Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, December 1, 1998
Eagles seek wins at home over Cranes
PECOS, Dec. 1 -- The Pecos Eagle boys get a starter back
tonight and will go up against a team still without several
of its players, while Pecos' girls will face another
rebuilding team as they try for their first victory of the
season tonight, against the Crane Golden Cranes.
Pecos' girls will face Crane in varsity and junior varsity
games starting at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the old and new Pecos
High School gyms, while the boys JV and varsity games will
also start at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Pecos' boys have lost three straight games after their
opening win over Monahans. They've played all four without
starting post Fernando Navarette, who coach Mike Sadler said
would regain his eligibility for tonight's game against the
"Hopefully, with Fern (Navarette) coming back Tuesday he'll
be able to help out Mark (Marquez) and Frank inside," Sadler
Crane will be without several players tonight, who are still
playing on the Cranes' football team, which is in the Region
I-3A semifinals this week. Pecos played Crane earlier
season, but the Cranes missed the football playoffs, and
their full squad handed the Eagles a 77-69 defeat in Pecos.
The boys lost their home opener on Saturday to Odessa High,
72-46, as the Bronchos broke things open with a 28-point
fourth quarter. Oscar Luna and Mark Marquez led Pecos with
Pecos' girls picked up two easy wins on the road over Crane
last season. But with only one starter back, coach Brian
Williams is expecting a tougher time tonight.
"They lost a few seniors, so they ought to be in the same
boat, but they're going to have a height advantage on us,"
The Eagles are 0-4 after their 70-30 loss at Andrews on
Saturday. "We're going to have to get more aggressive on
defense," Williams said, after Andrews got a number of
baskets on second- and third-chance shots.
Bears-Coyotes playoff set for Kermit
PECOS, Dec. 1 -- The Balmorhea Bears and the Borden County
Coyotes will play their six-man football state semifinal
game at Walton Field in Kermit this Friday night, starting
at 7:30 p.m.
The Bears and Coyotes will meet for the second time this
year, with the winner advancing to next week's six-man state
championship game against either Trinidad or Strawn. The
Bears have never advanced to the state finals in six-man
football, going as far as the semifinals back in 1994, while
Borden County is the defending state champion, and defeated
Balmorhea at home earlier this season by a 57-24 final score.
The Bears last played in Kermit three years ago, in the area
round of the state playoffs, when they lost a 60-57 decision
to Lamesa-Klondike. Five players who were freshmen on that
team are now seniors, including running back Arturo Miranda,
who had four touchdowns in last Friday's 52-24 victory over
Samnorwood and had a touchdown pass four years ago in the
Bears' last visit to Walton Field.
Borden County beat Balmorhea's district rival Grandfalls two
weeks ago, and reached the semifinals with a 52-6 win over
Groom this past Saturday. The Coyotes' only loss this season
was to district rival Ackerly-Sands, whom the Bears beat two
weeks ago in the area round of the state playoffs.
Aggies ready for unbeaten K-State
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer
Texas A&M coaches and players know exactly what to expect in
St. Louis for the Big 12 championship: more hoopla than a
regular-season game, but not as much as a bowl game.
Aggies coach R.C. Slocum hopes that experience will be an
advantage Saturday against Kansas State.
``I think it would have to help some,'' Slocum said in a
conference call Monday. ``I think every time you compete,
every time you're in a big ball game ... players grow from
it. I would think going in and knowing what to expect would
be a positive.''
Experience in league championships may be the only category
the No. 20 Aggies (10-2) have over the No. 2 Wildcats
(11-0), even if that experience wasn't a good one. A&M was
beaten 54-15 by Nebraska in last year's title game.
The stakes in this game are much higher for Kansas State,
which needs a victory to keep alive its outside chances to
play for the national championship Jan. 4.
The Wildcats are third in the Bowl Championship Series
standings, behind Tennessee and UCLA. To have any chance of
moving into the top two, Kansas State must win and either
hope the Volunteers or Bruins lose, or the Wildcats look so
good in their victory that they move up in the AP standings.
``It's real frustrating,'' said return specialist David
Allen. ``But we know if we win out something good might
happen for us. So we've just got to keep on winning.''
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't understand
the BCS standings and he won't bother to figure them out.
His focus is solely on beating A&M.
``We realize that that's the only thing we have any kind of
control over - and A&M certainly has an impact on that,
too,'' Snyder said. ``We don't understand the system and the
nuances, but we do understand that we're not going to have
any impact on how that plays out. Our main concern is to do
all we can to play well.''
Snyder said he's not asking his players to try embarrassing
A&M just for the sake of winning poll votes.
``I think when you start thinking along those lines you're
going to create problems for yourselves,'' he said. ``I
believe our players believe the same way. Texas A&M is too
good of a team to think about winning by a particular
``Our major concern is doing the things we do as well as we
can to give us a chance to win. Anything beyond that
probably puts us in harm's way.''
The Aggies had been riding a 10-game winning streak until
losing Friday to Texas, 26-24.
``We lost a two-point road game to a team that probably has
the Heisman Trophy winner and a very good offensive line,''
Slocum said. ``We're going forward and picking up the pieces
and looking forward to the challenge ahead of us.''
Ned Cantwell, Publisher
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