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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 27, 1999
Golf squads in 6th, 14th at regionals
PECOS, Apr. 27 -- The first round of the Region I-4A golf
tournament went about as expected in San Angelo on Monday,
which was not good news for the Pecos Eagles' hopes for a
state tournament berth.
Pecos' girls are in better shape, going into today's final
18 holes of their tournament at Riverside Golf Club,
standing sixth out of the 16 teams entered. But three of the
teams they finished in back of at the San Angelo Girls Golf
Classic in February -- Snyder, Pampa and Andrews -- are
between 20 and 39 strokes ahead of Pecos after the opening
round of play.
The boys, meanwhile, find themselves in 14th place after
their opening round at Bentwood Golf Course. The Eagles' 342
total after the first round left them 43 shots out of the
second state tournament berth, currently held by Wichita
Falls Riders' `B' team, with Andrews four strokes behind.
Snyder, the defending girls regional champion, opened up a
15 stroke lead on Pampa on Monday, shooting a 323 to the
Harvesters' 338 total. Andrews in four strokes in back with
a 342, while two other teams, Granbury and Weatherford, are
just ahead of the Eagles after rounds of 359 and 360.
Amanda Stickels had the day's best round for Pecos,
shooting an 88, while Alva Alvarez, the only Pecos player to
reach regionals a year ago, shot a 90 and Sarah Armstrong,
who won medalist at the District 2-4A tournament earlier
this month, shot a 91. Salem Mitchell's 93 rounded out the
girls' team total, while Candace Hillard was the other `A'
team player for Pecos, and shot a 95.
The Eagles `B' team is also in San Angelo, after placing
second at district, and shot a 405 on Monday to place 14th
overall. They were led by Brandi Bradley's 93 score,
followed by Candace Roach at 94, Cassie Foster at 95, Kelsey
Riley at 121 and Kattie Davis at 125.
On the boys' side, Rider,, which dropped down from Class 5A
to 4A this year, holds both top spots after the first 18
holes, after their `A' team shot 296 and the `B' team had a
299. Andrews, Granbury `A' and Pampa all will be trying to
catch at least one of Riders' teams today, after shooting
302, 305 and 306 respectively at Bentwood.
Pecos was led by senior Casey Love, who shot an 82 in the
opening round, Lee Lyles, runner-up medalist at district,
shot an 85, and was followed by Jason Salcido at 87, Cortney
Freeman at 88 and John Granado at 97.
Pecos' `B' team was one place and 23 strokes behind the `A'
squad, in 15th place overall with a 365 total. Tye Edwards'
86 was the low score for the `B' squad, and was followed by
Dallas Jarrett at 88, Eric Machuca at 91, Jae Ewing at 100
and Patrick McChensey with a 128.
None of the Eagles are in contention for medalist berths
going into today's final round. D'Rae Ward of Weatherford
leads the girls' medalist race after an opening round 75,
with Pampa's Allison Piersall two strokes behind. On the
boys' side, Rider's Shawn Mahaffey led the boys' medalist
race with a 70, followed by Brandon Mullen of Granbury at 71.
Eagles fall, Bear advances at regionals
PECOS, Apr. 27 -- A bad draw on Sunday for Pecos' top seeded
boys doubles team turned into an early elimination on
Monday, at the Region I-4A tournament in San Angelo, while
Pecos' second-seeded doubles squad had a slightly better
seeding, but still fell in their opening round match.
Seniors Mark Marquez and Jonathan Fuentes won the boys
doubles title at the Region I-4A meet in Fabens earlier this
month. But when parings were drawn on Sunday they were
matched up against the No. 2 seeds in regionals, Kirk
O'Connor and Jason Tillery of Wichita Falls Rider. O'Connor
had teamed with Allen Flack to beat Marquez and Fuentes in
the regional team tournament last October, 6-4, 6-3, and
this time, he and Tillery scored a 6-2, 6-0 victory over the
Lam and Graham -- who were beaten by Tillery and Dale
Murdock back in October at regionals -- placed second to
Marquez and Fuentes at district, but got a slightly better
pairing at regionals. The two faced the No. 4 seeds, Adrian
Gonzales and Bret Gibson of Snyder, and lost by 6-3, 6-2
scores. Both teams of Gonzales and Gibson and O'Connor and
Tillery then won their second round matches, to advance to
today's Region I-4A semifinals.
None of the District 2-4A qualifiers made it to today's
semifinals matches, and only one, Fabens' Adam Canales, got
past the opening round. He defeated Kyle Brandon of
Weatherford before losing in the quarterfinals to Rider's
Murdock, by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
While the Eagles' saw their regional hopes ended,
Balmorhea's Brenda Dutchover is still alive in the girls'
singles competition at the Region I-4A Tournament in
Levelland. The senior opened play with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
victory over Lacy Gibson of Aspermont, then downed Dara
Johnston of Silverton in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4. She
was to face Lindsey Brown of Whiteface in today's semifinals.
The Bears other regional qualifier was also in the girls
singles division, but Shawna Gerber of Nazareth defeated
Balmorhea's Stephanie Dominguez in the opening round, by
6-3, 6-3 scores.
McNeils capture Sadie Hawkins title
PECOS, Apr. 27 -- Jim Bob and Leslie McNeil won first place
Sunday in the Championship Flight of the Sadie Hawkins Golf
Tournament, sponsored by the Pecos Ladies Golf Association
at the Reeves County Golf Course.
