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Thursday, November 12, 1998

Four Eagles earn all-district

PECOS, Nov. 12 -- Pecos Eagles' senior Sherrie Mosby was
named the top spiker in District 2-4A, while two other
Eagles were selected to the first team all-district
volleyball squad in voting by 2-4A coaches in Van Horn on

Mosby led Pecos in kills this season, as the Eagles won
their first district title in six years, finishing with a
9-1 mark and 17-11 overall, losing in the first round to
Region I-4A finalist Dumas.

She was joined on the first team by senior hitter/setter
Shaye Lara and sophomore hitter Philonicus Fobbs. Pecos also
put senior hitter Linsey Hathorn was on the second team,
while senior hitter Monique Levario and junior setter Amy
Chabarria received honorable mention.

Eagles' coach Becky Granado also received the Coach of the
Year award, as Pecos won nine straight 2-4A matches,
including all five on the road, to take the title after
their district-opening loss to Fabens.

Fobbs was Pecos' No. 2 hitter behind Mosby, and the two
middle hitters also led the Eagles in blocks this season.
Lara split time as both an outside hitter and setter for
Pecos, while Hathorn and Levario were the Eagles' other
outside hitters this season.

District coaches divided the top awards evenly between the
teams on Wednesday. The Most Valuable Player award went to
San Elizario's Rosario Flores, while Clint's Polly Wagner
was named as the outstanding setter and Fabens' Kimberly
Phelps was chosen as defensive player of the year. Even El
Paso Mountain View picked up one of the top honors despite a
1-24 season, as freshman Diana Ceniceros was chosen as
newcomer of the year.

Along with Fobbs and Lara, the remainder of the first team
was made up of Fabens' hitters Beverly Alarcon and Cindy
Arrieta, Canutillo's Alejandra Pineda, Ciint's Jessica
Foster, Mountain View's Clarissa Saenz and San Elizario's
Maria Huerta.

Fabens placed second and San Elizario third in district this
season, losing to El Paso Burges and El Paso High in the
opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Joining Hathorn on the second team were a trio of San
Elizario players, Talia Reyes, Myrana Flores and Ysamine
Garcia, along with Clint's Erika Morales and Daisy Nieto,
Fabens Bonnie Cera and Canutillo's Alejandra Vasquez.

The other honorable mention selections were Bella Munoz and
Joanne Martinez of Fabens; Denise Duran and Michelle Tullins
of Clint; B.J. Blanco of Canutillo and Yolanda Tapia of San

Eagles look to extend return to playoffs

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 12 -- El Paso trips are getting to be normal
occurrences for the Pecos Eagles. But trips to the playoffs
haven't been normal for Pecos in nearly a quarter century.

All that changes on Friday, when the Eagles go to El Paso
for the third time in five weeks to play their first playoff
game in 23 years, against the El Paso Burges Mustangs.

Pecos and Burges will meet starting at 8:30 p.m. CST at
Mustang Stadium, with the winner advancing to the area round
of the Class 4A, Division II playoffs next week against
either Borger or Canyon.

The Eagles' will hope their third and (most likely) final
trip to El Paso this season goes the way their first trip
there went on Oct. 16, as opposed to what happened there on
Oct. 30.

At Mountain View, Pecos took charge of the game quickly
with touchdowns on their first two possessions, and outside
of a bad streak in the third quarter were in control most of
the way and wound up winning by a 24-14 score. Two weeks
later, the Eagles wound up playing Canutillo's type of game
-- a pass-oriented, end-to-end game that the host Eagles won
with a 35 yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game
by a 26-23 final score.

Pecos bounced back last week at home, routing San Elizario,
48-0 to tie Canutillo for first in District 2-4A and earn
their matchup with Burges, which began the season 0-6 but
won three of their last four, and then a three-way coin
flip, to make the playoffs.

"Our kids are excited, but they're taking care of
business," Eagles' coach Dan Swaim said of the workouts this
week. "You can see they've picked it up in practice and
stepped things up a notch."

While the playoffs are something new for Pecos, so is
dealing with the third six-weeks grading period during
football season. Pecos ran up against that this week and
were forced to make some adjustments in their lineup after
losing starting tight end/defensive end Manuel Contreras and
cornerback Joseph Torres for at least the next three weeks
due to grades.

Contreras led Pecos with 15 catches for 235 yards and four
touchdowns this season, and was the Eagles' main go-to
receiver in critical situations. Swaim said sophomore Daniel
Terrazas, who was moved to an interior line position at the
start of the season, will be moved out to Contreras' tight
end spot, while Jason Salcido will take over at defensive

"Daniel's got good speed and good hands. He's already
played offensive line, so he'll do a good job," Swaim said.
"Jason's gotten a lot of playing time already at defensive
end, so he ought to be all right."

