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Monday, December 14, 1998

Pecos gets 1st, 2nd at Seminole

PECOS, Dec. 14 -- The Pecos Eagle girls came close to
pulling off an upset on Saturday at the Seminole
Invitational, while Pecos' boys got their third swim meet
victory of the season in their final pre-holiday competition.

Pecos' girls, who had finished in the middle of the pack the
past couple of weeks, came within three points of beating
out Monahans for first in the eight-team race, scoring 122
points to the Loboes' 125. The boys, meanwhile, racked up
178 points to beat out Abilene High by 76 in the final

"Everyone had a good meet," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse.
"Everyone cut times even when converted (from meters to
yards) they were still a little bit faster than what they
did in Odessa."

The girls fared best in the freestyle events, where Briar
Prewit and Jennifer Martinez were first and second in the
200 meter freestyle, Sarah Flores was third in the 50 free,
Martinez was second in the 100 free and Liz Parent and
Prewit were second and third in the 500 freestyle. Parent
also picked up a first in the 100 butterfly, while the
girls' 400 freestyle relay team took first place.

JoAnn Wein also picked up a medal for a second in the 100
meter backstroke, while Flores was fourth in the 100 meter
breaststroke. Rebecca Wein, Megan Joplin and Rebecca
McChesney were eighth, 11th and 19th in that event, Natalie
Nazaroff was 10th in the backstroke; Lindsey Olibas was 11th
in the 500 freestyle; Nazaroff was 27th in the 100 free;
Victoria Gomez was eighth in the 100 fly; McChensey was 22nd
and Olibas 25th in the 50 free; JoAnn and Rebecca Wein were
fifth and sixth and Joplin ninth in the 200 medley and Gomez
was seventh in the 200 free. The girls' 200 freestyle A
relay team was third and the 200 medley team fourth while
the `B' 200 and 400 freestyle squads were 12th and fifth for
the girls' other points.

The boys got wins from their 200 medley and 400 freestyle
relay teams, along with a pair of firsts from Kevin Bates in
the 100 meter freestyle and 100 backstroke. Morse moved the
junior over to the backstroke from the 50 freestyle, which
was then won by senior Matt Ivy. Grant Holland had the boys'
other victory, taking the 100 meter breaststroke after
finishing second in the 200 freestyle.

"I still haven't decided where I'm going to put Kevin,"
Morse said. "Ultimately, where I put him will depend on how
he's going to do in regionals. I want to do the best for
him, but at the same time I want to put him where we can get
the most points."

Ivy was third and Trey Edwards second in the 100 butterfly,
with Timothy Harrison ninth. Cortney Freeman was fifth in
that event, while Patrick McChensey was third and Randall
Reynolds fourth and Matthew Montanez seventh in the 500
free; Edwards was third and Luis Nieto eighth in the 100
backstroke; Lopez was second and Craig Wein third in the 200
medley, while Lopez was fifth and Wein seventh in the 100
breststroke. McChensey and Montanez and Pablo Rodriguez were
fourth, eighth and ninth in the 200 free; Nieto and Lucio
Florez were ninth and 10th in the 50 free, and the `B' relay
teams were fourth in the 200 medley, and sixth in the 200
and 400 freetyles.

Because Seminole's pool is metric (10 percent longer than
the other District 4 pools) Morse said she would have to
convert the times of some swimmers to see if they qualified
for next month's Class 4A-only meet in Temple.

"I just need to sit down and take a look and see if anyone
else qualified for Temple. .. I should know who's swimming
what by Friday," Morse said. The Temple meet will be the
next one for the swimmers who do qualify, while the others
can still go to the Coker Invitational in Fort Stockton on
Jan. 9.

Pecos left out in cold at Sandhills

PECOS, Dec. 14 -- The Pecos Eagles' shooting was about as
cold as the weather on Friday and Saturday, as both the boys
and girls teams finished up 0-3 at the snow-delayed Monahans
Sandhills Basketball Tournament.

The boys, who were beaten on Thursday by El Paso Americas
in the tournament opener, played without two of their
starters on Friday, in a 49-34 loss to District 2-4A rival
San Elizario, then were minus one starter on Saturday, when
they dropped a 48-45 decision to the Wall Hawks.

Pecos' girls, who lost on Thursday to El Paso Irvin and on
Friday to Fort Stockton, wound up losing to Reagan County in
Saturday's seventh place game by a 71-30 final score.

The Owls had beaten the Eagles in the first round of the
Crane Tournament a week earlier, 76-24, but forfeited their
Friday game to Monahans rather than make the 110-mile trip
through the snow to the Loboes' home court.

"We played better, but we still had a lot of turnovers,"
said Eagles' coach Brian Williams. "We had 15 turnovers in
the first half and 1 in the second half."

The Owls took control quickly, going up 22-6 after one
period, and Williams said, "Out of 15 trips downcourt in the
first quarter 10 ended up in turnovers. We're just beating

Shaye Lara led Pecos with eight points and Leslie Hathorn
added six. Katherine Phillips had 23 points and Marie Dowd
16 for Reagan County, which had lost to Lamesa in their
first round game.

The boys were without Hector Garcia and Mark Marquez in
their Friday loss to San Elizario, while Oscar Luna didn't
make the trip to Monahans for the game against Wall. "Our
chemistry was not there because of the people missing due to
the state (school) days, and then with Oscar today," said
Eagles' coach Mike Sadler.

Will Weatherford got Wall out to a big lead early in
Saturday's game, scoring 14 of the Hawks' 16 first quarter
points for a 10-point lead. Pecos was able to cut that to
31-27 by the end of the third period, but Wall's Corey
Braden went 7-for-9 from the foul line down the stretch,
while Pecos managed just five trips to the line for the
whole game.

