9 win over Midland Greenwood.

The Eagles earned a first round playoff bye this past
Saturday with a 15-11, 15-11 win at San Elizario, which gave
them their first district title since 1992. They'll face the
winner of this weekend's bi-district match between Dumas and
Frenship, tenatatively scheduled for Saturday in Plainview.

Frenship finished third in District 4-4A and were 11-11 on
the season, while Dumas, 25-9, lost a first place playoff on
Monday to two-time defending Class 4A champion Hereford,
16-14, 15-10, and are the District 3-4A runner-up.

The area round matchup will probably take place next
Tuesday, at a site somewhere between Lubbock and

Ratings rank Clemens No. 1, Sosa shunned

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Oct. 28 -- Baseball's best player?

Mark McGwire?


Sammy Sosa?


Roger Clemens?

Right on.

Clemens regained his status as the top player, beating out
Kevin Brown to finish No. 1 for the first time since 1988 in
the annual rankings compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Clemens' performance the last two seasons gave him a 98.016
score out of 100, according to figures released Tuesday. The
four-time Cy Young Award winner, a favorite to win No. 5
next month, went 20-6 for Toronto this season, tying for the
AL lead in wins and finishing first in ERA (2.65) and
strikeouts (271).

Brown, 18-7 with a 2.38 ERA for San Diego, got a 96.094,
finishing just ahead of Atlanta's Greg Maddux (95.747) among
NL pitchers.

In a surprise, Houston's Jeff Bagwell tied McGwire as the
top NL first baseman. McGwire hit 70 home runs for St. Louis
this season, setting a major league record.

Sosa, who hit 66 homers for the Chicago Cubs, was not only
not ranked as the top player, he was only rated ninth among
NL outfielders.

San Francisco's Barry Bonds led NL outfielders, followed by
Colorado's Larry Walker and Houston's Moises Alou. Bonds was
among the top three outfielders for the eighth consecutive
time, and Walker made it for the first time since 1995.

In addition to Brown, three other free agents finished first
at their positions in the AL: Mo Vaughn at first, Roberto
Alomar at second and Bernie Williams in the outfield.

Vaughn ended a five-year winning streak at first by
Chicago's Frank Thomas, who finished tops among designated
hitters this year. Last year, Thomas had baseball's top
score for the second time in three seasons.

Alomar has led AL second basemen five times in seven years,
and Williams led AL outfielders for the second straight

Mike Piazza, who avoided free agency to sign a record $91
million, seven-year contract with the New York Mets this
week, was the top NL catcher for the third straight season.

Rankings are based on statistics over two seasons and
include figures such as plate appearances, batting average,
on-base percentage, home runs and RBIs. For pitchers, the
stats include record, ERA, strikeouts, appearances and

The rankings, created in the 1981 strike settlement, are
used to divide free agents into groups that determine
draft-pick compensation for a player's former club if he
signs with a new team.

Ivan Rodriguez of Texas led AL catchers for the second
straight year, and Derek Jeter of the Yankees took over from
Seattle's Alex Rodriguez at shortstop.

Travis Fryman replaced his Cleveland predecessor, Matt
Williams, as the top AL third baseman.

Bernie Williams finished ahead of Cleveland's Manny Ramirez
and Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. in the outfield. Griffey was
among the top three AL outfielders for the sixth time and
Ramirez made it for the third consecutive year.

Among starting pitchers, Clemens beat out Boston's Pedro
Martinez and Baltimore's Mike Mussina, who tied for second.
Mike Jackson of the Indians was the top AL reliever.

Bagwell was atop NL first baseman for the fourth straight
season, and Houston teammate Craig Biggio led at second for
the fifth consecutive year. Cincinnati's Barry Larkin
finished first at shortstop for the eighth time in nine
years, and Colorado's Vinny Castilla led at third for the
second time in three seasons, tying Atlanta's Chipper Jones
for the lead. The pair displaced Ken Caminiti, yet another
free agent.

Trevor Hoffman of the Padres was the top NL reliever for the
second straight year.

The top 30 percent in each position get an A ranking, the
next 20 percent a B ranking and the group between 50 and 60
percent a C ranking. The ranking and a team's place in the
standings determine the kind of draft-pick compensation.

Six-man back gets 602 yards in win

SOMERVILLE, Oct. 28 (AP) -- The Somerville High Yeguas
worked out in a slow drizzle Tuesday, but the weather
couldn't dampen the mood.

``Yeah, they have been getting on me a lot,'' Darryl Ellis
said. ``They keep saying `602, 602!'''

That's because Ellis rushed for a state record 602 yards on
48 carries and scored seven touchdowns last Friday night as
Somerville won an offensive showdown, 70-68, over Thrall.

``I just wanted to win the game,'' Ellis said. ``The first
quarter just went by so fast. We were just scoring right off
the bat. It was exciting. I guess more people will notice us

Ellis' performance ranks third in the nation behind Ronney
Jenkins of Oxnard Hueneme, Calif., who rushed 619 yards Nov.
9, 1995 and John Bunch of Elkins, Ark., who rushed 608 yards
Oct. 25, 1974.

Somerville coach Rick Dillenbeck didn't foresee the big
offensive blowout.

``It was just one of those games where the defense didn't
play well,'' Dillenbeck said. ``We got out in front a couple
of touchdowns and I thought we might be able to hold them.

``It got to be 24-16 and then after that it was we scored
and they scored and that's the way it was the whole game.''

Three of Ellis' scores went for 53, 62 and 72 yards, and he
could have had even more yards.

``He had a 74-yard touchdown called back, but Darryl just
kept running hard,'' Dillenbeck said.

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