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Friday, May 14, 1999

Grubbs named new PHS grid coach

Staff Writer
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 County ISD.

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 to Pecos.

"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 Kentucky now."

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 seniors.

"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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