Against San Elizario, no Eagle player managed to break into
double figures. A 9-2 second period had Pecos up 20-16
entering the third period, but San Elizario outscored Pecos
in the final two periods, 33-14, much the same way Americus
had broken open a tie game at the half on Thursday.

Mike Perez led San Eli with 18 points, including a big
3-pointer to close the third period. "We were down at the
end of the quarter by four (32-28) and he hit a trey with
two people in his face," the Eagles' coach said.

Luna had eight to lead Pecos on Friday, and while
Navarette, Marquez and Frank Perea all has 12 points
Saturday, Sadler said "Fern didn't shoot well in the
tournament, Frank had an off-shooting tournament -- none of
them shot very well."

El Paso High won the Sandhills boys' division with a 54-52
win over El Paso Burges, with Americus beating Monahans for
third, 84-66. Irvin took the girls title over El Paso
Austin, 37-36, with Lamesa routing Fabens to take third
place, 97-45.

Both Pecos teams are off on Tuesday due to semester tests.
The girls play their final pre-Christmas game on Friday when
they face Fort Stockton for the fourth time this season,
while the boys have a home game with Greenwood that night,
followed by road trips to Odessa High and Sonora on Saturday
and a week from tonight to wrap-up their pre-holiday

Giants end perfect year for Broncos

AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 14 -- Now that their run at
perfection has ended, the Denver Broncos can concentrate on
what they started out to do this season -- win a second
straight Super Bowl.

The Broncos' bid to join the Miami Dolphins of 1972 as the
only NFL teams to post a perfect undefeated season ended on
Sunday when Kent Graham threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to a
leaping Amani Toomer with 48 seconds to play, lifting the
New York Giants to a stunning 20-16 win.

The officials, who have been under fire in recent weeks for
blowing big calls, appeared to get this one right, ruling
that Toomer's feet were inbounds on the game-winning catch.

The loss not only ended Denver's run at the record book, it
snapped its league record-tying 18-game winning streak and
preserved a page in history for Don Shula's '72 team.

The Broncos (13-1) will finish the regular season with games
at Miami next week and then home against Seattle. They will
have home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Giants (6-8) have a very outside shot at the playoffs
after posting their first win this season against a team
with a winning record.

``There is no emotion,'' defensive end Neil Smith said after
the Broncos lost for the first time since the penultimate
game of the '97 regular season. ``We lost the football game.
The streak is over. We're not going to lay our heads down by
any means. We have a lot more games to play.''

While most of the Broncos said the perfect season would have
been special, there were some who said the hype surrounding
it was distracting, particularly in recent games against San
Diego and Kansas City.

``Our focus has been off the past few weeks,'' safety Steve
Atwater said. ``We weren't focusing on the opponent as much
as we were focusing on being 12-0, 13-0 and 14-0.

``Regardless of what level you are playing at, you need to
focus on your opponent,'' he added. ``I can truly say our
ultimate goal this game was to be 19-0, not to beat the New
York Giants.''

Despite that, the Broncos were less than a minute away from
the record when Graham took a page from Broncos quarterback
John Elway and led the Giants on a game-winning, six-play,
86-yard drive. He ignited the drive with a 15-yard pass to
Chris Calloway and a 23-yard scramble.

``After my run, Chris Calloway came into the huddle and
said, `Hey guys, we're going to win this game,' and you
could feel the attitude of everyone was we are going to get
it done,'' said Graham, who was 21 of 33 for 265 yards and
two TDs.

The game-winning catch came in the back of the end zone with
Toomer outleaping Tito Paul for the ball. For a second, back
judge Kirk Dornan and field judge David Warden looked at
each other and discussed whether Toomer's feet were
inbounds. Dornan then signaled touchdown.

Replays showed the call was correct.

``When the ball was in the air, it looked huge,'' Toomer
said. ``It looked like the Hindenburg. I knew I was going to
catch it.''

Paul was visibly disappointed sitting in front of his

``It was on my shoulders and I should have come up with the
play,'' Paul said. ``I will take full responsibility for the
loss and us not being undefeated. It was a time for me to
shine or be the goat, and I didn't come up with the play.''

Elway, however, still had time for a game-saving
fourth-quarter drive. He recorded the 47th of his career
last week against the Kansas City Chiefs and it appeared he
had No. 48 earlier in the game when Terrell Davis scored on
a 27-yard run to put Denver ahead 16-13 with 4:08 to play.

``You're nervous until the last ball hits the ground,''
Giants All Pro defensive end Mike Strahan said. ``Everybody
knows about that Elway magic.''

Elway got Denver to the New York 30, but his final-play
desperation pass was tipped in the end zone and fell to the

The Giants, who have been a major disappointment just a year
after winning the NFC East, immediately began celebrating a
victory that kept alive their slim playoff hopes.

``If we don't make the playoffs, this game won't mean as
much either way,'' said Giants safety Percy Ellsworth, who
got a hand on Elway's final pass. ``It just shows people
this team is not the worst team in football.''

It also allowed the '72 Dolphins to continue to say they are
still the best.

``I feel happy that the record remains intact, not for
myself, but for the entire '72 team,'' said Bob Griese,
quarterback of those perfect Dolphins. ``I really don't care
about individual records, but I am partial to our undefeated
record because it reflects a team accomplishment.''

He added, however, that he had some mixed feelings because
his son, Brian, is the third-string quarterback for Denver.

``I am going to be honest, it was not our main goal,'' Elway
said of the win streak. ``Our main goal is to be world
champs and to get the trophy.''

That's still within the Broncos' grasp.

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