Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
Eagles change rotation for Lobos
PECOS, Apr. 20 -- Pecos Eagles' head coach Bubba Williams
plans to adjust his pitching rotation a little tonight, when
the Eagles end a week's break by hosting the El Paso
Mountain View Lobos.
The Eagles, 6-0 in District 2-4A play will host the Lobos,
0-6 so far, starting at 7 p.m., as the Eagles prepare for
their showdown this Saturday in Clint against the second
Wins this week over Mountain View and Clint would give
Pecos their first District 2-4A title since 1988, while a
win today by Pecos and losses by Fabens and San Elizario
would clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 1991.
Pecos has used Joshua Casillas and Oscar Rodriguez
exclusively as starters since district play began, but after
beating Mountain View in El Paso last month by a 20-2 final
score, Williams said he plans to start senior Louis Valencia
on the mound tonight against the Lobos.
"We'll start him off and see what he can do," said
Williams. Valencia was Pecos' No. 2 pitcher last season, but
during pre-district play this year struggled, and wasn't
able to overcome errors made by his teammates. He's given up
24 runs in 7ã innings this season, but only five were
Pecos has gotten control of their error problems over the
past four weeks, though they had to deal with wind and dust
problems a week ago, when they won at Fabens by a 25-6 final
score. Casillas got the win in that game, and is scheduled
to pitch again on Saturday in Clint.
Errors have been among Mountain View's many problems this
season. Lobo pitcher Damian Lamas struck out nine San
Elizario batters in less than five innings a week ago, but
seven errors and 12 San Eli hits sent Mountain View down to
a 10-0 loss, their 17th in 19 games this season. Mike
Hernandez had two of the Lobos four hits on the afternoon.
Rec department takes sign-ups
PECOS, Apr. 20 -- The Reeves County Community Sports and
Recreation Center is registering for four aerobics classes,
and taking team entries for men's softball league play.
The aerobic classes are low impact, high impact, step and
tae bo, with Aida Contreras as instructor. Classes are
scheduled to start May 1.
For further information on either the aerobics classes or
men's softball, call 447-9776.
Reports say Cowboys set to drop Newton
DALLAS, Apr. 20 (AP) -- Guard Nate Newton, whose future with
the Dallas Cowboys has been especially uncertain since the
NFL draft, may leave the team after 13 years, according to a
published report today.
Changes the Cowboys have made in their offensive line during
the off-season, along with the economic impact of those
changes, have also reduced the free agent's value to the
team, according to The Dallas Morning News. It reports that
Newton has asked his agent to intensify the search for a new
``Right now, I'd say he won't be back,'' Jim Neader,
Newton's agent, told the newspaper. ``It's more from their
standpoint than ours. ``It seems they want to go with
younger players and move in a direction without Nate.''
In the latest NFL draft, the Cowboys took tight end Mike
Lucky of Arizona and offensive guard Kelvin Garmon of
Baylor, with their two seventh-round picks. The additional
help for the offensive line, which was targeted with
Saturday's second-round selection of West Virginia's Solomon
Page, could have made Newton expendable.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier this year he wasn't
sure Newton can be a starter in his 13th season, even though
the 37-year-old offensive lineman was just voted to the Pro
Bowl for the sixth time.
A fixture in the Cowboys' offensive line since 1986, Newton
has spent the past 12 years as a starter after one year as a
Now that the draft is complete, Jones said he will shift his
focus to the status of the club's free agents. He reiterated
his desire to keep receiver Ernie Mills.
About Newton, Jones told the newspaper, ``We've got to sit
down and talk.''
Dallas coaching staff members have discussed putting Flozell
Adams at left tackle, which would move Larry Allen back to
guard, where he would join Everett McIver.
Along with the possible staffing changes and financial
considerations, Newton is reviewing his options.
``We're much more serious now,'' said Neader. ``It's Nate's
opinion, with what's going on there, that we should step it
up as far as looking for another team.''
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