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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, January 29, 1999
Eagle girls seek swim meet upset
PECOS, Jan. 29 -- Pecos Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse
is hoping for just a few surprises -- mainly on the girls'
side -- at this weekend's District 4 Swimming and Diving
Finals at the Pecos High School Natatorium.
Pecos' boys are favored to win their eighth district title
in 10 years Saturday, while the girls will try to beat out
Monahans for their eighth title in the past nine seasons.
The competition begins with the diving finals at 6 p.m.
Friday, with swimming preliminaries set for 9 a.m. Saturday
and the finals for a 5 p.m. start.
"If we swim the way we're seeded, we'll take first place in
the boys," said Morse, adding that Andrews and Big Spring
are Pecos' main competition. "One the girls' side Monahans
will beat us by four points the way we're seeded right now.
I hope we can change that, but right now Monahans looks like
Big Spring has won two of the past three boys' titles,
edging out the Eagles on a recount last year in Monahans,
when the diving totals were left out of the final score. So
far this season the Eagles have yet to be beaten by any of
their district rivals.
Meanwhile, the girls took back the district title a year ago
from Monahans, but have been beaten out by the Loboes in
their matchups so far this season. Part of that has been due
to Monahans' depth which will be less of a factor on
Saturday, with each team being allowed only one relay squad
in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and the 400 free relays.
Morse said she would keep most of her swimmers in the same
races they've been competing in recently, though she did
plan to change up her girls' relays some.
"I tried to make the girls free relay a little bit strong,
so I changed the 200 medley. I'll have JoAnn Wein, Sarah
Flores, Liz Parent and Rebecca Wein. In the 200 free, it
will be Briar Prewit, Rebecca, JoAnn and Jennifer Martinez,
and the 400 will be Briar, Jennifer, Sarah and Liz."
"It's going to be real close. If we can swim the way we're
seeded or better I feel our girls can take Monahans," the
Eagles' coach said.
"We've really looked good in practice. Everbody's been here
nd everybody looks well," she added. "It helps that we're at
home, and I feel like the kids are excited about that."
Weather could affect the schedule of the meet, though Morse
said Andrews and Abilene Wylie would arrive before diving
starts today and spend the night, which should allow them to
beat the predicted snowfall Friday night in the Permian
That could still leave Seminole and Big Spring with travel
problems early Saturday morning, and Morse said, "If for
some reason they can't make it, then yes, we'll have to move
Eagles eye road wins against Canutillo
PECOS, Jan. 29 -- The Pecos Eagle boys improved their
standing, if not their position in the District 2-4A
standings, with a victory on Tuesday over first place El
Paso Mountain View.
Tonight, they'll try and stay close to the top three teams
in the district when they travel to Canutillo, to face that
group of Eagles in an 8:30 p.m. game.
Pecos' girls also will be in Canutillo to face the Eagles,
starting at 7 p.m., and they need to swept their final four
games to have a chance at earning a playoff berth this
Pecos' boys played their best home game of the season in
beating Mountain View by a 37-36 final score. Frank Perea's
3-pointer with 47 seconds left was the winning shot for the
Eagles, who played minus their point guard and
second-leading scorer, Oscar Luna, who was out with a
sprained ankle. The win gave Pecos a 2-2 record in district,
10-13 overall, and put them a game behind Mountain View,
Clint and San Elizario, who are all tied for first with 3-1
Canutillo will be trying to tie Pecos in the standings with
a victory. The orange-and-blue Eagles are 1-3 in district
after their 48-44 loss to Clint on Tuesday. Noel Cuevas had
17 points and Frank Lerma added 14 in the loss, while Mark
Castanon and Ignacio Jurado -- who burned the Eagles during
district football play in October -- have also been among
Canutillo's leading scorers.
Pecos' girls have a 1-5 mark after losing at home to
Mountain View on Tuesday, 69-41, in a game where they
committed 30 fouls and sent the Lobos to the line 46 times.
The win allowed Mountain View to tie Canutillo for second in
the 2-4A standings with 4-2 records, thanks to Canutillo's
31-24 loss to district-leading Clint.
The Eagles scored just three points in the first 12½ minutes
of Tuesday's game, and will hope for better luck tonight
against a Canutillo team that will have a decided height
advantage. Earlier this month in Pecos Ale Pineda scored 28
points, including 12-for-16 from the line, as the visiting
Eagles posted a 50-37 victory.
Shaye Lara had 13 to lead Pecos that night and put in 15 in
Tuesday's loss, but the senior has had early game scoring
problems in recent weeks. The Eagles also got only eight
points out of their front line players against Mountain
View, all of that by Lindsey Hathorn. Against Canutillo on
Jan. 8, Hathorn was blanked while Monique Levario had an
8-for-11 night from the foul line in the losing effort.
Pecos netters fall to Stockton in opener
PECOS, Jan. 29 -- The Pecos Eagles' tennis team began their
1999 Winter/Spring season Tuesday afternoon with a 13-4 road
loss to the Fort Stockton Panthers.
