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Friday, May 14, 1999
Grubbs named new PHS grid coach
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, May 14 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members named Gary
Grubbs as the new Pecos High School head football coach during their regular
monthly board meeting on Thursday.
Grubbs, who was named interim head coach last week by P-B-T athletic
director Bubba Williams, was given the job on a full-time basis by the
board, over two other candidates, Zavala Middle School coach Jerry Parent
and former Zavala coach Fred Carter, now a junior high coach in the Ector
Grubbs said he was excited to take over as head coach for the Eagles,
who will be favored along with Clint in the race for the District 2-4A
football title next fall.
"I haven't talked to the kids yet, but I did talk to them after coach
Williams made me interim coach," Grubbs said this morning before leaving
with the Eagles' baseball team for their area round playoff game in Big
Spring. Along with serving as offensive coordinator in football, Grubbs
also has been a junior varsity baseball coach and assistant varsity coach
for Pecos this spring.
Grubbs is the second assistant in as many years to be promoted to the
head coaching position. Dan Swaim was named head coach last year after
serving for two years as assistant coach under Mike Belew, and led Pecos
to their first playoff appearance in 23 years before taking a job last
month as an assistant coach with the Midland High Bulldogs.
Swaim recruited Grubbs from Bracketville to serve as offensive coordinator,
after Grubbs brought in Swaim to serve as an assistant there before coming
"Before that I was in Odessa for five years, where coach Swaim and I
coached together for three years," Swaim said. "Before that I coached at
Copperas Cove under Hal Mumme, who's the head coach at the University of
As of now, the Eagles don't have a Tim Couch -- Mumme's quarterback
last year and the No. 1 choice in last month's NFL draft -- on their roster,
but Grubbs said whoever the quarterback is for Pecos this fall will be
busier than in the past few seasons.
"We're going to throw the ball a lot more next year, and we're going
to use more multiple sets on offense," he said. "Defensively, we're going
to go with a lot more eight man fronts and be a little more attacking."
"When coach Williams made me interim coach about a week ago I started
instituting what to do on offense. We'll continue on Monday and flip over
and start doing some defense," Grubbs said.
Grubbs will also have at least one spot to fill on his assistant coach
staff, along with finding replacements for this year's group of graduating
"We're still making some decisions. The coaches who are going to be
here still have a lot of holes to fill, and all the kids have the opportunity
to fight for each of those positions," he said.
Along with making their first post-season appearance since 1975, the
Eagles' 6-5 mark in 1998 was their first winning campaign since going 7-3
in 1986, and Grubbs said the success has increased participation.
"We've got about 70 kids in offseason (practice), and we had 52 freshmen
sign up," he said. "The coaching staff is expecting a lot more kids who
didn't play last year to come out. There are about 10 or 15 kids who didn't
play that I think can help us."
Pacers finish sweep; Rockets stay alive
MILWAUKEE, May 14 (AP) -- Reggie Miller led the Indiana Pacers to
a first-round sweep of Milwaukee, while Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley
helped the Houston Rockets avoid that early exit from the playoffs.
Miller scored 33 points, including five of Indiana's 13 3-pointers,
as the Pacers beat the Bucks 99-91 Thursday night in Milwaukee to finish
a three-game sweep of their best-of-5 series.
``We came in here thinking about a sweep, but we did it quietly,'' said
Sam Perkins, who hit two key 3-pointers for Indiana in the second half.
``We didn't talk about it. We just came in here and tried to do it.''
Pippen broke out of a playoff slump with 37 points and 13 rebounds,
and Barkley added 30 points and 23 rebounds as the Rockets stayed alive
with a 102-88 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Houston.
``I had so much energy and willpower, I was just not going to be denied,''
said Pippen, who scored only three points and was 0-for-7 on field-goal
attempts in Game 2. ``I just tried to be aggressive. I knew that I could
post up on those guys.''
Pippen was 5-for-20 from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range,
as Houston lost the first two games of the series. But with the Rockets
facing elimination in Game 3, he was 12-for-27 from the field, including
3-for-5 from long range.
``I don't have anything to prove,'' Pippen told reporters. ``My stats
speak for themselves. When I have a bad game, you jump on me.''
Pippen and Barkley helped the Rockets overcome a subpar game by Hakeem
Olajuwon, who went 2-for-12 from the field and scored only five points.
Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Spurs 85, Timberwolves 71
Avery Johnson scored 24 points as San Antonio, the top seed in the West,
took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series.
David Robinson had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the visiting Spurs,
while Tim Duncan added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Sixers 97, Magic 85
Allen Iverson scored 33 points and set an NBA playoff record with 10
steals in Philadelphia's first home playoff game in eight years.
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