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Friday, December 11, 1998

Eagles scoring silenced at Sandhills

PECOS, Dec. 11 -- As good a second half as the Pecos Eagles
had on Tuesday against Monahans they had a bad final two
quarters Thursday morning in Monahans, against the El Paso
Amiercas Trailblazers.

Playing in the first round of the Monahans Sandhills
Basketball Tournament, Pecos' boys were outscored by
Americas in the second half, 41-13, as the Trailbalzers
defeated the Eagles by a 59-33 final score.

Scoring was a problem over all four quarters for Pecos'
girls in their opening round game at Monahans. They dropped
a 70-18 decision to El Paso Irvin on Thursday, which sent
them into a 9 a.m. game today against Fort Stockton, against
whom they had split two previous games this season.

This time, Fort Stockton come out on top again, avenging
Tuesday's loss to the Eagles by rallying from a seven-point
deficit after three quarters to beat Pecos by a 40-37 final

Coach Brian Williams said the Prowlers hit two free throws
in the final minute, and added a lay-up at the buzzer to get
the victory, after Pecos had won by three points at home
three days earlier.

"The officials didn't see my time out (signal) and we went
down and turned the ball over, and then they went ahead on
two foul shots," Williams said. "We went down after that and
got a good shot, but it didn't drop and they went down and
scored with one second left."

Fort Stockton held a 7-2 lead after one period, but were
outscored in the middle periods by Pecos 29-17 before coming
back in the fourth quarter. Shaye Lara led Pecos with 17
points and Monique Levario added seven for the Eagles, who
will face either Monahans or Reagan County in the
tournament's seventh place game at 9 a.m. Saturday.

In their loss on Thursday, the boys managed just two
baskets in the entire second half, while Americas hit four
3-pointers in a 29-point third period that turned an 18-all
tie into a 21-point Trailblazers' lead.

"We just didn't play well in the second half," said Eagles'
coach Mike Sadler. "We were tied up with their at halftime
and then came out in the second half and couldn't throw a
rock in the ocean."

Fernando Navarette led the Eagles with 14 points, while Rey
Reyna had 19 points and Chris Casas 11 for the Trailblazers.

Pecos, which had held Monahans without a point for 10
minutes of their second half on Tuesday, in their 57-37 win,
fell into a consolation semifinal game against San Elizario
this morning. Pecos' District 2-4A rival dropped their first
round game to El Paso Burges, by a 62-37 final score.

Sadler said because the Eagles ended up in the consolation
bracket's early morning game, "Three fifths of my starters
(Oscar Luna, Hector Garcia and Mark Marquez) don't even get
to go," because they would miss class time. But he added,
"It doesn't matter what we do against San Eli today, it's
what we do in district."

In the girls' loss Thursday, Marisela Arenivas led the
Eagles with seven points, while Irvin, which will face
Pecos' district rival Fabens in the tournament semifinals,
was led by Adriana Maldonado's 14 points. Fabens defeated
Fort Stockton by a 75-36 final score,.

Swimmers hoping snow goes by Saturday

PECOS, Dec. 11 -- It's not exactly swimming weather outside
today, but the Pecos Eagles' swim team is hoping the outdoor
conditions are good enough on Saturday to let them go to
Seminole, for their final meet before the Christmas holidays.

Pecos will be one of 10 teams entered at the Seminole
Invitational, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday. And while
the roads are snow-covered today, coach Terri Morse said,
"AS far as I know it's going to be clearing off around noon
and it's supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow."

Pecos finished second on the boys side and eighth in the
girls division last Saturday at the Odessa Invitational and
Morse said she plans to only make "a few changes," in the
lineup on Saturday.

"I think it will be a pretty good meet for us," she said,
adding the meet will have more meaning for about half a
dozen Pecos swimmers, if they're to qualify for the Eagles'
first meet back after Christmas, a Class 4A-only state meet
in Temple.

"Six or seven haven't qualified, so they need to get after
it this weekend to qualify for this, and they also need to
get their times down before the Christmas break," Morse
said. "We're planning some rigorous exercises for that
period to get ready for district (in late January) as well
as for the Temple meet."

Williams has free run to Heisman

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (AP) -- At first, Tennessee coach Phillip
Fulmer laughed when the topic turned to the Heisman Trophy.
A few seconds later, he sat up on the edge of the couch and
became a bit more serious.

Last year at this time, Volunteers quarterback Peyton
Manning had done everything a player could do to win the
Heisman -- except win it. Michigan's Charles Woodson came up
with enough game-breaking plays late in the season to
overtake Manning and become the first primarily defensive
player to win the award.

The results sent Tennessee fans, led by the governor, into
a state of shock that still hasn't worn off.

``Without question, the best player in the country didn't
win the Heisman last year,'' Fulmer said earlier this week.
``He did everything you can possibly do. He started as the
front runner and never did anything to lose that.''

On the other side of the couch was Texas coach Mack Brown,
who took over the Longhorns this season just in time to be
part of Ricky Williams' Heisman run that should end more
successfully than Manning's on Saturday night when the 1998
winner is announced.

``It's very difficult for the front runner to make it
because there are so many people that question it every
day,'' said Brown, who inherited a 4-7 team and relied on
Williams to help Texas go 8-3 and earn a Cotton Bowl berth.
``Phillip and I have answered questions after every game
about the Heisman, starting after the first and second games
of the season. The pressure is just so tough.''
Now that Williams is collecting most of the top individual
awards -- AP College Player of the Year, Walter Camp,
Maxwell and Doak Walker awards -- he's thanking everyone who
helped him along the way.

``I couldn't have achieved any of the honors I'm receiving
without the help of my teammates,'' Williams said. ``I owe
it all to them, and without them I would be nothing. They
sacrificed so much and worked so hard to help me have a
great year. This team is a real special one. We all worked
so well together and had a lot of fun.''

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