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Tuesday, December 8, 1998

Eagle teams host Loboes and Prowlers

PECOS, Dec. 8 -- The Pecos Eagles have played basketball
doubleheaders against Monahans, and they've played them
against Fort Stockton. But never both at the same time.

That changes tonight, when Pecos' girls host Fort Stockton
and the boys take on Monahans in freshman, junior varsity
and varsity games, at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The girls' varsity will host the Prowlers at 6 p.m. followed
by Pecos and Monahans boys, as each team faces the other for
the second time this season.

Pecos' girls will be hoping to come out on top this time
against Fort Stockton, after dropping a 53-49 decision two
weeks ago in Fort Stockton. The Eagles are 1-7 on the season
following this past weekend's West Texas Shootout in Crane,
where they lost to Reagan County and El Paso Ysleta while
beating Fort Davis.

Fort Stockton is 1-6 after going 0-2 at Crane, with losses
to Presidio and Monahans. In their win over Pecos, Nina
Robledo led the Prowlers with 12 points, while Shaye Lara
topped Pecos with 11.

The boys opened their season at Monahans three weeks ago
with a 42-36 victory over the Loboes. Oscar Luna scored 19
points for Pecos, which jumped out to a big first half lead
and then held on in the final periods.

Pecos jumped up early on Crane in the third place game at
the West Texas Shootout on Friday, and went on to a 63-47
win, evening their record at 4-4 on the season.

The tournament was moved up a day to avoid conflicting with
Crane's Class 3A football playoff game on Saturday. Monahans
was in the same boat at Coahoma Invitational -- they beat
Snyder's JV, 86-72, and Greenwood, 51-50, but those teams
advanced to the finals and consolation round because the
Loboes passed up Saturday's games to go to their 3A playoff
game in Bedford.

The Loboes lost to Aledo, which means they should have a few
more players out for the first time tonight. But coach Mike
Sadler said, "They may have a few players they didn't have
the first time, but I didn't have Fern (Navarette) the first
game we played." The senior has averaged 17.5 points since
returning to the lineup four games ago.

Docs say DiMaggio's hopes dim

Associated Press Writer
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Dec. 8 -- Joe DiMaggio's doctor says the
Hall of Famer has suffered ``a significant and serious turn
for the worse'' in his battle back from lung cancer surgery.

``The outlook has dimmed over the past 72 hours,'' Dr. Earl
Barron said Monday. ``He's not in good shape.''

The 84-year-old Hall of Famer has been hospitalized since
Oct. 12, with Barron heading a team of six doctors. DiMaggio
underwent surgery for removal of a tumor from his lung Oct.
14, and his recovery has been difficult.

WCBS-TV in New York reported Monday night that DiMaggio is
in a coma and on a ventilator. The station also said he was
given last rites for a third time. WTVJ-TV in Miami said
today that DiMaggio is not in a coma, but that doctors
watched him through the night to monitor his health.

``Everything's wrong,'' close family friend and attorney
Morris Engelberg told The New York Times. ``Dr. Barron gave
me a list a mile long. I'm just devastated. I couldn't

Engelberg told DiMaggio's family and close friends of his
third major setback Monday, and some are flying to Florida.

``He's a very dignified man and I'm going to make sure he's
dignified right to the end,'' Engelberg said.

Twice in October, DiMaggio's lungs were drained after
filling with fluid from an infection. On Nov. 16, his blood
pressure dropped so rapidly that a Catholic priest was
summoned to administer last rites.

``I've been amazed at some of the things he's come back
from,'' Barron told television station WBZL. ``I've talked
with some of my colleagues and they reiterate the same
thing. This gentleman really doesn't seem to give up.

``I don't know what's going to happen this time, however.''

Barron said a persistent lung infection and accompanying
fever had returned, complicating DiMaggio's condition.

``He is being treated with more antibiotics, and his blood
pressure is being maintained with medications,'' Barron
said. ``We are continuing supportive care. The outlook is
not as good as it was a few days ago.''

The hospital where DiMaggio was being treated is very
familiar to the Hall of Fame center fielder.

On the side of the hospital building, a white sign reading
``Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital'' glowed as a testament
to the funding DiMaggio has given to the hospital's
pediatric wing. In a McDonald's restaurant tucked inside the
lobby, a black-and-white photograph of the Yankee Clipper
hung on the wall.

Outside the lobby, two men visiting another patient traded
rumors about the baseball great's health. One of the men
said a nurse told him not to talk publicly about having seen
DiMaggio's room. The man, who would not give his name, said
he saw a guard at DiMaggio's door and many visitors going
into and out of the room Monday.

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