The adjustments will be a little easier at cornerback,
since the Eagles already had been using quarterback Oscar
Luna out there with Torres and Hector Garcia, due to the
pass-happy nature of District 2-4A. Luna will take Torres'
cornerback slot against the Mustangs, who are a more
run-oriented team than what Pecos has seen recently.

"They run a wing-T and get into the I on offense, and they
run variations of the split (split-6) on defense," Swaim

Chris Apodaca is Burges' main rushing threat, while John
Tornes handles the same role Contreras had for Pecos,
playing tight end and defensive end.

"He had a real good game last week, both offensively and
defensively," said Burges coach Bill Birkhead, whose team is
in the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Tornes had touchdown passes of 50- and 55-yards in last
week's 30-16 win over Parkland. "They were little dinks that
he broke. One of them (Parkland) didn't cover, and the other
the defender went for the ball and he broke the tackle,"
Swaim said.

Patrick Gomez had thrown for over 100 yards twice in the
past three weeks, though like Pecos, the Mustangs would
rather run first and pass later. Birkhead said the senior is
a first-year starter, "so this is it for him. He's done a
better job of throwing the ball lately," the Mustangs' coach

"He's a typical wing-T quarterback. He makes good decisions
and doesn't throw the ball much," Swaim said.

On defense Tornes and linebacker Mauro Monsisvais leads a
sizable front seven that has just one starter weighing in at
under 225 pounds. Running the split-6, Burges figures to
also have a couple of secondary people up close to the line
Friday, and Swaim said, "I wouldn't be surprised if they
have 11 up there."

Monsisvais leads the Mustangs with 85 tackles and 32
assists. "He was an all-district pick last year as a
sophomore and should be one again this year," Birkhead said.

Aside from their eligibility losses, Swaim said the Eagles
will have their regular starters at the other positions,
though they will make adjustments on the special teams,
where the Eagles allowed two kickoff returns and a punt
return for scores during district play.

"We made some changes on the kickoff which should make up
better and we also changed up on our punt coverage, which
should help there," Swaim said.

Cards face Cowboys with patchwork line

TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 12 (AP) -- The often-maligned Arizona
Cardinals' offensive line was just making some headway. Now
the Cardinals may have to face Dallas without right guard
Lester Holmes, one of the best blockers on the unit.

Holmes, who has played with a sore right ankle most of the
season, turned his left ankle in Arizona's 29-27 win over
the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The victory lifted the
Cardinals (5-4) above .500 for the first time since 1994 and
set up a crucial game for NFC East leadership with the
Cowboys (6-3).

Not only do the Cardinals have the Cowboys coming to town,
which means a rare sellout of 73,000-seat Sun Devil Stadium,
but they are coming off the line's best performance of the

Arizona rushed for 187 yards against the Redskins, with Matt
Joyce playing most of the game after Holmes sprained his

The Redskins have the NFL's 28th-ranked rushing defense, but
the big game elated players on a unit that gave up 78 sacks
last season, averaged 78.4 yards on the ground and cleared
the way for only 45 yards in a 38-10 season-opening loss at

``It's the same thing we've been dealing with all season
long,'' left tackle Lomas Brown said. ``If you think about
it, (left guard Chris) Dishman missed a lot of games, and
(rookie tackle) Anthony Clement has been on the shelf pretty
much the whole season. Now with Lester hurting himself we've
kind of been playing musical guards.''

Coach Vince Tobin listed Holmes, who didn't practice
Wednesday, as questionable but then said he was counting on
the former Philadelphia and Oakland star to be ready for the

If not, Joyce, who spent the 1994 season on the Cowboys'
practice squad, will get the nod. Jerome Daniels, a
fourth-round draft pick of Miami last year, will back him

``Matt did play the lion's share of the game last week, and
I would anticipate he would start if Lester couldn't,''
Tobin said.

Both young players are bigger than Holmes -- Joyce is
6-feet-7 and 313 pounds, and Daniels is 6-5 and 350. But the
nagging question remains whether they have the skills to
keep Dallas tackles like Leon Lett and Chad Hennings off
Jake Plummer and to open holes for the running backs.

``You can't assume you're a second-teamer in this
business,'' offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said.

``You strive for there not to be a dropoff when the second
unit goes in,'' position coach George Warhop said. ``We play
Matt and Jerome quite a bit, so we expect when they go in
we'll get the same production from them that we did from

Joyce said the game was no bigger for him than the last one,
when the Cardinals did better than break even for the first
time in Tobin's three seasons as head coach.

``Now much more importance is placed on each successive
game,'' said Joyce, who started 13 games with Seattle in
1995 and six with the Cardinals last year. ``But to tell you
the truth, I really don't pay any attention to it. We really
don't have time to focus on the hype and the media. It's all
you can do just to get yourself prepared.''

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