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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, December 16, 1998
Eagles put 10 on 2-4A tennis team
PECOS, Dec. 16 -- All six members of the Pecos Eagles' boys
tennis team were named to the All-District 2-4A squad, five
of them as first team members in both singles and doubles
play, while four of Pecos' girls received all-district
honors in voting by the district's four coaches.
Pecos won the district title and advanced to the Region
I-4A tournament for the first time in four years on the
strength of their boys' team, and the Eagles put their No. 1
through 4 singles players -- Jonathan Fuentes, Mark Marquez,
Tye Graham and Jeff Lam -- and No. 6 seed Casey Love on the
first team squad.
All five also were chosen for the first team in doubles,
and were joined by Allen Fleming at No. 3 seed teamed with
Love. Fuentez and Marquez were the No. 1 seeds while Graham
and Lam earned first team honors in the No. 2 seed position.
Fleming was named to the second team at No. 5 singles.
On the girls' side, Clint swept all six first team spots in
singles and two of the three doubles spots. Pecos' four
players were all named to the second team, with Teresa
Minjarez being chosen at No. 1 seed in singles, Rachel
Pharoah at No. 4 seed and Tiffany Jarrett at No. 5 seed.
Minjarez also earned second team honors as No. 1 doubles,
teamed with Erin Dominguez.
Earning honorable mention in doubles were Jarrett and Lorie
Minjarez as No. 3 doubles and Vanessa Miranda, as No. 3
Coach Bernadette Ornelas was named as coach of the year for
District 2-4A this season. Pecos went undefeated through
district, then won their two 2-4A tournament matches before
losing to Wichita Falls Rider at the Region I-4A tournament.
Clint's Ruben Lazaloa was the only non-Pecos player to
break through and earn first team honors on the boys' side,
at No. 5 singles. He was joined by team by the Lions' No. 3
doubles team of Alvaro Chacon and Jesus Ortega. Fabens'
Adrian Zavala was No. 2 singles and teamed with Mario Gomez
as No. 1 doubles seeds on the second team, and both were
joined by Ricky Barrow at No. 6 seed in singles. Mountain
View's No. 1 and No. 3 singles players, Nicky Gayton and
Omar Rodriguez, were second team picks there as well as
together at No. 2 doubles, and were joined by No. 4 seed
On the girls' side Clint, whom the Eagles edged out for the
district title, was represented by their No. 1 through 6
singles players, Laura Lechuga, Faye Abdelgoda, Melissa
Lechuga, Michelle Perez, Laura Loera and Tammy Lara. The
Lechugas were also first team picks as No. 1 doubles,
Abdelgoda and Perez earned the same honor as No. 2 doubles,
while Mountain View's Carina Serna and Nidia Ceniceros were
first team picks as No. 3 doubles.
The rest of the second team includes Clint's Lara and Loera
at No. 3 doubles, Mountain View's Cynthia Falcon and
Griselda Zuniga at No. 2 doubles, and in singles Fabens'
Cindy Cordero and Melissa Wilson at No. 2 and 3 seeds and
Mountain View's Ceniceros at No. 6 seed.
After further review, no replay for playoffs
By DAVE GOLDBERG
AP Football Writer
NEW YORK, Dec. 16 -- Controversial calls by officials have
made it a good bet that instant replay will be back next
year. It won't happen, however, for this season's playoffs.
The league's rule-making competition committee, in a
conference call Tuesday, voted 7-1 against bringing replay
back this year. Six of the eight members said they would
favor bringing it back next season, and a seventh said he
would consider it.
``Different people gave different reasons,'' said
commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who added that he agreed with
the committee's decision. ``The disadvantages outweighed the
The vote was taken in response to a series of bad calls
over a two-week period that included the Thanksgiving
One gave New England a victory over Buffalo; another came
on the winning touchdown in the Seahawks-Jets game on Dec. 6
in which replay showed that the Jets' Vinny Testaverde
clearly came up short of the goal line. The controversy even
extended to the coin toss at the start of overtime in the
Pittsburgh-Detroit game in which the Steelers' Jerome Bettis
said he called ``tails,'' and referee Phil Luckett said he
But while Tagliabue said he wanted to give the teams a
chance to discuss bringing replay back this year, he
defended the officiating.
``Most of the criticism that gets aimed at officiating is
off base,'' Tagliabue said. ``It's wrong.''
``Some of the game's greatest players have made mistakes,''
he added. ``John Elway threw three interceptions a few weeks
Tagliabue also cited the touchdown by the New York Giants
that handed Denver its first loss or season last Sunday. Two
officials first disagreed on whether New York's Amani Toomer
came down with the ball in the end zone, then decided after
a quick conference that it was a touchdown, a call verified
Nonetheless, he is in favor of replay.
And so, apparently, are the needed 75 percent of the 31
teams, including Cleveland, which will join the league next
season. That means replay, which got just 21 of 30 votes
next season, will get at least 24 votes.
Cincinnati's Mike Brown, a longtime replay opponent, was
against bringing it back next year, and another consistent
``no'' voter, Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay, said he
might reconsider his position.
There will, however, be a long debate at the March meetings
over the form. One item that might be taken out is the one
that requires coaches to challenge what they consider bad
calls -- the coaches are split on that, one reason why
replay failed last March.
Tagliabue also said that he will not decide until after the
season whether to fine owners Ralph Wilson of Buffalo and
William Clay Ford of Detroit for publicly criticizing
Cowboys finally getting wouunded back
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 16 -- If ever there was a team that
needed injured players to return to the lineup it's the
fast-fading Dallas Cowboys, who have lost three consecutive
Dallas coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday there was a good
chance cornerback Deion Sanders and running back Chris
Warren could return to the lineup on Sunday against the
Also, wide receiver Michael Irvin should play but could miss
some practice with a sore back, Gailey said.
It's not looking good for the return of tight end David
LaFleur, who missed last week's 20-17 loss to Kansas City
because of a knee injury.
Sanders, one of the NFL's top punt returners and an
occasional catalyst on offense, has been missing during the
Cowboys' losing streak with a sprained big left toe that
limits his mobility.
``Everything points toward him getting into the game this
week if progress continues,'' Gailey said.
Warren, who had played well as a backup for Emmitt Smith and
as a receiver coming out of the backfield, has been hampered
by a groin injury.
``He's a lot less questionable this week,'' Gailey said.
Cornerback Kevin Smith, who has been out two weeks with a
back injury suffered while returning a punt, could possibly
play, Gailey said.
A combination of injuries, penalties and poor execution have
sent the Cowboys into a December dive. Dallas can still
control its playoff chances by beating either Philadelphia
or Washington in the last two games.
Any combination of a Dallas win or an Arizona loss in the
final two weeks gives the Cowboys their sixth NFC East title
in the last seven years.
Gailey hinted there could be a lineup shakeup on offense. He
said he wouldn't reveal his thoughts, only saying ``it's
possible there will be some personnel changes, primarily on
Losses to Minnesota, New Orleans and Kansas City have hit
the Cowboys hard in the morale department.
Gailey, the rookie head coach, is trying to shake the team
out of its doldrums.
``It's pretty obvious where we are and what we have to do,''
Gailey said. ``A team can't sit around and commiserate too
hard after a loss. You can't let one loss cost you another
one. You have to be able to bounce back. You can't moan and
Dallas beat Philadelphia 34-0 in November, but Gailey said
the Eagles are an improved team.
``They are playing much better offense,'' Gailey said.
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