The Eagles' Spring season will be mostly tournament play
after the first few weeks of the season, and coach
Bernadette Ornelas called Tuesday's match, "basically a
scrimmage. We had some people out, and that bumped our girls
up two or three positions.
"Vanessa (Miranda) played at No. 1 seed and Tiffany
(Jarrett) played at No. 2, and they both split sets against
Fort Stockton's No. 1 and No. 2 players," Ornelas said. The
boys were also without their No. 2 seed, Mark Marquez, but
Tye Graham and Jeff Lam were both able to move up a spot and
earn victories on Tuesday.
Graham and Lam also teamed for a doubles win, while the
other victories for Pecos came from Justin Ornelas in
singles play and from the doubles team of Jonathan Fuentes
and Alan Fleming.
Pecos' next match will be on the road Tuesday in Midland,
against the Lee Rebels in a 4 p.m. start.
Jonathan Fuentes lost to Luke Epps, 1-6, 6-0, 7-6; Tye
Graham defeated Wayne Paul, 6-3, 6-2; Jeff Lam defeated
Hector Natividad, 6-4, 6-3; Alan Fleming lost to Tye Ornet,
7-5, 6-3; Justin Ornelas defeated Joe Madrid, 6-3, 6-3;
Anthony Casillas lost to Marlin Espino, 6-0, 6-2.
Vanessa Miranda lost to Alayn Marquez, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2;
Tiffany Jarrett lost to Kristi Lawson, 6-3, 0-6, 6-0; Lorrie
Minjarez lost to Michelle Mowry, 6-2, 6-0; Priscilla Levario
lost to Kristi DelaO, 6-2, 6-3; Sarah Metler lost to Brenda
Olivas, 6-1, 6-1; Abigail Garza lost to Sarah Blanco, 6-0,
JV -- Veronica Valenzuela lost to Annie Casas, 6-0, 6-2;
Jessica Orona lost to Stephanie Ramirez, 6-0, 6-1.
Graham and Lam defeated Epps and Paul, 9-7, Fleming and
Fuentes defeated Natividad and Ornet, 8-3; Ornelas and
Casillas lost to Madrid and Espino, 8-1.
Miranda and Jarrett lost to Marquez and Lawson, 8-2;
Minjarez and Levario lost to DelaO and Mowery, 8-2; Metler
and Garza lost to Olivas and Blanco, 8-4.
JV -- Valenzuela and Orona lost to Casas and Ramirez, 8-1.
Team could cost Houston or L.A. $1 billion
By HAL BOCK
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI, Jan. 29 -- Like an out-of-control slot machine with
bells ringing and sirens whining, the pricetag of an NFL
expansion franchise seems headed straight for the ultimate
jackpot -- $1 billion.
Nobody was blinking at that number as two ownership groups
representing Los Angeles and one from Houston laid out their
plans before the NFL expansion and stadium committees,
meeting at the Super Bowl.
Certainly, it seems a logical progression from the $530
million the expansion Cleveland Browns cost Alfred Lerner
and Carmen Policy in September and the $800 million Howard
Milstein and Daniel Snyder bid for the Washington Redskins
The Milstein-Snyder bid remains on hold as the NFL finance
committee seeks a way to include John Cooke, son of the late
owner Jack Kent Cooke, in the ownership. No decision was
reached on that issue after the committee met first with
executors of the team and then Milstein and Snyder.
The same was true for the two LA groups -- one headed by
Michael Ovitz that seeks to build a stadium in Carson,
Calif., and the other by Ed Roski and Eli Broad, who hope to
renovate the existing LA Coliseum -- and the Houston bidders
headed by Robert McNair.
Both cities lost previous NFL teams. LA has been without a
franchise since the Raiders returned to Oakland and the Rams
moved to St. Louis, both in 1995. The Houston Oilers left
for Tennessee in 1997.
The return of the Browns next season puts membership at 31
franchises, an unwieldy number for scheduling purposes. The
league has said it wants a 32nd team to begin play in 2002.
McNair believes the committee has a basic problem on its
hands. ``I think the NFL wants to be back in Houston and
wants to be in Los Angeles and is trying to figure out how
to do that,'' he said.
That's not his problem. He has put together what he
believes to be the most attractive offer. And he brought
along evidence -- an $85,000 scale model of his planned
retractable roof stadium to show off to the owners.
``We have a complete package,'' he said. ``I can't speak
for the other two proposals but with the advantage of $300
to $375 million in place that the others don't have, that's
a tremendous advantage. If a team has to take on a huge
debt, it will be in the red all the time.''
Broad was ready to match bottom lines with ther Houston
``We've got $350 million in public funding for
infrastructure and a 55-year lease at a nominal amount,'' he
said. ``LA is the place. It's the second largest media
market. It needs football.''
Both the expansion-stadium committee and the finance
committee will report at the next owners' meeting Feb. 16 in
Atlanta, but no final decisions are expected until the March
meeting in Phoenix.
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