The McNeils won the top fight in the two-day tournament
with a 64-61-125 total for 36 holes, two shots better than
Mike and Carla Claburn, who shot 66-61-127. Craig Davis and
Shirley Johnson were third, with a 68-66-134 score.
There were six flights in the tournament, with Thea Gallion
and Bruce Abbott winning a playoff for first over Geneve
Pearce and Ernest Briles in the First Flight. Gallion and
Abbot shot a 69-70-139 over 36 holes, while Pearce and
Briles had a 72 and 67 for their 139 total. Janell and
Gerald Burnett were third, one stroke back with a 69-71-140.
In the Second Flight Kareen and Ray Beinhauer won with a
72-67-139, while Donna and Donnie Bradley and Dona and Mike
Goode tied for second, each with 72-69-141 totals.
No score was available for the Third Flight winners, Mark
and Cindy Dean, who beat out Betsy Sikes and Lance Evans
(75-67-142) for top honors. Jill Wright and Jim Brown were
third, with a 76-67-143 score.
Garlene and Bob Burkholder won the Fourth Flight, shooting
a 77-73-150 to finish a shot up on Cheryl and Steve Aikman,
who had rounds of 77 and 74. Deanne Hamilton and Jerry
Ornelas were third, with a 78-74-152.
In the Fifth Flight, JoAnn and Corky Kizzar won a scorecard
playoff for first over Julie Canon and James Acker. The
Kizzars shot an 80-71-151 while Canon and Acker shot 79 and
72 on Saturday and Sunday. Judy and Lynn Foster finished
third, with an 82-75-157 score.
Pecos hosts Canutillo in final homegame
PECOS, Apr. 27 -- The Pecos Eagles' playoff position is
already set, no matter what happens in their final two games
of the 1999 baseball season. But the Canutillo Eagles are
very much in need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive
when they come to Pecos tonight, for a 7 p.m. game.
Fabens' 17-11 win over San Elizario on Friday kept both the
Wildcats and Canutillo in the playoff race, a game behind
San Elizario with two to play. "They still have a chance to
finish third, so you know they're going to come in here
ready to play," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams.
With the Eagles closing out their season at San Elizario on
Saturday, Canutillo will be hoping for a victory tonight and
then a win by Clint over San Elizario today and a victory
Pecos on Saturday to have a chance at third place. Canutillo
hosts Fabens to close out their regular season on Friday,
with both teams currently 3-5 in District 2-4A play.
The Eagles are 8-0 in district, 16-5-1 on the season after
clinching their first district title since 1987 with a 2-0
win at Clint on Saturday. The victory also put Pecos in a
position they haven't enjoyed in 20 years, having two games
to prepare for post-season play. The Eagles shared three
district titles back in the 1980s with Snyder and Andrews,
while their other four playoff appearances under Williams
were as district runners-up.
Williams said Oscar Rodriguez, who hasn't pitched since
April 9, will start on the mound today in the Eagles' final
home game, while Canutillo, 11-3 winners over Mountain View
on Friday, figures to go with Jorge Larrea or Ignacio
Jurado, both of whom pitched on April 6 in Pecos' 10-3
Elway sets Sunday retirement
By JOHN MOSSMAN
AP Sports Writer
DENVER, Apr. 27 -- On Sunday, John Elway's football career
will officially end, brought down by the sort of physical
ailments that dog many 38-year-olds, let alone one who has
been pounded for 16 seasons.
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen confirmed Monday that Elway
was leaving football because he ``felt in his own mind that
he had some physical problems he didn't think he could
Hamstring, back and rib injuries caused the usually durable
Elway to miss all or part of six games last season. Of more
concern, however, was a troublesome left knee. Elway played
with a brace on that knee throughout his career.
Limping around a golf course in California last weekend, he
admitted he eventually will require an artificial knee.
Bowlen said a news conference to announce the retirement,
already delayed several times, will be held Sunday at a time
and location to be determined later this week.
``We wanted to be very sensitive to the families involved in
the Columbine (school shooting) situation,'' Bowlen said.
``We wanted to make sure we did not in any way interrupt the
``We feel that Sunday probably is the time when we could put
this tragedy behind us, and perhaps John's press conference
could be received as sort of a happy time.''
In Monday's Denver Post, Elway left no doubt about his
``Absolutely, I'm retired,'' he told the newspaper. ``I
seriously considered coming back, but I just couldn't make
it because of my knee.''
Bowlen was in Australia nearly two weeks ago, promoting his
team's Aug. 6 preseason game there, when he received a
telephone message from Elway.
``As soon as I got the message, I knew what it was about,''
Bowlen said. ``I called him back and basically it was a
short conversation. He said, `Pat, I've decided to retire
and go on with the rest of my life.' I told him I respected
his decision and was really happy for him.
``Because I couldn't get back until the following week, we
originally decided to announce it on Wednesday (April 21).
With what happened at Columbine (April 20), that was very
much not appropriate. And it was just a matter of time
before the press figured out what was going on.''
Bowlen, who said he will retire Elway's No. 7, insisted he
would not lower his expectations for the two-time Super Bowl
champions this season, despite the loss of the Hall of
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